Governor Soludo of Anambra state officially welcomed into Nigeria Governors forum.

Kayode Fayemi, Chairman Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) on Saturday paid a one day visit to Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra in Awka and welcomed him officially to the forum.

Mr Fayemi, who is also the Ekiti State Governor, described Mr Soludo as a “valuable asset to the forum while commending him for the positive steps he had taken so far on assumption of office.

He said he had been following activities in Anambra under Mr Soludo with keen interest, adding that the state had been relatively lucky with having progressive governors.

The NGF chairman said that Mr Soludo was another addition to the long list.

Responding, Governor Soludo welcomed Mr Fayemi whom he described as a longtime friend and thanked him for the rare visit.

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Outrage as Hoodlums and Muslim worshippers clash in Lagos state.

Many were feared injured in the early hours of Sunday when a group of Muslim worshippers and hoodlums clashed in Marina area of Lagos.

The reason for the fracas, which lasted from 1pm-4pm, according to sources remains unknown.

The Nation learnt that several dangerous weapons such as cutlasses, knives and others were used during the brawl, which saw several properties vandalised in the Marina area.

It was gathered some men from the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corps(LNSC) later showed up and chased the hoodlums away.

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Ukrainian forces shutdown Russian attack helicopter.

Seen through a small screen, a Russian Kamov Ka-52 “Alligator” attack helicopter was targeted by Ukrainian forces.

The aircraft was captured flying through the air before it was shot down by a Ukrainian Stugna-P anti-tank guided missile. The successful Ukrainian hit sparks further concerns for Russia as it struggles to secure some semblance of victory before its annual holiday on May 9.

Due to a shortage of precision-guided munitions, Russian aircraft have been forced to fly low and slow in Ukraine. 

The pilots have been unable to use cloud cover as a result and have had to fly within just a few miles of Ukrainian troops. 

This has left Russian aircraft highly vulnerable to attack as estimates suggest hundreds of planes and helicopters have been downed. 

The Russian Kamov Ka-52 “Alligator” attack helicopter is the latest victim of low-flying assault. 

It comes as US speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi became the latest western official to make a surprise visit to Kyiv. 

In a short video published by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Ms Pelosi thanked Ukraine for “fighting for freedom. 

She said:  “We believe we are visiting you to say thank you for your fight for freedom.

“Your fight is a fight for everyone. So our commitment is to be here for you until the fight is done.

Meanwhile, the governor of Kharkiv, Ukraine, has warned residents to stay inside and underground over reports of heavy Russian shelling. 

Oleh Synyehubov said: “In connection with the intense shelling, we urge residents of the northern and eastern districts of Kharkiv, in particular Saltivka, not to leave the shelter during the day without urgency.

It was reported on Saturday that one person was killed and five injured after “enemy artillery and mortar strikes hit the city, according to Kharkiv’s regional military administration. 

But despite the bombardment, Mr Zelensky said the Ukrainian military had had “important tactical successes” in the Kharkiv area. 

And in the besieged city of Mariupol, reports suggest that a civilian evacuation deal with Russia might come to fruition. 

Roughly 1,000 Ukrainians are thought to be sheltering underground in the Azovstal steelworks as Russia continues to bomb the city. 

A fighter taking cover inside the works said on Saturday that around 20 women and children had managed to escape. 

Sviatoslav Palamar said: “We are getting civilians out of the rubble with ropes it’s the elderly, women, and children.

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U.S. Navy said the USS Sampson conducted a “routine Taiwan Strait transit.

The Chinese military has condemned the passage of a U.S. warship, the guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson, through the sensitive Taiwan Strait, stressing that such missions deliberately harm the region’s peace and stability.

In response, the U.S. Navy said the USS Sampson conducted a “routine Taiwan Strait transit” this week, in line with international law.

The U.S. conducts such sorties about once a month, angering China, as they are seen as supporting Taiwan, which Beijing considers Chinese territory.

The People’s Liberation Army’s Eastern Theatre Command said its forces monitored and warned the ship, stating, The U.S. frequently carries out such provocative actions, sending wrong signals to ‘Taiwan independence’ forces, and deliberately undermining the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait. We firmly oppose it.”

According to Taiwan’s Defense Ministry, the Sampson sailed north through the strait, and the situation in the waterway was “as normal.”

In a statement, U.S. 7th Fleet spokesperson Nicholas Lingo said the U.S. military flies, sails, and operates anywhere international law allows, stating, “The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the United States’ commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Like most countries, the U.S. has no formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan, but is the island’s most important international supporter and arms supplier, creating an ongoing source of tension between Beijing and Washington.

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US, France pledge more aid to Ukraine Amidst the ongoing War with Russia.

E.U Ambassadors to approve embargo on Russian oil next week.

Indications emerged Friday that the European Union may turn to Nigeria and other oil-producing countries for oil supply amid moves to approve an embargo on Russian oil.

The New York Times reported Friday that the oil embargo would be phased in over a period of some months.

Quoting EU officials who spoke on condition of anonymity, the newspaper said the new resolution is expected to be approved by E.U. ambassadors next week as part of plans to avoid delays.

The EU resolution comes against the background of new assessments that the Russian military’s eastern offensive was faltering amid plans to provide Ukraine with more weapons and support.

With about one quarter of the Europe’s yearly oil needs coming from Russia, European countries rely heavily on Russia for supply. But officials said the union is looking elsewhere for oil supply.

As the oil embargo is phased in, officials said the bloc would seek to make up the shortfall by increasing imports from other sources, like Persian Gulf countries, Nigeria, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, the New York Times reported Friday, quoting officials.

Since the invasion of Ukraine earlier in thee year, the EU embargo If enacted will be the biggest and most important new step in the E.U.’s sixth package of sanctions against Russia.

The new sanctions will also be directed at Russia’s biggest bank, Sberbank, according to officials who spoke to the New York Times.

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