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Eid-el-Fitri: APC urges Muslim faithful to utilise spiritual reset mode to pray against banditry,...

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Oyo State, has charged Muslim faithful to use their spiritual reset mode to pray for the country for peace against the current malaise of banditry, insurgency and kidnapping that is threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria.
Serena Williams, playing the 1000th WTA match of her career, lost on her return after nearly three months away to Nadia Podoroska in the second round of the WTA Italian Open on Wednesday.

Italian Open: Serena Williams crashes out on her 1000th career game

Serena Williams, playing the 1000th WTA match of her career, lost on her return after nearly three months away to Nadia Podoroska in the second round of the WTA Italian Open on Wednesday.
Southampton have confirmed that Arsenal and AC Milan target Ryan Bertrand will leave the club for free this summer.

Southampton confirm Arsenal target to leave club on free transfer

Bertrand has spent the last six years of his career on Southampton's books, scoring eight goals in 240 appearances, but he will walk through the St Mary's exit doors at the end of the 2020-21 season after failing to reach an extension agreement with the club.
Street vendor waits for a customer in N'djamena, Chad April 26, 2021. REUTERS-Zohra Bensemra-File Photo

African Union mission urges return to ‘constitutional order’ in Chad

An African Union mission recommended on Wednesday that Chad's military share power with a civilian president, as one of three options towards restoring constitutional order following last month's killing of president Idriss Deby.
The Federal Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, has upheld an Abuja High Court’s decision to reverse the deregistration of Youth Party by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Appeal court upturns Youth Party’s deregistration

The Federal Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, has upheld an Abuja High Court’s decision to reverse the deregistration of Youth Party by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang Kwok-wai speaks during a news conference to announce changes to election and oath taking rules, in Hong Kong, China February 23, 2021. REUTERS-Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong legislators pass ‘patriotic’ oath law

The law is widely expected to further stifle democratic opposition in the global financial hub, extending oath-taking requirements to community level district councils that are dominated by pro-democracy politicians following a landslide win in November 2019. read more
Doctors from major hospitals in England sounded an alarm on Wednesday over a fivefold increase in the number of young children requiring medical treatment after swallowing magnets from toys.

Doctors sound alarm over five-fold jump in kids swallowing magnets

Doctors from major hospitals in England sounded an alarm on Wednesday over a fivefold increase in the number of young children requiring medical treatment after swallowing magnets from toys.
Anthony Joshua’s blockbuster undisputed heavyweight title fight with Tyson Fury is reportedly on course to take place in Saudi Arabia in August.

Eddie Hearn reveals host country of Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury bout

Boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn has revealed that the coming Anthony Joshua versus Tyson Fury championship fight will be in Saudi Arabia in August.
Virgil van Dijk has officially announced that he won’t be going to the European Championships this summer due to wanting to focus fully on getting back to full fitness for Liverpool in time for next season.

Virgil van Dijk announces he won’t go to Euro 2020

Virgil van Dijk has officially announced that he won’t be going to the European Championships this summer due to wanting to focus fully on getting back to full fitness for Liverpool in time for next season
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has said that certain politicians are frustrating the war against insecurity by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Kogi registers indigent households impacted by coronavirus

Idris emphasised that the programme known as ”Rapid Response Register” (RRR), was designed as a shock response framework by the National Social Safety Net Programme (NASSP) in collaboration with the World Bank to cushion the effect of COVID-19 pandemic.
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, NASU protest non-payment of accumulated salaries in Edo

Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) of the Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma in Edo State yesterday protested against the nonpayment of their accumulated salaries, amid deployment of security ‎agents to maintain peace at the university.

Intersociety: 1,470 Nigerian Christians ‘killed’ in four months

A rights group, International Society for Civil Rights and the Rule of Law (Intersociety), has alleged that a total of 1,460 Christians have been killed in Nigeria between January and April.
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: Nigerian government will ensure safety of IOCs, others in Niger Delta

Notwithstanding pockets of incidents of insecurity in the country, the Federal Government, has assured that it would continue to work hard towards ensuring the safety and peaceful atmosphere for International Oil Companies, IOCs, operating in the Niger Delta region.
Former Emir of Kano and one-time Managing Director of First Bank, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has lamented that the nation’s economy has not been diversified, over 60 years after the discovery of oil in Nigeria.

Muhammadu Sanusi: I am the leader of Tijjaniya in Nigeria

Former Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammadu Sanusi has revealed he was confirmed the Khalifa of Tijjaniya in Nigeria by Sheikh Mahy Ibrahim Nyass, when he paid him a visit in Senegal on Monday.
LGBT refugees living in Kenya stand behind a rainbow flag as they protest against their treatment by authorities, outside an office of the UN refugee agency UNHCR in Nairobi on May 17, 2019.

Two transgender Cameroonians jailed for ‘homosexuality’

Two transgender Cameroonians were sentenced on Tuesday to five years in prison in Cameroon, where gay sex is illegal, for "attempting homosexuality", their lawyer told AFP.
Dua Lipa won the coveted British Album of the Year prize at the Brit Awards on Tuesday, in a ceremony that saw female artists dominate the mixed categories.

Dua Lipa wins album of the year at Brit Awards

Dua Lipa won the coveted British Album of the Year prize at the Brit Awards on Tuesday, in a ceremony that saw female artists dominate the mixed categories.
6. President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting behind closed doors with Service Chiefs and heads of security agencies at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Security chiefs get three weeks to curtail rising insecurity

The mandate to the security chiefs came against the backdrop of the rising cases of attacks by non-state actors on police and other agencies’ facilities as well as personnel, especially in the South-east.
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over the 43rd virtual Federal Executive Council, meeting at the First Lady Conference Room, Presidential Villa Abuja.

Nigerian women demand national conference on insecurity

Women under the aegis of Nigeria Women Elders Council, NWEC, yesterday, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently convene a national conference to address the growing security challenges in the country.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Baba, has vowed to ensure peace in all troubled areas in the country.

IGP: New security measures underway for South-South, South-East

The National Security Council (NSC) rose from its third meeting in two weeks with the approval of new security measures for both South-south and South-east geo-political zones.

APC, PDP bicker over killings of policemen in Akwa Ibom

The ruling People’s Democratic Party and All Progressives Congress, have traded over words of the worsening security situation in Akwa Ibom State.
SpaceX, an American aerospace manufacturer, is in talks with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to secure licences needed to launch Starlink, its internet satellite service in the country.

SpaceX plans to launch satellite internet service in Nigeria

SpaceX, an American aerospace manufacturer, is in talks with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to secure licences needed to launch Starlink, its internet satellite service in the country.
A boat cruises on Ebrie lagoon during daily power cuts in Abidjan, Ivory Coast May 8, 2021. REUTERS-Luc Gnago

Power generation woes in Ivory Coast and Ghana hit industry and neighbours

A drop in electricity generation in Ivory Coast and Ghana has left households and businesses fuming as well as cutting power supplies to neighbouring West African countries Mali and Burkina Faso, officials said.

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World Bank: Nigeria responsible for over 40 percent diaspora remittances in Sub Saharan Africa

In a statement on Wednesday, the Washington-based financial institution said remittances to SSA declined by an estimated 12.5 percent in 2020 to $42 billion. The decline was almost entirely due to a 27.7 percent decline in remittance flows to Nigeria,

Femi Falana: Southern governors should legalise open grazing ban to prosecute offenders

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has urged southern governors in the country to back their ban on open grazing with a legal instrument to enable the prosecution of offenders.
The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Godwin Obaseki to investigate the construction of the Edo Specialist Hospital and supply of equipment has indicted former governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

Edo governor: Nigeria’s unity must be on social justice, equity

The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has called for unity in Nigeria in order for the country to overcome its many challenges.
Demonstrators gather outside the army headquarters in Khartoum on Tuesday [Ashraf Shazly-AFP]

Two people killed in Sudan rally over 2019 protest killings

At least two people have been killed and dozens wounded as Sudanese security forces cracked down on a rally that demanded justice for protesters killed during anti-government demonstrations two years ago, according to the army.
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 abduct graduate, one other in Ondo community

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have created tension in Ikaram Akoko, in Akoko North West council area of Ondo State, following the abduction of two residents of the community including a graduate, identified as Gbodi.

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Stakeholders in the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, Tuesday, unveiled a new agenda aimed at repositioning the organisation into purposeful, focused and result-oriented opposition body that would champion the cause of governance in Nigeria

Eid-El-Fitr: CUPP laments worsening security situation, calls for prayers, tolerance

The Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, has lamented that the country was indeed in a deep trying time following the recent burglary incident in the Aso Rock residence of the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.

FRSC urges passengers to caution reckless drivers

Mr Ahmed Umar, Ogun Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has urged passengers to always caution reckless drivers to avoid accidents and fatalities.
Mr Allwell Nwakali, elder brother and agent to 2015 U17 World Cup winner, Kelechi Nwakali, says his brother and client may consider switching allegiance to a foreign country.

Kelechi Nwakali may dump Nigeria for another country – agent

Mr Allwell Nwakali, elder brother and agent to 2015 U17 World Cup winner, Kelechi Nwakali, says his brother and client may consider switching allegiance to a foreign country.
Israeli police keep guard during clashes with Palestinians at the compound that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque, known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, amid tension over the possible eviction of several Palestinian families from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, in Jerusalem's Old City, May 7, 2021. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Turkey accuses Israel of ‘terror’ over Palestinian clashes at Al-Aqsa

Turkey criticised Israel and accused it of unleashing “terror” on Palestinians after Israeli police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades towards rock-hurling Palestinian youth at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque late on Friday.
Neymar netted on 33 minutes and his corner was headed home by Marquinhos just prior to the hour mark at the Parc des Princes, with Cameroonian forward Ignatius Ganago pulling a goal back for Lens.

Report: Barcelona board sets maximum budget for Neymar transfer

The theme of constant rumours regarding Neymar’s return to Barcelona seems set to continue for the foreseeable future. Cuatro now report that club president Joan Laporta is keen on bringing the Brazilian back to the Camp Nou and has set the maximum budget for the deal as well.