Good morning readers! This is a summary of some top news stories:
1-.Gunmen have kidnapped a local government supervisor in Ekiti State. This is coming one week after a monarch was abducted by gunmen who invaded his palace.
2-.Over 100 Palestinians and 20 Israeli police were wounded in overnight clashes in annexed east Jerusalem, medics, and police said Friday, as tensions mount over a police ban on gatherings and videos of attacks on youths. The violence broke out outside one of the entrances to the walled Old City where far-right Jews had completed a march, during which participants harassed Palestinians and chanted “death to Arabs”.
3-.An Instagram comedian and social media influencer, Nwagbo Chidera, popularly known as Pankeeroy, has been arrested along with 34 others for their alleged involvement in computer-related fraud. They were apprehended by operatives of the Lagos Office of the Advance Fee Fraud Section of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the anti-graft agency said on Thursday.
4-.Manchester United fans breached security at their club’s training ground on Thursday as they protested against the Glazer family for the owners’ role in the failed European Super League plot. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was forced to speak to around 20 supporters after they blocked both entrances to the Carrington headquarters.
5-.A former spokesperson for the socio-political group Afenifere, Mr Yinka Odumakin, began his final journey home on Thursday as his body was laid in state at the Police College in Ikeja, Lagos State. Scores of prominent Nigerians and human rights activists joined the wife of the late politician, Joe Okei-Odumakin, as well as family and friends to pay tributes to him.
6-.Chad will bury veteran ruler Idriss Deby Itno on Friday as concerns mount over the loss of a lynchpin in the fight against jihadism in the Sahel and uncertainty over the country’s democratic future. President Emmanuel Macron of France, the former colonial power, will attend the ceremony along with a dozen other heads of state and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.
7-.Police authorities in Borno State have reviewed the curfew hours within Maiduguri, the state capital, to allow more time for residents to move within the town. The curfew which was effective between 10pm and 6am daily has been reviewed by one hour – to take effect between 11pm and 6am going forward.
8-.The Senate on Thursday directed the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire to put together a policy to compel all government hospitals to procure locally manufactured syringes. The Senate Committee on Health gave the Minister a six-week ultimatum to carry out the directive.
9-.Automobile giants, Hyundai and KIA are set to establish assembly plants in Ghana, a move that comes less than a month after social media firm, Twitter announced that its African base will be located in the country. Ghana’s Minister for Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen announced this on Thursday, noting that the plants will be ready by the end of 2022.
10-. Nigerian forward, Kelechi Iheanacho scored as Leicester blitzed West Brom 3-0 on Thursday to strengthen their grip on a Premier League top-four place and snuff out the Baggies’ revival. Brendan Rodgers’ men were wobbling after losing their previous two top-flight matches but produced a dazzling attacking display against the insipid visitors at the King Power Stadium.