Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories.
1-.The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Heads of State have unanimously agreed to reject the forceful change of government in Mali. Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo disclosed this on Tuesday while speaking after representing President Muhammadu Buhari at the extraordinary summit of the ECOWAS on the situation in Mali.
2-.Gunmen on Tuesday shot one person dead and kidnapped a palm oil factory owner, Jide Ijadare along Ilupeju-Ijan road in Ekiti State.The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Sunday Abutu, confirmed the incident to Channels Television though he could not confirm the identity of the person killed by the gunmen.
3-.Governor Samuel Ortom on Tuesday announced and expressed sadness over the demise of two of his aides. They include his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Jerome Torshimbe, and his Personal Assistant on Special Duties, Mr Famous Adejo.
4-.With the Edo State governorship election barely four days away, candidates of political parties today signed a Peace Accord. The deal which was organised by the National Peace Committee was held in Benin City, the state capital.
5-.A Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Police Research and Planning, Leye Oyebade, has assured the people of Edo State that the Force has put in place appropriate logistics to ensure that the upcoming governorship election is free and fair. He said this on Tuesday, during a press briefing.
6-.Yoshihide Suga became Japan’s new prime minister on Wednesday, with the former chief cabinet secretary expected to stick closely to policies championed by Shinzo Abe during his record-breaking tenure. Suga, 71, won an easy victory in a parliamentary vote, where his ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) holds a commanding majority.
7-.The United Kingdom on Tuesday said it will not hesitate to take actions against individuals it identifies as causing violence in the imminent elections in Edo and Ondo states. According to a statement tweeted via the British High Commission, the UK sees the elections as another opportunity to strengthen Nigeria’s democratic institutions.
8-.Two-time European champions Benfica were dumped out of the Champions League in the qualifiers on Tuesday following a 2-1 defeat at PAOK Thessaloniki. The Portuguese giants, who won the old European Cup twice in the 1960s, were knocked out by goals from Dimitrios Giannoulis and Andrija Zivkovic.
9-.Opposition figures reacted angrily on Tuesday after Ivory Coast’s top court rejected 40 candidates for upcoming presidential elections, validating the contested bid of head of state Alassane Ouattara but sidelining his predecessor, Laurent Gbagbo. Tensions in the West African state are running high ahead of the October 31 polls — more than 3,000 people died in post-election violence in 2010-11.
10-.Barcelona’s new signing Miralem Pjanic said at his unveiling on Tuesday he could never imagine Lionel Messi playing for another club. Messi claimed earlier this month he had been forced to stay at Barca after he and the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu disagreed over a clause in his contract.