• June 19, 2021

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

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

1-.The 36 states of the Federation on Monday took the Federal Government to the Supreme Court, challenging the presidential executive order signed in May by President Muhammadu Buhari. The states are seeking an order of the Supreme Court to quash President Buhari’s executive order on the funding of courts, which he signed on May 20.

2-.A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Maitama, Abuja has awarded N50 million damages against the Senator representing Adamawa North, Senator Elisha Abbo, to be paid as compensation to Osimibibra Warmate, a female attendant at a sex-toy shop, whom he assaulted. Justice Samira Bature gave the order in her judgment on the fundamental rights enforcement suit instituted by Warmate against the senator.

3-.Labour leaders and members of the civil society in Edo State have rejected the decision of the national leadership of the organised labour to suspend its planned nationwide strike. Led by the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Edo State, Sunny Osayande and Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart, Marshall Ohue, the labour members occupied the King’s Square Arena in Benin City the state capital in protest.

4-.The Borno State Police Command have released the names of the officers killed by Boko Haram ambush on Saturday. The affected officers are Mba Mathew, Ibrahim Muhammad, David Jarta, Jerry Joseph, John Barka, Elijah Gwarza, Eheboya Osaheinde, and Nura Aminu.

5-.The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has promised effective security coverage for the Ondo State governorship election scheduled for October 10. According to a statement issued on Monday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, the IGP met with the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room on Monday in Abuja.

6-.The family of an African American man killed by a US police officer is to receive $20 million in a civil settlement, their lawyer announced Monday. In one of the largest such settlements ever in the US, Prince George’s County in the state of Maryland will make the payment to the family of William Green, who was shot dead while handcuffed earlier this year.

7-.France launched a free-spending budget plan on Monday, saying a fresh spike in new Covid-19 cases justified its unprecedented loosening of the purse strings. After 460 billion euros ($537 billion) of emergency spending this year to save the economy from the virus fallout, the government built its 2021 budget plan around a 100-billion “recovery plan”, first announced this month and partly funded by EU money.

8-.US Open champion and third seed Dominic Thiem eased into the Roland Garros second round on Tuesday with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 win over Croatia’s Marin Cilic. Thiem, the runner-up to Rafael Nadal in Paris in the last two years, will face American qualifier Jack Sock for a place in the last 32.

9-.President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that the National Ethics and Integrity Policy “projects the government’s aspiration for the rediscovery of our cherished traditional ethical values of honesty, integrity, hard work, truth and justice, unity, faith, and consideration for one another irrespective of status or background. Corruption and corruptive tendencies are abhorrent to these core ethical values.” The President said this Monday in Abuja at the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) 2nd National Summit on Diminishing Corruption and launch of the National Ethics and Integrity Policy, an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the anti-corruption agency. 

10-.Senegalese striker, Sadio Mane netted a goal as Liverpool on Monday handed Arsenal a 3-1 defeat, the first loss for the Gunners this season. Goals from Andy Robertson and Diogo Jota saw off the Gunners, who had won their opening two league games of the season.

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