Good morning readers! This is a summary of some top news stories:
1-.The Federal Government has accused the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) of playing with the lives of Nigerians who need them at this critical time. Dr Chris Ngige, who is the Minister of Labour and Employment, made the allegation on Friday at the opening session of a meeting with the aggrieved doctors in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
2-.The acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, has appointed an Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Hafiz Inuwa, as the Force Secretary and member of the Force Management Team. He also reappointed a Commissioner of Police (CP), Frank Mba, and Acting CP Idowu Owohunwa as the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) and Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to the IGP respectively.
3-.Operatives of the newly created Special Weapons and Tactics Team of the Nigeria Police have been deployed in various parts of the country. The Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi, disclosed this on Friday.
4-.The Lagos State government has further eased restrictions on social and event centres across the state. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu gave the approval after due consultation and deliberations with relevant stakeholders, as well as Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs), the government said on Friday.
5-.Security operatives at the Kogi State Polytechnic have arrested one Shehu Mohammed for being in possession of a locally fabricated revolver pistol. Mohammed is a National Diploma II student of the Department of Public Administration of the institution, with matriculation number 2018/ND/PAD/170.
6-.Five prison inmates and two officials of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) in Bauchi State have been injured following a riot that erupted in the facility. The spokesman of the NCS in the state, Abubakar Adam, confirmed this on Friday to newsmen.
7-.The Rivers State Government has placed a ban on a planned meeting of some Igbo residents in the Oyigbo Local Government Area over fears that such meeting could spark fresh unrest in the area. The meeting by a group known as the United Igbo community is scheduled to hold at Oyigbo on Saturday, April 10, 2021.
8-.The Nigerian Government on Thursday received a stolen Ile-Ife artefact from Mexico. Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama received the artwork from the Charge D’affaires of the Nigerian mission in Mexico, Yakubu Dadu.
9-.The EU’s drug regulator said Friday it had launched a review of possible links between the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine and blood clots after reports of four cases, one of them fatal. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said its safety committee “has started a review of a safety signal to assess reports of thromboembolic events” with people who had received the shot.
10.Premier League players are to wear black armbands and observe one minute’s silence before kick-off at all league games this weekend in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, Prince Philip who died on Friday. “As a mark of respect, players will wear black armbands and there will be a minute’s silence before kick-off at all Premier League matches played tonight and across the weekend,” the Premier League said in a statement shared on its social media platforms.