• June 19, 2021

10 Must-Read News Items This Monday Morning

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

1=.India passed 300,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths on Monday, fatalities remaining high despite the country flattening out the number of new cases in its devastating pandemic wave. It became the third country — after the United States and Brazil — to cross 300,000 deaths.

2=.A suspected drug lord paid $24,500 in three tranches to compromise operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). In a statement on Sunday in Abuja, the agency’s spokesman, Femi Babafemi, identified the suspect as Ejiofor Enwereaku.

3=.Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Serie A Golden Boot, becoming the first player to claim the highest scorer’s gong in three of Europe’s top five leagues – Premier League, La Liga, and Serie A. The Portuguese skipper netted 29 goals for the Old Ladies to also earn him the accolade as the first Juventus player to have achieved the feat since the 2007/2008 campaign.

4=.Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has recorded a growth of 0.51 per cent (year-on-year) in real terms in the first quarter of 2021. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) disclosed this in the latest Nigerian Gross Domestic Product Report released on Sunday.

5=.A Brazil-based drug kingpin has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), who also intercepted 36 blocks of cocaine, weighing 27.95 kilogrammes with a street value of over N8billion at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, Lagos. The drug lord, Ejiofor Felix Enwereaku, who leads a syndicate was arrested at the airport on Friday 14th May 2021 for importing 27.95kg of cocaine using their organised criminal gang, which specialises in tagging/planting drugs in innocent travellers’ luggage.

6=. One police officer and an attacker were killed as the police repelled an attack on its Divisional Headquarters in Ebonyi State. The spokesman of the command, DSP Odah Obianuju confirmed the incident in a statement on Sunday.

7=.Thousands have fled a volcanic eruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but the flaming lava from Mount Nyiragongo appeared to have come to a halt on the outskirts of Goma city early Sunday. The molten rock, which the eruption had sent close to Goma airport on the shores of Lake Kivu, still appeared unstable, but had come to a standstill in the suburbs of the eastern city.

8=.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds have set a wedding date for next year after delaying plans due to the pandemic. Known for his colourful love life, Johnson will be only the second prime minister ever to marry while in office, following Robert Jenkinson in 1822.

9=.Indian authorities on Monday ordered the evacuation of nearly half a million people out of the path of a new cyclone heading towards eastern India just one week after another deadly storm smashed into the west coast. The cyclones are hitting as India reels from a surge in coronavirus infections that has plunged the healthcare system into crisis and pushed the country’s Covid-19 death toll above 300,000.

10=. Britain is to announce plans for a “fully digital border” including the introduction of US-style electronic travel authorisation to pre-check travellers to the UK, interior minister Priti Patel said Sunday. The minister will announce the plans in parliament on Monday as part of a wider overhaul of the country’s immigration system, which will also include the introduction of a points-based migration system.

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