Lagos arraigns owner of Eti-osa collapsed building for contravention (Guardian)
Lagos State government has arraigned Kenneth Okenini before the Special Offences Court sitting at Bolade, Oshodi, Lagos, for contravening the state’s building codes.
Okenini is the owner of a three-storey structure, which recently collapsed along Adesegun Okunuga Street in Ikate-Elegushi, Eti-Osa, Lagos. He was arraigned before Chief Magistrate K.O Ogundare for various offences, including disobedience of an order by Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), in accordance with the law.
The arraignment followed an earlier warning issued by Lagos State government to owners and developers of property contravening the state’s building codes. Read more
Hospital services disrupted as resident doctors begin 5-day warning strike (Vanguard)
Hospital services in teaching hospitals nationwide were yesterday disrupted, following the five-day warning strike embarked upon by medical doctors, under the auspices of the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD.
This is even as the National President of NARD, Dr Emeka Orji, accused federal government top officials of threatening members of the association with punitive measures, instead of addressing the germane issues raised by the association.
The medical doctors had declared a strike after the expiration of the ultimatum earlier issued to the federal government. Read more
FG orders immediate closure of Ijora-Olopa bridge (Channels)
The Federal Ministry of Works on Wednesday shut down Ijora-Olopa Bridge in Lagos State for the safety of the public over damage caused by vandals.
This was disclosed in a statement by Hakeem Bello, the spokesman for the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola.
Identifying the failed section as the Ijora-Olopa inward Ijora-Oloye–Apapa, Bello said the roads leading directly to the bridge such as Costain inward Eko Bridge and Carter Bridge descent inward Ijora Oloye had, as a result, been closed to traffic from Tuesday night. Read more
Lagos court remands lady for assaulting policeman (Punch)
A lady, Olufunmilayo Brioluwa, has been arraigned by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly assaulting a police officer in the Ogombo area of the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, who confirmed the development in a post on Twitter, said following the arraignment, Brioluwa was remanded to the Kirikiri Correctional Facility.
The post read, “Somewhere in Ogombo yesterday, she (Brioluwa) assaulted a police officer. She was arraigned today and has been remanded to the Kirikiri correctional facility till June 6 when the case comes up again in court.” Read more
Former Methodist Prelate Sunday Mbang, dies at 86, Buhari mourns
Former Methodist Church Prelate Sunday Mbang is dead. The former prelate died Wednesday at 86.
President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with all Methodists in Nigeria and the Diaspora, on his passing.
The President, in a release by his Media Adviser, Femi Adesina, also extended heartfelt condolences to the Mbang family in particular, the government and people of Akwa Ibom State, and the entire body of Christ in Nigeria and worldwide. Read more
I won Delta guber poll squarely, will retrieve my mandate in Court — Omo-Agege (Tribune)
Barely two months after losing out in the Delta State Governorship election, the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, declared that he won the election clean and clear and that he would retrieve his stolen mandate from the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sheriff Oborevwori.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) , had in the election conducted on March 18, 2023 , declared Oborevwori of PDP as winner with 360,234 votes, which was over 120, 000 votes above 240,229 votes reportedly scored by Senator Omo-Agege in the election.
But Omo-Agege while granting audience to some of his constituents from Delta Central at the National Assembly in Abuja on Wednesday, said the result declared by INEC was a ruse that cannot stand the test of litigation. Read more
Abia poly holds convocation after 11 years, graduates 28,000 (Guardian)
Eleven years on, Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, held its special combined convocation ceremony, where about 28,000 from 2010 2021 sets graduated. At the special ceremony, outgoing governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, announced the conversion of the polytechnic to university, and a N500 million take-off grant.
The Rector, Dr. Hagler Okorie, an associate professor of law, said convocation is an integral part of academic rituals, which gives credence to the graduating students.
He said as a technology-based institution, infrastructure is critical to its smooth functioning, adding that in the quest to meet its financial needs and obligations, the management has concluded plans to establish Abia State Polytechnic Business School. Read more
Medical board weighing license of Dr. Roxy who livestreams, takes questions during operations (USAToday)
Dr. Katharine Grawe, better known as Dr. Roxy to her thousands of followers, has had her license temporarily suspended by Ohio’s medical board after “clear and convincing” evidence that Grawe’s continued practice presented “a danger of immediate and serious harm to the public.”
An Ohio plastic surgeon accused of livestreaming patients’ procedures online won’t likely learn the fate of her medical license until July.
Dr. Katharine Roxanne Grawe – known to her thousands of social media followers as Dr. Roxy – has not been allowed to practice medicine since last fall and is fighting in hearings this week to keep state regulators from yanking her credentials for good.
The State Medical Board of Ohio voted on Nov. 18 to suspend Grawe’s medical license after “clear and convincing” evidence arose that her continued practice presented “a danger of immediate and serious harm to the public.” Grawe also is being sued by at least four women who say they faced complications after their surgeries. Read more
Billie Eilish and Jesse Rutherford split (MusicNews)
Billie Eilish and Jesse Rutherford have broken up.
On Wednesday, a representative for the Happier Than Ever hitmaker confirmed to Page Six that she and The Neighbourhood singer had parted ways after dating for seven months.
“We can confirm Billie and Jesse did split amicably and remain good friends,” they commented. Read more
Tom Cruise and co on ”most dangerous mission yet” in new M:I trailer (RTE)
The full trailer for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One has been unveiled ahead of the blockbuster’s July release – and Tom Cruise is once again upping the big-screen ante in his own inimitable way.
The synopsis says: “In Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team embark on their most dangerous mission yet: To track down a terrifying new weapon that threatens all of humanity before it falls into the wrong hands.
“With control of the future and the fate of the world at stake, and dark forces from Ethan’s past closing in, a deadly race around the globe begins. Read more
Post Malone to embark on ‘If Y’all Weren’t Here, I’d Be Crying’ US tour (Hypebeast)
Post Malone will be debuting his highly-anticipated fifth studio album Austin this July. To mark the rollout and eventual release, the singer has announced a cross-country U.S. run entitled the If Y’all Weren’t Here, I’d Be Crying Tour.
The tour performances will combine tracks from the upcoming album and fan favorites from Posty’s storied discography.
“I love y’all so very much and I’m so excited to get out and do some more shows for y’all,” Post said. “Help me put a baby through college and come on out. Some cool new production, new songs, and a very very handsome man up on stage.” Read more
Eddie Murphy in talks to star in ‘‘Pink Panther’’ reboot as Inspector Clouseau (Variety)
Eddie Murphy is readying his magnifying glass, as the actor is in talks to star as Inspector Clouseau in MGM’s upcoming “Pink Panther” film, Variety has confirmed.
The reboot of the classic property will be directed by Sonic the Hedgehog filmmaker Jeff Fowler. Chris Bremner (Bad Boys for Life, The Man From Toronto) is writing the script, while Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich will produce via their Rideback banner.
“The Pink Panther” franchise began with the 1963 comedy film starring Peter Sellers as Inspector Jacques Clouseau. Sellers would go on to reprise the role in 1964’s A Shot in the Dark, 1975’s The Return of the Pink Panther, 1976’s The Pink Panther Strikes Again and 1978’s Revenge of the Pink Panther. The role has also been inhabited by Alan Arkin, Roger Moore and Steve Martin. Read more
Sting says the music industry will face ‘‘a battle’’ with AI in coming years (BelfastTelegraph)
Sting says musicians will face “a battle” with the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and its use within the music industry.
The former frontman of The Police, 71, said the coming years would see a fight to defend the “human capital” of music.
It comes after an increase in the number of songs using AI to recreate the work of well-known musicians and bands. Read more
Kim Jong Un inspects North Korea’s 1st military spy satellite (AlJazeera)
KCNA did not provide any details on when the launch might take place.
The North Korean leader gave the green light last month when it was announced that construction of the satellite had been completed.
That announcement came about a week after Pyongyang tested what it said was a new solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile, marking a significant breakthrough for its banned weapons programmes. Read more
I came to shake the table, says sports minister (Guardian)
Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, has taken a self-appraisal of his administration in the last four years and declared that he remains a member of the nation’s sports family forever.
“I came into office to shake the table, put in place the necessary things that has taken us to a new height in the journey so far,” Dare said, while speaking at a reception held in Asaba, Delta State, for the state’s athletes, who were part of Team Nigeria to the recently concluded African U-18 and U-20 Championships in Ndola, Zambia.
Dare, whose tenure as Sports Minister terminates on May 29, said that he did his best for the nation’s sports. Read more
NFF, NSCDC tackle insecurity at football matches (Punch)
Chieftains of the Nigeria Football Federation and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, on Wednesday, agreed to co-operate and collaborate more in the interest of safety and security at all football matches in the country.
Speaking during a courtesy call on the Commandant General of the NSCDC, Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi, the NFF President, Ibrahim Gusau, praised NSCDC officials for providing safety and security at football grounds.
He said, “Let me start by commending you for the immense cooperation that the NFF and the entire Nigeria Football fraternity have been enjoying from the officers and men of NSCDC over the years. We have decided to come here because of the critical nature of our relationship, to underscore the professionalism, diligence and sense of responsibility of your officers and to seek avenues for even greater cooperation and collaboration in the interest of Nigeria Football. Read more
Guardiola’s masterpiece puts Man City on brink of ending Champions League wait (France24)
Manchester City’s time to conquer Europe may have finally come after Real Madrid were slayed by the English champions on Wednesday to reach their second Champions League final.
City thrashed the Spanish giants 4-0 at the Etihad for a 5-1 aggregate victory that exacted revenge for a dramatic semi-final exit to Madrid 12 months ago.
Pep Guardiola’s men are not just closing in on the trophy the club’s owners have desired since an Abu-Dhabi backed takeover in 2008 began pouring billions of pounds of investment into the club. Read more
Ivan Toney: Brentford striker banned for 8 months for breaching FA betting rules (Sky)
Brentford striker Ivan Toney has been suspended from all football-related activity for eight months for breaching Football Association betting rules.
Toney’s suspension will start with immediate effect, meaning he will miss Brentford’s final two games of the season – at Tottenham on Saturday and at home to Manchester City on the final day.
Toney, who has scored 33% of Brentford’s Premier League goals this season, will be banned until January 16, 2024, and has been fined £50,000 after he admitted to the alleged breaches. Read more
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix canceled because of flooding (CNN)
Formula 1 has canceled this weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix because of heavy flooding in the northern Italian region, citing safety concerns.
At least eight people have been killed by heavy flooding and mudslides in the region with more than 13,000 residents being forced to evacuate, according to local authorities.
On Tuesday, motorsport staff were asked to leave the site of the race amid concerns regarding flooding, an F1 source told CNN. Read more
Iga Swiatek retires with injury in Italian Open quarterfinals (ESPN)
Two-time defending champion Iga Swiatek retired in the third set of her Italian Open quarterfinal against Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina because of a right thigh injury.
It was 2-2 in the third when the top-ranked Swiatek retired after more than two hours of play. She had won the first set 6-2, then Rybakina won the second set 7-6 (3).
The match started on Wednesday evening and ended early Thursday morning in extremely humid conditions. Read more