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Police officers stand outside a hotel, where a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission or Iran nuclear deal will be held, in Vienna, Austria, April 15, 2021. REUTERS-Leonhard Foeger

Iran nuclear talks to resume amid strains over enrichment move, Natanz attack

Iran and global powers will resume talks on Thursday to rescue the 2015 nuclear deal in an effort potentially complicated by Tehran’s decision to ramp up uranium enrichment and what it called Israeli sabotage at a nuclear site.

Somalia condemns ‘threats’ from foreign allies

Somalia has accused some of its foreign backers of undermining its sovereignty after the embattled government was threatened with sanctions over a decision to extend its mandate by two years.

Riot: French embassy urges citizens to leave Pakistan

The French embassy in Pakistan on Thursday advised all French nationals and companies to temporarily leave the country, after violent anti-France protests paralysed large parts of the country this week.
FILE PHOTO - A farmer carries a sack of grass as he walks near the fenced border between India-Pakistan in Ranbir Singh Pura sector near Jammu March 1, 2019. REUTERS-Adnan Abidi-File Photo

UAE is mediating between India and Pakistan – diplomat

The United Arab Emirates’ envoy to Washington confirmed the Gulf state is mediating between India and Pakistan to help the nuclear-armed rivals reach a “healthy and functional” relationship
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BUA refinery set for ground-breaking this year

The ground-breaking of the proposed 200,000 barrels per day BUA Refinery will hold later this year, even as the BUA Group and Axens of France signed a progress acknowledgement statement on the project in Lagos yesterday.
Arsenal’s Uruguay international midfielder Lucas Torreira, who is on loan at Atletico Madrid, says he wants to leave Europe and play for Boca Juniors.

Lucas Torreira tells Arsenal to loan him to Boca Juniors

The 25-year-old has been out on loan with Atletico Madrid for the 2020-21 campaign but has been used sparingly by Diego Simeone's side, with most of his appearances having come off the bench.
Ever Given, a Panama-flagged cargo ship, that was wedged across the Suez Canal and blocking traffic in the vital waterway is seen Saturday, March 27, 2021.

Egypt ‘seizes’ Suez megaship, demands nearly $1 billion compensation

The megaship which blocked Egypt’s Suez Canal and crippled world trade for nearly a week has been “seized” on court orders until the vessel’s owners pay $900 million, canal authorities said Tuesday.
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.

Legislative workers meet National Assembly management, shelve strike

The National Assembly management and staff of the federal parliament finally resolved their grievances on Tuesday.

Anambra screening: We will be guided by judicial pronouncements – PDP

Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Anambra gubernatorial screening committee, Capt. Idris Wada has pledged his committee’s readiness to do a thorough job devoid of loopholes that may cause problems for its candidate in the future.
A view of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility 250 km (155 miles) south of the Iranian capital Tehran, in this Maxar Technologies satellite image taken last week and obtained by Reuters on April 12, 2021. Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS

Israel made a ‘very bad gamble’ by sabotaging Iranian nuclear site – minister

Iran’s top diplomat said on Tuesday that an attack on its Natanz nuclear facility which it blames on Israel was a “very bad gamble” that would strengthen Tehran’s hand in talks to revive a 2015 nuclear deal with major powers.
Governor Douye Diri has expressed worry over the development, following the lifting of the ban on interstate travel.

Bayelsa resolves land dispute involving Nigerian Navy

Following the intervention of the Bayelsa State government, the dispute between some landlords and the Nigerian Navy at Agudama-Epie community has been peacefully resolved.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has thanked Nigerians from different walks of life, who visited him on Friday in his Abuja residence to honour him on the occasion of his 63rd birthday.

Politics: Winners take all syndrome dangerous – ex-President Jonathan

Former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan said, yesterday, that winners take all syndrome in politics has made the Nigerian political environment a very tough and dangerous option.
Commiserating with families of last Friday’s gas explosion at Agbor, PDP’s South-South National Vice-Chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, said such legislation would enable the state government to mete stiff penalties on illegal gas plant operators.

PDP: President Buhari’s administration has run out of ideas

The National Vice Chairman, South-south zone of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Dan Orbih, has said that the Nigerian government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has failed woefully in all ramifications.

ADP: Anambra governorship seat can’t be bought with money

The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has pledged its readiness to win the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State.

Anambra guber: PDP aspirants differ on zoning

The quest for Anambra South Senatorial District to produce a candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the November 6 governorship election dominated discuss at a stakeholders’ meeting.

Former diplomat unfolds blueprint to salvage troubled Nigeria

Amid increasing social discontent in Nigeria in recent times, a scholar and former diplomat, Nnamdi Onochie, has unfolded a blueprint to put Nigeria back on track to achieve peace, prosperity and progress for survival as an entity.

UN decries Boko Haram attack on three international aid partners’ facilities in Borno community

The United Nations has decried the incessant attacks by Boko Haram in the North-east, stating that three international aid partners’ facilities were directly targeted and set ablaze on Saturday by the terrorist group in Damasak, Borno State.

Congress: Doyin Okupe predicts doom for South-West PDP

A former aide of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe, has said the outcome of the zonal congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-West will be negative and may affect the future of the party in the zone.
Jordan’s King Abdullah II, centre, Prince Hamzah, second left, and others visit the tomb of the late King Hussein to mark the centenary of the establishment of the Emirate of Transjordan [Royal Court Twitter account via AP]

Jordan king, prince appear together for first time since rift

Jordan’s King Abdullah II and his half-brother Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein have made their first joint public appearance since a palace feud last week.
BEVERLY HILLS, April 11, (THEWILL) – The candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Jude Ogbimi, has been declared winner of the Isoko North Constituency bye-election, conducted on Saturday, April 10, 2021.

Delta governor’s ex-aide wins state assembly bye-election

The candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Jude Ogbimi, has been declared winner of the Isoko North Constituency bye-election, conducted on Saturday, April 10, 2021.
Department spokesman Ned Price told a news briefing that the United States is “gravely concerned” about accounts last week by CNN and the BBC of a massacre in the region by Ethiopian forces.

US loosens restrictions on Taiwan contacts in defiance of China

The State Department has announced that it will make it easier for US officials to meet Taiwanese representatives, defying pressure from China at a time of high tensions, and as the US Congress considers sweeping legislation to counter Beijing’s influence.
A plan to deliver electricity to about 25m Nigerians whose communities are off the grid has commenced in Jigawa State flagged off by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, who restated the determination of the Buhari administration to ensure that millions more will now have access to cheap and environmentally friendly renewable power.

VP Osinbajo: Time to provide more electricity for Nigerians is now

A plan to deliver electricity to about 25m Nigerians whose communities are off the grid has commenced in Jigawa State flagged off by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, who restated the determination of the Buhari administration to ensure that millions more will now have access to cheap and environmentally friendly renewable power.

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The Commissioner for Information in Ebonyi State, Mr. Uchenna Orji, who stated this in Lagos yesterday, said given Governor Dave Umahi’s pedigree, he would be the best candidate for the job.

Ebonyi commissioner: South-east needs consensus candidate to win presidency

The South-east zone have been urged to learn from the past, close ranks and present a formidable consensus candidate that will win the presidency in 2023.
The Nasarawa State Government has begun the vaccination of its frontline medical workers against the COVID-19 pandemic.

NPHCDA: Nigeria inoculates 1.04 million residents with first dose of coronavirus vaccine

One month into the national COVID-19 vaccination exercise in Nigeria, a total of 1,043,737 eligible Nigerians have so far been vaccinated with the first dose pf the vaccine, representing 51.9 per cent of the proportion vaccinated.
Newest entrant into Nigeria’s aviation industry, United Nigeria Airlines, has recorded about 25,000 passengers within four weeks of commencing operations on the local routes.

United Nigeria Airlines ferries 25,000 passengers in 8 weeks

Newest entrant into Nigeria’s aviation industry, United Nigeria Airlines, has recorded about 25,000 passengers within four weeks of commencing operations on the local routes.

Kano consumer protection agency seizes N1 billion fake drugs

The Kano State Consumer Protection Council (KSCPC), has seized over N1 billion worth of fake drugs and unwholesome foods across the state in the past three months of the year.
Managing Director of Aero Contractors, Captain Ado Sanusi, yesterday faulted the claims that the disputed Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 jets were stolen at the Lagos airport.

Lagos airport records over a million passengers in Q1

Over 1 million passengers were processed by the managers of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos between January and March this year.

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Commiserating with families of last Friday’s gas explosion at Agbor, PDP’s South-South National Vice-Chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, said such legislation would enable the state government to mete stiff penalties on illegal gas plant operators.

PDP: President Buhari’s administration has run out of ideas

The National Vice Chairman, South-south zone of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Dan Orbih, has said that the Nigerian government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has failed woefully in all ramifications.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has expressed his delight with Bayern Munich’s performance against Paris Saint-Germain, despite crashing out of the Champions League.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting ‘proud’ of Bayern Munich despite defeat to Paris Saint-Germain

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has expressed his delight with Bayern Munich’s performance against Paris Saint-Germain, despite crashing out of the Champions League.
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has expressed deep sadness over the deaths of his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Jerome Torshimbe, and his Personal Assistant on Special Duties, Mr. Famous Adejo.

Benue governor calls for return of weapons taken from slain soldiers

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, has tasked traditional rulers and other stakeholders in Konshisha local government area of the state to ensure that all the weapons taken from the slain soldiers are returned unconditionally.

Explosive found in Abia primary school

An item suspected to be an explosive was found in Afara Unity School in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State on Thursday.
Interim Controller-General, Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS), John Mrabure, has charged officers of the service to strengthen security-watch over custodial centres across the country.

Imo jailbreak: NCS releases names, photos of escaped inmates

The Nigerian Correctional Service has released the names and photos of some of the inmates who escaped from the Owerri Custodial Centre in Imo State on April 5.