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Odion Ighalo completes Al Shabab transfer
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Odion Ighalo completes Al Shabab transfer

  Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo’s year-long Red Devils loan spell from Shanghai Shenhua ended last month. Ighalo, 31, returned to China but has now gone to the Middle East for his latest adventure. Al Shabab sit top of the Saudi Professional League with half the season gone. And they hope Ighalo can fire them to their first title since 2012. The Nigerian ace scored five times during his Old Trafford loan. And Ighalo will now play alongside former Sevilla star Ever Banega at his new home.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Mci (@mycelebrityandi)
Saudi Arabia shuts movie theaters, halts dine-in services for 10 days amid spike in COVID-19 infections
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Saudi Arabia shuts movie theaters, halts dine-in services for 10 days amid spike in COVID-19 infections

Saudi Arabia on Thursday February 4, shut down entertainment centres including cinemas and suspended dine-in services at restaurants for 10 days amid a spike in COVID-19 infections.   The kingdom suspended "all events and parties" including weddings in banquet halls or hotels for 30 days, the interior ministry said in a statement released by the official Saudi Press Agency.   It also halted "all entertainment activities" including cinemas and gaming parlours and suspended dine-in services in all restaurants and cafes for 10 days, it added, warning that the suspension could be extended.   The measures, which will be implemented from 10.00 pm Thursday, February 4 are aimed at "preventing the outbreak of a second wave" of the pandemic, the ministry said. &n...
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Another 425 Nigerians Arrive From Saudi Arabia

Another 425 Nigerians stranded in Saudi Arabia arrive at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja via Saudi Air Flight B773 at about 1300Hrs, Wednesday, 3, February 2021. They will join other returnees that arrived earlier and are currently undergoing quarantine at the Federal Capital Territory Hajj camp for 14 days in line with the reversed COVID-19 protocols by the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19.
Odion Ighalo Touches Down in Saudi Arabia to Seal his Move to Al-Shabab From Shanghai Shenhua after Loan Spell at Manchester United 
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Odion Ighalo Touches Down in Saudi Arabia to Seal his Move to Al-Shabab From Shanghai Shenhua after Loan Spell at Manchester United 

Odion Ighalo has touched down in Saudi Arabia to seal his move to Al-Shabab from Shanghai Shenhua after his loan spell at Manchester United ended last month. The Nigerian international, 31, shared photos of himself and his agent in Riyadh following their arrival in Saudi. The move for the Ighalo is subjected to him passing a medical after the footballer was given permission to talk with the Saudi Arabian club, according to Mail Online Football.
300 Men, 83 Women, Child Evacuated From UAE Arrive Abuja
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300 Men, 83 Women, Child Evacuated From UAE Arrive Abuja

No fewer than 384 Nigerians have arrived Abuja following their evacuation from Saudi Arabia, the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) announced on Thursday. They arrived at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja via Saudi Air flight B773. “384 Returnees (300 Males, 83 Females and one Infant) of the 802 Stranded Nigerians in UEA just arrive at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja via Saudi Air flight B773 at about 1:10 pm local time today 28th January 2021,” the tweet read. The returnees will be quarantined at the Federal Capital Territory Hajj camp for 14 days in line with COVID-19 protocols, NIDCOM said. NIDCOM chairman/chief executive officer Abike Dabiri-Erewa had announced earlier in the week that the evacuation would be carried out.
FG To Receive 802 Nigerian Returnees From Saudi Arabia
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FG To Receive 802 Nigerian Returnees From Saudi Arabia

Eight Hundred and Two Nigerian nationals are expected to arrive the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport from Thursday 28th and Friday 29th of January 2021 from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This was contained In a statement by the permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gabriel Aduda and made Available to ait.live Aduda said The Returnees will be conveyed via two Saudi Arabian Airlines. He added that The first batch will arrive on the 28th of January at 11:50 am while the second will arrive 29th January at 10:35 am. The returnees will be received on arrival by officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Presidential Task Force on Covid19 and other relevant MDAs. They will be quarantined at the FCT Hajj camp for a period of fourteen (14) days in line with ...
600 Nigerians Stranded In Saudi Arabia Call For Help To Return
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600 Nigerians Stranded In Saudi Arabia Call For Help To Return

A video has gone viral on social media showing some Nigerians stranded in Saudi Arabia — some as long as seven months. In apparent reaction to the video, chair of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Friday said, “Nigerian irregular migrants in Saudi Arabia are due to be evacuated on the 28th and 29th of January, pending any unforeseen issues.” She appeared to refer to them as “irregular migrants in Saudi Arabia”, numbering as much as 600. “Their evacuation was delayed due to issues relating to COVID-19. We appeal to Nigerians to resist travelling abroad without proper documents,” she said. The evacuation is expected to be carried out in two batches of 400 and 200 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the NIDCOM chief said. The video shows ...
Ronaldo Rejects £5.3m-A-Year Offer To Become The Face Of Saudi Arabian Tourism
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Ronaldo Rejects £5.3m-A-Year Offer To Become The Face Of Saudi Arabian Tourism

Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly turned down a multi-million-pound offer to become the face of Saudi Arabian tourism. The deal amounted to €6million per year (£5.3m) and is understood to have included Ronaldo making visits to the country and his image being used on all promotional material. Ronaldo's great rival Lionel Messi has also been approached by Saudi Arabia's tourism authority, but his view on the proposal is not yet known. Both representatives of Ronaldo and Messi refused to discuss the matter when approached by The Telegraph. Earlier this week, Ronaldo became the highest-scoring player in the history of the sport as Juventus beat Napoli to win the Italian Super Cup, while Messi has won a record six world player of the year crowns. Saudi Arabia is aiming to beco...
Boko Haram: N2.2bn Spent On Prayers In Nigeria & Saudi Arabia – EFCC
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Boko Haram: N2.2bn Spent On Prayers In Nigeria & Saudi Arabia – EFCC

An EFCC investigating officer, Mr Adariko Michael, on Tuesday alleged that N2.2 billion was spent on prayers in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia to win the war against insurgency in the country. Michael was giving evidence as the first prosecution witness (PW1) in the trial of retired Col. Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser (ONSA) to President Goodluck Jonathan in the alleged two billion dollars arms deal fraud. Others charged with Dasuki are a former General Manager with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Aminu Baba-kusa, Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited. The EFCC charged them with 32 counts bordering on misappropriation, criminal breach of trust, dishonest release and receiving various sums of money before Justice Husseini B...
Fuel price: Why Buhari compared Nigeria with Saudi Arabia – FG
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Fuel price: Why Buhari compared Nigeria with Saudi Arabia – FG

The Federal Government says the comparison made by the President, Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on fuel prices between Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and other countries in his 2020 Independence Day national broadcast is justified. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the submission when he featured on a Radio Nigeria current affairs programme, “Radio Link’’ on Saturday in Abuja. Buhari said in his Independence Day broadcast that “we sell petrol at N161 per litre when same is sold at N168 per litre in Saudi Arabia; N211 per litre in Egypt; N362 per litre in Ghana; N362 per litre in Chad, and N346 per litre in Niger Republic. “It does not make sense for petrol to be cheaper in Nigeria than Saudi Arabia,’’ A cross-section of Nigerians, however, criticised the pre...
We Are Awaiting Saudi Arabia’s Decision On 2020 Hajj – NAHCON Says
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We Are Awaiting Saudi Arabia’s Decision On 2020 Hajj – NAHCON Says

The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Alh. Zikrullah Kunle Hassan on Wednesday said the commission is waiting for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to make an official decision on whether or not the 2020 Hajj pilgrimage will hold. He said 2020 Hajj could still hold in spite of the fear and uncertainty due to the Coronavirus pandemic. He however said the pilgrimage may come with some stringent measures to safeguard the health of pilgrims. He also said there is likelihood of the reduction of Hajj slots for all countries. A statement by NAHCON’s Assistant Director for Information and Publication, Mousa Ubandawaki said Hassan spoke at a Zoom seminar on “The Future of Hajj and Umrah operations after the Pandemic” by the Association of Ha...
Federal Government Discharges Saudi Arabia Returnees
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Federal Government Discharges Saudi Arabia Returnees

The 292 Saudi Arabia returnees who were isolated in a hotel in Abuja have been discharged. The returnees who were isolated for 15 days, all tested negative for the Coronavirus. They were discharged on Wednesday morning, June 3, and it was gathered that most of them are already on their way to Lagos.
Oil Production: $4 Per Barrel In Saudi Arabia, $3 In Russia, $21.2 In Nigeria
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Oil Production: $4 Per Barrel In Saudi Arabia, $3 In Russia, $21.2 In Nigeria

The leadership of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), yesterday, came under fire in Senate, over high cost of oil production, resulting in a marginal profit of just $3 per barrel for the country. This is coming amidst protests from senators against the $3 marginal profit being made on a barrel by the Corporation, rhey called on the Federal Government to get the nation’s economy diversified as quickly as possible. Information on the high cost of oil production which is $21.2 per barrel , almost equaling $25 per barrel oil price benchmark fixed for the N10.509 trillion 2020 revised budget , came to the fore when officials of the Corporation appeared before the Senate Committee on Finance. Trouble started when its Chief Operating Officer (Upstream), Yemi Adetunji ...
292 Nigerians Evacuated From Saudi Arabia Arrive Nigeria
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292 Nigerians Evacuated From Saudi Arabia Arrive Nigeria

Two hundred and ninety-two Nigerians evacuated from Saudi Arabia due to the Coronavirus pandemic have arrived in Nigeria. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama, who disclosed this on Twitter on Wednesday morning, said the evacuees were mostly women and children. We received 292 evacuees stranded in Saudi Arabia yesterday. The Saudi Government transported them to Abuja. A large number are nursing mothers and children and they are all comfortably settled in hotels under the mandatory 14 days quarantine. This will be the fourth batch of Nigerians to be evacuated from foreign countries. 265 Nigerians were evacuated from the United Arab Emirates on May 6. On Friday May 8, 253 Nigerians were evacuated from the United Kingdom, and then on Sunday May 10, 160 Nigerians were...
COVID-19: Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians
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COVID-19: Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians

Saudi Arabia has identified about 11,600 Nigerians reportedly stranded in the country, many due to the coronavirus disease, and is making plans to airlift them back home, an official has said. The Nigerian embassy official, who is privy to the development but asked not to be named as he was not authorised to speak to journalists, said the Saudi’s decision was contained in a letter addressed to the embassy a few weeks ago. The source added that the list, according to the Saudis, includes Nigerians who had visited the country for umrah – a lesser hajj – and were held up by the movement restrictions introduced by Saudi authorities as part of containment measures. The kingdom, which recorded its index coronavirus case on March 2, had initially imposed a travel ban on some neighbouri...
All African Countries Now Affected by Coronavirus as Lesotho Records First Case of Coronavirus
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All African Countries Now Affected by Coronavirus as Lesotho Records First Case of Coronavirus

Lesotho has recorded its first case of Coronavirus, making it the last African nation to report a positive case. Lesotho's Ministry of Health said on Wednesday May 13, that 81 COVID-19 tests conducted on May 9 on travellers from South Africa and Saudi Arabia came back with a positive case. The patient is a Lesotho national studying in Saudi Arabia. A statement released by the Southern African country's ministry of health reads in part; “On 9 May 2020, the Ministry [of Health] conducted 81 tests for Covid-19 from travellers from South Africa and Saudi Arabia. “On 11 May 2020 the samples were shipped to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in South Africa and results were obtained on 12 May 2020. Eighty people tested negative for Covid-19 while one tested p...
Saudi Arabia Sets Up Self-Sanitization Gates In Mecca’s Grand Mosque
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Saudi Arabia Sets Up Self-Sanitization Gates In Mecca’s Grand Mosque

The General Presidency of the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque has launched self-sterilization gates at the entrance of Mecca’s Grand Mosque as part of measures to curb the coronavirus outbreak, reported Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on Thursday . Before anyone enters the mosque’s courtyards, they must pass through the gate which sterilizes them from head to toe using a sanitizing spray. The gates have been set up just one week after thermal cameras were installed at Islam’s holiest site, the Kaaba in the Grand Mosque in Mecca. The cameras, which can accurately scan the temperatures of up to 25 people at the same time, were also placed at the entrances of the courtyards. Similar cameras were put up in the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina earlier this month. Au...
Super Eagles Star,  Ahmed Musa Shows Off His 2019 Gwagon Worth N120M
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Super Eagles Star, Ahmed Musa Shows Off His 2019 Gwagon Worth N120M

Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa gave us a glimpse of what his car collection looks like with a social media post that shows his 2019 Gelandewagen, a brand of Mercedes-Benz that costs a whopping N120m. Musa is one of the richest Nigerian footballers after several years plying his trade overseas. Now at Saudi Arabia with Al-Nassr, the forward is reported to be earning around N1.2b annually. With that earning, the 27-year can afford the most expensive cars around. He posted some photos on his social media which show his 2019 G-Wagon which is worth N120m. Musa is in cheerful mood after his coronavirus test came out negative. The Super Eagles skipper had to undergo the test after a recently got back into the country from Saudi Arabia. Musa was permitted by his club to...
Jailed Saudi Princess Fears Coronavirus Risk in Prison
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Jailed Saudi Princess Fears Coronavirus Risk in Prison

A year after landing in jail without charge, her mercy plea unanswered by Saudi rulers and in fear of a coronavirus outbreak behind bars, a prominent princess did the unthinkable — and went public. Princess Basmah bint Saud, a 56-year-old royal family member long seen as a proponent of women’s rights and a constitutional monarchy, mysteriously disappeared from public life in March last year. Last month, her Twitter account sprang to life with a letter from the princess claiming she had been “abducted” and “thrown into prison” along with her 28-year-old daughter, Suhoud al-Sharif, and imploring King Salman and his powerful son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for help. The letter, a rare public appeal from a member of the secretive royal family, voiced fears that her “det...
Saudi takeover will boost Newcastle United’s Champions League chances – Demba Ba
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Saudi takeover will boost Newcastle United’s Champions League chances – Demba Ba

The Magpies are on the verge of having new owners and Ba believes the change could boost their chances of returning to Europe's elite competition Demba Ba has backed his former club Newcastle United to compete for Premier League title and return to the Champions League if their £300 million takeover is completed by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF). The Saudi outfit headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is close to buying Newcastle United from the hands of Mike Ashley. The takeover plans include Saudi PIF acquiring an 80 per cent stake in the club while the remaining 20 per cent is shared between the Reuben brothers and PCP Capital Partners.
‘All right, f*ck you’ – Inter icon Zenga was a ‘real a*sh*le’, says Kragl
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‘All right, f*ck you’ – Inter icon Zenga was a ‘real a*sh*le’, says Kragl

The former Italy goalkeeper left a bad impression during his short time working with the now-Benevento midfielder Former Inter star and current Cagliari coach Walter Zenga is "a real a*sh*le", according to Benevento midfielder Oliver Kragl. Kragl played under Zenga as a member of Crotone, who were managed by the former Italy star from 2017-18. The midfielder joined the club from Frosinone in July 2017, but departed just six months later to join Foggia on loan after just five appearances. Zenga, who played in two World Cups and was named 1987 Serie A Footballer of the Year, has managed the likes of the New England Revolution, Wolves, Palermo and Sampdoria while also enjoying stints in Turkey, Romania, Serbia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. But his brief time working...
Saudi Arabia ends death penalty for crimes committed by minors after ‘effectively’ abolishing flogging
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Saudi Arabia ends death penalty for crimes committed by minors after ‘effectively’ abolishing flogging

Saudi Arabia is ending the death penalty for crimes committed by minors, the kingdom’s Human Rights Commission has announced. In a statement published on Sunday, president of the state-backed commission Awwad Alawwad said: “The decree helps us in establishing a more modern penal code.” “Instead, the individual will receive a prison sentence of no longer than 10 years in a juvenile detention facility,” the statement said. The decree is expected to spare the lives of at least six men from the minority Shia community who are on death row. The six men were accused of taking part in anti-government protests during the Arab Spring uprisings while they were under the age of 18. “This is an important day for Saudi Arabia,” said Awwad Alawwad. “The decree helps us in establishing a more m...
Saudi Arabia abolishes flogging as a punishment for all crimes
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Saudi Arabia abolishes flogging as a punishment for all crimes

Saudi Arabia has abolished flogging as a punishment, the supreme court announced, hailing the latest in a series of “human rights advances” made by the king and his powerful son. Court-ordered floggings in Saudi Arabia — sometimes extending to hundreds of lashes — have long drawn condemnation from human rights groups. But they say the headline legal reforms overseen by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have brought no let-up in the conservative Islamic kingdom’s crushing of dissent, including through the use of the death penalty. The Saudi supreme court said the latest reform was intended to “bring the kingdom into line with international human rights norms against corporal punishment”. Previously the courts could order the flogging of convicts found guilty of offences ranging from ext...
Ramadan To Begin On Friday, Saudi Arabia Announces
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Ramadan To Begin On Friday, Saudi Arabia Announces

Saudi Arabia, home to Islam’s holiest places, has announced that the holy fasting month of Ramadan will start Friday, as Muslims worldwide face unprecedented restrictions to counter coronavirus. “Based on the sighting of the new month’s moon … it has been decided that Friday is the start of the month of Ramadan,” the royal court said Thursday in a statement cited by the SPA news agency. King Salman said he is saddened that Muslims cannot pray at mosques because of coronavirus restrictions. “I am pained that the holy month arrives amid circumstances that make us unable to perform group prayers and Taraweeh — special Ramadan night prayers — at mosques due to precautionary measures to protect the peoples’ lives and health in combating the coronavirus pandemic,” the king said in a...
Saudi Arabia May Re-Route Tankers If U.S. Imposes Crude Import Ban, Sources Tells
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Saudi Arabia May Re-Route Tankers If U.S. Imposes Crude Import Ban, Sources Tells

Saudi Arabia is looking into re-routing millions of barrels of oil onboard tankers sailing to the United States if President Donald Trump decides to block imports of crude from the Kingdom, shipping and trade sources say. Some 40 million barrels of Saudi oil are on their way to the United States and due to arrive in the coming weeks, piling more pressure on markets already struggling to absorb a glut of stocks, according to shipping data and sources. U.S. officials have said in recent days that Washington is considering blocking Saudi shipments of crude oil, or putting tariffs on those shipments, adding to difficulties for the cargoes now on the water. Shipping sources said the kingdom had tried to seek storage options for the cargoes from tanker owners when the ships were cha...
Saudi Arabia Gets Physical With Russia In Underground Oil Bout
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Saudi Arabia Gets Physical With Russia In Underground Oil Bout

Behind a Saudi-Russian truce to stabilise oil markets with a record output cut, market players are seeing the two production heavyweights still trading blows in the physical market. It is here, rather than in the world of futures prices, that a long-standing battle for market share carries on, particularly in Asia, shipping data analysed on Monday by Reuters shows. The rivals said last week they were ready to take measures if necessary to balance the market by cutting combined output with other OPEC+ members from May. “Beyond the cooperative statements the fight is still going on,” a source at a trading firm told Reuters, adding that Saudi Arabia’s official selling prices (OSPs) signalled that the kingdom was targeting the Asian market, where demand remains relatively resilien...
Pray At Home During Ramadan If Your Country Requires Social Distancing, Saudi Arabia Warned
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Pray At Home During Ramadan If Your Country Requires Social Distancing, Saudi Arabia Warned

Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body, the Council of Senior Scholars, urged Muslims worldwide to pray at home during Ramadan if their countries require social distancing to combat coronavirus, the state news agency SPA reported on Sunday. “Muslims shall avoid gatherings, because they are the main cause of the spread of infection…and shall remember that preserving the lives of people is a great act that brings them closer to God,” it said in a statement.  
COVID-19: Saudi Arabia Suspends Ramadan Prayers, Tells Muslims What To Do
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COVID-19: Saudi Arabia Suspends Ramadan Prayers, Tells Muslims What To Do

Saudi Arabia on Monday announced the suspension of Taraweeh prayers in Mecca and Medina during the Ramadan. Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, is expected to begin on April 23. However, owing to increasing cases of COVID-19 globally, Saudi’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance, in a statement, announced that the suspension of the important prayer during Ramadan is to curb the spread of the deadly virus. The minister of Islamic affairs, Abdul Latif Al-Sheikh, said the prayers will be performed at home for health safety. In Islam, Taraweeh prayers are very important and rewarding during the Holy month. “The suspension of performing the five daily prayers at mosques is more important than the suspension of Taraweeh prayers. “We ask Allah the Almighty to ac...
Saudi King approves extension of curfew until further notice
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Saudi King approves extension of curfew until further notice

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman approved an extension of the kingdom’s curfew until further notice due to the rate at which the coronavirus is currently spreading, the state news agency (SPA) reported early on Sunday. The Saudi king has previously ordered a curfew that took effect on March 23, from 7 pm to 6 am for 21 days, to curb the spread of the coronavirus, state media reported. Last week the kingdom placed its capital Riyadh and other big cities under a 24-hour curfew, locking down much of the population to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.
‘Our lives have changed’ – Madagascar’s Andriatsima recounts experience in quarantine
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‘Our lives have changed’ – Madagascar’s Andriatsima recounts experience in quarantine

Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the 35-year-old is confined to Saudi Arabia and he has described what life in isolation is like Faneva Andriatsima has opened up on what life is like in isolation as football-related activities are suspended across the globe due to Covid-19. The Saudi Arabian Premier League was put on hold with the 35-year-old boasting of just five appearances for new team Al Feiha after a move from Abha. The Madagascan has had to stay in the Asian country as there was no chance for him to travel back home, and he has described the situation as "delicate". “For several weeks, our lives have changed. As the virus spreads in Europe, we started playing matches behind closed doors,” Andriatsima told RFI. “We played two games under these conditions. Then the a...
Saudi Arabia, Portugal, Tunisia record first coronavirus cases
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Saudi Arabia, Portugal, Tunisia record first coronavirus cases

Saudi Arabia has confirmed its first case of coronavirus after one its citizens who had returned from COVID-19 hotspot Iran tested positive. The health ministry said the man, tested after entering the country through Bahrain, had been “isolated in a hospital”. Saudi Arabia is the last Arab state in the Gulf to report a confirmed case of COVID-19. Portugal has also confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus, a 60-year-old man who had travelled back from northern Italy, which is the European hotspot for the virus. A second person hospitalised in Portugal with coronavirus symptoms, a 33-year-old man, was awaiting final test results after initial exams suggested he might be ill with the virus as well. Tunisia today, also confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus, the health...
Saudi Arabia Suspends Entry For Umrah Pilgrimage Over Coronavirus Fear
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Saudi Arabia Suspends Entry For Umrah Pilgrimage Over Coronavirus Fear

Saudi Arabia has placed a temporary ban on Umrah pilgrims in an attempt to ensure public safety by preventing the spread of the coronavirus. Most foreign pilgrims often visit the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah before or after the completion of their religious duties in Makkah, this has also been halted. It is one of a number of precautionary restrictions announced early on Thursday as health authorities in the Kingdom closely monitor the spread of the virus. Tourist-visa holders from countries judged to pose a particularly high risk of spreading the virus will also be denied entry. In addition, Saudi nationals and citizens of Gulf Cooperation Council nations will not be able to use a national identity card to travel to and from the Kingdom for the time being. Exceptions to this s...
Nigerian Man Arrested for Drug Trafficking in Saudi Arabia, Freed after NDLEA Proved the Substance was Planted on Him
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Nigerian Man Arrested for Drug Trafficking in Saudi Arabia, Freed after NDLEA Proved the Substance was Planted on Him

A Nigerian man, Ibrahim Ibrahim, who was facing trial over drug trafficking allegation in Saudi Arabia, has been released by the Saudi Arabian authorities after the Nigerian government were able to prove his innocence. Mr Ibrahim's release was secured by the National Diaspora Commission in collaboration with the government of Zamfara state, his home state. He was arrested in 2017 in Jeddah after the Saudi Arabian immigration officers found illegal drugs in his bags. Three years after, a delegation from the Diaspora commission and Zamfara state government, arrived in Jeddah with documents to be presented as evidence during his trial retrial which was today February 18th. Amongst the documents was a statement from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA, stating that they ha...
Beware, Merchants Of Fake News On The Prowl – Femi Adesina
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Beware, Merchants Of Fake News On The Prowl – Femi Adesina

BEWARE, MERCHANTS OF FAKE NEWS ON THE PROWL – PRESIDENCY Purveyors of fake and concocted Information are currently on overdrive, and Nigerians are urged to be careful what they consume as news, and also share with others, particularly from the social media. An unfounded information has been making the rounds that President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to travel to the United Kingdom for 20 days, and from there proceed to Saudi Arabia, and then Austria. Fake. It is nothing but falsehood from mischievous minds. Members of the First Family, Ministers, top government officials, the military, and other key institutions, are equally objects of this orchestrated falsehood, coming from enemies of national cohesion. We urge Nigerians to be discriminatory about what they accept as cred...
Buhari and his Family are now Objects of Orchestrated Falsehood Coming from Enemies of National Cohesion – Presidency
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Buhari and his Family are now Objects of Orchestrated Falsehood Coming from Enemies of National Cohesion – Presidency

The Presidency has raised an alarm of President Buhari and his family being under fake news attack from people it described as "enemies of national cohesion". The disclosure was made in a statement released by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity Mr Femi Adesina, in which he debunked report of his principal travelling to the United Kingdom for 20 days before proceeding to Saudi Arabia and then Austria. The presidency urged Nigerians to be discriminatory about what they accept as credible information, and restrain themselves from sharing what they have not authenticated as genuine. Read the statement below; BEWARE, MERCHANTS OF FAKE NEWS ON THE PROWL – PRESIDENCY Purveyors of fake and concocted Information are currently on overdrive, and Nigerians are u...
Nicki Minaj’s Actions That Crowns Her Queen Of Rap!
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Nicki Minaj’s Actions That Crowns Her Queen Of Rap!

Nicki Minaj is most afraid of anything bad happening to her family or her fans. Earlier in July, she cancelled her show in Saudi Arabia where women and LGBT people have far less rights than straight men. She did not want her female or LGBT fans to get harmed over there at the Jeddah World Fest for simply just being themselves. Nicki spoke from personal experiences. In her early career she performed in a middle-eastern show and accidentally cursed. She almost got arrested for it by the security guards. Nicki Minaj is a caring, intelligent, and talented human being.
Saudi Women Smoke In Public To ‘Complete’ Their Freedom
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Saudi Women Smoke In Public To ‘Complete’ Their Freedom

Rima settles in a chair at an upscale Riyadh cafe, looks around carefully, and seeing no one she recognises, drags on her electronic cigarette and exhales a cloud of smoke. “I feel that smoking in public is a part of exercising my newly won freedoms. I am happy that now that I can choose,” the 27-year-old Saudi who works for a private company in the capital told AFP. Like Western feminists of the early 20th century, in an era of social change in Saudi Arabia some women are embracing cigarettes, shisha pipes or vaping as a symbol of emancipation. The sight of women smoking in public has become much more common in recent months, an unthinkable prospect before the introduction of sweeping reforms in the ultra-conservative kingdom. The kingdom’s ambitious de facto ruler, Crown Prin...
Teen Called Out For Wearing A Bikini After Fleeing From Saudi To Canada
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Teen Called Out For Wearing A Bikini After Fleeing From Saudi To Canada

A young woman from Saudi Arabia who Left for Canada, has been abused and shamed after she shared before and now photos to celebrate her freedom from "being forced to wear black sheets". Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun moved to Canada following her escape from Saudi Arabia. Afterwards, she went online to share an old image of herself in a niqab and another where she was wearing a bikini. She captioned the photo: "The biggest change in my life.. from being forced to wear black sheets and being controlled by men to being a free woman." Her post earned her criticisms from Twitter users in her native country. They called her out for making herself "naked." One Twitter user said: "I really feel sad for people like you, Saudi woman are living in happiness, they are living a normal live they...
Saudi teenager who fled to Canada says she loves her new life as she shares bikini photo
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Saudi teenager who fled to Canada says she loves her new life as she shares bikini photo

A young woman has received a barrage of abuse after she showed before and after pictures as she celebrates her new life in Canada following her escape from Saudi Arabia. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun posed in a bikini and compared it to an old image of herself in a niqab. She said it was ‘the biggest change in my life.. from being forced to wear black sheets and being controlled by men to being a free woman’. Critics in Saudi Arabia were quick to hit out at her, saying that she was making herself ‘naked’. But, she has also received a large amount of support with people saying she was incredibly brave and that she looked amazing. Qunun fled the kingdom in January last year and barricaded herself in her hotel, saying she was escaping abuse from her family. For Saudi women, runn...
President Buhari To Embark On A 20-day Vacation Trip To The UK
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President Buhari To Embark On A 20-day Vacation Trip To The UK

President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja Wednesday on a 20-day vacation trip to UK, The Presidency said on Tuesday. The President is expected to leave Nigeria on Wednesday Meanwhile Buhari will depart UK after the 20-day vacation for Riyadh the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to attend the third Summit meeting. The statement read; "At the end of the summit, President Buhari will on 2nd March depart Saudi Arabia to Austria for World Economic Summit. President Buhari is expected back in Nigeria on 04th April 2020".
Wilfried Bony has signed for Saudi side Al Ittihad
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Wilfried Bony has signed for Saudi side Al Ittihad

Former Swansea forward Wilfried Bony has ended his exile from football after signing for Saudi Arabian side Al Ittihad. The 31-year-old had been without a club for six months after leaving the Liberty Stadium last summer and joins his new team on a free transfer. The ex-Manchester City star spent half of last season in the Middle East, joining Qatari outfit Al-Arabi on loan last January - scoring five goals in seven games. Bony was pictured smiling with club officials as he was officially unveiled as a new player in a post on social media. The Ivorian held up his new shirt and posed for photos as he pointed to his new badge. 'This is a good chance to compete for something with a traditional club like this and I feel excited about this,' he said. The last time Bony played c...
Saudi Arabia Announces Plans To Stop Funding Mosques Across The World
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Saudi Arabia Announces Plans To Stop Funding Mosques Across The World

Former Saudi minister of justice, Mohammed Bin Abdul-Karim Issa, has announced that his country will stop funding mosques in foreign countries, Arabi21.com reported on Friday. According to the Swiss newspaper, Le Matin Dimanche, Saudi Arabia is to establish local administrative councils for each mosque, in cooperation with the local authorities, in order to hand over these mosques to “secure hands”. The minister added: “The time has come to hand over mosques to local administrative councils that represent Muslims in the area. The council should have an elected cleric.” He disclosed that Saudi Arabia is to take the same measures with all the mosques all over the world, referring to “security reasons”. It is worth noting that the minister led a delegation on Thursday to visit the...
Andy Ruiz Jr. sacks his coach Manny Robles one month after losing to Anthony Joshua
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Andy Ruiz Jr. sacks his coach Manny Robles one month after losing to Anthony Joshua

Andy Ruiz Jr. has sacked his coach Manny Robles who helped him to defeat Anthony Joshua in June last year. Robles coached Ruiz and helped him defeat the odds to beat Joshua in June 2019 before Joshua came back to school the Mexican-American six months later in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Now a month after Ruiz' defeat, Robles has been sacked by Ruiz as he prepares to mount a come back in 2020, but Robles has blasted Ruiz saying he refused to listen to him or his dad after winning the heavyweight belts from Joshua and his stubbornness eventually led to his loss six months later. Speaking to ESPN,  he added that the relationship between him and Ruiz was never going to work going forward because Ruiz 'wasn't listening'. 'I've seen it coming, I'll be honest with you,' he said. 'Andy wa...
Report Reveals Saudi Crown Prince, Bin Salman Hacked Washington Post Owner, Jeff Bezos’ Phone 5 Months Before Khashoggi Murder
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Report Reveals Saudi Crown Prince, Bin Salman Hacked Washington Post Owner, Jeff Bezos’ Phone 5 Months Before Khashoggi Murder

The Saudi Arabian government has denied hacking the phone of Jeff Bezos, owner of Amazon and Washington Post, after a private investigation set up by Bezos last year proved with almost certainty that Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman was responsible for the hack.   According to the bombshell investigation results, first released by The Guardian, forensic digital analysis concluded that Bezos' phone was compromised after Bezos received a malicious video file from a phone number used by Mohammed bin Salman, and immediately "large amounts of data" were extracted from Bezos' phone within hours. The National Enquirer, a US tabloid, weeks later gained access to private texts Bezos exchanged with a woman named Lauren Sanchez, with whom he was having an extramarital affair. After ...
Buhari Asks Malami To Wade In As Saudi Places Nigerian Islamic Cleric On Death Row
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Buhari Asks Malami To Wade In As Saudi Places Nigerian Islamic Cleric On Death Row

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, to handle the case of Ibrahim Ibrahim, a Nigerian cleric on death row in Saudi Arabia. Buhari gave the directive after Bello Mutawalle, governor of Zamfara, prevailed on him to see to the release of Ibrahim, an indigene of Zamfara. According to a statement by Zailani Bappa, media aide to Mutawalle, Ibrahim was wrongly placed on the death row for charges bothering on drug trafficking. “Governor Matawalle yesterday met with President Muhammadu Buhari and appealed on behalf of Ibrahim Ibrahim whose judgement was scheduled for next week, on charges of drug trafficking,” the statement read. “Ibrahim, an Islamic cleric, was wrongly arrested in Saudi Arabia and arraigned before the court b...
Nigeria, China, India Among 10 Most Improved Economies – World Bank
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Nigeria, China, India Among 10 Most Improved Economies – World Bank

Nigeria, China, and India made the top 10 list of governments that have done the most in the past year to improve the ease of doing business in their countries, the World Bank said on Wednesday. Despite the bitter trade war, in which the United States is demanding reforms from Beijing to protect intellectual property and open its economy further to American businesses, China made the top 10 list for the second year in a row. With those improvements, China leapfrogged France to take the 31st spot in the “ease of doing business” ranking, moving up 15 places, according to the World Bank report. And despite US complaints, the report credited China with improving protections for minority investors, strengthening procedures for enforcing contracts and making trade easier with changes ...
Breaking News: Saudi Arabia Condemns Iran’s Retaliatory Strikes Against US
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Breaking News: Saudi Arabia Condemns Iran’s Retaliatory Strikes Against US

  Saudi Arabia denounced Thursday “Iranian violations of Iraqi sovereignty” after Iran fired missiles at Iraq bases there where US troops are deployed in retaliation for the killing of a top commander. “The kingdom denounces and condemns the Iranian violations of Iraqi sovereignty,” said a statement carried by the official SPA news agency following Wednesday’s retaliatory strikes by Riyadh’s arch-foe Iran. Details later…
I cried after I received my salary in Saudi Arabia – Nigerian doctor writes after relocating to the Middle Eastern country
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I cried after I received my salary in Saudi Arabia – Nigerian doctor writes after relocating to the Middle Eastern country

A Nigerian doctor who relocated to Saudi Arabia after leaving his former job in Nigeria, has shared his experience after receiving his cummulative of 4 months Salary in the Middle-East country.    @wakawaka_doctor who revealed that he was doing two jobs and seeing a total of 100-120 patients daily while in Nigeria, said his monthly salary in 2013 was N118,000.    However upon relocating to Saudi Arabia in 2014, he was paid $4,500 for seeing a maximum of 5-7 patients daily.    Read his tweets below; 
Saudi Arabia bans under-18 marriage
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Saudi Arabia bans under-18 marriage

Saudi Arabia bans under-18 marriage. Saudi Arabia through its Ministry of Justice on Monday December 23 issued a de facto ban on child marriages, setting the minimum age for marriage at 18. In a circular issued by the country's Minister of Justice and Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council Sheikh Dr. Walid Al-Samaani, all courts in the country were directed to refer the marriage application of anyone under 18 to a special court to make sure that “marrying those below 18-years old will not harm them and will achieve their best interest, whether they are male or female”. The new order which is one of the  reform initiated since Mohammad Bin Salman became crown prince two years ago, came after an amendment to the Kingdom's Child Protection Law was passed by the Shoura Council in Janu...

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