1. The National Assembly has transmitted the Electoral Act Amendment Bill to President Muhammadu Buhari for his assent. Babajide Omoworare, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), disclosed this in a terse statement on Friday.
2. President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to consider what he called “heavy” request for an unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The President made the promise Friday while receiving a group under the aegis of Highly Respected Igbo Greats, led by First Republic parliamentarian and Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, at State House, Abuja.
3. Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, yesterday, spoke on the death of Sani, his brother. Receiving the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at his Kano residence on Friday, Dangote said he, their mother and Sani’s children watched how the deceased died.
4. Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State has said that all the governors in Nigeria are helpless in terms of protecting the lives and property of citizens. Speaking after Ambazonia fighters from Cameroon invaded a village in Taraba and killed 11 persons, including a monarch, the governor said there is nothing his administration could have done to prevent the attack since he does not control security agencies.
5. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has confirmed the return of N19. 33 billion Kogi State salary bailout funds, recovered by the Commission, to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Spokesperson for the EFCC, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja, on Friday.
6. The 89-year-old father of the former Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere and Traditional Ruler of Ezi – Mbieri Autonomous Community in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State, HRH, Eze Henry Madumere on Friday, was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in the state.
7. The Senate, yesterday, hailed troops of 25 Task Force Brigades of the ‘Operation Hadin Kai for repelling attack by a group of Islamic State of West Africa Province, ISWAP terrorists in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State. Speaking with Journalists yesterday in Abuja, Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, hailed the Army for the gallantry posture in stopping the terrorists from attacking Damboa.
8. The owner of Hilton Hotel and Resort, Ile-Ife, Ramon Adedoyin, has denied involvement in the death of a Master’s student at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Timothy Adegoke. Adedoyin, who is currently detained by Osun State Police Command over Adegoke’s death, noted that he did not connive with his workers or anyone to kill the student.
9. Gunmen suspected to be members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect have allegedly kidnapped a total of 22 girls in Kurebe community in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State on Thursday. It was gathered that the gunmen stormed the community and whisked the girls between 14 and 17 away to marry them.
10. Two officers of the Katsina State Police Command lost their lives in a gun duel with bandits on Friday. ASP Yakubu Joshua, attached to 27 Police Mobile Force (PMF) Katsina and Sgt Zaharadeen Yuguda attached to Safana Division were killed by the hoodlums in a crossfire in their hideouts at Baure village in Safana Local Government Area of the state.