Lagos cop accuses police of maltreatment for attempting to resign (Punch)
A police officer, Corporal Fauzziyah Isiak, has lamented how the Nigeria Police Force detained her after she put in her resignation.
Isiak, who narrated her ordeal on Twitter, said after she submitted her resignation letter she was called into the office and was detained even as she disclosed that she was on her menses.
The officer, who is also an entrepreneur, decried the treatment she received for wanting to resign, saying, “I never saw this coming. I have never thought I’ll be put in detention without interrogation. All I did was try to resign. I have been trying to resign from the Police since last year but my letters were not approved. My boss had called me to show up yesterday 24th of May to meet the Deputy commissioner for an interview.” Read more
Why corporal was arrested after opting to resign – Lagos police (Guardian)
The Lagos State Police spokesman, Benjamin Hundeyin, on Friday disclosed why the force has denied the resignation of a female officer, Corporal Fauzziyah Ebunoluwa Isiak.
Isiak in a series of tweets cried out for help, accusing the police of detaining and manhandling her following her resignation from the force.
“I never saw this coming. I have never thought I would be put in detention without interrogation. All I did was try to resign,” Isiak tweeted. Read more
Tinubu gets GCFR, assures he won’t disappoint (Sun)
The President-elect Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has assured that he will not disappoint the trust conferred upon him by President Muhammadu Buhari, and millions of Nigerians.
He also affirmed that he understands the magnitude of the honour conferred upon him and the corresponding task ahead.
Tinubu made the promise in his acceptance speech after he was conferred with the National Honour of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic at the State House Banquet Hall, Abuja. Read more
2 dead in Lagos-Ibadan Expressway truck accident (Punch)
Two dead in Lagos-Ibadan Expressway truck accident
Two persons have been confirmed dead in a lone accident involving a truck at the Kara end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
It was gathered that the accident occurred around 8 pm on Wednesday while the truck was conveying tubers of Yam inward Ogun State.
It was learnt that the driver was at top speed when he lost control and crashed the truck into the concrete barricade along the road. Read more
ARDA hails Dangote, says refinery ‘ll reduce import of high-sulphur fuel to Africa (Leadership)
African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARDA) has congratulated Nigerian business tycoon, Aliko Dangote, and the Dangote Group for the successful commissioning of the world-class 650,000 barrels per day refinery and petrochemicals facility in Lagos State.
ARDA President and Chief Executive of the National Petroleum Authority of Ghana, Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, said in a release that while the Association continues to work alongside the African Union Commission (AUC) to harmonise fuel specifications across Africa, the Dangote Refinery was designed to produce cleaner AFRI-6 (10 ppm sulphur) fuels from the onset.
Dr. Abdul-Hamid said the refinery was a game-changer for Africa’s clean fuels journey as its start-up will reduce import of high-sulphur fuels into the continent while meeting climate commitments and reducing public health challenges. Read more
Health workers begin indefinite strike (Vanguard)
THE Joint Health Sector Unions,JOHESU and the Assembly of Health Care Professional Association,AHPA,have declared indefinite strike.
To this end,the unions have directed health workers in the country to stay away from their duty posts pending the time the issues that led to the actions were addressed by the federal government.
Addressing the media in Abuja on Thursday,the executive members of the unions,led by the National Vice Chairman of JOHESU, Dr Obinna Ogbonna, explained that the action became necessary given that the federal government failed to meet its demands. Read more
Banks can now issue NIN cards to Nigerians – FG (DailyTrust)
The Federal Government says Nigerians can now request their commercial banks to issue them with a debit card which doubles as their National Identity Card at no extra cost.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Pantami, who disclosed this in Abuja, said the approval was obtained at the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
According to Pantami, although the NIMC Act 2007 only mandates Nigerians to have a National Identity Number and not necessarily a printout card, demands for cards have swelled nonetheless. Read more
Keyamo, Ramatu Aliyu bemoan ministers of state’s fate (Tribune)
Ministers of State, Festus Keyamo and Ramatu Aliyu of Labour and Employment and Federal Capital Territory (FCT), respectively, have bemoaned the fate of junior ministers under the outgoing administration, with the legal luminary describing the position as a constitutional aberration.
Both ministers spoke at the valedictory session of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday.
They aired their greviances along with the other ministers in the last meeting before the expiration of the administration. Read more
Heidi Klum handles Cannes red carpet wardrobe malfunction like a pro (Yahoo)
Heidi Klum sure knows how to make an entrance. The 49-year-old supermodel and America’s Got Talent judge stole the spotlight at the Cannes Film Festival premiere of La Passion De Dodin Bouffant with a daring look that almost had her baring it all on the red carpet.
Dressed in a vibrant yellow Zuhair Murad Couture gown, Heidi rocked a bold ensemble that had everyone talking. The gown flowed gracefully as she ascended the carpeted stairs, with a long trailing cape adding an extra touch of drama to her entrance.
Yes, folks, we’re talking about an almost-unnoticeable wardrobe malfunction that happened while she was striking those fierce poses for the cameras – and Heidi handled the whole thing like the professional she is. Read more
”Barbie” soundtrack to feature new music from Dua Lipa, Lizzo, Ice Spice — and Ryan Gosling (People)
The “Barbie” film soundtrack is officially on its way!
On Thursday, the tracklist for Barbie the Album was announced featuring new music from Lizzo, Ice Spice, Haim, Nicki Minaj and Dua Lipa — the latter who sings on disco-style track “Dance the Night Away,” the first single to be released from the soundtrack this Friday.
The cover of the LP features none other than the movie’s lead star Margot Robbie. The actress, 32, is seen in character in the image, wearing a colorful headscarf with bright pink sunglasses. She gazes down at a pink printed Barbie newspaper, revealing the names of the artists on the upcoming soundtrack on the front. Read more
Patriot missile success in Ukraine has shocked even the Pentagon – Kyiv (Newsweek)
Ukraine’s success with US-made Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems in the war with Russia has shocked even the Pentagon, according to a military analyst.
Ivan Kirichevskiy, an expert at military media and consulting company Defense Express, weighed in on Kyiv’s use of the advanced missile system in an interview with Ukraine’s Radio NV. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had been requesting the crucial defense system for months before it finally arrived.
Washington agreed in October 2022 to send Kyiv the Patriot missile systems, which can target aircraft, cruise missiles and shorter-range ballistic missiles. Zelensky said they could help counter Russian strikes on its energy infrastructure and residential areas. Germany and the Netherlands also committed to sending Patriot systems to Ukraine. Read more
Bill Lee, Father of Spike Lee and Do The Right Thing composer, dead at 94 (ET)
Bill Lee, the father of Spike Lee who scored many of his son’s early films, has died. He was 94.
The filmmaker confirmed the news in an Instagram post, sharing a link to his father’s obituary in The New York Times. According to The Times, Lee died on Wednesday morning at his home in Brooklyn, New York.
A notable musician in his own right, Lee composed the soundtracks for his son’s films, including 1986’s She’s Gotta Have It, 1988’s School Daze, 1989’s Do The Right Thing and 1990’s Mo’ Better Blues. The father-son duo eventually experienced a falling out in the early 1990s and parted ways professionally. Read more
Leonardo Di Caprio, Tobey Maguire, Queen Latifah among guests at Aston Martin party during Cannes Film Festival (Variety)
Leonardo Di Caprio, Tobey Maguire, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Queen Latifah were among the guests at Aston Martin’s 110th anniversary party Wednesday at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, on the French Riviera. The luxury car company also unveiled the first in a new generation of sports cars, the DB12.
Other actors in attendance included Kate Beckinsale, James Marsden and James Bond actor Jeffrey Wright.
They were joined by singer-songwriter Adam Lambert. The world of fashion was represented by leading models Winnie Harlow, Lais Ribeiro, Alessandra Ambrosio and Poppy Delevingne. Read more
Billy Bragg says AI music “will never be the real thing” (FarOut)
Singer-songwriter and left-wing activist Billy Bragg has offered his thoughts on the rise of AI music, claiming that it will never be able to replicate the kind of tunes that a human being can compose, also noting the “transgressive” nature of music that cannot be achieved by a computer.
“The thing about music is that it’s an art form that is fundamentally based on empathy,” Bragg recently told The Independent. “A song, whether it’s recorded music or particularly live music, has the ability to make you feel that you’re not alone.”
“That feeling of going to a gig with 10,000 other people, and that sense that whatever emotions you’ve invested in that song are accepted,” he added, “And in that moment that you’re not alone… you can’t get that s*** online. [AI music] will never be the real thing.” Read more
3 dead including 2 police officers in central Japan gun-knife attack (VOA)
Police in Japan’s central Nagano prefecture said Thursday that three people, including two police officers, were killed and a fourth person was injured in a knife and gun attack, with the suspected attacker holed up in a building in the city of Nakano.
Japanese media report police responded to calls about a stabbing at about 4:25 p.m. local time in Nakano city, some 240 kilometers northwest of Tokyo. A witness told Japanese broadcaster NHK he saw a woman fleeing a man dressed in camouflage clothing. He said the woman fell and the man stabbed her.
When they arrived at the scene, police said the assailant opened fire, striking two officers. The woman and both officers later died of their injuries at a local hospital. Read more
UN conference pledges fall short of $7b goal for Horn of Africa (AlJazeera)
A United Nations-backed conference raised $2.4bn on Wednesday to prevent famine in the Horn of Africa, which is reeling from its worst drought in decades as global temperatures rise.
The money will provide life-saving assistance for nearly 32 million people across Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, the world body’s humanitarian agency OCHA said in a statement.
“Famine has been averted, thanks in part to the tremendous efforts of local communities, humanitarian organizations and authorities, as well as the support of donors,” OCHA said. Read more
Volkanovski eyes fifth Adesanya, Pereira fight (Punch)
Alexander Volkanovski believes that Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira will compete against one another again in the future.
Throughout the course of their rivalry, Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira have fought each other four times. The first two meetings came in kickboxing, and the third in mixed martial arts. While Pereira raced out to a 3-0 lead, Adesanya got a measure of revenge by knocking ‘Poatan’ out earlier this year, reclaiming the UFC middleweight championship in the process.
For now, Pereira is expected to make his debut at light heavyweight in his next outing. Adesanya, meanwhile, will defend his strap against the winner of Robert Whittaker vs Dricus du Plessis later this year. Read more
Oki sweeps poll to takeover Lagos FA (Nation)
Fouad Oki was yesterday elected as the Chairman of Lagos State Football Association and will now replace former Nigeria Football Federation ( NFF) 1st vice president Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi to run Eko Football.
In a keenly contested election which took place at the Mobolaji Johnson Stadium in Onikan, Lagos, Oki defeated the former acting chairman, Tade Azeez as he polled 13 votes against his challenger who got only one vote.
Also in the yesterday poll, Gafar Olawale Liameed also emerged the Vice Chairman of the Lagos FA. The CEO of 36 Lions FC of Lagos defeated Dotun Coker by 10 votes to 4 votes. Read more
Slot commits to Feyenoord as Spurs’ manager search goes on (France24)
Arne Slot has committed to staying at Feyenoord, ruling himself out of contention for the vacant Tottenham manager’s job.
The Dutchman had reportedly become a leading contender to replace Antonio Conte at Spurs after leading the Rotterdam club to the Eredivisie title.
Talks between Slot’s management and Feyenoord took place this week and the 44-year-old is set to stay at De Kuip. Read more
Veteran defender Jordi Alba leaving Barcelona this summer (TorontoStar)
Spain left-back Jordi Alba will leave Barcelona this summer after 11 years with the Catalan club.
The 34-year-old Alba and the Spanish champions announced Wednesday that they’ve agreed to terminate his contract one season early.
Alba, who joined in 2012 from Valencia, helped Barcelona will six La Liga titles, five Copa del Rey trophies and the Champions League in 2015. Read more
Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz in same half of French Open draw (StraitsTimes)
Novak Djokovic could face world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz in the semi-finals of the French Open after both players were placed in the same half of the draw on Thursday.
Djokovic is chasing a record 23rd men’s Grand Slam singles title in the absence of the injured Rafael Nadal, who will miss the May 28-June 11 tournament at Roland Garros for the first time since his 2005 title-winning debut.
The third-seeded Serb, French Open champion in 2016 and 2021, meets 114th-ranked Aleksandar Kovacevic of the United States in the first round in Paris – the first French Open since 1998 without Nadal or the now retired Roger Federer. Read more
Wayne Parnell: Durham sign South Africa all-rounder for T20 Blast (BBC)
Durham have signed South Africa all-rounder Wayne Parnell for their T20 Blast campaign.
The 33-year-old has taken 268 wickets in 264 T20 matches and helped Worcestershire to the 2018 title.
Parnell is expected to link up with Durham this weekend after playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.
He also has experience in county cricket with Sussex, Glamorgan, Kent and Northamptonshire. Read more