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If I suicide myself, I didn’t’: John McAfee’s 2019 Tweet surfaces online after he’s found dead in Spanish Prison
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If I suicide myself, I didn’t’: John McAfee’s 2019 Tweet surfaces online after he’s found dead in Spanish Prison

John McAfee, the founder of antivirus company McAfee, was found dead in a Spanish prison near Barcelona on Wednesday afternoon June 23, after the Spanish high court authorised his extradition to the United States   The British technology entrepreneur reportedly committed suicide in a prison cell, just hours after a preliminary ruling for his extradition to the United States on charges of tax evasion. The charges carried a prison sentence of up to 30 years.   McAfee was arrested last October at Barcelona's international airport as he was about to board a flight to Istanbul.   In a statement, the Catalan justice department said that prison officers and medics had tried to save the life of a 75-year-old man but had been unsuccessful. After attempts to save him...
‘Everybody can’t be invited’ – Eguavoen defends NPFL player selection for Nigeria friendly in Mexico
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‘Everybody can’t be invited’ – Eguavoen defends NPFL player selection for Nigeria friendly in Mexico

The 55-year-old will be in charge when the Super Eagles take on El Tri in a friendly outing scheduled in Los Angeles NFF technical director Austin Eguavoen has reacted to criticism surrounding his selection of Nigeria Professional Football League players for next month’s international friendly match against Mexico. The home-based players will battle the reigning Concacaf Gold Cup champions at the Los Angeles Coliseum on July 4, in the absence of Gernot Rohr’s men who will be at their European clubs for pre-season training. On Sunday, 25 NPFL players were summoned to camp in Abuja with two players expected to be dropped before the final 22-man squad travels to the United States.
India’s COVID-19 tally crosses 30 million
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India’s COVID-19 tally crosses 30 million

India has reported more than 30 million Covid-19 cases since the pandemic started last year. Government data showed there were 50,848 infections recorded over a 24-hour period on Wednesday, bringing the total reported cases to 30.02 million. The reported daily death toll was 1,358. The United States is the only country in the world that has reported more cases than India.   The nation suffered a devastating second wave when reported coronavirus cases spiked between February and early May. It left hospitals overwhelmed and medical necessities like oxygen and medicines in short supply.   A highly contagious variant of the coronavirus known as the delta variant was first reported in India and is reportedly partially responsible for the rapid rise in cases there. ...
Singer YQ Hospitalized in US
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Singer YQ Hospitalized in US

Nigerian singer, YQ has been hospitalized in the United States. The singer shared photos of himself on a hospital bed, asking for flowers on the Instagram post. He also thanked God that an ambulance and the police showed up in less than 5 minutes. YQ wrote; Thank God the ambulance  and cop  showed up in less than 5 minutes. Can i get one flower now that am still here? Thank you I’ll be back soon. #thankful #grateful #survivor #OnGod
Griezmann still keen on MLS move after Barcelona contract expires
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Griezmann still keen on MLS move after Barcelona contract expires

A move to America has long been one of the striker's objectives and he hopes to make it happen three years from now Antoine Griezmann says he still wants to move to the United States after his contract at Barcelona runs out. The France international said last year that a spell in MLS has long been one of his career objectives . The 30-year-old still has three years left on his contract at Camp Nou and says he could then end up leaving Europe to experience the American lifestyle and watch basketball.
‘It’s going to be different’ – Leicester star Vardy becomes co-owner of USL side Rochester Rhinos
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‘It’s going to be different’ – Leicester star Vardy becomes co-owner of USL side Rochester Rhinos

The 34-year-old will join up with the club, which was a fixture in the lower divisions of United States soccer before going on hiatus in 2017 United Soccer League (USL) club Rochester Rhinos have announced that Leicester City star Jamie Vardy has become a co-owner. The New York-based outfit have not played since 2017 after establishing themselves as a fixture in the American lower divisions. With Vardy now on board, the Rhinos will look to return to the field in the near future.
PDP asks members of international community to impose travel ban on Buhari, Lai Mohammed, Malami and their family members over Twitter ban
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PDP asks members of international community to impose travel ban on Buhari, Lai Mohammed, Malami and their family members over Twitter ban

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have asked the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and other members of the International Communities to impose a travel ban on President Muhammadu Buhari, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and members of their family. The opposition party which predicates its demand on the “violation of UN international Charter on Human Rights by President Muhammadu Buhari by banning the use of Twitter in Nigeria", accused the Buhari-led administration of ‘stifling free speech in Nigeria.’ In a statement signed by the party’s spokesperson Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP averred that President Buhari, Lai Mohammed, and Abubakar Malami and their agents cannot continue to en...
Pulisic scores in extra time as USA beats Mexico 3-2
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Pulisic scores in extra time as USA beats Mexico 3-2

Christian Pulisic converted a penalty kick in the 114th minute, backup goalkeeper Ethan Horvath stopped Andrés Guardado’s penalty kick in the 124th and the United States overcame an early defensive blunder to beat Mexico 3-2 on Sunday night in a final of the first CONCACAF Nations League that turned on three video reviews. Gio Reyna and Weston McKennie scored as the 20th-ranked U.S. twice overcame deficits against No. 11 Mexico, which led after just 63 seconds. Pulisic, fresh off of winning the Champions League with Chelsea on May 29, cut inside the penalty area and was pulled down by Carlos Salcedo in the 108th minute. Panamanian referee John Pitti did not initially signal a penalty but consulted a video review and then pointed to the spot. Mexico coach Tata Martino appeared ...
U.S. says Fully Vaccinated Americans can Return to Life Without Masks
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U.S. says Fully Vaccinated Americans can Return to Life Without Masks

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States has announced that fully vaccinated Americans can return to life without masks in a major step toward returning to pre-life. CDC Director, Rochelle Walensky made the announcement at a White House briefing Thursday, May 13. "If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stoppeddoing because of the pandemic," Walensky said, announcing the sweeping change. "Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing." "We have all longed for this moment when we can get back to some sense of normalcy," Walensky said. The announcement comes after Walensky faced criticism for th...
95-year-old man Becomes Oldest Organ Donor in US History
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95-year-old man Becomes Oldest Organ Donor in US History

A 95-year-old man from West Virginia has become the oldest organ donor in United States history after he died last week. Cecil Lockhart, of Welch, West Virginia died on May 4, and his liver was donated to a woman in her 60’s. The Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) announced the news in a statement. “CORE is incredibly proud to have been able to make this historic organ donation possible,” said Susan Stuart, CORE president & CEO. “This landmark in the field of transplantation is just another example of CORE’s pioneering legacy and commitment to innovation, which, over the last 40 years, has given 6,000 people in the United States the opportunity to save more than 15,000 others as organ donors.” Lockhart’s family said he decided to become an organ donor over...
ISIS and Al-Qaeda Planning to Penetrate Southern Nigeria, US warns
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ISIS and Al-Qaeda Planning to Penetrate Southern Nigeria, US warns

The United States has warned that Al-Qaeda and ISIS  are planning to penetrate Southern Nigeria. The US also said Al-Qaeda has started penetrating the north-western part of Nigeria. In a media briefing seen by TheCable, Dagvin Anderson, Commander of the US special operations command, Africa, said Al-Qaeda is also expanding to other parts of West Africa. Anderson said the US will continue to partner with Nigeria in sharing intelligence. "We have engaged with Nigeria and continue to engage with them in intel sharing and in understanding what these violent extremists are doing," he said. "And that has been absolutely critical to their engagements up in the Borno state and into an emerging area of northwest Nigeria that we’re seeing al-Qaeda starting to make some inroads in....
Al Qaeda Promises ‘War on all Other Fronts’ Against US as Joe Biden begins Withdrawal of Military Troops
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Al Qaeda Promises ‘War on all Other Fronts’ Against US as Joe Biden begins Withdrawal of Military Troops

Two al Qaeda operatives  have reportedly warned that a war “on all other fronts” will continue against the United States unless all its forces are “expelled from the rest of the Islamic world.” This comes as the Biden adminstration has started the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, 20 years after the US invaded the country following the 9/11 Twin Tower attacks. US President Biden in April announced a full removal by Sept. 11 and this weekend marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden being killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan, by US Navy SEALs. However, Osama's terrorist network claims its fight against America will not end anytime soon — with two al Qaeda members telling CNN that “war against the US will be continuing on all other fronts unless they are expel...
US Mission To Prioritise Student Visa Applications For Nigerians
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US Mission To Prioritise Student Visa Applications For Nigerians

The United States mission in Nigeria has announced that it will prioritise applications for student visas and plan interview appointments “well in advance” of school resumption. Susan Tuller, US mission country consular coordinator, also said on Friday that the mission “will make every effort to assist student visa applicants in a timely fashion while keeping personnel and customers safe.” The lockdown introduced to slow the spread of the coronavirus had hindered operations at the US embassy in Abuja and the consulate general in Lagos. However, with the next round of school resumption in September, Tuller said efforts are in place to ensure that Nigerians travelling for studies are not stranded regarding their application for visa. A statement from the mission explained why...
Insecurity: Buhari Seeks US Assistance, Warns Of Spill Over To Other Countries
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Insecurity: Buhari Seeks US Assistance, Warns Of Spill Over To Other Countries

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Tuesday stressed the need for the support of the United States and other “important and strategic partners” in combating the security challenges facing Nigeria. He said the support was necessary because the consequences of insecurity in Nigeria would affect all nations. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President made the call during a virtual meeting with the US Secretary of State, Mr Anthony Blinken. The statement was titled, ‘Security: President Buhari asks US to relocate headquarters of AFRICOM to Africa, warns of likely spillovers’. Recall that Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, had while lamenting the nation’s security situation on Saturday, called on the Pr...
Buhari Seeks Relocation Of US Africa Command Headquarters From Germany
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Buhari Seeks Relocation Of US Africa Command Headquarters From Germany

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the United States to consider relocating the headquarters of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM), from Germany. The president made the request on Tuesday, during a virtual meeting with Anthony Blinken, US secretary of state. AFRICOM, with headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, is one of the 11 department of defence combatant commands of the US, which focuses on addressing security challenges affecting African countries. According to a statement by Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, Buhari said the relocation is necessary as part of efforts to address insecurity in Nigeria and other African nations. “The security challenges in Nigeria remain of great concern to us and impacted more negatively, by existing complex negative pressures in the Sah...
U.S Asks Citizens To Avoid 14 Nigerian States
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U.S Asks Citizens To Avoid 14 Nigerian States

  The United States, in its latest travel advisories warned its citizens to avoid some 14 Nigerian states, rife with terrorism, banditry and kidnapping. Although it approved travel to other parts, it urged its citizens to “Reconsider travel to Nigeria”. the updated advisory, the U.S. State Department added at least 116 countries this week to its “Level Four: Do Not Travel” advisory list. The UK, Canada, France, Israel, Mexico, Germany and others are on the list, citing a “very high level of COVID-19.” Before Tuesday, the State Department listed 34 out of about 200 countries as “Do Not Travel.” The State Department now lists 150 countries at Level Four. Nigeria is categorised as Level 3. Unlike countries categorised as Level 4, based on the advice of the U.S. C...
We Won’t Trade Covid-19 Shots for Political Favors with other Countries – US
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We Won’t Trade Covid-19 Shots for Political Favors with other Countries – US

The United States has said it would not "trade shots in arms for political favors" with other countries. When outlining the State Department's plans to share supplies of Covid-19 vaccines with other countries, Secretary of State Tony Blinken said the US is only concerned with saving lives and not playing politics. "This is about saving lives," Blinken said during remarks at the State Department. "We'll treat our partner countries with respect." While making the remarks, Blinken  unveiled a new Covid coordinator, Gayle Smith, as the US has come under increasing criticism for its failure to share unused vaccines with other countries, even as Russia and China have aggressively started sharing their vaccines with nations around the world. "As we get more confident in our vac...
“I Can Still Marry you despite your old man’s look” – Jemima Osunde shoots shot at Ric Hassani
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“I Can Still Marry you despite your old man’s look” – Jemima Osunde shoots shot at Ric Hassani

Nollywood actress, Jemima Osunde has openly declared her interest in Nigerian singer Ric Hassani. The singer shared a selfie himself in the United States, while admiring how well the country suites him. He tweeted; “See naw, America fit me die, I swear,” Shooting her shot, Jemima then retweeted Hassani’s tweet on Twitter, as she declared her marry intention to the singer. According to Jemima, she loves the singer even though he snapped his selfie like her father’s age. “Ric, even though you snapped these selfies like my daddy’s age mate, I can still marry you,” Jemima wrote. See Hassani’s respond below. 
World Powers Want To Destroy Nigeria – Ex CBN Deputy Governor, Mailafia
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World Powers Want To Destroy Nigeria – Ex CBN Deputy Governor, Mailafia

A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, Wednesday accused world powers of trying to destroy the country. In today’s international system, the four great powers according to Wikipedia, include, United States (US), Russia, China and the European Union. However, while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme, Mailafia opined that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is the worst Nigeria has ever experienced. Comparing Buhari’s administration to Abacha’s, Mailafia averred: “This is totally unprecedented. This is the worst time ever in the history of Nigeria. You can’t even compare with Abacha’s time; Abacha’s time was a golden era compare with what is happening. You think Abacha would have tolerated all these? You c...
“It’s beyond us” Nigerian supermodel, Oluchi Onweagba Celebrates as her Son is Signed by McLaren Racing
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“It’s beyond us” Nigerian supermodel, Oluchi Onweagba Celebrates as her Son is Signed by McLaren Racing

Ugo Ugochukwu, the first son of supermodel Oluchi Onweagba, has been signed by McLaren Racing, one of the top racing teams in the world. Ugochukwu, who is just 13, and represents the United States, has been winning racing awards since he was as young as age 8. He has won a slew of titles in the United States and Europe and most recently won the 2020 FIA OKJ European Championship. This caught the attention of McLaren, the same racing team that signed a young Lewis Hamilton, who has gone on to dominate the world of Formula One. Reacting to her son's signing, Oluchi Onweagba wrote on Instagram: "Thank you GOD! Angels in the heavenlies Thank you! Watch over your Son. @ugougochukwu It’s beyond us." Ugochukwu also took to Instagram to announce the news, writing...
Kanye West Worth $6.6 Billion, Thanks to his Yeezy Brand
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Kanye West Worth $6.6 Billion, Thanks to his Yeezy Brand

American rapper Kanye West has made history as the wealthiest black man in the history of the United States. A new report states that Kanye West is now worth $6.6 Billion, with all thanks to his his popular Yeezy brand, and his previously announced Gap deal. According to Bloomberg, Kanye West who is already a billionaire, is now making much more than he has in the past. The rapper’s popular sneaker and apparel brand Yeezy is now valued at $3.2 billion to $4.7 billion based on a private document reviewed by Bloomberg. Also, his new partnership with Gap which is officially set to arrive this year, will possibly be worth as much as $970 million of that multi-billion-dollar total. Kanye West is the sole owner of his Yeezy brand and he also signed a 10-year contract last year wi...
US Contacts Nigerian Visa Applicants Affected by the Travel Restrictions Imposed by Former President Donald Trump
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US Contacts Nigerian Visa Applicants Affected by the Travel Restrictions Imposed by Former President Donald Trump

The United States mission in Nigeria has contacted all immigrant visa applicants whose applications were affected by the travel restrictions imposed by former President Donald Trump. This followed the Presidential Proclamation signed by President Joe Biden on January 20, 2021, titled, ‘Ending discriminatory bans on entry to the United States.’ Trump had suspended entry into the United States of certain nationals, based on visa type, from various countries, including Nigeria in 2020 under Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983. But the US mission in a statement on Tuesday March 16, said its Consulate-General in Lagos has already contacted all immigrant visa applicants whose applications were affected and is prioritizing the processing of these pending cases. It noted that me...
My Son Will Never Play With Doll – Teebillz Condemns Ban On Gendered Toy Section In The U.S.
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My Son Will Never Play With Doll – Teebillz Condemns Ban On Gendered Toy Section In The U.S.

Music executive Tee Billz has publicly spoken of his disapproval of the transgender community. His comments came in the wake of a new bill in California, United States to ban large departmental stores from dividing childcare items by gender. The new California bill is seeking to keep stores gender-neutral and remove gender expectations where girls are expected to like dolls and makeup and boys are to like trains and superheroes. Reacting to the bill on Instastories on Wednesday, Tee Billz, born Tunji Balogun, said he doesn’t discriminate against the transgender community but that no one should shove it down other people’s throats. “Every human being on earth was given birth to by a woman! No such things as trans or all that shit in the world. “I will teach my children to ide...
Emmanuel Nworie, First-Class Mathematician & Farmer Bags PhD Scholarship
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Emmanuel Nworie, First-Class Mathematician & Farmer Bags PhD Scholarship

Emmanuel Nworie, a first-class mathematics graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, has bagged a fully-funded scholarship at a university in the United States. TheCable had reported how Nworie tilled the soil in Ebonyi state owing to poverty and a lack of platform to utilise his knowledge. The 27-year-old, who graduated with a cumulative grade point average of 4.92/5.00, had experienced a life of hardship prior to his application for the Michael Taiwo (MT) Scholarship. “I started having challenges in 2005 when we struggled with the health of my dad. He gave up in January 2009. I have long wanted to be a mathematician. But after my dad passed away, I was deterred because at some point when I was trying to save for undergraduate studies and after two years I couldn’t save ...
Service Chiefs, visa ban reversal top US, Nigeria talks
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Service Chiefs, visa ban reversal top US, Nigeria talks

The governments of the United States and Nigeria held a discussion on relations and recent developments. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama to highlight the importance his country places on the bond with Nigeria. State Department spokesperson Ned Price made details of the conversation public. The U.S. acknowledged the threats that terrorists pose to Nigerian and regional security. Blinken welcomed Buhari’s appointment of Service Chiefs to combat terrorism in the Northeast and provide national security. The top diplomat referenced President Joe Biden’s revocation of immigrant visa restrictions as affirmation of the close ties between Americans and Nigerians. He outlined a holistic approach to the U.S.-Nigeria partnership ...
I don’t like when people with a “status” speak about politics’: Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes aim at LeBron James’ political activism
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I don’t like when people with a “status” speak about politics’: Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes aim at LeBron James’ political activism

AC Milan striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has taken aim at basketball great LeBron James' political activism saying he doesn't like when he speaks about politics. It's no news that the LA Lakers' superstar has been campaigning for social justice and change in the US and even helped mobilize voters for the November presidential election in the United States. Ibrahimovic, however, is not happy with influential figures branching into politics and wants athletes to stick to what they are good at. Speaking about the activism of athletes during a chat with UEFA and Discovery+ in Sweden, Ibrahimovic took aim at LeBron James' 'What he does is phenomenal, but I don’t like it when people with a certain "status" talk about politics,' he said. 'Do what you are good at. I play football be...
Nigerian, Julia Oparah Appointed Provost Of University Of San Francisco
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Nigerian, Julia Oparah Appointed Provost Of University Of San Francisco

A Nigerian, Julia Oparah, has been named the provost and vice president of academic affairs at the University of San Francisco (USF) in the United States. Mrs Oparah is currently the provost and dean of the faculty of Ethnic Studies at Mills College where she had served as a member of the faculty for almost 20 years before being named provost and dean of the faculty in 2017. This was revealed by the President of USF, Paul J. Fitzgerald, on Thursday. “Our community has identified a leader in higher education with extraordinary scholarly, administrative, and service credentials to lead USF as provost,” he said. He said she will begin her tenure on July 12. Mr Fitzgerald said he was delighted to welcome Mrs Oparah and her family to USF and that ”he looked forward to working...
President Biden to announce $4 billion donation to poor countries for covid-19 vaccines
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President Biden to announce $4 billion donation to poor countries for covid-19 vaccines

President Joe Biden is expected to announce on Friday that the United States will make first contribution of  $2 billion to a U.N.-backed program seeking to distribute COVID-19 vaccine doses to people in the poorest countries in the world, according to senior Biden administration officials.   ABC News reported that Congress had already allocated the money in December for the U.S. Agency for International Development to provide to Gavi, an international vaccine distribution alliance. The congress provided a total of $4 billion and officials said that the U.S. would give the rest to Gavi over the course of this year and 2022.   President Biden intends to announce during a virtual meeting of the Group of Seven leaders.   To date, 10 countries have administ...
U.S. Government Asks Court To Make Obinwanne Okeke A ‘Scapegoat’
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U.S. Government Asks Court To Make Obinwanne Okeke A ‘Scapegoat’

The United States government has asked the federal trial court in Virginia to impose a stiff sentence on Obiwanne Okeke, to serve as a deterrent to other Individuals with criminal tendencies. In its deposition, exclusively obtained, the U.S. authorities opposed the defendant’s plea for a lenient sentence. “The public must have confidence that the activities of the defendant and his co-conspirators are treated with the utmost seriousness. The public must look at the actions of the defendant, being a participant in the online fraud schemes that have become so very prevalent, and know that such conduct cannot be tolerated. “Individuals inclined to consider committing crimes like those of the defendant must be made to pause in thinking about the consequences that follow,” Acting U...
US Seeks To Seize $2 Million From Nigerian Man Arrested For Romance Scam
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US Seeks To Seize $2 Million From Nigerian Man Arrested For Romance Scam

Nigerian man living in Georgia has been arrested and had his first appearance in federal court in Atlanta on charges of laundering the proceeds of romance scams that targeted victims in the Eastern District of North Carolina and throughout the United States. According to court documents, Oluwadamilare Kolaogunbule, aka "Dare" opened, maintained, and controlled multiple bank accounts, referred to as "drop accounts" that were used to receive, move, and obscure criminal proceeds, including funds derived from romance scams. A romance scam refers to a scheme in which scammers create fake profiles on Internet dating sites to identify victims, form fraudulent romantic relationships with them, and then exploit them for profit. According to the allegations in the indictment, co-defenda...
Yoruba, Hausa Teachers Needed In The US
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Yoruba, Hausa Teachers Needed In The US

The US Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria has announced that the services of Yoruba and Hausa teachers are needed in the United States. According to the Public Affairs Section of the US Mission Nigeria which made the announcement on its website, applications from qualified Nigerians wishing to teach Hausa or Yoruba languages and cultures to American students in US universities and colleges opened February 1 and will end on June 1. The applications are being requested under the mission’s Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Programme (FLTA). The FLTA programme, the mission explains, is designed to offer young foreign teachers an opportunity to teach Yoruba language and culture to American students in universities and colleges. The programme also gives an opportunity for partici...
US Donates Equipment Worth $325,000 To Nigerian Police Force
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US Donates Equipment Worth $325,000 To Nigerian Police Force

The United states has donated equipment valued at over $325,000 to the Nigerian Police Force. The donation was made by the office of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) of the United States Embassy, to help the country in it’s fight against terrorism. The United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria, in a statement issued in Abuja by its Public Affairs Section, said the equipment help in areas affected by the Boko Haram insurgency. “INL Director James Jewett presented the equipment to the Commissioner of Police Akeera Yunuss Mohammed, who represented the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu at the function. The equipment will be transferred to the Mobile Patrol Division of the Nigeria Police Force officers assigned to Borno State. “For the 500 office...
China flies about 28 warplanes close to Taiwan in early test of Biden’s foreign policy
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China flies about 28 warplanes close to Taiwan in early test of Biden’s foreign policy

China sent two large formations of warplanes close to the island of Taiwan, a self governing island, that Beijing claims belongs to mainland China. The muscle flexing by China's military over the weekend, presents a significant foreign policy challenge to new United States President Joe Biden just days into his new administration. According to Taiwan's Defense Ministry, 13 Chinese planes entered the southwestern portion of the island's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Saturday followed by 15 on Sunday, prompting Taipei to scramble fighter jets to monitor the Chinese planes.   The ADIZ is defined as "a designated area of airspace over land or water within which a country requires the immediate and positive identification, location, and air traffic control of ai...
USMNT’s Dest admits to lack of confidence at Barcelona as Koeman backs him to shine
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USMNT’s Dest admits to lack of confidence at Barcelona as Koeman backs him to shine

The 20-year-old hasn't found his best form at Camp Nou since joining from Ajax in the summer but trusts in his own potential Sergino Dest admits his confidence has taken a hit since his summer move to Barcelona, but Ronald Koeman has backed him to find his feet at Camp Nou. The United States international joined from Ajax amid some fanfare in the last transfer window and has played in 15 of Barca’s 17 games in La Liga so far this season. Dest hasn’t always been at his best in Spain but he believes in his own potential to get over a tricky start to life at his new club.
Hours after Biden’s inauguration, China bans Mike Pompeo and 27 other former Trump officals from entering the country
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Hours after Biden’s inauguration, China bans Mike Pompeo and 27 other former Trump officals from entering the country

China has announced sanctions against outgoing secretary of state Mike Pompeo and 27 other high-ranking officials under former United States President Donald Trump, just hours after Joe Biden's inauguration. In a strongly-worded statement published after US President Joe Biden was sworn into office in the early hours of Thursday morning, Beijing time, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said the former Trump administration officials were "anti-China politicians" who had undermined the relationship between the US and China, accusing them of "prejudice and hatred against China." "(They) have planned, promoted and executed a series of crazy moves which have gravely interfered in China's internal affairs, undermined China's interests, offended the Chinese people, and seriously disrupted China-U...
I Opened The ‘First’ Nail Studio In Tanzania – Maryanne Moghalu
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I Opened The ‘First’ Nail Studio In Tanzania – Maryanne Moghalu

Maryanne Moghalu wife of a former presidential candidate Kingsley Moghalu has narrated how she opened her nail studio in Tanzania. Mrs Moghalu shared the story in a tweet on Wednesday while also revealing she had her nails done. She said she learnt to make nails in the United States and returned to set up what she claimed was the first nail studio in Arusha, Tanzania. “Did my nails today. I used a matte top coat for a change. Incidentally, I am actually a licensed nail technician! Years ago, in Arusha, Tanzania when I found no one to do my nails, I went to the USA and learned. Came back and trained 2 girls and opened the 1st nail studio there,” she said. It was not immediately clear if the business was still running. Moghalu and his wife celebrated their 26th wedding anniversa...
US condemns killing of 43 farmers in Borno state
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US condemns killing of 43 farmers in Borno state

The United States has condemned the killing of 43 rice farmers in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State, by Boko Haram insurgents over the weekend.   The US embassy in a statement released on Monday November 30, stated that abhorrent attacks are a stark reminder of why the United States stands with the Nigerian government and people as they fight to defeat terrorism and work to bring the perpetrators to justice.   It read;    “The United States condemns in the strongest terms the November 28 violent attack in Borno, Nigeria. The United States offers our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed or kidnapped. “These abhorrent attacks are a stark reminder of why the United States stands with the Nigerian government and people as...
Nigeria May Lose $493m Paid To Procure Fighter Jets — Senate
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Nigeria May Lose $493m Paid To Procure Fighter Jets — Senate

The Senate Committee on Airforce, said on Thursday that Nigeria stood the risk of losing $493m paid to the United States for the purchase of Super Tucano fighter planes. The panel said the nation’s runway at the moment was not up to the standard and could not carry the fighter jets. The Federal Government had wired in $493m in 2018 to a US company to tackle insurgency and other security challenges facing the country. The Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Air Force, Senator Mike Nnachi, raised the alarm while presenting the 2021 budget report of the Air Force before the Senate Committee on Appropriation. He told the lawmakers that when the Americans came to inspect the Kanji runway, recently, they complained that the facility did not have the capacity to carry the air...
Nigeria Not Included In $15,000 Visa Bond Pilot – US Mission
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Nigeria Not Included In $15,000 Visa Bond Pilot – US Mission

The United States Mission has said Nigeria is not included in the US’ pilot visa bond programme. The US Mission in Nigeria made this known in a statement on its website on Tuesday. The outgoing administration of US President Donald Trump had issued a new temporary rule for African tourists. The new rule could require tourist and business travellers from some countries, most in Africa, to pay a bond of as much as $15,000 to visit the United States. The US State Department said the temporary final rule, which takes effect December 24 and runs through June 24, targets countries whose nationals have higher rates of overstaying B-2 visas for tourists and B-1 visas for business travelers. The statement read, “In response to the April 2019 Presidential Memorandum on Combating H...
New Trump Rule May Require Some African Tourists To Pay Up To $15,000 In Bonds
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New Trump Rule May Require Some African Tourists To Pay Up To $15,000 In Bonds

The outgoing administration of U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday issued a new temporary rule that could require tourist and business travelers from two dozen countries, most in Africa, to pay a bond of as much as $15,000 to visit the United States. The U.S. State Department said the temporary final rule, which takes effect Dec. 24 and runs through June 24, targets countries whose nationals have higher rates of overstaying B-2 visas for tourists and B-1 visas for business travelers. The Trump administration said the six-month pilot program aims to test the feasibility of collecting such bonds and will serve as a diplomatic deterrence to overstaying the visas. Trump, who lost a re-election bid earlier this month, made restricting immigration a central part of his four-year term...
It’s Too Early To Congratulate Biden – Obrador, Mexican President
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It’s Too Early To Congratulate Biden – Obrador, Mexican President

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says it is too early to congratulate Joe Biden, president-elect of the United States. After securing more than the 270 required votes to win the presidency, leading American media organisations projected Biden as the next US president. But President Donald Trump, who has refused to concede the election, filed multiple lawsuits to challenge Biden’s victory. Speaking with reporters on Saturday, Obrador said he would wait for “all legal issues” in the US presidential election to be resolved before congratulating the winner. “We don’t want to be imprudent. We don’t want to act lightly and we want to respect people’s self-determination and rights,” Obrador said. “We have a very good relationship with the two candidates. President ...
President Buhari Congratulates US President-Elect,  Joe Biden
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President Buhari Congratulates US President-Elect, Joe Biden

Congratulations to US President-Elect Joe Biden on his election at a time of uncertainty and fear in world affairs. His election is a reminder that democracy is the best form of government because it offers the people the opportunity to change their government by peaceful means. In a democracy, the most powerful group are not the politicians, but voters who can decide the fate of the politicians at the polling booth. The main fascination of democracy is the freedom of choice and the supremacy of the will of the people. President-Elect Biden’s remarkable track record gives us hope that he will add value to the presidency and world affairs. We look forward to greater cooperation between Nigeria and the United States, especially at economic, diplomatic, political and security leve...
United States Election: US Speaker Pelosi Calls Biden ‘President-Elect’
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United States Election: US Speaker Pelosi Calls Biden ‘President-Elect’

"President-Elect Biden has a strong mandate to lead," Pelosi told reporters after Biden overtook President Donald Trump in the potentially decisive state of Pennsylvania. Washington: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, on Friday called Joe Biden the "president-elect" of the United States after he pulled ahead in key election results. "This morning it is clear that the Biden-Harris ticket will win the White House," Pelosi told reporters after Biden overtook President Donald Trump in the potentially decisive state of Pennsylvania. "President-Elect Biden has a strong mandate to lead," she said.   View this post on Instagram   Donald Trump Biggest Nightmare, Nancy Pelosi calls Joe Bid...
US Election 2020: Biden Prepares For Presidency, Launches Transition Website
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US Election 2020: Biden Prepares For Presidency, Launches Transition Website

Joe Biden, Democratic candidate in the United States presidential election, has declared that he is confident of victory. Biden addressed the nation on Thursday. He noted that it was clear that he had won “enough states to reach 270 electoral votes to win the presidency”. “Now, every vote must be counted. No one’s going to take our democracy from us…not now, not ever. “I’m not here to declare that we’ve won, but I am here to report when the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners. “I’m confident that we will emerge victorious. But this will not be my victory alone. It will be a victory for the American people.” Official results as at 9:50am Nigeria time, shows Biden is slightly ahead of President Donald Trump. But the race is too close to call as votes...
‘You Can’t Declare The Winner Of This Election’ – Biden Replies Trump
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‘You Can’t Declare The Winner Of This Election’ – Biden Replies Trump

Joe Biden, the United States, US, Democratic candidate, on Wednesday pointed out who would decide the winner of the ongoing presidential election. Biden disclosed that US electorates would decide the winner of the presidential election. He disclosed this while faulting calls by the incumbent president, Donald Trump that he would emerge winner of the ongoing election. Trump had made the remark during his last campaign on Monday and via his Twitter handle on Wednesday respectively. However, Biden in a tweet on his verified Twitter handle wrote: It's not my place or Donald Trump's place to declare the winner of this election. It's the voters' place.  
Ryan Giggs Will Not Take Charge Of November Games – Wales Football Association
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Ryan Giggs Will Not Take Charge Of November Games – Wales Football Association

Manager Ryan Giggs will not be involved in Wales' three matches in November, with assistant Robert Page taking charge of the team. Giggs has denied an allegation of assault made against him. The 46-year-old was arrested on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend, several newspapers have reported. "The Football Association of Wales and Ryan Giggs have mutually agreed that he will not be involved in the upcoming international camp," the FAW said. Wales will now announce their squad for games against the United States, the Republic of Ireland and Finland on Thursday. "Our agreed immediate priority is preparing the team for the upcoming international matches," the governing body's statement added. "Robert Page, with Ryan's support, will take charge for the next three match...
US Rescue Operation Not Violation Of Nigeria’s Sovereignty – Defence Minister, Bashir Magashi
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US Rescue Operation Not Violation Of Nigeria’s Sovereignty – Defence Minister, Bashir Magashi

The Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd.), has said the recent rescue operation by the United States special forces on Nigerian soil was not a violation of the country’s sovereignty. He said the Nigerian government granted the US necessary permission to carry out the military operation. The United States Special Military Force, over the weekend, successfully rescued an American citizen kidnapped by bandits in the northern part of Nigeria. In an interview with journalists shortly after he defended his Ministry’s budget at the Senate on Tuesday, the minister said Nigeria gave permission to the United States “as a friendly country” almost as soon as it was contacted by the government. He ruled out theories that the United States might have violated Nigeria’s...
Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections
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Nine Nigerians Contesting In Tuesday’s U.S. Elections

No fewer than nine Nigerian Americans are on the ballot in Tuesday’s general elections in the United States, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. Running mostly on the platform of the Democratic Party, the candidates are bidding for different offices at the federal, state and local levels. NAN reports that besides the presidential election, governorship polls are holding in 11 states and two territories, in addition to other state and local elections. Congressional elections are also holding on Tuesday with all the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate up for grabs. At the federal level, Mr Oye Owolewa , whose father is from Kwara and mother from Oyo, is aiming for a ‘shadow’ (non-voting) seat in the House of Representative...
US Rescue Operation Confirms Buhari’s Incompetence – PDP
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US Rescue Operation Confirms Buhari’s Incompetence – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday said the swift operation by the United States to rescue her citizen held hostage by bandits on Nigerian soil has further confirmed that the Buhari Presidency can neither secure the territorial integrity of the nation nor arrest the wave of insecurity ravaging the country under its watch. The party described the situation where the United State “had to come on our soil to pull a rescue, as an international embarrassment and shows how low the Buhari Presidency had fallen in its failure to guarantee the safety of lives and property in our country.” US citizen, Philipe Nathan Walton was kidnapped in the Niger Republic/Nigerian border a few weeks ago after his offer of 40 dollars failed to persuade his abductors. In a statement signed ...

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