Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories
1-.Nollywood superstar Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde on Saturday said she is in isolation after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. The actress revealed this on her verified Instagram page, sharing her recovery progress.
2-.Director-General of Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Yakubu Ibn-Mohammed, has lauded Gov. Simon Lalong on his initiative for peace efforts in Plateau. The DG gave the commendation when the governor paid a courtesy visit to NTA Headquarters on Friday in Abuja.
3-.Donald Trump’s younger brother Robert died on Saturday after being hospitalized for an undisclosed illness, the US president said in a statement mourning his loss. “It is with a heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight,” Trump said in a White House statement.
4-.The Bayelsa Governorship Election Tribunal has dismissed three petitions filed against Governor Douye Diri challenging his victory.The three-man panel that sat on Saturday took the decision in Abuja, the nation’s capital. In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Owodunni, the tribunal held that the petition filed by Owei Woniwei of the Alliance for Democracy is incompetent and lacks merit.
5-.The Ruler of Dubai has ordered 14 tonnes of medical supplies and 20 tonnes of food supplies to Nigeria and Sudan, the Dubai Media Office said on Saturday.Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum “orders humanitarian aid flight to Sudan and Nigeria carrying 14 tonnes of medical supplies, 20 tonnes of food supplies,” the press office said in a tweet.
6-.Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, on Saturday blamed Service Chiefs for the perpetuation of banditry in the state. According to asari, President Muhammadu Buhari has done all it takes to ensure security in the region. He made the remarks while presenting a N10 million economic empowerment cheque to 1,000 women and N7 million scholarship support cheque to 701 students in the Rimi Local Government Area of the state.
7-.One hundred and seventy Nigerians have returned from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, taking the number of evacuees from the Arab nation to over 3,000. The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) disclosed this in a tweet via its official handle on Friday. It explained that the evacuees arrived at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos on board the Fly Dubai airlines.
8-.Residents of a community in a suburb of Abuja were left angry and picking up the pieces on Saturday after the Federal Capital Development Authority demolished their houses. Officials of the FCDA stormed Apo NEPA in the early hours of the day and the bulldozers they commandeered quickly went to work pulling down buildings that had been deemed illegal.
9-.The Department of State Services (DSS) has invited former Speaker of House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Naa’ba. This followed his condemnation of President Muhammadu Buhari over insecurity in Nigeria. He described Nigeria as a failed state. National Consultative Front spokesperson, Tanko Yunusa, announced the invitation in a statement on Saturday.
10-.Moussa Dembele came off the bench to score two late goals as Lyon caused another Champions League sensation on Saturday, dumping out Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City with a 3-1 quarter-final win in Lisbon. City had looked on course to come back and win the tie behind closed doors at the Estadio Jose Alvalade after Kevin De Bruyne’s goal midway through the second half had cancelled out Maxwel Cornet’s first-half opener. However, Dembele put Lyon back ahead in the 79th minute and then capitalised on a shocking miss by Raheem Sterling to clinch the victory three minutes from the end.