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Karim Benzema needs just one goal to get up and running for France again, says team-mate Antoine Griezmann.

Antoine Griezmann: Karim Benzema will end goal drought soon

The striker approached Euro 2020 off the back of an excellent season at Real Madrid, having scored 30 goals in 46 matches, but Benzema is yet to find the net since making his return to the France squad after a six-year absence.
Kaduna based Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Ustaz Yunus Usman, has said that Nigeria doesn’t need new Constitution.

Senior lawyer: Nigeria doesn’t need a new constitution

Kaduna based Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Ustaz Yunus Usman, has said that Nigeria doesn’t need new Constitution, but continuous amendment of the existing Constitution, citing American Constitution that has been in use for more than 200 years without being replaced, but amended.
Moscow has closed its Euro 2020 fan zone and banned gatherings of more than 1,000 because of a spike in Covid-19 cases, the mayor of the Russian capital said on Friday.

Moscow closes Euro fan zone following coronavirus spike

Moscow has closed its Euro 2020 fan zone and banned gatherings of more than 1,000 because of a spike in Covid-19 cases, the mayor of the Russian capital said on Friday.
Scotland boss Steve Clarke has confirmed that Kieran Tierney is fit and available for their Euro 2020 clash with England.

Euro 2020: Kieran Tierney ‘fit and available’ for England clash – Scotland boss

Scotland boss Steve Clarke has confirmed that Kieran Tierney is "fit and available" for their Euro 2020 clash with England.
Former Tottenham left-back Danny Rose has signed for Watford on a two-year deal.

England defender returns to Watford after Spurs exit

England full back Danny Rose will return to Watford on a free-transfer next season after leaving Tottenham Hotspur, the newly-promoted Premier League club said on Wednesday.
The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum and the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has admonished the President, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Comrade Sunday Asefon not to betray the confidence reposed in him by the entire students’ body.

Ekiti government debunks soldiers protest over unpaid allowances

Ekiti State government yesterday debunks reports being circulated in some online media platforms that some Nigerian soldiers said to have been newly recruited into the Nigeria Army staged a protest in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State capital over non-payment of their allowances.
The Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has pledged to prioritise welfare of personnel, entrench professionalism and celebrate gallantry by leading with sincerity, transparency and accountability.

General Yahaya: I joined the Military 36 years ago

Newly appointed Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouk Yahaya, told the House of Representatives Committees on Defence and Army that he joined the Nigerian Army about 36 years ago, one year above the 35 years mandatory retirement period in public service.
Twitter's suspension in Nigeria will end once the US social media giant submits to local licencing, registration and conditions, the government said on Wednesday, rejecting criticism the ban had stifled freedom of expression.

Twitter ban: Nigerian government dragged to court

A Human Rights Activist, Inibehe Effiong, has sued the Federal Government to court for suspending social media platform, Twitter.

Interviewing President Buhari

I have been privileged to interview quite a number of world leaders in the course of my journalism career. These include President Olusegun Obasanjo, President Ketumile Masire of Botswana, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Commonwealth Secretary General Shridath Ramphal, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan etc. not to talk of holding the microphone across the world in the presence of countless Presidents in my then capacity as President Goodluck Jonathan’s spokesperson
France coach Didier Deschamps gave Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezmann a clean bill of health on Sunday ahead of the world champion’s Euro 2020 opener against Germany on Tuesday.

France’s Karim Benzema, Antoine Griezmann good to go for Germany – coach

France coach Didier Deschamps gave Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezmann a clean bill of health on Sunday ahead of the world champion’s Euro 2020 opener against Germany on Tuesday.
Both Governor Simon Lalong and Senator Gyang have noted that the purported invitation for the turbaning of one Alhaji Samaila Abdullahi as Sarkin Kerana is a threat to the peaceful coexistence of the people of the North-Central State.

Plateau government directs full implementation of legislative, judicial autonomy

Plateau State Government has directed the Accountant General of the state to transfer funds meant for the Legislative and Judicial arms of government as the state has reached an agreement after series of negotiation on modalities for the full implementation of the autonomy for the two arms of Government in the state.
Tochukwu Oluehi has revealed Nigeria are raring to bounce back from their defeat to Jamaica when they take on Portugal.

Nigeria goalie blames herself for defeat vs Jamaica, looks forward to Portugal clash

Tochukwu Oluehi has revealed Nigeria are raring to bounce back from their defeat to Jamaica when they take on Portugal.
Toni Kroos has called for Germany to improve tactically ahead of their European Championships showdown with France.

Euro 2020: Toni Kroos calls on Germany to improve tactically ahead of France clash

Toni Kroos has called for Germany to improve tactically ahead of their European Championships showdown with France.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday inaugurated the commercial operations of the Lagos-Ibadan railway project at the Mobolaji Johnson Railway Station, Ebute Metta, Lagos, and stressed that his administration will continue to prioritise the railway system.

President Buhari promises to continue to prioritise railways

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday inaugurated the commercial operations of the Lagos-Ibadan railway project at the Mobolaji Johnson Railway Station, Ebute Metta, Lagos, and stressed that his administration will continue to prioritise the railway system.
President Muhammadu Buhari arrived Lagos Thursday morning for the commissioning of the Lagos-Ibadan Railway project.

President Buhari inaugurates Lagos-Ibadan rail project, takes ride

President Buhari Thursday inaugurated the commercial operations of Lagos-Ibadan railway project at the Mobolaji Johnson Railway Station, Ebute Metta, Lagos, describing the feat ‘‘as another milestone in the drive of this administration to revitalize the railway system and establish it as a choice mode of transportation for both passengers and freight.’’
Ahmad said the Executive Chairman of FIRS, Muhammad Nami, disclosed this at the inauguration of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Audit and Recovery of Back Years Stamp Duties and the unveiling of the FIRS Adhesive Stamp in Abuja.

House asks FIRS boss to resign if he can’t perform

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Account (PAC) yesterday asked the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Services, (FIRS) Mr. Muhammad Mamman Nami, to tender his resignation from office if he is not capable of discharging his constitutional responsibilities.
3. Ahead of what would be the first Super Eagles game in Lagos in 10 years, players and officials of the team on Wednesday night, visited the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Henry Nwosu: Super Eagles may struggle in 2022 AFCON

Former Nigerian midfielder Henry Nwosu believes the Super Eagles may struggle at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations if the team fails to go with a creative midfielder.
Super Eagles’ head coach Gernot Rohr has said winning the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) for Nigeria would make him the most excited person.

WCQ: Nigeria will be ready for Liberia – coach

The German tactician disclosed this after the Super Eagles played out a 0-0 draw with Cameroon in Tuesday’s international friendly.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who disclosed this at a media briefing on Monday in Lagos, said centres were also built in collaboration with states and the private sector to isolate and treat cases of COVID-19.

Minister: Attacks on public infrastructure are acts of terror

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says the destruction of public infrastructure and facilities is not just vandalism, but a form of terrorism.
The bill for the Chartered Institute of Forensic and Certified Fraud Examiners of Nigeria has scaled the First Reading in the House of Representatives .

House committee summons NSA, IGP, others over recovered loot

A House of Representatives Committee has summoned the Inspector-General of Police and the National Security Adviser to appear before it over recovered looted funds from 2002 to 2020.
Amaju Melvin Pinnick, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, has restated his backing for embattled head coach of the Super Eagles Gernot Rohr despite increasing calls for the immediate dismissal of the German.

Super Eagles boss: We’ll cope without injured William Troost-Ekong, Jamilu Collins vs Cameroon

Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr insists the side will cope with the absence of Wiliam Troost and Jamilu Coliins in Tuesday’s friendly against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.

Femi Falana, others brainstorm on improved policing system

Worried by the worsening security challenges in the country, eminent Nigerians, including human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN); former Director of Department of State Services (DSS), Mr. Mike Ejiofor, and Maj. Gen. Benjamin Badewole, at the weekend, brainstormed on how to improve the performance of the Nigeria Police to better secure lives and property of Nigerians at these trying times.

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Manuel Neuer is the subject of a UEFA investigation after he wore a rainbow coloured captain’s armband in support of Pride Month during his country’s first two games against France and Portugal at this year’s Euros.

UEFA backs down over Manuel Neuer’s rainbow armband

UEFA has dropped its investigation of Manuel Neuer’s rainbow captain’s armband after declaring that the Germany skipper’s decision to wear it is a ‘team symbol of diversity’.
The National President of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Mohammed Ibrahim, says the union might embark on an industrial action if the Federal Government does not listen to their demands.

SSANU threatens strike over Nigerian government’s directives on workers of staff schools

The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) has advised the Federal Government to withdraw the circular directing that workers of the Staff schools should not be captured in the 2022 budget.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Police arrest school proprietor for ‘sexually harassing’ 14-year-old

The police in Lagos have arrested one Emmanuel Madueke, the 62-year-old proprietor of Megland Comprehensive School, Lekki, for allegedly sexually assaulting and harassing a 14-year-old student of his school.
France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen delivers a speech for the next year's municipal elections in an end-summer annual address to partisans in Frejus, France September 15, 2019. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier/File Photo

French far right irked by election results, southern region in play

France's far right performed worse than predicted in Sunday's regional elections, exit polls showed, leaving victory in the southern battleground of Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur and a platform for the 2022 presidential election in the balance.

Somali Army kills 24 al-Shabab militants

Somali National Army (SNA) said its forces killed 24 al-Shabab terrorists after a foiled terror attack on its military base in the southern town of Diinsoor on Saturday night.

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President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party will hold its congress Saturday ahead of September parliamentary elections that come amid a sweeping crackdown on the beleaguered opposition.

Vladimir Putin’s party holds congress amid opposition clampdown

President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party will hold its congress Saturday ahead of September parliamentary elections that come amid a sweeping crackdown on the beleaguered opposition.
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said he has received offers from other clubs as he contemplates his next move, having decided on leaving Turin at the end of the season.

Gianluigi Buffon returns to Parma after 26 years

Buffon, who as a goalkeeper holds the record of the highest number of clean sheets in Italia Serie A, will be joining Parma, an Italian division two Club, on a two year contact, football transfers journalist, Fabrizio Romano said on Twitter on Monday.
FILE PHOTO: Director-General of the World Trade Organisation Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala speaks during a press conference remotely on the annual global WTO trade forecast at the headquarters of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland March 31, 2021. Salvatore Di Nolfi/Pool via Reuters/File Photo

WTO head says pandemic-related trade barriers are rising

The head of the World Trade Organization said on Monday that trade barriers related to medical supplies used against COVID-19 had risen and urged member states to drop them, as it intensified efforts to reach a deal on vaccine-sharing.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN,

Kwara APC youths petition AGF over local council transition committees

Under the auspices of Concerned APC Youths in Kwara, a group has petitioned justice minister Abubakar Malami over the appointment of local government transition committees by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.
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APC wins Jigawa bye-election

The APC candidate in the Saturday bye-election to fill the Gwaram Federal Constituency seat in Jigawa, Yusuf Galami, has emerged victorious.