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NDLEA officer, six others arrested for dealing in cocaine

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested serving officer of a law enforcement agency for selling assorted illicit drugs to students of a federal university and cultists in Ogun state.

British Airways diverts flights to Abuja over ‘infrastructure issues’ at Lagos airport

“BA075 Lagos – We’re very sorry your flight to Lagos had to divert to Abuja due to local infrastructure issues in Lagos. Your new estimated departure time is on 19th June at 12:00 local time, arriving into Lagos at around 13:30 local time,” a statement from BA to customers, reads
FILE PHOTO- Workers transport Moderna vaccines against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to Taiwan Air cargo Terminal in Taoyuan, Taiwan, June 18, 2021. REUTERS-Ann Wang

U.S. triples vaccines for Taiwan with 2.5 million-dose shipment

The United States will ship 2.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Taiwan on Saturday, a senior administration official told Reuters, more than tripling Washington’s previous allocation of shots for the island, which has faced increasing political and military pressure from China.
A supporter holds a poster of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo during the preparation of his return after being acquitted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes, at his party's headquarters in Abidjan, Ivory Coast June 16, 2021. The poster reads "With your return, the Ivorians are hoping for a real reconciliation". REUTERS/Luc Gnago

Former president Laurent Gbagbo touches down in Ivory Coast after decade of exile

Ivory Coast’s former president Laurent Gbagbo, ousted during a civil war in 2011 and acquitted of war crimes in The Hague, touched down on Thursday in the commercial capital Abidjan as crowds massed to welcome him home from a decade in exile.
A supporter holds a poster of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo during the preparation of his return after being acquitted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes, at his party's headquarters in Abidjan, Ivory Coast June 16, 2021. The poster reads "With your return, the Ivorians are hoping for a real reconciliation". REUTERS/Luc Gnago

Ivory Coast’s former president flies home after decade in exile

Ivory Coast’s former president Laurent Gbagbo boarded a flight in Brussels on Thursday to return home for the first time since he was ousted from power in 2011 and sent to The Hague for war crimes charges of which he was later acquitted.
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Air Peace boss: Balkanisation not in Nigeria’s interest

Nigerians have been told to eschew secessionist calls de­spite the myriad of challenges bedevilling the nation, rather, its citizenry were charged to embrace peace and unity in order to propel the nation forward.
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Tokyo Olympic trials: Senegal, Ivory Coast arrive Lagos for invitational relays

Two out of the seven countries confirmed for the invitational relays scheduled as part of Nigeria’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic trials have arrived Lagos for the event.
Nigeria duo of Divine Oduduru and Blessing Okagbare have been disqualified from taking part in the men and women’s 200m and 4x100m relays of the ongoing World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for breaching of competition rules.

Tokyo Olympics trials: Blessing Okagbare faces toughest hurdle in recent years

Nigeria queen of the track, Blessing Okagbare, will today, Thursday, June 17, face the toughest hurdle at the National Trials as she look forward to winning her eighth national title
Jordi Alba has branded Barcelona's decision to sell Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid as a joke while admitting his ex-team-mate has shut a lot of mouths at Wanda Metropolitano.

Jordi Alba slams Barcelona’s decision to sell Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid

Jordi Alba has branded Barcelona's decision to sell Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid as "a joke" while admitting his ex-team-mate has "shut a lot of mouths" at Wanda Metropolitano.
Crotone head coach Serse Cosmi admitted that the club will find it difficult to hold on to Simy Nwankwo following his incredible run of form for the Serie A outfit.

Simy Nwankwo in talks with Serie B club Monza

Serie B side Monza are in talks with Crotone striker Nwankwo Simy after he scored 20 Serie A goals this season.
Residents displaced by the Mount Nyiragongo volcanic eruption wait to register to receive some aid distributed by a local politician and businessman in Goma.

Searching for the lost children after DR Congo volcanic eruption

DR Congo's Mount Nyiragongo has ceased to rumble and Goma, the city that lives in its shadow, is in recovery mode.
Ashley Young has been racially abused by Manchester United fans following the defeat against Barcelona

Ashley Young’s emotional Watford return hits rocks

The former England international recently helped the Italian giants lift their first scudetto since 2010 under outgoing manager Antonio Conte.
FILE PHOTO - Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko delivers a speech in Minsk, Belarus May 26, 2021. Press Service of the President of the Republic of Belarus-Handout via REUTERS-File Photo

Belarus introduces prison sentences for taking part in protests

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday signed into law prison sentences for people taking part in protests or insulting state officials, part of an unprecedented crackdown by the veteran leader since a disputed election last year.
Super Falcons won their second group game at the Turkish Women’s Cup and they were even more impressive today against Uzbekistan than they were in their opening game against CSKA Moscow.

Super Falcons land in America for summer series

Nine-time African champions Nigeria have arrived in the United States of America for this year’s Summer Series – a 4-Nation Tournament also involving hosts USA, Jamaica, and Portugal’s ‘A’ Women Teams.

Meals now banned during domestic flights

Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has directed all domestic airlines to serve only pre-packaged catering products (meals, snacks) in sealed containers to their passengers during disembarkation.
Both Peter Olayinka and Abraham Marcus will tonight get their chance to stake a claim for places in the Super Eagles squad for 2022 World Cup qualifiers when they start against Cameroon.

Peter Olayinka, Abraham Marcus get Super Eagles chance to shine

Both Peter Olayinka and Abraham Marcus will tonight get their chance to stake a claim for places in the Super Eagles squad for 2022 World Cup qualifiers when they start against Cameroon.
There was palpable anxiety among passengers of a United Nigeria flight number U50515 on Friday when the aircraft, which departed Port Harcourt to Abuja, had a detour over bad weather.

Passengers react as United Nigeria plane detours over poor weather

There was palpable anxiety among passengers of a United Nigeria flight number U50515 on Friday when the aircraft, which departed Port Harcourt to Abuja, had a detour over bad weather.
Floyd Mayweather Jr., right, did not knock out Logan Paul but easily controlled their eight-round exhibition fight that turned a meme bout into a bankable pay-per-view spectacle. Cliff Hawkins-Getty Images

Fans demand refunds from PPV purses after Floyd Mayweather, Logan Paul bout

Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul’s respective cuts of the pay-per-view buys for their clash could take a drastic hit following the crash of Showtime’s streaming app.
Terem Moffi has revealed his eye-catching performances for Lorient in the 2020-21 season earned him his first call-up to the Nigeria national team.

Terem Moffi linked with Chelsea move

Lukaku has declared he is not willing to leave Inter Milan this summer, while Kane, who is determined to leave Tottenham Hotspur is favoured to join Manchester City.
Brendan Rodgers applauds the Leicester City fans during the lap of honour. (Image - Plumb Images-Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

Leicester City release nine players after missing out on Champions League

Premier League side Leicester City have released nine players after failing to qualify for the Champions League.
Rio Ferdinand admits the sacrifices he was forced to make during his Manchester United career meant he couldn’t be there for his children “75 per cent of the time”.

Rio Ferdinand reveals terrifying flight back from 2006 World Cup

In the 2006 World Cup in Germany, England crashed out of the quarter-finals against Portugal following a dramatic penalty shootout. The players imagined a tough journey home, but not in the way it eventually turned out.
FILE PHOTO - A Boeing 737-800 plane of Belarusian state carrier Belavia takes off at the Domodedovo Airport outside Moscow, Russia May 28, 2021. REUTERS-Maxim Shemetov-File Photo

EU bans Belarus airlines as opposition urges G7 sanctions

Belarus carriers will be banned from flying over European Union territory or having access to its airports from Friday, the bloc said, as the country’s exiled opposition leader called for more joint Western sanctions

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The joint statement on China was read out by Canadian Ambassador Leslie Norton on behalf of countries including Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Japan and the United States to the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Canada leads call on China to allow Xinjiang access – statement

More than 40 countries urged China on Tuesday to allow the U.N. human rights chief immediate access to Xinjiang region to look into reports that more than a million people have been unlawfully detained there, some subjected to torture or forced labour.
Inter Miami owner Jorge Mas believes his side will be able to land Barcelona star Lionel Messi in the future.

Copa America: Lionel Messi equals record as Argentina progress

Lionel Messi earned a record-equalling 147th cap for Argentina as they progressed to the Copa America quarter-finals with victory over Paraguay.
A woman watches a video of Egyptian influencer Haneen Hossam, who was sentenced to two years in prison on charges of violation public morals. Khaled Desouki, AFP

Egyptian TikTok influencer to appeal 10-year trafficking sentence

Egyptian TikTok influencer Haneen Hossam will appeal a 10-year prison sentence handed down by a Cairo court that found her guilty of human trafficking, her lawyer said on Monday.
The chairperson of Eti Osa local government, Rafiu Olatunji, has died on Monday night at his Sangotedo residence. He died from a long-term illness.

Lagos council boss passes on

The chairperson of Eti Osa local government, Rafiu Olatunji, has died on Monday night at his Sangotedo residence. He died from a long-term illness.
The Boko Haram insurgency in Northern Nigeria is largely fuelled by youth unemployment and poverty, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has said.

President Buhari: All my appointments, projects guided by equity, inclusiveness

He said: “There’s actually no part of the country that has not been impacted positively in the areas of infrastructure, agriculture and economic support initiative based on peculiarities of the regions.”

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Finland coach Markku Kanerva called Monday’s final Group B game against Belgium the “most important in our history” as they seek a place in the last 16 at Euro 2020.

Euro 2020: Belgium match ‘biggest in our history’ – Finland coach

Finland coach Markku Kanerva called Monday’s final Group B game against Belgium the “most important in our history” as they seek a place in the last 16 at Euro 2020.
Prosecutors failed to attend Tuesday’s hearing at the federal high court in Lagos, having previously failed to present some of their witnesses in a case that had been adjourned on several occasions.

Man remanded for ‘beating’ woman to death

A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ebute Meta, Lagos State, on Monday ordered that a 37-year-old man, Jamiu Popoola, who allegedly beat up a woman to death be remanded in a correctional centre.
The suspect, Danladi Abubakar, said to belong to a notorious phone snatching gang, was arrested by police detectives of the Gwagwalada Division and found to be in possession of one sharp knife used for stabbing his victim and one Tecno mobile phone belonging to the deceased woman who is yet to be identified.

Police arrest phone thief who murdered his female victim

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has arrested a man who robbed and killed his female victim after snatching her mobile phone at...

Court dismisses fraud charges against Senator Nwaoboshi

A Federal High Court in Lagos has dismissed the N322million money laundering charges filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against Peter Nwaoboshi, a senator representing the Delta North in the 9th Assembly.
Popular singer, Simi, says it is tough for women in the music industry.

Nigerian singer Simi quels pregnancy rumour

The Duduke singer earlier posted a picture on her Instagram story showing her baby girl, Adejare, in a posture that seemed like she was about to somersault.