• August 5, 2021

10 Must-Read News Items This Tuesday Morning

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

1=.The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, is confident that Nigeria will remain united as a strong nation to the frustration of those waiting to see the country broken into pieces. He made the remark on Monday in Abuja at the maiden edition of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Progressives Youth Conference.

2=.Denmark made it through to the last 16 of Euro 2020 on Monday after a convincing 4-1 win over Russia which alongside Belgium’s victory against Finland meant they finished second in Group B. Goals from Mikkel Damsgaard, Yussuf Poulsen, Andreas Christensen, and Joakim Maehle gave the Danes their first win of the tournament on a joyous evening at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.

3=.Dozens of suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)/ Eastern Security Network (ESN) have been arrested in connection with the attacks on police stations and offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ebonyi State. The Commissioner of Police in Ebonyi, Aliyu Garba, paraded the suspect alongside others on Monday at the Police Headquarters in Abakaliki, the state capital.

4=.Face masks will no longer be compulsory in Italy, one of the countries in Europe worst hit by the coronavirus, from June 28, the health ministry said Monday. The lifting of the mask requirement would come into effect in regions labelled “white” under Italy’s classification system for how rapidly the virus is spreading, Health Minister Roberto Speranza wrote on Facebook.

5=.President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr George Ekpungu as the secretary of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Dr Umar Gwandu, the spokesman for the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, announced this in a statement on Monday.

6=.The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will open an online portal for eligible voters who are currently not on the country’s voter’s register, to get registered ahead of the General Election in 2023. INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu stated this at a consultative meeting with media practitioners in Abuja on Monday

7=.Iran’s President-elect Ebrahim Raisi said on Monday he will not allow nuclear negotiations for the sake of negotiations, in his first news conference since winning election last week. Raisi also ruled out meeting US President Joe Biden but said there were “no obstacles” to resuming diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia, the Sunni-ruled regional rival of Shiite Iran, which have been severed for five years.

8=.Georginio Wijnaldum scored twice as the Netherlands completed a perfect group stage at Euro 2020 by comfortably beating North Macedonia 3-0 in Amsterdam on Monday. The Dutch captain, who signed for Paris Saint-Germain from Liverpool just before the tournament began, scored twice in the second half at the Johan Cruyff Arena after Memphis Depay had put them in front.

9=.Paul Pogba’s future at Manchester United will be up in the air unless he puts a pen to the dotted line. He is entering the final year in his contract, and reports suggest he could be used as a makeweight in a deal with Real Madrid. But the latest this morning is Real Madrid are reportedly set to reject an offer from United for Raphael Varane that will include a swap for Pogba, as per AS, but the Mirror claims it was rejected.

10=.Gernot Rohr has said he will not be the coach to lead out the NPFL stars who will take on Mexico in a friendly early next month in the USA. The NPFL stars will face Mexico on July 3 in a friendly on July in Los Angeles.

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