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FILE PHOTO - A tract of the Amazon jungle burns as it is cleared by loggers and farmers in Porto Velho, Brazil August 24, 2019. REUTERS-Ueslei Marcelino-File Photo

NGO: Two-thirds of tropical rainforest destroyed or degraded globally

Humans have degraded or destroyed roughly two-thirds of the world’s original tropical rainforest cover, new data reveals – raising alarm that a key natural buffer against climate change is quickly vanishing
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has dismissed Jurgen Klopp’s claim that Liverpool can no longer hope to defend their Premier League title.

Manchester City boss vows to ground players if they face quarantine after international duty

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will join Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp in preventing his players from travelling for internationals if they would be required to quarantine on their return.
Chelsea are making a frantic effort to replace Tammy Abraham with the Bundesliga and Borussia Dortmund striker, Erling Haaland.

Borussia Dortmund chief expects Erling Haaland stay

Borussia Dortmund’s head of first-team football Sebastian Kehl expects in-demand forward Erling Braut Haaland to remain at the Westfalenstadion for the 2021-22 campaign.
The Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State

Fraud: Court disqualifies lawyer as defence witness

The trial-within-trial of a suspected serial fraudster, Scales Ishola Olatunji was cut short on Thursday following a ruling by Justice Agatha Okeke of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State which disqualified one Peter Mba from giving his testimony as a defence witness in the matter.
The Stockfish Dealers Association has called on the federal government to grant importers of stockfish access to the foreign exchange.

Norwegian Seafood Council faults Nigeria’s inclusion of stockfish in banned list

The Norwegian Seafood Council has protested the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN’s inclusion of stockfish in the list of banned goods to be imported into the country.
Former Napoli centre-forward Andrea Carnevale has urged Victor Osimhen to be more selfish in order to score more goals.

RB Leipzig boss: We couldn’t afford Victor Osimhen’s transfer fee

The respected tactician admitted that Leipzig could not afford the 22-year-old whose exploits in France cost more than 50 million euros.
Martin Odegaard says it has been ‘easy’ to fit into the Arsenal side after the midfielder made an impressive first start for the club in the Gunners’ 4-2 win over Leeds.

Martin Odegaard admits it has been ‘easy’ to fit into Arsenal team

Odegaard signed for the north London side on loan from Real Madrid last month and made his first starting appearance during the win over Leeds on Sunday, linking well with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka as Arsenal returned to winning ways at the Emirates.
Britain said on Wednesday it was helping Kenya prepare to roll out the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Astrazeneca and Oxford University, as African nations race to ensure their populations are inoculated.

WHO backs Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, assures safety for older persons

The World Health Organisation has officially recommended the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for people over the age of 65 saying it should be used without upper age limit.
Erling Haaland may be only 20 and in the middle of his first full season at Borussia Dortmund, but Lothar Matthaus believes the time has already come for the striking sensation to move on.

Manchester City chiefs not relenting on Erling Haaland’s bid before others

Manchester City chiefs believe on-field success can give them an edge over Chelsea in the race for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.
Odion Ighalo made a winning debut in the Saudi Pro League as Al Shabab hammered Al Raed on Saturday.

Ighalo makes winning debut with Al Shabab in Saudi Arabia

The encounter was Ighalo’s first outing since December 2 when he came off the bench to make his Champions League debut as a 90th-minute substitute in Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.
Lagos-based lawyer and human rights activist, Mr Olisa Agbakoba

Olisa Agbakoba: Regional autonomy’ll address Nigeria’s diversity challenges

Former President of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, said yesterday that regional autonomy will address Nigeria’s diversity challenges.
Raiola is one of football’s biggest agents, boasting of managing some world-class clients such as Paul Pogba, Marco Verratti, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and of course the wonderkid Erling Haaland.

Chelsea, Manchester United alerted as Borussia Dortmund plan to invite immediate offers for Erling...

Haaland's contract carries a €75m option from 2022 and BVB believe they can get more for the Norway international if they put him up for sale today.
Leke James has cashed in on his goals in Norway with a transfer as a free agent to Al Qadisiya of Saudi Arabia.

Leke James joins Saudi Arabia side as free agent

Leke James has cashed in on his goals in Norway with a transfer as a free agent to Al Qadisiya of Saudi Arabia.
Martin Ødegaard poses in his Arsenal shirt after completing a loan move from Real Madrid for the rest of the season. Stuart MacFarlane-Arsenal FC-Getty Images

Martin Odegaard arrives Emirates, grabs shirt No 11.

Arsenal have confirmed the arrival of Real Madrid starlet Martin Odegaard, on a loan deal running until the end of the season.
Striker Victor Boniface has tested positive for Covid-19, according to his Norwegian club Bodo-Glimt.

Nigerian striker tests positive for coronavirus in Norway

Striker Victor Boniface has tested positive for Covid-19, according to his Norwegian club Bodo/Glimt.
Arsenal have reportedly made a move for Real Madrid playmaker Martin Ødegaard.

Arsenal ‘make approach’ for wantaway Real Madrid playmaker

However, the 22-year-old has played just five minutes in the last six games and earlier today, reports in the Spanish press indicated that the player had told Zinedine Zidane of his intention to leave on loan during the window.
Nigerian winger Samuel Adegbenro has joined Swedish club IFK Norrköping.

Nigeria winger joins Swedish club IFK Norrköping

“IFK Norrköping is one of the biggest clubs in Sweden and I look forward to this challenge. I am very happy to be here,” the pacy winger told the club’s official website.

CAF appoints four female referees with one Nigerian among 47 for African Nations Championship

The Referee Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed 47 referees and assistant referees – including Video Assistant Referees – from 31 countries in the continent for the 6th edition of the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) holding in Cameroon from 16 January to 7 February 2021.
US lawmakers decried an attempted “coup” against the US government Wednesday as supporters of President Donald Trump smashed into the US Congress and shut down legislative sessions.

World leaders react to U.S. political unrest

World leaders expressed shock at political unrest in the United States (U.S.) Wednesday which saw supporters of President Donald Trump storm the Capitol building in Washington DC.
Japan maintains its lead into 2021 as the world’s most powerful passport.

Japan leads 2021 world’s most powerful passport

The passports were rated according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa.
The 2019 Spanish champions Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of Cameroon striker Ajara Nchout, on a two-year contract.

Cameroon’s Ajara Nchout joins Rasheedat Ajibade at Atletico Madrid

The Madrid-based outfit secured the Indomitable Lionesses star as a free agent after successfully seeing out her two-year contract with 2020 Norwegian Toppserien winners Valerenga last December.
Rescue workers have recovered a third body and continue searching for another seven people still missing four days after a landslide buried homes in a Norwegian village.

Third body found after Norway landslide

A whole hillside collapsed in the village of Ask, 25km (15 miles) northeast of the capital Oslo, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, injuring 10 people, one of them seriously.

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SEMA: Food scarcity may hit Ekiti

The Ekiti State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has raised the alarm that there might be shortage of food in the state in the next planting season with the rate at which fire has been ravaging food and cash crops across the 16 local government areas of the state.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Police raid ‘gay party’ in Anambra

The police officers were said to have raided a hotel in the area, where the suspected gays were having a party. The Ukpo Police Division stormed the venue following a tip-off after trouble ensued at the party.
Director of Information, National Assembly Abuja, Rawlings Agada, has said the sum of N37 billion, approved for the renovation of the National assembly complex may not be enough for the work.

National Assembly urged to key into Kaduna governor’s report on true federalism

The National Assembly and key actors in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have been urged to play leading roles in the implementation of the Governor Nasir el-Rufai-led Committees report on true federalism.
All Progressives Congress (APC) Nigeria

APC registers 2.5 million members in Kano

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State says the All Progressives Congress (APC) has so far registered about 2.5 million members in the ongoing membership registration/revalidation in the state.
Yemi Osinbajo

Niger governo: VP Osinbajo an icon of humility, discipline

The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has described Nigeria’s Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, as an icon of humility and discipline.

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According to a statement signed by the commissioner of homeland affairs, Samuel Aruwan, the order comes into effect on April 9.

Bandits abandon motorcycles on sighting fighter jets in Birnin Gwari

The ‘’no fly zone’’ order given by President Muhammadu Buhari over Zamfara State on Tuesday appears to have impacted positively on banditry in Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State yesterday, as bandits ran helter-skelter, abandoning their motorcycles on sighting military fighter jets in the area, and fleeing.

Governor Ikpeazu: Senator Adeyemi a mad man

The Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, on Monday described Senator Smart Adeyemi as a mad man.

Medical practitioners to launch N10 billion intervention fund for pregnant women

Medical Practitioners, under the auspices of Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN), said they are set to launch a N10bn-intervention fund to take care of challenges of pregnant women and aged people within and outside the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
All Progressives Congress (APC) Nigeria

Appeal court voids order stopping APC revalidation in Rivers

The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has voided an interim order of a Rivers State High Court against the membership revalidation exercise of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state.
The Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State

Court convicts fake soldier for impersonation, fraud

A Federal High Court in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on Friday found Henry Asuquo guilty on a two-count charge of impersonation, cybercrime and fraud.