Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories
1-.The Presidency has refuted claims that a former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, and the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari has hatched plans to arrest opposition members ahead of the Edo Governorship poll. The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had alleged that a video of Oshiomhole telling Gambari about “arrest” before his Oshiomhole’s) meeting with Prseident Muhammadu Buhari is a prelude to the arrest of some unnamed opposition politicians ahead of the September election.
2-.The Ilorin Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured the conviction of an internet fraudster, and FBI suspect. The anti corruption agency said this in a statement signed by its Head of Media and Publicity, Mr Dele Oyewale and made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin on Tuesday.
3-.Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have uncovered a new route used by criminally minded persons to import drugs into Nigeria. The Chairman/ Chief Executive of NDLEA, Colonel Muhammad Abdallah (rtd), who disclosed this said the agency has discovered another 40-foot container at Brawal terminal in Lagos.
4-.Paris Saint-Germain are through to the final of the Champions League for the first time after goals by Marquinhos, Angel Di Maria and Juan Bernat saw them ease to a 3-0 win over RB Leipzig in a one-sided semi-final in Lisbon on Tuesday. It was 2-0 at half-time, with the first two goals set up by Neymar, the Brazilian again outstanding at the Estadio da Luz, just as he had been in last week’s quarter-final against Atalanta.Bernat’s goal came in the 55th minute and snuffed out any hopes Leipzig had of a comeback.
5-.Dozens of lawyers have threatened to boycott the 60th Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) over the involvement of Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai. El-Rufai is listed as one of the key speakers for the conference which is scheduled to take place between August 26 and August 29, 2020. An online campaign against the governor’s participation started to gather steam on Monday, August 17.
6-.Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, has appealed the judgement which nullified his election as the governor of the state. The governor’s lawyers filed the Notice of Appeal on Tuesday at the Court of Appeal in Abuja, the nation’s capital. He is challenging the majority judgement of the Bayelsa State Governorship Election Tribunal which nullified his election on 12 grounds.
7-.Two former Boko Haram fighters recently released by the Federal Government have been reunited with their families in Kebbi State. The two are graduates of the Operation Safe Corridor programme, a multi-agency humanitarian effort, led by Defence Headquarters (DHQ), that was launched in 2016 to encourage Boko Haram terrorists to surrender.
8-.United Nations head Antonio Guterres demanded “the immediate and unconditional release” of Mali’s president and members of his government Tuesday after they were seized by rebel soldiers. “The secretary-general strongly condemns these actions and calls for the immediate restoration of constitutional order and rule of law in Mali,” a spokesman for Guterres said in a statement.
9-.The House of Representatives Committee on Insurance and Actuarial on Tuesday, began investigations into the N180.9 million insurance premium allegedly paid for the failed Satellite 1 project launched in 2011. The committee is also investigating the Satellite 1-R project for which Nigeria obtained $500 million loan from China.The Chairman of the Committee, Rep Darlington Nwokocha demanded that NigComsat must submit all documents on insurance transactions on the project within seven days.
10-.A total of 50 suspects have been arrested for rape, defilement, and domestic violence in various parts of Lagos State. The Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu, disclosed this to reporters on Tuesday at the Police Headquarters in Ikeja. He made the disclosure while giving an update on the successes recorded by personnel of the Lagos State Police Command in the last one month.