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When contacted, the Chairperson of Nigerians In Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said the affected persons would have to liaise with the mission in UAE for more information.

Report: UAE arrests, detains Nigerians

The United Arab Emirate (UAE) has arrested and detained, without prosecution, many Nigerians in a series of sting operations targeted at irregular migrants.
Democratic Republic of Congo

25 killed in DR Congo militia attack

At least 25 civilians have been killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s troubled east, local officials said Friday, blaming the attack on the notorious ADF militia.
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Nigerian president: How we will tackle insecurity this year

Insecurity, one of the vexed issues in Nigeria currently was one of what President Muhammadu Buhari spoke on today in his national broadcast. He vowed to reorganize the security apparatus in order to be able to tackle insurgency, banditry, kidnappings, piracy and other crimes.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja signed the 2021 Appropriation Bill of N13,588,027,886,175 into law.

2021: President Buhari announces plans to rejig police, armed forces

President Muhammadu Buhari, admitting the challenge of insecurity in the country on Friday spoke about his plans to rejig the Nigerian security architecture, to make it more proactive.
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, said the Federal Government would engage the services of members of the National Youth Service Corps to champion the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 at the grassroots.2

President Buhari’s New Year broadcast — full text

President Muhammadu Buhari in a speech on New Year’s Day recommits himself to serve the nation, promises to develop Nigerian youths and re-organise the police and the armed Forces to make them proactive.
The question of a constitutional vacuum became a crunch issue in the central African state two years ago when President Ali Bongo Ondimba suffered a stroke that needed months-long convalescence.

Gabon approves constitutional change in case of incapacity of president

Gabon’s parliament has approved constitutional changes to fill a legal void if the president becomes incapacitated and grant heads of state immunity after they leave office.
India Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated India’s first-ever driverless train on Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line, stressing that Delhi was the capital of a major global, financial and strategic power.

India inaugurates first driverless metro train

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated India’s first-ever driverless train on Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line, stressing that Delhi was the capital of a major global, financial and strategic power.
Loris Karius' footballing career keeps on going downhill. He is currently on loan at Union Berlin, but the Germans want him to send him back to Liverpool in January.

Union Berlin want to send Loris Karius back to Liverpool

Loris Karius' footballing career keeps on going downhill. He is currently on loan at Union Berlin, but the Germans want him to send him back to Liverpool in January.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ambrose Alli University (AAU) Ekpoma Chapter, has called on the Edo State Government to intervene and settle the crisis of non-payment of staff salaries in the institution.

ASUU may suspend strike today as government, union meet again

The suspension of the strike is, however, predicated on the condition that the federal government will show evidence that it has met three conditions to be marshalled out by the ASUU leadership at the meeting with the government side later today (Tuesday).

NDIC begins verification of depositors of 42 failed microfinance banks

The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has commenced the closure of 42 Microfinance Banks (MFBs) whose operating licences were recently revoked by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) with verification of their respective depositors.
Veteran Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has alleged that he cannot be tamed, as the ageless Milan forward insists he is doing better than Benjamin Button, the fictional character of Hollywood fame.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: I always want more

Veteran Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has alleged that he cannot be tamed, as the ageless Milan forward insists he is doing better than Benjamin Button, the fictional character of Hollywood fame.

CAF declares 21 coaches unfit

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has declared 21 coaches unfit to be on the bench and lead teams engaged in CAF Interclub competitions this season, saying they do not hold the appropriate coaching licenses. Those affected are a diverse collection including coaches with African, European and Brazilian origin.
The House of Representatives on Tuesday reprimanded the Minister of Foreign Affairs, for the continuing maltreatment of Nigerians in the Diaspora.

PDP, APGA Reps members defect to APC

Announcing their defection on Tuesday in Abuja, Rep Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives, said the duo attributed their defection to divisions in their former parties.
FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says he does not wish to have any more disputes with club captain Lionel Messi.

Barca boss: We’ll never see a player like Lionel Messi again

Ronald Koeman has hailed Lionel Messi as he closes in on Pele's one-club goal record, while expressing his belief that the world will never see another player like the Barcelona captain.
FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny takes part in a rally to mark the 5th anniversary of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov's murder and to protest against proposed amendments to the country's constitution, in Moscow, Russia February 29, 2020. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny declares case solved after media out his alleged poisoners

There was no immediate comment from the FSB, the main domestic security successor to the Soviet-era KGB. The Kremlin has repeatedly rejected any suggestion that Russia tried to kill Navalny, one of President Vladimir Putin’s leading critics, who collapsed on a domestic Russian flight in August.
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike

Governor Wike is visionless and dictatorial – ex-commissioners

Two former Commissioners in Governor Nyesom Wike’s cabinet who recently defected to All Progressives Congress, APC, have taken a swipe at their former boss, Wike, for accusing them of embezzling public funds while serving. They wave the Governor off as visionless.
There was tension during Saturday’s bye-election in Dass Constituency in Bauchi State as officials of the Directorate of State Security Service (DSS) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) detained a former Head of Service in the State, and top People’s Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart, Mr Abdon Dalla Gin, for over five hours.

Bauchi bye-election: DSS, EFCC detain PDP chieftain over ‘vote buying’

There was tension during Saturday’s bye-election in Dass Constituency in Bauchi State as officials of the Directorate of State Security Service (DSS) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) detained a former Head of Service in the State, and top People’s Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart, Mr Abdon Dalla Gin, for over five hours.
Antonio Guterres

No proof of Eritrean troops fighting in Ethiopia – UN chief

“I confronted the (Ethiopian) prime minister with that question, and he guaranteed to me that they have not entered the Tigrayan territory, that the only area where they are is the area that corresponded to the disputed territory between the two countries that in the peace agreement was decided to give back to Eritrea,” Guterres told reporters.
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Ghana election: Ignore ex-President Mahama’s malicious falsehood against military – minister

The Minister of Defence, Dominic Nitiwul, has asked the general public to disregard claims by the Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, that the military are being used to intimidate electoral officers to overturn election.
Manchester United’s Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leaves after the UEFA Champions League Group H football match RB Leipzig v Manchester United in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on December 8, 2020. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / various sources / AFP)

Manchester United scramble for answers after Champions League exit

Manchester United’s third appearance in a Champions League final in four years in 2011 was proof they had established themselves as European football heavyweights.

I didn’t receive petition on money laundering against ex-Speaker Ikuforiji – EFCC witness

Mr Adebayo Adeniyi, an EFCC investigator, testified as the first prosecution witness at the resumed trial of Ikuforiji before a Federal High Court in Lagos.
The lawyers also advised experts and advocates against the implementation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in the country on the various legal options available to challenge such implementations.

Nigerian lawyers speak on gaps in biosafety law

The lawyers also advised experts and advocates against the implementation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in the country on the various legal options available to challenge such implementations.

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Ronald Koeman is starting to feel “fed up” with the incessant speculation regarding his future as Barcelona boss, with the Dutchman turning a deaf ear to talk of Xavi or Mikel Arteta taking his place.

Barcelona boss: Copa del Rey final should not affect my future

Ronald Koeman has said he finds it “strange” that his future as Barcelona coach is being linked to the result of Saturday’s Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao.

Manchester City boss: Phil Foden will do his talking on the pitch

Pep Guardiola has backed Phil Foden to do his talking on the pitch after a contentious tweet was posted by his social media company aimed at Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe.
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.
Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa has formally signed a short-term deal with four-time Nigeria Professional Football League Champions Kano Pillars.

Garba Lawal: Kano Pillars should not expect too much from Ahmed Musa

Former Nigerian midfielder, Garba Lawal, has appealed to Kano Pillars not to expect too much from Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL).
Time is running out for Atletico Madrid to reboot their La Liga title challenge, even as they still sit top of the table with eight games left to play.

La Liga: Atletico Madrid need Eibar win to resuscitate title challenge

Time is running out for Atletico Madrid to reboot their La Liga title challenge, even as they still sit top of the table with eight games left to play.

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All Progressives Congress (APC) Nigeria

Edo APC hails President Buhari over board appointments

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo has commended President Muhammadu Buhari over appointment of some of its members into boards of federal agencies and parastatals.

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.
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.

Cross River: Hoodlums attack police station, steal rifle

“As I speak to you now, the Ekori Police station has been placed under lock and key while the policeman whose gun was taken away is being detained at Ugep Divisional Police Station where others who were working at the Ekori station have been asked to report’. Likpi, a resident of the area told newsmen on phone.
Roma are hoping to reach the semifinals of a European competition for the second time in four seasons as they host continental heavyweights Ajax, while Arsenal hope to avoid humiliation at the hands of Slavia Prague and Manchester United look set for the last four.

Roma hope to hold off Ajax in hunt for Europa semis

Roma are hoping to reach the semifinals of a European competition for the second time in four seasons as they host continental heavyweights Ajax, while Arsenal hope to avoid humiliation at the hands of Slavia Prague and Manchester United look set for the last four.
2. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun has become the first governor to receive a dose of coronavirus vaccine publicly.

Vaccine shortages hit poor countries as global deliveries stall

As many as 60 countries, including some of the world’s poorest, might be stalled at the first shots of their coronavirus vaccinations because nearly all deliveries through the global programme intended to help them are blocked until as late as June.