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CRUDE OIL THEFT, DRUG SMUGGLING, ILLICIT FISHING: Nigeria’s story of stolen resources

bout 5,150 drums containing illegally refined diesel discovered during the raid. Photos: NAN.

It is estimated for instance by researchers that 50-60 tons of cocaine move through West Africa to Europe annually while thousands of tons of hazardous wastes are dumped in African waters

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Rescuers and firemen inspect the rubble of buildings in Amatrice on August 24, 2016 after a powerful earthquake rocked central Italy. 

The earthquake left 38 people dead and the total is likely to rise, the country's civil protection unit said in the first official death toll. Scores of buildings were reduced to dusty piles of masonry in communities close to the epicentre of the pre-dawn quake in a remote area straddling the regions of Umbria, Marche and Lazio. / AFP PHOTO

Looming earthquake: Measures to avert devastating impacts in Nigeria — Experts

Nigerian seismologists are all agreed that Nigeria is no longer an earthquake-free zone (aseismic) as previously believed following the series of earth tremors in different parts of the country in recent times. This development requires that measures be put in place to mitigate the devastating effects when a major earthquake occurs in Nigeria. In this report, Vanguard Features presents the solutions as proffered by experts.

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Looming floods: Thousands of Lagosians may be displaced – Femi Giwa

Recently, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) and the Nigeria Metrological Agency, NIMet, issued warnings that a number of states are likely to experience high flood this year. Weather forecast through the Seasonal Rainfall Predictions indicates that Lagos could be one of the areas prone to the looming floods. Following this prediction, Lagos and seven other states in the South West zone of the country got together to take proactive emergency preparedness response measures. In this interview, Head of Operations and Logistics, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Mr. Femi Giwa, warns that up to 5,000 residents of the state may become homeless this year from floods. He opens up on strategies to be employed to tackle the looming disaster. Excerpts:

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Rescued Chibok girl, Amina Ali

Amina Ali Nkeki: Rescued but still ‘missing’ Chibok girl

Was she rescued? Was she simply found? Whatever the case, Amina Ali Nkeki, one of the 219 Chibok school girls, is no longer in the terrorists’ den; she has since been ‘recovered’. But, while she is not with her parents, Nkeki is also not with #BringBackOurGirls, a group of individuals who have been advocating the release of the girls and who should know better. She is also not with her ‘Boko Haram husband,’ from whom she was ‘recovered’. Her whereabouts have remained largely unknown. Her Chibok community are at a loss as to her present location and state of being.

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