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Pictures of Chinese President Xi Jinping overlook a street ahead of the National People's Congress (NPC), in Shanghai, China March 1, 2021. REUTERS-Aly Song

China’s electoral reform ‘earthquake’ set to upend Hong Kong politics

China’s plan to dramatically reform Hong Kong’s electoral system, expected to be unveiled in a parliamentary session in Beijing starting this week, will upend the territory’s political scene, according to more than a dozen politicians from across the spectrum.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it does not want bail for a former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, because he might escape.

Abdulrasheed Maina uncovered monumental fraud as pension boss – witness tells court

Ngozika Ihuoma, first defence witness (DW1), on Monday, told the Federal High Court, Abuja, that Abdulrasheed Maina, uncovered monumental fraud when he was the Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT).

Archbishop Kaigama: Kidnappings in Nigeria will continue if…

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Most Rev Ignatius Kaigama, is one of Nigeria’s most respected clergymen. He served as the President of Nigerian Bishops Conference (2012-2018), and currently chairs the Episcopal Conference of West African Catholic Bishops.
An #EndSARS campaigner and a member of Citizens’ Rally against Oppression, Mr. Dele Farotimi, has alleged that some powerful personalities in Lagos State had threatened his life over his agitation against the reopening of Lekki Toll Plaza.

#EndSARS campaigner: Lagos government in fusion with criminal elements

An #EndSARS campaigner and a member of Citizens’ Rally against Oppression, Mr. Dele Farotimi, has alleged that some powerful personalities in Lagos State had threatened his life over his agitation against the reopening of Lekki Toll Plaza.
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, says military equipment purchased by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration have yet to arrive in Nigeria.

Defence chief seeks collaboration with telecoms firms to track criminals

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Lucky Irabor, has urged telecommunications service providers in Nigeria to support the efforts by the military and other security agencies to address insecurity across the country to apprehend perpetrators of crimes across the country.
1. President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, met with the new Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, at the State House, Abuja.

AYCF urges new EFCC boss not to spare any corrupt officials

The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing a young man in the person of Bawa to head the EFCC.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN,

AGF tackles Itse Sagay over comment on new EFCC chief

The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), yesterday condemned the recent statement by the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay, that the AGF would not allow the newly appointed Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa succeed on account of being a “powerful politician” that will interfere in Bawa’s work.
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

PIB: Expert recommends priviatsation of NNPC for optimal efficiency

Mr Joe Nwakwue, an expert in the petroleum sector has recommended the priviatiosation of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to ensure efficiency and attain maximum profit of the oil sector.
The Northern Governors Forum on Monday expressed support for proposals to regulate the social media to check the spread of fake news in the country.

Security: Northern governors, NSA, IGP meet in Kaduna

Governors of the 19 Nothern States and traditional rulers of the region are meeting in Kaduna over security challenges bedeviling the region.
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NDLEA arrests 8 drug traffickers in Niger

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Niger Command, says it has arrested eight suspected drug traffickers with 603.24 kilogrammes of illicit drugs in different parts of the state.
Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki, has asked the Peoples Democratic Party to show proof of allegations that the state treasury is empty.

CSO cautions Edo governor against divisive utterances

A civil society organisation in Edo, Labour and Civil Society Coalition, LASCO, has cautioned the state governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, against making utterances that are capable of causing division in Edo polity.
The National President of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Mohammed Ibrahim, says the union might embark on an industrial action if the Federal Government does not listen to their demands.

Strike: SSANU, NASU demand N20 billion as earned allowance

The ongoing strike by the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU, may only be called off if the government agrees to pay members of the two unions N20 billion as Earned Allowance.
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has assured that efforts would be intensified to secure all parts of the country within the next two months.

Senator Lawan: Nigerian government working to end insecurity in two months

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has assured that efforts would be intensified to secure all parts of the country within the next two months.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

Senator Lawan: National Assembly will approve extra-budgetary funds to fight insecurity

The leadership of the National Assembly on Monday gave an assurance that it will approve extra-budgetary request of the Executive for the security agencies to wage a total war on the rising level of insecurity in the country.
Ahmed Idris, the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF)

AGF charges NYSC members to be agents of positive change

The Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Ahmed Idris, has charged the outgoing 2020 Batch A Corps Members who served in the Treasury House to be agents of positive change in the country.
U.S. President Joe Biden hosts a meeting with labor leaders to discuss coronavirus response legislation and the president's infrastructure plan in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 17, 2021. REUTERS-Leah Millis

Joe Biden to debut at G7 with vaccines, economy and China in focus

U.S. President Joe Biden will attend his first meeting with Group of Seven leaders on Friday to discuss plans to defeat the coronavirus, reopen the battered world economy and counter challenges posed by China.

Kwara: 96,000 pupils to benefit from school feeding programme

No fewer than 96,000 pupils in classes one to three are to benefit from the Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP) in Kwara, says an official.
On Monday, FIFA published the 2020 edition of the FIFA Global Transfer Market Report.

FIFA announces appointment of chief operating officers for Women’s World Cup 2023

On Tuesday, world football governing body, FIFA, announced the appointment of two Chief Operating Officers (COOs) in Australia and New Zealand respectively for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 that will be jointly hosted by both countries.
Paul Rusesabagina looks on as he sits with some of his coaccused at the Supreme Court in Kigali. Simon Wohlfahrt - AFP

Hotel Rwanda ‘hero’ goes on trial amid global calls for release

Paul Rusesabagina, the polarising hero of the hit movie "Hotel Rwanda," went on trial on Wednesday on charges including terrorism that drew international calls for his release.

Ex-Nigerian defence chief pulls out of army

The immediate past Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gabriel Olonisakin, on Tuesday in Abuja, officially pulled out of the Nigerian Army in a parade at the Mogadishu Cantonment, Asokoro.
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has announced the deployment of 200 officers of the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Amotekun to Ibarapa and Oke Ogun zones.

Shasha crisis: Oyo governor to inaugurate judicial panel

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State declared on Monday that his government will ensure that justice is served on all the victims of the crisis that erupted between Hausa and Yoruba residents of Shasha Market of Akinyele Local Government, Ibadan, during the weekend.
Steven Gerrard says Rangers fans should stay away on Saturday despite the emotional pull of it being the 50th anniversary of the Ibrox tragedy that resulted in 66 fans dying.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard admits to ‘stealing’ ideas from Brendan Rodgers, Sven-Goran Eriksson

Steven Gerrard has admitted to stealing ideas from his former managers Brendan Rodgers and Sven-Goran Eriksson, with the Rangers boss putting those lessons to good use as he closes in on the Scottish Premiership title.

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Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has praised Jordan Pickford for his clean sheet after their 1-0 win against Southampton.

Everton boss lauds Jordan Pickford for keeping a clean sheet against Southampton

Everton boss, Carlo Ancelotti, has praised Jordan Pickford for his clean sheet after their 1-0 win against Southampton.

Archbishop Kaigama: Poverty menacingly threatening existence of Nigerians

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, Ignatius Kaigama, has criticised what he described the poor social security system in the country, which, he said, negatively affects millions of Nigerians.”
Former Napoli centre-forward Andrea Carnevale has urged Victor Osimhen to be more selfish in order to score more goals.

Victor Osimhen returns vs Sassuolo tomorrow

Napoli striker Victor Osimhen will make a much-awaited return to action tomorrow in a Serie A clash at Sassuolo after he missed two games on account of a head injury.
Watching Kylian Mbappe and Paris Saint-Germain tear Barcelona to shreds at Camp Nou on Tuesday evening in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie, it felt there’s a new king in town.

Kylian Mbappe makes huge decision on Liverpool switch

Kylian Mbappe will inform Paris Saint-Germain he wants to leave the Ligue 1 giants this summer – with Liverpool his most preferred destination.
FILE PHOTO - Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts during a virtual news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic, at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain January 7, 2021. Tolga Akmen-Pool via REUTERS

Boris Johnson offers to host all European Championship matches in Britain

Boris Johnson has offered up Britain’s stadiums for the whole European Championships as the UK’s ­vaccine roll-out surges ahead of the continent — and he can’t wait to raise a pint to the prospect.

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In a demonstration to tackle the menace of ghost workers that has continue to drain the coffers of government, Bauchi State Governor, Sen Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed will hold a public parley with all the stakeholders involved in the payment of workers salaries in the state.

Bauchi government awards N510 million contracts for road, drainage construction

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State on Saturday said that the construction of a three-kilometre road and 1.5 km of drainages in Disina town is costing the government N510 million.
Kwara State Governor Abdulraham Abdulrazaq

Kwara government approves use of hijab in schools

Mamma Sabah Jibril, Secretary to the State Government, announced the decision in a statement Thursday night.
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White House: Joe Biden discusses crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region with Kenyan leader

U.S. President Joe Biden, in a call with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday, discussed the crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the White House said.

Why religious leaders should not make provocative utterances – cleric

Religious leaders across the country have been urged teach their followers the importance of peace to national development.
Bandits on Saturday killed three persons and injured one in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State.

Kidnappers abduct schoolchildren in northwest Nigeria – official

Kidnappers have abducted schoolchildren in northwest Nigeria’s Zamfara state, a spokesman for the state governor said on Friday, but declined to say how many people were taken or provide further details.