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The office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia state has been set ablaze by hoodlums.

INEC seeks measures to secure assets due to incessant attacks on facilities

The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has called for urgent measures to stave off further attacks on its facilities across the country, lamenting that in less than two weeks, three of its offices in the Southeastern part of Nigeria have come under attacks by arsonists.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has demanded a public apology from Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe over his negative utterances against Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi.

Senator Abaribe: I want Biafra of the mind, not of land

Senate minority leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe said yesterday in Awka that he advocates Biafra of the mind and not Biafra of territory, arguing that people of the various ethnic nationalities could develop their areas at their pace and still be happy in a united Nigeria.

JUSUN gives condition to end strike

The striking Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has rejected the 36 state governors’ proposed template for the implementation of judiciary’s financial autonomy being demanded by the workers.
A rising music star, Anthony Victor, also known as Victony, is set to undergo major surgery after he was involved in a ghastly car accident early Monday morning.

Victony undergoes successful surgery after car accident

Nigerian rapper, Vict0ny, has undergone a successful surgery weeks after he survived a car accident.
Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, has reacted to what he called “a cornucopia of false, malicious, and libellous press interviews” granted by Ms. Gbene Joi Nuineh, the erstwhile Acting Managing Director of the Interim Management Committee, of the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) in some news and social media platforms and a “series of concerted vicious campaigns of calumny deviously orchestrated by her” against his person.

Senator Akpabio distances self from job seeker’s killers

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, and his wife, Mrs Ekaete Akpabio, have threatened to sue an investigative journalist, David Hundeyin, for linking them with the killers of an Akwa Ibom job seeker, Iniobong Umoren.
The UK medical regulator said Saturday that out of 30 people who suffered blood clots after receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, seven have died.

CDC: People vaccinated against coronavirus can go without masks indoors, outdoors

People fully vaccinated against Covid-19 do not need to wear masks or practice social distancing indoors or outdoors, except under certain circumstances, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday.
As total coronavirus infections in Nigeria hit 24,077, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC has warned against abandoning face masks in favour of face shields.

Nigeria records 53 new coronavirus infections

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported 53 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 165,612.
“If we didn’t suffer, we wouldn’t be us,” Atletico Madrid captain Koke said on Wednesday night but after 36 games and nine months, a 10-point advantage spurned and a two-point advantage left, the trophy was finally in sight.

Atletico closing in and tensing up as LaLiga title edges closer

“If we didn’t suffer, we wouldn’t be us,” Atletico Madrid captain Koke said on Wednesday night but after 36 games and nine months, a 10-point advantage spurned and a two-point advantage left, the trophy was finally in sight.
The ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, is seen in an illustration released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. January 29, 2020. Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM/CDC/Handout via REUTERS

Coronavirus lab leak theory cannot be ruled out – scientists

The origin of the novel coronavirus is still unclear and the theory that it was caused by a laboratory leak needs to be taken seriously until there is a rigorous data-led investigation that proves it wrong, a group of leading scientists said.
The Nigerian Army on Tuesday clarified that its Armoured Fighting vehicle which caught fire and exploded in Damaturu on Monday, thereby causing panic and led to residents scampering for their lives was a result of electrical failure.

Nigerian government plans more military assets deployment in South-East, South-South

The federal government has concluded plans to deploy more military assets, including troops, intelligence personnel and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to the South-east and South-south, investigation has revealed.

Hugo Broos offers hope to ageing players in Bafana rebuild

After initially stating that he is starting a new project with younger players, the coach’s remarks were widely interpreted as meaning he might not have a place in his team for players above the age of 30.
The police command in Ekiti on Friday confirmed the killing of a police officer as gunmen allegedly abducted a Chinese expatriate in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

Why our victims died in captivity – suspects

Suspected kidnappers apprehended by the Police in Benue State have attributed the deaths of some of their victims while in captivity to their inability to survive trauma.
1. President Muhammadu Buhari is presiding over the 44th virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

President Buhari: We’ll resist bandits’ threat to disrupt food production

President Muhammadu Buhari has stressed the readiness of his administration to vehemently resist the threat by bandits to disrupt food production in the coming growing season.
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 pledges action against bandits

President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged that his administration will “use all available resources and manpower in dealing with bandits” who have been terrorising several parts of Nigeria.
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.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Another police station razed in Abia

Hoodlums have burnt down a Police Station in Bende Local Government of Abia State.
Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo, has dragged her colleague and Baba Ijesha supporter, Yomi Fabiyi, to court and sued him for N100 million for “defamatory publication.”

Baba Ijesha: Nollywood actress to sue Yomi Fabiyi for N100 million over ‘defamation’

Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo, has dragged her colleague and Baba Ijesha supporter, Yomi Fabiyi, to court and sued him for N100 million for “defamatory publication.”
Ivory Coast Prime Minister Patrick Achi, 65, has been admitted to hospital in Paris, where he was being treated for severe fatigue accrued since his appointment in March, two sources close to him said.

Ivorian premier hospitalised with severe fatigue in France

Ivory Coast Prime Minister Patrick Achi, 65, has been admitted to hospital in Paris, where he was being treated for severe fatigue accrued since his appointment in March, two sources close to him said.
President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Daniel Igali has expressed his excitement as well as joy after seeing all 6 of his female wrestlers pick up 5 gold medals and one Silver at the ongoing AAG in Morocco.

Tokyo Olympics: Daniel Igali confident of adequate preparations as wrestlers hit camp

Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF), Hon. Daniel Igali, is hopeful Team Nigeria wrestlers will get the right kind of preparations that ‘would get them over the hurdle’ at the Tokyo 2020 Games in Japan, as the athletes commenced camping for the global multi-sport fiesta.
Demonstrators gather outside the army headquarters in Khartoum on Tuesday [Ashraf Shazly-AFP]

Two people killed in Sudan rally over 2019 protest killings

At least two people have been killed and dozens wounded as Sudanese security forces cracked down on a rally that demanded justice for protesters killed during anti-government demonstrations two years ago, according to the army.
The number of coronavirus-associated deaths in Lagos State increased to 181 on Wednesday with four more fatalities, said the state’s Health Commissioner, Prof Akin Abayomi.

Coronavirus: Lagos receives another 57,000 vaccine doses

Lagos State has received another batch of AstraZeneca vaccine from the Federal government, the Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, has disclosed.
Serena Williams, playing the 1000th WTA match of her career, lost on her return after nearly three months away to Nadia Podoroska in the second round of the WTA Italian Open on Wednesday.

Italian Open: Serena Williams crashes out on her 1000th career game

Serena Williams, playing the 1000th WTA match of her career, lost on her return after nearly three months away to Nadia Podoroska in the second round of the WTA Italian Open on Wednesday.

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A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Police arrest suspects over murders in Osun

A statement by the State Police spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, said that about 30 hoodlums at 5:30p.m. on Thursday, attacked the residence of Wakili Olayiwola in Ede, Osun, shooting sporadically into the house before setting a car ablaze.
Barcelona are ready to sell Antoine Griezmann, less than one year after signing him from Atletico Madrid, according to Sport.

Report: Barcelona open to selling Antoine Griezmann for the right price

Italian Sky Sports journalist Matteo Moretto has proclaimed that Barcelona are willing to sell French superstar Antoine Griezmann in the summer if they were to receive an adequate offer, in order to try and ease the pressure on their accounts.

Oyo council polls: OYSIEC to refund nomination fees to candidates

Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC), has expressed its readiness to refund the sum of N50,000 for Councillorship candidates and N250,000 for Chairmanship candidates as stated on Time-Table and guidelines released for local government council elections, coming up in the state.
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Official: Lagos government has completed more than 1097 school projects

The Lagos State Government has completed more than 1,097 school projects covering 970 schools across the State, just as it has also ensured the upgrade and rehabilitation of 322 dilapidated public schools and the furnishing of Primary Schools with 87,000 dual composite unit of chairs and desks in two years.
The allegation of marginalisation against Governor Udom Emmanuel by the Oro Think Tank is unfair and has no basis in objectivity, the Akwa Ibom State branch of the Civil Liberties Organisation, CLO, has declared.

Akwa Ibom governor: We’ll leave no stone unturned to unravel Ini Umoren’s killers

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has vowed to leave no stone unturned in unraveling those behind the murder of the job-seeker, Miss Iniubong Umoren.

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The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) generated N39.06 billion in 2018 as against N35.72 billion it generated as local revenue in 2017, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said.

Nigerian Immigration shortlists 6,105 candidates out of 45,323 applicants

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has shortlisted 6,105 candidates out of the 45,323 who applied to be enlisted in its 2019/2020 recruitment.
Pep Guardiola’s father, Valentí Guardiola, has declared his excitement at the prospect of Man City winning the Champions League – and beating Real Madrid in the final.

Pep Guardiola’s father: I don’t want my son to coach Spain

It remains to be seen where the 49-year-old will go next after his time with the Citizens comes to an end, but his father is hoping that he does not take charge of La Furia Roja at any point.
FILE PHOTO - Refugees and migrants stand next to tents in the Mavrovouni camp on the island of Lesbos, Greece, March 29, 2021. REUTERS-Elias Marcou-File Photo

Council of Europe accuses Greece of migrant pushbacks

Europe’s top human rights watchdog has urged Greece to end pushbacks of asylum-seekers on its borders, a practice that Athens denies carrying out.

Imo oil workers protest slash in salaries

Scores of workers of Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission on Tuesday staged a protest in front of its office in Owerri over the slash in their salaries.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Pep Guardiola were honoured at the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai, the duo named player and coach of the century respectively.

Cristiano Ronaldo splashes £1.4 million on customized supercar

Cristiano Ronaldo skipped training with his Juventus mates to visit Ferrari’s factory in Maranello and then treated himself to a £1.4m Ferrari supercar according to reports.