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Lagos Muslims to pay N1.37 million for hajj pilgrimage

The Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has said that the least amount to be paid for participation in the 2021 Umrah (lesser hajj) in Saudi Arabia is N1.37 million.
Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, has called on religious bodies to utilize the pulpit to engage Nigerians on moral living and attitudes that will rebuild the nation and the youths..

Lagos set to host 2021 pre-Ramadan prayers, lecture

According to the Honourable Commissioner, Prince Anofiu Elegushi, the annual Ramadan fast will be preceded by a Pre-Ramadan lecture and prayer session on Monday, April 12th 2021 at the State House Mosque Complex by 5 pm.
Minister of Youths and Sports Development Sunday Dare has expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance with COVID-19 protocols by athletes and officials participating in the 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) in Benin.

NSF: Minister charges team FCT to win more medals

Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has charged Team FCT to work harder and win more medals for the nation’s capital at the ongoing Edo 2020 National Sports Festival in Benin City, Edo State.
Ash and smoke billow as the La Soufriere volcano erupts in Kingstown on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent April 9, 2021. REUTERS-Robertson S. Henry-File Photo

St Vincent’s Caribbean residents wake to ash-covered streets, rumbling volcano

Residents of the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent on Saturday woke to rumbling noises emanating from the La Soufriere volcano that spectacularly erupted a day earlier, while a thin layer of ash coated rooftops, cars and roads.
Subject to the ratification by the General Manager of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Yussuf Alli, Kenya’s Emmanuel Naibei has emerged as the new champion of the World Athletics Silver Label race.

Kenyan, Ethiopian win Lagos City Marathon again

Subject to the ratification by the General Manager of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Yussuf Alli, Kenya’s Emmanuel Naibei has emerged as the new champion of the World Athletics Silver Label race.
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, police commanders brainstorm on fresh strategy

The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, yesterday convened a meeting of Police Strategic Commanders – Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police, Commissioners of Police and Deputy Commissioners of Police (Operations) – in charge of the South-east and South-south states to brainstorm on how to tackle the security crisis in the two zones.
A joint statement issued by the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, and the Director General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Lanre Mojola on Friday said Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu approved the ease of restriction.

Lagos eases restrictions on social, event centres

A joint statement issued by the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, and the Director General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Lanre Mojola on Friday said Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu approved the ease of restriction.
Police have confirmed that the man who ran onto the pitch during Granada's Europa League clash with Manchester United avoided security and Covid-19 protocols by hiding under a tarp for 14 hours before kickoff.

Police: Granada-Manchester United streaker hid for 14 hours before kickoff

Police have confirmed that the man who ran onto the pitch during Granada's Europa League clash with Manchester United avoided security and Covid-19 protocols by hiding under a tarp for 14 hours before kickoff.
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: We have critical security situation in South-East, South-South

The Acting Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Usman Baba, says there are critical security situation in the South-East and South-South geopolitical zones of the country.
Minister of Youths and Sports Development Sunday Dare has expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance with COVID-19 protocols by athletes and officials participating in the 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) in Benin.

Edo 2020: Minister expresses satisfaction with coronavirus compliance

Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance with COVID-19 protocols by athletes and officials participating in the 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) in Benin.
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Easter: Domestic airline operators laud increase in passengers’ traffic

Some domestic airlines operators have expressed satisfaction on the level of patronage by passengers travelling to various parts of the country during the Easter celebration.
During his church service at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) on Sunday 5th January 2020, Prophet TB Joshua released his much-anticipated prophetic message for the year 2020.

Prophet TB Joshua insists on adherence to coronavirus protocols

According to a cleric in the church, who had opted for anonymity, “The Spirit of God is not limited by anything, and that is why the Man of God gave a standing instruction that the ‘mountain’ must not be crowded.

JAMB vows to clampdown on fraudulent cybercafes, tutorial centres

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has vowed to clampdown on some cybercafes and tutorial centres alleged to have specialised in defrauding unsuspecting candidates during registration for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The allegation of marginalisation against Governor Udom Emmanuel by the Oro Think Tank is unfair and has no basis in objectivity, the Akwa Ibom State branch of the Civil Liberties Organisation, CLO, has declared.

Akwa Ibom governor: We rely on the leadership of Jesus Christ in our administration

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has attributed the successes of his administration on his strict reliance on the leadership of Jesus Christ.
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.

Easter: Edo governor preaches love, hope, forgiveness

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has charged Christians to imbibe the exemplary life of love, selfless service and forgiveness, which Christ demonstrated in his death and resurrection.
The Middle Belt Forum, MBF, has condemned in strong terms the reported invasion and forced entry into the Abuja residence of the Governor of Taraba State, Arc. Darius Ishaku Dickson, by men of the Nigeria Police Force.

Easter: Taraba governor charges residents to eschew ethnic and religious bigotry

Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku on Sunday charged the people of the state to eschew ethnic and religious bigotry and work together for peace and development.
Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna State has reacted to the new the killing of six children and a woman in some herders’ settlements in the Kaura and Lere Local Government Areas of the State.

Kaduna governor preaches peace, harmony at Easter

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has appealed to citizens of the state to embrace common humanity and uphold obligations for peace and harmony in their respective communities.
Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River has directed applicants for the 8,000 automatic jobs to enlist through their respective village heads.

Easter: Cross River governor charges Christians to shun bitterness, hate

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River has admonished Christians to imbibe the exemplary life of love, selflessness, sacrifice and forgiveness which Christ demonstrated in his death and resurrection for the redemption of mankind.
Nigeria’s oil and gas industry has lost huge investments due to the non-passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has said.

Easter: Delta governor calls for prayers for Nigeria to surmount insecurity

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has called on Christians to use the period of Easter to pray for the state and country as insecurity and other socio-political inadequacies threatened the nation’s stability.
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, made the declaration on Thursday while deliberating on the strategies put in place with the election monitoring officers deployed from the Force Headquarters, Abuja, to assist and monitor the elections in Lagos State.

Easter: Police beef up security in Lagos

The police in Lagos have ordered officers to intensify patrol and other anti-crime strategies in order to protect lives and property during the Easter celebration.
Both Governor Simon Lalong and Senator Gyang have noted that the purported invitation for the turbaning of one Alhaji Samaila Abdullahi as Sarkin Kerana is a threat to the peaceful coexistence of the people of the North-Central State.

Easter: Plateau governor charges Christians on love for humanity

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau State has charged Christians in Plateau and Nigeria, to demonstrate the love of God towards all mankind.
The Edo State Government has announced that it is confident and prepared to host 11,500 athletes and officials at the 20th National Sports Festival which kicks off in Benin City on March 22.

NSF: Ondo government urges athletes to avoid banned substances

Ondo State government has urged its athletes going to the 20th National Sports Festival in Benin, Edo, to avoid the use of drugs and banned substances.

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The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police nab five for stealing N55 million cocoa export consignment

The Nigeria Police Force, NPF, has arrested five persons, Lawal Abiola; Afeez Rasaq; Akeem Gbolahan; Idowu Jelili and Safiriyu Oyebanji over alleged involvement in the stealing of a 40-foot container of Cocoa worth N55 million meant for export to the United States of America, USA.

JAMB scraps use of email for UTME, DE registration

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said the use of email is no longer required for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) registration processes.
According to a report by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), Ifemembi, originally of Nigeria, was arrested in Maryland on Wednesday, April 7, 2020, on a federal charge that he obtained U.S. citizenship under a false name. It added that he made false statements to acquire U.S. citizenship, in addition to employment with USCIS.

Nigerian faces 10 years in jail for obtaining U.S. citizenship using fake identity

The United States authorities have charged 48-year old Modestus Nwagubwu Ifemembi to court over fraudulent claims he provided to obtain the US citizenship 10 years back.
The Registrar-General-Chief Executive, Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Alhaji Garba Abubakar, yesterday said all accredited customers must revalidate their accreditation with the commission before the end of March or have their accounts suspended.

CAC aims to register new company within three hours

The Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) says it will be possible for companies in Nigeria to be registered within three hours, before the end of 2021.
Gombe state Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has declared that the challenging experience the state went through in the 2020 fiscal year will be used to sharpen the vision of the government for the 2021 fiscal year and beyond.

Ramadan: Gombe governor calls for fervent prayers against insecurity

Muslim communities have been called upon to use the holy month of Ramadan to pray fervently against the challenges of insecurity as well as for unity and progress of the state and the nation as a whole.

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Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River has directed applicants for the 8,000 automatic jobs to enlist through their respective village heads.

Governor Ayade: I’ve done much for Cross River

The Cross River State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade, says if he had his way all indigenes of the state would be included in the state’s payroll to stem poverty and unemployment.

Mozambique appeals for support in dealing with insurgents after attack on Palma

Mozambique has told the international community what support it needs to deal with an Islamic State-linked insurgency, but for reasons of sovereignty it will tackle some aspects of the problem unassisted, its president said on Wednesday.

PDP schedules South West congress for Monday

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has scheduled the South West congress of the party for Monday, April 12 in Oshogbo, Osun.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Kano: Police nab supplier of hard drugs, over 60 motorcycles to bandits

“Investigation revealed that, so far, the suspect has delivered more than 60 motorcycles to the bandits in Zamfara. He has been charged to court,” said a statement on Sunday by the spokesperson for the Command, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, who indicated that the suspects were arrested at different times and locations in various raids conducted under Operation Puff Adder.
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has expressed deep sadness over the deaths of his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Jerome Torshimbe, and his Personal Assistant on Special Duties, Mr. Famous Adejo.

Benue government, stakeholders want killers of soldiers arrested, prosecuted

The Benue State government and other stakeholders in Konshisha local government area of the state have urged security agents to ensure that the killers of an Army officer and 11 soldiers are apprehended and brought to book.