Lagos police warn Sunday Igboho, Yoruba nation agitators against rally (Tribune)
The police in Lagos State have warned against any rally billed for this Saturday at the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park in Ojota.
The state commissioner of police, Hakeem Odumosu gave the warning on Thursday during a press conference at the state command headquarters in Ikeja. Top Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho had earlier insisted that nothing could stop the Lagos Mega rally on Saturday, July 3, 2021.
The Lagos police boss said, “The attention of the Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to the news making rounds and a press statement signed by one Olayomi Koiki dated 30th June, 2021, that some individuals have concluded plans to stage a mega rally, in continuation of the secessionist agenda for Oodua Republic on 3rd July 2021, at Gani Fawehimi Freedom Park, Ojota, Lagos State.
“The Lagos State Police Command hereby warns that no rally will be allowed, under whatever guise, in any part of the state.” Read more
Lagos Yoruba Nation Rally Showdown: It must hold, says Akintoye as Lagos bans rally (Vanguard)
Despite the attack on Sunday Igboho’s residence with less than 72 hours to the proposed rally in Lagos, Professor Banji Akinyoe has declared no going back on the planned demonstration.
Akintoye, who is the leader of the umbrella body of Yoruba self-determination groups, Ilana Omo Oodua, IOO, emphasised that the rally will continue as scheduled.
In a statement by his Communications Manager, Mr Maxwell Adeleye, Akintoye said: “I call on our people at home and in the Diaspora to immediately begin mass protests in front of palaces in Yorubaland, and opposite the offices of the United Nations, European Union, British, French and the United States governments.
“We want to confirm again that the Pro-Yoruba Nation rally scheduled to hold on Saturday July 3, in Lagos will proceed as scheduled.” Read more
Rema reveals title for debut album (Nation)
Afrorave singer Rema has revealed the title of his debut album.
The title of the album, he said, will be ‘Rave and Roses’.
The Mavin Records/Jonzing World signee revealed this via his Insta stories on Thursday, June 1, 2021.
He wrote: “Album – Rave & Roses”.
Shortly after announcing the title of his debut album, Rema also revealed he has amassed 200 million streams on his Spotify page void of an album while noting he will be treating himself to some goodies. Read more
Military arrests ISWAP terrorist in Ogun on way to Lagos (Punch)
The Nigerian Army has arrested a member of the Islamic State in West Africa Province in Ogun State.
The terrorist identified as Mr. Ibrahim Musa was arrested at No. 31 Abartura Street in Sango-Ota, Ogun State.
The ISWAP member was on a mission to Lagos to acquire certain items for his group’s operations in Maiduguri, Borno State.
This is according to a statement issued on Thursday and signed by the Acting Director, Defence Media Operation, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko. Read more
Reps adopt Petroleum Industry Bill for 3rd reading (Guardian)
The House of Representatives on Thursday adopted the report on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) for passage at the Committee of the Whole.
The Executive bill, which sought to reform the oil and gas sector and ensure its governance met with best global standards, was presented by the Chairman of House Committee on PIB, Rep. Mohammed Monguno (APC-Borno).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that following the adoption of the report, the bill will now be scheduled for third reading and final passage by the House.
Presenting the report, Monguno said that the PIB had suffered lots of setbacks in the parliament since its introduction in 2000.
He said that the bill sought to address the very core aspect of the nation’s economy which largely depended on the oil and gas sector. Read more
Senate passes Petroleum Industry Bill, approves 3% for host communities (Punch)
The Senate on Thursday passed the Petroleum Industry Bill and approved 3 per cent for the host communities
The upper chamber passed the PIB, 2021 after the clause by clause consideration of the report of its joint committee on Petroleum (Upstream, Downstream and Gas) on PIB.
Although the Senate approved three per cent for the host communities despite protests from the South-South lawmakers, who advocated 5 per cent.
The Senate had before then, held a closed session with the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva and the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan congratulated the lawmakers and said the Ninth National Assembly has achieved one of its fundamental legislative agenda. Read more
Court fixes July 28 for ruling in El-Zakzaky’s no-case-submission (Vanguard)
A Kaduna High Court on Thursday, fixed July 28 for ruling in the No-case-submission filed by the leader of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife Zeenat.
Justice Gideon Kurada fixed the date after the prosecution and counsel to the defendants, addressed the court on the no-case submission prayer.
Mr Femi Falana, SAN, and lead counsel to El-Zakzaky, who spoke to reporters shortly after the adjournment, prayed the Court to rule in favour of his clients.
“The prosecution and the defence addressed the court on the no-case-submission prayer. Read more
Nigeria ready for health emergency – Mamora (Guardian)
The Federal Government has restated its commitment to invest in health security to enhance the country’s preparedness against future pandemics.
Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, Minister of State for Health, gave the assurance on Thursday during a webinar organised by The Conversation Africa.
The webinar was themed: ‘Nigeria and the next pandemic: Preparedness, Response, and Vaccine.’
Mamora said that the government had started to implement steps through the Basic Health Care Provision Fund where the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control would be provided with 2.5 per cent of the fund for health emergencies. Read more
Prince Harry, Prince William reunite at Princess Diana statue unveiling (PageSix)
Prince Harry and Prince William reunited for Thursday’s unveiling of a statue of their late mother, Princess Diana, at Kensington Palace in London.
The royal brothers, whose relationship has been fractured in recent years, joined forces to honor Diana on what would have been her 60th birthday.
“We remember her love, strength and character — qualities that made her a force for good around the world, changing countless lives for the better,” William, 39, and Harry, 36, said in a rare joint statement.
“Every day, we wish she were still with us, and our hope is that this statue will be seen forever as a symbol of her life and legacy,” the statement continued. Read more
Bill Cosby: Accusers speak of shock and anger after conviction overturned (BBC)
US comedian Bill Cosby’s release from prison after his sexual assault conviction was overturned has led to an outpouring of anger and shock.
His 2018 conviction for drugging and molesting ex-basketball player Andrea Constand was overturned on Wednesday.
Judges said there had been a “process violation” by the prosecution, but admitted their ruling was unusual.
Many have expressed concern that the decision could deter women from coming forward in the future. Read more
Man breaks penis after it ‘buckled’ during sex, makes medical history (NYPost)
A UK man might’ve made medical history after breaking his penis vertically during sex.
This man discovered the most painful way to take a “break” from sex.
A frisky UK fellow reportedly made medical — and sexual — history after accidentally snapping his penis lengthwise during a disastrous session in the sack.
“We present the first documented case of a vertical penile fracture … sustained by a 40-year-old man during sexual intercourse,” reads the groundbreaking case study published this week in the British Medical Journal.
Medics report that the anonymous romper’s “penis buckled against his partner’s perineum” — the region between the anus and genitals — due to what they can only surmise was an ill-timed thrust. Read more
Right to repair rules will extend lifespan of products, government says (BBC)
Products such as washing machines, TVs and fridges should become easier to repair and cheaper to run under new rules coming into force.
Manufacturers are now legally required to make spare parts available to people buying electrical appliances.
The aim of the new rules is to extend the lifespan of products by up to 10 years and benefit the environment.
However, one company said that the new rules could make white goods more expensive. Read more
Britney Spears: Judge denies request to remove father from conservatorship (Guardian)
A US judge has denied Britney Spears’s request to remove her father from his role overseeing her conservatorship.
The pop star’s lawyer asked an LA court to end Jamie Spears control of her estate, in November last year.
They said the star was “afraid of her father” and wanted him removed as her sole conservator – a role he has carried out since 2008.
Although the request has been denied, the ruling is not a response to Spears’ explosive testimony in court last week. Read more
Budget bride who organised £2.5k wedding shares tips for a big day that doesn’t break the bank (Metro)
A bride who wore a £30 dress and saves cash right across her big day has shared how you too can reduce your wedding spend.
Emma Bryan, 39, married partner Gavin Bryan, 40, last month in York, after spending nearly two years saving up for the big day.
But with Covid restrictions and her son Isaac Bryan, eight, to look after, Emma decided she wanted to keep the cost down and managed to plan the entire day for under £2,500.
After trying on wedding dresses worth thousands of pounds, the bride settled for a £30 wedding dress from fast fashion company Boohoo which she claimed made her feel ‘better’ than the more expensive alternatives. Read more
Cristiano Ronaldo tops Instagram rich list for first time (BBC)
Cristiano Ronaldo has topped Instagram’s rich list as the celebrity thought to be able to charge more than anyone else for a sponsored post.
The Juventus forward can charge advertisers $1.6m (£1.2m) per post on his account, according to social media marketing firm Hopper HQ.
Former Real Madrid star Ronaldo knocked wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson off the top spot.
It is the first time Ronaldo has topped the list, which started in 2017.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner boasts 308 million Instagram followers. Read more
Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles involved in serious car accident on M25 (Metro)
Arsenal player Ainsley Maitland-Niles was involved in a serious car crash on Wednesday morning on the M25.
The club has confirmed the incident, from which the 23-year-old emerged unhurt after rolling his Mercedes on the motorway.
The Athletic report that the crash happened at 6am on Wednesday between junctions 24 and 25.
Highways England reported that emergency services had attented an accident described as a ‘multi-vehicle incident with a car on its side’ at the same point on the M25. Read more
Wimbledon 2021: Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina becomes latest seed to suffer early exit (BBC)
Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina said she struggled mentally as she became the latest women’s singles seed to suffer an early exit on day four at Wimbledon.
The 2019 semi-finalist, beaten by eventual winner Simona Halep two years ago, lost 6-3 6-4 to Poland’s Magda Linette in her second-round match.
The third seed’s defeat comes after Wednesday’s exits for fourth and fifth seeds Sofia Kenin and Bianca Andreescu.
“Mentally, for sure, I need to reset,” said 26-year-old Svitolina. Read more
Andy Murray slams government over ‘pathetic’ NHS pay rise following Wimbledon win (Metro)
Andy Murray has taken aim at the UK government over their proposed 1% pay rise for NHS staff following his epic win at Wimbledon on Wednesday night, branding it ‘pathetic’.
The three-time Grand Slam champion came through a gruelling five-set thriller against Germany’s Oscar Otte in front of a lively Centre Court crowd, drawing on the energy of the pumped-up spectators.
Wimbledon has not witnessed such exciting and euphoric scenes since 2019, with the tournament cancelled last year due the coronavirus pandemic.
But thanks to the hard work and efforts of NHS staff, vaccine creators and key workers – who have been celebrated throughout the tournament and given seats in the Royal Box – normality is beginning to return and has allowed for audiences to attend the Championships this year. Read more
Tokyo 2020: Breastfeeding athletes now allowed to bring children to Olympics, say organisers (BBC)
Tokyo 2020 organisers say “nursing children” can accompany Olympic athletes to Tokyo “when necessary”.
It comes after Canadian basketball star Kim Gaucher, who has a three-month-old daughter, said she was being forced to choose between “being a breastfeeding mum or an Olympic athlete”.
Organisers have banned athletes’ families attending the Games due to Covid-19 safety protocols.
USA footballer Alex Morgan says she is still unsure over the new guidance.
Olympic gold medallist Morgan, who has a one-year-old daughter, tweeted: “Still not sure what ‘when necessary’ even means. Read more
Ofoborh completes Glasgow Rangers move (Punch)
Former Flying Eagles midfielder, Nnamdi Ofoborh, has completed his move to Scottish champions, Glasgow Rangers, from AFC Bournemouth, The PUNCH reports.
The 21-year-old signed a four-year pre-contract with the Gers in February, after rejecting a contract extension with the Cherries, where he made just five senior appearances.
Ofoborh spent last season on-loan at League One Wycombe Wanderers, where he made 25 appearances in what was a truncated season, scoring twice.His spell at Adams Park saw him help the Chairboys win promotion to the Championship through the play-offs, with Ofoborh playing his part in the Wembley final. Read more