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Good Day! Below is a Summary of News Stories Across Nigeria and Abroad: 

1. An unspecified number of people have been reportedly killed following a clash between the members of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shiites and security details attached to the Convoy of Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state.The incident happened on Thursday in the Rigasa area along the Nnamdi Azikiwe Western bypass in Igabi local government when the Governor went to flag off the reconstruction of the road that leads to the Kaduna International Airport. CHANNELS

2. The draw for the quarter-finals of this season’s UEFA Europa League (UEL) has been conducted. The draw which was streamed live on UEFA’s official website by 1pm, Nigerian time, was conducted in Nyon on Friday. Premier League giants Manchester United will clash with LaLiga side Sevilla in the Europa League last-8. Serie A giants, Juventus will take on Sporting Lisbon, who eliminated Arsenal from the tournament in the last-16 stage. The quarter-final fixtures will take place on the 13th and 20th of April. The semi-final fixtures will take place on 11 and 18 of May. The final takes place at Budapest’s Puskás Aréna on 31 May. DAILY POST

3. The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Idowu Owohunwa, on Friday, said that an investigation has been launched into the alleged threat issued against Igbo by the Lagos State Parks Management Committee Chairman, Musiliu Akinsanya popularly known as MC Oluomo. Owohunwa made this known while featuring in an interview on the preview of the governorship and state assembly elections slated for Saturday. MC Oluomo, in a viral video, had threatened that Igbo people living in Lagos should not bother to come to the polls if they will not for the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC). VANGUARD

3. Independent National Electoral Commission has debunked a report stating that it would conduct supplementary elections alongside with the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections on Saturday. According to a statement signed by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, INEC, Festus Okoye on Friday, the Commission reiterated that date for supplementary elections would be fixed. Okoye, however cleared the air that the two National Assembly elections in Enugu and Edo earlier suspended by the Commission and rescheduled would hold along with the Governorship and State Assembly elections. PUNCH

4. Nigerian doctor and content creator, Aproko Doctor, has shared important advice with women who plan to get a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL). According to the doctor, who is keen on sharing tips on living a healthy life, the surgeries are risky procedures. He advised women to always make sure that their surgeons are qualified experts before undergoing the surgery. This is coming in the wake of the news that a young Nigerian lady, identified as Destiny, who reportedly underwent cosmetic surgery in Lagos, died after the procedure went wrong. A friend of the deceased claimed that Destiny underwent a Brazilian buttlift operation at an aesthetic hospital in Lagos. PULSE

5. The UK on Thursday announced a security ban on the Chinese-owned video app TikTok on government devices, in line with action by the European Union and the United States. Western authorities have been taking an increasingly firm approach to the app, owned by the firm Bytedance, citing fears that user data could be used or abused by Chinese officials. Dowden said that experts had conducted a risk assessment of third-party apps in relation to sensitive government data. As part of the measures, government devices will only be allowed to access apps on a pre-approved list. The ban will apply to “government-corporate devices” used by ministers and ministries, but not apply to personal devices or the wider public. CHANNELS

6. Asteven Energy Institute is partnering the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) to issue a National Innovation Diploma (NID) in Solar Energy Technology. The institute made the disclosure at a virtual stakeholders meeting on Thursday in Lagos. In his opening remarks, Dr. Sunny Akpoyibo, the President of Asteven Energy Group, underscored the need for certification in the nation’s renewable energy sector in line with global best practices. Akpoyibo said the drive to establish the institute was borne out of a vision to ensure that Nigeria and indeed, Africa does not become just a project-based location. He also said it was established to provide local expert technical manpower resource for the industry and for the quantum of solar projects being undertaken. NAN

7. Reality star Phyna has called out an Asaba hotel where she lodged to shoot a movie scene for stealing her dollars. The reality star linked up with actress and producer Destiny Etiko a few days ago, which caused her to be dragged over her sense of fashion. In other news, it was revealed that she had met up with Etiko to shoot an upcoming movie, titled ‘Unholy Stain.’ This came to light after some BTS photos and videos of Etiko, James Brown, and Phyna from the movie set surfaced online. In an interesting turn of events, Phyna took to her Twitter page today to allege that her dollars were stolen from her bag by the room service in the Asaba hotel she lodged. PULSE

8. West Ham United has reacted to the death of Jacqueline Gold, daughter of the club’s late co-owner. The Premier League side said they are ‘deeply shocked and saddened’ by the news of Jacqueline’s death. Jacqueline, daughter of David Gold, died at the age of 62 after losing a battle with breast cancer just weeks after the death of her father. Jacqueline was a prominent figure at West Ham and a familiar face at games. DAILY POST

9. President Muhammadu Buhari has assented 16 Constitution Alteration Bills into law. Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and chairman of House Committee on 1999 Constitution Review, Hon. Idris Wase, disclosed this in a statement on Friday. Wase commended President Buhari for giving assent to the Bills, which according to him, will devolve more power to States of the Federation. The Bill on financial independence of State Houses of Assembly and State Judiciary was one of the Bills signed into law by the President. Other Bills signed by the President were on the removal of the railway, prison and electricity from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent list. LEADERSHIP

10. The United Kingdom (UK) on Friday said its visa application centres in Lagos will be closed on March 20 over likely outbreak of post-election violence in the city. Recall that the governorship and assembly elections are scheduled to hold on Saturday, March 18. Top three contenders for the governorship seat include; incumbent Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who is seeking re-election on platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdul-Azeez Adediran (Jandor) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour (GRV) of the Labour Party (LP). In a statement on Friday, the UK said the affected centres are in Ikeja and Victoria Island, adding that customers would not be able to collect their passports on the said day. VANGUARD

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