WORLD NEWS JULY 5TH 2021

HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS

  • SERAP TASKS PRESIDENT BUHARI TO REVEAL DETAILS OF LOAN RECEIVED FROM CBN.
  • UNKNOWN GUNMEN AGAIN ABDUCT STUDENTS IN KADUNA.
  • BRITISH PRIME MINISTER TO RELAX COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS IN ENGLAND TODAY.
  • NO FEWER THAN 80 PEOPLE MISSING AFTER SERIES OF LANDSLIDES IN TOKYO.

SERAP/BUHARI

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP has filed a lawsuit asking the Federal High Court in Abuja to compel President Muhammadu Buhari to reveal spending details of the overdrafts and loans taken from the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, since May 29, 2015.

SERAP in the suit filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja, is also tasking the government to specify the purpose of any borrowing, including the economic and social benefits.

The group also seek an order from the court to compel President Buhari to explain and clarify whether the 25 billion dollar overdraft reportedly taken from the CBN is within the five-per cent limit of the actual revenue of the government for 2020.

Joined as respondents in the suit are the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, and the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed.

NBA/DEFENCE

The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA has distanced self from a controversial comment by its Vice President, John Aikpokpo-Martins, on leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.

Aikpokpo-Martins had earlier opined that President Muhammadu Buhari is constitutionally bound to crush secessionists, after he directed that IPOB leader be kept in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS last week.

Reacting,  NBA President, Olamide Apata in a statement, disclosed that he received many enquiries from members and the public in relation to Martins’ comment, explaining that the NBA will continue to champion and defend the rights of every Nigerian citizen and groups.

He stressed that any Nigerian have the right to enjoy the presumption of innocence until proven otherwise by a court in a free and fair trial.

BISHOP/CALL

The Anglican Bishop of Kaduna Diocese, Right Reverend Timothy Yahaya is calling on the Federal Government to urgently declare a state of emergency in the Nation’s Security Sector.

Bishop Yahaya made the call while speaking with newsmen in Kaduna state over the rising insecurity challenges bedeviling the country,

The cleric charged the government to recruit more youths into the armed forces, in order to protect the citizens from constant attacks by bandits and terrorists.

He also proposed a National Diploma Certificate as a minimum requirement for enlistment into the Nigerian Police Force, which he opined will enable the force recruit only educated people that can march the criminals in their mode of operations.

KADUNA BANDIT/KIDNAP

Suspected bandits, have again stormed Bethel Boarding Secondary School, Maramara Chickun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, kidnapped scores of students.

According to a security guard in the school, Daniel Muhuta, explained his narrowly escaped as the bandits stormed the school around 1.00am and started shooting sporadically.

As of the time of filling this report, Kaduna State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige had not been reached, but security personnel have cordoned off the area, even as parents and relatives of the kidnapped students gathered at the main entrance in a sorrowful mood.

BRITISH/RELAXATION

British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson is expected to announce a further relaxation in Coronavirus restrictions in England later today, despite a surge in daily cases linked to the Delta variant.

British Medical Association, BMA, Chairman Chaand Nagpaul, made the disclosure that the government will continue with sensible targeted coronavirus measures and act on data when making their decisions in order to protect people’s lives.

In the meantime, Johnson is expected to move ahead with the final stage of the four-step plan out of lockdown and restore people’s freedoms, which is scheduled to come into effect on July 19, 2021.

Meanwhile the newly appointed Health Secretary, Sajid Javid will announce the details of the relaxation in parliament.

FLORIDA/DEMOLITION

The demolition crews have set off explosives to bring down the remaining portion of a partially collapsed apartment building in South Florida, where 24 people have been confirmed dead and 121 missing.

According to  Miami-Dade County Mayor, Daniella Cava, the demolition  which came 11 days after most of the building collapsed on June 24, went as exactly  planned, as  rescue crews had already been given the all-clear to begin work on the mound again

Cava added that rescuers are hoping the demolition will give them access for the first time to parts of the underground garage area, where they might be able get a clearer picture of any voids in the rubble that could harbor survivors.

SAUDI/SUSPENSION

Saudi Arabia has suspended flights to three countries, including the neighboring United Arab Emirates, UAE, to protect against a coronavirus variant.

Contry’s Interior Ministry confirmed the suspension in a statement, saying the decision was taken due to the spread of a new mutated strain of COVID-19 virus, as well as the increasingly globally emergent Delta variant.

According to the statement, flights to and from the UAE, alongside those to Ethiopia and Vietnam, will be suspended, while, Saudi citizens and residents returning from the countries will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Meanwhile, it would be noted that Saudi Arabia has limited the annual Hajj pilgrimage, after recording more than 490,000 cases of coronavirus, including nearly 7,850 deaths.

MYAMMAR/CONFRONTATION

Myanmar’s Armed Forces have reportedly killed at least 25 people in a confrontation with opponents of the military at a town in the centre of the Southeast Asian nation.

Report from members of the people’s Defence Forces and the villagers revealed that a total of 25 bodies had been collected after the fight.

Meanwhile, the spokesman for the military did not respond to newsmen on the violence at Depayin in the Sagaing region, North of the Capital, Naypyidaw.

It would be recalled that Myanmar has been plunged into chaos since the February 1 coup against elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, with protests flaring across many parts of the country.

JAPAN/RESCUERS

Not less than 1,500 rescuers have combed through crumbled houses and buried roads in Japan in an enormous effort to find some 80 people believed still missing two days after a series of landslides tore through the seaside city of Atami, not far from Tokyo.

Japan’s Kyodo spokesperson, Hiroki Onuma while speaking with newsmen, said the about 113 people were believed to be missing when landslides ripped through Atami, a hot springs resort set on a steep slope that leads down to a bay.

Chief Cabinet Secretary, Katsunobu Kato had called on residents to remain vigilant, noting that the saturated earth has been weakened and even light rain could prove dangerous.

It would be recalled that after a Torrential rain on July 3, touched off a succession of landslides, sending torrents of mud and rock through the  streets of the city which is situated in southwest of Tokyo.

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