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INEC To Hold Emergency Meeting Over Incessant Attacks On Its Offices

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed dismay at the numerous fire attacks on its offices especially those located in the South-East geopolitical zone. The National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye disclosed this in a statement titled "INEC Local Government Area in Enugu State Set Ablaze."

Breaking: Former Minister ‘Mama Taraba’ Is Dead

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A former Nigerian Minister Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan, popularly known as Mama Taraba is dead. Her associates confirmed that the 61-year-old politician died on Friday in Cairo, the Egyptian capital. Al-Hassan served as Women Affairs Minister under President Muhammadu Buhari's government. Al-Hassan is a former Minister of Women Affairs and a former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from Taraba North Senatorial District.

Supreme Court Upholds INEC's Deregistration Of 74 Political Parties

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The Supreme Court has upheld a previous judgment by the Court of Appeal which accepted the deregistration of 74 political parties. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had deregistered the affected political parties in 2020 due to their inability to win any election during the 2019 general elections.

BREAKING: FG Revisits COVID-19 Restrictions, Returns Curfew

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The Federal Government has re-introduced a nationwide 12am to 4am curfew as part of efforts to curtail the further spread of COVID-19. The National Incident Manager and Head of Technical Secretariat of the Presidential Steering Committee, Mukhtar Mohammed, disclosed this at a press briefing of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 in Abuja. According to Mohammed, the curfew would take effect from midnight on Monday, May 10. He also informed that with effect from Tuesday, night clubs, gyms, and others would remain closed till further notice.

WHO To Benchmark Intake Of Salt

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a new set of global guidelines for sodium levels contained in over 60 food and beverages categories, saying excessive salt in foods is putting people at great risk of fatal heart disease and strokes. The guideline is aimed at setting a standard for “countries and industry to reduce the sodium content in different categories of processed foods.”

COVID 19: Nigeria Bans Passengers From Brazil, India and Turkey

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The Federal Government has announced that foreigners who recently traveled to Brazil, India, and Turkey would be denied entry into Nigeria starting from Tuesday 4th May 2021. This was disclosed by the Secretary to the Federation (SGF) and the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID 19, Mr. Boss Mustapha.

Nigeria/Ghana: FG Delegation To Visit Ghana Over Traders’ Conflict

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President Muhammadu Buhari has directed a ministerial delegation to be sent to Ghana to resolve the lingering conflict between Nigerian traders and the Ghanaian authorities. In a statement on Monday by the Special Assistant to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment on Media, Mr. Ifedayo Sayo, disclosed that the minister, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo will lead the delegation to Ghana.

INSURGENCY: G7 Nations Pledge £276 Million Assistance For North-East Nigeria

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The G7 Countries comprised of wealthy nations including (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States” have promised £276 million ($389 million) assistant for millions of people affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in North-Eastern Nigeria. According to a statement by the UK High Commission in Nigeria, Catriona Laing, Britain is leading the coordinated effort by the G7 nations to provide humanitarian assistance this year to the region which is most impacted by the insurgency.

MDAs Failed To Remit N3Trillion Revenue Into Federation Account – Senate

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The Senate Committee on Finance has revealed that 60 federal government agencies failed to remit a total of about N3 trillion in six years, contrary to provisions of the constitution and Fiscal Responsibility Act. The failure of key revenue-generating agencies to pay what they generated into the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) has been a source of financial bankruptcy of the Federal Government and a cause of huge borrowing, particularly from 2015 to date. Chairman of the committee, Solomon Adeola (APC, Lagos West), who revealed the development to journalists, Yesterday, stated that the breach was uncovered during the panel’s ongoing investigation of remittances by Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs). The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, Director-General of Budget Office, Ben Akabueze, Auditor-General of the Federation, Idris Ahmed, and other heads of MDAs appeared before the Senate committee during the ongoing probe of revenue remittances by MDAs between 2014 to 2020 and payment of 1% Stamp Duty on all contract awards by the MDAs within the same period.

INTERPOL Establishes Initiative To Battle Cybercrime In Africa

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The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) is launching a new cybercrime operations desk with UK funding to boost the capacity of 49 African countries to fight cybercrime. The five-year Stop Online Piracy (I-SOP) initiative project aims to tackle digital piracy following a significant increase in the number of incidences. The Africa desk will help shape a regional strategy to drive intelligence-led coordinated actions against cybercriminals and support joint operations. According to INTERPOL, digital piracy has heightened by more than 60 percent in some countries during the 12 months from April 2020 as millions of people have been confined due to the global Coronavirus pandemic. Cybercrime is among the most inexhaustible forms of international crime, with damages set to cost the global economy USD 10.5 trillion annually by 2025.

SpaceX In Talks With NCC To Launch Satellite-Based Internet In Nigeria

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Elon Musk’s US-based Space exploration company, SpaceX said it is working with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to secure the required licenses to launch Starlink, its satellite Internet service, in Nigeria. Starlink’s Market Access Director for Africa, Ryan Goodnight along with SpaceX consultant, Levin paid a visit to the NCC during which they discussed the possibility of obtaining licenses to operate the satellite internet in the country. It appears that SpaceX had been in many virtual discussions with the NCC for several months, and both parties finally agreed on a face-to-face meeting to deliberate the project’s prospects in the country.

Debris From Space Rocket Lands In Maldives - China

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Debris from a Chinese rocket which was is expected to plunge through the earth’s atmosphere over the weekend has landed in the Indian Ocean near the Maldives early Sunday morning, China’s space administration announced. Earlier in the month, it was reported by China’s space administration that the scattered pieces of the rocket could hit Abuja, Beijing, New York, Los Angeles, Madrid, or Rio de Janeiro.

Anthony Joshua VS Tyson Fury Fight Scheduled For August In Saudi Arabia

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Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have finalised the date for their undisputed heavyweight championship clash and will meet in a specially-created stadium says Eddie Hearn as official confirmation for one of the biggest heavyweight fights creeps closer. Fury and Joshua signed a two-fight deal in March to unify the title. The location is likely to be in Saudi Arabia Hearn told Sky Sports on May 11: "I think it's a very bad secret that the fight is happening in Saudi Arabia. To be honest with you, I don't mind giving you that information." The details remain sketchy as the fight is yet to be formally announced, but the two heavyweights could be in line for a record payday come August.

UEFA Champion League Final Moved From Turkey To Porto

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The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has announced that it is moving the Champion League final to Portugal for the second year running due to Turkey being added to the United Kingdom's "red list" of countries with severe coronavirus outbreaks.

Man City Wins 7th Premier League Title

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Manchester City has now become the most dominant team in England for a decade after clinching the EPL with three games to spare with Manchester United falling to a 1-2 defeat to Leicester City.

Nicki Minaj Teams Up With YMCMB Colleagues For "Beam Me Up Scotty" Reissue

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Popular American animated rapper and songwriter Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty known professionally as Nicki Minaj has released a reissue of her 2009 mixtape Beam Me Up Scotty which featured YMCMB colleagues, Drake and Lil Wayne.

Phylicia Rashad Named Dean of Howard University

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Hollywood actress Phylicia Rashad, has been appointed dean of Howard University’s newly reestablished college of fine arts. The 72-year-old singer, actress and stage director is an alumnus of Howard University. She graduated with honours magna cum laude in 1970 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Childish Gambino Sued For Alleged Copyright Infringement

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American rapper, Donald Glover, popularly known as “Childish Gambino” is being sued by rapper “Kidd Wes” for alleged copyright infringement, saying the Grammy-winning hit song “This Is America” was lifted from him. The complaint was filed by Emelike Nwosuocha (Kidd Wes) in New York citing “nearly-identical unique rhythmic, lyrical, and thematic compositional and performance content contained in the chorus – or ‘hook’ –sections that are the centerpieces of both songs.”

Ramadan Fast Continues Till Wednesday As Saudi Arabia Agency Declares No Sight Of Crescent Moon

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Haramain Sharifain, an Islamic agency in Saudi Arabia, has declared that fasting in the month of Ramadan continues on Wednesday while eid-il-fitr will be held on Thursday. As this year’s Ramadan nears its end, astronomers have been engaging in careful observation for a new moon to determine the day of eid-il-fitr. In a tweet on Tuesday, Haramain Sharifain announced that Ramadan will last for 30 days. It said the conclusion was derived from the findings of astronomers positioned at different locations in Saudi Arabia, including Sumair and Tumair.

Dozens Killed In Baghdad Hospital Fire

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At least 82 people have died and over 100 injured in a hospital fire in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad on Saturday, in the Coronavirus intensive care unit of the hospital. The fire broke out at the Ibn al-Khatib Hospital after oxygen tanks in the COVID-19 unit exploded.

Derek Chauvin Convicted For George Floyd’s Murder

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Former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin has on Tuesday been convicted for the murder of George Floyd, after a jury at the Minnesota State Court found him guilty on all three counts of murder. The ex-cop who knelt on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes, causing his death was found guilty of all three charges; second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter.

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