• June 18, 2021

10 Must-Read News Items This Tuesday Morning

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

1=.The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has vowed to conduct the Anambra governorship election despite the recent attacks on its facilities in the region. The Anambra governorship election is scheduled to hold on November 6, 2021, but the South-East has been a hotbed of insecurity with gunmen attacking police facilities, burning INEC buildings, and destroying electoral materials.

2=.Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has dissolved the State Executive Council with immediate effect. The Governor’s Special Adviser on Public Enlightenment, Media and Communications, Zailani Bappa, announced this in a statement on Monday

3=.President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Ambassador Babagana Kingibe as his Special Envoy with Cabinet Rank Status to Chad and the Lake Chad Basin Region. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, announced this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

4=.Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku has won the Serie A Most Valuable Player award for the 2020/2021 season after helping the Nerazzurri to their first league crown in 11 years.  The former Manchester United forward scored 24 times and provided 11 assists as the team romped to the title.

5=.A Senegalese prisoner notorious for staging daring jail breaks has mounted another escape from a high-security facility in the capital Dakar, a prison official said Monday. Dubbed the “Escape Ace,” Baye Modou Fall slipped out of a penitentiary in the north of the seaside city on Saturday night and is still at large, according to prison spokesman Mbaye Sarr.

6=.Former president Laurent Gbagbo will return to Ivory Coast on June 17 after a decade following his acquittal of crimes against humanity during a civil war, a party official said Monday.  In April, the International Criminal Court (ICC) based in The Hague confirmed that Gbagbo and his former right-hand man Charles Ble Goude were in the clear over the devastating post-electoral violence that rocked the West African nation in 2010-11.

7=.At least 50 people were killed overnight in two new attacks in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s deeply troubled east, monitors said Monday. A local official blamed the notorious ADF militia, which has been linked to the Islamic State group, but others said the attacks may have been ethnic in origin.

8=.World Health Organization members agreed Monday to strengthen the global body at the heart of the pandemic response and give it a more secure financial base from which to future health crisis. Many of the details of the concrete measures needed have been left to a future date, as members continue to debate how much power to cede to UN body.

9=.Inter Milan’s Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal is receiving hospital treatment after testing positive for coronavirus, his national team said Monday. The diagnosis means the 34-year-old will miss Thursday’s World Cup qualifier between Chile and Argentina

10=.Naomi Osaka said Monday she was withdrawing from the French Open following the bitter fall-out from her decision to boycott all media activity at the Grand Slam event, revealing she has “suffered long bouts of depression” and will now “take some time away from the court”. “The best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris,” the world number two wrote on Twitter

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