Super TV CEO: Why police released suspect’s father -Lagos CP (Punch)
The Lagos State Police Command has released the father of 21-year-old student of the University of Lagos, who allegedly stabbed the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV, Usifo Ataga, to death.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Hakeem Odumosu, told The PUNCH that the suspect’s father and one Nkechi Mogbo, have been released on bail.
The PUNCH learnt that Chidinma Ojukwu’s father was arrested for hindering his daughter’s arrest at their residence in the Alagomeji area of the state.
Until Chidinma’s arrest, Mogbo had been in police custody after investigation showed that she operated the service apartment where the University of Lagos undergraduate allegedly killed Ataga. Read more
Panic grips residents as oil pipeline leaks in Lagos (Vanguard)
Fear has gripped the residents of Ijeododo Road, Igando, Alimosho, Local Government Area, Lagos, Saturday, following a Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, popularly, called petrol, pipeline leakage in the area.
The incident which occurred in the afternoon when some of the residents noticed the leakage at Igando enroute Ijeododo road and raised the alarm.
Eye witnesses’ account said as soon as the leakage was noticed after the heavy downpour, some of the residents in apparent fear started running helter-skelter.
The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the development. Read more
UNILAG considers suspension of Super TV CEO’s alleged killer (Punch)
Authorities of the University of Lagos are considering the suspension of one of its students, Chidinma Ojukwu, who allegedly stabbed the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV, Usifo Ataga, to death.
Sources in the university’s Senate, on Friday, said that the student’s action was contrary to the provisions of the institution’s Students Handbook and would be suspended.
A professor at the university, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The PUNCH that “there is no two ways, she will be suspended.”
He added that the suspect would at least be suspended pending the outcome of the police investigation. Read more
Cabotage Fund: NIMASA shortlists 11 coys, 4 banks to benefit –DG (Vanguard)
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA), has disclosed that it had so far shortlisted 11 companies to benefit from the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF).
Dr Bashir Jamoh, Director- General, NIMASA, made this known in a statement made available to newsmen on Saturday, in Lagos.
He noted that following the agency’s advertisement for banks to express interest in the disbursement of the CVFF fund, four primary lending banks had also been shortlisted.
According to him, NIMASA had made presentations to the Ministry of Transportation asking to oversee the four primary lending institutions, as required by law, to come up with guidelines on the disbursement. Read more
2021 UTME: JAMB issues new instructions on how to check results (Vanguard)
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation, JAMB, has issued a new directive to candidates on how to check their 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME results.
The board, in a statement, Saturday,by its Head of Media and Protocol, Dr Fabian Benjamin, said given that the result checking on USSD code 55019 is saddled with some challenges, candidates are henceforth “to visit JAMB portal to check for their 2021 UTME result. “
The terse statement read: “It has come to the attention of the Board that the result checking on USSD code 55019 is saddled with some challenges. Consequently, the Board hereby directs all candidates to visit the JAMB portal to check for their 2021 UTME result. Each candidate is to follow these simple steps.
(a) Visit https://www.jamb.gov.ng
(b) On the menu bar, click on efacility
(c) On the page that shows up, click on UTME 2021 Main Results Notification Slip
(d) Enter your registration number and click the button Check My Result. Read more
Ologbo modular refinery ready for production – Gov. Obaseki (Guardian)
Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo, says the modular refinery in Ologbo, Ikpoba – Okha Local Government Area (LGA) of the state was ready for production.
Obaseki stated this shortly after he was conducted round the facility by the Managing Director of the refinery, Mr Tim Tian.
“We were in China to sign this Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). I am very impressed that work has moved in such a speed in spite of the delay caused by COVID-19 pandemic.
“The plant is ready to receive crude oil; it is ready to process and it is ready to deliver products. They have done the pre – commission with the Department of of Petroleum Resources, they have certified the refinery. Read more
Ondo varsity shut as hoodlums rob, rape students (Punch)
The management of the Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, has ordered the closure of the institution for two weeks following the spate of insecurity in the university community.
The development followed a protest embarked upon by the students of university last Thursday.
It was gathered that the students specifically staged the protest to register their displeasure over incessant robberies in their hostels, threats to their lives and properties and rape of the female students by hoodlums, who reportedly from the communities around the university.
A source disclosed no fewer than four female students had been raped by the hoodlums in their various hostels in the last two weeks. Read more
Troops neutralise scores of bandits in Zamfara –Army (Guardian)
The Nigerian Army troops have neutralised scores of bandits in fierce encounter at a Zamfara village, recovering arms and ammunition.
Army image-maker, Brigadier General Nwachukwu who made the disclosure noted that troops of 8 Division Nigerian Army (NA), while on a fighting patrol, came under fire of bandits operating along Mayanchi-Dogo Karfe and Fagantama villages in Talata Marafa Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
“In the fierce encounter that ensued, the bandits were overwhelmed by the superior firepower of the troops. This led to scores of bandits being neutralized. The troops also recovered one PKT riffle, large cache of ammunition, and a motorcycle.
“Relatedly, troops have neutralized 5 bandits in another encounter at Bingi village, in Bungudu LGA of Zamfara. During the gun duel, the bandits withdrew in disarray having sustained severe gunshot wounds. The gallant troops recovered one AK 47 riffle, one Motorcycle and 3 mobile phones from the routed criminals.” Read more
New study shows no risk to sperm from COVID-19 vaccine (Vanguard)
A new study in the US has found there is no risk to a man’s sperm from having any of the currently available COVID-19 vaccines.
The research, carried out at the University of Miami Health System, revealed that men may suffer a slight lowering of their sperm count for a few weeks as a possible side-effect but no more than they would following a viral infection.
“People should not be concerned. The vaccines are very safe,” said Co-author Ranjith Ramasay who had received over 500 emails from concerned men.
Having tracked 45 men aged between 18 and 50, who had received the Moderna, Pzifer vaccine, and the mRNA vaccines, Ramasay concluded that there was no significant decline in their sperm count after 70 days. Read more
Man jumps from plane after trying to access cockpit (BBC)
A man has jumped from a moving plane at Los Angeles International Airport after attempting to access the jet’s cockpit.
The man, who was not identified, opened the plane’s door and fled via the emergency slide on Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.
He was detained on the taxiway and taken to hospital with unspecified injuries.
There has been a rise in incidents on flights in the US. About 3,000 incidents have been recorded this year. Read more
Soulja Boy and Bow Wow set to take the Verzuz battle stage (USAToday)
Verzuz, the webcast series born out of quarantine in early 2020, has grown into must-see appointment viewing for music fans thanks to its nostalgia factor and behind-the-scenes appeal.
The series, created at the start of the coronavirus pandemic by legendary producers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz, began as a virtual DJ battle but has since evolved to include a range of different musical styles, including R&B, hip-hop, gospel and dancehall.
In Verzuz’s second season, the internet competition has seen battles between Jeezy and Gucci Mane, R&B queens Ashanti and Keyshia Cole, and old school soul groups Earth, Wind and Fire facing off against The Isley Brothers. Verzuz’s latest battle saw Ruff Ryders rapper Eve faced off against Miami’s baddest Trina Wednesday and there are still at least three more shows to go this year. Read more
“Don’t come to Amsterdam”, Dutch capital tells rowdy tourists to stay away (CNN)
Amsterdam’s well-known tolerance of recreational drugs and sex has long attracted tourists in search of the seedier side to the city of canals and cycle paths.
But when border closures and lockdowns brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic emptied the Dutch capital of all visitors, many locals found the absence of the noisier, intoxicated ones to be a breath of fresh air.
Delighted by the calm atmosphere of their newly deserted historic city center and picturesque waterways, residents reclaimed sections of the city they’d avoided for years. Now they’re not sure they want to give them back.
“Amsterdam needs tourists, without them our wonderful museums and restaurants wouldn’t survive,” says Nicola Theobald, who has lived in the center of the city for 30 years. Read more
Florida building collapse: Report from 2018 warned of ‘major damage’ (BBC)
An inspection in 2018 highlighted “a major error” in the original design of an apartment block that collapsed near Miami, Florida, it has been revealed.
The engineer’s report, which has just been made public, said the fault prevented water draining from the base of the seafront Champlain Towers.
Part of the building collapsed on Thursday while many residents slept.
Hopes are fading for the 159 people still unaccounted for. So far, four deaths have been confirmed. Read more
Moscow approves establishment of logistics centre for Russia fleet in Sudan (MEMO)
The Russian government on Friday ratified an agreement to establish a technical-logistical support point for the Russian fleet in Sudan.
On 1 June, the Sudanese Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Muhammad Othman Al-Hussein announced Khartoum’s intention to renegotiate the agreement signed with Russia regarding the establishment of the logistics centre.
On 23 June, the Russian government handed a decree to President Vladimir Putin to sign. Read more
Cher, Ava DuVernay, more celebrities react to Derek Chauvin’s sentence for George Floyd’s murder (USAToday)
Celebrities are reacting to the sentencing of former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.
On Friday, Chauvin was sentenced to 270 months, or 22.5 years, after he was found guilty for second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The former officer, who is white, was seen on video pinning Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, to the ground with his knee last Memorial Day for over nine minutes.
Cell phone video of the incident went viral, sparking nationwide protests and riots from people calling for an end to police brutality and systemic racism.
Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill said the sentence was not based on “emotion” or “sympathy,” but said “we need to recognize the pain of the Floyd family.” Read more
FDA adds heart inflammation warning to Moderna, Pfizer vaccines (AlJazeera)
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has added a warning about the risk of heart inflammation to fact sheets for Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines.
The warning on Friday noted that reports of adverse events following vaccination – particularly after the second dose – suggest increased risks of myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle, and pericarditis, or inflammation of the tissue surrounding the heart.
The warning update follows an extensive review of information and discussion by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC’s) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meeting on Wednesday, the FDA said.
At end of the second week of June, more than 1,200 cases of myocarditis or pericarditis have been reported to the US Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. Read more
Qatari sprinter Abdalelah Haroun killed in car crash in Doha, aged 24 (BBC)
Qatari sprinter Abdalelah Haroun, who won bronze in the 400m at the 2017 World Championships in London, has died in a car crash aged 24.
Qatar Athletics Federation chairman Mohammed Issa al-Fadala said Haroun was killed in an incident in Doha.
Haroun also won silver at the World Indoor Championships in 2016 and gold at the Asian Games in 2018.
“Qatar sports and athletics, on a global level, lost a great hero,” said al-Fadala.
Born in Sudan, Haroun first represented Qatar in 2015. Read more
Prodigy? Athing Mu could be next middle-distance American track and field star (USAToday)
America is void of a middle-distance female track and field star. Madeline Mims is the only American woman to win Olympic gold in the 800 meters. Mims accomplished the feat at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. Athing Mu could be next.
Crossing the finish line in first place with an eye-popping time while her competitors battle for second place is becoming customary when Mu hits the track.
Mu shattered the collegiate record books in her freshman season at Texas A&M. Her collegiate record performances in the 400 meters (49.57) and 800 meters (1:57.73) are the No. 1 ranked times in the U.S. this year. She would’ve won the women’s 400 meters at the U.S. Olympic trials if she equaled her personal best. But the indoor and outdoor NCAA National Women’s Track Athlete of the Year decided before the trials she wanted to focus exclusively on the 800 meters. Read more
Maradona’s psychiatrist rejects blame in football legend’s death (AlJazeera)
The psychiatrist who was treating Diego Maradona when he died in November last year has denied any responsibility for his demise, which an expert panel has blamed on neglect.
Psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov “provided evidence that she did not commit a homicide”, her lawyer Vadim Mischanchuk said on Friday after the 36-year-old was questioned at the San Isidro Prosecutor’s Office outside Buenos Aires.
“There is no suspicion to say that the psychiatric medication [that Cosachov prescribed] and in those doses could have caused a deficiency in the heart,” Mischanchuk added.
The 1986 World Cup-winning captain died of a heart attack at the age of 60, weeks after undergoing brain surgery for a blood clot. Read more
Everton hope to appoint ex-Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez within days (BBC)
Everton are hopeful of confirming Rafael Benitez as Carlo Ancelotti’s successor within days.
Former Liverpool manager Benitez, 61, has held several rounds of negotiations with Everton owner Farhad Moshiri and the club’s decision makers over the last two weeks.
The Spaniard has impressed enough for them to ignore a mixed reaction from their fanbase to his proposed arrival.
Ancelotti resigned in early June to return to Real Madrid. Read more
Gonzalez treats fans to pearl-themed display as she faces off ahead of bare-knuckle debut (RT)
Former UFC fighter Pearl Gonzalez lived up to her name with a themed bikini outfit as she faced off against Charisa ‘Sweetheart’ Sigala before their bare-knuckle brawl in Miami on Saturday night.
Gonzalez is making her bow in the brutal world of gloves-off fighting when she takes on Sigala in a showdown at BKFC 18 at Hard Rock Stadium.
Sigala, 37, will be making her second outing for the promotion after suffering a unanimous decision defeat to Taylor Jenkins back in May.
For Gonzalez it will be a first foray into a sport which also boasts fellow UFC alumni Paige VanZant and Rachael Ostovich among its ranks. Read more
Breastfeeding Canadian basketball player Kim Gaucher says she cannot take baby to Olympic Games (CNN)
Kim Gaucher is a breastfeeding mom. She is also a Canadian basketball player who wants to represent her country at the Tokyo Olympics that start next month.
In an Instagram video she posted this week Gaucher says she can’t do both because “Tokyo has said no friends, no family, no exceptions.”
Gaucher says she is not allowed to bring her three-month-old daughter, Sophie, with her to the Games.”All I have ever wanted out of my basketball career is to (represent) at the Olympics,” added Gaucher, who is 37 year old. “Last year, my teammates and I qualified for Tokyo. Read more