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Police officers stand outside a hotel, where a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission or Iran nuclear deal will be held, in Vienna, Austria, April 15, 2021. REUTERS-Leonhard Foeger

Iran nuclear talks to resume amid strains over enrichment move, Natanz attack

Iran and global powers will resume talks on Thursday to rescue the 2015 nuclear deal in an effort potentially complicated by Tehran’s decision to ramp up uranium enrichment and what it called Israeli sabotage at a nuclear site.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has told foreign powers to withdraw their forces from the Middle East, warning that they may be in danger if they remain in the region.

Iran president says 60% enrichment is an answer to attack at Natanz site

Iran’s move to enrich uranium up to 60% purity is a response to the sabotage at its key nuclear facility, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, adding the Islamic Republic had no intention of building a nuclear weapon

Chad makes arrests over ‘pre-election bomb and murder plot’

Chad’s interior ministry says it has arrested several people after uncovering a plot to assassinate prominent political figures and bomb polling stations and the electoral commission headquarters ahead of Sunday’s presidential election.
FILE PHOTO: European External Action Service (EEAS) Deputy Secretary General Enrique Mora and Iranian Deputy at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abbas Araghchi wait for the start of a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna, Austria April 6, 2021. EU Delegation in Vienna/Handout via REUTERS

Official: Iran has produced 55kg of 20% enriched uranium since January

Iran has made 55 kg of uranium enriched to up to 20% - the point at which it is highly enriched - indicating quicker production than the 10 kg a month rate required by an Iranian law that created the process in January, Iranian authorities said on Wednesday.
European Union (EU) leaders will hold a video summit on Thursday in a bid to agree on a shared fiscal response to a recession looming as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, though there is little hope of a breakthrough.

EU to sanction Iran militia, police, three entities over 2019 protests – diplomats

The European Union will target eight Iranian militia and police commanders and three state entities with sanctions next week over a deadly crackdown in November 2019 by Iranian authorities, three diplomats said on Wednesday.
Voters in Aba North/South Federal Constituency of Abia State are currently exercising their franchise. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had fixed the bye-election for Saturday following the death of Ossy Prestige, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) lawmaker, on February 6.

Abia by-election: Explosion disrupts voting in Aba

A substance suspected to be a bomb, has exploded at the Umuola Hall, Ward 8, Ogbor Hill, Aba North council, at the ongoing by-election into the Aba North/South federal constituency seat.
Sheikh Ahmad Gumi says the easiest and safest way to end insecurity in the north is to negotiate peace with the bandits that have turned the region into a killing field.

Shiek Gumi: I’m not referring to today’s Nigerian Army

Kaduna-based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has responded to the comments of Brig. Gen. Mohammed Yerima, Army spokesman, on alleged religious bias in the military.
Kayode Ogundamisi on Twitter under the handle @ogundamisi

Guns, blood and Nigeria’s borderless international borders

In 2008 the research topic for my 2nd Masters programme was titled “International Small Arms Regime And The State:” The focus was on Africa and Nigeria.
Suspect Jamie Vella (C), one of two men accused of having supplied the bomb which killed Maltese anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017, wearing full protective clothing as he is currently COVID-19 positive, is escorted out of the back entrance of the law courts after his arraignment in Valletta, Malta, February 24, 2021. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Suspected bombmakers accused of complicity in Malta journalist’s murder

Two men suspected of supplying the bomb that killed Maltese anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia faced formal charges in a late-night court appearance under heavy security by armed police.
Prosecutors in Malta charged two men on Wednesday with supplying the bomb used to kill journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Two men charged with supplying bomb that killed Maltese journalist

Prosecutors in Malta charged two men on Wednesday with supplying the bomb used to kill journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Niger Delta militants threaten to bomb Lagos, Abuja

The last has not been heard of the face-off between the federal government and Niger Delta militants over the continual marginalization of the people of the Niger Delta region.
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10 killed, 60 injured in Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri

At least 10 persons have now been confirmed killed and about 60 injured when Boko Haram insurgents attacked Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, Tuesday evening.
Vince Muscat, one of three men accused of murdering Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Tuesday after changing his plea to guilty.

Man handed 15-year prison sentence for murder of Maltese journalist

Vince Muscat, one of three men accused of murdering Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Tuesday after changing his plea to guilty.

IPOB: Nigerian Armed Forces waging war against Ndigbo

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has accused the Nigerian Armed Forces of waging a war against Ndigbo under the guise of hunting for members of the Eastern Security Network, ESN.

Orlu military raid: ‘Second Nigeria/Biafra war has begun’ – IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has said that the Thursday military raid of Orlu and Orsu Local Government Areas of Imo State marked the beginning of the second Nigeria/Biafra war.
US President Joe Biden said he won’t lift sanctions against Iran as long as the Islamic republic is not adhering to its nuclear deal commitments.

Joe Biden says US won’t lift sanctions to bring Iran to talks

US President Joe Biden said he won’t lift sanctions against Iran as long as the Islamic republic is not adhering to its nuclear deal commitments.
FILE PHOTO - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a televised speech, in Tehran, Iran January 8, 2021. Official Khamenei Website-Handout via REUTERS

Iran won’t resume nuclear commitments until US lifts sanctions – supreme leader

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Sunday the US must “completely lift” sanctions first, followed by verification by Tehran, before the Islamic republic returns to its nuclear deal commitments.
Lionel Messi saw red - quite literally - during the latter stages of Sunday’s Spanish Super Cup final between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao.

Report: Lionel Messi’s €555 million contract with Barcelona leaked

The situation at FC Barcelona is going from bad to worse. Inconsistent results, the presidential elections postponed, and now a catastrophic economic situation.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran says U.S. should act first to resolve nuclear deal row

The United States should act first by returning to world powers’ 2015 nuclear deal with Iran that it ditched in 2018, the Iranian foreign minister tweeted on Thursday after Washington demanded Tehran reverse its breaches of the pact first.
FILE PHOTO - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks during a televised speech on the current economic and health crises at The Queen Theatre in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., January 14, 2021. REUTERS-Tom Brenner

EU calls on Joe Biden to take global leadership on coronavirus

The world needs American leadership in the battle against COVID-19, the EU’s top diplomat said, urging President-elect Joe Biden to step up after the Trump administration was widely criticised for its slow response to the pandemic.

Four soldiers killed by roadside bomb in Niger Republic

The troops were pursuing “terrorists” on Monday following an attack the previous day on a military position in Chetima Wangou in the Diffa region, the defence ministry said in a statement.
FILE PHOTO - The Iranian flag flutters in front the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria July 10, 2019. REUTERS-Lisi Niesner

Major European powers rebuke Iran over uranium metal plans

Three European powers on Saturday warned Iran against starting work on uranium metal-based fuel for a research reactor, saying it contravened the 2015 nuclear deal and stressing that it had no civilian use but serious military implications.

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EFCC hands over recovered N67.5 million to victim in Enugu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has restituted the sum of N67,523,000 to one Mr. Emmanuel Onyekachukwu Onah, a trader based in Onitsha, Anambra State.
Youth members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from the South-West have urged the leadership of the party to pick Rivers State’s Governor Nyesom Wike as Vice-Presidential Candidate in the 2023 elections.

Governor Wike: Nobody can undermine Rivers in quest for Nigeria’s presidency

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said that anybody jostling to be president of Nigeria would also need to secure votes in Rivers to combine with either Kano or Lagos to emerge victorious.
The All Progressives Congress has named the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello as chairman of its Ondo State Governorship Primary Election Committee.

Governor Bello: Many PDP governors will join APC soon

Kogi State Governor and Chairman of Contact and Mobilisation Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Yahaya Bello, has said more governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other political bigwigs would soon join the party.

RCCG apologises to minister over Osun road project

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), on Thursday, dismissed alleged payment of N151million to a firm for a road rehabilitated by the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Osun State.
Over 9000 candidates are jostling for 4000 admission slots in Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano (YUMSUK) for the 2020-2021 academic session.

NUC approves Kano university’s postgraduate school

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved the establishment of a Postgraduate School and the commencement of 34 postgraduate programmes in Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano.

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The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

Senate asks Nigerian government to end Ebonyi killings

The Senate has asked the federal government and the Ebonyi State Government to put appropriate measures in place to forestall further attacks in the state.
Ini-Abasi Anefiok Umotong scored the only goal as Lewes earned a 1-1 draw against Charlton Athletic in Sunday's FA Women's Championship fixture.

Ini-Abasi Umotong nominated for FA Women’s Championship Player of the Month award

Ini-Abasi Aniefiok Umotong has been nominated for the FA Women's Championship's Player of the Month award for March following her fine performances.
An FCT High Court, Maitama, on Wednesday fixed Jan. 27, 2020 for Olisa Metuh, a former PDP spokesman, charged with criminal destruction of evidence to open his defence.

Nigerian fraudster forfeits money, mobile phones to government

Justice Peter Kekemeke of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Nyanya Abuja on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, convicted and sentenced one internet fraudster, Farouk Olamilekan to three months in prison.
“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.

Bandits abduct 15 passengers in Katsina

No fewer than 15 passengers travelling in a commercial vehicle with registration number KZR 345ZT, were on Sunday abducted by heavily armed gunmen suspected to be bandits along the Tsakskiya-Ummadau road in Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

Senate president: Enemies of Imo behind attacks, destructions

The Senate President of Nigeria, Ahmed Lawan on Friday, said that enemies of development in Imo were behind the destruction of police stations and the Owerri correctional centre.