* Thai cave rescue: 8 boys freed as 5 remain trapped (Telegraph) * We won’t donate land for ranching — South-East govs (Punch)

* Thai cave rescue: 8 boys freed as 5 remain trapped (Telegraph)               * We won’t donate land for ranching — South-East govs (Punch)



Thai cave rescue: 8 boys freed as 5 remain trapped (Telegraph)

Four more boys have been freed from the flooded Thai cave – bringing the total number rescued to eight. The second phase of the treacherous operation to rescue the youth football team began on Monday after four boys were saved on Sunday, having spent more than a fortnight underground. It was confirmed at 11am BST that a fifth boy had been freed. An hour later, two more were reportedly taken to safety. And an eighth was seen on a stretcher at around 1pm BST. As the rescue operations were suspended for the day, four boys and their coach remain trapped amid a race against time and water. Those rescued so far are said to be in “good health”. Read more

We won’t donate land for ranching — South-East govs (Punch)

Governors of the South-East states rose from a meeting in Enugu on Sunday evening with a decision that no land would be made available for the establishment of cattle ranches in the zone. The meeting, which held at the Enugu State Government House, had the governors of Enugu (Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi), Ebonyi (Dave Umahi) in attendance, while Abia and Anambra were represented by the deputy governors. Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, was absent and was not represented by his deputy. The President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, presented the association’s ‘template on restructuring’ to the governors at the meeting, which ended late on Sunday evening. Read more

IG, INEC Meeting with Party Stakeholders disrupted in Ekiti (ThisDay)

The stakeholders’ meeting convened by the Inspector General of Police (IG),

Mr. Ibrahim Idris, and the National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Monday came to an abrupt end as party members disrupted the parley in a show of strength. The parley tagged: Ekiti Stakeholders Meeting, which was attended by the candidates of the 35 political parties, ended in an uproar as members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) threw jibes at each other. Idris and Yakubu had addressed the house after which the representative of the PDP, Hon. Samuel Omotoso, a serving lawmaker, raised observations that the candidate of the APC and ex-governor of the state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, had allegedly been bragging that he would be declared whether he loses the election or not. Read more

132, 078 PVCs still unclaimed in Akwa Ibom (Guardian)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Akwa Ibom, says some 132, 078 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) have yet to be collected in the state. The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr Mike Igini, who disclosed this while addressing newsmen in Uyo on Monday, said the response of the electorate to the collection of their PVCs was poor. The commissioner said that out of the 127,267 new PVCs received by the commission and distributed across the state, only 12,881 had been collected, leaving an outstanding of 114,386. He explained that out of the 18,541 old PVCs received and distributed, only 849 had been collected, leaving an outstanding of 17,692. Read more

NYSC begins registration for 2018 Batch ‘B’ mobilisation exercise (Punch)

National Youth Service Corps will, on Tuesday, open its online registration portal for the 2018 Batch ‘B’ mobilisation exercise. In a statement issued by the agency, all prospective corps members,”i.e Nigerians who have graduated from universities and mono/polytechnics both at home and abroad are to register for the mobilisation exercise between  Tuesday, 10th July and 16th July, 2018.” The statement gave a list of guidelines to help corp members with their registration. Some of the guidelines include having a functional email address and Nigerian telephone numbers with which to register. “Such e-mail address and phone numbers must be maintained throughout the service year. Read more

Delta youths threaten contractor with EFCC, ICPC over poor job (SUN)

Some youths of Ikpide-Irri community in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State, on Monday, protested against a contracting firm, Portplus Limited, over what they described as ‘poor execution’ of a major road project in the riverine community. The contract for concrete pavement road in Ikpide-Irri was awarded in early 2017 by the state government at the cost of N736 million to Portplus Limited said to be a marine service company. But the protesting youths alleged that the contracting firm was using sub-standard materials in the execution of the project, and warned that they would drag the company to the anti-graft agencies if it failed to adhere to approved scope and specification. Read more

NAFDAC calls for compliance to Breast Milk Substitute Marketing Code (Vanguard)

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has called for compliance to the Marketing Breast Milk Substitutes (BMS) Code, saying it is affecting infant nutrition. Prof. Mojishola Adeyeye, the Director-General of NAFDAC, made the call at a day sensitisation workshop in Lagos, on “Compliance with the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes’’. Adeyeye said that this would protect optimal infant and young child feeding through promotion, protection and support for exclusive breastfeeding. The workshop was organised by Fhi360- Alive and Thrive Team, funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Adeyeye said: “The importance of appropriate infant and young child feeding and its resultant effect on national economic development cannot be overemphasized. Read more

Fashola to DisCos: Be competitive or quit (Nation)

The Minister of Power Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola on Monday advised the electricity distribution companies otherwise known as DisCos to compete to deliver power to customers or exit the electricity market for investors that are ready to satisfy consumers. He directed the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to work toward eliminating estimated billings.  Fashola said supposing he had his way, he would have directed that estimated billing regime terminates immediately, but the local capacity is not enough to bridge the metering gap in the market. The minister, who made this disclosure in a press briefing at Abuja, said complaints coming to government about meters, estimated billings and mass disconnections, where not everybody is owing cannot continue. Read more

NNPC to deliver 3.4bscf of domestic gas daily by 2020 (Guardian)

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it will deliver about 3.4 billion standard cubic feet per day (bscfd) of domestic gas daily by 2020 to bridged the current shortfall. Dr Maikanti Baru, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, gave the assurance at a workshop tagged: “Framing Workshop on the Seven Critical Gas Development Projects (7CGDP)” on Monday in Lagos. According to Baru, the projects will be implemented on an accelerated basis. He said the strategy was to leverage on the country’s gas potential to ensure it had massive impact on the economy by 2020. Read more

NNPC: Depot fire will not affect petroluem supply (Nation)

NNPC on Monday assured residents in Niger State and environs that the fire incident at its depot at Pogo Village in Paikoro Local Government area will not affect supply of petroleum products. The News men reports that the Niger Police, had on Sunday, deployed armed personnel to prevent people from scooping petroleum products at the NNPC pipeline that exploded in Paikoro Local Government area of the state. Mr Luke Anele, the Managing Director of Nigerian Pipeline and Storage Company, gave the assurance while talking to journalists at the NNPC in Minna on Monday. He said that there was no cause for alarm, adding that the situation had been brought under control. Read more

183 teenagers working for Boko Haram handed over to UN (Vanguard)

No fewer than 183 teenagers, who were previously working with Boko Haram terrorists, have been handed over to the United Nations by the Nigerian Army. They were on Monday handed over to officials of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Maiduguri, the Borno State. They are for rehabilitation and re-integration. The Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen Nicholas Rogers released the male and female teenagers. Rogers said they were arrested at various locations in the north east.  Read more

Nigerian Army warns against fake vacancies (Guardian)

Nigerian Army on Tuesday warned Nigerians to desist from making payment and consulting intermediaries for fictitious recruitments into the force. “The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to the activities of a syndicate trying to defraud members of the public of their hard earned money through alleged recruitment into the Nigerian Army,” the army spokesman, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu said in a statement. Chukwu stated that the force is not recruiting or replacing personnel, for now, therefore members of the public should desist from being deceived into the illegal recruitment. “The Army wishes to state that recruitment into the Nigerian Army is free and no intermediary is required before being recruited into the Army.” Read more

Gunmen kidnap Catholic priest in Enugu (SUN)

Unidentified gunmen have kidnapped a Catholic Reverend Father in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State. Daily Sun gathered that the priest, whose identity is yet to be ascertained at the time of filing this report, was kidnapped on Saturday while he was carrying his early morning jogging exercise along Nsude – Obioma road. The priest, it was further gathered, was an Assistant Parish Priest of St. Mark Catholic Church, Nsude in Udi Local Government Area. The kidnappers, according to sources are demanding N100 million ransom for his release, but his Bishop, Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Rev. Callistus Onaga, has appealed to the kidnappers to release the priest unconditional, noting that the church has no such money. Read more

Kidnappers free Imo entertainers after N1m ransom (Punch)

Gunmen who kidnapped two entertainers, Ugo Stevenson and Izunna Obiakor, in Owerri, Imo State, have freed them after receiving N1m ransom. They were held hostage for five days. Stevenson, a 2008 winner of Nigeria Music Awards is a popular Highlife musician, writer, and public commentator, while Obiakor is the Chief Executive Officer of Twinstar Lightening and Stage House in Owerri. The two entertainers were together in a vehicle on Wednesday, July 4, when some gunmen accosted them at the World Bank area of the state capital, shot indiscriminately into the air, and abducted them. Read more

Police begins manhunt for ritual killers in Edo (Nation)

Edo State Police Command has commenced search for alleged ritual killers operating along the Upper Siluko axis in Egor local government area. In January this year, commercial bike riders had protested the killing of their colleagues inside a forest located in a boundary between Ogheghe and Egbaen villages. The protest by the Okada rider was occasioned by the discovery of a dead body inside the bush and the miraculous escape of one bike rider from his killers. It was gathered that the recent search for the alleged ritual killers followed a fella audio message that has gone viral narrating how the wife of her nephew escaped from the ritual killers. Read more

17 Boko Haram members get jail terms in Niger (Guardian)

A court in Niger has sentenced 17 members of the violent Islamist movement Boko Haram to between two and seven years in jail, a senior state prosecutor said Monday. “Of 42 suspects on trial, 17 got between two and seven years in prison and 21 others were released” at the end of a six-day trial in the southeastern Diffa region, Chaibou Samna, prosecutor at the high court in Niamey, told AFP. The trial of the four other suspected members of the jihadist movement, which originated in Nigeria and has launched bloody attacks in neighbouring countries, was postponed until mid-October, Samna said. Read more

1 Dead, 21 Missing in Boat Mishap in Sokoto (ThisDay)

One person lost his life, while 21 others are missing, when a boat carrying 30 passengers capsized in the Bafarawa River in Isa Local Government Area of Sokoto State. Thisday checks revealed that the incident occurred on Saturday when the passengers from Modaci and Bafarawa villages were heading to Isa town. It was also gathered that local divers recovered a corpse, rescued eight persons and are currently searching for the remaining 21 persons.The Director General, Sokoto State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Ibrahim Dingyadi, confirmed the incident to journalists in Sokoto on Monday. Read more

Court sentences man to death for killing son (Punch)

The Akwa Ibom State High Court, sitting in Ikot Ekpene Judiciary Division, has sentenced a middle-aged man, Christopher Udoh, to death by hanging for killing his 11-year-old son, Gabriel Udoh, over alleged witchcraft. Udoh, who hailed from Obot Akara Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, was said to have blamed his son for his business failure, accusing him of deploying witchcraft to ruin his business endeavours. The presiding judge, Justice Joy Unwana, on Monday passed the sentence after finding Christopher guilty of murder, in accordance with Section 316 (1) of the Criminal Laws of Akwa Ibom State. Read more

Man stabs, robs Uber driver of N1.4m Toyota Corolla car (Nation)

A 24-year-old man, Lucky Friday, was on Monday brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly robbing an Uber driver of his Toyota Corolla car valued at N1.4 million after stabbing him on the stomach. Friday, whose address was not provided, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and armed robbery. Police Prosecutor Benson Emuerhi had told the court that the accused committed the offences with others still at large on March 16 at Ekingbon Estate in Lekki area of Lagos. He said the accused allegedly stabbed the complainant, Mr Godfrey Ovie, on the stomach with a dagger and robbed him of a Toyota Corolla car with registration no. FST 663 EZ valued at N1.4 million, property of the complainant, Alexander Abiola. Read more

Men don’t Rush for condoms in Russia (Vanguard)

In the midst of all the Sexually Transmitted Diseases, STD, in the World, Condoms have become the shield, a barrier device used to reduce the probability of pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections, STIs. Condoms have become the AK47 with which men fire without worrying for reproduction or suffer the pain when they urinate three days after contact with an infected female. The causes of STDs are bacteria, parasites, yeast and viruses. There are many types of STDs but the common ones include; Chlamydia, Genital herpes, Gonorrhea, HIV AIDS, HPV, Syphilis, Trichomoniasis. Most STDs affect both men and women, but in many cases the health problems they cause can be more severe for women. If a pregnant woman has an STD, it can cause serious health problems for the baby. Read more

Weightlifting: Osun duo set for AYG in Algeria (SUN)

The Nigeria Weightlifting Federation on Friday announced the names of six athletes that will represent the country in the forthcoming 2018 All African Youth Games in Algeirs, Algeria. The Games will hold between July 19 and July 28. Top on the list is African and Nigerian Youth Champion Islamiyat YUSUF Adebukola (58kg), others are Ajayi James Eche (56kg), Umoafia Edidiong Joseph (62kg), Opadeji Adedapo Adeleke (69kg), Agba Ebelechukwu Vennesa (48kg) and Folarin Morufat Ajoke (44kg). An official of the Nigeria Weightlifting Federation, who spoke to us from the team’s camp in Abuja said they are confident of the team’s chances of winning medals for the country in Algeria. Read more

Moses misses Chelsea training (SUN)

Nigeria’s Victor Moses was missing in training as Chelsea began pre-season training. The pacy midfielder was among the west London side that were excused from training due to their participation at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia. The squad resumed training on Saturday as well and they continued their preparations for the 2018-19 season on Sunday. The likes of Cesc Fabregas, Pedro, David Luiz and Alvaro Morata were all pictured being put through their paces at sunny Cobham. The squad, currently without their World Cup stars, were seen taking part in agility and stretching drills before making their way outside for further fitness checks. Read more

FIFA reduces number of officials for final phase of World Cup (Nation)

The FIFA Referees’ Committee (FRC) on Monday said it has reduced the number of match officials earlier slated for the final phase of the 2018 World Cup. Pierluigi Collina, the chairman of the committee, told reporters in Moscow, that 12 referees, 26 assistant referees and 10 Video Assistant Referees (VARs) have now been selected for the final phase. The News men that the phase, which include semi-finals, third-place and final stage matches, begin with the semi-finals on Tuesday in St. Petersburg. “Given the fact that there are only four games left to play, the number of referees has been reduced again. “Five referees and 11 assistant referees have been removed from the list we gave out after the second round. “But the VARs, which are 10 in number, still remain as earlier selected for the final phase,’’ Collina said. Read more

Belgium’s Hazard Spells World Cup danger for France (Guardian)

Eden Hazard is one of the French academy system’s finest exports in the past decade but he could be the man to end Didier Deschamps’s bid for World Cup glory. Born to two footballing parents in the Belgian municipality of Braine-le-Comte, Hazard’s reputation spread across the border and saw him snapped up by Lille at the age of just 14. Two years later Hazard made his professional debut in Ligue 1 and went on to become French football’s brightest talent, twice winning the league’s player of the year prize and leading Lille to a Ligue 1 and Cup double in 2010-11. Read more

Sweet 16 for Roger Federer at Wimbledon (Sport24)

Roger Federer needed just 16 minutes to win the opening set in a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 defeat of France’s Adrian Mannarino to reach his 16th Wimbledon quarter-final on Monday. Eight-time champion Federer will be playing in his 53rd Grand Slam last eight when he tackles either Gael Monfils of France or Kevin Anderson, the eighth-seeded South African. Top seed Federer, 36, has now won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon, just two behind his record set from the third round in 2005 to his title triumph in 2006. “It was crucial for him to stay in the match at the beginning of the second set and then it got tougher,” said Federer after his sixth win in six meetings against French left-hander Mannarino. Read more

Goerges into Wimbledon quarters to end Grand Slam drought (Punch)

Julia Goerges is through to the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time after the German 13th seed beat Croatia’s Donna Vekic 6-3, 6-2 on Monday. Goerges was competing in her first Wimbledon last 16 tie after five successive opening round defeats at the All England Club. The 29-year-old rose to the occasion, sweeping aside world number 55 Donna Vekic, who defeated US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the first round and was also chasing a maiden Grand Slam quarter-final berth. Goerges takes on Dutch 20th seed Kiki Bertens for a place in the semi-finals. She will be making her Grand Slam last eight debut in her 42nd appearance at the majors. Read more

Boris Johnson quits as foreign secretary over May’s Brexit plans (Guardian)

Boris Johnson has resigned as foreign secretary, becoming the third minister in 24 hours to walk out of the government rather than back Theresa May’s plans for a soft Brexit. The prime minister hammered out a compromise with her deeply divided cabinet in an all-day meeting at Chequers on Friday, but after consulting friends and allies, Johnson decided he could not promote the deal. Pressure on the foreign secretary had been mounting since fellow pro-Brexiter David Davis resigned as Brexit secretary on Sunday night, swiftly followed by his No 2 at the Department for Exiting the EU, Steve Baker. Read more

EU’s Tusk raises “no Brexit” idea in tweet on Johnson (Reuters)

European Council President Donald Tusk raised the idea that Brexit might be called off in a tweet on Monday after Boris Johnson, a campaigner for Britain to leave the EU, resigned as foreign secretary. Echoing a comment he made to reporters after the earlier resignation of Brexit Secretary David Davis, Tusk tweeted: “Politicians come and go but the problems they have created for people remain. I can only regret that the idea of Brexit has not left with Davis and Johnson. But…who knows?” Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, is overseeing the negotiations with London on its departure and has been highly critical of Brexit. He has said in the past that Britons would be welcome to change their minds and stay in the European Union. Read more

I’m confident Kim Jong Un will honour our contract –Trump (Metro)

Donald Trump says he still believes North Koreal will dump its nukes, tweeting: ‘I have confidence that Kim Jong Un will honor the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake.’ He spoke Monday after a tense meeting between Mike Pompeo and North Korean officials, adding: ‘We agreed to the denuclearization of North Korea. ‘China, on the other hand, may be exerting negative pressure on a deal because of our posture on Chinese Trade-Hope Not!’ Trump shared his theories after North Korea accused Pompeo of having a ‘gangster-like mindset’ during last week’s talks with Kim’s right-hand man Kim Jong chol on Saturday. Read more

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