Friday, June 21, 2024


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

1. The Federal Government has declared Friday 7 and Monday 10, April 2023 as public holidays to mark this year’s Easter celebration. The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration in Abuja. Aregbesola, in a statement signed by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Shuaib Begore, on Wednesday, urged Christians to emulate the virtues of sacrifice, togetherness, forgiveness, kindness, love, peace and patience which were attributes and practices of Jesus Christ, as exemplified by His ministry on the earth. PUNCH

2. Former federal lawmaker, Shehu Sani has claimed that the supporters of the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi are more peaceful than those who backed the ambition of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2011. During electioneering campaigns, many Nigerians had accused Obi’s supporters, known as Obidients of instigating violence. Supporters of the All Progressives Congress, APC had tagged Obidients as violent people following alleged verbal attacks on other presidential candidates. But Sani in a tweet on Wednesday, claimed Buhari’s supporters in the 2011 presidential election were more violent than Obi’s supporters. DAILY POST

3. Donald Trump offered a full-throated defense of his conduct Tuesday in his first public remarks since being charged over hush money payments to a porn star, blasting the criminal prosecution as “an insult to our country.” Hours earlier the 76-year-old former US president pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts in a dramatic hearing in New York that transfixed the nation — and began the countdown to the first ever criminal trial of an American president. CHANNELS

4. Nigeria Teqball Federation (NIGTEQ) has approved the first National Championship tagged Delta Teqball Tour 2023. NIGTEQ’s head, Competitions/Communications, Promise Uwaeme, disclosed in a statement on Wednesday that teams would battle for a $3,000 prize at the magnificent Indoor Sports Hall of Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Delta State, from Wednesday to Saturday, May 10 – 13, 2023. LEADERSHIP

5. The regime of the President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the sum of N320,345,040, 835 as the 2023 intervention funds for public tertiary education institutions in the country. The Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Sonny Echono, disclosed this in Abuja on Wednesday, during the Fund’s annual strategic planning workshop with all heads of beneficiary institutions. Echono said the meeting was an avenue to receive feedback and evaluate the performance of its intervention lines to enhance a more robust delivery of the agency’s mandate. PUNCH

6. The World Bank has stated its readiness to partner with the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, on youth empowerment, job creation and skills development for corps members. The Lead Economist of the World Bank Youth Employment and Skills Development Team, Elena Glinskaya, disclosed this during a courtesy visit to the NYSC National Directorate Headquarters in Maitama, Abuja. The team leader of the World Bank group, who commended the National Youth Service Corps for introducing Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development into the Orientation Course programme added that the vocational training that corps members are being exposed to while at the orientation camp has helped a large number of them to become self-reliant. DAILY POST

7. Nigerian disc jockey Florence Otedola, popularly known as DJ Cuppy, has donated £100,000 to Oxford University as a means to support African graduates at the university.Cuppy, who has two master’s degrees from the prestigious university, established the “Cuppy African Oxford Fund” as a scholarship fund for Africans. She announced the fund on her Instagram page, with the goal of assisting future African leaders by equipping them with the knowledge, tools, and networks needed to have the greatest effect on Africa and beyond. PULSE

8. Bob Lee, founder of mobile payment service Cash App, has been stabbed to death in San Francisco on Tuesday morning, according to reports. Lee, 43, was reported to have been attacked in the city’s downtown Rincon Hill neighborhood at 2:35 a.m., according to San Francisco police. Officers arrived to find the tech mogul with multiple stab wounds. Lee was taken to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, police told the outlet. VANGUARD

9. Italy’s competition watchdog said it had opened an investigation against Meta, the parent company of Facebook, for allegedly abusing its dominant position during copyright negotiations with Italian music artists. The Italian Competition Authority said it was probing Meta’s “alleged abuse of economic dependence” of the Italian Society of Authors and Publishers (SIAE), the public authority charged with protecting artists’ copyright in Italy. CHANNELS

10. Makhosazane Twala, aka Khosi, the winner of the Big Brother Titans Season 1 reality show, has said she is afraid of visiting Nigeria. She stated this during a recent Instagram live session with her colleague, Marvin. The 25-year-old South African journalist had announced to fans in her country that she is planning a meet and greet with them, which made some of her Nigerian fans ask when she would visit them. Responding, Khosi disclosed she’s sceptical about stepping foot in Nigeria for fear of being attacked because some Nigerians signed a petition to ban Khosi from entering the country for being too flirtatious on the reality show. DAILY POST





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