World boxing heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will soon present his belts to President Muhammadu Buhari, a presidential aide disclosed on Wednesday in Abuja.
Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, made the disclosure while briefing State House correspondents on behalf of the Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the briefing took place after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday in Abuja.
Akande however said the date for the presentation of the belts was yet to be fixed.
“The Minister of Sports announced that Anthony Joshua will be presenting his belts to the President in a matter of days.
“The Council members also expressed appreciation for the gift of books from the Vice President which has become an annual tradition,’’ he said.
NAN reports that Joshua, a Nigerian-British boxer, beat Mexican-American boxer Andy Ruiz Jr. through a unanimous points decision in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.
The victory helped him to reclaim the IBF, WBO, WBA and IBO heavyweight world championship belts he lost
IGP Deploys more detectives to Edo State, vows to fish out killers of Miss Vera Uwaila
The Inspector General of Police, MOHAMMED Adamu, has announced further steps taken by the Police High Command to unravel and bring to book all those involved in the brutal murder of a 100-level student of the Department of Microbiology in UNIBEN was reported to have been raped and killed by some hoodlums inside a church where she went to read at the Ikpoba Hill area of Benin City, the Edo State Capital.
The statement signed by Force Public Relations Officer, DCP FRANK MBA said : “As part of deliberate and concerted efforts by the Nigeria Police High Command to unravel the circumstances surrounding the brutal attack and unfortunate death of Miss Vera Uwaila Omosuwa in Benin, Edo State on 28th and 30th May, 2020 respectively, the Inspector General of Police has deployed additional investigations aids and forensic support to Edo State Police Command to complement and expedite actions in the ongoing investigations into the unfortunate incident.”
“The IGP, while condemning the attack, commiserates with the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased. He calls for calm and assures that the Force will surely bring the perpetrators of the callous act to book in the shortest possible time.
Meanwhile, protesters including students of UNIBEN, activists and concerned individuals on Monday stormed the headquarters of the state police command in Edo State demanding justice for Vera Uwaila Omozuwa.
The protesters wearing black outfits and bearing placards decrying rape staged a walk from the Kings Square area of Benin City and eventually took their message to the state police command headquarters.
The deputy commissioner of police, operations, Ayoola Ajala who received the protesters, assured that investigations have commenced and arrests have made in connection to Uwa’s murder.
He also debunked allegations that the police station where the matter was reported to refused to look into the incident for lack of funding.
Meanwhile, Uwa’s siblings who were also part of the protest demanded that justice be served promptly.
Facebook Pledges $10 Million To Racial Justice Campaigns
Facebook has committed $10 million to anti-racism groups, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Monday, as protests continue nationwide and companies speak out on racism following the death of George Floyd in police custody last week.
Zuckerberg announced the money would go towards supporting the work of “groups working on racial justice.”
He wrote in a Facebook post on Monday: “The pain of the last week reminds us how far our country has to go to give every person the freedom to live with dignity and peace.
He added: “It reminds us yet again that the violence Black people in America live with today is part of a long history of racism and injustice. We all have the responsibility to create change.”
Like a number of corporations that have released statements in recent days, Zuckerberg said that Facebook stands with the black community “and all those working towards justice in honor of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and far too many others whose names will not be forgotten.”
The 36-year-old added that the Chan Zuckerberg initiative he founded with his wife, Priscilla Chan, invests around $40 million annually in organizations “working to overcome racial injustice.”
Zuckerberg’s post comes as a number of senior Facebook employees blasted the CEO’s “do nothing” approach to President Trump’s post threatening violence against George Floyd protesters that read “when the looting starts, shooting starts.”
Design manager Jason Stirman tweeted on Monday: “I’m a FB employee that completely disagrees with Mark’s decision to do nothing about Trump’s recent posts, which clearly incite violence. I’m not alone inside of FB. There isn’t a neutral position on racism.”
According to Axios, Zuckerberg expressed concerns over Trump’s “tone and rhetoric” in a phone call with Trump on Friday.
Companies including Netflix, Twitter, Glossier, Nike and Peloton have lined up in recent days to condemn the death of George Floyd, voice their support for the black community and commit to support anti-racism efforts.
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