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

1. A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olisa Agbakoba has asked President Bola Tinubu to remove the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmoud Yakubu. Agbakoba made this call in a statement he released via his official Twitter handle on Thursday. According to the senior lawyer, the INEC boss must leave office by resignation or removal, in order not to impede the electoral reform in Nigeria.  VANGUARD

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2. President Bola Tinubu on Thursday named eight persons as special advisers, according to a statement State House Director Information, Abiodun Oladunjoye. The President appointed Dele Alake as his Special Adviser of Special Duties, Communications and Strategy and Yau Darazo as Special Adviser on Political and Intergovernmental Affairs. Tinubu also Nuhu Ribadu as his Special Adviser on Security and Wale Edun as Special Adviser on Monetary Policies. The President appointed Olu Verheijen as Special Adviser on Energy and Zachaeus Adedeji as Special Adviser on Revenue. Others are John Uwajumogu (Special Adviser, Industry, Trade and Investment), and Salma Anas (Special Adviser, Health). CHANNELS

3. Following the suspension of Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa by President Bola Tinubu, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has announced Mr Abdulkarim Chukkol as the Acting Chairman of the commission. Chukkol is an alumnus of the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy, Quantico, the European Center of Security Studies, Germany, and also a Fellow of the War College, Nigeria. The acting EFCC Chairman holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Maiduguri (2000) and Post Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia, United States, as well as Graduate Diploma in Cybersecurity and Spectrum Management from the United States Telecommunication Training Institute, Washington DC, United States. PUNCH

4. Atalanta winger, Ademola Lookman was excused from training on Wednesday night as the Super Eagles stepped up preparations for this weekend’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone. No reason was given for Lookman’s absence by the technical crew. 22 players took part in the exercise at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan. The Super Eagles are expected to train behind closed doors on Thursday (today) evening at the ground. Jose Peseiro’s men will take on the Leone Stars at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium, Monrovia on Sunday. Guinea-Bissau moved to top position in the group after edging past Sao Tome and Principe 1-0 on Wednesday night. DAILY POST

5. Guinness World Records has revealed that their tweet which conveyed the certification of Nigerian chef, Hilda Effiong Bassey, aka Hilda Baci as the new record holder for the longest cooking marathon by an individual shared via their Twitter page on June 13, 2023, is their “best-performing tweet of all time.” Recall GWR on Tuesday confirmed Hilda Baci and her official record at 93 hours 11 minutes, surpassing previous record holder, Lata Tandon who posted 87 hours and 45 minutes. Retweeting the post on Thursday, the record body wrote, “Yeah, so this is our best-performing tweet of all time with nearly 25 million news feeds reached.” VANGUARD

6. Nigerian Gospel singer Mercy Chinwo has added another award to her shelf. Mercy Chinwo is among the biggest gospel artists in Africa and her music has travelled far beyond the continent. In celebration of her successful career, the gospel singer was recently honoured at the UK Premier Gospel Awards that took place on June 9, 2023. She received the award for the Best International Gospel act for her achievements as a leading voice on the continent. PULSE

7. Boris Johnson deliberately lied to MPs about lockdown-breaking parties during the Covid pandemic that would have seen him face a 90-day suspension had he not quit as a lawmaker, a parliament committee ruled Thursday. The Privileges Committee, which probes breaches of House of Commons rules, concluded that Johnson was guilty of “repeated contempts (of parliament) and… seeking to undermine the parliamentary process”. The seven-member committee, which has a majority of MPs from Johnson’s own Conservative party, has powers to recommend sanctions on rule-breakers that have to be voted on by MPs. But Johnson, 58, avoided having to face his peers — and the humiliation of potentially having to run for re-election in his constituency — by resigning as an MP just days before the report was released. CHANNELS

8. The management of the Premier League has announced the opening-day fixtures for the 2023/2024 season. Manchester City will kick off their bid for a record fourth straight Premier League title away to Burnley, managed by their former captain, Vincent Kompany. The fixture list released on Thursday confirmed the Treble winners will visit Turf Moor on August 11 to raise the curtain on the 2023/24 campaign. It will be the second time Kompany, who won the title on four occasions as City skipper, will have faced his old side as a manager, with City winning 6-0 at the Etihad in the FA Cup quarter-finals in March. LEADERSHIP

9. Nine women accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them decades ago in a lawsuit filed in Nevada Wednesday, after the US state dropped its statute of limitations on civil sexual abuse cases. The lawsuit said the US comedian had used his “enormous power, fame and prestige” to isolate and sexually assault the women. The women were each allegedly assaulted between 1979 and 1992 in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, and Reno homes, hotels and dressing rooms.They were able to sue after Nevada scrapped the civil statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases involving adults on May 31. The state had previously imposed a two-year limit for those over 18 to bring forward their cases to court. CHANNELS

10. Popular Nollywood actor widely regarded as the tallest man in Nigeria, Afeez Agoro Oladimiji, has passed away. Agoro was said to have breathed his last on Thursday after a prolonged illness. Before his demise, Agoro was 7ft 4in tall. The intimidating height of the deceased, who was featured in some movies, attracted stares wherever he went. Community Development Association, the community where the actor resides, Segun Adesanya, confirmed his demise. PUNCH

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