Atiku receives COVID-19 vaccine in Dubai

Atiku hopes Nigerians will soon have access to the vaccines to contain the spread of COVID-19. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The 2019 presidential candidate received the first of two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, according to a report by TheCable. “The importance of the #COVID19 vaccine in mitigating the effect of the coronavirus cannot be overstated, particularly in Africa and Nigeria,” his spokesperson Paul Ibe said. He said Atiku, 74,…

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Accident claims 6, injures 9 on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Six persons were confirmed dead while nine others had various degrees of injuries on Tuesday in a ghastly accident involving an articulated vehicle and a Toyota bus around Car Park C on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. Mr Ahmed Umar, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun command, confirmed the incident in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abeokuta. Umar explained that the accident which occurred around 11:53am, was caused by the driver of the truck marked FZE 376 DI who drove recklessly, loss control and hit…

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4 die in rival cults shootout in Ijaw community, Bayelsa

The Police Command in Bayelsa on Monday said four members of rival cult groups died in a shootout at a wake in the early hours of Monday. Mr Asinim Butswat, a Superintendent of Police and spokesman of the Command, confirmed the development to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa. Butswat, however, added that normalcy had since been restored following the swift intervention from the nearby Oporoma Division. “Two rival cult gangs clashed at Lobia Community, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area on Dec. 28, at about 0230 hours. “The unfortunate…

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NCDC reports 212 new COVID-19 infections, discharges 53 patients

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 212 new infections of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the country on Thursday. The NCDC made this known via its verified website. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigeria has so far tested 697,544 persons since the first confirmed case relating to the COVID-19 pandemic was announced on Feb. 27, 2020. The public health agency noted that the 212 new cases brings the total number of infected people in the country to 64,728. It added that no additional death was…

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FG worried over new cases of Lassa fever

The Federal Government has expressed concern over the number of new confirmed cases of Lassa fever in some states. The Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, expressed the concern in Abuja at the joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19. He said that there had been reported cases of Lassa fever in some states, especially as the dry season is setting in. The minister said that there were 180 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and two deaths recorded in the last 24 hours. According to him,…

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FG disburses MSME survival fund to artisans

Some artisans in Bariga Area of Lagos State on Thursday benefitted from the disbursement of the Federal Government’s N75 billion Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) survival funds. Mr Tola Johnson, Special Assistant to the President on MSMEs, spoke at the activation of the Artisan Scheme of the MSME Survival Fund by Bank of Industry (BoI) in Lagos. According to him, the fund is to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses in Nigeria. He said that plans to kick off the payroll support scheme were underway.…

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Nigeria’s most wanted robbery kingpin, Shina Rambo resurfaces, says he is born again

One time Nigeria’s most wanted criminal, Shina Rambo, has resurfaced in the Ekiti capital professing that he is now a changed man working for God as a preacher of the gospel of Christ. He spoke on Sunday night on a weekend Yoruba programme monitored on Fresh FM Radio, Ado Ekiti, and anchored personally by prominent ace gospel musician and owner of the radio station, Yinka Ayefele. Rambo, who gave his real name as Oluwasina Oluwagbemiga, confessed to be the same person whose gang terrorized some parts of the country for years…

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Nigeria’s main opposition party, PDP, congratulates U.S. President-elect Joe Biden

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has congratulated the United States President-elect, Joe Biden, on his successful election as the 46th President of the United States. The party congratulated Biden in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja on Sunday. Ologbondiyan urged the president-elect to use his new office to promote world unity, peace, global economic, political and international trade collaborations with focus on Africa as well as the developing world. “Our party recalls that the United States and Nigeria have a long history of robust…

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Lagos Task Force arrested journalist, and then he turned up dead

The journalist died after he was arrested while he was on official assignment. Lagos-based Gboah TV has confirmed that its staff, Pelumi Onifade, died after he was arrested by the Lagos State Task Force. Onifade was on official assignment at the Ministry of Agriculture, Abattoir, in the Agege area of Lagos on October 24, 2020 when he was arrested. Details surrounding the undergraduate’s death have remained sketchy, but he was confirmed by eyewitnesses to have been alive when he was taken away by the security operatives. The task force had…

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International Criminal Court commences investigation into Lekki shooting

The ICC will be investigating whether crimes against humanity were committed by state actors in Nigeria. The International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague will be conducting a preliminary examination into the recent #EndSARS protests in Nigeria and the shooting of unarmed, peaceful protesters at the Lekki toll on October 20, 2020. The office of the ICC prosecutor told the BBC that it has received information on alleged crimes against humanity in Nigeria. The Lekki shooting of protesters calling for police reforms sparked national and international outrage, with some sections of civil society alleging…

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Tambuwal appoints 31-year-old Bashir Gorau as commissioner in Sokoto

The Sokoto State House of Assembly on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of 31-year-old Bashir Gorau as member of the State Executive Council. Gorau, who was the Special Adviser on Student Matters to Gov. Aminu Tambuwal before the Assembly’s confirmation, would be the youngest commissioner in the state. In his career, the appointee is a former National Vice President as well as former Senate President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS). The confirmation followed a motion moved by Alhaji Bello Ambarura (APC-Illela), to screen the nominee at the Assembly’s Committee of…

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#EndSARS protests: Gov. AbdulRazaq warns against instigating another civil war

Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara, on Wednesday, urged Nigerians to refrain from actions that could spark another civil war and thus turn citizens to refugees elsewhere. AbdulRazaq stated this during the 45th anniversary of the Emir of Lafiagi, Alhaji Sa’adu Haliru in Lafiagi, headquarters of Edu Local Government area of the state. The governor appealed for caution and peaceful resolution of the contending issues, as the #EndSARS protests, now marred by arson, was festering in some parts of the country.RECOMMENDED ARTICLES “We need peace for Nigeria to succeed. There are…

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