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Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger has inaugurated a 14-man judicial panel of inquiry, to investigate cases of police brutality and other related extrajudicial acts by the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the state.

Niger governor presents appointment letter to new Kagara emir

Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger, on Tuesday, presented letter of appointment to the new Emir of Kagara, Alhaji Ahmed Gunna.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

Senate summons NICON, AIICO, others over N17 billion pension fund

The Senate Committee on Public Accounts yesterday summoned NICON Insurance Plc, AIICO Insurance and other insurance companies over their reported failure to remit N17.4 billion Pension Fund to Pension Transactional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD).
The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) has said that in October, last year, it removed no fewer than 20,089 unverified pensioners from its payroll.

Senate summons insurance firms over failure to remit N17.4 billion pension fund

The Senate Public Accounts Committee, on Monday, summoned NICON Insurance Plc, AIICO Insurance and other insurance companies over alleged failure to remit N17.4 billion fund to Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD).
The State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Idongesit Etiebet, who disclosed this in a press statement at the weekend advised parents and guardians to provide their wards with facemasks in line with COVID-19 safety protocols as they resume schools on Monday as well as all the necessary textbooks and writing materials.

Official: Akwa Ibom spends N1.5 billion annually on examinations in public schools

Commissioner for Education in Akwa Ibom State, Idongesit Etiebet, said the state government spends N1.5 billion yearly on external examinations in public secondary schools in the state.

Easter: Kano Muslim youths donate gift of ram, drinks to Christian faithfuls

In the spirit of Easter celebration, Muslim youths in Kano has on Monday donated gift of ram and drinks to Christian faithfuls in Gama community, Nassarawa local government area of Kano State.
Lagos lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana

Femi Falana: US report on Lekki shootings misleading

A human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), has faulted a report by the US Department of State on Lekki shootings.

Akwa Ibom, Abia border crisis claims seven lives

No fewer than seven indigenes of Ikpanya clan in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State have been reportedly killed after days of attacks launched by assailants from Ugbo community, Arochukwu in Abia State
Jelili Bakare was fatally shot on March 18 by the police inspector, identified as Jonathan Company, following an argument between them.

Lagos CP visits family of man shot by officer

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu, on Saturday paid a condolence visit to the family of a man shot dead by an officer at Ogombo, in the Sangotedo area of the state.
The new Onijesa, Oba Samuel Oluwafemi Daramola receiving his staff of office

New Ekiti monarch gets staff of office

The Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has tasked the new Onijesa of Ijesamodu Ekiti in Ilejemeje Local Government, Oba Samuel Oluwafemi Daramola, to foster unity among his subjects and work for the development of the community.
Ishaq Akintola

Hijab crisis: MURIC urges Kwara government to rename affected schools

As the hijab controversy involving 10 schools in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, rages on, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has advised the State government to rename the affected schools whose authorities have refused to obey court pronouncements and government’s directives on the use of hijab in schools.

Yoruba leaders: We won’t cede our land for ranching

Prominent Yoruba leaders, including the Aare-Ona-Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, yesterday, vowed not to cede any land in the South- West for cattle ranching.
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Niger has commended the efforts of Mr Hamzat Adekunle with state code number NG-19C-1696, for conducting free diabetes tests for 65 persons in the camp.

1,156 NYSC members begin orientation course in Ogun

One thousand, one hundred and fifty- six male and female corps members, on Monday, commenced a three-week orientation course at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Sagamu camp in Ogun State. The 1,156 corps members...
Governor Willie Obiano

Anambra governor resolves airport land matter

The social media was agog recently that some purported women from Umueri in Anambra-East local government area protested half naked at the construction site of the International Cargo Airport over what they termed forceful land-grabbing by government to build the airport.

Customs hands over drugs worth N234.5 million to NDLEA in Ogun

The Ogun Area 1 command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has handed over seized drugs worth N234,477,860 to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.
Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Saad Abubakar, has expressed concern over the spate of insecurity currently ravaging most parts of northern Nigeria.

Sultan: How Generals Ironsi, Gowon, Obasanjo laid foundation for insecurity

The chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Thursday, said the regimes of Generals Aguiyi Ironsi, Yakubu Gowon and Olusegun Obasanjo relegated the traditional institution to the background with no constitutional role.

Monarchs make case for role in constitution

The monarchs, under the auspices of the National Traditional Council of Nigeria, accused the military regimes of Gen. Aguiyi Ironsi (rtd), Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd) and General Olusegun Obasanjo (rtd) of relegating the traditional institution to the background with no constitutional role.
The National Traditional Council of Nigeria has called on the National Assembly Joint Committee on the review of the 1999 constitution to ensure a constitutional provision is made with a view to creating roles for traditional rulers in matters involving religion, culture, security, justice and other ancillary matters.

Nigerian monarchs demand roles in constitutional review

The National Traditional Council of Nigeria has called on the National Assembly Joint Committee on the review of the 1999 constitution to ensure a constitutional provision is made with a view to creating roles for traditional rulers in matters involving religion, culture, security, justice and other ancillary matters.

NIOB, PSN, 28 others seek more roles for Nigerian professionals

Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) as well as 28 other bodies under the umbrella of the Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN) have called for more patronage of indigenous professionals.
Cross River State Governor, Sir Ben Ayade, (5th R) with Senate Committee on PIB led by the committee chairman Senator Mohammed Sabo (4th R), Former Governor of Benue State, Dr. Gabriel Suswanl (2nd L) and other committee members, during a visit to Government House Calabar

Governor Ayade: PIB must address delisting of Cross River as oil producing state

Cross River State governor, Prof Ben Ayade, has tasked National Assembly to handle related Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, and other issues related to the bill with circumspection to avoid contentions that are likely to trail its ultimate passage into law.
The House of Representatives on Tuesday reprimanded the Minister of Foreign Affairs, for the continuing maltreatment of Nigerians in the Diaspora.

House of Reps to probe ‘missing’ 5.2 million barrels of crude oil

The House of Representatives has directed its committee on petroleum to investigate the alleged missing 5.2 million barrels of crude oil allocated to local refineries under the Direct Sales Direct Purchase (DSDP).
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, yesterday said that the parliament passed 2021 in good time to ensure the country maintains the January to December budget cycle started last year.

Speaker Gbajabiamila: Repealing Treaties Act of 1993 long overdue

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has said that repealing the Treaties (Making Procedure, etc) Act of 1993 represents a bold and long overdue step in the country’s quest for perfect democracy.
Muhammadu Badaru Jigawa

Jigawa government approves N22.5 million to coach students for SSCE

The Jigawa State Government has approved over N22 million for coaching of students who registered for the 2021 Senior Schools Certificate Examinations (SSCE) in the state.

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Tottenham face an anxious wait to discover whether Harry Kane will be fit for the Carabao Cup final after the striker limped out of the 2-2 draw at Everton with a foot injury.

Tottenham face anxious wait after Harry Kane injury

Tottenham Hotspur face an anxious wait to discover the severity of Harry Kane’s ankle injury after he hobbled off after scoring twice in a 2-2 Premier League draw away to Everton on Friday.
Ronald Koeman has insisted that Lionel Messi is excited and happy at Barcelona despite ongoing transfer talk.

Barca supremo: Lionel Messi not leaving Camp Nou

The newly elected president of Barcelona Football Club, Joan Laporta, has insisted that six-time Ballon D’or winner, Lionel Messi, will not leave the Catalan giants this summer.
The thoughts of Canadians are with Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family as they mourn the passing of Prince Philip on Friday, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Prince Philip: Funeral to celebrate ‘unwavering loyalty’ to the Queen

The Duke of Edinburgh’s “unwavering loyalty” to the Queen, service to the nation and “courage”, will be celebrated at his funeral later.
New Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta believes that he can win the fans of the biggest football club in England back onside after a difficult few months, as he aims to recapture the halcyon days of Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal boss: Fulham unlucky to sit in the relegation zone

Fulham may be in the relegation zone but Scott Parker’s side have been unlucky in the Premier League and their results are not an accurate reflection of their performances this season, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has said.
FILE PHOTO: SENSITIVE MATERIAL. THIS IMAGE MAY OFFEND OR DISTURB Naga Sadhus, or Hindu holy men take a holy dip in the Ganges River during Shahi Snan at "Kumbh Mela", or the Pitcher Festival, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Haridwar, India, April 14, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis/File Photo

India’s premier appeals to keep Hindu festival symbolic as coronavirus infections surge

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday appealed to devotees to keep a key Hindu festival symbolic as the country reported more than 200,000 new COVID-19 infections for the third straight day.

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Minister: I pity those who follow commercialised opinions on social media

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has expressed pity for those who allow themselves to be influenced by the opinions of certain people on social media.
Time is running out for Atletico Madrid to reboot their La Liga title challenge, even as they still sit top of the table with eight games left to play.

La Liga: Atletico Madrid need Eibar win to resuscitate title challenge

Time is running out for Atletico Madrid to reboot their La Liga title challenge, even as they still sit top of the table with eight games left to play.
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Senate urges NEMA to provide relief materials for Benue windstorm victims

The Senate Wednesday urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to, as a matter of urgency, mobilise resources and rehabilitation materials for various communities in Benue State recently affected by a devastating windstorm which destroyed hundreds of buildings, leaving many residents injured and homeless.
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETfund, Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, on Wednesday said he and the Executive Secretary of the Fund, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, took the suspension of the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, UNILAG, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, personal when he was suspended by the Governing Council of the institution last August.

Official: TETFund spends N120 billion on academic staff training since 2008

Academic Staff from public institutions across the country have so far accessed over N120 billion for training, within and outside Nigeria, from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) since its inception in 2008.

Anambra election: Idris Wada chairs PDP screening committee

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Working Committee (NWC) has appointed former Gov. Idris Wada of Kogi as Chairman of Screening Committee for its aspirants in upcoming Anambra governorship election.