BBNaija’s Phyna: How someone close to me poisoned my food (DailyTrust)
Big Brother Naija star and the winner of the 7th season of the reality television show, Ijeoma Josephina Otabor known as Phyna, has revealed that she was recently poisoned by someone close to her.
During a chat with media personality, Toke Makinwa, the reality TV Star said, “Of recent, I survived food poisoning, of which, the person that was giving me food is well known. I had been fed the poison continuously, it is not that instant poison. The person was staying with me, living in my house. I have seen a lot.
“I was always having stomach pain, every time I finished eating, I always had stomach upset. I was always wondering what was wrong. I went to the hospital and ran tests. They checked my kidney, liver and everything. But they said I was okay. I went back home. I know I have ulcer but I take medication for it. Read more
My rift with Wizkid lasted 12 years — Davido (Punch)
Nigerian music superstar, David Adeleke, better known by his stage name, Davido, has revealed that his Afrobeats colleague, Ayodeji Balogun popularly called Wizkid spoke to him on the phone every week after the death of his son, Ifeanyi.
Davido made this known in an interview on the Morning Show on Hot 97FM, New York, which was shared on Saturday.
He stated that he and Wizkid had a 12-year rift and that they only began talking after his son died.
Speaking in the video, he said, “With Wiz, over the years we had a rift, for 12 years we had a rift up until recently he chatted up and I am seeing the positivity. Read more
Easter: Tinubu urges love regardless of tongue, faith, tribe (Guardian)
The President-elect, Sen. Bola Tinubu has urged Nigerians to reflect on the priceless sacrifice and limitless love of God for mankind at Easter.
Tinubu made the call in an Easter Goodwill Message contained in a statement signed by him on Saturday.
The president-elect enjoined Christians across the country to emulate the virtues of Jesus Christ by showing love to neighbours, regardless of tongue, faith and tribe as they celebrates Easter. Read more
DSS mum on UK-based Nigerian pastor arrested at airport (Punch)
The Department of State Services has kept mum concerning the arrest and detention of the founder, RIG Nation and Pioneer Church, United Kingdom, Tomi Arayomi, and his wife, Tema, by its operatives at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport on Friday.
Although the reason behind their arrest was unclear, impeccable sources told our correspondent on Friday that Arayomi was arrested for making “prophecies that are deemed to be inciting.”
A source said, “He was invited for questioning. He has been on our watchlist for some time now over his speeches; his prophetic speeches about the elections.” Read more
Layal Tinubu expands her horizon for kids (Independent)
A woman with a strong love for children will be in the mind of God and continuously gain blessings of the almighty. For virtuous and kind-hearted Layal, the dutiful wife of industrious Seyi Tinubu, son of Nigeria’s President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, she has been doing great for children with her educational toyshop in Lagos.
For years now, this beautiful and generous founder and CEO of Tots Toys, Layal Jade Tinubu has been providing and consistent in giving to the children basic needs through a range of educational items all intended to aid children’s development and learning through play.
This mother of two, Layal bagged an MSc in Entrepreneurship and Business Management from the University of Surrey and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and African Studies from SOAS University of London, recently opened a new outlet of TotsToys, a children’s educational toyshop and learning space at Allen Avenue (Studio 24 Mall), Ikeja, Lagos. Read more
Police nab Man, 70, for allegedly raping 2 minors in Adamawa (Guardian)
The Police Command in Adamawa says it has arrested a 70-year-old Man, Usman Ibrahim, for allegedly raping two minors in Yola-North Local Government Area (LGA).
SP Suleiman Nguroje, the Command’s spokesman, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Yola.
He said that the survivors were four- and seven-year olds, both residents of Ajiya street, Jimeta.
According to the statement, the Commissioner of Police, CP Afolabi Babatola, ordered for a thorough and clinical investigation. Read more
Diri directs search and rescue of victims of Thursday’s boat mishap (Vanguard)
Gov Douye Diri of Bayelsa, on Saturday, directed search and rescue of victims of Thursday’s boat mishap where a ƴet-to-be ascertained number of victims drowned.
The directive to relevant government agencies, including security agencies, is contained in a statement issued by Mr Daniel Amanda, Chief Press Secretary to the Bayelsa Governor.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that so far three bodies have so far been recovered at the accident site located at Nembe Local Government Area of the state. Read more
Kidnappers of ex-deputy gov demand N70m ransom (DailyTrust)
The kidnappers of a former Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State, Professor Onje Gye- Wado, have demanded N70 million ransom.
A source who has been monitoring the development informed Daily Trust in Lafia, the state capital, that the abductors have finally reached out to the family.
Our correspondent had earlier reported that Onje Gye-Wado was kidnapped Friday morning in Gwagi village of Wamba local government area. Read more
Senegal harvests first experimental homegrown wheat (Guardian)
With the whir of a mower, under a clear blue sky, Senegalese researchers have begun harvesting a crop of experimental homegrown wheat, the latest step in a years-long effort to reduce reliance on imports.
The second most consumed cereal after rice, wheat is an important staple in the bread-loving West African nation.
But Senegal, like many of its neighbours, depends entirely on foreign supplies.
It imports 800,000 tonnes of the grain per year.
Its tropical climate is not naturally suited to wheat but domestic trials have been underway for years. Read more
Julianne Moore celebrates ‘‘beautiful’’ daughter Liv’s 21st birthday (People)
Julianne Moore is celebrating daughter Liv Freundlich on her 21st birthday.
The Academy Award-winning actress, 62, marked her youngest child’s special day with a post on Instagram Saturday.
Sharing a selection of photos of herself and Liv from throughout the years — as well as a solo shot of the young adult, and a picture of Liv with her father, Bart Freundlich — Moore began the caption of her post, writing, “Happy happy birthday to my beautiful, thoughtful, kind, intelligent, insightful 21 year old daughter!!!” Read more
Morrissey still a hot ticket despite lack of industry support (MusicNews)
Artist Morrissey recently announced a string of UK dates for this coming Summer. Venues include Portsmouth Guildhall 8th July, Royal Nottingham Concert Hall 9th July and London Troxy 22nd July.
Going on sale on 6th April, two of the dates immediately sold out, but there are still some tickets available for some shows.
Just last week, the Brit legend gave an interview to Gabfest, in which he spoke of his frustrations at his latest albums remaining unsigned. “One prominent label said ‘Yes, it’s a masterpiece … but we don’t sign anyone over 26,’… but I thought it was all about diversity now, and open borders? How selective these words are in reality! I know of two well-connected CEOs in London who go to great lengths to stop my career.” Morrissey then went on to state, “I don’t think any artist has ever faced this. Some industry heavyweights also believe that the quickest way to a Smiths reunion is to block every availability off to Morrissey, and you can now see evidence of this everywhere.” Read more
Russia charges Wall Street Journal reporter Gershkovich with espionage (VOA)
Russian Federal Security Service investigators have formally charged Evan Gershkovich with espionage, but The Wall Street Journal reporter denied the charges and said he was working as a journalist, Russian news agencies reported on Friday.
Russia’s Federal Security Service, the main successor to the Soviet-era KGB, said on March 30 that it had detained Gershkovich in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg and had opened an espionage case against the 31-year-old for collecting what it said were state secrets about the military industrial complex.
“Gershkovich has been charged,” Interfax quoted a source as saying. Read more
Paul Cattermole: S Club 7 star dies aged 46 (BBC)
S Club 7 star Paul Cattermole has died at the age of 46, weeks after the band announced a comeback tour.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of our beloved son and brother Paul Cattermole,” a statement from his family and the pop group said.
He died on Thursday and the cause of his death is unknown but there are no suspicious circumstances, it said. Read more
Tory Lanez’s motion for new trial trashed by prosecutors (HipHopDX)
Tory Lanez has filed a motion for a new trial following his Megan Thee Stallion shooting conviction — but Los Angeles County prosecutors have said his claims “lack substance.”
A copy of the prosecution’s Response to the Defendant’s Motion for a New Trial which was filed on Thursday (April 6), revealed that attorneys Alexander Bott and Kathy Ta filed the opposition on behalf of the District Attorney’s office.
The prosecutor’s position is that Lanez’s attorneys have filed a “baseless” claim, and that there are a number of reasons why their client (real name Daystar Peterson) wouldn’t be entitled to a new trial. Read more
1 tourist is killed and others injured in a “terror attack” in Tel Aviv (TimesOfIsrael)
An Italian tourist was killed and seven others were hurt in a terror attack on a promenade in Tel Aviv on Friday night, police and medics said.
According to law enforcement officials, the alleged terrorist carried out a car-ramming attack and appeared to try to access a weapon to open fire on Kaufmann Street, leaving a trail of carnage along several hundred meters and into the adjacent Charles Clore Park, a popular seaside promenade.
The Magen David Adom ambulance service said one of the victims, a man in his 30s, had died, and seven others were hurt, with three in moderate condition. Read more
Football stakeholders unanimous on no contract renewal for Peseiro (DailyTrust)
Without a doubt, one of the most topical issues in Nigerian football at the moment is the continuous decline of the men’s senior national team, the Super Eagles under Technical Adviser Jose Vitor dos Santos Peseiro and whether or not the Portuguese should be handed a fresh contract in May.
Following the termination of Gernot Rohr’s contract by the former board of the NFF in 2021, a former captain of the Super Eagles, Austin Eguavoen, held sway briefly before the appointment of Peseiro as the substantive Technical Adviser on May 15, 2022.
However, the reign of the former Sporting CP of Portugal, SC Braga, Panathinaikos, Rapid Bucuresti, Al Ahly of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela coach has failed to impact positively on the Super Eagles as the former African champions have moved from one defeat to another under the Portuguese. Read more
Iwobi, Ndidi among 7 Nigerians in danger of Premier League relegation (Guardian)
As many as seven Nigerian players are in danger of suffering the ignominy of being relegated with their respective club-sides even as the 2022/23 Premier League season goes down to the wire.
With nine matches more to go before the campaign comes to an end, it is such a sad thing to know that of all the eight Nigerian players in the Premier League, only one is safe at the moment.
That is none other than Frank Onyeka whose club, Brentford enter the weekend ninth on the Premier League table, level on points with eighth-placed Liverpool who have a game in hand and one behind Aston Villa in the seventh and potentially final continental spot. Read more
Napoli go 19 points clear with win at Lecce (BBC)
Napoli are one step closer to claiming their first Serie A title in 33 years after a 2-1 win over Lecce gave them a 19-point lead over second-placed Lazio.
A Giovanni di Lorenzo header opened the scoring for Napoli before Federico di Francesco equalised after the break.
But Napoli found an own-goal winner when defender Antonino Gallo chested the ball and saw it slip through goalkeeper Wladimiro Falcone’s hands.
The visitors held on to bounce back from Sunday’s 4-0 loss to AC Milan. Read more
Burnley promoted to Premier League with win over Middlesbrough (National)
Burnley FC secured promotion back to the Premier League after a thrilling 2-1 victory over fourth-placed Middlesbrough.
The Clarets, who have been unbeaten in the league since November, got off to the perfect start when Ashley Barnes redirected Josh Brownhill’s low shot into the back of the net.
The home side equalised right after half-time when Championship top scorer Chuba Akpom scored from the spot after Josh Cullen felled Cameron Archer in the penalty area. Read more
Jessica Pegula, Ons Jabeur lead top seeds into Charleston Open semis (ESPN)
No. 1 seed Jessica Pegula led the top four seeds into the semifinals at the Charleston Open on Friday.
Pegula beat 12th-seeded Paula Bedosa 6-3, 7-6 (6) to complete the final four in the season’s first clay-court event.
Also advancing were second-seeded Ons Jabeur, No. 3 seed Daria Kasatkina and No. 4 seed Belinda Bencic, the defending champion. Read more
Trees fall as The Masters suspend play due to bad weather (CNN)
The second round of The Masters was suspended for the day due to bad weather on Friday as three trees fell near spectators at Augusta National Golf Club, tournament organizers said. No one was injured according to the organizers.
Footage broadcast on Sky Sports showed spectators running as a tall pine tree fell close to the 17th tee, shortly after play had been suspended for the second time during the round at 4:22 p.m. ET.
The broadcasters later showed footage of workers arriving with chainsaws to clear the fallen trees. Read more