Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories.
1-.According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Presidency, Mr Garba Shehu, President Muhammad Buhari will observe the Eid El-Kabir Prayers with his family at home. It would be the second Eid prayer that the President would be marking at home with his family since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
2-.Boko Haram elements on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, attacked the convoy of Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum.The governor’s convoy ran into an ambush in the Baga area of the state while he was on his way to some internally displaced persons (IDP) camps to supervise the distribution of palliatives.Details surrounding the event are not clear yet, but an aide to the governor, Mohammed Mai Bukar, posted on Facebook to reassure people that he escaped the attack unhurt.
3-.According to an announcement by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) on Wednesday, 289 Nigerians stranded in the United States have arrived in Abuja.The returnees arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at about 13:35 pm via Ethiopian Air.
4-.Luck ran out of three armed robbers on Wednesday as they were burnt to death by an angry mob following a failed bank robbery at First Bank, Okeho in Kajola Local Government Area of Oyo State. The robbers, who were armed with AK 47 riffles and dynamite, attempted to rob the bank in Okeho but were overpowered by police and local hunters. The Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, comfirmed the incident, saying the incident happened at about 5 pm on Wednesday.
5-.The Kaduna-Abuja train service has resumed passenger operations nearly four months after services were stopped due to the nationwide lockdown imposed as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of COVID-19. The railway opened bookings for passenger services on Wednesday morning with four trains a day connecting Kaduna to Abuja.
6-.The Football Association announced on Wednesday that the Community Shield, the traditional curtainraiser for the new English season, would take place at Wembley on August 29. The match between Premier League champions Liverpool and the winners of Saturday’s FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea will be played two weeks before the start of the top-flight season.
7-.According to documents from a presentation by the ECOWAS Commission to Parliament at Plenary during its Virtual Second Extraordinary Session, Nigeria paid 853,310,564 UA (West Africa Unit of Account) for the period under review. The West African Unit of Account (WAUA) is the authorised currency used in ECOWAS. The exchange rate for July obtained from ECOWAS shows that one Unit of Account equals 1.3799633 dollars. Nigeria’s payment represents 40.42 per cent of the total payment of 2,913,088,908 dollars payment made by all the 15 member states, and is higher than payments made by 12 other countries put together except Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.
8-.The US ambassador in Brasilia warned of “consequences” if Brazil chooses Chinese telecoms company Huawei to develop its 5G network, in an interview published Wednesday. “I wouldn’t say there would be retaliation, but there would be consequences” if Brazil goes against US advice and picks the Chinese firm, Ambassador Todd Chapman told newspaper Globo.
9-.Zambian leader Edgar Lungu on Wednesday fired his education minister, David Mabumba, the presidency said, after nude video clips of him went viral on social media. A statement from the presidency did not give reasons for his removal but it came after explicit video clips of the minister were leaked on Twitter, Facebook and shared via Whatsapp.
10-.The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alerted Nigerians of “desperate efforts” by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration to divert attention from the stench of monumental corruption in its government. PDP said it has noted the blackmails, intimidation and threats coming from government quarters, in a bid to frustrate whistleblowers and truncate on-going uncovering of widespread corruption in ministries, departments and agencies, under the APC administration, for which Nigerians cannot wait to see the exit of this party of horrendous looters.