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Monthly Archives: January 2021

Meet Nigeria’s New Service Chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday appointed new Service Chiefs following the resignation of the former officers. Major-General Leo Irabor replaced General Abayomi Olonisakin as Chief of Defence Staff; Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao replaced Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar as Chief of Air Staff; Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo replaced Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas as Chief of Naval Staff; …

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The world welcomes Joe Biden as the 46th US President

Joe Biden on Wednesday became the 46th president of the United States, vowing a “new day” for the United States after four years of tumult under Donald Trump who in an extraordinary final act snubbed the inauguration. Two weeks to the day after Trump supporters violently rampaged at the US Capitol to overturn the election results, Biden took the oath …

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UK COVID-19 Strain In Over 60 Countries –WHO

The UK coronavirus strain has spread to at least 60 countries, the World Health Organization reported on Wednesday, after US President-elect Joe Biden led a moving tribute to American victims. Covid-19 has claimed more than two million lives globally since it was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan more than a year ago, while the total number of …

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Meet the new Nigeria’s envoys-designate

After months of delay, President Muhammadu Buhari finally endorses ambassadorial postings, which include the country’s first female ambassador to the U.S., Dr. Uzoma Emenike. As the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is expected to expedite actions on their resumption, Read profiles of some of the envoys. Nigeria is set to have its first female ambassador to the United States of America. …

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UNILORIN researchers recommend pineapple in COVID-19 management

A team of researchers at the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) have established the capacity of Bromelain derivable from pineapple fruits in the management of COVID-19 cases. According to the University of Ilorin Bulletin issued on Monday, the discovery is in conjunction with Prof. Bamidele Owoeye, the Head, Department of Physiology, and Mr Ahmed Bakare, a PhD candidate at the university. …

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Corruption: AGF Otunla and Abdullahi Dikko refund N8.2billion

To avoid prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission (ICPC), two retired top civil servants, Accountant-General of the Federation, Jonah Ogunniyi Otunla, and an ex-Comptroller-General of Customs, Abdullahi Inde Dikko have disclosed how they refunded N8.2billion loot to the treasury. Otunla, AGF between 2011 and 2015, and companies linked …

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Breaking: Nigeria sets new record, posts highest COVID-19 cases

Nigeria sets a new COVID-19 record on Friday, posting its highest infections in a single day, with Lagos, Plateau and Abuja taking huge lead. Figures from the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on Friday showed that the nation reported 1,867 new cases. Nigeria’s 1,664 cases posted on 7 January, 2021 was the highest the nation reported in a single …

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Buhari in petrol subsidy quagmire: Landing cost overtakes pump price

The Buhari administration is now caught in a policy quagmire over whether petrol subsidy should be resumed or allow the market to determine the price. As far as the administration is concerned, the subsidy regime has ended, so as to free cash for other social and economic needs of Nigerians. However, the recent rise in crude oil prices to about …

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Elumelu’s Heirs Holdings buys out Shell, ENI, Total in OML 17

Tony Elumelu’s Heirs Holdings has expanded the group’s energy portfolio with the unconditional acquisition of 45 percent stake in OML 17. The company acquired the stake, through TNOG Oil and Gas Limited from multinationals Shell and their joint venture parties, Total and Eni. Heirs Holdings announced the transaction today, saying it is one of the largest oil and gas financings …

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Tragedy: Six siblings, nine others perish in Edo accidents

Two separate auto crashes that occurred on Friday in Arue-Uromi and Agbede, in Edo State have claimed 15 lives, including six siblings. The Arue-Uromi accident reportedly provoked anger, tears and sorrow, as the six casualties involved, four girls and two boys, were said to be children of the same family. It was however not clear how exactly the accident occurred. …

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Sanwo-Olu approves re-opening of all Lagos schools Monday

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved that all public and private schools in Lagos State below tertiary level should resume on Monday for the second term of 2020/2021 academic session. Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo conveyed the governor’s approval on Friday, noting that this is in line with the Federal Government’s resolution after reaching a consensus with …

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NDDC: Malami opens up on collecting bribe from Akpabio

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, (SAN) has denied the allegation that he collected gratification from the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio in respect of the appointment of a Sole Administrator for the NDDC. Malami made the denial in a statement issued by Dr Umar Gwandu, his Special Assistant on Media and …

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Buhari shocked over death of Sultan of Sokoto’s brother

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock over the death of Alhaji Abdulkadir Jeli Abubakar, Dikkon Sokoto, the Commissioner of Home Affairs in Sokoto State and younger brother of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III. In a condolence message to the Sultan on Friday, the President said he received with great shock and profound sadness the death Abubakar. “I …

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Journalists Raises Alarm Over Assassination Attempt On Colleague

he Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Rivers State Council, has raised the alarm over a failed assassination attempt on the life of one of its members, Mr Segun Owolabi, on Monday night.  Owolabi, who is the Business Manager of Silverbird, Rythym 93.7 FM station, reportedly being killed on Monday when some gunmen stormed his house in Port Harcourt. NUJ, in a …

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Lagos Clubber tests positive for COVID-19 in police cell

Ipadeola Abiola Oriyomi, a social media influencer who was arrested at Eclipse Club in Victoria Island, Lagos has tested positive for COVID-19 in police custody. The popular Instagrammer has pleaded that he should be taken to an isolation centre rather than being returned to the cell. “Instead of them to take me to isolation centre or I should go to …

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