Police re-arrest fleeing inmate for stealing SIM card in Lagos (Nation)
The Police Command in Lagos said it had rearrested one Oyemachi Maduabuchi who escaped from the Owerri Correctional Centre in Imo.
According to a statement signed by the Police Spokesperson in Lagos, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Maduabuchi, who escaped after a jailbreak on April 5, was re-arrested on April 23, in Lagos.
Adejobi said Maduabuchi fled Owerri the same day and moved to his village, Fegge in Onitsha, Anambra, to meet his mother who later linked him up with his elder sister, Amarachi of Customs Bus Stop Ijegun Lagos.
He said that the said sister later invited him to Lagos on April 19. Read more
Tweeps kick as Reps hold constitution review hearing at Lagos hotel (Punch)
As the process for the amendment of the 1999 Constitution continues in parts of the country with zonal hearings in geopolitical zones, some Nigerians have expressed displeasure over the choice of the venue of the House of Representatives’ hearing in the South-West.
The House is holding a two-day public hearing in the South-West region covering Lagos, Ogun, and Oyo States with Lagos as the centre.
The House Committee is led by Nkeiruka Onyejeocha and the hearing is slated for Tuesday and Wednesday at the Marriot Hotel in Ikeja, Lagos.
But some tweeps have taken to the social media to kick against the venue of the hearing which they described as too limited to accommodate people willing to attend the hearing. Read more
FG to deliver Lagos-Ibadan Expressway May 2022 – NASS (Nation)
The House of Representatives on Tuesday gave the contractors handling the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway rehabilitation/reconstruction project May 2022 ultimatum to complete both the road and bridges.
The House of Representatives Committee on Works, led by its Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Kabir, gave the deadline during an oversight of roads in Lagos and the South West on Tuesday.
The lawmakers decried the delay in the completion of the project, which started in 2013 but promised to resolve the funding issues slowing down the project.
The lawmakers insisted that the bridges added to the original road project in 2018 must also be completed by 2022. Read more
1 dead, 2 injured in Lagos-Ibadan Expressway accident (Punch)
The Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps says a driver died and two other persons sustained injuries in a lone accident on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on Tuesday.
Mowe-Ibafo Divisional Commander of the corps, Mr Olusola Ojuoro, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the incident happened about 6.03 am.
Ojuoro explained that the accident occurred when the driver of a car marked KMR508XA going to Lagos lost control due to a punctured tyre and it ran into the bush.
“The body of the victim had been taken to Idera Hospital, Ogun, while the survivors are receiving treatment at the same hospital,” he said. Read more
Varsity suspends lecturer over alleged sexual harassment (ThisDay)
The Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) has suspended one of its lecturers, Dr. Jonathan Mbachaga, over alleged sexual harassment.
Mbachaga was, until his suspension, an Associate Professor in the institution’s Department of Theatre and Media Arts.
A statement signed by the Chief Information Officer to the Vice Chancellor, Mr Foluso Ogunmodede, on Tuesday, said Mbachaga’s suspension came after a committee inaugurated by the institution to investigate the alleged sexual harassment established a prima facie evidence against the lecturer.
The embattled lecturer was suspended on the grounds of a prima facie evidence of sexual harassment established against him by a panel set up by the institution’s Faculty of Arts, which investigated the allegation. Read more
Stakeholders demand transparency as FG, investors pump N170.5b in new carrier (Guardian)
About three years after its unveiling in London, United Kingdom, and subsequent suspension, the Federal Government is having another go at the new national carrier project with an estimated sum of N170.5 billion already on the table. The sum, contributed by both private investors and budgetary provisions in the last three years, is expected to start up the new airline next year.
Findings by The Guardian showed that private investors have pledged at least $250 million (N112.5 billion), while government’s allocations in the form of “project working capital” between 2019 to 2021 have added up to N58 billion ($128.8 million).
Aviation stakeholders are, however, worried about the lack of transparency in the prolonged build-up to the new venture, coupled with its viability and sustainability in a pandemic era. The worry is not unconnected with the venture’s ability to attract 90 per cent of investment from both local and foreign investors, coupled with a credible technical partner to drive its operations at a time when global aviation has recorded multiple airline collapses and losses to the tune of $90 billion in 2021 alone. Read more
Insecurity: NANS declares June 12 day of protest (Punch)
The President, National Association of Nigerian Students, Sunday Asefon, on Tuesday, lamented the worsening insecurity in the country and the ripple effects on students who fell victim to kidnapping and banditry at will.
Asefon, who bemoaned the kidnap of over 200 students of Islamiyya School in Rafi Council area of Niger State, said NANS had relocated its national headquarters to the North Central State pending when the students would be released, adding, “Nigerians have to come together to see what can be done on the issue of insecurity”.
The NANS boss, who spoke in a chat with journalists in Ado Ekiti, unveiled the students’ body’s national plan to ensure they played their part in ensuring a safer school, including the declaration of days for prayer and protest.
He said, “I hereby declare 11th June as the national students’ day of prayers. Prayers shall be offered for the repose of our students who have died in the hands of kidnappers. Prayers shall be held for the safe return of our students who are still with their kidnappers. Read more
NECO speaks on Godswill Obioma’s death, rules out assassination (Guardian)
The management of the National Examination Council (NECO) has spoken on the circumstances that surrounded the death of its late Registrar, Professor Godswill Obioma who died on Monday.
A circular issued by the Director, Human Resource Management, at NECO Mustapha K. Abdul in Minna on Tuesday, quoted family sources as saying that Prof Obioma died on May 31, 2021, after a brief illness, said Azeez Sani, the spokesperson of NECO in a statement.
This is contrary to insinuations in the social media that the late Registrar was assassinated in his residence in Minna, Sani said.
He said the management of NECO enjoined the staff of the council to remain calm and prayed for the peaceful repose of the soul of Prof Obioma. Read more
Lady found dead in Delta Community with body parts missing (Vanguard)
A 29-year-old lady who was missing for days has been found dead at her home this morning with vital parts missing after she brought a man home in Mosogar, Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta state.
The lady whose name could not be ascertained at the time of filing this report was said to have been missing since Saturday night.
A source who craved anonymity and claimed to be her neighbor told Vanguard that the deceased brought a man home on Saturday night, “she came with a man on Saturday night, and I saw the man leaving that night but since then we have not seen her ” the source said. Only to discover this morning that she was dead, with her vital organs missing. Read more
Katumba Wamala shooting: Uganda minister’s daughter killed (BBC)
Gunmen have attacked and wounded Uganda’s Transport Minister and former army commander, Gen Katumba Wamala, killing his daughter and driver.
Witnesses say men on motorbikes fired several shots at their vehicle near their home in the capital, Kampala.
Uganda’s president has said “we already have clues to those killers” calling them “pigs” and “terrorists”.
Soldiers are guarding the hospital where Gen Wamala is being treated for non life-threatening injuries. Read more
Kate Winslet shut down Mare of Easttown director who wanted to edit ‘bulgy bit of belly’ from sex scene (Metro)
Kate Winslet refused to let the Mare of Easttown director edit a ‘bulgy bit of belly’ from one of the sex scenes.
The HBO and Sky drama wrapped up on Sunday night, with Erin McMenamin’s unlikely killer finally being revealed in a heartbreaking ending.
Kate, 45, starred as detective sergeant Mare Sheehan and has now revealed she was determined to make sure her character looked like a real middle-aged woman, and wouldn’t allow any photoshopping either on screen or in the promotional shots.
‘Listen, I hope that in playing Mare [Sheehan] as a middle-aged woman — I will be 46 in October — I guess that’s why people have connected with this character in the way that they have done because there are clearly no filters.’ she told New York Times. Read more
Covid: Zero daily deaths announced in UK for first time (BBC)
The UK has announced zero daily Covid deaths within 28 days of a positive test for the first time since last March.
The latest figures also reported another 3,165 new cases, compared with 3,383 on Monday and 2,493 one week ago.
It comes amid concern over a recent small rise in cases linked to the variant first identified in India.
Reports of daily deaths are often lower at weekends and at the start of the week. Read more
“Face/Off” star Romy Walthall dies at 57 after ‘sudden cardiac arrest’ (Metro)
Romy Walthall, best known for starring in Face/Off and The House of Usher, has died aged 57, her son Morgan Krantz has confirmed.
Krantz, an actor and director, told Variety she had died following sudden cardiac arrest.
In the 1997 action film Face/Off she played Kimberly, the secretary to John Travolta’s character Sean Archer.
Her other film roles include the thriller Thief of Hearts in 1984 and A Bunny’s Tale in 1985. It told the story of an undercover investigation into the working conditions of Bunnies at Playboy Clubs. Read more
Rapper Lil Loaded dies aged 20 (BBC)
Rapper Lil Loaded has died aged 20.
His lawyer Ashkan Mehryari, confirmed the death to Newsbeat, saying the artist, real name Dashawn Robertson, had taken his own life.
The official cause of death has not been confirmed by the medical examiner.
The Dallas rapper was arrested in 2020 on a murder charge in connection with the shooting of 18-year-old Khalil Walker. In February he was reportedly indicted on a lesser charge of manslaughter.
Lil Loaded was known for viral track 6locc 6a6ym, which received over 29 million views on YouTube and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
His follow-up song, Gang Unit, was an even bigger hit with over 39 million YouTube views. Read more
Pope Francis updates canon law to combat sexual abuse (RFI)
Pope Francis has made an extensive revision to the Catholic Church’s canon law specifically addressing those found guilty of sexual abuse, in a bid to improve the Vatican’s ability to combat the problem.
The changes will take effect on 8 December, when the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Pope Francis incorporated into the new code changes that had already been made by himself and his predecessor. Specifically, the pontiff wanted to ensure that anybody who commits sexual abuse, either against a minor or an adult, does not avoid punishment and that attention is given to the victims.
The changes concern crimes committed by either a member of the clergy or a layperson working in offices. While priests can by defrocked, laypeople who hold positions within the church will be made to pay fines for their crimes or lose their jobs or positions in the community. Read more
Sicilian Mafia: Anger as ‘people slayer’ Giovanni Brusca freed (BBC)
Sicilian Mafia boss Giovanni Brusca, whose grisly crimes include having a child’s body dissolved in acid, has been released from prison.
Dubbed the “people slayer”, Brusca has confessed to his role in over 100 killings, including the assassination of Italy’s top anti-Mafia prosecutor Giovanni Falcone.
But Brusca became an informant, helping prosecutors hunt down fellow mobsters.
His release after 25 years in jail has outraged his victims’ relatives. Read more
ITTF confirms Aruna’s qualification for Tokyo 2020 (Punch)
The International Table Tennis Federation on Tuesday confirmed the qualification of Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna for the rescheduled 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
ITTF’s Competition Director, Gabor Felegyi, announced Aruna’s qualification in a letter addressed to the President of Nigeria Olympic Committee and copied the President of Nigeria Table Tennis Federation.
Aruna is the first African in Olympic Games history to make it to the quarter-final stage of the competition’s singles event.
He is now expected to join 85 others across the globe to compete in the men’s singles event at Tokyo Olympic Games next month. Read more
French Open 2021: Petra Kvitova withdraws after freak ankle injury (BBC)
Two-time Grand Slam champion Petra Kvitova has withdrawn from the French Open because of a freak ankle injury sustained during her post-match media duties.
The Czech said she fell after Sunday’s first-round win over Greet Minnen.
Her second-round opponent Elena Vesnina will receive a bye to the last 32.
“After an MRI and much discussion with my team, I have made the tough decision that it would be unwise to play on it,” Kvitova, 31, said in a statement. Read more
Mason Greenwood pulls out of England’s Euro 2020 squad (Metro)
Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood has withdrawn from England’s squad for this summer’s European Championships in order to recover from a ‘pre-existing’ injury.
The teenager was named in the Three Lions’ provisional 33-man squad for the tournament after a fine end to the season with the Red Devils.
Greenwood’s place in the full squad was in the balance but the 19-year-old has made Gareth Southgate’s decision easier by withdrawing himself in order to fully recuperate from the unspecified issue. Read more
Athens opens Olympics museum ahead of Tokyo Games (RFI)
It’s been a long time coming — around 3,000 years by some reckoning. But Athens finally has a museum to celebrate that most famous of Greek sporting achievements.
The Olympic Games trace their origins to Greek athletic contests so ancient their history is lost in myth. The country has been at the heart of their revival too: Athens hosted the first games of the modern era in 1896, and held them again in 2004.
Visitors to the newly opened Olympic museum in the Greek capital — housed in the renovated TV centre for the 2004 event — can take in the mix of myth and modern magic.
Opened in time for the pandemic-blighted Tokyo Games, the museum blends displays from the ancient world with more modern memorabilia — with many items donated by the nation’s leading sportspeople, along with historical pieces charting the movement’s modern foundation. Read more
Naomi Osaka: Spotlight on media, authorities & player after French Open withdrawal (BBC)
When Naomi Osaka won the US Open in 2018, she pulled down her visor to hide her tears.
It was her maiden Grand Slam title, she had beaten the great Serena Williams to win it, and she had a bright future ahead.
Except that the victory had come in unusual and traumatic fashion, with boos and controversy surrounding Williams’ infamous outburst at the umpire.
And we now know that this title also marked the start of the “long bouts of depression” that have led to Osaka pulling out of the French Open in a move that has sent shockwaves through the sport and raised the prospect of some soul-searching for the authorities and media. Read more
Serena Williams sends message to Naomi Osaka after French Open withdrawal (Metro)
Serena Williams has sent a message of support to Naomi Osaka after her French Open withdrawal.
Osaka, the world No. 2 from Japan, pulled out of the tournament on Monday evening, having become embroiled in a row over her decision to skip media duties during the tournament.
She had been fined £10,570 by the French Tennis Federation (FFT) and was threatened with expulsion from the event and future majors, should her media blackout continue.Ultimately, she took the decision out of their hands and withdrew herself. Read more