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

1. Suspected Fulani militants attacked and killed about seven persons in Warkan village, Atyap land in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State. According to report several houses were also razed down by the attackers with the number of those injured yet to be ascertained. A source told correspondent that the attackers stormed the village in their numbers, saying that a search is ongoing to ascertain the casualties in the area. He stated that the most worrisome is the inability of those in authority to take proactive measures to avert the ugly incident that has been going on for years, particularly in Atyap land. PUNCH

2. Renowned Nigerian cleric, Joshua Selman, and award-winning gospel minister, Nathaniel Bassey, have ‘shut down’ a 21,000 capacity arena in Manchester, United Kingdom for an apostolic conference. The two-day apostolic conference tagged, ‘Sound of Revival’ held at the popular AO Arena on Wednesday and Thursday with thousands of guests in attendance, who filled up the arena beyond its maximum capacity. Nigerian footballer, Awoniyi Taiwo, notable clerics and gospel ministers like Sam Oye, Minister Chee amongst others from several countries, who attended the electrifying conference. LEADERSHIP

3. Eleven out of the 40 Christian worshippers that were abducted by bandits in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State have been released by their abductors. The victims, including children, were kidnapped during a church service last Sunday and taken to an unknown destination. However, an executive member of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), told Channels Television that 11 of the victims were released on Wednesday night. Although the police authorities are yet to comment on the development, the source did not disclose if any ransom was paid to the bandits before the victims were released. CHANNELS

4. Workers at a restaurant in Louisiana, US, have discovered the body of a fellow female staff inside a freezer. According to the Police, the horrified workers discovered the body at around 6 pm on Thursday. Officials said they are now waiting for a coroner’s autopsy to identify the victim and cause of death. According to the New Iberia Police Captain Leland Laseter, the cause of her death has not yet been determined. DAILY POST

5. Bashir El-Rufai, son of Kaduna State governor and All Progressives Party (APC) chieftain Nasir El-Rufai, has ridiculed popular rapper and actor Folarin Falana, aka Falz, for travelling to the UK for surgery. On Wednesday, May 10, Falz took to social media to ask for the prayers of his fans after sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, which led to knee surgery in the UK. Reacting to the post via his Twitter handle, Bashir mocked the rapper for not having the surgery in Nigeria. He also noted that he was disappointed that a “bona fide human rights activist” like Falz decided to have his surgery abroad. He wrote, “UK? He didn’t go to LASUTH as a bona fide human rights activist? Disappointing.” PULSE

6. One year after the untimely death of Al Jazeera’s journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, the Israel military and the Israel Defence Forces, have apologized for the first time. This apology is coming one year after Akleh was shot dead while covering an Israeli military operation in Jenin in the occupied West Bank, with another journalist Ali Al Samudi, who was also shot. Speaking with CNN, IDF’s chief spokesman, Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said, ”I think it’s an opportunity for me to say here that we are very sorry for the death of Shireen Abu Akleh.” This apology will be a first for IDF for the killing of the well-known correspondent, after admitting last year that there was a “high possibility” she was shot by an Israeli soldier. PUNCH

7. A popular pro-Biafra Agitator has said that the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union acknowledged the Biafran Republic Government in Exile, BRGIE petition letter. Recall that the Finland-based lawyer petitioned the EU, UN, US and the International Criminal Court demanding a Biafra referendum from Nigeria. In what looks like a positive update, the EU requested an audience with BRGIE towards a resolution. DAILY POST

8. The family of American actor, Jamie Foxx reacted after concerns were raised about the thespian’s health. Reports had emerged that family and loved ones of the Hollywood star were preparing for the worst to come out of the present health situation of Jamie. Although subsequent reports calmed frayed nerves, claiming that the 55-year-old is ‘stable and not in a life-threatening situation now’, many still longed to hear from the family. VANGUARD

9. The Bank of England on Thursday lifted its key interest rate to the highest level since the 2008 financial crisis, noting inflation remained stubbornly high but that the economy would now avoid recession this year. The BoE hiked the rate by a quarter-point to 4.5 percent — its 12th increase in a row with UK annual inflation stuck above 10 percent, fuelling a cost-of-living crisis across Britain. Global policymakers are battling elevated inflation caused largely by runaway energy bills following last year’s invasion of Ukraine by major oil and gas producer Russia. Following a regular policy meeting, the BoE warned of “considerable uncertainties” on when UK inflation would return to its two-percent target, as soaring food prices offset sharp drops to energy costs. At the same time, the central bank made a record upgrade to its British GDP forecast, adding there would be only a small impact from recent turmoil in the commercial banking sector. CHANNELS

10. Burkina Faso’s Young Etalons took the few opportunities that came their way to defeat Nigeria 2-1 in a gritty Africa U17 Cup quarter-final duel in Algiers yesterday. Defeat meant elimination from the tournament, and end to a FIFA World Cup ticket ambition, for the five-time world champions who created far more opportunities but were either denied by the sticks or by the brilliant goalkeeper Isidore. Charles Agada, who scored Nigeria’s first goal against South Africa in their last group phase in Constantine on Saturday, wasted an opportunity as early as the second minute, and Abubakar Abdullahi, another scorer from the 3-2 defeat of South Africa, hit a scorching shot that rocked the crossbar with seven minutes gone. Agada also hit the upright from a tussle inside the box on the quarter-hour, and was then denied by the opposing goalkeeper with seven minutes left in the first period. LEADERSHIP

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