Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories
1-.Manchester United were made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal as Sevilla enjoyed another special night in the Europa League by coming from behind to reach Friday’s final with a 2-1 win in Cologne. Bruno Fernandes’s early penalty was cancelled out by Suso’s strike for Sevilla in a fiercely contested first half. But United made and wasted almost all the big chances after the break as Bono produced a string of stunning saves until substitute Luuk De Jong turned home Jesus Navas cross 12 minutes from time.
2-.The leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, has urged the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar and President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the death sentence passed on Kano singer, Yahaya Sharif for committing blasphemy. Primate Ayodele urged both Buhari and the Sultan to intervene in the matter and ensure the young Nigerian is not killed.
3-.The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has sent a petition to the National Human Right Commission over 20 months unpaid salaries by Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia. Mr Anderson Ezeibe, National President of ASUP, stated this in a letter addressed to the Executive Secretary of the commission and made available to newsmen on Sunday in Abuja. Ezeibe said that the governor had refused to pay salaries to its members in Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, for the past 20 months.
4-.The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has deployed additional special forces to southern Kaduna, to boost the ongoing fight against bandits and suspected ethnic militia who have been terrorising residents of the area. The Air Officer Commanding, NAF Training Command, Air Marshal Musa Mukhtar, addressed the troops before their departure to the southern part of the state on Sunday. He asked them to complement the efforts of the Nigerian Army troops attached to Operation Safe Haven, by providing both ground and air power during the operation against the criminal elements.
5-.The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Campaign Council for the Ondo State governorship election and the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, is optimistic that the party will win the October 10 election by a landslide. Governor Sanwo-Olu said APC’s confidence in the governorship election is further buoyed by the giant strides of Ondo State Governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) in different areas of human endeavours during his first term in the State.
6-.The presidency has described as “a publicity stunt”, the widely circulated reports alleging that former Speaker Umar Ghali Na’Abba has been invited by the Department of State Service over his alleged comments on President Muhammadu Buhari. Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, who stated this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, urged the general public to ignore the claim
7-.A 35-year-old man, Ibrahim Lawan, who was imprisoned by his parents in Kano State has regained freedom after 15 years. His hope for freedom from incarceration came to reality after Ibrahim was rescued by a Police Medical Team and operatives of Operation Puff Adder. The victim was removed from confinement on Sunday in Sheka, a community in Unguwar Fulani in Kumbotso Local Government Area of the state.
8-.President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) on his 79th birthday. The President in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, joined family, friends, and associates to celebrate with the elder statesman.
9-.The Ghanaian authorities have said Nigerian shop owners in the country must pay taxes and other fees imposed on them. The country’s Ministry of Trade, while insisting on the payment, said that claims of unfair treatment on Nigerian traders in the enforcement of the Ghana Investment Promotion Council regulations were not true.
10-.The Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone A of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), on Sunday announced a single seizure of contrabands with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N10 billion. The Customs Area Controller (CAC), Usman Yahaya in a statement in Lagos, said that the seizure made in one day was at Ido, Eruwa Road in Ibadan.