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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 declares Zamfara no fly-zone, bans mining activities

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), disclosed this on Tuesday while briefing State House correspondents after a meeting of National Security Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Nigeria on Tuesday received 3.94 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Assess Facility, COVAX.

First coronavirus vaccines arrive in Nigeria

Nigeria received its first COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday to kick off an inoculation programme in Africa’s most populous nation, delivered under the international COVAX scheme.
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.

Sokoto governor: We’ll frustrate Boko Haram, bandits agenda to disrupt learning

Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has in the wake of the recent kidnappings in some states of the North fingered a coalition of Boko Haram and bandits as the groups responsible

U.S. will impose public health measures for DRC, Guinea travelers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will impose new public health requirements for U.S. visitors who have recently been in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or Guinea because of concerns about Ebola, the agency said on Monday.
A view shows the Grand Immaculate Church, ahead of the planned visit of Pope Francis to Iraq, in Qaraqosh, Iraq February 23, 2021. Picture taken February 23, 2021. Picture taken with a drone REUTERS-Thaier al-Sudani

Clergy lead a rare Christian revival in Iraqi town welcoming pope

As Islamic State fighters advanced across northern Iraq in 2014, Mazen Shemes’ nine-year-old son was killed by a mortar. The family had to bury him quickly before fleeing the same night, along with thousands of other Christian families.
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 directs ministry to understudy Egypt’s power sector

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Ministry of Power to collaborate with the Egyptian government on implementing the Presidential Power Initiative.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the now rested Presidential Task Team on Apapa Restoration of Law and Order, Mr. Kayode Opeifa, yesterday dismissed allegations of corruption against its officials.

Apapa gridlock: We’ll sustain call-up system enforcement – Lagos traffic team

Seventy-two hours into the commencement of the new Call-Up System introduced by Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, the Lagos State Special Traffic Management Enforcement Team, yesterday, vowed to sustain the new order in Apapa and its environs, as gridlock eases off.
A Presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in 2019, Chief Charles Udeogaranya, has said that the way things are going in Nigeria, Ndigbo Republic may emerge instead of Biafra.

Charles Udeogaranya: Ndigbo Republic may emerge if South-East fails to produce president in 2023

According to him, “if after 50 years of Nigeria/Biafra civil war and political power brokers do not find it expediently urgent to close this monumental gap of inequality by giving a sense of belonging to the South-East region of Nigeria, then Ndigbo Republic (NR) is inevitable and I will lead the struggle of its actualisation.”
Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River has directed applicants for the 8,000 automatic jobs to enlist through their respective village heads.

Cross River to supply healthcare materials with drones

Cross River Health Insurance Agency plans to use drones to deliver health materials to rural areas, the Director-General, Mr Godwin Iyala, said in Calabar on Monday.

PIB: Stakeholders want 10 percent derivation for host communities

Stakeholders in the oil and gas industry, Thursday demanded a raise of the oil operating expenditure from 2.5 per cent to 10 per cent for host communities in the new petroleum industry bill (PIB).
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this at the PTF briefing on Tuesday in Abuja.

Nigeria launches strategy for effective coronavirus vaccination

The Nigerian government on Monday launched the ‘T. E. A. C. H Strategy’ to ensure the effective roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines when they finally arrive the country.
Okomu Oil company has given out cheques of N90,000 each to no fewer than 35 students of tertiary institutions from about 20 host communities in three local government areas where it operates in Edo.

Okomu Oil Palm wants central bank to review anchor borrowers programme

Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc. wants a review of CBN’s Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) to accommodate more farmers and to shore up the nation’s foreign earnings from agriculture.
The Northern Governors Forum says the current system of open grazing, operated by herders in the country, is no longer sustainable.

Fulani group warns members against negative acts as herders flock to Kwara

The Fulani Community Association in Kwara has advised its members to avoid negative tendencies capable of undermining the peaceful coexistence of the state.

Senator Sheriff lauds Yobe government over cargo airport project

Former Borno State governor, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, has commended the Yobe state Government over its International Cargo Airport project, saying it would boost the economy of the region.
China’s new rules governing school disciplinary methods came into force on Monday, banning physical punishment and verbal abuse in primary and secondary schools.

China outlaws corporal punishment, verbal abuse in schools

Educators are prohibited from carrying out disciplinary procedures that would inflict direct physical pain on students, according to the trialed regulations released by the Ministry of Education last December.
Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has tasked the Kogi State Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello on the need to sustain his current onslaught against criminality in the state.

Ex-President Obasanjo urges Bello to sustain fight against criminality

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has tasked the Kogi State Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello on the need to sustain his current onslaught against criminality in the state.
Former Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume, All Progressives Congress, APC, Borno South said weekend that men of the Armed Forces are at the moment, chasing members of Boko Haram insurgents to their various operational bases in North-East.

Senator Ndume urges President Buhari to issue executive order on unexplained wealth

Former Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to sign an Executive Order to activate the Unexplained Wealth Act and make the work of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) more efficient.
Despite denial by the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi, that he did not punch the Agbowu of Ogbaagbaa, Oba Dhikurulahi Akinropo, he (Agbowu), on Sunday, insisted that Oluwo punched him.

Oluwo: Insecurity in Nigeria is perennial problem

The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi said insecurity in Nigeria is a perrenial challenge which requires a linear process to be tamed.

Health workers suspend strike in Bayelsa

The Bayelsa State Chapter of Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) has suspended the industrial action embarked upon by its members on Feburary 12.
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NDLEA nabs drug trafficker with N1 billion worth of ‘cocaine’

A transborder drug trafficker, 36-year-old Nkem Timothy, alias Auwalu Audu has been arrested in Sokoto by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, while trying to cross to Algeria through the Niger Republic with 62 wraps of substance suspected to be cocaine.

Archbishop Kaigama: Kidnappings in Nigeria will continue if…

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Most Rev Ignatius Kaigama, is one of Nigeria’s most respected clergymen. He served as the President of Nigerian Bishops Conference (2012-2018), and currently chairs the Episcopal Conference of West African Catholic Bishops.
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.

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Debt Management Office (DMO)

DMO clears air on 2018 N2.1 trillion debt service

The Debt Management Office (DMO) has explained that the N2.1 trillion allocated for Debt Service in the 2018 federal government budget was paid directly to the creditors by the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF).

Five injured in fresh attack on Fulani settlement in Oyo

Another crisis erupted, Tuesday, at Idigba Olomi Village, Ogbomoso in Surulere North Local Government area of Oyo State when some bandits attacked a Fulani settlement.
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

UNICEF to provide psychosocial support to released Zamfara schoolgirls

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says it will provide psychosocial support to the released Jangebe schoolgirls and their families.
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.
In a directive to the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (Rtd), the president ordered that there must be a clear pathway to ending the resurgent banditry that has continued to cost lives and the displacement of thousands of families from their towns and villages.

Nigerian government to clamp down on individuals, bodies sponsoring upheavals

The Federal Government has expressed its readiness to henceforth clamp down on individuals and groups sponsoring upheavals with the sole aim to destabilise the nation.

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Cesc Fabregas: Bukayo Saka mature, intelligent for his age

Former Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas says Bukayo Saka is too mature and intelligent for his young age, following his impact in the Gunners’ dramatic win against Benfica in Thursday night Europa League clash.
The Honourable Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, has described the death of the seven Nigerian Air Force personnel who lost their lives in an air crash involving a NAF Beechcraft King Air B350i in Abuja..

NAF plane crash victims for burial Thursday

On Thursday, seven Nigerian Air Force (NAF) officers killed in Sunday’s air crash at Abuja will be laid to rest at the National Cemetery, Airport Road, in the Lugbe area of the Federal Capital.
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

House of Reps grills NNPC, contractors, summon BPP over $2.6 billion AKK pipeline project

House of Representatives has begun investigation of the alleged breach of Nigeria’s laws on local content in the execution of the Federal Government project to construct a gas pipeline from Ajaokuta to Kano.
Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has denied claims that his government has sold off the Ekiti State Governor’s Lodge in Abuja.

Governor Fayemi: Ekiti to get uninterrupted power supply soon

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has assured the people of the state that the government has put machinery in place to ensure adequate and uninterrupted power supply before the end of his administration.
Kwara State Governor Abdulraham Abdulrazaq

Kwara government approves use of hijab in schools

Mamma Sabah Jibril, Secretary to the State Government, announced the decision in a statement Thursday night.