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-.Primate Elijah Ayodele, Spiritual Leader of the INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church., has said that God has revealed to him that Godwin Obaseki, the incumbent Governor of Edo State, and candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming governorship election in Edo State, will emerge as the winner of the contest, if the election is free and fair, adding that anybody who attempts to rig the poll would be killed by COVID-19. Obaseki and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, are the leading contestants for the September poll.
-.Italian prosecutors are seeking a jail term for oil majors, Eni and Shell, and some of their present and former executives, including Eni CEO, Claudio Descalzi, over their alleged involvement in a long-running trial over alleged corruption in Nigeria. In a Milan court on Tuesday, prosecutors alleged that the two oil companies acquired a Nigerian oilfield in 2011, knowing most of the 1.3 billion dollar purchase price would go to politicians and middlemen in bribes. The prosecutors, therefore, asked the court to pronounce an eight-year prison term for Descalzi and seven years and four months for shell’s former head of upstream Malcolm Brinded.
-.President Muhammadu Buhari has landed in Mali on a one-day official visit aimed at finding a political solution to the crisis in the country. The President’s arrival was confirmed via a tweet by his personal assistant on new media, Mr Bashir Ahmad. Buhari’s planned visit followed the briefing by the ECOWAS Special Envoy to the country, former President Goodluck Jonathan.
-.A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami to handover a suspected notorious criminal, Asuquo Mbuotidem Edem to the Ghanaian authorities for prosecution. Edem has been accused of alleged involvement in robbery and other related offences in Ghana.
-. Sen. Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, on Thursday, insisted that the two chairmen of the committee probing the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), know the lawmakers who received most of the contracts given out by the commission. This claim was embedded in a letter written by Akpabio, sent to the Green Chambers, and read on the floor by the Speaker, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila. Mr Akpabio also said he never referred to members of the 9th assembly as beneficiaries of the NDDC contracts.
-.Kuwait’s 91-year-old ruler Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah left for the United States Thursday to undergo medical treatment, his office said, days after he had surgery for an undisclosed illness. The emir, who has ruled the oil-rich Gulf state since 2006, had been in hospital since the weekend. Sheikh Sabah “left the country today at dawn to go to the United States to complete his medical treatment”, his office said in a statement cited by state news agency KUNA.
-.Villarreal announced on Thursday that former Arsenal and Sevilla boss Unai Emery is taking over as the La Liga club’s coach from the sacked Javi Calleja. The 48-year-old Emery was dismissed by Arsenal last November with the Gunners on a seven-match winless streak, their worst run since 1992. He led Sevilla to three straight Europa League titles from 2014-16 before winning five major trophies with French giants Paris Saint-Germain
-.The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) have responded to the issue of the $100 million grant given by the International Olympic Committee, clarifying that the body did not receive that sum as a palliative grant from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). NOC President, Engr Habu Gumel explained that the International Olympic Committee earmarked the fund for its member associations in which 15 International Federations (IFs) got loans, a donation to 5 International Federations (IFs) and others to the tune of $63 million to cushion the effect of the pandemic while 206 NOCs will get a share of $37million based on Olympic Solidarity evaluation of needs and assessment.
-.South Africa on Wednesday announced a record 24-hour increase of 572 coronavirus deaths, bringing its total number of fatalities to 5,940. The country is the worst-affected in Africa and among the top five in the world in terms of confirmed cases, with 394,948 infections reported to date.
-.The Deputy Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, Bako Kasim Alfa, has resigned. Alfa made the announcement during the plenary session on Thursday. Speaker of the House read his resignation letter which he submitted. Alfa, did not, however, disclosed the reasons for his decision to resign. He has also been replaced by Jibrin Ndagi Baba, the lawmaker representing Lavun constituency.
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