Lagos nearly submerged with heavy downpour.

Lagos residents have already counted their losses following the havoc wreaked on their buildings and properties by early morning heavy rain.
The rain which started in the early hours of Monday, May 20, destroyed houses and properties belonging to corporate bodies and individauls at Oke Eri street, Oworonshoki area of the state.
Legit.ng gathered that some compounds and rooms were also sighted affected by the flood as people’s clothes, chairs and other choices of properties sere all soaked in water.
A building affected by heavy rain at Oke Eri street, Oworonshoki area of Lagos state.

 

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Nigerian Meteorological Agency predicted cloudy to partly cloudy weather conditions with prospects of widespread thunderstorm activities over most parts of the country on Thursday, May 16.
NiMet’s Weather Outlook on Wednesday, in Abuja, predicted chances of thunderstorms over the central cities of Abuja, Lokoja and Lafia during the morning hours with day and night temperatures of 28 to 39 and 20 to 27 degrees celsius.
It also predicted thunderstorm activities over Abuja, Lafia, Jos, Gombe, Mambila plateau, Ibi, Makurdi and Minna axis later in the day.
The agency predicted that northern states would experience partly cloudy conditions with chances of a few thunderstorm activities over Maiduguri and Gombe in the morning hours.
Recall that Legit.ng reported that Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency on Tuesday, April 30, presented its 2019 Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) in Abuja.
The AFO was presented at a workshop for key stakeholders to share knowledge, experiences and international best practices for the benefit of the country.
The minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, said the AFO was the 7th in the series with the theme “The Role of Efficient Hydrological Services in National Development” by the agency. Adamu said the AFO would serve as an early warning to people and communities located in and near flood plains and other vulnerable areas.

 

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Three Zamfara Villages ransacked by armed bandits killing 17 people.

Some armed bandits operating in Zamfara state have killed 17 people in attacks in three Zamfara villages.

Daily Trust reports that the bandits attacked Birnin Magaji local government area of Zamfara state on Saturday, May 18, and killed the people.
Residents of the community said the armed men, riding motorbikes on Saturday, invaded Gidan Kaso and killed at least seven people there.

 

It was also gathered that gunmen also refused to allow funeral prayers for the victims.

“They refused to allow other residents to scoop the remains of the victims for burials until when security operatives and other local vigilantes mobilized and stormed the community,” one of the resident said.

Also, some armed bandits on Sunday, May 19, attacked Dan Dambo community killing four people.

 

The bandits also carted away domestic animals belonging to residents of the community.

Residents said: “Seven people from neighbouring Kokeya village who arrived at Dan Dambo community to offer help were also shot dead by the armed men.”

“They were killed trying to offer help to those under attack at Dan Dambo community. Residents of Gidan Kaso had earlier fled the community but recently returned,” a resident added.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that West African Action Network On Small Arms (WAANSA) has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on Nigerian borders.

The group’s resolution was passed at its emergency meeting in Nigeria to mark the United Nations International Day of Living in Peace globally celebrated on May 16.

WAANSA lamented that Nigerian borders have turned to easy routes for illegal immigrants who milk the nation’s economy and are threats to the country’s national security.

 

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The GOAT scored the 50th goal!!!

Another half century for the GOAT

Lionel Messi made it 50 goals for the season for just the sixth (!) time in his career on Sunday against Eibar.

The Barcelona captain scored his 49th with a low finish to make it 1-1 after 31 minutes and then a minute later brought up another landmark in some style.

 

Messi raced from the halfway line and then dinked the ball over goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic for his 50th goal in all competitions:

31′ ⚽️ Messi

32′ ⚽️ Messi

That’s 5⃣0⃣ goals for Leo Messi in all competitions this season! #EibarBarça pic.twitter.com/bddZSjCoBw
— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) May 19, 2019
The Barca captain now has 36 in La Liga and will finish the season as the top flight’s top scorer. He will pick up the pichichi for a sixth time in his career and equals a record held by Telmo Zarra.

6⃣ Leo Messi equals Telmo Zarra as the player with the most Pichichi awards ⚽

2009/2010

2011/2012

2012/2013

2016/2017

2017/2018

2018/2019 pic.twitter.com/HFW1jKQAkz
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) May 19, 2019
Messi also looks set to win the European Golden Shoe for a sixth time this season, PSG’s Kylian Mbappe could pip him to the award but is four goals behind with a game left to play.

 

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Italian Open Title goes to Nadal

ROME — Rafael Nadal is right back where he wants to be.

After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Nadal dominated for stretches against his longtime rival, Novak Djokovic, in a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 win Sunday for a record-extending ninth Italian Open title.

“You were asking for titles. Finally I have a title,” Nadal told reporters. “Here we are. Important title, important moment.”

It marked the first time in an Open Era-record 54 meetings, and in their 142nd set against each other, that Nadal won a set against Djokovic without conceding a game — otherwise known as a bagel.

In all, Nadal had a career-high four bagel sets in this tournament.

“I played a great first set in all aspects. No mistakes. Playing so aggressive, changing directions,” Nadal said. “It’s not usual and probably will not happen again.”

The timing for Nadal’s return to form could not have been more opportune, as he will seek a record-extending 12th title at the French Open starting next weekend.

“Winning a title is important but for me the most important thing is (to) feel myself competitive, feel myself healthy,” Nadal said. “Then with the feeling that I am improving. I know if I’m able to reach my level you can win, you can lose, but normally I’m going to have my chances — especially on this surface.

“Now is the moment to keep going,” Nadal added.

In the women’s final, Karolina Pliskova captured the biggest clay-court trophy of her career by beating Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4.

 

ROME — Rafael Nadal is right back where he wants to be.

After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Nadal dominated for stretches against his longtime rival, Novak Djokovic, in a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 win Sunday for a record-extending ninth Italian Open title.

“You were asking for titles. Finally I have a title,” Nadal told reporters. “Here we are. Important title, important moment.”

It marked the first time in an Open Era-record 54 meetings, and in their 142nd set against each other, that Nadal won a set against Djokovic without conceding a game — otherwise known as a bagel.

In all, Nadal had a career-high four bagel sets in this tournament.

“I played a great first set in all aspects. No mistakes. Playing so aggressive, changing directions,” Nadal said. “It’s not usual and probably will not happen again.”

The timing for Nadal’s return to form could not have been more opportune, as he will seek a record-extending 12th title at the French Open starting next weekend.

“Winning a title is important but for me the most important thing is (to) feel myself competitive, feel myself healthy,” Nadal said. “Then with the feeling that I am improving. I know if I’m able to reach my level you can win, you can lose, but normally I’m going to have my chances — especially on this surface.

“Now is the moment to keep going,” Nadal added.

In the women’s final, Karolina Pliskova captured the biggest clay-court trophy of her career by beating Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4.

 

“It’s always tough playing Karolina,” Konta said. “There’s rarely really a rhythm to the match. She plays with big shots, quite flat, and big serves. It can feel sometimes you’re fighting an uphill battle. That was the case today.”

Pliskova attributed a lot of her success to Conchita Martinez, the four-time Rome champion who she recently named her head coach.

“She loved clay so she knows exactly what I should do,” Pliskova said of Martinez. “There were small differences: movement, maybe to put more topspin on the balls, use drop shots — which I never use, but I start little bit, and to mix also the serves. … I know she loved this tournament. I think she prayed so I could win today.”

 

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