Good day! Below are summary of News stories in Nigeria and abroad
1. The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to instruct the Minister of Energy, Goddy Jedy-Agba and the Chairman/CEO of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission Professor James Momoh to reverse immediately the unfair and unreasonable increase in electricity rate which would have occurred in December 2022.
2. The public relations officer, Plateau state police Alfred Alabo said they have foiled an attempt by gunmen to kidnap Yakubu Sanda, the speaker of the Plateau House of Assembly.
Alabo said the incident occurred on Friday night at the Speaker’s residence in the federal low-cost, Jos South local government area of the state.
3. A coalition of civil society organisations have backed the call by the Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje urging the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the National Assembly to investigate the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) over the 2022 hajj operation finances and contracts.
4. The Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Professor Florence Obi has approved the suspension of four students of the institution identified in a viral video and found culpable of partaking in an unlawful act of water ritual on a fellow female student. Daily trust
5. Isah Ladan Bosso, Head Coach of Nigeria’s U20 boys has invited 35 players to resume camping in Abuja on Monday as preparations for this year’s Africa U20 Cup of Nations begins in earnest.
6. Venus Williams has withdrawn from this month’s Australian Open after sustaining an injury at a warm-up tournament.
The 42-year-old had been awarded a wildcard for the Grand Slam which begins on 16 January in Melbourne.Williams was injured during the ASB Classic in Auckland.
7. In reaction to fertiliser shortages worldwide, Ugandan farmers are reaching for an alternative way to fertilise their fields by using maggots.
The fertiliser shortage is credited mainly to the Russia/Ukraine war.
8. A six-year-old boy has opened fire in an elementary school classroom in the eastern US state of Virginia on Friday seriously injuring a teacher.
No students were hurt in the incident at Richneck Elementary School in the coastal city of Newport News.