• May 16, 2021

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Good evening, readers! Here are some topical news stories you might have missed in the course of the day.

-.As part of precautionary security measures, the Federal Government has deregistered front-line socio-cultural groups in Nigeria as the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) has withdrawn the registration certificate of Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), among others. The Registrar General of CAC, Garba Abubakar, who disclosed this in Abuja, said that the measure was part of the reforms the Commission was putting in place to subject such applications to thorough scrutiny to prevent security threats that might arise from such registrations.

-.Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31 have been declared as public holidays by the Federal Government to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir Celebration. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Georgina Ehuriah, disclosed this via a statement on Tuesday.

-.Pastor William Kumuyi, the General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, has authored a Yoruba Bible concordance, called Bibeli Mimo Atoka. The cleric, with the support of a team of Yoruba scholars, reportedly spent 15 years on the project, which was published by the Bible Society of Nigeria. According to a broadcast by the church, the new scripture is “one of the most reliable and readable Bibles” for personal study and teaching.

-.For the first time, the person considered as the most prominent figure in the Buhari administration, Malam Mamman Daura, has broken his silence, saying he had never imposed his decision on the President. He spoke in a brief interview with the BBC Hausa service monitored in Kaduna on Tuesday.

-.President Muhammadu Buhari has met with governors of the All Progressives Congress at the villa and he says he is pleased with the work of the party’s caretaker committee, especially its efforts at coordinating and strengthening the party. The meeting which was held virtually had in attendance, the chairman of the progressives governors forum, Atiku Bagudu physically present at the Villa.

-.Nigeria’s apex intelligence organization, the Department of State Services (DSS), has disclosed that it has uncovered plans to destabilize Nigeria. The agency said some persons and groups desirous of taking advantage of “developments” were behind the plot. Peter Afunanya, DSS Public Relations Officer, raised the alarm in a statement on Monday.

-.The First Lady of Benue State, Mrs Eunice Ortom and her son have tested negative for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In a statement she personally signed on Tuesday, Mrs Ortom explained that they “have been confirmed to be fully recovered, certified to be COVID-19 negative and so discharged from isolation.” While noting that being COVID-19 positive is not a death sentence, she, however, called on residents of the state to be responsible in their actions so as to keep others safe.

-.Lebanese group Hezbollah denied any involvement in a border clash with Israel after Jerusalem said it had repelled an attempt by the militant group to penetrate its northern border on Monday. The border clash, which Israel said included an exchange of fire between its troops and gunmen, followed days of reported heightened tensions between Hezbollah and the Jewish state.

-.Real Madrid forward Mariano has tested positive for coronavirus, the La Liga champions announced on Tuesday.“After the COVID-19 tests carried out yesterday on our first team footballers by the Real Madrid edical Services, our player Mariano, tested positive,” Real said in a statement. “The player is in perfect health and is complying with the protocol of isolation at home.”

-.A protest movement that has sprung up in Mali, shaking President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s grip on power, on Tuesday rejected a compromise put forward by regional leaders and insisted that he quit. In a statement, the so-called June 5 Movement said it “demands the resignation of Mr. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and his regime more than ever,” accusing them of bearing “full responsibility” for Mali’s crisis. The announcement came a day after heads of the 15-nation West African bloc ECOWAS stood by Keita and urged him to forge a unity government and resolve an election dispute that has fuelled the protests.

-.Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, has condoled with the victims of the flood that occurred in Suleja area of the state on Saturday. This comes as the death toll from the disaster rose to 13 with at least five persons still missing.

-.Newly-promoted English Premier League side, West Bromwich Albion have nominated Super Eagles defender, Semi Ajayi, for the club’s Player of the Year award for 2020. Ajayi, 26, teamed up with the Baggies in the summer of 2019 from League Two side, Rotherham United, going ahead to becoming a mainstay in the side’s defence.

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