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Sen. Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) signs on to the Pennsylvania objection in the House Chamber. WIN MCNAMEE-GETTY IMAGES

Electoral vote objections delay Joe Biden certification in US Congress

Republican lawmakers early Thursday objected to counting Pennsylvania’s electors, further delaying the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory after the House and Senate rejected an earlier challenge to his win in Arizona.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday bestowed the national honour of “The Order of Friendship” on Prof. Benedict Oramah, President of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) in Moscow.

Afreximbank expands trade finance intermediary initiative, lists eight Nigerian banks

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has increased the number of its trade finance intermediaries (TFIs) to more than 65 in 30 African countries.
African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)

Afreximbank expands trade finance intermediary initiative

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) says it increased its Trade Finance Intermediaries (TFIs) to more than 65 in 30 African countries in 2020 with more to be approved in 2021.

Group Insists ceding 2023 Presidency to South-east zone non-negotiable

A pressure group that covers the interest of the South-east geopolitical zone rose up yesterday from an emergency meeting in Awka, Anambra State insisting that time was long overdue in the interest of equity and justice for power to rotate to their zone in 2023.
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.

Boko Haram: UN Security Council condemns Borno farmers’ killing

The United Nations Security Council has condemned “in the strongest terms” the terrorist killing of 43 farmers in Borno State on Saturday.
Women’s Right Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) has urged the Federal Government to take the protection of human rights at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps seriously, especially as it concerns women.

LEDAP: 1.17 million women, over 500,000 girls displaced in Nigeria

Center for Reproductive Rights and Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) has said that out of the 2.2 million Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs in Nigeria, 1.17 million are women while 510,555 are girls of reproductive age.
OPEC and its oil allies reached agreement Sunday to cut global production by 9.7 million barrels a day starting May 1, to shore up the world price in the face of a significant drop in the demand for oil because of the coronavirus pandemic.

President Buhari asks OPEC to consider population on oil cuts

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to consider the weight of the responsibility of Nigeria with “200 million people, with severe deficit in infrastructure” when sharing oil production cuts.
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, said the Federal Government would engage the services of members of the National Youth Service Corps to champion the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 at the grassroots.2

President Buhari: Nigeria has 200m poor people

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday admitted that Nigeria has 200 million poor people and asked the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to consider this when sharing production cuts.
Briefing State House Correspondents on Wednesday after the virtual FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fasola, and Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, gave breakdowns of the approvals.

President Buhari seeks better deal on OPEC quota

President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to consider Nigeria’s huge population size and physical development deficits when sharing oil production cuts.
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has disclosed that the US$50 million University of Transportation, Daura, scheduled to take off September next year will be built free of charge by the Chinese government.

Transport ministers from West, Central Africa meet over regional maritime bank

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has met his West and Central Africa counterparts to deliberate on the establishment of a Maritime bank, according to a statement by his Media Assistant, Taiye Elebiyo-Edeni.
Yemi Osinbajo

#EndSARS: Reconstruction must include rebuilding public trust – VP Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has has assured that there would be comprehensive justice for all Nigerians affected by police brutality.
ActionAid Nigeria (AAN)

ActionAid, TUC, Yiaga, others seek domestication of African Charter to strengthen Nigeria’s democracy

Ahead of 2023 generation elections in Nigeria, ActionAid Nigeria, Trade Union Congress, TUC, Yiaga Africa and others seek domestication of the African Charter on Democracy, Election and Governance, ACDEG, to Nigeria’s democratic system.
Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said- “I strongly condemn the recent killings of civilians, including women and children in the North-West of Cameroon on 14 February 2020.”

British lawmakers write Commonwealth over killings in Nigeria

Thirteen members of the House of Lords, United Kingdom, have expressed concern over the killings by Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East and Fulani herdsmen in the Middle Belt region.
Colonel Assimi Goita, leader of Malian military junta, attends the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) consultative meeting in Accra, Ghana September 15, 2020. REUTERS- Francis Kokoroko

ECOWAS Mali deadline unrealistic – experts

Leaders of West African states and Mali's military coup failed to agree on a transfer to civilian rule in talks this week, raising concerns about the political standoff and regional security in that country.
President of the United Nations General Assembly (PGA), Amb. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, on Monday outlined his priorities for the remaining part of his tenure in 2020.

Coronavirus pandemic strengthens friendship – UNGA president

President of the United Nations General Assembly, Amb. Tijani Muhammad-Bande, on Thursday highlighted how the COVID-19 pandemic was strengthening friendships.
But Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has refused to acknowledge that COVID-19 has claimed even one victim in the country of some 9.5 million — despite his own government’s tally, which puts the death above 50 and rising.

Coronavirus doesn’t exist – Belarusian president

Daniil Lipilin is sure his father, Vasil, a 50-year-old paramedic with more than 20 years of experience, died of COVID-19. He says the name of the coronavirus disease is right there on the death certificate.
Russia’s civil aviation agency Rosaviatsiya will halt “regular and charter air travel from Russian airports to airports of foreign states and back,” according to the decree published on the government’s website.

Russia to ground all international flights from midnight

Russia will halt all international flights from midnight on Friday under a government decree listing new measures against the coronavirus outbreak.
Omoyele Sowore

US lawmakers write Nigeria, condemn clampdown on journalists, activists, protesters

Two U.S. lawmakers have written to the Nigerian ambassador in the U.S., Sylvanus Nsofor, over the continuous detention of Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore, and his co-accused, Olawale Bakare.

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A still image taken from video footage shows law enforcement officers speaking with Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny before leading him away at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia January 17, 2021. REUTERS-Reuters TV

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny held in infamous Moscow jail

Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny, detained on Sunday after flying back to Russia for the first time after being poisoned with a nerve agent, is spending his days under strict control in a VIP cell inside one of Moscow’s most infamous jails.
FILE PHOTO: Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador listens to the national anthem as he arrives to address the nation on his second anniversary as president of Mexico, at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, December 1, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Lopez Obrador calls for U.S. to fix immigration status of Mexican migrants

The incoming administration of U.S. President-Elect Joe Biden should give legal immigration status to Mexicans who are currently working in the United States, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday.
Abdullahi Umar Ganduje

Labour chief: Kano governor assured us salaries despite stay-at-home order

Workers in Kano are expressing fears that the state government will tamper with their salary following the stay at home order announced on Monday by the Commissioner for Information, Mal Muhammad Garba, following a rise in the rate of death resulting from COVID 19.

FRSC apprehends 1,686 traffic offenders, impounds 699 vehicles in Oyo

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Oyo State Command, says it apprehended 1,686 road traffic offenders for various offences and impounded 699 vehicles during its special patrol.
Osun State Govenror Adegboyega Oyetola

Osun governor orders commissioners, aides to take compulsory coronavirus test

In its desperate move to manage the second wave of the coronavirus infection, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State has ordered all Commissioners and Special Advisers in the state to take compulsory COVID-19 test to ascertain their status.