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

1. Egyptian authorities have sent over 500 students back to Sudan following the failure of two of them to provide either a passport or Emergency Travel Certificate. According to a voice note of a Nigerian official obtained by our correspondent on Friday morning, students without passports or ETC had been instructed to stay back. The official added that two students without any of the documents were impatient and joined their colleagues, adding that the Egyptian authorities were angry and ordered that all the students should be taken back to Sudan to get the needed permits. PUNCH

2. Simon Ekpa, a pro-Biafra agitator and separatist, has told the United Kingdom’s Monarchy under the leadership of King Charles III that the indigenous people of Biafra should be given a referendum. In a statement on Friday by the Finland-based Lawyer and self-styled Prime Minister of the Biafra Republic Government in Exile, BRGIE disclosed that the Igbos do not want an apology nor compensation but freedom to exit Nigeria. According to him, the bond binding the parts of Nigeria expired 100 years after the 1914 amalgamation by Fedrick Lord Lugard. He appealed that the UK monarchy should honour the demand of Igbos to have Biafra. DAILY POST

3. The Old Bailey will today hand a sentence to former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, his wife, Beatrice and a medical doctor, Obinna Obeta, following their conviction for organ trafficking in March. This verdict will be a first of its kind within the UK criminal court system. Under the Modern Slavery Act, the Ekweremadus and their doctor, are likely to get sentences ranging between 10 years to a life jail term. The lawmaker, his wife has for weeks now been embroiled in a conspiracy to arrange the travel of a young Nigerian man who was identified as David Nwamini to Britain in order to exploit him for his kidney. CHANNELS

4. The Financial Times has ranked a Nigerian-owned commodities export and trading company, Neveah Limited, as the 18th fastest-growing company in Africa, in its FT/Statista 2023 Africa’s Fastest-growing companies’ list. Neveah ranked high on the list ahead of Julius Berger, Dangote PLC, MTN, Sterling Bank, and Flour Mills, amongst others, in the FT’s May 2, 2023 publication. According to Financial Times and Statista, the compound annual growth rate in revenue from 2018 to 2021 was a major criterion for listing. The report noted that in five years, Neveah Limited recorded a CAGR of 68% and 176% on revenue and profitability respectively. PUNCH

5. Master Lotanna Azuokeke, a student of Bishop Otubelu Juniorate, Trans Ekulu, Enugu, scored 99 marks in the just-concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). Azuokeke, 15, scored a total of 337 marks in the examination, according to a statement by Dr Chiwuike Uba, Media Adviser to the Bishop of the Diocese of Nike (Anglican Communion), the Founder of the school. Uba said that Azụokeke, a native of Ọba in Idemmili South LGA of Anambra State, scored 88 marks in chemistry, 86 in physics, and 64 in the English Language. VANGUARD

6. Ghana’s Ministry of Information has called for an investigation into an attack on a journalist on live radio, while condemning the act and promising swift action by police in future. Abubakari Sadiq Gariba, a broadcaster at Dagbon FM in the northern city of Tamale, was on air on Wednesday when two men stormed into the studio and seized him by the neck. They threatened to slap him if he made any comment. The presenter then walked out of the studio with the two attackers. Gariba has told newmen he is fine, but a heated argument continued outside the studio. BBC

7. The Organisers of this year’s Okpekpe 10 kilometer road race have announced May 27 as the date for the 9th edition of the Gold Label international competition in Okpekpe, Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State. The organisers also disclosed that athletes from about 10 countries have indicated interest to participate in the 10 kilometer race. Addressing journalists yesterday in Benin City, the Edo State Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu, said the 2023 edition apart from running for prizes in Gold Label race, some athletes will also run to create awareness about Cancer and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). DAILY TRUST

8.Comedian, Oluwaseyitan Aletile, popularly known as Seyi Law, has launched a search for an online troll who threatened him over his political affiliation with President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Recall that the comedian had in March 2nd tendered an apology to followers and supporters of opposition parties he offended during his campaign for Tinubu. His apology came after the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared the All Progressives Congress, APC, flagbearer as the winner of the just concluded 2023 general election. The comedian, however, in a new post shared on his Instagram page Thursday evening, cried out over a distasteful email received by his wife, Ebere, from a troll. DAILY POST

9. A 26-year-old man died in Naples after being injured by shots fired during a night of celebrations sparked by Napoli winning its third Serie A title, media said Friday. Three other people were injured in the same incident in the southern Italian city. It is not yet clear if the shots were fired as part of the football celebrations, or if it was criminal activity, according to the Corriere della Sera daily. La Stampa newspaper said the victim, who died after being taken to hospital, was linked to a local mafia clan. Police are investigating. VANGUARD

10. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), a United Nations agency, has disclosed that the global food price index rose in April for the first time in a year. Food prices however are still 19.6 percent down from a record high hit in March 2022. The FAO Food Price Index (FFPI) report for last month, published on Friday, shows the April rise reflected higher prices in commodities such as meat, sugar and rice, which balanced the unfavourable declines in the cereals, dairy and vegetable oil price indices. According to the agency, there was an increase in the sugar index owing to bad weather condiotions that affected the top Asian sugar-producing nations CHANNELS

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