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Mr Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, in a statement issued in Abuja, also disclosed that 19 political parties willingly withdrew their nominations for the elections.

Coronavirus: INEC joins presidential task force on contact tracing

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has deployed about 100 of its vehicles in six states to support the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on combating Coronavirus.

FRSC charges personnel not to harass lockdown violators

The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, has directed its personnel detailed on enforcement of the Presidential directive on lockdown and other states restrictions to be tolerance, civility, courteousness in dealing with the citizens.

IBEDC says no electricity disconnection during lockdown

The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Plc (IBEDC) says there will be no disconnection of electricity to non-paying customers during this period of lockdown in Coronavirus pandemic.
Smile Nigeria, an internet service provider, has asked anyone who visited its Abuja regional office in the last five days to self-isolate themselves.

Internet provider asks those who visited its Abuja office in last five days to...

Smile Nigeria, an internet service provider, has asked anyone who visited its Abuja regional office in the last five days to self-isolate themselves.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police rescue raped teenage girl after 27 days in captivity

Police in Anambra state said they have rescued a 14-year-old girl allegedly kidnapped in Onitsha, Anambra State.
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has warned contractors working for it to brace up and discharge their obligations fully as the Commission will no longer pay for jobs that are not verified and certified.

NDDC verification committee frowns at huge abandoned projects littering in Abia

The five-man committee on the Verification of Niger Delta Development Commission,NDDC, Projects in Abia State has decried the level of discrepancies in the status of works recorded in the state by contractors and their actual status on ground.

Regulators, ICPC, others to tackle port infractions

In a concerted effort aimed at addressing various infractions at seaports across the country, the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) has pledged to deepen their collaboration, especially in awareness creation.

USSD charge: Banks disown MTN

Nigerian banks have denied asking MTN to impose a new charge on customers for using the telecom firm’s access codes to conduct financial transactions.

Central bank opposes MTN’s planned charges

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has opposed plans by MTN to charge their subscribers for Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) access to banking services from Oct. 21.
Security forces stand guard at the site of a grenade attack in a market area near the old town in Srinagar on October 12, 2019. – The Indian government said on October 12 it would unblock most mobile telephone lines in Kashmir in a major easing of a two-month-old security clampdown since cancelling the region’s autonomy, but a grenade attack in the main city highlighted tensions over New Delhi’s actions. Police said militants threw a grenade in a market area near the old town in Srinagar injuring seven people. (Photo by HABIB NAQASH / AFP)

India blocks SMS services in Kashmir after trucker killed

Text messaging services were blocked in Indian-administered Kashmir just hours after being restored when a truck driver was killed by suspected militants and his vehicle set ablaze, authorities said Tuesday.
Lille president Gerard Lopez has distanced the club from rumours they will hire Jose Mourinho in the near future, insisting the coach must instead be scouting the French side's players for his next club.

José Mourinho rejects Lyon and is ‘about to take a new job’

Lyon parted ways with Sylvinho this week after defeat in the derby with Saint-Étienne made it seven Ligue 1 matches without a win.
Phone SMS is used for more than just text messaging in Africa

GSM tax: Telecom subscribers to pay extra N261 billion

Telecom subscribers in the country are likely to pay an additional N261.18bn on voice calls, short message service and data in one year if the Senate passes the proposed Communications Service Bill into law.

Shi’ites: Police plotting to attack our procession

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has raised the alarm that the police were planning to attack its Ashura mourning procession holding on Tuesday in Abuja and other cities in the North.

Twitter disables tweeting via SMS after CEO gets hacked

Twitter has “temporarily” turned off the ability to tweet via text message just days after the feature was misused by hackers to tweet a racial slur, bomb threat, and other crude messages from the account of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

NCC: Why we crashed USSD price cap

Today’s global economy is increasingly dependent on mobile technology. This is not just for telecommunications services but also for a number of other services offered by adjacent industries.
The musician, Augustine Kelechi, otherwise known as Tekno, was seen in a viral video dancing with the semi-clad women on Friday and spraying them with money, hitting them in the buttocks, an act which many Nigerians described as obscene.

NCAC vows to sanctions Tekno over nude dance

The National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) says it will sanction a Nigerian Musician, Augustine Kelechi, popularly known as “Tekno”, and use him as a scapegoat to teach others serious lesson.

MTN earns N469 billion from airtime, data, SMS in H1

MTN Nigeria made a total of N469.4bn revenue from sales of airtime, data and Short Messaging Service in the first six months of the year, the 2019 half-year unaudited financial report of the company stated.
Women in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) at the weekend rejected the apology tendered by Senator Elisha Ishaku Abbo (Adamawa-North).

Assault: Senator Abbo fumes over threat to suspend him

Embattled Sen. Ishiaku Abbo (PDP-Adamawa) on Tuesday challenged members of the Senate investigative panel hearing his alleged case of assault on a nursing mother not to threaten him with suspension.

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Italy in ‘war-like situation’ after coronavirus disaster – Verona chief

Hellas Verona president, Maurizio Setti, said ‘Italy is in a war-like situation’ as Serie A clubs try to strike a deal with players amid the coronavirus crisis.
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FIFA to extend 2019-20 season indefinitely

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 7, 2019 French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire leaves the Elysee palace in Paris after the weekly cabinet meeting. – France could see its deepest recession this year since the end of World War II, due to the coronavirus crisis, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire warned on April 6, 2020. “The worst growth figure in France since 1945 was -2.2 percent in 2009, after the financial crisis of 2008. We will probably be very far beyond -2.2 percent” this year, Le Maire told a Senate panel. (Photo by Alain JOCARD / AFP)

France heading for worst recession since WWII – minister

France is likely to see its deepest recession since the end of World War II this year because of the coronavirus crisis, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire warned Monday.
McLaren Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown REUTERS-Anton Vaganov

Formula One must change to survive – McLaren boss

Formula One is in “a very fragile state” due to the new coronavirus crisis and risks losing some of its 10 teams unless some big changes are made, McLaren boss Zak Brown warned on Sunday.
5G phone masts are being set alight in the UK, after online conspiracy theories have misleadingly linked the cell towers to the coronavirus pandemic.

Twitter users react to 5G network enabling coronavirus

Some Twitter users had taken to their handle to express their opinions over claims that 5G network could be an enabler of COVID-19.