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I never called for a coup —Bishop Kukah

As reactions and counter-reactions continue to trail his Christmas message, Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah, has denied calling for a coup.Bishop Kukah at a media conference with selected journalists held at St Bakhita Secretariat in Sokoto on Monday night urged Nigerians to get the accurate statement rather than relying on different lies[...]

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Reps back Trump, increase COVID-19 stimulus to $2,000

In a 275-134 vote on Monday, the US House of Representatives backed President Donald Trump’s demand for 2,000 dollars (N776,000) coronavirus stimulus cheque for American workers.The vote came barely 24 hours after Trump reluctantly signed the 900 billion dollars (N349.2 trillion) COVID-19 relief bill, which includes a $600 (N232,800) stimulus package.The president initially rejected the[...]

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Cross-over services: CAN directs Lagos churches to close by 11pm

The Lagos State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria has directed all churches in the state to close their cross-over services by 11 pm on December 31, 2020.The directive is contained in a statement signed by the Lagos State CAN chairman, Bishop Steven Adegbite.It would be recalled that the Lagos State Government had ordered[...]

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Deeper Life suspends principal over alleged molestation of Pupil

The management of the Deeper Life High School has suspended the principal of the school in Akwa Ibom State, Solomon Ndidi, over the alleged molestation of one of the pupils.Distraught mother of the junior student of Deeper Life High School, Idoro near Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, Deborah Okezie had in a Facebook video which went[...]

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EU member states endorse Brexit trade deal

The 27 EU member states gave the green light on Monday for the post-Brexit trade deal to go into effect on January 1, a spokesman said.Ambassadors from EU capitals met in Brussels to nod through the accord, using a procedure which will take effect at 3:00 pm (1400 GMT) on Tuesday.This will provisionally allow tariff-free[...]

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Don’t wait to see dead bodies to believe COVID-19 exist —NMA President

The President of the Nigeria Medical Association, Professor Innocent Utah, has said that Nigerians should not wait till they start seeing dead bodies on the streets before they believe that COVID-19 exists.He said this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily Programme on Monday when he was asked to address the school of thought which says the[...]

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COVID-19: South Africa passes one million infections as cases surge

South Africa has become the first country on the continent to register more than one million COVID-19 cases.It comes just days after authorities confirmed that a new, faster-spreading, coronavirus variant had been detected.Some hospitals and medical centres have reported a huge rise in admissions, putting a heavy strain on resources.President Cyril Ramaphosa is widely expected[...]

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All loans approval for Gov Diri, legitimate, for the people — Bayelsa Assembly

THE Bayelsa State House of Assembly has explained that the loan approvals granted the Governor Douye Diri led administration are legitimate and tied to specific items on project interventions and development.The Assembly had in the last few months come under criticism over approvals of loan requests from the state governor.But the leadership of the Assembly[...]

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Women Affairs Minister, Pauline Tallen tests positive for COVID-19

The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen has tested positive for COVID-19 after a routine test conducted on her and members of the family.According to a post on her Twitter handle @PaulineKTallen, the minister said she was asymptomatic but was advised to go for the test.The tweet stated: “Following interaction with individuals that later[...]

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Ikpeazu debunks defection rumour

Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has debunked rumours making the rounds that he plans to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party.Speaking during a state radio programme, The Platform, monitored in Umuahia last weekend, Governor Ikpeazu said he has not seen any reason why he should leave the PDP for any other party.Rumours abound[...]

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Amotekun debunks report of killing U.I student

Retired Col. Olayinka Olayanju, the Commandant of the Southwest Security Network in Oyo State, otherwise known as Amotekun, has debunked a report that its operatives killed a student of the University of Ibadan last Sunday.Olayanju said in a statement issued in Ibadan on Saturday that men of the Amotekun Corps had an encounter with a[...]

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Turkmenistan’s president claims licorice can cure COVID-19

Well-known for his baffling botanical pronouncements, Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov claimed Saturday that licorice could cure coronavirus, the latest supposed miracle cure in a country still claiming zero cases.“Scientists from every country are looking for effective cures, running various studies, and one of them could be licorice root,” the leader of the authoritarian ex-Soviet country[...]

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Gov Fintiri signs Adamawa N140bn 2021 budget into law

Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa on Saturday signed the state N140 billion 2021 budget into law.Speaking at the ceremony in Yola, Fintiri said that 52 per cent of the budget was for capital expenditure, while 48 per cent was for recurrent expenditure.According to him, the budget is the first of its kind in the history[...]

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COVID-19: UK owes frontline workers debt of gratitude, says Queen Elizabeth

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has commended frontline workers for their efforts during the pandemic, expressing during her annual Christmas television broadcast how “moved” she was by the “quiet, indomitable spirit” shown by people over the last year.“Every year we herald the coming of Christmas by turning on the lights,” the Queen said, noting that this year[...]

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COVID-19: Couples must obtain clearance to hold weddings, says Lagos

The Lagos State Government has made it mandatory for prospective couples to obtain clearance from the state government to hold weddings with 300 people in attendance.This was contained in a notice by the state government on Friday, titled, ‘Stay At Home’.“Weddings and social gatherings must not exceed 300 people with prior clearance from the Lagos[...]

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COVID-19: Task force clears Abuja recreational spots of fun seekers

Following the violation of its decision to shut down recreational spots in the territory, the Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA on Friday cleared some of the parks of fun seekers who had trooped into them as part of the Christmas celebrations.Some of the parks where fun seekers were sent out by the FCT Ministerial Enforcement[...]

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COVID-19: Don’t host, attend Christmas events, Sanwo-Olu urges Lagosians

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has urged Lagosians to give up all gatherings associated with Christmas celebrations.The governor, in a message to Lagosians on Christmas Day, said the restraint was necessary to curb the spread of the coronavirus amid the second wave of the pandemic.Sanwo-Olu, who just recovered from the novel virus, said, “I wish[...]

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Malian opposition leader, Cisse, dies of Covid-19

Malian opposition leader Soumaila Cisse has died of coronavirus aged 71, his family and party said Friday, after being held hostage for six months by jihadists earlier this year.Cisse “died in France, where he had been taken for Covid-19 care,” a member of his family told AFP.“I can confirm this terrible news. He’s dead,” a[...]

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Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch is sold for $22m

Michael Jackson’s famous 2,700-acre Southern California ranch has been sold for 22 million dollars to billionaire Ron Burkle, The Wall Street Journal reported.Burkle, who Forbes estimates is worth 1.5 billion dollars, was a friend of Jackson, who helped manage his money in the mid-2000s, according to the Journal.He is also co-owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins.Neverland[...]

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Why Benue can’t pay workers’ December salary ―Commissioner

Civil Servants in Benue State are to celebrate Christmas without salary.Giving the reason for nonpayment of December salary to its civil servants, the State Commissioner for Information Culture and Tourism, Mrs Ngunan Adingi, said the government’s accounts have been garnished following court orders.Adingi, who briefed journalists on Thursday at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi, lamented[...]

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COVID-19: Buhari cancels Christmas homage

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Thursday, said he would not host dignitaries to the usual Christmas homage this year.The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, announced this in a statement titled “President Buhari cancels Christmas homage.”The usual practice is that the sitting Vice President and Minister[...]

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Lalong recovers from COVID-19

Barely one week after testing positive for COVID-19, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has recovered from the virus.The spokesman for the Governor, Dr Macham Makut, confirmed his recovery in a statement in Jos on Thursday.Makut said, “The governor is now free of the disease after his latest test returned negative. The Governor’s negative status[...]

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China suspends UK flights over new virus strain

China on Thursday suspended flights to and from Britain after it reported a new, more infectious strain of the coronavirus.China has largely curbed the spread of Covid-19 within its borders, but authorities remain highly vigilant about the threat of “imported” virus cases.“Given the exceptional nature of the virus mutation and its potential impact … China[...]

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