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Michael Essien opens up on Nordsjaelland coaching spell

Former Ghana and Chelsea star Michael Essien has stated his ongoing coaching stint with Danish side Nordsjaelland represents a major step in his career development.

Internet fraudster bags one-year imprisonment in Ilorin

Justice Adenike Akinpelu of the Kwara State High Court on Wednesday convicted a 29-year-old internet fraudster, Ademola Adebukola alias “Holy Ghost” to one-year imprisonment on four counts of cheating and attempt to cheat.

Doyin Salami: Nigeria spent N1.85 trillion on food importation in 2020

The Nigerian government spent N1.85 trillion on food imports in 2020 after it closed the country’s land borders, the chairman of the presidential economic advisory council, Doyin Salami, has said.
FILE PHOTO - Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani, looks on during a joint news conference with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, in Kabul, Afghanistan February 29, 2020.REUTERS-Mohammad Ismail-File Photo

Afghan president, NATO chief hold peace talks

Afghan President, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, and NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, have held a phone conversation over the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, the president’s office said on Tuesday.
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) registered 1,867 new cases of COVID-19, in the last 24 hours, the highest single day rise since the index case was confirmed on Feb. 27, 2020.

NCDC calls for private laboratories’ support on coronavirus testing

The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday called on the private-owned laboratories in Nigeria to support the country’s testing capacity for the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Cecilia Marogna, 39, had worked for Becciu, a former top Vatican official who was dismissed in September by Pope Francis, who accused him of embezzlement and nepotism.

Vatican: Woman with links to deposed cardinal to go on trial

The embezzlement trial of a woman with links to deposed Cardinal Angelo Becciu will start soon, Vatican judicial officials said on Monday, but it was not yet clear if the cardinal will also be tried.
Muazu, who appeared as the seventh prosecution would, PW-7, in the ongoing trial of erstwhile Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Taminu Turaki, SAN, said the contractors were mandated to remit part of profits they made from contracts they secured from the Ministry, to assist the lawmakers in their political campaign in 2015.

Taminu Turaki’s trial: We shared contract funds with National Assembly members – ex-director tells court

Former Director of Procurement at Ministry of Special Duties, Mr Gambo Muazu, on Monday, exposed before the Federal High Court in Abuja, how key members of the National Assembly, partook in sharing of kickbacks from contractors.
FILE PHOTO - The Huawei logo is seen at Huawei Connect in Shanghai, China, September 23, 2020. REUTERS-Aly Song

Donald Trump slams China’s Huawei, halting shipments from Intel, others

The Trump administration notified several Huawei suppliers, including chipmaker Intel, that it is revoking certain licenses to sell to the Chinese company and intends to reject dozens of other applications to supply the telecommunications firm, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny and his wife Yulia are seen in a still image from video on board of a plane before the departure for Moscow at an airport in Berlin, Germany January 17, 2021 in this still image from video obtained from social media. Courtesy of Instagram @NAVALNY/Social Media via REUTERS

Kremlin critic Navalny lands in Russia, flying home despite arrest threat

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny flew home to Russia on Sunday despite Russian authorities’ stated desire to arrest him and potentially jail him for years, his plane from Berlin landing at a different Moscow airport from the one it was meant to fly to.
Three persons were reportedly killed weekend, at Dyom village near Senga community in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State, when armed men in military camouflage, said to be loyalists of late militia leader Terwase Agwaza also known as Gana, invaded.

Late Gana’s loyalists raid Benue community, kill 3, raze houses

Three persons were reportedly killed weekend, at Dyom village near Senga community in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State, when armed men in military camouflage, said to be loyalists of late militia leader Terwase Agwaza also known as Gana, invaded.
Mark Schmidt, 42, was also fined €158,000 (£140,000; $190,000) and banned from practising medicine for a further three years by a Munich court.

German sports doctor jailed over scandal

A German sports doctor has been jailed for nearly five years for masterminding a doping ring for athletes between 2012 and 2019.

NNPC records $120.49 million crude oil receipt in September 2020

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced a total export receipt for crude oil and gas valued at $120.49 million for the month of September 2020.
The new elected Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader Armin Laschet speaks after being elected at the party's 33rd congress, held online because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Berlin, Germany, January 16, 2021. REUTERS

Centrist Laschet picked to lead Merkel’s divided CDU party

Germany’s Christian Democrats elected Armin Laschet as chairman on Saturday, aiming to unify their divided party behind a centrist who they hope can succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor when she steps down after federal elections in September.
Acting Catalan regional leader, Pere Aragones, arrives to a meeting with parliamentary groups to postpone the Catalan elections in the Parliament of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain January 15, 2021. REUTERS-Nacho Doce

Spain’s Catalonia postpones election due to coronavirus surge

Catalonia on Friday postponed a parliamentary election scheduled for Feb. 14 until May 30 because of a surge in coronavirus cases that has pushed hospital occupancy in the restive northeastern region of Spain to one of the highest levels in the country.
Pep Guardiola has backed Raheem Sterling after the Manchester City winger continued his poor run of penalties on Wednesday.

Pep Guardiola: Manchester City could never have gone this far without Raheem Sterling

Pep Guardiola has backed Raheem Sterling after the Manchester City winger continued his poor run of penalties on Wednesday.
Fulham are in talks with Serie A club Torino over a permanent deal for Nigeria defender Ola Aina.

Fulham’s Ola Aina ready to prove point vs Chelsea

Saturday's clash at Craven Cottage reunites Aina with his former club where he spent over 11 years before he joined Torino permanently in June 2019 and he is hoping to prove a point against Chelsea.
Bruno Fernandes sees himself being a “natural” leader at Manchester United, with the Portuguese embracing his standing as a talismanic presence for the Red Devils.

Bruno Fernandes wins Player of the Month award for December

Manchester United playmaker Bruno Fernandes has been named Premier League Player of the Month for December - breaking an English record in the process.
U.S. President-elect, Joe Biden, has unveiled a $1.9 trillion stimulus package to jump-start the economy and speed up the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joe Biden unveils $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus plan

U.S. President-elect, Joe Biden, has unveiled a $1.9 trillion stimulus package to jump-start the economy and speed up the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A new variant of the coronavirus, which appears to be more transmissible, has been discovered in South Africa and is being blamed for a new surge in Covid-19 cases in the UK.

Twelve health workers test positive to coronavirus in Taraba

Twelve health workers comprising of three doctors and nine nurses have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo, the Taraba state capital.
The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Enugu State on Tuesday said it had trained no fewer than 510 unemployed graduates on different skills.

NDE chief: President Buhari determined to eradicate poverty

Director General of National Directorate of Employment, NDE, Mallam Abubakar Fikpo, has said the President Muhammadu Buhari’s led Federal Government was determined to eradicate poverty and unemployment in the country.
South African Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, passed away on Thursday due to COVID-19 related complications, President Cyril Ramaphosa said.

South Africa minister dies of coronavirus

South African Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, passed away on Thursday due to COVID-19 related complications, President Cyril Ramaphosa said.
General view of a cross session of lawyers in a court during a hearing of a blasphemy case in Kano, Nigeria January 21, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Nigerian appeals court throws out blasphemy convictions that caused outcry

The two had been convicted in August by a sharia court in Nigeria’s northern, mainly Muslim state of Kano. Teenager Omar Farouq was accused of making blasphemous comments during an argument, while Yahaya Aminu Sharif was accused of having shared a blasphemous message on WhatsApp.
FILE PHOTO - A man wearing a mask outside Guildhall in the city of London as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, April 14, 2020. REUTERS-John Sibley-File Photo

City of London to remove statues linked to slavery trade

The City of London on Thursday approved the removal from its ceremonial Guildhall home of statues of two figures that symbolise the financial sector’s historic role in slavery.