Downing Street has described the UK's new ambassador to the European Union, Sir Tim Barrow as a "seasoned and tough negotiator", who will bring "energy" to Brexit talks.
Barrow takes on the role as discussions with the EU are expected to start soon and promised to work for the "right outcome".
He replaces Sir Ivan Rogers, who quit earlier this week, accusing ministers of "muddled thinking".
Some Members of Parliament have accused Sir Ivan of being "half-hearted" towards Brexit.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to give what is being billed as a "major" speech on Brexit within the next few weeks.
Kaduna State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA says it arrested 269 suspected drug traffickers and convicted 53 in the state from January to December last year.
NDLEA Commander in the state, Samuel Azige, disclosed this while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Thurday.
He noted that the number of those arrested was higher in 2016 compared with the 232 arrested in 2015.
Azige also said 18,298.375 kilograms of illicit drugs were seized from the suspects during the period under review, indicating a decrease from the 23,169.596 kilograms seized in 2015.
The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers NUPENG has ordered the stoppage of loading activities at all Total Nigeria Limited depots in the country over termination of workers appointment.
Chairman, NUPENG South-West Tokunbo Korodo, who made this known in a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday, said the management of Total has been resisting the unionization of workers under its contract programme in Lagos, Kaduna and Koko in Delta blending plants.
The chairman also said the management of Total had moved further to terminate those workers who had joined the union despite the efforts of the union to resolve the issue amicably.
Zonal Vice-Chairman of NUPENG Rotimi Benjamin disclosed that the management of Total had summoned the union to a meeting to resolve the issue.
He, however, added that the union would not go back on its action until all the issues were resolved.
Some former members of the Boko Haram sect have appealed to terrorists still in Sambisa Forest, to lay down their arms and embrace peace.
Ten leaders of two camps of the sect described as commanders, who have surrendered to the army were paraded by the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major-Gen. Lucky Irabor, in Maiduguri, Borno State.
One of the members, Joseph David, who was paraded along with nine others urged his friends not to be afraid of surrendering to the troops.
According to him, many of his friends had already been poisoned by the teaching of the sect and were afraid to surrender.
The Theatre Commander, further said the repentant sect members would undergo a de-radicalisation programme to enable them become responsible citizens.
The trial of Choi Soon-sil, the woman at the centre of an influence-peddling scandal involving South Korea's president, has gone under way.
Choi, a close friend of President Park Geun-hye, is charged with abuse of power and attempted fraud.
Separately, the Constitutional Court began considering President Park's impeachment over the scandal.
That trial, where the court must ratify or overturn a parliamentary impeachment vote, began despite Park's absence.
Both cases centre on allegations that President Park gave Choi unauthorised access to government decisions and allowed her to exploit their close relationship to solicit money from corporations for foundations from which she benefitted.
The African Footballer of the Year will emerge at 25th edition of the annual Confederation of African Football, CAF Awards and the Awards Gala holding in Abuja this evening.
The year’s King of African Football will be crowned from among the trio of last year’s winner, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon, Riyad Mahrez of Algeria and Senegalese Sadio Mane.
Four Nigerians are hopeful of winning in their categories.
They are Super Falcons coach, Florence Omagbemi, for National Coach of the Year category and Super Falcons and Arsenal Ladies striker, Asisat Oshoala, is in the Women's Player of the Year category.
Super Eagles and Manchester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho is in the Most Promising Talent category while Arsenal striker, Alex Iwobi is listed in the Youth Player of the Year Category.
The 10,000 successful applicants into the Nigeria Police Force started training on December 31, 2016 in various police colleges and training schools across the country.
Public Relations Officer, Police Service Commission, PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, who made this known, yesterday, in Abuja, said the commencement of training is part of the outcome of the 18th plenary meeting of the commission in Abuja.
He also said 500 recruited Cadet ASPs will be trained for 12 months at the Police Staff College, Jos, Plateau State, while the 500 Cadet Inspectors will be at the Police College, Ikeja, Lagos for their training which will also last for 12 months.
According to Ani, the 7,500 constables will be holding their trainings in Police Colleges located in their geo-political zones for a period of nine months.
The Senate has donated N12 million to the Nigerian Legion towards the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebrations.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, announced the donation while he was decorated with the Remembrance Day emblem.
Saraki said the gesture was to appreciate the sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces in providing and maintaining peace and security in the country.
According to a statement by Mohammed Isa, his Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Saraki said apart from the N12 million, each Senator will make an individual donation to support the nation’s retirees and keeping the memory of fallen heroes alive.
He assured the veterans that the National Assembly will continue to give support and commendation to men and women in the Armed Forces for their sacrifices in providing peace and stability in the country.
The 25th edition of the annual Confederation of African Football, CAF Awards and the Awards Gala is holding in Abuja today.
At the ceremony, the African Footballer of the Year will be crowned from among the trio of last year’s winner, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon, Riyad Mahrez of Algeria and Senegalese Sadio Mane.
Winners of the prestigious honour have come from either the midfield or attack; and that tradition will be respected this time again, as the three contenders are attackers.
15 players have laid claim to the most prestigious individual honour in African football since inception of the awards in 1992.
In addition, the 15 players decorated since 1992, have continued to remain amongst the foremost African ambassadors of the world’s most popular sport.