Good morning readers. This is a summary of some top news stories
1-.After weeks of #EndSARS protests and calls by Nigerians on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the situation, the president has finally spoken on the matter. In his less-than 15-minute long address, the President assured the protesters that their voices have been heard ‘loud and clear’.
2-.Vandals on Wednesday night attacked some shops including a branch of a popular mall, Shoprite, located on Adeniran Ogunsanya and Bode Thomas in the Surulere area of Lagos State. The shops which include phone stores were forced opened and looted by the hoodlums. Banks were not left out as ATMs were destroyed and some of the glass windows at the banks were shattered.
3-.An attempted jailbreak on Thursday was foiled at the Ikoyi Prison in Lagos. Trouble began following a fire outbreak in one of the blocks of the correctional facility.
4-.The Edo State Government has reviewed the 24-hour curfew earlier imposed in the state on Monday, October 19, 2020, to minimise the disturbances from the hijack of the #EndSARS protests. The curfew is now to commence from 4 pm to 6 am daily, starting from Friday, October 23, and would be reviewed after 72 hours.
5-.Lagos State Government has condemned the vandalization of the warehouse at Mazamaza housing the food palliative packages. They were donated by the Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) group.
6-.There is pandemonium and uproar in Wellington Bassey way popularly known as Barracks Road in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State when a personnel of Nigerian Correction Service, allegedly shot one of the youths protesting against police brutality and anomalies in the country. There has been a nationwide protest for the past one week in which youths in Akwa Ibom State are not left out.
7-.President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the government at all levels to find solutions to the unease that have gripped the nation following the shooting of #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Tollgate in Lagos. The protests across the nation had been very peaceful, but all hell broke loose after Tuesday when security operatives used live arms at unarmed protesters in Lagos, resulting to deaths and injuries.
8-.Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has expressed his sincere support to Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, after the Portugal captain had contracted COVID-19 ahead of both sides’ Champions League clash on October 28. Messi wished Ronaldo a speedy recovery from the virus.
9-.Nigeria now occupies 32nd position in the FIFA rankings, which was published on Thursday on the website of the world football governing body. In August, Gernot Rohr’s men were rated the 29th best team in the world.
10-.David Luiz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored within four minutes of each other to seal Arsenal a 2-1 comeback victory at Rapid Vienna. The hosts were handed the lead in their Europa League opener six minutes after the break when Ercan Kara blocked Bernd Leno’s attempted clearance, teeing up Taxiarchis Fountas to embarrass the Arsenal goalkeeper and slot into an empty net.