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Northern elders: Nigerians have lost faith in federal government’s ability to tackle criminals

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has condemned the abduction of 317 school children in Zamfara state, regretting that in spite of assurances from the federal government that it will end banditry and kidnappings, the lives of Nigerians are becoming more endangered everyday.
The Director of Publicity and Advocacy, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, in a statement issued Tuesday, said the Forum had been receiving reports since January 31, and has taken the responsible step by drawing the attention of authorities to the dangers.

Northern elders: Our children are scared of going to school

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF), has cried to President Muhammdu Buhari over the spate of killings and kidnapping ravaging the region, lamenting that children of the zone now get scared of going to school in order not to be kidnapped.
The Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC, has denied appointing social media celebrity, Tonto Dike, as its Peace Ambassador.

Peace ambassador: Pilgrims commission disowns Tonto Dikeh

The Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC, has denied appointing social media celebrity, Tonto Dike, as its Peace Ambassador.
Bukola Saraki

Senator Saraki moves to reconcile Ayo Fayose, Seyi Makinde

“When Makinde was to contest, I was the one that presented the flag to him and a red pen. It is a higher authority that hangs your rank, a senior officer hangs the rank of a junior officer, that means he saw me as a leader at the time I was giving him the flag at Ogbomoso," Fayose said recently, adding that Makinde was only 32 years of age when he (Fayose) first became Governor of Ekiti in 2003.
Zimbabwe Vice President Constantino Chiwenga returned to the capital Harare on Saturday after spending four months in China, according to Bnnbloomberg.ca reports.

Zimbabwe praises China for coronavirus vaccine supplies

Zimbabwe is set to receive a further 800,000 doses of the Covid-19 jab from China, indicating the “excellent relationship” between the two nations and the Asian giant’s willingness to give the southern African state “preferential treatment” amidst a global “stampede” for vaccines, Zimbabwe’s presidential spokesman George Charamba is quoted by the state-owned Herald newspaper as saying.
Niger opposition leader Mahamane Ousmane has claimed that he narrowly won the country’s presidential election, as fresh violence erupted a day after official results gave victory to his rival by a wide margin.

Niger opposition leader alleges election fraud, declares victory

Niger opposition leader Mahamane Ousmane has claimed that he narrowly won the country's presidential election, as fresh violence erupted a day after official results gave victory to his rival by a wide margin.
Ghana has reimposed a ban on social gatherings as the number of Covid-19 cases spiral in the country, the president, Nana Akufo-Addo, announced Sunday.

President Akufo-Addo to be first Ghanaian to receive coronavirus vaccine

Presidential advisor on health, Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare, who made this known says the move will help with monitoring and also encourage more Ghanaians to avail themselves for the vaccination, which comes at no cost.
Iran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Kazem Gharibabadi, said it had ended implementation of the so-called Additional Protocol at midnight (2030 GMT) on Monday. The agreement allowed the IAEA to carry out short-notice inspections.

Iran’s rulers close ranks, raise pressure on Joe Biden to lift sanctions

An Iranian government newspaper warned on Tuesday that overly radical actions in the nuclear wrangling with the West may lead to the country’s isolation after Tehran ended snap inspections by United Nations inspectors.
(FILES) A file photo taken on November 20, 2017 shows logos of US multinational technology company Google displayed on computers' screens. Google is dropping out of the bidding for a huge Pentagon cloud computing contract that could be worth up to $10 billion, saying the deal would be inconsistent with its principles. The decision by Google, confirmed to AFP in an email October 9, 2018, leaves a handful of other tech giants including Amazon in the running for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract aimed at modernizing the military's computing systems. / AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE

Google wants to give Africans N35 million each for news-business ideas, amid Australian war

Applications have just opened for a new round of a Google-funded scheme to help media organisations in the African region improve their revenues – as tech giants fight it out with Australia about funding news.
4. Shola Shoretire made his Manchester United debut in the Premier League win over Newcastle.

Marcus Rashford lauds Manchester United youth development as Shola Shoretire debuts

Marcus Rashford has paid tribute to debutant Shola Shoretire after the teenager made his first senior appearance for Manchester United on Sunday, saying the club’s willingness to hand youth stars opportunities was “in our DNA”.
Former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar has called on the federal government to adopt proactive measures to tackle the second wave of the dreaded coronavirus before things get out of hand.

Atiku Abubakar commends Nigerian government’s ‘plan’ to privatize refineries, others

Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s willingness to privatize the nation’s existing refineries and other assets to revamp the country’s economy.
The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) is to digitalise its services before the end of this year, the Executive Secretary of the organisation, Prof. Mohammed Sambo, announced in Abuja on Sunday.

NHIS to establish catastrophic fund

The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) is to establish a National Catastrophic Fund to address terminal ailments such as cancer, advanced heart disease, among others.

NHIS unveils handbook on drugs, services

The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has unveiled a handbook detailing all the drugs and services it provides, to make enrollees to have easier access to drugs and services.
Staff and students kidnapped from GSSS Kagara early Wednesday are expected to be released in days, according to a source on the delegation of Kaduna-based cleric Sheikh Ahmed Gumi.

Niger bandits promise to release captives, seek deradicalisation

Armed bandits terrorising some local government areas and communities in Niger State have promised to release all the kidnapped victims in their captivity.
The Federal Executive Council (FEC), presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, mourned the death of former Lagos State governor, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, with a minute silence.

Niger rules out ransom for abductions at GSSS Kagara

Niger state government has ruled out paying any ransom for 42 students and staff abducted from Government Science Secondary School, Kagara.
“We cannot afford to take our foot off the gas – even as we battle COVID, we must ensure capacity and financing for health security worldwide,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.

White House: Ebola outbreaks in Africa must be stopped

The Biden administration on Tuesday said everything possible must be done to stop Ebola outbreaks in the African nations of Guinea and Democratic Republic of Congo before they become large epidemics.
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.

Senate president advocates stiffer penalties for illegal bearers of firearms

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Tuesday, advocated for stiffer penalties for anyone caught in possession of firearm not legally procured in Nigeria.
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has denied media report credited to him that the dislodged Boko Haram insurgents are regrouping in his state, particularly on the Benue-Nasarawa border.

Nasarawa governor partners hunters to fight bandits

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa has expressed his administration’s willingness to collaborate with hunters to curb insecurity in the state.

ATCON: Nigeria needs N15 trillion to bridge digital infrastructure gap

The Association of Telecommunications Companies in Nigeria, ATCON, says Nigeria requires over N15 trillion to bridge the infrastructure funding gap for the telecom/ICT industry.
US President Joe Biden said he won’t lift sanctions against Iran as long as the Islamic republic is not adhering to its nuclear deal commitments.

Joe Biden says US won’t lift sanctions to bring Iran to talks

US President Joe Biden said he won’t lift sanctions against Iran as long as the Islamic republic is not adhering to its nuclear deal commitments.
FILE PHOTO - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a televised speech, in Tehran, Iran January 8, 2021. Official Khamenei Website-Handout via REUTERS

Iran won’t resume nuclear commitments until US lifts sanctions – supreme leader

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Sunday the US must “completely lift” sanctions first, followed by verification by Tehran, before the Islamic republic returns to its nuclear deal commitments.
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau, addressing stakeholders during a meeting to discuss the COVID-19 situation in the state, on Monday at Government House Jos.

Plateau governor raises concern on emerging security threats

Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has raised concern about the activities of criminal but assured residents that his administration is working hard with the security agencies and stakeholders to ensure that the ugly incidences are dealt with.

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Nigeria’s oil and gas industry has lost huge investments due to the non-passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has said.

Delta governor: Non-passage of PIB robbing Nigeria of huge investments

Nigeria’s oil and gas industry has lost huge investments due to the non-passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has said.
Real Madrid are open to the prospect of selling Raphael Varane to Manchester United this summer amid his reluctance to sign a new contract, The Mirror reports.

Real Madrid open to the prospect of selling Raphael Varane to Manchester United

Real Madrid are open to the prospect of selling Raphael Varane to Manchester United this summer amid his reluctance to sign a new contract, The Mirror reports.
Brendan Rodgers on the touchline during Leicester City's win over Chelsea (Plumb Images-Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

​Leicester boss: We’re exceeding expectations this season

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers will not be drawn into any criticism of his players.
FILE PHOTO - Incoming World Trade Organization President (WTO) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala speaks during an interview with Reuters in Potomac, Maryland, U.S., February 15, 2021. REUTERS-Joshua Roberts

New WTO chief pushes for fisheries deal

The new head of the World Trade Organisation threw her support behind long-fruitless efforts among member countries to agree on fisheries subsidies that could reduce overfishing, calling the efforts a top priority as she took office on Monday.
The Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, its South-East counterpart, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, among others, yesterday, condemned stoppage of the supply of foodstuffs and cattle to the south from the north by the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuffs and cattle Dealers of Nigeria.

Outrage greets blockade of food, cattle coming south

The Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, its South-East counterpart, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, among others, yesterday, condemned stoppage of the supply of foodstuffs and cattle to the south from the north by the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuffs and cattle Dealers of Nigeria.

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Newsmen report that the meeting is being presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

Nigeria’s president, vice to get coronavirus vaccine Saturday

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will on Saturday, be among the key national figures to receive the first dosage of Oxford Astra-Zeneca COVID- 19 vaccines scheduled to arrive Abuja Tuesday.
Explosion on Saturday rocked the site where technicians were carrying out repair work on damaged power infrastructure in Maiduguri.

Three injured as explosion rocks power infrastructure repair site in Maiduguri

Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram, has been in darkness for about a month now since suspected Boko Haram members damaged power lines along Maiduguri-Damaturu road.
1. An Oando shareholder, Engr. Patrick Ajudua, took it upon himself to legally challenge the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), in a suit filed at the High Court of the FCT.

Multiple Oando shareholders challenge SEC as court restrains commission from carrying out actions against...

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was slammed another lawsuit by displeased shareholders of Oando PLC at the Federal High Court Kano on Friday, February 19, 2021.  The shareholders filed for an interim order restraining SEC, its agents or representatives from acting on its May 31, 2019 letter sanctioning the Management of Oando.

Suspected Islamists kill a dozen people in eastern Congo attacks

Assailants killed a dozen people in two overnight attacks in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the army, a witness and a local rights group said on Wednesday, blaming an Islamist militia.
United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF: Release of kidnapped Kagara students a relief

UNICEF representative in Nigeria, Mr Peter Hawkins has described the release of 27 students abducted by gunmen in a government school at Kagara, Niger State over a week ago as a relief.