Latest News for June 14


Falana tells police to apologise to June 12 protesters

Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, wants the police to apologise to June 12 protesters who were arrested last Saturday. This is coming on the heels of  reports that protesters were tear gassed and arrested in different states where the protest took place. The rights activists equally commended the protesters for being peaceful during their demonstrations. 

But, Public Relations Officer for the police, Frank Mba, says no protester was arrested on June 12.
The police spokesman justified the use of tear gas on protesters, saying the actions of officers were in line with international best practices.

Kaduna witnesses another mass abduction

Another mass abduction has been recorded in Zaria, Kaduna state, after a family of eight and four others were taken by kidnappers.
The latest attack comes less than two days after bandits attacked Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic also in Zaria, kidnapping eight students and two lecturers, after shooting dead a student.
Spokesperson for the Kaduna State police command, Mohammed Jalige, confirmed the incident, saying four other kidnap victims were rescued by police operatives who arrived in the area during the raid and engaged the bandits in a gun battle.
Jalige also said security operatives have started an aggressive patrol in the general area and along the Kaduna-Zaria highway with a view to arresting the bandits and rescuing those kidnapped.

UK: WhatsApp launches privacy-focused advertising campaign

WhatsApp has launched its first major privacy-focused advertising campaign in the United Kingdom.
It follows a customer backlash against changes to its terms and conditions, announced earlier this year.
The platform also said it is standing firm against pressure from governments to compromise on the way it encrypts messages.
The marketing campaign is set to run internationally, beginning in the UK and Germany on Monday.

Sierra Leone and Benin to play 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture

The Confederation of African Football, CAF, has announced Monday, June 14, to play the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture between Sierra Leone and Benin. 
In a statement on Sunday, CAF said the game will be played in Conakry, the Guinean capital.
The fixture is part of Match Day 6 fixtures of the AFCON qualifiers initially scheduled for March 2021.
A disagreement over the players found to have tested positive for COVID-19 had prevented the match from being played.

Police recover 1.3 million naira from kidnappers

The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory have recovered 1.3 million naira from five suspected kidnappers arrested by the command in Abuja.
Spokesman for FCT Police Command, Mariam Yusuf, said on Sunday that the recovered money was paid as ransom to the suspects, adding that three mobile phones, charms, three wrist watches and two caps were also recovered.
Yusuf said the suspects, terrorising Tungan-maje, Bwari and Kwali-Kuje axis of Abuja, were arrested by operatives from the Command’s Anti Kidnapping Squad during an intelligence-led operation.
She said two suspects were also arrested over links to a kidnapping operatiion on Tunga-maje axis.

Israel's new PM vowes to unite nation

Israel's new Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, has vowed to unite the nation frayed by four elections in two years of political stalemate.
Bennett, who leads te Yamina part, said his government would "work for the sake of all the people", adding that the priorities would be reforms in education, health and cutting red tape.
The right-wing nationalist will lead an unprecedented coalition of parties backed by Members of Parliament.
He succeeds Benjamin Netanyahu, who was forced out of office after 12 years.
Mr Bennett will be prime minister until September 2023 as part of a power-sharing deal.

Home-video of teenage Ed Sheeran up for auction

A home-video of a teenage Ed Sheeran singing in his school production of the musical Grease is going up for auction.
The film, which is nearly two hours long, shows 15-year-old Sheeran playing the character Roger or 'Rump'.
The DVD recording is being sold by Omega Auctions, which has shared a preview of it ahead of the sale on 29 June.
It comes after a painting by Sheeran raised £51,000 for his local cancer charity at a raffle in March.
Later this month, Sheeran is due to release his first solo single in four years - Bad Habits.

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