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Kaduna State Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai

Kaduna governor urges DSS to strengthen intelligence gathering to defeat insurgency

The governor of Kaduna, Nasir el-Rufai, has urged the Department of State Services (DSS) to boost intelligence gathering and sharing efforts with other security agencies to tackle insurgency in the country.

Twitter ban: Mike Ozekhome asks Nigerian government to be ready to build thousands of...

Human Rights Activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Chief Mike Ozekhome has asked the federal government to ready to build more prisons to accommodate “erring” Nigerians who are likely to bypass the ban on Twitter usages.
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau, addressing stakeholders during a meeting to discuss the COVID-19 situation in the state, on Monday at Government House Jos.

Northern governors condemn Ahmed Gulak’s assassination

The Northern Governors Forum has condemned the killing of Mr Ahmed Gulak, the former Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Political Matters, describing it as unfortunate .
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Baba, has vowed to ensure peace in all troubled areas in the country.

IGP: SARS disbandment creating vacuum

Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Alkali Usman Baba, yesterday, said the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, has created a vacuum in the efforts of the Nigeria Police to tackle insecurity in the country.

Badagry residents: Indiscriminate parking of trucks on expressway causing accidents

Some residents of Badagry in Lagos State on Thursday decried what they called indiscriminate parking of some trucks on Lagos – Badagry Expressway.
Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Monday said that operations would continue at the ports in spite of the two-week lockdown of Lagos State to contain spread of COVID-19.

NPA: I didn’t exempt Dangote Group from statutory charges – suspended chief

Hadiza Bala Usman, the suspended managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), says the agency under her leadership did not exempt Dangote Group from paying statutory charges at the Onne Ports, Rivers state.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Timipre Sylva, yesterday disclosed that the federal government plans to conduct oil blocks bid rounds in 2020.

RMAFC official: Timipre Sylva is Bayelsa’s gift to Nigeria

A member of the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), Alfred Egba, has said the honorary Doctoral degree conferred on the Minister for State, Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, was an appreciation of the minister’s contributions to the national development.
The price of cement has dropped with about 25 per cent in Enugu, a market survey by newsmen has revealed.

Consumers groan as cement price soar in South East

Prices of cement has increased by 67 per cent in the South East states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo, newsmen report.
A coordinated operation by the Nigerian and regional troops eliminated scores of Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters in camps within Abadam, Borno State.

Nigerian Army: 18 ISWAP commanders, other fighters killed in Damasak

A senior commander of the Islamic State West Africa Province, Bukar Gana Fitchmeram (aka Abu Aisha), and scores of his fighters, who were on revenge mission at Damasak, fell to the firepower of troops Thursday.
Mr Abiodun Tobun, a lawmaker representing Epe Constituency 1 in the Lagos State House of Assembly, has obtained Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) forms for 300 youths in Epe.

Lagos APC lawmaker obtains JAMB forms for 300 youths

Mr Abiodun Tobun, a lawmaker representing Epe Constituency 1 in the Lagos State House of Assembly, has obtained Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) forms for 300 youths in Epe.
The Ogun State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Akingbolahan Adeniran, says respite will soon come to the victims of human trafficking, as they will get free legal services through the creation of Ogun State Public Interest Law Partnership (OPILP).

Ogun: Human trafficking victims to get free legal services

The Ogun State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Akingbolahan Adeniran, says respite will soon come to the victims of human trafficking, as they will get free legal services through the creation of Ogun State Public Interest Law Partnership (OPILP).
Carlo Ancelotti insists a European Super League ‘cannot happen’ and believes a relaxing of Financial Fair Play rules ‘could be a good step’.

Crystal Palace boss impressed by Carlo Ancelotti’s work at Everton

“Any time you go to Everton, you’re going to face a very very difficult game,” Hodgson said. “They are a good team, well-coached and the players they’ve brought in have made them much stronger. We have to prepare as well as we can and have faith that if we play as well as we know we can do, we can get a good result.”
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported 1,244 new cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of infections in the country to 101,331.

Nigeria records 97 new coronavirus cases, five deaths

The 97 new cases were reported from 15 states: Lagos-50, Kaduna-12, FCT-10, Bayelsa-8, Imo-3, Kwara-3, Bauchi-2, Osun-2, Akwa Ibom-1, Edo-1, Kano-1, Ogun-1, Oyo-1, Plateau-1, Zamfara-1.
Amaju Pinnick

The many parts of Amaju Pinnick

Let me join all Nigerians to congratulate Mr. Melvin Amaju Pinnick, the current President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, for his amazing victory at last week’s elections for a seat on the exalted Executive Committee of FIFA.
Seventy-five members of the Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorist groups have been killed by the military across the North East in the last six weeks.

Nigerian troops kill dozens of ISWAP, Boko Haram terrorists, rescue captives

In an operation described as “hitch-free”, troops of the Nigerian Army on Sunday evening descended heavily on ISWAP and Boko Haram elements, killing over 30 and rescuing 60 locals held hostage by the terrorists.

CACOL commends judiciary for upholding Senator Dariye’s jail term

The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, (CACOL), has hailed the Supreme Court ruling upholding the 10-year imprisonment of former Plateau State governor, Senator Joshua Dariye, upon his conviction for criminal breach of trust.
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Scarcity of foreign rice hits Abuja, Jigawa markets

Hajiya Rahmatu Mohammed, a rice seller in Utako Market in Abuja, said in view of the scarcity, the price of foreign rice had increased in the market.
FILE PHOTO - A herd of elephants walk past a watering hole in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, October 14, 2014. REUTERS-Philimon Bulawayo

IUCN: Wildlife protections, especially in Africa, cut sharply during pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is undermining nature conservation efforts, cutting park and anti-poaching patrols in more than half of Africa’s protected sites, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said on Thursday.
FILE PHOTO - Supporters of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko, who was arrested following sexual assault accusations, clash with security forces in Dakar, Senegal, March 5, 2021. REUTERS-Zohra Bensemra-File Photo

Senegal shuts schools amid violent unrest

Schools in Senegal will shut until March 15, the education ministry said on Sunday, after days of violent protests that have paralyzed parts of the capital Dakar and are expected to continue next week.

Life expectancy in Nigeria now 54 years – doctors

Harsh living conditions in Nigeria have now put life expectancy at 54 years, the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGMPN) has said.
At least 317 schoolgirls were abducted by bandits in the Friday morning raid on Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, in Zamfara State, the police have said.

Abductors free Zamfara schoolgirls

Respite may have come the way of the 317 kidnapped schoolgirls of Government Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State following the news filtering in this afternoon that they have been released by the bandits.

Oando: Court stops SEC from infringing on shareholders rights

The disgruntled shareholder, filed that the directive of the SEC suspending Oando's Annual General Meeting is in breach of his right to freedom of association as guaranteed under Section 40 of the Nigerian Constitution and Articles 9, 10 & 11 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights.

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June 12: MKO Abiola represented hope, liberty – Gani Adams

Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land, Chief Gani Adams, has said that the late Chief MKO Abiola represented hope, liberty and freedom during his lifetime.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police: No invasion of miscreants into Ekiti

The Ekiti State Police Command has described as untrue the reports that miscreants have invaded Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
Men of Amotekun Corps in Osun State have arrested two suspects, Friday and Toyib for allegedly stealing female underwear for ritual purposes.

South-west governors urged to strengthen Amotekun to prevent attacks

The protem chairman of the Coalition of Yoruba Liberation Movement, Yemi Farounbi, has called on south-west governors to strengthen the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Amotekun.
3. Ghana failed to score for the second straight game as their international friendly encounter against Ivory Coast ended in a goalless draw at the Cape Coast stadium on Saturday.

Ghana and Ivory Coast play out goalless draw in Cape Coast

Ghana failed to score for the second straight game as their international friendly encounter against Ivory Coast ended in a goalless draw at the Cape Coast stadium on Saturday.
Tochukwu Oluehi has revealed Nigeria are raring to bounce back from their defeat to Jamaica when they take on Portugal.

Nigeria goalie blames herself for defeat vs Jamaica, looks forward to Portugal clash

Tochukwu Oluehi has revealed Nigeria are raring to bounce back from their defeat to Jamaica when they take on Portugal.

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4. President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said the registration of the National Identity Number and linking it to mobile numbers will help fight insecurity in the country.

President Buhari approves more personnel, salary increase for police force

He stated that the removal of service chiefs and the appointment of officers, who have been at the theatre of operation and command the respect of fellow soldiers will ease the insecurity in the country.
Debbie Hewitt has been nominated as the new chair of the FA, with effect from January 2022, the governing body has announced.

English FA nominates first female chairperson

Hewitt, who agreed to take the role in principle, is set to become the first woman to lead the organisation in its 157-year history after receiving a unanimous nomination from the FA board.
L-R: Chairman, South West Governor’s Forum and Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu; his Counterparts from Osun, Ogun, Lagos, Ekiti and Oyo States, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola; Prince Dapo Abiodun; Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Dr. Kayode Fayemi and Mr. Seyi Makinde

South-west governors condemn Oyo killings

“We have just received with rude shock a premeditated attack on our people at Igangan, Ibarapa, Oyo State, in the early hours of today. This cowardly onslaught on a peaceful community has occasioned loss of lives and property on a large scale,” Governor Rotimi Akeredolu said on behalf of his colleagues.

Ex-INEC boss: Indigenes also responsible for insecurity in Imo

A former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Maurice Iwu, has said the indigenes of Imo State are also to be blamed for the insecurity in the state.
Senator Shehu Sani representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly

Senator Sani: Many people won’t visit Kaduna for a million dollar

Popular Kaduna Senator, Shehu Sani, has expressed concern at the daily record of bad news in Kaduna state, as result of the escalating deadly activities of bandits and other non-state actors.