Monday, May 20, 2024


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

1. The acting Inspector-General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, is currently meeting with members of the Police Management Team at the Goodluck Jonathan Peacekeeping Hall, Force Headquarters, Abuja. Addressing the senior officers, Egbetokun stressed on police proactivity to preventing rather than reacting to criminal activities in the country. The IG also promised improved welfare for police officers, while reiterating his commitment to improved interagency collaboration between the police and other security agencies. Those present at the IG conference, are senior police officers from the ranks of Deputy Inspectors-General of Police, Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, and Commissioners of Police, amongst others. PUNCH

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2. Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State has prayed a Federal High Court, Abuja to commit the Director-General (DG) of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Yusha’u Ahmed, to prison over alleged disobedience to court order. Mbah prayed the court in a Form 49 filed through his lawyer, Emeka Ozoani, SAN, before Justice Inyang Ekwo. Recall that the application, dated and filed June 22, was filed in accordance with Order IX, Rule 13, Judgment Enforcement Rules of the Sheriffs and Civil Process Act, CAP. S6, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. The governor alleged that Ahmed flouted the order of the court made on May 15, restraining him from issuing, publishing or continued to issue, publish disclaimer to the effect that the NYSC certificate of national service dated Jan. 6, 2003, with certificate number: A.808297 issued to him was not issued by the corps. VANGUARD

3. National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has declared that outbound movement of intending pilgrims from Nigeria to Saudi Arabia would be rounded up on Saturday, June 24, three days to the Arafat. The commission has so far transported over 71, 000 pilgrims of states, excluding pilgrims of private tour operators, to the Holy Land in 170 flights since the commencement of airlift operations on Thursday, May 25, when former President Muhammadu Buhari flagged off the inaugural flight at the Pilgrims Terminal of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. According to a press statement issued by Fatima Sanda Usara, assistant director of public affairs of the commission, out of the five approved airlines for transportation of Nigerian pilgrims to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for 2023 Hajj, three of them – Aero Contractors Airline, Max Air, Air Peace, have all concluded conveyance of their allocated pilgrims to the Holy Land while Azman has one more flight to conclude. FlyNas is expected to close the window of this year’s outbound airlift of pilgrims from public quota, due to technical hitches that pinioned its movement on few occasions, within the next two days of the operations. LEADERSHIP

4. Sub operator, OceanGate says all five people onboard a missing submersible near the wreck of the Titanic have been lost. “We now believe that our CEO Stockton Rush, Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman Dawood, Hamish Harding, and Paul-Henri Nargeolet, have sadly been lost,” the company said in a pensive statement on Thursday. The company said the “men were true explorers who shared a distinct spirit of adventure, and a deep passion for exploring and protecting the world’s oceans” while sending condolences to “every member of their families during this tragic time”. The confirmation came a few hours after a “debris field” was discovered by an underwater robot searching near the wreck of the Titanic for the missing submersible. The development came after rescuers insisted that the multinational mission to locate the craft was still focused on finding the crew alive despite fears that the vessel’s oxygen may have run out. CHANNELS

5. The Federal Government has called on the United Nations and development partners to strengthen support towards the implementation of the regional strategy for stabilisation, recovery and resilience of areas affected by terrorism in Lake Chad. The National Coordinator, National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), retired Rear Adm. Yaminu Musa, made the call at the ongoing 3rd UN Counter-Terrorism Week in New York. The CT Week is a biennial gathering of Member States and international counter-terrorism partners with the theme, ‘‘Addressing Terrorism through Reinvigorated Multilateral and Institutional Cooperation’’. DAILY POST



6. Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has disclosed that the Super Falcons will open their final training camp at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja, on June 29 in preparation for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. The women’s soccer festival will hold from July 20 to August 20, 2023. According to Director of Media/Communications, NFF, Ademola Olajire, Coach Randy Waldrum’s tutored side are being primed to be in their best possible condition for the World Cup. LEADERSHIP

7. Tech titans Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk are in a fierce business rivalry that has spilt over into a playground spat, with the two men offering to fight each other in a cage. Months after Musk took over Twitter, Zuckerberg’s Meta hinted it was planning to launch its own text-based social media platform — essentially a direct rival. Musk has trolled Zuckerberg ever since with messages on Twitter, telling his fans this week: “I’m up for a cage match if he is lol.” Zuckerberg, who has followed the trend of tech bosses getting buff and posting martial arts videos, responded on Wednesday on his Instagram Stories with a screenshot of the message and a response: “Send me location.” Meta confirmed to AFP that Zuckerberg’s message was genuine. The exchange has provoked mirth on social media with plenty of fight predictions — Zuckerberg emerging as the clear favourite. CHANNELS

8. Hospital doctors in England on Friday announced the longest strike in the history of the state-funded National Health Service (NHS), in an ongoing row over pay. Junior doctors — those below consultant level — will walk out for five days from 7:00 am (0600 GMT) on July 13 until the same time on July 18, the British Medical Association said. The stoppage — just after the NHS marks its 75th anniversary — follows a 72-hour strike this month in opposition to the government’s refusal to budge on its offer of a five-per cent pay increase. Medics say they have seen a 26-per cent pay cut in real terms in the last 15 years, as salaries have failed to keep pace with inflation. VANGUARD

9. Former Big Brother Naija, BBNaija season 7 housemate, Chizzy Francis has called for the postponement of the ongoing reunion of the reality show. According to report controversies have continued to trail the BBNaija Season 7 reunion show with the housemates constantly attacking themselves. The latest controversy has the famous “Edo sisters” Phyna and Chichi at the centre of it. Day 4 of the reunion show, which aired on Thursday night, saw Phyna calling Chichi a deadbeat mother who abandoned her two children in Benin City and a runaway wife. Lamenting the toxic nature of the reunion show via his Twitter handle on Friday morning, Chizzy pleaded with the host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu to talk to the organisers to postpone the show. According to him, the reunion is affecting his mental health. DAILY POST

10. As African nations prepare for the FIBA Women’s Afrobasket Championship 2023 to be held in Rwanda, Nigerian basketball enthusiasts are terrified at the possibility of foreign-based female players boycotting the national team’s camp. Some of the players vowed not to play for the country again following the Federal Government’s decision to withdraw D’Tigress from last year’s women FIBA Basketball World Cup in Sydney, Australia, in the heat of the leadership crisis that dogged the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF). Nigeria has been successful on the African stage winning the last three editions of the competition, and has a total of 5 wins; only second to Senegal who are the most successful African team with a total of 12 wins. It is also worth noting that D’Tigress remain unbeaten in every African competition since 2017. LEADERSHIP



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