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Sri Lankan Catholics demand justice for Easter bombing victims

The leader of Sri Lanka’s Catholics has demanded the government find the perpetrators of the deadly 2019 Easter Sunday attacks, as worshippers held silent protests outside the capital’s churches on Sunday.

Roadside bomb kills doctor in Afghanistan’s east

A roadside bomb explosion killed a female doctor in the eastern city of Jalalabad, provincial officials said on Thursday, days after three female media workers were shot dead in the same city.
Flags fly over the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington, September 12, 2018. REUTERS-Kevin Lamarque

Joe Biden pledge to reopen Palestinian mission in Washington faces legal hurdles

U.S. President Joe Biden’s plan to work to reopen the Palestinians’ diplomatic mission in Washington could be held up over a law that exposes Palestinian officials to U.S. anti-terror lawsuits, officials and advisers to the Palestinians say.
Judge Merrick Garland was nominated by Barack Obama in 2016 to fill the position left on the Supreme Court by the death of Antonin Scalia. Doug Mills-The New York Times

Joe Biden to name US judge Merrick Garland attorney general

US President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Merrick Garland — a centrist judge that Republicans denied a seat on the Supreme Court five years ago — to be US attorney general, US media reported Wednesday.
Abu Bakar Bashir was jailed in 2011 for links to militant training camps in the Indonesian province of Aceh. He is considered the spiritual leader of the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah (JI) network, which was accused of orchestrating the bombings of nightclubs on the holiday island of Bali.

Australia says Indonesia must ensure cleric is not a threat after release

Indonesia must ensure a radical cleric and suspected mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings does not incite more violence when he is released from jail this week, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne said on Tuesday.
Speaking at a press conference on the violence that trailed the EndSARS protests in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said social media was used to spread fake news and disinformation that catalyzed the violence that was witnessed across the country.

Minister: Nigeria will never be a failed state

“This has not happened and it will not happen,” he said, adding that the Federal Government had made remarkable progress in tackling insecurity as could be seen with the peaceful Christmas and New Year festivities.
Two were named as Hassan Dehvari and Elias Qalandarzehi, arrested in April 2014 after being found with “a large amount of explosives” and weapons.

Three executed in Iran for ‘terrorist’ acts, murder

Iran’s judiciary hanged two men on Sunday for “terrorist acts” and another for murder and armed robbery, the body’s official Mizan Online news agency said.

Somalia’s al Shabaab says behind Turkish company attack, four dead

A car bomb targeting workers of a Turkish company killed four people including one Turkish citizen on Saturday in Somalia, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said.

Car bomb targeting Turkish company kills four in Somalia – ministry

A car bomb targeting workers of a Turkish company killed four people including one Turkish citizen on Saturday in Somalia, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said.

Tiv Youth Council raps Bishop Kukah over comment against President Buhari

Tiv Youth Council Worldwide, a pressure group, has faulted Bishop Matthew Kukah’s call for military coup against President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, urging security agencies to question him over the statement.

Senator Sani visits survivors of 2012 Kaduna church bombing

Ex-Senator from Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, on Saturday visited survivors of a 2012 Boko Haram bomb blast at St Monica Catholic Church, in Malali, Kaduna.

Two Afghan police killed as Kabul hit by bomb blasts

Two Afghan policemen were killed when three separate “sticky bombs” exploded in Kabul, the latest violence to hit the Afghan capital in recent weeks.

Nine dead as Kabul car bombing targets Afghan lawmaker

A car bombing in Kabul targeting an Afghan lawmaker killed at least nine people, officials said.
Kaduna State Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai

Governor El-Rufai: Governors powerless, frustrated

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State said he and his colleagues across the 36 States of the federation are frustrated about the state of insecurity in the country.
At least 43 people have been killed in what the Nigerian president has described as an insane attack in north-east Nigeria on Saturday.

Nigerian governors condemn killing of Borno rice farmers

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has condemned the killing of over 40 rice farmers in Garin Kwashebe, Jere Local Government Area of Borno State on Saturday, by suspected Boko Haram terrorists.
Security personnel near the army base hit by a suicide bomber on the outskirts of Ghazni.

Suicide car bomb kills 30 Afghan security officials

A suicide car bomber struck an army base in Afghanistan on Sunday killing at least 30 security personnel, officials said, in one of the bloodiest attacks in recent months.

Report: Nigeria in 2019 recorded ‘lowest’ terrorism violence in eight years

Total deaths from terrorism in Nigeria fell to 1,245 in 2019, a 39 per cent decline, making it the lowest in the country since 2011, according to 2020 Global Terrorism Index (GTI) report.
A total of 93,236 children have been killed or maimed in conflicts in the last 10 years, a new report has revealed.

Report: 93,236 children killed in conflicts in 10 years

This was disclosed Friday in a new report released by Save the Children report, titled: “Killed and Maimed: A Generation of Violations Against Children In Conflict.”
Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh

Iran mocks report of Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command killed in Tehran

Iran on Saturday dismissed a US newspaper report that Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command was killed in Tehran by Israeli agents as “made-up information” and denied the presence of any of the Sunni jihadist group’s members in the Islamic republic.

Report: Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command killed in Iran

Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command, indicted in the US for the 1998 bombings of its embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, was secretly killed in Iran in August, The New York Times reported Friday.
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.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker of the House of Reps, Femi Gbajabiamila, stormed the Villa on Monday, where they told President Muhammadu Buhari in plain terms that the level of insecurity in the country has reached a tipping point.

President Buhari, National Assembly leadership discuss sack of service chiefs

Senate President Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, stormed the Presidential Villa on Monday, where they told President Muhammadu Buhari in plain terms that the level of insecurity in the country has reached a tipping point.

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A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on February 18, 2021, ordered popular broadcaster, Ifedayo Olarinde, aka Daddy Freeze, to pay the sum of N5m for committing adultery with his lover, Benedicta Elechi.

Daddy Freeze to appeal court judgment on adultery

On Air Personality, Ifedayo Olarinde, also known as Daddy Freeze, has said he will appeal a Rivers State High Court ruling that demands he pays the sum of N5 million for adultery.

Senator Okon: Nigerian government handling insurgency, banditry with kid gloves

Pioneer National publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Anietie Okon has expressed concern that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is handling insurgency and banditry in the northeast and north-west with kid gloves.
The National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, “He is fully aware of the constitutional implication of his decision to defect to another party; which is that he cannot continue to occupy the seat of the PDP in the Senate.

Kola Ologbondiyan: Our congresses showcase PDP’s readiness to end misrule in Nigeria

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said the peace, harmony and unity of purpose that characterized the conduct of its zonal congresses in the North-East and South-East geo-political zones last recently Friday and Saturday, is an indication of its readiness to take over the leadership of the country.
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ActionAid trains media practitioners on curbing violent extremism in Nigeria

Owing to the escalating crises in parts of the country that are daily claiming thousands of lives and property a Non Governmental Organisations, ActionAid has trained media practitioners on the need to always present reports that will prevent or douse crises rather than escalating it.
The Acting Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Professor Armstrong Idachaba.

NBC chief: Poor conception, corruption, mismanagement not responsible for not meeting DSO date

The Acting Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Professor Armstrong Idachaba, has dismissed insinuations that poor conception, corruption, mismanagement and bad leadership were...

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Africa Development Bank (AfDB) is planning to invest $10 billion for the expansion of renewable energy projects in the continent, over the next five years.

AfDB provides $400,000 grant for SEC

African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on Friday signed a $400,000 grant agreement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to strengthen securities market regulation and broaden market instruments.

Group harp on occupational health, safety in workplaces

The National Industrial Safety Council of Nigeria (NISCN) have called on the government as well as all stakeholders to make the issue of the health and safety of workers in the workplace a priority in the country.
Isu said the agency had earlier distributed food items meant for the 2019 flood victims, which was initially kept at its warehouse, following the approval of Gov. Douye Diri two weeks ago.

Bayelsa governor: 2.5% revenue for host communities ‘unacceptable’ to Niger Delta

Gov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa on Tuesday proposed that 10 per cent of derived oil revenue be provided in the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) for the host communities.
Former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has urged his supporters to resist further attacks from the government. He said he would no longer tolerate unwarranted assaults on his person and relatives.

Senator Okorocha: Political robbers threatening to recall me from Senate

Former Governor Rochas Okorocha has reacted to the threat by some of his constituents to recall him, describing those behind the move as political robbers.
This was contained in a statement signed by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant (SSA), Mallam Garba Shehu.

Presidency: There’s a strong suspicion that choppers ferry arms for bandits

Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to The President on Media and Publicity, says there is a strong suspicion that choppers are being used to ferry arms for bandits.