FRESH FM TOP NEWS THIS WEEK

Written by on August 14, 2021

The hottest and most trending news articles for this week in all categories are 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

  • FG Rules Out Another COVID-19 Lockdown Amid Rising Cases

The Federal Government on Thursday said it was not considering a lockdown despite rising cases of COVID-19 infections across the country. Speaking at the weekly ministerial briefing organized at the State House in Abuja, Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said the number of cases were not threatening enough, yet, for a lockdown to be considered.

On Wednesday Nigeria had recorded 790 cases of new COVID-19 infections, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. The figure was the highest in about six months. A recent surge in infections has been partly attributed to the Delta variant, which is believed to be more contagious and deadlier.
Nigeria is expected to step up its Covid vaccination program after receiving over four million doses of the Moderna vaccine from the US government last week.

  • Nigerian High Commission In London Closes As Officials Test Positive For COVID-19

The Nigerian High Commission in London has been closed for 10 days after two officials tested positive for COVID-19. The High Commission made the disclosure in a statement on Thursday night. The Mission explained that it began testing all officials after that which led to the discovery of another positive case.

“In line with COVID-19 regulation and the need to adhere to the rules and regulation of the host country, the Mission will close down for the next 10 days, in order to observe the mandatory isolation of those who were in contact with the affected officials,” the commission said. It, however, regretted any inconveniences the development may have caused.

  • Nigerian Government Condemns Assault On Diplomat By Indonesian Officials

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned the assault of a Nigerian diplomat by immigration officials in Indonesia. The victim, whose name was not mentioned, was manhandled and arrested by immigration officials on Saturday in front of his official quarters in the Asian country. A viral video of the event shows at least three men in a vehicle assaulting the official, ignoring his screams of pain. While two of the men held his hands and pinned him down in the backseat, another freely assaulted his unprotected head as he cried out in pain.

“The unfortunate incident is against international law and the Vienna Conventions governing Diplomatic and Consular Relations between states,” the Nigerian Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement on Monday. “The Nigerian Government has complained strongly to the Government of Indonesia, and the Ambassador of Indonesia to Nigeria was summoned by the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs. “The Ambassador explained what he understood happened and apologised unreservedly on behalf of the Government of Indonesia. In addition to the Indonesian Ambassador’s apology, the immigration officials responsible for the assault have also apologised to the victim.

  • Indonesia Formally Apologises To Nigeria Over Manhandling Of Diplomat

Indonesia has formally apologised over the manhandling of a Nigerian diplomat in the South-East Asia country. A viral of video of Mr. Mohammed Buba, an accredited Nigerian diplomat, being rough-handled by Indonesian immigration officials, had surfaced online earlier, prompting Nigeria to threaten to review its relationship with the country.

“This is an isolated incident, and is in no way related to the commitment of the Indonesian government in carrying out its obligations as host country or in accordance with the Vienna convention on diplomatic relations.” Faizasyah added that Indonesia has launched a formal investigation into the incident.

  • Buhari Mourns Gani Fawehinmi’s Eldest Son, Mohammed

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the family of the late irrepressible lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi, over the death of their son, Mohammed.
The President in a statement, condoled with Ganiat, mother of the deceased, and the entire family, urging them to find comfort in God, and to draw consolation in the fact that the departed robustly fought a debilitating condition, which confined him to the wheelchair for many years.

Mohammed Fawehinmi, the eldest son of late human rights lawyer, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, died late on Wednesday night. Details of his death still remain unclear, however, newsmen gathered that he complained of difficulty in breathing on Tuesday morning. He was taken to the General Hospital in the Gbagada area of Lagos State where he was confirmed dead.

Mohammed, who was a lawyer like his father, died at the age of 52. A graduate of Business Administration of the University of Lagos (1991), Mohammed obtained an LLB degree from the University of Buckingham, England, and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1998. In 2003, he was involved in a car accident that affected his spinal cord and confined him to a wheelchair.

  • FG Hikes Vehicle Number Plate, Driving Licence Rates by 50%

The Federal Government has commenced the implementation of new rates for vehicle number plates and driving licence across the country. According to the Joint Tax Board, Nigerians will now pay N18,750 for standard private and commercial number plates against the old rate of N12,500. Fancy number plate which was N80,000 is now N200,000; motorcycle number plate is N5,000 from N3,000 while articulated number plates (3 plates) attract N30,000 from N20,000. For these rates, the minimum increase is 50 per cent.

Out of series number plate has also been revised to N50,000 from N40,000 while government fancy number plate is N20,000 against the former N15,000 rate.
Driving licence (3) was raised to N10,000 from N6,000, excluding bank charges; licence for five years is N15,000 from N10,000 while motorcycle/tricycle driving licence (3) goes for N5,000 from N3,000 while the one for five years attracts N8,000 from N5,000. The decision was taken at the 147th meeting of the JTB, which held in Kaduna on March 25.

 

 

POLITICS

  • PDP crisis: Reps Caucus Asks Secondus To Resign

Members of the Peoples democratic party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives have demanded the immediate resignation of the embattled national chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus. The caucus led by Mr Kingsley Chinda in a statement argued that the resignation of Secondus would be in the best interest of the party.

The caucus thereby enjoined the board of trustees (BOT) and the Governors Forum of the PDP to ensure immediate and firm resolution of current challenges bedevilling the party. The caucus while lamenting the crisis rocking the party explained why it was dissatisfied with the leadership style of Secondus.

  • I Won’t Resign, Says Secondus

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Prince Uche Secondus has declared he will not resign. He said the minority calling for his resignation should come clean on his offence.

The PDP National chairman broke his silence in a statement in Abuja by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Ike Abonyi. “He said he will remain focussed and committed to the ideals of the party which he swore to protect and defend upon his election to lead this great party 44 months ago.”

  • PDP Sues APC And Buni, Asks Court To Remove Him As Yobe Governor

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to effect the removal of Governor Mai Mala Buni as the governor of Yobe State. Lawyer to the main opposition party, Emeka Etiaba, made the request in a four-page originating summons filed at the court on Thursday.

It stated that Governor Buni has breached the provision of Section 183 of the Constitution when as a governor, he also serves as the ruling party’s caretaker chairman. Also joined as plaintiffs in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/885/2021 were the Yobe State PDP Governorship Candidate in 2019, Umar Iliya Damagum, and his running mate, Baba Abba Aji.

Listed as defendants were Governor Buni, his deputy, Idi Barde Gubana, the APC, and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).nIt stated that Governor Buni has breached the provision of Section 183 of the Constitution when as a governor, he also serves as the ruling party’s caretaker chairman.

 

 

 

ECONOMY

  • Assembly approves full ownership of LCC by Lagos

The Lagos House of Assembly has granted the request of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to convert the Lekki Concession Company Limited (LCC) to a full government-owned firm. The request was received from the executive arm on June 21 and committed to House Committee on Finance for further looks and report of its findings. Chairman of the Committee Rotimi Olowo said upon the buy-out of all shares of the LCC by the government, Lagos State becomes the subsisting shareholders of LCC with 75 per cent shareholding and the Office of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) with 25 per cent shareholding.

The Assembly granted the executive the approval to convert the AfDB loan to a public sector loan backed up by sovereign Federal Government guarantee on behalf of the State Government. It also authorised the State Government to issue a counter guarantee in favour of the Federal Government together with an Irrevocable Standing Payment Order (ISPO) to deduct from Lagos State government statutory allocations. According to the report, the servicing of the loan obligations would be in maturity till August 2034.

  • FG Reintroduces Toll Gate Collection System, Nigerians To Pay N500, N200

The Federal Government is reintroducing a toll collection system on some selected dual motorways across the country, but this time with a new open road policy. An open road policy means that the collection of tolls on roads will be without the use of toll booths – an all-electronic tolling or cashless tolling system. In the past, Nigeria had used the closed toll system in which drivers pay and collect a ticket at the toll gate before a barrier is lifted for the vehicle to exit.

Disclosing this after the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola noted that this new system will not be operational until the affected roads become motorable. He also noted that operational agreements would have to be negotiated with relevant government agencies.

  • Airport Concession Open To All Qualified Entities, States Exempted – FG

The concession of four major airports in the country is open to all qualified entities except state governments, the Federal Government has said. Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, made this known as the drive for the concession of the nation’s major airports gathers momentum.

He made the remarks at a Zoom meeting held on Tuesday to update the sector on the concession plans for the four international airports. They include Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano, Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Port Harcourt International Airport in Rivers, and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

Sirika explained that the decision to concession the airports was to ensure that the government was relieved of control of the aviation facilities. He also assured industry workers, especially those of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) that no worker would lose his or her job on account of the exercise. According to the minister, the concession is a step in the right decision as it will boost the nation’s earnings.

 

 

 

 

BUSINESS

  • Dangote, Only Nigerian On Bloomberg’s Billionaires List

Aliko Dangote was listed as the only Nigerian in Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index on Tuesday with a net worth of $17.8bn. The Chairman of the Dangote Group was ranked 118 among 500 billionaires listed by Bloomberg. Tesla’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Elon Musk topped the billionaires index with a net worth valued at $193b. He is followed by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos at number two who is valued at $193billion. Bernard Arnault of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, has a net worth of $175b to take third.

“In calculating net worth, Bloomberg strives to provide the most transparent calculations available, and each individual billionaire profile contains a detailed analysis of how that person’s fortune is tallied,” the company explained. The billionaire’s chart is a daily ranking of the richest people on earth and measures personal wealth solely on fluctuations in markets, the economy and Bloomberg’s reportage. Each billionaire’s net worth is updated at the close of business every day at the close of trading in New York.

  • ‘Women Own 41% Micro-Businesses In Nigeria’ – dRPC

Development Research and projects Centre (dRPC), has said that women own 41 per cent micro-businesses in Nigeria with over 23 million female entrepreneurs. This puts Nigeria among the highest entrepreneurs globally, still there is insufficient real economic empowerment and inclusion for women across the real economic sectors. According to the Executive Director, dRPC, Judith-Ann Walker, represented by the Director Projects , Stanley Ukpai, said the group is worried that despite several policies and plans from 1999 to date, these policies have not been able to address and incorporate the needs of women economic empowerment.

‘Although Nigerian women account for 41% ownership of micro-businesses in Nigeria with over 23 million female entrepreneurs, making Nigeria among the highest entrepreneurs globally, there is insufficient real economic empowerment and inclusion for women across the real economic sectors,” she said. She added that there is increasing global awareness that empowering women yields a high return on investment, this is because women are integral part of the nation’s work force and are present at all along any upstream economic chain either formally or informally.

 

 

 

HEALTH

  • FG Receives 177,600 Doses Of J&J Covid Vaccine

The Federal Government on Thursday took delivery of 177,600 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The single-shot J&J vaccine was acquired through the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT), with support from Afrexim bank.
According to the Africa Centre for Disease Control, the vaccines were partly manufactured in Africa. More of the J&J vaccines are expected in the country. Health Minister Osagie Ehanire said on Thursday Nigeria has procured nearly 40 million doses of the vaccine through AVAT.

Nigeria is expected to step up its Covid vaccination program after receiving over four million doses of the Moderna vaccine from the US government last week. Only about one percent of the population has been vaccinated, so far. The second phase of the national vaccination programme is expected to kick-off next Monday.

  • FG Postpones COVID-19 Vaccination Due To ‘Unforseen Cirumstances’

The Federal Government has postponed the second phase of the national vaccination programme. The second phase was expected to kickstart on Tuesday after the US donated over four million doses of the Moderna vaccine. But in a statement on Sunday, a spokesperson in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Willie Bassey, said the start of the exercise had been moved due to “unforeseen circumstances.”

Only about one percent of the population has been fully vaccinated, so far.
Nigeria has recently seen an uptick in new cases of COVID-19 as fears of a third wave continues to loom. To prepare for the surge in new cases, the government has advised Nigerians to adhere to health protocols such as wearing of masks and social distancing, especially in indoor settings.

  • Marburg Virus: Nigeria At Low Risk – NCDC

Nigeria is at low odds of an outbreak of the Marburg virus, the Federal Government disclosed on Friday. Marburg, a highly dangerous pathogen that causes haemorrhagic fever, was first identified in Germany in 1967 and was recently confirmed in Guinea.

Speaking at an interview, the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said that the government is closely monitoring the situation. The NCDC boss explained that the agency is working with the West Africa health organisation and Africa’s Centre for Disease Control to provide the needed support to combat the deadly virus.

  • Cholera outbreak: NCDC urges state govts to strengthen WASH

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), says there is an urgent need for states to strengthen Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) following the outbreak of cholera in the country. The NCDC Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu said this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja. Ihekweazu noted that cholera had been exacerbated by poor access to clean water, open defecation, poor sanitation and hygiene.

According to him, between January and August, 31,425 suspected cases of cholera with 311 confirmed cases and 816 deaths have been reported from 22 states and the FCT. He listed the affected states as Benue, Delta, Zamfara, Gombe, Bayelsa, Kogi, Sokoto, Bauchi, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Kebbi, Cross River, Niger, Nasarawa, Jigawa, Yobe, Kwara, Enugu, Adamawa, Katsina, Borno and the FCT.

Ihekweazu stressed that none of those medical interventions would solve the underlying issues leading to cholera outbreaks. “Cholera is a water-borne disease, and the risk of transmission is higher when there is poor sanitation and disruption of clean water supply. He said the long-term solution for cholera control lies in access to safe drinking water, maintenance of proper sanitation and hygiene.

  • Unmarried Men, Women Responsible For Spike In HIV Infections – NACA

A most recent study by the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has shown that unmarried men and women contributed the largest number of new HIV infections in the country. The study also showed that single women contributed more to be HIV infections than men. While unmarried individuals, according to the study, contributed to 64 percent of new HIV infections, but together with new infections among female sex workers (FSW) and men who have sex with men (MSM), they make up 91 percent of all new infections among adults.

Furthermore, the study showed that child infections due to mother-to-child transmission represent the second-largest source of new infections, accounting for 22 percent of all new infections. Also, key populations, which represent less than 2 percent of the total population, accounted for about 11 percent of new infections.

NACA’s Director-General, Dr. Gambo Aliyu, who said these at a media briefing on Monday in Abuja, explained that the study has given the country a new direction on innovative ways to focus its attention and utilize resources to make sure that HIV transmission is curtailed in a year or two. The director-general decried the lack of interest among the younger population to engage and connect with extant HIV prevention services.

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION

  • About 1.3m Candidates Writing 2021 NECO Exam – Registrar

The Registrar of the National Examination Council (NECO), Prof. Ibrahim Wushishi, has said no fewer than 1.3 million candidates are currently writing the council’s internal examination nationwide. Prof. Wushishi said this in Yola, the Adamawa State capital. The NECO boss said he was in the state to monitor the conduct of NECO’s ongoing Senior Secondary School Examination nationwide.

The registrar said the examination body had put in place many mechanisms to protect the integrity and standard of the examination as well as to check the activities of saboteurs and other criminals. He said very soon, NECO would introduce computer-based examination.

 

 

 

WORLD

  • China Rejects WHO Plan For Further COVID-19 Origins Probe

China on Friday rejected the World Health Organization’s calls for a renewed probe into the origins of Covid-19, saying it supported “scientific” over “political” efforts to find out how the virus started. Pressure is once more mounting on Beijing to consider a fresh probe into the orgins of a pandemic which has killed more than four million people and paralysed economies worldwide since it first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

A delayed and heavily politicised vist by a WHO team of international experts went to Wuhan in January 2021 to produce a first phase report, which was written in conjunction with their Chinese counterparts. It failed to conclude how the virus began.

On Thursday the WHO urged China to share raw data from the earliest Covid-19 cases to revive its probe into the origins of the disease. China hit back, repeating its position that the initial investigation was enough and that calls for further data were motivated by politics instead of scientific inquiry.

  • Prince Andrew Sued Over Alleged Sex Abuse

Queen Elizabeth II’s second son, Prince Andrew, was sued in a New York court on Monday for alleged sexual abuse of a woman who says she was “lent out” for underage sex by late US financier Jeffrey Epstein. The filing at the US district court in Manhattan said Virginia Giuffre was the plaintiff in the case against the defendant, named as “Prince Andrew, Duke of York.”

Giuffre alleged in the filing that she “was regularly abused by Epstein and was lent out by Epstein to other powerful men for sexual purposes. “One such powerful man… was the Defendant, Prince Andrew.” According to the complaint, Giuffre said Andrew sexually abused her at the London home of socialite Ghislaine Maxwell more than 20 years ago, when she was under 18.

“Epstein, Maxwell, and Prince Andrew forced (the) Plaintiff, a child, to have sexual intercourse with Prince Andrew against her will,” it said. Andrew, 61, has vehemently denied claims he had sex with Giuffre, and said he has no recollection of meeting her, but the allegations threaten to damage the British royal family. The allegations have dogged the British monarchy for years.

  • Amazon To Compensate For Unsafe Goods Sold By Independent Traders To Customers

US online retail giant Amazon pledged Tuesday to directly compensate customers harmed or injured by faulty goods bought from independent sellers on its platform. The company said that from September 1 it will pay out on personal injury or property damage claims of up to $1,000 for defective products sold through Amazon.com — which accounts for 80 percent of cases. Amazon said in a statement on its website that it might pay out higher amounts if the vendor fails to respond to claims or rejects a claim that Amazon deems valid.

The announcement by comes almost a month after the federal US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) sued Amazon in a bid to force the company to take responsibility for the recall of dangerous products sold on its platform.
Among the products deemed to potentially be putting customers at risk of injury or death were 24,000 faulty carbon monoxide detectors and 400,000 hair dryers sold without sufficient protection against electrocution.

  • China Approves First Mixed-Vaccine Trial As Delta Spreads

China’s drug regulator has approved the country’s first mixed-vaccine trial, a company involved in the study said, as the rapid spread of the Delta variant raises concern about the efficacy of domestically produced jabs. The trial will test the efficacy of combining an “inactivated” vaccine made by China’s Sinovac with a DNA-based one developed by US pharmaceutical company Inovio, a statement issued on Tuesday said.

Five out of the seven vaccines approved in China are two-shot inactivated vaccines. Their published efficacy lags RNA jabs by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, which have pre-Delta success rates above 90 percent. The World Health Organization has said there is still not enough data to say whether using two different vaccines together is safe or can boost immunity. Inovio has not published any efficacy data from its global clinical trials. It is the first DNA-based vaccine to be trialled in China.

  • Health Authorities Urge Pregnant Women To Get COVID-19 Vaccine

US health authorities urged pregnant women on Wednesday to get inoculated against COVID-19, arguing that the data demonstrates they do not increase the risk of miscarriage. Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the agency “encourages all pregnant people or people who are thinking about becoming pregnant and those breastfeeding to get vaccinated to protect themselves from Covid-19.”

“The vaccines are safe and effective, and it has never been more urgent to increase vaccinations as we face the highly transmissible Delta variant and see severe outcomes from Covid-19 among unvaccinated pregnant people,” Walensky said. According to a recent study, only one in four pregnant women has received at least a first dose of a Covid vaccine.

The CDC said an analysis of current data had found there was not an increased risk of miscarriage among nearly 2,500 pregnant women who received an mRNA Covid-19 vaccine — the type of shots made by Pfizer and Moderna in the United States — before 20 weeks of pregnancy.

  • Indonesian Army Scraps ‘Virginity Tests’ On Female Cadets

Indonesia’s army has stopped imposing so-called “virginity tests” on female recruits, its chief said Thursday, following calls from rights groups to ban the invasive vaginal exams. The military had long defended the unscientific “two-finger test” to check if a cadet’s hymen was intact as a way to weed out recruits whose past sexual behaviour, they said, would damage its image.

The National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) welcomed the news — calling the tests “discriminatory and intrusive” — but cautioned they needed evidence the practice had ended. Army chief of staff Andika Perkasa said Thursday that the tests, which had been standard practice for decades, had been abolished earlier this year but did not specify a date.

The practice of subjecting the fiances of servicemen to such exams had also been ditched, the army’s commander said. Indonesia’s Komnas Perempuan urged the army to put the pledge into written regulations, and for the air force and navy to do the same.

 

 

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT

  • Rapper, Ladipoe Welcomes New Baby

Congratulations are in order for rapper and songwriter Ladipo Eso popularly known as Ladipoe as he welcomes his first child. The proud dad whose hit single “Feeling” featuring Buju was number one on several music charts this year shared videos of himself rocking his newborn with the caption, “My second NO. 1 this year 🤲🏾🙏🏾”

Tiwa Savage, Simi, Falz, and many other celebrities have congratulated the new papa. His song “Know You” with Simi went viral during the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 as the song talks about two friends who want to be more than just friends. They both feel something special for each other but also agree that “I don’t really know you that well”. His 2019 song “Jaiye” was also a hit.

  • Alleged Sexual Assault: Court Adjourns Baba Ijesha’s Trial To Sept 27

The trial of Nollywood actor Olanrewaju James Omiyinka popularly known as Baba Ijesha failed to go on Wednesday at the Lagos State Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja. Court officials say that the judges have proceeded on their annual vacation. The Court Registrar Ibrahim Hassan specifically said that the judges have proceeded for their annual retreat which holds during the vacation.

Newsmen obtained the notice of the court’s vacation which will run from Monday the 16th of August till Friday, the 17th of September. With this development, Baba Ijesha’s trial has now been adjourned to September 27, 2021. The actor is being arraigned by the Lagos State Government on six counts of indecent treatment of a child, defilement of a child, sexual assault by penetration, attempted sexual assault by penetration and sexual assault.

 

 

 

 

SPORTS

  • Chelsea Beat Villarreal To Win UEFA Super Cup 2021

Kepa Arrizabalaga was the unlikely hero as Chelsea started the new season as they ended the last with a European trophy by beating Villarreal 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw to win the UEFA Super Cup in Belfast. The Spaniard, who has lost his place as number one since joining the club for a world record fee for a goalkeeper in 2018, was introduced late in extra-time as a substitute for the shootout by Thomas Tuchel. He rewarded his manager’s faith with saves from Aissa Mandi and Raul Albiol.

“It was not spontaneous,” said Tuchel who explained the plan had been hatched in the FA Cup last season. “Kepa has the best percentage at saving penalties, the analysing guys and goalkeeping coaches showed me the data. We spoke to the players that this could happen when we play in knockout games. It’s fantastic how Edouard (Mendy) accepted it. Chelsea’s win over Manchester City in Porto to lift the Champions League for a second time in May was the culmination of a meteoric rise in Tuchel’s first five months in charge.

  • Lionel Messi Agrees To 2-Year PSG Deal

Former FC Barcelona skipper, Lionel Messi, has finally reached an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent. Following the Argentine’s failure to reach an agreement on a new deal with the Catalan mega-club after a meeting last Thursday, there have been rumours linking the 34-year-old to PSG.

Messi, at Sunday press conference, confirmed a move to PSG as a “possibility”.
The contract with PSG will keep Messi at the Parisian club until June 2023, with the option of extending the contract until 2024, according to SkySports. Messi will receive €25m net per season as guaranteed salary plus add-ons, with his potential total salary around €35m per season.

 

 

 

 

METRO PLUS

  • Makinde Commiserates with Fresh FM on Death of General Manager

The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has expressed shock over the death of David Ajiboye, the General Manager, Fresh FM, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State. A statement issued on Monday, in Ibadan, by Moses Alao, the Special Assistant (Print) to the Governor made this known. Makinde described the sudden demise of Ajiboye as a painful loss, saying he was a vivacious and easy-going man, “always full of life and ever so ready to advance the cause of the Fresh FM Stations”.

He prayed God to grant the chairman of the Fresh FM Stations, Yinka Ayefele, the Ajiboye family, and the management of the FM stations the fortitude to bear the loss. The governor equally prayed for the repose of the soul of the renowned media and entertainment chief.

  • Court remands Chidinma for 30 days over alleged murder of Super TV CEO

A Yaba Magistrates’ Court has remanded Chidinma Ojukwu, prime suspect in the murder of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Super TV, Usifo Ataga, for 30 days. Chief Magistrate Adeola Adedayo made the order following an application by the police. She also remanded Ojukwu’s co-defendant Adedapo Quadri on the same terms.

Following her parade by the police on June 24, the undergraduate said she and Ataga were “having fun” when an argument broke out and she stabbed him twice.
On June 29, she pleaded for forgiveness and she attributed her action to influence of hard drugs and smoking.

But things took a dramatic turn on July 13, 2021 when Chidinma recanted. In an interview she granted the police media team, Ojukwu claimed she walked into the room from an errand only to find Ataga stabbed, blood everywhere and the apartment in shambles. She claimed her earlier admission of stabbing Ataga to death was made under pressure and fear that people would not believe her.

  • Court Orders Shell To Pay Ogoni People N45.9bn Fine In 21 Days

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered Shell Petroleum Company to pay the sum of N45.9 billion to the people of Ogoni in Rivers State. Justice Ahmed Mohammed who gave the order on Wednesday held that the money must be paid within 21 days. The sum is a cost awarded against the company several years ago for oil spillage in Ogoniland.

In his submission, Counsel to Shell Petroleum Company, Aham Ejelamo, informed the court that his client had agreed to make the payment. He proposed that the money be paid through the Registrar of the court in a bank about to be opened for the purpose. But Justice Mohammed ruled against the request and ordered that the payment be made within the period given through the account of the lawyer to the Ogoni people, Mr Lucius Nwosu.

 

 



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