Good morning readers! This is a summary of some top news stories:
1=.Less than 48-hours after he was kidnapped, President of the Ijaw Youths Council worldwide, Peter Igbifa has regained his freedom. Igbifa was abducted by gunmen along the Port Harcourt International Road in Rivers State on his way to catch a flight to Abuja for a crucial meeting.
2=.Protesting members of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) have sealed the office of the Niger Delta Development Commission in Bayelsa State over the Federal Government’s failure to constitute the agency’s board. This follows the expiration of the one-month ultimatum which they have given to the Federal Government to constitute and inaugurate a substantive board for the NDDC.
3=.Governor Nasir El-Rufai has fired 19 political appointees in the state as part of his administration’s move to “rightsize” the public service in the state. Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communications Muyiwa Adekeye announced the development in a statement on Wednesday.
4=.Moroccan lawmakers on Wednesday approved a law legalising the therapeutic use of cannabis, bringing one of the world’s biggest producers of hashish a step closer to green-lighting the major reform. The lower house of parliament adopted the text on the lawful use of cannabis in the medical, cosmetic and industrial sectors with 119 votes to 48. The upper house now needs to vote on the bill before it is ratified.
5=.South Africa’s former president, Jacob Zuma, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in a much-postponed corruption case dating back more than two decades. The 79-year-old faces 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, then the equivalent of nearly $5 billion.
6=.Pope Francis kissed the tattoo of an Auschwitz survivor — the number inked onto her forearm when she arrived at the concentration camp as a young girl — as he met the 81-year-old in an emotional meeting Wednesday at the Vatican. Lidia Maksymowicz, who was deported to the camp when she was not yet three years old, rolled up her sleeve as she met the pope following his open-air audience inside the Apostolic Palace.
7=.The suspect in a mass shooting that killed eight people at a California rail yard Wednesday took his own life as law enforcement arrived at the scene, the local sheriff said. Several other victims suffered injuries in the attack at a train maintenance compound in San Jose, just south of San Francisco.
8=. Villarreal stunned Manchester United after a marathon penalty shoot-out, with goalkeeper David de Gea missing the last spot-kick, in the Europa League final to lift their first-ever major trophy on Wednesday in Gdansk. It finished 1-1 after 120 minutes as Gerard Moreno put the unfancied Spaniards ahead in the 29th minute before Edinson Cavani levelled early in the second half. But Villarreal won a remarkable shoot-out 11-10, leaving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still waiting for his first trophy as United manager.
9=.Over a hundred people have been reported missing after a boat capsized at Corner Libata in Ingaski Local Government Area of Kebbi State.About 180 persons were said to have been aboard the boat which capsized 30 minutes after taking off from Loko Mina in Niger State.
10=.Antonio Conte parted company with Inter Milan on Wednesday just days after lifting their first Serie A title in 11 years amid clashes with the club’s cash-strapped Chinese owners on the way forward.The ambitious Italian refused Suning’s planned cost-cutting which would have prevented him from building the team he wanted to challenge at home and in Europe.