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Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori casting his votes at his Polling unit in Osubi, Okpe Local Government Area, Delta State.

Voters apathy mars Delta council polls

Voters apathy characterized the council election held across the 25 local government areas of Delta State. Newsmen who monitored the elections across the state, report that polling materials arrived late at some of the wards...
The Speaker, Delta House of Assembly, Mr Sheriff Oborevwori, has commended the peaceful conduct of Saturday council poll across the state.

Delta speaker, others hail peaceful conduct of council poll

The Speaker, Delta House of Assembly, Mr Sheriff Oborevwori, has commended the peaceful conduct of Saturday council poll across the state.
Women take part in Ivory Coast's parliamentary election campaign rally in the popular district of Yopougon, a suburb in Abidjan [Issouf Sanogo-AFP]

Ivory Coast heads into elections after political turmoil

Ivory Coast is set to vote in a parliamentary ballot on Saturday in a key test of stability after presidential elections last year marked by violence.

Algeria riots after activist jailed

Unrest broke out late on Sunday in a southern Algerian town after a blogger and activist was handed a seven-year jail sentence for condoning acts of terrorism, a news website reported.
The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni has said the actions or inactions of the committee at this critical stage of the nation’s political life would determine the party’s chances of retaining power at the centre in 2023.

Governor Buni excited with return of normalcy to Yobe

Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe has expressed happiness with the return of normalcy after years of devastating effects of insurgency in the state.
Niger opposition leader Mahamane Ousmane has claimed that he narrowly won the country’s presidential election, as fresh violence erupted a day after official results gave victory to his rival by a wide margin.

Niger opposition leader alleges election fraud, declares victory

Niger opposition leader Mahamane Ousmane has claimed that he narrowly won the country's presidential election, as fresh violence erupted a day after official results gave victory to his rival by a wide margin.
FILE PHOTO - An armoured vehicle is seen on a street during a protest against the military coup, in Yangon, Myanmar, February 14, 2021. Picture taken February 14, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Myanmar junta chief urges economic action as Western pressure grows

The leader of Myanmar’s junta has called for energetic efforts to revive an ailing economy, state media reported on Tuesday, as Western countries considered more sanctions to press the generals to shun a violent crackdown on democracy protests

APC extends nationwide membership registration, revalidation exercise by three weeks

The National Secretary of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, in a statement Sunday said the extension was in response to the demands across the states so as to accommodate all prospective members.
Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

INEC chair: Millions of Nigerians at risk of not voting in 2023

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has said that millions of eligible Nigerian voters may not have the opportunity to cast their votes in the 2023 general elections if additional new polling units are not established.
People take part in a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 16, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Myanmar protesters block railway line; U.N. warns against crackdown

Protesters opposed to Myanmar’s military coup blocked train services between Yangon and a southern city on Tuesday, hours after a U.N. envoy warned the army of “severe consequences” for any harsh response to the pro-democracy demonstrations.
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Content, Senator Teslim Kolawole Folarin says the ongoing Membership Revalidation and Registration Exercise of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is the boost required to strengthen the party and prepare it fully for total victory in the general elections of 2023.

2023: Membership registration will boost APC chances – Senator Folarin

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Content, Senator Teslim Kolawole Folarin says the ongoing Membership Revalidation and Registration Exercise of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is the boost required to strengthen the party and prepare it fully for total victory in the general elections of 2023.
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and the Federal Government have commenced a Human Capital Development (HCD) plan towards moving 24 million Nigerians out of poverty before 2030.

President Buhari directs APC governors to ensure success of party membership registration – NGF...

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Thursday said that President Muhammadu Buhari has directed all governors under the All Progressives Congress (APC) to ensure the success of the ongoing registration and revalidation exercise of the party across the country.

INEC seeks collaboration of CSOs on polling units expansion

In continuation of its consultative talks on the need to expand and increase the number of polling units in the country, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday met with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and informed them that the need to improve voter participation necessitated the exercise.
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Stakeholders raise concerns over distribution of new polling stations

INEC had said it planned to create the new polling units because the extant 119,973 polling units and 57,023 polling points were grossly in adequate for the 84,004,084 voters in the country as at 2019 general election.

PDP asks INEC to prioritize election integrity over polling units expansion

Lagos State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to prioritize election integrity over expansion of polling units ahead of 2023 polls.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said it had deployed no fewer than 1,500 of its personnel to provide security during the Sept. 19 Edo governorship election.

FRSC: NIN, prerequisite for issuance, renewal of driver’s licence

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), on Thursday, said that the National Identification Number (NIN) was a prerequisite for issuance and renewal of driver’s licence.
Another new variant of the novel coronavirus seems to have emerged in Nigeria, the head of Africa's disease control body said on Thursday, cautioning more investigation was needed.

Anambra monarchs undergo coronavirus test

Traditional rulers in Anambra State have undergone COVID-19 tests as part of measures to stem the tide of spread of the pandemic in the state. The exercise has created anxiety among the royal fathers as they await the result.
Law enforcement officers detain a man during a rally in support of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Vladivostok, Russia January 31, 2021. REUTERS-Yuri Maltsev

Russia detains over 1,000 at protests against jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny

Police detained more than 1,000 people and broke up rallies in Moscow and across Russia on Sunday as supporters of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny took to the streets to protest his jailing, despite biting cold and the threat of arrest.
People wearing protective masks place social distancing stickers on the floor at a voting station during preparations for Portugal's presidential election, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Lisbon, Portugal, January 23, 2021. REUTERS

Portugal holds presidential election as coronavirus cases spiral

Portuguese voters - largely confined to their homes due to a strict COVID-19 lockdown - will pick a new president on Sunday, but many fear going to the polls could worsen a surge in coronavirus cases and low turnout is expected.

Russia detains dozens of Alexei Navalny supporters at anti-Putin protests

Russian police detained dozens of protesters on Saturday as supporters of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny took to the streets following his call to protest against President Vladimir Putin’s rule.
Donald Trump led the United States for four tumultuous years with a right-wing populist approach and an “America First” message, but left office with his presidency in tatters and the country’s democratic institutions dented after a calamitous last chapter.

Donald Trump exits after four turbulent years, his presidency in tatters

Donald Trump led the United States for four tumultuous years with a right-wing populist approach and an “America First” message, but left office with his presidency in tatters and the country’s democratic institutions dented after a calamitous last chapter.

Coronavirus: Ebonyi teachers seek more personal protective equipment in schools

The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Ebonyi chapter, has charged government at all levels to supply more personal protective equipment (PPE) in schools.

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The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this at a press briefing in Abuja.

Nigeria threatens to ban flights from UAE, Netherlands

The task force said the Ministry of Aviation and its relevant agencies have been mandated to take the necessary reciprocal measures as may be permissible under the laws and other international obligations expected to be discharged against Emirates airlines operating from the UAE and other airlines from The Netherlands.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is refusing to dream of a late title push, believing Manchester City are “too far ahead” despite yesterday’s superb derby win.

Manchester United boss rules out late title push despite derby win

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is refusing to dream of a late title push, believing Manchester City are “too far ahead” despite yesterday’s superb derby win.

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.
Africa Development Bank (AfDB) is planning to invest $10 billion for the expansion of renewable energy projects in the continent, over the next five years.

AfDB approves $1.3 million grant for female financial inclusion research in Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved two grants worth $1.3 million for research aimed at increasing women’s access to a range of digital financial services on the continent.
Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has confessed that his boys were tired and not ready to play and paid dearly for the defeat against Brighton.

Jurgen Klopp hopes for respite for struggling Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hopes a change of competition will give his side a break from their wretched Premier League form that has put their chances of a top-four finish in jeopardy.

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FILE PHOTO - Supporters of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko, who was arrested following sexual assault accusations, clash with security forces in Dakar, Senegal, March 5, 2021. REUTERS-Zohra Bensemra-File Photo

Senegal shuts schools amid violent unrest

Schools in Senegal will shut until March 15, the education ministry said on Sunday, after days of violent protests that have paralyzed parts of the capital Dakar and are expected to continue next week.

Court adjourns Ondo chief judge’s suit against governor, others

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, adjourned a suit filed by the Ondo State Chief Judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Akeredolu against the state governor and five others over a viral video made by a citizen of the state, Olupelumi Fagboyegun.
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Women’s Day: Nigerian government urged to look deeper into Leah Sharibu’s case

Sen. Bassey Ewa Henshaw (Cross River South 2003-2011) on Friday called for more equitable distribution of positions, responsibilities and opportunities irrespective of gender and social status to bring out the best in the citizens.
The governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has reacted to his victory at the primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Ondo governor: Why I suspended activities of transport unions

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state has given reason for the suspension of the activities of both the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in the state.

Four large explosions hit Equatorial Guinea city of Bata – Local TV

Four large explosions at a military base rocked the city of Bata in Equatorial Guinea on Sunday, according to people in the city and local media