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“Now countries are still pursuing deals that will compromise the COVAX supply,” WHO senior adviser Bruce Aylward told a briefing. “Without a doubt.”

WHO: Countries threaten global COVAX vaccine supply by making own deals

Countries seeking their own vaccine doses are making deals with drug companies that threaten the supply for the global COVAX programme for poor and middle-income countries, the World Health Organization said on Friday.
Walter Kazadi Mulombo, WHO representative in Nigeria, told a briefing by video link that Nigeria was expecting 14 million doses in total.

WHO: Nigeria expects first four million coronavirus vaccine doses from COVAX next week

Nigeria is expecting its first 4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines next week from the global COVAX vaccine programme for poor and middle-income countries, the head of the World Health Organization mission in Nigeria said on Friday.
The Commander, U.S. Africa Command, U General Stephen Townsend, wrapped up a three-day West African visit February 22-25, 2021, with a stopover in Nigeria to meet with the nation’s leaders and further the long-standing partnership.

U.S. Africa Command leadership visits Nigeria on security cooperation

The Commander, U.S. Africa Command, U General Stephen Townsend, wrapped up a three-day West African visit February 22-25, 2021, with a stopover in Nigeria to meet with the nation’s leaders and further the long-standing partnership and security cooperation between the two countries.

WHO: Africa has stepped up vaccine procurement

The deployment of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa has accelerated amid the quest to contain the virus and reopen the continent’s economy, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh on October 23, 2018. - Saudi Arabia is hosting the key investment summit overshadowed by the killing of critic Jamal Khashoggi that has prompted a wave of policymakers and corporate giants to withdraw. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

US to release report blaming Saudi prince in Jamal Khashoggi murder

A US intelligence report expected to be made public Friday will blame Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — a key figure in the US-Saudi relationship — for the murder and dismemberment of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami

Minister: 5G poses no health risk to public health, safety

The minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, who allayed the fears of Nigerians on the deployment of Fifth Generation (5G) technology in Nigeria, clarified that there is no known scientific evidence till date suggesting that 5G poses any risks to public health and safety.

NAPTIP seeks establishment of rescue station in Kebbi

National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has called for the establishment of a station in Kebbi State and a safe house where the rescued victims can be kept and taken care of.
Police in Cameroon have arrested nine people on suspicion of homosexuality, most of them at an HIV-AIDS care centre, an LGBT rights lawyer said on Thursday.

Spate of attacks, arrests puts LGBT+ groups on alert in Cameroon

Three murders and more than 20 arrests targeting LGBT+ people in Cameroon this month have raised fears of an upswing in homophobic persecution in the Central African country, rights campaigners and lawyers said on Friday.

Ooni unveils ‘herbal remedy’ for coronavirus

The Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has unveiled a series of traditional medicines, made from local herbs, that boost the human’s immune system against infectious diseases, including the rampaging Coronavirus (COVID-19).
FILE PHOTO: Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein attend the arrival of a plane with a shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines, at Ben Gurion airport, near the city of Lod, Israel, January 10, 2021. Motti Millrod/Pool via REUTERS

Gantz: Israel freezes programme to send vaccines abroad

Israel is to put on hold its program to send COVID-19 vaccines abroad amid legal scrutiny, Israeli news media reports said on Thursday following criticism at home and abroad of what has been called ‘vaccine diplomacy’.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it does not want bail for a former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, because he might escape.

Abdulrasheed Maina cannot be trusted with another bail – court

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, told Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman, defunct Pension Reformed Taskforce Team (PRTT), that he cannot be trusted with another bail after jumping the first granted him.

African Union backs call to waive intellectual property rights on coronavirus drugs

The African Union is backing calls for drugmakers to waive some intellectual property rights on Covid-19 medicines and vaccines to speed up their rollout to poor countries, the head of its disease control body said on Thursday.
Zimbabwe Vice President Constantino Chiwenga returned to the capital Harare on Saturday after spending four months in China, according to Bnnbloomberg.ca reports.

Zimbabwe praises China for coronavirus vaccine supplies

Zimbabwe is set to receive a further 800,000 doses of the Covid-19 jab from China, indicating the “excellent relationship” between the two nations and the Asian giant’s willingness to give the southern African state “preferential treatment” amidst a global “stampede” for vaccines, Zimbabwe’s presidential spokesman George Charamba is quoted by the state-owned Herald newspaper as saying.
The Stockfish Dealers Association has called on the federal government to grant importers of stockfish access to the foreign exchange.

Norwegian Seafood Council faults Nigeria’s inclusion of stockfish in banned list

The Norwegian Seafood Council has protested the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN’s inclusion of stockfish in the list of banned goods to be imported into the country.
“A general lockdown will be imposed from 17-00 (1500 GMT) on Sunday for two weeks,” a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said.

Israel, Bahrain leaders discuss Iran, possible vaccine plant

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahrain’s Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa on Thursday discussed Iran and the possible involvement of the Gulf state in establishing a vaccine plant in Israel, the two countries said.
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.
The Olympic Rings are pictured in front of the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne on March 22, 2020, as doubts increase over whether Tokyo can safely host the summer Games amid the spread of the COVID-19. – The global sporting calendar has been swept away by the coronavirus pandemic but the International Olympic Committee has insisted the Tokyo Games will go ahead in four months despite growing calls for a postponement. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP)

IOC approves Brisbane as preferred host of 2032 Olympic Games

The IOC is set to open exclusive negotiations – or “targeted dialogue” – with Australian officials over staging the Games in 11 years’ time following the Executive Board’s decision to approve a recommendation from the Future Host Summer Commission during its remote meeting.
A Nigerian national Uche Raymond Okoye, based in Guyana, has been slammed 11 counts of fraud, several local papers reported today.

Nigerian national Uche Okoye slammed with fraud charges in Guyana

Okoye, also known as Uche Parker, was accused by the Guyana police as being part of an international criminal organisation that has scammed unsuspecting Guyanese victims out of millions.
Mafia-type organisations, often based in eastern Europe, are likely to have been behind a recent wave of cyber attacks on French hospitals, rather than foreign powers, said the French minister for digital technology Cedric O on Thursday.

French minister: Mafia-type gangs likely behind cyber attacks on hospitals

Mafia-type organisations, often based in eastern Europe, are likely to have been behind a recent wave of cyber attacks on French hospitals, rather than foreign powers, said the French minister for digital technology Cedric O on Thursday.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AstraZeneca, Pascal Soriot, has expressed delight that the first doses of the vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India has been delivered.

AstraZeneca chief delighted as Ghana takes delivery of vaccines

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AstraZeneca, Pascal Soriot, has expressed delight that the first doses of the vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India has been delivered.
Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, whose appointment was confirmed last week by President Muhammadu Buhari, also reiterated her commitment to giving focal and priority attention to capacity building.

Nigerian government urged to lift embargo on employment into civil service

The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to lift the embarg on employment into Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

Report: Nigeria has least affordable internet in the world

A new global study on digital quality of life has ranked Nigeria as the country with the least affordable internet service in the world.

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Sheikh Ahmad Gumi says the easiest and safest way to end insecurity in the north is to negotiate peace with the bandits that have turned the region into a killing field.

NUJ calls for Sheikh Gumi’s arrest

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Friday, called for the arrest of Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, for saying journalists are criminals for calling bandits criminals.
Mr Bank-Anthony Okoroafor, an energy expert, has commended the Federal Government on plans to make available 600,000 gas cylinders in the country as part of effort to drive Liquified Natural Gas (LPG) penetration.

Nigerian government to launch new pricing framework for gas operations

The chairman of National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP), Mohammed Ibrahim, says the federal government will launch a new pricing framework to regulate operations in the gas sector.
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OPC nabs four ‘kidnappers’ in Ibarapa

The Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, in Oyo State said yesterday that it arrested four suspected Kidnappers in the Ibarapa, area of the state.
“Now countries are still pursuing deals that will compromise the COVAX supply,” WHO senior adviser Bruce Aylward told a briefing. “Without a doubt.”

WHO: Countries threaten global COVAX vaccine supply by making own deals

Countries seeking their own vaccine doses are making deals with drug companies that threaten the supply for the global COVAX programme for poor and middle-income countries, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

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