BREAKING: Nemanja Matic has agreed a new three-year deal at Manchester United, which keeps the 31-year-old midfielder at the club until 2023

Serbia international forced way back into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans in early part of 2020 during absence of injured duo Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay Nemanja Matic has agreed a new three-year deal at Manchester United, which keeps the midfielder at the club until 2023. The Serbian’s Old Trafford career looked to be nearing its end in January with the …

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Shut down party secretariat, Ondo SDP pleads with Police

The Acting Chairman of the Ondo State chapter of Social Democratic Party (SDP), Mr Dele Thomas, has pleaded with the Inspector-General of Police to instruct the state commissioner of police to seal up the party secretariat in the state. Thomas made the plea in a statement issued in Akure on Monday, explaining that closing down the secretariat would prevent political …

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Nigeria: Arik Air to Resume Domestic Flights On July 8

Major Nigerian carrier, Arik Air, has announced that it would resume domestic flights on July 8, 2020. The airline said it would resume flight service following the federal government decision to re-open Lagos and Abuja airports for flight operations. The airline said it would be operating three times daily from Lagos to Abuja in the first phase of the restart, …

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FG to resume Third Mainland Bridge repairs

The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Olukayode Popoola, on Monday said consultations were on for another phase of repair works to begin on the Third Mainland Bridge. Popoola told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the consultations were towards evolving perfect traffic management architecture. “We want to do maintenance work on Third Mainland Bridge very soon. Most …

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Zamfara gets 780 additional police to fight bandits

Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara said the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, has approved the deployment of 780 personnel to the state curb banditry. Mr Yusuf Idris, the Director-General of Media, Public Enlightenment and Communications to the governor, said this in a statement on Monday in Gusau. Idris said that Matawalle got the approval when he paid a visit …

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It will be disastrous if I don’t seek peace with bandits, kidnappers – Matawalle

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle has opined that it would have been very disastrous if his government refused to negotiate with bandits, saying that he has no regrets negotiating with bandits and notorious kidnappers in the state. This was contained in a press statement on Sunday signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, Alhaji Zailani Baffa, …

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Ghana: ETI to Focus On Ensuring Return On Equity – -Group Chairman

Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (“ETI”), the parent company of the Ecobank Group, the leading pan-African bank with banking operations in 33 countries, concluded its 32nd annual general meeting and extraordinary general meeting in Lagos, Nigeria. For the first time in the history of ETI and in line with preventive measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, attendance at the General Meetings …

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COVID-19 kill 177 in Lagos

Prof. Akin Abayomi, Lagos State Commissioner for Health, has confirmed that the State has so far recorded 177 COVID-19 deaths. He also revealed that the state has conducted a total of 42,348 tests for COVID-19. Abayomi, who gave the confirmation on his Twitter page, said that out of the 42,348 samples, 10,926 returned positive. Prof. Akin Abayomi, Lagos State Commissioner …

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Neimeth, FRSC Join Force To Reduce COVID-19 Mortality Rate

To reduce Covid-19 mortality rate in Nigeria, Lagos and Ogun state to be precise, Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc, has joined force in partnership with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Zone 2 Lagos. Addressing journalists and other attendants during the Media Launch and Public Presentation of FRSC Covid-19 Public Enlightenment Kiosks, recently in Lagos , in his presented speech, Chief …

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Witness absence stalls Fayose’s N2.2bn fraud trial

The N2.2bn fraud trial of a former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, and a firm, Spotless Investment Limited, was stalled on Monday over the inability of the prosecution to bring its witness to court. The prosecuting counsel for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), told Justice C.J. Aneke of the Federal High Court in Lagos that …

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Some African Currencies Hurt Less Than Others by Liquidity Surge

Bloomberg) — Traders are betting on smaller average depreciation for six major African currencies compared with March, as the wall of global monetary and fiscal stimulus provides a backstop for riskier assets. But the outlook is uneven: the spread between 12-month forwards and one-month contracts suggests sizable depreciation in Nigeria, Zambia and Ghana. Currencies in Kenya, Egypt and South African …

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WTO: Africa’s Chance and the Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Candidacy, By Yushau A. Shuaib

…I strongly believe that if what the WTO is looking for is ‘a candidate with vast experience in international relations, encompassing trade and/or political experience, a firm commitment to the work and objectives of the organisation, proven leadership and managerial ability; and demonstrated communications skills,’ then Nigeria’s Okonjo-Iweala is not only the strongest African contender but…the right peg for the …

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Prof Adoyi Onoja: COVID-19 and ‘follow the money’ theory of security

There are two reasons people steal – Need and/or Greed. They steal to secure their lives; this is borne out of need. They steal because the opportunities to steal exist and/or because everyone with the opportunity is stealing; this is borne out of greed. People steal because governance and government is insensitive, inadequate or failing to provide and create opportunity …

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Ondo SSG resigns from Akeredolu’s government

Secretary to the Ondo State Government, Mr. Ifedayo Abegunde, has resigned his appointment. Abegunde, popularly known as Abena, tendered his resignation letter on Monday morning. He was however silent on why he opted to quit when Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, is undergoing treatment for COVID-19. Speaking in a telephone chat with The Nation, Abegunde confirmed he has tendered his resignation letter. …

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Nigeria: House Investigates 24 Banks, 14 Oil Companies Over U.S.$30 Billion Revenue Leakages FacebookTwitterWhatsAppFlipboardLinkedInRedditEmail

The House of Representatives will today commence investigative hearing on 24 commercial and non-commercial banks as well as 14 international oil companies (IOCs) over an alleged loss of over $30 billion revenue annually due to leakages. The investigative hearing which would be conducted in strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols would be in phases. The House joint Committees on Finance and …

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UPDATED: Ex-APC Vice Chairman, Abdulkadir, is dead

The immediate past National Vice Chairman (North-West), of the All Progressives Congress, Inuwa Abdulkadir, is dead. He died in the early hours of Monday after a brief illness. A friend and his colleague in the defunct Adams Oshiomhole-led APC National Working Committee, who was the Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Lawal Shuaibu, confirmed the incident in a text message to The …

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Why Buhari approved N78.9bn refund – Rivers commissioner

Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, has said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), approved the refund of N78.9bn to Rivers for the repair of federal roads because of Governor Nyesom Wike’s “courage to speak up when others are silent”. Nsirim stated this in response to an article written last Friday by the President’s Special Adviser on …

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EFCC Receives Petition To Investigate Katsina Governor, Masari, Secretary, Other Government Officials In Over N300bn Fraud

Apetition has been written to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission calling for the investigation of Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State; Secretary to the State Government, Mustapha Muhammed Inuwa; Commissioner for Local Government and some other government officials in over N300bn financial misappropriation. The petition was also used to urge the anti-graft agency to investigate unlawful cash withdrawal, stealing …

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