Seized 25 trucks: A/Court dismisses Evans’ N200m suit against police (Nation)
The Court of Appeal Lagos division on Thursday dismissed an appeal by alleged kidnap kingpin Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, aka Evans, challenging the seizure of his 25 trucks by the police.
A three-man panel of the court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the judgment of Justice Hadizat Rabiu-Shagari of the Federal High Court on the matter.
The panel held that the appeal lacked merit and dismissed the same.
The justices upheld the police’s contention that the trucks were seized as suspected proceeds of crime in the execution of a valid search warrant. Read more
Navy rescues 12 sailors from sinking fishing vessel off Lagos coast (dailytrust)
Officers and ratings of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT have rescued 12 crew members on-board a sinking fishing vessel, LADY BARNARA, off Lagos waters.
The Navy said effort was ongoing to rescue the 13th crew member who was still missing as of Tuesday evening, five days after the ill-fated vessel capsized.
Investigation revealed that the vessel had developed an engine problem and sailed into a heavy storm which capsized the ship.
The Commander, NNS BEECROFT, Commodore Bashir Mohammed, in a statement confirming the mishap said the incident occurred on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at about 11.15 pm. Read more
Bizman lands in Kirikiri for alleged defilement of three underage daughters (Punch)
An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State has remanded a 43-year-old businessman, Emeka Orisakwe, for allegedly defiling his three underage daughters.
The police, on Wednesday, charged Orisakwe, who resides at Maza Maza, Amuwo-Odofin, Lagos, with sexual assault.
The Magistrate, Ejiro Kubeinje, did not take the defendant’s plea and ordered that he should be remanded in the Kirikiri Custodial Centre.
Kubeinje directed the police to send the case file to the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice. Read more
33,140 passengers travelled Lagos/Ibadan railway in July -official (Tribune)
Lagos District Manager, Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Mr Jerry Oche, has said that the corporation recorded 33,140 passenger-traffic from Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge railway in July.
Oche, who made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Thursday, said that the corporation recorded more passengers in the standard class coach category.
“In July, the total passenger traffic on board the standard class stood at 24,948, out of the 33,140 passenger-traffic.
“For business class, we recorded 6,995 and for first class, we had 1,167, while the total passenger traffic recorded from Lagos to Ibadan in July stood at 33,140. Read more
Lagos shuts 20 pharmacies, patent medicine stores (Punch)
The Lagos State task force on counterfeit, fake drugs, and unwholesome processed foods has shut 20 pharmacies and patent medicine stores at Shomolu, Bariga, and Oworonshoki areas of the State.
The state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, in a statement on Thursday, said the affected pharmacies and patent medicine stores were shut for contravening regulations guiding the operations of pharmacies and patent medicine stores, including indulging in illegal practices and failing to comply with the regulatory standard.
Abayomi was quoted to have said this after reviewing the report of the recent monitoring, inspection, and enforcement exercises carried out by the taskforce.
He said, “The sealing of the affected pharmacies and patent medicine stores was in accordance with the provisions of Section C34 of the Counterfeit, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods Miscellaneous Provision Act of 1999.” Read more
COVID-19: FG dismisses fresh lockdown rumour (DailyTrust)
The Federal Government on Thursday dismissed the rumour making rounds that there will be a fresh lockdown due to the third wave of Coronavirus pandemic.
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, while reacting to a question on the third wave of COVID-19, ruled out the possibility of a fresh lockdown.
Ehanire said what most developed countries embrace is precision lockdown.
He said, “Lockdown is a very, very last measure that countries are taking because lockdown stifles economic activity, restricts your own freedom and your business – corporate business, government business, private business all are affected. Read more
FCT Minister flags off over N1.8b Kagini Rail Station access road (Tribune)
The Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, on Thursday, flagged off the construction of access road and car park worth over N1.8 billion for the Kagini light rail station.
Malam Bello, while flagging off the project in Abuja, said the station was designed to enable residents within the area and other adjoining districts to enjoy the benefits of a modern rail transportation system and to also help to reduce carbon emissions that destroy the environment.
He said the administration needs to be flagged off following the approval by President Muhammadu Buhari early this year, as part of efforts towards accelerating infrastructural development in the nation’s capital. Read more
FG: Procurement of fresh COVID vaccine gulped N122b (DailyTrust)
The Federal Government has says it has procured over 29 million single dose of Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines at the rate of $298.5 million (over N122 billion).
Executive Director/CEO of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuiab, said this Thursday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, during the ministerial briefing organised by Presidential Communication Team.
He said the procurement was to enable the country vaccinate 70 percent of eligible members of the population and combat the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
He said the 176,000 doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccines that arrived the country with roll out schedule for Monday was part of 29 million doses the government procured. Read more
NDLEA intercepts G3 rifle with 78 rounds of live ammunition (Guardian)
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Benue State Command has arrested a man with a fabricated high calibre G3 rifle and 78 rounds of live ammunition.
The Chairman, NDLEA, retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa, who said this during a news conference on Thursday in Abuja noted that the suspect would be handed over to the appropriate authority for further investigation.
Marwa said that the checkpoint was to stop and search vehicles for drugs, noting that NDLEA arrest when other criminal items such as heavy weapons as in this instance were found.
Marwa said that the suspect was arrested on Aug. 4 in a bus belonging to enroute Onitsha to Jos where the vehicle was flagged down at Aliade checkpoint for search. Read more
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis poke fun at cleanliness debate (BBC)
To bathe or not to bathe? That is the question being widely debated this week after Hollywood couple Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis revealed they didn’t fully bathe their kids every day.
“I wasn’t that parent that bathed my newborns ever,” Kunis told the Armchair Expert podcast last month.
“If you can see the dirt on them, clean them,” added Kutcher. “Otherwise, there’s no point.”
The A-list couple’s comments caused quite a stink with many people online, but they’ve now poked fun at the controversy in a new Instagram video. Read more
Kaley Cuoco films dramatic car stunt with body double for “Meet Cute” (Metro)
Kaley Cuoco has been pictured filming a dramatic stunt for Meet Cute, in which her character gets hit by a car.
Just days after the Big Bang Theory actress goofed around on set with Pete Davidson, she was seen roughed up after being mowed down in the comedy film’s high-octane scenes.
Both Kaley and her double wore matching grey tracksuit bottoms and a blue denim jacket, but the double’s hair and make-up appeared pristine while Kaley’s hair had been backcombed and she sported bloody grazes.
The stand-in shot a number of scenes in different positions splayed across the vehicle, including lying face down on the windscreen and with her back slamming against the hood. Read more
Arnold Schwarzenegger rips anti-maskers: ‘Screw your freedom’ (NYPost)
Arnold Schwarzenegger says “hasta la vista” to anti-maskers as COVID-19 regulations return amidst the Delta variant.
The “Terminator” film icon and former governor of California spoke via YouTube Wednesday to urge “schmucks” to follow the rules and get vaccinated to “protect your fellow Americans.”
“There is a virus here — it kills people,” the Schwarzenegger said, “and the only way we prevent it is get vaccinated, get masks, do social distancing, washing your hands all the time, and not just to think about ‘well my freedom is being kind of disturbed here.’ No, screw your freedom.”
The 74-year-old actor was part of a panel with CNN’s Alex Vindman and Bianna Golodryga to discuss misinformation and COVID-19 policy. Read more
Rapper Nines faces jail after admitting plot to import 28kg of cannabis into the UK (Metro)
Nines is facing jail after admitting to a plot to import 28kg of cannabis into the UK from Poland and Spain.
The rapper, 31, whose real name is Courtney Freckleton, pleaded guilty on Thursday to drugs and money lLondon alongside Jason Thompson, 35.
The pair admitted conspiracy to import the Class B drug cannabis into the UK from Poland and Spain and conspiracy to transfer criminal cash between March 10 and July 3 last year. Read more
Seungri: Former K-pop star jailed for gambling and organising sex work (BBC)
Seungri has been jailed for three years for arranging prostitution and gambling.
He was convicted by a military court of organising sex services for businessmen he wanted to invest in his nightclub.
The presiding judge said the 30-year-old – whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun – had also stolen money from the club to gamble, mainly in Las Vegas.
Seungri was a member of the Big Bang boy band that has sold more than 150 million records around the globe. Read more
Covid: Germany fears thousands got saline, not vaccine from nurse (BBC)
Authorities in north Germany have asked more than 8,000 people to get repeat Covid vaccinations because a nurse is suspected of having injected saline instead of vaccine in many cases.
Police are investigating the nurse’s actions at a vaccination centre in Friesland, near the North Sea coast.
Initially just six people were believed to have received the harmless salt solution there in March and April.
Many of those affected were aged over 70 – a high-risk group in the pandemic.
Inspector Peter Beer, quoted by Süddeutsche Zeitung, said the 40-year-old woman had been sharing “corona-critical information” on social media, criticising the government’s restrictions aimed at curbing the virus’s spread. Read more
Super Eagles drop seven spots in latest FIFA world ranking (Guardian)
Nigeria’s Super Eagles pose for pictures before a recent international. They are now ranked 34th in the world.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles are now ranked 34th in the FIFA world ranking. The latest FIFA world ranking, which saw the Super Eagles drop seven places, was released on Thursday and published on the football body’s official website.
Following their slide, the Eagles are now ranked number five in Africa.
Senegal remain Africa’s top team and are now ranked 21st in the world after climbing three spots, followed by Tunisia who now occupy 28th on the global ranking, down two spots from their previous ranking.
Algeria climbed 12 places to 30th in the world and third in Africa, while Morocco climbed nine spots and are now 32nd in the world and fourth in Africa. Read more
Jannik Vestergaard: Leicester City set to sign Southampton defender (BBC)
Leicester City are set to sign Denmark defender Jannik Vestergaard from fellow Premier League side Southampton, confirmed Ralph Hasenhuttl.
A reported £15m deal has been agreed for the centre-back, 29, who joined in 2018 from Borussia Monchengladbach.
“He is doing the medical check, and, when that is done, then the deal is done,” said Saints boss Hasenhuttl.
“He will go to Leicester, then it is for us to replace him and this is what we will do in the future.” Read more
Tokyo 2020: Adegoke acknowledges FG, Ministry support (Nation)
Team Nigeria’s headliner at the recently concluded Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Enoch Adegoke, has applauded the Federal Government of Nigeria as well as the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development for supporting his quest for glory at the Games.
Despite being one of the dark horses in Tokyo, Adegoke created a new history as he became the third Nigeria and first in 25 years to make the Olympics 100m men’s final- though he failed to finish the final race due to injury.
To get to the final, Adegoke stormed to a new Personal Best of 9.98secs in his heat while also beating Asian record holder, Femi Ogunode, British star, Zharnel Hughes, and 2021 World leader, Travon Brommel, to win his 100m heat.
Meanwhile, Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, has stated that the Ministry will pay the medical bills of four track and field athletes two of whom competed for Nigeria at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with injuries while the other two were injured during the Games. Read more
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ready to capitalise on any transfer ‘surprises’
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United could still be active in the transfer market should any ‘surprises’ become available, while he feels his squad can achieve something special this season.
The Red Devils have enjoyed an excellent summer, finally securing a £72million deal for Jadon Sancho, while they have also agreed a deal with Real Madrid for Raphael Varane which is set to be officially announced imminently.
Despite a busy window already, United are still thought to be keen on signing a new right-back and defensive midfielder, and Solskjaer admits their business might not be done just yet. Read more
Aston Martin withdraw appeal against Sebastian Vettel’s disqualification in Hungary (BBC)
Aston Martin have withdrawn their appeal against Sebastian Vettel’s disqualification from second place in the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The German was thrown out of the results after his car was found to have less than the mandatory one litre of fuel remaining for post-race testing.
Aston Martin withdrew their appeal “on the basis that we believe doing so outweighs the benefits of being heard”.
They lost a bid to have the decision subjected to right of review on Monday. Read more
Who can stop Bayern winning a 10th straight Bundesliga title? (Guardian)
The new Bundesliga season kicks off on Friday when defending champions Bayern Munich play at Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Bayern’s new head coach Julian Nagelsmann, 34, is under pressure to deliver a tenth straight German league title at the end of his first season in charge.
AFP sports looks at which clubs can prevent Bayern completing a decade of Bundesliga domination:
Borussia DortmundEngland winger Jadon Sancho may have left to join Manchester United, but Dortmund will be a force to be reckoned with under new head coach Marco Rose. Read more