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NEWS

  • ‘Give No Breathing Space To Terrorists And Criminals,’ – Buhari Charges Security Agents

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the military and other security agents not to give breathing space to terrorists and criminals in the country. The President gave the charge on Thursday while addressing personnel of the Armed Forces and security agencies in Operation Hadin Kai at the Maimalari Cantonment during a visit to Borno State. He said the war against insurgency must be concluded with the restoration of peace and reconstruction of all the affected areas.

President Buhari also said the nation owes a debt of gratitude to military men and women, and security agencies currently tackling security challenges in the country, particularly the many who paid the supreme price. He assured that the government will continue to support all the loved ones.

  • Insecurity: Stop shifting responsibilities to govs, Wike tells Buhari

Governor of Rivers State,  Nyesom Wike, says it is unconstitutional for President Muhammadu Buhari to shift his constitutional responsibility of securing lives and property of Nigerians to state governors. The governor in a statement by his media aide, Kelvin Ebiri, said the President is the Commander- In-Chief of the Armed Forces and cannot declare that governors are in charge of security in their respective states.

Wike, who spoke at the inauguration of the 21-kilometre Odufor-Akpoku-Umuoye Road in the Etche Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday, said such a position suggested that the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government lacked strategies on  how to tackle insecurity in the country.

  • There are no grazing routes in Benue – Ortom

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has stated that there are no grazing routes in Benue as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari that all grazing routes should be opened. President Buhari spoke in Lagos during the handing over of vehicles to security agencies where he said that grazing routes across the country will be opened.

However, Governor Ortom said there is no grazing reserves or cattle routes in Benue State to be opened, saying: “Grazing reserves are not in the Constitution. He said there is anti-open grazing law in Benue State and anyone who contravenes it would be arrested and prosecuted. He advised the people of Benue State to use legal means and defend themselves as they have cried enough.

  • NBA, Oyo fault Buhari’s grazing routes gazette

The Nigerian Bar Association and some Senior Advocates of Nigeria on Thursday said the Federal Government lacked the power to dabble into land matters. While they doubted the existence of any gazette on grazing routes recently referred to by President Muhammadu Buhari, they said the Land Use Act overrides it even if it exists.

Recall that the President,  in an interview with Arise Television on Thursday, said he had directed the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN,  to bring out a First Republic gazette which marked out grazing routes in all parts of the country.

  • Wike Announces Plan To Enact Anti-Open Grazing Law

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has announced a plan to enact anti-open grazing law in the state. The governor said with the reopening of the Rivers State House of Assembly following the suspension of the strike by the assembly workers, his government is preparing to send the bill for legislative consideration.

He disclosed this on Wednesday during the commissioning of two streets in new G.R.A., Port Harcourt, noting that the decision follows the resolution of the southern governors to ban open grazing in the region. Earlier in May, Southern Governors in a communique jointly signed at the end of their meeting in Asaba, Delta State announced a ban on open grazing of cattle across states in the region.

  • NBC will be self – funding soon – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) will soon be self-funding and stop drawing salaries and allocations from the Federal Government. The minister disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja at a public hearing on a bill to amend the NBC establishing Act.

The public hearing was organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Value. Mohammed was responding to the provision of the bill that all money accruing to NBC should be remitted to the Single Treasury Account (TSA) in line with section 162 of the 1999 Constitution.

  • Ibeju Lekki-Epe Highway Project Will Be Delivered By First Quarter Of 2022 – Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has assured Lagosians that the 18.7 kilometres six-lane Ibeju Lekki-Epe highway project will be delivered by the first quarter of 2022. Sanwo-Olu was excited by the pace of work on the road, persuading the contractor handling the project to increase its momentum in order to push the progress to an encouraging level before the end of the year.

The Governor flagged off the first phase of the expansion on the Lekki-Epe Expressway last November, kick-starting the rehabilitation of the 40-year-old infrastructure. The second phase of the project, which will start later this year, stretches 26.7Km from Eleko Junction to Abraham Adesanya Junction in Eti-Osa axis.


ECONOMY

  • Nigeria’s Inflation Rate To Rise To 5th Highest In Sub-Saharan Africa By End Of 2021 – World Bank

The World Bank says Nigeria’s inflation rate is expected to rise to 5th highest in Sub-Saharan Africa by the end of 2021, behind only Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Sudan and Angola. The bank’s Lead Economist for Nigeria, Macro Hernandez, stated this on Tuesday during a presentation of Nigeria’s Development Report for the first six months of 2021, in Abuja.

Hernandez also said that the inflation is set to push 7 million more Nigerians into poverty due to falling purchasing power, while over 11 million more Nigerians are expected to lose their jobs. According to him, insecurity and conflict as well as the COVID-19 pandemic are responsible for the challenges.

  • Nigeria’s Headline Inflation Drops To 17.93%, But Food Prices Rise

Nigeria’s headline inflation dropped for the second consecutive month in May, but the prices of food have continued to surge. Latest data published by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Tuesday indicates that the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures inflation, increased by 17.93 per cent (year-on-year) in the fifth month of the year 2021. While this is 0.19 per cent points lower than the 18.12 per cent recorded in April, increases were recorded in all Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose (COICOP) divisions that yielded the headline index.

The composite food index, on the other hand, rose by 22.28 per cent in May as against the 22.72 per cent reported in April. This rise in the food index, the NBS explained, was as a result of increases in prices of bread, cereals, milk, cheese, eggs, fish, soft drinks, coffee, tea and cocoa, fruits, meat, oils and fats, and vegetables. It disclosed that the food sub-index increased by 1.05 per cent in May from the 0.99 per cent recorded in April, on a month-on-month basis.

  • Use Of Made-In-Nigeria Products Will Increase GDP – Boss Mustapha

The Secretary-General of the Federation, Boss Mustapha on Tuesday said the use of ‘Made-In-Nigeria’ products will attract benefits for the country. He noted that Nigerians now proudly use products made in the country and this will contribute to GDP growth, more employment opportunities, etc. The SGF said this at the opening ceremony of the exhibition of ‘Made-In-Nigeria’ products and cultural display held at Eagle Square, Abuja.

Mustapha says that the recent development of more than twelve indigenous mobile cell phones by the Model Skills Centre of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investments is a testimony to the strides the country is making in promoting Made-In-Nigeria products. The SGF noted The intervention of the Federal Government of Nigeria in developing local industries has resulted in a boom in the growth of local businesses.

  • PenCom to enrol 21,000 MDAs’ retirees online

No fewer than 21,000 retirees of the Federal Government Treasury Funded Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are set to be verified online for onward payment of their pension benefits by the National Pension Commission (PenCom). Although the retirees quit service between last year and this year, the commission has not been able to conduct the physical pre-retirement enrolment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Consequently, the commission developed an online enrolment application to stop the disruption of validation and determination of the accrued pension liabilities of the would-be retirees for the government budgetary purposes.
PenCom Commissioner, Technical, PenCom, Anyim Nyerere state this at the Pension Desk Officers (PDOs) workshop on Online Enrolment Application in Lagos.
He added that the commencement of the online enrolment would start soon.

  • Fed Govt blames Twitter, Dorsey for #EndSARS losses

Federal Government’s war against Twitter continued on Tuesday with an accusation that the United States (US) micro-blogging platform and its founder, Jack Dorsey, were “vicariously liable” for the losses Nigeria suffered during the #EndSARS protests in October last year. It also accused Twitter of refusing its request to block the account of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu. To those unhappy with the indefinite suspension of Twitter’s operations in Nigeria, the government said it had no apology to offer.

Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed stated this when he featured on “Politics Nationwide,’’ a Radio Nigeria call-in programme. Mohammed said government’s tough stance against Twitter was because Nigeria must exist in peace before people could exercise freedom of speech and fight for a source of livelihood. He lamented that during the #EndSARS protests, 98 people, including 41 security operatives, lost their lives and properties worth billions of naira destroyed.

POLITICS

  • Ondo 2020: Appeal Court Strikes Out Jegede’s Petition Against Akeredolu

The Federal Court of Appeal sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital has struck out the petition filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Eyitayo Jegede against the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) flagbearer, Rotimi Akeredolu in the October 10, 2020 governor election.

The state election petition tribunal had earlier stricken out the petition of the PDP candidate for lack of merit but Jegede approached the appellate court to challenge the verdict of the tribunal. The appeal court, having examined the seven grounds of appeal tabled by the appellant, dismissed the appeal, saying it lacked merit.

  • INEC Announces Dates To Conduct Ekiti, Osun Governorship Elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the dates to conduct the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun States. INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, made the announcement on Wednesday at the meeting of the commission held at its headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital. “In keeping with our policy of announcing the dates of elections in advance to enable early and effective preparations by all concerned, the Commission has approved that the Ekiti State Governorship election will hold on Saturday, June 18, 2022, while the Osun State Governorship election will hold one month later on Saturday, July 16, 2022,” he said.

He informed the meeting that the detailed Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the two governorship elections have been uploaded on the website and social media platforms of the electoral umpire. The INEC boss, therefore, appealed to political parties and aspirants to ensure rancour-free primaries and conduct peaceful electioneering campaigns.

  • Buhari’s Spokespersons Are ‘His Greatest Undoing’ – PDP Governors

State Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party on Thursday said the current crop of presidential spokespersons “do not represent or position” the President in a proper manner. The Governors Forum, in a statement signed by its Director-General, Hon. C.I.D. Maduabum, was responding to a statement issued by presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu. Mr Shehu had been responding to a communique put out by the PDP Governor’s Forum on Monday.

According to the Thursday statement, Mr Shehu’s response had been “poorly worded” and was “pedestrian.” The PDP Governors lambasted Mr Shehu’s views on revenue remittance by the NNPC and the state of Nigeria’s foreign exchange market. They also tackled him on his position on the ongoing Twitter ban in Nigeria, the administration of mining across the country and the role of local governments in national development.


HEALTH

  • Vaccine Used In Nigeria Can Protect Against Indian COVID-19 Variant – NPHCDA

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency has called on Nigerians to continue to take the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Addressing reporters on Tuesday in Abuja, the Executive Director of the NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib, stated that the vaccine was not only effective but was capable of protecting people against the Indian variant of the virus.

He announced that the Nigerian government has reopened the administration of the first dose of the vaccine effective from Tuesday, in response to requests by Nigerians to be vaccinated. The NPHCDA boss noted that the vaccination for the first dose was officially closed on May 24 and appealed to persons of 18 years and above that were yet to take the jab to visit the nearest vaccination site for the first dose of the vaccine. He explained that such persons would be due to receive their second dose of the jab in 12 weeks, noting that Nigeria would have received the next consignment of vaccines.

  • Nigerians abusing anti-malaria drugs – FG

The Federal Government Wednesday raised alarm over the unnecessary use and eventual abuse of anti-malaria drugs across the country. It noted that although it is estimated that about 53 million episodes of malaria occur yearly, data, however, reveals that Nigerians are consuming anti-malaria drugs more than twice the malaria episodes because of lack of testing.

It therefore advised that all fever should be tested before initiating any form of treatment. The National Malaria Technical Director at the National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP) of the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Olugbenga Mokuolu, made these known during a session sponsored by Breakthrough Action, at the 37th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria (APHPN) in Abuja.

  • Nigeria needs to prepare for public health emergency across states – NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control says the nation needs to ensure public health emergency preparedness at the state level to promptly tackle disease outbreaks. The agency equally restated its commitment to work with state governments to end epidemics in the country.

The Deputy Director, NCDC, Dr. Oyeladun Okunromade, and head of International Health Regulation stated this on Tuesday, at the opening of a four-day State health security assessment in Kano. She said that the Nigerian government, through the NCDC, would partner with states in the prevention, preparedness, detection, response and control of infectious diseases outbreaks in Nigeria, which were being recorded annually.

Okunromade said that the current COVID-19 pandemic had proved, more than ever, the need for public health emergency preparedness at the state level, to ensure local detection and action in reducing the impact of the outbreaks.

  • Group tasks hospitals with education of mothers about albinism

The Onome Akinlolu Majaro Foundation says private and public hospitals should educate mothers about albinism after they give birth to babies with the genetic condition. The foundations noted that the counselling of mothers will go a long way in bridging the knowledge gap about albinism and also reduce stigma and discrimination against the children.

The Co-founder of OAM foundation, Mrs. Onome Okagbare-Majaro, said there was still a lot of misconception around albinism, adding that persons with albinism still suffer stigmatisation as a result of ignorance about the health condition by parents and the society at large.

Okagbare-Majaro stated this at an event organised by the foundation in collaboration with the Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs in commemoration of the 2021 International Albinism Awareness Day themed: ‘Strength beyond all odds’. The day is commemorated every 13th of June around the world.

EDUCATION

  • EU, UNICEF improve access to education for 20,000 vulnerable children in Northeast

At least 20,000 children will benefit from classroom and toilet construction/renovation funded by the European Union (EU) in Borno State. Implemented by UNICEF, through state and local partners, 116 new classrooms and 53 latrines have been handed to the Borno State Universal Basic Education Board, according to a report. The facilities will support girls’ education, reduce classroom congestion, and improve access and retention of conflict-affected children in school.

The Head of Health, Nutrition, Resilience and Human Development at the EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ms Montse Pantaleoni, hailed the initiative and said the EU and its member states are committed to supporting the government of Nigeria in the area of education, including the strengthening of Education Management Information System for longer term benefits in the sector.

  • Osun Govt. shuts 600 illegal private schools

The Osun State Government has said it closed about 600 private schools, especially primary schools that do not meet the state’s minimum standard requirements. Speaking during the Inter-ministerial Press briefing held at State Secretariat, Abere, the Education Commissioner, Folorunsho Bamisayemi, said the closure was part of the government’s effort to ensure sanity in the education sector.

“We have declared a war on mushroom schools. We have zero-tolerance for quacks in the system and schools that do not meet standards. We know the danger of mushroom schools because once anyone damages the education foundation of a child it becomes difficult to build a solid structure on it. However, the commissioner lamented that the 11 mega schools built by the previous administration were underutilised.

  • JAMB Registrar praises Lagos for malpractice fight

The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, has urged other states to emulate Lagos State Government in checking examination malpractice. Lagos recently fined 27 schools caught perpetrating examination malpractice during last year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) N500,000 each. However he said Lagos ought to do more.

Oloyede, who was in Lagos to support candidates with challenges registering for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), said Lagos demonstrated exemplary leadership by sanctioning the schools. He said it was the way to go in stamping out the menace of examination malpractice by some private schools which are desperate to showcase excellent results for their students without making commensurate efforts.

  • Students praise Lagos Jobs preparation scheme

Students attending Lagos State-owned tertiary institutions and their teachers have praised the Jobs Initiative Lagos (JIL), a schemed aimed at improving the entrepreneurship and employability skills of students in the last two years of their studies. About 8,000 students in the stipulated classes have benefited from free programme aimed at fine-tuning their soft skills, new market skills, soft skills, business skill as well as re-orienting their minds.

During the programme which has both online and physical training components, the students are exposed to resume Writing ,Work Etiquettes, Presentation and Pitching , Corporate E- Mail Drafting , Negotiations Skills, Interviewing Techniques, Microsoft Suites, Microsoft Power Point Presentations, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook and Entrepreneurship Skills development. Students of the Lagos State College of Nursing (LASCON), Igando, who participated in the initiative (an improved version of the ReadySetWork) for the first time desicribed JIL as a catalyst to reduce brain drain affecting the country’s health sector.

WORLD

  • US Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare, Preserves Health Care For Millions

The US Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a bid by Republican-led states to overturn Obamacare, safeguarding the health insurance of millions with the coronavirus pandemic still a threat in much of America. In a 7-2 decision, the nation’s highest court upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA), former president Barack Obama’s signature health care program, ruling that Texas and the other 17 states did not have standing in the case.

President Joe Biden, who was Obama’s vice president when the ACA was enacted, called the court ruling “a big win for the American people.” The White House said this month that more than 31 million Americans currently receive their health care through Obamacare, which Republicans have unsuccessfully attempted to have thrown out in Congress and in the courts on numerous previous occasions. Other Democratic lawmakers welcomed the court decision.

  • G7 approves $650b loan for IMF to end COVID-19

The Group of Seven (G7) countries has approved $650 billion loan to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to end COVID-19 pandemic. IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva broke the news on the fresh capital injection on Sunday at the conclusion of her virtual participation in the G7 Leaders’ Summit.

She explained that the G7 support of additional $650 billion allocation of the IMF’s Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) – the largest issuance in history — will help boost global reserves while providing space for necessary fiscal expenditures to exit the pandemic and enable more sustainable recoveries.

The G7 is an inter-governmental political forum consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (U.S.).
Since 1973, it has served as a formal, high-profile venue for discussing and coordinating solutions to major global issues on trade, security, economics, and climate change.

  • EU Congratulates New Israeli Premier Bennett

EU Council President Charles Michel congratulated the new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in a message posted on Twitter on Sunday after an alliance of parties ousted Benjamin Netanyahu. Bennett, a right-wing Jewish nationalist, and former tech millionaire takes over at the helm of an Israeli government pieced together by an eight-party coalition. Their alliance ended Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12 years in power.

Bennett, a former defence minister under Netanyahu, vowed to keep Israel safe from Iran, promising that “Israel won’t let Iran have nuclear weapons”, a goal the Islamic republic denies pursuing. The diverse anti-Netanyahu bloc was cobbled together by the secular centrist Yair Lapid, a former TV presenter.

  • South Africa Extends Curfew As COVID-19 Cases Surge

South Africa tightened coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday, extending a curfew and limiting alcohol sales in the face of a surge in infections over the past two weeks. The country, the worst affected by the pandemic on the continent, has seen the daily figures for new cases double over the past two weeks, while hospital admissions have climbed by nearly 60 percent over the same period.

The spike comes as South Africa struggles to roll out its inoculation programme. It announced at the weekend that it would discard two million of doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine following contamination concerns at one of the US drugmaker’s sites. South Africa has recorded more than 1.76 million coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with 58,087 deaths.

  • World Bank Approves $3bn For Vaccines In Africa

The World Bank has approved three billion dollars to cover vaccination in 32 countries around the world, which includes 15 nations in Africa. In a statement made at the G7 leaders’ summit in the United Kingdom, the World Bank’s President, David Malpass, said the multilateral finance institution is partnering with the African Union to deploy vaccines for 400 million Africans.

Malpass mentioned that the World Bank Group has committed over 125 billion dollars since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, to combat the economic, health as well as social impacts of the pandemic, which is the fastest and largest crisis response in its history.

  • Former Japan Justice Minister Jailed For Vote-Buying

A former Japanese justice minister received a three-year jail term on Friday for vote-buying in an attempt to get his wife elected to a national office, local media said. Katsuyuki Kawai, 58, was found guilty of charges that he distributed 29 million yen ($260,000 at today’s rates) to about 100 people in 2019, to help secure an upper house seat for his wife Anri, national broadcaster NHK said. He was fined 1.3 million yen ($11,800) in addition to the jail term, local media added.

Anri, who won her seat in the July 2019 election, has already been found guilty over her role in the scheme and received a suspended sentence of 16 months earlier this year. The headquarters of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party reportedly provided 150 million yen to Anri’s election campaign, an unusually large sum to boost campaign efforts.

  • Israel’s new PM Naftali Bennett promises to United Nation

Israel’s new Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, has promised to unite a nation frayed by years of political stalemate. He said his government would “work for the sake of all the people”, adding that the priorities would be reforms in education, health and cutting red tape.

The right-wing nationalist will lead an unprecedented coalition of parties that won a confidence vote by a razor-thin margin of just one seat on Sunday. He succeeds Benjamin Netanyahu, who was forced out of office after 12 years. Mr Bennett, the leader of Yamina party, will be prime minister until September 2023 as part of a power-sharing deal.

  • CNN star, Christiane Amanpour diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer.

CNN’s chief international anchor Christiane Amanpour has announced she has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.Amanpour, 63, told viewers she had had “major successful surgery to remove it” and will now undergo several months of chemotherapy.

The veteran reporter made the announcement from her home studio in London after four weeks off air.Amanpour has spent decades reporting across the globe, covering a wide range of conflicts and crises.

  • Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin meet in first summit in Geneva

President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin emerged from their summit Wednesday with the Russian leader deeming it “constructive” and the U.S. president calling it “positive.” But back-to-back news conferences made clear that the two sides remain at odds over human rights, cyberattacks and Ukraine.

Biden said he raised the case of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny as well as two “wrongly imprisoned” Americans held in Russia. “The bottom line is I told President Putin that we need to have some basic rules of the road that we can all abide by,” Biden told reporters after his first face-to-face meeting as president with Putin.Biden said he told Putin that his agenda is not against Russia, but for the American people.

ENTERTAINMENT

  • Alleged Sexual Assault: Baba Ijesa Pleads Not Guilty, Court Denies Him Bail

Hopes of freedom for popular Nollywood actor, James Olanrewaju, popularly known as Baba Ijesha was dashed on Wednesday following the ruling by a Chief Magistrate court sitting in the Yaba area of Lagos. The actor is charged with alleged indecent treatment of a child, defilement of a Child, sexual assault by penetration, attempted sexual assault by penetration, and sexual assault-which contravenes sections 135, 137, 261, 202, 262, and 263 of the Lagos State Criminal Law 2015.

He pleaded not guilty to all the five-count leveled against him. The police prosecutor in the matter has however told the Magistrate that proceedings concerning Baba Ijesha will now be handled by the DPP following information filed before the High Court.

In his ruling, Magistrate Peter Nwaka refused to vary his bail condition on charges of rape, sexual assault, and abuse of a minor. After considering all the submissions, Magistrate Nwaka declined to grant the defendant bail on the grounds that he no longer had jurisdiction over the matter.

  • More controversies as Princess releases fresh evidence against Baba Ijesha

Nollywood actress Damilola Adekoya, popularly known as Comedian Princess, has released fresh evidence against embattled actor, Olarenwaju Omiyinka aka Baba Ijesha. The embattled comic actor was alleged to have molested a 14-year-old foster daughter of Comedian Princess. He was arraigned before Magistrate Peter Nwaka on charges of rape, sexual assault and abuse of a minor but his fresh bail application was rejected on the ground that the Lagos State Ministry of Justice had filed charges before a High Court.

Princess, in a series of posts on her Instagram page, shared screenshots of messages from other victims who also alleged they had been sexually harassed by Baba Ijesha. She also shared another voice note of Baba Ijesha allegedly giving orders to spread false information on social media and to also counter her claims. In the voice note, Baba Ijesha was heard saying “When something happens to someone that has a name, one must tread carefully so that the matter will die down”.

  • Simi shuts down pregnancy rumour

Multiple award-winning singer, Simi, has quelled rumours that she is pregnant with baby number two. The Duduke singer earlier posted a picture on her Instagram story showing her baby girl, Adejare, in a posture that seemed like she was about to somersault. Amazed by the different poses her daughter serves her daily when taking her photo, the singer captioned the picture “New day, New style.” The picture made her fans opine that her baby girl’s act means that the singer is pregnant with baby number 2.

Reacting to the notion, Simi simply quelled the rumour as she took to her Instagram stories, saying, “Lotta people saying babies do that when their mom is pregnant. She did that months ago too, and I ain’t seen no baby. Don’t let me block you ok? Pregnant ko covenant ni.”(sic). She further seized the opportunity to educate trolls on how their negative comments affect famous people. Simi implied that as much as a person is famous, they are also humans and could be depressed based on negative comments online.

  • Oscar-Nominated Actor Ned Beatty Dies At 83

The prolific and Oscar-nominated character actor Ned Beatty, known for roles in “Network,” “Superman” and “Toy Story 3,” died on Sunday aged 83. “Ned passed away from natural causes Sunday morning, surrounded by his family and loved ones,” Shelter Entertainment Group talent manager Deborah Miller said.
The Kentucky native made his big-screen debut in the 1972 film “Deliverance.”
Other productions on his long list of credits include “Superman,” “All the President’s Men,” and the acclaimed TV series “Homicide: Life on the Street.”

It was Beatty’s role in “Network” that won him his first and only Oscar nod, for the best supporting actor, a performance that included a memorably cynical monologue on dollars, cents, and “the primal forces of nature”. Tweeting after news of Beatty’s death broke, the actor and director Seth Rogen called it “one of the greatest monologues ever in a movie.”

  • Oniduro Mi: I have no problem with Tope Alabi ― Lanre Teriba

Popular gospel singer, Lanre Teriba, has said that he has no problem with fellow singer, Tope Alabi. Tope Alabi had criticised the popular Christian song, Oniduro Mi, which was sung by iconic singers, Tolu Adelegan and Yinka Alaseyori, at different times. While Alabi has been facing backlash online over her comment, the ‘Oniduro Mi’ song has since gained more popularity as some people began the #OniduroChallenge on social media, posting videos of themselves singing the song.

Teriba had waded into the ‘Oniduro Mi’ saga as he uploaded a video on his verified Instagram account where he attended an event, alongside Yinka Alaseyori. In the video, Teriba mounted the stage to perform for his audience. However, before he began, he addressed Alaseyori saying, “Yinka Alaseyori, you should know that for your life to be better someone has to experience a downfall.”

The singer then asked the audience to say a prayer point that goes thus, “You all will now pray that Lord, anyone that will make wrong statements for my glory to shine, let such person begin to say the wrong things.” He then began to sing the Oniduro Mi song. Speaking to newsmen, Teriba said that he has no problem with Tope Alabi.

  • Hollywood star Lisa Banes dies after hit-and-run scooter accident

Hollywood has lost one of its stars, Lisa Banes, who has died after a hit-and-run incident in New York City. The actress was 65 years old. Best known for her roles in Gone Girl and Cocktail, the actress was struck by a person on a scooter while walking down the street on June 4. Her manager previously told The Associated Press that she was struck by either a scooter or a motorcycle in the Upper West Side of Manhattan near Lincoln Centre as she was crossing Amsterdam Avenue on the way to visit her alma mater ― the Juilliard School.

She was being treated at Mount Sinai Morningside hospital for “substantial injuries. Banes reportedly suffered a traumatic brain injury due to the incident, and she never recovered, according to The New York Post. Police say that no arrests have been made in connection to the incident. Banes’ representatives while speaking to Entertain Tonight on Monday, said, “We are heartsick over Lisa’s tragic and senseless passing.


SPORTS

  • Gattuso Quits As Fiorentina Coach 3 Weeks After Appointment

Gennaro Gattuso and Fiorentina have agreed to part, just over three weeks after the former Italy international was appointed as coach at the Serie A club.”
“Fiorentina and coach Rino Gattuso have decided, by common consent, not to follow up on the previous agreements and therefore not to start the next season together,” the club said on their website

The club added that they would “immediately set to work to identify” another coach “to lead the team to the results that the club and the city deserve”. The former AC Milan and Napoli coach was appointed on May 25 less than 48 hours after announcing his departure from Napoli and had not been expected to start work until July 1. According to Italian media, there had been tension between the club, owned by American businessman Rocco Commisso, and Gattuso over both strategy and resources available for signing new players.

  • Naomi Osaka Withdraws From Wimbledon

Japan’s Naomi Osaka will not play at Wimbledon this year but is planning to return in time for the Tokyo Olympics.The tennis champion has withdrawn from her second major tournament in a month to take some personal time with friends and family, having also withdrawn from the French Open in May.

At the time, Osaka, 23, said she would be taking a break from tennis after experiencing depression and anxiety.The world number two says she is “excited to play in front of her home fans” in Tokyo.

  • Okagbare Wins 8th National 100M Title

Nigeria’s undisputed queen of the track, Blessing Okagbare has raced to victory in the women’s 100m events on the opening day of the 2021 National Olympic Games trial in Lagos. Okagbare an Olympics, World, and Commonwealth Games medalist finished in 10.62 seconds finish to win the women’s 100m title and her eighth National title in the event. With the win, she pushed aside Endurance Ojokolo to become the second most decorated sprinter in the blue ribband race after Mary Onyali who won 11 titles.

US-based athlete, Rosemary Chukwuma finished second in 11.07 while National Sports Festival winner, Grace Nwokocha finished third in 11.11 seconds to keep her fine form going. In the semi-final heat, the experienced athlete showed fans what to expect in the final when she scorched to a 10.99 seconds finish.
Her 10.63 seconds result is the fastest time ever recorded in the national championship and the 2014 Commonwealth Games double sprint gold medal winner said she is in great form ahead of the delayed 2020 Olympic Games.

  • UFC Champion Kamaru Visits Edo, Promise To Partner State Government On Talents Discovery

The reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman on Wednesday paid a visit to his country home, Edo State, and promised to partner with the state government in discovering and nurturing young talents.

The Edo-Born fighter was received by the Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu at the Government House before he was taken on a tour of the facility at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, the state capital. He promised to give back to the society that made him by being a role model to the younger generation and also partner with the Edo State Government on its sports development programmes.

  • UEFA Rejects Greek Protest Over North Macedonia Shirt

UEFA on Wednesday rejected Greece’s request to change the North Macedonia shirt at Euro 2020 after the Greeks argued that the current version violated a historic treaty between the Balkan neighbours. Greece said the initials FFM (Football Federation of Macedonia) that feature on the shirt refer to the Balkan country’s name before a 2018 treaty resolved a longstanding diplomatic row between the Balkan neighbours.

UEFA confirmed it had received a letter from the Greek government requesting that the shirt be modified. But European football’s governing body said it had rejected the request because “UEFA uses the name Football Federation of North Macedonia in all its official communication and has adapted the relevant terminology accordingly, including in the UEFA statutes and with regard to UEFA Euro 2020”. Until recently, North Macedonia competed under the name Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to avoid ire from Greece, who never accepted the name “Macedonia” because it has a province of the same name.

  • Ronaldo breaks Platini’s record

Cristiano Ronaldo became the top scorer in men’s European Championship history as Portugal beat Hungary in front of more than 60,000 fans in Budapest. Ronaldo converted an 87th-minute penalty for his 10th goal in the competition, overtaking France’s Michel Platini on nine goals. His 11th came only a few minutes later when he took the ball around goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi for Portugal’s third.

Hungary had looked on course for an unlikely draw until they conceded three times late on. The deadlock was broken in the 84th minute when Raphael Guerreiro’s shot with the outside of the foot took a massive deflection off defender Willi Orban to break Hungary’s brave resistance.

  • Novak Djokovic wins French Open in Dramatic Comeback

Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic recently created history by winning his 19th Grand Slam titleWith his recent win, the tennis legend became the first man in 52 years to win all four majors twice. The Serbian legend defeated Tsitsipas 6-7(6-8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to lift the French Open title for the second time in his career. Currently ranked as world No. 1, Novak has won 19 Grand Slam men’s singles titles and 84 ATP singles titles overall.


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  • Hoodlums behead APC chieftain, raze ex-AG’s home in Imo

Tragedy struck in Imo State on Wednesday after rampaging hoodlums beheaded two persons in the Orsu Local Government Area of the state. The hoodlums also set the country home of the lawmaker representing the area at the state House of Assembly, Ekene Nnodimele, after beheading his gate man. The gunmen also beheaded an All Progressives Congress chieftain in the area, Jonathan Ugochukwu. The multiple attacks took place between 1am and 2am, the villagers told newsmen.

The state commissioner of police, Abutu Yaro, told newsmen that the police were investigating the multiple attacks. He, however, disclosed that his command was closing in on the attackers.

  • Bandits storm federal college in Kebbi, abduct students, staff

Armed bandits have abducted an undisclosed number of staff and students of the Government College (FGC), Yauri in Kebbi State, North-west Nigeria. Newsmen reported that aside the kidnap, the bandits shot security personnel during an exchange of gunfire. The heavily armed bandits, who came on motorcycles, reportedly entered the town from the neighbouring Rijau forest in Niger State.

Meanwhile, there are indications that two teachers and six students of Federal Government College (FGC) Yauri have been rescued. The teachers and students were reportedly rescued after security operatives reportedly launched manhunt of the bandits immediately their attack on the school.

  • Gunmen kill 17 persons in Kuru district, Plateau

Gunmen have invaded a community on Sunday night in plateau state killing 12 persons in Kashe, Kuru District, South Local Government Area of the state. Reports have it that the gunmen invaded the village in motor bikes shooting sporadically at the sleeping community.

It was gathered that the killing, which took place simultaneously, saw 12 persons murdered in Kushe village and five persons in Zolgo village about 9:30 p.m. respectively when suspected Fulani herdsmen stormed the communities and shot at people sporadically. District Head and Gwom Rwey Kuru, Da Patrick Mandung, who confirmed the incident, said his people were attacked without any provocation.

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