Court okays T B Joshua’s wife as SCOAN trustee (Sun)
Justice Tijjani Ringim of the Federal High Court, Lagos, has affirmed Mrs Evelyn Joshua as a trustee of Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), in line with the church’s Constitution which prescribes a minimum of three trustees for the church.
The judge affirmed Mrs Joshua as a trustee of the church, while ruling on an application brought before the court.
The application was filed before the court by concerned and committed members of the church represented by Mr. Kola Kareem and Mrs. Moji Oguntoyinbo against the Incorporated Trustees of SCOAN; the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and Mrs. Evelyn Onyisi Joshua in a Suit No: FHC/L/CP/1109/2021.
The petitioners were represented by Emeka Ekweozor Esq.; Chris Eme Esq with him E.G Onyejekwulum.
Ossazu Owie represented first and second respondents, while O.N. Chukwu appeared for the CAC. Read more
Lagos DPO loses gun after alleged office sex, detains lover (Punch)
A woman, Jennifer Madueke, has been detained by the Lagos State Police Command over a missing service pistol belonging to the Denton Divisional Police Officer, CSP Adegoke Akinlade.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the 29-year-old, after spending three days in a detention facility at the Denton Police Station, Ebute Meta, where she was allegedly tortured to confess to the crime, was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.
Our correspondent learnt that Madueke and Akinlade once dated and separated after the police officer was transferred out of Lagos over seven years ago.
A credible source said after the officer was posted back to Lagos, the lovers did not return to the relationship as they lost each other’s contacts. Read more
Female fire boss assures Lagosians of improved service delivery (Vanguard)
Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Mrs. Margaret Adeseye has assured improved, effective and efficient service delivery to Lagosians. Saying the organisation will make use of the government’s investment on infrastructure to its maximum use.
Adeseye disclosed this during a strategic meeting held at the Ikeja Fire Station with officers and men of the agency to chart a way forward on efficient service delivery to achieve the Key Performance Indicators, KPIs, set towards making Lagos a 21st-century economy.
Advising officers to focus on discipline and dedication to the ethics of the profession, Adeseye said “there is no room for indiscipline as bad eggs will be fished out and decisively dealt with in accordance with the Fire and Civil Service Rules and Regulations.” Read more
We’ve maintained over 800 roads in two years – Lagos (Punch)
The Lagos State Government has said it maintained over 800 road networks across the state since the inception of the current administration.
According to a statement on Thursday, the General Manager of the Lagos State Public Works Corporation, Mr Olufemi Daramola, said this at a forum where he assured residents of good road networks in spite of persistent heavy rainfall in the past couple of weeks.
He was quoted as saying, “The administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at inception identified the massive infrastructure deficit in the state and actively invested in the corporation’s human capital, equipment and material requirements for a sustainable road maintenance programme. All these have made it possible for LSPWC to intervene on over 800 roads cutting across the state since the inception of the current administration till date.” Read more
Food Prices: Ondo bans market unions (DailyTrust)
The Ondo State Government has banned the activities of market unions and associations in the state over exploitation.
The state government said it took the measure to protect residents of the state amid soaring costs and incessant increases in the prices of goods and services.
The government said as part of the measures, it had barred all trading unions and associations under the umbrella of Ondo State United Artisans Group from fixing and enforcing uniform prices of goods and services.
In a statement, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, said the decision was taken in the overall socio-economic interest of the people of the state. Read more
Amid VAT uproar, states sue FG over sharing of stamp duties (Guardian)
Amid raging controversy over the collection of Value Added Tax (VAT), the subtle campaign for restructuring through fiscal federalism was raised a notch higher, yesterday, as Attorneys-General of the 36 states pushed the envelope by using the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, over alleged failure of the Federal Government to remit funds generated from stamp duties into states’ account.
The states are arguing that they are the sole authority to collect stamp duties and not the Federal Government. This is coming at a time when there is a conflict between some states and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) over the collection of VAT.
The 36 states have gone before the Supreme Court to ask for, among others, an order compelling the Federal Government to account for funds collected by way of stamp duties on individual persons’ transactions in states from 2015. Read more
Suicide on the rise as Nigeria records 51 cases in 12 months (DailyTrust)
As Nigeria joins other countries to mark this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day, investigations have shown that there has been an upsurge in suicide especially among young people in the last 12 months.
Newspaper reports reviewed by Daily Trust showed that no fewer than 51 persons comprising males and females took their own lives within the period.
The suicide cases were recorded in 22 states – Anambra, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Ekiti, FCT, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers and Zamfara. Read more
“Palm oil” reverses crude oil-induced genotoxicity, slows ageing (Guardian)
Recent studies have found that oral administration of palm oil tree extracts could be used to reverse damage caused by crude oil contamination of food products and water, and help to slow ageing and raise anti-tumour immune responses against breast cancer cells.
Scientists have also demonstrated that palm oil could be used as the best alternative oil to reduce trans fat in foods. A variety of global researches have concluded that the consumption of industrially produced trans fatty acids can trigger various diseases such as cardiovascular, atherosclerosis, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and infertility.
Researchers have in the first study concluded: “…The oral administration of Elaeis guineensis (palm oil tree) leaves extracts significantly decreased the observed micronuclei erythrocyte (red blood cell) and fragmented Deoxyribose nucleic Acid (DNA)/ genetic material in liver relative to rats fed crude oil contaminated feed (COCF) but with no treatment. The study has established that pre-treatment, post-treatment and co-treatment of rats with E. guineensis extracts reversed the genotoxic effect induced by consumption of COCF in rats.” Read more
WHO: Africa to receive 25% fewer COVID vaccines than expected (VOA)
Africa is slated to receive 25% fewer COVID-19 vaccines by the end of the year than it was expecting, the director of the World Health Organisation’s regional office for Africa said Thursday.
The African continent, already struggling with a thin supply of vaccines while many wealthy nations initiate booster shot programmes, has fully vaccinated just more than 3% of its residents.
The global vaccine sharing initiative COVAX announced Wednesday that it expects to receive about 1.4 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of the year, as opposed to the projection of 1.9 billion doses it received in June. Read more
Upside-down rhino research wins Ig Nobel Prize (BBC)
An experiment that hung rhinoceroses upside down to see what effect it had on the animals has been awarded one of this year’s Ig Nobel prizes.
Other recipients included teams that studied the bacteria in chewing gum stuck to pavements, and how to control cockroaches on submarines.
The spoof prizes are not as famous as the “real” Nobels – not quite.
The ceremony couldn’t take place at its usual home of Harvard University in the US because of Covid restrictions. Read more
TikTok’s Addison Rae signs multi-film deal with Netflix following He’s All That success (Metro)
TikTok sensation Addison Rae has signed a deal with Netflix following her acting debut in He’s All That.
The internet star, 20, has been signed by the streaming giant to a multi-picture deal.
The Obsessed singer will now have projects developed for her specifically to star in and executive produce.
‘Getting the opportunity to work with Netflix was such a pinch me moment and now to be able to continue the relationship is beyond my wildest dreams,’ Addison said. Read more
Austria man kept dead mother in cellar for pension, police say (BBC)
A man kept the mummified corpse of his mother in a basement for over a year while continuing to receive her pension payments, Austrian police say.
The 89-year-old woman, who reportedly had dementia, is thought to have died of natural causes in June last year.
Her son, 66, is said to have put her body in his cellar and used ice packs and bandages to mask the smell.
Police believe he may have illegally received about €50,000 (£42,000) in payments. Read more
Harrison Ford ‘resumes filming Indiana Jones’ three months after his shoulder injury (Metro)
Harrison Ford has reportedly returned to filming for his upcoming Indiana Jones flick, almost three months after production ground to a halt due to his shoulder injury.
The 79-year-old star previously suffered a shoulder injury while filming for the movie at Pinewood Studios.
The actor is said to have been seen filming in Buckinghamshire on Monday, according to The Sun.
A source said: ‘Everyone’s relieved to see him back and fighting fit. It’s been a long 10-week wait for him and the crew. Read more
Biden enacts sweeping vaccine mandates (BBC)
US President Joe Biden has announced sweeping new Covid-19 measures that require workers at large companies to be vaccinated or face weekly testing.
The measures include a vaccine mandate for millions of federal government workers and come as Mr Biden faces pressure to combat a surge in cases.
Over 650,000 Americans have died with Covid-19 and hospitals are at capacity.
The president had promised a “summer of freedom” from the virus, but the Delta variant has seen infections surge. Read more
Cricket: Nigeria defeat Sierra Leone by five wickets in opener (Punch)
Team Nigeria won their first game in the ongoing International Cricket Council Women’s T20 World Cup qualifiers against Sierra Leone, in Gaborone
Nigeria defeated their West African rivals by five wickets in the game played on Thursday at the Botswana Cricket Oval.
Sierra Leone won the toss and elected to bat first.
The team’s best performer in Aminata Kamara with 28 runs in 36 balls was not enough for the side as they settled for 102 runs in 20 overs for the loss of nine wickets. Read more
US Open: Leylah Fernandez beats Aryna Sabalenka to reach New York final (BBC)
Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez shocked another high-ranked opponent in second seed Aryna Sabalenka to reach the US Open final – where she could face 18-year-old Briton Emma Raducanu.
Unseeded Fernandez, who turned 19 on Monday, won 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-4 to edge a tense semi against the Belarusian.
Fernandez, ranked 73rd, had already beaten defending champion Naomi Osaka and fifth seed Elina Svitolina.
Raducanu awaits if she beats Greek 17th seed Maria Sakkari later.
If Raducanu continues her own dream run in New York, the pair will set up the eighth Grand Slam final in the Open Era between teenagers. Read more
PGF DG applauds Allen Onyema’s role in Super Eagles’ victory in Cape Verde (Guardian)
The Director-General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Dr Salihu Lukman, has applauded the role played by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema, in the Super Eagles’ victory in Cape Verde.
The Super Eagles sustained their 100 percent record in the 2022 World Cup qualifying series by beating the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde 2-1 on Tuesday.
The PGF boss, who was excited over the outcome of the match, argued that Onyema’s role in the successes so far recorded by the national team cannot be wished away.
Lukman in a piece titled, ‘Nigerian Democracy and Challenges of Nation Building,’ contended that Onyema’s role is a wake-up call on Nigerians to rally for the unity and prosperity of the country. Read more
Former Man City and Bayern Munich star Jerome Boateng fined £1.5m for assaulting ex-girlfriend (Metro)
Jerome Boateng has been fined £1.5m (1.8 million euros) after being fined guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend Sherin Senler three years ago.
The former Manchester City and Bayern Munich defender avoided a potential five-year jail term for biting and punching Senler but was hit with the largest financial damages that the Munich District Court could hand out.
The 33-year-old bit Senler during a holiday in the Caribbean thee years ago, spitting blood in her face and punching her in the kidney. Read more
Shaq shames Ben Simmons for sharing Ferrari and ‘actress’ Instagram photos (NYPost)
Ben Simmons’ offseason as a punching bag in NBA circles continued with jabs from a couple of legends.
Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal, appearing on Shaq’s “Big Podcast,” took turns mowing him down in light of reports Simmons wants out of Philadelphia.
Barkley said he was disappointed in Simmons taking a $200 million contract from the Sixers, while reportedly requesting a trade. Read more
Manchester United see Premier League fixture moved because The Courteeners are playing a gig (Metro)
Manchester United and Aston Villa were due to meet at 3pm on Saturday 25 September but the fixture has been brought forward to earlier in the day because The Courteeners have a gig that day round the corner.
The indie band are playing at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground on the Saturday evening and to avoid traffic congestion and over-crowding, it is the football fixture that will be moved, now kicking off at 12.30pm.
Unfortunately for Red Devils fans not able to make it to the match, it will not be televised despite the earlier kick-off time. Read more