Housemaid faked death to escape mother’s financial pressure – Police (Punch)
The Lagos State Police Command has said that 19-year-old Margaret Ikumu has been questioned for conniving with her friends, Marvellous Mary and Nneka Buddy, to fake her death in the Ajah area of the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said in a statement on Sunday that Margaret admitted to faking her death but explained that she did it to escape from financial pressure being mounted on her by her mother and uncles.
In a bid to make the story appear real, Elkana said Margaret, who was working as a housemaid in an estate in Ajah, allegedly created a Facebook account using her employer daughter’s picture and announced her death on the page.
The PPRO stated, “On Friday, May 15, 2020, the command received a petition signed by one Tony Iji on behalf of the family of one Margaret Ikumu, 19, from Oni community, Oju Local Government Area, Benue State. Read more
Man sets sister ablaze for slapping mum (Nation)
The police in Lagos have arrested a man simply identified as Chima for allegedly setting his elder sister ablaze.
Victoria was alleged to be two months pregnant at the time the incident occurred at their residence in Okokomaiko area of the state on May 14.
The Nation gathered that Chima had picked up a keg in the kitchen to hit his sister, Victoria, 20, for allegedly slapping their mother, not knowing that the keg contained petrol. Read more
Farmers lament harassment by security officers, donate 60,000 eggs to Lagos (Guardian)
The Feed Industry Practitioners Association of Nigeria (FIPAN) has called on security agencies in the country to implement the curfew with a human face across the country. The body made this known at the weekend when it donated 60,000 eggs to the Lagos State government as its support to vulnerable families in the state affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
President of FIPAN, Dr. Folarin Agberin, lamenting the losses incurred by their members during the period of the lockdown, said: “The farmers are also in need of intervention from government. We are facing the problem of gluts, losses and drastic fall in price, which had made farmers sells at a cheaper rate since we deal mostly in perishable goods that cannot be stored for a long time. Read more
LASG discharges 31 COVID-19 patients (Punch)
No fewer than 31 COVID-19 patients have been discharged from the various isolation centres in Lagos State.
The Lagos State Ministry of Health, in a statement on Sunday, said among them were 12 females and 19 males, all Nigerians.
The ministry noted that they had all been reunited with the society.
“The patients; 13 from Onikan, 11 from Gbagada, five from Agidingbi, one from Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, and one from LUTH isolation centres, were discharged having fully recovered and tested negative for COVID-19. Read more
Sanwo-olu to mark one year in office with project commissioning (Guardian)
Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu one year in Office on May 29, 2020 would be commemorated with a number of programmes slated, starting with an address by Mr. Governor.
During the week-long ceremonies, Mr. Governor will embark on virtual and on-site commissioning of Housing, Education, Transportation and Road projects in fulfilment of his promises to renew infrastructure in critical sectors of the economy.
A statement by the Commissioner for Information said he will visit Ikorodu to commission the 360 units Lagos Homes Igbogbo Baiyeku IIB Estate. Read more
Centre donates N70,000 to teenage mother held in hospital (Punch)
Following an interview published by Saturday PUNCH about her plight, the Women Advocate Research and Documentation Centre, Lagos, on Sunday, donated the sum of N70,000 to Blessing Abosede, a teenager held in the Wesley Guild Hospital, Ilesha, Osun State, over her inability to pay her bills after she was delivered of a baby through caesarean section.
Blessing, who was admitted to the hospital on May 4, 2020, could not pay her bills and was held by the hospital, but was later discharged after 15 days when her grandmother, Adunni Olukunle, paid N70,000 to the hospital.
Olukunle told our correspondent on Sunday that she borrowed the N70,000 to pay the hospital. Read more
About 10 Akwa Ibom Govt House Press corps reportedly test positive for COVID-19 (Vanguard)
NO fewer than ten members of Government House Press Corps, Akwa Ibom state have reportedly tested positive for the dreaded COVID-19 disease that has continued to ravage the world.
It was reliably gathered on Sunday that the positive cases which were among the 19 new active cases recorded in the state are currently receiving treatment at the isolation centre.
According to findings, when one of the cameramen showed symptoms of COVID-19 last week, all the reporters and cameramen as well as other workers at the Government House press center were asked to go for compulsory testing. Read more
Okowa, Ijaw forum, others extol Clark at 93 (Nation)
Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the Lagos State chapter of Ijaw Elders’ Forum (IEF) have hailed foremost Niger Delta and Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, for his contributions to the development of the country.
Clark, a former Federal Commissioner for Information, turns 93 today.
In a statement on Sunday in Asaba, the state capital, by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, the governor described the nonagenarian as “a fearless and patriotic leader” who cares for the interests of his people and the peaceful co-existence of Nigerians. Read more
Hong Kong police fire tear gas, water cannon as thousands protest security laws (CBC)
Hong Kong police fired tear gas and a water cannon at protesters in a popular shopping district Sunday, as thousands took to the streets to march against China’s move to impose national security legislation on the city.
Pro-democracy supporters have sharply criticized a proposal, set to be approved by China’s rubber-stamp parliament this week, that would ban secessionist and subversive activity, as well as foreign interference, in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
The pro-democracy camp says the proposal goes against the “one country, two systems” framework that promises Hong Kong freedoms not found in mainland China. Read more
Family of exiled top Saudi officer Saad al-Jabri ‘targeted’ (BBC)
A senior Saudi security official who for years was the key go-between for Britain’s MI6 and other Western spy agencies in Saudi Arabia is now being persecuted along with his family, according to former Western intelligence officials.
Dr Saad al-Jabri, who helped foil an al-Qaeda bomb plot against the West, fled into exile three years ago, ahead of a purge by the all-powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Now his children have been seized as “hostages”, according to his eldest son, Khalid.
“Omar and Sarah were kidnapped at dawn on 16 March and taken out of their beds by about 50 state security officers who arrived in 20 cars,” says their brother, Khalid al-Jabri. Read more
101-year-old WWII vet, daughter beat coronavirus together at Maryland nursing home (NYPost)
A 101-year-old World War II veteran and his 73-year-old daughter — who live at the same Maryland nursing home — were able to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend together after both beating the coronavirus, The Post has learned.
Charles Barbier and his daughter Kathryn Dean were reunited on Friday after spending weeks in isolation at the Westminster Healthcare Center’s COVID-19 ward, said Lisa McLaurin, a nurse at the facility, about 35 miles from Baltimore.
The father and daughter, who are originally from Louisiana, fell ill in late April. Dean said “it’s a blessing from God” that they both survived.
“My dad is 101 so that’s a big accomplishment,” she told The Post. “He survived a war, the depression and now this. He’s an amazing guy.” Read more
South African President Ramaphosa says outbreak will get worse (BBC)
The president of South Africa has warned that the country’s coronavirus outbreak is going to get much worse, while announcing that lockdown measures are to be eased.
Cyril Ramaphosa said a third of the country’s more than 22,000 cases had been recorded in the last week.
Despite that, the president said the current lockdown could not be sustained indefinitely.
He announced that, from 1 June, more restrictions would be lifted.
Mr Ramaphosa was speaking after a mining company in South Africa said 164 workers at a gold mine near Johannesburg had tested positive for coronavirus. Read more
US imposes Covid-19 travel ban on Brazil visitors, excluding Americans (RT)
The White House has banned foreign nationals who visited Brazil in the last two weeks from seeking entry to the United States, after the number of coronavirus cases there soared to world’s second, after the US.
The move would ensure that “foreign nationals who have been in Brazil do not become a source of additional infections in our country,” US President Donald Trump’s press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement on Sunday.
The newly-unveiled measure will affect only the movement of people, and not goods, McEnany said.
“These new restrictions do not apply to the flow of commerce between the United States and Brazil” Read more
‘Tinder user met woman for a date – then murdered her’ (Metro)
An man used Tinder to arrange a date with a woman – then killed her, police said. Ethan Hunsaker, 24, was arrested and charged with the murder of a 25-year-old woman in Layton, Utah over the weekend. Police say Hunsaker used the dating app to meet the woman, who has not been named, just hours before he allegedly killed her. After the murder, Hunsaker reportedly called police and told them he had a person inside his house on North Reid Avenue. Officers responded to the call and found the woman on the floor of Hunsaker’s home with multiple stab wounds. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Read more
Nigeria- born Noah Bazee nets first goal for FC Augsburg (Nation)
Nigeria- born FC Augsburg winger Noah Bazee was on target less than 20 minutes after stepping in as late substitute against Schalke 04 on Sunday.
The 23- year- old was thrown into the match in the 59th minute as replacement for Swiss import Ruben Vargas.
Bazee, who is eligible to play for Nigeria, grabbed his first goal for the club in the 76th minute to double the lead for Augsburg who had shot into the lead through homeboy Eduard Löwen. Read more
Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning beat Phil Mickelson, Tom Brady in charity match (CBC)
Tom Brady delivered the shot of the match that made it easy to forget the rest of his swings. Tiger Woods didn’t miss a fairway and earned a small measure of revenge against Phil Mickelson.
The PGA Tour is set to return in just over two weeks, and it has a tough act to follow.
McIlroy, Johnson win ‘Driving Relief’ exhibition as live golf returns to TV
In the second and final charity match that brought live golf to TV, this exhibition was as entertaining as the real thing.
Woods lagged a long birdie putt close enough that his partner, Peyton Manning, didn’t have to putt. Read more
Saka to sign new Arsenal contract (Punch)
Arsenal starlet Bukayo Saka looks set for a significant pay rise in a new contract despite the club seeking wage cuts among their squad due to the coronavirus outbreak.
After a stand-off between the board and players, Arsenal are now set to agree a plan for players to take a 12.5 per cent pay cut due to lost revenue from the disruption caused by the pandemic.
Despite this agreement being made, 18-year-old Saka, who has enjoyed an impressive break-out season at the Emirates, will earn significantly more than his current £5,000-a-week wages when the new deal is signed, according to The Athletic. Read more
Werner scores three in Leipzig rout (BBC)
Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Bayern Leverkusen all record wins in the Bundesliga.
Timo Werner scored his first goals since the Bundesliga returned from a two-month break amid the coronavirus pandemic as RB Leipzig thumped Mainz.
The 24-year-old Germany striker took his tally for the season to 30 with a superb hat-trick as his side won 5-0 to move third in the table.
Elsewhere on Sunday, pressure is mounting on Schalke boss David Wagner after his side lost 3-0 to Augsburg. Read more
I almost quit Barca – Messi (Punch)
Lionel Messi has revealed how he ‘wanted to leave’ Barcelona in 2016 due to the scrutiny on him amid a tax row with the Spanish government.
Messi is the finest player in LaLiga and league chief Javier Tebas has previously admitted he was left ‘scared’ at the idea the Argentine could leave.
Speaking to radio station RAC1, Messi explained how along with his father Jorge he felt he was being ‘mistreated’.
The pair were found guilty of tax fraud and handed a 21-month suspended prison sentence.
“At that time, with the mess of the treasury, I wanted to leave, not for wanting to leave Barca but wanting to leave Spain,” Messi told RAC1. Read more
Formula E driver Daniel Abt uses professional gamer to compete for him in esports race (BBC)
Formula E driver Daniel Abt was disqualified and ordered to pay £8,900 to charity for getting a professional gamer to compete under his name in an official esports race.
Organisers also took away all points won to date by the 27-year-old German in the Race at Home Challenge series.
Lorenz Horzing, who competed for Abt, finished third in Saturday’s race behind Britain’s Oliver Rowland and Belgian ex-F1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne.
Abt later apologised.
“I did not take it as seriously as I should have,” he said. Read more