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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers his first prime time address as president, marking the one-year anniversary of widespread shutdowns to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and speaking about the impact of the pandemic during an address from the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 11, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

US to impose sanctions on Russia for cyber-attacks

The US government is set to issue a wide range of sanctions against Russia, according to reports.
The Air Force jets hit at bandits in Rahama, Tami, Sabon Birni, Galadimawa, Ungwan Farinbatu, Sabuwa, Kutemeshi, Gajere, Sabon Kuyello, Dogon Dawa, Ngade Allah, Kidandan, and adjoining settlements in Birnin Gwari and Giwa local government areas.

Nigerian Airforce jets kill more bandits in Kaduna forests

Several armed bandits were neutralized as air platforms carried out armed reconnaissance missions over locations in Kaduna state.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says ensuring an indivisible Nigeria and safeguarding its sovereignty were the cardinal objectives and mandate of the force, Air Marshall, Sadeeq Abubakar, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), said in Yola.

NAF fighter jet kills scores of bandits in Kaduna

Combine air and ground patrols of military troops under the auspices of Operation Thunder Strike penultimate Saturday killed scores of bandits in Chikun local government area of Kaduna State.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Over 21,000 criminal suspects arrested by police in 2020

During a review of the scorecard of police operations on Monday, January 11, 2021, the Police boss said 3,347 firearms, 133,496 ammunition, and 960 stolen vehicles were recovered from criminal suspects.
Seventy-five members of the Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorist groups have been killed by the military across the North East in the last six weeks.

Nigerian military kills 75 Boko Haram insurgents, loses one officer, two soldiers

Seventy-five members of the Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorist groups have been killed by the military across the North East in the last six weeks.
The Nigerian Army has said that its troops have again successfully dislodged Boka Haram-Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists at Malam Fatori in Abadam Local Government Area of Borno.

General Onyeuko: Nigerian Army neutralized 75 Boko Haram terrorists, recover ammunition

In a press conference held at the information center of the Operation Fireball Camp in Ngamdu town of Borno State, the acting director of the Defense Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, explained that “sequel to the commencement of Operation Fire Ball, a subsidiary operation under Operation Lafiya Dole, which is meant to clear the remnants of the Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province terrorists from their identified enclaves in the North East region.
A popular American preacher, Bishop T.D Jakes of the Potter’s House, has said that his ancestors are Igbo, from South-East of Nigeria.

Bishop T.D Jakes: My ancestors are Igbo

He said this in an interview with BBC Igbo. According to him: “Mine was traced back to West Africa, to Nigeria and particularly Igbo. My ancestors were Igbos. It’s indescribable. It gives something that we the African-Americans don’t have, which is roots.
Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has signed the Kaduna State Penal Code (Amendment) Law 2020.

Kaduna beef up security at airport road, other strategic locations

The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasiru Ahmad El-Rufai directed the deployment of troops of the Nigerian Army and police to the Kaduna Airport Road and other strategic locations in the state.
8. President Muhammadu Buhari presides over the weekly virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) Meeting, at the Council Chambers, State House, Abuja.

ActionAid hails President Buhari over establishment of disability commission

An international humanitarian and non-governmental organisation working to combat poverty and all forms of injustice in Nigeria, ActionAid Nigeria, AAN, Tuesday, hailed President Muhammadu Buhari, over establishment of Disability Commission.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made the disclosure Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the State House, Abuja.

Nigeria reads riot act to Ghana on hostility towards nationals

The Federal Government says it will no longer tolerate the incessant harassment of its citizens in Ghana and the progressive acts of hostility towards the country by Ghanaian authorities.
Evicted Big Brother Naija Lockdown housemate, Praise, on Monday refuted reports that he had sex with fellow housemate, Ka3na.

#BBNaija: Praise opens up on ‘sex’ with Ka3na

Evicted Big Brother Naija Lockdown housemate, Praise, on Monday refuted reports that he had sex with fellow housemate, Ka3na.
Former Flying Eagles midfielder Afeez Aremu has joined German Bundesliga 2 club FC St. Pauli on a three-year contract.

Afeez Aremu joins German club St. Pauli from IK Start

“In Afeez we’re getting a component our squad had been lacking. He’s the dynamic ‘enforcer’ type of player I was after. He’s already completed several seasons at a high level and at his age has potential to develop at the same time,” St. Pauli head coach, Timo Schultz told the club’s official website.
Director, Defence Media Operation, Major General John Enenche, who made this known at a media briefing, also indicated that the DHQ has provided three additional treatment and isolation centres of its own.

DHQ: Troops eliminate bandits in Niger

The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, John Enenche, a major general, in a statement on Monday, said the success was in continuation of aggressive clearance operation to rid the North Central of criminal elements.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

Military deploys special forces to curb Southern Kaduna killings

The High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN), on Thursday, said that special operations forces have been deployed to curb the incessant attacks and killings in Southern part of Kaduna state.
Chelsea and Manchester City have both identified Atletico Madrid defender Jose Maria Gimenez as a summer transfer target, as per reports in ESPN.

Chelsea tackle Manchester City for Atletico Madrid defender

Chelsea and Manchester City have both identified Atletico Madrid defender Jose Maria Gimenez as a summer transfer target, as per reports in ESPN.
The European Commission, on Wednesday, unveiled plans to clamp down on aggressive corporate tax planning regimes that distort the level playing field of the EU’s single market.

EU plans clampdown on ‘harmful’ tax systems to aid recovery

The European Commission, on Wednesday, unveiled plans to clamp down on aggressive corporate tax planning regimes that distort the level playing field of the EU’s single market.
The Chief Of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, has visited soldiers in the North East to get a first hand information on the ambush by terrorists on troops on March 22.

Banditry: Group pledges support for General Buratai, Nigerian Army

The Coalition of Arewa Youth Groups (CAYG) has said that there is evidence that President Muhammadu Buhari’s order to the Nigerian Armed Forces to stamp out banditry and all forms of criminal activities is yielding results.
Director, Defence Media Operation, Major General John Enenche, who made this known at a media briefing, also indicated that the DHQ has provided three additional treatment and isolation centres of its own.

Soldiers kill 12 bandits, nab informants, rescue two kidnapped victims in Katsina, Zamfara

The Defence Headquarters said soldiers on Operation HADARIN DAJI under OPERATION ACCORD, have killed 12 bandits and rescued 2 kidnapped victims in Kastina and Zamfara States.

Ekiti PDP crisis: Segun Oni ignores Ayodele Fayose’s attack, calls for unity, aggressive membership...

Former Governor of Ekiti, Engineer Segun Oni, has played down the recent direct attack on him and his supporters by former Governor Ayo Fayose over their return to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
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CUPP urges total lockdown, effective palliative distribution in Kano

The Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, has appealed to the Federal Government to effect a complete lockdown of Kano State over the growing number of mysterious deaths in the state.
Isoko people under the auspices of Isoko Ethnic Nationality Movement, IENM, weekend, described Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege as God’s special gift to Deltans.

Lockdown: Senators Omo-Agege, Ekweremadu condemn alleged shooting, extra judicial killing of protesters

Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, and his predecessor, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, have flayed the alleged shooting of a protester in Sapele, Delta state as well as extra judicial killings by security agents in some parts of the country in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown.
President Muhammadu Buhari has again, addressed Nigerians on the efforts of its government to contain the coronavirus pandemic (covid-19) that is ravaging the country 4

President Buhari extends coronavirus lockdown in Lagos, Ogun, Abuja — full speech

President Muhammadu Buhari has again, addressed Nigerians on the efforts of its government to contain the coronavirus pandemic (covid-19) that is ravaging the country.

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FILE PHOTO - A farmer carries a sack of grass as he walks near the fenced border between India-Pakistan in Ranbir Singh Pura sector near Jammu March 1, 2019. REUTERS-Adnan Abidi-File Photo

UAE is mediating between India and Pakistan – diplomat

The United Arab Emirates’ envoy to Washington confirmed the Gulf state is mediating between India and Pakistan to help the nuclear-armed rivals reach a “healthy and functional” relationship
The Commandant, Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Ebenezer Alade, has announced the college’s plans to begin a master’s degree in Security Studies.

Nigerian armed forces college to award master’s degree in security studies

The Commandant, Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Ebenezer Alade, has announced the college’s plans to begin a master’s degree in Security Studies.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers his first prime time address as president, marking the one-year anniversary of widespread shutdowns to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and speaking about the impact of the pandemic during an address from the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 11, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

US to impose sanctions on Russia for cyber-attacks

The US government is set to issue a wide range of sanctions against Russia, according to reports.
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BUA refinery set for ground-breaking this year

The ground-breaking of the proposed 200,000 barrels per day BUA Refinery will hold later this year, even as the BUA Group and Axens of France signed a progress acknowledgement statement on the project in Lagos yesterday.
Arsenal’s Uruguay international midfielder Lucas Torreira, who is on loan at Atletico Madrid, says he wants to leave Europe and play for Boca Juniors.

Lucas Torreira tells Arsenal to loan him to Boca Juniors

The 25-year-old has been out on loan with Atletico Madrid for the 2020-21 campaign but has been used sparingly by Diego Simeone's side, with most of his appearances having come off the bench.

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Former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has urged his supporters to resist further attacks from the government. He said he would no longer tolerate unwarranted assaults on his person and relatives.

Imo attacks: I’ve left Governor Uzodinma in the court of public opinion – Senator...

Former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has said he has chosen to remain silent over the allegations leveled against him that he sponsored the recent attacks on some federal government establishment in the state.
The State Commissioner for International Development Cooperation, Inyang Asibong, made this known when the EU team visited her on Tuesday in Calabar.

Cross River to partner EU conservation society on forests management

The Cross River State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Union Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS EU) on forests management and conservation.
The Nigerian Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending, (NIRSAL PLC) has facilitated over N148 billion in finance and investments for agriculture and agribusiness.

NIRSAL debunks corruption allegation over handling of ABP, threatens litigation

The Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending has debunked reports that the Central Bank of Nigeria has suspended further disbursements to the agency over allegations of corruption in its handling of the Federal Government’s Anchor Borrower’s Programme.
A study in the United States, shows AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine provides strong protection against coronavirus and eliminates hospitalizations and deaths from the disease across all age groups, the company announced on Monday.

Countries emphasise importance of AstraZeneca shot as they look to alternatives

Australia said on Friday it had ordered more alternatives for the AstraZeneca vaccine, setting back its vaccination rollout, and Hong Kong delayed deliveries of the shot amid concern about a possible very small risk of rare blood clots.
Solicitor General of the Federation and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mr Adedayo Toba Apata, SAN, (Dayo Apata).

Ministry: N5.3 billion judgment debt payment followed due process

The Ministry of Justice has denied the payment of N5.3billion judgment debt without due process, saying the disbursement of the fund followed laid down procedure.