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Nigerian Government Yet To Increase Police Welfare As Promised

Despite President Muhammadu Buhari’s promise to reform the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), which includes increasing the salaries and improving the welfare of police personnel, nothing has been done.

The country had witnessed days of #EndSARS protests aimed at putting a stop to police brutality and comprehensively reforming the force.
The demands of the protesters had included increment in the salaries of police officers, which the government promised to address.

But about two months after, a top source in the police force told SaharaReporters that nothing had been done by the government regarding the demands of the protesters to improve the welfare of police personnel.
The source, however, revealed that efforts were already in place to implement a new salary structure following a recent directive by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, which he described as different from outright salary increment.
According to the source, the new structure is being prepared by the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

He said, “The new salary structure that we have now was prepared by IPPIS. A police constable earns nothing less than N40, 000. Then, as regards the promises made so far after the #EndSARS saga, we’ve not seen anything.

“But we strongly believe that some things are in the pipeline. The IGP has gone round most of the states, which I’m aware of and he mentioned that the welfare packages of police officers were being looked into alongside the salary structure, starting from himself down to the least police constable. We are hoping that by January, we’ll see the difference in the salary structure.

“All these things involve some processes; we believe once they implement it, there will be some arrears. Let’s hope by January, we will see some changes.
“The IPPIS is to prepare the new salary structure for the police. We have MSS (Mechanised Salary Section), MSS, which used to be used for the police salary before IPPIS came. IPPIS and MSS are working hand in hand now.

“Actually, when IPPIS came, there were some deductions. I think it happened in other sectors too like in the military. There were some deductions but after that, some amounts of money were added to the salaries, maybe N2, 500 or so, I can’t even remember.”
The source dismissed claims that there was an increment in the salary of police officers, explaining that what happened was adjustment in salary.

He added: “There was a salary adjustment for police officers, not salary increment. There was a rumour at a time that the salaries of police personnel had been increased. There was no increment, it was an adjustment in salary structure that was done. They are two different things.

“There was adjustment in salary structure. In the ministry, they don’t have levels but we do; we have level 11 up to 17. There was an adjustment in that structure to suit what the Department of State Services is using; to balance it up, just like an equivalent.
“For a newly recruited Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), before now, they used to be on Level 8 but now, they are put on Level 9 due to that structure adjustment. Level 9 for unconfirmed ASP, level 10 for confirmed ASP, a Deputy Superintendent of Police is on Level 11, and a Superintendent of Police is on Level 12.

“There was an adjustment in the structure not salary increment. Though indirectly, once there is an adjustment in structure, your salary will also increase but the salary for that particular level remains. But once there is a minimum wage adjustment, the salary for that level will increase.”

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Flash: President Buhari To Address Nigerians January 1

President Muhammadu Buhari to address Nigerians on January 1.
The broadcast will commence at 7 am.

President Muhammadu Buhari to address Nigerians on January 1.
The broadcast will commence at 7 am.
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Enforce 12am To 4am Curfew, Lagos CP Orders Policemen

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered police officers to enforce the 12am to 4am curfew imposed by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

He also directed them to enforce all other protocols highlighted by the PTF as well as ensure the total closure of night clubs, bars, lounges, event centres, amongst others.

Odumosu, however, urged the general public to be law-abiding and support security agencies for effective policing of the state.

In a statement released by the force on Thursday, Odumosu gave the order to Commanders and DPOs during an event at Ikeja.

The statement partly read, “The Commissioner of Police reiterated that they must enforce the use of face mask regularly at public places (markets/malls), social distancing, total closure of night clubs, bars, lounges, event centres, no social party, street carnivals, use of infra-red thermometer to check body temperature, sanitisers and enforcement of the imposed curfew between 12 midnight and 4am.

“He further ordered that all Area Commanders and DPOs must ensure such due enforcement in their various offices across the command; noting that COVID-19 is real and we must do everything possible within our reach to halt its spread.”

Odumosu was also quoted to have warned police officers in the state against incivility, drunkenness, excessive or misuse of power, accidental discharge, extortion and other inappropriate behaviours in the New Year, noting that “anyone found wanting will be heavily sanctioned within the ambit of the law”.

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New Zealand Already ln 2021 As They Celebrate With Fire Works In Auckland

New Zealand Already ln 2021 As They Celebrate With Fire Works In Auckland.

The people of New Zealand and a few countries have already left 2020 behind while others around the world are still in it especially people from the African Continent.

New Zealand is celebrating the new year with much merriment and fireworks as they say goodbye to the year that was characterized with fear, chaos, job losses, deaths and Pandemics.

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Oyo to permit crossover nights under strict COVID-19 protocols- Makinde

…says Task Force officials to enforce protocols, guidelines
…worship, event centres to utilise 50 per cent capacity
…violators of guidelines, advisories’ll face penalties
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Wednesday, approved the suspension of the 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. curfew earlier imposed on states by the Federal Government, saying that officials of the State’s Task Force on Covid-19 will ensure strict compliance to the guidelines and advisories during the Yuletide and after.

The governor, has therefore, directed that religious centres be allowed to hold crossover worship services only in strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols.
The Technical Team of the Task Force on COVID-19 had earlier stated that it was ruling out the crossover services in view of the 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. curfew imposed by the Federal Government.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, however, warned that worship centres must adhere strictly to the advisories and guidelines put in place to prevent the spread of the virus in the state.

The statement further indicated that the governor gave the directives in a brief endorsed by the chairman of the Technical Team of the COVID-19 Task Force, Prof. Temitope Alonge, which reviewed the earlier pronouncement of the Technical Team and lifted the curfew.

The statement added that other advisories earlier released by the Task Force, including the directive of 50 per cent occupancy for worship and event centres, ban of street carnivals and others, remain in effect.
The statement read : “Following a review of the pronouncement of the Technical Team of the Task Force on COVID-19 in Oyo State on 29th December 2020, His Excellency, the Executive Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, FNSE, has magnanimously directed that the 12 midnight to 4 a.m. curfew be lifted. “The governor has also warned citizens and residents of Oyo State to ensure strict compliance with the guidelines, protocols and advisories as laid down by the OYO State COVID-19 Task Force aimed at limiting the transmission of the disease in our communities.
“Secondly, he has directed that enforcement of these guidelines and protocols in accordance with the law will be applied as appropriate, enjoining individuals and organizations to comply and by so doing ensure that we all spread the joy of this season and not the virus.”

It will be recalled that the Oyo State Task Force on COVID-19 had, in a communique released on Tuesday, earlier warned individuals, families and corporate organisations in the state to adhere to protocols such as the use of face masks in public places, social distancing and regular washing of hands.

The Task Force had equally reminded event centres on the existing advisory on 50 per cent capacity occupancy for events, while also enforcing the proper use of face masks and handing washing requirements.
It admonished residents of the state, including private healthcare providers and individuals feeling unwell, to access the available testing centres across the 33 local government areas of the state.

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Nigerian Army Deploys Aircraft, Gun Trucks In Search Of Kanu’s Eastern Security Network Camp

From the drones and hidden cameras believed to be installed by the ESN, a video captured the Nigerian Army helicopters and their vehicles and soldiers searching for the camp of the ESN to make arrests.
The Nigerian Army has deployed combat helicopters, gun trucks and soldiers to search some forests in the South-East states where the Eastern Security Network, recently launched by Nnamdi Kanu, is suspected to be camping.

SaharaReporters learnt that the military search had been ongoing for days, and has no time frame, as the army was acting on “orders from above.”
From the drones and hidden cameras believed to be installed by the ESN, a video captured the Nigerian Army helicopters and their vehicles and soldiers searching for the camp of the ESN to make arrests.
Kanu, a leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, on December 12, launched the ESN, saying the regional security outfit, just like Amotekun in the South-West, would help tackle crime.

“The Nigerian Army that is supposed to fight Boko Haram were seen everywhere searching for the camp of Eastern Security Network team. But they forgot they are dealing with sophisticated men. There are cameras and drones everywhere watching them,” an official told Saharareporters.

“If the Nigerian Armed Forces attack the ESN, the people of Southern Kaduna, the Middle Belt, and the South-West must use that opportunity to flush out the Fulanis in their region. The Nigerian Army will disintegrate, and all will be free,” another aggrieved official added.

Two days after Kanu launched the ESN, the Yoruba’s socio-cultural group, Afenifere, lent its support, noting that Nigeria must embrace regional policing as the only remedy to insecurity.

The Afenifere National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, in an interview with SaharaReporters, had stated this, adding that the distorted federal police could no longer secure the country; hence the establishment of regional security outfits to protect lives and property.

He said, “It is seen that the central policing in Nigeria has collapsed, and the regional policing is not a new thing in this country. And, I tell you, we are back to the era of regional policing.

“The security challenges have gone beyond what the Nigeria police can handle, and since we have had regional policing before, we are back into the era again.”

When asked if this is commendable and needed, he said, “Kanu is doing what is good for his region.”
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen Sagir Musa, could not be reached for comments on the deployment of the aircraft.

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Bandits From Mali Trying To Cross Into S’West – Makinde

Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, has revealed that bandits from Mali were attempting to cross to the South-West through the Saki boundary.

According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, Makinde said this during his visit to Saki on Monday.

Nigeria shares boundary with Benin Republic at Saki which is in the Oke Ogun area of Oyo State.
The statement read in part, ” Of course, in our locality here, banditry is also another issue.

“For instance, Saki shares an international border and it is more of an international issue because we have bandits all the way from Mali that are trying to cross.
“Once they gain entry into anywhere they can operate, they will stay there.”

The governor, however, said the Oyo State Security Network Agency had been able to flush out some bandits inside the bush in Kishi.

“When we inaugurated Amotekun, you gave us your support. When some bandits went to the bush at Kishi, we were able to flush them out with all the efforts of all of us here.

“So, we want to use this opportunity to say thank you to you all,” he added.
The Ààrẹ Ona Kakanfo, Iba Gani Adams, had in September raised the alarm that foreign terrorists had occupied the Old Oyo National Park in Kishi.
The faction of the Oodua People’s Congress which is led by Adams told our correspondent that they went into the bush, fought against the terrorists using the bush as their hideout.

The Chairman of OPC in Oyo State, Mr Rotimi Olumo, said the OPC dislodged the terrorists and recovered four AK-47 rifles from the hoodlums and handed those arrested to the police with the weapons.

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January will be tough, NCDC warns, Says COVID-19 cases to rise as event centre were filled up

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has warned that January 2021 will be tough with an increase in new cases of covid-19, as people have been seen during the yuletide and holiday period disregarding the laid down protocols concerning social gathering.

It further stated that last week was the worst week ever since the beginning of the response to the pandemic because the country recorded more cases.
The agency therefore urged Nigerians to brace up for the consequences of their actions as seen in the filling up of event centres and social facilities.

The Director-General of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, disclosed this during the Presidential Task Force on covid-19 briefing on Tuesday in Abuja.
He said, “We have just faced the worst week since we started responding to this outbreak. We had more cases in Nigeria last week than in any other previous week since the beginning of the outbreak.

“Just looking at pictures, images and videos from across the country is a very disheartening situation because it appears that our messaging and our appeals to Nigerians over the last few months have not been heeded, and we have gone ahead with business as usual. Event centres, social facilities are full; so it is no surprise that cases are rising.

“January will be a tough month no doubt about it. So we have to brace ourselves for the consequences of the activities that we have decided to carry out in December.”

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It’s has been one problem to another under Buhari —Obasanjo

Former President Obasanjo has said that no Nigerian should go to sleep hungry considering the enormous resources the nation is blessed with.

Obasanjo said this while addressing newsmen in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, on Tuesday.
The former President was of the opinion that Nigerian leaders, not God, should be blamed for the situation of things in the country.

While praying that the year 2021 be better than 2020, the Balogun Owu asserted that Nigeria was not supposed to be poor.

“We do not have to blame God for our situation, we have to blame ourselves. Nigeria does not have to be poor. No Nigerian must go to bed hungry. That we have a situation like that is a choice by our leaders and followers alike, my prayer is that God will make the year 2021 a better year for all of us. But it will not happen without work,” he stated.

Speaking about the outgoing year, the Nigerian leader asked the people to be thankful to God in all things, 2020 was a year of challenge.

“We have gone from one form of insecurity to a bad economy and on top of it is the COVID-19. Some people, either for insecurity or for bad economy or for COVID-19 have gone to the great beyond.

“But what then do we do, the rest of us? As I said, we should thank God. I believe we need to work hard in this country as we pray hard so that the coming year 2021 will be a glorious year for us.

On what to do to fix the economy, Obasanjo said, “we are not doing the right thing now, when we do the right thing, the economy will be what it should be.”

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NIMC Issues New Guidelines For NIN Applicants

The National Identity Management Commission has issued fresh guidelines for applicants to obtain their National Identification Number (NIN).

Kayode Adegoke, the spokesman for the commission, in a statement on Tuesday titled, ‘NIMC Adopts Booking System For NIN Enrolment,’ urged all applicants to use face masks, maintain social distancing and wash their hands while at its centres across the country.

The statement further reads, “Mindful of the second wave of the COVID-19 which continues to severely affect public health and cause unprecedented disruptions, the Commission wishes to announce that it has adopted a couple of measures to contain the spread of the virus whilst ensuring its services to Nigerians are not entirely interrupted.

“Effective December 30, 2020, attending to applicants would be based on Booking System. For Bookings, applicants are to visit any of the NIMC Offices closest to them during stipulated business hours (9am – 1pm).
“Once admitted into the office, a Number-Issuing queue management system will be in place to ensure orderliness and strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.”

Several Nigerians had on Tuesday gathered at the offices of the commission in Lagos and Abuja, to register for their National Identification Number (NIN).

Several people who gathered at the offices flouted COVID-19 protocols put in place to check the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
It was observed that the majority of them did not use their face masks and physical distancing was not observed.

The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, had initially issued a two-week ultimatum to all telecommunications operators in the country to block all Subscriber Identification Modules (SIMs) without National Identification Number.

It later extended registration for NIN by up to six weeks, from December 30, 2020 to February 9, 2021
A statement jointly signed by the Executive Vice-Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, Umar Danbatta; and Director-General, National Identity Management Commission, Aliyu Aziz, said, “Based on the endorsement of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the following resolutions were made: Three (3) weeks extension for subscribers with NIN from 30th December 2020 to 19th January 2021; and six (6) weeks extension for subscribers without NIN from 30th December 2020 to 9th February 2021.”

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Jobless Americans to get $300 weekly as Trump signs COVID-19 bill

President Donald Trump has signed the $2.3trillion coronavirus relief and government funding bill into law.
President-elect Joe Biden had expressed concern about Trump’s delay.
“This abdication of responsibility has devastating consequences”, he warned in a statement.
The assent will forestall a government shutdown expected to begin on Tuesday.

The $900billion relief package will help Americans, registered immigrants and businesses cope with the economic shock caused by the pandemic.
Twelve million people in two pandemic unemployment programs are to receive benefits for 11 weeks.

In the breakdown, every adult and child earning up to $75,000 will get $600 direct payment. Those earning between $75,000 and $99,000 would get smaller checks.

Jobless workers will receive up to $300 per week through mid-March. Self-employed people and gig workers will also receive further assistance.
The bill provides $25billion to help families pay their rent; it extends the current eviction moratorium until January 31.

It allocates $13billion for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
The sum of $284billion Paycheck Protection Program loans has been earmarked for small business, nonprofits and local newspapers, TV and radio stations.

Additionally, $15billion would be reserved for live venues, independent movie theaters and cultural institutions.

The agreement will give child care centers $10billion to safely reopen.
It provides $68billion for purchase and distribution of vaccines, as well as COVID-19 testing.
Millions will stay connected to the internet, thanks to $7billion allotment.

Transportation-related assistance include $16billion for airlines to pay salaries, $14billion for mass transit agencies, $10billion for highways, and $1billion for Amtrak.

Schools will get $82billion for reopening, while $13billion has been set aside for farmers and agriculture.

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The security reports coming from Oyo State most especially as it relates to the conducts of the operatives of the Western Nigeria Security Network code-named Amotekun is not palatable at all and it has shown the defects of having State Police in a country like ours where the maxim, “power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely” is most applicable.

The clamor for this regional security apparatus was a popular one borne out of the glaring failure and mess of the federal agencies instituted to protect lives and properties. This clamor was championed by many across various classes in the region and I also largely subscribed to the institution. This was a product of the belief that the existence of such outfit (if properly utilised) will strengthen security in the country by consolidating on the efforts of the existing security apparatchiks. But, it is most pathetic that Governor Seyi Makinde decided within himself to submit the security architecture of the State to touts as a form of compensation. This singular act of his has helped in promoting violence in the State by “thugs in uniform” who have been formenting trouble within the four corners of the State.

The distribution of guns to the members of Amotekun can be likened to empowering mad men with guns when considering the level of their exposure as operatives of Amotekun have been reported on many occasions of shooting at members of the general public at the slightest provocation and this cannot be unconnected from the fact that many of them are ill-trained on crisis-management as security personnels and are largely jackasses and hyenas in human clothing.

One would have thought that the hierarchical structure of Amotekun would be in the hands of security experts like retired senior police officers/army officers, but, reverse is the case as the structure is submitted in the hands of known touts who should not be trusted with such a sensitive post.
It is no gainsaying that Amotekun being coordinated largely by touts has greatly contributed to the negative conducts of its operatives with unprovoked killings of harmless citizens being reported virtually on a daily basis.

Of late, Oyo State has been exhibiting all the characteristics of a failed State with uprisings from each end. Today, hardly will a day pass by without report of insurrection from one part of the State or another. And, the issue of insecurity in the State is seriously becoming a source of concern for many of us considering the importance of a serene environment to economic development and political stability.
Though, the Governor has shown commitment in the areas of distribution of service equipments to security operatives in the State, but, beyond this, the Governor must sit-up and ensure that the security of lives and properties of the people is properly guaranteed by disarming touts who have been formenting struggle in the nooks and crannies of the State.

In all, I leave the operatives of Amotekun in this Ẹsẹ̀ ifá (ifá corpus) while hoping that the Governor will, as a matter of necessity and urgency enforce a recomposition:
Irọ́ pípa níí pa onírọ́
Ilẹ̀ dídà níí pa ọdàlẹ̀
Ojú Olódùmarè ń rí ohun tí ó pamọ́ sábẹ́ ilẹ̀
A díá(dífá) fún ẹni tí ó jalè ní ìkọ̀kọ̀
Tí ó rò pé Ọba ayé ò rí òun
Bí Ọba ayé ò rí i, ti ọ̀run ń wò ó
Ọ̀rúnmìlà tún wí pé
Èké ń pa ẹrú
Epè ń pa olè
Ilẹ̀ dídà ń pa ọ̀rẹ́
Òrìsà ìdílé ń pa ènìyàn aṣebi.
Lying slays the liar,
Betrayal slays the betrayer,
The eyes of Olodumare see what is buried under the earth
Thus declared the Oracle to the man who steals under the cover of darkness
And think that no earthy King sees him
Though the earthy King does not see you
The heavenly King sees you
Orunmila says further;
Tale-bearing slays the slave
Curses slay the thief
Covenant-breaking slays the friend
The tutulary divinity kills one who harms his relation.

Kazeem Olalekan Israel (GANI) writes from Ibadan, Nigeria.
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75 Year Old Isreali Dies Of Heart Attack After Taking Covid-19 Vaccine

The Israeli health ministry has said a 75-year-old man from Beit She’an died of a heart attack two hours after receiving vaccination against COVID-19 on Monday morning.

It was learnt that the man had preexisting conditions and had suffered from heart attacks in the past.
Chezy Levy, the Director-General of the Health Ministry, has launched an investigation into the incident. “We share in the grief of the family,” he said in a statement.

He was injected at around 8:30 am at a Clalit Health Services Clinic. He stayed at the facility, as is customary, for a short period of time to ensure he had no side effects. When he felt well, the clinic released him.

According to Levy, the early discoveries do not reveal a link between the man’s death and his inoculation.

When Pfizer presented its safety data to the US Food and Drug Administration in early December, it was found that two trial participants had died after receiving the vaccine. One of the deceased was immunocompromised, meaning the person’s immune defences were low.

In response to the report of those deaths, Israel’s Midaat Association said when vaccines are administered to at-risk populations, “there may be unfortunate cases. One should not infer from this about the safety of the vaccine, but welcome the transparency required from the pharma companies in the drug approval process.”

In large trials of tens of thousands of people, death can occur without any connection to the trial, but companies such as Pfizer are required to report those deaths, Midaat said.

“According to the published data, six of the participants in the experiment died, two of whom received the vaccine and four of the control group,” said Dr. Uri Lerner, Midaat’s scientific director. “After an in-depth examination, no connection was found between the experiment and the cause of death.”
Conspiracy theories surrounding side effects and claimed dangers of the newly released coronavirus vaccines have spread rapidly throughout social media.
The main side effects reported in the trials of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were pain, swelling and redness at the site of injection and chills, tiredness and headache in general. But these effects usually only persisted for a few days at most.

Any potential long-term side effects are still unsubstantiated, as the vaccines are still new. However, the majority of health officials have said they believe the vaccines will cause no long-term harm. In Israel, more than 80 per cent of medical personnel are expected to be inoculated.

As of Monday morning, Israel had vaccinated 380,000 citizens with the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. According to Health Minister, Yuli Edelstein, 99,000 people were vaccinated on Sunday.

Currently, Israel is vaccinating medical personnel, people over the age of 60 and those with chronic illnesses. It hopes to start vaccinating teachers and school staff later this week.

The IDF vaccination campaign kicked off on Monday.
Israel hopes to vaccinate as many as 150,000 people per day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday night. If successful, 2.25 million Israelis will be vaccinated within a month and a half.

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Only Illiterate Nigerians Wants To See Dead Bodies To Accept Covid-19 Is Real – NMA President

The President of the Nigerian Medical Association, Professor Innocent Utah, has said only uneducated Nigerians question the existence of COVID-19 because they have not seen people dying on the streets.

Utah said this while addressing the doubts expressed by some Nigerians regarding the existence of the coronavirus in Nigeria on a Channels TV programme on Monday.

He described those doubting its existence in the country as illiterates, saying, “If we are waiting for people to die on the road before we intervene, then there is no need to have doctors.

“We have what we call preventive medicine. We want to prevent it; we don’t want people to die. Doctors are trained not to be looking for dead people. Doctors are trained to prevent people from dying.

“How many people have Nigerians seen dying even in the hospital, not to talk about a situation where the whole world is on its knees because of COVID? So, that statement, I think, is largely for those who are illiterates.”

The NMA President faulted the low level of public awareness regarding the pandemic, saying, “I don’t know why the much we expect from the National Orientation Agency is not happening.

“Nobody should have the illusion that COVID-19 does not exist. Even policymakers are making statements that COVID-19 does not exist. It’s very painful when the whole world is on its knees because of COVID-19 and somebody will come out and say that it does not exist.”

He said as doctors, they would “ensure that people do not die.”
He said, “We have a branch of medicine called community medicine and preventive medicine. This is the discipline that ensures that people do not die. We intervene early, prevent death, prevent ill-health and promote health.

“And in that case, that is what we as doctors will continue to preach, propagate, advocate and engage with the government to do so that we do not need people to die or to be seeing dead bodies on the road before we can believe that there is COVID-19.”

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85-Year-Old Man Arrested In Osun For Impregnating 12-year-Old Girl

On Sunday, the Osun State Police Command said an investigation had commenced into the allegation that an 85-year-old man, Rafiu Abimbola, impregnated a 12-year-old girl at Isundunrin in the Ejigbo Local Government Area of the state.

The mother accused Abimbola of having carnal knowledge of her daughter sometime in September, which resulted in pregnancy.
PUNCH reported that after the matter was reported at the Ejigbo Division of the Nigeria Police Force, the suspect was subsequently arrested.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer for the command, Yemisi Opalola, said an investigation had commenced into the incident.

Opalola said, “The victim, aged 12, and her mum, Folasade Ola, reported the matter at the Ejigbo Division.

“The complaints said one Rafiu Abimbola of Oba’s Compound, Isundunrin, near Ejigbo, aged 85, had sexual intercourse with the minor sometime in September 2020.

“They also said the intercourse resulted in pregnancy. The suspect has been arrested, while the victim has been taken to hospital for a test. An investigation has commenced into the matter.”

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Saudi Arabia bans underage marriage

The Saudi Ministry of Justice has banned the marriage of persons under 18 years. It also set 18 years as the minimum age for marriage.

The Minister of Justice and Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council, Sheikh Walid Al-Samaani, issued the new directive in a circular sent to all the courts in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

According to PremiumTimes, child marriages are commonplace in Saudi Arabia with one in seven girls marrying before the age of 18. But, Saudi Arabia’s justice minister is changing things up.

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House Of Representatives Drops Motion Inviting Buhari Over Insecurity, Members Apologise To Presidency

On December 1, the House passed a resolution summoning the President, following the killing of more than 70 farmers in Borno State.

The House of Representatives is no longer keen on inviting President Muhammadu Buhari to address it on the security challenges in the country, a report by The Nation said.

On December 1, the House passed a resolution summoning the President, following the killing of more than 70 farmers in Borno State.

The motion was moved by Satomi Ahmad, lawmaker representing Jere Federal Constituency, and nine others from Borno, who had insisted that Buhari should to address the lower legislative chamber of the National Assembly on the government’s efforts to address insecurity in the country.

Thereafter, Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House, on December 2, said the President had agreed to address the lawmakers.

But Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), had argued that the National Assembly has no constitutional powers to summon the President.

Quoting a source in the House as saying the invitation had assumed an ethnic and political dimension, the newspaper said some of the lawmakers behind the motion to invite Buhari had apologised to the Presidency.

The source said, “The House of Representatives has foreclosed or dropped any immediate or future plans to invite President Muhammadu Buhari over insecurity in the country because a harmless motion has become political,” the source was quoted to have said.

“I can tell you that we will no longer revisit the invitation. But we will be interacting with service chiefs and other ministers in charge of the nation’s security.

“The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its lawmakers capitalised on the motion to cast aspersions on the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. What we never intended for became the issue.

“Some governors and strategists in government insinuated that the House leadership was working for a different political interest. That was why they pulled the strings from the Senate.

“At a point, the row over the invitation was turned into a North-South divide, if not for the political dexterity of the House leadership (sic).

“We also got intelligence that some of those lawmakers who sponsored the motion because of Borno rice farmers went through the back door to the presidency to apologise over their insistence that the President must appear before the National Assembly.”

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Muslims visit church to celebrate christmas with Christians in Nasarawa

As Christians commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria known as Shia, Nasarawa State branch visited one of the largest denomination in Lafia the state capital to show their solidarity with its Christian population.

The prayer session was held at the Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ (ERCC), Graceland Lafia, Nasarawa State.

Leader of the Islamic group, Mallam Muhammad Amin submitted that they were at the church to pray for the healing of the country and Nasarawa State in particular as well as rejoice with Christians on the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Mallam Amin noted that the birth of Jesus Christ was significant to mankind hence the need for them to rejoice together in love as enshrined in the Holy books adding that the two major religions believe that Jesus Christ is the true Messiah.

“We are today worshipping here with our Christians brothers and sister to Strengthens the bond of unity, oneness and to pray for the healing and forgiveness of our country and Nasarawa in particular.”

Also speaking, Mallama Zainab Mohammed said there is no discrimination in worshipping God hence the need for people to tolerate one another irrespective of their belief.

Senior Pastor in charge of the Church, Reverend Habila Anthony had earlier announced the presence of the Shia members maintaining that the visit of the Muslims was genuine and urged the members not to panic.

Rev. Habila Anthony described the visit by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria to the church as a sign of unity and love that both religions preach.

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Five Allegedly Killed As BokoHaram Attacks Church In Borno

At least five people were killed and many wounded when Boko Haram insurgents attacked the Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria Church (Church of the Brethren) at Pemi village in the Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State.

The incident occurred on Friday when the attackers also burnt down many houses, cars, and motorcycles in the community.

A source told SaharaReporters that the gunmen set the church on fire and waited until it burnt down before they left.

He said the terrorists struck around 6 pm, though information about the incident did not reach the military until 9pm.

The source added that fleeing villagers spent the night out in the cold till this morning.

SaharaReporters gathered that the gunmen also invaded Debro community, shooting sporadically.

The attack comes exactly a year after six people were killed and three wounded by Boko Haram insurgents in Kwaaagilim village, also in Chibok Local Government Area.

More than 40,000 people have been killed and nearly 3 million displaced in a decade of Boko Haram terror activities in the country.

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Boko Haram attacks Adamawa community on Christmas Eve

Reports just reaching us suggests that some members of the Boko Haram insurgents have once again attacked Adamawa Community of Garkida, shooting randomly as residents scamper into nearby bushes for safety.

A local from Garkida told Daily Sun that the insurgents stormed the community around 5 pm Thursday evening, shooting randomly.

The local contact said, “Right now, I cannot say how the village is because we are all hiding in the bush, so all I know is that we started hearing gunshots this evening and we had to run for our dear lives.

“These attacks are becoming too much, recently, we had to run for our lives and this is Christmas Eve, we are spending it in the bush.”

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Borno Government Uncovers 2,556 Ghost Workers

Borno State under the Leadership of Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum, uncovered Twenty-two thousand, five hundred and fifty-six ghost workers.

This was the finding after two simultaneous verification exercises ordered by Borno State, Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum.

The numbers of ghost workers were contained in separate reports presented on Wednesday to the governor by the committee on local government staff verification, chaired by Senator Kaka Malam Yale, and another on primary school teachers chaired by Dr. Shettima Kullima.

The findings revealed that 14,762 ghost workers were within the local government pay system, while 7,794 ghost teachers were also identified.

A total figure of over N420 million was saved, according to the data presented to the Governor.
The amount came from about N183.6 million recovered in bogus teachers salary while another N237 million was recovered from ghost local government staff.

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Bandits Attack Commercial Bus In Katsina, Abduct All Passengers

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have reportedly attacked a commercial bus in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State, abducting all passengers.

According to Katsina Post, the attack occurred along Shimfida to Gurbin Baure road.

The number of passengers on the bus is yet to be known.

The attack comes two days after gunmen abducted a traditional leader and 15 others at a community in Danmusa Local Government Area of the state.

Many cases of banditry and kidnapping have been recorded in the state. Katsina is President Muhammadu Buhari’s home state.

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Corps Member Returning From Orientation Camp Killed By Gunmen On Lokoja-Abuja Expressway, Others Abducted

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have reportedly shot dead a Corp member and abducted others along the Abuja-Lokoja highway.

The corps members were reportedly attacked on their way from Ede NYSC Orientation Camp, Osun State, and were heading home when they were attacked.

The number of abducted corps members have yet to be ascertained as police, and NYSC authorities have not commented on the incident.

The deceased corps member’s body has been deposited at the Sabon Wuse General Hospital in Niger State.

He was said to be a graduate of English Language from the Federal University, Gashua.

We heavy heart and total submission to the Will of Almighty Allah, we lost Suleiman Yusuf Bomoi go ( Waleed), he was shot dead by unknown gunmen on his way back to Potiskum from NYSC camp Osun State. Allah Ya jiqanka da gafara, Allah Ya bamu hakuri rashinka,” a friend of the deceased, Ibrahim Bulama Lamba, said.

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FG declares Friday, Monday and Friday as public holidays

The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Friday 25, Monday 28 December 2020 and Friday, January 1, 2021 as public holidays to mark the Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year celebrations respectively.

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the federal government in a statement signed on Wednesday by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore.
While felicitating with Christians and all Nigerians both at home and abroad on this year’s Christmas and New Year Celebrations, Aregbesola urged Christians to adopt the creed of Christ on faith, hope and love.
Aregbesola advised Nigerians, and Christians in particular, to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocols and guidelines, as stipulated by relevant authorities, during and after the yuletide, especially with the second wave of the outbreak of the disease.

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ASUU Suspends Nine-Month-Old Strike

The Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) on Wednesday “conditionally” suspended its strike, ending a protracted industrial action that started since March 2020.

He said the suspension of the strike takes effect from Thursday, December 24th, 2020.

ASUU National President, Biodun Ogunyemi made the announcement during a briefing of the union in Abuja, explaining that the development followed the agreement reached with the Federal Government and a meeting with its National Executive Council (NEC).

While warning that the union would return to strike without notice if the government fails in meeting its part of the agreement reached with the university lecturers, Ogunyemi noted that the reopening of the schools, considering the COVID-19 pandemic, lies with the Federal Government and senate of the universities.
Professor Ogunyemi thanked students and their parents for their understanding throughout the nine-month period and said: “no amount of sacrifice would be too much to get the matter resolved as long as the government is consistent with its commitments.”

On the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) tussle, the ASUU boss noted that both parties have agreed on the University Transparency Account System (UTAS), noting, however, that the university lecturers’ salary arrears will be paid by the government on a different platform.

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Bandits Abduct Traditional Ruler, 15 Others In Fresh Katsina Attack

Suspected bandits on Monday night abducted the village head of Kaigar Malamai in Danmusa Local Government Area of Katsina State, alongside 15 others.

According to Katsina Post, the gunmen in their numbers stormed the village around midnight on Monday and operated for several hours after which they left with the victims.

“They invaded our village, Unguwar Malamai, around 11:45pm and began shooting sporadically.
“They abducted 16 people, including the village head, Maiunguwa Kabir, six housewives, three young girls and six children.

“At that time, three of the gunmen forced one man to take them to the residence of his elder brother, using his motorcycle, which he did. Two of them went into the house and the other one who stood at the entrance asked the man to run away.

“When he left the place, he ran towards some security operatives and told them what was happening in the village, but instead of them to go and confront the gunmen, they asked the man to stay with them till day break,” a villager said.

On December 11, 2020, some bandits kidnapped 344 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State. They were released about a week later.

However, on December 19, 84 Islamiyya students of Hizburrahim Islamiyya in Mahuta village, Dandume Local Government Area of the state were also kidnapped but rescued shortly after.

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ASUU Suspends 9-Months Strike

The Academic Staff Union of University , on Wednesday , suspended its strike, ending the industrial action that started since March 2020 .

ASUU National President , Biodun Ogunyemi, made the announcement during a briefing of the union in Abuja .

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Suicide Bombers Planning To Strike At Christmas – DSS

The Department of State Services (DSS) has said some criminal elements are planning to carry out violent attacks on public places during the Christmas season.
Peter Afunanya, spokesman for the DSS, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.

According to Afunanya, the attacks are to be executed with the use of explosives, suicide bombing and other dangerous weapons.

He asked Nigerians to be on the alert, saying the agency was taking steps to prevent such attacks from happening across the country.

The statement read, “The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to inform the public about plans by some criminal elements to carry out violent attacks on public places, including key and vulnerable points during the Yuletide season.

“The planned dastardly acts are to be executed through the use of explosives, suicide bombing and other dangerous weapons.

“The objective is to create a general sense of fear among the people and subsequently undermine the government.

“Against this backdrop, citizens are called upon to be extra vigilant and report strange movements and indeed, all suspicions around them to security and law enforcement agencies.

“On its part, the Service is collaborating with other sister agencies to ensure that adequate measures are put in place for protection of lives and property.”
Afunanya provided emergency response numbers which he asked Nigerians to take advantage of.

“To further achieve this purpose, the Service has provided these emergency response numbers 08132222105 and 09030002189 for urgent contacts. It is also using this opportunity to unveil its interactive website for public communication support,” he said.

“Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of these platforms and similar ones provided by related agencies to timely reach and avail them (security agencies) of required information.”

In the past, there have bombings and attacks by insurgents on Christmas Day.
For instance, On December 25, 2011, there were a series of bomb attacks and shootings in Madalla, Niger State; Jos, Plateau State; and Gadaka and Damaturu in Yobe State, which reportedly left 41 people dead. The terrorist group, Boko Haram, later claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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19 Year Old Unilorin Student Commits Suicide After Loosing N300M To Forex

A 300-level student of the Department of Agriculture, University of Ilorin, Gbenga Favour Olaoye-Akanbi, has committed suicide after he was allegedly duped by a forex trader, Eseka Chuckwutem Gospel (ESG).
Family sources told SaharaReporters that Olaoye-Akanbi was discovered dead on Sunday after drinking poison.

Late Gbenga Favour Olaoye-Akanbi
The 19-year-old student was said to have invested over N300 million belonging to his colleagues and friends in a business run by ESG.

Speaking to SaharaReporters, a friend of the deceased and an investor with the firm explained how they were duped.

He said, “The investment is forex. The guy’s name is Eseka Chuckwutem Gospel. We started the investment together this year. It seems he stopped trading, so he turned indirectly to a Ponzi scheme without the knowledge of those investing.

“He has a particular group. Most people in that group collected money from other people to invest in his business. The late Gbenga collected money from different people to invest with ESG at a certain percentage.

“Later on, the investment crashed, and the guy was arrested. With the help of some senior police officials, he was released. So over time, people that were with ESG as investors( they had borrowed money to invest) were now being pressurized to repay the loan they took. I am one of the investors, too; we were under a lot of pressure to pay up. So I think because of this guy’s age, he is just 19-year-old, he couldn’t withstand the pressure and committed suicide.”

A course mate of the deceased said he assured them that forex is not a Ponzi scheme and that he had back up funds, much enough to pay every one of his investors their capital and profits even if things went wrong.

“It’s so sad; I have over N5m investment deal with him. He claimed to be the one doing the trading initially, but when the problem started around June, he started mentioning one Eseka Chuckwutem Gospel as his boss. He told us they were arrested together, but that our money was safe with him.

He later promised to pay everyone’s capital before December. I was surprised when I saw people posting his pictures with RIP today,” he told SaharaReporters.

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FG Orders Workers Below Level 12 To Work From Home, Schools To Remain Closed Till January 18

Following the second wave of the COVID-19 infection in the country, the Federal Government has asked all government staff on Grade Level.12 and below to stay at home for the next five weeks.

The Secretary to the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, said this on Monday at the joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
According to him, Permanent Secretaries and Chief Executives are to be held accountable for enforcing NPI rules in their domains with frequent spot checks.
Mustapha who just returned from self-isolation, though not positive, when some members of his household tested positive to the virus said his four children were also infected.

“We should not take COVID-19 for joke, as a father of four children, I passed through difficult and traumatic times, as all my children were infected, also is one-year old boy in my household.

“Even at home I used to use facemasks, and my wife knows she also has responsibilities. May be that was why we were not infected,” Mustapha said.
Schools remain closed

He said that the PTF, on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Education, expects that schools would have vacated from the 18th December 2020 and remain closed till at least the 18th of January, 2021 to enable the measures introduced to take effect.
He also said that of the 163,818 inbound international travellers captured on the Nigeria International Travel Portal for the control of possible importation of the virus, 20,216 (31 percent), have not shown up for post arrival test.

According to him, as at date, 163,818 inbound travellers have been captured on the portal; and that out of this number, 77,025 (47 percent) made payment for post arrival testing.

He said that 64,405 (84 percent) of the number are due for post-arrival test; and that out of 44,189 (69 percent) that were due for post-arrival test, 44,189 representing (59 percent) of those tested.

“20,216 (31percent) have not shown up for post arrival test thereby endangering members of the community and breaching the protocols they signed up to,” Mustapha said.

“Sanctions await defaulters”
The SGF said that the PTF has concluded arrangements with the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to impose sanctions on these defaulters for breaching the public health protocols, within ambit of the law.

He also said that over the past four briefings, the PTF has been raising the alert flag on the rising number of infections in the country and the possibility of a second wave arriving at the nation’s shores.

He said that recent Epidemiology records confirm to the PTF that Nigeria is now facing a rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide which is similar to the second wave of infections occurring in other countries across the world.

He added that Lagos, Kaduna and the FCT have emerged as the new epicentres during this period, with over 70 percent of all confirmed cases.

“Two major indicators highlight the current increase in cases and transmission across Nigeria. These are: Notwithstanding the fact that our testing numbers are fast approaching the peak recorded in July 2020, the number of cases being reported are disproportionately higher.

“For example, in the FCT, despite recording an increase of 85 percent in tests conducted over the last week, the number of confirmed cases increased by 285 percent, during the same time period; and ii. These trends point to a higher Test Positivity Rate (TPR- the number of positive cases detected as a proportion of all tests).

“The TPR was below five percent through September and October and we recorded a low point of three percent nationally in late October 2020. However, recent trends in cases has seen this number increase to 10 percent in the second week of December, the SGF said.

He said that these high numbers are further reflected in the increase of admissions to COVID-19 treatment centres and fatalities, particularly in the three epicentre states.

The SGF said that the result of the analysis carried out by the PTF further indicate that the current pattern of spread, and the surge is likely to be driven by the lack of compliance with non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs), particularly the disregard for mask use in public, large gatherings as a result of events linked to the yuletide season and recent civil demonstrations.

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