Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories
1-.The Department of State Services has released a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, after questioning him for more than six hours.Dr. Malaria was on Tuesday questioned by officials of the agencies in Jos, the Plateau State Capital in connection with comments he reportedly made on Monday about the leadership of Boko Haram. During a radio programme on Monday, Dr. Mailafia reportedly said repentant Boko Haram members had revealed that a serving northern governor was a leader of the terrorist group.
2-.Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom says Nigerian leaders including him have failed the youth. The governor while speaking during the International Youth celebration held at the new banquet hall, Makurdi, capital of Benue on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, said the leaders need to ask God for forgiveness for failing to carry out their responsibilities.
3-.A General Court Martial (GCM) sitting in the nation’s capital, Abuja has sentenced a soldier serving with the Nigerian Army to 55 years in prison for culpable homicide, theft and housebreaking. The soldier, Lance Corporal Babangida Ibrahim was accused of robbing and killing one Bello Abdullahi Aliyu in Gidan Darib, Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara State on August 11, 2014. He pleaded guilty to the four-count charge preferred against him and was sentenced in line with the provisions of the Armed Forces Ac
4-.The Police in Kaduna State have arraigned two brothers, Nehemiah and David Adejo before a Chief Magistrate court sitting in the state capital, in connection with the death of Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot, Tolulope Arotile. The first accused person, Nehemiah was arraigned on a two-count charge of culpable homicide under Section 190 of Kaduna State Penal Code and causing death by dangerous driving under Section 21 of Kaduna State Traffic Law, while David was charged with negligent conduct while causing danger to person and property. They both pleaded not guilty.
5-.The Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has destroyed a Boko Haram terrorists’ logistics storage facility. It also neutralized several of their fighters at Yamud, along the Gulumba Gana-Kumshe axis of Borno. The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
6-.France’s World Cup-winning midfielder Blaise Matuidi is leaving Juventus by mutual consent after three years, the Italian champions announced on Wednesday. Matuidi, 33, joined the Turin giants from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 and had one year left on his contract.It is reported he is set to move to the United States to join David Beckham’s Major League Soccer club Inter Miami.
7-.The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the sum of N8.49billion for the procurement of test kits by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The approval was given at the end of its 11the virtual meeting which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.
8-.Paris Saint-Germain snatched a dramatic victory from the jaws of defeat as substitute Eric Choupo-Moting’s goal three minutes into added time allowed them to beat Atalanta 2-1 in their Champions League quarter-final in Lisbon on Wednesday. Atalanta were on the brink of extending their remarkable run on into the last four after Mario Pasalic gave the Italians a 27th-minute lead in the first game of the ‘Final Eight’ at an empty Estadio da Luz. But PSG were rescued as Marquinhos came forward to scramble in a last-minute equaliser and they did not even need extra time to complete the turnaround, with Kylian Mbappe setting up fellow substitute Choupo-Moting to win the tie right at the end.
9-.Two hundred and ninety-two Nigerians have returned from the United Arab Emirates, taking the number of evacuees from the Arab nation to 2,933. The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) disclosed this in a tweet via its official handle on Wednesday. It explained that the evacuees arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at 02:30 pm on board an Emirates flight.
10-.Femi Falana, Human Rights Lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria says ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s comment on Senator Buruji Kashamu’s death was riddled with hypocrisy. Contrary to the belief that it is wrong to speak ill of the dead, Falana said it is not against the African culture to criticise a dead person. He maintained that the former president’s attack on Kashamu in his condolence letter did not violate or abuse the African traditions.