President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the President-elect of The Gambia, Mr Adama Barrow, on his victory in the country’s December 1 presidential election.
The Nigerian President also salutes the spirit of statesmanship displayed by the outgoing President of The Gambia, Alhaji Yahya Jammeh, by conceding defeat, noting that such uncommon gesture is crucial in calming fears of unrest in the West African nation.
While expressing delight at the gallantry shown by President Jammeh, President Buhari enjoined President-elect Barrow to be magnanimous in victory.
The Nigerian leader also commended Gambians for peacefully exercising their democratic right to freely choose their leader and called on all stakeholders to maintain the peace.
President Buhari said that he was looking forward to a smooth transition of power and working with the incoming President of The Gambia to deepen existing cordial relations between both countries.
Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State has taken advantage of being a member of Nigeria’s delegation, led by Vice President Namadi Sambo to the Gambia 50th independence anniversary, to attract investment and trade opportunities to the agrarian state of Benue.
The Governor, in company of Benue State officials met with President Yahaya Jameh of the Gambia where both parties held discussion on wide range of investment opportunities.
While Governor Suswam hoped to attract the attention of the Gambian government to the abundant agricultural opportunities in Benue State, with well documented facts of its natural resources, the Gambia is interested in developing more trade in Nigeria.
Suswam listed key areas of business interest to Benue State in the Gambia as he presented the country’s President with a brochure of Benue resources and investment opportunities.
The visibly impressed Gambian President took interest in Mr Suswam’s presentation, when he invited the Governor and Nigerian businessmen to also invest in the Gambian agriculture sector.
Governor Gabriel Suswam was in company of senior government officials at the office of the Gambian President in Banjul, the country’s capital.
Azim Aghajani, a member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has been found guilty of smuggling weapons into Lagos and sentenced to five years in prison by a Federal High Court in the city.
A Nigerian, Ali Jega was also convicted alongside Azim Aghajani.
The Nigerian Customs Service in 2010 made a seizure of 13 containers loaded with rockets and grenades, shipped in from the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The shipment including rockets and other explosives were hidden in containers of building materials.
Court documents revealed that the arms were to be re-exported to The Gambia.
The Judge who presided over the two-year trial, Justice Okechukwu Okeke, found the Iranian guilty and sentenced him to prison for five years.
The men were said to have, without licence, been “in control of bombs and grenade categorised as prohibited firearms under Item 4 of Part 1 of the Schedule to the Firearms Act, Cap F28, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and contrary to Section 3 of the Constitution.”
They were also said to have been in control of rockets categorised as prohibited firearms without licence.
Major economic reforms may be necessary if member countries of the West African Monetary Union are to attain a single currency by the year 2015.
According to the Acting Director General of the West African Monetary Institute; Mr John Kitcher, the performance of the six-member states on its macro-economic convergence list was not impressive especially in the first half of 2012.
Addressing a technical committee meeting of the union in Abuja, Mr Kitcher said inflation and its fiscal deficit criteria were the most challenging for its member countries made up of Nigeria, The Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Liberia.
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) is set to join forces with its Gambian counterpart to further clamp down on the menace of human trafficking in the sub region.
Receiving the management of the National Agency against Trafficking in Persons, NAATIP from The Gambia at NAPTIP’s headquarters in Abuja, the executive secretary, Beatrice Jedy-Agba said the joint forces will make it easier to burst syndicates through enhanced operation mechanism.
The executive officer of NAATIP, Tulai Ceesay said the Gambian anti-trafficking agency, still in its infancy requires a lot of support from established countries as Nigeria as The Gambia remains a source, transit and destination country for human trafficking.