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

1. President Bola Tinubu on Monday sympathised with Nigerians over the pains of the recent subsidy removal on Premium Motor Spirit known as petrol. In his 2023 Democracy Day speech on June 12, the President said his decision to remove fuel subsidy during his inauguration on May 29, 2023 is to save Nigeria country from going under and take the country’s resources away from the stranglehold of a few unpatriotic elements. He asked Nigerians to sacrifice a little more for the survival of the country. CHANNEL

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2. The Chief Operating Officer, Air Peace, Toyin Olajide, has stated that the former Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, lied about some of the claims he made on Air Peace during his Sunday interview on Arise Television. The ex-minister, while praising Ethiopian Airline, stated that Air Peace leased ‘two’ Boeing 777 aircraft on a monthly lease fee of $250,000, parked the aircraft for several months and incurred losses of $19 million while all the aircraft engines and landing gears became due for replacement when the airline were ready to fly. Sirika went on to ask, “who does that?” He stated that Ethiopian Airlines would never do that. The former minister also said that the airline stopped flying to Dubai because it lacks capacity. The COO of Air Peace also described this as “another stark lie.” PUNCH

3. Former Minister of Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has mocked former Nigerian Head of State, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB), who he called an “evil genius” and two-time president Olusegun Obasanjo. Keyamo claimed both IBB and Obasanjo are alive to witness Bola Tinubu become President of Nigeria. He also described Tinubu as one of the most faithful political “soldiers” of the late MKO Abiola, winner of the annulled 1993 presidential election. Keyamo stated this via his verified Twitter handle on Monday, June 12, which is celebrated as Democracy Day. He shared an image showing the late MKO Abiola, the late General Sani Abacha, who became military Head of State after the election was annulled and Tinubu. DAILY POST

4. One of the controversial news this weekend is an Ekiti-based chef, Adedamilola ‘Chef Dammy’ Adeparusi, attempting to cook for 120 hours in hopes of surpassing Hilda Baci who cooked for 100 hours 40 minutes in May. Baci who broke the record on May 15, 2023 amidst Nigerians’ celebration and support, is graciously encouraging and wishing Dammy good luck. There have been raging debates over the modalities of Dammy’s attempt. Many have said it’s too soon for her to try after Hilda just completed hers and that she might not have applied to the Guinness World Records. PULSE

5. Silvio Berlusconi, the former prime minister who reshaped Italy’s political and cultural landscape while fending off multiple legal and sex scandals, has died aged 86, his spokesman confirmed on Monday. The billionaire media mogul was admitted to a Milan hospital on Friday for what aides said were pre-planned tests related to his leukaemia. His admission came just three weeks after he was discharged following a six-week stay at Milan’s San Raffaele hospital, during which time doctors revealed he had a rare type of blood cancer. Berlusconi led Italy three times between 1994 and 2011, for a total of nine years, wooing voters with a promise of economic success only to be forced out as a debt crisis gripped his country. But his influence extended well beyond politics, thanks to his extensive TV, newspaper and sporting interests, while his playboy antics kept him in the headlines even in his final years. CHANNELS

6. Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar could be the next football star to complete a mega-money move to the Saudi Pro League. The Brazilian has been tipped to leave France this summer, following Lionel Messi’s imminent departure from the Parc des Princes.  It is reported that a delegation from Al-Hilal is currently in Paris to hold talks with the player.  According to CBS Sports, Neymar would be in line for wages similar to Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Al-Nassr in January.Reported wages of €200m annually would come on top of a transfer fee around €45m, it has been claimed. Neymar cost PSG more than £200m when he joined from Barcelona in 2017, and is under contract with the French champions until 2025. VANGUARD

7. Ekiti State First Lady, Dr. Olayemi Oyebanji, has taken to social media to celebrate Chef Dammy’s attempt to break the Guinness World Record in the longest cooking category with a 120 hours target. Chef Dammy shocked many when news broke about her attempt to break Chef Hilda Baci’s unofficial 100-hour record in this category. The young chef, as of Monday, had been cooking for over 80 hours non-stop. Irked by her decision to attempt the record barely weeks after Hilda Baci’s unofficial 100-hour record in the same category, social media users have continued to drag the young chef. However, just as Chef Dammy continues to be trolled online, her fanbase and support group have continued to grow. PUNCH

8. Enyimba FC has claimed a ninth Nigeria Premier League title following a 1-1 draw against Rivers United at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan, Lagos on Sunday. The People’s Elephant top the NPL Super Six playoff standings with nine points from five games. Ekenne Awazie gave Enyimba the lead six minutes before the break after Enyimba failed to clear their lines. Rivers United fought back and got the equaliser through Nyima Nwagua three minutes after the break. Enyimba will also compete in the CAF Champions League next season. LEADERSHIP

9. A British man was arrested in South Korea on Monday after he attempted to climb the country’s tallest skyscraper — the fifth highest in the world — without equipment, police said. The man was scaling the 123-storey Lotte World Tower in southern Seoul early Monday when staff spotted him, forcing him to stop his ascent as he reached the 73rd floor. “Lotte staff had to go on a gondola lift to persuade him to stop when he was still climbing above the building’s 70th floor,” an official from the National Police Agency told AFP. The 555-metre (1,820-feet) Lotte World Tower is the world’s fifth tallest building. Alain Robert, widely known as the “French Spider-Man”, was jailed in 2018 after climbing the same building without permission. He ascended to the 75th storey. CHANNELS

10. Guinness World Record for the longest painting marathon. She made this known via a Twitter post on Sunday while sharing a picture confirming the acceptance of her application from the Guinness World Records via email. Responding to the mail, she tweeted that she was thrilled to announce that Guinness World Records has GIVEN her the green light for the longest painting marathon! On October 28-30th 2023, and she will embark on the incredible journey of creativity and endurance. PUNCH

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