• August 1, 2021

10 Must-Read News Items This Sunday Morning

Good morning readers, this is a summary of some top news stories:

1The Super Eagles maintained top of Group L standings in the AFCON  qualifier after a 93rd-minute winner from substitute Paul Onuachu on Saturday evening. The Nigerian side had already booked their place in Cameroon after Lesotho and Sierra Leone played out a  0-0  draw earlier in the day, with Benin needing one point from the match against Nigeria to also secure a place at the finals of the competition.

2-.Barely three days after electricity was restored in Maiduguri, Boko Haram terrorists have plunged the North-East city into darkness again after blowing up a power tower on Saturday. In January, the terrorists had struck power installations thrice to keep the city in the dark.

3-.The abductors of the eight members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Kaduna state have established contact with the leadership of the church in the state, demanding a ₦50 million ransom before they will release them. This was disclosed by the public relations officer of the Church in Kaduna province, Alao Joseph.

4-.Two bombers are suspected in a blast that rocked an Indonesian cathedral Sunday as Christians inside celebrated the start of Holy Week, police said. “There were two people riding on a motorbike when the explosion happened at the main gate of the church — the perpetrators were trying to enter the church compound,” National Police spokesman Argo Yuwono said of the explosion in Makassar city.

5-.Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have killed 48 Boko Haram terrorists and rescued 11 kidnap victims in Borno State. In a statement issued on Saturday, the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Mohammed Yerima, said nine terrorists were gunned down in an ambush along the Chibok -Damboa axis of the state.

6-.The Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution for victims of SARS and other related matters has handed out cheques to four deserving petitioners. At the resumed sitting on Saturday, the panel gave decisions in six petitions and found that the four of them were able to prove their cases successfully.

7-.Madagascar’s longtime former leader Didier Ratsiraka, a naval officer and instigator of a socialist revolution on the Indian Ocean island, died Sunday morning aged 84, president Andry Rajoelina announced. “The Malagasy have lost an illustrious patriot,” Rajoelina posted on Twitter. The cause of the death was not immediately disclosed.

8-.Facebook said Saturday that it was “freezing” Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s page for a month after repeated violations of the platform’s rules against Covid-19 misinformation. The social media giant has faced criticism over the spread of virus-related false information on its network, and has said it is ramping up efforts to fight back.

9-.Speakers of State Assemblies across the nation on Saturday asked the Federal Government to consider restructuring the country’s security architecture. The lawmakers made the request at the end of a general meeting of the conference of speakers of state legislatures of Nigeria held at the Hazibal event centre in Bauchi city.

10-.American Nathan Chen landed five quadruple jumps in the men’s free skate on Saturday to overhaul faltering Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu and collect a third consecutive world title. Chen, who started the day in third, was impeccable in his routine scoring 222.03 for a total of 320.88 to apply pressure to the Japanese pair, 17-year-old Kagiyama Yuma and Hanzu, who followed.

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