Press News: 5 things you need to know this Thursday morning

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers and Foreign news.

1. Insecurity: Nigerians have right to talk, Sultan tells FG

…Blasts security agencies, says their attitude lackadaisical.
The Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar 111, yesterday told the Federal Government that Nigerians have a right to express their feelings over the spate of killings in the country, especially in the north.

2. New electricity tariff, VAT rate to sustain upward pressure on prices

Nigeria’s annual inflation rate rose for the ninth consecutive months to 12.4 percent in May from 12.34 percent in April, the highest in  25 months, with analysts projecting that the upward trend will persist, driven by commencement of the new electricity tariff and Value Added Tax (VAT) as well as the new planting season.

3. Zimbabwe’s govt workers get 50% pay hike in coronavirus relief

The Zimbabwean government has awarded its workers a 50% pay rise and an allowance to cushion them against hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the finance ministry announced Wednesday.

4. John Bolton: Trump sought Xi’s help to win re-election

US President Donald Trump sought help from Chinese President Xi Jinping to win re-election, ex-National Security Adviser John Bolton’s new book says.

Mr Bolton says Mr Trump wanted China to buy agricultural produce from US farmers, according to details of the forthcoming book previewed by US media

5. Pub chain and insurer apologise for slavery links

Pub chain Greene King and insurance market Lloyd’s of London have apologised for their historical links to the slave trade.

One of Greene King’s founders owned a number of plantations in the Caribbean.

Meanwhile, maritime insurance – which was focused at Lloyd’s – thrived on the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Both corporations have apologised and said they will donate to charities representing black and minority ethnic (BAME) groups.

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