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9. The National Security Council (NSC) has reconvened at the State House, Abuja, with President Muhammadu Buhari presiding.

Nigeria army dismisses suggestions of military takeover

Nigeria's armed forces have dismissed suggestions that they should take over from President Muhammadu Buhari, who is facing mounting pressure over the country's worsening insecurity.
Bill and Melinda Gates in Paris, France, on 21 April 2017. Frederic Stevens-Getty Images

Divorce: Bill and Melinda Gates kids to inherit $10 million – report

After Bill and Melinda Gates’ divorce documents revealed the couple never had a prenup, many are wondering how the couple, with a combined net worth of $130 billion, will split their assets.
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.”

How Bill, Melinda Gates met, got married

Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife and fellow philanthropist Melinda announced on Monday they are divorcing after a 27-year marriage.
Honeywell Flour Mills, a food and agro-allied company, says it will continue to repay its credit facility to First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) based on agreed terms.

Honeywell: We’ll continue to repay First Bank loan facility based on agreed terms

Honeywell Flour Mills, a food and agro-allied company, says it will continue to repay its credit facility to First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) based on agreed terms.

JUSUN moves to enforce strike action in Lagos

The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) on Friday made a move to enforce its ongoing strike nationwide strike in Lagos State, where the industrial action was partially suspended on Thursday.
The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Enugu State on Tuesday said it had trained no fewer than 510 unemployed graduates on different skills.

NDE to empower ex-convicts in Ekiti

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE), has promised to allot a certain percentage of all its vocational and entrepreneurial programmes to repentant ex-convicts.
Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of an Igbosere High Court in Lagos on Friday discharged and acquitted one Niyi Oyelami charged with defiling a nine-year-old daughter of his neighbour.

JUSUN strike: Lagos judiciary workers begin partial resumption

The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) in Lagos began partial opening of courts, three times a week.
Rebels in northern Chad are ready to observe a ceasefire and to discuss a political settlement after the battlefield death of President Idriss Deby. (Photo by Abdoulaye Adoum Mahamat/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Chad junta refuses to negotiate with rebels

Chad's new ruling junta said on Sunday it would not negotiate with rebels in the north of the poor Sahel country and asked for help from neighbouring Niger to capture their leader.
FILE PHOTO - People attend a protest against Myanmar's military coup in Launglon, Myanmar April 23, 2021 in this picture obtained by Reuters. DAWEI WATCH via REUTERS

Myanmar activists call for new non-cooperation campaign

Activists opposed to Myanmar’s junta called on Monday for people to stop paying electricity bills and agricultural loans, and keep their children away from school, scorning the top general’s pledge at a regional summit to end the post-coup crisis.
Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP)

ASUP seeks agreement on Nigerian government’s offers before suspending strike

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has said that it would sustain the 17-day-old strike until federal government commences implementation of some of the offers it has made.

Nigerian governors violating constitution by hindering financial autonomy of judiciary – lawyer

Mr Olalekan Babatunde, a former Secretary, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Ife Branch, says state governors are violating the Constitution by hindering financial autonomy of judiciary.
Speaking at a press conference on the violence that trailed the EndSARS protests in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said social media was used to spread fake news and disinformation that catalyzed the violence that was witnessed across the country.

Minister: Nigerian government’s town hall meeting recommends state police

The town hall meeting on national security organised by the Federal Government has recommended that state police be adopted with the backing of the National Assembly and State Houses of assembly.
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.

Kaduna: Bandits raid university, kidnap 23 students

Rampaging bandits yesterday attacked Greenfield University, Kaduna, killed a staff, kidnapped another alongside 23 students, demanding N800 million ransom to free them.
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has charged governments at all levels to prioritise agriculture and adequately harness the untapped potentials of the sector to fast-track economic growth and development.

N60 billion mint: CSO condemns Edo governor’s claim

The Coalition of Civil Society Group, Wednesday, condemned claim by the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, over the alleged printing of N60 billion by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, for March allocation to States.
Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF)

Nigerian governors pledge to start implementing judiciary’s financial autonomy

Nigerian governors on Thursday said they will start implementing financial autonomy for the judiciary latest by May ending, a pledge that indicates that an end to the ongoing strike that has crippled the nation’s judiciary may be in sight.
Ahmed Idris, the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF)

AGF promises to help NEITI track oil, gas revenue

The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF) has pledged to support the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) in tracking oil and gas revenue that accrue to the Federal Government to ensure appropriate remittances.
He is Mr Lamido Yuguda whose appointment was announced by President Muhammadu Buhari in a letter sent to the Senate on Tuesday requesting the confirmation of Yuguda as the Director General of the Commission.

SEC tasks capital market operators on KYC update

Capital Market Operators have been reminded of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s directives on update of investors’ Know Your Customer information which it said is still in effect.
FILE PHOTO - A screen grab from Myanmar state television broadcast from February 3, 2021 shows General Min Aung Hlaing speaking during a meeting. MRTV-Handout via REUTERS

Myanmar junta chief to attend ASEAN summit on first foreign trip since coup

Myanmar junta chief Min Aung Hlaing will attend an Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Indonesia on April 24, a Thai foreign ministry spokesman said on Saturday, for his first known foreign trip since he staged a Feb. 1 coup.
The first round of voting will take place on 27 February 2022, with a second round in March, the minister of territorial administration, Lieutenant Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga, told reporters.

Mali post-coup government says elections set for February 2022

Presidential and legislative elections in Mali will take place next February, the country's post-coup government announced Thursday, saying it was honouring the timetable it promised to the international community.
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.

CSOs threaten to occupy National Assembly over Electoral Act amendment

A coalition of Civil Society Organisations has threatened to occupy the National Assembly after Ramadan fasting, if the lawmakers fail to pass the Bill for an amendment of the Electoral Act.g
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has told foreign powers to withdraw their forces from the Middle East, warning that they may be in danger if they remain in the region.

Iran launches advanced uranium enriching machines to mark nuclear day

President Hassan Rouhani reiterated Iran’s commitment to nuclear non-proliferation on Saturday while overseeing the launch of advanced centrifuges at the underground Natanz nuclear plant to mark National Nuclear Technology Day.
The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors has called on the state governors to domesticate and start the full implementation of Medical Residency Training Act.

Resident doctors clamour for improved healthcare in Abia

The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, has mounted clamour for an improved health care system in Abia State.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer criticised football authorities for Manchester United’s punishing schedule after his side advanced to the Europa League final on Thursday, calling it “physically impossible” for his team.

Manchester United boss blasts tight schedule after reaching Europa League final

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer criticised football authorities for Manchester United’s punishing schedule after his side advanced to the Europa League final on Thursday, calling it “physically impossible” for his team.
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.

Eight ‘gunmen’ killed, vehicles recovered in Imo

Eight people suspected to be hoodlums operating under the name “unknown gunmen” on Thursday night were gunned down in a gun battle with joint security operatives.
England’s chances of winning the Euro 2020 tournament this year have been boosted by the success of the Premier League clubs in the Champions League and Europa League, says Harry Kane.

Euro 2020: Club success in Europe can give England edge – Harry Kane

England’s chances of winning the Euro 2020 tournament this year have been boosted by the success of the Premier League clubs in the Champions League and Europa League, says Harry Kane.
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.

Ghana takes delivery of 350,000 coronavirus vaccines from DRC

Ghana has been sent 350,000 more AstraZeneca vaccines to help in the fight against the deadly coronavirus disease.
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.

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Southampton striker Danny Ings will undergo a scan after sustaining a knee injury in Sunday’s 4-3 victory against Aston Villa, manager Ralph Hasenhuettl said.

​Southampton boss expects Danny Ings to sign new contract

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl believes star striker Danny Ings will stay at the club.
Pep Guardiola’s father, Valentí Guardiola, has declared his excitement at the prospect of Man City winning the Champions League – and beating Real Madrid in the final.

Champions League: Pep Guardiola’s father predicts Manchester City’s foes in final

Pep Guardiola’s father has declared his excitement at the prospect of Man City winning the Champions League – and beating Real Madrid in the final.
The Glazer family have ‘no plans’ to sell Manchester United despite protests from the club’s supporters inside Old Trafford on Sunday.

Glazers have ‘no plans’ to sell Manchester United despite Old Trafford protests

United’s Premier League fixture with Liverpool was postponed on safety grounds following protests from the Red Devils’ supporters, with around 100 fans entering the stadium and invading the pitch in a demonstration against the club’s controversial ownership.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police launch clampdown on tinted vehicles, covered number plates

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Joint Security Team has launched an operation to clampdown on the use of unauthorised covered number plates and tinted vehicles.
At least 33 Boko Haram militants were killed by Nigerian troops in a gunfight on Sunday, according to military sources on Tuesday.

Boko Haram invades military base in Borno

Suspected members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect on Sunday morning invaded Ajiri village of Mafa Local Government Area of Borno state, in which they gained access into the military base and dislodged troops.