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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday called on the African Union and other international partners to help address a deepening crisis in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region as he condemned alleged atrocities in fighting there.

Antony Blinken: U.S. stands by Ukraine against ‘reckless’ Russian actions

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday Washington could increase security assistance for Ukraine after what he called Russia’s “reckless and aggressive” actions in massing troops near its border.
People wait to cremate victims who died due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a crematorium ground in New Delhi, India, April 23, 2021. REUTERS-Danish Siddiqui

India posts record daily rise in coronavirus deaths

India's coronavirus deaths rose by a record 3,780 during the last 24 hours, a day after it became the second country to cross the grim milestone of 20 million infections after the United states.

Ivory Coast power outages anger citizens and business leaders

Consumers, unions and business leaders in Ivory Coast are sounding the alarm about waves of blackouts that are hitting major cities, including the economic capital Abidjan and its five million residents.
A woman walks past a closed restaurant in Munich, Germany. Fresh lockdowns to control the pandemic dragged on German economic output in the first quarter © AFP via Getty Images

German GDP slumps as pandemic takes toll on Europe’s biggest economy

The German economy contracted in the first quarter after the country launched a new round of tough lockdown measures aimed at containing a third wave of the pandemic.
Nollywood actress, Rita Edochie, has threatened Nigerians accusing her of having a hand in the death of popular comedienne, Ada Jesus.

Rita Edochie curses those linking her with Ada Jesus’ death

Nollywood actress, Rita Edochie, has threatened Nigerians accusing her of having a hand in the death of popular comedienne, Ada Jesus.
Turkey’s lira has edged lower in early trading, adding to a recent slide and nearing an all-time low as a chill settled on relations with the United States and after the new central bank chief signalled that interest rate hikes would harm the economy.

Turkish lira dips to near record low on rate cut, US concerns

Turkey’s lira has edged lower in early trading, adding to a recent slide and nearing an all-time low as a chill settled on relations with the United States and after the new central bank chief signalled that interest rate hikes would harm the economy.
Bernd Leno looks round in despair after pushing Richarlison’s cross through his legs for Everton’s goal. Photograph: James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Bernd Leno howler helps Everton beat Arsenal at Emirates

A Bernd Leno blunder gifted Everton all three points as they boosted their chances of making the top four with a first away win over Arsenal since 1996.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has revealed he could be open to taking over the France national team job in the future.

Real Madrid boss responds to talk of club being kicked out of Champions League

Zinedine Zidane says it would be "illogical and absurd" for Real Madrid to be kicked out of the Champions League as a result of their involvement in Super League proposals.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin during a press conference REUTERS-Yves Herman-File Photo

UEFA president still mulling over Super League sanctions

Alexander Ceferin continues to deal with the fallout from the failed Super League venture of 12 leading clubs in Europe, with the UEFA president admitting that Barcelona's involvement in the proposals "disappointed me the least".
Florentino Perez and Andrea Agnelli, presidents of Real Madrid and Juventus respectively, are the architects of the European Super League according to Diario AS.

Real Madrid, Juventus supremos the architects of the European Super League

The project has strong financial backing, including American investment funds such as JP Morgan. Their good relationship with American club owners in Europe were critical in making it what it is, especially with Malcolm Glazer of Manchester United and John Henry of Liverpool.

Dangote: Cement price from our factories is between N2,450, N2,510 per bag

Management of Dangote Cement Plc has clarified that the price of a bag of cement from its factories and plants across Nigeria (as at 12th April, 2021) is N2,450 in Obajana and Gboko, and N2,510 in Ibese inclusive of VAT. The clarification was made in view of recent insinuations that the company sells cement in Nigeria at significantly higher prices relative to other countries, particularly Ghana and Zambia.
Real Madrid will struggle to keep out Manchester City without Sergio Ramos, according to Fabio Capello, who says the captain's absence creates an important problem for his old club.

Sergio Ramos: I’ll be a Sevilla player until I die

Sergio Ramos has opened up on his relationship with hometown side and former team Sevilla, admitting that he has been left emotionally pained by the fallout from his move to Real Madrid.
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase, has congratulated Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on his 64th birthday on Monday.

Nigerian government targets 25 million residents with solar home system

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday launched an ambitious programme by the Federal to supply electricity to 25 million Nigerians through Solar Home System, SMS.
The 28th World Economic Forum on Africa has ended in Cape Town, South Africa, producing notable outcomes.

WEF report: Closing gender gap to take 136 years

A new report from the World Economic Forum (WEF) estimates that attaining global gender parity will take nearly 136 years, up from its previous estimate of almost 100 years.
Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP)

ASUP strike grounds tertiary education in Jigawa

The nationwide strike action embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has halted academic activities across the over thirty tertiary institutions in Jigawa State.
The Emir of Karaye in Kano State, Ibrahim Abubakar, has urged residents of the emirate to report the movement of illegal miners into the area from Zamfara State.

Kano monarch raises alarm over influx of ‘illegal miners’ from Zamfara

The Emir of Karaye in Kano State, Ibrahim Abubakar, has urged residents of the emirate to report the movement of illegal miners into the area from Zamfara State.
The logo of MTN is pictured in Abuja, Nigeria September 11, 2018. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde-File Photo

Minister: USSD challenge encountered by MTN subscribers will be resolved soon

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, have assured that the challenge encountered by MTN users through the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) channel will be resolved soon.
The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) says it is working with relevant ministries departments and agencies for payment of N124 billion backlog of claims under the Export Expansion Grant (EEG) scheme.

NEPC urges entrepreneurs to participate in EDF scheme

The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has urged entrepreneurs in the country’s South-east to participate in the federal government’s Export Development Fund (EDF) scheme.
Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) | Reuters

OPEC+ to reconvene to navigate crude market volatility

The OPEC+ grouping of oil producers will hold its third ministerial summit of the year via videoconference Thursday to discuss output cuts in the face of fresh price volatility.
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has pledged to collaborate with the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) to find practical solutions to insecurity confronting the country.

Nigerian Army to court-martial officers over ‘unauthorized posts’ on social media

The Nigerian Army has told its officers that anyone caught making unauthorised posts on social media will be arrested, investigated, and court-martialled.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) jointly with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) presented the key findings of UNODC Fifth Global Report on Trafficking in Persons to stakeholders from the federal government, civil society organisations and international partners.

Pandemic lockdowns leave $10 trillion hole in global economy

A strong rebound this year would still leave the world down with an estimated 10 trillion dollars due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus in April according to a BBC report, citing palace sources.

Prince William: British royal family not racist

The Duke of Cambridge has said the royals are “very much not a racist family” in his first comments after accusations by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in a TV interview.

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“At this moment, l cannot say how many students were taken away by the gunmen until l get there, but we have already mobilized security men and members of the vigilantatè who are now in pursuit of the abductors,” the commissioner stated.

Two ‘killed’, one injured as robbers attack bullion van in Ondo

Two persons were feared killed while one was injured as bank robbers attacked a bullion van at Bolorunduro area in Ondo East council area of Ondo state.
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has granted amnesty to 11 inmates serving various jail terms in correctional centres in the state to mark the beginning of 2021.

Ondo governor commiserates with Pastor Adeboye over son’s demise

Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has commiserated with the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, over the death of his son, Pastor Dare Adeboye.
L-R: Katsina state Governor, Honourable Bello Masari. Kebbi’s state Governor, Senator Atiku Bagudu, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele and President, Maize Farmers Association Bello Abubakar Annur (with Reflective jacket) at the Flag- off of the National Maize harvest and Loan Recovery and launching of 2020/2021 Dry Season Maize Farming in Katsina on Thursday, May 6, 2021

CBN governor vows to block maize importation

Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele on Thursday vowed to resist importation of maize as Nigerians have the capacity and capability to grow the crop locally to meet consumption demand.
1. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House, Abuja.

VP Osinbajo: Nigeria’s unity must not be compromised

Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo, on Thursday, insisted that the unity of the country should not be compromised in anyway.
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: We’ll commission rehabilitated PHC refinery in 2023

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Mele Kyari, has assured Nigerians that the Port Harcourt Refinery Complex (PHRC) will roar back to life on or before April 5, 2023 when repairs would have been completed.

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A woman from Mali has given birth to nine babies in hospital in Morocco, according to Mali’s health ministry. Photograph: Luis Cortes/Reuters

Malian woman gives birth to nine babies

Halima Cisse, 25, gave birth on Tuesday to five girls and four boys in a Moroccan hospital where she had been admitted, the Malian Health Minister Fanta Siby said in a statement.
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has said that certain politicians are frustrating the war against insecurity by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Kogi governor lauds vigilantes for repelling kidnappers, rescuing victims

Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi has commended the vigilance group and security agents in Dekina Local Government Area of the state for the arrest of notorious kidnappers.

NDLEA raids eateries in Plateau, Enugu, recovers drugged cakes, cocaine

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have raided some eateries in Jos, the Plateau state capital where freshly baked cakes made with cannabis sativa were recovered in addition to 48.726kilogrammes of assorted psychotropic substances.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

‘Serial rapist’ in police net for raping, killing job seeker

Akwa Ibom State Police Command has announced the arrest of a 20-year-old serial rapist Uduak Akpan for raping, killing and burrying a job seeker, Inniobong Umoren.
Ibrahim Attahiru, chief of army staff

Troops nab Boko Haram’s collaborators in Yobe

Less than 48 hours after the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, renamed Operation ‘Lafiya Dole’ (OLD) to Operation ‘Hadin Kai’ for mobilizing critical stakeholders’ in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists, residents have started providing useful information to the military in their communities.