Man, 24, butchers aunty, buries body in shallow grave in Calabar (Vanguard)
A middle-aged man, Christian Edem Eyo, has confessed to slaughtering his neighbor and aunty who was in her sixties.
Vanguard learnt that the 24 years old man butchered his aunty buried her head in a pit he had dug inside his room which was well over 10 feet deep.
The tragic incident occurred in the early hours of Wednesday in their compound at 39, Inyang street by Afokang in Calabar South local government area, Cross River State.
Findings showed that shortly after the suspect slaughtered the woman, Uduak Effiong, he buried her body in a shallow grave he dug in front of the compound. Read more
Village head, wife abducted in Ibadan (Punch)
Baale of Araromi Village in Ibadan, Chief Tafa Apanpa, and his wife have been abducted by some kidnappers.
The duo was reported to have been kidnapped by gunmen, who stormed the village located in Bakatari area of Ibadan, on Tuesday night.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Bakatari in Ido Local Government Area of Ibadan is a border town between Oyo and Ogun, located on the Ibadan-Abeokuta road.
A resident of the community, who pleaded anonymity, told newsmen on Wednesday in Ibadan, that the duo were kidnapped while it was raining on Tuesday night. Read more
10 family members die after consuming herbal concoction in Kwara (DailyTrust)
Ten members of a family in Gwanara community of Baruteen Local Government Area died after consuming a local herbal mixture on Friday.
The tragic incident had left the Biogberu community, occupied by local Fulani indigenes, in shock and disbelief.
Details about the incident were still sketchy as of the time of this report.
Baruteen is one of the farthest local governments in Kwara North from the Ilorin metropolis.
Some of the locals, who spoke on the issue on phone, said the village is several hours from the council’s capital. Read more
JAMB to release 2021 UTME results June 23 – Oloyede (Vanguard)
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says the result of the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) will be released on June 23.
The JAMB Registrar, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, disclosed this on Wednesday during a news conference in Enugu.
Oloyede said he had no reason whatsoever to withhold the results of the UTME.
“The result ought to be out by now, but because I am not at the headquartres and I do not want to approve it while on the field. Read more
Anambra Guber: APGA NWC suspends Soludo, 3 others (Leadership)
The Jude Okeke-led National Working Committee (NWC) of APGA has suspended a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and governorship aspirant, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo from the party for anti-party activities.
The decision was taken late Tuesday at the NWC meeting of the party which also applauded the peaceful and successful Special Delegate Ward Congresses where 3-man Ward Delegates were elected for the July 1 governorship primaries.
In a press briefing by the acting national publicity secretary of the party, Comrade Ikechukwu Chukwunyere, he said the party resolved to suspend Prof. Soludo and three other members due to their unrelenting effort at ensuring that the party is not united to focus on winning the governorship election, anti-party activities, administration of oath on party officials, bribery of party officials, sabotage, promotion of division, among others. Read more
Court remands 2 teachers in custodial centre for alleged murder of 8-year-old boy (Guardian)
A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Kano on Wednesday ordered the remand of two teachers: Hajara Musa, 26, and Farida Ahmed, 26, for the alleged murder of the 8-year-old boy.
The defendants, who are residents of Kurna Quarters, Kano, are standing trial on a count charge of culpable homicide.
The Chief Magistrate, Mustapha Sa’ad-Datti, ordered that the defendants be remanded in the correctional centre and adjourned the matter until June 28, for mention.
Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Mr Jamilu Abubakar, had told the court that one Kamalu Suraj of Kurna Makaranta Quarters, Kano, reported the matter at Rijiyar Lemo Police Division Kano, on June 1. Read more
Cult War: 3 die in Akwa Ibom over ‘call girl’ (Vanguard)
The cult war which has bedevilled Eket Local Government of Akwa Ibom State in recent times has taken a frightening dimension as no fewer than three persons were reportedly killed over a girl.
It was gathered that the incident occurred on Monday at Usang Afianwe, a popular , but flash point area in the oil city.
The source stated that the killing of the trio resulted from a fight between two rival cult groups, Axe Confraternity and Klans over a girl at a popular spot at Afaha Uqua Street.
The source said: “the fracas started on Monday, June 21 and we lost a vibrant young man. Read more
Fuel Subsidy Bribe: Farouk Lawan moved to Kuje Prison (DailyTrust)
Nine years after the scandal that rocked the House of Representatives investigation into fuel subsidy fraud, the chairman of the then ad-hoc investigating committee, Farouk Lawan, has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment for receiving bribe from billionaire oil magnate, Femi Otedola, the owner of one of the firms that were being investigated.
An FCT High Court sitting in Apo presided over on Tuesday by Justice Angela Otaluka found Lawan guilty of all the three counts that bordered around bribery in the case which had travelled to and from the Supreme Court since it began in 2012.
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Credible sources said the former legislator has been moved to Kuje Prisons in the outskirt of Abuja.
A source at the prison who does not want to be named confirmed that Lawan was taken there shortly after he was convicted by the court. Read more
Farouk Lawan jailed 19yrs for $500,000 bribe (Guardian)
Justice Angela Otaluka of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting at Apo, Abuja, has sentenced former House of Representatives member, Farouk Lawan, to 19-year imprisonment for receiving $500,000 bribe from the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Zenon Petroleum and Gas Limited, Femi Otedola.
The presiding judge found the Kano native, who was Chairman of the House Ad hoc Committee on Petroleum Subsidy Regime at the time of his arraignment in 2012, guilty on the three-count charge brought against him by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) on behalf of the Federal Government.
She sentenced him seven years each on counts one and two, as well as five years on count three. The sentence is to run concurrently.
The four-term lawmaker, who represented Bagwai/Shanono Federal Constituency of Kano State between 1999 and 2015, was accused of demanding $3 million for himself from the oil magnate. Read more
Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: Heavy casualties reported after air strike (BBC)
Dozens of people have reportedly been killed or injured after Ethiopia’s air force bombed a market in the northern region of Tigray.
Eyewitnesses told the BBC the Ethiopian air force struck the town of Togoga on Tuesday, 25 km (15 miles) from the region’s capital, Mekelle.
The Ethiopian military denied targeting civilians, saying it carried out the strikes to neutralise “terrorists”.
Tigrayan rebel forces are said to have made advances in recent days. Read more
Russia fires shots and drops bombs in front of British destroyer near Crimea (Metro)
A Russian warship has fired warning shots at a British destroyer from its waters near Crimea, the Russian defence ministry has claimed.
A Su-24 aircraft also dropped four bombs in the north-western part of the Black Sea, officials say.
But the Ministry of Defence has disputed this version of events, saying Russia was undertaking a pre-planned gunnery exercise in the Black Sea.
No shots were fired at the HMS Defender or bombs dropped in her path, a statement from the Government department said this afternoon. Read more
Cows escape slaughterhouse, take over California neighbourhood (NYPost)
A herd of cows busted out of a slaughterhouse and took over a California neighbourhood, wild video shows.
Roughly 40 cows late Monday stampeded down a street in Pico Rivera, munching on lawns and even charging cops who tried to corral them, reports said.
A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy fatally shot one escaped animal after it charged at a family of four, knocking some of them to the ground, KTLA reported.
The victims were later treated at a hospital for minor injuries. One cow remained on the run early Wednesday, according to the station. Read more
Harrison Ford forced to take break from filming after sustaining injury on Indiana Jones 5 set (Metro)
Harrison Ford has injured himself while practicing a fight scene for upcoming action film Indiana Jones 5.
The Hollywood stalwart is picking up his whip for the first time in over a decade to play the iconic archaeologist, with scenes for the fifth instalment filming in the UK.
However, while working out the choreography for an upcoming battle scene, Ford, 78, has injured his shoulder.
Although he will need a period of recuperation, it’s been confirmed shooting on the blockbuster will not stop. Read more
Chris Brown accused of hitting woman in LA (BBC)
Chris Brown has been accused of hitting a woman after a row in Los Angeles.
The R&B star, 32, is alleged to have struck the woman on Friday 18 June.
Officers were called to an area in the San Fernando Valley, southern California, at 7.30am local time, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department said.
A crime report for battery has been completed and LA city’s attorney’s office will now consider whether to bring any charges. Read more
Spider-Man gives Pope Francis his own Marvel hero mask at Vatican (NYPost)
Pope Francis had a little competition in the superhero department on Wednesday.
Spider-Man gifted the 84-year-old pontiff his very own Marvel Comics character mask as the two living legends shook hands at the end of the weekly audience in the Vatican’s San Damaso Courtyard.
The comic book and blockbuster film icon — dressed head to toe in his signature body-con red, black and blue uniform — was seated in the official “VIP section” of the audience before being introduced to a smiling Pope Francis.
Buzzkill alert: The man behind the Spidey mask at the meet-and-greet was eventually revealed to be Mattia Villardita, 27, from northern Italy, Reuters reported.
New York mayoral election: Yang out as ex-police officer leads primary (BBC)
Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang has dropped out of the race to become the Democratic candidate for New York City mayor after coming fourth in the primary election.
Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams, an ex-police captain, is leading.
For the first time a ranked-choice system is being used and the result is unlikely to be known for several weeks.
New York is a Democratic stronghold and the party’s candidate is likely to be its next mayor after November’s vote. Read more
Nigerian midfielder, Frank Onyeka set to join Premier League new boys, Brentford (Vanguard)
Super Eagles of Nigeria midfielder, Frank Onyeka who also plies his trade with Midtjylland in the Danish Supaliga is all set to join Premier League newcomers, Brentford ahead of the 2021/2022 season.
Onyeka who has featured just once for Nigeria is regarded as one of the most talented players in Denmark. He has 12 goals in 80 appearances for the club since he joined in 2017.
Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet reports that FC Midtjylland are set to sell Onyeka with Brentford expected to be his destination as both clubs enjoy a close alliance.
He joined FC Midtjylland from Ogun State club side FC Ebedei. Read more
Wimbledon 2021: Dominic Thiem doubtful for championships with wrist injury (BBC)
US Open champion Dominic Thiem is a doubt for next week’s Wimbledon with a wrist injury.
The Austrian retired from his match against Adrian Mannarino in Mallorca on Tuesday after appearing to hurt his wrist while hitting a forehand.
An initial scan carried out locally has proved inconclusive.
Thiem, 27, will consult a wrist specialist in Barcelona before deciding whether he can compete at Wimbledon, where he was due to be seeded fourth. Read more
NBA Mock Draft 1.0: What will happen after Pistons take Cade Cunningham (NYPost)
The Eastern Conference just got tougher.
The Pistons’ horrendous season panned out in the end when they won the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night. That will give Detroit the rights to the presumptive No. 1-overall pick in Cade Cunningham, who can play point guard or wing at 6-foot-8 and will jump-start their rebuild. The Pistons fielded promising rookies Saddiq Bey and Killian Hayes this season to go along with star Jerami Grant.
The Pistons, Rockets and Magic had the best odds at 14 percent. Sure enough, the Rockets will pick second, putting them in position for one of the Big 5 — Cunningham, Jalen Suggs, Jalen Green, Jonathan Kuminga and Evan Mobley.
Cleveland will pick third, Toronto fourth and Orlando fifth. All those teams are in position for one of the elite group. Read more
Tottenham Hotspur offer to Sevilla’s Lopetegui turned down (BBC)
Julen Lopetegui had a four-and-a-half-month spell as Real Madrid manager before was appointed Sevilla boss in July 2019
Tottenham made a “dizzying” offer to Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui but the former Spain boss will not be going anywhere, according to the La Liga club’s president Jose Castro.
The north London side have been looking for a permanent replacement for Jose Mourinho since his sacking in April.
Lopetegui, 54, guided Sevilla to Champions League qualification with a fourth-place finish last season.
Castro said Lopetegui had “received offers he’d not listened to”.
Talking to Spanish radio station Cadena SER, Sevilla’s president continued: “Julen rang me and told me. Read more
NBA’s officiating problem spoils Suns-Clippers thriller (NYPost)
Even during a thrilling Game 2 finish between the Suns and Clippers, Scott Foster managed to make the game about himself.
The mercurial official became a highly visible part of the Western Conference Finals showdown, which the Suns won 104-103 on a last-second alley-oop.
The last minute of the game was slowed to a crawl by multiple lengthy reviews. First, as Suns star Devin Booker was dribbling the ball down the court, Clippers guard Patrick Beverley swatted the ball out of play. But a video replay changed the call, showing the ball barely touching Booker’s fingers as it went out of bounds.
By the letter of the law, the rule states that if the ball touches any part of an offensive player’s body last, it goes to the other team – even if the defensive player caused it. But it’s a mockery of common sense: Beverley clearly caused the ball to go out of bounds. Announcer Jeff Van Gundy proclaimed the call as “bad for the game.” Read more
LeBron James reacts with joke after NBA team-mate Alex Caruso ‘is arrested for possession of marijuana’ (RT)o
LeBron James has joked about paying “straight cash” after reports that Alex Caruso, one of his Los Angeles Lakers team-mates who he has built a close on-court relationship with, has been arrested for possession of marijuana.
A police spokesman is said to have confirmed that Caruso, whose $5.5 million deal at the Lakers ends next month, was found with a grinder containing marijuana residue at an airport in Texas.
Officials said the 27-year-old was arrested for possession of less than two ounces and released on bonds totaling $4,200, according to KBTX.When musician Josiah Johnson produced a clip joking that James would promise to rescue Caruso, the NBA legend surprisingly responded with a meme based on notorious NFL bad boy Randy Moss. Read more