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The police command in Ekiti on Friday confirmed the killing of a police officer as gunmen allegedly abducted a Chinese expatriate in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

Bandits kill nine in Katsina

“We are combing the forests nearby with the hope of finding those unaccounted for. Many people that fled had run into the forest. But we hope those alive will come out soon and be reunited with their family,” a witness said.
West Ham United are ready to launch a cash bid for Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori.

Chelsea eager to loan Fikayo Tomori to AC Milan

The young defender has not played many games this season after falling down the pecking order in manager Frank Lampard’s squad.

BUK: ASUU worries over coronavirus spread as university announces resumption date

Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Tuesday worried over a potential spread of COVID-19 pandemic in schools as the country battles the second wave of disease.
A judge in the United Kingdom has denied Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States, where he faces espionage charges for his work running WikiLeaks.

British judge: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange cannot be extradited to the US

A judge in the United Kingdom has denied Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States, where he faces espionage charges for his work running WikiLeaks. The Guardian reports that the ruling was delivered in a criminal court this morning, with the Wall Street Journal reporting that the judge noted that the risk of suicide is too high.
Former Super Eagles captain, Austin Okocha, has revealed that the current team lacks ‘natural’ offensive midfielders, newsmen report.

Austin Okocha speaks on business with Friday Nwankwo-Kujah

Former Super Eagles’ captain, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, has spoken about his business relationship with Friday Nwankwo-Kujah and why they fell apart.
Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli, has enjoined the federaral government to complete the Koko-Oghoye road,Warri north local government area, adding that it should also revisit the gas industrial park-EPZ project in Ogidigben in the state.

Olu of Warri ‘dies of coronavirus’

Reports say he may have been exposed during the ceremony. The Guardian mentioned that he was believed to have met late army general, Olubunmi Irefin, who also died from COVID-19 complications, penultimate week.
Commissioner of Police, Abdulkadir Jimoh

Cross River police commissioner dies of coronavirus

Jimoh reportedly died from COVID-19 complications in Calabar in the morning of Friday, December 18, 2020, after battling with health challenges for some weeks.
The Kano State House of Assembly has passed into law, the newly re-submitted Kano Emirates Bill into law, which was forwarded to the assembly by Governor Umar Ganduje.

Kano assembly speaker, majority leader resign

The speaker of Kano State House of Assembly, Abdulazeez Garba Gafasa, and majority leader Salisu Ibrahim have resigned.
“What particularly stood out was the statement that the terrorist made that he was ‘not a frequent commentator on extreme right-wing sites and YouTube was a significant source of information and inspiration’,” said Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, according to The Guardian. “This is a point I plan to make directly to the leadership of YouTube.”

Christchurch shooter was radicalized on YouTube – report

The Australian white supremacist who killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand was radicalized by YouTube, according to a 792-page report on the March 2019 shooting.

Labour denies endorsing petrol price hike

Labour unions are demanding a reversal of recent hike in the petrol price and did not endorse deregulation that is anchored on price hike.
Haiti's football federation president Yves Jean-Bart was banned for life by FIFA and fined over a million dollars on Friday.

Haiti soccer chief banned for life by FIFA

The 73-year-old Jean-Bart was found guilty by FIFA of having abused his position and having sexually harassed and abused various female players, including minors, the independent Ethics Committee of world football's governing body ruled.
Premier League clubs have twice had the opportunity to vote on the use of five subs and have twice voted the motion down, with the majority believing it would give the bigger, richer clubs an advantage.

Premier League plan U-turn on five substitute ruling

Premier League clubs have twice had the opportunity to vote on the use of five subs and have twice voted the motion down, with the majority believing it would give the bigger, richer clubs an advantage.
INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu

INEC denies claims of crisis after hand over by Mahmood Yakubu

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said contrary to reports, there was no crisis in the commission over the reappointment and subsequent hand over by its National Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.
Tottenham forward Son Heung-min will start his mandatory four-week national service in his native South Korea this month, the Premier League club have announced.

Tottenham confident Heung-min Son contract talks on track

Spurs have been attempting to settle on terms for several weeks, but the player's change of agents has stalled negotiations.
Donald Trump has admitted losing the US presidency would not be “easy”, as voters head to the polls in the final hours of a historic election.

US election: Donald Trump considers legal battle as Joe Biden leads

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden took significant strides towards winning the presidency on Wednesday.
Netherlands legend, Marco van Basten, has claimed that being a manager is bad for your health.

Marco van Basten: Being a manager is bad for your health

Netherlands legend, Marco van Basten, has claimed that being a manager is bad for your health.
Former Manchester United star Phil Neville was not pleased with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team selection against Chelsea in the FA Cup.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Manchester United are ‘in with a chance’ of winning Premier League

‘You are not going to win the title in your first eight or nine games, but it is important to make sure you haven’t lost it. Hopefully we can pick up another couple of results before the international break that will move us up the table,’ Solskjaer said.
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a virtual press conference at Downing Street in central London on September 9, 2020 following an announcement of further restrictions on social gatherings in England due to an uptick in cases of the novel coronavirus. – The UK government on on September 9 sets out tighter rules on social gatherings to curb the spread of the coronavirus, with concern mounting at rising infection rates among the young. The law in England will change from next week to reduce the number of people who can gather socially from 30 to six, with some exemptions. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau / POOL / AFP)

UK to deport homeless foreigners from January 2021

As part of Brexit measures, homeless persons who are not citizens of the United Kingdom might face deportation when the new immigration rules come into force in January 2021, The Guardian reported on Thursday.
Speaking with newsmen, the managing director of the company, Gabriel Ogbechie, said, “How could I be attacked in Asaba while I am in my house in Lagos? I have called my outlets in Asaba and indeed Delta, none of them were attacked.

#EndSARS: Rainoil chief not attacked in Asaba – management

The management said contrary to insinuations, the CEO was not in Delta State as at the said time and he did not suffer any attack whatsoever.
Shkodran Mustafi

Arsenal ready to consider offers for Shkodran Mustafi – report

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is ready to offload defender Shkodran Mustafi this summer, according to reports from Football London.
President Donald Trump painted a grim picture of life in the United States if his rival, Joe Biden, were to win the November presidential election, promising that there would be insecurity economic decline, and an end to basic rights.

Donald Trump faces fresh sexual assault allegation

A former model has accused US President Donald Trump of groping and forcibly kissing her in 1997 — the latest allegation made against the Republican incumbent just weeks before he seeks reelection.
Chelsea have completed the club-record signing of Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen in a deal worth a £70 million ($91m) including add-ons.

Chelsea break transfer record to sign Kai Havertz

Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen for a fee which reportedly eclipses their club transfer record.

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Sheikh Ahmad Gumi says the easiest and safest way to end insecurity in the north is to negotiate peace with the bandits that have turned the region into a killing field.

NUJ calls for Sheikh Gumi’s arrest

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Friday, called for the arrest of Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, for saying journalists are criminals for calling bandits criminals.
Mr Bank-Anthony Okoroafor, an energy expert, has commended the Federal Government on plans to make available 600,000 gas cylinders in the country as part of effort to drive Liquified Natural Gas (LPG) penetration.

Nigerian government to launch new pricing framework for gas operations

The chairman of National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP), Mohammed Ibrahim, says the federal government will launch a new pricing framework to regulate operations in the gas sector.
Nuno Espirito Santo (left) jokes with Raul Jimenez (right), who visited Wolves while training

Wolves boss ‘confident’ Raul Jimenez will return this season

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo is "totally confident" Mexico striker Raul Jimenez will be back from his fractured skull before the end of this season.

OPC nabs four ‘kidnappers’ in Ibarapa

The Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, in Oyo State said yesterday that it arrested four suspected Kidnappers in the Ibarapa, area of the state.
“Now countries are still pursuing deals that will compromise the COVAX supply,” WHO senior adviser Bruce Aylward told a briefing. “Without a doubt.”

WHO: Countries threaten global COVAX vaccine supply by making own deals

Countries seeking their own vaccine doses are making deals with drug companies that threaten the supply for the global COVAX programme for poor and middle-income countries, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

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Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq made the announcement during a meeting with Governor Abdullahi Sule.

Minister mourns victims of NAF plane crash

Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has expressed deep sorrow over the crash of a Nigerian Air Force Beechcraft KingAir B350i aircraft on Sunday.
The Ikere Ekiti community in Ekiti State has raised the ₦60 million as part of its contribution to the smooth take off of the newly created Bamidele Olumilua University of Education, Science and Technology, Ikere Ekiti (BOUESTI).

Ekiti community raises N60 million for newly established university

The Ikere Ekiti community in Ekiti State has raised the ₦60 million as part of its contribution to the smooth take off of the newly created Bamidele Olumilua University of Education, Science and Technology, Ikere Ekiti (BOUESTI).
Eddy Ogenyi Onazi says his relationship with Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr is great and he is targeting into the Super Eagles squad sooner.

Super Eagles midfielder joins Lithuanian side

Onazi has been a free agent since January 5, when he left Danish Super Liga club SonderjyskE by mutual agreement. He featured in just two league matches in six months.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, has said that more private and public sector collaboration will be encouraged as Nigeria steps up effort to realise its target of boosting domestic gas utilisation.

Minister: Passage of PIB’ll unlock several midstream gas opportunities

Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, says the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) will unlock several midstream gas opportunities and enhance domestic gas utilisation.

FRSC returns N420,000 found at crash site to deceased family

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has returned N420,000 cash found at an auto crash site at Akinfosile, along Lagos-Ore expressway, Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State, to the family of the deceased.