SPEND A DAY WITHOUT THESE THREE THINGS AND YOU WILL DISCOVER YOUR PURPOSE – OMOKRI

The new year 2021 is about to announce itself while the year 2020 is about leaving for good. We will all agree that this year is a tumultuous and very challenging one no matter how you want to look at it. But thank God for the grace for the race. It’s not easy to end the year with our life still intact. Many that started this year are nowhere to be found. But this year will be a waste if you haven’t discovered your life purpose as a being on earth. Nobody is born without a mission to fulfill on earth. You are created by God for a reason and you should discover that reason for yourself if you want to make a lasting impact on this earth.

INNOSON’S DAUGHTER WEDS IN GRANDSTYLE

It was a glamorous and colourful event as dignitaries both within and out-side Anambra state graced the wedding of Miss Chinazom Chukwuma (The daughter of Chief Innocent Chukwuma) and Chijioke Anaeto as they exchanged marital vows.

The former National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and Chairman of the occasion, Sen. Victor Umeh in his speech felicitated with the newly wedded couple.

Sen. Umeh prayed to God to bless the union and also urged the newly wedded couple to love, support, tolerate and pray for each other.

Chief Innoson Chukwuma on his part who could not hide his joy and excitement stated that the union was ordained by God.

Chief Chukwuma also encouraged the couple to be prayerful and to put their trust in God

Dignitaries who graced the occasion include Sen. Uche Ekwunife, Prof Kingsley Moghalu, Chief Sir Louis Onwugbenu, Hon Chris Azubuogu, Dr Chris Uba, Hon. Nonso Smart Okafor, Sen. Andy Uba, Hon & Mrs Martin Okafor, Chief & Lolo Leo Udeh, Chief & Lolo Emmanuel Ubah, Barr Evangelist Dona Okeke, Chief & Lolo Pius Maduka.

Others present are Chief & Mrs Dan Edokwe, High Chief Obiora Okonkwo, Hon & Mrs Martin Ndiyekwu, Mrs Chinyere Uchenna, Royal fathers among other notable dignitaries.

The Audience were thrilled with a superb performance from Flavour, Umuobiligbo.

CHURCHES WILL PAY AS HIGH AS 500,000 NAIRA FINE IF THEY CLOSE BEYOND 11PM ON THURSDAY- SANWOLU

The Lagos State Government, on Wednesday, warned residents of the state to comply with all restriction measures imposed by the authorities to curb the spread of the coronavirus amid the second wave of the pandemic.

It said Lagosians who violate the 12am to 4am curfew imposed by the Federal Government and other protocols would be fined up to N500,000 when caught.

The government stressed that all churches in the state must respect the curfew in place and avoid physical crossover services and large gatherings on December 31, 2020.

Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, stated this in an interview with The PUNCH on Wednesday.

He said, “If you flout any of these rules, you can be fined. You will be taken to court and the magistrate will decide on the sanction. The fine can be between N20,000 and N500,000. It depends on the magistrate’s discretion.

“But it is not just about punishing people. People are being advised to take responsibility. The regulations were rolled out as an advisory and people have been obeying while people who have disobeyed have faced the consequences.”

The commissioner, however, expressed optimism that religious leaders in the state would comply with the directive of the government on the crossover services.

Omotoso said, “With what we have been seeing, I don’t think churches will flout the protocols. CAN (Christian Association of Nigeria) is in agreement with the government. Covid cases are going up and everybody is worried. Some of the giant churches have also announced that they won’t be holding physical crossover services.

“The Lagos State Government has also told them that there is a curfew by midnight to 4am imposed by the Federal Government. Many of the churches have been adjusting their programmes. Churches are well-organised and we believe they will comply.”

Furthermore, the Director-General of the Lagos State Safety Commission, Lanre Mojola, said the commission would be working with men of the Lagos State Police Command to enforce all restrictions announced by the government, especially during the New Year period.

Mojola, who also spoke with The our correspondent on Wednesday, said the commission would not wait till the night of December 31, 2020 to swing to action.

“We are not waiting till tomorrow (Thursday). There is an ‘Operation No Tolerance’ and we have had a meeting with the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Task Force and Governor’s Monitoring Team. We will start patrolling tonight and the patrol will be two-ways – we will start warning people to observe the curfew and after the curfew, we will then start clampdown.

“For the churches, Mr Governor has made it very clear that there should be no crossover services. There is already an advisory from CAN that the churches should close very early by 11pm and they can join virtually into the New Year.

“Enforcement is going to be on another level this period. We are working very seriously with the police on this,” he said.

The director-general also urged well-meaning Lagosians to alert the commission of any contravention by churches in the state.

“Our men will be on the road patrolling the streets and these locations and in the event that people find these places, they can always call us and we will send operatives there to enforce the protocols,” he stated.

Lagos, which is one of the epicentres of coronavirus management in Nigeria, has recorded over 26,000 infections and more than 200 associated deaths since the outbreak of the virus in the country.

GUNMEN KIDNAPPED RIVERS STATE COUNCILLOR, DEMANDS 50M RANSOME

Gunmen have abducted a female councillor from Ogu-Bolo in Rivers State, Hannah Alasomuka, demanding a ransom of N50m for her freedom.

Alasomuka, who represents Ward 6 in Ikpokiri town, in the Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area, was kidnapped by three gunmen who shot continuously to scare away residents near a wharf at Igbokiri on Sunday.

A source said the councillor, who is popularly called nurse, was kidnapped at Igbokiri Wharf in Ogu/Bolo.

The councillor’s kinsman and Chief Whip of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Evans Bipi, in a short text message to our correspondent on Tuesday, said the abductors demanded N50m.

“It happened on Sunday, around 12 midnight at Ikpokiri, opposite the wharf. They (kidnappers) demanded N50m or she will be killed,” the text read.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, said, “Yes, I can confirm that. All hands are on deck to ensure her timely release. The tactical unit has been fully mobilised and the Commissioner of Police has given them marching orders to ensure that she is released in record time.”

EBONYI INDIGENES CRITICIZED GOV. UMAHI FOR HIS DONATIONS TO FCT

A governance and accountability group, Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in Diaspora, AESID, has criticised Governor David Umahi for allegedly donating no fewer than 300 25kg bags of branded rice to a serving Federal Director as Christmas largess.

Reports have it that the said bags of rice which was meant to be delivered to a serving Federal Director was mistakenly delivered to Human Rights Radio, Abuja.

In a viral video, a distressed driver who reportedly conveyed the said rice from the Ebonyi State capital, Abakaliki, to Abuja was seen lamenting over non-payment of his money because he delivered the rice to a wrong address.

The boss of the Radio station popularly known as Berekete family, Ahmed Musa, was also seen in the video footage paying the driver N50,000 as his delivery money as well as donating to the driver 10 bags of the rice he delivered.

Ordinary President, as he is fondly called, lambasted the state government for giving out the branded 25kg rice to just one rich individual when poor civil servants in the state were living in abject poverty.

Issuing a statement on Monday in Abuja, the AESID President, Ambassador Pascal Oluchukwu, described the incident as one of the, “uncommon but shameful Father Christmas behaviour of Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. David Umahi and his aides”.

The group said the governor’s action has betrayed every logic of compassion, adding: “How Ebonyi State government would give out less than 5kg bags of rice per two civil servants in some cases and one bag of the same less than 5kg in others to it’s workers but send a massive 300 bags of rice to just a single Director in the Federal Civil service who ordinarily can afford what to eat this yuletide.

“We also recall that the same Governor Umahi promised civil servants N10, 000 each as their Christmas bonus- a pledge, we reliably gathered is yet to be redeemed as at the time of making this Press release. Yet, the greedy and over-ambitious Umahi is expending our very limited resources on those who may not have need for it just to curry the favour of the northern oligarchs in his new defection enterprise.

“This despicable outing proves our claims right that Governor Umahi definitely portrayed the level of abject poverty that is now the order of the day in our dear State. Governor Umahi has no human feelings at all and does not feel any bit the pains and agonies of Ebonyi people.

“We condemn this shameful looting and wastage of Ebonyi’s scarce resources by a man who claims to be a father but has preferred to focus his attention on mere frivolities while using multiple decorative flyovers to deceive some gullible Nigerians. Our people are truly suffering deprivation under the Umahi regime that is battling to convince the world that Ebonyi has become an Eldorado because of his numerous deceptive cosmetic projects.”

The group, therefore, called on the state government to speak up and tender an unreserved apology to Ebonyi people within 48 hours, adding that silence won’t be golden any longer.

“Finally, we demand more humane approach to governance issues by the Umahi-led administration that has already caused our dear people so much penury. Enough, we believe, should really be enough,” the statement stressed.

WIKE TO RE-IMPOSE LOCKDOWN IN RIVERS STATE BY JANUARY

Wike to re-impose COVID-19 lockdown in Rivers, January

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has hinted that he would re-impose COVID-19 lockdown in the state beginning from January following the recent upsurge in the number of coronavirus cases in the State.

Wike according to a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, gave a hint of the imminent second phase of lockdown amid rising cases of COVID-19 during the church thanksgiving service in celebration of the 90th birthday of Mrs Priscilla Nwanediye Mark, at the St. Martin’s Anglican Church, Omagwa in Ikwerre Local Government on Sunday.

Wike regretted the refusal of most churches and markets in the state to enforce the compulsory wearing of face mask in adherence to COVID-19 protocol, noting that the state government had initially relaxed the restriction on the number of persons who worship in churches which have often been violated.

He noted that with the second wave of COVID-19, he would this week announce new stringent measures to check the spread of COVID-19 cases in the State,

He said: “When you go to some churches, they don’t wear a mask. Go to market, they don’t wear a mask. They believe COVID is not real. It’s not real because it has not happened to you; nobody had died whom you know. When somebody has died and the person was close to you, you will know that COVID is real.

“So, it is real and I want to appeal to all of you that we have to be more strict now because the second wave is more dangerous than the first wave. It’s very, very dangerous. I know how many people we have lost since the second wave started.”

Governor Wike urged the Bishop of Diocese of Ikwerre to prevail on members of all the churches under his jurisdiction to always wear their face mask.

“If you don’t comply, I have no choice, but to shut down the churches; Pentecostal, Catholic, Anglican. I have no choice because when you have it, who spends the money? It is the state that treats. So, we need to use the money for some other things, but not for this. Let us discipline ourselves and know that COVID-19 is real. Let nobody tell you that there is nothing like COVID. It’s real.”

The governor urged Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, leaders in Ikwerre Local government area to use Mrs Mark’s 90th birthday to work in unison for the development to the area.

He also used the occasion to extol the chairman of Ikwerre local government, Samuel Nwanosike for his commitment to the development of the area.

Meanwhile, the Bishop, Diocese of Ikwerre, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Right Reverend Blessing Enyindah, stressed the need for people to always acknowledge God’s mercies in their lives.

LAGOS STATE GOVT REVOKES THE LICENSE OF QUEENS PARK EVENT CENTER.

The Lagos State Government through the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture has revoked the license of Queens Park Event Centre Oniru for contravening the COVID-19 protocols of the state.

The Commissioner for Tourism. Uzamat Akinbile Yussuf who confirmed the sealing, added that the step to withdraw the license was taken in the best interest of the State.

She, therefore, implored other event centres and venue owners to comply with the government’s laid down directives or risk losing their chances of doing business in Lagos.

Akinbile Yussuf reiterated that the fight against the virus can only be successful “if we all follow the laid down public health and safety protocols.”

The Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission Mr Lanre Mojola, also said it became necessary to take such steps following an event that was held at the venue on December 26, 2020, that contravened all safety protocols laid down by the state.

The DG, also warned all other event centres and venue owners flouting safety protocols in the state to desist forthwith or risk sanction, stressing that “it is not business as usual. As such, they should either fall in line with the state’s protocols or risk losing their license to operate in the state.”

He further stated that the commission has begun a legal process against some recalcitrant business owners who removed the government seal and continued operations.

Mojola stressed that the state maintains zero tolerance towards those that do not abide by the regulations, maintaining that people must take responsibility.

He urged residents to co-operate with the government to effectively curtail the spread of the virus which is still ravaging the world and the state in particular.

IS THIS THE REFORMED SARS OR SWAT?

Recently, as a result of the ENDSARS PROTEST the FG claimed it will reform the FSARS.

These pictures has been trending for sometime now.

The NDLEA SWAT perform similar operations like SARS.

They engage in “STOP AND SEARCH’ and also checkmate passengers phone.

Is this the rebranded SARS??

UNIVERSITIES SUSPENDS ACTIVITIES DUE TO COVID-19

The National Universities Commission has directed Vice-Chancellors of Universities to suspend academic activities involving large crowds on their campuses.

The decision came barely three days after the Academic Staff Union of Universities suspended its nine-month-old strike.

The Federal Government, had also issued a circular directing Officers on Grade Level 12 and below to stay at home for a period of five weeks, effective from Wednesday December, 23 2020, following the resurgence in the number of COVID-19 cases.

The NUC in a circular by its Deputy Executive Secretary (Administration), Chris Maiyaki, said classrooms, hostel accommodation, conferences and seminars should be suspended.

The commission also directed that universities should remain closed during the intervening period, pending further directives by goverment on the reopening of schools.


Maiyaki said, “Vice-Chancellors are to please note that the directive is part of the measures approved by Mr. President to mitigate the second wave of coronavirus infections in the country.

“The affected officers are expected to perform their duties from home while those on GL13 and above should strictly adhere to the extant preventive measures, including maintenance of physical distancing, regular washing of hands and/or sanitizing of hands, wearing of face masks and reducing the number of visitors to offices.”

UMAHI DECLARES WAR AGAINST BANDITRY AND CULTISM.

Insecurity: Umahi declares war against banditry, cultism, offers reward for information

The Chairman, Southeast Governors Forum and the Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi on Friday declared war against banditry, cultism and other related crimes in the state.

Umahi’s decision to war against crime was part of a Christmas message to the state,

The governor offered a juicy reward to anyone who will catch or lead the state government to cultist hideouts.

He said “We are aware of the spate of insecurities in many states of our nation, Nigeria, Ebonyi State was not spared in the past few weeks, we as a people, have declared war against cultism and banditry in Ebonyi State.

“We have offered a reward to anybody that will lead us to anywhere anybody is training to cause havoc on our people or where any cultist and their members are camping.

“We will give a handsome reward to any informant and the source of our information will be well protected and reward will also be done in secret.

“I ask our people to go about their normal businesses to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and to put their hope positively for 2021.

The governor also charged the citizens to be vigilant and monitor the activities of suspected hoodlums who are terrorizing the people of the state.

“Let us be very vigilant, let us also be prayerful. It is my prayer for you and your families that 2021 will be a very fruitful and rewarding year.

“I implore you to celebrate in peace and show kindness to your neighbours, to the downtrodden, to the widows, to the sick.

UDOM’S CHIEF OF STAFF SHARED PALLIATIVE AS CHRISTMAS GIFTS

The Chief Of Staff to Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Ephraim Inyangeye, on Thursday, shared COVID-19 palliative as Christmas gifts to PDP supporters in his local Government area.

It was gathered that Mr. Inyangeye
 who hails from Ikot Ebiere of Onna Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State shares the same LGA with the Governor of the State. 

Speaking with our correspondent on the condition of anonymity, a  middle aged man said he was suprised when he was told that he will not be given palliative if he doesn’t show his card as a PDP member.

“Despite the fact that the gifts are COVID-19 Palliative, we were told to show our PDP Membership cards or forget about the Christmas gifts”.

“Some of my friends that presented their PDP Membership cards were given the COVID-19 Palliative as Christmas gifts while we didn’t receive anything because they said we are members of opposition parties”.

He further condemned the act and called on Nigerians to hold their leaders accountable because some of the COVID-19 Palliative are still with them despite the hunger in country. 

You will remember that during the recent EndSARS Protests, some suspected hoodlums had attacked various warehouse, looting COVID-19 Palliative in different States.

COVID-19: BUHAR CANCELS CHRISTMAS HOMAGE BY RELIGIOUS LEADERS

In line with the prevailing protocol put in place by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, restricting large gatherings, President Muhammadu Buhari will not be hosting the usual Christmas homage by religious and community leaders in the Federal Capital Territory.

“The President implores all citizens to, in line with the prescribed protocol, observe social distancing, use face masks, wash hands frequently and avoid overcrowding of public spaces, markets, shopping centres, offices and places of worship.

“President Buhari equally appeals to citizens to discourage all non-essential travels during the holiday season.

“He wishes everyone a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year ahead.”

OYO STATE GOVERNOR ACCUSED OF SHARING CACOVID ITEMS AS CHRISTMAS GIFTS

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has commenced the distribution of CACOVID palliatives to some loyalists of his political party as Christmas gifts.

CACOVID means Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19, which was created to support the Nigerian government’s efforts in the fight against coronavirus. The coalition bought and gave state governments palliatives to be distributed to Nigerians to ease the suffering occasioned by the lockdown caused by the pandemic.

In some viral videos on social media, some government agents were seen distributing CACOVID materials to some residents as Christmas gifts. The materials had CACOVID boldly written on them.

Since this was discovered, some people have been criticizing the state government on social media for waiting till Christmas season to distribute the materials.

On Facebook, one Abiola Yusuff wrote; “This is a shame on all of you defending this. Xmas gift or palliatives from CACOVID foundation? Why did Oyo State keep it from July till date?”

Similarly, Ola Ade wrote, “What is written on the bag is CACOVID not CAXMAS.” Okunade Kehinde wrote, “Confused government,” while Salami Abiodun wrote, “They have a problem.”

The state government shared some palliatives during the lockdown, and through its Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Bayo Lawal, it denied that a store where some goods were looted by hoodlums was a warehouse where the state kept palliatives.

Some hoodlums had attacked a private warehouse in Ibadan, carting away bags of rice believed to have been hoarded by the government.

Lawal, who doubles as Chairman, Food Security and Palliative Committee of the Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force, said the state was not supplied rice as part of the palliatives from CACOVID and that it did not, at any time, distribute rice as part of palliatives to the people.

He said, “Investigations revealed that there was nothing that concerned the Oyo State government in that warehouse. The warehouse belongs to a private individual who operates in Oyo State and was given a valid contract by the Coalition Against COVID-19, a coalition of private organisations that have been helping states and the Federal Government to fight COVID-19.

“So, it was the rice that he procured on his own for repackaging that was mistaken to be Oyo State’s, that hoodlums looted.”

The Commissioner stated that the state government could not hoard what it did not have, explaining that CACOVID supported the state with cash, medical items and food items, including noodles and Spaghetti.

TRAGEDY AS 16 PERSONS DEAD IN A PETROL TANKER EXPLOSION

At least 16 persons have been killed in a petrol tanker explosion on Wednesday morning in Jebba, Moro Local Government Area of Kwara State, Igbere TV reports.

It was gathered that the petrol tanker was travelling through the town before it lost control and rammed into residential buildings.

About 30 houses were completely razed in the explosion.

Spokesperson of Kwara State Fire Service Hassan Adekunle has confirmed the incident.

Meanwhile, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq in a statement by his media aide Rafiu Ajakaye said he was sad at the development.

“He sends his heartfelt condolences to the affected families. He urges them to take heart and remain calm as believers. He has also directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to quickly move in to determine the material loss.

“He also commends the Kwara state Fire Service and other responders for their efforts which helped to curtail the raging inferno and minimised the loss. Once again, he condoles with the victims and their families on this very sad incident, and prays to God Almighty to repose the souls of the deceased,” the statement read.

FG DECLARES PUBLIC HOLIDAY.

The Federal Government has declared Friday 25, Monday 28 December 2020 and Friday, January 1, 2021, as public holidays to mark the Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year Celebrations respectively.

Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, felicitated with Christians and all Nigerians both at home and abroad on this year’s Christmas and New Year Celebrations.

Aregbesola urged Christians to adopt the creed of Christ on faith, hope and love.

MINISTRY OF INTERIOR
ABUJA

PRESS RELEASE

FG DECLARES DECEMBER 25, 28, 2020; JANUARY 1, 2021 PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

The Federal Government has declared Friday 25, Monday 28 December 2020 and Friday, January 1, 2021 as public holidays to mark the Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year Celebrations respectively.

Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola (@raufaregbesola), who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, felicitated with Christians and all Nigerians both at home and abroad on this year’s Christmas and New Year Celebrations.

Aregbesola urged Christians to adopt the creed of Christ on faith, hope and love.

“We must emulate the life of humility, service, compassion, patience, peace and righteousness that the birth and Ministry of Jesus Christ signified, that will be the best way to know Christ and celebrate his birth”, he said.

He noted that peace and security are critical factors needed to enable Government accomplish its mission of revitalizing the economy, improving Foreign Direct Investment as well as generating employment opportunities for over 100 million Nigerian youths in the next 10 years.

Aregbesola advised Nigerians and Christians in particular, to adhere strictly to the Covid-19 protocols and guidelines, as stipulated by relevant authorities, during and after the yuletide, especially with the second wave of the outbreak of the disease.

The Minister who reiterated FG’s commitment to the fight against banditry, kidnappings & other crimes and criminalities in the country, called on Nigerians to support the efforts of the security agencies by providing them with information that will enhance intelligence gathering.

While admonishing all Nigerians to remain focused, determined, patient and patriotic, Aregbesola expressed confidence that the year 2021 would be a better year for all Nigerians and therefore urged Christians to use the period to pray for Nigeria.

He wished all Nigerians and Christians in particular, a happy Christmas and New Year Celebrations.

SIGNED
Dr Shuaib M.L. Belgore
Permanent Secretary
23/12/2020

ASUU STRIKE SUSPENDED BUT ANOTHER ISSUE IS COOKING

Non-teaching staff in Nigerian Universities, on Wednesday, warned the federal government not to create another round of problems in the institutions with alleged imbalance in the sharing formula of the about N40bn Earned Allowances (EA) it is about to release.

This warning given by the three unions in institutions – Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), came few hours after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) announced suspension of its nine-month-old strike.

The workers, who vowed not to go back to their respective duty posts until the government corrected the imbalance, alleged that the government gave ASUU about 75 percent of the Earned Allowances, leaving 25 percent for the other three unions.

N40 billion conundrum

Daily Trust reports that part of the agreements the government reached with ASUU at Tuesday’s meeting was to release N40 billion as the Earned Allowance and N30bn for the revitalization of the university system bringing the total payment to N70 billion.

Reacting to the sharing formula of the N40bn, the President of NAAT, Comrade Ibeji Nwokoma said anyone thinking that the non-teaching staff unions in the universities would resume with the recent development was day-dreaming except the government corrected the imbalance.

He said the union was making frantic efforts to reach Directors and Permanent Secretary, Ministries of Education and Labour and Employment to draw their attention to the fresh brewing crisis.

“FG not ready for peace”

Also speaking, the President of SSANU, Comrade Mohammed Haruna Ibrahim said it appears the government does not want peace in the university systems, insisting that his union would not take the lopsided sharing formula.

He stated, “Honestly, I believe that this remains a rumour even though I know it could be true, I have seen 75 percent and 25 percent. But truly if it is that, we have stated in no uncertain terms that we will not take this kind of lopsided allocations again, because what is the scientific measurement used to give this money?

“We have stated before now that the least we can take is 50-50, they are not more in numbers. And even if they want to do something like that, maybe this is my own personal opinion, I may not insist on 50-50 but at least something reasonable. We have so many numbers.

“If they give for example 60-40, do you think the noise will be there? Government does not want peace if it is giving 75 percent to only one union and giving 25 percent to three unions, does it make sense?”

PLANNED BOMB BLAST IS TO EMBARASS BUHARI’S GOVT. – DSS

The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to inform the public about plans by some criminal elements to carry out violent attacks on public places including key and vulnerable points during the yuletide seasons.

The planned dastardly acts are to be executed through the use of explosives, suicide bombing and other dangerous weapons.

The objective is to create a general sense of fear among the people and subsequently undermine the Government.

Against this backdrop, citizens are called upon to be extra vigilant and report strange movements and indeed, all suspicions around them to security and law enforcement agencies.

On its part, the Service is collaborating with other sister agencies to ensure that adequate measures are put in place for protection of lives and property.

To further achieve this purpose, the Service has provided these emergency response numbers 08132222105 and 09030002189 for urgent contacts. It is also using this opportunity to unveil its interactive website www.dss.gov.ng for public communication support.

Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of these platforms and similar ones provided by related agencies to timely reach and avail them (security agencies) of required information.

However, the Service advises those planning to cause chaos and damage to public peace to desist from such as it will stop at nothing to apprehend and bring them to justice.

While assuring citizens and residents of their safety during and after the festive periods, the DGSS, Alhaji YM. Bichi fwc, with his Management and Staff, wishes all, Happy Celebrations and a Prosperous 2021.

Peter Afunanya, Ph.D
Public Relations Officer,
Department of State Services,
National Headquarters,
Abuja
22nd December, 2020.

19 YEARS OLD UNILORIN STUDENT COMMITS SUICIDE AFTER LOSING 300M TO FOREX

A 300-level student of the Department of Agriculture, University of Ilorin, Gbenga Favour Olaoye-Akanbi, has committed suicide after he was allegedly duped by a forex trader, Eseka Chuckwutem Gospel (ESG).

The 19-year-old student was said to have invested over N300 million belonging to his colleagues and friends in a business run by ESG.

A friend of the deceased and an investor with the firm explained how they were duped.

He said, “The investment is forex. The guy’s name is Eseka Chuckwutem Gospel. We started the investment together this year. It seems he stopped trading, so he turned indirectly to a Ponzi scheme without the knowledge of those investing.

“He has a particular group. Most people in that group collected money from other people to invest in his business. The late Gbenga collected money from different people to invest with ESG at a certain percentage.

“Later on, the investment crashed, and the guy was arrested. With the help of some senior police officials, he was released. So over time, people that were with ESG as investors( they had borrowed money to invest) were now being pressurized to repay the loan they took. I am one of the investors, too; we were under a lot of pressure to pay up. So I think because of this guy’s age, he is just 19-year-old, he couldn’t withstand the pressure and committed suicide.”

A course mate of the deceased said he assured them that forex is not a Ponzi scheme and that he had back up funds, much enough to pay every one of his investors their capital and profits even if things went wrong.

“It’s so sad; I have over N5m investment deal with him. He claimed to be the one doing the trading initially, but when the problem started around June, he started mentioning one Eseka Chuckwutem Gospel as his boss. He told us they were arrested together, but that our money was safe with him. 

He later promised to pay everyone’s capital before December. I was surprised when I saw people posting his pictures with RIP today,” he said.

WHY WE INCREASE 2021 BUDGET TO 13 TRILLION

The House of Representatives Spokesperson, Rep. Benjamin Kalu (APC, Abia) has disclosed that, the National Assembly increased the 2021 budget from the N13.08 trillion proposed to N13.58 trillion because of the prevailing economic realities in the country.

He disclosed this while speaking to journalist on the approved budget passed by the House on Monday.

“As you know, on the 8th of October, the President laid the budget before the joint session of the House and the Senate and that budget had N13.08 trillion presented before us.

“What we passed was N13.58 trillion It’s an increase from what the President laid before us and the realities we found on ground made us to push it to what we finally approved today.

“The assembly has approved N4.125 trillion on capital expenditure, N5.641 trillion on recurrent expenses as well as N3.324 trillion is for Debt Service, N5.641 trillion on debt services.

“The House has also recognized that it’s important to have statutory transfers and that is N496.528 billion has been approved for that.

“This is to show our seriousness to Nigerians that this budget is here to stay.

“It is also good to know that we benchmarking the budget on $40 per barrel knowing fully well that our major source of income revenue is oil and gas,” he said.

SENATORS DOUBTS FG OVER COVID-19 VACCINE

Senators on Monday expressed reservation over the preparedness of the Federal Government to manage the COVID-19 vaccination in the country.

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and his colleagues spoke at a meeting with the Minister of Health Osagie Ehanire and Finance Minister, Mrs Zainab Ahmed.

The ministers were in the Senate to brief the leadership of the Red Chamber on the Federal Government’s plans to procure COVID-19 vaccines worth about N400bn.

Lawan said it was a good bargain to spend N400 billion to protect Nigerians from the deadly virus but expressed reservations over the availability of facilities and manpower to manage the vaccine.

“I have not been convinced with your presentation that we are ready to bring in the vaccines.

“You have to do much more to convince me that we are ready. This is a matter of life and death. I am not only a doubting Thomas, I am also doubting Ahmad”

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, also joined in expressing doubt in the ability of the health officials to guarantee the safety of the vaccines.

He said, “I am a doubting Omo-Agege also.”

He said that the government so far had made arrangements for only four cold chains for the vaccines, in Abuja, Kano, Enugu and Lagos and asked why the entire South South region was not included in the plan.

The DSP also expressed worry that the vaccines may lose its efficacy on transit to the South South if no facility was provided.

Other senators also expressed doubts over the presentations of the officials from the Ministry of Health on the facilities that had been put in place to ensure adequate storage protection for the vaccines.

“We are Ready”

But the health minister insisted that the government was substantially ready for a successful COVID-19 vaccination exercise for its citizens.

He maintained that the country, which has successfully fought polio, would use the same storage facilities (cold chains) to store the COVID-19 vaccines.

He explained that the federal government was in talks with manufacturers and had trained staff as well as put the right cooling infrastructure in place to store the vaccines when they are acquired.

The minister said about N400bn would be required to vaccinate 70 per cent of Nigerians 211 million population, at $8 person.

He said N156bn would be needed in 2021 while N200bn in 2022.

NEW DIRECTIVES IN NIGERIA AHEAD OF COVID-19 SECOND WAVE

Following the confirmation of a second wave of the coronavirus in Nigeria, the federal government has advised states to immediately close all bars, nightclubs, and restaurants across the country.

The number of guests at weddings, conferences, among others have also been limited to 50 persons.

The chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, while speaking at its briefing on Monday, said the new guidelines are part of measures to limit the spread of the virus.

He said President Muhammadu Buhari has authorised the PTF “to engage with the states and the FCT to assume full ownership of this stage of the response by deploying legal structures and resources, including enforcement to manage the pandemic within their jurisdictions”.

“In line with the authorisation, the PTF wishes to issue the following advisories to sub-national entities for implementation over the next five weeks because these activities are considered super spreader events:

“Close All bars, night clubs, pubs and event centres, and recreational venues;

“Close all restaurants except those providing services to hotel residents; takeaways, home deliveries and drive-ins shall remain closed,” he said.

Even before the federal government’s advisory, many states like Lagos and Kaduna already introduced new rounds of restrictions to check the spread of the virus.

Spike

Following an unprecedented spike in new COVID-19 cases across the country, the Nigerian government had announced that the country has entered the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

DIEGO MARADONA’S DEATH IS A FORM OF SUICIDE – DOCTOR REVEALS

Diego Maradona’s former doctor has revealed the footballing legend tried to commit suicide in the past

Diego Maradona ‘s former doctor has dropped a bombshell revelation regarding the footballing legend’s health.

Maradona, 60, passed away last month after suffering a heart attack just weeks after undergoing brain surgery.

But Dr Alfredo Cahe now claims the Barcelona and Napoli hero may have stopped eating and taking his medication after falling into depression just before his death.

“This just does not seem like a simple heart attack to me,” he told an Argentine radio station on Sunday.

Cahe treated Maradona between 1977 and 2007 – and admits the footballer tried to commit suicide in Cuba in the past.

He claims in a conversation with Maradona afterwards, he asked him if he wanted to commit suicide, and said Maradona replied: “Maybe someday, what do I know?”

Since Maradona’s death, doctors and nurses have been accused of negligence. Police have raided homes of attorneys and friends as they look to back up those claims.

“Diego was tired,” Dr Cahe continued. “All of these events were the consequence of suicide. “For me there was negligence, recklessness and inexperience, all three.

“In the clinic I did not see him with a total monitoring and I did not see him care with a constant and continuous nursing plan.

“He was not taken care of properly. He should have remained hospitalized, not in a house that was not prepared [for him].”

Maradona’s final doctor, Dr Luque, has been accused of partial responsibility for Maradona’s death since his passing.

“If I’m responsible for anything when it comes to Diego, it was loving him, caring for him, improving his life to the end and extending it,” he said recently.

Health experts say the cocktail of drugs could have put stress on Maradona’s heart before his death.

His heart failure caused a pulmonary edema, according to an initial post-mortem.

UNIVERSITIES TO RESUME ACTIVITIES BY JANUARY 2021 – NGIGE

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, says the Academic Activities in Nigeria Universities will resume January.

He says the negotiations between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal government had reached 98 percent, adding that it remains only two percent to be completed

He spoke Monday in Alor, Idemili South local government area of Anambra State, during the launch of Ngige free medical outreach at the Community’s Health Center.

Ngige said, “We have met about 98 percent of the request of ASUU. Some 5 to 2 percent is what you can call promissory notes.

“So, I am very hopeful that by midnight today, there are some works we are supposed to get on to do. They also have some work they are supposed to do on their own side with their people.

“Tuesday, we will meet in the afternoon and we will compare notes. We will put everything on the table and compare. I believe that we might have come to the end of the strike when we meet tomorrow.

“Well, it is a journey of a thousand miles which you will have to take one step first. Tomorrow, all things being equal, we will agree now to agree because we were disagreeing before.

“We disagree to agree and agree to disagree formerly. But tomorrow, I hope we will agree to agree. Once we do that, schools will re – open in January,” the Minister said.

Meanwhile, Ngige said the free medical outreach that was launched in Alor Monday, was equally extended to neighbouring communities like Abatete, Oraukwu, Ideani and Nnobi among others

He said those with different ailments like hepatitis, eye problems among others should go and be treated free of charge, adding that about 15 medical Doctors in different fields would handle the cases at the Health Center.

EU COMMENDS BUHARI FOR THE SWIFT RELEASE OF KANKARA SCHOOL BOYS

The European Union Human Rights Forum (EUHRF) has commended President Mohammadu Buhari over what it describes as the swiftness deployed in the safe return of the 344 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State.

In a statement issued on Sunday by the Special Rapporteur, Lake Chad/West Africa, Joseph Cullen, the EU is a deserving relief to see that everything ended without bloodshed.

“We commend President Buhari for the swiftness and efficiency with which the lads were rescued from their abductors. Such swiftness would have made all the difference had such occurred in 2015 when schoolgirls were similarly abducted from their school in Chibok, Borno State,” the statement partly said.

“It is commendable that critical time was not lost in returning the schoolboys back to their families. The abduction had sent shockwaves across the entire international community because of the similarities it shared with the kidnap of the schoolgirls in a secondary school in a town of Chibok in Borno State of Nigeria which took place on the night of Monday, the 14th day of April 2014 under the previous administration.

“EUHRF commends President Muhammadu Buhari and the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for this cheery outcome even as it is now apparent that measures must be implemented to ensure such actions do not occur in the first place.

“This will ensure that the priority that President Buhari gives to matters pertaining to women and children continues to remain in place since these are vulnerable people that must be given extra protection in view of the complex security situations that Nigeria is having to deal with owing to an unhealthy mix of internal, external, state and non-state factors that Nigeria is contending with.”

PARTY ATTENDANT KILLS GUEST FOR COLLECTING FOOD THREE TIMES

A child christening party on Ojuwoye Street in the Mushin area of Lagos State has turned bloody after some attendants stabbed a guest to death on the claim that he collected food more than three times.

The Lagos State Police Command, which confirmed the incident, said it had launched a manhunt for the killers and would do everything possible to bring them to justice.

SaharaReporters learnt that the deceased, 21-year-old Saheed Adesina, on December 12 went to the child naming ceremony at about 6 pm, which was the party time.

It was gathered that while at the party, trouble ensued when a collection of food started as the caterer, whose name could not yet be ascertained, accused Adesina of collecting food for up to three times, while others had yet to be served.

The action reportedly angered some of the party attendants, and it led to a brawl during which Adesina was stabbed to death.

According to a police report from the Area D Command, Mushin, the suspects took to their heels after committing the crime, and the party came to a shocking halt.  

The police said, “The father of the deceased, one Adeshina Ismaila also of Ojuwoye Street, Mushin, reported to us that his son, Saheed Adeshina, of the same address, went to a naming ceremony. Trouble ensued when he was challenged over the collection of food for more than three times with the caterer.

“Suddenly, Saheed Adeshina raised the alarm that he had been stabbed at his testicles. He was later rushed to the Oliyide General Hospital, Mushin, where he was confirmed dead. 

“The scene was visited by the Divisional Police Officer and a team of detectives. The deceased was taken to the Yaba General Hospital Mortuary for an autopsy, after taking a photograph. The suspects took to their heels after committing the heinous crime. Efforts are ongoing to unravel the mystery surrounding the death and to arrest the fleeing suspects.”

TEARS OF JOY AS KANKARA SCHOOL BOYS RE-UNITE WITH THEIR PARENTS

Moment Of Tears of Joy As Kankara Schoolboys Reunite With Parents (Photos)

It was a time of thanksgiving and tears of joy as the Kankara schoolboys who were released by their captors, reunited with their parents, IgbereTV reports.

The schoolboys were abducted on December 11 and after six days, were released on Thursday, December 17.

The parents couldn’t contain their joy as they wept and offered thanks to God for reuniting them with their children.

See photos of them reuniting with their parents.

POLICE OFFICER KILLS A MAN OVER BAIL MONEY

A Police sergeant in Rivers State has killed a staff of Onne-based Intels over demand for ‘bail money’, despite police authorities saying ‘bail is free’.

The trigger-happy cop was said to be attached to Elelewon Police Divisional headquarters at Obio-Akpor LGA of Rivers State.

His victim was Abiodun Jimoh from Kwara state.

Ismail Jimoh, brother to Abiodun said police officers on a patrol stopped him and his brother while they were on motorbike going back to the house on Friday 18 December 2020.

He said the police officers searched them and saw nothing incriminating.

They only had on them, their ID cards and iPhone and other handsets.

He said one of the police officers insisted on taking them to the Police station at Elelenwo.

The brothers followed them.

Mr Ismail said he rode on the motorbike and stayed in front, while his brother was inside the Police patrol van as they headed to the station.

When they reached the station, one of the Police officers asked them to bail themselves.

Ismail said his brother pleaded with the officer that they had only N1,500 left.

According to Ismail, other Police officers told the officer who shot his brother to let them go, since nothing incriminating was found on them.

But the officer refused.

Ismail said as the police sergeant began to beat his brother in front of the Police station, he heard two gunshots.

When he turned back, his brother was lying on the floor, in pains.

According to Ismail, he and the other Police Officers took his brother to three different hospitals, but they declined attending to him.

On their way to University of Port Harcourt Hospital,UPTH, the officers drove so recklessly that he fell out from the back of the patrol van.

He was seriously injured.

He further alleged that the Police officers did not wait to check on him, they just drove off with his brother.

He noted that it was in the morning of 19 December, when he went back to the Elelewon station, with his brother’s wife, that they learned the brother died.

Ismail called on well meaning Nigerians to ensure justice is done on the matter.

Azeezat Omolara Jimoh, wife of Abiodun Jimoh wept uncontrollably while speaking to Journalists.

She expressed shock that her husband was killed for no reason .

She called on the Rivers State Government, the Police authorities in the state and well meaning Nigerians to come to their aide.

A human rights activist, Prince Wiro, expressed worry at the prevailing trend of policemen killing innocent citizens.

Wiro called on the Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan, to immediately open an investigation into the incident with a view to prosecuting any of his officers found culpable.

Abiodun Jimoh was a staff of INTELS in Onne, Eleme Local Government area of Rivers State.

He is survived by his wife and three Children aged six,four and one year.

COVID-19 EMERGENCY LOCKDOWN IN UK

Capital, southeast England move into new ‘Tier 4’ from Sunday

New strain forces Johnson to scrap five-day Christmas easing

Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed a full lockdown on London and large parts of southeast England and told the public across the country to avoid travel, in a desperate attempt to stop a new strain of coronavirus that is spreading rapidly in the U.K.

After emergency talks with his most senior officials, Johnson canceled plans to ease pandemic restrictions for five days during the holiday. Household mixing will be banned in London and the south-east and socializing restricted to just Christmas Day across the rest of England.

The premier announced a new Tier 4 will apply in the hot-spot areas around the capital from Sunday, with all non-essential shops closing, millions of people ordered to stay at home and all foreign travel banned except for essential purposes. Johnson urged people across England to “stay local” and not travel far. He promised the new rules will be reviewed on Dec. 30.

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ANGRY LANDLORD DESTROYS TENANT’S SALOON OVER UNPAID RENT

Video of Celebrity hairstylist, Destiny’s shop tossed over by his landlord has caught the attention of Nigerians and is quickly going viral.

According to Destiny, he has worked in the shop for the past 5 years and has never owned the landlord until the outbreak of COVID-19 that led to the lockdown of the country.

He said the closure of shops during the lockdown period is the reason for his inability to pay his rent and his landlord is not buying that as a reason thus why he destroyed his shop.

In the video, the shop was tossed upside down with most working materials destroyed.

Watch video below;

https://https-www-nairaland-com.0.freebasics.com/6321395/destinys-shop-angry-landlord-destroys?iorg_service_id_internal=1646953538912597%3BAfrylulph02CxRpe

CHINA DEVELOPS ARTIFICIAL SUN, TEST IT FOR THE FIRST TIME

China fires up its ‘artificial sun’ for the first time: Experimental nuclear fusion reactor that burn TEN TIMES hotter than the sun offers the promise of ‘limitless clean power’

China has successfully fired up its ‘artificial sun’ nuclear fusion reactor for the first time in its bid to find ‘limitless clean power’, according to media. 

The HL-2M Tokamak reactor is China’s biggest and most advanced nuclear fusion experimental research device, and scientists hope that the device can potentially unlock a powerful green energy source.

The cutting-edge device uses a powerful magnetic field to fuse hot plasma and can reach temperatures of over 150million degrees Celsius (302million degrees Fahrenheit), according to the People’s Daily — approximately 10 times hotter than the core of the sun.

Located in south-western Sichuan province and completed late last year, the reactor is often called an ‘artificial sun’ on account of the enormous heat and power it produces.

‘The development of nuclear fusion energy is not only a way to solve China’s strategic energy needs, but also has great significance for the future sustainable development of China’s energy and national economy,’ said the People’s Daily, a mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party.

The new equipment is now ready to be put into use officially after being powered up during an experiment at around 2pm in a research laboratory in Chengdu. 

Yu Jianfeng, chairman of China National Nuclear Corporation which is in charge of the development of the reactor, said the success could improve scientists’ understanding of fusion power.

KANKARA ABDUCTED BOYS RELEASED WITHOUT PAYING A DIME

How I negotiated release of Kankara schoolboys without paying kobo — Gov. Matawalle

The governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has revealed how he facilitated the release of 344 schoolboys of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara without payment of ransom.

The schoolboys were abducted by suspected bandits from their school in Kankara town last Friday.

Although Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the abduction and put the number at 524, the Katsina State Government on Thursday said only 344 students were held by the abductors.

In an exclusive interview with DAILY NIGERIAN, Mr Matawalle said he used repentant bandits and leadership of Miyetti Allah to identify the syndicate that led the abduction, and then started the negotiation process.

“When we established contact with them, I persuaded them to release them unharmed. And so they did tonight. This is not the first time we facilitated the release of our people without payment of ransom.

“Ask anybody, we don’t pay bandits a dime. What we do is to extend olive branch to them because they also want to live in peace.

“As I speak to you, they are on their way to Tsafe, from where they will come to Gusau and sleep. They will begin their journey to Katsina tomorrow morning,” the governor said.

On the belief that Boko Haram was behind the abduction, Mr Matawalle said the bandits not Boko Haram executed the abduction. “Nothing like Boko Haram in this. The bandits did it,” said the governor.

The governor noted that dialogue is the solution to banditry in the North. “If all the governors will sit to address this problem by adopting dialogue, banditry will reduce to barest minimum,” he added.

On why banditry flourishes despite military operations, Mr Matawalle identified political interference as the factor. “I can tell you security agents are really trying. When you remove political interference from their operations, you can get the results,” the Governor said.

7 YEARS OLD GIRL LIFTS 80KG WEIGHT

A pintsized schoolgirl who can lift weights of 80kg has revealed she just ‘clears her mind and does it.’

Little Rory van Ulft, seven, from Ottowa, is just four foot tall and started weightlifting just after her fifth birthday after she was scouted at a gymnastics class. 

She was recently crowned USA weightlifting under-11 and under-13s Youth National Champion in the 30kg weight class, making her the youngest US youth national champion in history, with her father Cavan revealing: ‘It would be fair to say Rory is the strongest little girl in the world.’

Meanwhile he insisted the unusual hobby is safe for his daughter, explaining: ‘Her safety is everyone’s top priority. She progresses in her training for both sports carefully and methodically.’

Cavan said: ‘Based on her current Sinclair total, Rory is not only the strongest seven-year-old in the world. 

‘She is likely also the strongest seven-year-old girl or boy who has ever lived, for whom there are verifiable competition results.’ 

But Rory sees herself as a gymnast first and foremost, spending nine hours per week training on that compared with four hours on weightlifting. 

After she won her first gymnastics medal – a bronze on balance beam at a local competition – she told her parents: ‘I prefer gymnastics to weightlifting, because in gymnastics I don’t have to lift anything over my head.’ 

The schoolgirl can snatch 32kg and clean and jerk 42kg as well as squatting 61kg, and deadlifting 80kg using an Olympic women’s bar. 

Rory explained: ‘I like getting stronger. Being stronger lets me do more and get better at everything I try. 

‘I don’t think about what came before, or what will come after. I don’t think about anything. I just clear my mind and do it.’

Cavan explained: ‘In terms of Rory’s relative strength compared to all the national champions in the lowest girls’ developmental age and weight categories, which vary from country to country. ‘There is currently no one better competing.’ 

She also wears temporary tattoos for her shows and was flocked by young fans who recognised her because of the fake ink during a trip to DIsneyland last year. Rory said: ‘I wear tattoos because I like them. I think they’re cool.’ 

The International Weightlifting Federation measures pound-for-pound strength using Sinclair coefficients. The athlete of any body weight with the highest Sinclair total is awarded the title of best lifter. 

Cavan and his wife Lindsay explained Rory’s staggering Sinclair competition total of 213.738 makes her the best pound-for-pound 11-and-under lifter in the States. 

Cavan and Lindsay said Rory is also the reigning Ontario Weightlifting Association 17-and-under provincial champion in the 40-kg weight class.

But she competes in the US because there isn’t a Canadian youth national championship for Olympic-style lifting.

Rory added: ‘I like when I make a new weight that I’ve never done before. I feel proud of myself.’

Her parents also say she has no current Olympic ambitions because she is so young, with Rory explaining: ‘That sort of thing doesn’t really matter to me.’

ATIKU KICK STARTS CAMPAIGN AHEAD OF 2023 ELECTION

Ahead of 2023 presidency, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has inaugurated his support groups across the 36 states of the federation.

The Atiku Support Group was launched in Abuja with Alhaji Abubakar Kabir Babawo named as its Director General and Atiku Aminu Mohammed as its Chairman.

The mission of the organisation, it was learnt, is to project the former Vice-President’s vision of sustainable national development as he prepares to formally declare his intention to contest the 2023 presidential election.

The state coordinators and zonal excos include Northcentral Zonal Coordinator, Orngu Anngu; Deputy Zonal Coordinator, Isiaka Mogaji; Women Leader Mabe Ameh; Benue State Coordinator George Odoo Ezekiel; Niger State Coordinator Hassana Shuaibu Dada; Kwara State Coordinator Segun Olawoyin; Kogi State Coordinator Ocheni Titus Okayi; Nasarawa State Coordinator Abubakar Agwai; Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Coordinator Agajo Daniel and Plateau State Coordinator Solomon Ballason Shitnan.

ENDSARS: DJ SWITCH TO SPEAK AT INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT

According to her;

Tomorrow 17th of December 2020, I will be speaking at the 19th assembly of states parties to the International Criminal Court.

I know we are all experiencing hardship one way or the other, I know it seems like no one cares enough for Nigeria and Africa to help us fight our oppressors. but this is the generation that does not take NO for an answer! So let me tell you straight up, it will take time… Maybe a long time. So what do we have to lose that we already did not have? Security? Jobs? A working health system? What do we have to lose? Don’t give up! I told you… I’m not great at social media and updates but we are fighting seriously behind the scenes, something will definitely give! 

Follow @ainigeria and get involved the best way you can, stay up to date with progress, let us all be part of the solution.
#endsars #endbadgovernance #sorosoke 

EX-SENATORS AND EX-HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MEMBERS IMPLORES TINUBU TO RUN FOR PRESIDENCY.

A group of former senators, House of Representatives members and some politicians across the Southwest geo-political zone has implored the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to contest as president in the 2023 election.

They spoke at the unveiling of the group’s logo in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The group is christened South West Agenda (SWAGA) and led by Senator Dayo Adeyeye.

It is made up of politicians including the immediate former Oyo State Deputy Governor Alake Adeyemo, Senator Adesoji Akanbi and former members of House of Representatives, including Bosun Oladele and Rotimi Makinde.

Membership of the group spreads across the six states in the Southwest.

Also in attendance yesterday were former Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji; his Ogun State counterpart, Suraj Adekunbi and Senator Abu Ibrahim (Kastina South) who was represented by Dr. Aliyu Zakari-Diya.

The National Coordinator, Northern Region Support Tinubu for 2023, Hamman Dikko, was also there. They urged Tinubu to contest.

The group started the campaign on Monday with visits to the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji and Alaafin of Oyo Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III during which they conveyed its agenda to the leading monarchs.

The group said members came together to actualise the agenda for the Southwest to produce the next President in 2023.

FG DIRECTS DISCONNECTION OF SIM CARDS NOT LINKED TO NIN.

Following the earlier directive on the suspension of new SIM registration by network operators, the Federal government has directed all operators in the country to disconnect every SIM card not synchronized with valid National Identity Number (NIN) by December 30th 2020.

This came after an urgent meeting of key stakeholders in the Communications industry convened by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) on Monday, December 14, 2020.

The meeting in its resolution insisted that all telecom operators must from Thursday, December 16, 2020 require all their subscribers to provide valid National Identification Number (NIN) to update SIM registration records.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has given telecommunications operators (MTN, Glo, Airtel, 9Mobile and others) in the country two weeks to block all SIM cards that are not registered with the National Identity Numbers (NIN), the Commission has said in a statement.

LADY TOOK TO SOCIAL MEDIA, BEGS COVENANT UNIVERSITY TO RELEASE HER TRANSCRIPT

A lady by name Angela Chaja has taken to social media to call out convenant university after the higher institution refuse to release her degree certificate and transcript to her or the school she applied for abroad. According to the lady, she has been calling and begging the university staffs to release her transcript to her since July and even had her husband called the school yet they refused to release her certificate to her. 

SEE HOW TO CHECK IF YOUR LINE US LINKED TO YOUR NIN

Following the order by FG that all telecom operators should disconnect all sims not synced with the National Identification Number (NIN), here is a quick tip on how to check if yours has NIN linked.

Dial *346# and press 1

The service costs N20 per dial.

Hint: Some people will still have NIN linked as long as they completed their registration appropriately even though they don’t have National ID Card (NIMC).

TVC’S BABAJIDE REACTS TO FG’S ATTEMPT TO LOCKDOWN A SECOND TIME

Babajide Reacts As FG Contemplates Another Lockdown~

Babajide Kolade Otitoju a veteran journalist, while speaking on the popular program “Journalist Hangout” on TVC news, reacts as Federal government contemplate another lockdown amidst increase in COVID-19 cases across the country.

Babajide while speaking said “ I think Nigerians will resist another lockdown considering the economic situation in the country. Then we have to remind ourselves about what happened during the EndSARS protest that led to looting of the warehouses, where COVID-19 palliatives were being kept.

The government is not trusted by the people, because many were surprised seeing that large quantity of food item inside a warehouse. Assuming all these foods were distributed during the lockdown, then there will be no need to resist any further government instructions on lockdown.

In fact, some political office holders said they wanted to resize the bag and distribute it, for me what are you resizing for so long that you couldn’t distribute to people who have no means of survival any longer, considering they are being lockdown.

I think the Government should not think about locking down the country, because people will resist it, and even a lot of the citizens will prefer to die of illness rather than die of hunger.

DOYIN HASSAN LOST WIFE TO THE COLD HANDS OF DEATH

Doyin Hassan, a former key actor in Mount Zion Drama Ministries, has lost his wife, Bolanle to the cold hands of death.

Evangelist Bolanle Doyin-Hassan died on December 9, 2020 at the age of 57.

They met in at Mount Zion Drama Ministries where they were both giving various roles to play and later fell in love and married.

The duo have been married for 10 years before the sad incident occurred.

Bolanle will be buried on 18 December, 2020 at the Redemption Camp of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, in Ogun State.

Bolanle has acted in several Christian movies, especially in Mount Zion movies where she came to the limelight.

But her husband, Hassan, a professor at Conestoga College, Canada, has also acted in several Christian movies, making his debut in Mount Zion Drama Ministries.

He bagged a Ph.D at the Lagos State University, LASU, where he was an Associate Professor before moving to Canada.

NASS AIDES ISSUES 48 HOURS ULTIMATUM FOR PAYMENT OF 2019 SALARIES

Legislative aides to members of the National Assembly have written to the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan ; Speaker of the House of Representatives , Femi Gbajabiamila; Chairman , National Assembly Service Commission, Ahmed Amshi; and Clerk to the National Assembly, Amos Ojo , to protest against unpaid salaries.

The aides, under the auspices of the National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum , in a letter dated December 13 , 2020, also issued a 48- hour ultimatum, from Monday , to the management to clear the backlog of unpaid salaries, failing which they would picket the premises.

The letter titled, ‘ Continued Refusal to Pay Ninth Assembly Aides Salary Arrears ,’ was copied to the Chairman , House Services ( Senate and House ); Sergeant – at- Arms, National Assembly ; Divisional Police Officer , National Assembly Division ; and the Department of State Services, National Assembly Division .

The petition has six signatures, each for the six geopolitical zones: South- South, North -Central , South- West , North- West , South -East and North-East.

The signatories , who did not put their names, however , put their telephone numbers beside their signatures.
The fresh petition by the aides read in part, “ We are by this letter issuing a 48 -hour notice of our intention to commence series of actions to drive home our demands the payment of our 2019 salary arrears . Starting from Wednesday, 16 th of December, 2020, we shall , among other steps , invoke Section 40 of the 1999 Constitution ( as amended) to embark on peaceful gathering around the precincts of the National Assembly Complex . ”

OSHIOMOLE TAUGHT ME EVERYTHING ABOUT POLITICS- EDO STATE DEPUTY GOVERNOR

Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, says a former Governor of the state, Adam Oshiomhole, taught him all he knows about politics.

Shaibu said this during a thanksgiving service held at Saint Philip Catholic Church in Jettu, Etsako West Local Government Area of the state, on Sunday.

The event was part of activities to celebrate his re-election alongside his principal, Governor Godwin Obaseki, under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

He said, “Adams Oshiomhole taught me all I know now politically. He made me stand my ground and help us end godfatherism. I have no quarrel with Adams Oshiomhole.

Shuaibu explained that there were a lot of lessons to be learnt from the re-election of Governor Godwin Obaseki.

The deputy governor said, “We must come together as a nation in recognising our shared interest in placing boundaries on our competition in order not to divide the nation into hostile and irreconcilable camps. This dangerous impasse is one area where the wisdom of Governor Godwin Obaseki has reigned supreme.”

He described Obaseki as a selfless governor whose thoughts are always about the state and the next generation. He appealed to the people of the state to support the administration to deliver on its campaign promises.

Earlier in his homily titled, “Rejoice in the Lord”, Bishop Godrick Shabba, admonished believers to be faithful to God. He said that it was a heart of gratitude to God that brought the deputy governor and his family to the house of God.

NIGERIANS TO BUY FG BUILT HOUSE AT 2M NAIRA SOON

Nigerians will acquire houses built by the Nigerian government for as low as N2 million, as the housing scheme of the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) kicks off.

The social housing scheme is expected to create 1.8m jobs as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) commits initial N200 billion facility to the project which kicks off this week.

The Social Housing scheme of the ESP will build about 300,000 very affordable houses for Nigerians.

This week the portal to invite Nigerians interested either as beneficiaries of the Social Housing or as delivery partners would be launched by the Family Homes Fund, the Federal Government agency designated to implement the scheme. The portal is nshp.gov.ng.

In an update on the Social Housing plan of the ESP shared with the media by Mr. Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President in the Office of the Vice President, it was disclosed that more than 20 States including the FCT have already expressed interest and support in the programme including many who have offered free land for the constructions of the houses.

The ESP Update shared with the press over the weekend showed that some of the States that have already expressed interest and supported the implementation of the Social Housing scheme which will offer houses at low prices such as between N1.8m to N2m include the States of Osun, Ogun, Enugu, Delta, Bauchi, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Plateau, and the Federal Capital Territory where the first set of construction sites have been indicated.

There are also others like Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Imo, Cross River, Sokoto, Kaduna, Zamfara, Katsina, Borno and Yobe States that are now working towards joining in a similar vein.

The four room (three bedroom house) by NSHP
The four room (three bedroom house) by NSHP
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Nigerians will acquire houses built by the Nigerian government for as low as N2 million, as the housing scheme of the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) kicks off.

The social housing scheme is expected to create 1.8m jobs as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) commits initial N200 billion facility to the project which kicks off this week.

The Social Housing scheme of the ESP will build about 300,000 very affordable houses for Nigerians.

This week the portal to invite Nigerians interested either as beneficiaries of the Social Housing or as delivery partners would be launched by the Family Homes Fund, the Federal Government agency designated to implement the scheme. The portal is nshp.gov.ng.


In an update on the Social Housing plan of the ESP shared with the media by Mr. Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President in the Office of the Vice President, it was disclosed that more than 20 States including the FCT have already expressed interest and support in the programme including many who have offered free land for the constructions of the houses.

The ESP Update shared with the press over the weekend showed that some of the States that have already expressed interest and supported the implementation of the Social Housing scheme which will offer houses at low prices such as between N1.8m to N2m include the States of Osun, Ogun, Enugu, Delta, Bauchi, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Plateau, and the Federal Capital Territory where the first set of construction sites have been indicated.

There are also others like Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Imo, Cross River, Sokoto, Kaduna, Zamfara, Katsina, Borno and Yobe States that are now working towards joining in a similar vein.

MSME Survival Fund: Nigerians are thanking Buhari govt for Payroll Support
ESP: FG commences payment of Payroll Support to beneficiaries
Under the ESP Social Housing Plan, 300,000 low cost houses would by itself create 1.8 million jobs in the housing sector and beyond, while as indicated under the ESP approved by the President and the Federal Executive Council the Central Bank of Nigeria has now committed N200B facility for the Social Housing

WOMAN GIVES BIRTH TO FIVE BABIES AT ONCE.

A woman, Mrs Abigail Musa, who was delivered of five babies after 23 years of bareness, has been stranded at the Fertile Ground Hospital, Zaramaganda Road, Jos, Plateau State, over an accumulated hospital bill of N3.7m.

It waslearnt that Abigail had been in the hospital for the past three and half months when the babies were born.

However, two of the babies were said to have died.

Her husband, Mr Garba Musa, a pastor with the Church of Christ in Nations, told our correspondent on Sunday that efforts to raise the bill and take his wife and the three surviving babies home had been abortive.

He said, “My wife and the babies were discharged from the hospital about two days ago, but we could not go home due to the hospital bill.

“It’s really a big challenge, which we do not know how to handle because the outstanding money, which the doctor said must be paid before we leave, is N3.7m. This is just too much for us.”

Explaining how the hospital bill accumulated, the cleric said, “My wife had been at the hospital for three months and three weeks. When she gave birth to the five babies through operation, they were premature, which necessitated that they put them inside incubators.

“My wife was charged N3,000 and each baby consumed N5,000 every day. Almost every two days, tests were run on the babies, which took N3,000. There were other charges also, and that was how the money amounted to such a huge amount.

“Although two of the babies could not make it, we thank God for everything. The hospital management said many people in the past who promised to pay after they were discharged, disappeared without a trace. We need help in our present situation.”

Garba, who described the birth of the babies as a miracle, recalled how people mocked him and his wife for the past 23 years over their bareness.

“At a point, some people advised my wife to divorce me; they also came to me and offered similar advice. It was not easy, but I thank God for my wife because whenever we were tempted to divorce, God gave us the grace to resist it,” he added.

SANWOLU TESTS POSITIVE TO COVID-19

FLASH: Following Lagos State Governor @jidesanwoolu’s exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19, a PCR test performed yesterday the 11th of December has confirmed that he has indeed been infected with the virus. 

Mr. Governor is receiving treatment and is being closely monitored at home by the very experienced State COVID-19 clinical team from IDH Yaba.Mr. Sanwo-Olu is doing well on treatment and rest and we are confident that he will recover quickly and clear the virus. We are seeing slightly increasing number of COVID-19 positive cases in clusters in Lagos and all residents and visitors should strictly adhere to the prescribed advisories of safe distancing, mask-wearing, good hand and respiratory hygiene and avoidance of unnecessary or large gatherings.

The festive season is likely to create the opportunity for the virus to spread if we are not compliant with the regulations established by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) for inbound travellers and the festive season celebrations.

All inbound travellers must be COVID-19 negative by PCR before they board a flight to Nigeria and must self-isolate on arrival and undergo a pre-booked test on Day Seven of arrival in Nigeria .

Lagosians should keep celebrations to a minimum and be observant and responsible in their interactions. The significant gains achieved to date in containing COVID-19 in Lagos, which has allowed us to carefully reopen the economy, must not be reversed.

No one is immune to this virus and it is certainly still circulating in the community.

Please join me in praying and wishing the Incident Commander of the Lagos State COVID-19 response, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, a speedy recovery so he can return to normal duties as soon as possible.

I will be keeping the public informed regularly of Mr. Governor’s recovery and wellbeing.

Professor Akin Abayomi

Honourable Commissioner for Health 

BUHARI SACKS NDDC BOSS

President Muhammadu Buhari has removed Kemebradikumo Daniel Pondei, acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

President Buhari approves interim administrator for the NDDC 

He is Mr Effiong Okon Akwa, the Ag. Executive Director, Finance and Administration of the Commission, who is to assume headship till completion of the forensic audit.

GOV. SANWOLU GOES INTO ISOLATION AS CLOSE AIDES TEST POSITIVE TO COVID-19

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu will go into self-isolation immediately, after one of his close aides tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday (10th of December).

Mr. Governor and other members of his team will be tested by the Lagos State biobank but will remain in isolation until the results of the tests are available.

We are seeing slightly increasing number of COVID-19 positive cases in clusters in Lagosand all Lagosians should adhere to the prescribed advisories of safe distancing, good hand and respiratory hygiene and avoidance of unnecessary gatherings.

This is not the first time Mr. Governor is having the COVID-19 test. He has had at least three since May when he announced that 10 of his aides had tested positive for the virus.

Professor Akin Abayomi

Honourable Commissioner for Health

YOU NEED TO DO MORE FOR NIGERIANS – CAN TO FG

The President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Samson Ayokunle, on Thursday, tasked President Muhammadu Buhari to prioritise investment in food production to reduce hunger and fast-track economic well-being of the people, especially women and girls.

Ayokunle, who spoke at CAN’s launch of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence in Abuja, expressed worry over the level of hunger in the land, warning that the country might experience a season of sexual exploitation and abuse of women and girls, if urgent steps were not taken.

Rather than paying lip service to women emancipation, he said practical means must be explored to address their economic and social needs in safe spaces free of violence and abuse.

He said, “Economic challenges during the COVID-19 outbreak posed a serious threat to young women’s work and business activity and exposed them to increased risk of exploitation and abuse.

“We observed that higher levels of food insecurity and hunger led women and men to exchange food for sex. So, we urge the government to do more to reduce hunger in the land, which will help to fight gender based violence in Nigeria.”

THIS IS WHY WE SUMMONED BUHARI – HOUSE OF REP MEMBER

Rep. Benjamin Kalu, spokesperson for the House of Representatives, says the invitation extended to President Muhammadu Buhari was not aimed at ridiculing him over security matters.

Kalu said this while speaking with newsmen on Thursday in Abuja, that the President was rather invited for engagement with the house on ways to address security challenges in the country.

He said that the idea of the invitation was to have a feedback mechanism on the security situation in the country, adding that the partnership established by the 9th assembly with the executive would be sustained.

He, however, said that since Nigeria was operating a democracy hinged on party supremacy, the president can decide to follow the advice of his part on any issue.

“The President is not more powerful than the party, but if he took a decision and his party took another, he must oblige the party,” he said.

Kalu said that the house did not act in error by inviting the president, adding that the house had the right to investigate issues bothering the country.

BUHARI CONGRATULATES GHANA PRESIDENT ON HIS RE-ELECTION

Our countries share historic ties’ – Buhari congratulates Ghanaian president on reelection

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana on his electoral victory.

Akufo-Addo, who ran under the platform of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), polled 6,730,430 votes to defeat his main challenger — former President John Mahama and candidate of NDC — who secured 6,214,889 votes.

In a statement on Thursday, Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, quoted the president as appealing to other contestants to put national interest above personal and partisan considerations as well as maintaining peace.

He stated that Ghana and Nigeria “share close historic and cultural ties”, Shehu said Buhari looks forward to working with his Ghanaian counterpart in bringing peace, security and prosperity to the citizens of both countries and the ECOWAS at large.

“The president commends the people of Ghana on the successful conclusion of the presidential and parliamentary elections, attesting further that with the right institutions and political leadership, constitutional democracy in the West African sub-region has come to stay,” Buhari said.

“The Nigerian leader wishes President Akufo-Addo a successful new tenure, peace and stability in his country as well as improved bilateral relations.”

ASUU TO SUSPEND STIKE BY DEC. 9? READ ASUU’ REACTION

THE Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has denied that it reached an agreement with the federal government to suspend its ongoing strike on December 9, 2020.

The Union insisted that contrary to insinuation to that effect, there was never an understanding with the government that it would suspend the over 9 months old action on the said date.

President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi in a statement made available to newsmen Wednesday night, said ASUU representatives do not have the powers to suspend or call off industrial action but must follow due process which includes transmitting the outcome of negotiations to members and National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU for further deliberations and actions. While noting that ASUU was willing to cooperate with concerned authorities to ensure suspension of the strike once the welfare and wellbeing of ASUU members and survival of public universities were sufficiently guaranteed, he said It was a needless crisis which had happened because the government consistently failed to faithfully implement the Agreements it freely signed with the union.

In his words: “The leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been inundated with enquiries on why the ongoing strike action has not been suspended. This was sequel to the widely reported claims by some government agents that all the demands of ASUU have been met and that the union agreed to suspend the strike action today, 9th December 2020. Nothing can be farther from the truth!

NIGERIA TO GET COVID-19 VACCINE BY JANUARY 2021 – OKONJO IWEALA

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s former minister of finance, has assured Nigeria and other African countries of access to COVID-19 vaccines as from the end of January through the first quarter of 2021, a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday.

The statement quoted Mrs Okonjo-Iweala as disclosing this at a closed-door meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama in Abuja.

“As long as one person has it in the world, no one is safe. And that is why poorer countries, lower middle-income countries like Nigeria, need to get it as quickly as possible,” she was quoted as saying.

Mrs Okonjo-Iweala is currently the African Union Special Envoy on mobilising international economic support for the continental fight against COVID-19 and Nigeria’s candidate for the Office of the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.

She disclosed that the international initiative involved the World Health Organisation, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), GAVI and the international community, to get vaccines delivered to developing and poorer countries, in an affordable manner and quickly.



According to her, the Pfizer vaccine and the AstraZeneca one were presently being negotiated so that poor countries do not have to stand in a queue behind rich countries.

The former finance minister described Africans as blessed, for not having the same incidence rate of COVID-19 like other continents, but warned African nations against complacency.

Mrs Okonjo-Iweala recalled that a platform called the COVAX facility had been developed with 186 countries on board, saying that the side interested in serving the poor countries had 92 countries, for which resources have been raised to try and get the vaccines to them quickly.

“So, the Pfizer vaccine, the AstraZeneca, those are being negotiated now so that poor countries don’t have to stand in line behind rich countries.

THE LEGISLATURE HAVE THE RIGHT TO SUMMON THE PRESIDENT- MIKE OZEKHOME (SAN)

Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), constitutional lawyer and human rights activist on Wednesday said the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria empowers the National Assembly to summon President Muhammadu Buhari to address them over the state of the nation.

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has said the National Assembly lacks the power to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to speak on security matters, arguing that the right of the President to engage the National Assembly and appear before it is “inherently discretionary in the President and not at the behest of the National Assembly.”

However, in a chat Ozekhome said the constitution in Section 88 and 89 empowers the National Assembly to compel the President as a public officer to appear before it.

He said “It depends on the angle you are looking at it. if it is from the angle of presenting a national budget, the constitution requires the President to lay the budget directly before the National Assembly, which will be sitting as a joint House presided over by the Senate President who is the chairman of the National Assembly. In such a case, the President must come directly and present his budget”.

“In America, once every year, the President is compelled to give a State of the Union address to the American people. We do not have such a provision in Nigeria. But in Nigeria, under Section 88 and 89 of the constitution, the National Assembly has oversight function on matters having to do with the well-being and security of the country”.

“If the national assembly feels that the security of the country has become so parlous and the economy has become so poor that we have entered a second recession, then they can use their powers in Section 88 and 89 because the constitution says “any public officer”. It did not mention that the president is excluded”.

RONALDO OUTSHINES MESSI- SCORES TWO PENALTIES

Cristiano Ronaldo scored two penalties to take his Champions League goal tally to 134 as Juventus beat a “scared” Barcelona to seal top spot in Group

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more away goals against Barcelona than he has against any other opponent (14)

Ronaldo sent Marc-Andre ter Stegen the wrong way after being fouled by Uruguay defender Ronald Araujo.

Juve doubled their lead through Weston McKennie’s bicycle kick before Ronaldo added his second from the spot after Clement Lenglet handled.

“We were not aggressive,” said Barca boss Ronald Koeman.

“It looked as if we’d come out looking not to lose, as opposed to trying to control the game. We weren’t good, not even positionally.

“We looked scared.”

It is Barcelona’s first defeat in a group game since 2016.

They started the day with a three-point cushion over Juve but finish second and will be unseeded in Monday’s last-16 draw.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Ronaldo, regarded as the two greatest players of their generation, were facing one another for the first time since May 2018.

While Ronaldo scored two, Messi was frustrated by 42-year-old Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon, who made a string of fine saves.

Juventus finish top of Group G because of their superior head-to-head record over Barcelona

Ronaldo comes out on top against Messi
This was the 36th meeting between great rivals Messi and Ronaldo on the international, European and domestic stage.

They have won the Champions League nine times between them, scoring a combined 252 goals in the competition.

But this was Ronaldo’s night, the Portuguese scoring for the first time in the Champions League against Barcelona with Messi on the pitch.

Twelve years on from their first meeting, Ronaldo, the all-time leading scorer in Champions League history, got the better of his arch rival.

Lionel Messi had all seven of Barcelona’s shots on target in this match

Earlier in the 2020-21 season, Messi became the first player to score in 16 successive Champions League campaigns.

Messi had seven shots on target but could find no way past Buffon, while Antoine Griezmann headed against the bar.

Griezmann said the defeat was not Koeman’s fault.

“Who else’s fault could it be other than the players? We’re the ones who go out there and play,” he said.

“We were missing everything – desire, attitude, a willingness to run. Everything was bad.”

At the age of 35, Ronaldo might not get too many more chances to cross swords with Messi.

He still trails Messi 16-11 in terms of victories between the two but this was a night to savour for Juventus’ former Real Madrid player.

SEE WHAT BUHARI TELLS GOVERNORS ABOUT INSSCURITY

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja ended a meeting with 36 state governors on the issue of security with a charge to them to work more with traditional rulers and community members to improve local intelligence gathering that will aid the work of security agencies.

The President, who listened to presentations by a governor from each of the six geo-political zones on their specific security challenges, recalled that in the old order communities identified new comers and passed information to constituted authority.

“The sub-region is no longer safe, more so with the collapse of the former Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi’s regime and the cross border movement of weapons and criminals.

“Governors must work with traditional rulers. Try and work with traditional rulers to boost intelligence gathering.’’

Giving an overview of the security situation in each of the zones, the President said his administration had done well in the North East and South South, adding that the South South situation was still worrisome.

“Every day I get situation reports about illegal refineries and the blowing up of pipelines. You must stop local rogues from sabotaging oil installations.’’

Addressing the issue of banditry and kidnapping reported in each of the geo-political zones, President Buhari said “security is important and we must secure the whole country. We are thinking very hard on the issue of kidnapping. We will make it possible for the military to get to the bandits and kidnappers and eliminate them.’’

He explained that the closure of the nation’s land borders was partly an attempt to control the smuggling in of weapons and drugs.

“Now that the message has sunk in with our neighbours, we are looking into reopening the borders as soon as possible.’’

President Buhari gave assurances that the country’s military will continue to get the support they needed to fight criminals.

“I am not going to the public to speak about the vehicles and equipment we have ordered. What I can say is that the military received armoured cars and other equipment and they are training the trainers. More of such equipment, including military aircrafts will come in.’’

On the issues raised on ENDSARS protest and its hijack by hoodlums to cause mayhem and destroy private and public property, President Buhari sounded a strong warning about reoccurrence, saying that no responsible government will allow that to happen.

“We do not stop anyone from demonstrating, but you don’t set up roadblocks and smash windscreens. Which government will allow that?’’

President Buhari noted that the foreign press coverage of the ENDSARS violence was not balanced, citing specifically the CNN and BBC, for omitting the number of policemen killed, police stations that were razed, and the prisons that were thrown open for inmates to escape.

“I was disgusted by the coverage, which did not give attention to the policemen that were killed, the stations that were burnt, and prisons that were opened. (They said we are all at fault. We don’t have the sympathy of anyone. We are on our own).’’

President Buhari said violent demonstrations will no longer be allowed, adding: “democracy does not mean confusion or lack of accountability.’’

On the eight-month long strike by Academic Staff Union of Universities, the President said lecturers had not taken into consideration the larger challenges facing the country.

“Government conceded something. The problem is that they refused to look at the problem of the whole country. The Minister of Labour is working hard at it. It is amazing how ASUU will stay out of classrooms for so long. There’s a need for our elites to understand the challenges facing the country.’’

PDP SUPPORTS IMPEACHMENT MOVE AGAINST THE PRESIDENT

The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has released a press statement backing the call for the Impeachment of President Buhari by members of the House of Representatives in its caucus.

House Caucus Call for Buhari’s Impeachment is Constitutional, PDP

The @OfficialPDPNig asserts that the call by its caucus in the House of Representatives asking Nigerians to direct their representatives, across party lines, to commence impeachment process against President @MBuhari is constitutional and democratic.

The party states that the call is a direct reflection of the mood and desires of the Nigerian people, given President @MBuhari, manifest failure in all spheres of governance and particularly in failing to provide an effective leadership that can guarantee thesecurity of our nation and rescue our economy, which has collapsed in his hands.

As a party, the @OfficialPDPNig had always called on our federal legislators in the House of Representatives and the Senate, irrespective of political affiliations, to stand on the side of the people by deploying the legislative instruments provided in the 1999 Constitution (as amended) to rescue the ship of state.

The @MBuhari administration had already accepted failure as reflected in the declaration by one of its officials, that the nation is now at the mercy of bandits and terrorists, a development that signals that is has outlived its usefulness.

President @MBuhari is elected by the people; his stay in office is also dependent on the people as vested on them by the Constitution, through their elected representatives in the @nassnigeria.

The @OfficialPDPNig therefore urges Nigerians to eschew all primordial sentiments and stand for the nation at this critical time.

BENUE LAWMAKER RIDES OKADA TO DAUGHTER’S WEDDING

THE lawmaker representing Benue South Senatorial District, Abba Morro, last weekend gave out his daughter in marriage.

As he was leaving home for the venue of the wedding, there was traffic jam.

He jumped out of his Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) and called an Okada rider passing by, saying: “Please, take me to the venue of the wedding, I’m getting late.” The commercial motorcyclist stopped and he (senator) mounted the Okada and the rider zoomed off.

FG AGREES TO REDUCE FUEL BY 5 NAIRA.

Following the resumption of talks between the Federal Government (FG) and the leadership of the Organised Labour over the recent hike in the price of fuel and electricity tariff, the FG has agreed to slash fuel price by N5.

It will be recalled that the Petroleum Products Marketing Company, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, in November, increased the ex-depot price of Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol, to N155.17 per litre from N147.67 per litre. 

The implication of which, allows Marketers sell between N168 – N170 per litre.

Following heavy backlash, the FG reduced 2 naira from the depot price, a move that still didn’t sit well with the leadership of the Organised Labour who threatened mass actionif the price was not reverted.

The meeting between the Federal Government and Organised Labour has just ended in Abuja.

The five-hour long meeting agreed that the price of petrol be reduced by N5 while labour also got a commitment from the government that the distribution of free prepaid metre will begin soon across the country.

Organised labour had two weeks walked out of the meeting with the Federal Government on the ground of a new increment in the price of fuel when negotiations were still on course.

The Festus Keyamo-led Committee is to continue its assignment and ensure conclusion in record time.

GOV. YAHAYA BELLO CONDEMNS FRESH ENDSARS PROTEST

Bello condemns fresh #ENDSARS protests, Lagos command warns organisers

The Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has addressed the Nigerian youths to avoid any plan of embarking on another round of #EndSARS protests.

He said such move would be premature, dangerous and counterproductive.

This is just as the Lagos State Police Command on Sunday warned against any planned protest or gathering in the state

Bello, in a special broadcast to Nigerian youths on Sunday, said he was worried following intelligence reports that youths were mobilising to resume another round of #EndSARS protests in some selected cities beginning from Monday (today).

He said, “I deem another round of #EndSARSprotests to be premature and counter-productive at this time. Apart from the higher likelihood of conflict with the police, we must also admit that the security situation in the country is very precarious at the moment.

“All patriots must therefore make conscious efforts not to degrade a parlous security situation further. Nationwide protests at this time will only overburden the load-bearing capabilities of our security architecture increasing the likelihood of total collapse. No matter the narrative, I doubt that out-of-control anarchy is an objective of the #EndSARS protests,” Bello said.

Bello also advised the youth to look beyond protests as the only means of effecting social change in the country, adding they should begin to organise themselves to take part in the 2023 political process which could help them to effect the necessary changes in the country.

NASS SETS TO FACE BUHARI OVER SERVICE CHIEFS ISSUE

The refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to re­place the service chiefs de­spite repeated calls by the National Assembly and oth­er eminent Nigerians will be the major point of dis­cussion when the president meets with the House of Representatives on Thurs­day.

The lawmakers said they are ready to confront the president over the continued stay of the service chiefs, who they said lacked ideas on how to tackle the rising insecurity in the country.

The lawmakers, who were disturbed by the worsening insecurity in the country, last week, summoned President Buhari over the murder of about 43 farmers by Boko Ha­ram terrorists in Zabarmari village, Jere Council of Borno State.

The president later met with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and agreed to honour a summons by the parliament to brief members on what his administration is doing to address the deterio­rating insecurity and other challenges facing the country.

Speaking with Daily In­dependent on Sunday, one of the lawmakers from the South-Eastern part of the country, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said they will be direct and will mince no words with the president over his refusal to listen to their demands on the continued stay of the ser­vice chiefs.

According to him, ignoring their calls for the removal of the service chiefs is akin to the president refusing to accede to the demands of over 200 million Nigerians, since they are the representatives of the people.

“Yes, we are looking for­ward to the meeting. Like you read, the president has agreed to the summons. We appreciate him for that. But mind you, we are not going to mince words on the issue of insecurity in the country, especially as regards the cur­rent service chiefs. We want to know why the president has chosen to ignore our calls for their removal long ago.

“If you recall, as far back as 2018 during the highpoint of the Benue massacre and killings in Southern Kaduna, we, the representatives of the people, called on the president to sack the service chiefs but he did nothing about it.

“Aside that, the leadership of the National Assembly, led by the Senate President and Speaker of the House also met privately with him and implored him to replace the service chiefs with new peo­ple who will bring fresh ideas and vigour into winning the war but he also did not listen to their plea.

“We want to know why the service chiefs think they are the best people for the job. We have heard rumours that he wants them to work with him till May 2023 because he trusts them. But we don’t want to be­lieve that. If that is the case, he will explain to us during the meeting”.

CHANNELS TV REACT TO NEWS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BY THEIR STAFF

Channels TV reacts to viral video of lady accusing her hubby, a staff of the TV channel, of domestic violence. 
Channels took to Twitter and tweeted:

Channels Television does not condone violence against women or anyone in general.
The domestic violence matter reported against one of our reporters is being investigated and appropriate action will be taken.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=HyefC_m_zfIhttps%3A

LADY CALL OUT HER HUSBAND, A STAFF OF CHANNELS TV

Lady calls out her husband, Pius Angbo, a staff of Channels TV, for allegedly beating her mercilessly just four weeks after she welcomed their fourth child.

A medical doctor, Ifeyinwa Angbo, her called out her husband, Pius Angbo, a staff of Channels TV, over his alleged long history of beating her up in their six years old marriage.

In a video that has gone viral, Mrs. Angbo, showed her battered face as she recounted how her husband and father of their four children allegedly beat her up.

In her words,

”Hello people, my name is Ifeyinwa. I am a doctor. I have been married to Pius Angbo of Channels TV for six years and for six years, I have not known peace in this marriage. It’s been from one woman to another. 

I just had baby. It was a Caeserian section just about 4 weeks ago. Just because I told him to spend wisely and not on women so recklessly considering we have four children, that is why I got this beating. He tried to strangle me and all that, sat on my inscition, the children were crying.

When I was pregnant with this child, when the pregnancy was three months, it was the same thing. He would sit on my stomach. hit me, try to strangle me and all that”

https://youtube.com/watch?v=HyefC_m_zfIhttps%3A

LAGOS STATE APPROVES REMOVAL OF UNREGISTERED STREET GATES TO EASE TRAFFIC

The Lagos State Government has ordered the removal of unapproved street gates in communities to ease traffic.

This was contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, titled ‘LASG issues 7-day removal notice to communities with unapproved street gates’.

The commissioner explained that the gates and structures installed without prior approval from the Ministry of Transportation contravened the provisions of the State Traffic Laws and Regulations.

Oladeinde stressed that the ministry, in conjunction with Local Government and Community Affairs, has the regulatory authority on the installation of gates towards enhancing traffic management on the inner roads while protecting the lives and property of the affected communities.

The statement read in part, “In line with its policy and regulations on Traffic Management geared towards improving the free flow of traffic across the metropolis, the Lagos State Government has issued a seven-day removal notice to communities with unapproved street gates in the State, with a directive to either leave such gates open between 5 a.m and midnight or have them dismantled.

“During the recent inspection exercise conducted by the officials of the Ministry of Transportation, it was discovered that some communities have sited gates on some inner roads to avoid vehicular movement on their streets, and this unruly act has contributed to the heavy traffic congestion currently being experienced on our roads on daily basis.

“All street gates across the State be opened between 5 am to 12 midnight. The gates must be manned by security personnel engaged by the community or residents’ association and must be opened for emergency services such as police, ambulance, and fire services at any time.”

He explained that the Special Committee set up by the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation on the demolition of gated streets has begun enforcement exercise on the removal of gates in locations that failed to comply with the government’s directive on ‘Gated Streets’ regulation.

Oladeinde, therefore, urged communities with Government approval for the installation of gates on their streets to come forward with their documents for onward review and necessary approvals, failure of which the Special Committee would have to remove such street gates.

FELA USED ME AS AN EXPERIMENT – FEMI KUTI

Femi Kuti, who is one of the sons of fela anikulapo kuti has revealed that his father used him as a lab rat to test the importance of tertiary education.

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Why Fela did not send me to school – Femi Kuti

Afrobeat musician, Femi Kuti, has opened up on the reason his father, Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti never gave him sound education.

He said Fela never sent him to school because he wanted to use him as an experiment, to prove that he could be successful without acquiring education.

He said this recently in an interview with presenters of Your View, an all-female talk show on TVC.

According to him, though Fela was great, he had his faults, one of which was his refusal to send him to school, an experiment he believes was very risky.

“Yes Fela was great. But Fela did have faults. But one of the faults is that Fela wanted to use me as an experiment. His excuse was that I would be successful without going to school.

TOKUNBO ABIRU WINS LAGOS STATE BYE ELECTION

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Lagos east senatorial bye-election, Tokunbo Abiru, has been declared winner.

According to the results announced by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Abiru polled a total of 89,204 votes while Babatunde Gbadamosi, his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rival, secured 11,257 votes.

Abiru defeated his opponent by a wide margin in all the five local government areas in the senatorial district.

Shomolu
APC: 17,728

PDP: 2,067

Epe
APC: 22,213

PDP: 1,826

Ibeju Lekki
APC: 16,336

PDP: 937

Ikorodu
APC: 19,204

PDP: 3,766

Kosofe
APC: 13,723

PDP: 2,661

47 YEARS OLD MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT FOR RAPING HIS 14YEARS OLD STEP DAUGHTER

The Family Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River State has sentenced 47-year-old Emmanuel Thompson Udo to life imprisonment for raping his 14-year-old stepdaughter.

Udo was on Thursday, December 3, found guilty of raping the minor in August, 2018 at his residence No. 45 Afokang Street, Calabar South local government area of the state. 

He was convicted by Hon. Justice E.E. Ita, Acting Chief Judge of Cross River State and presiding Judge of the Family Court.

His conviction was secured courtesy of the Basic Rights Counsel Initiative (BRCI); Hon. Tanko Ashang, former Attorney General of Cross River State; Mr. Felix Itittim, the DPP; Blessing Egwu and the Nigeria Police.

Barr. James Ibor, Head of BRCI, said the rape incident was exposed after the victim’s mother reported the matter to the group. He said the victim who is now 16 years, was excited when she heard of the sentence handed to her stepfather.

Ibor thanked the Nigeria Police special investigators; the former Cross River State Attorney General, Hon. Tanko Ashang; the DPP-Mr Felix Itittim and Blessing Egwu for their effort in securing justice for the victim.

YOUTUBER KILLS PREGNANT LOVER ON A LIVE SHOW

A Russian YouTuber was arrested following a sickening live broadcast in which his pregnant girlfriend died after he was paid to subject her to cruel abuse.

Egged on by his online audience, Stas Reeflay allegedly forced Valentina Grigoryeva out on a balcony in sub-zero weather wearing only her underwear

Reeflay, 30, was paid $1,000 (£800) by a viewer to inflict the abuse on her during his live stream, according to a report by Baza media.

Valentina, 28 – who was in the early stages of pregnancy – died of hypothermia at his rented house in Ivanovka village, near Moscow.

Her shocking death has led to calls in Russia for an urgent ban on online “reality violence”, which appears unrestricted on YouTube and can be watched by children.

Reeflay – real name Stanislav Reshetnikov – kept the YouTube camera rolling even as he realised Valentina was “half dead”.

In footage too disturbing to show, he can be seen carrying her back inside and attempting to revive her. He is heard saying: “Valya, are you alive? My bunny, what’s up with you? 

“Valya, Valya, damn, you look like you are dead. “Bunny, come on… tell me something. I’m worrying. Damn… I’m not feel her heartbeat.”

He then tells his viewers: “Guys… No pulse… She’s pale. She is not breathing.”

The horrific broadcast continued to his tens of thousands of followers even after he called an ambulance. He is heard saying: “Wake up, Valya, I love you, wake up.”

And the camera was still live when paramedics arrived and pronounced her dead.

The broadcast continued for two hours after she had died, it is believed.

Reeflay makes money from online “donations” from his Russian and international audience.

In a previous broadcast he had showered Valentina with pepper spray.

A friend of the dead woman said his live streaming had been “full of cruelty” towards her.

Reshetnikov was held by police who attended the scene, and was interrogated over the broadcast and his girlfriend’s death.

He faces up to two years in prison if forensic experts prove she died of hypothermia, say reports citing law enforcement.

SHEHU SANI CRITICISE BURATAI OVER HIS COMMENTS ABOUT TERRORISM

Telling our people that the Insurgency will last twenty years,after repeatedly misleading claims of victories attest to the failure of those saddled with the responsibility of leading the also signifies resignation and bankruptcy of new ideas & strategies.

What is your take on this issue? Drop your comments.

TERRORISM MAY PERSIST TILL THE NEXT 20 YEARS SAYS BURATAI

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen.Tukur Buratai, has hinted that insurgency and terrorism may continue in Nigeria for another 20 years.

Buratai made the statement on his verified social media platform Facebook few days after Boko Haram massacred rice farmers in Borno State.

There is general misunderstanding of what insurgency and terrorism entail. There is likelihood of terrorism persisting in Nigeria for another 20 years. It only depends on the level of escalation and the appropriate responses by all stakeholders both civil and military authorities. Also by both local in international actors. Citizens responsibility is equally important and imperative. All must cooperate to contain the lingering insecurity. Let there be collective action and responsibility.

WHY SHOULD THE WIFE OF A MAN LIKE KANU NWAKWOR BE DISTURBING MY DM- OSAZE ODEMWINGIE

How Can A Wife Of A Legend Like Nwankwo Kanu Be Chasing Me In My Dm” – Retired Nigerian Player, Osaze Odemwingie Calls Out Amara Kanu (Photos)

Ex “Super Eagles” forward, Peter Osaze Odemwingie has revealed Amara Kanu, the wife of Nigerian legendary player, Nwankwo Kanu.

Osaze went lethal on Amara Kanu on Instagram where he revealed that the wife of his former teammate has been ‘relentlessly chasing him in his dm times without number.

According to him, she has left him lots of messages in his dm which he has refused to answer to any of it because it is not acceptable for him to do so with another man’s wife.

“Your husband has my number and it’s not in our culture to msg another man without asking your husband,” he said.

Apparently, Amara Kanu messaged him to help her with tips on getting her son back on his feet after suffering a knee injury.

He wrote on his Instagram page https://instagram.com/odemwingie_81?igshid=zixvsx301nwo

The reason why Nigeria is in this state. Too many want to be like America. God turned his back at america as things stand. Destruction is upon her. How can a wife of a legend like @kingkanu4 be chasing me for a chat relentlessly ( check ur DM check your DM ) na by force ? @amarakanu

Your husband has my number and it’s not in our culture to msg another man without asking your husband. Moreover u r wearing arsenal kit and he can ask them for advice about knee surgery because he also suffered from similar issues. Your son can’t have a cross on his neck and make those hand signs. That’s fake Christianity if you didn’t know ok. Our people selling their own to conform to African American. Those there have been modified by Hollywood and are no more Africans. They don’t even want to associate with Africa with their billions in accounts. How many of them visited Africa in the last 50 years ? Shouldn’t NBA all star match take place in Nigeria at least once? Shouldn’t they be interested to know where their ancestors came from ? Set your own trend Naija u r more special than America. #prayfornigeria #naija #nigeria @amarakanu why why why Amara ( Delailah). We love our strong man Papilo. Wash your hands well oh. And most importantly your hearts as I am preaching to many now. ����. Nigeria �� is more precious to God than America ��❤️�

Amara Kanu reacted by leaving a comment under Osaze’s post.

She wrote: “@odemwingie_81 oh no no no. Kindly take this post down. @kingkanu4 is fully aware of this. We want to talk to you as a family.”

ICPC UNCOVERS 450 MILLION NAIRA HIDDEN IN A BANK ACCOUNT

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Monday said it had seized $919,202.07 (about N450 million) hidden in a bank account by some court officials.

It said the cash was kept in an interest-yielding account by some officials of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, in 2014.

A statement by the commission’s spokesperson, Mrs. Azuka C. Ogugua, said: “Acting on a petition instituted against some officials of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt for alleged corrupt practices, the ICPC has obtained an Interim Forfeiture Order on $919,202.07 (approximately N450 million) fraudulently hidden in a bank account.

“Investigators in the Rivers State office of the commission traced the money that had been hidden in an interest-yielding account by officials of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt since 2014.

“On discovery of the hidden money, the ICPC, through its lawyer, Dr. Agada Akogwu, filed an ex parte motion for an Interim Order of Forfeiture of the money.

“In his ruling, Justice Mohammed Sani of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, granted the commission’s prayers for interim forfeiture of the said sum, pending the final hearing on the matter.

“The judge further ruled that the ‘orders of the court directing the interim forfeiture shall be published in any daily newspaper within 14 working days for any person interested in the said property sought to be forfeited to appear before the court to show cause why the final forfeiture orders be not made in favour of the Federal Government of Nigeria’.

“The matter was adjourned till December 14, 2020 for reports and final forfeiture hearing.”

UK APPROVES THE USE OF COVID-19 VACCINE

The UK on Wednesday became the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use and said that it will be rolled out from next week.

“The Government has today accepted the recommendation from the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to approve Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for use,” the government said.

“The vaccine will be made available across the UK from next week.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the programme would begin early next week.

“It is very good news,” Hancock said.

TRUMP SENDS GET WELL SOON MESSAGE TO BIDDEN

US president-elect Joe Biden has a foot fracture and will likely have to wear a medical boot, his team said Sunday after the 78-year-old was taken to the doctor because he had slipped while playing with his dog.

Biden, who will become the oldest US president upon his January swearing-in, suffered the injury Saturday with Major, one of his two German shepherds.

The president-elect’s personal physician Kevin O’Connor initially said x-rays had not uncovered any “obvious fracture”, but added that an additional CT scan would still be done.That scan “confirmed hairline (small) fractures… in the mid-foot,” O’Connor said in a subsequent statement released by Biden’s office.

He added that the former vice president, who won election against Donald Trump in November, “will likely require a walking boot for several weeks”.

With both Biden and Trump in their 70s, age was an issue in the presidential race, even if it often took a backseat to pressing matters like the Covid-19 pandemic.

NKECHI BLESSING BREAKS DOWN ON SET, PRESENTLY HOSPITALIZED

Nollywood actress Nkechi Blessing has broken down on the set of a movie.

The 31-year-old in an Instagram post explained how her body had been giving her signs which she ignored.

She said she was on the set of Amerah.

In the video she posted, it showed that she was on drip.

“My body kept giving me diff signs from day one of shoot,But I kept on pushing,One mind kept saying NBS Rest ooo problem no Dey finish,I say Never I will Rest after this shoot,” she wrote on Monday.

“Then Boom from no where NBS broke down @seanbeautyplace and @ademolatajibola went in search of a nurse,then this happened Anyways Thank God for life Cus I feel stronger this morning,Fam there is a really Thin line Btwn life and Death ooo.”

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Amerah stars actors such as Mide Martins, Adedimeji Lateef, Taiwo Hassan, among others.

Nkechi on November 24 discontinued the use of herbal drink after her weight reduced drastically.

INTELLIGENCE UNIT ARREST EX-PENSION SCHEME BOSS IN NIGER REPUBLIC

Operatives of intelligence service in a collaboration with men of anti-corruption agency in Nigeria on Monday evening, arrested Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina, in town Niger Republic.



A top intelligence officer said that the arrest was made possible due to an existing mutual relationship and security agreement between the two neighbouring countries. 

Maina, a former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), is facing a 12-count money laundering charge levelled against him and a firm by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). 

EFCC, alleged that Maina, as Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, used the account of the firm for money laundering to the tune of about N2 billion, part of which he used to acquire landed properties in Abuja. 

He however, has not been attending trial since the September 29, 2020 proceedings, a development that prompted Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court to order Senator Ali Ndume’s remand last Monday. 

But the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday granted bail to the Borno South Senator, over his suretyship for Maina, believed to have jumped bail. Justice Abang, in a ruling, said he chose to grant the senator bail based on his record of good behaviour before the court, notwithstanding that the other grounds of his bail application failed. 

The judge granted bail to the senator pending the hearing and determination of Ndume’s appeal filed at the Court of Appeal to challenge Monday’s order sending him to jail for his inability to produce the fleeing Maina.