Good morning, readers! This is a summary of some top news stories
1-.Senator Ali Ndume who is standing as surety for a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, has informed a Federal High Court in Abuja that he could no longer find the defendant whom he had made legal commitment to always produce in court for his trial. Senator Ndume disclosed this on Friday at the Federal High Court in Abuja while responding to the judge’s query about Maina’s absence for the third time in a row within one week.
2-.The Federal Government has ordered unity schools in the country, earlier closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to reopen on October 12th, 2020. Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, announced the reopening of the learning centres on Friday in Abuja, during a news conference and explained that the decision was reached after due consultations with stakeholders and the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
3-.Troops of the Nigerian Armed Forces have killed 869 criminals and rescued 321 kidnap victims. The feat was achieved in various operations carried out within the last three months.
4-.The Police Service Commission has approved the promotion of 175 senior Police Officers and stepped down the promotion of 112 others. The decision was taken during the 9th Plenary Meeting of the Commission held in Abuja on Monday and Tuesday, presided over by Commission Chairman, Retired Inspector General of Police, Musiliu Smith.
5-.The mother of 21-year-old Blessing Olusegun is demanding the cause of her daughter’s death whose body was found lying on a beach in East Sussex, a region in the United Kingdom, according to the Evening Standard. One of Olusegun’s close friend and work colleague, Christiana Sofolabo, described her death as “mysterious “.
6-.Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Friday he has tested negative for Covid-19, three days after his debate with Donald Trump, who has contracted the illness. The 77-year-old former vice president opted to maintain a scheduled trip to Michigan, a key battleground state in his campaign to unseat the Republican incumbent. Biden is currently leading Trump in opinion polls ahead of the November 3 election
7-.The 14-year-old son of President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump has tested negative for the coronavirus after both his parents tested positive, a spokeswoman said Friday. “Barron has tested negative and all precautions are being taken to ensure he’s kept safe and healthy,” Melania Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said.
8-.Canada announced billions of dollars in spending on infrastructure projects Thursday that will support a transition to a low-carbon economy during pandemic recovery and create 60,000 jobs over three years. The government’s nascent Canada Infrastructure Bank will oversee the spending, which totals Can$10 billion (US$7.5 billion) and is meant to fund electric buses, renewable power generation and building retrofits
9-.Jose Mourinho brushed aside suggestions that he would be on a revenge mission when he takes his Tottenham side to Manchester United on Sunday. One of his first matches in charge of Spurs was a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford last December, but the Portuguese said he had no “bad feelings” towards his former club.
10-.Barcelona’s biggest win over the summer might have been preventing Lionel Messi from leaving but Ansu Fati could yet be the one to lead Ronald Koeman’s recovery. A brilliant start to the season for the 17-year-old continued on Thursday with another goal, his third from Barca’s opening two La Liga games, which have seen them score seven and concede none.