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10 things you need to know today 31/05/2024

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1. With a charge to reduce maritime crimes to the nearest minimum, President Bola Tinubu has inaugurated three Nigerian Navy, NN ships and two helicopters at the Naval Dockyard, Victoria Island, Lagos. The President also charged the navy to build strategic partnerships that would boost the Africa Blue Economy project.

2. Rivers State governor, Siminalayi Fubara, on Thursday charged the newly sworn in judge of the state High Court, Justice Stephens Dirialakeibama Jumbo to stand on the side of truth and defend the interest of the state. The governor charged the new judge to abide by his oath office and understood that much was expected of him as he discharged his responsibilities not to the state government alone but to the larger society.

3. Kano State governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, on Thursday, May 30, visited the National Security Adviser (NSA), Nuhu Ribadu in Abuja. Governor Yusuf shared pictures of his meeting with Ribadu, captioned: “I had a fruitful engagement with the National Security Adviser, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, this afternoon in Abuja”.

4. President Bola Tinubu has vowed to drop any member of his cabinet whom he feels falls short of the expectations of Nigerians. Speaking at a meeting with the leadership of Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday, the President said he would continue to do his best for the country.

5. Some soldiers have been killed by suspected Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, militants enforcing the sit-at-home order in Abia State. The military men were attacked at Obikabia junction in Aba, Abia State, by over 15 masked gunmen who also set their patrol van on fire.

6. A 68-year-old woman, identified as Alhaja Iyabo, said to have lost over N50 million cash in the ongoing demolition of shanties in the Alaba Rago Market area of Ojo by the Lagos State Government, has died. Alhaja Iyabo, a dealer in rice and beans, reportedly developed a heart problem after discovering that her weekend earnings, kept in a safe in her shop, had vanished.

7. The death toll in the May 15 bombing of a mosque at Gadan village, Gezawa Local Government Area of Kano State, has risen to 21. It was learnt on Thursday that four more victims of the incident had died, raising the figure to 21 from the 17 reported last week Tuesday, May 21.

8. The Nigeria Police Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, says no fewer than 29,000 suspects were arrested for offences ranging from kidnapping, rape, murder, gun-running, cultism, among others across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory in one year. He noted that the arrests were part of efforts of the police to ensure the safety and security of Nigerians.

9. The Supreme Court yesterday gave the 36 states governors seven days to file their defence in the suit instituted against them by the Federal Government over alleged misconduct in the handling of local government affairs. A seven-member panel of the apex court led by Justice Garba Lawal equally gave the Attorney General of the Federation two days to file his response to the defence of the governors.

10. There are strong indications that the Organised Labour may begin a nationwide strike from Monday, June 3, over a new minimum wage. This is as the tripartite committee on a new national minimum wage, NNMW, reconvenes today, following abrupt adjournment due to labour’s walkout during last Tuesday’s meeting.

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