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Abuja authorities announce school resumption for exit students

The Federal Capital Territory Administration has announced the reopening of schools for students in final year classes. Students in JSS3 and SS3 are expected to return to school on August 4 to begin preparation for their final examinations, the FCTA said. The announcement was made Monday by the FCT's Department…

Joseph Dawha PHOTO CREDIT: @NNPCgroup

Ex-NNPC GMD, Joseph Dawha, is dead

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced the death of Joseph Dawha, who was its 16th Group Managing Director (GMD). The corporation disclosed in a statement issued by its Spokesman, Kennie Obateru, in Abuja, on Monday, that Mr Dawha died after a brief illness. The GMD, Mele Kyari, expressed…

World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus at the coronavirus press conference in Geneva

COVID-19 vaccines now in phase 3 clinical trials– WHO

The Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Ghebreyesus, says a number of vaccines are now in phase three clinical trials to prevent COVID-19 pandemic. Mr Ghebreyesus made this known at a virtual news conference on Monday at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva. The director-general said: “We all hope…

Panic in Kano Airport as sick passenger arrives on an Air Peace flight over Coronavirus scare

Why we sacked our pilots – Air Peace

Devastating effects of COVID-19 pandemic responsible for sack of pilots- Air Peace The Air Peace says the devastating effects of COVID-19 pandemic on its operations was responsible for the sack of some pilots and supporting staff. The company said in a statement on Monday in Lagos that it took the…

Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu

Ondo doctors suspend strike as govt pays N3.13bn workers’ allowances, hazard bonus

The Medical doctors under the auspices of the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP), in Ondo State on Monday suspended its one-month old strike. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that doctors, who are employed by the state government, withdrew their services on June 24,…

Egypt's Mohannad Hosam Ali celebrates his victory at the Men's finals of the African Freestyle Football Championships Sunday Aug 2, 2020

African Freestyle Football Championships: Morocco, Egypt claim top prizes

The month-long virtual freestyle football championship tagged "Freestyle UNLOCKED Africa 2020 "came to a power-packed finish at the weekend with the finals of the 3rd African Freestyle Football Championship. After several dramatic freestyle football battles, Mohannad Hosam Ali from Egypt and Fatimaezzahra ‘Fatima’ Akif from Morocco emerged as the Men…

Nigerian Breweries HQ [Photo credit: ow.ly]

Nigerian Breweries earns N152bn revenue in six months

Nigerian Breweries Plc says it earned a revenue of N152 billion for the half-year (H1) ended June 30, 2020. Corporate Affairs Director, Sade Morgan, said this in a financial report on the company’s unaudited and provisional results sent to the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Monday in Lagos. A breakdown…

Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum

NGF expresses solidarity with Gov. Zulum over Boko Haram attack

The Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, on Monday expressed solidarity with Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State and the people of the state over Wednesday’s attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Baga. The governors expressed their solidarity in a letter issued by the Chairman of the forum and Governor Kayode…

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African Champions League final to be played in October

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has abandoned plans to play the semi-final and final matches of the 2019/2020 African Champions League in a single venue. The continental football ruling body has now set a date of October 16 and 17 for the continental decider. Cameroon had been earmarked to…

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun [PHOTO CREDIT: @dabiodunMFR]

Ogun gets six new Chief, Senior magistrates

The Chief Judge of Ogun, Mosunmola Dipeolu, on Monday swore-in Chief and Senior Magistrates, urging them to uphold the ethics of the profession and dispense justice without fear and favour. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that those appointed as Chief Magistrates were Awofeso Ireti-Olubatunde, Dipeolu Dehinde and Osinbajo…

Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE)

NSE resumes trading for August with 0.30 per cent growth

The nation’s bourse commenced trading for August after Sallah break with a growth of 0.30 per cent on renewed bargain hunting. Specifically, the All Share Index (ASI) rose by 72.39 points, to close at 24,766.12 against 24,693.73 achieved on Wednesday. Also, the market capitalisation inched higher by N37 billion to…

Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai [PHOTO CREDIT: @BashirAhmaad]

Kaduna schools to open August 10

The Kaduna State Government has directed secondary schools to open from August 10 to enable SSS 3 students write their Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE). The state Commissioner for Education, Shehu Makarfi, said in a statement in Kaduna on Monday, that the directive was in compliance with the Federal Ministry…

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Father of three commits suicide in Enugu

A father of three children, Emmanuel Eze on Monday allegedly committed suicide at Amagu Umudiaka village, Ihe community in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State. Mr Eze, who hailed from Ehe-alumona, Nsukka, reportedly hanged himself in the early hours of Monday in an uncompleted one-storey building close to the…

Mogadishu on the map of Somalia

Three killed, four others injured in Somali suicide bombing

At least, three people were killed and four others injured, after a suicide bomber blew himself up near a busy restaurant in Mogadishu’s Hamarjajab district, medical officials and witnesses said on Monday. “We have carried three bodies and four injured people to the hospitals,’’ Abdikadir Abdirrahman, Director of Aamin Ambulance,…

Emmanuel Uduaghan [PHOTO: TW @Dreeuduaghan]

Ex-Gov. Udughan denies getting contracts from NDDC

A former governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan, on Monday said the allegation linking him with a Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) road contract in Port Harcourt, Rivers, was false. Mr Uduaghan, in statement in Warri, which was signed by his media assistant, Monoyo Edon, urged the public to disregard…

AIICO INSURANCE PLC BUILDING [PHOTO CREDIT: AIICO on LinkedIn]

AIICO Insurance Gross Written Premium hits N31.9bn

AIICO Insurance Plc has reported a Gross Written Premium (GWP) of ₦31.9 billion as at June 2020, which signifies a 26 per cent increase, compared to N25.4 billion recorded in comparative period of 2019. A statement made available by the firm in Lagos on Monday said the growth was driven…

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PCN seals over 800 illegal pharmaceutical premises — Registrar

The Registrar of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), Elijah Mohammed, says the council has sealed 808 illegal pharmaceutical premises during the month of July. Mr Mohammed made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja, while giving an update of the…

Cross River governor, Ben Ayade[PHOTO CREDIT:@senatorbenayade]

Commuters stranded as commercial drivers withdraw services in Cross River

Commercial drivers in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, on Monday withdrew their services to protest alleged illegal taxation by some thugs and local government officials in the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that due to the protest a lot of commuters were stranded at bus stops…

Covid-19 Laboratory test [PHOTO CREDIT: The Scientist Magazine]

15 countries purchase Russia’s Avifavir COVID-19 medication – Official

Russia says it is delivering its Avifavir medication against COVID-19 to 15 countries already. Kirill Dmitriev, the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which took part in the creation of the remedy, disclosed this to Russia-24 broadcaster in an interview. “We can boast great achievements in this area,…

China President, Xi Jinping [PHOTO CREDIT: The New York Times]

China’s manufacturing sector shows strong recovery – Survey

China’s manufacturing activity expanded in July at the fastest pace in almost a decade, according to a private survey released on Monday, though employment continued to drop in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. The Caixin/Markit Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) came in at 52.8 for July, compared to 51.2 in…

Afghan Prison [PHOTO CREDIT: BBC]

Islamic State storm Afghan jail, freeing hundreds of prisoners

More than 300 prisoners were at large, on Monday, after an attack by Islamic State on an Afghan prison, the governor’s spokesman said on Monday. This is as clashes continued between prisoners and security forces. The assault began on Sunday night on the jail in the eastern city of Jalalabad,…

Chief whip of the Senate, Orji Kalu [PHOTO CREDIT: @OUKtweets]

Why I facilitated NDDC projects – Orji Kalu

Senate Chief Whip, Orji Kalu, said on Monday that the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) had not paid contractors that handled roads he facilitated in Abia. Mr Kalu stated this in a statement issued by Emeka Nwala of Office of the Senate Chief Whip and made available to the News…

Prime Minister Hassan Diab. [Photo Credit: The New Arab]

Lebanese foreign minister resigns to protest govt’s poor performance

Lebanese Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti submitted his resignation on Monday to protest the government’s poor performance, warning that Lebanon could become a “failed state.” Mr Hitti said he wished government members would reconsider many policies and practices to prioritise the interests of the citizens and the country. If those in…

Isreal's president [Photo Credit: Reuven Rivlin@twitter]

Israeli army says it hit squad placing explosives along Syria border

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said on Monday that it opened fire at, and hit a group of “terrorists,” who were attempting to place an explosive device near the security fence between Israel and Syria. The army said it “thwarted an attempt by 4 terrorists” to place the explosives. “Our…

Group of cats and dogs. [Photo: https://www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au]

People can transmit coronavirus to cats, dogs – Study

A study by Italian scientists has found that people can transmit the coronavirus SARS-COV-2 to cats and dogs. The study tested 540 dogs and 277 cats living in households in northern Italy, particularly in Lombardy, where someone was infected with the virus or in areas where there were many cases.…