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About 10,000 constables who were recruited into the Nigeria Police Force this year have not been paid salaries for the past six months, the Punch reported.

 

Good morning.It's frustrating seeing folks who would not listen to simple instructions even when it has to do with their health. Even worse, because it has to do with the health of others. The number of people infected with COVID-19 is approaching 70 million, with more than 1.5 million people dead.

Imagine how glad we were when we saw that a guy has invented a gun that can shoot masks onto people's faces. Quite hilarious.

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Cyber Security. FireEye, a leading cybersecurity firm, said that it has been the victim of a sophisticated hacking attack that was likely perpetrated by a foreign government. 
Women. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Central Bank president Christine Lagarde, and U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris lead the Forbes' list of most powerful women.
Nigeria. The Nigerian navy has declared wanted, 43 of its personnel whom it accused of deserting the service. The personnel reportedly left their duty posts when their ships arrived in some European countries. 
Movies. Marvel Studios said that it will not recast the character played by the late Chadwick Boseman. The sequel is scheduled to be released on July 8, 2022, and will be written and directed by Ryan Coogler. Boseman died in August at age 43, after fighting a private battle with colon cancer.

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2012 British physicist, Stephen Hawking, wins the $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize, the most lucrative academic prize in the world.

2017 Saudi Arabia announces an end to its 35 year ban on cinemas.

2018 Time Magazine Person of the Year 2018 is "the Guardians" journalists targeted for their work, including Jamal Khashoggi.

ECONOMY

Buhari Makes U-turn, Ignores House’s Summon

 

Image Source: Punch

The Story
The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), says the National Assembly lacks the power to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to speak on security matters.

He said that?
Yes, he did. Malami, who is also the Minister of Justice, said this in a statement on Wednesday. The House of Representatives led by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, had last week invited Buhari over the rising insecurity and the killing of over 43 farmers in Borno. An aide to the President, Lauretta Onochie, had confirmed that Buhari would appear before a joint session of the National Assembly on Thursday. However, reports began to filter in on Tuesday that the President had decided not to attend the meeting.

Why the change?
The AGF said security matters remained the exclusive preserve of the executive arm of government and the National Assembly must not forget this. He said: “As the Commander-in-Chief, the President has exclusivity on security and has confidentiality over security. These powers and rights he does not share. So, by summoning the President on national security operational matters, the House of Representatives operated outside constitutional bounds. President’s exclusivity of constitutional confidentiality investiture within the context of the constitution remains sacrosanct.”

Does the insecurity even bother the presidency?
Malami said the President could freely address the National Assembly when he wants but could not be summoned to do so. He said Buhari had been able to effectively tackle insecurity and recover lands that were hitherto occupied by Boko Haram. While consoling the bereaved and sympathising with the victims of the associated insecurity in the country, Malami maintained that national security is not about publicity and the nation’s security architecture cannot be exposed for the sake of getting publicity. SOURCE

ECONOMY

10,000 police constables groan over unpaid six-month salaries 

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The Story
About 10,000 constables who were recruited into the Nigeria Police Force this year have not been paid salaries for the past six months, the Punch reported.

What!
The recruits, who passed out of the police training institutions in April, have not been paid since May. It was learnt that the situation had demoralised many of them as they were finding it difficult to meet their responsibilities to their families. The Police Service Commission had clarified that it would issue appointment letters and approve their capturing into the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System for the payment of their salaries and allowances during its plenary meeting holding on Wednesday.

Why did that have to take so long to do?
An official disclosed that the meeting would first approve the recommendation of the screening committee before giving the go-ahead for the issuance of appointment letters which would enable the constables to be captured on the IPPIS platform for the payment of their salaries and allowances.

Illegitimate alternative.
A senior officer, while speaking on the subject, condemned the delayed payment, adding that the constables might be surviving on bribes and extortion. “They have been working since May but they have not been paid till date. In other words, many of them have probably been surviving on extortion and corruption,” he observed.

Reports indicate that the rank and file and senior members of the force have also not been paid their November salaries. SOURCE

AFRICA

Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo wins re-election

 

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The Story
The president of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, has won another term in the elections held on Monday.

Oh! By what margin?
While the two front-runners claimed to be leading, not less than five people have been killed in the violence that followed the Monday elections. Akufo-Addo was declared winner after the results released by the election commission on Wednesday showed that he got 51.59% of the vote.

Is the result a reflection of the people's choice?
Polling on Monday was viewed by observers as generally free and fair, but the political climate soured late on Tuesday when Mahama accused his rival and incumbent Akufo-Addo of showing “credentials that are very undemocratic”. Following rumours that he had conceded defeat, Mahama accused the incumbent of harnessing the military in a bid to sway the outcome. “You cannot use the military to try and overturn some of the results in constituencies that we have won. We will resist any attempts to subvert the sovereign will of the Ghanaian people,” the 62-year-old former president said.

What's the public's opinion on the election?
Though there were reports of violence at various spots, the election was widely judged as free and fair. The European Union’s chief observer, Javier Nart, told a news conference on Wednesday that “Ghanaians voted freely”. “While there were isolated violent incidents, both on election day and during the campaign … fears of violence and vigilantism, fortunately, didn’t materialise. They were minor isolated incidents, some of them tragic ones”, he said.

Significant among Akufo-Addo's promises is one to implement a $17bn programme to boost Ghana’s economy, which took a hit from the coronavirus pandemic and experienced its first quarterly contraction in nearly 40 years. SOURCE

INTERNATIONAL

Trump sanctions Chinese top officials over Hong Kong

 

Image Source: BBC

The Story
The pro-democracy and independence struggle in Hong Kong continues to draw attention.

What's the news?
The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on 14 Chinese officials accused of silencing pro-democracy advocates in Hong Kong. The sanctioned individuals were high ranking officials in the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC), the main decision-making entity in the Chinese legislature.

What are the sanctions?
The financial sanctions will freeze any assets that the 14 officials own under U.S. jurisdiction while also blocking them and their families from travelling to the country. In November, Hong Kong's China-backed government ousted four opposition members from its legislature to prevent dissent. This led to many pro-democracy opposition members resigning out of protest.

So, only Trump is able to stand up to China on this?
Well, there's been condemnation from other members of the international community. The Five Eyes intelligence-sharing group of the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Britain criticized the move while accusing China of neutralizing the opposition. The sanctions are the latest in a series of actions President Trump has taken against China before he leaves in January. Trump has also levied sanctions against Iran and Venezuela.

President-elect Joe Biden has said he'll keep Trump-era tariffs on China in place until his administration is able to develop a strategy to properly deal with the world's second-largest economy. SOURCE

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TODAY'S TRIVIA

African History Quiz

1. Which northern Nigeria city is the centre on which the major caravan routes converge?
A. Kano
B. Sokoto
C. Zamfara

2. This country was once called Dahomey. Which country?
A. Nigeria
B. Togo
C. Benin

3. In which country is the Kalahari Desert?
A. Kenya
B. Zimbabwe
C. Botswana

QUESTION & ANSWER

QUORA QUESTION: 

What are some crazy coincidences in history?

Audrey Canton

In 1864, the famous actor Edwin Booth stood on a train platform in New Jersey, waiting amongst a crowd to board a train.

As the crowd pressed forward to board one of the coaches, the train unexpectedly jolted, rolling a few feet before it stopped. A young man next to Booth lost his balance, and began to fall between the platform and the moving car.

He grabbed the man by his collar, pulling him up. The young man recognized Booth and was both grateful and starstruck. The two men went their separate ways and didn’t realize the irony until the following year.

Edwin Booth’s younger brother was John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated President Lincoln in April 1865.

And the young man whom he saved?

Robert Todd Lincoln- the only one of Abraham Lincoln’s children to survive to adulthood. SOURCE

TRIVIA ANSWER

African History Quiz Answers

1. Which northern Nigeria city is the centre on which the major caravan routes converge?
A. Kano

2. This country was once called Dahomey. Which country?
C. Benin

3. In which country is the Kalahari Desert?
C. Botswana

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