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Africa’s biggest threat may be Nigeria’s cratering economy

If there was ever a time Nigeria could have taken off, it was in 1999. Democracy had been restored, with its economy reopening after decades of mismanagement and plunder under military dictatorships.
Hacked data stolen from CD Projekt is circulating online, the company says. The studio behind Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3 says it can not confirm the exact contents of the data being circulated, but believes it relates to its games, contractors, and both current and former employees. It also warned that the data may have been manipulated or tampered with.

Cyberpunk 2077 developer says its hacked data is circulating online

Hacked data stolen from CD Projekt is circulating online, the company says. The studio behind Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3 says it can not confirm the exact contents of the data being circulated, but believes it relates to its games, contractors, and both current and former employees. It also warned that the data may have been manipulated or tampered with.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday inaugurated security equipment for the police and other security agencies in Lagos State.

Lagos governor asks security agencies to crush criminals

Lagos State Government has tightened the noose on criminal elements, as Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu fortifies the armoury of the State Police Command with new hardware and gadgets.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has commissioned the multimillion naira bus terminal at Oshodi that will also service passengers using the Murtala Mohammed International Airport.

Lagos governor donates hardware to police, asks security agencies to crush criminals

Lagos State Government has tightened the noose on criminal elements, as Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu fortifies the armoury of the State Police Command with new hardware and gadgets.
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is reportedly expected to leave the club on a free transfer at the end of his contract in the summer.

Barcelona go all in for Georginio Wijnaldum after PSG’s superior offer

Georginio Wijnaldum continues to be one of Barcelona's main transfer targets for next season. According to 'ESPN', PSG intend to get between the player and club having made a tempting offer for the Dutchman. As a result, the Catalan side have been forced to go all in.

ICAN, ANAN clash at public hearing on forensics and fraud examiners bill

The Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN) and the Association of National Accountant of Nigeria (ANAN) yesterday in Abuja clashed at the public hearing of a bill to establish Chartered Institute for Forensic and Certified Fraud Examiners of Nigeria (CIFCFEN).

Cholera kills 20 in northern Nigeria

A cholera outbreak in northern Nigeria has killed at least 20 people in the past two weeks with more than 300 hospitalised from the disease, a health official said Tuesday.
Workers in the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs have alleged fraud in the funding of the postings of the ambassadors who were recently appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari

Foreign affairs ministry workers allege fraud in envoys postings

Workers in the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs have alleged fraud in the funding of the postings of the ambassadors who were recently appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari

PEAC: Nigeria lost $10.3 billion to armed insurgency in 2020

The activities of banditry, Boko Haram insurgency, farmers-herdsmen conflict, separatist agitation and organised violent groups, among others, cost the federation a whopping sum of $10.3 billion in 2020, the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC) has disclosed.
Sensing the negative reactions that greeted his recent meeting with some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to allegedly dissolve the leadership of the party from the ward to the state level in order to accommodate his loyalists who came from the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has reportedly beaten a retreat.

Governor Obaseki: No record of Indian coronavirus variant in Edo

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State on Friday said there was no record of Indian COVID-19 variant in the state, as was speculated on social media.
Trading resumed on the Nigerian Exchange on Friday after the public holidays to mark the Eid-el-Fitr celebration with growth of N25 billion.

Nigerian Exchange resumes trading with N25 billion growth

Trading resumed on the Nigerian Exchange on Friday after the public holidays to mark the Eid-el-Fitr celebration with growth of N25 billion.
WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus

WHO inaugurates appeal for purchase of oxygen, others in India

World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday inaugurated ”Together for India” appeal to help fund the UN agency’s work in India, including the purchase of oxygen, personal protective equipment and medicines.
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, made the declaration on Thursday while deliberating on the strategies put in place with the election monitoring officers deployed from the Force Headquarters, Abuja, to assist and monitor the elections in Lagos State.

Police dismiss explosives in Oshodi market fire

Hours after Lagos Emergency Management Agency said its investigation showed some for of explosive or accelerant was used in the fire which gutted Oshodi Market, police has ruled out any explosive being involved in the incident.
The Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRC) has issued new reporting guidelines to enable firms respond to prudential considerations in various sectors.

New FRC boss vows to enforce accounting standards in SEC, CBN, PenCom, others

The newly appointed Executive Secretary/Chief Executive, Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN), Alhaji Shuaibu Ahmed, Thursday said he is committed to the enforcement of accounting standards, supervision and collaboration with regulatory supervisory bodies including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the National Pension Commission (PenCom).
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

NNPC opens bid for selection of auditors, tax consultants

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced the opening of bids from interested local firms to participate in the tender process for the engagement of qualified and reputable auditors, and tax professionals.
National Bureau of Statistics NBS

Nigerian banks lay off 8,584 staff in one year

As the businesses restructured to adapt to the new normal, the banking industry is not left out as the number of employees in the industry reduced by 8.3 per cent compared to the number of banking staff in December 2019.

Betway parent to go public in merger with acquisition firm

Super Group, the parent company of online bookmaker Betway, said on Sunday it has agreed to go public through a merger with blank-check acquisition firm Sports Entertainment Acquisition Corp at a valuation of around $5 billion.
Patients are seen inside an ambulance while waiting to enter a COVID-19 hospital for treatment, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ahmedabad, India, April 22, 2021. REUTERS-Amit Dave

India’s hospitals report dire oxygen shortage as coronavirus cases spiral

India on Friday logged over 332,730 new COVID-19 infections, the highest-ever daily infection worldwide.
La Liga president Javier Tebas has claimed Manchester City will be in the Champions League next season because of the Court of Arbitration for Sport “did things badly.”

LaLiga slams Super League breakaway

Spain's LaLiga have reacted this morning to news that 12 clubs are seeking to break away and form their own Super League.

Don seeks diversification into agriculture, solid minerals

Professor Ofiafoh Eiya, a Professor of Accounting and Taxation, University of Benin, Benin City, has called for the diversification of the economy to agriculture and solid minerals for sustainable national growth and development.
China has put one northern city in lockdown and launched citywide coronavirus testing in another, after two local infections involving workers at a port and trade zone respectively, authorities have said.

China lifts 770 million rural people out of poverty

More than 770 million of China’s rural population living below the current poverty line have been raised from poverty, accounting for more than 70 per cent of the global total over the same period according to the World Bank’s international poverty standard, says a white paper recently released by the State Council Information Office of China.
FILE PHOTO: Health workers carry the body of a man who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), for burial at a graveyard in New Delhi, India, April 9, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

South Asia surpasses grim milestone of 15 million coronavirus cases

Coronavirus infections in the South Asia sub-region surpassed the grim milestone of 15 million on Saturday, a Reuters tally shows, led by India’s record daily infections and vaccine shortages.

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Jordi Alba has branded Barcelona's decision to sell Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid as a joke while admitting his ex-team-mate has shut a lot of mouths at Wanda Metropolitano.

Luis Suarez: I’ve no regret joining Atletico Madrid

Suarez scored the goal that won Atletico Madrid the La Liga title, just a year after he was sold by rival FC Barcelona because he was “too old.”
Scotland manager Steve Clarke and AS Roma gaffer Jose Mourinho have praised the performance of Billy Gilmour as Scotland fought hard to earn a 0-0 draw with England at Wembley Stadium on Friday.

Steve Clarke, Jose Mourinho hail Scotland’s Billy Gilmour

Scotland manager Steve Clarke and AS Roma gaffer Jose Mourinho have praised the performance of Billy Gilmour as Scotland fought hard to earn a 0-0 draw with England at Wembley Stadium on Friday.
Ex-Big Brother Naija housemate, Ka3na Jones, says Ozo never loved Nengi but was only playing games with her and Dorathy.

BBNaija: I wanted loyalty not relationship – Nengi

During the second day of the BBNaija Lockdown Reunion show, talks of relationships that sprouted up during the competition dominated the conversation.
Russian news agencies identified the woman as 34-year-old US citizen Catherine Serou

Body of missing US woman found in Russia

Russian investigators said Saturday they have detained a man on suspicion of murder after finding the body of a foreign woman the media identified as a missing American student.
APGA National Chairman Ozonkpu Victor Oye (Middle) and flanked by APC National Secretary, Senator John Akpanudoedehe (right) and National Chairman Allied People’s Movement, Yusuf Mamman Dantalle (left) at the 2nd Consultative Meeting between INEC and National Chairmen of Political Parties at the commission’s headquarters, Abuja

APGA conflict: Victor Oye recognised as authentic party chair by INEC

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Ozonkpu Victor Ike-Oye, was on Thursday given recognition as the authentic leader of the party by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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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.

Nigerian government seeks powers to license, regulate internet broadcast, online media

The Federal Government on Wednesday sought power to regulate private broadcasting in the country using the internet and other online outlets, saying the government has an obligation to monitor broadcast content.
Nigeria Police

Security operatives take over Asaba, Agbor over ‘jihadist’ threat

Following the expiration of the 72-hour ultimatum on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, by faceless Fulani Jihadists handed to the Delta State governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, to backtrack on his support for the ban on open grazing across southern states, security operatives have taken strategic positions in the twin towns to avert any eventuality.

World Bank: Nigerian growth lags Africa, poverty rising

Nigerian economic growth has resumed after the COVID shock but is lagging the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, with food inflation, heightened insecurity and stalled reforms slowing growth and increasing poverty, the World Bank said on Tuesday.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police: Mob beats ‘robber’ to death

The police in Jigawa on Thursday said some angry residents beat a 40-year-old suspected robber, Hassan Sale, to death in the state.
Jose Mourinho will not be rushing back into management, with the Portuguese claiming that a return to the dugout in 2021-22 may be premature as he continues to mull over his options.

Euro 2020: Jose Mourinho ‘prayed’ and ‘cried’ after Eriksen collapsed

Jose Mourinho revealed he “prayed” and “cried” for Christian Eriksen after the Denmark star collapsed during Saturday’s Euro 2020 clash against Finland.