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Troops battle Islamic State to regain seized military base

Written by on 18 January 2021

Troops swiftly regained a military base from combined forces of Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) and Boko Haram at the weekend. The terrorists’ wielding machine-guns mounted on trucks, seized Marte – a town 93 kilometres from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital – and the military base there on Friday night. Ground troops, backed […]

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Alexei Navalny: EU and US demand release of poisoned Putin critic

Written by on 18 January 2021

The United States and several European governments have demanded the release of opposition politician Alexei Navalny from Russian detention. Mr Navalny, 44, was detained by police soon after his flight from Germany landed in Moscow on Sunday. He was returning to the country five months after he was almost killed in a nerve-agent attack he […]

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US braces for potential violence ahead of Joe Biden inauguration

Written by on 18 January 2021

State authorities have beefed up security over the weekend ahead of Democrat Joe Biden’s swearing-in ceremony on January 20 and out of concern over potential armed protests on Sunday. Authorities are hoping to avoid a repeat of the deadly Capitol Hill violence by President Donald Trump’s supporters on January 6. With the Federal Bureau of […]

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Uganda election: Bobi Wine ‘fearful for life’ after Museveni win

Written by on 18 January 2021

Uganda’s main opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine says his life is being threatened following Thursday’s election which saw Yoweri Museveni win a sixth elected term. The singer-turned-politician told the BBC that he rejected the results “with the contempt they deserve”. He alleged there had been a lot of irregularities but Mr Museveni called it Uganda’s […]

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Public, Private schools reopen amid fear of COVID-19

Written by on 18 January 2021

ALL is set for schools to resume educational activities today for the first and second-term academic calendar across the country. The Federal Government, through the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 Control, announced in December that schools should not reopen for the second term, following the second wave of Coronavirus. But, states last week forced […]

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NCDC records 1,444 new infections, total now 110,387

Written by on 18 January 2021

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 1,444 new cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country. The NCDC disclosed this on its official website late on Sunday. According to the public health agency, the new infections has taken the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 110,387, which includes 89,317 discharged cases […]

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Governor Zulum approves N624m for Borno students

Written by on 18 January 2021

AS schools in Borno reopen today, Governor Babagana Zulum has approved the release of N624 million for the payment of scholarship to students in tertiary institutions. The Commissioner for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Babagana Mustapha, revealed this in a statement issued yesterday in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. Mustapha said 23,776 students […]

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Unclaimed dividends, dormant account balances safer with government – CAC

Written by on 18 January 2021

The Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) has expressed support for Federal Government’s recent plan to borrow money from unclaimed dividends and dormant bank accounts’ balances to fund the 2021 budget deficit. The commission’s support came on the heels of the Finance Act 2020 recently signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari, which provides that government can […]

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