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BREAKING: Nigeria Cracks Down on Illegal Mining!

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The government is taking action against unlicensed miners, arresting dozens since April for allegedly stealing lithium and other critical minerals.

Photos show miners at work in illegal tin mining sites in Jos, Nigeria, while women are also seen working in hazardous conditions.

The crackdown comes as Nigeria seeks to regulate its mining industry, curb illegal activity, and benefit from its rich mineral resources.

The global demand for lithium, tin, and other minerals has surged due to the clean energy transition, making Nigeria’s mineral deposits a hot target.

But illegal mines are rampant, with corruption and remote locations enabling illicit mining practices that fund militia groups.

The recent arrests in Kishi, Oyo State, resulted in 32 arrests, including Chinese nationals, and the seizure of lithium loads.

Locals welcome the crackdown, citing insecurity and environmental concerns.

Nigeria is emerging as a critical mineral hub, and the government is determined to ensure the industry is regulated and benefits the country.

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From Ajegunle to Forbes Fashion designer Veekee James has officially joined the prestigious ranks of Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list.

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Veekee James’ Achievement

Forbes Africa 30 Under 30:  Veekee James, a Nigerian fashion designer, has been listed on the Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list for 2024

Recognition:  This recognition highlights her innovative designs and contributions to the fashion industry, showcasing African talent globally

Inspiration: Veekee James’ journey from Ajegunle to Forbes serves as an inspiration, chronicled in her short film “From Ajegunle to Forbes”

Career milestones: She has achieved significant milestones, including designing for celebrities and being featured on CNN’s African Voices Changemakers.

Fashion brand: Veekee James founded her fashion brand in 2019, which has gained recognition and accolades, including the AMVCA and Hercomony Awards.

Impact: Her achievement demonstrates the potential and talent of Africa’s youth, making a significant impact in their respective fields

 

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WAR AGAINST ECONOMIC SABOTAGE; NSCDC, TANTITA ARREST 5, DESTROYS 2 WOODEN BOATS WITH ABOUT 250,000 ADULTERATED PETROLEUM PRODUCTS.

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Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) NSCDC Ondo State Command in a joint operation with Tantita Security Services and Nigeria Army has apprehended 5 suspects namely; Orofin Olorunjuwon, Enigbewo Sunday, Ayeyiwa Ilumaro, Owoyemi Ete and Okorisa Noah.

The suspects were arrested on Sunday, 9th June, 2024, at Igbokoda waterways of Ondo State with two large wooden boats filled with about Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand ( 250,000) litres of adulterated petroleum products, Three (3) outboard boat engines and Two (2) pumping machines.

The joint task force set the illegally acquired petroleum product ablaze on the high sea while the suspects and other exhibit are in custody for prosecution.

Commandant Ibiloye assured that the joint operation and routine patrol of the waterways will be a continuous exercise to rid Ondo state of economic saboteurs while the arrested suspects will be prosecuted according to our extant laws to serve as deterrent to other criminal elements.

 

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Trump’s big new Bitcoin push alienates his gold-bar-hoarding base

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Former President Donald Trump’s posts on Truth Social—the free speech social media platform he launched two years ago—generally receive a warm reception.

But a late-night missive promoting Bitcoin on Tuesday seems to have alienated his audience.

“VOTE FOR TRUMP! Bitcoin mining may be our last line of defense against a CBDC [Central Bank Digital Currency],” Trump wrote shortly before midnight.

“Biden’s hatred of Bitcoin only helps China, Russia, and the Radical Communist Left,” he continued. “We want all the remaining Bitcoin to be MADE IN THE USA!!! It will help us be ENERGY DOMINANT!!!”

Trump then linked to a Bitcoin Magazine op-ed penned by Brian Morgenstern, a former staffer in the the Trump administration and current head of public policy for Riot Platforms, a large Bitcoin mining company.

The article called Trump the “Best choice for Bitcoin.”

The Federal Reserve has been considering using a CBDC, noting on its website that it could provide households and businesses with a “convenient, electronic form of central bank money, with the safety and liquidity that would entail” and support faster payments.

Many conservatives have pushed back on a potential CBDC due to concerns about an expansion of power for the Fed and conspiratorial, apocalyptic fears.

“Anti-CBDC legislation is necessary to safeguard Americans’ financial privacy in the face of potential surveillance, control and political intimidation,” Ryan Walker, executive vice president of the conservative Heritage Foundation’s political arm, told Politico in a statement earlier this year.

Morgenstern’s piece calls Trump’s support of Bitcoin a key effort of “decentralization” which could, outside of legislation, also thwart a CBDC

But on Truth Social, pushing back against CBDC does not go far enough.

While plenty of Trump’s base is Bitcoin-hyping hustlers, a great deal fear any digital currency as a government intrusion.

Many have accused the government of wanting to eliminate cash entirely, to curtail freedom and track individual purchases.

“Gold standard… not Bitcoin,” replied one self-described Christian conservative user.

“CASH IS KING!” replied someone else, posting an image calling for a transition back to a gold-backed currency. “Make money valuable again,” the image’s text overlay reads.

Gold bars have been a long-time fixation on the right, and a number of right-wing influencers promote gold on their podcasts and streams, running counter to the president’s new fondness for Bitcoin.

“Bitcoin is a fantasy, no real wealth, gambling with no odds,” commented someone else.

One Trump supporter offered stronger choice words in response to Trump’s post.

“FUCK bitcoin! It is not US currency, and should never, ever be allowed for monetary exchange,” the user wrote. “I am truly disappointed that you, of all people would support this sham.”

But Trump has embraced cryptocurrency, billing himself as a “crypto president” during a fundraiser in San Francisco last week and rebuking Biden’s approach to cryptocurrency regulation.

“I AM VERY POSITIVE AND OPEN MINDED TO CRYPTOCURRENCY COMPANIES, AND ALL THINGS RELATED TO THIS NEW AND BURGEONING INDUSTRY,” he wrote on Truth Social in late May.

Trump added that the U.S. should be the leader in cryptocurrency but that Biden “WANTS IT TO DIE A SLOW AND PAINFUL DEATH.”

That post came less than one week after his campaign announced it would accept cryptocurrency donations to “build a crypto army moving the campaign to victory on November 5th!”

Trump’s positive stance on cryptocurrency marks a major shift from comments he made while in office.

“Bitcoin, it just seems like a scam,” Trump said in 2021. “I don’t like it because it’s another currency competing against the dollar.”

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