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Uganda, Tanzania, oil firms sign accords to build $3.5 billion pipeline

Uganda, Tanzania and oil firms Total and CNOOC on Sunday signed agreements that will kickstart the construction of a $3.5 billion crude pipeline to help ship crude from fields in western Uganda to international markets

ECOWAS: Nigeria leads West Africa in organic agriculture promotion

The Head of Agriculture Division, ECOWAS Commission, Abuja, Mr Ernest Aubee, has said that Nigeria was leading in the promotion of Organic Agriculture in the West Africa region.
The highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that is predominant in the United Kingdom may be up to 70 percent more deadly than previous strains, according to a report by the government’s scientific advisers.

Nigeria records 84 new coronavirus cases, one more death

Nigeria on Saturday recorded 84 new COVID-19 infections and a single fatality from the disease, according to health authorities.
FILE PHOTO: Workers unload a shipment of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Tripoli, Libya, April 4, 2021. REUTERS/Hazem Ahmed/File Photo

Libya launches coronavirus vaccination drive after delays

Libya’s new unity government launched a long-delayed COVID-19 vaccination programme on Saturday after receiving some 160,000 vaccine doses over the past week, with the prime minister receiving his jab on live television.
The thoughts of Canadians are with Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family as they mourn the passing of Prince Philip on Friday, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Buckingham Palace: Prince Philip’s funeral to take place April 17

The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, Prince Philip, will take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on April 17, Buckingham Palace announced Saturday.
Lagos lawyer and human rights activist, Femi Falana

ECOWAS should halt genocidal attacks on unarmed protesters in Benin Republic

Though barred from contesting the forthcoming presidential election Madougou is seen as a threat to the realisation of the ambition of the anti democratic forces in Benin Republic. Reckya Madougou’s candidacy for the April 11 election was said to have been rejected on the ground that she failed to garner required signatures of support from local mayors and lawmakers.
The new head of Nigeria's state oil company NNPC, Mele Kyari, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Abuja, Nigeria August 7, 2019. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

NNPC welcomes arrival of pipes for $2.8 billion gas project

Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, has expressed delight over the movement of pipes from Warri to Itakpe for the implementation of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano Gas Pipeline project.

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.
The United States will send two warships through the Bosphorus to the Black Sea next week, the Turkish foreign ministry said on Friday, as tensions simmer between Russia and Ukraine.

Turkey: US to send two warships to Black Sea

The United States will send two warships through the Bosphorus to the Black Sea next week, the Turkish foreign ministry said on Friday, as tensions simmer between Russia and Ukraine.
Hama Amadou, a leading opposition figure in Niger, has been allowed out of prison to fly to France for medical care, a top aide said on Thursday.

Niger ex-premier freed from jail to seek treatment in France

Hama Amadou, a leading opposition figure in Niger, has been allowed out of prison to fly to France for medical care, a top aide said on Thursday.
American music superstar, Kanye West, has allowed his life for over two decades to be captured by cameras as the born-again rapper reportedly sold a documentary to Netflix for $30 million.

Netflix pays $30 million for Kanye West’s documentary

American music superstar, Kanye West, has allowed his life for over two decades to be captured by cameras as the born-again rapper reportedly sold a documentary to Netflix for $30 million.
Villagers attend a protest against the military coup, in Launglon township, Myanmar April 4, 2021 in this picture obtained from social media. Dawei Watch-via REUTERS

Five killed in Myanmar as troops open fire on protesters

Myanmar troops fired at anti-coup protesters on Wednesday, killing at least five people and wounding several, media said, as activists defied a bloody crackdown and internet blockade by the ruling junta.
Amnesty International

Amnesty: Brutal policing led to death of Nigerian protesters

Amnesty International (AI) has said that brutal policing by Nigerian security agents led to the death of many protesters in 2020.
Villagers attend a protest against the military coup, in Launglon township, Myanmar April 4, 2021 in this picture obtained from social media. Dawei Watch-via REUTERS

Bloodshed in Myanmar as troops open fire on protesters

Myanmar troops stormed an anti-coup protest camp on Wednesday, a resident said, in a pre-dawn operation that local media said killed and wounded several demonstrators, as activists defied a bloody crackdown and internet blockade by the ruling junta.
Villagers attend a protest against the military coup, in Launglon township, Myanmar April 4, 2021 in this picture obtained from social media. Dawei Watch/via REUTERS

Russia says Myanmar sanctions could lead to civil war, but EU plans more

Russia said on Tuesday the West risked triggering civil war in Myanmar by imposing sanctions on the military junta that has seized power in a coup, but France said the European Union will step up restrictions on the generals

Ex-CBN deputy governor: Terrorists, kidnappers now demanding ransom in cryptocurrency

Kingsley Moghalu, former presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), says terrorists and kidnappers are now demanding ransom in cryptocurrency.

Coronavirus: 2021 WASSCE postpones exams indefinitely

The conduct of 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE, for school candidates has been postponed indefinitely due to the effects of Covid-19 pandemic.
Director General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu addressing the press at the presentation of 15,000 COVID-19 test kits to NCDC by UNICEF in Abuja on Tuesday, Sept 29, 2020. [Twitter-@NCDCgov]

NCDC confirms bird flu outbreak in eight states

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), said that Kano, Plateau, Bauchi, Gombe, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger States have reported confirmed human cases of Avian Influenza H5N1 also called “Bird flu.”
Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenza said on Sunday he was 'no fool' to believe Beijing's explanation of the presence of the 'maritime militia' vessels at Whitsun Reef adding that the boats should 'get out of there' [Philippine Coast Guard via Reuters]

Philippines warns China of ‘unwanted hostilities’ in sea dispute

The presence of Chinese vessels at a disputed reef off the Philippines could ignite “unwanted hostilities”, a top aide to President Rodrigo Duterte has warned, intensifying a diplomatic spat over the ships that Manila described as “maritime militia”.
The Akwa Ibom State Government on Wednesday inaugurated its own airline, Ibom Air.

Akwa Ibom governor: Ibom Air to extend flight to Gambia

Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has said that Ibom Air, the State-owned Airline, will extend its flight operations to the Gambia and other West African countries.
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 82 new coronavirus infections

Nigeria on Easter Sunday reported zero deaths from COVID-19, the third consecutive day nobody died of complications from the highly infectious disease.

SMEDAN boss: MSMEs clusters to boost competitiveness, export drive

The Director-General/Chief Executive, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda, has assured that its furniture cluster park, currently under construction at the Industrial Development Centre (IDC), Idu, Abuja, will on completion in 2021, enhance the competitiveness of micro, small and medium scale enterprises (MSMEs) in the country and boost efforts to diversify the economy.

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Chelsea are making a frantic effort to replace Tammy Abraham with the Bundesliga and Borussia Dortmund striker, Erling Haaland.

Mino Raiola wants Erling Haaland to be 1st £1 millon-a-week player

Mino Raiola is determined to make Erling Haaland the first £1 million-a-week player.
Training nurse Sari Roos prepares a dose of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to teach her air bubble technique in Laakso hospital in Helsinki, Finland March 11, 2021. Picture taken March 11, 2021. REUTERS/Essi Lehto

Israeli study: South African coronavirus variant may evade protection from Pfizer vaccine

The coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa may evade the protection provided by Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to some extent, a real-world data study in Israel found, though its prevalence in the country is very low and the research has not been peer reviewed.
The five governors of the Southeast region, on Sunday, launched Ebubeagu regional security to fight terrorism in the zone. The governors in attendance were, Governor of Abia State, Okezuo Ikpeazu, Anambra, Willie Obiano, Enugu, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Ebonyi, Dave Umahi and the host governor, Hope Uzodinma.

Southeast governors lunches regional security outfit

The five governors of the Southeast region, on Sunday launched Ebubeagu regional security to fight terrorism in the zone.
The UN National Programme Manager, Patience Ekeoba, lamented that the country’s security is weak in handling gender-based matter.

UN expresses worry over violence against women in Nigeria

The UN National Programme Manager, Patience Ekeoba, lamented that the country’s security is weak in handling gender-based matter.

Five killed in Ondo auto crash, robbery attack

No fewer than five lost their lives in Ondo State on Sunday in two separate incidents of a robbery attack and a road accident.

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Japan’s government will approve tighter coronavirus measures for the capital on Friday, weeks after lifting a state of emergency and with just over 100 days until the postponed Tokyo Olympics.

Japan to raise coronavirus alert level before Olympics

Japan announced yesterday that it will raise the coronavirus alert level in Tokyo to allow tougher measures to curb the rapid spread of a more contagious variant ahead of the Summer Olympics.

Al Arabiya: Iran cargo ship attacked in Red Sea

An Iranian cargo ship has come under attack in the Red Sea, Al Arabiya TV reported on Tuesday, quoting unnamed sources, and semi-official Iranian news agency Tasnim said the vessel was targeted by a limpet mine.

2023: We stand on our decision on Lagos governor – Christian leaders

The All Christian Leaders and Ministers Forum (ACLMF), in conjunction with other 50 Christian socio-political groups advocating for integrity in governance, have resolved to stand on their decision as far as the choice of Lagos State Governor is concerned.
Nigeria forward Paul Onuachu extended his dominance in the Belgian First Division A goalscoring chart with a goal in Genk's 3-2 victory over OH Leuven on Monday.

Paul Onuachu scores again as Genk win five-goal thriller

Nigeria forward Paul Onuachu extended his dominance in the Belgian First Division A goalscoring chart with a goal in Genk's 3-2 victory over OH Leuven on Monday.

2023: Group vows to rescue Abia from ‘political locusts’

Ahead of the 2023 general election, a group known as Abia for Freedom Alliance (AFA), has vowed to rescue the state from the hands of those it referred to as “political locusts”.