Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers
1. The candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Saturday’s local government elections held across Oyo state on Sunday emerged winners of the polls.
Reports had it that candidates of the ruling party won in all the 610 wards, 33 local government areas and the 35 newly created local council development areas, LCDAs.
2. The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has stated that it would attack Ohanaeze Ndigbo during its summit billed to hold in Awka, the Anambra capital, on May 21.
The group vowed that no amount of security mobilised to the venue would stop it from carrying out its threat.
3. Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, has once again challenged the Federal Government to stop the continuous killings by herdsmen across the country particularly Christians in the Middle Belt, if “it does not have a hand in it.”
The body, however, backed the Senate over its summon of security chiefs in the country, stressing that “no Nigerian with conscience can fold his or her hands and watch as fellow Nigerians are killed in their numbers.”
4. A human rights advocacy group, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has called on the United Nations to prevail upon President Muhammadu Buhari to put a stop to willful disobedience of court judgments by his government.
The organisation, in a petition dated May 11, 2018 to the UN, lamented the Federal Government’s habit of picking and choosing court judgments to obey.
5. The Nigerian Air Force on Sunday deployed 150 personnel of its special forces to its newly established 23 Quick Response Wing in Nguroje, Sarduana Local Government Council in Taraba.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who addressed the troops in Jalingo before their departure, enjoined them to partner other security agencies to support Taraba in containing insecurity.
6. The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has called for equity and justice to unite Nigeria and put the country on the path of speedy development.
Ekweremadu, however, stated that justice was not something to be done by the government alone, stressing that it was an important virtue that Nigerians must show to one another, especially to the less privileged.
7. The Sudanese authorities have announced the arrest of a woman accused of killing an Immigration Attaché at the Nigerian embassy in Khartoum.
In a very short statement, the official news agency, SUNA, said the Sudanese police “arrested the offender, a foreign woman who committed the crime.”
8. The police have confirmed what they described as ‘minor explosion’ that rocked Holy Cross Catholic parish, Iji-Nike in Enugu-East Local Government Area on Sunday.
The parish priest in-charge of the church, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Okwor said that the explosion occurred around 5:40 am when he was preparing for 6:00 am mass.
9. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended First Nation Airways indefinitely for carrying out illegal operations in Nigeria.
The suspension was disclosed in a letter with reference number NCAA/DG/CSLA/RM/1-06/18/2304 dated May 11, 2018 signed by the Director General of the NCAA, Capt. Muktar Usman.
10. Two civil society organisations, the Campaign for Democracy and the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, CDHR, have said the country is in military democracy.
The groups stated this while reacting to the petition by by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) to Mr. Diego García-Sayán, UN Special Rapporteur on President Muhammadu Buhari’s disobedience to court rulings and orders.