Good morning readers! This is a summary of some top news stories:
1=.India recorded on Saturday over 400,000 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours for the first time, the first country to do so in the pandemic, official data showed. According to the health ministry, 401,993 new infections were registered taking the total caseload to 19.1 million. There were 3,523 deaths, bringing the toll to 211,853.
2=.Notorious bandit leader Auwalun Daudawa, who led the abduction of over 300 students of Government Science Secondary School Kankara, Katsina state, has been killed, government sources confirmed to Channels Television on Friday. Daudawa had laid down his arms and accepted Governor Bello Matawalle’s peace initiative on February 8.
3=.A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan’s northeastern coast on Saturday, authorities said, but no tsunami warning was issued. At least three people were injured by Saturday’s jolt, which produced strong shaking along parts of the eastern coast and was also felt in Tokyo.
4=.A total number of 323 people were killed by bandits in Kaduna State between January and March 2021, the government has said. The figure was contained in a security report presented by the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in Kaduna, Samuel Aruwan, at the State Security Council meeting.
5=.A new commissioner of police has been deployed to oversee the affairs of the Anambra State Police Command, police authorities said on Friday. The new Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of Anambra is Mr Christopher Owolabi, said a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.
6=.The regent of the Zulu nation and wife of South Africa’s recently deceased Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini died unexpectedly on Thursday, the royal palace announced. “It is with the deepest shock and distress that the Royal Family announces the unexpected passing of Her Majesty Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, Regent of the Zulu Nation,” Mangosuthu Buthelezi, traditional prime minister to the Zulu monarch, said in a statement.
7=.Africa risks being overrun by coronavirus infections if urgent measures are not taken to avert a similar disaster to the “very concerning” crisis in India, the continent’s disease control body said Thursday. India, a vast subcontinent with a population similar to that of Africa, is fighting an explosion of infections, with jarring scenes of citizens desperately seeking oxygen and medicines.
8=.President Joe Biden is open to diplomatic negotiations with North Korea on denuclearization, the White House said Friday after completion of a review by the new administration of US policy. “Our goal remains the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, told reporters.
9=.A massive stampede at a densely packed Jewish pilgrimage site killed at least 44 people in northern Israel on Friday, blackening the country’s largest COVID-19-era gathering. The nighttime disaster struck in Meron at the site of the reputed tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a second-century Talmudic sage, where mainly ultra-Orthodox Jews flock to mark the Lag BaOmer holiday.
10=.The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has dissolved all sports federations boards, setting up caretaker committees. In a statement issued on Friday by the Director of Federation, Elites Athletes in the ministry, Dr. Simon Ebhojaiye, the dissolution followed the expiration of the National Olympic Sports Federations’ tenure.