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The General Assembly of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, on Tuesday, inaugurated a seven-member Interim Management Committee, IMC, headed by Abdullahi Maje, to pilot the affairs of the association for the next six months.

IMC: 2023 political gladiators behind ALGON crisis

The Interim Management Committee (IMC), of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) has blamed politicians planning to use the association for their selfish interest ahead of the 2023 general elections for the current crisis rocking it.
Palestinians wait to receive food supplies at an aid distribution center run by United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), at Beach refugee camp in Gaza City April 7, 2021. Picture taken April 7, 2021. REUTERS-Mohammed Salem

Palestinian refugees welcome U.S. decision to restart aid

President Joe Biden’s administration said on Wednesday that it will provide $235 million to the Palestinians and restart funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which assists 5.7 million registered Palestinian refugees.

General Abdulsalami: Six million weapons in circulation in Nigeria

A former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), yesterday, declared that an estimated six million illegal weapons are in circulation in the country.
Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie, has received the blessing of his father and veteran artiste, Pete, to join the country’s 2023 presidential race.

Feminist group tackles Pete Edochie over ‘misogynistic rants’

The Nigerian Feminist Forum (NFF) has described as unreasonable the comments allegedly made by celebrated thespian, Chief Pete Edochie during an interview he granted to BBC IGBO.
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.

Yinka Odumakin: Premature departure of a bright star – Senator Tinubu

I join millions of Nigerians in condoling with Dr. Odumakin and her family in this sad hour. May God comfort and strengthen them even as they take solace in the massive outpouring of grief nationwide at Yinka’s painful passage.
As the security situation continues to degenerates on daily basis, President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to submit a supplementary budget to the National Assembly for more funds to be made available for the procurement of equipment to battle the insurgents.

President Buhari to send supplementary budget to National Assembly

As the security situation continues to degenerates on daily basis, President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to submit a supplementary budget to the National Assembly for more funds to be made available for the procurement of equipment to battle the insurgents.

Group express concern over alarming rate of human trafficking in Nigeria

A non-governmental organization, African Law Foundation (AFRILAW), has expressed concern over the alarming rate of irregular migration and human trafficking in Nigeria, especially among the youths.
FILE PHOTO - A tract of the Amazon jungle burns as it is cleared by loggers and farmers in Porto Velho, Brazil August 24, 2019. REUTERS-Ueslei Marcelino-File Photo

NGO: Two-thirds of tropical rainforest destroyed or degraded globally

Humans have degraded or destroyed roughly two-thirds of the world’s original tropical rainforest cover, new data reveals – raising alarm that a key natural buffer against climate change is quickly vanishing
FILE PHOTO - Job seekers stand outside a construction site ahead of the release of the unemployement numbers by Statistics South Africa, in Eikenhof, south of Johannesburg, South Africa, June 23, 2020. REUTERS-Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa’s unemployment rate jumps to new record high

South Africa’s unemployment rate jumped to a record high in the fourth quarter of last year, the statistics agency said on Tuesday, as the economy was further battered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A 3D printed Facebook logo is seen in front of displayed Australia's flag in this illustration photo taken February 18, 2021. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration

Facebook ‘unfriends’ Australia as news pages go dark in test for global publishing

Facebook faced an angry backlash on Thursday after blocking news feeds in Australia in a surprise escalation of a dispute with the government which could be a test for the future of online publishing worldwide.
FILE PHOTO - A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on a keyboard in this illustration taken March 25, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration-File Photo

Facebook blocks news content in Australia

Facebook has blocked Australian users from sharing or viewing news content on the platform, causing much alarm over public access to key information.
House of Representatives has elected to set a limit and timeframe for any person appointed as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on acting capacity.

House of Reps set up probe of federal government’s arms purchase since 2011

The House of Representatives has set up an inquiry into the quality and quantity of arms and ammunition purchased for security agencies in the country for the last 10 years.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it will continue to do all within its regulatory powers to educate Nigerians to desist from use of cryptocurrencies — despite growing criticism.

CBN: No going back on cryptocurrencies

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it will continue to do all within its regulatory powers to educate Nigerians to desist from use of cryptocurrencies — despite growing criticism.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) jointly with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) presented the key findings of UNODC Fifth Global Report on Trafficking in Persons to stakeholders from the federal government, civil society organisations and international partners.

UNODC: Children most trafficked in West Africa

Children represent more than 75 per cent of trafficking victims detected in West Africa, says the UNODC Fifth Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, presented at a virtual event, yesterday.
Proud Boys appear at a rally for Donald Trump in Washington on Dec. 12. (Evelyn Hockstein for The Washington Post)

Canada declares the Proud Boys a terrorist group

Canada on Wednesday declared the Proud Boys a terrorist entity, adding the far-right group to a list that includes al-Qaeda, ISIS and al-Shabab in an effort to crack down on "ideologically motivated violent extremism," described by the country's public safety minister as the "most significant threat to domestic security."
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has given a major reason the immediate past Nigerian security heads failed.

Rivers governor: APC running vindictive government

The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has stated that the All Progressives Congress, APC, Federal Government was running a vindictive administration, adding that the government only go after leaders who are not APC member.
Governor Nyesom Wike on Tuesday claimed the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, spent the sum of N10 billion to fight him during the 2019 governorship election.

Governor Wike: Why Nigerians will vote out APC in 2023

Governor Nyesom Wike says the failure of ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to tackle insecurity and corruption will compel Nigerians to vote out the party in 2023.
Boxing phenomenon Claressa Shields will make her eagerly-anticipated mixed martial arts debut in June.

Claressa Shields to make MMA debut in June

American Shields’ deal with the PFL allows her to compete in boxing and MMA simultaneously, with her maiden cage outing set to take place a little over two months after her undisputed junior middleweight title fight with Marie-Eve Dicaire on March 5.
Merriam-Webster has added the term “second gentleman” to its dictionary database, garnering an enthused reaction from Doug Emhoff, husband of Vice President Kamala Harris.

Merriam-Webster adds ‘second gentleman’ to dictionary

Merriam Webster has added the term “second gentleman” to its dictionaries to describe the role of U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris’ husband Doug Emhoff.
An expert in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode of education, Prof. Olufemi Peters, has identified standard as the “weak-link” in the recent flurry by the single-mode universities in Nigeria to offer online education in the race to find an answer to the Covid-19 challenge.

Coronavirus: Don picks holes in online teaching by institutions

An expert in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode of education, Prof. Olufemi Peters, has identified standard as the “weak-link” in the recent flurry by the single-mode universities in Nigeria to offer online education in the race to find an answer to the Covid-19 challenge.
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Atiku Abubakar: Nigeria needs to restructure to prevent various failed state prophecies

At the 18th Daily Trust Dialogue, which held in Abuja on Thursday, prominent Nigerians, including John Nwodo, the immediate past president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Igbo sociopolitical group; Ayo Adebanjo, a chieftain of Afenifere, Yoruba sociopolitical group; and Audu Ogbeh, chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum, said there is an urgent need to restructure Nigeria.
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Airline mortality: Aviation experts task operators on mergers

Stakeholders in the nation’s aviation industry have advised domestic airlines to merge into one mega carrier to beat the 10-year ceiling for closure and function smoothly.

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Mele Kyari, group managing director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), says buyers were begged to purchase Nigeria’s crude oil at $9 per barrel in April.

NNPC boss: Fuel queues will disappear soon

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, has frowned at the re-emergence of petrol queues across the country, assuring that the situation will normalize in hours.
The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Ikanade Agba, says to reduce the over 2.5 million acutely malnourished and stunted children, the Federal Government is implementing innovative policies and strategies that are appropriately funded, data-driven and sustainable.

Minister: No constituency projects in economic sustainability plan

The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Ikanade Agba, has dismissed a claim by a member of the Federal House of Representatives, representing Etsako Federal Constituency, Johnson Oghuma, that he appropriated some of his constituency projects.

South Arabia donates food items to Borno, Yobe, Zamfara IDPs

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has donated assorted food items worth 1.1 million dollars for distribution to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno, Yobe and Zamfara States.
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NSCDC arrests 45-year-old man for raping 10-year-old girl in Kwara

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Kwara Command, has disclosed that it had received a suspected rape case against one Muhammadu Mailemu.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as said that its staff in Jos Branch, on Tuesday averted what would have been another major fire disaster in the country.

CBN boosts non-oil export with N500 billion facility

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has set up a N500 billion non-oil export stimulation facility with the Nigerian Export Import Bank (NEXIM) to enable exporters process agriculture commodities into other markets in Africa and globally.

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Fans of juju music icon, Ebenezer Obey, were gripped with apprehension on Saturday, July 4, 2020, as news spread on the Internet that he had passed away.

Ebenezer Obey: My mother never believed I could succeed through music

Veteran juju musician and national award recipient, Ebenezer Obey-Fabiyi, has revealed that his mother never believed he could become successful through music.
Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget and national planning, says state and local governments share some of the responsibility to fix roads in Nigeria.

Federal government okays N20.1 billion for Nigerian customs equipment

The federal government has approved a total of N20,114,002871 for the acquisition of various operational equipment for the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS).
Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa says he’s excited staging a return to the national team after missing out recent games due to injury.

Felix Owolabi: Now I’ve another reason to admire Ahmed Musa

Felix Owolabi, a former Green Eagles player, on Thursday said Ahmed Musa’s decision to play for Kano Pillars has further endeared the Super Eagles Captain to him.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) announced yesterday that it would be reintroducing the park and pay policy in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), from May 1, 2021.

FCTA bans farming activities, illegal markets on airport expressway

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has banned farming activities, street trading and illegal motor parks on fringes of the Umar Musa Yar’adua Expressway, leading to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
Criminal proceedings against FIFA president Gianni Infantino have been launched in Switzerland.

FIFA chief to break silence as Super League plunges Europe into crisis

FIFA president Gianni Infantino is expected to deliver his verdict on the European Super League on Tuesday after the widely condemned breakaway competition triggered threats of legal action and punitive measures.