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

1. The Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed April 15 for the conduct of all outstanding governorship, National and State Assembly supplementary elections. This was made known by the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi on Monday. PUNCH

2. Some aggrieved women on Monday protested half naked in front of the United States Embassy in Abuja over the outcome of the 2023 presidential election. The women, who are members of the Free Nigeria Movement, were at the US Embassy to report the alleged fraud that happened during the 2023 polls. The protesters, who were armed with various placards, called on the US Government to place a visa ban on the instigators of violence during the poll. DAILY POST

3. The embattled National Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Iyorchia Ayu, has described his purported suspension by executive members of his ward, Igyorov Ward of Gboko Local Government Area (LGA) of Benue state, as an exercise in futility. Ayu, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Communications, Simon Imobo-Tswam, in Abuja on Monday, said he had not been suspended. Ayu said his attention had been drawn to rumours that he had been suspended by the Executive Committee of his Ward. VANGUARD

4. The First Lady Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated that there is ability in disability, the First Lady was speaking while presenting a special bus to Nigeria’s Para Sports teams through the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, at the National Stadium on Friday 24 March 2023. Mrs. Buhari, who was represented at the event by her Special Assistant on Health and Developmental Partners, Dr. Victoria Ogala-Akogwu further said that she is proud to associate with the Para-athletes who have won laurels for the country in many international competitions, she said this has confirmed the inclusivity agenda of the President Buhari led administration. LEADERSHIP

5. Britain’s Prince Harry has arrived at London’s High Court to attend a hearing in his claim against Associated Newspapers Limited over allegations of unlawful information gathering. The Duke of Sussex last year joined a group of high-profile figures, including singer Elton John, in legal action against the publisher of the Daily Mail, the Mail on Sunday and the Mail Online. The lawsuit accuses Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) of engaging in various means of criminal activity to obtain information on high-profile figures over the years. DAILY TRUST

6. Elon Musk has put the current value of Twitter at $20 billion, less than half the $44 billion he paid for the social media platform just five months ago, according to an internal email seen by American news media. The email to employees referred to a new stock compensation program in the San Francisco-based company and the allocation of shares to employees of X Holdings, Twitter’s umbrella company since Musk purchased it in late October. The compensation plan values the platform at $20 billion, slightly more than Snapchat’s parent company Snap ($18.2 billion) or Pinterest ($18.7 billion), both of which are publicly traded, unlike Twitter. Musk, who is also the chief executive of Tesla Inc. and aerospace group SpaceX, said that Twitter would allow its employees to cash in shares every six months. PUNCH

7. Reality TV star Vee Iye has shared her experience with men in Nigeria and the UK. Speaking on a podcast, she talked about her previous relationships and praised Nigerian men over their counterparts in the UK. To back her claim, the former Big Brother Naija housemate referenced the financial aspect of going on dates. According to Vee, Nigerian men are better at taking responsibility for the financial implications of going on dates with women. Unlike UK men, who go by the 50:50 method of splitting bills. She emphasised, however, that it was not due to British men being tight with money; rather, it was a cultural difference from how it was done in Nigeria. PULSE

8. The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has urged Igbos residing in Lagos State to protect their lives and businesses threatened by thugs led by the former Lagos State National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, chairman Musiliu Akinsanya, also known as MC Oluomo. IPOB’s spokesman, Emma Powerful, said threatening Igbos in Lagos State was a threat to the entire Biafra. In a statement by Powerful, IPOB lamented the silence of Yoruba leaders over the attack on Igbos and their businesses in Lagos State. DAILY POST

9. Nigerians have been reacting to Super Eagles last Friday’s defeat by the lowly rated Wild Dogs of Guinea Bissau in the AFCON qualifying match played at National Stadium, Abuja. Expectations were high due to the roll call of the country’s best legs plying their trade with best clubs in Europe as many had geared for a celebration only for their expectations to be dashed by the flop. Ex-International, Mutiu Adepoju like many other compatriots was not happy too but felt that there’s something wrong somewhere with the team which he urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and team coach, Jose Peseiro to look deeper and nip it in the bud. VANGUARD

10. The United Kingdom has said the mission is working on the list of those it will slam with visa ban. It also said the mission had between five and 10  names on its list already, adding that more would still be added. The Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ben Llewellyn-Jones, spoke on a current affairs programme on Nigerian Info on Sunday. He said the names of defaulters would not be published as expected in some quarters. PUNCH

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