JAMB shifts registration date for 2021 UTME, DE (Tribune)
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has shifted the commencement of registration for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Direct Entry to a later date.
Head, Public Affairs and Protocol of JAMB, Dr Fabian Benjamin, who made this known in a statement, on Thursday, in Abuja, said the registration exercise was speculated to have begun on April 8, 2021, explaining that this date was not realistic because some hitches.
Benjamin said the delay was caused by some unforeseen circumstances occasioned by the determined effort to have a National Identity Number (NIN) integration. Read more
Septuagenarian, 2 others nabbed for lynching burglar (Punch)
The Lagos State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of a septuagenarian, John Adeyemi, and two others, Sakariyau Biliaminu and Gabriel Ajayi, in connection with the death of a yet-to-be-identified burglar in the Ikotun area of the state.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the burglar broke into the house of one Adeyemi Opeyemi and while attempting to dispossess her of her valuables, the victim raised the alarm, which made the burglar to bolt away.
The burglar was said to have run into an angry mob, who apprehended and lynched him.
In a statement on Thursday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said three community leaders, Sakariyau Biliaminu, 66; John Adeyemi, 77; and Gabriel Ajayi, 55, were arrested and were being questioned in relation to the suspect’s killing. Read more
Lagos to collaborate with UFUK Dialogue to eradicate poverty (Tribune)
Lagos State government, on Thursday, stated its willingness to collaborate with the Ufuk Dialogue, in the eradication of poverty, ignorance and promote peaceful coexistence in the state.
Ufuk Dialogue is a non-governmental organisation with the mission of helping the needy in the country.
The deputy governor, Dr Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, said this while receiving the management team of Ufuk Dialogue in his office in Alausa-Ikeja.
Hamzat, while emphasising the need for collaboration with the organisation, stated that such collaboration focused on three pillars which the group had already been executing in some states across the country, including Lagos State, namely; eliminating ignorance via the establishment of schools, offering free medical services and surgeries and promoting peace by establishing conflict resolution centres were highly commendable. Read more
LASUTH pencilled down for infrastructure overhaul (Punch)
The Lagos State Government said on Thursday that it will soon upgrade the infrastructure at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital to a fit-for-purpose medical infrastructure.
It added that the move would enable the tertiary institution to focus on its core functions of training, academic research and providing highest level of medical intervention for complicated medical cases.
Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi who spoke after an inspection tour of facilities at LASUTH and the Lagos State College of Medicine said, “Historically, this is a colonial facility that was transformed from a general hospital into a teaching hospital. It was initially not designed for that purpose; it was acquired and the organisations here are doing the best they can to run it as a tertiary academic centre. Read more
Lagos Methodist church Nigeria to hold 59th annual synod (Guardian)
The 59th Annual Synod Diocese of Lagos, Methodist Church Nigeria with the Theme “Watch And Pray” will commence from Friday, April, 9 and end on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at the Olorunda Surulere, Lagos Circuit, No. 16, Brown Road, Aguda, Surulere, from 9 am Lagos.
The three day event will include the representative session, which is expected to be declared open by the founding chief executive, chairman Unity Hospital Group Ltd, Surulere, Chief Charles Oladeinde Williams, which would be duly supported by other eminent personalities, invited from private and public sectors of the economy.
The first day of the event will begin with the Holy Communion Service and sermon preached by the former presiding chaplain, Lagos State Chapel, Alausa, Ikeja, Revd Ayo Olu Oyadotun and followed by the ministerial and Lay sessions at 11 am. Read more
Boy, 19, gets cash reward for returning researcher’s lost phone (Punch)
Nineteen-year-old Musa Ibrahim, a Senior Secondary School III student of the Abe Technical Secondary School, Odo-Ona Elewe, Ibadan, Oyo State, has been showered with cash gifts rolled for his act of honesty of returning a lost phone to the owner.
Musa was given the gifts by the Covenant Women of the New Covenant Church, Ibadan, led by Mrs Adeola Oduwole, a retired principal with the Oyo State Teaching Service Commission; the owner of the lost mobile phone, Mrs Adebisi Akinrinola; and a United Kingdom-based Nigerian philanthropist, who preferred anonymity.
Recalling how he came by the mobile phone, Musa, who is from a poor background, said, “It happened on the evening of Sunday, March 28, 2021. I saw the phone on the ground around ST, Apata, Iyana Odo-Ona Elewe. Some people around the place advised that I should wipe off the information on the phone and sell it.”
According to him, he initially yielded to the temptation to keep the phone to himself. Read more
Decentralise police, power, judiciary now, El-Rufai tells FG (Guardian)
The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has re-echoed his call for the establishment of state police, devolution of power to the component units and decentralisation of the judicial system to tackle the exigencies of present times, because Nigeria is at war with criminal and divisive elements bent on bringing the country to its knees.
The governor made the call yesterday at the 18th Town Hall Meeting entitled: ‘Setting Benchmarks for Enhancing Security and National Unity in Nigeria’, held at Kaduna State University, Kaduna, which was organised by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.
El-Rufai stated that bandits and terrorists tormenting the country have all lost their right to life and should be wiped out. He stressed that the current security situation calls for national consensus as Nigeria is at war. Read more
Ganduje: How I escaped plane crash (DailyTrust)
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, on Thursday, narrated how he escaped death in the plane crash that claimed the life of the former Military administrator of the state, late Con. Abdullahi Wase, and some other state government officials.
The governor narrated his experience when he received on a courtesy visit, the newly appointed Nigerian Ambassador to Romania, Barr. Safiya Nuhu, a Kano indigene, whose father also died in the plane crash.
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“Myself, as the then Commissioner of works, housing and transport, was to visit the Wase Juma’at Mosque which was under construction. Read more
Ex-militants on the rampage in Ondo, set 17 houses ablaze (Guardian)
Residents of Asere community in Ese-Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State have decried attacks on their communities by alleged notorious gang of ex-militants, who terrorise and destroy their properties indiscriminately.
The victims, mainly women and children, protested in the community yesterday, appealing to the government and security agencies to nip the menace in the bud.
The protesters disclosed that the last attack was allegedly carried out midnight of Saturday by a seven-man gang of ex-terrorists, who were accomplices to a popular gangster killed in Ajapa a few years ago by JTF personnel. Read more
George Floyd died from lack of oxygen, not fentanyl, says expert (BBC)
George Floyd died from a lack of oxygen during his arrest, a doctor at the trial of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis has said.
Contradicting the defence, Dr Martin Tobin said fentanyl did not cause Mr Floyd’s death. He said even a “healthy person…would have died”.
Mr Chauvin, 45, was filmed kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes during his arrest last May.
The ex-officer is on trial for murder and has denied the charges against him. Read more
One of UK’s richest men found stabbed to death in country mansion (Metro)
One of Britain’s richest men has been found stabbed to death in his country mansion, it was revealed today. Sir Richard Lexington Sutton, an 83-year-old Baronet, was attacked inside his £2million home in north Dorset, last night. A woman in her 60s, believed to be his wife, also suffered knife injuries and was airlifted to Bristol’s Southmead Hospital in a ‘critical’ condition. Sir Richard was found with fatal knife wounds after a concerned member of the public raised the alarm about what was happening inside the home. Read more
At least 1 killed in Texas store shooting, suspected gunman in custody (RT)
One person was killed after a gunman went on a shooting rampage at a store in Bryan, Texas. The gunman is said to be an employee of the business. Four people have been critically injured in the incident.
Police responded to a shooting at the Kent Moore Cabinets store around 2:30pm local time on Thursday, Bryan police chief Eric Buske told reporters, adding that the suspect had fled the scene by the time officers arrived. One person was found dead of gunshot wounds, while five others were brought to hospital, four in critical condition and another who suffered an asthma attack but was not injured in the shooting.
Buske said police “believe” the suspect is in custody and that he is an employee at the store, but added that the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) would have to confirm. A DPS trooper was later shot in nearby Iola while pursuing a suspect; the chief said it appears the two incidents are related. Read more
‘Satan Shoes’ to be recalled as Nike agrees to settle lawsuit (BBC)
Nike says the art collective which made “Satan Shoes” that purportedly contain a drop of human blood in the soles has agreed to issue a voluntary recall as part of a legal settlement.
The $1,018 (£740) trainers are modified Nike Air Max 97s. Only 666 pairs were made and all but one have been shipped.
The collective MSCHF will offer full refunds to customers in order to remove the shoes from circulation, Nike said.
The settlement resolves a trademark infringement lawsuit filed by Nike. Read more
Riz Ahmed on Oscar-nominated Sound of Metal role: ‘Deaf people taught me what listening is’ (Metro)
When I last met actor and musician Riz Ahmed, he was about to tour with his latest Riz MC album, The Long Goodbye. Then the first pandemic-induced lockdown happened. Gigs were cancelled and he had to launch online, with Instagram chats and livestream shows. This is typical of optimistic spirit embodied by the 38-year-old Wembley native. ‘It was tough, but a lot of people lost a lot more,’ he reasons, when we catch up over Zoom a year on. ‘Sometimes the challenges can be the gifts… gaining new connections to new people – and a deeper connection to yourself.’ Read more
Biden calls gun violence an ‘epidemic,’ fires off anti-gun executive orders (RT)
President Joe Biden has fired off a number of anti-gun executive orders, including a directive on controversial “red flag” laws. The orders fall short of comprehensive regulation, which Biden has called on Congress to enact.
“Gun violence in this country is an epidemic, and an international embarrassment,” Biden declared on Thursday, in a speech announcing six executive orders aimed at tightening up the US’ gun laws. The orders were revealed by the White House a day earlier, and include a directive asking the Justice Department to crack down on untraceable ‘Ghost Guns’ and issue model “red flag” legislation, and a proposed restriction on shoulder braces for pistols. Read more
Lola Lennox frolics around LA in dreamy Wherever You Go music video (Metro)
Lola Lennox certainly knows how to make the most of a warm summers’ night in Los Angeles. The singer, daughter of music icon Annie Lennox, has debuted the music video for her new single Wherever You Go exclusively with Metro.co.uk and it’s an absolute dream. Directed by Emmy-nominated and award winning South African director Natalie Johns and choreographed by Sadie Wilking, the visuals explore Point Mugu, Mulholland Drive and the LA city by night. It follows Lola and her friends as they embark on a road trip through the day and into the night, before dancing amid a concrete jungle of sprawling traffic and city lights, and then watching the sunrise from the ocean’s edge, where dawn breaks against the blue and grey hues of waves and sky. Read more
Ndidi hits out at ‘unfair criticism’ of Iheanacho (Punch)
Kelechi Iheanacho will get even better now the “unfair criticism” has stopped, his Leicester City and Nigeria teammate Wilfred Ndidi has said.
“Kelechi’s talent was never in doubt, but people love to criticise others when they are down,” Ndidi told BBC Sport Africa.
“He was unfairly criticised and judged by different people. This is someone I have known from our youth days at the U-17 and I know his quality, so it’s not a fluke that he is producing his best football again. “I am very happy for him because he’s doing wonderfully well now and everyone can see.
“It’s just sad that when he needed encouragement in the past few years many were quick to write him off, but thankfully some of these people have now turned around to praise him. That’s life.” Read more
Marcus Rashford ‘a blessing for Manchester United’, says Owen Hargreaves (Metro)
Owen Hargreaves has described Marcus Rashford as ‘a blessing for Manchester United’ after their Europa League victory over Granada. England international Rashford’s first-half opener set United on their way to a comfortable 2-0 win in the first leg of their quarter-final tie. Bruno Fernandes slotted home a late penalty for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, who now have one foot in the Europa League semi-finals as they look to finish the 2020-21 campaign in style. Hargreaves, speaking to BT Sport after the match, said: ‘Marcus Rashford has been absolutely fantastic, he’s been magic for Manchester United. Read more
Russian MMA star details injury as he fights on with fractured limb (RT)
If you need any more evidence that MMA fighters are built differently, consider the evidence of EFC star Uzair Abdurakov who SMILED in the cage after taking a thunderous kick which shattered his leg in the cage.
Up-and-coming 25-year-old fighter Abdurakov put his undefeated record on the line in the featured bout of Tuesday’s Eagle FC 35 event in Moscow against another rising star of the Russian MMA scene, Mehdi Dakaev, in the latest event put forward by the Eagle Fighting Championship promotion owned by former UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
And while the fight didn’t exactly go the way that Abdurakov had planned, he has invited a wave of new followers online after showcasing the type of grit and determination (not to mention a poker face) for his reaction after breaking his left leg after receiving a thunderous kick from Dakaev during the fight. Read more
Masters 2021: Justin Rose leads as Rory McIlroy, Bryson DeChambeau and Lee Westwood struggle (BBC)
England’s Justin Rose hit a sensational seven-under-par 65 to open a four-shot lead on the opening day of the Masters.
Two-time runner-up Rose was two over after seven, but an eagle followed by seven birdies saw the 40-year-old accelerate clear at Augusta National.
Hideki Matsuyama and Brian Harman had set the early pace at three under par as the only other players to break 70.
Patrick Reed, the 2018 winner, shot a 70, while defending champion and world number one Dustin Johnson is two over. Read more
Granit Xhaka and Mikel Arteta left fuming with Arsenal pair after draw with Slavia Prague (Metro)
Both Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and midfielder Granit Xhaka were left fuming with their defenders – specifically Gabriel Paulista and Cedric Soares – after Slavia Prague pinched a 1-1 draw at the Emirates in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final. The Gunners only took the lead in the 86th minute of the match through Nicolas Pepe, but they couldn’t hang on as Tomas Holes equalised deep into stoppage time. The equaliser came from a corner which appeared avoidable, but Cedric Soares passed the ball back to Gabriel Paulista at centre-back, who mis-controlled it and put the ball out of play. Read more
Mbappe puts Real Madrid on red alert by refusing to extend PSG contract – reports (RT)
Wonderkid Kylian Mbappe has put Real Madrid on alert by refusing to extend his contract at French champions Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports from Spain.
According to Deportes Cuatro, the 22-year-old has shattered the French outfit’s ambitions of getting him to pen a new deal by informing them of his intentions.
Speaking last night in Germany, sporting director Leonardo was tight-lipped on the futures of both Mbappe and Neymar, who are free to walk in 2022.“Soon we’ll talk about concrete things,” the Brazilian club legend said. “We’re also happy to talk about contracts, but today we just want to focus on the game against Bayern [Munich]. Read more