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Nigeria Immigration automates & integrates its Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database with INTERPOL

Nigeria becomes the first African country to fully automate its SLTD database with the IPDG.

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The Nigeria Immigration Service became the first African service to launch the automation and integration of its system for the monitoring of stolen and lost travel documents with the Interpol Global System (IPSG) in Lyon, France.

This was announced by the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede on Monday as the system went live, making Nigeria the 54th country in the world to achieve this feat and the first in Africa.

READ: Deportation Saga: Intels sues Immigration boss to court

The Immigration Service announced that it has uploaded 150,000 records of Stolen & Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) to the INTERPOL Global System (IPSG), with the support of the Interpol, United State National Central Bureau (USNCB), International Organization of Migration (IOM) and the National Central Bureau (NCB) of the Nigerian Police Force.

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The CIG also announced that this would help Nigeria’s fight against identity fraud and urged Nigerians not to use falsified documents, invalidated or formerly declared lost or stolen documents to attempt crossing the borders to any of the 194 member Interpol countries.

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The Immigration Service said Nigerians in recent times have been intercepted in some airports for using passports which have already been declared lost or stolen. The CIG urged Nigerians to ensure that they use their true identities while applying as the war against identity fraud has become global and highly automated.

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Edlyft raises over $1.4 million venture capital during pandemic

Edlyft raised over $1.4 million in venture funding from a number of investors.

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Edlyft, an EdTech startup, has so far raised over $1.4 million in venture funding from a number of investors.

The investors include Kleiner Perkins, Y Combinator, Kapor Capital, Village Global VC, January Ventures, and Backstage Capital. Also, funding came from some respectable entrepreneurs such as Jeff Weiner (former CEO, now Executive Chairman of LinkedIn).

It is practically impossible to run a business without capital, and sometimes, it is difficult to raise funds if the business is not well managed or successful.

Therefore, a balance must be struck; just as businesses strive to raise more funds for different purposes such as expansion, they must also strive to remain profitable.

Commenting on the latest development, one of the co-founders of the group, Erika Hairston told Forbes:

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We started our post-demo-day fundraise in the final weeks of Y Combinator’s winter 2020 batch. Given that Black women receive only 0.06% of venture funding, I had a determined mindset; yet no one could’ve predicted the challenges of rising at the peak of uncertainty across the globe.

“I remained optimistic however because due to pandemic and children and young people not being able to go to schools and universities, our work only became that much more needed in the world.”

She added, “Initially, it felt impossible to build new relationships with institutional funds who didn’t already know us or who weren’t focusing only on their portfolio. As the world adjusted to fully remote, so did we and the investor community. One of the fun facts about our fundraising journey is that 10% of our investors came solely from introductions over Twitter.

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What you should know

Edlyft is a paid support platform that helps college students and adult learners through CS courses, by pairing them with inclusive mentors, online group tutoring, and tools for navigating complex subjects.

Venture capital is a form of private equity and a type of financing that investors provide to startup companies and small businesses that are believed to have long-term growth potential.

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WTO: Okonjo-Iweala declared candidate with the largest and broadest support among members

Okonjo-Iweala has announced her excitement about being declared candidate with the largest and broadest support among members.

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WTO, Okonjo-Iweala joins South Africa's presidential economic advisory council as nation struggles with recession, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala officially declared candidate with the largest and broadest support among members

In an optimistic outlook, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been declared the candidate with the largest, and broadest support among members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and most likely to attract consensus.

This was revealed by the former coordinating minister of the Economy herself, through her verified Twitter page.

READ: Trans-Nationwide Express Plc suffers N79 million loss in Q3 2020

Backstory: Recall that Nairametrics had earlier reported that Okonjo Iweala is close to being appointed as the new Director-General of the World Trade Organization.

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This is after a rigorous selection process that has seen the former minister of Finance scale through a lot of hurdles, making it to the top two.

READ: Why Okonjo-Iweala should win the WTO DG role – Prof. Moghalu

What you should know: According to a press release by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the third and final round of the selection process of the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) was concluded on Tuesday, 27 October 2020 and the result was announced on Wednesday, 28th October 2020.

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Dr. Okonjo-Iweala secured the support of the majority of the member-countries but is yet to be declared and returned the winner.

This is because apart from winning the election, all 164 member-states of WTO were expected to adopt the winner by consensus, in accordance with the rule of procedure of the WTO.

It is important to highlight that Dr. Okonjo-Iweala has secured cross-regional backing with only the United States opposing the consensus.

(READ MORE: WTO accepts nomination of Okonjo-Iweala as DG despite opposition from Egypt)

A meeting of the General Council of the WTO has been scheduled for 9th November, 2020 for the final decision on the election process.

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What they are saying: Expressing her optimism in winning the race, Dr. Okono-Iweala said: “Happy for the success & continued progress of our @wto DG bid. Very humbled to be declared the candidate with the largest, broadest support among members & most likely to attract consensus. We move on to the next step on Nov 9, despite hiccups. We’re keeping the positivity going.”

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#EndSARS: Not everyone who looted is hungry, some are greedy – Adesina

Femi Adesina has insisted that some of the people who were involved in looting were not hungry but mere criminals.

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Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media says the looting of Covid-19 palliatives was not only done out of hunger, but out of greed and criminality.

Mr. Adesina made the statement in an interview with Channels TV on Thursday afternoon. The curfew period after the protests recorded nationwide lootings of Covid-19 palliatives, shops and other businesses.

What you should know

Nairametrics reported that Lagos State Government  disclosed that it will be prosecuting 229 suspects who allegedly took advantage of the #EndSARS protests to vandalize and loot public and private properties in different parts of the state.

The looters even looted the homes of influential politicians. The house of former House of Representative Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, was also  looted in Jos, with eye witnesses saying “the invaders moved several items – tricycles, furniture, electronics, and other valuables – out of the house.”

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Mr. Adesina disclosed that looters are not hungry because what they did is a crime and crime should not be justified.

“I wouldn’t agree completely with that (that the looters are hungry) because criminality is criminality. Would you justify armed robbery because the man was poor?” he said.

“Just as you can’t justify armed robbery because a man was poor and then he took a gun to rob another person, you can’t also justify the lootings that are going on. It is pure criminality.

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“It is not everybody engaged in that looting that is hungry, that is the truth. It is pure greed and criminality,” Adesina said.

He added that if hoodlums did not attack police stations, the lootings would not have happened.

“Therefore, it was a corollary to the mere anarchic situation that came on the country because of the protests. If you didn’t have people burning police stations, killing policemen, burning private and public property, you wouldn’t have this spate of looting,” he said.

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