Good morning readers! This is a summary of some top news stories:
1-.The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has sworn in four new lawmakers into the red chamber of the National Assembly. Those sworn in on Tuesday include former Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa West), Mr Cleopas Moses (Bayelsa Central), Mr Tokunbo Abiru (Lagos East), and Professor Nora Dadu’ut (Plateau South).
2-.Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday said he was not under any pressure to sack the former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Azubuike Ihejirika from office. Speaking during a book launch in his honour in Abuja, Jonathan said some people thought he sacked the general due to some pressure from the north.
3-.The Zamfara State government has ordered the immediate closure of some Boarding and Day Schools in the state. Mr Ibrahim Abdullahi, who is the Commissioner for Education, made the announcement while briefing reporters in Gusau, the state capital.
4-.Kano State House of Assembly on Tuesday elected Hamisu Chidari as its new Speaker. Hon. Chidari is representing Makoda Constituency, his appointment follows the resignation of the former Speaker, Abdulaziz Gafasa.
5-.Germany registered a record number of deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday, the first day of a new partial lockdown to try and cope with a surge in infections. A total of 952 people died in the previous 24 hours, according to the Robert Koch Institute Disease Control Centre.
6-.The Finance Bill, 2020 has been passed by members of the Senate Chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja. This followed the consideration of the report of the Joint Committee on Finance, Customs, Excise and Tariff, Trade and Investment, as well as Public Procurement by the lawmakers during plenary on Tuesday.
7-.After being postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions, the National Sports Festival has now been scheduled to hold from February 14 to 28. The National Council on Sports made the announcement on Tuesday via a press statement.
8-.Somalia announced on Tuesday it is severing diplomatic ties with Kenya, accusing Nairobi of “recurring” interference in its political affairs as Mogadishu prepares for long-awaited elections. Tensions had been rising between the neighbours and the announcement came as Kenya hosted the leadership of Somaliland, a breakaway state not recognised by the central government in Mogadishu which considers the territory part of Somalia.
9-.Mexico’s leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday, over a month after the Democrat won the US election. Lopez Obrador, who has nurtured a cordial relationship with incumbent US President Donald Trump, was one of the last remaining high-profile leaders yet to congratulate Biden on his victory, which was confirmed on Monday by the US Electoral College.
10-.Frank Lampard believes Chelsea have become complacent after the Blues blew a lead to lose 2-1 at Wolves and suffer back-to-back Premier League defeats for the first time during his reign in charge. Twice in four days Chelsea have wasted the chance to move top of the Premier League after losing for the first time in 18 matches at Everton on Saturday.