1. Following the death of 30 people at a viewing centre in Calabar on Thursday night, President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday expressed shock over the incident. The President in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, sympathized with the government and people of Cross River State, and football fans nationwide over the incident.
2. The Nigeria police Thursday released the former Head of New Media for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Convener of pro-democracy and good governance group, Concerned Nigerians, Prince Deji Adeyanju and his fellow protester, Brian Jonah Dennis who were picked by the security operatives the morning of Thursday for staging a peaceful protest against the federal government over the planned secret trial of Nnamdi Kanu.
3. Following the suspension of Babachir Lawal, the Federal Government has announced that the 2017 retreat for the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Secretaries to State Governments, has been postponed indefinitely. This was contained in a statement released on Friday, by the Director of Press in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Bolaji Adebiyi.
4. A Dana Air Port Harcourt-bound aircraft returned to the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos on Friday, after it was struck by a bird during take-off. The aircraft was grounded after its engines were affected by the incident. Dana Air’s Media and Communications Manager, Mr. Kingsley Ezenwa, while confirming the incident, said it occurred around 11am.
5. Three passengers on Friday afternoon lost their lives while 13 others were injured when a Toyota Hiace commercial bus had one of its rear tyres burst on motion and crashed into a median at Odogbolu junction along the Ijebu Ode-Benin Expressway. The bus, with the number plate GGE 594 XT, was said to be travelling from Lagos to Port Harcourt, Rivers State, when the incident occurred.
6. The Nigeria Police have arrested 19 persons in connection with the recent attack in Zaki Biam, Benue State, where over 50 persons were massacred. The police also declared the alleged mastermind of the attack, Terwase Akwaza aka Ghana wanted. Addressing newsmen on Friday following the arrest of the suspects, the Police Force PRO, Moshood Jimoh said the suspects were nabbed by the Special Tactical Force and a high powered investigation team.
7. Midat Joseph, the Leadership Newspaper’s Bureau Chief, Kaduna State, who was arrested on Wednesday, has been released on bail. Joseph had been in custody of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for alleged inciting comment on a Whatsapp group chat where they had contributed to a conversation to a call for a protest against the continued killings in Southern Kaduna area of Kaduna State.
8. Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State has claimed that the N6 billion discovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from the account of former governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Niger State, Kantigi Limanelongs, belongs to the state government. The governor made this known to newsmen after joining President Muhammadu Buhari and hundreds of other Muslim faithful to perform Juma’at prayer at the Aso Rock Mosque, Abuja.
9. President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN), Rev. Samson Ayokunle has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to extend his anti-corruption war to those around him and stop being one-sided. He asked Buhari to avoid being partial in his anti-corruption crusade, noting that those who brought him to power were not infants.
10. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has suspended its earlier directive on the implementation of cashless policy till further notice. The apex bank in a circular released on Friday, instructed banks to revert to old charges, saying deposit processing fee charges above the threshold contained in circulars dated Feb. 21 have now been suspended indefinitely.