The Late 5: Police arrest Senator Omo-Agege over mace theft, Ekweremadu meets with Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, and other top stories

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

Some hoodlums led by suspended Senator Ovie Omo-agege stormed the Senate chamber and made away with the mace.

The plenary was disrupted while the sergeants-at-arms are battling with the men to retrieve the mace.

Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided, said the invaders would be punished.

Men of the Nigeria Police have arrested Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.

The lawmaker was suspended by the Senate for 90 days last week. He, however, attended the plenary today.

The Senate had accused him of leading the armed men who stormed the chamber and snatched the mace while plenary was on.

After the plenary, policemen ushered Omo-Agege from the door of the chamber into a waiting pickup van.

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu met behind closed doors with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The meeting which is coming a few hours after the invasion of the Senate chambers by suspected thugs held inside Osinbajo’s office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently in London on official visit while the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, is also in Washington.

President Muhammadu Buhari says many Nigerian youths just want to sit down and do nothing, banking on the notion that Nigerian is an oil-rich nation.

Speaking at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminster on Wednesday, the president said a lot of Nigerian youths have not been to school and they want everything free.

“About the economy, we have a very young population, our population is estimated conservatively to be 180 million. This is a very conservative one,” Buhari said.

“More than 60 percent of the population is below 30, a lot of them haven’t been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria is an oil producing country, therefore, they should sit and do nothing, and get housing, healthcare, education free.”

The house of representatives has dropped the bill seeking to amend the electoral act.

The amendment sought to change the sequence of the election in a way that the presidential election comes last, after the state assemblies/national assembly and governorship elections.

The lower legislative chamber dropped the bill during plenary on Wednesday after Edward Pwajok, a Plateau lawmaker, who sponsored the bill, said he was withdrawing it.

The lawmaker after consultations, he was advised to withdraw the bill.

And now, stories from around the world…

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Wednesday that the country will hold snap parliamentary and presidential elections on June 24, more than a year earlier than they were due to take place.

The polls will be the first since a referendum last year that transformed Turkey’s parliamentary democracy into a powerful executive presidency and will hand the president sweeping new powers after the elections.

Many of the new powers were not expected to take effect until after the polls, which were scheduled to take place in November 2019. Now, the winner of June’s presidential vote — widely expected to be Erdogan — will be able to use them far quicker than had previously been planned.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that former FBI Director James Comey was not fired because of the Russia investigation — a statement directly at odds with the President’s own comments on Comey’s dismissal.

“Slippery James Comey, the worst FBI Director in history, was not fired because of the phony Russia investigation where, by the way, there was NO COLLUSION (except by the Dems)!” Trump tweeted.

However, Trump had told NBC News last year that he was thinking of “this Russia thing” when he decided to fire Comey.

Saudi Arabia is ending a 35-year ban on movie theaters with a screening of “Black Panther.”
America’s biggest movie theater company, AMC, (AMC) will show the Hollywood blockbuster on Wednesday at its new single-screen cinema in the financial district of the capital Riyadh.

The gala opening will be limited to about 500 invited guests, executives and officials, but public screenings of the movie will begin soon, AMC said. A Saudi official said that would happen from May 1.

CIA director Mike Pompeo forged a “good relationship” with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un when they met last week, US President Donald Trump has tweeted.

Confirming media reports of the secret meeting in Pyongyang, Mr Trump said it had gone “very smoothly”.

The surprise visit marks the highest-level contact between the United States and North Korea since 2000.

Mr Trump is expected to hold a summit with Mr Kim by June. Details are being worked out, the US president said.

Cuba’s parliament has picked Miguel Díaz-Canel as the sole candidate to succeed Raúl Castro, 86, bringing the family’s decades-long rule to an end.

Raúl Castro took over as president from his ailing brother Fidel in 2006.

The National Assembly, the country’s legislative body, will vote on the nomination but Mr Díaz-Canel is almost certain to be confirmed.

Raúl Castro is expected to remain a powerful influence in the communist state even after he steps down.

He is expected to formally pass the presidency to Mr Díaz-Canel after the announcement of the National Assembly’s vote on Thursday.

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