Good morning readers! This is a summary of some top news stories:
1=.The top US health agency on Thursday announced it was lifting mask-wearing requirements for people fully vaccinated against Covid-19, a watershed moment in the pandemic. “Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing,” said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walens.
2=.Two policemen have been injured in another attack on a Police Divisional Headquarters in Abia State, south-east Nigeria. While many police stations have come under attack in the region in recent time, the latest incident makes it the second attack on police facilities in Abia since the beginning of the week.
3=.The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has celebrated with Muslims in the country on the occasion of the successful completion of this year’s Ramadan. In a statement by its National General Secretary, Daramola Joseph, the Christian body also rejoiced with the leadership of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and wish them a happy celebration.
4=.Gunmen who abducted the Pastor of a Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Mayomi Ogedengbe in Irese Community near Akure have demanded a sum of N30 million as ransom. A family source disclosed that the abductors are insisting on the payment of the ransom before he is released.
5=. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday said Nigeria was observing the conflict between Israeli and Palestine forces with “great concern.” Since Monday, Israel and Palestine forces have clashed, resulting in the deaths of at least 65 Palestinians, including 16 children, and seven in Israel.
6=.Police operatives in Benue State have arrested eight suspected kidnappers and recovered the bodies of four victims. Anene Catherine, the Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the arrest of the suspects in a statement on Thursday.
7=.Sierra Leone’s government will move to abolish the death penalty in the West African state, deputy justice minister Umaru Napoleon Koroma said on Wednesday. No execution has taken place in the country since 1998, and death penalties are often commuted.
8=.At the peak of Kenya’s third wave of COVID-19 in March, hospitals — buckling under the strain of the virus — saw their oxygen reserves fizzle out. Since then, they have been scrambling to increase capacity of the lifesaving element, fearing the nightmare scenario currently unfolding in India due to oxygen shortages.
9=.Building standards need to undergo a “paradigm shift” to better protect against airborne diseases, a group of experts said Thursday, drawing on hard-won lessons from the Covid pandemic. Future building designs must incorporate increased ventilation and air-cleaning measures, including filtration and disinfection using both filters and ultraviolet devices, they wrote in the journal Science.
10=.Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal reached the quarter-finals of the Italian Open in contrasting styles on Thursday as spectators returned to the stands for the first time in Italy. Nadal and Djokovic have won 14 of the last 16 Rome titles between them, playing each other in the final five times.