• June 23, 2021

10 Must-Read News Items This Wednesday Morning

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

1=.French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face while greeting a crowd in southeast France on Tuesday, a security scare that drew widespread condemnation ahead of regional elections this month. Video footage on social media showed Macron approach a barrier to meet and shake hands with voters, where a man in a green T-shirt took hold of his elbow and said a few words before slapping him.

2=.A section of the Umuahia Timber Market along Ahiaeke Road in Abia State has been set ablaze by angry traders. The incident broke out after vigilantes tried to enforce the payment of N18,000 annual levy imposed by the Abia State Internal Revenue Board.

3=. Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has restated his stand on the ban of micro-blogging site, Twitter by deactivating his account. Malami had on Saturday ordered the prosecution of Nigerians defying the federal government’s ban on Twitter as a result of the platform’s deletion of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet.

4=.The federal government has selected 500,000 persons for the N-Power Batch C1 programme. The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq gave this disclosure yesterday while giving update on the National Social Investment Management System (NASIMS).

5=.The United States on Monday announced visa restrictions on individuals accused of fueling violence in western Cameroon, which has seen vicious fighting for four years between army troops and separatist English-speaking rebels. Members of the anglophone minority in the country’s westernmost provinces have long complained of being marginalised by the French-speaking majority and President Paul Biya, in power for 38 years.

6=.Some lawmakers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday staged a walkout during plenary at the House of Representatives. The lawmakers staged the walkout after its caucus leader Kingsley Chinda was ruled out of order by Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila.

7=.Israel alleged Tuesday that a Gaza media building it destroyed was used by Hamas to jam air defenses as it offered to help the Associated Press rebuild its bureau. Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Gilad Erdan, gave the most detailed explanation yet of the decision to strike the tower as he met the head of the news agency, Gary Pruitt, at its New York headquarters.

8=.English football’s governing body, the Football Association (FA), on Tuesday said former RAC chief executive Debbie Hewitt would become its first chairwoman, replacing Greg Clarke, who stepped down after his comments on diversity in the sport. Hewitt was selected by a seven-member panel largely due to her successful career in business including at the RAC, a British automotive services company where she led all commercial activities, including roadside and recovery business.

9=.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday labeled as a “terrorist attack” the killing of four members of a Muslim family, who were run down by a man driving a pick-up truck. “This killing was no accident. This was a terrorist attack, motivated by hatred, in the heart of one of our communities,” Trudeau said during a speech at the House of Commons.

10=.Police arrested more than 800 people worldwide in a huge global sting involving encrypted phones that were secretly planted by the FBI, law enforcement agencies said Tuesday. Cops in 16 countries were able to read the messages of global underworld figures as they plotted drug deals, arms transfers and gangland hits on the compromised ANOM devices.

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