Toddler, two others die in Lagos-Ibadan Expressway accident (Nation)
Two persons, including a toddler, have died on Tuesday afternoon when a commercial bus conveying them somersaulted many times on the Lagos-Ibadan express way.
Seven other passengers, comprising two males and five females, were also injured in the accident.
The bus, a Mazda, marked FUF 109 ZD somersaulted at the Youth Camp corridor of the RCCG along the Lagos-Ibadan express way, following a burst tyre while in motion, a witness said.
Also, the Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed the accident. Read more
3 die in Lagos auto crash (Punch)
Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, on Tuesday, said three persons died in a road accident along Iyana Dopemu road, Lagos.
The PUNCH gathered that the incident happened a few minutes to 7 am.
The Public Relations Officer of LASTMA, Olumide Filade, confirmed the incident.
In a series of tweets, LASTMA said the accident occurred when an SUV rammed into a moving trailer.
It said, “An accident (has) just (been) reported involving an SUV that rammed into a moving trailer on the fast lane shortly before Cement bus stop inward Iyana Dopemu with three casualties. Read more
Court sentences man to 1 year imprisonment for stealing water tank (Vanguard)
A Magistrates’ Court in Ota, Ogun, on Monday, sentenced a 28-year-old man, Akintunde Segun, to one-year imprisonment for stealing a water tank belonging to the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA).
Magistrate Sam Obaleye sentenced Segun without the option to pay fine after he pleaded guilty to the one-count charge of theft.
Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Cpl. Titi Olatoye told the court that Segun committed the offence on July 30 at about 12 35 am. at the High court, Ota, Ogun.
Olatoye said that the convict entered into the premise of the High court in Ota and stole ”Geepee” tank belonging to the NBA, valued at N50,000. Read more
School resumption: Fumigation does not kill COVID-19 – Private Schools (Vanguard)
National Vice President of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, NAPPS, South-South, Dr Akpeme Ochukwu, has faulted the compulsory fumigation of schools before resumption as directed by the state governments, stressing that it does not kill COVID-19.
Recalled that the Delta State government announced that final year students in secondary schools should resume academic activities to enable them to prepared for their external exams ahead.
Akpeme who is the proprietor of Standard Group of Schools, Delta State, told Vanguard that he sees no reason why the state government is saying that all schools must be fumigated knowing fully well that it has no correlation with COVID-19. Read more
Buhari gives NDDC till Friday to pay stranded scholarship students (Guardian)
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has given the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) till the end of the week to pay the beneficiaries of the commission’s scholarship.
Charles Odili, NDDC director of corporate affairs, mentioned this after delivering the NDDC management’s invitation to the president to inaugurate the 29-kilometre Ogbia-Nembe Road in Bayelsa state.
The beneficiaries recently protested the failure of the commission to pay their tuition and other promised fees for them. The beneficiaries again protested on Monday in the United Kingdom at Nigerian high commission in London to express displeasure over “negligence of their welfare”. Read more
COVID-19: How we’re preparing to reopen universities – NUC (Vanguard)
The National Universities Commission (NUC), Tuesday, said preparations were in top gear to reopen the nation’s universities after closure as a result of the outbreak of coronavirus in the country.
To this end, the commission said it was collating data on the assessment of the level of preparedness by the various universities through their vice-chancellors to determine if the universities were safe for resumption to both academic and non-academic activities.
This was even as the commission said a total of 32 universities in the country were carrying out researches on solutions to the dreaded Coronavirus in the country. Read more
FIRS oppose NIPOST over stamp duty collection, threatens legal action (Guardian)
Nigeria’s tax agency Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) on Tuesday said the collection of stamp duty by the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) is unconstitutional.
“To be sure, NIPOST is a government parastatal established by Decree 41 of 1992 with the function to develop, promote, and provide adequate and efficiently co-ordinated postal services at reasonable rates,” FIRS spokesman Abdullahi Ismaila Ahmad said in a statement.
“On the other hand, the FIRS is the sole agency of got charged with the responsibility of *assessing, collecting, and accounting for all tax types including Stamp Duties. Read more
FG develops new draft policy document on virtual meetings, engagements (Vanguard)
The Federal Government (FG), says it has developed a draft policy document on virtual meetings and engagements in the Federal Civil Service.
The policy of FG was developed by the Federal Minister of Communications and Digital Economy in collaboration with the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.
Disclosing this while delivering his address as the Guest Lecturer at the Course 82 graduation ceremony, National Defence College, Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) Tuesday, said the initiative is in line with the ministry’s mandate to promote a Digital Economy. Read more
Evi-Edna Ogholi sets for new album (Nation)
After many years of sabbatical in the music industry, Reggae Queen, Evi-Edna Ogholi is set to release her forthcoming album ‘Peace and Love.’
The France-based singer is in Italy, capital city of Rome with his new producer, Ayemere Joshua better known as Jossy Joe.
They are in the studio putting finishing touches to the songs set to be released on Enorecords LLC Italy and to be distributed/marketed in Nigeria by Premiere Music. Read more
Illinois lawmaker wants to abolish history curriculum that leads to ‘racist society’ (NYPost)
An Illinois lawmaker is calling on schools to abolish history classes until a new curriculum can be created that doesn’t create a “racist society.”
State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford, has argued that “current school history teaching leads to white privilege and a racist society,” NBC5 reported.
“When it comes to teaching history in Illinois, we need to end the miseducation of Illinoisans,” the Democratic representative said in a statement. Read more
Beach SOS saves men stranded on tiny Micronesian island (BBC)
Three Micronesian sailors stranded on a tiny, remote island in the western Pacific have been saved after rescuers spotted their SOS message on a beach.
The men were found on Pikelot Island in Micronesia by Australian and US military aircraft on Sunday, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) said.
They had been missing for three days after their 7m (23ft) skiff ran out of fuel and strayed far off course. Read more
Macron announces coronavirus bonus for France’s homecare workers (France24)
France’s 320,000 homecare workers will be granted COVID-19 bonuses under a €160 million package unveiled by French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday.
“These men and women were the forgotten ones of the Covid bonus”, Macron said in the southern city of Toulon on Tuesday, referring to bonuses previously awarded to healthcare workers on the front line of the pandemic.
Speaking before an audience of homecare workers, the president said the sum would allow those professionals “to have the €1,000 bonus that the others received”. Read more
Wild pool party shut down by police at New Jersey mansion (NYPost)
A massive rager at a mansion in New Jersey’s richest zip code was shut down by cops over the weekend — and neighbors say wild Vegas-like blowouts have been regularly held there despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Hundreds of carefree revelers — most without masks — were spotted outside the home on Hemlock Drive in Alpine for what promoters called “The Lavish Experience Pool Party” Saturday night, NBC New York reported.
Cops eventually were called to break up the bash, which spilled out onto the street with zero regard for social distancing rules. Read more
Beirut blast: Explosion rocks city ahead of Hariri verdict (BBC)
A large blast has hit the Lebanese capital, Beirut, ahead of the verdict in a trial over the killing of ex-PM Rafik Hariri in 2005.
Reports say the explosion was in the port area of the city, with unconfirmed reports of a second blast. It is not clear what caused them.
Video posted online showed a large mushroom cloud and extensive damage.
A UN tribunal is due to issue its verdict in the trial of four suspects in the murder by car bomb of Hariri. Read more
Colorado cops apologise for detaining black family in stolen vehicle mix-up (NYPost)
Police in Colorado are apologising for detaining a group of young black girls, including two who were handcuffed, when their car was mistakenly identified as stolen during a trip to a nail salon.
Footage of the Sunday stop in an Aurora parking lot shows four children, ages 6 to 17, crying loudly as police order them to lie face-down in the parking lot.
Driver Brittney Gilliam told KUSA she took her younger sister, daughter and nieces to a salon when they realised it was closed and got back into their car. Police then surrounded them with their guns drawn, she told the station. Read more
Pizza restaurant launches Spain’s first virtual waiter app (NYPost)
A restaurant on Spain’s northeastern Mediterranean coast is pioneering a dining experience that allows customers to avoid most face-to-face contact with staff and minimize the risk of coronavirus contagion.
Customers at Funky Pizza, in Palafrugell on the Costa Brava popular with tourists, can browse the menu, order and pay via the “Funky Pay” app on their phones – the first time a purpose-designed app has been integrated into a restaurant’s ordering system in Spain.
A waiter does bring the order to the table. Read more
Footballers ‘scared’ of returning to action in Ghana (BBC)
Some players and coaches in Ghana’s professional football leagues have told the BBC they are “scared” to resume playing and that football is “not ready”.
This despite the government of the west African country, which has had more than 32,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, being keen for football to return and has approved a resumption in mid-August.
However the Ghana Football Association (GFA) would prefer to restart in October.
There has been no football in Ghana since the suspension of sporting activities in March amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read more
Spain and Real Madrid legend Casillas retires (Guardian)
Spain’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Iker Casillas announced his retirement on Tuesday, after being sidelined for more than a year with a heart problem.
Casillas, 39, also won the European Championship twice with his country in a trophy-laden career which included more than 700 games for Real Madrid.
“Today is both one of the most important and most difficult days of my sporting life, the time to say goodbye has arrived,” he said on Twitter.
Casillas joined Portuguese side Porto in 2015 after a tearful departure from Madrid. He suffered a heart attack in May last year. Read more
Tennis returns with dubious bubble and US Open confusion (NYPost)
Tennis has officially returned with the WTA Palermo Ladies Open this week, but safety protocols have already been called into question.
An unnamed player has already been forced to withdraw after testing positive, and the “bubble” that WTA will attempt to uphold at each tournament has already been threatened.
Petra Martic is “not confident at all” that players will adhere to COVID-19 protocols.
“We all depend on each other and I don’t want to pay for someone else’s mistake, and I think that’s fair; whoever doesn’t follow the rules should be punished accordingly,” Martic said, according to The National. Read more
Anambra FA: NFF sets up caretaker committee (Punch)
The Nigeria Football Federation has set up a caretaker committee to run the affairs of the Anambra State Football Association for the next three months.
This was contained in a statement issued by the communications department of the NFF, which was made available to our correspondent on Monday.
The constitution of the caretaker committee comes after the NFF had declared the election where Ubah was reelected as Chairman of the Anambra FA for another term of four years on July 27, as “an act of brigandage.” Read more
Man United in ‘advanced talks’ to sign Dortmund’s Sancho for record fee (Vanguard)
Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho is edging closer to a move to Man Utd with negotiations entering an ‘advanced’ stage, according to reports.
A report in German publication Bild yesterday evening claimed that negotiations between the two clubs were ‘picking up speed’ while Dortmund expected that Man Utd would pay their €120m demands.
And now The Guardian claim that Man Utd ‘are in advanced negotiations’ with the Bundesliga side over a deal worth ‘an initial €100m (£90m)’ which would set a transfer record for an English player. Read more
Premier League: Clubs still in Europe to get delayed start to next season (BBC)
Premier League clubs involved in the latter stages of European cup competitions will be given a delayed start to the 2020-21 season.
Precise details around the calendar for next season will not be decided until later this month.
But it has already been decided in principle that all clubs should be given a minimum amount of time off.
Manchester City and Chelsea are in the Champions League with Manchester United and Wolves in the Europa League. Read more