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FILE PHOTO - Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo appears before the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands February 6, 2020, Netherlands February 6, 2020. Jerry Lampen-Pool via REUTERS

Ivory Coast in talks over Laurent Gbagbo return

Ivory Coast's government was to meet with the party of former president Laurent Gbagbo on Wednesday for talks on what his supporters have announced as his impending return.
Christian Association of Nigeria | CAN

CAN: Isa Pantami serving President Buhari’s interest

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, says President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Isa Pantami as Nigeria’s communications minister to serve a predetermined purpose, noting the government will not cast him away no matter how loud the call for his removal becomes.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami

Ex-DSS director: Nigerian government informed of Isa Pantami’s extremist views before ministerial appointment

Former Assistant Director with the Department of State Services, Dennis Amachree, has said the secret police informed the Federal Government and the National Assembly of the past radical pro-Taliban views of embattled Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, before his confirmation as minister in 2019.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, on Saturday advised the Nigerian youth to develop their skills and drive innovation and entrepreneurship in the space sector.

Minister denies saying Nigerians without NIN could be jailed for 14 years

"This has been quoted out of context. Pantami has not mentioned "14 years imprisonment." But said NIMC (National Identity Management Commission) has been 14 years in existence, since 2007," he said in a tweet.
Facebook has accused Apple of privacy shortcomings and abusing its market power after the iPhone maker took a swipe at the social media platform’s data collection practices.

Australian parliament passes media reforms after last-ditch changes

Australia’s parliament passed a law on Thursday to make Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc pay media companies for content on their platforms in reforms that countries such as Britain and Canada are looking to replicate.

Ex-MILAD Ahmed Aboki laid to rest in Abuja

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Ahmed Abdullahi Aboki, who died after a brief illness, has been buried at the Military Cemetery, Abuja.
Farmers shelter under a mango tree to avoid the heat and sun, on the road between Adre and Farchana, in the eastern Chad region of Ouaddaï. Amaury HAUCHARD - AFP

22 killed in ethnic violence in southern Chad

At least 22 people have been killed in southern Chad in the latest instance of deadly ethnic violence between nomadic herders and sedentary farmers, the communications minister said Friday.
Attackers have opened fire on a private school in Cameroon’s Southwest Region, killing at least four children, according to officials.

Cameroon blames separatists for massacre of children

Cameroon's government on Sunday blamed separatist fighters for the massacre of children in their classrooms in the English-speaking southwest of the country.
The House of Representatives has enjoined the authorities to encourage the use of locally developed remedies for the management and treatment of Covid-19 ailments in the country.

House of Reps uncovers clauses conceding Nigeria’s sovereignty to China in loan deal

A House of Representatives committee has raised the alarm over clauses conceding Nigeria’s sovereignty to China in a loan agreement.
The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has commissioned the Kaduna Emergency Communication Centre (ECC).

NCC’s Kaduna emergency communication centre, five other IT projects commissioned

Three other projects by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), IT Community Centre in Katsina and IT Hub each in Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria Main Campus, Kaduna and University of Lagos, were also commissioned.
Government soldiers patrol near Gorgadji in Burkina Faso. REUTERS-Luc Gnago

Burkina Faso says jihadists killed 15 shopkeepers

At least 15 civilians have been killed in northern Burkina Faso during an attack attributed to jihadists, the government said Saturday.
Ethiopia’s Ex-Communications Minister Bereket Simon has been sentenced to six years in prison for corruption.

Court jails Ethiopia ex-minister for corruption

The ex-minister who was a close ally of late prime minister Meles Zenawi was sentenced by a court in Bahirdar, north Ethiopia.
After two months of political deadlock, Iraqi President Barham Salih on Saturday appointed Mohammed Allawi to replace caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, who resigned in late November in the face of widespread anti-government protests.

Iraqi president names Mohammad Allawi as new prime minister

After two months of political deadlock, Iraqi President Barham Salih on Saturday appointed Mohammed Allawi to replace caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, who resigned in late November in the face of widespread anti-government protests.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami

Minister: Nigeria to achieve 95 per cent digital literacy by 2030

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has said Nigeria would achieve 95 per cent digital literacy in 10 years.
Ali Benflis and Abdelmadjid Tebboune two former prime ministers of Abdelaziz Bouteflika submitted their candidacy for the presidential elections in Algeria on Saturday, according to the official press agency APS.

Five candidates confirmed for Algeria’s presidential race

Five candidates, including two former prime ministers under deposed president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, have been selected to run in Algeria’s December presidential poll, the country’s consitutional council confirmed Saturday.

USSD charge: Banks disown MTN

Nigerian banks have denied asking MTN to impose a new charge on customers for using the telecom firm’s access codes to conduct financial transactions.
In his speech that was published by the Defense Ministry, Gaid Salah said that, for some people, coming into Algiers from other regions has become a ``pretext to justify dangerous behavior'' and a way to swell crowds.

Algeria army chief orders clampdown on protesters

In his speech that was published by the Defense Ministry, Gaid Salah said that, for some people, coming into Algiers from other regions has become a ``pretext to justify dangerous behavior'' and a way to swell crowds.

NCC uncovers 9.2 million improperly registered SIM cards

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Thursday uncovered 9.2million improperly registered subscriber identity module (SIM) cards in use across the networks in the country.

Indonesia to bar online advert of cigarette

Indonesia’s communications ministry on Thursday said it would remove all cigarette advertisements from the internet, following a request from the health ministry.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during a pro-government demonstration in Caracas on March 23, 2019. – It is two months since Juan Guaido has asserted he is Venezuela’s interim president. Domestically, he has been unable to shake President Nicolas Maduro from power. (Photo by Juan BARRETO / AFP)

Venezuela’s Maduro announces ban on rival holding public office

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s regime, bolstered by a Russian military deployment infuriating the US, on Thursday announced a ban on Washington-backed self-declared interim leader Juan Guaido holding public office.
A new blackout swept across Venezuela on Monday, including much of the capital, Caracas, sowing alarm two weeks after a nationwide outage that paralysed the country.

Venezuela suffers second blackout within a month

A new blackout swept across Venezuela on Monday, including much of the capital, Caracas, sowing alarm two weeks after a nationwide outage that paralysed the country.
Maurice Kamto is leader of the Cameroonian opposition party Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon (MRC) (AFP Photo-MARCO LONGARI)

Cameroon opposition leader Maurice Kamto charged with sedition, insurrection

Cameroon's main opposition leader Maurice Kamto has been charged with sedition, insurrection and inciting violence, his lawyer said, as authorities banned planned protest marches in the capital Yaounde.

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Aston Villa captain, Jack Grealish, has called on the Premier League to continue.

Manchester City to confirm Jack Grealish transfer after Euro 2020

Jack Grealish's stock in the footballing world has been on the rise for quite some time now.
BBNaija reunion on Thursday night witnessed a brawl as two female housemates, Kaisha and Lucy, engaged in a physical fight.

BBNaija: Kaisha and Lucy get physical at reunion

BBNaija reunion on Thursday night witnessed a brawl as two female housemates, Kaisha and Lucy, engaged in a physical fight.
Staff members of Apple Daily and its publisher Next Digital pose with the final edition of Apple Daily at its headquarters in Hong Kong, China June 24, 2021. REUTERS-Tyrone Siu

China dismisses concern for Hong Kong freedom after tabloid closure

China's foreign ministry on Friday rejected comments by U.S. President Joe Biden that the closure of Hong Kong's Apple Daily newspaper signaled intensifying repression by Beijing in the semi-autonomous city.
A 24-year-old woman, Abibat Kehinde, has been abandoned at Epe General Hospital, Lagos State, over N131,000 unpaid bills, three months after she gave birth to twins at the hospital.

Commercial motorcyclist abandons wife at Lagos hospital after giving birth to twins

A 24-year-old woman, Abibat Kehinde, has been abandoned at Epe General Hospital, Lagos State, over N131,000 unpaid bills, three months after she gave birth to twins at the hospital.
All Progressives Congress (APC) Nigeria

Lagos council poll: Residents protest ‘imposition’ of chairmanship candidate

Some residents of Somolu Local Government Area of Lagos State on Thursday, marched peacefully to the Lagos State House of Assembly in protest against alleged imposition of a chairmanship candidate.

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DSS arrests Kano singer accused of blasphemy

The Department of State Service (SSS) has arrested another singer, Ahmad Abdul, over a song perceived as blasphemous and capable of creating chaos in Kano State.
The Federal Housing Authority (FHA) has said that it will commence the payment of its verified contractors by Friday, after meeting with some of the representatives of the aggrieved businessmen.

FHA demolishes over 500 ‘illegal’ makeshift shops in FESTAC town

As part of its drive to sustain the demolition of illegal structures in FESTAC Town in the ongoing clean-up operation in the area, the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) has said it would continue the exercise having reportedly demolished over 500 stalls and makeshift shops.

Mob sets truck ablaze after fatal accident

An angry mob set ablaze a truck belonging to the Dangote Group after it fatally hit two people on Friday evening along Dangote-Ibeshe road in Yewa North Local Government area of Ogun.
Online publications linked to Russian intelligence agencies have been spreading false or misleading information about coronavirus vaccines, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing an official at the US Department of State’s Global Engagement Center

World Bank, African Union agree plan to accelerate vaccinations

The World Bank will partner with the African Union to help accelerate coronavirus vaccinations on the continent, the Washington-based lender said.
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has listed some communities inKwara and Niger as notorious for smuggling activities over the years.

Customs arrests six for smuggling adulterated diesel in polythene bags

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Friday paraded six suspects who smuggled 45,000 litres of adulterated diesel contained in 750 giant polythene bags, which were carefully concealed among sacks of sawdust to deceive security operatives. The seized product has an estimated value of N21,920 million.