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Planned prosecution of General Babangida’s spokesman illegal – Femi Falana

Human rights lawyer Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria, says the inspector-general of police has defamed Kassim Afegbua by declaring him wanted as if he is a fugitive.

Gambian police arrest lecturer over newspaper interview

Gambian police arrested a university lecturer and kept him in overnight detention for questioning the president's ability to maintain national security in a newspaper interview, he told AFP on Thursday.

Gambians enjoy freedom post-Jammeh, but criticise economy

A year ago, Gambians wept for joy as Yahya Jammeh went into exile, bringing the curtain down on a brutal 22-year rule.

China demolishes Christian megachurch

Authorities in northern China have demolished a Christian megachurch in a move denounced by a religious rights group as “Taliban-style persecution”.

Death toll rises in anti-Kabila protests in DR Congo

Several people have been killed and more than 120 others arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo as security forces violently dispersed protests by opposition and religious groups calling for the resignation of the country's president.

MASSOB berates British envoy over comments on secession

Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, under the leadership of Mr Uchenna Madu has berated the British High Commissioner, Mr Paul Arkwright, for a statement credited to him that British Government will not support secession or break up of Nigeria.

Vladimir Putin criticises restriction on Russian media

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday said Russia would respond in kind to what he said were Washington’s measures to restrict the freedom of speech of Russian media organisations operating on U.S soil.

Barca win behind closed doors amid Catalonia clashes

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona beat Las Palmas 3-0 in a match played behind closed doors after the Spanish league refused Barca's plea to postpone the game on the day of the highly-charged Catalonia referendum.

Barca on frontline of Catalan independence debate

For many a beacon of Catalan identity, Barcelona are walking a fine line in the debate over a banned independence referendum in Catalonia, backing the vote without openly calling for secession from Spain.

Fed govt should not be blamed for JOHESU strike – Ngige

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, said Federal Government should not be blamed for ongoing strike by the National Association of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU).

Zimbabwean pastor in court to face charge of subverting Mugabe’s govt

Zimbabwe protest pastor Evan Mawarire appeared in court on Monday, and pleaded not guilty to the charge of trying to subvert President Robert Mugabe's government, his lawyers said.

UK indicts Nigeria over Radio Biafra

The United Kingdom has blamed Nigeria for the continued operation of pirate Radio Biafra which the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) uses to preach hate against the country.

Barca defend Catalonia on referendum

Barcelona condemned a crackdown on Catalonia’s right to self-determination after 13 regional government officials were detained on Wednesday as tensions rise ahead of an October 1 referendum on independence for the region, AFP reports.

Gov. Dankwambo denies jailing civil servant who insulted his mother

Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe State has taken to the social media to deny recent reports a national daily suggesting that he sent a civil servant in the state to jail for insulting him and his mother.

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Bayelsa govt orders compulsory measles vaccination

The Bayelsa State Government has ordered a compulsory 13-days aggressive measles immunisation for children between the ages of 9 months and five years.

Five people killed in Dagestan church shooting

Five women were shot dead in an apparent radical Islamist attack on an Orthodox church in the North Caucasus region of Dagestan on Sunday, officials and local media said.

God will not let Nigerians down – Cleric

Mr Christian Chigbundu, President, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Agege Stake, on Sunday urged Nigerians to have faith in God in the midst of challenges facing the the country.

Cardinal Onaiyekan: Politics not for miserable people seeking a way out of poverty

John Cardinal Onaiyekan, former President, Christian Association of Nigeria, has said that politics was “not for miserable people seeking a way to get out of poverty”.

Benjamin Netanyahu: Iran is the world’s greatest threat

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel would act against Iran if needed, not just its allies in the Middle East, reiterating that Tehran was the world’s greatest threat.

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NITDA begins registration, licensing of IT contractors

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) says it is set to register and issue licence to indigenous Information Technology (IT) contractors and service providers.

Bayelsa govt orders compulsory measles vaccination

The Bayelsa State Government has ordered a compulsory 13-days aggressive measles immunisation for children between the ages of 9 months and five years.

US-Turkish relations at ‘crisis point’ – Rex Tillerson

The US secretary of state has acknowledged that his country's relationship with Turkey is "at a bit of a crisis point", as his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, demanded that the US "turn words into actions" to resolve their differences in dealing with the Syrian crisis.

Neymar not Real Madrid’s only focus in Champions League tie – Marcelo

Real Madrid left-back Marcelo said it would be a "mistake" if his side just focused on trying to stop Neymar in Wednesday's Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain because the Ligue 1 side have quality players throughout their team.

NAF revives quarterly regimental dinner in Lagos

The Nigerian Air Force, Lagos Logistics Command, on Thursday revived its quarterly regimental dinner to foster comradeship among officers.