• August 1, 2021

Nigerian News: 10 Must-Read News Items This Tuesday Morning


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

1-.Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has visited the site of the Monday fatal accident involving a commuter train and two vehicles. Two persons reportedly died in the accident, which occurred along the driveways into the Nigerian Army Shopping Arena in Oshodi. Minister of Transportation, Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi was in the company of the governor during the on-the-spot assessment of the site.

2-.The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) have blocked the main entrance of the Lagos State University (LASU) over the payment of the minimum wage. The free flow of vehicular movement was hindered by the protesting members who gathered as early as 7:00 am and prevented both students and lecturers from gaining entrance.

3-.US President Donald Trump on Monday vowed that any attack by Iran would be met with a response “1,000 times greater in magnitude,” after reports that Iran planned to avenge the killing of top general Qasem Soleimani. A US media report, quoting unnamed officials, said that an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the US ambassador to South Africa was planned before the presidential election in November.

4-.Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court, sitting in Ikeja, Lagos has convicted and sentenced a fake crude oil merchant, Adesanya Olufemi, to twenty-one year imprisonment, for defrauding a lady, Oluwatoyin Akinwole, the sum of N33, 617.000.00 (Thirty Three Million, Six Hundred and Seventeen Thousand Naira only). The convict was arraigned by the Lagos zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), alongside one Awojobi Ganiu, on December 11, 2018 on four-count charges bordering on stealing and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N33, 617.000.00 (Thirty Three Million, Six Hundred and Seventeen Thousand Naira).

5-.Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has commended President Muhammed Buhari’s led Federal Government for the support given at ensuring the successful re-election of the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina. Obasanjo, in what appeared to be his first official reaction, since Adesina’s re-election penultimate week, also thanked some past and present African leaders for their supports during the period.

6-.The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Maiduguri Zonal office, on Monday, September 14, 2020, re-arraigned Aisha Alkali Wakil, a.k.a “Mama Boko Haram” before Justice Aisha Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri on three fresh separate offences of fraud to the tune of N97,400,000.00 (Ninety-Seven Million, Four Hundred Thousand Naira) only0. Each of the offences contained two -count charges, making a cumulative six-count charge before the court.
Tahiru Alhaji Saidu Daura and Prince Lawal Shoyode were re-arraigned with Wakil.

7-.There have been reports of some drama at the venue of the presidential panel, probing the activities of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, under the watch of its suspended acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu. The chairman of the presidential panel, Justice Ayo Salami reportedly ordered security operatives to walk out two lawyers on Magu’s legal team shortly after they were introduced.Trouble began after Mr. Magu’s lead counsel, Wahab Shittu introduced other members of the legal team but Justice Salami interrupted him, insisting that only Mr. Shittu would be allowed to defend the suspended EFCC acting chairman.The Salami-led panel is investigating a series of allegations brought against Mr. Magu and the EFCC under his watch.

8-.A Vietnam court sentenced two brothers to death Monday after a long-running land dispute spiralled into rare violence which left three police officers and a villager dead. Residents of Dong Tam commune in a Hanoi suburb have for years clashed with authorities, accusing the military of illegally seizing their farmland for an airport.

9-.Chelsea kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 3-1 win at Brighton on Monday as Timo Werner made a confident debut following Frank Lampard’s spending spree. Blues boss Lampard has spent around £200 million ($257 million) on a host of new signings and the early returns on his lavish investment were promising.

10-.Neymar’s punishment for being one of five players sent off following a brawl at the end of Paris Saint-Germain’s defeat to Marseille will be revealed on Wednesday, the French Football League (LFP) said Monday. The world’s most expensive footballer was shown the red card in stoppage time of the 1-0 loss at the Parc des Princes alongside teammates Layvin Kurzawa and Leandro Paredes, as well as Marseille’s Dario Benedetto and Jordan Amavi.


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