Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories
1-.President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the reengineering of the nation’s entire security apparatus. This is according to the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno who briefed journalists on Tuesday after the third National Security Council meeting in 2020 chaired by President Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
2-.The 80-year-old father of the Chairman of Sagbama Local Government Area in Bayelsa State has regained his freedom. Pa. Napoleon Alale was released in the early hours of Tuesday at Otuokpoti, Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.
3-.After completing half a season on loan at Galatasaray, Super Eagles player, Henry Onyekuru has returned to Monaco, where he has a contract until 2024. The Nigerian International joined Galatasaray on a six-month loan deal in January and featured 10 times, scoring once and making two assists.
4-.Rivers State Governor Nyseom Wike on Tuesday gave the green light for schools to re-open in Rivers state. The information was contained in a statement signed by the State’s Commissioner for Education, Prof Kaniye Ebeku. The re-opening, however, is for the limited purpose “of allowing candidates in exit classes to revise with their teachers and write their exit examinations.”
5-.A petition has been addressed to the Senate alleging that the Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission mismanaged N6.25bn set aside for COVID-19 palliatives. In a letter dated August 3, 2020, Chairman of the NDDC COVID-19 Palliatives Committee, Sobamabo Jackrich, described the management of the funds as “a show of shame and a scam.” Jackrich said the money was “misappropriated and embezzled by the IMC of the NDDC and their Co-conspirators.
6-.A PDP Chieftain in Edo, Mr Kassim Afegbua, says his support for Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the Sept. 19 governorship election in the state remains unequivocal and unflinching. Afegbua stated this on Monday in Benin while responding to his purported suspension by the PDP on Sunday.
7-.According to NCDC, Abuja has overtaken Lagos with the highest number of active COVID-19 cases in the country. The data by NCDC shows that Abuja has 2,767 active cases, while Lagos and Oyo States have 2,057 and 1,347 cases respectively.
8-.Serbian side Partizan Belgrade have raised their valuation of striker Sadiq Umar after his impressive season. After failing to fulfill his early potential, Umar reignited his career at Belgrade where he scored 17 goals in all compettions for Partizan. After the impressive season he had, Partizan Belgrade have raised their valuation of the player and have rejected some offers from some clubs including Monaco
9-.Two enormous explosions rocked the Lebanese capital’s port on Tuesday, killing and wounding dozens of people, shaking buildings and sending huge plumes of smoke billowing into the Beirut sky. Video footage of the second blast showed an enormous orange fireball that dwarfed nearby buildings and sent a devastating tornado-like shockwave ripping through the city.
10-.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.