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Felix Owolabi has advised Nigeria national team coach Gernot Rohr to build his team around Napoli forward Victor Osimhen, who he described as a ‘matchmaker.’

Napoli’s Victor Osimhen tests positive for coronavirus

“The SSCN reports that footballer Victor Osimhen tested positive for the molecular naso-pharyngeum swab on his return from abroad yesterday afternoon. The player is asymptomatic and has not met the team group,” a statement from the club read.
Besmullah Adel Aimaq, editor-in-chief of Voice of Ghor radio, was killed en route to Firoz Koh city, the capital of Ghor province. COURTESY-TOLO NEWS

Afghan radio journalist shot dead in car ambush

Targeted killings of prominent figures, including journalists, politicians and rights activists, have become more common in recent months as violence surges in Afghanistan despite ongoing peace talks with the Taliban.
A former Rivers State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Wogu Boms, has disputed the claims that last Tuesday’s Court of Appeal judgment was against the factional caretaker committee of Rivers chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, loyal to Senator Magnus Abe.

Rivers APC: Appeal Court’s judgment in our favour – faction

A former Rivers State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Wogu Boms, has disputed the claims that last Tuesday’s Court of Appeal judgment was against the factional caretaker committee of Rivers chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, loyal to Senator Magnus Abe.
Neymar is set to return from injury for Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 on Friday with a view to facing RB Leipzig in a crucial Champions League match next week, the club said.

Neymar dismisses New Year party controversy

Neymar laughed off controversy Thursday over reports he was throwing a mega New Year’s party for 500 guests, posting a video online of preparations for what he called a “low-key dinner” with family and friends.
Ahmed Musa

Mexican club Tigres UANL chase Ahmed Musa

Musa is looking for a new club after leaving Saudi Arabia Professional League outfit Al Nassr last year.
Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, on Sunday, admitted that the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram exists in many parts of the state and are threat to over six million people in the state.

Borno governor writes NEMA on 800,000 IDPs in need of food

Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has appealed for urgent intervention by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on the plight of about 800,000 displaced people in need of food in areas affected by insurgency in the state.
The All Progressives Congress has named the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello as chairman of its Ondo State Governorship Primary Election Committee.

Kogi governor inaugurates four new judges, tasks them on integrity

Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi has inaugurated two new High Court Judges and two judges of the Customary court of Appeal in the state judiciary, with a charge to them to uphold integrity and tenets of justice, fairness and the rule of law.
Director General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu addressing the press at the presentation of 15,000 COVID-19 test kits to NCDC by UNICEF in Abuja on Tuesday, Sept 29, 2020. [Twitter-@NCDCgov]

Nigeria records 1,031 new coronavirus infections, 11 deaths

The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) has reported 1,031 new infections of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.
The legal team set up by the Nigerian Army to represent the service at the ongoing Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on the alleged shooting of protesters at the Lekki Tollgate has submitted its report to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai.

2021: We‘ll shame, disgrace Boko Haram, ISWAP terrorists – Army chief

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said the Nigerian army will shame and disgrace the Boko Haram and Islamic States for West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists in 2021.
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho believes his star man Harry Kane is surrounded by the ideal pieces.

Manchester City Plot £90 million bid for Harry Kane

City striker Sergio Aguero sees his current contract at the Etihad expire at the end of this season. So Kane could be the long-term replacement for the Argentina international.
The United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR) has strongly condemned the execution of a child offender in Iran on Thursday morning.

UN condemns execution of child offenders in Iran

The United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR) has strongly condemned the execution of a child offender in Iran on Thursday morning.
Governor Willie Obiano

Anambra government bans night club

Anambra Government has reiterated the ban on night club for one month to ensure safety of lives of its citizens across the state.

DPR shortlists 161 companies for final stage of marginal oilfield bid round

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) says 161 successful companies have been shortlisted to advance to the next and final stage of the bid round process for 57 marginal oil fields in the country.
Lagos Airport – Operations of Arik Air were on Monday shut down by the aviation unions over alleged non-payment of staff salaries since April after placing many of the workforce on compulsory leave and other anti-labour practices.

FAAN ramps up coronavirus protocols at airports

But FAAN which is in charge of the management of most of the airports said it has strengthened its measures from from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, to Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, Port Harcourt International Airport, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport and other airports within its network.
Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed has lamented how the novel Coronavirus has hindered preparations for local government elections in the state.

Bauchi governor decries high level of poverty in state

Mohammed, who made his concerns known in Bauchi at the swearing-in of eight appointees into various positions, said a lot had to be done by the state’s poverty alleviation programmes in 2021 to address the challenge.
AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara

Kwara government okays employment of 4,701 teachers

Applicants, the ministry said, must have a Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) with at least five O’ Level Credit passes in Mathematics, English, and three other relevant subjects in not more than two sittings.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja signed the 2021 Appropriation Bill of N13,588,027,886,175 into law.

Nigeria’s president signs 2021 budget

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja signed the 2021 Appropriation Bill of N13,588,027,886,175 into law.
PSG attacker Neymar has been forced to deny, through his lawyers, reported plans to have a major New Years party in Brazil.

Neymar to appear before Rio de Janeiro state prosecutors over five-day New Year’s party

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar has been asked to appear before Rio de Janeiro state prosecutors “urgently” to answer reports he is holding a five-day New Year’s party for 150 guests.
Director General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu addressing the press at the presentation of 15,000 COVID-19 test kits to NCDC by UNICEF in Abuja on Tuesday, Sept 29, 2020. [Twitter-@NCDCgov]

Nigeria records 1,016 new coronavirus cases as total rises to 86,576

The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 1,016 new infections of COVID-19 (COVID-19) in the country.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Oscar Onyema, has harped on the importance of market data as a fundamental tool for making sound financial decisions.

NSE boss assures capital market stakeholders of continued support

The Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Mr. Oscar Onyema, has said the Exchange will continue to provide support to capital market stakeholders.
A photograph taken from the family album shows Reuters cameraman Kumerra Gemechu as he arrives to cover a breaking news assignment in Bishoftu, Ethiopia March 10, 2019. Picture taken March 10, 2019. Family Album-Handout via REUTERS

Reuters cameraman detained in Ethiopia has seen no evidence against him – lawyer

Reuters cameraman Kumerra Gemechu has been held in solitary confinement for nearly a week without charge or being given any evidence of wrongdoing, his lawyer said.
Liverpool are joint-top at the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur, following their 3-0 win over Leicester City on Sunday.

Premier League denies coronavirus circuit break plans

Earlier this week, Everton’s fixture with Manchester City was postponed following an outbreak of the virus in the City camp, while the Premier League reported 18 new positive cases in the latest round of testing – the highest number since testing began back in August.

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Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao- says Service Chefs will submit to DHQ under the leadership of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor.

NAF chief: Terrorists’ll be brought to their knees

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, has said the Nigerian military will win the war on insecurity in the North-East and other parts of the country.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Oyo: Police rescues three abducted women after four days in captivity

The Oyo State Police Command on Friday confirmed the release of the abducted victims at Onipe, a suburb along the Ijebu-ode/Idi-Ayunre axis of Oluyole Local Government Area of the state on Monday by unknown gunmen.
The newly elected President-General of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, Prof George Obiozor has admonished the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu to thread cautiously his agitation for a separate country from Nigeria.

Ohanaeze: No ‘no man’s land’ in Igbo land

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has warned non-Igbo indigenes residing in the South-East to erase ‘no man’s land’ from their minds.
Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador addresses to the nation on his second anniversary as the President of Mexico, at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, December 1, 2020. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has tested positive for COVID-19, he said on Sunday, adding that his symptoms were light and that he was receiving medical treatment. Photo taken December 1, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Mexico president backs extension of supreme court head’s term, sparks backlash

Mexico's Senate on Thursday voted to extend the term of the president of the Supreme Court for an extra two years, a move criticized by opposition lawmakers who called it a bid by the ruling party to strengthen its hold on the country's institutions.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Kaduna: Police arrest three for criminal conspiracy, incitement, abduction

The Police Command in Kaduna State said on Friday that it had arrested three suspects for criminal conspiracy, inciting disturbances and abduction in the state.

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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.
“I am proud to announce that at 00:40 … Iranian scientists were able to produce 60% enriched uranium,” Mohammad Qalibaf said on Twitter.

Iran has successfully enriched 60% uranium – speaker

“I am proud to announce that at 00:40 … Iranian scientists were able to produce 60% enriched uranium,” Mohammad Qalibaf said on Twitter.
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETfund, Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, on Wednesday said he and the Executive Secretary of the Fund, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, took the suspension of the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, UNILAG, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, personal when he was suspended by the Governing Council of the institution last August.

Official: TETFund spends N120 billion on academic staff training since 2008

Academic Staff from public institutions across the country have so far accessed over N120 billion for training, within and outside Nigeria, from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) since its inception in 2008.
All Progressives Congress (APC) Nigeria

Delta APC rejects result of Isoko North by-election

The All Progressives Congress (APC), has rejected the result of April 10, Isoko North Constituency by-election in Delta, describing it as a charade and not true reflection of the process.

ECOWAS speaker: Border extortion, major challenge within member states

Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Sidie Tunis, has disclosed that border extortion has been a challenge within member states.