• June 14, 2021

10 Must-Read News Items This Thursday Morning

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

1-.Team Delta have emerged as the winners of the 2020 National Sports Festival which held in Edo State. The 20th edition of the festival kicked off on April 2 and ended on April 14. Delta emerged as the champions of the competition with after raking in a total of 158 gold, 116 silver, and 110 bronze, Team Edo was second with 129 gold, 104 silver, and 108 bronze. while Team Bayelsa finished a third with 56 gold, 55 silver, and 58 bronze.

2-.Nigeria’s inflation rate has continued to rise as the Consumer Price Index (CPI) which measures inflation increased to 18.17 per cent (year-on-year) in March. This is 0.82 per cent points higher than the rate recorded in February (17.33 percent), which makes it the highest reported in four years since April 2017.

3-.Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi on Wednesday said bandits are committing crimes in the South-East of the country under the guise of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), but insisted governors of the region will not allow what he termed illegality to reign in the area.  “Of late, we have bandits that are now doing a lot of evil and saying that they are Eastern Security Network (ESN),” according to  Umahi who is also the chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum.

4-.Members of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) have called for a special review of the nation’s security challenges for an in-depth understanding of the enormity of the situation. They made the call on Wednesday at a meeting presided by the NGF Chairman and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, at the State House in Abuja.

5-.Delta State, the winner of the 2020 National Sports Festival, will host the next edition of the festival in 2022. This is according to the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, who announced this on Wednesday while declaring the 20th edition of the festival tagged Edo 2020 closed in Benin City.

6-.South African ex-president Jacob Zuma on Wednesday declined a court directive to suggest how he should be punished if found guilty of defying an order to testify in a corruption hearing. Zuma, accused of enabling runaway graft during his tenure in office, ignored a Constitutional Court order to testify before a commission investigating the graft allegations.

7-.A former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has alleged irregularities in the recently conducted South-West Congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State, describing the exercise as a scam. The PDP held its zonal congress on April 12 where the candidate backed by the camp of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja emerged as the party’s new South-West Zonal Chairman.

8-.Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has signed a controversial law extending his mandate for another two years, despite threats of sanctions from the international community. State broadcaster Radio Mogadishu said the president, better known by his nickname Farmajo, had “signed into law the special resolution guiding the elections of the country after it was unanimously passed by parliament”.

9-.The French embassy in Pakistan on Thursday advised all French nationals and companies to temporarily leave the country, after violent anti-France protests paralysed large parts of the country this week. “Due to the serious threats to French interests in Pakistan, French nationals and French companies are advised to temporarily leave the country,” the embassy said in an email to French citizens.

10-.Russia said Wednesday that Washington’s plan to pull out troops from Afghanistan by September could lead to an escalation of the long-running conflict and derail peace talks. US President Joe Biden announced earlier this week that all American forces would withdraw from Afghanistan by this year’s 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

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