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UNIABUJA appoints DVC academic, administration

The Governing Council of the University of Abuja has approved the appointment of Prof. Clement Alawa and Prof. Abubakar Abba as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), respectively.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it does not want bail for a former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, because he might escape.

Abdulrasheed Maina uncovered monumental fraud as pension boss – witness tells court

Ngozika Ihuoma, first defence witness (DW1), on Monday, told the Federal High Court, Abuja, that Abdulrasheed Maina, uncovered monumental fraud when he was the Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT).

SEC moves to curb activities of Ponzi schemes

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in collaboration with the Office of Attorney General of the Federation and AGA-AFRICA is set to curb the activities of Ponzi Scheme operators in the country.
A protester sprays a fire extinguisher as demonstrators clash with riot police officers during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 28, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

At least 18 killed in Myanmar on bloodiest day of protests against coup

Myanmar police fired on protesters around the country on Sunday in the bloodiest day of weeks of demonstrations against a military coup and at least 18 people were killed, the U.N. human rights office said
Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of Joaquin Guzman, the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo, exits the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse during the trial in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., February 5, 2019. REUTERS-Jeenah Moon-File Photo

Mexico president presses U.S. for details on arrest of El Chapo’s wife

Mexico’s president said on Tuesday the arrest of the wife of jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in the United States is a U.S. matter, though he urged authorities north of the border to provide more information on the case
FILE PHOTO - Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala poses outside a Nigerian diplomatic residence in Chambesy, near Geneva, Switzerland, September 29, 2020. REUTERS-Emma Farge-File Photo

Umuada Igbo: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala inspires younger generation

A body of Igbo women in Nigeria and diaspora, Umuada Igbo, has hailed the appointment of Nigeria’s former Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) from March 1, 2021.
Erik Prince, the former head of the security contractor Blackwater Worldwide and a prominent supporter of former President Donald J. Trump, violated a United Nations arms embargo on Libya.

Blackwater founder Erik Prince accused of helping evade U.N. Libya sanctions

Erik Prince, the private security executive and supporter of former U.S. President Donald Trump, “at the very least” helped evade an arms embargo on Libya, according to excerpts from a United Nations report seen by Reuters.
Malcolm X holds up a newspaper for the crowd to see during a civil rights rally in New York City on August 6, 1963 [AP]

US: Ex-policeman implicates NYPD, FBI in Malcolm X murder

A former New York City police officer has, before his death, implicated the NYPD and FBI in the murder of civil rights leader Malcolm X on February 21, 1965.
FILE PHOTO - A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine sticker and a medical syringe in front of the displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken, October 30, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic

Pfizer study another worry for South Africa’s vaccine rollout

Scientists will meet on Thursday to advise South Africa’s government on its next steps after a study suggested the dominant local coronavirus variant may reduce protective antibodies from Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine by two-thirds.
New York Attorney General Letitia James sued Amazon on Tuesday, alleging the e-commerce giant failed to provide adequate protection for its warehouse workers during the coronavirus pandemic. (Kathy Willens-AP)

New York State sues Amazon for ‘worker safety failures’ during pandemic

However, leaked meeting notes released last spring by Vice News showed high-level company executives discussing ways to smear Smalls and use him to discredit growing labor movements seeking to unionize Amazon’s various warehouse and Whole Foods workforces. Smalls is now suing Amazon for racial discrimination.

Britain pushes U.N. Security Council to call for coronavirus vaccination ceasefires

Britain on Wednesday proposed a United Nations Security Council resolution that would call for ceasefires to allow for COVID-19 vaccinations in areas of conflict around the world.
Nicki Minaj’s father, Robert Maraj, is dead.

Nicki Minaj’s father dies in ‘hit-and-run’ accident

Nassau County Police in New York disclosed that Robert was walking between Roslyn Road and Raff Avenue on Friday evening around 6 PM ET when a vehicle going northbound hit him and the driver fled the scene.
Karim Khan pictured in 2013. The QC has promised to reform the prosector’s office to make it more efficient. Michael Kooren-Reuters

British human rights lawyer elected new ICC chief prosecutor

British human rights lawyer Karim Khan was elected Friday as the new prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, a politically daunting position whose incumbent was slapped with U.S. sanctions.
FILE PHOTO - The logo of Amazon is seen on the door of an Amazon Books retail store in New York City, U.S., February 14, 2019. REUTERS-Brendan McDermid-File Photo

Amazon sues to block investigation of New York warehouse labor fight

Amazon has filed a lawsuit against the New York state attorney general’s office as a preemptive effort to prevent legal action over the company’s handling of COVID-19 conditions at a Staten Island warehouse last spring. Amazon is seeking an injunction preventing the attorney general’s office from trying to exercise “regulatory authority over workplace safety responses to COVID-19 and claims of retaliation against workers who protest working conditions.”

Fela tops voting chart for 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Late Afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti is currently toping the vote for nomination of the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for possible induction.
According to the Brit, a world heavyweight title showdown between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua could be announced in the next two weeks

Bob Arum: Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua bout the biggest heavyweight fight since Muhammad...

According to legendary promoter Bob Arum, Tyson Fury against Anthony Joshua is the biggest heavyweight fight since Muhammad Ali versus Joe Frazier.
Chinese police have uncovered a number of cases involving production and distribution of fake COVID-19 vaccines with doses up to 58,000, the country’s prosecutor general’s office said on Wednesday.

UN: 130 countries yet to access coronavirus vaccines

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have expressed dismay that about 130 countries were yet to receive a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Tianwen-1’s first image of Mars, captured Feb. 5. China National Space Administration

China becomes latest country to reach Mars with Tianwen-1 probe

China’s Tianwen-1 spacecraft successfully rolled into Mars orbit Wednesday morning, the China National Space Administration confirmed. The probe’s arrival makes China the sixth space-faring power to reach the planet. It’s also the second country this month to celebrate its first Mars mission, arriving a day after the UAE’s Hope orbiter entered Martian orbit Tuesday morning.
Folarin Balogun celebrates after guiding in his second Arsenal goal to set the seal on a sixth win out of six in the Europa League this season. Ryan Byrne-INPHO-REX-Shutterstock

Juventus identify Cristiano Ronaldo qualities in Folarin Balogun

Italian giants Juventus say they have identified some qualities of Cristiano Ronaldo in Nigeria born Arsenal ace Folarin Balogun.
FILE PHOTO - A Reddit mascot is shown at the company's headquarters in San Francisco, California April 15, 2014. REUTERS-Robert Galbraith

Reddit to double employees after raising $250 million

Reddit will double the number of employees it has over the course of this year to around 1,400 after raising $250 million in a new funding round, the company has announced. Reddit currently has around 700 employees globally. Over 600 are based in the US, according to CNBC, where it has offices in San Francisco, New York, LA, and Chicago.
A staff shows the empty ballot box after delegates voted for the election of a new interim government for Libya during the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum in Chavannes-de-Bogis near Geneva, Switzerland, February 5, 2021. U.N. Photo-Handout via REUTERS

New Libya interim government agreed in UN talks

U.N. sponsored talks produced a new interim government for Libya on Friday aimed at resolving a decade of chaos, division and violence by holding national elections later this year.
American Airlines says about 13,000 employees are at risk of furlough when a United States aid package for airline workers expires on April 1, blaming slow vaccine rollouts and new international travel restrictions for dampening demand.

American Airlines warns 13,000 staff of furloughs amid coronavirus pain

American Airlines says about 13,000 employees are at risk of furlough when a United States aid package for airline workers expires on April 1, blaming slow vaccine rollouts and new international travel restrictions for dampening demand.

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Twitter is looking into adding subscription options to become less dependent on targeted ads, Bloomberg reported Monday. Several teams are apparently in the early stages of researching different approaches.

Twitter opens its audio chat room Spaces to Android users

Twitter introduced a limited version of the Clubhouse competitor on iOS in January. While any users of Twitter’s iOS app can join and listen to Spaces, only a few can host them at the moment.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Tuesday, brokered a truce between the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom and Governor of Bauchi State, Senator Bala Mohammed in Port Harcourt.

Bauchi, Benue governors reconcile in Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Tuesday, brokered a truce between the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom and Governor of Bauchi State, Senator Bala Mohammed in Port Harcourt.
FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will have to cut down the costs of their squads by more than 35 million euros ($42.14 million) following new salary limits imposed by La Liga on Tuesday to cope with the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Barcelona, Atletico Madrid ordered to further tighten belts by La Liga

FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will have to cut down the costs of their squads by more than 35 million euros ($42.14 million) following new salary limits imposed by La Liga on Tuesday to cope with the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Isu said the agency had earlier distributed food items meant for the 2019 flood victims, which was initially kept at its warehouse, following the approval of Gov. Douye Diri two weeks ago.

Bayelsa governor: 2.5% revenue for host communities ‘unacceptable’ to Niger Delta

Gov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa on Tuesday proposed that 10 per cent of derived oil revenue be provided in the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) for the host communities.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Police nab five ‘armed robbers’, recover fire arms in Nasarawa

Police in Nasarawa state Tuesday announced the arrest of two suspected notorious armed robbers who have been terrorising Nasarawa and its environs and recovered fire arms from them.

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The Northern Governors Forum on Monday expressed support for proposals to regulate the social media to check the spread of fake news in the country.

Northern governors to wade into spat between Samuel Ortom, Bala Mohammed

The Northern State Governors Forum has expressed commitment to ending the nomadic grazing of cattle across the country as part of measures to resolve the herders-farmers conflict and end the activities of some criminal herdsmen.
The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied arresting Salihu Tanko-Yakasai, a media aide of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje who demanded for President Muhammadu Buhari’s resignation over his failure to handle insecurity in the country.

Amnesty International condemns Salihu Yakasai’s arrest

Global rights group, Amnesty International, has condemned the arrest of Salihu Tanko Yakasai, who was arrested hours after criticising President Muhammadu Buhari, over the rise in school kidnappings.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Tuesday, brokered a truce between the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom and Governor of Bauchi State, Senator Bala Mohammed in Port Harcourt.

Bauchi, Benue governors reconcile in Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Tuesday, brokered a truce between the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom and Governor of Bauchi State, Senator Bala Mohammed in Port Harcourt.

TASS: Russia jails man for eight years for handing over secrets to China

A Russian court sentenced a man to eight years in prison on Thursday after finding him guilty of state treason for allegedly handing over secrets to China, the TASS news agency reported.
The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni has said the actions or inactions of the committee at this critical stage of the nation’s political life would determine the party’s chances of retaining power at the centre in 2023.

Governor Buni excited with return of normalcy to Yobe

Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe has expressed happiness with the return of normalcy after years of devastating effects of insurgency in the state.