3 children die after taking tea ‘poisoned by stepmother’ (DailyTrust)
Three children who were residents of Makara Huta community in Potiskum Local Government Area of Yobe State lost their lives after drinking tea allegedly poisoned by their stepmother.
The 22-year-old Yobe housewife identified as Khadija Yakubu has been arrested by the police.
She was said to have poisoned the tea which four of the children of her husband’s first wife took.
While three of them died, one is said to be in an unconscious state.
The incident, which happened Friday, has since thrown into panic. Read more
Lagos DSVRT releases report, kicks off DSV awareness month activities (Guardian)
The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice/Chairman Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) has revealed that according to data, 4302 children have been assaulted in the state from May 2019 to August of this year; and of this number, 2432 were under the age of nine.
He added that 10, 007 cases of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and non-GBV cases was reported to them and analysis of the statistics revealed that 91% of women were abused while just 9% were men. In addition, 92% of adults in the age range of 18-45yrs had the highest cases reported and 73 per cent of Domestic Violence was reported for adults, which turned out to be the highest form of GBV against adults while 69% of emotional abuse was reported for children who have witnessed Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and other assaults.
Of the 20 Local Government Areas in the state, Alimosho, Kosofe, Ikorodu and Ifako Ijaye LGAs recorded the highest reported incidents for both adults and children. Read more
How I spent over n6m to treat Covid-19 – Uche Edochie (DailyTrust)
Uche Edochie, son of Veteran Nollywood actor, Pete Edochie, has said he spent over N6 million to treat COVID-19 virus at an isolation treatment facility in Gbagada in Lagos.
Edochie took to his Instagram page @ucheedochie to share and announce his recovery experience.
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He stated that the facility where he was treated charged him N350,000 per day and was there for twelve days before being moved to First Cardiology Centre in Ikoyi for lung and heart rehabilitation.
The total cost of his treatment had exceeded N6 million, he said, adding that many people died of the virus because of the high cost associated with its treatment. Read more
Tension in Enugu community over demolition of blind man’s building under construction (Sun)
Ihekwuenu-Aku autonomous community in Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area of Enugu State, is under tension following demolition of a two bedroom apartment under construction that belongs to Mr. Anibueze Nnadi a visually impaired person by unidentified persons over land ownership dispute.
The building which has been roofed with aluminium roofing sheets, plastered and was recieving finishing touches was completely pulled down on Thursday afternoon by men believe to be paid thugs.
Speaking in tears the 65 years old
the blind man said he was surprised that somebody would contemplate hiring thugs to destroy the house a philanthropist was building for him.
“It was out of pity that one Mr. Okechukwu Ezeamagu ask me to show him a place so that he can build a house for me because the present place am living is one-room mod house with leaking roof. Read more
Sit-at-home: Kidnappers, criminals have hijacked IPOB agitation, says Umahi (Punch)
Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, has said that the secessionist agitation of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra has been hijacked by criminals and kidnappers.
The governor also said that the proscribed group is no longer in control of the whole agitation as a result of the alleged hijack by unscrupulous elements.
Umahi, who is the Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum, spoke on Friday on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ breakfast programme monitored by The PUNCH.
According to him, the people of the South-East geopolitical zone are industrious people who don’t sit at home on Mondays. Read more
Mamora lauds NIMR as it unveils Lassa, yellow fever diagnostic kits (Guardian)
Unveiling of Lassa fever, yellow fever diagnostic kits at the Nigerian Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) in Lagos.
Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, the Minister of State for Health, has commended the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) for unveiling Lassa and yellow fever diagnostic kits to enhance the diagnosis of the diseases in the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the kits are to enhance the diagnosis of the diseases.
Speaking at the inauguration of the kits on Friday, in Lagos, Mamora described the diagnostic kits as a ground breaking achievement in the treatment of Lassa and yellow fever. Read more
MTN Nigeria set to issue N89.99b bond (Punch)
MTN Nigeria Communications Plc is set to launch a Series 2 Bond of about N89.99 billion.
A mail sent from Chapel Hill Denham Advisory Limited to MTN investors and reported by Nairametrics, said, “Chapel Hill Denham Advisory Limited is pleased to inform you of the upcoming launch of MTN Nigeria Communications Plc’s Series 2 Bonds of up to N89.99bn under its N200 billion Bond Issuance Programme.
“MTN Nigeria is the leading telecommunications operator in the largest telecommunications market in Africa. The company is the largest mobile operator and undisputed market leader in Nigeria as measured by total mobile subscribers (c. 68.9 million), and active data users (c. 32.5 million).
“MTN Nigeria is well-positioned for the long term with its unmatched investments in its infrastructure – most expansive 2G, 3G, and 4G network, largest fibre network (c. 30,000km) spanning across Nigeria, largest physical and digital distribution platform, and wide range of spectrum holdings – coupled with the exciting Nigerian market opportunity. Read more
Okonjo-Iweala’s brother, Ogwashi-Uku monarch’s convoy attacked (ThisDay)
HRM Ifechukwude Aninshi Okonjo II, the Obi of Ogwashi-Uku kingdom in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State has escaped what appeared like a planned attack on the monarch.
However, the attack Friday on the traditional ruler, who is the brother of the Director-General of World Trade Centre (WTO), Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, left one person dead while two vehicles were burnt.
Several vehicles were reportedly damaged during the incident but THISDAY learnt that HRM Ifechukwude and a number of his palace chiefs escaped unhurt. Read more
Girls excluded as Afghan secondary schools reopen (BBC)
The Taliban have excluded girls from Afghan secondary schools, after they ordered only boys and male teachers to return to the classroom.
Schoolgirls told the BBC they were devastated not to be returning. “Everything looks very dark,” one said.
A Taliban spokesman said there were plans to open girls’ schools soon.
But there are fears Afghanistan is returning to the harsh rule of the 1990s when a similar ban on girls’ schooling was in place. Read more
“No Time To Die”: Daniel Craig tears up in emotional farewell speech after filming final James Bond scene (Metro)
James Bond star Daniel Craig teared up as he gave a poignant speech to the No Time To Die crew, after the film finally wrapped.
The upcoming 007 flick, which is set to be released on September 30, will serve as his last, as he steps away from the spy role.
The 53-year-old couldn’t help but get emotional as he said goodbye to the cast and crew.
In a glimpse from the Being James Bond documentary on Apple TV, he addressed everyone on set after shooting his final scene. Read more
Zoë Kravitz responds to critic of her ‘naked’ Met Gala 2021 dress (PageSix)
Zoë Kravitz has got it — and she isn’t afraid to flaunt it.
The “High Fidelity” actress, 32, made a statement on the Met Gala 2021 red carpet on Monday, wearing a completely sheer metal mesh Saint Laurent gown with a matching thong underneath.
While flashing derrière happened to be a trend at the America-themed event — with Taraji P. Henson, Teyana Taylor and more joining Kravitz in revealing looks — some fans took to her Instagram comments to express their displeasure.
“Where’s the dress?,” one person wrote. “I don’t get why women feel it’s ok to walk around naked … take some damn pride in yourself,” another said. Read more
Hushpuppi – the Instagram influencer and international fraudster (BBC)
Ramon Abbas – known to his 2.5 million Instagram followers as Hushpuppi – is considered by the FBI to be one of the world’s most high-profile fraudsters and faces a prison sentence of up to 20 years in the US after pleading guilty to money laundering.
The BBC has used newly available court documents to uncover the man behind cyber heists that have cost his victims millions, from his humble beginnings as a “Yahoo Boy” hustler in Nigeria to a so-called “Billionaire Gucci Master” living a life of luxury in Dubai before his arrest last year.
The 37-year-old began his career in Oworonshoki, a poor coastal area in the north-east of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital.
Local driver Seye told the BBC that he remembered Abbas as a young boy working alongside his mother in the Olojojo market. His father was a taxi driver. Read more
Brad Pitt was apparently ‘infatuated’ with Paula Yates (Metro)
Brad Pitt was reportedly infatuated with late TV star Paula Yates.
The Moneyball actor met the presenter, who died of a drugs overdose 21 years ago aged 41, when she moved to Los Angeles with then-boyfriend Michael Hutchence in 1995 and the 57-year-old star often flirted with her and even gave her a ring as a token of affection.
Her friend and former PR, Gerry Agar Fennell, told the Daily Mail’s Eden Confidential column: ‘Paula said Brad gave her the ring as a “token of his infatuation”.
‘She told me there was a lot of flirting and he told her he adored her. I only remember Paula giggled about their time together.’ Read more
Tunisians stage protest over President Saied’s seizure of powers (AlJazeera)
Protesters have taken to the streets of Tunisia’s capital, in a rare show of public dissent towards President Kais Saied’s move to seize extra powers.
Thousands of people rallied in the centre of Tunis on Saturday chanting, “shut down the coup” and “we want a return to legitimacy”. Saied supporters held a counter-demonstration chanting, “the people want to dissolve parliament”.
The protest, which was met by a heavy police presence on Habib Bourguiba avenue, was the first major demonstration since Saied declared on July 25 he was sacking the prime minister, suspending parliament and assuming executive authority – moves his opponents branded a coup.
The former constitutional law professor justified his move by citing emergency measures in the constitution that his critics and many legal scholars said did not support his intervention. Read more
Red card: Ref was harsh on Ndidi, laments Rodgers (Punch)
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers believes midfielder Wilfred Ndidi was unlucky to be sent off in the Foxes 2-2 draw with Napoli in Thursday’s Europa League game at the King Power stadium, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
Ndidi was sent off in the final minutes of the game by referee Tiago Martins, after collecting his second yellow card.
This means the Nigeria international will miss the Foxes’ match-day two game against Legia Warsaw on September 30.
Ayoze Perez and Harvey Barnes had given Leicester a 2-0 lead but Rodgers’ side were stunned after Victor Osimhen scored twice in the second half to earn Napoli a point at King Power Stadium. Read more
Ogunsakin, Mubarak hit finals at Sapetro Futures Tennis (Guardian)
Ohunene in action at the Sapetro Futures Tennis Championship holding at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club
Nigeria’s brightest future tennis stars, Seun Ogunsakin and Ganiyu Mubarak put up some very commanding performance in their semifinal matches to reach the finals of the Sapetro Futures Tennis Championship taking place at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club.
Ogunsakin, the top seed in the boys 14s, dismissed Kehinde Lawal from Lagos with consistent and well place groundstrokes, which completely overwhelmed his opponent.
It was a similar story in the semifinals between boys 16 top seed, Ganiyu Mubarak from Oyo State, and Gabriel Inyang from Lagos. Mubarak absorbed all the hard forehand strokes from Inyang with his admirable defensive skills to prevail 9-0. Read more
Rugby Championship: Australia beat South Africa 30-17 in Brisbane (BBC)
Len Ikitau and Marika Koroibete scored two tries apiece as Australia secured a second successive victory over world champions South Africa in the Rugby Championship in Brisbane.
Ikitau touched down twice in the first half, although the Springboks took the lead through centre Lukhanyo Am two minutes into the second half.
Koroibete struck twice in six minutes to seal a bonus-point Australia win.
New Zealand reclaimed top spot in the world rankings after beating Argentina. Read more
Rooney heard about Derby administration plan on TV news (France 24)
Derby County manager Wayne Rooney said Saturday he had only found out about the financially-stricken club’s plan to enter administration by watching television news bulletins.
The 35-year-old former Manchester United and England striker, in his first managerial role, also confirmed he had yet to speak with County chairman Mel Morris.
Second-tier English side Derby announced late Friday the club’s directors “had no choice but to make the tough decision” to file notice to appoint administrators following a failure to secure new owners and because of the impact of Covid-19 on their finances.
“I’ve seen it on Sky,” Rooney told Sky Sports ahead of Saturday’s home match with Stoke in the Championship. Read more
Raphael Varane reveals how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Paul Pogba convinced him to join Man Utd (Metro)
Raphael Varane has revealed that he spoke to both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Paul Pogba before making the decision to join Manchester United in the summer.
The 28-year-old joined United from Spanish giants Real Madrid, where he won an array of trophies including four Champions Leagues and three La Ligas titles during a 10-year spell at the club.
Varane has started United’s last two Premier League games against Wolves and Newcastle and is expected to be a stalwart in the heart of their defence this season alongside club captain Harry Maguire.
Speaking before United’s game away to West Ham on Sunday, Varane explained how he questioned the United boss and his international teammate about the club before deciding to move to England. Read more