Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories.
1-.The Federal Government has agreed to lift the ban placed on Emirates Airlines, which prevented it from operating in and out of the country. According to a statement signed by the Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Aviation, James Odaudu on Wednesday, the development was based on an undertaking by the authorities of the United Arabs Emirates (UAE).
2-.A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has restrained the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and the Delta State Police Commissioner from arresting or detaining a former Minister of State for Education, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi. Justice Taiwo Taiwo made the order sequel to an ex parte application filed by Gbagi for the enforcement of his fundamental rights.
3-.The trial of former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, has been adjourned till October 15, 2020. Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja, adjourned the case on Wednesday after listening to arguments from the prosecution and defence lawayers.
4-.In furtherance of its capacity-building efforts to tackle various internal security challenges in the country, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has graduated another set of 6 pilots in tactical and basic flying. The combined graduation ceremony, which took place today, 29 September 2020, comprised 2 pilots of the Tactical Flying Course 24 (Batch B), and 4 student pilots of the Basic Flying Course 19 (Batch A)
5-.A first reading of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) has been heard on the floor of the Senate. The bill was one of the six bills introduced to the upper chamber on Wednesday. The first reading comes two days after the bill was transmitted to the National Assembly.
6-.The Silverado Trail has long been a place of dreams for Napa Valley wine lovers as it winds gently through vineyards and on to Calistoga. California’s Glass Fire turned much of that dream to ash, destroying a 3-star restaurant at Meadowood resort, torching wineries such as Chateau Boswell, and tainting precious grapes with smoke.
7-.Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has accused President Vladimir Putin of being behind his poisoning, in his first interview published since he left the German hospital where he was treated. “I assert that Putin is behind this act, I don’t see any other explanation,” he told the German weekly Der Spiegel, which published extracts from the interview on its website Thursday.
8-.TikTok must become a “US based company controlled by US investors” or will be banned in the United States, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday. Mnuchin’s comments come amid uncertainty over a US-brokered deal to reorganize ownership of the popular Chinese-owned video-sharing app which US officials have called a national security risk.
9-.Defending champion Rafael Nadal took another step closer to a 13th Roland Garros title on Wednesday with a 6-1, 6-0, 6-3 win over Mackenzie McDonald of the United States. Second seed Nadal claimed his 95th career win at the tournament and next faces either Kei Nishikori of Japan or Italy’s Stefano Travaglia. Nadal didn’t face a breakpoint in Wednesday’s tie and hit 31 winners.
10-.Paris Saint-German’s Neymar and Marseille’s Alvaro Gonzalez have avoided punishment after allegedly making racist and homophobic remarks in the meeting between the sides earlier this month, the French league (LFP) announced on Wednesday. The world’s most expensive player was accused of making the remarks towards Marseille’s Japan right-back Hiroki Sakai and Gonzalez.