Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories
1-.The Federal Government has threatened to sanction members of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) over its planned strike.The union had threatened to embark on a nationwide seven-day warning strike if the government fails to meet their demands which include payment of hazard and inducement allowance by mid-night of Sunday, September 13.
2-.The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah, on Friday said democracy is the only system that can deliver “on the egalitarian society” that Nigeria “desperately needs.” The Bishop was responding to a question on the ideal 60th birthday for Nigeria during Channels Television’s Politics Today, on Friday, September 11, 2020.
3-.A High Court sitting in Jos, Plateau State has reserved ruling on the case filed by ex-deputy governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Obadiah Mailafia for the enforcement of his fundamental rights to personal liberty and fair hearing as well as challenging the invitation by the police on a matter that is being investigated by the Department of State Security Services (DSS). Justice Arum Ashoms says he will rule on the application on September 29 to determine the motion on notice filed by the applicants as well as the counter affidavit instituted by the defence.
4-.In its resolve to ensure the availability of well-trained pilots to prosecute the ongoing war against insurgency, banditry, and other forms of criminality in the country, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) today, 10 September 2020, graduated additional 29 student pilots who have completed their ab-initio flying training at the 401 Flying Training School (401 FTS), Kaduna. The graduating students, who are members of 66 Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), comprising 27 male and 2 female officers, commenced training as flight cadets of NDA on 7 January 2019 as members of Student Pilots Course 46 (SP 46). With today’s graduation, the NAF has successfully graduated 145 student pilots from 401 FTS in the last 5 years.
5-.Malian ministers and MPs who acquired government limousines and four-wheel-drive cars under ousted president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita have hastened to hand back the vehicles after the new military rulers requested their return. The junta issued a brief but courteous call on Sunday calling on former lawmakers and ministers to “hand back government vehicles that had been put at their disposal.”
6-.Crews battled sprawling wildfires up and down the US West Coast on Friday in a wave of infernos that have killed 15 people and forced more than half a million others to flee their homes. The true scale of destruction was hard to gauge across wide stretches of California, Oregon and Washington that were cut off by flames fueled by record heat and intense, dry winds.
7-.The US police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd, the 46-year-old African-American man whose death sparked nationwide protests, was due to appear in court in person for the first time on Friday. Derek Chauvin, who was filmed on May 25 pressing his knee on handcuffed Floyd’s neck until he passed out on a street in Minneapolis, faces one count of second-degree murder, one count of third-degree murder, and one count of second-degree manslaughter.
8-.President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden will today visit the crash site in the key election state of Pennsylvania of one of the planes hijacked during the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States. Both men will seek to take advantage of the solemn moment to appear as leaders seeking to heal a deeply divided nation.
9-.Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has set his players the minimum target of qualifying for Europe this season after they finished a lowly 12th in the Premier League in his first season in charge. The Italian, a three-time Champions League winner, enjoyed a bright start to his reign after his appointment in December but their form fell away and they finished in their lowest position since 2004.
10-.Netherlands-born Nigerian defender, Tryonne Ebuehi, is confident of hitting the ground running after a two-year injury lay-off he described as a “hard time.”The 24-year-old joined Benfica from ADO Den Haag after the 2018 World Cup but an injury in June of that year meant he has not played for the Portuguese side.