Lagos gives N5m to family of official who died on duty (Nation)
The Lagos State Government has presented a N5 million cheque to the family of the late Moshood Ayeni, an official of Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI), who died while on duty on May 23, 2017.
Speaking during the presentation at the Command Centre, Oshodi, Permanent Secretary, Office of Chief of Staff, Mr. Olawale Musa said the gesture was in line with the philosophy of the administration to support families of its officials who die in active service to the state.
Musa said care for the families of any worker of the state who died in active service is of utmost importance to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration. Read more
Police arrest two siphoning fuel from Lagos homes (Punch)
The operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team have arrested two persons, Victoria Ogunsomi and Shafe Abayomi, for allegedly siphoning fuel from a pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in the Ejigbo area of Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspects allegedly dug wells in their respective places of residence on Surprise Avenue, Ejigbo, and connected hoses with submersible pumping machines to the wells linking the pipeline.
It was gathered during their parade in Lagos on Monday that the suspects were siphoning fuel into jerry cans and tankers whenever the NNPC pumped products through the pipeline. Read more
Rowdy session in Senate over NDE 774,000 recruitments (DailyTrust)
The Minister of state for Labour, Employment and Productivity, Mr. Festus Keyamo, exchanged words with federal lawmakers on Tuesday over the National Directorate of Employment’s 774,000 recruitment exercise.
A 20-man selection committee has been constituted in each state of the federation.
The National Assembly committees on Labour invited the minister to brief them on the recruitment exercise. The Director General of NDE, Nasiru Ladan, said he had no knowledge of the committee members and how they were selected. Trouble started when the minister was asked to explain how the 20-man committee was selected. Read more
COVID-19: The 18 LGAs that may face lockdown (Vanguard)
The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 disclosed on Monday that it would work with state governments to see how 18 high burden local government areas can be locked down to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Chairman of PTF Boss Mustapha who spoke at a news conference after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari at the end of the four-week gradual easing of lockdown, said: “For the precision lockdown, we have identified 18 local governments out of the 774 local government Areas in Nigeria”.
Mustapha was accompanied to brief the President by Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Coordinator of the PTF Dr Sani Aliyu and Director General of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu. Read more
Court dismisses Melaye’s suit against Infectious Disease Bill (Guardian)
The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, dismissed a suit by Senator Dino Melaye, challenging some provisions of the controversial Control of Infectious Diseases Bill 2020.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, in her judgment. held that her court lacked the jurisdiction to hear and determine issues raised in the suit.
Justice Ojukwu also struck out the name of the IGP as a party to the case on the grounds that the plaintiff failed to disclose any cause of action against him. Read more
Police parade man for allegedly killing mother of three over sex (Nation)
The Police in Oyo State on Tuesday paraded a 26-year-old man for allegedly killing a 30-year-old mother of three who denied him sex.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the suspect was one of the 33 paraded by the command at its headquarters in Eleyele, Ibadan.
NAN reports that other suspects were paraded for offences ranging from murder and kidnapping to armed robbery and conspiracy. Read more
Electricity tariff hike frozen over hardships – DisCos (DailyTrust) Distribution Companies (DisCos) have denied claims that they initiated the suspension of the electricity hike slated to begin July 1. Their umbrella body, the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), said the suspension was initiated by the National Assembly (NASS) on Monday due to concerns on the current financial hardships of their constituents. Nigeria postpones planned hike in electricity tariffs Nigerians will pay for electricity if services get better — Osinbajo The DisCos said the federal lawmakers also saw lapses in the internal workability of the plan within the sector. Read more
Senate urges FG to subsidise electricity for Nigerians (Guardian)
The Senate on Tuesday asked the Federal Government to subsidise electricity for Nigerians in a bid to alleviate the proposed hike in electricity tariff which had been deferred to next year.
Chairman Senate Committee on Power, Sen. Gabriel Suswam made the call while briefing newsmen in Abuja.
NAN reports that the leadership of the National Assembly on Monday waded into the controversy on the planned hike in electricity tariff from July 1. Read more
Hachalu Hundessa: Anger erupts after Ethiopian protest singer killed (BBC)
Demonstrations have broken out in parts of Ethiopia following the shooting dead of musician Hachalu Hundessa, well known for his political songs.
Seven have died during the spontaneous protests, medics told the BBC.
Hachalu’s songs often focused on the rights of the country’s Oromo ethnic group and became anthems in a wave of protests that led to the downfall of the previous prime minister in 2018. Read more
Sex festival won’t go ahead because you can’t social distance at orgies (Metro)
Europe’s largest swinging party has been cancelled after organisers said social distancing made it impossible to give fans what they are looking for. The team behind the Aurora Lifestyle Festival said they were not prepared to offer a ‘poor replica’ of the event, which would have taken place this weekend. Hundreds of couples had been set to go to a secret location, believed to be in Worcestershire, between Thursday and Sunday. Read more
Coronavirus: EU to allow in visitors from 15 ‘safe’ countries (BBC)
The EU has decided that from Wednesday EU borders will be reopened to citizens from 15 non-EU countries, including Canada, Morocco and Australia, but not the US, Brazil and Russia.
China is on the list, but subject to a reciprocal agreement, still pending.
The unanimous decision by the European Council is not legally binding, so states can choose not to open up to all those countries. Read more
Kanye West gushes over ‘beautiful wife’ Kim Kardashian’s billionaire’ new kkw deal (HollywoodLife)
Kanye West said ‘God is shining’ on Kim Kardashian when he posted a loving message about her ‘becoming a billionaire’ after she sold a 20% stake in her KKW Beauty business to Coty for $200 million.
Kanye West, 43, didn’t hesitate to proudly give a shout-out to his wife Kim Kardashian, 39, on Twitter when she made headlines for becoming a billionaire after selling a 20% stake in her KKW Beauty line on June 29.
The rapper shared some sweet and loving words about the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star and her smart decision to sell part of the line to Coty for $200 million, and because he is usually a private person when it comes to family, the surprising tweet got a lot of attention. Read more
World’s heaviest kid has surgery to remove excess skin (Metro)
A 14 year old boy who was once known as the heaviest child in the world has undergone surgery to remove a huge amount of saggy skin after losing hundreds of pounds. Arya Permana, from Karawang, Indonesia, used to weigh 192 kilograms, which is more than 30 stone. But the teenager has started to become much more active and as a result, the weight has been dropping off. Arya weighed 423 lbs at his heaviest and struggled to do simple activities like walk down the road to school or even take a bath. But the teenager lost an incredible 220 lbs after having weight loss surgery. Read more
US military moves to address bias and prejudice (VOA)
With race relations front and center in the United States, U.S. military service branches have begun taking steps to make their organizations more inclusive.
In an effort to reduce implicit bias, the Army will no longer use soldiers’ photos when they are being considered for promotions. The Army is considering redacting the box on its promotion form that identifies race, much like it already does with the boxes identifying religion and marital status.
In June, the Marine Corps ordered the removal of all public displays of the Confederate battle flag, which is viewed by many as a symbol of racism. The order includes displays on items such as mugs, bumper stickers and posters. Read more
Carl Reiner: US comedy star dies at 98 (BBC)
Carl Reiner, who helped create The Dick Van Dyke Show and acted in films like Ocean’s Eleven, has died aged 98.
The prolific writer, comedian, director and actor also directed several films including Steve Martin vehicles The Jerk (1979) and All of Me (1984).
He was in 2001’s Ocean’s Eleven and its two sequels as conman Saul Bloom, and had a double act with Mel Brooks. Read more
CAF postpones 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Nation)
The Confederation of African Football Executive Committee on Tuesday announced the postponement of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
It said the competition will now hold in Cameroon in January 2022.
The decision was reached after the committee met via video-conference to discuss the future of competitions and other related issues amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“After consultation with stakeholders and taking into consideration the current global situation, the tournament has been rescheduled for January 2022. Read more
Premier League offers women’s football £1m to help start 2020-21 season (BBC)
The Premier League has offered English women’s football £1m to help enable the 2020-21 season to start, chief executive Richard Masters has told MPs.
That investment would help cover coronavirus testing costs at the top end of the game.
Masters also told the Department of Culture, Media and Sport select committee he would like the Premier League to take over the running of the Women’s Super League. Read more
Why Angel Gomes is leaving Manchester United (Metro)
Angel Gomes is leaving Manchester United after 14 years after deciding not to extend his contract with the club. Gomes has said his goodbyes to his fellow Manchester United players after turning down a lucrative offer to commit his future to Old Trafford. Gomes, 19, became United’s youngest player since Duncan Edwards when he replaced Wayne Rooney as a 16-year-old in 2017, but he has grown frustrated at a lack of first-team opportunities. Read more
Ajax boss labels Chelsea new boy a ’trainers nightmare’ (Vanguard)
Ajax boss Eric Ten Hag has warned Chelsea that their new signing Hakim Ziyech can be a “trainer’s nightmare”.
Having failed to make any new signings during the January transfer window, Blues boss Frank Lampard acted quickly to seal his first summer deal with Ziyech officially confirmed in mid-February.
Ziyech will join in a £33m transfer from Ajax this summer with Timo Werner also joining Chelsea – who beat Leicester City 1-0 in their FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday – as Lampard looks to build a squad capable of challenging for the Premier hLeague title. Read more
Coronavirus: Australia and Zimbabwe agree to postpone one-day cricket series (BBC)
Australia and Zimbabwe have agreed to postpone three one-day cricket internationals in August because of the difficulty of putting on the series while the coronavirus pandemic continues.
Zimbabwe were scheduled to play the first match at a venue yet to be confirmed in the north of Australia on 9 August with a further contest three days later and a final fixture in Townsville on 15 August.
“We were excited about facing Australia but, given the circumstances, deferring the tour was the only option,” Zimbabwe’s Acting Cricket Managing Director, Givemore Makoni, said. Read more
‘Black Lives Matter’ to be painted on NBA courts (Guardian)
League organisers have agreed to paint NBA courts with the words “Black Lives Matter” when the basketball season resumes next month in Florida, US media reports said.
NBA stars have been prominent supporters of the anti-racism protests that swept across the United States following the death in May of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in police custody.
The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association are planning to paint the slogan inside the sidelines of all three arenas at Disney World in Orlando, ESPN reported Monday. Read more