Residents panic as robbers attack 10 Lagos homes in three days (Punch)
Residents of Ifelodun, Kuburatu-Agbede and other areas in the Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area of Lagos State have been living in fear after armed robbers invaded 10 houses and dispossessed occupants of their valuables.
PUNCH Metro gathered that no fewer than 15 armed robbers attacked the residents in their various homes around 1am, snatched a car belonging to a resident, and shot three persons attempting to stop their operations.
The robbery operations were said to have been carried out within the space of three days.
Our correspondent learnt that the fear of the robbers returning for another attack had sent shivers down the spines of residents, who expressed concern about the activities of miscreants in the areas. Read more
Sexual Assault: Police grant actor, Baba Ijesha, bail (Leadership)
Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju Omiyinka, popularly known as Baba Ijesha who is being accused of alleged sexual assault, has been granted bail on health grounds.
Baba Ijesha had been in custody at the State CID, Panti, for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old-girl in the home of a popular comedienne, Princess.
However, the legal advice of the Lagos Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Ministry of Justice as well the industrial strike by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), led to the clossure of courts and continued detention of the actor.
The release of Baba Ijesha on Monday afternoon came as a result of Magistrates going around police stations across Lagos State, listening to cases and giving hearing to those arrested. Read more
RCCG boosts LUTH’s children emergency unit with life-saving equipment (Guardian)
The Olikoye Ransome Kuti Children Emergency Unit of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) has been boosted with modern life-saving equipment capable of impacting lives of kid patients of the facility.
The equipment, which includes digital weighing scales for neonates and infants, pediatric digital sphygmomanometer with different cuffs, Infra-red thermometers, regular thermometers, suction machine, a pin index gauge and cylinder, a hand held pulse oximeter, a regular pulse oximeter, AED machines, multi-parameter monitor and ECG with pediatric leads, were donated by
The Praise Vessels of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Lagos Province 44. Speaking during the donation, Pastor-in-Charge of Province 44, Amos Emovon, said the gesture was part of efforts to reduce infant mortality in the country as the equipment would assist doctors and nurses to do their work better. Read more
Man held for rape, sodomy (Nation)
A man, Monday Emmanuel, has been arrested for allegedly raping his two daughters and sodomising his son.
Emmanuel, 33, was said to have been abusing his children since 2018.
He was reportedly arrested by local vigilantes after his wife reported him.
He was said to have been handed over to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for further investigation.
A police source confirmed the development, quoting the suspect as saying that he was manipulated by an evil spirit. Read more
Gov Fayemi’s aide slumps, dies in office (Leadership)
Governor Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti State, Professor Francisca Aladejana
Governor Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti State, Professor Francisca Aladejana
A former Provost of College of Education, Ikere Ekiti, now Bamidele Olumilua University of Education, Science and Technology, Professor Francisca Aladejana, is dead.
Prof Aladejana, who until his death, was a Special Adviser to Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State on Basic, Secondary and Vocational/Technical Education, reportedly slumped in her office on Monday and thereafter died.
She was said to have arrived her office as usual on Monday morning but later slumped while on phone call.
The late Ado Ekiti-born Professor was the immediate past chairman of the Ekiti State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB). Read more
Unease in Senate as senators plot to remove Lawan (ThisDay)
In an impending major realignment in the Senate, senators have started consultations on a possible leadership change that could see President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, shoved out of office, THISDAY learnt last night.
A member of the House of Representatives, representing Esan North-east/Esan South-east Federal Constituency of Edo State, Hon. Sergius Ogun, had, while featuring on ‘The Morning Show,’ a programme on ARISE NEWS Channel, the broadcast arm of THISDAY Newspapers, said plans were being made for the removal of Lawan.
He stated that Lawan might be sacked this week due to the way he chastised Southern governors over their resolutions at their last week’s meeting in Asaba during which they canvassed a national dialogue and ban on open grazing of cattle, among others. Read more
Kaduna at a standstill as labour strike grounds activities (Vanguard)
Kaduna was at a standstill on Monday as activities were grounded due to the 5-day warning strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC.
The workers were protesting the mass sack of civil servants in the state by the state government.
People faced difficulties in the pursuit of their daily bread as banks, filling stations, shops, offices both public and private, markets, etc, remained shut. There was almost total compliance to the directives of the NLC, whose leadership said they would neither retreat nor surrender.
National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba had in his remarks on Monday, commended the workers, saying there will be no retreat or surrender by the organized labour to ensure the realisation of their demands are met by the El-Rufai led government. Read more
I have not declared for 2023 presidency – Osinbajo (Leadership)
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said he remains focused on operating in his present office and has not declared any interest in the 2023 presidential race.
Osinbajo made the clarification yesterday when he said his attention had been drawn to a website calling on Nigerians to join a volunteer group mobilising support for him ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
In a statement issued by his media aide, Laolu Akande, the vice president said details of the website and the solicitation of the group are currently trending on WhatsApp with a suggestion that he had “quietly” declared interest in the 2023 election.
He said the Office of the Vice President is not in any way connected to this website or the group behind it, and considers such an enterprise an unnecessary distraction. Read more
FRSC apprehends 6,771 traffic offenders in 4 months in Oyo (Vanguard)
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Oyo State Sector Command, has said it apprehended 6,771 drivers for violating various traffic offences in the state in first Quarter of 2021.
The FRSC Sector Commander in the state, Mrs Uche Chukwurah, disclosed this on Monday during a press conference to mark the 6th United Nation Global Road Safety Week, 2021.
The 2021 United Nation Global Road Safety Week has the theme “Street for Life ” and is celebrated from May 17 to May 23.
Chukwurah said that the most prevalent among the offences committed by motorists in the state were seat belt violation, failure to install speed limit device, drivers licence violation, and riding motorcycles without helmets. Read more
Thousands evacuated as cyclone hits Indian region already grappling with Covid-19 (France24)
More than 200,000 people were evacuated from their homes in the Indian state of Gujarat and authorities shut ports and major airports as the most powerful cyclone in more than two decades made landfall in the state late on Monday.
Rain intensified and several incidents of power outages were reported in the state. Electricity pylons and trees were uprooted and buildings were damaged in coastal areas of Gujarat, state authorities said.
With the worst of the storm expected to last for several hours after it slammed into the state’s coast, it piles more pressure on Indian authorities already struggling with a huge caseload of COVID-19 infections.
“This cyclone is a terrible double blow for millions of people in India whose families have been struck down by record COVID infections and deaths. Many families are barely staying afloat,” said Udaya Regmi, South Asia head of delegation, International Federation of Red Cross. Read more
Migrants reach Spain’s Ceuta enclave in record numbers (BBC)
At least 2,700 migrants have reached Spain’s Ceuta enclave from neighbouring Morocco, a record number of arrivals in a single day, local officials say.
They say the migrants – who include hundreds of minors – either swam around the border fences that jut out into the sea or walked across at low tide.
They are said to be mostly from Morocco. Spanish media says Moroccan border guards did not stop them.
Spain’s Ceuta and Melilla enclaves have become magnets for African migrants. Read more
Ariana Grande secretly marries Dalton Gomez in ‘intimate’ home wedding (PageSix)
Ariana Grande went from “Dangerous Woman” to married woman.
The singer, 27, married real estate agent Dalton Gomez over the weekend in a very small wedding at her Montecito, Calif., home, TMZ reported Monday.
“They got married,” her rep confirmed to People. “It was tiny and intimate — less than 20 people. The room was so happy and full of love. The couple and both families couldn’t be happier.”
On choosing the location, a source told People that both Grande and Gomez, 25, “love” the celebrity-favored enclave of Montecito — where stars like Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also live — and “spend a lot of time there. Read more
Mississippi abortion: US Supreme Court to hear major abortion case (BBC)
The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to Mississippi’s 15-week ban on abortion in a major case that will be closely watched across the US.
The verdict could upend the legal right to abortion laid out in the court’s 1973 landmark Roe v Wade ruling.
It will be the first abortion case heard by Justice Amy Coney Barrett, a Catholic conservative who then-President Trump nominated in 2020.
The court is ideologically split, with conservatives holding a 6-3 majority. Read more
Wrongfully convicted US brothers to receive $84m (France24)
Two African-American half-brothers who spent 31 years in prison in the southern US state of North Carolina for a crime they did not commit have been awarded $84 million, their lawyer said Monday.
“This is the largest jury verdict ever returned in a wrongful conviction case in the history of the United States,” Des Hogan told AFP.
Henry Lee McCollum and his half-brother Leon Brown, both of whom are intellectually disabled, were convicted of the 1983 rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl.
They were respectively 19 and 15 years old at the time of their arrest and claimed to have been forced to sign confessions. Read more
Chile constitution: Sweeping changes possible as independents win (BBC)
Independent and opposition candidates have won a key two-thirds of seats in the body that will write a new constitution in Chile.
A new constitution to replace the one dating back to Gen Pinochet’s military rule was a crucial demand of protests which swept through Chile in 2019.
Government-backed candidates have only secured about a fourth of the seats.
That is short of the number which would have made it possible for them to block sweeping changes. Read more
Harry Kane tells Tottenham Hotspur he wants to leave this summer with three clubs interested (Metro)
Harry Kane has informed Tottenham Hotspur that he wants to leave the club this summer, with Premier League trio Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea all expressing an interest in his signature already. Sky Sports News reports that the England captain has told his club he wants a move when the transfer window opens and Spurs have already started looking at replacements. The trio of United, City and Chelsea have all been in touch with Kane’s representatives, CK66, letting them know of their interest in the 27-year-old this summer. Read more
Danjuma gives Bournemouth first-leg win over Brentford (BBC)
Bournemouth manager Jonathan Woodgate knows his side “still have it all to do” to overcome Brentford in the Championship play-off semi-final despite winning the first leg 1-0.
Arnaut Danjuma scored the only goal early in the second half in front of a crowd of around 2,000 home fans, but Brentford missed a glorious chance to level through Bryan Mbeumo.
“It’s half-time, it’s a slight advantage,” Woodgate said after seeing Dutch winger Danjuma finish off a fine counter-attacking move from David Brooks’ precise through ball.
“We know how good Brentford are at home, we know how good the players are and the team is, they’ve been in this situation before and they’ve got that experience. Read more
Guardiola warns Aguero over Champions League final berth (France24)
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has warned Sergio Aguero there will be no room for sentiment when he picks his team for the Champions League final against Chelsea later this month.
Aguero has announced he will leave City at the end of the season after 10 successful years with the Premier League champions.
The Argentina striker is City’s all-time record goalscorer, but he may not have a fairytale farewell at the end of an injury-ravaged campaign in which he has been limited to just 18 appearances.
Aguero will miss Tuesday’s match at Brighton with an adductor problem. Read more
Taylor v Ramirez: Costello points to history as Scottish fighter thinks of Buchanan (BBC)
Josh Taylor could secure “one of the best achievements by a British sportsman or woman in recent years” if he beats Jose Ramirez on Saturday.
That is the view of 5 Live Boxing’s Mike Costello as Scotland’s Taylor embarks on the chance to become the first British fighter to hold all four world titles in a weight division.
Taylor, 30, risks his IBF and WBA super-lightweight belts while American Ramirez puts the WBC and WBO titles on the line.
“There have been six world title fights in the era of four recognised world bodies – going back to 1988 – across the weight divisions with all four belts at stake,” said Costello. Read more
Olympian Torah Bright’s ‘insane’ breastfeeding photo leads to backlash (NYPost)
Aussie snowboarding icon Torah Bright is unapologetically proud of the mother she is.
After receiving backlash over a partially nude breastfeeding photo she shared to Instagram and Facebook on Mother’s Day, Bright sent an emotional message to fellow moms feeling unsupported about how they choose to parent.
“Reading some of these comments made me sad,” Bright wrote in a since-expired post on Instagram Stories — which included a topless image of her in a headstand while breastfeeding her 10-month-old son, Flow. Her response was captured by news.com.au before it expired. Read more
Sven Botman responds to Manchester United transfer speculation (Metro)Lille defender Sven Botman admits he would be ‘lying’ if he said he wasn’t interested in a move to Manchester United following speculation over a move to Old Trafford. The Dutchman joined Lille from Ajax last summer and has been a rock at the back for the French club, who need a win in their final game of the season to pip Paris Saint-Germain to the league title. Botman signed for a fee of around £6.5m but his value has skyrocketed in the lat 12 months, with Manchester United keeping a close eye on the defender’s rapid progress since he left Ajax. Read more