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Electoral Bill: INEC Endorse Direct Primaries, Writes President Buhari

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has yesterday transmitted a letter to president Buhari on its opinion endorsing the direct primaries as contained in the new electoral bill in the waiting but advises the president to consult with other political actors and security agencies before taking the decision. The National Assembly had on 19th November transmitted an electoral bill to President Buhari for his assent who is by law have 30 days to make up his mind on either to endorse the bill or decline, the bill which repels the Electoral Act 2010 as amended proposed for a direct primary the only means for political parties as a way of selecting their candidate for election and also make it a law the electronic means of transmitting the result.

INEC Indicates Commitment To Conduct Credible FCT Council Election

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has said it is committed to conduct credible area councils election in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by February 12, 2022, with appropriate technology deployment and its innovative tools. The Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanni, stated this while speaking at the ongoing INEC FCT Election Monitoring and Support Centre (EMSC) Amber Zone Implementer’s workshop, on Monday in Abuja. “EMSC has become a vital tool in the monitoring, implementation and management of Nigeria’s electoral plans and activities.

APC Crises: Court Restrains Buni-Led Caretaker Committee From Inaugurating Factional Bauchi Exco

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A High Court sitting in Bauchi state has issued an interim order restraining the Mai Mala Buni caretaker committee of the All Progressive Congress (APC) from inaugurating the recently elected Babayo Aliyu Misau-lead Executive members in Bauchi state. The order was issued on Friday last week and was made available to journalists today in Bauchi, the order is restraining Mai Mala Buni, Mallam Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education, Hon Yakubu Dogara, Former Speaker House of Reps; and their privies, agent described by whatever name to administer the oath of office to Misau and his backroom ‘recognition’ as Bauchi APC leaders.

President Buhari Flags Off $300m African Medical Centre of Excellence

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President Muhammdu Buhari flagged off the planned $300 million African Medical Centre of Excellence (AMCE) to be built in Abuja in collaboration with the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank). Other partners of the project are King’s College Hospital, United Kingdom; University of Wisconsin Teaching Hospital, the United States and Christie's Hospital, Manchester. The President who attended the flag-off ceremony virtually said the AMCE has a 500-bed capacity and would provide patients services in cardiology, oncology and haematology.

NCDC Confirms 3 New Cases Of Omicron Variant

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has on Tuesday announced that three additional cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant have been recorded, making the total discovered cases of the new variant in Nigeria six.

Nigeria Records Fresh 55 COVID-19 Cases


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has revealed that the country on Sunday recorded 55 new cases of COVID-19. According to the agency the new cases where from six states. Lagos had the highest number with 37, followed by Edo state which recorded 6. The other states recorded as follows: Osun (5), Oyo (4), Ogun (2), and Ekiti (1).

President Buhari Sacks AEDC Management Over Workers’ Strike


President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sack of the management of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) over the strike by the Nigerian Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE). Two days ago the workers protested unpaid allowances, salaries and unremitted pension deductions. The strike by the NUEE left areas serviced by the AEDC without power for hours on Monday. The areas serviced by the company are the federal capital territory (FCT), Kogi, Nasarawa and Niger states.
A statement issued by Ofem Uket, media aide of the Minister of state for power, on Tuesday, said the president approved a new interim governing board to oversee the day-to-day operations of the company.

Naira Falls To Dollar At Official Market

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The Naira fell slightly against the U. S dollar on Monday at the official market, after the local unit recorded slight gains on Thursday and Friday last week. The pair closed at N415/$1 at the official Investors and Exporters (I&E) window. The Naira decline represented a 0.07 drop compared to N414.73/$1 recorded in the previous trading session as drop in the country’s external reserve continues with a decline of $33 million. The local currency fell at the official market despite a significant increase of 119.3% in Forex turnover.

Blackout Hits Abuja, Nasarawa, Kogi, As AEDC Workers Embark On Strike

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Residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and other customers serviced by the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) were thrown in darkness on Monday as workers embarked on indefinite strike action, shutting down the power facilities.

Like Ighalo, Victor Moses To Return Super Eagles


Spartak Moscow forward Victor Moses has declared his intention to return to the Super Eagles three years after quitting international football. The 30-year-old former winger made this Uturn on his self imposed exile after former manchester united striker Odion Ighalo featured again for the super eagles after a two (2) year "sabbatical".

Demarai Gray Screamer Seals Everton Victory Over Arsenal


Demarai Gray's late thunderbolt screamer was enough to see Everton come from behind to secure a dramatic 2-1 victory against Arsenal at Goodison Park on Monday Night.

EPL: Michael Carrick Announces Departure From Man United


Michael Carrick announced on Thursday he will leave Manchester United after three games as caretaker manager. The former midfielder steadied the ship for the Red Devils after the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, taking four points from two Premier League games against Arsenal and Chelsea as well as progressing to the last 16 of the Champions League.

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CJN Warns Against Harassment, Embarrassment Of Judges


The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Muhammad has stated that harassment and embarrassment of judicial officers by any government agency would no longer be tolerated. The CJN made this known on Wednesday at the ceremony to mark the official commencement of the Supreme Court’s 2021/2022 legal year. He said, “On a very sad note, I must say, we were jolted with the embarrassing news of the invasion of the official residence of one of our brother Justices, Hon Justice Mary Peter Odili on Friday, October 29 by men suspected to be security operatives, acting on a search warrant.

US Digital Giant Equinix Acquires Nigeria’s MainOne For $320M

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US digital infrastructure company, Equinix, has announced that it is acquiring MainOne, a West African data centre and connectivity solutions provider with a presence in Nigeria, Ghana and the Ivory Coast, for $320 million. The acquisition is expected to close in Q1 of 2022, subject to the “satisfaction of customary closing conditions including the requisite regulatory approvals.”

Chimamanda, Malala Others Listed On BBC's 100 Most Inspiring Women Of 2021

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Renowned Nigerian author and feminist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been named among the BBC list of 100 inspiring and impactful women in the world for 2021.

India’s Chief Of Defence Staff Dies In Helicopter Crash

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India’s top military official was killed Wednesday when an Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter carrying 14 people crashed in southern India confirmed, with only one survivor. Chief of Defense Staff Gen. Bipin Rawat, his wife, Madhulika Rawat, and 11 others died in southern state of Tamil Nadu while travelling from an Air Force base to the Defence Services Staff College. The IAF said via Twitter, that the “tragic accident” occurred near the town of Coonoor at noon. The survivor, Group Capt. Varun Singh, is being treated for his injuries at the Military Hospital in Wellington, the IAF said.