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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.

Ogun doctor, nurse released as gunmen abduct another health worker

The doctor and the nurse abducted last week Wednesday by gunmen on the Abeokuta-Imeko Road have been released on Monday night.
[File] Nigeria's Senate leader, Bukola Saraki, announces that he would stand to become the main opposition candidate in 2019's presidential elections in Abuja, Nigeria, August 30, 2018. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

Senator Saraki hails successful completion of PDP Southwest Congress

A former president of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has hailed the successful conclusion of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) South-West zonal congress.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

67 Security agents killed in Southeast, South-South in 3 months

No fewer than 67 security agents, comprising the police, Navy and prison wardens, have been killed by gunmen in the South East and South South since December last year.
Ship Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, is seen after it was fully floated in Suez Canal, Egypt March 29, 2021. REUTERS-Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Suez Canal reopens after stranded ship is freed

Traffic has resumed in Egypt’s Suez Canal after a stranded container ship blocking it for nearly a week was finally freed by salvage crews.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday commended the early response of the military and the Kaduna State Government towards the rescue of 180 students and eight staff members of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, in Igabi LGA.

President Buhari leaves for routine medical checks in UK Tuesday

The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina, who disclosed this in a statement on Monday evening, said President Buhari will first meet with the Security Chiefs in the morning, after which he will embark on the journey.
Ahmed Musa and Samuel Chukwueze were the top performers on first day of training as the Super Eagles intensify preparation for Saturday’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying tie against Benin Republic.

AFCONQ: Super Eagles prepare for fanfare with Crocodiles in Lagos

Super Eagles returned to Lagos from Benin Republic on Sunday afternoon, savouring the victory over the Squirrels that shot them to an unassailable 11 points in their 2021 AFCON qualifying group and looking forward to a colourful house party against the Crocodiles of Lesotho at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on Tuesday.
Confederation of African Football has picked Cape Verde official Fabricio Duarte to take charge of proceedings as a referee with his compatriots Jorge Correia Semedo Helio (assistant 1), Delgado Fernandes Wilson Jorge (assistant referee 2) and Antonio Manuel Fortes Tony Rodrigues (fourth official) also on duty.

AFCONQ: Fabricio Duarte to officiate Nigeria vs Lesotho game

Confederation of African Football has picked Cape Verde official Fabricio Duarte to take charge of proceedings as a referee with his compatriots Jorge Correia Semedo Helio (assistant 1), Delgado Fernandes Wilson Jorge (assistant referee 2) and Antonio Manuel Fortes Tony Rodrigues (fourth official) also on duty.

JAMB parades two staff for extorting UTME candidates

Two staff of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, that defrauded some candidates seeking admission into universities were nabbed yesterday.
Former Governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, on Monday lamented that the immediate past Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola is now having gray hair because the work of heading three ministries was to big for him.

2023: Senator Okorocha meets ex-President Obasanjo in Abeokuta

Former Imo State Governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha, held a meeting with ex-President, Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Monday evening.
Nigerian singer, Burna Boy, has stated that he hasn’t been able to sleep since the Lekki shooting incident that occurred on October 20, the day soldiers opened fire on youths protesting against police brutality.

Grammys: Nigeria’s president congratulates Burna Boy, Wizkid

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Nigerian music star, Damini Ogulu, better known as Burna Boy, whose entry won the “Best Global Music Album” category in the 2021 Grammy awards, saying he has made notable contributions in the field of music which the world has come to recognise.
Luca Attanasio had been Italy’s head of mission in Kinshasa since 2017 and was made ambassador in 2019. Italian foreign ministry-AFP-Getty Images

DR Congo identifies rebels responsible for Italian ambassador’s death

Authorities of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Monday evening identified rebels of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) movement as being responsible for an ambush that killed Italian Ambassador to the country Luca Attanasio.
The Director of Publicity and Advocacy, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, in a statement issued Tuesday, said the Forum had been receiving reports since January 31, and has taken the responsible step by drawing the attention of authorities to the dangers.

Northern elders: We’re not aware of Nigerian government’s prosecution, conviction of criminal herders

The Northern Elders Forum, which is an elite association of statesmen in the North, says it is not aware of that thousands of herders were being tried and convicted across the country for illegal activities.
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.

PGF chief: Admitting Femi Fani-Kayode into APC is rewarding scandalous behaviour

Director-General of the Progressive Governors’ Forum PGF, Salihu Moh. Lukman has kicked against any attempt to admit a former Aviation minister and chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, into the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, saying to do so would tantamount to ‘rewarding scandalous behaviour’.
FILE PHOTO - U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about his administration's plans to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic during a COVID-19 response event at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 21, 2021. REUTERS-Jonathan Ernst

US president to issue executive orders on asylum, legal immigration, separated families

U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday will order a major review of asylum processing at the U.S.-Mexico border and the legal immigration system as he seeks to undo some of former President Donald Trump’s hard-line policies, two senior administration officials said on Monday evening.
Security personnel stand guard as the World Health Organization (WHO) team tasked with investigating the origins of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic visits the Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in Wuhan, China February 1, 2021. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

WHO team in Wuhan hold “good discussions” with Chinese counterparts

A World Health Organization-led team investigating the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday visited the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in China’s central region of Hubei, where the outbreak emerged in late 2019.
A teenager receives a vaccination against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Tel Aviv, Israel, January 24, 2021. REUTERS-Ronen Zvulun

Israel bans international flights to curb coronavirus spread

“Other than rare exceptions, we are closing the sky hermetically to prevent the entry of the virus variants and also to ensure that we progress quickly with our vaccination campaign,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in public remarks at the start of a cabinet meeting.
The US Supreme Court has barred New York from imposing coronavirus restrictions on houses of worship in a ruling likely to be heralded by conservatives as a victory for religious freedoms.

US okays first execution of a woman in decades

The US Supreme Court cleared the way Wednesday for the first execution of a woman in decades — despite doubts about her mental state — after the government of President Donald Trump pushed for the application of the death penalty.
Lisa Montgomery strangled a pregnant woman in Missouri before cutting out and kidnapping the baby in 2004.

Donald Trump administration fights for first execution of a woman in decades

A legal battle continued Tuesday to decide the fate of a US woman that the government of Donald Trump intends to execute before leaving power, despite doubts about her mental state.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visits a building site to make a commitment to EU citizens that Scotland would remain their home, in Easterhouse, Glasgow on April 5, 2019. (Photo by John Linton - POOL - AFP)

Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon questions Celtic’s Dubai trip

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has questioned Celtic's decision to jet off for a mid-season training camp in Dubai as the country struggles with tough coronavirus restrictions.
Neymar is set to return from injury for Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 on Friday with a view to facing RB Leipzig in a crucial Champions League match next week, the club said.

Reports of extravagant party dent Neymar’s improving image

The Paris Saint-Germain striker's entourage vigorously denies reports in Brazilian media, but the silence of the player, normally active on social media, speaks for itself.
Andreas Christensen attempts to challenge Jack Grealish. (Photo by Darren Walsh-Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Aston Villa coach John Terry unimpressed by Andreas Christensen’s antics

The Blues had taken the lead through Olivier Giroud before Aston Villa - where John Terry now works as assistant manager - equalised through Anwar El Ghazi in the second-half.

Ondo tertiary institution workers suspend strike

Workers of Ondo State-owned tertiary institutions, on Monday, suspended their 14-day warning strike.

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The allegation of marginalisation against Governor Udom Emmanuel by the Oro Think Tank is unfair and has no basis in objectivity, the Akwa Ibom State branch of the Civil Liberties Organisation, CLO, has declared.

Akwa Ibom wins CIRDDOC 2020 best budget transparency award

In a move that gives credence and endorsement of the commitment of the Udom Emmanuel led administration in ensuring openness, transparency and accountability in budgeting and governance, the Akwa Ibom State Government has been ranked one of the best performing states in the 2020 sub-National Budget Transparency Survey.
The Special Adviser to Governor Sanwo-Olu on Education, Barrister Tokunbo Wahab, inaugurated the board.

Lagos inaugurates six-man governing board for alternative high school for girls

Lagos State Government has inaugurated a six-member Governing Board for Alternative High School for Girls In Aboju area of the state.
FILE PHOTO - A view of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility 250 km (155 miles) south of the Iranian capital Tehran, March 30, 2005. REUTERS-Raheb Homavandi

Iran says 60% enrichment meant to show nuclear prowess, is reversible

Iran began enriching uranium to 60% purity in order to show its technical capacity after a sabotage attack at a nuclear plant, and the move is quickly reversible if the United States lifts sanctions, the Iranian government said on Tuesday.

NAPTIP calls for effective counter-trafficking policies, ideas to tackle human trafficking

The Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Imaan Sulaiman Ibrahim, has called for effective counter - Trafficking policies and ideas to tackle the manace of human trafficking.

2023: Kingsley Moghalu urges young people to join politics

A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, has asked young people in Nigeria to actively participate in politics and help reshape the future of the country.

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The Senate on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Halilu Shaba as Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA).

Senate confirms Halilu Shaba as NASDRA chief

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Halilu Shaba as Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA).
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has taken to Twitter to condemn plans for the Premier League Big Six to be part of the formation of a European super league.

British premier condemns European Super League plans

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has taken to Twitter to condemn plans for the Premier League Big Six to be part of the formation of a European super league.
Former Manchester City star Yaya Toure has revealed he wrote a letter of apology to try and end his long-running feud with Pep Guardiola over comments he made regarding the manager's treatment of African stars.

Yaya Toure reveals efforts to end feud with Pep Guardiola

Former Manchester City star Yaya Toure has revealed he wrote a letter of apology to try and end his long-running feud with Pep Guardiola over comments he made regarding the manager's treatment of African stars.
Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, has reacted to what he called “a cornucopia of false, malicious, and libellous press interviews” granted by Ms. Gbene Joi Nuineh, the erstwhile Acting Managing Director of the Interim Management Committee, of the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) in some news and social media platforms and a “series of concerted vicious campaigns of calumny deviously orchestrated by her” against his person.

Senator Akpabio: NDDC forensic audit ends July

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has set July ending 2021 as deadline for conclusion of the forensic audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Merchants of violence are threatening to tear the very foundations of the Nigerian nation, Minister of Defence, Major General Salihu Magashi (rtd), said on Monday.

Defence minister, service chiefs storm Borno

Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd), alongside the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor and Service Chiefs on Sunday stormed Maiduguri, the Borno State capital on operational visit.