Good morning readers! This is a summary of some top news stories:
1-Five of the 39 students abducted by bandits from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka in Kaduna State have regained freedom. The five students returned on Monday afternoon and were taken to a military medical facility for examination, the Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs in the state, Samuel Aruwan, said in a statement.
2-.The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) says 1,844 inmates escaped following the attack on its custodial centre in Owerri, the Imo State capital. According to a statement by NCoS spokesman, Francis Enobore, the yet to be identified gunmen stormed the facility in the early hours of Monday 5th April 2021, gained entrance into the yard by using explosives to blast the administrative block.
3-.Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has identified and dismantled an illegal surface Automotive Gas Oil(AGO), otherwise known as Diesel Depot in Ore, Odigbo Local Government Area of the State. Addressing newsmen at the scene of the crime, the Ondo State Commandant of the NSCDC, Commandant Edenabu Douglas Eweka said the Command was able to carry out the operation through sustained and credible intelligence.
4-.The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a suspected drug trafficker, Goodluck Odeh at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. In a series of tweet on Sunday, the drug agency said the suspect was arrested with 2 kilogramme of heroin, which has a street value of ₦564million concealed in the lining of the false bottom of his suitcase.
5-.Some governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have visited Zamfara to condole with the government and its people over the fire outbreak at the Tudun Wada Central Market in the state. The Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum and Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, led two of his colleagues – APC Caretaker Committee Chairman and Yobe State Governor, Mai-Mala Buni, as well as Governor Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State to sympathise with Governor Bello Matawalle on Monday at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.
6-.A former jihadist who helped secure the release of four hostages in Mali last October told French radio on Monday that the Bamako government paid two million euros ($2.36 million) for the freedom of one of the captives, the late Malian opposition leader Soumaila Cisse. Ahmada Ag Bibi also said in the interview with Radio France Internationale (RFI) that the Malian authorities did not pay ransom for three other prominent hostages — a Frenchwoman and two Italians — although he did not exclude outside funds changing hands.
7-.At least 40 people have been killed and 58 injured in three days of clashes in Sudan’s West Darfur state, the United Nations said Monday. “Since April 3, 40 people have been killed,” the UN humanitarian coordination office OCHA said in a statement.
8-.Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Monday said he was suffering from a heavy cough and fever but would continue a hunger strike he launched last week demanding adequate medical treatment. Navalny, 44, announced the hunger strike last Wednesday, complaining a prison doctor had only given him painkillers as treatment for severe back pain and numbness in his legs.
9-.Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday gave final approval to legislation allowing him to hold office for two additional six-year terms, opening the possibility for him to stay in power until 2036. The 68-year-old Russian leader, who has already been in power for more than two decades, signed off on the bill Monday, according to a copy posted on the government’s legal information portal.
10-.Team Delta on Monday opened the gate for medal rush with gold from the 80km road race for women at the 20th edition of the National Sports Festival. Ese Ukpeseraye beat 12 other cyclists to cross the finish line and clinch the first gold medal at the games ongoing in Benin city, the Edo state capital.