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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it does not want bail for a former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, because he might escape.

Abdulrasheed Maina uncovered monumental fraud as pension boss – witness tells court

Ngozika Ihuoma, first defence witness (DW1), on Monday, told the Federal High Court, Abuja, that Abdulrasheed Maina, uncovered monumental fraud when he was the Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT).

Insecurity: RCCG holds prayer walk

The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) hosted a prayer-walk in which it sought God’s intervention in the security challenges and the COVID-19 pandemic disease ravaging Nigeria.
The Speaker to the house of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila on Sunday paid a condolence visit to the Association of Abuja vendors to commiserate with a member that was killed by his security aide.

Speaker Gbajabiamila promises trust fund for family of slain vendor

The Speaker to the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Sunday paid a condolence visit to the Association of Abuja vendors to commiserate with a member that was killed by his security aide.

Host communities demand end to gas flaring

The Oben Communities of Orhionmwon Local Government Area, Edo State have demanded an end to gas flaring by Oil and Gas Producing Companies in the area.

MAN, LCCI others blame recession on coronavirus, #EndSARS crisis

Nigeria has formally entered its second economic recession in five years as the severe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global crude oil prices and restrictions imposed to curb the virus caused the nation’s economy to contract for the second consecutive quarter by 3.62 percent in the third quarter of 2020.
Lagos-based lawyer and human rights activist, Mr Olisa Agbakoba

Agbakoba suggests path to Nigeria’s economic growth

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Dr Olisa Agbakoba, has said that for Nigeria to experience rapid economic growth there is the need for some agencies of the Federal Government to come together and harness their potentials.
Aftermath of wanton destruction of lives and properties during #EndSARS protests, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has revealed that Lagos State required a minimum of N1 trillion to reconstruct the wilful extensive damage of properties across the metropolis.

Speaker Gbajabiamila names sercurity aide who shot newspapers vendor

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has confirmed that an agent of the Department of State Services attached to him shot and killed Ifeanyi Okereke, a newspapers vendor in Abuja.
The Federal High Court, Abuja, has fixed Feb. 24, 2021, for hearing in a N100 million suit filed by a whistleblower, George Davidson, against the ICPC.

Court fixes date to hear whistleblower’s N100 million suit against ICPC

The Federal High Court, Abuja, has fixed Feb. 24, 2021, for hearing in a N100 million suit filed by a whistleblower, George Davidson, against the ICPC.
Mark Odigie, an information technologist, could not permit his wife, Tope Mark Odigie, to drive alone to nearby Ketu-Ikosi Road, headquarters of Television Continental (TVC), where she works as a co-host of the station’s popular breakfast talk show.

CPJ: 12 journalists, 5 media outlets attacked during #EndSARS protests

In the report published on Wednesday, the CPJ said the journalists who covered the protests against police brutality and call for the abolition of the country’s Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad police unit were attacked.
The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako gave the clarification in a statement made available to the press at the weekend.

Lagos halts illegal constructions in Ikoyi old secretariat premises

The Lagos State Government ordered the stoppage of construction of illegal buildings within the old Federal Secretariat premises in Ikoyi.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police confirm killing of DSS operative in Katsina

The Katsina State Police Command has on Wednesday confirmed killing of a 33-year-old operative of the Department of State Services (DSS), Sadiq Abdullahi Bindawa by unknown gunmen.

Collection of forms for 774,000 Special Public Works commences in Rivers

The Selection Committee of the Federal Government Extended Special Public Works Programme to engage 774,000 itinerant and unskilled workers across Nigeria, has commenced distribution of forms in Rivers.
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has deployed 1,400 corps members to Gombe State for the 2019 Batch B Stream II orientation course.

Six NYSC members to repeat service year in Kano

The Kano State Coordinator, National Youth Service Corps, Mrs Aisha Mohammad, says six corps members would repeat the service year, while sixteen others have their service year extended for committing various offences.

Court orders police to pay families of slain Shiite members N15 million

Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has ordered the Nigerian Police to pay the sum of N5 million each to families of the three slain members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria popularly known as Shiites.
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) administration has raised alarm over rising cases of insecurity and vandalism in the territory. Abuja

FCT residents besiege banks as government eases lockdown

Civil servants, artisans, and others on Monday besieged branches of commercial banks in different parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, as the 28-day lockdown of the FCT meant to curtail the spread of COVID-19 ended.
One of the victims of the fast-spreading coronavirus has reportedly died in Ghana, authorities have confirmed.

Nigerian bank shuts down office as staff tests positive for virus

As a responsible corporate entity, and in line with the collective resolve to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Fidelity Bank Plc has announced that it’s Federal Secretariat, Abuja Business Office has been shut down.
President Muhammadu Buhari and the Governor of Nasarawa State, Mr Abdullahi Sule, are meeting right now.

President Buhari approves procedure for appointment of new permanent services

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the procedure for the appointment of new permanent secretaries to fill the existing vacancies in 16 states of the federation.
Governor Seyi Makinde

Oyo government to intensify fight against child labour, human trafficking

Members of the Oyo State steering committee on child labour have been urged to intensify efforts to fight the scourge of child labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labour of under-aged in the state.

Federal government seals fuel stations for inaccurate metering

The Weights and Measures Department under the Federal Ministry of Trade and investment sealed eight fuel stations in Enugu State for inaccurate pump metering and under-dispensing of petroleum products.

NIPOST staff protest ceding of stamp duty collection to FIRS

It was gathered that the current amendment of the Stamp Duty Act by the National Assembly according to the workers Union is being done to allow the FIRS to be the agency collecting stamp duty on electronic transactions.

Court remands 60 Shiite members in Kuje, Suleja correctional centres

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on Tuesday, remanded 60 members of the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), otherwise called Shi’ite Group, in the Nigeria Correctional Service facilities at Kuje and Suleja.

VIOs arrest 65 unpainted, unregistered taxis in Abuja

The Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS), otherwise known as Vehicles Inspection Officers (VIOs), has arrested 65 unpainted and unregistered commercial vehicles in a raid carried out by the directorate at the weekend.

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The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this at a press briefing in Abuja.

Nigeria threatens to ban flights from UAE, Netherlands

The task force said the Ministry of Aviation and its relevant agencies have been mandated to take the necessary reciprocal measures as may be permissible under the laws and other international obligations expected to be discharged against Emirates airlines operating from the UAE and other airlines from The Netherlands.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is refusing to dream of a late title push, believing Manchester City are “too far ahead” despite yesterday’s superb derby win.

Manchester United boss rules out late title push despite derby win

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is refusing to dream of a late title push, believing Manchester City are “too far ahead” despite yesterday’s superb derby win.

NIOB, PSN, 28 others seek more roles for Nigerian professionals

Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) as well as 28 other bodies under the umbrella of the Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN) have called for more patronage of indigenous professionals.
Africa Development Bank (AfDB) is planning to invest $10 billion for the expansion of renewable energy projects in the continent, over the next five years.

AfDB approves $1.3 million grant for female financial inclusion research in Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved two grants worth $1.3 million for research aimed at increasing women’s access to a range of digital financial services on the continent.
Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has confessed that his boys were tired and not ready to play and paid dearly for the defeat against Brighton.

Jurgen Klopp hopes for respite for struggling Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hopes a change of competition will give his side a break from their wretched Premier League form that has put their chances of a top-four finish in jeopardy.

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COVID-19 vaccines coming into Nigeria must come through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) Abuja or they would be declared illegal and immediately confiscated, the Federal Government has announced.

Nigeria declares Abuja airport as only legal route for coronavirus vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines coming into Nigeria must come through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) Abuja or they would be declared illegal and immediately confiscated, the Federal Government has announced.
Newsmen report that the meeting is being presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

President Buhari declares Zamfara no fly-zone, bans mining activities

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), disclosed this on Tuesday while briefing State House correspondents after a meeting of National Security Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
An Uber driver, Michael Tosin Lawal, has been convicted and sentenced after he pleaded guilty to internet fraud.

Uber driver bags jail term over internet fraud

An Uber driver, Michael Tosin Lawal, has been convicted and sentenced after he pleaded guilty to internet fraud.
The Police in Ogun State on Friday arrested and detained the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Oludare Kadiri, for alleged assault.

Ogun deputy speaker impeached for ‘gross misconduct’

Nineteen members of the Ogun State House of Assembly, on Thursday, impeached the Deputy Speaker, Dare Kadiri, for alleged gross misconduct.
Newsmen report that the meeting is being presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

Niger Delta group rejects President Buhari’s nominee for NASDRA chief

A Niger Delta group and civil society organisation, the Niger Delta Coalition for Justice and Equity (NDCJE), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to appoint a Niger-Delta/South-south indigene as the director-general of National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), saying it is the turn of the region to assume the position of authority as the director-general of the agency.