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Commissioner of Police (CP) in Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu has urged residents not to panic over reported plans by criminals to unleash violent attacks during this festive period.

CP: Baba Ijesha to remain with police until courts resume

The Lagos State Commissioner of police (CP), Hakeem Odumosu, has explained that Nollywood’s Baba Ijesha would not be released from detention until the striking Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) resumed from its nationwide strike.
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.

Eid-el-Fitr: Sultan, Sokoto governor felicitate with Muslims

The Sultan of Sokoto and the President General of Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has urged the federal and state governments to implore measures in addressing the security challenges bedevilling the country.
With James Rodriguez set to miss the clash with Aston Villa on Thursday due to another injury, Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has spoken out on the Colombian’s problems.

Carlo Ancelotti speaks out on James Rodriguez injury frustration

With James Rodriguez set to miss the clash with Aston Villa on Thursday due to another injury, Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has spoken out on the Colombian’s problems.
Mr Sunday Baba, the immediate past Acting General Manager of the National Arts Theatre, Lagos, says the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) did not take over the national monument.

Official: National Theatre to create 16,000 jobs after renovation

More than 16,000 jobs would be created during and after the ongoing renovation of the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, Prof. Sunday Ododo, General Manager of the 44-year-old complex, said on Thursday in Lagos.
Two-time world bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell has announced his retirement from boxing.

Two-time world champion Jamie McDonnell announces retirement

The Doncaster fighter won the British, Commonwealth and European titles at 118lbs before capturing the vacant IBF crown by with a majority decision victory over hard-hitting Mexican Julio Ceja in May 2013 at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has thanked Nigerians from different walks of life, who visited him on Friday in his Abuja residence to honour him on the occasion of his 63rd birthday.

Ex-President Jonathan commends Malian progress, urges more inclusiveness ahead of elections

Former President and West African mediator in Mali Dr Goodluck Jonathan, has advised the Malian transition government to ensure more inclusiveness with key socio-political actors ahead of general elections scheduled for early next year.
U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 12, 2021. Susan Walsh-Pool via REUTERS

U.S. trade chief: Vaccine waiver talks can make drug firms the heroes

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said on Wednesday she is pushing for a waiver of COVID-19 vaccine intellectual property rights because the United States and drug makers have "an obligation to help save the world right now."
Gombe State Deputy Governor, Manassah Daniel Jatau, has stated that the state government is considering taking a loan from the World Bank to address erosion problems in the Federal College of Education (Technical) Gombe.

Gombe government to secure loan to fight erosion

Gombe State Deputy Governor, Manassah Daniel Jatau, has stated that the state government is considering taking a loan from the World Bank to address erosion problems in the Federal College of Education (Technical) Gombe.
A Boeing 737 Max. An Air Canada 737-8 Max has been forced to land in Tucson after the air crew diverted the Arizona-to-Montreal flight because of an engine issue. Silvio Avila-AFP-Getty Images

Nigerian airlines blame dollar scarcity, pandemic for rising airfares

Airlines have attributed the skyrocketing airfares, which have elicited disaffection from travellers to the scarcity of dollars and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Manchester City produced a ruthless attacking display to beat Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge and increase the pressure on Frank Lampard.

Frank Lampard emerges as frontrunner for Crystal Palace job

Former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is reportedly the leading contender to take the Crystal Palace job this summer, with Roy Hodgson set to leave Selhurst Park.

DRC: New accusations of sexual abuse against humanitarian workers

More than 20 Congolese women have claimed to have been sexually abused, in the form of job blackmail, by aid workers in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to an investigation released Wednesday.
Stakeholders in the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, Tuesday, unveiled a new agenda aimed at repositioning the organisation into purposeful, focused and result-oriented opposition body that would champion the cause of governance in Nigeria

Eid-El-Fitr: CUPP laments worsening security situation, calls for prayers, tolerance

The Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, has lamented that the country was indeed in a deep trying time following the recent burglary incident in the Aso Rock residence of the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.
National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)

NDLEA: We don’t demand money from job seekers

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has advised candidates scheduled for screening as NDLEA officers not to pay money to anyone.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says at least 1.5 million Nigerian families will benefit from the Federal Government’s social housing scheme in 24 states.

VP Osinbajo: Nigerian government democratising broadband connectivity

It’s the first in sub-Saharan Africa and one of the three such cutting-edge facilities on the continent, with top prime global certifications for smart card manufacturing and it is based in Lagos, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, relished yesterday afternoon while touring SecureID company’s premises, and affirmed Nigeria’s extremely bright economic future, which he said cannot be aborted despite current challenges.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would love to go full throttle against Leicester but says it is “impossible” as he needs to make changes to balance player welfare and priorities at the midway point of Manchester United’s five-day triple-header.

Liverpool boss defends Ole Gunnar Solskjaer team selection vs Leicester

Jurgen Klopp has defended Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United team selection for the defeat to Leicester, but the Liverpool boss believes the Premier League could have done more to create a smoother fixture list after the postponement of their sides’ meeting at Old Trafford earlier this month.
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has hailed the partnership between Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy as a real threat to their oppositions.

Kelechi Iheanacho battles Jamie Vardy for Leicester City Goal of the Month award

The 24-year-old dominates the nine-goal shortlist as his efforts against West Ham United, West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace are up for the monthly accolade.

Ex-minister: We must advocate restructuring rather than secession

An elder statesman and former Minister of Aviation under the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, has described the decision of southern governors to meet over insecurity as a good development for Nigeria,

Ogun council elections: Our integrity’ll not be compromised ― OGSIEC boss

As the much anticipated local government elections in Ogun State gather momentum, Chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC), Mr. Babatunde Osibodu, has assured the people of the state that the Commission will not compromise its integrity.
The US Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard also congratulated the people of Nigeria for attaining a wild polio virus free status after years of joint efforts to qualify Nigeria to be removed from the list of wild polio endemic countries.

PIB: US expresses interest in passage of bill

The United States of America has declared its interest in the passage of the much-awaited Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) in order to provide a clear roadmap for the Nigeria’s oil and gas sector as well as stakeholders.
President Rumen Radev appointed Stefan Yanev, a former defence minister, to lead the government until a snap election in July after an inconclusive election last month resulted in a deadlocked parliament that failed to produce a government.

Bulgaria’s caretaker prime minister says priority is rule of law

Bulgaria's new caretaker prime minister said on Wednesday his government's priority would be upholding the rule of law in the European Union's poorest member state.
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: Nigerian government will ensure safety of IOCs, others in Niger Delta

Notwithstanding pockets of incidents of insecurity in the country, the Federal Government, has assured that it would continue to work hard towards ensuring the safety and peaceful atmosphere for International Oil Companies, IOCs, operating in the Niger Delta region.
6. President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting behind closed doors with Service Chiefs and heads of security agencies at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Security chiefs get three weeks to curtail rising insecurity

The mandate to the security chiefs came against the backdrop of the rising cases of attacks by non-state actors on police and other agencies’ facilities as well as personnel, especially in the South-east.

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Commissioner of Police (CP) in Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu has urged residents not to panic over reported plans by criminals to unleash violent attacks during this festive period.

CP: Baba Ijesha to remain with police until courts resume

The Lagos State Commissioner of police (CP), Hakeem Odumosu, has explained that Nollywood’s Baba Ijesha would not be released from detention until the striking Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) resumed from its nationwide strike.
Nine days after he escaped and his house burnt, the Nigeria Army has arrested the late Ikonso’s second in command in Imo state, of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB/Eastern Security Network, ESN, a 48-year-old man, whose name was given as Anwurum Eze popularly known as “Maputo”.

Imo attacks: Special forces trailing Ikonso, Maputo’s boys

Nine days after he escaped and his house burnt, the Nigeria Army has arrested the late Ikonso’s second in command in Imo state, of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB/Eastern Security Network, ESN, a 48-year-old man, whose name was given as Anwurum Eze popularly known as “Maputo”.

UK, US, France, others to support Boko Haram victims with £276 million

The Group of Seven (G7) is an intergovernmental organization consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
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.
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Abductors of Deeper Life Pastor demand N30 million ransom

The abductors of a Deeper Life Bible Church Pastor, Otamayomi Ogedengbe in Ondo State have made contact with his family.

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8. The Rivers State Government has launched a new security outfit to help maintain security in the oil-rich state. The security outfit, called C4i, was launched on Thursday in Port Harcourt by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

Rivers governor tightens curfew over attack on police

Rivers State’s Governor Nyesom Wike has reviewed the curfew imposed on the state following recent attacks on police formations.
The General Assembly of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, on Tuesday, inaugurated a seven-member Interim Management Committee, IMC, headed by Abdullahi Maje, to pilot the affairs of the association for the next six months.

Delta: ALGON backs Southern governors on ban on open grazing

Delta State Chapter of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria, ALGON, has backed Southern Governors on the ban on open grazing of cattle in the southern part of the Country.
Semi Ajayi equalised after the interval and Pereira's second penalty sealed West Brom's first win in eight league games.

Semi Ajayi set to work under new manager at relegated West Brom

Semi Ajayi is set to work under a new manager as West Bromwich Albion are preparing for a summer shake-up of their squad and considering potential managerial candidates should Sam Allardyce leave.
“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 displace 16,000 households in Kebbi

Humanitarian crisis looms in Kebbi state as 16,000 households displaced in Zuru emirate following the spate of banditry in the last six months.
The supreme court, on Friday, dismissed a suit filed by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC), seeking the review of a judgment ordering it to pay N17 billion to some Ogoni communities in Rivers state.

Supreme Court voids council dissolution in Katsina, Oyo

The Supreme Court, in two judgments on Friday, set side the decision by Governors Aminu Masari (Katsina State) and Seyi Makinde (Oyo State) to dissolve elected Local Governments Councils in their states.