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Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has criticised former Lagos State governor Akinwunmi Ambode for abandoning the Lagos light rail project while he was the governor of the state between 2015 and 2019.

Ex-President Obasanjo, Gordon Brown, others demand action against pandemic

About 165 global leaders, including a former UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, and former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, have called for a concerted global response to the coronavirus pandemic led by the G-20 countries.
A refrigerated trailer serving as a temporary morgue at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn on Tuesday. Demetrius Freeman for The New York Times

New York’s coronavirus death toll surpasses 9/11

As New York City faced one of its darkest days with the death toll from the coronavirus surging past 4,000 — more than the number killed on 9/11 — the Chinese city where the global pandemic began lifted its final restrictions on movement Wednesday as deaths there plummeted.
Illinois health authorities are carrying out an investigation into the state’s first known death of an infant from the novel coronavirus. David Crosling-AAP

Coronavirus: Travel restrictions, border shutdowns by country

Countries around the world are increasingly adopting sweeping measures to stem the spread of the new coronavirus, including full lockdowns, shutting down airports, imposing travel restrictions and completely sealing their borders.
Oscar Tabarez

Uruguayan football federation lays off 400, including head coach

The Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) announced that almost all of its staff, including coach Oscar Tabarez, have been laid off due to the coronavirus pandemic that has frozen sport worldwide.
FIFA

South America asks FIFA to delay World Cup qualifiers because of virus

South America’s football federations asked FIFA to delay their qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar because of the global new coronavirus pandemic.
A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on November 19, 2018, shows Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz giving a salute with his hand as he arrives to address the Shura council, a top advisory body, in the capital Riyadh. (Photo by Bandar AL-JALOUD / Saudi Royal Palace / AFP) /

Alleged coup plot forces Saudi Arabia to release king’s photos

Saudi Arabia released images of King Salman carrying out his royal duties on Sunday, after a stunning purge of at least three princes including his brother and nephew for allegedly plotting a coup.
Nigeria announced an 18-girl squad for the first round, first leg of the 2020 U17 Women's World Cup qualifier, with Nelly Ekeh to lead them against Guinea on Saturday.

U17 WWCQ: Nelly Ekeh leads Nigeria squad against Guinea

Nigeria announced an 18-girl squad for the first round, first leg of the 2020 U17 Women's World Cup qualifier, with Nelly Ekeh to lead them against Guinea on Saturday.
Mikel Arteta's side desperately needed a morale-boosting success after Olympiakos snatched a late winner to knock them out of the Europa League at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.

Arsenal reach FA Cup quarters to ease Europa League exit woe

Mikel Arteta's side desperately needed a morale-boosting success after Olympiakos snatched a late winner to knock them out of the Europa League at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu believes five-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi could end up staying at the club for another five years.

Luis Suarez: Lionel Messi will stay for life if Barcelona build around him

Lionel Messi will want to stay at Barcelona “for his whole life”, says Luis Suarez, but those at Camp Nou need to show ambition in the transfer market and build around a talismanic figure.
Oghenekaro Etebo was on parade for Getafe during Sunday’s 3-0 home loss to Sevilla in a Spanish La Liga game.

Peter Etebo suffers embarrassing home defeat with Getafe

Oghenekaro Peter Etebo was on parade for Getafe during Sunday’s 3-0 home loss to Sevilla in a Spanish La Liga game.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has called for new, stronger and more effective ways to eradicate racism in football in the wake of England players suffering abuse in Bulgaria.

FIFA consider World Cup across two continents, Women’s World Cup every two years

Not content with sending it to Russia and then Qatar, Gianni Infantino, FIFA president, admitted he was ready to shake up the world’s most famous competition by outlining a plan to grow football globally – ie get money out of the hands of those who have yet to be fleeced.
The Brazil u23s are currently taking part in a qualification tournament for the Olympics this summer. They wanted Gabriel Martinelli to join them, naming him in the preliminary squad.

Gabriel Martinelli confirms Arsenal blocked Brazil u23s call-up

The Brazil u23s are currently taking part in a qualification tournament for the Olympics this summer. They wanted Gabriel Martinelli to join them, naming him in the preliminary squad.
Lionel Messi, who did not score or provide an assist for the first time in a home Champions League group game since 2012, struck the bar and had the best of Barca’s six shots on target.

Lionel Messi ‘playing through pain’ for injury-hit Barcelona

The Argentina has the most goals (14) and most assists (eight) in LaLiga so far this season, plus a further two goals and three assists in five Champions League appearances.

Yannick Carrasco returns to Atlético Madrid

Yannick Carrasco has returned to Atlético Madrid, joining from Dalian Yifang on an initial six month loan.
Manchester United fans are planning a mass walkout in the next home game against Wolves on February 1st, as reported in The Mirror.

Manchester United desperate to sign deadline day striker

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confessed that he wants a striker to be signed before the transfer window closes, saying ‘We need more goalscorers. We need more goals. That’s a definite’.
Barcelona

Barcelona set to sign on Lionel Messi’s order before the deadline day

Barcelona is prepared to launch a bid for Lionel Messi’s target, Lautaro Martinez, before the deadline day.
Defending champions the Olympic Eagles of Nigeria got off their campaign at the 2019 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations on a dour note following a 1-0 loss to Cote d’Ivoire at the Al Salam Stadium, Cairo, on Saturday evening.

Mukhtar Mohammed faults Nigeria’s planning for age-grade competitions

The Nigeria U17 women’s team begins their quest for a place in the U17 Women’s World Cup billed for India in February, while the U20 side would be hoping to pick one of Africa’s tickets to Costa Rica & Panama when qualifiers get underway in March.
Maxi Gomez atoned for an early penalty miss and fired Valencia to a rare 2-0 LaLiga home win against Barcelona, handing Quique Setien his first defeat as head coach.

Maxi Gomez helps Valencia sink Barcelona despite penalty miss

Maxi Gomez atoned for an early penalty miss and fired Valencia to a rare 2-0 LaLiga home win against Barcelona, handing Quique Setien his first defeat as head coach.

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The Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered vehicular restriction from 6am – 6pm tomorrow 16 February during the election.

Easter: Police to continue enforcement of restriction order

The Inspector General of Police (I-G), Mr Mohammed Adamu, on Thursday said the social restriction order would continue during the Easter celebration in states where the order had been in ordered.
FILE - A volunteer receives a shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle, March 16, 2020.

China recruits volunteers for phase two coronavirus vaccine trial

Barely a week after Chinese scientists finished injecting an experimental coronavirus vaccine into their first group of volunteers, official news outlets reported Thursday that a second batch of participants was being recruited.
The government’s expression is coming after the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, assured on his verified Twitter handle that he was going to engage the Chinese Government over the allegations immediately.

Nigeria summons Chinese envoy over allegations of maltreatment of nationals in China

The government’s expression is coming after the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, assured on his verified Twitter handle that he was going to engage the Chinese Government over the allegations immediately.
The Shell companies in Nigeria have presented eight vehicles to the governments of Lagos and Rivers States to support the efforts at contact tracing and treatment of novel coronavirus disease cases.

Shell equips three hospitals, provides eight vehicles

The companies, comprising: The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company and Shell Nigeria Gas, also joined other players in the oil and gas industry to support the Federal Government with $30 million to stop the spread of the deadly disease.
Nyesom Wike

Rivers relaxes restrictions for Easter celebrations, others

The Rivers State Government has temporarily relaxed the restrictions on large religious gatherings to enable Christians carry out their religious obligations during the Easter Period.