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4. President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said the registration of the National Identity Number and linking it to mobile numbers will help fight insecurity in the country.

NADECO: President Buhari’s ‘Fulanisation’ policy, disregard for constitution fueling secessionist agitations

The National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) has said it has no option but to join those insisting that there should be no more elections under the 1999 constitution, while also demanding the return to the 1960 and 1963 Federal Constitutions which were in operation in the First Republic.
All Progressives Congress (APC) Nigeria

APC in party less, directionless situation – ex-chairman

A former Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, Chief Jide Awe has said that the party is currently in a “party less and directionless situation” despite being in power both in Ekiti and at the centre.
All Progressives Congress (APC) Nigeria

2023: Northern group asks APC to zone presidential ticket to south

As the nation inches towards the 2023 dateline for general election, a group in the northern part of the country has added its voice to the call for the presidential ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to be zoned to the south.
The newly elected President-General of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, Prof George Obiozor has admonished the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu to thread cautiously his agitation for a separate country from Nigeria.

Ohanaeze: Security agents’ atrocities in Igboland must be probed

The Igbo apex socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Friday, through its President-General, Dr. George Obiozor, advised Southeast youths not to resort to violence and agitation for secession.
Justice I.M. Sani of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has convicted and sentenced two false whistle blowers- Dominic Okem and Chukwunonso Igweonu, to two months imprisonment each for conspiracy and giving false information

JUSUN strike stalls deposed Emir Sanusi’s suit against Kano government, others

A suit filed by deposed Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II, against the Kano State government and others was Thursday stalled due to the strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).
Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi A. Sule

Nasarawa governor: Democracy dies without criticism, opposition

Governor Abdullahi Sule says democracy will die if there is no criticism and opposition to the ruling party or a government, reiterating his administration’s openness to constructive criticism, saying it will deepen democracy and good governance.
Remains of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, and other military officers who died in the ill- fated aircraft that crashed in Kaduna Friday evening have been interred.

CAA condoles with Nigeria over death of army chief, others

The Confederation of African Athletics, (CAA) has offered its condolences to the President and people of Nigeria on the death of Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers killed Friday in a plane crash in Kaduna.

Nasarawa monarch advises subjects to go for child spacing

Alhaji Isa Abubakar Umar, the Emir of Awe in Nasarawa State, has advised his subjects to go for chiild birth spacing and family planning in order to reduce challenges related to child complication in the area.
Social Democratic Party (SDP)

Osun: Police whisk SDP chair away amidst prayer programme

Police in Osun State on Thursday whisked away from the Acting Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Elder Femi Awe while holding a prayer session for the party.

Nasarawa speaker: We will support Dangote refinery

Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has assured that the House would give Dangote Sugar Refinery in the state all the necessary legislative backing and support to succeed.

CBN governor: It’s inappropriate to give colouration to currency printing

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, yesterday weighed in on the raging controversy over whether or not the apex bank printed money to augment funds from the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) distributed to states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in March.

Catholic priest sponsors 146 weddings in Nasarawa

Rev. Fr. Lawrence Soja-Anyembugu, Parish Priest in charge of St John’s Catholic Church, Awe, Nasarawa state, says he sponsored the weddings of 146 couples from 2018 to 2021.
A former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has made his Nollywood debut in a new series titled Silent Prejudices (Season 2).

Yinka Odumakin: We’ve lost one of our brightest, best – Femi Fani-Kayode

A former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has expressed shock and sadness over the death of a vociferous Pan-Yoruba Spokesman, Afenifere, Dr Yinka Odumakin, whose death occurred in the early hours of Saturday, April the 3rd after a protracted illness.
Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka have been ruled out of England’s World Cup qualifiers against Albania and Poland.

WCQ: Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka withdraw from England squad with injuries

The Three Lions got the road to Qatar off to a straightforward start against San Marino on Thursday, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring a brace in a comprehensive 5-0 Wembley win.
Rodrygo looks set to be forced to play for the Real Madrid youth team due to the small quota of non-EU players allowed in squads. Getty - Contributor

Rodrygo hails idol Neymar as ‘an absolute genius’

Rodrygo is making a name for himself with Real Madrid and Brazil, but the 20-year-old remains in awe of those he idolised growing up and considers fellow countryman Neymar to be “an absolute genius”.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane praised an evergreen Luka Modric after the 35-year-old midfielder produced a majestic display in a comfortable 3-1 win over Atalanta on Tuesday as the Spanish side reached the Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid boss: Luka Modric doesn’t look 35 on the pitch

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane praised an evergreen Luka Modric after the 35-year-old midfielder produced a majestic display in a comfortable 3-1 win over Atalanta on Tuesday as the Spanish side reached the Champions League quarterfinals
Oyo governor, Seyi Makinde, says he's opening discussions with COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers to get a sufficient supply for residents of the state.

Governor Makinde: We are taking Oyo out of poverty

The governor, who was speaking during a special two and a half hours live programme aired by the network service of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), “The Governor explained,” that efforts and programmes of the government to develop the state are on course and progressing steadily.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police identify five flash-points, launch Operation Puff Adder II in Nasarawa

Nasarawa State Police Command Thursday identified five flashes prone to banditry, kidnapping cultism and other criminal activities ravaging the state to enable the command mount aggressive operations in the state.
President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday offered automatic employment to 110 ex-corps members in the Federal Civil Service and scholarships for the pursuit of post-graduate studies up to doctoral level in any university in Nigeria.

President Buhari pays tribute to Lateef Jakande

President Muhammadu Buhari says former Gov. Lateef Jakande òf Lagos State, lived for the good of others, state and country, and his legacy of standing for all that was right for humanity would be long remembered.
Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West are figuring out their future and whether they are going to stay married, according to two sources close to Kardashian West who spoke to CNN.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West discussing divorce

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West are figuring out their future and whether they are going to stay married, according to two sources close to Kardashian West who spoke to CNN.
The State Gov. Seyi Makinde, made this known via his official Twitter, @seyiamakinde on Saturday.

Oyo governor recounts his government’s successes in 2020 despite challenges

Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Thursday recounted some of his successes in 2020 despite the myriad of challenges facing the nation, urging residents to maintain a positive outlook for the new year.
Former Barcelona defender, Javier Mascherano, has described Leo Messi as a magician who always makes things happen on the pitch.

Javier Mascherano: Leo Messi can always make something happen for Barcelona

Former Barcelona defender, Javier Mascherano, has described Leo Messi as a magician who always makes things happen on the pitch.

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The joint statement on China was read out by Canadian Ambassador Leslie Norton on behalf of countries including Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Japan and the United States to the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Canada leads call on China to allow Xinjiang access – statement

More than 40 countries urged China on Tuesday to allow the U.N. human rights chief immediate access to Xinjiang region to look into reports that more than a million people have been unlawfully detained there, some subjected to torture or forced labour.
Inter Miami owner Jorge Mas believes his side will be able to land Barcelona star Lionel Messi in the future.

Copa America: Lionel Messi equals record as Argentina progress

Lionel Messi earned a record-equalling 147th cap for Argentina as they progressed to the Copa America quarter-finals with victory over Paraguay.
A woman watches a video of Egyptian influencer Haneen Hossam, who was sentenced to two years in prison on charges of violation public morals. Khaled Desouki, AFP

Egyptian TikTok influencer to appeal 10-year trafficking sentence

Egyptian TikTok influencer Haneen Hossam will appeal a 10-year prison sentence handed down by a Cairo court that found her guilty of human trafficking, her lawyer said on Monday.
The chairperson of Eti Osa local government, Rafiu Olatunji, has died on Monday night at his Sangotedo residence. He died from a long-term illness.

Lagos council boss passes on

The chairperson of Eti Osa local government, Rafiu Olatunji, has died on Monday night at his Sangotedo residence. He died from a long-term illness.
The Boko Haram insurgency in Northern Nigeria is largely fuelled by youth unemployment and poverty, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has said.

President Buhari: All my appointments, projects guided by equity, inclusiveness

He said: “There’s actually no part of the country that has not been impacted positively in the areas of infrastructure, agriculture and economic support initiative based on peculiarities of the regions.”

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"His comments this week we regard as an interesting signal and we will wait to see whether they are followed up with any kind of more direct communication to us about a potential path forward," U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said in an ABC News interview.

White House: Kim Jong Un’s comments are ‘interesting signal’

The United States on Sunday said it saw as an "interesting signal" North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's comments this week saying he is ready for "dialogue and confrontation" but that Washington was still waiting for direct communication from Pyongyang to start talks towards the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Iran summoned Britain’s ambassador Saturday to protest what it said were violent incidents targeting its expatriates as they voted in presidential elections at polling stations set up in the UK.

Iran summons UK envoy over alleged attacks on expat voters

Iran summoned Britain’s ambassador Saturday to protest what it said were violent incidents targeting its expatriates as they voted in presidential elections at polling stations set up in the UK.
The CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, made this known on Tuesday, while receiving a delegation from the Central Bank of The Gambia (CBG), led by its Governor, Buah Saidy.

CBN plans to reduce Nigerian imports by 35 percent

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has disclosed plans to reduce the country’s import bill by about 35 percent.
Captain Gareth Bale warned that Wales can pull off an upset and hurt hosts Italy in their final Euro 2020 group A game in Rome on Sunday.

Gareth Bale: Wales ‘can hurt’ Italy in Euro 2020 cracker

Captain Gareth Bale warned that Wales can pull off an upset and hurt hosts Italy in their final Euro 2020 group A game in Rome on Sunday.
Matshidiso Moeti

WHO: 146 million Africans die yearly from tobacco-related diseases

The World Health Organisation has revealed that no fewer than 146 million Africans die annually from tobacco related disease.