Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories
1-.The UN health agency warned that the coronavirus pandemic would be lengthy and could lead to “response fatigue”, as the case count in South Africa topped half a million.Six months after the World Health Organization declared a global emergency, the novel coronavirus has killed more than 680,000 people and infected more than 17.5 million.
2-.The former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, says he had a fulfilling time is office even though it lasted for only two years. He said this at a reception organised in his honour by the APC leaders in Etsako Central Local Government Area of Edo State.
3-.The National Consultative Front, a newly formed group, has told Nigerians to be prepared for nationwide mass action against the President Muhammadu Buhari government. The mass action, according to the led by a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na’Abba, and a former presidential candidate, Prof Pat Utomi, is against corruption, hunger, abuse of public trust and insecurity.
4-.The Christian Association of Nigeria in Kaduna State has declared a non-denominational prayer and fasting rally to seek for God’s intervention on the incessant attacks by gunmen in some communities in the southern part of the state. Speaking during the prayer session held at ECWA Church in the Kaduna State capital on Sunday, the state CAN Chairman, Reverend Joseph Hayab and the state Chairman of People’s Democratic Party, Hassan Hyet, both faulted the government and security agencies for not doing enough to stop the killing of Christians in Southern Kaduna.
5-.Nigeria’s Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has said the recent media attacks against him over the ongoing investigation of suspended Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, is a price to be paid for serving the country. Malami said this in a statement released by his spokesperson, Umar Gwandu, on Sunday.
6-.Despite the rising number of COVID-19 infections in Nigeria with 883 deaths, Taraba is the only state in the country yet to record a single fatality from the virus. Taraba, so far, has 54 cases of the virus, out of which 11 have been discharged, 43 cases are active, while no death has been reported.
7-.Indigenes of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Sunday kicked against what they termed as marginalization in the appointment of the Vice-Chancellor of University of Ibadan. The indigenes called on President Muhammadu Buhari and other stakeholders in the country to ensure that the next Vice-Chancellor of the institution which is due to succeed the incumbent Vice-Chancellor on December 1st 2020 comes from Ibadan.
8-.World championship leader Lewis Hamilton survived a tense last lap drama with a deflated and shredded tyre to claim a record seventh victory in Sunday’s British Grand Prix. The six-time world champion led from lights to flag, and through two Safety Car interventions, before he suffered a front left tyre failure on his final lap, leaving him to nurse his Mercedes home with second-placed Max Verstappen in hot pursuit in his Red Bull.
9-.Almost one million people have been infected with COVID-19 in Africa, according to data from the Africa Centre Control (CDC). The agency said as of Sunday, August 2, 2020, the 55-nation Africa Union (AU) has 944,450 infections from the virus.
10-.Emmanuel Osei Kuffour has tied the knot with his girlfriend in the United States of America. Mercurial midfielder Stephen Oduro who was Osei Kuffour’s playing mate at Asante Kotoko played the role of best man.