How Lagos hotelier’s son, friend drugged, gang-raped me – Victim (Punch)
A 24-year-old rape victim on Wednesday narrated to a Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja how she was allegedly drugged and gang-raped by the son of a Lagos hotelier, Don-Chima George, and his friend, Olusegun Rasak.
PUNCH Metro had reported that George, the son of the owner of the Dallankester Hotels, and Rasak were arrested by men of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly drugging and raping the victim in the Lekki Phase 1 area of the state. Read more
Pay more attention to children’s education, HDI urges LASG (Vanguard)
To ensure inclusive, quality and free education for all in Lagos State, a non-governmental organisation, Human Development Initiatives, HDI, in partnership with Action Aid Nigeria, has called on the Lagos State Government to pay more attention to the education needs of children, particularly girls and disabled groups.
HDI made this known during an advocacy and awareness walk to the Lagos State House of Assembly, Ikeja. The rally was part of its activities to mark the 2019 Global Action Week for Education with the theme: Making the Right to an Inclusive, Equitable, Quality and Free Education a Reality. Read more
Court orders forfeiture of gold bars, N39m to govt (Nation)
A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the forfeiture of 35.58 kilogrammes of gold bars and N36 million seized from a gold dealer and a federal civil servant by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to the Federal Government.
Justice Muslim S. Hassan, who made the order, also ordered the civil servant to pay N10million to the government for his part in the deal. Read more
Court remands friends for allegedly gang raping 21-year–old woman (Punch)
An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday ordered that two friends, Samson Shittu, 25, and Ramoni Animashaun, 24, who allegedly raped a 21-year-old woman, be remanded in Kirikiri Prison.
The Chief Magistrate, P.E. Nwaka, did not take the plea of the defendants.
Nwaka ordered that the case file be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice. Read more
Commissioner rejects Amosun’s choice of monarchs, resigns (Punch)
Two weeks to the expiration of the Ibikunle Amosun-led administration in Ogun State, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Jide Ojuko, has resigned, stating kingship controversy in Aworiland as reason.
Ojuko resigned on Wednesday, in a letter addressed to Governor Amosun through the office of the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa. Read more
Court declares appointment of new emirs in kano invalid, orders parties to maintain status quo (ThisDay)
A Kano State High Court sitting in Ungogo on Wednesday declared the appointment and the installation of four new emirs by the Kano State government invalid.
The presiding judge, Justice Nasiru Saminu, ordered a return to status quo pending the hearing of the suit against the appointment of the emirs. Read more
EFCC re-arraigns Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia, Godwin Obla (Channels)
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has re-arraigned a dismissed judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia on allegations of corruption.
Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia was re-arraigned on an 18 count charge alongside a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Godwin Obla. Read more
Buhari leaves for Saudi Arabia today (Punch)
President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to Saudi Arabia today.
He returned to Nigeria on May 5 after spending 10 days on a private visit to the UK.
This time round, his trip is for the purpose of performing Umrah (lesser hajj), according to a State House statement released on Wednesday by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu. Read more
Gov Emmanuel sacks Commissioner of Agriculture (DailyTruat)
The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel has sacked Dr Uduak Udo-Inyang as the Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Sufficiency in the state.
The sack was stated in a press release signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, and made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Uyo. Read more
Reps remove age limit on employment (DailyTrust)
The House of Representatives on Wednesday abolished age discrimination against job seekers in Federal Government Ministries, Agencies and Departments (MDAs).
This followed the passage, by the lawmakers, of a “Bill for an Act to Eradicate the Age Discrimination against Job seekers in Federal Government Agencies,” sponsored by Sergius Ogun (APC, Edo) and Babajimi Benson (APC, Lagos). Read more
Facebook, Google, Twitter sign ‘Christchurch Call’ to cull terrorist content (CNET)
Tech giants and political leaders from around the globe came together in Paris on Wednesday to pledge their commitment to tackling the spread of terrorist content online, following the attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March.
In a summit hosted jointly by French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, companies including Facebook, Twitter and Google agreed to sign the “Christchurch Call.” The pledge was created in response to the New Zealand terrorist using Facebook to livestream part of the murders of 51 people at two mosques. Read more
I’m a sex addict and have had sex with over 2,000 women – Lamar Odom (BleacherReport)
Former NBA forward Lamar Odom wrote in his new book, Darkness to Light, he’s had sex with more than 2,000 women.
“I am a sex addict,” Odom wrote in a memoir excerpt released to Aili Nahas of People ahead of the book’s May 28 release. Read more
Husbands tip me for having sex with their wives – Male escort confesses (Sun)
A male escort who can earn up to £8,000 for his services has revealed he beds 18-year-olds who want to lose their virginity and has husbands tip him for having sex with their wives.
Alex, 29, also opened up about the bizarre requests he receives, from the boyfriend experience to Fifty Shades of Grey role play. Read more
‘Tell No One’ film: Poland raises prison time for child sex (Euronews)
Poland’s government plans to jail paedophiles for longer after a powerful new documentary about abuse among priests went viral.
“Tell No One”, by independent journalist Tomasz Sekielski, has been viewed more than 15 million times since it was posted to YouTube on Saturday. Read more
After years as an underdog, Tiger Woods is a favourite once again (Economist)
THE PGA Championship has long been to men’s golf what the Australian Open is to tennis: the ugly stepchild among the sport’s four major annual tournaments. The Masters sets itself apart for occurring at the same venue every year, fielding the smallest number of players and maintaining quaint traditions. The U.S. Open is distinguished by famously punishing courses, which are sometimes so brutal that no one finishes below par. And the Open Championship, known as the British Open outside the United Kingdom, is the oldest of the four (it began in 1860); the only one not played in America; and is regularly held on coastal links courses, characterised by firm greens and shifting winds. Read more
Antoine Griezmann: France football star to leave Atletico Madrid (Euronews)
France football star Antoine Griezmann announced plans to leave Atletico de Madrid at the end of the season in a video released on the club’s official Twitter account on Tuesday.
“I would like to thank all of you for the love you have shown me during these five years,” Griezmann said in the video. Read more
Aubameyang linked with shock £74m Real Madrid transfer (Sun)
Real Madrid are reportedly planning a stunning £74m swoop for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to replace Gareth Bale.
Bernabeu boss Zinedine Zidane is desperate to offload the former Spurs forward this summer following his shocking spell of form. Read more
UFC veteran Joe ‘Diesel’ Riggs makes boxing debut on Fight Pass, May 23 (Badlefthook)
The next Roy Jones Jr-promoted boxing show on UFC Fight Pass is coming on Thursday, May 23, live from Tucson, Arizona, and will feature a special attraction of sorts for fight fans of all stripes.
36-year-old UFC veteran Joe “Diesel” Riggs will make his pro boxing debut on the show. The Phoenix-based battler is a former WEC middleweight (185 pounds) with a career record of 47-18 in mixed martial arts, and 5-7 in UFC. Read more
AFCON tickets prices slashed after local fans backlash (Punch)
The African Cup of Nations’ organising committee on Wednesday reduced ticket prices after a backlash from Egyptian football fans last month over exorbitant costs.
Tickets for the Egyptian national team’s matches in the summer tournament, which will take place in the country, were initially priced at 200 pounds (about $12, around €10) for the cheapest admission and graduated up to 600 pounds. Read more
Super Falcons rekindle rivalry with Black Queens at WAFU Cup (DailyTrust)
Two power houses in African women football, the Super Falcons of Nigeria and the Black Queens of Ghana will rekindle their existing rivalry on today as they meet in the semi-finals of the ongoing WAFU Women’s Cup in Cote d’Ivoire.
Going by their scintillating performances in the group stage which saw them scoring a whopping 22 goals in three matches, the reigning African champions are highly favoured to progress to the finals at the expense of their perennial rivals. Read more
Azarenka, Zverev bite the dust (TheHindu)
Two-time women’s holder Elina Svitolina crashed out of the WTA and ATP Italian Open on Tuesday along with Germany’s Alexander Zverev as Serena Williams’s return to the courts was short-lived with her knee injury flaring up to force the American star out of the final warm-up before the French Open in two weeks time.
Svitolina — who had a first round bye as fifth seed — held a match point at 5-2 in the third set before slumping 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 to Belarus Victoria Azarenka at the Foro Italico which was twice interrupted because of rain. Read more
Super Eagles’ defence worries Udeze (Guardian)
Former Super Eagles defender, Ifeanyi Udeze has said the national team coaches must work on the team’s defence if Nigeria desired to win the forthcoming African Nations Cup in Egypt.
He added that the ability of the defenders to cover the lapses in the goalkeeping department will also count for or against the team’s ambition in Egypt. Read more