Fathers held for ‘raping’ daughters in Lagos (Nation)
Operatives of the Lagos Police Command have arrested two men for allegedly raping their teenage daughters in Ikorodu and Bariga areas of the state.
The suspects, Eke Kanu, 61, and Chibuike Kalu, 33, allegedly took advantage of their children at different times and threatened to harm them if they told anyone about the development.
Kanu, a resident of Ebute road, Igbogbo in Ikorodu allegedly impregnated his 19-year-old daughter and forced her to have an abortion.
The man, who was reported at Ikorodu Police Division by members of FIDA, was said to have taken the girl to a chemist where they administered drugs and injections on her after he realised she was pregnant. Read more
LASG begins enforcement of laws on distressed buildings (Guardian)
The Lagos State Government on Sunday has begun stiff enforcement of laws against distressed buildings and called on property owners to carry out immediate integrity tests or risk demolition.
The General Manager, Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory (LSMTL), Dr Afolabi Abiodun, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that property owners who did not ascertain the structural stability of their buildings risked sanctions.
Abiodun advised construction companies, developers, estate agents, builders and other stakeholders in the built environment to comply by testing their construction materials, ongoing and completed buildings to avert risks. Read more
Lagos COVID-19 cases exceed 10,000 (Punch)
Confirmed cases of coronavirus have increased to 10,026 in Lagos State.
This was after the state recorded 285 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control made this known on its website.
A breakdown of data on the NCDC’s website showed that the state currently has 8,370 active cases.
While 1,530 COVID-19 patients have recovered in the state, 126 are dead. Read more
Downpour shuts down Lagos metropolis again (Vanguard)
Following persistent downpour in the early hours on Sunday, several parts of Lagos metropolis have been submerged in floods shutting down both vehicular and human activities.
The attendant flooding of the downpour resulted in serious traffic congestion leaving motorists stranded on major roads. Read more
Oyedepo: Anti-church virus afflicting Lagos, Ogun (Nation)
Founder of the Living Faith Church International aka Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has once again criticised the continuous closure of churches in Ogun and Lagos states over coronavirus.
Oyedepo has been vociferous in condemning government for closing churches, alleging it was a grand plot targeted at emasculating the body of Christ.
Speaking in a sermon on Sunday, the popular preacher reiterated his opposition to the closure of worship centres. Read more
Ajimobi buried in Ibadan amid tight security (Punch)
The remains of former Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, have been laid to rest in Ibadan on Sunday.
Ajimobi was buried according to Islamic rites at his 6th Avenue, Yemoja Street, Oluyole Estate residence in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, amid tight security.
The Agodi GRA, which was the preferred choice by the Ajimobi family, was not approved by the Oyo State Government on the ground that there is litigation on the property. Read more
Kogi State’s chief judge Nasiru Ajanah is dead (Guardian)
The Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Nasiru Ajanah is dead.
According to Judiciary source, Ajanah, aged 64, died early hours of Sunday in Abuja Hospital after a protracted illness.
Late Justice Nasir Ajanah was born in 1956 to the family of Alhaji MJ Fari Ajanah in Okene Local Government Area of present Kogi State. He hails from Okehi Local government area of Kogi State. Read more
Royal Crisis: Family drags Fayemi to court, wants Oba-elect disqualified (Vanguard)
The Famokiti royal family of Orin Ekiti, Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State has dragged Governor Kayode Fayemi to court over alleged imposition of someone from unknown royal family as a new Olorin-elect.
A suit number HAD/44/20, filed at the Ekiti State High Court , Ado Ekiti Division, seek the nullification of the selection of one Adeniran Oluwafemi Ajibewa from Ajibewa ruling house as Olorin-elect on the premise that such royal dynasty never existed in the history of the town.
The suit was filed by Princes Gbenga Fajulugbe, Olaniyi Fajulugbe and Segun Olatoye, representing Famokiti royal dynasty as plaintiffs. Read more
Coronavirus: UK ‘on knife edge’ ahead of lockdown easing, scientist warns (BBC)
The UK remains “on a knife edge” and must act “sensibly” over the summer months to stop a second wave of coronavirus, a scientist has warned.
Sir Jeremy Farrar said he is “worried” about a surge in cases ahead of pubs and restaurants reopening next month.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said people have to be “conscientious” about the risk of a second wave. Read more
Native Americans protesting Trump trip to Mount Rushmore (VOA)
President Donald Trump’s plans to kick off Independence Day with a showy display at Mount Rushmore have angered Native Americans, who view the monument as a desecration of land violently stolen from them and used to pay homage to leaders hostile to Indigenous people.
Several groups led by Native American activists are planning protests for Trump’s July 3 visit, part of Trump’s “comeback” campaign for a nation reeling from sickness, unemployment and, recently, social unrest. The event is slated to include fighter jets thundering over the 79-year-old stone monument in South Dakota’s Black Hills and the first fireworks display at the site since 2009. Read more
Coronavirus: Number of Covid-19 infections tops 10m worldwide (BBC)
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases around the world has passed the milestone of 10 million, according to Johns Hopkins University in the US.
The virus emerged in China late last year and spread across the globe. It has led to almost 500,000 deaths.
Half the world’s cases have been in the US and Europe, but Covid-19 is now rapidly growing in the Americas. Read more
Sacha Baron Cohen infiltrates right-wing group, leads hateful sing-along (TMZ)
Sacha Baron Cohen did what he does Saturday, he went undercover at a right-wing militia event and when he started belting out a hateful, racist song and the crowd was more than happy to sing along.
It went down in Olympia, Washington, at the “March for Our Rights 3” rally.
Sacha came as the honcho of a political action committee, or so he said, according to the Daily Beast. He hired a security team so no one could cut him off mid-song.
Cohen is decked out in overalls, fake facial hair as he began singing about injecting former President Obama, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the World Health Org. and others with the “Wuhan flu.” You hear people in the audience join in. And then, he suggests an alternative “chop them up like the Saudi’s do,” and the crowd chimes in. Read more
Poland votes in presidential election delayed by pandemic (AlJazeera)
Polish voters are casting their ballots in round one of a tight presidential race that had to be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Incumbent Andrzej Duda, 48, is campaigning for re-election in a vote that could determine the future of the right-wing government that supports him.
Polling stations opened at 7am (05:00 GMT) on Sunday and will close at 9pm (19:00 GMT) with an exit poll expected as soon as voting ends. Read more
Virtual summit of world leaders, celebrities raises nearly $7b for Covid-19 (France24)
A summit that included a star-studded virtual concert hosted by Dwayne Johnson has raised nearly $7 billion in cash and loan guarantees to assist the poor around the globe whose lives have been upended by the coronavirus pandemic.
Global Citizen said its summit with world leaders had raised $1.5 billion to help COVID-19 efforts in poor countries, along with a promise of 250 million doses of a vaccine for those nations if one is successfully developed.
The group said it had secured $5.4 billion in loans and guarantees from the European Commission and the European Investment Bank to support fragile economies worldwide. Read more
Beyonce surprises fans with trailer for Disney Plus movie ‘Black Is King’ after ‘inking £80m deal’ (Metro)
Beyonce has surprised fans with a trailer for her new movie Black Is King, which is set to arrive on Disney Plus next month. Inspired by her Lion King album visuals, the trailer features Beyonce, her husband Jay Z and their children Blue Ivy and twins Rumi and Sir. Few details are known about the mystery movie but it does appear to be a celebration of blackness in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement. Read more
Barkley goal takes Chelsea into FA Cup semi-finals (BBC)
Ross Barkley came off the bench to send Chelsea to Wembley as manager Frank Lampard’s half-time changes transformed this FA Cup quarter-final at Leicester City.
The Foxes held sway in the first 45 minutes at the King Power Stadium, although it took a flying save from Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel to keep out Christian Pulisic’s powerful drive.
Lampard’s discontent could be heard echoing around the virtually deserted arena – and he acted by introducing Barkley, Mateo Kovacic and Cesar Azpilicueta at the interval for Reece James, the subdued Billy Gilmour and Mason Mount. Read more
Meunier allowed to play Champions League with PSG (Vanguard)
Full-back Thomas Meunier could still play in the latter stages of this season’s Champions League for Paris Saint-Germain despite signing for Borussia Dortmund, the Bundesliga club’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said on Sunday.
Belgian international Meunier has signed a four-year deal with Dortmund and will join on a free transfer after the end of his PSG contract at the end of this month.
“We told him, ‘If you want to play in the Champions League, it’s OK for us’,” Watzke told Sport1. Read more
Andy Murray takes up coaching role before Dan Evans is crowned king of the Brits (Metro)
Dan Evans lived up to his billing as Britain’s top-ranked player as he defeated Kyle Edmund to win the Battle of the Brits but it was Andy Murray’s coaching performance in the third place play-off that really caught the eye. Evans, the world No. 28 who defeated Murray in the semi-finals, remained unbeaten for the week with a 6-3 6-2 win over Yorkshire’s Edmund and took home the bragging rights. It was a high-quality performance to end a high-quality tournament, which was the brainchild of Jamie Murray and gave the British contingent some much-needed match play before the ATP Tour returns officially in August. Read more
Ceballos late goal sends Arsenal into FA Cup semi-finals (Punch)
Dani Ceballos fired Arsenal into the FA Cup semi-finals as the Spaniard’s stoppage-time strike clinched a dramatic 2-1 win at Sheffield United on Sunday.
Mikel Arteta’s side rode their luck after surviving a second-half barrage from the Blades at Bramall Lane.
Nicolas Pepe put Arsenal ahead with a first-half penalty after Chris Basham fouled Alexandre Lacazette.
David McGoldrick equalised with three minutes left, but on-loan Real Madrid midfielder Ceballos settled a hard-fought quarter-final in the final moments. Read more
Arjen Robben: Michael Jordan documentary inspired Groningen comeback (BBC)
Arjen Robben was inspired to launch a comeback with Groningen after they showed him a montage of basketball great Michael Jordan’s career.
Groningen officials met with Robben just days after he retired in May 2019.
While that initial approach failed to convince 36-year-old Robben, talks were revived last month. Read more
Ex-Slovakia defender Cisovsky dies at 40 (Guardian)
Former Slovakia defender Marian Cisovsky has died at 40 after battling the incurable amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for six years, his Czech club Viktoria Plzen said Sunday.
“Today is the saddest day. With a heavy heart we have to announce Marian Cisovsky has left us forever,” Viktoria said on Facebook and Twitter.
Cisovsky won three Slovak titles with Inter Bratislava and its successor Artmedia Petrzalka in 2000, 2001 and 2008. Read more