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ADDIS ABABA — Djibouti’s incumbent President Ismail Omar Guelleh has been re-elected, according to the provisional results released on Saturday. The country’s Interior Minister Moumin Ahmed Cheick told local media that the provisional results showed Guelleh to have won over 98 per cent of the vote. Voters on Friday went to the polls, which lasted until 7:00 p.m. local time as counting proceeded soon after. Confirmed results would be released by the Constitutional Council several...

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BENIN — The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo has commended President Muhammadu Buhari over the appointment of some of its members into boards of federal agencies and parastatals. The Assistant State Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Victor Osehido, made this known in a statement issued on Saturday in Benin. He quoted the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the party in the state, Col. David Imuse (rtd.), as appreciating the president for the appointment. The...

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MAKURDI — Former Information Minister Jerry Gana, Amb. Esther Audu, Humphrey Abah, and Adakole Ijogi, all former members of the PDP, formally rejoined the party and were re-admitted on Saturday in Makurdi. The ceremony took place at the party’s North Central Zonal Congress at the Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi. Speaking on behalf of the returnees Prof. Gana, the former chairman of the then federal orientation agency, MAMSER, said they were delighted to be back into...

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IBADAN — Gov. Babangana Zulum of Borno says Nigeria will continue to be united in spite of its many challenges. Zulum said this on Saturday in Ibadan during a courtesy visit to his Oyo State counterpart, Gov. Sheyi Makinde. The governor appealed to those fomenting trouble in parts of the country to desist forthwith and allow peace to reign, adding that nobody could predict what would happen in times of crises. He called on the...

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ENUGU — The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Enugu State chapter, has called on members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) to call off their ongoing strike. The NBA Chairman in Enugu, Mr. Jude Ezegwui, made the called on Wednesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu. While sympathising with JUSUN in its struggle, the chairman said that the timing of the strike be reconsidered. ”We are trying to catch...

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KHARTOUM — Sudan has blamed the lack of progress during the new round of talks over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on “Ethiopian obstinacy.” “A round of talks over the GERD was concluded on Tuesday in the Congolese capital of Kinshasa without any progress because of the Ethiopian obstinacy,” said Sudan’s negotiating team in a statement. “Ethiopia has persistently rejected all alternative options and compromises proposed by Sudan to give a role to the...

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BAGUDO — Motorists and residents in Bagudo Local Government Area of Kebbi have commended the Federal Government for reconstructing the Tuga bridge that links Nigeria with Benin and Niger Republics. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Tuga bridge was washed away by flood in 2020, cutting off Bagudo LGA from the rest of the state. Tuga bridge when it was washed away by the flood in 2020. Malam Umar Muhammad, a driver,...

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ASABA — Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has pledged to provide the major facilities needed for the full take-off of the three newly established universities in the state, within the limits of available resources. The governor disclosed this, on Tuesday, while inspecting ongoing projects at the new Dennis Osadebe University, Asaba. He said that he would do everything humanly possible, in the remaining two years of his administration, to ensure that the universities ran all...

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BERLIN —  World football ruling body FIFA has suspended the national federations of Pakistan and Chad with immediate effect. FIFA said on Wednesday the decision to suspend the Chadian football association (FTFA) was taken because of interference by the country’s government authorities in the federation’s affairs. “The suspension will be lifted once the relevant government decisions have been repealed and the FTFA and its management have confirmed to FIFA that the FTFA premises are again...

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By John Campbell, Guest Columnist & Blogger ______ Jihadi attacks in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province are accelerating, with heavy fighting breaking out around the town of Palma. In response, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa sent South African troops to evacuate South African nationals. The French oil and gas company Total has evacuated its employees from its Afungi gas facility and suspended construction on a $20 billion project. The Maputo government has, for much of the insurgency, routinely declined international help. But with the...

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