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U.S to lift travelling ban on Nigeria, other Muslim countries

  U.S. President-elect, Joe Biden has said his administration will roll back enforcement of a variety of executive orders ratified by his predecessor, Donald Trump when he takes over the office on January 20. President Trump had in the early days of his administration barred immigrants from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen – most of which are majority Muslim. Citing security concerns, Trump also included Nigeria, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Sudan and Tanzania to the list early 2020. However, a statement by the incoming White House chief of staff, Ron Klain on Saturday said that among dozens of regulations to be reversed by the President in his first day at the Oval Office include the travel ban placed in Nigeria and other countries which are most Muslim countries, CNN reports. “President-elect Biden will take action not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration but also to start moving our country forward,” the statement said.

Insecurity: Buhari govt helpless, incompetent – PDP reacts to Presidency’s ‘wait on God’ comment

  The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, for saying only God can resolve the insecurity challenges in the country. PDP’s spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan said Adesina’s comment has exposed Buhari’s government as completely helpless and incompetent. Adesina had said Nigerians should handover the insecurity issues in the country to God. Reacting, PDP said Adesina’s remark was an admission of Buhari’s failure. A statement by Ologbondiyan said: Buhari administration is “completely helpless and has come to its wits end in governance; a development, which validates the position of majority of Nigerians that President Buhari is grossly incompetent and should step aside. “It further goes to confirm that the Buhari’s administration has outlived its usefulness, if it had any, and that the promises and assurances made by President Buhari, on the fight against insecurity amount to mere lip service. “While we b

Suspected ‘yahoo boy’ arrested with girlfriend’s corpse

  Operatives of the Delta State Police Command have arrested a suspected Internet fraudster popularly called yahoo boy with the corpse of his girlfriend after he was caught attempting to dump the body of the lady, Blessing Akpovwovwo, in a bush. The suspect, said to be a resident of Urhuoka, Abraka in the Ethiope East Local Government Area of the state, is cooling his heels in police detention. Sources said the suspect, whose identity has yet to be ascertained was nabbed by a passerby on Thursday evening, as he (the suspect) was attempting to dispose of the lifeless body of Blessing. It was gathered that though the lifeless body of the lady was intact sources said she might have been used for rituals. Other sources claimed that the deceased was pregnant and it looked like a case of forced abortion to get the foetus for ritual purposes. It was further gathered that the corpse had blood in her private parts. Confirming the incident to journalists, the Head of Ugono-Abraka community, Chie

Ohanaeze faction moves to stop Obiozor as court receives suit seeking to annul Owerri election

  The Mike Ibeh-led faction of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has asked a High Court sitting in Bwari Abuja to restrain Professor George Obiozor who was elected at Owerri by the Nnia Nwodo-led ohanaeze from parading himself as the President General or be sent to jail. Recall that two different elections which held consecutively on Saturday and Sunday produced Chidi Ibeh and George Obiozor as the President Generals of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. However, in a Motion On Notice No FCT/HC/BIU/M/14/21 brought against Professor Obiozor and the incorporated trustees of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and made available to newsmen on Saturday, the applicants sought for an order restraining Professor George Obiozor and his privies or any other parading himself pending the determination of the substantive suit. Similarly, in an originating summons, Mike Ibeh-led faction is asking for the interpretations of article 10,11,14 and 21 of constitution of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, brought pursuant to order 2

Transfer: Lukaku set for shock move to Man City

  Inter Milan striker, Romelu Lukaku, has become a target for Manchester City, who will invest £200 million in their squad in several areas at the end of the season, the UK Telegraph reports. Pep Guardiola’s men sit four points behind leaders Manchester United with a game in hand, ahead of their match with Crystal Palace on Sunday. But City face a summer rebuilding, with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho and Eric Garcia able to leave for free. Guardiola will be in the market for a new striker, left back and a defensive midfielder. One area of concern is a long-term replacement for striker Aguero, who has struggled with injury problems since the start of the season. The 32-year-old striker’s contract expires in six months, and he is yet to make a decision on his future. But City will reportedly target a new striker even if Aguero ends up staying at the Etihad beyond this summer. It is believed that Lukaku, Dortmund striker Erling Haaland and Benfica forward, Darwin Nunez have been

COVID-19: Panic as Nigeria records 8 deaths, 1,867 new cases

  Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) registered 1,867 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in Nigeria to 107,345. The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle on Friday. It noted that eight people also died from the virus in the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 1,413. The centre added that the new cases were reported from 23 states of the federation and the  Federal  Capital Territory (FCT). The public health agency said that Lagos State reported 713 infections, Plateau, 273; FCT, 199; Kaduna, 117; and Oyo, 79. Other were Enugu-58, Ondo-53, Kano-49, Sokoto-43, Ogun-37, Osun-37, Nasarawa-36, Rivers-28, Benue-24, Delta-24, Niger-24, Gombe-18, Edo-15, Taraba-12, Bayelsa-10, Ekiti-9, Borno-6, Zamfara-2 and Jigawa-1. It stated that 705 patients across the nation had been treated successfully and recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours, adding that the number of recovered patients had risen to 84,535. It noted that “our discharges tod

Buhari appoints Buba Marwa as new NDLEA Chairman

  President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed former military administrator of Lagos and Borno states, Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (retd) as Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA. Vanguard reports that a source in the Presidency who confirmed the development to newsmen said Marwa’s appointment takes immediate effect. Prior to his appointment, General Marwa worked as Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Drug Abuse, PACEDA, from 2018 to 2020. He was a military attaché, Nigerian Embassy, Washington DC, USA, and defence attaché, United Nations, New York. Marwa was also a former ambassador to South Africa and the Kingdoms of Lesotho and Swaziland. Recall that the Agency had denied speculations that its Former Chairman, retired Col. Muhammad Abdallah was sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr Jonah Achema, spokesperson for NDLEA, who made the clarifications in a statement said the tenure of Abdallah whose appointment began on Jan. 12, 2016 expire

2023: Bury your ambitions — Group urges Atiku, Tinubu

Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ashwaju Bola Tinubu, have been asked to drop their ambitions to vie for the presidency of Nigeria in 2023. A body, Pan Nigeria Presidency of Igbo Extraction Coalition, PANPIEC, gave the warning in a statement by its Director of Planning and Strategy, Chief Pat Anyanwu, on Saturday, after a meeting between the Coalition and a northern group, Arewa Power Shift Movement, in Port Harcourt Rivers State. The Coalition noted that power shifting to Igbo land in 2023 will end the wounds of the civil war, calling on all Nigerians to support the realisation of Nigeria Presidential project in 2023. According to PANPIEC, there are many qualified Igbos to take up the calling and Nigerians should choose among them. On his part, the leader of the delegation, Mallam Dahiru Imam, noted that the North has a sense of justice and will support Ndigbo in 2023. He however called on Ndigbo to put their a

Transfer: Ozil finally reaches agreement with Arsenal to terminate contract

  Arsenal and Mesut Ozil have reached an agreement to terminate his contract, according to The Athletic. Ozil has been frozen out since March 2020 by Gunners boss, Mikel Arteta. The German was also excluded from Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads. Although he always insisted he would see out his contract which expires in the summer, he has now agreed to bring it to a premature end. The 32-year-old was in-line to earn around £7million between now and the end of the season, but a deal has now been agreed for an early termination. Ozil is set to travel to Turkey this weekend to complete a move to Fenerbahce after striking a deal with them. The player was told that he would not be registered in Arsenal’s squads for the second half of the season either and therefore he decided the time had come to move on.

Uganda Election: Museveni defeats Bobiwine, elected for 6th term

Uganda’s longtime President, Yoweri Museveni, has won the election in the country. Museveni was re-elected for a sixth term amid allegations of fraud and lack of transparency in Uganda. The country’s election commission disclosed that Museveni won 58.64% of the nearly 10 million ballots cast, while opposition leader Bobi Wine received 34.83% of the vote. Recall Opposition candidate, Bobiwine identified as Robert Kyagulanyi, alleged that he was under house arrest on Friday after the military invaded his house. Wine had accused the electoral commission of vote rigging, an allegation the agency has dismissed. Ugandans voted on Thursday amid a government-ordered internet shutdown which raised questions about the voting process. Museveni had confirmed that his government directed internet providers to block Facebook and other social media, accusing the platforms of “arrogance.”

Gbadamosi narrates how he survived COVID-19

  A former governorship aspirant in Lagos State, Babatunde Gbadamosi has narrated his experience with COVID-19. Gbadamosi tested positive for the virus and has been on treatment for seven days, alongside his family. On his Twitter page, he described COVID-19 as an engineered bio-weapon, saying that nobody he knows must die from it. Among other medications, Gbadamosi in a Twitter thread, revealed that he ate bitter kola daily with his family as they battled coronavirus. He called out Facebook for not promoting his post, adding that the platform wants everyone to die of COVID-19. Part of his tweet read: “Facebook owner and staff want everyone to die of Covid-19. They don’t want me sharing how I recovered from it. I say good riddance. “If Twitter likes, let them also suspend me. Nobody I know must die from this engineered Bio-weapon called COVID-19! “I ate at least one bitter kola daily with other medications.”

Sanwo-Olu extends work from home for civil servants

  The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has extended the work from home order to civil servants in the State. Sanwo-Olu gave the order to curtail the spread of COVID-19. Following the resurgence of COVID-19, the State government had ordered workers from Grade Level 14 and below to work from home. But, workers across most sectors have been directed to resume on Monday, January 18, 2021. However, a tweet by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile reads: “Breaking: Gov @jidesanwoolu has extended work from home order for civil servants on Grade Level 14 and below from Monday January 18 to February 1. A circular by @HMOKUNOLA1 Stated that decision was taken by the Gov to successfully curtail the spread of the #COVID19 in the State.”

Why I will allow my husband go for DNA test — Biodun Okeowo

  Curvy role interpreter, Biodun Okeowo better known as Omoborty has averred that she doesn’t see anything wrong with her hubby demanding for a DNA test. Speaking in a chat with The Sun, the actress said:” I won’t blame him though. Yes, I will allow him have his way. Not allowing him means I have skeleton in my cupboard. But he just proved to me he never trusted me. I will oblige him but my actions after that will depend on his explanation and what led him to request such”. On the kind of men ladies should not  date, Okeowo said: ”The only man I would advise any lady not to date or marry is a guy without prospects. Forget that he is not rich now. People with prospects are the billionaires of tomorrow. But some ladies don’t recognize opportunities. Secondly, I advise people to do what rocks their boat. I can’t advise anyone on whom to date or not to date. In my dictionary, love doesn’t choose based on standards. I have dated the rich, the average and the poor, yes I have! Love strikes m

APC insists no part of Nigeria under terrorists’ control

  The All Progressives Congress (APC) has insisted that terrorists no longer control any part of Nigeria’s territory. The party advised Nigerians to stop politicising security issues. John Akpan Udo-Edehe, Secretary, APC Caretaker Committee, made the call in a statement on Friday. The scribe noted that apart from attacks on soft targets, Boko Haram and its affiliates had been degraded. Udo-Edehe said efforts of security services, particularly the Armed Forces, to keep the country safe, should be appreciated. “We should rather support their efforts to further degrade the capacity of terrorists and other criminal elements. “We invite Nigerians to rededicate themselves to the patriotic call contained in our National Anthem – ‘The labours of our heroes past, shall never be in vain.” January 15 the day set aside to honour military veterans, those who fought and died in the nation’s civil war and internal operations. Being a former British colony, Nigeria formerly observed November 11 as Pop

Lecturer dismissed after confessing to s3xually harassing female student

  The management of the Kaduna State University, KASU, has terminated the appointment of Dr. Idowu Abbas of the Geography Department, over allegations of s3xual harassment. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of the school, Prof. Abdullahi Ashafa, disclosed this in a statement in Kaduna on Friday. Ashafa said Dr Abbas’s appointment was terminated after the university’s Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee, chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), investigated the alleged s3xual harassment against the lecturer. He said the report of the investigating committee was presented at the 217th Management Meeting of the institution on Jan. 12. The management also instructed that all students under his supervision be reassigned to a decent lecturer in the department. Part of the statement read: “According to the report, Abbas confessed in his testimony to have touched and hugged a female student he was supervising her project from behind against her will, when she went to his off