• June 19, 2021

10 Must-Read News Items This Thursday Morning

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

1-.Manchester City took a huge step towards the Champions League final by coming from behind to win 2-1 at Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday in their last-four first leg. Marquinhos’ header gave PSG a deserved half-time lead, but Pep Guardiola’s City dominated the second half and goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez turned the game on its head.

2-.The Senate has extended the powers of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) to enable it recover monies from bank debtors. It has also empowered the agency to go after bank debtors and take over assets other than those used as collateral to recover their debts.

3-.The Rivers State government has directed all civil servants from grade levels 1 to 13 to resume work on Thursday, after a three-month break to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the state. Rufus Godwins, the Head of the Civil Service in the state, made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

4-.The lawmaker representing Edo Central senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Clifford Ordia, has narrated how he escaped attack twice by bandits. Ordia, who is the Senate Committee Chairman on Local and Foreign Debts, narrated his ordeal to reporters on Wednesday in Abuja.

5-.Members of the House of Representatives have stepped up efforts to ensure more women represent their constituents at legislative houses at both Federal and State levels. This comes as a bill for an act to alter the provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, to create additional special seats for women in the National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly scaled the second reading.

6-.Malawi’s highest court on Wednesday outlawed the death penalty and ordered the re-sentencing of all convicts facing execution.   Capital punishment has long been mandatory in Malawi for prisoners convicted of murder or treason, and optional for rape.

7-.Elephants face extinction in Ivory Coast where they are a national emblem, with numbers decreasing by half in the past 30 years, the country’s water and foresty ministry said Wednesday. Blaming the decline on deforestation and poaching, a top official at the ministry, Kouame Me, said the elephant population in the West African country has dwindled to fewer than 500.

8-.President Joe Biden will call for reversing his predecessor Donald Trump’s tax cuts for the wealthy to pay for a huge middle class families spending program, senior administration officials said Wednesday. Biden will use his speech to a joint session of Congress to unveil the $1.8 trillion American Families Plan, funded by ending Trump’s tax cuts and closing loopholes used by the most wealthy to escape paying their share, officials said.

9-.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.

10-.Stan Kroenke will not entertain any offers for Arsenal, his Kroenke Sports and Entertainment (KSE) group said on Tuesday, amid growing supporter unrest at the American billionaire’s ownership of the club. Thousands of Gunners fans protested outside the Emirates Stadium ahead of Friday’s 1-0 defeat to Everton after they were one of 12 clubs to initially sign up to proposals for a breakaway European Super League (ESL).

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