Alexei Navalny sentenced to prison term for violating probation as protesters detained

A Moscow court on Tuesday ordered Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to prison for 3½ years for violating the terms of his probation while he was recuperating in Germany from nerve-agent poisoning. With time he has previously served under house…

Trump contradicts top US officials, suggests China behind cyberattack

Contradicting his secretary of state and other top officials, President Donald Trump on Saturday suggested without evidence that China — not Russia — may be behind the grave cyberattack against the United States and tried to minimize its impact. In…

A clarion call to declare World War III against Covid-19 pandemic – Magnus Onyibe

To protect our lives and livelihood, let’s declare world war III against Covid-19 pandemic. The assertion above is underscored by the fact that until medical scientists find a vaccine, which we are told could take between six to 18 months,…

*Lagos preaches safety in gradual easing of lockdown (Guardian) *Parents, educators unite to protect children from sexual predators (ThisDay)

Lagos preaches safety in gradual easing of lockdown (Guardian) The Director General, Lagos Safety Commission, Mr. Lanre Mojola, has called on corporations and businesses to ensure all safety and precautionary measures while they embark on the gradual easing of the…

Oil producers agree to cut production by a fifth

OPEC producers and allies have agreed to cut output by more than a fifth to counter the slump in demand caused by coronavirus lockdowns. The group said it would cut output in May and June by 10 million barrels to…

*Sanusi arrives in Lagos (Guardian) *179 People quarantined for Coronavirus in Lagos, Ogun test negative, released (Guardian)

Sanusi arrives in Lagos (Guardian) The former emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II arrived in Lagos late Friday from Nasarawa State via Abuja. His departure from Nasarawa came after Justice Anwuli Chikere of a federal high court in Abuja declared…

Ukraine and Russia agree to implement ceasefire (BBC)

Ukraine and Russia have agreed to implement a “full and comprehensive” ceasefire in eastern Ukraine by the end of 2019, after top-level talks. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky met face to face in Paris on Monday. Five-and-a-half…

Russia banned for four years to include 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup (BBC)

Russia has been handed a four-year ban from all major sporting events by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada). It means the Russia flag and anthem will not be allowed at events such as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and football’s 2022…

Nigeria/Russia Relations: The missing link – Hussaini Monguno

On November 15, 1884, 14 mainly European countries gathered in Berlin for a meeting which lasted to February 26, 1885. The aim of that conference was to split the continent of Africa and share it to the Europeans who were…

Ukraine and Russia exchange prisoners in landmark deal (BBC)

A long-awaited exchange of prisoners being held by Russia and Ukraine appears to be under way. Buses from a Russian jail headed towards a Moscow airport “within the framework of preparations”, Russian TV said, and planes flew to Kiev and…

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