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FILE PHOTO - People walk over Waterloo Bridge, amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in London, Britain, February 5, 2021. REUTERS-Henry Nicholls

Great Escape: UK could be back to work by July – report

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering a staged exit from COVID-19 lockdown that would see pubs and restaurants reopen in May, and hospitality and domestic holiday industries not fully reopening until July, the Daily Mail reported.
“There is no evidence that the virus originated there’’ but hypothetically, there are all conditions for the spread of the virus there,“ Vladimir Dedkov, a member of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) expert team, was quoted as saying.

WHO official: No evidence coronavirus originated from China

A Russian expert on Saturday said Wuhan’s Huanan seafood market may have made it possible for the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) to spread, but it does not mean the virus originated there.
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has said that certain politicians are frustrating the war against insecurity by President Muhammadu Buhari.

PTF: Kogi doesn’t even acknowledge that coronavirus exists

Kogi State and its Governor Yahaya Bello have become serious cause for worry for the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

Enugu governor seeks federal government’s nod to construct roundabout

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, is seeking approvals from relevant agencies of the federal government to construct an iconic roundabout and tower, at the popular Opi Junction, about 14 kilometres from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN).
An employee serves a glass of Champagne during the traditional wine harvest at the Champagne house Deutz in Ay, France, September 22, 2016. REUTERS-Benoit Tessier

Champagne loses its fizz as pandemic hits sales

Producers group CIVC said on Tuesday that sales of bubbly dropped 18% in 2020 by volume and the pandemic would continue to weigh on demand in the first half of this year, although the extent of last year’s decline was less than initially forecast and there was some year-end cheer.
Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu (born June 25, 1965) is a Nigerian politician and the current Governor of Lagos State.

Lagos governor: We’re talking to coronavirus vaccine manufacturers

Nigeria’s commercial capital city of Lagos is the epicenter of the nation’s novel coronavirus outbreak; with over 44,000 of the nation’s total confirmed COVID-19 infections of 121, 566 as of January 24, 2021.
Minister of State in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has assured residents of the territory that there are no hoarded palliatives in the various warehouses across the territory.

Minister commends President Buhari’s efforts in tackling unemployment

The Federal Capital Territory Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for initiating the Extended Special Public Works Programme aimed at addressing mass unemployment in the country.
Workers in protective clothing greeted members of the World Health Organization team at the airport in Wuhan, China, on Thursday. Ng Han Guan-Associated Press

WHO team arrives in Wuhan in search of novel coronavirus origins

An international team of experts tasked with studying the origin of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has arrived in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, officials confirmed on Thursday.
FILE PHOTO - A man wears a protective mask amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in front of the giant Olympic rings in Tokyo, Japan, January 13, 2021. REUTERS-Kim Kyung-Hoon

Team GB ‘hugely confident’ Tokyo Games will go ahead

Team GB Chef de Mission Mark England said on Wednesday he was confident the Tokyo Olympics would go ahead this year but athletes could expect them to be very different due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amazon pulls white supremacist novel The Turner Diaries alongside QAnon purge

Amazon store listings for the infamous white supremacist novel The Turner Diaries have been removed, replaced with a “page not found” message, indicating the item is no longer available for purchase. Amazon has seen pushback from critics in recent days for its decision to sell the novel, which The Los Angeles Times specifically called out for providing a roadmap to last week’s deadly attack on the US Capitol.
Award-winning Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie, has revealed that she was not born with the name, Chimamanda.

Nigerian author: My parents did not name me Chimamanda

Award-winning Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie, has revealed that she was not born with the name, Chimamanda.
There have been numerous reports that APC chieftain and former Governor of Lagos, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is being hospitalised in Paris, France, after coming down with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Asiwaju Tinubu is not treating coronavirus abroad – spokesperson

There have been numerous reports that APC chieftain and former Governor of Lagos, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is being hospitalised in Paris, France, after coming down with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Presidency: Why Nigerians won’t return PDP to power in 2023

The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, has said that Nigerians will not welcome the Peoples Democratic Party into power in 2023.
Amid divisive tendencies that daily threaten national development and unity, an Emeritus Professor of Political Science, University of Ibadan, Prof. John Ayoade has rejected the on-going effort by the National Assembly to amend the 1999 Constitution (as Amended) in response to public demands.

Prof. Ayoade: Nigeria is neither federal nor republic

An Emeritus Professor of Political Science, University of Ibadan, Prof. John Ayoade has said the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as currently being referred to, is neither federal nor republic.
Popular prophet and founder of Christ Mercyland Deliverance Ministry, Prophet Jeremiah Fufeyin, has said that secret behind the novel Corona Virus pandemic would be exposed this year.

2021: Secret behind coronavirus’ll be exposed – Prophet Fufeyin

Popular prophet and founder of Christ Mercyland Deliverance Ministry, Prophet Jeremiah Fufeyin, has said that secret behind the novel Corona Virus pandemic would be exposed this year.
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, said the Federal Government would engage the services of members of the National Youth Service Corps to champion the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 at the grassroots.2

President Buhari’s New Year broadcast — full text

President Muhammadu Buhari in a speech on New Year’s Day recommits himself to serve the nation, promises to develop Nigerian youths and re-organise the police and the armed Forces to make them proactive.
All Progressives Congress (APC) Nigeria

APC fixes ‘date’ for national convention

The All Progressives Congress (APC), has finally fixed the much-awaited controversial National Convention of the ruling party before June 30, 2021 baring any last minute change of arrangement.
People attend Ash Wednesday mass inside the Church of the Assumption in Ikoyi district in Lagos, Nigeria February 26, 2020. REUTERS-Nyancho NwaNri-File Photo

Ondo: Crossover service ban to strengthen public safety – committee

The Ondo State Inter-ministerial Committee on COVID-19, says that government’s decision to ban Crossover Vigil in churches across the state is not in any way aimed at any religion.
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Saudi Arabia extends passenger flights’ suspension by one week

Saudi Arabia has extended its suspension of commercial passenger flights by at least one week and possibly two amid concerns over a new variant of the coronavirus.
Edith Kwoizalla, 101 years old, receives the first vaccination against the novel coronavirus COVID-19 by Pfizer and BioNTech from Doctor Bernhard Ellendt (R) in a senior care facility in Halberstadt (Seniorenzentrum Krueger), central northern Germany, on December 26, 2020. – The European Union began a vaccine rollout, even as countries in the bloc were forced back into lockdown by a new strain of the virus, believed to be more infectious, that continues to spread from Britain. The pandemic has claimed more than 1.7 million lives and is still running rampant in much of the world, but the recent launching of innoculation campaigns has boosted hopes that 2021 could bring a respite. (Photo by Matthias Bein / dpa / AFP) / Germany OUT

Germany starts coronavirus vaccines a day early

A 101-year-old woman in an elderly care home became the first person in Germany to be inoculated against coronavirus on Saturday, a day before the official vaccination campaign was scheduled to get under way in both Germany and the EU.
The head of Egypt’s electoral commission, Lashin Ibrahim, on Friday died due to complications from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel Coronavirus, state media have reported.

Head of Egypt’s electoral commission dies of coronavirus

The head of Egypt’s electoral commission, Lashin Ibrahim, on Friday died due to complications from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel Coronavirus, state media have reported.
Another new variant of the novel coronavirus seems to have emerged in Nigeria, the head of Africa's disease control body said on Thursday, cautioning more investigation was needed.

Africa CDC: Another new coronavirus variant found in Nigeria

Another new variant of the novel coronavirus seems to have emerged in Nigeria, the head of Africa's disease control body said on Thursday, cautioning more investigation was needed.

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FILE PHOTO - A worker looks on as the second delivery of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine is offloaded at the O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 27, 2021. Kim Ludbrook-Pool via REUTERS

South Africa signs J&J vaccine deal, eases restrictions

South Africa has signed an agreement with Johnson & Johnson to secure 11 million COVID-19 vaccine doses and will ease restrictions due to a decline in new cases, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday.
Manchester United’s Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (L) congratulates players on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in London on February 28, 2021. – The game finished 0-0. (Photo by Ian Walton / POOL / AFP)

Manchester United rages at penalty talk as team draw another blank

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United are being negatively influenced by opposition managers referring to their penalty record after being denied a spot-kick in a 0-0 draw at Chelsea on Sunday.
Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has said that construction work on the Gusau Airport project would commence this month.

Zamfara governor: Abducted schoolgirls will be released soon

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has said that the abducted students of Government Science Secondary School, Jangebe, will be released very soon.

Primate Ayodele: President Buhari has broken Nigeria’s unity

The Leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, has once again knocked the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, over the unsecured state of the country.
NANS National President, Comrade Sunday Asefon

NANS asks Nigerian government to declare abductors of students terrorists

Following the gale of abductions of school children in the Northern part of the country, the National Association of Nigerian Student (NANS), has advised the federal government to list bandits perpetrating such horrendous crime as terrorists.

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In a demonstration to tackle the menace of ghost workers that has continue to drain the coffers of government, Bauchi State Governor, Sen Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed will hold a public parley with all the stakeholders involved in the payment of workers salaries in the state.

Bauchi governor revokes Zaki palace contract

Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir has revoked a N75 millin, contract awarded for the renovation of Zaki District Head’s Palace which was burnt down to ashes during the previous administrations.
Enyimba is not under pressure to carry the hope of the Nation on their shoulders on the continent in the season’s campaign Midfielder Austin Oladapo has said.

Enyimba get Pirates in CAF Confederation Cup group draw

Enyimba get South Africa’s Orlando Pirates in group A of the CAF Confederation Cup after overcoming Rivers United on Sunday.
British boxer, Tyson Fury, has spoken about his victory over Deontay Wilder last year and revealed why he licked blood off the American’s body.

Tyson Fury reveals why he ‘licked’ Deontay Wilder’s blood during fight

British boxer, Tyson Fury, has spoken about his victory over Deontay Wilder last year and revealed why he licked blood off the American’s body.
Nigeria forward Terem Moffi says his goal in Lorient’s 3-2 win against champions Paris Saint-Germain remains the biggest of his career.

Terem Moffi: Goal against PSG biggest of my career

Nigeria forward Terem Moffi says his goal in Lorient’s 3-2 win against champions Paris Saint-Germain remains the biggest of his career.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Sex worker detained for intent to sell own four-month-old baby

Police in Ebonyi on Tuesday detained a commercial sex worker on allegations she intended to sell her son for N40,000.