Good morning readers! This is a summary of some top news stories
1-.Anthony Joshua set up a potential world heavyweight unification bout against Tyson Fury with a dominant ninth-round knockout of Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev at London’s Wembley Arena on Saturday. In front of 1,000 fans with attendance limited due to coronavirus restrictions, Joshua ensured there was no repeat of a shock defeat in his first clash with Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019 as the 39-year-old Pulev was swotted aside.
2-.At least more than 50 students were said to be missing after gunmen attacked a secondary school in Katsina State, a raid that has led the state government to shut down boarding schools. Gunmen had stormed Government Science Secondary School in Ƙanƙara Local Government Area of the state on Friday night, causing students, teachers, and staff members to flee for their lives.
3-.President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed an interim administrator for the Niger Delta Development Commission, Mr Effiong Akwa, spokesman Femi Adesina said on Saturday. Mr Akwa is the Commission’s Acting Executive Director, Finance and Administration.
4-.The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has sent more police officials to Katsina State where an attack on a secondary school by gunmen has left scores missing with many feared abducted. These additional “operational and investigative assets” are to support the ongoing search and rescue operations following the attack.
5-.Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Saturday asked the federal government to declare a state of emergency over the state of insecurity in the country after bandits abducted scores of students in Katsina. In a statement Mr Atiku said the government must abandon old strategies and embrace better ones.
6-.Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has tested positive for COVID-19, the state’s Commissioner for Health announced on Saturday. Akin Abayomi said the Governor is currently experiencing “mild symptoms and fatigue typical of a mild case of COVID.”
7-.Nigeria has been knocked out of the U-20 WAFU Cup being held in the Benin Republic after Cote d’Ivoire beat Ghana 1-0 on Saturday.The Flying Eagles needed Ghana to beat Cote d’Ivoire by, at least, a two-goal margin on Saturday to have a chance of qualifying for the WAFU Cup last four.
8-.The US green-lit the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine late Friday, paving the way for millions of vulnerable people to receive their shots in the world’s hardest-hit country. President Donald Trump immediately released a video on Twitter, where he hailed the news as a “medical miracle” and said the first immunizations would take place “in less than 24 hours.”
9-.The longest international border in the world, between Canada and the United States, will remain closed until January 21 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday. “Canada and the United States agreed today to keep our shared border closed until January 21,” Trudeau told a news conference.
10-.Real Madrid reignited their La Liga title push on Saturday beating leaders Atletico 2-0 as their city rivals suffered a first league defeat of the season. Real, who salvaged their Champions League campaign in midweek by making the last 16, moved to third in the table, three points behind Atletico