Good morning readers, this is a summary of some top news stories:
1-.Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York state lawmakers formally agreed in late-night talks on a deal to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults 21 and over, the governor’s office announced Sunday. Once the underlying legislation passes — Cuomo’s Democratic party holds strong majorities in both legislative chambers — New York will join 14 other states and the District of Columbia in permitting cannabis use.
2-.The Nigeria Police has arrested sixteen suspects including a pastor allegedly involved in series of violent and unprovoked attacks on security operatives and facilities in some states, particularly in the south-eastern part of the country. The Force public relations officer, Mr. Frank Mba in a statement explained that the arrest was made in collaboration with the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Air Force following sustained and intelligence-driven sting operations.
3-.An attacker armed with a knife stabbed and killed one woman and wounded another five people at a library in the Canadian city of Vancouver on Saturday, police said. Although the motive for the attack was not immediately clear, police said they had arrested a suspect who had a criminal record and was believed to have acted on his own.
4-.A first-class traditional ruler in Rivers State, King Aaron Ikuru who was kidnapped over a month ago has regained his freedom. Ikuru, the traditional ruler of Ikuru town in Andoni Local Government Area was kidnapped from his palace on February 21, the same day a senior lecturer in the department of linguistics and communications studies at the University of Port Harcourt, Dr. Jones Ayuwo was abducted by gunmen on his way back from a function in the same local government area.
5-.Following an attack on Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom by gunmen, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has dispatched a special team to Makurdi. The team, a Special Investigative Task Force, is being led by a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, whom the police authorities described as a no-nonsense investigator.
6The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has condemned the murder of security operatives and attacks on facilities in some states of the federation. Adamu, in a statement issued on Sunday via his spokesman, Frank Mba, said no murder will go unpunished.
7-.Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have killed 48 Boko Haram terrorists and rescued 11 kidnap victims in Borno State. In a statement issued on Saturday, the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Mohammed Yerima, said nine terrorists were gunned down in an ambush along the Chibok -Damboa axis of the state.
8-.Chimaobi Ebisike, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has been declared the winner of the Aba North and South Federal Constituency by-election which held on Saturday. The Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) declared Ebisike the winner around 2am on Sunday.
9-.Former Portugal international, Fernando Meira, has slammed Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to walk off the field and throw his captain’s armband away, calling it “unacceptable” behaviour. Ronaldo stormed off the pitch before the final whistle, after he was denied a clear winner in their 2-2 draw with Serbia in a UEFA World Cup Group A qualifier.
10-.A former technical director in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Chief Kashimawo Laloko, has died. He passed away at 76 on Sunday morning after a brief illness.