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JANUARY

President Muhammadu Buhari departs for the United Kingdom on short leave, and hands over to his deputy, Prof Yemi Osinbajo.

His spokesman, Mr Femi Adeshina, stated that during the vacation, the President will undergo routine medical check-ups, and is expected to resume work on February 6, 2017.

Nigeria Senate approves 2017 Medium Term Expenditure Framework‎/ Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF) presented for consideration by President Muhammadu Buhari in September, adopting all recommendations by the Senate Joint Committee on Finance, Appropriation and National Planning.

The Upper chamber approved the adoption of N305 per Dollar exchange rate as proposed by the Executive for the 2017 budget and $44.5 per barrel as oil benchmark price for 2017 budget as against the $42.50 per barrel requested by the Executive.

The Nigeria Customs Service intercepts 661 pieces of pump-action rifles from China, concealed with steel doors and other merchandise goods, which came in through Lagos port.

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, was quoted as saying that already three suspects have been arrested in connection with crime, namely Oscan Okafor (an importer), Mahmud Haruna (a clearing agent), and Sadique Mustapha (accompanying the consignment to its destination).

The Lagos state House of Assembly at plenary pass a total budget size of N812.9billion for 2017 for the state, after it debated and adopted the report on budget estimates presented to the Assembly by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

The total Recurrent Expenditure stands at N305.1billion while the total Capital Expenditure is N507.8billion.

Governor Ambode then signs the 2017 Appropriation Bill into law 41 days later.

FOREIGN

Thirty-five Russian diplomats expelled from the United States by President Barack Obama leaves the country.

Mr Obama ordered the expulsion within 72hours in response to alleged hacking of the US Democratic Party and Clinton campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

A spokesperson for the Russian embassy in the US said the plane took off with all the affected personnel and their families aboard.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump announce there should be no more prisoner releases from the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Trump however described the prisoners, many of whom have not been formally charged as “extremely dangerous people who should not be allowed back onto the battlefield’’.

Hamza bin Laden, a son of Osama bin Laden, has been officially designated a global terrorist by the United States.

The official sanction blocks him from any business dealings with US companies or holding property on US soil.

SPORTS

2017 African Cup of Nations kicks-off in Gabon

25-year-old Algeria/Leicester forward Riyad Mahrez named 2016 Confederation of African Football's player of the year award.

Cristiano Ronaldo named the FIFA’s rebranded 2016 Player Of The Year Award, capping an interesting year which saw the Real Madrid and Portuguese attacker win the France Football’s Ballon d’Or, UEFA Champions League and the Euro 2016 trophy.

FIFA expands World Cup teams to 48, up from 32 for the 2026 tournament.

The sport's world governing body voted unanimously in favour of the change, with a source close to FIFA telling AFP that under the new format Europe could get 16 places, with Africa earning nine.

ENTERTAINMENT

American Singer Janet Jackson gives birth to her first child, a baby boy, already named Eissa Al Mana.

A statement by her publicist said the 50year old musician and her Qatari businessman husband, Wissam Al Mana, were "thrilled" to welcome the infant,

Celebrity couple, Funke Akindele and Abdul Rasheed Bello popularly known as JJC Skillz, floats new imprint “S.O.P Records” and a TV show “Industreets”.

Funke Akindele, popularly known as Jenifa in an Instagram post introduced the newly signed artistes under the imprint as Ruby and Pearl, jointly known as Gem Stones, Martins, Sonorous and Mo’Eazy, who acted in Jenifa’s diary series as Collins.

The British government announce plan to launch new one pound coin to deter sophisticated counterfeiters who can now replicate the current coin, which has been in circulation for 30 years.

An announcement from the British Treasury said that the new 12-sided one pound coin would become legal tender on March 28 and a total of 1.5 billion of the coins will be issued in the first minting by the Royal Mint in Wales.

FEBRUARY

President Muhammadu Buhari writes to the National Assembly, informing of his desire to extend his leave, with no mention of the new date for his arrival to the country.

In a statement issued yesterday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, revealed that the President had planned to return to Abuja, but was advised by his doctors to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors, before returning.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) begins full enforcement of the installation of the Speed Limiting Device on commercial vehicles.

Spokesman of the corps, Mr Bisi Kazeem, told newsmen that sector and field commands of the agency had been fully mobilised for the exercise, which would see defaulters either pay a fine of N3,000 or have their vehicles impounded, to be released after installing the device.

Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode bans Local Government officials from engaging in the managing traffic situation in the state, to stop them from extorting motorists in the state with illegal traffic duties.

The state’s Commissioner for Transportation Prince Anofiu Elegushi who disclosed this went on to announce that the state government has cancelled all official number-plates now in use because of gross abuse and ordered a re-issuance.

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode signs the prohibition of the act of kidnapping bill into law. The new law stipulates capital punishment for kidnappers whose victims die in their custody and life imprisonment for the act.

Under the law, an attempt to kidnap is also counted as a criminal offence punishable by life imprisonment.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode receives Certificate of Admission of the State as one of the 100 Resilient Cities In The World pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation.

With the formal admission as one of the 11 in Africa, Lagos State will receive technical support and resources to develop and implement a Resilience strategy.

FOREIGN

The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-nam, is killed in an attack in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysian police say he was using a passport in a different name at the time, and waiting at the airport for a flight to Macau when a woman covered his face with a cloth which burnt his eyes.

SPORTS

Cameroun emerge African Champions after defeating Egypt in 2017 AFCON final.

Former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from football, bringing to an end a 21-year professional career.

ENTERTAINMENT

Iconic singer Madonna is granted permission by a Malawian High Court to adopt two more children from the country.

The singer already has two children from the African country - David, adopted in 2006, and Mercy, adopted in 2009.

American Soul legend, Aretha Franklin has announced that she plans to retire from music to spend more time with her grandchildren.

The 74-year-old, who has been performing since she was 19, said she would record one final album with Stevie Wonder before stepping out of the limelight.

BUSINESS

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, releases new foreign exchange policy in the country with immediate effect in a bid to ease the difficulties encountered by Nigerians in obtaining funds for foreign exchange transactions.

The CBN said it would henceforth be providing direct additional funding to banks settled at a rate not exceeding 20 per cent above the interbank market rate, to meet the needs of Nigerians for personal and business travel, medical needs, and school fees, effective immediately.

MARCH

President Muhammadu Buhari arrives Nigeria after vacation in London, during which he had routine medical check-ups.

Nigeria Senate passes amendments to the Electoral Act 2010, approving the use of electronic voting in future elections and a provision to enable the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) transmit the result of elections electronically in an encrypted and secure manner to prevent hacking.

The new bill include provision for the use of electronic voting by INEC during future elections, use of Card Reader and also gives INEC power to modify the voting process if there is a challenge.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has confirmed the outbreak of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis, CSM, in five states with at least 282 deaths related to the disease.

Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, announce that students will no longer be able to secure admission into higher institutions while awaiting their O’level results.

The development means candidates must sit and obtain the results of either West African Examination Council school examination, WAEC, or National Examination Council, NECO, before admission.

The Lagos State Government bans live band music at various beer parlours, restaurants and food joints in the state, owing to its noise level, and imposed a fine of N500,000 on offenders.

The government also warned religious houses to procure sound proof in order to minimise the effect of noise generated in residential areas.

General Manager‎, Lagos State Environment Protection Agency, LASEPA, Adebola Shabi who revealed these, also decried the rate at which residential areas were being ‎converted to commercial areas without government’s approval, blamed the residents for not informing the government about the development.

He also bemoaned‎ the practice of parking vehicles on the street for too long, saying residents must also report such in order not to jeopardise the state’s efforts at boosting the security in the state.

FOREIGN

US announce ban on large electronic devices from cabin baggage on flights from eight countries in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said the measure will affect nine airlines operating out of 10 airports. Phones are exempt from the new rules.

The UK government is introducing a similar ban on laptops.

Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-Hye has been arrested and taken into custody over a corruption scandal that led to her dismissal.

The 65-year-old is accused of allowing her close friend Choi Soon-sil to extort money from companies, including Samsung, in return for political favours.

SPORTS

Issa Hayatou deposed after 29 years as CAF President by Ahmad Ahmad from Madagascar, as Nigeria’s Pinnick also win Executive seat.

ENTERTAINMENT

Mavin Records signs three new acts – Johnny Drille, DNA Twins (Clinton and Blair Roberts), and rapper POE – into the label.

APRIL

The Federal Government extends its Whistle-blowing policy beyond financial crimes, to illegal ownership of small arms and light weapons.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, in a statement said the move was made to disarm communities, especially those with an inclination to violence.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, orders removal of all illegal road blocks by unlawful revenue collectors across the country.

A statement issued by the Force Spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood said that the Special X-Squad Teams of the Force had been deployed to begin the exercise from April 17 to remove obstructions on public highways and roads mounted by unlawful revenue and tax collectors, NURTW among others.

Moshood said the X-Squad Teams deployed were under strict instructions to also arrest, investigate and prosecute any person or group of persons found committing this illegal act along with their sponsors.

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has approved the commencement of an additional diet in its examination for private candidates.

WAEC Registrar, Dr Iyi Uwadiae, who confirmed this added that the modalities for the start of the examination were already being worked out and the examination could begin in February/March of 2018.

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday, found $38 million, £27,000 and N23 million in a private residence on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.

The commision acted on a tip-off from yet another whistleblower, and the house, belongs to an unnamed government official.

The discovery was days after the EFCC operatives announced the recovery foreign currencies in millions from a Bureau de Change operator in Balogun Market, Lagos, and yet another huge sum of money, hidden in an abandoned LEGICO Shopping Plaza shop in Victoria Island, Lagos.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), begins nationwide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) across the 774 Local Government Areas in the country.

INEC Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, reiterated that the exercise would take place at INEC Local Government offices on working days of the weeks from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m and advised those who are yet to register for their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) to use the opportunity to do so.

FOREIGN

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) reports of a disturbing new trend in people smuggling in Libya - migrants being bought and sold as slaves.

Libya is a focal point for migrants hoping to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, but the IOM says more and more migrants, without identity papers and with no more money to pay smugglers, are being openly sold into slavery.

SPORTS

= The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has receives financial boost from an energy company Aiteo Group worth around US$9.2 million (N2.5Billion) over the next five years.

The deal was expected to commence on the 1st of May.

The Aiteo Group, founded by Delta State native, Mr. Benedict Peters will amongst other things take care of the national team coaches’ salaries with N500million annually, and cover all the national teams and has an option of a one-year extension.

Anthony Joshua beats Wladimir Klitschko to become unified heavyweight champion.

Joshua stopped Klitschko in the 11th round to secure a stunning victory at Wembley Stadium, in front of 90,000 boxing fans to retain the IBF belt and also bagged the WBA and IBO belts.

ENTERTAINMENT

Efe Michel Ejeba, emerges winner of 2017 Big Brother Nigeria House, #BBNaija.

Efe, an upcoming rap artiste claimed the N25 million star prize, a brand new SUV amongst other mouth-watering prizes.

MAY

Tin-Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, intercepts another 20-foot container laden with 440 pump action guns.

Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs, Monday Abueh, said the cargo was shipped from Turkey, and declared as white cement to cover up the illicit import.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode states categorically that he has asked Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) to stay off Lagos roads permanently.

Speaking at the commissioning of Pedestrian Bridges, Laybys and Slip Road at Ojodu Berger, Governor Ambode, said he also urged the FRSC to limit its operations to highways and stay clear of main streets of the State.

The governor said as an alternative, the State Government would employ technology to track and monitor vehicle registration and MOT certifications, while de-emphasizing impoundment of vehicles.

FOREIGN

Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron inaugurated as the country's youngest president at the age of 39.

Macron, officially became the eighth president of France’s Fifth Republic after an inauguration ceremony at the Elysée Palace yesterday where he was handed power by outgoing Socialist president François Hollande.

SPORTS

Holders Mali defeats Ghana 1-nil to emerge champions of the 2017 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

Manchester United claim second major trophy of the 2016 season and secured Champions League football as they overcame Ajax 2-nil to win the Europa League final in Stockholm.

JUNE

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the enrolment of members of the National Youth Service Corps Scheme (NYSC) into the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to guarantee them access to quality healthcare services.

Nigeria begins yam exports to the United Kingdom with 72 tons of yams in three containers.

The Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh who announced this said the country would strive to export more yams and other food commodities to other countries to earn more foreign exchange.

The Six judges suspended by the National Judicial Council over corruption allegations are recalled and told to resume their judicial functions on Wednesday June 7th.

According to a statement by the Council’s Director of Information, Mr. Soji Oye, the decision reached followed the failure of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN), to conclude investigation and charge them with any offence.

The affected judges asked to resume their judicial functions include Justice Inyang Okoro of the Supreme Court; Justice Uwani Abba Aji of the Court of Appeal; and Justice Hydiazira Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court.

Others are Justice Adeniyi Ademola and Justice Musa Kurya of the Federal High Court, and Justice Agbadu James Fishim of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) announce successful reduction in price of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), also known as Diesel, by 42% nationwide.

In a statement released by its group general manager, Ndu Ughamadu, the NNPC said the reduction prices, which is the aftermath of key strategic interventions, saw prices fall to N175-N200 from N300.

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has declared Nigeria free from the latest ‘Type C’ deadly Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM), which claimed 1,166 lives since its outbreak in late 2016.

Its Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, in a statement at the weekend, confirmed that the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) responding to the epidemic has been stepped down, as the outbreak has been in constant decline for eight weeks, while the affected States have recorded much fewer new cases.

Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says it will begin to subject traffic law violators to psychiatric tests with effect from July 1.

Its Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, who stated this in Abuja yesterday at the opening of a five-day training programme on traffic safety of non-motorised transportation (NMT), said the test would focus on four areas of violations namely: use of phone while driving, traffic light and route violations as well as dangerous driving.

FOREIGN

Bald men in Mozambique become targets of ritual attacks, police have warned, after the recent killing of five men for their body parts.

A police commander in Mozambique's central Zambezia province, Afonso Dias,"told the BBC that the belief is that the head of a bald man contains gold."

Albino people have also been killed in the region for ritual purposes.

Saudi Arabia's king has appointed his son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince - replacing his nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef, as first in line to the throne.

Colombia's FARC rebel group formally end existence as an armed group in aspiration to form a political party, putting an end to half a century of violent conflict.

SPORTS

Real Madrid retains the UEFA Champions League after defeating Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff.

Former Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote has died at the age of 30 after collapsing during a training session in China.

Ivory Coast international Tiote moved to China in February to play for second division side Beijing Enterprises and he was training with his club when he collapsed.

ENTERTAINMENT

Organizers of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire announce the TV show was going off air indefinitely from June 25th.

The suspension said to be "temporary" and "indefinite", is believed to be coming after the main telecoms sponsor of the show pulled out.

BUSINESS

JULY

The Nigerian Senate has passed the much awaited Whistle Blowers protection bill, which seeks to protect persons making disclosure for the public interest and others from reprisals, and ‎provides for matters disclosed to be properly investigated and dealt with accordingly.

The Senate considered all the Clauses of the Bill and scaled it through the third and final reading followed the consideration of the report of the Senate Panel on Judiciary, Human Rights and legal matters.

The Six judges suspended by the National Judicial Council over corruption allegations are recalled and told to resume their judicial functions on Wednesday June 7th.

According to a statement by the Council’s Director of Information, Mr. Soji Oye, the decision reached followed the failure of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN), to conclude investigation and charge them with any offence.

The affected judges asked to resume their judicial functions include Justice Inyang Okoro of the Supreme Court; Justice Uwani Abba Aji of the Court of Appeal; and Justice Hydiazira Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court.

Others are Justice Adeniyi Ademola and Justice Musa Kurya of the Federal High Court, and Justice Agbadu James Fishim of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria.

FOREIGN

US President Donald Trump says transgender people cannot serve in "any capacity" in the military.

He tweeted that he had consulted with military experts and cited "tremendous medical costs and disruption".

Russian President Vladimir Putin announce that 755 staff must leave US diplomatic missions, in retaliation for new US sanctions against Moscow.

The decision indicates Russia plans to seize holiday properties and a warehouse used by the US diplomats.

It brings staff levels to 455, the same as Russia's complement in Washington.

SPORTS

The Confederation African Football (CAF) expands Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals from 16 teams to 24 teams.

The decision was reached by CAF’s executive committee in Rabat, Morocco, where it was also agreed that the new format will take effect from the 2019 edition billed to hold in Cameroon.

ENTERTAINMENT

Former US football star and actor, OJ Simpson has been granted parole after nine years in a Nevada prison.

The 70-year-old, Simpson served time for armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and 10 other charges over a 2007 confrontation at a Las Vegas hotel.

BUSINESS

Etisalat Nigeria officially announce a change in the company's name, to now be known as 9mobile

Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services Limited, EMTS formally confirmed the development, with its the company's chief executive Officer, Boye Olusanya, explaining that the new trading name, represented the company’s “0809ja heritage,” “9ja-centricity”, and its “evolution over 9 years of operations in Nigeria.”

AUGUST

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari returns home after 103 days of medical leave in the UK.

It was the president's second spell of medical leave in 2017.

The Nigeria Police Force has declared Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Mohammed Isah Hamman (now identified as Senator Isah Misau) as a Deserter from the Force, noting that his name still exists on their Officers Staff List.

The Police Spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood, who disclosed this said Sen. Misau (who is currently the Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy) deserted the Police Force on Sept. 24, 2010 when he was redeployed to Niger Command, which makes him a suspected criminal under the law.

He also disclosed that the retirement letter Sen. Misau presented to newsmen recently was forged and dubiously obtained.

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has banned cash payments for passport processing as part of efforts to eliminate corruption at all passport offices nationwide.‎

NIS spokesperson, Sunday James, who disclosed this said the Comptroller General of the NIS, Muhammad Babandede, had directed that henceforth all payments for passport processing must be done online and through designated banks.

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, fix minimum cut off marks of 120 for Nigeria’s tertiary institutions.

Following the 2017 Combined Policy Meetings on Admissions into Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria, the minimum cut off marks for admissions into polytechnics and colleges of education was also pegged at 100, while that of innovative enterprising institutes was pegged at 110.

The Registrar of JAMB, Ishaq Oloyede, added however that tertiary Institutions are, at liberty to raise their cut off marks for admission above the minimum set by JAMB.

FOREIGN

A ban on plastic carrier bags comes into effect in Kenya, implying anyone found selling, manufacturing or carrying them could face fines of up to $38,000 or prison sentences of up to four years.

It was the third attempt in the past 10 years to ban plastic bags in Kenya. A number of other African countries have outlawed plastic carrier bags, including South Africa, Rwanda and Eritrea.

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa again survive a no-confidence motion in Parliament.

It was the eight no-confidence vote that Mr. Zuma has survived during his eight year tenure — but the first to be conducted by secret ballot.

US President Donald Trump used his harshest language yet, to warn North Korea yesterday that it will be “met with fire and fury”, if it does not stop threatening the United States.

North Korea had eariler said it would “ruthlessly take strategic measures involving physical actions,” in the wake of new economic sanctions approved by the U.N. Security Council.

Prince Philip, the 96-year-old husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, bows out of public life yesterday.

SPORTS

Nigeria’s home-based Super Eagles qualify for the 2018 Championship for African Nations billed to take place in Kenya after the defeating Republic of Benin in qualifier.

Nigeria’s D’Tigress emerge winners of the 2017 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket Championship.

D’Tigress defeated Senegal 65-48 in the final of the tournament played yesterday in Bamako, Mali.

Arsenal defeats Chelsea on penalties to claim 2017 Community Shield.

Real Madrid retains UEFA 2016 Super Cup after defeating Manchester United 2-1 in Macedonia.

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo named the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year 2016/17.

England's record goal scorer Wayne Rooney retires from international football.

ENTERTAINMENT

The now ex-wife of the Ooni of Ife, Zaynab Otiti-Obanor, confirms her 17-month-old marriage to the monarch, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has indeed ended

She made the disclosure via an official statement on her official Instagram page @hhzynab, where she also dismissed reports that the marriage split was over infidelity, or infertility on her part.

SEPTEMBER

Nigeria pulls out of 90 international organizations so as to be able to meet up with its obligations to others.

Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun she said the decision was reached because the country spends $70 million every year as a member of 310 international bodies, adding that there was no need allowing such subscriptions to accumulate in organizations which play no part in the developmental aspirations of Nigeria.

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announce Nigeria is out of economic recession.

The NBS stated that the nation’s GDP grew by 0.55 per cent (year-on-year) in real terms in the quarter, indicating the emergence of the economy from recession.

Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose declares to be the presidential candidate of his party, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2019 race.

Fayose at his declaration, said he remained the best candidate of the party, promising to steer Nigeria’s economic fortune back to a height of glory and ensure diversification of the country’s economy through agriculture, adequate power supply and creation of jobs for youths.

The Tin-Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) intercepts yet another 1,100 rifles imported into the country from Turkey under false declaration.

The Comptroller-General of NCS, Retired Col. Hameed Ali, said the seizure was the third interception of ammunition at Lagos ports within nine months, and the ammunitions on the Bill of Lading falsely indicated wash hand basins and water closets.

Yet another 460 pump action rifles imported from Turkey was intercepted days later, but were registered as Elbow Plumbing Plastics on its bill of lading.

The seizure brought to a total of 2671 rifles seized within the last 9months of this year, and a Nigerian syndicate had been uncovered in Turkey involved in the contraband imports.

FOREIGN

Saudi Arabia's King Salman issues a decree allowing women to drive for the first time, and obtain driving licences, while the order will be implemented by June 2018 reported..

Only men are allowed driving licences in Saudi Arabia, which is the only country in the world to forbid women from driving, forcing many families to employ private drivers to help transport female relatives.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is re-elected for a fourth term while nationalists have made a historic surge in federal elections.

SPORTS

Plateau United win first Nigerian league title, to now represent Nigeria in next year’s CAF Champions League along with runners-up MFM FC.

Two-time African champions Enyimba, finished third to secure the lone CAF Confederation Cup spot.

Premier League clubs vote to from now on close the summer transfer window before the first game of next season, but the new rule applies only to buying players..

Premier League clubs will still be able to sell players to other leagues whose transfer windows remain open later into August and September.

ENTERTAINMENT

Nigerian Hip-hop twins, Peter and Paul Okoye of the popular stage name Psquare, have finally split up.

According to a letter sent to their lawyer Festus Keyamo (SAN) by Peter, he demanded for a termination of the agreement as a group.

According to the copy of a letter in some media outlets yesterday, Peter based his decision on some serious allegations against his twin Paul and Jude their older brother and manager.

OCTOBER

The Federal Government agreed to release N88billion for the compensation of victims of the Nigeria/Biafra civil war, as well as for completion of demining and destruction of abandoned explosives within the South-East, South-South and North Central regions of the country.

In terms of agreement it endorsed before the ECOWAS Court in Abuja yesterday, the Government said while it would pay N50billion compensation to “true victims” of the civil war that occurred between 1967 and 1970, a total sum of N38billion will be paid to contractors for total and complete demining and destruction of abandoned bombs and landmines within the regions.

Reports list States to benefit from the compensation to include: Anambra, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Ebonyi, Cross River, Abia, Enugu and Benue.

The Nigeria Education Research and Development Council (NERDC) reintroduces History as a subject, beginning from the 2018/2019 academic session, to be taught from primary one to JSS III..

FOREIGN

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is declared winner of the rescheduled presidential election which Opposition party boycott.

The United States withdraws from the United Nations’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Agency (UNESCO) because of what Washington sees as its anti-Israel bias and need for “fundamental reform”.

Israel which had also accused UNESCO of promoting "fake history" after it designated Hebron and the two adjoined shrines — the Jewish Tomb of the Patriarchs and the Muslim Ibrahimi Mosque, also pulled out.

SPORTS

Akwa United beat Niger Tornadoes on penalties to win the 2017 Aiteo Cup, while Rivers Angels women FC of Port Harcourt defeated Ibom Angels of Uyo 3-0 on penalties to claim the maiden AITEO Cup women competition.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) unanimously grant the organization of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) to Morocco.

They replace Kenya, who had their rights to host withdrawn by CAF due to a lack of preparation.

England wins under-17s World Cup beating Spain 5-2 in the final.

It was the second England age-group team would win this year, as the English under-20s also claimed their world cup earlier in June.

Cristiano Ronaldo again named the World's Best Male Player at the 2017 Best FIFA Football Awards, in London.

It was the second edition of the Best FIFA Football Awards, which is different from the Ballon d'Or awarded by France Football magazine.

ENTERTAINMENT

Former American football star and actor, OJ Simpson, is released on parole after nine years in a Nevada jail.

The now 70-year-old had been serving time for armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and 10 other charges over a 2007 confrontation at a Las Vegas hotel.

NOVEMBER

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), organiser of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), bans use of wrist watches and pens during the conduct of its 2018 test in any of its the examination halls.

The board’s Registrar, Prof. Is’haq Oloyede who announced this explained that during the conduct of the last examination it was discovered that some electronic devices such as pens, wristwatches and other devices were used to perpetrate examination malpractice.

FOREIGN

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe resigns after seeming military coup.

According to the country’s parliament speaker Jacob Mudenda, a letter from Mr Mugabe said that the decision was voluntary and that he had made it to allow a smooth transition of power.

He was soon to be replaced by his sacked deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa who is expected to head an interim transitional Government until the next general election by the end of August 2018.

Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic is jailed for life for genocide and other atrocities in the 1990s Bosnian war.

Known as the "Butcher of Bosnia", the 74year old Mladic led forces during the massacre of Bosnian Muslims (Bosniaks) in Srebrenica and the siege of Sarajevo.

SPORTS

Wydad Casablanca of Morocco became African champions for a second time when they defeated Al Ahly of Egypt 2-1 on aggregate in the CAF Champions League final.

They went home with a record $2.5 million and were guaranteed at least another $1 million by competing at the FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in December.

DECEMBER

‎President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the tenure of Nigeria’s military chiefs.

In a statement by Tukur Gusau, a colonel and spokesperson to the Minister of Defence, Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali, said the extension was largely based on the efforts of the military chiefs in tackling Boko Haram in the North-east and addressing other security issues.

The West African Examination Council, WAEC, has fixed January 12, 2018 as the “closing date of registration” for the first series of WASSCE private candidates which was scheduled to close December 29.

The council further said candidates can obtain registration pin on www.waeconline.org.ng

Mr Uche Secondus, wins PDP’s chairmanship election and used his acceptance speech to verbally serve the APC a ‘quit notice’, vowing to lead his party back to power in 2019.

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris orders immediate commencement of stop-and-search operations during the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

A statement by the Force spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood in Abuja, also revealed that Idris directed all State Police Commands across the country to beef up security at flashpoints, black spots and vulnerable points on major roads and highways across the country.

He however warned that the operation should not be located at areas susceptible to traffic gridlock or vehicular hold-ups, and directed all Commissioners of Police to supervise police personnel deployed to these stop and search points to make sure that they are not turned to roadblock, just as they remain under strict instructions to be polite and civil in carrying out their duties.

The Special Taskforce Committee set up by Lagos State Government on demolition of gated streets begins enforcement exercise on the removal of gates at both the metropolitan and suburb areas of the State that failed to comply with the government’s directive on Gated Streets regulation.

So far, the government had demolished 38 street gates that were shut against traffic between the hours of 5.00am and 12 midnight.

FOREIGN

Former soccer star George Weah has been declared winner of Liberia’s presidential runoff vote held on December 26.

According to the National Elections Commission (NEC) Weah, 51, had garnered 61% of valid votes cast from 98.1% of votes tallied.

With these results, Weah will succeed outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf whose 12-year tenure ends in January.

Saudi Arabia has announced plans to allow movie theaters to open for the first time in the country in more than 35 years.

US President Donald Trump threatens to cut off financial aid to countries that back a United Nations resolution opposing the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

128 states included the other four permanent members of the UN Security Council (China, France, Russia and the UK), went on to oppose the US recognition, tagging it Null and void, with 35 abstaining including Canada and Mexico, and nine others voting to go along with the US.

SPORTS

The Disciplinary Committee of the World football ruling body FIFA, reveals that Nigeria has forfeited their 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Algeria and handed a 3-0 walk-over defeat for fielding an ineligible player in the match.

The fixture on Nov. 10 had ended 1-1, but FIFA yesterday added that the decision did not affect the final standings in African Qualifying Competition Group B, nor Nigeria’s qualification for the FIFA World Cup in Russia, as they had finished six points clear of Zambia.

The player involved in the match played in Constantine was Shehu Abdullahi who was suspended for a match earlier, and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is also receiving a fine of over two million naira.

Liverpool forward, Mohamed Salah has been crowned the BBC African Footballer of the Year for 2016.

ENTERTAINMENT

After shutting down over 30 cities across America, Europe and around Africa, the train of Davido’s ’30 Billion Tour’ made a stop in Lagos.

According to reports, the sold out event at the over 6,000 capacity Eko convention centre saw the music act render his chart-topping singles like; IF, Fall and FIA.

To top up the excitement, Davido had announced via his social media handles that he had a surprise for his fans, and as it turned out the fans were treated to a Mo’hits Reunion.

The Mo’Hits crew which comprises of Don Jazzy, D’Banj, Wande Coal as well as Dr Sid, K-Switch, Ikechukwu and D’Prince, performed some of their tracks like “Booty Call” from way back.

BUSINESS

Crude oil price rise by $20 per barrel above Nigeria’s benchmark of $45 a barrel in the 2018 proposed yearly budget.

In the proposed ₦8.6 trillion ‘Budget of Consolidation’ presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly for approval, crude oil benchmark price was put at an average of $45 per barrel, while production was set at 2.3 million barrels per day. Presently, Brent crude oil price is at $66.43 a barrel.

Analysts imply that, at Nigeria’s production peg of 2.3 million proposed in the 2018 budget, the country will be making an excess crude oil earnings of $46 million per day if crude oil price remain around $65 a barrel in 2018.

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