• June 18, 2021

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

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

1-.The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has fixed December 15  to hear a suit seeking the reversal of the ban placed by the Lagos State Government on the operations of commercial motorcycles and tricycles, popularly known as Okada and Keke Marwa. A Lagos-based lawyer, Julius Ajibulu, who filed the suit said the ban on okada and keke Marwa, without a replacement or an alternative means of transportation, had subjected Lagosians to untold hardship and taken away the source of livelihood of the operators.

2-.President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Senate to approve the appointment of eight justices of the Supreme Court. The President’s request was contained in a letter addressed to the Senate and read by Senate President Ahmed Lawan on Tuesday.

3-.Wahab Shittu, the counsel to the suspended chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, on Tuesday said his client never admitted to the allegations of corruption levelled against him. In a statement, Shittu dismissed a report that Magu confessed to the panel that he was overzealous as EFCC chairman and begged for mercy, describing it as misleading.

4-.Nigerian Army troops of the Operation Accord have neutralised two bandits and injured several others while conducting search and rescue/ clearance operations at Dajin Kajuru in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Major General, Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, John Enenche on Tuesday.

5-.Fifteen children have died of malnutrition in Borno State. The Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), an international health organisation, disclosed this on Tuesday.

6-.Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe on Monday named the first-ever female prime minister to head the government in the West African nation. Victoire Tomegah Dogbe, 60, replaces Komi Selom Klassou, who resigned on Friday.

7-.Kuwait prepared Wednesday to swear in its new emir, Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, and to receive the body of his half-brother, the late ruler Sheikh Sabah who died in the US at the age of 91. The body of Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, an acclaimed diplomat and mediator who ruled for 14 years, is expected to arrive in Kuwait City later on Wednesday. He died the day before in Minnesota where he had been undergoing treatment in hospital since July.

8-.Amazon on Tuesday unveiled a new biometric payment system using palm recognition, to be made available to rival retailers and also promoted as a replacement for badge entry at stadiums or workplaces. The system called Amazon One was touted as “a fast, convenient, contactless way for people to use their palm to make everyday activities like paying at a store, presenting a loyalty card, entering a location like a stadium, or badging into work more effortless.”

9-.Mason Mount missed the final spot-kick as Tottenham beat Chelsea 5-4 on penalties to progress to the quarter-finals of the League Cup after a 1-1 draw. Timo Werner’s first goal for Chelsea put Frank Lampard’s men in command against a much-changed Tottenham team playing the second of four games in eight days.

10-.Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara has tested positive for coronavirus, the Premier League champions confirmed on Tuesday. The 29-year-old, who joined from Bayern Munich this month, missed Monday’s 3-1 win over Arsenal and will now self-isolate.

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