Traders, residents lament poor state of Olodi Apapa road (Guardian)
Traders at Auto spare parts market, Industrial road, Olodi Apapa area of Lagos, and residents of the area have lamented the deplorable state of the road.
The Guardian learnt that the potholes-ridden road, which has been in poor state for years, is the major link road to Trinity Bus Stop along Apapa- Mile 2-Oshodi expressway.
Chairman of the Trinity Market Association Task Force, Mr. Chukwuemeka Nnama, said people in the area have been suffering because of deep potholes that developed over the years due to government’s negligence. Read more
Maltreatment of Seun Kuti by Lagos police illegal, says senior lawyer (Leadership)
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Adeyinka Olumide-Fusika, has frowned at the manner and way his client and Afrobeats singer, Seun Kuti, was treated by the Lagos State Police Command when the latter voluntarily turned himself in on Monday.
Seun Kuti had turned himself in at the Lagos State Police Command headquarters in Ikeja on Monday days after he was seen in a viral video assaulting a policeman in traffic and subsequent order given for his arrest.
The Lagos based senior lawyer, who accompanied the Musician to the Police Command headquarters, fingered the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Benjamin Hundeyin, for the alleged maltreatment of his client, which he described as illegal since he (the client) is presumed innocent until proven otherwise. Read more
Buhari returns to Abuja after 13 days in London (DailyTrust)
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, returned to Nigeria after an extended trip to London.
The President arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja around 4:45pm.
Buhari had left Nigeria on May 3 for the UK to participate in the coronation ceremony of King Charles III of the United Kingdom on May 6. Read more
4 US embassy officials feared killed in Anambra (Nation)
About four persons identified as staff of the United States embassy in Nigeria were on Tuesday feared killed by gunmen between Amiyi/Eke Ochuche communities in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The deceased were reportedly shot dead after they were ambushed while others sustained varying degrees of injury after escaping in their vehicle with US embassy inscription.
According to sources which put the time of the incident at about 4.30pm, it caused pandemonium among residents waiting for medical treatment from the team. Read more
Lagos residents express fear over rising criminal activities on Badagry expressway (Vanguard)
Mechanic and Beif bus-stops on Mile Two /Badagry expressway, have become a hotbed for criminals, as they attack, maim and dispossess residents of their valuables, daily.
In one of the attacks a few months ago, an apprentice in a hair salon that was sent on an errand, was killed by armed men at Mechanic bus-stop, after she was dispossessed of an unspecified amount of money.
Last week Tuesday, a man identified as Onyeka Olikaeze, narrowly escaped a robbery attack by two armed men at the Beif bus stop on that axis. Read more
Suspect remanded for stabbing man to death in Lagos (Punch)
A 45-year-old man, Rabiu Haruna, was on Monday remanded to the Kirikiri Custodial Centre, Lagos for allegedly killing one Ismaila Sunday with a knife.
The defendant was arraigned before a Yaba Magistrates’ Court presided over by Magistrate O.Y. Adefope on one count of murder.
According to the prosecutor, Haruna Magaji, the defendant committed the offence on April 16, 2023, around 12.13 am, at Happy Home, Kirikiri Town, Lagos State. Read more
Queen’s College restates commitment to staff, students’ welfare, unveils new bakery (ThisDay)
The Principal, Queen’s College, Lagos, Mrs. Oyindamola Obabori has reiterated her commitment to ensure an improved welfare for students and staff of the school.
Speaking at the inauguration of a bakery at tr college recently, she cited welfare as a key element in ensuring maximum performance, not just for the students but also for the staff.
On the rationale behind the establishment of the bakery, the principal said when she assumed office in September 2022, she observed to her surprise that the school spent so much on bread, and she thought of a way out. Read more
Defeating insurgency, banditry our priority — Chief of Army Staff (Tribune)
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Farooq Yahaya, has stated that the Nigerian Army has acquired sophisticated and highly sensitive weapons to neutralize insurgency, bandits, and other acts of criminality in the country.
The Army boss stated this in his opening address at the workshop on Future Improvised Explosive Device Challenges and Threat Mitigation held at the Nigerian Army School of Military Engineering, Makurdi, on Tuesday.
General Yahaya, who was represented by the Force Commander, Operation Whirl Stroke, Major General Sunday Igbinomwanhia, said that the defeat of those criminal elements in the country was his top priority. Read more
Johnny Depp gets 7-minute standing ovation after new film premieres at Cannes (MovieWeb)
Embattled actor Johnny Depp was greeted with lots of love at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival. The prestigious fest opened with a screening of Jeanne du Barry, the French film from director and co-star Maïwenn that features Johnny Depp as King Louis XV. It marks the first big role for Depp following years of legal quarreling with ex-wife Amber Heard which resulted in lost roles in lucrative franchises like Pirates of the Caribbean and Fantastic Beasts. It’s clear from the response garnered by the film’s premiere that people are happy to see Depp back in action, as they gave the actor a seven-minute standing ovation to let him know.
Video clips of Depp at the screening are also floating around on social media. He can be seen getting emotional in response to the applause. The actor can be seen waving to everyone and thanking them for the appreciation. Per Variety, you can watch footage of the ovation below. Read more
Dolly Parton under fire for collaboration with Kid Rock on her upcoming rock album: “I’m Done With Her” (WhiskeyRiff)
Dolly Parton is finally releasing her rock album.
After it was announced that Dolly was nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, she initially decided to take herself out of consideration, feeling that she hadn’t earned the honour.
But once the Hall of Fame responded that it was too late to take her off the ballot, Dolly changed her mind and accepted the nomination – and decided she would just earn it after being inducted in the Hall’s 2022 class.
The result is a 30-song rock album, Rock Star, coming this fall, featuring collaborations with some of rock and roll’s biggest names including Paul McCartney, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aerosmith and Elton John. Read more
Ex-Apple engineer accused of stealing self-driving car secrets (BBC)
A former Apple engineer has been charged with stealing the company’s self-driving car technology, almost five years after he fled to China.
Prosecutors accuse Weibao Wang, 35, of stealing thousands of files containing proprietary information while secretly working for an unnamed Chinese company.
Six counts of theft or attempted theft of trade secrets are in the indictment. Read more
Salman Rushdie warns against US censorship in rare public address (National)
British-Indian author Salman Rushdie made a rare public appearance in which he warned about censorship in the US, nine months after he was stabbed onstage during a speaking event in upstate New York.
Rushdie was awarded the Freedom to Publish, which acknowledges authors and publishers who stand against intolerance despite threats they face.
In a video message presented at the British Book Awards on Monday evening, Rushdie said “we live in a moment, I think, at which freedom of expression, freedom to publish has not in my lifetime been under such threat in the countries of the West”. Read more
Martha Stewart reacts to critics of Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover (Variety)
Martha Stewart had just two months to get ready for her already iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover.
She upped her Pilates to three times a week, watched what she ate and stopped drinking alcohol. “I had my regular facials but maybe more frequently and I also got a spray tan,” Stewart, who is up for three Daytime Emmys this year, tells me during a phone interview on Tuesday. “And I’m not a hairy person, but I got a complete body wax.”
At 81, Stewart made history as the oldest SI swimsuit model. A model in her 20s, Stewart worked with legends like Richard Avedon. “When I was a model and posing all the time in bathing suits and sporty sexy things, that’s the time I should have been on the cover,” she says before adding with a laugh, “But I wasn’t a $75-an-hour model then. I was only a $50- and $60-an-hour model.” Read more
Ukraine war: Kyiv hit by ‘exceptionally dense’ missile and drone attack (BBC)
The Ukrainian capital Kyiv has been targeted by further Russian air attacks, described by one official as “exceptional in density”.
Ukraine said all 18 missiles were shot down and footage showed air defences destroying targets over the city.
At least three people were injured during the barrage, which used both drones and missiles, officials said.
Russia has stepped up its air campaign in recent weeks, ahead of an expected Ukrainian offensive. Read more
Biden cuts Australia and Papua New Guinea visits (RNZ)
US President Joe Biden will cut his historic trip to Papua New Guinea to return to complete debt ceiling negotiations in the US, according to a White House statement.
Biden was scheduled to make a brief, historic stopover in PNG, and meet with other Pacific leaders, before travelling to Australia for a meeting of the Japan, Australia, India, U.S. grouping known as the Quad countries.
However, he will now return to the US on Sunday, following the completion of the G7 summit in Japan “in order to be back for meetings with Congressional leaders to ensure that Congress takes action by the deadline to avert default”. Read more
22 Nigerian junior athletes get U.S. scholarships, Okowa hosts team (Guardian)
A new crop of Nigerian athletes have started their journey to stardom with academic and sports schoralships to various American universities.
The athletes, 22 in number, represented the country at the recently concluded African U-18 and U-20 Athletics Championships in Ndola, Zambia.
Delta State Governor, Dr. ifeanyi Okowa, on Monday night, treated the athletes to a dinner to celebrate their exploits at the championship. Read more
Serie A: Osimhen, Lookman named in team of the season (Punch)
Super Eagles duo Victor Osimhen and Ademola Lookman have been nominated for the EA SPORTS FIFA Team of the Season as Lega Serie A unveiled the highly anticipated list on Tuesday, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
Both players have been outstanding for their respective clubs as the 2022/23 season draws to a close.
Osimhen played a key role as Napoli ended their 33-year wait to win the Serie A title, with the Nigerian scoring an impressive 23 goals from 29 matches. Read more
I liked everything about our win, says Inter coach Inzaghi (France24)
Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi said he had been impressed by every facet of his team’s “extraordinary” journey to the Champions League final after they beat AC Milan 3-0 on aggregate on Tuesday.
Lautaro Martinez’s 74th minute goal sealed Inter’s passage to the final of European club football’s showpiece in Istanbul on June 10.
“We will only fully realise what we have done in the days to come,” Inzaghi told Mediaset. Read more
Pep Guardiola: Manchester City’s legacy is already exceptional (BBC)
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says his “legacy is exceptional” as he prepares for Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid.
Treble-chasing City, who have never been European champions, drew 1-1 at the Bernabeu in last Tuesday’s first leg.
Guardiola has won two Champions Leagues as a manager, with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011.
“I have been here many times,” he said. Read more
San Antonio Spurs win NBA draft lottery and opportunity to select Victor Wembanyama (CBS)
Victor Wembanyama is now set to begin his NBA career with the San Antonio Spurs, after they won the NBA draft lottery and the No. 1 overall pick on Tuesday night.
The Spurs were one of three teams with the best odds — 14% — to land the No. 1 pick, which they’ll almost certainly use on Wembanyama. The 7-foot-3 French 19-year-old is one of the most highly touted prospects in NBA history and will be expected to make an immediate impact on the league.
Immediately following the lottery results, an excited Wembanyama, who was in France surrounded by family and friends, told ESPN that he “loves Texas.” Read more
Marlene Hagge-Vossler, last surviving LPGA founder, dies at 89 (ESPN)
Marlene Hagge-Vossler, a Hall of Fame player and the last surviving founder of the LPGA Tour, died Tuesday morning, her family said. She was 89.
Hagge-Vossler won 26 times on the LPGA Tour, including the 1952 LPGA Championship, and she was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2002.
She was 15-year-old Marlene Bauer when she joined 12 other women — including her older sister, Alice Bauer — in signing incorporation papers in 1950 for the fledgling LPGA Tour. Read more