Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories
1-.Mali’s military junta began talks with opposition groups on Saturday on its promise to hand power back to civilians, after mounting pressure from neighbouring countries in the weeks since it overthrew the nation’s leader. The West African country has long been plagued by instability, a simmering jihadist revolt, ethnic violence and endemic corruption, prompting a clique of rebel soldiers to detain president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita last month.
2-.International flights finally resumed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Saturday after operations were suspended in March due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The first flight from Lebanon, which landed at about 2:30 pm, was operated by Middle East Airlines.
3-.The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has sacked 18 officers from its workforce after they were found culpable for various crimes. A series of tweets from the agency on Saturday revealed that 10 other officers were awarded various degrees of punishment.
4-.Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede on Saturday said his party was confident of victory. Mr Jegede spoke to reporters after a stakeholders meeting held at the Oyo State Government House in Agodi, Ibadan, to strategise towards the election.
5-.The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested over 300 suspected drug dealers with more than 460 kilograms of Cannabis Sativa, tramadol, and other drug substances in Katsina State. According to the NDLEA Commandant in Katsina, Sule Momoudu, the suspects were arrested since January to date by officers of the agency in various parts of the state.
6-.The Vice President of the Nigeria Institute of Arbitration, Olisa Agbakoba, has called for the emplacement of a national arbitration policy and a transformational review of the legal framework relating to arbitration in the country. He made the call in a statement on Friday while reacting to the judgement of a court in the United Kingdom on the case involving the Process and Industrial Developments (P&ID).
7-.Sudan on Saturday declared a three-month national state of emergency after record-breaking torrential floods that cost 99 lives. “A nationwide three-month state of emergency has been announced as Sudan is considered a natural disaster zone,” the interior ministry said on social media. Floods caused by more than a month of heavy rains have killed 99 people, injured 46, and left 100,000 damaged properties in their wake, one of the worst natural disasters in decades, according to state news agency SUNA.
8-.Facebook said Saturday it would block the live stream of a Frenchman suffering from an incurable condition who wanted to broadcast his death on the social media platform. Earlier, Alain Cocq announced that he was now refusing all food, drink, and medicine after President Emmanuel Macron turned down his request for euthanasia.
9-.Serena Williams overcame an early scare to defeat fellow American Sloane Stephens and move into the last 16 of the US Open on Saturday. Williams, the third seed, lost the first set convincingly before rallying to dominate the next two, triumphing 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 inside a near empty Arthur Ashe Stadium.
10-.Lionel Messi was a no-show at training with Barcelona despite his decision to stay at the club under sufferance, journalists at the training ground said on Saturday morning. The Argentine superstar announced on Friday he had been forced to remain at Barcelona, claiming after club president Josep Maria Bartomeu broke his word to let him leave. It came after 10 days of tension since his bombshell fax telling Barcelona he wanted out.