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Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference on the situation of the coronavirus (COVID-2019), in Geneva, Switzerland, February 28, 2020. REUTERS-Denis Balibouse-File Photo

WHO: Countries must not squander chance to control coronavirus

Countries that have locked down their populations to prevent the spread of coronavirus need to put a premium on finding new cases and doing everything they can “to suppress and control” the virus, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.
President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan on Tuesday tasked top security officials to beef up security measures at the National Assembly.

National Assembly leadership meet ministers on planned 2020 budget review

The Leadership of the National Assembly on Wednesday held a meeting with some Ministers and Heads of agencies from the Executive arm of Government to brainstorm on the impact of Coronavirus pandemic on the Nigerian economy.
Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz is in intensive care in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.

Real Madrid set to sign two attackers at end of season

Real Madrid is set to sign two attackers at the end of the season as they aim to strengthen their attacking options.
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has insisted that football has no priority right now amid the ongoing efforts to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

Football has no priority right now – Chelsea star

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has insisted that "football has no priority right now" amid the ongoing efforts to combat the coronavirus outbreak.
The UEFA Champions League football cup is displayed prior to the draw for the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League football tournament at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon on December 17, 2018. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI - AFP)

UEFA officially postpone Champions League, Europa League finals

Uefa have confirmed that this season’s Champions League and Europa League finals will not take place at the end of May.
MURIC Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, said this in a statement on Monday in Lagos.

MURIC urges Muslim faithful to obey ban on social gathering

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has urged Muslim faithful to obey the ban on social gathering by the Lagos State Government to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
Manchester City’s Argentinian defender Nicolas Otamendi (C) celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English League Cup fourth round football match between Manchester City and Southampton at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north-west England, on October 29, 2019. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP) /

Manchester City upbeat of avoiding exodus of stars’ after European ban

Manchester City are confident that the threat of a Champions League ban will not spark a mass Etihad exodus.

SERAP asks Buhari to instruct EFCC, ICPC to track, monitor spending on coronavirus

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari urging him to use his leadership position to “urgently instruct the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to jointly track and monitor spending by federal agencies and state governors to combat coronavirus or COVID19 pandemic in Nigeria.”=
South Africa’s rand traded slightly firmer early on Friday, recovering from a sharp dip in the previous session after the country confirmed its first case of coronavirus.

South African rand weakens ahead of inflation, retail sales data

South Africa’s rand weakened on Wednesday amid mounting fears over the fallout from the coronavirus crisis, while investors awaited consumer price inflation and retail sales data to gauge the health of an already battered domestic economy.
Olympic pole vault champion Katerina Stefanidi said athletes were being forced to take health risks as competitors started to speak out about holding the Tokyo Games during the coronavirus crisis.

Athlete concerns grow ahead of Olympics

Olympic pole vault champion Katerina Stefanidi said athletes were being forced to take health risks as competitors started to speak out about holding the Tokyo Games during the coronavirus crisis.
President Donald Trump declared a federal state of emergency as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread throughout the US. The move frees up additional funding that will allow the government to address the effects of the pandemic.

Coronavirus: Donald Trump approves deferral of $300 billion for tax payments

President Donald Trump has approved the deferral of some $300 billion in tax payments to the Internal Revenue Service to help Americans weather the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis.
Dr Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment said this while fielding questions on television concerning the time for payment of the new wage.

ASUU strike: Nigerian government meets again with lecturers today

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU) and the federal government will again meet today, Tuesday, to resolve the ongoing warning strike by the lecturers.
Arsenal's head of sports medicine, Dr. Gary O'Driscoll, has chosen to remain at the Emirates Stadium after turning down an offer from Premier League leaders Liverpool.

Arsenal club doctor rejects Liverpool to remain at Emirates

Arsenal's head of sports medicine, Dr. Gary O'Driscoll, has chosen to remain at the Emirates Stadium after turning down an offer from Premier League leaders Liverpool.
Pep Guardiola is a little bit more moody because Manchester City have failed to match the high standards they've set in recent years during the first half of the 2019-20 campaign, according to Kevin de Bruyne.

Manchester City in contract talks with Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling

Manchester City are looking to make use of the current suspension in action by making progress with contract negotiations for Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.
All Progressives Congress (APC) national stalwart Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has described as premature, talks about 2023 elections and the successor to President Muhammadu Buhari. To him, those making such calls do not love Nigeria.

2023: Why they want Adams Oshiomhole out – Asiwaju Tinubu

National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Sunday said powerful forces in the party want the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, out of office because of their 2023 inordinate political ambition.
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, has broken his silence over the heated reactions generated by his statement over the Mayegun title he conferred on the fuji musician, Alhaji Wasiu Ayinde, stating that the context through which he made the statement should be understood.

Ekiti monarch writes Oyo governor, flays Alaafin for ‘undue interference’

The chairman, Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers and Alawe of Ilawe-Ekiti, Oba Ajibade Alabi has cautioned the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi against meddling in the internal crisis of the Obas in Ekiti.

Angelo Ogbonna slams Premier League response to coronavirus

Having watched tragic events unfold in his homeland of Italy, where there have been over 17,000 cases of the virus, the 31-year-old was shocked about how sluggish the response was to the crisis from authorities.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has spoken to his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella over the phone to offer his “sincere condolences” to the Italian people over the coronavirus crisis.

Coronavirus: Chinese leader offers condolences to Italy, Iran, South Korea

Chinese President Xi Jinping has spoken to his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella over the phone to offer his “sincere condolences” to the Italian people over the coronavirus crisis.

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Overland Airways suspends flight operations

Overland Airways will temporarily shelve its flight operations from Saturday, March 28, 2020 to Sunday, April 5, 2020, as part of efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
An explosion has occurred along Akure-Owo expressway, a few kilometres from the Akure metropolis.

Confusion over explosion in Akure

An explosion has occurred along Akure-Owo expressway, a few kilometres from the Akure metropolis.
Energy minister Gwede Mantashe on Thursday tweaked regulations for generators with a capacity of less than 1 megawatt (MW), effectively exempting them from the need to obtain a licence from the regulator

South Africa tweaks rules for small-scale power producers

South Africa has eased regulations govening small-scale power producers as part of efforts to tackle the country’s energy problems, but industry experts said the changes did not go far enough.
The Lagos State Government has started construction of another Isolation Centre.

Company donates air conditioners to Onikan isolation centre

As part of her contributions to government’s effort towards mitigating the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, Mandilas Group Ltd, the sole franchise dealer of Carrier air conditioners in Nigeria, has donated air conditioners in support of GTBank’s effort to create a 100-bed isolation centre at Onikan, Lagos.
Arsenal have identified Real Betis playmaker Nabil Fekir as a replacement for Dani Ceballos, whose loan deal expires this summer.

Arsenal eye Real Betis star as Dani Ceballos replacement

Arsenal have identified Real Betis playmaker Nabil Fekir as a replacement for Dani Ceballos, whose loan deal expires this summer.