Suspected robbers torture 52-year-old to death in Lagos (Punch)
Suspected armed robbers have attacked a 52-year-old man, Olumuyiwa Akinfenwa, in the Egbeda area of Lagos State, torturing him to death.
Our correspondent learnt that Akinfenwa, who lived on Peace Estate, Baruwa in the Ipaja area of the state, was discovered lying in a pool of his blood on Adepeju Street, Egbeda, after the robbery attack.
According to the police, the victim was attacked on June 17 at about midnight by the assailants and the matter was reported at the Shasha Police Division.
A police report obtained by our correspondent, said, “It is a case of suspected murder. One of the residents came to our station and reported that the victim aged 52 years old was beaten up in the night along Adepeju Street by unidentified men. Read more
Lagos seeks stakeholders’ cooperation to address traffic challenges (Guardian)
Lagos State Government has called for stakeholders’ cooperation in its effort at expanding roads to ease traffic and transportation challenges.
Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, disclosed this during stakeholders engagement on the expansion of three interconnecting roads in Kosofe Local Council namely, Demurin, Agidi and Church Streets.
He said the interaction marked another remarkable stride towards achieving the transportation and traffic management, as well as making Lagos a 21st Century Economy pillars through massive investment in road infrastructure development across the nooks and crannies of Lagos State. Read more
Buhari, Tinubu’s relationship intact – Presidency (Nation)
The Presidency on Saturday rubbished insinuations of a crack in the relationship between President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, following the dissolution of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).
Political opponents and critics were quick to interpret the President’s dissolution of the NWC as part of the strategy to ‘clip the wings’ of the former Lagos State governor.
But the Presidency in a statement last night said such interpretations were misleading. Read more
Presidential committee okays Lagos, Abuja Airports for reopening (Guardian)
The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, yesterday, okayed both the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, for resumption of local commercial flight operations.
The team, following an inspection tour of the two facilities, expressed satisfaction with the level of preparedness for their reopening scheduled to be announced soon.
In a related development, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has hinted that airlines and other operators in the industry would get the proposed government bailout this week. Read more
Elimination of cervical cancer in Nigeria possible – WHO official (Vanguard)
Dr Olumuyiwa Ojo, an official of the World Health Organisation (WHO), says elimination of cervical cancer, a deadly disease that affects more than 14,000 women annually in Nigeria, is possible.
Cervical cancer causes 8,000 deaths annually due to late presentation at health facilities, making it the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women aged 15 to 44 years in Nigeria.
Ojo said this in a presentation on “Global Call to Action on Elimination of Cervical Cancer as a Public Health Problem’” at a Virtual National Stakeholders’ Forum on the Elimination of Cervical Cancer. Read more
Cautious glee as Plateau joins North’s oil valleys (DailyTrust)
An onshore oil rig The recent announcement by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on the prospect for crude oil exploration in Plateau State has added to the growing number of oil exploration sites in the North.
Borno, Bauchi, Gombe and Niger states have all been discovered to have prospects for oil and gas. Amidst the excitement elicited by the current discovery, experts and host community leaders advance ways of its successful management for positive impact.
The NNPC has said efforts are being intensified at exploring oil and gas in Wase and Kanam Local Government Areas of Plateau State. Read more
Bandits kill 12 in fresh Zamfara attack (Punch)
Bandits have again killed 12 people in the Unguwar Yabo village of Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
An indigene of the village, Malam Sani Mohammed, informed The PUNCH that, the bandits who were riding several motorcycles trouped to the village and began to shoot at the people indiscriminately.
Mohammed said the bandits spent several hours in the village, shooting and looting the people’s properties.
Apart from the number of people killed, Mohammed also said many people sustained various degrees of gunshot injuries. Read more
COVID -19 Protocol: International air travellers must arrive 5 hours before departure – Minister (Vanguard)
Passengers travelling abroad through Nigeria’s airport terminals are required to arrive five hours before departure to undergo COVID-19 protocols, the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, has said.
The minister said this on Saturday at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, when announcing some of the measures introduced for the reopening of the country’s airports closed in March following outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
Sirika, who led other members of Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 to inspect facilities put in place at the airport ahead of its reopening, said domestic travellers on their part would need to arrive three hours before departure for processing.
According to him, this is in a bid to reduce sources of contamination of the virus. Read more
Holiday bookings ‘explode’ as quarantine measures set to be eased (Metro)
Holiday bookings have ‘exploded’ after foreign breaks were given the green light amid plans for quarantine measures to be dropped for certain destinations.
Ministers confirmed the requirement to self-isolate for 14 days upon returning to the UK will be scrapped for a slew of popular destinations – meaning summer getaways to France, Greece and Spain could be back on the cards.
It will be replaced with a traffic light system, with officials placing countries into green, amber and red categories based on the prevalence of coronavirus within each nation’s borders. Read more
TB, measles, polio vaccines might fight COVID-19 (VOA)
As the world waits for a COVID-19 vaccine, scientists are testing whether shots already in use for other diseases might provide some protection from the worst impacts of the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Vaccines containing living but weakened organisms, including those against tuberculosis, polio and measles, may provide a boost to the immune system that would help fight the coronavirus.
While they probably wouldn’t provide protection as good as a purpose-built vaccine, research has already shown that these immunizations help ward off diseases other than the ones for which they were designed. Read more
EU nears deal on opening borders that is likely to exclude US, Russia, Brazil (France24)
European Union envoys are close to finalizing a list of countries whose citizens will be allowed to enter Europe again, possibly from late next week, EU diplomats confirmed Saturday. Americans are almost certain to be excluded in the short term due to the number of U.S. coronavirus cases.
The envoys were expected to have narrowed down later Saturday the exact criteria for countries to make the list, which include the way the spread of the virus is being managed. Another key condition is whether the country has a ban on citizens from European nations.
The number of cases in the United States has surged over the past week, with an all-time high of 45,300 confirmed new daily infections just reached. Read more
Malawi opposition leader wins fresh elections with landslide victory (VOA)
In Malawi, the leader of the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Lazarus Chakwera, won the country’s historic presidential election rerun, which came after the nullification of last year’s polls that gave President Peter Mutharika his second term.
Chifundo Kachale, chairperson for Malawi Electoral Commission announced the winner Saturday night in Blantyre, amid applause from MCP supporters.
“The commission declares that, Lazarus Chakwera, the candidate who has attained 58.57 percent of the votes, has attained the requisite majority of the electorate as appearing in the second schedule and is duly elected as president of the republic of Malawi,” Kachale said. Read more
British police charge Reading knife attack suspect with three counts of murder (France24)
UK counter-terrorism police have charged a 25-year-old man with three counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder for a stabbing attack in an English park that killed three men a week ago.
British prosecutors authorized the charges filed Saturday against Khairi Saadallah, of Reading. The attack happened June 20 at Forbury Gardens park in Reading, a town of 200,000 people some 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of London.
The three victims, friends who were identified by police as teacher James Furlong, 36, scientist David Wails, 49, and pharmaceutical worker Joseph Ritchie-Bennett, 39, were enjoying a warm Saturday evening at the park when they were stabbed. Police said Friday that each man had received a single fatal blow. Read more
Rolling Stones warn Trump not to use their songs – or face legal action (BBC)
The Rolling Stones have warned US President Donald Trump that he could face legal action if he continues using their songs at his campaign rallies.
A statement from the band’s legal team said it was working with the performing rights organisation, the BMI, to stop the unauthorised use of their music.
The Trump campaign used the song ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ at last week’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The same song was used by the Trump campaign during the 2016 US election. Read more
Adele’s comeback set to include ‘£100 million global tour in 2021’ (Metro)
Adele’s comeback album will be reportedly supported by an epic 2021 tour worth £100 million, according to sources.
Sources close to the star told The Mirror: ‘It’s very early days but AEG and Live Nation are both making bids with mega-money advances to secure the deal exclusively.’ The source added: ‘They know her comeback will be one of the biggest of this decade and is set to sell out within minutes.’ Read more
French club appoint Enyeama keepers’ trainer (Punch)
Ex-Super Eagles captain, Vincent Enyeama, has been appointed by French side, Iris Club de Croix, as their goalkeepers’ trainer.
The Championnat National 3 club side announced this on their Facebook handle on Friday.
The club stated that the Nigerian will handle their goalkeeping department, especially the reserves and U-16 sides.
“Vincent Enyeama, Nigeria international, winner of the AFCON 2013, former goalkeeper of Lille from 2011 to 2018, will take charge of goalkeepers in training (from reserve to U-16),” the club posted. Read more
Maguire’s extra-time winner sends Man Utd into FA Cup semis (BBC)
Harry Maguire scored deep into extra-time as Manchester United overcame valiant 10-man Norwich to reach the FA Cup semi-finals.
The England defender, who moments earlier had a header brilliantly saved by Tim Krul, reacted sharply to turn in the loose ball at the far post.
The game turned on the dismissal of substitute Timm Klose in the 89th minute. Norwich were in the ascendancy after equalising and looked favourites to snatch a late winner before the German was shown a straight red for pulling back Odion Ighalo. Read more
Shooting Stars reject NNL season cancellation (DailyTrust)
Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) have rejected the cancellation of the 2019/2020 Nigeria National League season (NNL) by the League Management Company. In a statement by the Media Officer, Tosin Omojola, the Ibadan based club also called on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to allow justice and fairness prevail in its final decision making on the ongoing debate on how to end the season. It will be recalled that 17 of the 20 clubs in the Nigeria Professional Football League voted during a virtual meeting to end the season using the Points Per Game formula. Read more
Heavyweight Jarrell Miller fails fourth drug test and pulled from comeback fight (Metro)
Jarrell Miller has once again tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug and has been pulled from his comeback fight against Jerry Forrest on 9 July, Top Rank has confirmed. ESPN and Top Rank had placed the controversial heavyweight at the top of their fight night next month despite the fact Miller had failed three different drug tests in 2019.
Miller was axed from his clash with three-belt world champion Anthony Joshua last June when it emerged he had tested positive for a slew of banned substances. Read more
Frank Lampard asks Chelsea to sign Declan Rice (Metro)
Frank Lampard has identified Declan Rice as his next big signing and reportedly wants to play the midfielder as a centre-half.
Chelsea have already generated plenty of headlines in the transfer market having sealed the signings of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.
But the Sun claim the spending spree will continue and Lampard has asked the club to sign West Ham’s talisman Rice. Read more
Man Utd legend Ferdinand explains why Liverpool title win is ‘different’ (Vanguard)
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand explains why Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool deserve special praise for their title win.
The Reds’ 30-year wait was finally ended last night as Manchester City were beaten 2-1 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
And Ferdinand hailed the manner in which Liverpool have stormed the league, claiming they did it differently to everyone else. Read more