• June 23, 2021

10 Must-Read News Items This Friday Morning


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

1=. Manchester United will make an approach for Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman if they fail to reach a transfer agreement for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho. The Red Devils were widely fancied to sign Sancho last summer, but the deal failed to materialise as they refused to meet the €120 million price tag.

2=.The monarchs in the four local government areas in Akokoland of Ondo State have restated their call that the remains of the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Pastor Temitope Joshua, be buried in his hometown, Arigidi Akoko. The family of the deceased, who are in Lagos to make decision on the burial arrangement of the late cleric, had said the decision would be taken at the meeting scheduled to hold on Friday.

3=.The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has denied planning to nationalise Unity Bank Plc as alleged by an online news medium. The report had claimed that the apex bank’s target examination of Unity Bank showed that the tier 2 lender is in ”grave financial condition”, with a capital adequacy ratio (CAR) and non-performing loans (NPL) ratio that breached prudential standards.

4=.There’s been a major shake-up in the Nigerian Army following the new postings and appointments of senior officers. The Nigerian Army released the list of the appointees in a statement signed on Thursday, by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General, MM Yerima

5=.The Prime Minister of the Central African Republic, Firmin Ngrebada, announced on Thursday that his government had tendered its resignation. Ngrebada wrote on Twitter that he had “presented (his) resignation to the President,” Faustin Archange Touadera.

6=.Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo will arrive home on the afternoon June 17 after being cleared of crimes against humanity for violence following the country’s 2010 election, his spokesman said Wednesday. Gbagbo “will arrive on a Brussels Airlines flight in Abidjan on June 17,” spokesman Justin Katinan Kone told reporters.

7=.The EU needs to respect refugee law as it copes with migration flows, many of which are triggered by wars, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Thursday. Peter Maurer underscored that point in an interview with AFP touching on many of the conflicts in which the Swiss-based ICRC is working.

8=.Captain Giorgio Chiellini warned Italy were raring to get their Euro 2020 campaign going to prove that they are back among the elite three years after missing out on the World Cup finals. “The desire to rebuild, to relive a tournament as a protagonist is immense,” said the 36-year-old Juventus defender on the eve of their Euro opener against Turkey in Rome.

9=.The police command in Oyo on Thursday embarked on a show of force in major areas of the state over an alleged invasion of armed bandits amid the proposed June 12 protests. Briefing journalists at the end of the patrol, the Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko, said the exercise was to let the public be aware that their safety was the primary responsibility of the police.

10=.The Coalition of Northern Groups has asked the National Assembly to suspend the ongoing review of the 1999 Constitution, describing it as ill-timed and uncalled for. The group made the demand at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday.


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