• April 18, 2021

Nigerian News: 10 News items you need to read this Wednesday morning


Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories

1-.The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday approved the appointment of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu as Chairman of the party’s high-level National Campaign Council for the Ondo State Governorship Election. The announcement was contained in a statement signed by the party’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena.

2-.Namibia’s President Hage Geingob on Tuesday said reparations offered by Germany for mass killings in its then colony at the start of the twentieth century were “not acceptable” and needed to be “revised”. German occupiers in Namibia killed tens of thousands of indigenous Herero and Nama people in 1904-1908 massacres, which historians have called the first genocide of the 20th century.

3-.The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has recovered from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The minister tested positive for the novel disease last month after a throat irritation.He took to his Twitter account early on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 to announce he has now tested negative after three weeks isolation.

4-.The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced plans to conduct 12 bye-elections in eight states. INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, made the announcement in a statement on Tuesday. He disclosed that the electoral umpire would conduct all the pending bye-elections on October 31

5-.The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, says his administration remains committed to ensuring peace in the state despite the politically charged atmosphere. He stated this on Tuesday when he visited the Egiegbai II of Ekperi Kingdom, His Royal Highness Deke Kanoba, in Etsako Central Local Government Area of the state. Governor Obaseki was at the traditional ruler’s palace to seek the monarch’s prayers and support ahead of the September 19, 2020 governorship election

6-.overnor Seyi Makinde Oyo State has sacked his Commissioner for Works, Infrastructure and Transport, Prof. Raphael Afonja. Mr Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, made this public in a statement issued in Ibadan on Monday. The statement noted that a letter dated August 10 and signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun, said the sack took immediate effect.

7-.The Kaduna State House of Assembly has suspended three of its members from all legislative activities for a period of nine months.They were suspended for their connection with the fracas that occurred during the plenary on June 11 in the legislative chamber of the Assembly complex in the state’s capital.

8-.President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, August 10, 2020 praised his administration for not using federal might to ‘overrun’ the opposition during last year’s elections. The president played host to governors of the northeast region at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday with security the most pressing issue that was discussed. During his response to the presentation made by the governors, President Buhari said he was proud about how his All Progressives Congress (APC) was impartial during last year’s polls, a decision he said led to the loss of some states to the opposition.

9-.The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have revealed that they have distributed N772m as palliatives to the Super Eagles, Super Falcons, different national teams, clubs, referees, coaches and journalists from grants they received from FIFA, Confederations of African Football (CAF) and sponsors. The NFF after their Executive Committee meeting which was held via video conference on Monday, August 10, 2020, released a statement to show how they intend to distribute the money they have received. According to the statement released by the NFF, the distribution has been endorsed by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports.

10-.Chairman of Italian club Crotone has revealed that Nigeria international Simy Nwankwo is not for sale after the striker scored 20 goals to help them secure promotion to the Serie A. Nwankwo finished as the highest goalscorer in Serie B, the second division in Italy with 20 goals to help Crotone secure promotion to


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