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

1. A former Minister of Aviation, Senator Stella Oduah, was on Friday, arraigned before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over allegations of graft. Oduah, who served as Aviation Minister from 2011 to 2014, is facing trial over an allegation that she laundered public funds to the tune of about N5 billion, in connivance with eight others. But the court on Friday ordered the office of the Attorney General of the Federation to take over the prosecution of Oduah, her ex-aide, Gloria Odita, and seven others charged with laundering about N5 billion. PUNCH

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2. The absence of three witnesses has stalled the opening defence of the governor of Kano state and candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Abba Yusuf at the State Election Petition Tribunal. The APC is challenging INEC for declaring the NNPP candidate winner of the election that was conducted on March 18. Respondents in the matter before the tribunal include INEC, Yusuf and the NNPP. When the petition was called, Counsel to Yusuf, Mr Eyitayo Fatigun SAN, told the court that the three witnesses they had invited were absent. VANGUARD

3. A Socio-cultural Group, Oduduwa Youths has called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to immediately sack the Director General of Department of State Services (DSS) Yusuf Bichi for disobeying court order for the release of the suspended Central Bank of Nigeria, governor Godwin Emefiele. The group in a statement by its leader, Comrade Yomi Oladimeji, cited the different court rulings calling for Emefiele’s release. He opined that the DSS refusal shows that the secret police is undermining the president’s rule of law records. LEADERSHIP

4. Mohammed Aminu, the police officer who was assaulted by Afrobeat musician Seun Kuti, has been promoted. In May, Kuti was seen in a viral video assaulting the police officer, who, despite the provocation, did nothing in response. Kuti was later detained and arraigned for assault, for which he claimed not guilty and was granted bail. The Police Service Commission (PSC) said in a statement on Thursday that the officer had been promoted to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP). DAILY POST

5. Indian police have arrested four men accused of parading two women naked in front of a mob in a northeastern state where months of ethnic violence have left at least 120 dead. The suspects were identified from a video clip of the incident in early May that went viral on social media on Wednesday, causing outrage across the country. The video clip showed the women walking naked along a street, being jeered at and harassed by a mob in the state, where the authorities have imposed an internet shutdown. Manipur’s state government, led by the ruling Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said police took action when the video surfaced on social media more than two months after the incident. CHANNELS

6. In his usual tradition to unfold songs he listens to in the Summer, former President of the United States of America, Barack Obama has included songs by Nigerian musicians, Burna Boy and Ayra Starr in his 2023 list. The 44th American leader unveiled the list via his Twitter handle on Thursday night. The Nigerian music stars joined other superstars like Jorja Smith, SZA, J Hus, Drake, Nas, and Rosalia on the playlist that comprises both classic and new records. LEADERSHIP

7. Canada coach, Beverly Priestman has expressed disappointment at his team’s goalless draw against the Super Falcons of Nigeria. Priestman, however, said his side must quickly put the defeat behind them and move on to the remaining games in Group B. The nine-time African champions, Nigeria held Priestman’s side to a 0-0 draw in their opening fixture at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Friday morning. The nine-time African champions, Nigeria held Priestman’s side to a 0-0 draw in their opening fixture at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Friday morning. VANGUARD

8. Kenyan police clashed with stone-throwing demonstrators in a Nairobi slum on Friday for a third consecutive day, firing tear gas and rubber bullets amid mounting calls for dialogue between the government and the opposition. Veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga called for three days of demonstrations this week, but appetite for the protests had largely waned by Thursday in most of the country, with schools and shops reopening. In Nairobi’s Kibera slum, an opposition stronghold, running battles erupted Friday between police and protesters carrying rocks and crude weapons, while some demonstrators also set fire to tyres and used them as barricades, AFP journalists saw. CHANNELS

9. Al-Nassr superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has breached his contract with Nike. According to Sportbible, the Portugal international breached the contract by wearing Adidas shin pads during Al-Nassr’s latest friendly game against Celta Vigo. The Spanish side had beaten Al-Alamy 5-0 in the game. The 38-year-old Portugal captain played the first half of the match only and the game was goalless after the first 45 minutes. The camera as well as many fans spotted that Ronaldo wore Adidas shin pads during the game. DAILY POST

10. International superstar Davido Adeleke, known worldwide as Davido, made a charitable donation of over ₦200 million to Nigerian orphanages across the Federation. The singer donated ₦237 million to 424 orphanages across the country through the David Adeleke Foundation, DAF. The announcement was made via his verified Twitter account in an official press release. According to Davido, he did not achieve this feat alone, stating that the donation was put together through contributions by individuals and cooperations across various sectors and regions of the country. He expressed gratitude to the donors in his caption and detailed how he had always wanted to serve people. PULSE

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