• August 5, 2021

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

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

1-.#EndSARS protesters held a candlelight procession at the Unity Fountain Abuja, in honour of victims of extra-judicial killings.The protesters on Friday started the session with Christians and Muslims praying for the souls of those that have been killed by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

2-.Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala voiced confidence Friday in her quest to lead the crisis-wracked World Trade Organization after all of Africa backed her candidacy, vowing she would champion reform. The global trade body is set to be led by a woman for the first time whichever of the two candidates is successful in their bid to follow Roberto Azevedo, who stepped down as WTO director-general in August a year ahead of schedule.

3-.The Edo State Government on Friday charged all security agencies to fish out those involved in the alleged killing of an #EndSARS protester in the state within 24 hours and ensure that the perpetrators of the dastardly act are brought to justice.Addressing the protesters at the Kings square axis in Benin city, the state capital Deputy Governor, mister Philip Shaibu, said the government will not fold its arms and watch harm come the way of young people exercising their rights as citizens of the country.

4-.The #EndSARS protest on Friday turned bloody in Edo State as protesters were attacked by some hoodlums. The attackers struck after the protesters gathered at the King’s axis of Benin City, the Edo State capital. They chased the protesters brandishing machetes and shooting into the air.

5-.A group under the auspice of Association of South East Town Unions (ASETU), has berated the proposed establishment of Special Weapons And Tactical Team, (SWAT), by Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, Mohammad Adamu. The South East group posited that the proposed SWAT was an antic by disgruntled officers in police hierarchy to shield men of the disbanded Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, F-SARS from prosecution.

6-.President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the death of Mrs. Tola Oyediran, eldest daughter of nationalist, Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Buhari sent his condolences to the family of the late Premier of the Western Region over the death.

7-.The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has condemned the attack on the End SARS protesters by hoodlums in the state on Friday. The pictures and videos from some of the protesters, which have been circulating online, showed some hoodlums armed with machetes and other dangerous weapons attacking protesters marching along Ring Road, killing one and injuring several others.

8-.Twitter has altered its policy on hacked content after its decision to block a news report critical of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden provoked Republican fury. The social media behemoth — used by hundreds of millions worldwide — said late Thursday it would in future only block stolen information which was posted directly by hackers, and label any other information of questionable provenance.

9-.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s fate as Manchester United manager could be sealed within the next three weeks, the UK Mirror reports. The Red Devils were hammered 6-1 before the international week, a result that leaves them 16th on the table.

10-.Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has reminded Antoine Griezmann that the “coach is in charge” after they disagreed over the forward’s best position. Griezmann started Barca’s first three league fixtures this season on the right of a three-man attack, but returned to a central role on international duty with France.

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