Lagos shuts hospital’s ICU over chef’s death (Punch)
The Lagos State Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency has shut down the Intensive Care Unit of Premier Specialists’ Medical Centre, Victoria Island, over the death of a chef, Peju Ugboma.
PUNCH Metro had reported that Peju died after undergoing a botched surgery for fibroid related ailment at the hospital.
However, the pastry chef suffered internal bleeding after the surgery, which made her condition to deteriorate and she was later admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital, where she was placed on a respirator.
The family, who accused the hospital of sedating her intravenously, said the management of Premier Specialists’ Medical Centre moved Peju to Evercare Hospital in Lekki Phase 1 for CT scan and dialysis, but it was discovered that she did not have a pulse and emergency CPR was performed, but she was later pronounced dead. Read more
Fire from Chinese restaurant ignited gas leak from Lagos truck – LASEMA (Guardian)
The fire that trailed the leakage from a moving cooking gas truck in Lagos on Thursday came from the kitchen of restaurant.
The restaurant is located at the Ogun State Property Investment Corporation (OPIC) Plaza where other offices were equally burnt.
Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, made these known in Lagos on Saturday while reading a preliminary report on its investigation of the incident.
“Close investigation revealed that the leaking cooking gas from the truck was ignited by the exposed fire from the kitchen of the New Chinese restaurant inside OPIC Plaza.
“As a result of wind action, the whole area of OPIC Structure was engulfed with fire. Read more
Jonathan’s kinswoman becomes world best in Cambridege (Nation)
Miss Cherish Daniel Markson, a kinswoman of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Ogbia Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, has bagged the Top in World Award in Law and High Achievement in Sociology from Cambridge International.
Cherish, a student of Bridge House College, Lagos and daughter of Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, the immediate past Commissioner for Information and Orientation in Bayelsa State, received the prestigious award for her outstanding achievement in her Advanced Subsidiary Level Examination, November 2020/2021 series.
The international qualification is recognised globally by the world’s best universities and employers as giving students a wide range of options in their education and career.
The school said Cherish achieved all A-stars in nine of her IGCSE subjects, English, Mathematics, Biology, Geography, Literature, Business Studies, Economics, History and ICT. Read more
Angry youths block Kaduna-Abuja highway, as bandits kill four, abduct 49 in Kaduna community (ThisDay)
Angry youths, on Saturday, blocked the Kaduna- Abuja following the killing of four people and the abduction of 49 others in a weeklong attack by rampaging bandits in Angwan Madaki, Kakau community, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna state.
The community, located on the outskirts of Kaduna metropolis, was said to have come under persistent attacks by bandits throughout the week.
The latest attack, according to sources in the community, occurred on Friday at about 10pm when the bandits stormed the community, killed two people and abducted 20 others, including the chief, his wife and brother.
Speaking in a telephone interview on Saturday, the source said a total of four people were killed, while 49 people were abducted within three days. Read more
We must deal with social media monster, says Oyedepo (Nation)
President, Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel), Bishop David Oyedepo has urged the government and well-meaning Nigerians to deal with the monster of social media.
Bishop Oyedepo called for an urgent step to device means of checking free and unhindered access to social media.
He added that the present generation may lose her heroes to social media disaster, adding that “we must wake up from our slumber to deal with this monster.”
The clergyman made the call at the weekend during the seventh convocation ceremony of Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Irepodun local government area. Read more
Thousands dump APC in Kwara State, burn brooms (DailyTrust)
Thousands of aggrieved members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), on Saturday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, dumped the party to form what they described as a “Third Force”.
This is coming just as political activities for the 2023 election gained momentum in the state.
The MM Event centre venue of the decamping exercise along Offa Road was full to capacity as thousands of APC card-carrying members burnt scores of brooms, which is the symbol of the party.
The Kwara Central Senatorial Chairman, Alhaji Abdulfatai Abdulrahman – flanked by other notables leaders – who addressed the gathering, said their “New party will soon be unveiled in due course”. Read more
Police arrest teenager who staged own kidnap to avoid studying medicine (Guardian)
The Police in Ekiti State have arrested a 1Nation-old girl alongside three accomplices for faking her own kidnap.
Police spokesman, ASP Sunday Abutu, said on Saturday at Ado-Ekiti that the suspects were arrested on Thursday at their hotel hideout.
Abutu said the supposed victim admitted that she conspired with those arrested to actualise her dream of becoming an actor as against studying medicine, which was her mother’s choice.
He explained that the girl said she conspired with the others to raise money from her family members to enable her to relocate from Ekiti State to pursue her dream.
“She said she did it since her mother had insisted that she goes through medical field as against her dream of becoming an actress,’’ Abutu said. Read more
2021 UTME: Candidates say power outage delays exams (Guardian)
Some candidates, who sat for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Maraba and some parts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), have complained of some slight technical issues at their Computer Based Centre, while some described the exercise, as peaceful and hitch-free.
They made the remarks, while speaking with a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who monitored the exercise in FCT and Mararaba on Saturday.
Some of the candidates stated that they were made to sit for the examination after having been thoroughly checked by JAMB officials and security agents.
At the Royal Midland CBT centre in Maraba, a candidate, Ayuba Perez, said the centre experience power outage which delayed the examination. Read more
Amina Mohammed re-appointed UN deputy secretary-general (Punch)
Nigeria’s Amina Mohammed has been re-appointed as Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.
António Guterres on Friday asked Mohammed to serve as Deputy Secretary-General for a second term, shortly after the UN General Assembly re-appointed him for a second term.
Guterres’ second term starts on January 1, 2022, and will run for a period of five years. He succeeded Ban Ki-moon in January 2017 as the ninth secretary-general.
While speaking with journalists after taking the oath of office for a second term, he said has extended an offer to Mohammed to continue in office. Read more
Juneteenth: After decades, Opal Lee finally gets her day off (BBC)
Opal Lee was 12 when a mob of white supremacists vandalised and set fire to her family’s home in Fort Worth, Texas.
Helpless, she watched her home burn to the ground as police stood by, doing nothing to stop the violence.
The attack happened in 1939 on 19 June, a symbolic date that commemorates the end of slavery in the US.
Known as Juneteenth, the date would leave a lasting impression on Ms Lee, who channelled her experiences of racism into a life of teaching, activism and campaigning. Read more
3 dead, 2 missing under Belgium school collapse (Guardian)
Three construction workers were confirmed dead and two still missing on Saturday, a day after a school construction site partially collapsed in the Belgian city of Antwerp.
The city’s fire department tweeted that three bodies had been found under the rubble.
“Despite this terrible toll, the rescue work continues unabated until we are also able to free the two remaining missing persons,” it said.
Collapsed school in Belgium.
Two of the dead were from Portugal and Romania, police told local media. Read more
Valuable 350-year-old oil paintings found in skip (BBC)
German police have issued an appeal for information after two valuable 17th Century paintings were discovered dumped in a road-side skip.
The oil paintings are believed to be by Dutch artist Samuel van Hoogstraten and Italian Pietro Bellotti, police said.
A man found the paintings at a motorway service station on the A7 south of Würzburg in Bavaria last month.
He handed them in to police in the city of Cologne. No one has yet claimed the artworks.
An initial assessment by an art expert concluded the two framed paintings were originals, police said. Read more
Turkish women rally to defend rights (RFI)
Hundreds of women rally in Istanbul on Saturday, urging President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to reverse his decision to withdraw from an anti-violence treaty ahead of a formal exit on July 1.
Erdogan sparked outrage in March by pulling out of the world’s first binding treaty to prevent and combat violence against women, known as the Istanbul Convention.
The anger has not subsided with women’s groups organising two big protests in Istanbul, one on Saturday and another on July 1 to pressure the government to roll back the decision before the official withdrawal. Smaller protests are planned until July 1.
Over 1,000 women from across Turkey took part in the demonstration on the Asian side of Istanbul surrounded by a heavy police presence, an AFP correspondent said. Read more
Body of missing US woman found in Russia (Punch)
Russian investigators said Saturday they have detained a man on suspicion of murder after finding the body of a foreign woman the media identified as a missing American student.
Russian news agencies identified the woman as 34-year-old US citizen Catherine Serou.
Earlier this week, investigators said that a 34-year-old foreign woman who lived just outside Nizhny Novgorod, a city some 420 kilometres (260 miles) east of Moscow, had gone missing after getting into an unidentified car.
They said she had moved to Russia in 2019 to enrol in a master’s programme in law at Nizhny Novgorod’s Lobachevsky State University. Read more
Ultraconservative cleric Raisi elected Iran’s next president (BBC)
Hardliner Ebrahim Raisi has won Iran’s presidential election in a race that was widely seen as being designed to favour him.
He thanked Iranians for their support, after securing 62% of the votes.
Mr Raisi is Iran’s top judge and holds ultra-conservative views. He is under US sanctions and has been linked to past executions of political prisoners.
Iran’s president is the second-highest ranking official in the country, after the supreme leader. Read more
Food delivery workers demand ‘respect, dignity’ at Paris protest against abuse (RFI)
Around a hundred delivery workers have demonstrated in Paris to denounce attacks and racist insults they say they have suffered while on the job. The protesters demanded to be treated with respect and dignity.
The protest got underway at Place de la République on Friday, with demonstrators recounting the aggressive and contemptuous insults they face from both customers and employers alike.
Gig economy delivery workers say they endure racist insults on a daily basis, and want to have their voices heard under the Collectif des Livreurs autonomes des Plateformes (CLAP), which organised Friday’s event.
Jérôme Pimot, organiser and spokesperson for the food delivery workers collective, said: “We’re not talking about labour rights, but human rights.” Read more
Tokyo scraps Olympics public viewing sites (Guardian)
Tokyo will cancel all public Olympics viewing events in an effort to reduce the risk of coronavirus infections, the city governor said Saturday.
Having postponed the Games for a year because of the pandemic, Japan has already banned overseas spectators — in an Olympics first — while reducing the number of participants, volunteers and guests.
However, officials are forging ahead with hosting the Games from July 23.
“We have decided to cancel these live viewing sites that gather people,” Yuriko Koike told reporters, after meeting Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. Read more
Max Verstappen beats Lewis Hamilton to pole in France (BBC)
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took an impressive pole position ahead of title rival Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes at the French Grand Prix.
Verstappen, who has looked the pace-setter all weekend, beat Hamilton by 0.258 seconds for the Dutchman’s first pole since the opening race in Bahrain.
Hamilton was 0.128secs clear of team-mate Valtteri Bottas with the second Red Bull of Sergio Perez in fourth.
Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz was fifth ahead of the Alpha Tauri of Pierre Gasly. Read more
I can’t wait to play for Nigeria― Ben Iroha Jnr (Vanguard)
His father, Ben Iroha is a former Nigeria international, whose place in Nigerian football folklore is well secured. Iroha, a versatile defender in his days, belongs to that golden generation which, in 1994 took Nigeria to global reckoning, when, from nowhere, the Super Eagles emerged as the 5th best national football team in the world and second most entertaining national team, according to FIFA. Intriguingly, the son of this famous footballer, Ben Iroha Jnr is not playing football today. Instead, he has chosen to chart his own course and be known for what he loves to do best; playing Basketball.
Naturally, it would not have been out of place to expect that the former Super Eagles star’s son, Ben Iroha Jnr, to take after his father. “He has the basic skills of a footballer, played the game as a minor, and was even awarded a scholarship by Watford Football Club in England,” Iroha said of his son. “But he turned down the offer. He wanted the entire family to move to England if he was to go to Watford.”
With the Watford ‘distraction’ off his path, young Ben Iroha Jnr. concentrated on his Basketball and vowed to take it to the highest level. “I started playing basketball when I was 10 and hope to continue playing the game to as long as it can take me,” he said. Read more
Griezmann salvages a point for France against Hungary at Euro 2020 (RFI)
Hungary held world champions France to a 1-1 draw on Saturday to maintain their hopes of progress to the knockout stages of Euro 2020.
Following their 3-0 defeat to Portugal in their opening Group F game on 15 June, Hungary knew they required at least a point to continue their interest in the tournament.
And they started strongly in front of a rowdy Puskas Arena in Budapest. But France gradually began to dominate possession.
Kylian Mbappé had the first chance of the game. But the Paris Saint-Germain striker headed wide from Lucas Digne’s cross from the left. Read more
NBA play-offs: LA Clippers beat Utah Jazz to reach Western Conference finals for first time (BBC)
Los Angeles Clippers beat Utah Jazz 131-119 to secure a 4-2 series win and reach the NBA Western Conference finals for the first time.
Terance Mann scored a career-high 39 points for the Clippers, who trailed by 25 points in the third quarter.
“Everybody was telling me to shoot the ball and that’s what I did,” said Mann, who hit 15 of 21 shots from the floor and drained seven of 10 three pointers.
The Clippers will play Phoenix Suns for a place in the NBA finals. Read more
Rivers United technical manager, Eguma, regains freedom (Punch)
Two days after he was abducted by unknown gunmen, the technical manager of Rivets United Football Club, Stanley Eguma, has regained his freedom.
The General Manager of the football club, Chief Okey Kpalukwu, confirmed his release to our correspondent in Port Harcourt on Friday morning.
Recall that Eguma was abducted on Wednesday along the Enugu Road with two of his personal assistants on his way back from a Nigerian Professional Football League game against Adamawa United, played at the Ribadu Square Stadium, Yola, which the Port Harcourt-based side lost 2-0.Kpalukwu in a short message said that the Rivers United Club handler has breathed the air of freedom. Read more