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China recalls its ambassador to Lithuania after Taiwan decision.

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China’s foreign ministry issued a statement Tuesday condemning Lithuania’s decision to strengthen ties with Taiwan. File Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI
China recalled its top diplomatic envoy to Lithuania and has demanded Vilnius to summon back Lithuania’s ambassador from Beijing in response to a Lithuanian decision to deepen ties with Taiwan.

China’s foreign ministry said Tuesday that the decision to open a new Taiwanese mission in Lithuania that uses the island’s name “brazenly violates the spirit of the communiqué on the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Lithuania.”

The decision also “undermines China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Beijing said.

China’s dispute with Lithuania started in July, when the Lithuanian government agreed to Taiwan’s status upgrade. Beijing said last month Lithuania should “adhere to the one-China principle.”

The new Taiwan Representative Office in the Lithuanian capital is the second office in the world that uses the island’s name rather than “Taipei.” A “Taiwan” mission also operates in Somalia.

In February Taiwan said the South American nation of Guyana had agreed to a Taiwan mission, but the Guyanese government declined to move forward with the change after pressure from China.

“The Chinese Government and people have unswerving determination to achieve reunification of the country,” China’s foreign ministry said.

We urge the Lithuanian side to immediately rectify its wrong decision, take concrete measures to undo the damage, and not to move further down the wrong path.”

Lithuania has deepened ties with Taiwan as concern grows in Europe that China could be committing “genocide” in Xinjiang and using companies like Huawei to enhance global surveillance. Those issues have been raised in the Baltic country’s parliament, the Financial Times reported Tuesday.

A Pew survey from 2019 also shows fewer Lithuanians hold favorable views of China. About 45% of survey respondents in the Baltic state said they have positive views of China, down from 52% in 2011, according to the report.

Source:(UPI)


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NSCDC dismisses viral video on ‘bandit personnel’

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has dismissed a viral video purporting that a member of the corps confessed to being a bandit.

The suspected bandit, Mr Abdullah Saidu, in the viral video called himself personnel of the Corps.

This is contained in a statement issued by the NSCDC Spokesperson, Mr Olusola Odumosu, in Abuja.

Newsmen report that Saidu was arrested in connection to a group of armed bandits terrorising some parts of Koton Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi.

The spokesperson said that the NSCDC has set up a team to investigate the available records to confirm the authenticity of Saidu’s claims that he was the corps personnel.

“The general public shall be adequately briefed on subsequent findings.“Based on the aforementioned, the purported video where the alleged suspect openly confessed to the crime did not in any way give credence to or affirm his membership to the Corps.

“Experience has shown that criminals are fond of impersonating security operatives in order to divert attention, subvert investigation or get away with the crime,” he said.

Odumosu further noted that the NSCDC was saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property amongst others.

“The Corps will not in any way condone any saboteur of national security or sponsorship of criminals.”He reiterated the Corps’ zeal to discharge its statutory mandates without compromise but with humility and integrity.

He said the NSCDC will continue to synergise with sister agencies to combat crimes in the country.

Source: (NAN)


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Federal government to incorporate NNPC board in six months

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President Muhammadu Buhari said on Sunday he had appointed a board for the NNPC and directed that it should be incorporated within six months, a move that could allow it to sell shares in the future.

The President signed the petroleum bill into law last month which has been in the works for nearly two decades, aiming to overhaul the sector and turn the state-owned oil company into a private firm.

The new oil law requires NNPC to be incorporated within six months, Buhari said in a statement, appointing Ifeanyi Ararume as NNPC chairman and its current Chief Executive Mele Kyari to lead the firm.

Kyari has said NNPC could consider an initial public offering (IPO) within three years. The incorporation could pave the way for NNPC to sell shares.

Buhari said last month that NNPC made its first profit in 44 years in 2020.

Source:(Global World News)


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Niger state becoming safe haven for fleeing Zamfara bandits

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Shiroro Local Government in Niger State has cried foul over the influx of bandits and terrorists fleeing Zamfara state.

The bandits/terrorists are identified by their masks and motorcycles, and their presence is causing fear and apprehension among the locals, spokesman of the local government, Salis M. Sabo disclosed in a statement.

Sabo said the bandits are believed to have flown from “Zamfara or other adjoining troubled states which the Niger State borders through Shiroro.

“The marauders have started showing their ugly faces in Galadiman Kogo, Zama, Magami, Maganda m, Paleli, Iburo, Chukuba, Dnasapa all in Shiroro Local Government.

“The military operation going on in Zamfara needs to be well coordinated and replicated in other States on Zamfara borders so as to save the vulnerable neighboours from bearing the brunt arising from the operation.

“The Coalition of Shiroro Associations (COSA) calls on the authorities concerned to swiftly intervene and listen to the cries of the people of Shiroro” Salis M Sabo said.


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