Alleged ‘Yahoo-boy’ wanted by FBI for $6m scam turns himself over to EFCC (Vanguard)
One of the suspects wanted by the American Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, Felix Osilama Okpoh, has voluntarily turned himself in to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
A statement by the EFCC made available to Vanguard on Tuesday, explained that the suspect, was accompanied by his parents to the Lagos Zonal Office of the commission where he turned himself in.
Okpoh, during interrogation, said he made the move to surrender himself to the Commission out of respect he had for his parents and his resolve to be morally upright. Confirming the development, the EFCC in the statement signed by its Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, said the agency had commenced an investigation into the role played by the suspect in the alleged $6 million scam. Read more
Lagos court jails Internet fraudster for six months (Punch)
The Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja, on Monday, sentenced one Imole Oluwasegun to six months’ imprisonment for being involved in an Internet scam.
It was gathered that Oluwasegun was arrested following intelligence received by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission about the activities of some young boys in the Ikorodu area of the state, who were living flamboyantly without any known means of livelihood.
According to the anti-graft agency, investigation revealed that Oluwasegun was involved in a love scam and used fake identities to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
Oluwasegun was arraigned before Justice Oluwatoyin Dada on three counts bordering on possession of fraudulent documents containing false pretences, use of fake documents and impersonation.
He pleaded guilty to the charges. Read more
Police reacts to alleged brutality by staff in viral video (Guardian)
Lagos State Police Command has dismissed claims that its personnel allegedly assaulted a 28-year old Stephen Ade while enforcing an arrest.
Police spokesman Muyiwa Adejobi said in a statement on Tuesday that the inspector in a viral video acted within the limit of “the use of minimum force” and was assisted by a non-police official to effect the arrest.
Adejobi said the Inspector Stephen Inumanu of Igando Police State, seen in the video, was deployed on routine stop-and-search duty on 18th of September, 2020 around 1:15 pm, with two other team members, at Isuti Road in Egan. Read more
Staff, others put fire under control at LASTMA headquarters (Nation)
A fire incident was put under control on Tuesday at the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) head office by the swift intervention of its staff and some of the officials of the state fire service.
General Manager of LASTMA, Olajide Oduyoye, confirmed the development in a statement by the authority’s spokesman, Mr Olumide Filade.
The LASTMA boss said: “There was a minor fire incident at the LASTMA Headquarters today, which emanated from a faulty air-conditioner on the second floor of the building.”
Filade quoting Oduyoye said: “Immediately the fire was noticed from the air-conditioner; the headquarters staff, following the past fire drill training, evacuated from the building to a muster point where headcounts were taken. Read more
How wrong economic decisions affect Nigerians – Sanusi (Punch)
A former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has lamented the effects of wrong economic decisions on Nigerians.
He said this while delivering a keynote address on Tuesday at the 5th Kaduna Investments Summit.
According to the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, wrong economic decisions have impacted on the means of livelihood of many Nigerians. Read more
Ibadan to host 500 ancient crowns of Southwest Obas (Vanguard)
The Oyo State government and the Oshodi Arts Gallery, based in Lagos have entered into a discussion to organise the maiden annual crowns exhibition, tagged: ‘Arts of Crown’ in the ancient city of Ibadan, Oyo State.
The festival was targeted at promoting the significance of crowns and honour paramount rulers in Southwest Nigeria, as 500 crowns of different traditional rulers across the Yoruba land would be on display.
This disclosure was made on Tuesday in Ibadan when the Chief Executive Officer of Oshodi Arts Gallery, Dr. Seyi Oshodi was presenting the proposal for the festival to the state’s Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun in his office. Read more
COVID-19: PTF urges religious leaders to ask congregation to wear facemask (Guardian)
Mr Boss Mustapha, the Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, has advised religious leaders to without fear or favour continue to prevail on their congregations to wear a facemask.
Mustapha gave the advice while responding to questions during the PTF media briefing on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja.
The Chairman, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, expressed displeasure over the way some people had started moving about without facemask.Read more
Obaseki, Shaibu receive certificates of return (Punch)
Governor Godwin Obaseki and his Deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu, have been issued their certificates of return by the Independent National Electoral Commission after their victory in Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State.
INEC’s National Commissioner supervising Edo, Rivers, and Bayelsa States, Mrs. May Agbamuche-Mbu, presented the certificates to the winners at the INEC’s office in Benin on Tuesday.
Obaseki had received the official results sheet of the election from House of Representatives member, Ogbeide Ihama, after defeating Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress at the polls. Read more
Armed herders invade Ortom’s hometown, behead one, hack four others to death (Vanguard)
A farmer has been reportedly beheaded while four others were hacked to death in a fresh attack by suspected armed herdsmen on Tse-Apera, Nzorov, Governor Samuel Ortom’s home town in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.
Vanguard gathered from a source in the area who simply gave his name as Shagbaor that the invaders stormed the village from neighboring Nasarawa State at about 5 am on Sunday shooting sporadically to wake the people from sleep.
According to him, “they came shooting sporadically in the village at about 5 am when majority of the people were asleep. The sound of the gunfire created pandemonium in the village. People woke up from sleep and were running in different directions but some hide in their houses and refused to come out. Read more
UN General Assembly: World must prevent new Cold War, Guterres warns (BBC)
The world must do all it can to prevent a new Cold War, the UN chief has warned, as he opened a general assembly set to be dominated by US-China tensions and the Covid-19 pandemic.
Secretary-General António Guterres said the world was moving in a “dangerous direction”, speaking of the fracture created by “the two largest economies”.
Both US President Donald Trump and China’s Xi Jinping are to speak later.
This year’s assembly is mostly being held virtually. Read more
Critic of Chinese President Xi Jinping Sentenced to 18 Years on Corruption Charges (VOA)
A retired Chinese real estate tycoon who criticised President Xi Jinping over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has been sentenced to 18 years in prison on corruption charges.
An announcement Tuesday by Beijing No.2 Intermediate Court said 69-year-old Ren Zhiqiang was found guilty of embezzling as much as $16 million from the state-owned company he once headed, along with bribery and abuse of power that cost the company about $17 million in losses.
The court said Ren had confessed to all the charges and would not appeal his sentence. In addition to his sentence, he was also fined over $600,000. Read more
Ginsburg Supreme Court: Republicans secure vote for replacement (BBC)
Republicans have secured the numbers needed to ensure that President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee will face a confirmation vote in the Senate.
Senator Mitt Romney of Utah has given the party the 51 backers needed to move forward with voting on Mr Trump’s candidate to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday.
The move ensures a bitter political battle.
Democrats argued there should be no confirmation in an election year.
President Trump says he will announce his nominee on Saturday.
Supreme Court justices are nominated to the bench by the US president, but must be approved by the Senate. Read more
Major explosion rocks southern Lebanon, reportedly hits ‘Hezbollah house’ (RT)
A powerful explosion has occurred in the southern Lebanese village of Qana. Footage from the scene shows a large plume of smoke and dust emerging from the site of the blast, which reportedly hit a Hezbollah-owned property.
The explosion rocked the village on Tuesday, multiple videos emerging online show.
According to preliminary reports, the explosion occurred near the village’s gas station and cemetery. Read more
WAP queens Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion face off in Billboard Music Awards 2020 nominations (Metro)
Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion are going head-to-head in the Billboard Music Awards 2020 nominations but the WAP queens will no doubt be supporting each other. Surprisingly, the pair aren’t nominated for their female empowerment anthem WAP – which stands for Wet A*s P***y – but are instead up for top female rap artist alongside City Girls. WAP likely did play a part in their nomination though as the song has spent four weeks at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Megan has also enjoyed chart success this year with her solo hit Savage, which garnered popularity after becoming a TikTok challenge. Read more
John Lennon killer says sorry for ‘despicable act’ (BBC)
Mark Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon, has apologised to the late Beatle’s widow, Yoko Ono, 40 years after his death.
Chapman shot Lennon four times outside his New York Manhattan apartment as Ono looked on, in 1980.
He was denied parole for the eleventh time following a hearing last month.
During the hearing, Chapman said he killed the 40-year-old rock star for “glory” and that he deserved the death penalty.
He added that he thinks about the “despicable act” all the time, and accepts he may spend the rest of his life in prison. Read more
People wanted to watch “Cuties” because of the controversy surrounding Netflix’s new release (Metro)
People were reportedly drawn to watch new Netflix film Cuties because of the controversy surrounding the movie ahead of its release. Cuties found itself accused of ‘sexualising young girls’, with some Netflix users threatening to cancel their subscription to the streaming platform and others petitioning for the coming-of-age movie to be removed. It follows the story of an 11-year-old Senegalese girl, called Amy, living in Paris, who secretly joins a dance group she becomes obsessed with. The movie won the directing jury award at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and had received positive reviews from critics, but as news of its release on Netflix surfaced, it was heavily criticised. Read more
Coronavirus: Plans for fans to return to sport events in October called off (BBC)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed plans for fans to return to watch live sport events in England from 1 October will not go ahead.
The plans were placed under review after a rise in coronavirus cases.
The UK’s Covid-19 alert level has moved to 4, meaning transmission is “high or rising exponentially”.
“We have to acknowledge the spread of the virus is now affecting our ability to reopen large sporting events,” said the prime minister. Read more
Italian Open slammed as women’s champ Simona Halep wins $11 less than Novak Djokovic (RT)
Italian Open organizers have been criticized after failing to fully close the gender pay gap after it was revealed that women’s champion Simona Halep’s winner’s check was 10 Euros smaller than men’s champ Novak Djokovic’s prize.
The tournament saw Novak Djokovic claim the men’s title, while Simona Halep won the women’s tournament. But, despite both players capturing the titles, fans raged online after noticing a small, but significant difference in their prize money.
Djokovic banked 205,200 Euros ($241,350) for winning the men’s title, but organizers paid women’s champion Halep 10 Euros less, sparking some angry reactions from fans online for a perceived refusal to fully bring female players to full parity with their male counterparts. Read more
Nascar: Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin form Cup Series team with Bubba Wallace as driver (BBC)
Basketball legend Michael Jordan and three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin have formed a single-car Nascar Cup Series team, with Bubba Wallace as their driver.
Wallace is Nascar’s sole black full-time driver while Jordan is the second black team owner at its elite level.
Earlier this year, Wallace successfully campaigned to get the Confederate flag banned from Nascar races.
Six-time NBA champion Jordan said the team would “educate a new audience”. Read more
Guardiola says Man City squad is stretched to its limit (Guardian)
Pep Guardiola said his squad is stretched to the limit as Manchester City prepare to launch their League Cup defence after Monday’s opening Premier League win against Wolves.
City claimed an impressive 3-1 victory at Molineux on Monday as Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus struck in their Premier League opener.
They remain without Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Sergio Aguero, Aymeric Laporte and Eric Garcia while Ilkay Gundogan is self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus.
City, who have won the League Cup for the past three seasons, start the defence of their trophy against Bournemouth on Thursday and Guardiola knows they cannot afford to lose more players. Read more
Ben Chillwell makes Chelsea squad as Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic miss Barnsley clash (Metro)
Frank Lampard has confirmed that both Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell are in the Chelsea squad for their Carabao Cup clash with Barnsley on Wednesday night.
Silva and Chilwell will make their Blues debuts against the Championship side at Stamford Bridge, but Hakim Ziyech will have to wait for his as he continues to recover from a knee injury.
Christian Pulisic is also not quite fit and will not be involved in the contest. ‘Chilwell in the squad for tomorrow,’ Lampard told a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. Read more
Edouard Mendy: Keeper has Chelsea medical before move from Rennes (BBC)
Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is undergoing a medical with Chelsea as he prepares to join the club, Blues manager Frank Lampard says.
The Senegal keeper, 28, will compete with the £71m Kepa Arrizabalaga, the club’s record signing.
Kepa was at fault for Liverpool’s second goal in the 2-0 Premier League defeat on Sunday, which was described as “a clear mistake” by Lampard.
“We have brought Mendy in for that competition,” Lampard said.
“I don’t know what benefits in the long run, football is in your hands. Competition is a regular thing. It’s in everyone’s hands to get into the squad.” Read more
Bayern fans return Super Cup tickets amid ‘super spreader’ fears (Vanguard)
Around 800 Bayern Munich supporters have returned tickets for Thursday’s UEFA Super Cup in Hungary amid fears the showcase match could become a “super spreader” event.
Budapest will host the match between Champions League winners Bayern Munich and Europa League holders Sevilla, however, the fixture is facing growing criticism.
Germany has declared Budapest a risk zone, after new infections in the Hungarian capital climbed above the threshold of 50 new cases per 100,000 people. Read more