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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.

Nigeria records 70 new coronavirus infections

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has conducted 1,870,915 COVID-19 tests in the country of over 200 million people since Feb. 27, 2020.
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has sealed a filling station in Katsina State, north-western Nigeria.

DPR seals off 11 stations in Abuja

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) Wednesday ramped up efforts to stop overpricing of petrol, manipulation of metering devices, as well as diversion of the product in Abuja, following the upsurge of various malpractices after last week’s hoax that prices had been increased.
10. The NCDC and partners, with leadership from the Federal Ministry of Health and Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 is putting in place measures to strengthen the public health response to the pandemic.

NCDC: What Nigeria needs to overcome coronavirus

Director-General of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu said this on Saturday in a statement signed by Ms. Omobolaji Oduwole, the Centre’s Head of Communications, to mark one year of COVID-19 response in Nigeria.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says 75 healthcare workers tested positive for COVID-19 in the last week across the country. Its Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, made this known at the national briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja.

NCDC: Coronavirus infection higher in males than females in Nigeria

A survey has found infection rates of COVID-19 to be higher among males than females in the country.
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.
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]

NCDC says increased testing will help to understand coronavirus burden

The Head of Department, Surveillance and Epidemiology Department, NCDC, Mrs Elsie Ilori, made this known on Thursday in Abuja at a briefing by the Presidential Tasks Force on COVID-19.

Federal government begins inspection of weights and measures of oil pump in Bayelsa

The Weights and Measures Department, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, has commenced inspection on filling stations in Bayelsa State.

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IPOB asks US president to deny arms sales to Nigeria

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has written a letter to the President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, petitioning him to deny arms sales to Nigeria, which the federal government has requested for assistance in tackling insecurity in the country.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Anambra: Ban on tinted glasses still in force – Police

The Anambra State Police Command has reiterated the earlier ban placed on the use of tinted glasses, warning individuals whose vehicles glasses are tinted to remove them immediately.
Founder and president of LoveWorld Incorporated, better known as Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, has warned those who criticise men of God to desist.

Pastor Chris declares two days prayers, fasting over insecurity

Irked by the spate of insecurity besetting the country, the founder of Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, has declared two days of prayers and fasting.
Jose Mourinho will not be rushing back into management, with the Portuguese claiming that a return to the dugout in 2021-22 may be premature as he continues to mull over his options.

Serie A: Jose Mourinho arrival in Rome marked with ‘Special One’ ice cream

Jose Mourinho’s appointment as AS Roma coach has been commemorated in true Italian style – with his own flavour of ice cream.
The Blue Nile River is seen as the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam reservoir fills near the Ethiopia-Sudan border, in this broad spectral image taken November 6, 2020. NASA-METI-AIST-Japan Space Systems, and U.S.-Japan ASTER Science Team-REUTERS

Sudanese officials meet with U.S. envoy over stalled dam talks

Sudanese officials held talks with a new U.S. envoy to the Horn of Africa on Saturday aimed at resolving a dispute over Ethiopia’s giant hydropower dam on the Blue Nile.

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Refinery rehabilitation: NNPC tasks contractor on project completion

The Nigerian National Petroleum corporation (NNPC) has tasked the Contractor rehabilitating the Port Harcourt Refineries Companies (PHRC) to ensure completion of the project at the estimated time frame.
Euro 2020 is almost certain to be postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the globe.

UEFA confirms Euro 2020 squad lists to be increased to 26 players

UEFA has confirmed that teams competing in this year's delayed Euro 2020 tournament will be allowed to select a 26-man squad instead of the usual 23.
The Nigeria Police Force on Monday paraded some suspected kidnappers and robbers apprehended in different states at the SARS office in Abuja.

Report: Non-state actors in possession of five million weapons

A report prepared by a research and consultancy group, Beacon Consulting Ltd., a member of ASIS International, world’s largest association for security management professionals, has shown that of the 6.5 million small arms and light weapons circulating in Nigeria, 5 million are in the possession of non-state actors while 568,000 are in the hands of law enforcement agencies.

Somali elections to hold as president drops term extension

Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo on Saturday reopened talks to hold elections as soon as possible, a move welcomed by the opposition and raising the spectre of further deadly violence.
Reacting to the development, the Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Mohammed Matawalle, said he received with shock “the report of an attack by some recalcitrant bandits who unleashed mayhem on innocent people” in Kabasa village of Magami district.

Governor Matawalle: Zamfara government, security recover 300 rustled cows in 1 night

The Zamfara Governor Bello Matawalle disclosed this on Sunday night when he played host to media practitioners and executives to break the Ramadan fast at his residence in Gusau.