Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories
1-.Gunmen have kidnapped Dr Olufemi Adeogun, the Chief Medical Director of the General Hospital at Idoani town in Ondo State. Dr Adeogun was abducted at gunpoint along with two other persons with him in his vehicle on Monday night. The incident occurred around Owani along the Idoani Road in Ose Local Government Area of the state.
2-.Former President Goodluck Jonathan has joined other African leaders and financial experts to congratulate the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina on his re-election. The ex-President, who joined virtually, during Adesina’s swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, said he is confident the AfDB President will not disappoint Africa and the shareholders in the bank.
3-.The death toll in Jigawa flood has risen to 18, according to the state government. The Executive Secretary of the state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Sani Yusuf, said the government was providing emergency aid to those affected.
4-.Several houses and farmlands have been ravaged by flood in parts of Kaduna State. The flooding occurred after a downpour on Monday night and lasted till Tuesday morning. As a result, many residents have been forced out of their homes.
5-.The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state cancelled its Governorship campaign rally in Usen on Tuesday after a road crash involving party members. An unconfirmed number of policemen were reportedly killed in the crash, which occurred at Oluku junction when a trailer ran into the vehicle of a travelling campaign entourage, the APC said.
6-.Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has denied having any disagreement with his predecessor, Senator Rochas Okorocha. He stated this on Tuesday during an interview with reporters at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Governor Uzodinma was responding to questions from State House correspondents on the impasse between him and the former governor.
7-.Venus Williams bowed out of the US Open in the first round for the first time in her professional career on Tuesday, losing in straight sets to Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic. The 40-year-old Williams, making her 22nd appearance at Flushing Meadows in a career that has spanned four decades, was beaten 6-3, 7-5.
8-.Barcelona said on Tuesday they had agreed to sell Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic back to Sevilla. Under the deal the southern side will pay the Catalan outfit 1.5 million euros ($1.8 million) plus nine million euros in variables for the 32-year-old, Barca said in a statement.
9-.Sarki Abba, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs has tested positive for COVID-19. Abba, who is the President’s closest aide tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago and had not been seen on the Presidential Villa since then, according to SaharaReporters.
10-.The United States has announced that it would not join a global effort seeking to provide worldwide access to COVID-19 vaccines. American said the project is being led by a “corrupt” World Health Organisation (WHO). At least 170 countries are in talks to join the vaccine initiative, COVAX. The European Union has donated €400million.