How herdsmen killed my fiancé, kidnapped me – Oyo female farmer (Punch)
A businesswoman, Modupeoluwa Oyetoso, has been mourning the death of her fiancé, who was shot by suspected herdsmen at the Lanlete area of the Ibarapa East Local Government Area of Oyo State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the lovers were returning from the farm when the four suspects waylaid them around 5 pm.
While the fiancé was attempting to manoeuvre his way to escape the attack, one of the gunmen reportedly shot him.
“The bullet hit my fiancé at the back of his head. I didn’t know what to do, as the blood was rushing out of his head. I thought I could save him, so I attempted applying pressure to stop the blood, but I couldn’t do it because the car, which was still in motion, was about to hit a tree,” Oyetoso said during an interview with @twinklefiles on Youtube. Read more
Council, residents lock horns over siting of cemetery in Ejigbo (Guardian)
Residents are still up in arms against the Ejigbo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) authorities over plans to site a cemetery in Morning Star Street, Pipeline area of Ejigbo, Lagos State. Some residents, last Thursday, staged a peaceful protest at the council secretariat to reject the move.
According to the residents, the portion of land earmarked for the project in the densely populated area, which is currently being used as football pitch, could be converted to schools or hospitals and not a burial ground, since the council’s primary healthcare centre and public school is far from the community. Read more
UNILAG security presence heightens as Soyombo resumes (Punch)
Security in and around the University of Lagos Senate building and council office was beefed up on Monday as the acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Omololu Soyombo, addresses workers of the university.
Soyombo, solicited the support of the workers, adding that he had resumed effectively as the acting vice chancellor.
“I have resumed effectively as the VC and I hereby solicit the support of every member of staff, so we can work together and discharge our duties peacefully for the interest and progress of UNILAG,” he said. Read more
Club donates land to build school in Ikorodu (Guardian)
Members of the Golden Dames Club of Ikorodu has donated an acre of land at Oloye Estate, Eruwen, Ikorodu, to the community to erect a public secondary school.
At the handover of deed of gift on the land, president of the club, Mrs Oluwagbemiga Temidayo Benson, said: “We observed that the closest secondary school is about 10km away. In line with our club’s objective of service to humanity, we decided to gift the land to build a school in the community.”
She disclosed that a secondary school in the estate would reduce dangers children are exposed to while enduring travels from their homes to far distant locations. “We enjoin all stakeholders to team up to ensure that the public secondary school is built,” she added. Read more
Chinese loan: Terms dangerous, say Reps as FG confirms sovereignty clause (Punch)
The House of Representatives on Monday faulted the sovereignty clause in Nigeria’s loan agreement with China, saying it was dangerous.
The Chairman of the House Committee on Treaties, Protocols and Agreements, Nicholas Ossai, who stated this in Abuja at the investigative hearing on external loans and commercial agreements, said Nigeria’s loan agreement with the Asian country was being governed by Chinese laws.
He said despite the fact that the Federal Government in 2014 signed an Executive Order providing guidelines on waiver of sovereign immunity during loan and commercial agreement negotiations, Nigerian officials had been violating the order. Read more
20 years after, Ogun community gets transformer (Guardian)
After 20 years, residents of Larufi community in Remo North Local Government area of Ogun State have been provided with 500KVA transformer to end their years of suffering. The transformer was provided by the of Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA).
While playing host to the officials of the agency in his palace in Ode-Remo, the Alaye Ode of Ode-Remo, Oba Amidu Osho expressed gratitude to the state government and World Bank for the gesture. He revealed that the community had suffered neglect and experienced slow pace of economic development due to lack of basic infrastructure.
He said: “Initially, people did not believe the execution of the project would see the light of the day. We have been at the mercy of regular fueling of generators for the past years. Read more
Mobile Courts convict 131 erring drivers in Plateau, Benue, Nasarawa (Vanguard)
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) RS4 Command, Jos, says no fewer than 131 erring drivers have been convicted by mobile courts for various traffic offences in Plateau, Benue and Nasarawa between July 23 and Aug. 14.
Dr Kayode Olagunju, the Zonal Commanding Officer in charge of the three states, made this known on Monday.
Olagunju, in a statement by Mr Terry Hoomlong, Acting Zonal Public Education Officer, however, cautioned road users against reckless driving during the forthcoming “Ember Months” to prevent all avoidable road traffic crashes and fatalities.
“All motorists should be safety conscious as we enter the last quarter of the year known as Ember Months. Read more
Burna Boy gets ‘joy’ from Black Lives Matter movement (Metro)
Burna Boy says fame has allowed him to see ‘injustice’ around the globe he would otherwise have been blind to.
The Nigerian singer’s star has rocketed after Stormzy, Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé and Sam Smith pinched him for collaborations.
And the 29-year-old says chart success has opened his eyes to the suffering of others. ‘If I hadn’t become this global, I wouldn’t have been able to see first-hand the marginalisation, injustice and reality outside of my constituency,’ he said. But he is grateful movements such as Black Lives Matter are fast-tracking the fight against racism. ‘It is something that brings me so much joy to see, because this is something that couldn’t have been accomplished in 20 or 30 years,’ said the My Oasis singer.
‘It’s all fallen into place this year. It brings hope that we’re not hopeless people,’ he told GQ Hype. Read more
Sons accuse fashion boss Nygard of paying ‘known sex worker’ to rape them as teens (CBC)
Two of Peter Nygard’s sons launched a new lawsuit filed Sunday, saying their fashion executive father set them up to be raped by his girlfriend — a “known sex worker” — when they were teens.
Nygard, 79, is a Winnipeg-based clothing manufacturer. His companies, in the past, were worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Dozens of women have recently come forward alleging he raped them.
The civil lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. It names three of Nygard’s companies. His sons, who are not identified, are seeking an undisclosed amount of damages and have requested a jury trial. Read more
Louisiana man goes from hospital security guard to medical student (BBC)
A former security guard has returned to the hospital where he used to work, but this time as a medical student.
Eleven years ago, Russell Ledet, 34, was a security guard at Baton Rouge General Medical Center, studying chemistry on flashcards on his shift.
Now, the ex-Navy intelligence officer has a PhD and is working towards a joint MD/MBA at Tulane University in his home-state of Louisiana.
“It’s a dream come true,” he told the BBC.
His story of full-circle success has been making headlines, about a year after he rose to national attention for organising a photo of 15 black med students in front of the former slave quarters at the Whitney Plantation, a slavery museum in Louisiana. Read more
England’s last major coal mine shuts down as renewable power takes over (Metro)
Environmental groups have welcomed the news that England’s last major coal mine is shutting down, but some say it will make the country more reliant on Russia. Banks Mining, which employs 250 people, announced it is ceasing operations at the Bradley Mine in County Durham. The closure of the open cast pit, which produces around 150,000 tonnes of coal a year, marks the end of an era for British industry. It comes after the company was refused permission to extend the site, which was blockaded early this year by Extinction Rebellion protesters. Lewis Stokes, community relations manager for Banks, said: ‘We hate having to make people redundant. Read more
Bill Morneau: Canada finance minister quits amid charity scandal (CBC)
Bill Morneau has announced his resignation as finance minister, and will also step down as the MP for Toronto Centre, after meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier Monday.
“I met with the prime minister today to inform him that I did not plan to run again in the next federal election,” Morneau told reporters Monday evening. “It has never been my plan to run for more than two federal election cycles.”
Both Morneau and Trudeau are being investigated by Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion after the Liberal government gave WE Charity a $43.53-million contract to administer a $900-million student grant program despite both their families having close ties to the charity. Read more
Ex-CIA officer charged with spying for China (CBC)
A former CIA officer and contract linguist for the FBI has been charged with spying for China, including by disclosing secret tradecraft and information on sources to intelligence officers, according to court documents unsealed Monday.
Alexander Yuk Ching Ma, 67, was arrested last week in a scheme that involved a relative who had also worked for the
CIA, the U.S. Justice Department said on Monday.
After an undercover operation, prosecutors say he accepted an envelope with $2,000 US in exchange for information about his past espionage activities. He told a law enforcement officer who was posing as a Chinese intelligence officer that he wanted to see the “motherland” succeed, prosecutors said. Read more
Ellen DeGeneres: 3 producers fired over ‘toxic workplace’ claims (BBC)
Three top producers of the Ellen DeGeneres Show have been fired amid allegations of misconduct and sexual harassment.
Ms DeGeneres announced the overhaul in a video meeting with staff, and said an internal investigation was under way.
In a message to staff she said she was “so sorry for what this has become,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The departures follow investigations by journalists into claims of bullying and intimidation on set. Read more
Thousands pack into water park in Wuhan for post-lockdown music festival (Metro)
Pictures show thousands of music fans crammed together at a pool party in the city of Wuhan over the weekend.
Partygoers in the Chinese city, where coronavirus first emerged late last year, packed out the popular Wuhan Maya Beach Water Park and enjoyed DJ sessions as well as swimming and pool games.
The water park reopened in June, after being closed due to the city’s strict 76-day lockdown. Local media reports that capacity at the park is currently capped at 50%. Read more
Anthony Joshua worried for Dillian Whyte in showdown with Alexander Povetkin, reveals Eddie Hearn (Metro)
Anthony Joshua is concerned Alexander Povetkin will be a ‘banana skin’ for Dillian Whyte ahead of this weekend’s heavyweight clash.
Whyte puts his WBC mandatory position on the line against the Russian veteran, who was knocked out by Joshua in their 2018 fight at Wembley. Joshua also has a win over Whyte and is eyeing a rematch with his bitter rival in the near future and the British duo’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has now revealed AJ’s prediction for the clash between his former opponents. ‘I spoke to AJ who doesn’t like this fight for Whyte,’ Hearn told Sky Sports. Read more
Lukaku double helps Inter thrash Shakhtar to reach Europa final (BBC)
Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez both scored twice as Inter Milan hammered Shakhtar Donetsk in Dusseldorf to set up a Europa League final showdown with Sevilla.
Martinez struck his first in the 19th minute, heading in from Nicolo Barella’s cross after the midfielder had been gifted possession from a dire attempted clearance by Shakhtar goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov.
Danilo D’Ambrosio rose highest in the area to head home Marcelo Brozovic’s corner just after the hour before Martinez side-footed in his second to seal the win and Lukaku came to the party with two neat finishes of his own. Read more
Jamal Murray ignites Nuggets past Jazz in OT as NBA bubble playoffs begin (CBC)
Jamal Murray showed up for his post-game Zoom call wearing a shirt featuring the image of boxing great Muhammad Ali.
Almost fitting, given the Denver Nuggets withstood blow after blow from Donovan Mitchell before landing the knockout punch.
Murray scored 10 of his 36 points in overtime on a day Mitchell erupted for a Jazz playoff-record 57 points and the Nuggets beat Utah 135-125 on Monday in Game 1 of their first-round series. Read more
David Silva: Real Sociedad sign former Manchester City playmaker (BBC)
Former Manchester City playmaker David Silva has joined La Liga side Real Sociedad for two seasons.
The Spaniard’s 10-year spell at City came to an end after Saturday’s Champions League defeat by Lyon.
Signed from Valencia in 2010, the midfielder, 34, made 436 appearances and helped City win 14 trophies.
Italian side Lazio were reported to have offered former Spain international Silva a three-year contract. but he joins Real Sociedad on a free transfer. Read more
Barcelona officially sack Quique Setien as they close in on Ronald Koeman (Metro)
Barcelona have confirmed the dismissal of Quique Setien as the club’s head coach after a lengthy board meeting on Monday, with Holland manager Ronald Koeman set to replace him.
The Catalan side ended the 2019/20 season in miserable fashion despite Setien having taken over from Ernesto Valverde in January with the side in top spot in La Liga.
But they had to settle for second place, with Real Madrid finishing five points clear of their Clasico rivals, and there were immediately calls for ‘change’ from Barca’s star players after losing their crown. Read more
Champions League: One day we’ll break this quarter-final gap – Guardiola (Vanguard)
Pep Guardiola admitted Manchester City shot themselves in the foot once more in the Champions League after crashing out in the quarter-finals for the third straight season with a shock 3-1 defeat to Lyon in Lisbon.
A familiar cocktail of defensive errors, missed chances and VAR controversy did for Guardiola’s side with the Catalan coach also under fire for another surprise team selection in the knockout stages. Read more