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People wearing protective masks stand in line at a railway station amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mumbai, India, 9 April, 2021. REUTERS-Francis Mascarenhas

India’s coronavirus infections hit another record, weekend lockdown in Maharashtra

India reported a record 145,384 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday and the highest number of deaths in more than five months, as it grapples with an overwhelming second-wave of infections that has forced the state of Maharashtra to impose a weekend lockdown.
Britain will ban arrivals from South American countries and Portugal because of concerns over a new Brazilian variant of the coronavirus, transport minister Grant Shapps said on Thursday.

British minister: People can now think about summer vacations

The British public can now think about booking summer vacations abroad but there were still risks, transport minister Grant Shapps said on Friday after the government unveiled details of its new traffic light system for travel.
Dr Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment said this while fielding questions on television concerning the time for payment of the new wage.

Nigerian government urges resident doctors to call off strike

The Federal Government has again appealed to the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to call off its strike, saying the association has lost all moral and legal grounds to continue its seven-day-old action.
The logo of the Nigerian Stock Exchange is pictured in Lagos, Nigeria, file. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

NSE resumes Easter holidays with N78 billion loss

The Nigerian stock market resumed after the Easter public holidays on Tuesday with a loss of 0.39 per cent due to persistent bearish trend.
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Easter: Domestic airline operators laud increase in passengers’ traffic

Some domestic airlines operators have expressed satisfaction on the level of patronage by passengers travelling to various parts of the country during the Easter celebration.
The Minister of State for Power, Mr Jeddy Agba, while performing the ground breaking on Wednesday in Obanliku, said the power project was deployed to serve the people of the community.

Minister charges Christians on peace, religious tolerance

The minister of state for power, Gody Jeddy Agba has called on Christians to observe the teachings of Easter and the death of Jesus Christ as reflection on the values of Christianity which include the love for neigbours, promotion of peace, and unity amongst men.
The highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that is predominant in the United Kingdom may be up to 70 percent more deadly than previous strains, according to a report by the government’s scientific advisers.

Iran faces fourth coronavirus wave after Nowruz holidays

Iran is facing a fourth major wave of COVID-19 infections shortly after millions travelled during the Persian new year holidays.
The highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that is predominant in the United Kingdom may be up to 70 percent more deadly than previous strains, according to a report by the government’s scientific advisers.

WHO: Coronavirus infections may surge during Easter, Ramadan

World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Ahmed al-Mandhari has warned of a possible surge in coronavirus infections in the Middle East region during the Islamic month of Ramadan and the Easter holiday.
The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Plc (IBEDC) said it has begun the implementation of the revised service-based reflective tariff as approved by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

Easter: IBEDC assures customers of hitch-free services

The Management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) Plc has assured customers across its network of its commitment to ensure quality services during the Easter break.

DPR assures nigerians of petroleum products availability during easter

The Department for Petroleum Resources (DPR), has assured Nigerians of adequate supply of petroleum products before, during and after the Easter.

Fresh travel warning for Britons hits airline stocks

Britons were warned not to book summer holidays abroad by government ministers as COVID-19 cases in parts of Europe soar, sending travel and airline stocks down by as much as 8% on Monday.

Court grants divorce to man abandoned for a year

A Jos Central Area Court, sitting in Kasuwan Nama, Jos, on Monday granted a man, Eche Samson, divorce on grounds that his wife of three years, Blessing, abandoned him for one year.
The kidnapped wife of a traditional ruler in Oyo State, Funbi Ojo, has regained freedom from her abductors.

Bandits kidnap 17 women in Katsina

The brigands abducted the women Thursday in Sabuwa Local Government Area (LGA) of the state while they were travelling to Funtua town for a wedding ceremony.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday met with President Muhammadu Buhari to brief him on efforts by the military to tame the wave of banditry and terrorism, especially in the North.

Rights abuse: 27 Groups petition 31 embassies over General Buratai, others

A coalition of 27 human rights and advocacy groups has petitioned 31 Embassies, including European Union (EU), United Kingdom, and many African countries, urging them to reject the posting of former Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai (rtd), and others over human rights abuses and extra-judicial killings perpetrated under his leadership as army chief.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, yesterday said that the parliament passed 2021 in good time to ensure the country maintains the January to December budget cycle started last year.

House of Reps resume, adjourn plenary in honour of deceased colleague

He said that though there were many announcements including a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari informing the House about the appointment of the new Service Chiefs, the parliament would still not be sitting.
The decomposing body of Prince Denis Abuda, the America-based Nigerian, who was kidnapped recently in Edo state has been found along the Benin-Auchi bypass, five days after his abduction.

Kidnappers kill US-based Nigerian after collecting ransom

The decomposing body of Prince Denis Abuda, the America-based Nigerian, who was kidnapped recently in Edo state has been found along the Benin-Auchi bypass, five days after his abduction.
FILE PHOTO - People take a walk on a cold winter day, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, at a park in Seoul, South Korea, January 7, 2021. REUTERS-Kim Hong-Ji

South Korea to extend coronavirus curbs into Lunar New Year holidays

South Korea will extend its social distancing curbs by two weeks until the end of the Lunar New Year holidays as new infection clusters emerge in the country, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said on Sunday.
A key group of WTO ambassadors has proposed Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to be the next head of the World Trade Organization, a WTO spokesman said on Wednesday, but the United States said it could not endorse her.

Coronavirus: Travel remains the most affected sector in service – WTO

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has noted that travel remains the most affected service sector, down 68% globally compared with the same period of 2019 in tehbw3ake of the coronavirus pandemic.
A Civil Society Group has decried the plans by educational institutions across the country to resume academic activities without adequate safety measures to contain the devastating impacts of the second wave of COVID-19.

Private, public schools reopen amid fear of coronavirus

The Federal Government, through the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 Control, announced in December that schools should not reopen for the second term, following the second wave of Coronavirus.
Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz will miss the Italian Supercup next week after the Spanish international tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday.

Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz tests positive for coronavirus

Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz will miss the Italian Supercup next week after the Spanish international tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday.
The state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Wemi Jones, made the remark on Saturday while speaking with newsmen after leading a team to monitor the conduct of the examinations in some centres in Lokoja.

Kogi readjusts school calendar, sets resumption date for January 18

The Kogi Government on Thursday said all public and private schools in the state would resume academic activities on Jan. 18, and urged all relevant stakeholders to strictly comply.
FILE PHOTO - Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a news conference at Rideau Cottage, as efforts continue to help slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada January 5, 2021. REUTERS-Blair Gable

Canadian premier warns tough days ahead as officials consider extended coronavirus lockdowns

Canada continues to set new daily records for Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths as officials plead with Canadians to follow public health guidance aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

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EFCC hands over recovered N67.5 million to victim in Enugu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has restituted the sum of N67,523,000 to one Mr. Emmanuel Onyekachukwu Onah, a trader based in Onitsha, Anambra State.
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: Nobody can undermine Rivers in quest for Nigeria’s presidency

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said that anybody jostling to be president of Nigeria would also need to secure votes in Rivers to combine with either Kano or Lagos to emerge victorious.
The All Progressives Congress has named the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello as chairman of its Ondo State Governorship Primary Election Committee.

Governor Bello: Many PDP governors will join APC soon

Kogi State Governor and Chairman of Contact and Mobilisation Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Yahaya Bello, has said more governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other political bigwigs would soon join the party.

RCCG apologises to minister over Osun road project

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), on Thursday, dismissed alleged payment of N151million to a firm for a road rehabilitated by the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Osun State.
Over 9000 candidates are jostling for 4000 admission slots in Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano (YUMSUK) for the 2020-2021 academic session.

NUC approves Kano university’s postgraduate school

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved the establishment of a Postgraduate School and the commencement of 34 postgraduate programmes in Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano.

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The governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, has commiserated with the people and government of Lagos State over the unfortunate explosion that claimed scores of lives in Lagos yesterday.

Ogun government to commission four new fire stations in May

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has disclosed that his administration would by the middle of May 2021, commission four brand new Fire and Emergency Stations in Ifo, Ado-Odo-Ota, and Isheri parts of the state.
Department spokesman Ned Price told a news briefing that the United States is “gravely concerned” about accounts last week by CNN and the BBC of a massacre in the region by Ethiopian forces.

US loosens restrictions on Taiwan contacts in defiance of China

The State Department has announced that it will make it easier for US officials to meet Taiwanese representatives, defying pressure from China at a time of high tensions, and as the US Congress considers sweeping legislation to counter Beijing’s influence.

Anambra election: PDP targets 163,000 members in new membership drive

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State has commenced its new membership drive across the 326 wards in the state with the target of registering 163,000 new members before the November 6 governorship election in the state.
Lagos lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana

ECOWAS should halt genocidal attacks on unarmed protesters in Benin Republic

Though barred from contesting the forthcoming presidential election Madougou is seen as a threat to the realisation of the ambition of the anti democratic forces in Benin Republic. Reckya Madougou’s candidacy for the April 11 election was said to have been rejected on the ground that she failed to garner required signatures of support from local mayors and lawmakers.
The All Progressives Congress has named the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello as chairman of its Ondo State Governorship Primary Election Committee.

Governor Bello: Many PDP governors will join APC soon

Kogi State Governor and Chairman of Contact and Mobilisation Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Yahaya Bello, has said more governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other political bigwigs would soon join the party.