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Philippine Coast Guard personnel survey several ships believed to be Chinese militia vessels in Sabina Shoal in the South China Sea, in a handout photo distributed by the Philippine Coast Guard on May 5 and taken according to source on April 27, 2021

Philippines flags ‘incursions’ by nearly 300 Chinese militia boats

The Philippines on Wednesday reported what it said were incursions into its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) by 287 maritime militia vessels from China, in a further sign of cracks reappearing in a relationship after a period of rapprochement.
President Rumen Radev appointed Stefan Yanev, a former defence minister, to lead the government until a snap election in July after an inconclusive election last month resulted in a deadlocked parliament that failed to produce a government.

Bulgaria’s caretaker prime minister says priority is rule of law

Bulgaria's new caretaker prime minister said on Wednesday his government's priority would be upholding the rule of law in the European Union's poorest member state.
LGBT refugees living in Kenya stand behind a rainbow flag as they protest against their treatment by authorities, outside an office of the UN refugee agency UNHCR in Nairobi on May 17, 2019.

Two transgender Cameroonians jailed for ‘homosexuality’

Two transgender Cameroonians were sentenced on Tuesday to five years in prison in Cameroon, where gay sex is illegal, for "attempting homosexuality", their lawyer told AFP.
At least 31 Nigerian soldiers were killed when IS-aligned jihadists ambushed a military convoy escorting weapons and overran a base in northeast Nigeria's Borno state, military sources told AFP Monday.

Igbo group: Shoot-on-sight order will worsen insecurity in South-East

A think-tank of Igbo intellectuals and professionals, Nzuko Umunna, on Tuesday, wrote an open letter to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, over the alleged shoot-on-sight order against Igbo youths to the soldiers in the South-East and South-South.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Baba, has vowed to ensure peace in all troubled areas in the country.

IGP promises peace in all troubled areas

Baba, who was represented by Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG), Danmallam Mohammed, in charge of training and development, said this at the graduation ceremony of the tactical leadership and command course (TLCC) of the Police Staff College in Jos.
Chelsea supporters were delighted at the performance of Fikayo Tomori after he made his debut for AC Milan against Inter Milan yesterday.

AC Milan boss: We are determined to sign Fikayo Tomori

Impressed by the performance of Nigeria born England international Fikayo Tomori since joining AC Milan, club coach Stefano Pioli says acquiring the Chelsea ace on a permanent deal is one task that must be done.
US President Joe Biden said he won’t lift sanctions against Iran as long as the Islamic republic is not adhering to its nuclear deal commitments.

Joe Biden to join eastern European NATO states summit, focus seen on Ukraine

U.S. President Joe Biden will join a virtual summit of eastern European NATO states held in the Romanian capital Bucharest on Monday, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said, with a focus on security in the Black Sea region and Ukraine.
Neymar opened the scoring with a penalty on the stroke of halftime but Serhou Guirassy equalised in the 70th minute to leave PSG, who finished with 10 men after Presnel Kimpembe was sent off in the 87th minute, on 76 points.

Ligue 1: PSG title chances dented by draw at Rennes

Paris St Germain’s Ligue 1 title hopes took a major knock on Sunday when the defending champions were held to a 1-1 draw at Stade Rennes, leaving Lille holding a three-point advantage at the top with two games remaining.
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APC: President Buhari committed to welfare of Nigerian workers

The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has risen in defence of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration amid allegations of a planned reduction of worker’s salary, saying the president remains committed to the well-being of Nigerian workers.
Former US Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell

Ex-US envoy: Nigerian elite panicky, weighing radical options

A former US Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell has described Nigeria’s political elites as panicky and as such, considering “radical options” against the backdrop of the worsening insecurity in Nigeria, although they have yet to agree on “radical restructuring” of the country.
3. Super Eagles forwars Victor Osimhen was unstoppable with two goals and an assist as Napoli flattened Spezia 4-1 away from home on Saturday, but lost Dries Mertens to injury.

Serie A: Victor Osimhen nets brace to hand Napoli huge win at Spenzia

The Partenopei wanted revenge for a shock home defeat back in January, but there was plenty of other motivation, as Spezia were just three points clear of the drop zone and Napoli had slipped to fifth place after their last-gasp draw with Cagliari. M’Bala Nzola was suspended, while Kalidou Koulibaly, Nikola Maksimovic, David Ospina and Faouzi Ghoulam didn’t make the trip.

UTME: JAMB debunks rumours of recruitment of invigilators

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has refuted rumours making the rounds that the Board is recruiting invigilators for its forthcoming 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, says it is set to complete analogue switch off across Nigeria by end of 2022.

Nigerian editors denounce NBC fines as punitive

The Nigerian Guild of Editors rejects the N5m (five million Naira) fine imposed on Channels Television and Inspiration FM by the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, for alleged infractions.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communications and Digital economy, Musa Istifanus, has maintained that digital technology will help enhance the socio-economic development of the country by increasing the contribution of ICT to the GDP.

Defence ministry: How we spent $1 billion to acquire weapons

The Defence Ministry on Friday further gave an insight into how the controversial $1 billion released by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s led Federal Government to procure arms was expended on the purpose it was released while waiting for the products’ arrival about three years after.

UTME: JAMB parades 50-year-old, one other over impersonation

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Friday, paraded a 50-year old man arrested over impersonation in the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, UTME, registration.
A woman wearing a protective face mask, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, walks in a local shopping street in Tokyo, Japan, May 7, 2021. REUTERS-Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan extends coronavirus emergency in Tokyo

Japan extended on Friday a state of emergency in Tokyo and three other areas until the end of May to stem a surge in novel coronavirus cases, but Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga reiterated that it was still possible to host the Tokyo Olympics just months away.
Dominic Ongwen

ICC sentences former Ugandan child soldier to 25 years in prison

The International Criminal Court has sentenced Dominic Ongwen to 25 years of imprisonment. He was found guilty of a total of 61 crimes comprising crimes against humanity and war crimes.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

Senate pledges support for service chiefs to tackle insecurity

The Senate yesterday assured the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, the service chiefs, Acting Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mr. Alkali Usman, and heads of intelligence agencies, of its readiness to ensure that they have all they need to tackle the worsening insecurity in the country.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

Senate assures service chiefs of support

The Senate has promised the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Service Chiefs, Acting Inspector General of Police (IG) and Heads of intelligence agencies in the country, of its readiness to do everything within its power to ensure that they have all they need to tackle the worsening insecurity situation in the country.
Dominic Ongwen

Ugandan LRA commander ‘White Ant’ sentenced to 25 years in jail by ICC

The International Criminal Court on Thursday sentenced Dominic Ongwen, a Ugandan child soldier who became a commander in the notorious Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), to 25 years in jail for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Former Liverpool defender, Jamie Carragher, has identified Manchester City playmaker, Kevin de Bruyne, as among the three best players in the world, behind Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Jamie Carragher: Ruben Dias is Premier League’s best defender

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has rated Manchester City defender Ruben Dias as Premier League’s best defender this season.
President Buhari is currently presiding over the continuation of a security meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Buhari welcomes freed Kaduna students, pleads for greenfield abductees, others

President Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed the release of the 27 students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State.

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World Bank: Nigeria responsible for over 40 percent diaspora remittances in Sub Saharan Africa

In a statement on Wednesday, the Washington-based financial institution said remittances to SSA declined by an estimated 12.5 percent in 2020 to $42 billion. The decline was almost entirely due to a 27.7 percent decline in remittance flows to Nigeria,

Femi Falana: Southern governors should legalise open grazing ban to prosecute offenders

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has urged southern governors in the country to back their ban on open grazing with a legal instrument to enable the prosecution of offenders.
The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Godwin Obaseki to investigate the construction of the Edo Specialist Hospital and supply of equipment has indicted former governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

Edo governor: Nigeria’s unity must be on social justice, equity

The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has called for unity in Nigeria in order for the country to overcome its many challenges.
Demonstrators gather outside the army headquarters in Khartoum on Tuesday [Ashraf Shazly-AFP]

Two people killed in Sudan rally over 2019 protest killings

At least two people have been killed and dozens wounded as Sudanese security forces cracked down on a rally that demanded justice for protesters killed during anti-government demonstrations two years ago, according to the army.
The police command in Ekiti on Friday confirmed the killing of a police officer as gunmen allegedly abducted a Chinese expatriate in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

Gunmen abduct graduate, one other in Ondo community

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have created tension in Ikaram Akoko, in Akoko North West council area of Ondo State, following the abduction of two residents of the community including a graduate, identified as Gbodi.

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The third child of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, Pastor Dare Adeboye, is dead.

RCCG general overseer Enoch Adeboye loses son

The third child of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, Pastor Dare Adeboye, is dead.
The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum and the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has admonished the President, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Comrade Sunday Asefon not to betray the confidence reposed in him by the entire students’ body.

#EndSARS: Ekiti victims awarded N3 million in damages

The Ekiti #EndSARS Panel of Inquiry has recommended payment of over N3.07 million compensation to shop owners in Odua Textile building, whose goods were looted during the protest in Ado-Ekiti in October 2020.
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Amnesty International apologizes to Russia’s Alexei Navalny, restores ‘prisoner of conscience’ status

Amnesty International on Friday apologized to jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny for stripping him of its “prisoner of conscience” status and said it would restore the designation.
FILE PHOTO - Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan, inspects a guard of honour by the Kenya Defence Forces at State House in Nairobi, Kenya, May 4, 2021. REUTERS-Baz Ratner-File Photo

Tanzanian president ditches predecessor’s rejection of masks

Tanzania’s new president, Samia Suluhu Hassan, on Friday stressed the importance of face masks in fighting COVID-19, ditching one of the most controversial policies of her late coronavirus-sceptic predecessor.

2023: Rotation of power key to Nigeria’s unity, peace – Shehu Sani

Sani, who represented Kaduna Central in the 8th National Assembly, said the federal government should not use force but justice, equity and fairness to achieve unity and peace.