===President Muhammadu Buhari has enjoined the Super Eagles to win the FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia for the over 180 million Nigerian supporters.
The president, at a farewell reception in honour of the Super Eagles and team officials at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, urged the players to fulfil the passions and desires of Nigerians by winning the tournament.
=====The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has officially tendered his letter of resignation to President Buhari, as required by the constitution, to vie for the governorship seat in Ekiti, his home state.
The president accepted Fayemi’s resignation and wished him best of luck in his political pursuit.
The resignation takes immediate effect.
====The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons says it plans to launch Operation Rescue Them; a project that will involve profiling, identification and evacuation of stranded Nigerians and also trafficked persons around the world.
The Director-General of NAPTIP, Ms Julie Okah-Donli, said the project, in partnership with ECOWAS, had become imperative to reduce the scourge of trafficking and change the global perspective about Nigeria.
====South Africa has returned Cabinet files and other State papers dating back to 1927, considered important and part of the country’s history, to Zimbabwe.
The documents, which have been officially handed over to President Emmerson Mnangagwa, were taken away by former Rhodesian Prime Minister, Ian Douglas Smith following the collapse of his government.
Zimbabwe, formerly Rhodesia, was under colonial rule from 1890 to 1980.
====Hamas, the Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip says it has reached a ceasefire with Israel after the most severe exchange of fire between and Israel and Palestinian militant groups since 2014.
Israeli Education Minister, Naftali Bennett who is also a member of the security cabinet, however denied any ceasefire or informal understanding.