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UN calls for peaceful polls in Ivory Coast

UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has called for peace in Saturday’s presidential election in Ivory Coast amid reports of deadly pre-election protests in the country.Guterres made this known in a statement signed by his spokesman, Mr Stephane Dujarric, in New York on Friday.“On the eve of the presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire, the Secretary-General calls on[...]

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Slovakia tests entire population for COVID-19

Slovakia on Saturday begins a programme to screen its entire population for coronavirus with antigen tests in what would be a global first, but critics have said the plan is poorly thought out.Some 45,000 medical workers, army and police are being deployed to carry out the tests in the EU member state of 5.4 million[...]

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Again Lagos relaxes curfew, 10pm to 6am

The Lagos State Government has announced a further relaxation of the curfew imposed on the state. The curfew was imposed in the wake of breakdown of law and order, following the hijack of the peaceful #EndSARS protests.The curfew which was formerly between 8pm to 6am will now take effect from 10pm till 6am.In a statement[...]

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Looting, vandalism: Plateau lost N75bn says Lalong

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has interacted with youths in the State as part of his consultation with stakeholders to ensure lasting peace in the State.The interactive session which came on the heels of the recent looting and vandalization of public and private property in the State took place at the Government House, Little Rayfield,[...]

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Buhari engages European Council on Okonjo-Iweala, debt relief

The Presidency on Friday quoted the President of the European Council, Mr Charles Michel, as reiterating Europe’s support for the bid of Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to become the next Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a[...]

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Protect yourselves against attacks, IGP tells policemen

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has asked the personnel of the force to protect themselves against attacks from any quarter.He said the men and officers have the right to defend themselves in case of physical danger.The IGP spoke on Friday during an assessment tour of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command, Abuja, where he[...]

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Abandoned baby: Qatar to prosecute operatives for invasive airport searches

Qatar said on Friday that those responsible for the invasive gynaecological searches of women passengers at Doha airport had been referred for prosecution over the “violations”.Women on 10 flights out of Doha were subject to the examinations as authorities searched for the mother of a newborn baby found abandoned in an airport bathroom on October[...]

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Ugwuanyi commiserates with fatal accident school children’s families

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has expressed the deepest commiserations of the state government to the families of the school children from Awgu Local Government Area, who died and sustained injuries in a fatal road accident that occurred in the council area.In a statement by the Commissioner for Information, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, Gov. Ugwuanyi[...]

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WTO: Don’t allow Trump to frustrate Okonjo-Iweala, Obiano tells Buhari

The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has urged the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and other African leaders, not to allow US President Donald Trump to frustrate Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s bid to emerge as the next Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.Obiano said this in a statement titled, ‘WTO DG: A Call on President[...]

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Facebook quarterly profit jumps despite ad boycott

Facebook’s profit jumped in the recently-ended quarter as the leading social network benefitted from a rebounding online ad market despite a boycott, the company reported Thursday.Facebook profit jumped 29 per cent to $7.8 billion in the quarter on revenue that climbed to $21.2 billion as people continued to rely on the internet and social media[...]

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WTO DG: Panel presents Okonjo-Iweala as preferred candidate

The selection panel for the new Director General/ Chief Executive of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has formally submitted the name of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to the Organisation’s General Council for appointment to the position.The panel, constituted from the WTO Ambassadors, recommended that Okonjo-Iweala is the candidate most likely to attract consensus of members as[...]

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16 killed in Senegal road crash

Sixteen people were killed and 15 injured Thursday when a bus collided with a refrigerated lorry in western Senegal, emergency services said.Nine women were among the fatalities in the accident, which occurred around 2 a.m. in the Thies region about 60 kilometres (35 miles) from the capital Dakar.The bus, with a 60-seat capacity, was heading[...]

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Palliatives: Buhari lauds Borno gov’s leadership style

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has applauded the leadership style of Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum.The President described Zulum’s humanitarian response including the provision and distribution of palliatives for internally displaced persons in the state as “exemplary, unique and selfless”.The Minister of State for Agriculture, Mustapha Shehuri, made this known on Wednesday while[...]

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Knifeman kills three in suspected terror attack at French church

A man wielding a knife at a church in the French city of Nice killed three people, slitting the throat of at least one, and injured several others before being apprehended by police, officials said Thursday.French anti-terror prosecutors have opened an inquiry into what the city’s Mayor Christian Estrosi called an “Islamo-fascist attack.”“He (the attacker)[...]

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Lagos reopens schools, Monday, Nov 2

The Lagos State Government has approved the re-opening of schools for all classes in public and private schools across the state beginning from Monday, November 2, 2020, while boarders in public schools are to resume on Sunday, November 1.Recall that Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu had the penultimate weekend, directed closure of all schools following[...]

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EndSARs: Ganduje reinstate aide suspended two weeks ago over attack on Buhari

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his media aide, Salihu Tanko Yakasai suspended two weeks ago over attack on President Muhammadu Buhari.Yakasai on Thursday took to his Twitter handle @dawisu to appreciate all those who showed solidarity with him.“I wish to thank each and everyone that reached out to me, or sent[...]

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Fire guts hostel at Kano College of Nursing

No fewer than 16 rooms at the students’ hostel of the Kano State College of Nursing and Midwifery have been gutted by fire.The fire was said to have started during the Muslim evening prayer at about 6.20 pm on Wednesday on the third floor of Sa’idu Fagge hostel.It was gathered that the fire started from[...]

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LG Polls: Akwa Ibom orders closure of inter-state movement on Saturday

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has directed that all of the state borders be shut down from 7 am to 2 pm on Saturday, October 31, 2020, because of elections into the 31 Local government councils of the state.Secretary to State Government (SSG), Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem who announced this in a statement made[...]

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Macron imposes fresh lockdown as COVID-19 spreads in France

French President Emmanuel Macron announced Wednesday a new coronavirus lockdown until at least December 1, hoping to bring under control an outbreak that is poised to overwhelm hospitals in a matter of days.“The virus is spreading across France at a speed that even the most pessimistic did not predict,” Macron said in a highly anticipated[...]

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