Tuesday, June 25, 2024


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

1. The Federal Government has filed a two-count charge of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition against suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, before the Federal High Court in Lagos. The FG, in the charge sheet seen by Channels Television’s judiciary correspondent, accused Emefiele of possessing a single-barrel shotgun (JOJEFF MAGNUM 8371) without a licence. The government maintained that the offence is contrary to Section 4 of the Firearms Act, Cap F28 Laws of the Federation 2004, and punishable under Section 27 (1b) of the same Act. In the second count, the suspended CBN Governor was accused of having in his possession 123 rounds of live ammunition (Cartridges) without a licence, which is contrary to Section 8 of the Firearms Act Cap F28 Laws of the Federation 2004 and punishable under Section 27 (1)(b)(il) of the same Act. CHANNELS


2. The Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, Iba Gani Adams has warned Simon Ekpa, factional leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), to stop plans to stage the sit-at-home protest in Lagos State. Ekpa had said the sit-at-home protest currently being enforced in the South East will be done in Lagos State. According to him, the sit-at-home is part of actions to demand the release of Nnamdi Kanu. But in a reaction to Ekpa’s plans, Gani Adams cautioned the Finnish-based ethnic propagandist to desist from “repeating the mistake of the 1970s,” and drop the move. He maintained that the sit-at-home was uncalled-for and counterproductive. DAILY POST

3. Nigeria has successfully fulfilled its financial responsibilities to the African Union by making the full payment of its assessed contributions for the year 2023. This was made known in a statement by the Director of Information, State House, Abiodun Oladunjoye, on Saturday. According to the statement, this was confirmed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Adamu Ibrahim Lamuwa, during the 43rd Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the AU held in Nairobi. Nigeria is among the key financial contributors to the AU, alongside four other member-states. PUNCH

4. The Super Falcons of Nigeria continued their preparation for the FIFA Women’s World Cup beginning this month with an 8-1 thrashing of Australian club, Lions FC in the early hours of Saturday. Randy Waldrum’s side are camping in Australia where they will take on co-hosts Australia, Canada and the Republic of Ireland when the football fiesta kicks off five days from today. Barcelona Femeni forward, Asisat Oshoala led the assault with a brace, while Ifeoma Onumonu, Toni Payne, Rasheedat Ajibade, Halimatu Ayinde, Uchenna Kanu and Gift Monday also got in on the act. Nigeria is in Group B and will get her campaign underway against Canada on July 21 at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium in Australia. VANGUARD

5. Popular British boxer, Ryan Taylor sparks break-up speculations as he unfollows his fiancée, DJ Cuppy, on Instagram. The couple had generated whispers online after Cuppy wasn’t reportedly spotted with her ring and had stopped flaunting her man on her page. It was gathered from sources online that Cuppy and her man had initially unfollowed each other, but she had refollowed him. Ryan, however, didn’t return the gesture and dropped a quote some days ago about letting go of anything that impedes ones spiritual growth, which added fuel to the rumours. LEADERSHIP

6. An airport staff strike grounded hundreds of flights all over Italy on Saturday, affecting 250,000 travellers in one of the world’s top tourist spots. Some 1,000 flights, both domestic and international, were cancelled as a result of the strike by ground crew, who are demanding a new collective contract, six years after the previous one expired, according to airport and airline authorities. The strike was due to last from 10:00 am (0800 GMT) to 6:00 pm (1600 GMT). The airport in Rome, saw some 200 flights cancelled, authorities said. Flights by Malta Air, which handles transfers for popular budget carriers Ryanair, Vueling and Ita Airways, were also affected after pilots joined the walkout. CHANNELS

7. Veteran Nollywood actress, Uche Jombo, has said false rape accusers should serve the same punishment as rapists. The thespian stated this against the backdrop of the acquittal of ex-Manchester City player, Benjamin Mendy who was accused of raping a woman and attempting to rape another. Taking to her Twitter handle, Jombo declared, “False rape accusations should attract same jail term as rape.” It was reported that the Man City defender, Benjamin Mendy, was on Friday, cleared of rape and attempted rape by a jury at Chester Crown Court. Mendy missed City’s historic treble last season of the English Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League due to the trials. DAILY POST

8. Nollywood actor Jerry Williams, who was suspended from acting recently by the leadership of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, has checked into a rehab facility for drug addiction, NollyNow can report. The actor was suspended weeks back from acting by the actors’ body following his involvement in illicit substances. Announcing Jerry’s suspension, the National President of AGN, Emeka Rollas said the guild started monitoring the actor from December last year until his condition got out of hand. Rollas further stated that the guild took the decision to suspend Jerry Williams after observing that he “is a risk not only to himself but also, other actors who might be acting alongside him on set.” Meanwhile, an insider who confirmed this new development to NollyNow said the actor is doing well in the rehab. VANGUARD

9. The Commonwealth Games Federation has stripped Nigeria of the gold medal it won in the women’s 4x100m relays at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. This comes after an investigation on the positive doping result returned by Grace Nwokoch, a member of the quartet. Nwokocha was provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit after her sample returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for Ostarine and Dihydroxy-LGD-4033, a metabolite of Ligandrol. Both are non-Specified Substances, listed under Other Anabolic Agents in the WADA 2022 Prohibited List. PUNCH

10.At least 22 people have died and 14 more are missing after heavy rain caused flooding and landslides in South Korea, officials said Saturday, with thousands more ordered to evacuate their homes. South Korea is at the peak of its summer monsoon season and there has been heavy rainfall for the last three days, triggering widespread flooding and landslides, and causing a major dam to overflow. The interior ministry reported that 22 people had been killed and another 14 were missing in the heavy downpours, mostly buried by landslides or after falling into a flooded reservoir. The majority of the casualties — including 16 dead and nine missing — come from North Gyeongsang province, largely due to massive landslides in the mountainous area that engulfed houses with people inside. CHANNELS






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