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HURIWA condemns Omoyele Sowore’s arrest, asks police to respect constitution

The rights group said the arrest of the activist confirmed the intelligence it got before the New Year that the year 2021 would be tough for civil rights campaigners in Nigeria because the federal government would unleash what it called ‘scorched-earth anti-activists policies which components will include forced disappearances, armed abductions and mass arrests of human rights activists.’
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed smiles during an African Union (AU) summit meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 9, 2020. REUTERS-Tiksa Negeri

African countries begin trading under AfCFTA pact

African Union (AU) Chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed have congratulated Africans for starting trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
FILE PHOTO - Vials with a sticker reading, COVID-19 - Coronavirus vaccine - Injection only and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-File Photo

US to approve AstraZeneca-Oxford coronavirus vaccine

The United States is expected to approve the low-cost AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid vaccine in April, a senior official said, more than three months after Britain’s green light on Wednesday.
India on Saturday staged nationwide drills to start one of the world’s biggest coronavirus vaccination programmes as the drug regulator prepared to approve the first vaccine.

India holds vaccine drills ahead of mass inoculation drive

India on Saturday staged nationwide drills to start one of the world’s biggest coronavirus vaccination programmes as the drug regulator prepared to approve the first vaccine.
The late Diego Maradona was a man beloved by his fellow Argentines – and Pope Francis is seemingly no exception.

Pope Francis: Diego Maradona was a poet, a great champion and a very fragile...

He told the Gazzetta dello Sport: "I met Diego Armando Maradona during a Match for Peace in 2014: I remember with pleasure everything that Diego did for Scholas Occurrentes, the foundation that takes care of the needy all over the world.
A medical worker, wearing a protective suit and face mask, administers a nasal swab to a patient at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing centre in Le Bignon, France, December 22, 2020. REUTERS-Stephane Mahe

New year arrives with US hitting 20 million coronavirus cases

The United States marked the New Year on Friday by passing the extraordinary milestone of 20 million Covid-19 cases, after global celebrations welcoming in 2021 were largely muted by the pandemic.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has felicitated with Nigerians on the occasion of Christmas celebration and urged everyone to adhere strictly to COVID-19 protocols.

Insecurity: Sokoto governor asks service chiefs to resign

Due to the increasing spate of insecurity in Nigeria, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has called on service chiefs to honourably resign their appointment if President Muhammadu Buhari refuses to relieve them of their job.
Mike Pence used his speech at the Republican National Convention to accuse Joe Biden of turning a blind eye to violence in US cities. AP

VP Pence rejects lawsuit urging him to throw out votes

Mike Pence has rejected a GOP lawsuit aiming to expand the vice president’s authority in Congress to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, striking a blow against a growing body of Republican lawmakers who plan to object during the formal count of the electoral votes next week.
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Nigerian government urged to lift ban on sales of SIM sales, others

Association of SIM Registration Agents (ASREG) has urged Federal government to lift suspension order placed on sales, registration and activation of SIM cards in the country.

2021: PDP Reps caucus asks Nigerians to be resilient and patriotic

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives has said the Nigerian people must remain resilient and patriotic and reflect deeply on the principle of humility, self sacrifice and good neigbourliness as the nation enters a new year.
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has charged the twenty-three council chairmen and youths in the State to identify members of proscribed separatist group Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the State.

Rivers government to ban street trading, illegal motor parks

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has said his administration will ensure a robust business environment to stimulate economic growth and the creation of jobs in the state in 2021.

Issa Aremu hails President Buhari’s new year speech, budget cycle

The new year speech of President Muhammadu Buhari had rekindled hope that the economic, security and health challenges of 2020 would be overcome in the new year.
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2021: Nigeria will come out of all its challenges – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has reassured that the country will come out of its challenges under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari with the cooperation of all stakeholders.
Governor Nyesom Wike on Tuesday claimed the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, spent the sum of N10 billion to fight him during the 2019 governorship election.

Rvers governor reinstates ban on illegal motor parks, street trading, others January 4

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has pledged the resolve of his administration to create a more robust business environment that would stimulate economic growth, empowerment and create tangible jobs for Rivers people in 2021.
A statement from the Press and Public Affairs Officer, British Deputy High Commission, Lagos said the UK regulator has accepted the recommendation of the Commission on Human Medicines and authorised the Oxford University/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, following months of rigorous clinical trials involving tens of thousands of people and an extensive analysis of the vaccine’s safety, quality and effectiveness by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Britain confirms authorization of second coronavirus vaccine

The Government of the United Kingdom says it has authorized the second Covid-19 vaccine for use in the UK, allowing a significant expansion of the immunisation programme with hundreds of more vaccination sites opening in the coming weeks and months to protect those most at risk from the virus.
Across Nigeria, New Year’s Eve is usually marked by millions of Christians gathering in churches to usher in the New Year, praying for a better year ahead.

Coronavirus: Nigerian worshippers at a loss as ‘crossover’ prayers cancelled

Across Nigeria, New Year’s Eve is usually marked by millions of Christians gathering in churches to usher in the New Year, praying for a better year ahead.
“Stay at home,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a televised address to the nation, as he unveiled unprecedented peacetime measures after the country’s death toll climbed to 335.

Britain pledges £47 million aid to Nigeria, eight countries

The United Kingdom is releasing £47 million in aid to provide food, nutrition, water and shelter for vulnerable families in nine countries and regions.
PSG attacker Neymar has been forced to deny, through his lawyers, reported plans to have a major New Years party in Brazil.

Neymar to appear before Rio de Janeiro state prosecutors over five-day New Year’s party

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar has been asked to appear before Rio de Janeiro state prosecutors “urgently” to answer reports he is holding a five-day New Year’s party for 150 guests.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to release statutory funds due to the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) to enable it function optimally.

President Buhari hailed for sacking service chiefs

An environmental activist, Chief Sheriff Mulade, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for relieving service chiefs of their positions and appointing their replacements, saying the development showed that the president has a listening ear given the growing agitation from Nigerians for a change of guard in the nation’s security architecture.
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has granted amnesty to 11 inmates serving various jail terms in correctional centres in the state to mark the beginning of 2021.

Ondo governor: Our people cannot continue to live in fear

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state has declared that the people of the state can not continue to live in fear arising from the cases of kidnapping, robbery, and other criminal activities recorded in the state.

Timi Frank: Sack, appointment of service chiefs late

Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, on Tuesday, attributed the rising spate of insecurity in the country to the retention, for far too long, of Service Chiefs who were no longer delivering as expected by President Muhammadu Buhari.
FILE PHOTO - A view shows railroad freight cars, including oil tanks, in Omsk, Russia May 1, 2020. REUTERS-Alexey Malgavko

Oil prices slide as virus cases rise, demand worries persist

Oil prices eased on Tuesday as coronavirus cases globally continued to rise, but losses were capped amid reports of a blast in Saudi Arabia.
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has expressed deep sadness over the deaths of his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Jerome Torshimbe, and his Personal Assistant on Special Duties, Mr. Famous Adejo.

Over 5,000 unprofiled IDPs discovered in makeshift camps in Benue

No fewer than 5,000 unprofiled Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, have been discovered in makeshift camps located at Tse Yandev in the North Bank area of Makurdi town.