- HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS
- SACKED MINISTER CLEARS AIR ON HEALTH STATUS.
- KANU’S LAWYER ACCUSES DSS OF VIOLATING COURT ORDER.
- JAPAN PM REVEAL PLANS TO STEP DOWN.
- ON SPORT, UK PM CALLS FOR ACTION OVER RACIST ABUSE AGAINST ENGLAND PLAYER.
Nigeria’s former minister of power, sale mamman who was sacked by president muhammadu buhari on september 1 has denied reports that he collapsed on hearing the news of his removal from office.
Mamman made the denial in an interview with newsmen, describing as fake, the report that he was hospitalised shortly after hearing that he had been sacked.
The minister therefore revealed that he had been ill prior to his sack and was only advised by his doctors to take some rest after he went for a medical checkup on september 2.
It would be recalled that the president on september 1 sacked the 63-year-old minsiter of power and his 75-year-old agriculture counterpart, mohammed nanono, replacing them with the minister of environment, mohammed abubakar and the minister of state for works, abubakar aliyu respectively.
The department of state services, dss has been accused of preventing the leader of the indigenous people of biafra, ipob, nnamdi kanu from having access to his lawyers.
Kanu’s lead counsel, ifeanyi ejiofor, in a statement issued to newsmen said the dss prevented him and ipob’s attorney in the united states, bruce fein from having access to his client on september 2, describing the action of the secret police as a violation of the order of an abuja federal high court which allowed the agitator access to his lawyers twice a week.
Ejiofor further disclosed that despite formal notification to the service, in line with the existing protocol, and in compliance with the court-ordered guideline, the officials of dss came up with an excuse that the person assigned to receive them during the visit was on a special assignment and as such, the visit cannot be conducted.
United states president, joe biden has warned that a texas law which impose a total ban on abortion that the u.s. supreme court allowed to stand will cause unconstitutional chaos.
President biden gave the warning in a statement, directing federal agencies to act to protect the right to abortion enshrined in the high court’s landmark 1973, adding that the ban would empowers self-anointed enforcers to have devastating impacts.
Also, civil rights advocates warned that the concept could cause havoc if it is adopted by other states or applied to other contentious rights, such as gun ownership.
It would be noted that the ban which took effect early on september 1 prohibits abortion at a point when many women do not even realize they were pregnant, however abortion rights groups noted that the law would amount to a near-total ban on the procedure in texas as 85% to 90% of abortions are obtained after six weeks of pregnancy and would probably force many clinics to close.
Japanese prime minister, yoshihide suga has disclosed plans to step down, setting the stage for a new premier after a one-year tenure marred by covid-19 response and rapidly dwindling public support.
Suga made the disclosure in a news conference, saying he told the liberal democratic party, ldp executive meeting not to run in the party leadership race in a bid to focus on covid-19 response.
Report says suga’s decision not to run in a ruling ldp election in september means the party will choose a new leader, who will become the country’s prime minister.
The prime minister, who took over after shinzo abe, resigned last september over ill health, as the nation struggles with its worst wave of covid-19 infections ahead of a general election this year.
Australia has secured 4 million doses of pfizer covid-19 vaccines in a swap deal with britain.
Australia prime minister, scott morrison revealed this while speaking with reporters in canberra days after announcing a smaller vaccine swap agreement with singapore, assuring that the extra doses would reach the country this month, doubling the available pfizer supply on ground.
Morrison who stated that the country is speeding up efforts to come out of economically-damaging coronavirus lockdowns, noted that the plane bringing the doses is on the tarmac and with its arrival, it would bring forward significantly the opportunity for australia to open up again.
Reacting, queensland premier, annastacia palaszczuk said a modelling on how covid-19 affects children has to be prepared before she can make any decisions to relax border rules.
The philippine government has approved the amendment in the emergency use authorization eua of moderna’s covid-19 vaccine to include its use on adolescents aged 12 to 17 years old.
Director general of the food and drug administration, fda eric domingo, during a public briefing made this known to newsmen, saying after a thorough evaluation by the vaccine experts and other regulatory experts in fda, the agency approved the use under eua of the moderna vaccine for adolescents.
Domingo, who warned of rare cases of myocarditis due to the moderna vaccine, however hinted that the experts revealed that the benefit of using the vaccine outweighs the risk.
The fda dg also disclosed that moderna doses delivered to the country are not from the batches under investigation for possible contamination in japan.
At least six people have been injured in a lone-wolf stabbing attack at a supermarket in the new zealand city of auckland, before police shot him dead.
Country’s prime minister, jacinda ardern made the confirmation in a statement saying the man, known to the government’s multiple agencies, was killed within 60 seconds after beginning the attack, adding that he had been inspired by the isil, isis group.
Also, mayor of auckland, phil golf said authorities were confident the man was acting alone and there was no further danger to the community.
It would be recalled that new zealand has been on alert for attacks since a white supremacist gunman killed 51 people at two mosques in the city of christchurch on march 15, 2019.
The united kingdom prime minister, boris johnson has called on world soccer’s governing body fifa to take action over disgraceful racist abuse aimed at england players by hungary fans during a world cup qualifier.
Johnson made the call on his social media platform, saying it is completely unacceptable that england players were racially abused in hungary, urging fifa to take strong action against those responsible to ensure that such of disgraceful behaviour is eradicated from the game for good.
It was gathered that england players were targeted with racial abuse by some hungary supporters during september 2 world cup qualifier in budapest that england won 4-0.