Good morning readers, this is a summary of some top news stories:
1-.Peru’s Congress has voted to ban former president Martin Vizcarra, implicated in a scandal over Covid-19 vaccinations, from holding public office for 10 years. The president has been accused of being part of a group of 470 people who were secretly vaccinated against the coronavirus before the official start of the country’s immunization campaign.
2-.Chelsea ended Manchester City’s quest for a historic quadruple of trophies as Hakim Ziyech’s goal earned a 1-0 win to take the Blues into the FA Cup final on Saturday. A damaging day for City also saw them lose Kevin De Bruyne to an ankle injury just over a week away from the League Cup final, where they face Tottenham, and the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain.
3-.One police officer has been feared killed as bandits attacked a mobile police checkpoint at Dogon-Gawa community of Takum Local Government Area, Taraba State. The Chairman of the Council, Shiban Tikari, confirmed the incident to Channels Television noting the gunmen struck in the early hours of Saturday.
4-.Prince Philip began his final journey on Saturday, as his coffin was taken to his funeral, followed slowly by his grieving children and widow, Queen Elizabeth II. The couple’s four children — Charles, Anne, Andrew, and Edward — walked behind the coffin, borne on a modified Land Rover hearse, through the grounds of Windsor Castle to St George’s Chapel.
5-.The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye has reiterated his belief in the power of prayer to rid the country of all forms of criminality. Pastor Adeboye, who said this when he visited the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, also condemned the recent abduction of a traditional ruler in the state and the shooting of another monarch.
6-.The reconductoring of the new 130KM 132kV double circuit Sokoto – Birnin Kebbi Transmission Line has been completed, said the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN). In a statement on Saturday, TCN General Manager (Public Affairs), Mrs Ndidi Mbah, disclosed that the transmission line was energised at about 4:35pm on Tuesday.
7-.Zinedine Zidane defended himself on Saturday against accusations he is a lucky coach but again refused to commit to staying at Real Madrid next season. An impressive week has put Madrid in sight of winning both La Liga and the Champions League, after they beat Barcelona in the Clasico last weekend before knocking out Liverpool on Wednesday.
8-.The trio of Lagos, Rivers, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have topped the list of states with the highest amount of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in 2020. This is according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in its report titled ‘Internally Generated Revenue At State Level (Q4 And Full Year 2020)’.
9-.The Federal Government has announced the dates to roll out the switchover from analogue to digital in Lagos, Kano, and three other states.While the Digital Switchover (DSO) would commence in the five states between April and August, the exercise would kick off in the remaining states thereafter.
10-.The global Covid-19 death toll passed three million on Saturday as the pandemic speeds up despite vaccination campaigns, leading countries like India to impose new lockdowns to fight spiralling infection numbers. It is the latest grim milestone since the novel coronavirus first surfaced in central China in December 2019 and went on to infect more than 139 million people, leaving billions more under crippling lockdowns and ravaging the global economy.