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ABUJA — Femi Adesina, the presidential spokesperson, has said that the naming and shaming sponsors of terrorism aren’t part of the federal government agenda. Adesina said this on Monday while speaking on the recent move by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), during an interview on Channels Television. Last week, the UAE had placed six Nigerians on its terror list. The UAE said this was an effort to target and disrupt networks associated with the financing...

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SOKOTO — Telecommunication networks have been shut down in 14 of the 23 local government areas of Sokoto state by the state government. This was disclosed in a statement on Monday by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Governor Aminu Tambuwal, Muhammad Bello. “About three weeks after it approved an Executive Order in response to the situation of insecurity in the eastern flank of Sokoto State, Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal,...

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LAGOS — Fatima Samoura, the Secretary-General of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), on Monday commended the display of skills and the level of competition at the ongoing 2021 Aisha Buhari Cup in Lagos. Samoura made this known in Lagos after the match that saw the Black Queens of Ghana defeat the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon 2-0. She said she was delighted to see the level of improvement in competitive football for women at the...

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ABUJA — Africa has recorded good progress in the world in adopting bio-tech crops,  Dr. Margaret Karembu, the AfriCentre Director, International Service for the Acquisition of Agricbiotech (ISAAA) has said. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that SAAA is a not-for-profit international organisation that shares the benefits of new bioscience technologies to key stakeholders, particularly resource-poor farmers in developing countries, through knowledge sharing, support to capacity building initiatives, and partnerships. Karembu made this known in...

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NEW YORK — UN nations on Monday paid tribute at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks launched against the U.S. that changed the course of history. UN Counter-Terrorism chief, Vladimir Voronkov, in his message to commemorate the anniversary, said the UN would continue to stand in solidarity with all victims of terrorism. Speaking at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in downtown Manhattan where the...

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LAGOS —  The Chinese community in Lagos has celebrated the mid-autumn festival and the Chinese national day, marking the final of the Nigeria maiden SGEL Chinese Wushu performance championship and awards ceremony in Nigeria. The was disclosed by Chu Moaming, Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China, in a statement he made available to the media on Monday. The event which was held on Saturday was organised by Huaxing Arts Troupe Nigeria, Wushu Development Association...

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ABUJA — The Presidency has confirmed the 15 major projects spread across the country’s six geo-political zones to be financed with the proposed over $4 billion loan to be sourced from multilateral institutions, under the 2018-2021 medium-term (rolling) external borrowing plan. Presidential spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, in a statement disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari had requested the Senate to approve the sovereign loans of $4.054 billion and €710 million as well as grant components of...

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ABUJA — The Federal Government has said that it will shut down the operations of Aboki FX, a website providing currency exchange information, which the bank described as an illegal and criminal platform. The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, who disclosed this while fielding questions after the Monetary policy committee’s two-day meeting in Abuja on Friday, noted that the bank also plans to prosecute the owner of the platform, Olusegun Oniwinde....

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Fifty States, with more than three-hundred million people, and yet not enough of us to seal the airflow in this punctured Zeplin. The country is reeling; she is unable to duck from the punch she had herself thrown. The end could be near…imminent, that is…at least if the speed and trajectory the country is traveling stayed the same. Even the one who convinced her to wind up and throw that punch was aware that if...

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There is now a generation of Igbo youths who have never experienced sound political leadership and the same group of youths is faced with disappearing opportunities amidst suffocating economic realities. The Indigenous People of Biafra – IPOB, led by Nnamdi Kanu who was arrested in Kenya and extradited to Nigeria to face alleged sundry charges bordering on terrorism, has apparently taken their agitation to the next level, as latest developments would suggest. Vocal on the...

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