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Some gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted the sister in-law and brother of the Commissioner for Youth and Sport Development in Sokoto state, Bashir Gorau.

Gunmen break into residence of Sokoto commissioner, abduct family members

Some gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted the sister in-law and brother of the Commissioner for Youth and Sport Development in Sokoto state, Bashir Gorau.
Protesters set off smoke grenades to block the view from snipers in Sanchaung, Yangon, Myanmar March 3, 2021, in this still image from a video obtained by Reuters. Video obtained by REUTERS

Myanmar police break up protests as ASEAN diplomatic effort stalls

Security forces fired in the air and used tear gas to break up anti-junta demonstrations in Myanmar’s two biggest cities on Wednesday, witnesses said, a day after a regional diplomatic push to help end the month-long crisis made little headway.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday arraigned a Dutch, Peiter Borremans, and his wife, Nkechi Borremans, on fraud charges involving $330,000.

EFCC arraigns Dutch, wife for ‘$330,000 oil vessel fraud’

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday arraigned a Dutch, Peiter Borremans, and his wife, Nkechi Borremans, on fraud charges involving $330,000.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

Senate president charges new CDS, service chiefs to take fight to bandits, insurgents

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has charged the newly confirmed Chief of Defence Staff and Service Chiefs to take the fight against bandits and insurgents in a renewed bid to ensure the security of lives and properties across states in the country.
Newsmen report that the meeting is being presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

President Buhari, VP Osinbajo to pick dates to receive coronavirus vaccine publicly

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo will pick dates on which they will be vaccinated publicly, with the first batch of Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, which is about four million doses.
2. Girls who were kidnapped from a boarding school in the northwest Nigerian state of Zamfara, are seen after their release in Zamfara , Nigeria March 2, 2021. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

Kidnappers proposed marriage to abducted Zamfara schoolgirls

“When we were about to be released, some of them came and starting pointing at us and said, ‘we love some of you and we want to marry you if you would accept our proposal. You shouldn’t be wasting your time schooling’,” she said.
1. Girls who were kidnapped from a boarding school in the northwest Nigerian state of Zamfara, are seen after their release in Zamfara , Nigeria March 2, 2021. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

Zamfara schoolgirl: Our abductors were young boys, they wanted to ‘touch us’

One of the victims of last Friday’s abduction of Zamfara State Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe, Hafsat Anka, said the captives threatened to kill, fry and eat them if they misbehaved.
3. Girls who were kidnapped from a boarding school in the northwest Nigerian state of Zamfara, are seen after their release in Zamfara , Nigeria March 2, 2021. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

Zamfara schoolgirls: Our abductors threatened to kill, fry and eat us

One of the victims of last Friday’s Zamfara Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, abduction, Hafsat Anka, said the captives threatened to kill, fry and eat them if they misbehaved.
Newsmen report that the meeting is being presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

Nigeria’s president, vice to get coronavirus vaccine Saturday

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will on Saturday, be among the key national figures to receive the first dosage of Oxford Astra-Zeneca COVID- 19 vaccines scheduled to arrive Abuja Tuesday.
Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget and national planning, says state and local governments share some of the responsibility to fix roads in Nigeria.

House summons finance minister, budget chief over duty waivers

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts on Monday summoned the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed; Director-General, Budget Office of the Federation, Ben Akabueze; and other officials of the Ministry of Finance to shed light on duty waivers granted to some companies.
The Police in Ogun State on Friday arrested and detained the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Oludare Kadiri, for alleged assault.

Group condemns arrest, detention of Ogun deputy speaker

A group of youths, under the aegis of the Ogun East Youths for Good Governance, has condemned the arrest and detention of the Deputy Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Oludare Kadiri, by the police over alleged invasion and assault.
4. The NCDC and partners, with leadership from the Federal Ministry of Health and Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 is putting in place measures to strengthen the public health response to the pandemic.

Nigerian government unveils online registration platform for coronavirus vaccination

The federal government Monday launched the electronic registration platform to enable eligible Nigerians get vaccinated against the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.

Algeria riots after activist jailed

Unrest broke out late on Sunday in a southern Algerian town after a blogger and activist was handed a seven-year jail sentence for condoning acts of terrorism, a news website reported.
The deserted dormitory is pictured at the Government Girls Secondary School, the day after the abduction of over 300 schoolgirls by gunmen in Jangebe.

Nigeria’s president promises no more school abductions

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that last Friday's abduction of female students from Government Girls Science Secondary School, Jangebe, will be the last to happen.
A protester sprays a fire extinguisher as demonstrators clash with riot police officers during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 28, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

At least 18 killed in Myanmar on bloodiest day of protests against coup

Myanmar police fired on protesters around the country on Sunday in the bloodiest day of weeks of demonstrations against a military coup and at least 18 people were killed, the U.N. human rights office said
Pro-democracy protesters are detained by riot police officers during a rally against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 27, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Myanmar police launch most extensive crackdown; one woman dead – media

Police in Myanmar launched their most sweeping crackdown in three weeks of protests against military rule on Saturday in towns and cities across the country, with media reports of a woman shot dead and dozens of people detained.
A pro-democracy protester is detained by riot police officers during a rally against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 27, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Myanmar police crack down on protests after envoy appeals to U.N. to stop coup

Myanmar police moved decisively on Saturday in a bid to prevent opponents of military rule gathering throughout the country after Myanmar’s U.N. envoy urged the United Nations to use “any means necessary” to stop a Feb. 1 coup.
Riot police officers get on a police vehicle during a rally against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 26, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Myanmar envoy appeals to U.N. to stop coup as police break up protests

An envoy for Myanmar’s ousted government called on the United Nations to use “any means necessary” to stop a military coup on Friday, as police cracked down on anti-junta protesters with rubber bullets and stun grenades.
At least 317 schoolgirls were abducted by bandits in the Friday morning raid on Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, in Zamfara State, the police have said.

Official: 317 schoolgirls abducted in Zamfara attack

At least 317 schoolgirls were abducted by bandits in the Friday morning raid on Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, in Zamfara State, the police have said.
Andy Ruiz Jr has stunned boxing fans by showing off his incredibly body transformation ahead of a potential return to the ring later this year.

Andy Ruiz leaves boxing fans baffled with weight loss

After producing one of the greatest upsets of all time by dethroning Joshua at Madison Square Garden six months earlier, Ruiz piled on the pounds in the rematch – weighing in at an astonishing 284lbs – and was left to rue his excessive pre-fight “eating and partying” as Joshua comfortably outpointed him to reclaim his championships.
Cryptocurrency: “There is need for regulation and not prohibition of Cryptocurrency” - Vice President Yemi Osinbajo speaking at the CBN Bankers’ Forum today, 26th February 2021.

VP Osinbajo advocates regulation of cryptocurrency

The Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the country needs to regulate cryptocurrency, instead of the prohibition put in place by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
“At this moment, l cannot say how many students were taken away by the gunmen until l get there, but we have already mobilized security men and members of the vigilantatè who are now in pursuit of the abductors,” the commissioner stated.

Zamfara government confirms abduction of female students

The Zamfara Government has confirmed the abduction of female students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, in Talata-Mafara Local Government area of the state.

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The NGF Chairman, Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, gave this indication when he briefed State House correspondents after an emergency meeting of the forum at the State House Banquet Hall.

Governors reach decisions on coronavirus vaccine roll-out

The Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) has asked the federal government to take the necessary steps to support logistics and inoculation activities in states to ensure a smooth vaccine roll-out exercise across the country.
The President of All Farmers Association of Nigeria, AFAN, Architect Ibrahim Kabir, Saturday, warned that without adequate food the Coronavirus, COVID-19, situation will worsen as government fights to contain its spread in the country.

Food blockade: AFAN blames institutional failure, inequity

The All Farmers Association of Nigeria, AFAN, Friday, blamed institutional failure for the blockade of foodstuff supply and transportation to Southern Nigeria as the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria, AUFCDN, embarked on the protest over factors militating against their business.
Africa Development Bank (AfDB) is planning to invest $10 billion for the expansion of renewable energy projects in the continent, over the next five years.

AfDB provides $400,000 grant for SEC

African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on Friday signed a $400,000 grant agreement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to strengthen securities market regulation and broaden market instruments.
Super Eagles forward Victor Osimhen did not bring a new COVID variant to Italy upon his return from Nigeria last December, according to official statement from the Hospital Federico II in Naples.

Victor Osimhen returns to training ahead of Bologna clash

The 22-year-old suffered head trauma after landing awkwardly on the turf following a collision with Cristian Romero in his side’s defeat to Atalanta on February 21.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Policeman arrested for stealing AK-47 rifles in Abịa

A police man, Shedrack Aleke Igwe, working in armoury section of MOPOL base 28, Umuahia, Abia state has been arrested with 5 AK-47 rifles he stole from the armoury.

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Terkula Suswam, the older brother of former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, and the Chief Executive Officer of Ashitech Group of Companies, has been murdered.

Former Benue governor’s brother shot dead

Terkula Suswam, the older brother of former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, and the Chief Executive Officer of Ashitech Group of Companies, has been murdered.
Julio Borges, designated by opposition leader Juan Guaido as his chief overseas envoy, told reporters that the gold was refined in Mali and then resold primarily in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Mali, Emirates facilitated Venezuelan gold trade in 2020 – opposition

Venezuela sent gold to Mali in 2020 via Russian-owned planes to exchange for euros and U.S. dollars that President Nicolas Maduro’s government used to remain afloat despite U.S. sanctions, an opposition representative said on Wednesday.
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has arrested Nigerian entrepreneur, Obinwanne Okeke of conspiracy to commit fraud running into the sum of 12 million US dollars.

Invictus Obi appeals against 10 years imprisonment

Wire fraud convict, Obinwanne Okeke, widely known as Invictus Obi, has appealed against his recent sentence to 10 years’ imprisonment by a U.S. court.
At least 33 Boko Haram militants were killed by Nigerian troops in a gunfight on Sunday, according to military sources on Tuesday.

Boko Haram fighters pull out of Dikwa

Boko Haram insurgents have pull out of Dikwa hours taking control of the town located in the central part of Borno State.
The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Godwin Obaseki to investigate the construction of the Edo Specialist Hospital and supply of equipment has indicted former governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

APC weighs in on Edo governor’s delay in appointing commissioners

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State on Wednesday decried the delay by Governor Godwin Obaseki to constitute the state executive council more than three months after he was inaugurated for a second term in office.