Major Headlines of the Day (Monday May 6, 2019) from Nigerian Newspapers

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  1. President Buhari Returns Home

President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Nigeria yesterday evening at about 6:20pm after a private visit to the United Kingdom (UK). The NAF 1 touched down at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja and the President was well received by service chiefs and top aides. It will be recalled that the President has been away for 10 days resulting in speculations regarding his state of health.

  1. Sultan of Sokoto Declares Today Beginning of Ramadan Fasting

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar has declared today (Monday) as the first day of Ramadan fasting in Nigeria. Simwal, a member of the Moonsighting Committee of Nigeria disclosed this while quoting the Sultan. He stated that the Sultan declared today the beginning of the Ramadan fast after the special moon for this month was sighted.

  1. 2019 UTME Candidates Appeal to JAMB to Release Results

Following the reluctance of the Joint Administration and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to release the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results, some candidates who sat for the exam have appealed to the Board to release their results. This appeal was made yesterday in Bwari, Abuja by the candidates.

  1. EFCC Initiate Fresh Investigation Against Saraki

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have reportedly initiated a fresh investigation against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki. This fresh investigation seeks to probe all salaries, allowances, estacodes and payments the Nigerian Senate President received while Governor of Kwara State from 2003 to 2011.

  1. NASS: PDP Leaders Set to Back Lawan and Gbajabiamila

Some opposition leaders from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have reached out to newly elected or re-elected federal legislators from the party and the All Progressive Congress (APC) to ensure a hitch-free election of principal officers of the 9th National Assembly. The concerned members are keen to persuade fellow party members to shelve any opposition ideas and back Senator Lawan and Gbajabiamila.

  1. Biafra: Ohanaeze, Umahi, Others Reject IPOB Sit-At-Home Order

The order given by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Friday May 3, 2019 has been rejected by various key groups in the region. It will be recalled that The News Chronicle reported that IPOB gave the directive in view of honoring fallen heroes and heroines who were killed by the Federal Government but this order appears to be at the verge of failure following its rejection by major groups in the region.

  1. Presidency Investigates Rape Allegations Against Nigerian Police

The Presidency has reacted to allegations of rape against police personnel in Abuja by setting up investigation panels to help determine the truth. Some ladies who were convicted by a mobile court for alleged prostitution had narrated how they were assaulted, harassed and raped by men of the Nigerian Police in Abuja. The spokesman for the Vice President, Laolu Akande noted yesterday that investigations into the issue had commenced.

  1. Nigerian Army Bans Motorcycles in North West Region

The Nigerian Army yesterday announced a ban on the use of motorcycles in the North West region. The Army noted that the ban under the exercise ‘Harbin Kunama’ seeks to eradicate kidnapping, banditry and other criminal activities in the zone. The affected states include Kano, Katsina, Sokoto, Niger, Kebbi and Zamfara states. The Nigerian Army also stated that it will not tolerate the use of motorcycles particularly around the forests where armed bandits and kidnappers lay low.

  1. Permanent Sec. Taraba Ministry of Water Resources Kidnapped

Unknown gunmen during the early hours of yesterday abducted Mrs. Suzzy Nathan, the Permanent Secretary, Taraba Ministry of Water Resources from her home in Jalingo. The Force Public Relations Officer (PRO) in Taraba State confirmed the incident to newsmen yesterday. The PRO noted that all hands are on deck to help rescue the abducted Permanent Secretary even though no contact has been made by the abductors.

  1. Premier League: Chelsea Secure UEFA Champions League Spot

Chelsea FC yesterday secured a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League as they defeated Watford 3-0 at Stamford Bridge. Having dominated the match from start to finish, the Blues advanced to Europe’s grand stage following their win and a draw from their London rivals Arsenal.

The Gunners were subjected to a 1-1 draw at home to Brighton Hove Albion and would have left the race for a top 4 spot open until the final day of the season had they claimed victory at the Emirates Stadium yesterday.

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