1) President Buhari Returns From UK
President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived the country via the Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport from the United Kingdom where he went on medical vacation for two weeks.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja this afternoon, after a private trip to London, the United Kingdom,” the Personal Assistant to the President, Bashir Ahmad tweeted.
2) Nigerian govt lifts ban on new SIMs registration
The Federal Government has lifted the ban on the activation of new Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards in the country.
The Technical Assistant (Information Technology) to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Femi Adeluyi, who disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, however, said the government ordered the compulsory activation of the new SIM cards with the National Identity Numbers (NINs).
The directive, according to him, takes effect from April 19.
An unusual attack on a bank has happened in Anambra state, with 10 gunmen storming a bank premises and bearing Biafran flags.
There was no money stolen, no person killed, but some parked vehicles were damaged, according to a report.
The attack happened at Abagana, Njikoka local government area around 4pm on Thursday.
According to TheNation, the attack took place barely hours after Indigenous People of Biafra’s (IPOB) leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu raised the alarm over alleged DSS’ plan to attack banks in South East.
He alleged the ploy was to hang the attacks on IPOB.
4) Buhari to Attahiru, IGP Baba: I hope your best will be good enough
President Muhammadu Buhari has again challenged Chief of Army Staff Ibrahim Attahiru, other service chiefs and the acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, to work diligently towards meeting the expectations of Nigerians.
The president gave the charge while assessing the performances of the new service chiefs as well as the tasks before them and that of the acting I-G.
The president, who fielded questions from State House correspondents on his arrival from London after a successful medical check-up, said:
5) Oyedepo's Church, Living Faith To Spend N160 Billion On New 100,000-Seater Auditorium
The Living Faith Church founded by Bishop David Oyedepo is to spend over N160 billion to build its 100,000-seater auditorium, known as ‘The Ark.’
The groundbreaking ceremony for The Ark was carried out by Bishop Oyedepo in March 2021.
According to reports, N45 billion has already been released for the project out of the N160 billion earmarked for it.
Thus, the project has already kicked off and to be completed in three years.
6) Why Nobody Can Become President Without Rivers, Lagos, Kano – Wike
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has claimed that nobody can become Nigeria’s president without securing the votes of his state combined with Lagos or Kano.
Wike, in a statement by his Special Assistant, Media, Kelvin Ebiri, spoke at the grand finale of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) local government election campaign at Ulakwo in Etche Local Government area on Thursday.
According to the Rivers governor, such pivotal position established the importance of Rivers in the political scheme of the country and nobody would be allowed to undermine it.
He said: “I keep telling the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that no state has given more votes to the party than Rivers.
7) 2023: I’m Not Responsible For Bags Of Rice Being Distributed In The North, But – Tinubu
National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has declared that he is not responsible for the bags of rice depicting his face currently being distributed in some states in the northern part of the country.
Tinubu in a statement on Thursday evening through his media team noted that he has become aware of the rice distribution with his face emblazoned on the bags, but he is not the one behind the initiative.
The APC chieftain, however, commended those behind the initiative noting that their acts of charity particularly in the holy month of Ramadan is highly appreciated.
8) Nigeria lacks courageous leaders, says Ortom
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has asserted that the country lacked courageous leaders.
He insisted that as long as Nigerian leaders are not willing to stick out their necks to speak against the many ills in the country, the citizens would remain dominated and underdeveloped.
9) We don’t buy arms, we produce locally, IPOB tells DSS
The Indigenous People of Biafra has said it produces its arms locally.
The secessionist group stated this on Thursday while debunking allegation credited to the Department of State Services that IPOB was plotting to attack banks to get money to purchase arms.
The Media and Publicity Secretary of the group, Emma Powerful, described the allegation as a poor script.
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