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Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has urged the senator representing Plateau South, Prof Nora Dadu’ut, to come up with legislative initiatives that will create a positive impact on the lives of the people of the zone.

Benue farmers tackle Plateau governor over AK-47 comment

The Chairman of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Benue State chapter, Mr. Aondogu Saaku, has described the statement made by the Plateau State Governor, Mr. Simon Lalong, that both farmers and herdsmen carry sophisticated weapons, as despicable and insulting to farmers.
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has granted amnesty to 11 inmates serving various jail terms in correctional centres in the state to mark the beginning of 2021.

Governor Akeredolu: Southwest governors won’t join issues with ‘divisionists’

Following accusation by the Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan, that the South West Governors are the masterminds of the killings in Sasha Market in Ibadan, Oyo State, due to their unguarded utterances, the Special Assistant to the Governor on New Media, Olabode Richard Olatunde, yesterday said the South West Governors will not go into verbal war with the senate president.
FILE PHOTO - Ethiopian women are seen in the Sudan-Ethiopia border area of al-Fashqa, in eastern Kassala state, Sudan, November 13, 2020. REUTERS-El Tayeb Siddig-File Photo

Sudan, Ethiopia trade accusations in border conflict

Sudan on Saturday accused Ethiopia of an “unforgivable insult” in its sharpest statement since a decades-old border dispute flared late last year.
Erik Prince, the former head of the security contractor Blackwater Worldwide and a prominent supporter of former President Donald J. Trump, violated a United Nations arms embargo on Libya.

UN: Donald Trump ally Erik Prince violated Libya arms embargo

Private security contractor Erik Prince, a close ally of former US President Donald Trump, violated a United Nations arms embargo on Libya, UN investigators have found in a report detailed by US media.
FILE PHOTO - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrives at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan, November 17, 2020. REUTERS-Issei Kato

Australian premier warns of ‘culture problem’ after allegations of rape in parliament

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday he was “sickened” by allegations of sexual assault in Parliament House, adding that there was a “culture” problem at the government building.
Police took Disha Ravi to the capital from her home in the southern city of Bengaluru to question her over the accusation that she disseminated the document during the months-long protest on the outskirts of Delhi.

India’s arrest of activist tied to Greta Thunberg’s movement sparks outrage

Indian opposition politicians and activists condemned on Monday the arrest of a 22-year-old climate activist accused of helping to edit and distribute a document by Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg that promoted farmer protests.
People surround a police vehicle as they protest against the military coup, in Yangon, Myanmar February 12, 2021 in this still grab obtained by Reuters from a video on February 13, 2021.

Hundreds of thousands protest in Myanmar as army faces crippling mass strike

Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets in Myanmar for a ninth day of anti-coup demonstrations on Sunday, as the new army rulers grappled to contain a strike by government workers that could cripple their ability to run the country.
The requests contained in three separate letters read at the beginning of plenary on Tuesday by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan. 3

Senate asked to probe public hearing on medical council bill

The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), the umbrella body of health workers in the country, has demanded that Senate probe the recent public hearing of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) Bill as it accused Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Dr. Ibrahim Oloriegbe, of disenfranchising its members.
The trial of editor-in-chief of the Akhbar Al Yaoun newspaper, Soulaimane Raissouni, was postponed to March 2 at a hearing on Tuesday. Raissouni has been in detention since May 22 last year pending resolution to his case.

Trial of Moroccan journalist accused of sexual assault postponed

Human rights activists and supporters took part in a sit-in at the Casablanca Appeals Court to rally behind a journalist, who’s being tried over accusation of sexual assault in Morocco.
Popular Nollywood actress, Destiny Etiko, has debunked reports of receiving a Prado SUV from a married businessman.

Destiny Etiko: My car, not gift from married businessman

Popular Nollywood actress, Destiny Etiko, has debunked reports of receiving a Prado SUV from a married businessman.
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has expressed deep sadness over the deaths of his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Jerome Torshimbe, and his Personal Assistant on Special Duties, Mr. Famous Adejo.

Benue governor calls for arrest of ‘Fulani spokesman’

Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom has called for the arrest and questioning of a self-acclaimed spokesman of Fulani groups and All Progressive Congress, APC, chieftain, Garus Gololo, over alleged comments on Benue killings.
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 accuses Amnesty International of plot to destabilise country

The Federal Government has accused Amnesty International (AI) of deliberate plot to destabilise the country with baseless allegations against the administration and its military.
Twenty days after the expiration of the tenure of Acting Chief Justice of Cross River State, Justice Maurice Eneji, the Federation of Akwa Ibom Women Associations (FAIWA) has decried the non-appointment of Justice Akon Aquaisua Ikpeme as the substantive Chief Judge of Cross River State.

Cross River speaker: Why we confirmed Justice Ikpeme as substantive chief judge

The Speaker, Cross River House of Assembly, Eteng Jonah-Williams, has explained why the lawmakers backtracked and confirmed Akon Ikpeme as substantive Chief Judge of the state, after rejecting her twice in 2020.

At least 11 killed after fighting erupts in Somalia’s Jubbaland – doctor

At least 11 people were killed on Monday after fighting broke out between the Somali federal army and Jubbaland state forces in the Gedo region of southwestern Somalia, a local doctor told Reuters.
Instead, Riley Williams, 22, was seeking to escape what her attorney, federal public defender Lori J. Ulrich, described as an abusive relationship with the ex-boyfriend whose tip had focused investigators’ attention in her direction.

Woman blames ex-lover for stealing Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop during Capitol riot

A lawyer for the Harrisburg woman accused of stealing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop during the Capitol riot has accused her ex-boyfriend whose tip had focused investigators’ attention in her direction.
FILE PHOTO - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, U.S., January 12, 2021. Andrew Harnik-Pool via REUTERS

China imposes sanctions on 28 Trump-era officials including Mike Pompeo

China said on Wednesday it wanted to cooperate with President Joe Biden’s new U.S. administration, while announcing sanctions against “lying and cheating” outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and 27 other top officials under Donald Trump.
The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has raised alarm over the gruesome killings of their members by members of Vigilante in Mashegu local government area of Niger state.

Miyetti Allah cries out as 20 members killed, burnt in Niger

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has raised alarm over the gruesome killings of their members by members of Vigilante in Mashegu local government area of Niger state.
Nobel laureate Prof Wole Soyinka has advised that the operatives of Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Amotekun should be trained in ethics, so they would not end on the wrong side of history.

Wole Soyinka: Bishop Kukah’s comments not to denigrate Islam

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has said no part of the comment made by the Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Mathew Hassan Kukah, against President Muhammadu Buhari denigrated Islam.
The United Kingdom on Thursday extended its nationwide lockdown for no less than another three weeks, as stand-in leader Dominic Raab ordered Britons to stay at home to prevent the spread of a coronavirus outbreak, which has already claimed over 138,000 lives globally.

UK must not do trade deals with rights abusers – minister

Britain should not engage in free trade with countries that abuse human rights, but proposals that the country’s courts should decide whether genocide has been committed by trade partners is flawed, foreign minister Dominic Raab said.
Manchester City are more than a match for Real Madrid but they must be wary of Karim Benzema's threat in the final third, says Joleon Lescott.

Didier Deschamps: I will never forget Karim Benzema’s racism accusations

The following month, he was arrested by French police following an investigation into an attempt to blackmail international team-mate Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape. It was confirmed this month that the 33-year-old will stand trial on charges related to the plot, though he denies any wrongdoing.
The national carriers of Qatar and Saudi Arabia have announced the resumption of air travel between the two countries starting next week, just days after a deal was reached to end a years-long regional diplomatic dispute.

National carriers announce resumption of Qatar-Saudi air travel

The national carriers of Qatar and Saudi Arabia have announced the resumption of air travel between the two countries starting next week, just days after a deal was reached to end a years-long regional diplomatic dispute.
Mrs Moyo Thomas, the lady at the centre of the infidelity and paternity allegation against Adam Nuru, the Managing Director of First City Monument Bank, who is now on leave, yesterday broke her silence, saying on no occasion did she tell her deceased husband, Tunde that he was not the father of her two children.

Moyo Thomas: FCMB chief Adam Nuru not father of my kids

Mrs Moyo Thomas, the lady at the centre of the infidelity and paternity allegation against Adam Nuru, the Managing Director of First City Monument Bank, who is now on leave, yesterday broke her silence, saying on no occasion did she tell her deceased husband, Tunde that he was not the father of her two children.

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Dr Kabiru Ibrahim-Getso, the Commissioner for Environment, stated this while inspecting the monthly environmental sanitation exercise on Saturday in Kano.

Kano government to enact forestry law to tackle deforestation

The Kano State Government said it has initiated a process to enact forestry law to check indiscriminate felling of trees and protect the environment.
A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on October 24, 2018, shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaking during a joint session of the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in the capital Riyadh, which included the Crown Prince of Bahrain and the Lebanese Prime Minister. – Saudi Arabia is hosting the key investment summit overshadowed by the killing of critic Jamal Khashoggi that has prompted a wave of policymakers and corporate giants to withdraw. (Photo by Bandar AL-JALOUD / Saudi Royal Palace / AFP) /

Saudi Arabia rejects U.S. report on Jamal Khashoggi’s murder

Saudi Arabia has ‘completely’ rejected the U.S. intelligence report released on Friday implicating Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied arresting Salihu Tanko-Yakasai, a media aide of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje who demanded for President Muhammadu Buhari’s resignation over his failure to handle insecurity in the country.

Kano governor sacks aide over social media comments

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has relieved his Special Adviser on Media, Salihu Tanko Yakasai, of his appointment.

Group: Killer of Nigerian man in South Africa will be investigated

The Nigerian Citizens Association in South Africa (NICASA) says it will follow-up the case of a 40-year-old, Temitope Abudu, who was killed by yet-to-be identified assailant in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The 27 students of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State and 15 others have not been released by their abductors.

Assailants free 42 people kidnapped from Nigeria school

"The abducted students, staff and relatives of Government Science College Kagara have regained their freedom and have been received by the Niger state government," governor Abubakar Sani Bello said on Twitter

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Boeing suspends use of 777 jetliners

Just after coming out of its 737 Max fiasco, Boeing Co is in new trouble again over the safety of its 777 jets.
Nigerian international Peter Olayinka was in action for Czech Republic side Slavia Prague in their 3-1 home defeat to Italian giants Inter Milan in UEFA champions league clash on Wednesday.

Peter Olayinka relishes Slavia Prague’s Europa League win vs Leicester

Peter Olayinka has celebrated Slavia Prague’s impressive 2-0 away win against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Thursday night.
FILE PHOTO - Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala poses outside a Nigerian diplomatic residence in Chambesy, near Geneva, Switzerland, September 29, 2020. REUTERS-Emma Farge-File Photo

Ngozi goes to WTO

The biggest piece of happy-ending news in Nigeria in the month of February 2021 is the endorsement of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the next Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) by the United States.

Community leader killed in Enugu community

Crisis ridden Oruku community, Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State, witnessed yet another ugly incident yesterday when unknown gunmen killed the Vice-Chairman Oruku Caretaker Committee, Chief Samuel Ani.
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has expressed deep sadness over the deaths of his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Jerome Torshimbe, and his Personal Assistant on Special Duties, Mr. Famous Adejo.

Benue governor: Bala Mohammed plotting to kill me

Governor Ortom who addressed a press conference in Makurdi on the back of life-threatening message received of aggrieved bandits accused Mohammed of being part of a “terrorist Fulani organisation, terrorising Nigerians.”