Good morning readers! This is a summary of some top news stories:
1-.Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi has sworn in two new judges to join the ranks of judges in the state judiciary, warning against the betrayal of trust. They are Nicholas Nwode and Emmanuel Ogbunnefi.
2-.The first two cases of a particularly infectious coronavirus variant that recently emerged in Britain have been confirmed in Canada, health authorities said Saturday. “The cases are a couple from Durham with no known travel history, exposure or high-risk contacts,” Barbara Yaffe, acting chief medical officer for Ontario, said in a statement.
3-.The Federal Government has urged religious leaders in the country to refrain from stoking the embers of hatred and disunity. It warned that resorting to scorched-earth rhetoric at a time such as this could trigger unintended consequences in the country.
4.Gunmen suspected to be bandits have killed Mr Zakari Ya’u Idris, the Village Head of Madaka in Rafi Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State. The Chief of Staff to the Chairman of Rafi LGA, Mohammed Mohammed, confirmed the murder of the village head
5-.Arsenal eased their relegation fears and lifted the pressure on beleaguered boss Mikel Arteta with a much-needed 3-1 win against Chelsea on Saturday. Arteta’s side sat just three points above the relegation zone before kick-off at the Emirates Stadium after their worst start to a season since 1974-75.
6-.A French soldier deployed to Mali as part of the Barkhane force fighting jihadist insurgents has wounded two comrades with a pistol while drunk, the army headquarters said Saturday. The confrontation under the influence happened overnight from December 24 to 25 at a base in Gao in eastern Mali.
7-.Voters in the Sahel state of Niger go to the polls on Sunday for an election that could seal the country’s first-ever peaceful handover between elected presidents, despite a bloody jihadist insurgency. The West African country has been chronically unstable since gaining independence from France 60 years ago and is ranked the world’s poorest country according to the UN’s Human Development Index.
8-.Britain and the European Union on Saturday published the full text of the post-Brexit trade agreement aimed at governing their relationship when the UK definitively leaves the bloc’s single market in just five days’ time. The document, which is more than 1,200 pages long, lays out detail on trade, law enforcement and dispute settlement among other arrangements between Britain and the EU after the UK leaves the single market and customs union on 31 December.
9-.Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted the Chairman of the Pentecost Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) in Kaduna State, Apostle Emmanuel Bako. Reports by the security agencies revealed that Bako was kidnapped along with his wife, Cindy, and one other person on Christmas Day in Jema’a Local Government Area of the state.
10-.Manchester United missed out on the chance to move within two points of Premier League leaders Liverpool as Axel Tuanzebe’s own goal five minutes from time earned second-placed Leicester a 2-2 draw on Saturday. Slow starts had been a feature for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men on the road this season as they had won their previous six away league games despite conceding first.