Police nab Lagos caregiver’s husband for allegedly molesting 3-year-old (Punch)
A man identified simply as Benjamin has been detained by the police in Lagos over alleged sexual harassment of a three-year-old girl under the care of his wife who runs a daycare centre in the Ikorodu area of the state.
It was learnt that the girl had always complained to her mother that one ‘daddy’ was fond of touching her buttock and chest but could not mention the person’s name.
City Round gathered that the mother became more curious when she noticed that her daughter was comfortable with boys sleeping on her during playtime.
A picture purportedly blew the lid off the matter recently when the girl was said to have recognised Benjamin and her mum and identified the former as the ‘daddy’ who had been molesting her. Read more
Court bars Chevron’s Chief Medical Director from evicting wife (Nation)
A Lagos State High Court has restrained Chevron Nigeria Limited Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dr. Rotimi Babalola, from evicting his wife, Mrs. Adediwura Adebukola Babalola, from their matrimonial home.
Justice Olukayode Ogunjobi specifically barred Babalola, his servants, privies, or workmen from entering, trespassing, or otherwise disturbing the possession of the building at N0. 8, Service Crescent, Cooperative Villa, Badore, Ajah, Lagos pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice filed in the divorce petition filed by his wife.
The judge granted the order after hearing arguments canvassed by the petitioner’s counsel, Adeleke Agbola, who pleaded for accelerated grant of the injunction in view of Babalola’s alleged insistence to evict Adediwura from their matrimonial home.
The motion on notice was adjourned to September 20, when the Lagos State High Court will resume from its annual vacation. Read more
VC selection: LASU cancels PhD criteria for medical applicants (Punch)
The Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos, has rescinded on its decision to make a PhD degree a criteria for Medical and Dental professionals who wishes to apply for the Vice-Chancellor position in the institution.
Recall that on July, 25, 28 and 30, 2021, LASU published three adverts in three newspapers and stated that possession of a postgraduate Medical Fellowship was an unacceptable qualification for candidates wishing to apply for a vacant position of VC in the school.
It was added in the advert that every candidate must possess a PhD and must have supervised such.
However, LASU again, in an advert titled, ‘Signed by the Registrar, Mr Emmanuel Fanu on August 13, 2021’ read, “Possession of a postgraduate Medical Fellowship is an acceptable qualification for candidates wishing to apply for a vacant position of VC, Lagos State University. Read more
Big Brother Restricts Some Housemates From Head Of House Lounge (DailyTrust)
Big Brother has banned Maria, Liquorose and Peace from the Head of House lounge.
This happened after the tasks of Friday.
Biggie had asked the housemates to gather at the arena and then instructed the deputy Head of House, Maria, to read the “Bed rules” from the rule book.
One of the rules says the Head of House lounge was prohibited to the housemates except the Head of house and his deputy except stated otherwise.
Earlier in the day, Maria invited both Liquorose and Peace to the HoH lounge. Read more
Tears, romance, fights hallmark BBNaija show (Sun)
Since it kicked off on Saturday July 24, 2021, the Big Brother Naija reality TV show has been the talk of the town, especially among fun loving Nigerians.
As viewers get to know the housemates better, more secrets are being spilled, with some contestants entangled in quarrels and others engaged in hot, sizzling romance.
From White Money making a mark with his culinary skills to Yousef waxing candid about his personal life, the show is getting hotter by the hour.
Peace as 1st HOH
Peace went on record as the first housemate to emerge the Head of House (HOH) for the Big Brother Naija Shine Ya Eye season 6. She was made the leader after winning the Head of House games. And for her deputy, she chose Yousef. In week 2, Boma Akpore succeeded Peace as the HOH. He picked Jackie B as his deputy. Read more
Air Force establishes centre for complaints against personnel (Guardian)
To enable those outside the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) have the opportunity to channel their complaints and grievances against the Service or its personnel to appropriate authorities, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, has ordered the establishment of the Office of the Ombudsman.
The Office, which is also tasked with addressing complaints by NAF personnel, will serve as an independent instrument that will provide an objective and compassionate channel for seeking redress.
According to Air force spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, “in approving the establishment of the Office of the Ombudsman, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, took cognisance of the need to provide an avenue for those outside the Service as well as NAF serving personnel to ventilate their grievances against the Service for immediate resolution.” Read more
Buhari returns after 18 days in UK (DailyTrust)
President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after spending 18 days in London, the United Kingdom.
Buhari’s plane, Nigeria Air Force 1, touched down at the Presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, at about 6pm on Friday.
The President was received at the airport by his Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari; National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd); Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor; Chief of Army Staff; Lieutenant-General Farouk Yahaya; Chief of Naval Staff; Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amoo; the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Mohammed Musa Bello. Read more
Toddler dumped in Ondo gutter, hands, legs tied, rescued (Punch)
A Good Samaritan has rescued a three-year-old girl found inside a gutter at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, Ondo State.
The little girl, who has been christened Esther, reportedly lost consciousness and almost died as she was tied in both hands and legs, put in a sack and dumped in a filthy gutter in the Ayeyemi area of Ondo town.
The Chief Medical Director of the UNIMEDTH, Dr Oluwole Ige, on Friday, said the toddler was brought to the hospital unconscious but was resuscitated by the team of medical workers in the hospital.
He said, “On July 9, 2021, a three-year-old abandoned girl was found, dumped in an erosion pathway at Ayeyemi, Ondo City and was brought to the UNIMED Teaching Hospital accident and emergency crash ward by a good Samaritan. Read more
Buhari, Obasanjo, SGF mourn Ahmed Joda (Guardian)
President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, paid tribute to pioneer civil servant, great statesman and patriot, Alhaji Ahmed Joda, who died after a prolonged illness in his hometown, Yola, Adamawa State at the age of 91.
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, also mourned the late elder statesman, describing him as an astute administrator and detribalised Nigerian.
The late Joda was the last surviving member of Governor Hassan Usman’s Northern Nigeria cabinet. President Buhari highlighted Joda’s “monumental contributions to Nigeria’s unity and progress,” from birth of the nation until his death, saying, “his lofty ideals will continue to motivate millions across the nation.” Read more
Nicki Minaj and husband Kenneth Petty sued by sex assault victim (BBC)
Rapper Nicki Minaj and her husband, Kenneth Petty, are being sued by a woman he was convicted of attempting to rape in 1994.
The woman, now 43, has filed a lawsuit alleging that the couple harassed her to try to make her take back her claims, US media report.
Petty served four-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted rape of the then teenager.
Last year he was arrested for failure to register as a sex offender. Read more
Shia LaBeouf lands ‘comeback role’ playing Padre Pio amid FKA twigs sexual battery lawsuit (Metro)
Shia LaBeouf has landed a ‘comeback’ role amid allegations he subjected ex FKA twigs to ‘relentless abuse’ during their relationship.
The 35-year-old was sued last year by FKA twigs, who accused the actor of sexual battery, assault, and infliction of emotional distress.
Among the singer’s allegations were that LaBeouf threatened to crash a car unless she professed her love for him, allegedly threw her against a car at a gas station, and knowingly gave her a sexually transmitted disease.
A former girlfriend of LaBeouf’s, Karolyn Pho, also alleges that the actor once headbutted her after drunkenly pinning her to a bed. Read more
Erdogan visits Turkish flood victims as death toll hits 38 (Guardian)
The death toll from Turkey’s flash floods soared to at least 38 on Friday as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited one of the hardest-hit cities to lead a prayer for the victims and pledge government help.
The devastation across Turkey’s northern Black Sea regions came just as the disaster-hit country was gaining control over hundreds of wildfires that killed eight people and destroyed swathes of forest along its scenic southern coast.
In a provisional toll, the government’s disaster agency AFAD reported that 32 people had died in Kastamonu province, along the Black Sea, and that six others had lost their lives in the neighbouring area of Sinop. Read more
3 Florida educators die of Covid, says union (BBC)
Three educators in Florida’s second-largest school district have died from Covid-19 within two days of each other, teachers’ union officials say.
The deaths come just days before Broward County schools are due to reopen on 18 August.
Florida’s Republican governor has threatened to withhold pay from school leaders who require masks for pupils.
School virus protocols have become the subject of fierce debate as the Delta variant spreads in the US. Read more
Jodie Comer opens up on ‘intimidating’ transition to Hollywood actress (Metro)
Jodie Comer has opened up on her transition from acting on TV to performing in Hollywood, revealing it was ‘intimidating’.
The actress, best known for her role in the BBC series Killing Eve, stars alongside Ryan Reynolds and Taika Waititi in new film Free Guy, in which she takes on the role of video game developer Millie.
Speaking to the PA news agency, Jodie admitted it was a big step to break out into Hollywood and ‘realising how huge it is and how much of a machine it is’.
The 28-year-old went on: ‘And I think I’d always kind of told myself that film acting was different to TV acting, and you were either made for one or made for the other, and so it was quite a relief to get there and go, “OK, we’re all working towards the same thing. I prepare the same”. Read more
Covid-19: Canada to require vaccination for all federal workers by autumn (BBC)
All civil servants in Canada must be vaccinated by the end of October or risk losing their jobs, the government has announced.
The mandate also applies to workers in federally regulated sectors, like rail.
Commercial air, cruise and interprovincial train passengers must also be vaccinated to travel.
Canada has one of the highest Covid vaccination rates in the world, with 81% of eligible people having received at least one dose. Read more
Brentford 2-0 Arsenal: Bees earn fully deserved win over Gunners (BBC)
Brentford celebrated their return to the top tier after a 74-year absence with a memorable, magnificent victory over woeful Arsenal as they opened their Premier League campaign in style.
Thomas Frank’s side were vibrant, skilful and energetic on a night of high emotion at the Brentford Community Stadium, making the perfect start to the season, but inflicting serious pain on the Gunners in a sobering 90 minutes for the visitors.
Brentford took to life in the big time with ease and fully deserved the lead given to them after 22 minutes when Sergi Canos drove low past keeper Bernd Leno at the near post, although Arsenal complained bitterly that the ball had gone out of play in the build-up. Read more
Focus on Africa as world junior athletes gather in Nairobi (Guardian)
After two weeks of glamour at the Tokyo Olympic Games, focus has shifted to Nairobi, Kenya, venue of the 2021 World Athletics U-20 Championships. It will run from August 17 to 22.
Over 1,300 athletes from 128 countries are expected to compete in the Championships, which had discovered many great stars for various nations.
Host country, Kenya, will field 44 athletes for the competition, just as Team Nigeria has named a 27- man list. India has 28 athletes, and Botswana is sending 18-member squad for the junior championships.
In Team Nigeria’s squad to Nairobi 2021 U20 Championship are three U.S.-based junior athletes. They are Favour Ofili (Louisiana), Best Erhire (Tennessee) and Udodi Onwuzurike (Michigan). Read more
James Rodriguez one of five Everton players isolating over Covid-19 (BBC)
James Rodriguez is one of five Everton players who are isolating because of coronavirus issues and will miss Saturday’s game against Southampton.
The Colombia midfielder, 30, is yet to play in front of Everton fans since he signed in September 2020 because of pandemic crowd restrictions.
Everton boss Rafael Benitez said: “We have some players that are in isolation now, so we have to be very careful.
“Some players have to be at home and [James] is one of them.” Read more
Lukaku out as Chelsea tackle Crystal Palace today (Guardian)
Chelsea’s returnee striker, Romelu Lukaku will not play in the European champions’ opening game of the 2021/22 English Premier League, Manager, Thomas Tuchel, has revealed.
Lukaku, who left Chelsea some years ago to play for Inter Milan via Everton and Manchester United, rejoined the London side on Thursday.
Tuchel has confirmed Romelu Lukaku will not make his second Chelsea debut against Crystal Palace today as the striker is currently quarantining following his club-record transfer from Inter Milan. Read more
Raphael Varane: Man Utd boss Solskjaer says deal ‘not 100% done yet’ (BBC)
Raphael Varane will miss Manchester United’s opening Premier League game against Leeds on Saturday as the deal is not “100% done yet”.
United reached an agreement with Real Madrid for Varane on 27 July.
The France defender, 28, is in Manchester but missed Friday’s league deadline to register him for the weekend because of quarantine rules.
“Things happen and things take time. It’ll be done soon,” said United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“Unfortunately with the isolation that delayed these things.” Read more
Moffi on target, Aribo makes assist (Punch)
Terem Moffi scored his first goal of the season for Lorient who defeated Monaco 1-0 at the Stade du Moustoir on Friday.
The win was Lorient’s first of the season after their draw against Saint Etienne on matchday one.
The Nigerian forward scored from the spot on the half-hour mark after Lorient were awarded a penalty after Monaco defender Ismail Jakobs on his first league start for the club, was penalised for shirt tugging on the dangerous Moffi.
Moffi had notched 14 goals last term.Lorient are now seven home games unbeaten in Ligue 1 stretching back to February following their win against Monaco. Read more