Barty withdraws from US Open over COVID-19 concerns

World number one Ashleigh Barty has pulled out of the US Open because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.The first Grand Slam since tennis resumed is due to begin on August 31 at Flushing Meadows in New York.The Australian, 24, was also set to play in the Western and Southern Open.“There are still significant risks[...]

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Depressed soldier shoots senior officer to death in Borno

Army Headquarters says a depressed soldier serving in 2 Battalion of 21 Special Armoured Brigade Bama, Borno State, went berserk, shot and killed an officer on Wednesday. The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.Musa said the incident occurred when the depressed soldier approached the[...]

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Nigeria’s diversity must be seen as blessing—Orji Kalu

Chief Whip of the Senate, Dr Orji Kalu, felicitated with Muslim faithfuls, saying Nigeria’s diversity must be seen as a blessing.Kalu said this on Thursday while felicitating with the Muslim Ummah on the occasion of the 2020 Eid-el-Kabir.A statement issued to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja by the office of the Senate[...]

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29,635 lawyers to vote as NBA begins 2020 elections

The 2020 elections into national offices of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) have opened online with a total of 29, 635 lawyers accredited to cast their votes.The Electoral Committee of the NBA (ECNBA) had at 6.30p.m. on Wednesday (July 29), circulated the final list of accredited voters while elections began at 11.00p.m. on the same[...]

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Milan discussing new deals for Ibrahimovic and Donnarumma

Milan director Ricky Massara said the Serie A club are in talks with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gianluigi Donnarumma over new contracts.Ibrahimovic has transformed Milan since arriving on a free transfer in January, though the evergreen 38-year-old is out of contract at the end of the 2019-20 season.The former Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona striker[...]

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Enugu civil servants resume Aug 3

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Wednesday directed all civil servants in the state to resume work from Monday, August 3, 2020.Following the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic in the country, the state government had on March 23, 2020, directed all civil servants in the state to work from their homes as part of measures[...]

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Ivory Coast President Ouattara nominated for third term

Mr. Ouattara on Wednesday asked for more time to consider the nomination, indicating he would announce his decision in a speech to the nation on 6 August. “I have heard messages from the various party structures, elected officials, and RHDP bodies as well as those from institutional presidents and ministers who have also contacted me[...]

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Ndume faults FG’s amnesty for repentant Boko Haram fighters

SENATOR Ali Ndume on Wednesday faulted the Federal Government’s amnesty for repentant Boko Haram insurgents.The senator stated this following report of a repentant Boko Haram member, who killed his father, stole his wealth and disappeared after reintegration.The lawmaker representing Borno South in the National Assembly alleged that most of the insurgents recently integrated into the[...]

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Don’t turn Edo into war zone, Oba of Benin warns politicians

THE Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, yesterday, warned politicians against turning the state into a war zone as they campaign for the September 19 governorship election. He spoke against the backdrop of the clash of supporters of Governor Godwin Obaseki of the PDP, and Pastor Osagie Ize – Iyamu[...]

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