Good morning readers! This is a summary of some top news stories
1-.Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insisted Wednesday that the European Super League was not doomed, but merely “on stand-by”. “The project is on stand-by. The project exists, but half of them have left, tired of what they have heard over 24 hours, saying they don’t want to continue,” said Perez.
2-.US drugmaker Pfizer on Wednesday confirmed that suspect doses of its coronavirus vaccine that were seized in Mexico and Poland were indeed fake, with doses going for as much as $1,000 a shot, according to US media. At a clinic in Mexico some 80 people received bogus doses of the drug, which appeared to have been physically harmless, though offering no protection against the potentially deadly disease ravaging the country, a report in the Wall Street Journal said
3-.To effectively tackle the numerous security challenges facing the country, operatives of the Nigeria Police Force need more motivation and funding to boost their morale. This is according to a former Commissioner of Police and Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, who disclosed this on Wednesday.
4-.The Chairman, Senate Committee on Nigerian Army, Senator Ali Ndume has asked the Federal Government to fund the Army before setting a timeline to tackle insurgency. He said the Federal Government can only set a timeline for the Nigerian Army to prosecute the fight against insurgency when adequate funding is made available to them
5-.The Katsina State House of Assembly Chamber was on Wednesday gutted by fire. The Chamber was recently renovated by the Katsina State Government.
6-.Nine suspects have been arrested over the attack on a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Charles Soludo. This is according to the Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, who stated this on Wednesday at the Dora Akunyili Women’s Development Centre in Awka, the state capital, assuring that other suspects will be apprehended.
7-.Tottenham made a winning start to life after Jose Mourinho as Son Heung-min’s last-minute penalty sealed a vital 2-1 victory against Southampton in their first match since withdrawing from the controversial European Super League on Wednesday. Mourinho was sacked on Monday after 17 turbulent months in charge of the north London club, but his shock exit was overshadowed by the fall-out from the bitter Super League row.
8-.A total of 257,756 eligible people have received the first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in Lagos State. In a statement on Wednesday, the Commissioner for Health in the state, Professor Akin Abayomi, noted that the figure was recorded as of April 15.
9-.The call to prayer rang out as usual from mosques and market stalls hawking colourful fabrics reopened, but residents in Chad’s capital feared for their future Wednesday after the death of a president who ruled for 30 years. Idriss Deby Itno was killed while leading troops in battle against rebels who had entered the country from the northern border, the army announced Tuesday, sending the desert country into shock.
10-.The British owner of the MailOnline website on Wednesday filed a legal complaint in the United States against Google, accusing it of downgrading its stories in searches. London-based Associated Newspapers Ltd filed a legal suit at a New York court, accusing the tech giant of reducing its search traffic and asking for damages and legal costs.