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UN official expresses ‘deep concern’ over Prophet cartoon row

The head of a United Nations anti-extremism body has expressed “deep concern” over growing tensions over satirical cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, urging “mutual respect” between people of different faiths and political views.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi speaks while meeting U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York City, New York, U.S., September 23, 2019. REUTERS-Jonathan Ernst-File Photo

Egypt says freedom of expression ‘stops’ when Muslims offended

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said on Wednesday that freedom of expression should stop if it offends more than 1.5 billion people, following the display of images in France of the Prophet Mohammad that Muslims see as blasphemous.
Louis Saha believes Paul Pogba is the only world-class player at Manchester United right now and is adamant he has Ballon d'Or potential.

Paul Pogba denies quitting France team over president’s comments

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba on Monday denied media reports that claimed he had quit the French national team over comments made by the country’s president, Emmanuel Macron.

#EndSARS: SERAP asks NBC to withdraw ‘illegal fines’ on Channels TV, AIT, Arise TV

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has “condemned the unconstitutional and illegal fines of N9m reportedly imposed by the National Broadcasting Commission [NBC] on Channels TV, AIT and Arise TV [N3m each] purportedly over their coverage of the #EndSARS protests.”

#EndSARS: NBC imposes N3 million sanction on AIT, Channel TV, others

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has imposed N3 million sanction each on AIT, Channels and Arise News television stations, for alleged violation of broadcasting code in reporting the #EndSARS protests.
President-General, Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye, said that the decision for change of name was unanimously adopted by delegates of 87 Yoruba Socio-Cultural and Self-Determination Groups within Nigeria and 126 countries.

Yoruba World Congress changes name to honour Obafemi Awolowo’s philosophy

Yoruba World Congress, YWC, has announced the change of its name to “ILANA OMO OODUA” to help propagate the quest for self-determination of Yoruba nation and in honour of Obafemi Awolowo philosophy.
Ijaw Youth Council, IYC,

#EndSARS: Ijaw youth insist on restructuring, demilitarization of Niger Delta

Ijaw youth in the western zone rose from an emergency meeting, weekend, insisting on restructuring of the country and demilitarization of Niger Delta creeks.
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday said United States Ambassador to China Terry Branstad would leave the post.

#EndSARS: US condemns ‘excessive’ use of force by military in Nigeria

Amnesty International says at least 38 people, including 12 in the capital Lagos, were killed by the Nigerian army and police in a brutal crackdown on protesters Tuesday that drew international condemnation.
Members of the European Parliament were highly critical of EU countries offering citizenship through investment programmes following revelations by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit that showed criminals could possibly buy Cypriot passports.

EU Parliament highly critical of golden passport schemes

Members of the European Parliament were highly critical of EU countries offering citizenship through investment programmes following revelations by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit that showed criminals could possibly buy Cypriot passports.
President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech – full text

Fellow Nigerians, It has become necessary for me to address you having heard from many concerned Nigerians and having concluded a meeting with all the Security Chiefs.
The Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) has called for an international inquiry into the killing and maiming of peaceful #ENDSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos, on Tuesday.

#EndSARS: CAPPA demands international inquiry into killings across Nigeria

The Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) has called for an international inquiry into the killing and maiming of peaceful #ENDSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos, on Tuesday.

#EndSARS: SERAP condemns shooting of protesters at Lekki toll gate

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has condemned “reports that security agents are shooting at #EndSARS peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll gate, Lagos. This must stop immediately.”
The peaceful protest is fast yielding results with the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and setting up a judicial panel of enquiry by state governments.

#EndSARS: Attacks on protesters dangerous, unconstitutional – CSOs

A coalition of civil society organisations has condemned the attacks launched against protesters, demanding an end to police brutality and all related abuses nationwide.
Court of Appeal Abuja

Appeal court hears police brutality on Nigerian journalist 11 years after

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Tuesday adjourned a hearing of a case of assault and enforcement of fundamental human rights filed against the Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB), the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), and six others by a journalist, Desmond Utomwen to 5th November 2020.
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, said the Federal Government would engage the services of members of the National Youth Service Corps to champion the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 at the grassroots.2

SERAP warns President Buhari over ‘proposed bill will render EFCC a toothless bulldog’

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari urging him to “urgently instruct Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation to withdraw the proposed executive bill to amend the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] Act, which if passed and signed into law will severely undermine the commission’s independence, and render it a ‘toothless bulldog or toothless tiger’.”

CPJ: Nigerian journalist detained since August on cybercrime charge

Nigerian authorities should immediately release journalist Ime Sunday Silas, drop the charges against him, and reform the country’s cybercrime act to ensure it is not used against the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party and former Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon Jumoke Akindele, has been accused of lobbying to pick the All Progressives Congress Deputy Governor slot under Senator Ajayi Boroffice.

Ondo election: Ex-Speaker Akindele dumps PDP for ZLP

The first female Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Jumoke Akindele, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).
Obadiah Mailafia

Obadiah Mailafia: If I perish, God help Nigeria

Former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and social commentator, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, was late yesterday, released after close to hours interrogation by the officials of Department of State Services, DSS, in their office in Jos, Plateau State.

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Delta Gov Ifeanyi Okowa addresses young people during a townhall in Warri on October 29, 2020 (Delta State press corps)

Governor Okowa begs Nigerian government to revive Warri port in order to decongest Lagos

Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, has called on the federal government to quickly resuscitate the Warri port, in order to curb unemployment in the state.
Ethiopian authorities have proposed holding a postponed election in May or June 2021, state-affiliated broadcaster FANA said on Friday, setting the stage for a test of support for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's sweeping economic and political reforms.

FANA: Ethiopia proposes holding postponed vote in May or June 2021

Ethiopian authorities have proposed holding a postponed election in May or June 2021, state-affiliated broadcaster FANA said on Friday, setting the stage for a test of support for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's sweeping economic and political reforms.
Rapper Ladipo Eso, popularly called Ladipoe, says he has tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus disease.

Rapper Ladipoe tests positive for coronavirus

Rapper Ladipo Eso, popularly called Ladipoe, says he has tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus disease.

Enugu governor commiserates with fatal accident school children’s families

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has expressed the deepest commiserations of the state government to the families of the school children from Awgu Local Government Area, who died and sustained injuries in a fatal road accident that occurred in the council area.
Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, has said that it is only knowledge-based economy that would add value and create a new lease of life for all Nigerians.

Ministry tasks agencies on job creation

The Ministry of Science and Technology, has directed parastatal agencies under its supervision to initiate technological innovations that would help create jobs for teeming Nigerian youths.