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The Ebonyi State Government on Thursday announced the proscription of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the Non-Academic Staff Union and others at the Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki.

ASUU, Ebonyi government bicker over state university shutdown

A meeting to resolve the ongoing impasse between Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Ebonyi Government ended in a deadlock on Tuesday, with either side blaming the other.
Donald Trump has reportedly reverted to “self pity-mode” following his impeachment amid frustration that his Republican allies are failing to defend him.

U.S. actors union to decide whether to expel Donald Trump

SAG-AFTRA, which represents some 160,000 actors, journalists and other media professionals, said in a statement that it had ordered a meeting of its disciplinary committee regarding Trump’s role in the January 6 mob attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Former adviser Steve Bannon (back left) has been granted a pardon by outgoing President Donald Trump according to reports [Kevin Lamarque-Reuters]

Donald Trump pardons Steve Bannon, rapper Lil Wayne

US President Donald Trump has granted a pardon to his disgraced former aide Steve Bannon as part of a wave of pardons and commutations during his final hours in office, White House officials told the Reuters news agency and New York Times newspaper.

CAN, Kukah Centre rap MURIC over call for Bishop Kukah’s ouster from peace committee

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Kukah Centre, on Tuesday, faulted the call for the sacking of Bishop Matthew Kukah of Sokoto Catholic diocese as the Secretary of the National Peace Committee.
MURIC Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, said this in a statement on Monday in Lagos.

MURIC wants Bishop Kukah sacked as national peace committee secretary

The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has called for the sacking of the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah, as the Secretary of National Peace Committee chaired by former Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar.
Chelsea are reportedly to open talks with Bayern Munich star, David Alaba, in the New Year.

David Alaba’s father addresses Real Madrid links as defender nears Bayern Munich exit

David Alaba's father has addressed reports linking the exit-bound Bayern Munich defender with Real Madrid.

Judges accused of taking over ECOWAS Court’s relocation contracts

The proposed relocation of the administrative offices of the ECOWAS Court of Justice to Gudu area of Abuja has been smeared by allegations of graft and abuse of power.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has said that peace and harmony have returned to the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS.

Nigerian government releases N10 billion for domestic coronavirus vaccines production

The Ministry of Finance has released N10 billion to support domestic vaccines production to tackle COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
Former Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Özil, has arrived in Istanbul from London with his family to continue the transfer processes with Turkish football club Fenerbahçe early on January 18.

Mesut Özil now in Istanbul to join Fenerbahçe

Former Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Özil, has arrived in Istanbul from London with his family to continue the transfer processes with Turkish football club Fenerbahçe early on January 18.
A new variant of the coronavirus, which appears to be more transmissible, has been discovered in South Africa and is being blamed for a new surge in Covid-19 cases in the UK.

Health reporters want more coverage on coronavirus

The Association of Nigeria Health Journalists (ANHEJ) has called on journalists to increase their reportage on COVID-19, especially in the face of the second wave of the pandemic.
“I think this matter should be handed to scientists and medical professionals, and not politicians, who lie for their own domestic political ends,” said foreign ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, at a regular press briefing.

China to sanction U.S. officials for ‘nasty’ behaviour over Taiwan

Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the comment in response to a question about U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s decision this month to lift restrictions on contacts between U.S. officials and their Taiwanese counterparts.

Senator Omo-Agege: Bisi Akande a committed patriot

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has described the former governor of Osun state, Chief Bisi Akande, as a committed Nigerian patriot.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Official: Police free eight kidnap victims, arrest four suspects in Zamfara

At a press conference in Gusau on Sunday, the Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, said the police command also recovered 200 rustled cows following its steadfastness in crime fighting.
Conversations about election fraud dropped across several social media sites in the week after President Trump was banned from Twitter, an analytics firm found. (Olivier Douliery-AFP-Getty Images)

Misinformation dropped dramatically the week after Twitter banned Donald Trump

Online misinformation about election fraud plunged 73 percent after several social media sites suspended President Trump and key allies last week, research firm Zignal Labs has found, underscoring the power of tech companies to limit the falsehoods poisoning public debate when they act aggressively.
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US claims Wuhan lab researchers had coronavirus symptoms before first reported cases

The US says it has intelligence that researchers in a Wuhan lab became sick with COVID-19-like symptoms in autumn 2019 - before the first identified case of the outbreak.
Asked about embassy reopenings, Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan told journalists in Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh, on Saturday the issue was just a matter of logistics.

Saudi Arabia to reopen Qatar embassy in coming days

Saudi Arabia expects to reopen its embassy in Doha in the coming days, the kingdom’s foreign minister has said, following an agreement last week that ended a three-year-old dispute between four Arab countries and Qatar.
According to Neil Moxey for the Mirror, Georginio Wijnaldum will reject the last-ditch new contract offer from Liverpool in favour of sealing what’s described as a ‘dream’ move to Barcelona.

Georginio Wijnaldum to reject last-ditch Liverpool contract offer to secure dream free transfer to...

According to Neil Moxey for the Mirror, Georginio Wijnaldum will reject the last-ditch new contract offer from Liverpool in favour of sealing what’s described as a ‘dream’ move to Barcelona.
The management of Club VICTORIA in Lagos has appealed to the Lagos State Government to kindly reconsider the closure of the facility following a violation of the COVID-19 protocols.

Coronavirus regulations: 502 convicted, 32 clubs shut in Lagos

The Lagos State Government has revealed that since the advent of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, 566 persons have been arrested, 502 convicted and 32 clubs and event centres shut for breaching COVID-19 regulations in the state.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it does not want bail for a former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, because he might escape.

Abdulrasheed Maina prays court for bail over deteriorating health

Maina, in a motion on notice dated and filed on Dec. 24, 2020 with charge number: FHC/ABJ/CR/258/19 brought by his lawyer, Anayo Adibe, said the application became necessary over his worsening health condition.
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Kano exempts judicial workers from stay-at-home order

Kano State government has declared the exemption of civil servants in the Judicial sector from the stay at home order.
Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump hold a banner as they march ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Ginza district in Tokyo, Japan January 20, 2021. REUTERS-Issei Kato

Japanese Trump supporters rally in Tokyo ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration

A small group of Japanese fans of Donald Trump took to the streets of Tokyo on Wednesday, shouting support for the outgoing United States president hours before his successor Joe Biden is sworn into office.
“We spend a lot less time talking about and thinking about and worrying about Donald Trump than I think most people assume,” Jen Psaki, who will be the White House press secretary, told CNN.

Jen Psaki: Joe Biden’s inauguration speech’ll not be about Donald Trump

“We spend a lot less time talking about and thinking about and worrying about Donald Trump than I think most people assume,” Jen Psaki, who will be the White House press secretary, told CNN.
FILE PHOTO: Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden arrives to speak about modernizing infrastructure and his plans for tackling climate change during a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., July 14, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

How world leaders are reacting to Joe Biden’s inauguration

“I look forward to working with him (Biden), and with his new administration, strengthening the partnership between our countries and working on our shared priorities: from tackling climate change, building back better from the pandemic and strengthening our transatlantic security.”