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FILE PHOTO- A woman sits next to an image of Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega in Catarina, Nicaragua October 1, 2020.REUTERS-Oswaldo Rivas-File Photo

U.S. blasts Nicaragua ‘campaign of terror’ as global condemnation grows

International pressure mounted on Nicaragua on Tuesday, with President Daniel Ortega’s crackdown on the opposition described by Washington as a “campaign of terror” that the United Nations said meant November elections were unlikely to be free or fair.
Former Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, has been appointed as the Ambassador of the resuscitated National Principals’ Cup.

Odion Ighalo named ambassador for National Principals’ Cup

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, who disclosed this when he received Ighalo in his office, said up to 2,700 schools across the country will take part in the next rejuvinated National Principals Cup.
The weekly virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) is taking place at the State House, Abuja with President Muhammadu Buhari presiding.

President Buhari activates police salary increase, promises citizens-led policing

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday pledged to bequeath ”a citizens-led policing system” to the nation, declaring that his administration demonstrated firm commitment towards changing the principle and strategy of policing in Nigeria.
U.S. President Joe Biden gestures while speaking to the media before boarding Air Force One at Geneva airport, as he leaves Geneva after the U.S.-Russia summit, Switzerland, June 16, 2021. REUTERS-Kevin Lamarque

Joe Biden pointedly asks Vladimir Putin about cyberattacks at summit

U.S. President Joe Biden asked Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday how he would feel if someone carried out a ransomware attack on Russian oil pipelines, a pointed question during their summit that illustrated the breadth of their disagreements
The Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has congratulated Nigeria’s Israel Adesanya for retaining his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight belt after defeating Italian contender, Marvin Vettori, at the Gila River Arena in Arizona on Sunday.

NIDCOM chief congratulates Israel Adesanya for retaining UFC belt

The Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has congratulated Nigeria’s Israel Adesanya for retaining his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight belt after defeating Italian contender, Marvin Vettori, at the Gila River Arena in Arizona on Sunday.
FILE PHOTO - The Twitter logo is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., September 28, 2016. REUTERS-Brendan McDermid-File Photo

Nigerian government yet to give conditions for dropping Twitter ban – ministry

The Federal Government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has stated that no conditions have been given yet for the lifting of the ban on Twitter operations in Nigeria.
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christain Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye has expressed concerns over the attack on monarchs in Ekiti State.

Pastor Adeboye reacts to Twitter ban in Nigeria

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has said tweeting is in accordance with Article 19 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
“We are counting on your support,” reads an open letter addressed to German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and signed by almost 100 current, future and former German students in the US.

German foreign minister: EU veto ‘hostage’-taking on foreign policy must end

Germany’s foreign minister said on Monday the European Union should abolish the right of individual member states to veto foreign policy measures as the 27-nation bloc could not allow itself to be “held hostage”
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has said that the Nigerian Government would use the Forum of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to seek global support fighting terrorism and increasing Foreign Direct Investments (FDI).

Nigerian government summons US, UK, Canada, EU envoys over comments on Twitter ban

The Federal Government has summoned the ambassadors of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and the European Union in Nigeria over their comments on the suspension of microblogging site Twitter in Nigeria.
Senator Shehu Sani representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly

Senator Sani: Many people won’t visit Kaduna for a million dollar

Popular Kaduna Senator, Shehu Sani, has expressed concern at the daily record of bad news in Kaduna state, as result of the escalating deadly activities of bandits and other non-state actors.
Dutch legend Ronald de Boer has been named as a Qatar Legacy Ambassador for the 2022 World Cup by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the organisation delivering the infrastructure and legacy programmes for the marquee event.

Dutch legend Ronald de Boer named Qatar Legacy Ambassador for 2022 World Cup

Dutch legend Ronald de Boer has been named as a Qatar Legacy Ambassador for the 2022 World Cup by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the organisation delivering the infrastructure and legacy programmes for the marquee event.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has felicitated with Nigerians on the occasion of Christmas celebration and urged everyone to adhere strictly to COVID-19 protocols.

PDP governors congratulate selves at second year anniversary

The state governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday congratulated themselves for a successful second year in office.
A Ryanair aircraft, which was carrying Belarusian opposition blogger and activist Roman Protasevich and diverted to Belarus, where authorities detained him, lands at Vilnius Airport in Vilnius, Lithuania May 23, 2021. REUTERS/Andrius Sytas

Belarus faces sanctions over ‘state piracy’, airlines to shun it

Several airlines said on Monday they would avoid Belarusian airspace after Belarus scrambled a warplane to intercept a Ryanair jetliner and arrest a dissident journalist in an act denounced by Western powers as “state piracy”.
The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni has said the actions or inactions of the committee at this critical stage of the nation’s political life would determine the party’s chances of retaining power at the centre in 2023.

Yobe government sponsors 32 students to Egyptian university

The Yobe State Government says it has approved the sponsorship of 32 students to Al Azhar University, Cairo to study Qur’an and Arabic Language.

NYSC: 1,002 new corps members take oath of allegiance in Kebbi

About 1,002 batch A stream 2 Corps members of 2021 deployed to Kebbi State by the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) have took oath of allegiance at the scheme permanent orientation camp, Dakingari, in Suru Local Government of the state.
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
The Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC) has described Midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi and Forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, as gifts to Nigeria.

Nigeria supporters club hails Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho for FA Cup glory

The Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC) has described Midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi and Forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, as gifts to Nigeria.
Antonio Guterres

UN: De-escalation ‘an absolute must’ in Israel-Palestine conflict

UN Secretary-General António Guterres declared on Wednesday that de-escalation of the Palestine-Israel conflict was “an absolute must”, saying that the mounting death toll, including children, is totally unacceptable.
Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has charged Nigerian Para-Athletics team to Notwil, Switzerland, to be worthy ambassadors of the country as they seek to qualify for the 2020 Paralympics taking place in Tokyo, Japan later in the year.

Minister charges para-athletics team to be worthy ambassadors

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has charged Nigerian Para-Athletics team to Notwil, Switzerland, to be worthy ambassadors of the country as they seek to qualify for the 2020 Paralympics taking place in Tokyo, Japan later in the year.
Israeli police keep guard during clashes with Palestinians at the compound that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque, known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, amid tension over the possible eviction of several Palestinian families from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, in Jerusalem's Old City, May 7, 2021. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Turkey accuses Israel of ‘terror’ over Palestinian clashes at Al-Aqsa

Turkey criticised Israel and accused it of unleashing “terror” on Palestinians after Israeli police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades towards rock-hurling Palestinian youth at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque late on Friday.
Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State

Kwara governor: Nigeria will surmount security challenges

Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara on Tuesday assured that the country would certainly surmount the current ‘difficult phase’ of its security concern.
The State Government in a statement signed by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, asked all traders under Bridge including those not affected by the fire incident of last Sunday to move from the present location

Official: Lagos generates 14,000 metric tonnes waste daily

Lagos State generates over 14,000 metric tonnes of refuse on a daily basis, according to its Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello.

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The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

‘Armed robbers’ involved in ghastly motor accident in Ogun

Three suspected armed robbers on Saturday were involved a ghastly motor accident at Ode-Remo, Ogun State, while escaping with a car they allegedly snatched at gunpoint.

Russians nationals detained in Chad desert say they are tourists

A group of Russians detained by the police in a part of northern Chad where the army has been battling a rebel invasion from Libya said on Wednesday that they were tourists who had come to sightsee in the Sahara Desert.
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 vows to expose MDAs refusing to account for public funds

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the upper chamber will publish the names of government agencies that have refused to appear before the Public Accounts Committee to defend the interrogations of the Auditor-General for the Federation in the 2015 report.
Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has addressed the issues surrounding the strike action by some state-owned tertiary institutions, declaring that the state will resolve the matter within the month.

Oyo governor urges council chiefs to strengthen intelligence gathering in their areas

Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has urged local government chairmen in the state to upscale intelligence gathering in their respective council areas.
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr was present at the first training session of selected Nigeria Professional Football League players in Abuja on Wednesday.

Super Eagles coach joins NPFL stars in training ahead of Mexico friendly

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr was present at the first training session of selected Nigeria Professional Football League players in Abuja on Wednesday.

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Chairman of EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, said other measures undertaken by the agency included the re-launch of the inter-faith dialogue and instilling the culture of integrity in young people.

EFCC boss: We won’t hand over cases of interest to any state

Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, has declared that the commission, under his leadership, would not hand over cases of interest to any state government. Bawa spoke against the backdrop of the setting up of anti-corruption agencies by some states.
The weekly virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) is taking place at the State House, Abuja with President Muhammadu Buhari presiding.

Urhobo group: President Buhari’s stance on restructuring an invitation to uprisings

A socio-cultural group in Nigeria, the Urhobo Progressive Union has issued a strong reaction to a remark credited to President Muhammadu Buhari that those calling for a restructuring of Nigeria were naïve and ignorant about the 1999 Nigerian Constitution.
Harry Kane holds the key to England’s bid to end 55 years of hurt as Gareth Southgate’s side start their Euro 2020 campaign with a revenge mission against Croatia on Sunday.

Manchester City make opening bid for Harry Kane

Manchester City have made an opening bid for Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, reputed journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed.
Ukraine kept their hopes of round of 16 qualification alive after edging a spirited North Macedonia 2-1 in Group C on Thursday in Bucharest.

Euro 2020: Ukraine edge North Macedonia to keep round of 16 hopes alive

Ukraine kept their hopes of round of 16 qualification alive after edging a spirited North Macedonia 2-1 in Group C on Thursday in Bucharest.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Nollywood producer arrested with guns in Delta

Operatives of the Police Rapid Response Squad (RRS), on patrol, have arrested a Nollywood star, Mike Omoruyi, with guns in Delta State.