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INEC Indicates Commitment To Conduct Credible FCT Council Election

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has said it is committed to conduct credible area councils election in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by February 12, 2022, with appropriate technology deployment and its innovative tools. The Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanni, stated this while speaking at the ongoing INEC FCT Election Monitoring and Support Centre (EMSC) Amber Zone Implementer’s workshop, on Monday in Abuja. “EMSC has become a vital tool in the monitoring, implementation and management of Nigeria’s electoral plans and activities.

APC Crises: Court Restrains Buni-Led Caretaker Committee From Inaugurating Factional Bauchi Exco

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A High Court sitting in Bauchi state has issued an interim order restraining the Mai Mala Buni caretaker committee of the All Progressive Congress (APC) from inaugurating the recently elected Babayo Aliyu Misau-lead Executive members in Bauchi state. The order was issued on Friday last week and was made available to journalists today in Bauchi, the order is restraining Mai Mala Buni, Mallam Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education, Hon Yakubu Dogara, Former Speaker House of Reps; and their privies, agent described by whatever name to administer the oath of office to Misau and his backroom ‘recognition’ as Bauchi APC leaders.

Saraki Welcomes Lagos APC Faction To PDP

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Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Saturday, led a disgruntled faction within the All Progressives Congress in Lagos known as the ‘Lagos4Lagos Movement’ to the Peoples Democratic Party.

NCDC Confirms 3 New Cases Of Omicron Variant

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has on Tuesday announced that three additional cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant have been recorded, making the total discovered cases of the new variant in Nigeria six.

Nigeria Records Fresh 55 COVID-19 Cases

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has revealed that the country on Sunday recorded 55 new cases of COVID-19. According to the agency the new cases where from six states. Lagos had the highest number with 37, followed by Edo state which recorded 6. The other states recorded as follows: Osun (5), Oyo (4), Ogun (2), and Ekiti (1).

Omicron Variant; FG Reacts To UK Travel Ban Against Nigeria

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The Nigerian Government has insisted that there is no plan at the moment to restrict foreigners from visiting Nigeria. Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the Minister of health made this known while having a chart with Channel Television on, Politics Today yester night.
Although most of the passengers who tested positive for the COVID-19 were from UK the Minister declared. Nigeria was blacklisted by the Canadian government from travelling to Canada last week where United Kingdom, Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong follow suit. However, the Minister reacted that the impromptu in flagging Nigeria on red is uncalled for. He quoted the World Health Organisation, WHO stated that rather, countries should find a way of working together than falling apart.
In his statement, the Minister said, at the moment we have no plans restricting anybody coming from another country.”

President Buhari Sacks AEDC Management Over Workers’ Strike

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sack of the management of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) over the strike by the Nigerian Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE). Two days ago the workers protested unpaid allowances, salaries and unremitted pension deductions. The strike by the NUEE left areas serviced by the AEDC without power for hours on Monday. The areas serviced by the company are the federal capital territory (FCT), Kogi, Nasarawa and Niger states.
A statement issued by Ofem Uket, media aide of the Minister of state for power, on Tuesday, said the president approved a new interim governing board to oversee the day-to-day operations of the company.

Naira Falls To Dollar At Official Market

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The Naira fell slightly against the U. S dollar on Monday at the official market, after the local unit recorded slight gains on Thursday and Friday last week. The pair closed at N415/$1 at the official Investors and Exporters (I&E) window. The Naira decline represented a 0.07 drop compared to N414.73/$1 recorded in the previous trading session as drop in the country’s external reserve continues with a decline of $33 million. The local currency fell at the official market despite a significant increase of 119.3% in Forex turnover.

Blackout Hits Abuja, Nasarawa, Kogi, As AEDC Workers Embark On Strike

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Residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and other customers serviced by the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) were thrown in darkness on Monday as workers embarked on indefinite strike action, shutting down the power facilities.

Demarai Gray Screamer Seals Everton Victory Over Arsenal

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Demarai Gray's late thunderbolt screamer was enough to see Everton come from behind to secure a dramatic 2-1 victory against Arsenal at Goodison Park on Monday Night.

EPL: Michael Carrick Announces Departure From Man United

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Michael Carrick announced on Thursday he will leave Manchester United after three games as caretaker manager. The former midfielder steadied the ship for the Red Devils after the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, taking four points from two Premier League games against Arsenal and Chelsea as well as progressing to the last 16 of the Champions League.

Messi Deserves Seventh Ballon d' Or - Fashanu

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Former Wimbledon player, John Fashanu, has said he believes former Barcelona captain Lionel Messi deserves the 2021 Ballon d’Or ahead of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski. The Argentina captain on Monday was crowned the 2021 Ballon d’Or winner at a ceremony in Paris, claiming the trophy for the seventh time in his career.

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NDLEA Launches National Drug Control Master Plan, Seeks Stiffer Penalties For Drug Traffickers

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) unveiled the National Drug Control Master Plan (NDCMP) in Abuja on Monday. The Master Plan is a five-year plan from 2021-2025 aimed at tackling drug trafficking and abuse across the country and created in conjunction with the United Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), civil society organizations, and other relevant stakeholders. The NDLEA Chairman, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (Retired) was represented by the NDLEA Secretary, Mr. Shadrach Haruna at the launch of NDCMP 2021-2025.

Twitter Bans Sharing of Private Media Files Without Consent

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Tech giant Twitter under the guidance of Parag Agrawal has stated that the Social-media platform will henceforth remove private media when it is reported by a person depicted or authorized representative.

Absence Of Witness Stale Naira Marley Case, Trial Adjourned Till February

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The Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos state has adjourned the trial of Azeez Fashola, AKA Naira Marley until February next year. Naira Marley was arraigned in court by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC)  on 11 count charges bordering on conspiracy and fraud. The music icon pleaded “not guilty” to the charges before Justice Nicholas Oweibo when he was first arraigned during the month of May.

Austria Re-Enters COVID-19 Lockdown Despite Protests

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Austria has returned to a full national lockdown as protests against new restrictions aimed at curbing Covid-19 infections spread across Europe. Rioting broke out at the Hague on Saturday over the Dutch government’s new coronavirus measures. Video from the scene shows riot police deploying water cannons and charging groups of demonstrators. Tens of thousands of people protested in the capital Vienna ahead of the lockdown. They brandished national flags, and banners with inscription “Freedom”. Infection rate has risen sharply on the continent, prompting warnings from the World Health Organizations (WHO). According to officials, the lockdown will last at least 10 days but could extend to 20.