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Guinea Bissau plunges into a power vacuum after president term ends

Guinea Bissau has been plunged into a power vacuum after the president's term ended on Sunday without a government in place despite the naming of Aristides Gomes as prime minister.

Bloomberg: General TY Danjuma worth $1.2 billion, owns international hotels

The United States-based financial data media house, Bloomberg, says a former Minister of Defence, Lt.Gen Theophilus Danjuma (retd.), is worth an estimated $1.2bn (N432bn). This is the first time Danjuma’s net worth would be made public.

HRW: Gambian ex-dictator Yahya Jammeh ‘handpicked’ women for rape

Former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh "handpicked" women whom he would rape or sexually coerce, offering cash, gifts and other privileges in exchange, international rights groups said on Wednesday.

IOM: 20,000 migrants rescued from Sahara in three years

Nearly 20,000 migrants have been rescued from the Sahara desert in Niger over the past three years, the International Organization for Migration said on Tuesday.
The trio of Shehu Abdullahi, Jamilu Collins and Samuel Kalu could miss Super Eagles next Total Africa Cup of Nations Group B clash against Guinea at Alexandria Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

Afcon: Gernot Rohr to stick with Daniel Akpeyi against Guinea

Despite Daniel Akpeyi’s not too impressive performance in Nigeria’s opening match at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt against Burundi on Saturday, it appears Coach Gernot Rohr will stick with South Africa–based goalkeeper between the sticks for today’s crucial second group B match against the Syli Nationale of Guinea.
The trio of Shehu Abdullahi, Jamilu Collins and Samuel Kalu could miss Super Eagles next Total Africa Cup of Nations Group B clash against Guinea at Alexandria Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

Afcon: Nigeria targets knock out stage ticket as Super Eagles play Guinea

With the lone goal win in the opening match against Zimbabwe on Saturday night behind them, Super Eagles of Nigeria look set to be the first country to reach the second round phase of the AFCON 2019 tournament if they secure another win this afternoon against Syli Stars of Guinea.
The African Development Bank, AfDB, says it has approved a 70 million dollar loan for a road project in Ebonyi. The bank said on its website on Friday that it would provide $40 million, while its co-financier, the Africa Growing Together Fund (AGTF), would contribute $30 million for the project.

AfDB hosts experts on food transformation

The African Development Bank (AfDB), has hosted a group of experts to discuss how technology can be deployed to transform food systems in West Africa.
Moussa Marega of Mali celebrates scoring a penalty with teammates during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Mali and Mauritania at Suez Army Stadium, Suez, Egypt on 24 June 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu-BackpagePix

Afcon: Four-star Mali too much for Mauritania

Newcomers Mauritania were given an unpleasant welcome to their debut AFCON appearance as they lost to West African neighbours Mali 4-1 in their Group E game Monday night in Suez.
Coach Paul Put has bemoaned his team’s defensive showing against Madagascar in their opening Group B Africa Cup of Nations fixture, held at the Alexandria Stadium on Saturday evening.

Afcon: Guinea coach Paul Put disappointed with the ‘stupid goals’ against Madagascar

Coach Paul Put has bemoaned his team’s defensive showing against Madagascar in their opening Group B Africa Cup of Nations fixture, held at the Alexandria Stadium on Saturday evening.
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At least eight killed in Oyigbo oil pipeline blast

At least eight people were killed when an oil pipeline exploded in the southeast of Nigeria, police and a local official said on Sunday, adding that the death toll could rise.
Nigeria’s players celebrate their victory during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) football match between Nigeria and Burundi at Alexandria Stadium on June 22, 2019. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE - AFP)

Mutiu Adepoju: Eagles need faster transition in subsequent Afcon games

Mutiu Adepoju, an ex-international, has commended the Super Eagles for their win over Burundi on Saturday, charging them however to employ faster and more coordinated transition in their subsequent games.

West African task force says troops killed 42 Islamic State fighters near Lake Chad

West African troops killed 42 suspected Islamic State fighters in a battle in the Lake Chad region on June 21, the heaviest death toll suffered by the insurgents in the last six months, a regional military task force said in a statement.
Guinea-Bissau's President Jose Mario Vaz appointed veteran politician Aristides Gomes as prime minister

Guinea-Bissau’s Jose Mario Vaz appoints Aristide Gomes as premier, ending deadlock

Guinea-Bissau President Jose Mario Vaz on Saturday appointed Aristide Gomes as prime minister, ending a political deadlock that dragged on since legislative elections in May.
The Institut Francais du Nigéria says it will mount a public viewing of the 8th edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup on June 17.

World Music Day: France holds concert in Nigeria

The Institut français du Nigéria on Saturday hosted the musical concert to celebrate this year’s World Music Day in Nigeria.
African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)’s President, Prof. Benedict Oramah, said this at the on-going Afreximbank Annual Meeting (AAM 2019) in Moscow on Thursday.

Afreximbank supports intra-regional trade with $25 billion

African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has disbursed eight billion dollars out of the 25 billion dollars it planned on a revolving basis to support intra-regional trade between 2017 and 2021.
Nigeria defender Leon Balogun stated that they will not underestimate the quality of teams in their Afcon group.

Leon Balogun: Nigeria will not underrate any team at Afcon

Nigeria defender Leon Balogun stated that they will not underestimate the quality of teams in their Afcon group.
Tanzania vice-president Samia Suluhu is heading a fundraising campaign for the Taifa Stars who will be competing in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt.

Tanzania launch fundraising campaign for Taifa Stars

Tanzania vice-president Samia Suluhu is heading a fundraising campaign for the Taifa Stars who will be competing in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt.
L-R: General Managing Director, FBN Holdings Plc, Urum Kalu Eke, MFR; Governor of Lagos State, His Excellency, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Director General, Budget Office for the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Ben Akabueze; Founder/Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, Jim Ovia, CON; Regional Senior Partner, West Market Area for PwC, Uyi Akpata and Partner/Experience Centre & Innovation Leader for PwC Nigeria, Femi Osinubi during the ribbon-cutting by Jim Ovia as Chairman of the occasion at the launch of the PwC Experience Centre yesterday at the CCP Place, Victoria Island, Lagos

Jim Ovia advocates for disruptive technology to scale businesses in Africa

According to Zenith Bank Founder/Chairman, Jim Ovia, businesses stand a chance to triple growth rate and earnings through innovation and technology

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Real Madrid had a different plan for Brazilian starlet Vinicius, the attacker would have his chances limited next season.

Real Madrid’s plan for Brazilian starlet Vinicius

Real Madrid had a different plan for Brazilian starlet Vinicius, the attacker would have his chances limited next season.

NIRSAL facilitates N2 billion loan to boost cocoa export in Ondo

The Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) is providing Agro Traders Limited, a Cocoa processing and export company in Ondo State, with 50% Credit Risk Guarantee (CTG) for N2 billion working capital to export 22,000 metric tons of cocoa.
The Nigerian Army on Monday dismissed as ‘untrue’ social media reports indicating the closure of the Maiduguri-Monguno Road.

Nigerian Army kills 24 criminals, arrests 61

1 Division Nigerian Army on Wednesday said, it has killed 24 criminal elements during its operation Harbin Kunama III in Kano, Kaduna and Niger states within one month of operation.
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Deputy speaker urges workers to make Nass conducive for lawmakers

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Idris Wase, has urged workers in the National Assembly to create an enabling working environment for members of the federal parliament.

Itse Sagay: Senators’ monthly pay is N15 million

The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has asked Senate President Ahmed Lawan to stop misleading Nigerians, adding that senators earn N15m monthly and not N750,000 as claimed by the Senate President.