• July 26, 2021

10 Must-Read News Items This Wednesday Morning


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

1=.The Port Harcourt zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned three suspects over their alleged involvement in an N88 million foreign exchange scam. The three suspects, identified as Great Johnson Philip, Adegoke Alaba Bright and Joman Kingsley Tamarkro, were arraigned before Phoebe Ayua, justice of the federal high court in Port Harcourt, on an 11-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence.

2=.Britain has asked Nigeria to explain where and how leader of the proscribed and separatist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, was arrested. Kanu, who is a British citizen, was reportedly arrested in Kenya.

3=.Contrary to rumours circulating on the social media, Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Igboho has not been released by authorities of Benin Republic. Igboho who has been on the wanted list of Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Services, DSS was arrested at the airport in Cotonou, Benin Republic while he was trying to fly out to Germany on Monday evening.

4=.British-Nigerian boxer, Anthony Joshua, will defend his World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organisation heavyweight titles against Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on September 25, his promoter announced on Tuesday. Joshua was set to fight compatriot Tyson Fury in a unification bout in Saudi Arabia in August but that contest was scuppered when a United States arbitrator ruled World Boxing Council champion Fury must defend his title against Deontay Wilder.

5=.Nearly 200,000 people have been evacuated from a flood-hit city in central China, local authorities said Wednesday, as dams burst and rivers bulged across Henan province under torrential rains. “As of 7am on July 21, almost 200,000 people were evacuated in an emergency and 36,000 city residents were affected by the disaster,” authorities in Zhengzhou city, Henan province said.

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6=.Two courts in Anambra on Monday ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to list the names of Professor Chukwuma Soludo and Senator Ugochukwu Uba as the candidates of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), respectively for the November 6, 2021, governorship election. In Professor Soludo’s case, the High Court presided over by Justice C.C. Okaa directed INEC to publish the former CBN Governor’s name which was removed from the electoral umpire’s list last Friday and replaced with that of Hon Chukwuma Michael Umeoji.

7=.The Tokyo Olympics sports programme finally opened after a year’s pandemic delay with softball in disaster-hit Fukushima on Wednesday as the Games suffered their first drugs controversy. Japan thrashed Australia 8-1 in the first action of the 2020 Games, which are struggling for public support with Tokyo under a state of emergency following a surge in coronavirus cases.

8=.Haiti ushered in a new prime minister on Tuesday as Ariel Henry takes the reins of the Caribbean country nearly two weeks after President Jovenel Moise’s was gunned down in a murder plot that likely extends far beyond its borders. Official memorial services for the slain Moise began on Tuesday as the impoverished nation struggling with lawlessness fueled by violent gangs eagerly awaits findings of the investigation into the assassination.

9=.The Police have rescued 100 captives abducted by bandits in the Dansadau area of Maru Local government council of Zamfara State. The captives reportedly spent more than 40 days in bandits’ den before they were rescued.

10=.Ten people suffered minor injuries at a beachfront disco in southern Italy early Wednesday after a patron began shooting, Italian news media reported. Police arrested the suspected shooter, who opened fire during a brawl that broke out at about 2 am at a popular club near Taranto, the reports said.


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