Lagos Yoruba Nation rally: Sanwo-Olu orders probe of lady allegedly killed by stray bullet (Vanguard)
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babjide Sanwo-Olu has ordered immediate thorough investigation into the death of a lady allegedly killed by a stray bullet in Ojota, Lagos, during the Oodua Republic Mega Rally on Saturday, July 3, 2021.
Recall that the victim, simply identified as Jumoke Muriano Adeeko, was allegedly killed by a stray bullet when policemen fired gunshots to disperse the crowd that gathered at Gani Fawehinmi’s Freedom Park, Ojota, Lagos, venue for the rally.
The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, who announced the order in a statement, on Sunday, said, A Coroner’s Inquest has immediately been requested in line with section 14 and 15 of the Coroners’ Systems Law, Laws of Lagos State 2015, to determine the cause and circumstances of death.
The statement read in part: “Our attention has been drawn to the death of a 14-year-old girl in Ojota during the Oodua Republic Mega Rally on Saturday, 3rd of July, 2021. Read more
Lagos task force nabs 71 miscreants, impounds 227 motorcycles (Punch)
The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit has arrested 71 suspected miscreants and impounded 227 motorcycles plying prohibited routes during a raid on black spots in the Oshodi area of the state.
A statement by the agency’s Head of Public Affairs, Femi Moliki, said the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, ordered the task force to rid Oshodi of traffic robbers and miscreants who harassed and dispossessed motorists and commuters of their belongings.
The statement read in part, “The agency’s team, which was led by its Chairman, CSP Shola Jejeloye, at dawn, raided and combed Oshodi Oke, Oshodi Underbridge, Toyota, Fatai Atere, where many ex-convicts, drug addicts and peddlers were arrested around 5am to 6am.
“Jejeloye, on reaching the agency’s headquarters in Oshodi, personally screened the suspects one after the other before releasing five of them. Read more
Court remands 3 for alleged armed robbery (Vanguard)
An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Thursday remanded three men in Kirikiri Correctional Centre for allegedly robbing two men of their phones valued at N270,000.
The defendants – Nnaemeka Udeh, 22; Obinna Onovoh, 23; and Arinze Eze, 26 – are being tried for conspiracy, belonging to an unlawful society and armed robbery.
Magistrate Mrs O.A. Layinka, who did not take the defendants’ plea.
Layinka directed the Police to send the case file to the state Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice.
She adjourned the case until July 19 for DPP advice. Read more
Lagos sensitises transporters, others on hygiene management (Guardian)
The Lagos Safety Commission (LSC), at the weekend, organised a safety training and sensitisation programme for transporters, artisans and market women/men in the state as part of preventive measures to avoid hazards and maintain hygienic environment in the state.
Participants at the event, held in Alausa, Ikeja, were sensitised on how to identify and prevent hazardous situations, risks management, steps to take during emergencies, as well as personal and public hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other contagious diseases.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Mr. Tajudeen Gaji, urged participants to equip themselves with the life-long safety guidelines. Read more
Brazil-based Nigerian held with 100 wraps of cocaine in private part, bag (Punch)
Nigerian woman based in Brazil, Mrs Anita Ogbonna, has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, with 100 pellets of cocaine concealed in her private parts and handbag.
The agency said the mother of three was arrested on Friday on arrival in Abuja via Qatar Air from Sao Paulo, Brazil, through Doha.
“Upon a proper search, 12 wraps of cocaine inserted in her private parts were extracted, while another 88 pellets stuffed in socks were discovered hidden in her handbag,” the NDLEA Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, said in a statement on Sunday.
During interrogation, Ogbonna, whose three children are in Brazil, reportedly claimed that she lost her husband three years ago. Read more
NCC posts N150bn spectrum fee in 5 months (Tribune)
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has exceeded its N36 billion projected revenue from spectrum license fees for 2021, having recorded over N150 billion from this revenue source within the five months of the year.
The figure represents over 400 per cent increase in revenue budget performance in respect of spectrum fees generated by the Commission between January 1 and May 31, 2021, reflecting a significant contribution to the revenue drive of the Federal Government.
Accordingly, the N150 billion spectrum revenue achieved in the first half of the year has been remitted to the Federal Government in line with the provisions of the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA), 2003, which mandates the Commission to remit proceeds from spectrum resources wholly into the government’s Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF). Read more
Aderinokun extends charitable gesture to Mowe, Magboro residents (Vanguard)
Chief Olumide Aderinokun continued his charitable gesture in Ogun Senatorial District with the commissioning of borehole projects in Mowe and Magboro communities in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area on Friday.
The borehole projects executed by the Olumide and Stephanie Aderinokun is aimed at helping people with easy access to portable drinking water.
In addition to the borehole projects, two water tanks were mounted and generators were provided to pump the water when there is epileptic power supply.
Chief Aderinokun’s gesture came as a delight to the host communities which had key stakeholders including traditional rulers, youth leaders, market leaders and PDP executives in attendance. Read more
Man convicted of deserting pregnant lady attempts fleeing court, jailed 9 years (Punch)
A 31-year-old Adamawa resident, Mallam Zakaria, will serve nine year’s prison term following his attempted escape from a chief magistrate’s court after the court sentenced him to two years’ imprisonment upon conviction for abandoning a woman he impregnated.
The convict, an indigene of Pariya village in the Fufore Local Government Area of Adamawa State, was earlier charged with deserting one Maryam Usman, of Anguwan Yungur, whom he impregnated.
Usman, on June 16, 2021, lodged a complaint at the Divisional Police Headquarters in Girei that Zakaria impregnated her, adding that after she broke the news to him, he started avoiding her and also stopped taking her calls.
The woman also claimed that the convict conspired with the operator of a pharmacy, Sunday Assoga, to remove the pregnancy after he resurfaced with the chemist, who unsuccessfully administered abortion pills to her, which failed to remove the pregnancy. Read more
New NACCIMA president commends passage of PIB (Leadership)
Newly elected president of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Ide John Udeagbala, has welcomed the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) which has been before the National Assembly for over 18 years.
In a statement yesterday, Udeagbala expressed hope that the passage of the Bill will bring the much awaited and needed reform of the Nigerian oil and gas sector for improved involvement of the Nigerian private sector and improve confidence of foreign investors who have complained of lack of clear appropriate legal framework in the Nigerian oil and gas sector.
NACCIMA national president also said all stakeholders must now work concertedly to ensure that Bill will improve the life of the host oil community, ensure sustainable development of the environment in the oil producing areas. Read more
Jacob Zuma: Supporters form ‘human shield’ to stop ex-president’s arrest (BBC)
Supporters of South African ex-President Jacob Zuma have formed what they say is a human shield outside his home to try to prevent his arrest.
On Tuesday, the constitutional court found him guilty of contempt for defying its order to appear before a corruption inquiry.
A deadline for his arrest had been set for midnight on Sunday.
However, the constitutional court later agreed to hear his challenge to the 15-month jail term he was given. Read more
James Gunn reveals list of villains that didn’t make the cut for The Suicide Squad (Metro)
Director James Gunn has been lifting the lid on his research and creative process as he answered a fan’s question on Twitter about villains that ‘almost made the cut’ for his upcoming movie The Suicide Squad, with Deathstroke included on the list.
Gunn explained: ‘When I first considered taking the job of writing #TheSuicideSquad I kept a file folder of characters I was considering.
‘Here are just a few (of many) that didn’t make the cut (for now!)’
The director then shared comic artwork of the villains in question in a mini-thread, revealing that there were a whopping 14 that had been in the mix from his character folder at one stage or another. Read more
Phylicia Rashad apologises for Bill Cosby tweet in letter to Howard University students, reports say (USAToday)
Phylicia Rashad, who played Bill Cosby’s wife Clair Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” is apologizing to Howard University students and parents after applauding the Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court decision to overturn Cosby’s sex assault conviction
Rashad, who was recently named Howard University’s Dean of Fine Arts, sent a letter Friday to students and parents to give a “sincere apology” for her tweet that “caused so much hurt,” according to reports from CNN and NBC’s “Today.”
“My remarks were in no way directed towards survivors of sexual assault. I vehemently oppose sexual violence, find no excuse for such behavior, and I know that Howard University has a zero-tolerance policy toward interpersonal violence,” she wrote. Read more
Pope ‘responds well’ to colon surgery at Rome hospital (BBC)
Pope Francis has undergone successful surgery to treat a colon problem at a hospital in Rome, the Vatican says.
The 84-year-old “responded well” to the treatment, which was performed under general anaesthesia, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said.
It is the first time Pope Francis has been admitted to hospital since his election in 2013.
Earlier on Sunday, the Argentine pontiff addressed thousands of visitors in St Peter’s Square. Read more
Facebook tests anti-extremism prompts in latest attempt to curb hate (Metro)
Facebook is testing out prompts it hopes will help crack down on extremist content.
One prompt asks users if they’re concerned someone they know is becoming an extremist, according to CNN. A second warns users they may have seen extremist content.
The alerts then direct users towards a page offering support.
For now, the prompts are only being trialled among some users in the US. Read more
Afghanistan: All foreign troops must leave by deadline – Taliban (BBC)
Any foreign troops left in Afghanistan after Nato’s September withdrawal deadline will be at risk as occupiers, the Taliban has told the BBC.
It comes amid reports that 1,000 mainly US troops could remain on the ground to protect diplomatic missions and Kabul’s international airport.
Nato’s 20-year military mission in the country has all but ended.
But violence in the country continues to rise, with the Taliban taking more territory. Read more
Chad’s military leader leaves for talks in France (Guardian)
The head of Chad’s military junta, Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, left N’Djamena on Sunday for a “friendship and working visit” to France, his office said.
The 37-year-old four-star general has led the junta since the announcement in April that his father and veteran leader Idriss Deby Itno had been killed while leading troops against rebels.
Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, president of the Military Transition Council (MTC), “left N’Djamena this morning headed for Paris”, his office said in a statement which gave no details of his itinerary while in the French capital. Read more
Cristiano Ronaldo relaxes with his family on yacht break after Portugal crash out of Euros (Metro)
Cristiano Ronaldo is enjoying some down time with his family following Portugal’s exit from the Euros last Sunday.
The national football team’s captain was clearly frustrated by his side’s performance as they lost 1-0 to Belgium in the last 16, throwing his captain’s armband on the floor as the full-time whistle blew.
However, after coming to terms with his disappointment, the football star is now enjoying a break with his family as he posted a snap of the group on sun loungers onboard a yacht, writing: ‘It’s time to rest with my loves.’
Cristiano is a father of four, all of whom were enjoying the sun with him on the yacht deck: 11-year-old Cristiano Jr., 4-year-old twins Eva and Mateo, and Alana Martina, 3, his daughter with partner Georgina Rodríguez. Read more
Rocket Mortgage Classic: Cam Davis wins first PGA Tour title after five-hole play-off (BBC)
Australian Cam Davis claimed his first PGA Tour win after a three-way play-off at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit.
The 26-year-old got the better of American Troy Merritt and Chile’s Joaquin Niemann after the trio had finished on 18 under after 72 holes.
Niemann bogeyed the first play-off hole which left Merritt and Davis to battle it out.
And Davis held his nerve to win at the fifth extra hole.
He had picked up three shots over his final two holes in regulation play to move into contention for the title. Read more
Mourinho laments as Spinazzola suffers injury (Punch)
New Roma coach Jose Mourinho on Sunday lamented the “terrible loss” of Italy left-back Leonardo Spinazzola with a ruptured left Achilles tendon.
The 28-year-old picked up the injury during Friday’s 2-1 Euro 2020 quarter-final win over Belgium in Munich, the day Mourinho arrived in Rome.
“It’s a terrible loss for Italy, but imagine how terrible it is for me who won’t have him for about six months,” Mourinho told TalkSport.
“(Chelsea’s) Emerson Palmieri is a good player, with experience. But Spinazzola was playing in an incredible way.” Read more
Bukayo Saka will be fit for England vs Denmark, confirms Gareth Southgate (Metro)
Bukayo Saka is expected to be fit for England’s Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark on Wednesday after he missed the victory over Ukraine on Saturday with a minor injury.
The Arsenal star impressed when he started the wins over Czech Republic and Germany but had to sit out the quarter-final in Rome after a knock in training.
England boss Gareth Southgate says the teenager was actually available to play against Ukraine, but with so many options available on the wing, there was no need to risk him and Jadon Sancho was given the chance from the start.
Saka should certainly be back in time for the Danes at Wembley, though, although we are yet to find out whether he will be back in the starting XI or not. Read more
Lewis Hamilton says Max Verstappen is ‘walking away with it’ after Austrian Grand Prix (BBC)
Max Verstappen won’t say it, but the reality is that he is in pretty much total control of this year’s Formula 1 championship battle after victory in Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix.
The Red Bull driver has taken four wins in the past five races and only did not win them all because his left rear tyre exploded when he was leading five laps from the end of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Two months ago, after Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Grand Prix to take the Mercedes driver’s third win of the opening four races, Verstappen was 14 points behind the seven-time champion.
Now, with nine races completed, Verstappen leads Hamilton by 32 points. There may well be, as Verstappen keeps reminding everyone, a long way to go – although with the pandemic still in full swing, no one is quite sure exactly how many races there will be this season – but it is looking harder and harder to see a way back for Hamilton from this. Read more
Journalists warn against press restrictions at Tokyo 2020 Olympics (Guardian)
Sports journalists from across the world have warned the organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which begins in Japan this month, that the restrictions and limited access to sources would make the games difficult for the media to cover.
Through its parent body, International Sport Press Association (AIPS), the journalists during an e-conference at the weekend said some of the guidelines released by the IOC in conjunction with the Tokyo 2020 Local Organising Committee (LOC) would make it practically impossible for most journalists, especially those from the developing world, to be at the games.The World e-conference moderated by AIPS Secretary General, Jura Ozmec, with editor of Outlook magazine (India), Soumitra Bose and Martin Mazur (AIPS Media), was part of the body’s 97th anniversary of its birth. The conference with 700 registered participants from more than 100 countries also coincided with the celebration of this year’s World Sport Journalists Day. Read more