• June 18, 2021

10 Must-Read News Items This Sunday Morning

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

1=.Barcelona and Atletico Madrid knew victory could fire them towards the La Liga title but Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Camp Nou handed Real Madrid the chance to go top. Four wins from their last four games will now be enough for Zinedine Zidane’s side to retain their La Liga crown, with a crunch game at home to fourth-placed Sevilla up first on Sunday.

2=.Travellers entering the United Kingdom from Nigeria are still expected to observe 10 days self quarantine and take two post-arrival tests. Nigeria remains in the amber category in the new guidance released on Friday. According to the UK department of health and social care, countries are rated as red, amber or green based on their COVID-19 risk levels.

3=.Officers of Ogun Command have rescued 22 teenage girls allegedly lured from villages in Akwa Ibom state to the state for prostitution. Spokesperson of the Command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi in a press release made available to newsmen in Abeokuta said the girls were rescued during an operation coordinated by the Area commander Ota, ACP Muhideen Obe, after receipt of credible intelligence that minors were being recruited from other states and used as commercial sex workers at KOLAB hotel in Itele ota community of the State.

4=.The Police Command in FCT has reassured residents of Abuja of adequate protection of lives and property. The Police said the reassurance is necessitated by a viral publication in social media suggesting “Areas within the FCT vulnerable to Boko Haram attack “. A statement by ASP Yusuf Mariam, Public Relations Officer said, “On the contrary, the Command has deployed overt and covert strategies to curb banditry and other criminal activities across the territory.

5=.Bayern Munich already have their eyes on a decade of Bundesliga dominance after winning the league for the ninth successive season Saturday, thanks to Borussia Dortmund’s 3-2 win over second-placed RB Leipzig. England winger Jadon Sancho netted twice in Dortmund’s home victory which crowned Bayern as champions without kicking a ball before hosting Borussia Moenchengladbach later on Saturday.

The new chair of the African Union arrived in Sudan on Saturday for talks over Ethiopia’s controversial Nile dam, state media reported. The one-day visit by Felix Tshisekedi, president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, came as Sudan and Egypt push Ethiopia for a binding deal over the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance dam.

6=.The Lagos State judicial panel on restitution for victims of SARS related abuses resumed sitting on Saturday with the continuation of the testimony of an EndSARs co-ordinator, Serah Ibrahim. Serah came along with several videos, some of which she said she shot personally with her iPhone. One after the other, she played the videos which according to her demonstrates that soldiers shot at peaceful protesters on the night of October 20.

7=.Maldives police have arrested two people over an assassination attempt on former president Mohamed Nasheed who has been taken off life support, officials and relatives said Saturday. The Indian Ocean island has called in international help to investigate Thursday’s bomb attack that left the democracy pioneer and climate activist needing 16 hours of surgery to remove shrapnel from his lungs, liver, chest, abdomen and limbs.

8=.Chelsea forced Manchester City to put their Premier League title party on hold on Saturday, winning 2-1 to boost their own chances of a top-four finish in a dress rehearsal for the Champions League final. Raheem Sterling gave the home side the lead just before half-time at an empty Etihad Stadium but Hakim Ziyech levelled and Marcos Alonso bundled in the winner in the dying seconds.

9=/Israel said it was beefing up security forces on Saturday in anticipation of more confrontations with Palestinian protesters, a day after fierce clashes at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque. Tensions have mounted in the city, the occupied West Bank and Gaza throughout the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, amid growing anger over the potential eviction of Palestinians from Jerusalem homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers.

10=/One of the largest pipelines in the US has been taken offline by its operator following a cyberattack. First reported by the New York Times, Colonial Pipeline, which carries 45 percent of the fuel supplies for the eastern US, said in a statement late Friday that it took “certain systems offline to contain the threat, which has temporarily halted all pipeline operations and affected some of our IT systems.” The pipeline is 5,500 miles long and carries jet fuel and refined gasoline from the Gulf Coast to New York, according to the Times, transporting some 2.5 million barrels daily.

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