Police nab father over alleged defilement of four daughters in Lagos (Punch)
A father of six, Sunday Julius, is currently in police custody in Lagos over alleged defilement of four of his daughters aged seven, 10, 11 and 15.
Julius, who lives with his family in a room apartment in the Alimosho area of the state, was reportedly arrested on Monday following a complaint lodged by his wife at the Moshalashi Police Station.
City Round learnt that Julius was apprehended about seven years ago after his eldest daughter opened up that he molested her.
He was however said to have been freed through the intervention of neighbours and relations. Read more
Lagos police command gets new PRO (Vanguard)
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has approved the posting of the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi to the Force Public Relations Department, Force Headquarters, Garki Abuja.
Consequently, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu takes over as the new Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer.
A statement signed by Adejobi as his last official assignment in Lagos State Police Command said the posting takes effect from today, Friday, August 6, 2021. Read more
Lagos makes case for new electricity policy (Guardian)
The Lagos State government, yesterday, described the proposed new electricity policy as vital to making the state a 21st century economy, which is part of the agenda of the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The state government said that the policy would serve as a key driver for its social and economic development aspirations in line with its 30-year Development Plan (2021-2051) being developed.
Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Olalere Odusote, who made the comments in a statement, noted that several efforts are currently underway to improve access to electricity in the state, including concluding the Lagos Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), the retrofit of all streetlights to efficient LED lights, and intervening to improve electricity supply to the health facilities. Read more
Southern groups lampoon IBB for defending June 12 annulment (Punch)
Pro-democracy groups have criticised a former military head of state, General Ibrahim Babaginda, over his claim that his regime annulled the June 12, 1993 general election to avoid a violent coup.
The election, which was keenly contested by the candidate of the Social Democratic Party, the late MKO Abiola; and the Bashir Tofa of the National Republican Convention, and said to have been won by Abiola, was adjudged as the most transparent election in Nigeria’s political history.
But the poll was declared a nullity by the military regime led by Babangida. Read more
Oba of Benin’s wife gives birth to quadruplets (Vanguard)
The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II has welcomed a set of quadruplets from his fifth wife, Queen (Oloi) Aisosa Ewuare II into the Benin Royal Family.
Oba Ewuare made the announcement at his palace on Friday in Benin amidst jubilation from guests.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Oba had in May 2020, welcomed his first infant prince after he ascended the throne of his forebears as the 40th Oba of Benin from her Royal Highness, Queen (Oloi) Iyayota Ewuare II. Read more
Teaser for “Charge And Bail” film out (Guardian)
The hitmakers for popular films like The Wedding Party Series, Quam’s Money, Who’s The Boss, and many more, returns to cinemas nationwide with the release of its new comedy-drama, Charge and Bail, on October 15, 2021.
Charge and Bail tells the story of A rich young lawyer (played by Zainab Balogun) who gets posted to a “charge and bail” law firm during her year of national service.
Trouble ensues as Boma struggles to fit in with the people, the courts, and life. Charge and Bail is a fun adventure about the clash between the haves and the have-nots and having to deal with finding your place in an environment that is new to you.
Inkblot co-founder, Chinaza Onuzo is excited by the potential of Charge and Bail:
“We are very excited about Charge and Bail, our 14th theatrical film. We are very pleased about the team we assembled for Charge and Bail led by our Director Uyoyou Adia and our Producers Eku Edewor and Matilda Ogunleye. We made magic and we can’t wait for you to see it.” Read more
My reconciliation with 2Baba not fake –Blackface (Punch)
Since the recent public reconciliation between Augustine Ahmedu, popularly known as Blackface, and his former friend and collaborator, Innocent Idibia, aka 2baba, some fans have opined that the reconciliation was too spontaneous to be genuine. The duo, together with Faze, were members of the defunct music group, Plantashun Boiz, before they went their separate ways. Their feud began when Blackface accused 2baba of allegedly using the mega hit song, ‘African Queen’, without giving him due credit. Over the years, the former friends practically became enemies as Blackface never missed any opportunity to lambast Idibia. However, at a tribute session organized in memory of late singer, Sound Sultan, the three singers were urged to bury the hatchet and resume their friendship.
In an interview with Saturday Beats, Blackface maintained that he wasn’t boxed to a corner and the reconciliation was genuine. He said, “I did not feel boxed into a corner by any means. It was a spontaneous reaction and we all know that holding grudges does not help anyone because life is too short. I am at peace with myself and I want him (2baba) to be at peace with himself too.”
Commenting on the possibility of a future collaboration between him and 2baba, the ‘Hard Life’ singer said, “Only time will reveal what will happen in the future.” Read more
Ministry of Science and Technology changes name (Guardian)
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the re-naming of the Ministry of Science and Technology to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, announced the development at a media briefing in Abuja, yesterday.
He noted that in 2017, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the National Science, Technology and Innovation Roadmap (NSTIR 2017-2030), which he said was aimed at using “Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) to catalyse Nigeria’s economic growth and competitiveness.” Read more
Displaced Borno Residents Get 300 Houses At Ngamdu (DailyTrust)
A total of 300 low-cost houses meant for people displaced by insurgency and vulnerable persons were Friday commissioned by Governor Babagana Umara Zulum at Ngamdu town, Kaga Local Government Area, Borneo State.
The houses for the returning displaced persons and two blocks of a shopping complex were built by the Borno State Government in collaboration with Family Homes, a private mass housing developer.
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The Governor presented allocation letters of the houses to some of the beneficiaries.
One of the beneficiaries, Bulama Mallam, said his house at Ngamdu recently collapsed after floods.
Zulum also commissioned a 1.8-kilometre township road, a shopping complex with 30 shops as well as a renovated and furnished Government Lodge, sited at Benisheik, headquarter of Kaga LGA. Read more
Rihanna feeling blessed as she speaks out over swanky new billionaire status
Rihanna is feeling blessed after officially becoming a billionaire, and we expect nothing less.
The Umbrella singer, 33, is among the latest members of the three comma club, with Forbes estimating that she is worth an incredible $1.7billion (£1.2bn), making her the wealthiest female musician.
She earned her bag thanks to several different projects, inducing her huge music career spanning decades, and her Fenty brands.
When asked by a 247Paps.TV photographer on what the swanky new status of ‘self-made billionaire’ meant to her, she simply replied: ‘God is good.’ Read more
Tokyo attack: Knife-wielding man injures 10 on train (BBC)
A man attacked fellow passengers with a knife on a Tokyo commuter train late on Friday, injuring 10.
The suspect, 36, allegedly told police he became angry when he saw women who “looked happy” and wanted to kill them, according to local media reports.
One victim, a female student, is said to be seriously injured, while the others suffered less severe injuries.
Violent crime is rare in Japan and tight security measures are in place in Tokyo, which is hosting the Olympics. Read more
Mary Cosby pleads not guilty to ‘unlawfully providing shelter to runaway’ (PageSix)
Mary Cosby has pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor charges of “unlawfully providing shelter to a runaway” and “contributing to the delinquency of a minor,” Page Six can confirm.
A rep for the Salt Lake City Justice Court, where Cosby, 48, was charged, told us on Friday that she made her plea on June 28.
The minor in question was not named and the “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star is due back in court on Aug. 12.
Specific details surrounding the alleged incident are unknown. However, there are reports circulating online that Cosby’s only son, Robert Cosby Jr., may have also been involved. Read more
Social experiment in Germany brings young and old together (DW)
Migration and demographic change are transforming societies worldwide. A documentary film about a German project has a vision for the future.
It’s a dreary scene: a few people standing on an empty field in the rain. Nothing about this place seems promising. But the people don’t seem to care. Some are curious, some euphoric, but all are confident. “Here’s my bed,” says one woman as she points to a spot on the ground, and then jumps for joy.
The plan is to build a village on this field in the Wendland region of the German state of Lower Saxony — a village that is ecological, intercultural and based on solidarity. With the help of its own cooperative, rents will be kept affordable. 300 people are to live here, consisting of 100 older people, 100 younger people — preferably with families — and 100 refugees. The idea is for them to be there and to look out for each other. Read more
Families of 9/11 victims tell Biden not to attend memorial events (BBC)
Family members of the victims of the 11 September 2001 terror attacks have called on President Joe Biden to stay away from memorial events unless he declassifies files about the attacks.
Nearly 1,800 people signed a letter calling on him to release documents that they believe implicate officials from Saudi Arabia in the plot.
They say that if he refuses, he should not attend ceremonies next month to commemorate the 20th anniversary.
Nearly 3,000 people died on 9/11. Read more
Dr Dre’s oldest daughter, LaTanya Young, says she’s homeless, living out of her car (PageSix)
Dr Dre’s oldest daughter says she’s homeless and living out of her car — despite repeated pleas for help to her music mogul father.
LaTanya Young, who works for DoorDash and Uber Eats as a delivery driver, said in a new interview that she hasn’t received money from the Beats founder in a year and a half.
“My kids are staying with friends — they are not living in the car, it’s just me,” Young, who is a single mother of four, told the Daily Mail.
“I’m taking odd jobs just to make it now — I got paid $15 an hour as an assembler at the warehouse. I’m trying to keep my head above water. I’ve been in debt for a while.” Read more
UFC will surpass Rumble in the Jungle fight – Usman (Punch)
UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman says an MMA event on the continent could be even bigger than the legendary Rumble in the Jungle boxing clash between Muhammed Ali and George Foreman.
Usman became the first UFC champion from Africa when he defeated Tyron Woodley in March 2019.
He has since been joined by fellow Nigerian Israel Adesanya, who claimed the interim middleweight belt by beating Kevin Gastellum, before going on to consolidate that by winning the undisputed title of Robert Whittaker.
Cameroonian Francis Ngannou completed the trident of African winners when he claimed the heavyweight title from Stipe Miocic at UFC 260. Read more
Tokyo Olympics: Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir wins women’s marathon (BBC)
Peres Jepchirchir won the women’s marathon at Tokyo 2020 as Kenya claimed a one-two in sweltering conditions in Japan’s northern city of Sapporo.
Jepchirchir beat world record holder Brigid Kosgei in the closing stages to win in two hours 27 minutes 20 seconds.
American Molly Seidel took bronze after Israel’s Lonah Chemtai Salpeter stopped inside the final five kilometres.
Contested in 28C heat, the race was moved from 07:00 to 06:00 local time due to the forecast temperatures. Read more
Kemba Walker joining Knicks with ‘dicey’ knee injury (NYPost)
The stem-cell injections new Knicks point guard Kemba Walker took in his left knee before last season are a strong indicator he is suffering from a type of arthritis that could greatly impact the 2021-22 season, according to a leading sports orthopedic surgeon.
The ballyhooed Walker acquisition was not made official Friday, on the first day of formal signings. Walker had to clear waivers after the Thunder bought out the final two years and $76 million left on his maximum contract Wednesday.
Walker also could be subject to physicals before the official signing — examinations that Dr. Wellington Hsu, professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Northwestern University, recommends.
Walker, 31, played 43 of 72 games with the Celtics this season. He sat out the final two games of Boston’s first-round loss to the Nets because of left-knee trouble. The injections apparently didn’t solve his issue. In his first move as Celtics president, Brad Stevens traded Walker to the Thunder in June. Read more
Megan Rapinoe responds to Donald Trump’s bizarre attack on USA women’s soccer team (Metro)
USA women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe has hit back at criticism she and the team received from Donald Trump, questioning why the former president was ‘rooting for people to do bad’.
In a bizarre rant made earlier this week, Trump described the US squad at the Tokyo Olympics as a ‘radical group of leftist maniacs’ and and called for the ‘wokesters’ to be replaced with Patriots in order to win more matches.
The comments were made following USA’s 1-0 defeat to Canada which saw the team miss out on a place in this summer’s final. The Stars and Stripes did, though, go on to beat Australia to secure bronze at the Games. Read more
Community Shield: Leicester v Man City – Kevin de Bruyne and Phil Foden ‘out for a while’ (BBC)
Manchester City midfielders Kevin de Bruyne and Phil Foden will be “out for a while” because of injuries, says boss Pep Guardiola.
De Bruyne, 30, suffered ankle ligament damage at the European Championship and played with a tear in Belgium’s quarter-final defeat by Italy.
Foden, 21, missed out on England’s loss in the final because of a foot problem.
Record signing Jack Grealish will be on the bench for Saturday’s Community Shield match against Leicester City.
On Thursday, 25-year-old Grealish became the most expensive British player of all time by moving from Aston Villa to Man City for £100m. Read more
Gable Steveson wins Olympic wrestling gold with insane buzzer-beating move (NYPost)
A golden buzzer-beater.
University of Minnesota wrestling star Gable Steveson won the Olympic men’s freestyle 125kg gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games in the most dramatic fashion.
The 21-year-old Apple Valley, Minn. native was trailing Georgia’s Geno Petriashvili – the No. 1 seed and three-time world champion – 8-5 with under 10 seconds left. Steveson rallied for two takedowns, including one in the final second, which held up under video review.
Gable Steveson (left) celebrates after his last-second victory over Georgia’s Gennadij Cudinovic.Trailing 4-0 after the first period, Petriashvili rallied back before the American earned a 9-8 comeback victory. Steveson earned the gold medal after outscoring his opponents – including 2016 Olympic gold medalist Taha Akgul of Turkey – 23-0 in the first three rounds. Read more