Lagos tenant rapes neighbour’s 16-year-old daughter, commits suicide (Punch)
A man, identified only as Kayode, has committed suicide after his neighbour’s daughter accused him of raping her twice at their house in the Oja-Amukoko area of Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the victim’s mother, who had a stroke, was taken to the Ikorodu area for treatment.
The suspect, who was put in care of the 16-year-old at home, was said to have taken advantage of her.
Her father said she accused Kayode of raping her twice, adding that he also seized her phone to prevent her from informing her family members. Read more
Lagos police arraign three suspects for lynching commercial sex worker
Lagos State Police Command, yesterday, arraigned three suspects before Yaba Chief Magistrate’s Court for beating a commercial sex worker, Hannah Saliu, to death and setting her corpse ablaze for allegedly keeping a copy of the Holy Quran in her room.
The suspects are Abubakar Musa, Sarauta Monsur and Surajo Yusuf. They were arraigned yesterday, event though, the incident happened in April at Alaba Rago, where a lot of Northerners reside.
Spokesperson for the Command, Superintendent of Police (SP), Benjamin Hundeyin, who confirmed the development, said the suspects were charged to court yesterday to face the law.
The Guardian learnt that one of the suspects had patronised Saliu and after having sex with her, he reportedly paid her N1,000 for the service.
The customer was said to have left her room when she suddenly discovered that her N5,000 had gone missing. She reportedly ran after the customer and accused him of stealing her money. Read more
Lagos community tasks govt on completion of canal project (Guardian)
Residents of Isheri-Oshun/Jakande Estate have called on Lagos State government to complete the abandoned canal it started last December in the community.
The community leaders, who spoke with The Guardian expressed fears that the situation at the canal may get worse with the heavy downpour.
Chairman of Peace Home Valley Estate Community Development Area (CDA), Ikechukwu Ezeonyeka, said though, the community supports and stands with the State Ministry of Environment and Water Resources on the construction of drainage system 6E, Oshodi/Isolo Local Council, they want to see the contractor back to the site.
He said: “We appreciate the government and the ministry for the construction of the channel by Messrs Worthwhile Venture Limited, which is aimed at eradicating flood at Oke-Afa, Bucknor and Ejigbo communities. Read more
Abia doctors down tools over kidnap of colleague (Vanguard)
Doctors in Abia State have announced withdrawal of their services in both public and private hospitals to register their displeasure over the kidnap and continued detention of their colleague, Professor Uwadinachi Iweha.
Professor Iweha was kidnapped on Sunday 6th June, 2022, around 4:00pm, in front of his house at Umuokpara in Umuahia South Local Government Area.
The doctors had during their earlier protest last Friday, threatened to down tools if after 47 hours their kidnapped colleague was not released.
Declaring the decision of the doctors yesterday after a rally and prayer session at the car park of the Federal Medical Centre Umuahia, the Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, Abia State, Dr Chimezie Okwuonu, said the action was to alert the world that the safety of doctors in the state was no longer guaranteed. Read more
PDP To Screen Vice Presidential Candidate Thursday (DailyTrust)
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has put together a committee to screen its vice presidential candidate for the 2023 presidential election.
Even though the party is yet to officially unveil the vice presidential candidate, Daily Trust gathered that it has zeroed in on Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike.
However in a statement, Debo Ologunagba, National Publicity Secretary of the main opposition party, said the committee was pursuant to Part VI, Paragraph 14 of the the Electoral Guidelines of the Party.
Ologunagba said the National Working Committee (NWC) has approved the nomination of the Party members to serve on the Vice Presidential Candidate Screening Committee for the screening/verifying of the nominated Vice Presidential Candidate of our Party for the 2023 general elections. Read more
Police advise religious bodies to install CCTV at worship centres in Kwara (ThisDay)
Piqued by the recent attack by suspected gunmen at a Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State, the Kwara State Police Command has advised the leadership of religious bodies in the state to install CCTV cameras in places of worship and employ private or local guards to complement those provided by the police.
In a statement issued in Ilorin yesterday after the police command leadership meeting with its strategic security managers, which was signed by the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Okasanmi Ajayi, the command also expressed concern over the massive influx of commercial motorcyclists from Lagos State due to the ban placed on their operation in that state.
The police command also called on the leadership of motorcycle and tricycles unions in the state to embark on adequate profiling of both existing and new members for easy identification and monitoring in order to check the influx of the banned Okada riders from other states, especially Lagos to Kwara State.
It also directed the Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) and heads of various police formations in the state to intensify patrols, intelligence gathering and apply effective mobilisation of vigilance groups, hunters and other local security apparatuses in their areas of operations. Read more
Twitter, others must delete porn posts within 24 hours – FG (Punch)
The Federal Government has ordered online interactive platforms, such as Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok to ensure that they remove, disable or block access to any non-consensual content, which displays partial or full nudity, sexual acts, deep fake or revenge porn within 24 hours.
This order was included in the recently released Code of Practice for Interactive Computer Service Platforms/Internet Intermediaries (online platforms).
According to the document, these online platforms have to “act expeditiously to remove, disable, or block access to non-consensual content that exposes a person’s private areas, full or partial nudity, sexual act, or revenge porn, where such content is targeted to harass, disrepute, or intimidate an individual. A Platform must acknowledge the receipt of the complaint and take down the content within 24 hours.”
The Code of Practice also directs these platforms to take down any unlawful content upon receiving a notice from a user, or an authorised government agency. Read more
Gunmen demand N50m ransom for abducted Plateau CAN chair (Nation)
Abductors of the chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Jos East Local Government Area of Plateau State, Rev James Angware, have demanded N50m ransom for his release.
The Catholic priest of St Anthony’s Parish was kidnapped on Sunday at Angware community.
The gunmen invaded his residence, shooting sporadically before making away with him.
A source close to the abducted cleric confirmed the gunmen have made contact and demanded N50m for his release. Read more
First deportation flight to Rwanda halted after flurry of last minute legal appeals (Metro)
Plans to deport the first asylum seekers to Rwanda ended in farce after judges reprieved the last handful as they waited on the runway — on the day 400 more, including woman and children, crossed the Channel to Britain.
The Boeing 767-300 — chartered at a cost of £500,000 to taxpayers — was grounded at RAF Boscombe Down, Wiltshire, after a frantic series of last minute legal challenges.
Foreign secretary Liz Truss had said earlier: ‘The important thing is we establish the principle, we establish the deterrent to deter people-trafficking gangs.’
The government says the £120million deal for Rwanda to process UK asylum claims by people who arrive illegally will end crossings from France and break people-smugglers’ business model. Read more
Voters oust Republican who backed impeaching Trump (BBC)
A Republican congressman has lost his bid to cling on to his seat, after a furious backlash to his vote to impeach former US President Donald Trump.
Tom Rice, a five-term South Carolina incumbent, was beaten in a primary election by Trump-backed challenger Russell Fry, a state legislator.
But another Republican in the state who had criticised Mr Trump, Nancy Mace, comfortably won her vote.
Ms Mace had later visited Trump Tower in a show of loyalty.
Congressional votes were held on Tuesday in Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina and Texas. Read more
Italy’s rising female filmmakers being celebrated by ‘The Wave’ in London (Variety)
The rising clutch of women directors breaking the glass ceiling in Italy’s male dominated film industry is being celebrated by a curated screenings’ series titled The Wave playing this week in London and set to open with Chiara Bellosi’s Berlin Panorama coming-of-age drama “Swing Ride.”
Running June 15-19 at London’s Ciné Lumière, Kensington, after a previous run in Berlin, The Wave has been assembled by Cinecittà’s promotional arm to draw international notice to what chief Carla Cattani says is “a unique time” for female filmmakers in Italy where they are “no longer isolated cases.”
Indeed, as Cattani notes in her introduction to The Wave’s program notes, prior to 2010 it was very rare to find more than two Italian films directed by females within the same year. In fact in 2010, out of 122 Italian films released theatrically only two titles were directed by women.
Cut to a decade later, however, and the percentage of Italian feature films directed by women that got a theatrical release reached 13% in 2019 and 2020, despite the pandemic. Read more
Josh Charles, ‘Worst Person in the World’ star Anders Danielsen Lie join Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway in ‘Mothers’ Instinct’ (THR)
Josh Charles (We Own This City, The Good Wife) and Norwegian actor Anders Danielsen Lie, who plays Renate Reinsve’s love interest Aksel in Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person in the World, have signed on to co-star alongside Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway in the upcoming psycho-thriller Mothers’ Instinct.
Chastain and Hathaway play Alice and Celine, best friends and neighbors who live superficially perfect lives as suburban housewives in 1960s America. But a tragic accident shatters that facade and guilt, suspicion and paranoia combine to dissolve their sisterly bond, turning the two mothers against one another in a psychological battle of wills.
Mothers’ Instinct is based on Barbara Abel’s novel Derrière la Haine, which was adapted by Olivier Masset-Depasse as the 2018 Belgian thriller Duelles. Sarah Conradt (50 States of Fright) adapted the English-language script.
Cinematographer Benoit Delhomme (The Theory of Everything, Lawless) will direct, taking over from Masset-Depasse, who was originally set to adapt his own feature into English. Read more
MTV names Muni Long as Global Push artist for June 2022 (AllHipHop)
Singer-songwriter Muni Long is MTV’s latest Global PUSH Artist. The R&B vocalist took part in an exclusive interview for the New York City-based brand.
“As a songwriter, you’re there to serve. You’re helping someone else bring your vision to life. That’s a tough pill to swallow,” stated Muni Long.
The 33-year-old Def Jam recording artist previously wrote records for stars such as Ariana Grande, Rihanna, and Mary J. Blige. Long released her own Public Displays of Affection EP in November 2021.
“I want to be a catalyst for little Brown girls. You can be whatever you want,” said Muni Long about how her success will hopefully inspire the next generation. Read more
Leigh-Anne Pinnock excites fans with new studio footage as she works on solo music (KISS)
After Little Mix finished their ‘Confetti’ tour and started their hiatus, with Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Perrie Edwards, and Jade Thirlwall all pursuing solo work, Leigh-Anne has now excited fans with an update from Jamaica.
Following the news back in February 2022, that Leigh-Anne had signed a solo record deal with Warner Records UK, she’s been teasing some of her new music with silent videos!
Taking to her Instagram account, the ‘Power’ singer shared a series of photos from the Caribbean captioning them with the Jamaican flag, musical notes and a black heart.’
The photos show Leigh-Anne, along with songwriter Tayla Parx, who co-wrote and co-produced Little Mix’s ‘Sweet Melody’, producer PRGRSHN, and singers àB, and Dyo. The last slide also includes a silent video from the studio, showing the crew nodding their heads in time to some unheard music. Read more
Kremlin: Britain should talk to separatist leaders regarding UK nationals sentenced to death (VOA)
The Kremlin says the United Kingdom should address the leaders of separatist-controlled parts of Ukraine’s Donetsk region and not Moscow over two Britons sentenced to death last week for fighting alongside Ukrainian forces against Russian troops in eastern Ukraine.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow on Tuesday that British authorities had not turned to Moscow regarding the fate of Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner who, along with Moroccan national Saaudun Brahim, were sentenced to death on June 9 for “mercenary activities” by what separatists called the Supreme Court of the Donetsk People’s Republic.
“They should address the authorities of the country that pronounced the sentences, and that is not the Russian Federation,” Peskov said.
Britain, the United Nations, Ukraine, and Germany have condemned the death sentences. Read more
UI seeks FIFA’s assistance to establish football academy (Guardian)
Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan (UI), Professor Kayode Adebowale, has solicited the assistance of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) towards the establishment of a football academy in the university.
In a statement, yesterday, by Adejoke Akinpelu, who is the Principal Assistant Registrar/Public Relations Officer, Directorate of Public Communication of the institution, Professor Adebowale made the appeal during a courtesy visit by a five-man delegation of FIFA to his office.
The VC said he would love to leave the football academy as one of the legacies of his administration. He stated that the academy would be useful to UI, as well as Nigeria as a country, noting that FIFA, as an international organisation, has more influence and is thus better placed to help make the academy a reality.
The vice chancellor also called for collaboration with FIFA in Sports Science and Medicine. Responding, the leader of the FIFA team, Solomon Mudege, a member of the associations’ division of FIFA, said his organisation was always ready to encourage development programmes to advance football in Africa. Read more
Anthony Joshua to change tactics against Usyk (Punch)
Heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua has accepted that his decision to try and outbox Oleksandr Usyk was appalling.
The tactics he employed last September saw him easily outmatched and outclassed by Ukraine’s Usyk, who inherited the WBA, IBF and WBO belts and he faced heavy criticism for this approach.
This time around, Joshua is prepared to try and knock out ex-cruiserweight king Usyk in their rematch in August.
The former two-time heavyweight champion will be trained by Robert Garcia and previous coach Angel Fernandez for the money-spinning sequel. And Garcia has suggested that Joshua is capable of winning over the 12-round distance despite last year’s result. Read more
Lewis Hamilton calls out sexist fan who deletes tweet abusing Sky Sports’ Naomi Schiff (DailyStar)
Lewis Hamilton has called out an F1 fan who sent a sexist tweet to Sky Sports pundit and presenter Naomi Schiff.
Schiff, who competed in the W Series in 2019, joined the Sky Sports team for 2022 and has been a big hit among fans, providing a fresh insight alongside the likes of Damon Hill and Johnny Herbert. She also co-presents the show Any Driven Monday, which is broadcast on YouTube and Sky every Monday after a race weekend.
However, Schiff has come in for criticism, with one Twitter user, calling themselves @TheDenMillwall, aiming a gender-related dig at her on the social media platform. Schiff replied with three yawning emojis with a link to the post, which has since been deleted.
That prompted Hamilton, who was interviewed by the 28-year-old earlier this year, to spring to her defence. The seven-time world champion posted: “Naomi is an ex-professional racing driver & totally qualified to give her opinion as part of the Sky team. Read more
Rory McIlroy says PGA Tour players who joined the LIV Golf Invitational Series took the ‘easy way out’ (ESPN)
Rory McIlroy said he is disappointed that some PGA Tour players took the “easy way out” and joined the rival LIV Golf Invitational Series, and in how six-time major champion Phil Mickelson helped create the new circuit.
McIlroy, speaking at a news conference Tuesday ahead of this week’s U.S. Open at The Country Club, said he understands why aging players were tempted by millions of dollars in signing bonuses from LIV Golf, but he believes younger ones who left made a shortsighted decision by defecting.
“I understand. Yes, because a lot of these guys are in their late 40s,” McIlroy said. “In Phil’s case, early 50s. Yeah, I think everyone in this room would say to themselves that their best days are behind them. That’s why I don’t understand for the guys that are a similar age to me going because I would like to believe that my best days are still ahead of me, and I think theirs are, too. So that’s where it feels like you’re taking the easy way out.”
While McIlroy, 33, said he didn’t lose respect for Mickelson as a player, noting that he became golf’s oldest major champion at age 50 at the 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, he didn’t like how Mickelson handled his defection to LIV Golf. Read more
Matic reunites with Mourinho at Roma (Punch)
Nemanja Matic was reunited with his old boss Jose Mourinho at Roma on Tuesday after the Serie A club announced the Serbian’s arrival as a free agent.
In a statement, Roma said that former Serbia midfielder Matic has signed a one-year deal with an option for a second season, with Italian media reporting that he will earn 3.5 million euros the coming campaign.
“I am pleased and honoured to be joining this club and I cannot wait to start the new season with my teammates,” Matic said.
“Roma is a big club, with amazing fans and a coach, Jose Mourinho, who is well known to everyone – making the decision to come here very straightforward. Read more
Brilliant Germany equal their biggest win over Italy (Guardian)
Germany equalled their biggest ever win over European champions Italy as Timo Werner scored twice in a thumping 5-2 Nations League victory on Tuesday.
The result in Moenchengladbach matched the Germans’ 5-2 triumph over the Azzurri at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium back in 1939.
An early goal by Joshua Kimmich and Ilkay Gundogan’s penalty at Borussia Park put the hosts 2-0 up before the floodgates opened early in the second half.
Thomas Mueller scored his 44th goal for Germany on his 116th international appearance before Werner scored twice in quick succession. Read more