Lagos seals 33 social clubs (Guardian)
The Lagos State Safety Commission (LSC) has sealed 33 social and religious facilities across the state.
The facilities, comprising bars, lounges, restaurants, gyms and spas, were sealed for engaging in activities and operations against the state’s established COVID-19 reopening protocols.
The Director-General of LSC, Mr Lanre Mojola, while on an enforcement drive, affirmed that the state would not hesitate to deal with erring or non-compliant facilities that contravene the established protocols for reopening the economy. He reiterated that Lagos has zero tolerance for establishments that continue to violate the regulations. Read more
‘Lagos APC structure can’t be dismantled’ (DailyTrust)
A Lagos lawmaker, Jude Idimogu, has said no amount of opposition can dismantle the political structure of the Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC).
The lawmaker, representing Oshodi/Isolo Constituency 2 at the State House of Assembly, spoke during a visit to the palace of the founder and mayor of non-indigenes in Lagos, Chief Ngozi Ibekwe, at the weekend. Idimogu stated that non-indigenes should maximally take advantage of the political space to benefit from the state through active involvement in politics.
The leader of Ndigbo in the state also said the people should be encouraged by the fact that even if APC ceases to be in control nationally, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, National Leader of APC would continue to call the shots in Lagos State politically. Read more
Fraudster detains American lady in Lagos hotel, defrauds her of N18.5m (Punch)
Police operatives have rescued a citizen of the United States of America who was allegedly confined to a Lagos hotel against her wish for over one year.
The victim, who came from Washington DC, arrived in Nigeria on February 13, 2019, on a visit to 34-year-old Chukwuebuka Obiaku, a native of Ikeduru LGA of Imo State, whom she met on Facebook.
The retired civil servant reportedly lost about N18.5m to Obiaku, who allegedly took control of her credit and debit cards, as well as the operation of her bank accounts. Read more
Defective vehicles, one more cause of traffic on Lagos roads (Guardian)
This article was triggered by the news report titled: ‘More questions than answers on ending Lagos gridlock’ of The Guardian newspaper on July 8, which detailed the Lagos Transportation and Traffic webinar organised by the United States Consulate General in Lagos with the theme, ‘The never-ending story, Lagos traffic congestion: What can be done? Will it be done?’
Without fully rehashing the report given, I would want to simply commend the organisers, speakers and contributors for the very valuable points put forward. Read more
Order governors to fund healthcare with security votes, SERAP tells court (Independent)
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), a non-governmental organization, has filed a lawsuit before a Federal High Court, Abuja, against the 36 state governors in Nigeria, asking the court to compel them to use public funds budgeted for security votes, and life pensions for former governors to fund healthcare facilities and to address the impact of COVID-19 on millions of Nigerians.
SERAP is also urging the court to compel the governors to as well publish details of spending on COVID-19 in their respective states. Read more
Man burns 10-year-old boy’s buttocks over tea (Punch)
Men of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested a 24-year-old man, Badmus Folarin, for burning the buttocks of a 10-year- old boy, Sunday David, for allegedly licking from a tin of tea.
Folarin allegedly used a hot knife to burn the buttocks of the victim for taking from the tea, which belonged to his (Folarin’s) mother.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this on Sunday in a statement. Read more
Husband pours hot water on nursing wife in Enugu (Guardian)
Barely a week after a magistrates’ court in Enugu State remanded a couple for allegedly abusing a 10-year-old maid, another father of two has allegedly ‘redesigned’ the breast of his wife with hot water.
Mr Emmanuel Opoku battered the breasts of his nursing wife at the weekend after pouring hot water repeatedly on them, while his wife was feeding their three-month-old baby at their residence in Akwuke, Enugu South Local Government area, following a misunderstanding that had arisen when the wife, Grace, demanded money to prepare food for the family.
The hot water caused serious burns on the breasts and left her with some injuries. Read more
Special force cops feared killed in Kaduna crash (Punch)
There were reports on Sunday that an auto crash claimed the lives of some members of the police special force on the Kaduna-Zaria Expressway in Kaduna State.
Sources said the crash occurred around the Jaji Military Cantonment around 4.30pm when an 18-passenger bus conveying the policemen somersaulted.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Muhammed Jalige, declined to confirm the crash, saying a team had been sent to the area “to find out what actually happened.” Read more
South Africa again bans alcohol as coronavirus surges (Aljazeera)
South Africa will immediately re-enforce a ban on the sale and distribution of alcohol to reduce the volume of trauma patients so hospitals have more beds open to treat COVID-19 patients, President Cyril Ramaphosa has said.
Confronted by surging hospitalisations because of the coronavirus outbreak, South Africa also reinstated a nighttime curfew to reduce traffic accidents and made it mandatory for all residents to wear face masks when in public.
In a nationally televised address on Sunday, Ramaphosa said top health officials warned of impending shortages of hospital beds and oxygen as South Africa reaches a peak of COVID-19 cases. He said some hospitals have had to turn away patients because all their beds are full.
Ramaphosa said since the sale and distribution of alcohol was reintroduced in June, hospitals have experienced a spike in admissions in their trauma and emergency wards. Read more
Why clothes are so hard to recycle (BBC)
Fast fashion is leading to a mountain of clothing being thrown away each year and has a huge impact on the environment, so can we turn our unwanted garments something useful?
Open your wardrobe and be honest. How long was it since you last wore some of those clothes? Do you think it might be time for a clear out?
Languishing in the back of cupboards and bottom of drawers are outfits that don’t fit any more, items that have gone out of fashion, or even clothes that have never been worn. In fact, according to research conducted by sociologist Sophie Woodward at the University of Manchester, on average 12% of clothes in the wardrobes of women she studied could be considered “inactive”. Read more
Gunfight with militants kills 4 Pakistani troops near Afghan border (VOA)
Pakistan said Sunday a counterterrorism raid in a former militant stronghold near the Afghan border has killed four soldiers and four “terrorists.”
The deadly shootout took place near Miranshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan district, said the army’s media wing.
It added that intelligence information led security forces to a “terrorists’ hideout”, about 8 kilometers southwest of Miranshah. Read more
Katie Price’s son Harvey in intensive care after being rushed to hospital (Metro)
Katie Price’s son Harvey is in intensive care, the mum-of-five has confirmed.
Harvey was rushed to the hospital for urgent medical attention on Sunday and is said to be at risk of organ failure after his temperature shot up to 42 degrees.
Addressing the news on social media, Katie posted to her fans: ‘I can confirm that Harvey is in intensive care and in the best hands. Read more
Poland’s Duda holds slim lead in presidential election, exit poll suggests (BBC)
Poland’s incumbent President Andrzej Duda holds a slim lead after Sunday’s presidential election, according to an exit poll.
The poll on Sunday showed Mr Duda, an ally of the conservative government, with 50.4% of the vote.
He was pitted against the socially liberal Warsaw mayor Rafal Trzaskowski. Read more
18 sailors injured after huge explosion on US military ship (Metro)
A group of sailors have been injured following an explosion onboard a military ship in California, said Navy officials.
A total of 18 sailors were rushed to hospital with ‘non-life threatening injuries,’ after a fire tore through the ship at Naval Base San Diego on Sunday.
The blaze was reported shortly before 9am on USS Bonhomme Richard, followed by the explosion, said Mike Raney, a spokesman for Naval Surface Force, US Pacific Fleet. Read more
Billions spent to elect US presidents (VOA)
President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden, appear on track to break campaign fundraising records ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election.
Although Trump had a significant head start in raising money for his reelection effort, Biden outraised Trump by $10 million in June, which marked the second consecutive month that the presumptive Democratic nominee took in more than the Republican president. Read more
Pillars promise to atone for Champions League flop (DailyTrust)
Following the confirmation of their CAF Confederation Cup ticket, Kano Pillars football club have promised to use judiciously the ‘golden’ opportunity to atone for their disappointing performance in this year’s CAF Champions League.
The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, on Friday, July 10, ratified the decision of the Club Owners to end the current season using the Points Per Game mechanism.
Consequently, the first three clubs, Plateau United, Rivers United and Enyimba have been awarded continental tickets on the platform of the league while Kano Pillars as defending Champions of the Aiteo Cup were handed the second CAF Confederations Cup ticket. Read more
Police arrest 12-year-old boy after racist messages sent to Wilfried Zaha (Metro)
A 12-year-old boy from Solihull, Birmingham has been arrested after a string of vile, racist messages were sent to Crystal Palace footballer Wilfried Zaha. The Ivory Coast international tweeted this morning to reveal a series of racist messages he had received from an Aston Villa fan on Instagram. The user, jackdolan_avfc, sent Zaha photos of the Ku Klux Klan and told the winger: ‘You better not score tomorrow you black c***. Or I’ll come to your house dressed as a ghost.’ The messages appeared to be sent on the eve of Crystal Palace’s game against Aston Villa, who are fighting to survive relegation from the Premier League. Read more
Jose Mourinho sends classy message to Mikel Arteta after Tottenham beat Arsenal (Metro)
Jose Mourinho had praise for Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta after Tottenham’s 2-1 victory in the north London derby on Sunday, saying the Gunners are improving under the Spaniard. Spurs edged out their local rivals despite falling behind to an Alexandre Lacazette strike, as Heung-min Son immediately equalised and then Toby Alderweireld headed in a late winner. Tottenham, despite being the home side, had just 37% possession but it mattered not as they picked up three points and go ahead of Arsenal in the Premier League table into eighth. Read more
Paul Pogba pleased with one thing Bruno Fernandes has done since joining Man Utd (Express)
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Paul Pogba will be pleased with the way Bruno Fernandes has come into the side and relieved the Frenchman of the pressure of trying to be creative from midfield.
United signed Fernandes in the January transfer window and he’s improved the side tenfold since joining.
His impact has been instrumental and United could go third in the league with a win over Southampton on Monday. Read more
Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha subjected to racist abuse online (Aljazeera)
Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha has been subjected to racist abuse on social media and the forward shared screenshots ahead of Sunday’s Premier League game at Aston Villa.
The Ivory Coast international tweeted images of the messages he received from an individual on Saturday, which included one of members of the white supremacist organisation, the Ku Klux Klan.
West Midlands Police said later on Sunday that a 12-year-old from Solihull had been taken into custody for sending racist messages to a footballer. Read more
Bournemouth hammer 10-man Leicester to boost survival hopes (BBC)
Bournemouth came from behind to thrash 10-man Leicester City and boost their hopes of avoiding relegation from the Premier League.
In a calamitous two minutes, the Foxes threw away a 1-0 lead as Junior Stanislas scored from the spot, Dominic Solanke put the hosts in front and Caglar Soyuncu was sent off.
The Foxes defender kicked Callum Wilson as Bournemouth celebrated their second goal.
Jamie Vardy had put the visitors ahead with his 23rd goal of the season and Leicester looked in control. Read more