Delta policemen manhandling woman in viral video nabbed (Punch)
The Delta State Police Command on Sunday said it is aware of a video that has since gone viral on various social media platforms of “some policemen in the state manhandling a woman in a dehumanising manner.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists.
The command said, “After a careful examination of the video clip, it is clear and obvious that the policemen acted in an unprofessional manner unbecoming of police officers.”
The statement read, “The command condemns their act in totality, as no citizen deserves to be treated in such a manner either by the police or anybody. Read more
PDP Suspends National Chairman, Ayu (DailyTrust)
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday announced the suspension of its National Chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, for alleged anti party activities.
Ayu was suspended by the PDP Ward Executives of his Igyorov Ward in Gboko Local Government Area of Benue State.
The PDP Ward Secretary, Vangeryina Dooyum, on behalf of Kashi Philip, who is the Ward chairman, told journalists in Makurdi, that the national chairman’s suspension followed his alleged anti party activities. Read more
Scarcity of Naira easing as banks comply with CBN’s new directives (Vanguard)
There are indications that the three-month-old cash shortages rocking Nigeria’s economy would fizzle out this week following banks’ compliance with the latest directives of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, on cash dispensary over the weekend.
This comes as financial analysts disagree on the likely impacts of the cash crises on the financial performance of the banks in the first quarter of 2023, Q1’23.
But Financial Vanguard findings show that banks are actually set for record high electronic banking income following the massive and widespread shift to electronic payments caused by the Naira Redesign policy. Read more
Businessman arrested as NDLEA intercepts cocaine, meth going to Vietnam, Brazil, Italy (Channels)
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), have arrested a businessman, Molokwu Nwachukwu, who frequents China, Dubai, Pakistan, and Vietnam, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos for concealing thirty-six (36) parcels of cocaine in different parts of his check-in bags, hand luggage and two pairs of slippers, while heading to Southeast Asia.
Molokwu was arrested at the screening point of the MMIA Terminal 2 while attempting to board his flight to Vietnam on Wednesday 22nd March.
A total of thirty-six parcels of whitish powdery substance that tested positive to Cocaine with a gross weight of 1.00 kilogram were recovered from the handles of his bags and soles of two pairs of slippers in his luggage. Read more
Lagos hospital screens students for oral health (Punch)
The Orile Agege General Hospital has screened 2,500 students from schools as part of events marking this year’s World Oral Health Day
According to a statement made available to newsmen, the exercise, which was held at the Government Senior College Hall, was in collaboration with Lagos State Education District I, Agege.
In his address, Commissioner II, Lagos State Health Service Commission, Dr Mobolaji Olukoya, said dental illness was preventable if students were compelled by schools to carry out a comprehensive medical examination at both junior and senior entry levels. Read more
Iwuanyanwu never called Yoruba rascals – Ohanaeze (Leadership)
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has said its chairman, Council of Elders, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, did not call Yoruba rascals as being reported.
In a statement by Dr Chiedozie Ogbonnia, the national publicity secretary, Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, the group explained that Iwuanyanwu referred to political thugs that attacked Igbos in Lagos as rascals, adding that the elder statement would never call Yoruba rascals.
The statement reads, “Our attention has been drawn to the fake news making the rounds that the chairman, Council of Elders, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, (Ahaejiagamba) referred to the Yoruba as political rascals. Read more
2 die, 10 injured in Ondo road accident (ThisDay)
Two people lost their lives while 10 others were injured in a fatal road accident which occurred at Jubilee Area in Ikare Akoko, the headquarters of Akoko North-east Local Government Area of Ondo State yesterday.
The accident involved a Toyota Hiace 14-passenger commercial bus with registration number, Kaduna ZAR 288 XF, coming from the northern part of the country.
An eyewitness told Journalists that the driver of the bus lost control of the vehicle and crushed some commercial motorcyclists on the road. Read more
Diya’s death shocking, regrettable, says Uzodimma (Guardian)
Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has said the passing of former Chief of General Staff of Nigeria during the military leadership of late General Sani Abacha, Lt. Gen. Oladipo Diya (rtd), is both shocking and regrettable.
Diya, according to a statement from Oyesinmola Diya, on behalf of the family, died in the early hours of yesterday.
He would have been 79 years old on April 3. Read more
Girls Aloud to release new music to mark 20th anniversary of ‘‘Sound Of The Underground’’ (NME)
Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh has confirmed the band are set to release new music to mark the 20th anniversary of their debut album ‘‘Sound Of The Underground’’.
It comes after the band recently released a special vinyl edition of their 2002 debut single of the same name, with all profits from the pressing going straight into The Sarah Harding Breast Cancer Appeal. The singer died from breast cancer in September 2021, after revealing her diagnosis to the public in August 2020.
The girl group recently revealed that over the past year, the group raised more than £1 million in funds for breast cancer charities. Read more
Adele fans rejoice as the singer extends her Las Vegas residency and announces film release (OK!)
Adele has confirmed additional dates for her Weekends With Adele Las Vegas residency and informed fans the shows will be recorded and later released on film.
The 34-year-old confirmed the news of additional shows, which are billed for the summer, at what was thought to be the final night of her residency at The Colosseum theatre in Caesars Palace hotel and casino.
In videos shared on social media, the London-born singer can be heard telling the crowd: “Playing to 4,000 people for 34 nights is not enough, and I know that.
“I know it’s not enough, so I am coming back.” Read more
Russia has taken Belarus as a ‘‘nuclear hostage’’—Ukraine (Newsweek)
Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken Belarus “as a nuclear hostage,” according to the head of Ukraine’s national security council.
Oleksiy Danilov, writing on Twitter Sunday, said Russia was contributing towards “internal destabilization” in the eastern European state. Belarus and its long-time strongman leader, Alexander Lukashenko, have been among the Kremlin’s staunchest allies for decades.
On Saturday, Putin said Russia would station nuclear weapons in Belarus, which borders Ukraine. The country was used by Russia as a springboard for its full-scale invasion in February last year, and Lukashenko has echoed the Kremlin’s justification for the war. Read more
Kanye West claims he is no longer antisemitic thanks to Jonah Hill (AS)
Kanye West says he’s no longer antisemitic.
Why? Because he recently watched actor and comedian Jonah Hill in the 2012 comedy, 21 Jump Street.
West, the award-winning rapper, producer and much-maligned fallen public figure, took to Instagram on Friday (March 24) to make the admission.
“Watching Jonah Hill in 21 Jump street made me like Jewish people again,” wrote West. “No one should take anger against one or two individuals and transform that into hatred towards millions of innocent people. No Christian can be labeled an antisemite knowing Jesus is Jew. Thank you Jonah Hill. I love you.” Read more
Jeremy Renner walks using antigravity treadmill as he recovers from traumatic snowplow accident (Fox)
Jeremy Renner showed his recovery efforts as he walked on a treadmill nearly four months after being crushed by a snowplow.
The 52-year-old actor was fastened inside an antigravity machine which allowed him to transfer 60% of the weight off his lower body and enabled him to have almost full range of motion in his legs.
In a video shared with his millions of fans on Twitter, the Hawkeye star said he was using “40% of his weight” to walk on the high-tech equipment. Read more
John Wick: Chapter 4 comes out blazing with $73.5m (VOA)
John Wick: Chapter 4, the fourth installment in the Keanu Reeves assassin series, debuted with a franchise-best $73.5 million at the box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The Lionsgate film, starring Reeves as the reluctant-but-not-that-reluctant killer John Wick, exceeded both expectations and previous opening weekends in the R-rated franchise. Since first launching in 2014 with John Wick ($14 million on its opening weekend), the Chad Stahelski-directed series has steadily grown as a ticket-seller with each sequel. The 2017 follow-up opened with $30.4 million, and the 2019 third chapter, Parabellum, debuted with $56.8 million.
But “Chapter 4,” running two hours and 49 minutes and costing at least $100 million to produce, is the biggest film yet in the once-lean action series. Critics also said it was a franchise high point, scoring 95% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. The film, which drew a 69% male audience, added $64 million overseas. It’s Lionsgate’s biggest success of the pandemic era. Read more
North Korea test-fires 2 more missiles as US sends carrier (HuffPost)
North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into its eastern waters Monday, continuing its weapons displays as the United States moved an aircraft carrier strike group to neighboring waters for military exercises with the South.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the two missiles were fired from a western inland area south of the North Korean capital of Pyongyang from around 7:47 a.m. to 8 a.m. and traveled around 370 kilometers (229 miles) before landing at sea. Japan’s military said the missiles flew on an “irregular” trajectory and reached a maximum altitude of 50 kilometers (31 miles) before landing outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
Japan has previously used the term to describe a North Korean solid-fuel missile apparently modeled after Russia’s Iskander mobile ballistic system, which is designed to be maneuverable in low-altitude flight to better evade South Korean missile defenses. Read more
We can beat Guinea-Bissau in the return leg —Peseiro (Vanguard)
Coach of the national team, Jose Peseiro has assured Nigerians that the luck that saw the team lose to their less-fancied opponents Guinea-Bissau in the first leg will not do an encore in the return leg, coming up today in the tiny Indian Ocean country.
Answering questions in the post match briefing, Peseiro said, “If we repeat the performance of last Friday in the second leg, we will beat them 3-0. No team can take good luck all the time.”
He elaborated, “We scored two goals against Sierra Leone with less amount of pressure. Then we had about 50 per cent of the opportunities we had today and beat them 2-0.” Read more
Antonio Conte: Tottenham manager leaves after 16 months in charge (BBC)
Manager Antonio Conte has left Tottenham Hotspur by mutual consent after 16 months in charge.
Conte called the Spurs players “selfish” and criticised the club’s culture in a remarkable news conference after their recent draw at Southampton.
Tottenham are fourth in the top flight but are out of all cup competitions. Read more
Abat Aimbetov nets winner, gets sent off as Kazakhstan stun Denmark (Eurosport)
Kazakhstan pulled off a stunning comeback to beat Denmark 3-2 in Euro 2024 qualifying.
After losing their opening game to Slovenia, Kazakhstan were odds-on to suffer a second defeat as they trailed to a pair of first-half goals from Rasmus Hojlund.
If any fans left the Astana Arena early they would have a deep sense of regret as it all changed in the final 17 minutes. Read more
Lakers fall to Bulls in James return, Hornets sting Mavs (StraitsTimes)
The Chicago Bulls spoiled superstar LeBron James’s return from a 13-game injury absence on Thursday, beating the Lakers 118-108 to tighten their hold on the final Eastern Conference play-in berth.
Zach LaVine scored 32 points to lead the Bulls, but all eyes were on James at Crypto.com Arena, where the 38-year-old forward came off the bench for just the second time in his 20-year National Basketball Association career, the only other occasion coming in December of 2007 when he was with Cleveland.
James, sidelined since February 26 with a tendon injury in his right foot, checked in to a standing ovation with the Lakers up 12-9 in the first quarter – going through his traditional hand-chalk toss near the scorer’s table before hitting the floor. Read more
Alcaraz powers into last 16 at Miami, Fritz advances (France24)
World number one Carlos Alcaraz moved into the last 16 of the Miami Open after beating Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic 6-0, 7-6 (7/5) on Sunday as he remains on track for tennis’ “Sunshine Double.”
The 19-year-old Spaniard, who beat Daniil Medvedev to win the title in Indian Wells last week, looked in top condition as he outclassed Lajovic in the first set to keep his Miami title defence on track.
But the Serb was able to provide some tension towards the end of the second set, breaking to make it 5-5 with Alcaraz paying the price for a sloppy return. Read more
Eric Montross, former North Carolina great and NBA veteran, reveals cancer diagnosis (Fox)
Eric Montross, a former NBA center who starred at North Carolina before going pro, announced on Saturday he started treatments for cancer.
The Montross family issued a statement through the University of North Carolina.
“Eric was recently diagnosed with cancer and is beginning treatments under the care of the amazing oncologists, nurses and staff at the world-class UNC Lineberger Cancer Center. Our family is of course deeply concerned, but we have spent nearly three decades in the fight against children’s cancer and know well the incredible advancements that are being made in oncology treatments, as well as the power of love, prayer, support and positivity.
“We are all touched by the responses our entire family has received since the news became public. Your support is more than appreciated; it is welcomed as a necessary part of beating cancer one day at a time. Our family is dealing with Eric’s diagnosis head-on – the only way we know how. And we are all in this fight together.” Read more