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

1. The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party has appointed Umar Damagum, to oversee the affairs of the party in acting capacity. National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Debo Ologunagba, announced this at a press conference on Tuesday, at the party’s secretariat. Damagun will replace Iyorchia Ayu as the national chairman of the party, following Ayu’s suspension. PUNCH

2. The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State has called on its members and supporters to remain calm and be law-abiding no matter the outcome of their request for the review of the March 18 gubernatorial elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. The State Commissioner for Information and internal affairs, Malam Muhammad Garba, made the plea in a statement issued to newsmen, adding that as a responsible Party, they were known for following due process. He said the Party would do everything possible within the provisions of the law and other laid down procedures to ensure that justice prevails in the matter and their request for the review of the last gubernatorial elections granted. DAILY POST

3. U.S. President Joe Biden ordered U.S. state flags be flown at half-mast after a shooting at a private Christian grade school in Nashville, the White House said in a proclamation. The president said “as a mark of respect for victims of the senseless act of violence perpetrated on March 27, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee, and by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that flag be flown at half-staff at the White House. Nashville Police Chief John Drake said during a news conference that police had identified the apparent perpetrator of the Nashville shooting as 28-year-old female Audrey Hale. VANGUARD

4. Indonesia’s hosting duty for the 2023 U-20 World Cup is suddenly being called into question, after world soccer’s governing body FIFA moved to cancel the tournament’s group stage draw in Bali scheduled for March 31, amid growing opposition to the participation of Israel. A number of regional heads and chapters from the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) have been vocal in their criticism in recent days, although analysts believe their statements are politically motivated. With slightly less than two months left before the youth competition begins, all eyes are on the government to be able to decisively curb the swell of political protest against a global sports event that many prefer to keep apolitical. LEADERSHIP

5. Nigerian international music stars Wizkid and Tems both won the award after defeating other Afrobeats stars Ckay, Fireboy, and Burna Boy to take home the award. Tems also won the Best Hip Hop Song for the Best Collaboration for her contributions to Future’s ‘Wait For U’. She was also nominated for Best R&B song for her hit single ‘Free Mind’ which lost to SZA’s ‘I Hate You’. The 2023 iHeart Radio Awards was held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California and it was hosted by Lenny Kravitz. PULSE

6. Nollywood actor, Abiodun Ibrahim Chatta has stirred concerns on social media after crying out for help in a cryptic post. The actor said he is doing all he can but entreated God to come to his aid, stressing that he is tired. Chatta stated this as a caption to a picture of himself and a thatched roof which he shared on his Instagram account on Tuesday. VANGUARD

7. Deposit Money Banks are set to raise their cash withdrawal limits from the current N20,000-N50,000 range to over N80,000-N100,000, according to multiple bank officials. The move, it was learnt, would help bank branches to tackle lingering queues in some cities across the country. The Central Bank of Nigeria had on Friday directed commercial banks to open for operation on Saturday and Sunday, as part of a coordinated effort to ease the circulation of old and new banknotes. This came after the CBN began the release of billions of old naira notes to DMBs. The central bank on Thursday finally obeyed the Supreme Court on the legal status of the old naira notes after months of controversy that trailed the naira redesign policy. PUNCH

8. A renowned Afghan campaigner for female education has been arrested by the Taliban, despite closure of schools against teenage girls and women remain barred from classrooms. The 30-year-old Matiullah Wesa, who has spent years travelling across Afghanistan making efforts to improve access to education for all children, has often received threats. The Taliban have not said why Wesa was taken into custody, according to BBC.  His arrest comes amid the detention of a number of activists who have been campaigning for women’s education. VANGUARD

9. In anticipation of the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 tournament, the digital payments platform and worldwide partner of FIFA Women’s World Cup, Visa, has unveiled the FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy to its cardholders and football loving fans in Nigeria. According to Visa, the unveiling was part of an ongoing FIFA tour. Hosted in Abuja, Visa said the trophy viewing experience presented an opportunity for its stakeholders to see the trophy up close and personal, further highlighting Visa’s support for the game at all levels, from the just concluded FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar to the FIFA Women’s World Cup  in July 2023. LEADERSHIP

10. Former British Prime Minister, Mr. Boris Johnson, has said Nigeria can be a renewable superpower. The former Prime Minister, who spoke at the 16th Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe lecture series in Lagos, on Monday, called for a stronger “mutually-benefitting relationship” between Nigeria and the United Kingdom in order to unleash the potentials of both countries. He spoke just as the former Secretary General of Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, who was chairman of the occasion called on politicians to see the welfare of the people as the bedrock of their policies and actions in government. DAILY TRUST

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