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FILE PHOTO: Ukraine's Defence Minister Andriy Taran (R) and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Ruslan Homchak wearing protective face masks attend a memorial service for Taras Matviyiv, a Ukrainian serviceman, killed on July 10 in the fighting against pro-Russian separatists in the country's east, at the Independence Square in central Kyiv, Ukraine July 14, 2020. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Ukraine says Russia could store nuclear weapons in Crimea

Ukraine’s defence minister said on Wednesday that Russia was preparing to potentially store nuclear weapons in Crimea and warned that Moscow could attack Ukraine to ensure water supplies for the annexed peninsula.

Police kill four ‘pirates’ in Akwa Ibom

Four suspected armed pirates on Tuesday met their waterloo in a gun battle with the operatives of the Marine police, in Oron Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has told foreign powers to withdraw their forces from the Middle East, warning that they may be in danger if they remain in the region.

Iran president says 60% enrichment is an answer to attack at Natanz site

Iran’s move to enrich uranium up to 60% purity is a response to the sabotage at its key nuclear facility, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, adding the Islamic Republic had no intention of building a nuclear weapon
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has expressed deep sadness over the deaths of his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Jerome Torshimbe, and his Personal Assistant on Special Duties, Mr. Famous Adejo.

Benue governor calls for return of weapons taken from slain soldiers

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, has tasked traditional rulers and other stakeholders in Konshisha local government area of the state to ensure that all the weapons taken from the slain soldiers are returned unconditionally.

One dead, others injured in Bayelsa cult clash

The Bayelsa Police Command on Tuesday, confirmed the death of a suspected cultist during a clash by two rival cult groups in the state capital, Yenagoa.The Bayelsa Police Command on Tuesday, confirmed the death of a suspected cultist during a clash by two rival cult groups in the state capital, Yenagoa.
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has expressed deep sadness over the deaths of his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Jerome Torshimbe, and his Personal Assistant on Special Duties, Mr. Famous Adejo.

Benue government, stakeholders want killers of soldiers arrested, prosecuted

The Benue State government and other stakeholders in Konshisha local government area of the state have urged security agents to ensure that the killers of an Army officer and 11 soldiers are apprehended and brought to book.
“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.

Niger: Bandits attack market, kill five vigilantes, injure many others

Five men of the vigilantes’ group have been reportedly killed while scores were injured during an attack on a local market and some communities in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State on Monday morning.
“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.

Bandits abduct 15 passengers in Katsina

No fewer than 15 passengers travelling in a commercial vehicle with registration number KZR 345ZT, were on Sunday abducted by heavily armed gunmen suspected to be bandits along the Tsakskiya-Ummadau road in Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State.
FILE PHOTO: South Korea's Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun speaks during an interview with Reuters in Seoul, South Korea, January 28, 2021. REUTERS/Heo Ran

South Korean premier arrives in Iran to help try to revive nuclear deal

South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun arrived in Iran on Sunday to help try to restore a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and free up $7 billion in Iranian funds trapped in South Korea, Seoul officials said.
Demonstrators from the Dawei Technological University along with others march to protest against the military coup, in Dawei, Myanmar April 9, 2021 in this still image obtained from a video. Courtesy of Dawei Watch/via REUTERS

Myanmar activists call for New Year defiance; Aung San Suu Kyi due for video...

Opponents of Myanmar’s coup called on Monday for people to show defiance of the military with costumes and prayers over the upcoming new year holiday, hoping to maintain the momentum of their campaign in which more than 700 people have been killed.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Kano: Police nab supplier of hard drugs, over 60 motorcycles to bandits

“Investigation revealed that, so far, the suspect has delivered more than 60 motorcycles to the bandits in Zamfara. He has been charged to court,” said a statement on Sunday by the spokesperson for the Command, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, who indicated that the suspects were arrested at different times and locations in various raids conducted under Operation Puff Adder.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Kano: Police arrest 154 suspects for armed robbery, others

The Police Command in Kano State says it arrested 154 suspects for armed robbery and other crimes in the last three months.
FILE PHOTO: European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell attends a news conference after a EU-Georgia association council in Brussels, Belgium, March 16, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman/Pool/File Photo

China, Russia undermine international Myanmar response – EU’s top diplomat

The European Union’s top diplomat said on Sunday Russia and China were hampering a united international response to Myanmar’s military coup and that the EU could offer more economic incentives if democracy returns to the country.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin attends a joint news conference after the 2+2 Meeting with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi at Iikura Guest House in Tokyo, Japan, March 16, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/Pool

US defence chief in Israel amid Iran nuclear talks

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has arrived in Israel on the first visit by a senior representative of President Joe Biden’s administration, whose stance on Iran has worried Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government.

Thugs disrupt PDP North West zonal executive committee congress

The Northwest zonal executive committee congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna, headquarters of the North West was disrupted Saturday following a clash between major contenders.
Junta spokesman Brig. Gen. Zaw Min Tun told a news conference in the capital, Naypyitaw, that the country was returning to normal and government ministries and banks would resume full operations soon.

Myanmar: 19 people sentenced to death by military court

Nineteen people have been sentenced to death in Myanmar for killing an associate of an army captain, the military-owned Myawaddy TV station said on Friday — the first such sentences announced in public since February 1 coup and crackdown on protesters.
Department spokesman Ned Price told a news briefing that the United States is “gravely concerned” about accounts last week by CNN and the BBC of a massacre in the region by Ethiopian forces.

US loosens restrictions on Taiwan contacts in defiance of China

The State Department has announced that it will make it easier for US officials to meet Taiwanese representatives, defying pressure from China at a time of high tensions, and as the US Congress considers sweeping legislation to counter Beijing’s influence.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Bauchi police arrest 30 suspected robbers, kidnappers, cattle rustlers

The Bauchi State Police Command has arrested 30 suspects in connection with various criminal activities ranging from armed robbery, kidnapping, cattle rustling and phone snatching.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state on Friday inaugurated a 10-member committee to investigative alleged killing of two persons by men of Nigerian Air Force in Mabera area of Sokoto metropolis.

PDP governors demand devolution of powers, restructuring

Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rose from a meeting in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, on Friday and demanded the devolution of power and restructuring of the country, Channels Television has reported.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has felicitated with Nigerians on the occasion of Christmas celebration and urged everyone to adhere strictly to COVID-19 protocols.

PDP governors urges President Buhari to stem ethnic, religious tension

Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of utmost urgency, stem the tide of endless ethnic and religious tension spreading like wildfire in the country.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Nigeria police deploy SWAT officers to states

The minister of police affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, says the officers of the special weapons and tactics (SWAT) team have been deployed to state commands.
Onyema Nwachukwu, acting director for defence information, DHQ

DHQ: No massacre in Benue

The Defence Headquarters has dismissed report of an alleged massacre by the military in Konshisha area of Benue, following the killing of 11 troops by bandits.

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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.

Nigeria’s senate president, others bag NIS fellowship award

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, and the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, were on Wednesday in Abuja presented with the Honourary Fellowship Award of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) alongside a former Minister of Defence, Brig-General Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd) and the Emir of Nasarawa, HRH Alh. Ibrahim Usman Jibril, at the institution’s 2021 investiture ceremony.
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.
As children across Nigeria join their world counterparts to celebrate Children’s Day, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has called on parents, community leaders, teachers and all involved in children’s upbringing to take mentoring seriously and provide them with a good leadership example.

Payroll fraud: Gombe approves N1.49 billion for biometric system installation

The Gombe State Government has approved the sum of N1.499 billion for the supply and installation of biometric attendance system to check payroll fraud in the state’s civil service.
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2023: APC disowns viral zoning arrangement

The national caretaker/extraordinary convention planning committee (CECPC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has disowned a zoning arrangement list in circulation on the social media.
Euro 2020 is almost certain to be postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the globe.

UEFA confirms Rome as Euro 2020 host city

Rome’s Stadio Olimpico has been “fully confirmed” as a venue for Euro 2020 matches after the Italian government guaranteed the presence of at least 25 per cent of fans, UEFA announced on Wednesday.

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WAEC to commence May/June 2021 WASSCE in August

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has has cleared the air on the conduct of the 2021 May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), saying that the examination will start from August.
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, wearing their Order of the Garter robes, ride in an open-topped carriage to Windsor Castle following the Garter Ceremony, June 18, 2001. REUTERS/File Photo

Prince Charles pays tribute to ‘my dear papa’ Philip for devoted service

Britain’s Prince Charles paid a personal tribute on Saturday to his “dear papa” Prince Philip, saying the royal family missed him emormously and that the 99-year-old would have been amazed at the touching reaction across the world to his death.
President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has rejected the recent poor rating of Nigeria in its anti-corruption campaign by Transparency International (TI).

SERAP: It’s unfair to pay politicians more salaries than judges

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has said that it is unfair to pay President Muhammadu Buhari, governors, and lawmakers huge salaries, then pay judges less.
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Everton boss confirms Alex Iwobi fit for Brighton clash

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed Alex Iwobi is fit for their Premier League game against Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday.

Fenerbahce in talks with Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke

According to Takvim, Fenerbahce have already held positive talks with Benteke’s agent.