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Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel says it is unsafe to reopen schools in the state in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Akwa Ibom denies sharing CACOVID relief materials to PDP members

Akwa Ibom State government has denied allegations that the CACOVID relief materials have been diverted and shared among members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
Voting has begun in the bye-elections in Kosofe, Lagos state, where voters will pick their choices for the vacant state assembly and Lagos East senatorial seats.

Group lauds free, fair conduct of Lagos bye-election

A civil society organization, the Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) has commended the peaceful, orderly, free and fair conduct of the Lagos East Senatorial District/Kosofe II State Constituency Bye-Election held on Saturday 4th December 2020 in Lagos state.
As candidates jostle for the Director-General position of the World Trade Organisaion, WTO, Female Parliamentary in Nigeria, Friday, threw weight behind former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to occupy the number one position of the organization.

Former finance minister highlights six economic opportunities for Nigeria, Africa

Former Nigerian Finance Minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on Saturday, highlighted six economic opportunities for Nigeria and other African countries as they strive to recover from the negative shocks of the pandemic.

Young parliamentarians call for quick end to ASUU strike

The Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF) has called on the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to expedite action to end the lingering universities teachers strike.
Belarus’s main opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has taken refuge in neighbouring Lithuania [Ritzau Scanpix-Reuters]

OSCE: Belarus vote was ‘not transparent, free or fair’

“Massive” rights abuses and torture in Belarus have been condemned by an election-monitoring organisation with calls for a rerun of the country’s August presidential polls in which President Alexander Lukashenko claimed victory.
Yusuf Ola-Olu Ali

Party without internal democracy can’t form good government – Yusuf Ali

Ali made this observation on Wednesday in Ilorin while delivering a keynote address at the event to end the activities marking the Press Week of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Kwara State.
Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara speaks to the media after submitting the application for October presidential election at the Independent Electoral Commission in Abidjan, Ivory Coast August 24, 2020. REUTERS-LUC GNAGO

Ivory Coast president reelected to serve third term with 94% of vote

Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara was reelected to a contested third term, electoral authorities said Tuesday, after a vote marred by deadly unrest and a boycott by the opposition who promised to set up a rival “transitional” government.

Akwa Ibom governor commends peaceful council polls

Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has commended the peaceful conduct of the local government councils’ polls in the state despite the low turnout of voters.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state on Friday inaugurated a 10-member committee to investigative alleged killing of two persons by men of Nigerian Air Force in Mabera area of Sokoto metropolis.

Governor Tambuwal warns President Buhari against politics of exclusion

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has warned the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration against playing politics of exclusion, saying it was dangerous for Nigeria’s corporate existence.
Mark Odigie, an information technologist, could not permit his wife, Tope Mark Odigie, to drive alone to nearby Ketu-Ikosi Road, headquarters of Television Continental (TVC), where she works as a co-host of the station’s popular breakfast talk show.

CPJ: 12 journalists, 5 media outlets attacked during #EndSARS protests

In the report published on Wednesday, the CPJ said the journalists who covered the protests against police brutality and call for the abolition of the country’s Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad police unit were attacked.
Vertigo Releasing has acquired SXSW grand jury prize winner Freshman Year (aka Shithouse) for the UK and Ireland, while Protagonist Pictures has boarded international sales on the romantic comedy-drama.

Vertigo acquires SXSW award-winner ‘Freshman Year’

Vertigo Releasing has acquired SXSW grand jury prize winner Freshman Year (aka Shithouse) for the UK and Ireland, while Protagonist Pictures has boarded international sales on the romantic comedy-drama.
Yemi Osinbajo

VP Osinbajo: Why engagement with youths has to be transparent, honest

Engagement with the Nigerian youths has to be transparent and honest in order to build a progressive society and nation, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

SERAP asks ICPC to probe ‘alleged hoarding of virus palliatives in several states’

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to “promptly, thoroughly, transparently and effectively investigate the circumstances surrounding the alleged hoarding of COVID-19 palliatives in warehouses in several states, which ought to have been distributed to the poorest and most vulnerable people during the lockdown, and to publish the outcome of any such investigation.”
President Muhammadu Buhari

#EndSARS: President Buhari urged to probe Lekki shootings

A coalition of women groups, Mothers United and Mobilised (MUM), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to constitute a transparent panel of inquiry into alleged shooting of unarmed EndSARS protesters in Lekki on Tuesday.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, yesterday asked Health Minister, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the whereabouts of visiting Chinese medical personnel, saying their activities in the country must the oversighted by the parliament.

House of Reps meet NLC, TUC over planned strike

The House of Representatives has waded into the crisis between the Federal Government and the organised labour over the recent hikes in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) and electricity tariff.
ActionAid Nigeria (AAN)

ActionAid, TUC, Yiaga, others seek domestication of African Charter to strengthen Nigeria’s democracy

Ahead of 2023 generation elections in Nigeria, ActionAid Nigeria, Trade Union Congress, TUC, Yiaga Africa and others seek domestication of the African Charter on Democracy, Election and Governance, ACDEG, to Nigeria’s democratic system.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Woman arrested in place of boyfriend dies in police custody

The Commissioner, Federal Capital Territory Police Command, Bala Ciroma, has ordered that a post-mortem be conducted on a young woman, Ifeoma Abugu, who was arrested by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in place of her fiancé, Adam Ugwunwa.
Special Adviser to Edo State Governor, Crusoe Osagie, has said that “there is deliberate election manipulation in areas where the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, is popular.”

Anambra election: INEC insists on e-voting

Apparently impressed with the commendations it is receiving from the public for a job well done in the just concluded Edo state Governorship Election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has restated its earlier promise that the Anambra 2021 Guber Election will be by Electronic Voting method.

Edo election: PDP commends President Buhari, INEC, Edo people

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and its innovations for credible governorship election in Edo on Saturday.
Chu Maoming

China remains largest supplier of global anti-epidemic items – envoy

With nationwide efforts, China has basically controlled the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic, successfully resumed work and school and has gradually brought its economy back on track, were the words of Chinese Consul General in Nigeria, Chu Maoming.
The Executive Chairman of Benue Internal Revenue Service, BIRS, Mr. Andrew Ayabam, has disclosed that the COVID-19 pandemic had adversely affected the Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, the profile of the state.

Coronavirus adversely impacted Benue revenue – BIRS chief

The Executive Chairman of Benue Internal Revenue Service, BIRS, Mr. Andrew Ayabam, has disclosed that the COVID-19 pandemic had adversely affected the Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, the profile of the state.

Anambra guber: PDP’ll be fair to all aspirants – chairman

Anambra State chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu, said that the party would be fair to all the governorship aspirants for the 2021 election in the state.

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Arsenal delivered a hammer blow to Leicester's faint hopes of winning the Premier League with an impressive fightback to win 3-1 on Sunday.

Arsenal come from behind to beat Leicester

Arsenal delivered a hammer blow to Leicester's faint hopes of winning the Premier League with an impressive fightback to win 3-1 on Sunday.
Gareth Bale scored twice and made another as Spurs thrashed Burnley 4-0 in a scintillating display with the Welshman back to his best on Sunday.

Gareth Bale fires brace as Tottenham thrash Burnley 4-0

Gareth Bale scored twice and made another as Spurs thrashed Burnley 4-0 in a scintillating display with the Welshman back to his best on Sunday.
Despite denial by the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi, that he did not punch the Agbowu of Ogbaagbaa, Oba Dhikurulahi Akinropo, he (Agbowu), on Sunday, insisted that Oluwo punched him.

Oluwo: Insecurity in Nigeria is perennial problem

The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi said insecurity in Nigeria is a perrenial challenge which requires a linear process to be tamed.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Police nab three ‘cultists’ in Anambra

The Police Command in Anambra say they have arrested three suspected members of different cult groups in the state.
Saudi Aramco’s multibillion-dollar share sale, likely the biggest initial public offering (IPO) in history, is officially underway after the company formally announced its plans to list stock on the Kingdom’s stock exchange, the Saudi Tadawul.

Aramco seeks one-year extension on $10 billion loan – sources

Saudi Aramco has asked banks to extend, by a year, a $10 billion loan it raised last May, two sources familiar with the matter said.

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A former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has made his Nollywood debut in a new series titled Silent Prejudices (Season 2).

Femi Fani-Kayode: Bala Mohammed not a terrorist

A former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, Tuesday faulted the statement credited to the Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, were he accused the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, of being part of terrorists terrorizing the country.
The condemnation was contained in a statement signed by the Chairman of the Conference and the Speaker of Bauchi State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Abubakar Suleiman.

Speakers demand prosecution of perpetrators of Shasha market violence

The Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria has called on relevant authorities to ensure the prosecution of the perpetrators of the recent crisis between Hausa traders and Yoruba community at Shasha market in Ibadan, Oyo State.

#EndSARS: Ekiti judicial panel orders prosecution of police officer over teenager’s death

The Ekiti State Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up to investigate cases of violations of human rights by the police has ordered the prosecution of an erring police officer.
Director of Information, National Assembly Abuja, Rawlings Agada, has said the sum of N37 billion, approved for the renovation of the National assembly complex may not be enough for the work.

CLO: National Assembly’s call for state of emergency on security apt

The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) says the National Assembly’s call for declaration of a state of emergency on insecurity will allow President Muhammadu Buhari to take extra constitutional actions to address the nation’s security challenges.
Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.

Presidency: Exit from recession key indicator of sustainability plan’s performance

Nigeria’s prompt exit from recession is a key indicator of the success of the ongoing Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) approved by the Federal Government, the Presidency has said in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.