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WHO calls for equitable access to future coronavirus vaccines in Africa

The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Africa has joined immunisation experts in urging the international community and countries to take concrete actions to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, as researchers around the world race to find effective protection against the virus.
The international Federation of Women lawyers (FIDA) in Rivers on Monday said over 20 cases of rape and child defilement were recorded during and after the lockdown period in State.

Lockdown: Over 20 cases of rape, defilement recorded in Rivers – FIDA

The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) in Rivers on Monday said over 20 cases of rape and child defilement were recorded during and after the lockdown period in State.
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Group writes Anambra governor over sack of 161 WWF traffic officers

A Coalition of five Civil Society Groups in Southeast, yesterday, wrote to Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, appealing to him to reverse and rescind the disbandment of a state traffic agency, the Willies Work Force, WWF.
Poised to address security challenges in the state, the Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has secured the backing of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) for its community policing scheme.

NPF backs community policing in Edo

Poised to address security challenges in the state, the Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has secured the backing of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) for its community policing scheme.
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and the Federal Government have commenced a Human Capital Development (HCD) plan towards moving 24 million Nigerians out of poverty before 2030.

Governors want controversial infectious diseases bill ‘stepped down’

The 36 state governors under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) have criticised the controversial Control of Infectious Diseases Bill, sponsored by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila on the floor, moving a bill on the Repeal of Quarantine Act, 2004 at plenary yesterday at National Assembly Abuja. . Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan. 1

Coalition kicks against infectious disease bill, demand review, public hearing

A coalition of civil society groups has described the proposed Control of Infectious Diseases Bill as a threat to human rights.
The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Uyo, on Monday, ordered INEC to allow the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate, Mr Nsima Ekere, to inspect all election materials used during the March 9 Governorship Election.

Coronavirus: INEC to shift Edo, Ondo guber polls

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has hinted that it might be constrained to adjust the timetable and schedule of activities of the Edo and Ondo states governorship elections due to the crippling challenges coronavirus pandemic posed on the country.
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) administration has raised alarm over rising cases of insecurity and vandalism in the territory. Abuja

FCT emergency agency assures equitable distribution of palliatives

FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has assured equitable distribution of the Federal Government palliatives to the vulnerable persons to cushion the impact of the lockdown in Abuja.
A public health professional, Dr Jennifer Braimah, on Thursday counselled Nigerians to be selective of news they digest as measures to deal with depression during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Coronavirus: CSOs want Nigerian government to ease lockdown measures

A coalition of Civil Society Groups and some Nigerian individuals under the aegis of Civil Society Alliance Against COVID-19 (CSAA COVID-19) have called on the government to be sensitive to the plight of Nigerians as its plans to extend the lockdown measures across the country.
Chief Judge Kashim Zannah of Borno has extended the suspension of court sittings till 1 May 2020.

Borno chief judge extends suspension of court sittings

Justice Kashim Zannah said that the action was to safeguard the health and lives of litigants, staff, lawyers, and judges during the coronavirus pandemic.

Rivers, Ondo make U-turn on lockdown relaxation

Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State on Saturday backed down from their relaxation of the lockdown they had imposed on their states to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Governor Nyesom Wike acted illegally by suspending the chairman of Abua-Odua local Government Council, the Civil Rights Council said.

Rivers: Full congregation not allowed in churches on Easter Sunday

The Rivers State Government has reversed its decision to allow churches in the state hold services on Easter Sunday.
The coronavirus has spread to Nigeria in sub-Saharan Africa. Pius Utomi Ekpei-AFP via Getty Images

Coronavirus: Coalition wants public gatherings limited, travel restrictions in Nigeria

A coalition of Civil Society Groups in Nigeria has called on the government to consider immediate measures to limit public gatherings and promote safe social contacts among citizens.

PDP urges National Assembly not to pass ‘anti-Social Media Bill’

The Peoples Democratic Party on Monday urged the leadership of the National Assembly to resist all pressures to pass the anti-social media bill, which it said is anti-people and unconstitutional.
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PDP urges Nigerians to resist anti-social media bill in Senate

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Monday, urged Nigerians, including the media, organized civil society and all pro-democracy groups to unite against moves to pass the obnoxious anti-social media bill at the National Assembly.
The University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s administration declined to comment on the decision, while rights activists, civil society groups and social media users referred to the move as oppressive.

Pakistan school bans female students from using lipstick on campus

A university in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, on Monday, cried out on social media for banning female students from wearing lipstick on campus.
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Stakeholders call for robust media freedom

Media practitioners and civil society groups on Saturday called for a robust and free press as well as protection for journalists as enshrined in the constitution.
The inauguration of the much-talked about South West security outfit, Operation Amotekun, is about to begin at the Oyo State Governor’s Office, State Secretariat in Agodi, Ibadan.

Amotekun: South-West governors must join hands with other govs to press for state police...

Patron of Yoruba Community in Benue State and Chairman, Tito Group of Companies, Asiwaju Isaac Akinkunmi, has called on South-West governors to join forces with other governors from other regions who are facing common security challenges for a federal constitutional amendment that would allow for the creation of state police forces.

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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 debunks reports of soldiers ‘loss of interest’, suspension of retirement

The Nigerian Army has debunked a report making the rounds that it is facing “morale crisis as 356 soldiers exit over loss of interest”.The Nigerian Army has debunked a report making the rounds that it is facing “morale crisis as 356 soldiers exit over loss of interest”.
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Mali government criticised by UN, EU for lethal response to protests

The United Nations and the European Union on Monday condemned the Malian government’s use of lethal force during protests calling for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to resign, and urged it to release detained opposition leaders.
A pedestrian walks past a stock indicator board for the Tokyo Stock Exchange being displayed in a window of a securities company in Tokyo on October 1, 2018. - Japanese shares powered to a new 27-year high on October 1 after the US and Canada clinched a long-awaited trade deal, but other Asian equity markets struggled in subdued holiday trading. (Photo by Martin BUREAU / AFP)

Asian markets rise on fresh vaccine hopes, eyes on earnings

Asian markets rose Monday, recovering some of the losses at the end of last week, as investors followed a strong performance on Wall Street fuelled by hopes for a coronavirus vaccine, though a spike in infections around the world capped gains.
Super Falcons and Barcelona forward Asisat Oshoala showed off her pink hairstyle and her fans are loving every bit of it.

Super Falcons skipper shows off new blonde hairstyle

Super Falcons and Barcelona forward Asisat Oshoala showed off her pink hairstyle and her fans are loving every bit of it.
Chidozie Awaziem has something to celebrate as he helped Leganes boost their survival hope with hard-fought 1-0 home win against Valencia on Sunday.

Super Eagles tar helps Leganes to a vital win over Valencia

Chidozie Awaziem has something to celebrate as he helped Leganes boost their survival hope with hard-fought 1-0 home win against Valencia on Sunday.