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Good day! Below is a Summary of News Stories Across Nigeria and Abroad:

1. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has closed its defence in the petition filed by the Labour Party after calling one witness at the Presidential Election Petitions Court. At the resumed hearing of the petition filed by the Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi on Tuesday, the electoral umpire called one Lawrence Bayode, a Director in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Department of the Commission. The witness admitted that some of the results were downloaded from INEC’s portal. He also insisted under cross-examination that the results of the February 25 presidential election released by the commission are authentic. Lawyer to the Labour Party, Patrick Ikwueto disagreed, saying the results could not be authentic when they were largely unreadable. CHANNELS

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2. A lawyer, Johnmary Maduakolam, has threatened to sue the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, and the management of the Board should they fail to tender an apology to Anambra pupil, Mmesoma Ejikeme, who was accused by JAMB of manually inflating her 2023 UTME result. The lawyer in a letter addressed to Oloyede which was sighted by correspondent noted that Mmesoma was incapable of forging her own results. He also accused JAMB of failing to protect the identity of the girl. PUNCH

3. The coalition of West African Investigative Journalists, COWAFIJ has sacked and dissociated itself from a former member, Gboyega Adeoye over a recent report calling on President Bola Tinubu to investigate the Nigeria Electrification Project, NEP. Gboyega who claimed to be the Secretary-General of CWAFIJ, had, during a press conference in Lagos at the weekend, asked the president to initiate an investigation into the spending of over $550m (N426 billion) repayable grant by the Nigeria Electrification Project, NEP. He alleged that NEP, a unit of the Rural Electrification Agency, REA, obtained the loan from World Bank and African Development Bank under the current Managing Director of REA. DAILY POST

4. First minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, Chief Mobolaji Ajose-Adeogun, has passed on. He was 96. A member of the Oluremi Ajose-Adeogun family, he died on Saturday, July 1, 2023. An accomplished oil and gas professional, the deceased had an unforgettable impact in the real estate sector in Nigeria, being the brains and hands behind the original Master plan of the FCT Abuja, where he was the first minister. Ajose-Adeogun had a distinguished career at Shell Petroleum Development Company and went on to become the federal commissioner for cooperatives and supply (August 1975) and, thereafter, the commissioner for special duties at the FCTA upon retirement. Later in 1976, when the FCT was formed, Ajose-Adeogun became the first minister of the FCT. LEADERSHIP

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5. Twitter has announced that TweetDeck, a popular program that allows users to monitor several accounts at once, will be available only to “verified” users from next month. The social media firm, bought by billionaire Elon Musk last year, has been thrashing around for ways to make a profit, cutting staff and ramping up its paid-for subscriptions. Twitter’s verified users are mostly those who have paid to receive a blue check mark, though Musk has gifted the check mark to some users and others have it as a legacy from the previous regime. TweetDeck, launched more than a decade ago, shows messages in columns and its search and posting functions operate differently to the website or the app. The firm said in a support message on Monday that it was launching a new version of TweetDeck with various new functions. VANGUARD

6. French authorities imposed a two-million-euro ($2.2-million) fine on Google on Tuesday over incomplete results in its search engine and app store. The Competition, Consumer and Anti-Fraud Office said the US tech giant’s search engine lacked information concerning the ranking criteria of results. The watchdog said results for searches on tourism accommodation lacked explanations for the prices. The Google Play Store, it added, also lacked information on the ranking criteria of results, payment information and dispute resolution procedures. The store also did not give consumers reasons for not publishing their reviews of apps in the store. CHANNELS

7. Nigerian lady, Joyce Ijeoma who attempted 72 hours of body massage on individuals has collapsed. Ijeoma collapsed at the venue of the event in the Lekki area of Lagos State. The young lady who had done a total of 50 hours collapsed on Tuesday at 1am. As of the time of filing this report, Ijeoma was yet to return to the venue and had stopped the live coverage. The previous record was set in 2015 by Alastair Galpin in South Kalimantan, Indonesia. DAILY POST

8. Nigerian singer, Simisola Kosoko, popularly known as Simi, has recounted how the persistence of her husband, singer Adekunle Gold made her accept to date him during the early days of their careers. The singer said, AG Baby as he is fondly called, had been sending her messages on Facebook for a long time but she didn’t notice until they started dating. She reflected how they eventually met at one of her concerts and how she got attracted to Gold’s “niceness”. Simi disclosed this in a recent interview with The Beat 99.9 FM, Lagos. The ‘Duduke’ crooner said they dated for five years before finally getting married in 2019. VANGUARD

9. Australian researchers have diagnosed what is believed to be the first professional woman athlete with the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Scientists at the Sydney-based Australian Sports Brain Bank research centre said on Monday they had identified low-stage CTE in the brain of former professional Australian Rules footballer Heather Anderson, who died eight months ago, aged 28. Only a small number of women globally have been diagnosed with CTE, which is caused by repeated impact to the head, and ASBB director Michael Buckland said none of them had been athletes. Chris Nowinski, chief executive of the US-based Concussion Legacy Foundation, said Anderson’s “landmark” diagnosis should be a “wakeup call for women’s sports”. CHANNELS

10. Enyimba players have been rewarded with N20m by Abia State Governor, Alex Otti for winning the 2022/23 Nigeria Premier League title. The Peoples’ Elephant claimed a historic ninth domestic title at the NPL Super Six playoffs in Lagos last month. Erstwhile chairman of the club, Felix Anyansi-Agwu, head coach Finidi George, his assistants and other support staff will get varying sums for their efforts. The players and their officials were hosted by the governor last weekend at the Government House, Umuahia. Enyimba is expected in Lagos this week where they will compete in the Naija Super 8 pre-season tournament. DAILY POST

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