Afenifere hails Ambode for integrating Lagos into Oodua (Independent)
Afenifere, pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation has hailed Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State for the admission of Lagos State into the Oodua Investment Group.
Speaking with Daily Independent, Yinka Odumakin, the party’s National Publicity Secretary said history will forever be kind to Ambode for taking the landmark decision. Read more
In Nigeria, being a young woman “is a crime” – beautician (Vanguard)
In Nigeria, being a young woman “is a crime”, said a 25-year-old beautician, arrested two weeks ago while walking home in the capital Abuja. She says she was detained, assaulted and then raped by those meant to protect her.
“Around 9:30 pm, or 10:00 pm, I was walking back home,” she said. “The police arrested me in the street, accusing me of ‘being out late’.” The officers demanded she pay 4,000 naira ($11) but she did not have the cash. So the officers grabbed her, she said. Read more
I Make N3.6m profit from selling hard drugs – suspect (Independent)
Operatives of the Lagos Police Rapid Response Squad (RRS) have arrested two suspected hard drugs peddlers in Alausa area of the state.
The suspects, Olukoya Ayodele, 26, and Victor Godwin, 30, were arrested following an intelligence gathering by officers of the Decoy team of the RRS, who were mandated to uncover illicit drugs peddling in the area. Read more
Traffic law violation: Onnoghen, 39 others forfeit vehicles to LASG (Vanguard)
No fewer than 40 motorists have forfeited their vehicles to the Lagos State Government after driving against traffic. This was disclosed by the General Manager, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Mr. Wale Musa, after Magistrate Lateef Owolesi, ruled that 61-year-old, Thomas Onnoghen, Yusuf Ajibade and Sodiq Hassan, would forfeit their vehicles to the state government. Musa, in an interview with newsmen at the LASTMA Headquarters, Oshodi, disclosed: “In the last few weeks, 40 vehicles have been impounded while driving against traffic. They have all been forfeited to Lagos State government.” Read more
Large quantity of poisonous ponmo intercepted, six suspected dealers arrested (Independent)
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested six suspects for allegedly dealing in an alleged poisonous cow skins popularly known as ponmo.
The suspects were arrested following a tip off from a credible source to the police that a group of people were distributing the poisonous products around Igando area of the state. Read more
Patients decry high cost, poor services at teaching hospitals (DailyTrust)
Obsolete facilities, broken infrastructure, poor electricity supply and inadequate funding are making it difficult for Nigerian teaching hospitals to provide treatment to patients with complex ailments, Daily Trust investigations have shown.
The hospitals are also overwhelmed by a large number of patients, affecting their mandate of training current and future health professionals. Read more
Lagos Archdiocese unveils line-up for Archbishop’s birthday (Sun)
Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos has unveiled a lineup of activities to celebrate the 60th birthday of Archbishop of Metropolitan See of Lagos, Most. Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins.
Four days of celebration have been earmarked to commemorate the event, holding between Monday, May 27, and Saturday, June 1, the D-day of His Grace’s birthday. Read more
Ramadan: Saraki, Dogara Urge Muslims to Pray for Nigeria (ThisDay)
Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, have urged Muslim faithful to pray for a positive turn-around of the country’s fortunes as they join their counterparts across the globe to observe this year’s Ramadan fasting.
Saraki, in a goodwill message in Abuja to mark the beginning of the holy month, signed by his Media Adviser, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, noted that since fasting symbolises internal cleansing and spiritual renewal, the country can benefit tremendously from the prayers of the faithful during the period. Read more
NASS leadership: South East APC Assembly candidates back zoning formula (Sun)
The House of Assembly candidates in the 2019 general election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South East geopolitical zone have thrown their weights behind the zoning formula adopted by their party’s leadership in choosing officers of the 9th National Assembly.
They said that the recent decision reached during a meeting in Enugu where a committee was set up to lobby for positions for the zone for the incoming National Assembly has their full backing. Read more
Buhari greets Nigerians on commencement of Ramadan (Vanguard)
President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday night sent greetings to Nigerians in general and Muslims in particular as they commence the month-long Ramadan fast. The President in a message following the news of the sighting of the lunar month of Ramadhan, called for the continued peace, progress and prosperity of the country.
President Buhari according to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu noted that Islam is a religion of peace that upholds the values of tolerance and mutual coexistence without a place for hatred and violence. Read more
SIM Card Data Verification a Continuous Exercise, Says NCC (ThisDay)
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has re-assured Nigerians of the continuous exercise of the Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) card data verification, which it said, remained a global practice.
In an interview with journalists at the weekend in Abuja, the Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management at NCC, Mr. Sunday Dare, said the subscriber data so far captured by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), as well as data captured by other statutory agencies, were being cleaned-up, verified and harmonised in accordance with the Act setting up the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), coupled with the directive of the Federal Executive Council (FEC). Read more
Fresh electricity tariff hike underway (NewTelegraph)
A fresh review and implementation of electricity tariff in Nigeria is underway.
This move, which, according to investigation by New Telegraph is a result of pressure by power investors, is buoyed by surge in deficit recorded across the power value chain.
For instance, Chairman of biggest thermal plant in sub-Sahara Africa, Egbin Power plant, Mr. Kola Adesina, told this newspaper on the side line of Ikeja Electric (IE) Young Engineers Programme (YEP) inauguration in Lagos, that the fresh review and implementation of the Multi Year Tariff Order (MYTO) is the best way to go for Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). Read more
Trade by barter thrives at C’River’s 63-year-old market (NewTelegraph)
Esuk Mba community market in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River is still practising trade by barter as a means of exchange for food items since it was established in 1956.
The market, which is located in a remote village in Esuk Mba in Akpabuyo, is a weekly market that starts from 7a.m. and ends at noon every Saturday.
Villagers, according to, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), usually move their consumable items to the market in exchange for the ones they are in need of. Read more
Venezuela crisis: Guaidó ‘considering asking US for military intervention’ (BBC)
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó has said he is considering asking the US to launch a military intervention in the embattled country.
Speaking to the BBC’s Nick Bryant, he said he would “evaluate all options” to oust President Nicolás Maduro.
Last week he launched a failed attempt to spark a military rebellion and force Mr Maduro out of power. Read more
“Avengers: Endgame” sethrones James Cameron’s “Titanic” to become 2nd highest-grossing film of all-time (HNEntertainment)
Avengers: Endgame has certainly become a box office juggernaut and today it was cemented by surpassing James Cameron’s Titanic to become the second-biggest film in global box office history earning a stunning $2.188 billion the numbers via BoxOfficeMojo.
The Marvel movie still has some hills to climb to dethrone Avatar for the top spot but it’s hard at the moment to predict how much gas is left in the tank. There is certainly a good chance of it breaking the record if it continues to perform as it has. Read more
Mikel ends Boro stint with goal, seeks fresh challenges (ThisDay)
Super Eagles Captain John Mikel Obi waited till the last day of the regular season before netting his maiden goal for Middlesbrough in their 2-1 win against Rotherham United at the New York Stadium.
The victory meant nothing to Boro and their fans as the 73 points they garnered in the Championship season could not guarantee them a place in the top six positions after Derby County defeated West Brom 3-1 in a simultaneous game. Read more
Caster Semenya versus IAAF (Vanguard)
Until one is denied a right, he or she may not know how it feels. It is very easy to postulate and pontificate on issues when you are not directly affected. So is the decision of the International Association of Athletics Federations, IAAF, the world governing body of athletics. Semenya As a young boy growing up in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, I was once a victim. I was a pupil of then Municipal Council School in Orogbum, in the Diobu area of Port Harcourt. I sat for the Common Entrance Examiniation that would guarantee me admission into one of the secondary schools in Port Harcourt or any other city in the country. Read more
Ole Gunnar Solskjær: ‘We didn’t perform to the required level’ (Guardian)
Ole Gunnar Solskjær put a brave face on Manchester United’s latest disappointment, but accepted his side had not been good enough to put away chances against a dispirited and disorganised Huddersfield that would have kept hopes of a Champions League finish alive.
“We played some good stuff for half an hour but when we created opportunities we didn’t take them,” Solskjær said. “We didn’t capitalise when we were on top and then we became sloppy. We didn’t perform to the required level, and though we are all disappointed not to be in the Champions League next season the Europa League is probably the right place for us at the moment. Read more
Edo State govt restates commitment to Okpekpe Race (ThisDay)
The Edo State government has restated its total support for the historic Okpekpe International 10km Road Race.
The state’s Deputy Governor, Rt Hon Phillip Shaibu restated the commitment when the promoter of the race, Mike Itemuagbor and his team paid him a courtesy call at the weekend. Read more
Kano Pillars’ Mohammed swells Flying Eagles German camp (Independent)
The Inglostadt, Germany, camp of the U23 team is currently bubbling following the arrival of Kano Pillars midfielder, Jamilu Mohammed.
The combative midfielder and deep lying playmaker joined his colleagues in Germany, adding to coach Paul Aigbogun’s options. Read more
NPFL: Enyimba ground Rangers to narrow three points lead (ThisDay)
Former champions, Enyimba FC narrowed the gap between them and Rangers International FC of Enugu to just three points yesterday when the Flying Antelopes were brought down to earth in a 3-1 defeat in a Nigeria Professional Football League Oriental Derby played in Aba.
Defender Ifeanyi Anaemena scored two headers in the derby Aba fans thoroughly enjoyed with relish. Read more
Rohr planning to use at least one F/ Eagles player for AFCON (DailyTrust)
Nigerian senior national team manager Gernot Rohr has revealed that he is planning to use at least one of the U-20 players, currently preparing for the junior World Cup, in his 2019 Africa Cup of Nations squad.
The most likely candidate is Villarreal attacker Samuel Chukwueze, while the Enyimba pair of Valentine Ozornwafor and Ikouwem Udo are also on the radar of the German tactician after training with the senior Super Eagles in March. Read more