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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Saturday, 9 January, 2021 Edition)

Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice

Good Morning Nigeria! Hope you all are doing your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19!

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COVID-19: Malami Orders NDLEA To Halt Screening Of 5,000 Candidates

The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minsiter of Justice, Abubakar Malami has directed the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to halt its planned mobilization of 5,000 candidates for a job screening and documentation exercise in Jos, Plateau State.

Daily Trust Saturday reports that the NDLEA had in a statement yesterday by its spokesman directed that a total of 5,000 candidates should appear at the Agency’s Academy, Citadel Counter-Narcotics Nigeria, (CCNN), Katton-Rikkos, Jos, Plateau State for the screening and documentation exercise between January 10 and 23, 2021 at 0900 hours daily.

But the AGF in a statement issued late yesterday by the Solicitor General of the Federation, Dayo Apata, directed the NDLEA Chairman to halt the exercise and seek further clarification/advice from the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in view of the health implications at this time of the second wave of the pandemic.

Govs Push For Local Production Of COVID-19 Vaccine

Governors of the 36 states of the federation have stressed the need to consider local manufacturing of a COVID-19 vaccine despite the current arrangement with global partners on its availability.

The chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) and governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, said this yesterday after a meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Fielding questions from State House reporters, Fayemi said the meeting with President Buhari was to review a number of issues that were of interest to him and his fellow governors, particularly security, economy, vaccine’s management and the general outlook for 2021.

Recruitment: NDLEA Releases List Of Successful Candidates

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has released the list of successful applicants in its ongoing recruitment exercise.

NDLEA spokesman, Deputy Commander of Narcotics (DCN) Jonah Achema, announced this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja.

Achema urged successful candidates to visit the agency’s website for the list, adding that those shortlisted had also been contacted via E-mail and SMS.

Insurgency Will End This Year — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, said the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the North East might be wrapped up this year, insisting that with prayers, what has been happening in the country would soon be over.

Buhari, who made this declaration through the Minister of Defence, Major-General Bashir Magashi Salihi (Rtd) in Abuja during a Juma’at Prayer held to commemorate the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day at the National Mosque, stressed that “this year is a year of action.”

He also noted that the nation would continue to remember the sacrifices made by the fallen heroes and other members of the Armed Forces, saying the government and entire Nigerians would not stop praying for the repose of the souls who paid the supreme price while defending the territorial integrity of the nation.

NIMC Staff End Strike, Issue Fresh 21-Day Ultimatum

The 2-day warning strike embarked upon by the staff of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has been called off on Friday. This was disclosed by the chairman of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) NIMC unit, Lucky Michael Asekokhai, in an interview with Daily Trust in Abuja on Friday.

“We have called off the strike and all our members are to resume on Monday,” Asekokhai told Daily Trust.

The union chairman, who said the staff had achieved their aim with the 2-day strike, called on the Federal Government to yield to their demands in good time. He, however, said that a fresh 21-day ultimatum has been issued to the Federal Government to meet the demands of the NIMC staff or risk a full blown strike.

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