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:




  • Buhari signs revised 2020 budget into law

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the N10.8 trillion revised 2020 budget into law. Buhari signed the document at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja at 11.06 am on Friday. The President explained that the budget had to be revised because of the effect of coronavirus on the nation’s economy. He said ministries, department and agencies will be given 15 per cent of their capital allocation by the end of the month.

The signing took place inside the Council Chambers of the State House, Abuja. The Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari witnessed the signing.From the National Assembly, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and other principal officers also witnessed the signing.

  • Buhari Suspends Magu as EFCC Boss

President Muhammadu Buhari on tuesday suspended the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu. Buhari had earlier set up a presidential panel headed by Justice Ayo Salami to probe the various allegations leveled against the EFCC boss. The panel grilled Magu for hours on Monday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja before he was taken into police custody. A source privy to the investigation confirmed Magu’s suspension to The newsmen on Tuesday.

The source said, “It is commonsensical that when an investigation of this nature is ongoing, you don’t allow the person being investigated to keep the keys of the office for which he is being investigated. “This is because if he keeps the keys, there can be a kind of tampering with documents or evidence. “It is not logical and it is even undemocratic to allow such to happen.” The Presidency has yet to issue a formal statement on the issue as of the time of filing this report. The presidential panel has, however, resumed sitting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

  • Magu’s Probe Is A Question Mark On EFCC, Says Falana

Human Rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, says the probe on the embattled acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, is a question mark on the anti-graft agency. He disclosed this on Wednesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily. “Even though Mr Ibrahim Magu is presumed innocent of all the allegations levelled against him, it is an anti-climax for an anti-corruption zar to be linked to a miasmal of corrupt practices.

“No doubt the fate that has befallen Magu so far, for me it is indeed a moral disaster on the anti-corruption crusade. Therefore, the ongoing investigation should be a wake-up call on the Federal Government to embark on a comprehensive cleaning exercise. Otherwise, the investigation will be a selective exercise in futility. “The Federal Government owes the public duty, particularly that institution if it is confirmed that Mr Magu has been asked to step aside. There has to be a follow-up of the law establishing the agency, the top-most officer in the agency should be asked to act for him,” he said.

  • Magu’s Probe: Osinbajo Writes IGP, Wants Blogger Investigated Over N4bn Allegation

Lawyers to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have written to the Inspector General of Police asking for a full investigation into allegations made by an online journalist Jackson Ude from Point-Blank news who on the 8th of July 2020 wrote an article alleging that the vice president had received 4 billion naira from the embattled EFCC chairman Ibrahim Magu. According to the article, the money was part of a 39 billion naira loot by Mr Magu.

The blogger is also said to have alleged that the embattled EFCC chair is begging for a soft landing from the presidential panel because of this. The letter called for a thorough investigation into the allegations made by Jackson Ude, noting that if those claims are found to be false, then criminal proceedings for criminal defamation should be brought against Jackson Ude.
Osinbajo’s call comes on the heels of an ongoing probe into the operations of Ibrahim Magu as acting boss of the EFCC.

  • We may propose fresh lockdown after two weeks, says task force

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday lamented the increasing rate of COVID-19 cases among people in government, saying it was directly impacting on governance and security in the country. The PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who stated this at the task force press briefing in Abuja, also said the possibility of ordering a fresh total lockdown to curtail further spread of the virus could not be ruled out. The SGF, who advised prominent Nigerians to take COVID-19 protocols seriously, said the virus does not respect status.

Mustapha’s warning came amid rising cases of COVID-19 among state governors and other prominent Nigerians. Recently state governors, including David Umahi of Ebonyi, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and their Ondo State counterpart, Rotimi Akeredolu, contracted the virus. Warning people in authority, the SGF said, “Of recent, we have witnessed a high rate of positive cases especially among people in authority. This has a direct impact on governance and security of our nation. We urge that vigilance and care should be exhibited by all Nigerians, irrespective of status. This virus does not discriminate and the PTF shall keep sustaining its sensitisation messaging.”

  • Face mask can cause failed ATM transactions – Banks

Banks have advised customers to remove their face masks when carrying out transactions through Automated Teller Machines to ensure that their faces are properly recognised. Findings revealed that some banks have installed face detection features in their ATMs which can prevent an ATM from dispensing cash if it is unable to recognise the face of the user. While the banks have introduced the wearing of face masks as a condition to enter the banking halls, they have also advised customers to remove it when they want to withdraw money from ATMs.

In an email to its customers on measures to keep transactions protected, Fidelity Bank said, “Wearing of face masks is a safety and precautionary measure we must all adhere to in this period of the COVID-19 pandemic. “However, we advise that you remove your face mask while making withdrawals or carrying out ATM transactions to allow our ATM properly recognise you. “Fidelity Bank ATM machines have face detection features installed to curb incidences of fraudulent ATM withdrawals.

  • ‘No going back on closure of Third Mainland Bridge’

The Federal Government yesterday insisted that the Third Mainland Bridge will be closed for six months for repairs, beginning from the midnight of July 24. Speaking at a news conference in Lagos, the Controller of Works, Federal Ministry of Works, Mr. Olukayode Popoola, said the bridge was last rehabilitated in 2012, which was about eight years ago, adding that there was need to carry out the repairs to avert collapse. He said the first three months would be used to carry out work on the part of the bridge coming from the Lagos Island to the Mainland, while work on the other portion of the bridge coming from Oworonsoki to Lagos Island would begin three months later.

Popoola said the closure of the bridge, which shall be carried out in phases, is to carry out maintenance work. “We don’t want the bridge to collapse. We want to replace worn out components and joints. “The bridge will be partially closed and there will be diversion of traffic from midnight to 1pm every morning for movement from Oworonsoki to Lagos Island only on the Lagos Island bound lane; while from 1pm to midnight, it will be Lagos Island to Oworonsoki traffic only on the Lagos Island bound lane. This will be in place for three months for the repairs of the Oworonsoki bound lane,” he said. Popoola said the second phase of the work would follow the same pattern and would be for another three months.

  • Two Dead, Nine Rescued In Lagos Building Collapse

Two persons have died and nine injured following a building collapse on Freeman Street, in the Lagos Island area of Lagos State. Newsmen gathered that the three-story building collapsed in the early hours of Saturday when the occupants were still asleep.

The Director-General of the State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the tragic incident via a statement. According to him, the remains of the dead victims have been transported to the mortuary, while the nine injured are being administered pre-hospital care by the agency. The LASEMA boss explained that rescue operations were still ongoing.





  • CBN debits banks N122bn, moves to unify exchange rates

The Central Bank of Nigeria debited N122bn ($338m) from banks’ excess cash with the apex bank before weakening the currency at a retail auction on Friday in a move to unify its multiple exchange rates. Reuters reported on Monday that Nigeria’s multiple foreign-exchange rates were imposed to manage dollar demand after oil prices crashed. The bank had earlier hinted of its plans to unify the multiple exchange rates, to generate more local currency from its dollar inflows and further achieve naira stability. The central bank, Nigeria’s main forex supplier, asked lenders to bid for dollars at N380 to the dollar on Friday, five per cent above its official rate.

The currency had come under pressure in recent months after the coronavirus pandemic and a fall in price of oil, Nigeria’s main export, and as foreign investors exited, leaving the country with large financing gap. The oil price crash had caused dollar shortages on official markets, shifting demand to the black market, where the naira is much weaker. Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, had said he would not unify rates close to the black market rate. Nigeria is also under pressure from foreign lenders such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund for currency reforms.

  • 774,000 jobs: Only NDE will recruit, says Lawan

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, declared on Monday that the National Directorate of Employment must be in charge of the recruitment of 774, 000 youths across Nigeria, which is part of the Federal Government COVID-19 palliative measures. He, however, said that the NDE and the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, must first explain the modalities for the recruitment process. Lawan stated this during an interactive session with journalists in Abuja.

He clarified that since the N52bn meant for the implementation of the programme was approved for the NDE, the agency must be in total control. He said, “The National Assembly consciously and patriotically passed the request of the executive for N52bn to undertake the programme of the public works across the country, where 1,000 youths will be employed in every local government area in the country, totalling 774,000 people. “That was the approval given by the National Assembly to the budget request of Mr President.

  • FIRS Extends Tax Debt Payments To August 31

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has extended the closing date of tax debt payments in the country. In a statement issued on Wednesday by FIRS Director of Communications, Abdullahi Ahmad, the agency moved its waiver of penalty and interest window on tax debts owned by individuals and businesses from June 30 to August 31st, 2020. He noted that the agency’s boss, Muhammad Nami, approved the extension as a “follow up to a number of palliative measures devised by the FIRS to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Nigerian economy.”

According to him, the move is to support tax-paying individuals and business entities in the country. “Taxpayers are advised to note that there will be no further extension of this palliative measure. Tax debtors are therefore enjoined to liquidate their outstanding tax liabilities on or before 31st August 2020 in order to enjoy a waiver of accumulated penalties and interests,” Nami was quoted as saying.




  • Hushpuppi: APC irresponsible, reckless – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has described as fabrications, claim by the All Progressives Congress, APC, that some of its prominent members owe Nigerians explanations for their alleged relationship with the alleged fraudster, Raymond Abbas also known as Hushpuppi. This is as the party said the fabrications have also further exposed how the APC administration “has been using agencies under its control to frame innocent opposition members, dissenting voices, rival political parties, and perceived opponents of the government on trumped-up charges under the guise of fighting corruption.”

In a statement issued by spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan on Sunday, the PDP noted that “the desperate bid to frame innocent Nigerians who are not in any way involved with Hushpuppi, even after a very broad investigation by prominent investigators including the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, leaves no one in doubt that APC government has been victimizing opposition members with fabricated charges.” The statement further read: “Nigerians should not be surprised when the APC will begin to list the names of innocent political leaders, including those who are now being persecuted in their party, on trumped-up charges, for political interests. “While our party has no link whatsoever with Hushpuppi, as the APC also acknowledged, Nigerians are aware that his pictures with some prominent Nigerians, such as former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, which the APC is frenzied about, do not suggest any affinity beyond the usual jostling by people, the world over, to be photographed with leaders.

  • I’ll work against Akeredolu’s reelection – Ex-SSG

A few hours after the resignation of Mr Sunday Abegunde, as Secretary to the Ondo State Government, the governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, appointed Mr Tayo Oluwatuyi, as replacement. Akeredolu announced Oluwatuyi at the weekly media briefing in Akure, the state capital on Monday. Abegunde had resigned through a letter which partly read, “I, Hon. Ifedayo Sunday Abegunde, the Secretary to the State Government of Ondo State hereby tender my letter of resignation. I want to thank Mr Governor for giving me the opportunity to serve the Government and people of Ondo State.”

However, Abegunde later granted an interview in Yoruba language on Crest FM, during which he said he resigned from office because of the ill-treatment meted out to him by the governor. He said, “I suffered in his (Akeredolu) administration because he didn’t release any fund to my office. He has been telling lies that he was giving me N5m every month even when he knew he didn’t give me such money. “Akeredolu didn’t win the election in 2016 but we made it possible for him to become governor. We were the pillars behind him and we will not support him again. He will lose this time around.” Abegunde, a two-term member of the House of Representatives further said that he resigned because he could no longer be part of a government that made its subjects to pass through hardship. He said, “The Akeredolu’s administration is making the entire people of the state to suffer and I cannot be part of that any longer. ”




  • Senate Passes Bill Against Sexual Harassment In Tertiary Institutions

The Senate has passed a bill against sexual harassment in tertiary institutions. The bill was sponsored by Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege prohibits the offense of sexual harassment of students in tertiary institutions. It also criminalizes the act of neglect or failure of administrative heads of tertiary educational institutions to address complaints of sexual harassment within a specified period.

Similarly, the bill creates a strict liability offence by removing mutual consent as a defence in the prosecution of sexual harassment cases in tertiary educational institutions and maintain the fiduciary relationship that exists between educators and students. According to the bill, any person who commits the offences of sexual harassment of students shall in conviction be sentenced to imprisonment for 14 years or to a fine of N5million or both.

  • No Unity School Will Participate In Scheduled WAEC Exams – Adamu Adamu

The Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu has just announced that no Unity Schools will participate in the scheduled WAEC exams. Mr Adamu stated this after the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday.

He said that none of the schools under his ministry will resume until schools are considered safe. The Minister urged the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the state governments to reconsider their decision to open for exams.

  • Our students can’t resume school, participate in WASSCE, says FG

The Federal Government has put on hold the planned resumption of federal schools. It also stopped students from participating in the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations scheduled for between August 4 and September 5. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, disclosed these to State House Correspondents at the end of a meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, had during the press briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday announced that the 2020 WASSCE conducted by WAEC would hold between August 4 and September 5.

Before then, the PTF had directed the reopening of schools for students in graduating classes of Primary 6, Junior Secondary School 3 and Senior Secondary School 3 to enable them prepare for their final examinations. But Adamu said on Wednesday that all federal schools would remain closed until it was safe to reopen them. He also urged state governments that have announced school’s resumption plans to rescind such. Adamu stated that WAEC could not determine the resumption date of schools for Nigeria. He said he did “not mind Nigeria losing a whole school year than exposing our children to danger.” “Our schools will only open when we believe it is safe for our children and that is when the situation is right, not when the incidence of the infection is going up in the country. I just want to make it clear. “We will not open soon for examination or for any reason, unless it is safe for our children, even WAEC. WAEC will not determine for us what to do. Schools will remain closed.”




  • Harvard, MIT seek halt to Trump’s rule on international students

Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have asked a federal court to temporarily block a Trump administration rule that would bar foreign students from remaining in the United States if their universities are not holding in-person classes this fall, Harvard’s president said on Wednesday. Harvard President Lawrence Bacow, in an email addressed to the Harvard community, said: “Within the last hour, we filed pleadings together with MIT in the US District Court in Boston seeking a temporary restraining order prohibiting enforcement of the order. We will pursue this case vigorously so that our international students – and international students at institutions across the country – can continue their studies without the threat of deportation.”

“The order came down without notice – its cruelty surpassed only by its recklessness,” Bacow’s email said. “It appears that it was designed purposefully to place pressure on colleges and universities to open their on-campus classrooms for in-person instruction this fall, without regard to concerns for the health and safety of students, instructors, and others.” There are more than a million foreign students at U.S. colleges and universities, and many schools depend on revenue from foreign students, who often pay full tuition.

  • California To Sue Over Trump Order Revoking Foreign Student Visas

California is suing US President Donald Trump’s administration over its policy threatening the visas of foreign students whose courses move online due to coronavirus, officials said Thursday. The lawsuit to be filed by the state’s attorney general comes as Trump pushes for the country’s education facilities to reopen even as virus infections continue to spike, particularly in the south and west. “The Trump Administration’s unlawful policy threatens to exacerbate the spread of COVID-19 and exile hundreds of thousands of college students studying in the United States,” said a statement announcing the suit. On Monday, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said foreign students enrolled in fully online programs for the fall semester would not be allowed to enter the country. The measure was seen as a move by the White House to put pressure on educational institutions that are adopting a cautious approach to reopening amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

But California State University — a plaintiff in the suit — is among those planning to offer mostly online-only education to their more than 10,000 foreign students, as well as US students, this fall. “Shame on the Trump Administration for risking not only the education opportunities for students who earned the chance to go to college, but now their health and well-being as well,” said Attorney General Becerra. Forcing Californian universities and colleges to open in-person classes would threaten their finances and could turn them into “super-spreaders” of the disease, Becerra said.

  • Nearly 150 Prospective COVID-19 Vaccines, 19 In Clinical Trials – WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) African region has said there are about 150 prospective COVID-19 vaccines being developed with 19 in clinical trials. “Globally, there are nearly 150 COVID-19 vaccine candidates and currently, 19 are in clinical trials,” the WHO Africa said in a statement on its website. Also, WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti in a statement on Thursday called on the continent to take steps to ensure they have fair access to the vaccine. Moeti lamented that African countries lag behind when it comes to new technologies as well as vaccines while calling for equity when the COVID-19 vaccines are finally released.

“It is clear that as the international community comes together to develop safe and effective vaccines and therapeutics for COVID-19, equity must be a central focus of these efforts,” she said. “Too often, African countries end up at the back of the queue for new technologies, including vaccines. These life-saving products must be available to everyone, not only those who can afford to pay.” The WHO Africa region noted that South Africa is the first country on the continent to start a clinical trial for COVID-19 vaccines. “African Academy of Sciences only 2% of clinical trials conducted worldwide occur in Africa,” the agency said.

  • WHO Monitoring China Bubonic Plague Situation

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday it was monitoring a case of bubonic plague in China after being notified by the authorities in Beijing. A herdsman in China’s northern Inner Mongolia region was confirmed at the weekend to have the bubonic plague. Two other cases were confirmed in Khovd province in neighbouring Mongolia last week involving brothers who had eaten marmot meat, China’s state news agency Xinhua said. “Bubonic plague has been with us and is always with us, for centuries,” WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told reporters at a virtual briefing.

“We are looking at the case numbers in China. It’s being well managed. “At the moment, we are not considering it high-risk but we’re watching it, monitoring it carefully.” She said the WHO was working in partnership with the Chinese and Mongolian authorities. The UN health agency said it was notified by China on July 6 of a case of bubonic plague in Inner Mongolia. “Plague is rare, typically found in selected geographical areas across the globe where it is still endemic,” the agency said, adding that sporadic cases of plague have been reported in China over the last decade.

  • 2020 Poll: Biden Unveils $700bn Recovery Plan

Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled a $700 billion plan to create jobs and invest in new technologies in an aggressive challenge to President Donald Trump on economic policy, as the warring sides clashed in key election battleground Pennsylvania. The Democratic challenger presented his sweeping “Build Back Better” proposal, a contrast to Trump’s “America first” agenda, during a speech at a metalworks plant in a swing state critical to either candidate’s victory in November.

Vice President Mike Pence was simultaneously barnstorming Pennsylvania, defending his boss’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and assuring voters that Trump was best qualified to revive the sputtering economy. Biden’s manufacturing and innovation plan aims to bring back positions lost during the coronavirus pandemic, and create more than five million new jobs by investing in domestic production and research and shrinking foreign supply chains. The multi-pronged approach also tightens “Buy America” guidelines, promotes new tax rules including hiking the corporate tax rate to 28 percent from 21 percent, and expands union access to empower American workers.

  • Kenya Declares School Year ‘Lost’, Classes Back In 2021

Kenya on Tuesday declared that its school year was considered lost because of the coronavirus pandemic, and primary and secondary pupils would return to class next January. The school year in the East African country runs from January to November when it climaxes with end-of-term exams. But Education Minister George Magoha said in a statement that the curve of COVID-19 infections was expected to flatten only by December. As a result, no primary and secondary school examinations will be held and “the 2020 school calendar year will be considered lost due to COVID-19 restrictions”, he said.

Kenya closed schools on March 15 when it had only three confirmed cases, among a raft of measures taken that month including a nighttime curfew to combat the spread of the virus. President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday announced a “phased reopening” of the country, with international flights resuming on August 1 and the lifting of internal travel restrictions that had cordoned off the capital for four months. The 9 pm to 4 am curfew will remain in place.

  • US Killing Of Iran’s Top General ‘Unlawful’ – UN Expert

The US drone strike that killed Iran’s top general Qasem Soleimani was “unlawful”, the United Nations expert on extrajudicial killings concluded in a report released Tuesday. Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, concluded it was an “arbitrary killing” that violated the UN charter. The US had provided no evidence that an imminent attack against US interest was being planned, she wrote. The independent rights expert does not speak for the United Nations but reports her findings to it.

US President Donald Trump ordered the killing of Soleimani in a January 3 drone strike near Baghdad international airport. Soleimani, a national hero at home, was “the world’s top terrorist” and “should have been terminated long ago”, Trump said at the time. Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was also killed in the drone strike. “In light of the evidence that the US has provided to date, the targeting of General Soleimani, and the deaths of those accompanying him, constitute an arbitrary killing for which, under IHRL (international human rights law), the US is responsible,” Callamard said in her report.




  • FG writes off N4.2bn debt for radio, TV stations

The Federal Government has decided to write off 60 per cent of the N7bn owed by radio and television stations in licensing and renewal fees. The government has also slashed the existing licence fee by 30 per cent for all open terrestrial radio and television services with effect from July 10. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed these at a press conference he addressed with the acting Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, in Abuja on Monday.

The N7bn being owed the Federal Government by the broadcast industry is the total outstanding from television and radio stations on renewal of their operating licences. Mohammed however said for any debtor station to benefit from the 60 per cent debt relief, it must be ready to pay the 40 per cent balance within the next three months. He said the debt relief offer would open on July 10 and close on October 6, 2020. The minister said the measures announced were aimed at giving a lifeline to the broadcast industry, which, he said, had been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.





  • Tottenham’s Eric Dier given four-game ban over fan confrontation

Tottenham’s Eric Dier has received a four-match ban and been fined £40,000 for climbing into the stands to confront a supporter after his side’s FA Cup exit to Norwich. The England international has been sanctioned by the Football Association on a charge of misconduct for the incident, which happened on March 4.

Dier, whose team had just lost a penalty shootout, saw his brother being abused by a fan and raced to his aid. There was no physical exchange and the matter was not pursued by the police after a brief investigation. However, the FA opted to punish Dier. “Eric Dier has been suspended for four matches with immediate effect, fined £40,000 ($50,000) and warned as to his future conduct following a breach of FA Rule E3,” it said in a statement.

  • ‘Osimhen will be a superstar at Napoli’

Lille president, Gérard Lopez, has tipped Nigeria international, Victor Osimhen, to become a superstar if he joins Seria A giants Napoli. Napoli owner, Aurelio De Laurentiis, has not hidden his desire to have the talented Nigerian join the Naples side, with Osimhen last week visiting the Italian side to examine their facility and meet with the club president and manager, Gennaro Gattuso.

“If he goes there, he will be their superstar. Having Naples at your feet must be something in the life of a footballer. Victor has the strength to perform under pressure,” Lopez told France Football on Sunday. “We had several offers for Victor. We exchanged a lot. We get on well and he has an extraordinary life. He asked me and I gave him the name of the club that we think is best for him. And by his style of play, the coach and the progression he envisions.”

  • Brazil football league to resume Aug 9

The Brazilian Football Confederation has set August 9 as the date for the resumption of the national championship, drawing opposition from regional authorities in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. It said on Monday the 20-team second division would resume the day before. Only one state championship, in Rio de Janeiro, has so far resumed, and that has been beset by controversy as the death toll in Brazil, the second-highest in the world, has passed 65,000.

The governor of Sao Paulo, Joao Doria, told a press conference on Monday that teams from the state would not participate in the national tournament until they have finished their regional championship, which has been frozen, with three rounds to play, since mid-March due to the pandemic. “Regarding the CBF’s decision to resume on (August) 9, the government of the state of Sao Paulo was not consulted beforehand,” Doria said.

  • Golden Boot: Salah, Vardy, Aubameyang In Hot Race For Topscorer

While the Premier League title has already been won by Liverpool in record time, the battle to finish as the top-flight’s leading scorer is set to go down to the wire. Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah could add the Golden Boot to his Premier League winners’ medal, but he has work to do to catch Leicester’s Jamie Vardy, who sits top of the goal charts with four games left.

Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also in contention to get his hands on the prize after sharing it with Salah and Sadio Mane last season when the trio each scored 22 goals. Southampton’s Danny Ings is the dark horse after an unexpectedly prolific campaign. With 22 league goals to his credit so far this term, Jamie Vardy is in pole position to take the prize, especially after rediscovering his peak form over the last week.





  • Controversy over cause of Benue make-up artist death during birthday celebration

Family and friends of a make-up artist Deborah Tushimah, are mourning her sudden death, which occurred while she was celebrating her birthday at the Hampton Mews Hotel in Makurdi, Benue State, on Sunday. Newsmen gathered that Deborah was having a nice time with her guests at the party before tragedy struck. It was further learnt that Deborah started feeling uneasy while dancing, she suddenly slumped and started vomiting blood. A footage of the party, which has been trending online, showed Deborah in company with her friends before the tragic incident happened.

The deceased was seen in the footage showing her friends some of the gifts she received from well-wishers. The party atmosphere was filled with excitement as the guests and the celebrant danced to the tune being dished out by a saxophonist. In a post on Instagram by gossipmillnaija, a source alleged that one of the birthday gifts, an iPhone 11, was responsible for Deborah’s death, stating, “She was poisoned at her birthday party. “She was gifted iPhone 11 too. In a chat between Hannah and the family member, Deborah was said to have been nursing a heart problem without the knowledge of her parents and had collapsed on three separate occasions before the birthday party. The chat read in part, “Later on, we discovered that she has a heart problem that makes her faint, and she have been fainting for some time but neither dad nor mum knew about that. The one that happened the early hours of today was the 4th, and she couldn’t make it.

  • Ritualists arrested over Ibadan killings

Some suspected ritualists have been arrested by the police for the serial killings in Akinyele area of Ibadan, The Nation has learnt. The Special Adviser to Governor Seyi Makinde on Security, Mr Fatai Owoseni, disclosed this while addressing a town hall meeting in Akinyele on Wednesday. Owoseni said the suspects would soon be paraded by the Oyo State Police Command.

He said: “Even though there is no town where there is no sin, I can assure you as I speak that the perpetrators of the killings in Akinyele have been apprehended. “As of Tuesday, the criminals have been apprehended and the Commissioner of Police would possibly hold a press conference today. But I can specifically tell you that the person behind it has taken police to the ritualists and they are now behind the bars”. Owoseni emphasized the need for residents to be security conscious, stressing that everyone has a role to play in securing communities.

  • LUTH petitions panel over failed surgery by cosmetic surgeon

The management of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, has urged the Medical and Dental Practitioners’ Investigation Panel to investigate the alleged professional misconduct of a Lagos-based cosmetic surgeon and owner of Med Contour Aesthetic Clinic, Dr Anuoluwapo Adepoju. The hospital, in a petition dated June 11, 2020, and signed by its Director of Legal Services, O. O. Olajide, accused Adepoju of professional misconduct during a surgery she performed on one Miss Nneka Onwuzuligbo at her facility. According to LUTH, Adepoju had continued to perform surgeries despite the fact that her facility was sealed off by the Lagos State Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency.

In an affidavit attached to the petition, the hospital alleged that Adepoju referred the late Nneka from her facility to LUTH on January 3, 2019, on the pretext that she was being referred from the General Hospital, Odan, Lagos Island. “Details of the surgical intervention subsequently received from Dr Adepoju (Exhibit A) showed that she had liposuction of the anterior abdomen, back, flanks and arms with fat transfer to the buttocks and hips. The surgery was done under spinal anaesthesia. The tumescent technique was used where three litres of fluid were infused into the patient and five litres of fluid were aspirated. She had two pints of blood transfused before presentation on account of anaemia. The affidavit further read, “Dr Adepoju has in a series of misleading and incorrect public statements in the social media absolved herself from liability in the management of this patient and put the blame on LUTH and its personnel, who availed the patient of their facilities and expertise. She directly impugned the competence of the hospital and her senior professional colleagues and teachers. The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, on Friday, arraigned Adepoju before Justice Mohammed Liman of the Federal High Court, Lagos, over her services which allegedly resulted in the death of Nneka.

  • Policeman kills okada rider for not wearing face mask

A police inspector in Imo State has shot dead a 27-year-old commercial motorcyclist, popularly known as okada rider, for allegedly not wearing a face mask. The incident happened around about 3pm on Tuesday at Banana Junction in the Orlu town of Imo State. Newsmen learnt that a detachment of police team was drafted to the scene to forestall a breakdown of law and order.

An eyewitness told our correspondent that the victim, a commercial motorcyclist who was carrying a passenger, was shot at a close range by one of the policemen on stop-and- search duty. Another eyewitness told newsmen that the inspector killed the victim after he refused to give him money for not wearing a face mask. He said, “He demanded money from the okada rider but the guy refused. All of a sudden he cocked his rifle and shot him at close range. The guy died immediately.” Newsmen also learnt that on seeing that the motorcyclist had died, the inspector took to his heels but people within went after him.