Traffic robbers arrested by Sanwo-Olu arraigned (Punch)
The suspected traffic robbers arrested by the convoy of the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, have been arraigned before a Magistrates’ Court in Ebute Meta.
The suspects were arrested while attempting to unleash terror on a motorist in the Ojota area of the state.
The defendants — Aliu Umar, Mustapha Umar, Abubakar Laraban and Aliu Mohammed – were arraigned on Tuesday before Magistrate Adedayo Tella on three counts bordering on conspiracy, breach of public peace and possession of weapons.
They pleaded not guilty to the charges. Read more
23-year-old man kills lover, rapes her corpse (Vanguard)
A 23-year-old bricklayer, Adebayo Kingsley, who said he hails from Ibillo in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State, has allegedly killed his 46-year-old lover, a widow and mother of four, Rosemary Ifeoma, popularly called Mama Samuel from Orogun in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.
He was said to have hit the lady with a plank and had carnal knowledge of her thereafter.
He was earlier accused of hitting the head of her 13 years old boy and then pounced on the woman, thinking the son was dead.
Confirming the incident on Tuesday, Police Public Relations Officer, Edo State Command, Kontongs Bello, said the suspect would be charged to court once investigations are concluded. Read more
Princess denies releasing CCTV footage as court adjourns (Guardian)
Nigerian Comedienne, Damilola Adekoya, also known as Princess, yesterday, denied releasing the viral Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage of Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James (Baba Ijesha), allegedly molesting her foster daughter.
Adekoya made the denial why being cross-examined by the lead defence counsel, Mr Babatunde Ogala, (SAN) during the trial of Baba Ijesha on Tuesday at the Lagos State Special Offences Court, Ikeja.
The embattled actor was arrested for an alleged sexual assault on a 14-year-old girl in the care of comedienne, Princess.
He is facing six -counts charge, bordering on sexual assault, indecent treatment of a child, and sexual penetration. Read more
Sanwo-Olu Swears In 57 Newly Elected Council Chairmen (DailyTrust)
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State yesterday swore-in the new Local Government Areas (LGAs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) chairmen elected in the council elections conducted last Saturday.
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had swept all the chairmanship seats across the 57 local councils in the state.
The winners including chairmen and their vice took the oath of office yesterday at a ceremony which held in Lagos House, Alausa.
Speaking during the swearing-in, the governor urged the new council chairmen to reciprocate the trust reposed in them by prioritising the welfare of citizens in decision-making processes. Read more
Policeman guns down football fan for warning against accidental discharge (Punch)
A 34-year-old football enthusiast, Emmanuel Samuel, has died after a policeman allegedly shot him at a relaxation spot in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Emmanuel was said to have gone to the spot with his fiancée and friends to watch a football match on Sunday, July 11, when the incident happened.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the victim was leaving the bar when the policeman shot him in the leg after he cautioned him against accidental discharge.
His sister, Veronica Samuel, said a hospital in the area refused to attend to him without a police report.
She added that her brother was taken to a police station to get the report, but the police threatened to handcuff him. Read more
LG poll: LASIEC issues Certificates of Return to councillor-elects (Vanguard)
The Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) on Tuesday presented Certificates of Return to councillors-elect in Saturday’s local government election in the state.
LASIEC Chairman, Justice Ayotunde Phillips (rtd.), who was presented by Dr Bunmi Omoseyindemi, LASEIC Electoral Commissioner, presented the certificates to the 377 councillor -elects at its headquarters in Yaba.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the electoral umpire had earlier in the day presented same certificates to chairmen and vice-chairmen-elect across the 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) of the state.
Phillips urged the newly elected grassroots officials to live up to expectations of the people and serve them. Read more
SON bursts syndicate adulterating lubricants in Lagos (Guardian)
A team of the Surveillance, Investigation and Monitoring (SIM), Unit of SON has uncovered a lubricant adulterating syndicate at a residential property situated at number 25 Isoko Street, Sunny Bus-stop, Ojo in the Alaba International Market area of Lagos State.
Officials of the organisation swooped on the location and arrested a primary suspect Mr Chizoba Emmanuel, who was found on the premises with various drums of base oil and empty drums used to mix and repackage the substandard lubricants.
Speaking to newsmen at the location, Director General of SON, Mallam Farouk Salim, who was represented by the coordinator SIM Unit, Mr. Suleiman Isa described the discovery as shocking, stating that it is indeed a wake-up call for Nigerians and particularly the organisation that there is still work to be done.
According to him, despite SON’s several arrests in the past, deviant Nigerians still persist in the act of adulterating engine oil and selling to unsuspecting Nigerians. Read more
JAMB releases 14,620 UTME results under investigations, withhold 93 others –spokesman (Vanguard)
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has cleared and released the UTME results of 14,620 candidates that were hitherto under investigation, while withholding the results of 93 other candidates.
Dr Fabian Benjamin, the board Head, Media and Publicity, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja, on Tuesday, said the results were released, following the consideration and approval of the recommendations of the investigators, by a management meeting held on Tuesday.
“You will recall that the board, in its earlier release, stated that it will still review the results of the 2021 UTME exercise and any candidate found wanting will have his/her result withheld.
“Out of the withheld results, 13 were discovered to have been involved in examination infractions after they were released and the one earlier withdrawn bringing the total of the results that have been withdrawn to 14. Read more
BBNaija: Peace becomes first head of house (DailyTrust)
Peace Ogor has emerged the first head of house in the ongoing Big Brother Naija Show.
Peace became the Head of House after securing the highest score in first Head of House game.
She nominated Yousef as her deputy.
The duo will enjoy the Head of House room privileges and immunity from eviction for the week. Read more
Canadian police reveal decade-long Manitoba residential school inquiry (BBC)
Canadian police say they have spent over a decade investigating abuse allegations at a former residential school for indigenous children.
The government-funded Fort Alexander school in Manitoba was one of dozens of such institutions founded to forcibly assimilate indigenous children.
For years, activists and survivors have alleged systematic abuse at the school, which closed in 1970.
Police on Tuesday revealed that they had launched a criminal probe in 2011. Read more
Paris Hilton denies she is pregnant (PageSix)
Paris Hilton denied she is pregnant with her first child.
The “Simple Life” alum, 40, shot down rumors she is expecting a baby with her fiancé, Carter Reum, on Tuesday’s episode of her “This is Paris” podcast.
“Not yet. I am waiting ’til after the wedding,” she said.
Hilton then quipped, “The only thing in the oven at the moment is my ‘Sliving Lasagna,’” plugging her upcoming Netflix show, “Cooking With Paris,” while using a word she famously coined to combine “slaying” and “living.” Read more
“The Exorcist” is getting a brand new trilogy, but without Linda Blair (Metro)
There’s a new The Exorcist trilogy on its way, but don’t expect to see Linda Blair’s head spinning around when it arrives.
It has been confirmed that Blumhouse and Morgan Creek Productions are producing a new The Exorcist trilogy based on the original franchise, in partnership with Universal and Peacock.
While Ellen Burstyn is returning to reprise the role of Chris MacNeil, Blair is not returning as her possessed daughter Regan.
The 62-year-old actress tweeted: ‘To all my fans asking about my involvement in the new Exorcist reboot, as of now there has not been any discussions about me participating or reprising my role. Read more
Capitol riot: Policeman tells 6 January hearing he feared he would die (BBC)
A police officer who defended the US Capitol during a riot by Donald Trump supporters on 6 January has said he feared he would be crushed by the mob.
“This is how I’m going to die,” a tearful Aquilino Gonell told a Congressional committee as an inquiry opened into the Washington DC attack.
Another officer, Harry Dunn, who is black, said he was racially abused.
At least 535 rioters have been arrested since the attack that left five dead, including one police officer. Read more
“No Time To Die” out with new trailer before October release (Metro)
We’ve been waiting for a long time for the latest installment in the James Bond franchise, but here’s some more high-octane action to whet your appetite.
A new teaser for No Time To Die has dropped, showing Daniel Craig’s most action-packed stunts from the upcoming film.
A 30-second snippet was shared to the official James Bond social media channels, opening with the iconic line: ‘Bond. James Bond.’
The secret agent is then seeing jumping off a birdge, spinning around in a car armed with guns, being shot at, flying a fighter jet, and leaping over a bridge on a motorcycle. Read more
US sells unique Wu-Tang Clan album seized from ‘pharma bro’ Martin Shkreli (BBC)
The US government has sold a one-of-kind Wu-Tang Clan album previously owned by a drug firm executive once dubbed the “most hated man in America”.
Martin Shkreli, who became notorious for hiking the price of a life-saving drug, bought Once Upon a Time in Shaolin for $2m (£1.4m) in 2015.
The hip-hop record was marketed by the Wu-Tang Clan as a unique piece of art.
Shkreli handed it over to US prosecutors in 2018 after being convicted of defrauding investors. Read more
Plaudits for gymnast Eke after Olympics exit (Punch)
Gymnastics fans in the country have praise Uche Eke following his record-breaking outing at the ongoing Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Eke became the first Nigerian gymnast to compete at the Olympics, since the country first participated at the event in 1952.
The 24-year-old, who is the first Nigerian in history to compete in Artistic Gymnastics, finished 36th overall and after the three subdivisions were concluded on Saturday, had amassed a points tally of 74.765.
Eke’s best performance came in the third rotation, while competing in the vault where he scored 13.433 points, and then put up decent showings on the floor (12.833 points) and the Pommel Horse (12.866 points). Read more
D’Tigers suffer second Tokyo Olympics basketball defeat to Germany 92-99 (Vanguard)
Nigeria’s D’Tigers fell apart in the fourth quarter of their second game at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to lose 92 – 99 to Germany in the early hours of Wednesday.
Coming from a disappointing loss to Australia, D’Tigers secured the first basket via Miami Heat Point guard Gabe Vincent and accumulated most of their points via three pointers, an improvement from the performance in their first game.
Germany also having suffered a first match loss to Italy made it and end-to-end game inspired by Orlando Magic’s Moritz Wagner and Danilo Barthel.
D’Tigers Tokyo Olympics basketball
The points were tied at half-time (50-50) and at the end of the third quarter (74-74) making it a frantic fourth quarter where Germany took the game beyond Nigeria. Read more
Fans mourn as Nasarawa footballer slumps, dies on field (Punch)
Friends and fans of a football player identified simply as Jonah are mourning his death in Angwa-Ali community in the Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
The PUNCH learnt that the footballer slumped and died while playing on the field last weekend.
His friends and fans, who took to social media to mourn him, said he would be sorely missed.
One Okefu Abraham, who took to his Facebook page to mourn Jonah, said, “Rest in peace… A friend who turns brother… Akwanga will miss u, the Depot football team will miss u, Angwa-Ali will miss u but I will miss u more.” Read more
Joshua v Fury fight ‘realistic’ for February, says Eddie Hearn (BBC)
Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn says February is a “realistic” date for a heavyweight unification bout with Tyson Fury.
The all-British fight looked set for August before an arbitration hearing stated Deontay Wilder had a right to a third fight with Fury.
That has been scheduled for 9 October while Joshua makes a mandatory defence against Oleksandr Usyk on 25 September.
Hearn said talks with Fury’s camp will take place after those fights. Read more
Nasarawa, Pillars, Enyimba target away victories to delay Akwa Utd’s party (DailyTrust)
Nasarawa United, Kano Pillars and Enyimba are aiming at victories in today’s week 36 matches to at least delay Akwa United’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title celebration.
The ‘Promise Keepers’ are leading the chasing pack with 67 points and will garner an unassailable 70 points, if they win the week 36 match against FC IfeanyiUbah in Nnewi.
However, if Akwa United slip in Nnewi and Nasarawa, Pillars and Enyimba all on 61 points record victories at Dakkda FC, Kwara United and Lobi Stars, the race for the 2021 NPFL title will continue till the final round of matches.
While focusing on delaying Akwa United’s party, Kano Pillars will also be looking across their shoulders as Enyimba ready to displace them from the third spot, if they falter again in Ilorin. Read more
Beach handball: ‘It’s shocking to have to pay to not play in our pants’ (BBC)
From getting in trouble for refusing to wear a bikini, to getting support from a Grammy-winning artist, it’s been quite a week for Norway’s women’s beach handball team.
The team decided to wear shorts instead of bikini bottoms at the European Beach Handball Championships in a move which led them to being fined £1,295.
“It’s so shocking that we have to pay for not playing in our panties,” Tonje Lerstad tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.But there was more shock round the corner for the 24-year-old goalkeeper and her fellow players. Read more