The Late 5: Buhari commissions Abuja Light Rail system, PDP leads protest to NASS over alleged assault on Fayose and other stories

These are the stories that drove the conversation today:

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday commissioned the first Abuja Light Rail system.

Describing the project as a demonstration of his administration’s commitment to address dearth of critical infrastructure, he added that the projects were the ideals of the Change Agenda of the government to ensure prudence in the management of public resources and value for money considering the huge investments in this project.

The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party on Thursday led a protest march to the National Assembly against the alleged assault by men of the Nigeria Police on the Gover‎nor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose.

The protesters led by the party’s National Chairman, Uche Secondus were received by Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, demanded a free, fair and credible governorship election in Ekiti on Saturday.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has commenced distribution of sensitive materials, ahead of Saturday’s Governorship election in Ekiti.

The materials received by the commission at the Central Bank office in Ado Ekiti, on Thursday, were then loaded in vehicles for transportation to the 16 Local Government Areas of the state in the presence of National Commissioners, Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs), Media, Security operatives and Party Agents.

According to a tweet on their official handle of the electoral body, @inecnigeria said all vehicles loaded with sensitive materials for the distribution are being tracked to monitor their movement.

The Legal Practitioners’ Privilges Committee (LPPC) on Thursday announced the names of 31 new Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) selected from a list of 106 applicants .

Secretary of the LPPC and Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Hadizatu Mustapha, announced the names of the successful candidates after the 133rd plenary of the committee.

The list which has just one female, includes he Attorneys-General of Lagos and Ondo states, Adeniji Kazeem and Adekola Olawoye respectively, as well as Olabode Olanipekun, son of a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Wole Olanipekun (SAN).

The Police command has appointed a Chief Superintendent of Police, Peter Gana, as the new head of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Lagos.

Spokeswoman of the Force, Zone 2 Command, Dolapo Badmos, disclosed that Gana’s appointment is aimed at ensuring professionalism and accountability on the path of SARS operatives, as well as stemming police brutality in the state, in line with the directives of the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Adamu Ibrahim and the Lagos Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgar.

And stories from around the world:

US President Donald Trump has arrived in the UK for a four-day visit amid a flurry of political turmoil and planned protests against him. (Aljazeera)

North Korean Leader, Kim Jong Un has told President Donald Trump he believed their efforts could open up a “new future” between North Korea and the United States and expressed hope for “practical actions” in the future, according to a letter from the North Korean leader released on Thursday. (Reuters)

Syrian government forces are retaking control of the rebel-held part of Deraa, the birthplace of the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.

Troops, accompanied by Russian military police, entered the area and raised the national flag, state media reported. (BBC)

International rights group, Amnesty International is calling for an investigation into alleged disappearances, torture and likely deaths in prisons and “network of secret detention facilities” run by the United Arab Emirates and allied militias in southern Yemen.

The group said in a report on Thursday that it has documented “systemic enforced disappearance and torture and other ill-treatment, amounting to war crimes” in the facilities. (Aljazeera)

Italian coach, Antonio Conte has been sacked by English side, Chelsea.

Conte’s sack comes as no surprise especially after an awful campaign last year where Chelsea failed to qualify for the Champions League and massively underachieved in the Premier League.


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