Saturday, May 18, 2024


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

1. A North-east-based group, the North-East Peace Advocacy has hailed President Bola Tinubu for his efforts in tackling crimes and ensuring peace reigns across the nation. The group also welcomed the appointment of Major General Christopher Musa, who took over from Gen. Lucky Irabor as the new Chief of Defence Staff. The President, on Monday, appointed Gen Musa as the new CDS In a release signed by its convener, Bukar Adamu, on Monday, the Advocacy group commended Tinubu for the appointment, saying, “It is an indication of the administration’s willingness to decisively deal with all forms of criminality in the country.” It added that Gen. Musa’s tenure as Force Commander, Operation HADIN KAI, helped to restore the peace in the North-east region and those displaced returned home. PUNCH


2.  Former Aviation Minister and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Femi Fani-Kayode, has lauded President Bola Tinubu on his political outings in the last three weeks. The president is currently being applauded for the ongoing reforms and cleaning of the system, which has been made evident by removing some bigwigs from key positions. Tinubu had, since his inauguration on May 29, sacked and replaced some public officeholders. DAILY POST

3. The detained suspended governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele, will on July 13 know his fate over his detention in the custody of the Directorate of State Services (DSS). Recall that about two weeks ago, President Bola Tinubu suspended Emefiele from office as the apex banker and was subsequently arrested by the DSS. Since his arrest, he had been kept incommunicado by the secret service. He approached a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, through his lawyer, Chief Joesph Daudu, SAN, to secure an order to allow him access to his family members and lawyers, which the court granted last week. However, after listening to Counsels in the matter on Tuesday, the Court fixed July 13 for ruling. LEADERSHIP

4. Chinese tech giant Alibaba announced on Tuesday that it will replace chairman and CEO Daniel Zhang with current executive vice chairman Joseph Tsai as chairman and Eddie Wu as CEO in September. Zhang said in a statement it was “the right time” for him to step down as the firm looks to implement a full spin-off of its advanced cloud computing unit. Hangzhou-based Alibaba is one of China’s most prominent technology firms, with business operations spanning cloud computing, e-commerce, logistics, media and entertainment, and artificial intelligence. Following the executive transition, Zhang will continue to serve as chairman and CEO of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence Group, the company said. CHANNELS



5. Super Eagles head coach, Jose Peseiro has hinted he will go with his regular stars for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sao Tome and Principe. The three-time African champions earned a place in Cote d’Ivoire 2023 following a 3-2 victory against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone on Sunday night. There have been calls for Peseiro to invite new players for the dead rubber clash against Sao Tome and Principe in September. The Portuguese, however, claimed inviting different sets of players will affect the team’s organisation. DAILY POST

6. Guinness World Record holder and chef, Hilda Effiong Bassey, better known as Hilda Baci, has received her award plaque for the longest marathon cooking. Baci made this announcement in a post on her official Instagram page on Monday. She was certified as the new record holder for the longest cooking by an individual with 93 hours and 11 minutes. In the video clip, she received the award plaque packaged in a box and delivered by a courier service official. VANGUARD

7. An international friendly between New Zealand and Qatar was abandoned in Austria on Monday after the former claimed one of their players was racially abused by an opponent. New Zealand did not return for the second half of the match after an incident that occurred shortly before the break with them leading 1-0. New Zealand Football chief executive Andrew Pragnell said the sports body fully supported “the action of our players”. Qatar coach Carlos Queiroz said New Zealand’s captain came over at half-time to inform him they would not be resuming the game. CHANNELS

8. Since breaking into the mainstream, Portable has become one of the most talked about celebrities in Nigeria because of his several news-making antics and lifestyle. On Monday, June 19, 2023, Portable was awarded the Golden Star Artist of the Year prize for his efforts in the year in view. While accepting the award, Portable stated that after picking up the Golden Star awards, his next order of business was to bring home the Grammys. PULSE

9. A cross that former pope Benedict XVI used to wear on his chest has been stolen from a church in southern Germany where it was on display, police said Tuesday. The pectoral cross was in a case in the wall of St. Oswald’s church in Traunstein, in the state of Bavaria, where the late Benedict spent his adolescent years. Thieves broke into the case and took the item, which the former pope had bequeathed to the parish, between 11:45 am (0945 GMT) and 5:00 pm (1500 GMT) on Monday. The perpetrators, whose identities are unknown, also broke into a cash register of a magazine stand and stole the money inside, the police said. CHANNELS

10. Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has confirmed a new two-year contract offer to ace striker Victor Osimhen but said the Nigerian could leave if they receive an offer too big to reject.  Although Laurentiis did not state a specific fee, Napoli will only sell Osimhen for an amount over €100m. The Nigerian international, after a spectacular campaign with the Partonopei, has attracted interests of some top European clubs who are jostling for his signature.  Osimhen still has two years left on his contract at the club having joined from Lille for a club and African record fee of €75m in 2020.  VANGUARD





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