Ex-LAWMA workers decry non-payment of entitlements (Punch)
Retrenched workers of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) have expressed worry over the alleged failure of the state government to pay their entitlements.
The retired workers lamented that they had been enduring hard times since they were laid off on January 15, 2018, as they could no longer cater to the needs of their families. Read more
Ambode bags Anglican Church Special Episcopal Award (NewTelegraph)
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State yesterday bagged Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Diocese of Lagos’ Special Episcopal Award for his monumental achievements in all sectors and sections of the State in the last four years. According to the church, the governor deserved to be appreciated for excellent performance and selfless service to God and humanity. Speaking while handing over theawardtothegovernor on behalf of the Church during the first session of 34th Synod of the Diocese held at Our Saviours Church, TafawaBalewaSquare(TBS), Onikan, Diocesan Bishop of Lagos, Rt. Rev Humphrey Olumakaiye described Ambode as an administrator with a patriotic drive who, through hardworkandgrace, rose to become distinguished among his peers. Read more
Kolade Johnson: Court extends remand order on killer cop (Punch)
An Ebute-Meta Magistrates’ Court on Monday extended its remand order on a cop, Olalekan Ogunyemi, who allegedly killed a football fan, Kolade Johnson.
Johnson was shot dead on March 31 when some police operatives stormed Olu Aboderin Street, in the Onipetesi area of Lagos State. Read more
Detained Adeleke to be arraigned in Abuja today (Nation)
The Osun State candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in last year’s governorship election, Senator Ademola Adeleke, will be arraigned today in Abuja, the police said last night.
According to Force spokesman Frank Mba, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DCP), the senator was arrested and being detained in connection with ongoing criminal investigations touching on his person.
He, however, declined to give the exact charges against Adeleke. A police source told The Nation last night that the senator will be arraigned for forgery. Read more
New rules to protect local govt funds from governors (Nation)
Local governments financial autonomy is set for a major boost — courtesy of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU).
The agency yesterday banned banks, governors, financial institutions, public officers and other stakeholders from tampering with the statutory allocations of Local Government Areas from the Federation Account.
It also said all erring individuals and companies will face international and local sanctions. Read more
Experts seek more investment in green bonds (Guardian)
Experts, who gathered at the maiden edition of the Access Bank Sustainability Summit (TABSS), in Lagos, recently, have stressed the need for Nigeria to invest in green bond issuance to fund climate change activities.
Special Adviser to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor on Sustainable Banking, A’isha Usman Mahmood, said: “Climate change has the potential to create physical, social and economic destruction on an unprecedented extent. Therefore it is important that we are able to mobilise low carbon finance. Read more
Buhari orders import waivers for 3 modular refineries (NewTelegraph)
The projection by the Federal Government that Nigeria would begin fuel export by the end of 2019 is being threatened by imminent failure of 33 modular refinery licensees across the country.These modular refinery licenses, checks by New Telegraph shows, are yet to secure Authority to construct (AtoC) several years after the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) issued them. Concerned by this development, President Muhammadu Buhari has, according to a document of the ministry of Petroleum Resources, ordered issuance of import waiver for 3 of the modular refineries. Read more
Court refuses to stop Buhari from swearing in Muhammad as CJN (Punch)
The Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected an ex parte application for an order stopping President Muhammadu Buhari from swearing in Justice Tanko Muhammad as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.
Muhammad had been acting as the CJN since January when President Muhammadu Buhari suspended the former CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen. Read more
Man arrested for allegedly threatening to expose 16-year-old if she didn’t have sex with him (DailyMail)
A Utah man was arrested after police said he threatened to expose nude pictures of a 16-year-old girl he had met online if she did not meet up with him for sex.
According to arresting documents, Alan J. Tinoco, 31, met the girl online and told her he was 19. During conversations with the girl, he began asking her for nude photographs and videos, which she sent to him. Read more
Benedict Cumberbatch, Elisabeth Moss to star in Jane Campion’s new film (Variety)
Benedict Cumberbatch and Elisabeth Moss will star in Jane Campion’s new film, “The Power of the Dog,” an adaptation of the Thomas Savage novel.
Campion will direct from a script she adapted, with See-Saw Films’ in-house sales arm, Cross City Films, launching sales at this month’s Cannes Film Festival. The movie will go into pre-production at the end of the year.
“‘The Power of the Dog’ is a sublime novel that deserves a life on the big screen. I couldn’t stop thinking about the story, it really haunted me. Read more
Amy Schumer gives birth to first child (HollywoodReporter)
Amy Schumer is officially a mother. The comedian welcomed her first child, a son, with husband Chris Fischer on Sunday.
Schumer posted the news on Instagram on Monday, joking, “10:55 p.m. last night. Our royal baby was born.”
Schumer announced her pregnancy in October by sharing a photo of her and Fischer’s faces superimposed on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s bodies. She has joked about being on roughly the same pregnancy cycle as Markle ever since. The royal couple also welcomed a son on Monday. Read more
French Singer Jain to perform at Women’s World Cup opening ceremony (ThisDay)
With barely one month until the biggest single-sport women’s event in the world kicks off, FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) announced yesterday Jain as the Official Performer of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Opening Ceremony.
On Friday 7 June, before France face Korea Republic in the highly anticipated Opening Match of FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™, Jain will perform a set of her hit songs to the international audience of fans at Paris’ Parc des Princes and around the world. Read more
Lagos, Ekiti, FCT, others shine at 13th CBN Junior tennis tourney (DailyTrust)
Omolade Adeyemi was voted the Most Outstanding Player, MOP, in girls’ events at the just concluded BCN Junior tennis championship in Lagos Young tennis players from at least six states including the Federal capital Territory, FCT, shone brightly at the just concluded 13th Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Junior Tennis Championship staged in Lagos. The weeklong championship which served off on April 28 at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Court Tafawa Balewa Square had over 15 states in attendance. Read more
Kipchoge, Vivian exempted from 2019 Doha World Championships (Standard)
World champion Geoffrey Kirui and two-time women winner Edna Kiplagat will lead Kenya’s marathon team to the World Athletics Championships due September 28 to October 6 in Doha.
However, some of top names in marathon running have skipped the world championships team among them the newly minted London champion Brigid Kosgei and Berlin winner Gladys Cherono, and Vivian Cheruiyot. Read more
Dennerby lists 20 Falcons for WAFU Cup (NewTelegraph)
Head Coach Thomas Dennerby has included defender and former team captain Evelyn Nwabuoku and midfielder Amarachi Okoronkwo in the list of 20 Super Falcons to represent Nigeria in the WAFU Women’s Cup Tournament in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire which runs from May 8 to 18. Nigeria finished in third place at the last edition of the competition in 2018 and will play in Group B alongside Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali while hosts Cote d’Ivoire will tackle Senegal, Togo and Ghana in Group A. Read more
D’Tigers to play friendlies against Canada and Dominican Republic (DailyTrust)
The Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, has disclosed that the men’s senior team, the D’Tigers will play grade A international friendly matches against Dominican Republic and Canada as part of their preparations for the 2019 World Cup. According to the NBBF, D’Tigers two legged encounter against Dominican Republic will take place in Santo Domingo between July 19th and 25th before playing Canada in Quebec and Ontario between August 5th and 11th 2019. Read more
Banks: Wladimir Klitschko won’t come back to boxing (BoxingScene)
Johnathon Banks, close friend and trainer of Wladimir Klitschko, says the boxer is not going to return to the ring.
The former unified heavyweight world champion retired in 2017 after suffering an eleventh round stoppage at the hands of Anthony Joshua, before a crowd of 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in London. Read more
Salah, Firmino to miss crucial 2nd leg clash with Barcelona today (ThisDay)
Liverpool forwards Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino will miss tonight’s UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg clash with Barcelona through injury.
Salah left the pitch on a stretcher after an aerial collision with Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka during Saturday’s 3-2 win. Read more
Ahead AFCON 2019: NFF, Rohr clash over Chukwueze (NewTelegraph)
Super Eagles Manager Gernot Rohr is keen to include Villarreal youngster in his squad for the 2019 African Cup of Nations but his employers Nigeria Football Federation has thrown spanner into that plans as the NFF prefers the youngster to spear head the national U-20 team World Cup campaign. Chukwueze is regarded as one of the brightest youngsters in Europe following his stellar showing for his La Liga side Villarreal which earned him his international debut while he also featured for the national U-23 side in the Olympics qualifiers. Read more
IOC chief calls Semenya case ‘complicated and delicate’ (DailyTrust)
International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach yesterday called the controversial gender case of South African runner Caster Semenya “extremely complicated and delicate” and said an expert panel will study its implications. Two-time Olympic champion Semenya last week lost a court challenge against the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) over plans to force some women to regulate their testosterone levels. Read more