Monday, May 20, 2024


Good day! below are News stories across Nigeria and Abroad:


1. President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday called for a lifting of the blanket visa ban clamped down on Nigerians by the government of the United Arab Emirates, UAE.

The President canvassed this position during a telephone conversation with the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who doubles as the Emir of Abu Dhabi. VANGUARD

2. The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, has said that there was no need to shift the February 10, 2023 deadline. He said this during a visit on Tuesday to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to discuss the monetary and currency redesign policy of the bank. He said, “The situation is substantially calming down since the commencement of over-the-counter payments to complement ATM disbursements and the use of super-agents. PUNCH

3. A group known as Civil Society Organization has accused governors of the All Progressives Party, APC, of plotting to cause chaos in Nigeria over the naira redesign policy implementation. The group convener, Obed Okwukwe said this during a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday. He disclosed that these governors would orchestrate intensified cash scarcity to frustrate the Naira redesign policy. DAILY POST

4. Nine-time African champions, Nigeria, has arrived in Leon, State of Guanajuato, Mexico, on Tuesday’s morning ahead of the Four-Nation Women’s Revelation Cup Tournament taking place between February 15 to 21, in that city. Hosts Mexico, Nigeria, Costa Rica and Colombia are the participating teams at the tournament, which has the objective of preparing the contestants for the 9th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in Australia and New Zealand this summer. LEADERSHIP

5. Popular Nigerian singer Innocent Ujah Idibia better known as 2Baba has confessed he once thought he’d never get married. He stated marriage has made him much happier than he was as a single man who always kept late nights, partying. The ‘African Queen’ singer spoke during an interview where he also shared some of the sacrifices he’s had to make as a married man with seven kids. NATION

6. A British security guard at the UK’s embassy in Germany who pleaded guilty to spying was snared in an elaborate sting after sending sensitive material to Russia, prosecutors said Monday. David Ballantyne Smith, 58, has admitted to eight charges and London’s Old Bailey criminal court is now considering arguments ahead of his sentencing on Friday. Smith, who worked at the Berlin embassy for five years, pleaded guilty in November to violating the Official Secrets Act. The court was told that he was motivated by an intense hatred for his homeland. CHANNELS

7. A Federal High Court in Abuja has extended the order restraining the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from suspending or expelling Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers from the party. Justice James Omotosho gave the directive on Tuesday after the counsel to the governor, Dr Joshua Musa, SAN, and lawyer to the PDP and others, Johnson Usman, SAN, agreed on March 6 to argue their case. Justice Omotosho had, on February 2, given a restraining order against the party and others listed in the face of Wike’s motion dated February 2. DAILY POST

8. Rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, has lambasted the Central Bank of Nigeria for allegedly flouting the interim injunction of the Supreme Court suspending the implementation of the February 10 deadline on the use of the old banknotes. PUNCH

9. Actor John Okafor aka Mr Ibu has said he has lost trust in his wife, Stella Maris Okafor, though he still loves her. He stated this in an interview after he was called out by his wife for allegedly having an affair with his adopted daughter Jasmine. She also alleged Jasmine was in cohorts with a few of the actor’s older sons to deny her and the kids of his assets. NATION

10. Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s right-wing coalition government declared victory Monday in regional elections, although the vote was marked by low turnout. In the northern region of Lombardy, Italy’s economic powerhouse that surrounds Milan, the coalition’s candidate, Attilio Fontana, was re-elected president with 54.4 percent of the vote, according to projections by state broadcaster Rai. CHANNELS





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