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U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks as he commemorates the 50 millionth coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination with a number of vaccine recipients in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington, U.S., Feb. 25, 2021. REUTERS

Joe Biden team looking to stop Saudi arms deals that help it attack others

After pausing half a billion dollars in arms deals with Saudi Arabia out of concern over casualties in Yemen, President Joe Biden’s administration may shift U.S. policy not only to cancel past deals that pose human rights concerns, but limit future military sales to “defensive” weapons.
At least 317 schoolgirls were abducted by bandits in the Friday morning raid on Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, in Zamfara State, the police have said.

Official: 317 schoolgirls abducted in Zamfara attack

At least 317 schoolgirls were abducted by bandits in the Friday morning raid on Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, in Zamfara State, the police have said.
An International humanitarian organisation, Mercy Corps, in collaboration with European Union (EU), has handed over 325 two-bedroom houses for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Bama, the headquarters of Bama LGA, to the Borno government.

Mercy Corps, EU construct 325 houses for IDPs in Borno

An International humanitarian organisation, Mercy Corps, in collaboration with European Union (EU), has handed over 325 two-bedroom houses for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Bama, the headquarters of Bama LGA, to the Borno government.
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 recovers bodies of four soldiers killed in Orlu

The Nigerian Army has recovered the corpses of four soldiers allegedly killed by members of the pro-Biafra group, IPOB, in Orlu, Imo State.
Zimbabwe is to get more vaccine doses from China. Felix Dlangamandla-Beeld-Gallo Images

Zimbabwe to buy 1.2 million coronavirus vaccine doses from China at ‘preferential price’

Zimbabwe will buy an additional 1.2 million Covid-19 vaccine doses from China at a preferential price, President Emmerson Mnangagwa's spokesman said on Wednesday, after Beijing agreed to give more free doses to the southern African country.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Police arrest man for ‘killing’ neighbour

The police in Lagos have arrested a 53-year-old man for allegedly stabbing his neighbour to death. The incident happened on Monday at Mafoluku, Oshodi, the police said.
China has provided COVID-19 vaccine aid to Equatorial Guinea and Zimbabwe and will aid 19 more African countries as part of its commitment to making vaccines global public goods, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Monday.

China to aid 19 more African nations with coronavirus vaccines – foreign ministry

China has provided COVID-19 vaccine aid to Equatorial Guinea and Zimbabwe and will aid 19 more African countries as part of its commitment to making vaccines global public goods, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Monday.

UN pledges support for Nigeria’s digital economy

Mrs Amina Mohammed, the Deputy Secretary General, United Nations (UN) has pledged the support of the global body to Nigeria’s digital economy sector.
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Lecturer, monarch abducted in Rivers

The victim was said to be returning from a meeting with members of his local language Bible translation committee when he was abducted along Andoni-Ogoni Road, Rivers State, according to newsmen.
FRSC Accident

Auto crash kills one, injures four in Osun

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Osun Sector Command, said on Monday that one person killed in an auto crash on the Gbogan-Ibadan expressway.
Newsmen report that the meeting is being presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

President Buhari condemns violence over Gombe chieftaincy tussle

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed “great shock and deep concern” over the eruption of violence on a chieftaincy tussle in Billiri town in Gombe State.
Opposition presidential challenger Bobi Wine walks to speak to media, after security forces withdrew from outside his home, in Magere, near Kampala, in Uganda, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (AP Photo-Nicholas Bamulanzeki)

Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine withdraws election result challenge

Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine said on Monday he was withdrawing a court case challenging presidential election results that handed victory to incumbent Yoweri Museveni, alleging bias by Supreme Court justices hearing the case.
A former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, on Sunday alleged that the governor of the State, Hope Uzodinma, attacked him with “more than 1000 thugs”.

Police: Senator Okorocha has been released

The Imo State Police Command, on Monday, said former governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, has been released.
A former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, on Sunday alleged that the governor of the State, Hope Uzodinma, attacked him with “more than 1000 thugs”.

Senator Okorocha: Governor Uzodinma’s aide led thugs to attack me

A former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, on Sunday alleged that the governor of the State, Hope Uzodinma, attacked him with “more than 1000 thugs”.
Officers of Ogun Police Command have arrested three herdsmen over recent attacks in Bamajo village in Ayetoro area of the state.

Police arrest three ‘herders’ over attack on Ogun community

According to the police, the three herdsmen were among those who attacked Bamajo village, set some houses ablaze and inflicted a deep machete cut injury on one Ismaila Alabi in the early hours of last Thursday.
The President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, has expressed shock and sadness over the tragic news of the crash of a Nigerian military aircraft in Abuja on Sunday.

President Buhari condoles with families of NAF personnel killed in plane crash

President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the families of persons killed in the Nigerian air force plane crash.
Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.

Presidency: Exit from recession key indicator of sustainability plan’s performance

Nigeria’s prompt exit from recession is a key indicator of the success of the ongoing Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) approved by the Federal Government, the Presidency has said in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Erik Prince, the former head of the security contractor Blackwater Worldwide and a prominent supporter of former President Donald J. Trump, violated a United Nations arms embargo on Libya.

Blackwater founder Erik Prince accused of helping evade U.N. Libya sanctions

Erik Prince, the private security executive and supporter of former U.S. President Donald Trump, “at the very least” helped evade an arms embargo on Libya, according to excerpts from a United Nations report seen by Reuters.
President Muhammadu Buhari has written formally to thank China for its support to Nigeria in defence matters and infrastructural development of the nation.

Plane crash: President Buhari condoles with NAF, victims’ families, orders investigation

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the crash of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Beechcraft KingAir B350 aircraft on Sunday in Abuja, which claimed the lives of seven personnel.
Super Eagles forward Victor Osimhen did not bring a new COVID variant to Italy upon his return from Nigeria last December, according to official statement from the Hospital Federico II in Naples.

Victor Osimhen dismisses brother’s criticisms of Napoli, Gennaro Gattuso

Victor Osimhen has dismissed the critical comments of his brother, Andrew, against Napoli and coach Gennaro Gattuso, saying he does not have a spokesman.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, says Nigeria is not yet ready for the implementation of the ECOWAS Single Currency, “Eco,” in 2020.

Ministry: Benin Republic not aspiring to be part of Nigeria

The federal government has dismissed media reports that the Republic of Benin is aspiring to be the 37th state in Nigeria.
The IOM says at least 20,000 migrants died since 2014 while trying to reach Europe crossing the Mediterranean, including 161 this year [Alberto Pizzoli-AFP]

Italy’s coastguard searches for survivors after migrant shipwreck

The Italian coastguard has launched a rescue operation after a boat carrying at least 50 migrants and refugees capsized overnight off the coast of Lampedusa.

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Sheikh Ahmad Gumi says the easiest and safest way to end insecurity in the north is to negotiate peace with the bandits that have turned the region into a killing field.

NUJ calls for Sheikh Gumi’s arrest

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Friday, called for the arrest of Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, for saying journalists are criminals for calling bandits criminals.
Mr Bank-Anthony Okoroafor, an energy expert, has commended the Federal Government on plans to make available 600,000 gas cylinders in the country as part of effort to drive Liquified Natural Gas (LPG) penetration.

Nigerian government to launch new pricing framework for gas operations

The chairman of National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP), Mohammed Ibrahim, says the federal government will launch a new pricing framework to regulate operations in the gas sector.
Nuno Espirito Santo (left) jokes with Raul Jimenez (right), who visited Wolves while training

Wolves boss ‘confident’ Raul Jimenez will return this season

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo is "totally confident" Mexico striker Raul Jimenez will be back from his fractured skull before the end of this season.

OPC nabs four ‘kidnappers’ in Ibarapa

The Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, in Oyo State said yesterday that it arrested four suspected Kidnappers in the Ibarapa, area of the state.
“Now countries are still pursuing deals that will compromise the COVAX supply,” WHO senior adviser Bruce Aylward told a briefing. “Without a doubt.”

WHO: Countries threaten global COVAX vaccine supply by making own deals

Countries seeking their own vaccine doses are making deals with drug companies that threaten the supply for the global COVAX programme for poor and middle-income countries, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

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FRSC Accident

Auto crash kills one, injures four in Osun

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Osun Sector Command, said on Monday that one person killed in an auto crash on the Gbogan-Ibadan expressway.
In a chat with newsmen, Alhaji Ibrahim Matane, Secretary to the Niger State Government, said discussion with the bandits is ongoing.

Niger government speaks on delay in rescue of Kagara victims

The Niger State Government says it cannot dictate to the gunmen who abducted students and staff of Government Science College Kagara, Niger State.

Market development: Nasarawa Assembly advise traders, concessionaire to withdraw all court cases

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Capital Market, Commerce and Industry has advised the Traders and Marketing Association, Keffi branch, and the Concessionaire of Keffi Modern Market to withdraw all pending court cases against themselves in their interest and for the overall development of the state.
David Moyes broke his curse against Jose Mourinho after West Ham's victory over Tottenham in a London derby clash on Sunday.

David Moyes breaks Joe Mourinho curse in London derby

Goals from Michail Antonio and Jesse Lingard saw the Hammers beat Spurs 2-1 at the London Stadium, with Lucas Moura grabbing what ultimately proved to nothing more than a consolation effort for the visitors.
In a demonstration to tackle the menace of ghost workers that has continue to drain the coffers of government, Bauchi State Governor, Sen Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed will hold a public parley with all the stakeholders involved in the payment of workers salaries in the state.

Bauchi governor reacts to Samuel Ortom’s ‘terrorist’ claims

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi, on Wednesday, reacted to the statement made by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state.