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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

  • DSS Warns Against Plans To Destabilise The Country

The Department of State Services (DSS) says it has uncovered plans by some persons and groups to take advantage of the latest developments in parts of the country to destabilise it. In a statement signed on Monday, the DSS Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya, Ph.D, said some prominent personalities and socio-cultural groups have resorted to divisive acts through inciting statements aimed at pitting individuals, groups and ethnic nationalities against another. While the Service did not disclose any names, it said it is, without doubt, aware of such plans and their sponsors.

The DSS, therefore, warned that it will no longer tolerate the orchestrations by subversive and unscrupulous elements to cause a breakdown of law and order in the country. It also noted that it is working assiduously with relevant authorities and sister security and law enforcement agencies to ensure that the sinister objective is not achieved. The Service reiterated its commitment to the internal security of Nigeria, saying that it will, within the confines of the law, decisively deal with planners of the mayhem.

  • Massive floods coming to Lagos, others, agency warns

MASSIVE floods will sweep through many parts of the country between September and October, a Federal Government agency warned on Tuesday. The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), which gave the red alert, advised residents of flood-prone areas to begin relocation because heavy rains will precipitate the flooding leading to destruction of property and likely loss of lives. Director-General of the agency, Mr. Clement Nze, explained that 275 local government areas of the 774 will be moderately hit by the flood while 102 councils will be worse-hit.

Lagos, Rivers, Delta, Edo and Kogi are on top of the list of states to witness major flooding. The others are Ogun, Ekiti, Kwara, Abia, Adamawa, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Ebonyi, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara states. All the local government areas in Lagos, except Epe and many parts of Ogun State, will be badly affected, the agency added. NIHASA said governors of the states had been advised to begin immediate evacuation of residents in areas to be affected.

  • Akwa Ibom governor approves 80% salary increment for health workers

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel has announced an upward salary review of 70 to 80 per cent for the state health workers under the aegis of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU). Besides, he assured of his administration’s sincerity to the welfare of health workers even in the face of daunting challenges affecting the global economy. The governor, in a statewide electronic media interview at the weekend, said the review was occasioned by the hazards the health workers are exposed to in the course of their duties, particularly at this time of COVID-19 pandemic.

He, therefore, urged workers across the state to always show understanding and be considerate in their demands, considering the global pandemic and insisted that the task of building the state was a collective responsibility for all indigenes. Meanwhile, the governor has said that his government is working out modalities to facilitate the reopening of educational institutions beginning with terminal classes of JSS3 and SSS3 secondary schools students to enable them prepare on time for their final examinations. He hinted that adequate arrangements had been put in place to decontaminate educational institutions as well as other safety measures that would guarantee the safety of students upon resumption of schools.

  • Dubai Crown Prince Pays Medical Bill Of Nigerian Stranded With Quadruplets

Relief has come the way of a Nigerian mother, Suliyat Tijani and her quadruplets stranded in a hospital after the Dubai Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum paid their hospital bills. Suliyat, 29, had planned to return to Nigeria for delivery since she and her husband, Tijani Adigun Shakiru could not afford doing so in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). But travel restrictions occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, left Suliyat, an Oyo State indigene, and her husband with no choice than to do so in the Arab nation. She was to later gave birth to quadruplets, two days before her planned return to Nigeria. Since Suliyat and her family had no medical insurance, having racked up about $108,000 (400,000 AED) in medical expenses since the birth (prematurely) of the two boys and two girls, they went on soliciting for help.

Local radio stations in Dubai and the CNN said the Latifa Hospital for Women and Children where the babies were born through an emergency C-section confirmed the Crown Prince’s gesture. Her husband, Shakiru, obviously elated by the Prince’s magnanimity, described it as a huge favour, admitting that payment of the medical bills gave him sleepless nights. As a sign of gratitude to the Dubai royal family, the cheif told local media Khaleej Times that three of the babies will be named Hamdan, Mohammed and Lathifa. According to Shakiru who relocated to the UAE with his family in 2017.

HEALTH

  • FG spends N15.8bn on hazard allowances — Ngige

The Federal Government says it has so far spent N15.8 billion on hazard allowances in its teaching hospitals and medical centres across the country. Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, disclosed this while addressing newsmen at a meeting with the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) leadership on Monday in Abuja. The meeting was held to assess the level of implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) entered by both parties and to avert strike threat by health workers.

Ngige said a resolution has been reached and all disputes resolved, assuring that the federal government was committed to health workers’ safety and welfare. “The federal government has so far spent N15.8 billion naira for hazard allowances in its teaching hospitals, medical centres and some other non- COVID-19 facilities where doctors have also been treating virus cases. He, however, added that government was already liaising with the Presidential Taskforce to sort out especially for volunteers. Ngige also said that the 20 per cent top-up for all health personnel inside the COVID-19 wards and isolation centres of the hospitals should be effected as quickly as possible.

  • NAFDAC – No herbal medicine has been approved for COVID-19

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has insisted that it is yet to approve any herbal medicine for the treatment of COVID-19. The Director of Public Affairs of the agency, Dr Abubakar Jimoh, in an interview said a drug could only be certified for use after going through clinical trials: “There is a procedure for everything, we are talking about human lives here, people cannot just put together concoction and expect people to consume it just like that. So far the herbal mixture will be for public consumption due diligence must be followed.

The NAFDAC DG, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, in a statement, titled, ‘Approval for listing status by national agency for food and drug administration and control,’ said the agency was processing twenty one herbal medicinal products for “Safe to use” or Listing status.
However, no clinical study has been done yet on any of the products to prove their claim of efficacy. “Once the product is able to meet all requirements, a listing status is granted with a clear DISCLAIMER that states clearly that claims have not been evaluated by NAFDAC. The applicant can arrange for clinical trials that will involve the use of human subjects in order to prove efficacy or claim for treatment following laid down procedures and with the approval of NAFDAC,” Adeyeye said.

ECONOMY

  • FG Expecting $200m From Netherlands, Switzerland – Malami

The Federal Government says Nigeria is awaiting the return of $200million from the Netherlands and Switzerland. According to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, the money is part of proceeds from the Oil Prospecting Licence (OPL) 245 Malabu oil deal. Mr Malami disclosed this on Tuesday at a one-day capacity building workshop organised for judiciary correspondents in Abuja, the nation’s capital. At the event, he presented a scorecard of the Ministry of Justice in the last one year during which he outlined the efforts of the present administration in the war against corruption.

“On the fight against corruption and associated recovery of looted and illicit assets, I am happy to inform you that within the period in contention, Nigeria succeeded in recovering $311 billion from U.S. and New Jersey and the money has been repatriated to Nigeria,” Malami said. The minister said due to the anti-corruption crusade, the Federal Government facilitated the recovery of $62 billion arrears from oil companies as part of its Production Sharing Agreement (PSA). He explained that the money has been paid into the Federal Government treasury for utility development such as the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Kano-Abuja Expressway, and the Second Niger Bridge, in line with the agreement reached with the foreign partners.

  • Why Nigeria Exports Electricity To Benin, Togo – Presidency

The Presidency on Tuesday said Nigeria exports power to neighbouring countries in order to prevent the damming of water that feeds the nation’s major power plants. On Monday, a Nigerian newspaper, Punch, had published a report describing how Nigeria has continued to export electricity to other countries on credit while blackouts persist within its borders. As a response to the report, the Presidency, via a statement signed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman Garba Shehu, described the report as “hyperbolic and terribly misleading.”

The Presidency said the newspaper’s credit figures were “far from accurate, out-dated and therefore not reflective of the current reality.” It also added that over 90 percent of the electricity generated in the country was distributed and consumed by Nigerians. The Presidency revealed that as of the last review in 2019, the amount of credit extended to Niger, Benin, and Togo stood at $69 million. According to it, Niger owes $16 million and Benin, $4 million as of today, adding up to the naira equivalent of about N1.2 billion.

  • Bread price may increase as wheat cost rises 33%

The price of Nigerian grown wheat has risen by 33 per cent due to the low production volumes of the product. The rise in the cost of wheat may lead to increase in the prices of bread and other pastries. Wheat is the major raw material for flour used in baking. It was gathered from the Wheat Growers Association of Nigeria that the projected price of the product was N180,000 per metric tonne at the beginning of the planting season. However, due to the COVID-19 containment measures that affected the harvest process and led to the loss of the product by farmers, the price had increased to N240,000 per metric tonne.

The President of the association, Salim Muhammad, who spoke with reporters explained that the spread of the coronavirus started during the harvest period of wheat planted by farmers. “We set a price of N180,000 per metric tonne but the market demand raised the price to N240,000 per metric tonne, which the off-takers are not willing to accept,” Muhammad explained. According to him, the inability of farmers to harvest products on time led to losses. He added that farmers were unable to meet market demand for the product.

POLITICS

  • Buhari should hand over to Southeast candidate – Ohanaeze

IT will be just and equitable for President Muhammadu Buhari to hand over to candidate from the Southeast in 2023, the Ohanaeze Youths said on Thursday. It insisted that it was the turn of the Southeast to produce the President’s successor. According to him, for equity, peace and justice to reign, Nigerians, especially the North, should support the Southeast in their bid. “Buhari should hand over to an Igbo candidate in 2023. It is a glaring fact that it is the turn of the Southeast in 2023,” Dozie said. To him, anything short of a President from the Southeast will not be fair to the region.

Mallam Mamman Daura, President Buhari’s family member, stirred the hornet’s nest when he said in an interview with the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Wednesday that only the most competent, irrespective of region, should be elected as President in 2023. The All Progressives Congress (APC) distanced itself from Daura’s statement. Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, said: “That is not our position but a personal opinion by an individual who happens to be a member of our party.” Similarly, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) denounced Daura’s comments. Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Diran Odeyemi, said: “We shall come up with our zoning formula which will define where our presidential candidate will come from. The Igbo apex socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) also faulted Daura for the comment.

  • I sold bad product to Edo people in 2016 – Oshiomhole

A former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, has declared that he sold a bad product to Edo State people in 2016. He said this on Sunday at the Government Reservation Area, Benin, while addressing members of the APC. He stated that he supported the governorship aspiration of Godwin Obaseki in 2016 to ensure the continuity of his projects and programmes. “I have made my honest mistakes. Only God is perfect. I am now 68 years old. I have come to apologise for the mistake of supporting Obaseki in 2016. I am in Edo State to repair my mistakes”.

“Obaseki has abused the trust of Edo people. With our permanent voter cards, we shall punish Obaseki on September 19. Ize-Iyamu will not repeat the mistakes of Obaseki. Ize-Iyamu will take Edo State to the next level”. He said, “Obaseki is MoU (Memoranda of Understanding) governor, but Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is a man of God, who will ensure good governance in Edo State from November 12 this year. Meanwhile, Ize-Iyamu has received the blessing of the Enigies in the Benin Kingdom.

  • I’II win his LG, My deputy of no importance – Akeredolu

The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akerodolu SAN, has vowed to defeat his deputy, Agboola Ajayi, in his ward. He also said the emergence of Eyitayo Jegede as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, would in no way scuttle his re-election bid. Akeredolu said this in an interview with newsmen soon after defending himself before the Ondo APC Governorship Primary Election Appeal Committee, at the party’s National Secretariat, in Abuja, on Monday. In response to questions about the defection of his deputy, to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, the governor said, “For me, the deputy leaving the APC to return to the PDP is good riddance to bad rubbish.

“We thought we could accommodate him at the APC but since he returned to where he truly belongs, it is all well and good. I always wish people the best I can. “He has made a case that he helped me to win, let him help him to win and we will confirm that he is popular. “What I know is that he is of no importance, he has no hold on any local government, I can assure you that come during the election, I will defeat him in his local government and he will never recover from it.”

  • Social, food businesses lose N300b to COVID-19

As COVID-19-induced lockdown continues to affect businesses in the hospitality and social industries, commercial chicken, egg and catfish farmers have been counting losses in billions. This is largely due to the inability to sell their products in commercial quantities. Industry players told reporters that the shutdown of schools, social businesses, and worship centres had triggered socio-economic challenges leading to job losses and adversely affecting flow of resources, loan repayment, food and income security, among others. Hotels, event centres, night clubs, bar and joints have remained shut down. Similarly, gatherings for burials, weddings and birthdays, with associated businesses of fashion designers, event organisers, caterers, confectioners and food vendors have been affected.

Managing Director of Jogor Centre, Ibadan, Oyo State, Mr Femi Babalola, affirmed that related businesses affected since the lockdown were worth billions of naira monthly, describing the losses as monumental. From my experience in the last 25 years, I’ll say the social sector, in which hospitality is one, is a big chunk of our GDP. The social industry is made up of event centres, which are the apex in the hotel industry, as well as transportation, which helps to convey people to various places. He added that thousands of jobs had been lost to the pandemic. “The best thing I can suggest is a forum for the hospitality and social industries with the government to provide palliatives.”


EDUCATION

  • Secondary Schools To Reopen For SS3, JSS3 Students On August 4

The Federal Ministry of Education has announced the reopening of secondary schools for JSS3 and SS3 students (only exit classes) from August 4, 2020. Students will have two weeks to prepare for the West African Examinations (WAEC) which will commence on August 17, 2020. These were the unanimous decisions reached today at a virtual consultative meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education, Honourable Commissioners of Education of the 36 states, the Nigerian Union of Teachers, (NUT), the proprietors of private schools, and Chief Executives of examination bodies.

In a statement by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Ben Bem Goong, “It was agreed that the exit classes should resume immediately after the Sallah break, from August 4, 2020, to enable them to prepare for the WAEC examinations scheduled to commence from the 17th of August, 2020”. The meeting also resolved that a passionate appeal be made to the Federal Government through the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 and public-spirited Nigerians for assistance to schools across the country to enable them fast track the preparations safe reopening, as agreed.

  • NUT insists on PPE, others as SSS3 pupils resume Aug 4

The Federal Government on Monday said the Senior Secondary School 3 pupils will resume on August 4 in preparation for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination, which is starting on August 17. The Federal Ministry of Education’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Ben Bem Goong, who disclosed this in a statement titled, ‘Exit classes to reopen August 4,’ said the decision to recall the pupils was taken during a virtual meeting involving the ministry and commissioners of education in the 36 states of the federation. The ministry said on resumption on August 4, the pupils would have two weeks within which to prepare for WASSCE.

Although the Nigeria Union of Teachers and the All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools, in separate interviews with newsmen, supported the reopening of final year classes, they insisted that state governments must provide running water and personal protective equipment. Recall that schools in Nigeria had been shut since March following the outbreak of coronavirus.

  • Only SS3 pupils to resume in Lagos, Ogun

Only pupils in Senior Secondary School (SSS) 3 class will resume to sit for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in Lagos and Ogun, the states said on Tuesday. The Federal Government on Monday said the examination would begin on August 17 and that schools could reopen on August 4 so pupils could revise for two weeks. Lagos State Commissioner for Education Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, and the Special Adviser to the Ogun State Governor on Education, Mrs Ronke Soyombo, said schools in the states would only resume for Senior Secondary Three (SS3) pupils.

Ekiti Commissioner for Education Mr Foluso Daramola said SS3 pupils would resume, but that the state had not decided on whether Junior Secondary Three (JS3) pupils would also return. Soyombo said schools considered to be high risk in Ogun would not be allowed to reopen. Such schools, she said, would be identified through their responses in an online reopening form. In the form, schools are given the options of “risky” (coded red), “moderate” (yellow) or “none” (green) in response to questions about their readiness for resumption. She said: “For schools that fill mostly red (risky) in all the fields, we will not reopen them. We may need to do a contingency plan for their students.”

  • We are ready to reopen – Private varsities

The Chairman of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Registrars of Private Universities, Prof. Timothy Olagbemiro, has said private universities are ready to resume. Olagbemiro, in an interview with newsmen, said the private universities had big campuses with small population which would give room for social distancing. He maintained that resumption would be done in phases hereby the year one and graduating students can resume to take their final exams after which the year two and three will follow suit. He added that university laboratories also needed to be opened for researches to take place.

He said it was necessary to take cognizance of COVID-19 while he noted that everyone needed to learn to live with it. “It is important that we are careful because of COVID-19; of course, it will stay with us for a long time but we have to provide screening, face mask, sanitisers, temperature checker and the likes for our staff and students,” Olagbemiro said. He also appealed to NUC to consider their request to reopen schools.

  • WASSCE: Ogun directs teachers to resume August 3

Ogun State Government has directed all secondary school teachers in the state to resume on Monday, August 3 ahead of the West African Senior Secondary Schools Examination scheduled for August 17. The Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary and Secondary Education, Mrs Ronke Soyombo, gave this directive in Abeokuta on Friday. Soyombo quoted Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun as saying that the aim was to enable the teachers to work with their principals in preparation for students’ resumption on August 4.

Abiodun said the directive was for teachers in public and private schools to enable them to assist in the distribution of materials provided by the state government for the examinations. He said all guidelines stipulated by the government for the students’ resumption were to be followed strictly by all school administrators. He enjoined all stakeholders to cooperate with the state government to ensure a safe return to schools.

  • Oyo Govt adjusts school calendar, lauds stakeholders adherence to COVID-19 guidelines

Oyo State Government has announced a slight adjustment to its school reopening schedule, contrary to the one earlier released. This was in conformity with the agreement reached by the Federal Government and the West African Examination Council (WAEC) on the commencement of the 2020 West African School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), for school candidates. Mr. Olaleye Olasunkanmi, the state Commissioner for Education, Science, and Technology, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Ibadan. According to him, the date for the commencement of the WASSCE is Aug. 17 and there will be a continuation of lessons for the SS3 classes until the examination begins.

Olasunkanmi enjoined all education stakeholders in the state to note the new development and other academic schedules approved by the State Executive Council on July 21, which remained as announced. “On behalf of His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde, I wish to appreciate all stakeholders in the education sector for your unalloyed support and hard work, during, the preparation for the resumption of academic activities in our schools.

  • NIDCOM appeals to NDDC to pay stranded Nigerian students in UK

Chairman and CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa has appealed to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to pay the allowances, tuition and other incentives of students on their scholarship scheme, to guarantee their stay and continue their education in the United Kingdom(UK).
A statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja by Gabriel Odu of the Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit, NIDCOM, made reference to a letter written to the Hon Minister of the Niger Delta Godswill Akpabio, dated June 18, 2020, NIDC/001/20/1 drawing attention to the plight of the students and urging the NDDC who are directly responsible for the Students’ scholarships to pay.
Dabiri-Erewa added that the Commission counts on the Minister’s assurances that all outstanding payments to affected Students will be made. “At the moment there have been persistent calls by the Students for urgent intervention. “While the deadline for payment of the fees of some of the students have expired or about to expire, non-payment of their allowances have turned many of them to virtually become beggars. “The NIDCOM Chairman once again appealed to the Niger Delta Ministry and the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to intervene urgently and promptly too,” the statement added


WORLD

  • First dog to test positive for coronavirus in US dies

The first dog to test positive for the coronavirus in the United States has died, National Geographic magazine reported, after struggling with symptoms that may be familiar to many of the virus’s human sufferers. Buddy the seven-year-old German shepherd became sick in April, around the same time his owner Robert Mahoney was recovering from COVID-19, according to the magazine this week. Buddy seemed to have a stuffed nose and difficulty breathing, and his condition only worsened over the following weeks and months. Mahoney and his wife Allison, who live in New York, eventually euthanized the dog on July 11 after Buddy began vomiting blood clots, urinating blood and was unable to walk.

But the family told National Geographic they had a hard time confirming their suspicion that Buddy was infected with SARS-CoV-2. A clinic was finally able to confirm that Buddy was positive, and found that the family’s 10-month-old puppy — who was never sick — had virus antibodies. Buddy’s vets later discovered the dog was likely also suffering from lymphoma, raising the question of whether animals — like humans — with pre-existing conditions might also be more susceptible to serious illness from the new coronavirus. Twelve dogs and 10 cats have tested positive for coronavirus in the US, according to National Geographic.

  • China Takes Over American Consulate In Chengdu

The American flag was lowered at the US consulate in China’s Chengdu city on Monday and Chinese authorities entered the building, as Beijing carried out a Cold War-style retaliatory closure of the mission. Earlier in the morning state broadcaster CCTV showed footage of the flag being lowered, after diplomatic tensions soared between the two powers with both alleging the other had endangered national security. Beijing later confirmed the consulate had closed at 10am (0200 GMT).

“Afterwards, Chinese authorities entered through the front entrance and took it over,” the foreign ministry said in a statement. Relations have deteriorated in recent weeks in an intensifying standoff, with the Chengdu mission Friday ordered to shut in retaliation for the forced closure of Beijing’s consulate in Houston, Texas. Both consulates closed 72 hours after the order was made.

  • Trump to ban Chinese-owned TikTok in US

President Donald Trump said Friday he will bar fast-growing social media app TikTok from the United States as American authorities have raised concerns the service could be a tool for Chinese intelligence. US officials and lawmakers in recent weeks have voiced fears of the wildly popular video platform being used by Beijing for nefarious purposes, but the company has denied any links to the Chinese government. Media reports circulated earlier Friday saying that Trump would require the US operations of the app be divested from its Chinese parent firm ByteDance, but the president announced a ban.

Speaking to reporters on Air Force One, Trump said: “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States.” He added he would take action as soon as Saturday using emergency economic power or an executive order. Trump’s move comes following a review by the Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS) in the United States, which investigates deals affecting US national security. TikTok, especially popular with young audiences who create and watch its short-form videos, has an estimated billion users worldwide.


ENTERTAINMENT

  • Bollywood Star Aishwarya Rai, Daughter Discharged From COVID-19 Ward

Bollywood star and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her daughter have been discharged from a Mumbai hospital where they were being treated for coronavirus, her actor husband Abhishek Bachchan said Monday. The pair were admitted to hospital a week ago, several days after Abhishek and his superstar father Amitabh Bachchan, making the family the highest-profile people to contract the virus in India, which has recorded more than 1.4 million cases.

“Aishwarya and Aaradhya have thankfully tested negative and have been discharged from the hospital. They will now be at home,” her husband tweeted, thanking fans for “continued prayers and good wishes”. “My father and I remain in hospital under the care of the medical staff,” he added. The actress and her eight-year-old daughter Aaradhya were initially quarantining at home before being moved to the same hospital where her 77-year-old father-in-law and his son are being treated for the illness.

  • Emmy Awards ceremony to be held online due to pandemic

A day after announcing nominations for the Emmy Awards, the Television Academy on Wednesday informed top nominees that the ceremony in September will be held online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement was expected given the restrictions and lockdowns imposed since the virus outbreak which has wreaked havoc in the entertainment industry. The Emmys — television’s equivalent of the Oscars — will take place on September 20 and will be the first major awards show in Hollywood since the coronavirus crisis began.

“Aside from NOT being able to come together in one place, we also acknowledge that our world is going through a challenging moment in many ways,” according to the letter signed by the producers of the event and Kimmel. “We’ll be producing an event that is filled with warmth and humanity, which celebrates the power of television to bring us together and to help us shape our world,” they wrote.

SPORTS

  • Nigeria’s Oboh Receives Invite To Compete At Scottish Open

Nigeria’s teenage golf sensation, Georgia Oboh, has been invited to compete at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open taking place next month, Aug 13 – 16 at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick. This comes as professional women’s golf returns to Scotland for the first time since Europe’s remarkable triumph in the 2019 Solheim Cup last September. Oboh, the first Nigerian golfer to win her card on the Ladies European Tour (LET), was selected for a coveted tournament invite by the title sponsor, both for the accolades she has received in her short professional career and to provide inspiration and opportunities for the next generation of talented women to participate in events of this importance.

The invitation excites the 19-year-old Nigerian golfer. In her reaction, the teenage golf sensation said, “I’m really grateful to receive this invitation into such an important event on the LET and LPGA Tours. “I have been working very hard to be ready to play amongst so many of the world’s best players and I think it will give me invaluable experience as I work towards achieving my dream of being the first Nigerian to win on the professional golf circuit.”

  • Liverpool To Face Arsenal/Chelsea In 2020 Community Shield On August 29

The Football Association announced on Wednesday that the Community Shield, the traditional curtainraiser for the new English season, would take place at Wembley on August 29. The match between Premier League champions Liverpool and the winners of Saturday’s FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea will be played two weeks before the start of the top-flight season.

It has been reported that the match could serve as a test event to welcome a restricted number of fans into Wembley as part of plans for supporters to make a socially distanced return to sports venues more widely from October 1. The match will be immediately followed by an international break from September 2 to 10.The Premier League said last week that the 2020/21 season would start on September 12 and run until May 23, 2022.


METROPLUS

  • How container-laden truck killed my 27-year-old daughter – Mother

A resident of Lagos State simply identified as Mrs Ajoku has decried the activities of container-laden trucks in the state, calling on the authorities to check their operations and put in place necessary regulations to secure the lives of road users. Ajoku’s plea was contained in an emotional video obtained by reporters on Friday. “I want to use this medium to appeal to the authorities to bring these people to book. They will not just keep quiet and stop the life of a promising young girl like that and a promising young man like that. Let the government do something because it is getting too much, especially in this Lagos. “If my daughter’s life is going to be used to stop this menace, then, let it be what I have achieved” she said. In the five minutes and 13 seconds video, the widow narrated how her 27-year-old daughter was killed by a reckless trailer driver on Sunday in the Isolo area of the state.

It had been earlier reported that Chidinma Ajoku and her colleague, Chima Nnaekpe, 29, M, who both worked in the Commercial Department, Hajj & Cargo Terminal, at the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, died when a truck, with number plate, SGM 715 XA, loaded with a 20ft container, fell on a commercial bus they were on at the bus stop. It was gathered that Chidi and Chima were returning from work and their danfo had stopped briefly to discharge some passengers when tragedy struck. Efforts to reach the General Manager, Public Affairs, FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu, proved abortive as of the time of filing this report but a source in the department, who preferred anonymity, confirmed the occurrence to our correspondent. According to the source, the remains of Chidi and Chima were yet to be buried but FAAN management had paid condolence visits to the two affected families.

  • UI student crushed to death in WAW soap factory

A 21-year-old student of the University of Ibadan, Gbadebo Richard, died after falling into a soap-making machine on Monday at a factory owned by Henkel Nigeria Limited, makers of WAW detergent and bar soap. According to multiple reports, Richards, who was a 300 Level student of European Studies at UI, was on a holiday job at the factory located in Oluyole, Ibadan, due to the closure of schools caused by COVID-19. The Association of Faculty of Arts Students, UI, announced his death in a statement saying, “It is completely disheartening to announce the death of Mr Gbadebo Richard, a 300 level student of the Department of European Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan.

The deceased, who was an operator at Henkel Global Industries Ltd, was on the night shift when he unknowingly slipped into the machine that took his life. The other workers were not aware until they saw blood coming out through the other side of the machine.
It was learnt that the father of the deceased retrieved the corpse from the premises of the company and the remains were subsequently buried on Wednesday.

  • Man sentenced to life imprisonment for defiling six-year-old girl

An Ekiti State High Court, Ado Ekiti Division, on Monday sentenced a 30-year-old man, Ishau Gruma, to life imprisonment for raping a six-year-old girl. The court, presided over by Justice Adekunle Adeleye, in the judgment, found Gruma guilty, saying, “I find the accused guilty as charged and is hereby sentenced to life imprisonment.” Adeleye said, “The statement of the victim’s father, the medical report, the defendant’s confession and his request for forgiveness as well as his direct and cogent statement corroborate the fact that the prosecution had successfully prove the element of the offence of rape”. Fapohunda had said that “the offence was contrary to section 31(2) of the Child’s Right Law CAP, C7 laws of Ekiti State of Nigeria 2005.”

  • Partial closure: Traffic robberies aggravate pains of motorists on Third Mainland Bridge

Govt commends motorists for compliance with traffic guidelines
Lagosians, yesterday, faced the reality of the new normal in commuting between the mainland and the island in the country’s commercial capital on the first working day since the partial six-month closure of the Third Mainland Bridge at the weekend. It was a tough experience, better imagined than tasted for commuters, as traffic build-ups and stunted vehicular movements were recorded, not only on the bridge, but also on almost all the identified alternative routes across the metropolis. And the lamentations are mounting from commuters over the gridlock, hike in fares, and dreadfully, a resurgence of traffic robberies.

There were reports of robberies on the alternative routes as motorists were attacked by hoodlums who smashed their vehicles to gain access and extort money and valuables. The Lagos State government has, however, commended commuters for the understanding displayed towards ensuring the free-flow of traffic through the observation of traffic guidelines issued on the partial closure and use of alternative routes since the closure of the bridge. Adeyoye gave assurance that the synergy and collaboration between officials of Federal and State agencies – the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), and the Nigeria Police, as well as other relevant government agencies would be sustained during the period of closure.

  • Gunmen kill lawyer, abduct wife, son in Kaduna

Gunmen have killed an employee of the Kaduna State Ministry of Justice, Haro Gandu, and abducted his wife and son. Newsmen gathered that the hoodlums broke into the lawyer’s house at Tollgate area, along Abuja Road, Kaduna, on Sunday night through one of the windows and shot him. Kaduna Police Public relations Officer (PPRO), Mohammed Jalige, could not be reached at press time, but former Commissioner for Economic Planning and bereaved brother, Timothy Gandu, confirmed the incident, adding that the bandits shot his brother in the shoulder and shot him again in the back while he was trying to escape.

After killing him, they abducted his wife and son, he said. Concerned Nigerians, a pro-democracy and human rights group, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai to end the killings in southern Kaduna or resign their positions as president and governor respectively.