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“The Controller-General of NCoS, Mr Ja’afaru Ahmed, assures the public that the service will ensure the safety and humane containment of inmates in our custody,” he said.

NCoS to train inmates on modern garment, shoe making

The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) is set to expand the frontier of vocational skills acquisition for inmates in shoes, garments and leather works.
The Kayode Fayemi administration in Ekiti State says it has defrayed inherited debts to the tune of 31 billion naira since assumption of office.

Ekiti launches solar-powered refrigerators for storage of coronavirus vaccines

In what could be described as a proactive move to prepare for the planned COVID-19 vaccines promised by the Federal Government, Ekiti State has acquired 187 solar-powered cold chain refrigerators for vaccine storage for its primary healthcare centres in the 177 wards of the state.
FILE PHOTO - Shoppers are seen walking past a John Lewis store, following the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, in London, Britain July 1, 2020. REUTERS-Toby Melville

Britain’s John Lewis suspends click & collect due to coronavirus

British retailer the John Lewis Partnership said on Tuesday it would temporarily suspend click & collect services based within its department stores to remove reasons for non-essential travel during the current COVID-19 lockdown.

Telegraph: Britain to tighten laws on imports linked to alleged Chinese human rights abuses

Britain will tighten the law on importing goods linked to alleged human rights abuses in China as ministers take a tougher stance on Beijing, The Telegraph reported on Monday.
Prof Chris Whitty has described outdoor scenarios that could increase the risk of transmitting COVID-19. (Tolga Akmen-pool-AFP via Getty Images)

Most dangerous time of coronavirus pandemic yet to come in UK – medical chief

The most dangerous time of the coronavirus pandemic in Britain is yet to come before vaccine rollout has an impact, Chief Medical Officer for England, Chris Whitty, warned Monday.

Freight forwarders seek special loan scheme for expansion

Nwabunike said the association was looking forward to interfacing stronger with the Federal Ministry of Finance, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Bank of Industry (BoI) on the need for a special loan scheme to help logistics firms in expanding and maintaining fleet of heavy duty and lighter vehicles required beyond coverage of train services.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the PTF on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, who raised the concern on Thursday during the daily press briefing by the task force in Abuja.

Nigerian government blames states for low coronavirus testing

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha, said this on Tuesday in Abuja at the joint national briefing on the taskforce.
Legendary French fashion designer Pierre Cardin has died at the age of 98, France's Fine Arts Academy announced on Tuesday in a statement on Twitter.

Pierre Cardin, father of fashion branding, dies at 98

French couturier Pierre Cardin, who made his name by selling designer clothes to the masses and his fortune by being the first to exploit the name as a brand for selling everything from cars to perfume, is dead.
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Friday, swore in three new Customary Court of Appeal Judges for the state.

Yuletide: Governor Okowa urges completion of Second Niger Bridge to check congestion

The Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has appealed to the federal government to expedite action on the completion of the Second Niger Bridge in order to decongest the high volume of vehicular traffic at the Asaba and Onitsha ends of the old Niger Bridge, which has continued to be a source of headache to travelers.
The House of Representatives on Tuesday reprimanded the Minister of Foreign Affairs, for the continuing maltreatment of Nigerians in the Diaspora.

House of Reps move to avert hikes in transport fares during yuletide

The House of Representatives has passed a motion to bar transportation workers from raising fares for commuters during the Christmas and New Year period.
Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Abdulahi Gana Mohammadu, on Friday in his office received Covid 19 testing equipment (Polymerase chain reaction CPR machines) and personal protective equipment which he ordered for, to help fight coronavirus.

NSCDC receives coronavirus testing equipment

The Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Abdulahi Gana Mohammadu, on Friday in his office received Covid 19 testing equipment (Polymerase chain reaction CPR machines) and personal protective equipment which he ordered for, to help fight novel coronavirus.
Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Saad Abubakar, has expressed concern over the spate of insecurity currently ravaging most parts of northern Nigeria.

Sultan is set to honour former Kogi Governor Ibrahim Idris

Businessman and former Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris has been pencilled down for turbaning as the Jakadan Sokoto (Ambassador), by the Sultanate Council.

Afe Babalola: New constitution the panacea to growing insecurity

Against the backdrop of the growing insecurity across the country, the founder of Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Aare Afe Babalola has told President Muhammadu Buhari that the nation would only overcome the challenge and others with a new constitution that will capture the agitation of many Nigerians.
Vials labelled COVID-19 Coronavirus-Vaccine and medical syringe are placed on the European Union map in this picture illustration taken December 2, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration

Coronavirus: Scientists optimistic about vaccines for all

Scientists developing COVID-19 vaccines are optimistic that by the end of next year, all people everywhere will have access to safe and effective treatments against a disease which has disrupted the entire planet.
United Nations (UN) has revealed that not less than 110 civilians were killed by Boko Haram in the attack on a rice field in Borno State.

Message from the dead Borno farmers

That the slain Borno farmers did not get military clearance is an inconvenient truth, but the real error of judgement was taking the government at its word. In his inaugural speech on May 29, 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the military chiefs – the same military chiefs there today – to relocate to the North East, the main theatre in the war on Boko Haram.
The President of the Transition in Mali, Bah N’Daw, on Monday announced drastic measures to break the chain of contamination of COVID-19, which is gaining ground in the country.

Coronavirus: Mali introduces drastic measures

The President of the Transition in Mali, Bah N’Daw, on Monday announced drastic measures to break the chain of contamination of COVID-19, which is gaining ground in the country.
The seven-man panel set up by Lagos State Government to probe police brutality cases in the state. (My celebrity and I)

#EndSARS: Lagos panel faults police over ‘delay tactics’

Doris Okuwobi, a retired judge heading the Lagos State Judicial Panel on Inquiry, on Tuesday expressed anger at the excuses and delays of the police in handling the cases of police abuse and brutality brought before the panel.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, last year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, launched a military campaign against the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) on 4 November, accusing its forces of attacking two federal military camps in the region and the party of defying his government and seeking to destabilise it.

Ethiopia’s PM savours victory, Tigrayan leader says war not finished

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed lauded his troops on Monday for ousting a rebellious northern movement, but the leader of Tigrayan forces said they were still resisting amid fears of a protracted guerrilla conflict.

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The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Lecturer found dead with bullet wounds in Ebonyi

A lecturer with the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi State, Mr Kyrian Nwoke, has been murdered by unknown assailants.
Amnesty International is calling for Ugandan officials to lift bans on social media imposed ahead of Thursday’s election.

Rights group urges lifting Ugandan social media ban

“It is alarming that the Ugandan authorities have suspended social media networks including Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp and restricted people’s right to freedom of expression and access to information,” said Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International's Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, in a press release.
The US has blacklisted two Iranian foundations controlled by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and their subsidiaries, saying the institutions enabled Iran’s elite to sustain a “corrupt” system of ownership over large parts of the economy.

US slaps sanctions on two foundations linked to Iranian supreme leader

The United States on Wednesday blacklisted two Iranian foundations controlled by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and their subsidiaries, saying the institutions enabled Iran’s elite to sustain a “corrupt” system of ownership over large parts of the economy.

Abuja chamber welcomes FCT tax harmonisation

Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has welcomed the plan by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Alhaji Muhammad Bello to harmonise tax policies within the territory in order end multiple taxations on by businesses in the territory.
Iranian health officials have warned that high levels of pollution will exacerbate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, which has already caused more deaths in Iran than in any other country in the Middle East [Majid Asgaripour-Reuters]

Iran’s smog, blackouts made worse by power-sapping crypto mining

Cities across Iran have been cloaked in thick layers of toxic smog and darkened by blackouts, as the alleged use of low-quality fuel and power-sucking cryptocurrency mining deepen the country’s hardships.