Saturday, June 20, 2020

Body of late Ibidunni Ighodalo laid to rest in Lagos

The body of ex-beauty queen and event planner extraordinaire, Ibidun Ajayi-Ighodalo, has been laid to rest today, Saturday, 20th June 2020.

The 39-year-old wife of popular Pastor Ituah Ighodalo of Trinity House Church passed away on Sunday, June 14 in Port Harcourt, Rivers state where she had gone to erect some Covid-19 Isolation centers.

Tears and emotions flowed as Ibidunni was buried this afternoon at the Vaults and Gardens cemetery in Lagos state.

DJ Cuppy announces end of toxic relationship with Arsenal

Nigerian Disc Jockey Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola popularly known as DJ Cuppy has announced the end of her toxic relationship with Arsenal FC.

The 27-year-old daughter of billionaire magnate Femi Otedola uploaded a video on her official Twitter page, confirming the split.

Arsenal lost to Brighton (2 – 1), making them tenth in the Premier League ranking.

“‘It’s not me, It’s you. Only so much heartbreak a girl can take, @arsenal, I can no longer stay in this toxic relationship” she says.

Bayern Munich’s Lewandowski breaks Aubameyang’s Bundesliga record

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski on Saturday broke the record previously held by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the most goals scored by a foreigner in a Bundesliga season.

Lewandowski scored twice in the first half against Freiburg to give him 33 league goals in 30 matches this season, having netted a total of 48 times in 41 games in all competitions.

The Poland striker’s tally beats the previous record of 31 goals set by Gabon striker Aubameyang in 2016/17 for Borussia Dortmund before he moved to present club Arsenal the following season.

With the Bundesliga season due to end next Saturday, Lewandowski is well short of Gerd Mueller’s remarkable all-time record for the most goals in a German league season when he scored 40 in 1971/72.

300 Nigerians arrive Abuja airport from Dubai all test negative

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman and chief executive officer of Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission have disclosed that 300 stranded Nigerian travellers who arrive Abuja Airport on Friday from Dubai all tested negative for Covid-19 before boarding.

Dabiri-Erewa stated this on her twitter handle disclosed that they will be tested again at Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC government facility while on a 14-day compulsory self-isolation.

Last week, the presidential task force on Covid-19 announced that passengers arriving or returning to Nigeria must have tested negative for Covid-19 (pre-boarding PCR test in the country of departure).

This is a PCR test that must be within two weeks before departure and preferably not less than five days pre-boarding.

Human body parts in bins: Thieves stumble on shock find

Thieves looking for valuables in a Hungary capital courtyard were shocked to discover multiple plastic containers full of human body parts.

The Blikk newspaper reported on Saturday that the thieves have been detained by the police.

They told the officers about their discovery in the Budapest’s Paty district.

Police have begun investigations into a pathologist’s assistant who has access to the courtyard.

CAN suspends Adamawa scribe Elishama over N1.35m theft

The Secretary of Adamawa Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN), Mr Anthony Elishama, has been suspended for three months over alleged mismanagement of N1.35 million.

The association also directed the suspended scribe to refund the amount during his suspension.

Elishama was further asked to return all official properties, including vehicle and documents, to the secretariat.

Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza said that Elishama’s suspension followed the unanimous decision adopted during the state executive meeting of the association held on Thursday.

Beyonce and Jay-Z suit up with masks as they exit their private plane with Blue Ivy and their twins

Beyoncé and Jay-Z got away from it all on Friday with a family trip to the Hamptons.

The 38-year-old singer and actress and the 50-year-old rap mogul deplaned from their private jet on Long Island's East Hampton with their oldest daughter Blue Ivy, eight, and their twins Rumi and Sir, both three.

Both Beyoncé and Jay were careful to wear masks to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus around their family, though other members of their entourage went mask-free.

The Drunk In Love singer was dressed for comfort in a baggy gray hoodie with text on the front.

Oshiomhole’s Etsako ward lifts his suspension

The Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ward 10, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo, has lifted the suspension placed on Adams Oshiomhole.

Seventeen members of the executive committee, led by the ward’s Vice Chairman, Mrs Adizetu Jafaru and Secretary, Emuakemeh Sule, said this in Abuja on Saturday while meeting the APC National Working Committee (NWC).

The Court of Appeal on Monday upheld the judgment of an Abuja High Court, which suspended Oshiomhole from the party.

Sule said that the executive committee of APC Etsako ward 10, made the resolution after its meeting on June 4 at the party’s secretariat, Apana-Uzairue, Edo.

Brighton hands Arsenal second successive defeat

Brighton came from a goal down to hand Arsenal their second successive defeat since the resumption of the league.

Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League suffered a fatal blow as Neal Maupay fired Brighton to a last-gasp 2-1 win after Gunners keeper Bernd Leno was stretchered off, while Watford snatched a late 1-1 draw against Leicester on Saturday.

In the first full weekend of English top-flight matches since the coronavirus shutdown in March, Arsenal’s faint chances of finishing in the top four faded further.

Their cause wasn’t helped by the controversial injury to Leno, whose screams echoed round the empty Amex Stadium after he slid awkwardly when he came to collect the ball just inside his own penalty area.

How Bobrisky lied to his father about his changed identity

The Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Isolo-Ejigbo branch B, Alhaji Bashir Femi Olowu, has revealed how the Nigerian cross-dresser, Idris Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky, lied to his father, Alhaji Musibau Okuneye, about his changed identity, saying he told his father that his feminine dressing was to act theatre on social media only.

According to him, his father was still in the dark about the real identity of his son as he (Bobrisky) dressed normal as a man to his father’s birthday held at his residence in Ejigbo last week.

He said the father was not happy about the identity of his son on social media as against the belief by many people that he was supporting him in the act.

Bayero university deputy vice chancellor, Wakiki, is dead

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Admin) Bayero University Kano, Professor Haruna Wakili is dead.

He died at the age of 60 Saturday morning at the National Hospital in Abuja after a protracted illness.

Daily Trust gathered that the late academician would be buried in his home town at Hadejia, Jigawa State.

Wakili was the former Director Research and Training (Mambayya House).

Discharged Covid-19 patients suffer lung damage, fatigue, memory loss, pains

A report by Israeli TV Channel 12 said many of the discharged Covid-19 patients are discovering new health problems such as long-term debilitating physical, cognitive and psychiatric damage.

According to an investigation by the Channel, recovered patients, including those with mild symptoms, are suffering from phantom pains, memory loss, personality changes, psychological issues and extreme fatigue, along with lungs that won’t heal.

The health fallout is being experienced months after being discharged from hospital.

Israel has recorded just over 20,000 Covid-19 cases, with some 300 fatalities, reports the Times of Israel, which carried the Channel 12 report.

New York billboard features Rema’s ‘Ginger Me’

Nigerian singer and Mavin act, Divine Ikubor widely known as Rema, has been featured on a billboard in Times Square in New York, United States of America.

The billboard is promoting Ginger Me, Rema’s latest song which was produced by The Element and talks about how the love of a woman can make a man feel on top of the world.

Music producer and Mavin Records owner, Don Jazzy shared a picture of the billboard on Instagram on Friday.

“Thank you @spotify for the Rema Times Square billboards,” he captioned the post.

US rapper Tray Savage shot dead in Chicago aged 26

Tray Savage has died at the age of 26. The American star, who is a member of Chief Keef's record label, was shot in the neck in Chicago on Friday night, TMZ report.

The outlet report that the musician was driving in the neighborhood of Chatham around 11 AM when someone opened fire.

American law enforcement told the publication that the up and coming star hit three other vehicles after he was hit by the gunfire.

He was then taken to University of Chicago Medical Canter where he was later pronounced dead.

George Floyd: Second police officer arrested freed on bail

A second fired police officer who was arrested over the killing of George Floyd has been released from prison.

J. Alexander Kueng was released from Hennepin County Jail on Friday night after posting bail of £607,344 ($750,000).

Kueng, 26, is one of three Minneapolis police officers charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in connection with Mr Floyd's death on May 25.

He was released at just before 7.30pm local time on Friday, Star Tribune reports.

Beyonce drops surprise single Black Parade as she launches black business support

Beyoncé has dropped a surprise single for fans while also calling on her followers to join her campaign to boost business for black owned businesses.

The 38-year-old singer shared a new song titled Black Parade on Friday – coinciding with Juneteenth, which marks the anniversary of the end of slavery in the USA on 19 June 1865.

Taking to Instagram on Friday, Beyoncé shared a clip of the new track – titled Black Parade, with is also the name of a new initiative the singer has launched to support black-owned businesses.

While the clip shared was just 30 seconds long, a full 4 minute 41 second track was released moments later via the star’s official YouTube page.

Coronavirus nurse who wore lingerie under PPE gets job offer for drastic career change

A Russian nurse who was disciplined for wearing just her lingerie underneath her see-through PPE at work has won a modelling contract.

A picture of Nadia Zhukova, 23, wearing her risque outfit as she worked on a male coronavirus ward went viral and saw her rapped by her bosses for “non-compliance with the requirements for medical clothing”.

Nadia had complained she was “too hot” in the hazmat gown at the hospital in Tula - and her punishment was withdrawn after a furious backlash from the public against her chief's disciplinary moves.

Now she is not only keeping her job but posing as a model for a Russian sports clothes line.

Woman welcomes triplets after 14 years of marriage (photos)

A Nigerian lady, Oby Evelyn has welcomed triplets after 14 years of marriage.

 The excited new mother took to her Facebook page to share the challenges she faced before welcoming her babies. She welcomed a boy and two girls.

''I am speechless.l don’t know how to begin this because my mouth is full of praise.the joy is unbeatable. lnfact nothing beats this moment.God has given me triple for my shame n mockery after 14 solid years of marriage.my God of 11th hour has blessed me with a prince n 2 princesses.my testimony is a dream come true.thank you my great God!!! Lastest mama ejima ito'', she wrote.

Mike Edwards's wife cradles her baby bump in new photo

Perri Shakes-Drayton who is expecting her first child with Big Brother Naija star, Mike Edwards shared lovely photo cradling her baby bump writing'

''Come through third trimester crazy to think a human is growing inside of me''.

Umahi shuts courts as Ebonyi records first COVID-19 death

All the courts in Ebonyi State have been put under lock and key following a directive by Governor David Umahi to that effect.

The courts are to remain shut for 10 days, the governor said in a broadcast in which he announced the first coronavirus related death in the state.

The closure, according to him, was meant to make allowance for the fumigation of the buildings and premises.

He also ordered that all the staff of the Judiciary in the state and their families should immediately proceed for Covid-19 tests.

Kaduna may lock down completely if covid-19 cases rise

The Kaduna State Government has hinted that should the state experience a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases, it may be forced to completely lock down in order to curtail the spread.

It, however, expressed confidence in its capacity at the moment to test and treat cases, especially with the activation of a mobile van known as ‘Wellness on Wheel (WOW)’, which uses the revolutionary GeneXpert machine to test for both tuberculosis and COVID-19.

Speaking during the inauguration of the initiative, the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, explained that it became necessary in order to further contain the spread of the disease, even as states across the country are easing restrictions.

Chad requests Nigeria’s assistance over electricity supply

The Chadian government has formally requested Nigeria to connect her country to the national electricity grid.

The Chadian Ambassador, Abakar Saleh Chachaimi, made the request during a visit to the Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman.

The Ambassador stressed the historical and economic values of connecting his country to Nigeria’s electricity as a means of enhancing bilateral relations.

Reacting to the request, the Minister of power said he welcomed the development, adding that the request would be thoroughly evaluated.

Health minister arrested over $60m COVID-19 fraud

Zimbabwean Health and Child Care Minister Obadiah Moyo has been arrested over the alleged irregular purchase of $60million COVID-19 medical supplies.

The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) confirmed the arrest of the minister Friday night.

“I can confirm that Minister Moyo is currently detained at Rhodesville Police Station and will likely appear in court today,” ZACC spokesperson Commissioner John Makamure said.

According to Makamure, the minister was arrested over shady procurement deals worth $60 million.

10 missing as boat capsizes in Indonesia

Ten people were missing after a boat carrying 16 fishermen capsized in Indonesian waters near the Anak Krakatau volcano, officials said Saturday.

Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said the motorboat sank on Thursday after being hit by strong waves in the Sunda strait.

“Six were rescued alive on Friday and we continue searching for the 10 people still missing today,” Indonesia’s search and rescue agency spokesman Muhammad Yusuf Latif told AFP on Saturday.

The group had attempted to swim to nearby Rakata island, he added.

Man arrested in Oyo for torturing his 7-year old daughter

The Oyo State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion’s Rapid Response Rescue Team on Sexual, Gender-Based Violence and Child Abuse has rescued a 7-year old young girl named Antonia Happiness Bassey who has been a victim of physical abuse, torture and assault by her biological father.

The father was arrested in Ibadan following a report made available to the Rapid Response Rescue Team of the Ministry on Friday.


Briefing newsmen in her office about the incident, the state’s Commissioner for Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Alhaja, Faosat Sanni, who confirmed the incident described it as an inhuman treatment meted to an innocent child.

N-Power: FG to disengage thousands of beneficiaries, enrol new set

The ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development says two batches of beneficiaries of the N-Power will be disengaged.

Established in 2016, the N-Power scheme is targeted at unemployed graduates who are engaged by the government and paid N30, 000 monthly stipend.

Over 200, 000 graduates were taken in at inception of the programme.

In a statement on Friday, Rhoda Iliya, deputy director of information at the ministry overseeing the scheme, said those affected are batches A and B beneficiaries who will now exit the programme by June 30 and July 31 respectively.

Broadcaster arrested for ‘insulting’ Lai Mohammed regains freedom — after 45 days

Rotimi Jolayemi, a journalist who was arrested for allegedly criticising Lai Mohammed, minister of information, has been freed by the police, after 45 days in detention.

According to PUNCH, Dorcas, Jolayemi’s wife confirmed that he was released on Friday, but asked to return on Monday to sign some papers.

Jolayemi, known as “Oba Akewi,” had recorded an eight-minute audio critical of the minister and released it via WhatsApp.

The minister allegedly ordered his arrest and he had been in detention since May.

Beautiful photos of late Ibidunni Ighodalo on her wedding day

Here are photos of late Mrs. Ibidun Ituah-Ighodalo on her wedding day.

Damilola Elliott, the photographer who took photos of the former beauty queen on her wedding day, shared Ibidun's wedding photos on her instagram page writing;

 "13 years ago.... So honoured to have shot your wedding.... A day I'll NEVER FORGET! - ...."Oya Dami, let's do a quick photoshoot before the client arrives...."
- ... "Dami, this picture must be fine o! I kuku trust you..." - ... "Ibs, oya smile for the camera járè..."  ..."Dami, I want a full length photo of this dress..."

 "Never to be forgotten! A smile that could pierce any bitterness. Rest well Ibs... Mrs. Ibidun Ituah-Ighodalo.."

Edo Deputy Governor, Shaibu, joins Obaseki in PDP, picks membership card

Amid the fanfare that greeted Governor Godwin Obaseki’s pitching tent with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to contest for re-election in Edo State, his Deputy, Rt. Hon.

Comrade Philip Shaibu has also led his supporters in defecting to the PDP. Comrade Shaibu, who spoke to journalists after obtaining his PDP membership card at the party secretariat in Benin City, expressed disappointment over the undemocratic actions and tendencies of Comrade Adams Oshiomole in his management of the APC at the national level.

He stated: “I have a mixed feeling with this action. First, one struggled to form a party and after forming that party, those that benefitted from the party took over the party and became tyrants.

Photo: Lagos PDP Woman Leader dies after brief illness

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Lagos State, on Friday, announced the death of its Woman Leader, Mrs. Oluwashola Oladeinbo. In a statement by its State Secretary, Prince Muiz Dosumu, the PDP stated that the Woman Leader died after a brief illness.

The statement reads: “Every being has its time and season. When the bell tolls, he hearkens. May the Saints light your way through the land of shadow, to the hearts of eternal peace, our indefatigable woman leader, Mrs Oluwashola Oladeinbo.

“With heavy heart, and total submission to the will of God, the entire PDP State Executive Committee members, announce the sudden demise of Mrs Oluwashola Oladeinbo, a strong member of the State Working Committee, who slept in the Lord, today Friday 19th June 2020. After a brief illness.

Like Lagos, Ogun makes U-turn on reopening of worship centres

The Ogun state government has suspended plans to reopen worship centres.

Dapo Abiodun, governor of the state, broke the news while addressing journalists in Abeokuta, the state capital, on Friday.

The government had earlier scheduled the reopening of worship centres for June 19, just like Lagos, which ended up reversing its decision.

“After a careful review of the data, feedback from the field, expert opinions, and lessons from far and near, two major conclusions are very clear and obvious to all: first, the COVID-19 situation in Ogun State and indeed in the country as a whole has not improved since the last update,” Abiodun said.

After 5 years, court acquits man accused of defiling neighbours’ 9-year-old daughter

Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of a Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere has discharged and acquitted a man, Niyi Oyelami, who was accused of defiling his neighbours’ 9-year-old daughter.

The court discharged and acquitted the defendant after finding him not guilty of the offence of defilement after five years of trial.

 Justice Ipaye acquitted the defendant while delivering judgment in a virtual court proceeding, on the grounds that the prosecution was unable to prove its case beyond every reasonable doubt.

 The Judge said that the testimony of the two prosecution witnesses failed to establish that the accused person actually committed the offence.

Dad beaten up by teenage bullies while trying to protect his son (video)

A dad was brutally beaten up by a group of teenage pupils after attempting to protect his son from bullies.

Disturbing video footage from a mobile phone shows the teenagers punching, kicking and stomping on the dad outside Park Ridge State High School near Brisbane in Queensland, Australia.

The fight happened on Monday after school had finished for the day, MailOnline reported.

The father can be seen hitting a boy who had pinned his son on the ground.

It was hard composing tribute song for Ibidunni –Tope Alabi

It’s been one week since Mrs Ibidunni Ighodalo, popular businesswoman and wife of the Senior Pastor of Trinity House, Ituah Ighodalo, died.

Since her death, family, friends and close associates have been sharing heartfelt tributes via their social media handles in honour of the former beauty queen.

Popular gospel artiste, Tope Alabi, also released a song in her memory. The highly-emotional song has been a topic of discourse on social media.

In an interview with Saturday Beats, Alabi said she was divinely led to release the tribute in honour of Ibidunni who she described as an angel. She said, “The late Pastor Ibidunni Ighadalo was a very wonderful woman of God. I met her at her husband’s church and I hugged her and when I did that, I felt the spirit of God telling me that she’s an angel. I never knew she was going to leave us soon but I just loved her spirit and have been going (since then) to the church for ministration.

Woman gives birth in a toilet without knowing she was pregnant

A mum who didn’t know she was pregnant gave birth on the toilet despite taking the pill “religiously”.

Grace Meachim, 32, and James Meachim, 34, were adamant they would only have three children and James was even on the waiting list for a vasectomy in December last year.

However, when Grace had woken up in the early hours of the morning to take a paracetamol and have a cup of tea, she was suddenly running to the restroom.

The sales advisor, who still had periods, felt the sensation of her waters breaking and let out a terrified scream according to The Mirror.

Man films female friends who stayed at his place while they were in shower because he got bored of p.o.r.n

A sick Peeping Tom filmed his friends in the shower because he was "bored" of watching p.o.r.n.

Ryan Oliver, 23, filmed five different women, including his friends and ex-girlfriend, when they stayed over at his home in Raymond Terrace in the NSW Hunter Region, Australia.

Oliver lurked outside the bedroom windows of several women and filmed them n-ked as they walked out of the shower and got dressed between April and December 2018.

He also kept videos of a woman from August 2017 showing her showering, Raymond Terrace Local Court heard.

We left our daughters alive but returned to meet their corpses – Lagos couple who lost their only two kids in building collapse

The parents of the two children; Chiamaka and Kareen, who died during Wednesday’s building collapse in Lagos State, have yet to come to terms with the loss.

The building located at Gafari Balogun Street in Ogudu was said to have collapsed due to a mudslide that occurred during heavy rainfall.

The parents who spoke to City Round kept lamenting their loss amid tears.

The father identified only as Godwin narrated that he and his wife were out of the house when the incident occurred. He said he had gone to Ajah, Lagos, for work, while his wife left the house later.

Atlanta cop who killed Rayshard Brooks had previously been reported 12 times for misconduct

The cop who shot Rayshard Brooks had been reported for misconduct 12 times, including one alleging excessive use of force, before he killed the unarmed 27-year-old.

Garrett Rolfe, a six-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department, shot and killed Brooks in the parking lot of a Wendy's on June 12. He has been fired and is now waiting to find out if he will be charged over Brooks' killing.

Disciplinary records obtained by The Atlanta Journal Constitution reveal he was reported in 2017 for excessive use of force with a gun and received a reprimand, but it's unclear what exactly happened to prompt the complaint.

Of the 12 complaints against him, the police department dismissed nine.

Torrential rainfall: Lagos govt warns residents to expect more

Lagos State Government has alerted residents to expect and prepare for more torrential rainfalls in July and September, even as sympathized with victims of devastating rainfalls of the last two days in the state.

Recall that at least four persons including two teenagers, a 4-year-old child and a woman lost their lives and several properties destroyed in the wake of torrential rainfalls which lasted for two days in the state.

The state Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr.Tunji Bello, in a statement on Friday, expressed his sympathy to those whose properties were damaged and those who were displaced by the flash flood of Wednesday and Thursday in the state.

According to Bello, “More of such heavy rains will come in July as well as September. There is the need for all residents to be adequately prepared for it.”

Man who went about sneezing and coughing on people is jailed

A man who filmed himself coughing and sneezing on shoppers at a supermarket has been jailed for driving offences.

Raymond Gary Coombs, 39, was sentenced at Christchurch District Court to 16 months' prison and fined NZD $750 (£383) on Tuesday.this week.

In April, he went to Fresh Choice supermarket in Barrington, Christchurch, New Zealand, and filmed himself deliberately coughing and sneezing in the direction of other customers.

He apologised and walked away with a smirk on his face.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Your blood type could be linked to how likely you are to die of coronavirus

A patient's blood type could be linked to how likely they are to die of coronavirus, researchers say.

The findings, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, suggest people with type A blood have a higher risk of being infected with the coronavirus and developing worse symptoms.

At the peak of the epidemic in Europe, researchers analysed the genes of more than 4,000 people to look for variations that were common in those who became infected with the coronavirus and developed severe Covid-19.

And a cluster of variants in genes that are involved with immune responses was more common in people with severe Covid-19, they found. These genes are also involved with a cell-surface protein called ACE2 that the coronavirus uses to gain entry to and infect cells in the body.

Anthony Joshua has earned £61million - and has spent none of it on himself

Anthony Joshua is Britain's biggest name in boxing.

The two time world champion also has an Olympic gold medal to his name after securing victory in the 2012 London Games.

Joshua's huge success has netted him a fortune with the 30-year-old estimated to be worth a staggering £61million.

And the Watford-born fighter isn't afraid of splashing his hard fought for earnings, shelling out for luxury holidays, cars and homes.