The Big 5: Donald Trump says he’ll like to visit Nigeria, Vatican treasurer faces sexual offences trial and other stories

These are the top stories you should be monitoring today.

The Nigerian government has described as unlawful the processes that resulted in the suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.

Omo-Agege was suspended for describing the Senate’s decision to amend the Electoral Act as a plot against President Muhammadu Buhari.

Omo-Agege apologised for his comments, but was suspended anyway for 90 legislative days for taking the matter to court.

Speaking during Monday’s court proceedings on the application filed by Omo-Agege, Nigeria’s solicitor-general, Dayo Apata, asked the court to regard the processes preceding the suspension as unlawful.


The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) has faulted US President Donald Trump’s offer on killings in Nigeria, saying such an offer would further divide Nigeria.

The Amir (President) of the MSSN in Lagos, Saheed Ashafa, said this in a press statement to react to the discussions between President Buhari and Trump during the Nigerian president’s official visit to the U.S. on Monday. Ashafa considered Trump’s comment as one-sided and uncomplimentary, warning that Nigeria must be cautious of her relationship with the U.S.

The Muslim students’ leader alleged that Trump’s comment signalled his hatred for Muslims and Islam in Nigeria.


The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Monday took delivery of two Mi-35M helicopter gunships that the federal government ordered from Russia.

The Antonov aircraft, which brought the new Mi-35M helicopters, touched down on the runway at NAF Base Makurdi at exactly 12.20 p.m. The Chief of Aircraft Engineering at NAF Headquarters, Abdulganiyu Olabisi, received the new aircraft on behalf of the Chief of the Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar.

A combined team of NAF personnel and Russian technicians were also on hand to assist in offloading the partially assembled new helicopters, some parts of which came in crates. Also, officials of the Nigeria Customs Service and the Nigeria Immigration Service were present to ensure necessary documentation.


Donald Trump said Nigeria has a massive corruption problem.

The President said this on Monday while receiving President Buhari at the White House.

Nigeria has massive reputation for corruption,” Trump said while standing by Buhari. “I discussed it with the president and we agreed to do something on it.”

We are working to cut” the corruption cases down, Trump added.


President Donald Trump on Monday said he would like to visit Nigeria, describing it as an “amazing country.”

Trump spoke while receiving President Buhari.

Well, I would like very much to visit Nigeria. It is an amazing country. In certain ways, I hear from the standpoint of the beauty of a country — there’s no country more beautiful,” he said.


And… stories from around the world.

May will mark nine months since hundreds of thousands of Rohingya flooded into south-east Bangladesh and told of systematic rape and other sexual violence by Myanmar soldiers and militiamen.

Aid agencies, especially those who work with women and children, have been bracing for the date. Over the next weeks, babies conceived as a result of sexual assaults committed during the crackdown will be born.


Donald Trump has pulled back from a potential trade war with Europe by postponing a decision on imposing steel and aluminum tariffs until 1 June.

The US president imposed a worldwide 25% tariff on steel imports and a 10% tariff on aluminum in March but granted temporary exemptions to Canada, Mexico, Brazil, the European Union (EU), Australia and Argentina. These were due to expire at 12.01am on Tuesday.

The extension offers temporary reprieve for French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel, who lobbied Trump during visits to the White House last week. It could also be seen by political analysts as the latest issue on which Trump’s bark has proved worse than his bite.


Cardinal George Pell, Australia’s most senior Catholic and the controller of the Vatican’s finances in Rome, has pleaded not guilty after he was ordered to stand trial over historical sexual offence allegations.

Pell has always denied the allegations against him, but it was the first time he had been required to enter a formal plea.

Many of the most serious allegations were dismissed in the Melbourne magistrates’ court on Tuesday, with witnesses described as unreliable and lacking credibility. But a number of charges were ordered to go to trial.


Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the US election, wants to ask Donald Trump about contact between his former election campaign manager Paul Manafort and Russia, the New York Times reported on Monday.

The paper said it had obtained a list of nearly 50 questions that Mueller, investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, wants to put to the US president. More than half relate to potential obstruction of justice.


The Women of Color (WOC) group within the Time’s Up movement has published an open letter in support of a campaign that seeks justice for the alleged victims of R&B singer R Kelly, Billboard reports.

Citing the recent trial of Bill Cosby, who on 27 April was convicted of drugging and molesting a woman in 2004, WOC write: “We call on people everywhere to join with us to insist on a world in which women of all kinds can pursue their dreams free from sexual assault, abuse and predatory behavior. To this end, today we join an existing online campaign called #MuteRKelly.”

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