Here are the stories that drove conversation today:
ISIS claims responsibility for Sri Lanka bombings
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings which led to deaths of 310 persons in Sri Lanka. Suicide bombers struck in churches and hotels in the country on Easter Sunday.
In a statement carried by the extremist group’s mouthpiece Amaq, the group said it targeted Christians and Sri Lanka citizens. “Those, who carried out the attack that targeted the citizens of the coalition and Christians in Sri Lanka the day before yesterday were Islamic State fighters,” Amaq reported on Tuesday.
Kwara lawmakers pass bill barring governor from sacking council chairman
A Bill for a law to amend the Kwara State Local Government (Amendment) Law No. 3 of 2006, which makes it impossible for the state governor to dissolve elected local government councils at will, has been passed by the State House of Assembly.
Speaking after the passage of the amendment bill into law, the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Mathew Okedare, who presided over the Tuesday’s sitting, directed the Clerk of the House, Hajia Halimat Jummai Kperogi, to prepare a clean copy for the governor’s assent, pointing out that the third tier of government was strategic to accelerated socio-economic transformation of the state.
FG mourns Briton killed in Kaduna resort attack
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has described the Friday attack on the Kajuru Castle Resort, a popular resort in Kaduna State, as “a setback to efforts to promote tourism in the country.”
In a statement on Tuesday, the minister, on behalf of the Federal Government, condoled with the families of the two persons, a British aid worker Ms Faye Mooney and Mr Matthew Oguche, a Nigerian, while visiting the popular resort is a setback to efforts to promote tourism in the country.
PDP rejects inclusion of Justice Oyewole in Osun guber election appeal panel
The national leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the inclusion of Justice Joseph Oyewole as member of the Osun State governorship election appeal tribunal. According to the PDP, Justice Oyewole has strong connections with the All Progressives Congress (APC), which is an interested party in the case under appeal.
BudgIT tells Ayade to terminate superhighway project
BudgIT, a civic organisation, has asked the Cross River state government to halt its “controversial” superhighway project over “undue financial hazard”.
In a statement, Shakir Akorede, communications associate, BudgIT accused Ben Ayade, governor of the state, of planning to defraud the people with a project that is “overly ambitious and almost a misplaced priority”.