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Police bust gang trying to smuggle 7 tonnes of hashish into Spain

A gang trying to smuggle seven tonnes of hashish into Spain was intercepted in one of the country’s largest drugs busts this year, Spanish police said on Sunday.
Ejike Mbaka, Yemi Osinbajo & Muhammadu Buhari

Presidency: Father Mbaka is a ‘contractor’

The Presidency yesterday said that the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to grant Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka’s request for contract may have been the reason for his call for the president impeachment.
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Impeachment: APC threatens to expose Father Mbaka

Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, Yekini Nabena, has cautioned the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, against making statements that could cause instability in the country, threatening to expose him to the Pope.
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim as the new Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

NAPTIP chief seeks renewed regional collaboration against illegal migration, trafficking

The Director General of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, Imaan Sulaiman Ibrahim, as called for renewed regional collaboration against illegal migration and human trafficking.
Family members hold photographs of Colonel Harry Setiawan, commander of the submarine that went missing off the coast of Bali [Rayi Gigih/AFP]

Families of Indonesian sailors hopeful as sub’s oxygen runs out

The families of sailors on board a missing Indonesian submarine say they still believe they will be found safely even as oxygen reserves are expected to run out on Saturday.
Several fleeing inmates freed by gunmen at the Owerri Custodial Centre have voluntarily returned.

Imo jailbreak: Police nab nine escapees in Ghana

After successfully arriving Ghana on a boat through the dangerous waters of the River Volta in Ada, not less than nine suspected Nigerian jail breakers met their waterloo in a Ghanaian motor park on Sunday.

At least 21 African migrants die as boat sinks off Tunisia

At least ‮21‬ migrants from Africa died when their boat sank off Tunisia as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to the Italian island of Lampedusa, a Tunisian official said on Friday.
Ever Given, a Panama-flagged cargo ship, that was wedged across the Suez Canal and blocking traffic in the vital waterway is seen Saturday, March 27, 2021.

Egypt ‘seizes’ Suez megaship, demands nearly $1 billion compensation

The megaship which blocked Egypt’s Suez Canal and crippled world trade for nearly a week has been “seized” on court orders until the vessel’s owners pay $900 million, canal authorities said Tuesday.

IOM: 34 migrants dead after boat capsizes off Djibouti

Thirty-four migrants drowned on Monday after their boat capsized off the coast of Djibouti, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said, the second such accident in just over a month.

At least four migrants found dead on boat off Canary Islands

At least four people were found dead on a migrant boat off the Canary Island of El Hierro on Sunday, the Spanish Red Cross said.
The National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, said these in a statement entitled- ‘ACF hypocritical tears’, obtained by newsmen in Abuja.

Minister: Yinka Odumakin supported Senator Tinubu’s governorship ambition in 1998

Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has narrated how the late human rights activist and columnist, Yinka Odumakin, supported Bola Tinubu’s candidacy for Lagos State governor in 1998.
Internally displaced people from Palma gather in the Pemba Sports centre to receive humanitarian aid. Alfredo Zuniga

UN warns Tanzania not to reject people fleeing Mozambique

United Nations teams have received “worrying” reports that Tanzania has rejected over 1 000 people seeking refuge from an attack on a town in northern Mozambique by ISIL-affiliated fighters, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said.

Mozambique army says town attacked by fighters is now secure

The town in northern Mozambique that ISIL (ISIS)-linked fighters attacked late last month is now secure after the military killed a significant number of fighters and cleared one final area, an army spokesman and a provincial official said.

Mozambique army says town attacked by insurgents is now secure

The town in northern Mozambique that was attacked by Islamic State-linked insurgents in late March is now secure after the military killed a “significant number” of militants and cleared one final area, an army spokesman said.

Boat carrying survivors from Mozambique militant attack on gas town arrives in Pemba

A boat carrying more than 1 000 survivors of a highly organised, deadly attack by Islamic State-linked insurgents in northern Mozambique arrived in the port of Pemba on Thursday, a Reuters reporter and a diplomatic source said.
Victor Osimhen, Oghenekaro Etebo and Paul Onuachu strikes helped the Super Eagles to end the Afcon campaign unbeaten and finished at the top of the Group L table with 14 points.

LSSC: Lagos will continue to host Super Eagles

Basking in the euphoria of a convincing win by the Super Eagles over Crocodiles of Lesotho on the newly constructed lush-green grass pitch of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, the Lagos State Government has promised more international matches.
Amaju Pinnick

NFF boss lauds Lagos governor, minister’s support on Alex Iwobi’s coronavirus ‘palava’

Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick, has expressed his gratitude to the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu and Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed, for their support to rescue Super Eagles during Alex Iwobi’s out of the Covid-19 issue.
European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson speaks during a joint news conference with Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi, in the city of Mytilene, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, March 29, 2021. REUTERS-Elias Marcou

EU official urges Greece to investigate asylum-seeker pushbacks

Greece “can do more” to investigate allegations that it is pushing asylum-seekers, including children, back to Turkey, the European Union’s top migration official said on Monday.
Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of an Igbosere High Court in Lagos on Friday discharged and acquitted one Niyi Oyelami charged with defiling a nine-year-old daughter of his neighbour.

Lagos mishap: Boat captain has case to answer – judge

Justice Josephine Oyefeso of an Ikeja High Court has said that a boat captain, Happiness Elebiju, has a case to answer over the death of 13 passengers in a boat mishap that occurred on July 29, 2020 on the Kirikiri waterways in Lagos.
Super Eagles defender Ola Aina has declared that Nigeria won’t underrate Benin Republic when both side clash in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying game on Saturday.

Victorious Super Eagles return to Lagos for Lesotho clash

Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles are back to Lagos after Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Benin Republic.
Ahead of the penultimate Group L fixture for the TOTAL African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Squirrels of the Republic of Benin, the Football Association of the hosts, the Fédération Béninoise de Football and their coach, Michel Dussuyer, have received some discomforting update.

AFCONQ: How Super Eagles trained under darkness in head of Benin tie – head...

Nigeria national team coach Gernot Rohr has revealed his side trained under darkness and had to rely on the moon on their arrival in Porto-Novo.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles have arrived in Porto Novo by boat for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against Benin on Saturday.

AFCONQ: Nigerians worried as Super Eagles arrive Benin

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have arrived in Porto Novo by boat for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against Benin on Saturday.

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The Governor who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat added that the present supply of fish and other seafood products in the State was insufficient to meet the fish and seafood demands of Lagosians hence the need to have a private sector driven aquaculture centre.

APC chieftain: Lagos deputy governor must resign as council election committee chair

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, Chief Fouad Oki, has called on the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Femi Hamzat, to step down as the chairman of the APC Local Government Screening and Primary Elections Committee.

Benue journalists condemn arrest of colleague

The Conference of Benue Journalists (CBJ) has condemned in strong terms, the illegal arrest and detention of its member, Mr. Sunday Ode, a senior State House correspondent with Peoples Daily newspaper by the Nigerian Police Force (NPF).

Senator Bwacha: Nigeria sliding into anarchy

Following rising security challenges bedeviling the country, the Senate deputy minority leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha has said that Nigeria is sliding into the state of anarchy and needs prayers for God intervention.
The highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that is predominant in the United Kingdom may be up to 70 percent more deadly than previous strains, according to a report by the government’s scientific advisers.

Nigeria records 43 new coronavirus cases

Nigeria’s daily count of COVID-19 cases stayed on the low side on Saturday — with 43 new infections confirmed in six states and the federal capital territory (FCT).

Police bust gang trying to smuggle 7 tonnes of hashish into Spain

A gang trying to smuggle seven tonnes of hashish into Spain was intercepted in one of the country’s largest drugs busts this year, Spanish police said on Sunday.

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In a demonstration to tackle the menace of ghost workers that has continue to drain the coffers of government, Bauchi State Governor, Sen Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed will hold a public parley with all the stakeholders involved in the payment of workers salaries in the state.

Group scores Bauchi governor high on security, education, agriculture

State governors have been advised to emulate the exemplary leadership of their Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed, on road construction.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Police arrest two ‘bandits’, recover 137 cows

The Police Command in Kaduna on Friday says it has arrested two suspected bandits following an operation in Zaria.
Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu has commended the people of the state for their cooperation and support in the national effort against the COVID 19 pandemic in the state.

Kebbi governor to complete ongoing road projects

Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi on Saturday promised to complete ongoing road constructions especially in rural areas toward enhancing road transportation across the state.
Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has described the death of Prof. Oluwakemi Ayoola, wife of a former late Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Kehinde Ayoola, as sad and painful.

Oyo governor: We have paid N11.7 billion pension in two years

Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde, has disclosed that the sum of N11.7 billion, which translates to an average of over N500 million every month have been paid to pensioners in the state.
South Sudan’s National Police Service detained a man this week for allegedly trying to sell two of his children at Juba’s Konyo Konyo market.

Women lament high cost of food items, consumables in Makurdi

Residents, particularly housewives in Makurdi, the Benue state capital, have lamented the increase in prices of food items.