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

1. Respite came the way of Senator Peter Nwaoboshi on Friday, as the Supreme Court, quashed his seven years prison sentence. The apex court, which invalidated the money laundering charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, preferred against the lawmaker who hitherto represented Delta North Senatorial District, ordered his immediate release from prison custody. It will be recalled that the Court of Appeal in Lagos had in a judgement it delivered on July 1, 2022, sentenced Senator Nwaoboshi to prison after it convicted him on a two-count charge the EFCC brought against him. The appellate court equally ordered that his two companies- Golden Touch Construction Project Ltd and Suiming Electrical Ltd- be wound up, in line with the provision of Section 22 of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2021 However, the Supreme Court, in a split decision of four-to-one, nullified the judgement of the appellate court. VANGUARD

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2. The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp has arrested 12 petroleum marketers for removing the seals belonging to the Nigeria Mainstream Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority and also harassing the agency’s surveillance team in Kogi State. The NSCDC Kogi Command made the arrest on Friday when they went round in collaboration with the surveillance team of NMDPRA to check the activities of some petroleum marketers whose filling stations were sealed by NMDPRA for operating illegally. It could be recalled in June that NMDPRA in Kogi State shut down over 50 filling stations for under dispensing, operating without NMDPRA storage and sale license. Speaking on the recent arrest, the NSCDC Spokesperson, Alex Agiri, said the suspected petroleum marketers were arrested in Lokoja, Idah, Ankpa, Ayingba, and Ajaokuta. PUNCH

3. Pastor Adebiyi Adam, one of the associates of the late popular Ibadan-based cleric Prophet Michael Olowere, has described his last moments as a transition into glory. Adam, the District Coordinating Superintendent, Christ Apostolic Church, Oke Agbara, Ashi, Ibadan, said in Ibadan on Friday that the deceased had a premonition of his death. While speaking at the residence of the late pastor in the Ashi area of Ibadan, he said that Olowere, popularly known as Baba Automatic, did not die of sickness. Recounting Olowere’s last moments, he said the deceased knew he would be with his maker before 7 p.m. on Wednesday and had prepared the minds of everyone around him. Adam said that the late prophet was sound-minded and received the best treatment, adding that he wanted his privacy during his last days on earth. DAILY POST

4. Regent School has been judged an outstanding school by a team of British Schools Overseas (BSO) inspectors, commissioned by the UK Department for Education (DfE) in England to inspect and accredit British international schools outside of the UK. To be recognised by the UK Department for Education (DfE), BSO must have an inspection report which shows that their performance against all the BSO standards is at least satisfactory. This reflects the standards required for continuing registration as a school in England. Following a successful BSO inspection, schools will be allocated a unique reference number on the UK’s national school reference system, Edubase. LEADERSHIP

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5. President Volodymyr Zelensky is set to hold talks with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday on the latest leg of a tour to push Ukraine’s bid to join NATO and secure more weapons from allies. The talks in Istanbul come on the eve of the 500th day since Russia’s invasion, with Zelensky admitting Ukraine’s counteroffensive was progressing slowly. NHe called on the United States and other allies to provide long-range weapons and artillery during a two-day visit to Prague. For his next stop before Istanbul, the Ukrainian president arrived in Bratislava, where he will notably meet with his Slovak counterpart and the prime minister before heading to Turkey. The talks with Erdogan — an important broker in the conflict — are to focus on an expiring deal to ship Ukrainian grain across the Black Sea, as well as next week’s NATO summit. Analysts also expect Zelensky to push Erdogan to give a green light for Sweden’s NATO membership ahead of Tuesday’s meeting of the military alliance in Lithuanian capital Vilnius. CHANNELS

6. The family of late Nigerian boxer and coach, Jeremiah Okorodudu, has announced the details of his burial rites. According to Florence Okorodudu, the younger sister of the late Olympian, there will be a candlelight procession at the National Stadium, Lagos August 4. Subsequently, his body will lie in state at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City August 9, allowing friends, fans and well-wishers to pay their final respect. The burial is scheduled to take place  Saturday August 12 at his family compound in Agbarha-otor, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta. PUNCH

7. Nollywood actress, Ronke Oshodi Oke, has expressed her regrets campaigning for the All Progressives Congress (APC) after what she saw during the EndSARS protest. Recall that Nigerian youths took to the streets to protest against the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a unit of the Nigeria Police Force, in October 2020. In a recent interview with Chude Jideonwo, the actress admitted that although she didn’t collect ‘much’ to campaign for APC, her motivation was not pecuniary.   Ronke revealed that she was so full of belief that the APC was going to take Nigeria to the next level but was left disappointed eventually. VANGUARD

8. The company that operated the sub which imploded during a dive to the Titanic wreck, killing all five people aboard, said Thursday it had halted all activities indefinitely. The Titan sub was reported missing on June 18 and the US Coast Guard said on June 22 that the vessel had suffered a catastrophic implosion, ending a rescue operation that had captivated the world. US-based OceanGate said on its website that it had “suspended all exploration and commercial operations” two weeks after the tragedy, in which company CEO Stockton Rush was among the dead. Experts last week recovered presumed human remains from the sub wreckage that was found on the ocean floor and taken to the port of St. John’s, Newfoundland in east Canada. The victims are presumed to have died instantly when the Titan, about the size of an SUV car, imploded under the crushing pressure of the North Atlantic at a depth of more than two miles (nearly four kilometers). CHANNELS

9. European football agent, Bruno Satin, has claimed only three clubs can sign Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe. Mbappe is refusing to extend his current contract with the Ligue 1 champions, which runs out in June 2024. It has prompted PSG chairman, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, to give him a sign-or-be-sold ultimatum. Satin, who is a prominent French agent, believes there are only three teams with a realistic chance of landing the World Cup winner. DAILY POST

10. Former Super Eagles forward Obinna Nsofor has officially tied the knot with his Serbian fiancee, Anastasija Radi. Taking to his Instagram page on Thursday, he posted a series of photos from his wedding and captioned it: ‘Mr & Mrs Nsofor’, while expressing gratitude to the wedding planners. The wedding is said to have taken place on Sunday, July 2, at the iconic La Torre di San Marco in Brescia, Italy. Nsofor styled in a classy blue tuxedo while his wife, Anastasija Radi, walked down the aisle in her graceful wedding dress. VANGUARD

 

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