Fuel shortage hits Lagos as scarcity bites harder in Abuja, Oyo (Vanguard)
There were indications, weekend, that the fuel shortage noticed in Lagos and its environs would worsen, as independent marketers said they have not been supplied for days.
An investigation by Vanguard showed that the shortage was first noticed on Saturday as some filling stations refused to sell the product on the outskirts of Lagos.
Yesterday, the scarcity spread to the metropolis, with only a few major marketers selling, while the outlets of many independent marketers remained shut.
In a telephone interview with Vanguard, yesterday, National Operations Controller, IPMAN, Mr. Mike Osatuyi, attributed the present scarcity to inadequate supply, explaining that his members had not been getting supplies in the past three days. Read more
Lagos intensifies campaign against domestic, sexual violence, inducts members of Kings Club (Guardian)
Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA) in the continuous campaign against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), has inducted members into ‘KINGS CLUB’ across Lagos.
The state Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, who performed the induction, at Oregun road Ikeja, said it has become a call for all and that Nigerians have a role to play to stop SGBV.
“The kings club initiative is essential for the re-orientation of young students and their peers to avoid violence in all forms, particularly bullying and body shaming. This will also encourage the young students to speak up and report to the nearest authority in the case of acts of inappropriate behaviour,” he said. Read more
Tinubu returns to Lagos, seeks massive LG votes, hoodlums attack convoy (Punch)
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has expressed his appreciation for the support of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; his Deputy, Obafemi Hamzat; and the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu.
The former Lagos State governor stated this on Sunday during his visit to the monarch on arrival in Lagos after clinching the APC presidential ticket for the 2023 general elections.
Tinubu also urged the local government councillors and chairmen to mobilise people to vote during the upcoming 2023 general elections.
He said, “I want to say an open thank you to the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and his Deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, for their hard work and loyalty. Without a strong backup, you can’t have a successful leader and you cannot leave your home or office. I thank God for Lagos and the process of decision that brought these two men to lead the state. It feels happy to be back home. Read more
We’ve matched words with achievements, says Sanwo-Olu (Guardian)
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, said that despite all the challenges faced by his administration, he was able to match words with achievements, especially in the implementation of T.H.E.M.E.S. agenda and other things he promised Lagosians three years ago.
He said that his administration had matched words with achievements in governance in the past three years.
Sanwo-Olu stated this, yesterday, during the third-anniversary thanksgiving service of his administration with the theme, “O God our help in ages past,” held at the Chapel of Christ the Light, Alausa, Ikeja.
The governor, who was represented by his wife, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, said he was grateful for the mercies, protection, wisdom and understanding of God Almighty that assisted in the steering of his administration in the last three years. Read more
3 Ogun fraudsters who target Lagos passengers arrested (Tribune)
Three members of a syndicate who defrauded residents of different parts of Lagos posing as passengers and driver have been arrested by the operatives of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps and police in the state.
Members of the gang reside in Ogun State but operate in Lagos where they felt that their faces might not be easily recognised.
The Nigerian Tribune gathered that the modus operandi of the gang is to go to any part of the state, pick unsuspecting passengers and draw them into their conversation before defrauding them.
It was also gathered that the gang members usually pretend as if they are strangers and one of them will convince the passenger to give their plan a trial.
The image-maker in charge of the state police command, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest of the suspects to the Nigerian Tribune in a statement he signed on Saturday. Read more
Ekiti Decides: South West Govs congratulate Oyebanji, APC, describe victory as symbolic (Vanguard)
The Chairman of the Southwest Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has described the victory of the All Progressive Congress governorship candidate, Biodun Oyebanji as a testament to the acceptability of the party and performance of the incumbent, Kayode Fayemi, in the state.
Akeredolu in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde in Akure, saluted the people of Ekiti State over the smooth conduct of yesterday’s governorship election.
He particularly congratulated the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and winner of the election, Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji.
“I congratulate my brother, Biodun Oyebanji Abayomi on this victory. I rejoice with our great party, the APC. I salute the people of Ekiti for their resilience and peaceful conduct. Read more
Ekiti gov election: APC, PDP clash over vote-buying, Oni’s camp mulls legal action (Punch)
The All Progressives Congress on Sunday took a swipe at the opposition Peoples Democratic Party over the result of Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State.
The party, in a statement in Abuja by its National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, said Nigerians were not deceived by PDP’s claim of being on a rescue mission in the country.
The PDP spokesman, Debo Ologunagba, who responded to Morka’s statement, in an interview with The PUNCH, said the APC heavily induced the electorate whom it had pauperised.
But PDP governorship candidate, Bisi Kolawole, in a statement on Sunday, congratulated the APC standard-bearer, Biodun Oyebanji, who won the governorship election, urging him to take urgent actions to redress the plights of the people. Read more
BBNaija Tega mourns dad on Father’s Day (Punch)
Reality TV star, Tega Dominic, has mourned her dad, Senator Bassey Ekpenyong, stating that he would’ve disowned her by now if he were still alive.
In commemoration of this year’s Father’s Day celebration, Tega shared a video of her father, telling him how much she missed him.
The Big Brother Naija season 6 ex-housemate noted that her father’s death shook her entire life.
She captioned the video, “I decided to leave the sound on so I can feel and hear your voice once more. Read more
Police arrest couple for chaining 7-year-old son’s leg with padlock (Sun)
The Imo State police command has arrested one Mr Chimezie Nwosu and his wife, Victoria for maltreating their 7-year-old son, Kelechi Nwosu, whose leg was chained and locked with a big padlock to prevent him from moving around.
Spokesperson of the State police, Michael Abattam said men of the command had acted on the report of a good Samaritan of the maltreatment of Kelechi and his other elder brother, Destiny, 11, and Chinemerie, 9, by their stepmother, Victoria, residing at World Bank, Owerri.
A viral video from social media had earlier captured the children being punished by their stepmother while their father showed no concern for their plight at the weekend.
The voice on the video also claimed that the children’s stepmother responsible for chaining Chimezie has been starving them and making them wash clothes while her own children go to school. Read more
French elections: Macron loses majority as French vote fragments (BBC)
President Macron has fallen well short of winning the 289 he needed to keep control of the Assembly
Less than two months after he was re-elected president, Emmanuel Macron has lost control of the French National Assembly following a strong performance by a left alliance and the far right.
He had called on voters to deliver a solid majority.
But his centrist coalition lost dozens of seats in an election that has left French politics fragmented.
The prime minister he had only recently appointed, Elisabeth Borne, said the situation was unprecedented.
A storm hit Paris as she returned to her Matignon residence from a long meeting at the presidential Élysée palace to say that modern France had never seen a National Assembly like this one. Read more
Crash director and James Bond screenwriter Paul Haggis ‘arrested in Italy on suspicion of sexual assault’ (Metro)
Filmmaker Paul Haggis has reportedly been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault in Italy.
The 69-year-old, who is best known for directing the Oscar-winning film Crash and writing the script for James Bond movie Casino Royale, was allegedly detained on Sunday, Italian news media has reported.
Haggis was in Italy to attend a film festival that is set to begin in the tourist town of Ostuni, Puglia on Tuesday.
Italian publications and agencies such as LaPresse are said to have released statements from prosecutors in the nearby city of Brindisi, stating how they were investigating allegations from a ‘young foreign woman’ who claims she was forced to have ‘non-consensual’ sexual relations over two days. Read more
Billie Eilish felt ‘really vulnerable’ singing about abuse on latest album (RTE)
Billie Eilish has said she felt “really vulnerable” singing about her experience of abuse.
The multi-award-winning singer, 20, used her last album Happier Than Ever and its single Your Power to address the issue, drawing on her own and other people’s stories in the lyrics.
Talking to The Sunday Times ahead of her headline set at Glastonbury on Friday, Eilish spoke about the challenge of facing such a negative time in her life.
She said: “It’s really vulnerable to be putting yourself out there in that way. Read more
Drake smashes Apple Music record Only One Hour after “Honestly, Nevermind” release (HipHopDX)
Drake has broken yet another streaming record.
Drake’s new album, Honestly, Nevermind, is proving to be quite controversial. Fans and peers alike are divided on the record. Questlove has called the project a “gift,” while some of the backlash from fans got so loud Drake himself had to address it.
But the mixed response to Honestly, Nevermind has not stopped it from breaking streaming records. Within an hour of dropping, the album shattered the record for first-day streams worldwide for a dance album on Apple Music, according to a press release.
Drake is no stranger to achieving new streaming heights. Just last year he broke the same record for an album of any genre with Certified Lover Boy, which was replacing the record set by another one of his albums, 2018’s Scorpion. The Toronto rapper also has Apple Music’s record for biggest song by first-day streams worldwide with CLB’s “Girls Want Girls,” which featured Lil Baby.
Father’s Day: Shriya Pilgaonkar opens up on her bond with dad Sachin Pilgaonkar (Outlook)
The world is celebrating Father’s Day today, which falls on every 3rd Sunday of June. Actress Shriya Pilgaonkar, daughter of celebrity couple Sachin Pilgaonkar and Supriya Pilgaonkar, opens up about her special bond with her father and how he has always been a pillar of strength.
“My father is my friend, my confidant, my mentor. He is somebody that puts so much love, energy, and sincerity into everything he does. He has always been my inspiration. He is also an actor and I have seen him carry himself with so much grace, and to me, he truly is my inspiration. I am so grateful that I share an honest and open relationship with my father where I can discuss everything with him and he always told me that I should never stop learning. Also, he keeps telling me that the best way to be different is to be myself. So, it’s wonderful to have a father who is constantly encouraging and supportive,” says Shriya Pilgaonkar.
Talking about following in her parent’s footsteps in the film industry, she says, “My parents, both of them, and my father of course also has always been supportive and encouraged me to explore whatever I want. I think for them the most important thing is that I find happiness in everything I do. My father is the sort of person who will find and seek joy in the smallest of things and he will always make sure that he is positive. He’s in a good state of mind always to take on everything that life throws at him, in his way. He takes up everything as a challenge and to me, that kind attitude is something that I feel that I’ve also got from him.”
“When I decided to pursue acting, my father was very encouraging and he said to me just focus on your work in building yourself as an actor and craft and everything else will follow. Especially when it comes to acting things are so uncertain and there will be good days and bad days, and it was very important for him to also tell me that. He said, that don’t just be an actor, be a happy actor and that is the most important thing,” she adds. Read more
The Flash’s Carlos Valdes joins Good Girls star in new musical series (DigitalSpy)
The Flash’s Carlos Valdes will star opposite Parenthood and Good Girls actress Mae Whitman in Hulu’s forthcoming musical rom-com show Up Here.
Valdes, who is well-known for his role in The CW superhero show and, not long ago co-starred in Starz’s Gaslit, will play Miguel in the original musical from Disney Television Studios’ 20th Television and Old 320 Sycamore Productions.
Set in New York City in 1999, the eight-episode series follows one ordinary couple (played by Valdes and Whitman) as they develop an attraction towards one another “and discover that the single greatest obstacle to finding happiness together might just be themselves”, according to the official logline via TV Line.
They are forced to navigate the “treacherous world of memories, obsessions, fears and fantasies that live inside their heads”. Read more
Troop morale a concern as NATO chief warns Ukraine war could last ‘years’ (HuffPost)
Four months of brutal fighting in Ukraine appear to be straining the morale of troops on both sides, prompting desertions and rebellion against officers’ orders, British defense officials said Sunday. NATO’s chief warned the war could drag on for “years.”
“Combat units from both sides are committed to intense combat in the Donbas and are likely experiencing variable morale,” Britain’s defense ministry said in its daily assessment of the war.
“Ukrainian forces have likely suffered desertions in recent weeks,” the assessment said, but added that “Russian morale highly likely remains especially troubled.”
It said “cases of whole Russian units refusing orders and armed stand-offs between officers and their troops continue to occur.” Read more
Adesanya most ‘creative’ champion in UFC – Smith (Punch)
UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has been hailed by ex-fighter, Michael Bisping and MMA fighter Anthony Smith as the most creative champion in the sport right now.
Since making his debut in 2018, ‘The Last Stylebender’ has looked better each time he’s stepped into the octagon and is still undefeated at the middleweight. He first captured the interim title in the Fight of the Year winner against Kelvin Gastelum in 2019. ‘Izzy’ then defeated Robert Whittaker and unified the titles that same year.
He has successfully defended his title four times since. On an otherwise perfect record for Adesanya (22-1), his only loss was during his unsuccessful step up to light heavyweight, losing to then-champion Jan Blachowicz.
On the latest episode of the Believe You Me podcast, Anthony Smith commended the 32-year-old for his unpredictability and creativity in the octagon. Read more
Usyk-Joshua heavyweight rematch set for August 20 in Saudi Arabia (Guardian)
World heavyweight boxing champion Oleksandr Usyk will defend his titles in a rematch with Britain’s Anthony Joshua in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on August 20, promoters announced Sunday.
Ukraine’s Usyk defeated then WBA, IBF and WBO champion Joshua by a unanimous decision in London in September last year.
“Champion Oleksandr Usyk will put his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO world titles on the line against Anthony Joshua in the coastal city of Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Saturday, August 20,” said a statement issued by promoters Matchroom Boxing. Read more
NPFL: Eunisell-backed Rivers Utd on verge of history (Independent)
Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt are on the verge of making history in the Nigerian Professional Football league (NPFL).
The club took a giant leap on penultimate Sunday towards landing its first NPFL title with a 2-1 win over visiting Abia Warriors while they also forced continental chasing Rangers International to a goalless draw at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu on Saturday. NPFL title would be the club’s first since Sharks FC and Dolphins FC merged in 2016 to form the new club.
Rivers United is sponsored by Eunisell Limited, a specialty chemical, and oil and gas production engineering solutions company in West Africa for the past seven years.
With four games left to play in the 2021/2022 NPFL season, the Stanley Eguma-led side currently tops the table with 73 points and are a massive 10 points ahead of the closest challenger, Plateau United of Jos. Read more
Raheem Sterling: Chelsea target Manchester City forward (BBC)
Chelsea are targeting Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling as their major summer signing.
Sterling’s Manchester City future is in doubt as he enters the final 12 months of his contract.
The England forward, 27, has attracted interest from major clubs overseas but Chelsea believe they can persuade him to remain in the Premier League.
The Blues would be an obvious attraction for the London-born player, given they are in the Champions League. Read more
Zidane: I’m not proud of Materazzi headbutt in 2006 World Cup final (FootballItalia)
Former France midfielder Zinedine Zidane addressed the infamous headbutt he gave Italy defender Marco Materazzi in 2006 World Cup Final: I’m not proud of it.
The former Juventus star was sent off in extra time during the clash after he headbutted Materazzi in the chest in what was his last-ever act as a professional because he retired from football after the match.
The score was 1-1 at the time at Italy won on penalties in Berlin to claim their fourth World Cup.
Speaking to Telefoot in a show ahead of his 50th birthday on June 23, he said of the incident: “I’m not at all proud of what I did but it’s part of it’s part of my past.” Read more
Matteo Berrettini fights back tears as he targets new Wimbledon goal after winning Queen’s (Express)
Matteo Berrettini admitted he was trying not to cry after successfully defending his Queen’s title from last year with a straight-sets win over Filip Krajinovic. The No 2 seed only just returned to the Tour last week after three months out due to a hand injury.
He beat Andy Murray in his first tournament back to win the Stuttgart Open and took that form into Queen’s this week. Berrettini beat Cameron Norrie in last year’s final and faced a different test this time around against Krajinovic.
But the Serbian was no match for Berrettini as he strolled to victory to keep up his perfect grasscourt record this year. Berrettini now joins illustrious company in defending his Queen’s title and the 26-year-old joked: “I forgot how heavy it [the trophy] was”.
But he was also clearly emotional as he stood up on the court holding his trophy as he fought back the tears. Read more
Mercedes Team principal Wolff slams rivals in car bouncing row ahead of Canadian grand prix (Eurosport)
Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff has labelled rivals ‘pitiful’ in row over bouncing cars.
In a meeting with other team principals on Saturday at the Canadian Grand Prix, Wolff clashed with Red Bull’s Christian Horner and Ferrari’s Mattia Binotto.
The trio are at odds over a controversial FIA intervention following the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as Horner believes it is wrong to penalise teams that have managed to control both porpoising and bouncing.
Mercedes also regard Binotto to have made procedural objections to attempts that could see changes made to cars at this stage. Read more