- NIGERIA RECEIVES FIRST BATCH OF A-29 SUPER TUCANO ASSUALT AIRCRAFT.
- U.K MPs DEMAND BAN ON CHINESE IMPORTS OVER MALTREATMENT OF UIGHURS.
- HAITIAN POLICE BEGINS MANHUNT FOR PRESIDENT’S KILLERS.
- ON SPORTS, SOUTHGATE REACTS AS ENGLAND ENDS 55-YEAR WAIT FOR MAJOR FINALS.
The first batch of a-29 super Tucano assault aircraft ordered by Nigeria from the United States has landed in the Country.
Defence Files Nigeria, which covers protection force activities and hardware, made the disclosure through its verified social media platforms but no official statement has been released to that effect.
Manufacturers of the A-29 super Tucano Aircraft had in May informed the National Assembly that 10 out of the 12 Aircraft were ready for delivery to the Nigerian Air Force, adding that the remaining two were undergoing modification and integration to NAF specific operational configuration.
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, had in March confirmed the July arrival date for six of the 12 A-29 super Tucanos, adding that 14 pilots were on training at moody Air Force base in Georgia.
Zimbabwe’s military chief, Lieutenant General Edzayi Chimonyo, is dead.
A presidential spokesman, George Charamba, announced this in statement made available to newsmen, noting that Chimonyo died early this morning due to cancer.
Charamba revealed that Chimonyo, who was flown to India for treatment, had been battling cancer for a long time before succumbing earlier today.
The Army Commander who was appointed to the position after the coup that toppled President Robert Mugabe in 2017, was a former fighter in the country’s 1970s war of independence.
Former South African president, Jacob Zuma, has finally turned himself in to the police to kick-start a 15-month sentence for contempt of court levelled against him.
The country’s constitutional court had in a historic ruling last week handed Zuma a 15-month jail term for snubbing Anti-corruption Investigators, a sentence he vehemently rejected.
In separate statements sighted by Reporters, Zuma’s foundation and Police authorities revealed that the Ex-South African President made his way to a correctional service facility in his home province of Kwazula Natal, just minutes before a deadline against him ended.
The South African police had earlier warned of their preparedness to arrest the former president by a midnight deadline to enforce the court ruling, unless the top court instructed otherwise.
The United Kingdom must act to stop China’s Atrocities against Uighur Muslims by banning the importation of products from China’s Xinjiang Province.
British Members of Parliament, MPs, gave the charge in a report made available to Newsmen, which decried the U.K Government’s ineffective stance against the Industrial-scale forced labour schemes in Xinjiang.
While speaking, the Chair of Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Tom Tugendhat, tasked the U.K Government to ban Chinese cotton and solar panels from Xinjiang province and as well announced that no government officials will attend the winter Olympics in Beijing.
He further urged ministers to join the U.K Parliament in describing the incident as a genocide, saying the tactics of naming and shaming has been shown to be more effective than closed-door diplomacy.
As covid-19 death toll across the globe surpasses four million, the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, has reiterated the urgent need for the world to put a global vaccine plan in place to curtail the pandemic.
In a statement released to the press, Guterres warned that millions of people are at risk as the virus is outpacing vaccine distribution.
According to him, the more covid-19 spreads, the more variants emerge, which are more transmissible, deadly and more likely to undermine the effectiveness of current vaccines.
The U.N boss, therefore, called for a global vaccine plan to, at least, double the production of vaccines and ensure equitable distribution and as well called for an emergency task force that brings together all the countries with vaccine production capacities.
Following the assassination of Haiti’s President by unknown Gunmen, the Country’s Interim Prime Minister, Claude Joseph, has declared a Nationwide State of Emergency, calling for calm among residents.
Joseph, who made the declaration in a televised address, explained that the state of emergency would allow for the banning of gatherings and use of the military for Police roles, along with other extensions of Executive powers.
On his part, Haiti’s Ambassador to the United States, Bocchit Edmond, described the Assassins who gunned down the country’s President, Jovenel Moïse, as well-trained Professional commandos who were feared to have already fled the country.
In the meantime, the United Nations Security Council, UNSC, which is due to hold a closed-door meeting on the killing later today, issued a statement in which it made an emphatic call on all political stakeholders in Haiti to refrain from any acts of violence or incitement.
Haitian authorities have begun a Nation-wide manhunt for the killers of President Jovenel Moise, who was assassinated in his private residence on Wednesday, July 7.
Speaking in a televised address, the Country’s Police Chief, Leon Charles, disclosed that four people suspected of assassinating President Moïse have been killed in a shootout with the aecurity forces, while two other suspects have been detained.
Charles hinted that some others who are thought to be still at large in Port-au-prince, the Nation’s Capital, would be killed or captured, adding that three Policemen who had been taken hostage have been recovered.
The president was reportedly hit by multiple bullets and his office and bedroom were ransacked, while First Lady Martine Moïse, who suffered severe injuries during the attack has been flown to Florida where she is receiving treatment.
Japanese authorities have declared a state of emergency in Tokyo, the country’s federal capital city, to combat the rising cases of the new Delta or Indian Covid-19 variant.
Japan’s Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga, disclosed to reporters that the Tokyo state of emergency will extend throughout duration of the 2020 Olympic games.
Suga explained that the countermeasures were put in place considering effect of the coronavirus variants and to as well prevent the infections from spreading again to other parts of the East Asian Nation.
On another hand, Olympic organizers are set to ban all spectators from the games, which if confirmed, would mark the latest blow to the troubled Olympics that has been delayed by a year due to the pandemic and plagued by a series of setbacks, including massive budget overruns.
England’s Manager, Gareth Southgate, has hailed his team for their doggedness in ending the 55-year wait to reach a major men’s final.
This comes after the English side, who were on a mission to travel one step further than any England team had done since the 1966 world cup final win against West Germany, defeated Denmark 2-1 to achieve the long awaited dream.
Speaking at a news conference after the match, the overjoyed Southgate described the victory as very special, expressing readiness for the finals with Italy on Sunday, July 11.
Meanwhile, report indicated that England’s Goal Keeper, Jordan Pickford, is on the right track to walk away with the EURO 2020 Golden Glove.