• May 16, 2021

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

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

1-.FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique says radical changes are needed from top to bottom after his side were annihilated 8-2 by Bayern Munich on Friday. The loss meant they made their exit from the 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League in one of the Catalan side’s darkest ever nights.

2-.The police have found a missing boy said to have trekked from Nnewi to Awka, the Anambra State capital. In a statement on Friday, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Haruna Mohammed, identified the boy as Akachukwu Gabriel.

3-.The trial of alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, has resumed. Evans’ trial continued on Friday at the Lagos High Court in the Ikeja area, after suffering several adjournments owing to a lack of legal representation. The trial judge, Justice Hakeem Oshodi, ordered the defendant’s new counsel to write and sign an undertaking to finish the criminal case.

4-.The Bayelsa Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja has affirmed the election of Senator Duoye Diri as Bayelsa State Governor. The three-man panel took the decision on Saturday a month after the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal filed by a former aspirant of the Bayelsa governorship election under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Timi Alaibe, challenging the candidacy of Senator Diri in the November 2019 election.

5-.The National Judicial Council (NJC) has recommended the appointment of 22 judges for the Supreme Court and other courts of the federation. In a statement on Friday, NJC’s Director of Information, Soji Oye, explained that the decision to recommend the appointment of the judges was taken at the second virtual meeting of the Council which held on August 11 and 12 respectively.

6-.The bodies of six French aid workers killed by suspected jihadists in Niger arrived in Paris Friday, with Prime Minister Jean Castex due to lead a national tribute later in the day. The four women and two men were killed on Sunday along with their Nigerien guide and driver in a wildlife haven about an hour’s drive southeast from the capital Niamey. The victims worked for French NGO Acted and were aged between 25 and 30.

7-.Meghan Markle said Friday she was pleased to be back in America, where she plans to speak out against racism and campaign for positive change in her home country. Markle and husband Prince Harry relocated to the United States via Canada this year after announcing in January that they were quitting frontline British royal duties.

8-.The United Nations has “strongly and unequivocally” condemned reported cases of “serious human rights violations and abuses” in Cameroon. UN spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, stated the organisation’s position during his daily news briefing in New York on Friday.

9-.Serena Williams survived another scare to beat older sister Venus 3-6 6-3 6-4 on Thursday in the latest instalment of their reluctant on-court sibling rivalry.The win helped her to reach the quarter-finals of the inaugural Top Seed Open in Lexington, Kentucky. Serena, who in her first-round match of the spectator-free tournament was five points from defeat against world number 60 Bernarda Pera, however had much work to do to survive. She had to rally back from a set down and 4-2 final set deficit to prevail in a thrilling battle.

10-.Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has advised Governor Godwin Obaseki to remain loyal to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He gave the advice to the Edo State Governor via his verified Twitter handle on Thursday.The former governor believes Governor Obaseki, who is seeking re-election, will win.

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