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The Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, on Thursday, urged the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) to continue providing enhanced and timely intelligence support for the ongoing military operations across the country.

Insecurity: Nigeria in a critical situation – minister

Minister of Defence, Major General Salihi Magashi (rtd), has said thatt Nigeria is in a critical situation following resurging terrorists’ attacks, banditry and abductions spread across the nation.
The NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman, Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, who disclosed this in a statement on Thursday added that active internet subscriptions also increased to 154.9m.

Official: NCC set to finalise regulation on e-waste

The executive vice chairman, Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Danbatta, has said it is on the verge of concluding the processes to issue the regulation on Electronic Waste which it drafted three years ago.

Research: Nigeria records nearly 30,000 tobacco smoking-related deaths

An Abuja-based Centre for the Study of Economies of Africa (CSEA) has reported that a research it conducted had revealed that 28,876 deaths related to tobacco smoking are recorded annually in Nigeria.
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.

Security: Nigerian government must partner with traditional rulers – Alaafin

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, says that for Nigeria to achieve a peaceful resolution of interpersonal and communal disputes, the Federal Government must partner with traditional institutions.
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: PDP‘ll rescue Nigeria in 2023

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, said Nigerians have known clearly that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has their interest at heart with the commitment it has shown in fulfilling every promise made in ensuring an enduring improvement in their socio-economic situations.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq made the announcement during a meeting with Governor Abdullahi Sule.

Minister: Two million Nigerians displaced by insurgency, banditry

The Federal Government has placed the number of people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East, armed banditry in the North-West and communal clashes in the country at about two million.
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in his New Year broadcast decried the level of violence in the country, saying insecurity is setting Nigeria back at “critical points” through the destruction of public and private investments.

President Buhari charges commission on lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja charged National Commission for Persons with Disabilities to play its roles adequately in the realisation of the government objective of lifting 100million Nigerians out of poverty.

2021: Dan Orbih renews hope for greater Nigeria

He noted that 2021 presented a unique opportunity for the leaders and people of the South-south and Nigeria in general to commit to the building of a new project firmly anchored on the demands of the knowledge economy which promotes investment in educational and intellectual capital as well as the vision of sustainable collective prosperity.
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Friday, swore in three new Customary Court of Appeal Judges for the state.

Governor Okowa: I won’t abandon projects in Delta

He, therefore, charged the Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (DESOPADEC) to execute projects that would add meaningful value to the socio-economic lives of people especially in oil bearing communities in the state.
Seven individuals and organisations from around the world were announced as the winners of Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award held in Tunisia.

Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim’s anti-corruption awards given in Tunisia

Seven individuals and organisations from around the world were announced as the winners of Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award held in Tunisia.
China is conducting clinical trials of 11 vaccines against the coronavirus disease, four of which are in phase 3, the country’s Science and Technology Minister Wang Zhigang said on Friday.

64 foreign envoys visit India’s coronavirus vaccine developing companies

64 foreign envoys departed for Hyderabad on Wednesday to visit and inspect India’s leading biotech companies, Bharat Biotech and Biological E, that are currently developing Coronavirus (COVID-19), official sources said on Wednesday.
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has described the National Water Resources Bill as another Ruga aimed at creating grazing areas for herdsmen along shorelines.

Governor Ortom: Nigeria leaders have abandoned path of truth

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state Thursday said Nigeria has been plunged into several security, socio-economic challenges because those entrusted with the leadership of the country have abandoned the path of truth, equity, fairness and justice.
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Gender Equality: Groups to support women for 2023 election

In fostering the participation of women in politics in Nigerian, two non-governmental organisations, Diatom Impact and ElectHer, have revealed plans to support 1000 women for the 2023 general elections.
The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday, briefed Mr Buhari on the limitations of the distribution of palliatives to vulnerable persons to curb the economic impact of the coronavirus.

#EndSARS: Event of past week, deeply troubling – Ekiti governor

The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has described the event of the past one week as “deeply troubling and of great concern to him and many patriotic citizens of the state”.

Nurse abducted by ISWAP regains freedom

A nurse abducted by ISWAP terrorist group in Borno State, northeast Nigeria, earlier this year, has been rescued by troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force.

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Health official alleges ‘sexual slavery’ in Tigray; women blame soldiers

The young mother was trying to get home with food for her two children when she says soldiers pulled her off a minibus in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, claiming it was overloaded.
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New zinc-fortified wheat set for global expansion to combat malnutrition

Scientists at a leading global grains research institute expect to sharply ramp up new wheat varieties enriched with zinc that can boost the essential mineral for millions of poor people with deficient diets, the institute’s head told Reuters.

Group urges support for fight against tuberculosis

The National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme has urged the media to assist in enlightening the public on the causes, prevention and treatment of tuberculosis .
The curtain was drawn on the 20th National Sports Festival tagged ‘Edo 2020’ yesterday with the defending champions, Team Delta, amassing an astonishing 384 medals, comprising 158 gold, 116 silver, 110 bronze to beat Host Edo State and other participating states to the number one position for the sixth consecutive time.

Team Delta wins National Sports Festival for sixth record time

The curtain was drawn on the 20th National Sports Festival tagged ‘Edo 2020’ yesterday with the defending champions, Team Delta, amassing an astonishing 384 medals, comprising 158 gold, 116 silver, 110 bronze to beat Host Edo State and other participating states to the number one position for the sixth consecutive time.

Official: Another attempted jailbreak in Edo foiled

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Edo Command, says it foiled a jailbreak attempt by inmates at the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) facility, Ubiaja, Esan South East Local Government Area.

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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has expressed deep sadness over the deaths of his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Jerome Torshimbe, and his Personal Assistant on Special Duties, Mr. Famous Adejo.

Benue governor calls for return of weapons taken from slain soldiers

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, has tasked traditional rulers and other stakeholders in Konshisha local government area of the state to ensure that all the weapons taken from the slain soldiers are returned unconditionally.
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Prince Philip: Our thoughts, prayers are with Queen Elizabeth – UK leaders

“It was with great sadness that a short time ago I received word from Buckingham Palace that His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh has passed away at the age of 99,” Boris Johnson said in a statement.
Sergio Ramos converted a late penalty kick to give Real Madrid a 1-0 win over Getafe and send his side four points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

Sergio Ramos tests positive for coronavirus

Sergio Ramos has tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of Real Madrid's second leg clash with Liverpool in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Over 9000 candidates are jostling for 4000 admission slots in Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano (YUMSUK) for the 2020-2021 academic session.

Post-UTME: Over 9000 candidates jostle for 4000 admission slots at Kano university

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Mukhtar Atiku Kurawa, who disclosed this while addressing journalists on Monday at the commencement of the three-day post UTME screening exercise, said the examination was meant to select the best out of the candidates that applied to the institution.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has not approved any drug or vaccine for the treatment of COVID-19.

NAFDAC intercepts truck conveying unwholesome, banned medicines, vaccines

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, on Wednesday intercepted a Mercedes Truck loaded with banned and unregistered medicinal products in Asaba, the Delta State Capital.