Presidential order on Apapa gridlock: Enforcement suffers set back as trucks remain (Vanguard)
Despite the expiration of the presidential order for the relocation of trucks from roads in Apapa and its environs, the enforcement is suffering set back following the continued presence of the heavy duty vehicles on most of the routes.
Gridlock is still being experienced on most of the roads, indicating that there is practically little or no improvement since the task force commenced its duties.
As at yesterday, some of the major flashpoints like Mile-2, Mazamaza, Coconut, Kirikiri Bridge, Costain, and Iganmu Bridge leading to Ijora, were still occupied by trucks. Read more
Lagos businessman’s decomposing corpse found inside Magodo residence (Punch)
The decomposing corpse of a Lagos businessman, Oluwaseyi Ishmael, has been found in his apartment at the Magodo Phase 2 area of Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that Oluwaseyi, while soliciting the assistance of his family members, had allegedly threatened to kill himself if they refused to support him to raise funds to pay his house rent.
It was learnt that few days after the 45-year-old Oluwaseyi contacted his family, his decomposing corpse was found at his No 5B Ogedengbe Crescent, Magodo Phase 2 residence. Read more
Satisfy Lagosians, not godfathers, SDP candidate tells Sanwo-Olu (Tribune)
Dr Adetokunbo Pearse, Lagos Governorship Candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the 2019 General Elections, on Wednesday advised the state new Govorner, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to satisfy the people and not godfathers.
Pearse, a university lecturer, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He spoke after the inauguration of Sanwo-Olu as the 15th Governor of Lagos State in Ikeja. Read more
Ambode’s SSG says Lagos witnessed worst administration under him (Independent)
Mr. Tunji Bello, the immediate past Secretary to Government of Lagos State, has put Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode’s government on the scale and concluded that its operation was the worst since the administration of the first civilian governor of the state, Lateef Jakande, in the second republic.
Bello argued that Ambode’s administration lacked the ability to apply enough emotional intelligence in the administration of the state. Read more
Don’t victimise Ambode, PDP warns Sanwo-Olu (Punch)
The Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State has warned Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu against victimising his predecessor, Akinwunmi Ambode.
The PDP said in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Taofik Gani, that Sanwo-Olu should rather focus on surpassing the achievements of Ambode. Read more
Breast Cancer: Lagos gets two mammography centres (Vanguard)
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Total Upstream Companies and its Joint Ventures Partners (Petrobras. Sapetro and CNOOC), has commissioned two new mammography centres in Lagos. The centres, according to the company, will aid the prevention of late stage presentation of diseases and aid treatment follow-up of patients. Read more
Let us use democracy to entrench peace, development – Saraki (Vanguard)
President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has congratulated Nigerians on the country’s attainment of 20 years of uninterrupted democracy and urged the people to use democracy to institutionalize peace and genuine development.
Saraki in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described the commemoration of 20 years of democracy as a thing of joy in view of the many positive developments the country has witnessed since May 29, 1999. Read more
Why Buhari didn’t deliver speech at inauguration (DailyTrust)
President Muhammadu Buhari did not deliver any speech at Wednesday’s inauguration because of the forthcoming Democracy Day.
Buhari, 76 was sworn in for second term at the Eagle Square, Abuja alongside the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
The oath of office was administered on them by the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad. A presidency source told Daily Trust that the president’s inaugural speech would be delivered on June 12 during the Democracy Day. Read more
Obasanjo recounts ordeal aboard Ethiopian Airlines plane that almost crashed (Independent)
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has narrated his experience on board a Boeing 777-300, Ethiopian Airline flight which barely escaped crashing on Wednesday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.
The airplane with some 394 passengers aboard, nearly got ill-fated while trying to land.
According to the controversial High Chief of Owu Kingdom: “While it all happened, I was reading my papers…” Read more
Ethiopian Airlines plane affected by bad weather, landed safely at Lagos Airport-FAAN (Tribune)
Contrary to the report indicating that a Boeing 777-300 aircraft belonging to Ethiopian Airlines on Wednesday, overshot the runway after landing due to a heavy downpour at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, information reaching the Tribune Online has shown that the aircraft in question only experienced a missed approach during landing due to bad weather.
According to information, the aircraft which took off from Bole International airport at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with over 393 people had not even landed when it suffered a missed approach. Read more
Trade wars, disruptions drag oil price down to $69 (ThisDay)
Crude oil prices dropped Wednesday to $69 per barrel, representing about two percent reduction over its previous prices.
The prices of the different baskets of crude oil were weighed down by equity markets as China threatened to escalate the trade war with the United States, stoking concerns that an ongoing stand-off could hurt oil demand in the global market. Read more
Chelsea deny Arsenal Champions League football (Independent)
Arsenal hopes of playing in the UEFA Champions League next season crashed on Wednesday in Baku, following their 4-1 loss to Chelsea.
Arsenal will have themselves to blame as a result of their lacklustre performance towards the end of the season that denied them a top four finish.
Hoping to make the UEFA Champions League after two seasons, they were roundly beaten by Chelsea. Read more
Joshua challenges Wilder to meeting (Punch)
Britain’s Anthony Joshua wants a “man-to-man” meeting with Deontay Wilder to set up an undisputed world heavyweight title fight – if he beats Andy Ruiz Jr.
WBA, IBF and WBO champion Joshua, 29, takes on Ruiz in New York on Saturday.
On Tuesday night, WBC champion Wilder announced a rematch with Cuba’s Luis Ortiz, delaying any contest with Joshua for now. Read more
FIFA U20 W’Cup: Nigeria in make or break match against Ukraine (Independent)
Following their 2-0 loss to the USA in their second group match on Monday, the Flying Eagles will today play Ukraine in a must win match if they must qualify for the next round of the competition in Poland.
While Nigeria beat Qatar 4-0 in the opening game, USA lost 1-2 to Ukraine. Read more
Falcons face Slovakia in friendly on Sunday (DailyTrust)
Super Falcons of Nigeria. For the second time this year, the Super Falcons of Nigeria will on Sunday play their final pre-World Cup match against their Slovakian counterparts.
On March 1, 2019 at the Cyprus Women’s Cup in March, the nine-time African champions edged a seven-goal thriller against the Slovakians, with goals from midfielder Rita Chikwelu (a brace), defender Osinachi Ohale and forward Anam Imo. Read more
Falcons target Women’s W’Cup Q’final-Dennerby (Independent)
Super Falcons ambition at the forthcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup in France is reaching the quarter-final.
This was the submission of Coach Thomas Dennerby in an interview with Reuters on Wednesday.
“Our ambition is to get to the last 16 at least,” Dennerby told Reuters by telephone. Read more
Semenya to appeal IAAF gender rule at top Swiss court (Guardian)
Double Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya has lodged an appeal to Switzerland’s Federal Supreme Court after losing her case against controversial IAAF rules forcing her to lower her testosterone levels.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport earlier this month rejected the South African’s challenge against measures imposed by the IAAF that compel “hyperandrogenic” athletes to lower their testosterone levels if they wish to compete as women. Read more
We will use golf to boost tourism in Plateau-Lalong (DailyTrust)
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has said his administration will boost golf in order to develop the tourism and other economic potentials of the state.
The Governor spoke at the Lamingo Golf course in Jos the Plateau State capital, during a golf tournament which was one of the events for the inauguration of the second term of his administration. Read more
F’ Eagles can go far despite USA setback – Obuh (NewTelegraph)
Former Flying Eagles coach John Obuh has urged Nigerians to exercise patience with the team following their 2-0 defeat to the United States of America at the on-going FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland, insisting the side can still go far in the competition despite the setback .
Obuh said although the boys did not play to the expectation of Nigerians against the United States, they could still qualify from the group if they focus on their next tie with Ukraine. Read more
‘I think it’s a goodbye’, says Chelsea’s Hazard (Guardian)
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard said he expects Wednesday’s 4-1 victory over Arsenal in the Europa League final to be his last game for the club.
“I think it’s a goodbye, but in football you never know. My dream was to play in the Premier League and I did this for seven years for one of the biggest clubs in the world. So now maybe it’s time for a new challenge,” Hazard told BT Sport after the game. Read more