Saturday, June 13, 2020

''Lagos state is making life miserable for me'', danfo driver cries out over alleged extortion by LASTMA

A motorist has cried out for help accusing LASTMA officials of arresting danfo drivers for personal gains. According to one of them, who wants the Government to step in, he says he keeps giving them N11,000 bribe each time he gets arrested for 'almost nothing'.

The frustrated driver who wants Government to step in wrote in thus;

''Lagos state is making life miserable for me , this is wickedness and absolute inhumanity , i have been  working and repairing my vehicle , i have spent close to 100,000 trying to repair it .But you see LASTMA Officials are and have been rubbing me of all i have been making.They apprehend my vehicle for no reason and i bribe them with nothing less than 11,000, they have caught me on more than seven occasions and each time i bribe them with 11000. The last one i was made to pay 25,000 to lagos state Government UBA or else i would be charged to court. I paid 25,000 naira .

See stylish pics of the PS5 set for release soon

Gamers have finally caught a glimpse of the real PS5 design – in all of its space-age glory

Sony showed off two versions of its next-gen PlayStation 5 console, as well as loads of details about are games landing on the hi-tech machine.

The new console has finally been revealed and here's what it looks like.

And note that there are two versions of the PlayStation 5.

Five killed, many injured as trailer crashes in Suleja

Three women and two girls were killed while a dozen others were injured as a trailer falls off a cliff in Suleja Local Government Area of Niger state.

The trailer which was carrying iron rods and passengers was said to be coming from Lagos state but its destination remains unknown.

The incident occurred around Kona Ayaba in Sabon Kaida around Lambatta area.

Due to the weight of iron rods and individual, the trailer lost control when trying to climb an ascending hill.

Daughter threw away £80K on holidays and bras after stealing from her sick mom

A woman splashed out on holidays and lingerie after stealing more than £80,000 from her elderly mum.

Karen Wakeling, 47, took the cash after being given power of attorney over her mother, who is in her 80s and has dementia.

The thefts funded her passion for shopping at Bravissimo which sells lingerie and swimwear “for women with bigger boobs”.

The cash, stolen over a ten-year period, was also used for a luxury car, beauty treatments, piercings, groceries, nights out, trips with friends and to pay off credit card bills.

Premier League to replace players names with ‘Black Lives Matter’

Players will have the names on the back of their shirts replaced with ‘Black Lives Matter’ for the first 12 fixtures of the restarted Premier League season.

The Premier League has also announced a ‘Black Lives Matter’ logo will feature on jerseys for the remainder of the campaign along with a badge paying tribute to the NHS for its work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Any player who wishes to take a knee before or during matches – which has come to be recognised as a symbolic act in opposing racism in the last couple of years – will be supported by the league.

The players said in a statement released by the league: “We, the players, stand together with the singular objective of eradicating racial prejudice wherever it exists, to bring about a global society of inclusion, respect, and equal opportunities for all, regardless of their colour or creed.

EFCC not involved in arrest of Hushpuppi – Magu

The acting chairman of the anti-graft agency, EFCC, has reacted over the arrest of popular Nigerian Instagram celebrity, Ramon Abbas popularly known as Hushpuppi.

Hushpuppi was reportedly arrested in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) alongside his colleagues by International Police (Interpol) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for alleged fraud.

But in an interview on TVC News Journalists Hangout, on Friday, Mr Magu said the commission is yet to be involved in the case.

He said, “We are yet to be involved in the case of Hushpuppi, but if they happen to give us this thing (details) we would assist.”

Benue State politician donates ropes to his community to tie their goats (photos)

A Benue politician, Daniel Ukpera has donated ropes to the members of his community so that they can tie their goats.

 Daniel who contested for the Guma State Constituency seat in the 2019 Benue State House of Assembly Election under the platform of Labour Party, donated bundles of ropes to the people of Makurdi LGA in Benue State.

After making the donation, he assisted the goat owners to tie their goats then posed for photos. More photos below...

Why Aisha Buhari's aides were arrested- Police

The First Lady, Aisha Buhari, on Friday asked Police Inspector-General Mohammed Adamu to release her staff who are in police detention.

Buhari in a series of tweets said the IGP should “release my assigned Staff who are still in the custody of the Police in order to avoid putting their lives in danger or exposure to Covid-19 while in their custody.”

She did not say who among her staff are in detention or how and why they were detained.

But a presidential source told The Guardian that the arrest was as a result of heated arguments between a personal staff of the President, Sabiu Yusuf, President Buhari’s nephew, and the First Lady.

Crisis looms as new Oniru asks banks to freeze family accounts

A civil war seems to be brewing within the Oniru monarchy as the new Oniru of Iruland, Oba Gbolahan Lawal, has asked all banks housing funds belonging to the family to immediately place a ‘Post No Debit’ order on all the accounts of the family, The punch has learnt.

The warning was directed to First Bank of Nigeria, Guaranty Trust Bank, Sterling Bank, Zenith Bank, and Standard Chartered Bank.

The new monarch also called on all tenants and lessees to stop transacting with any individual.

This was contained in a public notice signed by Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN), the counsel for the new monarch.

LASUTH loses 54-year-old nurse to COVID-19

The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja has lost a nurse, Mrs Adenike Bakare, to COVID-19, The punch has learnt.

Bakare, who was an Assistant Director, Nursing Services, according to a source, died on Friday and was buried privately in Lagos the same day.

“No one is sure of her source of infection; LASUTH is not a designated treatment centre for COVID-19 but there have been admissions of COVID-19 patients in the hospital including her ward many times. But whether she got it at work or in the community, no one is sure,” the source said.

The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof Adetokunbo Fabamwo, confirmed the death in an interview with The punch.

Man arrested for feeding poisoned food to homeless people and filming their reactions

A California man was arrested for allegedly feeding poisoned food to eight homeless people then filming them writhe in pain for his own twisted amusement, according to a report.

William Robert Cable, 38, of San Andreas, allegedly told victims they were participating in a “spicy food challenge” during a string of attacks in the seaside town of Huntington Beach in mid-May, according to the Orange County Register.

Instead, he gave them food laced with a caustic substance derived from chilies that’s twice as strong as pepper spray causing them to suffer seizure-like symptoms, difficulty breathing and intense stomach pain, prosecutors said, according to the paper.

BBNaija star, Khafi Kareem’s brother shot dead

BBNaija's star, Khafi Kareem's brother, Alexander Kareem, has been shot dead in London.

According to The Sun UK, the 20-year-old student was gunned down close to his family home in Shepherd’s Bush, West London.

The student screamed out “help me” as he lay dying in the street at 12.40am.

Passers-by tried to give him CPR before paramedics reached the scene – but Alexander was pronounced dead a short time after.

Zlatan drags Burna Boy, Kizz Daniel, Joeboy on instagram

Nigerian singer, Zlatan has lambasted some notable figures in the Nigerian entertainment industry, including Burna Boy, Kizz Daniel, and Joeboy on his Instastories.

The 25-year-old ZANKU originator called out the singers for different reasons on Saturday.

According to him, he claimed Burna Boy refused to congratulate him on the birth of his child, and Oberz taught Kizz Daniel how to make music and implied that Joe Boy is ignorant of the music business in the now-deleted posts.

He wrote, “Joeboy fit sabi sing, e fit sabi fit get numbers pass me. Does he know about music business or is he just famous?”

Family members travelling for funeral die in Anambra auto crash (photos)

Seven persons travelling for a funeral ceremony have died in an auto crash on the Ogidi-Abatete road in the Idemili Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Many others on the same journey sustained varying degrees of injury.

The accident, which occurred about 5.15 pm on Friday, involved a tipper loaded with sand and a bus, with 19 persons on board.

It was gathered that the bus was conveying a family to a burial ceremony when it collided with the tipper.

14 dead, 168 injured in China oil truck blast

At least 14 people were killed and more than 160 wounded after an oil tanker truck exploded on a highway in China on Saturday, state media said.

The force of the blast caused nearby homes and factories to collapse, the government said on social media, and sent huge clouds of black smoke billowing into the air as flames engulfed several cars.

Dramatic video footage of the accident near Wenling city in the eastern province of Zhejiang published by state media showed a huge ball of fire shooting into the air as people screamed.

In one clip, a large piece of debris is seen flying into the air before crashing onto some nearby buildings.

White woman BURNS five police cars during protest in support of George Floyd

A white woman was arrested yesterday on five federal accounts of arson for allegedly setting five Seattle Police Department cars on fire during George Floyd protests in the city.

Margaret Aislinn Channon, 25, was arrested by federal authorities wearing full SWAT gear from her home in Tacoma after investigators say she was recorded setting fires in the vehicles by multiple cameras at the end of May.

US Attorney Brian T. Moran said Channon used some kind of flammable spray to start the fires.

'This defendant was captured by multiple cameras using an accelerant, lit like a blowtorch, to start fires in five vehicles -- putting the public at risk and creating the very real possibility of a structure fire amidst the throng of people protesting downtown,' Moran said.

Chinese media slams America as a 'barbaric and greedy' country that 'doesn't care about humanitarianism'

A major Chinese propaganda outlet has criticized the United States over its handling of the coronavirus outbreak after more than two million people in America tested positive for Covid-19.

The Global Times, Beijing's flagship nationalist tabloid, branded the U.S. as a 'barbaric and greedy' country that 'doesn't care about humanitarianism' in an astonishing editorial attack.

The state-controlled newspaper also condemned the Trump administration for 'not apologizing to its people' over the grim milestone, which also registered more than 112,900 coronavirus-related deaths as of Wednesday.

Billed as China's 'most belligerent tabloid', the Global Times has been at the forefront of defending Beijing's actions and castigating the West over its criticism against the Community Party.

Kidnappers of immigration officer and his children insist on N7.5m ransom

The kidnappers of an officer of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Adamu Suleiman, and his two children, Abdullahi and Balkisu, have insisted on collecting N7.5 million before they will be set free.

The NIS officer and his children were abducted last Thursday from his residence at Nahari community in Abaji Area Council.

A member of the family disclosed this, saying the kidnappers had vowed to keep the officer and the children in captivity till the ransom was paid to them.

He said the family had been bargaining with the kidnappers since last week to accept N2m, but that they (kidnappers) were bent on collecting N7.5m.

Family urges FG to recognize Abiola as ex-president

The Abiola family in Abeokuta, Ogun State yesterday demanded an official recognition of late Chief M.K.O Abiola as a former president of Nigeria.

The head of the family, Chief Olanrewaju Abiola, made the demand on President Muhammadu Buhari at the family house in Abeokuta.

The late M.K.O Abiola was believed to have won the June 12, 1993 presidential elections.

Abiola said the recognition had become necessary for Nigerian leaders to rule in peace.

Osun Deputy Chief Of Staff, Jare Adebisi is dead

Osun Deputy Chief Of Staff, General Administration, Adejare Adebisi is dead.

A source revealed, the deceased died of a prolong illness at an undisclosed hospital in Lagos State

His death comes less than a year after he was inaugurated into office as the Deputy Chief of staff on general administration to Governor Oyetola of Osun State.

Injured man walks into hospital with arrow sticking out of his chest [photos]

A bungling man has been filmed casually waiting to be seen at a hospital with a crossbow arrow lodged in his chest.

The hapless patient, identified as 21-year-old Mr Peng, had accidentally shot himself while loading his crossbow.

Incredibly, the bolt missed his heart by just 0.2 inches.

Footage shows Mr Peng waiting at the accident and emergency department of Guangxi People’s Hospital in Nanning, south China.

Commissioner of Police confirms Hushpuppi's arrest

Plans are underway by the International Police (INTERPOL) Nigeria to extradite Instagram celebrity Raymond Igbalodely a.k.a. Hushpuppi from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Nigeria to face alleged multiple fraud charges, The Nation reports.

This is against Kemi Olunloyo's claims that Hushpuppi and others arrested with him were already extradited to the US.

The INTERPOL is also on the trail of other accomplices in the alleged fraud who are resident in Nigeria to bring them to justice.

Commissioner of Police (CP) INTERPOL, Garba Umar disclosed these to The Nation yesterday while confirming the arrest of Igbalodely whose real name is said to be Ramoni Igbalode.

Black business owner claims his white landlord is evicting him for joining Black Lives Matter protest

A black business owner claims his white landlord evicted him from an office space because he was peacefully protesting at a Black Lives Matter demonstration.

Jeremiah Johnson, Exodus Bargblor, Xaví Fonceca and Edward Idehen run co-owned fashion brand Stylent from a rented office near Des Moines, Iowa.

The landlord allegedly told the company to relocate after he saw a video of two of the owners peacefully protesting.

In the clip, one of the owners is heard telling the landlord: 'You never thought anyone would step up and finally fight back to what was happening in this country.'

Moment tourists got terrified as elephants charge at their car

Tourists were left terrified as two wild elephants charged at their jeep on a safari in Sri Lanka.

The incident happened at the Minneriya National Park in North Central Province on June 4.

A group of safari-goers were travelling through the park when they noticed a herd of wild elephants in the distance, reports say.

Without warning, two of the elephants leave the herd and suddenly charge at the 4x4 through the twilight, causing panic amongst its passengers.

Covid-19: Infected mothers can breastfeed – WHO

New mothers infected with Covid-19 should generally continue breastfeeding and should not be separated from their babies, the World Health Organization said on Friday, stressing that the benefits outweighed the risks.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference that the UN health agency had thoroughly investigated the risks of women transmitting the new coronavirus to their babies when breastfeeding.

“We know that children are at relatively low-risk of Covid-19, but are at high risk of numerous other diseases and conditions that breastfeeding prevents,” he said.

Ronaldo misses penalty as Juventus reach Coppa Italia final

Juventus reached the Italian Cup final on Friday after a goalless draw with 10-man AC Milan in the semi-final, the second leg in Turin on the day football returned to Italy after three months away.

Serie A champions Juve advanced on away goals to Wednesday’s final in Rome thanks to February’s 1-1 first-leg draw at the San Siro, despite an under-par display against a Milan side who played 74 minutes with a man less and which featured a missed Cristiano Ronaldo penalty.

At the capital’s Stadio Olimpico, Maurizio Sarri’s side will face either Napoli or Inter Milan, the last side Juve faced before football entered into its coronavirus-enforced hiatus in March.

Napoli take on Antonio Conte’s Inter at Naples’ Stadio San Paolo on Saturday with a 1-0 lead from the first leg, in another match set for an eery atmosphere without supporters.

Man finds out his wife is a man two days after wedding

The story of an Indonesian man Muh who “divorced” his wife two days after their wedding after finding out she is a man has gone viral.

It is gathered Muh met his wife Mita on Facebook about a month ago and they began dating online.

The two later met in real life and went out for coffee and an unsuspecting Muh fell in love with Mita whom he described as “beautiful and graceful.”

After weeks of dating, he proposed to her and she accepted immediately.

Beautiful photos of Bisola and her daughter, Leyla


Release my aides in your custody – Aisha Buhari tells IGP

The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has called on the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to immediately release her aides.

Mrs. Buhari stated this in a series of tweets on Friday.

The aides were reportedly detained based on the orders of the Chief Security Officer to the President, Idris Kassim.

Sahara Reporters had reported that a top aide to the President, Yusuf Sabiu aka Tunde, who had recently returned from another state, refused to self-isolate but forced his way to the Presidential Villa.

Mrs. Buhari’s aides were said to have forcibly removed him from the Villa but Sabiu, who is one of the most powerful aides to the President, allegedly got the CSO to arrest Aisha’s aides including her ADC, Usman Shugaba.

Edo gov poll: PDP opens door as Obaseki loses APC ticket

Following his disqualification by the All Progressives Congress, there are indications that the embattled Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, may consider running on the platform of another political party to realise his second-term ambition.

The screening committee of the party, headed by Prof Jonathan Ayuba, while presenting the committee’s report to the party’s National Working Committee, said the governor was disqualified from participating in the party’s June 22 primary because of the discrepancies in his names and certificates and for taking the party to court in contravention of the party’s rules.

In the report received by the National Chairman of the party, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, Ayuba noted that Obaseki claimed to have obtained a Higher School Certificate from the Institute of Continuing Education in Benin but that he did not produce the certificate and that the document he produced only attested to his attendance.

1,089 Nigerian asylum seekers disappear in Netherlands

About 1,089 Nigerian asylum seekers who arrived in the Netherlands last year and January this year, have disappeared.

According to a group of investigative journalists, many of the Nigerians fell victim to human traffickers who forced them into prostitution or drug trafficking across the European Union.

The European journalism collective said of the 2,461 Nigerians seeking asylum in the Netherlands in 2019, 961 cannot be located.

Another 128 Nigerians who arrived in January of this year also disappeared, according to an investigation by the journalist group Lost in Europe.

Beautiful photo of Imo state first lady and her twins

Chioma Uzodinma, the wife of Imo state governor Hope Uzodinma shared the lovely photo on her instagram page to celebrate her twins on their 6 months birthday.

Nigeria records 627 new COVID-19 cases, total now 15,181

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has announced 627 new cases of coronavirus in the country.

This brings the total number of confirmed infections in the country to 15,181.

The NCDC made the announcement via Twitter on Friday.

It said, “On the 12th of June 2020, 627 new confirmed cases and 12 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

“No new state has reported a case in the last 24 hours.

“Till date, 15181 cases have been confirmed, 4891 cases have been discharged and 399 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Covid-19: FG to retain passports of travellers to Nigeria

The Federal Government says all persons –whether citizens or foreigners – coming into the country will be required to leave their passports with the Nigeria Immigration Service for two weeks pending the verification of their COVID-19 status.

The Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs said this in a circular addressed to all diplomatic, consular and international organisations accredited to Nigeria.

In the circular dated June 10, 2020, with reference number BW/20/CIR.LET/III/2020, the government said the only category of persons that would be exempted from this new rule are those who possess a diplomatic passport.

Friday, June 12, 2020

We are just following our party constitution – Oshiomhole reacts to Obaseki’s disqualification

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, on Friday said the disqualification of current Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, from party primaries is justified by the APC constitution.

Oshiomhole was speaking on Channels Television’s Democracy Day special program.

Earlier on Friday, Obaseki was disqualified by an APC screening committee from participating in the party’s primary election for the forthcoming governorship poll in Edo.

Mr. Obaseki has since rejected the screening committee’s decision.

Thunder kills 18 suspected kidnappers while sharing ransom in Adamawa

A thunderstorm has killed 18 suspected kidnappers at a forest in Adamawa State.

Sources said the men of the underworld were sharing ransom money they got from their victims when the thunder struck them.

The incident occurred within the Toungo Local Government Area of the state, local sources said.

Toungo is a town and local government area in the southern part of Adamawa State on the Nigeria-Cameroon border.

Obaseki bit the hand that fed him – Fani-Kayode

Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode said the embattled governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, bit the hand that fed him.

Fani-Kayode stated this following the disqualification of Obaseki from his party’s July 22 governorship primary election in Edo State.

Obaseki was dumped out the governorship race following the report of the screening committee inaugurated by the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole.

Reacting to the news,  Fani-Kayode said Obaseki learned his lesson the hard way:

APC screening committee passes Ize-Iyamu, disqualifies Governor Obaseki, others

The Screening Committee of the All Progressives Congress has cleared Pastor Osagie-Ize Iyamu to participate in the party’s primary election in Edo State scheduled for the 22nd of June while disqualifying the embattled incumbent Governor over discrepancies in his academic credentials.

Governor Godwin Obaseki was deemed ineligible by the Screening Committee over multiple inconsistencies in his presented academic certificates, including a Higher School Leaving Certificate the Governor claimed to have obtained from an Institute of Continuing Education in Benin City, Edo State.

The certificate, according to the committee, is unknown to the Nigerian education system and the Governor also admitted during the screening that he never received the certificate.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West reportedly facing marital issues plus we look at their past

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have reportedly been facing some marital speed bumps in recent months.

The pair, who tied the knot in 2014, have lived much of their private life in public throughout their six-year marriage, welcoming four beautiful kids along the way.

But much like most marriages, it's not all been sunshine and rainbows during the uber-famous couple's time together.

And although Kim lives her private life in public unapologetically, the same can't be said for her hubby.

A 50,000-year old lake in India just turned pink and experts don't know exactly why [photos]

A lake in India that has been in existence for over 50,000 years turned pink overnight and no one has been able to reveal the cause of this. 

What caused the lake to turn pink? That was the question on people's minds across India after Lonar Lake in the state of Maharashtra suddenly changed hues in recent days.

Experts believe that the change is likely due to either increased salinity in the water, the presence of algae or a combination of both -- like parts of Utah's Great Salt Lake or Lake Hillier in Australia.

Gajanan Kharat, a local geologist, said in a video posted to Maharashtra Tourism's Twitter feed, that this has happened before, but was not as prominent.

President Buhari unveils Moshood Abiola Stadium [Photos]

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday formally unveiled the renamed National Stadium in Abuja as Moshood Abiola Stadium.

Buhari, who renamed the national monument two years ago, was represented by FCT Minister Muhammed Musa Bello.

The ceremony was witnessed by Abiola’s first son, Kola and several other ministers.

They are the Sports minister, Sunday Dare, Minister of Industries, Otunba Niyi Adebayo and Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo.

Drinking coffee 'can reduce your risk of cancer', scientists say

For many people, the day hasn’t really started before you’ve managed to get some coffee in your system.

Now, new guidelines suggest that your coffee habit may help to reduce your risk of a number of cancers.

New guidelines published by the American Cancer Society suggest that drinking coffee can reduce your risk of liver and endometrial cancer, cancer of the mouth, pharynx and larynx and skin cancer.

The advice also suggests that drinking coffee may contribute to a reduced risk of some digestive cancers.

More on woman who is pregnant for her stepson

Their faces fill with tears of joy as this couple find out they are to become parents.

The mum-to-be gently taps her partner on the back as he faces away from her as she checks the results - it's positive.

The beaming expectant 20-year-old dad hugs his older partner as she starts to cry tears of joy

But this couple from Slavyansk-on-Kuban in Russia, are unusual as they are stepmother and stepson.