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Saudi Arabia donates 23 ventilators to Nigeria

Saudi Arabia has handed over 23 ventilators worth $1 million to the Nigerian government to combat COVID-19.

INEC polling units and the future of elections

The last time new polling units were defined in Nigeria was 25 years ago by the defunct National Electoral Commission of Nigeria (NECON), as INEC was then known. At the time the country had on the voters’ register, 50 million voters. Over the years, it worked with an estimate of 120,000 polling units across the country but an eventual census put the exact figure at 119, 973 polling units.
Justice I.M. Sani of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has convicted and sentenced two false whistle blowers- Dominic Okem and Chukwunonso Igweonu, to two months imprisonment each for conspiracy and giving false information

Court orders federal government to pay Bayelsa $951 million derivative arrears

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, ordered the Federal Government to pay 951 million dollars to the Bayelsa Government.

UAE reinstates travel ban on Nigeria

Less than 48 hours after it was speculated that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has lifted a travel ban on Nigeria, India and South Africa, that country has once again banned flights to and from this West African country.
MURIC Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, said this in a statement on Monday in Lagos.

Hajj cancellation: MURIC appeals to Muslims to remain strong in faith

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has appealed to Muslims who had planned to perform the 2021 Hajj to remain strong in faith as their dreams will be realised as soon as COVID-19 recedes.
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.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who disclosed this at a media briefing on Monday in Lagos, said centres were also built in collaboration with states and the private sector to isolate and treat cases of COVID-19.

Minister: Nigeria committed to entrepreneurship development

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Saturday, said the Nigerian government is committed to the development of entrepreneurship and made-in-Nigeria products.
Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Kitack Lim said the country had made important contributions to the fight against piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea maritime domain, foremost among them the recent launch of the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, also called the Deep Blue Project.

UN lauds Nigeria’s leading role in securing Gulf of Guinea

The United Nations (UN) has commended Nigeria for playing a leading role in efforts to secure the Gulf of Guinea, saying it will continue to support the country and the region.
An Airbus A380-800 passenger plane of the Emirates Airlines at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport. Mikhail Tereshchenko - TASS - Getty Images

UAE waives coronavirus travel ban on Nigeria, as Emirates resumes on Wednesday

An official document released over the weekend, from the Dubai Media Office indicated that passengers from Nigeria were expected to have received a negative result for a PCR test taken within 48 hours before departure.

World Sickle Cell Day: ‘Bone marrow transplant best option for sickle cell patients treatment’

Dr Taiwo Aderemi, Community coordinator, Sickle Cell Hope Alive Foundation (SCHAF) in Nigeria , has called on Nigerian Government and all the federal and state teaching hospitals in the country to give more attention to people living with sickle cell disease by investing in research and facility to do bone marrow transplant in Nigeria and to make same available and assessable to every sickle cell patients in the country.
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.
Comrade Wabba ( centre) representatives of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN), led by its president, Dr. Iyke Odo at NLC secretariat in Abuja.

NLC president: Politicians stealing billions, hurting healthcare delivery

The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba has decried the adverse effects of corruption in the healthcare sector as exposed during the outbreak and management of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
A new report by the World Bank has indicated that the execution of major infrastructural projects in Nigeria was being driven by foreign sponsors.

World Bank faults Nigeria’s foreign exchange management system

“Significant spreads between the official, the IEFX, and the parallel exchange rate persisted throughout 2020 and as of April 2021, the spread between the official and the IEFX rate was estimated at 8% and between the IEFX and the parallel rate, reached 18% (the spread between the official and the parallel rate was 27%),” the World Bank added.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has felicitated with Nigerians on the occasion of Christmas celebration and urged everyone to adhere strictly to COVID-19 protocols.

Sokoto governor urges Canada to demand quick passage of electoral act

The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has urged the Canadian Government to appeal to the Nigerian Government and the National Assembly to expedite action on the timely passage of the National Electoral Act into law.
MTN group CEO Ralph Mupita is on his first working visit to Nigeria since taking office in September 2020, the company announced on Thursday.

MTN boss undertakes first visit to Nigeria since becoming CEO

MTN group CEO Ralph Mupita is on his first working visit to Nigeria since taking office in September 2020, the company announced on Thursday.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, made this known in a statement signed by the Director of Information of the ministry, Mr Theodore Ogaziechi, on Sunday in Abuja.

Minister: Seven states provide 19 livestock grazing reserves

Seven states have set out 19 grazing reserves for the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP), the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, has said.
Environment minister Mohammad Abubakar made this known at an event organised in conjunction with the French Embassy to mark the 5th Anniversary of the Paris Agreement in Abuja.

Nigerian government laments desertification

The federal government has lamented that desert encroachment is having a great toll on the nation as it has severely affected states which produce over 95 per cent of Nigeria’s livestock population.
An Italian court has declared Shell, Eni and their managers all acquitted in the controversial Malabu scandal. They were all acquitted by the court yesterday.

Malabu: Italy probes prosecutors for ‘hiding’ documents

The Italian justice ministry has ordered an inquiry into the conduct of two prosecutors in the long-running OPL245 corruption case involving energy groups Eni and Shell in Nigeria.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police: Gunmen attack Imo lawmaker’s home, behead security guard

Gunmen have attacked the country home of Ekene Nnodimele, the lawmaker representing Orsu State Constituency in the Imo House of Assembly.
The Federal Government has given end of December this year to complete the ongoing construction and rehabilitation of Abuja-Lokoja Highway.

Nigeria moves to address accidents on highways

The Nigerian government has expressed worry over the increasing number of motor accidents on the nation’s highways.
Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has pledged to abide by the peace pact he made with political opponents in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

CDHR calls for release of abducted Ebonyi children

Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) has urged the police and sister agencies to secure the unconditional release of the seven Ebonyi children abducted by suspected hoodlums at Enyigba community.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has felicitated with Nigerians on the occasion of Christmas celebration and urged everyone to adhere strictly to COVID-19 protocols.

PDP governors condemn NNPC, CBN’s management

The governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have condemned the way top government agencies like the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) have been managed under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

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The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Lagos man arrested for ‘raping’ daughter, maid

The police in Lagos have arrested a 35-year-old man for allegedly raping his two-year-old daughter and their maid.
The member representing Daura Federal Constituency of Katsina State in the House of Representatives, Fatahu Muhammad, has defended the suspension of Twitter from operating in Nigeria.

House member hails Twitter ban, wants media regulated

Fatahu Muhammad, the member representing Daura Federal Constituency of Katsina State in the House of Representatives, has defended the suspension of Twitter from operating in Nigeria.
Soldiers fighting the counterterrorism war in the northeast have arrested an errand boy and logistics supplier to a notorious Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) logistics commander, Modu Sulum, recently killed by soldiers.

Nabbed ISWAP ‘errand boy’ swallows SIM cards to destroy call records

Soldiers fighting the counterterrorism war in the northeast have arrested an errand boy and logistics supplier to a notorious Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) logistics commander, Modu Sulum, recently killed by soldiers.

At least 11 police killed in Burkina Faso ambush

At least 11 police officers were killed in an ambush in northern Burkina Faso late on Monday, two security sources said on Tuesday.
FILE PHOTO - A participant stands near a logo of World Bank at the International Monetary Fund - World Bank Annual Meeting 2018 in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, October 12, 2018. REUTERS-Johannes P. Christo

World Bank commits to annual reports on climate action plan

The World Bank on Tuesday agreed to boost the amount of money it spends to tackle climate change to 35% from a previous target of 28% and to release annual progress reports after its draft climate change action plan came under fire for lack of a clear implementation strategy.

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Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, has tested positive for the deadly Coronavirus days after he returned from the United Kingdom.

NIS chief accuses officers of collecting bribe

The Comptroller General (CG) of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, may have perfected plans for mass movement of officers, particularly those at the land borders to tackle what he termed collection of bribes and extortion by the officers.
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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.
A Zenith Bank logo is seen on a sign on top of the bank in Freetown, Sierra Leone August 19, 2017. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

Zenith Bank emerges best corporate governance financial services in Africa 2021

Zenith Bank Plc has been named as the Best Corporate Governance ‘Financial Services’ Africa 2021 by the Ethical Boardroom for the second consecutive year.
Isoko people under the auspices of Isoko Ethnic Nationality Movement, IENM, weekend, described Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege as God’s special gift to Deltans.

Senator Omo-Agege: Law to give 40 percent National Assembly seats to youth underway

The Senate is working currently on a bill to set aside 30 per cent of seats at the National Assembly and 40 per cent of seats at states’ houses of assembly for young people.
Tottenham will play at Wembley until at least the start of 2019

UEFA ‘confident’ Euro 2020 final will be held at Wembley

UEFA insists it is "confident" the Euro 2020 final can take place at Wembley Stadium amid reports the governing body is concerned about quarantine measures.