Good morning readers! This is a summary of some top news stories:
1-.A senior Commander of ISWAP, Bukar Gana Fitchmeram (aka Abu Aisha), and scores of his fighters who were on a revenge mission at Damasak fell to the firepower of Nigerian troops Thursday. The terrorist and his fighters met their waterloo as they made a come-back following the neutralization of 12 high-value ISWAP commanders in the Mobbar Local Government Area of Borno State in a week-long air and ground operations by the Nigerian military.
2-.Contingents of Team Nasarawa were ttacked by gunmen, on their way back from the recently concluded 20th National Sports Festival held in Benin City, Edo State. According to a statement by the spokesman of the Nasarawa State Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Eche Amos, the armed robbers accosted the team at Akeleku village, some two kilometres after Kadarko town, along Makurdi-Lafia express road.
3-.England forward Harry Kane suffered a worrying ankle injury ahead of this year’s delayed European Championships after scoring twice in a 2-2 draw away to Everton in the Premier League on Friday. Gylfi Sigurdsson also grabbed two goals for Everton in a result that did little for either side’s European hopes.
4-.Russia on Friday banned top officials from US President Joe Biden’s administration from entering the country as it announced a wave of tit-for-tat sanctions and expulsions of diplomats, as tensions soar between the rivals. Moscow nonetheless said it viewed the prospect of a summit between Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin “positively.”
5-.The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) has revealed the identities of more inmates who escaped from the Owerri Custodial Centre in the Imo State capital. In a series of tweets on Friday, correctional authorities released pictures of scores of male and female inmates who have been declared wanted.
6-.Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has suspended one Surajo Ibrahim, the District Head of Badarawa in Shinkafi Emirate Council, Sarkin Kudun Badarawa. Ibrahim was suspended for conferring the traditional title of ‘Durumbu’ on a military officer who was arrested for selling live ammunition to bandits in Shinkafi Local Government Area of the state.
7-.Police authorities have deployed 17,500 officers to provide security before, during, and after the local government election in Rivers State. The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Nnamdi Omoni, explained that the personnel would be supported by operatives to be deployed by other security agencies.
8-.The German Government has said it will back the establishment of a German-West African Centre for Global Health and Pandemic Prevention in Ghana. “Excellent news: Germany will support the launch of a new “German-West African Center for Global Health and Pandemic Prevention,” the German ambassador to Ghana, Christoph Retzlaff, tweeted on his official handle.
9-.Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was jailed for 12 months on Friday along with four other veteran democracy activists for helping to lead one of the city’s biggest-ever protests. Organisers say 1.7 million people — almost one-quarter of Hong Kong’s population — turned out for a huge rally that formed the backbone of demonstrations that wracked the city throughout 2019.
10-.Rafael Nadal’s bid for a 12th Monte Carlo Masters title was shattered by Russia’s Andrey Rublev, who swept to a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 quarter-final win on Friday. Nadal, bidding to reach the semi-finals of a Masters event for the 75th time, followed world number one Novak Djokovic, who was beaten in the third round, out of the tournament.