3 arrested for beating robber to death in Lagos (Punch)
Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested three community leaders in the Ikotun area of the state for lynching a suspected burglar.
The community leaders arrested include Sakariyau Biliaminu, m, 66; John Adeyemi, m, 77; and Gabriel Ajayi, m, 55, said Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi in a statement on Thursday.
The statement was titled, ‘Jungle Justice: Lagos Police Arrest 3 Community Leaders For Murder, Vow To Halt Jungle Justice’.
According to the PPRO, the three suspects have some questions to answer pertaining to the killing of the suspect. Read more
Ogombo monarch appeals to Sanwo-Olu on social amenities (Vanguard)
The traditional head of Ogombo Community in Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State, Chief Abiodun Ogunbo, has appealed to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to provide social amenities for his community which will also help attract investment and development to the area.
He stated this recently while marking his second year on the throne of his forefathers.
The traditional ruler noted that amenities such as modern health facilities, markets, schools among others would give his people the feeling of not being forgotten by the government, noting that it would also hasten the town’s development.
“I appreciate the developmental efforts of our governor, His Excellency Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his desire to take the state to higher heights. I am therefore appealing to the governor to remember the Ogombo Community in the scheme of things. We need basic infrastructure so that it would not appear as if we are forgotten. Read more
Man burns ex-lover, 2 children to death in Ibadan (DailyTrust)
A man, identified as Ahmed Saka, has set ablaze the room of his ex-lover, Mutiat Oladele, in Ibadan, leading to the death of the woman and her two children.
The incident happened on Wednesday night at Shogoye, Idi-Arere area of Ibadan, Oyo State.
It was gathered that Mutiat and Saka, had been lovers before the woman broke up the relationship.
Saka had allegedly threatened to end his life and that of Mutiat for ending the relationship with him and later carried out the act at midnight.
NAN further gathered that three other children also sustained varying degree of injury as a result of the fire. Read more
Delta communities threaten to shut down Heritage Energy operations over oil spill (Tribune)
Seven Delta communities have threatened to shut down operations of Heritage Energy Operational Services Ltd (HEOSL) over its lacklustre attitude in cleaning up the ravaging oil spill in their ancestral farmlands.
The affected communities include Erhobaro, Etavwobakai, Etewhia, Obaro-Uku, Ovara – Unukpo, Atagbuwe and Eroike, all in Ughelli North and Ethiope East local government areas of Delta State.
Representatives of the communities, while narrating their ordeals at the instance of the oil spill, said that the communities woke up in August 2019 to see their farmlands – ponds, rivers and streams overflowed with hydrocarbon (crude oil) from the failed facility of HEOSL. Read more
FG receives stolen Ile-Ife artifact from Mexico (Independent)
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Geoffrey Onyeama, on Thursday in Abuja received a stolen Ile-Ife artifact recovered from Mexico.
Receiving the artifact, he called for a more secured border to prevent future occurrence of theft.
Onyeama collected the artifact from Dr Yakubu Dadu, Charge d’Affaires of the Nigerian Mission in Mexico.
The minister hailed the Embassy’s efforts in recovering the artifact. Read more
NADDC inaugurates 1st Nigeria electric vehicle charging station in Sokoto (Vanguard)
The Nigeria Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) on Thursday inaugurated the first Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Nigeria, in Sokoto State.
NADDC noted that the pilot project, inaugurated at the Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto (UDUS), was also in collaboration with the institution.
In his address, Director-General of NADDC, Mr Jelani Aliyu, said that the project was part of the Federal Government’s commitment to the best Nigeria desired by all.
“This is the beginning of a new era for Nigeria as it marks the realisation of the government’s desire to build sustainable technology in the country. Read more
Aisha Buhari has been a voice of conscience, says Tinubu (DailyTrust)
National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has described First Lady Aisha Buhari as “a voice of conscience”.
Speaking at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, while chairing the public presentation of a book written in honour of the First Lady, Tinubu commended Aisha for her courage.
The book, “Aisha Buhari: Being different,” was written by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Administration and Women Affairs, Dr Hajo Sani.
“Given the First Lady’s achievements, no one can reasonably question the role of a First Lady any longer. Remember there were those who argued that the constitution does not assign an official role to the First Lady. Because of Dr. Mrs. Aisha Buhari, their concerns have been forever laid to rest. Read more
Police confirm abduction of 3 quarry workers in Ibadan (Vanguard)
The Oyo State Police Command on Thursday confirmed the abduction of three workers at a quarry site in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
According to the spokesperson of the command, CSP Olugbenga Fadeyi, the police are collaborating with local hunters to ensure the release of the victims.
It was gathered that kidnapped victims work at Megabolex Quarry site, Idi Ayunre area, located along the Ibadan-Ijebu Ode Road, Oluyole local government area, Ibadan
They were said to have been blocked by the suspected gunmen at about 4:30 pm as they were coming out of the site. Read more
Hollywood actor Zach Avery arrested over $690m scam scheme (BBC)
An aspiring Hollywood actor has been accused of scamming millions from film investors by tricking them with fake Netflix deals to fund a lavish lifestyle.
Zachary Horwitz, 34, was arrested on Tuesday by FBI agents on suspicion of running a $690m (£502m) Ponzi scheme.
Mr Horwitz, whose stage name is Zach Avery, allegedly raised funds from investors for film licensing deals with Netflix and HBO that did not exist.
He was charged with wire fraud. Read more
Revealed: How AstraZeneca COVID vaccine turns cells into ‘little factories’ (Metro)
New microscopic images have shown researchers how the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine prepares cells to fight off COVID-19. The graphics, based on thousands of microscopic photos, reveal how cells are turned into ‘little factories’, deploying the spike protein on the cell surface. The virus that causes Covid-19 contains a large number of spikes on its surface that it uses to attach and enter human body cells. Coated in sugars called glycans, the spikes disguise Covid-19’s genetic material so it can enter a person’s cells. Read more
Oath Keepers founder feeling the heat from US prosecutors (VOA)
Stewart Rhodes is feeling the heat.
“I may go to jail soon,” the Oath Keepers founder declared at a recent Republican rally near the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas. “Not for anything I actually did, but for made-up crimes.”
Rhodes’ prediction that he might land behind bars over his role in the riot Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol came after prosecutors offered fresh evidence connecting him to the bloody attack that led to five deaths, including that of a Capitol Police officer.
In a March 23 filing, prosecutors revealed Rhodes had a 97-second phone call with an Oath Keeper named Kelly Meggs, nine minutes before Meggs helped lead a group of Oath Keepers in a military-style breach of the Capitol. Read more
Keanu Reeves on John Wick 4 set in Germany (Metro)
Keanu Reeves looked very, very happy to get to work on John Wick 4 as he was spotted arriving on set in Germany. The actor, sporting a cosy-looking hat, was seen hopping out of a car at Potsdam Babelsberg studios. It appeared as though he might have had to grab something eat on the move, as he headed into the studio holding a bowl and spoon. Keanu has played the titular assassin for three films and is set to appear in a further two. Read more
Men make more COVID-19 antibodies and keep them for longer, study on asymptomatic carriers finds (RT)
A Welsh study has found that men can create up to three times the number of coronavirus antibodies as women and tend to retain them for a longer period of time, complicating possible future Covid-19 immunity considerably.
Researchers tested 739 asymptomatic staff at Cardiff Metropolitan University in July 2020 during the first wave of the pandemic and again three months later.
Antibody production forms the foundation of immunity, and yet it remains unclear what quantity of coronavirus antibodies are produced across the population, how long they last and whether they provide adequate protection against reinfection, frustrating public policy initiatives and medical research alike. Read more
Milk Tea Alliance: Twitter creates emoji for pro-democracy activists (BBC)
Twitter has launched a new emoji for the “Milk Tea Alliance” – a movement uniting Asian pro-democracy activists.
The alliance has brought together anti-Beijing protesters in Hong Kong and Taiwan with pro-democracy campaigners in Thailand and Myanmar.
The emoji, a white cup set against three different shades of a popular regional tea, marks a year since the #MilkTeaAlliance hashtag started.
One target is Chinese dominance, and Beijing says it is “full of biases”. Read more
Imran Khan blames rise in rape cases on the way women dress (Metro)
Pakistan’s Prime Minister has been blasted after appearing to blame women’s choice of clothing for a rise in rape cases. Former cricketer Imran Khan – considered a playboy in his youth – was accused of ‘baffling ignorance’ over the ‘dangerous’ comments. In a weekend interview on live television, Oxford-educated Mr Khan said an increase in rapes indicated the ‘consequences in any society where vulgarity is on the rise’. Read more
National Sports Festival continues as planned – FG (Tribune)
The battle of wits between the Edo State Government and the Federal Government over the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival, tagged Edo 2020, holding in Benin City, Edo State capital, continued on Thursday as the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, MYSD, said that the sports fiesta continues as scheduled.
The Federal Government’s stance runs contrary to the decision taken late Wednesday night by the Local Organising Committee, LOC, headed by Philip Shaibu, Deputy Governor, Edo State, that the Festival would be shut down mid-day today because the had reneged on its promise to reimburse the state government for the several postponements of the fiesta dues to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.
But in a statement issued by the ministry early this morning and titled “National Sports Festival in Benin Continues”, the Federal Ministry insisted that it had not received any communication from the host state regarding the shutdown of the fiesta. Read more
Fans amazed as French ace Griezmann and wife pull off remarkable hat-trick of baby dates (RT)
Fans online have reacted to a unusual phenomenon pulled off by Antoine Griezmann and his wife.
At 10.24 this morning in Spain, the World Cup winner and his partner Erika Choperena welcomed daughter Alba to the world.
She joins Mia, 5, and Amaro, 2, as the forward was excused from training by his club FC Barcelona on the eve of El Clasico.
But the Griezmann siblings share something unheard of, in that they were apparently all born on the same day, April 8, which means that Mia and Amaro celebrated their birthday today and were given a younger sister as a present. Read more
French Open postponed by a week amid lockdown restrictions in France (Metro)
The French Open has been postponed by a week, with tournament organisers hopeful the move will allow more fans to attend. The clay-court Grand Slam will now run from May 30 to June 13, with qualifying taking place the week before. Wimbledon will now start just two weeks after the the French Open concludes – returning to a tighter grass-court calendar that was the norm prior to 2015. All England Club organisers have confirmed to Metro.co.uk their tournament dates will remain the same. Read more
Fury ‘doesn’t really want to fight Joshua’, says promoter (RT)
Eddie Hearn has claimed that Tyson Fury and his camp are making excuses not to face his fighter Anthony Joshua, as time runs out to find a venue for their heavyweight championship clash.
Fury took to social media to voice his concerns over there being only three days left to finalize a location for the first of two agreed unification bouts.
His father John Fury also criticized promoters Hearn and Frank Warren, alongside Top Rank’s Bob Arum, and poured doubt on the biggest British boxing clash in history receiving the required financial backing. Read more
Mike Tyson reveals 3-man wish-list of boxing superstars he could fight in 2021 (Metro)
Boxing icon Mike Tyson is hoping to return to the ring at least twice in 2021 and has named a three-man wish-list of heavyweight legends he is hoping to face off against. Iron Mike made his much-anticipated comeback in an exhibition fight against Roy Jones Jr. in November last year, with the bout exceeding 1.6million pay-per-view buys and generating around $80million (£58m). Tyson has been looking for a new opponent ever since that fight, which was scored a draw, and is now looking to gain revenge against two of his most notable rivals. Read more
Ex-NFL star Phillip Adams kills five then himself in South Carolina shooting spree – reports (RT)
Ex-NFL star Phillip Adams killed five people, including a doctor, his wife and their two grandchildren, before turning the gun on himself on Wednesday in a shooting spree at a South Carolina home, according to reports in the US.
Adams, 32, who spent time on the rosters of the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots and others in a five-year stint in the NFL, is understood to have opened fire in a house in the Rock Hill area of South Carolina, around 25 miles outside of Charlotte.Initial reports have named Adams’ victims as Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70, his wife Barbara Lesslie, who was 69, along with two of their grandchildren aged 9 and 5. Read more