FRESH FM TOP NEWS THIS WEEK
Written by MaryGift Sunday on June 26, 2021
The hottest and most trending news articles for this week in all categories captured in one shot. Find articles ranging from News to Sports, to Politics, to Entertainment, to Economy, to Metro plus, and many other categories. See below the top news for the week:
- Buhari leaves for UK checkup as doctors threaten fresh strike
President Muhammadu Buhari, will on Friday proceed to London for “a scheduled medical follow-up.” His Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this on Thursday in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari off to London Friday for medical follow-up.’ He explained that the President’s trip to London was for a scheduled medical follow-up. “He is due back in the country during the second week of July, 2021.” His scheduled trip to London comes almost 3 months since he last visited the United Kingdom for the same purpose.
Buhari leaves for London at a time of looming threats of industrial action from the National Association of Resident Doctors. Recall that the President had on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 embarked on a medical trip to London for a routine medical check-up and returned 2 weeks later. If he had stayed in London for more than 3 weeks during his March trip, it would have been mandatory for him to hand over to the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, as demanded by the constitution.
At the time he was leaving in March, NARD declared its intention to commence a strike on April 1 and carried out its threat as resident doctors refused to work for over two weeks. On Thursday again, NARD issued a fresh four-week ultimatum to the federal and state governments to address its demands including the payment of hazard allowances.
- ECOWAS Court Restrains Nigerian Govt From Imposing Sanctions On Twitter, Others
The ECOWAS Court of Justice in Abuja has restrained the Federal Government from imposing sanctions or harassing, intimidating, arresting, or prosecuting Twitter. It also restricted the government from carrying out such actions against any other social media service provider, as well as media houses, pending the hearing and determination of a suit challenging the government’s suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria.
The court gave the restraining order after hearing arguments from parties in a suit filed by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and 176 concerned Nigerians. According to the court, interference with Twitter is a violation of human rights and the Nigerian government must take immediate steps to implement the order. Human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, represented the plaintiffs while a legal practitioner, Maimuna Shiru, represented the government.
The plaintiffs, in the suit marked ECW/CCJ/APP/23/21, sought an order of interim injunction restraining the Federal Government from implementing its suspension of Twitter in Nigeria, and subjecting anyone, including media houses and broadcast stations using Twitter in Nigeria to harassment, intimidation, arrest, and criminal prosecution, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
- President seeks approval for N895 billion supplementary budget
President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Senate to approve N895, 842, 465, 917 as 2021 supplementary budget. Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, had dropped the hint at an earlier interface with the lawmakers. She had also disclosed that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) sanctioned the amount, adding that N83.56 billion of the sum was for COVID-19 vaccines, including 30 billion doses from Johnson and Johnson and related logistics for their deployment.
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, stated that a substantial part of the money had been earmarked for procurement of military hardware to prosecute the war against insurgency and banditry. According to him, the Federal Government is also using part of the money to purchase coronavirus jabs and address other health-related needs.
- Security Architecture: FG Will Copy Our Ideas When We Are Through – Gov. Makinde
Governor of Oyo State, ‘Seyi Makinde, has declared that his administration is busy working on the security architecture of the state to ensure a holistic solution to insecurity challenges being faced by the state. Governor Makinde, who stated this while declaring close a two-day retreat for Local Government Chairmen, Vice-Chairmen, and Heads of Local Government Administrations (HLAs), in the 33 Local Government Councils of the state, said that his government has, indeed, been working hard to find a lasting solution to the challenges in the all-important sector.
He stated that when ongoing efforts to rework the security system are completed, even the Federal Government will copy the state’s template. While addressing the chairmen, Governor Makinde admonished them to step up their game on the issue of security and take responsibility for the security of their domains, saying, though security is the responsibility of everyone in the society, those in government will be held accountable.
Makinde equally charged the chairmen to consider adopting the Security Task Force approach of the state government and to hold regular security meetings and work with the Amotekun, federal security agencies, and the voluntary policing initiative of the state government.
- Breach of MoU: NLC threatnes face-off with Kaduna Govt
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has threatened to resume its suspended strike over an alleged breach of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Kaduna State Government. The NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, said this while addressing newsmen at the end of an emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the congress in Abuja on Tuesday.
Wabba accused the state Governor, Nasir El – Rufai of failing to respect the MoU brokered between the NLC and the state government by the Federal Government. He said that the congress, after exhausting all avenues, including writing letters to President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, had decided to resume strike.
The NLC had on May 17, embarked on a five-day warning strike over the sack of thousands of workers in the public service by the Kaduna State Government.
Following the Federal Government intervention, the industrial action was suspended after three days and an MoU was signed between the parties on May 20.
- National Security: 235 Military Officers Get Counter-Terrorism Training
The Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji in Kaduna State has conducted a special training course for a total of 235 junior military officers on counter-terrorism and peace support operations. The training which involved the Army, Air Force and Navy, was aimed at equipping them with the necessary skills to function as Grade-Three Staff Officers and Junior Commanders in their various military services and organisations.
Speaking during the graduation ceremony on Saturday, the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo, noted that the training became necessary as a result of the myriad of security challenges confronting the nation. He also noted that the challenges require effective training of officers and men in the art of counter-terrorism, peace support operations and disaster management. Among those who participated in the training were also allied officers from Liberia, Ghana, Gambia, Cameroun, Sierra Leone, and Benin Republic.
- President Buhari Initiating Dialogue With South-East Leaders – Ngige
President Muhammadu Buhari has affirmed that dialogue is the way to go to resolve the security situation in the south-east. This is according to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, alongside the President’s Chief Of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.
Addressing state house correspondents after the meeting, Senator Ngige said the President has also enabled series of dialogues to be held with leaders in the region. He added that discussions at the meeting equally encapsulated what the south-east is demanding from the Federal Government as well as what the government plans to do for the region to assuage the feelings of the people.
Meanwhile, members of the South East Governors’ Forum have condemned the activities of secessionist groups in the region and other parts of the country.
They distanced themselves from the agitations of such groups and frowned on the violence that ensued which led to the loss of lives and destruction of properties. In a bid to tackle the security challenges and restore peace in the region, the governors went beyond their political differences and met on Saturday in Enugu State.
- Anger over Buhari’s jibe at restructuring advocates
Apex ethnic groups and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday expressed shock and anger over President Muhammadu Buhari’s jibe at advocates of restructuring of the polity. The President at the weekend described advocates of restructuring and secession as “naïve and mischievously dangerous.”
Afenifere, the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), the Arewa Consultative Forum (AGF) and the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) flayed the position of the President.
Other groups including the Movement for Ijaw Ethnic Nationality in Niger Delta (MOSIEND), the Southsouth Elders Forum (SEF) Ikwerre Peoples Congress (IPC) Worldwide and Egbesu Brotherhood also faulted Buhari.
The Afenifere said it was stunned that despite governors and former Nigerian leaders lending their weight behind the calls for restructuring, the President was thinking otherwise. The PDP said the President missed the point in dismissing restructuring calls with a wave of the hand. The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) said the President’s position is poorly informed and ignorant about restructuring.
- Emirates Suspends Nigeria Flights Indefinitely
Dubai airline, Emirates has suspended passenger flights to and from Nigeria till further notice. This was announced on Monday, June 21 and the suspension took effect immediately. The announcement came 48 hours after restrictions on direct flights between Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates was lifted after a long-standing disagreement between both countries. The dispute was over the use of rapid COVID-19 tests.
A statement by the airline read “customers traveling to and from Lagos, Abuja will not be accepted for travel. Customers who have been to or connected through Lagos, Abuja in the last 14 days are not permitted to board from any point to the UAE.” There has been no explanation for the sudden reversal which puts a question mark on the bilateral relationship between both countries.
- INEC insists APGA won’t participate in Anambra gubernatorial poll
For violating the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, the rulling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has been ruled out of the November 6, 2021 governorship poll in Anambra State. According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), APGA’s disqualification followed the party’s failure to comply with Section 85 of the Electoral Act. The commission disclosed that APGA did not notify it when it purportedly held its ad hoc congress to elect delegates for the party’s governorship primary.
INEC’s National Commissioner in charge of Publicity and Voter Education, Mr. Festus Okoye, in a statement, insisted that parties must act within the confines of the law in the conduct of their congresses and primaries. INEC’s clarification came on the heels of the declaration of former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, as the winner of the factional primary organised by the Chief Victor Oye-led faction of the party.
- Tackle Insecurity In Oyo – APC Tells Gov. Makinde
The Oyo State All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged Governor Seyi Makinde to check the violence being perpetrated by road transport workers in the state.
The party said it is unfortunate that Governor Makinde who was elected on the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) is following the footsteps of the previous PDP administrations in the state when violence by road transport workers reigned in Ibadan, the state capital.
In a statement, APC Publicity Secretary, Abdulaziz Olatunde said the orgy of violence unleashed on the innocent traders and passersby in Iwo Road axis were condemnable. According to the APC, park managers created by the governor are responsible for the latest mayhem, like previous security breaches. “It is essential that we remind Makinde, once again, to put politics aside and embrace good governance at least for once,” the statement said.
- APC will face big challenge after Buhari – Ahmed Lawan
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) may face challenges after the exit of President Muhammadu Buhari from office in 2023, except timely interventions are taken to avert same. Lawan gave the warning Monday night in a speech he delivered to close the First Progressives Youth Conference 2021 which held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
According to him, the party must begin to plan ahead to sustain the goodwill and legacies of the current administration by ensuring that its leaders hand over power to competent youths in the APC. He noted that by doing so, the party would be able to retain its appeal and nationalistic outlook beyond the 2023 general elections.
- Nigeria’s debt stock rises to N32.22trn ― NBS
The National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, says Nigeria’s total foreign and domestic debt stood at N32.22trn in the Q3 of 2020. The bureau in its Nigerian Domestic and Foreign Debt for Q3 2020 published on its website said Nigerian States and Federal Debt Stock data as of 30th September 2020 reflected that the country’s total public debt portfolio stood at N32.22trn in the Q3 of 2020.
The survey indicates that Nigeria’s total public debt showed that N12.19trn or 37.82% of the debt was external, while N20.04trn or 62.18% of the debt was domestic. The Debt Management Office (DMO) had in September put the nation’s debt stock as at June 30, 2020, at N31.009 trillion or USD85.897 billion.
- Endless borrowing: Experts worry, Okonjo-Iweala, Ahmed differ on Nigeria’s debts
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, and the Director General of the World Trade Organisation, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on Wednesday, differed on the nation’s debt-to-Gross Domestic Product ratio.
While Ahmed put the debt-to-GDP ratio at 29 per cent, Okojo-Iweala said it had risen to 35 per cent. Both the minister and the WTO boss spoke at the African Development Bank High Level Knowledge Event with the theme: ‘From Debt Resolution to Growth: The Road Ahead for Africa’ which held virtually on Wednesday.
Ahmed also disclosed that Nigeria planned to borrow more money to fund its infrastructure capacity. This is in spite of voices calling on the government to halt borrowing and concentrate on other means of raising funds for the infrastructure needs of the country. According to the Debt Management Office, Nigeria’s total public debt portfolio rose from N12.12tn in June 2015 to N33.11tn as of March 31. However, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who also attended the AfDB’s event, differed with Ahmed on the nation’s debt-to-GDP ratio.
- Borrowing to fix roads, rail good for economy – Fashola
Minister Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), has said borrowing to fix infrastructure is good for the economy. Speaking in Abuja, he said the country would not make meaningful progress without taking loans to boost infrastructure. “It is in our interest that government does some borrowing and spends it on investment because that sector contributes to the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) and contributes to employment. “I do not support irresponsible borrowing so let us be clear; there has to be some sense to this.
According to Fashola, many developed countries created super economies through borrowing. He said the recent loans obtained by the Federal Government would not mortgage the future of Nigerians. The minister said the Federal Government’s expenditure on road infrastructure rose from N18 billion in 2015 to about N400 billion this year.
According to him, increased investments in infrastructure by the government had brought profitability to all actors in the economic value chain. The minister said more wealth and job opportunities had been created with 850 contracts awarded and 13, 000 kilometres of roads and bridges under construction and repairs across Nigeria’s federal highways.
- Nigeria may earn N462bn from EMT levy in 2021 — World Bank
The World Bank has said Nigeria is likely to make N462bn the electronic money transfer levy as a source of stable revenue in 2021. The multilateral institution said this in its ‘Resilience through Reforms’ report. According to the report, the EMT levy was introduced in the Finance Act 2020, which amended the Stamp Duty Act and taps into the growth in electronic funds transfer in Nigeria, can be administered at low cost.
EMT levy is a singular and one-off charge of N50 on electronic receipt or transfer of money deposited in any deposit money bank or financial institution on any type of account on sums of N10,000 or more. The revenue derived from the EMT levy is shared based on derivation and distributed at 15 per cent to the Federal Government and Federal Capital Territory, and 85 per cent to the state governments.
- Buhari Inaugurates Committee To Lift 100 Million Nigerians Out Of Poverty
President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the National Steering Committee (NSC) of the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy (NPRGS) to be chaired by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo. In his remarks at the event on Tuesday in Abuja, the President reiterated his commitment to lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years, with a well-researched framework for implementation and funding.
President Buhari was confident that the NPRGS would address the underlying causes of poverty on the basis of which it developed programmes that would deal with the multi-dimensional nature of poverty within the practical context of comparative advantage of human and natural resources in the various geo-political zones. According to him, the major challenge before the committee is to translate the good intention of the government into a positive impact on the average Nigerian in order to create an appreciative impact on the poverty situation in the country.
- 2m Nigerians receive COVID-19 vaccines, says NPHCDA
The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency says more than two million Nigerians have received the first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. The agency disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday. The NPHCDA Executive Director, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, told newsmen that 2,099,568 people have been vaccinated with their first doses, while 1,005,234 have received their second doses of the vaccine as of Thursday.
He said the agency had extended the timeline for the administration of second doses of the vaccine from June 25 to July 5. He explained that the decision to extend the timeline resulted from noticeable constraints of various economic and social engagements of recipients.
Shuaib advised those who received the first dose not later than May 13 to visit the nearest vaccination site to receive the second dose as soon as possible for full protection. He said that the administration of first doses is still ongoing and urged Nigerians to avail themselves of the opportunity.
- NAFDAC to register, certify premises of chemical manufacturers
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control is set to register, certify premises of chemical manufacturers to boost the nation’s economy. It has also agreed with manufacturers of chemical products in Nigeria to explore the international market with chemical products to enhance the nation’s foreign exchange earnings. A statement signed by the agency’s resident media consultant, Mr. Olusayo Akintola, stated that NAFDAC Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, disclosed this during a virtual stakeholders’ meeting with chemical manufacturers.
Adeyeye said that the product would also serve as a potent catalyst for industrial growth, adding that the current focus of the NAFDAC management was to ensure the agency’s regulatory activities were in line with international best practices. She said that the stakeholders’ meeting was to sensitise, enlighten and create awareness on the current trends in the regulation of the manufacture of chemicals with emphasis on the need to be listed as a Chemical Manufacturer in Nigeria.
- Fear of litigation, safety concerns are fuelling caesarean section delivery –Gynaecologists
Medical experts say the fear of litigation and patients’ demand are among the major factors influencing the rising incidence of caesarean section in the world. The experts, President, Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria, Prof. Oluwarotimi Akinola; and the Chairman, Lagos State chapter of SOGON, Dr. Joseph Akinde said that safety concerns also influence the decision to perform CS, rather than aim for vaginal birth.
According to a new research from the World Health Organisation, CS use continues to rise globally, now accounting for more than 1 in 5 (21 percent) of all childbirths. This number is set to continue increasing over the coming decade, with nearly a third (29 percent) of all births likely to take place by caesarean section by 2030, the research finds.
WHO said worldwide caesarean section rates have risen from around 7 percent in 1990 to 21 percent as of last Wednesday and are projected to continue increasing over this current decade. WHO recommends the national CS rate to be between 10 and 15 percent with less than 10 and greater than 15 percent representing underuse and overuse of maternal and child health care services, respectively. The experts say while a caesarean section can be life-saving, it can also be medically unnecessary.
- JAMB Delists 25 CBT Centres For Not Conducting Exam
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has delisted 25 Computer-Based Testing (CBT) Centres that failed to conduct examinations on Saturday – the first day of the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). Six of those centres were canceled in Lagos – the highest in the country.
A statement by JAMB’s head of media, Dr. Fabian Benjamin directed the candidates scheduled to write their examination in the affected centres to check for new instructions on their new centres and dates on their profile, phones or emails. Candidates posted to any of these centres are required to await further directives by checking their profile, email addresses and SMS on their registered phone for a new date.”
- JAMB releases 2021 UTME results — Oloyede
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, on Wednesday released results of the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, which started last Saturday. JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who disclosed this at a briefing in Enugu, said he had no reason whatsoever to withhold the results of the UTME. The registrar said his team was in the Southeast to assess what was going on with the conduct of the examinations as well as visit new University in Ebonyi.
He noted that JAMB registered 1,415,501 candidates in the UTME 2021 and 1,122, 095 had taken the examinations so far while 66,111 had yet to take. According to him, the board has some 650 examination centres across the country, out of which 30 centres have been delisted for performing below standard. Oloyede explained that the use of National Identity Number, NIN, as directed by the federal government helped to reduce malpractice during the examinations.
- Abductions: Kebbi closes 7 Schools Over Safety Concerns
Kebbi has closed seven schools considered unsafe following the recent abduction of students and teachers of Federal Government College(FGC) Birnin Yauri by bandits. Chairman, Kebbi chapter of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), Isah Arzika stated this, noting that the move was a proactive measure to further prevent recurrence of FGC, Birnin Yauri’s incident.
Arzika said the shut schools are in vulnerable areas of the state believed to be soft targets of bandits. He said the state government had directed all principals to close any school considered not safe. On the recent abduction at FGC Birnin Yauri, Arzika said the bandits have contacted parents and families of the students but no ransom has been demanded.
- Zamfara Govt Approves Release Of ₦100m To WAEC
The Governor of Zamfara State, Hon. Dr. Bello Mohammed Matawalle Maradun, has approved the release of ₦100 million to the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) as payment to enable students in the state write the 2021 examinations.
Making the payment on Friday, the Governor expressed appreciation to the Honourable Minister of Education and WAEC for their understanding and concern towards education in the state despite the huge backlogs owed WAEC by the government as inherited from the past administration. Governor Matawalle said his administration will continue to meet its obligations as part of measures to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the people, especially the young generation through the provision of sound education.
- German FM calls for economic sanctions on Belarus
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Monday called for broad economic sanctions against Belarus ahead of an EU meeting to discuss additional punitive action after the forced landing of an airliner. “I think additional sanctions against Belarus are unavoidable,” Maas said in an interview with Die Welt newspaper.
EU foreign ministers are due to meet in Luxembourg on Monday to discuss their next steps in response to the downing of the plane, the latest twist in a months-long brutal crackdown on opposition by the government of President Alexander Lukashenko. The bloc has already hit Belarus with punitive measures affecting individual bodies and representatives of the leadership around Lukashenko.
- US star Angelina Jolie visits refugee camp in Burkina Faso
Oscar-winning actor Angelina Jolie on Sunday visited a refugee camp in Burkina Faso sheltering thousands of Malians who have fled jihadist violence in the region. Jolie visited the camp at Goudebou, in the northeast of the landlocked west African country, as part of her role as an ambassador for the UN refugee organisation, the UNHCR. Jolie arrived by helicopter accompanied by Burkina Faso’s Foreign Minister Alpha Barry for a ceremony to mark World Refugee Day.
An attack in March last year forced some 9,000 refugees, sheltering there despite previous raids, to flee — and caused its de facto closure. Since December, the Burkinabe authorities and the UNHCR have been relocating the refugees there, having stepped up security at the camp. There are now more soldiers posted at a new barracks and increased patrols. Between December and July, nearly 11,000 people from towns in Burkina Faso’s north have returned to Goudebou, said the UNHCR.
- Australia Deputy PM Loses Job In Government Climate Split
A climate change revolt in Australia’s governing coalition on Monday brought in a new deputy prime minister likely to challenge the country’s already hesitant moves to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Barnaby Joyce, best known internationally for threatening to euthanise Johnny Depp’s dogs, defeated incumbent Michael McCormack in a snap internal party vote, elevating him to the role of deputy PM.
The vote for the leadership of junior coalition partner the Nationals came as apparent cracks emerged in the ruling coalition over climate change policy.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison told G7 leaders last week that Australia wants to achieve net-zero carbon emissions “as soon as possible”, and preferably by 2050. McCormack had reportedly been accused by party colleagues of failing to push back against such accelerated climate action, a charged topic among the Nationals’ rural conservative voters.
Joyce previously held the Nationals’ leadership but stepped down in a 2018 scandal when it was revealed the married father-of-four had an affair with a young adviser and she was pregnant. He was also accused of sexual harassment by a prominent rural woman but an internal investigation failed to reach a conclusive verdict.
- Singaporean Woman Jailed 30 Years For Torturing, Killing Maid
A Singaporean woman who starved, assaulted and ultimately killed her domestic worker was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday, with the judge describing the case as “among the worst types of culpable homicide”. The affluent city-state is home to about 250,000 domestic workers who mostly come from poorer Asian countries, and stories of mistreatment are common.
But the abuse inflicted on Myanmar national Piang Ngaih Don, 24, was particularly awful and captured on CCTV installed in the family’s home. The domestic worker was stamped on, strangled, choked, battered with brooms and burnt with an iron, according to court documents. The domestic worker died in July 2016, after her employer, Gaiyathiri Murugayan, repeatedly assaulted her over several hours.
Gaiyathiri, 41, pleaded guilty in February to 28 charges including culpable homicide. Another 87 charges were taken into account in sentencing. She appeared in court on Tuesday wearing glasses and a black mask, and sat silently with her eyes closed and head bowed as the judge read his decision.
- President Biden Names Widow Of Republican Mccain As Envoy To UN Agency
US President Joe Biden said Wednesday he will nominate Cindy McCain, widow of Republican senator John McCain, as the US Ambassador to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, headquartered in Rome. Cindy McCain announced her support for the Democratic candidate for the White House last September, marking a break with incumbent Republican President Donald Trump, who was campaigning against Biden for re-election.
“My husband John lived by a code: country first. We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost. There’s only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is @JoeBiden,” she wrote at the time on Twitter. A furious Trump shot back on his own Twitter account. “I hardly know Cindy McCain other than having put her on a Committee at her husband’s request. Joe Biden was John McCain’s lapdog. So many BAD decisions on Endless Wars & the V.A., which I brought from a horror show to HIGH APPROVAL. Never a fan of John. Cindy can have Sleepy Joe!”
- Britney Spears Urges Judge To End Guardianship
Britney Spears urged a judge in an emotional hearing Wednesday to end an “abusive” guardianship that gave her father control of her affairs in 2008.
“I just want my life back. It’s been 13 years and it’s enough,” Spears said in the 20-minute address via videolink as diehard fans chanted their support outside the courtroom.
The 39-year-old star’s finances and personal life have been largely managed by Jamie Spears since her highly public breakdown more than a decade ago, leading some fans to launch a “FreeBritney” online campaign in recent years. In a speech where Spears barely stopped to catch her breath, the star said that, under the legal arrangement, she has been prevented from having a contraceptive implant removed, despite wanting more children. The mother of two said it had left her “traumatized” and “depressed.”
The singer has rarely spoken directly about the guardianship but her lawyer Samuel Ingham said in April that Spears wanted to directly address the court, resulting in Wednesday’s hearing. Spears has long had a difficult relationship with her father. Last year, she filed to remove him from the conservatorship and give sole power over her estate to a financial institution. Her court-appointed lawyer said she was “afraid” of her father.
- Father’s Day celebration isn’t about gender, says Waje
For sonorous voiced singer, Aituaje ‘Waje’ Iruobe, the celebration of Father’s Day across the globe is not all about gender. As the world celebrated Father’s Day on Sunday, June 20, 2021, the single mum declared herself a father to her daughter saying the day isn’t all about the male gender.
“Fatherhood isn’t about gender, it is about roles, fatherhood isn’t about donating sperm, it is about roles, motherhood isn’t about gender, it is about roles, I know people (men) who are much better mothers than mothers themselves. So darling I am not dragging anything, I am only proud that I can share these experiences with my daughter and that God gave me the capacity to do both,” noted Waje.
Waje, who was criticized by followers on Instagram for her stand, insisted that she stands by her words saying she plays the role of a father and mother at the same time. A follower had asked Waje to desist from making such inference but the singer and songwriter noted that she’s proud to celebrate Father’s Day because she plays both roles. Waje noted that being a father has nothing to do with gender but responsibility.
- Mercy Aigbe, ex-husband in social media fight over Father’s Day celebration
On Sunday, June 20, Nollywood actress and producer, Mercy Aigbe and her estranged husband, Lanre Gentry had a go at each other’s image over the Father’s Day celebration. For two years now, the estranged couple has continued to engage in an exchange of words over fatherly duties and role to their 11-year-old son, Juwon Gentry.
For the 2021 celebration, the single mother of two took to her Instagram page to praise herself and her efforts on her children maintaining that she has all the rights to celebrate the day without hesitation or fear. She wrote: “Happy Father’s Day to me and all the responsible fathers out there! 2 Kids (1 international student) …. changing naira to dollars with this dollar rate!
Reacting to the post, Lanre Gentry submitted –on his Instagram page he said:
“Some women over there will say happy Father’s Day to themselves, But you cannot blame them, they have no good background, they don’t have their parents together, that is why they don’t know what Father’s Day is,” he wrote. In a swift reaction, Aigbe shredded her ex-husband saying, “Mr Lanre Gentry, you better stop with the stupid lies! You better don’t just infuriate me!
- Ronaldo Equals World Record For Most International Goals – 109 – set by Iran’s Ali Daei
Cristiano Ronaldo scored two penalties to equal the all-time international goalscoring record and help holders Portugal edge into the last 16 of Euro 2020 with a 2-2 draw against France in Budapest on Wednesday. Portugal will face the world’s top-ranked side Belgium in the first knockout round in Seville on Sunday.
Fernando Santos’ men moved through as one of the four best third-placed sides, for the second straight Euro, from Group F behind France and Germany, who only just qualified after a dramatic 2-2 draw with Hungary in Munich.
The 36-year-old’s fifth goal of the group stage extended his record tally of Euro goals to 14 and drew him level with former Iran striker Ali Daei, in his 178th international match. World champions France will next take on Switzerland in Bucharest on Monday.
- Transgender Woman Selected To Participate In Female Weightlifting Olympics
New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard was selected as the first transgender Olympic athlete Monday after Kiwi officials made a groundbreaking call on “a highly sensitive and complex issue”. New Zealand Olympic Committee chief Kereyn Smith said Hubbard, 43 — who was born male but transitioned to female in her 30s — met all the qualification criteria for transgender athletes.
Hubbard, who also competed as a male, became eligible to lift as a woman after showing testosterone levels below the threshold required by the International Olympic Committee. She will contest the women’s +87kg category in Tokyo, an event in which she is currently ranked 16th in the world.
But critics say she has numerous physical advantages from growing up male that make her presence in the competition unfair for female-born athletes. Donald Trump Jr. had labelled the prospect of Hubbard being selected “ridiculous”, while British television presenter Piers Morgan railed against women’s rights being “destroyed on the altar of political correctness”. In a rare interview in 2017, Hubbard spoke about learning to block out criticism and “keep on pushing” as an athlete.
- Usain Bolt Welcomes Twin Boys – Thunder and Saint Leo
All-time Olympic great sprinter Usain Bolt and his partner Kasi Bennett have announced the birth of twin boys, who have been named Thunder Bolt and Saint Leo Bolt. Bolt revealed the news on Instagram with a Father’s Day family photo, showing a lightning bolt emoji next to each of his children’s names in the caption, without stating when the twins were born.
Bennett also posted a shot of the couple posing with the twins and daughter Olympia Lightning Bolt captioned: “Happy Father’s Day to my forever love! @usainbolt You are the rock of this family and the greatest daddy to our little ones. We love you world without end!” Olympia Lightning was born in May 2020 but the name was only announced two months later.
The 34-year-old Bolt, who won eight gold medals at 2008, 2012, and 2016 Games, will not be competing at the Covid-delayed Tokyo Olympics next month after retiring in 2017. The fastest man in history, Bolt holds the world records for 100 metres and 200 metres. He is the only sprinter to win the 100m and 200m double at three consecutive Olympics.
- UNILAG Student Arrested Over Murder Of Super TV CEO, Claims He Forcefully Had Sex With Her
Men of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested the father Chidinma Ojukwu, who allegedly stabbed the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV, Usifo Ataga, to death. Ataga was said to have been found in a pool of his blood with multiple wounds on his body after the media mogul was stabbed to death at a hotel where he reportedly lodges in the Lekki area of Lagos.
The police have arrested a university student accused of killing Usifo Ataga, the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV. A top police source, who pleaded anonymity, told newsmen that the suspect and her father were arrested at their residence, No. 57 Akinwunmi Street, Alagomeji, Yaba, on Wednesday. It said the father was arrested for resisting Chidinma’s arrest and for becoming violent with policemen, who went to apprehend her.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Hakeem Odumosu, told reporters that the suspect, Chidinma, who claimed to be a 300-level student in the Department of Mass Communication, University of Lagos, had confessed that she stabbed Ataga. Odumosu added that Ataga’s bank account has been blocked in a bid to prevent further withdrawals by those taking advantage of his untimely death.
He further disclosed that the owner of the rented apartment where the tragic incident occurred has been arrested and held in police detention.
- No school is safe until govt negotiates with bandits – Gumi
Popular Islamic cleric, Sheik Abubakar Gumi, has said there are about 100,000 armed bandits in the North-West alone. Gumi said the bandits kidnapping school pupils were disappointed that he negotiated with them without the involvement of the Federal Government. He insisted that until the government engaged with the herdsmen, no school could be safe. He stated these during an interview with newsmen on efforts to rescue the kidnapped pupils of Tegina Islamic School, Niger State.
The bandits had demanded N200m from the victims’ parents, which was later reduced to N150m. Gumi said despite efforts to get the pupils out, the bandits were adamant in their financial demand. Gumi said the Niger State Government had been making efforts to get the children released, adding that the state had limited resources. He insisted that the government could not protect schools without first finding means to end banditry in the country.
- Niger Govt raises special squad to battle bandits
The Niger State Government on Monday raised a special security squad to ensure the safe return of the pupils abducted on May 30 from Islamic school – the Tegina Islamiyyah School. Chief Press Secretary to Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello, Mary Barje, said the outfit was unveiled in Minna, the state capital.
The squad made up of combined security personnel was immediately deployed in Rafi Local Government Area.
At the inauguration, the governor said the time had come for the state government to take decisive action once and for all, to end banditry in the state. He told the squad members that logistics had been provided for them, promising that their allowances and other financial benefits would always be provided as and when due. He commended the security personnel for their efforts in the ongoing fight against bandits and other criminal elements in the state.
- Oil spillage: Court award N82b Akwa Ibom communities
Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited and its joint venture partner, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to, within 14 days, pay N81.9 billion to a number of communities in Ibeno Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, affected by oil spills between 2000 and 2010. In the judgment, Justice Taiwo agreed with plaintiffs’ lawyer, Chief Lucius Nwosu (SAN) that Mobil and NNPC were negligent in the way they handled oil spills that caused environmental degradation in the communities.
Justice Taiwo came down hard on NNPC for being interested in the revenue generations from oil exploration activities at the expense of the lives of the people in the affected communities. The judge said he believed the oral and documentary evidence submitted by the plaintiffs to support their claims that lives were made miserable for them when their water and land were polluted through crude oil leakages from old oil pipelines. He said although Mobil and NNPC carried out clean up exercise, they failed to address the compensation that would have mitigated the economic losses of the people said to be mainly fishermen and farmers.