Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories.
(1).The prosecution of Ismaila Mustapha, aka Mompha, alongside his company, Ismalob Global Investment, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, continued on Friday as the EFCC presented another witness against Mompha before Justice A. M. Liman of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos. Mompha is being prosecuted on an amended 22-count charge, bordering on cyber fraud and money laundering to the tune of N33billion.
(2).Seven bandits have been killed by soldiers under special operation, Exercise Sahel Sanity, in Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto states. This was disclosed by Brig. Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, via a statement on Friday in Gusau, in which he said that the army operations were carried out between July 14 and July 17.
(3).Inflation soared to its highest level in two years, at 12.56 percent in June, in line with analysts’ forecast, meaning the country’s headline Inflation has now increased for the tenth consecutive month. According to data released on Friday by the National Bureau of Statistics, it is the highest point reached since March 2018 when inflation was at 13.34 percent. According to the statistics agency, inflation is largely due to the impact of restrictions on access to foreign exchange and continued border closures.
(4). Scammers trying to dupe people into sending cryptocurrency bitcoin, hijacked the official Twitter accounts of Apple, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and others on Wednesday, in a massive hack. The list of accounts hijacked grew rapidly to include Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Uber, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, bitcoin specialty firms and many others.
(5). Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, has denied the series of allegations leveled against him by the immediate past acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Dr Joy Nunieh, one of which was that he sexually harassed her.This comes in the wake of the fallouts from the ongoing forensic auditing of the NDDC’s accounts by the National Assembly following allegation of corruption in the commission. Joy Nunieh had accused Akpabio of trying to coopt her into a ploy to defraud the NDDC and of making sexual advances towards her.
(6).Consequent to the planned partial closure of the Third Mainland Bridge for repairs, the Lagos State Government has asked motorists to use alternative routes. This was contained in a statement issued by the Ministry of Transportation on Friday, where the government said the six-month exercise to be embarked on by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing would target “fixing the worn out expansion joints on the structure of the bridge.”
(7). Noel Donjur, the Chief of Staff to Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, has tested negative for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).This was confirmed in a statement issued on Friday by the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dan Manjang. Manjang recalled that since Donjour contracted the dreaded disease on July 3, he went into isolation in line with prot
(8.) The National Assembly Service Commission has appointed Mr Ojo Olatunde as the acting Clerk of the National Assembly. Olatunde replaces the outgoing clerk, Mr. Mohammed Sani-Omolori whose tenure was surrounded with controversy with arguments raging back and forth that he has satisfied the retirement age condition of the service set at 65 years or 35 years in office whichever comes first. The new acting clerk, Olatunde Ojo is said to come from Ilobu, the headquarters of Irepodun Local Government Area of Osun State.
(9). Ahead of the Edo Governorship election slated to hold on September 2020, 35 registered and de-registered political parties have merged with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The political parties are giving their support to the PDP candidate and governor of the state Godwin Obaseki for his second term in office.
(10). The United States’ COVID-19 virus case load is soaring at an explosive rate, even as leaders of some of the worst-hit states resist mandatory mask measures to stem the spread. Health authorities reported more than 77,600 new cases on Friday, according to the Johns Hopkins University database. The number of patients hospitalized for the virus is at its highest level since April 23, according to The COVID Tracking Project.