• June 19, 2021

10 Must-Read News Items This Saturday Morning

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

1=.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Friday hailed Israel’s 11-day bombardment of Palestinian armed groups in Gaza as an “exceptional success”, after a ceasefire to end the deadly conflict took effect.  “We achieved our goals in the operation,” Netanyahu said of the campaign primarily targeted at Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza, and Islamic Jihad, the second-largest armed group in the enclave.

2=.Some Lagos-based lawyers on Friday opposed a bill proposed by the Senate seeking a 15-year jail term for any person found guilty of paying ransom to kidnappers. In interviews with newsmen in Lagos, the lawyers said the bill did not tackle the root cause of ransom payment.

3=.Nigerian state governors have reached an agreement with the striking judiciary and parliamentary workers on the autonomy of the arms of government, according to a statement by the federal ministry of labour, Friday. The resolution followed a “stormy” conciliatory meeting with the leaderships of the workers’ unions on Thursday, the statement said.

4=.Nigerians are not required to submit the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) of their phones from July. This is according to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) which denied media reports suggesting that the masses would have to submit their IMEIs to the Federal Government.

5=.Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder have verbally committed to a third fight, ESPN reported Thursday night, days after an arbitration ruling halted fight talks between Fury and British champ Anthony Joshua. After the independent arbitrator ruled Monday that WBC heavyweight champ Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) must face Wilder, plans for a unification fight between Fury and Joshua were put on hold, said ESPN citing multiple sources.

6=.A military plane crashed in Kaduna State on Friday with the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, along with several other officers, on board. The Nigerian Air Force confirmed the incident via a statement issued shortly after the crash, but did not reveal the identities of the affected military personnel.

7=.Bandits have attacked St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church located in Malumfashi Local Government Area of Katsina State, killing a Reverend father Alphonsus Bello. During the attack which occurred on Thursday night another priest, Reverend Father Joe Keke was abducted.

8=.A former Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Ayotunde Phillips, has been re-elected as a member of the FIFA Ethics Committee for another four-year term in office. Her re-election was ratified at the virtual 71st FIFA Congress held in Zurich, Switzerland on Friday .

9=.Tottenham forward Harry Kane has hinted at a move to Manchester City as speculation mounts over his future, calling the champions’ star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne a “striker’s dream”. Kane has reportedly told Spurs he wants to leave at the end of the season and the England captain has been linked with City, Manchester United and Chelsea.

10=.There will be no increase in the price of Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol, in the month of June, the Federal Government has assured Nigerians. The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipre Sylva, gave the assurance in a statement on Friday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

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