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1. Adewura Bello is dead
A young lady, Adewura Bello, who was declared missing on May 15, has been found dead in a canal in Lagos. The 26-year-old was an accounting graduate of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and was reportedly on her way home from Ikeja to Egbeda when she was declared missing.
The story of the missing lady soon went viral on social media platforms as tweets sent by concerned relatives spread like wildfire online. Prominent stars like Rita Dominic also tweeted about the missing lady.
According to Adewura Bello’s sister, Fadesola, the last time she heard from the deceased was when she told her she was on her way home. She said she called her again after a while but ruled it off as network issues (because of the heavy downpour) when the number was unreachable.
She started to worry when she didn’t see her when the rain stopped and her phone remained unavailable then switched off.
A Twitter user on Tuesday, about a week after she was declared missing, tweeted that there could be a relationship between a lady on a bike who was swept away by a flood and the missing Adewura Bello. He alleged that the description of the lady on the bike matched with that of Adewura, adding that the bike man was cautioned not to pass the road.
On Sunday, May 26, a cousin to the deceased confirmed in a tweet that Adewura’s body had been found in a canal. Our sincerest condolences to the family of the deceased.
2. FG promises minimum wage arrears
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has stated that the delayed implementation of the new minimum wage will translate to salary arrears for workers.
Speaking with the media at an interactive session in Abuja during the weekend, the minister blamed “the bureaucracy and bottleneck of government” for the delay in the minimum wage enforcement.
He stated that since the bill has been passed into law, it becomes compulsory for every tier of government to pay their workers appropriately. He added that they already owe a debt to the workers right from the day it was signed.
“Every state government is now owing their workers if they have not started paying ₦30,000. This unpaid salary is due to start counting from the 18th of April when the new minimum wage was approved.”
The minister promised Nigerians that the minimum wage would be implemented as soon as the “encumbrances” of the budget is sorted out.
3. UK European elections shock major parties
The 2019 European Parliament election was held on Thursday, May 23 and the results announced on Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27 after all the other EU countries had voted. Only three out of 76 UK seats are yet to be declared but there have been some major upsets.
Initially, there was no intention to have elections in the UK as the country’s withdrawal from the European Union was scheduled for March 29, 2019. But following the European Summit on April 2019, the British government and the European Council agreed to an extension for the Brexit deal until October 31.
Following the extension, participation in the elections became mandatory. And despite several attempts to prevent the elections by the UK government, it conceded that the elections will go ahead.
In the election, the newly formed Brexit Party founded by Nigel Farage and Catherine Blaiklock, was the clear winner, garnering more than 30% of the votes. However, the Conservatives and Labour suffered heavy defeats coming fifth and third respectively.
The Brexit Party topped all the polls in every region in England apart from London. It has now become the joint largest national party in the European Parliament alongside Germany’s CDU/CSU party.
4. Trump meets Japanese Emperor
The Japanese government chose Trump to be the first state guest of the new era in hopes of showcasing the depth of the bilateral alliance. Trump has hailed the meeting as “a great honour” and praised the two countries’ close ties.
An outdoor ceremony was held in which a guard of honour was given to Trump. Following the ceremony, the imperial couple received Trump and his wife inside the palace. The president was also treated to Sumo wrestling, barbecue and golf.
It, however, remains unclear whether the US trade-war with China was discussed during the visit.
5. Cannes draws to a close
After almost two weeks, the Cannes Film Festival, one of cinemas most feted events, has drawn to a close.
The festival showcased a host of veteran actors as well as budding actors that would only hope to someday make their mark in the history of cinema.
The Cannes top prize, the Palme d’Or, was awarded to Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite. It was the first time that a Korean has won the prize and the second year in a row that it’s been awarded to an Asian filmmaker after Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda won it for his family drama Shoplifters.
The Grand Prix was awarded to Atlantics by Mati Diop. The movie is a debut feature from the French-Senegalese director and actress. She is also the first black woman to have a film in competition at the Cannes.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire which was deemed worthy of the Palme by critics missed out on the prize but was awarded the prize for Best Screenplay. Antonio Banderas won the Best Actor prize while the Best Director prize was given to Dardenne brothers.
Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is heavily tipped to garner some Oscar awards with the movie receiving a lot of plaudits on its debut.
Muslihat Shaka reporting
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