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Nigeria’s imports from China are rising exponentially, compared to other major trading partners, including Europe, Asia and America, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has shown.

Nigeria’s imports from China soar, exceed other major trading partners

Nigeria’s imports from China are rising exponentially, compared to other major trading partners, including Europe, Asia and America, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has shown.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, on has turned the heat on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) saying football in the country is going backward.

Minister sets agenda for newly elected AFN board

Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare has charged the newly elected board of the Atheletics Federation of Nigeria to be focused and remain above board in the discharge of their responsibility.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that Southern governors’ irrevocable decision on open grazing and others issues must be respected.

Rivers government threatens to acquire disputed land in Ogoni over crisis

Rivers State Government has threatened to acquire a disputed land between Bomu and Lewe communities in Ogoni, if they fail to end their communal war.
Rafael Nadal celebrates after beating Diego Schwartzman. Benoît Tessier-Reuters

French Open: Rafael Nadal overcomes stubborn Diego Schwartzman to reach semis

Rafa Nadal dropped a set at Roland Garros for the first time in two years but roared back to beat Diego Schwartzman 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-0 on Wednesday and reach the French Open semi-finals.
Stefanos Tsitsipas quelled the firepower of John Isner to reach the fourth round of the French Open under the lights at Roland Garros.

Stefanos Tsitsipas zooms into French Open fourth round

Stefanos Tsitsipas quelled the firepower of John Isner to reach the fourth round of the French Open under the lights at Roland Garros.
Serena Williams remains the highest seed in her half of the French Open draw after a dominant third-round victory against Danielle Collins.

French Open: Serena Williams beats Danielle Collins to set up Elena Rybakina clash

Serena Williams remains the highest seed in her half of the French Open draw after a dominant third-round victory against Danielle Collins.
Serena Williams is through to the round of 32 of the 2021 French Open tournament after beating Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu in a challenging three-set victory.

French Open: Serena Williams through to round of 32

Serena Williams is through to the round of 32 of the 2021 French Open tournament after beating Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu in a challenging three-set victory.
The APC stated this on Sunday in Abuja in a statement issued by the National Secretary of its Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, CECPC, Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe.

APC: We inherited insurgency from PDP

The ruling All Progressives Congress has said that the insurgency which its government is facing was inherited from the administration led by the Peoples Democratic Party.
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic (R) taps hands with Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas after winning their quarter final match of the Men’s Italian Open at Foro Italico on May 15, 2021 in Rome, Italy. Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP

Novak Djokovic survives Stefanos Tsitsipas scare to advance to Rome semi-finals

World number one Novak Djokovic survived a three-set battle with Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas over two days in their rain-delayed quarter-finals to advance to the Italian Open semi-finals on Saturday.
Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal saved two match points to defeat Canada’s Denis Shapovalov in a three-set battle and advance to the quarter-finals of the Italian Open on Thursday.

Italian Open: Rafael Nadal beats Denis Shapovalov to reach quarter-finals

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal saved two match points to defeat Canada’s Denis Shapovalov in a three-set battle and advance to the quarter-finals of the Italian Open on Thursday.
World number one Novak Djokovic swept into the Italian Open quarter-finals on Thursday with a straight sets wins over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in front of spectators who were allowed to watch in the Foro Italico for the first time.

Novak Djokovic beats Alejandro Fokina to reach Italian Open quarter-finals

World number one Novak Djokovic swept into the Italian Open quarter-finals on Thursday with a straight sets wins over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in front of spectators who were allowed to watch in the Foro Italico for the first time.
Serena Williams, playing the 1000th WTA match of her career, lost on her return after nearly three months away to Nadia Podoroska in the second round of the WTA Italian Open on Wednesday.

Italian Open: Serena Williams crashes out on her 1000th career game

Serena Williams, playing the 1000th WTA match of her career, lost on her return after nearly three months away to Nadia Podoroska in the second round of the WTA Italian Open on Wednesday.
Femi Adesina, spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari

They should let us breathe

Don’t asphyxiate us, let us breathe. Remove your knees from the neck of Nigeria, and let the country be. What do we owe you, that you make it seem we must never have peace?
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.

Nigerian Army: We don’t deploy or operate along ethnic, religious lines

The Nigerian Army has refuted report alleging deployment of troops along religious, ethnic and tribal lines.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

Nigerian Army urges resident to ignore rhetorics against military

The Nigerian Army has urged Nigerians to ignore the enemies of peace and unity of Nigeria who peddle divisive and subversive rhetorics against the sovereignty of Nigeria and its patriotic army.
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), has said that the current push to conduct drug test on politicians, workers and students is to be able to urgently provide help for those who need treatment and rehabilitation, in addition to serving as deterrence.

NDLEA chief: We‘ll go after supermarkets, confectionery selling drugged cookies

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) will go after owners and operators of supermarkets and confectionery selling cookies, biscuits and other products laced with illicit substances.
The Ondo State Government said it would distribute special variety of maize seeds as a palliative to farmers in the state, to help mitigate hunger after the Coronavirus pandemic.

Agribusiness: NASC warns against sale of fake seeds to farmers

The National Agricultural Seeds Council, NASC, warned against the sale of fake seeds to farmers as farming activities commence across the country.

Congress: Doyin Okupe predicts doom for South-West PDP

A former aide of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe, has said the outcome of the zonal congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-West will be negative and may affect the future of the party in the zone.

Stakeholders engages local seed coy to multiply PBR cowpea

Due to the high demand of the newly developed Pod Borer Resistant (PBR) Cowpea, Agriculture stakeholders have engaged indigenous seed companies for the multiplication and sales of PBR cowpea.
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Naomi Osaka uncomfortable with tight schedule

Naomi Osaka dislikes long and busy stretches away from the comforts of home and so will plan the European portion of her schedule accordingly in the hope of improving her title hopes at the French Open and Wimbledon.

Israel reaffirms leading role in water recycling globally

Harpaz Gazi, Charge d’Affaires of the Israeli Embassy in Nigeria has reaffirmed his country’s leading role in water recycling globally.
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has denied media report credited to him that the dislodged Boko Haram insurgents are regrouping in his state, particularly on the Benue-Nasarawa border.

Federal government seeks 100,000 hectares of land in Nasarawa for rice cultivation

The federal government has requested the Nasarawa State government to provide 100, 000 hectares of land for rice cultivation as part of efforts to increase rice production in the country.

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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.

‘Armed robbers’ involved in ghastly motor accident in Ogun

Three suspected armed robbers on Saturday were involved a ghastly motor accident at Ode-Remo, Ogun State, while escaping with a car they allegedly snatched at gunpoint.

Russians nationals detained in Chad desert say they are tourists

A group of Russians detained by the police in a part of northern Chad where the army has been battling a rebel invasion from Libya said on Wednesday that they were tourists who had come to sightsee in the Sahara Desert.
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.

Senate vows to expose MDAs refusing to account for public funds

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the upper chamber will publish the names of government agencies that have refused to appear before the Public Accounts Committee to defend the interrogations of the Auditor-General for the Federation in the 2015 report.
Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has addressed the issues surrounding the strike action by some state-owned tertiary institutions, declaring that the state will resolve the matter within the month.

Oyo governor urges council chiefs to strengthen intelligence gathering in their areas

Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has urged local government chairmen in the state to upscale intelligence gathering in their respective council areas.
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr was present at the first training session of selected Nigeria Professional Football League players in Abuja on Wednesday.

Super Eagles coach joins NPFL stars in training ahead of Mexico friendly

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr was present at the first training session of selected Nigeria Professional Football League players in Abuja on Wednesday.

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Barcelona have confirmed that Ousmane Dembélé will require surgery on a knee injury picked up at Euro 2020.

Barcelona confirm surgery for Ousmane Dembélé

Barcelona have confirmed that Ousmane Dembélé will require surgery on a knee injury picked up at Euro 2020.

NANS to picket UNILAG, YABATECH over refusal to reinstate students union

The National Association of Nigerian Students South-West Zone (NANS Zone D) is set to halt activities at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) following the refusal of the institutions to reinstate their Students’ Union.
Arsenal don’t have an agreement to let Hector Bellerin go yet, but Unai Emery is a huge admirer and Villarreal are looking at a deal for him.

Unai Emery ‘huge admirer’ of Hector Bellerin as Villarreal pursue deal

James Benge reports that there’s still no agreement with any interested parties to sign Hector Bellerin just yet. Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, and Sevilla are among the teams looking at a deal for him at the moment.
Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has threatened to expose corrupt leaders in the north.

IPOB replies South East governors over disavowal

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has responded to the recent remarks by the South East governors purportedly disavowing the separatist group.
Jordi Alba has branded Barcelona's decision to sell Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid as a joke while admitting his ex-team-mate has shut a lot of mouths at Wanda Metropolitano.

Luis Suarez: I’ve no regret joining Atletico Madrid

Suarez scored the goal that won Atletico Madrid the La Liga title, just a year after he was sold by rival FC Barcelona because he was “too old.”