WORLD NEWS 18TH MAY, 2021

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HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS

  • INEC CALLS FOR SECURITY MEETING OVER ATTACK ON OFFICES ACROSS NIGERIA.
  • HOUSE OF REP MOVES TO LEGALISE INDIA HEMP IN NIGERIA.
  • U.S PRESIDENT SUPPORTS ISREAL, PALESTINIAN CEASEFIRE.
  • CYCLONE CLAIMS 21 LIVES IN INDIA, ABOUT 100 MISSING.

DETAILS OF THESE AND MORE IN A MOMENT. PLEASE STAY TUNED.

INEC/SECURITY

THE INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION, INEC HAS CALLED A MEETING WITH HEADS OF SECURITY AGENCIES AS PART OF MOVES TO END ATTACKS ON ITS OFFICES IN SOME PARTS OF THE COUNTRY.

THE ATTACK BY HOODLUMS ON INEC OFFICE IN ENUGU STATE WHICH TOTALED THE NUMBER OF OFFICES BURNT TO 21 MADE THE COMMISSION CALL FOR THE MEETING TO PROFER SOLUTION TO THE MENACE.

IN AN INTERVIEW WITH NEWSMEN, INEC CHAIRMAN’S CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY, ROTIMI OYEKANMI DISCLOSED THAT THE COMMISSION WILL MEET WITH THE RESIDENT ELECTORAL COMMISSIONERS IN ABUJA, FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER MEETING WITH THE SECURITY TO DISCUSS THE SPATE OF ATTACKS AND COME UP WITH THE APPROPRIATE MEASURES TO TACKLE THE ISSUE.

OYEKANMI THEREFORE WARNED THAT THE PERSISTENT ATTACK ON THE COMMISSION’S OFFICES WOULD AFFECT THE PREPARATIONS FOR FUTURE ELECTIONS IN THE COUNTRY.

HOUSE OF REP/HEMP

THE LOWER CHAMBER OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY IS SET TO LEGALIZE THE USE OF INDIAN HEMP IN NIGERIA.

SPOKESPERSON OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, BENJAMIN OKEZIE KALU MADE THIS KNOWN DURING A PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE BENEFITS AND OPPORTUNITIES OF CANNABIS, IN AKURE, THE ONDO STATE CAPITAL.

KALU, WHO EXPLAINED THAT COUNTRIES SUCH AS SOUTH AFRICA AND OTHERS ARE CURRENTLY BENEFITING A HIGH REVENUE FROM CANNABIS WHICH THEY EXPORT TO OTHER COUNTRIES, NOTED THAT THE DECISION WOULD BE MADE IN THE INTEREST OF THE COUNTRY’S ECONOMIC GROWTH.

THE LAWMAKER LAMENTED THAT IT WAS WORRISOME THAT NIGERIA HAD NOT MADE USE OF THE FINANCIAL ADVANTAGE THAT HER OIL RESERVES COULD PROVIDE TO GENERATE COLLECTIVE INVESTMENT AND REVENUE SOURCES, HENCE THE NEED FOR THE COUNTRY TO PROFER MEANS OF ACHIEVING ECONOMIC GROWTH.

BIDEN/CEASEFIRE

UNITED STATES PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN HAS CONVEYED HIS SUPPORT FOR A CEASEFIRE FACING INCREASING PRESSURE FROM RIGHTS ADVOCATES AND MEMBERS OF HIS OWN DEMOCRATIC PARTY OVER ISRAEL’S CONTINUOUS ATTACK ON GAZA.

IN A STATEMENT ISEUED AT THE WHITE HOUSE, PRESIDENT BIDEN EXPRESSED HIS SUPPORT FOR A CEASEFIRE, ADDING THAT U.S HAD BEGUN DISCUSSION WITH EGYPT AND OTHER PARTNERS TOWARDS THE END.

ACCORDING TO A STATEMENT FROM THE U.S PRESIDENT, HE REITERATED HIS FIRM SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL’S RIGHT TO DEFEND ITSELF AGAINST INDISCRIMINATE ROCKET ATTACKS.

MEANWHILE, A DAY EARLIER, ISREALI PRIME MINISTER, BENJAMIN NETANYAHU SAID THE ISRAELI MILITARY OFFENSIVE ON GAZA WOULD CONTINUE WITH FULL FORCE.

U.S,U.K/MYANMAR SANCTIONS

THE UNITED STATES, UNITED KINGDOM AND CANADA HAVE IMPOSED COORDINATED SANCTIONS ON MYANMAR’S MILITARY RULERS AND RELATED ENTITIES.

THIS IS THE LATEST IN A STRING OF PUNITIVE MEASURES SINCE THE ARMY SEIZED POWER IN A FEBRUARY, THIS YEAR COUP.

MEANWHILE, THE US HAD SAID IT WAS TARGETING THE GOVERNING STATE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL AND 13 OFFICIALS, FREEZING ANY OF THEIR US ASSETS AND BARRING AMERICANS FROM DEALING WITH THEM.

CANADA ON ITS PART SAID IT IMPOSED ADDITIONAL SANCTIONS ON INDIVIDUALS AND ENTITIES TIED TO THE MYANMAR ARMED FORCES, WHILE THE UNITED KINGDOM ANNOUNCED SANCTIONS AGAINST STATE-OWNED ENTERPRISE MYANMAR GEMS ENTERPRISE, WHICH WAS INCLUDED IN PREVIOUS U.S SANCTIONS.

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  • CYCLONE CLAIMS 21 LIVES IN INDIA, ABOUT 100 MISSING.

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AUSTRALIA/P.M

AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER, SCOTT MORRISON HAS ARGUED THAT IT WAS STILL NOT SAFE TO ALLOW RESIDENTS, EVEN THOSE FULLY VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19, TO TRAVEL OVERSEAS, AS INDUSTRIES HIT HARD BY THE PANDEMIC PRESS FOR A FASTER REOPENING OF INTERNATIONAL BORDERS.

MORRISON MADE THIS KNOWN TO REPORTERS BUT NOTED THAT THE REALITY WAS THAT THE COUNTRY HAD LIVED THIS YEAR IN A PANDEMIC THAT IS WORSE THAN LAST YEAR.

THE PRIME MINISTER THEREFORE WARNED THAT ANY PLAN TO RELAX BORDER RULES FOR VACCINATED TRAVELLERS COULD BE IMPLEMENTED ONLY WHEN IT IS SAFE TO DO SO.

REPORT HAS IT THAT AUSTRALIA PLANS TO REOPEN BORDERS TO THE REST OF THE WORLD FROM THE MIDDLE OF 2022 EVEN AS THE FEDERAL BUDGET UNVEILED LAST WEEK HOPES TO FULLY VACCINATE ITS NEAR 26 MILLION POPULATION BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.

AUSTRALIA/BORDER CLOSURE

AUSTRALIA HAS DENIED ITS RESIDENTS, EVEN THOSE FULLY VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19, TO TRAVEL OVERSEAS, AS INDUSTRIES HIT HARD BY THE PANDEMIC PRESS FOR A FASTER REOPENING OF INTERNATIONAL BORDERS.

AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER, SCOTT MORRISON TOLD REPORTERS THAT AIRLINES, TOURISM OPERATORS AND UNIVERSITIES REELING FROM EFFECT OF BORDER BANS FROM THE PANDEMIC HAD URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO ACCELERATE OPENING OF THE BORDERS.

MORRISON THEREFORE NOTED THAT ANY PLAN TO RELAX BORDER RULES FOR VACCINATED TRAVELLERS IN THE COUNTRY WOULD BE IMPLEMENTED ONLY WHEN IT IS SAFE TO DO SO BUT REVEALED THAT THE COUNTRY IS PLANNING TO REOPEN BORDERS TO THE REST OF THE WORLD FROM THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR, 2022.

H’KONG GOVT/SUSPENSION

TENSION BETWEEN HONG KONG’S BEIJING-BACKED GOVERNMENT AND TAIWAN HAVE RISEN SINCE PRO-DEMOCRACY PROTESTS ERUPTED IN HONG KONG IN 2019 AND CHINA RESPONDED BY IMPOSING A SWEEPING NATIONAL SECURITY LAW IN THE CITY THAT PROMPTED MANY ACTIVISTS TO LEAVE, SOME FOR TAIWAN.

A HONG KONG GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVE, WHO DID NOT PROVIDE AN EXPLANATION FOR THE DECISION TO HALT OPERATIONS AT THE HONG KONG ECONOMIC, TRADE AND CULTURAL OFFICE, SAID THE DECISION WAS NOT RELATED TO THE RECENT RISE IN CORONAVIRUS CASES IN TAIWAN.

TAIWAN’S MAINLAND AFFAIRS COUNCIL IN A STATEMENT HOWEVER, EXPRESSED DEEP REGRET AT THE UNILATERAL DECISION BY THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

INDIA/CYCLONE ATTACK

NOT LESS THAN 21 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED AND NEARLY 100 OTHERS MISSING AFTER A MONSTER CYCLONE SLAMMED INTO WESTERN INDIA, COMPOUNDING THE MISERY FOR MILLIONS OF OTHERS WHO ARE ENDURING A DEVASTATING CORONAVIRUS SURGE.

REPORT SAID HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WERE WITHOUT POWER AFTER THE CYCLONE TAUKTAE, ONE OF A GROWING NUMBER OF INCREASINGLY SEVERE STORMS IN THE ARABIAN SEA BLAMED ON CLIMATE CHANGE, HAMMERED THE GUJARAT COAST ON MONDAY EVENING.

IT WAS GATHERED THAT THE CYCLONE PACKED GUSTS OF UP TO 185 KILOMETRES PER HOUR, UPROOTING TREES AND KNOCKING DOWN POWER LINES AND MOBILE PHONE TOWERS AS IT BARRELLED INLAND WHILE WEAKENING SLIGHTLY.

SPEAKING ON THE INCIDENCE, THE DEFENCE MINISTRY SAID 177 PEOPLE WERE RESCUED FROM THE VESSEL, WITH OPERATIONS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE DAY IN EXTREMELY CHALLENGING SEA CONDITIONS.

MYANMAR/KILLING

MORE THAN 800 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED BY MYANMAR’S SECURITY FORCES SINCE A WAVE OF PROTESTS BROKE OUT ACROSS THE COUNTRY AFTER THE MILITARY SEIZED POWER IN A COUP IN FEBRUARY.

AN ACTIVIST GROUP SAID MYANMAR HAD BEEN IN TURMOIL SINCE THE ARMY OUSTED NOBEL PEACE LAUREATE, AUNG SAN SUU KYI’S ELECTED GOVERNMENT AND DETAINED HER AND OFFICIALS OF HER NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR DEMOCRACY PARTY.

REPORT SAID AS OF MONDAY, MAY 17, 802 PEOPLE HAD BEEN KILLED IN THE JUNTA’S CRACKDOWN ON ITS OPPONENTS.

ACCORDING TO THE ACTIVIST GROUP, THE ASSISTANCE ASSOCIATION FOR POLITICAL PRISONERS, THE NUMBER IS VERIFIED, NOTING THAT THE ACTUAL NUMBER OF FATALITIES IS LIKELY MUCH HIGHER.

TO ROUND OFF THE WORLD NEWS, HERE IS THE RECAP OF OUR TOP STORIES

  • WE INFORMED YOU THAT THE INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION, INEC HAS CALLED A MEETING WITH HEADS OF SECURITY AGENCIES FOLLOWING THE ATTACK BY HOODLUMS ON INEC OFFICE IN ENUGU STATE WHICH TOTALED THE NUMBER OF OFFICES BURNT TO 21.
  • WE REPORTED THAT SPOKESPERSON OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, BENJAMIN OKEZIE KALU HAS REVEALED THAT THE LOWER CHAMBER OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY IS SET TO LEGALIZE THE USE OF INDIAN HEMP IN NIGERIA DURING A PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE BENEFITS AND OPPORTUNITIES OF CANNABIS, IN AKURE, THE ONDO STATE CAPITAL.
  • WE ALSO BROUGHT TO YOU THAT UNITED STATES PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN HAS CONVEYED HIS SUPPORT FOR A CEASEFIRE FACING INCREASING PRESSURE FROM RIGHTS ADVOCATES AND MEMBERS OF HIS OWN DEMOCRATIC PARTY OVER ISRAEL’S CONTINUOUS ATTACK ON GAZA.
  • LASTLY, WE INFORMED YOU THAT NOT LESS THAN 21 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED AND NEARLY 100 OTHERS MISSING AFTER A MONSTER CYCLONE SLAMMED INTO WESTERN INDIA, COMPOUNDING THE MISERY FOR MILLIONS OF OTHERS WHO ARE ENDURING A DEVASTATING CORONAVIRUS SURGE.

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