Man ‘bathes’ sleeping wife with boiling water in Lagos boiling water (DailyTrust)
A retiree, Mr Isaac Ekeh, has allegedly poured hot water on his wife, Stella, while she was sleeping.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the incident happened on May 31, at 3:00am at Satellite Town, Alakija, in Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State.
Mrs Ekeh, an educationist, who sustained a high degree of injuries, told NAN in a telephone interview on Monday that the family had dinner together before the unfortunate incident.
“My children, husband and I ate our dinner together on the fateful day before we went to bed.
“Isaac woke up around 3:00am, boiled water which he used to bathe me while I was sleeping in the bedroom. Read more
Lagos socialite, Omolara Olukotun engages Mercy Aigbe in a bottle fight (Vanguard)
Drama ensued at an event on Sunday when Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe and Lagos socialite Omolara Olukotun, founder of the famous brand, Larrit Shoe Village (LSV) engaged in a physical fight.
In a video that has gone viral now, Omolara was captured as she threw a bottle at Mercy who screamed helplessly.
It was gathered that Mercy Aigbe and Iyabo Ojo were at the event together when Omolara flared up and threw the bottle at Mercy.
The cause of their fight was not revealed. Read more
Police begin manhunt on abductors of Anglican Bishop, wife, other (Sun)
The Police Command in Oyo State, says the command had begun a manhunt on the abductors of Bishop Oluwaseun Aderogba of Jebba Diocese, Kwara State, his wife and driver.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Adewale Osifeso, stated this while confirming the incident in a statement on Monday.
The News Agency of Nigeria Nigeria (NAN) reports that Aderogba, his wife and driver were kidnapped on Sunday, at about 9.00 p.m. on New Oyo/Ogbomoso Expressway.
The Bishop’s chaplain, who was with the victims when the incident happened, said their vehicle developed a fault some few kilometers to Oyo, when they were traveling from Ogun State to Jebba, and before help could come some armed men came from the bush and surrounded them.
He said that he was lucky because he was not visible because of his black cassock and fell flat on the ground to hide while the abductors matched the Bishop, wife and driver to the bush. Read more
Our negotiation with FG to be concluded soon ― ASUU (Vanguard)
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has expressed hope that its ongoing negotiation with the Federal Government over their long-standing differences that have crippled academic activities in the nation’s public universities for about five months now would be over soon.
The President of the union, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, gave this hope in an exclusive interview with Tribune Online at the weekend.
He was asked for an update on the union’s position as regards its ongoing negotiation with the Federal Government team led by Prof Nimi Briggs, who is the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT). Read more
Hajj: 462 Lagos pilgrims depart on Tuesday (DailyTrust)
The First Batch of intending Muslim pilgrims from Lagos State would depart for Madinah, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.
No fewer than 462 intending pilgrims would make the inaugural flight to be operated by FlyNas airlifting the pilgrims directly to Prince Mohammed Bn Abdulaziz International Airport from the Murtala Muhammad International Airport Hajj Terminal in Lagos.
The State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi, disclosed this during a one-day seminar organised for intending pilgrims by the state pilgrims’ welfare board.
He appealed to those on board to be adequately prepared for the trip, according to a statement by the Asst. Director, Public Affairs in the state pilgrims welfare board, Mr. Taofeek Lawal. Read more
Coca-Cola donates €1m to support local communities in Nigeria (Sun)
Coca-Cola HBC, the parent company of the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Limited, has announced a €1 million donation to support community empowerment and social impact programmes in Nigeria.
Its CEO, Zoran Bogdanovic, made the donation at a stakeholder reception during his visit to Lagos, Nigeria.
The €1 million fund would be deployed to support four key initiatives including the Federal Government’s journey towards achieving Open Defecation Free (ODF) by 2025; upskilling underserved youths and women in high demand skills; and community recycling initiatives. Partners for the fund have been selected based on a rigorous due diligence process and their track record, as well as their ability to deliver value and make an impact in the communities. The remaining three partners will be announced soon. Read more
Nigerian Army Women Corps shines at Democracy Day parade (Channels)
There was probably nothing more heart-warming at the Democracy Day Parade than the combat march by the Nigerian Army Women Corps.
The brilliant display began on Monday with an uncertain whimper and grew into a scream. With clangs of the barrel, the ladies spurred themselves on into a march that enlivened the Eagles Square in Abuja and buoyed spirits up at the arena.
Their motorbikes led the way and the women marched with great poise to the relish of spectators who could not help but roar back their delight with screams and cacophonous applause.
Led by Lieutenant Vera Jacob, the Army Women Squad proceeded towards the presidential booth, and there they recited the soldiers’ creed and got President Muhammadu Buhari’s permission to carry on. Read more
DisCos appeal to customers as generation drops to 9mw (Nation)
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) said the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) experienced a major setback on Sunday with a record of 9.00 Mega Watts (Mw) lowest generation as the national grid collapsed.
Consequently, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) management informed its customers in a public notice, that “the current power outage is due to a system failure from the National Grid.
“The system collapsed at about 6:49pm today 12th June, 2022, causing the outage currently being experienced.
“We appeal for your understanding as well as all stakeholders are working hard to restore normal supply.” Read more
APC chieftain lauds Tinubu’s visit to other aspirants (ThisDay)
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State, Prince Adekunle Ayoola, has commended the former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for his post-party’s primary consultation and visits to his co-contestants in the election.
He said Tinubu has displayed his magnanimity over his landslide victory recorded at the last week’s presidential primary of the party.
Tinubu won the APC presidential primary last week after defeating six other aspirants, including the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
In a statement made available to journalists in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Ayoola, while congratulating Tinubu for the deserving victory, urged him to remain a leader with a large heart and never count it against anyone who contested the presidential ticket with him, especially from the Southwest. Read more
Queen Latifah talks partying with 2Pac at a gay club (AllHipHop)
June is LGBT Pride Month in the United States. Last June, award-winning rapper/singer/actress Queen Latifah publicly acknowledged she was in a relationship with Eboni Nichols for the first time.
Queen Latifah was a guest on a recent episode of First We Feast and Complex Media’s Hot Ones. During her appearance on the digital show, the Newark, New Jersey native reflected on attending a gay club with the late Tupac Shakur.
“We toured together, so we went all across the country,” said Queen Latifah about 2Pac. “I was in San Francisco doing a show. It was my first show [for] over $10,000, which was a New Year’s Eve show at this cool gay club in San Francisco. I was like, ‘Yo I’m here.’ He was like, ‘Yo, I’m gonna hook up with you.’ So 2Pac came to the club with me. I was like, ‘Yo, 2Pac is in the building!’”
The Equalizer star added, “They went crazy in there. They [were] like, ‘Take off your clothes!’ He took his shirt off anywhere. We had so much fun. But that was like my brother and he’s the type of person if he loved you, if he was cool with you, he’d lay his life down for you. I miss him and I love him. Good times. And we were probably high.” Read more
Post Malone’s “Twelve Carat Toothache” misses out on Billboard 200 top spot (HipHopDX)
Post Malone’s new album Twelve Carat Toothache has debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart following its June 3 release.
The album moved roughly 121,000 total album-equivalent units in its first week, made up of 98,000 SEA units (127.82 million on-demand streams), 21,000 album sales and 2,000 TEA units. Twelve Carat Toothache was initially released as a 14-track album on June 3, with a deluxe version featuring two extra songs then dropping on June 7.
With features from Roddy Ricch, Doja Cat, Gunna, The Weeknd, The Kid LAROI and Fleet Foxes, the album serves as Post Malone’s fourth straight Top 5 album. In comparison, his last album Hollywood’s Bleeding debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in September 2019 with roughly 489,000 total album-equivalent units, spending five weeks in the top spot.
Twelve Carat Toothache is beaten to No. 1 by Bad Bunny’s Un Verano Sin Ti, which returns to the summit with roughly 137,000 total album-equivalent units last week. Read more
Taika Waititi swerves Rita Ora engagement question on This Morning (HuffPost)
Taika Waititi managed to expertly swerve speaking about his rumoured engagement to Rita Ora during an interview on This Morning on Monday.
The New Zealand filmmaker and actor appeared on the ITV daytime show via video link to discuss his new film Lightyear with co-star Chris Evans, when host Phillip Schofield brought up his famous girlfriend.
The pair were reported to have got engaged last week, with claims they are planning to wed as soon as possible.
Referring to the fact he had wished Chris a happy birthday earlier in the interview, Phillip cheekily said to Taika: “We’ve congratulated Chris on his birthday… are there wedding bells?” Read more
Amber Heard says she doesn’t ‘blame’ jury for verdict in Johnny Depp trial (People)
Amber Heard is addressing the jury’s verdict after her tumultuous legal battle with ex-husband Johnny Depp came to an end.
Throughout the week, a conversation between Heard, 36, and Savannah Guthrie will appear on NBC News’ Today, before more from the sit-down will be shown on a special Dateline Friday. The interview will then be made available on Today’s website, and the special hour of Dateline will be available on Peacock.
In a clip from the conversation that aired on Today Monday morning, Heard chatted with Guthrie, 50, about understanding where the jurors came from.
After Guthrie told Heard, “The jury looked at the evidence you presented, they listened to your testimony and they did not believe you, they thought you were lying,” the Aquaman actress responded: “How could they make a judgement, how could they not come to that conclusion.” Read more
Russia earns $97b on energy exports since invasion of Ukrain (BBC)
Russia earned nearly $100b (£82.3b) from oil and gas exports during the first 100 days of the war in Ukraine, according to a report.
Revenues have been falling since March, as many countries shunned Russian supplies, but remain high, the independent Centre For Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) found.
It also warned of potential loopholes in efforts to curb imports from Russia.
The EU, US and UK are among those to have pledged to cut Russian imports.
But the CREA report found Russia still earned $97b in revenue from fossil fuel exports in the first 100 days of the Ukraine conflict, from 24 February to 3 June. Read more
Jennifer Hudson earns EGOT status after winning Tony Award for “A Strange Loop” (CBS)
After winning a Tony Award Sunday for producing the hit Broadway musical “A Strange Loop,” Jennifer Hudson achieved EGOT status —meaning she has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award in her career. Hudson became the 17th person to win all four major awards.
A Strange Loop had 11 nominations – the most for any show – heading to Sunday night’s Tony Awards in New York City. It took home awards for the best musical and best book for a musical category – the former giving Hudson, one of the producers of the show, her milestone win.
She previously won an Oscar for best supporting actress for “Dreamgirls,” two Grammys for best R&B and best musical theater albums and a daytime Emmy for outstanding interactive media for “Baba Yaga.”
Hudson is also the second Black woman to win all four major awards after Whoopi Goldberg reached the milestone in 2002, according to Entertainment Tonight. Other famous EGOT winners include Rita Moreno, Audrey Hepburn, John Legend and Alan Menken. Read more
Brazil police deny UK journalist, colleague’s bodies found (DW)
The remains of UK journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira have been found in the Amazon jungle, according to a report. However, federal police deny that the bodies had been found and identified.
Brazil’s federal police on Monday denied a report that British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira had been found.
Dom Philips, who has worked for news outlets including DW and the Guardian, and his colleague have been missing for more than a week in the Vale do Javari Indigenous Land, in the Brazilian state of Amazonas.
The news outlet G1 earlier cited Philips’ wife Alessandra Sampaio saying she had been told that the bodies had been found. The information has not yet been confirmed by the Brazilian authorities. The Federal Police have said that only biological material and belongings of the missing men have been discovered so far. Read more
Nigeria record biggest win ever, thrash Sao Tome 10-0 in AFCON qualifier (Punch)
The Super Eagles grabbed three points against the The Falcons and True Parrots of São Tomé and Príncipe at the Grand Stade Agadir, also known as Adrar Stadium, on Monday.
The Nigerian team had also bagged all three points in their 2-1 defeat of Sierra Leone at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja on Thursday.
On Monday, Victor Osimhen scored four times to give the Super Eagles a resounding victory in their Day 2 encounter of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualification series in Morocco.
Osimhen scored in the ninth, 48th, 65th and 84th minutes alongside Moses Simon who scored in the 28th minute, Moffi (43′, 60′), Oghenekaro Etebo (55′),
Ademola Lookman (63′) and Emmanuel Dennis (90+2′). Read more
Mikel rewards youngsters at Back2Base Talent Hunt (Nation)
Outstanding athletes from the maiden edition of the Back2Base talent hunt held at the UNILAG Sports complex, Lagos were at the weekend showered with prizes by former Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi.
Mikel, who was present throughout the three-day event, also had the Sports Minister, Sunday Dare in attendance in Saturday’s final, said he was very impressed with the level of skills exhibited by the youngsters who participated across the three sports; football, basketball and tennis.
While the former Chelsea star promptly fulfilled the cash rewards to the outstanding athletes across the three sports, he also promised to do his best to ensure they are given more platforms to actualize their dreams of becoming superstars in their chosen fields.
He said: “I am very happy with the success of this first edition, for me all the children are winners because they are all talented in one way or the other and they all have a bright future ahead of them”. Read more
Aribo ranked No.1 footballer (Sun)
No footballer in the world played more matches and minutes in the world last season than Super Eagles and Rangers star, Joe Aribo.
The 25-year-old midfielder has been a regular starter for both club and country and was even deployed as a false 9 in the Europa League final where he found the back of the net.
And according to Transfermarkt, Aribo has played more games and minutes than any other player in the world as he approaches appearance number 70. The Nigerian tops the list with 69 games and 5481 minutes ahead of Guatemalan footballer, Stheven Robles who has featured in 69 games and 5382 minutes.
Liverpool star Luis Diaz comes in third with 69 games and 5184 minutes. Read more
Erling Haaland shirt number decision drops clear hint at Man City transfer exit (Mirror)
Manchester City have finally announced the signing of Erling Haaland – and dropped a clear hint Gabriel Jesus will be departing the club this summer after five-and-a-half years at the Etihad in the process.
Jesus, 25, is likely to leave for pastures new after Erling Haaland completed his £51million transfer to City on Monday, knocking the Brazilian forward down the pecking order. Arsenal have made him a priority target while La Liga rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have been offered his services, according to reports in Spain.
Jesus has worn the No. 9 shirt at City for the last three seasons and Haaland will be eyeing up the jersey, which is typically reserved for a big-name, out-and-out striker. The Norwegian, 21, was unveiled as a Sky Blue player on Monday but there was no sign of his squad number in any of the footage or pictures released by the club.
One option for Haaland is to take the No. 15 shirt as this was the strip donned by his father, Alf-Inge, during his stint with City in the early noughties, when he made 47 appearances for the club. This number is available in the Etihad Stadium dressing room but there would likely have been plenty of fanfare and an official announcement if the prolific striker was going to follow in his dad’s footsteps. Read more
Ex-Bolton Wanderers defender Gretar Steinsson to join Spurs for new role after Everton exit (MEN)
Retired Bolton Wanderers defender Gretar Steinsson has moved to Tottenham Hotspur to take on a new backroom role, according to reports.
The 40-year-old joined Wanderers in 2008 from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar. He went on to make 138 appearances for the club and scored six goals.
The defender departed the club in the summer of 2012 after he was not offered fresh terms. It coincided with the club being relegated from the Premier League.
The former Icelandic international went on to play for a further season with Turkish side Kayserispor. He departed the club by mutual consent in the summer of 2013 and retired from playing not long after. Read more
Anthony Joshua walks out on Sky Sports for a £100m-per-year ‘long-term’ broadcasting deal with streaming site DAZN (DailyMail)
Anthony Joshua has turned his back on Sky Sports to sign a lucrative deal with streaming service DAZN, as the heavyweight prepares for his crucial rematch against Oleksandr Usyk this summer.
Joshua has fought on Sky Sports for the entirety of his career, with his promoter Eddie Hearn previously having an exclusive deal with the broadcaster to stage his fights.
But the Matchroom Boxing chief has since negotiated a £100million-per-year deal with DAZN that has seen him bring his entire stable on board.
Joshua had a separate contract to show his fights exclusively on Sky Sports, but that expired after his first fight against Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September – and the heavyweight has now defected to DAZN. Read more
Hamilton vows to ‘do anything’ to stop porpoising woes as he admits health concern (F1News)
Sir Lewis Hamilton has conceded that he is concerned about the health implications that driving the Mercedes W13 could have as the bouncing issues persist for the Silver Arrows.
The abrasion between the floor and the track surface was worse in Baku than it has been all year for Mercedes, and even Red Bull and McLaren, who have typically not had an issue with it in 2022, had to contend with a bit of turbulence during the weekend.
Hamilton complained of severe back pain during the race, but recovered well to finish fourth as team-mate George Russell managed his third podium of the season in third.
While Hamilton perennially enjoys being in the car, he desperately wants to work with his team to get rid of the “porpoising” that has hindered Mercedes’ season from a performance and a physical perspective. Read more