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Ex-Ogun governor calls for united Nigeria, unity among political leaders

Both leaders agreed that unity among major political leaders and players in the region cannot be overemphasised, especially as the country marches towards the 2023 elections.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has hailed the courage of the founding fathers of the Nigerian media, describing them as the fulcrum of the nation’s nationalist struggle.

VP Osinbajo: Nigerian press the fulcrum of nationalist struggle

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has hailed the courage of the founding fathers of the Nigerian media, describing them as the fulcrum of the nation’s nationalist struggle.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wearing a face mask, looks as his corruption trial resumes, at Jerusalem's District Court April 5, 2021. Abir Sultan-Pool via REUTERS

Israeli premier back in court as prosecutor lays out case

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned to a Jerusalem court on Monday as the corruption trial against him resumed with opening arguments and witness testimony.
Senator Ita Solomon Enang, senior special assistant to the president on national assembly matters (senate),

Senator Enang denies calling for Senator Akpabio’s sack

President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide on Niger Delta Affairs, Ita Enang, has denied calling for the sacking of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, over the imprisonment of a university professor for election fraud.
Cross River Commissioner for Sustainable Development, Mr. Oliver Orok, has slammed a law suit against Mr. Agba Jalingo (publisher of an online medium), for allegedly bringing his reputation to disrepute.

Cross River governor’s aide slams N5 billion law suit against Agba Jalingo

Cross River Commissioner for Sustainable Development, Mr. Oliver Orok, has slammed a law suit against Mr. Agba Jalingo ( publisher of an online medium), for allegedly bringing his reputation to disrepute.
FILE PHOTO - An illuminated Google logo is seen inside an office building in Zurich, Switzerland December 5, 2018. REUTERS-Arnd Wiegmann

Google signs deal to pay Italian publishers

The agreement was signed by a number of Italian publishers including RCS Mediagroup; publishers of daily Corriere della Sera , popular sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport, the publisher of financial daily Il Sole 24 ore, Caltagirone editore, which owns Rome-based paper Il Messaggero, and Monrif, which publishes local papers such as Il Giorno and La Nazione.
The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has tasked Commanding Officers to brace up, be more proactive and ensure immediate deployment of personnel for aggressive sensitization of the motoring public on the need to observe maximum safety precautionary measures in the face of the recent threat of the second wave of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

Katsina SSG did not berate FRSC – spokesman

The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, has enjoined members of the public to disregard “a fabricated and fake statement” credited to the Secretary to the Government of Katsina State, Mustapha Inuwa, in a publication by a national daily recently.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has launched legal action for defamation over the book Putin's People.

Chelsea owner takes legal action over ‘Putin’s People’ book

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has launched legal action for defamation over the book Putin's People.
The Newspapers Distribution Association of Nigeria (NDAN) has elected new executives.

Nigerian media charged not to celebrate criminals, criminality

The role of the media in fostering national unity, cohesion and curbing insecurity came under spotlight in Minna, Niger State weekend, during the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) state chapter press week where most participants harped on the need for the media to stop celebrating criminals and criminality.

Ex-Delta speaker: James Ibori unfairly treated in £4.2 million controversy

Former Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Rt, Hon Olisa Imegwu, has said that former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, was insincerely treated in the 4.2 million pounds affair between the United Kingdom and Nigeria governments.

NUJ condemns threats to life of Bauchi journalist

The Bauchi State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has condemned the threat to life of it’s member and publisher of an online newspaper, Wikki Times Media, Haruna Mohammed Salisu and his family, through a letter purportedly written by Makkah Eye Clinic and dropped in his office by an unidentified person.
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NCAA cites several lapses that got Azman’s Boeing 737s suspended

Apex aviation regulatory agency, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has clarified issues surrounding the recent suspension of Azman Air operations.Apex aviation regulatory agency, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has clarified issues surrounding the recent suspension of Azman Air operations.

Yoruba leaders: We won’t cede our land for ranching

Prominent Yoruba leaders, including the Aare-Ona-Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, yesterday, vowed not to cede any land in the South- West for cattle ranching.
Justice I.M. Sani of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has convicted and sentenced two false whistle blowers- Dominic Okem and Chukwunonso Igweonu, to two months imprisonment each for conspiracy and giving false information

Federal high court redeployes judges nationwide

The Federal High Court has reshuffled its judges across its 36 divisions in the country.
FILE PHOTO - A man watches a video on his mobile phone as he commutes by a suburban train in Mumbai, India, March 31, 2016. REUTERS-Shailesh Andrade

India’s digital media regulation sparks fears of curbs on press freedom

India’s new oversight of digital news platforms is drawing protest from the media industry and activists who fear the rules will curb press freedom in the world’s largest democracy.

FAAN chief, others back first International aviation cargo conference in Nigeria

The Managing Director of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, has thrown his weight behind the first international aviation cargo conference in Nigeria.
Africa Development Bank (AfDB) is planning to invest $10 billion for the expansion of renewable energy projects in the continent, over the next five years.

AfDB named the world’s best multilateral financial institution

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has been named the “Best Multilateral Financial Institution in the world for 2021”. The prestigious US magazine, Global Finance, specialising in financial markets and investment banking, did the assessment and announced the award.

James Ibori’s kinsmen rise in his defence over forfeited corruption assets

The Oghara Development Union, (ODU) Lagos Branch, has called on the Federal Government to insist that every single penny that has been forfeited by Chief James Onanefe Ibori’s associates in the London trial, be returned to Nigeria.
Thomas Markle appears on Good Morning Britain. He said he had not spoken to his daughter since her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018. ITV-Rex-Shutterstock

Meghan’s father suggests she exaggerated royal racism

Meghan Markle’s estranged father on Tuesday suggested that his daughter exaggerated racism in the British royal family during her interview with US chat show host Oprah Winfrey.

Odia Ofeimun: President Buhari pursuing ethnic agenda

Renowned poet, author, and publisher, Odia Ofeimun has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of flagrantly abandoning his political party in pursuit of ethnic agenda.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has thanked Nigerians from different walks of life, who visited him on Friday in his Abuja residence to honour him on the occasion of his 63rd birthday.

Ex-President Jonathan urges African leaders to commit to rule of law, democracy

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has called on African leaders to adhere to the rule of law and prioritise equality and justice in order to build a continent of peace, prosperity and development.
The General Secretary of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Alhaji Mohammed Idris Malagi, has registered as a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

NPAN scribe registers for APC

The General Secretary of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Alhaji Mohammed Idris Malagi, has registered as a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Cape Verde Prime Minister Jose Ulisses Correia e Silva addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 22, 2017. REUTERS-Shannon Stapleton

Cape Verde’s ruling party maintains majority in parliamentary elections

Cape Verde’s ruling party has maintained its majority following a parliamentary election despite criticism from the opposition over its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economy, partial results showed on Monday,
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has hailed the partnership between Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy as a real threat to their oppositions.

Leicester City boss: Kelechi Iheanacho, Jamie Vardy combination a real threat

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has hailed the partnership between Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy as a "real threat" to their oppositions.
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.

Mai Tangale crisis: Gombe governor inaugurates commission of inquiry

Following the violent crisis that engulfed Billiri town in Gombe State between February 17 and 20, 2021 over the Mai Tangale stool tussle, leading to loss of lives and property, the Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, on Monday, inaugurated an 11-man Commission of Inquiry to ascertain the immediate and remote causes of the crisis with a view to preventing future occurrence.
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, in her goodwill message yesterday during the commemoration of the “2021 International Women’s Day National Policy Dialogue,” noted that through the implementation of Finance Acts 2019 and 2020, the federal government is providing tax relief and other forms of support to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), many of which are owned by women.

Minister: Nigerian government rejected governors’ request to borrow from central bank for March shortfall

The federal government turned down a request by state governors to borrow from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to augment the N50 billion federation account allocation committee (FAAC) shortfall in March.
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has pledged to collaborate with the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) to find practical solutions to insecurity confronting the country.

GOC charges soldiers to be combat ready

Maj.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, the General Officer Commanding, 82 Division, Nigerian Army, has charged soldiers to be combat ready and maintain physical fitness.

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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 commend officers who ‘rejected’ N500,000 bribe

The police in Lagos have poured accolades on some of its officers for rejecting a N500,000 bribe offered to them during an operation and arresting the suspects with stolen construction materials.
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.
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.

Sports minister: NSF remains platform for discovering world beaters

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, says the National Sports Festival (NSF) remains the platform for discovering and grooming Nigerian athletes to world standard.
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 Member representing Brass Constituency 1 in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Hon Daniel Charles, has dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Bayelsa lawmaker dumps APC for PDP

The Member representing Brass Constituency 1 in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Hon Daniel Charles, has dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).