Good morning readers! This is a summary of some top news stories:
1-.The Ogun State government has suspended the Commissioner for Environment, Abiodun Abudu-Balogun. Mr Abudu-Balogun was suspended from office over an allegation of sexual harassment of a 16-year-old girl identified as Barakat Mayowa Melojuekun.
2-.The Lagos State government has directed all public servants on Grade Levels 14 and below to continue working from home for another two weeks. It explained that the extension order to the workers who were expected to resume on Monday followed the increase in recorded cases of COVID-19 in the state.
3-.The shareholders of France’s PSA and US-Italian rival Fiat Chrysler are expected to approve their merger on Monday, creating the world’s fourth-biggest automaker by volume, Stellantis. The outcome of the vote by PSA and Fiat shareholders is seen as a foregone conclusion, coming two weeks after the European Commission gave conditional approval to the mega-merger announced in late 2019.
4-.No fewer than 19 people have been killed in fresh and reprisal attacks in Giwa Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State. The killings and counter-killings occurred at Kaya community which shares a boundary with Hayin Kaura village in Dandume LGA of Katsina State.
5-.The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has conducted a special search and rescue training for some of its personnel. The training which held on Saturday is aimed at deepening the competence of operatives during combat operations.
6-.A former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo has asked Nigerians who survived COVID-19 and witnessed the new year to thank God for His mercies. Obasanjo said he knew the reason God spared his life to witness the New Year despite the turbulence and challenges posed to humanity in 2020 by the COVID – 19 pandemic.
7-.The Chief Imam of Kawaran Rafi village in Igabi Local Government Area, Sheik Danleeman Isah has been killed by bandits during an attack on the village. The bandits according to the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said in a statement issued on Saturday that the bandits invaded the village and moved straight to the Chief Imam’s residence, and in what appears to be a pre-meditated attack, shot him dead and left the location without taking any items or hostages.
8-.South Africa, which has been hard hit by a second wave of coronavirus cases, hopes to obtain its first vaccine doses next month, the health minister announced Sunday. In recent weeks the South African government has come in for criticism, particularly from health experts, over the delay in starting a programme of inoculation against Covid-19.
9-.Enyimba of Nigeria will try Wednesday to repair the damage inflicted by Seifeldin Malik, whose hat-trick propelled Al Merrikh of Sudan to a 3-0 CAF Champions League last 32 first leg victory. It is the second time the club from southeastern city Aba have faced such a deficit in the elite African competition, and are hoping for a more successful outcome.
10-.Lautaro Martinez scored a hat-trick as Inter Milan kicked off 2021 in blistering form with a 6-2 win over lowly Crotone on Sunday to take top spot in Serie A. Inter claimed an eighth consecutive league win to move two points ahead of AC Milan who travel to midtable Benevento later on Sunday with champions Juventus hosting Udinese.