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MURIC blasts Makinde for protesting against Buhari
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MURIC blasts Makinde for protesting against Buhari

Islamic human rights organisation, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has slammed Governor Seyi Makinde for joining the June 12 protest in Ibadan. The organisation also blasted the South West for joining the June 12 protests against President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. Nigerians in some parts of the country, particularly the South West, marked the June 12 Democracy Day on Saturday, with demonstrations. MURIC frowned at the protests, referring to the protesters as certificated ingrates, rebellious subjects and articulated enemies of peace. MURIC argued that the protesters have no moral ground to protest on June 12 since it was President Muhammadu Buhari alone who gave official recognition to that day when all past rulers had refused to do so. The organisation’s po...
FG Should have Sued Twitter not Ban its use – Falana
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FG Should have Sued Twitter not Ban its use – Falana

Human Rights lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana has faulted the Federal Government's suspension of Twitter operations in the country. The senior lawyer who was a guest on the Wednesday edition of Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, said government is not permitted to resort to self-help in a constitutional democracy. Falana stated that what this implied is that government is supposed to have “sued Twitter if the organization refuses to respond positively to the concerns of the government”. He added that the lawsuit should have been filed in the United States of America or in Ghana where the microblogging service provider has its African headquarters.
Cameroon vs Nigeria: Rohr Confirms Players that will Start Tuesday’s Friendly
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Cameroon vs Nigeria: Rohr Confirms Players that will Start Tuesday’s Friendly

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has confirmed that the trio of Ahmed Musa, Francis Uzoho and Valentine Ozornwafor will start against Cameroon in Tuesday’s international friendly. Rohr stated this after the team trained on Monday at Wiener Neustadt Stadium. He was answering questions on the changes he will make, as Nigeria faces the Indomitable Lions for the second time within four days. Musa came on in the second half to replace Kelechi Iheanacho in the first game, while Uzoho was left out for Maduka Okoye. “There will be some changes in the team, Francis Uzoho will be in goal, [Ahmed] Musa will start because he is fit, we lost Troost-Ekong so Valentine [Ozornwafor] will come in for the first time. “There matches are made to test some players who have ...
All IPOB Members Will Be Dealt With – IGP Baba Vows
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All IPOB Members Will Be Dealt With – IGP Baba Vows

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Alkali Baba has emphasized that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) remains proscribed in Nigeria. This is as he added that no Nigerian is expected to be a member of the group since according to the law of the country, IPOB is a banned organization. He vowed that in the spirit of curbing rising insecurity in the country, IPOB and its activities will be curtailed by security agencies. The Police boss made the declaration on Friday while speaking with newsmen in Abuja shortly after he was confirmed by the Police Council. Baba also condemned the cases of attacks on security formations and public institutions in the southeast, vowing that perpetrators will be brought to book. He said: “There are peculiarities, like I said before, in the Sout...
Leaked Documents Show US Considered Using Nuclear Weapons against China to Defend Taiwan in 1958
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Leaked Documents Show US Considered Using Nuclear Weapons against China to Defend Taiwan in 1958

  US Military planners pushed for the White House to prepare plans to use nuclear weapons against mainland China during the Taiwan Strait crisis in 1958, newly leaked documents have confirmed. The documents, first reported on by the New York Times, reveal how Washington went as far as discussing about using nuclear weapons to deter a Chinese invasion of Taiwan, despite knowing China will possibly fire retaliatory nuclear strikes on US bases. The new information was provided to the Times by Daniel Ellsberg. Ellsberg was the whistleblower in 1971 who leaked the Pentagon Papers that detailed the US government's duplicity in its handling of the Vietnam War. "US first use of nuclear weapons should not be contemplated, prepared, or threatened anywhere, under any circu...
US Sprinter and 1968 Olympic Activist, Lee Evans Dies in Nigeria
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US Sprinter and 1968 Olympic Activist, Lee Evans Dies in Nigeria

US sprinter and activist, Lee Evans, who wore a black beret in a sign of protest at the 1968 Olympics, has died at the age of 74. The San Jose Mercury News reported that Evans’ family had started a fundraiser in hopes of bringing him back to the US from Nigeria, where he coached track, to receive medical care after he suffered a stroke last week and was unconscious in a hospital. The USA Track and Field confirmed Evans death on Wednesday, May, 19. Evans was an assistant track coach at Odegbami’s International College and Sports Academy and had coached on and off in Africa since the 1970s. Segun Odegbami, a former Nigerian soccer great also confirmed his death to San Jose Mercury News, saying:“Suddenly he’s not here. All those dreams are not fulfilled. It is so painful.”...
Those who shame single mothers can shut up because they are not God – Nigerian woman who remarried after surviving “domestic violence” shares her story
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Those who shame single mothers can shut up because they are not God – Nigerian woman who remarried after surviving “domestic violence” shares her story

A Nigerian lawyer and mother of three, Ovularia Ragnar Adannaya, has shared her personal story of domestic violence, how she got out of an alleged abusive marriage, went back to school and remarried years later. Taking to Facebook on Sunday, May 16, Ovularia, who has been married to her second husband, Tunde, for 13 years, said she shared her story to encourage divorcees, and to shut the mouths of those who shame single mothers. Read below: "I am sharing this story to encourage every divorcee out there. I am also sharing this so that those of you who derive joy in shaming single mothers can keep shut cos you're no God. "I am a survivor of domestic violence; After 9years with 3 children and repeated attempts to escape, I left with nothing but my 3 c...
Police Denies Reports Claiming Schools in Abuja have been Shutdown over Fear of Bandit attack
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Police Denies Reports Claiming Schools in Abuja have been Shutdown over Fear of Bandit attack

The FCT police command has dismissed reports claiming schools in the capital city have been shut down over fears of bandit attacks. Reports have been rife on social media that the Nigerian Law School and Veritas University in the Bwari Area Council, as well ass other schools, have been shut down over fear of Bandits or Fulani herdsmen attacks. Speaking to Vanguard, a senior Police Officer who spoke on condition of anonymity disclosed that contrary to reports in the media, Veritas University has been on vacation after its first session programs were rounded up since the 3rd of May 2021. The source said the same thing applies to the Nigerian Law School. According to the source, the police authorities have put in place various security strategies of protecting all schools in the ...
All the Adults in that video will definitely spend more time in prison than Baba Ijesha, this is clearly a setup – Yomi Fabiyi speaks more on CCTV footage of Baba Ijesha molesting a minor
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All the Adults in that video will definitely spend more time in prison than Baba Ijesha, this is clearly a setup – Yomi Fabiyi speaks more on CCTV footage of Baba Ijesha molesting a minor

Actor Yomi Fabiyi who had earlier accused his colleagues of being "malicious" over no "clear-cut evidence" of Baba Ijesha molesting a minor before his arrest, has now described the recently released CCTV footage of the actor being caught in the act as a "setup". Fabiyi in a post he shared claimed that setting someone up is a criminal offence, and those behind it will spend more time in prison that Baba Ijesha because a minor is involved. He also called on the Lagos Commissioner of Police to "balance" because embassies and organizations are watching. See his post below;
India’s Covid-19 Variant Found in 17 Countries as Death Toll Passes 200,000 
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India’s Covid-19 Variant Found in 17 Countries as Death Toll Passes 200,000 

India's coronavirus death toll passed 200,000 on Wednesday April 28, with more than 3,000 fatalities reported in just 24 hours, as the World Health Organization warned that a variant of Covid-19 to be contributing to a surge in cases in India has been found in 17 countries. A total of 201,187 people have now died, 3,293 of them in the past day, according to health ministry data, although experts suspect that the true toll is higher. India has now reported 18 million infections, an increase of 360,000 in 24 hours, which is a new world record. This month alone the country has added almost six million new cases. The rapid rises in cases have been blamed on a new virus variant as well as mass political and religious events, which has overwhelmed hospitals with dire shortages of be...
Taraba: SWAN Urges Ishaku to Appoint Substantive Director of Sports
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Taraba: SWAN Urges Ishaku to Appoint Substantive Director of Sports

  Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, has been urged to tread the paths of his colleagues, by appointing a substantive Director of Sports, has been made by the national leadership of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) The leadership of SWAN, who made the call via it deputy National Deputy President, Abubakar Sadiq Moyoyo, while playing host to the Taraba state Executive of the association, Tuesday in Jalingo, said it has become necessary for the state government to fashion out measures that would produce a substantive Director of sports in the state. Also expressing dismay at the poor performance of the state contingents to the just-concluded National Sports Festival in the state that prides itself as the Heart Beat of Nation (Edo), he believe...
Phone Scam: Nigerian man arrested in US for allegedly conning 80-year-old woman out of $31,000
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Phone Scam: Nigerian man arrested in US for allegedly conning 80-year-old woman out of $31,000

A Nigerian man, Dexter Enwerem has been arrested in Norwish, Connecticut in connection with an international phone scam crime organization. Enwerem, 34, of 29 Ward St., Norwich, was charged with first-degree larceny and is being held in lieu of a $50,000 bond, according to a Norwich Police Department news release Wednesday, March 24. Police began investigating a complaint in September 2020 from someone who said their 80-year-old mother-in-law sent money to “unknown individuals for the benefit of ‘helping the homeless.’” “The victim sent gift cards to suspects totaling $13,500 and an $18,000 money order to a suspect identified as Norwich resident Dexter Enwerem,” the release reads. “After a thorough investigation by Detective Scott Meikle, it was determined Enwerem was part ...
Elderly Man allegedly Caught Raping 8-year-old girl in Abia Community
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Elderly Man allegedly Caught Raping 8-year-old girl in Abia Community

An elderly man has been arrested after he was caught raping an 8-year-old girl in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State. The suspect was caught by Amaekpu youths led by their president, Stormy Stainless. According a short statement posted by the organization on Sunday, March 21, the suspect lives opposite a guest house in Ohafia.
Bandits killed 937 people in 2020 – Kaduna state govt says
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Bandits killed 937 people in 2020 – Kaduna state govt says

Kaduna state government has said that no fewer than 937 people were killed by bandits in the state in 2020. The state's Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, disclosed this on Wednesday, March 10. Aruwan who made a presentation of the 2020 Security report before traditional rulers, members of the civil society organizations, and the media at the Government House in Kaduna, said that despite the challenges, the government in collaboration with security agencies is working hard to bring the problem to an end. Aruwan said out of the number of casualties, the Igabi Local Government Area of the state has the highest figures of 152 deaths followed by the Zango Kataf local government with 114 deaths. In Kaduna, the activities of bandits have no doubt ...
Cuppy Astounds Viewers in Maiden Edition of the Cuppy Foundation Gold Dust Conference
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Cuppy Astounds Viewers in Maiden Edition of the Cuppy Foundation Gold Dust Conference

On Thursday, February 11th, 2021, the Cuppy Foundation held its much anticipated virtual conference, ‘Cuppy Gold Dust’  live on YouTube. It was hosted by founder, Nigerian-born DJ, artist and producer, Cuppy.  The conference was a follow-up from the Gold Gala which was held in 2019 and detailed the activities of the Cuppy Foundation in the past year with the funds raised. It featured keynote addresses and panel discussions from members of the foundation’s key partner, Save The Children, Mr. Kevin Watkins, CEO of Save The Children UK, and members of other notable charity organizations in Nigeria gave first-hand accounts of how much they have been able to achieve in the past year with help from The Cuppy Foundation. They shed light on the challenges faced and how much more work needs to b...
Veteran Sports Reporter, Pedro Gomez Dies ‘Suddenly’ at 58
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Veteran Sports Reporter, Pedro Gomez Dies ‘Suddenly’ at 58

Veteran ESPN SportsCenter reporter, Pedro Gomez died on Sunday, February 7. He was 58. James Pitaro, Chairman, ESPN, and Sports Content confirmed his death in a statement saying, “We are shocked and saddened to learn that our friend and colleague Pedro Gomez has passed away.” He continued, “Pedro was an elite journalist at the highest level and his professional accomplishments are universally recognized. More importantly, Pedro was a kind, dear friend to us all. Our hearts are with Pedro’s family and all who love him at this extraordinarily difficult time.” “Pedro was far more than a media personality. He was a Dad, loving husband, loyal friend, coach and mentor,” the Gomez family said in a statement. “He was our everything and his kids’ biggest believer. He died unexpected...
Ebola Virus Kills Woman in Democratic Republic of Congo Three Months after Last Case
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Ebola Virus Kills Woman in Democratic Republic of Congo Three Months after Last Case

A new case of Ebola has been identified near the city of Butembo in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), three months after it was announced that the "last ebola patient" in the country had recovered in Equateur. The country's health ministry said the woman who showed symptoms on 1 February in the town of Biena, North Kivu,  died in hospital in Butembo two days later. She was married to a man who had contracted the virus in a previous outbreak. Health minister Eteni Longondo told state television RTNC;   “It was a farmer, the wife of a survivor of Ebola, who showed typical signs of the disease on February 1. “The provincial response team is already hard at work. It will be supported by the national response team which will visit Butembo shortly." The New E...
AU Needs to  be Reformed to Stay Relevant – Buhari
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AU Needs to be Reformed to Stay Relevant – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has called for the reformation of the structures and operations of the African Union. The President who spoke during a virtual intervention at the ongoing two-day 34th Summit of the AU, also congratulated elected members of the African Union Commission, 2021, which include the Chairman, Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chad, and Deputy Chairman, Dr Monique Nsanzabaganwa, Rwanda. According to President Buhari, AU would become stale except it becomes more result oriented. A statement released by Buhari's media aide, Garba Shehu read; President Muhammadu Buhari has called for a comprehensive reform of the structures and operations of the African Union, to make it more functional in meeting targets, warning that the organization would become stale, except it become...
US Finally Backs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for Next WTO Director
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US Finally Backs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for Next WTO Director

The Biden administration on Friday, Feb 5, said the U.S. would support Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the next director-general of the World Trade Organization, hours after South Korea’s trade minister stepped out of the race. The Biden administration’s decision is the last hurdle standing in the way of Ms. Okonjo-Iweala assuming the top job at the WTO, after South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee pulled out. Last year, Ms. Okonjo-Iweala was supported by a majority of WTO members, but the Trump administration backed Ms. Yoo, saying she was better qualified. The office of the U.S. Trade Representative said in a statement Friday: "Dr. Okonjo-Iweala brings a wealth of knowledge in economics and international diplomacy from her 25 years with the World Bank and two terms as Nigerian Finance Minister....
Fear grips Delta communities as mysterious disease claims 15 lives within two weeks
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Fear grips Delta communities as mysterious disease claims 15 lives within two weeks

There is palpable fear in Ute-Okpu and Idumuesah communities in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State over the outbreak of a ravaging mysterious sickness which has claimed not less than 15 lives within 18 to 25 years age bracket in the last two weeks.   Expressing concern over the mysterious death, the Delta State Government, however, assured residents that it would do everything possible to curb the disease.   The Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mordi Ononye gave the assurance on Sunday, November 1, when he led a team of public health officials including two representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO) to Ute Okpu in Ika North-East Local Government Area with the view to unravel the mysterious disease.   According to the Com...
“My period as Barcelona manager is over” – Pep Guardiola rules out possibility of linking up with Lionel Messi at Camp Nou
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“My period as Barcelona manager is over” – Pep Guardiola rules out possibility of linking up with Lionel Messi at Camp Nou

Guardiola is in the last six months of his current contract with Manchester City, and this week Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu announced he will be stepping down as president following the club's failures on and off the pitch last season.   Barca presidential candidate Victor Font also announced he wanted to bring Guardiola back so as to arrange a reunion between the 49-year-old and Lionel Messi. "It is our intention to build a very strong and competitive project and we are very lucky at Barca that we inherited a style of play that Johan Cruyff instilled throughout the organisation, and most of the best professionals who know about this style are also fans and love the club - like Pep Guardiola, Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta, [Carlos] Puyol," Font told Sky Sports earlier this we...
We Run A Staff-Friendly Organization – Inner Galaxy Steel
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We Run A Staff-Friendly Organization – Inner Galaxy Steel

The Inner Galaxy Steel Company Limited has refuted allegations of running a “modern day slave camp” in its facility at Umuahala, Obuzor Asa, Ukwa West LGA, Abia State. The company has gone ahead to produce a series of documentary evidence by way of photographs and archive materials dating back to its first year of operations in 2015, showing its culture of maintaining a healthy atmosphere for staff who are mostly Nigerian citizens. The company last week had come under heavy attacks on social media for what a particular social media account holder termed unfair labour practices and unhealthy environment. The individual who operated under a pseudo name also displayed a photograph of someone he claimed was a staff of the company whose back was lacerated from strokes of the cain. But I...
World’s Rarest Species of Gorillas Pictured with Babies in Nigeria
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World’s Rarest Species of Gorillas Pictured with Babies in Nigeria

Photos have been released for the first time in years showing a group of the world's rarest species of gorillas with babies in Nigeria. Seven Cross River gorillas including infants were pictured at the Mbe Mountains Community Forest in Cross River by the Wildlife Conservation Society in May and June. The WCS in Nigeria, an international non-governmental organization, said the pictures were captured by camera traps in the mountains. According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Cross River gorillas are the world's rarest great ape and extremely wary of humans following a long history of maltreatment. Experts have hailed the sighting as a "positive sign" for the breed and said no babies have been caught on camera before. A team of 16 eco-guards has reporte...
Seven Nigerian Journalists Die Within 7 Days
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Seven Nigerian Journalists Die Within 7 Days

Seven Nigerian journalists have died in Nigeria within the last seven days. The journalists, who work with different media organizations in Nigeria, died of different ailments. On the list are Dan Foster (Cool FM, Inspiration FM, City FM and Classic FM), Hugo Odiogor (former Editor at the Vanguard), Xavier Ndayongmong (Crime Editor at Daily Independent), Nkiruka Udoh (Crime and Defence Correspondent at AIT), Naomi Uzor (Business Desk at the Vanguard), Aramide Praise Oikelome (the Media Project and Independent Newspapers), and Azeez Ozi Sanni (Cartoonist at The Nation). Dan Foster died on June 17. His wife Lovina confirmed to Channels TV that he was tested for COVID-19 and the result came back positive one day before his death. Mr. Hugo Odiogor, is a popular foreign affairs ...
Infectious Disease Bill: CSOs threaten massive protest if bill is passed
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Infectious Disease Bill: CSOs threaten massive protest if bill is passed

Civil Society groups under the aegis of Citizens Coalition Against Impunity and Injustice have threatened a massive protest if the National Assembly does not allow the views of Nigerians concerning the infectious diseases bill to count. Speaking at a One-Day Civil Society/Media Round table on the Infectious Disease Bill currently been debated at the National Assembly, held in Jos, the Plateau State Capital, supported by Equity International Initiative, an Executive Director with the organization, Comrade Chris Iyama, said the lawmakers were the people’s representatives and should listen to them. Iyama said that the lawmakers should consult widely with their constituents to know what they feel before passing the bill, otherwise, it may be efforts in futility. “The lawmakers wer...
Grammy Renames Controversial ‘Urban Contemporary’ Category
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Grammy Renames Controversial ‘Urban Contemporary’ Category

The Recording Academy, the organization behind the Grammy awards on Wednesday June 10 announced a number of changes to its category names, including changing "urban contemporary" to "progressive R&B." The announcement was made amid growing criticism of the term “urban” which generalized genres including hip-hop and R&B, belittling the innovation of black music. The Recording Academy said the changes had been made to ensure its awards were "inclusive and reflect[ed] the current state of the music industry".   The statement read in part; “The renamed category is intended to highlight albums that include the more progressive elements of R&B and may include samples and elements of hip-hop, rap, dance, and electronic music. It may also incorporate production ele...
Yiaga set to Deploy 500 Observers for Ondo, Edo Governorship Polls
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Yiaga set to Deploy 500 Observers for Ondo, Edo Governorship Polls

Towards ensuring that the forthcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo are given optimal coverage, Yiaga Africa has disclosed that it will be deploying 500 observers for the polls. While stating that observers will also be recruited to monitor procedures at the collation centres across all local governments within the two states, the organization said that the aim was to ensure timely and accurate information about the election process to voters and stakeholders. The Executive Director, Yiaga Africa, Samson Itodo, stated this on Saturday during a virtual meeting held to engaged journalists in the two states on Yiaga Africa’s election project; Watching The Vote, WTV, and its plans for the upcoming elections even as citizens vote amidst COVID-19. The ...
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Donates $3Million to Colin Kaepernick’s ‘Know Your Rights’ Camp
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Donates $3Million to Colin Kaepernick’s ‘Know Your Rights’ Camp

Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and Square, donated $3 million to Colin Kaepernick's Know Your Rights Camp. The Know Your Rights Camp is an organization established by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and it is dedicated to empowering people of color. Recall that Kaepernick's NFL career ended because he took a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality suffered by Black men and racial injustice. His action later sparked kneeling protests across the country. Following the death of George Floyd and the protests it sparked, Dorsey donated to Kaepernick's organization to support the fight against racial injustice. Dorsey said he gave "$3mm to Colin @Kaepernick7’s @yourrightscamp to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through ...
Minneapolis Public Schools unanimously vote to terminate its contract with the city’s Police Department over George Floyd’s death
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Minneapolis Public Schools unanimously vote to terminate its contract with the city’s Police Department over George Floyd’s death

The Minneapolis Public Schools have ended their decades long relationship with the city’s police department in response to the death of George Floyd. The school board voted unanimously at a meeting on Tuesday June 2nd to terminate MPD’s contract to use officers to provide school security. According to the New York Post, Minneapolis Public Schools will stop any further talks with the police department, with Superintendent Ed Graff expected to come up with a new plan for school safety before the board’s next meeting on August 18. “We cannot continue to be in partnership with an organization that has the culture of violence and racism that the Minneapolis police department has historically demonstrated,” Nelson Inz, one of the school board members, said. “We have to stand in soli...
Trump Threatens to Permanently Pull Funding From WHO and Reconsider’ US Membership
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Trump Threatens to Permanently Pull Funding From WHO and Reconsider’ US Membership

President Donald Trump on Monday May 18, threatened to permanently pull US funding from the World Health Organization over the Coronavirus pandemic. In a four-page letter addressed to WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus, the US President criticized the stages of the body's response to the outbreak of the disease since December. Trump insisted that the international health agency shares the responsibility for the large number of deaths in the crisis and further threatened to pull US funding permanently and also reconsider US membership in the organization, if it does not commit to “major substantive improvements” within 30 days. The US President who disclosed that talks on reforming the WHO had already begun, had earlier called the UN health body a "puppet of China". The...
Coronavirus: MURIC Cautions Mosques against Reopening
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Coronavirus: MURIC Cautions Mosques against Reopening

Islamic human rights organization, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has cautioned Islamic authorities in Nigeria against the reopening of mosques, amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The advice was contained in a statement issued by the director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola, on Monday, 18th May, 2020. A few states in the country, including Borno and Gombe, have relaxed the ban on religious gatherings, granting permission to mosques and churches to reopen, though with strict guidelines on physical distancing and maintaining proper hygiene. However, Akintola said such steps have to be taken with caution. He said; “There are reports that some state governments have given the green light for the opening of mosques. This may not be wise enough.” “We must be on the...
China Asks US To Pay United Nations Debt
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China Asks US To Pay United Nations Debt

China on Friday issued a statement calling on all UN member states to “actively fulfill their financial obligations to the United Nations,” stressing that Washington owes the organization more than $2 billion. “As of May 14, the total unpaid assessments under the UN regular budget and peacekeeping budget amount to 1.63 billion and 2.14 billion US dollars respectively,” the Chinese statement said, citing a report from the UN Secretary-General’s office and a meeting held on Thursday. Including arrears that stretch back several years, “the United States is the largest debtor, owing 1.165 billion and 1.332 billion US dollars respectively,” China added. The US is the biggest contributor to the UN budget, paying 22 percent of its annual running costs, a bill which adds up to around $3 b...
No Fulani’ll come to Oyo from other states for now — Former Miyetti-Allah chair
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No Fulani’ll come to Oyo from other states for now — Former Miyetti-Allah chair

FOLLOWING reports of illegal entry of people from other states into Oyo State despite the inter-state lockdown order by the Federal Government, Fulani cow traders and herdsmen have been warned to stay off the state till the authorities vacate the restriction order. The former Chairman of Oyo State Chapter of Miyetti Allah, Alhaji Yakubu Bello, who stated this on while speaking with reporters in Iseyin, said the warning was to secure the lives of the generality of the people against the dreaded COVID-19 infection. Yakubu said the state chapter of the organization has sent strong warnings to members from northern Nigeria and other States of the federation to heed the government’s warning against inter-state travelling, adding that incidents of arrest of travellers from the north or any...
Billionaire businessman, Mike Adenuga, fulfills his N1bn donation to COVID-19 relief fund
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Billionaire businessman, Mike Adenuga, fulfills his N1bn donation to COVID-19 relief fund

Billionaire businessman, Mike Adenuga, has fulfilled his N1 billion donation to the COVID-19 relief fund put together by wealthy Nigerians and corporate organization.   An acknowledgement letter published shows that the billionaire businessman fulfilled his pledge on April 3rd.     37 private citizens as well as corporate organizations have so far donated over 15 billion to the account which is being managed by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
NCDC receives ambulance, medical equipment, others from Living Faith Church
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NCDC receives ambulance, medical equipment, others from Living Faith Church

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC on Saturday confirmed that it has received medical equipment and ambulance donated by Living Faith Church to support the fight against coronavirus in Nigeria. Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church had on March 31 announced that the church will be donating medical equipment and relief materials to Lagos and Ogun States to aide the fight against coronavirus. The donation was made known in a statement issued by the Chairman of the Church’s Editorial Board, Prof Sheriff Folarin. Oyedepo emphasized that the church will join hands to support the government and Nigerians, saying that Living Faith Church as a faith-based organization with a global outreach wishes to register its support, in entirety, to the Nigerian government and glo...
Shisha, Tobacco Smokers Risk Contracting Coronavirus: WHO
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Shisha, Tobacco Smokers Risk Contracting Coronavirus: WHO

The world health organisation (WHO) has warned that people who smoke are liable to contract the coronavirus disease. According to a new statement on the official website of the organisation, emphasis was placed on people who consume shisha and tobacco. Full statement below: “Smokers are likely to be more vulnerable to COVID-19 as the act of smoking means that fingers (and possibly contaminated cigarettes) are in contact with lips which increases the possibility of transmission of the virus from hand to mouth. “Smokers may also already have lung disease or reduced lung capacity which would greatly increase the risk of serious illness. “Smoking products such as water pipes often involve the sharing of mouthpieces and hoses, which could facilitate the transmission of COVID-19 i...
Instagram steps up effort to curb COVID-19 disinformation
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Instagram steps up effort to curb COVID-19 disinformation

Instagram said Tuesday it was ramping up efforts to promote reliable content about the coronavirus pandemic and stop the spread of misinformation on the image-centric social network. The move by the Facebook-owned service with more than one billion users worldwide comes amid a scramble by social networks to deliver verified information and stamp out hoaxes. “People who search for information related to the coronavirus or COVID-19 on Instagram will start to see an educational message connecting them to resources from the World Health Organization and local health ministries,” Instagram said in a blog post. “We are working quickly to make this available globally over the coming weeks.” Instagram said it would also add “stickers” that signify verified coronavirus information and w...
The IOM calls out BBNaija’s Tacha for making use of their lab coat without authorization for photoshoot
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The IOM calls out BBNaija’s Tacha for making use of their lab coat without authorization for photoshoot

BBNaija former housemate, Tacha called out by The international organisation of migration (IOM) for the making use of their lab coat for photoshoot. According to the institution, she made use of their lab coat without telling them. Furthermore, she might sued for the act. According to report, Tacha made use of coat to pose for international women day See their post below; We’ve recently come across this photo of Nigerian Big Brother participant @simply_tacha wearing an IOM lab coat. We would like to clarify that this person does not represent IOM. Using an IOM uniform or visibility without its permission or impersonating IOM staff is illegal, help us spread the world!
Daddy Freeze leaves Cool Fm after 20 Years
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Daddy Freeze leaves Cool Fm after 20 Years

Daddy Freeze is leaving Cool FM after 20 years of working with the radio station. The popular OAP made the announcement from the Cool FM studio. Freeze began working with the radio station only 3 years after it started and went on to become the longest-serving staff at the organization. He revealed that he's not leaving radio though, as he's moving to a different radio station. He wrote: I’m leaving Coolfm... Hi guys, after 20 years on @coolfmlagos the time has come to say good bye. - Would miss you all... BIG announcement coming soon.
Tokyo 2020 Olympics could be postponed over coronavirus
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Tokyo 2020 Olympics could be postponed over coronavirus

Japan’s Olympic minister says the Tokyo 2020 Games could be postponed from the summer until later in the year amid fears over the coronavirus outbreak. In a response to a question in Japan’s parliament, Seiko Hashimoto said Tokyo’s contract with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) “calls for the Games to be held within 2020”.She added that “could be interpreted as allowing a postponement”. The Games are due to be held from 24 July to 9 August. “We are doing all we can to ensure that the Games go ahead as planned,” Hashimoto added. IOC president Thomas Bach said last week that the organisation is “fully committed” to hosting the event as scheduled. Under the hosting agreement the right to cancel the Games remains with the IOC. A number of high-profile sporting events...
Nollywood actress, Patience Oseni Dies
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Nollywood actress, Patience Oseni Dies

Veteran Nollywood actress, Patience Oseni has died. The actress died on Monday, February 17, 2020, in Calabar, Cross River State. Her daughter, Augusta Akomolafe confirmed the actress' death to the National President of AGN, Ejezie Emeka Rollas. Oseni was a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) and the organization is mourning her demise.
Conjoined Twins Born in Kaduna are Yet to be Taken to Hospital two Weeks after Birth, Due to lack of fund
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Conjoined Twins Born in Kaduna are Yet to be Taken to Hospital two Weeks after Birth, Due to lack of fund

A set of conjoined twins born in Kaduna are still being taken care of at home by their parents Muhammad Bashir, a wheelbarrow pusher and Zainab Sale two weeks after birth. The twins, both girls, were born on January 30, 2020 at home in Kadege of Tudun Wadan Soba, Soba local government of Kaduna state. Speaking to Arewa Trust Weekly, the father of the twins, Muhammad Bashir, said he could not take them to hospital for medical attention, because he did not have the means to do so. Muhammad said his wife, Zainab Sale, was forced to deliver the babies at home because his major priority was to get what to put on the table for the family. He said he was only a peasant farmer and because he could not live on his produce he was forced to augment his income by pushing wheelbarrow. ...
Coronavirus: Cure in Sight as Australian Scientists Recreate Virus
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Coronavirus: Cure in Sight as Australian Scientists Recreate Virus

A cure seems to be in sight for the deadly coronavirus after a team of Australian scientists announced that they have recreated the virus. The breakthrough annoucement made by researchers at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne on Wednesday January 29, is expected to quicken the creation of a vaccine. Doherty Institute Deputy Director, Mike Catton told reporters that they will share the sample which was grown from an infected patient with the World Health Organization and laboratories around the world. He said; “We’ve planned for an incident like this for many, many years and that’s really why we were able to get an answer so quickly. This is a step, it’s a piece of the puzzle that we have contributed." The recent coronavirus outbreak has k...
Michael Jordan Reacts to Death of Kobe Bryant, Gianna
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Michael Jordan Reacts to Death of Kobe Bryant, Gianna

NBA legend, Michael Jordan has expressed shock over the death of Kobe Bryant. Kobe was travelling on Sunday with at least 9 other people in his private helicopter when his helicopter went down and fire broke out. Kobe’s daughter Gianna was also reported to have been on board the helicopter and died alongside her father in the crash in Calabasas on Sunday. Kobe who used a helicopter to travel for years was known for commuting from Newport Beach, CA to the STAPLES Center in DTLA in his Sikorsky S-76 chopper. The former Los Angeles Lakers star described the news of Kobe’s death as ‘painful’ even as he described him as ‘a little brother, fierce competitor, one of the greats of the game and a creative force.” Jordan’s spokesperson in a statement wrote: “I am in shock over...
Wendy Williams And Kevin Hunter Finalise Divorce After 21 Years Of Marriage
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Wendy Williams And Kevin Hunter Finalise Divorce After 21 Years Of Marriage

Williams who was married to Hunter for 21 years filed for divorce in April 2019.  The daytime talk show host and Hunter cited irreconcilable differences as the cause. The duo is each foregoing alimony but Williams agreed to keep a $1million (£761,000) life insurance policy on herself that will go to Hunter should she die. They also agreed to sell their New Jersey home and share those proceeds while Williams will keep their home in Florida while Kevin allegedly doesn’t have to give up any proceeds he made from a house in Morristown, NJ that he once owned but sold. According to court documents obtained by Page Six, Hunter will sign over his shares of Wendy Williams productions to her and that she will get their joint bank account, while he will keep his cars and separate busi...
South-west Governors Turning Amotekun into Christian Militia- MURIC alleges
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South-west Governors Turning Amotekun into Christian Militia- MURIC alleges

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has accused South West governors of having a hidden agenda to turn the newly created regional security outfit, Amotekun, ito a ''Christian militia''. In a statement released by its director, Ishaq Akintola, MURIC alleged that an ongoing recruitment by the security outfit has mandated applicants to submit birth certificates registered only in churches. Read the statement below Governors of the South West sub-region recently established a security outfit called ‘Amotekun’ (the leopard). However, an Islamic organization has raised the alarm over what it described as the attempt of the handlers of the new security outfit to accept birth certificates registered only in churches as one of the pre-requisites for eligibility for recruitment into the ou...
Five Aid Workers Abducted by Boko Haram Have Been Released
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Five Aid Workers Abducted by Boko Haram Have Been Released

The five aid workers abducted on December 22 by gunmen believed to be Boko Haram terrorists after their vehicle was ambushed along Monguno and Damaturu, have reportedly been released. Premium Times reported that the release of the aid workers said to be two females and three males, was facilitated by the State Security Service. Though it is not clear if any ransom was paid to secure the release of the five abductees, it was however gathered that they arrived at the DSS office in Maiduguri at about 4 pm today, January 15. The source said; “It is a big day for us here in Borno with the release of the five abductees. “Two of the abductees were staff of ALIMA, an international NGO; one from Solidarity International, one from International Organization on Migration and one fr...
IMO Approves Nigeria’s SOP for Oil Pollution Claims
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IMO Approves Nigeria’s SOP for Oil Pollution Claims

THE International Maritime Organization, IMO, has approved the Standard Operation Procedure, SOP, of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, for oil pollution claims from the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds, IOPCF, which provide financial compensation for oil pollution damage that occurs in member states, resulting from spills. Disclosing this, weekend, in Lagos, Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, said that before now, Nigeria never had such a Standard Operating Procedure for claims adding that Nigeria is one of the very few countries in Africa with such approval now. Peterside also said that the Nigeria’s SOP meets all international requirements for application and assessment of claims in case of oil spill or pollution of the e...
Judge Orders Netflix to Remove the Controversial Movie where Jesus was Depicted as Gay
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Judge Orders Netflix to Remove the Controversial Movie where Jesus was Depicted as Gay

A Brazilian judge has ordered Netflix to stop showing the controversial movie depicting Jesus as gay. The ruling by Rio de Janeiro judge Benedicto Abicair on Wednesday, January 8, ordered Netflix to remove the Christmas special that some called blasphemous for depicting Jesus as a gay man and which prompted a gasoline bomb attack on the satirists behind the program. Judge Benedicto Abicair responded to a petition by a Brazilian Catholic organization that argued the "honor of millions of Catholics" was hurt by the airing of "The First Temptation of Christ." The special was produced by the Rio-based film company Porta dos Fundos, whose headquarters was targeted in the Christmas Eve attack. Netflix told The Associated Press it would not comment on the ruling. Porta dos Fundos a...
Khloe Kardashian Shows Off An Entire Room Dedicated To Her Hair Extensions
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Khloe Kardashian Shows Off An Entire Room Dedicated To Her Hair Extensions

Khloe Kardashian's mansion has an entire room dedicated to wigs and hair extensions - and fans are very conflicted after laying eyes on it. The unusual display was revealed by home organisation company, The Home Edit, who took to Instagram to share a glimpse of Khloe's hair closet. The pic reveals rows of neatly stocked hair pieces in a variety of shades - from honey blonde to bubblegum pink - which are neatly displayed on hangers for easy access. Then on the top shelf of Khloe's wardrobe sit numerous mannequin heads where the reality star stores her famous famous wigs. 35-year-old Khloe is known as something as a hair chameleon and is not afraid to switch up her look. But seeing the reality of Khloe's glam room left some fans divided. "That's disgusting," one respond...

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