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Good day! Below is a Summary of News Stories Across Nigeria and Abroad:

1. The Senate, has confirmed the nomination of service chiefs newly appointed by President Bola Tinubu, Today. This followed the screening of the top brass by the upper chamber. Senate President Godswill Akpabio said during the closed-door session, the service chiefs answered questions on defence-related matters and topical issues. The President had in a letter read on Monday on the floor of the Senate requested that the red chamber confirm the service chiefs. The Senate, upon resumption of plenary on Thursday, started the screening of the service chiefs, with each of them mounting the podium to speak on how they will tackle insecurity in the country if confirmed. CHANNELS

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2. The House of Representatives has approved the request of President Bola Tinubu for an amendment to the 2022 appropriation act. The approval followed Tinubu’s request for N500 billion for palliatives to Nigerians in order to reduce the hardship caused by subsidy removal. The amendment passed the first, second, and third readings during plenary on Wednesday. However, the House on Thursday approved the President’s request after members of the House made contributions. PUNCH

3. Justice Hamza Muazu of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, has issued a one week ultimatum to the Department of State Services, DSS, to either charge the detained suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele to court or set him free. The Judge issued the order on Thursday while delivering ruling in a fundamental human rights suit instituted against the DSS and others by Emefiele. Justice Muazu held that the DSS has power to carry out its constitutional duties of making arrest, detention and ensuring prevention of internal crime, but however said that such duties must be carried out within the ambit of the law. DAILY POST

4. Head Coach of the Super Falcons, Randy Waldrum has said his side’s preparation for the 2023 FIFA Women World Cup is going well. This is coming on the heels of the American’s squabble with the NFF over the allocation of funds made available by FIFA ahead of the competition. He also alleged that the NFF owes him 14 months’ salary. Speaking to NFF TV on Thursday, Waldrum said the players in camp are working hard with the feeling of happiness pervasive within. VANGUARD

5. The victims of the devastating flood that occurred on June 23, 2023, at TradeMore Estate in Lugbe, Abuja, have received much-needed support from the Renewed Hope Initiative, led by the First Lady of Nigeria, Senator Oluremi Tinubu. During a brief event, the First Lady’s representative, the wife of the Vice President, Nana Shettima expressed heartfelt sympathy for the unfortunate incident. According to a statement by the media aide of the first Lady, Busola Kukoyi, she acknowledged the unpredictable nature of future flood occurrences due to the ongoing rainy season but expressed hope that the outreach and intervention of the Renewed Hope Initiative would alleviate the victims’ suffering. LEADERSHIP

6. Controversial street singer Habeeb Olawunmi, AKA Portable, narrowly escaped death after being involved in a harrowing accident in his newly acquired G-Wagon. In a new video circulating on the web, the singer’s fans are made aware of the severity of the car crash as the luxury Mercedes Benz that once stood gallantly is reduced to ruins. The controversial Zazusinger, being the open type, took to Instagram to narrate the ordeal to his fans. According to him, the incident took place at Osapa London, Lekki, on Wednesday July 12 , 2023, while he was drove to his music studio during a heavy downpour. PULSE

7. French prosecutors said Thursday they had opened an investigation after the discovery of a severed fingertip in a letter addressed to the presidential palace. The gruesome find was reported by staff working for President Emmanuel Macron at the beginning of the week, with police called in to investigate, according to the Valeurs Actuelles magazine which first reported the story. The fingertip is believed to belong to the sender of the letter who suffers from psychiatric problems, a source close to the investigation told AFP on condition of anonymity. CHANNELS

8. Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr has reportedly been banned from registering new players because of their failure to pay Leicester City £390,000 owed the English Championship club over Ahmed Musa’s transfer in 2018. Al Nassr was ruled to have owed Leicester City the amount by FIFA in 2021 after a complaint was made by the Foxes. According to a report on Leicester Mercury, the Foxes argued they had not received add-ons they were due after the Super Eagles captain reached 40 starts for the club and helped them to finish inside the top three in the Saudi Arabian topflight league in his first season. The world governing body agreed with Leicester and said Al Nassr needed to make the payment, plus interest, otherwise, they would be banned from registering new players for three straight transfer windows. PUNCH

9. Nigeria’s relay teams will take another shot at qualifying for the Budapest 2023 World Athletics Championship at the Lagos Club Athletics series on Friday. With the deadline for the World Championship pegged for July ending, the men’s 4x400m as well as the women’s 4x400m will again file out at the Yabatech Sports Complex on Friday July 14, 2023 in their quest to book a passage to the Budapest championship in August. The teams last weekend, failed to qualify for the next month’s event with impressive performances at the CAA Region II Senior Athletics Championships, which ended Saturday in Lome, Togo. LEADERSHIP

10. Six people were killed on Wednesday in clashes in Kenya between police and demonstrators who joined banned opposition protests against tax hikes, police officers told AFP. After the violence, Interior Minister Kithure Kindiki issued a warning that the authorities would no longer tolerate the unrest. Police had earlier fired tear gas on protesters in and around Nairobi, with five of the six deaths reported in the towns of Mlolongo and Kitengela on the capital’s outskirts. Tear gas was also used to disperse crowds attacking a highway connecting Nairobi to the port city of Mombasa, with one death recorded in Emali, a town located along that route. CHANNELS

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