Here is a summary of top Nigerian news headlines today, 2nd May, 2018
1. President Buhari approves recruitment of 6,000 policemen
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the recruitment of additional 6,000 officers for the Nigerian Police as part of measures to tackle insecurity in the country.
The president disclosed this during an interview with the BBC Hausa service on Tuesday.
2. More than 60 killed in Adamawa bomb blast
Suicide bombers killed more than 60 people at a mosque and a market in Mubi, a town in Adamawa State on Tuesday, in a twin attack similar to the workings of Boko Haram.
The blasts, said to have been carried out by young boys, happened shortly after 1:00 pm (1200 GMT) in Mubi, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) from the Adamawa state capital, Yola.
3. FG bans production of cough syrup containing codeine
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has been instructed by the Federal Ministry of Health to stop further issuance of permits for the importation of codeine as active pharmaceutical ingredient for cough preparations.
Professor Isaac Adewole, the Minister of Health gave this directive in his office in Abuja on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.
4. Trump won’t visit Nigeria until 2019 – Minister
United States President, Donald Trump, won’t visit Nigeria until after the 2019 polls, Foreign Affairs Minister, Geofrey Onyeama, said in Washington DC, United States yesterday.
According to him, it usually takes at least one year to plan for a presidential visit adding that with the proximity to elections in Nigeria as well as Trump’s busy schedule, the possibility of Trump’s visit will be late next year.
5. US to return $500m looted funds to Nigeria
Nigeria and the United States are working on finalizing the technical details of negotiations to repatriate more than $500 million (about 190 billion Naira) of Nigeria’s looted money traced to the U.S.
Nigeria’s Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who disclosed this in Washington, DC, said he and the Attorney-General of the U.S. would be meeting to finalise the agreement.
6. Nigerian workers deserve minimum wage of N50,000 – Ekweremadu
Ike Ekweremadu, the Deputy President of the Senate, has stated that he is committed to ensuring that the Nigerian workers’ demand for an upward review of the monthly national minimum wage is adequately seen to.
The Deputy Senate President through the goodwill message issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Uche Anichukwu on the occasion of the 2018 edition of International Workers’ Day.
7. JOHESU demands are unrealistic – FG
The striking members of the joint health sector union (JOHESU), have been told by the federal government that their pay cannot be at parity with that of their medical doctor colleagues.
The striking union have also vowed to stay away from work until all their demands are met.
8. President Buhari speaks against state police
President Muhammadu Buhari has once again, reiterated his conviction that the country is not ready to have state police.
He disclosed that the provisions of the Nigerian constitution should be allowed to prevail on the issue of state police.
9. Gunmen kill Bayelsa governor’s aide
A newly appointed special adviser to Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, Ebikimi Okoringa, has been shot dead by gunmen.
Okoringa was shot dead, yesterday, by some assailants who laid ambush near his house in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of the state.
10. Real Madrid qualify for Champions league final
Real Madrid secured qualification for the final of the 2017/2018 champions league despite playing a 2-2 draw against Bayern on Tuesday.
Their 2-1 win during the first leg was sufficient to give Madrid a 4-3 aggregate win and send them into the finals.