One dead, two injured as tanker rams into car, bus on Lagos bridge (Guardian)
AN accident on the Otedola bridge, Lagos State, yesterday claimed the life of an unidentified woman. A tanker loaded with petrol on Thursday rammed into a bus and a car on the Otedola Bridge.
The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said that two persons were severely injured in the accident, which occurred at about 8:30a.m. Oke-Osanyintolu said that the agency’s officials immediately raced to the scene to rescue the victims and remove the vehicles from the road to ease traffic.
According to him, a female adult lost her life to the accident, while a male adult and a child got injured. He said that the body of the deceased had been taken to a mortuary, while the injured were being treated. Read more
Pen-Cinema Bridge Will Soon Be Completed- Hamzat (Independent)
The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, has assured residents that the ongoing construction of the Pen-Cinema Bridge in Agege would soon be completed.
Hamzat gave the assurance through his Instagram page on Thursday.
The deputy governor said that he paid an unscheduled visit/inspection to the ongoing construction of the Pen-Cinema Bridge.
According to Hamzat, the engineers still have a long way to go.
He, however, expressed optimism about work done and assured that the bridge would be completed soon. Read more
COVID-19 test for 16,000 in Lagos gulps N800m (Nation)
The Lagos State Government on Thursday said it has spent about N800million in carrying out 16,000 covid-19 test in Lagos so far.
Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi disclosed this while answering reporters question on COVID-19 situation report at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Center, Secretariate, Alausa, Ikeja.
He said each COVID-19 test cost between N40,000-N50,000 and 16,000 tests have been carried out so far fully paid for by the government.
“We have so far performed 16,000 COVID-19 tests in Lagos, which is much higher than anywhere else in Nigeria. Read more
4 deaths raise Lagos Covid-19 death toll to 42 (DailyTrust)
Lagos state has recorded four new COVID-19 deaths, raising the number of COVID-19 related death in Lagos to 42. The Commissioner for health, Professor Akin Abayomi who disclosed this on his official twitter handle @ProfAkinAbayomi did not provide detail about the deceased.
He also tweeted that 199 new cases of COVID-19 infection was confirmed on May 20, bringing to 2,970 the total confirmed cases in Lagos state. With the 17 patients discharged on May 20, the number of patients successfully managed and discharged in the State has risen to 649 while the number of active cases stands at 2,261. Read more
Rotary donates medical supplies to LUTH, LASUTH (Nation)
Rotary International, District 9110 Nigeria, has donated medical supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to two public hospitals in Lagos State.
Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba and Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, received N95 Face Masks, Surgical Face Masks, Pulse Oximeters, Infrared Thermometers, Latex Examination Gloves, Theatre Goggles, Surgical Gloves, Hand Sanitizers, and Hand Sanitizers (Refill) from the Rotary district. Read more
Police arraign ‘fake’ army officer over alleged N2.3m job scam (Guardian)
The police on Thursday arraigned a 36-year-old man, Suleiman Dukku in a Wuse Zone Six Chief Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, for allegedly defrauding job seekers of N2.3 million.
Dukku, who resides at Sanka, Kuje, Abuja is charged with two counts of impersonation and cheating.
Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Sanda Jibril told the court that the complainant, Gambo Hamza reported the matter at the Dawaki Divisional Police Headquarters, FCT Command on Feb. 24. Read more
Eid-el-Fitri: FG declares Monday, Tuesday public holidays (Punch)
The Federal Government has declared Monday and Tuesday – May 25 and 26, 2020 – as public holidays to mark Eid-el-Fitri celebration.
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the announcement on behalf of the Federal Government.
This was contained in a press statement by the Director of Press in the Ministry, Mohammed Manga, on Thursday.
In a copy of the statement obtained by The PUNCH, Aregbesola expressed concern over the spate of ethnic conflicts that has resurfaced in some parts of Northern Nigeria in recent times. Read more
Father and son surrender to police after killing neighbour for allegedly sleeping with wife (Tribune)
A father and his son have surrendered themselves to the police in Nasarawa State after killing their neighbour.
Mr Henry Oboteh, a trado-medical doctor, who was said to be in his mid-50s, was killed by one Mr Collins, his son and his security guard on Wednesday, May 20, at Angwan Tiv in Masaka, for allegedly sleeping with his wife.
The Oboteh family want to see that justice is done.
The daughter of the victim, Mrs Priscilla Solomon, who spoke to Tribune Online at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) unit of the Nasarawa State police command said that the suspects confessed to killing her father after discovering that he was having an affair with the wife. Read more
Ahmaud Arbery: Third man charged over death of black jogger (BBC)
A motorist who filmed the shooting of an unarmed black man in the US state of Georgia has been charged with murder.
William Bryan Jr is also accused of a criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment on Thursday, said the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI).
Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was jogging when he was shot dead during a confrontation with a father and son in Brunswick on 23 February.
Gregory McMichael, 64, and son Travis, 34, were charged with murder on 7 May. Read more
The Mafia cashes in on COVID fears with fake black-market tests (DailyBeast)
Like many Italians, “Giacomo” was sure he had contracted COVID-19 in late February. He had a fever, his sense of smell was affected, and he was short of breath. But as the crisis hit its apex, testing across the country was provided only for people who needed hospitalization. The rest were told to quarantine until their symptoms had been gone for two weeks.
“I knew the test was coming from a criminal source. But there seemed to be no other way to get one. ”
Giacomo wanted to be sure he was truly immune before returning to work on Monday as a barista at a busy counter in central Rome, but he didn’t qualify for blanket testing by the health ministry because he had not called the coronavirus helpline when he was exhibiting symptoms. Read more
Wilson Jerman: Ex-White House butler dies of coronavirus (BBC)
A former White House butler, who worked for 11 presidents in a career that spanned five decades, has died of coronavirus aged 91.
It was Jackie Kennedy who noticed Wilson Roosevelt Jerman while he was working as a cleaner in the White House.
The then First Lady had him promoted, and from then on he worked as a butler.
“She was instrumental in ensuring that that happened,” his granddaughter, Jamila Garrett, told Fox 5. Read more
At least 11 injured as car smashes into hijab store in Australia (RT)
At least 11 people have been injured after a car smashed into a hijab store in Greenacre, New South Wales. The driver of the vehicle crashed into another car before aggressively revving the engine and plowing into the shopfront.
Police immediately responded to the scene following reports of a driver behaving erratically, but were too late to prevent the incident from happening.
Dramatic eyewitness footage shows the driver appearing to perform a burnout prior to speeding off from the traffic lights and into the unsuspecting shoppers. Read more
Tenet: The reason why Warner Bros is desperate for Christopher Nolan’s new film to be released in July (Independent)
Christopher Nolan stands to make an eye-watering amount of money should his new film move ahead with its scheduled release date in July.
The Inception director is said to be leading the charge in preventing Tenet from becoming delayed due to lockdown, which would make it the first new film to be released globally in cinemas in a post-coronavirus world.
While it’s believed this is because the director, who has long been a champion of the theatrical experience, is insistent that the film needs to be seen on the big screen, another possible reason why Nolan is pushing so hard for the film’s July release date has been revealed. Read more
Average adult spends 34 years of their life looking at screens, research claims (Metro)
How long do you spend each day looking at a screen? Perhaps seven hours or so for work then maybe a couple more at the end of the day watching TV. And then all the times you check your phone in between times.
In news that may not shock anyone, research has suggested the average adult will spend 34 years of their life doing nothing better than staring at screens. The numbers come from a poll of 2,000 adults conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by Vision Direct. Read more
Anthony Joshua’s promoter eyes teaming up with UFC (Guardian)
Eddie Hearn and Dana White could ‘take boxing over’ as Anthony Joshua’s promoter eyes teaming up with the UFC supremo after admitting he is ‘jealous’ of him.
Matchroom Boxing chief Hearn and UFC president White are both highly-respected figures in their respective sports. And Hearn, who last week exclusively revealed to Sportsmail his plan to bring boxing back to the UK from July, has left the door open to joining up with White one day.
“I’m very jealous of [White’s] position to make the fights the fans want to see,’ Hearn told The Athletic. Read more
COVID-19: ICC recommends ban on use of saliva on balls (DailyTrust)
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has recommended rules to ban the use of saliva to shine cricket balls in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
A statement on the ICC’s website on Tuesday states that the age-old trick of using saliva to shine a cricket ball could be a thing of the past when the sport resumed due to the recommendation by ICC’s executive committee.
The committee, chaired by Anil Kumble, a former Indian spinner unanimously agreed to recommend a ban on saliva while, allowing players to use their own sweat to try and achieve the fabled ‘reverse swing’. Read more
Bundesliga: Dynamo Dresden return two more positive coronavirus tests (BBC)
German second-tier side Dynamo Dresden have returned two more positive tests for coronavirus.
The Bundesliga 2 club put their entire squad and coaching staff into isolation for two weeks on 9 May after two players tested positive.
Another player and the partner of a member of the coaching staff have also now tested positive for Covid-19. Read more
South Korean soccer team slammed with record fine for putting sex dolls in seats (CBC)
South Korea’s K League said on Wednesday its disciplinary committee decided to impose a 100 million won ($113,173) fine on FC Seoul for using sex dolls instead of mannequins to fill empty seats in their stadium.
The club placed dolls in seats during a K League match on Sunday to make up for the absence of fans due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“The disciplinary committee decided to take heavy disciplinary action considering the graveness of the incident, caused by the ‘real doll’, that has greatly insulted and hurt female and family fans and to prevent similar incidents going forward,” K League said in a statement. Read more
Eight footballers test positive for COVID-19 in Mexico (Punch)
Eight footballers from top-flight Mexican team Santos Laguna have tested positive for the coronavirus, the club said on Wednesday, jeopardising attempts to restart the national league after two months of suspension.
A decision on the possible resumption of the Mexican league, the Liga MX, had been expected by the end of the week, and the tests were carried out with a view to resuming training.
“This particular situation makes resuming the league more complicated,” Santos Laguna’s owner, Alejandro Irarragorri, told TV sports channel TUDN. Read more
Games without fans ‘sadder than dancing with your sister’, says Luis Enrique (Guardian)
Spain coach Luis Enrique says playing behind closed doors is “sadder than dancing with your own sister”, as football faces the prospect of games without supporters for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Germany’s Bundesliga became the first major European league to resume last weekend following the two-month shutdown, with strict hygiene measures enforced at all matches across the country.
“(Playing without fans) is sadder than dancing with your own sister. It’s not attractive,” Luis Enrique told the “Colgados del aro” (“Hanging from the hoop”) basketball show on Wednesday. Read more