Pastor sentenced to death for impregnating, killing choir mistress, 2 others (Tribune)
A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has sentenced a pastor, Chidiebere Okoroafor, to death by hanging for murder.
Okoroafor, who is the General Overseer of a new generation church based in Oyigbo area of the state was tried for killing his choir mistress, Orlunma Nwagba, who he allegedly impregnated.
He also faced murder charges for the killing of Nwagba’s friend, Chigozie Ezenwa, and her eleven-month-old daughter, Cresabel, on December 11, 2017, in the Oyigbo Local Government Area of the state. Read more
Reps declare Nigeria Air launch a fraud (Punch)
The House of Representatives has poked holes in the purported launch of Nigeria Air at the twilight of the administration of former President, Muhammadu Buhari, declaring it a fraud.
Chairman of the House Committee on Aviation, Nnolim Nnaji, declared the launch of Nigeria Air a fraud after the major stakeholders in the deal between the Federal Government and Ethiopian Airlines denied knowledge of the launch.
The Ministry of Aviation claimed Nigeria Air was only unveiled and not launched, which the committee dismissed as an attempt to divert the lawmakers’ attention. Read more
Amidst subsidy removal, jet fuel, cooking gas prices crash (DailyTrust)
The price of aviation fuel known as Jet A1 has been on a downward slide as soon as the fuel subsidy was removed which jacked up the price of premium motor spirit (pms) otherwise known as Petroleum, findings by our correspondent has revealed.
Our correspondent learnt that from over N800, aviation fuel crashed to N650 in Lagos and N680 in Abuja from June 1st while slightly higher in Kano and Maiduguri and Port Harcourt.
Yesterday, Daily Trust checks indicated that Jet A1 was sold at N620 in Lagos; N660 in Abuja and N680 in Kano. Read more
Obi, LP tenders more INEC results in 8 states (Sun)
The Labour Party (LP) and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, yesterday, tendered in exhibits, more certified true copies of polling unit result sheets contained in INEC Form EC8As from eight states of the federation.
The results were subsequently admitted in evidence by the Presidential Election Petition Court, in spite of stiff opposition by counsel to the respondents.
In their joint petition marked CA/PEPC/03/2023, Obi and LP are disputing the presidential election results declared in favour of President Tinubu in over 17 states and over 18,000 polling units with his petition also alleging over-voting in parts of the South West. Read more
Lagos police arrest one-chance gang, recover operational vehicle (Punch)
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a three man one-chance gang who had been terrorising unsuspecting commuters along the Oshodi-Gbagada axis of Lagos state.
The suspects, Wale Ajayi, 24; Abideen Saka , 26, and Oliseh Sunday aka Bobwhiskey, 29, were arrested by Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad at their hideout weeks after they abandoned their operational vehicle while fleeing a scene of their operation after police operatives swooped on them.
In a statement on Twitter on Tuesday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, said the operational vehicle of the gang was hijacked at gunpoint sometime in February but later abandoned by the gang somewhere around the Gbagada axis of Lagos State. Read more
Increase teachers’ retirement age to 65, NUT appeals to Sanwo-Olu (Vanguard)
The Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, has appealed to the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to increase the retirement age of teachers in public schools in the state from 60 to 65 years in accordance with the Retirement Age Act enacted by the National Assembly last year and which was assented to by the then President, Muhammadu Buhari.
The National President of the NUT, Comrade Titus Amber, made the plea in Ikorodu, Lagos on Tuesday during the Education Leadership Workshop organised for State Working Executive Committee members of the Lagos State Wing of the NUT.
The NUT boss, represented by the National Treasurer, Comrade Segun Raheem, said it would be a morale booster for teachers in the discharge of their duties. Read more
10th Lagos House of Assembly: Obasa emerges Speaker for 3rd term (Guardian)
The lawmaker representing Agege 01 constituency, Dr Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, was on Tuesday re-elected as the Speaker of the tenth Lagos State House of Assembly.
The Media Adviser to the Lagos State Governor, Gboyega Akosile disclosed this on Twitter, saying Obasa was nominated by Hon Temitope Adewale representing Ifako-Ijaiye 1 State Constituency..
“Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, representing Agege 1 Constituency has been re-elected and emerged Speaker of the 10th Assembly of the Lagos State House of Assembly.
“Obasa was nominated by Hon Temitope Adewale rep. Ifako-Ijaiye 1 State Constituency,” Akosile tweeted. Read more
Gunmen kill UI professor, abscond with his car (DailyTrust)
A professor of Social and Environmental Forestry at the University of Ibadan (UI) has been killed by suspected assassins.
The late Prof. Opeyemi Ajewole was assassinated in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital while on his way home on Monday night.
Confirming the incident, a colleague of the deceased said Ajewole was killed by suspected assassins on his way home. Read more
Astrud Gilberto: The Girl from Ipanema singer dies at 83 (BBC)
Astrud Gilberto, the Brazilian bossa nova singer best known for The Girl from Ipanema, has died aged 83.
One of Brazil’s biggest stars of the 1960s and 70s, she recorded 16 albums and worked with artists ranging from Quincy Jones to George Michael.
Her version of The Girl From Ipanema sold more than five million copies and helped to popularise bossa nova. Read more
Nita Strauss steps in the ring and delivers a knockout guitar solo in heavyweight new single Victorious (MusicRadar)
Nita Strauss has shared the latest single from her forthcoming solo album The Call Of The Void and it features Dorothy Martin on lead vocals and a red-hot solo on her Ibanez signature guitar that offers an excellent case study in for any hard-rock guitarist looking to map out a box-office lead.
The track is titled Victorious. The vibe is… Well, the video is shot in a boxing ring, so the smell of liniment is in the air, US Olympian, and former WBO and IBF boxing champion Mikalea Mayer makes an appearance, and there’s even an underdog Rocky Bilbao character in the form of a 13-year-old Nita Strauss who is played as an aspiring shredder by Charlotte Millstein.
Of course, we know how that story ends. Strauss, who has enjoyed stints with x, and is now back with the Godfather of shock rock as touring guitarist, has become one of the electric guitar’s most high-profile players, which is why she has been able to enlist the help of Dorothy, Cooper, In Flames’ Anders Fridén and Marty Friedman in making this record. Read more
Run-DMC, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube to headline Hip-Hop 50th anniversary concert at Yankee Stadium (Spin)
The Bronx will host a major celebration for the 50th anniversary of hip-hop and its role therein on Aug. 11 at Yankee Stadium, with Run-DMC headlining in what’s billed as their ‘Bottom of the Ninth…The Walk-Off.’
“I am honored to hit the stage in the Bronx, the birthplace of Hip-Hop and celebrate all of my heroes,” Run said in a statement. Added DMC, “Aug 11th is Hip-Hop’s 50th birthday! So…’Up in the Bronx’ where it all started we will be celebrating this historic moment in history! I am honored to pay tribute to the culture that allowed this little shy kid from Queens to grow up and become The Mighty King of Rock! Thank you Hip-Hop!!!”
Also performing at the event are Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Lil Wayne, T.I., Fat Joe, Common, A$AP Ferg, EPMD, Ghostface Killah, Lupe Fiasco, and Slick Rick. Read more
Noel Gallagher and Foo Fighters in close race for UK’s Number One album (NME)
Foo Fighters and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are currently in a neck-and-neck race to reach the Number One spot on the UK album charts this week.
Both acts released their latest LPs — ‘But Here We Are’ and ‘Council Skies’ — last Friday (June 2) and as it stands, it is too close to call which one will reach the peak position on the Official Album Chart by the end of this week.
Currently at the midweek mark, Noel Gallagher has surpassed the American rockers and stands as the UK’s best-selling album with his fourth solo album with High Flying Birds. That being said, the two remain almost neck and neck, as just 200 units separate them from first and second position. Read more
Abbott Elementary’s Tyler James Williams condemns “dangerous” sexuality speculation (DigitalSpy)
Abbott Elementary star Tyler James Williams has spoken out against online speculation about his sexuality.
The actor posted a message on his Instagram stories calling out the “dangerous” behaviour he’s seen of people questioning an individual’s sexual orientation online.
In the video shared to celebrate the start of Pride Month, Williams explained how the practice is particularly harmful for those who may be struggling with their identity. Read more
Marvel announces ‘‘Captain America 4’’ retitled as ‘‘Brave New World’’ (THR)
“Captain America 4” has a new moniker.
Marvel Studios announced Tuesday morning via its Twitter account that the fourth Captain America installment — and the first to feature star Anthony Mackie as the lead — is now called “Brave New World.”
The news came alongside a behind-the-scenes photo of stars Mackie and Harrison Ford. Last July, the studio announced the film was originally subtitled “New World Order.” The release date has been set for May 3, 2024. Read more
Clashes erupt as Palestinians bury toddler mistakenly shot by IDF (TimesOfIsrael)
Hundreds of Palestinians gathered Tuesday for the funeral of a 2-year-old boy who died this week after he was mistakenly shot by Israeli troops during a shootout in the West Bank last week.
The aftermath of the funeral saw clashes with Israeli soldiers in which several Palestinians were reportedly injured, though initial details were murky.
On Thursday, Mohammed Tamimi and his father were hit by gunshots as Israeli soldiers returned fire at Palestinian gunmen who had shot at the settlement of Neve Tzuf. Read more
Chukwueze wins Best LaLiga African Player of the Season award (Guardian)
Villarreal’s Nigeria forward Samuel Chukwueze has been named best African player of the 2022/23 LaLiga season.
Villarreal revealed Chukwueze as the winner on their website on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old best off competition from Sevilla’s Morocco internationals Yassine Bono and Youssef En-Nesyri, Athletic Bilbao and Black Stars of Ghana striker Inaki Williams among others. Read more
Cremonese turn down Rangers bid for Dessers (Punch)
Glasgow Rangers have had a bid to sign Cremonese striker Cyriel Dessers turned down as Michael Beale looks to snap up a long term striking target, according to a report.
The frontman was bought for £6m last summer and scored 10 goals in 26 games in all competitions for Cremonese, who were relegated to Serie B. The Ibrox side want to bring him to Glasgow now but the Italian outfit want to recoup as much of the £6m as possible before they sell him.
“The Light Blues have tabled a significant seven-figure bid for the Nigerian international,” according to the Daily Record. Read more
PSG sack coach Christophe Galtier after winning Ligue 1 title (ESPN)
Christophe Galtier has been sacked by Paris Saint-Germain after winning the Ligue 1 title, sources have told ESPN.
Galtier led PSG to the 2022-23 league title but failed to deliver success in the Champions League, with the French club knocked out by Bayern Munich in the round of 16.
According to ESPN sources, PSG sporting director Luis Campos informed Galtier on Tuesday that he was sacked by the club with former Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann set to continue talks with the club. Read more
Kyle Walker injury scare for Manchester City ahead of Champions League final (RTE)
Kyle Walker has given Manchester City an injury scare ahead of the Champions League final by sitting out training with a back problem.
The England right-back was not involved as the treble-chasing Premier League champions held a session open to media ahead of Saturday’s encounter with Inter Milan in Istanbul.
Walker was substituted in the last minute of City’s FA Cup final triumph over Manchester United at Wembley last weekend. Read more
PGA Tour, DP World Tour agree to merge with Saudi-backed rival LIV Golf (StraitsTimes)
The PGA Tour, DP World Tour and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) on Tuesday announced a landmark agreement to work together, on a global basis.
The deal combines PIF’s golf-related commercial businesses and rights (including LIV Golf) with the commercial businesses and rights of the PGA Tour and DP World Tour, formerly known as the European Tour.
It will form a new, collectively owned, for-profit entity. In addition, PIF will make a capital investment into the new entity to facilitate its growth and success. Read more
Svitolina accuses Sabalenka of inflaming tensions with net stand-off (France24)
Elina Svitolina accused Aryna Sabalenka of deliberately “inflaming” the tense stand-off between Ukraine and Belarus players at the French Open on Tuesday by staring her down at the net.
Sabalenka won their quarter-final 6-4, 6-4 and then approached the net in expectation of a handshake which Svitolina had already insisted she was not going to offer.
All Ukraine players refuse to shake hands with Russian and Belarusian rivals in protest at the ongoing war. Read more