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

1. The women’s wing of the Peoples Democratic Party in Kaduna State, on Thursday, staged a peaceful protest to express their displeasure over the governorship election results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission in the state. Inscription on some of the placards carried by the women read, “No election rigging”, “Kaduna State has spoken”, “Give us who we voted”, “Kaduna people elected, INEC selected”. A former women leader in the state, Aisha Ibrahim, disclosed to journalists that residents of the state voted for Kudan and wondered why the electoral body favoured Sani of the APC. PUNCH

2. A former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; his wife Beatrice and their doctor have been convicted of organ trafficking, in the first verdict of its kind under the Modern Slavery Act. Ekweremadu, 60; his wife, Beatrice, 56; and Dr Obinna Obeta, 51, were found guilty of facilitating the travel of a young man to Britain with a view to his exploitation after a six-week trial at the Old Bailey. However, the lawmaker’s daughter, Sonia, was cleared by the court. CHANNELS

3. The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Gwadabawa Ward of the Yola North Local Government Area of Adamawa State has suspended the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha. The executives of the ward made this known while addressing the media at the Gwadabawa Ward office in Yola, the Adamawa State capital. According to them, the SGF failed to assist the party at the ward level in the 2023 general elections. They alleged that Mustapha did not give a helping hand during the presidential and governorship elections in the state. VANGUARD

4. The home of Nigerian comedian and content creator, Ayo Ajewole, popularly known as Woli Agba, has been invaded by armed robbers in Ibadan, Oyo State. Ajewole, who is famous for his hilarious comedy as a clergy, took to his Instagram handle, @woliagba_ayoajewole, to announce the incident, thanking God that he and his family were safe and were not physically hurt. LEADERSHIP

5. TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew will fight for the survival of the hugely popular video-sharing app in the United States on Thursday, as he faces skeptical Washington lawmakers over the company’s alleged ties to the Chinese government. The 40-year-old Singaporean will address the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee at 10:00 am (1400 GMT) and endure hours of serious grilling by both Republicans and Democrats who fear that Beijing could subvert the site for spying or to promote propaganda. CHANNELS

6. Kano Pillars head coach, Evans Ogenyi has said his team is on a mission to make a return to the Nigeria Premier Football League. The Sai Masu Gida started their 2023 Nigeria National League (NNL) campaign with a 1-0 away victory against Sokoto United at the Giginya Stadium on Wednesday. Ogenyi stated that they will handle all their fixtures in the league like a final. DAILY POST

7. The Police Special Fraud Unit, Ikoyi, Lagos State, has arrested and arraigned one Abioye Abolaji, 53, on 11 counts bordering on alleged forgery, obtaining money by false pretence, false representation and stealing. The unit spokesperson, SP Eyitayo Johnson, confirmed the arrest of the suspect in a statement on Thursday. He said the arrest of the suspect was in furtherance to a petition from the Diplomatic Security Services Regional Security office at the United States Consulate General in Lagos. PUNCH

8. The United Kingdom has expressed concern over alleged violence, voter suppression and vote buying which it said characterised the March 18 governorship and state assembly elections across many states of Nigeria. The British High Commission in a statement issued on yesterday by Senior Communications & Public Diplomacy Officer, Atinuke Akande-Alegbe, warned that the UK will take action to sanction perpetrators of electoral mayhem in the country. LEADERSHIP

9. The United Kingdom, UK, said it had embarked on an exercise of collating information with the aim to impose visa bans and other sanctions against politicians that engaged in electoral fraud and anti-democratic exercises. According to the UK, the individuals to be punished were those who engaged in violence and voter suppression in the governorship and state assembly elections in Nigeria. In a statement by the British High Commission in Abuja, the UK said there were positives to take away from the elections but noted that violence and voter suppression were observed in many states including Lagos, Enugu and Rivers. VANGUARD

10. Popular Yoruba actress Olayinka Solomon, better known as Ogo Mushin, has broken her silence amid cheating allegations with former Lagos State National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW chairman Musiliu Akinsanya, better known as MC Oluomo. The mother of three in a post shared on her Instagram page on Wednesday, wrote: “Your life is as good as your mindset.” This comes hours after Olayinka’s husband, Olasunkanmi Mabinu Ori, spoke about the state of his marriage amidst his wife’s cheating allegations. DAILY POST

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