2023: Controversy trails Tinubu’s INEC filings (DailyTrust)
Controversy has trailed the details of credentials submitted by the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmed Bola Tinubu, in his filing to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In the INEC Form CF001 submitted on June 17, 2022, Tinubu did not provide details of his primary and secondary schools as the spaces were left blank. He also did not attach copies of his certificates, which he stated in an affidavit, had been stolen.
Details of the filings, which emerged following the publication of candidates’ particulars by INEC on Friday, have generated speculations that the APC flag-bearer could be hiding some details or was unsure of his credentials.
It could be recalled that Tinubu had in previous submissions to INEC listed primary and secondary schools attended as St. Paul’s Aroloya and Children’s Home School, Ibadan from 1958 to 1964; and Government College, Ibadan from 1961 to 1971. He, however, attached a court affidavit stating that he lost all his credentials following raids on his home during the military regime in the 1990s.
Tinubu had vied and won elections for the governorship of Lagos State under the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in 1999 and 2003. Read more
Expert tackles commissioner over menace of unsafe drinking water in Lagos boreholes (Independent)
The National President of Nigeria Borehole Drillers Association (AWDROP), Engineer Michael Ale has decried the comment credited to the Lagos State Commissioner for Health regarding suggesting that water from boreholes in the state are unsafe for human consumption.
While responding to Professor Akin Abayomi’s claim on the water crisis in Lagos, Ale said that failure of the government to properly manage the water sector and the borehole industry was responsible for unsafe drinking water in the state.
Ale, in a press statement made available to journalists on Sunday, said failure to provide productive and responsive leadership in virtually all sectors on the part of the government, has been responsible for the unsafe drinking water from the boreholes in the state.
According to him “the alarm being raised over unsafe drinking water in Lagos is an indication of a failed government’s system. Nobody should be blamed but the government. Read more
Sanwo-Olu releases 4 birthday resolutions (Punch)
The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, released his birthday resolutions, with a promise to abide by them in his stint as a public officer in the state and Nigeria in general.
Sanwo-Olu clocked 57 on Saturday.
Describing how he feels on his birthday, the governor said the day remains a “constant reminder of God’s ultimate love, unending blessings and unwavering favour”.
In a series of tweets on his Twitter handle on Saturday, the governor also shared his birthday resolution and asked God to help him achieve it. Read more
Ikeja Electric boss tasks engineers on power challenges in Nigeria (ThisDay)
Chairman, Board of Directors, Ikeja Electric PLC, Mr. Kola Adesina, yesterday, called on engineers in the country to activate their intellect to produce the change in the power sector that Nigerians desire to see.
Adesina who made this call at the inauguration of Nigerian Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (NIEEE) Egbin- Ikorodu chapter and investiture ceremony in Lagos, said it could be through innovation and scientific method.
He expressed concern that the country is not generating enough gas regularly and that our plants are not working at fullest capacity, adding that Nigeria is also making so much money in the area of oil and gas, but not in power generating.
According to him, “why are we not generating gas regularly? Why are our plants not generating at fullest capacity? Why are the distribution companies not receiving enough power? We are making so much money in oil and gas, but actually not in power. We have committed over a billion dollars into this.” Read more
NDLEA nabs Brazilian returnee with cocaine in private part (Leadership)
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a Brazilian returnee, Igwedum Uche, with pellets of cocaine concealed in his private part, at the arrival hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.
NDLEA spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, said Igwedum was nabbed at the Lagos Airport on Monday, June 20, upon his arrival on Ethiopian Airlines from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Addis Ababa.
Preliminary investigations revealed the suspect had swallowed 50 wraps of cocaine before departing Brazil and excreted 48 pellets in Addis Ababa where he handed them over to another person.
He, however, claimed he was unable to excrete the remaining two wraps at the hotel room in Addis Ababa before boarding his flight but later excreted them in the aircraft restroom during the flight from Ethiopia to Lagos. Read more
Missing former Nigerian diplomat found dead in US (Guardian)
The police in Tuckahoe, New York, United States have found the body of a former Nigerian diplomat, Ambassador Ejeviome Otobo, who was last seen in his neighbourhood on June 15, 2022.
The Tuckahoe Police Department on June 19 announced in a Facebook post that Etobo was missing and requested information from the public.
The 70-year-old diplomat at the time of his death, served as the Director and Deputy Head, Peacebuilding Support Office at the United Nations headquarters in New York between December 2006 and October 2013.
On June 24, the police announced that Etobo had been found dead and sent a condolence message to his family. Read more
Residents flee as bandits attack Zamfara communities (Channels)
Residents of Mada district under Gusau Local Government have fled their homes following fresh attacks by bandits.
The latest attacks in Mada and surrounding villages started on Thursday when the bandits killed one local vigilante and abducted about seven people.
On Friday, the bandits launched another attack on the same Mada Community at about 5:00 pm, fired heavy gun-shots at the residents and abducted three others.
Later that same day, the gunmen attacked Gidan Bangi community of Ruwan-bore under Mada district and killed 12 people. Read more
Family in Edo alleges police compromise in 17-years-daughter’s death (Vanguard)
The family of a seventeen years old Miss Jessica Aniche who was alleged to have been raped and killed for alleged ritual purposes in Edo State have petitioned the Commissioner of Police requesting removal of the investigation from the homicide department of the police and handed to another department alleging plots to compromise the investigation.
Mrs. Paula Aniche and Mrs. Linda Nwosu who are family members of the late Miss Aniche had through their lawyer, Douglas Ogbankwa alleged that suspects in the investigations have been left as free men despite evidence pointing to the contrary.
In the letter dated June 15th 2022, addressed to the Commissioner of Police, Edo State Command, the family alleged that “Miss Jessica Anicha a 17 years old girl, was Abducted against her will and Murdered by one Nusa Abu, Rasheed, Deborah, Joy, around their house at the MTN MAST road 5, Nosa Edugie Street, Benin City Ostensibly for ritual purpose.
“To accentuate this fact Nusa Abu is suspected to be an internet fraudster and he and the others mentioned above took the corpse of the deceased to the mortuary without contacting her family. Read more
14-yr-old Oyo student, Taileatu, emerges best in NNPC quiz competition in South West (Vanguard)
A 14-year-old student of Oritamefa Baptist Model School, in lbadan, Oyo state, Charles Taileatu, has emerged the overall best at the 2022 Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, National Science Quiz Competitions, in the South West Zone.
Taileatu, came first in the quiz competition held at Akure, the Ondo state capital weekend.
Six states, including Lagos, Ondo, Ekiti, Ogun and Osun were represented by students from various secondary schools across the states.
Abubakar Zukarain from Ogun came second while Lagos represented by Mulero Rasheed, came third in the quiz. Read more
Persistent fuel crisis: Group writes FCT Police, DSS ahead protest this Tuesday (Sun)
Following the persistent inadequate supply of premium motor spirit popularly known as petrol and the inflated price at the most available fuel stations across the country, the group, Amalgamated Arewa Youth Groups (AAYG) has written the Commissioner of Police and Director of DSS in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, of its planned protest beginning from Tuesday, June 28.
The copies of the letters to the security agents in the FCT obtained by The Sun Newspapers on Saturday indicated that the leadership of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has failed in its responsibility, hence, thwarting the President Muhammadu Buhari’s seven-year record of product availability all year round.
The letters signed by the leader of the group,
Mock Samuel Kure read in part “we are aware of the genuine efforts Mr President put in place to ensure that fuel queues disappeared in our country during major festive seasons of Sallah and Christmas.
This legacy is about to be thwarted if lovers of Mr President failed to rise in his defence.
“We are also aware that the Federal Government has not increased the price of PMS above the official N165. Yet, we can’t find the product at that rate, as most independent petroleum marketers sell it between N210 to N300 per litre. Read more
Paul Walker’s daughter Meadow says she got an abortion during Covid (TMZ)
Meadow Walker, the daughter of the late Paul Walker, has weighed in on the overturning of Roe v. Wade with her own personal story.
The 23-year-old revealed she had an abortion in 2020, just as the COVID pandemic began to rage.
Meadow said … “Today marks a huge setback in history- a profound injustice to women across the United States. There are countless women who have struggled with making the decision to have an abortion. I too have battled with the choice but in 2020, when the world was collapsing during the pandemic, I sought an abortion.”
She believes the decision should be “private and personal.” Read more
Sunrise star Natalie Barr finally addresses criticism over that awkward Oscars red carpet moment (DailyMail)
Natalie Barr has finally addressed the very awkward moment she was snubbed by tennis champion Venus on the Oscars red carpet in March.
The 54-year-old tells this week’s Stellar Magazine that she doesn’t dwell on the faux pas – but insists the criticism got ‘out of hand’.
‘Did I lose sleep about that? Absolutely not. I had a great time. I’m one of those people [who] if they ask me to do something, I’m up for it,’ the Sunrise star said.
‘As you age, you get more comfortable in your skin. You get more comfortable in your opinions and it’s totally fine if people disagree with you. Read more
‘Mean Girls’ star Daniel Franzese met Danny DeVito after famous movie line (PageSix)
Danny DeVito is also a fan of his work.
“Mean Girls” star Daniel Franzese, who famously name-dropped the actor in the hit teen movie, reveals he once got to meet DeVito.
“I got to meet him on a dance floor at a party,” the 44-year-old actor exclusively tells Page Six, adding that the encounter happened years ago during photographer Amanda Demme’s birthday party at The Hollywood Roosevelt hotel in Los Angeles.
Franzese tells us he boldly walked up to the Emmy winner and informed him that he was “the guy [in ‘Mean Girls’] who says, ‘[Oh my God,] Danny DeVito, I love your work!’” Read more
Sir Elton John pays tribute to sacrifice made by NHS workers during BST show (BelfastTelegraph)
Sir Elton John has said it is important that people do not forget the sacrifice made by NHS and frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
The musician, 75, paid tribute to them during his Friday night show performing at British Summer Time (BST) Hyde Park festival in London.
During his hit song I’m Still Standing, in collaboration with Vodafone and using Augmented Reality (AR) technology, fans were able to enjoy a time-synced 3D show, viewed via a special app.
Sir Elton told the PA news agency: “I couldn’t have more admiration for NHS workers. Read more
Peter Blake portrait of Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis unveiled (Guardian)
A portrait of Glastonbury festival founder Michael Eavis by English pop artist Sir Peter Blake has been unveiled at the music festival.
The portrait, unveiled on Blake’s 90th birthday, was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in London in 2019, and will be displayed at the venue when it reopens in 2023 after building works are completed.
The portrait shows Eavis, 86, standing in front of the famous Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, where the festival is being hosted for the first time in three years following cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The five-day music and arts event, one of the largest of its kind globally, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Read more
Russia rains missiles on Ukraine cities, hundreds of civilians trapped (NYPost)
Russian missiles rained down Saturday on cities across Ukraine, as troops moved deeper into Severodonetsk, one of the last cities in the breakaway eastern region of Luhansk it had not taken in the four months since its invasion, and where hundreds of civilians remain trapped in a chemical plant.
Reports said Russian soldiers were moving into areas of the city where Ukrainian troops were pulling out, following orders Friday to leave the besieged city after taking heavy casualties in street fighting for days.
All bridges to the city have been destroyed by Russian troops, along with most of the city’s infrastructure, the BBC reported.
Hundreds of civilians were trapped in a chemical plant with sprawling underground structures outside of Severodonetsk. Shells continued to pound the plant Saturday, the Kyiv Independent reported, citing the regional governor, Serhiy Haidai. Estimates put the number of people sheltering in the plants sprawling underground between 500 to 800. Read more
Biden begins G-7 with focus on Ukraine and the global economy (PBS)
President Joe Biden on Sunday praised the continued unity of the global alliance confronting Russia, as he and other heads of the Group of Seven leading economies strategized on sustaining the pressure in their effort to isolate Moscow over its months-long invasion of Ukraine.
Biden and his counterparts were meeting to discuss how to secure energy supplies and tackle inflation, aiming to keep fallout from the war from splintering the global coalition working to punish Moscow. They were set to announce new bans on imports of Russian gold, the latest in a series of sanctions the club of democracies hopes will further isolate Russia economically over its invasion of Ukraine.
Leaders also were coming together in a new global infrastructure partnership meant to provide an alternative to Russian and Chinese investment in the developing world.
“We’ve got to make sure we have us all staying together,” Biden said during a pre-summit sit-down with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who holds the G-7′s rotating presidency and is hosting the gathering. “You know, we’re gonna continue working on the economic challenges that we face but I think we’ll get through all this.” Read more
Leon Balogun: Rangers fans push me to be better
It is guaranteed that Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun will be remembered extremely fondly by Rangers supporters. The announcement that the 33-year-old has been asked to go came as a huge surprise, going by the reactions of the teeming fans of the Scottish big club. Balogun arrived in the summer of 2020 and has proved to be a very solid signing who did not let the Ibrox club down.
In the two years he had spent at Ibrox, he had become quite popular among the fans and in the locker room among his colleagues.
But more importantly for his delivery and among the famous 55 Class picking the historical 55fth title last season under manager Steven Gerrard.
In the massive farewell wishes on social media, 2,020 fans bid Balogun emotional goodbye and good wishes. Yet, many have not come to terms that he’s leaving. Read more
Harry Maguire marries childhood sweetheart Fern Hawkins in private French ceremony (Mirror)
England star Harry Maguire celebrated his marriage to Fern Hawkins at a romantic French chateau today – where guests will enjoy a pool party on Sunday.
Harry, 29, and Fern, 27, exchanged vows in front of Three Lions team mate Jordan Pickford and his wife Megan Davison, 26, who was bridesmaid. The Man Utd captain arrived in Burgundy on a £50,000 private jet with around 30 family and friends.
Then they headed to £250,000 at the historic Chateau Varennes, once voted in the top 10 wedding venues in the world. The party included a beautician and hairdresser for physio Fern, who met her future husband when they were still teenagers.
It is understood the loving couple had written some of their own vows and chose a singer for the ceremony in the chateau’s grounds. They had cocktails with loved ones on Friday night – and planned a party at the venue’s outdoor pool before their return to the UK. Read more
Mikel donates cash, wheelchairs to para-soccer teams (Nation)
Former Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has made a two million cash donation and five wheelchairs to two para-soccer teams in Lagos.
Mikel, who recently finished a talent hunt with his Back2Base project , extended his goodwill to the para-soccer teams who were wowed by the gesture of the Chelsea legend. The arrival of Mikel and his team led by Fadekemi Ahmed, CEO and Founder of Avianna & Harvey Entertainments at Ojo Street in the Obalende area of Lagos State, was greeted with wild jubilations as the fans jostled to catch a glimpse of one of Africa’s most-accomplished football stars.
After enjoying the thrilling encounter between the Oyingbo para-soccer team and their Lagos Island counterparts, Mikel rewarded each of the teams with N1m cash donation while he also gave three wheelchairs to the winning team and two to the losing side.
“This is a token to appreciate the unique talents they have and their resilience to be the best at what they do despite being physically challenged,” Mikel said.“I thoroughly enjoyed the game between the two teams and I am happy I can reciprocate by making the players smile also with the donations made.” Read more
Di Maria jokes about Roma and talks Juventus Interest (FootballItalia)
Angel Di Maria had a smile when talking about Roma and confirmed that he’s ‘reflecting’ on a possible transfer to Juventus.
The 34-year-old Argentinian forward is leaving Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer next week and he’s keen to stay in Europe for another year before returning to his native country. Di Maria was heavily linked with a move to the Bianconeri but things have stalled in recent weeks, with little progress being made.
At one point, during an interview with ESPN, the host pulled out a Roma shirt. Di Maria smiled and replied: “No, I’m not interested in this one!” He was then given a Juventus shirt, and he then commented on his possible move to the club.
“They’re the biggest club in Italy, one of the teams interested in me. At the moment I am reflecting, concentrating on holidays and family.” Read more
2-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova wins Eastbourne title (CP24)
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova tuned up for the Grand Slam tournament by overpowering Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-2 to win the Eastbourne title on Saturday.
The 14th-seeded Kvitova earned her first grass-court title in four years — and 29th trophy of her singles career overall — after breaking Ostapenko, the defending champion, early in both sets and feasting on the Latvian’s second serve.
Kvitova saved five break points in the fourth game of the second set to stay in control of the match at 3-1.
“Playing on the grass is very special for me every time,” the 32-year-old Czech player said in her on-court interview. “It’s the best preparation for Wimbledon, as well.” Read more
LIV Golf players fined, banned from co-sanctioned DP World Tour events (NYPost)
Golf’s European tour struck back at its LIV defectors.
The DP World Tour on Friday fined members who competed at the Saudi-backed league’s inaugural event £100,000 ($105,000) and banned them from competing in three upcoming events that are co-sanctioned with the PGA: the Scottish Open, the Barbasol Championship, and the Barracuda Championship.
The Liv Golf players include Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell, Martin Kaymer, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Richard Bland.
“Every action anyone takes in life comes with a consequence and it is no different in professional sport, especially if a person chooses to break the rules,” DP World Tour CEO Keith Pelley said, per Golf.com. “That is what has occurred here with several of our members. Read more
Tyson Fury willing to bet huge figure on brother Tommy Fury beating Jake Paul (DailyStar)
Tyson Fury is ready to put his money where his mouth is after vowing to bet £100,000 that Tommy Fury will beat Jake Paul in August.
After a war of words online, and one cancelled fight, the two rivals will meet at Madison Square Garden, New York, on August 6. The former Love Island star pulled out of their December bout citing a chest infection and a broken rib.
However, with the extra months of preparation, the WBC Heavyweight Champion has made it clear he has a favourite. Fury joked he will ‘put his money where his mouth is’ as he backs his
Fury told iFLTV: “I’m backing Tommy and I will put my money where my mouth is. I have got £100,000 with anybody. Read more