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FILE PHOTO: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, wearing their Order of the Garter robes, ride in an open-topped carriage to Windsor Castle following the Garter Ceremony, June 18, 2001. REUTERS/File Photo

Prince Charles pays tribute to ‘my dear papa’ Philip for devoted service

Britain’s Prince Charles paid a personal tribute on Saturday to his “dear papa” Prince Philip, saying the royal family missed him emormously and that the 99-year-old would have been amazed at the touching reaction across the world to his death.
Kenneth Udeze, the national chairman of Action Alliance, has been kidnapped by armed attackers.

Action Alliance disowns Kenneth Udeze

The leadership of the Action Alliance (AA) has again disowned the former national chairman of the party, Mr Kenneth Udeze, describing him as a persona non grata.
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Adedeji Zacch as the Executive Secretary of National Sugar Development Council (NSDC) for an initial term of four years.

NSDC scribe: Nigeria committed to achieving self-sufficiency in sugar production

The executive secretary of the National Sugar Development Council (NSDC), Mr Zacch Adedeji, has reiterated Nigeria’s determination to achieve self-sufficiency in sugar production through faithful implementation of the Nigeria Sugar Master Plan (NSMP).
ActionAid Nigeria (AAN)

ActionAid, stakeholders express worry over unstable levels of borrowing, rising national debt profile

A non-profit making organisation, ActionAid Nigeria, AAN, and stakeholders, Friday, expressed worry over unstable levels of borrowings and rising national debt profile under the Buhari-led administration and poverty increasing daily.

UEFA confirms spectators at Euro 2020

The UEFA has announced the return of spectators during Euro 2020 but four cities, including Rome, must still provide ‘additional information on their plans’.
U.S. President Joe Biden will visit the State Department on Thursday and deliver his first foreign policy speech as president.

Report: Joe Biden pressed to label foreign hate groups ‘terrorists’

President Joe Biden’s administration is being pressed by Democratic Representative Elissa Slotkin to consider designating white supremacist groups overseas as foreign terrorists subject to US government actions as the US continues to reckon with domestic extremism after the January 6 far-right insurrection attempt, the Reuters news agency reports.

Chad makes arrests over ‘pre-election bomb and murder plot’

Chad’s interior ministry says it has arrested several people after uncovering a plot to assassinate prominent political figures and bomb polling stations and the electoral commission headquarters ahead of Sunday’s presidential election.
Namibia plans to go ahead with the roll-out of the AstraZeneca vaccine even after South Africa stalled its use because trials showed it’s less effective against mild infection of a Covid-19 strain dominant in the region.

Coronavirus: African Union drops AstraZeneca from its vaccine plan

The African Union's disease control body said on Thursday it has dropped plans to secure AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines for its members from the Serum Institute of India, the world's biggest vaccine supplier, amid global shortfalls of the shot.
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Floods: NEMA maps vulnerable communities for emergency response

The National Emergency Management Agency has commenced the mapping of communities that are vulnerable to the impending devastating floods expected this year.
Zamfara State Governor Muhammad Bello Matawalle has urged Nigerian youths to participate in politics, saying the country would collapse without their active involvement in politics.

PDP moves to stop Zamfara governor’s planned defection

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday launched last-ditch efforts to stop the Governor of Zamfara State, Mr. Bello Matawalle, from defecting to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo, on Sunday, announced that three coronavirus patients have been discharged after treatment in Imo State.

Imo governor: Aggrieved politicians behind attacks

The governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, has blamed the Monday’s attack on security facilities in the state on aggrieved politicians, saying their aim was to destabilise his government and that of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The immediate past Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has formally handed over to the new acting Inspector General, Usman Alkali.

Ex-IGP Adamu formally hands over to Alkali

The immediate past Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has formally handed over to the new acting Inspector General, Usman Alkali.
Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, on Sunday, admitted that the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram exists in many parts of the state and are threat to over six million people in the state.

Official: Borno Government issues 1,000 certificates of occupancy

The Executive Secretary of Borno Geographic Information Service (BOGIS), Mr Adam Bababe, says the Gov. Babagana Zulum administration has signed and issued about 1,000 Certificates of Occupancy (C of Os) in one year.
For the second time in his time as manager of La Liga giants Barcelona, Dutch manager Ronald Koeman had a nosebleed incident that made him, this time, cut short his media briefing ahead of La Blaugrana’s upcoming domestic fixture against fourth-placed Sevilla in gameweek 25 of Spanish football.

Report: Ronald Koeman asks Barcelona president to wait on transfer decisions about players

In a press conference that was relayed by SPORT, Ronald Koeman has asked Barcelona president Joan Laporta to wait until the end of the season to make any decisions about signing or offloading certain players.
Samia Suluhu Hassan is sworn in as the new president of Tanzania. Reuters-Stringer-Gallo Images

Tanzania’s new president prioritises coronavirus

Tanzania’s new president Samia Suluhu Hassan said on Tuesday that her government would form a committee for scientific research into Covid-19, in a departure from the pandemic-sceptic policies of her predecessor John Magufuli who died last month.

WFDP, CEPEJ partner to promote peace, environmental programmes

The World Funds for Development and Planning (WFDP) has agreed to partner Center for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ) for better promotion of peace and environmental sustainability.
Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenza said on Sunday he was 'no fool' to believe Beijing's explanation of the presence of the 'maritime militia' vessels at Whitsun Reef adding that the boats should 'get out of there' [Philippine Coast Guard via Reuters]

Philippines warns China of ‘unwanted hostilities’ in sea dispute

The presence of Chinese vessels at a disputed reef off the Philippines could ignite “unwanted hostilities”, a top aide to President Rodrigo Duterte has warned, intensifying a diplomatic spat over the ships that Manila described as “maritime militia”.
A man is silhouetted against the logo of the World Bank at the main venue for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meeting in Tokyo. REUTERS-Kim Kyung-Hoon

States can’t tap $1.5 billion World Bank fund without approved tool

The federal government has said only states that have domesticated the National Chart of Accounts (NCoA) will qualify for the $1.5 billion Performance-Based Grants of the World Bank for this year.
Members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are deliberately attacking security formations in the South East to steal weapons in order to fight for the actualisation of the Biafra Republic, experts and security operatives have said.

Imo attacks: IPOB building armoury to actualise Biafra – ex-police chief

Members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are deliberately attacking security formations in the South East to steal weapons in order to fight for the actualisation of the Biafra Republic, experts and security operatives have said.
The Akwa Ibom State Government on Wednesday inaugurated its own airline, Ibom Air.

Akwa Ibom governor: Ibom Air to extend flight to Gambia

Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has said that Ibom Air, the State-owned Airline, will extend its flight operations to the Gambia and other West African countries.

Nigerian government urges states to domesticate national chart of accounts to access foreign grants

The federal government has urged state governments to domesticate the National Chart of Accounts (NCoA) to qualify for performance-based grants under the States’ Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Programme for Results 2020 Annual Performance Assessment (APA) and COVID-19 related Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs) due in 2021.
Eddie Hearn has confirmed that Anthony Joshua’s training camp for his fight with Tyson Fury is in full swing.

Anthony Joshua begins full training ahead of all-British showdown with Tyson Fury

It has been revealed that the British heavyweights have signed a two-fight deal, with the first expected to be held this summer, but other details such as a venue are still unknown given the constant changing situation due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Canterbury Cathedral is holding a remembrance service for Prince Philip as the UK continues to observe a period of national mourning. The service is being livestreamed now on our website and is being led by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who is also set to lead Prince Philip’s funeral next Saturday.

Prince Philip: Special service to be held at Canterbury Cathedral

A remembrance service for the Duke of Edinburgh is to be held in Canterbury Cathedral this morning as the UK observes a period of official mourning.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police: 15 kidnapped persons rescued in Kaduna

The command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige, said this in a statement on Sunday in Kaduna. Jalige said that on April 9 at about 1525hours, gunmen suspected to be bandits blocked Buruku Birnin Gwari Road around Unguwan Yako forest in an attempt to kidnap occupants of two Volkswagen salon cars.
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase, has congratulated Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on his 64th birthday on Monday.

Nigerian government begins N140 billion solar rollout for 25 million residents

The federal government has begun the implementation of its plan to deliver electricity, through solar energy, to about 25 million Nigerians whose communities are off the national power grid. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who spoke during an event to mark the programme in Jangefe, Roni Local Government Area of Jigawa State, restated the determination of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to give more Nigerians access to cheap and environmentally friendly renewable power.
UBA SANI

Kaduna NUJ honours Uba Sani with ‘outstanding senator’ award

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has bestowed on Senator Uba Sani (APC, Kaduna Central) the award of ‘Outstanding Senator’ in the 9th National Assembly, describing the lawmaker as the most ‘media-friendly’ in the North-West.
The Referee for yesterday’s match, Gil Manzano, has been facing a lot of criticism after his controversial decisions in yesterday’s El Clásico. The Spanish referee was not the first choice to officiate the very important tie. He was a replacement for Mateu Lahoz, who had to withdraw because of a muscle injury.

El Clasico: Gerard Pique dragged away by Barça delegate to avoid sanctions

The Referee for yesterday’s match, Gil Manzano, has been facing a lot of criticism after his controversial decisions in yesterday’s El Clásico. The Spanish referee was not the first choice to officiate the very important tie. He was a replacement for Mateu Lahoz, who had to withdraw because of a muscle injury.

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Kwara governor: We’re touching lives with KWASSIP

Thousands of lives are being touched with the social investment programme, which targets the vulnerable and poor, Kwara Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has stated.

Cardinal Onaiyekan: Nobody can stop Bishop Kukah from speaking against bad governance

Emeritus, Catholicolic Archbishop of Abuja, His Eminence John Cardinal Onaiyekan, on Monday, said that nobody can stop the Bishop of Sokoto, Most Rev. Matthew Kukah, from speaking against bad governance in the country.
A man is silhouetted against the logo of the World Bank at the main venue for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meeting in Tokyo. REUTERS-Kim Kyung-Hoon

IMF, World Bank advocate flexible fiscal support, debt relief

Against the backdrop of a pandemic impacted global and national economies, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank have urged fiscal authorities to execute flexible and supportive fiscal policies to support economic recovery and cushion the long-term impact of the pandemic.
The thoughts of Canadians are with Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family as they mourn the passing of Prince Philip on Friday, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

President Buhari mourns Duke of Edinburgh

President Muhammadu Buhari has extended his condolences to Her Majesty the Queen over the death of her husband, Prince Philip, who passed on peacefully at the age of 99 on Friday.

SEC warns of unregistered online platforms

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday warned the investing public to tread with caution as there are several unregistered online investment and trading platforms facilitating access to trading in securities listed in foreign markets.