• June 19, 2021

10 Must-Read News Items This Tuesday Morning


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

1=.The Lagos State Judiciary began a weeklong intervention on Monday to decongest police stations across the state. The intervention, which is in collaboration with the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, empowers magistrates to visit police detention facilities as prescribed under Sections 33 and 34 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015.

2=.The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the attacks on its offices may affect early preparations for the 2023 general elections if allowed to continue. INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, stated this on Monday.

3=.Nigerian athletes, Enoch Adegoke and quarter-milers Nse Uko Imaobong and Patience Okon-George will have another chance to beat the 10.05 seconds (100m) and 51.35 seconds (400m) qualification standard for the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday when they compete at the 2021 USA Track & Field (USATF) Open Meet in Dallas, Texas. The trio will lead a couple of other Nigerian athletes currently on training and qualification tour in the United States as the countdown to the June 29 Olympics qualifying deadline begins.

4=.South Africa on Monday launched its second phase of COVID-19 vaccinations targeting people who are aged 60 years and above. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said late Sunday that the target would be achieved if the anticipated orders of vaccines were delivered on time.

5=.Professor Grace Ayanbimpe of the Department of Medical Microbiology in the University of Jos has been abducted alongside her husband. The gunmen were reported to have stormed her residence located behind Haske Quarters, Lamingo in Jos North Local Government Area of the state in the early hours of Monday.

6=.Professor Grace Ayanbimpe of the Department of Medical Microbiology in the University of Jos has been abducted alongside her husband. The gunmen were reported to have stormed her residence located behind Haske Quarters, Lamingo in Jos North Local Government Area of the state in the early hours of Monday.

7=.South Africa’s scandal-tainted ex-president Jacob Zuma arrived in court Monday for the expected start of a trial in a 20-year-old bribery case. Zuma is facing 16 charges of fraud, graft and racketeering relating to a 1999 purchase of fighter jets, patrol boats and military gear from five European arms firms for 30 billion rand — equal to almost $5.0 billion at the time.

8=.Britons hugged their loved ones and streamed into pubs, gyms and other indoor venues on Monday as the country eased pandemic restrictions, but Asia faced more misery with new variants and a cyclone disrupting the fight against a Covid-19 wave ravaging India. As the United States and Britain move away from harsh restrictions thanks to rapid immunisation campaigns, new strains have forced several countries in Asia to shut schools and impose travel bans, highlighting the persistent global threat posed by the pandemic.

9=.A Russian court on Monday postponed the first hearing in the “extremism” case against the political network of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, part of a campaign to outlaw the opposition to President Vladimir Putin. As the hearing got underway behind closed doors, the prosecution submitted additional documents and the proceedings were postponed until June 9, according to lawyers representing Navalny’s network

10=.Serena Williams brushed aside the challenge of local teenager Lisa Pigato in the opening round of the WTA tournament in Parma on Monday. Williams, ranked eighth in the world, beat the 572nd-ranked Pigato, making her WTA debut, 6-3, 6-2 in the first meeting between the two players.


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