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FILE PHOTO: The mothers of anti-government protest leaders facing lese majeste charges, Malai Nampha, Sureerat Chiwarak, Yupin Maneewong and Suriya Sithijirawattanakul attend a demonstration demanding the release of their sons outside Remand prison, in Bangkok, Thailand April 28, 2021. REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa

Thai mothers fight for activist children charged with insulting king

Sureerat Chiwarak sat with calm resolve in front of a Bangkok court as her head was shaved in a protest to support her activist son, jailed for weeks without bail on criminal charges of insulting Thailand’s powerful king.
A man is silhouetted against the logo of the World Bank at the main venue for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meeting in Tokyo. REUTERS-Kim Kyung-Hoon

IMF: Multilateral response critical to overcome coronavirus in India, globally

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has stated that a multilateral response is critical to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic in India and globally.
Suleiman Adamu, Minister Of Water Resources

Minister: 28 states at risk of severe flooding

No fewer than 28 states are likely to experience severe flooding this year, the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, announced on Thursday.
These are among the latest tough measures taken by the government to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus since President Samia Suluhu Hassan took office in March.

Tanzania stops flights to and from India amid coronavirus surge

Tanzania has suspended flights to and from India amid the COVID-19 surge in the Southeast Asian nation, the country's health ministry said, the latest sign of its increasingly active approach to tackling the pandemic under its new president.
Ankita Patel, a 31-year-old paramedic, adjusts the oxygen mask of a woman inside an ambulance waiting to enter a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) hospital for treatment, amidst the spread of COVID-19 in Ahmedabad, India, April 29, 2021. REUTERS/Amit Dave

India’s daily coronavirus cases pass 400,000 for first time as second wave worsens

India posted a record daily rise of 401,993 new coronavirus cases on Saturday as the country opened up its massive vaccination drive to all adults, although several states warned of acute shortages.
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 expresses concern over spate of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

The Nigerian Army has expressed serious concern over piracy in the Gulf of Guinea which it said posed a serious threat to the peace and stability of Nigeria as a sovereign nation.
The bill for the Chartered Institute of Forensic and Certified Fraud Examiners of Nigeria has scaled the First Reading in the House of Representatives .

Isa Pantami: House of Reps’ll never support terrorism, sponsors – spokesman

Spokesman of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ben Kalu, last night declared that the 9th Assembly under the leadership of Femi Gbajabiamila will never support terrorism or its supporters.
Tottenham face an anxious wait to discover whether Harry Kane will be fit for the Carabao Cup final after the striker limped out of the 2-2 draw at Everton with a foot injury.

Tottenham face anxious wait after Harry Kane injury

Tottenham Hotspur face an anxious wait to discover the severity of Harry Kane’s ankle injury after he hobbled off after scoring twice in a 2-2 Premier League draw away to Everton on Friday.
Botswana banned poultry and poultry product imports from South Africa after an avian flu outbreak. PHOTO: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

Botswana bans poultry imports from South Africa amid avian flu outbreak

Botswana's agriculture ministry announced the ban on Wednesday and it has been implemented with immediate effect. The ban includes products such as meat, eggs and feathers.
The highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that is predominant in the United Kingdom may be up to 70 percent more deadly than previous strains, according to a report by the government’s scientific advisers.

Iran faces fourth coronavirus wave after Nowruz holidays

Iran is facing a fourth major wave of COVID-19 infections shortly after millions travelled during the Persian new year holidays.
LeBron James faces an indefinite layoff after suffering an ankle injury as the Los Angeles Lakers slumped to defeat against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday.

NBA: LeBron James injury blow as Lakers slump to Hawks defeat

LeBron James faces an indefinite layoff after suffering an ankle injury as the Los Angeles Lakers slumped to defeat against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday.

Kano: 56 villagers vomit, urinate blood over mysterious disease

About 56 residents of Gwangwan village in Kano state have reportedly been vomiting and urinating blood due to an outbreak of a mysterious ailment that struck the village.
1. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Monday said he felt no side effects three days after taking the COVID-19 vaccine injection.

Lagos vaccinates 12,720 people in 48 hours

The Lagos State Government says it has vaccinated 12,720 people with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine 48 hours after the vaccination exercise commenced in the state.
FILE PHOTO - A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on a keyboard in this illustration taken March 25, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration-File Photo

Facebook says it’ll start punishing group members who break its rules

Facebook is trying to clean up its Groups experience and limit the reach of potentially problematic users and communities. The company announced multiple changes to groups today, including plans to put users who break rules on probation, further limit the reach of civic and political groups, and require more moderation in groups that have violated Facebook’s rules.
Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, on Tuesday asked the passengers who were on the same plane with the lady to self-isolate as he released hotlines to call should they show any symptoms.

Lagos official: You may still contract coronavirus after vaccination

The Lagos State Government has warned its residents not to jettison observance of COVID-19 guidelines, saying they might still contract the deadly virus after vaccination.
All Progressives Congress (APC) national stalwart Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has described as premature, talks about 2023 elections and the successor to President Muhammadu Buhari. To him, those making such calls do not love Nigeria.

Mitigating the herder and farmer contentions in Nigeria

The herder-farmer dispute has taken on acute and violent dimensions. It has cost too many innocent lives while destroying the property and livelihoods of many others. It has also aggravated ethnic sentiment and political tension. Despite the efforts of some of those in positions of high responsibility and public trust, the crisis has not significantly abated.
All Progressives Congress (APC) national stalwart Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has described as premature, talks about 2023 elections and the successor to President Muhammadu Buhari. To him, those making such calls do not love Nigeria.

Senator Tinubu speaks on herders-farmers’ crisis, says they’re all victims

One of the national leaders of the All Progressives Congress (AAPC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday, spoke for the first time on the lingering herders/farmers crisis, saying the two classes of people were victims of circumstances and therefore needed help.
Delta State Government on Friday commenced the vaccination of its citizens against COVID-19, with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, his wife, Edith and members of the state’s Executive Council taking their turns.

Delta begins coronavirus vaccination as governor, wife receive first jabs

Delta State Government on Friday commenced the vaccination of its citizens against COVID-19, with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, his wife, Edith and members of the state’s Executive Council taking their turns.
Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, on Tuesday asked the passengers who were on the same plane with the lady to self-isolate as he released hotlines to call should they show any symptoms.

Lagos: 2,636 active coronavirus cases under home-based care

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, says there are 2,636 active COVID-19 cases being managed under the state ‘Home Based Care’.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says 75 healthcare workers tested positive for COVID-19 in the last week across the country. Its Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, made this known at the national briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja.

NCDC: Coronavirus infection higher in males than females in Nigeria

A survey has found infection rates of COVID-19 to be higher among males than females in the country.
The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has advised African countries against the use of Ivermectin for treating COVID-19.

Coronavirus: Africa CDC advises against use of Ivermectin

“Member States are advised against the use of Ivermectin for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 because there is no conclusive clinical data to support its safety and efficacy. The public is advised to adhere to country-specific guidelines for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19,” it said in a statement Saturday.
Alisson Becker has been ruled out of Liverpool's game with Brighton tonight.

Alisson Becker ruled out of Brighton clash with illness

There is no indication yet as to the exact nature of the Brazilian’s illness, or indeed its severity, but it represents another major headache for manager Jurgen Klopp, ahead of what will be a pivotal few weeks at home and abroad for the reigning champions.

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Bauchi agency relocates 298 ‘illegal’ traders

Bauchi State Government has ordered the immediate relocation of 298 ‘illegal’ traders from the central market, which has modern lock-up shops, as part of the state security measures.
Israeli troops massed at Gaza’s border on Thursday and Palestinian militants pounded Israel with rockets in intense hostilities that have caused international concern and touched off clashes between Jews and Arabs in Israel.

Israeli troops mass at Gaza border amid rocket fire, air strikes and clashes in...

Israeli troops massed at Gaza’s border on Thursday and Palestinian militants pounded Israel with rockets in intense hostilities that have caused international concern and touched off clashes between Jews and Arabs in Israel.
A statement by the State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu on Sunday explained that the station, named Mike Okiro Police Station, located along Umuahia-Uzoakoli Road, close to Ubani market was not burnt down.

Official: Abia remains one of the safest states in Nigeria

Abia State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, has said that despite experiencing pockets of attacks from men of the underworld, the State still remains one of the safest in the country.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has thanked Nigerians from different walks of life, who visited him on Friday in his Abuja residence to honour him on the occasion of his 63rd birthday.

Ex-President Jonathan commends Malian progress, urges more inclusiveness ahead of elections

Former President and West African mediator in Mali Dr Goodluck Jonathan, has advised the Malian transition government to ensure more inclusiveness with key socio-political actors ahead of general elections scheduled for early next year.
Former Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Capital (NNPC Capital), Rev Godwin Okonkwo, has joined the Anambra State governorship race.

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Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, said yesterday that the commission arrested more than 400 young Nigerians for internet related fraud in the first three months of 2021.

EFCC boss: $153 million, 80 houses recovered from ex-oil minister

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has disclosed that the commission has recovered $153 million from former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, who has been living in Britain since leaving office.
HURIWA in a statement issued by the National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko.

HURIWA advocates multi-layered approach to tackle insecurity

Ace rights advocacy group, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has called for the adoption of a diversified model in the fight against insecurity in the country.

Archbishop Kaigama: How Father Mbaka violated his oath

The Metropolitan Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, has said Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka violated his oath the moment he dabbled into partisan politics.
The number of coronavirus-associated deaths in Lagos State increased to 181 on Wednesday with four more fatalities, said the state’s Health Commissioner, Prof Akin Abayomi.

Coronavirus: Lagos receives another 57,000 vaccine doses

Lagos State has received another batch of AstraZeneca vaccine from the Federal government, the Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, has disclosed.
Ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of all charges in the death of George Floyd, the Black man who was pinned to the pavement with a knee on his neck for more than nine minutes.

Minnesota judge rules aggravated factors in George Floyd murder

A Minnesota judge ruled aggravating factors were involved in the death of George Floyd, opening the possibility of a longer sentence for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, court records revealed on Wednesday.