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President Donald Trump assailed likely opponent Joe Biden as “not competent” to lead the country, speaking as polls over the weekend showed deepening voter disenchantment with his own handling of the coronavirus pandemic. According to trump, Biden was intellectually incompetent to lead the US, saying he would destroy the country if elected at the November poll.
Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs , has tested positive for COVID-19. Onyeama disclosed this via Twitter on Sunday, saying he had tested positive following his fourth COVID-19 test on Saturday after he developed symptoms of a throat irritation, adding that he was immediately moving into isolation.
The identity of the driver of the car that hit Tolulope Arotile, Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot, has been revealed by the Nigerian Air Force. Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information made this known at a briefing in Abuja on Sunday, July 19, 2020. Daramola gave the name of the driver, who is said to be Arotile’s classmate as Mr Nehemiah Adejoh, adding that since the matter is a civil one, the case would be handed over to the Nigeria Police Force.
About 134 Nigerians stranded in Khartoum, Capital of Sudan have returned home. This was announced by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) via its Twitter page on Sunday, July 19, 2020. The evacuees, who arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, according to the statement, all tested negative to coronavirus before departing from Khartoum.
A policewoman, her daughter, and four other persons were abducted by Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers at Bagado Village near Patrick Yakowa way in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna state. Eyewitness accounts say the incident occurred in the late hours of Saturday night, when the bandits stormed the community and started breaking into people’s houses shooting sporadically into the air.
Britain, the United States and Canada on Thursday accused a hacking group called APT29 of spearheading the online attacks on various organisations involved in COVID-19 vaccine development. They said the collective is “almost certainly” linked to Russian intelligence, and intended to steal information and intellectual property. Moscow quickly rejected the accusations as “groundless”, and its ambassador to London said in a British television interview Sunday the claims made “no sense”.
COVID-19 induced restrictions on air travel between Nigeria and Dubai has resulted in financial woes for a young Nigerian mother, whose plan to return home before the birth of her children, has failed. Suliyat Tijani, a 29-year-old indigene of Oyo State, had relocated to Dubai in 2017 to be with her Chef husband, Shakiru. Life for them had been good enough until they found out their first pregnancy would bring a set of quadruplets.