Sunday, May 31, 2020

Vera Omozuwa: UNIBEN reacts to alleged r.a.p.e of 100 level student in church

The management of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) has reacted to the alleged r.a.p.e of one of its students, Vera Uwaila Omozuwa.

It was learned that Uwaila, who was a 100-level Microbiology student of UNIBEN, was r.a.p.e.d and killed by some unknown person while reading in a Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, in Benin City.

The Vice-Chancellor of UNIBEN, Lilian Salami, in a statement through the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Benedicta Ehanire, expressed shock over the news.

He described the action as condemnable, adding that inflicting such pain on any family in this era of COVID-19 pandemic is a wicked act.

Policeman goes berserk, shoots colleague dead... fires bullets at residents [photo]

A policeman who went berserk and shot his colleague dead has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command.

The culprit, Inspector Monday Gabriel from No 21 Police Mobile Force Squadron Abuja, on Special duty in a Federal Government facility in Ikoyi, Lagos, went berserk and started shooting sporadically.

He shot one Sergeant Felix Okago dead. Okago, who was on Special duty with the Inspector, died from the gunshot injuries while others escaped unhurt.

It was gathered that the police officer, in a bid to escape, was shooting sporadically on Third Mainland Bridge and was later arrested by policemen from Bariga Division along Akoka, disarmed and handcuffed.

Man United to extend Ighalo’s loan until January 2021

Manchester United are close to agreeing to a loan extension for former Nigerian striker, Odion Ighalo, until January 2021, the striker’s loan deal expires today (Sunday).

Giving an update on the loan extension Sunday morning, Skysports reports that “the proposed loan extension will run until the end of January, when Ighalo will return to Shanghai.

“If agreed, Ighalo will miss the majority of the 2020 Chinese Super League season, which is scheduled to begin in June.

“Shanghai’s original stance was that they would only agree to extend his loan if an obligation to buy was incorporated into the deal, with Ighalo likely to cost upwards of £20m.”

How 7,276 patients contracted COVID-19 in Nigeria unknown – NCDC

The source of contracting coronavirus in 7,276 cases in Nigeria is yet to be known, The punch reports.

This was contained in the COVID-19 Situation Report 92 of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control published on Sunday.

In the report, it was stated that 62,583 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in Nigeria.

Of the 62,583 samples, 9,855 are confirmed positive across 35 states in Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory.

Robbers raid Man City’s Mahrez apartment, steal £500,000 valuables

Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez had three luxury watches worth more than £300,000 ($370,000) stolen when thieves raided his penthouse apartment, according to British media reports on Sunday.

More than £50,000 in cash along with Cartier bracelets and rare football shirts worth up to £150,000 were also taken from the Algeria international.

The watches were reported to be a £230,000 Richard Mille timepiece, a £40,000 Rolex Daytona and a £35,000 Rolex Day Date.

Mahrez, 29, was said to not have been at home when the offenders used a key fob to access his apartment and three others in the Manchester city centre block on April 24.

N.u.d.e photos: 19-year-old plotting to blackmail Salawa Abeni arrested

Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad, Lagos State Police Command, have arrested a 19-year-old National Diploma holder of the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, for plotting to blackmail popular artiste, Salawa Abeni.

The suspect, Olufowoke Emmanuel, said to be a resident of Ogun State, was picked up by the decoy team of the RRS last Thursday.

The police were said to have been trailing Emmanuel for three days.

The artiste recently went on social media to raise the alarm over plans to blackmail her with her nude photos.

FG begins 2020 systematic maintenance of all Lagos bridges, drains evacuation

The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Kayode Popoola, on Sunday said the government had begun “systematic maintenance of all bridges in Lagos’’ to ensure smooth rides and safety.

Popoola told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the telephone that government had a schedule to fix all bridges in Lagos State in batches this year as funds were made available.

“We have plans for maintenance of all bridges in Lagos state this year, our prayer is that the COVID-19 pandemic should come to an end so that we can swing into action.

“There is going to be systematic maintenance, we will change the rubbers of the expansion joints and anyone that the metal is bad.

Kogi state government accuses NCDC of unethical practice, says agency violates own protocol to nail state

The Kogi state government has said that the Nigeria center for Disease Control, (NCDC) in its desperation to record a Covid-19 case against the state violated its own guidelines and protocol for declaring a case.

In a statement by Dr Saka Haruna Audu, Commissioner for Health Kogi State, on Sunday in Lokoja, said even when they claimed that the patient was COVID-19 positive, the patient was yet to be taken to an isolation center till date.

The commissioner who was reacting to last week declaration of two COVID-19 cases against the state, noted that the patient’s son who was also purported to be positive was asked to go home and has remained with his father in the hospital running errands going even as far as Suleja, in Niger State, asking “Who are we fooling?

His words “One needs not to dig deeper to see the handwriting clearly written on the wall at how desperate NCDC is to nail Kogi State with a Covid-19 case and there is no telling how low they are willing to stoop to do so.

Gunmen shoot APC chairman dead in Katsina LGA

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have shot and killed the All Progressive Congress (APC) chairman of Batsari council area of Katsina state, Alhaji Abdulhamid Mamman.

Mammam was killed on Sunday afternoon, at about 2:45pm, after the gunmen besieged Sabon Garin Dunburawa village, where he hailed from.

Gunmen entered his home with the intention of abducting him and some of his family members, action of which he resisted.

A source said it was while the deceased was showing resistance that the gunmen shot and killed him.

Policeman goes berserk, shoots colleague dead, fires bullets at residents [photo]

A policeman who went berserk and shot his colleague dead has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command.

The culprit, Inspector Monday Gabriel from No 21 Police Mobile Force Squadron Abuja, on Special duty in a Federal Government facility in Ikoyi, Lagos, went berserk and started shooting sporadically.

He shot one Sergeant Felix Okago dead. Okago, who was on Special duty with the Inspector, died from the gunshot injuries while others escaped unhurt.

It was gathered that the police officer, in a bid to escape, was shooting sporadically on Third Mainland Bridge and was later arrested by policemen from Bariga Division along Akoka, disarmed and handcuffed.

Ex BBnaija housemate, Nina Ivy celebrates 24th birthday with stunning pictures

BBNaija 2018 housemate Nina Ivy took to social media to celebrate her 24th birthday with stunning birthday photos to thrill her fans.

The Reality TV star and entrepreneur is currently in the United States with her husband and  she is set to become a mother, Nina revealed that the past year was very good to her and she’s looking forward to better years to come.

Sharing the photos, she wrote;

Our breadwinner is gone, where do we start from –Mum, wife of Dubai-returnee who died in Lagos isolation centre

Grief overwhelmed Mrs Kehinde Kolawole as she spoke with Sunday Punch about her son, Tunde Kolawole, who died few days after his return from the United Arab Emirates while observing a 14-day supervised quarantine at a Lagos facility with other returnees.

The Federal Government previously mandated evacuated Nigerians to subject themselves for 14-quarantine in its bid to curb the coronavirus pandemic.

The deceased’s mother who’s into farming with her husband said her late son returned home to seek medical attention after he took ill in Dubai, the UAE capital.

Nasarawa CAN chairman regains freedom

The Nasarawa State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria and the General Overseer, Word of God Worldwide Gospel City, Archbishop Joseph Masin, who was kidnapped on Thursday, May 28, 2020, has regained his freedom.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Nasarawa, ASP Nansel Rahman, confirmed his release on Sunday.

The Punch gathered that Masin arrived at his residence at Agwan Sandaji’s farm about 3:am on Sunday, and had since joined his wife, children and other relations.

It was learnt that the Bishop was dumped by his abductors by the roadside around Lizzy Keffi in Mada station area of Nasarawa Eggon Local Government Area of the state.

Lesotho ex-first lady accused of murder leaves country, bail revoked

Lesotho’s former first lady, Maesaiah Thabane, has left the country a day after a Court of Appeal ordered her rearrest, according to the nation’s police on Saturday.

Maesaiah Thabane is suspected of orchestrating the shooting of Lipolelo Thabane her husband’s estranged wife. who was gunned down outside her home in the capital Maseru, in 2017.

Police have also charged her with the attempted murder of Lipolelo Thabane’s friend Thato Sibolla, who was wounded at the scene.

Lesotho police commissioner Holomo Molibeli said authorities were informed on Friday through her lawyer that she had accompanied her husband Thomas Thabane to South Africa for medical treatment.

Governor declares state of emergency in Los Angeles County amid protests

Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles County Friday night amid protests.

The California National Guard is being deployed to Los Angeles in response to large protests being held in the city, according to Mayor Eric Garcetti.

The California National Guard will be used to assist local response to the protests being held, and to maintain peace and safety on the streets.

Garcetti imposed a curfew for the city’s downtown section, saying everyone must be off the streets between 8 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.

Missing phone: Family of murdered hotel guard demand justice

The family of Sunday Ezra, a 28-year-old security man at New Trafford Hotel and Suites, located at the Gwallameji area of Bauchi metropolis, who was beaten to death over a phone he was accused of stealing, have demanded justice.

The late Ezra was a staff of a private security company known as Executive Guard. He was reportedly wrongly beaten to death last Monday by persons suspected to be his co-workers and some customers in the hotel. The incident took place when an old mobile phone got missing within the premises of the hotel and the deceased was suspected to have stolen it. But he vehemently pleaded his innocence, to no avail. They descended on him and beat him until he became unconscious.

The deceased’s grandmother, Saratu Fidelis Limga, told Daily Trust Saturday that the family was devastated and only justice would comfort them.

“We want the government to take action. We demand justice for our son who was unjustly killed.

Teenager performing ablution shot by police in Abuja

For Sadiq Abubakar Ibrahim, the year 2020 will not only be remembered as the year COVID-19 pandemic put the whole world on the edge, but it will also be remembered as a year he narrowly escaped death in the hands of the Nigeria Police.

On May 18, Sadiq, a teenage son of Engr Abubakar Yaro Ibrahim, a former Sole Administrator of the National Iron Mining Company, Itakpe, was allegedly shot in the hand by an operative of the police force with Special Tactical Squad (STS) of the Office of the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

The yet-to-be-identified operative would later be quoted to have allegedly told the semi-conscious Sadiq to count himself lucky that the bullet missed him on the head where it was targeted.

In a chat with Daily Trust on Sunday, Sadiq’s father, Engr Ibrahim, said his son was lucky to be alive.

72 children recovered from Taraba’s suspected child trafficker

Mary Yakubu, a forty-year-old lady, was arrested by police detectives while trying to convey 23 children to an unknown location.

Mary, a native of Maraban Baissa in Donga Local Government Area of Taraba State, was at the time of her arrest a teacher in one of the primary schools in Bali town.She wasarrested following a tip off by some people in the town who saw her with the innocent children and knowing very well they were not her biological children.

She was brought to Police command headquarters in Jalingo where she confessed that she took the children from their parents under the guise of enrolling them into primary school.

Mary Yakubu,when she was paraded before newsmen,said it was the parents of the children that gave her the children willingly to enrol into school.

COVID-19: Saudi Arabia approves re-opening of Madinah mosque

The Saudi Arabian government has approved the re-opening of Masjid Al Nabawi, Madinah gradually from today 31 May 2020, with precautionary measures.

According to the approved guidelines, the permitted access of Masjid Al Nabawi, Madinah will be in the courtyards and the King Fahad Expansion of the mosque.

It stated that men will be allowed to enter Masjid Al Nabawi through Al-Hijrah Gate No. 4, Quba Gate No. 5, King Saud Gate No 8, Imam Al-Bukhari Gate No. 10, King Fahd Gate No. 21, King Abdulaziz Gate No 34, and Makkah Gate No. 37 while the Salam Gate will remain closed.

It added that women will be allowed to enter through gates 13, 17, 25, 29 all from today.

Father and son sentenced to over 15 years in jail each for gang-raping 28-year-old woman

A 58-year-old man and his 28-year-old son from Nakuru were on Thursday, sentenced to 20 years in jail and 15 years in jail respectively after they were found guilty of gang-raping their female neighbour.

Molo Resident Magistrate Emmanuel Soita ruled that the Prosecution, led by John Limo, had proven beyond any reasonable doubt that John Chirchir and his son, Vincent Lang’at, on 27 June, 2018 gang-raped their 28-year-old neighbour at Telowa Village in Kuresoi North Constituency in Nakuru County.

Five witnesses, who testified, confirmed that Chirchir and Lang’at subdued their victim and sexually abused her in their house.

Federer surpasses Ronaldo, Messi as top-earning athlete

Roger Federer has eclipsed Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to top the yearly Forbes list of the highest-paid athletes on the planet. The Swiss maestro jumped four spots to sit top of the pile, earning $106.3million in the past year, as he becomes the first tennis player to lead the way.

That eye-watering figure puts the 20-time grand slam winner ahead of football stars Ronaldo ($105m), Messi ($104m) and Neymar ($95.5m). NBA icon LeBron James rounds out the top five, raking in $88.2m in a period when some sportspeople took wage cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Endorsements account for most of Federer’s income, but he also undertook a tour of North and South America late last year to further boost his earnings.

“The coronavirus pandemic triggered salary cuts for soccer stars Messi and Ronaldo, clearing the way for a tennis player to rank as the world’s highest-paid athlete for the first time,” said Kurt Badenhausen, senior editor at Forbes.

Man and wife stab, kill neighbour who had gone to separate them during fight

A middle-aged man from Kitale in Trans-Nzoia County , Kenya died after he was stabbed by a fighting couple that he had gone to separate.

Kennedy Nyukuri was stabbed in the chest and back by the couple on Wednesday night, when he went to their home to break up a fight.

It remains unclear what the man-and-wife were fighting over.

“Yesterday night, I heard screams emanating from our neighbour’s house. It appears that the couple was fighting. Nyukuri, I understand, had gone to break up the fight.

100 level UNIBEN student r.a.p.e.d, killed in Edo state

22-year-old Vera Uwaila Omozuwa who was  a 100 level student of the University of Benin, UNIBEN from the department of Microbiology, faculty of Life Sciences, has reportedly been r.a.p.e.d and killed inside a church in Edo state.

The victim was said to have been r.a.p.e.d on Friday 29th May near Ikpoba Hill in Benin City, at her church.

Reports gathered that the deceased had gone to the church to read ahead  possible school resumption after months of staying at home as a result of the lockdown order.

The perpetrators were said to have attacked her at the church's road branch, r.a.p.e.d and smashed her head with a fire extinguisher, leaving her dead.

Beyonce and Rihanna demand justice for George Floyd

Rihanna and Beyonce have spoken out on the killing of George Floyd who died earlier this week during a brutal arrest in Minnesota, United States.

George Floyd, who is an African-American man, died on May 25, 2020, when Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, knelt on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds; 2 minutes and 53 seconds of which occurred after Floyd became unresponsive, according to the criminal complaint filed against Chauvin. Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on the road, while Chauvin had his knee on his neck.

Beyonce in a video shared on Instagram appealed to her fans not to ‘normalise’ what happened, and hold people accountable for their actions.

Joshua, Antetokounmpo make Forbes’ highest-paid athletes list

Anthony Joshua and Giannis Antetokounmpo have been listed in the top 20 of the Forbes’ latest list of the 100 highest-paid athletes in the world.

Antetokounmpo, who plays for Greece is 18th on the list with $47.6m in earnings from basketball and endorsements, while Joshua is 19th on the list with earnings worth $47m.

Roger Federer takes the top spot for the first time, with $106m of pre-tax earnings, edging past Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who have swapped the No. 1 spot in three of the past four years.

The two soccer icons earned a combined $209m during the past 12 months, a $28m drop from 2019, due to salary reductions at many European soccer clubs when league play was halted in March.