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FEC: President Buhari Swears In Three INEC National Commissioners

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President Muhammadu Buhari has on Wednesday sworn in three National Commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The commissioners sworn-in before the commencement of the ongoing virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the conference room of the First Lady’s office, State House Abuja, are Dr. Baba Bila representing the North-East zone; Professor Sani Adam, North-Central, and Professor Abdullahi Abdu, representing North-West. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha is among those physically in attendance.

APC Constitutes National Reconciliation Committee

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The All Progressive Congress (APC) has approved the composition of a National Reconciliation Committee to reconcile aggrieved members of the party. The constitution of the committee follows the increase in litigations by aggrieved members against the party. The National Secretary, Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Senator John Akpanudoedehe in a statement on Tuesday disclosed that a date for the inauguration of the committee would be communicated to the public.

2023: Zoning Presidency To The South Is A Wishful Thinking - Sen. Adamu

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Senator representing Nasarawa South and chairman committee on Agriculture, Abdullahi Adamu has kicked against those clamouring for zoning the presidential ticket to the southern part of the country or any part come 2023. The lawmaker stated that the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) did not mandate political parties to zone any of the public offices to a particular region under any guise in Nigeria.

Nigeria Records New 519 COVID-19 Cases, 18 Deaths

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says 519 COVID-19 infections were recorded across the country on Tuesday from 14 states. According to the public health agency, the 519 additional new cases in the country represented an increase from the 387 cases reported on Monday. Lagos recorded 120 cases, followed by Ogun with 110 cases and Rivers with 74. Other states are Edo (63), FCT (58), Oyo (31), Kaduna (15), Bayelsa (11), Cross River (11), Delta (11), Kano (5), Ogun (4), Plateau (3), Adamawa (2) and Gombe (1).

Against Court Order: Edo State Government Set To Stop Unvaccinated Doctors, Teachers From Work

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 Edo State Government said from next week, the state government will restrict unvaccinated Medical doctors, teachers from having access to their patients, students respectively. The Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Health, Dr. Osamwonyi Irowa made this known during the covid-19 briefing in Benin City, the state capital, saying that Teachers and Doctors who are yet to be vaccinated would not be allowed to see their students and patients respectively. Recall the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt on 31st August 2021 gave an order restraining the Edo state government from compelling its residents to take the COVID-19 vaccine. Governor Obaseki had last two weeks publicly declared that all residents of Edo state who did not receive coronavirus vaccine would not be allowed to access any public place within Edo state. His declaration was greeted with public backlash that made some interested parties approach the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt praying Obaseki pronouncement was against their fundamental human Right. The court on 31st August ruled that Governor Obaseki has no right to compel people to accept Covid-19 vaccine.

President Buhari Sets-Up Health Sector Reform Panel

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of a Health Sector Reform Committee to enhance the development and implementation of health reforms in partnership with state governments and the FCT administration.

EFCC Solicits Support From CBN To Curb Fraudulent Investment Schemes in Niger-Delta

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The Assistant Commander of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Aliyu Naibi, has called on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to offer the anti-graft agency more information and other forms of support in tackling fraudulent investment managers operating in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria. Naibi, who made this call on Wednesday, when the Rivers State Branch Controller of CBN, O. B Oruwari paid him a courtesy visit in Port Harcourt decried the alarming rate of fraudulent investment managers in Rivers State and the attendant loss of funds by various investors.

JUST IN: Nigeria’s Inflation Drops For 5th Consecutive Month

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Nigeria’s inflation rate dropped for a fifth straight month in August 2021 to 17.01% from 17.38%. The continuous decline was blamed on rising food prices. This is according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in its monthly report. The announcement comes ahead of Friday’s meeting of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s monetary policy committee which will decide on the benchmark lending rate. The latest figure is 0.37% points lower than what was recorded in the previous month. Meanwhile, on a month-on-month basis, the headline index increased by 1.02% in August 2021, this is 0.09% higher than the rate recorded in July 2021 (0.93%). The urban inflation rate increased by 17.59% (year-on-year) in August 2021 from 18.01% recorded in July 2021, while the rural inflation rate increased by 16.43% in August 2021 from 16.75 in July 2021. Nigeria’s inflation has been in double digits since 2016 but became worse with border closure, COVID-19 crisis, insecurity, and repeated devaluation of the naira. It reached its highest in years in March. “The rise in the food index was caused by an increase in prices of bread and cereals, milk, cheese and egg, oil and fats.” The report stated, “The consumer price index, which measures inflation increased by 17.01 percent (year-on-year) in August 2021.

Worries And Fear Looms As Naira Continue To Fall

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The naira has suffered another major setback, losing N5 to close at N550 to a dollar at the parallel market on Monday. Naira has been subjected to pressure in the past two weeks, partly due to speculative attitude and quest to make more profit for those who hoard dollars, making demands high to manufacturers who go hunting for the foreign exchange. The exchange of Naira at the official market goes at N410.5 to a dollar and the N139.49 disparity between the official and parallel market has lead to scarcity of the foreign exchange as merchants see this as an opportunity to rip off investors.

Cape Verde VS Nigeria: Ahmed Musa Becomes Third In Nigeria To Hit 100 Appearance

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The Nigerian Super Eagle captain, Ahmed Musa has joined the record as the third player in Nigerian History to make 100 appearances in a football game. The young talented footballer breaks this record today as he was selected to kick-start against the cape Verde in the ongoing World Cup qualifier in Mindelo. The 28yr captain appeared for the first time representing his country at the youth level before making his senior entrance on August 5th, 2010 in the 2012 African Cup of Nation qualifiers against Madagascar.

WCQ: Eagles Begins Campaign With Victory Over Liberia

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria commenced their Qatar 22 world cup qualifier campaign with a 2 - 0 victory over west African neighbours Liberia after exiting the Mundial at the First Round last time out.

Ronaldo Completes Medical Ahead of Manchester United Return

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Following an agreement of about twenty million pounds deal between both Juventus and United on resigning the Portuguese megastar player Christiano Ronaldo the player is now set to join up with his new teammates after a successful medical. The thirty-six (36) years old completed the Manchester United medical in Lisbon over the weekend ahead of his transfer from Juventus. Personal terms agreed on a 2 years deal. united have inserted 1-year option. Required aspects of the deal will be finalized by deadline. Transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano revealed that the visa process for the six-time Ballon d'Or winner is already underway for him to be available for the United home game against Newcastle United come 11th September. His announcement has been huge for everyone involved with the club, and English football in general.

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UAE Names 6 Nigerians Among Global Sponsors Of Terrorism

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has listed six Nigerians among 38 global financiers of terrorism and other criminal activities. According to WAM news agency, the information was released on Monday during the UAE’s federal cabinet meeting in Abu Dhabi. The six Nigerians are Abdurrahaman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan, and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad.

100 Days: Twitter Pleads With FG Over Ban

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100 days after the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) banned Twitter in the country, the microblogging platform has lost about 23.44 per cent out of its market share. The company before the ban had a market share of 25.52 per cent in Nigeria, but this has drastically reduced to 2.8 per cent as of August 2021. The company has however opened talks with the Government so as to resolve the ban.

Actor Odunlade Adekola Dispels Sex-For-Role Allegation

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Nollywood actor, filmmaker, producer and director, Odunlade Adekola has debunked allegations he demands sex in exchange for movie roles. Recently some reports surfaced online, accusing the actor of being involved in sex-for-role with the actresses under his tutelage. In a video on his Instagram page, Odunlade challenged any actress who has been a victim to speak up. The actor stated that he does not react to rumour, but in this case, he chose to because of other actresses who might have the intention of coming into the movie industry. The actor in the video said, “They said I normally ask for sex before giving anybody a role in the industry in OAFP (Odunlade Adekola Film Productions). How will I ask a girl for sex before I give her role a movie role? They said I asked some actresses – all the ladies in my group – for sex before giving them a role in my movie.

AU Suspends Guinea’s Membership Over Military Coup

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The African Union (AU) has announced the suspension of Guinea, following the recent coup led by Mamady Doumbouya, ousting President Alpha Conde. This announcement was made via the official Twitter handle of the political affairs, peace and security department, AU, urging the chairperson of the union to “engage with stakeholders in the region”.