Lagos boat mishap: 7 died, 14 rescued as search ends (Guardian)
The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said 14 people were rescued alive and seven died at the end of the rescue operation of a boat mishap on July 5.
Oke-Osanyintolu confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the Ipakodo Jetty during the conclusion of the search and rescue operation at Ipadoko Ferry Terminal in Ikorodu.
He said the search and rescue operations, alongside Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) dive team, started under extremely challenging nightfall conditions, adding that the operations had been concluded on Sunday. Read more
2,430 virus patients decline to show up for treatment (Nation)
The fear of further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened following refusal by 2,430 people, who tested positive, to report at the isolation camp or present themselves for treatment.
In a series of tweets at the weekend, Lagos State Commissioner for Health Prof. Akin Abayomi said: “Two thousand four hundred and thirty active cases in the communities are yet to turn up for admission in care centres, either due to fear of stigmatisation or preference for home care treatment.”
The commissioner added that 42,348 tests had been conducted in the state till date, of which 10,926 turned out positive. Read more
Edo 2020: We’ll isolate Wike, win election before he recovers – Ganduje (Vanguard)
Chairman of the National Campaign Council of the All Progressives Congress APC for the Edo state Governorship Election, Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has said the party would do everything possible to win the election, disclosing how the APC would place Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers state in an isolation centre and win the election before he recovers.
Noting that the campaign council is made of experienced politicians and young Turks, Ganduje said the APC understands the rigging tactics of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP and is ready to dismantle same. Read more
Witness’ absence stalls Fayose’s N2.2bn fraud trial (Nation)
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Monday adjourned the alleged N2.2bn fraud trial of a former Ekiti governor, Ayodele Fayose till October 20, following a prosecution witness’ absence.
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) prosecutor Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) told Justice C.J. Aneke that a relative of the witness had been admitted to a COVID-19 isolation centre.
Mr Jacobs’ application for an adjournment was not opposed by defence counsel, Mr Olalekan Ojo (SAN),
Justice Aneke granted the applicant’s prayer. Read more
APC chieftain, Abdulkadir, laid to rest (Punch)
The remains of the immediate past National Vice Chairman (North West), of the All Progressive Congress, Inuwa Abdulkadir, have been laid to rest.
Inuwa, 55, who died early Monday at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, was buried at his residence in Gawon Noma area, Sokoto.
At the burial was the Grand Khadi of Sokoto, Mohammed Usman, the state deputy governor, Manir Dan’Iya, amongst others. Read more
Panel summons Magu (Nation)
The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu has been invited before a panel probing the activities of the agency.
The panel is said to be sitting at the Banquet Hall wing of the Presidential Villa.
Magu was stopped in traffic while moving out of the Wuse II Annex of the EFCC in Abuja and the invitation was extended to him.
Although Magu was on his way to the Force Headquarters, he pleaded with an officer from FCID who met with him to honour the scheduled appointment.
But he was told the invitation by the panel was more important. Read more
21 missing in Benue boat accident, Lagos death toll rises to seven (Punch)
About 21 persons were feared dead when a boat in which they were travelling capsized on the River Benue on Sunday.
It was gathered from eyewitnesses that the boat had on board 28 passengers, who were travelling for an annual convention of their Christian denomination, when the accident happened.
One of the eyewitnesses said, “The victims were all Christian faithful, who were going for their annual convention, when the boat in which they were travelling capsized. Read more
Covid-19: Akeredolu tests negative, appoints new SSG, commissioner (ThisDay)
Barely a week after he announced that he tested positive for Covid-19, Ondo State Governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Monday disclosed that he has tested negative of the pandemic.
The governor announced his status while addressing the people of the state at a weekly briefing on the Covid-19 and other matters in the state.
Akeredolu, who went through home management while in isolation, said for some days, his samples were taken and tested again in accordance with the treatment protocols of Covid-19, and the results came in a few minutes ago negative. Read more
Africa starts opening airspace even as COVID-19 cases climb (VOA)
As COVID-19 cases surged in many parts of the world, the island nation of the Seychelles was looking good: 70-plus straight days without a single infection.
Then the planes arrived.
Two chartered Air Seychelles flights carrying more than 200 passengers also brought the coronavirus. A few tested positive. Then, between June 24 and 30, the country’s confirmed cases shot from 11 to 81.
Now the Indian Ocean nation has delayed reopening for commercial flights for its lucrative tourism industry until Aug. 1, if all goes well. Read more
Coronavirus: Greece bars Serbian visitors as Balkans cases rise (BBC)
Greece has banned all but essential travel from Serbia as infection numbers steadily rise in the Balkan country.
For a week from Monday morning, all entry points are closed to Serbian travellers, Greek officials said.
It comes days after Serbian authorities re-imposed lockdown restrictions in the capital Belgrade. Read more
French woman thrown from roller coaster dies as husband tries to grab her feet (NYPost)
A woman fell to her death from a roller coaster in France as her husband desperately attempted to catch her feet, reports said.
The unidentified 32-year-old mother was celebrating her 2-year-old child’s birthday Saturday at Parc Saint-Paul in Oise, about 50 miles north of Paris, when she was thrown from the Formula 1 coaster.
“She went over the [safety] bar and her husband tried to catch her by the foot,” a witness named Farida told the Courier Picard newspaper. Read more
India’s coronavirus case count now third highest in world (VOA)
India reported more than 23,000 new coronavirus cases Monday, pushing its total during the pandemic past Russia for third most in the world.
India now trails only the United States and Brazil in terms of overall confirmed cases.
The country is closed to international travel, but the government has been gradually lifting restrictions on local tourism to try to boost the economy. Read more
Boohoo to investigate Leicester supplier over exploitation claims (BBC)
Fast fashion retailer Boohoo has said it will investigate one of its suppliers following reports that staff are earning less than the minimum wage amid unsafe working conditions.
The Sunday Times reported that workers at Jaswal Fashions in Leicester could expect to be paid £3.50 an hour.
It also saw little evidence of measures to stop the spread of coronavirus at a time when Leicester is in lockdown. Read more
Supreme Court rules presidential electors must back their state’s popular vote winner (NYPost)
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that states can require presidential electors to back their states’ popular vote winner in the Electoral College.
The ruling, just under four months before the 2020 election, leaves in place laws in 32 states and the District of Columbia that bind their share of the 538 electors to vote for the states’ popular-vote winner. Electors almost always do so anyway.
The unanimous decision in the “faithless elector” case was a defeat for those who want to change the Electoral College, and who believed a win would lead to presidential elections based on the popular or total number of votes. Read more
Ennio Morricone: Oscar-winning Italian film composer dies aged 91 (BBC)
Ennio Morricone, the Italian composer whose credits include the “spaghetti” Westerns that made Clint Eastwood a star, has died in Rome aged 91.
According to Italian news agency Ansa, he died in hospital having fractured his femur in a fall some days ago.
The prolific composer also wrote music for Once Upon a Time in America, The Untouchables and Cinema Paradiso.
Having received an honorary Oscar in 2007, he went on to win one in 2016 for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. Read more
With technical committee’s support Rohr will make Eagles super again, says Danladi (Guardian)
Chairman, Nigeria Professional Football Club Owners Association, Isaac Danladi, who is also a member of the NFF’s Technical Committee, at the weekend, assured that the committee would support Super Eagles’ Manager, Gernot Rohr, in his drive to make the national team great again.
Rohr, who has been charged by the NFF to win the next African Cup of Nations and also take the Super Eagles to good performance at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, has been criticised by many Nigerians for ignoring home-based players in his teams. Read more
Masari clears 4 months salaries owed Katsina United players (DailyTrust)
Players of Katsina United are presently smiling to the banks as the Governor of the state, Aminu Bello Masari has fully settled the backlog of salaries owed them since the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus. The Chairman of the club, Alhaji Abdussamad Badamasi who disclosed this to Daily Trust yesterday thanked the governor for making available the money for the payment of salaries and allowances owned the players and officials. He said by the gesture, the governor has once again demonstrated practically his commitment to the club as well as compassion for the less privileged. Read more
Hammers set to rival West Brom for Mikel (Punch)
English Premier League side West Ham United are in talks to sign former Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi.
The former Chelsea midfielder became a free agent in March, after terminating his contract with Turkish side Trabzonspor over his refusal to continue playing for the side after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
Championship side, West Brom, on Saturday were reported to have shown interest in the player, but according to Tribal Football, West Ham are already in talks with the 33-year-old. Read more
Gambian duo craft fine comeback against Inter (BBC)
The 10 men of Bologna staged a stunning comeback to deny Inter Milan the chance to move within a point of second-placed Lazio in Serie A.
Musa Barrow struck the winner from inside the box late on, just six minutes after Musa Juwara equalised.
Romelu Lukaku had opened the scoring when he tapped in the rebound after Lautaro Martinez’s header hit the post. Read more
‘Exciting times’ as five-goal Man United thrash Bournemouth to climb into top four (Guardian)
Marcus Rashford believes these are “exciting times” for Manchester United after the team scored five goals in a Premier League match at Old Trafford for the first time since 2011 to thrash Bournemouth 5-2 and move into the top four on Saturday.
Rashford and Anthony Martial took their tallies for the season to 20, but they were upstaged by two more stunning strikes by teenager Mason Greenwood. Read more
Ribery raises doubts over Italy future after burglary incident (Vanguard)
Franck Ribery on Monday raised questions over his future in Serie A after a burglary at the home of Fiorentina’s French star.
Ribery posted a clip on Twitter of the scene he was met with when he returned to his house in the foothills around Florence after his club’s win at Parma on Sunday.
“I went back home, this ‘home’ in Italy where I decided to continue my career after so many great years at (Bayern) Munich, and this is what I found,” wrote the 37-year-old. Read more