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FILE PHOTO - A woman walks with her dog at the Volkspark Friedrichshain, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Berlin, Germany March 2, 2021. REUTERS-Annegret Hilse

Germany to ease coronavirus curbs, ramp up vaccinations

German authorities are expected on Wednesday to announce a gradual easing of coronavirus curbs, seeking a balance between the needs of public health and the economy as the
Erling Haaland is going to be the name that will be most talked about this summer. The Borussia Dortmund attacker is on the agenda of almost all clubs and the 'Mirror' says that Man City are very keen on him. Not even the tense relationship between Pep Guardiola and Haaland's agent Mino Raiola will stop the club.

Manchester City make Erling Haaland their priority for 2021-22

Erling Haaland is going to be the name that will be most talked about this summer. The Borussia Dortmund attacker is on the agenda of almost all clubs and the 'Mirror' says that Man City are very keen on him. Not even the tense relationship between Pep Guardiola and Haaland's agent Mino Raiola will stop the club.
Femi Adesina, spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari

My $1.9 billion in Minnesota bank

Let’s have a comic diversion today from weightier matters of our national life. Because what I want to discuss can only be comic, if not also idiotic and otiose.

IPOB: We know nothing about killing of children in Anambra

The Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, has distanced its members from the purported killing of six children in Anambra State, describing the allegation as “malicious and mischievous”.
A widow, Dorothy Nnabode on Monday told the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) panel that the police shot and killed her husband in front of her.

Petitioner slumps while narrating ordeal in SARS custody

A petitioner, Timothy Ogbeye, on Monday slumped while narrating his ordeal before the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) panel.

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.
FILE PHOTO - Police officers stand by port security as a lorry drives in at the entrance to the Port of Larne, Northern Ireland, Britain January 1, 2021. REUTERS-Phil Noble

Irish premier condemns ‘sinister’ intimidation as EU pulls Northern Irish port staff

Ireland’s prime minister on Tuesday condemned the intimidation of officials carrying out post-Brexit checks at Northern Irish ports as a “very sinister and ugly development”.
French President Emmanuel Macron, tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is seen on a screen as he attends by video conference a round table for the National Humanitarian Conference (NHC) at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Paris, France, December 17, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/Pool

Emmanuel Macron gambles by saying ‘non’ to lockdown

French President Emmanuel Macron has gambled by not imposing a third national lockdown to contain Covid-19 — against expectations and the advice of his most senior scientific advisers.
Former Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky speaks during an interview with Reuters in central London, Britain, January, 18, 2021. REUTERS-Henry Nicholls

Kremlin critic: Vladimir Putin tries to show he’s Russia’s “top dog” with Alexei Navalny...

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a former oil tycoon who fell foul of the Kremlin, said on Monday the arrest of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was an attempt by President Vladimir Putin to show he is still “top dog” in Russia.
US President-elect Joe Biden (C) with his wife Jill Biden and members of their family salute the crowd on stage after delivering remarks in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 7, 2020

Meet the Bidens: America’s new ‘first family’

Biden has made his family a major focus throughout his career, and his 2020 presidential campaign thrust them fully into the spotlight — with some members causing controversy but others breaking barriers.
Frank Lampard has used a few formations at Chelsea in search of the right balance while maintaining an edge. Is now another one of those times?

Frank Lampard vows never to quit Chelsea post

Frank Lampard has vowed never to walk away from Chelsea, with the Blues boss embracing the pressure that has accompanied a £200 million ($274m) spending spree.
France boss, Didier Deschamps, would not be drawn into talking about comments made by Mino Raiola, the agent of Paul Pogba.

France boss dismisses Mino Raiola comments about Paul Pogba

France boss, Didier Deschamps, would not be drawn into talking about comments made by Mino Raiola, the agent of Paul Pogba.
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden arrives to announce his national security nominees and appointees at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 24, 2020. REUTERS-Joshua Roberts

Joe Biden picks diverse team of top economic advisers

President-elect Joe Biden named former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen as his Treasury secretary nominee on Monday, and named three women to other top economic posts, setting the stage for a more diverse White House.
President-elect Joe Biden unveiled his picks for several top economic positions on Monday, including former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen as his nominee for Treasury Secretary, setting the stage for a more diverse White House.

Joe Biden names his picks for top economic advisers, signaling more diverse White House

President-elect Joe Biden unveiled his picks for several top economic positions on Monday, including former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen as his nominee for Treasury Secretary, setting the stage for a more diverse White House.

Afenifere: Nigeria becoming ungovernable

Pan-Yoruba sociocultural group, Afenifere, on Thursday declared that Nigeria is on the brink of collapse, insisting that the country must restructure to survive the near precipice.
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Afenifere calls for implementation of 2014 Confab report

Rising from its monthly meeting held at the country home of its national leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti in Akure, the Ondo state capital, the Group opposed the proposed rail line and an N30bn highway to connect the Niger Republic with Nigeria.

Governor Ugwuanyi urged to play a part in getting his successor

The Enugu State’s All Progressives Congress, APC gubernatorial candidate in the last election in the state, Senator Ayogu Eze, has charged Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State to play a part like his predecessors in choosing the next governor of the state.
The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources announced on Thursday a new oil discovery in the shallow waters of Geisum concession south of the Gulf of Suez, with an initial production rate of 2,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

Oil moves higher as storm threatens United States Gulf Coast

Oil prices rose on Monday as a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico prompted drillers to evacuate rigs and shut-in production.
The first dog to test positive for the coronavirus in the United States has died, National Geographic magazine reported, after struggling with symptoms that may be familiar to many of the virus’s human sufferers.

First dog to test positive for coronavirus in US dies

The first dog to test positive for the coronavirus in the United States has died, National Geographic magazine reported, after struggling with symptoms that may be familiar to many of the virus’s human sufferers.
Taylor Swift ... Photos Stephen Lovekin-Shutterstock

Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift win big at MTV VMAs 2019 — full list

Celebrities who bagged some awards include: Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, the Jonas Brothers, Rosalía, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello and more A-listers who are among the numerous artists that are set to perform at the Prudential Center in New Jersey for the 36th annual award show.
Nigeria Police Force - NPF

Police deploy 2,000 personnel, others to fight Boko Haram

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has deployed additional 2000 Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Counter Terrorism Units (CTU) Personnel and the Sniffer Dog Sections to the North East in the last few days for purely Military Duties to fight Boko Haram insurgency under the Operation Lafiya Dole.
Ibadan Egungun Festival

Masqueraders defy Olubadan, visit new kings

Ibadan masqueraders have defied an order of the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso I, that they should not dance for new kings in the city, during the ongoing masquerade festival.

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The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this at a press briefing in Abuja.

Nigeria threatens to ban flights from UAE, Netherlands

The task force said the Ministry of Aviation and its relevant agencies have been mandated to take the necessary reciprocal measures as may be permissible under the laws and other international obligations expected to be discharged against Emirates airlines operating from the UAE and other airlines from The Netherlands.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is refusing to dream of a late title push, believing Manchester City are “too far ahead” despite yesterday’s superb derby win.

Manchester United boss rules out late title push despite derby win

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is refusing to dream of a late title push, believing Manchester City are “too far ahead” despite yesterday’s superb derby win.

NIOB, PSN, 28 others seek more roles for Nigerian professionals

Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) as well as 28 other bodies under the umbrella of the Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN) have called for more patronage of indigenous professionals.
Africa Development Bank (AfDB) is planning to invest $10 billion for the expansion of renewable energy projects in the continent, over the next five years.

AfDB approves $1.3 million grant for female financial inclusion research in Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved two grants worth $1.3 million for research aimed at increasing women’s access to a range of digital financial services on the continent.
Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has confessed that his boys were tired and not ready to play and paid dearly for the defeat against Brighton.

Jurgen Klopp hopes for respite for struggling Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hopes a change of competition will give his side a break from their wretched Premier League form that has put their chances of a top-four finish in jeopardy.

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The Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State

Court convicts fake soldier for impersonation, fraud

A Federal High Court in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on Friday found Henry Asuquo guilty on a two-count charge of impersonation, cybercrime and fraud.
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 move to domesticate laws on treaties, agreements, conventions, others

The House of Representatives says it will domesticate laws on treaties, protocols, agreements, conventions, pacts and accords to become operational in the country.
Nigerian music star, Burna Boy, is scheduled to perform at the 63rd Grammy Awards ceremony, which will hold on March 14, 2021.

Burna Boy to perform at 2021 Grammys

Nigerian music star, Burna Boy, is scheduled to perform at the 63rd Grammy Awards ceremony, which will hold on March 14, 2021.
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 businessman in Abia

Gunmen numbering about four have reportedly kidnapped a businessman in Aba, the commercial hub of Abia State. The victim’s name was simply given as Kenechukwu Okeke.
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 places N5 million bounty on killers of Senator Suswam’s brother

The Benue Government has placed N5m bounty on any useful information that would lead to the arrest of the killers of late Dr Terkula...