Good morning readers. This is a summary of some top news stories
1-.Hours after voting was concluded in the Ondo State Governorship election, and collation commenced, 75% of the results have been uploaded to the INEC portal. National Commissioner, Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Anthonia Simbine, disclosed this in an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Saturday.
2-.National Commissioner, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Anthonia Simbine, has said that the commission will continue to use smartcard readers for elections until it has an alternative. Simbine said this hours after the Ondo State Governorship election.
3-.From Festac, Ikoyi, Ikorodu, to Lekki, the demand was the same – #EndSARS! #EndSARS!! #EndSARS!!! – as Lagosians continued the #EndSARS protests, calling for the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). On Saturday, the protests spiralled into various cities in Nigeria with agitators carrying placards saying, “We are being haunted in our country #EndSARS, #EndSarsImmediately.”
4-.President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Zahra, has lent her voice to the ongoing End SARS protests.Zahra posted one of the viral images, which shows three fists with the hashtag #EndPoliceBrutality, on her Instagram stories. The same image was uploaded by Kiki Osinbajo, daughter of the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
5-.Apostle Johnson Suleman of Omega Fire Ministries has urged all pastors across Nigeria to have a moment of silence on Sunday for everyone who has unjustly been killed by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS. Suleman said this on Saturday while lending his voice to support the ongoing End SARS campaign around Nigeria.
6-.Seyi Makinde, Governor of Oyo State, has said the constitution backs Nigerians protesting against the alleged brutality of the police Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS. Makinde made the remark in a response to the killing of a protester and the injuring of others allegedly by police officers in Ogbomosho area of the state.
7-.Nigerian players, Arsenal legend, Ian Wright and Italian side, AS Roma, have thrown their weight behind the #EndSARProtests, demanding an end to brutality, extra-judicial killings and extortion by officials of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF). Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi, Leon Balogun; Moses Simon; Henry Onyekuru, Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, Shehu Abdullahi; John Ogu; and Henry Onyekuru, took to their Twitter handles, on Friday and Saturday, backing calls to #EndSARS.
8-.Polish teenager Iga Swiatek won her country’s first-ever Grand Slam singles title on Saturday as she defeated American fourth seed Sofia Kenin 6-4, 6-1 to become the youngest women’s French Open champion since 1992. The 19-year-old Swiatek, at 54 the second-lowest ranked women’s Roland Garros finalist in the modern era, is the ninth first-time major champion in the past 14 Grand Slams.
9-.Deontay Wilder’s camp has debunked speculations that a third WBC heavyweight title fight with Tyson Fury has been cancelled. The American lost his WBC belt to Fury in February 2020, following a seventh-round stoppage loss in Las Vegas.
10-.With the results so far declared at various polling units in the Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State, a group, the APC Unity Forum, has mocked the Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Campaign Council, Governor Seyi Makinde, asking him to leave Akure, the state capital without further delay. The group, in a statement signed by its Coordinator, Comrade Bolu Oluwaleye, said it was very clear that the All Progressive Congress, APC, is coasting home to victory.