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FILE PHOTO - Empty vials of the second dose of the Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine are pictured at the San Martin hospital, in La Plata, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina January 21, 2021. REUTERS-Agustin Marcarian-File Photo

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine 91.6% effective in late-stage trial

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine was 91.6% effective in preventing people from developing COVID-19, according to peer-reviewed results from its late-stage clinical trial published in The Lancent international medical journal on Tuesday.
The efficacy of the Pfizer Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine (official name BNT162b2) might sustain against the newly-detected mutant strains from the United Kingdom (UK) and South Africa, a group of U.S. scientists said in a research paper.

Health workers, police to receive first coronavirus vaccines

The Federal Government is lining up 50,000 people, including frontline health workers, the elderly, persons with comorbidity and targeted police and immigration officers as the first set of Nigerians to receive the awaited Covid-19 vaccines.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 24, 2020 a person unpacks a special refrigerated box of Moderna Covid-19 at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) in Boston, Massachusetts on December 24, 2020. – An American pharmacist who allegedly destroyed hundreds of coronavirus vaccine doses last month was an “admitted conspiracy theorist” and believed in a baseless rumour about their safety, authorities have said. Steven Brandenburg removed 57 vials of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, each containing around 10 doses, from refrigerators at the Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, Wisconsin, in an attempt to destroy them because he believed — wrongly — that they were dangerous and could alter human DNA. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP)

UK, France regulators approve Moderna coronavirus vaccine

Britain on Friday approved a third Covid vaccine for its mass inoculation drive, as regulators gave the green light to a jab developed by US firm Moderna.
Edith Kwoizalla, 101 years old, receives the first vaccination against the novel coronavirus COVID-19 by Pfizer and BioNTech from Doctor Bernhard Ellendt (R) in a senior care facility in Halberstadt (Seniorenzentrum Krueger), central northern Germany, on December 26, 2020. – The European Union began a vaccine rollout, even as countries in the bloc were forced back into lockdown by a new strain of the virus, believed to be more infectious, that continues to spread from Britain. The pandemic has claimed more than 1.7 million lives and is still running rampant in much of the world, but the recent launching of innoculation campaigns has boosted hopes that 2021 could bring a respite. (Photo by Matthias Bein / dpa / AFP) / Germany OUT

Germany starts coronavirus vaccines a day early

A 101-year-old woman in an elderly care home became the first person in Germany to be inoculated against coronavirus on Saturday, a day before the official vaccination campaign was scheduled to get under way in both Germany and the EU.
A man wears a protective mask in a park in Madrid, Spain December 6, 2020. REUTERS-Javier Barbancho

Home care for the elderly booms as Spaniards shun nursing homes

When Elena Lorenzo’s 86-year-old sister Rosario fell in the middle of the night in her home in Spain’s northern Galicia region and her husband struggled to assist her, they knew it was time to get help. But a nursing home was out of the question.

Group calls for military restraint as soldiers raze IPOB church base in Rivers

Rights group, Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre (YEAC) has urged restraint over military siege on Oyigbo Local Government Area (LGA) of Rivers state following destruction of lives and property by suspected Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).
Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announces a failed coup as he addresses the public on television, June 23, 2019. The failed coup in the Amhara region was led by a high-ranking military official and others within the country’s military, he said.

‘Rebel group’ conducts ‘mass killing’ in Ethiopia

Local government officials on Monday said suspected armed rebels have conducted a mass killing of civilians in Ethiopia’s Oromia region.

Residents loots virus palliatives in Yola

Mammoth crowd on Sunday trooped out to a warehouse located at Kwana-Waya, looting food items meant for COVID-19 palliatives.
The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Uyo, on Monday, ordered INEC to allow the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate, Mr Nsima Ekere, to inspect all election materials used during the March 9 Governorship Election.

Edo election: 1.7 million eligible to vote as 483,000 cards uncollected

Records at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have indicated that no fewer than 1.72 million persons are eligible to vote in the September 19 Edo governorship polls while 483,796 eligible voters will not participate.
Truth in journalism – piecing together the facts, vetting sources and connecting the details, is “hard” but it is more important now than ever because the effect of fake news is “harder”.

Nigerian government urged to explore other options to fight hate speech

As the protection from internet falsehoods and Manipulation and Other Related Matters Bill, 2019, also known as Social Media Bill continues to be shrouded with controversy at the National Assembly, a Civil Society Organisation, CSO, Centre for Liberty, CFL, Wednesday, demanded other options to fight hate speech and fake news in view of not infringing on fundamental human rights of Nigerians under democracy.
Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has said if everyone keeps quiet about the current poor security situation in the country, especially the killings in Southern Kaduna, the country will die.

Obadiah Mailafia: Nigeria will die if we all keep quiet

Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has said if everyone keeps quiet about the current poor security situation in the country, especially the killings in Southern Kaduna, the country will die.

Contaminated water sickens nearly 500 people in China

Hundreds of people in eastern China have been infected with bacteria which can cause dysentery after drinking contaminated water, state media said Monday, prompting the closure of a local water plant.

Southern Kaduna: Why we protested naked – women

Hundreds of Atyap women stormed the palace of their paramount ruler at Atak Njei in Zango Kataf local government area of Kaduna state on Thursday to protest the incessant killings in the community by gunmen.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa visits the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment facilities at the NASREC Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa April 24, 2020. Jerome Delay-Pool via REUTERS-File Photo

President Ramaphosa urges South Africans to keep distance from elderly

People with underlying medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, renal disease, asthma and chronic respiratory disease are more vulnerable to developing severe complications and dying from coronavirus, Ramaphosa said, citing data from the Department of Health.
Osun State has recorded two new cases of coronavirus and discharged two other patients.

Global coronavirus deaths top half a million

The death toll from COVID-19 surpassed half a million people on Sunday, according to a Reuters tally, a grim milestone for the global pandemic that seems to be resurgent in some countries even as other regions are still grappling with the first wave.

Nigeria makes changes in evacuation of nationals from US

Evacuation of the first batch of stranded Nigerians in the United States earlier scheduled for Sunday has been brought back to Saturday.

Oil industry begins third phase coronavirus intervention in Bayelsa

The oil and gas industry in Nigeria weekend embarked on the third phase of its intervention in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, with the takeoff of an infectious diseases centre in Bayelsa to serve the entire Niger Delta region.
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Schools, churches, mosques, entertainment centres remain shut in Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday said all schools, churches, mosques and entertainment centres, such as event centres, bars, night clubs and others will remain shut to check the spread of Coronavirus.
On Wednesday, staff and well-wishers at the Bois de l’Abbaye hospital in eastern Belgium took a moment to salute newly-minted centenarian Julia Dewilde.

Belgian coronavirus survivor leaves hospital after turning 100

During a coronavirus epidemic that has cut a swathe through Europe’s elderly and vulnerable, it proved inspirational.
The executive governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun has urged Nigerian students, irrespective of religious affiliation, to continue working for the unity, peace, and progress of the country.

Coronavirus: Ogun to begin total lockdown Saturday

In the bid to follow the directive of the Federal government in the extension of the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Federal Capital Territory, (FCT) in the fight against world pandemic coronavirus, Ogun state government has decided a total lockdown the state starting from Saturday 18th of April, 2020 instead of the usual 48-hr lift ban.

PDP should stop their campaign of disorganization

Something must definitely be wrong with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) if they would-as they did yesterday- dismiss the important national broadcast by President Muhammadu Buhari as “disappointing,” a speech for which the European Union, through their Ambassador to Nigeria, congratulated the President, describing it as ‘‘a very powerful address to the nation last night.”

Many rendered homeless as fire razes 700 shelters in IDPs camp

No fewer than 700 shelters were destroyed by fire in an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps at Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State.

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Sheikh Ahmad Gumi says the easiest and safest way to end insecurity in the north is to negotiate peace with the bandits that have turned the region into a killing field.

NUJ calls for Sheikh Gumi’s arrest

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Friday, called for the arrest of Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, for saying journalists are criminals for calling bandits criminals.
Mr Bank-Anthony Okoroafor, an energy expert, has commended the Federal Government on plans to make available 600,000 gas cylinders in the country as part of effort to drive Liquified Natural Gas (LPG) penetration.

Nigerian government to launch new pricing framework for gas operations

The chairman of National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP), Mohammed Ibrahim, says the federal government will launch a new pricing framework to regulate operations in the gas sector.
Nuno Espirito Santo (left) jokes with Raul Jimenez (right), who visited Wolves while training

Wolves boss ‘confident’ Raul Jimenez will return this season

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo is "totally confident" Mexico striker Raul Jimenez will be back from his fractured skull before the end of this season.

OPC nabs four ‘kidnappers’ in Ibarapa

The Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, in Oyo State said yesterday that it arrested four suspected Kidnappers in the Ibarapa, area of the state.
“Now countries are still pursuing deals that will compromise the COVAX supply,” WHO senior adviser Bruce Aylward told a briefing. “Without a doubt.”

WHO: Countries threaten global COVAX vaccine supply by making own deals

Countries seeking their own vaccine doses are making deals with drug companies that threaten the supply for the global COVAX programme for poor and middle-income countries, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

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TCN, Borno government to restore power supply in Maiduguri and environs

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) with the support of Borno State Government has mobilised to ensure quick restoration of electricity supply to Maiduguri and environs.
Bandits on Saturday killed three persons and injured one in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State.

Bandits kill 3, injure one in Kaduna

Bandits on Saturday killed three persons and injured one in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State.

Boeing suspends use of 777 jetliners

Just after coming out of its 737 Max fiasco, Boeing Co is in new trouble again over the safety of its 777 jets.
The Bauchi state governor, Sen. Bala Mohammed, on Friday, inaugurated the newly appointed 20 commissioners as members of the State Executive Council (SEC).

Herders crisis: Fulani group lauds Bauchi governor’s interventions

The association, in a statement by its national secretary, Saleh Alhassan, said the governor’s latest stand in the raging herders/farmers conflicts was to situate it within the proper context devoid of the current politicization, with the hope of finding a sustainable solution rather than playing to the gallery.
The National Universities Commission, NUC, has granted approval for the start of seven new courses at the Augustine University, Ilara, Epe, Lagos State.

NUC approves mass communication, others for Augustine University

The National Universities Commission, NUC, has granted approval for the start of seven new courses at the Augustine University, Ilara, Epe, Lagos State.