The Late 5: FG secures release of Zainab Aliyu from Saudi detention; Boko Haram raids Adamawa village, kills 26, injures many | Other stories

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FG secures release of Zainab Aliyu from Saudi detention

Personal Assistant to the President on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, has said that the Federal Government has secured the release of a Nigerian student, Zainab Aliyu, who was detained in Saudi on suspicion of drug trafficking.

Zainab, a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, was arrested after a banned drug, Tramadol, was found in her bag. She claimed it was planted in her luggage by unknown persons.

PDP calls for collaboration of parties to rescue Nigeria from APC

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called for collaboration of all political parties in the country to ”rescue Nigeria from alleged misrule of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.”

The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Prince Diran Odeyemi, in a statement Tuesday, explained that three incidents that happened recently had shown that APC would never change its style of governance, which he claimed had brought Nigeria to her knees.

Boko Haram raids Adamawa village, kills 26, injures many

At least 26 people were feared killed and several others injured in a suspected Boko Haram attack on Monday at the Madagali area of Adamawa.

Locals said suspected Boko Haram’s gunmen rode on motorcycles in large numbers into Kudakaya village in Madagali at about 7 p.m. The spokesperson of the police in the state, Othman Abubakar, confirmed the attack.

Nigerian senators, reps to pocket N23.7 billion as gratuity, allowances

Nigerian lawmakers have allocated N23.7 billion as severance gratuity for outgoing lawmakers of the National Assembly. The sum will also cover allowances for incoming legislators, their aides, funds for National Assembly induction and inauguration of the 9th Senate.

The benefit was captured as a separate line item in the 2019 appropriation bill passed by the lawmakers on Tuesday. The amount was broken down to N23, 678, 770, 079 in the bill.

Senate passes 2019 budget, raises estimates by 10bn

The Senate has passed the 2019 Appropriation Bill, adding N10bn to the Service Wide Vote‎. The national budget was consequently raised from N8.906tn to N8.916‎tn.

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