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News headlines for today 22nd Dec 2020

today Tuesday, 22nd December 2020

Nigerian Newspaper Headlines

1. ASUU To Reopen Universities January 2021 – Ngige
Nigeria’s Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, stated on Monday that academic activities in the country universities will resume January 2021.

The former Anambra State governor made this known while speaking in Alor, Idemili South local government area of Anambra State, during the launch of Ngige free medical outreach at the Community’s Health Center.(News headlines)

According to the Minister, negotiations between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal government had reached 98 percent.

2. SIM Registration: FG Extends Deadline For NIN Update
President Muhammadu Buhari-led government on Monday extended the deadline for the provision of National Identification Number by telecommunication service subscribers.

The development was disclosed in a statement released by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.

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3. PDP House Of Representatives Member To Be Punished For Calling For Buhari’s Impeachment

The leadership of the House of Representatives has threatened to take disciplinary action against Kingsley Chinda, the lawmaker who is spearheading the impeachment process of President Muhammadu Buhari. (News headlines)

This development was made known by House Leader, Hon. Ado Doguwa who noted that Chinda is acting in a personal capacity as his calls do not represent the views of the House, his constituency, or his party.

4. Senate Passes N13.588 trillion 2021 Budget For Nigeria

The Nigerian Senate (upper chamber of the National Assembly) on Monday passed the sum of N13.588 trillion 2021 Appropriation bill into law.

The figures increased to N13.588 trillion after the National Assembly raised the proposed estimate of N13.082 trillion by N505 billion.

5. Nigerian Military Kills Several Boko Haram Terrorists, Destroy Gun Trucks In Borno

The Nigerian military has eliminated several Boko Haram terrorists and destroyed their gun trucks during an operation in Ajiri, Borno State.

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According to information made available to us on Monday 21st December by the Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, the operation happened on the night of 19 December 2020. (News headlines)

6. Rivers APC Faction Suspends Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi

A faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State loyal to Igo Aguma has suspended the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi for anti-party activities.

The APC faction in a statement signed by the media adviser to Aguma, Livingstone Wechie said Amaechi’s suspension from the party by the state executives followed his earlier suspension at the ward level.

7. FG Releases New Measures To Curtail Spread Of COVID-19
Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, approved a new measure to curtail the spread of Coronavirus in the country.

Buhari restricted the number of guests at weddings, conferences, and sporting activities to fifty.

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The Federal Government on Monday also ordered the closure of all bars, nightclubs, and restaurants.

8. Zamfara Under Yari Was Colony Of Banditry – Matawalle Bombs APC
Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has berated the All Progressives Congress (APC) for accusing him of sponsoring banditry in the northwestern state. (News headlines)

 

9. FG Imposes Fresh COVID-19 Restrictions On Churches And Mosques
The federal government on Monday amidst fears of impending second wave of the coronavirus disease, imposed fresh restrictions on religious worship centers including churches and mosques.

The restrictions were announced in a statement by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.

10. Olu Of Warri Is Dead
Delta State has been thrown into mourning with the reported news of the death of the Olu of Warri, Ikenwoli Godfrey Emiko.

(News headlines)

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Police Officer arrested with gang member during robbery operation

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Elekahia Police Division on sunday arrested a police sergeant Ibrahim Odege, and one other person involved in armed robbery at Elekahia Housing Estate.

State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Nmadi Omoni, disclosed this in a press statement. He said the two suspects were robbing people and falsefully taking their valuables from them.

Omoni said that the police early arrival to the scene led to the arrest of the two armed robbers, the police division identified one of the suspect Sergeant Ibrahim Odege attached to the Operations Department of the Rivers Police Command and one Sampson Inomoghe from Nembe in Bayelsa State, but resides at Rumuokwrushi in Obio/Akpor LGA.

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He said that the suspects took responsibilities for most of the robberies carried out in that axis. Omoni added that the state commissioner of police, Joseph G. Mukan, strongly condemned the act and ordered the immediate transfer of of the suspects and exhibits to the state Criminal Investigation Department for Investigation.

He appealed to the residents of the area to remain calm and be vigilant, also to work with the police to keep their area safe.

 

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Mercedes Benz With ‘Learner’ Sign Set Ablaze After Crushing 6 Children to Death in Edo

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Mercedes Benz With ‘Learner’ Sign Set Ablaze After Crushing 6 Children to Death in Edo State. The incident happened in Arue-Uromi, Esan-North East Local Government Area of the state.

According to Eye witnesses, the six children crushed by the Mercedes  were siblings, four girls and two boys, the driver (a learner) was trying to dodge a pothole and swerved to the spot where the kids were playing football.

This incident provoked the residents of the community,  they immediately blocked the road and set the Mercedes Benz ablaze.

This incident was confirmed by the Edo State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Henry Benamaisia.

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I Didn’t Bribe Malami With $5m -Akpabio

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Senator Godswill Akpabio(Minister of Niger Delta Affairs), has denied the news making the rounds that he offered a bribe of $5 million to the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to earn his appointment as a sole administrator for the  Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Akpabio said this on Sunday through his media aide Anietie Ekong. he insisted that he would take legal action against frontliners of the news to clear his name and that of AGF.

Ekong said “the attention of the minister of Niger Delta Affairs has been drawn to a piece of fake news, which claimed that Senator Akpabio paid $5 million bribe to Malami and others to secure the appointment of a Sole Administrator for NDDC.

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“We wish to state categorically that this is a piece of malicious concoction manufactured from the pit of hell by mischief-makers. It is a figment of the imagination of the author of the fake news. Akpabio denies the story in its entirety. The authors of the fake news should be ready to back up their claim or face the full wrath of the law.

“The story is a desperate attempt by some unscrupulous bloggers to impugn the integrity of Akpabio and Malami as the claim is not only spurious but utterly ridiculous.

“The fact is that in a suit number ABJ/CS/617/2020 filed by a Civil Society Organization, Forum for Accountability and Good Governance, at a Federal High Court in Abuja, Justice Ahmed Mohammed had granted an order restraining the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC from performing the functions of the board and accessing the commission’s offices and files.”

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