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Yobe holds local poll in former Boko Haram strongholds

There was palpable excitement in communities in Gujba and Gulani local government areas of Yobe State, once Boko Haram strongholds, as local elections held on Saturday.
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Ben Affleck: I became a better actor after divorcing Jennifer Garner

American actor, Ben Affleck, says his divorce from former wife and fellow Hollywood star, Jennifer Garner, impacted positively on his acting.

Man castrates self to curb his libido

A man has cut off parts of his genitals in Benue State to curb his insatiable appetite for female flesh, The Nation learnt.
First against sixth pitches Atletico against Villarreal on Sunday night before second-placed Real Madrid host Real Sociedad in fifth. Before both of those, Barcelona travel to Sevilla on Saturday in a contest of third against fourth.

Atletico seek reaction as La Liga contenders go head-to-head

First against sixth pitches Atletico against Villarreal on Sunday night before second-placed Real Madrid host Real Sociedad in fifth. Before both of those, Barcelona travel to Sevilla on Saturday in a contest of third against fourth.
FILE PHOTO - A demonstrator takes part in a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 22, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Myanmar minister flies to Thailand for crisis talks

Myanmar’s military-appointed foreign minister travelled to Thailand on Wednesday, a Thai government source said, as Myanmar’s neighbours intensified efforts to resolve a crisis that began when its army seized power in a Feb. 1 coup.
Voters queue at a polling station during the second round of the country's presidential election, in Niamey, Niger February 21, 2021. REUTERS-Tagaza Djibo

Nigeriens cast ballots in run-off vote for new president

The second round of Niger’s presidential election kicked off on Sunday, as Nigeriens cast their ballots between a ruling party stalwart and a former president touted as the first peaceful succession between two elected presidents.
U.S. President Joe Biden hosts a meeting with labor leaders to discuss coronavirus response legislation and the president's infrastructure plan in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 17, 2021. REUTERS-Leah Millis

Joe Biden to debut at G7 with vaccines, economy and China in focus

U.S. President Joe Biden will attend his first meeting with Group of Seven leaders on Friday to discuss plans to defeat the coronavirus, reopen the battered world economy and counter challenges posed by China.
Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

INEC chair: Millions of Nigerians at risk of not voting in 2023

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has said that millions of eligible Nigerian voters may not have the opportunity to cast their votes in the 2023 general elections if additional new polling units are not established.
On 25 January 2019, Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona appeared before Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC or Court), at the seat of the ICC in The Hague (The Netherlands).

Central Africa football boss, ‘Rambo’ on trial for war crimes

A former top Central African Republic football official and a militiaman nicknamed Rambo go on trial at the International Criminal court Tuesday charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Director of Information, National Assembly Abuja, Rawlings Agada, has said the sum of N37 billion, approved for the renovation of the National assembly complex may not be enough for the work.

National Assembly urged to consider federal character principle when screening service chiefs

A Civil Society Group, Coalition of Nigeria Professionals for Peace and Good Governance (CNPPGG), has tasked members of the National Assembly to take into consideration the principles of federal character while screening and confirming the newly appointed service chiefs.
A voter casts a ballot during parliamentary elections in Pristina, Kosovo, February 14, 2021. REUTERS-Florion Goga

Kosovo votes in election that could complicate dialogue with Serbia

Kosovars began voting on Sunday in a parliamentary election that an anti-establishment party is expected to win, further complicating Western efforts to resolve a decades-long territorial dispute with Serbia.
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INEC: Crowd management is a challenge at elections

INEC declared in Abuja on Wednesday that management of large crowds at many polling units remained a challenge at elections.
Mary Wilson, the co-founder of the Motown band, The Supremes, and fellow member with Diana Ross, has died aged 76.

Diana Ross co-singer Mary Wilson passes on

Mary Wilson, the co-founder of the Motown band, The Supremes, and fellow member with Diana Ross, has died aged 76.
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Stakeholders raise concerns over distribution of new polling stations

INEC had said it planned to create the new polling units because the extant 119,973 polling units and 57,023 polling points were grossly in adequate for the 84,004,084 voters in the country as at 2019 general election.
A US-based actor and producer, Sam Ojo, on Saturday advised Nigerian entertainers to participate in politics so as to formulate policies to improve the nation’s economy and movie industry.

US-based artiste wants Nigerian entertainers to participate in politics

A US-based actor and producer, Sam Ojo, on Saturday advised Nigerian entertainers to participate in politics so as to formulate policies to improve the nation’s economy and movie industry.
Nations from around the world have written to the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) to express their dismay at the governing body’s failure to publish the list of candidates for forthcoming elections.

China joins calls for IWF to publish list of election candidates

Nations from around the world have written to the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) to express their dismay at the governing body’s failure to publish the list of candidates for forthcoming elections.
Christopher Plummer, the dashing award-winning actor who played Captain von Trapp in the film “The Sound of Music” and at 82 became the oldest Academy Award acting winner in history, has died. He was 91.

‘Sound of Music’ star Christopher Plummer passes on at 91

Christopher Plummer, the dashing award-winning actor who played Captain von Trapp in the film “The Sound of Music” and at 82 became the oldest Academy Award acting winner in history, has died. He was 91.
As Ugandans celebrated 57 years of independence on Wednesday, Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, engaged police in a cat and mouse race in Kampala and its suburbs.

Bobi Wine and the Old African Brew

After the presidential election in Uganda, it dawned on me that there are two people in the country who don’t fear President Yoweri Museveni: One is his tailor, and the other is his political rival, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, famously called Bobi Wine.
The Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) has advised the Federal Government to always consider its economic policy choices, before taking decision, in order to FastTrack economic growth, its recently launched 2021 Economic Outlook has said.

Report: NESG describes closure of land borders as wrong policy choice

The Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) has advised the Federal Government to always consider its economic policy choices, before taking decision, in order to FastTrack economic growth, its recently launched 2021 Economic Outlook has said.
Britain said on Wednesday it was helping Kenya prepare to roll out the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Astrazeneca and Oxford University, as African nations race to ensure their populations are inoculated.

North Korea to receive two million doses of coronavirus vaccine

North Korea, which has yet to record a single case of coronavirus, is expected to receive nearly two million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
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Why Rivers APC crisis may not be over soon – chieftain

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers and founder Unity House Foundation, Kingsley Wenenda Wali, has predicted that the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party might remain intractable because issues at stake has descend to level personal egos.
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau, addressing stakeholders during a meeting to discuss the COVID-19 situation in the state, on Monday at Government House Jos.

Plateau governor raises concern on emerging security threats

Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has raised concern about the activities of criminal but assured residents that his administration is working hard with the security agencies and stakeholders to ensure that the ugly incidences are dealt with.

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At least 317 schoolgirls were abducted by bandits in the Friday morning raid on Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, in Zamfara State, the police have said.

Zamfara government negotiating with bandits for abducted schoolgirls safe return – source

Authorities in Zamfara are holding negotiations for the release of 317 schoolgirls kidnapped by criminal gangs last week, sources familiar with the talks said Monday.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Diogo Jota could all feature against Chelsea on Thursday.

Liverpool get triple injury boost ahead Chelsea clash

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Diogo Jota could all feature against Chelsea on Thursday.
Ruben Dias admits, with Manchester City on a run of 20 consecutive wins in all competitions, they stand to be their own “worst enemy” in their relentless pursuit of major silverware.

Ruben Dias: Manchester City are their own ‘worst enemy’

Ruben Dias admits, with Manchester City on a run of 20 consecutive wins in all competitions, they stand to be their own “worst enemy” in their relentless pursuit of major silverware.
Ahead of the March 6 Delta State local government council polls, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, weekend, reiterated that the elections could only be rigged if electorates go to sleep, insisting that “every vote must count”.

Senator Omo-Agege: Delta council polls can only be rigged if electorates sleep

Ahead of the March 6 Delta State local government council polls, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, weekend, reiterated that the elections could only be rigged if electorates go to sleep, insisting that “every vote must count”.
Israel’s top court ruled Tuesday the government must curb its use of the domestic spy agency to track coronavirus infections, saying “draconian” surveillance constituted a blow to democracy.

Israeli court limits use of spy agency to track coronavirus cases

Israel’s top court ruled Tuesday the government must curb its use of the domestic spy agency to track coronavirus infections, saying “draconian” surveillance constituted a blow to democracy.

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has revealed that the aggregate domestic credit in commercial banks grew by 7.61 percent in October 2020, compared with 7.35 percent in the previous month.

CBN to revive oil palm sector, stop importation – official

Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emiefele, has reiterated the apex bank’s commitment to reviving the oil palm sector with a view to stopping importation of the commodity.
A former Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshall Nsikak Eduok, is dead.

Former NAF chief Nsikak Eduok laid to rest in Akwa Ibom

It was a harvest of tributes for a former Chief of Air Staff, late Air Marshall Nsikak Eduok as his remains were laid to rest in his hometown in Ibesikpo Asutan, Akwa Ibom state on Saturday.
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.

Oyo coronavirus death toll now 110

Oyo on Wednesday recorded four COVID-19 related deaths, bringing to 110, the total number of deaths linked to the pandemic in the state.
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.

15 UN peacekeepers from Tigray refuse to return to Ethiopia

Fifteen members of a contingent of Ethiopian peacekeepers in South Sudan, originally from the Tigray region, refused to return to Ethiopia on Monday, the UN said, citing their right to seek asylum if they fear for their lives.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Police arrest five for killing kidnap victim after collecting N5 million ransom

Five suspected criminals who murdered the person they kidnapped after collecting N5 million ransom, have been arrested by the police in Kaduna.