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Dangote Cement major contributor to Senegal’s economic development – envoy

Dangote Cement Plc’s huge investment has been described as one of the major contributors to the development of the Senegalese economy. Besides, the cement plant located in Pout, 60 kilometres away from Dakar, has greatly assisted in strengthening the business relationship between Senegal and Nigeria.

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.
People protest in Hlaing Township, Yangon, Myanmar May 2, 2021, in this still image from a video obtained by Reuters.

Seven reported killed as Myanmar protests aim to ‘shake the world’

Myanmar security forces opened fire on some of the biggest protests against military rule in days on Sunday killing seven people, media reported, three months after a coup plunged the country into crisis.
A massive stampede at a densely packed Jewish pilgrimage site killed at least 44 people in northern Israel on Friday, blackening the country’s largest Covid-era gathering.

44 ‘killed’ in Israel pilgrimage ‘disaster’

A massive stampede at a densely packed Jewish pilgrimage site killed at least 44 people in northern Israel on Friday, blackening the country’s largest Covid-era gathering.
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APC disowns factional chairman in Bayelsa

The All Progressive Congress (APC) has disowned a factional leadership in Bayelsa State stating that there is no crisis rocking the party in the state.
The Speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, on Friday, said the potentials embedded in sports have been highly underestimated in Nigeria.

Lagos lawmakers urge President Buhari to rejig security architecture

Following incessant security challenges across Nigeria, members of the Lagos state House of Assembly have called on the President of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari to rejig the security architecture so as to address the spate of killings and violence in the country.
Popular comedienne Oluwadamilola Adekoya aka Princess has narrated how Nollywood actor Olarenwaju Omiyinka, popularly known as Baba Ijesha, was caught sexually harassing a 14-year-old girl in her custody.

Comedienne Princess: How Baba Ijesha was caught on CCTV defiling my foster child

Popular comedienne Oluwadamilola Adekoya aka Princess has narrated how Nollywood actor Olarenwaju Omiyinka, popularly known as Baba Ijesha, was caught sexually harassing a 14-year-old girl in her custody.
The Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, on Thursday, urged the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) to continue providing enhanced and timely intelligence support for the ongoing military operations across the country.

Minister: Nigerian government reforms defence sector to enhance military fighting power

The Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, has assured that the planned reform of the nation’s armed forces would enhance their operational efficiency and fighting power.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Llandudno, Wales, Britain, April 26, 2021. REUTERS/Phil Noble/Pool

Britain’s journalists hit back at premier over ‘bodies piled high’ comment

Britain’s journalists and media have hit back at Prime Minister Boris Johnson over his denial regarding comments he made about entering England into a third lockdown.

Borno elders: People in government sabotaging security agencies

The Dean, Borno Elders Forum, Prof. Khalifa Dikwa, has insisted that some people in government were sabotaging the nation’s security agencies.
The suspects are to be transferred to the state CIID for discreet investigation as ordered by the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun.

Police dismiss three officers who extorted N150,000 from LASU student at gunpoint

Ogun State Police Command, Tuesday, dismissed three police officers who extorted N150,000 from a student of the Lagos State University (LASU), Sheriff Adedigba, through the Point of Purchase, PoS machine.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami

Minister: ‘Forces of evil’ planning to release doctored video against me

Nigeria’s minister of communications and digital economy, Isa Pantami, has said that there are plans by “forces of evil” to release doctored videos to further damage his reputation.
Former Special Adviser on Religious Affairs to Governor Patrick Yakowa, Reverend John Hayab, on Thursday, urged Nigerians against linking the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, to the death of his principal.

Isa Pantami: I won’t allow paid agents drag me to the mud

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has promised not to sit idle and allow his “hard-earned” reputation dragged to the mud by some “paid agents” linking him with terror groups.

Ekiti election: Lere Olayinka names Bisi Kolawole campaign spokesperson

Otunba Bisi Kolawole, one of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirants in Ekiti State, has appointed Lere Olayinka as Spokesperson and Director of Media and Publicity of his campaign organization.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami

Islamic council knocks CAN president for linking minister to terrorism

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has described the call by the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Samson Ayokunle, that the Department of State Services (DSS) should probe the alleged link of embattled Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, to terrorism, as an attempt to tarnish the image of Islam.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

UK foundation condemns attacks on police personnel, formations

Irked by the incessant attacks on Police personnel and formations in the south-east region, international non-governmental organisation, Jose Foundation UK, has condemned the acts, describing it as threat to justice, peace and development.

Businessman demands N5 billion from EFCC for defamation

A businessman, Dr. Andrew Warri Foubiri, has demand for N5 billion, retraction and apology from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged defamation and malicious damage for declaring him wanted without due legal process.
The bill for the Chartered Institute of Forensic and Certified Fraud Examiners of Nigeria has scaled the First Reading in the House of Representatives .

Isa Pantami: House of Reps’ll never support terrorism, sponsors – spokesman

Spokesman of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ben Kalu, last night declared that the 9th Assembly under the leadership of Femi Gbajabiamila will never support terrorism or its supporters.
In another development, the Police operatives attached to Orile Division of the Command on Friday, at 9 am, accosted and arrested one Udu Augustine, male, 39, of No 15, Ishola Street, Magogo, Yaba-Lagos, at Orile Bus Stop.

Suspected armed robber, fake policeman arrested in Lagos

The Police operatives attached to Itire Division of Lagos State Police Command have arrested one Samuel Ayooluwa, male, 24, of no fixed address, at No 54, Olatilewa Street by Lawanson, Surulere, Lagos State.

JNI: Excessive, convulsive smear campaign against Isa Pantami taken too far

The Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, under the leadership of His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the JNI, was taken aback by the desperation of some disgruntled elements who in their desperate attempt to smear the image of the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, dragged the name of the JNI as being part of an alleged plot to assassinate the late Governor Yakowa of Kaduna state.

JAMB unveils new feature to tackle exams malpractice

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has introduced a new feature in the ongoing registration for the the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE).
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.

ALGON IMC assumes office

The Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Association Of Local Governments Of Nigeria (ALGON) yesterday, assumed work at the headquarters of ALGON.

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“At this moment, l cannot say how many students were taken away by the gunmen until l get there, but we have already mobilized security men and members of the vigilantatè who are now in pursuit of the abductors,” the commissioner stated.

Two ‘killed’, one injured as robbers attack bullion van in Ondo

Two persons were feared killed while one was injured as bank robbers attacked a bullion van at Bolorunduro area in Ondo East council area of Ondo state.
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 governor commiserates with Pastor Adeboye over son’s demise

Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has commiserated with the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, over the death of his son, Pastor Dare Adeboye.
L-R: Katsina state Governor, Honourable Bello Masari. Kebbi’s state Governor, Senator Atiku Bagudu, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele and President, Maize Farmers Association Bello Abubakar Annur (with Reflective jacket) at the Flag- off of the National Maize harvest and Loan Recovery and launching of 2020/2021 Dry Season Maize Farming in Katsina on Thursday, May 6, 2021

CBN governor vows to block maize importation

Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele on Thursday vowed to resist importation of maize as Nigerians have the capacity and capability to grow the crop locally to meet consumption demand.
1. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House, Abuja.

VP Osinbajo: Nigeria’s unity must not be compromised

Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo, on Thursday, insisted that the unity of the country should not be compromised in anyway.
Mele Kyari, group managing director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), says buyers were begged to purchase Nigeria’s crude oil at $9 per barrel in April.

NNPC: We’ll commission rehabilitated PHC refinery in 2023

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Mele Kyari, has assured Nigerians that the Port Harcourt Refinery Complex (PHRC) will roar back to life on or before April 5, 2023 when repairs would have been completed.

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Euro 2020 is almost certain to be postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the globe.

UEFA confirms Euro 2020 squad lists to be increased to 26 players

UEFA has confirmed that teams competing in this year's delayed Euro 2020 tournament will be allowed to select a 26-man squad instead of the usual 23.
Protesters against military rule marched in Myanmar on Saturday three months after a coup ended a democratic transition, with several small blasts compounding a sense of crisis that a U.N. envoy warned could bring state administration to a halt.

Myanmar protesters raise voices to ‘shake the world’; four killed – reports

Protesters in Myanmar turned out in their thousands on Sunday, marching to oppose military rule more than three months after a coup, and security forces responded with gunfire in at least three places, killing four people, media reported.
The Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Reverend Callistus Onaga, has ordered all parishes in the diocese to immediately stop placing holy water at the entrances of the church.

Enugu: Catholic Bishop charges diocesans to pray for church vandals

The Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Rev. Callistus Onaga has asked all parishes, Chaplaincies and religious houses in the diocese to pray for atonement and reparation of violet protesters, who destroyed the Bishop’s court and parts of the Holy Ghost diocese cathedral in Ogui Enugu, on Wednesday.

UPU appeals for calm in Ughelli over market ownership

The Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) Worldwide, has appealed to the warring communities of Ekiugbo and Iwhreko in Ughelli North LGA to sheathe their swords and allow constitutional and traditional authorities look into their grievances.

NDLEA raids eateries in Plateau, Enugu, recovers drugged cakes, cocaine

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have raided some eateries in Jos, the Plateau state capital where freshly baked cakes made with cannabis sativa were recovered in addition to 48.726kilogrammes of assorted psychotropic substances.