• June 18, 2021

10 Must-Read News Items This Wednesday Morning

Good morning readers! This is a summary of some top news stories:

1-.The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has imposed a nighttime curfew at all exit and entry points of the state, few days after gunmen killed security personnel in some parts of the state. In a statewide broadcast on Tuesday, Governor Wike said no vehicle will be allowed to enter into or travel out of Rivers State from 8pm to 6 am every day, beginning from tomorrow, April the 28th until further notice.

2-.Gunmen have attacked the Federal High Court in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital, setting part of the complex on fire. The attack was carried out by hoodlums in the early hours of Tuesday as firefighters tried bringing the inferno under control.

3-.Anambra State government has imposed a curfew on six communities in the state, following an attack by gunmen on Monday. The communities are Igbariam, Aguleri, Umueri, Nteje, Awkuzu And Umunya.

4-.Senator Ike Ekweremadu has asked the Federal Government to seek foreign help to fight insecurity in the country. The Senator stated this on Tuesday during plenary in response to a motion by Senator Sani Musa on the activities of bandits and Boko Haram terrorists in Shiroro and Rafi Local Government Areas of Niger State.

4-.The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari has banned the traditional Tashe activities conducted during the month of Ramadan. In a statement by the Commissioner of Information, Culture, and Home Affairs, Abdulkarim Yahaya Sirikathe, the ban which is coming barely 15 days after the commencement of the Muslim fasting follows some security reports that warrant it.

5-.Burkina Faso security forces said Tuesday they feared for the lives of four people including three Westerners who were abducted while taking part in an anti-poaching patrol in the east of the country. The landlocked West African nation is struggling with a ruthless insurgency by Islamists who swept in from neighbouring Mali in 2015.

6-.At least two people were killed Tuesday during demonstrations against Chad’s new junta headed by the son of veteran ruler Idriss Deby Itno following his shock battlefield death. The protesters defied a ban and rallied in the capital N’Djamena and in the south of the semi-desert country where civilian rule was suspended following Deby’s death

7-.An African-American man was shot five times by police, including in the back of the neck, as he attempted to flee arrest on drug charges, his family said Tuesday. Relatives of Andrew Brown, who was shot and killed by police in Elizabeth City, North Carolina on April 21, said that according to an autopsy they commissioned, he died from the bullet that struck his neck as he tried to drive away from several police officers.

8-A Republican-backed petition to recall California’s governor has achieved its goal of forcing a special election, which is set to be held later this year, officials said Monday. The vote on Democratic governor Gavin Newsom’s tenure will be only the second-ever held in California, after the 2003 election that brought Arnold Schwarzenegger to power — and the fourth in the nation’s history.

9-.Hundreds of Japanese towns and cities have been forced to rethink plans to host Olympic teams because the coronavirus will prevent public appearances and require costly safety measures. The western town of Okuizumo spent more than $5 million preparing to welcome India’s hockey team for a pre-Games training camp, only to scrap the visit because of Covid-19.

10-.Karim Benzema came to Real Madrid’s rescue again on Tuesday, his acrobatic volley earning them a 1-1 draw against an impressive Chelsea side in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final.  Christian Pulisic grabbed Chelsea an away goal in a soaking wet contest at Valdebebas but Madrid will be satisfied too, after recovering from a chastening opening half an hour before Benzema’s brilliance left the tie in the balance.

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