‘I got father’s permission to rape, impregnate teenage daughters’ (DailyTrust)
A 28-year-old man that the Gender Unit of the Lagos State Police Command said was arrested for allegedly raping and impregnating two teenage sisters has said he did the act with the permission of the girls’ father.
Sources at the Ikotun police division, which is handling the matter, alleged that the suspect, one Nduka Anyanwu, had been having carnal knowledge of the girls, 13 and 17 years old, since they were in primary school. Interrogators at the station told our correspondent that, Anyanwu, however, said he engaged the sisters in sex with the permission of their father, Christian Onyechi.
The suspect was said to have been arrested yesterday after a pregnancy test that the girls’ mother insisted must be done on them showed they were pregnant. Read more
Infidelity: Police detain woman for killing live-in lover (Punch)
The Lagos State Police Command has started investigation into the death of a 25-year-old man, Auwal Sulaiman, who was allegedly stabbed to death by his live-in lover, Precious Okogbua, at their residence in the Liverpool area of Apapa, Lagos State.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said the suspect had been arrested and the case transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, for investigation
He said, “On August 1, 2020, one Musa Abubakar, Manager, Island Village, off Liverpool, Apapa, came to the station and reported that on the same day, he received a phone call that one Precious Okogbua, stabbed her lover, Awal Sulaiman, in the neck with a knife. Read more
Jeep lands businessmen in court (DailyTrust)
The Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Inspector-General of Police has filed charges against two businessmen and their companies before a Federal High Court over allegations of fraud and forgery to the tune of N15 million.
The men, Oyewole Kole-Jones and Usman Onoja, will be arraigned in court on October 6, 2020 alongside their firms, Mackjob Real Estate Limited and Lovonous Microfinance Bank. IRT prosecutor, Mr Nosa Watson Uhumwnagho, alleged that the defendants conspired to commit the offences on December 19, 2018, at 6, Soji Adepegba Close, Off Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos. Read more
Lagos artistes accuse police of extortion, sexual harassment (Punch)
Two Lagos-based artistes, David Marvellous and Damilola Oladimeji, have accused some personnel of the Lagos State Police Command of alleged extortion and sexual harassment.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the artistes were returning home on July 28, 2020, after buying food when policemen from the Langbasa Police Station allegedly accosted them on their estate at Badore, in the Ajah area of the state.
The duo told our correspondent that after their arrest, the policemen went round the estate, apprehending innocent residents while threatening to shoot anyone who resisted them.
Marvellous, who alleged that one of the policemen sexually harassed him, stated that the cop also slapped him on the face when he (Marvellous) queried his action. Read more
RCCG donates 20,000 face masks to Lagos (Guardian)
The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has donated additional 20,000 medical face masks to the Lagos State government as part of its contribution to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
The donation was made during the commissioning of O Care Face Mask factory, the first registered medical face mask facility in the country.
Speaking at the occasion, Pastor Idowu Iluyomade, Special Assistant to the General Overseer, Christian Social Responsibility, said the mission would continue to support the government’s efforts in the fight against COVID-19. Read more
Kalu, Ibori, Uduaghan disagree with Akpabio over alleged NDDC contracts (Punch)
The Chief Whip of the Senate, who is also a former governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, on Monday, said the Niger Delta Development Commission has not paid the contractors, who constructed the roads he facilitated.
This is as two former governors of Delta State; James Ibori and Emmanuel Uduaghan, denied approaching the NDDC for contracts.
Kalu, Ibori and Uduaghan stated these while reacting to The PUNCH report from a document, which the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, attached to the letter he submitted to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on July 23. Read more
Ogun Gov, Abiodun steps down mandatory ‘N25,000 COVID-19 test’ for students (DailyTrust)
The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, on Monday, stepped down the mandatory COVID-19 test for the boarding students in the state’s secondary schools who are billed to resume on Tuesday.
Abiodun also declared that the test is now free for all students, thereby withdrawing the government’s position which earlier charged boarding students in private secondary schools N25,000 for the COVID-19 test.
The government had mandated each student to undergo a test as a precondition for resumption into the school. Read more
Bauchi DPO broke my legs, tortured my two friends to death over chicken, man cries (Guardian)
Abdulwahab Bello, a-30-year-old man, has alleged that a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Twon Township Police Station, whose name was not given, tortured two of his friends to death with a pistol while the said officer also broke two of his legs.
While addressing pressmen at the NUJ Secretariat yesterday with his father and a human rights group, PIDI-NIGERIA, Bello was supported with a pillow on a tricycle to narrate his ordeal. He said that the incident occurred some days ago when they were arrested by the police over theft of chicken belonging to a retired police officer. Read more
FG urges strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols as schools resume (DailyTrust)
The Federal Government has urged stakeholders in the education sector to ensure strict adherence to all agreed protocols as schools open for exit examinations classes.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said this on Monday in Abuja at the 54th joint national briefing of the taskforce.
According to him, though reopening of schools for exit examinations was considered necessary because the education sector is critical to the development of the nation, the reopening still remains a source for concern because schools could be a fertile ground for community transmission of the virus. Read more
UN report warns against N Korea’s ‘miniaturised’ nuclear devices (Aljazeera)
North Korea is pressing on with its nuclear weapons programme and several countries believe it has “probably developed miniaturised nuclear devices to fit into the warheads of its ballistic missiles,” according to a confidential UN report.
The report by an independent panel of experts monitoring UN sanctions said the countries, which it did not identify, believed North Korea’s past six nuclear tests had likely helped it develop miniaturised nuclear devices.
Pyongyang has not conducted a nuclear test since September 2017. Read more
NY attorney expands inquiry into Trump ‘criminal conduct’ (BBC)
A New York prosecutor seeking US President Donald Trump’s tax returns says he is investigating reported “protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organisation”.
Monday’s court filing suggests the inquiry is broader than alleged hush money payments made to two women who say they had affairs with Mr Trump.
The Supreme Court ruled last month that lawyers could examine the tax returns.
Mr Trump has repeatedly dismissed the probe, calling it a “witch hunt”. Read more
Thailand protesters openly criticise monarchy of King Maha (Aljazeera)
Speakers at a Thai anti-government protest have demanded reforms to the monarchy of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, calling for its powers to be curbed in unusually frank public comments.
Defaming the monarchy is punishable by up to 15 years in prison under Thailand’s “lese majeste” laws. Police did not stop the six speakers, but said any suspected offences would be investigated.
Many of the 200 protesters gathered on Monday night were dressed like the fictional wizard Harry Potter and other characters in what they said was a reference to vanquishing injustices under the military-backed government. Read more
Amazon will spend $10b to battle Elon Musk for space-based internet (Metro)
Amazon is ready to go toe-to-toe with Elon Musk for control of space itself.
Or, more accurately, the global retailer and distribution giant is eyeing up a space-based internet delivery service similar to what Elon Musk’s SpaceX is attempting with Starlink.
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has given Amazon the go-ahead to launch more than 3,000 satellites into low-Earth orbit (LEO). Read more
Sweden: Death of girl, 12, ignites debate over gang violence (BBC)
The death of a 12-year-old girl by a stray bullet in Sweden has sparked outrage and reignited debates over its handling of gang-related violence.
The unnamed girl was killed in a drive-by shooting next to a petrol station on Sunday, according to local media.
Police have launched an investigation but are yet to make any arrests. Read more
Spain’s former king to leave the country amid corruption claims (Aljazeera)
The former monarch of Spain, King Juan Carlos I, says he is leaving to live in another country, weeks after he was linked to an investigation into allegations of corruption.
In June, Spain’s Supreme Court opened an investigation into Juan Carlos’s involvement with a high-speed rail contract in Saudi Arabia after Switzerland’s La Tribune de Geneve newspaper reported he had received $100 million from Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah.
Through his lawyer, Javier Sanchez-Junco, Juan Carlos, who is 82, has declined to comment on the allegations. Read more
Here are just some of the records Taylor Swift’s Folklore has broken (BBC)
Taylor Swift’s surprise eighth album, Folklore, has broken several chart records in its first week on sale.
The record was written and recorded during the coronavirus lockdown, and swerves away from the pop sound that’s dominated her last three albums.
On Spotify, it achieved 80.6m streams in a single day, the highest-ever tally for a female artist.
In the US it sold 846,000 copies, making it the best-selling record of the year after just seven days on sale. Read more
Victor Moses listed in Inter Milan Europa League squad (DailyTrust)
Victor Moses has been named in Inter Milan squad for the final stages of the 2019-20 Europa League while Kwadwo Asamoah has been excluded.
The Black and Blues will take on Getafe in the Round of 16 in a single-legged tie which will be played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a statement from Inter, the former Super Eagles winger made the 41-man list submitted by the club to UEFA for the competition but the Ghana international was left out. Read more
CAS rules that forward Almoez Ali is eligible to play for Qatar (Aljazeera)
Qatar forward Almoez Ali, top scorer in last year’s Asian Cup with a record nine goals, is eligible to play for them, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled on Monday as it dismissed an appeal by the United Arab Emirates.
After a 4-0 semi-final defeat to Qatar at the tournament, the UAE football federation protested that Sudan-born Ali was ineligible and that the match should be awarded to them. Read more
AFN should embrace peaceful resolution of crisis – Are (DailyTrust)
The Director of Grassroots Sports Development in the Ministry of Youths and Sports, Dr. Ademola Are, has urged the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) to respect the ministry in a bid to end the leadership crisis rocking the federation.
It will be recalled that the AFN faction led by Engr. Ibrahim Gusau had dragged the Sports Ministry to court following his impeachment by the Olamide Geroge-led AFN. Although the FCT High Court ruled in favour of Gusau, Ministry of Sports went ahead to appeal the judgment at the Court of Appeal. Are who made the passionate appeal for peaceful resolution of the crisis during an online interview on the FCT Football Update WhatsApp Platform said no effort should be spared in finding a lasting solution to the leadership crisis in the AFN. Read more
Championship play-off final: Brentford and Fulham set for richest game (BBC)
Brentford play Fulham on Tuesday for the chance to return to the English top flight for the first time in 73 years – and earn about £160m in the process.
The west London rivals, separated by just four miles, meet in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.
Fulham could seal an immediate return to the Premier League.
Victory in the match, often dubbed the richest game in football, would be worth £135m to Fulham and about £160m to Brentford over the next three years. Read more
Laurentiis, Gattuso reason Osimhen joined Napoli – Agent (Punch)
William D’Avila, Victor Osimhen’s agent, has revealed that club president De Laurentiis and the manager Genaro Gattuso played a key role in his client’s decision to join Napoli ahead of other suitors.
Napoli announced the signing of Osimhen last Friday and his agent, who appeared on Radio Kiss Kiss, a Naples-based radio station, said the assurance from the De Laurentiis convinced the Nigeria international that joining the Serie A outfit was the best decision.
He said, “It was a long decision. We took the time to evaluate well, reflect and make the right decision. And the right decision in the end was to choose Naples, he is sure of it and I too. Read more
Players can be red-carded for deliberately coughing, say Ifab & FA (BBC)
Players who deliberately cough at other players or match officials can be red-carded, say football’s rule-makers and the Football Association.
The International Football Association Board (Ifab) said such an offence fell within “using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures”.
It added: “As with all offences, the referee has to make a judgement about the true nature of the offence.” Read more