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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.
Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Saad Abubakar, has expressed concern over the spate of insecurity currently ravaging most parts of northern Nigeria.

The imperative of dialogue in resolving Nigeria’s urgent issues

Today, we are at the brink again. In the last few months, tempers have run very high; reckless statements from ethnic champions have provoked all manners of reactions, which have subsequently led to the loss of human lives, and the property and livelihoods of many citizens. While this was fueled by the social media, the inaction of government has allowed many avoidable loss of lives to happen.
Kelechi Iheanacho won’t be leaving Leicester City for Aston Villa this summer, according to Foxes correspondent Jordan Blackwell.

Kelechi Iheanacho: Leicester City had hunger to beat Brighton

Kelechi Iheanacho says his side’s desire to win shone through during a second half in which Leicester City scored twice to beat Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 on Saturday night.

Saudi-led coalition destroys 10 Houthi drones – Saudi TV

The Saudi-led coalition engaged in Yemen said on Sunday that it destroyed 10 armed drones launched by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement, including at least five fired towards Saudi Arabia, state television channels reported.
Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello said he had engaged with controversial Yoruba activist, Mr Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, over the demands made by Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria to lift their food blockade

Food blockade: I have spoken to Sunday Igboho – Yahaya Bello

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, said he had engaged with controversial Yoruba activist, Mr Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, over the demands made by Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria to lift their food blockade to Southern Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday met with the newly appointed Service Chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja with a directive that they should rise up to the nation’s current security challenges.

President Buhari directs security chiefs to recover areas being occupied by criminals

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the nation’s security chiefs to recover all areas being occupied by insurgents, bandits and kidnappers across the country.
The Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, its South-East counterpart, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, among others, yesterday, condemned stoppage of the supply of foodstuffs and cattle to the south from the north by the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuffs and cattle Dealers of Nigeria.

Outrage greets blockade of food, cattle coming south

The Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, its South-East counterpart, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, among others, yesterday, condemned stoppage of the supply of foodstuffs and cattle to the south from the north by the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuffs and cattle Dealers of Nigeria.
Neil Lennon resigned as Celtic manager on Wednesday after a disastrous season for the Glasgow giants, with fierce rivals Rangers on the brink of a first Scottish Premiership title in a decade.

Neil Lennon quits as Celtic boss after horror season

Neil Lennon resigned as Celtic manager on Wednesday after a disastrous season for the Glasgow giants, with fierce rivals Rangers on the brink of a first Scottish Premiership title in a decade.
Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has signed the Kaduna State Penal Code (Amendment) Law 2020.

Kaduna governor asks federal government to grant state police, resource control to states

As part of efforts to address insecurity in Nigeria, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has called on federal government to devolve power by granting governors resource control, state police and a decentralised judiciary.
Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna State has reacted to the new the killing of six children and a woman in some herders’ settlements in the Kaura and Lere Local Government Areas of the State.

Insecurity: Kaduna governor demands establishment of state police

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has lent his voice with national analysts calling for the devolution of power between the Federal Government and 36 states in the country.

Yoruba elders ask South West governors to use drones to check inter-ethnic crisis

Some elders from the South West zone have advised governors in the zone to make use of drones for aerial surveillance to check rising inter-ethnic in the affected states.
Broken glass is seen at the Bright Castle Motors building after reports of mortar shells landing near Erbil airport, in Erbil, Iraq February 15, 2021. REUTERS-Azad Lashkari

Iraq rocket attack hits U.S. forces, killing contractor

A rocket attack on U.S.-led forces in northern Iraq on Monday killed a civilian contractor and injured a U.S. service member, the U.S. coalition in Iraq said, in the deadliest such attack in almost a year.

Heineken to cut 8,000 jobs as coronavirus hits sales

Dutch brewing giant Heineken said on Wednesday it would cut around 8,000 jobs worldwide as the coronavirus pandemic pushed it into the red.
U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka extended her winning streak to 13 matches on Wednesday but only after riding out a stiff challenge from Katie Boulter to beat the Briton 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 and reach the quarterfinals of the Gippsland Trophy.

Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty reach Melbourne quarters

World number three Naomi Osaka and top-ranked Ashleigh Barty were pushed to the brink Wednesday, but both survived early exits at Melbourne Park, as Simona Halep cruised.
Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel has explained his angry outburst at RB Leipzig fitness coach Daniel Behlau after Tuesday’s night Champions League semi-final in Lisbon.

Thomas Tuchel agrees to take over as Chelsea manager

Thomas Tuchel has agreed to take over as Chelsea boss – and will be in charge for Wednesday night’s game against Wolves.
Atiku Abubakar

Atiku Abubakar: Nigeria needs to restructure to prevent various failed state prophecies

At the 18th Daily Trust Dialogue, which held in Abuja on Thursday, prominent Nigerians, including John Nwodo, the immediate past president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Igbo sociopolitical group; Ayo Adebanjo, a chieftain of Afenifere, Yoruba sociopolitical group; and Audu Ogbeh, chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum, said there is an urgent need to restructure Nigeria.
Asisat Oshoala netted twice to help Barcelona secure a 7-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano in Wednesday's Spanish Primera Iberdrola fixture.

Asisat Oshoala bags brace as Barcelona ease past Rayo Vallecano

Asisat Oshoala netted twice to help Barcelona secure a 7-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano in Wednesday's Spanish Primera Iberdrola fixture.
WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus

WHO: World heading for ‘catastrophic moral failure’ over vaccines

The hoarding of COVID-19 vaccines by rich countries is not only unethical but will also prolong the pandemic, UN health chief, Tedros Ghebreyesus, warned on Monday in Geneva.
Mesut Ozil has been back in favour at Arsenal in recent weeks

Arsenal not willing to pay Mesut Ozil’s wages in Fenerbahce loan

Arsenal have reportedly informed Fenerbahce that they will have to pay Mesut Ozil’s wages in full if they wish to sign the playmaker in January.
The 2019 Spanish champions Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of Cameroon striker Ajara Nchout, on a two-year contract.

Cameroon’s Ajara Nchout joins Rasheedat Ajibade at Atletico Madrid

The Madrid-based outfit secured the Indomitable Lionesses star as a free agent after successfully seeing out her two-year contract with 2020 Norwegian Toppserien winners Valerenga last December.
A photo of Qassem Soleimani, is seen during a ceremony to mark the one year anniversary of the killing of senior Iranian military commander General Qassem Soleimani in a U.S. attack, in Tehran, Iran January 1, 2021. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Iran: Severe revenge awaits Qasem Soleimani’s killers

Iran’s judiciary chief warned Friday that Qasem Soleimani’s killers will “not be safe on Earth”, as the Islamic republic began marking the first anniversary of the top general’s assassination in a US strike.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, says there is no future for Nigeria except the country is restructured.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo hails North’s agreement on restructuring

Ohanaeze Ndigbo has expressed profound joy at Northern Nigeria’s acceptance to restructure the country in mode of the Independence Constitution.

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Archbishop Kaigama: Nigeria’s insecurity, corruption will be over if…

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, His Grace, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, has said Nigeria’s problems of insecurity and corruption would be over should the people observe the laws of Islam and Christianity.
Kano State business community has urged the Federal Government to resume international flights at the Aminu Kano International Airport in order to ease their business activities.

Lawmakers call for reopening of Aminu Kano airport

Members of the House of Representatives from Kano and Jigawa States have appealed to the Federal Government to reopen the International wing of Malam Aminu Kano Airport.
Dutch coach and pundit, Wim van Hanegem, has taken aim at Jurgen Klopp over Liverpool’s slide this season, saying things have ‘fallen’ apart for the club.

Jurgen Klopp reacts as Liverpool suffer sixth straight home defeat vs Fulham

Liverpool’s dreadful run of form continued as they suffered their sixth straight Anfield defeat as relegation-threatened Fulham earned a 1-0 win on Merseyside.

Four large explosions hit Equatorial Guinea city of Bata – Local TV

Four large explosions at a military base rocked the city of Bata in Equatorial Guinea on Sunday, according to people in the city and local media
Former Green Eagles goalkeeper, Emmanuel Okalla, has commended Youth and Sports Development Minister Mr Sunday Dare for his commitment to the welfare of Ex-players and athletes.

Sports minister to commissions Real Madrid Academy in Port Harcourt on Tuesday

History will be made on Tuesday in the garden city of Port Harcourt as Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr Sunday Dare will commission the Real Madrid Academy, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

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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 Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as said that its staff in Jos Branch, on Tuesday averted what would have been another major fire disaster in the country.

Banking industry report shows mixed development

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, staff report has indicated that the banking industry ended 2020 in a mixed performance. But members of the apex bank’s Monetary Policy Committee, MPC, its highest policy body, have indicated that the industry remained resilient and sound despite some negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic during the year.
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Six escape death in Osun auto-crash

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), on Thursday, said no fewer than six persons escaped death in an accident that occurred on Osogbo-Gbongan expressway.
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has urged youths in Agege and Lagos in general embrace peace and avoid thuggery.

Senator Tinubu urges youths to avoid thuggery

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has urged youths in Agege and Lagos in general embrace peace and avoid thuggery.

Seven Benue schoolgirls sent home over ‘spiritual attack’

At least, seven female pupils of Universal Basic Education (UBE) Junior Secondary School in Nyiman layout of Makurdi in Benue State have been sent home to their parents after they suffered a spiritual attack popular referred to in Tiv parlance as ‘Iyor genen.’