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Police rescue abducted monarch in Calabar

The Cross River State Police Command has rescued an 81-year-old Monarch who was whisked away from his house at Ambo by Idang in the Calabar South Local government area late Monday night.

NPA boss: 3,972 vessels called into ports in 2020

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala-Usman, said a total of 3972 vessels were called into Nigerian ports in 2020, compared to 4251 vessels in 2019.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks next to first lady Melania Trump as he departs from the Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS-Carlos Barria

Donald Trump vows to ‘be back in some form’ as tumultuous presidency ends

President Donald Trump left the White House and Washington for a final time as commander-in-chief on Wednesday after a tumultuous presidency stained by two impeachments, deep political divisions, and a pandemic that caused 400,000 U.S. deaths.
Donald Trump left the White House for his final time as U.S. president on Wednesday, taking the Marine One helicopter from the lawn outside the building heading towards Joint Base Andrews.

Donald Trump leaves the White House for final time as president

Donald Trump left the White House for his final time as U.S. president on Wednesday, taking the Marine One helicopter from the lawn outside the building heading towards Joint Base Andrews.
Outgoing US President Donald Trump has “unequivocally condemned” the January 6 breach of Congress by his supporters.

Donald Trump grants clemency to 143 people, but not himself or family members

President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly used his clemency authority as a political tool rather than an act of mercy, issued a final wave of pardons and commutations on his last night in office, delivering relief for a mix of beneficiaries that included former strategist Stephen Bannon, Republican Party and Trump fundraiser Elliott Broidy, and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, found guilty in 2013 of corruption charges.
Outgoing US President Donald Trump has “unequivocally condemned” the January 6 breach of Congress by his supporters.

Donald Trump to grant pardons on last day in power

If Trump gave himself or his family a pardon — something currently not expected, according to latest US reports — that would likely harden anger among previously fully supportive Republicans in the Senate, which is expected to start an impeachment trial soon after Biden takes office.
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has hit out at Dele Alli, accusing the midfielder of creating “problems for his own team” in his side's 3-1 win over Stoke in the Carabao Cup.

Tottenham ‘reluctant’ to let Dele Alli leave as Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG ‘step up’ pursuit

Mauricio Pochettino is keen to reunite with the midfielder after being appointed as the new manager of PSG earlier this month, with Alli having struggled for opportunities with the north London side so far this season.
President Donald Trump speaks to the media before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base [Alex Brandon-The Associated Press]

Donald Trump calls move to impeach ‘absolutely ridiculous’

Mr Trump said his likely impeachment in the House of Representatives on Wednesday was causing "tremendous anger" among voters as he left the White house for a trip to Texas.

Nigerian Navy, Rivers community in face-off over arrest of chiefs, elders

Nigeria Navy Ship, Pathfinder, Iwofe, Port Harcourt, Rivers State is in a deep face off with its host, Iwofe Community, over the alleged arrest of chiefs and elders of the area.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has accused his players of lacking ‘ambition’ after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho expects Aston Villa match to go ahead

Asked again whether he thinks the Villa game will go ahead, he replied: "Yeah. Nobody told me that I'm not going to play so (on Monday morning) we start to prepare for that game, and the same Tuesday unless somebody tells us different.
FILE PHOTO - Soccer Football - Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur v Leeds United - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain - January 2, 2021 Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho reacts Pool via REUTERS-Ian Walton

Spurs boss Mourinho to buy Marine raffle ticket

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho plans to buy a ticket for the raffle organised by Marine ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup third round clash but said he could not claim the top prize, which is to manage the eighth-tier side in a friendly.
Michael Owen, a former Premier League star, has predicted some of the FA Cup third round fixtures as Chelsea host Morecambe on Sunday afternoon at Stamford Bridge, while Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur will tackle Marine.

FA Cup: Michael Owen releases predictions

Providing his predictions, Owen told BetVictor: “Chelsea kick off their FA Cup campaign as one of the favourites for the trophy. It’s fair to say the Blues need a result after a difficult festive period. I would expect Frank Lampard to make a few changes here so he can rest a few of his bigger names.
President-elect Joe Biden has selected Retired Gen. Lloyd Austin to serve as secretary of defense, according to three people with knowledge of the decision. If confirmed, Austin would be the first Black person to lead the Pentagon.

Joe Biden picks first black defence secretary

President-elect Joe Biden has chosen retired General Lloyd Austin, to be his defence secretary, two people familiar with the decision said on Monday.
The draw for the third round of the FA Cup has taken place on Monday night.

English FA Cup third draw in full

The draw for the third round of the FA Cup has taken place on Monday night.
Yury Yeshchenko was sentenced earlier this week to 13 years in a penal colony for attempting to supply the United States with information about Russian weapons systems, the Federal Security Service (FSB) said in a statement on its website.

Russian found guilty of passing military secrets to CIA

A Russian citizen who worked on naval ships was found guilty of high treason for passing on military secrets to the CIA, Russia’s security services said Friday.
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 minister proposes N205 billion capital budget for 2021

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has proposed N205 billion as capital budget for 2021 to enable the ministry make significant progress on all its ongoing projects.
Electricity pylons carrying power from Koeberg nuclear power plant are seen in Cape Town, South Africa, on July 11, 2018. REUTERS-Sumaya Hisham-File Photo

AEDC/TCN working to restore normal power supply to parts of FCT – official

The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) says it is working with the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to restore normal power supply to parts of FCT.
James Cameron recently sat down for a chat with Arnold Schwarzenegger at the 2020 Austrian World Summit (via CinemaBlend), and he was asked about his work on the Avatar sequels. Here’s what Cameron had to say-

James Cameron: Live-Action ‘Avatar 2’ production complete, ‘Avatar 3’ almost finished too

Towards the end of 2019, director James Cameron said the performance capture side of both Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 had been completed. At the time, he said they were mostly done with the live-action side of production too, but they had a couple more months of work to do that would be completed in the spring. However, he wasn’t expecting the coronavirus pandemic to put a wrench in those plans, and production in New Zealand was forced to shut down a bit, resulting all the Avatar sequels being delayed.
Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan, has called on Governor Nyesom Wike to handover former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Joy Nunieh, to him.

Oil thieves, enemies of national economy – Rivers CP

Rivers State Commissioner of Police, CP Joseph Mukan, has described those indulged in pipeline vandalism and oil theft as enemies of national economy.
Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 20, 2020, to make a statement on the nomination for replacement of recently deceased Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. – US presidential hopeful Joe Biden urged Senate lawmakers to not vote on filling the Supreme Court vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death until after the election in November. (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP)

Joe Biden urges halt of Donald Trump’s US Supreme Court push

Democratic hopeful Joe Biden on Sunday urged lawmakers to wait until after November’s election to tackle a Supreme Court vacancy that President Donald Trump has pledged to fill quickly, as the nomination becomes a new flashpoint in the battle for the White House.
Edwin Kiagbodo Clark

Southern, Middle-Belt leaders’ forum rejects water resources bill

The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum, has accused the Federal Government of clandestine moves to revive the rejected Water Resources Bill, warning that such agenda would be inimical to the growth and development of the country.
American presidential candidate on the platform of Democratic Party, Joe Biden, has commiserated with the family of late Hollywood Star, Chadwick Boseman, who died of colon cancer aged 43.

Twitter designates Chadwick Boseman’s obituary ‘most liked tweet ever’

American microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, says the tweet announcing the demise of Chadwick Boseman is the “Most liked Tweet ever.”

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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.

Police intensify manhunt for community leader killers in Delta

The police in Delta state have commenced manhunt for the killers of a 33 years old community youth leader, one Collins Awoture, who was shot at a close range in a provision store at Enerhen junction in Uvwie Council area.
Senator Emmanuel Ibok Essien has emerged as the new National Chairman of Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, which is the mouthpiece of monarchs, leaders and stakeholders of the coastal states of Niger Delta.

Senator Ibok-Essien emerges new PANDEF chairman

Senator Emmanuel Ibok Essien has emerged as the new National Chairman of Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, which is the mouthpiece of monarchs, leaders and stakeholders of the coastal states of Niger Delta.
All Progressives Congress (APC) national stalwart Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has described as premature, talks about 2023 elections and the successor to President Muhammadu Buhari. To him, those making such calls do not love Nigeria.

Southwest group: APC leaders want to rubbish Asiwaju Tinubu

The agitation for 2023 presidency of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, APC national leader, has garnered more support as a South-West group asks the APC to cede the ticket to him.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 20: Google's offices stand in downtown Manhattan on October 20, 2020 in New York City. Accusing the company of using anticompetitive tactics to illegally monopolize the online search and search advertising markets, the Justice Department and 11 states Tuesday filed an antitrust case against Google. Image Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Google: No tracking tools to replace third-party cookies in Chrome

Alphabet’s Google will not build or use alternate tools to track web browsing traffic once it begins phasing out existing technology from its Chrome browser next year, it said in a blog post on Wednesday, in a move that will reshape how online advertising works.
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Former presidential candidate joins APC

A former presidential candidate on the platform of the defunct Advanced People’s Democratic Alliance (APDA), Mohammed Shittu, has joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

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The highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that is predominant in the United Kingdom may be up to 70 percent more deadly than previous strains, according to a report by the government’s scientific advisers.

WHO: End to pandemic not likely in 2021

“I think it will be very premature and unrealistic to think that we are going to finish with this virus by the end of the year,” Michael Ryan, director of the WHO’s health emergencies programme, said at a briefing on Tuesday.
The National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, “He is fully aware of the constitutional implication of his decision to defect to another party; which is that he cannot continue to occupy the seat of the PDP in the Senate.

PDP accuses APC of plot to take over Zamfara

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of plotting a forceful take over of Zamfara State because of the security challenges confronting the state.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police intensify manhunt for community leader killers in Delta

The police in Delta state have commenced manhunt for the killers of a 33 years old community youth leader, one Collins Awoture, who was shot at a close range in a provision store at Enerhen junction in Uvwie Council area.
Nigeria's Diezani Alison-Madueke, Minister of Petroleum Resources and Alternate President of the OPEC

Court adjourns Diezani Alison-Madueke’s fraud case

The Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday adjourned the corruption case involving a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is believed to be in the United Kingdom.
A former governor of Cross River State Donald Duke has said he will not criminalise same-sex relationships if he becomes Nigeria's president in 2019.

Donald Duke: Nyesom Wike a role model among politicians

Former Cross River State governor, Donald Duke, has said Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, has become a role model in Nigerian politics for his prudent use of resources for quality service delivery and boldness in speaking truth to power.