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2023: Mock Accreditation Of Voters To Hold Feb. 4-INEC Chairman

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In preparation for the 2023 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that it would conduct mock accreditation of registered voters on Saturday, February 4, 2023, which was made known on Friday by INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu in a meeting with all the 37 Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) across the country, adding that the exercise is meant to test the efficacy of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) ahead of the Presidential and National Assembly scheduled to hold on February 25, 2023.

Adeleke Faults Tribunal’s Judgment, Vows To Appeal

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The Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke has faulted the judgment of the governorship election petitions tribunal describing it as “a miscarriage of justice”, vowing to challenge the ruling at the Court of Appeal. The State Governorship election petitions tribunal sitting in Osogbo nullified the election of Adeleke as Governor of the state. In its ruling on Friday, the tribunal declared Gboyega Oyetola the validly elected governor of the state. In August 2022, Oyetola and the All Progressives Congress (APC) petitioned the tribunal to challenge the election victory of Adeleke. Oyetola also challenged Adeleke’s eligibility to contest the election.

Tinubu Denies Tackling President Buhari Over Fuel Scarcity, Naira Redesign

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Presidential candidate of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has faulted the notion in certain quarters that he attacked President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration over the lingering fuel scarcity and naira redesign policy. The Director, Media and Publicity of APC Presidential Campaign Council, Bayo Onanuga, in a statement, explained that the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), working in cahoots with fifth columnists, were the ones insisting on causing avoidable hurt on hapless Nigerians to score political points. He tackled rivals for issuing a “knee-jerk response, derailing from the issues, distorting his views at the Abeokuta rally, to create a wedge between him and President Muhammadu Buhari.”

JUST IN: NCDC Warn Nigerians On Possible Diphtheria Out-Break

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The Nigerian Centre For Disease Control and Prevention has put Nigerians on alert over the possible outbreak of Diphtheria. There were cases reported in Lagos and Kano States. Continuous monitoring of the situation by NCDC in Osun and Yobe States is sustained and new cases are now being picked up.

COVID-19- FG To Tighten Surveillance In International Airports

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The Federal Government has revealed plans on stepping up its surveillance and all health protocols at all international airports in the country, in response to the increase in the spread of the novel virus COVID-19. In the quest of curtailing the spread of the virus, a revisit to the relaxed scientific approach will be needed, by creating awareness and involving the public with increasing vaccination, hence travelers will now fill out health forms, in addition to temperature checks. The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire made this known while speaking at the 17th Edition of the PMB Administration Scorecard on 10th January 2023.

FG Secures Borders Over Outbreak Of Bird Flu In Neighboring Countries

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The Federal Government via its Federal Director of Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Dr. Maimuna Abdullahi Habib on 5th January 2023 has revealed that it has tightened its border over the movement of birds into the country, following an outbreak of the popular influenza virus (bird flu) that affects birds in Niger Republic, hence the commencement of bird vaccination in the country. Maimuna also noted that the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar would be meeting with stakeholders in the poultry industry to ensure measures are put in place to avert the menace of this bird disease.

Naira Redesign: CBN Deploys Agents Across Nation, Urges Banks To Release Notes

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has engaged its agents to fast-track its cash swap policy in states across the nation and has ordered Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) to release the new naira notes to customers including the Point of Sale (POS) operators. The Apex embarked on a sensitization program on Monday 23rd January 2022, to enlighten those in the rural communities on the currency swap programme as part of plans to phase out old naira notes and enhance the collection of new notes.

Abuja-Kaduna Train Derails

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An Abuja-Kaduna Train reportedly derailed at around 3:20 pm on Friday in the Kubwa Area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), just a few minutes away from its destination, Kubwa train station. An anonymous source at the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) confirmed the incident and said the cause is still unknown, adding that train services along that route have been suspended until the issue is resolved.

CSOs Threaten Mass Protest Over Persistent Fuel Scarcity

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A coalition of Civil Society Organisations operating under the aegis of Civil Society Coalition for Economic Well-being and Good Governance, on Thursday issued a 78-hour ultimatum to President Muhammadu Buhari to end fuel scarcity or face mass protest. This was contained in a communique issued by the Coalition after a one-day meeting on Wednesday and made available to journalists on Thursday in Abuja. The communique signed by Mr. Garba Danzi, Chairman; Ayodele Hughes, Sec­retary-General and two other ex­ecutives lamented the challenges faced by Nigerians over protracted fuel scarcity across the 36 states of the country and the Federal Capital Territory.

WTA: Sabalenka Wins First Grand Slam

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Aryna Sabalenka has won her first Grand Slam title after coming back a set down to beat Elena Rybakina 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the Australian Open women's final on Saturday. The 24-year-old Belarusian who was competing under a neutral flag due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, after the tournament organizer required Russian and Belarusian players to compete as neutrals, appeared and won her first major final.

Again Mike Tyson Accused Of Rape, Sued For $5M

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American former professional boxer Mike Tyson is being accused of raping a woman after the two met at an Albany night club in the early 1990’s, according to the unidentified plaintiff’s $5 million lawsuit filed earlier this month. Tyson served three years in jail for raping a beauty pageant contestant in 1993. He struggled with guilt and remorse for the actions he committed back then, but the story seems to continue. The legal action in the upstate New York area was filed under the state's recently-adopted Adult Survivors Act that offers sexual assault victims a one-year time space to file lawsuits that took place years or even decades ago. The victim's identity remains a secret but she detailed how Tyson ran into her at a local night club called 'Septembers'. She later got into Mike's limousine after the boxer offered to pick up one of her friends and take both of them to a party. This victim claims Mike Tyson quickly started groping her and kissing her.

EPL: Everton Sacked Frank Lampard

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Everton manager Frank Lampard has been sacked by the club management following the poor results and recent defeat at West Ham, making it the last match of his carrier as the Toffees coach. The Toffees are currently languishing in 19th place after picking up just five points from their last 12 Premier League games. Lampard arrived at Goodison Park in January 2022.

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Alleged Funds Diversion: ICPC Rearrests Former JAMB Registrar

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Thursday rearrested a former Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Adedibu Ojerinde. This was disclosed by the Commission’s spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, adding that Ojerinde was rearrested following a warrant of arrest issued by the Federal High Court, Abuja.

FEC Approves National Online Policy To Protect Children

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The Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday, deliberated on a national online policy to protect children from accessing unwholesome information on the internet. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, who presented the memo for deliberations at FEC, said it became necessary to protect the rights of children who access the internet to gather information. Pantami said it has become a global requirement, in line with a policy document released by the international telecommunications union (of which Nigeria is a member) on keeping children safe in the digital era.

Wizkid Hints On A Joint Music Tour With Davido

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Afrobeat superstar, (Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun) Wizkid has on Wednesday hinted on a joint music tour with fellow music superstar, (David Adeleke), Davido.

Nine Palestinians Reportedly Killed By Israeli Forces In Jenin

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Palestinian officials have revealed that nine Palestinians, including an elderly woman, have reportedly been killed in an Israeli military raid in the occupied West bank. According to Palestinian health ministry 16 others were injured with live ammunition in the raid on Jenin refugee camp. The ministry also warned that the situation was “critical” in Jenin, with many other people injured and ambulances unable to get to get. Israeli forces launched a large-scale raid and besieged the camp in the early hours with undercover forces, dozens of armoured vehicles and snipers. Armed confrontation with Palestinian resistance fighters soon broke out.