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

1. The Federal Government says the Boards of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) are not dissolved. In a statement on Tuesday, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), George Akume said the two boards are exempted from the dissolution of the Boards of Federal government parastatals, agencies, institutions and government-owned companies earlier announced later Monday. The statement with the clarification was signed by the Director of Information in the SGF Office, Willie Bassey on behalf of Akume. CHANNELS

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2. The Acting Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has officially assumed office as the 22nd IG. The former IG, Usman Baba, officially handed over to Egbetokun today, Wednesday, during a Handing/Taking Over Ceremony of the Inspector-General of Police at the Louis Edet House, Force Headquarters, Abuja. According to report Egbetokun was decorated on Tuesday at the State House by Vice President Kashim Shettima. PUNCH

3. A High Court in Kaduna State on Wednesday ordered the forfeiture of an iPhone 14 Promax, 2 HP laptops, a Mercedes Benz car and N4m cash belonging to a convict, Stanley Julius to Federal Government. Delivering judgment, Justice Dairus Khobo, also sentenced Julius to 12 months imprisonment with an option of N250, 000 fine, after he pleaded guilty to internet fraud. Earlier, the EFCC Counsel, E. K. Garba told the court that the convict was arrested following actionable intelligence about the activities of syndicates of fraudsters operating in Karatudu Kaduna and environs. Garba said the convict posed as a foreigner and in such character, defrauded unsuspecting victims by luring them into fake social relationships using mostly the social media app, Telegraph. The prosecution added that the convict used some of the money he acquired from fraudulent activities to buy a Mercedes Benz GLK 350 2013 model car. DAILY POST

4. A Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, has dismissed a motion filed by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG), seeking to stop hearing of a suit brought against the energy company by one of its contractors, Macobarb international Limited. NLNG had filed an appeal at the Appeal Court in Port Harcourt Division but brought a motion to stop hearing of the matter at the High Court pending outcome of the appeal. However, Macobarb countered motion and the Judge fixed June 20, 2023 for ruling. The NLNG also filed a motion before the Court, where it claimed that Macobarb suit was filed out of time and that the company’s Chief Executive Officer was not to be a party in the substantive suit Macobarb had filed a civil suit claiming billions of Naira over one billion naira for losses incurred in a contract of 2014, in Suit No. PHC/2013/CS/2022. Ruling on the motion, the presiding judge, Hon. Justice Chinwendu Nwogu, ruled that the case was competent and awarded N200,000 cost against the NLNG for wasting the court’s time. LEADERSHIP

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5. Senegal on Tuesday night made history after beating Brazil in a friendly match at Lisbon. The defending African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Champions came from behind to beat Brazil 4-2. A brace from Sadio Mane and a goal from Habib Diallo, and an own goal from Brazilian defender Marquinhos ensured Senegal defeated Brazil. Following the outcome of the match, Senegal became the first team to come from behind to beat Brazil in 11 years. DAILY POST

6. US President Joe Biden has described Chinese President Xi Jinping as a dictator following a talk between the two nations in Beijing.  Biden called Xi a dictator at a fundraising event in California on Tuesday. The US President’s remarks came a day after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Xi for talks in Beijing, which were aimed at easing tensions between the two superpowers. Biden also said Xi was embarrassed after an alleged Chinese spy balloon was shot down by the US. VANGUARD

7. Russia has further expanded its defence installations in the occupied territories in Ukraine, according to information from British intelligence services. It said significant efforts have been made, especially in the vicinity of the Crimean peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014 in violation of international law. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) in London announced this on Wednesday. According to London, the sophisticated defensive positions underline Russia’s assessment that Ukrainian forces are capable of attacking Crimea directly. Fierce fighting continued on several frontline sections in southern Ukraine, it added. PUNCH

8. Ghanaian actress Yvonne Nelson has opened up about the reasons behind her severed relationship with her biological mother. The truth came to light through her newly released book, I Am Not Yvonne Nelson, where she shared her struggles and experiences. One of the major revelations in the book revolves around Nelson’s uncertainty regarding her biological father’s identity. She disclosed that her mother has deliberately kept his identity a secret, leaving her in the dark. This left the actress questioning her own lineage and feeling disconnected from her true roots. The 37-year-old actress made a startling claim that her alleged father, Oko Nelson, is not her biological father. This led her to question her entire family history and made her realise that she has been carrying the wrong last name all along. PULSE

9. In lauded bid to restore the past glories of Kaduna Polo Club as the premier polo center in the north, members of the club have elected Mohammad Babangida as the President of the club and head of the new management committee that would take the noble game to the next level. April 29th 2023 ushered in another historic moment for Kaduna Polo Club as it marked the date for the Annual General Meeting of the Club which affords its members the opportunity to sit together and review the past year, review the accounts and expenditure of the Club, elect members into the Executive Management Committee of the Club. At the end of the day, the name everyone had was that of (Garkuwan Yamman Katsina), Alhaji Muhammad Babangida, the patron of the El-Amin Polo Team, who had served previously as the First Vice President of the Club and now the President of Kaduna Polo Club. LEADERSHIP

10. Reality TV star and media personality, Elozonam has expressed his preference for village girls over ones from Lagos. In a recent interview on the popular podcast Is This Seat Taken,the 37-year-oldBig Brother Naija star does not hold back as he shared his thoughts on dating in the big city. Describing Lagos as a “cesspool” of interconnected relationships during the engaging conversation with hostChinasa Anukam, Elozonam revealed that he has contemplated finding love outside the bustling city. When the time comes for him to settle down, he said he would rather venture into a remote village to seek a life partner. PULSE

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