Okonjo-Iweala set to lead World Trade Organization

< 1 min read Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been recommended to become the new director-general of the World Trade Organisation. A key group of WTO ambassadors proposed Okonjo-Iweala to lead the World Trade Organization, Reuters reported on Wednesday. The recommendation of Okonjo-Iweala was made by three WTO ambassadors, the so-called “troika”, after consulting with members in a series of closed-door meetings in…

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Campaigners set to elect leaders as police urge halt to violence

< 1 min read The #EndSARS protesters are set to elect their leaders across the country, just few days after President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech, which has been widely censured for its content. A group, suspected to be in the protest, disclosed to The Guardian that provision had been made for online voting via Google form. Buhari had last week Thursday appealed to the youths…

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Looted COVID-19 palliatives not hoarded, kept for vulnerable people – NGF

2 min read The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) on Monday said the looted COVID-19 palliative in warehouses in some states were not hoarded but kept for vulnerable. The NGF Head of Media and Public Affairs, Mr Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, made the clarification in a statement issued on Monday morning in Abuja. ”While some state are yet to begin distribution because they had not fully…

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Looting continues nationwide

5 min read • Youths risk death over expired foods, drugs • Many killed, many injured • Abuja, Adamawa, Taraba, Kogi under attack • NAFDAC, Kaduna urge caution • SERAP asks ICPC to probe hoarded palliatives Looting of items meant for COVID-19 palliatives, which began few days ago, continued in warehouses across the country, spreading to the nation’s seat of power, the Federal…

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History repeats self, Akeredolu wins Ondo governorship election

3 min read • Buhari, APC, Lawan, others hail election, congratulate gov • Yiaga Africa faults poll, says votes traded between N1000 and N7,000 • Akeredolu thanks Buhari, Tinubu, citizens There were mixed reactions yesterday as Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State was declared the winner of Saturday’s governorship election. Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who hails from Owo, Northern District, emerged…

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National More loans as Buhari presents N13.08tr budget

4 min read • N404b lion’s share for works, housing in 2021 • Economists say oil benchmarks contradict prevailing realities • Senate blames revenue agencies for shortfalls, borrowings President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, presented 2021 appropriation bill to the joint session of the National Assembly. The President said the N13.08 trillion proposal, tagged ‘Budget of Economic Recovery and Resilience’, would “accelerate our economic recovery process,…

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Ondo election: INEC denies appointing Akeredolu’s ‘crony’ as returning officer

2 min read The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has described claims that it had appointed an ally of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu as returning officer for the Ondo state governorship election as fake news. National Commission and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye, gave the clarification in a statement on Friday. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had on Thursday, alleged…

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Missing Boy: Court Sentences Sotitobire Founder To Life Imprisonment

< 1 min read An Ondo State High Court has sentenced the Founder of Sotitobire Praising Chapel, Pastor Samuel Babatunde, also known as Alfa Babatunde, to life imprisonment over the “disappearance” of a one-year-old boy, Gold Kolawole, in his church. The little boy was abducted by an unknown person during the church service at the children section of Sotitobire Praising Chapel, located at Oshinle…

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Test certificate fraud rocks COVID-19 air travel protocol

5 min read • Travellers relive harrowing experiences • Airlines, stakeholders seek uniform procedure • FG promises to tackle challenge One month after international flights resumed in Nigeria, allegations of fraud and test certificate racketeering trail foreign air travels. Flights in and out of the country had been suspended for months as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the…

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Appeal court nullifies sacking of Bayelsa governor Diri

< 1 min read A five-man panel of the court of appeal has overturned a ruling which nullified the election of Douye Diri as governor of Bayelsa State on Friday. The court held that the Bayelsa Election Petition Tribunal acted outside its jurisdiction by nullifying the election of Diri’s election. In a unanimous judgment, the five-man panel of the court said the Advanced Nigeria…

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