FG Maintains No Record of Omicron Variant in Nigeria Yet
The Federal Government on Monday insisted Nigeria is yet to record a case of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19, despite the Canadian authorities claiming that two passengers from Nigeria had tested positive.
Speaking at the Presidential Steering Committee briefing in Abuja, Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Ifedayo Adetifa, said there was no need to give in to speculations.
Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, also said authorities were adopting a watchful, waiting posture.
Two killed as armed robbers attack Bank in Ekiti State
There was palpable tension in Aramoko-Ekiti, Ekiti West Local Government area of Ekiti State on Monday, as a policeman and a Special Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Corps, were shot dead on Monday evening when armed robbers attacked a branch of an old generation bank located in the community.
An eyewitness revealed to newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Monday, that the armed robbers, who entered the town through Igede-Ado Ekiti road got to the bank after working hours and blew off the main door with an explosive mechanism suspected to be dynamite to gain entry into the banking hall, also affecting shops and houses in that area.
After the operation, which lasted for close to 30 minutes, the armed robbers escaped through the newly constructed Erijiyan Ikogosi road.
The Spokesman of the Ekiti State Police Command, Sunday Abutu, confirmed that two persons were killed in the robbery attack.
Pollution: FG plans health audit for Ogoni people
The Federal Government has said it would carry out a health audit of the Ogoni people in Rivers State to ascertain the effect of prolonged exposure to hydrocarbon on them.
Also, it said Ogoni youths would be engaged in environmental surveillance to protect oil impacted sites being cleaned by the Hydro-carbon Pollution Remediation Project in the area.
The Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, said this during a one-day stakeholder engagement programme in the clean-up of Ogoni land held in Bori, Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State.
She assured that the Ministry of Environment will continue to engage the people of Ogoni and their communities, while also appealing for collaboration with all stakeholders to ensure the cleanup was a success.
Igbo traders reject hike in Customs import duty
The South-East Amalgamated Markets Traders Association, on Monday, rejected the recent increase in the import duty on cargoes charged by Nigeria Customs Service.
It said the increment was not calculated based on invoice value of consignments and were targeted at crushing Igbo businesses.
SEAMATA, in a statement signed by its President-General and Secretary-General, Chief Gozie Akudolu, and Alex Okwudiri, respectively, said the Customs had introduced a method of working out import duty payment on goods and set out a particular minimum amount payable for each 40ft container but had jettisoned it.
They appealed to the Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning to prevail on the Nigerian Customs to suspend the exercise to save the Nigerian citizens from further economic hardships as further economic pains that follow such situations could lead to social unrest.
Messi Wins Record Seventh Ballon d’Or Prize
Lionel Messi won the men’s Ballon d’Or award for a record-extending seventh time at a ceremony in Paris on Monday.
Messi won the last edition of the Ballon d’Or in 2019 before last year’s awards were cancelled due to the pandemic. He also won in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and in 2015.
The 34-year-old scored 38 goals in 48 games last season for Barcelona and won the Copa del Rey before captaining Argentina to Copa America glory in July.