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The hottest and most trending news articles for this week in all categories captured in one shot. Find articles ranging from News, to Sports, to Politics, to Entertainment, to Economy, to Metro plus, and many other categories. See below the top news for the week:


NEWS

  • Nigeria’s First Female Combat Helicopter Pilot, Arotile, Dies At 23

Flying Officer, Tolulope Arotile is dead, eight months after she was commissioned as Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot. This was contained in a statement signed by Air Force spokesman, Ibikunle Daramola, and obtained by Channels Television on Wednesday. She was just 23.

“Until her death, Flying Officer Arotile, who was commissioned into the NAF in September 2017 as a member of Nigerian Defence Academy Regular Course 64, was the first-ever female combat helicopter pilot in the Service. During her short but impactful stay in the Service, late Arotile, who hailed from Iffe in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State, contributed significantly to the efforts to rid the North Central States of armed bandits and other criminal elements by flying several combat missions under Operation GAMA AIKI in Minna, Niger State. “The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on behalf officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of the NAF, commiserates with the family of late ?Flying Officer Arotile over this irreparable loss. We pray that the Almighty God grants her soul eternal rest.”

  • Arotile: Family demands probe, Afenifere rejects crash report

The family of Tolulope Arotile, the late first Nigerian female combat pilot, and the Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Thursday rejected the accident theory of the Nigerian Air Force as the cause of the death, calling for a probe. The late combat pilot died on Tuesday at the age of 24 after a car that was reversing hit her. Tolulope’s elder sister, Damilola Adegboye, told newsmen on Thursday that the family was devastated by her untimely death and had been wondering how a car that was reversing could kill her. “We are not convinced that Tolu can die like that in a freak accident. I know that the military is well trained in the art of investigation; we want them to carry out a thorough investigation that can convince us beyond all doubts that the incident that led to her death was the truth,” she added.

She said the day the late combat pilot died, she was in the room where she was sleeping. Adegboye said, “A call came into her mobile phone; from the way she spoke, I knew that the caller must be a senior officer telling her to come to the air force base. She was reluctant and I offered to drop her off. “One hour later, I saw it online that something serious had happened to her. I couldn’t believe that somebody I just dropped off is dead.” Also speaking, Tolulope’s mother described her as a special child who liked to fast and pray. Also, Afenifere on Thursday demanded a coroner inquest into Tolulope’s death. The National Publicity Secretary of the organisation, Yinka Odumakin, in a statement titled, ‘Afenifere wants coroner inquest into Tolulope Arotile’s death,’ said, with the death of the flying officer, “Nigeria the demented chicken sucked one of its finest eggs yet again.”

  • Arotile: Killer Driver Had No Valid Licence – Military Sources

The driver who knocked down Flying Officer, Tolulope Arotile, is a civilian who had no valid driving credentials, military sources have informed newsmen. According to the sources, the driver was also Arotile’s secondary school classmate. The Nigerian Air Force announced the demise of Arotile, who was Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot, on Wednesday. She died, on Tuesday, as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at the NAF Base Kaduna.

The sources, who preferred to remain anonymous, said the civilian driver, accompanied by his friends, visited his relations at the Airforce base located in Mando area of Kaduna metropolis on that fateful day and decided to drop off the late Airforce Pilot whom he spotted on the road inside the base. However, in the process of reversing the car, he knocked down the deceased, who died after sustaining head injuries, the sources claimed.
Both the driver and the other occupants of the car were said to have been taken into the custody of the Air police for questioning, where it was discovered that the driver of the car has no valid driver’s license.

  • COVID-19: A spiritual punishment from Allah — Prof Abdulazeez

A renowned Islamic Scholar and Professor of Communication and Language Arts, Taofeek Abdulazeez has described the Covid-19 pandemic as a spiritual punishment from Allah. He stated this when he led a delegation on a humanitarian visit on Abdur-Rahman Balogun, President, Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN), who just recovered from the sickness in Abuja. Abdulazeez, who doubles as the Imam of University of Abuja, said that what the world is witnessing now is as result of accumulated sins, irrespective of the various conspiracy theories. He averred that there were many international conspiracy theories behind the sudden emergence of Covid-19 pandemic, saying malaria, Lassa fever are killing more people, especially in Nigeria than the dreaded Coronavirus.

“Allah may be angry with the world, especially the religious leaders, for their conspiratorial silence when the world is engrossed in global advocacy, applaud and involve in Fasad especially, sodomy and Zina”, he said. He said though he has his concerns on the Covid-19 pandemic, the University Don asked the world to repent and go back to God almighty for forgiveness. Quoting several portions of the Quran and historical antecedents to back his claim, Abdulazeez prayed to God to take the pandemic away as it has disrupted every facet of life.

  • Buhari congratulates Nigerian appointed VC of UK varsity

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, expressed delight at the appointment of a Nigerian, Prof Charles Egbu, as the Vice Chancellor of Leeds Trinity Unversity, United Kingdom. Buhari’s congratulatory message to Egbu was contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina. It read: “President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed delight at the news of appointment of Professor Charles Egbu, from Anambra State, as Vice Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University, United Kingdom.

“The President felicitates with the academic, who is the first black person appointed helmsman of a ranked university in the UK, urging him to continue to proudly hold the flag of Nigeria aloft in all his endeavours in the elevated position. “With wide experience as Pro-Chancellor at the University of East London, Dean of the School of Built Environment and Architecture at London South Bank University, and stints at University of Salford, University College London, Glasgow Caledonian University, Leeds Beckett University, among others, I have no doubt that you will acquit yourself creditably once again in this new assignment”.

  • Senate prescribes life imprisonment for Kidnapping

The Senate on Tuesday raised the punishment for anyone found guilty on the offence of kidnapping from 10 years to life imprisonment. The upper chamber also deleted the statute of limitation on defilement as well removed gender restrictions on the offences of rape. These resolutions of the Senate followed the third reading and passage of “A bill for an Act to amend the Criminal Code Act CAP. C.38, Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004.

The Bill sponsored by Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central), seeks to delete the statute of limitation on defilement, increase punishment for the offence of kidnapping, and remove gender restrictions in the offence of rape and other related matters. The Bill also eliminated the present time frame for reporting and prosecuting defilement cases in the country. It also removed gender restrictions on the offence of rape by explaining that both male and female could be raped. If the Bill becomes law, defilement cases can be actionable at any time.

  • Buhari orders suspension of EFCC directors

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the suspension of 12 directors of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Also affected was the Commission Secretary, Olanipekun Olukoyede. The order, newsmen gathered, was handed down on Friday following a request by the Presidential Panel investigating the allegations of graft and misconduct against the former EFCC acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu.

The directors were directed by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) to proceed on suspension on Tuesday, in compliance with the presidential order. A source said, “The panel actually requested the suspension of all the directors of the EFCC to go to enable the panel members to carry out a thorough investigation into the activities of the commission.

  • NDDC: Failed siege in P-Harcourt, storm in Abuja

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, on thursday rescued Ms Joi Nunieh, former acting Managing Director (Interim Management Committee) of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, when he stormed her Port Harcourt residence and freed her from a siege mounted by Policemen. Wike’s moves in Port Harcourt kicked off series of events in NDDC in Abuja, with reactions from some women groups and the Forum of South-South Governors. Wike arrived at her residence in the GRA section of the oil city yesterday morning and ordered armed policemen around out of his way. He then entered the house and was seen driving her off in his convoy.

Governor Wike, who rescued Nunieh, has urged the IGP to investigate yesterday’s invasion by over 50 armed policemen of her Port Harcourt residence. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives, yesterday, issued an order for the arrest of acting Managing Director of NDDC, Interim Management Committee, IMC, Prof Kemebradikumo Pondei for contempt of the parliament.


EDUCATION

  • Don’t enrol for WAEC without FG’s participation, NUT, parents tell states

State governments in the country have been told not to go ahead and enrol their schools in this year’s West African Senior Secondary School Examination. WASSCE, if the Federal Government-owned schools are not going to take part in same. If they go ahead, according to the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, and the National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria, NAPTAN, it will not only distort the education sector but will also create chaos that may be very difficult to remediate.

The National Treasurer of the NUT, Mr Segun Raheem and the National President of NAPTAN, Haruna Danjuma, said this in separate chats with reporters. Raheem said there was a stakeholders’ meeting with the Federal Ministry of Education and other government agencies concerned with the COVID-19 pandemic in which NUT was present, and where it was agreed that anything that would lead to chaos should be avoided. While empathising with private school owners and teachers, the NUT national treasurer opined that it would be in the best interest of all if schools are reopened in a safe environment.

  • Southwest states to reopen schools Aug for WASSCE

The six Southwest states – Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Osun and Ekiti – have agreed to reopen schools next month to enable Senior Secondary School 3 pupils to sit for the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). But the Federal Government on Wednesday reiterated its advisory that schools should remain shut and not take part in the examination conducted by the West African Examination Council (WAEC). At a virtual meeting organised by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission yesterday, commissioners for Education in the six states, special advisers on Education and State Universal Education Board (SUBEB) chairmen reached an agreement to reopen schools for SS3 pupils to sit for their final examination.

A statement by the DAWN Commission said all the states would reopen schools for SS3 pupils on August 3 with COVID-19 preventive measures put in place. According to the statement, the states will approach the Federal Government at the first instance to seek a postponement of the WASSCE by at least three weeks from the proposed resumption date. At the second instance, states are to directly approach WAEC to seek a postponement of the examination to the week begining August 24. On resumption, schools are to appoint incident managers and classroom wardens. There will also be a designation of quality assurance department for each state to issue a safety compliance certificate to each school before reopening.

  • Rape bill targeted at lecturers, says ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU), has faulted the recent Bill passed by the National Assembly on sexual harassment and rape,describing it a design to victimize university lecturers. ASUU insisted that the Rape Bill is ostensibly targeted at its members.

Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, the National President of ASUU, expressed concerns at a Town Hall meeting on Monday, with critical stakeholders in Jos, noting that, the Bill passed by the Assembly, though, yet to be signed into law, does not go well with ASUU. Newsmen report that, the Town Hall meeting was organized by the university of Jos chapter of the union. Prof.Ogunyemi, maintained that, the Bill is discriminatory and also targeted at the male lecturers.

  • ‘WASSCE cancellation may trigger criminality’

The founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD), Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), has expressed fear that the cancellation of this year’s West African Secondary School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) may promote criminality. Babalola described the decision as not only ill-conceived but posed a dangerous threat to the lives of the country’s future leaders, adding that the destinies of 1.5 million students, who registered for the external examination was hanging in the balance with the withdrawal of Nigeria from the external examination.

He said it was wrong for the Federal Government to have taken such unilateral decision, due to the fear of COVID-19, when other participating nations have not withdrawn their students from sitting for the external examination. The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, had last week announced the Federal government’s intention to withdraw Nigeria’s candidates from the examination due to the hazard posed by the spread of COVID-19. In a statement personally signed in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday, the legal icon said the Federal Government should allow the WASSCE to hold in the empty spaces in tertiary institutions which can accommodate 1.5 million registered students without defying COVID-19 protocols.

ECONOMY

  • Renovation of National Theatre will build up more resilient economy – Emefiele

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in conjunction with the Bankers Committee has said that the National Arts Theatre when renovated and fully operational, would lead to the build-up of a more resilient economy. The CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, made the assertion at the official handover ceremony of the facility to the Bankers Committee for renovation on Sunday in Lagos. Emefiele said that the handover of the facility to the committee was timely, considering the external headwinds facing the country’s economy at the moment.

Given our dependence on crude oil as a major source of government revenue, as well as for our foreign exchange earnings, these challenges have served to reinforce the need for stakeholders to promote policies and programs that will enable greater diversification of the Nigerian economy. A diversified economy that supports increased productivity in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors, while harnessing the talents of our youths in the creative industries, will lead to the buildup of a more resilient economy, that is better able to withstand external shocks while creating wealth and jobs for our growing population,” Emefiele said. The CBN governor said that the renovation which would be completed in another 18 months, would have transformed the facility into Nigeria’s Creative Industrial Center.

  • FG Kicks Off Special Public Works Programme Aimed At Poverty Alleviation

The Special Public Works Programme of the Federal Government has kicked off nationwide. The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo on Tuesday inaugurated special committees in all the states of the Federation and the FCT for the selection of applicants for the programme. In a virtual inauguration conference jointly addressed by the Director-General, National Directorate of Employment, Dr Nasir Ladan Argungu in Abuja, the Minister disclosed that an Inter-Ministerial Committee drawn from eight Ministries and headed by the NDE recommended the setting up of States Selection Committees to identify and recruit those to be engaged under the Programme.

These Committees would also be saddled with the responsibility of identifying the public works to be executed in each of the LGAs in all the States. This would be in addition to projects already identified by several Federal Ministries, Agencies and Parastatals in different localities across the country.

  • Buhari backs Keyamo on 774,000 jobs

President Muhammadu Buhari has given Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, the go-ahead with the plan to recruit 774, 000 under the Special Public Works Progamme (SPW). Keyamo confirmed the development to Newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja. The Minister said he has the instructions of President Buhari to proceed unhindered, thereby ignoring the leadership of the National Assembly which asked the Minister to stop the programmeI have the instructions of my boss, Mr. President, to proceed unhindered,” Keyamo said in a text.

The Minister and lawmakers had been at loggerheads over the implementation of the programme. The lawmakers had said the Minister did not seek their inputs before putting together members of the 20-man States selection committees inaugurated in June. They accused the Minister of trying to hijack the scheme from the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), the implementing agency of the project. However, Keyamo told newsmen on Wednesday that the states selection committees are proceeding already with the programme as planned, following the new directive from Buhari. He said: have instructions from Mr. President to proceed. The states selection committees are proceeding already with the programme. Nothing stopped them before.


HEALTH

  • PTF: Airborne transmission of Coronavirus possible

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Monday said a new evidence has showed that airborne transmission of COVID-19 is possible. It urged citizens to absolutely wear a face mask and adhere to other non-pharmaceutical protocols, such as avoiding mass gatherings, practising social distancing and maintaining hand hygiene by washing of hands. Speaking during the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja, the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said: Over the past few weeks, increasing evidence has emerged that in addition to droplet infection we cannot rule out that airborne transmission is also possible as a mode of COVID-19 spread.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has updated its guidelines on this, saying exactly the same thing that we cannot rule out airborne transmission. Therefore, we have to act in a precautionary way assuming that this is also possible given the new evidence that is emerging. Ihekweazu added, “This means that staying together in closed spaces and clusters such as in restaurants and in small rooms with very poor ventilation increases the risk of transmission. Indoor activities are riskier than outdoors activities, especially when there are many people in the room when we don’t adhere to distancing them and when we don’t wear masks. “This means that we have to, with a louder voice of the things that we have been saying already; that we have to even strengthen further the avoidance of mass gatherings or gatherings of any nature in small spaces.

  • COVID-19:Vaccinate children now or risk them to uncertain future,UNICEF tells Nigeria

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), has urged Nigeria to seize the current moment to vaccinate children or risk them to what it called “uncertain future and possibly dire health prospects.” The children’s rights organization tasked the country to “reimagine” how it delivers routine immunization during COVID-19 pandemic. This came as UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO),warned of an alarming decline in global vaccine coverage due to a COVID-19 pandemic which it note, “is disrupting the delivery and uptake of immunization services around the world.”

UNICEF’s Representative in Nigeria,Peter Hawkins, in a statement, Wednesday, raised alarm that the country was “facing a critical moment of choice,where children can either be protected from a host of preventable diseases or face an uncertain future and possibly dire health prospects”. “UNICEF today said that Nigeria is facing a critical moment of choice, wherein children can either be protected from a host of preventable diseases, or face an uncertain future and possibly dire health prospects. “This is a critical moment for Nigeria’s children. We can either seize it, or condemn millions of children to preventable illness or even death,” the statement said.


POLITICS

  • Edo Election: PDP Confident Of Victory

The National Campaign Council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Edo governorship election says the party is confident that its candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki will win the election. The party was optimistic of its victory after the inaugural meeting of the council held behind closed doors in Port Harcourt which was presided over by the River State Governor, Nyesom Wike. In attendance at the meeting are Governors of Adamawa State Umaru Fintri, Oyo State Seyi Makinde, and other members of the National Campaign Council, chairmen and secretaries of all the sub-committees of Edo 2020.

Briefing journalists after the meeting, Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri said the meeting adopted the best strategies to retain what rightly belongs to PDP. Governor Fintiri who is also the Deputy Chairman of the campaign council said they would leave no stone unturned in working with Edo people to deepen democracy. “The election is already on the table for PDP. We have a sellable candidate, who is Governor Godwin Obaseki. Nigerians are moving forward with democracy and we have to deepen it together.

  • Akeredolu, APC petition police over ex-SSG electoral fraud claim

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and the All Progressives Congress (APC) Ondo State have petitioned the Ondo State Commissioner of Police, Salami Bolaji, over claims by a former Secretary to the State Government, Ifedayo Abegunde that the 2016 governorship election was won by the Peoples Democratic Party but rigged in favour of Akeredolu. Abegunde spoke after he resigned from Akeredolu’s administration last month and pledged to support the aspiration of Chief Olusegun Abraham. But he later recanted his statement to say that he meant that the people and not Akeredolu won the governorship election for the APC.

In the petition signed by Counsel to Akeredolu and the Ondo APC, Femi Emmanuel Emodamori, they are asking the Police Commissioner to investigate and prosecute Abegunde over the electoral fraud claims. They said the election results were never disputed by any of the candidates before the Ondo State Election Petition Tribunal but were shocked by the revelations of Abegunde. Akeredolu and the APC said the allegation of manipulation was diametrically spurious, false, reckless, senseless, and criminal.

  • Gov Bello heads Ondo APC primary election committee

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has been appointed by the Caretaker/Extra-ordinary National Convention Planning Committee (CEONCPC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to head a nine-man Ondo State Governorship Primary Election Committee slated for Monday. The party also approved Emperor Chris Baywood Ibe to head a nine-man Primary Election Appeal Committee. A statement on Thursday in Abuja by the Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, said the National Chairman of the Caretaker Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni, has approved the constitution of the committees.

The committee has Olorogun o’tega Emerhor as secretary, while Alwan Hassan, Chief Samuel Sambo, Hajiya Binta Salihu, Mr. Emma Andy, Dr. Adebayo Adelabu, Abdullahi Aliyu and Mrs. Margret Ngozi Igwe are to serve as members. Abdulmimuni Okara, an architect, is to serve as secretary to the Governorship Primary Election Appeal Committee, while Mr. Festus Fientes, Mr. Okon Owoefiak, Mr. Abba Isah, Alh. Umar Duhu, Sani El-katuzu, Mrs. Osuere Eunice and Emeka Agaba are appointed as members.


WORLD

  • Naya Rivera: Rescuers Recover Body From Lake In Search For US Actress

Rescuers on Monday found a body at the California lake where Glee star Naya Rivera went missing last week. The Ventura County Sheriff’s office said “recovery is in progress of the unidentified body after a sixth day of searching for the US actress began again at first light. Rivera, 33, is believed to have accidentally drowned in Lake Piru after renting a boat at the camping and recreational hotspot with her four-year-old son, authorities said last week.

She vanished on Wednesday afternoon, and a massive search involving divers, patrol boats and helicopters was launched after her son was spotted drifting alone in a boat on the lake. Investigators believe Rivera drowned in what appears to be a tragic accident, the sheriff’s office said last week. Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said that while an autopsy and official identification are forthcoming, the circumstances from the location of the body to the fact that no one else has been reported missing in the lake makes the department are confident that the body we found is Naya Rivera.

  • Chilean Police Train Dogs To Sniff Out COVID-19

Police in Chile are training dogs to detect people that may be infected with the novel coronavirus by sniffing their sweat. The dogs — three golden retrievers and a labrador — are between the ages of four and five. Until now they have been used to sniff out illicit drugs, explosives and lost people, police say. The training program is a joint effort by Chile’s national police, the Carabineros, and specialists at the Universidad Catolica de Chile. It follows in the footsteps of similar efforts taking place in France, said Julio Santelices, head of the police school of specialties.

“The importance of this scientific study is that it will allow dogs to become biodetectors, and detect this type of illness at an early stage,” Santelices told AFP. Mardones said that there is already evidence that dogs can detect diseases such as tuberculosis, parasite infections, and even early stages of cancer. Canines can detect subtle changes in skin temperature, potentially making them useful in determining if a person has a fever. According to the World Organisation for Animal Health, the possibility of contagion from a dog is remote.

  • Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine Set For Final Trial Stage After ‘Promising’ Results

The US biotech firm Moderna said Tuesday it would enter the final stage of its human trials for its COVID-19 vaccine on July 27, after promising early results were published in a journal. The Phase 3 trial will recruit 30,000 participants in the US, with half to receive the vaccine at 100 microgram dose levels, and the other half will receive a placebo.

It is designed to learn whether the vaccine can prevent infection by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, or, if people still get infected, whether it can prevent the infection progressing toward symptoms. If they do get symptoms, the vaccine can still be considered a success if it stops severe cases of COVID-19. The study should run until October 27, according to its page on clinicaltrials.gov.

  • Hong Kong Sanctions: China Vows To Retaliate Against US

China on Wednesday said it would retaliate after US President Donald Trump signed into law an act allowing sanctions on banks over Beijing’s clampdown on Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Autonomy Act “maliciously slanders” national security legislation imposed by Beijing on the city, China’s foreign ministry said in a statement. “China will make necessary responses to protect its legitimate interests, and impose sanctions on relevant US personnel and entities,” the ministry

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Is Tested And Safe, Says Russian Military

The Russian defence ministry said on Wednesday it had developed a “safe” coronavirus vaccine following clinical trials on a group of volunteers. The ministry said 18 people had participated in the research and were discharged without “serious adverse events, health complaints, complications or side effects”. The results of the trials “allow us to speak with confidence about the safety and good tolerability of the vaccine”, it said in a statement.

The defence ministry did not say whether the vaccine was in fact effective but a doctor working on the trials said the volunteers were now protected against the coronavirus. “Their immunity is working well, antibodies are being created, they are protected against the coronavirus,” researcher Svetlana Volchikhina said in a video released by the defence ministry.

SPORTS

  • Nigeria’s Nneka Ede Buys Portuguese Club

A Nigerian entrepreneur, Nneka Ede has become one of the few Africans to own a European club after she bought Portuguese side, Lusitano Ginásio Clube, Futebol, SAD. Mrs Ede’s ownership of the 108-year-old team, which is in the Portuguese third division, began in June, 2020. The development also makes her the first African woman to own a European side. A statement from the Campeonato de Portuguese side said her ownership of the club followed months of negotiations, describing the Nigerian as “passionate and fiery about football.”

“After months of negotiations with different entities,” the club said, “an agreement has been reached with Mrs Nneka Ede, a sports enthusiast and entrepreneur from Nigeria, a country filled with people as passionate and fiery about football as us and which incidentally share the same green and white in their flags, towards the transfer of the ownership of the SAD to the latter that will help us in our mission to take Lusitano to the next level.” According to Mrs Ede, the development opens a new chapter in her life that she hopes will deepen the sporting relationship between Nigeria and Portugal. She also hopes her ownership of the Portuguese team will provide a pathway for the development of young talents.

  • Man Utd Striker Rashford To Receive Honour For Charity Work

Marcus Rashford is to become the youngest person to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester for his work campaigning against child poverty and his sporting achievements. The 22-year-old Manchester United and England forward will follow in the footsteps of United greats Alex Ferguson and Bobby Charlton in earning the accolade from the university, which is the highest honour it can bestow.

Last month he forced a government U-turn after he wrote an open letter to MPs asking for the reversal of a decision not to award free school meal vouchers to vulnerable children outside term time. The striker said his family relied on free school meals when he was growing up. During the coronavirus pandemic he has also teamed up with poverty and food waste charity FareShare to help raise millions to provide meals for vulnerable people. Rashford said in a statement: “It’s a proud day for myself and my family. When you look at the great names that have been awarded this doctorate in the past, it’s humbling.

  • Manchester City’s two-year Champions League ban lifted by CAS

Manchester City will play in the Champions League next season after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) overturned the club’s two-year ban from European football.VManchester City were handed the suspension by UEFA’s club financial control body in February for “serious breaches” of club licensing and financial fair play regulations. The Premier League club vehemently denied any wrongdoing and appealed the decision at CAS last month, after previously describing the UEFA disciplinary process as prejudicial.

After hearing evidence over the course of three days in June, CAS has now overturned the suspension – meaning City are free to compete in the Champions League next season, having secured second place in the Premier League with a 5-0 win over Brighton on Saturday. Speaking after the match, City manager Pep Guardiola said he was confident the ban would be overturned and insisted his side deserved to play in European football’s elite competition.

  • Tokyo Governor wants Olympics to go ahead as symbol of overcoming COVID-19

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, often floated as a future Japanese premier, said on Monday the Olympics must go ahead next year as a symbol of world unity in overcoming the novel coronavirus, even as her city grapples with stubborn spikes in cases. Japan has not seen an explosive coronavirus outbreak as suffered in some other places but a recent increase in cases in Tokyo, which accounts for more than a third of its more than 20,000 total, has fanned worries about a second wave of infections.

The 2020 Olympics were scheduled to start this month but were postponed because of the coronavirus. Koike has pledged to win public support for the Games, although a media survey showed a majority think they should be cancelled or postponed again.

  • Klopp invites Akinfenwa for Reds’ title parade

Adebayo Akinfenwa has an invitation to Liverpool’s future Premier League title parade after Jürgen Klopp fulfilled his request for a congratulatory WhatsApp message. The Wycombe Wanderers striker – and huge Reds fan – called for contact from Klopp during an emotional post-match interview in the aftermath of his team’s League One play-off final win over Oxford United at Wembley on Monday night.

The boss duly responded and Akinfenwa posted the video message he received from Merseyside on social media. On Tuesday, Klopp was asked when he’ll meet up with the forward and whether he had received a reply. “When it’s possible, in the future one day,” the manager said. “I don’t know when exactly but he is invited for the parade, 100 per cent!

  • Premier League Agrees Summer Transfer Window

Premier League clubs have agreed a 10-week summer transfer window, which will open on July 27. Subject to the approval of football’s world governing body FIFA, the window will open the day after the 2019/20 league season finishes and end on October 5, the date UEFA had recommended for the closure of registration periods across Europe. The Premier League said that following consultation with the English Football League, a domestic-only window will also be added from October 5 and close on October 16.

Transfers between Premier League clubs will not be able to occur during this period, but top-flight sides can trade with EFL clubs and loan or sign players permanently. The EFL confirmed its window would open on the same day as the Premier League’s but clubs would have an extra two weeks for domestic-only business.

  • We Won’t Beg Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka To Play For Nigeria, Says Pinnick

Mr Amaju Pinnick says the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will not beg Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka to play for the Super Eagles. He said this on Thursday in an Instagram chat with the NFF media department, noting that there are many players of Saka’s pedigree in Nigeria willing to play for the three-time African champions. Pinnick, who is the NFF President, said although the 18-year-old is an excellent player, anyone interested to feature for Nigeria must show zeal.

It’s About Interest. According to him, the football body will always welcome Saka or others with interest in playing for the country. “There are many players that play like Bukayo Saka in Nigeria. We don’t want to go begging any player,” Pinnick said. He added, “It is about ardour and fervour. If a player has decided for Nigeria and only want to be assured that he would be much welcome, we will come in and provide that assurance.”


ENTERTAINMENT

  • Adeboye’s birthday tributes to wife stirrs Controversy

The birthday tributes of General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, for his wife, Folu, has stirred controversy on social media. Adeboye, while celebrating his wife who clocked 72, said: Today is my wife’s birthday and there are lessons that women, especially so many young brides can learn from her. She is a powerful woman, I know that. She has many people who take instructions from her but as powerful as she is and even though she has seen me in my weakest moments, I have no doubt that I am her head. “It does not matter what is on her itinerary if I say I would like you to go with me to so and so place the best she can do is try to convince me otherwise.

Adeboye, who stressed on women being submissive to their husbands, asserted: No matter how educated or successful you are, your husband is your head and you must regard him as such at all times. It is a terrible thing for a husband to feel his wife is his head. Many men are misbehaving in their marriages simply because they want to establish that they are the head of their wives”. He further disclosed that despite his wife’s busy schedules, she handles the cooking and serving of the food.

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  • Marriage scam: American woman defrauded of $48,000 and held hostage in Nigeria, rescued

An American woman lured to Nigeria on a promise of marriage and held for more than a year by an internet fraudster, has been rescued, police reports said on Sunday. The suspect, Chukwuebuka Obiakuwhom, met the American woman on Facebook, and extorted $48,000 from her by promising to marry her. Police operatives have successfully rescued an American citizen who was confined in a Lagos hotel where she was held against her wish for over a year, police spokesman Frank Mba said in a statement.

The victim, a retired civil servant from Washington DC, USA, reportedly arrived in Nigeria on February 13, 2019, and was held hostage by the suspect who also sexually abused her. He said the suspect was an internet fraudster who has defrauded many people locally and internationally. Police said the suspect would be charged at a later date, AFP reported.

  • Ex-NIMASA ED, Agaba Gets Seven-Year Jail Term, For Laundering N1.5bn

The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has sentenced a former Executive Director of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Captain Ezekiel Bala Agaba, to seven years in prison for laundering the sum of N1.5 billion.

Justice Ibrahim Buba handed down the sentence on Wednesday, after convicting the former NIMASA ED. In 2015, the EFCC had alleged that the convict while serving as the ED in charge of Maritime, Safety and Shipping, fraudulently conspired with the then-Director General, Patrick Akpobolokemi, to obtain the huge sum by false pretence from the Federal Government after which it was fraudulently converted.

  • 10 cultists sleep with new female member during initiation – Girl

A 19-year-old girl and member of a cult known as the Marine Girls, Blessing David, on Thursday confessed to having slept with 10 men after she was initiated into the group. The teenager, who was initiated along with other girls, said sleeping with the men was part of the initiation rites. She said this at the headquarters of the Edo State Police Command in Benin City, when the Commissioner of Police, Mr Johnson Kokumo, paraded 15 armed robbery suspects, six cultists, three kidnappers and four murder suspects.

The cultists paraded were three teenage girls, who were said to be members of the Marine Girls. Blessing told reporters that she was initiated into the group in 2019. The CP said two suspected armed robbers were killed in the early hours of Thursday by operatives of the command. “An eight-man robbery gang, who operated at the Amagba area of Benin City, robbed 13 houses, injuring victims with machetes and other weapons during the operation that started around 12am on Thursday and lasted till 3am. The police engaged them in a gun duel and in the process, two of them were killed,” Kokumo stated.