WORLD NEWS JUNE 26,2021

HIGHLIGHTS

  • EFCC BOSS ACCUSES MDAS OF SIPHONING GOVERNMENT FUNDS.
  • BIDEN PLEDGES US SUPPORT TO EMBATTLED AFGHANISTAN LEADERS.
  • COURT REVOKES EX-FORMER BRAZIL MINISTER’S PASSPORT OVER ILLEGAL DEALINGS.
  • ON SPORTS, DEMARK, WALES FLEX MUSCLES OVER EURO 2020 TUSSLE.

EFCC/MINISTRIES FRAUD

The chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa,has revealed tactics Ministries, Departments and Agencies use in stealing Nigeria’s fund.

Bawa made the revelation when chairman, Fiscal Responsibility Commission, FRC, Victor Muruako and his team visited the commission’s headquarters in Jabi, Abuja.

He said the commission will work with the FRC to block budget leakages and recover operating surpluses withheld by government parastatals, decring antics of some agencies that consistently undercut government in terms of revenue remittance.

GUMI/ALLEGATION

Controversial Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has dismissed the insinuation that he benefits from the proceeds of banditry.

Gumi while speaking with newsmen, described the allegation against him as unfair because he would never contemplate doing such.

The controversial cleric, who is well known to have access to some bandits ravaging the northern part of the country said his allegiance to the government, security agencies and the nation should not be doubted.

Meanwhile, it would be noted that for some time in Nigeria, bandits have made education a big challenge in the north as schools are been close down due to their activities.

ETHIOPIA/KILLING

IN THE MEANTIME,

Three employees working for the Spanish branch of Medecins Sans Frontieres have killed by unknown assailants in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.

The medical charity in a statement revealed this, saying MSF-Spain lost contact with a vehicle carrying the team, and that the vehicle was found empty and a few metres away, their lifeless bodies were found.

It identified the victims as emergency co-ordinator, Maria Hernandez, 35, from Madrid, assistant co-ordinator, Yohannes Reda, 31, from Ethiopia, and their Ethiopian driver, Tedros Gebremichael, also 31.

The U.S state department called for an independent investigation of the killings and said the Ethiopian government ultimately bears full responsibility for ensuring the safety of humanitarian workers.

U.S/RACISM VERDICT

A judge has sentenced former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin to 22-1/2 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd during an arrest in May 2020, video of which galvanized a national protest movement against racism.

While reacting, Minnesota attorney general, Keith Ellison, whose office prosecuted the case, told newsmen that Chauvin’s sentence was one of the longest given a former police officer for using unlawful deadly force in the United States.

Reacting to the judgement, Chauvin’s mother expressed displeasure over the act but noted that she never believed her son could do such.

The jury found Chauvin, a white, guilty on April 20 of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of the black man, a verdict since seen as wide landmark rebuke of the disproportionate use of police force against black Americans.

U.S/AFGHAN COMMITMENT

United States president, Joe Biden has offered american’s commitment to Afghanistan.

President Biden made this known while meeting with Afghan leaders, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah at the white house to demonstrate a continuing US commitment to Afghanistan as US troops withdraw.

Speakng with newsmen on the outcome of the meeting, Abdullah, a high council for national reconciliation noted that a bulk of about 4,000 U.S soldiers currently in Afghanistan will be moved out in the next two weeks, while U.S expects to remove american and coalition commanders by July 4, ahead of schedule.

In the oval office meeting with the leaders, the U.S president noted that the partnership between Afghanistan and U.S is not ending, promising that it will be sustained, even though the U.S troops are leaving.

BRAZIL/MINISTER’S PROBE

A Brazilian Supreme Court justice, Carmen Lucia has revoked the passport of former environment minister of the country, Ricardo Salles over alleged role in allowing illegal exports of timber from the Amazon rainforest.

Salles who was appointed as environment minister by Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, in 2019, quit his post earlier this week after being accused of approving illegal timber export from the Amazon.

In a ruling, justice Lucia said Salles was barred from leaving the country after federal prosecutors entered a motion that he be considered a flight risk.

According to court documents, the former minister was given 24 hours to hand over his passport to police, he could not immediately be reached for comment. The former minister has denied any wrongdoing.

FILIPINOS/FAREWELL

Philippine former president, Benigno Aquino has been laid to rest in a Manila cemetery beside his parents, two of the Southeast Asian country’s democracy icons.

Report said hundreds of mourners in Black and White, some also wearing Yellow, colours associated with the Aquino family and a 1986 revolution that toppled a dictator, ribbons and face masks, attended a funeral mass and burial ceremony.

Aquino, president from 2010 to 2016, died at age 61 in a Manila hospital on June 24, 2021 of kidney failure as a result of diabetes.

The military gave a 21-gun salute and a helicopter rained down Yellow flowers while at the late leader’s residence at the heart of the capital, supporters left Yellow bell and sunflower.

SYDNEY/LOCKDOWN

Authorities have announced a hard two-week lockdown in Sydney and some surrounding areas to contain the highly contagious Delta coronavirus variant sweeping the Australia’s largest city.

Report said more than five million people across the city of Sydney are subjected to movement restrictions as authorities battle to contain spike of the new variant.

Meanwhile, Australia had been more successful in managing the pandemic than many other advanced economies, but the country struggled significantly with the vaccination rollout and small outbreaks.

As at the early hours of today, report said Sydney’s streets were nearly deserted following the restrictions order.

SPORTS

Former winners Denmark, who lost star playmaker, Christian Eriksen in their opening game is taking on Wales in the last 16 with the aim to win a knockout tie at the European Championship for the first time since they stunned the continent to win the trophy in 1992.

Wales is expected to take on Denmark in Amsterdam in the first last-16 tie of EURO 2020, again with the dream of a repeat of their run to the EURO 2016 semi-finals after advancing from group a behind leaders, Italy.

Denmark, Meanwhile, overcame the shock and trauma of Eriksen’s cardiac arrest during their opening game against Finland to qualify for the knockout phase as the second-placed team in group B despite losing their first two matches.

After being revived on the pitch, Eriksen spent six days in hospital after his collapse, undergoing surgery to have a defibrillator implanted, a device to revive cardiac arrest.

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