Hypertensive man: Nigerians outraged, police go after LASTMAmen (Punch)
The Lagos State Police Command has demanded the release of two officers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority over their involvement in an incident which led to the death of a hypertensive Bureau De Change operator, Modibo Usman.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, who disclosed this to PUNCH Metro on Monday, stated that investigations were ongoing into the incident.
PUNCH Metro had reported on Monday that Modibo was being conveyed by his son, Mustapha, to the Foremost Radiology Consultant Hospital on Ogunlana Drive, Surulere, to obtain a test result for his daughter, Ummu.
Mustapha said they were also to see his father’s doctor in the Lekki area of the state on the same day. Read more
Couple remanded for assaulting policemen in Lagos (DailyTrust)
A Lagos mobile court sitting in Oshodi has remanded a man and his wife, Mr and Mrs Clinton Ayohami, in the Kirikiri Custodial Centre for assaulting policemen on a stop-and-search duty
The couple, driving in a Mercedes Benz, were said to have attacked the policemen at Ipaja for stopping their vehicle. Read more
FG gets N16b tax credit for Lagos-Badagry Expressway (Punch)
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Monday, declared that no state could give the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing an ultimatum concerning the construction of a federal road project.
Fashola disclosed this while reacting to the ultimatum issued the FMWH by the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, as regards fixing the Sango/Ota-Abeokuta.
The minister, who spoke at the headquarters of the works ministry while hosting a delegation from PUNCH Newspapers, led by The PUNCH Editor, Dayo Oketola, also revealed that the Federal Government had got N16bn tax credit for the construction of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway.
Sunday PUNCH reported that the Ogun State governor gave the Federal Government two weeks to fix the Sango/Ota-Abeokuta road, adding that failure to do so would make his administration take over reconstruction of the road.
Lagos workers ready for solidarity protest — NLC (Vanguard)
THE Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, said, yesterday, that it was ready for the two days nationwide protest, beginning today, in solidarity with the striking university workers.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU; Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU; the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, have been on strike for five months over unresolved issues with the Federal Government.
Briefing after a stakeholders’ meeting at the NLC secretariat, Chairman of the NLC, Lagos State Council, Mrs Funmi Sessi, said: “We will converge as early as 6:30 a.m. at Ikeja and take off by 7.00 a.m. to deliver a letter to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in Alausa. Read more
Ogun declares work-free day for PVC registration (Guardian)
The Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, has declared Tuesday, July 26 a work-free day for all workers in the state to go and register for their Permanent Voters Registration (PVC) ahead of the 2023 general elections.
This was announced in a statement by the governor’s spokesman, Kunle Somorin, on Sunday.
Abiodun said, the “one-day public holiday is to provide a window for all workers in the state, who have either lost their cards, not registered or who might need to travel to their wards, local government areas and constituencies to perfect their Permanent Voters Registration or transfer their cards, where necessary, to enable them to participate in the next general elections”.
He added that as an inclusive and accountable government the role of PVCs to the citizens cannot be “overemphasised”. Read more
NLC solidarity rally holds today, police warn hoodlums (Punch)
The police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps will deploy personnel in critical infrastructure and facilities in response to the nationwide protest organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress in solidarity with the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities taking place on Tuesday (today).
As security agencies moved to deploy their men and officers, the Nigeria Labour Congress on Monday directed workers in state capitals and Abuja to join the protest.
A top source at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, confirmed to The PUNCH on Monday that police operatives would be deployed in all protest venues nationwide to prevent a security breach or attack on the participants by thugs.
The police source said, “Of course, we will deploy our men; that is standard procedure. Our duty is to ensure the safety of lives and property during any public protest or rally. We can’t stop the unions or other Nigerians from holding rallies or peaceful protests.’’ Read more
ICPC arraigns deputy high court registrar over fraud (Guardian)
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned a Deputy Chief Registrar of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Nkem Apollonia Mba, for alleged involvement in fraudulent activities.
The Deputy Chief Registrar was arraigned on a three-count charge before the state Federal High Court 12, Justice Leteem Nyordee, for offences bordering on abuse of office and corrupt demand of gratification by a public officer.
One of the counts revealed that Mba received a kickback of N500,000 through her bank account from the purchase of Automotive Gas Oil popularly known as diesel and other products.
She however argued that the money was her two percent entitlement according to Order 16 of the Admiralty Jurisdiction (Procedure Rule) 2011.
The court heard that her offence contravened Section 10 and 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, and is punishable under relevant sections of the same Act. Read more
ASUU protest: OAU, ABU students’ unions, back NLC (Sun)
The nationwide protest declared by the Nigerian Labour Congress has been well embraced by students, workers and right groups within the country.
The NLC has slated the protest for Tuesday, July 26 and Wednesday, July 27, 2022, in solidarity with the Academic Staff Union of Universities that has been on strike since February 14, 2022 over what it called the alleged failure of the Federal Government to honour the agreement it had with the union.
It called on students across the country to join the nationwide protest of the NLC.
“Nigeria students should get set to fight this educational oppression to a logical conclusion. Read more
Igbo group explains support for Tinubu’s presidency (Guardian)
As the 2023 polls draw nearer, an Ndigbo group under the aegis of Omaluegwuoku Progressive Initiative (OPI) have mapped out strategies aimed at ensuring victory for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the all Progressives Congress (APC).
The group led by Ginika Tor, who spoke during the unveiling of ‘Igbo kwenu 4 Asiwaju,’ in Lagos, stated that plans have been made to tour the six geo-political zones of the country to canvass support of Ndigbo for Tinubu.
Tor, a commissioner in the federal character commission, argued that the initiative was borne out of the need to bring Ndigbo on board the Asiwaju presidential project ahead of the 2023 polls.
She further enjoined Ndigbo to critically consider the personal qualities and experience of Asiwaju and his running mate, Kashim Shettima, who have distinguished themselves in the governance of the country. Read more
Kendrick Lamar reduces security guard to tears during live performance (Metro)
After stealing the show at Glastonbury a month ago, Kendrick Lamar is now busy moving security guards to tears.
The Compton rapper is currently on his Big Steppers tour, which comes to the UK and Ireland in November, and he’s clearly having a big impact already.
Fans were recording the music star, 35, while he performed hit song Love at Houston’s Toyota Center, when they noticed a man weeping just off-stage.
In the video, the security guard can be seen wiping away the tears while quietly singing and moving along to the song from Kendrick’s 2017 album Damn. Read more
Pope sorry for ‘evil’ abuse at Canadian schools (BBC)
In his first public remarks in Canada, Pope Francis has asked indigenous residential school survivors for forgiveness.
“I am deeply sorry,” the Pope said on the grounds of a former residential school in Maskwacis, near Edmonton.
He said his apology is a first step, and that a “serious investigation” into abuses must occur to foster healing.
The pontiff is in Canada to apologise for the Church’s role in schools meant to assimilate indigenous children.
The government-funded schools were part of a policy meant to destroy indigenous cultures and languages. Read more
Liz Trus and Rishi Sunak terrify viewers with awkward video before speaking at BBC TV debate (Metro)
An opening shot of Liz Trus and Rishi Sunak looking directly down the lens of the camera before kicking off their latest TV debate is giving viewers nightmares.
The BBC held a live televised head-to-head on Monday night as the duo continue the race to become Britain’s next Prime Minister.
But before the event got underway, the programme began with a scary video of the pair standing like statues as journalist and news anchor Sophie Raworth introduced them.
‘In just six weeks’ time, one of them will be moving into Number 10 Downing Street,’ Sophie said, while the camera zoomed in on both Trus and Sunak who refrained from moving.
Viewers were disturbed by the scenes, and rushed to social media with one writing: ‘That opening shot is the stuff of nightmares.’ Read more
‘Coffee Shop’, a new serial set to premiere in August (MyJoy)
The Ghanaian Movie Industry is set to witness a new dawn as more creative minds are showcasing their artistic works in the production of intriguing films.
InGenius Africa with GRC Concepts will in August 2022, release a masterpiece titled, Coffee Shop.
The series written by Gilbert Ramy Carrey, captures 30-minute snapshots of the machinations and fun at a cosmopolitan Coffee Shop and how it feeds into the struggles and evolution of a high school graduate, who has made it his second home as he looks to chase his dream of becoming a renowned novelist.
With a teenage star, the serial will appeal to the youth, but it would also have a mass viewership because it is set in a Coffee Shop where people across the age strata interact. Read more
David Warner, Star Trek and Titanic actor, dies aged 80 (HuffPost)
Actor David Warner, known for his film roles including Titanic, The Omen and the Star Trek franchise, has died aged 80.
The British star died on Sunday from a cancer-related illness at Denville Hall, a care home for those in the entertainment industry, his family said.
They said in a statement: “He will be missed hugely by us, his family and friends, and remembered as a kind-hearted, generous and compassionate man, partner and father whose legacy of extraordinary work has touched the lives of so many over the years. We are heartbroken.
“He is survived by his beloved partner Lisa Bowerman, his much-loved son Luke and daughter in-law Sarah, his good friend Jane Spencer Prior, his first wife Harriet Evans and his many gold dust friends.” Read more
‘Till’ trailer explores how Emmett Till’s mother fought for justice (UPI)
MGM is giving a glimpse of the new film Till.
The studio shared a trailer for the movie Monday featuring Danielle Deadwyler and Jalyn Hall.
Till explores how Emmett Till’s mother, Mamie Till Mobley, relentlessly pursued justice for her 14-year-old son after he was lynched while visiting his cousins in Mississippi in 1955.
“In Mamie’s poignant journey of grief turned to action, we see the universal power of a mother’s ability to change the world,” an official synopsis reads. Read more
Gazprom raises more questions in energy standoff with Europe (ABC)
Russia’s Gazprom raised more questions Monday about the return of a part that has been at the center of tensions over natural gas deliveries through a major pipeline to Europe, saying that it isn’t satisfied with documents it has received.
The state-owned energy giant reduced the gas flow through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline by 60% in mid-June, citing alleged technical problems involving the equipment that partner Siemens Energy sent to Canada for overhaul and couldn’t be returned because of sanctions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Canada subsequently allowed the turbine for a compressor station at the pipeline’s Russian end to be delivered to Germany. That is where the German government said it was last week.
Its return to Russia has turned into a protracted saga, underlying tensions over the war and raising the possibility of even less gas flowing through the pipeline under the Baltic Sea to Germany. Gas is used to keep industry humming, generate electricity and heat homes in the winter, and concerns are rising about a possible recession if Europe does not save enough gas and rationing is required to get through the cold months. Read more
Nigerians hail Amusan, slam ‘racist’ Johnson (Punch)
Nigerian fans have accused track legend Michael Johnson of racism and hatred for questioning Tobi Amusan’s world record time in the 100m hurdles final at the just-concluded World Athletics Championships in Oregon, The PUNCH reports.
Amusan raced to victory in the 100m hurdles final, finishing with a time of 12.12secs, shattering Kendra Harrison’s 2016 world record by 0.08secs at the event.
The 25-year-old’s feat was one of a succession of athletes to smash world records or their own personal best times at the event. In the women’s 100m hurdles alone, 12 of the 24 semi-finalists recorded their best times ever – and BBC pundit Johnson was instantly skeptical of the times recorded in the stadium.
“I don’t believe 100h times are correct,” the 54-year-old, who won four Olympic gold medals and eight World Championship gold medals in a stellar track career, wrote on Twitter. Read more
Messi, Neymar star as rampant PSG end Japan tour in style (Guardian)
Lionel Messi and Neymar combined to devastating effect as Paris Saint-Germain thrashed Gamba Osaka 6-2 on Monday to finish their pre-season Japan tour with three wins out of three.
The star forwards both played the opening 70 minutes in Osaka and Neymar scored a first-half penalty before setting up a goal for Messi.
Messi then returned the favour in the second half, releasing Neymar for the Brazilian to notch his second goal of the game.
Kylian Mbappe got his name on the scoresheet with a late penalty after coming on for the final 30 minutes.
Pablo Sarabia and Nuno Mendes also scored for PSG, who now head to Israel to play Nantes in the French Super Cup in Tel Aviv on July 31. Read more
Marc Leonard: Brighton midfielder joins Northampton Town on loan (BBC)
Northampton Town have signed Scotland Under-21 midfielder Marc Leonard from Brighton on a season-long loan.
The 20-year-old has made two first-team appearances for Brighton, both in the Carabao Cup last season, but is yet to feature for them in the Premier League.
He also lined up against Northampton in the Papa John’s Trophy last term while playing for Brighton’s under-21 side.
“Marc can be good for us and we can be good for him,” Cobblers boss Jon Brady told the club website. Read more
Mihajlovic pays Surprise visit to Bologna squad (FootballItalia)
Bologna players received a pleasant surprise during their pre-season training camp, a visit from coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, who is undergoing treatment for leukaemia.
The tactician was first diagnosed in July 2019 and spent all that summer in the Sant’Orsola hospital in Bologna undergoing treatment, including a bone marrow transplant.
He was able to follow the team’s progress via video link and constant communication with his staff.
Tests showed the leukaemia was returning and he went back into the same clinic for further treatment. Read more
Nick Kyrgios takes cheeky dig at Stefanos Tsitsipas as Wimbledon feud continues (Mirror)
Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios has reignited his feud with Stefanos Tsitsipas following the pair’s fiery clash at Wimbledon.
This week, the controversial Australian is returning to action for the first time since his run at SW19 when he plays in the Atlanta Open. Following that, he’ll continue his build-up to the US Open by competing in the Citi Open in Washington.
There, he’ll not only play in the singles event, but also in the doubles. The Canberra man landed his first Grand Slam title of any kind in February when he partnered compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis to victory at the Australian Open.
This time around though, he’ll be teaming up with American player Jack Sock. And in an interview posted online by the @WeAreTennis Twitter account, Kyrgios humorously revealed he had previously played at the same venue alongside his new Greek rival. Read more
Tour de France Femmes stage 2: Marianne Vos wins big with stage win and yellow jersey (VeloNews)
Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) launched an unstoppable sprint from a six-rider group to win stage 2 of Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift.
The Dutch woman’s huge surge saw her secure the GC lead after overnight yellow jersey Lorena Wiebes missed the winning split.
Silvia Persico (Valcar-Travel & Service) and Kasia Neiwiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) rounded out the stage podium after the tough uphill sprint.
“It’s not revenge, it’s just beautiful, a beautiful day,” Vos said after finishing second to Wiebes on stage 1. Read more
Draymond Green believes 2017 Warriors would beat 1998 Bulls (NBC)
Who would win between the 2017 Golden State Warriors and the 1998 Chicago Bulls?
According to Warriors center Draymond Green, he would bet on his own.
“I’m watching the 98 Bulls vs Utah in the Finals…” Green said in a tweet on Sunday night. “I can’t help but notice our 2017 team would’ve beaten these Bulls by a dub and these Jazz by 40 if they’re going to play these brands of basketball. And that’s why it’s dumb to compare Era’s.”
Green backed a team in 2017 that rostered Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. The trio averaged 22 plus points per game and took over 50 shots per contest (23 of which were three-point attempts). Read more