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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.

SGF: PTF facing challenges over coronavirus second wave

The effort to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the country is going through a challenging time because of the second wave of the virus, the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the pandemic and Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, has said.
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) administration has raised alarm over rising cases of insecurity and vandalism in the territory. Abuja

Coronavirus: FCT threatens to shut markets, malls

The FCT Administration has told shop owners to choose between complying with COVID-19 guidelines or having their business premises shut as part of measures to contain the pandemic.
Eden Hazard will make his comeback from injury as Real Madrid face Elche on Wednesday, Zinedine Zidane has confirmed.

Zinedine Zidane: Eden Hazard to return from injury for Real Madrid against Elche

Hazard only managed 22 appearances last season and, while there have been flashes of brilliance, the 29-year-old has failed to replicate the form which earned him his €100 million (£88m/$112m) move from Chelsea in 2019.
Britain’s government needs to bring in tighter coronavirus lockdown rules to avert a fresh wave of deaths from a new strain of the disease, a leading epidemiologist and government adviser warns.

UK needs tighter coronavirus rules to avert catastrophe – epidemiologist

Britain’s government needs to bring in tighter coronavirus lockdown rules to avert a fresh wave of deaths from a new strain of the disease, a leading epidemiologist and government adviser warns.
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has pledged to collaborate with the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) to find practical solutions to insecurity confronting the country.

House of Reps member petitions army over ‘unlawful dismissal’ of soldiers from Ebonyi

Ogah however, used the occasion to intimate them on his activities for the one year he has been in office as their representative in the National Assembly, saying that he had submitted petition against the dismissal of policemen from Ebonyi state for no cogent reason by the Nigeria Police Force and that the dismissed Policemen have all been reinstated.
Jean-Pierre Papin has lauded Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema as the best of his generation.

Jean-Pierre Papin: Karim Benzema is the best striker of his generation

The Frenchman has found the net 261 times in 531 appearances for the Blancos, winning 18 trophies including three La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns.

Tiv Youth Council raps Bishop Kukah over comment against President Buhari

Tiv Youth Council Worldwide, a pressure group, has faulted Bishop Matthew Kukah’s call for military coup against President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, urging security agencies to question him over the statement.
Tony Pulis has been sacked as Sheffield Wednesday manager after 10 matches in charge with the club next to bottom of the Championship.

Sheffield Wednesday sack Tony Pulis after just 10 games

Tony Pulis has been sacked as Sheffield Wednesday manager after 10 matches in charge with the club next to bottom of the Championship.
Mason Mount and Declan Rice played five-a-side in London on Sunday. Joe Toth-BPI-Shutterstock

West Ham captain urging Declan Rice to ignore Chelsea, Manchester United interest

"He's still learning his trade, he'll get much better with experience. I'm hoping it's here [at West Ham] but in this game you never know," Noble told talkSPORT.
As total coronavirus infections in Nigeria hit 24,077, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC has warned against abandoning face masks in favour of face shields.

Nigeria records 397 new coronavirus infections, 10 deaths

The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) has registered 397 new infections of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.
Debt Management Office (DMO)

Nigerian government borrows over N2 trillion from bond investors in 2020

Leveraging on excess liquidity that persisted in the banking system and the near zero yields on treasury bills (TBs), the Federal Government, through the Debt Management Office (DMO), raised N2.1 trillion from investors in its monthly bond issuance programme in 2020.
Following the increasing level of youth restiveness in Nigeria, Methodist Bishop, Dr Sunday Onuoha, has said that the neglect of the youth would backfire on the ruling class in the country.

Methodist Bishop: Neglect of Nigerian youths will backfire on ruling class

Following the increasing level of youth restiveness in Nigeria, Methodist Bishop, Dr Sunday Onuoha, has said that the neglect of the youth would backfire on the ruling class in the country.
The federal government will constitute a new task force to decongest the gridlock in Apapa area of Lagos state.

Governor Sanwo-Olu: Lagos sets to takeover Apapa traffic management from presidential task team

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Monday, announced the setting up of a special team by the state government to takeover traffic management from the disbanded Presidential Task Team, PTT, with the aim of restoring sanity to the perennial gridlock in the area.
Ebere Orji has signed for Swedish Elitettan side Kalmar as a free agent from Linkopings on a two-year deal

Nigeria’s Ebere Orji joins Swedish side Kalmar

The Nigerian striker would be hoping to continue her fine professional career in the European country, having seen out her one-year deal with Linkopings in the 2020 Damallsvenskan season.
Atletico Madrid have offered Diego Costa to a number of clubs, with teams in England, Italy, France and Turkey given the chance to snap up the fiery frontman.

Diego Costa asks to leave Atletico Madrid in January transfer window

Diego Costa has informed Atletico Madrid of his desire to leave the club in the January transfer window, Goal can confirm.
Lionel Messi is still upset about Luis Suarez’s departure from Barcelona, describing it as a 'crazy' decision.

Leo Messi still irked by Luis Suarez’s Barca exit

His destination was Atletico Madrid, following a failed bid to join Juventus in Serie A, and the Uruguayan is playing his part as Diego Simeone’s side push for the La Liga title.
Enyimba will begin their Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title defence, with a home fixture against Nasarawa United.

Warri Wolves boss: We were unlucky against MFM

Warri Wolves FC head Coach Evans Ogenyi said he’s disappointed with the outcome of Sunday’s match against MFM FC at the Soccer Temple in Agege.
South Korea has found its first cases of the variant found in the UK, which is thought to be more transmissible [Kim Hong-Ji-Reuters]

South Korea to accelerate virus vaccine efforts as first UK variant detected

The new variant thought to be more transmissible than others currently circulating, was found in three people who had entered South Korea from London on Dec. 22, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said on Monday.
Director General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu addressing the press at the presentation of 15,000 COVID-19 test kits to NCDC by UNICEF in Abuja on Tuesday, Sept 29, 2020. [Twitter-@NCDCgov]

Nigeria records 7 deaths, 838 new coronavirus infections

The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) says Nigeria recorded 838 new confirmed cases of coronavirus and seven deaths on Sunday, 27 December.
The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has tasked Commanding Officers to brace up, be more proactive and ensure immediate deployment of personnel for aggressive sensitization of the motoring public on the need to observe maximum safety precautionary measures in the face of the recent threat of the second wave of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

FRSC boss expresses concerns over speed-related crashes

The Corps Marshal of Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, has expressed concerns over increasing cases of speed-related crashes during this Yuletide period and directed commanding officers to step up enforcement of the law on the use of speed limiting device.
PANDEF National Chairman, Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (retd)

Akwa Ibom Reps lawmaker mourns ex-military administrator

Mr Onofiok Luke, a member House of Representatives from Akwa Ibom has mourned the former military administrator of the state, Retired Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga.Mr Onofiok Luke, a member House of Representatives from Akwa Ibom has mourned the former military administrator of the state, Retired Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga.
Chelsea’s English striker Tammy Abraham reacts after the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 26, 2020. (Photo by Julian Finney - POOL - AFP)

Frank Lampard unimpressed by ‘lazy’ Chelsea after Arsenal defeat

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard let rip at his players following their 3-1 Premier League defeat at struggling London rivals Arsenal on Saturday, saying their “lazy” performance had cost them the chance of going second in the Premier League.

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The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has challenged state and federal lawmakers on the need to partner with governments for youth empowerment.

Governor Sani-Bello: Niger has used 47.5% of coronavirus vaccines received

Niger State governor and chairman, North Central Governors’ Forum (NCGF) Abubakar Sani Bello says out of the 74,110 doses of COVID-19 vaccines received by the state, 35,170 doses have been utilised in the state, representing 47.5 per cent.
Mikel Arteta is confident that Arsenal will welcome Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back from a bout of malaria before the end of the season.

Arsenal boss offers positive update on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang return

The Gunners saw their club captain figure in two games immediately after the March international break, but a disease picked up while away with Gabon soon left the 31-year-old frontman unable to continue.

Normalcy returns to Kano prison after inmates riot

The Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) says normalcy has been restored to the Kurmawa Custodial facility in Kano metropolis following a violent protest staged by the inmates on Thursday.
Governor Bello Matawalle

Zamfara governor condemns bandits attacks on villages, closes four markets

Zamfara state governor, Dr Bello Mohammed Matawalle has directed the immediate closure of four major markets in its bid to crush the activities of bandits in the state.
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)

NLC to embark on five day strike, protest in Kaduna over mass sack

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has announced plans to withdraw services from both public and private organisations in Kaduna State for five days in protest of the mass sacking of thousands of workers by the state government.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has taken to Twitter to condemn plans for the Premier League Big Six to be part of the formation of a European super league.

British premier condemns European Super League plans

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has taken to Twitter to condemn plans for the Premier League Big Six to be part of the formation of a European super league.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Edo: Police charge 331 suspects to courts in two months

The Police Command in Edo on Wednesday disclosed that no fewer than 332 suspects have been charged to courts in the last two months.
Johnson & Johnson's single dose COVID-19 shot is the fourth to be endorsed for use in the EU after vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca-Oxford University and Moderna.

WHO: Benefits of J&J, AstraZeneca shots outweigh risks

IN the wake of the reports of severe incidents of deadly blood clots and other adverse events trailing the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, the World Health Organisation, WHO says it backs the two jabs, noting that the benefits of receiving either of the vaccines, greatly outweigh the risks.
FILE PHOTO - Vials labelled Astra Zeneca COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine and a syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo, in this illustration photo taken March 14, 2021. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration-File Photo

Coronavirus: Akwa Ibom vaccinates 25,000 frontline workers

Akwa Ibom has vaccinated 25, 039 frontline workers against COVID-19, Commissioner for Health, Prof. Augustine Umoh, said in Uyo on Wednesday.
The suspect, Godwin Iboro, was arrested last Wednesday when one of the young men he had brought from Nigeria reported the sudden death of a colleague to the Amasaman police.

Scores of Boko Haram financiers arrested, accounts blocked

A massive crackdown on financiers of Boko Haram and other criminal gangs has begun, with scores of persons arrested by security agents.