Lagos lovers under drug influence strip naked, attempt suicide (Punch)
Two yet-to-be-identified suspected lovers have caused a stir after residents spotted them walking naked around the Victoria Garden City, Ajah area of Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the lovers were walking around the estate unclad when residents alerted the estate management and security guards.
“They are walking inside VGC, I kid you not, this is not a joke,” a resident who filmed them said in a video clip posted on the Instagram page of a television station, Sliverbirdtv.
It was learnt that some representatives of the estate mobilised to the location and accompanied the couple to their residence on Close 63 on the estate. Read more
Portable calls out Burna Boy over alleged intellectual theft (Nation)
Self-styled ‘wahala musician’, Portable has accused Grammy-winning singer, Burna Boy of exploiting his intellectual properties.
The street hop singer’s outburst followed after a TikTok video surfaced where Burna was seen and heard using Portable’s known slangs including ‘akoi, biza biza’.
In the video, Burna while holding ‘smoke’ with his right hand, addressing people who weren’t captured but could be heard in the background said: “Akoi grace! Akoi mercy! Akoi blessing! Akoi space! Akoi Biza Biza. Blessing follow you. You’re blessed!”
The embattled Portable asked if ‘Odogwu’ was trying to help or rip him by making use of his photo to promote his album without a collabo to show for it.
Portable stressed he owns the slangs Burna Boy used in the video. Read more
Lady in viral ‘Yahoo Boy’ video German, not American, police react (Vanguard)
Lagos State Police Command has reacted to a report making the rounds on social media, in which it was alleged that a lady from California, United States raised an alarm and accused a yet-to-be-identified suspected Yahoo boy of bringing her to Nigeria using diabolical means.
Speaking on the incident via his Instagram handle, Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin described the report as a false narrative.
He wrote, “False narrative! The woman is German. She has been living with her husband in that same house since February 2019. They had a misunderstanding yesterday which necessitated neighbors intervening. The Police arrived on time and took her to the station.
“She declined to be taken to the German embassy. She insisted on going back home with her husband. The husband too very willingly made up with her. They are happily back home. Note: I deliberately left out the names to give them their privacy.” Read more
VP: APC still consulting as PDP screens Wike today (Guardian)
Baring any last minute change, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential standard bearer, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will today release the name of his running mate, 24 hours to the deadline set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Guardian gathered from sources close to the party that Tinubu had been locked in a lengthy closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in a bid to untie the knot over the Muslim/Muslim ticket being promoted by some interested stakeholders.
The source disclosed that while the Muslim/Muslim controversy raged, some stakeholders made a case for a younger person to deputise the former Lagos State governor.
Insider sources last night told The Guardian that the pendulum may swing to the Northwest in the bid to harvest maximally from the chunk of votes from the region.
According to the source, Tinubu, who has settled for the Muslim/Muslim ticket in spite of all the antagonism, is likely to submit one of three names – Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State, Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State or Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State – to INEC as his running mate. Read more
Avoid gender-based violence, stakeholders tell children, parents (Punch)
Stakeholders in Lagos State have alerted children and parents to the dangers of sexual and gender-based violence, including all related forms of social and emotional abuse.
This call-to-action was unveiled at the inauguration of the Kings Club held on Wednesday in Lagos and facilitated by the Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, with the theme, ‘Promoting positive masculinity.’
The DSVA was established to enhance victims’ safety by reducing sexual and gender-based violence to the barest minimum among others.
In his welcome address, the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, who was represented by the ministry’s Director, Head of Directorate of Civil Litigation, Mr Saheed Quadri, warned against sexual and gender-based offences. Read more
Surgeon jailed 27 years for swindling Konga N35m (DailyTrust)
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has sentenced an America-trained surgeon, Dr John Adindu Nweke aka Senator Haruna Bala Musa, to 27 years imprisonment for fraudulently obtaining 19 expensive smartphones worth N35 million from Konga Online Shopping Limited by false pretence.
The surgeon connived with one Kelechi Chetachi Emenike and defrauded Konga.
The police had told the court that Nweke, between 2015 and 2016 in Lagos, conspired with two others: Stephen AnekeIgwe (deceased) and Kelechi Chetachi Emenike, to fraudulently obtain 19 expensive smartphones and two cameras valued at N35m from Konga Online Shopping Limited by false pretence.
The accused were arraigned in 2016 before Honourable Justice Abdulazeez Anka of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, for conspiracy and obtaining property by false pretence. Read more
35 teenage girls rescued from sex slavery in Anambra (Nation)
Thirty-five teenage girls aged between 14 years and 17 have been rescued from sex slavery in Anambra, the state Police Command said yesterday.
Police spokesman Toochukwu Ikenga, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said in a statement he issued in Awka that four of the rescued victims were expectant mothers.
DSP Ikenga stated that they were rescued from a hotel in Nkpor, Idemili North Local Government Area of the state.
He added that police operatives combed the hotel on June 13 and rescued the girls being used as sex slaves, prostitutes and baby producers. Read more
2023: Women tasked on active participation in election (ThisDay)
The President-General of Enugwu-Ukwu Community Development Union, (ECDU), Women Wing, Lagos Branch, Dr. Oby Okonkwo, has called on women to take ownership of their affairs through active political participation.
Okonkwo made the call in an interview with journalists on Wednesday in Awka, where he urged all women to join hands with her and other well-meaning Nigerians to sensitise the public on the importance.
She said that the era of women being at the backyard of political decision-making in the matters that concern their lives has gone.
She said: “It is only with the PVCs that the electorate can use to change the ugly political narrative of the country. There is no magic, you have to come out in a hundred to vote for the right candidate, and your vote will count. Read more
N’East, N’West lobby Tinubu for running mate, PDP screens VP candidate today (Leadership)
Barely 24 hours to the deadline issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission, the bid to get a running mate for presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has been narrowed down to the North East and North West.
While Tinubu and the governing party may likely unveil the party’s vice presidential candidate today, it was gathered that as of last night, interested members from the two geopolitical zones, including state governors, were still engaged in intense lobbying to become running mate to the APC standard bearer.
This is even as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will screen its vice presidential candidate today.
There were also feelers that the APC may have favoured the North East zone to produce Tinubu’s running mate. Read more
Suspect admits shooting missing Amazon pair – police (BBC)
Brazilian police say a suspect has confessed to shooting missing British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira.
Detective Eduardo Fontes said the man, Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira, took investigators to a site where human remains were dug up.
He said police would work with Interpol to confirm the bodies’ identities.
Mr Phillips, 57, and Mr Pereira, 41, disappeared in a remote part of the Amazon rainforest on 5 June.
Two suspects, brothers Amarildo and Oseney da Costa de Oliveira, have been arrested in connection with the case. Read more
Nipsey Hussle killing premeditated, says prosecutor at trial (AllHipHop)
The Nipsey Hussle murder trial began with a jury hearing opening statements about his alleged killer Eric Holder on Wednesday.
L.A. County Deputy District Attorney John McKinney said Nipsey Hussle’s 2019 murder was premeditated. McKinney alleged Holder plotted to kill the late rapper after being confronted about snitching allegations.
“He clearly thought about what he was going to do before he did it,” McKinney said of Holder, according to the Associated Press.
L.A. County Deputy Public Defender Aaron Jansen, who’s representing Holder, argued his client never planned to kill Nipsey Hussle. Jansen claimed Holder acted spontaneously in response to being accused of snitching. Read more
Hailey Bieber assures fans Justin Bieber is ‘doing really well’ amid Ramsay Hunt syndrome battle
Hailey Bieber has assured fans that her husband Justin Bieber is “feeling a lot better” following his Ramsay Hunt syndrome diagnosis.
The Baby singer revealed on Instagram on Friday night that he is suffering from the syndrome, a rare condition that has paralysed half his face, and filmed a video showing how he is unable to move the right side of his face.
During an appearance on Good Morning America on Wednesday, his wife Hailey offered up a health update.
“He’s doing really well, he’s getting better every single day. He’s feeling a lot better. And obviously, it was just a very scary and random situation to happen, but he’s going to be totally okay. And I’m just grateful that he’s fine,” she said. Read more
Korean content streamer Kocowa brings K-pop, K-drama and film library to Amazon Prime Video (Deadline)
The worldwide fascination with all things Korean has been proven by Best Picture Oscar-winner Parasite, Netflix smash Squid Game, and the record-setting popularity of music group BTS,to name just three exports that have made a powerful impact.
Now, Amazon Prime Video is aiming to capitalize on that, adding Korean content streamer Kocowa to its lineup. The channel carries an additional subscription fee.
Kocowa will add thousands of hit K-dramas, K-pop, K-variety, and library titles to Prime Video. The entity is part of wavve Americas (wA), a joint venture between the top three Korean broadcasters KBS, MBC, and SBS, along with SK Telecom. The channel debuts on Prime Video today.
The service will bring new content from Korea daily via their mix of K-dramas, K-pop, K- reality, and K-variety, in addition to thousands of hit and highly rated library titles. Read more
First look of Ryan Gosling as Ken in Barbie movie divides fans (StraitsTimes)
Actor Ryan Gosling has bared his washboard abs for the first look at his role as Barbie doll’s boyfriend Ken.
In a photo released on Wednesday (June 15) for the upcoming live-action movie Barbie, which stars Margot Robbie, Gosling sports platinum blond hair and a deep tan.
He is wearing an open denim top with his underwear waistband – which spells out his name – peeping out from his jeans.
A first look at Robbie’s Barbie character was unveiled in April, in which the Australian star, 31, is dressed in a halter-neck top with a hairband in her signature long blonde hair to play the famous plastic doll. Read more
Bill Cosby civil sexual assault trial heads to jury
Judy Huth’s civil sexual assault lawsuit against Bill Cosby is now headed to jury deliberations following closing arguments on Wednesday by plaintiff and defense attorneys, the New York Times reported Wednesday. Deliberations will likely start on Thursday.
Huth woman alleges that Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was 15 years old. The actor and comedian was previously deposed in the case in October 2014’ Huth initially said the assault took place in 1975 but later revised the timeline to 1974. Cosby’s team unsuccessfully attempted to have the case thrown out of court over that change.
Huth claimed that Cosby brought her to the Playboy Mansion in 1974, instructing her to say that she was 19 if anyone asked.
“While at the Playboy Mansion, plaintiff told Cosby that she needed to use the bathroom,” Huth’s lawsuit against Cosby reads. “Cosby directed her to a bathroom within a bedroom suite near the game room. When the plaintiff emerged from the bathroom, she found Cosby sitting on the bed. He asked her to sit beside him. He then proceeded to sexually molest her by attempting to put his hand down her pants, and then taking her hand in his hand and performing a sex act on himself without her consent.” Read more
Australian man uses forklift to stop would-be thief stealing his car (BBC)
An Australian man has gone to new heights to stop his car being stolen, using a forklift to suspend the vehicle – and the alleged thief – in the air.
Police say a woman had broken into the man’s home in Logan, west of Brisbane, showering and changing clothes before attempting to steal the car.
She was about to make her getaway when Brendan Mills and his family came home.
“It all unfolded in front of us so fast,” Mr Mills told local breakfast show, Sunrise. Read more
Peseiro confident Eagles will get better after biggest win (DailyTrust)
Applauding his players for their performances in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sierra Leone and Sao Tome and Principe, Super Eagles Head Coach Jose Peseiro insisted that the team will improve under his guidance.
The three-time African champions began their qualification campaign with a tense 2-1 victory over Sierra Leone at Abuja’s Moshood Abiola Stadium and followed up with a 10-0 bashing of hapless Sao Tome on Monday in Agadir, Morocco.
The Super Eagles thumping of Sao Tome was the former African champions’ biggest win in international football history.
Nigeria now tops Group A with six points from two games and in a good position to secure the ticket to Cote d’ lvoire 2023. Read more
Iga Swiatek reacts to Serena Williams playing Wimbledon (TennisWorld)
World No. 1 Iga Swiatek is excited about Serena Williams returning to tennis as she is looking forward to seeing the 23-time Grand Slam champion at Wimbledon. On Tuesday, Williams took to Instagram to reveal her plans to compete at Wimbledon.
Williams hasn’t played since last year’s Wimbledon and she is set to return after being out for 12 months. “SW and SW19. It’s a date. 2022 See you there. Let’s go,” Williams wrote on Instagram. “What a news, see you there,” Swiatek commented under Williams’ post.
Swiatek was scheduled to play Berlin and Wimbledon during the grass season but she decided to withdraw from this week’s WTA event in Berlin. Grass is not Swiatek’s strongest surface and it will be interesting to see how she does at Wimbledon without much preparation.
Swiatek has won her last 35 matches and she could potentially improve her winning streak to 42 if she wins Wimbledon. “I think when I’m going to start Wimbledon I’m just going to think about getting through the first matches. Read more
AC Milan are back in the race for Newcastle target Sven Botman (DailyMail)
AC Milan have come back into the reckoning for Newcastle target Sven Botman – with Lille demanding more money from the Magpies stalling talks between the two clubs.
The Serie A club and Eddie Howe’s side are said to be the frontrunners for the highly-rated 22-year-old defender.
Yet according to reports in the Italian media, the Dutchman is ‘resisting’ Newcastle’s offer and is holding out for a move to Italy.
The French side are pushing for £34m for the Holland international. Read more
FIFA to announce 2026 World Cup US sites (CBS)
As FIFA prepares to announce the 2026 World Cup sites on Thursday — and make high-profile cuts — Alan Rothenberg thought back to when stadiums were picked for the 1994 tournament he headed in the United States.
“They gave the rights to the host country, and the host country basically ran the whole thing,” he said. “Here, everything is done in-house by FIFA. So it’s been a really long and arduous process. The terms have been incredibly difficult for cities to cope with.”
Seventeen stadiums in 16 areas, including across California, remained in contention to be among 10-12 selected from the U.S. for the tournament, which will be co-hosted with Mexico and Canada. The U.S. will host 60 of the 80 games under FIFA’s plan, including all from the quarterfinals on, and there was little doubt over the venues for 10 games each in the other nations.
Last time, the nine U.S. stadiums were announced during a Waldorf-Astoria news conference 816 days before the opener. This time, the decisions will be revealed by FIFA in a Fox television studio 1,456 days before the likely start. Read more
Dallas Mavericks acquire Christian Wood from Houston Rockets for 26th pick in NBA draft, 4 players (ABC)
The Dallas Mavericks are acquiring center/power forward Christian Wood from the Houston Rockets in exchange for the No. 26 pick in the 2022 NBA draft and four players with expiring contracts, sources told ESPN.
Dallas will send Boban Marjanovic, Marquese Chriss, Trey Burke and Sterling Brown to Houston, sources said, creating roster flexibility and adding a productive big man.
Sources said Houston was motivated to move Wood because the Rockets want to open up playing time for 2021 first-rounder Alperen Sengun and likely the No. 3 overall pick. The Rockets pounced on the opportunity to acquire a first-round selection without taking on any long-term salary.
Wood, 26, averaged 19.1 points and 9.9 rebounds during his two seasons with the Rockets. He is due to make $14.3 million for the 2022-23 season, the final year of his contract. Read more
Formula 1 to race in Melbourne until 2035 under new Australian Grand Prix agreement (Sky)
Formula 1 has announced the Australian Grand Prix will stay in Melbourne until 2035.
A new 10-year agreement from 2025 will also see Formula 2 and Formula 3 join the race weekend schedule for the first time from 2023.
In 2022, the event attracted more than 419,000 fans to the Albert Park circuit for the race weekend, the largest crowd for a weekend sporting event in Australian history.
The venue has been on the Formula 1 calendar since the first race in Melbourne in 1996 and will remain as a key part of the calendar moving forwards. Read more