Man hacks Oniru’s Facebook, defrauds professor of N500,000 (Punch)
A Federal High Court in Lagos State has remanded a man, Agbolade Agbolahan, in prison for allegedly hacking the Facebook account of the Oniru of Iruland, Oba Abdulwasiu Omogbolahan, and defrauding a professor of the sum of N500,000.
Justice Ambrose Lewis-Allagoa ordered the remand after his arraignment before the court.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him by the Police Special Fraud Unit, Ikoyi, Lagos.
Agbolahan is facing two counts bordering on hacking and obtaining by false pretences. Read more
POS operator docked for allegedly stealing employer’s N2.7m (Guardian)
A 25-year-old POS operator, Raphael Aluoluwapo, was on Friday docked in a Badagry Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly stealing his employer’s N2.7 million and four cell phones.
Aluoluwapo, whose address was not provided, is charged with theft and break-in.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Prosecution Counsel, ASP Nkem Ukor, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on June 10 and June 13 at Mowo Bus Stop in Badagry area of Lagos.
Ukor said that the defendant stole the money belonging to Chriselda Global Venture. Read more
INEC sets July 25, 26 for registration of Lagos PLWDs (Nation)
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos State has slated July 25 and 26 for Persons Living with Disabilities (PLWDs) to register.
Eight special centres have been designated for this purpose across the five Ibile divisions of the state.
They are Ikorodu Central local government area (Ikorodu); Ability and Disability Centre, Ajara (Badagry); Old Secretariat (Ikeja); Onikan Youth Centre (Lagos Island); Sports Recreation Centre (Epe); Idi-Araba Correctional Centre; Teslim Balogun Stadium and Correctional Centre, Oko-Baba.
The exercise will be done in collaboration with the Lagos State Office of Disability Affairs, (LASODA). Read more
Lagos policemen assault, rob driver of N50k (Punch)
Some men of the Rapid Response Squad, Lagos State Police Command, have been arrested for brutalising and extorting money from a bus driver and two others on Ojelade Street, in the Fadeyi area of the state.
A video clip of the incident, posted on Twitter by a social media user, revealed the cops assaulting the victims.
The video, posted by Connect Hub NG @HubNGR was titled, ‘Brutality: RRS police officers brutally assault man and 2 others at Fadeyi, Lagos State.’
The victims, who spoke to our correspondent on Thursday, stated that they did nothing to warrant the assault. Read more
Lagos releases approved 2022/2023 harmonised academic school calendar
Thee Lagos State Ministry of Education has released the approved harmonised school calendar for the year 2022/2023 academic year, for quality and sustainable education.
Mrs Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, the Director-General, Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA) said in a statement on Thursday that the harmonised calendar was to be adhered to by both public and private schools in Lagos State.
Seriki-Ayeni said that schools below the tertiary level would resume for the First Term (2022/2023 academic session) on Sept. 5, and would vacate on Dec. 16.
She said that the year 2022/2023 academic calendar encompassed flexibility in schools and prioritised harmonised instructional days of learning to ensure that students spent productive learning hours in the classrooms. Read more
MC Oluomo backs Portable amid police threat as singer endorses Tinubu for 2023 (Vanguard)
The National Union of Road Transport Workers, (NURTW) chairman, MC Oluomo, has backed popular singer, Portable Omolalomi amid the backlash of ‘one million boys.’
Portable had stated in a viral video that he was the founding father of the cult group ‘one million boys’ which triggered threats.
Recall Vanguard published a report, wherein, the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba issued a directive to the Lagos State Police Command to investigate the singer’s link with the cult groups; One Million Boys and Ajah Boys.
In a new video shared on his social media, MC Oluomo assured the singer’s safety at the locations where he had been threatened to stay off. Read more
Court refuses to move Orji Kalu’s trial to Lagos
A Federal High Court in Abuja has refused the request for the transfer of the trial of former Abia Governor Senator Orji Kalu to the court’s Lagos division.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had applied to the court that the N7.1 billion money laundering charge against Kalu and two others be transferred to the Lagos division of the court in line with an earlier ruling of the Court of Appeal that Lagos was the proper forum for the trial of the case.
In a ruling on Friday, Justice Inyang Ekwo rejected the application by the EFCC on the grounds that only the court’s Chief Judge possesses the power to transfer such a case under Section 98 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015.
Justice Ekwo held that the prosecution had twice written to the Chief Judge, requesting for the transfer and which requested the Chief Judge keen. Read more
Femi Kuti returns home, receives car as birthday gift (DailyTrust)
Nigerian afrobeat legend, Femi Kuti, was given a warm surprise welcome by his family, friends and fans. The surprise was in the form of a belated birthday celebration for the world-renowned musical instrumentalist.
Born Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti on June 16, 1962, the musician missed celebrating his birthday this year with his family as he was on tour. However, upon his arrival, his family and friends organised a surprise party and gifted him a brand new car, among other items as birthday gifts.
Sharing videos of the moment, his sister, Yeni Kuti via her Instagram handle captured where family, friends, and fans were celebrating his return as they sang a birthday song.
She also captioned the video, “ Welcome back the king of Afrobeat.” Read more
Anambra, Ekiti, Osun elections show my commitment to credible polls, says Buhari (Guardian)
President Muhammadu Buhari Friday in Abuja declared that the off-season elections in Anambra, Ekiti, and Osun States have confirmed his administration’s irreversible commitment to credible and violence-free polls in the country.
“I have always reassured my listeners both at home and abroad, my personal desire and indeed the priority of this administration is to bequeath to our nation an irreversible political process that continues to be both democratic and acceptable to the people,” Buhari said.
Receiving a delegation from Nasarawa State, the President urged the electorate to vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the next general elections to ensure continuity in the polity, and stability in the country and West African region.
Buhari told the delegation led by the State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, that the Electoral Act, signed by him earlier this year, was an attestation of the fulfillment of the administration’s determination and commitment to the tenets of the rule of law. Read more
UNICEF begins 2nd phase of back to school campaign in Ebonyi (Independent)
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has commenced the second phase of the “Back-to-School Campaign” in Afikpo South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
The second phase of the programme which is the step down training took place in Afikpo South Local Area of Ebonyi State was organized in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education and Ebonyi State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB).
Among the trainees were parents, gate keepers, community leaders, School Based Management Committee members, head teachers, amongst others.
In his address, the Assistant Director, Basic Education under the Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Afowowe Omotayo stated that the rate of out of school children is alarming in Nigeria as a result of covid-19 pandemic which UNICEF in partnership with Federal Ministry of Education decided to embark on “Back-To-School Campaign’ to ensure that all they children that dropped out of school are restored back. Read more
Dungeons and Dragons: New trailer released featuring Chris Pine and Hugh Grant (Standard)
The new trailer for Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves was revealed yesterday at Comic-Con 2022 before being shared online, and fantasy fans are getting excited. The film has a packed cast of stars, is full of action and adventure, and most importantly looks like it’s going to be a barrel of laughs.
The trailer opens with Chris Pine’s character Elgin explaining: “Truth be told, we helped the wrong person steal the wrong thing. We didn’t mean to release the greatest evil the world has ever known. But we’re going to fix it.”
The story follows a group of thieves who are going to sort out the really awkward matter of this unleashed evil.
“Who needs heroes when you have thieves,” says the trailer. Read more
Johnny Depp responds after Amber Heard begins appeal process (People)
Johnny Depp is speaking out after ex-wife Amber Heard followed through on her plans to appeal the verdict in their defamation trial.
On Thursday morning, the 36-year-old actress, who had previously said she would appeal the Virginia verdict, made it official when she filed a notice of appeal in the Circuit Court of Fairfax County.
A spokesperson for Heard said in a statement about kicking off the appeal process, “We believe the court made errors that prevented a just and fair verdict consistent with the First Amendment. We are therefore appealing the verdict. While we realize today’s filing will ignite the Twitter bonfires, there are steps we need to take to ensure both fairness and justice.”
In a statement shared by Deadline, a spokesperson for Depp, 59, said they are “confident” the verdict will be upheld. Read more
Man so drunk he staged protest at not being let into room outside wrong hotel (Metro)
A drunk man who lay down in front of a hotel in protest because staff wouldn’t let him to his room was moved on by police – because he had the wrong hotel.
Police responded to reports of an intoxicated man lying in protest on the pavement outside of the Premier Inn in Bournemouth in the early hours of Sunday morning.
In protest against being refused what he thought was his room, the man decided to lie down on the pavement outside the hotel – until he was stopped by Dorset police.
They then helped him to his hotel – nearby. It is not known which hotel he was meant to be at, but Bournemouth has at least five Premier Inns. Read more
Ryan Gosling talks viral ‘Barbie’ picture, plays sketch on ‘Fallon’ (UPI)
Actor Ryan Gosling appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and spoke about the infamous picture of him in the upcoming Barbie movie.
Gosling, 41, appeared on Fallon’s show Thursday night to promote his new Netflix film, The Gray Man, an action thriller in which he stars alongside Chris Evans and Ana de Armas.
While Gosling did speak for a time about The Gray Man, Fallon devoted much of the interview to asking him about his role in the highly anticipated Barbie film. Directed by Greta Gerwig, Gosling’s interview occurred the same day that the film officially wrapped production, according to Deadline.
Gosling will star in the live-action adaptation of the Mattel doll line as Ken, alongside Margot Robbie as Barbie. Read more
Bananarama hopes that the music industry is ‘a little less sexist now’ (MusicNews)
Bananarama hopes that the music industry is “a little less sexist now.”
The pop duo – which comprises Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward – shot to fame alongside former member Siobhan Fahey back in 1982 and were listed in the Guinness World Records for achieving the world’s highest number of chart entries by an all-female group but Keren admitted that life in music was “more difficult” for women during their heyday.
She said: “I think it was more difficult [for women] then. I’d like to think the music industry is a little less sexist now but looking back, I realised that we had to work a little harder and be a bit more determined [than men.] It was that old thing that if we wanted to do something and we said ‘Oh we’re not doing that’, or ‘We want to do that’, were termed as difficult and I think if we had been male it would have been ‘Oh God, they’re so rock and roll. Lots of little things added up really!”
The ‘Venus’ hitmakers released their greatest hits album ‘Masquerade’ on Friday (22.07.22) in celebration of their 40th anniversary and will support the record with two intimate London shows in August, but Sara admitted that the pair never expected to still be on the go so many years down the line. Read more
Pat Benatar has stopped singing ‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot’ in protest of gun violence (CNN)
Pat Benatar won’t perform her 1980 classic “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” anymore.
Amid ongoing gun violence in America, the singer says she’s come to view the song differently.
“I’m not going to sing it,” Benatar told USA Today.
While the song’s meaning is about strength and resiliency, Benatar said “you have to draw the line” and be aware of lyrics.
“I can’t say those words out loud with a smile on my face, I just can’t,” Benatar said, adding that the decision is her “small contribution to protesting.” Read more
Explosions, gunfire at a military base near Mali’s capital (Aljazeera)
Explosions and gunfire were heard in the early morning hours near the Kati military base on the outskirts of Mali’s capital Bamako, according to residents, in a suspected attack by armed fighters.
The military, which cordoned off the roads to Kati – about 15km (10 miles) northwest of Bamako – said on Friday it repelled a “terrorist attack” that used two explosive-laden vehicles.
“The provisional death toll is two assailants neutralised,” it said in a tweet. “The situation is under control and clearing operations are under way to flush out the authors and their accomplices.”
“The Malian Armed Forces vigorously repelled a terrorist attack on the Kati barracks. It was early this morning around 05:00 with 02 vehicle bombs packed with explosives.” Read more
Super Falcons will fight to finish, Plumptre insists
Leicester City and Super Falcons defender Ashleigh Plumptre says Nigeria will play against Zambia for the bronze medals of the 12th Women Africa Cup of Nations as if it’s the gold medal game.
According to a release from the NFF, the defender said that the team is battle ready and will go all out for a win against the Copper Queens.
“We have a mountain to surmount, surely, but we are ready and will approach the game like the Final match,” Plumptre said at Thursday’s pre-match conference.
On his part, Coach Randy Waldrum is optimistic that the Super Falcons will give their all despite a rash of injuries and suspensions in the camp of the nine-time champions. Read more
It’s outrageous to owe Super Falcons bonuses at major competitions, says Izilien (Guardian)
NFF in the race to abort players’ boycott of the third-place match today
Former Super Falcons Coach, Godwin Izilien, has described as outrageous the tendency of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to owe players and officials bonuses at major competitions.
On Wednesday morning, the Super Falcons refused to leave their hotel rooms to train ahead of today’s third-place play-off against Zambia.
Nigeria and Zambia will battle for the bronze medals of the 12th Women Africa Cup of Nations from 9.00 pm at the Complexe Mohamed V in Casablanca – Morocco’s economic and industrial capital.
In 2004 Izilien led the Falcons to win the African Women Championship (AWC) title in Johannesburg, South Africa. Read more
Henry Lawrence: MK Dons sign Chelsea full-back on season-long loan (BBC)
MK Dons have signed full-back Henry Lawrence from Chelsea on a season-long loan deal.
The 20-year-old spent last season on loan at AFC Wimbledon, making 32 appearances in all competitions.
Lawrence is the 12th summer signing made by the Dons since their run to the League One play-offs in 2021-22.
“He is a young player with real quality, both athletically and in terms of his technical attributes,” Dons head coach Liam Manning told the club site. Read more
Man United target Antony unlikely to leave Ajax – Alfred Schreuder (ESPN)
Ajax manager Alfred Schreuder has told ESPN that winger Antony is set to remain at the club despite interest from Manchester United this summer.
Antony has been linked with a reunion with his former Ajax coach Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford but a deal between both clubs has failed to materialise.
Speaking to ESPN Netherlands on Friday, Schreuder said it is unlikely that the 22-year-old would leave the Dutch champions.
“I really think he will stay,” Schreuder told ESPN. “Of course, we have sold a lot of players now. That has not happened in recent years. Read more
Andy Ruiz Jr backs Anthony Joshua to beat Oleksandr Usyk in heavyweight rematch (Mirror)
Andy Ruiz Jr believes former rival Anthony Joshua can exact his revenge on Oleksandr Usyk.
Joshua will take on Usyk this summer in a second meeting on August 20 in Saudi Arabia, after the Ukrainian snatched his unified titles from him last September. It will be the second time in Joshua’s career he will need to rally after a defeat, having been stopped by Ruiz Jr in June 2019 on his American debut.
Joshua was stunned by the Mexican, who was a huge underdog going into the fight, but managed to overturn the loss to claim back his titles. Despite predicting Joshua could once again bounce back, Ruiz Jr has also suggested it could come down to who is more hungry for victory.
“I think he [Joshua] can, you know,” Ruiz Jr told FightHub TV when predicting the second battle between Joshua and Usyk. “In the heavyweight division, anything could happen. Read more
Sixers’ Filip Petrusev will remain stashed for next season (SportsIllustrated)
Daryl Morey changed the narrative about himself on draft night through his first two NBA Drafts with the Philadelphia 76ers. In the past, Morey had a reputation for selling draft picks rather than making selections when he was with the Houston Rockets.
But with his first few picks through two drafts in Philly, Morey brought on several young prospects coming out of college, beginning with the Kentucky standout Tyrese Maxey.
After Maxey was selected 21st overall in the 2020 NBA Draft, Morey used two more selections in the second round to land the young sharpshooter Isaiah Joe and the forward/center hybrid, Paul Reed.
After a successful 2020 NBA Draft, Morey stuck to drafting in 2021. In the first round, the Sixers picked Tennessee youngster Jaden Springer. In the second round, they double-dipped on bigs and grabbed Charles Bassey and the Gonzaga standout Filip Petrusev. Read more
Noah Lyles sets U.S. sprinting record, claims world title (UPI)
Noah Lyles broke a 26-year-old record held by famed sprinter Michael Johnson en route to a stunning win in the 200-meter final to claim a title for the United States at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Lyles scorched down the track and clocked an American-record time of 19.31 seconds to win the event late Thursday at Hayward Field. The time just edged Johnson’s 19.32, which set a then-world record at the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta. That mark is now held by Jamaica’s Usain Bolt (19.19).
Lyles stared at the clock after he crossed the finish line, as his time was first listed at 19.32 and was tied with Johnson. He then turned his back just before officials changed his time to 19.31.
“I knew it was coming,” Lyles told reporters. “I’ve just been waiting for it for a few months now. I finally got my start down to where I wanted it to. I knew it was going to be the day.” Read more