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

1. The Federal Government has empathised with Nigerians stranded in Sudan but warned them against making treacherous journeys in a bid to return home. The Director Overseeing the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Amb. Janet Olisa and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Nasir Sani-Gwarzo gave the advice in a Tuesday joint statement. “The Ministers, therefore, urge parents to advise their wards that while concerted efforts are being made to evacuate them, the students should endeavour to remain calm and maintain constant communication with officials of the Nigerian Embassy in Sudan for instructions and updates,” the statement read. CHANNELS

2. A group, Nigerian Diaspora Academics and Campaign for Democracy in the United Kingdom and Europe has appealed to President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to lead Nigerians out of the bad economy and the insecurity doldrums in the next four years. The group stated that the country required urgent surgeries. The President of the group, Dan Farauta, in a statement in Kaduna on Monday, cautioned the President-elect that the mandate freely given to him was not for absenteeism or ghost president. DAILY POST

3. A public health parasitologist at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Prof. Dennis Aribodor, has said the high cost of malaria drugs is pushing most families to the use of concoctions for the treatment of the disease. Aribodor called on the government at all levels to declare the treatment of malaria free for children in all public health facilities in the country. The public health expert stated these in Awka on Monday as parts of activities marking this year’s World Malaria Day which takes place on April 25. Aribodor, who is also the founder of Malaria Eradication and Safe Health Initiative of Nigeria and the South-East Zonal Coordinator of the Civil Society Network in Malaria Control, Immunization and Nutrition, said there was a need not only to control the spread of malaria infections but to also eradicate it completely because it has resulted in many preventable deaths. PUNCH

4. Warri Wolves and Delta Queens FC of Asaba have emerged champions of the 2023 Delta State Football Association (DFA) Cup finals. In the women’s final, 2022 National Aiteo Cup Finalist, Delta Queens of Asaba defeated Royal Queens of Warri 3-0 after both teams participated in the Nigeria Women Football League Premiership (NWFL). The three goals came in the second half when the women league highest goal scorer, Mercy Omokwo lone goal and Cynthia Mega brace goal made up all time Delta women’s FA Cup Champions victorious. VANGUARD

5. President Joe Biden announced Tuesday he is running for re-election in 2024, plunging at the record age of 80 into a ferocious new White House campaign “to finish the job.”  “Every generation has a moment where they have had to stand up for democracy. To stand up for their fundamental freedoms,” Biden wrote on Twitter, along with a video. “I believe this is ours. That’s why I’m running for re-election as president of the United States. Join us. Let’s finish the job.” After a series of big legislative wins and momentous foreign policy struggles in his first two years in office, Biden has no real challenger from within the Democratic Party. CHANNELS

6. The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria will undergo the mandatory MRI test on Tuesday (today) in Algiers. The MRI test is to ascertain the actual ages of all the players that will be part of the 2023 Africa U-17 Africa Cup of Nations in Algeria. Report gathered from the team’s media officer, Francis Achi, that the players and their officials will likely travel to Constantine after the MRI test later today. The Golden Eaglets will play all their group games at the Mohamed Hamlaoui Stadium, Constantine. DAILY POST

7. The arrest of Nicholas Jack Davies, the former boyfriend of Nigerian actress Empress Njamah, has been confirmed by the Liberian police. Davies was accused of blackmailing and leaking intimate videos of Njamah several months ago. During a press conference in Liberia, the police chief disclosed that Davies is a well-known scammer who specifically preys on wealthy women, lures them into romantic relationships, and manipulates them to swindle their fortunes. PULSE

8. Atlanta Hawks guard Dejounte Murray was suspended one game without pay by the NBA on Monday after clashing with a referee following his team’s game-four loss to Boston. The incident took place at the end of Boston’s 129-121 victory in Atlanta, which gave the Celtics a 3-1 edge in their best-of-seven opening-round NBA playoff series. Murray was suspended for making inappropriate contact with a referee and verbal abuse. He will serve his suspension on Tuesday when the Hawks visit Boston in a must-win game five. CHANNELS

9. Popular Nigerian singer and his long-time friend, celebrity barman Cubana Chief Priest, have recently decided to unfollow each other on Instagram. Having shared a strong bond for many years, Davido and Cubana Chief Priest have been known to support each other in their respective endeavours. The owner of a popular nightclub, Cubana Chief Priest, has frequently been spotted alongside Davido at various events and parties and has even gone the extra mile to promote the musician’s music on his own social media platforms. However, the once seemingly unbreakable bond between the duo appears to have hit a rough patch, as they have unfollowed each other on Instagram, as observed from their respective pages. PULSE

10. Popular Nigerian journalist and author, Peter Enahoro, also known as Peter Pan has passed away. Enahoro died in the United Kingdom after battling an undisclosed ailment at the age of 88. Nigeria’s foremost female journalist, Ms Bunmi Sofola, announced the demise of the columnist in a terse statement on Monday, saying Ehanoro died on Monday, April 24, 2023. Enahoro has been described as ‘perhaps Africa’s best-known international journalist,” Sofola wrote. Ehanoro was a pioneer Nigerian journalism and became editor of the Daily Times at a young age. LEADERSHIP

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