Good morning readers! This is a summary of some top news stories:
1-.Effective from January 1st, 2021, passports of the first one hundred passengers that have failed to take their post-arrival COVID-19 test will be published in the national dailies and suspended till June 2021. The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha made the announcement in Abuja on Tuesday during a briefing.
2-.Seven local hunters have died from a landmine left by Boko Haram militants in a village near Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. The ill-fated hunters on a routine patrol with the military drove over the explosives that killed them instantly beyond recognition, a local vigilante source said.
3-.At least 10 people were killed Wednesday as explosions rocked Yemen’s Aden airport moments after a new unity government flew in, in what officials charged was a “cowardly” attack by Iran-backed Huthi rebels. “Dozens” more people were wounded, according to a medical source, although all government ministers were reported to be unharmed.
4-.Kaduna State Police Command has apprehended individuals behind a planned sex party. Some youths had advertised the event on social media.
5-.The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday confirmed that eleven patients died as a result of COVID-19 related complications in the last 24 hours. NCDC disclosed this via its Twitter account, adding that 1,016 new infections of the virus were also recorded in the country.
6-.The United States Vice President-elect, Kamala Harris, has hinted she would present a bill to congress on citizenship for 11 million immigrants. The former Attorney General of California made the disclosure on Twitter on Tuesday.
7-.Some gunmen suspected to be armed bandits on Wednesday, stormed Albasun Liman Village in Sabuwa Local Government Area in Katsina State, kidnapping nine persons. The kidnapped persons was a student of Government Secondary School Damari in the state.
8-.Britain and the EU signed a post-Brexit trade deal on Wednesday, sealing their drawn-out divorce in the closing hours before the UK definitively ends its half-century European experiment. Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, the heads of the European Commission and European Council, smiled at a brief televised ceremony to put their names to the 1,246-page Trade and Cooperation Agreement in Brussels.
9-.Ghana’s opposition leader John Mahama, the runner-up in this month’s disputed presidential election, filed a case before the Supreme Court seeking a rerun of the vote which he has rejected as “fraudulent”. He asked the court for an “order of mandatory injunction directing the Electoral Commission to proceed to conduct a second election”
10-.Tottenham’s Premier League home match against Fulham was postponed three hours before the scheduled kick-off on Wednesday after a coronavirus outbreak at the visiting club. Fulham returned a number of positive test results on Tuesday and, after more came in on Wednesday, the Premier League decided to call the match off. Kick-off was due to be at 1800 GMT.