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Friday, 27 April 2018

10 MAJOR NEWS STORIES YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS FRIDAY MORNING

Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Dailies.
1. No fewer than seven persons were in the early hours of Thursday killed after suspected herdsmen entered a church in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State.
It was gathered that the herdsmen stormed Mbamondo clan around 12.20am and attacked some displaced persons who had taken refuge at an African Church in the area and killed seven of them.
2. President Muhammadu Buhari has been summoned by the House of Representatives over incessant killings in the country.
The lawmakers asked the president to appear before them to give reasons for the killings and to brief them on the security situation in the country.
3. Embattled leader of Nigeria’s Shiite group, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, has been charged with murder.
The Kaduna State Government slammed a fresh eight-count charge on the Shiite leader, his lawyer, Femi Falana told Premium Times on Thursday.
4. There was tension and confusion in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital as the Nigerian troops battled members of the Boko Haram sect in a gun duel.
Residents of Giwa Barracks said Boko Haram terrorists were trying to take over the state capital but were repelled by the troops.
5. The Defence Headquarters, Abuja, on Thursday said that the fresh incessant killings in Benue State were being sponsored.
Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. John Agim, noted that the military would soon apprehend both the killer herdsmen and their sponsors, as the army will not rest on its oars till they are caught.
6. President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of five new executives for National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
Mr. Olusegun Adekunle, Permanent Secretary, General Services Office, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) said the president made the appointments following their confirmation by the senate.
7. Thirty-four State Chairmen under the defunct Ali Modu Sheriff-led caretaker committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Thursday formally defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Among those, who defected included: Sen. Hope Uzodinma, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki and Sen. Teslim Folarin. They were received by the National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
8. Two high profile Boko Haram Commanders from Ibrahim Shekau and Mammam Nur camps have surrendered to troops of the Operation LAFIYA DOLE in BornoState.
Kyari Goni, who was a commandeer in the Shekau camp surrendered with sixteen others, while Ibrahim Dale and sixteen others from the Nur-led faction also surrendered to the troops.
9. The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N10.7billion for the establishment of 10 new rice mills.
The Ministers of State for Agriculture, Heineken Lokpobiri said that the Council approved the 10 rice mills with the capacity to produce 100 tonnes per day, and the mills would be managed by private rice millers.
10. The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign.
The CBCN made the call in a communique signed by its President, Most Rev. Augustine Akubeze, and Secretary, Most Rev. Camillus Umoh on Thursday.

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