• April 13, 2021

Nigerian News: 10 News items you need to read this Wednesday morning

Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories

1-.The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has criticised the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Following a meeting of the State Executive Committee, the party challenged the present administration to a public debate on the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and acclaimed expenditures of the state government.

2-.The All Progressives Congress (APC) has started screening aspirants for the October 31 concurrent legislative by-elections.  In a statement by the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena, the exercise is expected to hold from Wednesday, August 26, 2020- Thursday, August 27, 2020.The elections will be conducted in eight states of the federation, which include, Bayelsa, Borno, Cross River, Imo, Lagos, Zamfara and Plateau.

3-.The National Industrial Court sitting in Lagos has struck out two cases in respect of the crisis rocking the University of Lagos (UNILAG).Justice Jeremiah Essien struck out the suits on Tuesday following the formal withdrawal of the applications filed by lawyers in relation to the crisis.

4-.President Muhammadu Buhari has once again called for an end to violence against women and children in the country and around the world. In solidarity with Nigerian women and children, President Buhari said the country has made a lot of progress in the fight against gender-based violence.

5-.Manchester United captain Harry Maguire was on Tuesday given a suspended prison sentence of 21 months and 10 days on assault charges by a court in Greece. The England international defender was arrested late last Thursday after a fight at a nightclub in Mykonos. He was charged with assault, bodily harm, verbal abuse and attempted bribery.

6-.African national teams are set to resume playing this October, according to CAF, with a nine-day window available for friendly matches ahead of 2022 Cup of Nations qualifiers one month later. No international matches have been possible in the continent this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, leading to new dates for both Cup of Nations and 2022 World Cup eliminators.

7-.The EU is likely to sanction between 15 and 20 individuals for their role in electoral fraud and a crackdown on protesters in Belarus, a senior official said Tuesday. The bloc has been preparing asset freezes and travel bans over the crisis that has unfolded in the ex-Soviet republic and after an emergency video summit last week EU Council President Charles Michel said a “substantial number” of people would be targeted.

8-.Sweden’s Public Health Agency said Tuesday a faulty test kit had returned some 3,700 false positive results, an error discovered by two laboratories during routine quality controls. The agency said the PCR kits, which test for an ongoing COVID-19 infection, were made in China by the company BGI Genomics and had been distributed worldwide

9-.Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara called for peace after clashes that have claimed at least eight lives as he filed his candidacy on Monday for elections less than three months away. Clashes broke out after Ouattara, who initially said he would not stand again, changed his mind following the sudden death of prime minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, his anointed successor.

10-.Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has hinted on plans to meet with the Chief Executives of multinational companies in Nigeria, to discuss the revamp of Nigerian export markets. Mr. Emefiele dropped the hint on Tuesday, during the meeting of the Bankers’ Committee, noting that the CBN is ready to encourage the revamp of Nigeria’s export sector through deliberate policies that would boost investment and job creation.

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