Man beats wife to death for refusing sex in Edo (Punch)
The family of a woman, Ugieki Asemota, has urged the Edo State Police Command to prosecute her husband, Emmanuel, for allegedly beating her to death for refusing him sexual intercourse.
PUNCH Metro gathered that an argument ensued between the couple at their residence on Abaegbe Street in the Evbotubu area of Benin on Monday, June 28, 2021.
Our correspondent learnt that Ugieki entered her room and locked the door to avoid issues with her husband.
However, Emmanuel, who persisted in entering the room with her, allegedly tried to break the door with an axe. Read more
UNILAG authorities raise alarm over COVID-19 third wave (Vanguard)
Fear of possible outbreak of the third wave of the COVID-19 has gripped the management of the University of Lagos, UNILAG, which has raised the alarm following an increase in the number of patients coming to the University Medical Centre with flu-like symptoms related to the disease.
The development has prompted the university to issue and update cum advisory on the development on Tuesday.
The statement from the Medical Centre read, “The University of Lagos Medical Centre wishes to inform all members of the University of Lagos Community about what appears to be the start of a potential 3rd wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Lagos State. Read more
3 killed as military men clash with Lagos traders (Punch)
A businessman, identified only as Felix, aka Tiger, and two other yet-to-be-identified traders have been shot dead by military officers during a clash with union members and traders at the Aguiyi Ironsi International Trade Centre, in the Paramo area of Ladipo Market, Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro gathered from witnesses that a military officer and his orderly visited the market on Tuesday to change the spare part he bought from a trader.
On their way out, some union members, who were at the entrance of the market, reportedly demanded payment of N200 from them for gate pass.
It was learnt that the request infuriated the military men and in the process, an argument ensued between them and the union members. Read more
Police nab traffic robbery suspects in Oshodi (Guardian)
Lagos State Rapid Response Squad (RRS), yesterday, arrested two robbery suspects in possession of a locally made pistol and charms, while out to perpetrate crimes across their target points.
The RRS team, on patrol around Oshodi metropolis.
The two suspects, namely Lekan Abdulateef (M), aged 23 and Tajudeen Sanusi (M), aged 24 are both indigenes of Kwara State and residents of Ajegunle and Orile areas of Lagos respectively.
Abdulateef, who was in possession of the pistol at the time of arrest, confessed to buying the gun at N100,000 from the vendor. Read more
EFCC breaks into Lagos hotel, arrests 30 over fraud (Punch)
No fewer than 30 suspects have been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission during a raid on Parktonian Hotel in the Lekki area of Lagos State.
During the raid on Tuesday, the operatives were alleged to have gained entry into the occupants’ rooms by seizing the master cards from the management of the hotel at gunpoint.
When the operatives gained entry into the rooms, it was learnt that some of the occupants were naked under the duvet as the operatives interrogated the occupants.
One of the victims, while lamenting the invasion, told the Peoples Gazette, “I was naked, and I had to beg them (for me) to put something on. I am actually hypertensive, but I put myself together because I am not a criminal in any way.” Read more
FG unveils solar-powered Electric Vehicle charging station in Lagos (Guardian)
Minister of Industry, Trade and Investments, Niyi Adebayo, has said that strategic human capital and capacity development are essential to industrialisation growth in the country.
Adebayo stated this, yesterday, in Lagos while unveiling solar powered Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station and electric vehicle pilot project of National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) in conjunction with the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
He said the programme was designed to promote advanced technology transfer and development of sophisticated human capital.
Adebayo said the charging station developed by the NADDC would promote applicable local solutions for vehicle electrification in Nigeria, adding that it will offer students first-hand experience with the latest innovations in mobility and renewable power technology. Read more
Sound Sultan: Satellite Town youths hold candle light procession (Vanguard)
As Nigerians mourn the sudden demise of the late multitalented musician, Sound Sultan, youths in Satellite Town where he grew in, have concluded plans to hold a candle light procession for him.
The event which holds on July 16, 2021, is expected to attract friends, family and fans of the late music icon, whose death left people across different divides devastated.
According to a notice by the organisers, the event would commence at the front of Learning Field Schools, Satellite Town, at 5 pm.
The demise of the artiste last Sunday, left both the young and old in the area overwhelmed with grief. Read more
NGO moves against sexual violence in Lagos (Guardian)
Disturbed by the rising cases of sexual violence in the country, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Kick Against Child Abuse (KACA), in partnership with a music label, Jamika Entertainment, has organised an awareness to arouse parents and guardians to be watchful of the predators in the society.
During the exercise, which held yesterday in Abule-Egba, Lagos State, the organisers harped on adequate protection for young people against philanderers.
KACA Chairman, Jerry Ihensekhien, implored parents to pay more attention to their children and shield them from violators within their families, friends and settlements.
He told the guardians that a bulk of these sex offenders were close relatives and acquaintances that feigned love as doting uncles, aunts and neighbours. Read more
PIB: Oil workers reject restriction of import licence for refined products (Vanguard)
Workers in the nation’s petroleum industry have rejected the provision in the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, recently passed by the National Assembly, NASS, that restrict import license of products to only few refiners in the country, warning that it is one of the major drawbacks of passed bill.
Vanguard gathered from the leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, and its Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, that the restriction of import license of products to only few refiners in the country is one of the grey areas in the recently passed Bill by NASS that NUPENG and PENGASSAN are not comfortable with.
According to sources, NUPENG and PENGASSAN are hoping that the grey areas, especially monopoly to be granted to few refiners, should be addressed by both houses of the Assembly before the Bill is sent to President Muhammad Buhari for assent.
The oil workers believe that if the grey areas are not addressed now before the Presidential assent to the Bill, it would hinder the full potential of the bill. Read more
4 charged with plot to kidnap New York-based Iranian journalist (France24)
Four Iranian nationals were indicted Tuesday on charges of plotting to abduct a journalist in New York, the Justice Department said.
US-based journalist and activist Masih Alinejad, who is of Iranian descent and is an outspoken critic of the Tehran government, appeared to confirm on Twitter that she was the target of the alleged plot.
Alinejad also founded the My Stealthy Freedom movement, which encourages women to remove their hijabs.
The four men named in the indictment are an Iranian intelligence official and three assets who work under him, according to a statement from the Justice Department. It said they all live in Iran. Read more
Hundreds take the knee in solidarity with Marcus Rashford (Metro)
People take the knee in solidarity with Marcus Rashford and the England stars who suffered racist abuse after the Euro final against Italy at Wembley.
Many took the knee in a powerful moment outside the Manchester United striker’s mural (Picture: PA/Getty/Reuters)
Marcus Rashford said he is ‘lost for words’ after hundreds gathered for an anti-racism demonstration and took the knee outside his mural this evening.
The artwork in south Manchester was vandalised within hours of England’s crushing defeat against Italy in the Euros final on Sunday night.
But it has quickly become a symbol of love and solidarity after well-wishers covered it in paper hearts, England flags, flowers and poems.
Many left touching messages of support for the football star and teammates Bukayo Saka and Jordan Sancho, after they were subjected to an onslaught of vile racist abuse online after the trio missed penalties in the final moments of the game. Read more
Hotel collapse in China’s Suzhou kills 17, injures five (BBC)
Some 17 people have died after a hotel collapse in the eastern Chinese city of Suzhou.
After 36 hours of search operations, rescue workers found 23 people buried in the rubble – six of whom were found alive.
A preliminary investigation found the collapse was caused by the owner altering the structure of the building, according to the Global Times.
The building is said to have undergone frequent renovations in recent years. Read more
Pain-free blood sugar test for diabetics means no more finger pricking (Metro)
The new, non-invasive, printable saliva test strip for diabetics created by scientists at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia (Reuters)
A team of Australian scientists say they’ve developed the ‘holy grail’ of blood sugar testing for diabetics.
It consists of a non-invasive strip that checks glucose levels via saliva.
For diabetics, managing their blood sugar levels typically means pricking their fingers multiple times a day with a lancet and then placing a drop of blood on a testing strip.
Understandably, some diabetes sufferers avoid the painful process by minimizing their tests. Read more
Delhi pollution film spooks Cannes: ‘Is it my job to give hope if I don’t feel it?’ (France 24)
The catastrophic environmental consequences of growth at breakneck speed are viscerally exposed in Rahul Jain’s “Invisible Demons”, which screened in the Cannes Film Festival’s special climate segment this week. FRANCE 24 spoke to the New Delhi-born director about the climate emergency and the role of film in spreading the word.
A hot Saharan wind whipped up a little foam over the French Riviera’s crystal-clear waters on Tuesday, but it was no preparation for the floating bergs of chemical froth that clogged New Delhi’s Yamuna River, moments later, during the screening of “Invisible Demons”.
The climate apocalypse is well underway in Rahul Jain’s haunting documentary, a visually stunning exposure of the enormous environmental cost of India’s breakneck ”development”. Like Jain’s earlier work “Machines” (2016), which explored Dickensian conditions in a Gujarati textile factory, “Invisible Demons” is told through the eyes and words of the have-nots, for whom the climate emergency is not a prospect but a terrifying reality. Read more
Halle Bailey finally reveals first look of herself as Ariel as Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” remake wraps shooting (Metro)
Halle Bailey has blessed us with the first glimpse of herself as mermaid Ariel in the hotly-anticipated live-action remake of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, as shooting wrapped on the delayed film.
The 21-year-old singer and actress also paid tribute to her ‘lovely and talented’ co-stars and the film’s ‘beautiful’ crew as she reflected on the ‘toughest’ experience of a lengthy shoot during the pandemic.
In a stunning photo posted on Instagram, Halle is sitting in the waves as the sun sets in Sardinia, where the film was shot, casting a beautiful orange backlit glow.
Although it’s a little tricky to make out many details of her in her full mermaid glory, the star wears her hair long and in a far more natural hue, with just a hint of russet, compared to her 1989 animated counterpart’s flaming red locks. Read more
1 dead, dozens arrested after anti-government protests in Cuba (BBC)
Cuban authorities have confirmed that a man was killed during unrest in the country – the first confirmation of a death since the protests broke out.
State media say Diubis Laurencio Tejeda, 36, died in a suburb of the capital Havana on Monday.
According to officials, he was part of a group that attacked a government facility. But witnesses say security forces targeted members of the group.
The rare nationwide anti-government protests began on Sunday. Read more
Fireworks in Lokoja, Aba, Kaduna as Aiteo Cup round of 16 games begin (Guardian)
The Round of 16 matches of the men’s section of this year’s AITEO Cup competition will come alive today with potentially explosive encounters at the Confluence Stadium in Lokoja, Enyimba Stadium in Aba and Kaduna’s Ahmadu Bello Stadium.
It will surely be a fight-to-finish in Lokoja when respected Tin City lords, Plateau United take the pitch against in-form Nasarawa United from Lafia.
Plateau United, last winners of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), pushed Jigawa Golden Stars off the boat in the last round while the Solid Miners got the better of Bendel Insurance.
In Kaduna, it is a northern derby between Katsina United – in the NPFL – and Gombe United, accustomed to the NPFL but currently in the second tier Nigeria National League. Both teams go for each other’s jugular at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium to determine who grabs the ticket to the quarterfinals. Read more
2nd batch of Team Nigeria arrives Japan for Olympics (Punch)
The second batch of Team Nigeria’s contingent to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics departed Nigeria on Tuesday for the team’s Pre-Games training camp in Kisarazu, Japan, The PUNCH reports.
Our correspondent gathered that the team, which comprises 22 athletes and 20 officials, left the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja aboard an Ethiopian Airline flight 12:50pm on Tuesday.
The contingent has competitors from athletics, taekwondo and wrestling including their coaches and other officials.
The PUNCH had reported that the first batch of athletes which was made up of two athletes, two coaches and six officials in the rowing and canoeing events left the Abuja airport on June 6. Read more
Jadon Sancho: England winger has medical ahead of Manchester United move (BBC)
England winger Jadon Sancho has had a medical as his £73m move to Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund edges closer.
United agreed the fee for the 21-year-old on 1 July but the deal could not be concluded until after Euro 2020.
Sancho was driven into United’s Carrington training complex on Tuesday and was later pictured leaving.
United are expected to formally announce the former Manchester City youth player’s arrival later this week. Read more
Tennis star, Roger Federer pulls out of Olympics due to knee injury (Vanguard)
Swiss tennis star Roger Federer announced on Tuesday that he is pulling out of the Tokyo Olympics due to a setback on his earlier injured knee.
Federer made the announcement via a statement released on Twitter
The statement reads: “During the grass-court season, I, unfortunately, experienced a setback with my knee, and have accepted that I must withdraw from the Tokyo Olympic Games. I am greatly disappointed, as it has been an honour and highlight of my career each time I have represented Switzerland. I have already begun rehabilitation in the hopes of returning to the tour later this summer. I wish the entire Swiss team the best of luck and I will be rooting hard from afar. As always, Hopp Schwiz!” Read more
Marcus Rashford: Man Utd striker set to miss first two months of season (BBC)
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford may not play until the end of October after deciding to have surgery on a shoulder injury.
Rashford, 23, had a scan on Tuesday after being hampered by the problem in the latter half of the 2020-21 season.
It was decided the damage was so severe that rest alone would not repair it and United hoped the England striker could have the operation immediately.
However, the surgeon is not available until the end of July. Read more
Asian champions Qatar held by Panama in Gold Cup opener (France24)
Asian champions Qatar were held to a 3-3 draw by Panama in their opening CONCACAF Gold Cup Group D game on Tuesday.
Qatar, playing in the championship for teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean as part of their preparations for the 2022 World Cup, took the lead three times but were pegged back by the Panamanians.
The game in Houston was delayed by nearly two hours after a severe weather warning.Qatar took the lead in the 48th minute, Akram Arif sweeping home emphatically from close range after Pedro Miguel headed into his path from the edge of the six-yard area. Read more