Good morning readers! This is a summary of some top news stories:
1-.The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) on Friday said media reports about the increase in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as petrol, were misleading. The PPPRA, an NNPC subsidiary that regulates the price of petroleum products, had posted what it called ‘Guiding Prices’ on its website that put the price of petrol at N212, up from the current rate of N162.
2-.The attacks on six villages by bandits have left scores of villagers killed in Zamfara State, the government said on Friday. Mr Jamilu Magaji, who is the press secretary to the state governor, confirmed in a statement that the attacks were carried out in two Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.
3-.The House of Representatives has again confirmed that it is facing a financial crisis, which is negatively affecting its activities. A spokesman for the House, Hon. Benjamin Kalu who confirmed this in Abuja at a press conference also said the lower chamber was owning contractors and consultants.
4-.Goodwill Zwelithini, the controversial but revered king of South Africa’s Zulus, died Friday aged 72 after weeks in hospital, his palace announced. The king wielded great influence among millions of Zulus through his largely ceremonial and spiritual role despite having no official power in modern South Africa.
5-.The Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested 57 suspected internet fraudsters at their hotel hideouts and recovered two pump action rifles. EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed that the suspects were arrested on Friday at four different hotels in Ilaro town in Ogun State.
6-.A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has reserved its ruling in the ‘no-case submission’ filed by a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Paul Usoro SAN. Justice Rilwan Aikawa fixed June 10 for ruling after hearing the arguments of both counsels for the prosecution and defendant.
7-.The Makurdi Division of the Court of Appeal has acquitted Amina Zubairu, the wife of a traditional ruler sentenced to death by a lower court. This comes two years after the appellant was sentenced to death by a High Court sitting in Lafia, the Nasarawa State.
8-.Marc Chidiebere Nwadi, a man who spent six years in prison without a trial, has been awarded ₦7.5m by the Lagos State Government. The state government, through the State Judicial Panel on the Restitution for victims of SARS-related abuses and other matters, on Friday delivered the judgment on the man’s case, noting that he suffered in the hands of police officers owing to his inability to offer a bribe.
9-.The Edo State Police Command has confirmed the kidnap of a lecturer and student of the National Institute of Construction Technology, Uromi, Edo State. In a statement by the Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Kontongs Bello, says the “Edo State Police Command wishes to inform the general public of the kidnap of one Uzoaku Onyemabi ‘m’ aged 38 years a staff of the Institute, and one Elizabeth Ayim ‘f’ 24 years, a student old of National Institute of Construction Technology, Uromi, Edo State
10-.The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has been elected into the FIFA Executive Council. Pinnick, 50, was elected as a member of the FIFA Council during the 43rd CAF Ordinary General Assembly which was held in Rabat, the Moroccan capital on Friday.