Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories
1-.The Federal Government says “any speech, broadcast or publication that denigrates a person, a group of people on the basis of their sex, religion, political belief or origin is hate speech”. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, gave the explanation on Thursday when he appeared on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum held at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja.
2-.The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has revealed that 684 evacuees tested positive for COVID-19. This was revealed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman of the PTF, Mr Boss Mustapha, at the daily briefing of the Task Force on Thursday in Abuja. The 684 evacuees were part of 13,844 evacuees tested from the 14,906 persons evacuated so far.
3-.The Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has fined Nigeria Info 99.3FM Lagos the sum of N5 million. This was for providing its platform to be used to promote unverifiable and inciting views that can incite crime, public disorder.
4-.Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika says the Federal Government will prosecute perpetrators of the destroyed Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu, concrete perimeter fence. The minister also said the federal government would deploy all lawful means to protect national assets within the 36 states of the federation and Abuja. Sirika made this known to newsmen during the inspection of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu on Thursday.
5-.The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have threatened to embark on a nationwide strike. The unions threatened to go on strike with effect on Sunday if the Federal Government fails to pay their three months salary arrears.
6-.Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has approved the payment of N148.8 million to offset the backlogs of arrears and monthly allowances of various batches of serving and past corps members in the state. The Desk Officer of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in the state, Mr Christopher Godwin-Akaba, made this known in an a statement in Maiduguri on Thursday. Godwin-Akaba said that the breakdown of the allowance include; six months outstanding arrears for 2019 Batch A Corps members totalling N38.8 million, nine months outstanding arrears of 2019 Batch B Stream I Corps members totalling N41 million.
7-.UN human rights experts on Thursday demanded a swift, independent investigation into the catastrophic Beirut explosion, citing deep concern about irresponsibility and impunity in Lebanon. The group also called for a relatively-rare special debate at the United Nations Human Rights Council this September. UN experts do not speak for the United Nations but report their findings to it. Lebanon’s president has rejected any international probe into the Beirut port blast, as demanded by protesters.
8-.Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says there is need for purpose-built virtual-proceedings software that takes into account the various needs of trials and other court proceedings. Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, said the vice president made the submission in his keynote at the Virtual Law Pavilion Technology Conference.
9-.The Board of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has kicked against the amendments to the sixth edition of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code. The Chairman of the Board, Ikra Bilbis, stated the position of the board on Thursday while addressing a news conference in Abuja.
10-.The Federal Government says it is worried about the resurgence of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection among healthcare workers in the country. The Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, stated this on Thursday at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja. He outlined some of the steps taken by the government in reducing the rate of infection among healthcare workers.