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What to expect from biggest ever Africa Cup of Nations tournament

31 May 2019 The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, popularly known as Afcon, is the biennial championship in which Africa’s top men’s teams compete for the gold-plated African Nation Cup trophy. The winner will hoist that trophy after the final on Friday 19 July at the Cairo International Stadium. This tournament, organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), will be …

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Solar power could stabilise Nigeria’s electricity grid and save it money

31 May 2019 Lengthy power cuts are pretty much a daily experience in Nigeria. The country’s epileptic power supply has been identified by businesses as the second biggest obstacle to doing business in the country, after a lack of access to finance.This unreliable power supply is a major hindrance to Nigeria’s economic growth. It also costs the country an enormous …

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A Russian dead end for scammed Nigerian footballers

27 May 2019 Names marked with an asterisk* have been changed to protect interviewees’ anonymity. Shady agents lured aspiring Nigerian footballers to Russia during the World Cup period, and some remain stranded. At around the time of the 2018 World Cup, several Nigerian men travelled to Russia on a promise.  Agents in the African country had led them to believe that they …

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Militants wreak havoc in Nigerian village, kill 25 soldiers

26 May 2019 Suspected Daesh-linked militants have killed more than two dozen soldiers and a number of civilians in an ambush in northeast Nigeria, in the second deadly attack on the army this week. The militants, suspected to be members of the Boko Haram terrorist organization, killed at least 25 soldiers and an unspecified number of civilians in the ambush in Borno …

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Inter Milan turn to Victor Moses

22 May 2019 Inter are reported to be targeting Chelsea-owned winger Victor Moses, currently on loan at Fenerbahce, at the request of Antonio Conte. It’s widely accepted now that Conte will take over from Luciano Spalletti at San Siro next season and the announcement is just a matter of time. According to FCInterNews.it, his shopping list includes a reunion with …

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Israeli disinformation campaign targeted Nigerian election

19 May 2019 A U.S. think tank that analyses misinformation online said Friday that an Israel-based influence campaign busted by Facebook had stumped for the winning candidate in the February 2019 Nigerian presidential elections. A new report from the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab highlights sample posts removed from Facebook that appeared to praise incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari and …

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Nigerian army opens fire on protesters demanding release of Zakzaky

18 May 2019 The Nigerian army has opened fire on protesters in the northern city of Zaria in Kaduna State demanding the release of top Muslim cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been held for four years on trumped-up allegations. Several people were seriously injured after being shot by soldiers at the rally on Friday night. The protesters were calling for …

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Nigeria failing in the challenge posed by Islamic State

18 May 2019 Three years after Boko Haram broke apart, one faction, the Islamic State in West Africa Province, is forming a proto-state in northern Nigeria. The state should press its military offensive against the jihadists but also try undercutting their appeal by improving governance and public services. What’s new? The Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), a splinter of …

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IAAF struggles to get back $135,000 mistakenly transferred to Nigerian Athletics Federation

16 May 2019 The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has given the Nigerian Athletics Federation (AFN) a two-week deadline to bring back $135,000 which was mistakenly sent to its account two years ago. The athletics governing body has warned the AFN of possible sanctions, including disqualification from major tournaments if the money is not returned during the outlined period …

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Nigeria farmers form vigilante groups to confront bandits

15 May 2019 Amid lack of government support, farmers in Zamfara state say they live in fear due to impending attacks from bandits. When bandits attacked Moriki – a small farming community in Nigeria‘s northwestern state of Zamfara – last year and killed 25 villagers, Shamsu Musa did not weep. He stood beside their graves, feeling the weight of Moriki’s sorrow …

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