I. PUNCH NEWSPAPERS

I. Outrage as Benue herders murder 19, bandits vow to kill 17 varsity students

Kidnappers of the students of Greenfield University, Kaduna have threatened to kill the remaining students in their custody, if a  ransom of N100m is not paid on or before Tuesday (today). A leader of the bandits, who abducted the students,   Sani Jalingo, spoke to the Hausa service of the Voice of America on Monday.

II. Govt watches helplessly as bandits hold sway –MBF

The Middle Belt Forum has described as sad the threat by bandits to kill the students they abducted from Greenfield University, Kaduna.

The bandits who have already killed five of them said they will kill the remaining students in their custody if a  ransom of N100m is not paid on or before Tuesday (today).

III. By attacking me, current govt courting God’s wrath – Mbaka

The Spiritual Director, Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Nigeria (AMEN), Fr Ejike Mbaka, has said that disaster was lurking in Nigeria.

He also warned clerics in the country not to make themselves an instrument of disaster by joining anybody to protect those killing the poor.

 

II. THE NATION

I. Abductors threaten to kill 17 students after N55m ransom

Distraught parents of the 17 abducted Greenfield University, Kaduna students on Monday begged the kidnappers to spare the lives of their wards.

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They lamented that after raising and paying N55 million to the kidnappers, they should respect the agreement to free the children.

II. NIN registration deadline now June 30 with 54m enrolled

There were feelers on Monday that the Federal Government may allow the National Identity Number (NIN) registration to run till June 30.

The planned extension followed the capturing of about 54 million Nigerians by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

III. Bill Gates ends marriage with Melinda

Co-founder and former Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, Bill Gates, on Monday, said he and his wife Melinda will be splitting up after 27 years. Gates owns 1.37 per cent of Microsoft’s outstanding shares, which are worth more than $26 billion.

His net worth is $130.5billion, according to Forbes, and he has donated $35.8 billion worth of Microsoft stock to the Gates Foundation.

 

III. THE GUARDIAN

I. Uber to launch two new services in Nigeria

Uber Connect and Uber Hourly will be available in Nigeria in the “next few months,” the company said at the Go Get global consumer event at the event of last month.“We want to bring innovations designed to help people get anywhere and get anything as cities start to move again,” Tope Akinwumi, Uber’s country manager, said in an emailed statement on Tuesday.II. COVID-19: NCDC records 18 new infections

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Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 18 new coronavirus infections, with zero COVID-19 related death in four states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as of May 3.

III. You’re mismanaging Nigeria’s diversity, PDP tells Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, accused President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress (APC) of “deliberately mismanaging Nigeria’s diversity”, a development, it insisted, was promoting insecurity in the country.

During a press conference in Abuja, the party’s National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, noted that apart from running “a government of exclusion, the APC administration has failed to constructively engage Nigerians, except for erratic statements from the Presidency which further fan the embers of disaffection.”

IV. DAILY INDEPENDENT

I. Fear Grips Residents As Rumours Of Influx Of Boko Haram Into Minna Spreads

Palpable fear now grips residents of Minna, Niger State capital and its environs fol­lowing rumours of the infil­tration of suspected members of Boko-Haram into Minna, enroute to Zungeru in Wush­ishi Local Government Area.

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The suspects, numbering about eight, were said to have alighted from a commercial vehicle and approached some tricycle operators (keke-Napep) and started negotiating on how to be conveyed to Zungeru.

II. Buhari Unveils New Agency For Control Of Small Arms, Light Weapons

President Muhammadu Bu­hari has approved the estab­lishment of a National Cen­tre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCCSALW) to be domiciled in the Office of the National Security Adviser.

The decision, may not be unconnected with the spate of insecurity in the country, particularly the use of arms for kidnapping and banditry.

III. Insecurity: Military Actions, Foreign Help Won’t Bring Permanent Solutions — Anyim

Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, former Sen­ate President, has said that military actions or even foreign help alone cannot bring permanent solutions to ethnic conflicts or nationality agitations cur­rently ravaging the nation.

To this end, the former Sen­ate President has urged Pres­ident Muhammadu Buhari to create a platform to hear Nigerians out, by empanel­ing another commission of inquiry into the violent and non-violent agitations in Ni­geria and make recommenda­tions on the immediate, short and long-term solutions as a way of first de-escalating the rising tension in the land and a process for the renewal of our march to nationhood.

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