The Big 5: Non-academic staff of Nigerian universities calls off strike; World’s richest woman dies at 94; and other top stories

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Here are the top 5 stories you should be monitoring today:

Following the lead of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the non-teaching staff of Nigerian universities have suspended their two-week-old strike over the non-implementation of an agreement reached with the federal government.

The Federal Government reached an agreement with the group Thursday to suspend the strike, where all concerned will meet their respective members.

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The world’s richest woman, Liliane Bettencourt has died aged 94, her family announced on Thursday.

Bettencourt was the heiress of the French cosmetics company L’Oreal. She was the daughter of the company’s founder, Eugène Schueller, and joined her father’s company at age 15 as an apprentice before inheriting his stake in 1957

Her net worth was estimated at around $44 billion.

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After a container filled with about 470 pump action rifles being imported from Turkey was intercepted by customs officers in Lagos Thursday, the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali, (retd.) announced that the service would be having a diplomatic meeting with the Ambassador of Turkey today.

Customs say the illicit trade had been ongoing for the past seven months, maintaining that this seizure brought to a total of 2,671 rifles seized within the last eight months.

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Gunmen invaded the Tsafe command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Zamfara state on Thursday, killing an official.

Sources say at least 20 armed men stormed the premises of the command on motorcycles around 10am and started shooting sporadically.

An FRSC spokesperson confirmed the incident, adding that the police and the army had taken over the investigation.

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Nine policemen, one traffic warden and two others have been arrested for extorting money from motorists, the Lagos state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, said on Thursday.

The arrest was a follow-up on his warning to officers and men of the state police command to guide against corruption and unprofessional conduct.

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