Nigeria records almost 2,000 new COVID cases; Highest single-day record

With almost 2,000 new cases on Friday, Nigeria hit a new record on its daily count of coronavirus infections. A total of 1,867 new cases were confirmed in 23 states and the federal capital territory, according to the update by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for January 15, 2021. The new figure is […]

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Again, pigeons released by President Buhari at Armed Forces remembrance refuse to fly

White pigeons caused a stir at the Eagle Square on Friday when they refused to fly after being released by President Muhammadu Buhari. The president was at the venue to mark the Armed Forces Remembrance Day alongside his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, and leaders of the National Assembly. The president had opened the cage housing the […]

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Public, Private Schools To Resume In Lagos On January 18 – Government

The Lagos state government on Friday reiterated that public and private schools below tertiary level are to resume on Monday. This was contained in a press release signed by the Head of Public Affairs at the state’s Ministry of Education, Kayode Abayomi. “This affirmation was made today by the Honourable Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade […]

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NAFDAC Warns Nigerians Against The Circulation Of ‘Fake Vaccines’ In The Country

Nigerian authorities have warned on Friday against the circulation of fake coronavirus vaccines in the country, where 10 million real doses of the shots are expected in March. “There are reports of fake vaccines in Nigeria,” the Director-General of Nigeria’s National Agency for Food Drug and Administration Control (NAFDAC), Mojisola Adeyeye said during a virtual […]

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COVID-19: Again, Nigerian Government snubs Osinbajo report, mobilises corpers to camps

The Federal Government has again snubbed a recommendation by the Economic Sustainability Committee led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and decided to re-open orientation camps nationwide next Tuesday amid rising COVID-19 infections. The Osinbajo-led committee had in June 2020 recommended that while the National Youth Service Corps programme could continue, the three-week orientation exercise should […]

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Nigerian Government denies planning another COVID-19 lockdown

The Federal Government on Thursday urged Nigerians to regard the news circulating online that it was contemplating another lockdown. Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), also Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, made the clarification. The statement was signed by Mr Willie Bassey, Director Information in his office. Mustapha […]

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We Must Start Talking About Local Vaccine Production – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday said the country should start a discussion on how to ramp up capacity to be able to manufacture vaccines locally. Nigeria – and most African countries – has been largely left behind compared to countries such as the US, UK, Russia, and China that have rolled out mass vaccination […]

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Trump’s second impeachment as a lesson for African leadership – By Prof. Okechukwu Nwafor

Trump’s second impeachment coincided with Uganda’s presidential election in which Yoweri Museveni, who has been president since 1986, is contesting and hoping to win. The two incidents are clearly two tests of a democratic system, one frail and the other robust. The two political events are paradigmatic definitions of both democratic freedom and despotic captivity. […]

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I only told witch doctor to tie my husband, Nigerian woman tells court

A Customary Court sitting in Mapo in Ibadan, on Thursday dissolved a 15-year-old marriage between a mother of two, Olubunmi Faseyitan, and her husband, Kolawole, over ”witchcraft” suspicion. President of the court, Chief Ademola Odunade, dissolved the marriage after Faseyitan admitted that she asked a witch doctor to ”tie her husband spiritually to milk him […]

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January 18 school resumption date stands, says Nigerian Government

The federal government says the January 18, 2021 resumption date for schools stands. According to Ben Goong, director, press and public relations of the federal ministry of education, the decision not to alter the date was taken after wide consultation. Adamu Adamu, minister of education, had earlier said the date might be reviewed as a […]

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Important announcement on Third Mainland Bridge

Works and Housing minister, Babatunde Raji Fashola said the Lagos Third Mainland Bridge, partially shut since 24 July 2020 will be reopened to full traffic by 15 February. The Minister gave the definitive re-opening date during an inspection of repair work on major roads and bridges in Lagos. But he dropped hint of another traffic […]

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Trump impeached for the second time

The US House of Representatives has impeached President Donald Trump for “incitement of insurrection” at last week’s Capitol riot. Ten Republicans sided with Democrats to impeach the president by 232-197. He is the first president in US history to be impeached twice, or charged with crimes by Congress. Mr Trump, a Republican, will now face […]

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The World’s Most Powerful Passports For 2021

The days of strolling into an airport, flashing a passport, then hopping on a flight to wherever one likes are, for now, a distant memory. The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed the travel landscape, potentially for decades to come. Countries all over the world are entering fresh lockdowns, but even when restrictions do lift, it’s likely […]

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Schools are not drivers of COVID-19 pandemic – UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund says closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic will impact negatively on the development, safety and wellbeing of children globally, noting that schools are not drivers of the viral disease. UNICEF also warned that the effects of closing school for another year will be felt for generations to come. The agency […]

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Kukah offended many with his anti-Buhari remarks — Presidency

The Presidency has cautioned an Islamic group, the Muslim Solidarity Forum, to be mindful of its utterances against the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah. Punch had reported that the Sokoto-based group asked Kukah to vacate the state or tender an apology over his comments on Islam. Reacting in a statement on Wednesday, the […]

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Nigeria Is Not Working Because People Are Recruited On Sentiment – Peter Obi

Former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, says the reason Nigeria tends not to be working at this moment is that many individuals in various offices were recruited based on sentiment.  Mr. Obi stated this on Wednesday when he joined Governor Nyesom Wike to commission the Constructed Internal Road Phase 2 in Isiokpo, Ikwere Local Government […]

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Nigerian Government to borrow N5.6 trillion from domestic and foreign sources

The Federal Government is to borrow N5.6 trillion from domestic and foreign sources to support the implementation of the N13.59 trillion budget. The N5.6 trillion is the total deficit of this year’s N13.59 trillion budget. Giving a breakdown of the borrowing plan in Abuja on Tuesday, Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed, also said the government is […]

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School resumption date remains Jan 18, says Nigerian presidential task force

Sani Aliyu, national coordinator of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19, says the date for school resumption remains January 18. Speaking during a television programme on Tuesday, Aliyu said the date has not been changed pending further directives. On Monday, Adamu Adamu, minister of education, had said the federal government is considering shifting the January […]

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How my failed marriage almost killed me – Comedienne Princess

Popular Nigerian Comedienne, Oluwadamilola Adekoya, also known as Princess says she almost died after her marriage crashed. Recall that Princess got married in 2013 at Balmoral Events Centre, Oregun, Lagos to a Yoruba movie actor/producer, Jeremiah Adeshola. Princess got married to movie producer/ Director Adeshola Jeremiah sometime in May and barely 2 weeks into the […]

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Court Sentences Nigerian Soldier To Death By Firing Squad

A court-martial sitting in Maiduguri, Borno State capital has sentenced Trooper Azunna Maduabuchi to death by firing squad for killing the adjutant of his unit, one Lieutenant Babakaka Ngorgi. Trooper Maduabuchi was arraigned for murder after shooting Lieutenant Ngorgi in July 2020 at close range in Bama Local Government of Borno State for refusing to […]

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Naira slumps further at parallel market

The naira suffered further setback at the parallel market and Investors and Exporters forex window on Tuesday. According to figures obtained from Bureau De Change operators, the naira exchanged to the dollar for 473/$ at the parallel market. It had earlier gained in recent times after it closed the year 2020 at 467/$. At the […]

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DSS alleges plot to incite religious violence in Nigeria

The State Security Service (SSS, also called DSS) said it is aware of plans by some people to incite religious crises in the country. The agency made this known in a statement by its spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, on Monday evening. Mr Afunanya listed 12 states as the main target, urging Nigerians to shun any divisive […]

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