Good morning readers! This is a summary of some top news stories:
1-.Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi says the Fulani herdsmen involved in banditry are ready to negotiate and be incorporated into the society. The Islamic cleric made this disclosure during a virtual meeting hosted by the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies.
2-.Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said on Wednesday he would use the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho to “restore a winning mentality” to the squad ahead of the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign. The Super Eagles, the three-time champions of Africa, failed to win a match in a coronavirus-disrupted 2020.
3-.Residents of Maiduguri were elated Wednesday evening when electricity was restored nearly two months after Boko Haram blew up power supply lines. The attack on January 26 was the third time in a month that militants from the IS-linked Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group had plunged the city into darkness.
4-.The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, has said that the gas sector holds key potential for the Nigerian economy as the world looks outside the box from dependence on crude oil. Gbajabiamila said this while receiving a delegation of the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) in his office on Wednesday.
5-.The Netherlands slumped to a dramatic 4-2 loss to Turkey in Istanbul in their opening 2022 World Cup qualifier as Burak Yilmaz scored a hat-trick on Wednesday.Turkey led 3-0 shortly after half-time through two Yilmaz goals and a Hakan Calhanoglu strike, but substitutes Davy Klaassen and Luuk de Jong gave Frank de Boer’s Dutchmen hope.
6-.The Federal High Court sitting in Benin City has ruled that it has jurisdiction to entertain the money laundering charge brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the Peoples Democratic Candidate (PDP) governorship candidate in the 2016 governorship election in the state, and four others. Ize-Iyamu and the other defendants; a former deputy governor of Edo State, Lucky Imasuen, former PDP chairman, Chief Dan Orbih; Tony Aziegbemi and Efe Erimuoghae were alleged to have sometime in March 2015 in Benin City directly taken possession of the sum of ₦700,000,000 without any contract award which sum was allegedly part of proceeds of an unlawful act.
7-.Journalists in Senegal say they have rarely experienced as much intimidation as they have since opposition leader Ousmane Sonko was detained for several days earlier this month, sparking unrest that claimed five lives. Media rights groups have accused the government of clamping down on the press to quash the protests.
8-.US President Joe Biden on Wednesday tasked Vice President Kamala Harris with tackling an influx of migrants on the Mexican border, aiming to take charge of a situation that has energized opponents of the new administration. “I can think of nobody who is better qualified to do this,” Biden said at a White House meeting with Harris and other top officials as thousands flee violence in impoverished Central America.
9-.Lawyers for jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny sounded the alarm Wednesday over the politician’s deteriorating health in prison and demanded immediate access, saying he complained of back pain and leg numbness. Last August President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critic survived a near-fatal poisoning with Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent, and was flown to Germany for treatment.
10-.Myanmar freed more than 600 coup detainees on Wednesday, including an Associated Press photographer arrested while covering rallies, following fresh outrage over brutal crackdowns on protesters. The regime has unleashed a deadly wave of violence as it struggles to quell nationwide protests against the February 1 ouster and arrest of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.