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Nigeria has received its first batch of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. The expected 3.9m doses of the vaccine are part of an overall 16 million doses planned to be delivered to Nigeria in batches through the COVAX facility. In February, the AstraZeneca vaccine was approved by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for use in Nigeria. On Monday, the FG asked Nigerians to register for COVID-19 vaccination via the portal...

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To repel the banditry that has ravaged Zamfara State and other parts of the North-west and North-central states, President Muhammadu Buhari has declared the state a no-fly-zone. A no-fly zone, also known as a no-flight zone (NFZ), or air exclusion zone (AEZ) is a territory or area established by a military power over which certain aircraft are not permitted to fly. Such zones are usually set up in an enemy power’s territory during a conflict,...

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Babagana Monguno, national security adviser (NSA), has said certain individuals are profiting from the deteriorating security situation in the country. Speaking on Tuesday after the national security council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, Monguno said the government will not tolerate such. He warned anyone stoking violence to desist from the act. “Of course, the president remains concerned about the level of security, which seems to be cascading for the worse. Given the fact...

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A Parish court has declared  Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s former president, guilty of the corruption charges against him. The court also found him guilty of “influence peddling”, sentencing him to one year in prison and a two-year suspended sentence. The 66-year-old who served as president from 2007 to 2012, was convicted on Monday for having tried to illegally obtain information from a senior magistrate in 2014 about a legal action in which he was involved. According...

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Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje has dismissed his media aide, Salihu Tanko-Yakasa for calling out the failure of the Buhari-led administration. The state commissioner of information, Mohammed Garba announced this development in a statement made public on Saturday. Following the abduction of 317 schoolgirls from a secondary school in Jangebe, Zamfara state, Tanko-Yakasa in a tweet via his Twitter handle pointed the failure of the ruling party in ensuring peace and security of the citizens....

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The chairman of the national drug law enforcement agency (NDLEA), Mohammed Buba Marwa has said illicit drugs are now demanded as ransom by criminals. Marwa noted that the use of illicit drugs is at a high rate and should be fought collectively. He disclosed this on Thursday while speaking at the inauguration of a special-purpose committee of the agency. In a statement by Femi Babafemi, NDLEA director of media and publicity, Marwa noted that the...

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President Mohammed Buhari has dismissed the concept of amnesty to bandits and other criminal elements in the country. Noting that the government has resolved to deal decisively with criminals who terrorise or try to distort the peace in the country, Buhari stated the criminality will be handle without ethnic profiling. Represented by his chief of staff, Ibrahim Gambari, the president while speaking at a joint security meeting of Northern State Governors’ Forum and traditional rulers...

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) says the final forfeiture of $919,202.07 fraudulently kept in an interest-yielding bank account by some staff of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt in Rivers State has been retrieved. This was disclosed in a statement made available on the agency’s website on Thursday. The release state that the staff of the Federal High Court involved in the illegal transaction includes the Chief Registrar and Deputy...

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The Senate joint committee on Defence, Army, and Navy has kicked off the screening exercise of the newly-appointed service chiefs. The nominees appeared before the panel shortly after plenary on Tuesday. Those who appeared before the committee are the Chief of Defence Staff, a Lucky Irabor, a major general, and the Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru, also a major general. Others include Chief of Naval Staff, Awwal Gambo, a rear admiral, and Chief Air...

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The Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS -Related Abuses has issued a summon on Adamu Muhammed, inspector-general of police over the alleged land seizure. The petitioner, Adewale Adewuyi, represented by his legal counsel, Debo Adeleke, accused the police of hostile acquisition and destruction of his 25 acres of farmland at Age-Mowo near Badagry on December 17, 2013. The judicial panel led by Doris Okuwobi, issued the summon to the IGP...

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