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OPC: General Danbazau suffering from acute dementia

The O’odua Peoples Congress (OPC) said the former Chief of Army staff and Minister of Interior, retired Lt. Gen. Abdurahman Dambazau is suffering from acute dementia and gradually losing touch with the realities of the moment.
View of the first shot during a gun salute to mark the death of Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, at Cardiff Castle, in Cardiff, Wales, Britain April 10, 2021. REUTERS-Rebecca Naden

Artillery guns fire across UK in solemn tribute to Prince Philip

Gun salutes were fired across Britain on Saturday to mark the death of Prince Philip as tributes flooded in for a man who was a pillar of strength for Queen Elizabeth during her record-breaking reign.
Governor Seyi Makinde has said that he would make history in Oyo State to be the first governor to hand over to a successor

South-West PDP congress: Seyi Makinde, Ayo Fayose’s groups fight over 756 delegates

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and a former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, are to test their popularity with 756 delegates that will elect officials of the Peoples Democratic Party in the South-West on Monday.
The thoughts of Canadians are with Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family as they mourn the passing of Prince Philip on Friday, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Britain pays tribute to Prince Philip

Gun salutes will be fired across Britain on Saturday to mark the death of Prince Philip as tributes flooded in for a man who was a pillar of strength for Queen Elizabeth during her 69-year reign.
Wife of the President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, through her foundation, ‘Future Assured’, has donated 16 trucks of assorted food items and for distribution to 500,000 households in Kano State.

Aisha Buhari: Why I criticise government

Nigerian First Lady, Aisha Buhari, says her passion for good governance is the reason she sometimes criticizes the Buhari administration.

OPC partners security agencies over insecurity in South West

Afolabi who was newly elected president of the group at a convention held in Lagos and attended by delegates from Lagos, Ogun, Ekiti, Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Kogi and Edo State said under his leadership the group shall be rebranded into a group of disciplined and prosperous member and shall continue to fight for the enforcement of social justice in Nigeria.

Ex-COAS: OPC, IPOB are just like Boko Haram

The immediate past Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdul-Rahman Dambazau (rtd), on Friday said the O’odua People’s Congress (OPC) and the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are extremist groups like Boko Haram.
The National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, said these in a statement entitled- ‘ACF hypocritical tears’, obtained by newsmen in Abuja.

CSO wants Nigeria to immortalise Yinka Odumakin

A civil society organisation, the Centre for Leadership and Justice, has expressed the need for Nigeria to immortalise the late human rights activist and spokesman of pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin.

Archbishop of Canterbury mourns Prince Philip

The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has expressed his condolences over the passing of Prince Philip.
FILE PHOTO - Britain's Prince Philip leaves King Edward VII's Hospital in London, Britain March 16, 2021. REUTERS-Peter Cziborra

Prince Philip was the gruff figure at heart of Britain’s monarchy

A blunt-speaking naval officer who as Queen Elizabeth’s dutiful consort helped modernise the British monarchy, Prince Philip might be best remembered for his gruff public persona.
Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel says it is unsafe to reopen schools in the state in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Akwa Ibom governor commiserates with police over deadly attacks

Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has commiserated with the Nigeria Police Force on the death of its officers in an attack in the state.
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe, disclosed this on Saturday at a Town Hall meeting in Ilorin, Kwara Statement.

Senate faults PTF conversion to PSC, laments doctors strike

The Senate Committee on Health said on Thursday that the Presidency should have consulted the National Assembly before converting the the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to the Presidential Steering Committee.
Hope Uzodinma

Imo governor sabotaging Igbo presidency – Ohanaeze youths

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, OYC, has hit Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, accusing him of engaging in actions that would truncate the quest for a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction.
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.

Ohanaeze: President Buhari’s injustice fueling insecurity

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, on Tuesday, condemned the appointment of a Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, as the acting Inspector-General of Police.
Juan Mata says he decided to sign a contract extension at Manchester United because it is a special club and he already has his sights on winning major trophies next season.

Mata confident he still has much to offer Man Utd

The Spaniard told the UTD Podcast: “Of course, I heard much about him as a player. About that goal, about the many goals. So we had a meeting between us, the team, and they said: ‘Listen, it’s probable that Ole’s going to come. He’s going to take care of the team until the end of the season. He’s coming from Molde in Norway.’
All Progressives Congress (APC) Nigeria

Absence of leadership responsible for factions in Akwa Ibom APC – stakeholder

A stakeholder of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Akwa Ibom State chapter, Comrade Athanasius Okon has blamed the different factions in the party on the absence of a leader in the state.

Abuja: FHA accused of land grabbing, sale of waterways

Residents of Adkan Estate in Gwarimpa, Abuja have accused the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) of land grabbing, selling of lands on waterways and green areas.

PDP mocks APC over defamation claims in ex-governor’s suspension

The Peoples Democratic Party in Niger State has mocked the ruling All Progressives Congress for threatening to seek action over an allegation purportedly raised by the PDP in Chanchaga Local Government Area of the state in its letter suspending former Governor Babangida Aliyu, adding that the APC should mind its business.
Reacting to the development, the Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Mohammed Matawalle, said he received with shock “the report of an attack by some recalcitrant bandits who unleashed mayhem on innocent people” in Kabasa village of Magami district.

Zamfara governor urges Nigerian youths to rise to save the country from collapse

The Zamfara State Governor, Bello Muhammad Matawalle, on Monday called on the Nigerian youths to rise in defence of the country to save it from total collapse.

South-West PDP state chairmen accuse Oyo governor of ‘divisive acts’

State chairmen of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-West zone have accused the Oyo State governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, of what they called divisive acts, saying the party was tired of such.

Senator Anyanwu: Ebonyi killings a declaration of war on Igbo

Senator Samuel Anyanwu who represented Imo East senatorial district, Monday, described the killings in Ebonyi state, by killer herdsmen as a declaration of war on the Igbo people.
The Director-General of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Moh Lukman, has chided the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Ebun-olu Adegboruwa SAN, for reducing to politics and legality, the issues raised by President Muhammadu Buhari, on measure to tackle the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.

APC’s litmus tests

All party members and leaders should prioritise ensuring that the Caretaker Committee is able to complete the task of organising a National Convention where new leaders of the party will be elected. The first test therefore is whether the challenges leading to the dissolution of the Comrade Oshiomhole-led NWC are being resolved by the Caretaker Committee. To what extent, are the resolution of challenges facing the party conforming to both democratic principles and progressive ideals?

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A foremost lawyer and former Federal Commissioner for Works and Housing, Alhaji Lateef Okunnu, has warned against the division of Nigeria.

Lateef Okunnu: Ethnicity must not divide us

A foremost lawyer and former Federal Commissioner for Works and Housing, Alhaji Lateef Okunnu, has warned against the division of Nigeria.
The highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that is predominant in the United Kingdom may be up to 70 percent more deadly than previous strains, according to a report by the government’s scientific advisers.

Nigeria records 84 new coronavirus cases, one more death

Nigeria on Saturday recorded 84 new COVID-19 infections and a single fatality from the disease, according to health authorities.
The police command in Ekiti on Friday confirmed the killing of a police officer as gunmen allegedly abducted a Chinese expatriate in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

Gunmen kidnap 13-year-old boy, demand N50 million ransom

Unknown gunmen in Nigerian Army Camouflage reportedly kidnapped a 13-year-old boy in Obada-Odo Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State.
Nigerian boxer Efe Ajagba continued his rise in the heavyweight division with a third round brutal knockout of American, Brian Howard, in front of a sold out crowd at the Osage Casino, in Tulsa on Sunday.

Efe Ajagba knocks out Brian Howard in third round

Nigerian boxer Efe Ajagba continued his rise in the heavyweight division with a third round brutal knockout of American, Brian Howard, in front of a sold out crowd at the Osage Casino, in Tulsa on Sunday.
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5,000 persons displaced as Boko Haram attacks Adamawa community

The Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency says no fewer than 5,000 persons are displaced after some groups suspected to be Boko Haram members attacked a community in Hong Local Government Area of Adamawa on Friday.

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Department spokesman Ned Price told a news briefing that the United States is “gravely concerned” about accounts last week by CNN and the BBC of a massacre in the region by Ethiopian forces.

US loosens restrictions on Taiwan contacts in defiance of China

The State Department has announced that it will make it easier for US officials to meet Taiwanese representatives, defying pressure from China at a time of high tensions, and as the US Congress considers sweeping legislation to counter Beijing’s influence.
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EFCC recovers ¥370, 000, $1,800 for defrauded Japanese national

Hatsumi Ozeki, who hails from Japan, has recovered the sums of ¥370,000 Japanese Yen and $1,800 USD from a Nigerian fraudster identified as Evans Ewean-Obayagbona through the help of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Paris St Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino said Saturday’s top-of-the-table Ligue 1 clash against Lille would be important but not decisive as the season nears its end.

Mauricio Pochettino admits it will be difficult for PSG to retain Ligue 1 title...

Mauricio Pochettino has admitted Paris Saint-Germain face an uphill struggle to retain their Ligue 1 title this season after they slipped to a bad-tempered defeat against main rivals Lille.
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Abducted Lagos pastor killed after N2 million ransom

A 50-year-old Lagos-based Pastor, Frederick Ojo Aramuwa, from Ifira Akoko in Akoko south east local government of Ondo state, was found dead days after he was kidnapped in that area.
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ASUP commence indefinite nationwide strike

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has commenced an indefinite nationwide strike with effect from today.