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Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami

Minister says Facebook page hacked after reportedly raining curse on activist

Embattled Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, says his Facebook page was hacked but is now recovered.
Yohanna Buru

Christian clerics join Muslims in interfaith-Ramadan-Iftar breakfast

Speaking during the Iftar breakfast, Leader of the team, General Overseer of Christ Evangelical and Life Intervention Ministry, Sabon Tasha, Kaduna, Pastor Yohanna Buru, said for the past 11 years, he has been joining top Nigerian Islamic scholars in breaking interfaith Ramadan Iftar breakfast to promote religious tolerance across the 36 states of Nigeria, Niger Republic and other neighbouring countries.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq made the announcement during a meeting with Governor Abdullahi Sule.

Minister: Nigerian government has not given up on rescue of Chibok girls

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has reassured of government’s determination to rescue Chibok girls from their abductors, insisting that contrary to beliefs in some quarters that no action was being taken by the federal administration, it was determined to get the girls out of captivity.
Alternative for Germany (AfD) party co-chairmen Tino Chrupalla (L) and Joerg Meuthen (R) speak with AfD’s deputy leader Beatrix von Storch (C) during a congress of far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD – Alternative fuer Deutschland) party in Dresden, eastern Germany, on April 10, 2021. – Members of the anti-Islam, anti-immigration Alternative for Germany gather for a party congress in Dresden this weekend, despite coronavirus restrictions, to finalise their strategy ahead of the general election on September 26, 2021. (Photo by JENS SCHLUETER / AFP)

Germany’s divided far-right AfD to launch election bid

The far-right AfD will firm up its election manifesto this weekend as Germany prepares for the post-Merkel era, with the party seeking to reverse a lag in support amid infighting and an ailing effort to capitalise on the pandemic.

Ex-COAS: OPC, IPOB are just like Boko Haram

The immediate past Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdul-Rahman Dambazau (rtd), on Friday said the O’odua People’s Congress (OPC) and the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are extremist groups like Boko Haram.

Ex-COAS advocates new strategy in counter-insurgency operations

Former Chief of Army Staff, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau has advised the military leadership to develop a new strategy in the counter-insurgency operations in the North-East.
U.S. President Joe Biden will visit the State Department on Thursday and deliver his first foreign policy speech as president.

Report: Joe Biden pressed to label foreign hate groups ‘terrorists’

President Joe Biden’s administration is being pressed by Democratic Representative Elissa Slotkin to consider designating white supremacist groups overseas as foreign terrorists subject to US government actions as the US continues to reckon with domestic extremism after the January 6 far-right insurrection attempt, the Reuters news agency reports.
Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has congratulated Chairman of United Bank for Africa (UBA),Tony Elumelu, on his 58 birth anniversary.

Tony Elumelu: Youth restiveness ticking time bomb for Africa, others

Chairman of the United Bank of Africa (UBA), Mr Tony Elumelu, has stressed the need to unlock the potential of youths in Africa, in order to catalyse the socio-economic development of the continent.
Twitch will now ban users who harass members of its community — even when that harassment takes place off Twitch. The streaming platform announced a major expansion of its off-service misconduct policy today that allows it to take action against users who mistreat people regardless of where it happens, whether it’s offline or on another social platform.

Twitch to ban users for harassment

Twitch will now ban users who harass members of its community — even when that harassment takes place off Twitch. The streaming platform announced a major expansion of its off-service misconduct policy today that allows it to take action against users who mistreat people regardless of where it happens, whether it’s offline or on another social platform.

China sentences two ex-Xinjiang officials to death on separatism charges

Two former government officials in China’s northwest region of Xinjiang have been sentenced to death on charges involving separatism.
Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby

Mozambique attacks: US vows support, ‘committed’ to helping defeat Islamic State extremism

The United States on Monday vowed to support Mozambique after a prolonged deadly assault on the northern town of Palma by Islamic State (ISIS) linked militants waging an escalating insurgency.
FILE PHOTO - Chinese and U.S. flags flutter outside the building of an American company in Beijing, China January 21, 2021. REUTERS-Tingshu Wang

China sanctions US, Canadian citizens in Xinjiang row

China announced sanctions against two Americans, a Canadian and a rights advocacy body Saturday over their criticism of Beijing’s treatment of Uyghurs, but Washington said the tit-for-tat measure would only intensify the spotlight on Xinjiang.
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has called for an urgent review of the revenue formula of the country.

Senator Tinubu calls for massive investment to tackle unemployment

Senator Bola Tinubu, the National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has called on the Federal Government to invest massively on job creation to tackle insecurity and unemployment in the country.
US Army 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Green Berets observe a CH-47 Chinook helicopter conduct hoisting operations during helocast training at Eglin Base Air Force Base, Florida, February 6, 2013.

US deploys Green Berets to defeat ISIS-linked insurgents in Mozambique

The elite Green Berets have been deployed to help defeat Islamic State insurgents accused of beheading children as young as 11 in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique.
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that as far as Libya remains unstable, illegal arms and ammunition will continue to flow into the Sahel region of the African continent. The president spoke Thursday at the State House, Abuja, while playing host to the outgoing Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohammed Ibn Chambas.

President Buhari: Unstable Libya the major problem for Sahel region

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that as far as Libya remains unstable, illegal arms and ammunition will continue to flow into the Sahel region of the African continent.

AGF: Nigeria committed to end gender-based violence

The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), has reiterated Nigeria’s commitment towards ending gender-based violence in the country.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN,

AGF: Nigerian government to establish specialised courts, judicial divisions on gender-based violence

The Federal Government is working towards the establishment of specialised courts and judicial divisions that will focus on sexual and gender-based violence (GBV).

Nigerien president wins $5 million Mo Ibrahim Prize

President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, has won the $5 million 2020 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation announced today.
ActionAid Nigeria (AAN)

ActionAid trains media practitioners on curbing violent extremism in Nigeria

Owing to the escalating crises in parts of the country that are daily claiming thousands of lives and property a Non Governmental Organisations, ActionAid has trained media practitioners on the need to always present reports that will prevent or douse crises rather than escalating it.
FILE PHOTO - Chinese and U.S. flags flutter outside the building of an American company in Beijing, China January 21, 2021. REUTERS-Tingshu Wang

China says hopes U.S. will remove ‘unreasonable’ restrictions on cooperation

Questioned about recent U.S.-China frictions over Taiwan, Xinjiang and the South China Sea during his annual news conference, Wang said that Beijing “will never accept baseless accusations and smears”, and said the United States had used democracy and human rights as a basis for arbitrarily interfering with other countries’ affairs.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi walks with Pope Francis upon his arrival at Baghdad International Airport, in Baghdad, Iraq March 5, 2021. Vatican Media-­Handout via REUTERS

Pope urges Iraqis to shun past violence and give peace a chance

Pope Francis, beginning the first trip by a pontiff to Iraq, made an impassioned call on Friday for an end to the militant violence and religious strife that has plagued the country for decades, saying peacemakers should finally be given a chance
At least 317 schoolgirls were abducted by bandits in the Friday morning raid on Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, in Zamfara State, the police have said.

UN amplifies condemnation of Zamfara schoolgirls’ abduction

President of the UN General Assembly, Amb. Volkan Bozkir, has added his voice to the growing condemnation of Friday's abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls in Zamfara, Northwest Nigeria.

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Mele Kyari, group managing director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), says buyers were begged to purchase Nigeria’s crude oil at $9 per barrel in April.

NNPC boss: Fuel queues will disappear soon

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, has frowned at the re-emergence of petrol queues across the country, assuring that the situation will normalize in hours.
The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Ikanade Agba, says to reduce the over 2.5 million acutely malnourished and stunted children, the Federal Government is implementing innovative policies and strategies that are appropriately funded, data-driven and sustainable.

Minister: No constituency projects in economic sustainability plan

The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Ikanade Agba, has dismissed a claim by a member of the Federal House of Representatives, representing Etsako Federal Constituency, Johnson Oghuma, that he appropriated some of his constituency projects.

South Arabia donates food items to Borno, Yobe, Zamfara IDPs

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has donated assorted food items worth 1.1 million dollars for distribution to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno, Yobe and Zamfara States.
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NSCDC arrests 45-year-old man for raping 10-year-old girl in Kwara

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Kwara Command, has disclosed that it had received a suspected rape case against one Muhammadu Mailemu.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as said that its staff in Jos Branch, on Tuesday averted what would have been another major fire disaster in the country.

CBN boosts non-oil export with N500 billion facility

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has set up a N500 billion non-oil export stimulation facility with the Nigerian Export Import Bank (NEXIM) to enable exporters process agriculture commodities into other markets in Africa and globally.

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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Friday that Japan remained determined that the Olympics would go ahead as planned in Tokyo this summer.

Japanese premier to travel to U.S. for talks with Joe Biden

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is set to depart for the United States (U.S.) on Thursday for talks with President Joe Biden amid the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and tension with China.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has not approved any drug or vaccine for the treatment of COVID-19.

NAFDAC intercepts truck conveying unwholesome, banned medicines, vaccines

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, on Wednesday intercepted a Mercedes Truck loaded with banned and unregistered medicinal products in Asaba, the Delta State Capital.

Nasarawa speaker: We will support Dangote refinery

Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has assured that the House would give Dangote Sugar Refinery in the state all the necessary legislative backing and support to succeed.
Real Madrid‘s chances of defending their La Liga title this season have been dealt a real blow as they slipped to a 0-0 draw at Getafe.

Real Madrid suffer title race blow with 0-0 Getafe draw

Real Madrid‘s chances of defending their La Liga title this season have been dealt a real blow as they slipped to a 0-0 draw at Getafe.

NAPTIP calls for effective counter-trafficking policies, ideas to tackle human trafficking

The Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Imaan Sulaiman Ibrahim, has called for effective counter - Trafficking policies and ideas to tackle the manace of human trafficking.