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Benin bronzes at the British Museum in London. The museum holds the single largest collection of the artefacts, which were looted by the British on a punitive expedition to Benin City in 1897. Photograph: Adam Eastland/Alamy

Nigerian, British, German government to build museum for returned Benin bronzes

The Director-General of the National Commission for Museum and Monument (NCMM), Abba Tijani, has said that the German, Nigerian and British governments have agreed to build a museum in Edo State to house all returned Benin Bronzes.
Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr Sunday Dare has charged APC Youth to avail themselves of the various opportunities created by government to develop themselves to guarantee the future.

Nigerian government partners Microsoft, Tech4Dev to train 36,000 youths in digital skills

The ministry of youth and sports development has collaborated with Microsoft and the Technology for Social Change and Development Initiative (Tech4Dev) to train 36,000 youths in digital skills for one year.
The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI, has said that it will be working with the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, to identify, document and disclose the real owners of Nigeria’s oil, gas and mining assets under the country’s implementation of Beneficial Ownership policy of the global extractive industries transparency initiative.

NEITI: Nigeria’s solid minerals revenue increases to N79.9 billion

Nigeria recorded an increase in revenue from its solid minerals sector in 2019 as it earned N79.96bn from the industry during the period, data released on Sunday by the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative showed.
A governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State, Mrs. Chidi Ekwueme Onyemelukwe, has stated that ambiguity in the Nigerian Constitution is aiding the abuse of local government system in the country.

Anambra election: PDP aspirant explains abuse of local council system

A governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State, Mrs. Chidi Ekwueme Onyemelukwe, has stated that ambiguity in the Nigerian Constitution is aiding the abuse of local government system in the country.
Speaking through its Secretary General, Chief Sola Ebiseni, Afenifere said that the restructuring being clamoured for by various interest groups in the country will not be at the whims and pleasure of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Afenifere: Restructuring popular among knowledgeable personalities, others

The pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Sunday said the call for restructuring of the country’s political architecture is a popular one among all knowledgeable personalities, elected governors and leaders of entrenched federating ethnic nationalities.
The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI, has said that it will be working with the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, to identify, document and disclose the real owners of Nigeria’s oil, gas and mining assets under the country’s implementation of Beneficial Ownership policy of the global extractive industries transparency initiative.

NEITI: Nigeria realised N79.96 billion from solid minerals in 2019

A 2019 audit report of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has shown that Nigeria earned N79.96 billion from the solid minerals sector in 2019. The figure, which represents accruals to the federation and other subnational entities, shows a 15% increase when compared to the N69.47 billion recorded in 2018.
The Bishop of Anglican Communion, Diocese of Ijebu North, Rt. Revd. Solomon Gbetogo Kuponu, has cautioned the Federal and State governments to stop giving amnesty to terrorists, arguing that amnesty has further encouraged insecurity in the country.

Bishop: ‘Dubious amnesty’ to terrorists encouraging insecurity

The Bishop of Anglican Communion, Diocese of Ijebu North, Rt. Revd. Solomon Gbetogo Kuponu, has cautioned the Federal and State governments to stop giving amnesty to terrorists, arguing that amnesty has further encouraged insecurity in the country.
Nigeria’s foremost human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN) yesterday challenged the federal government to dialogue with various groups agitating for secession from the federation.

Femi Falana: APC has perfected plans to rule nigeria indefinitely

Unlike the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that boasted to rule Nigeria for 60 years, Nigeria’s foremost human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) yesterday disclosed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) had perfected plans to rule the country indefinitely.
Kaduna based Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Ustaz Yunus Usman, has said that Nigeria doesn’t need new Constitution.

Senior lawyer: Nigeria doesn’t need a new constitution

Kaduna based Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Ustaz Yunus Usman, has said that Nigeria doesn’t need new Constitution, but continuous amendment of the existing Constitution, citing American Constitution that has been in use for more than 200 years without being replaced, but amended.
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APC governors endorse NGF committee on judiciary, state legislature autonomy

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governors on the platform of Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) have unanimously endorsed the Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal-led NGF Committee on the autonomy for Judiciary and State Legislature.

South-East worst hit in Nigeria’s 43,456 classroom deficit

Nigeria currently has a deficit of about 43,456 classrooms indicating a limited capacity for access across the states of the Federation, the Universal Basic Education Commission’s report said.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has felicitated with Nigerians on the occasion of Christmas celebration and urged everyone to adhere strictly to COVID-19 protocols.

Sokoto governor urges Canada to demand quick passage of electoral act

The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has urged the Canadian Government to appeal to the Nigerian Government and the National Assembly to expedite action on the timely passage of the National Electoral Act into law.

UNICEF: Kidnapping of schoolchildren threat to education in Nigeria

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has lamented that the mass abduction of school children, particularly girls in Nigeria, is posing a serious threat to the future of children and development of education in the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that by pooling together the collective resources and comparative advantages of the Armed Forces and other security agencies, “the enemy will now feel the ferocity of our firepower and the weight of our resolve.”

President Buhari vows not to rest until peace is restored

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday assured residents of Borno State of the federal government’s readiness to fight terrorism to the end, telling the military not to give criminals a breathing space to undermine Nigeria’s interests.
President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Maiduguri, Borno State, assured citizens of the federal government’s presence in fighting terrorism to the end, and ensuring that Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are fully returned to continue normal lives, commending Governor Babagana Zulum for resilience and relentless efforts in rebuilding the state.

President Buhar: We won’t rest until peace is fully restored in Borno

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Maiduguri, Borno State, assured citizens of the federal government’s presence in fighting terrorism to the end, and ensuring that Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are fully returned to continue normal lives, commending Governor Babagana Zulum for resilience and relentless efforts in rebuilding the state.
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: We’ve recovered N6 billion, 30 estates, 32 automobiles in 3 months

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has so far recovered over N6 billion, 30 real estates and 32 automobiles between March and June this year.
The Commissioner for Education, Shehu Muhammad, stated this in a statement made available to journalists in Kaduna on Saturday.

Commissioners urge partners to support ongoing efforts to ensure security in schools

The Commissioners of Education in the 19 Northern States have urged development partners to support the ongoing efforts to ensure security in schools.
A new report by the World Bank has indicated that the execution of major infrastructural projects in Nigeria was being driven by foreign sponsors.

World Bank: Rising prices pushed seven million Nigerians below poverty line

The World Bank has stated that inflationary pressure in Nigeria has pushed about seven million Nigerians below the poverty line in 2020 alone.

NULGE: Local council police panacea to Nigeria’s insecurity challenges

The President, Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Comrade Olatunji Ambali, has said that the establishment of Local Government Police is the only panacea to the problem of insecurity in the country.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has felicitated with Nigerians on the occasion of Christmas celebration and urged everyone to adhere strictly to COVID-19 protocols.

PDP governors condemn NNPC, CBN’s management

The governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have condemned the way top government agencies like the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) have been managed under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
The Northern Governors Forum says the current system of open grazing, operated by herders in the country, is no longer sustainable.

PANDEF: President Buhari lacks power to impose open grazing on states

The Pan-Niger Delta Forum has again warned the Federal Government and groups such as the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, against conduct and utterances capable of making the already bad security situation in Nigeria worse than it is.
Reacting to the development, the Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Mohammed Matawalle, said he received with shock “the report of an attack by some recalcitrant bandits who unleashed mayhem on innocent people” in Kabasa village of Magami district.

Banditry: Zamfara set to implement report indicting traditional rulers – governor

The Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, on Saturday said he will implement a report submitted to him in 2019 on how to tackle banditry in the state.

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Manchester United moves to seal deal on Jadon Sancho

English Premier League side Manchester United have made progress in their attempt to reach a deal with Borussia Dortmund for the Old Trafford-wanted Englishman Jadon Sancho, who is currently playing for the national team in the ongoing Euros 2020 competition.

CAF releases interclub competition details for next season

The continental Football governing body in Africa, CAF, has released the 2021/22 interclub season schedule which details the information relating to the list of countries that are allowed to enter two clubs in the 2021/22 campaign.
The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) is enmeshed in another $150,000 scandal as grant received from World Athletic to assist the Federation in the hosting of the 21st African Championships in Athletics held in Asaba in August 2018,

AFN chief: Lagos ready for open athletics championships

The President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Tonobok Okowa as well as the Chairman of the Lagos State Athletics Association (LAA), Solomon Alao are both optimistic ahead of Thursday’s Lagos Open Athletics Championship.
The Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered the posting of CP Christopher A. Owolabi as the new Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of Anambra State Police Command.

IGP charges police officers to keep up with modern policing techniques

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, has charged officers of the Nigeria Police Force to keep themselves abreast of techniques and strategies of modern policing.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Man arrested for ‘beheading’ woman in Calabar

A young man identified as Christian Edem Eyo in Mbukpa, Calabar South, is reported to have beheaded one of his aunts, identified as Mrs Uduak.

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Wales winger Daniel James is confident his team are capable of pulling off an upset against dominant Italy in their final Euro 2020 group game on Sunday, saying the Welsh have “nothing to fear”.

Euro 2020: Wales cannot be written off vs Italy – Daniel James

Wales winger Daniel James is confident his team are capable of pulling off an upset against dominant Italy in their final Euro 2020 group game on Sunday, saying the Welsh have “nothing to fear”.
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Barcelona confirm surgery for Ousmane Dembélé

Barcelona have confirmed that Ousmane Dembélé will require surgery on a knee injury picked up at Euro 2020.

APC chieftain: President Buhari’s body language fuelling tension in South East, South West

A former Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism and Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Niger state, Jonathan Vatsa on Monday marked his 60th birthday in Minna, the state capital with an appeal to President Mohammadu Buhari to change his body language in order to reduce the growing tension in the country.
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Plateau council polls: APC screens aspirants, fixes date for primaries

The Plateau Chapter of the All Progressives Congress has started its screening exercise for aspirants ahead of the Local Government elections scheduled for October 9th.

Herbalist in court for ‘obtaining N10.7 million under false pretences’

A herbalist, Owojori Awobode, who allegedly conspired with other collaborators to obtain N10.7 million from a businessman under false pretences, was on Monday charged before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.