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UFC world champion, Kamaru Usman, who announced his trip back to Nigeria after his gobsmacked win over Gilbert Burns at the martial arts Welterweight division’s Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), has made good on his promise as he touches down.

World Champion Kamaru Usman lands in Nigeria, launches CSR initiative

UFC world champion, Kamaru Usman, who announced his trip back to Nigeria after his gobsmacked win over Gilbert Burns at the martial arts Welterweight division’s Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), has made good on his promise as he touches down his home country in grand style and wild anticipation.
Rafael Nadal celebrates after beating Diego Schwartzman. Benoît Tessier-Reuters

French Open: Rafael Nadal overcomes stubborn Diego Schwartzman to reach semis

Rafa Nadal dropped a set at Roland Garros for the first time in two years but roared back to beat Diego Schwartzman 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-0 on Wednesday and reach the French Open semi-finals.
Cameroon took the lead through Zambo Anguissa in the 31st minute.

Cameroon pip Super Eagles in friendly

Nigeria created a hatful of chances but were undone by lack of precision in the final third as Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions ran away with a 1-0 win in an international friendly in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on Friday evening.
FILE PHOTO - A man takes a picture as the body of one of the victims of a boat accident is being retrieved from the boat in Kebbi, Nigeria May 27, 2021. Nema-Handout via REUTERS

Boat mishap: Death toll hits 76 as Kebbi moves to review extant maritime laws

Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State says his administration will review the extant maritime laws to prevent further loss of lives and properties.
A widow, Dorothy Nnabode on Monday told the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) panel that the police shot and killed her husband in front of her.

NHRC urges 15 states yet to adopt child rights act to do so

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has called on the 15 states that had yet to adopt the Child Rights Act to do so.
FILE PHOTO - Flags of NATO member countries flutter at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, February 28, 2020. REUTERS-Francois Lenoir

Turkey pushed NATO allies into softening outrage over Belarus plane – diplomats

Turkey pushed NATO allies into watering down an official reaction to the forced landing by Belarus of a passenger plane and the detention of a dissident journalist on Sunday, two diplomats familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Palestinian demonstrators look at burning tires during a protest over tension in Jerusalem and Israel-Gaza escalation, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, May 16, 2021. REUTERS-Ammar Awad

Israel air strikes kill 42 Palestinians, rockets fired from Gaza

An Israeli air strike in Gaza destroyed several homes on Sunday, killing 42 Palestinians, including 10 children, health officials said, as militants fired rockets at Israel with no end in sight to seven days of fighting.
A general view of a damaged building at the site of Israeli air strikes, in Gaza City May 16, 2021. REUTERS-Mohammed Salem

Israel air strikes kill 26 Palestinians, rockets fired from Gaza

Israeli air strikes killed 26 Palestinians, including eight children, in Gaza early on Sunday, Gaza health officials said, and rockets were fired into Israel as hostilities stretched into a seventh day

Israel pounds Gaza to curb Palestinian militants but rockets still fly

Israel pummelled Gaza with artillery fire and air strikes on Friday, killing 13 people including three children, local health officials said, as it targeted Palestinian militant tunnels to try to stop persistent rocket attacks on Israeli towns.

China’s Chifeng Jilong walks away from deal to buy Ghana gold mine

China’s Chifeng Jilong Gold Mining on Monday cancelled an agreement to buy the Bibiani gold mine in Ghana, saying it had not received timely information from the seller about the termination of the mining...
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel suffered the first defeat of his reign as struggling West Bromwich Albion took advantage of Thiago Silva's red card to earn a stunning 5-2 win on Saturday.

Five-star WBA thrash Chelsea to end Tuchel’s unbeaten start

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel suffered the first defeat of his reign as struggling West Bromwich Albion took advantage of Thiago Silva's red card to earn a stunning 5-2 win on Saturday.

2023: Cracks in PDP as governors disagree over committee’s report on zoning

Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are reportedly at loggerhead over the recommendations by the Bala Mohammed-led committee that the 2023 presidential ticket of the party should be thrown open to all regions.
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.

Top U.S., Chinese diplomats clash at start of first talks of Biden Presidency

The first high-level U.S.-China talks of President Joe Biden administration got to a fiery start with both sides rebuking others’ policies in a rare public display that underscored the level of bilateral tension.
Speaking during a press conference in Abuja on Monday, NDLEA Chairman, Buba Marwa, said over 15 million Nigerians abuse drugs nationwide.

Drug war: US, UK pledge more support for Nigeria

The two countries said they were impressed with the latest zeal with which the drug war is waged as shown with the successes recorded recently by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). \
Demonstrators shout slogans as they rally against the military coup at the University of Yangon in Yangon, Myanmar, February 25, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Opponents, supporters of Myanmar coup scuffle as more protests planned

Supporters and opponents of Myanmar’s military clashed on the streets of Yangon on Thursday as authorities blocked students from leaving their campus to march, a day after a first flurry of diplomacy aimed at resolving the crisis.
Myanmar protesters residing in Japan stand on pictures of Myanmar's army chief Min Aung Hlaing as they rally against the country's military after it seized power from a democratically elected civilian government and arrested its leader Aung San Suu Kyi, shown in the portrait, at United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan February 1, 2021. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Anti-coup protests ring out in Myanmar’s main city

The din of banging pots and honking car horns reverberated through Myanmar’s biggest city of Yangon late on Tuesday in the first widespread protest against the military coup that overthrew elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi
An expert in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode of education, Prof. Olufemi Peters, has identified standard as the “weak-link” in the recent flurry by the single-mode universities in Nigeria to offer online education in the race to find an answer to the Covid-19 challenge.

Coronavirus: Don picks holes in online teaching by institutions

An expert in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode of education, Prof. Olufemi Peters, has identified standard as the “weak-link” in the recent flurry by the single-mode universities in Nigeria to offer online education in the race to find an answer to the Covid-19 challenge.
Outgoing US President Donald Trump has “unequivocally condemned” the January 6 breach of Congress by his supporters.

YouTube, Twitter, Facebook continue bans over Donald Trump election claims

Election misinformation continues to be a problem on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook even after all three companies took the unprecedented action to ban or suspend former US President Donald Trump. Now that President Biden is in office, those same platforms have kept pressure on, sustaining the bans and issuing new ones to Trump’s associates and allies.
Atletico Madrid forward Luis Suarez was back among the goals to help his side to a 3-1 win at home to Elche on Saturday, taking them three points clear at the top of La Liga.

Diego Simeone: I knew what Luis Suarez would bring to Atletico Madrid

The Atletico Madrid striker is La Liga’s joint-second top scorer this season, tied with his former team-mate Lionel Messi on 11 goals. Only Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri has more, though both players have played more games than Suarez.
On Saturday, former two-weight world champion Irish mixed martial artist, Conor McGregor, was left stunned on his return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) as his American opponent, Dustin Poirier, defeated him resoundingly in their UFC 257 rematch.

Dustin Poirier earns sweet revenge against Conor McGregor with shocking win in UFC rematch

On Saturday, former two-weight world champion Irish mixed martial artist, Conor McGregor, was left stunned on his return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) as his American opponent, Dustin Poirier, defeated him resoundingly in their UFC 257 rematch.
For Joe Biden, becoming president of the United States was the realization of a decades-long quest, with two previous failed bids. His goal now is, as he has put it, restoring “the soul of America” after four years of Donald Trump’s presidency.

President Joe Biden urges Americans to unite

Biden, sworn in along with Vice President Kamala Harris, in his inaugural address, spoke glowingly about the US democracy, tested to the limit by the acrimony over the outcome of the November 3, 2020, presidential election, saying finally, democracy prevailed.
Joe Biden prepares to sign executive orders in the Oval Office on 20 January. Chip Somodevilla-Getty Images

Joe Biden marks start of presidency with flurry of executive orders

Some of the executive actions undo significant actions from Donald Trump’s administration, including halting the travel ban from Muslim-majority countries, and ending the declaration of a national emergency used to justify funding construction of a wall on the US-Mexico border.

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June 12: MKO Abiola represented hope, liberty – Gani Adams

Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land, Chief Gani Adams, has said that the late Chief MKO Abiola represented hope, liberty and freedom during his lifetime.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police: No invasion of miscreants into Ekiti

The Ekiti State Police Command has described as untrue the reports that miscreants have invaded Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
Men of Amotekun Corps in Osun State have arrested two suspects, Friday and Toyib for allegedly stealing female underwear for ritual purposes.

South-west governors urged to strengthen Amotekun to prevent attacks

The protem chairman of the Coalition of Yoruba Liberation Movement, Yemi Farounbi, has called on south-west governors to strengthen the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Amotekun.
3. Ghana failed to score for the second straight game as their international friendly encounter against Ivory Coast ended in a goalless draw at the Cape Coast stadium on Saturday.

Ghana and Ivory Coast play out goalless draw in Cape Coast

Ghana failed to score for the second straight game as their international friendly encounter against Ivory Coast ended in a goalless draw at the Cape Coast stadium on Saturday.
Tochukwu Oluehi has revealed Nigeria are raring to bounce back from their defeat to Jamaica when they take on Portugal.

Nigeria goalie blames herself for defeat vs Jamaica, looks forward to Portugal clash

Tochukwu Oluehi has revealed Nigeria are raring to bounce back from their defeat to Jamaica when they take on Portugal.

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DPR to open mini gas distribution centres across all local council areas

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) says it is planning to launch liquified natural gas (LNG) micro-distribution centres across the 774 local government areas (LGAs).
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 enrolls 20,533 vulnerable persons for free healthcare

Ondo State Government has enrolled no fewer than 20,533 vulnerable people in its Basic Health Care Provision Fund Programme (BHCPFP) for free healthcare services.
Galatasaray forward Henry Onyekuru is delighted to help his team record their three straight win in the Turkish Super Lig.

Henry Onyekuru ‘top priority’ transfer as Olympiacos contact AS Monaco

Olympiacos have contacted AS Monaco over the transfer of Henry Onyekuru, who they describe as “top priority”.
The Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has pledged to prioritise welfare of personnel, entrench professionalism and celebrate gallantry by leading with sincerity, transparency and accountability.

President Buhari writes House, seeks General Yahaya’s confirmation as army chief

President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the House of Representatives, seeking the confirmation of the appointment of Major General Farouk Yahaya as the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS).
PORT HARCOURT: The Caretaker Committee Chairman of a faction of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State, Hon. Igo Aguma has petitioned the Acting Chairman of the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party, Mai Bala Buni, urging him to set up an independent committee to tackle the issues of factionalisation of the party in the state.

Rivers APC chieftain welcomes Davies Ikanya, Igo Aguma to PDP

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has described the recent defection of two stalwarts of the party in Rivers State, Dr Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, and Hon Igo Aguma, to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a good omen for the party.