– The Ministry of Mines and Energy has proposed the introduction of a single importation point for goods as a means to curb rising import prices. Minister of Mines and Energy Tom Alweendo said the approach is set to potentially offer relief to sectors heavily impacted by elevated costs, such as transportation and agriculture. – The Brief
– The Nigerian government has destroyed an $11m stockpile of confiscated elephant tusks that had been smuggled from various African countries. Environment Minister Iziaq Salako told an event in Abuja that he wanted to send a clear message that the illegal wildlife trade would not be tolerated. – BBC
– Masked gunmen have broken into a live television studio in Ecuador and threatened terrified staff. Employees were forced on to the floor during the broadcast by the public television channel TC before the live feed cut out. Police say they later freed all the staff and made 13 arrests. – BBC
– Bayer Leverkusen striker Victor Boniface has been ruled out of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) through injury, in another blow to Nigeria’s preparations. The 23-year-old is the latest member of the Super Eagles squad to suffer an injury ahead of the tournament, which kicks off on 13 January in Abidjan. – BBC Sport
– Moderate to heavy storms will persist in the Central-north and North-eastern regions.