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PDP Leadership Should Intervene In Bauchi/Benue Governor’s Quarrel - Douye Diri

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The Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri has beckoned on the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to immediately intervene in the ongoing conflict between Governor Samuel Ortom and Governor Bala Mohammed, towards finding amicable resolution. Diri who made the charge on Thursday when he paid a courtesy visit to his Bauchi State counterpart at the Government House, Bauchi, stated that the war of words between the two PDP governors was becoming disturbing and should not be allowed to escalate further. He appealed to the two PDP governors to sheathe their swords and cease any further actions and reactions in the interest of unity and peace of Nigeria. “Concerning the raging current issue between two brothers, governors of the same party, may I seize this opportunity to advise and call on both of you who are members of our great party to cease further actions and reactions on the burning national security issues.

Second Republic Lawmaker, Junaid Muhammed Is Dead

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Former minority leader in the House of Reps in the Second Republic, Junaid Mohammed is dead. The sad news was revealed by his family member last night that their father is dead after he took ill in the last three days in his Kano residence.

Nigeria’s Economy Exits Recession

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The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has on Thursday said the Nigerian economy has exited recession in the fourth quarter of 2020, recording its first growth in three quarters since the lifting of the COVID-19 linked lockdown.

Nigeria Receives Its First Batch Of COVAX Astrazeneca Vaccines

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The first batch of the expected COVAX Astrazeneca/Oxford vaccines has just arrived in Nigeria. The National Primary Health Care Development Agency made the announcement on its official Twitter handle on Tuesday, where it was revealed that the 3.92 million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India coronavirus vaccine landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, March 2, 2021. Some Officials of the government and Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 were present at the airport to receive the vaccines. They include; the Chairman of the Boss Mustapha, the DG of the NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib, the Minister for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, and the DG of the Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control, NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu.

World Won’t Be Done With COVID-19 This Year ― WHO

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It is unrealistic to think that the world will be done with the Covid-19 pandemic by the end of the year, the WHO said Monday. The World Health Organization’s emergency director Michael Ryan said it might be possible to take the sting of tragedy out of the coronavirus crisis by reducing hospitalizations and deaths. But the virus remains very much in control, he added, especially given that global new case numbers increased this week after seven consecutive weeks of decline.

Coronavirus: Hope As Nigeria Record Its Lowest Daily Cases, Death Count In Six Months

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for the first time in six months has recorded the lowest daily infection of only 240 cases yesterday.

Electricity: Nigeria’s Power Sector Records New Peak Transmission

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The Company In A Statement Made Available To Vigil360 stated that it successfully transmitted an enhanced peak generation of 5,801.60Megawatts, MW, at 9:30 pm on March 1st, 2021. “The latest peak generation was transmitted at a frequency was 50.09Hz. “This value is higher than 5,615.40MW recorded on February 28, 2021, by 186.20MW,” the company added. Meanwhile, the TCN had recorded an initial peak transmission on the 6th January 2021 and 7th January 2021 of 5,552.40MW and 5,584.40MW.

Fuel Scarcity: DPR Warn Marketers As Queue Resurfaces

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Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has today warned the independent marketers who are of the habit of hoarding fuel to desist or they shall not hesitate to sanction any marketer that is found wanting. The DPR Director, Mr Sarki Auwalu gave this warning in a statement today in Lagos. He said the warning has become necessary considering the fact that queues are resurfacing at retail outlets in some states of the federation.

Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Takes Over As DG WTO

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Nigeria’s Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala takes over the affairs of the World Trade Organization (WTO) as Director-General on Monday, March 1, seven months after the sudden departure of Brazilian Roberto Azevedo. She is hitting the ground running, with her first day on the job in Geneva which coincides with the annual meeting of WTO’s General Council. Her appointment has elicited hope that she will affect transformation even as she intends to address some key issues in the organization including the pandemic fuelled global economic crisis. During a press conference following her appointment, she revealed that she is taking the reins of WTO at a time of great uncertainty. She said it cannot be business as usual at the WTO.

Spotify Debut In Nigeria And 84 Others

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The CEO and co finder Daniel EK announced at its online-only Stream today Monday stating that Spotify will be expanding to 85 new markets in a few day's time across Asia, Africa, Caribbean Europe, and Latin America.

WhatsApp To Commence Removal Of Accounts From May 15

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Facebook-owned company WhatsApp has stated that commencing from May 15, users who had refused to accept the new terms and conditions of the media platform will not be able to send and read messages, and maybe eventually deleted. Following the several backlashes from its users over the revised privacy policy, WhatsApp has deferred the update to May 15, giving users time to accept the revised terms.

CBN Ban: Luno Halts Naira Deposits For Cryptocurrency

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Following the ban placed on cryptocurrency by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Luno, a cryptocurrency trading platform has paused naira deposits. Luno is aware of the circular issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria advising financial institutions in the country to close bank accounts held by cryptocurrency service providers,” Luno said in a statement. “In light of this, Luno is pausing Naira deposits while we seek further clarity from the authorities. Luno said the ban will affect activities on the platform, however, the withdrawal will be processed but will take longer.

Pirelli And Inter Milan Part Ways

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Italian multinational company, Pirelli & C. S.p.A., has put an end to a three-decade partnership with the Italian football club Internazionale Milano, commonly referred to as Inter Milan according to chief executive Marco Tronchetti Provera.

Europa League last-16 draw: EPL Teams Handed Tricky Fixtures

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The Europa League last-16 draw was held today 26th of February 2020 after successful completion of round of 32; This will see the likes of Manchester United playing host to AC Milan while Arsenal and Tottenham will travel east with the hope for a place in Arena Gdańsk, Poland on 26 May 2020.

Liverpool's FC Goalkeeper Loses Father

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Jose Agostinho Becker, Father of Liverpool football club goalkeeper, Alisson Becker has died after a tragic drowning in a lake near his holiday home in the early hours of Thursday. The 57-year-old had been swimming at a dam on his property near the town of Rincao do Inferno and was declared missing around 5 p.m. on Wednesday before the local police confirmed his drowning on Thursday.

Hollywood’s Will Smith Considers Going Into Politics

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American actor and film producer has on Monday said he will consider running for a political position in the future. The 52-year-old entertainer said this when asked about his views on politics on the “Pod Save America” podcast, an American progressive political podcast hosted by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer, and Tommy Vietro.

John Boyega Wins Best Supporting Actor At The Golden Globes

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Nigerian UK Actor John Adedayo Bamidele Adegboyega, known professionally as John Boyega, has won his first Golden Globe for best performance by an actor in a television supporting role for his work in Steve McQueen's acclaimed anthology series "Small Axe".

Nigerian Music Producer, Dr Frabz Dies

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US-based Nigerian music producer, Ayorinde Faboro, popularly known as “Dr Frabz” has died, fellow producer and musician Samklef confirmed the death. Samklef confirmed the news via his Twitter handle @Samklef, saying “One of Nigeria legendary producer just died. Sad day for me,” he first tweeted on Saturday, February 27, 2021. “Rip legend! Ayo ( dr Frabz) We spoke 2 weeks ago u asked how is Houston treating me ? I came to Maryland yesterday only for me to hear that u are no more today. What a sad day! A brother is gone! another producer is gone! RIP!” Samklef added.

Zimbabwe’s Vice President Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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Zimbabwe’s Vice President Kembo Mohadi resigned Monday in the face of sexual misconduct allegations, apologising for tasks he “failed to do well”. Local news outlets have since late last month been awash with audio recordings of phone conversations allegedly of Mohadi soliciting sex from several women, including a subordinate in his office.

Homosexuality Bill: President Biden Directed US Embassy In Nigeria To Push For Its Passage

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The United States President, Joe Biden has directed the American Embassy in Nigerian and other countries of the World to push for re-introduction of the homosexual legislation in their respective country. Biden gave this directive through a press statement on the memorandum for advancing the Human rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and intersex persons across the globe.

18 Dead, 200 Missing In Indian Glacier Disaster

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Eighteen people have been confirmed dead and at least 200 people missing on Monday following the flood in Uttarakhand, India, suspected to have been caused by a chunk of glacier breaking off, the Uttarakhand State Government said. The water and debris shot down a tight valley in the Himalayan North region of India on Sunday, destroying roads, bridges and hitting two hydroelectric power plants. “There was a cloud of dust as the water went by. The ground shook like an earthquake,” a resident said. According to the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Trivendra Singh Rawat, most of the people missing were working at the power plants when they incident occurred, trapping them in two tunnels that were cut off by the flood, mud and rocks.

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