Tribunal dismisses Atiku, PDP?s request to access and inspect INEC?s server
The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has dismissed an application by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to have access and inspect the Central server said to have been used by the Independent National Electoral Commission for the conduct of the February 23 presidential election.

In a unanimous ruling delivered today Monday June 24th, Justice Mohammed Garba-led bench of five judges, upheld the separate objections by the three respondents to the application. The three respondents are INEC, Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress.

Delivering judgement in the application, the tribunal held that granting such an application when INEC have denied the existence of the said server and insisted that results of the election were not electronically transmitted into any server as alleged by the petitioners, would cause more confusion and distract the tribunal.

Justice Garba added that granting the application would imply that the court had “indeed recognised and found out that there is a central server into which results of the held on February 23, 2019 were electronically transmitted by the 1st respondent (INEC)”.

Atiku is contesting the result of the February 23rd presidential election which President Buhari was declared winner. Atiku in a petition before the tribunal, insisted that he won going by the records on INEC's server. INEC has however come out to denied claims that it uploaded results from various polling units on its server during the presidential election.

No apologies, Rivers State is a Christian state ? Governor Wike
Governor Nyesom Wike has said that Rivers  State is a Christian state and that he will not apologise for saying that. The governor stated this on Sunday June 23rd during the Lord’s Chosen Crusade at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

Speaking at the programme, Governor Wike said the forces of darkness invaded the state and attempted to rob the mandate of the people, but God stood firm.
“We saw forces, but the greater force, God Almighty came. With this crusade. Rivers State will be abundantly blessed. I repeat once again without apologies, Rivers State is a Christian State. That is why nobody can touch us. When it mattered most, the Christian community prayed and God heard your prayers. I will continue to support the activities of all Churches. This Government will always partner with the churches , whatever the programme they are engaged in. I urge the Church to continue to pray. Each time you pray, put us in your prayers”, he said.
He said that God prevailed in Rivers State on March 9th during the governorship election and took charge of the state.
“On March 9th light prevailed over darkness. God showed himself and he is in charge. But for God, I wouldn’t have been here addressing the Christian faithful. The enemies came to Rivers State to take over the state and stop the will of the people. But God said no and the will of the people prevailed “, he said.

 Super Eagles to get a whopping $95,000 each for AFCON win
The Super Eagles of Nigeria squad will get a whopping $95,000 bonus each to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

The stars have already won themselves $10,000 for their 1-0 win over Burundi on Saturday. They are also guaranteed $20,000 if they win their remaining Group B matches against Guinea and Madagascar.

If they record another victory in the round of 16, the players will receive $12,500.

Victories in the quarter-final and the semi-final also will see Gernot Rohr’s men get $15,000 and $17,500 respectively, while a win in the final will see the three-time AFCON winners earn a $20,000 match bonus each.

“Group stage wins: $10k; Round of 16: $12.5k; QF: $15k; SF: $17.5k. And if they win the final: $20k. So, each player would earn $95,000 for winning AFCON2019,” a member of the Nigeria Football Federation’s Reforms Committee, Osasu Obayiuwana, disclosed to Sports Extra.

He added that Rohr would earn twice the amount of what his players get, while goalkeepers trainer and assistant coach Alloy Agu and Imama Amapakabo will receive 75 percent of what Rohr gets. The backroom staff are entitled to 75 percent of what the players earn.

Nigeria will face Guinea in their next Group B match on Wednesday, at the Alexandria stadium in Egypt.

BET Awards
The 2019 BET Awards held last night and it doubled as a celebration of late rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was killed in March in Los Angeles.

In honour of the slain rapper killed outside his Marathon clothing store, the carpet at the award show was coloured blue. A number of the celebrities who attended the show kept repeating the phrase, "the marathon continues." while on the blue carpet.

American rappper, YG wore a jacket with Nipsey's face on the back of it and "the marathon continues" written across.

BET Awards

The complete list of winners at the 2019 BET Awards
The 2019 BET Awards were handed out last night.

Regina Hall hosted the 19th annual BET Awards ceremony, which aired live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Cardi B scored seven nominations, including nods for best female hip hop artist, best collaboration, video of the year, album of the year and the viewers' choice award. She was among the winners on Sunday night, taking home album of the year for 'Invasion of Privacy', and best female hip-hop artist. She also performed as the opening act.

Tyler Perry was honored with the Ultimate Icon Award and he gave a powerful speech. Mary J. Blige performed a medley of hits after receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. Slain Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was honored posthumously with the Humanitarian Award.

Below is the complete list of winners.

Best international act

AKA (South Africa)
Aya Nakamura (France)
Burna Boy (Nigeria) *WINNER
Dave (U.K.)
Dosseh (France)
Giggs (U.K.)
Mr Eazi (Nigeria)


Video of the year

21 Savage featuring J. Cole, "A Lot"
Cardi B, "Money"
Cardi B and Bruno Mars, "Please Me"
Childish Gambino, "This Is America" *WINNER
Drake, "Nice for What"
The Carters, "Apeshit"

Best female R&B/pop artist

Beyoncé *WINNER
Ella Mai
H.E.R. Solange
Teyana Taylor.

Best male R&B/pop artist

Anderson .Paak
Bruno Mars *WINNER
Childish Gambino
Chris Brown
John Legend

Best female hip-hop artist

Kash Doll
Megan Thee Stallion
Nicki Minaj
Remy Ma

Best male hip-hop artist

21 Savage
J. Cole
Meek Mill
Nipsey Hussle *WINNER
Travis Scott

Best new artist

City Girls
Juice WRLD
Lil Baby *WINNER
Queen Naija

Best group

Chloe x Halle
City Girls
Lil Baby and Gunna
The Carters

Best collaboration

21 Savage featuring J. Cole, "A Lot"
Cardi B and Bruno Mars, "Please Me"
Cardi B featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny, "I Like It"
H.E.R. featuring Bryson Tiller, "Could've Been"
Travis Scott featuring Drake, "Sicko Mode" *WINNER
Tyga featuring Offset, "Taste"

Album of the year

Cardi B, "Invasion of Privacy" *WINNER
Ella Mai, "Ella Mai"
Meek Mill, "Championships"
The Carters, "Everything Is Love"
Travis Scott, "Astroworld"

Viewers' choice award

Cardi B featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny, "I Like It"
Childish Gambino, "This Is America"
Drake, "In My Feelings"
Ella Mai, "Trip" *WINNER
J. Cole, "Middle Child"
Travis Scott featuring Drake, "Sicko Mode"

Dr. Bobby Jones best gospel/inspirational award

Erica Campbell featuring Warryn Campbell, "All of My Life"
Fred Hammond, "Tell Me Where It Hurts"
Kirk Franklin, "Love Theory"
Snoop Dogg featuring Rance Allen, "Blessing Me Again" *WINNER
Tori Kelly featuring Kirk Franklin, "Never Alone"

Best actress

Issa Rae
Regina Hall
Regina King *WINNER
Taraji P. Henson
Tiffany Haddish
Viola Davis

Best actor

Anthony Anderson
Chadwick Boseman
Denzel Washington
Mahershala Ali
Michael B. Jordan *WINNER
Omari Hardwick

Best movie

"BlacKkKlansman" *WINNER
"Creed 2″
"If Beale Street Could Talk"
"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse"
"The Hate U Give"

Young stars award

Caleb McLaughlin
Lyric Ross
Marsai Martin *WINNER
Michael Rainey Jr.
Miles Brown

Sportswoman of the year

Allyson Felix
Candace Parker
Naomi Osaka
Serena Williams *WINNER
Simone Biles

Sportsman of the year

Kevin Durant
LeBron James
Odell Beckham Jr.
Stephen Curry *WINNER
Tiger Woods

BET HER award

Alicia Keys, "Raise a Man"
Ciara, "Level Up"
H.E.R., "Hard Place" *WINNER
Janelle Monae, "PYNK"
Queen Naija, "Mama's Hand"
Teyana Taylor, "Rose in Harlem"

Video director of the year

Benny Boom
Colin Tilley
Dave Meyers
Hype Williams
Karena Evans *WINNER

Best new international act

Headie One (U.K.)
Jok'Air (France)
Nesly (France)
Octavian (U.K.)
Sho Madjozi (South Africa) *WINNER
Teni (Nigeria)

Janet Jackson breaks her silence on Michael Jackson
Janet Jackson has finally broken her silence on Micheal Jackson's legacy after the release of 'Leaving Neverland' documentary which included allegations of sexual assault on minors by the late Pop King.

The 53-year-old singer and mother of one spoke with The Sunday Times, and opened up about the legacy left behind by her brother as she confronts the sexual allegations against the legendary musician and performer

Speaking about her brother’s legacy to the outlet, she said:

“[His legacy] will continue. I love it when I see kids emulating him, when adults still listen to his music. It just lets you know the impact that my family has had on the world. I hope I’m not sounding arrogant in any way. I’m just stating what is. It’s really all God’s doing, and I’m just thankful for that.”

In the interview,  Janet avoided making comments on 'Leaving Neverland', despite previous reports that she reportedly opted out of performing at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony because it airs on HBO, the same network that aired the Leaving Neverland' documentary.

Bandits attack?Zamfara governor?s home town, kill 3, kidnap 20 and steal 500 cattle
Three people have been killed, about 20 kidnapped and 500 cattle stolen following a fresh attack in Maradun local government area of Zamfara State; the home town of Governor Bello Matawalle, who had recently gone to Dubai seeking for a solution to end the killing spree in the state he presides over.

According to the chairman of the local government, Ahmed Abubakar, the bandits stormed Faru village previous Monday and Bachiri on Saturday while an attack on Gama Giwa village was carried out on Sunday.
Abubakar said, “My local government is under siege. They are attacking our communities and villages. Virtually every day and the military manpower cannot overpower these people.
“We record between four and five attacks on a weekly basis. People are dying. Others are being kidnapped because the security forces are not well-equipped to fight these people.”

BETAwards: Lauren London holds back tears while accepting Nipsey Hussle?s humanitarian award
Nipsey Hussle’s family paid an emotional tribute to the fallen rapper on stage at the 2019 BET Awards, and Lauren London had an important reminder for the crowd.

Nipsey Hussle who died at the young age of 33 on March 31st was honoured with a posthumous humanitarian award at the 2019 BET Awards and his girlfriend, Lauren London, 34, took the stage to accept the award.

“Thank you guys for all the love and support,” she told the crowd at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Holding back tears, she then reminded the audience, “The Marathon continues again.” This was a reference to Nipsey’s Marathon Clothing Store, where he was tragically shot in front of.

Joining Lauren on stage was her and Nipsey’s son Kross, 2, Nipsey and Tanisha Foster’s daughter Emani, 10, in addition to Nipsey’s mother Angelique Smith, father Dawit Asghedom, grandmother Margaret Boutte, and Lauren’s other son, Cameron Carter. Nipsey’s mom, dad and grandmother all took turns on the mic as well. Marsha AmbrosiusDJ KhaledYG and John Legend added to Nipsey’s tribute with a moving performance in honor of their past collaborator.

Mary J. Blige is honored with the BET Lifetime Achievement Award (Photos)
Legendary American singer, Mary J. Blige, 48, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 BET Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The singer took the stage at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles to accept her honor, before returning back to perform some of her hit songs.

Mary J. Blige was presented with the award by pop star Rihanna, 31, who  thanked her for 'setting the bar' and 'for being you.'
Mary J. Blige is honored with the BET Lifetime Achievement Award (Photos)

'Mary J. Blige, you have set the bar for relatable, timeless, classic music. You opened multiple doors for female artists in this industry,' she began, according to BET.

And on behalf of all the women who came after you like myself, thank you for being you so we could feel comfortable being ourselves.'

'Thank you for pouring your soul into every track and for giving us a song for every feeling. Thank you for showing us that love is all that we need. But we didn't know how much we actually needed you.'

During her acceptance speech, Mary said:
Mary J. Blige is honored with the BET Lifetime Achievement Award (Photos)
'Although I'm a leader, a queen, a living legend... Although I'm all these things, I'm a servant as well and I'm here to serve,' she began, according to ET.

'Being a servant is not always glamorous or popular, but it's the job and the assignment that I was given. Because in order to become an authority, I had to come under authority. It's because, when the glory is placed on me, I give it back to God.'

Several people injured as another building?collapses In Lagos
No fewer that ten people have been reported injured after a one-storey building collapsed in Oshodi area of Lagos State.

The building collapsed today June 23, at No 35, Adesanya Street, Mafoluku area of Oshodi.

Several people injured as another building?collapses In Lagos

Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Oke Osanyintolu, confirmed the news and blamed the collapse on poor maintenance, adding that integrity tests will be carried out on adjacent buildings to ascertain their suitability and durability.

According to him, no death was recorded and occupants have been evacuated as the building is expected to be pulled down to ensure the safety of people living in the area.

Several people injured as another building?collapses In Lagos

Several people injured as another building?collapses In Lagos
No fewer that ten people have been reported injured after a one-storey building collapsed in Oshodi area of Lagos State.

The building collapsed today June 23, at No 35, Adesanya Street, Mafoluku area of Oshodi.

Several people injured as another building?collapses In Lagos

Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Oke Osanyintolu, confirmed the news and blamed the collapse on poor maintenance, adding that integrity tests will be carried out on adjacent buildings to ascertain their suitability and durability.

According to him, no death was recorded and occupants have been evacuated as the building is expected to be pulled down to ensure the safety of people living in the area.

Several people injured as another building?collapses In Lagos

Andy Ruiz vows to beat?Anthony Joshua again, says
The Unified world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr has claimed Anthony Joshua is "not good at boxing" and vowed to land another victory when they fight again.

Ruiz, 29, stunned Joshua to win the IBF, WBA and WBO titles on June 1st and is under contract to take a rematch. The rematch has been scheduled for later this year.

In a new interview with BBC, Ruiz said "the rematch is going to be the same. I am going to be more prepared and more ready. I know his flaws. I can do a lot better. The only thing that he can do is just run around, he's not good at boxing."

Ruiz who was ridiculed for his physique vowed to weigh in lighter than the 268lbs he scaled before their original bout.

"People thought I wasn't going to do anything, I was too big, too overweight. I don't want to say all the things I am going to change. There is going to be a lot of changing, I am going to come at a better weight this time. It's going to be a hell of a fight" he said.

The chief of staff of the Ethiopian army, General Seare Mekonnen, has been shot dead in the capital, Addis Ababa.

He was shot trying to prevent a coup attempt against the administration in Ethiopia’s northern Amhara region, PM Abiy Ahmed said on state TV. In Amhara itself, the regional governor, Ambachew Mekonnen, was killed along with another official.

Ethnic violence has hit Amhara and other regions in recent years. Since his election last year, Mr Abiy has moved to end political repression by releasing political prisoners, removing bans on political parties and prosecuting officials accused of human rights abuses.

Information is scanty, with reports that the internet has been down, but Prime Minister Abiy, dressed in military fatigues, went on TV to make his announcement. He said the chief of staff had been shot by “mercenaries”. The Amhara regional officials were killed by their own colleagues during a meeting, he added.

A statement from the prime minister’s office added: “The coup attempt in Amhara regional state is against the constitution and is intended to scupper the hard-won peace of the region".

Super Falcons refuse to leave their hotel in France until their share of the FIFA money is paid
Nigerian Super Falcons players staged a sit-in protest last night, refusing to leave their hotel in France until all of their outstanding bonuses are paid, following the team's elimination from the Women's World Cup.

The players told ESPN they are owed bonuses from two games, against Gambia and Senegal, from as far back as two years ago, amounting to 2 million Nigerian naira (about $5,600 U.S.), but they have been paid only half of that. They also say they are owed five days of daily allowance while at the World Cup.
"They paid us 1 million [naira] and said that is all. We want them to pay the balance. Part of that money is from two years ago, the other is from three years ago. And they are also owing us five days' daily allowance here in France.
Before the World Cup, we asked them for a meeting so that we could discuss our World Cup bonuses, like they did with the men's team last year. They ignored the letter and nobody said anything about it until now"  one player told ESPN.
The players are also demanding their share of the World Cup participation fee from FIFA, even though the tournament's organisers are not scheduled to pay those until September.

Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick told ESPN that all the outstanding allowances have been paid.  "We have paid them everything they are being owed," he said.
"The only thing outstanding is the participation fee from FIFA, which is not expected to come until after the tournament. But they insist that they want to get paid, as they have spoken to players from Cameroon and France, who told them they have already been paid."
It is not the first time Nigeria's women team has staged a protest over bonuses. After winning the 2016 African title in Cameroon, the squad returned home and staged a public demonstration on the streets of the capital, Abuja, to demand payment of their outstanding allowances.
In 2004, the team also sat in for three days at their hotel in South Africa after winning the African title until the allowances were settled.

Wife allegedly injects hubby with rat poison in Kaduna  (photos)
A newly wed has been accused of injecting her husband with rat poison in Kaduna state.

Facebook user, Masur Salihu, who shared the story online, said the woman was allegedly advised by her friends to kill her husband so they can connect her with a wealthy man in Abuja. He wrote

''Another newly wed injected her husband with rat poison on the advise of bad friends who wanted her to join them in abuja where they promised to fix her with a wealthy man. The husband is receiving treatment @ teaching hospital in Jos. Allah ya kyauta''.
Wife allegedly injects hubby with rat poison in Kaduna  (photos)

President Trump postpones ICE?s planned deportation raids in 10 big cities
President Donald Trump has postponed the ICE’s planned operation that would have targeted 2,000 families who have received deportation orders.

As the Washington Post reported, the raids were to be conducted as part of a “family op” across 10 cities.

The raids were set to begin Sunday, nearly a week after Trump tweeted that “ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States.”

But the president has since stated that the operation will not begin for at least two weeks in order to give Congress time to “get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border.”

ICE set to begin immigration raids in 10 major US cities starting tommorow
The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement will officially make move to arrest and deport families with court-ordered removals in 10 cities beginning on Sunday.

The Washington Post reported that the raids are expected to take place over several days starting Sunday in as many as 10 U.S. cities, including Houston, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles as well as other major cities known to be immigrant hubs.

The news comes just days after President Donald Trump revealed on Twitter that an operation was imminent.

According to three U.S. officials with knowledge of the plans, the “family op,” as it is referred to at ICE and the Department of Homeland Security, is slated to target up to 2,000 families in as many as 10 U.S. cities, including Houston, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles and other major immigration destinations, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the law enforcement operation.

ICE spokeswoman Carol Danko declined to discuss the operation, saying only that “as a law enforcement agency, ICE’s mission is to uphold the rule of law; operations targeting violators of immigration laws are not only standard practice, but within the statutory authority prescribed by Congress.”

Although acting DHS secretary Kevin McAleenan has warned that an indiscriminate operation to arrest migrants could be a public relations nightmare if children again became separated from their families in the process, perhaps if they are at school or daycare when the raids take place.

Iran executes Ministry of Defence employee on charges of spying for the US
Iran has executed a former Ministry of Defence official on charges of spying for the US government.

According to the IRIB news agency, Jalal Hajizavar, an ex-contract employee for the aerospace arm of the defence department, was convicted of secretly working for the CIA.

A military court found him guilty after an investigation discovered documents and spying equipment at his home. He was executed at the Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj, west of Tehran, without providing further details.

His death comes amid escalating tensions between Washington and Tehran.

72-year-old prophet Jacob Farinmade arrested for secretly burying?young lady he impregnated who died during childbirth in Lagos
Prophet Jacob Ade Farinmade, the head of Celestial Church of Christ, Gospec Mission, Mosan, Ipaja, Lagos, has been arrested for secretly burying a female undergraduate he impregnated.

The suspect allegedly secretly buried Bunmi after she died during childbirth and he didn’t inform her parents. The deceased was said to have been taken by her father to live with her mother, following her rustication in 200 level at Babcock University in 2014.

Bunmi’s mother, Derayo Omisipi, thereafter took her to Farinmade for spiritual deliverance and protection.

According to a report by TheNation, the cleric, who already had more than 10 wives, took advantage of Bunmi’s stay in his church for the purported deliverance, to lure her to bed and impregnated her.

It was learnt that the cleric did not allow the deceased to attend any antenatal clinic throughout the duration of her pregnancy. The cleric onlybroke the news of the girl’s death to her mother after he had buried her in a shallow grave near his church premises.

The father of the deceased became curious after her mother could not offer satisfactory explanation about her whereabouts. He later reported the matter to the police and the cleric was arrested.

French President, Emmanuel Macron awards Elton John with the country
Sir Elton John has been awarded France's highest civilian award, the Legion d'Honneur.

The British musician was presented with the award by President Emmanuel Macron during a ceremony at the Élysée Palace. President Macron's office praised Sir Elton, 72, as a "melodic genius" and as one of the first gay artists to give a voice to the LGBT community.

Elton John used his acceptance speech to promote his charity work and The Elton John Aids Foundation which has generated more than £310m for HIV prevention, education and support.
During his speech he said how important the battle against AIDS was to him: "Like music, the fight against AIDS has been my passion for many many years.
French President, Emmanuel Macron awards Elton John with the country
And like music this fight reminds me every day of the extraordinary power of the human spirit. And that things that bind us are stronger than those that divide us. It is this magical human spirit I will carry with me as a proud member of the Legion d'Honneur.
I have a huge love affair with France: I have a house here, I've always loved coming here, I love the French culture, the way of life and the French people."
The honour comes a month after the release of the Rocketman biopic. Sir Elton was in France as part of his farewell tour. Last year the pop legend announced he would be giving up touring to spend more time with his family.
He said he would say goodbye to fans with a final world tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Road, which includes more than 300 concerts over five continents.

Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, has warned Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, to avoid trouble by respecting the sanctity of the state House of Assembly.

He gave the warning following the inauguration and election of Speaker of the assembly by 11 members of the assembly loyal to the governor out of the elected 31. Oshiomhole said it was absurd that a minority party shut out 20 members of the APC in order to perpetuate the act in the “nocturnal hours”.
Oshiomhole said, “There is no way the PDP can produce the speaker, the deputy speaker and other principal officers. If the governor insists, then he is inviting trouble for himself. He should have said he is vacating the governorship office until the determination of his case.”
“So if we have not misused federal might or federal instrument or institution to prevent Governor Bala Mohammed from being inaugurated, it is a shame that he would rather sit and use federal institution to undermine the rights and privileges of the APC members elected duly by the people of Bauchi State certified by INEC to be inaugurated.”
Oshiomhole said the party would ensure the police did the right thing in Bauchi by providing cover for the parliament and securing lives of members. He also lamented that a similar scenario played out in his home state of Edo when nine members elect principal officers and shut out 15 others.

“Yours was 6am, Edo was 9.30 pm, all these are unholy hours. Those are nocturnal hours. The working hours for parliament are provided by the rules of the parliament.  It is not up to anyone to change those rules only properly constituted parliament can change the rules as they are,” he added.