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The task of projecting African football onto the global stage has begun following the election of Patrice Motsepe as CAF President by acclamation during the 43rd CAF Congress, which has taken place in Rabat, Morocco.

CAF president launches pan-African inter-school championship with own $10 million

The South African billionaire and president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Patrice Motsepe, on Tuesday in Abidjan announced that he will personally finance the pan-African inter-school football championship, which will be launched “between 2022 and 2023”, in collaboration with FIFA.
A protestor gestures as he takes part in a demonstration in Durban, South Africa, on May 30, 2019 during a Freedom March for Biafra held worldwide and organised by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to mark the anniversary of the unilateral declaration of independence in 1967 that sparked a brutal 30-month civil war in Nigeria. (Photo AFP)

MASSOB frowns at invitation to peace meeting by Ohanaeze

The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, has frowned at public invitation extended to it by the leaderdhip of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, saying it is unacceptable to be invited publicly for internal Igbo security affairs.
Ahead of the 2022 governorship election in Ekiti State, the high and mighty in the State’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stormed Efon Alaaye on Sunday, as a former Commissioner for Environment and incumbent State Chairman of the party, Otunba Bisi Kolawole, flagged off his consultation tour of the local councils in the State on his governorship aspiration.

Ekiti election: Ayodele Fayose leads PDP leaders to launch Bisi Kolawole’s consultation tour

Ahead of the 2022 governorship election in Ekiti State, the high and mighty in the State’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stormed Efon Alaaye on Sunday, as a former Commissioner for Environment and incumbent State Chairman of the party, Otunba Bisi Kolawole flagged off his consultation tour of the local councils in the State on his governorship aspiration.
The 63rd Grammy Awards ceremony will be held Sunday March 14th, as awards show season continues apace despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Grammys scrap ‘secret’ nomination committees

The organizers of the Grammys said Friday they were scrapping the “secret” committees that select which acts get nominated for the prestigious music awards following criticism from artists and allegations of rigging.
The former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has lamented the fate of over 14 million out of school children in Nigeria, declaring that lack of formal education and stagnated development are some of the biggest problems confronting the country.

Ex-President Obasanjo: Investment in agric will curb youth restiveness

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo, has advised the Federal Government to invest sufficiently in agriculture as a strategy to curb youth restiveness in the country.
The Ransomware Task Force (RTF) yesterday unveiled its comprehensive guidance for battling ransomware, information security’s preeminent scourge.

Ransomware task force unveils broad manifesto for fighting back

The Ransomware Task Force (RTF) yesterday unveiled its comprehensive guidance for battling ransomware, information security’s preeminent scourge.
The Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) has unveiled guidelines for the forthcoming local government election scheduled for July 24.

Lagos council polls: Group threatens legal action against LASIEC

A pro-democracy group, United Foundation for Survival and Sustainability, has implored the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) not to conduct elections into the 37 additionally created local government councils between April 21 to July 22, 2021.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has instructed the Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr. Ahmed Audi, to return Nigeria back to the olden days when people could travel freely on the roads.

NSCDC scales up airport security after threats of attack by terrorists

Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Dr Ahmed Audi, has assured of a highly coordinated approach to avert threats of attack on airports across the country.
Pulcherie Gbalet, president of an organization known as the Alternative Ivorian citizen (ACI), with closed links to the opposition in Ivory Coast, was released Wednesday night, her lawyer told AFP.

Ivory Coast frees four activists accused of ‘inciting revolt’ et al

Pulcherie Gbalet, president of an organization known as the Alternative Ivorian citizen (ACI), with closed links to the opposition in Ivory Coast, was released Wednesday night, her lawyer told AFP.
Bayelsa State governor, Senator Douye Diri, has described the election of President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, into the council of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) as another positive development for Nigeria on the global scale.

NFF supremo: Women football deserves more attention in Nigeria

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has assured that they would do everything to ensure women football gets the necessary facelift in the country.
Kehinde Osakede, who says she was raped by a family friend, is pictured at the Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF) centre in Yaba Lagos, Nigeria April 19, 2021. REUTERS-Temilade Adelaja

Nigerian women take action as rape, assault cases surge during pandemic

When Kehinde Osakede’s university closed due to COVID-19 last year, the visual arts student returned home to Lagos. A visit to a family friend nearby turned into a horrific ordeal.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (MMSD), Dr. Oluwatoyin Akinlade, has stressed the importance and relevance of the Council of Nigerian Mining Engineers and Geoscientists (COMEG) to the extractive sector of the nation's .

Official: COMEG critical to extractive sector of economy

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (MMSD), Dr. Oluwatoyin Akinlade, has stressed the importance and relevance of the Council of Nigerian Mining Engineers and Geoscientists (COMEG) to the extractive sector of the nation's .
The Speaker, Plateau House of Assembly, Abok Ayuba, has joined other Nigerians to celebrate the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, on her 62nd birthday.

Minister begs bandits to stop abducting, killing our children

Minister for Women Affairs, Paulen Tallen, has made passionate appeal to bandits to stop targeting school children in their nefarious activities.
Mbazulike Amaechi, First Republic Minister of Aviation, has cautioned people of the Southeast against seeking political powers to develop the region.

Mbazulike Amechi: There’s plan to exterminate Ndigbo

Nationalist and first Republic Aviation Minister, Chief Mbazulike Amechi, yesterday, warned Ndigbo to be at alert, saying there is a grand plan to wipe Ndigbo out of Nigeria.
Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) | Reuters

OPEC+ keeps oil demand forecast, but worried by coronavirus surge

The OPEC+ joint technical committee (JTC) has kept its forecast for growth in global oil demand this year, but is concerned about surging COVID-19 cases in India and elsewhere, three sources from the producer group told Reuters.
Crude oil is dispensed into a bottle in this illustration photo June 1, 2017. REUTERS-Thomas White-Illustration

Oil slips below $62 as India virus cases rise

Oil prices have fallen more than 1 percent on fears that surging COVID-19 cases in India will dent fuel demand in the world’s third-biggest oil importer and as investors prepared for a planned increase in crude output from the world’s top producers in May.

NBTE scribe tasks leaders on being fair, just

The Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Prof. Idris Bugaje, has urged leaders to be fair and just in the discharge of their responsibilities.

Ex-Ekiti governor: Nigerian presidency now employer, defender of terrorists

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has described as appalling, the present situation of Nigeria, where the Presidency has allegedly become the employer and defender of Boko Haram terrorists and armed bandits.
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Minister threatens to sue Bash Ali for defamation

The minister of youth and sports development, Chief Sunday Dare, has threatened to sue the former world cruiserweight boxing champion, Bash Ali, alleging that the boxer maliciously accused him of wrongdoing.
Mauricio Pochettino says he will not rest players for Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 match against Metz on Saturday to boost his side's hopes of progressing in the Champions League.

PSG boss won’t rest players ahead of Champions League game vs Manchester City

Mauricio Pochettino says he will not rest players for Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 match against Metz on Saturday to boost his side's hopes of progressing in the Champions League.

Group: Nigeria should re-evaluate Chinese loans

Transforming Uplifting and Reforming Nigeria (TURN) which is committed to the socio-economic well-being of Nigeria has expressed its concern about the indebtedness of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the People’s Republic of China. The organization is worried also about what it called “the reported enslaving terms of conditions which Nigeria agreed to in order to secure the loans.”

JNI: Excessive, convulsive smear campaign against Isa Pantami taken too far

The Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, under the leadership of His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the JNI, was taken aback by the desperation of some disgruntled elements who in their desperate attempt to smear the image of the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, dragged the name of the JNI as being part of an alleged plot to assassinate the late Governor Yakowa of Kaduna state.

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Manchester United have started to devise a market strategy for the upcoming transfer window as the season approaches the final stage.

Report: Manchester United ready to offload four first-team players to fund summer spending

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer intends to clear the decks to accommodate new arrivals, with United continually linked with some of Europe’s most exciting prospects.
Everton are thought to be weighing up a summer transfer bid for the Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge.

Everton weighing up a bid for Sander Berge

Everton are thought to be weighing up a summer transfer bid for the Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge.
FILE PHOTO: A passenger arrives from New Zealand after the Trans-Tasman travel bubble opened overnight, following an extended border closure due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia, October 16, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File Photo

New Zealand to resume Australia “travel bubble” as Sydney coronavirus threat eases

New Zealand will lift its partial suspension of a “travel bubble” with Australia from midnight on Sunday as fears of a COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney eased.
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2023: APC vows to take over Rivers

The Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Rivers State, Mr Isaac Ogbobula has said he is confident that the party will take over the state in the 2023 governorship election.
The wife of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Folu Adeboye, on Tuesday inaugurated a new Redeemer’s Health Centre (RHC) annexe in Ibadan.

Folu Adeboye: Nigeria going through a siege

“These prayers, if you need to weep, you better weep because weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. This is the time we need to cry. It is becoming overwhelming, it is too much, people are dying every day from hunger, people are dying every day from all kinds of terrorism, and people are dying from kidnapping,” she said while calling on God to have mercy on Nigeria.

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Inter’s Romelu Lukaku and Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic were among players on target in the World Cup qualifiers.

Serie A: Romelu Lukaku celebrates with Inter fans after ‘best year of career’

Belgian international forward Romelu Lukaku took to the streets of Milan to celebrate with Inter fans on Sunday after capping “the best year” of his career with the Serie A title.
The highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that is predominant in the United Kingdom may be up to 70 percent more deadly than previous strains, according to a report by the government’s scientific advisers.

Nigerian records 34 new coronavirus cases

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says it registered 34 new cases of COVID-19 in three states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).g
The co-founder and chief medical officer of BioNTech, Ozlem Tureci, says people may need to get vaccinated with a third shot of its Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as immunity against the virus wanes.

Coronavirus: Third shot needed to boost immunity – BioNTech co-founder

The co-founder and chief medical officer of BioNTech, Ozlem Tureci, says people may need to get vaccinated with a third shot of its Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as immunity against the virus wanes.
Hertha Berlin climbed out of the Bundesliga relegation places on Thursday with a 3-0 home win over Freiburg in their second match after coming out of a two-week quarantine.

Bundesliga: Hertha down Freiburg to climb out of relegation places

Hertha Berlin climbed out of the Bundesliga relegation places on Thursday with a 3-0 home win over Freiburg in their second match after coming out of a two-week quarantine.
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates have announced that they’ll be ending their marriage after 27 years together, explaining in a joint statement that they “no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.”

Bill Gates, Melinda Gates to end marriage after 27 years

Bill Gates and Melinda Gates have announced that they’ll be ending their marriage after 27 years together, explaining in a joint statement that they “no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.”