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President Buhari extends COVID-19 eased lockdown

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the extension of the second phase of the eased lockdown for another four weeks. This extension is the third for the second phase of lockdown currently observed across the country. Mr Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on […]

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Arsenal to sack 55 staff as COVID-19 hits revenues

Less than a week after winning the FA Cup to secure their place in next season’s Europa League, Arsenal has announced plans to lay-off 55 staff. This is also coming as the football club negotiated a multi-million pound contract extension with striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The club said on Wednesday the cuts were the result of […]

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Nigerians are not banned from Dubai – Official clarifies

An official from the Dubai Tourism has debunked the viral fake news that Nigerians have been banned from visiting the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Stella Fubara-Obinwa, its Director Africa, International Operations, made the clarification during a webinar organised by the National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA), themed “Tourism Business Opportunities in Face of New […]

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COVID-19: Airlines lament low patronage in Nigeria

Some Airlines in the country operating at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, have expressed dissatisfaction over low passengers’ patronage since reopening after the COVID-19-induced lockdown. During separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Wednesday in Abuja, the airlines said the ratio of passengers at present compared with previous years had drastically […]

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COVID-19 Aftermath : Virgin Atlantic files for bankruptcy

Virgin Atlantic Airway has filed for bankruptcy, as the aviation industry continues to be ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic. The Virgin Group airline filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy in New York on Tuesday, marking the latest business casualty for the airline industry. It is the second of billionaire Richard Branson’s aviation business to file for […]

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China becoming apprehensive about Nigerian loans, says FG

China is becoming apprehensive about releasing loans to Nigeria following probes by the National Assembly on loans earlier released to Nigeria by the Asian nation, the Federal Government said on Tuesday. Although the government insisted that no nation could recolonise Nigeria as a result of Nigeria’s indebtedness, it cautioned lawmakers not to hamper its ability […]

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Dozens dead and thousands injured in Beirut blast

A large blast in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, has killed at least 70 people and injured more than 4,000 others, the health minister says. The explosion on Tuesday sent shockwaves across the city, causing widespread damage even on the outskirts of the capital. Videos show smoke billowing from a fire, then a mushroom cloud following […]

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Caitlyn Jenner Speaks Out About Kanye West’s Struggles and Presidential Bid

Caitlyn Jenner is opening up about Kanye West as the rapper continues his unlikely presidential campaign. When asked about Kanye’s political aspirations and also his general wellbeing during her appearance on Good Morning Britain Monday, Caitlyn, 70, said that she has not “had a chance” to catch up with Kanye, 43, since the musician announced his presidential bid as he has […]

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School feeding programme gulped over N500m during lockdown – Nigerian Government

The Federal Government expended about N523.3 million on school feeding programme during the lockdown against the coronavirus pandemic. The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development (MHADMSD), Sadiya Farouq, announced this at the Presidential Taskforce briefing on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja. Farouk made the revelation against the rumours and speculations going around […]

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Spas, night clubs, cinemas, bars remain shut in Lagos

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has directed that spas, bars, lounges, night clubs, cinemas, games arcades remain shut, even as hugs, handshakes and high-fives are prohibited in churches. The governor, who is also the Incident Commander, made the announcement in his 17th update on the coronavirus situation report on the state, at Lagos House, […]

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Lagos Government increases public gatherings to 50 persons

Lagos State Government has announced the increase of the permissible capacity of public gatherings from 20 to 50 persons. Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced this at the Lagos House, Marina, during the 17th update on the management of coronavirus in the state. Sanwo-Olu said that the increase applied to a wide range of events from Annual […]

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Lagos restaurants to reopen for dine-in services

The Lagos State Government said Saturday that restaurants and fast-food outlets in the state would be allowed to operate dine-in services effective August 14. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu made this disclosure during a briefing at the State House, Marina. Punch had earlier reported that the restaurants and eateries in the state had been closed since March […]

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COVID-19: Nine Die After Drinking Hand-Sanitiser

Nine people have died in India from drinking alcohol-based hand sanitiser after liquor shops in their town were closed due to virus restrictions, police said Friday. The group lost consciousness after consuming a “high quantity” of hand sanitiser mixed with water or soda, Siddharth Kaushal, police superintendent for Kurichedu town in Andhra Pradesh state told AFP. They were […]

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Lagos announces reopening dates for worship centres

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State says worship centres in the state will reopen effective August 7, 2020. Worship centres had been shut in the state since March as part of measures to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus disease. The Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 had okayed the reopening of churches and mosques […]

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COVID-19: You Are ‘Not Invincible,’ WHO Warns Young People

The World Health Organization on Thursday warned that spikes in coronavirus transmission in a number of countries were being driven by young people “letting down their guard”. “Young people are not invincible,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference in Geneva. While the pandemic, which has killed nearly 670,000 and infected more […]

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Why we take loans from China – Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, on Friday, said Nigeria had to resort to approaching China for loans due to the low interest rate, the payback period and moratorium. He said when compared to the terms of loans given by Western countries, it was clear the Chinese loans were better. The minister, who spoke […]

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Serial killer confesses involvement in more than 50 murders

An Indian serial killer who admitted his involvement in the murder of more than 50 taxi drivers whose bodies were dumped in a crocodile-infested canal has been caught by police after he fled to another state while out of prison on parole. Between 2002 to 2004, Devender Sharma was convicted of murdering up to seven […]

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Zoo apologizes for putting an African man on display in it’s Monkey House

For one week in 1906, the Bronx Zoo in New York kept a man from Central Africa in an enclosure in its monkey house There, he stayed trapped in an iron cage with an orangutan while hundreds of people watched. Now, 114 years later, the organization that runs the zoo is apologizing. The Wildlife Conservation […]

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