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U.S. President Joe Biden will visit the State Department on Thursday and deliver his first foreign policy speech as president.

Report: Joe Biden pressed to label foreign hate groups ‘terrorists’

President Joe Biden’s administration is being pressed by Democratic Representative Elissa Slotkin to consider designating white supremacist groups overseas as foreign terrorists subject to US government actions as the US continues to reckon with domestic extremism after the January 6 far-right insurrection attempt, the Reuters news agency reports.
Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, said yesterday that the commission arrested more than 400 young Nigerians for internet related fraud in the first three months of 2021.

EFCC boss: We’ll take fight against corruption to next level

The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has said he would take fight against corruption to the next level.

Nigerian governors disagree on need for regional outfits

Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State, and his colleagues in the South-South, yesterday, disagreed over the need to set up regional security structures to checkmate the rising wave of insecurity in the country.
Twitch will now ban users who harass members of its community — even when that harassment takes place off Twitch. The streaming platform announced a major expansion of its off-service misconduct policy today that allows it to take action against users who mistreat people regardless of where it happens, whether it’s offline or on another social platform.

Twitch to ban users for harassment

Twitch will now ban users who harass members of its community — even when that harassment takes place off Twitch. The streaming platform announced a major expansion of its off-service misconduct policy today that allows it to take action against users who mistreat people regardless of where it happens, whether it’s offline or on another social platform.
Nigerians must come together and reject the agents of anarchy seeking to cause chaos for their own selfish interests, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo declared in Imo.

VP Osinbajo: We must reject agents of anarchy

Nigerians must come together and reject the agents of anarchy seeking to cause chaos for their own selfish interests, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo declared in Imo.
The order was given by the chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, during a public hearing on the alleged invasion of the Federal High Court. According to the lawmakers, all parties must submit a written account of what happened within 24 hours, adding that their memorandum would enable them to give report to the Senate.

Southern senators: Yinka Odumakin, Innocent Chukwuma’s deaths devastating, saddening

Southern Senators’ Forum has expressed grief over the death of Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, and founder of Centre for Law Enforcement Education Foundation, Innocent Chukwuma.
A mechanical engineer based in the United States, Godswill Nwankwo, has declared his intention to contest in the 2023 presidential election.

2023: US-based engineer declares presidential ambition

A mechanical engineer based in the United States, Godswill Nwankwo, has declared his intention to contest in the 2023 presidential election.
The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Public Matters, Mr. Ajuri Ngelale, said Nigerians are benefitting from the goodwill of the President.

Presidency, Transparency International clash over state of anti-corruption fight in Nigeria

The Federal Government and Transparency International, TI, have continued in their disagreements over the state of the war on corruption in Nigeria as they trade tackles during an anti-corruption radio programme in Abuja this Wednesday.
3. President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday canvassed the need for Nigeria to remain as an indivisible entity despite its diversity, saying that way, it will be a better and stronger nation.

Easter: President Buhari acknowledges efforts of frontline health workers in fight against coronavirus

As Christians celebrate Easter this weekend, President Muhammadu Buhari has formally acknowledged the efforts of frontline health workers in the nation’s fight to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
YouTube has suspended Donald Trump’s channel for seven days, saying content had violated its policies on inciting violence. Lucy Nicholson-Reuters

YouTube relaxes some rules about ads on drug-related videos

From this month, Google is updating some of its YouTube ad guidelines about drug-related videos. In a support document spotted by Gizmodo, Google says it’s “expanding monetization on educational, documentary or news content that may include violent interactions with law enforcement, recreational drugs and drug-related content, or sensitive events.” The update means more drug-related videos should be eligible to have ads placed next to them.
Georgia state Rep. Park Cannon was arrested and removed from the Georgia Capitol on Thursday after passage of the state's sweeping elections bill restricting voting access.

White House slams arrest of Georgia state lawmaker

The White House sharply criticized Friday the arrest of a Georgia state lawmaker who was knocking on the door of Governor Brian Kemp’s office as he was signing into law controversial voting restrictions.
Interpol has issued a notice to police forces around the world about various scams that have sprung up which take advantage of the Corronavirus (COVID-19).

Interpol: Fake coronavirus vaccines are being sold online

The International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) has warned against the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines online.
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.

Speaker Gbajabiamila: Nigerians deserve a Police Force they can trust

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, has said a trusted Police Force working within the limits of the law is what Nigerians deserve.
Twitter is looking into adding subscription options to become less dependent on targeted ads, Bloomberg reported Monday. Several teams are apparently in the early stages of researching different approaches.

Twitter to set up a legal entity in Turkey to comply with controversial social...

Twitter is planning to establish a legal entity in Turkey to continue operating there under the country’s controversial internet law that took effect last June, the company announced late Friday. Under the law, social media companies that have more than 1 million users must store Turkish users’ data in the country.
Ignace Sossou quoted on his Facebook and Twitter pages comments made by Benin’s public prosecutor Mario Metonou at a media event to discuss fake news on December 17.

Facebook removing posts celebrating the Atlanta attack or suspected shooter

Facebook says it will remove any posts that celebrate the recent shooting in Atlanta or support the suspected shooter. Eight people were killed in the attack. Seven of the victims of the shooting were women and six were of Asian descent.
All Progressives Congress (APC) national stalwart Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has described as premature, talks about 2023 elections and the successor to President Muhammadu Buhari. To him, those making such calls do not love Nigeria.

Mitigating the herder and farmer contentions in Nigeria

The herder-farmer dispute has taken on acute and violent dimensions. It has cost too many innocent lives while destroying the property and livelihoods of many others. It has also aggravated ethnic sentiment and political tension. Despite the efforts of some of those in positions of high responsibility and public trust, the crisis has not significantly abated.
All Progressives Congress (APC) national stalwart Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has described as premature, talks about 2023 elections and the successor to President Muhammadu Buhari. To him, those making such calls do not love Nigeria.

Senator Tinubu speaks on herders-farmers’ crisis, says they’re all victims

One of the national leaders of the All Progressives Congress (AAPC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday, spoke for the first time on the lingering herders/farmers crisis, saying the two classes of people were victims of circumstances and therefore needed help.
Rwanda on Friday marked the World children’s Day with a call to strengthen the protection of children from dangers posed by online abuse and cyber bullying.

Nigerian activists seek laws and education to end online violence

Speaking at a webinar organised by Plan International Nigeria to mark the International Women’s Day, the activists urged the government and other civil society organisations to raise the bar in law enforcement and mass education of the public on ways to end online violence against children and girls.

NDIC: Banks lose over N5 billion to fraudsters in 9 months

The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has stated that it is in collaboration with sister agencies in law enforcement to curtail cybercrimes especially in the financial system.
The Northern Governors Forum says the current system of open grazing, operated by herders in the country, is no longer sustainable.

Fulani group warns members against negative acts as herders flock to Kwara

The Fulani Community Association in Kwara has advised its members to avoid negative tendencies capable of undermining the peaceful coexistence of the state.
FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis wearing a face mask attends an inter-religious prayer service for peace along with other religious representatives in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, a church on top of Rome's Capitoline Hill, in Rome, Italy, Oct. 20, 2020. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane/File Photo

Pope Francis condemns kidnapping of Zamfara schoolgirls

Head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, has condemned the abduction of 317 schoolgirls in Zamfara by terrorists, in what is the latest in a wave of kidnappings targeting school children in Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation.

Archbishop Kaigama: Kidnappings in Nigeria will continue if…

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Most Rev Ignatius Kaigama, is one of Nigeria’s most respected clergymen. He served as the President of Nigerian Bishops Conference (2012-2018), and currently chairs the Episcopal Conference of West African Catholic Bishops.

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The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

Nigeria’s senate president, others bag NIS fellowship award

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, and the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, were on Wednesday in Abuja presented with the Honourary Fellowship Award of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) alongside a former Minister of Defence, Brig-General Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd) and the Emir of Nasarawa, HRH Alh. Ibrahim Usman Jibril, at the institution’s 2021 investiture ceremony.
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETfund, Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, on Wednesday said he and the Executive Secretary of the Fund, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, took the suspension of the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, UNILAG, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, personal when he was suspended by the Governing Council of the institution last August.

Official: TETFund spends N120 billion on academic staff training since 2008

Academic Staff from public institutions across the country have so far accessed over N120 billion for training, within and outside Nigeria, from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) since its inception in 2008.
As children across Nigeria join their world counterparts to celebrate Children’s Day, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has called on parents, community leaders, teachers and all involved in children’s upbringing to take mentoring seriously and provide them with a good leadership example.

Payroll fraud: Gombe approves N1.49 billion for biometric system installation

The Gombe State Government has approved the sum of N1.499 billion for the supply and installation of biometric attendance system to check payroll fraud in the state’s civil service.
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2023: APC disowns viral zoning arrangement

The national caretaker/extraordinary convention planning committee (CECPC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has disowned a zoning arrangement list in circulation on the social media.
Euro 2020 is almost certain to be postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the globe.

UEFA confirms Rome as Euro 2020 host city

Rome’s Stadio Olimpico has been “fully confirmed” as a venue for Euro 2020 matches after the Italian government guaranteed the presence of at least 25 per cent of fans, UEFA announced on Wednesday.

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The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police foil bank robbery, arrest two suspects in Delta

The Police in Delta have arrested 32- year-old Joshua Oghenenovo and 29-year-old Kingsley Gbeneku for alleged attempt to rob a new generation bank in Ughelli, Delta.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

FCT: Police arrest 17 suspects for cultism

The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has arrested 17 suspects over cultism along Gwagwalada, Gwagwa, Lugbe and Kurudma axis of the territory.

ECOWAS Parliament: Official extortion, harassment widespread across West African borders

The ECOWAS Parliament has pledged intervention to end the extortion of citizens of the sub-region at border posts by security operatives in ECOWAS countries.

Congress: Doyin Okupe predicts doom for South-West PDP

A former aide of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe, has said the outcome of the zonal congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-West will be negative and may affect the future of the party in the zone.
Director of Information, National Assembly Abuja, Rawlings Agada, has said the sum of N37 billion, approved for the renovation of the National assembly complex may not be enough for the work.

National Assembly legislative aides protest non-payment of arrears

The National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum on Tuesday in Abuja protested the non-payment of their 20 months’ salary arrears.