Good morning readers! This is a summary of some top news stories:
1-.Members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have commenced an industrial action across the country. The strike which was scheduled to begin on Thursday followed an ultimatum issued to the Federal Government which expired on Wednesday.
2-.A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha-Jet has gone missing while on an operation in the north-eastern region of the country, authorities have said. NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, confirmed this in a statement on Thursday.
3-.Niger thwarted an “attempted coup” on Wednesday, the government said, two days before the historic inauguration of Mohamed Bazoum as president of the unstable Sahel nation. Residents in the capital Niamey earlier reported hearing gunfire in the middle of the night in the district where the presidency is located
4-.The United States Government has said that information on the number of fatalities recorded during the #ENDSARS protests in Lekki Tollgate last year, is not available. According to the US Department of State’s 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, “Accurate information on fatalities resulting from the shooting was not available at year’s end”.
5-.The trial of one Ayodeji Ibrahim Oluokun, a self-acclaimed Pastor based in Lagos, continued before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos State on March 30, 2021, with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, presenting two more witnesses against him. Oluokun is standing trial alongside his company, Peak Petroleum Industry Nigeria Limited, on a six-count amended charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence, stealing and issuance of dud cheques
6-.The police authorities in Lagos State on Wednesday arraigned 60 suspected cultists before a magistrate court sitting in the Yaba area of the state. The 60 suspects, made up of 12 females and 48 males, were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Adeola Adebayo under the new Anti-Cultism Law of Lagos.
7-.Justice O.O. Abike-Fadipe of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos State, has adjourned the trial of one Nanpan Salihu Yaniyang, who is being prosecuted for an alleged N17,449,000 (Seventeen Million Four Hundred and Forty-nine Thousand Naira) and $6,300 (Six Thousand Three Hundred United States Dollars) fraud till Tuesday, June 1, 2021. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office, had brought Yaniyang before the trial judge on Monday, March 22, 2021, on a four-count charge bordering on stealing and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N17,449,000 (Seventeen Million Four Hundred and Forty-nine Thousand Naira) and $6,300 (Six Thousand Three Hundred United States Dollars).
8-.Top-seeded Daniil Medvedev crashed out of the Miami Open Wednesday on a day of upsets that also saw Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka ousted from the quarter-finals. Seventh-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut beat Medvedev 6-4, 6-2, for his third win in as many meetings with the Russian who was runner-up to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open and ascended to No. 2 in the world with his victory at Marseille in March.
9-.Four people, including a child, were shot and killed Wednesday evening at an office building in Southern California, police said. It is the third such shooting in the United States in weeks, with 18 people killed in two separate gun violence incidents in March.
10-.NBA superstar LeBron James has increased his ownership stake in English Premiership club, Liverpool, via a deal confirmed on Wednesday that makes him a partner in Fenway Sports Group. FSG announced that James and longtime business associates Maverick Carter and Paul Wachter had become partners in the Boston-based global sports, entertainment and real estate platform, along with RedBird Capital.