Police officers arrested for killing 17-year-old girl (Guardian)
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the killing of Tina Ezekwe, 17, allegedly killed by trigger-happy policemen.
Two Police officers suspected to have carried out the shooting was arrested and subjected to internal disciplinary proceedings.
According to Command’s spokesman, Bala Elkana: “If found culpable, they will be arraigned in court. They are Theophilus Otobo (ASP) and Oguntoba Olamigoke (Inspector) attached to Bariga Police Station. Read more
Man stabs brother to death over soft drink (Punch)
One Chisom Eze has allegedly killed his 19-year-old brother, Henry, during a fight over a bottle of soft drink at their place of residence on Johnson Street, Alaba area of Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that 21-year-old Chisom left the drink in the house and stepped out to attend to an issue, but when he returned, he discovered that Henry had taken advantage of his absence to consume the drink.
Angered by his brother’s action, Chisom was said to have grabbed a knife and stabbed Henry in the neck.
However, their sister, who allegedly witnessed the incident, raised the alarm and neighbours apprehended Chisom. Read more
Sanwo-Olu virtually commissions 18 projects (Guardian)
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu virtually commissioned 18 projects in commemoration of his first year in office at a ceremony held at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja.
The virtual commissioning, the Governor said is in line with the reality of COVID-19 in which the state remains the epicentre in the country.
The governor who also dedicated his first year in office to frontline workers in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic at another ceremony honoured 10 of their representatives at Lagos House Marina. Read more
Badagry LG budgets 2.2bn for 2020 (Nation)
The Badagry Local Government has presented a proposed sum of 2,153,844,976.28k budget for the 2020 fiscal year.
The Chairman of the local government, Hon. Olusegun Onilude, made this known during the presentation of the proposed budget to the legislative arm of the council for approval.
Giving the breakdown of the budget, Onilude said the recurrent expenditure is expected to gulp the sum of 1,523,506,008.79k, while overhead expenditure is pegged at 471,147,523.63k .
He pointed out that the sum of 630,338,,967.49k is expected to be spent on the total capita projects which represents the social service expenditure and non-current assets. Read more
Ogun residents working in Lagos recount pains of border closure (Guardian)
For Nigerians living in one state and working or having daily businesses in another, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a season of pain and agony as a result of the 8 pm to 6 am curfew and restriction of inter-state movement.
It has been an unusual time for those residing but working in Ogun and Lagos states and vice versa, as well as Delta and Anambra, states, as the inter-state border closure has caused them unwarranted embarrassment and hardship in the last four weeks. Read more
82-year-old woman recovers from coronavirus in Osun after receiving treatment for nine days (Vanguard)
The Osun Government says an 82-year-old woman recovered from the coronavirus disease in the state, against the belief that elderly people with chronic diseases are the highest risk group.
Dr Rafiu Isamotu, the State Commissioner for Health, confirmed the recovery in a statement on Friday in Osogbo.
Isamotu said that the woman, who was hypertensive, recovered from the virus after receiving treatment for nine days at the isolation and treatment centre, Asubiaro General Hospital, Osogbo. Read more
Police arrest 43-year-old man for allegedly defiling 15-year-old daughter (Vanguard)
The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has arrested a 43-year-old man for allegedly defiling his 15-year-old daughter in Lugbe area of Abuja.
The Commissioner of Police in FCT, Mr Bala Ciroma, disclosed on Friday this at a media briefing in Abuja.
Ciroma said the suspect was mentally stable and had confessed to having carnal knowledge of his daughter on several occasions.
He said that another suspect was also arrested for luring and forcefully having carnal knowledge of a six-year-old boy. Read more
Police deploy 5, 200 personnel for Benue LG elections (DailyTrust)
The Benue State Police Command says it has deployed 5,200 personnel for elections taking place across the 23 Local Government Areas of the state on Saturday. The spokesperson of the command, DSP Catherine Anene, told journalists in Makurdi on Friday that already the personnel deployed to the various areas have been mobilised to move to their respective places of election assignment. READ: Benue releases N1.2bn for LG polls “We received a letter from the state government informing that the local government elections would hold on May 30, 2020. Read more
Akinwumi Adesina: Why the US is targeting a flamboyant Nigerian banker (BBC)
The US and the African Development Bank have fallen out over allegations of corruption against the bank’s Nigerian head, writes former BBC Africa Business editor Larry Madowo.
Akinwumi Adesina is a sharp dresser known for his expensive tailored suits, immaculate white shirts and an endless supply of colourful bow ties.
But the clean public persona of the 60-year-old president of the African Development Bank (AfDB) is now being questioned after a string of corruption and abuse of office allegations from his own staff spilled into the open. Mr Adesina has denied all the allegations. Read more
Donald Trump axes all funding to WHO after claiming ‘China has total control over it’ (Metro)
Donald Trump has terminated the United States relationship with the World Health Organization after accusing it of helping China cover-up the coronavirus outbreak. Speaking at the White House Friday, President Trump said an investigation into the UN-backed WHO’s alleged blunders in dealing with coronavirus had completed, and that a temporary suspension of US funding – which runs to up to $400 million a year – would now become permanent. He said: ‘China has total control over the World Health Organization despite only paying $40million per year compared to what the United States is paying – approximately $400million a year. ‘We have detailed the reforms (the WHO) must make an engage with them directly. Read more
Trump directs action to revoke Hong Kong’s special status in a move targeting Beijing (France24)
US President Donald Trump said on Friday he was directing his administration to begin the process of eliminating special treatment for Hong Kong in response to China plans to impose new security legislation in the territory.
Trump made the announcement at a White House news conference, saying China had broken its word over Hong Kong’s autonomy. He said its move against Hong Kong was a tragedy for the people of Hong Kong, China and the world.
“We will take action to revoke Hong Kong’s preferential treatment,” he said, adding that the United States would also impose sanctions on individuals seen as responsible for smothering Hong Kong’s autonomy. Read more
NYPD van torched as NYC’s George Floyd protests heat up (NYPost)
Anti-cop rage over the police-custody death of George Floyd boiled over in New York City on Friday night — with hundreds of protesters trying to surround the 88th precinct in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill neighborhood before being rebuffed by a massive NYPD mobilization.
Meanwhile, hundreds more protester at nearby Fort Greene Park, where some set an empty NYPD van on fire at around 9:30 p.m.
The same crowd had converged on the Barclay’s Center in Prospect Heights hours earlier, with police releasing chemical mace at the unruly demonstration there. Read more
US policeman who knelt on neck of black man George Floyd charged with third-degree murder (France24)
A sacked Minneapolis police officer who knelt on the neck of George Floyd, a black man who was handcuffed and later died, was arrested and charged with third-degree murder Friday.
“Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office with murder and with manslaughter,” the county’s prosecutor Mike Freeman told reporters, specifying that the charge was murder in the third degree.
Freeman said that he does “anticipate” that additional charges could also be filed against the three other officers accused of involvement in Floyd’s death, but he declined to address those potential steps. Read more
World’s largest all-electric plane completes its maiden flight (Metro) The world’s largest all-electric plane has completed its maiden flight over Washington state in the United States. The plane in question was a Cessna Grand Caravan that had been retrofitted with an electric engine. It took off and climbed to 2,500 feet before dropping to 1,000 feet and cruising around before coming down to land. The Cessna Grand Canyon is a nine-seater plane that’s one of the most-used medium-range planes in the world. Dubbed the ‘eCaravan’, the plane was modded by a firm called magniX and flown at a facility known as Moses Lake in the US that once used as an alternative landing spot for Nasa’s space shuttles. Read more
Iwobi to face Liverpool on neutral ground (Nation)
Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi and his Everton teammates will face title chasing Liverpool on a neutral ground as part of arrangements aimed at ending the coronavirus arrested season.
Stakeholders have been working hand in gloves with a view to successfully concluding the season.
South Yorkshire Police recommended that games in which Liverpool are involved be played on a neutral ground. Read more
NPFL heads for hat-trick of ‘inconclusive’ seasons (DailyTrust)
Players of Plateau United celebrate after scoring a goal against kwara United at the New Jos stadium in Jos The Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) will continue to be defined by the bad, the ugly and the good situations it has encountered and the subsequent methods adopted to navigate through those situations. Just as it is popularly said “Man proposes, God disposes” and this is very apt in the case of the NPFL which has been bedevilled with man-made problems that have continued to expose the inability of Nigerian football administrators to professionally run the league after 30 years of existence. Read more
Roger Federer becomes world’s highest paid athlete, says Forbes (BBC)
Roger Federer is the first tennis player to top the annual Forbes list of the world’s highest paid athletes, overtaking footballer Lionel Messi.
Federer, 38, moved up four places after earning £86.2m in the past year – about £81m of it in endorsements.
Cristiano Ronaldo (£85m), Messi (£84m) and Neymar (£77.5m) come next, while American basketball player LeBron James (£71.5m) completes the top five. Read more
UEFA consider playing Champions League in one city with one-leg ties (Metro)
UEFA are considering a plan to stage the final three rounds of the Champions League and Europa League all in one host city and with ties played over just one leg. The tournaments have been on hiatus since March, half-way through the round of 16, due to the coronavirus crisis. No plans have been decided on, but there is a possibility that the remaining last 16 matches will be played as normal and then the quarter-finals onwards will be played in just one city. UEFA will also ditch the traditional two-legged affairs in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, just holding one-off contests. Read more
Berlin to stage grass court event featuring Nick Kyrgios and Dominic Thiem (BBC)
The first competitive grass court event of the summer will feature the likes of Dominic Thiem and Nick Kyrgios when it takes place in Berlin from 13 July.
A three-day tournament featuring six men and women will take place before the same players take part in a hard court event from 17-19 July.
There will be no spectators at Steffi Graf Stadium and electronic line calling will be used instead of judges. Read more
Arsenal complete the signing of free agent George Lewis (Metro)
Arsenal have completed the signing of free agent George Lewis, according to reports in Norway. The 19-year-old impressed during a trial earlier this year and is now set to join the north London club’s Under-23 squad. Lewis, a skillful and pacey winger, has spent the last few years in Norway’s lower leagues turning out for the likes of Tromso IL and Tromsdalen. Born in Kigali, Rwanda, Lewis spent time with Ipswich last year but is said to have impressed Arsenal coaches with his versatility when he trained alongside the club’s youngsters back in March. Read more