Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories
1-.The Taraba State Government has resolved to collaborate with relevant security agencies and traditional rulers to address insecurity in the state. This was disclosed by Bala Bako, Chairman of the Association of Local Government Chairmen, at the end of an emergency meeting with the chairmen of the 16 local government areas of Taraba, in Jalingo, the state capital.
2-.Alhaji Mohammed Sadiq, the Bauchi State Commissioner for Commerce and Industries, has resigned his appointment. Sadiq said in his resignation letter, a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN ) on Thursday in Bauchi, that he resigned voluntarily. He said he tendered the letter of resignation on Wednesday, adding that he was no more Commissioner, Ministry of Commerce and Industries and member of the State Executive Council.
3-.Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has given marching orders to security operatives to ensure the re-arrest of Sunday Shodipe. Shodipe is the wanted prime suspect in the series of murders in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state. Governor Makinde, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Security, Fatai Owoseni, at a Town Hall meeting in Akinyele, said the re-arrest of the suspected mastermind of at least six ritual killings in Ibadan, must be made a top priority of security operatives.
4-.The West Africa bloc ECOWAS on Tuesday condemned a military putsch in Mali and pledged a range of retaliatory actions, including financial sanctions. Rebel soldiers arrested Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse on Tuesday afternoon following weeks of political tension in the country. The dramatic move followed the seizure of an army base near the capital Bamako that morning.
5-.The newly appointed Acting Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Theophilus Soyombo, has called for support from all the labour unions in the institution in a bid to move the university forward. Soyombo made the call while addressing members of the university community who had converged in front of the institution’s Senate building on Wednesday in Lagos.
6-.Serge Gnabry celebrated with his NBA-inspired ‘stir the pot’ gesture after scoring two goals in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final against Lyon to keep Bayern Munich on course to repeat their 2013 treble after a 3-0 victory. Robert Lewandowski added the third for his 55th goal of the season as Bayern go on to face Paris Saint-Germain in Sunday’s final.
7-.At least two persons were feared dead and several others injured in a multiple road crash that occurred at Lambata in Gurara local government area of Niger State. The accident, involving two tankers, a Mazda 323 and a BM100 18-Seater Boxer car, occurred at about 3:50pm on Wednesday.
8-.The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has resolved the lingering leadership crisis in the Cross River State chapter of the party. This followed a meeting of the Secretary of the APC Caretaker/Extra Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, and party stakeholders over the factional and long-standing political disputes in the state.
9-.Kamala Harris made history Wednesday when she accepted the Democratic nomination for vice president, while joining Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to condemn President Donald Trump’s profound “failure” as a leader. Harris, the first black woman on a major party’s White House ticket, accused Trump of turning “our tragedies into political weapons.” And she urged Americans to vote for Joe Biden, “a president who will bring all of us together.”
10-.The coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating inequalities between rich and poor, Pope Francis said on Wednesday, calling for universal vaccines not reserved just for the wealthiest.As the virus continues to claim lives and wreak havoc on economies around the world, the Pope in recent months has tried to use all his moral force to demand a new post-pandemic society, more respectful of the poor and the environment.