Good morning readers! This is a summary of some top news stories
1-.Joe Biden was confirmed as the next US president on Monday as the Electoral College formalized his victory over Donald Trump, all but closing the door on the incumbent’s efforts to overturn the result of the 2020 election. As Biden appealed to Americans to “turn the page” on the divisive contest, electors met across all US states to seal his win, with California pushing Biden over the majority of 270 votes — and clearing the way for him to take office on January 20.
2-.Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, has travelled to the United States of America for a medical check-up. The governor notified the State House of Assembly about the two weeks trip from December 13 to 29.
3-.A professor who is standing trial for alleged electoral offences during the 2019 general elections in Akwa Ibom State has been granted bail by the State High Court sitting in Uyo. The presiding judge, Archibong Archibong granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000, one surety with landed property in Uyo with a certificate of ownership, and a letter of recognition from a prominent indigene of the state.
4-.The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has approved stringent sanctions against candidates, supervisors, and schools involved in examination malpractice. A statement from the acting Head of Public Affairs at the WAEC office in Yaba, Demianus Ojijeogu, noted that the approval was made at the 70th meeting of the Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC) of the council held from Thursday to Saturday last week in Lagos.
5-.The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad on Monday swore in 72 new Senior Advocates of Nigeria and also warned against disobeying court orders. Although the CJN Muhammad is absent from the ceremony, the next most senior Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour represented him and administered oaths to the new SANs.
6-.Youths have taken to the streets of Umuahia, the Abia State capital asking Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to recall his suspended Chief Of Staff, Anthony Agbazuere. The Abia governor had on December 6 ordered the immediate suspension of Agbazuere following a viral video that captured him spraying naira notes on a controversial Nigerian prophet, Odumeje, inside the Government House.
7-.The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has threatened to hit the streets in protest if the government fails to rescue the missing students following the terrorist attack on students of Government Science Secondary School Kankara, Katsina State. The Northwest Coordinator of the Coalition, Jamilu Aliyu Charanchi in a press briefing held in the state capital threatened that thousands of protesters will be mobilised if the school pupils are not rescued as soon as possible.
8-.Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara was sworn in for a controversial third term on Monday, urging the opposition to help defuse tensions after election-related violence claimed 85 lives in the West African powerhouse. The ceremony was attended by 13 African counterparts as well as French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and former French president Nicolas Sarkozy — but boycotted by the opposition, as was the October 31 election that returned Ouattara to power.
9-.The United States has formally removed Sudan from its state sponsors of terrorism blacklist, its Khartoum embassy said on Monday, less than two months after the East African nation pledged to normalise ties with Israel. The move opens the way for aid, debt relief, and investment to a country going through a rocky political transition and struggling under a severe economic crisis exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
10-.Paris Saint-Germain, last season’s beaten finalists, will face Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League while Liverpool were paired with RB Leipzig in Monday’s draw. Bayern Munich, who beat PSG in the 2020 final, play Lazio in the knockout phase while 2012 winners Chelsea have a tough task against Atletico Madrid.