Good morning readers! This is a summary of some top news stories:
1-.The family of Melojuekun Barakat, a teenager allegedly sexually harassed by the Ogun State Commissioner for Environment, Abiodun Abudu-Balogun, has withdrawn the allegation. The father of 16-year-old Barakat, Monsuru Melojuejun has expressed his desire to discontinue with the case against the commissioner.
2-.The police authorities in Ogun State on Monday said it would continue the investigation of sexual harassment allegation levelled against the Commissioner for Environment, Abiodun Abudu-Balogun. In a statement, the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the move is necessary to establish whether the alleged crime was committed by the suspect.
3-.The All Progressives Congress (APC) has closed its case of alleged certificate forgery levelled against the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki. At the resumed hearing of the suit on Monday before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, the plaintiff’s counsel, Akin Olujimi, concluded their case with the cross-examination of an expert witness, Raphael Onwuzuligbo, a retired Assistant Superintendent of Police and a forensic document examiner.
4-.The police in Ogun State have arrested three brothers killing a security guard. In a statement issued on Monday, the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the suspects beat up a So-Safe corps officer who was on guard duty at OGD Estate Asero to death on Christmas eve.
5-.Edo State has recorded 36 new cases of coronavirus disease in the last five days and a total of 198 cases of the virus since it started tracking the second wave of the pandemic in the state from December 1, 2020. The COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr. Andrew Obi, disclosed this on Monday during a meeting of the State Emergency Operation Centre headed by the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.
6-.Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, has dissolved his cabinet with effect from December 31, 2020. The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Ilorin, the state capital
7-.Niger on Monday declared three days of mourning and vowed to beef up security in a western border region where jihadists killed 100 villagers, according to a local toll. “We have decreed three days of national mourning, and on security, we are going to strengthen the presence” in the frontier region with Mali, Interior Minister Alkache Alhada told AFP, adding that the government would also launch “forums” to defuse ethnic tension.
8-.Millions of Kenyan pupils returned to school on Monday for the first time since classes were dismissed 10 months earlier due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mask-wearing students had their temperatures checked before entering school to repeat their lost academic year, in what was both a relief and a concern to their parents.
9-.Mexico on Monday offered political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after a British judge blocked his extradition to the United States to face espionage charges. “I’m going to ask the foreign minister to carry out the relevant procedures to request that the UK government releases Mr. Assange and that Mexico offers him political asylum,” President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told reporters.
10-.Tyson Fury said on Monday he can knock out fellow British world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua inside two rounds due to his recent form. WBC belt holder Fury said following Joshua’s past two bouts — a unanimous points decision over Andy Ruiz Junior in December 2019 and a ninth-round stoppage of Kubrat Pulev last month — the fight would be a no contest.