PwC senior partner drowns in Lagos, police probe aides (Punch)
The Deputy Country Senior Partner, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Nigeria, Tola Ogundipe, is dead.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Ogundipe went missing on Saturday while boating on a coast near Lagos.
The boat was said to have been found on Sunday, before the Marine Police recovered his corpse on Monday.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed the incident, said four workers of the deceased had been interrogated.
He explained that the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, had ordered discreet investigation into the matter.
He said, “The CP has instructed that the matter be taken over by the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, and so far four of his personal workers have been interrogated. The outcome of our investigation will be made public.” Read more
Two brothers, three others in EFCC net for alleged internet fraud (Nation)
Two brothers, Ayoola Timilehin, Olusola Timilehin, and others have been arrested by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office for internet fraud.
They were arrested at their hide-out on Wednesday, at Alaka, Elebu area of Ibadan, Oyo State.
The Head, Media & Publicity of the anti-graft agency, Dele Oyewale noted that the suspects were arrested based on intelligence linking them with opulence without any identifiable means of livelihood. Read more
Missing underwear causes dissolution of 3-year-old marriage (Guardian)
A Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan on Wednesday dissolved a marriage involving a trader, Sadia Abass, and her husband, Azeez, over a missing underwear.
Sadia had petitioned the Court to dissolve her marriage over allegations that he had stolen her underwear for ritual.
She told Chief Ademola Odunade, the President of the court, that she feared that her life might be in perpetual danger if she continued to live under the same roof “with a man planning to use me for something diabolic”. Read more
FG directs hospitals to remain open (Thisday)
The federal government has directed the Chief Medical Directors (CMDs) of federal tertiary hospitals in the country to ensure that routine healthcare services are maintained in the hospitals despite the ongoing industrial action embarked upon by resident doctors.
In a statement issued Wednesday and signed by the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the ministry directed the CMDs and managing directors of the health institutions to deploy consultants and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) doctors to maintain routine and emergency services.
He also urged the hospital management to engage Lucom staff where necessary to prevent service disruption. Read more
Cows test positive for Bovine Tuberculosis in Abia (Vanguard)
Abia State Commissioner for Agriculture, Prof Ikechi Mgboji has warned residents of Abia to desist from eating cow lungs in order not to contract Bovine Tuberculosis which has been found in Abia.
Mgboji who disclosed this in Aba and said the warning is important following the discovery of some cows infected with bovine tuberculosis, a cow disease which causes a general state of illness manifesting later with coughing and resulting in the eventual death of the affected mammal.
Vanguard reports that Bovine Tuberculosis is a chronic animal disease caused by a bacteria called Mycobacterium bovis (M.bovis) related to the bacteria causing avian and human tuberculosis and can affect all mammals. Read more
Four Nigerians students arrested for allegedly hacking banks in Philippines (Guardian)
Philippines’ National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has arrested four Nigerian in Municipal City for alleged involvement in the hacking stealing of funds from banks.
NBI Cybercrime Division chief Vic Lorenzo said the Nigerians were part of an international syndicate who hack banking systems, taking advantage of the flaws in their systems.
The NBI said the Nigerians violated the Access Device Law, Anti-Cyber-crime law and falsification of public documents. Read more
Edo modular refinery targets to process 60,000bpd of oil (Thisday)
The Edo Modular Refinery is targeting an increased refining capacity of 60,000 barrel per day (bpd) of crude oil against its original 6,000 bpd.
The modular refinery is a project being developed by two Chinese firms, the AIPCC Energy Limited and the Peiyang Chemical Equipment Company Limited.
The Head Quality, Health and Safety/ Community Relations of the AIPCC, Mr. Segun Okeni, disclosed this yesterday during an inspection tour of the site at Ologbo in Ikpoba-okha Local Government Area by the seven-man factional members the Edo State House of Assembly loyal to Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Okeni said that the modular refinery would commence operation between the end of September and mid-October. Read more
Okowa pledges continued partnership with military to secure a stronger Delta (Vanguard)
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has pledged the state government’s continued partnership with the military and other security agencies to ensure peace and order in the state.
Okowa made the pledge on Wednesday, when Maj.-Gen. Olubunmi Irefin, the new General Officer Commanding (GOC), 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port-Harcourt, visited him at Government House, Asaba.
He charged the army to sustain the current peace and security in the Niger Delta, adding that the Delta Government had enjoyed a robust relationship with security agencies.
According to Okowa, the partnership between the state and security agencies has helped to ensure peace and security of lives and property and has also made Delta investors’ destination. Read more
Mum ‘gets off train and leaves her baby behind’ (Metro)
Rush hour commuters were delayed yesterday after a woman got off a train but left her child on board. Commuters were told on an announcement what had happened at Peckham Rye station, South East London around 5pm yesterday.
The baby was taken off the train from Victoria to Dartford by station staff at the following stop,
The Sun reports. They said the mum called South Eastern Railways to tell them what had happened, and then took the next service to go and be reunited.
One person tweeted: ‘My friend’s train was delayed because someone forgot their baby in the pram. Read more
‘We lost everything’: Thousands homeless as Sudan battles floods (Aljazeera)
Wading through waist-deep water, residents of the al-Shigla neighbourhood in Omdurman, twin city of Sudan’s capital Khartoum, tried to rescue what was left of their possessions as they floated by.
Others stood by in despair, observing the aftermath of days of torrential rains that brought record-breaking flash floods to the country where the Blue and White Niles join to become the Nile River.
The rain and flooding exceeded records set in 1946 and 1988, killing more than 100 people and forcing the government to declare a three-month state of emergency this week. Read more
Dogs really do love their owners and new research proves it (Metro)
Any dog owner will tell you that their pooch knows when it’s time for a walk, a meal or a snuggle.
But new research commissioned by Canine Cottages, shows just how much dogs love their owners.
Special heart rate tracking collars were fitted to four different dogs and the change in their heartbeat was tracked when owners interacted with them. Read more
Thousands of refugees homeless after fire destroys Moria camp (Aljazeera)
Thousands of refugees have been made homeless after a fire engulfed Moria, a notoriously overcrowded refugee camp on Greece’s Lesbos island, where about 13,000 people had been living in a space designed for just under 3,000.
The origin of the fire, which started inside the camp late on Tuesday night and began to spread quickly through the densely packed hillside, remains unclear.
Considerable areas of the sprawling site were burned to cinders, with reports from officials that about 70 percent of containers and tents had been destroyed. Read more
Increased warming closing in on Paris climate agreement temperature limit, UN report finds (CBC)
The world is getting closer to passing a temperature limit set by global leaders five years ago and may exceed it in the next decade or so, according to a new United Nations report.
In the next five years, the world has nearly a one-in-four chance of experiencing a year that’s hot enough to put the global temperature at 1.5 Celsius above pre-industrial times, according to a new science update released Wednesday by the UN, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and other global science groups.
That 1.5 C is the more stringent of two limits set in 2015 by world leaders in the Paris climate change agreement. A 2018 UN science report said a world hotter than that still survives, but chances of dangerous problems increase tremendously. Read more
Rights groups ask IOC to take 2022 Winter Games away from China (Aljazeera)
Some 160 rights groups have sent a joint letter to the chief of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), calling for it to reconsider its choice to award China the 2022 Winter Games in light of Beijing’s human rights record.
It is the largest such coordinated effort so far, following several months of similar calls from individual rights groups, and comes as Beijing faces increased international backlash over its policies, including its treatment of ethnic Uighurs in Xinjiang and the imposition of a controversial new security law in Hong Kong.
“The IOC must recognise that the Olympic spirit and the reputation of the Olympic Games will suffer further damage if the worsening human rights crisis, across all areas under China’s control, is simply ignored,” said the letter released on Tuesday. Read more
Lily Allen ‘marries “Stranger Things” star David Harbour in Las Vegas ceremony’ (Metro)
Lily Allen has married Stranger Things star David Harbour in Las Vegas, according to reports.
After speculation emerged this week as to the pair’s apparent plans to marry, it’s since been alleged the Smile singer tied the knot with David at the ‘celebrity-friendly’ Graceland Wedding Chapel.
According to The Sun, the pair were married by an Elvis impersonator, no less, with Lily using her previous married name, Lily Cooper. Read more
Michael Essien takes coaching role at Denmark’s Nordsjaelland (Guardian)
Former Chelsea and Ghana star Michael Essien has joined the coaching staff at Danish top-flight side FC Nordsjaelland, the club announced on Wednesday.
“He has agreed to be part of the club’s management staff for the season to come, with the title of player-coach, under the guidance of head coach Flemming Pedersen,” the club said in a statement.
Essien, 37, will begin his role on Thursday. Nordsjaelland begin the new season away to Brondby on Sunday.
“I am delighted to have joined @fcnordsjaelland coaching staff as part of my development towards my full coaching licence. I will also be assisting the players on and off the pitch as part of my role,” Essien tweeted. Read more
Matured’ Jennifer Brady ready for Naomi Osaka tussle (Metro)
Jennifer Brady is aware of the threat Naomi Osaka presents ahead of their US Open semi-final but believes she has ‘matured’ and now belongs at the top level. Brady, the world No. 41 from the USA, booked her spot in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time with a thumping 6-3 6-2 win over Yulia Putintseva but will face her toughest test next against 2018 champion Osaka. Osaka, the fourth seed from Japan, extended her win streak to nine matches with a controlled 6-3 6-4 win over Shelby Rogers – the American who had stunned two-time major winner Petra Kvitova to reach the quarter-finals. Read more
Eugenie Bouchard cruises into 2nd round in Istanbul, faces top seed next (CBC)
Canadian qualifier Eugenie Bouchard has advanced to the second round of the Istanbul Tennis Championship.
Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., beat world No. 133 Viktoriya Tomova of Bulgaria 6-2, 6-4 on Wednesday at the WTA Tour clay-court event.
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The 26-year-old Bouchard, ranked 272nd, broke Tomova six times. Neither player was particularly effective with serve, but Bouchard had better percentages on points won on first serve (55.8-38.1) and second serve (61.1-47.6). Read more
Messi back in full training with Barca (Vanguard)
Lionel Messi was back in full training with Barcelona on Wednesday for the first time since conceding defeat in his battle to leave the club.
Unlike Monday, when the 33-year-old Argentine superstar had to train alone under La Liga’s coronavirus protocol, he joined up with the rest of the squad in the session taken by new coach Ronald Koeman.
A club statement reported that others returning to the main group were Philippe Coutinho, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong and Ansu Fati.Read more
Chelsea hit with Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell injury blow before Brighton clash (Metro)
Chelsea will be without Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell for their Premier League opener against Brighton on Monday evening, according to reports.
Ziyech, who was signed in a £37 million deal from Ajax, was forced off in the second half of Chelsea’s pre-season friendly against Brighton on August 29.
The midfielder has suffered a knee injury and according to The Athletic, he will not be risked against Brighton on Monday evening. Read more
Liverpool, Man City face tough battle from Premier League challengers (Guardian)
remain the teams to beat after three seasons of total dominance but a rejuvenated Manchester United and free-spending Chelsea could force themselves into a four-way race for the title.
AFP Sport looks at how last season’s top four are shaping up ahead of the new season.
After a first league title in 30 years, Liverpool’s challenge will change radically. The club have freed themselves from the burden of history but must ensure the 2020/21 season does not become a huge anti-climax. Read more