Good evening, readers! Here are some topical news stories you might have missed in the course of the day:
-.Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers on Tuesday dissolved the state Task Force on Illegal Street Trading and Motor Parks. Wike announced the dissolution of the task force in a statement by Mr Paulinus Nsirim, Commissioner for Information and Communications, in Port Harcourt.
-.Indonesia on Tuesday launched human trials of a Chinese-made coronavirus vaccine with some 1,600 volunteers slated to take part in the six-month study. The vaccine candidate, produced by Sinovac Biotech, is among just a few in the world to enter Phase 3 clinical trials, or large-scale testing on humans — the last step before regulatory approval.
-.Sumner Redstone, who built a media empire that includes ViacomCBS with a string of high-profile takeovers, has died at the age of 97, his companies said Wednesday. Statements from ViacomCBS and his National Amusements holding company announced that Redstone, who had been in declining health for several years, died late Tuesday.
-.Security forces in Mali’s capital fired tear gas Wednesday to clear hundreds of protesters from a central square, where they had camped overnight following a protest demanding the president’s resignation. About 1,000 people spent the night on the streets of the capital Bamako, an AFP journalist said, before national guardsmen and gendarmes broke them up early in the morning.
-.Former Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin has joined Villarreal from Valencia on a four-year deal, both Spanish clubs announced on Wednesday. Local media reported the deal for the 29-year-old, who left the Premier League side in 2018 after a decade-long spell, is worth eight million euros ($9.42 million).
-.The Forum of All Progressives Congress (APC) Support Groups, has urged members of the party to support the aspirations of Alhaji Abdulazeez Yari, as national chairman at the party’s forthcoming national convention. The forum made the call in a statement issued by its Convener, Alhaji Aliyu Abdullahi, on Wednesday in Abuja.
-.The Speaker, Edo Assembly, Francis Okiye, says the 14 members-elect not yet inaugurated, no longer have seats to occupy in the assembly, following the declaration of their seats as vacant. Okiye who made the assertion during the assembly’s Tuesday plenary in Benin, called on the public to disregard the 14 elected lawmakers whom he said were “parading themselves as members of the Edo assembly.”
-.Over 600 coronavirus deaths could be prevented in Nigeria if people adhere to non-pharmaceutical preventive measures. Tens of thousands of coronavirus-related deaths could be prevented in Sub-Saharan Africa by December 1, 2020 if there’s a nearly universal adherence to mask-wearing and social distancing mandates.