Traders in tears as government demolished Agboju Market Festac (NewTelegraph)
It was a like a war torn area at Agboju Market in Festac Town, Lagos, when the government moved in with two bulldozers and demolished the over 40-year-old market in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State. During Sunday Telegraph’s visits to the scene, traders were seen running helter scelter in search of safe places to keep their wares and preserve their kiosks which escaped the bulldozers’ jaws while few others were selling off their wares.
The stalls made of metal containers and kiosks made of both wood and metals were among the demolished stalls. While some of the traders were well composed evacuating their wares, others were confused as they had no place to keep their wares and thus left them unattended. Read more
Firm boosts broadband penetration with free Wi-Fi (Guardian)
The broadband penetration target of the Federal Government, especially among youths segments of the country, received a boost, as the innovative Red Cheetah free Wi-Fi App, launched by Swift Networks crossed the 100, 000 downloads mark.
This is excluding the users of the web and Windows version of the platform. In addition, the app usage has hit an all-time high of 50, 000 sessions per day.
The app, which provides up to one Gigabyte of free Wi-Fi Internet access per day per user, is available at its dedicated 500 hotspots across Lagos State. Read more
Hamzat charges staff to be best in their duties (Guardian)
The new Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, has declared his aspiration to become the best Deputy governor in Nigeria.
He has accordingly demanded that staff of the Deputy Governor’s Office and indeed other civil servants be the best in what they do.
In his maiden address to the Deputy Governor’s Office staff, he urged every staff, irrespective of position, to strive for excellence. Read more
Osun poly students vandalise medical centre over colleague’s death (Punch)
Some students of the Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, on Saturday, protested against the death of their colleague, vandalsing the institution’s medical centre, an ambulance, furniture and other items in the facility.
SUNDAY PUNCH gathered that the affected student, Aminu Hammed, was rushed to the health centre by his colleagues after he slumped on Friday in the examination hall. Read more
Ihedioha appoints Onyeaguocha SSG, picks 3 others (Guardian)
Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, has approved the appointment of Uche Onyeaguocha, a lawyer, as the Secretary to the State Government (SSG).
In a statement issued yesterday, by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Chibuike Obyeukwu, former Imo State SSG, Chief Chris Okewulonu was named the Chief of Staff. Others are Chima Nwana, a lawyer, as Deputy Chief of Staff, and Chinemerem Madu, as Chief of Protocol. Read more
9th NASS: Dogara Joins Speakership Race Again, Say I’ll Repeat 2015 Victory (Tribune)
The last may not have been heard about the race for the Speakership of the House of Representatives in the Ninth National Assembly as the outgoing Speaker of the Eight Assembly, Hon Yakubu Dogara of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reportedly joined the race.
This was announced through a campaign launched on social media by Dogara’s aides over the weekend with various posters tagged “continuity”. Read more
20 Years of Democracy: Still a long way to go (Independent)
Last Wednesday, May 20, 2019, marked 20 years of uninterrupted democracy in Nigeria. This dispensation, popularly termed Fourth Republic, took off on May 29, 1999, when Olusegun Obasanjo, former General and ex-Military Head of State took over the reins of governance.
Between then and now, Nigeria has been ruled by politicians. Apart from Obasanjo, a ‘born again’ democrat, the country had been ruled by Umaru Yar’Adua, Goodluck Jonathan and Muhamadu Buhari, who last Wednesday was sworn in for a second term. Read more
Construction firm debunks allegations of violating safety rules (Leadership)
A construction firm operating in Calabar, under the auspices of Cakasa, has debunked allegations of violating safety rules levelled against the firm by iron and Steel Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ISSAN) of failing to comply with safety procedures.
The company’s manager stated that 10% of the construction firm’s profit is re-ploughed into safety measures and called on all to disregard the claims made by the Union that the construction firm has no save measures. Read more
Kenyan, two Nigerians for Ebedi Writers Residency (DailyTrust)
A Kenyan and two Nigerians have arrived Iseyin, Oyo State for the May/June 2019 Ebedi Writers Residency Session. They are, Troy Onyango, Socrates Mbamalu and TJ Benson.
Onyango is a Kenyan writer and Lawyer. His fiction has appeared in various journals and magazines, including Transition Magazine Issue 121, for which his short story ‘The Transfiguration’ was nominated for the 2016 Pushcart Prize. Read more
US demands social media details from visa applicants (ThisDay)
The United States Government has reeled out fresh condition for visa application, noting that nearly all applicants for the United States (US) visas will have to submit their social media details under newly adopted rules.
The US Department of State gave the new regulation Saturday, saying people will have to submit social media names and five years’ worth of email addresses and phone numbers. Read more
Why scantily-clad Russian model interrupted Tottenham vs Liverpool clash (TalkSport)
A pitch invader brought the Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur to a temporary halt in Madrid on Saturday evening.
The scantily-clad intruder was wearing a skimpy swimsuit advertising a Russian porn pranking website and was quickly escorted off the pitch by security.
It is believed the woman is Kinsey Wolanski, the girlfriend of Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, who set up the x-rated website. Read more
Joshua sensationally beaten by Ruiz Jr (BBC)
Andy Ruiz Jr produced one of the biggest shocks in the history of heavyweight boxing to rip Anthony Joshua’s IBF, WBO and WBA world heavyweight titles from him and tear up the division’s proposed plot lines.
In a truly remarkable affair at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Ruiz floored Joshua four times en route to a seventh-round stoppage which stunned this famous arena.
Joshua was a 1-25 favourite with bookmakers and will now join the likes of Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson as dominant champions to suffer defeats which brought the sport to a standstill. Read more
Benitez: ‘Open to all possibilities’ (FootballItalia)
Rafa Benitez refused to comment on his Newcastle United future, but said he is “open to all possibilities” including a Serie A return.
The Spanish tactician had two spells in Italy with Inter and then Napoli, but his situation with the Magpies is up in the air.
“It wasn’t an easy season, but for a club like this to comfortably secure its Premier League status without doubt makes it a positive campaign,” Benitez told Calciomercato.it. Read more
Ex-Arsenal star Jose Antonio Reyes dies in accident (CNN)
Ex-Arsenal and Real Madrid star Jose Antonio Reyes has been killed in a traffic accident, his former club Sevilla FC tweeted on Saturday.
“Our beloved squad member Jose Antonio Reyes died in a traffic accident,” the club said.
Reyes made a name for himself playing for Sevilla, where he began his career as a young player in their football academy. Reyes made his professional debut for the club in 2000, at the age of 16.
The Spaniard would eventually move to a string of top-flight clubs around Europe, including Arsenal, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Read more
Siniakova ends Osaka’s unbeaten Grand Slam run (DailyTrust)
Naomi Osaka’s 16-match winning streak in Grand Slam tournaments came to an end on Saturday at the French Open in Paris. The Japanese lost in straight sets to Katerina Siniakova in the third round of the year’s second Grand Slam.
The top-seeded Osaka was beaten by Czech Siniakova, the world’s top-ranked doubles player, 6-4 6-2 on a hot day at the Court Suzanne-Lenglen at Roland Garros. Read more
Liverpool too strong for Tottenham as Klopp’s men win Champions League (Guardian)
Mohamed Salah scored one of the fastest ever goals in a Champions League final and Divock Origi struck late as Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in Madrid on Saturday and won the trophy for the sixth time.
Less than two minutes had been played when Salah smashed in his spot-kick after Moussa Sissoko had been penalised for handball in the area.
A disappointing final never truly got going after that, but Liverpool will not care, as they saw Alisson Becker make several confident saves in the latter stages before substitute Origi drilled in the killer second in the 87th minute. Read more
Poland 2019: Flying Eagles arrive in Lodz for Senegal clash (DailyTrust)
The Flying Eagles have arrived in the city of Lodz as the Nigerian side prepare for the round of 16 clash with Senegal at the ongoing FIFA U20 World Cup.
According to a statement from the Director of Communication, Nigeria Football Federation, Ademola Olajire, the Players and officials left their Qubus Hotel in Bielsko-Biala after breakfast and arrived in Poland’s third largest city just in time for lunch at the Hotel Ambasador Premium. Read more
CAF League Final crisis: Ahmad calls emergency meeting (NewTelegraph)
President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad, has called for the emergency meeting of the Executive Committee of CAF due to the crisis that happened at the final of this year’s Champions League final between Esperance of Tunisia and Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca on Friday.
Esperance won the CAF Champions League in Tunisia, after Wydad Casablanca refused to continue playing on 60 minutes because VAR (video assistant referee) was unavailable to judge a disallowed equaliser. Read more
Okocha in Scotland court over money laundering (Punch)
Former Super Eagles captain Austin Okocha has appeared in court in Aberdeen facing money laundering charges, Aberdeen Evening Express reports.
Okocha, who is better known as Jay-Jay, appeared in private at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Friday.
The 45-year-old, who describes himself on his social media profile as “The Football Magician”, made 124 appearances in the Premier League, scoring 14 goals for Bolton Wanderers between 2002 and 2006. Read more
Oshoala vows to help Barca ladies win titles (Vanguard)
After signing a two year deal with Barcelona Ladies, Asisat Oshoala revealed that her ambition is to help the team win titles.
Oshoala Oshoala, who scored Barca Ladies only goal in their 4-1 defeat to Lyon in the UEFA Women Champions League, said she was excited signing a deal to remain in Spain, adding that she will fight harder to help the team. Read more