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In a statement issued yesterday by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, the ministry described the allegation that the Minister, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, recommended two Chinese companies to execute the contracts as malicious, unfounded and a deliberate attempt to drag the reputation and the integrity of the minister in the mud.

Ministry: Why we want NPA to procure equipments, not contracts

The Ministry of Transportation has explained that it objected to the award of contracts for the management of channels by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) because it is more cost-effective for the NPA to procure necessary equipment and execute the contracts in-house.

Minister urges women to sustain legacies left by late Senator Alhassan

The Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen has called on Nigerian women to sustain and build on the political and empowerment legacies established left by late Aisha Alhassan.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, on has turned the heat on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) saying football in the country is going backward.

Official: Ministry to conduct elections into sports federations in September

The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development says plans are underway to set up electoral committees that would conduct elections into the boards of the recently dissolved sports federations.

Taraba governor: Senator Alhassan’s demise a personal loss

Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku has described the death of former minister of Women Affairs Senator Aisha Jumai Alhassan as a personal loss to him.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, on Saturday, upheld the disqualification of Sir Chuwuma Ibezim as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the Senatorial by-election held in Imo North on December 5, 2020.

Imo North by-election: INEC issues certificate of return to Frank Ibezim

The Independent Electoral Commission yesterday, issued Certificate of Return (CoR) to Frank Ibezim of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to represent Imo North senatorial District.

President Buhari, world leaders mourn Idriss Deby

Leading the mourners from the African continent, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said that Deby’s death will create a big vacuum in the war against Boko Haram as the late Chadian president was at the forefront among those who gave the terrorist group serious bashing in recent times.
Chad's President Idriss Deby attends the 33rd Ordinary Session of the African Union Summit, at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, on February 10, 2020. Michael Tewelde-AFP

Chad leader Idriss Deby killed in battle -army

Chad’s president, Idriss Deby, who ruled his country for more than 30 years and was an important Western ally in the fight against Islamist militants in Africa, was killed on Monday in a battle against rebels in the north, authorities said

President Buhari reacts to Idriss Deby’s demise

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over what he called the “sudden and tragic death” of President Idriss Deby of Chad on Tuesday at the frontline, fighting against rebel soldiers.
The National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, said these in a statement entitled- ‘ACF hypocritical tears’, obtained by newsmen in Abuja.

Lagos PDP: Yinka Odumakin lived fulfilled life, fought for downtrodden

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State has mourned the death of the Spokesman of a pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin.

Yinka Odumakin: Yoruba has lost a gem and dependable ally – Gani Adams

Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, described the death of the Publicity Secretary of the Pan Yoruba socio cultural group, Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, early hours of today as one death too many, saying Yoruba has lost a gem, who, according to him was a dependable ally.
The National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, said these in a statement entitled- ‘ACF hypocritical tears’, obtained by newsmen in Abuja.

Ondo governor mourns Yinka Odumakin, says he was a nationalist

Ondo State Governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has described the death of Mr Yinka Odumakin, the Publicity Secretary of the Pan Yoruba Socio Political Group, Afenifere, as hearth-aching and one death with too many losses to the people.
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom

Benue governor commissions primary healthcare board complex

Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue, has commissioned a 23-room office complex of the State Primary Healthcare Board.
“At this moment, l cannot say how many students were taken away by the gunmen until l get there, but we have already mobilized security men and members of the vigilantatè who are now in pursuit of the abductors,” the commissioner stated.

Miyetti Allah: Bandits are displaced herdsmen

One of the umbrella bodies of herdsmen in Nigeria, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, said yesterday that herders are facing many challenges from hostile host communities, including vigilante groups and other criminal elements who rustle cows in the country.

Tension in Edo community over new traditional head

Tension has mounted in Iguobazuwa, the administrative headquarters of Ovia South West local government area of Edo State following a dispute over occupant of the traditional stool.

AGF: Nigeria committed to end gender-based violence

The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), has reiterated Nigeria’s commitment towards ending gender-based violence in the country.
The Central Student Disciplinary Committee, CSDC, of the University of Ibadan, UI, has meted various punishments to 22 erring students of different departments.

Ex-VC: Why appointment of UI vice chancellors is always problematic

The immediate past Vice Chancellor (VC) of the University of Ibadan (UI), Professor Idowu Olayinka, said the UI VC selection process had always been marred with conflicts of interest that had made the process tough and competitive from time immemorial.

Shehu Sani: Shiek Gumi filling the vacuum created by government’s failure

Former Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, has said government’s failure to provide adequate security forced the prominent Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, to be discussing with bandits.
The newly-elected President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof. George Obiozor, has listed security and education as well as guaranteeing a robust economic growth for the Igbo people as some of the immediate priorities of the socio-cultural organisation.

Court dismisses suit seeking arrest of new Ohaneze Ndigbo president

The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Friday, declined to issue an order of mandamus to compel the Inspector General of Police and the Attorney-General of the Federation to arrest, investigate and prosecute the new President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Prof. George Obiozor.

Kingsley Moghalu: President Buhari’s failure to act led to stigmatisation of Fulanis

Former Presidential candidate of the Young Democratic Party (YDP), Kingsley Moghalu, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari of the grave consequences of his government’s failure to stop the impunity of killer herdsmen and bandits in Nigeria.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu on Monday adopted Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State as the new leader in the South East Zone.

Enugu governor swears in two ENSIEC members

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, yesterday, swore in Barr. Anthony Ugochukwu Ugwunnadi and Barr. George Obiora Ani as members of Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC)
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has listed what Nigeria should do to have access to $12 trillion “dormant funds”.

Ex-President Obasanjo extols Lateef Jakande’s exploits in journalism

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Thursday, disclosed that the late former governor of Lagos State, Alh. Lateef Jakande served the country principally through journalism and through newspaper management before becoming an active politician.
PANDEF National Chairman, Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (retd)

Akwa Ibom governor immortalizes ex-MILAD Idongesit Nkanga

In honour of Akwa Ibom’s first indigenous military administrator, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga, and an appreciation for his positive contribution to the growth of the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, Akwa Ibom State, the Niger Delta and Nigeria at large, the Akwa Ibom State Executive Council has resolved to name the new Ring Road 3 dual carriageway after the former Commander of the Presidential Air Fleet and Chairman of PANDEF.

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Zinedine Zidane doesn’t intend on resigning as Real Madrid coach but that doesn’t mean his future at the club is safe according to a report in Marca.

Zinedine Zidane ready to walk away from Real Madrid

But the 48-year-old coach, who has won two league titles and three Champions League crowns in less than four seasons, has all but made up his mind to walk away after the final game of the campaign at home to Villarreal on May 23.
4. President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said the registration of the National Identity Number and linking it to mobile numbers will help fight insecurity in the country.

President Buhari lauds NDLEA’s performance, pledges to enhance operational capabilities

President Muhammadu Buhari has hailed the performance of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) especially the recent overhaul of its operations leading to the arrest of drug peddlers at the airports and other parts of the country.
World number one Novak Djokovic swept into the Italian Open quarter-finals on Thursday with a straight sets wins over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in front of spectators who were allowed to watch in the Foro Italico for the first time.

Novak Djokovic beats Alejandro Fokina to reach Italian Open quarter-finals

World number one Novak Djokovic swept into the Italian Open quarter-finals on Thursday with a straight sets wins over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in front of spectators who were allowed to watch in the Foro Italico for the first time.
Juventus and Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo passed legendary Brazilian forward Pele to become the second-highest goalscorer ever with his double against Udinese.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother ready to convince him to join Sporting Lisbon

Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother said she will talk to the Portugal international and ‘try to convince’ him to return to Sporting CP.
FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker tends to a patient at a temporary ward set up during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, January 19, 2021. Phill Magakoe/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

South Africa’s coronavirus death toll much higher than official tally – report

A South African report into excess deaths over the past year suggests more than 133,000 people in the country have died from COVID-19, far more than the official tally of nearly 55,000.

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President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over the 43rd virtual Federal Executive Council, meeting at the First Lady Conference Room, Presidential Villa Abuja.

CSOs urge President Buhari to stop the bleeding, end carnage now

Hundreds of Civil Society Organisations in Nigeria have petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, stop the escalating security concerns in the country.
The Acting Governor of Borno, Alhaji Umar Kadafur, on Wednesday commended residents of Maiduguri for their resilience following the failed attempt by Boko Haram insurgents to infiltrate the town.

Failed attack: Borno acting governor commends citizens’ resilience

The Acting Governor of Borno, Alhaji Umar Kadafur, on Wednesday commended residents of Maiduguri for their resilience following the failed attempt by Boko Haram insurgents to infiltrate the town.

NCWS: Senator Alhassan’s death unfortunate, sad

National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) has mourned the death of a former Minister of Women Affairs, Sen. Jummai Alhassan, describing it as unfortunate and sad.
Former Emir of Kano and one-time Managing Director of First Bank, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has lamented that the nation’s economy has not been diversified, over 60 years after the discovery of oil in Nigeria.

Muhammadu Sanusi: I am the leader of Tijjaniya in Nigeria

Former Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammadu Sanusi has revealed he was confirmed the Khalifa of Tijjaniya in Nigeria by Sheikh Mahy Ibrahim Nyass, when he paid him a visit in Senegal on Monday.
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has approved the resumption of all Public Servants on GL 1 -12 with effect from Monday, November 2, 2020.

Lagos recovers N50 million over fraudulent real estate activities

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said it had recovered more than N50 million from parties involved in illegal real estate transaction activities.