• April 17, 2021

10 Must-Read News Items This Wednesday Morning

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

1-.President Joe Biden called Tuesday for a US ban on assault weapons, after the country’s second mass shooting in a week left 10 people dead in Colorado and sparked urgent new calls for gun control. Addressing a nation long traumatized by gun massacres in schools, nightclubs, movie theaters, and other public spaces, Biden said he did not “need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps that will save lives in the future and to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act.”

2-.A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the extension of the deadline for National Identity Number, NIN by two months. Justice Maureen Onyetenu granted the extension while delivering a ruling in a fundamental right suit filed by legal practitioner, Monday Ubani against the federal government, the Attorney General of the Federation, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC and the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy.

3-.Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has again secured the release of four kidnap victims without ransom. The victims who had been in captivity for 49 days said they were abducted in Boko community of Zurmi Local Government Area of the state.

4-.A former Minority Leader of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Lubi Akpoebi has died in a road accident. The accident reportedly occurred at Owena, along the Akure/Ondo Highway on Tuesday afternoon

5-.The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) announced on Tuesday that it intercepted parcels of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and Cannabis Sativa being shipped to the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Australia, Maldives and New Zealand. According to a statement by the Director, Media and Advocacy of the agency, Femi Babafemi, a notorious trafficker, Sikiru Owolabi, who is behind at least two of the parcels has been traced and arrested after days of thorough and systematic surveillance by NDLEA operatives

6-.At least three persons have been killed after bandits attacked Ungwan Lalle village in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State. This is according to a report submitted to the Kaduna State Government by the security agencies.

7-.President Vladimir Putin will be vaccinated in private on Tuesday evening, the Kremlin said, as Russia looks to boost a vaccination campaign that is faltering despite having produced three home-grown jabs. Putin announced a day earlier that he would be vaccinated on Tuesday, joining other world leaders who have received jabs including US President Joe Biden, Pope Francis, and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth.

8-.The Republic of Congo’s veteran president, Denis Sassou Nguesso, has been re-elected with 88.57 percent of the vote, according to provisional results released Tuesday. Sassou Nguesso, 77, has been in power for an accumulated 36 years, first taking the helm of the central African state in 1979.

9-.Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed admitted Tuesday that troops from neighbouring Eritrea were present in the conflict-torn Tigray region and suggested they may have been involved in abuses against civilians. The admission comes after months of denials from Addis Ababa and Asmara, despite mounting accusations from rights groups and residents that soldiers from neighbouring Eritrea had carried out massacres in Tigray.

10-.The Edo State government has assured residents that the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival will not disrupt the academic calendar of primary and secondary schools in the state in any way. Mr Osarodion Ogie, who is the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), gave the assurance in a statement on Monday.

Agenda Watchdog

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