Friday, June 14, 2024


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

1. The Kaduna State Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Sabon Garin Nassarawa communities in the Chikun Local Government Area of the state following the killing of two persons. According a short statement by the state commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, the curfew is with immediate effect. Aruwan also said the decision was reached following a breakdown of law and order that led to loss of two lives in an incident of urban gang violence. CHANNEL

2. Justice Ibironke Harrison of the Lagos High Court, sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) in Lagos, has dismissed a no-case submission application filed by the suspended Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Drambi Vandi, the alleged killer of Lagos-based lawyer, Mrs Omobolanle Raheem. While dismissing the application seeking to quash the murder charge on Monday, Justice Harrison ordered Vandi to open his defence as a ‘prima facie case” had been established against him by the prosecution. The judge also held in his ruling that the prosecution led by the Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, had presented before her sufficient oral and documentary evidence linking the defendant to the crime, which required him to enter his defence. LEADERSHIP

3. A Syrian refugee, Ryyan Alshebl has been elected as the mayor of a village in Germany. He stood as a non-party candidate to become mayor of Ostelsheim in the southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg. The municipality declared him the winner Sunday evening after polling the majority of the votes – 55.41 percent. DAILY POST

4. Nigeria’s senior women’s cricket team, the Female Yellow Greens, have been crowned champions of the 2023 Nigeria Cricket Federation Women’s T20i tournament after dethroning Rwanda with a nine-run win in Lagos on Sunday. The Tafawa Balewa Square Cricket Oval was in a tense mood as the top two sides in the five-team tournament went up against each other in a repeat of last year’s final. Meeting the reigning champions for the second time in two days, Nigeria had the mission of avenging their loss in last year’s final and also avoid a repeat of their defeat on match-day five of this year’s edition. PUNCH

5. Malaysia’s parliament on Monday voted to end the country’s far-reaching mandatory death sentences, potentially sparing more than 1,300 prisoners on death row. The country will embark to ratify legal to trim the number of offences punishable by death and abolish natural-life prison sentences, a move cautiously welcomed by rights groups, Reuters said. Malaysia has had a cessation of executions since 2018 when it first promised to abolish capital punishment entirely. The government, however, faced political pressure from some parties and made a reversal on the pledge a year later, saying it would retain the death penalty but allow courts to replace it with other punishments at their preference. VANGUARD

6. Street-hop singer Habeeb Okikiola, also known as Portable, has been charged with six assault-related offences by the Ogun State Police Command. The singer was arrested by the state’s police on Friday, March 31, after initially resisting arrest on Tuesday, March 29, when they stormed his office. Apart from resisting arrest and hurting a police officer, Portable was charged with more than six counts to deal with, according to the force’s public relations officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, on Saturday, April 1. PULSE

7. Novak Djokovic returned to number one spot in ATP rankings published Monday despite missing US tournaments last month because of his lack of a Covid vaccination. Carlos Alcaraz had taken the top ranking from Djokovic after victory in Indian Wells, but the Spaniard bowed out of the semi-finals of the Miami Open on Friday to allow the Serb back for a record 380th week as No.1. CHANNELS

8. President Muhammadu Buhari has celebrated the victory of Nigerian-born boxer, Anthony Joshua, over Jermaine Franklin, commending the triumph of the gifted pugilist over a formidable opponent. Extolling the mentality of Joshua, who did not allow personal setbacks and obstacles to dent his resilient spirit, the President in a statement by his media aide, Femi Adesina said  the former three-time world heavyweight champion has demonstrated that by hard work, patience, dedication, persistence and humility, those who dare do win. LEADERSHIP

9. Renowned Nigerian actor and comedian Bovi Ugboma has spoken out about why he no longer gets along well with his colleague Bright Okpocha, better known by his stage name Basketmouth. Bovi revealed during a recent interview with media personality Chude Jidenowo that he no longer maintains a friendship with Basketmouth since the latter chose to put more of an emphasis on himself and his business. He said that the extent to which his friendship with Basketmouth may go is limited. Bovi compared their current relationship to their prior one and asserted that the earlier phase was only a passing phase. PULSE

10. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has condemned the recent sanctions against some media organizations, following complaints by political parties. The Commission’s Project Coordinator, Hilary Ogbonna disclosed the agency’s position on the sanctions at the review of its MOVE Project in Abuja on Monday. Ogbonna explained that it was wrong, the speed with which sanctions were imposed on some television stations just five days after complaints were made through a petition. He added that such quick action was capable of sending the wrong signal to the public and the international community, suggesting that thorough investigations were not carried out before the sanctions were slammed. DAILY POST




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