LASU: Osinbajo delivers convocation lecture as 57 bag First Class (Sun)
Lagos State University (LASU) Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, yesterday disclosed that the institution will graduate 57 First Class students during the forthcoming convocation of the institution on Thursday, May 16.
Fagbohun, who told newsmen that the number is the highest in the history of the 36 years old institution, said last year, the university produced 26 First Class and less in 2017. Read more
Lagos hairdresser commits suicide over disagreements with boyfriend (Punch)
A resident of Fadausi Street, Ijeshatedo, Lagos State, Kenile Nwabuzor, has killed herself following protracted disagreements between her and her boyfriend identified as David.
City Round gathered that the duo had endured an unhealthy relationship since they met about two years ago. Our correspondent learnt that the matter came to a head on Thursday, April 11, 2019 when the 26-year-old hairdresser decided to commit suicide after David reportedly said he was no longer interested in the relationship. Read more
Outrage as teacher damages pupil’s eye with cane (Nation)
For Daniel Agboola, a Senior Secondary School Two pupil of Camp David Academy, Ogba, Lagos State, Friday, March 29 is a date etched in his memory for life. It was the day his teacher, Mr. Oludare Olaleye, damaged his right eye in the process of caning him.
The day had begun like any other as Daniel and his classmates prepared to sit an examination in the school’s hall. Olaleye, the supervisor for the exam, told the pupils to move out of the hall because the questions for the examination were not ready. Read more
Man rescues wife from kidnappers (Vanguard)
They drove back home in their separate cars, on April 1, 2019, from church, at about 9pm, with the woman ahead and her husband behind.
Little did they envisage that danger lurked ahead. The first move that signaled a nightmarish scenario occurred after a silver coloured Toyota Corrolla veered off its lane and drove behind the woman’s Toyota Sequoia. Then, all of a sudden, like a Hollywood action movie, the car, intercepted the woman’s, at Orchid road, by Abraham Adesanya, with two armed huge men jumping out of it. This caused other motorists to hurriedly leave the place. Read more
How we secured Zainab Aliyu, Ibrahim Abubakar’s release from Saudi Arabia – Minister (Nation)
The battle for the release of Zainab Aliyu and Ibrahim Abubakar followed a tortuous but well planned and coordinated process, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has said.
In a blow by blow analysis of the ministry’s action towards the eventual release of the duo, the minister said in a statement signed by the ministry’s acting spokesperson, Friday Akpan, that on receipt of the information of the arrest of the duo on the same plane, through the the Nigerian Consulate in Jeddah, government stepped in and requested for full investigation to ascertain the innocence of the duo, who are not related. Read more
Gowon, Obaseki, Okowa, others bid Ejoor farewell (Sun)
Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon yesterday said the unity of Nigeria is a collective responsibility of everyone.
Gowon made the remarks at the funeral rite of the late Maj-Gen. David Ejoor in his hometown, Ovwor, Olomu Kingdom in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State.
Presenting his tribute, Gowon said that Ejoor believed in the unity of Nigeria. Read more
It’s rubbish to say Buhari won’t return on May 5 –Presidency (Punch)
The Presidency has dismissed suggestions President Muhammadu Buhari is undergoing medical treatment in the United Kingdom and may not return on May 5 as originally scheduled.
The President embarked on a 10-day private visit to the UK on April 25, saying he would return to the country on May 5.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, reacted on Friday when Saturday PUNCH sought views on the issue. Read more
Alleged rape of Abuja sex workers Police raise team to probe men (Nation)
The FCT police Command said it had set up a team to probe allegations of rape against some of its personnel.
The alleged rape was said to have occurred on April 27, 2019 when some suspected commercial sex workers were raided at Caramelo Night Club by the FCTA Joint Task Team.
Some of the commercial sex workers alleged that they were harassed, molested and assaulted by some policemen. Read more
Melaye’s mother represented core Christian values, says Saraki (Sun)
President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed anguish over the death of the mother of Senator Dino Melaye, Deaconess Comfort Melaye, who he described as a worthy matriarch that bequeathed her generation with godly and respectable children.
Saraki, in statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said the late Madam Melaye would be remembered for her philanthropy, good nature and exemplification of the core Christian values. Read more
Some banks’ workers sabotaging our investigations –Magu (Punch)
The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu, has expressed concern about the way some members of staff of banks are sabotaging the commission’s anti-corruption fight.
He, therefore, called on banks to ensure a proper monitoring of their staff in order to prevent “insider abuse,” saying they are critical stakeholders in EFCC’s operations. Read more
Congo ebola death toll nears 1,000, says WHO (ThisDay)
The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday said it feared continued “intense transmission’’ of Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where deaths from a nine-month-old epidemic are 994 and expected to exceed 1,000 within hours.
Dr Michael Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, said this at a news conference in Geneva. Read more
UN panel calls WikiLeaks founder’s UK sentence excessive (Independent)
A panel of legal experts affiliated with the United Nations has criticized the 50-week sentence a British judge imposed on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for jumping bail.
The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said Friday that Assange’s punishment was “disproportionate” for his “minor violation.” The panel questioned why he is being held in a high security prison “as if he were convicted for a serious criminal offense according to AP. Read more
Trump and Putin discuss nuclear weapons, Mueller report in 1-hour call (CBC)
U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday about nuclear weapons, the possibility of getting China into a three-party arms control pact, and the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, where Moscow is propping up the current government over the U.S.-backed opposition.
During their conversation, which lasted more than an hour, they also discussed North Korea, Ukraine, U.S.-Russia trade and “very, very briefly” special counsel Robert Mueller’s just-completed report on Moscow’s interference in the 2016 election, according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. Read more
Mbappe suspended for three matches (Punch)
Paris St-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe has been banned for three games after being sent off in the French Cup final, while disciplinary proceedings have been opened against team-mate Neymar.
France international Mbappe was sent-off for a bad foul in extra time of the 2-2 draw, with Rennes winning 6-5 on penalties. Read more
Mourinho aims dig at Scholes and Neville (Eurosport)
Jose Mourinho appeared to criticise both Gary Neville and Paul Scholes over their careers in management.
Neville infamously suffered a string of defeats as manager of Valencia in the 2015/16 season, and this year Scholes spent just 31 days as manager of Oldham Athletic.
The United defender took a sabbatical from his work with Sky Sports to take up the role, before returning to the screens, while Scholes regularly works as a pundit for BT Sport. Read more
Barca for Life: Catalans insist Messi going nowhere (Punch)
Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg football match between Barcelona and Liverpool at the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona.
Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu believes Lionel Messi will retire at the Camp Nou a one-club player and added that the forward might not hang up his boots until the age of 45. Read more
Poland 2019: Flying Eagles tackle Saudi Arabia in Vienna (Nation)
Nigerian and Saudi Arabian U-20 squads will be at each other’s jugular in Vienna, Austria on Sunday night as both teams continue to perfect their preparations for this year’s FIFA U20 World Cup finals in Poland.
Both teams were scheduled to clash in a friendly in Jeddah earlier in the year but unforeseen events led to the cancellation. Read more
‘Phenomenon’ Ronaldo stretches Torino’s 24-year wait for win at Juventus (Vanguard) Cristiano Ronaldo headed in a late equaliser to spoil Torino’s dream of a first win at city rivals Juventus in nearly a quarter of a century on Friday and frustrate their bid to move into the Champions League places.
Sasa Lukic had fired Torino ahead after 17 minutes in a match brought forward a day to avoid clashing with Saturday’s 70th anniversary of the air disaster that wiped out the all-conquering ‘Grande Torino’ team of the 1940s. Read more
How to sustain CAF tourneys club increase (Independent)
Leadership of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) were in cheerful mood when on Saturday, April 27, 2019, the body received good news from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) that Nigeria will be allowed to register four teams at next season’s continental football.
This means the country will present two clubs each for both the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederation Cup, after two seasons with only two clubs in the continental competitions. Read more
Rohr to hold 2019 AFCON talks with Mikel in England (DailyTrust)
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr will travel to the United Kingdom to hold talks with Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
For one reason or another, the Chelsea legend has not featured for the national team since his last appearance against Argentina on June 26 at the 2018 World Cup, and the German hopes to convince the midfielder to return to the Super Eagles for his last Africa Cup of Nations. Read more
Chukwueze: Playing in England is still an ambition for me (Tribune)
Nigeria and Villarreal winger, Samuel Chukwueze has expressed his desire to play in the English Premier League after a failed move to Arsenal.
The 19-year-old has blossomed into one of the most exciting wingers in the Spanish LaLiga, scoring eight goals across all competitions this season.
Premier League sides Manchester City and Liverpool are reportedly monitoring his progress according to the Daily Mail. He has also been linked to Atletico Madrid. Read more
Sarri defends benching Hazard in Europa stalemate (Punch)
Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri defended his decision to leave Eden Hazard on the bench and said his team “deserved a trophy” after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday.
Pedro’s first-half equaliser gave Chelsea a potentially crucial away goal after a hard-fought clash at the Commerzbank Arena. Read more