NDLEA arrests pastor with 3 drums of ‘mkpuru mmiri’ imported from India (DailyTrust)
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a trans-border drug dealer, Pastor Anietie Okon Effiong, with three drums of crystal methamphetamine, locally called Mkpuru Mmiri, believed to have been imported from India.
The consignment weighing 90kgs and loaded into a commercial bus with registration number RSH 691XC at Ojuelegba in Lagos was intercepted during a stop and search operation along Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene highway on Saturday.
Spokesman for the agency, Femi Babafemi, said the dangerous drug packed 30kg in each drum was meant for Pastor Effiong, who was arrested in a follow up operation at Oron beach in Oron.
The recovered Meth drums were meant for onward delivery to the Republic of Cameroon. Read more
Cubana chief priest escapes death as unknown gunmen attack his convoy (Vanguard)
Lagos socialite Cubana ChiefPriest has come out to reveal how he was attacked by unknown gunmen in an undisclosed location.
In a video that has gone viral, Cubana ChiefPriest showed off his car with bullet scratches and holes in his car which it sustained when unknown gunmen attacked his car.
In the viral video, Cubana ChiefPriest showed off his car and how it looked after the attack.
However, the celebrity barman who’s yet to disclose the location he was attacked, berated an online blog for saying it happened in Imo state, stating that the incident never happened in Imo state. Read more
Truck laden with 40ft container kills bystander in Lagos (DailyTrust)
The life of a bystander has been claimed in an auto crash which occurred in Lagos state. The accident which killed a male adult occurred by the Toll Gate inward Ajegunle.
Daily Trust gathered that the ghastly accident occurred due to the brake failure of an articulated truck laden with a 40ft container.
In a statement signed by the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, the articulated truck plunged into the canal while the driver sustained some injuries.
The statement read, “On arrival at the incident scene, an articulated truck laden with 40ft container was involved in an accident. Investigation conducted revealed the immediate cause of the incident was due to mechanical fault (brake failure). Read more
500 level student commits suicide after taking hard drug in Abia (Vanguard)
A 500-level student of the Michael Okpara University Of Agriculture Umudike, MOUAU, Abia State, identified as Modestus Hyacinth Egbulefu,has committed suicide after taking hard drug in Ikwuano council area ,Abia State.
Egbulefu, who is a student of the Department of Electrical/Electronic Engineering was said to have jumped from the 3 storey building identified as Groom Base Lodge,after allegedly taking some substances suspected to be ”Mkpulu mmiri.”
The incident which occurred at about 9:40am at the lodge as other students were shocked at the incident and tried in vain to revive him. Read more
WARDC trains female traditional rulers, market leaders to tackle gender-based violence (Guardian)
The Women Advocate Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) on Sunday held a capacity building for female traditional rulers (Iyalode) and female market women (Iyalojas) in tackling and reducing sexual and gender-based violence against women and girls in Ondo State.
Speaking during the workshop in Akure, Dr Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, the Executive Director of WARDC, said that the project was with a support from Ford Foundation.
Akiyode-Afolabi added that the project was implementing solidarity, acountability and commitments to ending violence against women and girls (SAC-VAWG) in the six South-West states in Nigeria: Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti.
She said that the project was to use available means in tackling sexual abuse and violence against women and girls in the geo-political region. Read more
Terrorists attack 16 military bases in 18 months, kill 750 (Punch)
Terrorists on the rampage across the country have attacked about 16 military bases in the last 18 months, fuelling concerns that the military was overstretched and needed to restrategise to deal with the criminals, protect its personnel and tackle the security challenges.
Findings by Sunday PUNCH revealed that while some of the attacks led to the killing of soldiers, some were repelled and insurgents killed. It was also gathered that within the last couple of months, about 750 soldiers have been killed in different parts of the country.
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) on Friday, described as unacceptable the volume of attacks on Nigerians, blaming some foreign elements for fuelling the country’s security situation.
Speaking in Abuja at the graduation of Course 30 of the National Defence College, where he was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, the President said, “Government is deeply concerned about the activities of bandits and criminals who have reared their ugly heads in some parts of the country. This is because the number of violent unprovoked attacks on citizens appears to be on the increase. This is unacceptable. Read more
Shock, mixed feelings as UAE tightens visa rules for Nigerians (DailyTrust)
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has released stiffer visa regulations for Nigerians. The new regulations which came after a public disturbance purportedly by some Nigerians have generated concerns among Nigerian travellers while it has created uneasy calm in the travel industry. This report sheds light on the new visa regime and its implications for Nigerians.
When a video emerged last week of some Africans causing a public disturbance in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), it was clear the government of the Middle East country would react appropriately in a bid to protect the country and its citizens from any form of harm.
In the video, youths were seen fighting in a Dubai community and destroying public property. An unconfirmed report claimed that a Dubai Police officer was killed by the hoodlums.
The Nigerian Community in Dubai under the umbrella of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), United Arab Emirates (UAE) chapter, swiftly condemned the development while particularly commending the swift intervention of the Dubai Police who got the hoodlums, about seven of them, arrested. Read more
Metuh condemns new tax proposed by state governors (Vanguard)
Former National Publicity Secretary of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh has strongly cautioned against the imposition of the new personal tax on Nigerians as reportedly proposed by State Governors.
The former PDP Spokesperson who posted on his verified Facebook handle on Sunday also demands an immediate ban on the purchase of luxury vehicles and all unnecessary foreign trips by government officials.
He also advocated a constitutional amendment to provide a six-year single term for elected office holders.
Metuh lamented that the proposed monthly flat rate of 3% Personal Income Tax on Nigerians earning above N30,000 and a flat rate of N100 FPIT on Nigerians earning below N30,000 (employed or not) will, in addition to the 10% sales tax as well as a further increase in Value Added Tax (VAT) will result in more hardship on Nigerians and a collapse of the lower class. Read more
UTME mop-up exam costs JAMB over N100m – Oloyede (Punch)
The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, has said the conduct of its 2022 mop-up Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination cost over N100m.
Speaking on Saturday while monitoring the conduct of the examination in some centres in Lagos, Oloyede explained that rewriting of the exam became a necessity for candidates who could not participate in the examination during the main exercise in May for various reasons and largely due to examination malpractice.
He added that over 42,000 candidates were participating in the examination in five states.
“Rewriting the examination has cost the board over N100m. The cancellation of the examination in the 10 centres affected, was carried out in the belief that the board is conscious of the fact that no matter how few, there are still some genuine candidates among them. Read more
Horniman Museum to return 72 artefacts to Nigeria (BBC)
A London museum says it has agreed to return to Nigeria artefacts looted in the 19th Century from the Kingdom of Benin.
The Horniman Museum said ownership of 72 objects would be transferred to the Nigerian government.
Items include 12 brass plaques, known as Benin Bronzes, a brass cockerel and a key to the king’s palace.
It follows a request by Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) in January.
The museum, in south-east London, says it has consulted with community members, visitors, schoolchildren, academics, heritage professionals and artists based in Nigeria and the UK. Read more
Britney Spears, Sam Asghari respond to ‘hurtful’ Kevin Federline interview (PageSix)
Britney Spears slammed ex-husband Kevin Federline for publicly discussing her relationship with sons Sean Preston, 16, and Jayden James, 15, in a new interview.
“Only one word: Hurtful,” the “Toxic” singer, 40, wrote via her Instagram Stories late Saturday.
“It saddens me to hear that my ex-husband has decided to discuss the relationship between me and my children. As we all know, raising teenage boys is never easy for anyone .. It concerns me the fact that the reason is based on my Instagram,” Spears continued, referencing Federline’s claim that their kids find her social media content “tough” to deal with.
“it was LONG before Instagram … I gave them everything,” she added. “l’Il say it … My mother told me ‘You should GIVE them to their dad.’ I’m sharing this because I can. Have a good day folks!!!” Read more
Renee Zellweger addresses fat suit backlash over The Thing About Pam role (Metro)
Renee Zellweger has insisted she treated the role of her plus-size character in The Thing About Pam with care, following immense backlash over her casting.
The Bridget Jones’ Diary actress recently starred in the NBC series as real-life killer Pam Hupp, a businesswoman who was arrested for murder.
Before the drama’s release, photos from set emerged of Zellweger, 53, wearing a fat suit sparking backlash with many questioning why a plus-size actress wasn’t cast in the first place. Some argued that fat suits essentially ‘mock fat people’ while others described the use of such prosthetics as ‘damaging and triggering’. Read more
4 cargo ships sail from Ukraine: Turkish, Ukrainian officials (AlJazeera)
Four ships carrying Ukrainian foodstuffs sailed from Ukrainian Black Sea ports as part of a deal to unblock the country’s sea exports, Ukrainian and Turkish officials said.
The four bulk carriers were loaded with almost 170,000 tonnes of corn and other foodstuffs, the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) said on Facebook on Sunday.
The resumption of grain exports is being overseen by a Joint Coordination Centre (JCC) in Istanbul, where Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish and United Nations personnel are working.
The UN and Turkey brokered the deal last month after UN warnings of possible outbreaks of famine in parts of the world due to a halt in grain shipments from Ukraine that had squeezed supplies and sent prices soaring. Read more
Biden tests negative for Covid after ‘rebound’ case – doctor (BBC)
US President Joe Biden has tested negative for Covid-19 days after getting a second bout of the virus, his doctor says.
Mr Biden, 79, first tested positive for the virus more than two weeks ago.
He had been in isolation for a second time after getting what White House doctor Kevin O’Connor described as a “rebound” case.
The president will now return to public life, after he tested negative on both Saturday and Sunday. Read more
John Legend admits being ‘hesitant’ to share Chrissy Teigen’s miscarriage while couple expect third child (Metro)
John Legend has revealed he was initially against being so open about the miscarriage of his and Chrissy Teigen’s baby, but is glad he changed his mind.
The married couple were left devastated when their son Jack died in September 2020 midway through Chrissy’s pregnancy.
They received praise around the world for sharing poignant photos of the moments after learning their baby boy had not survived, showing their raw emotions and harrowing pictures of Chrissy crying in her hospital bed as well as the couple holding Jack.
Last week, Chrissy, 36, shared the joyful news that she was pregnant and expecting her third child with husband John, 43; the two are also parents to daughter Luna, four, and son, Miles, two. Read more
‘Bullet Train’ speeds to top of box office with $12.6 million opening night (NYPost)
Bullet Train is a real gravy train.
The action-comedy, starring Brad Pitt as an unlucky assassin who encounters his enemies while riding on the world’s fastest train, took home over $12.6 million on its opening night, according to IMDB’s Box Office Mojo.
The moneymaking flick — which The Post called “a sexy, bloody crime comedy — is already projected to enjoy a $30 million weekend debut, according to Variety.
“DC League of Super-Pets,” which opened on July 29, was dogged down to second place, raking in $3.35 million — a stark departure from the $9.3 million it earned the night it hit theaters. Read more
Ramsey scores on Nice debut to rescue draw in Toulouse (Guardian)
Aaron Ramsey struck a minute into his Nice debut after coming on as a substitute to salvage a 1-1 draw away to promoted Toulouse on the opening weekend of the Ligue 1 season.
The Wales international curled in an equaliser on 78 minutes Sunday to cancel out a first-half goal by new Toulouse signing Thijs Dallinga.
Ramsey, 31, left Juventus when his contract was terminated at the end of July, and swiftly reappeared just across the border at Nice after penning a one-year deal.
Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was named on the bench by Nice coach Lucien Favre following his arrival this week from Leicester City, the club he won the Premier League title with in 2016. Read more
Nigeria’s Mailantarki FC lifts Norway Cup (DailyTrust)
Mailantarki Care Football Academy of Nigeria have emerged winners of the 50th edition of the World’s largest Youth Championship, Norway Cup 2022.
The Gombe lads thrashed host KFUM FK 2-0 on the main pitch of the Ekeberg Sports Complex in Oslo on Saturday 6th August 2022.
They had, Saturday, 30th July, emerged the champions of the 2022 Dana Cup International Youth Championship in Denmark.
The host KFUM were undone a few minutes before the break after Muhammed Mouro’s beautiful inviting cross from the right flank was brilliantly converted by Miko Dalha in the centre to send the Mailantarki’s Norwegian supporters into wild jubilation from the stands. Read more
2022 Commonwealth Games: Adekuoroye, Oborududu, others receive cash rewards for winning medals (Vanguard)
Another set of Team Nigeria athletes, mostly the wrestlers and the powerlifters, who won medals at the ongoing Commonwealth Games received their cash rewards from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development on Saturday in Birmingham.
This is the second set of medal winning athletes and their coaches to be rewarded at the Commonwealth Games.
At a brief ceremony at their camps on Saturday, the Chef De Mission of Team Nigeria, Dr Simon Ebhojiaye and some top Sports Ministry officials thanked the athletes and their coaches while presenting them with the cash rewards.
Recall that the sum of Twenty Five thousand dollars ($25,000) was given to the first set of athletes and their coaches who were majorly the weightlifters. Read more
Commonwealth Games: Elaine Thompson-Herah completes sprint double with 200m gold (BBC)
Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah replicated her Olympic sprint double as she charged to Commonwealth 200m gold.
The 28-year-old, who took Wednesday’s 100m title, had the race won early, streaking clear of Nigeria’s Favour Ofili and Namibia’s Christine Mboma.
Her winning time of 20.02 seconds is a new Games record, beating the 22.09secs set by Shaunae Miller-Uibo.
England’s Zharnel Hughes had to settle for silver behind Trinidad and Tobago’s Jereem Richards in the men’s race.
Just as in Gold Coast 2018, the pair cut clear of the rest to contest gold. Read more
Manchester United begin Erik ten Hag era with defeat to Brighton at Old Trafford (Metro)
Erik ten Hag has failed to make an instant impact as Manchester United manager, with Brighton inflicting a 2-1 defeat on the Red Devils in the Dutchman’s first game in charge.
There was optimism at Old Trafford as Ten Hag fielded new signings Lisandro Martinez and Christian Eriksen from the start against the Seagulls, but it quickly turned sour and the team were being booed off at half-time.
Graham Potter’s Brighton were impressive in the opening stanza and made their good work pay as Pascal Gross scored twice on 30 and 39 minutes to stun Ten Hag and his new side.
Cristiano Ronaldo had been left on the bench after little action in pre-season and he was introduced soon in the second half, which did seem to galvanise the home team. Read more
Medvedev the man to beat in Montreal (Guardian)
Daniil Medvedev will get the chance to further solidify his fragile world number one ranking as the ATP Montreal Masters begins Monday.
The Russian, who was banned along with his compatriots and Belarus players from Wimbledon due to the invasion of Ukraine, secured his first ATP title of the season on Saturday at Los Cabos, Mexico over Britain’s Cameron Norrie.
“The good thing about tennis is that in one week you can turn around your season,” Medvedev said in Mexico. “Coming here I had lost five finals in a row. That’s not nice. I wanted to do better.”
In Montreal, the 26-year-old will be missing his two major rivals. Read more
Commonwealth Games: Favour Ofili wins silver in women’s 200m (Vanguard)
Favour Ofili ran a time of 22.51 to win silver in the women’s 200m event at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday.
The 19 year old placed second behind Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah (22.02s Games record), the Tokyo Olympics double sprint champion.
Namibia’s Tokyo Olympics 200m silver medalist, Christine Mboma finished third in 22.80 seconds.
Ofili’s silver medal win is the second of such medal Nigeria has won in the event after Mary Onyali who ran 22.35 seconds to place second behind Australia’s Cathy Freeman in 1994. Read more