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INEC polling units and the future of elections

The last time new polling units were defined in Nigeria was 25 years ago by the defunct National Electoral Commission of Nigeria (NECON), as INEC was then known. At the time the country had on the voters’ register, 50 million voters. Over the years, it worked with an estimate of 120,000 polling units across the country but an eventual census put the exact figure at 119, 973 polling units.
Facebook’s Clubhouse competitor, Live Audio Rooms, is making its way stateside.

Facebook’s Clubhouse competitor starts rolling out in the US today

Facebook’s Clubhouse competitor, Live Audio Rooms, is making its way stateside. The company announced today that some US-based public figures, as well as certain groups, can start hosting rooms through the main Facebook iOS app.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed attends his last campaign event ahead of Ethiopia's parliamentary and regional elections scheduled for June 21, in Jimma, Ethiopia, June 16, 2021. REUTERS-Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopians to vote in what government bills as first free election

Ethiopians vote on Monday in national and regional elections that the prime minister has billed as proof of his commitment to democracy after decades of repressive rule in Africa's second-most populous nation.
Carlo Ancelotti changed Goodison Park for the Santiago Bernabeu, but it seems like he also wants to take some Everton players with him. 'The Sun' says that striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin is on the Italian's list of targets at Real Madrid.

Carlo Ancelotti wants to take Everton’s ‘most complete’ striker off them

Carlo Ancelotti changed Goodison Park for the Santiago Bernabeu, but it seems like he also wants to take some Everton players with him. 'The Sun' says that striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin is on the Italian's list of targets at Real Madrid.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Sunday threatened to punch a reporter repeatedly in the mouth after being asked about his wife's links to an alleged corruption scheme.

Brazil hits 500,000 coronavirus deaths amid ‘critical’ situation

The number of deaths related to Covid-19 has passed 500,000 in Brazil, the second-highest in the world, as experts say the outbreak could worsen amid slow vaccination and the start of winter.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ambrose Alli University (AAU) Ekpoma Chapter, has called on the Edo State Government to intervene and settle the crisis of non-payment of staff salaries in the institution.

ASUU threatens another strike over non-payment of salaries

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has threatened to embark on an industrial action if the 13 months’ salaries of over 1,000 of its members across the country were not paid.
Plastic surgeons in South Africa are preparing to reconstruct the face of a nine-year-old Zimbabwean boy mauled by a hyena in an attack last month. Rodwell Khomazana lost his nose, left eye, most of his upper lip, bits of his forehead and other parts of his face when he was attacked during a nighttime church service outside Harare on 2 May.

South African surgeons to reconstruct face of nine-year-old boy after hyena attack

Plastic surgeons in South Africa are preparing to reconstruct the face of a nine-year-old Zimbabwean boy mauled by a hyena in an attack last month.
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Bishop Oyedepo: We must deal with social media monster

President, Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel), Bishop David Oyedepo, has urged the government and well-meaning Nigerians to deal with the monster of social media.

Oyo PDP debunks claims of ‘factionalisation’

The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State has debunked the news making rounds that the state party has fictionalised.
A Palestinian health worker gives a woman a dose of AstraZeneca vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during a vaccination drive in Tubas, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank March 25, 2021. REUTERS-Raneen Sawafta

Israel: Coronavirus vaccines rejected by Palestinians were safe

COVID-19 vaccines delivered by Israel and then rejected by the Palestinian Authority (PA) over their expiration date were fine, the Israeli health ministry said on Saturday.
Kaduna State Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai

Kaduna governor dares NLC to return to state for protest

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has dared the the Nigerian Labour Congress to return to Kaduna for protest again.
Iran's outgoing President Hassan Rouhani and Iran's President-elect Ebrahim Raisi speak to the media after their meeting in Tehran, Iran June 19, 2021. Official Presidential website/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.

Hardline judge wins landslide in Iran presidential vote amid low turnout

Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline judge under U.S. sanctions for human rights abuses, secured a landslide victory on Saturday in Iran's presidential election after a contest marked by voter apathy over economic hardships and political restrictions.
The weekly virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) is taking place at the State House, Abuja with President Muhammadu Buhari presiding.

Nigerian government to set up 38 oxygen plants

The statement contained briefings from different representatives on different issues bordering on the workings of the country. This includes Boss Mustapha, the Secretary-General of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson takes questions in Parliament, in London, Britain June 16, 2021. UK Parliament-Jessica Taylor-Handout via REUTERS

British premier suffers embarrassing by-election defeat

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered an embarrassing defeat when his Conservative Party lost a parliamentary by-election on the outskirts of London, just a few miles from
Bandits invaded the Federal Government Girls College, Birnin Yauri, Kebbi State on Thursday afternoon, kidnapped many students and killed some policemen.

Bandits attack unity school in Kebbi, abduct students

Bandits invaded the Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri, Kebbi State on Thursday afternoon, kidnapped many students and killed some policemen.
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 laments desertification

The federal government has lamented that desert encroachment is having a great toll on the nation as it has severely affected states which produce over 95 per cent of Nigeria’s livestock population.

President Buhari visits ‘Operation Hadin Kai’ in Borno

President Muhammadu Buhari visited the personnel of the Operation Hadin Kai, the theatre of the counter-insurgency war, in Borno on Thursday.

Interviewing President Buhari

I have been privileged to interview quite a number of world leaders in the course of my journalism career. These include President Olusegun Obasanjo, President Ketumile Masire of Botswana, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Commonwealth Secretary General Shridath Ramphal, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan etc. not to talk of holding the microphone across the world in the presence of countless Presidents in my then capacity as President Goodluck Jonathan’s spokesperson
Muslim Brotherhood's senior member Mohamed El-Beltagi sits behind the bars during a court session in Cairo, Egypt, December 2, 2018. REUTERS-Amr Abdallah Dalsh-File Photo

Egypt upholds death sentence for 12 senior Muslim Brotherhood figures

Egypt's highest civilian court on Monday upheld death sentences against 12 senior Muslim Brotherhood figures over a 2013 sit-in which ended with security forces killing hundreds of protesters, judicial sources said.
FILE PHOTO - Iran's presidential candidates stand after the election debate at a television studio, in Tehran, Iran June 12, 2021. Morteza Fakhri Nezhad-YJC-WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Iran vote turnout poses test of youth frustrations and hopes

Like many young Iranians yearning for democracy, Shirin doesn’t believe elected officials want to deliver greater political and social freedoms, and doubts Iran’s ruling theocracy would let them even if they tried.
DELTA State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, Monday released funds to affected local government areas to purchase food items for the affected communities as part of an effort to cushion the effect of their sufferings.

Delta governor: Justice, equity, fairness solution to Nigeria’s challenges

Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday said only truth, justice, equity and fairness to all zones of the country could guarantee a united Nigeria.
Authorities in Saint Petersburg, which is hosting a series of Euro 2020 matches, said Monday they were tightening anti-coronavirus restrictions in an effort to curb a new spike in infections.

Euro 2020 host Saint Petersburg tightens coronavirus restrictions

Authorities in Saint Petersburg, which is hosting a series of Euro 2020 matches, said Monday they were tightening anti-coronavirus restrictions in an effort to curb a new spike in infections.

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JAMB gives new directive to candidates in 24 delisted centres

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has advised candidates who were initially assigned to the 24 Computer-Based Test (CBT) centres delisted by the Board to reprint their examination slips for their new schedules.
Premier League giants Manchester United are reportedly preparing to launch a £40m offer for Real Madrid French defender Raphael Varane.

Manchester United receive Raphael Varane transfer blow

Manchester United’s hopes of making Raphael Varane their marquee summer signing have received a major blow as Paris Saint-Germain have joined the chase for the Frenchman, according to reports in Spain.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu on Monday adopted Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State as the new leader in the South East Zone.

Enugu governor thanks stakeholders, residents for peace

Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, yesterday said the relative peace being enjoyed in the state was as a result of the support of all the stakeholders and people of the state, “who agreed that peace should reign.”
Paul Pogba’s future at Manchester United will be up in the air unless he puts a pen to the dotted line. He is entering the final year in his contract, and reports suggest he could be used as a makeweight in a deal with Real Madrid.

Real Madrid reject Manchester United’s Paul Pogba straight swap transfer offer

Paul Pogba’s future at Manchester United will be up in the air unless he puts a pen to the dotted line. He is entering the final year in his contract, and reports suggest he could be used as a makeweight in a deal with Real Madrid.
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.

Nigerian legislature, press urged to kill two media-gag bills

The National Assembly has been urged to kill two Bills currently being considered and reportedly aimed at curtailing Press Freedom in the country.

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The weekly virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) is taking place at the State House, Abuja with President Muhammadu Buhari presiding.

Nigerian government to set up 38 oxygen plants

The statement contained briefings from different representatives on different issues bordering on the workings of the country. This includes Boss Mustapha, the Secretary-General of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19.
The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI, has said that it will be working with the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, to identify, document and disclose the real owners of Nigeria’s oil, gas and mining assets under the country’s implementation of Beneficial Ownership policy of the global extractive industries transparency initiative.

NEITI: Nigeria’s solid minerals revenue increases to N79.9 billion

Nigeria recorded an increase in revenue from its solid minerals sector in 2019 as it earned N79.96bn from the industry during the period, data released on Sunday by the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative showed.
The Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has pledged to prioritise welfare of personnel, entrench professionalism and celebrate gallantry by leading with sincerity, transparency and accountability.

General Yahaya: I joined the Military 36 years ago

Newly appointed Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouk Yahaya, told the House of Representatives Committees on Defence and Army that he joined the Nigerian Army about 36 years ago, one year above the 35 years mandatory retirement period in public service.
Government soldiers patrol near Gorgadji in Burkina Faso. REUTERS-Luc Gnago

About 25 terrorists killed in sweep operations in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso’s Army said it had killed more than 25 terrorists during sweep operations conducted from June 7 to June 13, but also lost three soldiers and six volunteers.

Police move to rescue abducted Rivers United coach

Enugu Police command has begun an operation to rescue the abducted manager of Rivers United Football Club, Stanley Eguma.