• July 24, 2021

10 Must-Read News Items This Thursday Morning

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

1-.Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has won a second term after a tightly contested presidential election, the country’s electoral commission announced Wednesday, beating long-time opponent John Mahama. Akufo-Addo of the centre-right New Patriotic Party (NPP) received 6,730,413 or 51.59 percent of votes while Mahama of the centre-left National Democratic Congress (NDC) received 6,214,889 or 47.36 percent of votes, the commission’s chairperson Jean Adukwei Mensa said.

2-.Gunmen have abducted three teachers from Ohorhe Secondary School in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State. The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

3-.The Ondo State Security Network Agency, also called Amotekun Corps is not relenting in flushing out criminals from the state, as its men have arrested one-armed herdsman and two cattle rustlers in some parts of the state. Addressing journalists on Wednesday at the headquarters of the Agency in Akure, the Commander of Amotekun Corps in the state, Adetunji Adeleye said the latest of the crackdown on criminals was in response to a distress call made by farmers at Osi Community in Akure North Local Government Area.

4-.Israel will start Covid-19 vaccinations from December 27, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday, as the country received its first batch of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine. Netanyahu, who was on hand as an air freighter carrying the vaccines landed at Ben Gurion airport, near Tel Aviv, vowed to be the first Israeli to get the jab.

5-.The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), says the union has not reached any agreement yet with Federal Government to suspend its industrial action. ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi, who disclosed this in a statement issued on Wednesday, said there is nothing in the government’s offer on November 27 to suggest the end of the over eight-month strike.

6-.US federal and state anti-trust enforcers filed suit against Facebook on Wednesday claiming the social media giant abused its dominant position with its acquisitions of messaging services Instagram and WhatsApp. Separate suits filed by the Federal Trade Commission and a coalition of state officials called for the divestment of Instagram and WhatsApp, services which have billions of users and are part of the Facebook “family” of applications.

7-.South Africa, the country most affected by the coronavirus on the continent, has entered a second wave of the pandemic, the health minister declared Wednesday. “As it stands as a country we now meet that criteria,” said Zweli Mkhize in a statement as the country registered nearly 7,000 new cases in the last 24-hour cycle.

8-.Documents relating to the regulatory submission for Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate were “unlawfully accessed” during a cyberattack on the European Medicines Agency (EMA), Pfizer said Wednesday. “It is important to note that no BioNTech or Pfizer systems have been breached in connection with this incident and we are unaware of any personal data being accessed,” a statement said

9-.Paris Saint-Germain beat Istanbul Basaksehir 5-1 on Wednesday with Neymar scoring a hat-trick as both teams took a knee before restarting their Champions League match suspended 24 hours earlier in an unprecedented protest over an allegedly racist comment by a match official. The teams, who had joined forces on Tuesday to walk off the pitch following the row, gathered around the centre circle prior to the resumption and were joined by the match officials as they kneeled in support of the Black Lives Matter cause

10-.Gabonese forward and captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been fined by the football governing body CAF, the sum of $10,000 over publishing what it has termed  ”degrading material” that threatens the image of the body. The sanction was handed out to the star for criticizing CAF after having been forced to sleep in an airport alongside his teammates ahead of the Group D Africa Cup of Nations qualifier versus the Gambian side.

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