Man dies after watching football match with girlfriend in Lagos (Punch)
A man, Chika Uba, has died after taking his 32-year-old girlfriend, Amaka Joseph, to watch a football match on Adeniyi Jones Avenue in the Ikeja Local Government Area of Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that Uba went to pick Amaka from her residence on Ogunsolu Street, Cement area of Ikeja, and they both went to watch an English Premier League match between Chelsea and Leicester City at the Runway Bar on Adeniyi Jones Avenue.
After the match, it was learnt that Uba took Amaka back to her residence, but the story took another dimension when he got to her residence and allegedly started behaving strangely.
It was learnt that Amaka sought the assistance of her neighbour, Macaulay Justice, who helped in rushing Uba to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, for urgent medical attention. Read more
Sanwo-Olu urges Lagosians to be security conscious (Nation)
Wife of Lagos State governor Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu has urged Lagosians to tackle insecurity by developing a sense of community, where security is the duty of all.
She said parents, market women and community leaders must share intelligence and interrogate strange movements in the environment.
The governor’s wife admonished parents and guardians to protect their children and encourage them to speak up in the face of threats to their welfare.
To Mrs. Sanwo-Olu, insecurity is not limited to banditry or terrorism, but extends to other acts capable of upseting people at domestic level and the markets. Read more
Baron caught with N8bn cocaine in Lagos offers $24,500 bribe (Punch)
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have arrested a suspect, Ejiofor Enwereaku, with 36 blocks of cocaine weighing 27.95km with a street value of over N8b.
Enwereaku was said to have been arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Friday.
The agency’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday titled: ‘NDLEA intercepts N8bn cocaine, arrests drug kingpin at Lagos airport’.
Babafemi described the suspect as the leader of a syndicate, which allegedly specialised in using unsuspecting travellers for trafficking cocaine to various countries. Read more
Insurance Brokers admit Sanwo-Olu as Fellow (Leadership)
Insurance brokers, under the auspices of the Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers(NCRIB) have admitted the Lagos State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu as fellow.
The admission of Sanwo-Olu as well as his Enugu State counterpart, Mr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi into the prestigious cadre of the council as honorary fellows was in recognition of their pivotal role in the society as well as their support for professional bodies.
In the same vein, the council admitted the chairman, House Representatives committee on Insurance and Actuarial Matters, Hon Nwokocha Darlington and the commissioner for Insurance, Mr. Sunday Thomas as honorary fellows.
Also admitted into the fellowship cadre of the council were thirty nine other professional members who have scaled the hurdles of clinching the highest professional cadre of the council.
The admission of the new fellows at the fellows day/induction held in Lagos amidst strict compliance with Covid-19 safety protocols swelled the number of fellows of the council to 139. Read more
Lagos motorists driving against traffic risk imprisonment, vehicle forfeiture (Punch)
The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (task force) has announced that motorists caught driving against the traffic will now face up to a year in prison if convicted and their vehicles will be forfeited to the government.
The task force said this in a statement by the Head of Public Affairs, Femi Moliki, on Sunday while announcing that 10 vehicles were impounded for driving against the traffic when the Chairman of the agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye, led his team on a routine enforcement of the traffic law at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road on Friday.
Jejeloye said despite the impound-and-auction policy of the state government, motorists were still driving against the traffic, adding that any driver found guilty would now face one year imprisonment and have the vehicle forfeited.
The statement read in part, “Forthwith, the task force will start prosecuting drivers of vehicles impounded for one-way (driving against traffic). Read more
Attahiru: Buhari approves Monday work-free day for armed forces (Guardian)
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that the National Flag Fly at half-mast in honour of the late chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru and other officers that died in an air crash on Friday.
The President has similarly approved Monday as a work-free day for members of the Armed Forces.
A statement by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha noted
that President Buhari authorized that the National Flag should be flown at half-mast in all public buildings, facilities and official residences with effect from today, Monday 24th to Wednesday 26th May 2021.
Mustapha explained that the approval was to honour the memory and services of the former army boss, ten senior military and service members. Read more
Open Grazing Ban: Southern Govs should factor good herders in their policy – Igbo Youths (Vanguard)
A group of Igbo Youth Vanguard for Peace and Harmonious living has asked the Southern Governors of Nigeria to consider the effect their ban on open grazing will have on herders who hitherto conducted their cattle rearing peacefully in their host communities.
The group said that the ban is capable of taking tolls on innocent herdsmen who were never part of the criminality that has in the present time become associated with cattle rearing business.
Speaking on the sideline of the recent uproar that trailed the statements of the Attorney General of Federation, AGF, and Minister for Justice, Mallam Abubakar Malami on the Southern Governors ban on open grazing, the Igbo Youths said that it beholds on the Governors to provide an enabling environment that will make it easy for herders to ranch their cows. Read more
Nigeria declares 90 passengers from Brazil, India, Turkey persons of interest (Guardian)
Nigeria’s Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 has declared 90 passengers who arrived in Nigeria from Brazil, India and Turkey between 8th May 2021 and 15th May 2021, through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja as persons of interest (POI), noting that they posd considerable danger to public health.
The committee said it will disable the travel passports of the affected passengers for a period not less than one year, cancel visas or permits of foreign nationals among them and may prosecute them.
The 108 passengers, which include Nigerians and foreigners, were accused of violating Nigeria’s COVID-19 travel protocol by evading the mandatory 7-day quarantine for persons arriving from restricted countries.
Official figures showed that out of 90 defaulters, 63 Nigerians, 26 Indians and one Dane. Read more
How unknown gunmen attacked INEC secretariat, police division in Anambra (Vanguard)
Unknown gunmen Sunday evening attacked B Division of the Nigeria Police Divisional Station and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Akwa, Anambra.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the fully armed attackers came in three Hilux trucks at about 8pm on Sunday, May 23.
An eyewitness who almost ran into the troubled area located in between the popular Ekwueme Square, Awka said the bandits shot into the air close to one hour at B Police Division before proceeding to INEC office.
The source who spoke in anonymity, said before proceeding to INEC, the gunmen drove to Aroma junction and shot in the air for about 10 minutes which made residents scamper for safety before they headed down to INEC. Read more
Sasha Johnson: Black Lives Matter activist critical after shooting, her political party says (BBC)
Prominent Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson is in a critical condition after being shot, her political party says.
Taking the Initiative Party said she was being treated in intensive care after being shot in the head in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The BBC understands the incident happened in south London.
The Metropolitan Police said a 27-year-old woman was shot shortly before 03:00 at a gathering in Southwark. Read more
5 Israelis among 14 killed in Italian cable car accident (Guardian)
Fourteen people died including five Israelis on Sunday when a cable car slammed into the side of a mountain in northern Italy, emergency services said.
An Israeli couple living in Italy died along with one child, while their five-year-old was fighting for his life with brain trauma and broken legs, according to the Alpine rescue service.
A nine-year-old Italian child was also among the dead, it said, adding that the toll could rise further from the accident in Stresa, a resort town on the shores of Lake Maggiore in Italy’s Piedmont region, it said. Read more
“My Instagram account gave me confidence and purpose” (BBC)
When Olivia Crowley graduated from university last summer she found it all but impossible to find a job.
With the coronavirus pandemic in full swing, the UK jobs market had come to a standstill – hardy any firms were hiring.
Young people like Olivia, 22, were particularly badly affected, as official figures showed. While the UK unemployment rate was 4.5% for June to August 2020, it soared to 14.1% for 16 to 24-year-olds.
“It was so competitive, and I just didn’t know how I was going to find a job,” says Olivia, from Essex, who got a degree in creative media practice from Bath Spa University. Read more
170 children in DRC feared missing after volcanic eruption – UNICEF (Vanguard)
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Sunday that hundreds of children and families in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) district of Goma were at risk after the Mount Nyiragongo volcanic eruption.
The sky turned red and lava spewed from the volcano on Saturday, causing thousands to flee the city of two million people, located just to the south.
UNICEF, in a statement said that more than 150 children had been separated from their families and more than 170 were feared missing.
News reports indicate that up to five people may have died during the evacuation, and some houses have reportedly been lost in the north of Goma. Read more
“Western” diet like pizza, burgers and sweets found to damage gut health (Metro)
‘Western’ diets high in sugar, fat and processed food can cause inflammation and gut disorders, according to a new study. These kinds of foods can damage immune ‘Paneth’ cells, which are key for keeping inflammation in check. This puts people at risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), according to Washington University School of Medicine researchers. Foods that don’t sit well with Paneth cells include butter, pastries, chocolate, sweets, pizza, burgers and white bread – common staples of British and American diets that are high in fat, sugar and salt. Read more
2 months after Palma raid, Mozambique survivors still on run (Guardian)
A constant nervous smile on Julia Francisco’s face masks the anguish of fleeing extremist militants roaming northern Mozambique, then giving birth on a boat sailing in rough Indian ocean waters.
Relieved to be now safe in Pemba, the capital city of northern Cabe Delgado province, the 21-year-old mother sat under a makeshift shelter at Paquitequete beach, holding her four-day-old daughter, loosely wrapped with a burgundy floral fabric.
After eight days on a fishing boat, she spent the next three on the beach before being moved to a transit centre at a municipal stadium. Read more
Billie Eilish announces mammoth Happier Than Ever 2022 world tour (Metro)
Billie Eilish is making the most of the upcoming post-pandemic travel freedom by embarking on a world tour in 2022. The singer, 19, announced the first leg of a global tour to perform the songs from her album Happier Than Ever on Friday. The star, whose album is set for release on July 30, broke the news by posting a video on Instagram along with the caption: ‘GOING ON TOURRRRRR AGAINNNNNN JSKCHSKCJSLFJKSNDHSK FINALLYYYYYYY “Happier Than Ever, The World Tour” EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE,’ along with three white dove emojis. In the video, Billie can be seen sitting along in an empty auditorium as a piano plays in the background. Read more
Osakpolor Solomon earns call up to Ireland U19 team (Vanguard)
Nigerian-eligible Irish-born teenage soccer star, Osakpolor Solomon, has been named in Ireland Under-19 squad for a seven days training camp set to hold in England.
Osakpolor Solomon, who stars in defence for Nottingham Forest in the Championship, was included in the 35-man Irish team by Manager Tom Mohan, who also named Stephen Ireland’s son Joshua in the hit squad
Mohan decided to invite a large squad that includes a goalkeeping training camp under Rene Gilmartin to have up close and personal look of the players who are coming for the training camp..Mohan is also keen to get a look at younger players ahead of the restart of action in autumn.
With this year’s Under-19 campaign cancelled by UEFA due to the Covid- 19 pandemic crisis, the training camp in England will afford Mohan the opportunity to assess his options going forward.
17-rear-old Osakpolor Solomon, who has had a brilliant season with Nottingham Forrest, is relishing the opportunity to prove his mettle when he joins up with the other 34 players in the Irish camp in England. Read more
Okowa adopts Okagbare, Oduduru, five others ahead Olympics (Guardian)
Nigeria’s 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games build-up received a major boost after Delta State Governor Dr Ifeanyi Okowa adopted seven athletes to support their preparations.
Those adopted by the Governor include Favour Ofili, Blessing Okagbare, Divine Oduduru and Raymond Ekevwo.
Others are Itshekiri Usheorise and Ogho-Oghene Egwero and Ese Brume.
With the adoption, the preparations and personal expenses, including medicals, hiring of personal trainers, nutritionists and other related needs would be taken care of by Okowa. Read more
Monaco Grand Prix: Max Verstappen takes title lead from Lewis Hamilton with win (BBC)
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took a dominant victory in the Monaco Grand Prix to wrest the championship lead from Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.
The Dutchman controlled the race after pole-sitter Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari broke down before the start.
Hamilton finished in seventh place, frustrated and angry after Mercedes’s pre-race plans fell apart.
He lost places to two drivers over the pit-stop period as Mercedes reversed their intended strategy. Read more
NFF mourns Supersand Eagles’ Coach, Audu Adamu ‘Ejo’ (Guardian)
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) yesterday announced the demise of Head Coach of the Beach Soccer National Team (Supersand Eagles), Audu Adamu, who died on Saturday.
‘Ejo’, who has led the Supersand Eagles to several FIFA World Cup and Beach Soccer AFCON campaigns, lost the battle against diabetes on Saturday evening, the federation said.
“It is very painful for us at the NFF. Coach Adamu was a very dedicated head of the technical crew of our Beach Soccer Team. He won several laurels with the team and was a highly disciplined and dedicated individual.
“The NFF never had any serious issues with him all through the years he spent with the Supersand Eagles. He did his job quietly and never courted undue limelight. He was very hard working, energetic and committed to beach soccer, and was simple, humble and humane. Nigerian Football will miss him. Read more
Liverpool, Chelsea squeeze out Leicester to clinch Champions League spots (Vanguard)
Even though the Premier League finale produced oscillating fortunes in the chase for the Champions League, a chaotic season ended fairly predictably on Sunday.
Liverpool and Chelsea squeezed out Leicester to secure top-four finishes that seemed out of reach at times in a pandemic-compressed season that stretched squads to the limit.
Chelsea could even afford to lose 2-1 at Aston Villa and still take fourth after Leicester was beaten 4-2 by Tottenham.
“There are no celebrations now around the dressing room,” Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said. “It’s a big relief.” Read more
Napoli owner confirms Gattuso exit after Champions League flop (Guardian)
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis on Sunday confirmed that coach Gennaro Gattuso will leave the club after failing to qualify for the Champions League.
The southerners finished fifth, one point behind fourth-placed Juventus, after a 1-1 draw at home against Hellas Verona
A win would have guaranteed a top four finish, but Napoli miss out on a second season of Champions League football.“Dear Rino, I am happy to have spent almost two seasons with you,” De Laurentiis wrote on Twitter. Read more