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Bye-elections: Yiaga scores INEC average on preparation, predicts low turnout

An election observer, Yiaga Africa, Friday, ahead of bye-election across the six geopolitical zones of the country, scored the Independent National Electoral Commission’s preparedness on average while it predicted low voter turnout.
Niger State workers on Wednesday grounded government activities following the resumption of an indefinite strike by organized labour in the state.

Strike: Workers ground government’s activities in Niger

Niger State workers on Wednesday grounded government activities following the resumption of an indefinite strike by organized labour in the state.
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Malawi farmers protest cannabis license fees

Malawi’s new Cannabis Regulatory Authority this week said the country is ready to become the latest in Africa to produce the plant for medicinal and industrial use.
A coronavirus vaccine developed by Britain’s University of Oxford and the pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca has shown successful results in early trials. If it is approved by regulators, the vaccine appears suitable for a fast rollout around the globe

Coronavirus vaccine breakthrough raises hopes of rapid global rollout

A coronavirus vaccine developed by Britain’s University of Oxford and the pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca has shown successful results in early trials. If it is approved by regulators, the vaccine appears suitable for a fast rollout around the globe.
4. President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over the 24th virtual Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Northern Elders Forum slam President Buhari over Abuja-Kaduna highway

In a statement released on Monday signed by its Director, Publicity and Advocacy Dr Kakeem Baba-Ahmed, the forum lamented the five-year completion time-frame as a sign that the administration does not care about the security and livelihood of the people of the North.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) shakes hands with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a NATO summit last year [Adrian Dennis-AFP]

UK, Canada agree to post-Brexit rollover trade deal

Canada and the United Kingdom have agreed to a rollover trade deal, the countries announced on Saturday, promising to negotiate a more comprehensive agreement after the UK’s post-Brexit transition period ends.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met behind closed doors with Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, at the State House, Abuja.

Speaker Gbajabiamila mourns slain vendor, suspends security aide

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, on Friday expressed sadness over killing of a vendor in Abuja, by one of the security men attached to him.
Paris Saint-Germain are dealing well with their injury crisis and criticism of their form is insane, according to Lille coach Christophe Galtier.

Criticism of injury-hit PSG is ‘insane’ – Lille coach

Paris Saint-Germain are dealing well with their injury crisis and criticism of their form is "insane", according to Lille coach Christophe Galtier.
Donald Trump has admitted losing the US presidency would not be “easy”, as voters head to the polls in the final hours of a historic election.

US election: Donald Trump’s behaviour a boost to tyranny – Shehu Sani

Sani, a former member of the National Assembly from Kaduna State took to his verified Twitter account on Sunday to express the view. He said apart from lowering the global perception of the USA. as the flagship of democracy, Trump’s behaviour can increase tyranny in other parts of the world like Africa and Asia.
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has expressed deep sadness over the deaths of his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Jerome Torshimbe, and his Personal Assistant on Special Duties, Mr. Famous Adejo.

Official: 17 persons died of ‘strange illness’ in Benue

Seventeen persons were reported to have died of a strange illness ravaging the Okpeilo-Otukpa area in the Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue State.
The Kayode Fayemi administration in Ekiti State says it has defrayed inherited debts to the tune of 31 billion naira since assumption of office.

#EndSARS: Governor Fayemi appeals for peace in Ekiti, Southwest

The Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has appealed to the people of the State and the Southwest to allow peace to reign and refrain from wanton destruction of lives and property.

Wole Soyinka: Coronavirus is not ‘fiction writing’ – Presidency

The Presidency has urged Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, to stick to his field of expertise – English and Literature – instead of dabbling into the coronavirus disease and the legality of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 14-day lockdown order under the Quarantine Act.
Cameroon's Incumbent President Paul Biya, of the Cameroon People's Democratic Movement party, wait to casts his vote during the Presidential elections in Yaounde, Cameroon. Sunday Alamba-AP Photo.

President Biya announces partial parliamentary elections in Cameroon

Cameroon will organise partial parliamentary elections in some parts of its crisis-plagued two English speaking regions on Sunday March 22, President Paul Biya decreed Friday as Parliament readied for a statutory session.

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Gasser Abdel Razek, executive director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR)

Egyptian rights group head hopes release will help other prisoners

The head of a leading Egyptian human rights group who was held for two weeks on terrorism charges said Saturday he hoped the campaign to secure his release would help others still jailed on similar Allegations.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday met with President Muhammadu Buhari to brief him on efforts by the military to tame the wave of banditry and terrorism, especially in the North.

Group dismisses Nigerian Army chief’s coup alarm as diversionary

A Coalition of elders under the auspices of Nigeria Elders for Peace and Good Governance (CONEPAGG), has accused the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, of raising false alarm about “imaginary” coup to divert the attention of Nigerians from the failings of the Service Chiefs.

Maritime workers to begin warning strike Monday

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) is to embark on a three-day warning strike from Dec. 7, to protest the deplorable state of access roads to seaports in Lagos State.
Former Napoli centre-forward Andrea Carnevale has urged Victor Osimhen to be more selfish in order to score more goals.

Victor Osimhen: Napoli clears Super Eagles medics of any wrong doing

Napoli has denied reports from Italian media that Nigerian doctors complicated Victor Osimhen’s shoulder during the first treatment. Tuttosport claimed Napoli medic revealed that their Nigerian counterparts caused more damage to the shoulder in the process of treatment before he returned to Italy. However, Napoli and the player on Saturday afternoon took to their social media handle to debunk the reports and clear the Super Eagles team doctor of any wrongdoing. “The current situation regarding the injury of Victor Osimhen is only a consequence of the dislocated right shoulder,” Napoli said in a tweet. Osimhen dislocated his shoulder while in action for Super Eagles of Nigeria last month at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City. The striker went down in the second under a challenge from a Sierra Leone defender and was subsequently rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. The striker had since returned to his base in Italy but has not featured for Napoli since as a result of the injury
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Governor Okowa urges President Buhari to reconstitute NDDC board

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has told President Muhammadu Buhari to reconstitute the Board of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, holding that instability in the commission’s board has contributed to the systemic institutional failure of the agency.