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Turkish President Promises Improved Relations With Nigeria On Defense, Energy, Hydrocarbons, Others


President Muhammadu Buhari showered praises on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday in Abuja for opening his borders to accommodate millions of refugees, fleeing from conflict areas, particularly Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, who are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. President Buhari while describing Erdogan as an exemplary leader for setting an example to the rest of the world described their meeting together as “robust, warm and cordial bilateral relation.” Recall that vigil360 reported that the Turkish leader was in Nigeria for a two-day official visit. The visiting Turkish President, during his meeting with President Buhari raised an alarm over the presence of a terror group hibernating in Nigeria, Fetullah Terrorism Organisation (FETO), as both nations, yesterday, signed eight critical bilateral agreements on energy, defence and hydrocarbon, among others. He said FETO, an atypical, armed terror group, exploiting religious sentiments of the people, was said to be behind the failed 2016 coup attempt in Turkey. “Turkey has been fighting against terrorist organisations for many decades, such as the PKK, PYD, FETO, DASH and other terrorist organisations.

President Buhari Holds Meeting With President Recep Tayyip Of Turkey

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President Muhammadu Buhari is holding a meeting with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Erdogan, accompanied by the first lady, Mrs. Emine Erdogan, arrived Nigeria on Tuesday for a two-day official visit. He is expected to hold bilateral talks with President Buhari, as the two leaders are expected to consider about 24 bilateral agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) among other issues.

Police Authorities Open Probe Against Inspector Captured Voting During Kano APC Congress


The authorities of the Nigerian Police have reportedly opened a probe on a Police Inspector, Bashir Mohammed, who was seen in a viral picture voting during the recently concluded state congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in kano.
A statement by the Zonal Public Relations Officer, DSP Abubakar Zayyanu Ambursa, revealed that Mohammed of the Special Protection Unit, Base 1, Kano is attached to the Government House, Kano, from where he was deployed to work with Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas as a security aide. The statement reads in part “The attention of the Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone One Headquarters Kano has been drawn to a trending picture on social media of an inspector of police casting vote at the recently conducted congress of the APC along with his principal the state party chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas.

Nigeria Records 33 Deaths From COVID-19


The death toll from the COVID¬-19 indicated an increase with 33 deaths recorded from Saturday after infection and death rates in Nigeria slowed down last week. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced this on Sunday, saying that 33 people had died from the COVID-19 on Sunday with a difference of two deaths when compared to Saturday. This brings the total death toll to 2,837 deaths. According to NCDC, 125 new infections were recorded across 9 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), totaling the country's infection toll to 209,298 cases.

COVID-19: FG Issues Revised Protocol For In-Bound Travelers


The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 has announced an updated international travel protocol for passengers travelling to Nigeria. The revised travel advisory states that all travellers to Nigeria must present a negative COVID-19 test done not more than 72 hours prior to boarding, whether the traveller has taken COVID-19 vaccination or not. This was disclosed in a statement on Friday by the Chairman, PSC on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha.

COVID-19: FG To Establish Mass Vaccination Site Across States


The Federal Government (FG) has disclosed that plans are in place to set up mass vaccination centres across the country. Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib made the disclosure on Thursday, during a press briefing in Abuja. Dr. Shuaib said “The objective of this strategy is to vaccinate a high volume of individuals through large sites such as federal institutions (universities, polytechnics), shopping malls, religious centers, sporting events, conference centers, and markets, etc.

CBN: N500Mn Grant For Undergraduates, Graduates

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced that it would support students in tertiary institutions with grants aimed at promoting entrepreneurship, therefore reducing unemployment. This was disclosed on Wednesday by the CBN in a report titled, ‘Guidelines for the implementation of Tertiary Institutions Entrepreneurship Scheme (TIES).’ CBN said, “The Scheme is designed to create a paradigm shift among undergraduates and graduates from the pursuit of white-collar jobs to a culture of entrepreneurship development for economic development and job creation.”

FG Scraps DPR, PPPRA, PEF, Fires CEOs

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The Federal Government says it has officially scrapped the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), and the Petroleum Equalization Fund (PEF) as required under the new petroleum law. Following the passage and implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), the Upstream Regulatory Commission (NURC) and Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NPRA) are to perform the duties of the three defunct agencies. The FG also said while workers of the three agencies would be protected, their chief executives had been relieved of their various appointments. The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Silva, made these known on Monday while speaking on the side-lines of the inauguration of the boards of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority and the Nigerian Upstream Regulatory Commission in Abuja. Responding to a question on what would happen to DPR following the inauguration of the board of NURC, Sylva said, “It is now a matter of law. “The law states that all the assets and even the staff of the DPR are to be invested on the commission and also in the authority. So that means the DPR doesn’t exist anymore.

President Buhari Appoints Yakusak As NEPC CEO

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President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of Dr. Ezra Yakusak as the new Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC). This was disclosed on Tuesday by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu. According to the presidential aide, the appointment is for an initial term of four years and would take effect from November 27, 2021. 

World Record Holder Agnes Tirop Found Dead At Her Home In kenya


Kenya’s world record holder Agnes Tirop, two-times a world championship bronze medalist, has been found dead at her home. The 25-year-old distance runner represented Kenya in the 5,000m event at the Tokyo Olympics and finished fourth in the final after clocking 14:39.62. The country’s athletic body said in a statement on Wednesday said Kenya has lost a jewel. They added that they are still investigating the circumstances surrounding her death, with crime scene investigators at her house on Wednesday. “Athletics Kenya are this afternoon distraught to learn about the untimely death of World 10,000m bronze medalist Agnes Tirop.” “We are still working to unearth more details surrounding her demise. Kenya has lost a jewel who was one of the fastest-rising athletics giants on the international stage, thanks to her eye-catching performances on the track.”

Fury Knocks Out Wilder To Retain WBC Title


Tyson Fury retained his WBC heavyweight title on Saturday in a fierce performance, knocking Deontay Wilder out in the 11th round concluding the trilogy fight between the two boxers. Both opponents performed spectacularly at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with both Fury and Wilder getting knocked out, however, the Gypsy King dominated the fight landing three knockouts, after recovering from two KOs landed by Wilder.

Anthony Joshua Set For Rematch Against Usyk


Former Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua is set for a rematch against Heavyweight rival, Oleksandr Usyk, Eddie Hearn, Joshua's promoter confirmed. Hearn said the fight is expected to take place in March, next year in the UK. “He (Joshua) has got his head back in the game,” Hearn told DAZN on Saturday.

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Anambra Guber: President Buhari Charges Service Chiefs To Ensure Hitch-free Election


President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered service chiefs to ensure that the Anambra governorship election slated for November 6 is conducted hitch-free. The National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, while briefing journalists on Thursday about the outcome of the security meeting the service chiefs had with Buhari at the presidential villa, said the president gave the order in response to the heightened security challenges in Anambra. Monguno said, “The President has directed that under no circumstances will anything be allowed to stop the elections from taking place successfully. The people have a right to vote and select their leader. “No group or individual will be allowed to stimulate anarchy and chaos, leading to murderous activities.
“The President has made it very clear that the Armed Forces and all law enforcement agencies must make sure that the elections take place even if it means overwhelming the entire environment with the presence of security agencies. “There are so many implications for elections to be sabotaged by non-state actors; in the first place, we are in a democracy, secondly it is important to note that if these non-state actors should succeed in destroying the potentials for orderly elections, then it is natural that other parts of the country would also want to copy this same situation.”

Donald Trump Launches 'TRUTH' Social Media Platform

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Former U.S President Donald Trump is set to launch his own social media app 'TRUTH social' in a bid to "stand up to Big Tech" companies like Twitter and Facebook for banning him from their platforms. TRUTH Social will be created by a new company formed by a merger of Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) and a special acquisition company (SPAC). “I created TRUTH Social and TMTG to stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech. We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American President has been silenced. This is unacceptable," Trump said in a released statement.

Mercy Johnson Calls Out Teacher Bullying Her Daughter, Seeks Justice


Popular Nollywood actress Mercy Johnson-Okojie, has cried out and condemned the actions of a teacher who repeatedly bullies her daughter Purity in her new school. Mercy, mother of four kids in a long post shared on her Instagram page cautioned those who hate her and try to transfer the aggression on her children, stressing she will not take lightly any form of bullying on her kids. Pouring out her mind the actress said, since when is it a crime to be Mercy Johnson-Okojie’s daughter? She said before she consider herself a public figure, she is first a wife and a mother to her 4 kids, that is her priority in this life, and nobody can make her child fee less than who she is because her mother is a public figure. “What do you do when the teacher is actually the bully and your child the constant victim? Enough is enough, I have reported to the school authorities and I will see this to the end.”

South Korea To Launch First Domestically Produced Space Rocket

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In a bid to kick start its space programme, South Korea is on Thursday set to conduct its first test launch into space of a domestically made rocket on Thursday. The three-stage KSLV-II NURI rocket is powered by liquid-fuel boosters and designed to carry 1.5-ton payloads into orbit 600km t0 800km above Earth. The rocket will require a cluster of four 75-ton boosters in the first stage, another 75-ton booster in the second stage, and a single 7-ton rocket engine in the final stage.