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The hottest and most trending news articles for this week in all categories captured in one shot. Find articles ranging from News to Sports, to Politics, to Entertainment, to Economy, to Metro plus, and many other categories. See below the top news for the week:

NEWS

  • FG extends NIN-SIM linkage deadline to June 30

The Federal Government has approved June 30 as the new deadline for the National Identity Numbers (NIN) linkage with the Subscribers Identity Module (SIM) cards. The government said so far 54 million Nigerians have obtained their NIN, translating to over 190 million mobile numbers.

This decision was contained in a statement jointly signed by the Director of Public Affairs of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Dr Ikechukwu Adinde and Head of Corporate Communications of the National Identity Management Commission(NIMC) Mr Kayode Adegoke. It reads: “The postponement of the deadline was also based on the request by stakeholders for an extension till 30th of June in order to make it easier for all citizens and legal residents to register.

  • DSS To Clampdown On Agents Of Anarchy, Warns Against Inciting Utterances

The Department of State Services says it will begin a clampdown on agents of anarchy in various parts of the country. In a statement on Sunday by its spokesman, Peter Afunanya, the service faulted those said to be creating instability through comments that threaten the sovereignty and corporate existence of the nation.

It also condemned what it called the unnecessary vituperations and activities of some religious and past political leaders who have either called for a forceful change of government or mass action against it. It reminded every Nigerian that although democracy offers free speech, it does not give room to reckless pronouncements.

  • Buhari To Journalists: Media Must Be Sensitive To Nigeria’s Current Situation

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked journalists to be responsible, saying the media must be sensitive to Nigeria’s current situation. Buhari in a statement issued on Sunday by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, reiterated his administration’s commitment to freedom of the press.

He noted that freedom of the press is an irreducible minimum in a democracy that would flourish, adding that freedom must, however, be used responsibly. He added, “Licentious freedom, the President says, is different from freedom with responsibility, and charges the Nigerian media to embrace the latter, rather than the former.

“He charges those who manage information for government to do everything in the public interest, while also encouraging the media to use the Freedom of Information Act available to make its jobs easier.

  • FG Establishes Centre For Control Of Small Arms, Light Weapons

The Federal Government has approved the establishment of the National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCCSALW). The new center will be domiciled in the office of the National Security Adviser and Retired Major General AM Dikko has been appointed as Pioneer Coordinator.

The announcement was made in a statement signed on Monday by the Head, Strategic Communication, Office of the National Security Adviser, Zakariya Usman. Usman said the decision is part of the ongoing restructuring of Nigeria’s security architecture. The National Security Adviser said the center will be similar to the counter-terrorism centre and the cybersecurity centre, both of which are domiciled under his office.

  • Army got N1.08tr in 28 months – Finance minister tells Senate

The Army got N1,008.84 trillion as budget releases between January 2019 and this year’s first quarter, Finance, Budget and National Planning Minister Hajiya Zainab Ahmed told the Senate on Tuesday. Mrs. Ahmed made the revelation when she appeared before the Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume-led Senate Committee on Army. Citing a letter from the Chief of Defence Staff last week, Ndume said the military authorities complained that they had a shortfall of over N50 billion as far as fund releases from the Finance ministry was concerned.

Ahmed, however, gave the breakdown of how her ministry disbursed N1,008.84 trillion to the Army in the past two years as follows: N129.69 billion (Capital Expenditure); N39.76 billion (Overhead Cost); N681.79 (Personnel Cost); and N157.6 billion (Special Releases). She said that the ministry has been “responsible and responsive” in providing funds for the Nigerian Army.

“Apart from the fact that we try best efforts to fund what is provided for in the budget by almost 100 per cent, there has also been a lot of instances where the security service go to the President, get special approvals and we still provide funds. “So, perhaps what we are providing is not enough, but the fact is we provide what is budgeted and we provide what is approved.

  • Boko Haram attack plot on National Assembly, VIP locations causes panic

Lawmakers have been notified of a possible attack by Boko Haram insurgents on the National Assembly complex and other public buildings in Abuja, newsmen have learnt. Several members of the House of Representatives, on Wednesday, confirmed to newsmen that they had been notified of the imminent attack by the terrorist group. Already the notice on the impending attack has been made available to the lawmakers.

The notice, a copy of which newsmen obtained, was sent to the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, other principal officers and all members of the House. The ‘security alert’, dated May 4, 2021, was issued by Chairman of the House Committee on Internal Security, National Assembly, Mr Usman Shiddi. It was titled ‘Re: planned insurgent attacks on VIP locations, government facilities and assets in Abuja.’

  • Pastor Adeboye loses 42-year-old son

Pastor Dare Adeboye, son of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Enoch Adeboye, is dead. He was 42. He was said to have died in his sleep on Wednesday in Eket, Akwa-Ibom where was a pastoring a church.

His wife, Temiloluwa, reportedly raised the alarm when he did not wake up after he retired to sleep on his bed. The Head of Media and Public Relations, RCCG, Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi, however, confirmed the incident. Dare would have been 43 years in June. Dare was happily married with children.

  • Buhari Suspends Hadiza Usman As NPA MD

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority, Hadiza Usman to step aside from her role. Her suspension comes as the Ministry of Transportation, headed by Mr Rotimi Amaechi, sets up an Administrative Panel of Inquiry to investigate the NPA management.

Mr Mohammed Bello-Koko, an Executive Director at the NPA, will replace Usman for the duration of the investigation, a statement signed by presidential spokesman Garba Shehu on Thursday said.


ECONOMY

  • Labour draws battle lines, warns against salary slash

Organised labour on Wednesday cautioned the Federal Government against reduction of workers’ salaries in its attempt to cut down personnel cost in view of the cash crunch facing the country. The Nigeria Labour Congress and the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria warned that any attempt to reduce workers’ pay would be suicidal. According to them, if government is desirous of reducing its bloated payroll, it should slash the fat remuneration and allowances of political office holders “who do very little but collect so much.’’

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, said President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission to review the government payroll. There were reports on Wednesday that the review planned by government would lead to slashing of workers’ salaries. But the minister’s Special Adviser on Media and Communications, Yunusa Abdullahi, in an interview with newsmen, explained that the review would not lead to salary reduction.

  • Governors Not Paying Minimum Wage Are Breaching The Law – Ngige

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has faulted governors yet to pay the new minimum wage to workers in their states. Speaking in an interview, he stated that any employer paying its employee below N30,000 was doing so in contravention of the law.

President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Minimum Wage Repeal and Re-Enactment Act, 2019 into law on April 18, 2019. The Act makes it compulsory for all employers of labour in the country to pay a minimum of N30,000 to their workers and gives workers compelled to accept salary less than the amount the right to sue their employer to recover the balance.

Ngige faulted governors negotiating with the labour unions in their states over the payment of the minimum wage to workers. Asked what the next action would be for erring governors, he said, “I am negotiating with the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF); the law permits me to take them to court.

  • Minimum Wage Was More Than $125 In 1981, Today It Is Less Than $60 – NLC

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has taken a swipe at Nigerian politicians for being insensitive to the plights of the workers in the country. Speaking during an interview, NLC President, Ayuba Wabba said the minimum wage in 1981 was more than $125, lamenting that it is currently less than $60. “The first minimum wage in 1981by Shagari was more than $125. Today it is less than $60 because of the dwindling fortune of our economy,” he said.

The NLC leader said the current index in Nigeria cannot sustain an average worker, noting that a bag of rice costs N30,000. While noting that workers are in a ‘very sorry situation’, Wabba said some state governments do not see the welfare of their workers as a priority. On the minimum wage, the labour leader threatened a shutdown in states where governors are yet to implement the policy. Wabba’s remarks come few hours after the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, faulted governors yet to pay the new minimum wage to workers in their states.

  • FG Partners Microsoft On Digital Transformation, Project To Create 27,000 Jobs

The Federal Government is partnering with Microsoft Corporation to accelerate Nigeria’s resolve towards a more digital economy. This is in line with the Economic Sustainability Plan of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, said a statement by Laolu Akande, the spokesman for the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

In a dual announcement on Monday by both the government and the tech giant, no less than five million Nigerians would benefit from a digital upskilling programme. Locations in each of the six geopolitical zones would also enjoy active internet connection and cloud services courtesy of the digital transformation plan. Professor Osinbajo stated that the government was committed to leveraging innovation and technology to bring better outcomes across a wide area of governance concerns.

  • NCC, NIGCOMSAT Sign Deal To Deploy 5G In Nigeria

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate the deployment of 5G technology in the nation’s telecommunication sector. Both agencies signed the agreement on the use of C-Band Spectrum for 5G services in Nigeria at an event held on Wednesday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners at the NCC, Professor Adeolu Akande, noted that in recent times, precisely from the last quarter of 2019, several administrations have begun to license spectrum for commercial deployment of 5G. Akande explained that the role of spectrum was critical in realising the full extent of the new capabilities, adding that the full socio-economic impact of 5G was dependent on access to a variety of spectrum resources.

NCC Executive Vice Chairman, Professor Umar Danbatta, on his part, said Nigeria cannot be left behind when several countries were already expanding their technologies through the 5G network. He was confident that the synergy with NIGCOMSAT would help in harnessing the contagious quantum of spectrum needed for the early deployment of 5G.


POLITICS

  • Supreme Court Faults Dissolution Of Katsina, Oyo LGAs

The Supreme Court has declared the dissolution of local government administrations in Oyo and Katsina States and their replacement with caretaker committees as illegal. In the judgment delivered on Friday by Justice Adamu Jauro, the apex court in a unanimous decision condemned the Oyo and Katsina state governments for the unlawful dissolution of the state duly elected local government Council officials.

The court ruled that the dissolution of duly elected PDP local government council officials by Governor Aminu Masari on allegation of financial misappropriation of councils funds is illegal, unconstitutional, null and void.
The Court further gave consequential orders directing that the unlawfully dissolved elected PDP Council officials be paid all their entitlements from the date of their illegal dissolution to the date they were supposed to vacate office.

  • We’ve uncovered plot to bring down Buhari – Presidency

From the Presidency on Tuesday came an alarm of a plot to topple President Muhammadu Buhari’s government by ‘disgruntled religious and political leaders.”
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) also warned: “misguided politicians who nurse the inordinate ambition to rule this country outside the battle box to banish such thought.” The Department of State Services (DSS), had earlier warned: “individuals and groups against utterances and action that threaten the country’s peace and sovereignty.”

Drawing from the DSS alarm, the Presidency, in a statement by Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina, on Tuesday, said the intention of plot, “championed by some disgruntled religious and past political leaders, is to eventually throw the country into a tailspin, which would compel a forceful and undemocratic change of leadership.

On Monday night in an interview on Channels television programme, 83-year-old Mr Robert Clarke (SAN) canvassed a handover by the government to the military to end insecurity and undertake ‘restructuring of the party. The DHQ decried the call with a stern warning as it disserted itself from it.

  • APC membership hits over 40 million, says scribe

The Secretary of the Caretaker Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday said its membership drive has hit over 40 million. He disclosed this when the chairman of the Caretaker Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni, played host to some designated non-career ambassadors at the party Secretariat, in Abuja.

Akpanudoedehe said before the committee commenced the just- concluded membership registration, revalidation and update exercise, the membership strength was about 12 million. It said it has now risen to over 40 million members. Gov. Buni urged the newly designated non-career ambassadors to project the country positively wherever they are posted.

  • We Have Not Heard From Our President Despite Daily Killings – Minority Caucus

The Minority Caucus of the National Assembly on Tuesday lamented that President Muhammadu Buhari has remained silent despite insecurity in the nation. The caucus also said the All Progressives Congress (APC) –led administration of President Buhari has continued to breach the constitution.

Leader of the caucus and Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe who said this at a media briefing in Abuja also noted that the caucus will soon “do the needful to save the country from collapse.”The criticism from the minority caucus comes on the heels of increased insecurity in the country with the insurgency in the northeast region, herder-farmer clash in the middle belt, banditry in the northwest, and separatist tensions in the southeast.

HEALTH

  • Doctors To Suspend Planned Friday Strike – Gbajabiamila

Members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have hinted that they are ready to suspend their planned resumption of strike on Friday, according to a statement signed by the spokesman to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila. The doctors’ apparent reversal was made after they met with the Speaker and the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire on Tuesday.

The resident doctors had on April 1 embarked on an indefinite strike, making some demands, which included non-payment of house officers, abolishment of bench fees, non-payment of national minimum wage, salary shortfall for 2014, 2015 and 2016, residency training allowance, and payment of resident doctors on GIFMIS platform. The doctors suspended the strike on April 10 but warned that they would resume the action if the government failed to honour its agreement.

EDUCATION

  • We’re under pressure to resume strike — SSANU

The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities has said it was under pressure to resume its suspended strike following the failure of the Federal Government to fulfil its promises by the April 30th deadline. The union said that the government had yet to commence payment of the consequential adjustments for the new national minimum wage and the allowances encapsulated in the earned allowance.

The SSANU President, Mohammed Ibrahim, who said this in an interview with journalists in Abuja over the weekend, noted that three issues are still outstanding out of the seven points the government promised to address before April 30. Ibrahim explained that SSANU members are agitated over the delay in implementing the agreement, stressing that the union officials were under pressure to “return to the trench.”

  • NECO Releases 2020 SSCE Results

The National Examinations Council (NECO) has released the results of the 2020 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) for external candidates. This was announced on Thursday by the Registrar of the Council, Professor Godswill Obioma. He disclosed that a total of 41,459 candidates registered for the examination, out of which 39,503 actually sat.

He explained that a total of 26, 277 candidates obtained five credits and above including English Language and Mathematics while 34,014 candidates also obtained five credits and above irrespective of English Language and Mathematics. Professor Obioma disclosed that 6,465 cases of examination malpractice were recorded in the 2020 SSCE External as against 17,004 cases in 2019.


WORLD

  • Nonuplets: Malian Woman Gives Birth To 9 Babies

A Malian woman who gave birth to nonuplets in Morocco is “doing well” and her nine babies are being treated in incubators because of their weight, the Moroccan clinic where she delivered said Wednesday. Such a case of multiple births is “extremely rare, it’s exceptional”, said Professor Youssef Alaoui, medical director of the Ain Borja clinic in the city of Casablanca.

The verified world record for the most living births is eight, born to an American woman, Nadya Suleman, nicknamed “Octomum”, in 2009 when she was 33. Alaoui said her premature babies, weighing only between 500 grams and one kilogram (1.1 and 2.2 pounds), would be looked after “for two to three months” in incubators, Alaoui added.

Cisse was 25 weeks pregnant when admitted and medical staff had managed to extend her term to 30 weeks, according to Alaoui, until contractions started.
A medical team of 10 doctors assisted by 25 paramedics was mobilised for the deliveries of the five baby girls and four boys. Cases of women successfully carrying septuplets to term are rare — and nonuplets even rarer.

  • Bill And Melinda Gates Announce Divorce After 27 Years

American business magnate Bill Gates and his wife Melinda are divorcing after almost three decades of marriage. The pair announced the decision to end their marriage in a statement jointly signed by them on Monday. In the statement posted on the verified Twitter handle of the Microsoft founder-turned philanthropist, the pair explained that they decided to settle for the option of a divorce after “a great deal of thoughts and a lot of work” on their relationship.

While they have decided to end their 27-year-old union, Bill and Melinda said they would continue to work together at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The statement read, “Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives.” “We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.

  • US To Authorize Pfizer Vaccine For Age 12 And Up – Report

The United States is expected to authorize the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children age 12 and up by early next week, US media reported Monday. Pfizer has applied for emergency use authorization for its Covid vaccine for children and teenagers between ages 12 and 15, according to CNN, citing a government official.

The US Food and Drug Administration is expected to grant that approval by early next week. After the FDA decision, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee will meet to recommend how the vaccine should be used. The Pfizer vaccine is currently authorized for people 16 and older in the United States.

  • Biden To Allow 62,500 Refugees Into US After Criticism

President Joe Biden announced Monday, after coming under fierce criticism, that he was raising the maximum number of refugees allowed into the United States this year to 62,500 — up from the 15,000 cap imposed by his predecessor Donald Trump. The change follows backlash from allies over Biden’s earlier decision to keep the Trump-era limits — a politically costly moment of confusion that stood out in a White House notable for its iron discipline in its first three months.

The course correction was quickly welcomed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which is controlled by Biden’s Democratic party. The American Civil Liberties Union, a powerful advocacy group, also voiced approval, saying that the country’s “reputation” was at stake.

  • Congo Govt Resigns As Veteran Ruler Starts Fourth Term

The Republic of Congo’s government has resigned, public television announced on Thursday, a procedural move three weeks after the central African nation’s veteran leader began a new term as president. Prime Minister Clement Mouamba submitted his government’s resignation to President Denis Sassou Nguesso on Wednesday.

The outgoing team will continue in its tasks until Sassou Nguesso names a new premier. He has not yet announced when he will do so. Sassou Nguesso was sworn in for a new five-year term as president on April 16. One of the world’s longest-serving leaders, Sassou Nguesso has been in power for an accumulated 36 years, first taking the helm in 1979. Critics accuse the former paratrooper of iron-fisted rule and turning a blind eye to poverty and inequality despite Congo’s oil wealth.

  • China Suspends Economic Accord With Australia

China on Thursday suspended an economic agreement with Australia, worsening an already-troubled relationship fractured by spats over the Covid-19 pandemic and human rights abuses. Tensions between the two sides have soared after Canberra called for an independent probe into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic and banned telecoms giant Huawei from building Australia’s 5G network.

China — Australia’s biggest trading partner — has already imposed tariffs on more than a dozen key industries, including wine, barley, and coal, decimating exports. In the latest volley, the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue was pulled “based on the current attitude” of the Australian government, China’s National Development and Reform Commission said in a statement Thursday, blaming some officials of a “Cold War mindset” and “ideological discrimination”.

Australia called the decision “disappointing”, with Trade Minister Dan Tehan saying the dialogue had provided an important forum for the two countries, but adding no such talks had taken place since 2017. The Australian dollar sank 0.6 percent soon after the news.

ENTERTAINMENT

  • Lagos Govt Set To File Charges Against Baba Ijesa

The Lagos State Government is set to charge Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James, popularly known as ‘Baba Ijesa’, for sexual assault by penetration, among other crimes. The State’s Directorate of Public Prosecutions recommended five charges “after due consideration of the facts in the case file,” Lagos State Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, said in a statement on Tuesday.

Baba Ijesa was recently caught on tape harassing a minor. In a video that went viral on social media, he was also seen confessing to the crime and pleading for forgiveness. Earlier, it was unclear whether Baba Ijesa would be charged for Sexual Assault by Penetration, but Mr. Onigbanjo’s Tuesday statement appears to have provided ample clarification.

Mr. Onigbanjo, who is also the state Attorney-General, said Baba Ijesha would be charged under the Criminal Law of Lagos State. The charges includes Indecent Treatment of a child, Defilement of a Child,
Sexual Assault by Penetration among others.

  • Chidinma Rebrands As Gospel Singer With ‘Jehovah Overdo’

One year after singing Holy, Chidinma Ekile popularly called Miss Kedike has fully embraced gospel music quitting the secular industry. Chidinma on Sunday took to her Instagram handle to announce that she is now a gospel singer. The announcement coincides with her 30th birthday. “My name is minister Chidinma Ekile. I’m a crusader of the Gospel of Jesus. I’m a crusader of the gospel of Jesus Christ,” she said.

She has also dropped a new single titled “Jehova Overdo” Under her new music label Eezee Concepts. The label is home to gospel star, Mercy Chinwo, Judi Kay among others. Many of her fans in reaction hailed her for the switch and some dropped comments saying they are anticipating a collaboration between her, Mercy Chinwo, and Judi Kay.

  • Black Actor To Star As Superman For First Time

A black actor will take the lead role for the first time in the next Superman movie; which will also have a black director and scriptwriter in the crew. However, there have been no announcements concerning the black star actor and director that will feature in the movie, DailyMail reports.

However, Ta-Nehisi Coates, who expanded the world of Wakanda for Marvel comics will be the scriptwriter for the Black superman movie. By December, Coates is expected to turn in the script to Warner Bros production house. Although this is the first time a black actor will star in the superman movie, it is not a new development in the comic world.


SPORTS

  • UEFA Sanctions Nine Clubs Over Super League Project

UEFA on Friday announced sanctions, including financial punishments, against nine of the 12 clubs behind the aborted Super League project, after the clubs “apologised” and acknowledged “a mistake”. The governing body of European football said that “in a spirit of reconciliation” the nine clubs had agreed to a “Club Commitment Declaration” and accepted a five percent cut in their European revenue for one season.

However, three clubs, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus, did not sign the declaration. UEFA said it “reserved all rights to take whatever action it deems appropriate against those clubs that have so far refused to renounce the so-called ‘Super League’. The nine clubs that opted out of the project — Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan and AC Milan — have agreed to a series of “reintegration measures”.

  • COVID-19: India Suspends IPL As Nation Nears National Lockdown

The Indian Premier League, the world’s richest Twenty20 cricket tournament, was suspended on Tuesday and its players sent home as India battles a massive surge in coronavirus cases. The move, which follows growing controversy over the competition, comes a day after two players — Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier — tested positive, forcing a match to be postponed.

The Chennai Super Kings added in a statement Tuesday that its bowling coach L. Balaji and a member of the side’s travel support staff tested positive after undergoing tests in India’s capital New Delhi on Sunday. India, which has reported more than 20 million cases so far, with just over 222,000 deaths, is also due to host the Twenty20 World Cup in October and November.

  • UEFA Allows 26-Player Squads For European Championship

UEFA said Tuesday it will allow increased 26-player squads at this year’s European Championship, meeting the demand of coaches who feared players would be sidelined after testing positive for Covid-19. European football’s governing body said it had agreed the increase from 23 players “to mitigate the risks of teams facing a shortage of available players for certain matches due to possible positive Covid-19 test results and subsequent quarantine measures”.

France coach Didier Deschamps and Belgium boss Roberto Martinez were among those who had called for the change while England manager Gareth Southgate had been opposed. Matchday squads will still be limited to 23 players.

UEFA clarified that the current regulations that allow coaches to change their squads after the cut-off point of June 1 up until their first match in the case of “serious injury or illness” will include players who test positive for Covid-19 or who are declared as “close contacts” of a positive Covid-19 tested person.

  • US Appeals Court Hears Arguments On Transgender Sports Ban

A federal appeals court heard arguments Monday over a law banning transgender athletes from competing in girls’ and women’s sports, an issue that has become highly politicized in the United States. Three judges of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in California examined the case challenging a law passed last year in the western state of Idaho. Idaho was the first US state to pass legislation banning transgender athletes from taking part in girls’ or women’s sports, but similar bills are at various stages in around 20 other Republican-ruled states.

The plaintiff in the landmark case is Lindsay Hecox, a 20-year-old transgender student-athlete at Boise State University who is barred by the law from competing on the women’s track and field team. But after a district court blocked the Idaho bill, sending it to the appeals court in California, cisgender track athlete Madison Kenyon signed on as a party in the case, to ask that the law be upheld.

  • Man City defeat PSG To Reach First Champions League Final

Manchester City reached the Champions League final for the first time in the club’s history as Riyad Mahrez’s double saw off Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 on Tuesday to seal a 4-1 aggregate win. Mahrez’s goal also decided the first leg and the Algerian, who grew up in the Parisian suburbs, haunted his home town team again with two clinical finishes early in each half.

The final in Istanbul on May 29 against Real Madrid or Chelsea is the culmination of City’s rise since an Abu Dhabi takeover in 2008 transformed the club’s fortunes. Meanwhile, four years on from making Neymar and Kylian Mbappe the world’s two most expensive players, PSG’s wait for a first Champions League title goes on.

  • Infantino Urges Restraint In Punishing Super League Clubs

FIFA president Gianni Infantino says he is not in favour of sanctions against the 12 clubs that tried to launch a European Super League, preferring “dialogue” on football reform. The plan to create a closed competition was “unacceptable” and “unimaginable”, the world football boss told French sports daily L’Equipe in an interview published on Wednesday.

“But you always have to be careful when you talk about sanctions. “By punishing a club, for example, you are also punishing players, coaches and fans, who have nothing to do with it.” He said that while sanctions should come “first and foremost” from national football bodies, followed by UEFA and finally FIFA, he said “I always prefer dialogue to conflict, even in the most delicate situations”.

  • Mayweather Involved In Brawl With Brother Of Youtube Star Paul

Floyd Mayweather was involved in a chaotic brawl on Thursday during the build-up to next month’s fight with Internet star Logan Paul as tempers boiled over at a press conference in Miami. Mayweather reacted angrily at the Hard Rock Stadium after Paul’s brother, Jake, grabbed his cap during a TV interview. He chased down the Paul brothers and punches appeared to be thrown in a melee involving a scrum of security staff. He unleashed an expletive-laden tirade during the incident.

Insults had already been traded in an earlier confrontation, with Logan Paul taunting Mayweather by referencing his 2011 domestic violence case. Mayweather served two months of a three-month sentence after attacking an ex-girlfriend.
Mayweather, meanwhile, claimed he would fight – and beat – both Paul brothers on the same night before the event erupted into violence.


METRO PLUS

  • 27 abducted forestry college students regain freedom after 57 days

A day after their parents protested at the National Assembly complex in Abuja, abductors released 27 students of Federal College of Forestry, Kaduna. They spent 57 days with their captors. Thirty nine of them were kidnapped on March 11. Ten were released in two batches. Two escaped on the day they were abducted, before the rest were freed 0n Wednesday.

It was observed that the freed students looked emaciated and unkempt. As they boarded the buses, one of them who could barely walk, almost fainted. He was rushed to hospital ahead of others. President Muhammadu Buhari expressed happiness that they were released. He called for freedom for the Greenfield University students. The commissioner said Governor Nasir El-Rufai told the students to see their ordeal as a motivation to work harder and become successful.

  • Akwa Ibom fake recruiter arrested for raping, killing jobseeker

The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested a suspected fake recruiter, Uduak Akpan, for allegedly raping and killing a jobseeker, Iniubong Umoren, in the Airport Road area of Uyo. It was gathered that Umoren had on Thursday gone for a job interview after Akpan allegedly lured her with a fake offer on social media. Responding to the matter, the police through its Twitter handle, @PoliceNG, stated that two suspects had been arrested. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon, who stated in a statement on Sunday that Akpan had been arrested, said the suspect confessed to have raped and murdered the victim.

“To cover his track, he dragged and buried her in a shallow grave in his father’s compound. The deceased has been exhumed and deposited at UUTH (University of Uyo Teaching Hospital) for autopsy. The suspect confessed to have told his local government chairman of his atrocity before escaping to Calabar and was never at anytime handed over to the police by anyone. “The suspect is a confessed serial rapist, who has owned up to raping other victims.

  • Akwa Ibom Governor Promises Justice For Slain Jobseeker, Iniubong Umoren

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has promised that the government will ensure the killer of Miss Iniubong Umoren does not go unpunished. He made the promise on Monday when he led some members of the State Executive Council on a condolence visit to the family of the deceased.

Umoren was the lady kidnapped, raped, and murdered by a young man who had promised her employment. A suspect identified as Uduak Frank Akpan has since been arrested by the police in connection with the killing.

  • Women In Akwa-Ibom March To Demand Justice for Iniubong Umoren’s Murder

Thousands of women dressed in black outfits on Wednesday took to the streets of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State to demand justice for the Iniubong Umoren, a young lady who was raped and killed by a fraudulent job recruiter. The protesters were led by the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Ini Adiakpan, and other women in the state executive cabinet.

The women, who were drawn from various groups including the Nigeria Union of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), the International Federation of Female Lawyers, the National Council for Women Societies, female doctors among other organisations walked major roads in Uyo, the state capital to demand justice.

They insist that justice must be served for the family of Iniubong Umoren. They also demanded that a thorough investigation must be carried out into the circumstances surrounding Umoren’s murder.