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People wait to cremate victims who died due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a crematorium ground in New Delhi, India, April 23, 2021. REUTERS-Danish Siddiqui

India’s coronavirus deaths cross quarter million as virus ravages countryside

India’s coronavirus deaths crossed a quarter million on Wednesday in the deadliest 24 hours since the pandemic began, as the disease rampaged through the countryside, overloading a fragile rural healthcare system
A man suffering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) receives treatment as a Syringe Infusion Pump, donated by France is seen next to his bed, inside the emergency room of Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi, India, May 7, 2021. REUTERS-Adnan Abidi

Rich Indians flee country as coronavirus crisis worsens

According to Daily Beast, private jets, often used primarily by Bollywood glitterati and business moguls who left weeks ago, are now being booked by the middle class who are spending their life savings to save their lives.
Several reports have confirmed that Nigerian musicians Davido and Burna Boy got themselves into an all-out brawl after they met at a popular night club in Accra.

Davido: President Buhari’s supporters will go to hell

Popular Nigerian singer, David Adeleke, better known as Davido, has berated the Federal Government and its supporters concerning the unrest in the country.
The General Assembly of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, on Tuesday, inaugurated a seven-member Interim Management Committee, IMC, headed by Abdullahi Maje, to pilot the affairs of the association for the next six months.

Kogi ALGON chair denies negotiating with kidnappers of colleague

The Chairman of Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State, Taifeeq Isah, has debunked media reports that he is in discussion with the abductors of his colleague in Yagba West LGA, Pious Kolawole.

Nnia Nwodo: I’ve never indicted IPOB for killings in South-East

Former Minister of Information, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, has dissociated himself from social media reports in which he purportedly accused the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) of masterminding the killings and insecurity in the South East region of the country.
Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, has reacted to what he called “a cornucopia of false, malicious, and libellous press interviews” granted by Ms. Gbene Joi Nuineh, the erstwhile Acting Managing Director of the Interim Management Committee, of the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) in some news and social media platforms and a “series of concerted vicious campaigns of calumny deviously orchestrated by her” against his person.

Senator Akpabio: Insecurity politically motivated

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has said that the spate of insecurity in the country is politically motivated and targeted at derailing the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Nnamdi Kanu condemns Channels Television’s ‘suspension’

Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has condemned the suspension of Channels Television.
LGBT refugees living in Kenya stand behind a rainbow flag as they protest against their treatment by authorities, outside an office of the UN refugee agency UNHCR in Nairobi on May 17, 2019.

Cameroonian LGBT activist champions imprisoned transgender women

Coming from Cameroon where letting it be known that she was a lesbian could lead to prison time, activist and social media influencer Bandy Kiki struggled to adjust to her newfound safety after emigrating to Britain a decade ago.
People pray against an epidemic of kidnappings sweeping Haiti, amid deepening political unrest and economic misery, during a mass in Port-au-Prince, Haiti April 15, 2021. REUTERS/Valerie Baeriswyl

Kidnapping explosion terrorizes Haiti

A wave of kidnappings is sweeping Haiti. But even in a country growing inured to horrific abductions, the case of five-year-old Olslina Janneus sparked outrage.
Relatives react as a healthcare worker pulls a stretcher carrying the body of a person, who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a mortuary, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ahmedabad, India, April 26, 2021. REUTERS/Amit Dave

India’s coronavirus crisis deepens as countries promise aid

India’s new coronavirus infections hit a record peak for a fifth day on Monday as countries including Britain, Germany and the United States pledged to send urgent medical aid to help battle the crisis overwhelming its hospitals.
The partial closure of Nigeria’s land border with neighbours will continue beyond January 2020 and will only be terminated until the set objectives are achieved.

Ex-NLC leader advocates effective border policing, technology

A former Vice-President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Emmanuel Nted, has advised the federal government to adopt effective border policing to protect the country’s porous borders from infiltration by criminals and enemies of the state.
Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose

Ayo Fayose: I rejected Asiwaju Tinubu’s entreaties to join APC

Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has revealed that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos State, did everything he could to make him dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC), but he refused to do so.
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) says arms used by its Eastern Security Network (ESN) are produced locally.

IPOB: ESN arms produced locally

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) says arms used by its Eastern Security Network (ESN) are produced locally.
Speaking at a press conference on the violence that trailed the EndSARS protests in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said social media was used to spread fake news and disinformation that catalyzed the violence that was witnessed across the country.

Minister: Why Twitter picked Ghana for HQ over Nigeria

Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alh Lai Mohammed, has said that the negative comments and reports Nigerians are making about the country led Twitter to make Ghana its headquarters in Africa rather than Nigeria.
Following the decision to host The Experience Lagos — an annual gospel event — virtual, Head Pastor of the Rock Cathedral, Paul Adefarasin, has underscored the importance of technology in a pandemic-riddled year.

Pastor Adefarasin, if Nigeria is a scam; then we’re all scammers

It is the bounden duty of every citizen to hold the government to account. In fact, citizenship is a call to duty – for the state. And there is no compelling duty which supersedes citizens subjecting their employees – the government – to scrutiny and constant vigilance. Criticising the government is within the rights of every citizen, and active citizenship demands taking the government through its paces. No government is without criticism, and none is too special for criticism.
The Gombe State Deputy Governor, Dr Manassah Daniel Jatau, has strongly condemned in totality the immorality and ungodly ideas of same-sex marriage been canvassed by some sections of the society as satanic and ungodly.

Gombe deputy governor condemned same-sex marriage

The Gombe State Deputy Governor, Dr Manassah Daniel Jatau has strongly condemned in totality the immorality and ungodly ideas of same-sex marriage been canvassed by some sections of the society as satanic and ungodly.
Reacting to the development, the Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Mohammed Matawalle, said he received with shock “the report of an attack by some recalcitrant bandits who unleashed mayhem on innocent people” in Kabasa village of Magami district.

Group rejects gold for arms use of Zamfara aircraft

A Non Governmental Organization (NGO), the Centre for Sustainable Peace and Development, has described as hoax and lie from the pit of hell, the allegations that Zamfara State Governor, Bello Mattawalle, was using an aircraft to take out gold and bring in arms and ammunitions for bandits.
The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) is enmeshed in another $150,000 scandal as grant received from World Athletic to assist the Federation in the hosting of the 21st African Championships in Athletics held in Asaba in August 2018,

AFN heads to Supreme Court, reaffirms suspension of president

The turbulence in the handling of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) was hit by another wave after it reaffirmed the suspension of Ibrahim Shehu Gusau as its President.
Kaduna state government has said further checks in the wake of the attack by armed bandits on the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Igabi LGA indicated that 39 students are currently unaccounted for.

Group begs Kaduna governor to secure release of abducted college students

A media advocacy group, Center for Media Advocacy for Mother and Child (CAMAC), has appealed to the Kaduna State Government Malam Nasir el-Rufai to do everything within his powers to secure the release of the 39 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Igabi Local Government Area, who were abducted by bandits on 11th March 2021.

CSOs kick against N212 pump price hike

Following the alleged pump price increase of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, to N212.61, Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, at the weekend, kicked against every move to actualize that.
British professional boxer Tyson Fury has taken his row with the British Broadcasting Corporation over being nominated for Sport Personality of the Year, a notch higher.

Tyson Fury insists Anthony Joshua fight is not close, says he could face Deontay...

Tyson Fury has said an Anthony Joshua fight announcement is not imminent – and claimed he may face Deontay Wilder next instead.
Bandits on Saturday killed three persons and injured one in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State.

Students escape as bandits kill 13 in Zamfara

In spite of recent measures taken by the Federal Government to enhance security in Zamfara, bandits are still operating recklessly in the State.

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Kannywood actress, Ummi Ibrahim, has confirmed rumours that she once dated former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida.

Kannywood actress: General Babangida was my boyfriend

Kannywood actress, Ummi Ibrahim, has confirmed rumours that she once dated former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida.
A former Inspector General of Police (IGP), Alhaji Ibrahim Kpotun-Idris, has called on Nigerians to support the Nigeria Police in its relentless efforts to tackle the recurring security challenges in Nigeria.

Ex-IGP Ibrahim Idris urges Nigerians to support police

A former Inspector General of Police (IGP), Alhaji Ibrahim Kpotun-Idris, has called on Nigerians to support the Nigeria Police in its relentless efforts to tackle the recurring security challenges in Nigeria.
Youth members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from the South-West have urged the leadership of the party to pick Rivers State’s Governor Nyesom Wike as Vice-Presidential Candidate in the 2023 elections.

Governor Wike: Killers of security operatives in Rivers arrested

Governor Nyesom Wike has announced the arrest of some of the gunmen allegedly responsible for recent spate of killings of security operatives in different parts of Rivers State.
The streets of London are filled with pro-Palestinian protestors carrying flags and signs (Credits- PA)

Thousands march in London ‘Free Palestine’ protest

Thousands of protesters have marched to the Israeli embassy in London to seek immediate action by the government to end the brutal violence against Palestinians in the Gaza conflict.
4. President Muhammadu Buhari has departed the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja for the United Kingdom, where he will meet his doctor for a routine medical check-up.

President Buhari to attend African Finance summit in Paris

President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja on Sunday for Paris, France, on a four-day official visit to attend African Finance Summit.

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The Phone and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (PAPDAN) has said that the Computer Village in Ikeja, Lagos, creates no fewer than 8000 job opportunities for Nigerian youths.

PAPDAN: Over 8,000 employed in Lagos computer village

The Phone and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (PAPDAN) has said that the Computer Village in Ikeja, Lagos, creates no fewer than 8000 job opportunities for Nigerian youths.
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CAN declares three-days of national prayer over insecurity

Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has declared 3-days of national prayer for the country to seek divine intervention concerning the spate of insecurity and violence across the states.
Chair of Ilorin East council area in Kwara, Ramat Seriki, says she is ready to adopt a baby girl abandoned at the entrance of the secretariat if no claims the infant in three months.

Kwara council boss to adopt baby abandoned at secretariat entrance

Chair of Ilorin East council area in Kwara, Ramat Seriki, says she is ready to adopt a baby girl abandoned at the entrance of the secretariat if no claims the infant in three months.
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Benin Zonal Office, has arrested 52 suspected internet fraudsters in the wee hours of Sunday, May 9, 2021.

EFCC arrests 52 ‘internet fraudsters’ in Benin

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Benin Zonal Office, has arrested 52 suspected internet fraudsters in the wee hours of Sunday, May 9, 2021.

SEC to ban unregistered capital market operators

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) says it will stop operations of capital market operators (CMOs) that are yet to renew their registration by May 31, 2021.