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OPEC and its oil allies reached agreement Sunday to cut global production by 9.7 million barrels a day starting May 1, to shore up the world price in the face of a significant drop in the demand for oil because of the coronavirus pandemic.

OPEC outlines events to mark 50th year of Nigeria’s membership

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will on July 12 mark the 50th anniversary of Nigeria’s membership of the body.
The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao has vowed that bandits would have no hiding place in the next one month.

NAF chief: There will be no hiding place for bandits in next one month

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao has vowed that bandits would have no hiding place in the next one month.
President Joe Biden has arrived at his first in-person North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit Monday, vowing to reaffirm the United States' commitment to a military alliance his predecessor viewed with disdain.

Joe Biden: US administered 300 million coronavirus vaccines in 150 days

U.S. President Joe Biden, on Friday said the U.S. administered 300 million Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines in 150 days, and that COVID-19 cases and deaths had decreased by more than 90 per cent.
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that by pooling together the collective resources and comparative advantages of the Armed Forces and other security agencies, “the enemy will now feel the ferocity of our firepower and the weight of our resolve.”

President Buhari: Insurgents now feeling ferocity of our firepower

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that by pooling together the collective resources and comparative advantages of the Armed Forces and other security agencies, “the enemy will now feel the ferocity of our firepower and the weight of our resolve.”
The Director of the Defence Media Operations, Brig. Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, gave the assurance when he briefed journalists on the ongoing operations across the country.

DHQ: We’re giving criminals close marking to restore peace

ABUJA – The Nigerian Military high Command, on Thursday, said that no criminal elements would escape its ongoing nationwide operations, to restore the peace, as troops were giving them close marking to either arrest or eliminate them.

President Buhari visits ‘Operation Hadin Kai’ in Borno

President Muhammadu Buhari visited the personnel of the Operation Hadin Kai, the theatre of the counter-insurgency war, in Borno on Thursday.
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U.N. finds no evidence of Islamic State control over Congo militia

United Nations experts said on Wednesday they had been unable to find evidence of direct support by Islamic State for an Islamist militia in eastern Congo, which was blacklisted in March by Washington as a terrorist group.
A new report by the World Bank has indicated that the execution of major infrastructural projects in Nigeria was being driven by foreign sponsors.

World Bank, AU collaborate to deploy coronavirus vaccines for 400 million Africans

The World Bank and the African Union’s COVID-19 Africa Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT) say they will work together to deploy vaccines for 400 million Africans.

Major Hamza Al-Mustapha advises new army chief on Boko Haram insurgency

Retired Major Hamza Al-Mustapha has advised Major General Faruk Yahaya, the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS), to end the Boko Haram insurgency in the shortest possible time.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has instructed the Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr. Ahmed Audi, to return Nigeria back to the olden days when people could travel freely on the roads.

NSCDC to establish rapid response squad in all states

The Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr. Ahmed Audi, has ordered the immediate set-up of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) in all the state commands of the corps.

DPR to open mini gas distribution centres across all local council areas

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) says it is planning to launch liquified natural gas (LNG) micro-distribution centres across the 774 local government areas (LGAs).

PenCom lists 21,000 prospective retirees for online verification

Mr Anyim Nyerere, Commissioner, Technical, PenCom, said this at a Workshop organised by the commission for Pension Desk Officers (PDO’s) on Enrollment Application on Wednesday in Lagos.

PenCom to begin verification of prospective retirees soon – official

The National Pension Commission (PenCom) said on Tuesday that it would soon begin digital verification and enrolment of prospective retirees in the South South.

PenCom begins digital verification of retirees

The National Pension Commission (PenCom) announced on Tuesday that it would soon begin digital verification and enrolment of prospective retirees in the South-South.
A person is detained by Australian Federal Police after its Operation Ironside against organised crime in this undated handout photo released June 8, 2021. Australian Federal Police-Handout via REUTERS

Global crackdown on organised crime after high-tech US-Australia sting

U.S. and Australian agencies hacked into an app used by criminals and read millions of encrypted messages, leading to hundreds of arrests of suspected organised crime figures in 18 countries, Australian officials said on Tuesday.

Minister says duration of airport concession to last 20–30 years

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has said that the planned concession of four airports will last for a duration of 20 to 30 years.
Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister of State For Petroleum Resources, on Friday said the Nigerian Oil and Gas Park Scheme (NOGAPS) at Emeyal, Ogbia Local Government Area, Bayelsa will create at least 2,000 jobs on completion.

Minister: Nigerian government to collaborate with African countries on local content

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, has called for a collaboration among 54 African countries with the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to grow local capacities in the oil sector.
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has pledged to collaborate with the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) to find practical solutions to insecurity confronting the country.

Nigerian Army unveils projects to immortalise General Attahiru

The Commander, Nigerian Army Armoured Corps (NAAC), Major General Mohammed Magaji, yesterday commissioned landmark projects in Obienu barracks to immortalise the name of the late Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru.
Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister of State For Petroleum Resources, on Friday said the Nigerian Oil and Gas Park Scheme (NOGAPS) at Emeyal, Ogbia Local Government Area, Bayelsa will create at least 2,000 jobs on completion.

Minister inaugurates Africa’s largest tech incubation hub to enhance entrepreneurship

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, has inaugurated Africa’s biggest technological incubation centre, Unicorn, in Lagos State, which is positioned to impact over one million young tech entrepreneurs in the next 10 years.
Palestinian Hamas Gaza Chief Yehya Al-Sinwar and Head of the Egyptian general intelligence Abbas Kamel walk as they meet in Gaza May 31, 2021. REUTERS-Mohammed Salem-Pool

Egypt’s intelligence chief holds truce talks with Hamas in Gaza

Egypt’s intelligence chief met Hamas leaders in Gaza on Monday in an effort to bolster a ceasefire between the Palestinian militant group and Israel and to discuss reconstruction plans following the recent hostilities, Egyptian and Palestinian officials said.
After losing two previous games in two different competitions to Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea late this season, football analysts believed the tactician that was Pep Guardiola would have recognised the fault lines, effected the right winning strategy, plugged the loopholes and plotted an effective counter to Tuchel’s tactics by crafting a path through the impregnable fortress of the Blues backline.

How Thomas Tuchel won the tactical superiority over Pep Guardiola

After losing two previous games in two different competitions to Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea late this season, football analysts believed the tactician that was Pep Guardiola would have recognised the fault lines, effected the right winning strategy, plugged the loopholes and plotted an effective counter to Tuchel’s tactics by crafting a path through the impregnable fortress of the Blues backline.
Palestinians hold flags as they stand at the compound that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque, known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City May 21, 2021. REUTERS-Ammar Awad

Israel and Hamas both claim victory as fragile ceasefire takes hold

Israel and Hamas both claimed victory on Friday after their forces ended 11 days of fighting, but a clash between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem underscored the fragility of the truce.

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The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

‘Armed robbers’ involved in ghastly motor accident in Ogun

Three suspected armed robbers on Saturday were involved a ghastly motor accident at Ode-Remo, Ogun State, while escaping with a car they allegedly snatched at gunpoint.

Russians nationals detained in Chad desert say they are tourists

A group of Russians detained by the police in a part of northern Chad where the army has been battling a rebel invasion from Libya said on Wednesday that they were tourists who had come to sightsee in the Sahara Desert.
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 vows to expose MDAs refusing to account for public funds

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the upper chamber will publish the names of government agencies that have refused to appear before the Public Accounts Committee to defend the interrogations of the Auditor-General for the Federation in the 2015 report.
Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has addressed the issues surrounding the strike action by some state-owned tertiary institutions, declaring that the state will resolve the matter within the month.

Oyo governor urges council chiefs to strengthen intelligence gathering in their areas

Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has urged local government chairmen in the state to upscale intelligence gathering in their respective council areas.
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr was present at the first training session of selected Nigeria Professional Football League players in Abuja on Wednesday.

Super Eagles coach joins NPFL stars in training ahead of Mexico friendly

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr was present at the first training session of selected Nigeria Professional Football League players in Abuja on Wednesday.

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Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday met with President Muhammadu Buhari to brief him on efforts by the military to tame the wave of banditry and terrorism, especially in the North.

President Buhari appoints retired Generals Buratai, Olonisakin as ambassadors to Benin Republic, Cameroon

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai (rtd.), as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Benin Republic.
Amaju Melvin Pinnick, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, has restated his backing for embattled head coach of the Super Eagles Gernot Rohr despite increasing calls for the immediate dismissal of the German.

Gernot Rohr: I am not coach of NPFL stars vs Mexico

Gernot Rohr has said he will not be the coach to lead out the NPFL stars who will take on Mexico in a friendly early next month in the USA.
The police command in Ekiti on Friday confirmed the killing of a police officer as gunmen allegedly abducted a Chinese expatriate in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

Gunmen kill two, kidnap two others in Ondo

There was tension in Ajowa Akoko, Akoko North-west Local Government Area of Ondo State on Wednesday, as gunmen invaded the home of a farmer.
England manager Gareth Southgate accepted responsibility for his side's failure to see off Scotland as a much-anticipated clash at Wembley on Friday fizzled out into a 0-0 draw.

Gareth Southgate frustrated by toothless England

England manager Gareth Southgate accepted responsibility for his side's failure to see off Scotland as a much-anticipated clash at Wembley on Friday fizzled out into a 0-0 draw.
One female student was found dead in the forest by troops tracking the kidnappers, Nigerian army spokesperson Onyema Nwachukwu said in a statement. Those who were rescued were freed after an exchange of fire in the early hours of Friday.

Nigerian Army: Troops nab bandit fleeing from Niger to Oyo

The Nigerian Army says its troops operating along Mokwa-Jebba road, intercepted and arrested a fleeing bandit in a vehicle traveling from Zuru to Ibadan during a stop and search operation on Sunday.