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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.

Zamfara APC reacts to abduction of 300 schoolgirls

The Zamfara State’s chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has lamented that governor Matawalle’s peace accord and reconciliation process with bandits in the state has been the cause of rampant cases of banditry in the state.
Vinicius Junior has expressed his desire to stay at Real Madrid forever while ruling out a potential loan move in the summer transfer window.

Vinicius: I want to stay at Real Madrid forever

Vinicius Junior has expressed his desire to "stay at Real Madrid forever" while ruling out a potential loan move in the summer transfer window.
Arsenal captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has apologised to fans and his teammates for missing a good chance against Benfica in the Europa League.

Jamie Redknapp: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has past his best

The Gabon international endured a difficult game in the 1-0 loss to Manchester City on Sunday, failing to register a single shot on target.
Bitcoin hit a record-high above $43,000 on Monday after electric carmaker Tesla invested $1.5 billion in the digital currency.

Bitcoin market cap nears $1 trillion

Bitcoin hit yet another record high on Friday, and moved within sight of a market capitalisation of $1 trillion, blithely shrugging off analyst warnings that it is an “economic side show” and a poor hedge against a fall in stock prices.
Paul Rusesabagina looks on as he sits with some of his coaccused at the Supreme Court in Kigali. Simon Wohlfahrt - AFP

Hotel Rwanda ‘hero’ goes on trial amid global calls for release

Paul Rusesabagina, the polarising hero of the hit movie "Hotel Rwanda," went on trial on Wednesday on charges including terrorism that drew international calls for his release.
Twitter said Tuesday it was rolling out tweets which disappear after 24 hours, joining rival social platforms in offering ephemeral messages.

Twitter rollout voice direct messages in India

Android Central reports that the audio messages are now available in three countries worldwide: India, Brazil, and Japan. Plans for voice DMs were first announced last year. Twitter says the feature, which it’s calling an “experiment,” will roll out in India in phases.
Mohamed Salah does not look “unhappy” at Liverpool, says Reds coach Gary O’Neil, with there seemingly little cause for concern when it comes to the Egyptian’s immediate future.

Liverpool legend: Mo ​Salah not ready to leave for any club

The Egyptian is being linked with a move away from the club in the summer, and if they fail to finish in the top four that speculation may intensify.
Harry Maguire insists nobody at Manchester United has “even thought about the Europa League” as the Red Devils prepare to enter the Champions League’s last-chance saloon.

Harry Maguire ‘fed up’ with Manchester United critics

Harry Maguire is “fed up” with critics of Victor Lindelof and Manchester United’s defence, with the Red Devils skipper claiming a “blatant foul” denied Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side another three points at West Brom.
This sudden world applause is due to the delivery of the first of the 13 brand new Embraer E195-E2 Nigerian Air Peace airline placed order for in April 2019 at the Embraer Business Meeting at Port Louis, Mauritius

Nigeria civil aviation gets world commendation

Nigeria civil aviation in the last one week has been receiving world commendation. The sector which was recently rated as having one of the highest number of unserviceable aircraft in the world is suddenly being seen as one with the highest potentials on the Africa continent, capable of competing with the best in world civil aviation.

Election: CAF executive committee blocks Ahmad Ahmad’s return

The Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has moved against the return of its embattled President Ahmad Ahmad for next month’s presidential polls in Morocco.
The Director-General of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Moh Lukman, has chided the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Ebun-olu Adegboruwa SAN, for reducing to politics and legality, the issues raised by President Muhammadu Buhari, on measure to tackle the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.

PGF chief: Senator Tinubu, Bisi Akande’s disagreement with others good for APC

The Director-General of the Progressives Governors Forum, Dr. Salihu Lukman, yesterday said democracy will lose its appeal once internal disagreements among leaders of political parties cease to exist.
The Director-General of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Moh Lukman, has chided the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Ebun-olu Adegboruwa SAN, for reducing to politics and legality, the issues raised by President Muhammadu Buhari, on measure to tackle the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.

PGF chief: Why APC membership register mustn’t be in the hands of one man

Director General of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, PGF, Salihu Moh. Lukman, has advised against handing over the membership register of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to any chieftain of the party, warning of grave undemocratic consequences.
U.S. President Joe Biden will visit the State Department on Thursday and deliver his first foreign policy speech as president.

Joe Biden may attend next AU summit, pledges support for Africa

President Joe Biden of the United States of America has assured the African union of cooperation and expressed hope that he would physically attend the next AU summit.
Manchester United have made an approach for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano.

Chelsea target Dayot Upamecano, Niklas Sule as Thomas Tuchel eyes big centre-back signing

Dayot Upamecano and Niklas Sule are two of several central defensive targets being lined up by Chelsea as Thomas Tuchel looks to improve his squad in the summer.
New Zealand-Nigerian mixed martial arts ace Israel Adesanya, is determined to move up into the heavyweight division in future his coach John Bareman has revealed.

Israel Adesanya determined to upgrade to heavyweight division

New Zealand-Nigerian mixed martial arts ace Israel Adesanya, is determined to move up into the heavyweight division in future his coach John Bareman has revealed.
Bundesliga, European and DFB-Pokal Cup champions, Bayern Munich, were knocked out of the DFB-Pokal Cup on Wednesday by lowly Holstein Kiel on penalties, after 90 minutes and extra time ended 2-2.

Bayern Munich name strong squad for FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar

The present crop of German and European football champions Bayern Munich are keen to add the title of world champions to their enviable collection of accolades when the tournament kicks off on Thursday, February 4.

SAN passes vote of no confidence on Nigerian politicians

A constitutional lawyer, Mallam Yusuf Olaolu Ali (SAN), at the weekend passed a vote of no confidence on Nigerian politicians presently occupying various office over their failure to fulfill electoral promises made to the electorate during 2019 general election in the country.
Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya poses with the Sakharov Prize, European Union's annual human rights award, during a ceremony at the EU Parliament in Brussels, Belgium December 16, 2020. John Thys-Pool via REUTERS-File Photo

Lithuanian president nominates Belarus opposition leader for Nobel prize – sources

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has nominated Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya for the Nobel Peace Prize, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Saturday
Chelsea supporters were delighted at the performance of Fikayo Tomori after he made his debut for AC Milan against Inter Milan yesterday.

Fikayo Tomori thrilled with AC Milan ambitions

The 23-year-old Chelsea defender arrived on loan with an option to buy this month and has already played his first game in the Coppa Italia.
Thomas Tuchel says he wants ‘to feel a certain level of energy’ from Chelsea’s playing style. Darren Walsh-Chelsea FC-Getty Images

Thomas Tuchel: Chelsea should be ready to compete for Premier League title

“As a manager there is no time to waste. Honestly, now we compete for FA Cup, we will get ready absolutely to compete at the highest level in Champions League and we want to create a team that is absolutely no fun to play against and we want to create a team that is confident enough to beat anybody in two games, which is possible.”
Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo attends the fifty-sixth ordinary session of the Economic Community of West African States in Abuja on December 21, 2019. Kola Sulaimon-AFP

Ghana’s president: AfCFTA is the most important initiative introduced by AU

The most important initiative introduced by the African Union (AU) is the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Chairman of the Economic of West African States (ECOWAS), President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has said.
FILE PHOTO - Oil pours out of a spout from Edwin Drake's original 1859 well that launched the modern petroleum industry at the Drake Well Museum and Park in Titusville, Pennsylvania U.S., October 5, 2017. REUTERS-Brendan McDermid

Ghana’s oil reserves left with 2.5 billion barrels – report

Ghana’s oil reserves is left with about 2.5 billion barrels more to be produce if new oil discoveries are not found.

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Ex-VP Namadi Sambo advocates shift in Nigerian educational system

Former Vice President Namadi Sambo has advocated for a dynamic approach of the Nigerian educational system to produce employees with skills and ability to handle complex jobs and create opportunities for others.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has not approved any drug or vaccine for the treatment of COVID-19.

NAFDAC busts alleged illegal maize flour production facility in Yobe

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has busted an alleged illegal maize flour production outfit in Potiskum town of Yobe.
Osun Governor Adegboyega Oyetola

Osun governor condemns ethnic colouration in fight against terrorism

Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State has condemned the ethnic coloration in which the fight against terrorism and insurgency is taking in Nigeria.
Nobel laureate, Prof. Wọlé Soyinka, has warned that the conflict between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in different states of the federation can degenerate into civil war if the federal government fails to properly handle it.

Wole Soyinka to Nigerians: Don’t accept child hostage taking as a way of life

Following the Friday abduction of over 300 school children in Jangebe in Zamfara State, Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on Saturday warned Nigerians against accepting kidnapping of school children in parts of the north as a way of life.
A former Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshall Nsikak Eduok, is dead.

Former NAF chief Nsikak Eduok laid to rest in Akwa Ibom

It was a harvest of tributes for a former Chief of Air Staff, late Air Marshall Nsikak Eduok as his remains were laid to rest in his hometown in Ibesikpo Asutan, Akwa Ibom state on Saturday.

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The Chairman of the Southwest Governors’ Forum, on Saturday, said that the forum and the traditional rulers in the region supported the decision of the National Economic Council that state governments have statutory jurisdiction over forest reserves

Southwest governors: We shall fight criminality with every legal means

Chairman of the South West Governors Forum Rotimi Akeredolu has declared that the governors in the region would fight criminality with every legal means.
President Goodluck Jonathan

Ex-President Jonathan hosts Gambian political class in Abuja

In his quest to facilitate a common front in the build up to the making of a new constitution for The Gambia; Nigeria’s immediate past President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan is playing host to the country’s top political leaders in Abuja.

Somali president challenged in his bid to secure new term

Somalia’s president, whose four-year term expired this month, should not take part in talks aimed at resolving a dispute that has caused a delay in choosing a new head of state, two of Somalia’s five regional governments said on Sunday.
The governing council of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has removed Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as the vice-chancellor of the school.

UNILAG records 95% success in non-physical PUTME – VC

The University of Lagos says its current non-physical Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (PUTME) has achieved 95 per cent success as against reports in some quarters that it was unreliable and inefficient.
Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough, seated in the back second row third from right, talks as senators gather in the foreground during the second impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump on Feb. 10. (Senate Television-AP)

US House passes Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill

The relief package was approved after a 219-212 vote, and will now go to the Senate. The money is aimed at galvanizing a still-faltering US economy.