Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories
1-.The Justice Salami-led presidential panel investigating the operations of the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, resumed today. Mr Magu is been investigated over alleged mismanagement of recovered assets by the EFCC between May 2015 and May 2020, a process triggered by allegations against him by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami.
2-.Oyo State Government has approved N59.78 million as grant for the take-off of the State Security Network Agency, code-named ‘Operation Amotekun.’This is contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun in Ibadan.
3-.President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday held a closed-door meeting with Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari. Although the details of the meeting are sketchy as at press time, however, it may not be unconnected with the security challenges in the state, especially banditry that has led to the death of many people.
4-.The reviewed Nigeria Broadcasting Code is not a standard document for the regulation of broadcasting in Nigeria and stakeholders were not properly consulted, according to Professor Tonnie Iredia. Professor Iredia, a former Director-General of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), claims that the NBC Code pushes fear into the mind of practitioners.
5-.Manchester United edged LASK 2-1 and Inter Milan beat Getafe 2-0 on Wednesday in rescheduled ties due to the coronavirus pandemic to clinch places in the quarter-finals of the Europa League. United had a 5-0 lead from their first leg played in March and will face Copenhagen who enjoyed a 3-0 victory on the night over Istanbul Basaksehir. Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan will face either Steven Gerrard’s Rangers or Bayer Leverkusen with the Germans holding a 3-1 lead going into Thursday’s match.
6-.Roland Asoro has emerged as the new Deputy Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly. Hon. Asoro is the member representing Orhionmwon II Constituency in the state assembly. His election follows the impeachment of Hon. Yekini Idiaye during plenary on Wednesday.
7-.Six days after the convoy of Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum was attacked by suspected Boko Haram terrorists, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) says the attack was not in any way, military sabotage. A visibly-angry Zulum had after the attack, accused the Nigerian soldiers of being responsible for the raid on his convoy in Baga, a claim which the DHQ says has been investigated and found to be false. Zulum believes some elements are trying to frustrate the effort of the government in ending the insurgency and President Muhammadu Buhari needs to know the truth.
8-.A Canadian preacher who claimed Christians were safe from coronavirus was on Thursday jailed for three months in Myanmar after he and dozens of his followers became infected when he held a banned service. The Southeast Asian nation has so far weathered the pandemic well with just 357 confirmed cases and six deaths, although the low numbers tested make many fear the true figures are far higher.
9-.The huge blast at Beirut port has killed at least 137 people, left dozens missing, and at least 5,000 wounded, a Lebanese health ministry spokesperson said Thursday. Tuesday’s explosion obliterated part of the port and caused damage over a wide radius in the heart of the city, prompting fears the final death toll could yet rise significantly.
10-.Manchester City on Wednesday announced the signing of Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake on a five-year deal — the second new arrival at the Etihad in the summer transfer window. Pep Guardiola’s dethroned Premier League champions agreed a £40 million ($52 million) fee for the Netherlands centre-back, rising to a potential £41 million.