The Late 5: Melaye taken to the hospital after jumping out of police vehicle, Osinbajo says his job is a difficult one, and other top stories

Dino Melaye

These are the top five Nigerian stories that drove conversation today.

Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, was on Tuesday taken to Zankli hospital in the Mabushi area of Abuja.

He was said to have been injured when he allegedly jumped off a police vehicle conveying him to Lokoja, Kogi State.

The police were allegedly taking him to Kogi State where they planned to parade him before the media along with six suspects for alleged gun running.

Melaye was said to have suddenly jumped out of the police vehicle at Area one Roundabout, Garki, Abuja, while four hefty men believed to be his supporters emerged from nowhere to foil the police move to take him out of the city.

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has admitted that his job as the nation’s Number Two man is a very difficult one.

He said the job of the President or Vice President was so difficult that one could not do it for a lifetime.

According to a statement on Tuesday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, the Vice-President spoke while answering questions from pupils of LEA Government Primary School, Life Camp, Abuja, as part of events marking the 2018 International Book and Copyright Day on Monday.

Armed herdsmen, on Tuesday morning attacked St. Ignatius Quasi Parish Ukpor-Mbalom in Ayar-Mbalom community of Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State, killing two Catholic priests and 17 other worshipers.

The attack came barely four days after the murder of ten persons by herdsmen in Guma Local Government Area and the destruction of several houses by men suspected to be military personnel in Naka, Gwer West Local Government Area of the state.

The United States says corruption is being perpetrated as a result of the “failure” of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to implement laws against such practices.

In its 2017 Human Rights Report, it said numerous cases of corruption were evident across all levels of government.

It added that while the government took steps to investigate alleged human abuses, “impunity remained widespread at all levels of government.”

“Although the law provides criminal penalties for conviction of official corruption, the government did not implement the law effectively, and officials frequently engaged in corrupt practices with impunity. Massive, widespread, and pervasive corruption affected all levels of government and the security services,” it said.

President Muhammadu Buhari has described as “vile and satanic”, the killing of worshippers and two priests at a Catholic church in Ukpor-Mbalom community in Gwer east local government area of Benue state.

Around 5am on Thursday, gunmen invaded St Ignatius’ Catholic Church, killing two priests and some worshippers. They also burnt many houses in the community.

The deceased priests were identified as Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha.

The Catholic archdiocese of Makurdi had blamed the incident on “Jihadists”.

In his response, Buhari said the attackers would be brought to justice.

“I extend my sincere condolences to the government and people of Benue State, the Mbalom community, and especially the Bishop, priests and members of the St Ignatius’ Catholic Church, whose premises was the unfortunate venue of the heinous killings by gunmen,” read the statement issued on his behalf by Femi Adesina, his spokesman.

And now, stories from the around world…

US President Donald Trump has warned Iran of “big problems” if it resumes the nuclear programme it agreed to curb in a 2015 international accord.

Speaking at the White House with French President Emmanuel Macron, Mr Trump called the Iran deal “insane”.

Mr Macron, who is lobbying Mr Trump to preserve the deal, said it was possible to forge a new Iran accord.

The US president has been threatening to reject an extension of the Obama-era nuclear pact by a 12 May deadline.

A driver suspected of killing 10 people and injuring 15 more by ploughing a rental van into pedestrians in Toronto has appeared in court in the city.

Alek Minassian, 25, was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder.

Mr Minassian wore a white jumpsuit, with a shaved head and his hands behind his back. He showed little emotion.

He was read the charges and ordered to have no contact with surviving victims. He will return to court on 10 May.

Former US President George H W Bush is in a hospital intensive care unit with an infection, a week after the death of his wife, Barbara.

In a statement, a family spokesman said he had contracted an infection that spread to his blood, but was “responding to treatments”.

The 93-year-old was admitted to hospital in Houston on Sunday morning.

He was president from 1989-93 and his son, George W Bush, went on to serve in the same role.

Barbara Bush, the only woman to see both her husband and her son sworn in as US president, died last Tuesday and was laid to rest on Saturday.

President Donald Trump is increasingly relying on his personal cell phone to contact outside advisers, multiple sources inside and outside the White House told CNN, as Trump returns to the free-wheeling mode of operation that characterized the earliest days of his administration.

“He uses it a lot more often more recently,” a senior White House official said of the President’s cell phone.

Sources cited Trump’s stepped-up cell phone use as an example of chief of staff John Kelly’s waning influence over who gets access to the President. During the early days of Kelly’s tenure, multiple sources said, Trump made many of his calls from the White House switchboard — a tactic that allowed the chief of staff to receive a printed list of who Trump had phoned. Kelly has less insight into who Trump calls on his personal cell phone.

An airstrike from a Saudi-led coalition hit a gas station in the Yemeni province of Hajja late Monday, killing 18 people and injuring 13, Yemeni officials told CNN.

Hajja, which is located in northwestern Yemen, is under the control of Houthi rebels.

Monday’s attack is the fourth in Hajja since Sunday when two coalition airstrikes struck a wedding party, according to Yemeni sources. It brings the three-day death toll to 56, senior municipal official Yahya Alkhulani told CNN.

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