7 Things You Need To Know This Thursday Morning From Nigerian Newspapers
iexclusive News Nigeria brings to you today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers
1. A day before the Tokyo Olympics officially opens, organizers have reported 12 COVID-19 cases linked to the event. In their Thursday update, the organizing committee said two athletes staying in the Olympic Village were among those who tested positive.
2. Supporters of embattled Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, yesterday took to the streets of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, to protest his arrest and detention by the Beninese authorities. They were heard singing the Yoruba Nation anthem and chanting “Igboho Oosa”, “Free Igboho now now”.
3. The Southeast secessionist group, Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB has disclosed that Mazi Simon Ekpa may be relieved of his appointment as Biafra radio broadcaster over his failure to follow laid down rules of operation. In a statement by IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the group said Ekpa has refused to sign the rules of engagement and code of conduct guiding those broadcasting on Radio Biafra.
4. Unknown gunmen, suspected of being kidnapped, abducted madam Betinah Benson, the 80-year-old mother of the Secretary to Bayelsa State Government (SSG), Rt. Hon. Konbowei Friday Benson. The police spokesman in the state, SP Asinim Butswat confirmed the incident in a statement in Yenagoa on Wednesday.
5. The Nigerian Air Force said only Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo was on its fighter jet, which crashed during an operation against bandits in Zamfara and Kaduna states’ forests on Sunday. The Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF, Commodore Edward Gabkwet, explained yesterday.
6. Tragedy struck in Kwara State on Wednesday, as fumes from a generator killed four people. The incident occurred at the Ojomu family compound in Sanmora, Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara. The Police Public Relations Officer of the Kwara State Command, Ajayi Okasanmi, confirmed the development.
7. The Federal Road Safety Corps in Ogun has confirmed the death of nine people in an accident involving two vehicles on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Wednesday. The Sector Commander of FRSC in the State, Mr. Ahmed Umar said that 16 other persons sustained varying degrees of injuries.