Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories.
1-.No fewer than 21 people including 17 family members have been abducted by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state. The victims were abducted between Friday and Saturday morning at the Udawa community in Chikun LGA.
2-.Barely three days after the Niger State Government disclosed that over one hundred communities have been affected by a flood, at least fifteen new communities have been hit by a fresh flood in the Lapai local government area of the state. The communities include Egba, Achiba, Apataku, Ebwa, Arah, Adunbenku, Old Muye, Reba, Sokun, Edda, Pele, Dere, Eshi, and Yawa. Several houses have been flooded and farmlands washed away.
3-.The Director-General of Voice of Nigeria (VON) Mr. Osita Okechukwu, on Sunday, appealed to former President, Olusegun Obasanjo to avoid setting Nigeria on fire. This comes amidst controversies generated by Obasanjo’s recent open statement on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
4-.Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has taken a legal action against Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila. SERAP is accusing them of failing to publish reports of all completed public hearings and corruption probes by the National Assembly since 1999.
5-.Youths under the aegis of the Niger Delta Ethnic Nationality Youth Leaders Council, have called on President Mohammadu Buhari to create social intervention programs to cushion the economic effects the increment of prices of electricity and fuel could have on the people.The youths added that the fuel and electricity price hike have disastrous consequences on the social lives of Nigerians and could endanger the peaceful coexistence of the region and the country.
6-.An ultra-Orthodox minister in Israel’s government resigned Sunday over nationwide lockdown plans to tackle one of the world’s highest coronavirus rates that would affect religious practices over Jewish holidays. Yaakov Litzman stood down as housing minister, protesting at measures that he said will prevent Jews from attending synagogues over the upcoming festivals of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
7-.South Africa’s Finance Minister Tito Mboweni warned Sunday the economy could shrink by more than the 7 percent forecast by policymakers and the central bank for 2020, adding that public finances are “overstretched”. The economy of Africa’s most industrialised nation contracted by more than half in the second quarter of this year, an unprecedented decline caused by anti-coronavirus restrictions.
8-.Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Sunday Athens would spend an extra 6.8 billion euros ($8.0 billion) to fight the coronavirus’s impact on the country’s economy. A slew of new outlays will include slashing companies’ social contributions, creating 100,000 jobs and tax cuts for residents on tourist islands that have suffered from the pandemic’s impact on travel, the PM told journalists in the port city Thessaloniki.
9-.LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists as the Los Angeles Lakers advanced to their first NBA Western Conference final in a decade with a 119-96 blowout win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday. Anthony Davis tallied 13 points and 11 rebounds, Kyle Kuzma had 17 and Markieff Morris finished with 16 for the Lakers, who eliminated the Rockets in five games in the quarantine bubble in Orlando, Florida.
10-.Leicester City striker, Jamie Vardy on Sunday overtook Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba’s Premier League goal score, after scoring a brace in his side’s 3-0 victory against West Brom.Two goals from Vardy and a strike from Timothy Castagne ensured Leicester defeated West Brom at the Hawthorns Stadium.