• July 28, 2021

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

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

1-.The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has warned politicians against violence ahead of the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State. The IGP’s warning was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.

2-.The Speaker House of Representatives, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, has unveiled some of the plans by the House, aimed at tackling police brutality in the country. In a statement signed personally on Wednesday, Gbajabiamila said over the next 30 days, the House will work with the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), civil society and with Nigerians of good conscience to draft new legislation that establishes a system of independent accountability from the Force.

3-.Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has reached the final stage in the race to lead the World Trade Organisation. The former finance minister alongside Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea are the final candidates remaining in the race, sources familiar with the decision said Wednesday, in what will be a first for the trade body.

4-.President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the new Emir of Zazzau, Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli.He, therefore, advised the new monarch to be the leader of all.

5-.Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has urged the Federal Government not to dismiss calls for the restructuring of the country and other views expressed by the people as ‘unpatriotic outbursts.’ The Governor’s advice stems from the Presidency’s recent reaction to the statement made by the General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, who suggested that the way out of the myriad of socio-economic problems in Nigeria is restructuring of the country.

6-.The National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has urged the electorate in Ondo State to stay firmly with their votes and kick against any attempt to rig the Oct 10, governorship election. Secondus said this on Saturday in Ondo town at the PDP grand finale rally ahead of the Oct. 10 governorship election.

7-.US President Donald Trump returned to work in the Oval Office Wednesday, six days after testing COVID-19 positive, the White House said. Trump spokesman Brian Morgenstern said the president was being briefed on economic stimulus negotiations and the progress of Hurricane Delta towards the US Gulf Coast.

8-.The police officer charged with killing George Floyd, the African American whose death sparked a mass protest movement, was released from a Minnesota jail on Wednesday on $1 million bail. Derek Chauvin, who was video recorded pressing his knee to handcuffed Floyd’s neck during an arrest in May until Floyd went limp, is charged with second and third-degree murder and manslaughter.

9-.Novak Djokovic said he was “feeling okay” after overcoming neck and shoulder troubles to defeat Pablo Carreno Busta on Wednesday and set up a French Open semi-final showdown with Stefanos Tsitsipas. Djokovic beat Spanish 17th seed Carreno Busta 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the last four of a major for the 38th time as he chases a second French Open and 18th Grand Slam title.

1o-.Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey set a new women’s 5,000m world record of 14 minutes 6.62 seconds in Valencia on Wednesday. The 22-year-old lowered the previous mark of 14min 11.15 held by her compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba since 2008 by over four seconds.

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