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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo charged Thursday that China may have known of the new coronavirus as early as November, renewing accusations that Beijing has not been transparent and again drawing ire from China.

United States expands metals sanctions on Iran

The United States has expanded the scope of its metals sanctions on Iran with the addition of 22 specific materials “connected to its nuclear, military or ballistic missile programmes.”

Senate asks federal government to expedite actions on completion of Ajaokuta steel plant

The Senate Tuesday asked the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency, expedite action towards the completion of the Ajaokuta steel plant.
A civil society organisation, the Open Justice Initiative, OJI, has petitioned the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha, asking him to investigate the leadership tussle in the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON.

Nigerian government inaugurates Ajaokuta presidential project implementation team

The Federal Government has inaugurated the Ajaokuta Presidential Project Inauguration Team (APPIT) to help revamp the company in line with the recent agreement reached with Russia to resuscitate the steel company.
Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki (right) receiving items from Managing Director, Yongxing Steel Company Limited, XiangHai Zhang; at the Government House, in Benin City, on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.

Group rejects Chinese gifts to Governor Obaseki

A civil society group, Concerned Nigerians in Edo state, have condemned the action of the Edo state governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, in accepting so-called health packages from China, home of the dreaded Covid-19.

Nigeria secures $1.46 billion to complete Ajaokuta Steel

The federal government has secured about $1.46 billion for the completion of the Ajaokuta Steel Mills in Ajaokuta, Kogi State.
The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has reaffirmed that no criminal will have a place to stay in the state which he governs with the kind of strategy that is being put in place by the state government in curbing and wiping out crimes in the state.

Governor Abiodun goes after foreign investors

In keeping with his promise on assumption of office in May 2019, the Ogun governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has continued to secure foreign investments for the state.
Dangote Group founder Aliko Dangote

Aliko Dangote: Why I’m not buying Arsenal now

Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote has given some insights into why he is yet to meet his words with actions regarding his widely reported planned takeover of Premier League club, Arsenal.

$600 million steel plant to create 3,000 jobs, save forex

The Group Managing Director, African Industries Group, Mr. Alok Gupta, on Thursday said Nigeria will gain a lot from the company’s huge $60 0million steel plant in Kaduna State.
The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite, on Tuesday said the Federal Government had been able to recover 25 sites from 2007 that the programme started.

Federal government to overcome hurdles jeopardizing Ajaokuta’s revival – minister

The Federal Government has said that it is putting mechanism in place that would help overcome all hurdles that may arise to jeopardize the process of revitalizing Ajaokuta.

NMS: Ajaokuta steel coy can employ 10,000 workers

The Nigerian Metallurgical Society (NMS) says the Ajaokuta steel company can employ more than 10,000 workers in Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Sochi, have agreed to put Nigeria-Russia relations on a fast track, and pursue the completion of partially completed and abandoned projects initiated by both countries..10

President Buhari’s takeaways from Sochi

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Nigeria from his four-day visit to the Russian Republic extremely happy with the success of the visit, which outcome is the best response to a few skeptical audiences back home, including a toxic newspaper editorial, “Buhari, Stay On Your Job,” by the Lagos-based Punch Newspaper asking him to not travel.

250 Nigerian businesses for economic forum in Russia

The Presidency says about 250 Nigerian business interests will participate in the African Business Forum, which will bring together African and Russian business leaders in Sochi, Russia, between Oct. 23 and Oct. 25.
Sara Netanyahu at the Jerusalem Magistrate Court, June 16, 2019. Emil Salman

Israel premier’s wife convicted of misusing public funds

An Israeli court Sunday convicted the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of fraudulently using state funds for meals, under a plea bargain which saw her admit to lesser charges.
Issad Rebrab

Algeria’s richest man held in jail in graft probe

Algeria's richest man Issad Rebrab has been detained in jail on the public prosecutor's orders, state media reported Tuesday, a day after his arrest as part of a corruption probe.

President Buhari rejects bill seeking stop concession of Ajaokuta steel

President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected a bill seeking to stop the concession of Ajaokuta Steel Company.

BPE to address challenges of privatised enterprises

The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) has inaugurated four committees to come up with a mechanism for addressing the complexities and challenges hindering the growth and development of some privatised enterprises in the country, which were taken over by core investors over 10 years ago.

Federal government inaugurates committees to tackle privatisation challenges

The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) on Thursday inaugurated four committees to come up with a blueprint for addressing various complexities and challenges hindering the growth and development of some privatised enterprises in the country which were handed over to the core investors over ten years ago.

Governor Bello’s media aide assures President Buhari of massive victory in Kogi

Mr Kingsley Fanwo, the Deputy Chairman, APC Kogi Presidential Campaign Council, Kogi West, on Wednesday said President Muhammadu Buhari would win massively in the Feb. 16, Presidential Poll.

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Legal luminary, Chief Richard Akinjide, SAN, a former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, died in his Ibadan, Oyo State residence early Tuesday after a protracted ailment, family sources told the press.

Richard Akinjide buried in line with coronavirus protocol – family

A former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Richard Akinjide, who died on April 22, was buried on Thursday in Ibadan, his family said.
Apple has removed Epic Games’ battle royale Fortnite from the App Store after the developer on Thursday implemented its own in-app payment system that bypassed Apple’s standard 30 percent fee.

Apple removes Fornite from App Store

Apple has removed Epic Games’ battle royale Fortnite from the App Store after the developer on Thursday implemented its own in-app payment system that bypassed Apple’s standard 30 percent fee.

NBS, IOM to conduct study on dangers of irregular migration

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in collaboration with International Organisation for Migration is conducting a pilot survey on the above named subject matter in Edo, Delta, Lagos and Imo states.
Christian Association of Nigeria | CAN

CAN announces intercessory prayer session over insecurity in Nigeria

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has declared August 23 a day of collective intercessory prayer for Nigeria over insecurity situation in the country.
Former United Nations, UN, Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, has described the appointment of Prof Ibrahim Gambari as Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari as a great asset to Nigeria and Africa ”in a broader sense.”

President Buhari’s chief of staff receives suspended Anambra monarchs

The Chief of Staff to the President, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, on Thursday, received some traditional rulers from Anambra State at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.