Juventus-bound Arthur snubs Barca training

Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo could face sanctions for failing to turn up at training with Barcelona, who concluded a deal to sell him to Juventus a month ago.The Catalan club says the player is under contract until the end of the season and have demanded he return, with the local press claiming he was in[...]

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Gas Explosion: claims 2 lives, destroys 9 shops in Lagos

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), has confirmed that two people died while several shops were burnt in a gas explosion, which took place at Ajao Estate, Lagos. LASEMA Director-General, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, who confirmed the accident on Tuesday, said that two bodies were retrieved from the debris.Oke-Osanyintolu said that LASEMA received emergency call[...]

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Biden to make vice presidential pick next week

Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said Tuesday that he will pick his running mate next week for the November election against President Donald Trump.“I’m going to have a choice in the first week in August,” Biden told reporters. “And I promise, I’ll let you know when I do.”Biden, who has pledged to put[...]

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Dogara is too small for me to fight – Mohammed

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has described the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, as a “pandemic” in politics.He also accused Dogara of contract inflation in the project he was executing in his constituency.He said these when hundreds of his supporters from the Dass,[...]

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Ortom’s wife, son recover from COVID-19

Wife of Benue State Governor, Mrs Eunice Ortom, and her son have recovered from COVID-19.The first lady alongside her son and domestic staff on July 3, 2020, reportedly tested positive for the disease.According to the statement personally signed on Tuesday, Mrs Ortom said after a series of evaluations, she and her son were on Tuesday[...]

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I’m pleased with APC’s interim leaders, says Buhari

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Tuesday quoted the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), as expressing satisfaction with the performance of the ruling All Progressives Congres’ interim leaders.Shehu said the President made the remark at a virtual meeting he had with state governors elected on the[...]

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Fashola inspects work on Third Mainland Bridge

The Federal Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola has today inspected the work ongoing the Third Mainland Bridge.The partial closure of the bridge started on Friday and it is expected to last six months.He was in the company of the Director of Highway, Southwest, Adedamola Kuti and Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr[...]

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Mali opposition rejects ECOWAS plan, demands president’s resignation

A protest movement that has sprung up in Mali, shaking President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s grip on power, on Tuesday rejected a compromise put forward by regional leaders and insisted that he quit.In a statement, the so-called June 5 Movement said it “demands the resignation of Mr. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and his regime more than ever,”[...]

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Kim Kardashian reunites with Kanye West amid tears

Kim Kardashian, popular American Media personality, has reportedly reunited with her husband, Kanye West, days after the Grammy Award winner tendered a public apology to her following divorce claims.The KUWTK celebrity flew to Wyoming this week for a reunion with her husband, after trying to reach him repeatedly without success and sources say it was[...]

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Eid-el-Kabir: FG declares Thursday, Friday public holidays

The Federal Government has declared Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31, 2020 as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.This was contained in a statement on Tuesday signed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Interior, Georgina Ehuriah.The statement was titled, ‘Federal Government Declares 30 and 31 July, 2020 Public Holidays To Mark[...]

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Buhari, APC Govs in crucial meeting

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari and the Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC also known as Progressive Governors Forum, PGF, are in a crucial virtual meeting. The meeting which started about 11:25am, is being attended physically, by the Chairman of the PGF and Governor of Kebbi State, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, while all[...]

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Abuja-Kaduna Train Service: No mask, no entry— Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said that passengers without face masks would not be allowed on board Abuja-Kaduna train service.Amaechi said this at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the train service would resumed operations on Wednesday[...]

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COVID-19: IMF approves $4.3bn emergency aid for South Africa

The International Monetary Fund on Monday said it had approved $4.3 billion in aid to South Africa to help it fight the coronavirus pandemic.“The IMF approved $4.3 billion in emergency financial assistance under the Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI) to support the authorities’ efforts in addressing the challenging health situation and severe economic impact of the[...]

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AfDB: Investigative panel declares Adesina innocent of all charges

An independent panel of experts, headed by former Irish president Mary Robinson, has cleared the beleaguered leader of the African Bank of Development (AfDB) of corruption, according to a report obtained by AFP. Akinwumi Adesina, 60, a charismatic speaker known for his elegant suits and bow ties, became the first Nigerian to helm the AfDB[...]

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Ugandan Police arrest 100 party-goers for flouting COVID-19 lockdowns

Uganda’s Police on Sunday arrested over 100 partygoers for flouting COVID-19 lockdown restriction measures, authorities said on Monday.The police and military officers arrested the offenders at the La Venti Lounge and Kitchen, about 12 km northeast of the capital Kampala, Patrick Onyango, Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, told Xinhua on Monday.“Bars and clubs are not supposed[...]

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Buhari names railway stations after Tinubu, Saraki, Soyinka, others

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has named railway stations along the Lagos-Ibadan and the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri corridors after “deserving citizens who have contributed to the progress and development of their respective communities and the nation at large”, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said.This was contained in a statement by the Ministry of[...]

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Egypt female social media influencers get 2-year jail terms

An Egyptian court Monday sentenced five female social media influencers to two years in jail on charges of violating public morals, a judicial source said.The verdict against Haneen Hossam, Mowada al-Adham and three others came after they posted footage on video-sharing app TikTok.“The Cairo economic court sentenced Hossam, Adham and three others to two years[...]

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Tanzanian opposition figure returns from exile to run for president

Tanzanian opposition heavyweight, Tundu Lissu, who was shot 16 times in a 2017 attack, returned home from exile on Monday to challenge President John Magufuli in elections later this year. Lissu, a former MP with the Chadema main opposition party, was welcomed by hundreds of supporters, who clamoured around his car as he waved from[...]

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Mali Crisis: Buhari, ECOWAS leaders attend extra-ordinary virtual meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari has joined other sub-regional leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in an extra-ordinary virtual meeting to mitigate the political crisis in Mali.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was summoned in line with the outcome of Thursday’s meeting of the ECOWAS leaders in Bamako, Mali.The[...]

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Venezuela seeks UN’s intervention over alleged rights’ violation by U.S.

Ambassador of Venezuela to Nigeria, David Caraballo has called on the United Nations to intervene in the alleged human rights violation against citizens of Venezuela to uphold its sovereignty.Caraballo made the call in Abuja during the commemoration of the 209th Independence of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the 237th birthday of Simon Bolivar, Liberator[...]

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FG approves resumption of domestic operations in 14 airports

The Federal Government has approved the full resumption of 14 airports in the country for domestic operations from July 8 to July 24.The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, made the announcement in his official Twitter handle, @hadisirika, on Sunday.Sirika pointed out that the inspection on the airports had been completed.“Glad to announce that the[...]

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COVID-19 exposed Nigeria’s failed leadership – Peter Obi

A former Anambra State governor, Peter Obi, says the coronavirus pandemic has exposed the long years of leadership failure in Nigeria.He said this on Saturday during a webinar organised by the Bridge Leadership Foundation.Obi, who was the vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 general elections, said it was about time Nigeria[...]

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Edo 2020: I honestly regret the mistake I made in 2016 – Oshiomhole

The former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, says he regrets his mistake of supporting Mr Godwin Obaseki for governorship in 2016. Oshiomhole said this on Sunday in Benin while addressing some members of the APC.He disclosed that he supported the governorship aspiration of Obaseki in 2016 to ensure the[...]

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