28-year-old man drowns in Elegushi beach (Vanguard)
The remains of 28-year-old man Sodiq Aremu, who jumped into Elegushi beach and drowned in the Lekki area of Lagos, have been recovered and evacuated into the morgue.
Sodiq Aremu, a native of the Ona Ora area, Oyo was last seen alive on Thursday, July 7, when he suddenly dropped his bag and jumped into the beach.
It was learned that all efforts to trace and rescue him proved abortive.
However, on Saturday, July 9 at about 1:30 pm the victim’s corpse was found floating on the surface of the ocean. Read more
Lagos to step up ‘zero-tolerance for potholes’ campaign (Independent)
Lagos State Government is set to enhance its “zero tolerance for potholes” campaign to reverse road failures that resurfaced as a result of the erosion of asphalt on some roads at the start of the rainy season.
The Special Adviser, Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Aramide Adeyoye, spoke about the concept during a media chat, stating that the Public Works Corporation will fix inner roads and critical road networks already identified across Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas in Lagos.
Adeyoye said: “Through the campaign, inner streets and critical road networks have been identified and will be fixed in order to make every part of Lagos motorable and liveable for the people”.
She explained that some major roads like Ijede and Oba Sekumade in Ikorodu are being rebuilt to prevent integrity issues on the infrastructure, which deteriorated in the past because fundamental issues were not addressed. Read more
‘How I learnt of my son’s death’, Father of pupil who died on school bus speaks (DailyTrust)
The father of one of the pupils, who lost their lives after suffocating on a bus conveying them home from school has spoken on how he got the sad news.
On Friday, two pupils of a mission school, Handmaids Int’l Catholic School, Surulere, Lagos, lost their lives while on their way home.
Commenting on the incident, Mr. Izuorah Chidi, said he suspected something went wrong when he got a call that his children had not returned from school by 3 pm on Friday.
Chidi, who is a trader at Lagos Island, said his children usually return from school around 1 pm on Fridays. Read more
12 rescued as bus falls into Lagos canal (Vanguard)
No fewer than 12 passengers of a commercial bus were rescued on Sunday, after the bus veered off its lane and skidded into the canal in Lagos.
The incident occurred at Cement, on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, in the evening.
Eyewitnesses’ account said this was recorded due to the recklessness of the Varagon driver who was involved in an accident with a Toyota Camry car with number plate, BDG 963 BT.
Vanguard gathered that the unidentified bus later skidded into the canal leaving its 12 passengers with varying degrees of injuries before help could come. Read more
Bovi brags about flood-less Lekki residence (Nation)
Popular comedian Bovi has flexed muscles over his dry environment amid flooding in most parts of his residential area, Lekki.
Sallah day was characterized with heavy rainfall throughout the metropolitan city with many parts like Lekki, Agege, Ago Palace and several others recording cases of massive flood.
Following Saturday’s downpour, different videos have continued to surface on the internet capturing the damages caused by flooding.
Though the humour merchant resides in Lekki, he claimed his immediate environment is not plagued with flood like the other parts as seen in some of the viral videos. Read more
Lagos monarch seeks support for community’s development (Punch)
The Oniru of Iruland in Lagos State, Oba Abdulwasiu Lawal, has called on residents of the state, especially the people of Iru Kingdom to work together with him towards the development of the area.
The monarch made this call in a statement on Sunday, as he felicitated Muslims all over the world on the occasion of Eid-al-Adha, urging them to make it a reminder of the noteworthy sacrifice everyone is expected to make.
He said, “It is heart-warming that the Let’s Grow Iru Land Together initiative, a platform for procuring pragmatic solutions to the challenges facing Iru Land, has been a rallying point as well as a clarion call to all and sundry to work with me to grow Iru land into one of the most sustainable and desirable communities in Lagos. This move is also in line with the THEMES agenda of the current administration of the Lagos State government.
“As we celebrate Eid-El-Kabir this year, I join Muslim faithful across the country to share in the felicity of this Ileya Festival. The Eid comes with significant lessons for mankind. It is a symbolic Islamic festival that is a constant reminder to us that there will always be great rewards when we abstain from worldly things and things we love to do because of Allah. Read more
Ex-aviation minister to partner youths for better productivity (Leadership)
Former minister of aviation Chief Osita Chidoka has vowed to partner youths who participated in the Tedx program to enhance their productive capacity.
The Tedx, business talk and social media event held at Owerri, Imo State on Saturday.
The former minister said Owerri was an interesting revelation noting that he did not know that a vibrant, youthful and entrepreneurial ecosystem is thriving in the city despite all the challenges.
He pointed out that the possibilities observable at the program were immense and that he would collaborate with the young people who participated to access global capital and enhance the technology ecosystem. Read more
Insecurity: Amotekun should be encouraged to carry arms – Oyetola (Channels)
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State has said it is not a bad idea to enhance the operations of Amotekun by having members of the security network bear arms.
Oyetola gave this inference on Sunday while defending his records as governor at the Osun Governorship Debate 2022 in Osogbo, the state capital.
“I am of the opinion that it is not out of place for the Amotekun people to be able to carry arms,” Oyetola asserted while tackling questions regarding security.
The governor’s statement comes amid a subtle clamour to have citizens legally obtain guns in a bid to defend themselves even as the spate of crimes and violent attacks continue to rise. Read more
Ganduje frees 90 inmates in celebration of Sallah
Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje
has freed 90 inmates from correctional centres across the state. With the latest release, a total of 3,898 inmates have been freed by Ganduje within the past seven years, The Nation learnt.
Ganduje, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS) Abba Anwar, said the decision is in compliance with President Muhammadu Buhari’s call for the decongestion of correctional centres.
The exercise (release of inmates) is conducted through the State Prerogative of Mercy Committee during the celebration of Sallah festivities, the governor said.
The statement reads: “The 90 inmates who were released today (Saturday) are among the 3,898 released during the governor’s visit to Gorondutse Correctional Centre on Sallah Day today (Saturday). Read more
Angelina Jolie rocks out with daughter Shiloh at Måneskin Concert in Rome (People)
Angelina Jolie is a rockstar mum!
The Academy Award winner, 47, shared a sweet moment with 16-year-old daughter Shiloh Jolie-Pitt on Saturday as they rocked out to Italian glam rock band Måneskin during their concert in Rome.
In photos from the show at Circo Massimo, they were all smiles and Jolie appeared to be enamored seeing the performance through Shiloh’s eyes.
Shiloh previously showed off her own rhythmic talent while performing a dance to “Vegas” by Doja Cat, the first single from the Elvis soundtrack, in a viral video last month. She led one of several dance trios featured in the video by choreographer Hamilton Evans at Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles. Read more
Dee Snider says he probably won’t record any more new music (NME)
During a recent Twitter question segment, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider has said it’s likely he won’t record any more new music.
Snider, 67, took to Twitter on Saturday July 9 to answer questions posed by fans. As Blabbermouth noted, one fan remarked they were “amazed” to see Snider’s peers Paul McCartney and legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy still performing well into their 80s. It was an observation to which Snider said: “God bless them all!
“I can only do what’s right for me. And for my retirement I’m writing screenplays, directing a movie, releasing my first fiction novel, producing two animated series, etc.”
Despite his alluding to more material across other creative mediums, Snider couldn’t commit to a concrete course when asked if his future plans include new music. “Never say never, but I don’t see me recording anymore,” Snider wrote, before repeating his previous statement: “Movies, books, tv, radio, etc.” Read more
Nicki Minaj clarifies that she is NOT pregnant with her second child… following Instagram Live blunder (DailyMail)
Nicki Minaj took to Instagram Live before her Wireless Festival performance and accidentally led fans to believe she was pregnant.
When a fan asked if she was pregnant the 39-year-old New York native accidentally replied, ‘I’m not fat, guys, I’m pregnant. Sorry.’
But she meant to say the opposite – and she corrected the statement shortly thereafter.
She quickly about-faced as she said, ‘Oh wait. Did I say it wrong? I’m sorry. I think I said it wrong. I meant to say, I’m not pregnant. I’m fat.’
Rage Against the Machine proclaims ‘Abort the Supreme Court’ at 1st concert in 11 years (TheWrap)
Rage Against the Machine, ever on brand, ripped the Supreme Court during its first show in 11 years — held at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin on Saturday evening — calling to “abort” the judiciary after it repealed 1973’s landmark ruling Roe v. Wade, which established the right to abortion under Constitutional privacy protections, more than two weeks ago.
The band’s reunion tour, as reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, was due to take place two years ago — timed to the 2020 presidential election — but was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, as evidenced by recent news, there’s still plenty to rage about.
While the performance was wordless (none of the band’s four members — vocalist Zack de la Rocha, guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk — gave speeches), several statements flashed on screen:
“Forced birth in a country that is the only wealthy country in the world without any guaranteed paid parental leave at the national level,” the captions read. “Forced birth in a country where Black birth-givers experience maternal mortality two to three times higher than that of white birth-givers. Forced birth in a country where gun violence is the number one cause of death among children and teenagers.” Read more
‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ on top of Korea box office with $10m opening weekend (Variety)
The latest Marvel movie “Thor: Love and Thunder” opened on top of the South Korean box office with a convincing $10.0 million take that accounted for half of nationwide cinema revenues over the weekend.
“Thor” played over 2,000 screens according to data from Kobis, the tracking service operated by the Korean Film Council. Over its full five day opening run it amassed $14.8 million.
The score was enough to fly past “Top Gun Maverick” even though the latter is still speeding along strongly and commanded 33% of the total market. The Tom Cruise vehicle earned $6.58 million in its third weekend at the Korean box office for an aggregate of $38.5 million.
The power play by the two U.S. tentpoles kept the overall weekend score at $20.1 million, which is at the upper end of a range where Korean box office has settled since mid-May. Read more
Jennifer Lopez changed her life after exhaustion-induced panic attack (People)
Jennifer Lopez is getting real about the pitfalls of being a queen of the industry.
The Grammy Award nominee, 52, recalled “feeling physically paralyzed” during severe panic attacks she experienced in her late 20s, which were brought on by exhaustion. She advocated for the importance of sleep in the latest edition of her On the JLo newsletter.
“There was a time in my life where I used to sleep 3 to 5 hours a night. I’d be on set all day and in the studio all night and doing junkets and filming videos on the weekends,” she wrote. “I was in my late 20s and I thought I was invincible.
“Until one day, I was sitting in a trailer, and all the work and the stress it brought with it, coupled with not enough sleep to recuperate mentally, caught up with me.” Read more
Uber lobbied politicians, broke laws in global push
Uber Technologies Inc. attempted to lobby politicians and flouted laws as part of efforts to expand globally from 2013 to 2017, according to newspaper reports based on leaked documents.
The company allegedly received assistance in its efforts from politicians including French President Emmanuel Macron, reports from outlets including the Guardian and Le Monde said. The so-called “Uber Files” — based on more than 124,000 documents shared with the non-profit International Consortium of Investigative Journalists — cover a period of time when co-founder Travis Kalanick was chief executive officer and detail the lengths to which the company sought to expand into key cities like Paris.
In a statement released shortly after the reports were published, Uber didn’t deny any of the allegations and instead focused on the changes that have been made since Dara Khosrowshahi was named CEO in 2017.
“There has been no shortage of reporting on Uber’s mistakes prior to 2017,” the San Francisco-based company said in a statement. “Thousands of stories have been published, multiple books have been written — there’s even been a TV series.” Read more
CAF drops Simon, Amoo in final shortlist for Men’s 2022 awards (DailyTrust)
Super Eagles’ duo of Moses Simon and Akinkunmi Amoo failed to make the final list of nominees for the men’s categories of the CAF Awards 2022.
France-based Simon who plays for FC Nantes and Amoo of Danish side FC Copenhagen were the only Nigerians to make the first list.
The list was released by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on June 30.
But when the final list came out on Monday, the two players were not part of the elite African performers in the last few months who made the top list. Read more
Uneasy calm at AFN as athletes petition minister over alleged mismanagement by national trials committee (Guardian)
There is an uneasy calm at the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) following a petition by the Nigerian Athletics Athletes’ Commission (NAAC), which accused the just-concluded National Trials organising committee of mismanaging the competition, which was used to select the country’s representatives at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Oregon, United States, and the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The national trials were held in Benin City, Edo State, from June 20 to 25, 2022.
In the petition to Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, dated June 28, 2022, and signed by NAAC’s chairman, Dr. Henry Chinedu Okorie, the athletes allege that the organising committee chairman, Solomon Ogba, treated the leadership of NAAC and the athletes with ‘great disdain’ throughout the duration of national trials in Benin City.
“It is worthy I bring to your notice that, with all your efforts to make sure we have the best, what we eventually got is very displeasing,” NAAC stated in the letter. Read more
WAFCON 2022: Falcons hammer Burundi 4-0, set up Cameroon clash (Punch)
Three goals in four minutes set the tone for record champions Super Falcons in their 4-0 demolition of Burundi in their last Group C game of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco on Sunday, to book a spot in the quarter-finals.
With the result, the Falcons set up a potentially explosive clash with perennial rivals Cameroon in their last eight clash on Thursday.
Forward Rasheedat Ajibade, the star girl of the Nigerians, scored the first goal of the night in the 25th minute before the Athletic Madrid woman provided the second for Peace Efih seconds, as well as the third and fourth for Uchenna Kanu in the 29th and 46th minutes respectively, in what was a comprehensive victory for Nigeria.
Randy Waldrum made four changes to the side that defeated Botswana 2-0 on match-day two of the tournament, with Efih, Kanu, Christy Ucheibe and Nicole Payne all replacing Halimatu Ayinde, Michelle Alozie, Rita Chikwelu and Francisca Ordega. Read more
Rangers targeting Bayern Munich attacking midfielder Malik Tillman (DailyMail)
Rangers have targeted Bayern Munich’s attacking midfielder Malik Tillman as manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst steps up his summer recruitment drive.
The 20-year-old has made four appearances for the German giants in the past year but he is understood to be open to the prospect of getting more game time in the Scottish Premiership.
Born in Nuremberg to an American father and German mother, Tillman has two caps for the USA. He started out at Greuther Furth before becoming part of Bayern Munich’s youth set-up.
Tillman made his debut in the DFB-Pokal Cup against Bremer SV a year ago and then featured from the bench in the Champions League against Barcelona. Read more
Sterling undergoing medical ahead of £47.5m Chelsea move (Sky)
Chelsea have agreed a £47.5million fee with Manchester City to sign forward Raheem Sterling.
The 27-year-old started his medical in London on Sunday and it will continue into Monday, with Chelsea hopeful a deal will be completed in time to allow the England forward to join the club’s pre-season tour in the United States.
Sterling has remained Chelsea’s top target this summer, even though the Blues were strongly linked with Leeds forward Raphinha and his fellow Brazilian Richarlison.
Sterling has agreed personal terms on a five-year contract with the option of a further 12 months and his medical will begin on Sunday afternoon.
Golden State Warriors centre James Wiseman impresses in 2022 NBA summer league debut (ABC)
As Golden State Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga started to attack the hoop, he hooked the ball over his head to find a cutting James Wiseman. In one motion, Wiseman caught the ball in mid-air and threw down a dunk.
It was the first possession of the Warriors’ summer league game against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday and was Wiseman’s first bucket since March when he played in a trio of G League games.
One minute after his alley-oop dunk, he knocked down his lone 3-pointer of the night.
“It felt good,” Wiseman said. “There are a lot of things for me to work on, I mean, my timing was pretty off. But this was my first game. I had fun out there.” Read more
Djokovic hoping to return to Melbourne (WA)
Wimbledon may be where his heart is but Melbourne Park still boasts Novak Djokovic’s favourite centre court as the super Serb looks to dominate tennis for years to come.
Despite being ingloriously deported on the eve of this year’s first grand slam in January, not only does Djokovic refuse to harbour any ill-will towards Australia, he dreams of returning to resume his Rod Laver Arena love affair.
Djokovic has won an unrivalled nine grand slam titles in Melbourne and not even his notorious visa dramas will keep the 35-year-old away if – and when – the Australian government allows him to return.
“Australia probably is the place where I feel most comfortable because of my record there,” he said after landing a seventh Wimbledon crown and 21st major with a 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-3) final triumph over Nick Kyrgios at the All England Club. Read more