Good morning readers! This is a summary of some top news stories:
1-.A petrol-laden tanker has exploded at Ajayi Farm Bus-Stop along the Alagbole-Akute Road in Ogun State. Sources said the incident occurred very early on Saturday morning at the retail station of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the area.
2-.A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), says contrary to a report making the rounds, he has never bought any property from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). In a communique on Friday, Falana said the claims by the online medium that ran the report are false, adding that the publication was a ploy by the Federal Government to tarnish his reputation.
3-.The Zamfara state government has confirmed the arrest of an Army officer and his girlfriend for aiding banditry in the state. The officer is accused of supplying arms, military uniforms, and other items to the bandits.
4-.Twenty-five ambassadors designate newly appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday received their letters of credence. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama who presented the letters to the diplomats cautioned them to be financially prudent in their countries of the mission.
5-.Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has said his administration will not negotiate with criminals. He stated this on Friday during an interview. “Anybody that is carrying rifles or arms against the state, they are criminals. I will not subscribe to negotiating with criminals,” he said.
6-.A Democratic congressman filed a lawsuit on Friday against former president Donald Trump, his son Donald Jr, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani and a Republican lawmaker for allegedly inciting the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. Trump, 74, and the other defendants waged a “campaign of lies and incendiary rhetoric” which led to the assault on Congress, Representative Eric Swalwell of California charged in the civil suit filed in a US District Court in Washington
7-.As the trial of the chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT) continues in Abuja, a witness, Mr. Ngozika Ihuoma has maintained his stance that the PRTT under Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina made huge recoveries amounting to N1.63 trillion in assets. Mr. Ihuoma, a management consultant who took part in the biometric capture for pensioners in 2010, said with Mr. Maina as chairman, the team also recovered N282 billion from suspected pension thieves within the first 18 months.
8-.The Nigerian Army has trained 606 personnel to help nip in the bud, the insecurity bedevilling the country including the activities of insurgents in the North East. The military personnel were trained at the 20 Model Battalion, Serti in Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba State where they were made to undergo intensive leadership and regimentation courses for a period of three months.
9-.Queen Elizabeth II’s 99-year-old husband, Prince Philip, was on Friday moved back to a private London hospital after a successful heart procedure, Buckingham Palace said, raising hopes for his recovery. The announcement came just as US broadcaster CBS released another clip of its interview with the Duke of Edinburgh’s grandson, Prince Harry, and his wife, Meghan, which has triggered a transatlantic royal war of words.
10-. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will join Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp in preventing his players from travelling for internationals if they would be required to quarantine on their return. Under current coronavirus guidelines, players arriving in Britain from “red-list” countries, including Brazil and Argentina, are subject to 10 days’ hotel confinement.