Here is a summary of top Nigerian news headlines today, 1st May, 2018
1. Why President Buhari didn’t discuss “shithole” comment with Trump
Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari today said he did not discuss the vulgar remarks allegedly made by President Donald Trump’s about African countries during his visit to the white house because he wasn’t sure if Trump truly made such comments.
Buhari is currently in the US for bilateral talks after he was invited by the American president.
2. Trump wants to visit amazing Nigeria
The President of the United States of America, Donald Trump has declared his interest to visit Nigeria a country he described as “amazing’’.
Trump disclosed this during a joint press briefing with Buhari in Washington.
3. Killing of Christians in Nigeria, not acceptable – President Trump
The President the United States, Donald Trump has told President Muhammau Buhari that his country will not condone the killing of Christians in Nigeria.
The American leader said this while playing host to his Nigerian counterpart at the White House on Monday.
4. Court sends Joseph Nwobike (SAN) to prison
The Lagos State High Court in Ikeja has sentenced a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dr. Joseph Nwobike, to one month’s imprisonment for perversion of the course of justice.
The court convicted Nwobike of 12 counts bordering on the offence, sentenced him to one month’s imprisonment on each of the 12 counts but said the sentences would run concurrently.
5. Patience Jonathan to forfeit Abuja house
The Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday ordered a 45 day forfeiture of two properties linked to Mrs. Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had, in an ex parte application filed in September last year, asking for an interim forfeiture of the properties, which it claimed were subjects of an ongoing criminal investigation.
6. N18,000 minimum wage is not acceptable – Atiku
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar noted that it is quite embarrassing that with the current economic crises, the minimum wage is still ₦18,000 per month (less than $50).
He also urged labour leaders to discuss issues of minimum wage, industrialization and education with the federal government.
7. NAF receives two Russian helicopter gunships to battle Boko Haram
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Monday took delivery of two Mi-35M combat helicopters from Russia, in a bid to combat the insurgency in the North-east and the rising wave of killings in other parts of the country.
The helicopters were delivered to the air force at the Tactical Air Command, Makurdi in Benue State.
8. Buhari’s administration is insensitive to killings – NLC
NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said the incessant killings by herdsmen calls for question, whether the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari actually cares for its people.
He stated this at the 2018 May Day lecture in Abuja, yesterday.
9. Benue government sues Miyetti Allah over killings
The Benue State government has sued the leadership of Miyetti Allah over the incessant killings of innocent citizens in the state.
Governor Samuel Ortom revealed this, yesterday, after the state government dragged the group before a High Court in Makurdi.
10. APC denies coercing governors to raise N6b for party convention
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied allegations of forcing state governors to raise N6 billion budget for its national convention.
In its reaction, APC said the party is yet to raise a budget for the exercise.