103 corpses from #EndSARS crisis not from Lekki Toll Gate – LASG (Leadership)
The Lagos State government has faulted reports being circulated on the social media space that the 103 corpses picked up from different parts of the State during the #EndSARS violence and approved for mass burial by the state government, were persons killed at Lekki Toll Gate.
The state government in a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Olusegun Ogboye, tittled, ‘Re: Mass Burial Of EndSARS Victims Mischief Makers At Work,’ said the report emanated from traducers bent on causing disaffection between the government and people.
The statement reads in part, “The attention of the Lagos State Government has been drawn to some social media publications about a purported mass burial plan for casualties of the 2020 #EndSARS incident. Read more
Students beat teacher who stopped exam malpractice (DailyTrust)
A gang of 10 senior secondary school students in Ogun State have reportedly waylaid and beaten up a teacher, Kolawole Shonuga, who stopped one of them from cheating during an examination.
City & Crime learnt that the incident occurred on Tuesday at Isanbi Comprehensive High School, Ilisan-Remo, Ikenne LGA.
Our correspondent gathered that Shonuga, while invigilating an SS1 examination, caught a student, Ashimi Adebanjo (18), cheating and seized his paper. Read more
Police shoot Okada rider (Vanguard)
There was a stampede, weekend, at Cele bus-stop on the Oshodi-Apapa expressway, Lagos as a policeman shot a commercial motorcycle at close range.
A team of policemen from Ilasamaja division had stormed the bus-stop to effect the arrest of some commercial motorcyclists popularly called Okada, who were banned by the Lagos State Government last year, from plying the route.
The victim was identified as Bashiru Umoru, whose motorcycle was seized by the policemen. Read more
Presidential polls: Anxiety mounts as judgement day beckons (Sun)
Anxiety has started building up in the camp of President Bola Tinubu and the presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) as judgment day beckons at the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) where the declaration of the president as winner of the February 25 election is being challenged.
Already, with the filing of the final addresses by both parties in the petitions filed by Atiku and Obi against the victory of President Tinubu, the stage is now set for adoption of the written arguments to pave the way for the court to fix a date for judgment.
In their separate petitions, both candidates had challenged the declaration of Tinubu as the president by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Read more
LASEMA takes flood awareness campaign to LGs (Punch)
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency has warned residents against setting up structures on right-of-way, especially in areas vulnerable to flood.
It also warned against blocking drainages with refuse.
LASEMA issued the warning during a sensitisation tour of the 20 local government areas and 27 local council development areas of the state. Read more
Controversial video: Apologise to Muslims, Shehu Sani tells Davido (Tribune)
Shehu Sani, a former Senator and activist, has advised Nigerian afrobeat sensation, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, to apologise to his Muslim fans over a controversial video he posted on his social media pages earlier this week.
Davido, who is the owner of the DMW record label, had posted a 45-second long video clip of his signee, Logos Olori’s new song, “Jaye Lo,” on Friday, July 21.
The scene in question caused controversy as it portrayed men, dressed as praying mallams, dancing in front of a mosque rather than engaging in prayer. As a result, this depiction of dancing has been considered offensive by some Muslims in the country. Read more
DisCos set November 2024 for meter upgrade deadline (Nation)
Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) have set November 2024 for electricity consumers to upgrade their meters.
But while mixed reactions have trailed the initiative, the DisCos have maintained a defeaning silence on the matter.
Under the meter upgrade plan, called the Standard Transfer Specification (STS), a metering code to be introduced soon, will have to be generated by a consumer.
The code, said to be a software of an international standard, is to upgrade old meters (prepaid) to STS rollover. Read more
Fuel Price Hike: CAN calls for immediate steps to mitigate hardship being experienced by Nigerians (Guardian)
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has expressed concern over the unprecedented hikes in fuel prices, alarming inflation in the country and the prevailing hardships faced by Nigerians. It therefore urged the federal government to take immediate steps to address the situation.
CAN also appealed to the government as a matter of urgency, to engage with critical stakeholders in a meaningful dialogue to explore sustainable solutions to the current situation and also develop comprehensive economic policies that promote inclusive growth, job creation, and social well-being.
The Association equally urged the government to take measures to reduce the price of fuel, stressing that such measures should include removal of unnecessary levies and taxes on imported petroleum products, stabilization of foreign exchange market and putting back local refineries to functional and effective use. Read more
Greta Gerwig’s Barbie breaks major box office record as Oppenheimer rakes in millions (Mirror)
This Barbie (Greta Gerwig) is breaking a box office record as Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer makes an eye-watering figure.
“Barbenheimer” is the biggest movie event of the year, with the entire globe going wild for both movies which happen to be total polar-opposites of each other. Greta Gewig’s Barbie is filled with a huge amount of pink, feminism and hilarious quips, while Oppenheimer focuses on the design process of the atomic bomb.
The two most anticipated movies of 2023 have lived up to expectations too, with them both raking in the cash at the box office in the UK, America and all around the world as well. Read more
Sudan war enters 100th day as mediation attempts fail (Reuters)
Clashes flared in parts of Sudan on the 100th day of the war on Sunday as mediation attempts by regional and international powers failed to find a path out of an increasingly intractable conflict.
The fighting broke out on April 15 as the army and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) vied for power. Since then, more than 3 million people have been uprooted, including more than 700,000 who have fled to neighbouring countries.
Some 1,136 people have been killed, according to the health ministry, though officials believe the number is higher. Read more
Iran authorities ban film festival over poster of actor without hijab (Guardian)
Iranian authorities have banned a film festival that issued a publicity poster featuring an actor who was not wearing a hijab, state media has reported.
The move came after the Iranian Short Film Association (ISFA) released a poster for its upcoming short-film festival featuring the Iranian actor Susan Taslimi in the 1982 film The Death of Yazdgerd.
The state news agency, IRNA, reported on Saturday: “The culture minister has personally issued an order to ban the 13th edition of the ISFA film festival, after using a photo of a woman without a hijab on its poster in violation of the law.” Read more
The 1975 cancels Jakarta, Taipei concerts after singer Matty Healy’s same-sex kiss controversy (USAToday)
British pop rock band The 1975 announced on Sunday it was canceling its shows in Jakarta and Taipei after the Malaysian government cut short a music festival in the wake of the band’s lead singer slamming the country’s anti-gay laws and kissing a male bandmate during their performance.
The 1975 was scheduled to have a performance at We The Fest, Indonesia’s annual summer music festival, in Jakarta on Sunday night, part of their 2023 Asia tour.
“The 1975 regret to announce that their forthcoming shows in Jakarta and Taipei will no longer be going ahead as planned,” the group said in a statement posted on We The Fest’s social media platforms on Sunday. They added that the decision was not made lightly “but unfortunately due to the current circumstances, it is impossible to proceed with the current shows.” Read more
Les Dennis and Sir Tim Rice lead tributes to Edelweiss singer Vince Hill (BelfastTelegraph)
Les Dennis, Linda Nolan and Sir Tim Rice have led tributes to Vince Hill who has been described as a “brilliant” performer and “top ballad” singer.
The 89-year-old classic pop star, who reached number two in the UK charts in 1967 with a cover of The Sound Of Music song Edelweiss, died at his home in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire on Saturday.
He had worked with leading lights from the world of entertainment including Dame Barbara Windsor, Dame Vera Lynn, Tony Christie and Cilla Black. Read more
Elon Musk looks to rebrand Twitter with the letter X (NPR)
More changes are coming to Elon Musk’s Twitter, as the billionaire owner of the site announced plans to replace the company’s iconic blue bird logo with the letter “X.”
An interim new logo was expected to go live sometime on Sunday, Musk said, as he announced that the URL “X.com” would now automatically redirect users to Twitter.
Taken together, the two changes mark the latest and arguably most dramatic changes for the social platform since the billionaire’s purchase last year. It may signal a new era for the platform — which Musk has long envisioned as a super app that will offer a variety of services from online banking to video messaging. Read more
Rhodes fire triggers biggest evacuation in Greek history (DW)
A wildfire on the Greek Island of Rhodes has sparked the biggest fire evacuation operation ever in the country, authorities said on Sunday.
Thousands of people were relocated as flames threatened homes and hotels — many spent the night on beaches and streets, according to the Reuters news agency.
“This is the biggest fire evacuation ever in Greece,” Konstantia Dimoglidou, Greek police spokeswoman said. Read more
Everton complete Danjuma loan deal (Punch)
Arnaut Danjuma says it is ‘second time lucky’ as he finally has signed for Everton six months after sensationally pulling out of a move to Goodison Park at the last minute to join Tottenham instead.
The Nigerian-born Netherlands international has joined on a season-long loan from Villarreal to become Sean Dyche’s second signing of the summer after the arrival of Ashley Young from Aston Villa.
Danjuma, 26, changed his mind on a move in January due to managerial uncertainty but says the history of Everton tempted him to finally join the club. Read more
Nnadozie recovers, ready for Thursday’s huge Australia test (Guardian)
Super Falcons’ Goalkeeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie, who had a woman of the match outing in Nigeria’s opening game of the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup holding in Australia and New Zealand, is hale and hearty, ready for the team’s next game.
Nnadozie, who wore a thigh was bandage during the match against Canada, seemingly aggravated her injury in the course of the match. However, a source in the team’s camp told The Guardian, yesterday that the Paris FC goalkeeper has recovered enough to be fit for the next game.
“Chiamaka has no injury problem; she had her recovery session today and is fit for the next fame,” the source said. Following her outstanding display against Canada, Nnadozie became the big name on everyone’s lips in Brisbane. Read more
Jamaica earns historic Women’s World Cup draw; Sweden scores stoppage-time winner; Netherlands wins (CNN)
A battling performance earned Jamaica its first ever point in Women’s World Cup history as the Reggae Girlz secured a 0-0 draw against heavy favorite France.
Jamaica had previously only appeared at one World Cup, in France four years ago, and lost all three games in a disappointing campaign.
However, it took just one game in 2023 for the side to outperform its 2019 efforts. Read more
Morocco player set to make Women’s World Cup history in game against Germany (VOA)
When Nouhaila Benzina steps onto the field for Morocco’s first match of the Women’s World Cup against Germany, she will make history — and not just as a player for the first Arab or North African nation ever in the tournament.
The 25-year-old defender will be the first player to wear the Islamic headscarf at the senior-level Women’s World Cup. She and the Atlas Lionesses face two-time World Cup champions Germany in Melbourne, Australia, on Monday.
“Girls will look at Benzina (and think) ‘That could be me,'” said Assmaah Helal, a co-founder of the Muslim Women in Sports Network said of the hijab. “Also the policymakers, the decision-makers, the administrators will say, ‘We need to do more in our country to create these accepting and open and inclusive spaces for women and girls to participate in the game.'” Read more
The Open: Brian Harman wins Claret Jug at Royal Liverpool by six shots (BBC)
Brian Harman overcame an early wobble to stroll serenely to his first major title with a six-shot victory at the 151st Open Championship in Hoylake.
A one-under 70 proved more than enough for the American, who finished on 13 under at a rain-soaked Royal Liverpool.
World number three Jon Rahm finished joint second on seven under with Sepp Straka, Tom Kim and Jason Day. Read more
Danish cyclist Jonas Vingegaard wins Tour de France for 2nd year in a row (PBS)
Danish rider Jonas Vingegaard won the Tour de France for a second straight year as cycling’s most storied race finished Sunday on the famed Champs-Élysées.
With a huge lead built up over main rival Tadej Pogačar, the 2020 and 2021 winner, Vingegaard knew the victory was effectively his again before the largely ceremonial stage at the end of the 110th edition of the Tour.
The 26-year-old Vingegaard drank champagne with his Jumbo-Visma teammates as they lined up together and posed for photos on the way to Paris. Read more