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Chelsea have lost a “world great” in Eden Hazard, says Pat Nevin, but one of Christian Pulisic, Willian and Pedro is being backed to step up and fill some sizeable shoes at Stamford Bridge.

Christian Pulisic dismisses Chelsea exit rumours

The United States international has found himself in and out of the side under Thomas Tuchel and admitted he was “very frustrated” not to start against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final second leg earlier this month, giving rise to speculation he could seek a move this summer.
Fernandinho is one of the most important parts of the Manchester City side that have triumphed in the Premier League this season.

Fernandinho: It’s an honour and a privilege to captain Manchester City

At 35-years-old he has won the Premier League four times. He has also made 347 appearances for City during his eight years in Manchester, in which he has also won the FA Cup once and the League Cup six times. Fernandinho assured that, due to the high level in English football, winning the title is of extreme importance.
Philippine Coast Guard personnel survey several ships believed to be Chinese militia vessels in Sabina Shoal in the South China Sea, in a handout photo distributed by the Philippine Coast Guard on May 5 and taken according to source on April 27, 2021

Philippines flags ‘incursions’ by nearly 300 Chinese militia boats

The Philippines on Wednesday reported what it said were incursions into its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) by 287 maritime militia vessels from China, in a further sign of cracks reappearing in a relationship after a period of rapprochement.
Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez has stated his side will be aiming to be confirmed as Premier League champions by securing victory against Chelsea on Saturday game.

Riyad Mahrez: Manchester City want to win Premier League title by beating Chelsea

Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez has stated his side will be aiming to be confirmed as Premier League champions by securing victory against Chelsea on Saturday game.
All Progressives Congress (APC) Nigeria

Lagos council poll: New APC nomination fee outrageous – group

The new nomination guidelines for Lagos local government poll aspirants by the All Progressives Congress (APC) is drawing criticisms from different quarters. One of such criticisms is coming from the Lagos4Lagos movement, a group within the party.
Neymar netted on 33 minutes and his corner was headed home by Marquinhos just prior to the hour mark at the Parc des Princes, with Cameroonian forward Ignatius Ganago pulling a goal back for Lens.

Report: Barcelona board sets maximum budget for Neymar transfer

The theme of constant rumours regarding Neymar’s return to Barcelona seems set to continue for the foreseeable future. Cuatro now report that club president Joan Laporta is keen on bringing the Brazilian back to the Camp Nou and has set the maximum budget for the deal as well.
The House of Representatives, Tuesday, intervened in the conflict between telecommunication companies and banks over N42billion debts from Unstructured Supplementary Service Data(USSD).

House moves to establish five medical centres

The House of Representatives, Wednesday, presented for public scrutiny, five bills seeking the establishment of medical centres across the country.
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.

Jose Mourinho: Why I accepted to coach Roma

The 58-year-old returns to Serie A ahead of 2021-22 with 25 major trophies in his luggage so far. The former FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur coach has accepted a three-year contract and will succeed Paulo Fonseca after the season.
Crotone head coach Serse Cosmi admitted that the club will find it difficult to hold on to Simy Nwankwo following his incredible run of form for the Serie A outfit.

Crotone director: Simy Nwankwo has quality to stay in Serie A

Crotone sporting director Giuseppe Ursino believes Simy Nwankwo has the quality to continue his stay in Serie A.

Robert Clarke: Nigeria’ll collapse in six months time

Clarke, while reacting to questions on Channels TV on the Department of State Services, DSS, threat to haunt down those trying to tear Nigeria apart, said what is happening in the south east is degenerating to a civil war already.
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has called for the arrest and subsequent trial of operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and other security officials involved in the invasion of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Nigeria’s secret police warns against inciting utterances

The Department of State Services (DSS) has warned highly placed individuals in the society against inciting statements and utterances which can cause disunity or forceful change of government.
Public Relations Officer, DSS National Headquarters, Abuja, Dr Peter Afunanya

DSS: We’ll no longer tolerate those seeking to throw Nigeria into anarchy

The Department of State Services, DSS, has warned those it described as misguided elements threatening Nigeria’s unity and peaceful co-existence to desist from doing so.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken holds a virtual meeting with UN General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir via videoconference from the State Department in Washington, U.S., March 29, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis/Pool/File Photo

US grants $73 million coronavirus assistance to Nigeria

The United States Government has explained the impact of her health missions to Nigeria, which it claimed, has benefitted more than 60 million Nigerians at different social strata and across all the geo-political zones.

Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede Launches Internship Programme for Young Nigerians

The founder of the Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG), Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, has announced an opportunity for five young Nigerians to join his ecosystem of businesses and philanthropic ventures for a year as mentored interns.

NOA urges all leaders to de-escalate tension, preach peace

Responding to the spike in violent crimes and insecurity across Nigeria, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) has urged political, ethnic and religious leaders to take deliberate steps to de-escalate tensions and promote peace, unity and tolerance among the citizens.
Bruno Giordano has expressed his displeasure with the transfer fee Napoli paid to Lille for Victor Osimhen last summer, questioning why was more expensive than Erling Haaland.

Victor Osimhen scores as Napoli boost Champion League ambitions

Napoli’s target of featuring in next season’s Champions League received a massive boost following Monday’s 2-0 away defeat of 10-man Torino.
Eric Bailly is nearing a return for Manchester United after taking part in first-team training on Monday.

Eric Bailly signs new contract with Man Utd

The Ivory Coast international said he did not have to deliberate before agreeing on terms that will run until June 2024, with the option of a further year. He is aiming to remain injury-free, lift the Europa League trophy this term, and then sustain a push for the Premier League title in 2021/22.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Pep Guardiola were honoured at the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai, the duo named player and coach of the century respectively.

Man Utd ‘make contact with Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent over return this summer’

Manchester United have been in touch with Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent over a return to the Premier League for the player, according to reports in Italy.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about jobs and the economy at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Joe Biden pledges to drastically slash US greenhouse gas emissions by 2030

President Joe Biden announced a new goal to sharply cut down US greenhouse gas emissions this decade. The country’s new mandate is to reduce planet-heating gases by 50 to 52 percent of what the US emitted in 2005.
Super Eagles and Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho has signed a new deal with the Club, keeping him at King Power Stadium until at least 2024.

Kelechi Iheanacho: Leicester City must fight to reach FA Cup final

Kelechi Iheanacho says Leicester City must display a fearsome determination to win when they take on Southampton at Wembley Stadium in the Emirates FA Cup Semi-finals on Sunday.
Aftermath of wanton destruction of lives and properties during #EndSARS protests, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has revealed that Lagos State required a minimum of N1 trillion to reconstruct the wilful extensive damage of properties across the metropolis.

House speaker: Nollywood contributes 2.3 % to Nigeria’s GDP

The Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said the film industry contributes 2.3 per cent to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq made the announcement during a meeting with Governor Abdullahi Sule.

Minister: Nigerian government has not given up on rescue of Chibok girls

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has reassured of government’s determination to rescue Chibok girls from their abductors, insisting that contrary to beliefs in some quarters that no action was being taken by the federal administration, it was determined to get the girls out of captivity.

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Kwara governor: I will continue to embark on people-oriented investment

Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara says his administration will continue to embark on people-oriented investments that will be of benefit and reward to the people of the state.
The Lagos State Police Command on Friday, rescued another one-month-old female child that was abandoned at the junction of a popular petrol station, by Orile Bus Stop, Lagos.

Lagos: Police rescue another abandoned one-month-old baby

The Lagos State Police Command on Friday, rescued another one-month-old female child that was abandoned at the junction of a popular petrol station, by Orile Bus Stop, Lagos.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Osun: Five ‘gunmen’ arrested after killing two

Five suspected gunmen have been arrested after they launched an attack on a residence around Arulogun area of Ede in Osun State where they killed two persons.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Pep Guardiola were honoured at the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai, the duo named player and coach of the century respectively.

Jorge Mendes rubbishes Cristiano Ronaldo’s Sporting Lisbon return links

Former Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will not be returning to Sporting Lisbon this summer.
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NBS: Nollywood produces 416 movies in Q1, 2021

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), says Nollywood produced 416 movies in Quarter One of 2021 (Q1, 2021) compared to 903 in Q4, 2020.

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Israeli seurity forces advance amid clashes with Palestinian protesters at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, on May 7, 2021. (Photo by Ahmad GHARABLI - AFP)

New protests called after Jerusalem clashes wound over 200

Israel braced for more protests Saturday after clashes at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound wounded more than 200 people and as the US, EU and regional powers urged calm after days of escalating violence.
FILE PHOTO- Pope Francis holds a weekly general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican, April 28, 2021. Vatican Media-?Handout via REUTERS

Pope Francis backs waivers on intellectual property rights for vaccines

Pope Francis on Saturday supported waiving intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines, backing a proposal by U.S. President Joe Biden that has been rebuffed by some European nations, including Germany.
SpaceX, an American aerospace manufacturer, is in talks with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to secure licences needed to launch Starlink, its internet satellite service in the country.

SpaceX plans to launch satellite internet service in Nigeria

SpaceX, an American aerospace manufacturer, is in talks with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to secure licences needed to launch Starlink, its internet satellite service in the country.
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has given a major reason the immediate past Nigerian security heads failed.

Rivers governor: We can’t succumb to secessionist agenda

The Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, has declared that his state will not be cowed into secessionist agenda.
Uganda's Yoweri Museveni was sworn in Wednesday for his sixth term as president, as police surrounded the home of his main opposition rival who decried the inauguration as a "sham".

Yoweri Museveni sworn in for sixth term as Ugandan president

Uganda's Yoweri Museveni was sworn in Wednesday for his sixth term as president, as police surrounded the home of his main opposition rival who decried the inauguration as a "sham".