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President Tinubu To Commission Lagos Red Line Rail

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President Bola Tinubu is visiting Lagos state on Thursday to commission the first phase of the Lagos Rail Mass Transit (LRMT) Red Line. A press statement issued by the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), announced that the President would visit to officially open the 27 kilometre-long train on Thursday, February 29, 2024. “The first phase of the Red Line stretches 27 kilometres from Agbado to Oyingbo with eight stations at Agbado, Iju, Agege, Ikeja, Oshodi, Mushin, Yaba, and Oyingbo. “The groundbreaking and commencement of civil works for the rail project started on 21st April 2021 and with the dedication, project management, and monitoring, the infrastructure was completed within a 30-months window.”

Senator Okpebholo Declared Winner Of Edo APC Gov Primaries

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Monday Okpebholo, senator representing Edo Central, has been declared the winner of the Edo State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship election in the state. He polled 12,433 to defeat his closest rival, Hon Dennis Odahosa, the member representing Ovia Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives who scored 6,541 votes. Bassey Otu, governor of Cross River and the chairman of the APC supplementary primary election, declared Okpebholo winner on Friday, in Benin.

Zamfara Lawmakers Step-Up To Impeach Speaker Moriki

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The Speaker of Zamfara State House of Assembly, Hon. Bilyaminu Moriki, is set to be impeached by majority lawmakers from the opposition party.

Heatwave: Avoid exhaustion, dehydration - Expert Warns

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Public health expert Dr. Gabriel Ameh has urged Nigerians to stay hydrated and prevent fatigue as the period of abnormally hot weather sets in the Federal Capital Territory. In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja, Ameh noted that the high temperatures combined with the unstable power supply could cause illnesses, endanger cattle, or possibly result in fatalities.

FG To Launch Nationwide Exercise To Tackle Spread Of Lassa Fever

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The Federal Government (FG) through the Federal Ministry of Environment has launched the National Deratization framework exercise aimed at preventing and controlling the spread of Lassa fever across the country. This was made known during a press briefing by Mahmud Kambari, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Environment who represented the Minister of State for Environment, Dr Iziaq Salako.

Gombe Strange Killer Disease: Reps Beg FG To Intervene

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The House of Representatives has demanded the Federal Government to investigate as well as curtail the spread of an unknown disease that has killed many in Nafada Local Government Area of Gombe State. The Federal House requests that the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare urgently deploy its personnel to verify the nature of the disease. The House also urged the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention put-up surveillance measures to contain the spread of the disease and ensure that adequate treatment is extended to affected victims. 

FG Detains 2 Binance Executives

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The Federal Government (FG) has reportedly detained 2 top executives of Binance, a cryptocurrency trading platform. According to a Financial Times report, both executives came to Nigeria last week as a result of a ban on their website, but however had their international passports seized and were arrested by officials of the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA). Reports suggest that they were detained for alleged manipulation in foreign exchange trading in Nigeria.

FG To Complete $700M Gas Pipeline In March

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The Federal Government (FG) revealed on Tuesday that the $700m Obiafu/Obrikom/Oben gas pipeline, popularly known as OB3, would be completed in March 2024. This was made known on Tuesday by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (gas), Ekperikpe Ekpo, during the 7th Nigeria International Energy Summit in Abuja, where he noted that the OB3 gas pipeline as one of the biggest gas transmission systems in Africa.

Tinubu Introduces Expatriate Employment Levy to Boost Economy

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President Bola Tinubu has on Tuesday revealed at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja the introduction of the Expatriate Employment Levy (EEL) a compulsory fee imposed on organizations employing the services of expatriate workers in Nigeria, aimed at boosting local employment, narrowing the wage disparity and promote technology domestication in the country. He described the initiative as a game changer, urging the foreign companies operating in the country to employ more Nigerians, balance employment opportunities, and close the wage gap between the expatriates and the Nigerian labour force.

2Africa Subsea Cable Lands Akwa Ibom

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Days after being declared public interest in Portugal, the 2Africa submarine fibre optic cable, will links Europe, Asia, and Africa has landed in Qua Iboe, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. The cable, dubbed the largest cable project in the world is measured at 45,000-kilometre. According to Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Bosun Tijani, via his X handle wrote: “This is a significant milestone that has been delivered with the support of President Bola Tinubu, whose directive to all relevant agencies to support the ease of approvals was critical to the successful landing of this cable in Akwa Ibom, a first for the Niger Delta region,”

EU Begins Investigation Into TikTok's Possible Online Content Breaches

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The European Union has launched a formal investigation into possible online content breaches by TikTok, including content rules safeguarding children. The EU's executive arm, the European Commission, said it had opened official proceedings against the Chinese-owned short video platform over a potential breach of the Digital Services Act (DSA). EU industry chief Thierry Breton in an X post on Monday said he took the decision after analysing the short video app's risk assessment report and its replies to requests for information. He said protection of children was a "top enforcement priority" for the DSA. “As a platform that reaches millions of children and teenagers, TikTok must fully comply with the DSA and has a particular role to play in the protection of minors online,” Breton said. “We are launching this formal infringement proceeding today to ensure that proportionate action is taken to protect the physical and emotional well-being of young Europeans. We must spare no effort to protect our children.”

Climate Change: NASA Launches New Mission To Aid Study

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has launched a new satellite mission to study ocean health, air quality, and the effects of climate change. The new mission known as PACE, the Plankton, Aerosol, Climate, and Ocean Ecosystem satellite, launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

Olympic 2024: Super Falcon Floored Cameroon To Make It Into Finals

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Nigeria’s Super Falcons have made another record in the final round of qualifiers for the women’s football event at the 2024 Olympics by defeating Cameroon 1-0 on aggregate in the third round of qualifiers for the quadrennial games. The Falcons played a goalless draw at the Stade de la Réunification, Douala, on Friday that gave them an edge against the Cameroonians at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja on Monday. 

Dani Alves Sentenced To Jail

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A top court in Barcelona has sentenced former Brazil international Dani Alves to four and a half years in prison, having been found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman in a Barcelona nightclub in 2022. The court also ordered him to pay €150,000 ($162,990) to the victim.

Afrobasket: D’Tigers Withdraw From Qualifiers

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The Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, in a press statement, noted that the Nigeria senior male basketball team, D’Tigers, would not be participating in the FIBA Afrobasket Qualifiers which is billed to commence in Tunisia on Friday.

…African Grammy Awards Is Coming

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The Nigerian government has disclosed an ongoing negotiation with the organizers of American Grammy Awards to establish an African version of the Grammy Awards.

P. Diddy Denies Sexual Allegation By Former Male Employee

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American rapper Sean Love Combs, better known as Puff Daddy or P. Diddy was sued Monday by a music producer Rodney Jones who accused Diddy of sexually assaulting him and forcing Jones to have sex with prostitutes. Jones in the lawsuit filed in a federal court in New York accused Diddy of making him solicit prostitutes and pressured him to have sex with them among other ills. The suit also described a time when the producer woke up in bed with two sex workers, suspecting he had been drugged. Jones claims Diddy, among other things, would grope Jones's genitals and touch his anus. Jones goes on to allege Diddy would parade around naked in front of him.

Davido Teases EP Collaboration With Kizz Daniel

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Nigerian superstar, Davido has teased a collaborative extended play (EP) with his colleague, Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe who is better known as Kizz Daniel. The ‘Unavailable’ hitmaker announced this on his social media to reveal that a joint project could be in the works after his next album. “After my next album I think a Davido x @KizzDaniel EP will be dope!” Davido wrote. Reposting his tweet, Kizz Daniel wrote, "Afro-Civil."

Many Killed In N'Djamena Following Attack On Security HQ

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Several people were reportedly killed on Wednesday following a deadly attack on the headquarters of the National Security Agency (ANSE) in Chad's capital city N'Djamena. The violence in N'Djamena came as tensions rose ahead of a presidential election set for May and June that could return Chad to constitutional rule after three years of military-backed rule. Security forces have surrounded the headquarters of the Socialist Party Without Borders (PSF), after accusing "elements" of the main opposition party of launching the deadly attack on the country's internal security agency.

ECOWAS Will Re-Examine Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Niger Position - Tinubu

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Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Bola Tinubu, during an extra-ordinary summit on the peace, political, and security situation in the Sub-Region, in Abuja on Saturday has urged Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger to reconsider their withdrawal from the regional body and not see the body as an enemy. He also went on to push the regional body to re-examine its approach in ensuring constitutional order in embattled member states.

Tinubu Bags AU Appointment As Champion For Health

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been crowned by the African Union as a new Champion for Human Resources, Health and Community Health Delivery Partnership. Accordingly, the Nigerian leader will be addressing participants at the ministerial executive leadership programme by tomorrow Saturday, February 17, 2024. The news was issued in a statement today by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the president, Ajuri Ngelale , titled ‘President Tinubu appointed as AU Champion for health’. 

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