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

1. The Department of State Services (DSS) said its agents and other sister agencies, on Monday, raided terrorists’ hideouts in Kaduna and Kano States, arresting three suspects. The suspects had deployed Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) against the security agents comprising troops of the Nigerian Army and Nigeria Police Force. DSS spokesperson, Dr Peter Afunanya, said during the raid in Kaduna State, the terrorists deployed IEDs against the fighting security forces. LEADERSHIP

2. Reporters covering the trial of the suspended DCP Abba Kyari and others were, on Tuesday, restricted from gaining access to the venue of the trial, Court 10 of the Federal High Court, Abuja. Justice Emeka Nwite gave the order following an application to the effect by the counsel for National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Mr Sunday Joseph. Joseph, a director of the Legal and Prosecution Department of the NDLEA, earlier applied for the protection of the identity of a witness to give evidence in the trial. DAILY POST

3. The Federal Government, on Monday, described as “unworkable”, a bill currently being considered by the National Assembly seeking to restrict the migration of Nigerian doctors to climes perceived to be greener pastures. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, revealed this while fielding questions from journalists after the extraordinary Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the State House, Abuja. Responding to a threat by resident doctors to embark on a five-day warning strike over perceived attempts to ground medical and dental graduates nationwide for five years before being granted a practising licence, Ngige said the bill negates extant Labour laws. PUNCH

4. As part of measures to protect local inventions, the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, has recommended the banning of all foreign goods that can be produced locally in Nigeria. Addressing State House correspondents at the 71st Ministerial Media Briefing, Mamora expressed regret over the under-utilitised research works and inventions simply gathering dust in the various agencies because of lack of investors. More fundamentally, he highlighted the challenge of protecting the intellectual property of the inventors as well as taking research outputs to the market. He therefore underpinned a resolve by lawmakers and the government to follow through with a legislation to compel protection of the inventions before pushing them to the market. CHANNELS

5. The current record holder for the longest cooking marathon, Chef Tata Tondon has appealed to Nigerians to maintain peace and wait for Guinness World Record to officially confirm Hilda Baci’s record. Recall Nigerian chef Baci on Monday completed a cooking marathon of over 100 hours, breaking and setting a new record for the longest cooking time. Since the milestone was reached, Nigerians have demanded that Guinness announce that she has broken the record. Some Nigerians have also taken to Tondon’s Instagram page to pass off distasteful comments. In a recent post on her page, Tondon noted that it was not a competition but only a record. VANGUARD

6. The Interim Management Committee has announced that the Nigeria Professional Football League Super 6 tourney will hold from June 3 to 11 in Lagos. This was made known by the IMC in a statement made available to our correspondent on Monday. With each of the six teams playing each other, a total of 15 games will be played in five days, with free days in between the match days. According to Head, Operations, IMC, Davidson Owumi, the review of the schedule was agreed with the Nigeria Football Federation to accommodate the league and the Federation Cup. PUNCH

7. A British pensioner accused of killing his terminally ill wife told a Cyprus court Monday he reluctantly ended her life after she repeatedly “begged” him to do so. “I didn’t want to do it. I said ‘no’,” David Hunter, 75, told the Paphos criminal court, adding he eventually conceded to his wife’s wishes after she “cried and begged”. In Cyprus, a largely Orthodox Christian country where euthanasia is taboo, the case is unprecedented as there is no law on assisted suicide. He faces 25 years in prison if convicted. Hunter said that his wife Janice, 74, was so unwell before her death in December 2021 that she could no longer walk upstairs and the couple had slept in a lounge chair on the ground level of their home. Diagnosed with blood cancer and suffering from blood transfusion treatments, Janice had repeatedly told him to end her life, Hunter said. VANGUARD

8. US tech giant Amazon has announced it is developing an open-world style video game based on the classic “Lord of the Rings” saga. J.R.R. Tolkien’s stories of mythical creatures struggling with the mystical power of the rings have become a staple on the video game scene — most famously the tie-ins with Peter Jackson’s epic film trilogy in the early 2000s. Amazon Games said on Monday it was working on a massively multiplayer online game (MMO), where players can roam around virtual worlds and create their own adventures. CHANNELS

9. Nigerian dancer and World Guinness Record holder Kafayat Oluwatoyin Shafau, better known as Kaffy, has revealed reasons for Guinness World Records’ perceived delay in verifying Hilda Baci’s record. It can be recalled that Guinness World Records on Monday said it would have to conduct reviews before acknowledging the longest cooking marathon by an individual, set by Nigerian chef Hilda Baci. Speaking on the Guinness World Records’ perceived delay, Kaffy, who set the Guinness World Record for “Longest Dance Party” in 2006, said technical errors could prevent people from getting verified by Guinness World Records. DAILY POST

10. Former Golden Eaglets coach, Manu Garba, has attributed Nigeria’s failure to secure a ticket to this year’s FIFA U17 World Cup to overconfidence, Soccernet.ng reports. Garba dismissed suggestions of wholesale promotion of the current team to the Flying Eagles and instead highlighted the need to address tactical and finishing issues that affected their performance. Under the guidance of Garba’s former assistant, Nduka Ugbade, the Golden Eaglets suffered a 2-1 defeat to Burkina Faso in the quarterfinals of the U17 AFCON in Algeria, resulting in their failure to qualify for the World Cup. Garba emphasized that the team’s overconfidence hindered their ability to display calmness and composure in front of goal, leading to anxiety and missed opportunities. LEADERSHIP

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