• June 15, 2021

10 Must-Read News Items This Wednesday Morning


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

1-.Sacked police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter Tuesday in the death of African-American George Floyd in a case that roiled the United States for almost a year, laying bare deep racial divisions. A racially-diverse jury of seven women and five men in the Midwestern city of Minneapolis took less than two days at the end of a three-week trial to find the white officer guilty in unanimous decisions on all three charges he faced.

2-.The Ondo State Election Petition Tribunal on Tuesday struck out the case filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the October 10, 2020 governorship poll in the state, Eyitayo Jegede against the victory of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu. Jegede had approached the tribunal seeking the nullification of Akeredolu as the winner of the election on the ground of irregularities and invalid nomination of Akeredolu as the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the election

3-.Chelsea moved into the Premier League’s top four after a 0-0 draw against Brighton on Tuesday, but the result was completely overshadowed by the club’s role in derailing the controversial European Super League. Just before kick-off at Stamford Bridge, it was widely reported that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich had decided to withdraw from the controversial breakaway plan.

4-.Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted some students during an attack on a private university in Kaduna state on Tuesday night. The academic institution, Green Field University, is located along the Kaduna–Abuka Highway in Chikun Local Government Area, and also the first private university in the state established three years ago.

5-.Zamfara State government on Tuesday warned stakeholders against diversion of Ramadan welfare package worth N2.9billion. The Chairman of the main committee, Nasiru Magarya, who is also the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, gave the warning during the distribution of the grains to local government chairmen in the state.

6-.Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested two suspects who specialise in producing and selling drug cookies to school children and other unsuspecting members of the public in Abuja, the nation’s capital. The suspects, a 300-level university student, Rhoda Agboje, and her boyfriend, Ifeanyi Nwankwo were arrested for producing the cookies with Arizona, a highly psychoactive variant of cannabis; alcohol, and Rohypnol among other ingredients.

7-.The Kano State Office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was on Tuesday gutted by fire. The data processing unit was burnt down to ashes while the main building is still intact as men of the Fire Service tried to put the fire out.

8-.The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC) Mele Kyari, has assured Nigerians that the queues building up in filling stations will be diminished from today. Mr. Kyari gave the assurance on Tuesday while briefing State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

9-.Police in the US state of Ohio fatally shot a Black teenager who appeared to be lunging at another person with a knife, less than an hour before former officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd. The shooting occurred at a tense time with growing outrage against racial injustice and police brutality in the United States, and set off protests in the city of Columbus.

10-.Chelsea and Manchester City are set to withdraw from proposals for a European Super League on Tuesday after a furious backlash against the controversial plan. Chelsea and City were two of 12 leading European clubs to sign up to the breakaway league on Sunday.


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