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Northern elders condemn rising spate of insecurity across Nigeria

For the umpteenth time, concerned Northern elders have described as “appalling” the deteriorating security situation in the country, saying the situation must be addressed urgently, to sustain the nation’s sovereignty.
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WHO calls for urgent action to ramp-up production of coronavirus vaccines

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says urgent action is needed to increase production of COVID-19 vaccines that will be distributed through the global initiative making these medicines accessible to all countries.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has thanked Nigerians from different walks of life, who visited him on Friday in his Abuja residence to honour him on the occasion of his 63rd birthday.

Ex-President Jonathan enlists colleagues to mitigate electoral crises in West Africa

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has enlisted the support of other ex-presidents and Prime Ministers in West Africa to mitigate elections-related conflicts to promote peace in the region.
Julio Borges, designated by opposition leader Juan Guaido as his chief overseas envoy, told reporters that the gold was refined in Mali and then resold primarily in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Mali, Emirates facilitated Venezuelan gold trade in 2020 – opposition

Venezuela sent gold to Mali in 2020 via Russian-owned planes to exchange for euros and U.S. dollars that President Nicolas Maduro’s government used to remain afloat despite U.S. sanctions, an opposition representative said on Wednesday.
Saudi Arabia has stopped issuing visas to people from Congo while citing the Ebola outbreak there, even as the World Health Organization recommends against travel restrictions.

West African health ministers in joint fight against Ebola

Ministers of Health from Guinea – which is combating a new Ebola outbreak – and neighbouring countries have agreed on a unified front to combat the virus that re-emerged about three weeks ago.

Pregnant woman, five others killed as ambulance hits land mine in Burkina Faso

A pregnant woman and five other people died when an ambulance carrying them hit a land mine in northern Burkina Faso, in an area that has come under repeated militant attacks, the government said.
The Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Sidie Mohammed Tunis, on Tuesday urged ECOWAS member countries to ensure that they paid their levies promptly to enable the sub-regional body to carry out its programmes.

Speaker: ECOWAS Parliament supports Mali’s transition to democratic rule

Speaker of the parliament Sidie Mohamed Tunis pledged the support of the sub-regional congress when he led a parliamentary mission to Mali as part of activities of the sub-regional lawmakers to support the West African country.
Bordeaux manager Jean-Louis Gasset has explained his reason for handing Samuel Kalu a starting berth in the the club’s 1-0 away win against Stade Rennes on Friday.

Samuel Kalu scores, John Boye bags assist as Metz secure victory over Bordeaux

Samuel Kalu found the back of the net while John Boye provided an assist as Metz secured a 2-1 victory over Bordeaux in Saturday’s Ligue 1 game.
Former Nigerian goalkeeper Ike Shorunmu has asked the Golden Eaglets to forget their previous results against Ivory Coast and go for a win today.

AFCON U-17: Garba Lawal underplays Golden Eaglets easy opponents talks

Former Super Eagles utility player, Garba Lawal, has underplayed the talks that the Golden Eaglets were given an easy draw for the group stage of the 2021 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations billed for Morocco.
Former Nigerian goalkeeper Ike Shorunmu has asked the Golden Eaglets to forget their previous results against Ivory Coast and go for a win today.

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets group for U-17 AFCON revealed by CAF

Five-time world champions are one of three top seeds for today’s draw along with host nations Morocco and defending champions Cameroon.
At least 18 people including eight Somali government soldiers and 10 al-Shabaab militants were killed, and more than 13 others wounded when fighters from al-Shabaab attacked Somali National Army and African Union peacekeeping mission troops bases

Two Mali soldiers killed in ambush

Two Malian soldiers were killed on Tuesday in an ambush in a central region regularly hit by jihadist attacks, security sources and a local official said.
Mohamed Bazoum sits at his pollitical party headquarters in Niamey, file. REUTERS-Joe Penney-File Photo

Ruling party clinches Niger’s presidential runoff, as opposition protests

Former Interior Minister, Mohamed Bazoum, the candidate of Niger’s ruling PNDS party, has won the presidential elections with 55.75 per cent of the second-round vote, according to provisional figures published on Tuesday.
Voters queue at a polling station during the second round of the country's presidential election, in Niamey, Niger February 21, 2021. REUTERS-Tagaza Djibo

Seven poll workers killed by landmine as Niger votes in presidential runoff

Seven election workers were killed during Niger’s presidential vote on Sunday when their vehicle struck a landmine, a local official said, marring a day meant to usher in the country’s first democratic transition of power.
33. D’Tigers have maintained their dominance on the continent with another emphatic 64-51pts win over Rwanda at the ongoing 2021 FIBA Afrobasket qualifiers in Tunisia.

AfrobasketQ: D’Tigers thrash Rwanda 64-51 to maintain unbeaten run

D’Tigers have maintained their dominance on the continent with another emphatic 64-51pts win over Rwanda at the ongoing 2021 FIBA Afrobasket qualifiers in Tunisia.

Gunmen kill nine in northern Burkina Faso road attack

Unidentified gunmen killed nine people and wounded nine more in a road ambush in northern Burkina Faso on Thursday morning, security sources and local sources said.
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CAN urges President Buhari to proscribe all Miyetti Allah, Fulani groups

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately proscribe the Miyetti Allah groups existing in the country as was done to IPOB as the first step to ending the raging herdsmen crisis in the country.
8. Former African champions, Super Eagles, were held to a scoreless draw by the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone in the Africa Cup of Nations 2022 qualifier in Freetown on Tuesday.

Nigeria drop in latest FIFA world rankings

Nigeria’s senior national team begins 2021 as the 36th best football playing country in the world.
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.

Senate president advocates stiffer penalties for illegal bearers of firearms

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Tuesday, advocated for stiffer penalties for anyone caught in possession of firearm not legally procured in Nigeria.
Six Chadian soldiers were killed near the Libyan border and in the southern Lake Chad region where Nigeria's Boko Haram jihadists have stepped up attacks, two provincial officials said Saturday.

Chad reinforces troops against militants in Sahel as France mulls changes

Chad will deploy some 1 000 troops to the tri-border region of Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali to reinforce national armies that, backed by French and European allies, are battling Islamist insurgents, according to French and Chadian sources.

UN: 20 peacekeepers wounded in Mali attack

Mali has been struggling to contain a jihadist insurgency which first emerged in the north of the country 2012, and has since spread to the centre of the country and to neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger.
28. Morocco won the TOTAL African Nations Championship (CHAN) for the second time by overcoming Mali’s bold challenge 2-0 in a thrilling final at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde on Sunday night.

2020 CHAN: Morocco win second title after defeating Mali in final

Morocco won the TOTAL African Nations Championship (CHAN) for the second time by overcoming Mali’s bold challenge 2-0 in a thrilling final at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde on Sunday night.
11. The African Nations Championship final will be played on Sunday between titleholders Morocco and Mali. But a day earlier, CHAN hosts Cameroon were left with fourth place after being dealt a crushing 2-0 blow by Guinea.

CHAN heads to final as host Cameroon takes fourth place

The African Nations Championship final will be played on Sunday between titleholders Morocco and Mali.

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Nigerian Army appoints new GOCs, PSO, others

The Nigerian Army has announced the appointment of new General Officers Commanding, Principal Staff Officers, commandant of tri-service institution and army training centres, corps commanders, among other positions to man the various divisions, units and commands of the service.
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has said the construction of eight flyover bridges in Port Harcourt alongside other critical infrastructure is in a mark of appreciation to the people of Rivers whom he commended for, in his words, having resisted ‘the Army and other security agencies [when they] tried to rig [the 2019] election’ in the state.

Rivers governor: Good infrastructure reward for people’s resistance when army ‘tried to rig’ election

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has said the construction of eight flyover bridges in Port Harcourt alongside other critical infrastructure is in a mark of appreciation to the people of Rivers whom he commended for, in his words, having resisted ‘the Army and other security agencies [when they] tried to rig [the 2019] election’ in the state.
The Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) has commended the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity for granting recognition to the trade union in spite of an alleged deregistration plot against it by a rival union.

ASUSS lauds Nigerian government over recognition as legal trade union

The Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) has commended the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity for granting recognition to the trade union in spite of an alleged deregistration plot against it by a rival union.
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has pledged to collaborate with the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) to find practical solutions to insecurity confronting the country.

Boko Haram: Nigerian Army commanding officer, four others laid to rest in Borno

The Nigerian Army has buried a commanding officer and four other soldiers killed in the attack on the military base in Marte local government of Borno state.
Bruno Fernandes has responded to critics who claim he hasn’t done enough in the big games this season. Fernandes joined Manchester United in the January transfer window of 2020. Since then, he has been an absolute sensation, scoring 23 and assisting 17 in 41 Premier League appearances.

Bruno Fernandes hits back at critics ahead of Manchester derby

Bruno Fernandes has responded to critics who claim he hasn’t done enough in the big games this season.

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At least 317 schoolgirls were abducted by bandits in the Friday morning raid on Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, in Zamfara State, the police have said.

Zamfara governor: Jangebe schoolgirls not yet released

The students abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, in Talata Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State, are still with their captors, the state government has said.
Nigeria’s oil and gas industry has lost huge investments due to the non-passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has said.

Delta governor seeks partnership with NIMASA in maritime

Delta State Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, on Thursday said the State Government would partner Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to develop the state’s maritime potential.
The Kano State Hisbah Board has confiscated a tricycle loaded with 100 cartons of alcohol trying to smuggle it into the state.

Kano Hisbah moves against street hawking, begins arrest soon

Kano State Hisbah Command has begun awareness against street begging in Kano metropolis, ahead of evacuation of hawkers, to curb immorality and instill sanity.
Roadside sellers of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, are still in business hawking products in some part of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Roadside sellers hawking petrol in Abuja

Roadside sellers of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, are still in business hawking products in some part of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has given a major reason the immediate past Nigerian security heads failed.

Governor Wike: I can walk around Rivers state without security because I have performed...

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says despite attempts by agents of the Federal Government to cripple his administration from the onset, he has not disappointed Rivers’ people and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the governance of the State.