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A flag is waved as demonstrators protest against military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 22, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Strike shuts Myanmar, anti-coup protesters defy junta warning

A general strike against military rule shut businesses in Myanmar on Monday and huge crowds gathered peacefully despite fears of violence after authorities warned that confrontation could be deadly.

CDHR blasts President Buhari’s over fuel price hikes

A civil society group, Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), has blamed the Buhari administration for inflicting more pains on the Nigerians with frequent fuel price hikes.
US President Joe Biden said he won’t lift sanctions against Iran as long as the Islamic republic is not adhering to its nuclear deal commitments.

Joe Biden directs American diplomats to push for LGBTQ+ rights in host countries

United States President, Joe Biden, has directed America’s foreign missions to push for the legalisation of homosexuality in their respective host countries.
Zimbabwean doctors have filed a lawsuit aimed at compelling the government to beef up coronavirus protection for public hospitals and healthcare workers.

Resident doctors embark on strike in Nasarawa

The association said it’s members at Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH) Lafia have decided to proceed on a three day warning strike because of the Hospital Management unilateral decision to suspend residency training programme and alleged victimization of it’s members for taking steps to protect themselves and the general public from the deadly covid 19 infection.

PDP zonal committee reverses suspension of party’s chieftain in Ibadan

The zonal committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, reversed the suspension placed on the party’s chieftain in Oyo, Hon. Taiwo Iyiola, by the state working committee of the party in Ibadan Northeast Local Government Area.
Former Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo

Ex-President Obasanjo: Type of restructuring Nigeria needs

Speaking on the clamour for restructuring, the former military Head of State between 1976 and 1979, said his understanding and recommendation of and on the subject centred around devolution of power, responsibility and resources.

LASU students disapprove governor’s school fees reduction

The students of the Lagos State University, LASU, have rejected the reduction approved by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on their tuition fee.
FILE PHOTO - A policeman walks past the Supreme Court building in Islamabad, Pakistan October 31, 2018. REUTERS-Faisal Mahmood-File Photo

Pakistan government appeals against acquittal of men convicted of beheading U.S. journalist

Pakistan’s government on Friday appealed to the Supreme Court to review its decision to free an Islamist convicted of kidnapping and beheading U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl, a day after the United States expressed “deep concerns” over the ruling.

Timi Frank: Sack, appointment of service chiefs late

Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, on Tuesday, attributed the rising spate of insecurity in the country to the retention, for far too long, of Service Chiefs who were no longer delivering as expected by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mrs Toki Mabogunje, LCCI’s President stated this at a press conference on Tuesday in Lagos.

LCCI: Joe Biden’s administration will usher in new global economy dispensation

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has said that the administration of Mr Joseph Biden, the 46th elected U.S President, would usher in new dispensation for global economy.

AYCF: Ondo quit notice, Oyo attack worrisome

Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), on Sunday described the quit notice order by the Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and subsequent attack and destruction of property in Oyo State as worrisome and disturbing.
A woman wearing a protective mask is greeted by a member of staff as she joins the queue for vaccinations at Lord's Cricket Ground, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in London, Britain, January 22, 2021. REUTERS-John Sibley

UK estimates COVID-19 infections falling, but warns cases still high

The number of new COVID-19 infections in Britain is estimated to be shrinking by as much as 4% a day, the government said on Friday, a sharp reversal in the trajectory of the pandemic suggesting national lockdowns were beginning to take effect.
FILE PHOTO - Surveillance cameras are seen outside the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) building in Beijing, China December 13, 2018. REUTERS-Stringer

China’s antitrust moves not aimed at private sector nor specific firms – regulator

China’s recent antitrust measures are not aimed at its private sector and do not seek to hinder the development of such firms, a senior banking and insurance regulator said on Friday, as the country looks to expand scrutiny of the fintech space.
President-elect Joe Biden is filling out his State Department team with a group of former career diplomats and veterans of the Obama administration, signaling his desire to return to a more traditional foreign policy after four years of uncertainty and unpredictability under President Donald Trump.

Joe Biden’s @POTUS Twitter account start with zero followers

President Biden is going to need some Twitter followers. Twitter has wiped out all followers from the @POTUS and @WhiteHouse accounts once Biden was sworn in, today, January 20th, rather than transferring the accounts’ existing followers over to the new administration. That’s what what Rob Flaherty, Biden’s digital director, said would happen in late December.
President Muhammadu Buhari has enjoined Nigerian youths to be prepared for huge responsibilities as they will eventually take over the leadership of the country in the future. 4

PDP: President Buhari abandoned governance for luxury, pleasures of Aso Villa

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has concluded that the reason why things are bad in the country is because President Muhammadu Buhari has abandoned governance for the luxury and pleasures of Aso Presidential Villa.
The National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, “He is fully aware of the constitutional implication of his decision to defect to another party; which is that he cannot continue to occupy the seat of the PDP in the Senate.

PDP raps President Buhari over performance claims

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday berated President Muhammadu Buhari over his stewardship in the past five years, saying he has failed to justify the confidence reposed in him by Nigerians.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery reacts. REUTERS-Eddie Keogh-File Photo

Unai Emery ‘tried to help’ Mesut Ozil at Arsenal

Unai Emery claims he “tried to help” Mesut Ozil during his time as Arsenal boss and prevent the unfortunate circumstances that have played out in 2020-21 from happening.
Manchester United’s players are reportedly concerned over David de Gea‘s form following his disappointing display vs Chelsea.

David de Gea warns Manchester United not to let title chance slip

David de Gea has warned that Manchester United “cannot miss this chance” after forcing their way back into the Premier League title picture, with the Red Devils looking to bring an eight-year barren run to a close.
Nigeria's national electricity grid collapsed on Sunday, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) said in a statement. Power outages in Nigeria, the most populous nation in Africa, are common, but a system collapse is unusual.

Nigerian government commended over suspension of electricity tariff hike

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), on Sunday, commended the Federal Government over its directive suspending the recent electricity tariff hike in the country.
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)

Kano: Labour threatens strike over salary, pension deductions

Kano State councils of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), on Friday, said should the state government further deduct from the civil servants’ salary and pension, it would take “appropriate legal and/or industrial action to seek for redress”.
Lagos State University - LASU

LASU students protest against fee hike

The protest newsmen learnt was coordinated by Concerned LASU STUDENTS because of the alleged refusal of the Students Union executives to spearhead the agitation for a reversal.
The Minister of Power, Mr Saleh Mamman, has assured Nigerians that effective metering will tackle the challenges of liquidity and energy theft in the power sector.

Nigerian government orders reversal of hiked electricity tariff

The Minister of Power, Mr Saleh Mamman, has directed the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to inform all Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) to revert to tariffs that were applicable in December 2020.

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The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this at a press briefing in Abuja.

Nigeria threatens to ban flights from UAE, Netherlands

The task force said the Ministry of Aviation and its relevant agencies have been mandated to take the necessary reciprocal measures as may be permissible under the laws and other international obligations expected to be discharged against Emirates airlines operating from the UAE and other airlines from The Netherlands.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is refusing to dream of a late title push, believing Manchester City are “too far ahead” despite yesterday’s superb derby win.

Manchester United boss rules out late title push despite derby win

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is refusing to dream of a late title push, believing Manchester City are “too far ahead” despite yesterday’s superb derby win.

NIOB, PSN, 28 others seek more roles for Nigerian professionals

Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) as well as 28 other bodies under the umbrella of the Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN) have called for more patronage of indigenous professionals.
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 approves $1.3 million grant for female financial inclusion research in Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved two grants worth $1.3 million for research aimed at increasing women’s access to a range of digital financial services on the continent.
Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has confessed that his boys were tired and not ready to play and paid dearly for the defeat against Brighton.

Jurgen Klopp hopes for respite for struggling Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hopes a change of competition will give his side a break from their wretched Premier League form that has put their chances of a top-four finish in jeopardy.

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CBN: New policy on offshore remittances will reduce cost, tackle round-tripping

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said that its new “CBN Naira 4 Dollar Scheme” which comes into effect on Monday is aimed...
FILE PHOTO - Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivers a speech at the Lanting Forum in Beijing, China February 22, 2021. REUTERS-Shubing Wang

China’s top diplomat says Hong Kong needs electoral reform for ‘brighter future’

The Chinese government’s top diplomat State Councillor Wang Yi on Sunday said the electoral system in Hong Kong must be improved for long-term stability, saying reform would bring about a “brighter future” for the city.
Sheikh Ahmad Gumi says the easiest and safest way to end insecurity in the north is to negotiate peace with the bandits that have turned the region into a killing field.

Shiek Gumi: Pardon bandits as you did coup plotters and Biafra soldiers

Renowned Islamic Scholar, Sheik Abubakar Gumi, has submitted that Nigeria would escape banditry and achieve peace only when bandits were granted amnesty.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, revealed this when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the Council meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday.

President Buhari charges security agencies improve Nigeria’s ranking on global security index

Worried by the rising level of insecurity in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday charged the nation’s security agencies to up the ante in their drive towards protection of lives and property.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Police nab five ‘armed robbers’, recover fire arms in Nasarawa

Police in Nasarawa state Tuesday announced the arrest of two suspected notorious armed robbers who have been terrorising Nasarawa and its environs and recovered fire arms from them.