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FILE PHOTO: Anti-government protesters hold placards to show their support and welcome the new National Unity Government found by ousted NLD legislators and call to continue strike from traditional new year in Myanmar, in Yangon, Myanmar, April 17, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer/

Myanmar unity government says it must be part of any ASEAN bid to end...

Myanmar’s neighbours have to negotiate with a newly formed government of national unity if they want to help resolve the turmoil triggered a by a Feb. 1 military coup and they should not recognise the junta, a unity government official said.
President Goodluck Jonathan

Ex-President Jonathan: Babangida Aliyu a pathetic fellow

Former President Goodluck Jonathan, last night, described a former governor of Niger State, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, as a despicable fellow, who resorted to lies and half-truths to try to remain politically relevant.
Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, has reacted to what he called “a cornucopia of false, malicious, and libellous press interviews” granted by Ms. Gbene Joi Nuineh, the erstwhile Acting Managing Director of the Interim Management Committee, of the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) in some news and social media platforms and a “series of concerted vicious campaigns of calumny deviously orchestrated by her” against his person.

Senator Akpabio: NDDC forensic audit ends July

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has set July ending 2021 as deadline for conclusion of the forensic audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Osun Governor Adegboyega Oyetola

Osun governor urges Muslims to embrace coronavirus vaccine

Gov. Ishaq Oyetola of Osun on Saturday urged Muslims to support government”s effort and embrace COVID-19 vaccination to curtail the spread of the life threatening virus.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has shed more light into why full commercial flight operation is yet to commence in Bayelsa International Airport, in Ammassoma, near the state capital despite its inauguration about six months ago.

NCAA approves Bayelsa airport for flights

After months of delayed expectation, the Bayelsa State-owned airport, on Saturday, finally got the nod of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to commence commercial flight operations.
22. President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the cordial relationship existing between the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the National Assembly.

NDDC: Nigerian government starts physical verification phase of forensic audit – minister

The Federal Government, on Saturday, announced that it had flagged-off the physical verification phase of the ongoing forensic audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hailed Leeds United’s fearless approach under coach Marcelo Bielsa and warned his players of the unique challenges the Yorkshire outfit pose, unlike any other team in the Premier League.

Jurgen Klopp warns Liverpool to prepare for ‘special’ Leeds test

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hailed Leeds United’s fearless approach under coach Marcelo Bielsa and warned his players of the unique challenges the Yorkshire outfit pose, unlike any other team in the Premier League.
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SWAN national body steps in as Ebonyi crisis deepens, sets up new caretaker body

The National Executive of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, led by its President, Sir Honor Sirawo, has again waded into the crisis rocking the Ebonyi State chapter of the association.
President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja after a 17-day medical trip to London, the United Kingdom.

Man hosts ram party to celebrate President Buhari’s return from London

In his remarks, Ibrahim Bature, Leader Buhari Followers Worldwide and a co-organiser of the party also urged youths to engage into politics so as to be able to contribute their youthful experience in the development of the nation
Major League Soccer have confirmed that David Beckham’s Inter Miami broke the league’s budget rules after paying Blaise Matuidi above the compensation limit for a non-designated player.

MLS confirm David Beckham’s Inter Miami broke league budget rules

Major League Soccer have confirmed that David Beckham’s Inter Miami broke the league’s budget rules after paying Blaise Matuidi above the compensation limit for a non-designated player.
Jorge Luiz Frello Filho, best known as Jorginho’s agent believes the Chelsea midfielder is enjoying a ‘special moment’ under Thomas Tuchel.

Jorginho feels ‘underappreciated’ at Chelsea

Jorginho is aware that "a lot of criticism" has come his way across three seasons at Chelsea and admits to feeling "underappreciated" as his numbers are better than many give him credit for.
Qatar is in talks with coronavirus vaccine makers to ensure all fans attending the 2022 World Cup in the country have been vaccinated, the foreign minister said Friday.

Qatar seeking virus jabs for all World Cup visitors

Qatar is in talks with coronavirus vaccine makers to ensure all fans attending the 2022 World Cup in the country have been vaccinated, the foreign minister said Friday.
Minister of youth and sports development, Sunday Dare (2nd right); executive director, Aron Nigeria Limited, Adeniyi Adesoji (right) and others assessing the level of work done so far on the rehabilitation of the main bowl pitch of Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja yesterday.

Minister charges contractor to hasten rehabilitation of Moshood Abiola stadium

The minister of youth and sports development, Chief Sunday Dare, has charged the contractor handling the rehabilitation of the main bowl pitch and other component facilities of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja to speed up the pace of work.
On April 3, Real Sociedad were crowned Copa del Rey winners after beating Athletic 1-0 in a dramatic all-Basque derby.

Athletic eyeing Copa del Rey revenge vs wounded Barcelona

On April 3, Real Sociedad were crowned Copa del Rey winners after beating Athletic 1-0 in a dramatic all-Basque derby.
Embattled President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has survived a second round of investigation into his conduct, giving him a boost in his re-election bid next month.

Nigerian government, AfDB collaborate on special agro processing

As part of the Buhari administration’s efforts to transform agricultural productivity in the country, the Federal Government in partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and other stakeholders are set to roll out a Special-Agro Industrial Processing Zones (SAPZ) programme aimed at concentrating agro-processing activities in demarcated areas to boost productivity and integrate production, processing and marketing of selected commodities.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has dismissed Jurgen Klopp’s claim that Liverpool can no longer hope to defend their Premier League title.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich attempted six times to hire Pep Guardiola

The Athletic reports the Russian has followed Guardiola’s progress ever since he emerged as a world-class manager at Barcelona, where he won 14 trophies in a glittering four-year spell.
Governor Samuel Ortom has denied reports that he requested a return of confiscated weapons.

Benue governor: 10,000 Nigerian boys and girls still held by Boko Haram

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State Thursday disclosed that over 10,000 Nigerian boys and girls are still being held by Boko Haram and indoctrinated with militant fundamentalism.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, on Saturday advised the Nigerian youth to develop their skills and drive innovation and entrepreneurship in the space sector.

Nigerian government lifts suspension on new sim registration April 19

The federal government has lifted the suspension on the registration and activation of new subscriber identification module (SIM) card effective Monday, April 19, 2021.

Attacks: Plateau university, STF beef up security

The Plateau State University (PLASU), Bokkos, and STF have adopted new modalities to beef up security in and around the Ndar Students’ Village.

PDP Southwest Congress: Why I conceded defeat – Eddy Olafeso

A Chairmanship candidate of the South West Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Eddy Olafeso, has said that he decided to concede defeat in the last week election to give peace a chance in the region.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has felicitated with Nigerians on the occasion of Christmas celebration and urged everyone to adhere strictly to COVID-19 protocols.

Nigerian governors restate support for legislative, judiciary autonomy

State governors have again thrown their weight behind financial autonomy for the legislature and judiciary at the state level but would want its implementation to follow the provisions of the constitution.

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.

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NUJ berates media owners owing journalists’ salaries

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Saturday, berated media owners for their continued non-payment of journalists’ salaries in the country.
Paul Pogba has described himself as a bad loser who misses winning trophies at Manchester United, but says that the club's silverware drought only makes them more determined to break it.

Manchester United star Paul Pogba admits he misses winning trophies

Paul Pogba has described himself as a "bad loser" who misses winning trophies at Manchester United, but says that the club's silverware drought only makes them more determined to break it.
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa is at odds with a business tycoon who could help Zimbabwe. Jekesai Njikizana -AFP

Zimbabwe’s president says ‘fight still on’ to fix broken economy

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the "fight is still on" to fix the broken economy, signaling out the financial industry for resisting the economic turnaround efforts.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami

Minister: Why I supported al Qaeda, Taliban

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has offered explanations for his support for the Boko Haram group.
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christain Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye has expressed concerns over the attack on monarchs in Ekiti State.

Pastor Adeboye condemns attack on traditional institutions

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christain Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye has expressed concerns over the attack on monarchs in Ekiti State.

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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 kill four in Taraba

Barely two days after gunmen killed one person at Ikyaior village in Wukari Local Government Area of Taraba State, gunmen Wednesday night killed four persons in separate attacks in the area.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would not “turn back” on a deal with Moscow to buy Russian S-400 missile defence systems in comments published on Saturday.

Turkey issues warrant for 84 suspects over 2016 failed coup

Turkish prosecutors on Tuesday issued detention warrants for 84 suspects over their alleged links to a network accused of orchestrating a coup attempt in 2016.
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr. Usman Alkali Baba, a Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) as Acting Inspector General of Police, with immediate effect.

Acting IGP visits Yobe governor

The newly appointed acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has paid a courtesy visit to the governor of Yobe State, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, to appreciate the support and cooperation the government and good people of the state extended to him.
Kaduna state government has said further checks in the wake of the attack by armed bandits on the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Igabi LGA indicated that 39 students are currently unaccounted for.

Bandits issue death threats to 29 abducted Kaduna students

Bandits yesterday threatened to kill the remaining 29 abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna, still in their custody, following the refusal of the Kaduna State Government to meet their demand of N300 million ransom.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, on Saturday advised the Nigerian youth to develop their skills and drive innovation and entrepreneurship in the space sector.

Minister: Migration to IPv6 will enhance digital economy

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami, has stressed the need for Nigerians to migrate from the use of Internet Protocol version four (IPv4) address system to Internet Protocol version six (IPv6), in order to diversify Nigeria’s economy and prepare it for a digital economy transformation.