• June 23, 2021

10 Must-Read News Items This Tuesday Morning

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

1=.Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced Monday he will fly into space next month on the first human flight launched by his Blue Origin rocket firm. “Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space. On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother,” Bezos said on his Instagram account.

2=.Unknown gunmen have killed at least 78 policemen and 38 soldiers in Imo as hoodlums continue to attack security agencies and facilities in the South-East. This was revealed by Commander of 34 Artillery Brigade, Brig.-Gen. Reymond Osaghe, at a recent press briefing. He also stated that 100 unarmed civilians had been killed in the orgy of violence.

3=.The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, says the use of social media application, Twitter is in line with Article 19 of the UN universal declaration of Human Rights. The senior pastor said in defence of his post on Monday, via the now-banned platform.

4=.The Lagos State Government has fined a total of 27 private schools N13.5 million as part of punishments for being involved in examination malpractices during the 2020 Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) which was conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC). Each of the affected schools is to pay N500,000. This decision was contained in a statement issued on Monday by the Office of the Education Quality Assurance (OEQA) of the state’s ministry of education.

5=.Malian strongman Colonel Assimi Goita stood by the goal of staging elections next February as he was sworn in as transitional president on Monday, also naming a civilian premier after international outrage over the country’s second coup in nine months. Goita, who had already headed a coup that toppled the West African country’s democratically elected leader last August, ousted the civilian president and prime minister of a transitional government on May 24.

6=.Nigeria’s Super Eagles and the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon will battle again at the Stadion Wiener Neustadt in the second of a two-match friendly programme in the Austrian capital, Vienna. Cameroon won the first encounter 1-0 at the same venue last week Friday, courtesy of a 36th minute strike by Andre Zambo Nguissa. The Super Eagles created several changes but failed to convert any.

7=.The Federal Government says it would restore Twitter operations in Nigeria if the platform would be used responsibly by the citizens. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama disclosed this after a meeting with some of the top envoys of various Diplomatic Missions in Nigeria.

8=.At least 15 people have died after a blaze swept through a sanitiser factory in the western Indian city of Pune on Monday, police said. “We have recovered 15 bodies so far,” an officer in Pune’s rural police control room, who spoke on condition of anonymity

9=.At least 43 people were killed and dozens injured Monday when a packed Pakistani inter-city train ploughed into another express that had derailed just minutes earlier, officials said. Several people were trapped for hours in the mangled wreckage left by the collision near Daharki, in a remote part of rural Sindh province, before rescue workers with specialist equipment could reach them.

10=. Paul Onuachu has won the Ebony Shoe award for the Best African player In Belgium for the 2020/21 season, reports Completesports.com. The Nigeria international succeeded Antwerp and Congo Democratic Republic forward Dieurmaci Mbokani as the winner of this year’s award.

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