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Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani gestures during celebrations to mark Afghan New Year (Newroz), in Kabul, Afghanistan March 21, 2021. REUTERS-Omar Sobhani-File Photo

Joe Biden to meet with Afghan president as violence surges

U.S. President Joe Biden will meet at the White House with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah on Friday to discuss U.S. troop withdrawal amid a surge in fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban across the country.
The weekly virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) is taking place at the State House, Abuja with President Muhammadu Buhari presiding.

President Buhari meets minister, chief of staff over insecurity in South East

President Muhammadu Buhari at the weekend met with the Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige at Aso Rock over the escalating insecurity in the South East.
The five governors of the Southeast region, on Sunday, launched Ebubeagu regional security to fight terrorism in the zone. The governors in attendance were, Governor of Abia State, Okezuo Ikpeazu, Anambra, Willie Obiano, Enugu, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Ebonyi, Dave Umahi and the host governor, Hope Uzodinma.

Official: South-east governors to hold talks with IPOB

The governors of Nigeria’s South-east region may be preparing to hold talks with IPOB, going by the positions adopted by the governors and other leaders of the region during their Saturday’s meeting in Enugu.
Norway's football community will on Sunday decide whether to boycott next year's World Cup in Qatar. Under pressure from grassroots activists the Norwegian Football Federation (NFF) is holding an extraordinary congress to decide whether to pass up football's showpiece event.

Norway’s football clubs to decide whether to boycott World Cup

Norway's football community will on Sunday decide whether to boycott next year's World Cup in Qatar.
Governor David Nweze Umahi

South-east governors, others ask security agencies to stop extrajudicial killings

South-east governors and leaders have requested security agencies in the zone to respect the rights and privileges of all those living in the zone.
Speaking at the inauguration of a 969-metre `Rebisi’ dual carriage flyover in Port Harcourt, on Saturday, Minister of Works and Housing, by Mr Babatunde Fashola, who made the pronouncement also said that the Federal Government “is not in competition with any state’’ of the federation over project implementation.

Minister: Why Nigerian government is borrowing to expand infrastructure

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has defended the Federal Government’s resort to loans to expand infrastructure in the country.

2023: Political parties task INEC on need for new electoral laws

Eighteen political parties recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has mounted pressure on the commission to impress it on the National Assembly to pass the new electoral laws before the next general election in 2023.
The Management of Rivers State College of Health Science and Management Technology Port Harcourt has directed all the students of the institution to vacate the college premises until further notice.

Rivers college shut, students ordered to vacate premises

The Management of Rivers State College of Health Science and Management Technology Port Harcourt has directed all the students of the institution to vacate the college premises until further notice.

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.
[FILES] Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II waits to read the Queen’s Speech on the The Sovereign’s Throne in the House of Lords chamber,, during the State Opening of Parliament at the Houses of Parliament in London on May 11, 2021, which is taking place with a reduced capacity due to Covid-19 restrictions. – The State Opening of Parliament is where Queen Elizabeth II performs her ceremonial duty of informing parliament about the government’s agenda for the coming year in a Queen’s Speech. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP)

Queen attends Royal Ascot for first time since Philip’s death

Queen Elizabeth II visited Royal Ascot without her late husband Prince Philip for the first time on Saturday.
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 5 Headquarters, Benin City, AIG Isaac Akinmoyede, has called for the called for strict supervision and regulation of the activities of members of the State Security Network (Vigilante), operating in Edo.

AIG: How DPO escaped death from Edo vigilance group members

The Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 5 Headquarters, Benin City, AIG Isaac Akinmoyede, has called for the called for strict supervision and regulation of the activities of members of the State Security Network (Vigilante), operating in Edo State.
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.
APGA National Chairman Ozonkpu Victor Oye (Middle) and flanked by APC National Secretary, Senator John Akpanudoedehe (right) and National Chairman Allied People’s Movement, Yusuf Mamman Dantalle (left) at the 2nd Consultative Meeting between INEC and National Chairmen of Political Parties at the commission’s headquarters, Abuja

APGA conflict: Victor Oye recognised as authentic party chair by INEC

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Ozonkpu Victor Ike-Oye, was on Thursday given recognition as the authentic leader of the party by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Officials in Tokyo are forging ahead with hosting the Olympics from July 23. Philip FONG-AFP

Tokyo scraps Olympics public viewing sites

Tokyo will cancel all public Olympics viewing events in an effort to reduce the risk of coronavirus infections, the city governor said Saturday.

NiMet, FAO strategise to combat food security in Nigeria

Bothered by the growing food insecurity in the country, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) yesterday hinted that it was collaborating with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to strategise on best weather and climate services model to mitigate negative impact of weather to agriculture.
Ned Nwoko

Prince Nwoko steps up anti-malaria crusade

For a while, billionaire businessman, Prince Ned Nwoko, has been tireless in his desire to eradicate malaria in Africa by striking different partnership deals with entertainers and organisations.
1. President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja said the consequences of a destabilised Chad to the sub-region cannot be imagined. He said it would compound the insecurity in Nigeria and other neighboring countries.

President Buhari to attend ECOWAS summit in Accra today

President Muhammadu Buhari will today participate in the 59th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in Accra, the capital of Ghana.
Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (fifth from the left) and his colleagues during Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum meeting in Ibadan Oyo State on Monday.

Remittance: It is impunity for NNPC to ignore extant laws – PDP governors

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum, has said it is impunity for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) not to remit money to the federation account as stipulated by the constitution.
Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State 2

APC governors endorse NGF committee on judiciary, state legislature autonomy

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governors on the platform of Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) have unanimously endorsed the Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal-led NGF Committee on the autonomy for Judiciary and State Legislature.
Green Africa has announced that all customers who have booked flights with the airline will be able to move their flights to future dates starting August 2021 at no extra charge.

Green Africa Flights suspended till August

Green Africa has announced that all customers who have booked flights with the airline will be able to move their flights to future dates starting August 2021 at no extra charge.

Nigerian government to begin rehabilitation on part of Enugu-Onitsha expressway

The Federal Controller of Works in Enugu State, Olufemi Oyekanmi, said the ministry will soon begin the rehabilitation of the dilapidated Ugwu-Onyeama portion of the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway.
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Ekiti APC suspends two members for ‘fraternising’ with pro-Tinubu group

For allegedly fraternising with the South West Agenda for 2023 (SWAGA), a political platform rooting for the Presidential aspiration of the former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress, Ekiti chapter, has again suspended two members of the party.

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One female student was found dead in the forest by troops tracking the kidnappers, Nigerian army spokesperson Onyema Nwachukwu said in a statement. Those who were rescued were freed after an exchange of fire in the early hours of Friday.

Nigerian troops rescue more FGC Yauri students, staff

Troops of the Nigerian Armed Forces have successfully rescued three more students and one staffer of the Federal Government College, Yauri, Kebbi State.
Phil Foden's performances at international level have been adversely affected by his style of play at Manchester City according to Wayne Rooney, who insists that the England star is not a dribbler.

Euro 2020: Phil Foden hits back at Gareth Southgate’s critics

Phil Foden has defended Gareth Southgate after the England manager was criticised for his side’s spluttering start at Euro 2020.
Manchester United have identified Alexander Isak as an alternative target to Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland this summer, The Star reports.

Chelsea manager Tuchel turning to Sweden’s Alexander Isak

According to AS, Isak is among a number of targets that Chelsea could pursue instead, the 21-year-old who has previously been linked with Arsenal is one of the continent’s most sought-after forwards and has impressed for Sweden at Euro 2020.

Oyo NUJ charges governor, police to arrest killers of journalist

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council, has called on the state government and Police Command to fish out the killers of an Ibadan-based journalist, Titus Badejo.
Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has commended the patience and understanding displayed by the Muslim faithful in observing Ramadhan fast and celebrating this year’s Sallah under quarantine conditions.

Kaduna governor visits communities terrorised by bandits, condoles with families

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Saturday paid a confidence-building visit to communities affected by bandit attacks around the Kaduna-Abuja highway in Chikun LGA.

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Alieu Kosiah, 46, who was arrested in Switzerland in 2014, was found guilty of multiple atrocities committed during the first of Liberia’s back-to-back civil wars, in which about 250,000 people died between 1989 and 2003.

Court jails ex-Liberian warlord 20 years for war crimes

A former Liberian warlord was jailed for 20 years in Switzerland on Friday, becoming the first person from the country to be convicted of war crimes committed during the bloody conflict there a generation ago.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) has begun training agricultural extension officers in Akure, the Ondo State capital on the protection of children from exploitation, hazards, and risks in the Nigerian agriculture sector.

ILO elects Nigeria as regular member of governing board

ILO has elected Nigeria as a regular member of its Governing Board.
Western Nigerian Security Network, codenamed Amotekun.

Group: Why Amotekun is not effective in protection of Yorubaland

Majeobaje, a Yoruba Socio-cultural Group, has said all that Yorubaland needs is a united and depoliticised Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Amotekun, for effective protection of their territory from invaders.
“At this moment, l cannot say how many students were taken away by the gunmen until l get there, but we have already mobilized security men and members of the vigilantatè who are now in pursuit of the abductors,” the commissioner stated.

Bandits reject N20 million ransom for kidnapped Niger chief, two wives

The Zungeru community, Wushishi Local Government Area, Niger says bandits have rejected N20 million ransom to free a chief kidnapped in the community and his two wives.
Customers receive assistance from staff members at an Ethio Telecom branch in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia June 7, 2019. REUTERS-Tiksa Negeri-File Photo

Ethiopia launches tender process to sell 40% stake in Ethio Telecom

Interested investors can now submit so called expressions of interest (EOI), the first of a series of stages that will lead to picking of a successful bidder, Zinabu Yirga, Deputy Director of Public Enterprises Holding and Administration Agency told a press conference in the capital Addis Ababa.