Govt warns residents on poisonous ponmo in Lagos market (Punch)
The Lagos State Government has warned residents of the state against buying ponmo (cow skin), being sold in some markets in the state.
A statement by the Director of Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Adeola Salako, said three persons involved in the sale of the “poisonous ponmo ” in the Ojo and Iba local government areas of the state had been arrested. Read more
Task force arrests 90 suspected cultists, miscreants (Nation)
The Lagos State Task Force on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences said yesterday that it had arrested 26 suspected cultists, 64 miscreants and impounded 96 motorcycles in raids.
A statement by the agency’s spokesman, Taofiq Adebayo, said the suspected Awawa cultists were apprehended at Agege and the miscreants at Oshodi during raids executed on Saturday night at Isale-Oja, Funmilayo, Ile-Pako Amoo, Orile by canal, Papa-Ashafa, Dopemu and Old Oko-Oba in Agege areas of the state during a raid codenamed ‘Operation Restore Sanity to Lagos.’ Read more
Lagos, Rivers, Ogun, Delta made N2.71tn IGR in five years (Punch)
Four states accounted for 60.22 per cent of the N4.5tn Internally Generated Revenue which accrued to the 36 states of the federation in five years, EVEREST AMAEFULE reported
Four states of the federation – Lagos, Rivers, Ogun and Delta – generated N2.71tn in internal revenue between 2013 and 2017, an investigation has shown.
Statistics on the performance of the 36 states of the federation obtained by our correspondent showed that the 36 states generated a total of N4.5tn within the five years under review. Read more
Sanwo-Olu is a good choice, says APC (Nation)
The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said that Lagosians made the right decision by voting Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu as governor.
The party spoke through Chief Sunny Ajose, its Deputy Chairman, at an ”Appreciation Dinner” held on Saturday night, to thank the residents for voting Sanwo-Olu and his running mate, Dr Obafemi Hamzat. Read more
Why Buhari, ruling party are desperate to retain power, by PDP (Guardian)
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday alleged that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) “are desperate to remain in power at all cost so as to continue to exploit Nigerians, protect their corrupt leaders, cover their incompetence and conceal the humongous sleaze in their administration.”
A statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, further claimed: “This is the reason the APC and the cabal at the incompetent Buhari presidency resorted to violence, intimidation as well as manipulations and alteration of results at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to rig the February 23 presidential election. Read more
Nigeria imports $600m pottery products annually – FG (Punch)
Nigeria imports pottery products worth $600m annually, the Federal Government has said.
The Coordinator, Mineral Sector Support for Economic Diversification, Mr Linus Adie, disclosed this on Saturday while conducting World Bank Task Team Leader, Nura Arfaa, round the dilapidated Ladi Kwali Pottery Centre, Suleja, Niger State.
Adie said that despite the great path that Nigeria had established in the pottery industry and the abundance of ceramic raw materials, the country imported more than 80 per cent of its pottery needs. Read more
CBN to withdraw N7.9tr dirty, mutilated notes (Nation)
A large proportion of the N7.9 trillion pieces of naira notes in circulation are dirty, mutilated, unfit for Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and over-the-counter payments, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said.
A statement by CBN’s Deputy Governor, Operations Folashodun Shonubi and Director, Currency Operations Department Mrs. Pricilla Eleje spoke of plans to withdraw such notes from circulation. Read more
Insurance claims rise faster than premium income (Vanguard)
There are indications that insurance companies are groaning under the weight of a surging claims portfolio as more risks crystallize, despite efforts to stem the tide.
The latest financial reports of leading insurers show an escalation of claims volume, rising faster and overshadowing the growth recorded in premium income. Read more
Rabbi wounded in US synagogue shooting says Jews won’t be cowed (Vanguard)
A rabbi who carried on preaching despite being wounded in the latest deadly shooting at a US synagogue said Sunday that Jews would not be intimidated by the “senseless hate” of anti-semitism.
A 60-year-old woman, Lori Kaye, was killed and three people were wounded when a gunman burst into the synagogue in the southern Californian town of Poway on Saturday and opened fire on the final day of Passover. Read more
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle give £7000 wedding present to Idris Elba and new wife Sabrina Dhowre (YahooNews)
With a royal baby due any day now, they had a very good reason for not attending – but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sure made up for their absence at Idris Elba’s wedding with a pricey gift.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave the actor, 46, and his new wife Sabrina Dhowre, 30, an impressive piece of artwork worth £7,000.
It was revealed yesterday that the couple had got married earlier this week during three days of lavish celebrations in Marrakesh, Morocco. Read more
Google Street View’s ability to calculate car accident risks is digital tech writ large (Guardian)
Google Street View is one of the wonders of the contemporary world. It’s a product of the arrogance, ambition, chutzpah and unconscionable wealth of a single corporation that decided it would photograph every street in the world and put the images online.
When it was first announced, I was sceptical that it would amount to much – images of prominent streets in large towns and cities in western countries, perhaps, but nothing much more than that. Read more
Oshoala’s Barcelona qualify for Uefa Women’s Champions League final (Guardian)
Asisat Oshoala at the weekend made history as the first Nigerian player to feature in the UEFA Women Champions League when she helped Barcelona to reach its maiden championship match.
Lluis Cortes’ side became the first Spanish club to reach the final after win over Bayern Munich, with the Nigerian playing a vital role, reports goal.com. Read more
Adijat Gbadamosi shines (Nation)
2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympics Silver medallist, Adijat Gbadamosi on Saturday, emerged winner of this month’s best boxer of the day award based on her outstanding performance at the 101st edition of the Monthly Saturday Boxing Show at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Hall, Rowe-Park, Yaba.
Gbadamosi, a southpaw, was named by the Referees and Judges present as the best boxer out of 18 pugilists that fought in nine bouts fought. Read more
ASA Championships end with fireworks as stars shine (Sport24)
A handful of athletes delivered world-class performances on Saturday, bringing the 2019 ASA Senior Championships to a thrilling close at Germiston Athletics Stadium.
Defending champion Lindsay Hanekom built on his fine form, taking another step forward on the comeback trail after recovering from injuries to win the men’s 400m hurdles final in 48.81 seconds. He broke the 49-second barrier for the first time, dragging two other men under the barrier, with world junior champion Sokwakhana Zazini taking second place in 49.33 and experienced athlete Cornel Fredericks grabbing third spot in 49.87. Read more
Mbappe sent off as PSG lose French Cup final (Punch)
Kylian Mbappe was sent off for a shocking tackle as Paris Saint-Germain were stunned by Rennes in Saturday’s French Cup final, losing 6-5 on penalties after a dramatic game finished 2-2 at the end of extra time.
PSG substitute Christopher Nkunku blazed his sudden-death spot-kick over the bar in the shootout, sparking scenes of joy among the Rennes fans at the Stade de France as they won a first trophy in almost half a century. Read more
Kuffour, the toughest defender I ever faced, says Okocha (Vanguard)
Former Super Eagle’s talismanic midfielder, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha, has said that as a player, he didn’t want to release the ball to his teammates because he felt he could do no wrong with it. Okocha Okocha also admitted that his Bundesliga career with Eintracht Frankfurt would have come to an abrupt end had he not scored against Oliver Khan after dribbling no fewer than five defenders and the former German goal Keeper. Read more
Ole Gunnar Solskjær backs De Gea despite goalkeeper’s latest error (Guardian)
Ole Gunnar Solskjær refused to say he should have dropped David de Gea after the goalkeeper’s latest blunder allowed Chelsea to draw 1-1 at Old Trafford and damaged Manchester United’s hopes of Champions League qualification.
“No,” said Solskjær when asked if De Gea should have been left out. “David has been a fantastic keeper at this club, his reaction after Manchester City was good and I was confident in him. He knows he could do better with their goal but it’s one of those things again.” Read more
Joe Joyce predicts how Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury would unfold (Mirror)
Anthony Joshua is still on the lookout for a new opponent for his US debut on June 1.
Unfortunately for boxing fans, it will not be Tyson Fury , who is himself preparing to fight Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas on June 15.
There are plenty of calls for Fury and Joshua to do battle in a colossal scrap between two unbeaten British heavyweight superstars later this year. Read more
Manchester City’s response to pressure is ‘overwhelming’, says Pep Guardiola (Guardian)
Pep Guardiola praised Manchester City’s “overwhelming” capacity to handle pressure after they overcame the challenge of Burnley to reassume leadership of the Premier League title race.
Sergio Agüero’s second-half goal gave them a narrow win and while City could have won by more, they saw out the final stages with four centre-backs on the pitch as their opponents attempted an aerial bombardment. They escaped with few real scares and Guardiola was delighted with the way they have refocused after recent disappointment. Read more
Mo Salah’s brilliant message to Virgil van Dijk (Mirror)
Mohamed Salah stole the show on PFA night – even though he wasn’t there!
The Liverpool striker won the Player of the Year award last year so knows the official hush-hush process.
Despite this, he let the cat out of the bag an hour early – revealing Virgil van Dijk was the winner ages before his team-mate’s big moment. Read more
Aussie Joe guides Arsenal to women’s title (Independent)
Former Melbourne City A-League assistant coach Joe Montemurro has guided Arsenal Women to their first English Super League title since 2012 in his first full season in charge.
Montemurrio, who managed City’s W-League side to an unbeaten campaign in 2016, saw his Gunners win 4-0 at Brighton in front of a record crowd of 5,265 to lift the title ahead of Manchester City. Read more