• July 23, 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 police have said that no member of the now-defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) will be a part of the newly constituted Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team. Following a very intense protest that has lasted for days, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, dissolved the infamous sub-unit of the force, SARS.

2-.The Federal Government has announced the re-opening of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camps across the country. The announcement was made on Thursday by the Minister of Youths and Sports, Sunday Dare.

3-.Jack Dorsey, the Chief executive of Twitter has joined the push aimed at disbanding the Special Anti-Robbery (SARS) and putting an end to police brutality in Nigeria. In a tweet on Wednesday, Jack urged all concerned to make donations via Bitcoin in support of the cause which has seen many Nigerians take to the street in protest.

4-.The Speaker of the House of Assembly, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said that the lawmakers will partner with the national leadership of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) to address police brutality on Nigerian youths and other issues. Hon. Gbajabiamila stated this on Wednesday when the NBA president, Olumide Akpata paid him a courtesy visit.

5-.Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw the nomination of his aide, Lauretta Onochie, as a commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Speaking during the swearing-in of members of the State Independent Electoral Commission at the Government House on Wednesday, Tambuwal said the withdrawal is in the best interest of the country’s electoral system.

6-.Ugandan security forces detained pop star-turned-politician Bobi Wine on Wednesday during a raid of the presidential aspirant’s offices in the capital Kampala, his lawyer said. Wine, an opposition MP whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has previously been arrested numerous times as he has rattled the ruling party of President Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled the East African nation since 1986.

7-.A prominent Algerian businesswoman, allegedly an illegitimate child of ousted president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison after being convicted of corruption. An Algiers court also fined her six million dinars ($47,000) and ordered the confiscation of her properties, the official news agency APS said.

8-.President Donald Trump’s teenage son Barron contracted Covid-19 after both his parents tested positive, but is now negative, First Lady Melania said Wednesday. She said that after she and the president tested positive two weeks ago, “Naturally my mind went immediately to our son.” Barron Trump, 14, first tested negative, she said.

9-.Neymar scored a hat-trick to become the second-highest scorer in Brazil’s history as the Copa America champions won 4-2 away to 10-man Peru in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. The goals took Neymar to 64 international strikes, two more than Ronaldo but still well behind Pele’s record of 77.

10-.Cristiano Ronaldo, who has tested positive for COVID-19, left the Portuguese team camp near Lisbon on Wednesday to fly back to Northern Italy on his private jet, local media reported.  The Juventus player’s jet took off in the afternoon from the Tires airfield, in the outskirts of Lisbon.

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