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Omoyele Sowore arrested during cross over protest

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The protesters were reportedly wounded before they were allegedly taken and detained at the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit in the capital city.

A former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore, was arrested in the company of other activists participating in a protest against the Nigerian government in the early hours of Friday, January 1, 2021.

According to a report by Sahara Reporters, owned by Sowore, security operatives attacked and arrested the protesters during a peaceful procession to mark the new year in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Sowore had announced on Thursday, December 31, 2020 for a nationwide crossover protest against the Buhari administration.

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“How about a CrossOver Protest/Uprising tonight? Anyone willing to participate? Pick up a candle and a placard showing your grievances against the regime, let’s upload our short videos and photos across our Social Media platforms,” he posted on his Twitter account.

The crossover protest also held in Ondo and Kaduna as Nigerians celebrated the new year.

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Lagos CP orders matching orders over New Year curfew [Nigeria]

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Odumosu, however, urged the general public to be law-abiding and support security agencies for effective policing of the state.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered police officers to enforce the 12am to 4am curfew imposed by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

He also directed them to enforce all other protocols highlighted by the PTF as well as ensure the total closure of night clubs, bars, lounges, event centres, amongst others.

In a statement released by the force on Thursday, Odumosu gave the order to Commanders and DPOs during an event at Ikeja.

The statement partly read, “The Commissioner of Police reiterated that they must enforce the use of face mask regularly at public places (markets/malls), social distancing, total closure of night clubs, bars, lounges, event centres, no social party, street carnivals, use of infra-red thermometer to check body temperature, sanitisers and enforcement of the imposed curfew between 12 midnight and 4am.

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“He further ordered that all Area Commanders and DPOs must ensure such due enforcement in their various offices across the command; noting that COVID-19 is real and we must do everything possible within our reach to halt its spread.”

Odumosu was also quoted to have warned police officers in the state against incivility, drunkenness, excessive or misuse of power, accidental discharge, extortion and other inappropriate behaviours in the New Year, noting that “anyone found wanting will be heavily sanctioned within the ambit of the law”.

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[Nigeria] Buhari to make New Year broadcast in next 24 hours

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The Presidency says President Muhammadu Buhari will make a New Year broadcast to the nation on Jan. 1, 2021 at 7.00a.m.

Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, confirmed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

He said: “Television, radio and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to join the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) respectively, for the broadcast.’’

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Sciatica forces Pope Francis to skip New Year masses

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The chronic nerve condition that causes hip pain for the 84-year-old meant that “celebrations this evening and tomorrow morning… will not be led by the Holy Father,” Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement.

Pope Francis will be unable to celebrate New Year’s masses Thursday evening and Friday morning at St Peter’s Basilica because he is suffering from sciatica, the Vatican announced.

Giovanni Battista Re, the dean of the College of Cardinals, will celebrate the vespers on Thursday, while Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin — the pope’s right-hand man — will preside over the New Year’s Day mass, Bruni said.

Later Friday, the pontiff will lead the Angelus prayer from the library in the Apostolic Palace “as planned”, the spokesman said.

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Shortly before Christmas, two cardinals in the pope’s entourage contracted Covid-19, raising fears that Francis, who rarely wears a mask, risked infection.

In addition to the Argentinian-born pope’s official events reported by the Holy See’s press office, he also has many private meetings at the Vatican’s guest house Santa Marta, where he lives.

During Italy’s first lockdown in March, Francis initially delivered his Sunday Angelus prayers from the Vatican library instead of his usual window overlooking crowds on Saint Peter’s Square.

The restriction prompted him to say he felt “caged”, and he made several brief appearances at the window, greeting the few people who ventured out into the vast square.

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The pope has a risk factor for Covid aside from his advanced age. When he was 21 years old in 1957, he suffered from severe pleurisy, requiring surgery to remove part of his right lung, according to biographer Austen Ivereigh.

The Vatican has not yet indicated when the pope may be vaccinated against Covid-19.

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Lagos Churches makes U-turn on Cross over night service

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The senior pastor of the Daystar Christian Centre, Sam Adeyemi, is however not new to this arrangement.

A number of popular churches in Lagos State have adjusted their service time for crossover services this year.

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This follows a directive from the Lagos State government that curfew times will be imposed from 12am to 4am.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has since instructed worship centres to adhere to government’s directives.

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In the years past, most churches began their Crossover services by 9pm or 10pm and it ended way back midnight on January 1 of the New Year.

However, this year, they have been forced to push back by several hours.

The House on the Rock Church in highbrow Lekki area for instance, will begin their service by 6.30pm with an end-of-the-year praise and worship session. The main service starts 7pm and ends 9pm.

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It will not be streamed online until 10pm.

Also, The Covenant Nation has announced through its senior pastor, Poju Oyemade, that the on-site service will be held from 7pm to 9pm.

Oyemade said it would be “a time of teaching praises and declarations”.

He has always ended his services before 11pm, encouraging families to cross into the New Year together, in their homes.

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This week, Adeyemi tweeted: “If you say “Happy New Year” at 2pm on 31st December in Lagos, you won’t be wrong. You’ll only be joining people in Sydney Australia to say it at that time. In fact, you’ll be 10 hours ahead of others in Nigeria.

“Don’t stress over time to crossover. Just crossover. #HappyNewYear.”

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