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Kaduna state government has said further checks in the wake of the attack by armed bandits on the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Igabi LGA indicated that 39 students are currently unaccounted for.

President Buhari urged to intensify efforts to rescue abducted Kaduna students

The Academic Staff Union of Research Institutions (ASURI), the umbrella body of researchers in all Federal Research and Development Institutions (RDIs), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to intensify all the efforts being made to rescue the 39 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization (FCFM), Afaka, Kaduna.
Governor of Rivers State Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (right) presents a souvenir to the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Industry Bill, Hon. Victor Nwokolo Onyemaechi who led the committee on courtesy visit to Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday

PIB: Rivers governor supports allocation of 10 per cent oil revenue to host communities

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has advocated not less than 10 percent fund allocation to host communities in the Petroleum Industry Bill that is still before the National Assembly.
The Chairman- Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa, has urged Nigerians to take ownership of the renewed fight against the menace of drug abuse in the country.

NDLEA boss urges Nigerians to take ownership of war against drug abuse

The Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa, has urged Nigerians to take ownership of the renewed fight against the menace of drug abuse in the country.
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NDLEA: Nigerian kidnappers now ask for ransom payment in drugs

Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brigadier-General Buba Marwa (rtd) has expressed regret that the drugs abuse situation in the country is so bad that criminal elements especially kidnappers and armed bandits now ask for payment of ransoms in drugs.

Group seeks justice over killing of former NBA chief

The University of Calabar Alumni Association, Imo branch, has demanded justice over the killing of Ndionyenma Nwankwo, a former chairperson, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Owerri branch, Imo State.
Relatives carry the body of one of the female judges shot dead by unknown gunmen in Kabul, Afghanistan January 17, 2021. REUTERS-Mohammad Ismail

Gunmen kill two female Supreme Court judges in Afghanistan – police

Unidentified gunmen killed two female judges from Afghanistan’s Supreme Court on Sunday morning, police said, adding to a wave of assassinations in Kabul and other cities while government and Taliban representatives have been holding peace talks in Qatar.

Central African rebels attack, enter town before election results announced

Rebel fighters in Central African Republic attacked and partially occupied a diamond-mining town on Sunday, four security and humanitarian sources said, a day before authorities are due to declare results of the presidential election.
Polls have opened in the Central African Republic (CAR) to choose a new president and parliament amid fears of escalating violence as the government tries to hold off a rebel advance on the capital, Bangui.

Central African Republic votes under threat of violence

Voters in the Central African Republic go to the polls on Sunday for presidential and legislative elections being held under violence.

Afghan women’s rights activist shot dead

Gunmen on motorbike shot dead a women’s rights activist and her brother north of Afghanistan’s capital Thursday, officials said, as a wave of assassinations ravages the violence-wracked country.

Yuletide: NSCDC chief orders deployment of personnel to flash points

The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, has ordered the deployment of personnel to all nooks and crannies of the country in order to maintain peace, order and effective security of lives, property before, during and after the yuletide season.
Western Nigerian Security Network, codenamed Amotekun.

Crime rate grows as Amotekun battles funding, others

South-West Security Network, popularly known as Operation Amotekun, is battling with problems of funding and equipment in Ondo and Ekiti states, where it has commenced activities.
A group of Saudi dissidents exiled in countries including the United Kingdom and United States have announced the launch of an opposition party, the first organised political resistance under King Salman’s rule.

Exiled Saudi dissidents launch opposition party

The party is headed by prominent London-based human rights activist Yahya Assiri, and its members include academic Madawi al-Rasheed, researcher Saeed bin Nasser al-Ghamdi, US-based Abdullah Alaoudh and Canada-based Omar Abdulaziz, sources close to the outfit told the AFP news agency.

French prosecutor to probe aid worker killings in Niger

France’s anti-terror prosecutor’s office said Monday it would probe the killing of eight people, including French aid workers, by gunmen in Niger.
Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announces a failed coup as he addresses the public on television, June 23, 2019. The failed coup in the Amhara region was led by a high-ranking military official and others within the country’s military, he said.

Ethiopia’s Ahmad Abiy faces outcry over crackdown on rebels

Desta Garuma, a 27-year-old rickshaw driver, never showed much interest in politics, so his family has no idea how soldiers concluded he was involved in a rebel movement active in Ethiopia’s Oromia region.

Gunmen kill 24 in attack on Burkina Faso church

Gunmen killed 24 people, including a pastor, in an attack on a church during Sunday mass in northwestern Burkina Faso, four security sources said on Monday.
Protesters have returned to the streets in Iraq, sealing streets with burning tires and threatening further escalation at a time of difficult economic conditions.

Protesters in Iraq demand US withdrawal

Protesters have returned to the streets in Iraq, sealing streets with burning tires and threatening further escalation at a time of difficult economic conditions.
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Cleric: APC may break into four

The Founder and President of Shiloh Word Chapel, Abuja, Prophet Samuel Ikechukwu, has warned the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), against impending break up of the party, except it takes proactive steps to avert it.
The U.S. killed Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani, in a “defensive action,” the Pentagon says.

Qassem Soleimani’s killing an earthquake with ‘reverberations around the globe’

The U.S. airstrike that killed a top Iranian commander at Baghdad’s airport in Iraq has created an earthquake that will have “reverberations around the globe,” according to Jason Brodsky, policy director of the advocacy group United Against Nuclear Iran.
Opposition leader Umaro Sissoco Embalo has won presidential elections in the volatile West African state of Guinea-Bissau, picking up 53.55 per cent of votes, the National Electoral Commission (CNE) announced Wednesday.

Opposition leader wins Guinea-Bissau presidential election

Opposition leader Umaro Sissoco Embalo has won presidential elections in the volatile West African state of Guinea-Bissau, picking up 53.55 per cent of votes, the National Electoral Commission (CNE) announced Wednesday.
A number of hostages seized by ethnic Rakhine rebels in a raid on a ferry packed with scores of Myanmar security forces have been killed, the insurgents and army said late Sunday, blaming each other for the deaths.

Number of hostages ‘killed’ as Rakhine rebels, Myanmar army clash

A number of hostages seized by ethnic Rakhine rebels in a raid on a ferry packed with scores of Myanmar security forces have been killed, the insurgents and army said late Sunday, blaming each other for the deaths.

Ohanaeze charges monarchs, town unions to fish out local kidnappers

The Igbo apex socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, on Saturday charged traditional rulers, town unions and local vigilante groups to fish out criminals in Igbo land, who have exploited the insecurity challenge in the country to engage in kidnapping and murder of innocent citizens.

Outrage in Gambia over claims ex-president ordered killings

Relatives of people murdered by death squads in The Gambia expressed outrage on Monday over the release of three former hitmen, who said they committed dozens of assassinations ordered by ex-president Yahya Jammeh.

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“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.

Two ‘killed’, one injured as robbers attack bullion van in Ondo

Two persons were feared killed while one was injured as bank robbers attacked a bullion van at Bolorunduro area in Ondo East council area of Ondo state.
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has granted amnesty to 11 inmates serving various jail terms in correctional centres in the state to mark the beginning of 2021.

Ondo governor commiserates with Pastor Adeboye over son’s demise

Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has commiserated with the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, over the death of his son, Pastor Dare Adeboye.
L-R: Katsina state Governor, Honourable Bello Masari. Kebbi’s state Governor, Senator Atiku Bagudu, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele and President, Maize Farmers Association Bello Abubakar Annur (with Reflective jacket) at the Flag- off of the National Maize harvest and Loan Recovery and launching of 2020/2021 Dry Season Maize Farming in Katsina on Thursday, May 6, 2021

CBN governor vows to block maize importation

Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele on Thursday vowed to resist importation of maize as Nigerians have the capacity and capability to grow the crop locally to meet consumption demand.
1. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House, Abuja.

VP Osinbajo: Nigeria’s unity must not be compromised

Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo, on Thursday, insisted that the unity of the country should not be compromised in anyway.
Mele Kyari, group managing director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), says buyers were begged to purchase Nigeria’s crude oil at $9 per barrel in April.

NNPC: We’ll commission rehabilitated PHC refinery in 2023

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Mele Kyari, has assured Nigerians that the Port Harcourt Refinery Complex (PHRC) will roar back to life on or before April 5, 2023 when repairs would have been completed.

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More than 600 migrants hoping to reach Europe from Libya have been stopped since Friday, the navy said, as the International Organisation for Migration warned Libya was "not a safe port".

Over 600 Europe-bound migrants returned to Libya – navy

More than 600 migrants hoping to reach Europe from Libya have been stopped since Friday, the navy said, as the International Organisation for Migration warned Libya was "not a safe port".
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 discharges committees over failure to meet deadline for reports presentation

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, in compliance with standing order of the House, has discharged several ad hoc committees set up to carry out various tasks, for failing to present their reports which was due at the end of April.
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.

Neymar: I’ll die on the pitch to beat Manchester City

Neymar says he will do anything to help Paris Saint-Germain beat Manchester City, even if it means that he has to “die on the pitch” to reach the Champions League final.
Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen has been included in the Italian Serie A team of the week, despite not finding the back of the net.

‘Napoli forced to pay more for Victor Osimhen’

Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentiis was forced to pay more than expected for the services of Victor Osimhen when Arsenal and Manchester United joined the race for the Nigerian forward.
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the renewal of the tenure of Mr. Benjamin Akabueze as Director-General of the Budget Office of the Federation.

Budget Office calls for reduction of ministerial seats

The Budget Office of the Federation has called for the reduction of the number of federal cabinet ministers from around 40 to 24, stressing that, among other things, it will help reduce the high cost of governance in Nigeria.