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2023: PDP leaders on their way to APC – Tonye Princewill

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Prince Tonye Princewill, has declared that several office-holders and members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will soon dump the party for the APC.

Motorcycle passenger, child die in Anambra accidents

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has confirmed the death of a motorcycle passenger in an accident involving a motorcycle and Toyota vehicle at Ebenesi in Nnobi area of Anambra on Sunday night.
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 president condemns attacks on correctional facilities

President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan has decried recent attacks on Police formations and Correctional facilities in Imo.
The Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr. Funminiyi Afuye, stated this in Ibadan at the opening of a three-day training workshop for Members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA’s) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).

Ekiti government expresses commitment to promoting peaceful coexistence in the state

The Ekiti State Government has said it is committed to creating an enabling environment for intervention of donor agencies towards improving the well-being of the people of the state.

Enugu 2023: Senator Utazi not acting anybody’s script – aide

The Senator representing Enugu North Senatorial District, Senator Chukwuka Utazi, has described as laughable the speculation in certain quarters that he was instigating Nsukka zone against Nkalu to pave way for Senator Ike Ekweremadu in the 2023 governorship election.
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has listed some communities inKwara and Niger as notorious for smuggling activities over the years.

Customs intercepts cannabis sativa with duty paid value of N694 million

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Western Marine Command (WMC), has intercepted cannabis sativa with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N694, 575, 000.
Yakubu Aiyegbeni has launched a scathing attack on Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, saying the former Bordeaux manager is one the worst coaches in Nigeria’s football history.

AFCONQ: Gernot Rohr’s 24-man squad can beat Benin, Lesotho – Mutiu Adepoju

Former Nigerian striker Mutiu Adepoju believes the list of players invited by Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, is good enough to pick the necessary points against Benin and Lesotho in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Georginio Wijnaldum says Liverpool can only save their season by winning the Champions League following the collapse of their Premier League title defence.

Georginio Wijnaldum: Only Champions League glory can save Liverpool’s season

Georginio Wijnaldum says Liverpool can only save their season by winning the Champions League following the collapse of their Premier League title defence.
1. President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, met with the new Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, at the State House, Abuja.

EFCC: No more congratulatory messages for Abdulrasheed Bawa

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has observed the increasing number of messages published in the print media by groups and individuals, congratulating Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa on his well-deserved appointment as the Executive Chairman of the Commission.
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Guns, blood and Nigeria’s borderless international borders

In 2008 the research topic for my 2nd Masters programme was titled “International Small Arms Regime And The State:” The focus was on Africa and Nigeria.
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INEC: No group will gain undue advantage from new polling units

The Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr. Festus Okoye, has reiterated that the plans to create new polling units across the country would not benefit only a certain ethnic group, region or religion.

House minority caucus elated as PDP lifts suspension on leader, 6 other members

The Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives has hailed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for lifting the suspension placed on the minority leader Hon. Ndudi Elumelu and six others.
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Ambassador Yabo: APC membership revalidation makes party formidable in 2023

The new Nigerian Ambassador to Jordan, Hon Faruku Malami Yabo, said the ongoing revalidation of membership by All Progressive Congress (APC) members across the country is to ensure the party wax struggle in the forthcoming general elections.

NANS faults legal actions against IGP’s tenure extension

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has expressed concern about legal actions instituted against the federal government for extending the tenure of the Inspector General of Police (I-G), Mr Mohammed Adamu.

Wole Soyinka flays police report on ‘herdsmen attack’

Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has said that his property was attacked by herders and “mad cows,” contrary to police report on the incident.
The Lagos State Government has hinted of intensive efforts being made to abort the planned #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest as well as a competing #DefendLagos rally.

Lagos government moves to abort Lekki tollgate protests

The Lagos State Government has hinted of intensive efforts being made to abort the planned #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest as well as a competing #DefendLagos rally
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, on has turned the heat on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) saying football in the country is going backward.

2023: Minister denies Oyo governorship posters

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has denied any link to campaign posters in Ibadan and environs purportedly announcing his intention to run for governorship position in Oyo State in 2023.

2023: Benue governor threatens to sack appointees

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has threatened to sack any of his appointees found engaging in covert political activities and campaigns ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Vehicles line up at a self-swabbing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test at a Rite Aid drive-thru during the outbreak of COVID-19, in Pasadena, California, U.S., January 22, 2021. REUTERS-Mario Anzuoni

Alphabet’s Verily bets on long-term payoff from virus-testing deals

For Alphabet Inc’s Verily, a healthcare venture that is one the tech giant’s most prominent “other bets,” the coronavirus pandemic offered an immediate business opportunity.
Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, has reacted to what he called “a cornucopia of false, malicious, and libellous press interviews” granted by Ms. Gbene Joi Nuineh, the erstwhile Acting Managing Director of the Interim Management Committee, of the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) in some news and social media platforms and a “series of concerted vicious campaigns of calumny deviously orchestrated by her” against his person.

Niger Delta youths, agitators rebuff MEND’s ultimatum to NDDC, minister

Youths and agitators in Niger-Delta have kicked against the seven-day ultimatum by the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger-Delta, MEND, to the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godwill Akpabio and Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, over the issuance of deployment letter to youths employed by the interventionist agency.
Jurgen Klopp said Monday that he has been blown away by the standards Liverpool have set at the start of their Premier League title defence after coming from behind to beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield.

Jens Lehmann: Jurgen Klopp is wanted in Bundesliga

Arsenal hero Jens Lehmann can see Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp returning to the Bundesliga.

2023: Arochukwu PDP stakeholders debunk news of Philip Nto’s governorship ambition

Stakeholders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Arochukwu Local Government Area, have dismissed as a malicious and blatant lie, the media report that the Provost, Abia State College of Education (Technical) Arochukwu, Dr. Philip Nto, had declared for the 2023 governorship race of the state.

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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.

Nigeria’s senate president, others bag NIS fellowship award

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, and the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, were on Wednesday in Abuja presented with the Honourary Fellowship Award of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) alongside a former Minister of Defence, Brig-General Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd) and the Emir of Nasarawa, HRH Alh. Ibrahim Usman Jibril, at the institution’s 2021 investiture ceremony.
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETfund, Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, on Wednesday said he and the Executive Secretary of the Fund, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, took the suspension of the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, UNILAG, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, personal when he was suspended by the Governing Council of the institution last August.

Official: TETFund spends N120 billion on academic staff training since 2008

Academic Staff from public institutions across the country have so far accessed over N120 billion for training, within and outside Nigeria, from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) since its inception in 2008.
As children across Nigeria join their world counterparts to celebrate Children’s Day, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has called on parents, community leaders, teachers and all involved in children’s upbringing to take mentoring seriously and provide them with a good leadership example.

Payroll fraud: Gombe approves N1.49 billion for biometric system installation

The Gombe State Government has approved the sum of N1.499 billion for the supply and installation of biometric attendance system to check payroll fraud in the state’s civil service.
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2023: APC disowns viral zoning arrangement

The national caretaker/extraordinary convention planning committee (CECPC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has disowned a zoning arrangement list in circulation on the social media.
Euro 2020 is almost certain to be postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the globe.

UEFA confirms Rome as Euro 2020 host city

Rome’s Stadio Olimpico has been “fully confirmed” as a venue for Euro 2020 matches after the Italian government guaranteed the presence of at least 25 per cent of fans, UEFA announced on Wednesday.

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The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Nigeria police deploy SWAT officers to states

The minister of police affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, says the officers of the special weapons and tactics (SWAT) team have been deployed to state commands.
Manchester City produced a ruthless attacking display to beat Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge and increase the pressure on Frank Lampard.

Frank Lampard ‘on three-man shortlist for Crystal Palace job’

Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is on a three-man shortlist to replace Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace next season.
OPEC and its oil allies reached agreement Sunday to cut global production by 9.7 million barrels a day starting May 1, to shore up the world price in the face of a significant drop in the demand for oil because of the coronavirus pandemic.

OPEC raises oil demand growth on stronger economic recovery

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has raised its forecast for crude oil demand growth this year on the back of an expected stronger economic recovery.

USAID to provide $3 million grant, technical assistance to combat food insecurity in Nigeria

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing financial grant and technical assistance worth $3 million to combat food insecurity in Nigeria compounded by COVID-19 pandemic.

Yoruba group dissociates self from secession clamour

The Agbajowo Advocacy for Yoruba People’s Rights, a pan-Yoruba socio/cultural organisation, has rejected secession clamours by some sections of the country.