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Wolves boss Nuno confirms plans to improve squad depth
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Wolves boss Nuno confirms plans to improve squad depth

Wolves boss Nuno has confirmed plans of deepening their squad this summer. Nuno says he needs greater depth after a difficult season. He said, “This season, all of us have been affected, and that can't take away our philosophy. We have to find the right balance. We'll never decide numbers on 'ifs' – if you go around your life with 'ifs', it'll be very difficult to decide. One of the ideas is to try and increase the numbers so we can be more prepared. “We have to decide on the players that we have on loan, but it's not the moment, we have specific dates to do so, and we'll approach this situation in the right moment." Nuno continued: “It's been tough for everybody. We are no different from other teams, all the teams have suffered problems, the pandemic has affected us as a socie...
Who needs Haaland? Why Werner will prove the Chelsea doubters wrong
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Who needs Haaland? Why Werner will prove the Chelsea doubters wrong

Timo Werner’s pass for Kai Havertz to score his second of the afternoon in Chelsea's 2-0 victory over Fulham on Saturday took the former to double figures for both goals and assists this season. The last person to do that for the Blues in their debut season was Eden Hazard. If this is Werner at low ebb, just imagine what he will be like when he hits form. Moving to a new country is not easy during a pandemic. England has been in lockdown for the vast majority of Werner’s time at Chelsea, which is bound to affect his ability to adapt and feel at home, while the move from Frank Lampard to Thomas Tuchel created another hurdle for the Germany international to jump.
Kizz Daniel welcomes set of twins on his birthday
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Kizz Daniel welcomes set of twins on his birthday

Popular Nigerian singer, Kizz Daniel, has announced the birth of his sons.   The singer revealed this on Instagram on Saturday as he celebrates his birthday. The names of his twins are; Jelani and Jalil. Alongside a picture, the 27-year-old singer on his Instagram wrote: “ There is no better way to celebrate my birthday than announcing the arrival of my sons ‘Jelani and Jalil’ He, however, did not disclose the mother of his twins. Kizz Daniel has been off social media for a while since COVID-19 pandemic.  
Indian woman Dies of Covid two Hours after Police ‘took away her Oxygen Cylinder from her Hospital bed to Give it to a VIP’
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Indian woman Dies of Covid two Hours after Police ‘took away her Oxygen Cylinder from her Hospital bed to Give it to a VIP’

An Indian woman has died after the police allegedly took her oxygen cylinder away from her hospital bed to give to a VIP amid a shortage of medical oxygen in the country. Video shared on social media shows a man crying and begging in front of the Uttar Pradesh police not to take away his mother’s oxygen cylinder. 'My mother will die if you take away her oxygen cylinder,' Anmol Goyal, 22, told the police as the cylinder was carried out of the hospital on Tuesday night, April 27. He and his 17-year-old brother were said to have sourced the oxygen themselves, bringing it to the Covid ward and placing it by their mother's bed. Their mother, who was admitted to a private hospital in Agra in Uttar Pradesh for Covid-19 complications, died two hours after the police allegedly t...
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...
Medical Supplies Arrive In India As Coronavirus Cases Hit New Records
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Medical Supplies Arrive In India As Coronavirus Cases Hit New Records

India hit record numbers of Covid-19 infections worldwide for the sixth day running on Tuesday as the country and its overstretched health systems started receiving vital medical supplies to deal with the pandemic. A total of 323,144 new cases and 2,771 deaths were registered, Health Ministry data showed, taking the national caseload to 17.6 million cases and the death tally to 197,894. India has been logging over 300,000 cases since Thursday, when it surpassed the previous highest one-day spike of around 300,300 cases in the United States in January. The country has also been seeing its highest daily number of deaths over the past week. Doctors in the capital New Delhi, the epicentre of the latest wave of infections, have described how critical patients were dying on the stre...
“Watch 2022, all church restrictions due to Covid will be removed” – Leke Adeboye says Nigerian politicians become strong church members when election is near
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“Watch 2022, all church restrictions due to Covid will be removed” – Leke Adeboye says Nigerian politicians become strong church members when election is near

Pastor Leke Adeboye, son of RCCG General Overseer Pastor E.A. Adeboye, took to Instagram to share his observation about Nigerian politicians and their approach to religion. He said Nigerian politicians only become strong church members when elections are coming. He predicted that as election draws near, he's certain all restrictions placed on church activities due to the coronavirus pandemic will be removed. Read his post below.
I dont do campaigns without compensation – Linda Mtoba
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I dont do campaigns without compensation – Linda Mtoba

South African actress, Linda Mtoba has hit back at influencers not being paid for their work during the pandemic. Taking to Twitter, the star had a PSA for campaigns that skimp on or don't offer any payment for their work: Not in this pandemic! “Unfortunately we don’t do campaigns that don’t offer remuneration, due to the state of the economy,” she announced. Many of her fans took to the replies, agreeing with the star's declaration. However, there were some users who felt that it's not all about the money.
Brazil Urges Women to Delay Pregnancy Over claims new COVID variant is more Dangerous to Expectant Mothers
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Brazil Urges Women to Delay Pregnancy Over claims new COVID variant is more Dangerous to Expectant Mothers

Health officials in Brazil have urged women to postpone pregnancy until the coronavirus pandemic has passed because the new variants of the virus is more dangerous to expectant mothers. The Secretary of Primary Health Care of the Brazilian health ministry, Raphael Camara disclosed this and said that the variants of covid in Brazil are more dangerous to expectant mothers. 'If possible [the women should] postpone the pregnancy a bit to a better time so that [they] can have a more peaceful pregnancy,' he said in a press conference on Friday. He added that the ministry is now working on studies on the issue of pregnancy and variants of the virus. 'The clinical view of experts shows that the new variant has a more aggressive action on pregnant women,' he said. 'Before, [sever...
Ethiopian Airlines plane mistakenly lands at unopened airport still under construction
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Ethiopian Airlines plane mistakenly lands at unopened airport still under construction

An Ethiopian Airlines plane mistakenly landed at an unopened airport still under construction in Zambia, the airline has confirmed. The flight, a cargo service traveling from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and destined for Ndola, Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Airport -- instead landed Sunday at Zambia's new Copperbelt International Airport, which has not yet been inaugurated, the airline said in a statement. The flight -- ET 3891 -- made a safe landing in the new airport, Ethiopian Airlines added. The transport ministry's permanent secretary Misheck Lungu told the AFP news agency that the pilot had landed at the unopened airport "by error." The Copperbelt International Airport is about 21 kilometers (13 miles) from Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Airport by car. "When he was about to land he was ...
Jeannie Mai and Jeezy get Married one Year after their Engagement
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Jeannie Mai and Jeezy get Married one Year after their Engagement

Jeannie Mai, 42, and Jeezy, 43, got married in an intimate ceremony in Atlanta on March 27, one year after their engagement. The TV host and the rapper had originally wanted to get married at Lake Como or in the South of France, however, things changed due to the pandemic. Jeanne said: "We were really looking forward to having all of our friends and family there to celebrate. But we had to change all of our wedding plans due to COVID. After Jeezy’s mother unexpectedly passed, we quickly learned that life is too short. And at the end of the day, Jeezy and I really just wanted to become husband and wife. So we decided to turn our original wedding into a mini-mony, where we exchanged our vows in front of our immediate family and a few close friends." In a bid to keep their we...
Leicester City vs Southampton: 4,000 Fans to Attend FA Cup Quarter-final
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Leicester City vs Southampton: 4,000 Fans to Attend FA Cup Quarter-final

  The United Kingdom Government has decided to allow up to 4,000 fans to attend the FA Cup semi-final between Leicester City and Southampton. The march, according to Daily Mail, was selected by the government as the first football test event for the return of spectators. Leicester City and Southampton will face each other on April 18 in one of the FA Cup semi-finals. The other one will be played between Manchester City and Chelsea. However, fans of both Southampton and Leicester City will not be part of the 4,000 spectators to attend the game. Instead, the tickets will be given to local residents of Brent as well as health service workers. According to the report, the move by the government is to gain information on how to keep large crowds safe amid COVID-19. La...
Update: UK Police Search Epping Forest for Nigerian Student who has been Missing for More than a Week
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Update: UK Police Search Epping Forest for Nigerian Student who has been Missing for More than a Week

A desperate search for a Nigerian student who has been missing for more than a week has been extended to Epping Forest after new CCTV sighting in Essex. Richard Okorogheye, a 19-year-old student at Oxford Brookes University, hasn’t been seen since he left home in the Ladbroke Grove area of west London on the evening of Monday, March, 22, and was last seen boarding a bus. His mother, Nurse Evidence Joel said her son, who had been shielding during the pandemic due to having sickle cell disease, had struggled with his online studies. According to her, Richard left home at about 8.30 pm saying he was going to meet a friend but left his wallet, jacket, and medication behind. "All he said to me was 'mummy, I'm going to see my friend'. I trusted him, ...
NDLEA Intercepts Over N2bn Worth of illicit Drugs at Lagos airport
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NDLEA Intercepts Over N2bn Worth of illicit Drugs at Lagos airport

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have intercepted illicit drugs worth over N2billion at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos and three suspected traffickers were arrested. A statement released by the spokesperson of the agency, Femi Babafemi, states that one of the suspects, Aniede Chimezie Bright was arrested on Sunday 28th March 2021, during the outward clearance of passengers on Air Marroc, with 7.1 Kg of Methamphetamine carefully concealed in food spices and packed in a Swiss polo suitcase. The illicit substance was bound for Spain with a street value of over N2 billion. According to the Commander, MMIA Command of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Garba, “Unarguably, the closure of borders occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic is respons...
Resident doctors to begin indefinite strike Thursday April 1
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Resident doctors to begin indefinite strike Thursday April 1

Members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have concluded plans to embark on an indefinite strike on Thursday, April 1. The strike will be coming on the heels of the expiration of the 60-day ultimatum given to the Federal Government on January 25 for the payment of arrears of salaries of house officers across the country and the review of hazard allowance, among other demands. According to members of the association, since the pandemic began in 2020, it has lost 17 doctors, whose families and loved ones are yet to benefit from the Death in Service Insurance Scheme. A statement released in Abuja by the President of NARD, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, after NARD’s extra-ordinary National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Sunday, March 28, reads in part “The NEC obs...
The economy remains weak with too much unemployment and resources left idle – Tinubu
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The economy remains weak with too much unemployment and resources left idle – Tinubu

Former Governor of Lagos state and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu has stated that the Nigerian economy has remained weak with too much unemployment and resources left idle even after the exit from recession. Tinubu who delivered a speech as the chairman of the 2021 Sardauna Memorial Lecture held in honour of one of Nigeria’s founding fathers, the late Sir Ahmadu Bello, stressed the need to cut down on wasteful spending among government officials to ensure Nigerians benefit from the economy. He said;  “In the midst of our local challenges came the COVID-19 pandemic, with its debilitating impact on the global and domestic economies. Nigeria, like many other countries, has not been spared the impact of the pandemic. “Commendably, however, President Muham...
Holland to Send 200 People on Eight-day Holiday to Greece as an Experiment to See if Tourism is Feasible During Pandemic
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Holland to Send 200 People on Eight-day Holiday to Greece as an Experiment to See if Tourism is Feasible During Pandemic

The Dutch government is planning to send 200 people on holiday to Greece for eight days as an experiment to see if tourism is feasible during the pandemic. About 25,000 people are said to have applied for the free trip and the trial will see travellers enjoy an all-inclusive holiday in Rhodes, costing £342 (€399) per person, BBC reports. During the experiment, hosted by holiday firm Sunweb, the selected holiday-goers will not be allowed to leave the resort and will be expected to quarantine for ten days when they return back to Holland. According to RTL Nieuws, those selected must be aged 18-70 and will all be staying at the Mitsis Grand Hotel in Rhodes where they will be the only guests. In the experiment, which has been given the go-ahead by public health authorities ...
The Arsenal Project is Going to ‘Bang’ – Arteta
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The Arsenal Project is Going to ‘Bang’ – Arteta

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has expressed his optimism that his project at the club will ‘bang’ once football returns to normal after the pandemic. The Gunners have endured a disappointing campaign so far during Arteta’s first full campaign in charge and travel for Thursday night’s Europa League tie with Olympiacos knowing that winning that competition is their best route back into Europe next season. The 1-1 draw with Burnley on Sunday, leaves Arsenal 10th in the Premier League with 11 games left. Arteta remains adamant that there has been improvement and says the difficulties his team have faced throughout the pandemic, will actually work to Arsenal’s advantage in the long-term. When asked what the past year has been like, Arteta said: “We have created a real...
Woman Kills her ex-boyfriend Because he Refused to pay for her Boob job Costing $1,800
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Woman Kills her ex-boyfriend Because he Refused to pay for her Boob job Costing $1,800

A woman shot dead her ex-boyfriend because he refused to pay for her boob job. Cristina D'Avila Teixeira Rodrigues, aged 24, was arrested in Brazil for allegedly executing businessman Paulo Roberto Moraes Teixeira Junior with a gunshot to the back of the head. She reportedly handed herself to police in the city of Manaus on March 8, three days after commiting the alleged crime. The victim, Paulo Roberto Moraes Teixeira Junior, 29, owned an internet installation company, where he met Christina. Police report say he was fatally shot on Friday afternoon, March 5 with a .380 calibre pistol. He was then rushed to hospital, but died on Sunday, March 7. According to Rodrigo, the victim's brother, Rodrigues killed her ex because he refused to pay for her silicone breast impla...
Solskjaer fires warning over Man Utd transfer spending amid financial constraints
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Solskjaer fires warning over Man Utd transfer spending amid financial constraints

United will look to be active again in the transfer window but the affects of Covid-19 may well be seen on how much they are able to spend. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned that Manchester United will have to be ‘realistic’ in the transfer window due to the budget constraints of the pandemic. United have already begun planning for the summer window, with Solskjaer to be given funds as his side aim to mount a realistic push for the Premier League title next season. But, with the pandemic affecting the club’s finances, the United boss warned it will be another transfer window of cautious spending. Just how badly the club have been hit will be made public on Thursday when their next set of financial results is released.
Man United Offer West Ham Three Players in Exchange for Declan Rice
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Man United Offer West Ham Three Players in Exchange for Declan Rice

  Manchester United are so desperate to land Declan Rice this summer and will offer West Ham United three players, according to 90min. It is understood that the three players Man United will offer to force the deal are: Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic and Phil Jones. Man United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has long been an admirer of Rice, who was previously being touted at around £80m. However, due to the financial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, that amount is said to have dropped to £50million. Man United valued Lingard, Matic and Jones at a combined £30million. That would mean the Red Devils only having to pay around £20million to get Rice. Lingard is currently on loan at West Ham from Man United, while Matic and Jones are both at Old Trafford. Man U...
”It Slipped out of my Mouth”- Apostle Suleman reacts to viral video of him praying COVID19 shouldn’t end
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”It Slipped out of my Mouth”- Apostle Suleman reacts to viral video of him praying COVID19 shouldn’t end

Apostle Johnson Suleman who is the General Overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Johnson Suleman, has described as an error in his statement in which he said that COVID19 should not end because he was prospering and has been able to buy his third private jet. In a video that went viral last week, Suleman while preaching at a church program, said “In COVID (pandemic) I bought a jet; the third one. I have three. I was praying for COVID-19 not to end because I was resting. While people were complaining. my wife asked, ‘Can life be this sweet?’ Am I talking to somebody here?'' His statement drew criticisms from Nigerians who condemned him for being excited about the pandemic that has crippled the economic lives of many including the people who attend his chu...
Jay-Z Sells 50% Stake of his Champagne Brand to Luxury Giant LVMH
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Jay-Z Sells 50% Stake of his Champagne Brand to Luxury Giant LVMH

Jay-Z has sold 50% stake of his Champagne brand, Armand de Brignac, to luxury giant LVMH’s Moët Hennessy in a partnership deal. The 51-year-old American entrepreneur and rapper sold half of his champagne brand to Moët Hennessy for an undisclosed price, and the Financial Times reports he said the move will help take Armand de Brignac to “the next level of taste and distribution.” On Monday, LVMH’s Moët Hennessy announced the partnership with Jay-Z through the 50 percent acquisition of his Armand de Brignac champagne brand. “I’m proud to welcome the Arnault family into ours through this partnership that began with Alexandre Arnault and continued with his father Bernard Arnault and Philippe Schaus, at my home in Los Angeles,” said Jay-Z of the new partnership in a statement. “...
Nigeria’s D’Tigers Qualify for FIBA Afrobasket 2021
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Nigeria’s D’Tigers Qualify for FIBA Afrobasket 2021

  Nigeria’s D’Tigers have qualified for the FIBA Afrobasket 2021 Championship. They defeated South Sudan 75-70pts on Tuesday in Monsatir, Tunisia. The number one team in Africa avoided a last minute scare. Back to back treys from Obi Emegano stretched D’Tigers lead to 5 after South Sudanese opened a one gap lead in the dying minutes. The Mfon Udofia led side scored 18-9, 20-21, 19-18, 18-21 after four quarters. Ike Iroegbu was the highest scorer for Nigeria with 16pts, 5 assists and 7 rebounds. Emegano contributed 15pts, 3 assists and 2 rebounds. Chima Moneke scored 8pts, while Amanze Egekeze had 5pts. The latter left the game with a right knee injury. On Thursday, Nigeria will play against Rwanda, the 2021 Afrobasket host country. The tournament will be...
‘Solving Covid-19 is Very Easy Compared with Climate Change – Bill Gates says
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‘Solving Covid-19 is Very Easy Compared with Climate Change – Bill Gates says

Billionaire, Bill Gates has opined that climate change is humanity's greatest challenge and is a far greater problem than the Covid-19 pandemic. According to Gates who has become more vocal since the pandemic started, achieving net zero would be 'humanity's greatest ever achievement' Solving climate change would be "the most amazing thing humanity has ever done",  the billionaire founder of Microsoft said to BBC. 'Ending the pandemic is very, very easy", he claims. "We've never made a transition like we're talking about doing in the next 30 years. There is no precedent for this." "Fifty-one billion is how many tonnes of greenhouse gases the world typically adds to the atmosphere each year." "Net zero is where we need to get to.This means cutting emissions to a level w...
Chinese Lab Investigated by WHO Over Origin of covid-19, Designed Secret Cages to Breed Bats for Coronavirus Experiments
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Chinese Lab Investigated by WHO Over Origin of covid-19, Designed Secret Cages to Breed Bats for Coronavirus Experiments

A Chinese lab in Wuhan, investigated by the World Health Organization over the origins of Covid-19 reportedly designed secret cages for breeding bats for virus experiments. The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) was found to have filed patents for "bat rearing cages" and "artificial breeding" systems in the months before covid-19 first emerged in 2019 December. The institute located just miles from Covid's ground zero has been subjected to scrutiny since the virus emerged. The World Health Organisation released a report this week exonerating the lab, saying the lab wasn't responsible for Covid-19 origins, but the US and the UK  have branded the WHO's report a "whitewash" after new revelations about the work of Chinese scientists led by Dr Shi Zhengli, months before the ...
Barcelona ‘Will not Play Coutinho’ to Avoid Paying Liverpool £4.5m
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Barcelona ‘Will not Play Coutinho’ to Avoid Paying Liverpool £4.5m

  Barcelona playmaker, Philippe Coutinho, is set to sit out the rest of the season, so that the club avoids paying a transfer instalment to Liverpool, according to Onze The Spanish giants are neck-deep in debts, amid the economic turmoil caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Barca have racked up debts close to £1billion and could be at risk of bankruptcy. Liverpool will be due a £4.5million cheque, if Coutinho plays another seven games this season. The Brazil star is currently injured, but will be available for selection again in March. However, he will reportedly not be considered for selection unless Barca are desperate. It is reported Barca currently owe a whopping £112 million to 19 other teams in various transfer instalments, including a payment of £26...
Dubai Closes all Bars and Clubs as Covid-19 Cases Spike after Influencers Flocked to the City
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Dubai Closes all Bars and Clubs as Covid-19 Cases Spike after Influencers Flocked to the City

All bars and clubs in Dubai are to be shut this February following spike in coronavirus cases. This comes after waves of influencers from different countries jetted out to the UAE to avoid pandemic restrictions and travel bans in their countries. Last week, the UK Government added the UAE to a "red list" of countries, meaning all direct flights from Dubai to Britain were suspended. This is in a bid to stop the new South African variant of Covid from further spreading in the UK. The UK government made it clear that those UK citizens and influencers having fun in the sun in Dubai should return home immediately and self-isolate before the ban set in. However, many of those out in Dubai ignored the UK Prime Minister's requests, mocking the UK lockdown and continuing with the...
”I Was Born to Die. Try Something Else”- Aisha Yesufu reacts after Receiving a Death Threat
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”I Was Born to Die. Try Something Else”- Aisha Yesufu reacts after Receiving a Death Threat

Activist, Aisha Yesufu, has taken to her Twitter handle to react after she was issued a death threat by an anonymous person. Reacting, the fiery activist wrote ''For real someone threatened me?! With death? Same death that is almost dozen for one kobo? Haven't the pandemic taught them anything? We are all going to die and it can be TODAY! Killing me means I have seriously dealt with you! I was born to die! Try something else!''
Wear Your Face Masks to Avoid Another Lockdown – Presidency Warns Nigerians
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Wear Your Face Masks to Avoid Another Lockdown – Presidency Warns Nigerians

The Presidency has warned Nigerians to obey all the COVID19 protocols which include wearing a face mask so as to avoid the government from imposing another lockdown. The warning came via a statement signed and released by Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity. The presidency said it is worried by reports of non-compliance with the executive order signed by President Buhari on January 27 that mandates the use of face masks and social distancing. The law stipulates that any defaulter of the COVID19 protocols will be asked to pay a fine or sentenced to 6 months in jail or both. According to the statement, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the executive order with the best of intentions and not with the motive of punishing citizens. “The Presi...
COVID19: Lagos State Government bans Indoor Gatherings of More than 50 Persons
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COVID19: Lagos State Government bans Indoor Gatherings of More than 50 Persons

As part of measures to contain the second wave of the COVID19 pandemic in the state, the Lagos state government has banned indoor gatherings of more than 50 persons. The state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced this during a press briefing on Sunday, January 31. He said places of worship are exempted from this rule because religious gatherings are not to exceed 50 percent capacity of the space. “The state government has observed with dismay the widespread flagrant disregard and non-adherence to guidelines and protocols aimed at stemming and curbing the tide of infection. We particularly note that some event centres have been operating their premises outside the acceptable parameters for operation/usage and continue to be recalcitrant in this regard. This is to sound a ve...
NYSC to shut down camps that fail to comply with Covid-19 protocol
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NYSC to shut down camps that fail to comply with Covid-19 protocol

The Nigerian government has said it will shut down NYSC orientation camps that fail to comply with protocols put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus.   The Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, while speaking at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing on Monday, Jan 25, said the government was concerned about the number of corps members recently infected with the virus.   He said the management of the NYSC cannot afford to risk the lives and health of the corps members.   He said: "Going forward, any state that refuses to cooperate fully in the aspect of COVID-19 protocol adherence, full testing using the Rapid Diagnostic Test kits and data management by the NCDC and also the trained doctors, will have its orientation camp shut do...
Major League’s DJ Banele on drawing inspiration from the likes of Burna Boy during the pandemic
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Major League’s DJ Banele on drawing inspiration from the likes of Burna Boy during the pandemic

While the aim is to still keep it moving as an artist in the entertainment industry, one half of the Major League DJz, Banele Mbere, has spoken out about the importance of being taken seriously by the government as a sector and staying sane during the pandemic. With a lot of artists trying to stay afloat financially and stay relevant with the times, the hip-hop artist, now turned amapiano DJ, shared his ongoing hardships as an artist in SA. In an interview with TshisaLIVE, Banele said, “Being an artist during a pandemic sucks, I won't lie. With a lot of African countries closing down, one can't travel or gig – now we have to go back to all our online stuff, which isn't ideal for us at the moment.” While he's frustrated at not being able to perform live to the masses due to pub...
I am Suffering From Depression – Jordon Ibe Opens Up
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I am Suffering From Depression – Jordon Ibe Opens Up

Derby winger, Jordon Ibe, has opened up on his struggle with depression. The 25-year-old bared it all in an emotional Instagram post. Ibe joined the Championship side from Bournemouth as a free agent at the end of last season. Since then, he has made one appearance this season and has not been included in a matchday squad in 2021 under manager Wayne Rooney. “I want to apologise to all my fans around the world. I’ve found (sic) myself in a dark place, due to suffering from depression. It’s no scheme for the media or to have my name in your mouths, I just find things hard truly “I appreciate all the love and messages from everyone. Times are hard in general due to this pandemic. I have the full support from my family and the Derby County football club. “I will fix myself ...
James Bond movie ‘No Time To Die’ delayed again by pandemic
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James Bond movie ‘No Time To Die’ delayed again by pandemic

Much-delayed James Bond movie No Time To Die was postponed again due to the pandemic Thursday, with studio MGM confirming 007's next mission will not take place until October. The release of the 25th installment of the fictional British spy saga has already been pushed back multiple times. It was originally set for a London premiere last March, before that was pushed back to November by the global spread of COVID-19. With coronavirus still sweeping the globe and thousands of movie theaters shuttered again due to lockdowns, the film's next April 2021 release dates has now also been abandoned. "NO TIME TO DIE, the 25th film in the James Bond series, previously set to release April 2, 2021 will now release on October 8, 2021 -- wide," MGM said in a statement to AFP. The film direc...
Governor Umahi Bans Night Clubs, Drinking Joints and Others
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Governor Umahi Bans Night Clubs, Drinking Joints and Others

Governor David Umahi has placed a ban on drinking joints and night clubs among others to forestall the spread of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in Ebonyi state. Special Assistant to the governor on Media and Publicity, Mr Francis Nweze said the Governor issued the ban at the flag-off of the second wave of COVID-19 protocol compliance campaign at the Exco Chambers of the old Government House in Abakaliki on Thursday December 21. Umahi who directed complete enforcement of COVID-19 precautionary measures including not more than two hours of worship on Sundays, also announced plans to begin local production of oxygen in the State to cut the cost of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor appealed to residents of the state to embrace steam inhaling for detoxification and...
“I now understand why people treat domestic staff like sh*t” Wakanow CEO narrates encounter with his chef
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“I now understand why people treat domestic staff like sh*t” Wakanow CEO narrates encounter with his chef

Bayo Adedeji, the CEO of Wakanow, took to Facebook to narrate an encounter with his chef that changed his perception about Nigerian domestic staff.   He explained that he treats his chef well, pays him a reasonable monthly salary and even adds additional cash as transport allowance.   However, he said he soon noticed the food bill was going high despite the fact that he was not entertaining guests due to the pandemic.   Mr Adedeji said he then decided to go shopping himself but only two weeks after, he was shocked to find that some of the supplies had finished.   He said he gave the chef the benefit of doubt but was disappointed to later catch the chef red-handed moving some foodstuff from his house.   Read his post below.   I...
Edo Schools Remain Closed Till February 1 – Obaseki
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Edo Schools Remain Closed Till February 1 – Obaseki

Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki has declared schools in the state will remain closed until February 1 as the state grapples with the second wave of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Obaseki spoke at a press conference in Benin, as most states across the federation gear up to reopen schools on January 18. ”We have decided that schools will not reopen for now; this situation will be reviewed by Feb. 1,” he said. ”We will like our own schools to reopen on Feb. 1, depending on the situation at that point in time. “Between now and that time, we will be going round to make sure that these schools have running water. “We want to ensure spacing for the children are in place and we want to ensure that they have temperature checks at the entrance of each school. “Each classroom ...
Lagos State police Command Parade 237 Clubgoers arrested for Violating COVID19 Protocols, Charge them to Court
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Lagos State police Command Parade 237 Clubgoers arrested for Violating COVID19 Protocols, Charge them to Court

Lagos state police command today Saturday, January 9 paraded 237 clubgoers who were arrested for violating COVID19 protocols. The clubgoers were arrested on Friday Night January 8 and Saturday, January 9 in the Surulere and Victoria Island axis of the state. The state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, while parading them, said In continuation of the vow and commitment of the command to enforce COVID-19 orders and protocols , the command has not relented on its oars in making sure that there is total compliance with covid-19 orders with a view to reducing or halting the spread of the pandemic. On Friday, 8th January, 2021, during a night operation, that was coordinated and commanded by the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, the Command pounced on some deviant night clu...
Nigeria Customs Service Generated ₦1.5 Trillion in 2020
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Nigeria Customs Service Generated ₦1.5 Trillion in 2020

The Nigeria Customs Service generated the sum of 1.5 trillion Naira (?1,562,115,419,216) for the year 2020. In a statement issued on Wednesday, Dec 6, the Public Relations Officer of the service, Joseph Attah, said that despite the Coronavirus pandemic, the generated revenue was over the target of ?1,380,765,353,462 and over the sum of ?1,342,006,918,504 generated in 2019. The Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, credited this achievement to the resolute pursuit of what was right and the willingness to adapt to changes brought on by global health challenges occasioned by COVID-19. The NCS spokesman said the agency’s revenue generation profile had continued to be on the rise annually based on the ongoing reforms in the service. He noted that the partial border closure...
COVID19 is Real- MFM GO, Daniel Olukoya Tells Nigerians
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COVID19 is Real- MFM GO, Daniel Olukoya Tells Nigerians

The General Overseer of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) Dr. Daniel Olukoya has urged Nigerians to take COVID-19 seriously and obey safety protocols as the virus is indeed real and in existence. Olukoya made the appeal when he spoke at the inauguration of a remodeled foyer of the University of Lagos’s Senate Building on Monday December 4. He said as a trained microbiologist, he was sure the virus does exist and should not be joked with. “The first thing is to convince the populace that it is real because some people don’t believe it exists. But I am a man of God and I have prayed for so many people with the same infirmity and I know that it exists. So, we should not joke with it. People should obey all the rules. And most importantly, we should pray that this...
Boris Johnson Orders New Lockdown till February in UK (COVID 19)
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Boris Johnson Orders New Lockdown till February in UK (COVID 19)

UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has announced a new national lockdown until at least mid-February to combat a fast-spreading new variant of the coronavirus. According to Johnson the move was necessary to aid the containing of the disease variant, even as Britain ramped up its vaccination program by becoming the first nation to start using the vaccine developed by Oxford University and drugmaker AstraZeneca. Johnson on Monday, January 4, said people must stay at home again, as they were ordered to do so in the first wave of the pandemic in March. “As I speak to you tonight, our hospitals are under more pressure from COVID than at any time since the start of the pandemic,” he said. Johnson said there were “tough, tough” weeks to come in the fight against COVID-19. Under t...
Lagos State Government Directs Public and Private Schools to Reopen January 18
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Lagos State Government Directs Public and Private Schools to Reopen January 18

The Lagos State Government has announced January 18, 2021, as the approved date for resumption of academic activities in private and public schools in the state for the second term of 2020/21 academic session. The state's Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo, announced this in a statement released today January 4. In the statement which was signed by the Head, Public Affairs, Ministry of Education, Kayode Abayomi, Adefisayo asked schools to make virtual learning available for sick or willing students. She said this was in line with the Federal Government’s directive coupled with the second wave of the COVID19 Pandemic.“ All public and private schools below the tertiary level in Lagos State should be reopened for the second term 2020/21 academic session from Monday, 1...
Manchester United Say They Can Safely Host 23,500 Fans At Old Trafford
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Manchester United Say They Can Safely Host 23,500 Fans At Old Trafford

Spectators have been barred from games since the league resumed in June after a three-month hiatus due to the pandemic, with fans last present at Old Trafford during United's 2-0 derby victory over Manchester City in March. The U.K. government had hoped to allow limited crowds back into sporting venues from October, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson put those plans on hold last month amid a surge in cases. "We spent around two months working with the government guidelines to... make sure we can have around 23,500 people in this stadium safely social distancing," United's chief operating officer Collette Roche told Sky Sports. "It's quite bemusing to understand why people can gather in other settings such as on an aeroplane or a restaurant, or even in a cinema to watch football,...
China’s economy grows 4.9% amid covid-19 pandemic
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China’s economy grows 4.9% amid covid-19 pandemic

The Chinese economy has grown as much as 4.9% in the last quarter of 2020, despite the coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged all countries of the world.   China expanded 4.9% in the July-to-September quarter compared to the same time frame in 2019, according to government statistics released Monday by the Chinese Ministry of Finance.   The growth is much significant than the 3.2% increase that China recorded in the second quarter, when it managed to avoid recession caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. "China's economy continued its rapid rebound last quarter, with the recovery broadening out and becoming less reliant on investment-led stimulus," wrote Julian Evans-Pritchard, senior China economist for Capital Economics, in a research note. "What's more, the month...
England boss Neville: I want the Team GB job
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England boss Neville: I want the Team GB job

The outgoing England head coach says it remains his ambition to take charge of Team GB at next summer's Olympic Games in Tokyo Phil Neville has reiterated his desire to take Team GB to the rescheduled Olympic Games next summer, despite him being set to leave his post as England head coach in July of next year. It was announced in April that Neville would step down as the Lionesses' boss at the end of his contract, with him to be replaced by current Netherlands boss Sarina Wiegman, who will take over after taking her home nation to those Games. The former Manchester United defender was meant to guide Team GB at the Olympics in Tokyo in the summer of 2020, but the Games were pushed back 12 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, Neville is hopeful that, despite being set to ...
Working-class roots, empathy on display as Biden commands town hall
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Working-class roots, empathy on display as Biden commands town hall

Joe Biden on Thursday lashed President Donald Trump over his "close to criminal" handling of the coronavirus as the Democrat fielded questions from voters impacted by the pandemic in a state that is key to his election hopes. Returning to the gritty city of his birth, the former vice president engaged in an outdoor town hall in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he painted himself as the champion of hardworking Americans who he said have been ignored by a president more concerned about boosting Wall Street than helping working families. Biden, appearing energised as he handled participants' questions, also accused Trump of knowing the seriousness of the coronavirus threat early this year and hiding it from the nation. "He knew it and did nothing. It's close to criminal," Biden said...
Poverty and demography has helped Nigeria in fight against COVID-19 – PTF
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Poverty and demography has helped Nigeria in fight against COVID-19 – PTF

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has said that poverty and demography has helped in the fight against the deadly disease. PTF's national coordinator Sani Aliyu who said this while appearing before a joint senate committee on health and aviation, averred that poverty and demography played roles in reducing the infection rate across the country. Aliyu said; "Demographically, only 3% of Nigerians are above the age 65 as against 20%, 18%, etc, of such populations in European and American countries where death casualties were high. “Aggressive nature of African countries against the pandemic also helped tremendously in containing the spread of the pandemic in Nigeria and many of the African Countries ”  
Governor Sanwo-Olu suspends director for imposing 5% levy on all audio and visual content
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Governor Sanwo-Olu suspends director for imposing 5% levy on all audio and visual content

The Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board, Bamidele Balogun has been suspended by Governor Jide Sanwo-Olu over the imposition of a 5% levy on all audio and visual content streamed on all phyical and digital platforms around Lagos.   LIB reported earlier that in one letters addressed to the Managing Director of Iroko TV, the Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board requested for the "immediate payment of 5% levy on all audio and visual content produced, sold, distributed, marketed, exhibited, streamed, downloaded and shared across all physical and digital platform situate, lying and being within the state."   Lagos state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho later disclosed that the Executive Secretary was not authoris...

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