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2023: PDP, APC battle for the soul of Ebonyi

Since the country returned to civilian rule on May, 29,1999, Ebonyi state has remained under the rule of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) until the incumbent governor, David Umahi, defected from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2020.
On Monday, FIFA published the 2020 edition of the FIFA Global Transfer Market Report.

FIFA prepares referees for 2021 Futsal World Cup in Lithuania

The world football governing body, FIFA, has recommitted itself to the success of the Lithuania-hosted international indoor football competition, the 2021 Futsal World Cup. Futsal is a small hard court football game that is mainly played indoors with similarities to five-a-side football. Each team is allowed an unlimited number of substitutions but only five players each at a time, one of whom is the goalkeeper.
The Northern Governors Forum says the current system of open grazing, operated by herders in the country, is no longer sustainable.

Northern governors: Open grazing no longer sustainable

The Northern Governors Forum says the current system of open grazing, operated by herders in the country, is no longer sustainable.
Both Governor Simon Lalong and Senator Gyang have noted that the purported invitation for the turbaning of one Alhaji Samaila Abdullahi as Sarkin Kerana is a threat to the peaceful coexistence of the people of the North-Central State.

Northern governors: Open grazing no longer sustainable

The Northern Governors Forum say the current system of open grazing, operated by herders in the country, is no longer sustainable.
MURIC Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, said this in a statement on Monday in Lagos.

Herdsmen: MURIC begs Nigerian government to compensate farmers for loss of crops

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has appealed to the Federal Government to compensate farmers, whose crops were destroyed by Fulani’s herds.
Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna State has reacted to the new the killing of six children and a woman in some herders’ settlements in the Kaura and Lere Local Government Areas of the State.

Nasir El-Rufai: Nigerian governors must defend citizens’ rights to live anywhere in the country

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has condemned the unlawful eviction of Nigerians from parts of the country and challenged state governors to stop the trend.
Pastor Faith Edeko of the Omega Fire Ministries has debunked the allegations of alleged infidelity, threat to life and obstruction of access to children, levelled against the Senior Pastor and General Overseer, Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Johnson Suleman, by her ex husband, Pastor Mike Davids.

Pastor Faith: I’ve never slept with Apostle Suleman

Pastor Faith Edeko of the Omega Fire Ministries has debunked the allegations of alleged infidelity, threat to life and obstruction of access to children, levelled against the Senior Pastor and General Overseer, Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Johnson Suleman, by her ex husband, Pastor Mike Davids.

Bayelsa community, Chevron disagree over source of Funiwa oil spill

Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) and the communities impacted by the crude oil spill from Funiwa oil fields in Koluama in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have been sharply divided over where the crude oil leakage noticed over the weekend was coming from.

Chevron: Bayelsa oil spillage not from our facilities

Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) has disagreed with members of its host communities in Bayelsa on leakages reported at Funiwa Oil Fields operated by the oil firm off Bayelsa Coast.

Igbo group writes Nigerian government to request extradition of Nnamdi Kanu for ‘treasonable felony

An Igbo professional group, Coalition of South East Professionals’ Network in Nigeria and Diaspora (CSEPNND), has written an open letter to the Federal Government of Nigeria, urging it to immediately write the Government of the United Kingdom and Israel, requesting for extradition of leader of Indigenous People of Biafra,Mazi Nnamdi Kanu,to face the law over his involvement in alleged treasonable felony.
Residents of Sangana and other coastal communities in Akassa Kingdom in Brass local government area of Bayelsa State have cried out over loss of their livelihood occasioned by the alleged continuous leakage of crude oil into the environment from an offshore facility in the area.

Crude oil spill: Bayelsa communities cry out over loss of livelihood

Residents of Sangana and other coastal communities in Akassa Kingdom in Brass local government area of Bayelsa State have cried out over loss of their livelihood occasioned by the alleged continuous leakage of crude oil into the environment from an offshore facility in the area.
The Federal government on Thursday said CNN should be sanctioned over its report on the October 20 shooting incident at the Lekki Toll Plaza.

Lekki shooting: CNN shuns judicial panel’s summons

As controversy continues to trail the alleged killing of EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Tollgate Plaza in October, Cable News Network (CNN), Saturday told the resumed sitting of the Lagos State Panel of Judicial Inquiry probing the incident that it will not honour the summons issued by the panel.
The Theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, General Olusegun Adeniyi has been sent back to school to be a research fellow at Nigerian Army Resource Centre(NARC) in Abuja.

Boko Haram: Nigerian military court-martial convicts general who complained of inadequate equipment

A military court in Abuja on Monday convicted a former Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Olusegun Adeniyi, who once led the country’s onslaught against Boko Haram.
The Osun State Police Command on Tuesday paraded 86 suspected suspects in connection to the looting of Government and public property in the state last Saturday.

Osun begins house-to-house search to fish out perpetrators

As the 72-hour amnesty given by the Osun State government to looters in the state to return all looted properties in their custody expires today, the state government has expressed its intention to commence a house-to-house search on Thursday to fish out the deviants among them.

Hisbah arrests three for allegedly circulating rape video in Sokoto

The Sokoto State Hisbah Commission on Monday confirmed the arrest of three people alleged to have circulated a video on social media while sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

Ibrahim Magu: Mike Ozekhome to appear before Justice Salami panel

A senior lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, has said he would be appearing before the Justice Salami-led investigative panel probing the suspended EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, at the State House in Abuja.
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Pastor Ize-Iyamu: Why Comrade Oshiomhole criticised me in 2016 election

The 2020 governorship candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, said he was criticised by the former national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, in the last Edo governorship election because he was in a different political party then.
The Chief Of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, has visited soldiers in the North East to get a first hand information on the ambush by terrorists on troops on March 22.

Boko Haram: General Buratai says he’ll remain on frontline until ‘final defeat’

Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has admitted that the Boko Haram fight has lingered for too long and that the army is poised to root them up within a very short time.
Images and video clips from Spurs’ boss Jose Mourinho’s training session with three of his squad in a north London park during the current ‘lockdown’ have emerged on social media.

Jose Mourinho trains with Tottenham players amid lockdown

Images and video clips from Spurs’ boss Jose Mourinho’s training session with three of his squad in a north London park during the current ‘lockdown’ have emerged on social media.

Reporters Without Borders calls on Tanzania to scrap online content law

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Tuesday called on Tanzania to scrap a new law regulating Internet content, saying it targeted critics who had sought a "safe haven" online.

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“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.

Two ‘killed’, one injured as robbers attack bullion van in Ondo

Two persons were feared killed while one was injured as bank robbers attacked a bullion van at Bolorunduro area in Ondo East council area of Ondo state.
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has granted amnesty to 11 inmates serving various jail terms in correctional centres in the state to mark the beginning of 2021.

Ondo governor commiserates with Pastor Adeboye over son’s demise

Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has commiserated with the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, over the death of his son, Pastor Dare Adeboye.
L-R: Katsina state Governor, Honourable Bello Masari. Kebbi’s state Governor, Senator Atiku Bagudu, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele and President, Maize Farmers Association Bello Abubakar Annur (with Reflective jacket) at the Flag- off of the National Maize harvest and Loan Recovery and launching of 2020/2021 Dry Season Maize Farming in Katsina on Thursday, May 6, 2021

CBN governor vows to block maize importation

Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele on Thursday vowed to resist importation of maize as Nigerians have the capacity and capability to grow the crop locally to meet consumption demand.
1. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House, Abuja.

VP Osinbajo: Nigeria’s unity must not be compromised

Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo, on Thursday, insisted that the unity of the country should not be compromised in anyway.
Mele Kyari, group managing director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), says buyers were begged to purchase Nigeria’s crude oil at $9 per barrel in April.

NNPC: We’ll commission rehabilitated PHC refinery in 2023

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Mele Kyari, has assured Nigerians that the Port Harcourt Refinery Complex (PHRC) will roar back to life on or before April 5, 2023 when repairs would have been completed.

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Following his terrific performance for Manchester United in their 6-2 drubbing of Roma in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night, Edinson Cavani has reportedly decided where he will play next season.

Roy Keane urges Manchester United not to force Edinson Cavani to stay

Manchester United legend, Roy Keane, feels Edinson Cavani should be allowed to leave this summer.
Mikel Arteta says he has had to adapt his tactical approach much more than he expected since taking over as Arsenal boss, due to the composition of his squad.

Arsenal boss: We can’t let protests distract us with season on line

Whatever the scale or shape of fan protests outside Emirates Stadium tonight, Mikel Arteta wants his Arsenal side to focus on the job at hand.

Cardinal Onaiyekan, others express concern over insecurity, poverty in Nigeria

A Catholic Cardinal, John Onaiyekan, and other Christian clerics have expressed concern over insecurity in the country, urging political office holders to assist government to tackle the menace.
The co-founder and chief medical officer of BioNTech, Ozlem Tureci, says people may need to get vaccinated with a third shot of its Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as immunity against the virus wanes.

Coronavirus: Third shot needed to boost immunity – BioNTech co-founder

The co-founder and chief medical officer of BioNTech, Ozlem Tureci, says people may need to get vaccinated with a third shot of its Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as immunity against the virus wanes.
Paul Pogba has described himself as a bad loser who misses winning trophies at Manchester United, but says that the club's silverware drought only makes them more determined to break it.

Manchester United’s bumper offer may not be enough for Paul Pogba

Manchester United could face a transfer dilemma if Paul Pogba doesn’t extend his stay at Old Trafford.