Plans To Bomb Nigerian Churches, Mosques During Christmas, New-Year Celebrations Is Revealed

Criminals planning to bomb public facilities during Xmas – DSS raises alarm

The Department of State has raised the alarm that criminal elements are planning to bomb public places during the yuletide seasons.

The alarm is contained in a statement made available to Vanguard on Tuesday by the Public Relations Officer of the DSS, Dr. Peter Afunanya. Although Afunanya did not name the specific place earmarked for the attacks, the spokesman said the masterminds plan to use a combination of explosives, suicide bombings and other dangerous weapons.

The statement said the planned attacks were meant to create a general sense of fear and undermine the government of Nigeria. The statement said, “The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to inform the public about plans by some criminal elements to carry out violent attacks on public places including key and vulnerable points during the yuletide seasons. “The planned dastardly acts are to be executed through the use of explosives, suicide bombing and other dangerous weapons.

“The objective is to create a general sense of fear among the people and subsequently undermine the Government. “Against this backdrop, citizens are called upon to be extra vigilant and report strange movements and indeed, all suspicions around them to security and law enforcement agencies.

“On its part, the Service is collaborating with other sister agencies to ensure that adequate measures are put in place for protection of lives and property. “To further achieve this purpose, the Service has provided these emergency response numbers *08132222105* and *09030002189* for urgent contacts. “It is also using this opportunity to unveil its interactive website *www.dss.gov.ng* for public communication support.

Source: Vanguard

 

 

COVID-19: Osun bans youth carnival, New Year rallies

The Osun government has announced the ban on youth carnival, as well as, New Year rallies and ceremonies in the state, in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Most people who fall sick with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover without special treatment.

The virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air, and quickly fall on floors or surfaces. As part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, youth carnivals, New Year rallies and ceremonies have been banned in Osun state.

Social clubs, hotels, departmental stores, supermarkets, event centres and allied centres in the state were also directed to henceforth operate at half capacities. A statement issued by the Secretary to State Government, Mr Wole Oyebamiji, on Tuesday in Osogbo, said that the decision was taken at the state Executive Council meeting.

 

Source: Lailas News

 

 

BREAKING: FG to close Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

The Federal Controller of Works Lagos, Mr Olukayode Popoola on Tuesday announced a 72-hour total closure of the Third Mainland Bridge to cast concrete on the expansion joints.

Popoola told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the shutdown will take effect from midnight on Saturday to midnight on Tuesday.

He added that construction works had reached the stage for casting concrete on additional three expansion joints.

“There is going to be total closure of Third Mainland Bridge in order to allow for the casting of three number expansion joints on the Island Bound lane

”The effective date of the closure will be from 12:00 midnight of 25th of December. So people will be allowed to use the Third Mainland Bridge to celebrate Christmas.

“By the time the Christmas is winding down which is 12:00 midnight, we are going to close it so that we will be able to cast the concrete on Saturday the 26th and 27th we cast again.

” And we need about 72 hours for this concrete to set. Therefore, the opening will be on the 28th December midnight that is 72-hour closure.

 

Source: The Nation

 

 

 

COVID-19 second wave: Full text of President Buhari’s speech on Tuesday

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, received the end of year report of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19

The event took place at the State House, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Buhari, in his address, noted that the year 2020 has been most challenging for the whole of humanity as a result of the havoc wreaked by the pandemic on lives, livelihoods, global and national economies, governance structures, health, social welfare and other systems.

Here is the full test of the President’s speech:

It has consumed an inordinate amount of resources deployed to address it by countries of the world, without abating.

Sadly, the COVID 19 pandemic has also taken and keeps taking precious lives of our loved ones, leaving several homes, families and associates to mourn. May the Almighty God grant all those that have lost their lives to this deadly virus eternal rest.

Closely associated with the foregoing is the need to speedily and strategically access and administer the COVID vaccine in a safe, effective and timely manner. This is an important obligation that we owe Nigerians as we go into year 2021 and it must be carried out through efficient machinery.

Accordingly, I have authorised the following measures for implementation:

a. The extension of the mandate of the PTF for a further period till the end of March, 2021 bearing in mind the new surge in the number of cases and the bid for vaccines;

b. That the PTF should coordinate the process for planning and the strategy for accessing, delivery and administration of the vaccines using the existing health structures that have worked in the past in vaccine administration;

c. Authorised the PTF to engage with the States for them to assume full ownership of this stage of the response by deploying legal structures and resources, including enforcement to manage the pandemic within their jurisdictions. Details of the advisory measures have already been announced; and

d. Authorised the PTF and the Nigeria Immigration Service to ensure that all in-bound passengers who failed to show up for post -arrival COVID-19 test are sanctioned within the ambit of the law, for breaching the public health protocols.

The nation is clearly in a perilous situation given the virulent nature of this second wave and we must act decisively to protect our people. I therefore urge all sub-national entities, traditional rulers, religious and leaders of thought to collaborate with the PTF by taking up the responsibility for risk communication and community engagement at all levels. Now is the time for collective efforts to be intensified.

As the festive season approaches, I urge all Nigerians to remain vigilant and stay safe. Non-essential trips and large social gatherings should be avoided or shelved completely

 

Source: DailyPost

 

Uneasy calm over Olu of Warri Ogiame Ikenwoli’s death

Uneasy calm pervaded Warri and other parts of Delta State on Tuesday as the state came to terms with the death of Ogiame Ikenwoli, the 20th Olu of Warri Kingdom. Although The Nation reliably learnt the monarch passed on Sunday, the Warri Traditional Council and the Palace (Aghofen) have denied the report of his death. A statement signed by the Director of (Olu) Palace Administration, Chief Clement Maleghemi, and made available to our reporter in Warri, said he is not dead, but indisposed.

It read, “the attention of the Palace of His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli, and the Olu of Warri has been drawn to news/social media speculations announcing the sudden demise of His Majesty.” “We wish to notify the public that His Majesty is indisposed and currently receiving medical attention by a team of qualified medical specialists,” he added. The three-paragraph statement said further development would only be revealed by the Ologbotsere (Prime Minister) of Warri Kingdom, Chief Ayiri Emami.

But in Itsekiri enclaves of Ugbori, Ugbuwangue, Ubeji, Omadino in Warri and other communities, the report of the king’s passage generated concerns, debate and populations. Some indigenes, who spoke with our reporter, expressed concern about what it portends for the kingdom while others are hopeful that the report would turn out as untrue. “Markets are still opened and ceremonies have not been stopped. Those are the signs when a monarch dies,” one of them said.

A usually reliable Itsekiri leader, with deep knowledge of the working of the Aghofen (Palace), told our reporter that the monarch died on Sunday in the presence of a notable medical doctor in Warri. Our source said the statement from the palace debunking report of the conformed to the Itsekiri tradition of not announcing a monarch’s death immediately it occurs. The source said, “I am not even aware that the Olu is not dead. In fact, he can never die; he merely transits from one form to the other.”

 

Source: The Nation

 

 

Nigerian singer Mr Eazi robbed in Ghana

Multiple award-winning singer, Mr Eazi, has been robbed in Ghana. The Legover singer took to his Twitter account to inform his 2.3 million followers that he has been robbed of his laptop and phone.

Mr Eazi wrote, “Abeg If Anybody see my laptop for Accra make e halla me! I go give am some cool £. Lmao but on a real anybody wey find am I promise I go do u well. If u open my laptop you go see this artwork for the place wey u for enter password. #FindMrEaziLaptop. Be like I go go tiptoe lane go beg the boys for there!! I sure sey dem be go listen me! Me sef I be hustler one time lol.” He further reached out to his colleagues in Ghana, Sarkodie, Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy, begging them to use their influence in order to get his gadgets back.

Tweeting at Shatta Wale, Mr Eazi wrote, “Emperor dem steal my laptop & phones o u for show your power to ur boy Eazi.” While pleading with popular Ghanian singer, Sarkodie, he tweeted, “Uncle @sarkodie dem steal my Laptop o! Abeg give executive order.”

Also, as he begged popular Ghanian singer, Stonebwoy, Mr Eazi tweeted, “Governor @stonebwoyb Abeg dem steal my laptop plus phones for Accra!! U go fit give executive order make street find am den return am! I am loyal to your government.”

 

Source: Wuzup Nigeria

 

 

Total cost of postponed Tokyo Olympics now almost $16bn

Japanese organisers said on Tuesday the total cost of the Tokyo Olympics will grow to 1.64 trillion yen ($15.9 billion) due to the postponement over the coronavirus pandemic. The postponement led Tokyo organisers to spend an additional 294 billion yen, including 96 billion yen earmarked for coronavirus counter-measures.

The latest figure was up from the previous estimate of 1.35 trillion yen unveiled before the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and local organisers decided in March to delay the Games by one year due to the spread of the coronavirus. In October, organisers unveiled cost reductions of $280 million through more than 50 items of simplification and optimisation, which includes cutting the number of visiting officials, the number of transportation services and local organisers’ office space.

Of the 1.64 trillion yen, the organising committee will cover 721 billion yen, the Tokyo City Government 702 billion yen and the central government 221 billion yen.

The Olympics are now scheduled to be held between July 23 and Aug. 8, 2021, followed by the Paralympics from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5, 2021.