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

1. Justice James Omotosho of the Federal High Court Abuja has given an order of perpetual injunction restraining the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) from imposing fines, on broadcast stations in the country. Justice Omotosho also set aside the N500,000 fines imposed on each of the 45 broadcast stations on March 1, 2019. Delivering the judgment, he described NBC’s act as being ultra vires. He also held that NBC, not being a court of law, had no power to impose sanctions as punishment on broadcast stations. CHANNELS

2. The President-elect, Bola Tinubu on Wednesday departed Nigeria for Europe on a working visit. While in Europe, Tinubu will finetune the transition plans, programmes, and policy options with some of his key aides without distractions. During the visit, the President-elect will engage with investors and other key allies with the goal of marketing investment opportunities in the country and his administration’s readiness to enable a business-friendly climate through policies and regulations. DAILY POST

3. President Muhammadu Buhari, has on Wednesday wrote to the Senate, asking the honorable house to approve a new loan request of $800million. In a letter read by the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, President Buhari who noted that the loan would be utilized to scale up the National Social Safety Net Programme, said  that the loan would be sourced from the World Bank.  VANGUARD

4. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said that it will provide necessary support to ensure that Nigerian students evacuated from the war-torn Sudan are integrated into the nation’s universities. Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, made this known on Tuesday in Abuja when the chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, led others to the examination body’s headquarters, to discuss modalities for integrating the affected students into tertiary institutions in the country. Oloyede, who empathised with the students, commended NiDCOM for the effective handling of their evacuations, adding that JAMB would ensure the desired support. LEADERSHIP

5. A baby has been born having three people’s deoxyribonucleic acid for the first time in Britain. Most of the child’s DNA came from their two parents but about 0.1 per cent was from a third person, another woman. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority said “less than five” babies have been born in the United Kingdom this way, but no further details have been released to protect their identity. The scientific technique is designed to prevent children from being born with devastating mitochondrial diseases. These are long-term, genetic and often inherited disorders that occur when mitochondria fail to carry out their function of producing energy for cells in the body. PUNCH

6. Italian Big Brother star Monica Sirianni has died after collapsing in a bar on a night out. Reports say the 37-year-old suddenly fell ill on Friday May 5, during a night out with friends in Sauveria Mannelli, a town in Italy’s Catanzaro province. Ms. Sirianni was rushed to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The former TV star appeared on the 12th season of the Italian version of the reality show, which aired between 2011 and 2012. Ms Sirianni had only been in Catanzaro for a few days when she collapsed. Friends immediately raised the alarm after which paramedics rushed to the scene, and efforts made to revive her, were to no avail. She was then rushed to the local Soveria Mannelli hospital, where she was tragically pronounced dead. LINDA

7. Award-winning Nigerian musical duo, Paul and Peter Okoye of P-Square, have revealed why they gave up on pursuing a career in football. The twin musical duo said they wanted to be football stars while growing up in Jos, Plateau State, but for some reasons, they ended up as musicians. Paul said, “We played football. Peter played with Mikel [Obi] in Pepsi Academy. I was a keeper, but I gave up because I could tell age was coming. But then Nigeria won this football, Atlanta Olympic 96′ I think. And when they won the competition, we saw what the then-president gave the footballers; we dropped our mics and went back to soccer.” DAILY POST

8. Sergio Busquets will leave Barcelona in June at the end of his contract, the midfielder confirmed Wednesday, ending a highly successful era at the club. Busquets has won the Champions League three times with Barcelona and La Liga on eight occasions before this season, with the Catalans set to triumph again for the first time in four years. The 34-year-old has been a key player for Barca since breaking into the first team under their former coach Pep Guardiola in 2008, becoming the club’s captain in 2021. Busquets is Barcelona’s third-highest appearance maker of all time, playing for the club on 718 occasions, lifting 31 trophies in total. He did not say where he might go next, with Spanish reports suggesting he may move to a team in Saudi Arabia. VANGUARD

9. The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) said the eleventh batch of evacuees consisting of 128 Nationals (117 Adults and 11 Minors) that departed Port Sudan International Airport have arrived at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport around 9am local time on Thursday via Tarco Air. NIDCOM said no life has been lost and a total of 1,984 persons have been evacuated so far. LEADERSHIP

10. The National Emergency Management Agency, on Wednesday, disclosed that it received another batch of 148 stranded Nigerians from Niamey, Niger Republic. NEMA Coordinator, Kano Territorial Office, Nuradeen Abdullahi, confirmed their arrival while receiving the returnees at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport. According to Abdullahi, the returnees arrived aboard SKY MALI Airlines operated by Ethiopian airline B737-400, with registration number UR-CQX around 4:06 p.m. on Tuesday. He explained that the International Organisation for Migration facilitated their return from Niamey (Niger Republic) via a voluntary repatriation programme. The programme, according to him, is meant for the distressed who left the country in search of greener pastures in different European countries but could not afford to offset the cost of their return. The returnees from Lagos, Kano, Katsina, Jigawa and Kaduna, among other states, comprised 94 males, 25 females and 29 children (13 males and 16 females). PUNCH

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