• July 28, 2021

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

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

1-.The much-expected Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and the Electoral Act Amendment Bill have scaled second reading in the House of Representatives. Both important pieces of legislation were passed by the lawmakers after they were read for the second time during Tuesday’s plenary at the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

2-.Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has described the recent protest in the state as a wake-up call to all Nigerians and security organisations to be vigilant and collectively move against actions that can undermine the wellbeing and security of the nation. He made the remark on Tuesday at a Stakeholders’ Engagement on Internal Security and Conflict Resolution in the state.

3-.After being nominated and losing to Angelique Kidjo for the 2020 edition of the Grammy, Nigerian singer and songwriter, Burna Boy, has made another comeback in the 2021 instalment of the awards. The singer was nominated in the Best Global Music Album category for his latest body of work, ‘Twice As Tall’.

4-.At least two people have been killed after bandits attacked Maiginginya village in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The bandits, according to the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, attacked the community in the early hours of Monday, November 21, killing two people while two others were injured.

5-.The Nigerian Senate has called on the Federal Government to allocate one percent of the Value Added Tax (VAT) to states affected by violence and looting during and after the #EndSARS protest that held across the nation in October. The lawmakers are adopting this resolution after considering two motions moved by Senators Abiodun Olujimi and Gershom Bassey.

6-.Troops of Operation Fire Ball, a subsidiary of Operation Lafiya Dole have killed 22 Boko Haram terrorists in northeast Nigeria. The acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko disclosed this to journalists on Tuesday at the Army Special super Camp 1 Ngamdu, near Borno State.

7-.The Ogun State Police Command has arrested a 55-year-old man, Yesiru Salisu, for allegedly being in possession of four human skulls, two dry human hands, and three jaws. According to a press release by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the arrest of the suspect followed a report lodged at the Ago Iwoye division.

8-.The UN Security Council was due to hold its first meeting on the conflict in Ethiopia’s dissident Tigray region Tuesday, amid division between European and African members over whether the closed-door discussion should take place. France, Britain, Belgium, Germany and Estonia — backed by the United States — announced the virtual meeting would go ahead after African countries pulled out of organizing it.

9-.Chelsea reached the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday with two matches to spare after a late Olivier Giroud strike gave the Blues a 2-1 win over Rennes. The France forward’s powerful header in stoppage time snatched the points for Frank Lampard’s side after Serhou Guirassy had levelled Callum Hudson-Odoi’s first-half opener.

10-.The Federal Government has nullified the appointment of Mr Similaye Pepple as the Director-General of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN). In a statement on Tuesday by its spokesperson, A.B. Lere-Adams, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development said it considered the appointment as illegal.

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