Lagos Federal High Court decongests courtrooms, new judges resume duties (Guardian)
The Federal High Court Lagos on Tuesday, began decongestion and re-arrangement of court files, following resumption of court activities after the two-month-old strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that registrars of various courts were busy sorting out court files, while others were seen moving files to different court rooms.
NAN reports that JUSUN had on April 6, began an indefinite strike action seeking implementation of financial autonomy for the Judiciary.
The strike was however, called off on June 9, after settlement talks had been reached between the union and relevant stakeholders. Read more
5 arrested over murder of land agent in Lagos (Punch)
Operatives of the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Abuja, have arrested five persons in connection with the alleged murder of a land agent, Yemi Taiwo, in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro had reported that Yemi had gone to a site with his friend, Femi Animashaun, in the Isiu community, Ikorodu area of the state on Friday, September 4, 2020, when some vigilante members, known as Onyabo, and some hoodlums arrested them for allegedly planning to abduct a monarch in the state.
It was gathered that the duo were taken to the secretariat of the Ikorodu North Local Council Development Area before policemen took them to their annexe office in the Ladegboye area of Ikorodu, where they were allegedly tortured.
The deceased’s wife, Olabisi, had told our correspondent that Yemi and Animashaun were allegedly rejected upon their transfer to the Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, due to the degrees of the injuries they sustained while being tortured.
However, our correspondent learnt that the police had arrested five suspects in respect to the incident. Read more
Yemi Alade bags award for ‘Best Female Artist in Africa’ (Nation)
Popular Afro-pop singer, Yemi Alade has received the award of “Best Female Artist in Africa” from the United DJ’s in Africa.
The award was given by the platform of United Dj’s in Africa to the Effyzzie Music Group signee as an emblem to honour her sound all over the exterior of the continent.
The self-proclaimed Mama Africa took to her Instagram page to share a video of herself brandishing the award plaque in her hands.
The Voice Nigeria season three coach expressed appreciation for the award in her caption. She wrote: Read more
Nigeria to receive 3.92 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine in July (Punch)
The Federal Government on Tuesday said it is expecting a shipment of 3.92 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine by end of July or early August.
The Executive Director, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib, disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja.
He said, “We now have information that Nigeria will get 3.92m doses of Oxford-Astrazeneca by end of July or early August.
“As we receive additional information on the exact dates in August, we will provide an update regarding timelines and details.” Read more
Controversy over alleged protest of soldiers in Ekiti (Nation)
Controversy has trailed reports that soldiers in Ekiti protested alleged non-payment of their accumulated allowances by Governor Kayode Fayemi.
Reports of the protest, which went viral on social media platforms, had claimed the soldiers blocked the roads leading to the Government House and Governor’s office.
Reacting to rumoured protest by the soldiers, the State Government said there was nothing like that.
A statement by Commissioner for Information, Akin Omole, described the report as handiwork of mischief makers. Read more
Shekau’s loyalists confirm Boko Haram leader’s death, denounce ISWAP (Leadership)
Terrorist-members of the Jama’atu Ahlussunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad (JAS) otherwise known as Boko Haram, on Tuesday, confirmed the death of their leader, Abubakar Shekau.
Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) had on Wednesday May 19, 2021 said that Shekau blew himself up after refusing to surrender following his imminent arrest.
The Boko Haram leader was said to have killed himself with a bomb when he realised that the ISWAP fighters wanted to capture him alive.
ISWAP, which broke away from Shekau’s Boko Haram faction in 2016, said it disagreed with the late extremist leader over his excessive use of force, especially on Muslims in areas under his influence.
According to ISWAP leader, Abu Musab Albarnawi, his fighters took their arms, travelled through the Sahara, went into Shekau’s enclave, and engaged in a gun battle with his followers. Read more
NALDA seals pact with NYSC to boost food security (Guardian)
National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to establish a rice farm in Ebonyi state to boost food security in the country.
The rice farm would be established on a 52 hectares land owned by the NYSC in Ezillo, Ishielu Local Government Area of the state while NALDA would provide inputs and the technical know-how to develop the farm.
Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony, the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of NALDA Prince Paul Ikonne said the authority is tapping into the vast resources that the NYSC has across the country to provide sufficient food for Nigerians and engage the Corps members to be more productive.
“NYSC has the foot soldiers and every year they churn them out while NALDA has the land and the technical know-how, this understanding is for the manpower and the technical know-how to come together in order to produce the much-needed job opportunity and food security that Mr. President has been advocating for, for the country,” Ikonne said. Read more
Twitter founder Dorsey is liable for #EndSARS losses – Lai Mohammed (Guardian)
The Nigerian Government has said Twitter and its founder, Jack Dorsey, are “vicariously” liable for the losses the country suffered during the EndSARS protest.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this on Tuesday when he featured on “Politics Nationwide”, a Radio Nigeria call-in programme monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.
Mohammed alleged that Dorsey raised funds through Bitcoins to sponsor the EndSARS protest while his platform, Twitter, was used to fuel the crisis.
He said when he made the allegations earlier, Nigerians did not take him seriously until an online media outfit carried out an investigation and fact-checking. Read more
“Gone Girl” actress Lisa Banes dies aged 65 following accident (BBC)
US actress Lisa Banes has died aged 65 after being involved in a scooter collision in New York, police confirmed on Tuesday.
Banes was perhaps best known for playing Marybeth Elliott, the mother of Amy – the titular Gone Girl in David Fincher’s 2014 psychological thriller.
She also appeared in films like Cocktail and A Cure for Wellness.
Actor and director Seth MacFarlane led the tributes, saying her death was “a tremendous loss”. Read more
Turkey collects thousands of cubic metres of ‘sea snot’ (AlJazeera)
Turkey has collected a total of 2,684 cubic metres (94,784 cubic feet) of mucilage from the Sea of Marmara over the last seven days.
Sharing the latest updates on the efforts to clear the waters, Turkey’s environment and urbanisation minister Murat Kurum said on Tuesday that ongoing operations were progressing well and that the collected mucilage had been sent for disposal.
The northwestern Yalova province, Istanbul, and the western province of Balikesir were among the areas where most of the mucilage has been cleared, he said.
“In 1,438 inspections we conducted as of June 14, we imposed an administrative fine of 7.55 million Turkish liras ($881,239) on businesses that did not fulfil the necessary conditions,” he said. Read more
Headache and runny nose are now most common Delta symptoms (Metro)
The typical Covid symptoms are changing as the Delta variant takes hold across Britain.
According to research, a headache, sore throat and a runny nose are now the most commonly reported effects of coronavirus infection.
The data has come from thousands of Covid sufferers who have logged their symptoms on the Zoe Covid Symptom app.
Professor Tim Spector, who runs the study, said the dominant Delta variant – first detected in India – can feel ‘more like a bad cold’ for younger people. Read more
Web founder Berners-Lee to auction source code as NFT (BBC)
The creator of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, is selling off the original code used to create the modern internet as an NFT.
NFTs are a form of unique ownership for digital-only items and do not necessarily include copyright control.
They have also been widely criticised as a money-making scheme and bad for the environment.
Some have expressed surprise at the news given that Sir Tim famously refused to patent his invention. Read more
Global warming may have already passed irreversible tipping point (AlJazeera)
Global warning may have already passed an irreversible tipping point, the scientist who led the biggest-ever expedition to the Arctic has warned.
Presenting the first findings of the world’s largest mission to the North Pole, an expedition involving 300 scientists from 20 countries, Markus Rex said on Tuesday that the researchers had found that Arctic ice is retreating faster than ever before.
“The disappearance of summer sea ice in the Arctic is one of the first landmines in this minefield, one of the tipping points that we set off first when we push warming too far,” he said during the presentation in Germany’s capital, Berlin.
“And one can essentially ask if we haven’t already stepped on this mine and already set off the beginning of the explosion.” Read more
Joe Biden lands in Geneva for Putin summit after meeting with EU leaders (Metro)
US President Joe Biden arrived in Geneva on Tuesday afternoon for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, after meeting with European Union leaders in Brussels. Biden’s highly anticipated talks with Putin will take place on Wednesday and are expected to run at least four hours.
Biden, wearing his usual aviator sunglasses, stepped off Air Force One around 4.20pm local time and took his time greeting guests on the tarmac. He then entered a bullet-proof vehicle and was driven in a motorcade to a luxury hotel.
The presidents are set to meet at a luxurious lakeside villa at 1pm local time on Wednesday, Biden officials aboard Air Force One said. Putin is scheduled to arrive first, followed by Biden, and both will be greeted by Swiss president Guy Parmelin. There will be ‘no breaking of bread’, a senior administration official said. Read more
Pogba hints at having more freedom playing with France than Man Utd (Vanguard)
Pogba hints at having more freedom playing with France than Man Utd
France and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has hinted that he enjoys more freedom playing with France than with the Red Devils.
Pogba made the hint in an interview with L’Equipe alongside ex-footballer and manager, Patrick Vieira, where the former Arsenal midfielder revealed he preferred Pogba at Juventus due to the attacking freedom he was afforded in Turin.
Pogba replied saying: “It’s true that at Juve it was different from Manchester. We played with three midfielders in a 5-3-2. I had the freedom, I had to be in the box, to attack. It was an obligation. In Manchester, I have the freedom to go into the box, but the priority is to play and defend.
“With France we play a 4-2-3-1, in a diamond too. I am a little more involved in the build-up, in the construction. But I have more freedom than in Manchester to enter the box, to make runs forward. Read more
NBA play-offs: Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Clippers both win to level series (BBC)
Trae Young scored 25 points as the Atlanta Hawks held on to win 103-100 at home to the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the NBA play-offs.
Monday’s win levelled their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final series at 2-2.
The Western Conference semi-final between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz is also level at 2-2.
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George both scored 31 points as the Clippers beat the top seeds 118-104.
The Clippers’ Marcus Morris scored 22 of his 24 points during a first half in which the LA side, who lost the first two games in the series, led by as many as 29 points at one stage. Read more
Olympic hopeful hit with four-year doping ban blames pork burrito for positive steroid test (Metro)
An American athlete who received a four-year doping ban has blamed a pork burrito for her testing positive for steroids.
Shelby Houlihan, from Sioux City, Iowa, had dreams of representing her country at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo next month. But the 1500m national record-holder had her dreams shattered, after she was hit with a lengthy drugs ban by the World Anti-Doping Agency, in December last year.
The 28-year-old tested positive for a muscle-building steroid called nandrolone following an out-of-competition urine test.
Houlihan claims she’s never taken any performance enhancing drugs, including nandrolone, and has said traces of it were found in her test results because she ate a pork burrito the previous evening. Read more
Euro 2020: France, Germany to kick off group of death (AlJazeera)
France and Germany launch their Euro 2020 campaign on Tuesday, going head to head in the tournament’s group of death that also features Hungary and reigning champions Portugal.
It will be the first time the two nations face off in the group stages of a major tournament.
Griezmann scored both goals in France’s win.
Remarkably, no player in Germany’s current squad has ever scored in a European Championship match. Read more
Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson withdraws from England’s Euro 2020 squad due to injury (Metro)
Dean Henderson has pulled out of England’s Euro 2020 squad due to injury and Aaron Ramsdale has been called up as a replacement for the Manchester United goalkeeper.
The 24-year-old, capped once by England, was among the substitutes as Raheem Sterling fired the Three Lions to victory over Croatia at Wembley at the weekend.
However, Henderson has been struggling with a niggling hip problem and was forced to work on his fitness indoors away from the main group on Monday.
It’s been decided the shot-stopper should return to Manchester to continue his recuperation and Gareth Southgate has recalled Sheffield United’s Ramsdale, who was originally a member of England’s provisional squad. Read more
Jamie Vardy buys stake in American club Rochester Rhinos (BBC)
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has bought “a minority stake” in American side Rochester Rhinos.
The New York-based club have not played a competitive game in four years after going on a hiatus to find extra funding.
They plan to compete in USL League One, the third tier of the American football pyramid, in 2022.A statement from Rochester Rhinos said they were “delighted” Vardy “has become a co-owner of the club”. Read more