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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.
A Palestinian boy walks past the remains of a tower building which was destroyed in Israeli air strikes, amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence, in Gaza City May 12, 2021. REUTERS-Suhaib Salem

Senior Hamas commander killed as Israel strikes Gaza, Palestinians fire rockets

Israel carried out hundreds of air strikes in Gaza on Wednesday and Palestinian militants fired multiple rocket barrages at Tel Aviv and the southern city of Beersheba in the region’s most intense hostilities in years

OPC: We’re ready to protect our people

Worried by the spate of banditry and kidnapping for ransom in some parts of Ogun State and perceived inability of the security agencies to stem the tide, the chapter of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) on Tuesday disclosed its readiness to protect all Oodua sons and daughters from the marauders threatening people’s lives and peace in the State.
Manchester United are set to reject any proposals for Donny van de Beek to leave Old Trafford with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having the Dutch midfielder firmly in his plans according to The Sun.

Donny van de Beek accused of making Manchester United move with ‘big boy’ attitude

Donny van de Beek has been accused by Marco van Basten of leaving Ajax for Manchester United with a "big boy" attitude, with the Dutch icon of the opinion that too many players depart Amsterdam believing that they have already made it.
Semi Ajayi equalised after the interval and Pereira's second penalty sealed West Brom's first win in eight league games.

Semi Ajayi set to work under new manager at relegated West Brom

Semi Ajayi is set to work under a new manager as West Bromwich Albion are preparing for a summer shake-up of their squad and considering potential managerial candidates should Sam Allardyce leave.
Palestinians react as Israeli police fire stun grenades at the compound that houses al-Aqsa Mosque [Ammar Awad-Reuters]

Hundreds injured in renewed fighting at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque

The Red Crescent organisation on Monday reported that 215 people were injured, four of them serious, with over 150 sent to hospital after the fight at al-Aqsa Mosque.
The newly elected President-General of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, Prof George Obiozor has admonished the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu to thread cautiously his agitation for a separate country from Nigeria.

Ohanaeze: Shoot at sight order to soldiers on Igbo youth a call for another...

Ohanaeze Ndigbo has frowned against the ‘shoot at sight’ order given to the Nigerian soldiers on how to engage the Igbo youths in South East Region.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says at least 1.5 million Nigerian families will benefit from the Federal Government’s social housing scheme in 24 states.

VP Osinbajo: Nigerian to build 1.5 million housing units with subsidised cement prices

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says at least 1.5 million Nigerian families will benefit from the Federal Government’s social housing scheme in 24 states.
Former Bolton Wanderers and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Jay-Jay Okocha has urged Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah to join Barcelona.

Chelsea want Mo Salah back, add Egyptian star to summer target list

Salah joined Chelsea in January 2014 from FC Basel for around £11m but things didn’t work out for the 28-year-old and he left two years later after playing only 19 games.
Former US Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell

Ex-US envoy: Nigerian elite panicky, weighing radical options

A former US Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell has described Nigeria’s political elites as panicky and as such, considering “radical options” against the backdrop of the worsening insecurity in Nigeria, although they have yet to agree on “radical restructuring” of the country.
Luis Suarez sent Atletico Madrid 10 points clear at the top of La Liga on Sunday by scoring a sensational free-kick and then a penalty in a pulsating 4-2 win over Cadiz.

Liverpool advised to sign Luis Suarez if Mo Salah leaves

In January 2011, Luis Suarez joined Liverpool from Ajax. The English club paid 26 million euros for him.
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during his visit to a farm in Wrexham, Wales, Britain April 26, 2021. Paul Ellis/Pool via REUTERS

British premier begs UEFA to hold Champions League final in England

UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has made a plea to UEFA to hold this season’s Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea in England.
Rafael Benitez says unfulfilled promises from Newcastle owner Mike Ashley played a key role in his decision to quit the Premier League club for Chinese Super League team Dalian Yifang.

Rafael Benitez admits he is hoping for Premier League return

The Spaniard has enjoyed three spells in English football to date, first, establishing himself as a firm fan favourite during his time at Liverpool, steering the club to Champions League glory on that night in Istanbul.
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is reportedly expected to leave the club on a free transfer at the end of his contract in the summer.

Georginio Wijnaldum’s agent opens door for Bayern Munich move

Georginio Wijnaldum's agent, Humphry Nijman, has left the door open for Bayern Munich to discuss a deal for the Liverpool midfielder.
Union Bank of Nigeria (“UBN”) was established in 1917 and is one of Nigeria’s long-standing and most respected financial institutions, offering a portfolio of banking services to individuals, SMEs, commercial and corporate clients.

Zenith, Access Banks express interest to acquire Union Bank

Two Nigerian lenders – Zenith Bank Plc and Access Bank Plc – are among the list of financial institutions from Africa and the Middle East that have indicated an interest in the acquisition of Union Bank Plc and other African assets of Atlas Mara Group, a Pan-African banking group.
15. President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said the registration of the National Identity Number and linking it to mobile numbers will help fight insecurity in the country.

President Buhari: NIN essential for winning war against insecurity

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday described National Identification Number (NIN) registration by Nigerians as key to win the ongoing war against insecurity.
4. President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said the registration of the National Identity Number and linking it to mobile numbers will help fight insecurity in the country.

President Buhari: NIN will help us fight insecurity

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said the registration of the National Identity Number and linking it to mobile numbers will help fight insecurity in the country.
President Buhari is currently presiding over the continuation of a security meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Buhari urges more commitment to NIN registration

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja called on Nigerians to fully participate in the ongoing synchronization of National Identification Number (NIN) with SIM cards across the country as it will provide a digital framework for improving security and strengthening of the economy.
Jose Mourinho has said Tottenham deserved to win against West Ham as they fell 2-1 to their London rivals.

No ‘leading candidate’ to replace Jose Mourinho as Spurs mull over ‘options’

Tottenham are yet to identify a ‘leading candidate’ for their vacant managerial position with the club mulling over a number of ‘options’.
Ship Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, is seen after it was fully floated in Suez Canal, Egypt March 29, 2021. REUTERS-Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Egyptian court rejects appeal against detention of ship in Suez Canal

An Egyptian court on Tuesday ruled that the container ship which blocked the Suez Canal in March could continue to be held in the waterway, rejecting an appeal by its Japanese owner against its detention, a judicial source said.
Kylian Mbappe is a doubt for Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Manchester City tonight according to coach Mauricio Pochettino.

Kylian Mbappe starts on the bench vs Manchester City after late fitness test

Kylian Mbappe will start on the bench for Paris Saint-Germain ahead of their Champions League semi-final second leg against Manchester City on Tuesday.

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FILE PHOTO - A picture illustration shows U.S. 100 dollar bank notes taken in Tokyo August 2, 2011. REUTERS-Yuriko Nakao-File Photo

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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The village of Gorey Harbour and Mont Orgueil castle are seen in Jersey in this March 1, 2008 file photo.-Toby Melville

UK sends two navy boats to Jersey after France threatens blockade

Britain is sending two navy patrol boats to the British Channel Island of Jersey after France suggested it could cut power supplies to the island if its fishermen are not granted full access to UK fishing waters under post-Brexit trading terms.
Villarreal star Samuel Chukwueze was forced out of his side's Europa League encounter at Arsenal on Thursday in what could be a major blow for the Yellow Submarine.

Samuel Chukwueze hopeful to face Manchester United in Europa League final

Recuperating Super Eagles winger Samuel Chukwueze remains upbeat he will be fit in time for the UEFA Europa League final clash against Man United after he cropped an injury in the semi-final return leg at Arsenal.
Manchester City and Chelsea could emerge as contenders to sign Robert Lewandowski if he leaves Bayern Munich this summer, ESPN reports.

Manchester City, Chelsea linked with surprise move for Robert Lewandowski

Manchester City and Chelsea could emerge as contenders to sign Robert Lewandowski if he leaves Bayern Munich this summer, ESPN reports.
A man sifts through cocoa, removing unwanted debris, at a cocoa cooperative in Gagnoa, Ivory Coast. Jacob Silberberg/Getty Images

Police rescue 68 children working on cocoa farms in Ivory Coast

Police in Ivory Coast have rescued 68 children working on cocoa farms, most of whom were trafficked from neighbouring Burkina Faso, authorities said.
Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti on Friday confirmed that midfielder James Rodriguez will miss the next two games for the side.

Everton boss insists James Rodriguez will improve next season

James, 29, has dropped off in form following a great start to his Goodison career with three goals in six games after a highly-publicised move from Real Madrid.