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Police kill four ‘pirates’ in Akwa Ibom

Four suspected armed pirates on Tuesday met their waterloo in a gun battle with the operatives of the Marine police, in Oron Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Manchester United loanee Jesse Lingard to push on and earn back his place in the England squad after his goalscoring start to life at West Ham.

Jesse Lingard undecided on Manchester United future

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said Jesse Lingard will be welcomed back to Manchester United this summer but Goal reports the England international is undecided whether he wants to return.
China has put one northern city in lockdown and launched citywide coronavirus testing in another, after two local infections involving workers at a port and trade zone respectively, authorities have said.

China lifts 770 million rural people out of poverty

More than 770 million of China’s rural population living below the current poverty line have been raised from poverty, accounting for more than 70 per cent of the global total over the same period according to the World Bank’s international poverty standard, says a white paper recently released by the State Council Information Office of China.

JAMB scraps use of email for UTME, DE registration

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said the use of email is no longer required for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) registration processes.
Election watchdogs last month ruled that only two parties, both allied to President Patrice Talon, met toughened conditions of admissibility under new electoral laws.

Patrice Talon re-elected as Benin Republic president

Benin Republic’s President Patrice Talon won a second term with 86.36 per cent of the vote in a low turnout, according to provisional results from the electoral commission Tuesday, after a tense campaign.

EFCC arrests Senator Okorocha for ‘money laundering’

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Tuesday arrested the former Imo state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, over alleged money laundering.
Sergio Ramos converted a late penalty kick to give Real Madrid a 1-0 win over Getafe and send his side four points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

Sergio Ramos tests positive for coronavirus

Sergio Ramos has tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of Real Madrid's second leg clash with Liverpool in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Folarin Balogun celebrates after guiding in his second Arsenal goal to set the seal on a sixth win out of six in the Europa League this season. Ryan Byrne-INPHO-REX-Shutterstock

Arsenal close to securing Folarin Balogun

Arsenal are closing in on a new contract for the 19-year-old striker, Folarin Balogun.

Gani Adams: Yorubas ‘fast losing’ their identity

The Aare Ona-Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, has called on South-west governors to invest in the promotion of Yoruba culture and harness its tourist potential for economic growth and global recognition.
Kannywood actress, Rahama Sadau, has disclosed that she can’t quit filmmaking for marriage.

Maltina appoints Rahama Sadau as ambassador

Sadau, who is currently on suspension from Kanywood, said she took the appointment with pride and will work assiduously to make Nigerians stick to Maltina as their source of refreshingment .
Monaco’s Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas takes part in a training session on January 14, 2018 in La Turbie, near Monaco. (Photo by VALERY HACHE - AFP)

Cesc Fabregas vows to see out Monaco contract

Cesc Fabregas has vowed to see out his contract at Monaco, despite a lack of regular minutes for Niko Kovac's side in 2020-21.
Ecuadorean banker Guillermo Lasso and his wife Maria de Lourdes Alcivar react after Lasso wins the presidential runoff vote, in Guayaquil, Ecuador April 11, 2021. REUTERS/Maria Fernanda Landin

Ecuador shuns socialism with Lasso’s surprise election

Ecuadorean banker Guillermo Lasso unexpectedly won the nation’s presidency on promises to revive an economy battered by coronavirus as his rival’s vows of a return to socialist largesse failed to win over a skeptical electorate.
The highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that is predominant in the United Kingdom may be up to 70 percent more deadly than previous strains, according to a report by the government’s scientific advisers.

Nigeria records 57 new coronavirus infections

Nigeria has the least death toll among the top six most affected countries in Africa – South Africa, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Morocco, and Egypt.
Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, said yesterday that the commission arrested more than 400 young Nigerians for internet related fraud in the first three months of 2021.

EFCC chief: We’ll fight corruption with rule of law

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has reiterated the Commission’s commitment to fighting corruption within the ambits of the law.
The highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that is predominant in the United Kingdom may be up to 70 percent more deadly than previous strains, according to a report by the government’s scientific advisers.

Nigeria records 84 new coronavirus cases, one more death

Nigeria on Saturday recorded 84 new COVID-19 infections and a single fatality from the disease, according to health authorities.
Edinson Cavani has been advised to leave Manchester United for Boca Juniors this summer, with Uruguay assistant coach Mario Rebollo talking up the benefits of heading back to South America.

Edinson Cavani set to leave Manchester United

Edinson Cavani is increasingly likely to depart Manchester United during the summer transfer window, according to a report.
Subject to the ratification by the General Manager of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Yussuf Alli, Kenya’s Emmanuel Naibei has emerged as the new champion of the World Athletics Silver Label race.

Kenyan, Ethiopian win Lagos City Marathon again

Subject to the ratification by the General Manager of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Yussuf Alli, Kenya’s Emmanuel Naibei has emerged as the new champion of the World Athletics Silver Label race.
The president of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, says Senator Chris Ngige, minister of labour, has lost “touch with medicine”.

NARD: We may call off strike on Saturday

The National Association of Resident Doctors has said it may call off its strike on Saturday after a meeting with representatives of the Federal Government and federal lawmakers.
The highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that is predominant in the United Kingdom may be up to 70 percent more deadly than previous strains, according to a report by the government’s scientific advisers.

NCDC records 71 new coronavirus infections

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced additional 71 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 163,652 .
Senate President Ahmed Lawan has described the recent attacks on public assets in Imo state as an attempt to distract the government, saying such actions can lead to insurgency.

Senate president: Imo attack can lead to insurgency

Senate President Ahmed Lawan has described the recent attacks on public assets in Imo state as an attempt to distract the government, saying such actions can lead to insurgency.
DMX, a rapper known as much for his troubles as his music, has died, his family announced in a statement. He was 50.

American rapper DMX passes on at 50

"We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days," family's statement read in part.

Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, passes on at 99

Buckingham Palace announced the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, his Royal Highness Prince Philip in the early hours of Today.

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The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

Nigeria’s senate president, others bag NIS fellowship award

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, and the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, were on Wednesday in Abuja presented with the Honourary Fellowship Award of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) alongside a former Minister of Defence, Brig-General Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd) and the Emir of Nasarawa, HRH Alh. Ibrahim Usman Jibril, at the institution’s 2021 investiture ceremony.
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETfund, Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, on Wednesday said he and the Executive Secretary of the Fund, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, took the suspension of the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, UNILAG, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, personal when he was suspended by the Governing Council of the institution last August.

Official: TETFund spends N120 billion on academic staff training since 2008

Academic Staff from public institutions across the country have so far accessed over N120 billion for training, within and outside Nigeria, from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) since its inception in 2008.
As children across Nigeria join their world counterparts to celebrate Children’s Day, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has called on parents, community leaders, teachers and all involved in children’s upbringing to take mentoring seriously and provide them with a good leadership example.

Payroll fraud: Gombe approves N1.49 billion for biometric system installation

The Gombe State Government has approved the sum of N1.499 billion for the supply and installation of biometric attendance system to check payroll fraud in the state’s civil service.
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2023: APC disowns viral zoning arrangement

The national caretaker/extraordinary convention planning committee (CECPC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has disowned a zoning arrangement list in circulation on the social media.
Euro 2020 is almost certain to be postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the globe.

UEFA confirms Rome as Euro 2020 host city

Rome’s Stadio Olimpico has been “fully confirmed” as a venue for Euro 2020 matches after the Italian government guaranteed the presence of at least 25 per cent of fans, UEFA announced on Wednesday.

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Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, has reacted to what he called “a cornucopia of false, malicious, and libellous press interviews” granted by Ms. Gbene Joi Nuineh, the erstwhile Acting Managing Director of the Interim Management Committee, of the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) in some news and social media platforms and a “series of concerted vicious campaigns of calumny deviously orchestrated by her” against his person.

Niger Delta agitators: NDDC under Senator Akpabio’s ministry to curtail excesses

The 21st Century Youths of Niger Delta and Agitators with Conscience, 21st CYNDAC, Sunday, said the Presidency placed the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, under the supervision of Ministry of Niger Delta, MNDA, to put the interventionist agency in check.
The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors has called on the state governors to domesticate and start the full implementation of Medical Residency Training Act.

Strike continues as resident doctors insist demands not met

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has said that the ongoing strike action by its members will continue as most of their demands were not yet met.
People observe flowers outside Windsor castle, after Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, died at the age of 99, in Windsor, near London, Britain, April 11, 2021. REUTERS-Henry Nicholls

Snow in Windsor as Queen Elizabeth ponders ‘huge void’ after death of Prince Philip

A spring snow storm struck Windsor Castle on Monday where Queen Elizabeth pondered the huge void left by the death of Prince Philip, her husband of 73 years.
Former Niger Delta militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo alias “Tompolo” has protested against the continued siege on his firm, Mieka Dive Limited, five months after he was vindicated of corruption charges by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

Niger Delta: IYC demands return of Tompolo’s property

Ijaw youths from the nine states of the Niger Delta region have asked the federal government to retun all property seized from ex-militant leader High Chief Government Ekpemukpolo, commonly known as “Tompolo”.
Sergio Ramos converted a late penalty kick to give Real Madrid a 1-0 win over Getafe and send his side four points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

Sergio Ramos tests positive for coronavirus

Sergio Ramos has tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of Real Madrid's second leg clash with Liverpool in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.