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Ed Sheeran tests positive for Covid days before album release
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Ed Sheeran tests positive for Covid days before album release

Ed Sheeran has tested positive for Covid-19 and is self-isolating ahead of his scheduled appearance on Saturday Night Live. The singer, whose fifth album titled = or Equals, is set to be released  within days, had been due to take part in a week of live promo, including a turn as the musical guest on next Saturday’s (30 October) SNL. In a statement shared on Instagram, Sheeran said that he hoped to take part in all his planned interviews and performances from home “Hey guys. Quick note to tell you that I’ve sadly tested positive for Covid, so I’m now self-isolating and following government guidelines,” wrote the “Shape of You” singer. “It means that I’m now unable to plough ahead with any in person commitments for now, so I’ll be doing as many of my planned interviews/perfo...
R. Kelly is placed on suicide watch weeks after being convicted of sex trafficking charges in New York
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R. Kelly is placed on suicide watch weeks after being convicted of sex trafficking charges in New York

R.Kelly's lawyer has revealed that the Grammy award winning singer has been placed on suicide watch, weeks after a New York Jury found him guilty of Child abuse and sexual offences. Kelly who faces four separate charges alleging sexual abuse in state court in Chicago and a child prostitution charge in Minnesota faces up to life in prison after he was found guilty for similar offences in New York. His lawyer told a federal judge in Chicago on Wednesday, October 20, that he and another of Kelly's attorneys will be in trial on other cases through July next year so U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber has now set his Chicago trial for August 1, 2022 'I think he's talking about bringing in new lawyers in New York,' Kelly's lawyer Greenberg told U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber...
EndSARS memorial: Osun police warns against any form of protest and unlawful assembly
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EndSARS memorial: Osun police warns against any form of protest and unlawful assembly

The Osun State Police Command has warned residents of the state against holding any street protest in commemoration of the one year anniversary of ENDSARS today October 20. In a press statement released by the command’s spokesperson SP Opalola Yemisi Olawoyin, the command stated that “The intelligence that availed the police command revealed clandestine plans by some youths/group of people to embark on protest in commemoration of one year anniversary of ENDSARS saga which is scheduled to hold tomorrow 20th October, 2021.” According to Opalola, In view of this, the Commissioner of police CP Olawale Olokode, has warned individual or group of individuals that are planning such in the state and their sponsor(s) to stop the plan or any of such action (s) forthwith as the Command will n...
Paul McCartney blames John Lennon for The Beatles’ split
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Paul McCartney blames John Lennon for The Beatles’ split

Paul McCartney has revisited the breakup of The Beatles, flatly disputing the suggestion that he was responsible for the group's demise. The band's fans have long debated who was responsible for the breakup, with many blaming McCartney. McCartney in an episode of BBC Radio 4's "This Cultural Life'' that is scheduled to air on October 24, said it was John Lennon who wanted to disband The Beatles. He said; “I didn’t instigate the split. That was our Johnny. “I am not the person who instigated the split. Oh no, no, no. John walked into a room one day and said ‘I am leaving the Beatles.’ Is that instigating the split, or not?” McCartney said the group’s new manager Allen Klein advised them to keep shut about the split as he negotiated deals on their behalf, but that the now-7...
Central African Republic vs Nigeria: All you need to know, TV schedule
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Central African Republic vs Nigeria: All you need to know, TV schedule

Nigeria would be looking to get their 2022 World Cup qualification bid back on track, when they face the Central African Republic on Sunday. The three-time African champions were shocked 1-0 by the Wild Beasts on Thursday in Lagos. Despite dominating play for a larger part of the game, the Super Eagles were stunned late on. Super-sub Karl Namnganda took advantage of sloppy defending to fire past goalkeeper Francis Uzoho. While Nigeria are keen to bounce back from that setback, CAR would be hoping to complete the double over Nigeria in their own quest to Qatar 2022. The match has been scheduled for 2pm (West African Time) and will be beamed on NFF TV. It will be played at Japom Stadium in Douala, Cameroon.
EPL: Why Chelsea vs Man City, Man Utd vs Aston Villa kick-off at same time
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EPL: Why Chelsea vs Man City, Man Utd vs Aston Villa kick-off at same time

Match Day 6 of the English Premier League will kick off with Chelsea taking on Manchester City and Manchester United hosting Aston Villa at the same time. Both games start at 12.30pm WAT. The Blues’ game against the reigning champions was the only fixture that was scheduled for that time. However, United’s match had to be moved forward because of a Courteeners concert. The Red Devils were to play Villa from 5pm but the concert will take place at Lancashire Cricket Club on the same day. United said in a statement: “This request was supported by Greater Manchester Police and TfGM to avoid significant crowd, traffic and operational issues locally. “We regret any disruption that this may cause around our supporters’ plans for the day.” United are joint top with Chelsea on ...
There’ll be one-month lockdown in south-east if FG fails to bring Kanu to court – IPOB
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There’ll be one-month lockdown in south-east if FG fails to bring Kanu to court – IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has threatened to impose a one-month lockdown in South-East region of the country, if the federal government fails to bring its leader, Nnamdi Kanu to court on October 21. Recall that the IPOB leader's trial was adjourned by Justice Binta Nyako on July 26 after the federal government failed to produce him in court. In a statement by IPOB's spokesperson, Emma Powerful, the proscribed group alleged that the federal government of Nigeria has perfected plans not to bring Nnamdi Kanu to court on the scheduled date. Stating that the alleged plan to "perpetually keep him behind bars without trial to see if they can demoralise him and Biafrans" won't work, IPOB said it will impose a one month lockdown in South-East to make the federal government ...
22-year-old soldier killed after motivating school pupils in North-East while on national duty with Nigerian Air Force
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22-year-old soldier killed after motivating school pupils in North-East while on national duty with Nigerian Air Force

A 22-year-old soldier identified as Amos Adorable Sobosu Royal has been killed while on national duty with the Nigerian Air Force. Amos was killed just after motivating school pupils in North-East region of the country. The burial ceremony of the deceased who is from Egbebiri-Biseni in Yenegoa local government area of Bayelsa, is scheduled for September 25. Friends, family and loved ones have all taken to social media to pen down tributes to him.
Wendy Williams tests positive for COVID-19, postpones 13th season of her show
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Wendy Williams tests positive for COVID-19, postpones 13th season of her show

Wendy Williams has tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19. On Tuesday, The Wendy Williams Show announced that the 57-year-old talk show host is postponing the 13th season of her popular daytime talk show in order for her to get better and to quarantine. Season 13 of The Wendy Williams Show was scheduled to start on Sept. 20. The date has now been moved to Oct. 4. "To allow Wendy time to quarantine and fully recover and to ensure that our production abides by the SAG/AFTRA and DGA Covid protocols, we expect to begin the 13th season of The Wendy Williams Show on Monday, October 4th," a statement on the show's official Instagram account reads. "In the meantime, repeats will be scheduled." This comes a week after the show announced that Wendy was dealing with o...
Former “Smallville” star, Allison Mack begins prison sentence early after being convicted in sex cult case
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Former “Smallville” star, Allison Mack begins prison sentence early after being convicted in sex cult case

Former "Smallville" star, Allison Mack has began serving her prison sentence two weeks earlier than the scheduled date. The actress was sentenced to three years in prison for her role in the Nxivm sex cult, after she admitted to racketeering and conspiracy charges in April 2019, relating to her efforts to recruit women. Nxivm, pronounced "nexium", is a group that started in 1998 as a self-help programme and says it has worked with more than 16,000 people including the son of a former Mexican president and Hollywood actresses such as Mack. Even with a tagline of "working to build a better world", its leader Keith Raniere was found guilty of overseeing a "slave and master" system within the group. While Raniere headed the structure and was the only man, Mack served as one of hi...
Ladipoe and Nasty C make 2021 BET Hip-Hop list
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Ladipoe and Nasty C make 2021 BET Hip-Hop list

BET has released a list of its nominees for the 16th annual BET Hip Hop Awards scheduled to hold next month. While Nigerian rapper, Ladipoe and South African rapper Nasty C were nominated in the Best International Flow category, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion led the nominations for this year’s Hip Hop Awards, with nine nods each. Megan similarly dominated at the 2021 BET Awards earlier this year, having dropped both Good News and Suga in 2020. Drake garnered eight nominations across seven categories, including Hip Hop Artist of the Year and Song of the Year. His album Certified Lover Boy is not nominated for Hip Hop Album of the Year, having missed the cut-off date for 2021’s ceremony, per BET. Moneybagg Yo, Tyler, the Creator, Migos, Meg...
EPL: Man Utd’s match Postponed
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EPL: Man Utd’s match Postponed

Manchester United’s fixture with Aston Villa in the Premier League on September 25 has been moved forward. This is because of a Courteeners concert, which will take place at Lancashire Cricket Club on the same day. The game which will be played at Old Trafford was scheduled for 5pm, but will now kick off at 12.30 pm. This means it will clash with the Chelsea vs. Manchester City game. United said in a statement: “This request was supported by Greater Manchester Police and TfGM to avoid significant crowd, traffic and operational issues locally. “We regret any disruption that this may cause around our supporters’ plans for the day.”
Attack on Secretariat: We will not be cowed by violence – Osun PDP
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Attack on Secretariat: We will not be cowed by violence – Osun PDP

The Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has strongly condemned the unprovoked attack on its secretariat by suspected political thugs in a desperate attempt to scare party faithful from an important event scheduled to hold on the premises on Tuesday. The party, while describing itself as a major stakeholder in the affair of Osun, which is committed to maintaining law and order, stated that the assault on its Secretariat was an act of cowardice and desperation taken too far. In a statement made available by the PDP State Publicity Secretary, Ayodeji Areola, they described those who carried out the attack and their backers as shameless because they ended up showing to the world how evil and dangerous they are to democracy in the state. The statement disclosed...
Coup: Guinea’s World Cup qualifier Postponed
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Coup: Guinea’s World Cup qualifier Postponed

Football governing bodies FIFA and CAF have postponed Monday’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying match involving Guinea and visiting Morocco. The decision to postpone the game is as a result of Sunday’s coup d’etat in the west African country, as well as the reported detention of its president, Alpha Conde. “The current political and security situation in Guinea is quite volatile and is being closely monitored by FIFA and CAF. “To ensure the safety and security of all players and to protect all match officials, FIFA and CAF have decided to postpone the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying match, Guinea versus Morocco. ”The match had been scheduled to be hosted in Conakry, Guinea on Monday,” CAF disclosed in a statement late on Sunday. It added that information about reschedul...
Governor Lalong Relaxes Curfew in Jos and Bassa
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Governor Lalong Relaxes Curfew in Jos and Bassa

Governor Simon Lalong has relaxed the curfew in some parts of Plateau state due to insecurity. Lalong in a broadcast on Monday August 30, said the 24-hour curfew in Jos North is now to be enforced from 6pm to 6am until further notice. He said;   “The curfew in Jos South and Bassa is to also be further relaxed,” Lalong said. “As from Monday 30th August 2021, the curfew shall be enforced between 10pm to 6am until further notice.” The ban on tricycles (Keke Napep) and hawkers remains in place within Jos/Bukuru metropolis, while the Plateau Economic and Investment Summit earlier scheduled for September 1 and 2 has been postponed.   Read the full text of Lalong’s Monday broadcast:   TEXT OF A STATE BROADCAST BY H.E. RT. HON. (DR) SIMON BAKO LALONG, KSG...
‘It is important that everyone lives in their truth’ – Fancy Acholonu confirms her relationship with Alexx Ekubo has ended and that their wedding has been called off
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‘It is important that everyone lives in their truth’ – Fancy Acholonu confirms her relationship with Alexx Ekubo has ended and that their wedding has been called off

  Model, Fancy Acholonu, has confirmed the end of her relationship with actor Alex Ekubbo as well as the end of their wedding plans. The couple who dated for a while got engaged in May this year and had scheduled their wedding for towards the end of the year. However, the couple raised eyebrows when they unfollowed each other on social media and even deleted photos of themselves on their pages. This evening, Fancy released a statement confirming they have gone their separate ways. According to her, she made the best decision for herself and also believes it is important everyone lives in their truth. See her statement below
El-Zakzaky: Military task force bans planned protest by Shiites in Jos
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El-Zakzaky: Military task force bans planned protest by Shiites in Jos

The military task force responsible for the maintenance of peace in Plateau State, code-named Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), has banned a planned protest by members of the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) otherwise known as Shiites in Jos, the Plateau State capital. The OPSH said an intelligence report available to them indicates a planned protest by members of the aforementioned group. The military task force equally said the protest which is planned to hold nationwide including Plateau State is scheduled for Friday 20th August, 2021. It was also gathered that the protest, according to report, is due to the health challenges of its leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. The Military Information Officer of OPSH, Major Ishaku Takwa, said, while acknowledging the rights of ...
IPOB Suspends August 9 sit-at-home Order
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IPOB Suspends August 9 sit-at-home Order

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) says it has suspended the sit-at-home-order across the SouthEast that was earlier scheduled for Monday, August 9. According to The Sun, a statement released by the younger brother of IPOB leader, Kanunta Kanu, said the suspension was due to the ongoing National Examination Council (NECO) Exam for junior secondary schools which recently began. The statement added that having realized the academic deprivation the already marginalized ''Biafra'' students who entered for this year’s NECO would suffer, the leader of the group decided to suspend the sit-at-home order to a later date to allow the students take their exams.   “IPOB has listened to pleas from well-meaning individuals and groups within and outside Biafra land that we consider...
Second phase of COVID-19 Vaccination to begin on Tuesday
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Second phase of COVID-19 Vaccination to begin on Tuesday

The second phase of COVID-19 vaccination will begin on Tuesday August 10 in the country. The announcement was made after the federal government received over four million doses of the Moderna vaccine donated by the US government last week. A statement signed by spokesperson to the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Mr Willie Bassey read; “The PSC has received over four million doses of Moderna vaccine donated by the U.S. Government to Nigeria. “In view of the above, the inoculation is scheduled from Tuesday, Aug. 10, at the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, off Airport road, Abuja.”
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Real Madrid Defender, David Alaba Contracts COVID-19

Real Madrid defender, David Alaba, has tested positive for COVID-19. Real Madrid made the announcement in a statement via its website on Wednesday. The statement read, “Real Madrid C. F. would like to notify that our player, David Alaba, has tested positive for COVID-19.” This is coming less than a week after Real Madrid officially unveiled Alaba as their player. Alaba, a former Bayern Munich star, is now the second Real Madrid squad member to have tested positive for COVID-19 this summer. Karim Benzema is still in Lyon after he turned in a positive test result just before he was scheduled to return to Real Madrid. Alaba will now be in isolation for the next couple of days.
Barcelona Strikes new Contract Agreement with Messi
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Barcelona Strikes new Contract Agreement with Messi

  Barcelona has reached an agreement in principle with captain Lionel Messi for the renewal of a new contract. Diario Sport reports that the agreement between Barcelona and Messi includes a five-year contract. Messi also agreed to cut his salary by 50% in the new deal. The report added that money was never a problem in the negotiation, adding that it was the issue of taxation, a fragile matter because neither party wants to take the wrong step. The Argentina captain accepted the conditions that Barcelona has imposed because he understands that the economic situation of the Catalan club is very complicated and he must be the first to set an example. The announcement of Messi’s new contract with Barcelona is scheduled to take place at the end of July. Messi’s pr...
Get well soon – Buhari tells Pope Francis as he heads for surgery
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Get well soon – Buhari tells Pope Francis as he heads for surgery

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a get-well message to the Head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis as he heads in for a scheduled surgery of the colon. Buhari’s message was contained in a statement on Sunday night by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu The President called for prayers from Nigerians and the global community as the Pontiff goes in for this routine operation.
Pope Francis Hospitalized In Rome, Set To Undergo Colon Surgery
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Pope Francis Hospitalized In Rome, Set To Undergo Colon Surgery

According to the New York Time, the Vatican announced on Sunday that Pope Francis had been admitted to a hospital in Rome for a “scheduled surgery” of the colon. Matteo Bruni, a Vatican spokesman, said in a statement that Francis, 84, had been taken to the Gemelli hospital in the Italian capital. Mr. Bruni said the surgery would take place later on Sunday, and noted that a medical bulletin would be issued afterward. He said that the pope had “symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon.” The surgery would be performed by Dr. Sergio Alfieri, who heads the hospital’s complex operational unit for digestive surgery, the Vatican said. It is the first time that Francis has been admitted to a hospital since becoming pope in 2013. Unlike his predecessors, he has never left the Vati...
Mo Salah will not play at the Olympics for Egypt this summer after Liverpool win club vs country row
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Mo Salah will not play at the Olympics for Egypt this summer after Liverpool win club vs country row

Liverpool and Egypt star Mohammed Salah is set to miss out on the Tokyo Olympics after Liverpool won the club vs country row. Egypt wanted their star forward, 29, to take part in the Games and play in the opening group match against Spain on July 22 in Sapporo but new reports indicate Salah will remain with his club for pre-season rather than travel to Japan for the three-week event. Egyptian FA chiefs are unhappy with the decision by Liverpool but understand they will need him again at the Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for next January and February in Cameroon. Jurgen Klopp will want Salah available at the beginning of the season as the team look to mount a title challenge and would not mind missing him next year January as long as he plays at the beginning of this season for...
President Buhari postpones London medical trip
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President Buhari postpones London medical trip

President Buhari has postponed his medical trip to the United Kingdom. He was scheduled to depart for the United Kingdom today June 25 to see his doctors. According to his media aide, Femi Adesina, a new date for his trip will be announced later. No reason was given for the postponement. Read the statement below ''The medical follow-up visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to United Kingdom earlier scheduled for today, Friday, June 25, 2021, has been postponed. A new date will be announced in due course.''
UEFA Clears air on Moving Euro 2020 semi-final, final from Wembley
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UEFA Clears air on Moving Euro 2020 semi-final, final from Wembley

  UEFA has insisted it has no plans to replace Wembley as the stadium that will host the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020. This comes after Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, called for the matches to be moved from the UK due to rising COVID-19 cases. There have also been rumours that UEFA could opt for Budapest, the capital of Hungary, if the UK government refuses to allow quarantine exemptions for visiting supporters and UEFA guests to attend the games. However, a UEFA spokesman said on Tuesday: “UEFA, the English FA and the English authorities are working closely together successfully to stage the semifinals and final of EURO in Wembley and there are no plans to change the venue for those games.” Wembley is scheduled to host the semi-finals on July 6 and 7 b...
Rohr Reveals Venue of Super Eagles’ World Cup Qualifier against Liberia
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Rohr Reveals Venue of Super Eagles’ World Cup Qualifier against Liberia

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr has revealed that their opening 2022 World Cup qualifier against Liberia will be played at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos. This means Nigeria will return to the stadium where they hosted Lesotho in their last 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in March. It was the national team’s first competitive game in the country’s commercial capital in 20 years. Uyo had been home to the Super Eagles for years, but they have not played at the Akwa Ibom Stadium since 2019. They are now set to continue in Lagos, with Rohr confirming it after the friendly match against Cameroon. “The fans are welcome, we hope that the fans can come to the stadium in September, that this crazy pandemic which is making things difficult for everyb...
Cameroon vs Nigeria: All you Need to Know about Tuesday’s Friendly, Match Details, TV schedule
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Cameroon vs Nigeria: All you Need to Know about Tuesday’s Friendly, Match Details, TV schedule

  Nigeria will play Cameroon in a second friendly game this Tuesday. It is the second time both teams will face each other within four days, with the Indomitable Lions winning 1-0 last Friday. André-Frank Zambo Anguissa, who stars for relegated English side Fulham, scored the winner in the first half. The matches have been put together to help the Super Eagles prepare for their 2022 World Cup qualification games against Liberia and Cape Verde in September. This will be Nigeria’s fourth international game in 2021. Their first two outings have been qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations. Today’s international friendly will be played at the Wiener Neustadt Stadium in Vienna and has been scheduled for 17:00 (West African Time). It will not be aired on television...
CAF Africa Football Body Postpones 2021 AFCON Draw
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CAF Africa Football Body Postpones 2021 AFCON Draw

Africa’s football governing body CAF has postponed the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations final draw. This was announced in a statement released on CAF’s official website on Sunday. The draw was scheduled for June 25 in Yaounde, the capital city of the tournament’s host country. But on Sunday, CAF said the postponement was due to “logistical reasons related to the Covid-19 pandemic” and a new date would be announced in due course. “At the request of CAF, the Cameroon Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has agreed to postpone the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 final draw for logistical reasons related to the Covid-19 pandemic. “The draw was initially scheduled for 25 June 2021 and a new date will be announced in due course. “CAF continues to work together with ...
Nigeria Immigration Service suspends requests for passport booklets till June 8
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Nigeria Immigration Service suspends requests for passport booklets till June 8

Application for passport booklets has been suspended by an additional one week by the Nigeria Immigration Service. In a statement released on Tuesday June 1, the agency said the applications which was scheduled to resume on June 1, will now commence on June 8. According to NIS' spokesperson Amos Okpu, the congestion at its issuing centres will not allow the Service to accommodate new applications. The statement read;   “This situation will not allow the Service to accommodate new applications especially considering our desire to ensure that people who come to our offices comply with all the COVID-19 protocols. “Consequent upon the above, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has extended the commencement of the new passport regime earlier scheduled for June 1,...
Simon Cowell Cancels ‘X Factor Israel’ Appearance
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Simon Cowell Cancels ‘X Factor Israel’ Appearance

Simon Cowell has canceled his scheduled appearance as a judge on the upcoming season of “X Factor Israel.” The veteran producer and reality TV judge, had signed a deal to serve as one of the judges on next season of the Israeli musical reality show which is slated to begin filming this summer. Over the weekend, Reshet, the Israeli company that produces X Factor locally confirmed Cowell canceled without elaborating on the reasons for his decision. A Reshet representative however told Variety that members of Cowell’s staff had reached out with “legitimate concerns” over his participation in the show after the recent violence between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, but that at the time he had made no final decision. Rumors of Cowell pulling out of the show began last week in the wake o...
Student, 17, angry with his mother for exposing his illicit relationship with his teacher
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Student, 17, angry with his mother for exposing his illicit relationship with his teacher

A teenager, whose teacher had sex with him, told cops he is furious with his mother for exposing the illicit relationship. Abby Dibbs, 35, of Cross Plains, is now facing serious charges after admitting she had sex with the 17-year-old at her home in Wisconsin, USA. The now-former Portage High School teacher has been charged with two counts of sexual assault of a student by school staff. Police said she has admitted to having sex with the boy twice, according to a criminal complaint. Portage police said in a statement that the teacher was arrested for sexual assault of a child on Wednesday, May 26, after the Portage Community School District administration contacted police. Dibbs has reportedly admitted the student came to her home on Friday and Saturday the weekend befor...
Copa America in Doubt after CONMEBOL Confirms Argentina will no longer host tournament
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Copa America in Doubt after CONMEBOL Confirms Argentina will no longer host tournament

  The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) has confirmed Argentina will no longer host the Copa America. This development throws the tournament into doubt with only 13 days before it was due to kick off. The tournament was scheduled to be played in Argentina and Colombia between June 13 and July 10. However, Colombia was removed as co-host on May 20 and Argentina has now followed due to what CONMEBOL said was “the present circumstances”. Argentina is currently suffering from a spike in Coronavirus cases. “CONMEBOL is analysing offers from other countries that have shown interest in hosting the continental tournament. “Updates will be announced soon,” it said in a short statement.
Buhari Orders Postponement of FEC and Police Council Meetings
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Buhari Orders Postponement of FEC and Police Council Meetings

  President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the postponement of this week’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in honour of the recently deceased Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and ten other officers who died on May 21. Buhari also ordered the postponement of the Police Council meeting, which was scheduled to hold on Thursday, May 27, but now to hold next week Thursday, June 3, 2021 Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha disclosed this in a statement released on Monday May 24. The statement read; “Further to the directive of Mr. President for the National Flag to fly at half-mast nationwide from 24th – 26th May, 2021 and the declaration of today, Monday 24th May, 2021, as work free-day for members of the Armed Forces,...
CAF Champions League semi-final draw confirmed
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CAF Champions League semi-final draw confirmed

The draw for this year’s CAF Champions League semi-final has been confirmed. Kaizer Chiefs play Wydad Casablanca, with the two teams having already met in the group stages. The South African side progressed despite losing 3-0 to Simba in the quarter-final second-leg clash on Saturday. Chiefs advanced to the last four for the first time in their history, winning the tie 4-3 on aggregate. Wydad secured their place in the last four, after defeating Algerian club MC Alger 2-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals. Wydad thumped Chiefs 4-0 in a Group C encounter at home in February 2021, but Amakhosi won the reverse fixture 1-0 in Johannesburg last month. The other semi-final tie will be between Al Ahly and Esperance, after they eliminated Mamelodi Sundowns and CR Belouzidad’s r...
Oyo Declares Friday Public Holiday
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Oyo Declares Friday Public Holiday

The Oyo state government has announced Friday May 21 as a public holiday, ahead of local government election scheduled to hold in the state. Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa who urged residents of the state to participate in the election, said the public holiday was declared to enable the state conduct a hitch free local government election holding on Saturday, May 22, 2021. Adisa said; “His Excellency, Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, has authorised the declaration of Friday, May 21, 2021, as public holiday. “The declaration of the holiday is to enable residents of the state participate freely in the council elections billed to hold on Saturday May 22, 2021. “Every indigene and resident of the state is hereby enjoined to go about his or h...
INEC to Resume Voter Registration on June 28 
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INEC to Resume Voter Registration on June 28 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday said it had concluded arrangements to resume Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) on Monday, June 28. The commission’s chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this at their meeting in Abuja with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) for the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Yakubu explained the commission was working to update its registration software to accommodate the newly established polling units to enable prospective voters to register. “However, more work still lies ahead. Apart from the CVR, we shall continue our preparations for two bye-elections scheduled for June 19 in Sabon Gari State Constituency in Kaduna State and Gwaram Federal Constituency in Jigawa State,” he said. H...
Nigerian Man Arrested in the US for $350m COVID19 Unemployment Benefit Fraud
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Nigerian Man Arrested in the US for $350m COVID19 Unemployment Benefit Fraud

A Nigerian man identified as Abidemi Rufai, has been arrested in the United States of America in connection with a $350 million COVID19 unemployment benefits fraud. According to a statement released by the United States Department of Justice, Abidemi Rufai, was arrested at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport last Friday, May 14, by federal agents as he allegedly attempted to leave the country. He appeared in a US Federal court on Saturday, May 15, on charges that he used the identities of more than 100 Washington residents to steal more than $350,000 in unemployment benefits from the Washington State Employment Security Department during the COVID-19 pandemic last year. “Since the first fraud reports to our office in April 2020, we have worked diligently with a federal...
Liverpool Beat Man Utd in Thriller to Reignite Top-four bid
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Liverpool Beat Man Utd in Thriller to Reignite Top-four bid

Liverpool breathed new life into their bid for a top-four finish in the Premier League after a 4-2 victory in their re-scheduled game at Manchester United. The initial match on May 2 was called off as anti-Glazer protestors got into Old Trafford and onto the pitch, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team were stuck at the team hotel. United fans were once again protesting outside the ground against the Glazer family ahead of kick-off, but there were no repeats of the scenes of earlier this month. With both teams safely inside the ground, focus could turn to events on the pitch and United took an early lead when Bruno Fernandes' shot was deflected into his own net by Nat Phillips. However, Liverpool, who also had a penalty overturned after a pitchside review by referee An...
LMC Frustrating Private Clubs –Ubah
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LMC Frustrating Private Clubs –Ubah

Chairman of Nigeria Professional Football League side FC IfeanyiUbah Chukwuma Ubah says the League Management Company is frustrating the efforts of private clubs in the league. Ubah spoke with our correspondent after match officials awarded visitors MFM FC the maximum points in their match-day 20 fixture after hosts IfeanyiUbah didn’t show up for Sunday’s encounter, which was scheduled for the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu by 2pm. Ubah told our correspondent that there was no communication from the LMC informing them that the game was in Enugu. “I don’t know about the three points they awarded to MFM, because we have not played. We were all ready in our stadium here in Nnewi and there was no directive for us to go to Enugu. “Whatever it is, it is so obvious that the league and the ...
Solskjaer Slams ‘Impossible Schedule’ after Man Utd Qualify for Europa League final
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Solskjaer Slams ‘Impossible Schedule’ after Man Utd Qualify for Europa League final

  Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has hit out at the Premier League after they were ordered to play three matches in five days, after last weekend’s game against Liverpool was postponed. United travel to Aston Villa this Sunday, before hosting Leicester City on Tuesday. The rearranged fixture with Liverpool has been scheduled for 48 hours later next Thursday. Solskjaer, who led United to the Europa League final with a 8-5 aggregate victory over AS Roma on Thursday, has described the schedule as “impossible”. “It’s unheard of. It’s made by people who have never played football at this level. Physically, impossible for the players to do it after being here, doing Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday. It’s impossible. “So we’ve not been dealt a good hand, but ...
CCT Chairman gets two Weeks to respond to Assault allegation after appearing Before Senate panel
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CCT Chairman gets two Weeks to respond to Assault allegation after appearing Before Senate panel

Danladi Umar, chairman of the Code of Conduct of Tribunal (CCT) has been given two weeks to respond to the assault allegation against him after appearing before the senate committee on ethics, privileges and public petitions. Recall that Umar was caught on video assaulting a security man who has been identified as Clement Sagwak, at a popular plaza in Wuse 2, Abuja. He appeared before the senate panel on Tuesday May 4, following a petition filed by the security guard's counsel, Timzing Ramnap through the senator representing Plateau north, Istifanus Gyang. Appearing before the panel, Umar said he had not been formally served with a summon to appear before the senators. However after he asked for a week to respond to the allegation against him, Ayo Akinyelure, chairman of th...
Liverpool Take Decision on asking FA to Deduct Points from Man Utd after Cancelled Game
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Liverpool Take Decision on asking FA to Deduct Points from Man Utd after Cancelled Game

  Liverpool will not ask the Football Association (FA) to award them the match, after Sunday’s clash at Manchester United was cancelled due to safety worries, the UK Mirror reports. The decision to call off the match was taken one hour after the scheduled 4.30 pm kick-off. According to the rules, the FA can declare the fixture will not be rescheduled and award the three points to Liverpool, if they decide it was “abandoned due to the conduct of one Club or its supporters”. But the Reds have no interest in pursuing such an outcome. They will work with Manchester United to find a date for the fixture to be completed. That will prove tricky, with the Red Devils involved in a Europa League semi-final this week. They also have the next two mid-week slots taken up with...
North Korea Warns US and South Korea of ‘Crisis beyond Control’ in Heated Statements
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North Korea Warns US and South Korea of ‘Crisis beyond Control’ in Heated Statements

The Secretive state of North Korea has warned the United States it will face a "crisis beyond control in the near future" and accused South Korea of carrying out an "intolerable provocation" against Pyongyang in a series of statements released Sunday, May 2. In one statement, North Korea blasted US President Joe Biden for saying, in a speech to Congress on Thursday that Pyongyang's nuclear program presents "a serious threat to America's security and world security." North Korea which is now a nuclear state, accused the US of engaging in "political chicanery" last week, when the State Department called North Korea "one of the most repressive and totalitarian states in the world." Kwon Jong Gun, the director general of the Department of US Affairs at North Korea's Foreign Minist...
Man Utd vs Liverpool Postponed after Fan Protests
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Man Utd vs Liverpool Postponed after Fan Protests

Manchester United's Premier League game against Liverpool at Old Trafford has been postponed following protests against the Glazer family. Hundreds of fans got into the stadium ahead of the behind-closed-doors contest, which was originally scheduled for a 4.30pm kick-off before being delayed and then called off completely. Discussions are taking place around finding a new date for the fixture. A United statement read: "Following discussion between the Police, The Premier League, Trafford Council and the clubs, our match against Liverpool has been postponed due to safety and security considerations around the protest today. Discussions will now take place with the Premier League on a revised date for the fixture. "Our fans are passionate about Manchester United, and we compl...
Ghislaine Maxwell Pictured with Black Eye in First Photo From Prison
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Ghislaine Maxwell Pictured with Black Eye in First Photo From Prison

An image of imprisoned British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has emerged showing her with bruising under her left eye. The 59-year-old is currently detained in a New York jail as she awaits trial on allegations she helped deceased financier Jeffrey Epstein to groomed and traffic young girls for sexual abuse. This comes after a three-judge panel previously rejected several bail requests by Maxwell’s lawyers, who argued that she was being deprived of sleep while incarcerated due to wellness checks by corrections officers. The image was sent to a judge yesterday by her legal team, to support fresh complaints about her treatment behind bars. In a filing from Thursday afternoon, Maxwell’s attorney Bobbi Sternheim said the defendant noticed a black eye last night and was then c...
CJN Postpones Inauguration of 18 Appeal Court Judges Indefinitely
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CJN Postpones Inauguration of 18 Appeal Court Judges Indefinitely

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Ibrahim Muhammad has postponed the swearing-in of the 18 newly appointed justices of the appeal court. The inauguration ceremony was scheduled to hold on April 29, but has now been postponed indefinitely. Though no reason was given for the postponement, it has however been linked to the ongoing strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN). The Judges are also expected to "clear their desks" and ensure there are no outstanding issues before assuming their new responsibilities.
Ex-Minneapolis Police Officer, Derek Chauvin to be Sentenced on June 16 for Killing George Floyd
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Ex-Minneapolis Police Officer, Derek Chauvin to be Sentenced on June 16 for Killing George Floyd

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is scheduled to be sentenced on June 16 after his conviction for the murder of George Floyd, a Minnesota court said on Friday, April 23. The sentencing will take place at 1:30 p.m. CT, according to the court schedule. The calendar update came three days after a jury found Chauvin, 45, guilty on charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. Chauvin’s attorneys will have 60 days to appeal the outcome. Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died after Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than nine minutes during an arrest on May 25, 2020.  Video of the incident sparked a nationwide protest movement against police brutality and racism. Chauvin faces a minimum sen...
Rapper Lil Mosey, 19, Charged with Rape, wanted by police
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Rapper Lil Mosey, 19, Charged with Rape, wanted by police

American rapper, Lil Mosey has reportedly been declared wanted by police for rape. According to a report from TMZ, the rapper, real name Lathan Echols, has been charged with second-degree rape stemming from an alleged incident in January of this year. Due to his failure to appear in court on Wednesday, April 21, the 19-year-old Washington rapper is now wanted by law enforcement. The "Blueberry Faygo" rapper was reportedly charged with second-degree rape several weeks ago ahead of this week's scheduled court date but failed to show up. Earlier this year, a woman claims that she and a friend went to visit Lil Mosey, but alleges that she was raped by the 19-year-old artist and another man, who the Chronicle reports is named Francisco P. Prater. An affidavit obtained by the ...
‘Cattle traders’ kidnapped and killed a man 10 days to his wedding – Police
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‘Cattle traders’ kidnapped and killed a man 10 days to his wedding – Police

The Kwara state police command has accused some cattle traders of kidnapping and killing a man who wanted to buy a cow from them for his wedding. Police spokesperson in the state, Ajayi Okasanmi confirmed the arrest of the alleged leader of gang, Mohammed Kazeem, in Patigi, Patigi Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday April 21. Mr Kazeem was alleged to have collected N160,000 from the man Olokose Oluwasola Ojo, to get him a cow for his wedding scheduled for March 12 and 13 this year. Security operatives were alerted after Ojo's fiancee received a phone call from his line demanding for N12 million ransom if she hoped to see him again. Okasanmi said; “Since the victim left Ilorin with the suspect, he could no longer be reached by anybody including his intending wif...

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