• June 24, 2021

10 Must-Read News Items This Monday Morning

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

1=.India recorded more than 4,000 coronavirus deaths in a day for the first time and more states imposed lockdowns Saturday in a desperate bid to halt the devastating new surge. The 4,187 new deaths took India’s overall toll to 238,270 since the pandemic started. It added another 401,078 new cases in 24 hours taking its caseload to nearly 21.9 million — second only to the United States.

2=.Thirteen suspected Boko Haram terrorists have been apprehended around Filin Lazio in the Hotoro axis of Kano State, authorities said on Sunday. The suspects were arrested by troops of 3 Brigade of the Nigerian Army during an operation in the north-west region of the country.

3=.Gunmen suspected to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have reportedly killed two policemen and razed a police station at Mkpatak, Essien Udim local government area of Akwa Ibom state. The hoodlums also reportedly killed twelve cows in a coordinated attack that took place around 5pm on Sunday.

4=.Bayern Munich already have their eyes on a decade of Bundesliga dominance after winning the league title for the ninth successive season on Saturday, celebrating their success with a 6-0 thrashing of Borussia Moenchengladbach. Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick to leave him on 39 league goals this season — one short of Gerd Mueller’s all-time Bundesliga record — as the champions swept Gladbach aside at the Allianz Arena.

5=.At least three people have been killed in an attack by gunmen in Jemaa Local Government Area of Kaduna State. Among the victims is the Secretary to the Ward Head of Golkofa in Jemaa local government, Sergeant Christopher Madaki (rtd), his wife and the daughter-in- law

6=.The International Criminal Court has sentenced Dominic Ongwen to 25 years of imprisonment. He was found guilty of a total of 61 crimes comprising crimes against humanity and war crimes. Following the trial judgment Thursday, Mr Ongwen was convicted for the crimes he committed in Northern Uganda between July 1, 2002, and December 31, 2005, a statement by the court read.

7=.The families of the late Tolulope Arotile, Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot are seeking quick dispensation of justice in the case investigating the incident while led to the death of their daughter. Arotile died in an accident on July 14, 2020, at the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) base in Kaduna at the age of 24.

8=.A rights group, Paths of Peace initiatives (PPI) has appealed to Lagos State Government to grant condemned cleric, Rev. King, amnesty and release him unconditionally.Rev. King had been condemned to death for murder by a competent Court and he is serving at Maiduguri prison, waiting for the hangman’s rope.

9=.The Taliban on Monday declared a three-day ceasefire for this week’s Eid al-Fitr holiday, following a sharp spike in violence as Washington goes about withdrawing its remaining troops from Afghanistan. Violence has soared since May 1 — the deadline missed by the United States to withdraw the last of its troops — and while the Taliban have avoided engaging American forces, attacks against government and civilian targets have not stopped.

10=.Veteran US sprinter Justin Gatlin set his sights on winning another Olympic gold at the Tokyo Games on Sunday — then refused to rule out continuing his career into his 40s. The 39-year-old will become the oldest man ever to win an Olympic track medal if he makes the podium at this summer’s coronavirus-delayed Tokyo Games.

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