N.7m bill holds woman who delivered quadruplets after five years of marriage (Guardian)
It is not yet uhuru for Nonso and Maureen Anyaegbu following the delivery of their quadruplets on August 6 as they cannot settle the estimated N700, 000 bill incurred at the Federal Medical Centre, Ebute Metta. Mrs Anyaegbu suffered complications after the delivery.
She has undergone surgery and transfusion of more than 12 pints of blood.
Mr Anyaegbu, a quantity surveyor, previously worked in a mortgage bank but currently engages in “bits and pieces to get money for the family”. He supplies doors and building materials to construction sites when he gets orders. Read more
Man stabs neighbour to death over alleged promiscuity (Punch)
The Lagos State Police Command has launched a manhunt for a man, Adekunle Adeyemi, alleged to have stabbed his neighbour, Stanley Dickson, to death in the Grammar School, Ikorodu area of the state.
Adeyemi, currently on the run, was accused of having an affair with a neighbour’s wife, identified as Chisom Onuoha, an allegation which led to an argument in the their apartment.
The incident occurred on Red Block Street in the Grammar School area on July 30 and was reported to the Ikorodu Police Division.
A police report obtained by our correspondent from the division noted that there was an altercation in the apartment over whether Adeyemi and Onuoha were having an affair with each other or not. Read more
Christians pray against Southern Kaduna killings (Nation)
Christians at a prayer meeting have declared that God will fight all perpetrating unwarranted attacks on Southern Kaduna communities.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Kaduna State chapter had commenced a one month interdenominational prayers every Sunday tagged ‘Black Sunday’ against the continued attacks and unwarranted killings in Southern Kaduna.
The prayers, which held at the Evangelical Winning All Church (ECWA) Narayi High Cost attracted Christians in thousands, all adorned in black attires.
They engaged in fervent prayers for peace in Nigeria, Kaduna State and Southern Kaduna. Read more
Ogun community rescues newborn dumped in soakaway (Punch)
An abandoned newborn was rescued on Saturday after he was dumped in a soakaway on Oyo Avenue, Olorin community in Adiyan, Ogun State.
It was learnt that the baby was passed through a hollow space in-between the iron bars on the soakaway cover.
Sunday PUNCH learnt children playing around the soakaway around 3.30pm heard the baby crying and went to inform a woman that a cock had fallen into the pit.
On getting to the spot, the woman observed it was the cry of a baby and raised the alarm which attracted the traditional ruler of the community and many residents to the scene. Read more
Obasanjo tests negative for COVID-19 (Punch)
Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has tested negative for COVID-19.
Special Assistant to Obasanjo on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.
Akinyemi explained that his boss took the test on Friday, August 7, 2020, at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Pent House residence, Okemosan, Abeokuta, Ogun State capital. Read more
Fayose blasts Obasanjo over comments about Buruji (Guardian)
Former Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has condemned former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo for his comment about late Buruji Kashamu.
Kashamu, a former Ogun senator and Peoples Democratic Party chieftain, died on Saturday after battling with COVID-19 for more than two weeks at the First Cardiology Consultants Hospital in Lagos
Obasanjo, in his condolence message to Ogun State Government, said while Kashamu’s death was “sad”, his life and history left “lessons for those of all us on this side of the veil.”
“Senator Buruji Kashamu in his lifetime used the maneuver of law and politics to escape from facing justice on alleged criminal offence in Nigeria and outside Nigeria,” Obasanjo said, according to a statement signed by his spokesman Kehinde Akinyemi. Read more
Tears, tributes as Kashamu is buried (Nation)
The remains of billionaire hotelier and politician Senator Buruji Kashamu were on Sunday buried amid tributes and tears from thousands of sympathisers and supporters at his Ijebu Igbo residence.
Kashamu, strong man of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, was interred at around 12: 45pm at his private home in Ijebu – Igbo in accordance with Islamic rites. He was 62.
The late philanthropist represented Ogun East Senatorial district at the 8th Senate.
Sympathisers, including Governor Dapo Abiodun; Speaker Olakunle Oluomo; former Deputy Governors Senator Gbenga Kaka and Segun Adesegun as well as politicians, paid last respects to Kashamu, who was described as dogged fighter and helper of the needy. Read more
House on the Rock says not yet open for in-person services (Guardian)
Following the recent statement released by the Lagos State Government authorities announcing the partial lifting of restrictions on religious places of worship regarding physical gatherings, the House On The Rock Church said its premises situated at Lekki, Lagos is not yet open for in-person services.
“While it is our heartfelt desire that the Church is able to fellowship physically once again, the welfare and safety of our parishioners and all who attend our services at The Rock Cathedral remain our utmost priority,” the church said in a statement on Saturday.
Religious centres in Lagos, including churches, were closed in April as a part of the measures to limit the spread of coronavirus.
Lagos State Government announced on August 1 that churches can reopen on August 9 but in strict compliance to specific guidelines. Read more
New Zealand reaches 100 straight days of no COVID-19 transmission (NYPost)
New Zealand on Sunday marked 100 days since it was able to effectively eliminate the spread of coronavirus.
The South Pacific nation suppressed the spread of the virus by implementing a strict lockdown — that closed the borders to foreign nationals — after only 100 people tested positive in late March.
During the past three months, the only new cases that have cropped up were among returning travelers who were quarantined at the border of the country, which is home to 5 million. Read more
Mauritius oil spill: Locals scramble to contain environmental damage (BBC)
Volunteers in Mauritius are scrambling to create cordons to keep leaking oil from a tanker away from the island.
The MV Wakashio, believed be carrying 4,000 tonnes of oil, ran aground on a coral reef off the Indian Ocean island on 25 July.
Locals are making absorbent barriers of straw stuffed into fabric sacks in an attempt to contain and absorb the oil.
Mauritius is home to world-renowned coral reefs, and tourism is a crucial part of its economy. Read more
Macron to host fundraising conference for Beirut as EU Conveys Solidarity (EpochTimes)
French President Emmanuel Macron will host US President Donald Trump and other political leaders on Sunday for a U.N.-endorsed donors’ conference by video to raise emergency relief for Lebanon following this week’s massive explosion in Beirut. U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed is co-organizer of the meeting.
Lebanon was already mired in deep political and economic crisis when the blast ripped through its main port on Tuesday, killing 158 people, injuring more than 6,000, and destroying a swathe of the city.
The cost of rebuilding Beirut could run into the billions. Economists forecast the blast could wipe up to 25 percent off of the country’s GDP. Read more
Colorado bear opens pickup truck door and swipes picnic bag (NYPost)
This bear’s a few steps away from passing a driving test.
A startling video shows a black bear standing on its hind legs; opening the passenger door of a pickup truck and making off with a picnic bag it swiped from the back seat.
The deft bruin can be seen sniffing around the car before tossing aside a cooler of drinks and snatching the bag in its mouth.
The impressive display was filmed in Colorado from inside an adjacent building, the Daily Mail reported Saturday. Read more
Persistent hiccups could be coronavirus warning sign, doctors warn (news.com.au)
Persistent hiccups could be a new symptom of coronavirus, doctors are warning.
It comes after a man who had hiccups for several days tested positive for COVID in the US, despite having no other symptoms of the deadly bug.
According to reports, the 62-year-old patient, from Chicago, was admitted to the hospital in April where doctors also noted that he had unexplained weight loss. Read more
Greece floods: At least five killed after Evia island storms (BBC)
At least five people have been killed in flooding caused by thunderstorms and torrential rains on the Greek island of Evia.
Officials said victims included an eight-month-old baby and two people in their 80s. Rescuers found their bodies in houses in the village of Politika.
Search efforts are continuing for two other people reported missing.
The flooding has blocked roads and damaged houses on the island, north-east of Athens. Read more
Google is paying £10 each to users following lawsuit settlement (Metro)
Users of the failed Google+ social network may be in for a payout as the tech giant is in the process of settling a class-action lawsuit in the US.
Earlier this year, Google agreed to a $7.5 million (£5.6 million) settlement that would be paid out to users after a bug was discovered in Google+ that could have led to user data being compromised. It emerged that 500,000 Google+ profiles were affected by the bug.
Although Google maintains that no evidence has emerged to suggest developers used it to steal personal data. While £5.6 million seems like a lot of money, it only works out to just over a tenner each if everyone who was affected decides to make a claim.
Crucially, if anyone does make a claim and receives a payout, they forfeit their right to sue Google independently at a later date. Read more
Wolfsburg didn’t believe in me, says Osimhen (Nation)
New Napoli signing Victor Osimhen has opened up about his time at German Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.
The forward signed for the Parthenopeans last month in a club-record fee of €70 million which could rise to €80 million with bonuses, to become Nigeria’s most expensive player.
The young striker, however, endured a testing time at his first European club Wolfsburg which he joined following his eye-catching performances at the 2015 U17 World Cup in Chile.
The 21-year-old forward starred at the tournament, winning the Golden Boot and Silver Ball awards after helping Nigeria clinch the title. Read more
Williams plans to play US and French Opens (news.com.au)
Serena Williams said Saturday she is pressing ahead with plans to play in the US Open despite a wave of player withdrawals from the upcoming Grand Slam event over coronavirus fears.
The 23-time Slam winner returns to tennis next week at the inaugural Top Seed Open WTA event in Lexington, Kentucky, relaunching her season after a six-month hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Williams, who was one of the first players to commit to the US Open despite the pandemic, said her plans remain unchanged, adding that she was tentatively planning to go to Europe for the rescheduled French Open. Read more
Tiger Woods backs up on moving day at PGA Championship (NYPost)
On moving day, Tiger Woods made a move, but it was not in the right direction.
Woods began Saturday’s PGA Championship third round at Harding Park at even-par, eight shots out of the lead. He finished his round — a disappointing 2-over 72, 11 shots behind third-round leader Dustin Johnson.
At one point, Woods was 4-over for the tournament and going in the wrong direction. He managed only two birdies in his round and they came on Nos. 16 and 18. Read more
Willian confirms Chelsea exit after seven years at the club (BBC)
Brazil winger Willian has confirmed he has left Chelsea after seven years at the club.
Willian, 32, missed Chelsea’s Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich on Saturday with an ankle injury and is now out of contract.
BBC Sport reported last week that Arsenal were closing in on a deal for the midfielder.
“The time has now come to move on,” Willian wrote in an open letter to Chelsea fans. Read more
Disregard for NPFL players bane of our league, says Chukwu (Guardian)
Former Super Eagles coach, Christian Chukwu, has said that the reason Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) is currently in a sorry state is due to lack of commitment by the players, who now see traveling outside the country to play professional football as springboard to adorning the green and white jersey of the Super Eagles.
Chukwu, who regretted the dwindling fortune of the league, pointed at apathy on the part of players, aside from proper funding, as contributing to the league’s poor state.
He said Nigerian players should correct the impression that it’s only when they play for club sides abroad that’s when they are good enough for invitation. Read more
Max Verstappen wins 70th Anniversary Grand Prix (BBC)
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took a sensational surprise victory in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix to bring Mercedes’ domination to an end.
Verstappen’s win was founded on his car being kinder to its tyres than the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas and the Dutchman capitalised brilliantly.
Hamilton fought back from early struggles to catch and pass Bottas for second place with two laps to go.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was outstanding in taking fourth on a one-stop strategy. Read more