Foreigners who violate COVID-19 protocols risk deportation – Lagos (Punch)
The Lagos State Government has warned foreigners against disobeying guidelines put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus in Lagos State and Nigeria.
In a statement by the Lagos Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, the state threatened to forward the passports of the defaulting indigenous passengers to appropriate authorities for deactivation.
It also said defaulting foreigners may be subject to deportation
Part of the statement read, “Lagos State is set to take steps to prevent another wave of COVID-19, following the flattening of the second wave. Read more
Lagos public, private schools to resume tomorrow (Nation)
Lagos State Government has announced that public and private schools in the state should resume for third term 2020/2021 academic session tomorrow.
In a statement by the Director General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Mrs. Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, wish pupils happy resumption.
The director-general enjoined school managers to enforce strict compliance with subsisting protocols to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state and ensure that pupils and staff stay safe.
According to her, OEQA evaluators will be visiting schools across the state to monitor resumption activities and to ensure compliance to the state unified academic calendar date to promote the T.H.E.M.E.S. agenda of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on education and technology. Read more
Sexual assault: Over 7,500 sign petition, kick against Baba Ijesha’s release (Punch)
Over 7,500 persons have signed a petition to prevent the release of popular Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju Omiyinka, better known as Baba Ijesha, for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in the care of popular comedienne, Adekola Adekanya, otherwise called Princess.
The actor was also said to have first defiled the minor when she was seven and repeated same recently when she was 14-year-old.
The petition, which was started by the Aunt Landa’s Bethel Foundation, on behalf of the teenager’s foster mother, Princess, was titled, ‘Olanrewaju James Omiyinka must not be released in Nigeria for defiling a 7 years old girl’.
When visited on Monday morning, the petition portal domiciled on www.change.org had attracted over 7,600 signatories. Read more
Buhari approves establishment of National Centre for Control of Small Arms (ThisDay)
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of a National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCCSALW) with Major-General A M Dikko as its pioneer National Coordinator.
The Centre, which is to be domiciled in the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) to the President replaced the defunct Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons and shall serve as the institutional mechanism for policy guidance, research and monitoring of all aspects of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) in Nigeria.
Head, Strategic Communication, Office of the National Security Adviser, Z M Usman, in a release on Monday, said the establishment of the Centre was part of ongoing restructuring of Nigeria’s security architecture to address emerging threats and strengthen regional mechanism for the control, prevention and regulation of SALW.
According to the statement, the impact of the proliferation of SALW across national borders in Africa and the Sahel region has resulted in terrorism, human trafficking, organized crime, and insurrections in West Africa and Nigeria. Read more
Police arrest 4 over alleged kidnap, murder of 6-year-old child in Kaduna (Guardian)
The Police Command in Kaduna State has announced the arrest of four suspects, who allegedly kidnapped and murdered a six-year-old child.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Muhammad Jalige made the disclosure at a press briefing on Monday in Kaduna.
Jalige said that the suspects would be charged to court for criminal conspiracy, kidnapping and culpable homicide.
The boy was abducted by a neighbour in Badarawa area of Kaduna, taken to Kano and murdered after the abductors had collected N1 million ransom. Read more
Mbaka: Yes, I took three contractors to Buhari but… (Nation)
Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry Enugu, Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka, has admitted he met President Muhammadu Buhari with three contractors.
He however said he never stood to gain anything personally from the contract, which he said was “contract of securing the country.”
Mbaka last week asked Buhari to resign, calling on the National Assembly to impeach him if he fails to resign over worsening insecurity.
The Presidency fired back, alleging Mbaka started attacking Buhari because his quest for contracts was turned down.
The presidency, in a statement by Garba Shehu, alleged: “Father Mbaka asked for a meeting and to the shock of presidential aides, he came accompanied by three contractors. Read more
Suspected sponsor of unknown gunmen arrested in Imo (Vanguard)
An investigation by Vanguard yesterday revealed that one of the said sponsors of the hoodlums who operated under the name “unknown gunmen” a 42-year-old man, one Nnamdi Okafor, from Amanachi community in Orsu local government area of Imo state, has been arrested by security operatives for allegedly sponsoring the “unknown gunmen” linked to the killings, burning of Police stations in the state as well as the Owerri correctional centre.
Vanguard in Owerri was told that Okafor, was nabbed at Aboha-Ohi around lifeline Assembly Owerri/Orlu road in Imo state.
Furthermore, Okafor has been on security surveillance over the said allegations that linked him (Okafor) to the activities of the hoodlums, killings and burning police stations in the state. Read more
Okoya emerges N-BA’s first Nigerian female president (ThisDay)
The immediate past Secretary of the Nigeria-Britain Association (N-BA), Abimbola Okoya has emerged as the first Nigerian female President of the Nigeria-Britain Association (N-BA).
This followed an election conducted during the 52nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the association, held over the weekend in Lagos.
Okoya who was unopposed at the elections would be taking over from the immediate past President of the association, Shola Tinubu, after successfully completing his tenure.
In his outgoing speech, Tinubu expressed pleasure in seeing a steady progress within the association and other fronts. Read more
Billie Eilish stuns in sexy lingerie for British Vogue Imotoshoot (PageSix)
It’s Billie Eilish as you’ve never seen her — and she says she loves her sexy feminine look.
British Vogue magazine’s latest edition features a cover shot of the “Bad Guy” singer with blond hair a la Marilyn Monroe and busting out of a pink and flesh-colored lingerie get-up.
“It’s all about what makes you feel good,” the Gen Z star told the mag — which described Eilish as a longtime fan of 1940s and ’50s pin-up sexpots and said the idea for the cover was hers.
“If you want to get surgery, go get surgery. If you want to wear a dress that somebody thinks that you look too big wearing, f–k it. If you feel like you look good, you look good,” said Eilish. Read more
3 killed, dozens injured after migrant-smuggling boat capsizes off California (RT)
At least three people have been killed and over two dozen injured after an apparent migrant-smuggling vessel capsized and broke into pieces after hitting a reef off San Diego, California.
The first distress call was received around 10am local time (5pm GMT), resulting in a massive multi-agency rescue operation, including the US Coast Guard, San Diego Fire and Police Departments, Harbor PD, and even Park Rangers. However, by the time rescuers arrived, the 40-foot (12-meter) vessel involved in the accident was already torn to pieces after hitting a reef just off the Cabrillo National Monument shore.
Three people were confirmed dead, while seven were rescued from the water and a total of 27 were transported to local hospitals. Authorities believe there were “around 30” people on board the vessel, and most of them managed to make it to shore on their own. Read more
Protests grow in South Korea over Japan’s Fukushima water plan (AlJazeera)
Seoul, South Korea – Lee Dong-ho, 73, has been fishing waters off South Korea’s southern coast near Japan for 40 years and his eldest son is now taking over the family business, their lifeblood.
Lee farms snapper and yellowtail, mackerel and anchovy, and runs a drying and processing plant.
“We are surrounded on three sides by the sea,” Lee, who lives in Dadae village on Geoje Island, told Al Jazeera.
South Korea has transformed its fishing industry over the past 30 years amid criticism of overfishing. Lee represents positive change as most of his business involves marine-fish farming – as opposed to open-water catching – which now makes up more than half of South Korea domestic seafood production. Read more
Will Smith reckons he’s in the ‘worst shape’ of his life as he shares photo of his body (Metro)
Will Smith has claimed he’s in the ‘worst shape’ of his life while revealing a brilliant photo of his body. The 52-year-old star looked proud as he posed shirtless in a pair of tight shorts and an unzipped jacket with a hint of a smile on his face as he had his arm raised, and seemed to be talking to someone behind the camera. He captioned the snap: ‘I’m gonna be real wit yall – I’m in the worst shape of my life.’ The actor – who famously got into incredible shape to play Muhammad Ali in 2001 biopic Ali – caught everyone’s eye with his post, with fans and famous friends flooding the comments with messages of support. Read more
Clinton warns of potential ‘huge consequences’ from Afghanistan withdrawal (NYPost)
Hillary Clinton on Sunday warned that the US could face “huge consequences” from President Biden’s decision to pull all US troops out of Afghanistan.
The former secretary of state was asked on CNN what she thought of Biden’s move to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.
“It’s one thing to pull out troops that have been supporting security in Afghanistan, supporting the Afghan military, leaving it pretty much to fend for itself, but we can’t afford to walk away from the consequences of that decision,” she said. Read more
India elections: Modi party defeated in West Bengal battleground (BBC)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party has failed to win a key state in elections held amid record Covid-19 deaths and cases.
The BJP targeted West Bengal heavily during campaigning but it was comfortably held by the incumbent, Mamata Banerjee, a fierce Modi critic.
Her win came as a surprise to political observers who noted how much time and money the BJP invested in the state.
Mr Modi was even accused of focusing on polls rather than the pandemic. Read more
Philippines foreign secretary issues not-so-diplomatic request to China amid maritime dispute (RT)
In a startling detour from diplomatic norms, Philippines Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has fired off an expletive-laced Twitter rant directed at China as the two countries lock horns over territorial claims.
On Monday, the Philippines issued a protest against the “belligerent” actions of Chinese vessels in waters claimed by Manila. But it appears that the country’s top diplomat felt the need to reiterate his government’s position – without the typical formalities.
“China, my friend, how politely can I put it? Let me see… O… GET THE F**K OUT. What are you doing to our friendship? You. Not us. We’re trying. You. You’re like an ugly oaf forcing your attentions on a handsome guy who wants to be a friend; not to father a Chinese province,” Locsin wrote in a highly unorthodox Twitter screed. Read more
Kamaru Usman delivers shocking response to Conor McGregor fight (Metro)
Kamaru Usman has warned he has seen nothing from Conor McGregor to suggest he can pose a threat to him at 170lbs, warning he might ‘take his life’ in the octagon. Usman made the fourth successful defence of his welterweight title at UFC 261 on Saturday with a savage knockout of Jorge Masvidal. In the aftermath of the victory, McGregor and Usman clashed on social media with ‘Notorious’ calling out the champion and accusing him of ‘stealing his shots’. McGregor will fight at lightweight on July 10 when he meets Dustin Poirier in their trilogy showdown but has campaigned at welterweight on three previous occasions – his wars with Nate Diaz in 2016 and a 40-second victory over Donald Cerrone in 2020. Read more
Arsenal’s Aubameyang hails medics after recovery from malaria (Vanguard)
Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has hailed the clubs medics for helping him recover from malaria in time for the gunners’ crunch Europa League Semi-final tie with Villarreal
The lethal forward who contracted Malaria while on international football duties with the Gabonese national team, recovered in time to play a starring role in the Gunners 2-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday.
Aubameyang registered a goal and assist as the Gunners took all three points against Newcastle, providing a massive boost for Arsenal who go into the second leg of the Europa League semi-final trailing 2-1 to Villarreal. Read more
Portugal superstar saves Andrea Pirlo and Juventus with late brace to keep Champions League chase alive (RT)
On the day their rivals Inter were crowned champions, Cristiano Ronaldo kept Juventus’ hopes of finishing in the top four alive by sinking Udinese with a late double that could have saved under-pressure manager Andrea Pirlo’s job.
Reports before kick off claimed that Pirlo could be fired if he failed to win at the Stadio Friuli, and Nahuel Molina’s goal after 10 minutes threatened to derail the visitors’ quest for a consolatory Champions League place, as well as the 2006 World Cup legend prospects of seeking a new employer by the turn of the week.
Argentina international Rodrigo De Paul caught the Old Lady napping with a quick free-kick which sent compatriot Molina down the right flank, unleashing a vicious strike that sneaked past Wojciech Szczesny despite the Poland goalkeeper managed to apply a touch to it. Read more
Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers Bangalore off after Covid-19 tests (BBC)
The Indian Premier League match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday has been postponed after two KKR players tested positive for Covid-19.
Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier have tested positive, while the rest of Eoin Morgan’s KKR team tested negative.
The match was scheduled to start at 15:00 BST in Ahmedabad.
Over the weekend, India recorded its highest daily coronavirus death toll since the pandemic began. Read more
When will Manchester United vs Liverpool match now take place? (Metro)
Manchester United’s postponed match against Liverpool has created a scheduling nightmare for the Premier League with the Red Devils having no free midweeks between now and the end of the season. Sunday’s massive clash between the two teams was called off after large-scale protests against the Glazer family from United fans outside Old Trafford, with supporters managing to evade security and storm the pitch just hours before kick-off. With United needing to play six matches – both in Europe and domestically – between now and the end of the Premier League season, fitting in the rearranged Liverpool game will be a big scheduling challenge. Read more
Boxer Felix Verdejo turns himself in after pregnant lover found dead (NYPost)
Boxer Félix Verdejo turned himself in to federal authorities in Puerto Rico on Sunday to face charges in the disappearance and death of his 27-year-old pregnant girlfriend, officials said.
Verdejo, 27, is accused of abducting Keishla Rodríguez and killing her by throwing her off of a bridge in San Juan at around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, according to a criminal complaint filed by the FBI.
Authorities allege that Verdejo injected his lover with a syringe containing an unidentified substance — before binding her arms and feet with wire and tying a heavy block to her.The fighter allegedly shot at Rodríguez’s body in the water as he stood on the bridge. Read more