Good morning readers! This is a summary of some top news stories:
1=.Abductors of the over 136 students and staff of Salihu Tanko Islamiyya School, Tegina, in the Rafi local government area of Niger State are demanding the sum of ₦110 million as a ransom for the safe release of the victims. They threatened to kill the victims should the school or their parents fail to meet their demands by midnight of Tuesday this week.
2=.People who promote insurrection in Nigeria face a “rude shock”, its president warned on Tuesday, raising the possibility of a fierce crackdown on rising violence in the southeast that has included arson attacks on police station and electoral offices. Security forces are already grappling with criminal gangs in the northwest who carry out mass kidnappings for ransom, a decade-old Islamist insurgency in the northeast, and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea off Nigeria’s southern coast.
3=.No fewer than two police officers in Kano State have been rewarded with the sum of N1 million for rejecting bribe in the state. The duo of Inspector Garba Rabo attached to the Command’s Department of Operations and Jamilu Buhari attached to Kano State Consumer Protection Council (KCPC) were rewarded by Nigerians in the diaspora under the aegis of Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) Zone 2 Command Onikan Lagos, Nigeria, France Chapter.
4=.Gov Simon Lalong of Plateau, has said that the state Govt. has sacked 532 workers, over falsified documents following findings of investigation of a committee, on the verification and audit of staff strength. The governor made the disclosure at the closing ceremony of Policy Retreat for the state Permanent Secretaries, on Tuesday at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru near Jos.
5=.Zamfara State Governor, Bello Mohammed on Tuesday visited the State Police Command, asking operatives to enforce the shoot-at-sight order issued by President Muhammadu Buhari to tackle the insecurity in the country. In March, President Buhari directed security agencies to shoot anyone seen with AK-47 while ordering a clampdown on bandits
6=.More than 90 percent of people in Ethiopia’s war-torn Tigray region need emergency food aid, the United Nations said Tuesday, as it appealed for $203 million to scale up its response. The UN World Food Programme voiced alarm that conflict had caused an increase in hunger levels that were already high in the northern region.
7=.South Africa’s unemployment rate climbed to its highest level on record in the first quarter, official data showed Tuesday, as the country reels from the coronavirus pandemic. The jobless rate rose to 32.6 percent in the first three months of the year, compared to 32.5 percent in the previous quarter.
8=.China reported the world’s first human infection of the H10N3 bird flu strain on Tuesday but said the risk of it spreading widely among people was low. A 41-year-old man was admitted to hospital with fever symptoms in the eastern city of Zhenjiang on April 28 and was diagnosed with H10N3 a month later, China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said in an online statement.
9=.Uganda’s transport minister, who used to lead the armed forces, was shot Tuesday in an attack which left his daughter and bodyguard dead, a government spokesman said. The minister, General Edward Katumba Wamala, who was chief of the defense forces between 2013 and 2017, came under fire while driving in Kampala, said government spokesman Chris Baryomunsi.
10=.The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) have confirmed the qualification status of Nigeria’s top player, Quadri Aruna for the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. In a letter addressed to the President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) and President of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) and singed by ITTF Competition Director Gabor Felegyi, Aruna who is the first African in the history of the Olympic Games to make it to the quarter-final stage of the singles event will join 85 others across the globe to compete in the men’s singles event at Tokyo Olympic Games next month.