Good morning readers! This is a summary of some top news stories:
1-.A Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta has convicted and sentenced six fraudsters in Ogun State, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said. In a statement on Monday, the spokesman for the anti-graft agency, Wilson Uwujaren, noted that the convicts were brought before Justice Mohammed Abubakar by the Ibadan zonal office of the EFCC.
2-.The abductors of a community leader in Ogun State, Tajudeen Omotayo, have demanded a ransom of N100 million before they will release him. Omotayo is the leader of a community in Imope town in Ijebu-North Local Government Area of the state in south-west Nigeria.
3-.Bandits have killed one Lawal Musa, the leader of the Fulani community in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The Fulani leader, popularly known as Alhaji Maijama’a, was assassinated by armed men on Sunday night at Doka, a community in Kajuru.
4-.The Edo State government has assured residents that the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival will not disrupt the academic calendar of primary and secondary schools in the state in any way. Mr Osarodion Ogie, who is the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), gave the assurance in a statement on Monday.
5-.The national leadership of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) has declared an indefinite strike across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). At a press briefing on Monday in Abuja, PASAN National President, Usman Mohammed, directed members of the union to embark on industrial action from Tuesday morning.
6-.Attacks by suspected jihadists in villages in Niger’s Tahoua region on Sunday left 137 people dead, the government said, in a massacre that has underscored the huge security challenges facing new President Mohamed Bazoum. “In treating civilian populations systematically as targets now, these armed bandits have gone a step further into horror and brutality,” government spokesman Zakaria Abdourahamane said in a statement read on public television on Monday.
7-.Republic of Congo opposition candidate Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas died of Covid-19 as he was being transferred to France for treatment, his campaign director said Monday, the day after presidential elections in which he was the main challenger. Kolelas was seen as the main rival to veteran leader Denis Sassou Nguesso, who was expected to win Sunday’s vote.
8-.Taiwan grounded all military aircraft for training and exercises after a pilot was killed and another went missing on Monday when their fighter jets had a suspected mid-air collision. The air force made the announcement after two single-seater F-5E aircraft disappeared from radar at around 3 pm (0700 GMT) some 2.6 kilometres (1.6 miles) off the coast of southern Pingtung county.
9-.French Labour Minister Elisabeth Borne has been hospitalised with Covid-19, a week after testing positive for the virus, her ministry said Monday. Borne, 59, is under medical supervision in a hospital in the Paris region and her condition is improving, the ministry said in a statement.
10-.Three Nigerian players based in France have missed training at the gym in Lagos ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualifiers games against Lesotho and Benin Republic on March 27 and 30. This is according to the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, who briefed journalists while the players had a light training session on Monday in preparation for the matches.