Insurgency: G-7 countries pledges £276 million support for Nigeria

The Group 7 (G-7) countries have pledged to assist people affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria with £276 million ($389 million or roughly N148 billion). The group of wealthy countries will be supporting the United Nations (UN) and other aid agencies in helping victims of the conflict. A statement issued from the UK High Commission in Nigeria disclosed that Britain is leading the coordinated move by the G-7 countries to provide humanitarian assistance this year. According to the statement, the move intends to call for more efforts…

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Saudi Arabia considers barring foreign pilgrims from 2021 Hajj – Report

Saudi Arabia has said it is considering barring overseas pilgrims from the annual Hajj for the second year running as Covid-19 cases rise globally and worries grow about the emergence of new variants, two sources familiar with the matter said yesterday. Such a move, it said, would restrict the pilgrimage to Mecca, a once-in-a-lifetime duty for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it, to Saudi nationals and residents of the Kingdom who were vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 at least months prior to attending.  While discussions about a possible…

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Breaking! Bill and Melinda Gates announce divorce

After 27 years of marriage, Bill and Melinda Gates are getting divorced because they “no longer believe we can grow together as a couple”, the pair said, in an issued statement. The tech entrepreneur and his wife are among the richest people on the planet and also a huge driving force in the world of global philanthropy. “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” a joint statement read. “Over the last 27 years, we…

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‘Deby’s death may complicate Nigeria’s security matters in N/East, N/West’ – Olawepo-Hashim warns

Global energy executive and former presidential candidate in 2019, Mr..Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, has alerted that the death of Chadian leader, Marshall Idris Dedy, has potential of complicating Nigeria’s security issues, particularly in the North-East and North-West regions. While reacting on the death of the Chadian strongman, Olawepo-Hashim, in an interview said that Nigeria’s policy experts must of necessity, be very worried of the development now. According to the businessman, “the death of Marshal Idris Deby, until yesterday President of Chad, is undoubtedly a setback for Nigeria’s national security”. Idris Deby has…

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Chad’s President Déby killed by rebels after 30 years in power

By Ishaku Yohanna In a swift change of fate, a broadcast  on national radio today has announced the death of Chad’s veteran president, Idriss Déby after he  won a sixth term by 79.3%, according to provisional results on Monday. According to a confirmation from the national army of Chad read on national television, the newly re-elected President Idriss Déby has died of wounds he received while commanding his army in battles against rebels in the north. The country’s army released a statement saying that Deby died after being “injured on…

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China seizes 7,221 human male organs in container from Nigeria

Chinese Customs officers have made the world’s biggest seizure of human organs in history this morning, a total of 7,221 penises of African origin hidden in a refrigerated freight container, according to World Daily News Report. Acting on information from an anonymous informer, Chinese officers found the organs in 36 boxes labelled as plantains (cooking bananas) inside a refrigerated container on a ship harboured in the Shanghai Port. Chinese General Administration of Customs spokesman, Li Wu, says an increasingly large number of armed groups in Africa use organ trafficking to…

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Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, dies aged 99

The United Kingdom’s Buckingham Palace has announced the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip. The father of Prince Charles and grandfather of Prince Williams and Prince Harry died on Friday at Windsor Castle in England. He was aged 99. Before his death, he was hospitalised but later discharged. Over the years, he has suffered different ailments. In January, the Prince and the Queen received their first doses of coronavirus vaccine. A regular companion of the Queen at royal events, Prince Philip finally…

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Sheikh Sudais completes 38 years as Imam of Masjid Al Haram in Makkah

Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al Sudais, on Sunday, completed 38 years of his appointment as Imam of Masjid-al-Haram, Makkah, in Saudi Arabia. Accordine to HaramainSharifain.com, Sheikh Sudais was appointed as Imam of Masjid-al-Haram, Makkah by Royal Decree issued by the Late Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Fahad bin-Abdulaziz in 1984/1404, at the age of 22 years. Sheikh Sudais led his first Salah on 22 Sha’ban, 1404, corresponding to May, 1984. His First Salah in the Haram was the Asr prayer. Since then, Sheikh Sudais became beloved by Muslims around…

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Meet the 91-year-old police officer who says he’ll only retire ‘when the good Lord says so’

A 91-year-old police officer in Arkansas, United States, who has no plans to retire anytime soon has said he will only consider retirement when the ‘good Lord says so’. LC Smith, who is known as Buckshot, has spent nearly 60 years working in law enforcement in his hometown of Camden, about 100 miles southwest of Little Rock. The veteran officer, who turns 92 next month, currently works for the Camden Police Department and is the oldest active police officer in the state. When asked when he will step down, Smith…

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Covid-19: Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan, tests positive 2 days after being vaccinated

Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan, has tested positive for COVID-19 two days after being given a vaccination, the country’s health minister has said. PM Khan is “self-isolating at home”, tweeted Faisal Sultan, without giving further details as to whether other people who have been in contact with the Prime Minister would also be isolating. The 68-year-old cricket great-turned-leader has been holding regular and frequent meetings lately, including attending a security conference held in the capital Islamabad that was attended by a large number of people. The prime minister was vaccinated…

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