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Protesters block Anambra government house over land, arrests

The people of Ntoko Community in Awka South local government area of Anambra State on Tuesday blocked the Government House gate to protest illegal acquisition of their land and alleged arrest of some of them by Chief Austin Ndigwe.
Seni Sulyman, VP Global Operations, Andela

Seni Sulyman: Education in Africa in a state of emergency

Mr Seni Sulyman, Vice President, Global Operations, Andela, says education in Africa is in a statement of emergency.

Sri Lanka restores Facebook and YouTube access after nine-day blackout

The Sri Lankan government has ended a blackout of social media sites that was imposed after the bombings in the country earlier this month, The New York Times reports.
A fallen tree is pictured on April 25, 2019 in Moroni after tropical storm Kenneth hit Comoros before heading to recently cyclone-ravaged Mozambique. – Cyclone Kenneth passed the Indian Ocean archipelago nation Comoros today but its effects, including high winds and heavy rains, were still being felt, the country’s Meteorological Office wrote on Facebook. (Photo by Ibrahim YOUSSOUF / AFP)

Mozambique braces for cyclone Kenneth

Mozambique was bracing for a powerful cyclone to make landfall on Thursday, just one month after another cyclone devastated the country and neighbouring Zimbabwe leaving more than 1,000 dead.
Iain Lees-Galloway

New Zealand offers permanent visas to those at mosques during attacks

New Zealand is offering permanent residency to all of those who were at two mosques in Christchurch last month when a terrorist killed 50 people, as well as to the survivors’ immediate relatives, the country’s immigration minister said on Tuesday.
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

NNPC partners Red Cross on disaster management

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) will partner with the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRSC) to develop its staff disaster management capacity.

Sri Lanka social media shutdown raises fears on free expression

Sri Lanka’s decision to block social media following deadly suicide attacks highlights a growing distrust of online platforms, but critics said the move is likely to restrict the flow of important news and information as well as abusive content.
Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan

Sudan army removes leader, rejects Omar al-Bashir extradition

Ibn Ouf said he would be replaced by Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, general inspector of the armed forces, as head of the transitional council, which will rule the country for two years until elections.

FRC begins verification of federal government’s project in North East

The Fiscal Responsibility Commission on Tuesday said it has begun verification of the 2018/2019 Federal Government’s projects in the North East.

Man commits suicide after bathing wife with acid

The Police in Anambra has commenced investigation into the cause of the suicide committed by one Daniel Okafor after bathing his wife, Pauline with acid on Tuesday at Nsugbe, near Onitsha.
Three pupils at a Vanderbijlpark school were killed on Friday when a walkway fell on them.

Three South African pupils killed as school walkway collapses

Three South African students were killed and 19 were seriously injured on Friday when a walkway collapsed at a high school near Johannesburg, an official said.

President Buhari accepts setbacks in Boko Haram fight

President Muhammadu Buhari has acknowledged setbacks in the fight against Boko Haram, as the jihadists launched fresh attacks in the restive northeast.
At least 22 people have died after heavy rains brought about by a tropical weather system that hit the Philippines on Saturday, causing flash floods and landslides.

Death toll from Philippine landslides, floods climbs to 85

Emergency teams were on Wednesday mobilised to areas devastated by landslides and floods in eastern Philippines, where the death toll has reached 85, officials said.
Kayode Fayemi

Kayode Fayemi declares emergency in Ekiti’s water sector

Kayode Fayemi, the Governor of Ekiti State, on Thursday, declared an emergency in the water sector to ensure water supply to all nooks and crannies of the state.

Six homeless people die in fire outbreak

Six homelesss people died in Warsaw on Christmas Day after the wooden cabin in which they were sheltering caught fire, the emergency services said Wednesday.
Coalition of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) has urged the Federal and State Governments to prioritise preventive measures against diseases and infections rather than curative.

NGOs want govt to prioritise preventive healthcare

Coalition of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) has urged the Federal and State Governments to prioritise preventive measures against diseases and infections rather than curative.
Muhammadu Buhari

Boko Haram: Muhammadu Buhari summons Heads of State meeting in Chad

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday departed Abuja for N’Djamena, Chad, to preside over the Summit of Heads of State and Governments of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC).
High winds have forced the cancellation of flights at Sydney''s airport in Australia. [File-David Gray-Reuters] [Reuters]

Strong winds fan forest fires, cause transport havoc in Australia

Strong winds across Australia's southeast coast on Friday caused chaos at Sydney and Melbourne airports, the country's two busiest, with thousands of air travellers stranded as runways were closed and dozens of flights cancelled.

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Governor David Nweze Umahi

South East governors reject Miyetti Allah’s vigilance plan

The South-East Governors Forum has reacted to lingering controversies surrounding the alleged proposal by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to organize local vigilance groups in the South-East.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), said more than one million smallholders farmers had access to finance through its Anchor Borrowers Programme.

Central bank: One million farmers benefit from anchor borrowers scheme

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said more than one million smallholders farmers had access to finance through its Anchor Borrowers Programme.
The Ethiopian army brigadier general accused of leading a failed coup against a regional government has been killed in a firefight with the security forces, a spokesman for the Ethiopian prime minister’s office has said.

Ethiopia coup mastermind killed

General Asamnew Tsige, accused of trying to seize control of Ethiopia’s northern Amhara region has been killed, a senior government official said, and a number of other plotters have been arrested.
Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III

Gombe emir appointed state Amirul Hajj

The Gombe State Governor, Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya has appointed the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III as Amirul Hajj and Head of state’s delegation for the 2019 hajj team.

Ahmed Mirwa emerges speaker of Yobe assembly

Mirwa was elected unopposed by the 22 lawmakers shortly after the inauguration of the assembly by the clerk, Mr Ishiaku Muhammed in Damaturu.