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

1. The Presidential Election Petition Court, PEPC, on Monday in Abuja turned down the request by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar for the live streaming of proceedings of his petition against the election and declaration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as winner of the last presidential election. The Court held that the request was a novel and not supported with any law in the country for now. Chairman of the Court, Justice Haruna Simon Tsammani, who delivered the unanimous decision of the panel, said the request was not rooted from the petition Atiku filed before the Court. DAILY POST

2. The first refined Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also called Petrol from Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals, will hit Nigeria’s local market by end of July and beginning of August, chairman of Dangote Group, Alh. Aliko Dangote, has confirmed. Dangote made the disclosure in his remarks at the official commissioning of the 650,000 barrels-per-day Dangote Refinery at Ibeju-Lekki in Lagos State, on Monday. He said the facility has a capacity to process 650,000 barrels per day of crude oil (plus 900,000 tonnes of polypropylene) in a single train – which is the largest in the world. LEADERSHIP

3. Mark Zuckerberg’s social media company, Meta has been fined a record-breaking €1.2 billion ($1.3 billion) by European Union (EU) regulators for moving the personal data of Facebook’s EU users to servers in the United States. The European Data Protection Board announced the fine in a statement Monday, saying it followed an inquiry into Facebook (FB) by the Irish Data Protection Commission, the chief regulator overseeing Meta’s operations in Europe. The fine is the largest ever levied under Europe’s signature data privacy law, known as the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. Meta has also been ordered to cease the processing of personal data of European users in the United States within six months. VANGUARD

4. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has celebrated the Flying Eagles of Nigeria after the team’s 2-1 victory against Dominican Republic. The two-time finalists fought back from a goal down to beat the debutants in their opening game at the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup on Sunday. CAF took to the social media to heap plaudits on Ladan Bosso’s boys who won their opening day fixture at the U-20 World Cup for the fifth time in a row. DAILY POST

5. The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors has directed its members to resume work today (Monday) following a five-day nationwide warning strike embarked upon by its members. NARD, after its three-hour Extraordinary National Executive Council meeting, however, said it would review Federal Government’s commitment to resolving the issues in the next two weeks. The association on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Government to address the issues raised by the resident doctors. NARD, however, said it would be reviewing the strike in two weeks Recall that the NARD on May 17 embarked on a nationwide strike to press home its demands from the Federal Government. The doctors are demanding immediate massive recruitment of clinical staff in the hospitals; immediate withdrawal of the bill seeking to compel medical and dental graduates to render five-year compulsory services in Nigeria before being granted full licences to practise; immediate infrastructural development in the hospitals with a subsequent allocation of at least 15 per cent of the budgetary provisions to health in line with the 2001 Abuja declaration. PUNCH

6. Veteran actor known in Yoruba movie circles, Prince Adewale Adeyemo, is dead. This is coming while the movie industry is still mourning the death of their colleagues, Saint Obi and Murphy Afolabi, the latter whose death occurred penultimate Sunday in Lagos. Adeyemo is said to have battled different ailments since 2021 and was said to have gotten the attention of billionaire businessman, Otunba Mike Adenuga, who bankrolled the surgery that the actor underwent. He later succumbed to the cold hands of death on Monday morning. LEADERSHIP

7. At least 20 people died in a school dormitory fire in a central Guyana mining town, the government announced in a statement on Sunday night. The statement said the death toll had risen to 20 and several people were injured in the fire at the Mahdia Secondary School. The death toll had risen to 20 and several people were injured in the fire at the Mahdia Secondary School in central Guyana, the government statement said. Ali said he had ordered arrangements be made in the capital Georgetown’s two major hospitals “so that every single child who requires attention be given the best possible opportunity to get that attention.” CHANNELS

8. The Federal Government has approved the appointment of Dr. Ibraheem Adedotun Abdul as the Rector of Yaba College of Technology, Yabatech. Abdul, a chief lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering was until this appointment, the Director of Open Distance and Flexible E-Learning(formerly, Flexible Skills Development Centre) of the College.  He was also a former Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, in addition to serving as chairman and member of important and strategic management and academic board committees. VANGUARD

9. Annie Macaulay Idibia, the wife of popular Nigerian singer, Innocent Idibia, known as 2Face or 2Baba has beseeched Nigerians to stop criticizing her marriage. Annie in a viral video on social media, made the plea during her recent appearance on the Young Famous and African reality show. The mother of two also noted that she no longer knows who her friends are anymore, as many people are praying and hoping for her to post her marital difficulties on social media. DAILY POST

10. Remo Stars, Enyimba and Sunshine Stars yesterday joined the trio of Bendel Insurance, Rivers United and Lobi Stars who had already qualified to feature in the 2023 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) Super 6 playoff next month but Wikki Tourists dropped down to the lower division of the Nigerian league. It will be recalled that before the Match Day 18 fixtures, Insurance of Benin had qualified from Group A while Rivers United and Lobi Stars also booked their tickets in Group B with a match to spare. However, former African champions, Enyimba, Remo Stars and Sunshine Stars had to wait till the end of week 18 matches to know their fate and they didn’t disappoint their teeming fans. DAILY TRUST

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