• July 28, 2021

10 Must-Read News Items This Friday Morning

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

1-.Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have attacked the Federal College of Forestry in Kaduna State, abducting several students. The college is located few metres away from the Nigerian Defence Academy in the Mando area of Kaduna State.

2-.Substitute Mohamed Elneny scored a screamer for Arsenal in their 1-3 win over Olympiacos in a Europa League round of 16 first leg match on Thursday, taking the Gunners a step closer to winning the competition they reached the final in 2019.It was a comprehensive win for Mikel Arteta’s men who have had it tough on the domestic front. They were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley in their last Premier League match.

3-.Mauritania’s ex-president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was interviewed by prosecutors Wednesday over potential corruption charges, a legal source said, after being held alongside other senior figures at a police station in capital Nouakchott. Aziz “arrived at the Palace of Justice in a police van under heavy escort and brought to the prosecutor Ahmedou Ould Abdallah,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

4-.Ivory Coast’s Prime Minister Hamed Bakayoko died Wednesday following cancer treatment in a German hospital, President Alassane Ouattara said in a statement. Bakayoko had turned 56 on Monday.

5-.The Kaduna State Government has confirmed that several bandits were neutralized, and their camps destroyed in joint ground and air patrols conducted across Igabi, Giwa, Birnin Gwari and Chikun local government areas of the state. This was made known on Thursday in a statement by Samuel Aruwan, the state Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affair.

6-.The Lagos State government says it has concluded plans to launch the digitisation of courts in the state, in its bid to ensure speedy dispensation of justice in the state. Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo, who is the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, disclosed this on Thursday.

7-.The probe of the tenure of Babatunde Fowler as Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has commenced. It was reported in 2019 that President Muhammadu Buhari queried Fowler for poor revenue collection between 2015 and 2018.

8-.Eleven days after the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) promised there would be no price hike for Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as petrol in March, the price has hit N212 litre. On February 28, NNPC spokesman, Kennie Obateru, gave the assurance in a statement, in reaction to the long queues in some states.

9-.Human Rights lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, has backed the protests embarked upon by the Nigerian workers over the proposed amendments to the minimum wage. Falana, who said this on Wednesday, said the march was in order.

10-.President Joe Biden signed a massive $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill Thursday ahead of giving a national address where he was set to urge “hope” on the first anniversary of the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Biden called the American Rescue Plan “historic” as he signed the package into law in the Oval Office. tyle?a8�1DZ1B

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