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Why Boko Haram terrorists have not been defeated

The military has managed to retake territory and dislodged the fighters from some of their hideouts. But a recent spike in deadly violence, focused in the north-east, where the Islamist group began its insurgency in 2009, has led many to ask what is at the root of the authorities’ failure.
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Father Mbaka urged to dwell more on spiritual matters not partisan politics

A Lagos cleric, Apostle Peter Oboh, has called on Christian faithfuls to pray for controversial Enugu cleric, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, even as he advised the fiery man of God to engage himself in the things of God rather gambling into politics.
Atletico Madrid have confirmed that both Lucas Torreira and Luis Suarez have tested positive for Covid-19 but there is a possibility more cases could follow.

Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez makes MLS future admission

Luis Suarez has admitted that a spell in MLS appeals to him as he looks to prolong a playing career that had been slowing down prior to linking up with Atletico Madrid in 2020.
Luis Suarez has said his target at Atletico Madrid was always to win trophies.

Luis Suarez fuelled by Barca criticism

Suarez left Barcelona after a 2019-20 season that saw the Spanish giants finish without a trophy. Having lost out to Real Madrid in a tight title race, hopes of Champions League glory were emphatically ended at the quarter-final stage by Bayern Munich. The Uruguay striker had scored 21 goals in all competitions yet was deemed surplus to requirements at Camp Nou, allowed to leave on the cheap as he remained within LaLiga at Atleti.
FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker tends to a patient at a temporary ward set up during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, January 19, 2021. Phill Magakoe/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

South Africa’s coronavirus death toll much higher than official tally – report

A South African report into excess deaths over the past year suggests more than 133,000 people in the country have died from COVID-19, far more than the official tally of nearly 55,000.

DRC: New accusations of sexual abuse against humanitarian workers

More than 20 Congolese women have claimed to have been sexually abused, in the form of job blackmail, by aid workers in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to an investigation released Wednesday.
Woman ride bikes on a street, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Shanghai, China May 10, 2021. REUTERS-Aly Song

China demographic crisis looms as population growth slips to lowest ever

China’s population grew at its slowest since the 1950s as births declined, sowing doubt over Beijing’s ability to power its economy as it succumbs to the same ageing trends afflicting developed nations like Japan.
China’s Long March 5B rocket lifting off from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site on April 29. Matjaz Tancic-EPA, via Shutterstock

Large Chinese rocket segment disintegrates over Indian Ocean

A large segment of a Chinese rocket re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrated over the Indian Ocean on Sunday, the Chinese space agency said, following fevered speculation over where the 18-tonne object would come down.
From 4.00 a.m. on Saturday (0300 GMT), anyone arriving from France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks and Caicos, and Aruba will have to self-isolate for 14 days, Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, tweeted.

UK ‘open’ to hosting Champions League final due to Turkey travel ban

Britain on Friday said it was willing to step in to host the Champions League football final, after the UK government placed Turkey on a coronavirus travel red list.
The Federal Government has been asked to commence the dredging of the River Niger and also step up measures to mitigate flood menace and save over twenty thousand families who have been sacked by flood menace in Anambra State.

Nigerian governors urged to treat flooding with seriousness they give political rallies

The director-general of the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), Clement Nze, says many states are not taking steps to prevent flooding.
Uefa have approved reintegration measures for nine clubs after renouncing their involvement in the European Super League.

Chelsea fans to request Champions League final moved from Istanbul to UK

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust (CST) will request that the club’s all-English Champions League final showdown with Manchester City is moved from Istanbul to the UK.
The wife of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Folu Adeboye, on Tuesday inaugurated a new Redeemer’s Health Centre (RHC) annexe in Ibadan.

Folu Adeboye inaugurates new Redeemer’s health centre in Ibadan

The wife of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Folu Adeboye, on Tuesday inaugurated a new Redeemer’s Health Centre (RHC) annexe in Ibadan.
Bill and Melinda Gates in Paris, France, on 21 April 2017. Frederic Stevens-Getty Images

Divorce: Bill and Melinda Gates kids to inherit $10 million – report

After Bill and Melinda Gates’ divorce documents revealed the couple never had a prenup, many are wondering how the couple, with a combined net worth of $130 billion, will split their assets.
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates have announced that they’ll be ending their marriage after 27 years together, explaining in a joint statement that they “no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.”

How Bill, Melinda Gates met, got married

Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife and fellow philanthropist Melinda announced on Monday they are divorcing after a 27-year marriage.
The 63rd Grammy Awards ceremony will be held Sunday March 14th, as awards show season continues apace despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Grammys scrap ‘secret’ nomination committees

The organizers of the Grammys said Friday they were scrapping the “secret” committees that select which acts get nominated for the prestigious music awards following criticism from artists and allegations of rigging.
Orthodox Christian worshippers sit outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on the day of the Holy Fire ceremony, amid eased coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, in Jerusalem's Old City, May 1, 2021. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Crowds gather for Holy Fire ceremony at Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulchre

Orthodox Christians flocked to Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Saturday to celebrate the Holy Fire ceremony, gathering in far greater numbers than last year because coronavirus restrictions have eased.
Fatai Osho praised Enyimba’s resilience in their 1-0 win against Orlando Pirates, saying his team ‘had to work extra hard’.

Enyimba boss: We had to work extra hard vs Orlando Pirates

Fatai Osho praised Enyimba’s resilience in their 1-0 win against Orlando Pirates, saying his team ‘had to work extra hard’.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as said that its staff in Jos Branch, on Tuesday averted what would have been another major fire disaster in the country.

House ask CBN to suspend deadline for MFBs recapitalisation

A day to the expiration of the deadline given by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to microfinance banks(MFBs) to meet the first threshold of the new capital base, the National Assembly (NASS) has mandated the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to immediately suspend the ongoing recapitalisation exercise of microfinance banks (MFBs) in the country.

DSO: Nigerians may pay N50, 000 for set-top-box-broadcast – stakeholders

Ahead of the federal government’s restart of the digital switch over (DSO) programme, stakeholders in the Nigerian broadcasting industry have warned that Nigerians may have to pay as high as N50,000 for a Set-Top-Box (STB), the device needed to convert analogue television signal to digital.
Reality TV star and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner has formally launched her campaign to run for governor of California.

Caitlyn Jenner announces bid for California governor

A recall election in the state could be confirmed this month after a petition against current governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, reached the number required to trigger a vote.

Group: Nigeria should re-evaluate Chinese loans

Transforming Uplifting and Reforming Nigeria (TURN) which is committed to the socio-economic well-being of Nigeria has expressed its concern about the indebtedness of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the People’s Republic of China. The organization is worried also about what it called “the reported enslaving terms of conditions which Nigeria agreed to in order to secure the loans.”
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa is at odds with a business tycoon who could help Zimbabwe. Jekesai Njikizana -AFP

Zimbabwe’s president says ‘fight still on’ to fix broken economy

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the "fight is still on" to fix the broken economy, signaling out the financial industry for resisting the economic turnaround efforts.

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Aftermath of wanton destruction of lives and properties during #EndSARS protests, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has revealed that Lagos State required a minimum of N1 trillion to reconstruct the wilful extensive damage of properties across the metropolis.

House speaker: Only 9% of military budget goes to capital purchases

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, on Monday said that based on appropriation records, about 91 per cent of current funding to the Armed Forces go on recurrent overhead, salaries and welfare, leaving only nine per cent for capital purchases.

JUSUN strike: Low patronage hits business owners near court premises

Operators of businesses near court premises on Lagos Island have decried harsh effects of the ongoing nationwide strike by judicial workers.

PDP governors meet in Ibadan

Thirteen state governors on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are currently meeting at the International Conference Centre of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Ibadan on Monday.
Environment minister Mohammad Abubakar made this known at an event organised in conjunction with the French Embassy to mark the 5th Anniversary of the Paris Agreement in Abuja.

Nigerian government moves to restore mangrove forests in Niger Delta

At the meeting, the Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar, in his opening remarks, said: “Today’s meeting is a turning point for mangrove ecosystems in Ogoniland. Using the knowledge and experience of the experts assembled here today, together, we will be able to restore the mangroves and improve the lives of the Ogoni communities who are affected every day by the devastating pollution.”
FILE PHOTO - The logo of Amazon is seen on the door of an Amazon Books retail store in New York City, U.S., February 14, 2019. REUTERS-Brendan McDermid-File Photo

Amazon stops charging extra for lossless music as Apple enters the fray

Faced with new competition from Apple, Amazon today announced that it will no longer charge an added fee for the “HD” tier of Amazon Music that lets customers stream audio at CD quality and above. From now on, lossless audio will be available to all Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers at no extra charge. Billboard was first to report the development.

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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.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who disclosed this at a media briefing on Monday in Lagos, said centres were also built in collaboration with states and the private sector to isolate and treat cases of COVID-19.

Minister: Nigerian government has capacity to crush bandits, terrorists

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says contrary to widespread belief, the Federal Government is not overwhelmed with the escalating insecurity in the country.
Chelsea’s German head coach Thomas Tuchel celebrates at the end of the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on March 4, 2021. (Photo by Oli SCARFF - POOL - AFP)

Chelsea boss set to be rewarded with new three-year contract

The German arrived at the Stamford Bridge club midway through the season, replacing the sacked Frank Lampard.
Liverpool fullback Andrew Robertson says they've struggled to put winning performances together this season.

John Aldridge: Liverpool should never rely on Manchester United

He wrote for the Sunday World: “Plenty of Liverpool fans were moaning as Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer picked a second-string team to play Leicester on Tuesday night, but I think they were missing the point.”
FILE PHOTO: The USS Monterey military vessel is seen docked in the Black Sea harbour of Constanta, 250 km (155 miles) east of Bucharest June 7, 2011. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel/File Photo

U.S. military ship fires 30 warning shots after encounter with Iranian vessels

A U.S. Coast Guard ship fired about 30 warning shots after 13 vessels from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) came close to it and other American Navy vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon said on Monday.