Good morning readers. This is a summary of some top news stories
1-.Professor Mahmood Yakubu has handed over his duties as chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He passed on the leadership mantle to an INEC National Commissioner, Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Muazu (rtd), on Monday at an event held at the headquarters of the electoral umpire in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
2-.The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has declared a nationwide strike, sparking fears of fuel scarcity in the country. PENGASSAN President, Festus Osifo, confirmed the union’s position on Monday.
3-.President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the disposal of all Federal Government Forfeited Assets within the next six months. The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami said this on Monday during the inauguration of a 22-member Inter-Ministerial Committee on the disposal of the Federal Government of Nigeria’s forfeited assets.
4-.A former presidential candidate, Kingsley Moghalu has faulted the clampdown on some promoters of the recently-held #EndSARS protests, saying it is unacceptable. The former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) tweeted on Monday that such action is entirely wrong, calling on the government to retrace its step.
5-.Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule has commended the military for the killing of a notorious kidnapper, Buju Bazamfare alongside other bandits a few days ago. The governor commended Nigerian Army Four Special Forces Command during the State Executive Council meeting which held in Lafia on Monday.
6-.The United Nations has called on the Nigerian government to engage the youths in the country following the recent #EndSARS protests that led to the loss of lives and destruction of properties. UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, made the call on Monday during a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
7-.Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello has tested positive for the coronavirus disease. Governor Bello disclosed this on Monday via his Twitter handle.
8-.Brazil’s health regulator said it had suspended clinical trials of a Chinese-developed Covid-19 vaccine after an “adverse incident” involving a volunteer recipient, a blow for one of the most advanced vaccine candidates. The setback for CoronaVac, developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech, came on Monday as US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer said its own vaccine candidate had shown 90 percent effectiveness — sending global markets soaring and raising hopes of an end to the pandemic.
9-.Peru’s Congress voted Monday to impeach and oust President Martin Vizcarra over allegations he took kickbacks from developers while serving as a regional governor in 2014. After an impeachment trial that lasted nearly eight hours, the motion to remove the popular president was approved by 105 votes to 19, with four abstentions — far exceeding the 87 votes needed to impeach.
10-.Celta Vigo have sacked Oscar Garcia as coach, the club confirmed on Monday after a poor start to the season. Celta drew 1-1 away at newly-promoted Elche on Friday to make it seven matches in a row without a victory.