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Spanish legionnaires stand guard at El Tarajal beach, on the Spanish side of the fence between the Spanish-Moroccan border, as Moroccans stay at the other side of the fence, after thousands of migrants swam across this border on Monday, in Ceuta, Spain, May 18, 2021. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Spain vows to restore order after thousands swim into Ceuta from Morocco

A sudden influx of migrants swimming into the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in northern Africa is a serious crisis for Europe, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Tuesday, although Spain and Morocco both gave signs of seeking to defuse a tense situation.

At least 57 migrants drown in shipwreck off Tunisia

At least 57 migrants drowned in a shipwreck off Tunis as they tried to cross the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy and 33 were rescued, humanitarian organisation Tunisian Red Crescent said on Tuesday.
Migrants from the reception centre board the Asso Trenta ship to be taken to the quarantine ship NGV Azzurra, in Lampedusa, Italy May 11, 2021. REUTERS-Antonio Parrinello

Austria snubs EU plea to accept Lampedusa migrants

Austria on Tuesday rejected a plea for other European Union countries to accept migrants from Italy, following a surge in arrivals on Lampedusa that seems likely to expose deep-seated divisions across the bloc over migration.
Migrants rest at a reception centre after arriving on the southern island of Lampedusa, Italy May 11, 2021. REUTERS-Antonio Parrinello

Italy to ask EU to pay Libya to stop migrant departures – newspaper

Italy's government is set to ask the European Union to pay Libya to stop migrant boats leaving its coast, newspaper la Repubblica reported on Tuesday.
Manchester United have started to devise a market strategy for the upcoming transfer window as the season approaches the final stage.

Report: Manchester United ready to offload four first-team players to fund summer spending

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer intends to clear the decks to accommodate new arrivals, with United continually linked with some of Europe’s most exciting prospects.
Security agencies on Wednesday detained a former national secretary of the defunct Action Congress, Dr Usman Bugaje, for criticising President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s handling of insecurity in the country.

Kamaru Usman ranked number one MMA pound-for-pound fighter

Nigeria’s UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has risen to number one in the ESPN pound-for-pound men’s MMA rankings.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel suffered the first defeat of his reign as struggling West Bromwich Albion took advantage of Thiago Silva's red card to earn a stunning 5-2 win on Saturday.

Thomas Tuchel: Chelsea squad could have a say on summer transfers

“I spoke to a conductor in Germany and he told me that once in his orchestra he had to find a new musician,” Tuchel said, according to the Star. “He picks three maybe that he likes as a replacement, but the final decision is made through the orchestra. We had a long discussion about this.
FILE PHOTO: Migrants from Haiti arrive to the Val Verde Border Humanitarian Coalition after being released from U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Del Rio, Texas, U.S., March 21, 2021. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Migration raises tension in Texas border town

More migrants are crossing the U.S.-Mexico border near Del Rio, Texas than Martinez recalls in his 13 years as Val Verde County Sheriff. They wade across the Rio Grande river and into residents’ yards.
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Kenyan, Ethiopian runners storm Lagos for city marathon

The strong cast of elite runners invited for the 2021 Lagos City Marathon are now in town for Saturday’s eagerly-anticipated race.
Emmanuel Amuneke has voiced his gladness seeing Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze and Lille’s Victor Osimhen become ‘household names’ for Nigeria and their respective European clubs.

Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze make Super Eagles full house

The Super Eagles now have a full house in their training camp in Lagos following the arrival of Napoli striker Victor Osimhen and Villarreal Winger Samuel Chukwueze, whose availability was under a lot of speculations.
Super Eagles German coach Gernot Rohr and the team’s captain Ahmed Musa played a role in crowning the best coach and best men’s player in Thursday’s award ceremony

AFCONQ: Super Eagles skipper, five other players arrive in Lagos

The Super Eagles camp in Lagos is already bubbling with some early arrivals ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations Cup (AFCON) qualifying matches against the Benin Republic and Lesotho.
Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey admitted that his performance in their goalless draw against Manchester United was not good enough.

AFCONQ: Thomas Partey omitted from Ghana squad after Arsenal block call-up due to coronavirus...

Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey has been omitted from Ghana’s squad for their upcoming fixtures due to coronavirus quarantine rules.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho refused to offer a definite comment on the VAR decision that saw Josh Maja’s goal disallowed in Thursday night’s Premier League clash at the Craven Cottage.

Former England coach explains importance of Josh Maja’s signing at Fulham

Former Three Lions of England head coach Glenn Hoddle has explained the importance of Josh Maja and other new arrivals at Fulham.
Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has confessed that his boys were tired and not ready to play and paid dearly for the defeat against Brighton.

Liverpool boss threatens to withdraw players from international duty

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has threatened to withdraw players from international matches this month if there is a chance they will have to quarantine on their return under coronavirus rules.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants his players to shun talks about them gunning for the title this season.

Manchester United boss not ready to release players for Internationals

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said it “doesn’t make sense” for his players to travel for international duty later this month if they have to quarantine on their return and miss games as a result.

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.
11. The NCDC and partners, with leadership from the Federal Ministry of Health and Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 is putting in place measures to strengthen the public health response to the pandemic.

NCDC calls for calm as another coronavirus variant surfaces in Nigeria

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Monday said a new variant of COVID-19 had been detected in Nigeria and 15 other countries.
China has begun using anal swabs to test those it considers at high risk of contracting Covid-19, state TV reported.

China authorities extend anal coronavirus tests for passengers arriving from abroad

China has begun using anal swabs to test those it considers at high risk of contracting Covid-19, state TV reported.
Borussia Dortmund and England star Jadon Sancho will be out to silence his critics when his side take on Club Brugge in their third Champions League group game on Wednesday.

Report: Chelsea, Manchester United interested in Jadon Sancho

Per the report, they suggest that Borussia Dortmund may have to sell one of Sancho of striker Erling Braut Haaland which is down to two reasons: BVB have a financial deficit of around €75 million, due to the Coronavirus pandemic but also, the appointment of a new head coach would mean new arrivals, resulting in potential departures.

UN seeks $100 million to aid African migrants

The United Nations on Wednesday appealed to member countries for $100 million to help it boost support for refugees fleeing escalating conflicts and crises in Africa and embarking on risky migration routes to Europe.
CNOSF President Denis Masseglia said that, while he understood that Olympic competitors could not jump the vaccine queue, unvaccinated athletes would find things “extremely difficult” in Tokyo.

Olympics: French committee head sees ‘difficult’ Games for non-vaccinated athletes

More than 15,000 competitors expected at the Games, which are due to start on July 23. They were postponed last year because of COVID-19.
Nigeria born England international Tammy Abraham was among the first set of Chelsea players to pay tribute to sacked coach Frank Lampard on Monday.

Chelsea duo pay tribute to axed Frank Lampard

Nigeria born England international Tammy Abraham was among the first set of Chelsea players to pay tribute to sacked coach Frank Lampard on Monday.

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France's President Emmanuel Macron bumps elbows with Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi before the opening session of the Summit on the Financing of African Economies, in Paris, France, May 18, 2021. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

France, African leaders push to redirect $100 billion in IMF SDR reserves by October

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday a summit in Paris on Africa financing had agreed to work towards persuading rich nations by October to reallocate $100 billion in IMF special drawing rights monetary reserves to African states.
“At this moment, l cannot say how many students were taken away by the gunmen until l get there, but we have already mobilized security men and members of the vigilantatè who are now in pursuit of the abductors,” the commissioner stated.

Katsina judge kidnapped inside court

Witnesses told Daily Trust that the attackers broke into the court around 3pm on Tuesday and abducted the judge identified as Alhaji Husaini Sama’ila.
Nigeria’s oil and gas industry has lost huge investments due to the non-passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has said.

James Ibori loot: Delta asks federal government to return recovered fund to state

Delta State Government on Tuesday reacted to receipt by the Nigerian government of the £4.2 million first tranche of the Ibori loot from the goverment of the United Kingdom.
Both Governor Simon Lalong and Senator Gyang have noted that the purported invitation for the turbaning of one Alhaji Samaila Abdullahi as Sarkin Kerana is a threat to the peaceful coexistence of the people of the North-Central State.

Kaduna strike: Northern governors call for calm

The Northern Governors Forum, has called for calm and dialogue between Kaduna State Government and organised labour, to resolve the ongoing warning strike by workers in the state.

Senator decries shortage of personnel in fighting security challenge

Sen. Kashim Shettima, Chairman, Senate Committee on Interior, has urged the Federal Government to recruit additional security personnel towards tackling current security challenges in Nigeria.

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Senate queries NACA over failure to release global fund records for auditing

The Senate has queried the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) over its failure to release records of 2015 global funding of the agency for proper auditing.

Serial killers nabbed in Osun reveal shallow graves they buried their victims in Benue

Two suspected notorious criminals who abduct, kill and bury their victims in shallow graves have been apprehended by the police in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State.
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.

AfDB president: Africa must finance large scale youth-led businesses

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has called on governments and private sectors in Africa to grow, finance and support large scale youth-led businesses in the continent.

Nemanja Matic: Manchester United ready for Liverpool game

When tonight’s game is all said and done, it will bring an end to a run of four games in the space of eight days for United featuring both domestic and European fixtures.

World Bank: $540 billion remittance flow reaches low-middle-income countries in 2020

A World Bank report says officially recorded remittance flows to low- and middle-income countries reached 540 billion dollars in 2020, 1.6 per cent below the 2019 total of 548 billion dollars.