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Andy Murray rise continues after Belgian triumph

Former world number one Andy Murray was rewarded for his victory in Antwerp at the weekend, with another dramatic rise in the ATP rankings which were released on Monday.
The minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning Mrs Zainab Ahmed disclosed this on Tuesday during her maiden meeting with top officials of the two merged ministries at the headquarters of Budget and National Planning in Abuja.

Oil benchmark lowered over expected crude glut – minister

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, has said the federal government adopted a lower oil benchmark price of $57 per barrel for the 2020 budget as against the $60 per barrel in the 2019 budget because of the expected oil glut in 2020, as well as the need to cushion against unexpected price shock.
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning the men’s singles final against John Millman of Australia at the Japan Open tennis tournament in Tokyo on October 6, 2019. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI - AFP)

Andy Murray climbs over 200 places as Novak Djokovic stays top in ATP rankings

Former world number one Andy Murray climbed over 200 places in the new ATP rankings released on Monday while Novak Djokovic extended his lead over Rafael Nadal at the top.
Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin de Bruyne out of Belgium Euro 2020 qualifiers squad

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne was left out of Belgium’s squad for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers due to a groin injury, coach Roberto Martinez announced on Friday.
Manchester City will face Atletico Madrid in the tie of the round in the last 16 of the women’s Champions League following Monday’s draw at UEFA’s Swiss headquarters.

Manchester City to face Atletico Madrid in women’s Champions League

Manchester City will face Atletico Madrid in the tie of the round in the last 16 of the women’s Champions League following Monday’s draw at UEFA’s Swiss headquarters.
Greek teen Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas enters ATP top five for the first time

Washington Open semi-finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas has for the first time climbing into the top five of the latest ATP rankings released Monday.
Coach Martins

Africa Cup of Nations debutants Mauritania name squad

French head coach Corentin Martins has called-up experienced forwards Moulaye Ahmed Khalil and Ismael Diakhite as well as youngsters Mohamed Dellah Yali and El Hacen El Id who plays for Real Valladolid in Spain for the competition.

Injured Luis Suarez included in Uruguay’s Copa America squad

Barcelona star Luis Suarez was included in Uruguay’s Copa America squad on Thursday despite undergoing knee surgery just three weeks ago.
Novak Djokovic on Friday continued his quest for a record seventh Australian Open crown by swatting aside French 28th seed Lucas Pouille 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 to set up a final against Rafael Nadal.-1

Novak Djokovic heads into clay season secure as world number one

The Serb is almost 2,500 points ahead of Rafael Nadal while third-placed Alexander Zverev will hope to pick up points at the Marrakech claycourt event this week when Britain’s Kyle Edmund will hope to make moves to regain his place in the top 20.
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – MARCH 28/ Simona Halep of Romania plays a point against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during day 11 of the Miami Open presented by Itau at Hard Rock Stadium on March 28, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Simona Halep closes on world number one Osaka

Simona Halep cut the gap to world number one Naomi Osaka in the WTA rankings on Monday after the Romanian made the semi-finals at the Miami Open last week.
Roger Federer

Roger Federer goes fourth in rankings after Miami triumph

Roger Federer jumped up one spot to fourth in the ATP rankings released on Monday after capturing his 101st career title with his victory over John Isner in Miami.
Nigeria Stock Exchange

FRC: Only Federal government, Lagos access capital market in 2017

Only the Federal Government and the Lagos State Government accessed the Capital Market for bonds in 2017, a Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) report says.
Nigeria's Budget Minister Udoma Udo Udoma speaks during the public presentation and breakdown of 2018 Appropriation Act in Abuja, Nigeria.

Minister: Nigeria’s economy will increase its growth trajectory in 2019

The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma is optimistic that the Nigerian economy will continue to maintain its recovery in 2019 as the real GDP growth is expected to increase from 0.8% in 2017 to 2.1% in 2018 and 3.01% in 2019, with the sustained implementation of the ERGP.
Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic, Simona Halep named top seeds in Australian Open

World number ones Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep were named top seeds on Thursday for next week’s Australian Open, with 23-time major winner Serena Williams lurking at 16 on the women’s side.
The Ballon d'Or trophy

Ballon d’Or 2018 – all the nominees

All the nominees for the 2018 Ballon d'Or, ahead of Monday's ceremony in Paris:
FILE PHOTO- Romania’s Simona Halep celebrates with the French Open trophy at Roland Garros, Paris, France - June 9, 2018. REUTERS-Charles Platiau-File Photo

Simona Halep secures second year-end No. 1 ranking

Simona Halep has secured the year-end number one ranking in the WTA standings for the second year running.
Naomi Osaka of Japan speaks during a press conference at the Hong Kong Open tennis tournament on October 8, 2018. - AFP PHOTO - Anthony WALLACE

Japan’s Naomi Osaka claims fourth place in women’s rankings

Japan's US Open champion Naomi Osaka rose to fourth place in the latest WTA rankings released Monday on the strength of her outstanding form in recent weeks.
Sep 7, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain faces Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in a men's semi-final match on day twelve of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS

Rafael Nadal still untroubled atop ATP rankings

Spain's Rafael Nadal maintained his comfortable lead in the latest ATP tennis rankings released on Monday ahead of second-placed Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in third place.

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The Cyber Crime Section of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abuja Zonal office, has arrested four suspected internet fraudsters in Abuja.

EFCC detains four ‘Abuja internet scammers’

The Cyber Crime Section of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abuja Zonal office, has arrested four suspected internet fraudsters in Abuja.
Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello, has set up two committees to spearhead his inauguration for his second term.

PDP knocks Governor Bello over failed amnesty deal

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Youth volunteers, better known as civilian joint task force, led by Muazu Alhaji Misiya in Bama local government area, have captured 19 Boko Haram fighters, and two commanders on the wanted-list of the Nigerian army.

Civilian JTF captures two Boko Haram commanders, 19 fighters in Bama

Youth volunteers, better known as civilian joint task force, led by Muazu Alhaji Misiya in Bama local government area, have captured 19 Boko Haram fighters, and two commanders on the wanted-list of the Nigerian army.

Stakeholders advocate better platform for migration reportage

Stakeholders on migration reporting have underscored the need for the creation of a better platform to ensure effective coverage and implementation of the national policy on migration issues.