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On April 3, Real Sociedad were crowned Copa del Rey winners after beating Athletic 1-0 in a dramatic all-Basque derby.

Athletic eyeing Copa del Rey revenge vs wounded Barcelona

On April 3, Real Sociedad were crowned Copa del Rey winners after beating Athletic 1-0 in a dramatic all-Basque derby.
Embattled President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has survived a second round of investigation into his conduct, giving him a boost in his re-election bid next month.

Nigerian government, AfDB collaborate on special agro processing

As part of the Buhari administration’s efforts to transform agricultural productivity in the country, the Federal Government in partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and other stakeholders are set to roll out a Special-Agro Industrial Processing Zones (SAPZ) programme aimed at concentrating agro-processing activities in demarcated areas to boost productivity and integrate production, processing and marketing of selected commodities.
Nigerian troops rallied to flush out Boko Haram rag tag forces in Guzamala

Boko Haram: Nigerian military reinforces troops in Damasak

Despite the nefarious activities of local informants who regularly tip the Islamic State of West Africa Province and Boko Haram Terrorists of troops’ operation, the Nigerian military has reinforced its ground troops with sophisticated equipment and the Air Task Force’s support to contain the insurgents terrorising Damasak axis of Borno State.
FILE PHOTO - Representations of virtual currency bitcoin are seen in this picture illustration taken taken March 13, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration

Official: SEC working with CBN on cryptocurrency regulation

Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) says it is working with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for better understanding and regulation of cryptocurrencies in the country.
Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna State has reacted to the new the killing of six children and a woman in some herders’ settlements in the Kaura and Lere Local Government Areas of the State.

Official: Kaduna captures 2.1 million poor, vulnerable in social register

The Kaduna State Government has captured 2.1 million individuals from 524,424 Poor and Vulnerable Households (PVHHs) in its Social Register.
Lucky Irabor, chief of defence staff

CDS: Illegal arms-bearing a threat to Nigeria’s existence

The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, has said that the proliferation of illegal arms in the country was a threat to Nigeria’s corporate existence.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) announced yesterday that it would be reintroducing the park and pay policy in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), from May 1, 2021.

Official: FCTA has achieved 60% implementation of Abuja master plan

The Federal Capital Terriory Administration (FCTA) says it has recorded 60 per cent success in the implementation of the Abuja Master Plan in spite of some challenges.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja has intercepted 21.9kg of Cocaine.

Aviation experts urge Nigerian government to beef up security at airports

Stakeholders in the aviation sector have called on the Federal Government to beef up security at the nation’s airports, following recent alarm on the planned attacks on some major airports across the country.
The Oyo State chapter of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) says Governor Seyi Makinde disappointed himself for failing to fulfil the promises made to the party few days to the 2019 gubernatorial election.

PDP blasts popular preacher for berating Oyo governor

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Oyo State chapter, has described comments credited to Sheikh Muhydeen Ajani Bello over the present PDP government under Governor Seyi Makinde as ‘uncharitable and unfair.’
The Minister of Power, Mr. Sale Mamman, who disclosed this in series of tweets via his official Twitter handle, explained that the Siemens deal would expand Nigeria’s power grid capacity to 25,000 megawatts.

Minister links power outages to technical, gas, water hurdles

As power outages worsen across the country, this week, the Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman, has said there are technical issues across 17 Generation Companies (GenCos), forcing a huge drop in the national grid.
Google Earth is getting a new 3D time-lapse feature that lets you observe how Earth has changed from 1984 to 2020, allowing you to see just how much the devastating effects of climate change have already shaped the geography of the planet.

Google Earth’s historical 3D time lapses show the ravages of climate change

Google Earth is getting a new 3D time-lapse feature that lets you observe how Earth has changed from 1984 to 2020, allowing you to see just how much the devastating effects of climate change have already shaped the geography of the planet.
Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, said yesterday that the commission arrested more than 400 young Nigerians for internet related fraud in the first three months of 2021.

EFCC boss engages Senate’s anti-corruption committee

The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, Wednesday had his first interactive meeting with members of the Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes, following his assumption of office.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers his first prime time address as president, marking the one-year anniversary of widespread shutdowns to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and speaking about the impact of the pandemic during an address from the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 11, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

US to impose sanctions on Russia for cyber-attacks

The US government is set to issue a wide range of sanctions against Russia, according to reports.
FILE PHOTO: An Ethiopian woman who fled war in Tigray region carries a jerrycan of water as she walks at the Um-Rakoba camp on the Sudan-Ethiopia border in Al-Qadarif state, Sudan November 19, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/File Photo

Health official alleges ‘sexual slavery’ in Tigray; women blame soldiers

The young mother was trying to get home with food for her two children when she says soldiers pulled her off a minibus in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, claiming it was overloaded.

Group kicks off feeding campaign for widows in Niger

Waterlight Save Initiative, a Niger State-based group has embarked on ‘Feed the Widows’ community-based project, in order to reach out to the extreme marginalised and vulnerable widows in the Javino community of the state.
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

2021 rainfall: Lagos issues flash flood alert

Lagos State Government has predicted high intensity of rainfall of 261 days in 2021 with attendant flooding across the state even as it assured residents of adequate protection of lives property.
China has put one northern city in lockdown and launched citywide coronavirus testing in another, after two local infections involving workers at a port and trade zone respectively, authorities have said.

China lifts 770 million rural people out of poverty

More than 770 million of China’s rural population living below the current poverty line have been raised from poverty, accounting for more than 70 per cent of the global total over the same period according to the World Bank’s international poverty standard, says a white paper recently released by the State Council Information Office of China.
Minister of Youths and Sports Development Sunday Dare has expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance with COVID-19 protocols by athletes and officials participating in the 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) in Benin.

NSF: Coronavirus affected excitement – Kwara official

Ibrahim Alarape, the Director, Kwara Sports Council, says restriction of spectators at event centres due to COVID-19 pandemic has affected the excitement of the 20th National Sports Festival (NSF).
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has denied media report credited to him that the dislodged Boko Haram insurgents are regrouping in his state, particularly on the Benue-Nasarawa border.

Nasarawa governor inaugurates agric programme, pays N176 million counterpart fund

Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has inaugurated the Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP), initiated to improve cassava and rice value chain for small farmers in the state.
Leader of the group and National President of NYU, Chinonso Obasi, confirmed told newsmen, Wednesday, that he was invited by the DSS, adding he had concluded arrangements to be at DSS headquarters on Wednesday morning in honor the invitation.

DSS invites youth leader over planned protest at Abuja airport

Leader of the group and National President of NYU, Chinonso Obasi, confirmed told newsmen, Wednesday, that he was invited by the DSS, adding he had concluded arrangements to be at DSS headquarters on Wednesday morning in honor the invitation.
Nollywood actress and producer, Ruth Kadiri, has called out the organisers of Eko Star Film & TV awards for sidelining her at the just concluded award ceremony honouring women in Nollywood.

Nollywood actress accuses awards organisers of sidelining her

Nollywood actress and producer, Ruth Kadiri, has called out the organisers of Eko Star Film & TV awards for sidelining her at the just concluded award ceremony honouring women in Nollywood.

One dead, others injured in Bayelsa cult clash

The Bayelsa Police Command on Tuesday, confirmed the death of a suspected cultist during a clash by two rival cult groups in the state capital, Yenagoa.The Bayelsa Police Command on Tuesday, confirmed the death of a suspected cultist during a clash by two rival cult groups in the state capital, Yenagoa.

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Chad’s longtime President Idriss Deby has died of wounds suffered on the front line in the country’s north, where he had gone to visit soldiers battling rebels, the armed forces said.

Africa youth parliament mourns Idriss Deby, hails AU mediation in Somalia

The Democracy Africa Youth Parliament has mourned the tragic death of President Idriss Deby Itno of the Republic of Chad, who died on Monday.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Police parade nine suspects for Minna armed robberies

Police in Niger on Thursday put on parade nine suspects arrested for armed robbery.
The police command in Ekiti on Friday confirmed the killing of a police officer as gunmen allegedly abducted a Chinese expatriate in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

Gunmen waylay, kidnap commercial bus passengers in Oyo

Gun-wielding kidnappers have attacked an 18-seater passenger bus along Ibarapa road in Oyo State and marched the travellers off into the forest.
William Troost-Ekong has expressed his delight after Watford recorded their third consecutive win in the Championship with a hardfought victory at Stoke City on Friday night.

William Troost-Ekong: Watford pushing hard for Premier League return

William Troost-Ekong admits last weekend’s derby defeat to Luton Town motovated the team to go all out for a win against leaders Norwich City on Tuesday.
A patient with breathing problems is seen inside a car while waiting to enter a COVID-19 hospital for treatment, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ahmedabad, India, April 22, 2021. REUTERS-Amit Dave

India increases states’ oxygen quota amid surge in coronavirus cases

As the demand for oxygen grows in the worst-hit COVID-19 states, India’s federal health ministry has announced an increase in quota for several states, officials said on Thursday.

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“A Ukrainian diplomat, a consul of Ukraine’s Consulate General in Saint Petersburg, Alexander Sosonyuk, has been detained by Russia’s FSB,” the security service said in a statement.

Russian security service detains Ukraine diplomat

Russia’s FSB security service said on Saturday it had detained a Ukrainian diplomat, accusing him of receiving sensitive information from a Russian national.
At least, six persons have been feared killed in a bloody clash between two rival cult groups in Ikere, Ekiti State.

Six killed in Ekiti cult clash

Ekiti State Command Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Sunday Abutu, who confirmed the incident said, six corpses have been recovered and deposited at the morgue after the clash which occurred in the early hours of today.

Uganda start-up bets big on banana waste

Ugandans have always eaten a lot of bananas. Now a local start-up reckons it can extract even more value from overlooked parts of the crop.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) announced yesterday that it would be reintroducing the park and pay policy in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), from May 1, 2021.

Minister: FCTA will increase access to agricultural inputs

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has put in place an Input Support Initiative strategy aimed at increasing access to critical agricultural inputs to support all year farming in Abuja.
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Early voter apathy in Rivers council poll

The Local Government Election in Rivers was marked by general voter apathy during the early hours of polling even as most residents in parts of Port Harcourt remained indoors.