Police probe assassination of UI professor (Guardian)
Oyo State Police Command, yesterday, said it has commenced investigation into the gruesome murder of Prof. Opeyemi Ajewole of the University of Ibadan by unknown gunmen.
Spokesperson for the Command, Adewale Osifeso, who confirmed the development to The Guardian, said: “The matter is under investigation. Updates would be provided accordingly, please.”
Ajewole, a Professor of Social and Environmental Forestry at the university was said to have been killed on his way home, on Monday evening, at Moniya area of the city.
His killing has thrown the University into mourning. Read more
Why we suspended planned nationwide strike — NLC, TUC (Vanguard)
Leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and Trade Union Congress, TUC, yesterday gave insight into why they resolved to shelve the planned nationwide strike aimed at forcing the Federal Government to reverse the 200 per cent hike in the pump price of petrol.
Rising from an emergency National Executive Council, NEC, meeting yesterday, the president of NLC, Mr Joe Ajaero, and General Secretary, Emma Ugboaja, cited the mood of the nation, in view of the outcome of the presidential elections still being challenged at the tribunal, the need to pursue national stability and the restraining order obtained by the Federal Government from the National Industrial Court, NIC, as reasons for the decision to shelve the planned industrial action.
The communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, however, accused the NIC of continuous weaponisation of the instrument of ex-parte injunctions in favour of the government against the interests of Nigerian workers in defiance of the position of the Supreme Court on the use of this instrument. Read more
Peter Obi faults Tinubu’s subsidy removal, gives reason (Tribune)
Peter Obi, the Labour Party (LP) Presidential candidate in the last election, has faulted the sudden announcement of fuel subsidy by President Bola Tinubu.
Obi said the announcement of subsidy removal without putting measures in place to cushion the hardship that comes with the action, amounted to putting the cart before the horse.
He made the submission on Tuesday during a chat with a section of the media at the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC), in Abuja. Read more
Lagos airlifts 2,379 Hajj pilgrims (Punch)
The Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has so far airlifted a total of 2,379 Hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.
The figure comprises 994 males and 1,385 females, according to a statement by the board on Tuesday.
The immediate past Commissioner for Home Affairs, Anofiu Elegushi, who disclosed this during the airlift of the seventh batch of the state contingent on board a Flynas Airline XY 5722 from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, on Tuesday, said the exercise started on June 1 ahead of the earlier scheduled June 4. Read more
Court fines Navy N1m over illegal detention of vessel, crew members (Vanguard)
Justice T. Ringim of a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has awarded N1 million against the Nigerian Navy, following the arrest and detention of one Oghenetega Asaboru and other crew members on board a vessel, MT Alexander J, in which the vessel and crew members have been detained since September 11, 2022.
Asaboru and other crew members on board the vessel, MT Alexander J, had dragged the Nigerian Navy and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to court over their unlawful arrest and illegal detention for over nine months.
In his judgment, Justice Ringim, while reviewing the case, established that the Nigerian Navy had held on to the occupied vessel, MT Alexander J, the applicant, and the crew for nine months, though they had consistently denied the allegation of the detention. Read more
38-year-old lawmaker elected Osun Assembly Speaker (Channels)
The lawmaker representing Odo-Otin State Constituency, Adewale Egbedun, has been elected as the Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly.
The 38-year-old Egbedun was elected after he was nominated by Ibrahim Abiola of the Irewole/Isokan constituency and seconded by Areoye Samuel, another member.
Speaking while giving his inaugural speech shortly after his election as the Speaker of the 8th Assembly, Egbedun assured the people of Osun State that the Assembly will work for the advancement of good governance in the state. Read more
Akpabio’s bid faces hiccups as senators-elect withdraw support (Sun)
The race for the position of president of the Senate by former Akwa Ibom State governor, Godswill Akpabio, has again suffered a major blow, as senators-elect have reportedly withdrawn support, ahead of the inauguration of the 10th National Assembly next Tuesday.
This is even as senator-elect from Kano State, Sumaila Kawu, warned President Bola Ahmed Tinubu not to interfere in the election of presiding officers of the two chambers of the National Assembly.
Daily Sun gathered that senators-elect, who were hitherto expressing support for Akpabio, are reportedly withdrawing on account of issues connected with his relationship with the National Assembly when he held sway as Minister of the Nigeria Delta ministry. Read more
Otti sacks revenue contractors, agents (ThisDay)
Abia State governor, Mr. Alex Otti has taken further measures to block leakages of the internally generated revenue (IGR) of the state by sacking all revenue contractors/agents engaged by the immediate past administration.
He also suspended payments to the government through unauthorised channels and directed that all payments should be made through designated bank branches.
The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Kazie Uko announced the anti-revenue leakage measures in a statement yesterday, saying that they were part of the measures to sanitise revenue enforcement and collection. Read more
Jenna Ortega says she signed on for Netflix hit show Wednesday with hesitance (Standard)
Jenna Ortega says she signed on for Netflix hit show Wednesday “with hesitance”, after previously feeling unheard within the industry.
The US actress, 20, said she had “put her foot down” when production began and that it had ultimately been “a very collaborative experience”.
Ortega will return as the star and producer of series two of the show, in which she plays Wednesday Addams of The Addams Family fame, alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones. Read more
Katherine Heigl admits leaving Grey’s Anatomy was a “blur” (FilmNews)
Katherine Heigl has revealed that leaving Grey’s Anatomy was a “blur”.
The 44-year-old actress recently sat down with former Grey’s Anatomy co-star Ellen Pompeo, 53, for a candid conversation for Variety’s Actors on Actors series.
During the conversation, Katherine, who left the widely-loved medical drama series in 2010, opened up about how she felt after her exit from the show, following rumours of on-set feuds and a reputation for being difficult to work with. Read more
Taking too much of this common vitamin may cause vision loss and liver damage (FirstForWomen)
Vitamins and supplements are a part of many of our daily health regimens. After all, when you’re trying to live a long, healthy life, getting the right nutrients is super important! However, research shows that taking too much of certain vitamins, like niacin, could have potentially harmful side effects.
What is Niacin?
Niacin is a part of the B group of vitamins, also called vitamin B3. It plays a role in our nervous system function and metabolism, helping us turn the food we eat into energy. Our cells also need niacin to function and develop.
Niacin has also been shown to be a powerful nutrient for heart health. In fact, doctors will sometimes prescribe niacin supplements alongside statins to help people struggling with high cholesterol. For that reason, niacin supplements are often touted for having heart-healing benefits, and many choose to self-treat with them. However, this may not be such a smart move. Read more
Chris Hemsworth addresses criticism of Thor: Love and Thunder (DigitalSpy)
Thor star Chris Hemsworth has spoken out about the criticism the latest outing of the god of thunder received.
The heroic fourth instalment in the Thor franchise, Thor: Love and Thunder, was met with mixed responses when it hit cinemas in July 2022. Now, Hemsworth has opened up about what others have said about the film.
“I think we just had too much fun. It just became too silly,” Hemsworth said in an interview with GQ. Read more
US regulator asks court to freeze crypto giant Binance’s assets (AlJazeera)
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has asked a federal court to issue a temporary restraining order to freeze the US assets of cryptocurrency exchange Binance.
The motion, filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday, comes a day after US regulators sued Binance and its CEO Changpeng Zhao for allegedly operating a “web of deception”, piling further pressure on the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange.
In the motion, the SEC accused Binance of years of violative conduct, including “disregard” for US laws and “evasion of regulatory oversight”.
Dave Grohl thanks fans after 1st Foo Fighters concerts since Taylor Hawkins’ death (EW)
Dave Grohl is feeling the love as he and Foo Fighters begin a new era.
In a handwritten note posted to Instagram on Tuesday, the frontman thanked fans for their outpouring of support and emotion at the band’s first live shows since the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins in March 2022.
Foo Fighters began touring in late May and currently have dates scheduled through January 2024. The tour marks their first time playing together, apart from a handful of Hawkins tribute shows, in more than a year. Read more
4 dead, several dozen injured in Haiti quake (France24)
An earthquake shook parts of western Haiti on Tuesday, killing at least four people and injuring three dozen others, authorities said, with more victims feared trapped under the rubble.
The magnitude 4.9 quake occurred just after 5:00 am (0900 GMT) around 5.5 miles (9 kilometers) off the coast of the isolated Grand’Anse department, some 185 miles west of Port-au-Prince, according to the US Geological Survey.
The Haitian Red Cross said emergency workers were looking for people who may still be trapped under the ruins. Read more
Delta Queens, Rivers Angels in good start, Gov. Oborevwori donates N18m prize money (Guardian)
The 2022/2023 Nigeria Women’s Football League (NWFL) Super Six, began in Asaba, Delta State, yesterday, with the host, Delta Queens and Rivers Angels recording victories.
While Delta Queens defeated hard-fighting Conference Queens of Lokoja 3-1, Rivers Angels were 2-0 better than FC Robo of Lagos State.
The NWFL Super Six contest, holding at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, began amidst heavy downpours, which made the playing turf of the complex to be slippery. The bad weather condition notwithstanding, Rivers Angels showed class in the first match of the day by pipping FC Robo 2-0 to pick the three points at stake. Read more
FOSLA Academy to represent Nigeria at World Secondary Schools Tourney (DailyTrust)
FOSLA Academy Karshi-Abuja will represent Nigeria at the 2023 World Secondary Schools football tournament to be held from July 22nd to 31st in Morocco.
The Academy is representing Nigeria as the current champions of the National Principals’ Cup which was revived by the immediate past Minister of Sports, Mr Sunday Dare.
It will be recalled that in the past six years FOSLA Academy have dominated the football event at the FCT chapter of All Secondary School Games. Read more
Pep Guardiola reacts as Tottenham confirm Ange Postecoglou as new manager (Standard)
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has welcomed Tottenham’s appointment of Ange Postecoglou.
On Tuesday, Spurs confirmed the arrival of the Australian on a four-year contract after Postecoglou’s trophy-laden spell at Celtic.
The former Hoops boss will officially start work on July 1 and Standard Sport understands he wants to bring John Kennedy, his assistant at Parkhead, with him. Read more
Al-Ittihad confirm Karim Benzema has completed three-year Saudi Pro League deal (DailyMail)
Karim Benzema was officially unveiled by Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad on Tuesday night after the Middle East outfit announced the French superstar had joined on a free transfer.
The striker has signed a three-year deal worth around £258 million with the Saudi champions – who announced his move by posting a picture of Benzema’s hand in his trademark bandage in Al-Ittihad colours – and he looked delighted as he held up his new shirt alongside club officials.
Benzema was allowed to leave the Bernabeu after 14 years after voiding the 12-month extension he had signed. Read more
PGA Tour players call for commissioner Monahan’s resignation after LIV Golf merger (StraitsTimes)
Some PGA Tour players confronted commissioner Jay Monahan and called for his resignation during an afternoon meeting Tuesday at the RBC Canadian Open in Toronto.
PGA Tour winner Johnson Wagner told Golf Channel that there was plenty of anger in the room after Monahan came to a merger agreement with LIV Golf and the Saudi Public Investment Fund without consulting with the players.
“It was contentious,” Wagner said. “There were many moments where certain players were calling for new leadership of the PGA Tour and even got a couple standing ovations. Read more
Tsitsipas to cut out naps and melatonin after French Open exit (France24)
Stefanos Tsitsipas pledged Tuesday to cut out “naps and melatonin” after admitting virtually sleepwalking into a French Open defeat by Carlos Alcaraz.
The world number five from Greece slumped to a 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (7/5) loss against top seed Alcaraz in a disappointing quarter-final.
“One thing that I’m going to try to avoid in the future is to have melatonin pills and naps before matches because it clearly doesn’t seem to be working,” said Tsitsipas of his pre-match routine. Read more