• June 14, 2021

10 Must-Read News Items This Friday Morning


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

1=.Germany for the first time on Friday recognised it had committed genocide in Namibia during its colonial occupation, with Berlin promising financial support worth more than one billion euros to aid projects in the African nation. “We will now officially refer to these events as what they are from today’s perspective: genocide,” said Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in a statement.

2=.Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) has denied allegations suggesting that N2 billion was paid to his office from the recovered funds. This is contained in a statement issued by Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, and Minister of Justice.

3=.The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has held an emergency meeting on election security with heads of security agencies at the INEC headquarters in Abuja. The meeting comes on the heels of recent attacks on INEC facilities in Ebonyi, and some other states.

4=.Nike said Thursday it parted ways with Neymar last year after the superstar Brazil attacker “refused to cooperate in a good faith investigation” as the company probed an employee’s claim that he sexually assaulted her. The apparel giant said in a statement that its investigation into the alleged 2016 incident — which was reported to the company in 2018 — was inconclusive.

5=.Marcus Rashford says he was racially abused on social media following Manchester United’s defeat in the Europa League final. The 23-year-old, who has previously been a victim of online attacks, said he had received “at least 70 racial slurs” following United’s penalty shootout loss to Villarreal in Gdansk on Wednesday.

6=.The Nigerian government has again publicly declared a total of 132 travellers as “persons of interest,” for allegedly violating new protocols put in place to halt the spread of the dreaded coronavirus disease in the country. A statement issued on Thursday night by the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 and signed by its chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, said the listed individuals who recently visited or arrived from India, Brazil and Turkey, are potential health hazards to the society.

7=.The House of Representatives ad hoc committee investigating the assessment and status of recovered loots has invited the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele, to appear before it. The Chairman of the committee, Rep. Adeogun Adejoro, who extended the invitation on Thursday in Abuja said that it was necessary for the committee to know the number of recovered loots and where they were being kept.

8=.Somalia’s government announced on Thursday that delayed elections would be held within 60 days, following months of deadlock over the vote that erupted into violence in the troubled country. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and state leaders had been unable to agree on the terms of a vote before his term lapsed in February, triggering an unprecedented constitutional crisis.

9=.EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Thursday that proposals were “on the table” to target key sectors of the Belarusian economy over the forced landing of a passenger jet. The 27-nation bloc is readying its response after leaders gave the go-ahead for broader sanctions against the regime of President Alexander Lukashenko on Monday

10=.Five members of an Indonesian family drowned when a dock where they were taking a selfie collapsed, police said Thursday, just weeks after a similar fatal accident. The family of 14 were at picturesque Kandi Lake in West Sumatra when they gathered on the wooden structure to take a group photo, but their combined weight brought it down, police said.


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