• June 18, 2021

10 Must-Read News Items This Friday Morning

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

1-.Gunmen killed 10 soldiers and an officer in Benue State, the Nigerian Army said on Friday. It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack but Benue is part of the middle belt region, where gangs have taken up arms after years of communal clashes between herders and farmers.

2-.Five more students out of the 39 abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka in Kaduna State have been released from captivity. Their release comes barely 72 hours after the first set of five students were freed by the bandits who abducted them from their school in the Igabi Local Government Area of the state on March 11.

3-.The eight members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) kidnapped by bandits on March 26 in Kaduna State have regained freedom. Shortly after their release, all the abducted persons were taken to a hospital for medical check-up, Pastor Enoch Adeboye who is the General Overseer of RCCG said in a tweet on Thursday.

4-.A Nigerian-American, Kelechi Ndukwe, has been congratulated on his new role as commander of a US Navy Guided Missile Destroyer. In a tweet on Thursday, the US Mission in Nigeria said Ndukwe, who graduated from Notre Dame and the US Naval War College, is the first Nigerian-American captain of a Navy ship.

5-.One Tayo Shobowale has been arrested by men of Ogun State Police Command for raping a 17-year-old girl in the state. The victim is a member of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Oke-Igbala where Shobowale is said to be a prophet in the Ifo area of the state, the police said on Thursday.

6-.A respiratory doctor testified Thursday that George Floyd died from a lack of oxygen and that police officer Derek Chauvin’s knee was on his neck almost all the time he was facedown in the street with his hands cuffed behind his back. Martin Tobin, a pulmonologist, told the jury at Chauvin’s murder and manslaughter trial that he had watched videos of Floyd’s May 25, 2020 arrest “hundreds of times.”

7-.The House of Representatives Committee on Healthcare Services has threatened to issue a warrant of arrest on Dr Tajudeen Sanusi. This followed the failure of Dr Sanusi, who is the Registrar of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), to honour the invitation extended to him by the committee.

8-.Police have freed two Chinese mine workers abducted this week in Osun, a spokeswoman said Thursday. The pair were kidnapped on Monday from a mine at Okepa/Itikan village by gunmen who also shot their private security guards, in the latest such incident in the area.

9-.Intercommunal clashes in Sudan’s West Darfur state have left at least 132 people dead in recent days, its governor said Thursday. Members of the Massalit and Arab communities have fought since Saturday in and around the state capital El Geneina, trading gun and heavy weapons fire.

10-.Marcus Rashford’s brilliant finish and a Bruno Fernandes penalty handed Manchester United a 2-0 victory over Granada on Thursday, putting them firmly in charge of their Europa League quarter-final first leg. Rashford latched onto a long ball from Victor Lindelof in the first half, the striker injecting one bit of quality into a frantic contest at Los Carmenes before Fernandes made it two in the 90th minute after being elbowed by Yan Eteki.

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