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Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia suspends visa for lesser hajj

Saudi Arabia on Thursday suspended visas for visits to Islam’s holiest sites for the “umrah” pilgrimage, an unprecedented move triggered by coronavirus fears that raises questions over the hajj, which starts in July. The kingdom, which hosts millions of pilgrims every year in the cities of Mecca and Medina, also suspended visas for tourists from Read more

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Togo Opposition kicks as Faure Gnassingbe is re-elected president

Togo President Faure Gnassingbe declared an electoral victory on Monday as official preliminary results showed him re-elected in a landslide. The opposition candidate also claimed victory and called Monday’s result a masquerade. Mr Glassingbe’s win, if confirmed, will give him a fourth five-year term and extend a family dynasty that began when his father took power in Read more

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EFCC: Ex-Plateau Gov. Jonah Jang re-arraigned over alleged N6.3bn

The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on Monday re-arraigned former Governor of Plateau, Sen. Jonah Jang and a cashier at the Office of the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Yusuf Pam, on alleged N6.3 billion fraud. Jang and Pam were first arraigned in June 2018, on 17 count charges bothering on Misappropriation of Read more

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Recruit only locals into “Amotekun”, Yoruba World Congress urges SW Region states

The Yoruba World Congress (YWC) has urged the six South-West states to recruit only competent personnel in each local government into “Amotekun” to defend and protect their respective areas. In a statement signed by the Convener of YWC Prof. Banji Akintoye, the group said that this was imperative since the Amotekun teams would be defending Read more

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Makinde: We’re creating enabling environment for investors to thrive in Oyo

Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says his administration is already creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the state. A statement issued on Friday in Ibadan by Mr Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, quoted Makinde as saying this while on an inspection tour of a private farm, Agrited Read more

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Nigerian film ‘Eyimofe’ lands international sales deal

‘Eyimofe (This is My Desire)’, a Nigeria-America co-production has landed a sales representation deal, in advance of its premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, NAN reports. The Berlin International Film Festival usually called the Berlinale, is a film festival held annually in Berlin, Germany. Founded in West Berlin in 1951, the festival has been held Read more

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US Secretary of State Pompeo optimistic Nigeria visa ban will be lifted

The United States and Nigeria voiced hope Tuesday that the Trump administration would soon lift onerous visa restrictions slapped on Africa’s most populous country, which said it was “blindsided” by its ally. On a previously scheduled visit to Washington, Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said he sought more information on President Donald Trump’s latest immigration Read more

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Tricycle operators protest against ban in Lagos – News

Tricycle operators from Lagos Mainland, Yaba and Oyingbo on Monday staged a peaceful protest at Maryland against the ban on their operations in some parts of the state by the Lagos State Government. The tricycle operators, commonly referred to as “Keke Maruwa”, urged the government to rescind its ban on commercial motorcycle and tricycle operators Read more

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Johnson, Barnier trade blows over post-Brexit ties

Britain and the EU laid down Monday their red lines for post-Brexit trade talks, offering contrasting visions for their future relationship that raise the prospect of clashes to come. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson envisioned his country as a global champion of free trade, emphatically rejecting EU insistence on full alignment with Brussels. But he Read more

AGENCY REPORT Football SPORTS

Football icon Cristiano Ronaldo becomes highest followed celebrity on Instagram

Football icon and Portuguese international, Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, has become the highest followed celebrity on Instagram. The 34-year-old soccer player took to his Instagram handle on Thursday, @Christiano, to share a post alongside a short video. He captioned. “Wow 200 million!!! Thank you to each and every one of you for sharing this Read more