Good evening, readers! Here are some topical news stories you might have missed in the course of the day:
-.Hoodlums suspected to be Armed bandits have kidnapped a 13-year-old girl and injured a 30-year-old man in Katsina State, northwest Nigeria. The attack took place on Sunday at about 9:30 pm in Kurfi area of the state. The victim identified as Kadijat Muttaqa was kidnapped by the bandits inside her father’s residence while the 30-year-old man identified as Ibrahim Yar_Garshe was shot on his leg in the process.
-.The Lagos State Government says all roads and bridges under construction in Apapa, the nation’s port city, will be completed by October. Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu gave the assurance on Sunday during an inspection tour of roads and bridges under construction in Apapa area of Lagos. Sanwo-Olu said that the traffic gridlocks experienced in the axis would be cleared once the projects were completed.
-.Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus says he can imagine his hands round the Champions League trophy and he and his team-mates are stronger for previous disappointments in the competition coveted by their Abu Dhabi owners above all others. The 23-year-old Brazilian had a standout performance in Friday’s 2-1 win over 13-time European champions Real Madrid that earned a place in the quarter-finals.
-.The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it is considering new date for the commencement of the 2020 admission processes from the earlier announced date of Aug. 22. The board disclosed this in its bulletin made available to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday.
–.Security operatives in a bid to curtail attacks and isolated killings in Southern Kaduna have arrested some bandits and criminals suspected to be members of gangs disturbing the area. The Sector Commander of Operation Safe Haven in Kafanchan, Colonel David Nwakonobi told newsmen that eight suspects were arrested at different locations with dangerous weapons in their possession during the operation carried out by the task force.
-.The President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev Samson Ayokunle, has urged the Federal Government to immediately overhaul the security apparatus of the country. Ayokunle, who made the call at the Wedding Solemnisation of Rev William Okoye and Mrs Toyin Bello, at the All Christians Fellowship Mission (ACFM), Maitama, in Abuja on Sunday.He stressed that the security situation in the country was frightening and called for urgent attention.
-.Hong Kong pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai was arrested Monday and led in handcuffs through his newspaper office as police raided the building, part of a sweeping crackdown on dissent since China imposed a security law on the city. Lai, 71, was among nine people detained on charges including colluding with foreign forces — one of the new national security offences — and fraud in an operation targeting his Next Digital publishing group.
-.Former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has bemoaned the deterioration of values in society. The former Minister, in a video posted online Sunday, was speaking at a virtual conference organised by an umbrella body of Ijaw cultural associations, the Ijaw Development Group (INDG).
-.At least 43 bodies have been recovered after a massive landslide triggered by monsoon rains swept away dozens of tea estate workers in southwestern India, police said Sunday. The landslide in Idukki district, around 250 kilometres (155 miles) from Kerala state’s capital Thiruvananthapuram, occurred Friday but the ongoing search and rescue efforts have been hampered by torrential downpours. The toll rose to 43 on Sunday afternoon, Idukki district’s police chief, R. Karuppasamy, told AFP.
-.As the Federal Government consolidates efforts designed to ward off a deep recession and effect significant changes in the economy, opportunities abound across different sectors in the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) for the private sector to lead the charge for Nigeria’s economic growth and development, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN. Prof. Osinbajo made the call on Friday at the virtual edition of the Presidential Policy Dialogue of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI).
-.President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met with Governors from the six North-East States. All service chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police were in attendance. Borno State Governor and Chairman of the North-East Governor’s forum, Babagana Zulum, addressed newsmen after the meeting. He said the government must address the remote causes of insurgency in the North-East, which include widespread poverty, illiteracy, and access to farmlands.