Good day! below are summary’s of stories across Nigeria and aboard
1. Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike has cautioned those issuing threats of possible punitive action against the five aggrieved governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also known as G5, to dead the thought.
Reports had emerged last week that the aggrieved governors of the PDP met with the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress Bola Tinubu in view of a possible endorsement.
While reacting to the purported meeting, National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Debo Ologunagba said the party would resolve to sanctions on the erring governors and apply relevant provisions of its constitution if the need arise.
Wike said abusing members of the G5 and their allies will only complicate the lingering trouble in the PDP and No one can drive them from the house they built.
2. Festus Okoye, INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee has said that INEC’s Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, National Commissioners and senior officials have taken delivery of BVAS machines.
He said with the arrival of the last consignment, INEC has now taken delivery of the required number of BVAS machines for all polling units in the country and the consignment included extra machines that would come in handy in the event of an emergency.
Okoye appreciated the support of all Nigerians in INEC’s determination to deploy technology in the conduct of free, fair, credible, transparent, and inclusive 2023 general elections.
3. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday said the COVID-19 Omicron sub-lineages partly responsible for the current increase in the virus’ cases in China, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States have not yet been detected in the country.
The Omicron sub-lineage responsible for the rise in cases in the US and UK is XBB.1.5 while BF.7 is responsible for the increased cases in China.
However, B.5.2.1 has been seen in Nigeria since July 2022.
From 24th to 30th December 2022, 35 new confirmed cases were recorded in Nigeria. The new cases were reported from 4 States- FCT (22), Lagos (10), Delta (2) and Plateau (1).
4. The President of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation Musa Nimrod has said that the federation target for the year is to pick Olympic ticket and have impact on the continent.
Nimrod said that the federation is fully prepared for the year saying that the goals can be achieved with support from stakeholders as the federation recorded great achievements in 2022 and the aspiration for 2023 includes making it to the numerous and important continental as well as global engagements vis-a-vis the 2023 African Games, 2023 African Youths Games and FIVB U-19 Boys World Youths Championship, as well as series of Beach Volleyball events which will climax with the 2024 Olympics qualifiers which Nigeria has registered to participate.
He added that the federation will create more tours for player to compete and give them opportunities.
5. One of Iran’s best-known actresses who was arrested after she criticized the execution of a man involved in nationwide protests has been released on bail on Wednesday.Taraneh Alidoosti who starred in the 2016 Oscar-winning film “The Salesman,” had condemned the hanging of Mohsen Shekari.
Alidoosti is known for her activism in the MeToo movement in Iran’s cinema industry and was one of several Iranian celebrities to express support for the protests.
More than 500 celebrities, actors, playwrights, novelists and directors had signed an open letter calling for her release. The open letter was signed by notable figures including Emma Thompson, Mark Ruffalo, Penélope Cruz, Kate Winslet and Kristen Stewart.