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Below are the headlines found on The Guardian Online Newspaper for today, Friday, 10 November, 2017.

Fri, 10 Nov 2017
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) yesterday released a report showing how over 1.4 million illegal rosewood logs from Nigeria, worth $300 million, were laundered into China.

The report which was first made exclusively available to The Guardian by Global Media Max, a strategic communications services agent to the EIA, claimed that multiple independent sources told undercover investigators that over $1 million was paid to top Nigerian officials to release the woods stopped by Chinese authorities. The EIA is a US-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) founded in 1984 by Dave Currey, Jennifer Lonsdale and Allan Thornton — three environmental activists in the United Kingdom — to investigate and expose crimes against wildlife and the environment. It also campaigns to prevent environmental crime.

Senior Policy Advisor and Director of Forest Campaigns at the EIA, Lisa Handy, said the report indicted the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations and President Muhammadu Buhari’s former Environment Minister Amina Mohammed who now faces questions regarding her role in the entire process.

“Thousands of permits,” she said, “were ultimately signed by the then Minister of Environment, Mrs. Amina J. Mohammed, who currently serves as Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN)”, according to the report emanating from a two-year investigation by EIA on the “Rosewood Racket” detailing the journey of illegal African rosewood, also known as “kosso,” from the remote forests of Nigeria.

Mrs. Mohammed was reportedly supposed to start her new position as Deputy Secretary-General of the UN on January 1, 2017, but extended her time as Minister of Environment at the request of President Buhari to round off critical responsibilities. EIA investigators said they found that she signed thousands of retroactive CITES permits in January 2017 as one of her last acts as Minister of Environment, and just before she was sworn in as the Deputy Secretary-General to the UN.

The permits were reportedly used by Chinese importers to release over 1.4 million illegal logs that had been detained at the Chinese border for months, after having left Nigeria in violation of both Nigerian law and international CITES obligations.Alexander von Bismarck, EIA Executive Director, who was quoted in a sumarised reported and later spoke with The Guardian on telephone from his U.S. base, said: “As a legally binding treaty ratified by nearly all members of the United Nations, CITES can play a critical role in protecting endangered trees and fragile forests. The international community needs to urgently bring transparency to the CITES permitting process in order to fight the organised criminals that profit from the extinction of endangered species.”

Fri, 10 Nov 2017
Over $10billion will be generated for the economy from the switch of 50 per cent kerosene and firewood users by 2019, according to the Nigerian Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (NLPGA).

The group added that an estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 jobs would also be created in the LPG value chain within the next two years with the planned Kerosene to LPG switching programme.

NLPGA’s Executive Secretary, Joseph Eromosele, therefore advised investors/ operators in the Liquefied Petroleum Gas market in the country, to tap into the over $10 billion investment opportunities to be unlocked by the national LPG policy of the Federal Government.

Fri, 10 Nov 2017
The National Assembly has resolved to investigate the death of 26 young Nigerian girls found in a Spanish warship on the Mediterranean en route Italy.The decision was taken yesterday in the Senate following a motion titled “Death of 26 young Nigerian girls en route Italy” sponsored by Rose Oko.In her lead debate on the motion, Oko said the concern was not only about the ages of the dead girls, which range from 14 to 18 years, but that they were said to have been sexually abused and eventually murdered.

The lawmaker noted that the rate of illegal migration of young boys and girls to Europe, especially to Italy and Spain, in search of fake greener pastures is high. “These journeys are through the long and hazardous Sahara desert and the Mediterranean sea. They run into the hands of bandits, and are abused and raped as they move through the perilous sea waves often in rickety rubber boats,” she said.

The lawmaker said that about 10,000 Nigerians perished along the Sahara desert-Libya-Mediterranean sea route in May this year. According to her, Italian prosecutors who have begun an investigation into the recent deaths have arrested an Egyptian and a Libyan as suspects.

Fri, 10 Nov 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday resumed work in his main office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja after repair works by construction giant, Julius Berger.

In the main office, the President held a meeting of the Armed Forces Council, the first since he was inaugurated over two years ago. It was also Buhari’s first official engagement in the main office since he returned on August 19 from a medical sojourn in the United Kingdom (UK).

Aides of the President had declared then that rodents vandalised the office and that repair works were ongoing while the President, before the new development yesterday, had been carrying out state duties in his official residence within the State House, Abuja. 

Fri, 10 Nov 2017
Luck ran against four men from Ikaramu Akoko, in Akoko North-West West Local Government Area of Ondo State, who were arrested by men of the 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigeria Army, Akure, for sending nude pictures of some ladies on the internet. 

Fri, 10 Nov 2017
Delay is dangerous, especially in governance, and can destroy the greatest of statesmen. Hence, those who understand life say leaders are successful only when they have broken the chains of procrastination. 

Fri, 10 Nov 2017
As the importance of highlighting empowerment to the girl child is being heavily circulated, it is imperative to examine the differences in how a girl child and boy child are raised. 

Fri, 10 Nov 2017
The Arole Oodua and Ooni of Ife, Iba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, will on Saturday embark on another historic trip to the State of California in the United States of America (USA) to get involved in series of activities facilitated by organizers of Hollywood African Prestigious Awards.... 

Fri, 10 Nov 2017
The Senate yesterday approved the request by Ogun State government to borrow $350 million from the World Bank through the State Development Policy Operation (DPO). 

Fri, 10 Nov 2017
The N71.11 billion allocated for capital projects in the 2018 budget may have technically knocked out the refurbishment of 10,000 primary healthcare centres (PHCs) and execution of other projects in the sector. 

Fri, 10 Nov 2017
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that over $50 billion is being stolen and smuggled from Africa to other countries yearly by political leaders and businessmen as well as other key players in both public and private sectors. 

Fri, 10 Nov 2017
The Lagos State government has identified the need to explore the private sector involvement in its drive to increase public awareness of cancer, HIV/AIDS to further stem the spread of these diseases. 

Fri, 10 Nov 2017
A Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday ordered the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) to pay a fine of N12.5 million to officers of the Peace Corps of Nigeria for unlawful arrest and detention in February. 

Fri, 10 Nov 2017
Stefan Diedericks, alliances and channel director for Oracle Africa, said the company plans to open cloud centres of excellence in Nigeria and Kenya.'For now there are only available in Johannesburg. 

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