A convoy of cars was carrying a State House advance team of security guards, protocol and media officers was attacked in Dutsinma, Katsina State, yesterday evening. The advance team was en route Daura ahead of President Buhari’s visit for Saturday’s Eid holiday. Two persons were injured in the attack described by the Presidency as an ambush. The attack took place a few hours after an assistant commissioner of police was killed in a separate attack around the same area. An eyewitness, who was nearly caught in the middle of the clash, said they were on their way back to Dutsinma from Kankara, when they saw hundreds of fully armed fighters crossing the road on motorcycles and they had to run for their safety. He said the attackers engaged the security operatives attached to the presidential convoy in a gun-battle. Another source in Turare village said that after the soldiers cleared the road and moved on, the bandits regrouped and attacked some villages in Makera ward of Dutsinma LGA as well as some villages west of Zobe Dam where they stole many cows.

Ahead of the plans by the Federal Capital Territory to stop the sale of alcoholic beverages in parks and gardens in Abuja, owners of recreation centres have written to the Minister of the FCT, Muhammed Bello, reminding him that Nigeria is a democratic society. Specifically, they called on the minister to uphold the rule of law, call his aides to order and stop the enforcement of the closure of parks and gardens by 7pm in the Federal Capital Territory. In a letter written through their lawyer Ifeanyi Remy Agu “Re Suit No: CV/408/2008: Barrister (Mrs) Amanda Pam (Proprietor Suez Garden) & 60 Others -Plaintiffs Vs Hon Minister FCT Defendant, the group also described the enforcement of 6pm Closing Hour by FCTA-Action as Sub-Judice. The letter stated “as solicitors to the plaintiffs in the above-stated suit pending before the FCT High Court, we draw your attention to the threatened enforcement of 6pm closing hour by the proprietor of gardens in the FCT by your Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring and Enforcement, Comrade Ikharo Attah, which action is subjudice of the pending case “Suffice it to say that we live in a Democratic society where rule of law prevails against personal desires and brigandage of public servants. The terms of settlements in the above matter have been ordered to be filed by the Honorable court after the parties agreed in terms and principles,” he added.

The Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) said on Tuesday that, in her efforts to extend the Employees Compensation Scheme (ECS) to the informal sector, the fund has enrolled about 1,000 workers in the sector. Head, Informal Sector of NSITF, Shehu Abubakar told journalists during an interactive session that the fund was currently sensitising various unions, associations and other groups that make up the informal sector workers on the need to key into the scheme. He said only the public sector workers were benefiting from the ECS before now, hence the extension to ensure no worker either from formal, informal and the organised private sector is left out from the federal government’s social security safety net. On claims and compensation, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the fund, Dr Akabogu said the fund paid a total of ₦306,554,896.23 in the last four months. He said the paid claims and compensation cover medical expenses refund, loss of productivity, disability benefits to injured employees, death benefits to next of kin of deceased employees and retirement benefits to disabled employees.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Tuesday that he had met Sudan’s strongman General Abdel Fattah al-Burhane in Nairobi on the sidelines of a summit of the East African organisation Igad, days after a new border incident be the two countries, which have several disputes. “We both agreed that our two countries have many things to work on peacefully,” Abiy Ahmed said in a tweet on his official account, accompanied by photos showing the two leaders smiling. “Our common bonds surpass any differences. We are both committed to dialogue and peaceful resolution of outstanding issues,” he added. The meeting took place “on the sidelines of the IGAD meeting” which brings together on Tuesday – for the first time in 18 months – the leaders of the region’s countries in the Kenyan capital, according to the Ethiopian Prime Minister’s office. In Khartoum, the Sovereign Council, the transitional authority chaired by General Burhane, simply reported a “closed meeting” between the two men.