Good morning readers! This is a summary of some top news stories:
1-.Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has insisted that the state government has no money to pay bandits amid the renewed attacks by armed groups in the state. He stated that the recent bandits’ attacks on communities in the state were a result of the government’s decision that it would not negotiate with them.
2-.Former President Goodluck Jonathan has urged Nigerians to work in unity and peace, saying that such is needed for the West African nation to overcome its present challenges. The former Bayelsa State governor said this on Sunday in his Easter message as shared on his official Twitter handle.
3-.Special courts should be created to deal promptly with cases of banditry, kidnapping, ransom demanding, and unlawful carrying of weapons in the country. This formed part of the solutions to the nation’s security challenges recommended by former President Olusegun Obasanjo and popular Islamic scholar, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi.
4-.A suspected serial killer cultist declared wanted by the police has been arrested in the Odongunyan area of Ikorodu in Lagos State. Segun Agodo was apprehended by a team of police detectives led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) at the Sagamu Road Division at about 10am on Sunday, police authorities in Lagos said.
5-.One of Nigeria’s civil society leaders and founder of the CLEEN Foundation, Innocent Chukwuma, has died. His death was announced on Sunday via CLEEN Foundation’s Twitter handle. Although the foundation did not indicate his age, multiple reports suggest that he died at 55.
6-.Former Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Assembly Matters, Honourable Abdulrahman Suleiman Kawu Sumaila, has described the recent attack on the personality of the president in London, United Kingdom as unfortunate, barbaric and uncalled-for. Sumaila, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in a statement he signed, said the attack on president Buhari was far beyond the personality of the president, rather an attempt to diminish the image of the country by some bad elements in the name of politics.
7-.Anti-coup demonstrators in Myanmar decorated boiled eggs on Sunday, as Pope Francis in his Easter message expressed solidarity with the country’s youth. Myanmar has been gripped by turmoil since a February 1 coup ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and derailed the country’s tentative transition to democracy.
8-.Tottenham’s bid for a top-four finish in the Premier League suffered a setback as Joe Willock’s late strike rescued a 2-2 draw for lowly Newcastle, while Southampton took a huge step towards survival with a 3-2 victory over fellow strugglers Burnley on Sunday. Jose Mourinho’s side were just five minutes away from moving into fourth place when Willock equalised at St James’ Park.
9-.Jordan’s Prince Hamzah, who says he is under house arrest in a dispute with the government, was once the crown prince but lost that title to the son of his half-brother King Abdullah II. British and US-educated Hamzah bin Hussein, 41, is the youngest son of the late King Hussein and his fourth and last wife, the American-born Queen Noor.
10-.Enyimba’s captain, Austin Oladapo, and striker, Tosin Omoyele, scored a goal each to give the Nigerian side a 2-1 victory over Algeria’s Entente Setif on matchday 3 of the CAF Confederation Cup in Aba, a town in Abia State. Monsef Bakrar shot the visitors into the lead in the 13th minute after poor communication between Enyimba’s defenders.