• Many villagers have been killed following bandits attacks on five communities of Sabon Birni Local government area of Sokoto Sata.

The villages include Garki, Dan Aduwa, Kuzari, Kutuma and Masawa.

Inhabitants said hundreds of bandits came on motorbikes to launch the onslaught on the villages at about 6pm on Wednesday.

According to the residents about 63 deaths were recorded.

  • Nigeria’s central bank cut its benchmark lending rate to 12.5% from 13.5%, the central bank governor said on Thursday.

Central Bank Governor – Godwin Emefiele said seven of the 10 members of the monetary policy committee  backed the cut. It is the first cut since March 2019.

  • The Premier League season is set to return on Wednesday, June 17  with Aston villa at Sheffield United and Manchester city hosting Arsenal,  as the four clubs make up for their game in hand.
  • The president, major General Mohammed Buhari  has written to the House of Representatives to request for the approval of Fresh external borrowings totalling  $5.513bn.

Buhari, in the letter read by speaker of the house of representatives, Femi Gbajabianila, at the plemary on Thursday, said the funds were for 2020 budget deficit, financing of critical projects and some states of the federation. The president also presented a revised 2020 Appropriation Bill and 2020-2022 medium term expenditure framework and fiscal strategy paper.

  • The NDDC has shut down its operations following the death of  its Acting director of finance and administration,  Ibanga Bassey Etang on Thursday morning.

Etang is said to have passed away at the Braithwaite Memorial hospital in Portharcourt,  Rivers state, after failing ill.

Sources said his body was moved to a holding area within the hospital’s  premises where his blood sample is expected to be taken for COVID-19 test.

  • The Lagos state government says buses with certain specifications will be deployed to replace okada, tricycles in some areas in the state beginning from July.

President Donald Trump signed as executive order targeting social media companies on Thursday, days after Twitter called two of his tweets “potentially misleading”.

Speaking from the oval office ahead of signing the order,  Trump said the move was to “defend free speech from one of the  gravest dangers it has faced in America history”



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