Thursday, July 18, 2024


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

1. The Presidential Election Petition Court has consolidated all the petitions filed by the three petitioners, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party (LP), and the Allied Peoples’ Movement (APM), and their presidential candidates. The Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Haruna Tsamani, made this known on Tuesday while presenting the court pre-hearing report. All three parties are challenging the outcome of the February 25 presidential election, in which the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Bola Tinubu, was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission. The Tribunal, in Tuesday’s proceeding at the Court of Appeal in Abuja, said the Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, had three weeks to prove their case. CHANNELS

2. Some men, said to be soldiers in mufti, numbering about five, on Monday night allegedly assaulted the chairman of the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU), Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, branch, Dr Ibrahim Inuwa, and harassed one of the university’s security personnel. It was learnt that the soldiers, who were in two vehicles, wanted to enter the university but were prevented by one of the school’s security personnel manning the main gate because their vehicles had tinted glasses. Despite this, the soldiers were said to have forced their way into the university premises but the lone security man at the gate remained adamant, leading to his harassment by the soldiers. The situation almost degenerated into a major crisis as students of the institution, on learning about the harassment of the ASUU chairman, demanded that the soldiers be handed over to them to be “disciplined”. DAILY POST

3. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), says the 2023 Direct Entry (DE) e-PIN sales would close on May 26, while registration of candidates  who obtained the e-PIN would end on May 30. This is contained in a statement by the board’s Head, Public Affairs and Protocol, Dr Fabian Benjamin in Abuja on Tuesday. Benjamin said the 2023 DE registration which commenced in February, was extended for all desiring candidates to register. He said it was later suspended to facilitate the incorporation of certain safeguards designed to enhance the sanctity of the exercise. VANGUARD

4. President Biden Announces Presidential Delegation to the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Bola Ahmed Tinubu. President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Bola Ahmed Tinubu on May 29, 2023, in Abuja, Nigeria. The Honorable Marcia L. Fudge, Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, will lead the delegation. CHANNELS

5. Flying Eagles winger, Jude Sunday, hopes to open his goal account at the 2023 U-20 World Cup when the team take on Italy on Wednesday. Sunday was unlucky not to get on the score sheet for the Flying Eagles in the 2-1 win against Dominican Republic on Sunday. The youngster had two goal-bound shots saved by the Dominican Republic goalkeeper and had a goal chalked off for offside. The pacy winger was on target twice for the Flying Eagles at the 2023 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations earlier in the year in Egypt. Sunday is looking forward to the game against the Young Azzurri and is ready to give his best. DAILY POST

6. Pep Guardiola said his Manchester City team will have to win the Champions League to be considered one of the greatest of all time. Guardiola collected his fifth Premier League title in six years after Sunday’s 1-0 win over Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium, a feat he called “exceptional.” It has started a debate about whether City have already earned a place among the best teams in history, but Guardiola said they will have to win the Champions League first. LEADERSHIP

7. There was confusion on Tuesday morning at the Yaba Chief Magistrates Court, Lagos State, as youths gathered outside the court to protest for the freedom of the Afrobeat musician, Seun Kuti. A source, who pleaded anonymity told newsmmen, that in the absence of the magistrate, Adeola Olatunbosun, the trial was postponed to Wednesday, May 24, 2023. The trial was supposed to be held today, following the plea by the police last week to extend the defendant’s stay in police custody by four days to enable them to conclude their investigation. However, at noon, another source revealed that the proceedings might still hold, pending when the magistrate returns. PUNCH

8. Popular street singer Portable has expressed his displeasure towards Spyro after the latter stated that he would not be able to collaborate with Portable. In an interview, Spyro made it clear that Portable’s musical style does not align with the type of music he creates, thereby making a collaboration unlikely. The remarks from Spyro regarding Portable’s inability to deliver the kind of music he writes for artists have sparked a response from Portable himself. The street singer, known for his energetic and vibrant performances, has taken offence to Spyro’s comments and voiced his dissatisfaction with the situation. In a candid, pidgin English response, Portable didn’t hold back as he fired back at Spyro for dismissing him, especially considering Spyro’s own status as a non-A-lister in the music industry. PULSE

9. Spanish police arrested Tuesday four men suspected of hanging a dummy of Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior from a bridge in January in Madrid. The arrests come two days after racist abuse was again hurled at the 22-year-old Brazilian international during a Spanish league match, sparking an international outcry. The four men, who were arrested in Madrid, are “suspected of a hate crime for hanging from a bridge a mannequin with Vinicius’ shirt,” police said in a statement. Three of the men are members of an ultra fan group of a Madrid football club, the statement added without identifying the club. CHANNELS

10. A report has revealed that the British Special Air Service and the European country’s other special forces have carried out operations clandestinely in Nigeria and 18 other nations for the past 12 years. This was corroborated by an incident in 2012 when a group of SBS commandos attempted and failed to rescue a Briton and an Italian held by an Islamist group in Nigeria. The British SAS also engaged in covert operations in Algeria, Estonia, France, Oman, Iraq, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Cyprus, Pakistan, Somalia, the Philippines, Russia, Syria, Ukraine, Yemen and most recently Sudan. The UK Special Forces provided non-combat support during French military action against jihadi groups in Mali. They also trained Nigerian, Moroccan, and Cameroonian soldiers and collated intelligence threat assessments in response to rising instability in the Sahel region. DAILY TRUST





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