Rising traffic robberies worsen Lagosians nightmare (Guardian)
It was a bitter pill to swallow for Ekene Okoro, a former media aide to former governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday night when at about 9:35p.m. he came face-to-face with some daredevil Lagos traffic robbers.
Okoro had just dropped off his colleague, Augustine Akhilomen at Iyana Itire during Wednesday night’s downpour when two men in their 20s approached his car. The construction by Hitech on Oshodi-Apapa Expressway main lane inward Mile 2 had restricted all vehicles approaching Cele Express bus stop to negotiate to the service lane. Read more
35 escape death as tanker crushes vehicles on Lagos-Ibadan road (Punch)
No fewer than 35 persons escaped death in multiple crashes involving a fuel tanker and five other vehicles at the Warewa end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in Ogun State on Thursday.
The affected vehicles are a black Honda Pilot with number plate KSF 774 BE; a green Toyota with number plate LSD 513 EZ; a yellow Mazda commercial bus with number plate EKY 25 FQ; a black Nissan Rogue with number plate EKY 254 FQ; a black KIA car with number plate EPE 60 CZ; and a wine DAF tanker with number plate KEF 211 ZD. Read more
Obasanjo, NUT, ASUU lament rising number of out-of-school children (Punch)
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday said he was pained by the high number of out-of-school children in the country.
The former President said this as the Federal Government disclosed that it would start an open schooling progamme in July as part of efforts to solve the problem of the out-of-school children. Read more
NiMET predicts thunderstorms in most parts of the country on Friday (DailyTrust)
Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) has predicted thunderstorm activities over most part of the country on Friday.
The agency’s “Weather Outlook” on Thursday in Abuja predicted cloudy conditions over central states, with chances of thunderstorm over Yola, Jalingo, Abuja, Bauchi, Jos, Lafia, Makurdi and Mambilla Plateau axis in the morning hours. Read more
Patients’ lives at risk as LUTH doctors, management trade words over indefinite strike (Guardian)
The crisis between the management of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) has gained momentum as both parties trade words over issues surrounding the June 7 indefinite strike action.
The management of LUTH had debunked the allegations made by the association, comprising Resident Doctors and all House Officers in the hospital, stating that all demands put forward by the association were baseless and untrue. Read more
Imo Assembly decries menace of herdsmen (Guardian)
Twenty-seven lawmakers of the Imo State House of Assembly, presided over by the Speaker, Dr. Chiji Chimezie Collins, have raised the alarm over alleged incessant attacks by herdsmen in various communities of their constituencies in the 27 local councils of the state.
They, therefore, resolved and urged the two major security chiefs in the state (Brigade Commander of 34 Field Artillery Brigade, Obinze, near Owerri and the Commissioner of Police) to act fast and tackle the killings allegedly being perpetrated by the herders. Read more
Paige Patterson, seminary sued over alleged mishandling of sex abuse claim (XtianPost)
Former Southern Baptist Convention President Paige Patterson and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary have been sued over allegedly mishandling the response to a former student who was raped multiple times.
The lawsuit was filed in May in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas by a former student identified as “Jane Roe” and was unsealed earlier this month. Read more
It’s too early to start talking about winning AFCON, says Omeruo (Guardian)
Scorer of Super Eagles’ lone goal against the Syli Nationale of Guinea in their second group match on Wednesday, Kenneth Omeruo says it is too early to start talking about winning the on-going African Nations Cup.
Omeruo’s lone strike sealed victory for the Eagles in Wednesday’s match and took Nigeria to the round of 16 even with a game left against Madagascar. Read more
Greece’s first refugee, migrant women’s football team wins European cup (Xinhua)
Hestia FC, Greece’s first football team comprised of women refugees and migrants, won a European cup, only three months after its formation.
Katerina Salta, Sport for Protection program manager of the International Olympic Truce Centre which warmly embraced the idea of the team, told the story about Hestia FC during training in an Athens sport field. Read more
Thurman promises to end Mayweather/Pacquiao era for good (BoxingNews24)
Keith Thurman is very pumped up for his championship showdown with Manny Pacquiao on July 20th, and his excitement goes beyond world titles.
The undefeated fighter feels he will be putting an end to one of the longest and most dominant eras of boxing after his fight with the Pacman is over. Read more
England Cruises Past Norway in a Women’s World Cup Quarterfinal (NYTimes)
Lucy Bronze helped set up the first two goals before completing England’s 3-0 victory over Norway with a powerful shot of her own on Thursday night, sending the team into its second straight Women’s World Cup semifinal.
After finishing third four years ago, England will now face France or the United States on Tuesday in its quest for a first women’s final. Read more
Raptors confident of re-signing Kawhi (DailyTrust)
Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri is confident of resigning Kawhi Leonard after having “very good meetings” with the NBA Finals MVP over the past week.
Leonard, who led the Raptors to their first NBA championship earlier in June, is days away from becoming a free agent, with the window set to open on Sunday. Read more
Chelsea, Arsenal, Leicester, Levante react to Nigeria’s win over Guinea (Vanguard)
Premier League clubs, Chelsea, Arsenal, Leicester City as well as Spanish La Liga outfit, Levante observed the proceedings at the Alexandria Stadium on Wednesday and had gone on to hail the input of their Super Eagles stars in the victory.
Kenneth Omeruo’s late header off a corner kick from Moses Simon ultimately proved enough for Nigeria to break down the stubborn resistance of their Guinean opponents to secure a 1-0 victory and a passage to the AFCON round of 16, with a game to spare. Read more
Eagles to get Burundi win bonus today (Punch)
Super Eagles players say they’ve put behind them their bonus row with officials of the Nigeria Football Federation and are focused on claiming maximum points against Madagascar’s Barea on Sunday, as well as go on to get the desired results in the knockout stages of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
This is coming after our correspondent learnt that the NFF pledged to pay the national team players $10,000 each on Friday (today) for their opening Group B win against debutants Burundi on Saturday, after a meeting at their Helnan Palestine Hotel in Alexandria on Thursday. Read more