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Transfer: Barcelona in Talks with Man United over Defender deal

Manchester United have been offered Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann in exchange for Victor Lindelöf. Barca are looking to take advantage of Raphael Varane's move to Old Trafford, which has seen Lindelöf drop down the pecking order.

Kompany Turns Down chance to become Pep’s No 2 at Man City

Former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has reportedly turned down the opportunity to return to the Etihad as Pep Guardiola’s assistant manager, Guardiola has been in the market for a number two since the departure of Mikel Arteta to Arsenal last December and is said to have pinpointed his former skipper as his preferred choice. However, The Sun reports that Kompany has rebuffed the approach, insisting he is committed to honouring his current deal as player-manager at boyhood club Anderlecht. The Belgium international departed the Etihad last summer having spent 11 illustrious seasons in the north-west; a spell which gleaned four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups.

You Have Done Well - Borno Residents Celebrate Zulum's One Year in Office

Residents of Borno have commended Gov. Babagana Zulum, for what they described as his ‘modest achievements’ in his one year in office. A cross section of residents interviewed by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Maiduguri, said Zulum deserved commendation for his numerous achievements. Hadiza Ibrahim, a civil servant said that the governor has been able to turn round things in his few months in office. “He deserves commendation for the way he hit the ground running. He started with civil servants by making them to sit up and exposing late comers. “He is among the few governors that have implemented the new minimum wage and address the issue of pension, to the extent that when you retire now in Borno, you are automatically switched to start collecting your pension. ”This is unlike before, when you have to wait for months. “He is a workaholic and rewards hardwork. Look at the way he rewarded Mrs Obiagelli Mazi, a dedicated teacher with money and accelerated

Former NNPC GMD Dies

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced the death of its immediate pas Group Managing Director (GMD), Dr Maikanti Baru. In a statement, the corporation said: “NNPC regrets to announce the demise of its former Group Managing Director (GMD), Dr. Maikanti Kacalla Baru, Friday night.” Baru, a consummate Mechanical Engineer, died after a brief illness, NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs, Dr. Kennie Obateru stated. READ ALSO: ‘Why Buhari replaced Baru with Kyari’ He said NNPC Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari expressed shock over the sudden death of Dr. Baru, who was the 18th Group Managing Director of the Corporation. Mallam Kyari described him as a man ‘of exemplary character and disposition.’ Baru, 60, who was at the helm of the Corporation from July 4th 2016 to July 7th 2019, died after a brief illness in an Abuja hospital.

Nigerians Will Enjoy Stable Electricity By 2023

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has said that Nigerians will enjoy 11,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity by 2023 according to the cable. Speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Friday, the minister said the feat will be achieved through the Siemens AG power deal. In 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari signed a power project deal with Siemens AG, Germany-based firm, to deliver 7,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity to the national grid by 2021. “Following an agreement with German company Siemens in July 2019 to boost power supply in Nigeria, the stage is set for the perennial power problem to become a thing of the past,” the minister said. “Under the three-phase agreement, Nigerians will enjoy 7,000 megawatts of reliable power supply by the end of 2021 (phase 1), 11,000 megawatts by the end of 2023 (phase 2) and 25,000 megawatts in the third phase. “To put things in perspective, Nigeria’s current power generation capacity is more than 13,000 megawatts, but only an av

COVID-19: Nigeria To Use Schools, Hotels To Be Used For Isolation Centres

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said the Federal Government would require hotels and school dormitories as quarantine and isolation centres because of shortage of hospital beds. He stated this on Thursday during the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja. The minister noted that there were four levels of COVID-19 patients ranging from those on quarantine with zero or mild symptoms to those that would need to be in an intensive care unit. Ehanire said, “We have sadly recorded 254 deaths, most of them are persons associated with other ailments, confirming the general observation that risks are higher for those with illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes and non-communicable diseases. “We need to continue increasing bed capacity to match the probable number of patients so that we do not experience horrific scenes of bed space shortages seen in some European hospitals. “In event of overflow, we can require hotels and school dormitories to be prepar

Abacha Stole Close To $1bn As Head of State - Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that late General Sani Abacha, Nigeria’s late military Dictator, stole close to $1bn between 1993 and 1998. Buhari in an article published in Newsweek, a United States-based publication, thanked countries that have returned the looted funds back to Nigeria. Though the President did not mention the name of Sani Abacha directly, it was clear that he was referring to the late dictator. Buhari served under the late Abacha as head of Petroleum Trust Fund. He said, “And we can now move forward with road, rail and power station construction -- in part under own resources -- thanks to close to a billion dollars of funds stolen from the people of Nigeria under a previous undemocratic junta in the 1990s that have now been returned to our country from the US, UK and Switzerland. “That these friendly nations agreed to return these funds after so long is testament to the fact that Nigeria is rightly seen as an increasingly stable and beneficial place

Emirates FA Cup To Return in June

The Emirates FA Cup will kick start back in June according to Sky Sports ,Quarter-finals to be held on weekend of June 27/28; semi-finals on July 18/19 and final on August 1.   Manchester City won the FA Cup last season and will now have the chance to attempt to repeat that feat this year The FA Cup has been provisionally scheduled to return with the quarter-finals on June 27-28 and final set to be held on August 1. The FA Cup is also set to be completed, with the quarter-finals planned for the final weekend of June, the semi-finals across the weekend of July 18-19 and the final on Saturday August 1. No venues or kick-off times for the matches have been confirmed at this stage. The semi-finals and final are normally held at Wembley Stadium. FA chief executive Mark Bullingham said: "We are pleased to agree the provisional restart date for the 2019/20 Emirates FA Cup. "The competition has been an integral part of the English football calendar for nearly 150 years, and we'd

Polls: Police Redeploy Commissioners Of Ondo And Edo States

Mohammed Adamu, the inspector-general of police (IGP), has redeployed the police commissioners in Edo and Ondo months to the governorship elections in the two states. While Edo election would hold in September, that of Ondo has been scheduled for the following month. In a statement on Thursday, Frank Mba, police spokesman, said the duo were redeployed alongside  nine other commissioners across the country. Undie Adie, who was in charge of Ondo command, was posted to Osun and replaced by Bolaji Amidu. Lawal Jimeta formerly of Edo command is now the commissioner in Bauchi, while Johnson Kokumo has taken over from him. Also redeployed were Philip Maku who is now in charge of Ebonyi command and Ahmed Shehu who has been moved to Gombe. Joe Enwonwu was also redeployed to Oyo command while Evelyn Peterside is to head the Eastern Port. Okon Ene and Bello Maikwashi are now in charge of explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) and airport command respectively while Olukolu Shina is he

Nigerian Goalkeeper Dies Few Hours After Discharge From Hospital

Football fans in Nigeria were thrown into mourning as Nigerian National League side Bendel Insurance announced the shocking death of their goalkeeper Umar Ahmad Jalingo. Umar was said to have died in Gombe after a brief illness. Before his untimely death, Umar Jalingo was hospitalized at the Federal Teaching Hospital in Gombe, where he was treated after a serious illness. He got better in the hospital and was discharged after doctors certified him fit to go home. The goalkeeper was welcomed back home by his family members with happiness on Wednesday, May 27. But unfortunately, Umar Ahmad Jalingo died 24 hours later after failing to wake up from his sleep.

Retired England footballer Crouch gets Nigerian passport

Retired English professional footballer, Peter Crouch who hopes to represent the Super Eagles, has obtained a Nigerian passport. Crouch announced via his official Twitter account that; ”So excited to get my Nigerian passport through today”. Before his retirement, Peter had scored 22 goals for his country. He also appeared twice at the World Cup.

Cancel Africa's Debts, Buhari Tells Financial Organizations

President Muhammadu Buhari has again called on developed countries and international financial institutions to cancel the debts of ‘’needy countries’’, especially in Africa, to enable them reverse the devastations of COVID-19 to the human race. He made the call yesterday in a virtual meeting tagged ‘’High-Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond’’, convened by Canada, Jamaica and the Secretary-General of the United Nations. More than 50 Heads of State and Government as well as heads of international organisations participated in the High-Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond. Buhari, who said global solidarity was the hope for humanity, implored major nations to provide free additional resources through an international consensus to assist poor countries fight the coronavirus pandemic. He cautioned major nations against adopting a ‘’me first’’ and ‘’every man for himself’’ attitude and warned that the c

Retain Ighalo, Dimitar Berbatov Advises United

Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has urged his former club to find solutions to the contract situation of Odion Ighalo at the club. Ighalo’s six months loan deal will be coming to an end on May 31st, but the club are hoping to keep him beyond May as the premier is set for a restart in June. Ighalo’s parent club Shanghai Shenhua are reportedly not interested in extending his loan deal, only permanent transfer that will see them pocket 20 million pounds. Berbatov has now called the United hierarchy to find solutions to the problem quickly before the season gets underway in June as they can’t afford to lose the striker. “United need to know what is happening with him. If they know they will lose him, they need to find someone else to replace him. “If they haven’t already found a replacement, they need to find someone quickly”. He said. Ighalo has scored four goals in his last three starts for the club with his last strike coming in March against LASK in the UE

NCDC HQ Shutdown Over Death of Director

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has suddenly shut down its office for two weeks after the death of Ibanga Bassey Etang, the acting executive director of finance. There are fears that he might have contracted the coronavirus as the NDDC has issued a memo approving the shut down of the commission for two weeks. Silas Anyawu, who signed the memo on behalf of the management, wrote: “I am directed to inform all staff that management has approved that the commission be shut down for two weeks from today 28 May 2020. “Consequently, all activities in the commission including ongoing matters are hereby shut down for the time being. “Members of staff are to ensure that all electrical appliances in their offices are switched off before leaving the premises. “The head security is by this memo directed to work out modalities to ensure the safety and security of the commission while director, the administration is requested to fumigate and decontaminate the entire offices

EFCC Nabs Man Over Forex Scam

The Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned one Okoro Chukwudi Goodluck before Justice Charles Ikpe of the State High Court, sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on a seven-count charge bordering on conspiracy, obtaining by false pretence and stealing to the tune of N33,560,000 (Thirty-three Million, Five Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira). Trouble started for the defendant when Peter Udo Peter and John Udo Peter in a petition to the Commission alleged that he swindled them of the mentioned sum in 2019, by luring them to invest the sum in his foreign exchange trading firm with a promise that they were going to earn a 100 per cent interest on their investment, within two weeks. While this never happened, the defendant disappeared without traces. One of the charges read: “That you Okoro Chukwudi Goodluck ‘M’ and Collins Uche Success (standing trial in information No: HU/185C/2019), sometime between June and July 2019 in Uyo, within the jur

Buhari Seeks Reps Approval For Fresh Loan

The House of Representatives has received another letter from President Muhammadu Buhari seeking approval of his decision to borrow another $5.513bn. According to Sahara reporters,  letter was read on the floor of the House by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, at the plenary on Thursday. Buhari said the funds were for 2020 budget deficit, financing of critical projects, and some states of the federation. The President also presented a revised 2020 Appropriation Bill and 2020-2022 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper. The National Assembly had recently approved a loan of N850bn for the Federal Government, while another of $22.79bn, which the Senate has already approved, is pending before the House.

COVID-19: Premier Leagues Chief Confirm Cases in England

The return of the suspended Premier League season has been thrown into another uncertainty after four more people from top clubs were tested positive for coronavirus. Premier League chiefs recently ordered for the third round of testing where four more people have been confirmed as carriers of the virus which is not a good one for the English topflight. But according to the report on Sky Sports, the identities of these four have not been revealed as no one can really tell if they are players, officials or staffs of the Premier League clubs. Fourth round of tests is expected to commence on Thursday and Friday this week in which up to 60 people will be tested in each club. Of these, four have tested positive from three clubs. "Players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days,'' Premier League explained in official statement. Premier League games have been suspended since March this year in which players were ordered to iso

Manchester United Player Receives High Sheriff Recognition Award

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford received a High Sheriff Special Recognition Award for providing 2.8 million children with food each week during the coronavirus pandemic.  It was learnt that Rashford gives food to children during the early stage of the pandemic outbreak every week.

FG Charged To Open Airports For Business Activities

A member of the House of Representatives, Akinola Alabi, has urged the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to open the country’s airports. Alabi, who represents Egbeda/Ona-Ara Federal Constituency, also pushed for interstate travel to be allowed in the next phase of the easing of lockdown. The country’s airports and airspace were shut in March by President Muhammadu Buhari, as part of efforts to contain COVID-19. Commercial flight operations, both local and international, had stopped forthwith but the President’s directive allowed the operation of essential flights including those for medical and evacuation purposes, amongst others, which are subject to the authorisation of the Federal Ministry of Aviation and agencies under it.

Ondo To Open Worship Centers On Friday

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has ordered worship centres to resume activities Friday, the nation reports. The religious activities, according to Governor Akeredolu, are to be guided and syndicated throughout the state. Akeredolu said the religious activities were asked to resume after consultation with religious leaders and other relevant stakeholders in the state. The Governor noted that mosques are to hold only Friday Jumat services while churches would hold services on Sundays only. He warned religious leaders and administrators to ensure strict compliance with the social and physical distancing in the places of worship while water and soap must be provided at all entries into the centres or halls of worship. Akeredolu said all worshippers and workers inside the centres and within the premises must wear face masks and the premises decontaminated before and after the services. According to him, “I wish to stress that Government has placed appropriate m

Kano Workers Threaten Strike Over Reduced Payment

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has threatened to embark on seven days warning strike in Kano over the State Government deduction of workers Salary from the month of May over the COVID-19 pandemic. According to reports, the Kano State Government had deducted workers salary in the month of May attributing it to COVID-19 pandemic. Consequently, most of the workers were baffled when they collected their May salary only to discover that about 20% was deducted from their take-home pay. Addressing reporters on Wednesday, Kano NLC Chairman, Comrade Kabiru Ado Minjibir said the state government with the action violated the existing minimum wage law 2019 which is a product of tripartite committee agreement sent to the legislature by the executive body and sign by President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari. Comrade Kabiru Ado Minjibir said that labour rejected any plans by Kano State government to continue deducting workers Salary in subsequent months on claims of fighting COVID-19. T

COVID-19: Africa's Case Now Over 115,000 - WHO ‌

The World Health Organisation on Tuesday reported that coronavirus cases in Africa as of May 26, have risen to over 115, 000. The WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, gave the update on its official twitter handle @WHOAFRO. “There are over 115,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent – with more than 46,000 recoveries and 3,400 deaths,” it said. The figures showed that South Africa, Algeria, and Nigeria have the highest reported cases in Africa. According to the report, South Africa has 23,615 cases and 418 deaths followed by Algeria with 8,503 cases and 609 deaths, while Nigeria has 8,068 confirmed cases and 233 deaths. It stated that Ghana has 6,808 reported cases and 32 deaths, while Cameroon recorded 4, 890 confirmed cases, and 165 deaths. The report said Lesotho, Seychelles, and Namibia were countries currently with the lowest confirmed cases in the region. It said Lesotho had only two confirmed cases with zero death; Seychelles had

Delaying Ogoni Cleanup Could Increase Spread of COVID-19 - Experts

A panel of frontline environmental rights activists and leaders of civil society organisations (CSOs) raised the alarm during a virtual meeting hosted by Kebetkache, a non-profit organisation focusing on woman empowerment and grassroots development. The virtual conference featured discussions on “Role of Women in the clean-up exercise” as well as community response and general overview of the progress made in the clean-up. According to them, the failure by the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) to carry out a health audit in Ogoniland before commencing the clean-up process two years ago, is a major source of worry. They said that skipping the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) emergency measures, including a health audit of the four affected local government areas, could cause more deaths, given the high prevalence of underlying diseases in communities from long years of pollution. Frontline environmental activist, Nnimmo Bassey who led a panel, exp

Awoniyi To Fight For Mainz's Bundesliga Stay

Nigeria’s Mainz 05 Striker Taiwo Awoniyi has asserted that the objective of his on loan German club is to ensure they remain in the Bundesliga beyond this season as reported by The Nation. Though Awoniyi’s resolve suffered a setback on Sunday after Mianz were  thrashed 5-0 at home by Leipzig , the  former junior international stressed they would keep on pushing hard throughout the remaining seven games of the season. “I can only be glad and be upbeat about the away point that we got. All glories to God for everything. I can only thank God for the goal,” Awoniyi said about his first goal of the season against FC Cologne. The FIFA U-17 World Cup winner  also praised the effort of the German Football Federation and the German Government for the proactive measures done to ensure restart of the  Bundesliga season amidst Coronavirus pandemic. He said: “I am a player that is ready to give everything to the course of Mainz 05 in the last games that we have in the German Bundesliga a

Umahi Scraps State Security Group

Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state said he would dissolve the state-owned ‘Neigbourhood Security Watch’ with effect from June 1. He said the staff have been ineffective.  Umahi, who spoked at a press conference today, said a new outfit would emerge from its ashes. “Chairmen of various LGAs should strive to pay the members’ May salaries and we have authorised traditional rulers and other stakeholders to recommend 100 persons from various communities to be recruited in the new outfit. “Their salaries will be N30,000 monthly and they will secure the 50 boundaries of the state alongside the various security outfits. “We would no longer pay the allowances of security officers at the boundaries through their various heads, but through the monitoring team to be inaugurated by the deputy governor,” he said. The governor said that all political office holders in the state would be members of the monitoring team including members of the state House of Assembly as would be appro

COVID-19: Ebonyi Confirmed Cases Now 33

Ebonyi State has reached a record of 33 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 of which 6 have been successfully treated and discharged. The fresh 29 cases were returnees from Lagos, Delta and Imo states who sneaked into the state through the borders. Governor David Umahi made this known on recently after an emergency meeting held at old government house, Abakaliki. He explained that of the 13 existing local government areas, 8 have been hit with the dreaded virus. “We currently have 33 cases with 6 discharged successfully, he said. But despite the soaring cases, which marked the state among the highest affected, Umahi insisted that there is no community spread in the state. “Ebonyi State does not have a recorded case of community transmission”, he said. Source:

New Inflammatory Disease Unveiled By WHO

The World Health Organisation has said it was concerned about the emergence of a possible inflammatory disease in children that may or may not be linked to the novel Coronavirus. Some of its symptoms include a rash and fever, high fever and peeling skin. In late stages, there may be inflammation of medium-sized blood vessels (vasculitis). It also affects lymph nodes, skin and mucous membranes, such as inside the mouth. Maria Kerkhove, head of WHO's Zoonosis Unit, made the revelation on Friday in Geneva, Switzerland. She said, “World health officials are increasingly hearing about cases of an inflammatory disease similar to Kawasaki disease in a few countries, including the United States and Italy. “We need more information collected in a systematic way because with the initial reports, we’re getting a description of what this looks like, which is not always the same,” Ms Kerkhove said, adding that, “And in some children, they tested positive for COVID-19 and other c

Godswill Obioma Appointed NECO Registrar

A Professor of Educational Management and Evaluation, Godswill Obioma has been appointed as the new Registrar of the National Examinations Council (NECO). This was coming few days after President Buhari sacked the former Registrar, Prof. Charles Uwakwe and four other members of the  council over over financial misconduct. A statement from the council's headquarters office in Minna noted that the appointment of Obioma is with immediate effect. . The new registrar was a former secretary of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC). He was also the State Resident Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Ebonyi State.

COVID-19: Bournemouth Player Tests Positive

An unnamed player of the Bournemouth football club has tested positive for COVID-19, the Premier League club announced Sunday, becoming the eighth case involving awn English top-flight club reports Bournemouth added the player’s identity would not be disclosed due to “medical confidentiality” and that he would self-isolate for seven days. The Premier League announced Saturday that there were positive tests at two clubs out of 996 tests conducted on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. That followed the first round of testing that produced six positive findings announced on May 19 at three Premier League clubs from a total of 748 players and staff-tested, Those positives included Watford’s Adrian Mariappa and Burnley assistant manager Ian Woan. For the second round, the number of tests available to each club was increased from 40 to 50. Several players still have concerns about returning, among them Watford captain Troy Deeney and Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante who hav

Appointments and Approvals Made by Kyari Are of None Effect -Buhari

Strong indications have emerged thay President Muhammadu Buhari may have directed his new Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari to cancel all appointments and approvals made by the late Chief of staff Abba Kyari without his permission. Though no reason was given for the President’s alleged action, however, reports indicated that no less than 150 memos without the President’s authorization may have been uncovered. The Chief of Staff is the closest person to the President and easily the most powerful staff in the Presidency. Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu who are close aides to the President are said to have declined comments on the issue. Kyari, the former chief of staff to President Buhari died last month after testing positive to the corona virus disease.

I Am Not Running For Anambra Gubernatorial Seat - Ngige

Chris Ngige The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige has said he is not interested in being the next Governor of Anambra State. Ngige noted that considering the current national assignments he has, he doesn't think he can give the Anambra State Gubernatorial Election a shot. Ngige who spoke to reporters in his country home in Alor, in Idemili Local Government Area, of the state on Sunday said although he had the right to contest, he was too busy with his national assignment as a minister to start eyeing “a provincial job.” He spoke after presenting cash and food items, totaling N15m as COVID-19 palliatives to some vulnerable persons in the area. “I don’t have interest for now in Anambra governorship because I am on a national assignment, he said. Speaking on the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Ngige described the union’s action as laughable, stating that the leadership of the union was deceiving its members.

11 People Die of Strange Illness In Rivers

At least, 11 persons have reportedly died of a strange disease in the Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers State. Punch reports that two of those who died as a result of the strange ailment were identified as Pauline and Fubara. According to reports officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control moved into the area on Saturday with a view to finding out the cause of the recent deaths in the place. There were speculations that the disease might be relating to typhoid or malaria. A statement from the Bonny LGA however indicated that there had been an increase in drug-resistant malaria in the past two weeks on the island. The statement signed by Omoni LongJohn, Secretary of the Bonny LGA; and Pafuro Tolofari, Supervisor for Health, showed that about 50 per cent of patients complained of dizziness and bitter taste in the mouth.

COVID-19: 31 Patients Discharged In Lagos

Babajide Sanwo-Olu No fewer than 31 COVID-19 patients have been discharged from the various isolation centres in Lagos State. The Lagos State Ministry of Health, in a statement on Sunday, said among them were 12 females and 19 males, all Nigerians. “The patients; 13 from Onikan, 11 from Gbagada, five from Agidingbi, one from Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, and one from LUTH isolation centres, were discharged having fully recovered and tested negative for COVID-19. “With this, the number of COVID-19 cases successfully managed and discharged in Lagos State has risen to 738,” the statement added. Source:

La Liga to Kick Off By June After Covid-19 Break

LaLiga president Javier Tebas has just announced the intention to re-start games on Thursday, June 11th. The first match would be Seville derby - Sevilla v Real Betis. Although Confirmation is still  pending, still waiting final approval from government, but all players can train together as a team from June 1st. All football activities were halted due to the Coronavirus pandemic that affected the whole world earlier this year.

Buhari Celebrates Eid-el-Fitr in Grandstlye

Muhammadu Buhari and his Family The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has celebrated today's Eid-el-Fitr with his family at Also Rock Villa in Abuja. He celebrated with his extended family this year because of the Corona virus pandemic. See Photos;

Oldest Monarch in Oyo Dies at 141

Photo of the Oyo Oldest Monarch  The Onilua of Ilua, Kajola Local Government Area of Oyo State, Oba Samuel Afolabi, is dead. Oba Afolabi, believed to be the oldest king in Oyo State, was said to have passed on in the early hours of Saturday after a brief illness, related to old age. He was said to be 141 years old. According to a source,the late monarch was born to the Afolabi family in Ilua, in 1879 and was enthroned as king in the community 38 years ago, at the age of 102. The late monarch, who was a commercial farmer at Arigidana, Baba Ode in Itesiwaju Local Government of the state before his coronation as king, succeeded Oba Majaro in 1981. It was learnt that Afolabi’s choice as Oba was unanimously agreed upon by community leaders and king makers of Ilualand at the time.

FG Announces Date for School Resumption, Religious Activities and Others

The Federal Government of Nigeria (FG) has announced Monday,June 8,2020, the official resumption date for Universities,polytechnics, and other schools.  This was disclosed by Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, he assured and raised the hope Nigeria students and the general public when he stated that president Muhammadu Buhari will open up all financial Institutions, schools and also spiritual houses after this second stage of lockdown which will end June 1 and activities will begin normal on 8 June, 2020. Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari will open up all financia Institutions, schools and also spiritual houses after this second stage of lockdown if they adopt the new strategies under the COVID-19 era in line with the guidelines.

Former PSG Academy Player Dies At 24

Jordan Diakiese, an erstwhile Paris Saint-Germain academy defender, has died at the age of just 24. During his life time, Jordan played alongside the likes of Presnel Kimpembe and Kingsley Coman during his time as part of the youth structure at the Ligue 1 club before leaving in 2015. After moving to Switzerland to play for FC La Chaux-de-Fonds, Diakiese joined Croatian side NK Rudes before heading back to France to play for AS Furiani. And the fifth-tier side confirmed the news of Diakiese's death on Friday, tweeting on their official account: "Our club is in mourning today. It's with deep and immense sadness that we've learnt of the death of our player Jordan D, 24, yesterday afternoon in Paris. "After arriving last July, this amazing kid was a winner both on the pitch and beyond. Always smiling, discreet, hard-working, he settled in very quickly. "The whole Furianinca family is reeling from the news. The staff, Jordan's team-mates, as we

Eid: Workers Hail Makinde, Obaseki Over Prompt Salary Payment

State workers in Edo and Oyo states have continued to raise their songs of praise over the payment of their salaries ahead of the sallah celebrations. The  workers unanimously referred to the Governors as people who had the minds of the People at heart. The payment was coming at a time when the workers were unable to get put to work as a result of the Corona Virus pandemic. The Governors of the state, Seyi Makinde (Oyo) and Godwin Obaseki (Edo), referred to the prompt payments as a way of identifying with the Muslim community, and to ensure that their loved ones were catered for adequately.

We Haven't Lifted Ban On Public Gatherings, Makinde Tells Residents

The Oyo State Government said said that the ban placed on public gathering and worship in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state had not been lifted as being rumoured in some quarters.  The disclosure was made in a statement by Jide Ajani, Special Adviser on Media to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State.  The statement disclaimed the information in a cloned flyer, circulated by “a faceless group” claiming to be members of the Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force, maintaining that the ban on public gathering had been lifted in the state. The Governor enjoined  all residents to maintain all guidelines relating to the corona virus pandemic. Source: Punch Newspaper

Nigeria Is Sliding Into Recession, Finance Minister Says

The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, has said that Nigeria may go into another period of recession. This she noted, is due to the lockdown occasioned by the Corona Virus pandemic. In a report credited to the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Ahmed noted that the current assessment predicts that Nigeria is currently sliding into recession measuring an average of -4.4%. She however, proclaimed that the nation's economic team is working assiduously to bring relief in form of stimulus packages that will ass assist in cushioning the effect of the recession. Commenting on the current pandemic, the Minister said “This is a very difficult time because the challenges we have now are double. There is health challenge, there is an economic challenge. Even as we are addressing the current health challenge, we still have to look at how we can support the economy so that the economy does not fall into a depression. The economic expert believed that the current plan would ensure th

Ajaokuta Steel Project: We Haven't Lost Hope, FG Says

The Federal Government has once again reaffirmed its commitment towards reviving the Ajaokuta Steel Company located in Kogi State.  The FG had earlier inaugurated the Project's Presidential Implementation Committee headed by the Secretary to the Federal Government - Boss Mustapha. The team was ssdeled with the responsibility of realising the economic diversification agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari Mustapha noted it was the wish and desire of the government to shift the focus of the economy from oil to other critical areas that could generate additional revenue. He said, “The Ajaokuta Steel plant has languished in un-productivity for about four decades, and previous efforts at reviving it had proved abortive. This has resulted in avoidable massive foreign exchange losses at intolerable opportunity cost to the country. The pressing need to redress these avoidable challenges has necessitated this presidential intervention at this time. This is further underscored by diff

We Have 10 New Cases of Corona Virus - Kaduna Government

The Kaduna State government has said that there are 10 new cases of corona virus in the state.  This was part of the 245 figures captured by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) yesterday? The current figure increases the total recorded cases in the state to 179. Confirming the development, Governor Nasir El-rufai on Twitter said the patients were contacts from cases in some LGAs. He wrote, “ Two patients were discharged today, but 10 more persons have tested positive. “All the new cases are contacts from cases in Chikun, Kaduna North and Sabon-Gari LGAs.”

COVID-19: UK Pledges Support For Africa

The United Kingdom (UK) has pledged its support to assist Africa in fighting the corona virus disease. The ancient nation also donated £20 million to support the African Union (AU) in fighting the disease. The Secretary of UK's international development agency, Anne-Marie Trvelyan announced this recently. She noted that the funds will be used for operations such as recruiting and deploying health expert,  providing trainings as well as !making information accessible to all and sundry among others. “As the UK faces its biggest peacetime challenge in tackling coronavirus, it’s never been more important to work with our partners in Africa to fight the disease,” Trevelyan said. She noted since all countries of the world were affected, there was need for joint and collaborative efforts to fight the disease and prevent its further spread. In a similar vein, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, said the fund indicates collective effort to fight the disease.

NYSC Is Delaying Us From Been Employed, Graduates Tell FG

Nigerian graduates have once again asked the Federal Government to scrap the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), saying they were been delayed from getting gainful employment. Some of them who were not mobilised due to the corona virus pandemic lamented bitterly that their chances of getting employments was slim and uncertain. Many of them noted that Nigerian youths are beginning to see that the scheme which was initially established to foster unity and oneness had lost its purpose, hence it was more of a waste of time and resources. Some other ones suggested that the government should allow them serve in their current states of residence. This was prevent them from travelling long distances. Meanwhile, the Director-General of the scheme, Ibrahim Shuaibu, had made it plain that issue of mobilization was suspended to contain the pandemic. The various orientation centers across the country have been converted to isolation centres.

COVID-19: Be Careful Of Patients, Minister Cautions Herbalists

The Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, has warned  traditional medicine against treating patients suspected to have the corona virus disease. He however, advised the to refer the patients to relevant authorities such as hospitals. The Minister, made this known today while delivering a speech at a gathering with Traditional Medicine and Herbal Cure Practitioners against COVID-19. Mamora noted that the ravaging issue of the pandemic and the inability to get suitable vaccines called for a critical investigation into local solutions. Hence, the need for the government to intervene. He asserted that the government was prepared to use local solutions from traditionalists to ensure the virus was cured. This was however, in strict observance of relevant protocols and procedures. “The ministry recognises the role of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine in health care delivery, especially at the primary health care level. Accordingly, the ministry ha

Tears As Another Nollywood Actor Dies

A popular Nigerian actor, Emilia Dike is dead.  Dike was said to have died in Enugu State after slumping Okechukwu Oku, a movie director, who expressed sadness over the news, took to his Instagram page on Thursday @okechukwuoku to announce the death of the actress. ”Why is death taking the best people???? I’m confused oooo. “Just filmed with Mama here on my 2 last projects, excited to release it and this horrible news today. ” A woman with a heart of gold, Aah noooo. Will miss you Mrs Dike. “Nollywood has lost a gem in you. This is messed up’,’ he wrote. Some Nollywood stars like Uche Ogbodo, Anita Joseph, Belinda Effah, Ken Erics and others have expressed shock at the news of her passing. Dike featured in Nollywood movies such as “Ignorant couples”, “Dust of yesterday”, “Kings Guard”, “Where Money Never Sleep 1 and 2”, and many more. Source: premium times news

I Acknowledge Your Efforts, Don Jazzy Tells Nigerian Soldiers

Popular Nigerian musician, Michael Ajereh, also known as Don Jazzy, has acknowledged the fact that he is mindful of the efforts of the Nigerian Army especially in the present time when they were at the war front fighting the Boko Haram insurgency. The musician who is a multiple award winner and head of the Marvin group, specifically praised the troops for their courage, resilience and doggedness. In a post via one of his social media handles, the 37 year old music legend noted that " we need to understand why it’s constructive to acknowledge the bravery and doggedness of our armed forces’ personnel who have put their lives on the line in the fight against insurgency. We need to come together regardless of our ethnic, religious and political differences" .

"You Can't Say No To Real Madrid Three Times" Mourinho On Joining Madrid

Former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho has shed more light on joining Real Madrid back then. He said he had already said no to Real Madrid when he was at Chelsea but you can't say no to  Real Madrid three times. He made the decision after the second leg of the semifinal with Barcelona. Jose Mourinho: "I made the decision [to go to Real Madrid] after the second leg of the semi-final with Barcelona because I knew we were going to win the Champions League." "I'd already said no to Real Madrid when I was at Chelsea. You can't say no to Real Madrid three times."  He later went on to manage Real Madrid after leaving Chelsea. He is the current coach of Tottenham Hotspur in England.