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Nigerian Navy takes delivery of new offshore survey vessel in France

The Nigerian Navy yesterday took delivery of a new offshore survey vessel, NNS LANA, in Saint Nazaire, France.
A study in the United States, shows AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine provides strong protection against coronavirus and eliminates hospitalizations and deaths from the disease across all age groups, the company announced on Monday.

COVAX: Unity is delivering for the world

The breakthroughs achieved by science in developing highly effective vaccines against COVID-19 are nothing short of extraordinary. What once took up to a decade has been done in less than a year. This is primarily a result of remarkable international cooperation.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who disclosed this at a media briefing on Monday in Lagos, said centres were also built in collaboration with states and the private sector to isolate and treat cases of COVID-19.

Minister: Unpatriotic citizens made Twitter snub Nigeria for Ghana

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has blamed unpatriotic Nigerians for being the reason why social networking service, Twitter, decided to make Ghana its African headquarters.
Africa CDC Director, John Nkengasong, at an online press briefing, said that “access to oxygen is becoming a huge critical need across the continent.”

Africa CDC says cannot predict when second coronavirus shots will arrive

Many Africans who have received their first Covid-19 vaccine do not know when they will get a second shot because deliveries are delayed, the continent's top public health official said on Thursday.
The State Government in a statement signed by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, asked all traders under Bridge including those not affected by the fire incident of last Sunday to move from the present location

2021 rainfall: Lagos issues flash flood alert

Lagos State Government has predicted high intensity of rainfall of 261 days in 2021 with attendant flooding across the state even as it assured residents of adequate protection of lives property.
A study in the United States, shows AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine provides strong protection against coronavirus and eliminates hospitalizations and deaths from the disease across all age groups, the company announced on Monday.

Germany decides against AstraZeneca for second jab for under-60s

People under 60 in Germany who were given the AstraZeneca vaccine as their first dose will switch to a different vaccine for the second dose, German federal and state health ministers have decided.
FILE PHOTO: South African Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize confirms the first case of Coronavirus in South Africa at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, March 5, 2020. Reuters/ Sumaya Hisham

South Africa says downpayments to J&J, Pfizer not refundable

The South African government’s downpayments to Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Pfizer for COVID-19 vaccines are not refundable under any circumstances, its health minister said on Wednesday, describing the condition as onerous.
The commonwealth games Nigeria under the auspices of the Commonwealth Sport Foundation, will organise the Commonwealth Keep Fit Programme on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.

Commonwealth Games: Nigeria to organise keep fit programme in Lagos

The commonwealth games Nigeria under the auspices of the Commonwealth Sport Foundation, will organise the Commonwealth Keep Fit Programme on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.
Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger has inaugurated a 14-man judicial panel of inquiry, to investigate cases of police brutality and other related extrajudicial acts by the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the state.

Niger governor presents appointment letter to new Kagara emir

Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger, on Tuesday, presented letter of appointment to the new Emir of Kagara, Alhaji Ahmed Gunna.
1. The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, on Tuesday, met with the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai.

Pastor Adeboye: Reason for my Kaduna trip

First, he said he went to Kaduna to see his children who God saved from abductors. He was actually referring to eight members of the church who were recently abducted by gunmen in Kaduna but later regained their freedom. That was on their way to Kachia in preparation for the church’s Let’s Go a Fishing Easter programme.

IPOB: Anyone who joins new Southeast security outfit will join his ancestors

Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, have warned youths in the Southeast against joining the newly established security outfit for the region, known as Ebubeagu to spy its own Eastern Security Network, ESN.

Nigerian bank alerts residents on cybersecurity

First Bank of Nigeria Ltd., is sensitising indivduals and businesses with useful information on protection to avoid cyberattack in today’s digital age.
Online publications linked to Russian intelligence agencies have been spreading false or misleading information about coronavirus vaccines, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing an official at the US Department of State’s Global Engagement Center

Chinese official: My comments on low vaccine efficacy ‘misinterpreted’

China’s top disease control official said his comments on the effectiveness of his country’s vaccines over the weekend were misinterpreted.
Training nurse Sari Roos prepares a dose of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to teach her air bubble technique in Laakso hospital in Helsinki, Finland March 11, 2021. Picture taken March 11, 2021. REUTERS/Essi Lehto

Israeli study: South African coronavirus variant may evade protection from Pfizer vaccine

The coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa may evade the protection provided by Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to some extent, a real-world data study in Israel found, though its prevalence in the country is very low and the research has not been peer reviewed.

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.
The Senator representing Plateau North Senatorial District, Istifanus Gyang, has said that every part of the country requires rapid, sustained and sufficient cover to deal with its emerging security challenges.

Plateau senator decries onslaught on miners

The senator representing Plateau North in the National Assembly, Istifanus Gyang, has condemned the onslaught on miners in Kuru, Plateau State, in which eight of the miners were killed by the assailants, describing it as brutal.
The Legislative Arm of the Suruler Local Government has impeached the elected chairman, Tajudeen Ajide.

Lagos: Councillors suspend council chairman for ‘fraud’

The Chairman, Surulere Local Government, Lagos State, Tajudeen Ajide, has been suspended for alleged financial impropriety.
Alternative for Germany (AfD) party co-chairmen Tino Chrupalla (L) and Joerg Meuthen (R) speak with AfD’s deputy leader Beatrix von Storch (C) during a congress of far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD – Alternative fuer Deutschland) party in Dresden, eastern Germany, on April 10, 2021. – Members of the anti-Islam, anti-immigration Alternative for Germany gather for a party congress in Dresden this weekend, despite coronavirus restrictions, to finalise their strategy ahead of the general election on September 26, 2021. (Photo by JENS SCHLUETER / AFP)

Germany’s divided far-right AfD to launch election bid

The far-right AfD will firm up its election manifesto this weekend as Germany prepares for the post-Merkel era, with the party seeking to reverse a lag in support amid infighting and an ailing effort to capitalise on the pandemic.
The Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr. Funminiyi Afuye, stated this in Ibadan at the opening of a three-day training workshop for Members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA’s) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).

Ekiti government expresses commitment to promoting peaceful coexistence in the state

The Ekiti State Government has said it is committed to creating an enabling environment for intervention of donor agencies towards improving the well-being of the people of the state.

Reports: Governments ‘gender blind’ to coronavirus’ ‘greater impact’ on women

Governments are putting women and girls at greater risk of the health and socio-economic impacts posed by the coronavirus pandemic, two global studies released Wednesday show.

Ex-COAS advocates new strategy in counter-insurgency operations

Former Chief of Army Staff, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau has advised the military leadership to develop a new strategy in the counter-insurgency operations in the North-East.
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.

IGP Usman Baba retains Frank Mba as FPRO

Acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, on Friday, announced new postings, appointments and reappointments of top police commanders.

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The Minister of State, Education, Mr. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said this while answering questions at the 52nd joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja.

Nigerian government reaffirms commitment to fund Unity Schools

The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to fund the 104 unity schools across the country to enable them deliver quality education.
West Bromwich Albion manager Sam Allardyce admitted that his side couldn’t deal with Leicester City duo Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy in Thursday’s Premier League clash.

Big Sam: We couldn’t deal with Kelechi Iheanacho, Jamie Vardy

West Bromwich Albion manager Sam Allardyce admitted that his side couldn’t deal with Leicester City duo Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy in Thursday’s Premier League clash.
A member of the Amhara Special Forces watches on at the border crossing with Eritrea while where an Imperial Ethiopian flag waves, in Humera, Ethiopia, on November 22, 2020. EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP

Official: Scores killed in Ethiopia ethnic strife

The latest bout of ethnic violence in Ethiopia's Amhara region has left scores dead and displaced hundreds of thousands, a federal official told AFP Friday.
The House of Representatives, Tuesday, intervened in the conflict between telecommunication companies and banks over N42billion debts from Unstructured Supplementary Service Data(USSD).

House urges Police, DSS to beef up security in Edo

The House of Representatives has urged the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba and the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS) to as a matter of urgency, step up actions in curtailing the incidents of kidnapping and banditry in Owan Federal Constituency and the country at large.
SpaceX launched its third crew of astronauts to the International Space Station early Friday morning, reusing a Crew Dragon space capsule to fly humans for the first time. The mission, dubbed Crew-2, is the latest flight under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, and will add four more astronauts to the orbital space station.

SpaceX launches its third astronaut crew, the first on a used Crew Dragon capsule

SpaceX launched its third crew of astronauts to the International Space Station early Friday morning, reusing a Crew Dragon space capsule to fly humans for the first time. The mission, dubbed Crew-2, is the latest flight under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, and will add four more astronauts to the orbital space station.

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Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has approved the deployment of modern technology in the security system to fight crimes in the State.

Abia government warns Aba residents to stop attacks on road contractors

Abia government has warned residents of Ngwa Road in Aba commercial city against attacks on contractors reconstructing Ngwa Road in the state or be punished.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police repel bandits in Katsina community, recover stolen goats, motorcycles, ammunition

Police in Katsina State on Tuesday repelled bandits’ attack on communities in Batsari Local Government Area of the state.
The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum and the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has admonished the President, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Comrade Sunday Asefon not to betray the confidence reposed in him by the entire students’ body.

Ekiti governor hosts ex-defence chief to state reception

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has urged the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, to leverage on his influence in the military institutions to foster and mentor young officers who might be looking up to him for guidance and mentorship.

PDP: Retaining Isa Pantami as minister not in national interest

The Peoples Democratic Party has said it would be wrong to continue keeping the embattled Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, as a member of the Federal Executive Council.

Eight family members killed in Afghanistan mosque shooting

Eight members of the same family were gunned down in an attack on a mosque in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Sunday.