Good morning readers. This is a summary of some top news stories
1-.The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has announced the dissolution of its Ebonyi State Executive Committee. PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, announced this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
2-.The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has arraigned a university professor who served as a collation/returning officer in the 2019 general elections in Akwa Ibom State. Professor Peter Ogban of the University of Uyo in the state capital was the collation/returning officer for Akwa Ibom North-West National Assembly election.
3-.The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, says members of the Green Chamber are determined to pass the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) within the next six months. He gave the assurance on Tuesday in Abuja when he received a delegation of the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) under the Lagos State Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
4-.The Kogi State Government queried the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Usman Ibrahim for official misconduct over bread levy. This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Head of Service, Deborah Ogunmola, who described as embarrassing the recent widely spread report of bread levy allegedly introduced by the state government.
5-.The Senator representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, Uba Sani has condemned the renewed attacks on communities in Igabi and Kajuru Local Governments, as well as the Kaduna – Abuja Road by bandits. In a statement issued on Tuesday, he lamented that non-state actors, with access to instruments of violence, have been operating with ease, adding that the situation and therefore must be a cause for concern to anybody interested in the security and welfare of the people.
6-.The police during the sitting of Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Tuesday said a petitioner, Nzube Obiechina who lost her two-month pregnancy in police detention is a sister to an alleged notorious kidnapper, Evans. During cross-examination, Legal Officer, Intelligence Response Team, Nosa Uhumwango picked faults in the testimony of Mrs Obiechina, saying there are contradictions in her statement and her testimonies.
7-.The United Nations Mission in South Sudan said on Tuesday that more than 1,000 people have been killed and 400 abducted in communal conflicts in the past six months. South Sudan is struggling to emerge from six years of conflict which formally ended with the creation of a power-sharing government in February.
8-.US President-elect Joe Biden announced Tuesday he has appointed nine close campaign aides to key White House positions as he fleshes out a diverse leadership team less than a week after naming his chief of staff. “America faces great challenges, and they bring diverse perspectives and a shared commitment to tackling these challenges and emerging on the other side a stronger, more united nation,” Biden said in a statement.
9-.Amazon said Tuesday it was launching an online pharmacy for US consumers, who will be able to order prescription medications directly from the e-commerce giant’s website or mobile app. The move comes two years after Amazon acquired PillPack, an internet pharmacy offering pre-sorted dose packaging and home delivery.
10-.Nigeria was unable to score as Sierra Leone held the Super Eagles to a draw for the second time in four days, as both team jostle for a place in the Africa Cup of Nations competition in 2022. Four days earlier, the Sierra Leone team had come down from four goals down to clinch a draw in Benin-city against the Eagles