THISISLAGOS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE JUNE 16, 2018
Pray for peaceful elections in 2019, Ambode urges Nigerians (Guardian)
Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday, urged Nigerians to promote peaceful co-existence and pray for the successful conduct of next year’s general elections.Speaking at a special Eid-El-Fitr celebration organised by the state government simultaneously across the 20 councils of the state, Ambode said it was important for the people to put the interest of the country first and offer prayers for peaceful elections next year.
The governor, who spoke through his representatives in all the venues, admonished Muslims to sustain the lessons of the holy month of Ramadan and work to foster unity.At Marina Waterfront, Oju Alaro in Epe, where he was represented by Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, the governor said: “As we celebrate the successful completion of this year’s Ramadan fast, let us not forget the lessons of the holy month, which is the fear of God and the care of the needy in our community. Read more
Research lab commissioned in Lagos (Nation)
The management of Ikorodu General Hospital, Ikorodu, Lagos State, has commissioned the Joint West Africa Research Group (JWARG) in collaboration with the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID) in the Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State.
The laboratory was founded by the United States Government through the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in collaboration with Nigerian military
Dr. Olufunmilayo Bankole, the hospital’s Chief Medical Director/CEO, in her welcome address, said “ This research laboratory was founded by the United States Government through the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and this is the first time the military is partnering a civilian agency to establish a laboratory of this calibre. Read more
Lagos 2019: Why Ambode deserves 2nd term –Jeje (New Telegraph)
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Commissioner for Housing in Lagos State, Mr. Bosun Jeje, has backed Governor Akinwumi Ambode for a second term in office. Speaking with Saturday Telegraph on why the governor deserves a second term, Jeje explained that, “his superlative performance that has turned the state into a huge construction site in just three years, qualifies him for the ticket”.
Jeje, a lawyer, during the chat in his Lagos office enumerated reasons the governor should be given another four year mandate to steer the ship of the state. “Governor Ambode’s commendable performance in has transformed the state far beyond expectations since he assumed office three years ago,” saying, the infrastructural transformation throughout the nook and cranny of the state, which is still on-going is an indication that nobody should mute the idea of changing a winning team half way into the game. Read more
It’s time for reflection, says Senator Tinubu (Nation)
Senator Oluremi Tinubu has congratulated Muslims in Lagos Central Senatorial District, Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole on the successful completion of this year’s Ramadan.
She prayed that their acts of Ibadah “will be accepted.”
“Having had the period for reflection, recommitment and to pray for our wellbeing as a people, it is my hope that beyond this period, we will continue to pray for the security, peace and prosperity of our nation,” Senator Tinubu said in a statement. Read more
Badagry presents N1.9bn budget (Nation)
The Badagry Local Government has presented a total sum of N1,929,889,099.38 as its total budget for the 2018 fiscal year.
The Chairman of the council, Hon. Olusegun Onilude, presented the budget tagged “Budget of Hope” to the people of the local government area on Thursday at the council secretariat.
He said out of the total sum, the capital expenditure would gulp 27 per cent as against 73 per cent of the recurrent expenditure.
“This is an improvement on the last year’s budget in which 11 per cent was voted for the capital expenditure of the local government,” he said. Read more
Lagos to hold U-15 deaf sports school games (NewTelegraph)
The Lagos State Sports Commission has concluded all arrangements to stage the Under-15 Deaf Sports School Games. The Tournament, which is in its 4th edition, will hold from 19 to 22 June, at the Agege Township Stadium popularly known as the “Soccer Temple “. The Games are sponsored by the Lagos State Government as part of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s all-inclusive Policy.
The Games will feature three sports performed by the Deaf at the grassroots level -Athletics, Table Tennis and Badminton. According to the Executive Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Kweku Tandoh, the objective of this competition is to key into the LSSC’s programme of focusing on the development of young talents through discovery, nurturing and training. Read more
Evans’ lawyer withdraws from his trial (Guardian)
Lead counsel to Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, suspected kidnap kingpin, better known as Evans, Olukoya Ogungbeje, has withdrawn from his client’s trial. In a statement he personally signed and issued on Wednesday, June 13, but release to the media yesterday, Ogungbeje said he was withdrawing due to “personal reasons.”
Evans is being tried by the Lagos State Government for alleged offences ranging from conspiracy to kidnapping and attempted murder.Ogungbeje, who alleged threat to his since he took up the case, said: “For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to state categorically that we have fought a good fight this far, despite repeated and sustained threats to my life and my defence lawyers. Read more
Lagos nurse tortures 10-year-old housemaid with hot iron (Punch)
The police in Lagos have arrested one Mrs. Yetunde Bello for allegedly torturing her 10-year-old housemaid, Paulina, with a hot iron.
It was learnt that Bello, who is a nurse, inflicted an injury on Paulina’s lap with the iron as punishment for damaging the knob of a tap on the premises of her residence located on Odutan Street, Araromi, in the Iyana Ipaja area of the state.
Saturday PUNCH learnt that Bello had been subjecting the girl to assaults since January 2018 when she was brought from Benue State, where her parents live. Read more
Eid-el-Fitr: Govs, politicians, others felicitate with Muslims, preach peace (NewTelegraph)
As Nigerian Muslims join their counterparts all over the world to celebrate this year’s Eid-el- Fitr, the Islamic end of Ramadan fast, notable personalities including politicians and clerics, have felicitated with the faithful while admonishing them to continue to abide by the lessons of the holy period. In many places monitored by our correspondents, many Muslim faithful were seen at different Eid praying grounds across the country offering the two-rakah prayers to mark the end of Ramadan.
People of different faith were also seen using the opportunity of the holiday to converge on eateries and parks where they had fun with their families while some were seen visiting friends. Read more
Punch Chairman, Aboderin, Laid to Rest (ThisDay)
The funeral rites of the Chairman of Punch Newspapers, Mr. Gbadebowale Wayne Aboderin, came to a close yesterday, as dignitaries from all walks of life joined his family, to pay their last respects to the media mogul.
Aboderin, 60, died on May 30, 2018, after a heart surgery at the First Cardiology Consultants, Ikoyi, Lagos.
The news of his sudden demise was received with shock by his close associates and other admirers. Read more
Crash: FRSC returns €65,000 recovered from Spain returnees’ bus (Punch)
The Ogun State Command of Federal Road Safety Corps says it has handed over a sum of €65,000 (about N27m) recovered from the wreckage of a Toyota Hiace bus involved in a crash on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Tuesday to the owners.
The money was presented to the owners on Friday by the Ogun State FRSC Sector Commander, Corps Commander Clement Oladele and the Unit Commander, Sagamu Unit Command, Assistant Corps Commander Mohammed Abdullahi at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital.
It was reported that the driver of the commercial bus belonging to Iyare Motors with the number plate, BEN 313 YZ had picked eight passengers at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos upon their arrival from Spain. Read more
World Cup: Businessmen say tournament boosting profits (Guardian)
Some businessmen on Friday in Lagos said that the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is driving their business in the right manner and helping them to make more profits.
They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that there were signs already that business would boom as they were receiving new customers daily.
Erick Awogu, who owns Ricalours Restaurant in Okota, said that he had been experiencing more football fans trooping in to watch live games. Read more
World Cup 2018: Lagos provides six viewing centres, insurance cover (Punch)
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has opened six viewing centres for Lagos residents to watch live football actions from the ongoing Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The sports-loving governor also provided security, traffic control and general sanitation at the viewing centres.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ambode equally provided a public liability insurance cover for the six centres for the period of the World Cup.
The viewing centres are located at Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Campos Mini Stadium, Lagos Island; Abesan Estate, Alimosho; Naval Yard Ajegunle; Bishop Aggrey Secondary School, Mushin, and Epe Recreation Centre. Read more
We’ll deliver as expected, Super Eagles assure after Egypt, Morocco opening losses (Guardian)
Super Eagles’ head coach Gernot Rohr and captain Mikel Obi say the team is capable of delivering on its promise on Saturday against Vatreni of Croatia.
The Nigerian side will face Croatia at the Kaliningrad Stadium in their opening Group D match at the FIFA World Cup, needing to win for a bright start.
This will be against the backdrop of disappointing opening match losses by fellow African sides Egypt and Morocco on Friday. Read more
World Cup: Messi to put heat on Iceland as France target Australia (Punch)
Lionel Messi’s bid for World Cup redemption begins on Saturday when he leads Argentina against tiny Iceland, as fancied France make their bow in Russia targeting a repeat of their 1998 glory.
Messi’s eternal rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, made history on Friday when he became only the fourth player to score at four World Cups on his way to a hat-trick against Spain to earn a dramatic 3-3 draw.
His fellow superstar Messi, with whom he has monopolised the world player of the year award for a decade, is under immense pressure to secure his first major international trophy and make amends for Argentina’s painful loss to Germany in the 2014 final. Read more
No hiding place for Croatia, Mikel boasts (Guardian)
The long awaited moment has come, and the battle ground is the Arena Baltika in Kaliningrad, where the Super Eagles will face Croatia in their Group D opening match at 2000 hours.
Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel says there is nothing to worry about the European side, though he is aware they are going to face very difficult opponents who parade a squad full of stars. Read more
African teams start on a losing note (Punch)
African teams on Friday began their campaigns at the 2018 World Cup in Russia on losing notes as both Egypt and Morocco suffered last-gasp 1-0 losses to Uruguay and Iran in their respective group matches.
Egypt, who left star Mohamed Salah on the bench for the match, fell to a late goal from Jose Gimenez in Group A while Morocco made qualification from Group B difficult for themselves after a last-minute own goal by Aziz Bouhaddouz gave Iran their first World Cup victory since 1998.
Uruguay had been the better side as Luis Suarez had missed four chances and Edinson Cavani had hit the inside of a post with a 25-yard free-kick. Read more
7-meter-long python swallows Indonesian woman (FoxNews)
A 7-meter-long (23-foot-long) python has swallowed a woman in central Indonesia.
The victim, 54-year-old Wa Tiba, went missing while checking her vegetable garden near her village on Muna island in Southeast Sulawesi province on Thursday evening, according to the village chief, Faris.
On Friday, her family went to look for her at the garden but found only her belongings, including sandals and a flashlight. Read more
An endearing video of a little boy and a bear jumping in unison is spreading joy on the internet (Scroll)
They did it for ten full minutes.
Five-year-old Ian likes to go to the Nashville Zoo often with his father, Patrick Parker. Since the family has a membership, there’s no reason for the little boy not to visit as often as possible. So when Ian and his father heard about a new Andean bear, they had to make a trip.
Luckily for them, reported Fox17, Luka the Andean bear was out to play. The bear had just jumped into the water when it spotted Ian and other children jumping up and down – probably with excitement. What happened next, captured in the video above, is spreading joy all over the internet. Read more