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INEC polling units and the future of elections

The last time new polling units were defined in Nigeria was 25 years ago by the defunct National Electoral Commission of Nigeria (NECON), as INEC was then known. At the time the country had on the voters’ register, 50 million voters. Over the years, it worked with an estimate of 120,000 polling units across the country but an eventual census put the exact figure at 119, 973 polling units.
Twitter's suspension in Nigeria will end once the US social media giant submits to local licencing, registration and conditions, the government said on Wednesday, rejecting criticism the ban had stifled freedom of expression.

Small businesses take hit on Twitter ban

Some small businesses that rely on Twitter for survival are finding it tough to cope as a result of the indefinite suspension imposed on the operation of the micro blogging site by the Federal Government.
The weekly virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) is taking place at the State House, Abuja with President Muhammadu Buhari presiding.

President Buhari meets minister, chief of staff over insecurity in South East

President Muhammadu Buhari at the weekend met with the Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige at Aso Rock over the escalating insecurity in the South East.
Gareth Southgate admitted England could have no complaints about the furious reaction from fans who booed them after the drab 0-0 draw against arch-rivals Scotland at Euro 2020.

England boss accepts boos after sluggish display

Gareth Southgate admitted England could have no complaints about the furious reaction from fans who booed them after the drab 0-0 draw against arch-rivals Scotland at Euro 2020.

JAMB candidates lament changes in syllabus as UTME commences nationwide

Some candidates who sat for Literature-in-English in the ongoing 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) have lamented the change of syllabus of work by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Wednesday explained why its Director-General, Dr Dakuku Peterside, could not personally appear before a National Assembly (NASS) Joint Committee in Abuja on Tuesday.

Dakuku Peterside: Nigerian youths need level playing field

The former director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside, says Nigeria does not need to reserve seats for women and youths at the national assembly.
President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party will hold its congress Saturday ahead of September parliamentary elections that come amid a sweeping crackdown on the beleaguered opposition.

Vladimir Putin’s party holds congress amid opposition clampdown

President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party will hold its congress Saturday ahead of September parliamentary elections that come amid a sweeping crackdown on the beleaguered opposition.
The supreme court, on Friday, dismissed a suit filed by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC), seeking the review of a judgment ordering it to pay N17 billion to some Ogoni communities in Rivers state.

New lawyers without Supreme Court enrollment number seek NBA’s help

Some new lawyers called to bar in recent years have inundated the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) with complaints of how they have been denied their enrollment number by the Supreme Court.

Blasts kill two near office of party backed by Myanmar army

A Myanmar military truck exploded in one of two blasts near an office of an army-backed political party in the country’s biggest city on Friday, local media reported, and a senior rescue official said two people were killed and six wounded.
The Nigerian Ports Authority has blacklisted six truck parks for non-compliance with the guidelines for the electronic call-up system, according to a report.

NPA blacklists six truck parks over call-up system

The Nigerian Ports Authority has blacklisted six truck parks for non-compliance with the guidelines for the electronic call-up system, according to a report.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police arrest 42 ‘criminals’ in Nasarawa

The Police Command in Nasarawa State says it has arrested 44 suspects for various criminal offences in the state within the last two months.
Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has pledged to abide by the peace pact he made with political opponents in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Ebonyi governor: No proof South-east is marginalised

Governor of Ebonyi State and Chairman of South East Governors’ Forum, Mr. Dave Umahi, has said it will be difficult to prove that the South-east is marginalised as being perceived by people of the region.
Lagos based entreprenuer Ogechi Egemonu opens the Twitter app on a smart phone at her office in Lagos, Nigeria June 10, 2021. REUTERS-Seun Sanni

Nigeria’s Twitter ban leaves some businesses in the lurch

Lagos-based entrepreneur Ogechi Egemonu was selling more than 500,000 naira ($1,219) worth of watches, shoes and handbags on Twitter per week.
England launched their bid for Euro 2020 glory with a 1-0 win over Croatia on Sunday, as Scotland were set to end their 23-year wait to play in a major tournament and Covid-hit Spain prepared to face Sweden.

Euro 2020: Scotland, Spain set to start campaigns after England’s win

England launched their bid for Euro 2020 glory with a 1-0 win over Croatia on Sunday, as Scotland were set to end their 23-year wait to play in a major tournament and Covid-hit Spain prepared to face Sweden.
All Progressives Congress (APC) Nigeria

APC membership registration panel submits report

The All Progressives Congress Membership Registration and Revalidation Appeal Committee has identified Imo, Ogun, Kwara, and Rivers states as states where the exercise recorded the highest number of challenges.
UEFA has ordered Ukraine to remove the phrase Glory to the heroes from their Euro 2020 shirts due to its military connotations, though a map outline of the country that sparked fury across Russia is allowed to remain.

UEFA orders Ukraine to remove ‘political slogan’ from Euro 2020 kit

UEFA has ordered Ukraine to remove the phrase "Glory to the heroes" from their Euro 2020 shirts due to its military connotations, though a map outline of the country that sparked fury across Russia is allowed to remain.
FILE PHOTO - The Twitter logo is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., September 28, 2016. REUTERS-Brendan McDermid-File Photo

What Twitter ban teaches the world about Nigeria

The Nigerian government thinks Twitter is the greatest source of its misery. After straining at the leash for months, it couldn’t resist swatting the microblogging platform with a ban last week.
Google is releasing a developer preview for the next version of Android, Android 12, for Pixel devices today. As is the norm for Google, the very first previews of Android are full of a lot of developer-facing changes.

Google to stop charging search providers for chance to be Android default in Europe

Google is changing how its Android search engine choice screen works in Europe, following complaints from rivals about its pay-to-play model, the company has announced in a blog post.
Ghana coach Charles Kwabla Akonnor has decided against complaining about his unpaid salaries.

Ghana coach wary of Morocco threat ahead of friendly meeting

Ghana coach CK Akonnor believes his side will have to go the extra mile to get a good result in their international friendly clash with Morocco on Tuesday.
The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) has suspended a fast-rising Nigerian actress, Queeneth Hilbert, indefinitely from film production activities following unprofessional conducts.

AGN suspends actress Queeneth Hilbert

The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) has suspended a fast-rising Nigerian actress, Queeneth Hilbert, indefinitely from film production activities following unprofessional conducts.

NMA: Use professional channels to address medical negligence, malpractice

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has appealed to the public to utilise established professional channels and institutions in addressing their concerns on medical negligence and malpractice.

NUT commends FCT minister on minimum wage implementation

Federal Capital Territory (FCT) wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has commended the FCT minister, Muhammad Bello, for the implementation of the minimum wage for primary school teachers in the nation’s capital.

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The joint statement on China was read out by Canadian Ambassador Leslie Norton on behalf of countries including Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Japan and the United States to the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Canada leads call on China to allow Xinjiang access – statement

More than 40 countries urged China on Tuesday to allow the U.N. human rights chief immediate access to Xinjiang region to look into reports that more than a million people have been unlawfully detained there, some subjected to torture or forced labour.
Inter Miami owner Jorge Mas believes his side will be able to land Barcelona star Lionel Messi in the future.

Copa America: Lionel Messi equals record as Argentina progress

Lionel Messi earned a record-equalling 147th cap for Argentina as they progressed to the Copa America quarter-finals with victory over Paraguay.
A woman watches a video of Egyptian influencer Haneen Hossam, who was sentenced to two years in prison on charges of violation public morals. Khaled Desouki, AFP

Egyptian TikTok influencer to appeal 10-year trafficking sentence

Egyptian TikTok influencer Haneen Hossam will appeal a 10-year prison sentence handed down by a Cairo court that found her guilty of human trafficking, her lawyer said on Monday.
The chairperson of Eti Osa local government, Rafiu Olatunji, has died on Monday night at his Sangotedo residence. He died from a long-term illness.

Lagos council boss passes on

The chairperson of Eti Osa local government, Rafiu Olatunji, has died on Monday night at his Sangotedo residence. He died from a long-term illness.
The Boko Haram insurgency in Northern Nigeria is largely fuelled by youth unemployment and poverty, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has said.

President Buhari: All my appointments, projects guided by equity, inclusiveness

He said: “There’s actually no part of the country that has not been impacted positively in the areas of infrastructure, agriculture and economic support initiative based on peculiarities of the regions.”

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Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi has expressed his administration’s commitment to the development of the education sector as the key to high-level human capital development needed for emancipation of the people.

2023: Yahaya Bello’s presidential posters flood Abuja

Presidential campaign posters of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, have flooded major streets in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
Sergio Ramos broke down in tears, saying leaving Real Madrid was one of the most difficult moments of his life as he bid farewell on Thursday after 16 years at the club.

Sergio Ramos wanted by Jose Mourinho at AS Roma

Jose Mourinho is reportedly looking to beat his old club Manchester United and sign his former Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos for Roma.
United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF condemns incessant kidnapping, killing of children in Northern Nigeria

United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has condemned the incessant kidnappings of children in the North, describing it as a heartbreaking disaster.

Kano singer begs Muslims over blasphemous music

A Kano-based singer, Ahmad Abdul, whose song attracted violent reactions from Kano residents has apologised to Muslims Ummah, the state government and Islamic scholars with a promise not to repeat it in the future.
World heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua, says it is difficult ignoring criticisms from fans and pundits.

Anthony Joshua: Why my fight with Tyson Fury must hold

Heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua says the world title clash with Tyson Fury must hold because it’s bigger than boxing, bigger than the belts.