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2. A number of Everton fans have taken to Twitter to comment on Alex Iwobi’s performance as the Toffees beat Arsenal 2-1 at Goodison Park this weekend.

Alex Iwobi: How Jay Jay Okocha influenced my switch of allegiance

Former England youth international, Alex Iwobi has admitted that he ended up playing for Nigerian whilst still a teenager because he was influenced by his famous uncle, Jay-Jay Okocha.
Mr Adeniyi Adebayo, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, says the Federal Government has initiated a process to revive the collapsed industries in Kano State.

Nigerian government to give N30,000 loan to 330,000 self-employed artisans

Under the supervision of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, the Bank of Industry has secured a $1 billion syndicated loan to support Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
4. The deputy speaker of the house of representatives, Idris Wase, has questioned the eligibility of Nigerians living abroad to submit petitions.

Reps deputy speaker: Nigerians living abroad can’t submit petitions

The deputy speaker of the house of representatives, Idris Wase, has questioned the eligibility of Nigerians living abroad to submit petitions.
The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) is set to commence a comprehensive audit and survey of downstream oil and gas logistic facilities, with a view to identifying the infrastructure gap in the sector

Senate exposes differential subsidy payment of N120 billion by PPPRA

The Senate Committee on Public Account on Wednesday uncovered a differential of N120 billion in the payment of subsidy to the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulators in 2016.
A health care worker is likely to be the first to receive COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria when the country commences its vaccination campaign this week.

Health care worker likely to be first to receive coronavirus vaccine in Nigeria

A health care worker is likely to be the first to receive COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria when the country commences its vaccination campaign this week.
Oyo governor, Seyi Makinde, says he's opening discussions with COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers to get a sufficient supply for residents of the state.

Oyo to offset four years workers’ promotion arrears, approves tutor-general for schools

Oyo State government has disclosed that it will offset the promotion arrears of its workforce that have been stagnated for four years, saying that there will be no more disparity in elevation of workers in the State.
President Muhammadu Buhari has written formally to the Senate seeking its confirmation of Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa as substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

EFCC acting boss promoted ahead of Senate screening

The new acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has been promoted to the rank of Chief Detective Superintendent ahead of his Senate screening, according to a report.

Ex-Ogun governor Gbenga Daniel defects to APC

Daniel, twice governor on PDP’s vehicle, will pick up the APC’s membership card on Tuesday in Sagamu, he said in a statement to friends obtained by Peoples Gazette.
Minister of Sports, Mr Sunday Dare said plans are ongoing to reward the mother of later Super Eagles stars Rashidi Yekini and Sam Okwaraji, although the details will remain confidential.

Nigerian government opens supplementary application for business grant

The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has reopened application for young entrepreneurs through a partnership with Tiimafrica which would provide a $5,000 grant to 100 businesses.

CAF elections: FIFA to decide CAF decision on Ahmad’s eligibility

Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has chosen to set aside the recommendation by its own Governance Committee to restore Ahmad as a presidential candidate, saying Fifa should have the final say.
Nations from around the world have written to the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) to express their dismay at the governing body’s failure to publish the list of candidates for forthcoming elections.

China joins calls for IWF to publish list of election candidates

Nations from around the world have written to the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) to express their dismay at the governing body’s failure to publish the list of candidates for forthcoming elections.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended a governorship aspirant in the last gubernatorial election in Ondo State, Mrs Jumoke Anifowose.

Ondo APC suspends Jumoke Anifowose

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended a governorship aspirant in the last gubernatorial election in Ondo State, Mrs Jumoke Anifowose.
Barcelona are enduring their worst run of form in 33 years.

Cash-strapped Barcelona beg banks over debt repayments amid bankrupcy fears

Laliga giants Barcelona have reportedly asked a host of major banks to delay debt repayments so that the club can avoid insolvency, in an alarming development for the club’s supporters, Daily Mail reports.
For Joe Biden, becoming president of the United States was the realization of a decades-long quest, with two previous failed bids. His goal now is, as he has put it, restoring “the soul of America” after four years of Donald Trump’s presidency.

Joe Biden launches coronavirus initiatives on first full day in White House

President Joe Biden launched initiatives on Thursday to rein in the raging COVID-19 pandemic, tackling his top priority on his first full day in the White House as he tries to turn the page on Donald Trump’s tumultuous leadership
The Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Mr Tokunbo Abiru, Friday asked a Federal High Court in Lagos to dismiss a challenge on his eligibility for the office.

Lagos bye-election: Senator Abiru asks court to quash PDP’s challenge

The Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Mr Tokunbo Abiru, Friday asked a Federal High Court in Lagos to dismiss a challenge on his eligibility for the office.

CAF governance committee presents report on eligibility of candidates for election

The Governance Committee (GC) of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) met in Cairo on January 5 and 6, 2020 to carry out prerequisite eligibility checks on the candidatures of contestants vying for positions of CAF President and members of CAF Executive Committee.

Court: Senator Dickson has case to answer

The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt yesterday overturned the ruling of a Federal High Court in Yenagoa that dismissed a pre-election suit challenging the eligibility of former Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Seriake Dickson, to contest the December 5, 2020, Bayelsa West senatorial by-election.
Former MP for Nadowli Kaleo, Alban Sumana Bagbin of the NDC has been elected Speaker of the 8th Parliament of the Fourth Republic.

Ghana’s parliament elects NDC’s Nadowli Bagbin as speaker

Former MP for Nadowli Kaleo, Alban Sumana Bagbin of the NDC has been elected Speaker of the 8th Parliament of the Fourth Republic.
The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Godwin Obaseki to investigate the construction of the Edo Specialist Hospital and supply of equipment has indicted former governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

Court orders Governor Obaseki to open defence in ‘certificate forgery’ case

The All Progressives Congress, APC, on Monday, closed the forgery case it instituted against Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, after it called a total of six witnesses and tendered 17 Exhibits.
Director of Information, National Assembly Abuja, Rawlings Agada, has said the sum of N37 billion, approved for the renovation of the National assembly complex may not be enough for the work.

National Assembly asks INEC to consider underage married girls as voters

The National Assembly Joint Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission Matters has proposed a review of the provision in the Electoral Act which pegged the eligibility of a voter at 18 years.

NCDMB, PETAN sign $30 million agreement to ameliorate contract losses

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) have signed an agreement on $30 million working capital scheme that will support the operations of oil companies against the adverse effects of Covid-19 pandemic and loss of contracts due to low oil prices.
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Bye-elections: Yiaga scores INEC average on preparation, predicts low turnout

An election observer, Yiaga Africa, Friday, ahead of bye-election across the six geopolitical zones of the country, scored the Independent National Electoral Commission’s preparedness on average while it predicted low voter turnout.

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday commended the early response of the military and the Kaduna State Government towards the rescue of 180 students and eight staff members of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, in Igabi LGA.

President Buhari approves appointment of 18 appeal court judges

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of 18 Justices of the Court of Appeal.
Speaking in the aftermath of his well-received publicity stunt of placing a huge banner featuring his likeness 200 meters from the Santiago Bernabeu, Joan Laporta continued to detail his project should he be successful in becoming Barcelona president.

Barcelona supremo: European Super League a ‘necessity’

Barcelona president Joan Laporta described the European Super League as a “necessity” on Thursday but said the final decision would be given to the club’s members.
The Red Cross voiced alarm Thursday over "horrific" accounts of sexual violence in Ethiopia's conflict-hit Tigray region, amid fears that rape was being used as a weapon of war.

Red Cross condemns ‘horrific’ sexual violence in Ethiopia’s Tigray

The Red Cross voiced alarm Thursday over "horrific" accounts of sexual violence in Ethiopia's conflict-hit Tigray region, amid fears that rape was being used as a weapon of war.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Nollywood actor arrested for ‘defiling’ minor

The case of defilement was reported on 19th April, 2021 by one Princess Adekola Adekanya at Sabo Police Station and transferred to the Gender Unit of the State CID, Panti, Yaba Lagos for proper investigation.
The Department of State Services, DSS, has denied any involvement in the attempt to arrest Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho, at Ibadan, Oyo State.

Official: Dennis Amachree not speaking for DSS on Isa Pantami

Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Service (DSS) has disowned reasons adduced for its alleged failure to reveal alleged link of Malam Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy to terrorism before his confirmation as minister in 2019 adduced by one of its former officer, Dennis Amachree.

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Kaduna government says university staff killed in bandit attack, number of abducted students still...

The Kaduna state government has confirmed the killing of a member of staff of the Greenfield University and the abduction of “a number of students”, when bandits invaded the school on Tuesday night.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel suffered the first defeat of his reign as struggling West Bromwich Albion took advantage of Thiago Silva's red card to earn a stunning 5-2 win on Saturday.

Thomas Tuchel ‘proud’ to become first German manager to reach FA Cup final

Thomas Tuchel says it will be “special” to be the first German to manage a team in an FA Cup Final after Chelsea win over Man City.
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has congratulated Olumide Akpata on his emergence as the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).

JUSUN strike: NBA directs members to ‘visit’ state governors

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has directed its branch chairmen nationwide to lead “visits” to government houses in their states over the 36 governors’ alleged unwillingness to implement judiciary’s financial autonomy.
Secretary of the APC Caretaker Committee, Senator John J. Akpanudoedehe in a statement on Tuesday said the 16 years of PDP administration was characterised by “looting of public funds”, adding that the party should spare Nigerians of the trauma of a reminder of the “disaster.”

APC: We’ll ensure there is no increase in petrol price

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has assured that the pump price of petroleum products would not be increased in the new future.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) announced yesterday that it would be reintroducing the park and pay policy in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), from May 1, 2021.

FCTA bans farming activities, illegal markets on airport expressway

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has banned farming activities, street trading and illegal motor parks on fringes of the Umar Musa Yar’adua Expressway, leading to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.