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Voters in an opposition stronghold turned en masse to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives, boosting his parliamentary majority on Friday despite a high COVID-19 death toll, last year's record economic slump and cronyism charges.

Voters flock to British premier’s party as Labour loses northeast stronghold

Voters in an opposition stronghold turned en masse to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives, boosting his parliamentary majority on Friday despite a high COVID-19 death toll, last year's record economic slump and cronyism charges.
A woman walks past a closed restaurant in Munich, Germany. Fresh lockdowns to control the pandemic dragged on German economic output in the first quarter © AFP via Getty Images

German GDP slumps as pandemic takes toll on Europe’s biggest economy

The German economy contracted in the first quarter after the country launched a new round of tough lockdown measures aimed at containing a third wave of the pandemic.

Family protests as bank customer slumps, dies in Port Harcourt

A yet-to-be identified bank customer in Rivers State has reportedly slump and died after failing to withdraw cash for treatment for an undisclosed ailment.
The Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), Mrs. Tejumola Abisoye, has lauded the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for exhibiting unusual bravery in the face of daunting economic challenges to invest in massive infrastructural development, even as the national economy is still recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

LSETF boss lauds Lagos governor on infrastructural development, economy

The Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), Mrs. Tejumola Abisoye, has lauded the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for exhibiting unusual bravery in the face of daunting economic challenges to invest in massive infrastructural development, even as the national economy is still recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu

LSETF: World leaders have much to learn from Lagos governor

The Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), Mrs. Tejumola Abisoye, lauds the Lagos State Governor for exhibiting unusual bravery in the face of daunting economic challenges to invest in massive infrastructural development, even as the national economy is still recovering from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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 rules out taking over from Joachim Loew as Germany boss

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on Tuesday ruled himself out of contention to replace Joachim Loew as Germany manager, saying he intended to see out his contract at the Premier League champions.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq made the announcement during a meeting with Governor Abdullahi Sule.

2,700 Akwa Ibom women benefit from federal government’s special grant

The minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has advised Nigerian women not to regard the N20, 000 special grant given to the rural woman by the federal government as the fabled national cake.
Gerard Pique

Barcelona confirm Gerard Pique’s latest injury worries

The 2020/2021 season has been a rough ride for Catalan club Barcelona. They suffered an early bumpy start to the season coming from the attempts by the mercurial Argentine, Lionel Messi, to force through an exit from the club, a testy change of managers, the resignation of the entire Board and a slump in results that left them needing to struggle to climb back up.
The recent declaration by the court that N50 stamp duty on teller deposits or electronic transfer of funds is illegal is in order, frontline Lagos Lawyer, Fred Nzeako, has said.

Energy firms’ bank debts rise to N5.94 trillion

The debts owed to Nigerian banks by oil and gas operators as well as power companies in the country rose to N5.94tn at the end of 2020 from N5.25tn in December 2019.
Liverpool are reportedly lining up Steven Gerrard as the club’s next manager, amid suggestions that current boss Jurgen Klopp will take the Germany job.

Liverpool line up Steven Gerrard as next manager due to ‘growing belief’ that Jurgen...

Liverpool are reportedly lining up Steven Gerrard as the club’s next manager, amid suggestions that current boss Jurgen Klopp will take the Germany job.
FILE PHOTO: Workers in hazmat suits disinfect boxes of Sinovac Biotech's CoronaVac vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) after unloading them from a Chinese military aircraft at Villamor Air Base in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines, February 28, 2021. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

Philippines receives first batch of coronavirus vaccine doses donated by China

The Philippines received on Sunday its first batch of COVID-19 vaccine doses in a shipment donated by China, a day before it was due to roll out a national inoculation campaign.

CBN boss pledges accommodative monetary policy to boost economic growth

Emefiele, said this on Friday, while speaking at a CBN/Bankers’ Committee’s initiative for economic growth, which is a one-day special summit on the economy by bank chief executive officers.
José Mourinho felt compelled to apologise to Eric Dier after substituting him after just 29 minutes of Tottenham’s 4-2 Champions League win over Olympiakos, which ensured the club’s qualification for the last 16 of the competition.

Tottenham ace denies Jose Mourinho’s confidence crisis claim

Tottenham defender Eric Dier has rejected Jose Mourinho’s claim that he is suffering from a dramatic loss of confidence.
RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann played down his influence on their 3-2 Champions League defeat of Manchester United.

RB Leipzig boss emerges as Tottenham’s ‘top target’ to replace Jose Mourinho

RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann has emerged as the likely candidate to replace Jose Mourinho, should Tottenham’s current slump continue.
FILE PHOTO - People walk over Waterloo Bridge, amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in London, Britain, February 5, 2021. REUTERS-Henry Nicholls

Great Escape: UK could be back to work by July – report

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering a staged exit from COVID-19 lockdown that would see pubs and restaurants reopen in May, and hospitality and domestic holiday industries not fully reopening until July, the Daily Mail reported.
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 dismisses rumours he will quit Liverpool

Suggestions had spread like wildfire on Merseyside over the weekend that Klopp was set to resign as manager following Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Leicester, a result which leaves the reigning champions on a run of just two wins from nine Premier League matches.
Xherdan Shaqiri . Liverpool

Xherdan Shaqiri insists Liverpool slump is ‘normal’

Liverpool have slipped seven points behind Manchester City after their first 22 fixtures of the 2020-21 campaign, having already dropped nine more points than they did in the whole of their title-winning season.
Liverpool have confirmed that Joe Gomez has undergone surgery on Thursday.

Liverpool pull out of the market without replacements for injured duo

Liverpool lost Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez to injury and, after scouring the market for a central defender, the Reds have ruled out all options and will finish the season with the squad they currently have.
Atletico Madrid forward Luis Suarez was back among the goals to help his side to a 3-1 win at home to Elche on Saturday, taking them three points clear at the top of La Liga.

Diego Simeone: I knew what Luis Suarez would bring to Atletico Madrid

The Atletico Madrid striker is La Liga’s joint-second top scorer this season, tied with his former team-mate Lionel Messi on 11 goals. Only Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri has more, though both players have played more games than Suarez.
Frank Lampard said he is worried about Chelsea’s form after they were soundly beaten at Leicester, a fifth defeat in their past eight Premier League games.

Chelsea boss vows to end recent slump

Frank Lampard believes he has the fighting spirit to help Chelsea’s developing squad find their way out of their Premier League slump.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq made the announcement during a meeting with Governor Abdullahi Sule.

Nigerian government begins disbursement of N20,000 to Abuja women

Rural women in the six area councils of the FCT, are to benefit from the disbursement under the government’s National Social Investment Programme. Speaking at the event, Farouq explained that the grant was aimed at increasing the income and productive assets of target beneficiaries.
FILE PHOTO - Pump jacks operate at sunset in an oil field in Midland, Texas U.S. August 22, 2018. REUTERS-Nick Oxford-File Photo

Oil gains on stimulus optimism ahead of Joe Biden inauguration

Oil prices climbed with U.S. stock markets on Tuesday ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration as U.S. president on optimism that more government stimulus will eventually lift global economic growth.

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Policeman killed as Osun communities clash over land

A police corporal, attached to the Olu of Ile-Ogbo, Akinsanya Akingbade was reported killed following a communal clash between Iwo and Ile-Oogbo over disputed land.
Following the recent announcement of the Southeast regional Vigilante group, Ebubeagu, the security outfit has made its first public outing in Ebonyi.

Ebubeagu arrests 8 ‘armed robbers’ in Ebonyi

The Eastern Security Network known as “Ebubeagu”, Ebonyi State branch, has arrested eight armed robbery suspects in the state.
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Ex-Oyo ALGON boss: Supreme Court verdict victory for democracy

The Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) in Oyo State, has lauded the Supreme Court verdict on sacked council executives, describing it as victory for democracy.
Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has called on Christian leaders not to relent in praying for Nigeria to overcome its challenges. Fayemi made the call when he received the Southwest Zonal Executives of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on a courtesy visit on Wednesday in Ado Ekiti.

EndSARS: Fayemi receives report, sets up complaints centre

Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has received final reports from State Judicial Panel of Inquiry into allegations of Human Rights Violation Against Police Officers including officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other Persons.

Presidency: Nigeria engaging Microsoft to preserve local languages

The presidency says Nigeria is engaging with tech giant, Microsoft Corporation, in order to use machine learning and artificial intelligence to preserve local languages.

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FILE PHOTO - A 3D-printed Twitter logo is pictured in front of a displayed Russian flag in this illustration taken March 10, 2021. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration

TASS: Russia seeks extra fines against Twitter over ‘banned content’

Russia is seeking an additional 24 million roubles ($321,586) in fines from U.S. tech giant Twitter for failing to remove content banned in Russia, the TASS news agency cited a court as saying on Wednesday.
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.
Johnson & Johnson's single dose COVID-19 shot is the fourth to be endorsed for use in the EU after vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca-Oxford University and Moderna.

Nigerian government to procure 29.588 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The federal government is committed to procuring 29.588 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine through the AVAT initiative, coordinated by Afreximbank, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, has said.
At a press conference in Gusau on Sunday, the Commissioner of police, Abutu Yaro, said that the command also recovered 200 rustled cows following its steadfastness in crime fighting.

CP: Four operatives sustained injuries in Imo gun battle

The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, on Friday, said that no security operative lost his life when combined security men engaged hoodlums in a gun duel in Orlu on Thursday night.

INEC office set ablaze in Akwa Ibom

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that its local government office in Essien Udim local government area in Akwa Ibom State has been set on fire.