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FILE PHOTO - A harvester is used to deposit wheat crop on a tarpaulin in a field on the outskirts of the western Indian city of Ahmedabad March 24, 2015. REUTERS-Amit Dave-File Photo

New zinc-fortified wheat set for global expansion to combat malnutrition

Scientists at a leading global grains research institute expect to sharply ramp up new wheat varieties enriched with zinc that can boost the essential mineral for millions of poor people with deficient diets, the institute’s head told Reuters.

Group urges support for fight against tuberculosis

The National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme has urged the media to assist in enlightening the public on the causes, prevention and treatment of tuberculosis .

Report: TB kills 18 persons per hour in Nigeria

The Director, National Tuberculosis & Leprosy Control Programme, Mrs. Itohowo Uko who disclosed this in a virtual media seminar with select newsmen in Abia and Enugu, said that “TB kills more people than covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria”.
FILE PHOTO - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the weekly question time debate at the House of Commons in London, Britain, March 10, 2021. UK Parliament-Jessica Taylor-Handout via REUTERS

British premier, opposition leader pay tribute to Prince Philip

Britain’s prime minister and leader of the main opposition party have paid tribute to Prince Philip in a special parliament session on Monday.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this at the PTF briefing on Tuesday in Abuja.

Experts task Nigerian government on utilisation of N126 billion coronavirus budget

Experts have called on the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) to utilise the N126 billion allocated for coronavirus (COVID-19) in the health budget judiciously, to build a resilient health system in the country.
FILE PHOTO - A view of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility 250 km (155 miles) south of the Iranian capital Tehran, March 30, 2005. REUTERS-Raheb Homavandi

Iran blames Israel for Natanz incident, vows revenge

Iran blames regional arch-foe Israel for Sunday’s incident at the Natanz nuclear site and will take its revenge, state TV quoted Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying on Monday.
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Atiku Abubakar: Prince Philip’s death loss to Commonwealth, World

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Friday in Abuja described the death of Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, as a sad loss to the Commonwealth and the world.
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Akwa Ibom: FRSC arrests 240 traffic offenders during Easter

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Akwa Ibom Command says it arrested 240 road traffic offenders during the 2021 Special Easter Patrol.
FILE PHOTO - Britain's Prince Philip leaves King Edward VII's Hospital in London, Britain March 16, 2021. REUTERS-Peter Cziborra

World leaders mourn Prince Philip

Current and former world leaders joined a chorus of condolences from around the world following the death of Prince Philip on Friday at the age of 99.
Erkin Tursun, a former TV producer whom officials said is serving a 20-year sentence in Xinjiang, is seen speaking on a video shown at a news conference on Xinjiang-related issues, in Beijing, China April 9, 2021. Reuters TV-via REUTERS

Under pressure over Xinjiang, China takes aim at overseas Uighurs, academics

At a crowded press event on Friday in Beijing, Chinese officials aired a video of a thin Uighur man with a shaved head, wearing an oversized uniform and speaking directly to the camera.
The bill for the Chartered Institute of Forensic and Certified Fraud Examiners of Nigeria has scaled the First Reading in the House of Representatives .

House condemn Imo multiple attacks

The House of Representatives has condemned Monday’s invasion of the Owerri custodial center and police formations in Imo State.

General Abdulsalami: Six million weapons in circulation in Nigeria

A former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), yesterday, declared that an estimated six million illegal weapons are in circulation in the country.
The UK medical regulator said Saturday that out of 30 people who suffered blood clots after receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, seven have died.

EU and UK regulators still recommend AstraZeneca shot despite possible link to blood clots

European and British regulators said on Wednesday they had found possible links between AstraZeneca’s vaccine and very rare cases of blood clots, but reaffirmed its importance in protecting people against COVID-19.
Both Governor Simon Lalong and Senator Gyang have noted that the purported invitation for the turbaning of one Alhaji Samaila Abdullahi as Sarkin Kerana is a threat to the peaceful coexistence of the people of the North-Central State.

Plateau governor threatens to sack traditional leaders instigating unrest

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has warned that he will remove any traditional ruler who instigates ethnic, religious, political and other forms of discrimination in their domains.

Joe Okei-Odumakin: My husband died Friday, not Saturday

The wife of late Afenifere spokesman, Comrade Yinka Odumakin, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, has said her husband died on Friday, April 2, 2021, and not Saturday, April 3, 2021, as earlier reported.
A study in the United States, shows AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine provides strong protection against coronavirus and eliminates hospitalizations and deaths from the disease across all age groups, the company announced on Monday.

EMA official: Clear link between AstraZeneca vaccine and rare blood clots in brain

There is a link between AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine and very rare blood clots in the brain but the possible causes are still unknown, a senior official for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said in an interview published on Tuesday.
HBO has announced the launch of The Iron Anniversary, a month-long celebration to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the series premiere of “Game of Thrones.”

HBO announces plans to celebrate 10th anniversary of ‘Game of Thrones’

HBO has announced the launch of The Iron Anniversary, a month-long celebration to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the series premiere of “Game of Thrones.”

Cardinal Onaiyekan: Nobody can stop Bishop Kukah from speaking against bad governance

Emeritus, Catholicolic Archbishop of Abuja, His Eminence John Cardinal Onaiyekan, on Monday, said that nobody can stop the Bishop of Sokoto, Most Rev. Matthew Kukah, from speaking against bad governance in the country.
Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo, on Sunday, announced that three coronavirus patients have been discharged after treatment in Imo State.

Jailbreak: I’ve ordered detailed investigation – Imo governor

The Imo state governor, Hope Uzodinma, has ordered for detailed investigation into the jailbreak that resulted in thousands of people said to be freed after hoodlums attacked the Owerri correctional facility and said to have freed thousands of inmates.

Easter: Kano Muslim youths donate gift of ram, drinks to Christian faithfuls

In the spirit of Easter celebration, Muslim youths in Kano has on Monday donated gift of ram and drinks to Christian faithfuls in Gama community, Nassarawa local government area of Kano State.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

67 Security agents killed in Southeast, South-South in 3 months

No fewer than 67 security agents, comprising the police, Navy and prison wardens, have been killed by gunmen in the South East and South South since December last year.
Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, on Sunday visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta where the due deliberated on how to tackle rising insecurity in the country.

Ex-President Obasanjo, Sheikh Gumi meet in Abeokuta, demand special courts for bandits, others

Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi on Sunday visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta where the due deliberated on how to tackle rising insecurity in the country.

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The price of cement has dropped with about 25 per cent in Enugu, a market survey by newsmen has revealed.

Residents express concern over high cost of cement, blame manufacturers

Some residents of Kano and Katsina States have blamed cement manufacturers over the prevailing scarcity and high cost of cement nationwide.
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has charged governments at all levels to prioritise agriculture and adequately harness the untapped potentials of the sector to fast-track economic growth and development.

Edo governor tackles finance minister, insists Nigeria government printed N60 billion

Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki has faulted the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, for denying that the Federal Government printed N60 billion in March to support allocation to states.
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.
FILE PHOTO - Demonstrators flash a three-finger salute during a protest against the military coup in Dawei, Myanmar April 13, 2021. Courtesy of Dawei Watch-via REUTERS

Myanmar security forces arrest prominent leader of anti-coup campaign

Myanmar security forces arrested on Thursday one of the main leaders of the campaign against military rule after driving into him with a car as he led a motorbike protest rally, friends and colleagues said.
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Naira gains at official market

Nigeria’s naira gained marginally against the U.S. dollar at the I&E window of the foreign exchange market on Wednesday, data posted on the FMDQ Security Exchange where forex is officially traded showed.

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Management of Ambrose Alli University, AAU has cautioned members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma chapter to refrain from pursing personal vendetta, vilification and malicious mudslinging on the person of Prof. Ignatius Onimawo, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, over the issue of funding of the institution.

Edo university management absolves VC of causing institution’s problems

Management of Ambrose Alli University, AAU has cautioned members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma chapter to refrain from pursing personal vendetta, vilification and malicious mudslinging on the person of Prof. Ignatius Onimawo, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, over the issue of funding of the institution.
Former Manchester United forward Odion Ighalo has described Paul Pogba as one of the best he has played with in his career.

Odion Ighalo: Paul Pogba is one of the best players I’ve played with

Former Manchester United forward Odion Ighalo has described Paul Pogba as one of the best he has played with in his career.
“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.

Imo monarch, chiefs kidnapped after attending traditional wedding

There was palpable fear in Imo State on Wednesday night after gunmen kidnapped the traditional ruler of Umueze Nguru in the Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of the state, Eze Charles Iroegbu.
The thoughts of Canadians are with Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family as they mourn the passing of Prince Philip on Friday, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Britain pays tribute to Prince Philip

Gun salutes will be fired across Britain on Saturday to mark the death of Prince Philip as tributes flooded in for a man who was a pillar of strength for Queen Elizabeth during her 69-year reign.
President Muhammadu Buhari, has appointed Ambassador Rabiu Dagari as the substantive Director-General of the Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa (DTCA).

President Buhari appoints new DTCA chief

President Muhammadu Buhari, has appointed Ambassador Rabiu Dagari as the substantive Director-General of the Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa (DTCA).