FRESH FM TOP NEWS THIS WEEK

Written by on July 10, 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:

 

 

NEWS

  • Niger Sets Goal Of Returning 130,000 Nigerian Refugees By Year-End

Niger and the state of Borno in neighbouring Nigeria have struck a deal for the return this year of more than 130,000 Nigerian refugees, Niger’s president Mohamed Bazoum said Friday. Niger hosts tens of thousands of people who have fled from northeast Nigeria, where Boko Haram Islamists launched a bloody campaign a dozen years ago.

Borno has borne the brunt of the conflict, which has killed around 40,000 people and displaced more than two million. Its authorities are already trying, with limited success, to encourage internally-displaced people in Borno to return to their homes. NIger is also fighting jihadist incursions on two fronts — on its western border with Mali and in its southeastern border with Nigeria, in the vast Lake Chad area.

  • Sympathizers defy rain, flags flown at half-mast as TB Joshua is laid to rest

The laying-to-rest service of Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua aka Prophet TB Joshua has begun at the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Ikotun, Lagos State.
Sympathizers defied the rains to attend the service.

TB Joshua, philanthropist, preacher, televangelist, and the Founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations died on June 6 at 57. The wife and children of the late T.B Joshua alongside other personalities, including traditional rulers, Ondo Governor Rotimi Akeredolu; Lagos Commissioner for Home Affairs, Anofiu Elegushi attended to pay their last respects to the deceased.

  • Senate Begins Screening Lauretta Onochie For Position Of INEC Commissioner

The Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has started the screening of the nominees of President Muhammadu Buhari as national commissioners of the electoral umpire. One of President Buhari’s aides, Lauretta Onochie is among the nominees.

The nomination of Lauretta Onochie who currently serves as Senior Special Assistant on New Media to President Buhari has elicited public criticism from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and civil society organizations who are against her nomination on the grounds that she is an alleged card-carrying member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and is not proper to be appointed as an election officer.

In her introductory remarks, Onochie said she is not partisan. She admitted that she had seen the petitions against her which are not only from the opposition but also from people in the APC. She said the opposition to her candidacy is because she is known to be non-partisan and someone who insists on due process and the right thing to be done. However, Committee members questioned her stance on non-partisanship.

  • Makinde names Ogunwuyi Chief of Staff

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has named Hon. Segun Ogunwuyi as his Chief of Staff. A letter signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun, confirmed Ogunwuyi’s appointment which took immediate effect.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that Ogunwuyi, was in 2019, named Executive Assistant to the Governor on Investment. He was later appointed Director-General of the Oyo State Investment and Public, Private Partnership Agency (OYSIPPPA), following the passage of the law setting up the agency.

  • FG Should Apologise To Igboho, Stop Pursuing Him As A Criminal – Wole Soyinka

Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has asked the Federal Government to apologise to Sunday Igboho after officials of the Department of State Services invaded his home and killed two of his associates. The DSS invaded Igboho’s house in Ibadan, Oyo State, early on Thursday based on intelligence it said it had received that he was stockpiling arms to cause chaos within the region.

Igboho, who has been declared wanted by the DSS, had recently been calling for a ‘Yoruba Nation’ over what he has described as a ‘Fulani invasion’ of the South-West. In an interview with BBC Pidgin published on Monday, Soyinka said the government’s actions and rationale for invading Igboho’s home “stinks.” “I think they should tell Igboho ‘we made a mistake’, ‘we should not have acted in this way’, ‘you are no longer wanted’, ‘go back to your home, in fact escort him to his home’ and let him resume his normal life.”

  • Senators, Reps Raise Committees To Harmonise Positions On PIB

The Senate and House of Representatives have constituted two committees to fine-tune the controversial Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) for presidential assent. The two chambers of the National Assembly last Thursday passed the long-awaited PIB but differed on the percentage of yearly expenditure of oil revenue to be devoted to the development of oil-bearing communities. While the Senate approved three percent, the House okayed five per cent.

They are in agreement on the 30 per cent of oil and gas profits of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited be set aside for exploration in the Lake Chad Basin, Benue trough, Anambra Basin, Dahomey, and Gombe basin. The Southern governors had their Lagos meeting on Monday also kicked against the ownership structure of the proposed NNPC Limited and for its supervision to be handled by the Federal Ministry of Finance. On Tuesday, the leaderships of the National Assembly explained that the two committees would meet to harmonise their different positions on the PIB.

  • Northern Elders, Groups Reject South’s 2023 Zoning Demand

Northern elders and interest groups slammed the 17 southern governors on Tuesday for demanding power shift to the South in 2023. The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) said the North would not accept the imposition of any candidate on the region. The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) rejected the position that the South should produce the next President, saying the North would not be compelled to yield an elective position. But Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom backed the call for power shift, saying it accords with the need for equity and fairness.

The southern governors met in Lagos on Monday and reinforced resolutions reached at their May 11 meeting in Asaba, the Delta State capital. They insisted that power must shift to the South in 2023, and agreed to enact anti-open grazing laws by September 1. Members of the House of Representatives from the 17 Southern states backed the governors’ resolutions. They said Nigerians should co-exist on the basis of justice, equity and fairness.

  • Court Clears Kemi Adeosun: NYSC certificate not mandatory for political office

A Federal High Court in Abuja, on Wednesday, ruled that National Youth Service Corps certificate is not mandatory for appointment into political office in the country. The court stated this as it delivered judgment on the certificate scandal involving a former Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun. Adeosun was embroiled in the forgery of the National Youth Service Corps certificate, which resulted in her resignation in 2018.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo, in his ruling on the originating summon with suit number: FHC/ABJ/CS/303/21 brought by Wole Olanipekun, SAN, on her behalf, held that the NYSC certificate, based on the constitution, is not a mandatory requirement for holding a political office in the country. The judge, therefore, granted all the four reliefs sought by the former minister.

  • U.S. Army Special Forces Train Nigerian Navy On IEDs

Twenty-five officers of the Nigerian Navy Special Boat Service on Thursday completed a five-week Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) alongside a team of U.S. Army Special Forces. The exercise is part of a series of U.S. engagements with the Nigerian military that provides opportunities for the Nigerian military and U.S. elite units to work together, learn from each other, and strengthen their relationships, the United States Mission in Nigeria said in a statement.

During the training, the American military trainers and the Nigerian Navyspecial operations forces trained together on a broad range of land-based skills and tactics, such as countering improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Delivering remarks during the JCET closing ceremony in Lagos, Acting U.S. Consulate Political and Economic Chief Merrica Heaton noted that the U.S. government works closely with all the services of the Nigerian military to provide technical assistance, equipment, and professional exchange and training opportunities.

 

 

 

 

 

POLITICS

  • Power shift: PDP Caucus backs Southern governors

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Assembly Caucus yesterday supported the push for power shift in 2023 by Southern governors. The Caucus also supported the resolutions of the governors who met on Monday in Lagos under the aegis of the Southern Governors’ Forum (SGF) on electronic transmission of election results and state police.

The Caucus, at a news conference in Abuja addressed by Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, described the alleged move to remove electronic transmission of results from the Electoral Act amendment report as “unpatriotic and mischievous.” Also, Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum reiterated his call for power shift to the South in the spirit of fairness, equity and justice.

  • 2023 Presidency: I Am Done With Partisan Politics – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says he is done with partisan politics, noting that claims making the rounds in the media that he is planning to float a new political party ahead of the 2023 general elections are false. Obasanjo who stated this in Kabul, Afghanistan, as a guest of President Ashraf Ghani, warned those who want to use the back door to force him to return to partisan politics to respect his choice to remain a non-partisan statesman.

He insisted that he will continue to perform his role with a focus on providing counsel, support, or solutions wherever possible in Nigeria, Africa, and indeed the world. He said: “Upon hearing of this latest fabricated report, Chief Obasanjo said “In my part of the world, when you say goodnight in a place, you do not go back there and say good evening. The one who reported that may need to visit Yaba Left. And those who believe it can believe that their mothers are men.”

“I’m done with partisan politics but by my position in Nigeria and in Africa and without being immodest and indeed in the world my door must be opened and it is open to any individual or group of individuals who want to seek my opinion, view or advice on any issue or matter and I will respond to the best of my ability, without being part of that individual or group”.

  • Nigeria’s Next President Should Emerge From The South – Southern Governors

Southern governors have jointly agreed that Nigeria’s next president should emerge from the southern region. The governors also set September 1, 2021, as the deadline for the promulgation of anti-open grazing law among its member states. Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, said this on Monday while reading from a communique jointly signed by the governors after a closed-door meeting in Alausa, Lagos State.

The governors affirmed their commitment to the unity of Nigeria on the pillars of equity, fairness, justice, progress, and peaceful co-existence between and amongst its people. The governors also reinstated calls for state police and commended security operatives for their efforts in restoring security and safety and commiserated with families and loved ones of those who have fallen in the line of duty.

  • Four PDP Reps defect to APC

Four members of the House of Representatives elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Zamfara State on Tuesday defected to the All Progressives Congress(APC). They cited the crisis within the party for their action.

They are Bello Hassan Shinkafi, Ahmed Bakura, Ahmed Shehu and Suleiman Gumi.
In a letter signed by Rep. Suleiman Gumi and read at Tuesday plenary, the lawmakers said they were leaving the PDP because of the crisis within it, which led to dissolution of the state chapter by the National leadership of the party.

 

 

 

 

 

ECONOMY

  • $1b Leather Industry Major Catalyst For Growth – Osinbajo

The leather market, with its projected $1 billion earnings by 2025, has the potential to improve the nation’s foreign exchange earnings, boost growth and provide employment for young Nigerians. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo made this known during the launch and sensitisation workshop on the National Leather and Leather Products Policy Implementation Plan in Abuja.

According to him, with the right planning and strategy, optimising the value chain, these economic goals could become reality soon. He cited a study by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), which projected that the leather industry has the potential of not only increasing its earnings by 70 per cent but also generating over $1 billion by 2025.

Osinbajo explained that the country was yet to maximise its potential in the sector despite exporting millions of semi-finished and finished leather products to destinations including Italy, Spain, India, South Asia and China. According to him, with the formal launch of the National Leather and Leather Products Policy Implementation Plan, government now has ‘a real opportunity to address specific challenges and shortcomings of the leather sector with pragmatic strategies to permanently resolve these issues for optimal productivity.

  • Senate okays Buhari’s $6.1b external loan request

The Senate yesterday approved a loan request of $6.1 billion by President Muhammadu Buhari. The money, which is about N2.343 trillion, was approved following the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts at plenary. Chairman of the committee, Senator Clifford Ordia, presented the report.

Buhari had, in May, asked the National Assembly to consider and approve the loan. The loan, he said, would be raised from multilateral and bilateral lenders as well as the international capital market. He also said the National Assembly had already approved the borrowing of N4.6 trillion in the 2021 Appropriation Act and that the new borrowing of N2.3 trillion would part-finance the deficit in the 2021 budget.

  • Federal Government Launches 1.5MW Solar Grid For Ministries

The Federal Government on Tuesday launched a 1.52MWp/2.28MWh solar micro-grid system to improve the infrastructural aesthetics of the country, improve productivity and provide employment. The project, which was approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in March 2019, will reduce the consumption of diesel from 776,248 litres to 166,825 liters per annum.

At the inauguration of the project in Abuja, Works and Housing Minister Babatunde Fashola said: “This project was approved by the FEC on March 20, 2019, at the time the Ministry of Power was part of Works and Housing. “With this investment, we have built our own mini-grid in consonance with our administration’s policy to provide the off-grid option, making it available to ordinary Nigerians who cannot afford the cost of investing in off-grid power.”

  • Russian firms to invest $500m in Nigeria

The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) has said nine Russian companies have declared interest to invest the sum of $500 million in the manufacturing sector. Chairman, NIDO, Sampson Uwem-Edimo, who spoke ahead of the Russia-Nigeria Business Conference, said the group would work to improve investment inflows into Nigeria

“No investment happens without trade; the trade volume between Nigeria and Russia today is around half a billion dollars; sometimes, it gets to a billion dollars;” Uwem-Edimo said. According to Uwem-Edimo, it is a very small amount for this kind of business, and for Russia and Nigeria that have more than $3 trillion market.

Vice-President, Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr Suren Vardanyan, said: “Our goal is to triple the trade volume within the next two years and bring direct partnership in the area of manufacturing, as the Russian companies can collaborate with new or existing Nigerian companies for expansion or creation of production plants.”

  • Kaduna State Govt Seals Four Fidelity Bank Branches Over N43.3m Tax Liabilities

The Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service has sealed four branches of Fidelity Bank in the state for tax Liabilities amounting to N43.3 million. The Executive Chairman of the Revenue service, Zaid Abubakar, said the bank’s branches were closed based on a court order after the bank refused to settle outstanding tax returns of N43.3 million owed the state government from 2011 to 2020.

According to her, the action taken against the bank is in line with Section (3) and (4) of the personal income tax Amendment Act 2011 and Section 37 (3l and (4) of Kaduna state Tax Codification And Consolidation Law, 2020 as amended. The move is part of efforts by the state government to encourage voluntary settlement of all tax liabilities by taxpayers.

 

 

 

 

 

HEALTH

  • NCDC Confirms Deadly Delta COVID-19 Variant In Nigeria

Nigeria has confirmed the detection of the Delta COVID-19 variant. “The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has detected a confirmed case with the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant, also known as lineage B.1.617.2,” the health agency said in a statement on Thursday night. The variant was detected in a traveler to Nigeria, following the routine travel test required of all international travelers and genomic sequencing at the NCDC National Reference Laboratory, Abuja.”

The NCDC, however, assured Nigerians that the federal government has put measures in place to combat the disease, asking them to adhere to the recommended safety protocols. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Delta variant has an increased transmissibilty, and has raised concerns across the globe. It has also been detected in over 90 countries and is expected to spread to more nations.

  • No electromagnetic ingredients in COVID-19 vaccines – NPHCDA

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency says COVID-19 vaccines do not contain electromagnetic ingredients that can cause side effects. The Executive Director, NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, said this at a press briefing on Tuesday in Abuja. The briefing was in reaction to reports on social media that electronic devices recognised people that had received the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

The unsubstantiated reports claimed that anyone who received the vaccine would become magnetic and have their DNA altered and die from blood clots. He said the typical dose was not large enough to contain a magnet, and that a magnet that could fit in a needle would not be powerful enough to attract anything. He said about 2,495,632 people had been vaccinated with the first dose, while 1,370,130 had received the second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in the country.

  • WHO Recommends New Treatment Guidelines For Severe COVID-19 Patients

The World Health Organisation has updated its patient care guidelines to include interleukin-6 receptor blockers, a class of medicines that are lifesaving in patients who are severely or critically ill with COVID-19, especially when administered alongside corticosteroids. The new recommendation was informed by findings from a network meta-analysis initiated by the WHO.

According to the WHO, prospective and living network meta-analyses were the largest on the drugs to date, noting that data from over 10,000 patients enrolled in 27 clinical trials were studied. The UN agency noted that the interleukin-6 receptor blockers are the first drugs found to be effective against COVID-19 since corticosteroids were recommended by WHO in September 2020. WHO noted that with the support of its critical partners, WHO has been able to issue a rapid and trustworthy recommendation for the use of interleukin-6 receptor blockers in severe and critical COVID-19 patients.

  • FG to approve eight more hospitals for cancer treatment

The Federal Government is set to approve eight more hospitals to the previous lineup of 12 hospitals in its Cancer Access Partnership Programme. Speaking on Wednesday during the official launch of the 2021 Upgrade Oncology, a representative of the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Uche Nwokwu, said the programme is aimed at subsidising cancer treatment for patients

Cancer Access Partnership Programme is an initiative designed to train oncologists, pharmacists, and nurses in Nigeria to address the shortage of personnel in cancer treatment in the health sector. Dr. Nwokwu said, “The government has partnered with others to establish what we call the Cancer Access Partnership Programme. He added that the government’s Cancer Management Fund is taking new steps to ease cancer treatment for millions of Nigerians.

  • Gynaecologist encourages women on fibroid operation, says procedure is safe

Dr Nathaniel Adewole, a Consultant Gynaecologist at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, has advised women with fibroids not to be afraid of operation as the procedure is safe. Adewole said that fibroids affect over 60 per cent of the women population. According to him, fibroids are abnormal growths that develop in or on a woman’s uterus; sometimes they are quite large and cause severe abdominal pain and heavy periods.

He noted that most people with fibroids experienced no symptoms while some could have lower backache, constipation and excessive or painful uterine, bleeding leading to anemia. Adewole stressed that “death from fibroid operation is very low; compared to what it used to be because of technological advancement. He further urged that for somebody who is still desirous of pregnancy the treatment for fibroids could be through myomectomy (removal of fibroid) and it could be done through open surgery or laparoscopy.

 

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION

  • Kaduna Govt Orders Immediate Closure Of 13 Schools Over Insecurity

The Kaduna State Government has ordered the immediate closure of 13 schools located in areas that have been identified as vulnerable to attacks by bandits.
This followed Monday’s bandits’ attack on Bethel Baptist school in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, where an unspecified number of students were kidnapped.

The directive which was issued by the Director-General of Quality Assurance Authority in the state Ministry of Education, Umma Ahmed to proprietors of private schools, said the closure is with immediate effect. Kaduna has been experiencing series of attacks by bandits, with educational institutions considered as soft targets. Monday’s attack was the fourth mass school kidnap in Kaduna state since December.

  • Alleged N5.2b fraud: Court remands ex-JAMB Registrar, Ojerinde

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered that a former Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Adedibu Ojerinde be remanded in prison custody. Justice Obiora Egwuatu, in a ruling on Tuesday, ordered that Ojerinde be kept in a correctional facility pending the hearing of his bail application, scheduled for July 8.

Justice Egwuatu gave the ruling after Ojerinde was arraigned on an 18-count charge, marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/97/2021, in which he was accused, among others, of complicity in the diversion of public funds estimated at over N5.2billion. The prosecuting agency – the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission(ICPC) – said Ojerinde committed the alleged offences, contained in the charge, from 2003 when he served as the Registrar of the National Examination Council (NECO) till 2021.

  • NYSC Should Be Extended To Two Years, Members Should Undergo Military Training, – Ishaku

Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, says that as part of the country’s efforts to combat insecurity, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) should be extended to two years, and members be allowed to undergo military. The governor who was a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday, also said the scheme should be extended to two years with the first involving core military training.

NYSC which runs for a year was designed by the Nigerian government in 1973 to encourage nation-building among graduates. But the governor believes that an extension of the duration would better equip graduates with self-defence techniques especially at a time like this when national insecurity is now rife.

 

 

 

 

 

WORLD

  • Worst Of COVID-19 Is Yet To Come For Africa – WHO

Africa has just lived through its most devastating week of the pandemic, but the worst is yet to come as the third wave gathers pace on the continent, the World Health Organization said Thursday. “Africa has just marked the continent’s most dire pandemic week ever. But the worst is yet to come as the fast-moving third wave continues to gain speed and new ground,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO’s regional director for Africa.

Coronavirus cases have been rising in Africa since the start of the third wave on the continent on May 3. During the week ending July 4, more than 251,000 new Covid-19 cases were recorded on the continent, a 20% increase over the previous week and a 12% jump from the previous January peak. Sixteen African countries are now seeing a resurgence of the virus, with the more contagious Delta strain detected in 10 of them. South Africa is the worst-hit country in Africa, with new daily infections hitting record highs of 26,000 cases over the weekend, fuelled by the Delta variant.

  • Global COVID-19 Deaths Cross Four Million As Outbreaks Surge In Asia

The global Covid-19 death toll has crossed four million, with the worst of the pandemic only just starting to hit some parts of the Asia-Pacific and cases rising again in the United States. The more infectious Delta virus variant is accelerating outbreaks, and while some nations have started easing restrictions, the World Health Organization has warned the world is at a “perilous point”.

With fears growing about the spread of the virus, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced on Thursday that the capital Tokyo will be under a state of emergency throughout the Olympics. Elsewhere in Asia, Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City has gone into lockdown. The virus threat also forced organisers on Thursday to postpone the Southeast Asian Games were due to be held in Vietnam.

  • Haiti President Jovenel Moise Assassinated – Interim PM

Haiti President Jovenel Moise was assassinated at his home early Wednesday morning by a group of armed individuals, interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph announced. Joseph said he was now in charge of the country. Moise’s injured wife was in the hospital, according to Joseph, who urged the public to remain calm, and insisted the police and army would ensure the population’s safety.

Moise had been ruling Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, by decree, after legislative elections due in 2018 were delayed in the wake of disputes, including on when his own term ends. In addition to the political crisis, kidnappings for ransom have surged in recent months, further reflecting the growing influence of armed gangs in the Caribbean nation. Haiti also faces chronic poverty and recurrent natural disasters.

  • Haiti Police Indict 26 Colombians, Two Americans In President Moise Killing

At least 28 people carried out the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, Haitian police said Thursday, adding that 26 of them were Colombian and two were Americans of Haitian origin. “We have arrested 15 Colombians and the two Americans of Haitian origin. Three Colombians have been killed while eight others are on the loose,” national police director-general Leon Charles said at a news conference.

He also said the “weapons and materials used by the assailants have been recovered.” Moise was shot dead in the early morning attack, and his wife was wounded. She has been taken to Miami by air ambulance and authorities have said her condition is stable. The poorest country in the Americas now has no president or working parliament and two men claiming to be in charge as prime minister.

  • South Africa’s President, Zuma Surrenders To Authorities

South Africa’s ex-president Jacob Zuma handed himself in to police late Wednesday to begin serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court, his foundation said. In a historic ruling, the Constitutional Court last week handed Zuma a 15-month term for snubbing anti-graft investigators.

Police had earlier on Wednesday warned they were prepared to arrest the former president by a midnight deadline to enforce the ruling, unless the top court instructed otherwise. Zuma had mounted a last-ditch legal defence and refused to turn himself in by Sunday night as the court ordered. Under the ruling, police were given three days to arrest him if he failed to surrender.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT

  • Adekunle Gold releases new single, ‘Sinner’ ft Lucky Daye

Singer and songwriter, Adekunle Gold has released a spanking new single titled “Sinner.” The record, “Sinner” features American singer, Lucky Daye who did justice to the instrumental.

The “Jore” crooner talks about sin, as the cover of the record depicts a sinful display. It displays Adekunle Gold with his sweetheart and singer wife, Simi locked in a tight embrace in a pool. Produced by Blaize Beatz, “Sinner” serves as AG Baby’s first official single 2021, following release of his previous single, “It Is What It Is” produced by Kali.

  • Naira Marley’s signee, Zinoleesky acquires N22m Chevrolet Camaro car

Naira Marley’s signee, Azeez ‘Zinolesky’ Oniyide, has acquired a brand new Chevrolet Camaro car valued at N22 million.It was, however, gathered that the automobile is a 2019 edition of the Chevrolet Camaro brand.

The 26-year-old ‘Kilofeshe’ singer later took to his Instagram page on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, to share pictures of his new automobile.

  • Social media agog as Bobrisky reveals new body

Social media users have been set agog as popular crossdresser Okuneye Idris Olarenwaju aka Bobrisky finally shows off a new body after supposed plastic surgery. The controversial Barbie, who recently claimed to have undergone butt-lift surgery to enhance his buttock, had his photos off social media for a while as he was recuperating from the procedure. Bobrisky continued to keep his fans updated before and after the plastic surgery as he informed them to anticipate his banging new body which he would be unveiling soon.

Finally, the Instagram Barbie took to his page today, July 8, 2020, to share a photo of himself all dressed in a bikini with hips looking overly accentuated as he captioned post: “Bikini!” Meanwhile, fans and followers have taken to the comment section of Bobrisky’s post to make a caricature of his supposed “banging” new look while accusing him of not undergoing any surgery like he claimed.

  • Fapson acquires N45m car

Actress and entrepreneur, Dorcas Sola Fapson has acquired a brand new Range Rover Evoque valued at N45 million. The news of the actress’ latest acquisition was first shared by songstress Tiwa Savage, on her Instagram stories. “Let’s go on a ride in your new ride,” Tiwa Savage wrote on her Insta story. Fapson, who became popular with her role in the MTV Shuga series, announced her latest acquisition to her fans on her Instagram page on July 1, 2021.

Since she took delivery of her automobile, many of her friends have been sending congratulatory messages to her. Adesua Etomi Wellington and Ini Dima Okojie are some of the Nollywood stars that have joined Tiwa Savage in congratulating Fapson on the latest acquisition.

  • ‘Superman’ Director Richard Donner Dies At 91

Richard Donner, a prolific filmmaker who directed the first “Superman” movie, “The Goonies,” and other blockbuster hits, died on Monday at age 91, US media reported. Donner’s other credits include the 1976 horror classic “The Omen,” the “Lethal Weapon” cop franchise with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover starting in 1987, “Scrooged” (1988), and his final movie in 2006, “16 Blocks.”

He also directed episodes of iconic 20th-century television shows such as “Get Smart,” “Perry Mason,” “Gilligan’s Island” and “The Twilight Zone,” according to IMDB, and took on a producer role for blockbuster hits including “X-Men” and “Free Willy.” The Hollywood Reporter cited Donner’s assistant in confirming his death, while Deadline said there was no cause of death revealed by Donner’s business manager or producer wife, Lauren Schuler Donner.

“Richard Donner had the biggest, boomiest voice you could imagine,” “Goonies” star Sean Astin said on Twitter. Fellow director Steven Spielberg, who wrote the story on which “The Goonies” was based, said in a statement that Donner had a “powerful command of his movies.”

  • Oko Iyabo film: Tonto Dikeh lambasts Yomi Fabiyi

Actress Tonto Dikeh has knocked Yomi Fabiyi for releasing a film on the sexual assault of a minor. On July 4th, Fabiyi announced his latest movie entitled, ‘Oko Iyabo’. He took his Instagram page to share a scene of the film. In the film, the actor portrays Baba Ijesha as a victim who fell into a trap of accusers – Princess and Iyabo.

Reacting to the clips, Dikeh via her Facebook page condemned the action of Fabiyi, saying he portrays bitterness and anger. “But what you have just done by capitalising on the pain and agony of a molested child and the slap in the mother’s face. I am ashamed I know you. It’s a slap on all rape Victims (Dead or alive). Yomi, I expected better of you. The movie is generating negative reactions on social media with some reporting to Youtube for a ban.

 

 

 

 

SPORTS

  • Olympic Flame Arrives Tokyo After Spectators Ban

The Olympic flame arrived in Tokyo on Friday with just two weeks until the Games open, as athletes and fans mourned a “heartbreaking” decision to bar spectators from almost all venues over the virus. In a taste of what is to come for thousands of athletes who will compete at the pandemic-postponed Games, the public was kept away from the arrival of the flame and a welcoming ceremony was attended only by the media and officials.

As the final countdown to the July 23 opening ceremony begins, the mood is far from the usual festive Olympic spirit. Tokyo will be under a virus state of emergency from Sunday until August 22, putting a further dampener on an already unusual Olympics. The measures, which mostly limit alcohol sales, restaurant opening hours, and crowd sizes, come as infections rise in the capital and with authorities concerned about the spread of the Delta variant.

  • Sergio Ramos Signs Two-Year Contract With Paris Saint-Germain

Sergio Ramos, the former Real Madrid stalwart considered one of the best defenders in the world, has signed a two-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain, the French club said Thursday. Ramos, 35, won the Champions League four times with Real and is a World Cup winner and a two-time champion of Europe with Spain.

The veteran, who has won 180 caps and scored 23 goals for his country, arrives with PSG desperate to add experience to their squad for another assault on an elusive first Champions League title. Ramos, who cut his teeth with Sevilla before joining Real in 2005, played almost 500 games for Los Blancos, marshalling their defence for 16 seasons and winning La Liga five times.

  • England Beat Denmark To Reach Euro 2020 Final

England fed off the energy of a passionate Wembley crowd to beat Denmark 2-1 in the Euro 2020 semi-finals on Wednesday and now stand just 90 minutes away from ending their 55-year trophy drought. Gareth Southgate’s men will face Italy on Sunday infused with belief they can win a first major international tournament since the 1966 World Cup.

England emerged on a cool evening at Wembley after the crowd of almost 65,000 had whipped themselves into a frenzy with rousing renditions of “Sweet Caroline” and “Football’s Coming Home”. Harry Kane’s penalty was saved by Kasper Schmeichel but he converted the rebound to give England the advantage and they held Denmark at bay to seal the win. The final whistle sparked scenes of delirium in the stands and on the pitch as the players partied with the crowd.

  • AFN opens Olympic camp in Abuja

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria’s camp for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics opened in Abuja on Sunday. Secretary-General of the AFN, Adisa Beyioku, in a letter dated July 2 and addressed to the Director, Federation Elite Athletes Department in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, invited athletes and coaches to the Olympics camp. A total of 25 athletes and 10 coaches were invited to camp ahead of the Tokyo Games.

  • Omotayo Signs One-Year Deal With PPC Villeneuve

2019 African Games table tennis champion, Olajide Omotayo has signed a one-year deal to join a French Pro A team, PPC Villeneuve, for the 2021/2022 season.
Omotayo spent over six years playing in the Italian Table Tennis Super League. The Nigerian who is set for a debut outing at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will join Egypt’s Omar Assar who also plies his trade in the French top league.

Announcing the signing of the 26-year-old Nigerian on its social media handle at the weekend, the club described Omotayo as a fighter who they hope would help the team to fight for the top spot in the elite French league. Omotayo will be joined by other members of the team which include French junior international Jules Cavaillé and experienced Russian star Alexey Liventsov while the team will be coached by Admir Duranspahic, who replaced departing coach Lepage Cedric.

  • VIPS Allowed At Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony, But No Fans

Fans are likely to be banned from the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony over virus fears, but a reduced number of VIPs and Olympic officials will be able to attend, a Japanese newspaper reported. International Olympic Committee (IOC) representatives, foreign dignitaries, sponsors and others connected to the Games will be allowed into the National Stadium to watch the July 23 ceremony, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper said late on Monday.

But under plans currently being discussed, fans would be locked out as organisers rethink attendance limits, as concern grows over rising virus cases in Tokyo. The report, which cited several unnamed government sources, said organisers are working to whittle down the expected 10,000 “Olympic family” members to a level the Japanese public would find acceptable. The government is this week expected to extend anti-virus measures in Tokyo and elsewhere, with a decision on Olympic fans to follow.

  • Fans Banned From Games Venues In Tokyo: Olympic Minister

Spectators will be banned from Olympic venues in Tokyo because of a virus state of emergency, Japan’s Olympic minister announced Thursday, meaning the Games will happen mostly behind closed doors. Most Olympic competitions will happen in Tokyo, but a few events will be held outside the Japanese capital.

The public has already been asked to stay away from the marathon, which is being held in the northern Hokkaido region to beat Tokyo’s summer heat. And large parts of the torch relay traversing the country have also been held behind closed doors because of virus concerns.

 

 

 

 

 

METRO PLUS

  • Bandits Kill 35 In Attack On Five Zamfara Communities

Bandits have killed 35 persons after an assault on five communities of Faru district located in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State. Gudan-Baushi, Gidan-Adamu,Gudan-Maidawa, Tsauni, and Wari communities woke up to the marauders’ invasion in the late hours of Thursday morning on motorcycles numbering over 100.

The state Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Shehu confirmed the incident to newsmen. He however stated that efforts to reach the affected communities on time proved abortive due to the poor road network. The assailants were said to have shot sporadically at the unsuspecting residents while destroying houses and properties.

  • NURTW Vice-Chairman Shot Dead In Lagos – Reports

The Vice-Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Samuel Kayode, popularly known as Ekpo Kinkin, has been killed at the Agboju area of Lagos State. According to reports, Ekpo who was a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress was at a rally organised by the party at Oriade Local Development Area when the gunmen invaded the rally on Thursday and shot him dead.

Eyewitnesses said a gunshot was heard from the crowd outside while the meeting was on, forcing residents involved at the rally to scamper to safety. When those inside the hall rushed to the scene, Kayode was found in the pool of his blood.

However, NURTW in Lagos State confirmed the incident to The Punch, noting that the deceased was trying to protect a fellow politician when he was killed. “He was protecting a fellow politician, Wale Yusuf, from harassment when the gunmen shot him dead,” said Jimoh Buhari, the spokesman for the NURTW Chairman, Musiliu Akinsanya.

  • Two Killed As Bandits Kidnap Students In Another Kaduna School

Two persons are said to have lost their lives after bandits invaded Bethel Baptist School, a private college in Kaduna State, kidnapping an unspecified number of students. The kidnappers in the early hours of Monday attacked the private school located at Maraban Rido within the Chikun Local Government Area of the state. Among those kidnapped were seven staff of the center (two male and five female) and two others who are non-staff.

Four days ago, Governor Nasir El-Rufai told newsmen that he has withdrawn his children from a public school in Kaduna after getting wind of a plot to kidnap his son. The governor had in September 2019, enrolled his six-year-old son, Abubakar-Sadiq into Kaduna Capital School, a public school located in the Kaduna State capital, in order to show leadership to revamp public education in the state and make it more competitive.

As Kaduna State and other parts of the north-western region continue to experience the scourge of banditry, El-Rufai has been one of those few governors that have repeatedly kicked against the payment of ransom to kidnappers. He also reiterated his administration’s stance, explaining that three groups intercepted had vowed to abduct his children to see if he would make a U-turn on the payment of ransom.

  • Yoruba Nation Lagos rally: Police killed my daughter, I want justice, says mother of slain girl

The mother of Jumoke Oyeleke, the salesgirl who was allegedly killed by a stray bullet during the Yoruba Nation rally in Lagos on Saturday, has demanded justice for her daughter. Agitators for the Yoruba Nation gathered at the Gani Fawehinmi Park in the Ojota area of Lagos on Saturday amid heavy presence of armed policemen and soldiers. Some of the operatives reportedly fired gunshots, tear gas canisters and water cannons to disperse the demonstrators and journalists shortly after the rally took off.

Jumoke was displaying drinks at her boss’ shop in a compound close to the rally ground when security men chased some agitators onto the premises amid shootings.
She was said to have been hit by a stray bullet, which ripped through her stomach and left a deep hole. Her corpse was later taken away in a police van.

Newsmen learnt that the victim was 25-year-old and not 14, as widely reported.
During a visit to her parents’ house on Sunday, the mother, Ifeoluwa, said the police threatened to shoot her when she demanded her daughter’s corpse.

  • 950 pupils abducted from schools in six months, says UNICEF

No fewer than 950 pupils have been abducted from their schools by gunmen in the last six months, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday.
The United Nations (UN) agency expressed concern about the attacks and abduction of children in some parts of West and Central Africa.

Its concern was contained in a statement issued yesterday in New York, United States (U.S.). The UNICEF urged stakeholders in the education sector to unite at reducing children’s vulnerability and increasing their resilience to keep pupils safe from harm.

 



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