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The United Nations has warned of possible war crimes in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The warning came in a report released by the UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) on Wednesday. It blamed militia mostly from the ethnic Lendu community in the region for barbaric acts such as “widespread and systematic killings, beheadings and rape,” among others. UNJHRO said the atrocities might constitute crimes against humanity and war crimes. According to...

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The longest viability period of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) patient would be 10 days, according to a new study by infectious diseases experts in Singapore. The Director-General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, disclosed this at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) media briefing on Wednesday in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the Singapore study shows that COVID-19 patients are no longer infectious after 11 days of getting sick even though some...

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Chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Peter Nwaoboshi (PDP-Delta) on Wednesday, denied the alleged padding of 2019 budget of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) as alleged by Interim Management Committee (IMC) of NDDC. He also said that the allegation of having removed the regional projects of President Muhammadu Buhari in the budget submitted to the committee and inclusion of 500 non existing projects valued at N80 billion was untrue. He also refuted the...

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Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of African Development Bank (AfDB), has maintained innocence with regards to allegations that seek to impugn his honour and the reputation of the bank. Adesina said this in a statement he personally signed and issued on Wednesday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that United States Department of Treasury had called for an independent probe of allegations levelled against Adesina on corruption after being cleared by the bank’s ethics committee....

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The Federal Government is to ammend the Act establishing the National Endowment for the Arts,  to better meet the demands of the creative industry sector. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this on Wednesday during a virtual forum of the AU Ministers of Arts, Culture and Heritage on the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the creative sector. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the virtual forum organised by...

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The southeast Governors Forum on Wednesday resolved its differences with the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and reaffirmed its support for community policing in the zone. Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi, the forum’s Chairman, disclosed this in Abakaliki while addressing newsmen, after its virtual meeting with the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Adamu Abubakar. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governors in its meeting on Sunday in Enugu differed with the...

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The Cannes film festival was canceled and the September jamborees in Venice and Toronto are uncertain, but this week movie lovers are being offered a taste of the film festival experience from the comfort of their homes. The 10-day “We Are One: A Global Film Festival,” starting Friday on YouTube, will feature new and classic movies, talks with directors, and music and comedy curated by 21 festivals including those in Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Toronto and...

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The Presidency has declared as untrue and fake news, a media report that President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the cancellation of 150 memos and appointments signed by his former Chief of Staff, late Abba Kyari. The declaration is contained in a statement issued by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity on Tuesday night in Abuja. The presidential aide urged Nigerians to ignore the media report as those behind it...

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President Donald Trump has accused Twitter of interfering in the 2020 U.S. election scheduled for Nov. 3 after the microblogging service provider tagged his tweet as misleading. Trump also lashed out at the company for “completely stifling free speech”, saying he would never let that happen as president. “@Twitter is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election. “They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect,...

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Nigeria on Tuesday recorded 276 new cases of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in the country, bringing the total to 8,344. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on its official twitter handle, said that as at May 26, 16 deaths were recorded in Nigeria. It explained that most of the fatalities recorded from COVID-19 were cases with other underlying illnesses known as co-morbidities. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the health agency in...