• July 26, 2021

Nigerian News: 10 Must-Read News Items Friday Morning

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

1-. Former candidate of the 2019 presidential election, Oby Ezekwesili, is yet again advocating for better governance in Nigeria, as she says more attention has to be given to improve the electoral process in the country. According to her, there is currently a serious deficit of electoral influence in the society and the overall functionality of a society is dependent on the quality of its politics.

2-.Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, have been sworn in for a second term in office. The inauguration event was held on Thursday at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, the state capital.

3-.The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Benin Zonal Office on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 arraigned Philip Orumade on a Nine counts charge bordering on stealing before Justice Efe I. Ikponmwonba of the Edo State High Court, Benin City. Orumade was alleged to have, sometime in November 2019 while working as a, banker in charge of Automated Teller Machine, stole a cumulative sum of Eighteen Million Nine Hundred and Three Thousand Naira (N18, 903,000) from the machine at Aduwawa branch of First bank of Nigeria.

4-.A Lagos High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square has ordered On-Air Personality (OAP) Toke Makinwa to pay her former lover, fitness entrepreneur Maje Ayida N1 million for defamation. In the suit filed before the court, Maje Ayida had alleged that his estranged wife is obsessed with social media and fame and had published a book, “On becoming” which she purported to be a biography of her life so far

5-.The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has approved the extension of the tenures of Zonal Caretaker Committees across the country. The NWC has also approved the extension of the tenure of the Cross River state Caretaker Committee.

6-.The Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, November 12, 2020, arraigned a lawyer, Taiwo Oreagba, before Justice Sherifat Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on a two-count charge bordering on alleged corrupt demand and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N4,000,000.00( Four Million Naira). The defendant, who is a counsel to one Kelechi Uka currently under investigation by the Commission, allegedly collected the sum of N4, 000,000.00(Four Million Naira) from one Henry Umoh supposedly to influence officers of the Commission to secure the release of her client( Uka).

7-.Nearly a third of South Africa’s workforce was unemployed in the third quarter of 2020, a 12-year high, as the continent’s most advanced economy was battered by the Covid pandemic, according to government figures released Thursday. Between July and September, the jobless rate surged by 7.5 percentage points to affect 30.8 percent of the workforce, the national statistics agency StatsSA said.

8-.A former President of Ghana, Jerry Rawlings, has died, Ghanaian media reported on Thursday. Rawlings is suspected to have died from COVID-19 complications at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.

9-.Pope Francis spoke with Joe Biden by telephone Thursday to offer “blessings and congratulations” to the US president-elect on his victory, the Democrat’s transition team said in a statement. Former vice president Biden, 77, is only the second Catholic elected to the US presidency, after John F Kennedy in 1960.

10-.Nigeria’s representative at the 2020 ITTF World Cup, Quadri Aruna will challenge Germany’s Patrick Franziska and Slovenia’s Darko Jorgic in group three of the first round stage of the championship taking place in Weihai, China. The tournament is one of the four restart competitions lined-up by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) for the return of international events following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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