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Nigerian senate summons ex-FMBN boss over contract

The Senate Public Accounts Committee has summoned a former managing director of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Gimba Yau Kumo, to appear before it to explain the rationale behind the alleged irregular award of N3bn when he was at the helms of the affairs of the bank.
The Legislative Arm of the Suruler Local Government has impeached the elected chairman, Tajudeen Ajide.

Lagos: Councillors suspend council chairman for ‘fraud’

The Chairman, Surulere Local Government, Lagos State, Tajudeen Ajide, has been suspended for alleged financial impropriety.
United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF)

Nigerian government, UNICEF review 14-year-old policy to tackle gender matters, insecurity

The Federal Ministry of Education, in collaboration with UNICEF, is reviewing the National Policy on Gender in Basic Education to tackle insecurity and other emerging gender issues.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has revealed that the aggregate domestic credit in commercial banks grew by 7.61 percent in October 2020, compared with 7.35 percent in the previous month.

CBN freezes 11 bank accounts over suspicious activities

Eleven bank accounts of some companies and an individual were on Wednesday frozen by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
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 urged to bar ‘illegal occupant’ of Cross River North senatorial seat

President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan has been urged to stop the current occupant of the Cross River North senatorial seat, Dr. Stephen Odey from attending plenary on grounds that the apex court has ruled that Hon. Jarigbe Agom is the bona fide and authentic winner of the seat.
All Progressives Congress (APC) Nigeria

APC chieftain writes on ’21 political lies in Nigeria’

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Kwara State, Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo, says his book on “21 political lies in Nigeria” is to educate the electorate on the antics of politicians during elections.
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Senate queries FRC over N258 million extra-budgetary expenditure

The Senate Committee on Public Accounts has queried the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) over the extra-budgetary expenditure of N258 million on personnel cost in the agency’s budget for 2017 fiscal year.
MTN Nigeria Plc (MTN) has announced the trial of e-SIM services on its network based on approvals received from the Federal Government.

USSD: Relief for customers as MTN, banks resolve differences

Some Nigerians customers can now heave a sigh of relief days after they were locked out from accessing their bank accounts for airtime vending on the network of MTN Nigeria as the telecom network operator and its banking partners have agreed to sheath their swords on the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) channels services restriction and commission.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, yesterday said local medical institutions in the country absorb only about 20 per cent of medical doctors seeking opportunity for their residency programmes.

Minister: Nigerian government faithful to agreement with doctors

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, says the Federal Government has substantially met the demands of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) and faulted the rejection of the Memorandum of Action signed Wednesday, March 31, 2021 by the President of NARD, Dr. Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi.

INEC: NIN not mandatory for voter’s registration

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has dismissed speculations that the National Identity Number (NIN) was a prerequisite for registration by prospective voters, saying it was only one of the means of identification provided for, under Section 10 Sub-Section 2 of the Electoral Act.
YouTube has suspended Donald Trump’s channel for seven days, saying content had violated its policies on inciting violence. Lucy Nicholson-Reuters

YouTube relaxes some rules about ads on drug-related videos

From this month, Google is updating some of its YouTube ad guidelines about drug-related videos. In a support document spotted by Gizmodo, Google says it’s “expanding monetization on educational, documentary or news content that may include violent interactions with law enforcement, recreational drugs and drug-related content, or sensitive events.” The update means more drug-related videos should be eligible to have ads placed next to them.
The Chairman, Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Prof. Mohammed Isah, has called for strict compliance with extant laws establishing the bureau, in other to fulfill its mandate.

Official: Why CCB denies Nigerians access to public officers’ assets information

The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) on Wednesday explained why it denies Nigerians access to the details of the assets declared by public officers.
Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu (born June 25, 1965) is a Nigerian politician and the current Governor of Lagos State.

Lagos launches LMS e-portal for workers’ training

Lagos State Government has launched the Learning Management System (LMS), an e-portal for the training of civil servants for effective service delivery.

Italy arrests navy captain on suspicion of spying after secret meeting with Russian

Italian police said on Wednesday they had arrested an Italian navy captain and a Russian diplomat on suspicion of spying after the two were caught swapping a document for money at a clandestine meeting.
The National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) on Saturday called for more donor agencies and increased domestic financing to drive malaria elimination in the country.

Nigerian government to eliminate malaria prevalence from 27% to 0%

The National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) says it will reduce malaria prevalence from 23 per cent to zero per cent through action and review of Advocacy Communication and Social Mobilisation guidelines (ACSM).
YIAGA Africa

Yiaga Africa demands effective monitoring, evaluation of coronavirus vaccination

A Civil Society Organisation, CSO, Yiaga Africa, on Monday, demanded effective monitoring and evaluation of COVID-19 vaccination and also strengthening the nation’s health sector.

Absence of defence counsel stalls Fred Ajudua’s ‘$8.4 million scam’ trial

The absence of defence counsel, Mr Olalekan Ojo, SAN, on Monday stalled the trial of former Lagos socialite, Fred Ajudua, accused of defrauding rtd Lt.-Gen. Ishaya Bamaiyi, a former Chief of Army Staff of $8.4million in an Ikeja High Court.

NIMC launches NIN verification mobile application

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has launched its highly anticipated mobile application known as NIMC APP which seeks to improve verification of National Identification Number (NIN).
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

NNPC reduces cash-call debts to IOCs by $3.11 billion

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has so far paid a total of $3.118 billion cash-call debts owed the five major international oil companies (IOCs), leaving an outstanding debt of $1.570, according to statistics released by the corporation.
Sudan's Sovereign Council Chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North chairman Abdelaziz al-Hilu and South Sudan's President Salva Kiir gesture after signing a declaration of principles between Sudanese Transitional government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement - North in Juba, South Sudan March 28, 2021. REUTERS/Jok Solomun

Sudan and rebel group sign agreement on separation of religion and state

The Sudanese government and a major rebel group from its southern Nuba Mountains on Sunday signed a document which paves the way for a final peace agreement by guaranteeing freedom of worship to all while separating religion and the state.
Atedo Peterside

Atedo Peterside: Port Harcourt refinery generated no revenue in 2019

The founder of Stanbic IBTC and Anap Foundation, Atedo Peterside, says the Port Harcourt refinery in Rivers state generated no revenue in 2019.
Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, All Progressives Congress, APC, Delta Central has described the death of the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of BGL PLC, Albert Okumagba, as a great and colossal loss to the capital market industry, to the Urhobos, Delta State and Nigeria at large.

Senator Omo-Agege cautions APC against past PDP mistakes

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, Deputy President of the Senate, has cautioned the All Progressives Congress (APC) against past mistakes of the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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Chelsea are making a frantic effort to replace Tammy Abraham with the Bundesliga and Borussia Dortmund striker, Erling Haaland.

Mino Raiola wants Erling Haaland to be 1st £1 millon-a-week player

Mino Raiola is determined to make Erling Haaland the first £1 million-a-week player.
Training nurse Sari Roos prepares a dose of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to teach her air bubble technique in Laakso hospital in Helsinki, Finland March 11, 2021. Picture taken March 11, 2021. REUTERS/Essi Lehto

Israeli study: South African coronavirus variant may evade protection from Pfizer vaccine

The coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa may evade the protection provided by Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to some extent, a real-world data study in Israel found, though its prevalence in the country is very low and the research has not been peer reviewed.
The five governors of the Southeast region, on Sunday, launched Ebubeagu regional security to fight terrorism in the zone. The governors in attendance were, Governor of Abia State, Okezuo Ikpeazu, Anambra, Willie Obiano, Enugu, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Ebonyi, Dave Umahi and the host governor, Hope Uzodinma.

Southeast governors lunches regional security outfit

The five governors of the Southeast region, on Sunday launched Ebubeagu regional security to fight terrorism in the zone.
The UN National Programme Manager, Patience Ekeoba, lamented that the country’s security is weak in handling gender-based matter.

UN expresses worry over violence against women in Nigeria

The UN National Programme Manager, Patience Ekeoba, lamented that the country’s security is weak in handling gender-based matter.

Five killed in Ondo auto crash, robbery attack

No fewer than five lost their lives in Ondo State on Sunday in two separate incidents of a robbery attack and a road accident.

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Ondo court sentences two to life imprisonment over kidnap of poly lecturer

An Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure, the state capital has sentenced two men to life imprisonment for kidnapping a lecturer of the state government owned Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo.
FILE PHOTO - Armin Laschet, head of conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, gives a statement following a meeting with his party's leadership at the CDU headquarters in Berlin, Germany March 29, 2021. Tobias Schwarz-Pool via REUTERS

Merkel’s party chief wants quick decision on chancellor candidate as pressure mounts

The head of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, who wants to be their next candidate for chancellor in a September election, said on Sunday the party should make their choice of candidate very soon.

Two killed during anti-U.N. protests in eastern Congo protests – officials

At least two people were killed during violent protests on Friday against the United Nations peacekeeping mission in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, local officials said
A mechanical engineer based in the United States, Godswill Nwankwo, has declared his intention to contest in the 2023 presidential election.

2023: US-based engineer declares presidential ambition

A mechanical engineer based in the United States, Godswill Nwankwo, has declared his intention to contest in the 2023 presidential election.

Igbo group condemns attack on Imo police headquarters, correctional centre, others

An Igbo group under the aegis of Coalition of South-East Professional Network in Nigeria and Diaspora (CSEPNND), has condemned attacks launched on the Imo State Police Command’s headquarters, in Owerri, the correctional Centre headquarters in the state, public property as well as security personnel in the state by some criminal elements a few days ago and particularly this morning.