Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories.
1-.The Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, led by Prof. Itse Sagay, has vehemently kicked against the proposed bill for the amendment of the establishment Act of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Sagay, in a statement on Wednesday, called on Nigerians and the National Assembly to reject the bill.
2-.President Donald Trump expressed renewed confidence Wednesday that a viable Covid-19 vaccine would be ready by October, directly contradicting a top administration health expert and facing fierce criticism from his Democratic election rival Joe Biden. Trump sowed confusion about the issue with an extraordinary public rebuke of one of his top health experts who said masks were a leading weapon for fighting the pandemic and that a vaccine was unlikely to be widely available until mid-2021.
3-.The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has given the federal government two weeks, to reverse the increase in petrol price and electricity tariffs, or face industrial action from September 28. NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, stated this while speaking after the Central Working Committee (NAC) and National Administrative Council (NAC) met at the Labour House.
4-.Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam’s third holiest site, will be closed from Friday following a spike in coronavirus cases, the authority that administers the city’s Muslim holy places announced. With cases of the virus on the rise in Israel and the Palestinian territories, the Waqf authority held an emergency meeting with health officials. Waqf members decided to “suspend the entry of worshippers starting from Friday afternoon (September 18) for a period of three weeks”.
5-.Traders at Itam market in Uyo metropolis have expressed displeasure over an alleged vandalization of their stalls and the carting away of their goods and cash valued about N163m by the officials of Nigerian customs last weekend. They also threatened to close down the market and embark on a protest if the issue is not investigated and their goods returned
6-.Ahead of the governorship election in Edo State, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Patrick Imasuagbon, has said that by Saturday, godfatherism in the state will be brought to an end. He said this on Wednesday in reaction to comments by a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) calling on the Edo people to reject the incumbent governor Godwin Obaseki of the PDP.
7-.The Ekiti Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mrs Mary Chikezie, on Wednesday debunked reports that a corps member was killed by a kidnapper in the state. Chikezie in a statement confirmed that the person killed during the attack was not a member of the NYSC serving in the palm oil-producing factory, as reported online.
8-.A group of protesters on Wednesday staged a protest at the entrance of the National Assembly complex in Abuja, calling on the lawmakers to prevail on the executive arm of government to reverse the recent hike in electricity tariff and the pump price of petrol. The protesters numbering about a dozen carried placards with inscriptions rejecting the new hike and as well calling a pay cut for politicians instead of subsidy removal.
9-.The United States on Tuesday imposed economic sanctions on the wife of former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh, who was accused of corruption during his 22-year rule and is the target of similar measures. “Zineb Jammeh is believed to control many of the overseas assets of her husband,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.
10-.Neymar received a two-match ban Wednesday for his red card against Marseille as the French league announced it would open an investigation into accusations of racism by the Brazil forward against Alvaro Gonzalez. Angel Di Maria will also be summoned to the league’s next disciplinary commission meeting on September 23 over claims he spat at Marseille defender Gonzalez during PSG’s 1-0 loss which ended with a mass brawl and five players sent off.