Suspect in custody over Instagram cloth vendor’s death (Punch)
The prime suspect in the case of an Ibadan-based Instagram cloth vendor, Adeshina Olayinka, popularly called Khadi, who died mysteriously at Wetland Hotel, Akobo, in Ibadan, Oyo State recently is currently in police custody.
PUNCH Metro had reported that Olayinka was found dead after the man she was with checked out early on Thursday morning.
Our correspondent gathered that the suspect is currently in the custody of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Iyaganku, Ibadan.
An investigation by our correspondent further revealed that the suspect, names withheld, voluntarily presented himself to the police at Akobo Police Division having heard that his attention was needed by the police over Olayinka’s death. Read more
Future bright for assisted conception in Nigeria — Dr Ajayi (Vanguard)
There is a bright future for assisted conception in Nigeria and the rest of the world.
The application of assisted reproduction techniques, generally, is growing fast and is expected to expand even further and faster.
The Medical Director/CEO of Nordica Fertility Centre, Lagos, Dr Abayomi Ajayi, who made the observation, said the application of popular fertility treatment procedures such as Invitro Fertilisation (IVF) was already extending beyond infertility. Read more
Former Uniport VC, Nimi Briggs, is dead (Guardian)
Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt and former Chairman, Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, Prof. Nimi Briggs, is dead.
The news of his death was contained in a statement by one of his children, Ninah Nimi Briggs, on behalf of the family.
According to the statement, yesterday, the former VC, died in the early hours of Easter Monday at the age of 79. Read more
Sickness took 8 months from Buhari’s administration – Adesina (DailyTrust)
The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has said the President’s sickness in 2017 took eight months from his time in office.
Adesina disclosed this on Monday while speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
Adesina who was highlighting the accomplishments and legacy of the Buhari government during the programme, said the President spent eight months on treatment in the United Kingdom in 2017.
“When he fell sick in January 2017, he came back in March, went again in April and didn’t come back till August 19. Read more
UK restriction can’t stop doctors’ migration, say NMA, NARD (Punch)
Medical bodies in the countries have said the United Kingdom government’s code of practice for the international recruitment of health and social care personnel will not stop Nigerian doctors from migrating to other countries.
According to them, the UK can only define its terms as freedom of movement is a fundamental right.
The Nigerian Medical Association and the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors were reacting to the UK code of practice, which listed Nigeria among 54 other countries where health workers should not be actively recruited. Read more
Mixta Africa provides affordable housing in Lagos New Town (ThisDay)
The Country Manager of Mixta Nigeria, Mrs. Shade Hughes, has confirmed that Lagos New Town, the new district created by the developers, has a home to suit every class, from reasonably low priced homes at Beechwood Park to luxury homes in the Lakowe Lakes Golf and Country Estate.
She made this disclosure at the weekend in Lagos when the infrastructure developers hosted existing residents, agents and prospective buyers clients to a fun family event which gave them the chance to inspect some of their already built houses and those who are still under construction at their different estates within the Lagos New Town area.
The Country Manager confirmed that for the affordable homes range, Mixta offers different unit types ranging from semi-detached, bungalow, one bedroom, two bedrooms to three bedrooms. She said the houses are very affordable to every Nigerians who want an exclusive cozy, serene and secure environment. Read more
Private medical practitioners kick against 5-year service for doctors (DailyTrust)
The Association of Nigerian Private Medical Practitioners (ANPMP) has kicked against the compulsory five-year service licensing of a doctor proposed by the House of Representatives.
The association, however, said that a national emergency should be declared in the health sector as against the proposed compulsory five-year service.
The National President of the association, Dr Kayode Adesola, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos. Read more
Police arrest 3 officers for assaulting man in Rivers (Nation)
The Police have arrested three officers seen in a viral video assaulting an unidentified man in Rivers state.
The Nation learnt the incident took place at Port Harcourt East West Road, Emouha Junction.
Rivers Commissioner of Police, Okon Effiong, earlier ordered the arrest of the policemen.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi also condemned the action of the officers. Read more
Insecurity: Buhari leaving Nigeria ‘‘far better’’, says Adesina (Channels)
President Muhammadu Buhari has done his best in tackling Nigeria’s multifarious security challenges since he assumed office in May 2015 and he is leaving the country “far better” than he met it.
Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina stated this on Monday as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
Confronted with verifiable data that between May 2015 and May 2022, over 55,000 Nigerians were killed by terrorists, bandits and armed gangs, Adesina said the President has left the security situation of the country better than he met them in 2015. Read more
Rihanna becomes most-followed woman on Twitter after surpassing Katy Perry (HipHopDX)
Rihanna has added another impressive accolade to her resumé after becoming the most followed woman on Twitter, surpassing Katy Perry.
The news represents a significant milestone in Rihanna’s career as she continues to grow as an entertainer, artist, and entrepreneur. From music to fashion to cosmetics, she has achieved fame and success across a wide range of industries.
Social Blade reports, the “Rude Boy” singer’s Twitter account is the fourth most followed in the world. Her closest competitors are Justin Bieber at No.3 (113,171,252 followers), and US President Barack Obama at No.2 (132,941,739 followers). Read more
Country star Zach Bryan quotes Travis Tritt song as he condemns transphobia (People)
Zach Bryan is showing his support for the transgender community.
The American Heartbreak artist, 27, condemned country artists “insulting transgender people” as he tweeted a lyric by Travis Tritt, who previously announced he was removing all Anheuser-Busch products from his tour rider in response to the beer brand’s trans-inclusive campaign.
“I mean no disrespect towards anyone specifically, I don’t even mind @Travistritt,” wrote Bryan on Twitter. “I just think insulting transgender people is completely wrong because we live in a country where we can all just be who we want to be. It’s a great day to be alive I thought.” Read more
Disney’s Star Wars celebration to take place in Japan in 2025 (Standard)
Disney’s next Star Wars Celebration will take place in Japan in 2025, it has been announced.
The franchise’s annual convention, which is scheduled for April 18 to 20 in two years’ time, will be held at the Makuhari Messe convention centre, outside of Tokyo.
The news was confirmed at the closing ceremony of this year’s festival, which took place at London’s ExCel Centre. Read more
The Super Mario Bros. Movie smashes box office (VOA)
Audiences said let’s go to the movie theater for The Super Mario Bros. Movie this weekend. The animated offering from Universal and Illumination powered up with $204.6 million in its first five days in 4,343 North American theaters, including $146.4 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
With an estimated $173 million in international earnings and a global total of $377 million, “Mario” broke records for video game adaptations (passing Warcraft’s $210 million) and animated films (Frozen 2’s $358 million).
Its global total makes it the biggest opening of 2023 and the second biggest three-day domestic animated opening (behind Finding Dory). It’s also a record for Illumination, the animation shop behind successful franchises like Minions, which has made over $5 billion from its 13 films.
Russell Crowe “slightly jealous” of Gladiator sequel (NME)
Russell Crowe has admitted that he’s “slightly jealous” of Ridley Scott’s upcoming Gladiator sequel.
Crowe recently confirmed that he is “not involved” in the upcoming sequel to the 2000 film, with Normal People and Aftersun star Paul Mescal rumoured to take the starring role.
“I mean, look, the only thing that I really feel about it is slightly jealous, you know? Because I was a much younger man, obviously, and it was a huge experience in my life,” Crowe told Collider. Read more
Justin Jones vote: Nashville Metro Council votes to reinstate expelled lawmaker (ABC)
Nashville’s Metro Council unanimously voted to reinstate Justin Jones, the Tennessee House representative who was ousted last week for taking part in a gun control rally.
Jones will serve as an interim legislator until a special election is called.
“This is about people’s power. It shows that people power is the ultimate power, not the decision of [House Speaker] Cameron Sexton, but the decision of the people,” Jones said after the hearing on Monday. Read more
Dalai Lama apologises after kissing boy and asking him to ‘‘suck his tongue’’ (Guardian)
The Dalai Lama has apologised after he faced allegations of inappropriate behaviour after kissing a young boy on the lips and asking him to “suck his tongue” at a public event in India.
The interaction, which took place in late February at the Dalai Lama’s temple in Dharamshala, was attended by about 100 young students who had just graduated from the Indian M3M Foundation.
The Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the holiest figure in Tibetan Buddhism and has lived in exile in India since 1959, when Tibet was annexed by China. Read more
Lobi Stars dazzle Abia Warriors to stay top of Group B (DailyTrust)
Lobi Stars continued with their impressive run after they dazed visiting Abia Warriors 2-0 in their week 13 match played yesterday in Jos to stay top of Group B of the 2023 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) abridged season with 23 points.
Abia Warriors who had suffered a humiliating 1-5 loss at Bayelsa United wanted to make amends for the scandalous defeat but Lobi Stars proved a hard nut to crack as two first half goals off the boots of Umar Abba and Joseph Atule piled more misery on the visitors.
Lobi Stars made their intentions known early in the match as they camped in Abia Warriors half of the field till Abba found the opener in the 18th minute when he benefited from an Atule’s tailored pass. Read more
Rivers United assistant coach, Osho, resigns (NewTelegraph)
Rivers United assistant coach, Fatai Osho on Monday resigned from his position ahead of the anticipated Nigeria Premier League Football (NPFL) champions league.
Fatai announced his resignation in a terse statement issued via his official Facebook page but did not disclose the reason for his decision.
Announcing the development, he wrote, “I resign my position as the Chief Coach of Rivers United. Best wishes to the team.” Read more
Andy Robertson: Assistant referee Constantine Hatzidakis stood down during ‘elbow’ investigation (BBC)
Assistant referee Constantine Hatzidakis will not be involved in any matches while the Football Association investigates an incident in which he appeared to elbow Liverpool defender Andy Robertson.
Hatzidakis made contact with Robertson’s chin after the Scotland international approached him at the end of the first half in Sunday’s 2-2 Premier League draw with Arsenal.
An angry Robertson and several team-mates approached referee Paul Tierney, who booked Robertson. Read more
Guardiola warns that Manchester City must earn the right to win Champions League (Football365)
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has warned his team will need to earn the right to win the Champions League.
City face Guardiola’s former club Bayern Munich in the first leg of their quarter-final tie on Tuesday.
Guardiola, whose side are amongst the favourites, is looking to win the competition for the first time since taking charge at the Etihad Stadium in 2016. Read more
Hamzah Sheeraz set to return in June, says Frank Warren (BoxingScene)
Hamzah Sheeraz is expected to return from injury in June before a ‘very significant fight’ before the end of the year.
The middleweight contender has not boxed since he stopped River Wilson-Bent in two rounds in November due to surgery on his hand.
But his promoter Frank Warren says Sheeraz will get back into full training after Ramadan with a headline slot in June likely for the current Commonwealth middleweight champion. Read more
LIV star Patrick Reed reacts to Masters crowd reception after Augusta return ‘‘murmurs’’ (Mirror)
Patrick Reed paid tribute to the patrons of Augusta National after the LIV Golf star made his long-awaited PGA Tour return at The Masters last week.
Reed was one of 18 LIV stars who competed at the opening major championship of the year, amid the ongoing dispute between the PGA Tour and the Saudi-backed series. Even prior to his new-found LIV allegiances, Reed was often regarded as golf’s pantomime villain by fans.
And with the added controversy of his recent Saudi switch, it remained to be seen how the 2018 Masters champion was going to be received by the patrons at the famous Georgia course. Read more