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

1. The presidential election petition tribunal has adjourned its sitting to Wednesday, May 10, matters brought before it challenging the outcome of the 2023 presidential election. This was disclosed in a tweet on Monday by one of the spokespersons for the Labour Party, LP, Kenneth Okonkwo. The presidential election petition tribunal commenced proceedings in Abuja, on Monday. Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and his counterpart in the Labour Party, LP, Peter Obi are challenging the declaration of Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as winner of the February 25 presidential poll. DAILY POST

2. The Federal Government has evacuated another 129 Nigerians, who were stuck in the heat of the ongoing crisis in Sudan. They arrived on Monday morning at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Tarco Air, a Sudanese Airline, around 9.15am. This recent evacuation brings to 1,600 Nigerians that have been evacuated since the exercise commenced last Wednesday. VANGUARD

3. A group of protesters on Monday stormed the Appeal Court in Abuja, asking the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal to stop the inauguration of the President-Elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The protesters who would not give specific names for their groups but say they are a coalition of civil societies, urged the court to stop the inauguration, on the premise that there are still several pending issues involving the APC candidate. After a brief moment of congregating outside the Court of Appeal building, security operatives were able to disperse the protesters, even as processes continued inside the tribunal. CHANNELS

4. Given the toxicity associated with the misuse and abuse of pesticides and the effect on food safety, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is set to ban and phase-out 12 pesticide and agrochemical active ingredients in the country. This is in addition to the ban on Paraquat, Chlorpyrifos, and Atrazine with effective dates from 1st January 2024, 1st November 2024, and 1st January 2025 respectively. The director-general of NAFDAC, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, who disclosed this in a statement, yesterday, said the Agency is also reclassifying four other products. LEADERSHIP

5. King Charles III and Queen Camilla, on Sunday, surprised fans and audience of the United States talent show, ‘American Idol’, when they appeared on the live stream of the show. Earlier, the judges of the show, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry, had performed at the coronation concert of the monarch in the United Kingdom. Ed Sheeran and Alanis Morissette served as guest judges during the episode in place of Perry and Richie. PUNCH

6. Popular American rapper, Aubrey Drake Graham, AKA Drake has claimed he may be Nigerian following the outcome of a recent ancestry test by his family. Drake, an American music star, is estimated to have a net worth of $250 million and reportedly receives $70 million yearly, as returns. Sharing his Dad’s ancestry results on social media, Drake revealed he is 30% Nigerian.He made the disclosure on Sunday in a post on his Instagram page. DAILY POST

7. The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja has been reopened for operations hours after a Max Air aircraft crash-landed causing its tyres to burst into flames. According to report there was panic in the air on Sunday, May 7, 2023, as the aircraft, conveying 143 passengers and an infant from Yola, Adamawa State, crash-landed in Abuja. One of the passengers recalled how he witnessed the tyre pulling out right from the airport in Yola which prompted the pilot to send a signal to the Abuja airport. It took the timely intervention of the airport emergency officials, who were deployed to the runway before the plane touched down, to put off the fire and safely disembarked the passengers. PULSE

8. A court in New Delhi, India’s capital has summoned the BBC, Wikimedia Foundation, and the Internet Archive, to restrain them from publishing a documentary on prime minister Narendra Modi. The court order came while hearing a petition filed by Binay Kumar Singh, a member of Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), CBS reported. Singh defended the Indian PM for working diligently to build his career and reputation adding that the documentary by the BBC will ruin his career. VANGUARD

9. Players and officials of Nigeria’s U20 men fotball team, Flying Eagles, have departed the country to Argentina for the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The tournament will kick-off in Argentina on May 20, 2023. Nigeria are drawn in group D alongside Dominican Republic, Italy and Brazil. Nigeria`s Flying Eagles will start the tournament vs Dominican Republic on May 21. Head Coach Ladan Bosso has named a 21-man squad for the tournament and the players will spend the next two weeks in South America, preparing for the Championship. LEADERSHIP

10. Victor Osimhen is now the highest-scoring African in the Italian Serie A following his strike against Fiorentina on Sunday. The Nigerian, who was pivotal to Napoli’s first league triumph in 33 years, netted his 47th Serie A goal in the 1-0 win, eclipsing Liberian legend George Weah (he scored 46). Weah’s record had stood since 1999. The 24-year-old Nigeria had scored the equaliser last week to earn his side their first Scudetto since 1990. CHANNELS

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