• June 18, 2021

10 Must-Read News Items This Saturday Morning

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

1=.Facebook on Friday set its ban on former US president Donald Trump for two years, saying he deserved the maximum punishment for violating platform rules over a deadly attack by his supporters on the US Capitol. The two-year ban will be effective from January 7, when Trump was booted off the platform, and comes after Facebook’s independent oversight board said the indefinite ban should be reviewed.

2=.Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court in Lagos has declared that the National Assembly Service Commission has no power to determine the remuneration and allowances of lawmakers. Justice Obiozor made the declaration in a judgement on a consolidated suits filed by two lawyers Monday Ubani, John Nwokwu and more than 1,500 concerned Nigerians, including Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), BudgIT and Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE).

3=.The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has said that there is no constitutional nor legal authority that supports the ban of Twitter by the Federal Government. NBA President, Olumide Akpata disclosed this in a statement on Friday night.

4=.Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has sacked all special advisers, senior special assistants and special assistants in his administration. According to the Commissioner of Information who briefed newsmen at the government house in Owerri the Imo state capital on Friday, the dissolution was the outcome of the recommendation by a commission earlier set up by the Governor to carry out a performance appraisal of the duties of all SAs and SSAs.

5=.The Federal Government on Friday said it has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement issued by his office in Abuja.

6=.Namibia on Friday said a 1.1 billion euro development budget offered by Germany as compensation for an early 20th century genocide by colonial troops was “not enough” but would be revisited as funding is rolled out. The southern African country’s government started negotiations with its former coloniser Germany in 2015 over the 1904-1908 massacre of Herero and Nama people for rebelling against their rulers.

7=.Beijing accused the United States of “suppressing” Chinese firms and issued veiled threats of a retaliation Friday, after President Joe Biden expanded a blacklist of companies Americans are barred from investing in. Biden on Thursday widened a list to 59 Chinese companies that are off-limits to American investors over their links to Beijing’s “military-industrial complex”, as he maintains a campaign of pressure on the Asian superpower.

8=.One of Germany’s leading Catholic bishops, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, said Friday he had offered Pope Francis his resignation over the church’s “institutional and systemic failure” in its handling of child sex abuse scandals. The stunning decision came after the church in Germany, like in many places elsewhere, was shaken by allegations of wide-ranging abuse by clergymen against minors.

9=.Six teenage girls were killed and 19 others injured in a fire at a juvenile detention centre in the Egyptian capital, officials said Friday. The blaze broke out late Thursday at the building in Al-Marg district on Cairo’s northeastern outskirts

10=.Chelsea rewarded Thomas Tuchel for winning the Champions League in his first five months in charge with a new contract to 2024 on Friday. The German joined in January with the Blues languishing in ninth in the Premier League.

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