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Russia: Four bags jail terms for World Cup final protest

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A court in Russia has sentenced four members of protest group Pussy Riot to 15 days in and banned from attending sports events for three years for invading the pitch at the World Cup final in Moscow.

The pitch invasion took place early in the second half of France’s 4-2 victory, with one protester seen embracing Les Bleus forward Kylian Mbappe while another was wrestled to the ground by Croatia’s Dejan Lovren.

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Notorious for their imaginative costumes and explosive demonstrations, Pussy Riot’s members are staunch critics of Russian president Vladimir Putin, calling for judicial, educational and cultural reforms in the country.

The group’s official Twitter account confirmed the 15-day administrative arrest of Veronica Nikulshina, Olga Kurachova, Pyotr Verzilov and Olga Pakhtusova.

The protesters, who dressed in Russian police uniforms to invade the pitch at Luzhniki Stadium, were found to have violated the rules of conduct of spectators during the holding of official sports events and also wearing a police uniform without authorization.

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Nigeria: CBN monetary policy rate remains at 14%.

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The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria on Tuesday left the Monetary Policy Rate unchanged at 14 per cent.

The CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, announced the decision of the committee at the end of a two-day meeting held at the apex bank’s headquarters in Abuja.



He explained that all the eleven members of the committee that attended the meeting agreed to maintain the current monetary policy stance.

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He said apart from the MPR which was retained at 14 per cent, the committee also retained the Cash Reserves Ratio at 22.5 per cent.

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Also retained are the Liquidity Ratio which was left at 30 per cent; and the Asymmetric Window which was left at +200 and -500 basis points around the MPR.

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Nigeria: Council of State reaches final pegs new minimum wage at 27,000

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The National Council of State presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sum of N27,000 as the new minimum wage.



The national council approved the sum during an ongoing meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The meeting had in attendance former presidents like Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, among others.

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