NLC strike: Police won’t tolerate violent protest — IGP warns (Tribune)
The Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, has expressed concern over the proposed nationwide strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), warning that the Police will not tolerate any form of violence during the protest.
Recall that a few days ago, the NLC gave the Federal Government a seven-day ultimatum to reverse all perceived anti-poor policies or face an indefinite nationwide strike from August 2.
Reacting to the proposed industrial action by the NLC in an official statement made available on the Force’s Facebook page through the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the IGP said that although the right to protest is enshrined in the constitution, but should be done in a peaceful way, devoid of violence. Read more
Tribunal reserves judgement in petition against Tinubu’s victory (DailyTrust)
The Presidential Election Petitions Court has reserved judgement in the petition by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to challenge the outcome of the February 25 presidential election.
A five-member of justices led by Justice Haruna Tsammani said the date would be communicated to parties.
Earlier, the court observed the adoption of final written addresses by parties in the petition against the victory of President Bola Tinubu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Read more
19 days counting, NMA protests colleague’s kidnap in Calabar (Guardian)
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Cross River chapter is protesting over the kidnap of it colleague, Prof. Ekanem Philip Ephraim who has been in captivity for the past 19 days.
She was kidnapped by unknown gunmen on July, 13, 2023 at her Clinic along Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries by Atimbo, in Calabar while attending to a patient.
Following this, NMA has down tool in federal, state and private hospitals across the state to protest for her release. Read more
Lagos Police arrest land grabber, cultist (ThisDay)
The Lagos State Police Command has revealed that it arrested two criminal suspects-a cultist and land grabber-yesterday at the Alagbado area of the state.
The zonal Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Hauwa Idris Adamu, said: “On July 17, 2023, an intelligence report was received by the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) of the Zone 2 Command, Onikan, Lagos, Ari Mohammed Ali, on some criminals who deal in hard drugs, involved in cultism, and receiving stolen property, by concern citizens.
“Based on the information and intelligence received by the AIG, a team of detectives from the Zonal Anti-kidnapping Unit immediately swung into action with the aid of modern technology, tracked and arrested two suspects, Falana Olamilekan, 40, and Aro Tomiwa, 41, in their hideout at Anikanle Kola Alagbado axis of Lagos State. Read more
Lagos lawmaker, Yishawu, commended for donating GCE forms to constituents (Independent)
Engr Gbolahan Yishawu, the lawmaker representing Eti-Osa constituency 02 in the Lagos State House of Assembly, has warmed himself into the cheery hearts of the of his constituency as he continues to receive applauses of appreciation for distributing free registration forms the candidates for the 2024 General Certificate of Education Examination (WASSCE Private Candidates).
The gesture, which is the 11th edition of GOY Free GCE Forms Distribution commenced on Monday, July 31 and it is slated to end by the end of August 2023.
Some of the candidates have lamented the high cost of the forms this year compared to those of previous years. Read more
2 arrested as demolition continues in Lagos community (Punch)
Two persons have reportedly been arrested on Tuesday, at the scene of demolition that is ongoing in the Oworonshoki area of Lagos.
One of the arrested persons, Ogunlami Opeyemi, shared a video of himself alongside another man in a vehicle of the Lagos State Task Force.
“We were arrested in connection to the incident going on at Oworonshoki. We are at Oshodi Oke at the moment,” Ogunlami said in a Facebook live video posted Tuesday morning. Read more
President Tinubu arrives in Benin Republic (VON)
President Bola Tinubu has arrived in Cotonou, the capital city of Benin Republic.
The Nigerian Leader is in the country as the special guest of honour at the 63rd Independence anniversary of the West African nation, which borders Nigeria on the South.
President Tinubu was received at Cardinal Bernadin Gantin Gadjehoun international airport Cotonou by Benin Republic’s Senior Coordinating Minister, Bio Tchane, and that of Foreign Affairs, Olusegun Adjadi at 09:22 GMT. Read more
4 Nigerians rescued in Brazil, survive 14 days on a ship’s rudder (Vanguard)
On their tenth day at sea, the four Nigerian stowaways crossing the Atlantic in a tiny space above the rudder of a cargo ship ran out of food and drink.
They survived another four days, according to their account, by drinking the sea water crashing just metres below them, before being rescued by Brazilian federal police in the southeastern port of Vitoria.
Their remarkable, death-defying journey across some 5,600 kilometers (3,500 miles) of ocean underlines the risks some migrants are prepared to take for a shot at a better life. Read more
Ghanaian PhD student loses scholarship in the US after attack on LGBTQ community (AfricaNews)
A Ghanaian student in the United States of America, Derrick Boadi Sakyi, has had his scholarship withdrawn following his involvement in hateful attacks against LGBT Ghanaians on Twitter.
A Ghanaian LGBT activist known as Papa Kojo exposed the attacks after receiving a threat from Sakyi.
Papa Kojo’s search showed that Sakyi had just started a PhD program in Biological Science at Ohio University in the United States under a scholarship.
According to reports, the scholarship was meant for LGBTQIA+ community members, applicants from the Global South, first-generation students, and people with disabilities.Read more
Rhino poaching declines in South Africa amid crackdown (DW)
South Africa recorded a slight decline in the number of rhinos killed for their horns in the first half of 2023, authorities said on Tuesday.
Poachers killed 231 rhinos in the first six months of the year compared to 259 in the same period last year, the Environment Ministry said.
That represents an 11% decrease nationwide. Read more
Taylor Swift gives $100k bonuses to truckers working on her Eras Tour (Mirror)
Taylor Swift has shared some of her $740million net worth with the truckers working on her Eras tour, gifting them $100k bonuses for their hard graft.
The Blank Space singer reportedly gave each of her production truck drivers – who are responsible for hauling her performance equipment across the country – a $100k bonus each before her show on Saturday in Santa Clara, CA.
There are said to be 50 truckers for her North American tour, meaning Taylor has shelled out around $5million on her crew alone in her generous move. Read more
Sam Ryder performs at Vegan Camp Out Festival with swollen eye after surgery to remove lump (Standard)
Sam Ryder did not let a swollen eye — the result of recent surgery — stop him from entertaining the crowds at Vegan Camp Out Festival.
The 2022 Eurovision runner-up was seen on stage at the festival with a swollen eye after undergoing surgery to remove a lump on his eyebrow.
The star, 34, confirmed the surgery was “nothing to worry about” — adding that performing to his fans had cheered him up post operation. Read more
David Baddiel questions Cillian Murphy casting as Jewish physicist Oppenheimer (NME)
David Baddiel has questioned the casting of Cillian Murphy as Jewish nuclear physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer in Christopher Nolan’s film Oppenheimer.
The Jewish comedian and writer suggested in a new interview that he isn’t totally on board with Murphy, an Irish actor who isn’t of Jewish descent, portraying “the father of the atomic bomb”.
Tom Conti, who portrays the Jewish theoretical physicist Albert Einstein in the film, isn’t Jewish. Read more
Fate of kidnapped American nurse and her daughter in Haiti still unknown (PBS)
The fate of an American nurse and her daughter kidnapped in Haiti last week remains unknown Tuesday as the US State Department refused to say whether the abductors made demands.
Around 200 Haitians had marched in their nation’s capital Monday to show their anger over an abduction that’s another example of the worsening gang violence that has overtaken much of Port-au-Prince.
Alix Dorsainvil of New Hampshire was working for El Roi Haiti, a nonprofit Christian ministry, when she and her daughter were seized Thursday. She is the wife of its founder, Sandro Dorsainvil. Read more
NASA loses contact with Voyager 2 spacecraft after mildly embarrassing case of human error (Sky)
After days of silence, NASA has heard back a spacecraft it lost contact with following a mildly embarrassing case of human error.
The space agency hadn’t heard a peep from Voyager 2 since last week, when flight commanders accidentally pinged across an incorrect command that saw it tilt its antenna away from Earth.
But NASA’s collection of giant radio satellites around the world, known as the Deep Space Network, has now picked up a “heartbeat signal”. Read more
Women’s World Cup: Nigeria can achieve greatness, says Rasheedat Ajibade (Guardian)
Nigeria Super Falcons forward, Rasheedat Ajibade, said the team is limitless and can achieve anything they put their mind to as they prepare for the second round of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Ajibade said this on Monday when asked how far she thinks the Super Falcons can go at the ongoing Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand following their goalless draw with the Republic of Ireland.
With the result from their final Group B game, the Nigerian girls progressed to the round of 16 in the competition after finishing second behind co-hosts, Australia. Read more
D’Tigress to face Mozambique or Cote D’Ivoire in Afrobasket quarter-finals (DailyTrust)
D’Tigress will face the winners between Mozambique and Cote d’Ivoire in the quarter-finals of the 2023 FIBA Women’s Afrobasket taking place in Rwanda.
The two sides will face off today and will meet the defending champions, Nigeria who qualified for the quarterfinals after beating Congo DR and Egypt in their two group games. Read more
England hammer China 6-1 to ease into last 16 of Women’s World Cup (AlJazeera)
Lauren James shone again with two fine goals as England put in their best performance of the Women’s World Cup so far to sweep aside China 6-1 and march into the last 16 as Group D winners.
Alessia Russo gave the European champions the perfect start on Tuesday with a goal in the fourth minute and Lauren Hemp and James added two more to give England a comfortable lead at the break at Australia’s Hindmarsh Stadium.
Asian Cup champions China, who exit in the group stage for the first time in eight editions of the World Cup, came out firing in the second half and got a goal back through a Wang Shuang penalty. Read more
Josh Maja: West Brom sign ex-Sunderland, Fulham and Stoke striker (BBC)
West Brom have made their second summer signing by bringing Josh Maja to the Championship club following his exit from French second-tier side Bordeaux.
The 24-year-old former Sunderland, Fulham and Stoke City striker has signed a three-year contract.
Free agent Maja, who joined four days before the start of the new season, follows last week’s loan move for Brighton winger Jeremy Sarmiento. Read more
Red Bull will investigate Perez’s gap to Verstappen in Belgian GP (F1i)
Christian Horner says Red Bull will look into the reasons for Sergio Perez’s massive pace deficit to teammate and race winner Max Verstappen on the medium tyre in last weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix.
Due to a gearbox change on his RB19, Verstappen was handed a five-place grid penalty by the stewards.
But despite a prudent start, Verstappen immediately moved up from sixth to fourth on the opening lap of the race and began to reel in Perez by lap 9. Read more
Pregnant Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian reveal sex of 2nd baby (PageSix)
Pregnant Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian revealed they are expecting another baby girl in a YouTube video on Monday.
The video kicked off with Williams, Ohanian and their 5-year-old daughter, Olympia, getting ready for the joint baby shower and gender reveal with the tennis player commenting that she was “team pink.”
After saying she was “team pink,” the tennis player added, “I’m a little nervous because I don’t have any contingency plan if it turns out to be a boy.” Read more