• October 28, 2020

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

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

1-.Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday, raised a seven-man Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution to investigate cases of brutality and human rights violations committed by operatives of the dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the State. The move is part of the steps being taken by the Lagos Government to address the five-point demands of the youths demonstrating against SARS brutality.

2-.The House of Representatives has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Adamu Mohammed to appear before its joint committee on justice, human rights, police affairs. IGP Mohammed is to appear before the committee over allegations bothering on police brutality and extra-judicial killings.

3-.The money laundering case brought against Pastor Osagie Ize -Iyamu, PDP governorship candidate in Edo State in the 2016 election and four others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, was today October 15, 2020 adjourned till January 14, 2021, by a Federal High Court sitting in Benin City, Edo State. The other four defendants are Lucky Imasuen, former deputy governor of Edo State; Chief Dan Orbih, former PDP chairman in Edo State; Tony Aziegbemi and Efe Erimuoghae.

4-.The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Kayode Fayemi, says in places where F-SARS is effective, the people should allow them to work.  Mr. Fayemi in a skype interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today said while he supports the youths’ protest against police brutality and asking for a police force that is accountable, it is pertinent to note that “in areas where F-SARS has been efficient and effective we should really allow them to continue to do the work”.

5-.Rising from its monthly meeting the National Economic Council has directed the immediate establishment of State-based Judicial Panels of Inquiry across the country to receive and investigate complaints of Police brutality or related extrajudicial killings with a view to delivering justice for all victims of the dissolved SARS and other police units. The Council specifically resolved that State Governors and the FCT Minister should take charge of interface and contact with the protesters in their respective domains

6-.Microblogging and social networking service, Twitter says it is working to resolve a global outage of the platform used by hundreds of millions worldwide. The outage which started on Thursday evening marked a new setback for the network, which is fending off accusations of bias over the decision to block a news report critical of Democratic White House candidate Joe Biden.

7-.American financial services giant Stripe has acquired Nigerian fintech startup Paystack to expand into the fast-growing online market in Africa, the companies said on Thursday. The acquisition, reportedly worth $200 million, further deepens the growing interests of fintech giants in the ever-expanding online commerce sector of Nigeria and Africa at large.

8-.Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo, has finally paid his tribute to the club’s new signings, Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles and Facundo Pellistri. Ighalo welcomed Cavani, Telles and Pellistri to Man United and backed the trio to challenge any player playing in their positions in the Red Devils squad in order for them to get first-team football under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

9-.Chelsea have officially confirmed that their winger, Victor Moses, has left the club to join Spartak Moscow on loan. Frank Lampard’s side disclosed this in a statement via their official website on Thursday evening

10-.Legendary Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, has admitted his biggest regret is failing to win the UEFA Champions League. The 70-year-old claimed he would swap the ‘Invincible’ Premier Leagues season for the biggest club football prize.

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