Sales agent disappears while returning from work (Punch)
Family members of a 22-year-old lady, Oluwakemi Soyebo, are in distress following her sudden disappearance while returning from work.
Oluwakemi was said to have gone to her place of work in the Agbara area of Ogun State on June 3, 2019, but has not returned home since.
Her colleagues reportedly said Oluwakemi left the office for home at the close of work that day.
The mother of the victim, Bukola Soyebo, who spoke with PUNCH Metro, said she thought that her daughter was with her friend but all her telephone lines had been switched off and efforts to get across to her had proved abortive. Read more
Monalisa Chinda’s ‘tax evasion’ trial begins October 10 (Cable)
An Igbosere high court in Lagos has fixed October 10, for the trial of Monalisa Chinda-Coker, Nollywood actress, over alleged tax evasion
Although the actress cum producer was scheduled to resume her trial on July 5, the judge adjourned the proceeding till Monday due to the eid-el-fitr holiday. Read more
Only 65 women won election in 2019, says women group (ThisDay)
The Coalition for Women Inclusion in Governance has said that only about 65 women politicians were elected into various positions in the just-concluded 2019 general election in the country.
Ahead of the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly, the women group solicited for the support of President Muhammadu Buhari and the newly elected lawmakers for the emergence of Hon. Nkiruka Onyejeocha as the next Speaker of the House of Representatives. Read more
PDP, NGE, others bash FG as NBC suspends AIT/Raypower licence (Punch)
The National Broadcasting Commission on Thursday announced the suspension of the licences of the African Independent Television and Ray Power FM belonging to the Daar Communications Limited.
The NBC Director-General, Dr Modibbo Kawu, stated this at a press briefing in Abuja, saying the shutdown of the media houses was until further notice.
The DG said the infractions committed by the media houses included their inability to pay their licence renewal fees and the airing of a Presidential election documentary while the matter was still before a tribunal, among others. Read more
My encounter with SARS operatives, by radio presenter (NewTelegraph)
A radio presenter, Mr. Koffi Bartels, working with ‘the Nigerian Info’ station in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has narrated how he was allegedly beaten and tortured by some policemen attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Bartels said the policemen pounced on him when he tried to take snapshots of them trying to bundle a boy into their van.
The presenter explained that he was driving around his community when he saw SARS officers, beating up the boy. Read more
Bomb explosion kills 3 in Imo (Vanguard)
A bomb explosion, yesterday, killed three persons in Eziorsu community, Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State. When Vanguard called Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, Orlando Ikeokwu, he confirmed the development.
The Police image maker also gave the names of the victims as Elvis Ukado, Kasiemobi Uzoma and Justice Adie. Read more
Buratai: Soldiers have licence to kill criminals (ThisDay)
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, Thursday declared that soldiers have the licence to kill criminals but must not be killed, and urged troops to show dilligence in prosecuting the war against armed banditry,
The position of the army chief is coming as Governor Bello Masari of Katsina State said his administration would not watch bandits kill Katsina people without any counter-measures. Read more
APC State chairmen pass vote of confidence on Oshiomole (Guardian)
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Forum of State Chairmen on Thursday in Abuja passed a vote of confidence on Mr Adams Oshiomole, the party’s National Chairman, saying he is the best man to lead the party.
Mr Ben Nwonye, the Secretary of the forum and Chairman, APC Enugu State Chapter, who spoke on behalf of the forum made this known while speaking with newsmen at the party’s national secretariat. Read more
Grammy-winning musician Dr John dies at 77 (BBC)
Grammy-winning American singer Dr John has died at the age of 77 after suffering a heart attack.
The New Orleans-born musician died on Thursday, according to a message posted on his official Twitter account.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer combined the genres of blues, pop, jazz, boogie woogie and rock and roll. Read more
Full house as Troost-Ekong, Ighalo finally arrive Super Eagles’ camp (Guardian)
It was a full house on Thursday as the duo of William Troost-Ekong and Odion Ighalo arrived the Super Eagles Golden Tulip Hotel camp in Asaba.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that with their arrival, Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr now has the full compliment of the 25 invited players in camp ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.
Troost-Ekong and Ighalo also took part in the Super Eagles evening training session at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba. Read more
United table £100m for Koulibaly (Punch)
Manchester United have reportedly submitted what seems to be a world record and a take-it-or-leave-it £100million bid for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
United boss Ole Gunner Solskjaer is reportedly ready to oversee a major overhaul of his squad at the end of the season, after the Red Devils missed out on Champions League football. Read more
Mikel reveals Eagles’ advantage at AFCON 2019 (ThisDay)
Super Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi, is banking on the fitness level of the three-time champions to play a big role when the 32nd Africa Nations Cup kicks off on June 21 in Egypt.
Mikel who returned to Eagles almost one year after he last played for Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup in Russia said at the team’s media briefing in Asaba yesterday that fitness level will play a big role in deciding which countries qualify from the group stage to the knock out phase. Read more
Oshoala named Falcons’ assistant captain (Punch)
Super Falcons forward Asisat Oshoala has received extra motivation heading into the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France after being named the official assistant captain of the team on Thursday.
France-based striker Desire Oparanozie was earlier announced as captain of the nine-time African champions, as the Falcons strategise ahead of the World Cup. Read more
Nigeria vs Zimbabwe: Fans to pay N10,000, N2,000 to watch Eagles (NewTelegraph)
The Nigeria Football Federation has announced the prices of three categories of tickets for the friendly encounter between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Warriors of Zimbabwe.
The game which is set to take place at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba on Saturday has its VVIP ticket pegged at N10,000, the VIP ticket is N2,000, while the popular side will go for N1,000. Read more
France 2019: Super Falcons target perfect start against Norway (DailyTrust)
African Champions, the Super Falcons of Nigeria have said they are in the right mood and spirit to make a perfect start against Norway in their opening match of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Saturday in Reims, France. One of only seven teams to have made it to every edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals since the inaugural competition in 1991, the Falcons have made it out of the group stage only once previously, and that was 20 years ago. Read more
Anthony Joshua gets stark warning off Amir Khan over Andy Ruiz loss (Mirror)
Anthony Joshua has been warned boxing will “throw him under the bus” following his catastrophic defeat by Andy Ruiz Jr. Joshua was dropped four times and stopped in the seventh round on Saturday as the chubby late challenger feasted on his four heavyweight world titles.
The defeat also dealt a hammer-blow to the Brit’s chances of a unification fight with WBC king Deontay Wilder – and the £50million payday that would come with it. Read more
Akwa Utd, rangers win, FC Ifeanyiubah concede second defeat (ThisDay)
Akwa United came from a goal down to condemn FC Ifeanyi Ubah to their second defeat of the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Super 6 Playoff Championship at the Agege Township Stadium in Lagos.
The Promise Keepers are now on top of the table having pulled four points from two matches, while Lobi Stars and Enyimba, whose second matches come up later, are a point behind. Read more
African Champions League final for replay after VAR controversy (Nation)
The second leg of the African Champions League final will be replayed after a VAR issue led to Moroccan club Wydad Casablanca walking off in protest and Tunisian side Esperance was awarded the victory.
Wydad refused to continue playing because their equalising goal with around 30 minutes remaining in the second leg was disallowed for offside and no video replay was available. The players had not been told the video system wasn’t working. Read more