Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories
1-.Five persons were on Thursday killed, while others sustained injuries in a road crash on the Sagamu Interchange end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The spokesperson for the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps in Ogun State, Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed the incident.
2-.A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt has sentenced two Lebanese to two years in prison each over $890,000 found in their possession. The duo – Chamseddine Waell Mohammed and Dina Jihad Khali were said to have attempted to smuggle the foreign currency out of the country before they were arrested by the Nigerian Customs Service and handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
3-.An Inspector of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) from the procurement department at the headquarters, Abuja is among six suspected members of a notorious syndicate of cattle rustlers arrested by the police in Katsina State. The six suspects, alleged to have been terrorising Katsina and Zamfara states, were intercepted based on credible intelligence on Thursday.
4-.The United Kingdom (UK) High Commission in Nigeria has said it will replace expired 30-day visas for free as it reopens its Visa Application Centres (VAC). According to a statement issued by the High Commission on its official Twitter handle on Thursday, the replacement of the expired visas for free is due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
5-.President Donald Trump told voters near his opponent Joe Biden’s Pennsylvania birthplace on Thursday that the Democrat has sold out American workers and would be a “nightmare” if he got into power. Biden is “your worst nightmare,” Trump told the crowd in an extraordinarily dark speech in Old Forge, just down the road from Biden’s old hometown of Scranton, in the heart of the key election battleground state.
6-.Joe Biden promised Thursday to end the “darkness” of Donald Trump’s presidency in a speech accepting the Democratic nomination with an impassioned call for unity and a return to optimism. “The current president has cloaked America in darkness for much too long. Too much anger, too much fear, too much division,” Biden said.
7-.Former Super Eagles player and Nigerian Football Ambassador, Daniel Amokachi, has been appointed as Special Assistant on Sports to President Muhammadu Buhari. “I am pleased to inform you that Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved your appointment as Special Assistant on Sports,” the appointment letter dated August 17, 2020, and signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr. Boss Mustapha, reads in part.
8-.Italian referee Daniele Orsato will take charge of the Champions League final between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, UEFA announced Thursday. Sunday’s showpiece at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon will be the first European final for the 44-year-old official, who has been an international referee since 2010. Orsato will be assisted by his compatriots Lorenzo Manganelli et Alessandro Giallatini.
9-.British government debt has exceeded £2.0 trillion for the first time following large state borrowing as the coronavirus pandemic pushed the UK economy deep into recession, official data showed Friday. At the end of July, total accumulated debt hit £2.004 trillion ($2.61 trillion, 2.2 trillion euros), the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a statement. The debt increased by £227.6 billion compared with July 2019.
10-.The Rivers State Police Command has directed Commanders of all Tactical Units to commence arms mop-up exercise across the state.Commissioner of Police in the State, CP Joseph Mukan in a statement, said the decision to carry out the arms mop-up was in line with the directive by the Inspector General of Police, to rid the country of illegal possession of firearms. Mukan also directed the Commanders and Divisional Police Officers, DPOs to enlighten local security outfits in their areas of operations.