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NEWS

  • COVID-19: Ignore fake lockdown alert, PTF tells Nigerians

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has urged Nigerians to disregard a fake fresh lockdown alert in circulation on social media. PTF National Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu, made this known in a short video statement released on Thursday. He said, “We are aware of a fake message on WhatsApp that we’ve declared a lockdown in the country. This is absolutely not true. I call on the Nigerian public to please ignore this message and continue with normal activities.

There have been concerns regarding a fresh lockdown as the country battles the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. But Aliyu said the government was aware of the economic implication of a fresh lockdown and, therefore, urged Nigerians to adhere to all guidelines to curb the spread of the disease.

  • Muslim forum threatens Kukah

There was a new twist to the lingering crisis between Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese Matthew Kukah and the Muslim Solidarity Forum (MSF), on Tuesday as the Islamic group warned the cleric to “quickly and quietly leave” Sokoto, the seat of the caliphate. MSF said Kukah’s “innuendos and parables” in his speeches were against Islam and its adherents, adding that they were provocative. The threat by the forum came barely 24 hours after Kukah accused the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), the umbrella body of Muslim groups, of inciting violence against him over the Christmas message

The cleric, according to reports had in the message accused the Muhammadu Buhari administration of not living up to expectation due to mounting economic and security challenges confronting the nation. But at a news conference in Sokoto, Sokoto State, the MSF aligned with JNI, accusing Kukah of not only unable to “appreciate in his Muslim hosts or their religion,” but disparaging them with “provocative and uncouth language..” “We therefore call on Kukah to immediately stop his malicious vituperations against Islam and Muslims and tender an unreserved apology to the Muslim ummah or else, quickly and quietly leave the seat of the Caliphate, as he is trying t break the age-long peaceful coexistence between the predominantly Muslim population and their Christian guests.”

  • Presidency Faults Group Asking Bishop Kukah To Leave Sokoto
    The presidency has faulted a group, the Muslim Solidarity Forum, over a threat it issued to the bishop of Sokoto diocese, Most Rev Matthew Hassan Kukah, to tender an apology over a recent comment credited to him or leave the state.

In a statement signed on Wednesday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President, (Media & Publicity), Garba Shehu, the presidency described the situation as an assault on the cleric’s freedom. The presidency also declared that Bishop Kukah must be allowed to practice his faith and politics, describing the stance by the Muslim solidarity forum as wrong and not in line with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

  • No harm must befall Bishop Kukah – CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria has cautioned those threatening the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Dr Matthew Kukah, to stop their “unlawful” actions and also asked the security agencies to ensure the safety and security of the cleric. The organization made this known in a press statement by its General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, on Thursday. It had earlier been reported that the Sokoto-based group asked Kukah to vacate the state or tender an apology over his comments on Islam.

Part of the statement read: “If criticism against a Muslim President today, is an incitement to violence against Islam, it then means those who were criticizing the duo of former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan when they were in power were actually attacking Christianity. “When has it become an offense to speak the truth to power? When has it become a crime to criticize a government in the country?

  • NIN deadline stands, as NCC awaits govt’s advice

The Nigerian Communications Commission on Wednesday said it was awaiting the advice of the Federal Government as regards the deadline for the integration of Subscriber Identification Modules with valid National Identity Numbers.
It also stated that the earlier announced deadlines were still in force despite the clamour for extension or outright suspension of the registration process.

Calls for deadline extension were mainly due to the large crowds that gather daily at the various offices of the National Identity Management Commission.
The Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Ikechukwu Adinde, told newsmen in Abuja that no deadline extension had been approved.

  • Oyo’s allocation inadequate, we will get additional vaccines – State govt

The Oyo State Government said vaccine doses allocated to the state by the Federal Government were not inadequate. The state Governor, Seyi Makinde, said alternative provisions would be made for additional vaccines to be procured for the state.

The governor who spoke to newsmen through his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, said, that the number of vaccines that is projected to be given to Oyo is grossly inadequate and that the state is going to make alternative arrangements. “The state would talk to alternative manufacturers of vaccines and make direct procurement where possible. With 1,800 vaccines, if a person is injected with two dozes, only 900 people would get. When you look at this in consideration of the population of Oyo State, what percentage would that be? That is why the state needs to open discussion with other manufacturers of certified vaccines.”

  • #EndSARS: Court stops suit against Sam Adeyemi, Davido, others

A High Court in the Federal Capital Territory has ordered a Magistrate, Omolola Akindele, to immediately halt proceedings and stay action in a criminal complaint filed by one Kenechukwu Okeke, against 50 persons who supported the #EndSARS protests. Justice Bello Kawu also restrained the Nigeria Police Force from arresting or taking any action against the #EndSARS activists.

The magistrate had ordered the Commissioner of Police in the FCT to launch an investigation into the 50 notable persons who promoted the #EndSARS movement. Some of the notable persons include the Senior Pastor, Daystar Christian Centre, Sam Adeyemi; Musician Damini Ogulu aka Burna Boy, David Adeleke otherwise known as Davido, Folarin Falana popularly known as Falz; and activist Deji Adeyanju. Adeyanju subsequently filed an application before the FCT High Court seeking a judicial review of the substantive matter before the magistrate.

POLITICS

  • Ezekwesili, others seek change in Nigeria’s politics, governance

A former Minister of Education, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, has called for a paradigm shift in Nigeria’s leadership and political system. Ezekwesili, at the inauguration of the School of Policy, Politics and Governance held virtually on Thursday, advocated a change in the way the country is governed. She said: The political class in Africa has a dominant political culture that subordinates the common good of society to the personal and narrow interest of those who have the opportunity to lead and that is what we are trying to change.

The acting Director-General of the school, Dr Alero Ayida-Otobo, said the SPPG was one of the three pillars of the #FixPolitics initiative. The Executive Director of the #FixPolitics initiative, Mr Anthony Ubani, the school was birthed to serve as a massive base and pipeline producing a new and disruptive thinking political class who will listen and serve the new class of citizens who know their rights.

  • Northern elders, Kukah, Obi, others warn of another civil war

A former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi; the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah and the Northern Elders Forum said on Thursday that Nigeria was repeating its mistakes that led to the civil war which lasted from July 6, 1967 to January 15, 1970. Speaking at a webinar, they cautioned that unless something urgent was done, the aftermath of the ongoing injustice, poor governance and leadership failure in the country would be worse than what was experienced during the civil war.

Kukah, who was the keynote speaker, explained that Nigeria had yet to learn any lesson from the civil war, adding that the frustration and feeling of injustice by a section of the country after the war were still rife till today despite Gowon’s ‘No victor, no vanquished’ statement. At the conference, Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, said the problem of the country was the constitution, adding that the injustice in the system had been fuelled by the President, whom he said ensured that northerners dominate key institutions in the country at the detriment of other regions.

Also speaking, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, said the elite had failed the country, adding that it was ironical to have elite in a society that has no potable water for its people, no good roads, good schools and criminals were busy killing people.

  • Ondo Poll: Court Dismisses Suit Challenging Akeredolu’s Validity To Contest APC Primaries

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday dismissed a suit challenging the validity of the primary election that produced Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu as the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the 2020 election in Ondo State. In a judgment delivered by Justice Iyang Ekwo, the court held that the suit instituted by Olajumoke Anifowose was statute-barred having been filed outside the 14 days allowed by law for a pre-election matter.

Justice Ekwo, while dismissing the suit, noted that Mr. Akeredolu was nominated by the APC on the 20th of July 2020 and the plaintiffs filed the suit on the 29th of the same month which fell within 14 days required by law but the suit became incompetent due to the withdrawal of the initial originating summons and its substitution on the 20th of August 2020.

  • National Assembly proposes N10bn as presidential candidate’s election spending

The Joint Senate and House of Representatives Committees on the Independent National Electoral Commission and Electoral Matters, has proposed an extension to the tenure of Local Government Chairmen, in the Federal Capital Territory, from three to four years. The committees equally proposed an upward review of the amount to be spent by candidates seeking elective public office to N10bn.

Newsmen also learned in Abuja, on Wednesday, that the panel also recommended that other elected officials of the six area councils which make up the FCT should equally benefit from the proposed amendment. These proposals are contained in recommended amendments to the Electoral Act, which the committee is prepared to submit before Senators and House of Reps members for consideration and approval later this month. When contacted, the Chairman, Senate Committee on the INEC, Senator Kabiru Gaya, confirmed this development, in an interview with newsmen.

  • INEC Distributes Electoral Materials In Kano Ahead Of LG Polls

The Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) says it has concluded the distribution of sensitive and non-sensitive election materials to its offices in the 44 LGAs. Chairman of the Commission, Professor Garba Ibrahim Sheka, confirmed this to newsmen on Friday in Kano, ahead of the local government elections on Saturday.

He said this would facilitate the commencement of the voting process on time and enable them to deal with any shortage of election materials on time.
According to him, the Commission is working in collaboration with the police and security agencies to ensure a peaceful conduct of the election. While reiterating commitment to a free, fair and credible election, the Chairman urged the voters to cooperate with election workers, observe social distancing and conduct themselves in an orderly manner during the election.

ECONOMY

  • Failure To Recover Over N4.4tn Debt Bad For Economy – AMCON

The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has called on all agencies of the Federal Government and all stakeholders to join its debt recovery drive as the company hopes to secure an outstanding N4.4trillion.
AMCON in a statement issued on Sunday noted that a failure to recover the debt would further worsen the nation’s economy.

According to the agency, the N4.4trillion is bigger than the entire 2021 capital expenditure budget of the Federal Government, which stands at N3.85trillion. If recovered, the agency believes that the money can go a long way in reviving the iron and steel sectors, as well as improving electricity in the country. It also believes that this would involve the employment of more manpower which in turn would reduce the crime rate in the country.

  • Govt forecloses petrol, electricity subsidies

The Federal Government is not subsiding Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol and has no plan to do so, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, said on Tuesday. She also stated that the government did not make any provision for electricity subsidy in 2021 and would not subsidise power.

The minister stated that the government would hold the unclaimed dividends of investors in the stock market in trust and would make the fund available when needed by an investor. “On the issue of unclaimed dividends and government’s accounts and projections, there would be as much as N850bn to be realised into the special trust fund of unclaimed dividends,” she said.

  • Nigeria’s daily oil production sinks to 1.17 million barrels

Crude oil production in Nigeria tumbled by 155,000 barrels to a record low in December amid the production cuts by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies. OPEC disclosed this on Thursday in its report for January, saying a meaningful rise in oil prices would brighten Nigeria’s economic outlook this year. The report showed that the country’s oil production fell to 1.17 million barrels per day in December 2020, from 1.33 million bpd in November, based on direct communication.

“In the meantime, a meaningful rise in oil prices following the recent DoC (Declaration of Cooperation) decisions along with a positive trajectory from COVID-19 vaccines would brighten the 2021 outlook and lay the groundwork for a hopeful medium-term real GDP expansion,” it said. The group said oil demand was estimated to have improved toward the end of 2020, mainly due to successful containment measures in major consuming countries in the region.

  • Nigeria’s inflation soars to 15.75%, highest since 2017

The inflation rate in Nigeria jumped in December to its highest level in more than three years, data released on Friday by the National Bureau of Statistics showed. Inflation stood at 15.75 percent in December, compared with 14.89 percent in November, marking the 16th straight month of increases.

The consumer inflation rate in December was the highest since November 2017, when it stood at 15.90 percent. The NBS said the composite food index rose by 19.56 percent in December from 18.30 percent in November. “This rise in the food index was caused by increases in prices of bread and cereals, potatoes, yam, and other tubers, meat, fruits, vegetable, fish and oils, and fats,” it added.

HEALTH

  • NAFDAC must approve vaccines before use, says DG

The Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, has warned Nigerians not to take any vaccine except the ones approved by the agency. Adeyeye, at a briefing on Friday, said the World Health Organisation’s approval was not enough for the use of the vaccine, except the regulatory agency certifies the vaccine safe for use.

She said: “If a product is already on WHO emergency use listing, the regulatory agency will still look at the application. That doesn’t mean we just pass it like that, we will have to read it within the context of our environment. No vaccine or commodity can be used unless it passes through NAFDAC in Nigeria. “Vaccines should not be ordered by any company or corporation. The companies that manufacture the vaccines if they are genuine companies know they have to submit their application to NAFDAC.

  • Consider poor electricity, storage facilities before purchasing vaccines, PSN urges FG

The President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, has cautioned the Federal Government to consider Nigeria’s storage facilities and situation of electricity before procuring COVID-19 vaccines. He said this in an exclusive interview with newsmen on Thursday. According to him, it is safer for the country to buy vaccines that are suitable for its existing storage facilities.

The Federal Government had last week said it was expecting 100,000 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine before the end of the month. But Ohuabunwa advised the Federal and state governments to consider other alternatives if the government has the choice. The pharmacist cautioned that it would be tough to store vaccines at minus 70 centigrade in Nigeria, recommending Oxford/Astra-Zeneca and Russia’s Sputnik vaccines.

  • Nigeria to receive 10 million vaccine doses in March – Ehanire

Nigeria will receive 10 million doses of coronavirus vaccine in March, Health Minister Osagie Ehanire said in a statement late Thursday. The vaccines add to 100,000 expected doses of Pfizer vaccine, he said.

The statement did not specify which type of vaccine would be used for the 10 million doses. It was also unclear whether the batch would be financed by the African Union or as part of COVAX, which links the World Health Organization with private partners to work for pooled procurement and equitable distribution.

  • NMA laments increased Covid infections among health workers

The Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association has expressed concern over the increase in the rate of COVID- 19 infections among health workers in the state. The state chairman and secretary of the association, Dr. Adetunji Adenekan and Dr. Ime Okon, in a joint statement on Thursday, advised doctors in the state to be more safety-conscious. There has been an increased rate of infections (morbidity) and deaths (mortality) of our most cherished members of the NMA, Lagos chapter.

“It is with a heavy heart that our most affectionate chairman on behalf of the state officers committee of the NMA, Lagos State, wishes to commiserate with the families of our members who have succumbed to the COVID-19 disease at this precarious time in Lagos State. “We also emphasize the need for a very high index of suspicion among health care practitioners and providers, particularly during this unpredictable second wave in the state. Consider everyone as a suspected COVID-19 case, and ensure universal precautions always,” the statement partly read.

  • Cholera: Know water sources, Benue advises residents

Following the outbreak of cholera in two local government areas of Benue State, the government has directed people living in the river banks to be sure of the sources of water they use and stop using contaminated water. No fewer than 14 persons were reported to have died of cholera in Guma and Agatu Local Government Areas of the state.

The state Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Joseph Ngbea, who advised residents living at the river banks, also appealed to people of the state to be wary of contaminated water.

EDUCATION

  • FG bans assemblies, overcrowding, as schools resume Monday

The Federal Government, on Thursday, banned overcrowding and large gatherings such as assemblies and visiting days, as schools reopen on Monday. It also put limitations to class sizes and hostel occupancy and asked the schools to ensure compulsory wearing of face masks by all students, teachers, and workers, as well ensure temperature checks and put hand washing facilities in strategic locations in all schools. It also asked the school authorities to ensure a constant supply of water and sanitizers, etc.

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, gave the conditions in a statement by the Director of Press in the Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Bem Goong. According to him, the decision to maintain the resumption date is the aftermath of “extensive consultation with relevant stakeholders, including state governors, commissioners of education, proprietors and heads of institutions, staff unions, and students.”

  • Schools are not drivers of COVID-19 pandemic –UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund says the closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic will impact negatively on the development, safety, and wellbeing of children globally, noting that schools are not drivers of the viral disease. UNICEF also warned that the effects of closing school for another year will be felt for generations to come.

The agency in a statement on Tuesday maintained that despite overwhelming evidence that schools were not drivers of the pandemic, steps have been taken to ensure that they remained shut. The UN agency noted that the number of out-of-school children is set to rise by 24 million to a level not yet seen in years and to a level it has fought so hard to overcome.

  • Professor Damola Oke appointed acting LASU VC

The Senate of the Lagos State University has appointed Damola Oke as the acting vice-chancellor of the institution. Before his appointment, Oke was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration of LASU. He was appointed at the emergency senate meeting held on Monday.

Following the expiration of the tenure of Fagbohun, today, a joint Selection Committee of the Senate and Council was earlier set up by the university to interview candidates for the position. More than 18 Professors from about 10 universities applied for the job. But there was controversy over the qualification of some candidates selected to replace Fagbohun.

  • JAMB to prosecute offenders of admissions process

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board says it will work with security agencies to prosecute any institution or candidate found breaching its admission’s code of operations. The board announced this in its latest Weekly Bulletin made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja.

It said: henceforth, stringent measures, including prosecution, would be taken against erring candidates or institutions once a prima facie case has been established against them. The decision, the board explained, is part of its resolution after the management meeting on the importance of ridding the admissions process of unwholesome practices. JAMB’s Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, was quoted as saying that measures were being put in place to curb admission infractions.

  • Why We Are Against Re-Opening Of Universities Amid Pandemic – ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Tuesday insisted Nigerian universities are not ready to re-open in the middle of a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The National Universities Commission (NUC) had earlier directed universities to resume academic activities on January 18. But ASUU is asking the federal government to review the decision, as more COVID-19 cases continue to be reported across the country

“Our concern is rooted in the safety of our members,” ASUU’s National President, Biodun Ogunyemi said . “What happens to congested hostels, crowded classrooms? What flexible arrangements are in place? It is a situation of emergency. I’m not sure the Universities can cope. When asked if e-learning was an option for universities, the ASUU President said the necessary infrastructure was not in place.

  • Nigerian Govt To Review Resumption Date For Schools, Says Education Minister

The Nigerian government says it is currently reviewing the January 18 resumption date for schools across the country, following the rise in COVID-19 cases. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, stated this on Monday at the resumed briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

WORLD

  • COVID-19: UK To Close All Travel Corridors From Monday

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said the country will close all travel corridors from Monday as part of efforts to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus. According to the BBC, travel corridors were introduced in the summer to allow people travelling from some countries with low numbers of COVID-19 cases to come to the UK without having to quarantine on arrival.

The closure now means anyone flying into the country from overseas will have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before setting off. The UK has been one of the hardest-hit countries by the pandemic, with over 84,000 people already dead. The government imposed partial lockdowns on England in November as the government raced to curb spiking infections, while there were also restrictions in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

  • US President, Donald Trump Impeached For Second Time

Donald Trump became the first US president in history to be impeached twice when the House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to charge him with inciting last week’s mob attack on Congress. The Senate will not hold a trial before January 20, when Democrat Joe Biden assumes the presidency, meaning the real estate tycoon will escape the risk of being forced to leave early. He will, however, depart in disgrace — and likely due to face a Senate trial later.

The only question in the House had been how many Republicans would join the Democratic majority. In the end, 10 Republicans broke ranks, including the party’s number three in the House, Representative Liz Cheney. Holed up in the White House, Trump had no immediate reaction but he earlier issued a brief statement insisting that he opposed violence among his supporters.

“In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be no violence, no lawbreaking and no vandalism of any kind. That is not what I stand for,” he said. “I call on all Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers. Thank You.” Reflecting the fear of upheaval, armed National Guards deployed across the capital and central streets were blocked to traffic.

  • Biden Urged To Renounce Sole Control Of US Nuclear Weapons

A former US defense secretary has called on President-elect Joe Biden to reform the system that gives sole control of the nation’s nuclear arsenal to the president, calling it “outdated, unnecessary and extremely dangerous.”
The call from William Perry came the same day US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke with the nation’s top military leader about ensuring that an “unhinged” President Donald Trump not be able to launch a nuclear attack in his final days in office.

“Once in office, Biden should announce he would share authority to use nuclear weapons with a select group in Congress,” said Perry, who served under President Bill Clinton. They said Biden, who takes office January 20, should also declare that the United States will never start a nuclear war and would use the bomb only in retaliation.

  • WHO Team Arrives In Wuhan For Virus Investigation

A team of experts from the World Health Organization arrived in Wuhan Thursday to probe the origins of the coronavirus more than a year after it emerged, as China reported its first death from COVID-19 in eight months. The 10 scientists landed for their much-delayed mission, met by Chinese officials in hazmat suits and given throat swabs on arrival, and were whisked to a hotel where they must complete a two-week quarantine before starting their work.

The virus was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019 and has since billowed out across the world killing nearly two million people so far, infecting tens of millions and eviscerating the global economy. The WHO says establishing the pathway of the virus from animals to humans is essential to preventing future outbreaks.

ENTERTAINMENT

  • Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez to perform at Biden inauguration

Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez will take the stage at US President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony in Washington next week alongside others in what his transition team said would showcase a diverse America. The two will perform at the January 20 event for the incoming 46th US president, which will also feature remarks from a black firefighter from Georgia, a former Youth Poet Laureate, a Catholic priest, and a pastor from Biden’s hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.

Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem and Lopez will give a musical performance. “They represent one clear picture of the grand diversity of our great nation,” his team said in a statement on Thursday. The presenters reflect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ “steadfast vision of a new chapter in our American story in which we are an America united in overcoming the deep divisions and challenges facing our people, unifying the country, and restoring the soul of our nation,” it added.

  • American celebrities Michael B. Jordan, Lori Harvey reveal they are dating

After months of dating rumours, American stars, Michael B. Jordan and Lori Harvey have confirmed their romance! The pair made their relationship official on Sunday, sharing romantic photos on Instagram. Jordan, who has been private about his love life, was first to share a pic on his Instagram. The 33-year-old actor cuddled up with Harvey in one snap, before gazing into her eyes in another. He tagged Harvey in the pics, as well as photographer Leo Volcy.

Harvey who was adopted by Steve Harvey following his 2007 marriage to her mom, Marjorie Bridges shared her post a few minutes later, which included polaroids of herself and Jordan. She captioned the post with a brown heart emoji. It’s been an exciting time for Jordan, who is the reigning Sexiest Man Alive. His Creed co-star, Tessa Thompson, also recently revealed he’ll be directing the upcoming third instalment in the series.

  • American music mogul Diddy’s home burgled

The house of popular American music mogul, Sean Combs popularly known as Diddy, has been burgled. The L.A. home he owns where his late soulmate, Kim Porter, died was hit by burglars. According to TMZ, law enforcement sources said someone pried open a side door and entered the rapper’s Toluca Lake home, triggering the security system.

The publication reported that a caretaker discovered the break-in and it was clear someone rummaged through the house. However, policemen took a burglary report and someone from Diddy’s family will have to take a look around to see if anything is missing.

  • Trump will be remembered as worst president in history- American actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger

American actor and former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has declared Donald Trump the “worst president ever” as he compared the Capitol riots to the Night of Broken Glass. “Wednesday was the Day of Broken Glass right here in the United States but the mob did not just shatter the windows of the Capitol. They shattered the ideas we took for granted [and] trampled the very principles on which our country was founded,” he said. He warned that Americans must be “aware of the dire consequences of selfishness and cynicism”.

He further said: “President Trump is a failed leader, “He sought a coup by misleading people with lies,”. He will go down in history as the worst president ever. He further criticised those in the Republican party, of which he is a member, who “enabled [Trump’s] lies and his treachery”. He concluded the video by wishing Biden “great success” when he takes office.

SPORTS

  • Golden Eaglets Qualify For WAFU Final, Seal U-17 AFCON Spot

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets have qualified for the final of the WAFU U-17 tournament in Lome, Togo, following a 1-0 win over Group A winners Burkina Faso at the Stade Kegue. The victory means the Golden Eaglets are now not only eligible to battle for the trophy on Wednesday, but have also booked their place for the 2021 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for 13th – 31st March this year in Morocco.

Michael Emmanuel Papo gave Nigeria, who also won the African championship in 2001 and 2007, the crucial ticket with his 77th-minute goal, with the Burkinabes unable to respond until the final whistle. Nigeria’s opponents in Wednesday’s final will be the winner of Friday’s second semi final clash between Cote d’Ivoire and Niger Republic. The venue for the final match will be Togo’s main stadium, the Stade Kegue.

  • Man United legend Rooney appointed Derby coach

Wayne Rooney has been appointed as Derby’s coach on a permanent basis, the Championship club announced on Friday.

Derby confirmed the 35-year-old former Manchester United and England forward had agreed a permanent deal until 2023, having succeeded Phillip Cocu on an interim basis in November. The club statement confirmed that in accepting the manager’s role, Rooney had “elected to call time on his illustrious playing career to fully focus on his job”.

  • COVID-19: Nigeria Women Football League Postpone Week Five Games

The board of the Nigeria Women Football League have announced the postponement of Week five matches to attend to the issue of collation and validation of COVID-19 test being conducted by the premiership clubs. The NWFL secretariat confirmed that the clubs have failed to meet up with the directives on COVID-19 test for players and team officials.

The postponement of the league by one week is due to the tasking process of collation and validation. Because of this, the board of the NWFL found imperative to postpone the Week 5 matches to allow the Secretariat to complete their job on the ongoing Covid-19 test on clubs concerned. The postponed Week 5 matches will be played on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

  • Osimhen positive after second COVID-19 test

Napoli have confirmed that record-signing Victor Osimhen remains positive for COVID-19 after a fresh coronavirus test was conducted on him on Monday.
The Italian club stated this on their Twitter handle. Osimhen first tested positive for COVID-19 upon return to Naples on New Year’s Day, after spending time in Nigeria, where he attended a birthday party and breached COVID-19 protocols.

Videos showed the forward dancing without a facemask, while his guests also broke COVID-19 protocols, which angered Napoli manager Gennaro Gattuso and the club’s fans. However, after 10 days in isolation, Napoli announced the player was still positive. Osimhen has already missed a significant number of games this season, having been out of action since suffering a shoulder injury while on international duty with Nigeria last November. The 22-year-old could be out of action for another 10 days.

  • I Am Always Happy When I Win – Pogba

Paul Pogba said he is “always happy” when he is winning after scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory at Burnley that took Manchester United top of the Premier League for the first time in three years on Tuesday. Despite continued speculation over his future, Pogba has played an increasingly important role in recent weeks to aid United’s first serious title challenge since legendary former manager Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men now lead defending champions Liverpool by three points ahead of a top-of-the-table clash between the two most successful sides in English football history at Anfield on Sunday. “I’m always happy when I win,” said Pogba, who has been consistently linked with a move away from Old Trafford at the end of the season.

  • Ighalo eyes MLS move

Odion Ighalo told ESPN he would like to stay at Manchester United beyond the end of the month and revealed he would also be interested in a move to Major League Soccer. Ighalo’s loan from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua is set to end on Jan. 31 after a year at Old Trafford.

He is waiting before making a decision on his next move but has said he would “love” the opportunity to play in the U.S. “Today, I’m in Manchester but at the end of the month, I don’t know where I’m going to be,” Ighalo told ESPN. “If it’s possible I’d like to stay here but if not I have to go.
With the arrival of Edinson Cavani in the summer, it is unlikely United will extend Ighalo’s stay. But if he leaves at the end of the month, the 31-year-old said he will do so having fulfilled his dream of playing for the team he supported as a boy in Lagos.

METRO PLUS

  • FUTO student charged with $11,522 fraud

An undergraduate of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Michael Uwachukwu, has been arraigned before the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, for fraud. Uwachukwu was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission before Justice J.K Omotosho on four counts bordering on impersonation and obtaining money by false pretences. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

According to the EFCC, Uwachukwu, under the guise of being evicted by his landlord, obtained $11,522 from a citizen of the United States of America, Krisha Arsenio. Following his plea, the prosecuting counsel, A. Osu, asked the court for a trial date, while the defence counsel, H .O. Amaefule, orally prayed the court to grant the defendant bail, which was declined by the court.

  • Amotekun operative shoots 21-year-old dead in Ibadan -Police

There was pandemonium in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Thursday, following the alleged killing of a 21-year-old youth, Tosin Thomas, by an officer of the Oyo State Security Network Agency also known as Operation Amotekun. Newsmen gathered that Thomas was hit by the bullet allegedly fired by a member of Amotekun on Wednesday night while going back home from work. It was not clear what led to the shooting.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo State, Mr Olugbenga Fadeyi, confirmed the incident in a statement. “He was rushed to University College Hospital for immediate medical attention and thereafter was confirmed dead by medical personnel. An investigation has commenced into the matter and further development shall unfold.”

  • Bauchi teenage herders arrested for gang rape

Three teenage Fulani herders arrested in Bauchi for allegedly gang-raping a girl whose identity is concealed in Itas/Gadau Local Government Area of the state said they committed the crime because they wanted to experiment what they watched in pornographic videos. The suspects while being paraded at the Police Command headquarters in Bauchi on Wednesday narrated the role they played in committing the crime.

The prime suspect, Mamman Jauro, (15), the eldest amongst them said they only saw their victim in the bush and conspired among themselves to commit the crime. Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi State Command, Ahmed Wakil, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, had told journalists that the suspects allegedly committed the crime on Friday, January 8, 2021. He said that the trio was arrested following a report lodged by the victim and her parents as she was able to identify the suspects.

  • 22 suspects arrested for Bauchi sex party, others

The police in Bauchi State said they had apprehended no fewer than 18 persons, including nine teenagers, for allegedly organizing a sex party in Dass town, Dass Local Government Area of the state. The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Ahmed Wakil, who disclosed this at the command’s headquarters in Bauchi on Wednesday, said the suspects were arrested following the command’s efforts to crack down on criminal activities across the state.

He said: “Based on reliable intelligence that members of a suspected criminal syndicate, Sara Suka, notorious for thuggery, phone-snatching and indecent acts, including sex parties, were terrorizing residents of the state, the Commissioner of Police, Lawan Tanko Jimeta, raised a team of detectives led by the Commander, Rapid Response Squad, who immediately embarked on a round-the-clock operation, which resulted in the arrest of the suspects.

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