Good morning readers! This is a summary of some top news stories:
1=.World Bank says an estimated 4,000 Nigerian children lost one or both parents between March 2020 and July 2021 due to COVID-19-associated death. Fatalities from COVID-19 in Nigeria reached 2,130 on Wednesday, with two new deaths from 238 new confirmed cases
2=.South Africa’s jailed ex-president Jacob Zuma was granted compassionate leave from prison on Thursday so he can attend his brother’s funeral, the government said. Zuma, 79, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for contempt of court last month after snubbing graft investigators probing his presidency.
3=.At least two policemen are feared dead and a patrol vehicle and motorcycle burnt during two checkpoints attacks and shootings within Enugu State on Wednesday evening. The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, confirmed the shooting, without giving further details, in a statement made available to newsmen in Enugu on Thursday.
4=.Saudi Arabia has dismissed as “baseless” allegations that it used Israeli-supplied Pegasus malware to spy on journalists and human rights activists. “A Saudi official denied the recent allegations reported in media outlets that an entity in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia used software to monitor phone calls,” the official SPA news agency reported late Wednesday.
5=.The prosecutor general’s office in Madagascar has said it foiled an assassination attempt on President Andry Rajoelina, and arrested several “foreign and Malagasy” suspects. Two French people are among several arrested in the Indian Ocean island nation on Tuesday “as part of an investigation for undermining state security”, diplomatic sources said.
6=.Arsenal are heading the queue of clubs looking to sign Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham this summer. The Blues striker is set to leave Stamford Bridge having struggled for opportunities under Thomas Tuchel.
7=.Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, has challenged traditional rulers in the state to join hands with security agencies and the state government in combating crimes in the state.The governor specifically charged the Emir of Bauchi, Rilwanu Sulaiman, to ensure that Bauchi, the state capital, is rid of all forms of crime, for peaceful coexistence of the people of the state. Mohammed, who spoke when the Emir of Bauchi led his emirate council to pay homage to the governor during this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration, urged the emir and his council to caution their subjects to shun acts, which he said is detrimental to the peaceful coexistence in the state.
8=.At least three police officers have been killed in Enugu. The attack was carried out on Wednesday night while the police officers were on duty along Obeagu-Amechi in Enugu South Local Government Area and Amagunze in Nkanu East Local Government Area of the state. The attackers also burnt the police patrol vehicle.
9=.At least two persons have been killed following a resurgence of cult clashes in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. The crisis has forced residents of Udianga Enem community and its village head Mendie Josiah Udoekoriko to flee his palace. The latest incident is said to have happened on Monday night, when a rival cult group said to be of the Iceland group, led by one Oto, from Obon Ebot, stormed the Udianga Enem community to retrieve stolen items, allegedly seized by the opposing gang in the nearby community of Obong Ntak.
10=French President Emmanuel Macron has called an urgent national security meeting for Thursday to discuss the Israeli-made Pegasus spyware after reports about its use in France emerged this week, a government spokesman said. “The president is following this subject closely and takes it very seriously,” Gabriel Attal told France Inter radio, adding that the unscheduled national security meeting would be “dedicated to the Pegasus issue and the question of cybersecurity”