Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories
1-.About 102 Nigerians stranded in Morocco consequent to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic have been successfully evacuated by the federal government. The Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) announced via its Twitter handle that the evacuees arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Thursday with Air Morocco from Casablanca.
2-. Osinachi Ohale, a Nigerian defender, has joined Italian side, AS Roma from Spanish club, Real Madrid. Ohale, 28, has featured for the Super Falcons at three World Cups and is the third signing for the Italian team as they prepare for the 2020-2021 season.
3-.Following her husband’s recovery from COVID-19, Michelle Bolsonaro, Brazil’s first lady, tested positive for the virus, the government announced on Thursday. The announcement came five days after President Jair Bolsonaro said he was over his illness and resumed his normal work routine.
4-.Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates, has been mocked by SpaceX Chief Executive Officer, Elon Musk. The billionaire duo are lashing out at each other over differing stances on the COVID-19 pandemic.
5-.Former Italy star Andrea Pirlo has been appointed coach of the Juventus Under-23 team, the Serie A champions announced on Thursday. “Andrea is the new coach of the Under 23 team. Welcome back coach Pirlo,” Juventus said in a statement.
6-.The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State has rejected the creation of 39 new political wards by the State Independent Electoral Commission, saying that it has no powers to do so. A statement by the party’s State Publicity Secretary, Mr. Nkereuwem Enyongekere, in Uyo Thursday, described the exercise as dubious, illegal and unilateral and urged Akwa Ibom people to disregard it. Enyongekere said that the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria empowered only the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to create wards.
7-.Relief has come the way of a Nigerian mother, Suliyat Tijani and her quadruplets stranded in a hospital after the Dubai Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum paid their hospital bills. Suliyat, 29, had planned to return to Nigeria for delivery since she and her husband, Tijani Adigun Shakiru could not afford doing so in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
8-.No fewer than two persons have been confirmed dead and over a dozen injured as Boko Haram terrorists fired mortars in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State. The terrorist attack occurred on Thursday, as Muslim faithful in the town were making preparation for Friday’s Eid-el-Kabir festival.
9-.Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum, has expressed disappointment in the Nigerian Army after his convoy was attacked by Boko Haram terrorists.
The governor’s convoy ran into an ambush in the Baga area of the state on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. He was on his way to some internally displaced persons (IDP) camps to supervise the distribution of palliatives when the attack happened.10-.The Council of Yoruba Youth Assembly has strongly warned military personnel of the southwest extraction not to indulge in any unlawful act that is capable of causing unrest and chaos in the nation. It said that a call for mutiny or coup by some persons in Nigerian Armed Forces is not a Yoruba agenda