Lagos pardons 14 inmates after 20yrs in prison (Tribune)
Lagos State government on Friday said it has pardoned 14 inmates of the Maximum Security Prison in Kirikiri who have been imprisoned for over 20 years for various offences, while 20 others on death row had their punishment converted to life imprisonment.
According to the state government, in a statement made available by Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Kayode Oyekanmi, the reprieve came through the Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy. Read more
Police arrest Lagos day care operator over defilement of baby (Punch)
A daycare operator in the Egbeda area of Lagos State, identified simply as Veronica, has been arrested by the police in connection with the defilement of a 21-month-old baby put in her care.
The child, Amaka (not real name), was reportedly molested at the facility by a yet-to-be identified person. Read more
Lagos residents to commute easily with Oshodi Interchange operation (ThisDay)
The Oshodi Transport Interchange Project, which is part of the Lagos State government’s planned effort to ease traffic challenges in Lagos, was during the week commissioned by President Muhammed Buhari, among a couple of other projects, following his second working visit to the state. Described as Africa’s first mega bus terminal, the president had during the inauguration observed that the project would impact development in and across the state. Read more
Lagos tenant lets out landlady’s apartment, diverts rent (Punch)
A tenant at a residence on Ayantuga Street, Mushin, Lagos State, Kolawole Lawal, has run into trouble after he allegedly rented out an apartment within the house without the landlady’s consent.
City Round learnt that the two-room apartment had been vacant until sometime in November 2018 when Lawal let it out to Bakare Abiodun for N280,000, including a N100,000 commission. Read more
Power outage hits Lagos, Ogun, others over gas pipeline leakage (Sun)
A major power outage has hit major parts of Lagos and neighboring Ogun State over a gas pipeline leakage leading to a drastic drop in power generation.
Statistics from the Advisory Power Team, Office of the Vice President indicated that peak generation attained on Thursday was 4,546 megawatts (MW) as against 4,624MW generated on Wednesday, representing a drop of 67MW. Read more
FG bars aircraft from landing at Lagos helipad (Punch)
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, the aviation industry safety regulator, has barred aircraft from landing on the Lagos-owned helipad on the premises of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.
Saturday PUNCH investigation revealed that the helipad had not been put to use since it was inaugurated on August 12, 2016 by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
Findings by Saturday PUNCH revealed that the Federal Government placed a ban on the usage of the helipad owing to safety concerns. Read more
Again, PDP calls on Lagos CP to get Segun Adewale arrested (Tribune)
Chairman, Lagos State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Adegbola Dominic, on Friday called on the state Commissioner of Police, Zubair Muazu, to get Otunba Segun Adewale aka Aeroland, who he said has been laying claim to the same chairmanship post, even though he is not a PDP member.
Dominic made this call in a signed petition written to the police boss, titled: “Unnecessary and Preventable Break-in and Entry at PDP Secretariat,” copy of which was made available to Tribune Online, complaining that Adewale and his thugs broke into the party office again early Friday on the pretext that they were holding a party meeting. Read more
Three killed in fresh Kaduna attacks (Nation)
The Kaduna State Government yesterday announced the imposition of 24-hour curfew on Kasuwan Magani area of Kajuru Local Government Area of the state.
The curfew followed the eruption of fresh crisis in the area on Thursday, during which three persons were killed and a house razed.
At dawn yesterday, the state government announced the imposition of the curfew to check further bloodshed. Read more
Groups seek Lagos lawmakers’ intervention over market leadership crisis (Nation)
Two groups, the Lagos State Auto Parts Dealers Association, (LASAPDA), Mushin zone and Concern Citizens and Stakeholders of Papa Ajao/Ladipo Community have cried out over the lingering leadership crisis at the popular Ladipo auto parts market in Mushin, Lagos State.
In a petition to the Lagos State House of Assembly and Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, the groups noted that the Babaloja of the market, Alhaji Oladotun Abibu-Oki, was being unnecessarily harassed and intimidated by a rival association. Read more
‘Avengers: Endgame’ has the biggest opening night box office ever (SlashFilm)
Avengers: Endgame just left all other blockbuster movie openings in the dust with a staggering $140 million-$150 million domestic opening day haul from its Thursday night premiere. Just a day after its theatrical release, and the Avengers Endgame box office is already setting records for the best opening day in cinematic history.
Could Avengers: Endgame crack $1 billion globally on its opening weekend? That is looking more and more likely after the record-shattering opening night in just its domestic Thursday night previews. Read more
Google releases Thanos Easter egg to mark new Avengers film Endgame (Independent)
Google is commemorating the release of Avengers: Endgame with a hidden, destructive Easter egg.
Anyone searching for the word “Thanos” today, as the film is released, will see normal results. But clicking on the Infinity Gauntlet that lurks in the corner of the screen will unleash a powerful destructive force.
Just like in the film, in which half of the world – and many of the world’s favourite superheroes – were wiped out with just a click of the fingers, pressing that cartoon glove will destroy half of the search results. Read more
Wife kills husband for adding porn channel to their cable TV subscription (Punch)
A woman from Arkansas, United States, ‘flew into a rage’ and killed her husband after seeing that a pornography channel had been added to their satellite television subscription.
Patricia Hill, 69, is currently standing trial for capital murder in the death of her husband, Frank Hill, 65, who was found dead at their home. Read more
Pastor forced girl into sex by threatening to report family to ICE – police (NYPost)
Authorities say a 38-year-old youth pastor at a now-defunct South Florida church coerced a girl into having sex with him by threatening to turn her family in to immigration officials.
The Sun-Sentinel reports Luis Clarke assaulted the 15-year-old girl over six months in 2016 and 2017 while he was a part-time youth pastor at Abrazo tu Sueño Church (“I Embrace Your Dream” in Spanish) in Pembroke Pines. Read more
Michael Douglas to Get Monte Carlo TV Festival lifetime honour (HollywoodReporter)
Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Michael Douglas will receive the Crystal Nymph career honor at this year’s Monte Carlo Television festival in June.
While the actor might be best known for such films as Wall Street, Fatal Attraction and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, he began his career in television with The Streets of San Francisco in 1972. Read more
Harvey Weinstein: judge postpones sex crimes trial of disgraced movie mogul (Guardian)
A judge on Friday postponed the sex crimes trial of Harvey Weinstein until September.
The trial of the disgraced movie mogul had been due to begin in New York on 3 June.
Judge James Burke barred the public and the press from Weinstein’s court appearance on Friday morning, after both prosecutors and defense lawyers asked for the hearing to be held in secret. Read more
Osaka Wins Vekic, Reaches First Career Clay-Court Semis (ChannelsTV)
World number one Naomi Osaka has hit back at her critics after fighting to a dramatic comeback win over Donna Vekic to reach her first career clay court semi-final in Stuttgart on Friday.
The 21-year-old Japanese battled back from 1-5 down in the final set to beat Vekic 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7/4) but denied that she was struggling this year.
“I don’t know why people are saying I am having a bad season,” she said. “I won the Australian Open, right?” Read more
Woods opts to skip Wells Fargo Championship (GolfChannel)
Tiger Woods will not play in next week’s Wells Fargo Championship, according to Charlotte, N.C. sports radio station WFNZ.
Woods had until 5 p.m. ET Friday to commit to the tournament.
An appearance at Quail Hollow seemed a natural fit in the event he was looking to make a competitive start between the Masters and the PGA Championship. Woods won the event in 2007 and made his return to the Charlotte stop last May after a six-year absence, finishing tied for 55th. Read more
Bakayoko to leave Milan? (FootballItalia)
Tiemoue Bakayoko is reportedly considering his future at Milan after being hurt by racial abuse.
Milan’s €35m option to buy Bakayoko from Chelsea appeared to be a formality if the Rossoneri qualified for the Champions League. Read more
Anthony Joshua drops first tweet after Eddie Hearn’s opponent declaration (Express)
Anthony Joshua is currently in need of a new dance partner for his American debut at Madison Square Garden on June 1.
The Brit was due to fight New York’s Jarrell Miller at the World’s Most Famous Arena but the pair’s bout was scrapped after emerged the American tested positive for three banned substances.
Team Joshua are currently working on finding the Olympian a new opponent but have yet to find one. Read more
Bolton’s Championship match with Brentford off due to wages dispute (Guardian)
Bolton’s troubled season hit its lowest point when Saturday’s Championship match at home to Brentford was called off, with Wanderers players refusing to play in protest at unpaid wages.
The club, relegated to League One last week, are in the process of completing a takeover but that has yet to be ratified by the Football League. Read more
Guardiola says City, Liverpool have set new Premier League standards (CNA)
Pep Guardiola says Manchester City and Liverpool have raised the bar in what is required to win a Premier League title after a blockbuster campaign by both teams.
If both sides win their remaining three games, Liverpool would finish the campaign on 97 points – the third-highest tally in the Premier League era – and still fail to end their 29-year wait for an English top-flight title because City would have 98. Read more
Half Marathon world record holder Abraham Kiptum suspended for doping (WAthletics)
The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) announced on Friday (26) a provisional suspension from competition against Kenya’s Abraham Kiptum for an Athlete Biological Passport violation.
Last year in October at Valencia half marathon, the 29-year-old Kiptum clocked 58:18 beating Zersenay Tadese’s Half Marathon world record by 5 seconds. Read more