Police officer gives birth to triplets in Ogun (DailyTrust)
A female police officer serving in Ogun State Police Command has given birth to triplets – two boys and a girl.
The female officer, Bolaji Senjirin, was delivered of the triplets recently.
The Commissioner of Police in the State, Edward Ajogun, visited the family in Kemta area of Abeokuta metropolis on Wednesday in company of the executive members of Police Community Relations committee (PCRC).
Ajogun expressed gratitude to God Almighty for the safe delivery of the babies, assuring the family of his continued support towards their upkeep.
The nursing mother of triplets is an orderly to Ajogun’s wife. Read more
Sexual assault: Baba Ijesha denied bail, case transferred to high court (Punch)
The Yaba Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State, on Wednesday, declined granting the bail application brought before it by embattled Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju Omiyinka, popularly known as Baba Ijesha.
Baba Ijesha, who wore a blue t-shirt, was taken to court in a black maria vehicle of the Rapid Response Squad.
Baba Ijesha has been in police custody since April 22, 2021, when the Lagos State Police Command announced his arrest for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in the care of popular comedienne, Adekola Adekanya, otherwise called Princess.
The PUNCH had earlier reported that Lagos State Attorney-General, Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, said Baba Ijesha might be sentenced to life imprisonment if found guilty in court. Read more
Mother, son, two others in court over alleged Motorcycle theft (Vanguard)
Police in Osun State on Wednesday, arraigned mother, son and two other suspects before an Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing motorcycle.
The suspects; Patience Ayube, 52, her son, Josiah Ayube, 23, Oluwaseun Joseph, 22 and Friday Emmanuel, 20 were docked for stealing Honda motorcycle with registration number EKY 533 QM valued N285,000.
Police prosecutor, ASP Abdullahi Emmanuel informed the court that the four defendants conspired to steal the motorcycle belonging to one Emmanuel Akpan.
He added that the defendants also conspired among themselves to beat Akpan after alleging them of stealing his motorcycle and also conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause breach of public peace. Read more
Ondo poll: Appeal court upholds Akeredolu victory (Punch)
The Court of Appeal sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital has dismissed the appeal filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the last governorship election in the state, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede, against Governor Rotimi Akeredolu who was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the election.
The state election petition tribunal had earlier stricken out the petition of the PDP candidate for lack of merit but Jegede approached the appellate court to challenge the verdict of the tribunal. Read more
World Bank says Nigeria inflation rate fueling criminality (Guardian)
World Bank said surging inflation is undermining the recovery of the Nigerian economy, pushing 7 million Nigerians into poverty and encouraging criminality as rising prices deplete already limited incomes.
In its Nigeria Development Update report, the World Bank projects economic growth of 1.8% this year, compared with a previous estimate of 1.2%. But it warned that without deep reforms, the economy will continue to grow slower than the pace of population expansion of about 2.6% a year.
However, the projection coupled with rising unemployment and inflation, World Bank said, is leading more Nigerians into criminal enterprises to make up for lost earnings in the continent’s top oil producer.
In a related document published in January the Washington-based lender said population growth and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will push about 10 million people in the West African nation into poverty by 2022. Despite this, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said in a June 12 speech that his government has taken 1.5 million out of poverty in the last two years and that the government aimed to lift 10 million out of poverty in 10 years. Read more
INEC announces dates for Ekiti, Osun governorship elections (Punch)
The dates for the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states have been announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The election in Ekiti State will hold on Saturday, June 18, while that of Osun State will hold on July 16.
This was announced by the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday.
“In keeping with our policy of announcing the dates of elections in advance to enable early and effective preparations by all concerned, the Commission has approved that the Ekiti State Governorship election will hold on Saturday, June 18, 2022, while the Osun State Governorship election will hold one month later on Saturday, July 16, 2022,” he said.
He added, “Looking to the near future, the Commission is preparing to conduct the remaining off-season end of tenure elections ahead of the 2023 general elections. Read more
Gunmen behead Imo lawmaker’s gateman, set house ablaze (Guardian)
Gunmen early on Wednesday morning invaded the country home of an Imo State lawmaker Ekene Nnodumele in Ebenato, Awo Idemili, in Orsu Local Government Area, and beheaded a gateman on duty and set the house on fire.
Nnodumele represents Orsu Constituency, in the Imo State House of Assembly.
The gunmen also allegedly torched the ancestral home of the immediate past Attorney-General And Commissioner for Justice, Cyprian Charles Akaolisa, in the same area.
As at the time of filing this story, The Guardian could not reach the state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bala Elkana, who was said to be indisposed. Read more
5 burnt to death in Ogun tanker explosion (Punch)
Five persons have been burnt to death while two others sustained varying degrees of injuries in an explosion at Ajilete axis of the Owode-Idiroko Road in Ogun State.
Our correspondent gathered that the incident happened on Wednesday, when the fuel-laden tanker was descending the sloppy road in the area but suddenly had its tank fell off and went up in flames.
An eyewitness said the ill-fated truck was reportedly carrying 33,000 litres of diesel when the fatal incident happened.
The PUNCH learnt that the explosion killed five persons on the spot and left two others injured and the victims were residents of the area. Read more
Why Google deleted my Crowwe App – Adamu Garba (Vanguard)
Politician and one-time presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba, has revealed reason for the removal of his Crowwe App on Playstore by Google.
Vanguard recalls Google on Monday, June 14, deleted Crowwe App days after federal government suspended Twitter.
Vanguard learnt some aggrieved Nigerians had taken to Playstore to discredit the app following the suspension of Twitter.
Reacting, Garba in a chat with The PUNCH Monday, claimed he asked Google to take down his social media platform from Google Playstore because he needed to update the code. Read more
Rick Ross cuts his own 235-acre lawn to avoid paying $1m a year (Metro)
Rick Ross desperately wants to be Rich Forever and so had decided to cut his own grass to avoid paying a hefty $1million (£708,000) for a landscaper.
The Aston Martin Music rapper owns a sprawling mansion in Georgia that previously belonged to boxer Evander Holyfield. Ross bought the property in 2014 for a cool $5.8m (£4.1m) and, he certainly got his money’s worth, as it boasts 109 rooms as well as the biggest swimming pool in the US with 350,000 gallons of water.
Despite the expansive 235-acres of land, the 45-year-old takes pride in mowing his own lawn. However, Ross isn’t risking the Georgian heat with a pair of gardening scissors – he has his own custom-made tractor, of course, which features tinted windows, air conditioning and a radio.
Speaking to Forbes, the rapper explained: ‘When I bought the Fayetteville estate, locals would see me walk out of a restaurant and scream, “You know Holyfield spent $1m a year to cut the grass”. So I decided that I was gonna cut my own grass. And that’s what I did.’ Read more
IDF ‘neutralises’ Palestinian woman who rammed and stabbed Israeli troops in West Bank (RT)
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have said that one of their troops has been lightly injured after a Palestinian woman rammed Israeli soldiers near Ramallah before attempting to stab them. The woman was “neutralized,” the IDF said.
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, the IDF stated that an attack had taken place against Israeli troops near the village of Hizma, southeast of Ramallah, the main city in the West Bank.
The IDF described the event as a “combined car-ramming and stabbing attack” and said that the “the assailant was neutralized at the scene.”
Another tweet added that a woman had “exited her vehicle with a knife drawn” after ramming troops and was then “neutralized” by IDF soldiers. Read more
Thousands sign petition for Jeff Bezos to be denied re-entry to Earth (Metro)
Jeff Bezos is going to take a historic flight into orbit next month aboard the New Shephard craft developed by his personal space company, Blue Origin.
And apparently, not everyone thinks he should be allowed back.
A petition demanding that Earth firmly replaces the velvet rope across the doorway once Bezos leaves is gaining momentum.
At the time of writing, over 8,000 people have signed a change.org petition barring the billionaire from re-entry. Read more
Biden-Putin summit: US and Russian leaders meet for tense Geneva talks (BBC)
US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are meeting for their first, highly-anticipated summit.
The talks in Geneva, Switzerland, come at a time when both sides describe relations as being at rock bottom.
Discussions are set to include arms control and US allegations of Russian cyber-attacks.
No major breakthroughs are expected but there are hopes of finding small areas of agreement. Read more
Ciara shows off 39-pound weight loss after welcoming baby No. 3 (PageSix)
Ciara showed off her 39-pound weight loss in June 2021.Instagram
She’s showing off her “Goodies.”
Nearly 10 months after welcoming her third child, Ciara announced she’s back to her pre-baby weight following a 39-pound weight loss.
“Goodbye to those last 10lbs I’ve been working on these past 5 weeks,” she announced on Instagram Tuesday. “I’m so proud of myself.”
The 35-year-old pop star announced the news alongside a photo of herself wearing a tight leather ensemble.
She also shared words of encouragement for other mothers trying to shed their extra pounds. Read more
Spanish man jailed for killing and eating his mother (BBC)
A Spanish man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after killing his mother and eating her remains.
Alberto Sánchez Gómez, 28, was arrested in 2019 after police found body parts around his mother’s home – some in plastic containers.
The court rejected Sánchez’s arguments that he was experiencing a psychotic episode at the time of the killing.
He will now serve 15 years for murder and a further five months for the desecration of a corpse. Read more
Cristiano Ronaldo press conference slashed billions off Coca-Cola’s market value (Metro)
Cristiano Ronaldo removing Coca-Cola bottles from his press conference table at the Euros and telling the audience to ‘drink water’ wiped a whopping $4bn off the company’s market value.
The Portugal and Juventus superstar sat down behind the table, picked up the bottles of pop and placed them out of sight, picking up the remaining bottle of water and saying: ‘Agua!’
The message was clear, that Ronaldo was telling his millions of fans to ditch the fizzy drinks and stick to water and the markets reacted in spectacular fashion.
After the 36-year-old’s actions Coca-Cola’s share price fell from $56.10 to $55.22, which may not seem a huge dip, but it represents a fall of $4bn. Read more
Chris Paul out indefinitely after entering NBA’s COVID protocols (NYPost)
The Suns’ championship hopes are suddenly in peril.
Chris Paul has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols and as a result will be sidelined for an indefinite period of time, sources told The Athletic on Wednesday.
It’s unclear why the Phoenix guard was placed in the league’s COVID-19 protocols and could depend on whether Paul has been vaccinated. The 36-year-old had previously called the decision to get vaccinated a “personal” one.
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Paul’s availability for the Western Conference finals is up in the air, the website reported. Read more
Finland pay classy tribute to Christian Eriksen before Euro 2020 clash with Russia (Metro)
Finland’s players passed on a classy get-well-soon message to Christian Eriksen as they warmed up ahead of their Euro 2020 clash with Russia this afternoon.
Four days on from Eriksen’s shocking collapse and cardiac arrest during Denmark’s 1-0 defeat to Finland, Markku Kanerva’s entire squad emerged from the tunnel at St Petersburg’s Gazprom Arena wearing shirts emblazoned with the words ‘Get well Christian!’ in tribute to the midfielder.
The Inter Milan star had to be given emergency CPR in the first half of Saturday’s encounter between the two Group B rivals before being rushed to hospital where he was brought to a stable condition.
Eriksen has since undergone a series of tests and examinations to determine the exact cause of his cardiac arrest and the 29-year-old appeared in good spirits as he gave fans a thumbs up in a positive update on his official Instagram page on Tuesday morning. Read more
Wimbledon 2021: Andy Murray and Venus Williams given wildcards (BBC)
Former Wimbledon champions Andy Murray and Venus Williams have been given wildcards to play at this year’s Championships at the All England Club.
Britain’s Murray, 34, won the 2013 and 2016 men’s singles titles, while 40-year-old Williams has won the women’s singles on five occasions.
Katie Boulter is one of five British women joining Williams in the draw.
Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz, plus home trio Liam Broady, Jay Clarke and Jack Draper, received men’s wildcards. Read more
Marko Arnautovic handed one-match Euro 2020 ban for insulting North Macedonia star (RT)
Austria forward Marko Arnautovic has been hit with a one-match suspension at Euro 2020 for insulting a North Macedonia player during his country’s opening 3-1 win at the finals.
UEFA have banned the 32-year-old from Austria’s clash with the Netherlands on Thursday in Amsterdam, punishing the temperamental targetman for “insulting another player”.
Now plying his trade for Shanghai Port in China, the former Premier League marksman reacted in raging fashion to scoring Austria’s third goal, needing to be calmed by teammate David Alaba, who grabbed him by the jaw.
Reports alleged that Arnautovic insulted Ezgjan Alioski, who plays for Leeds, and made reference to the North Macedonia wing-back’s Albanian heritage. Read more
Paul Pogba: France star removes beer bottle from Euro 2020 news conference (BBC)
First it was Cristiano Ronaldo and now it’s Paul Pogba.
The day after Ronaldo made headlines by removing two bottles of Coca-Cola at a news conference and then encouraging people to drink “agua!” (water) instead, Pogba has gone viral for removing a bottle of Heineken beer.
The 28-year-old Frenchman, who is a practising Muslim, made no comment on the matter – just discreetly moved the non-alcoholic beer and placed it below the table during a post-match press conference.It came after he played a starring role in France’s 1-0 Group F victory over Germany at Euro 2020 and was awarded the Heineken ‘star of the match’. Read more