Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories
1-.The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of the University of Lagos, Wale Babalakin, and Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, were asked by the Federal Government on Friday to recuse themselves from official duties, pending the outcome of the Special Visitation Panel set up by the President. The information was announced in a press statement signed by the Federal Ministry of Education spokesman, Ben Goong.
2-.A woman identified as Mrs Chizoba Eke, who was declared missing in Rivers State, has been found, days after she was abducted. Chizoba was recovered from a well on Thursday in an uncompleted building at Igwuruta community in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state.The mother of two, who was kidnapped from her home along with her six-month-old baby on Monday, was thrown into the well after severe beatings by her abductor.
3-.Opposition supporters flooded into Bamako’s central square on Friday to celebrate the overthrow of Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, where they were warmly praised by the country’s new military rulers. Thousands gathered in the capital’s Independence Square, the birthplace of a months-long protest movement, many of them draped in Mali’s national flag and blasting on vuvuzela horns. They rallied three days after mutinying troops seized the country’s unpopular 75-year-old president, forced him to announce his resignation and unveiled a junta that would rule until a “transitional president” takes over.
4-. 10 leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State have been invited by the Department of State Services (DSS) for an ‘important meeting’. According to a letter from the security agency, the politicians are to attend the meeting scheduled to hold on Saturday at the DSS Command Headquarters in Benin City, the state capital.
5-.As Nigeria gears up to resume international flights, the Federal Government has vowed to employ the principle of reciprocity in granting permission to airlines to restart operations. Speaking on the flight ban imposed by some countries against Nigeria, the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu, explained that the Federal Government would not hesitate to mete out the same measure to those nations which he did not mention.
6-.The All Progressives Congress on Friday accused Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, of planning to disrupt the September 19 governorship election in the state.The People’s Democratic Party, in a reaction to the claims, said it was baseless, stressing that the APC’s accusations were only meant to induce voter apathy. Briefing newsmen at the Party’s Secretariat in Benin-city, Edo APC Chairman, David Imuse, said the incumbents are coordinating a build-up of firearms and other dangerous weapons, which will be used to cause violence and subvert the electoral process.
7-.Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has been arrested on the Greek tourist island of Mykonos for an alleged assault and attacking officers, police said Friday. United said in a brief statement they were “aware of an alleged incident involving Harry Maguire in Mykonos last night.”
8-.The world should be able to rein in the coronavirus pandemic in less than two years, the World Health Organization said on Friday, as millions of Lebanese wearily entered a new lockdown following a spike in coronavirus infections. Western Europe was also enduring the kind of infection levels not seen in many months, particularly in Germany, France, Spain and Italy — sparking fears of a full-fledged second wave.
9-.Madagascar on Thursday said it had fired its health minister as part of a government reshuffle, a move that came a month after he butted heads with the president for seeking outside help for coronavirus. The Indian Ocean island-nation saw COVID-19 cases surge in July despite an official campaign to promote a controversial herbal drink touted as a remedy for the virus.
10-.Popular Google services including Gmail, Docs and Drive were down for many users around the world on Thursday, but were restored after a few hours, the US technology giant said. “We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support,” the company said.