3 killed as cultists hold Lagos communities hostage for one month (Punch)
Three persons have been reportedly killed in the ongoing supremacy clashes involving members of the Eiye and Aiye cults in Owode and Ibeshe communities, in the Igbogbo Bayeku Local Council Development Area of Lagos State.
Among the victims was a betting agent, identified only as Segun, who was hit by a stray bullet.
Our correspondent learnt that the other two victims were suspected cultists, one of whom was shot dead around the F1 bar in the Ebute area of Ikorodu West LCDA last Sunday.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the supremacy battle had been ongoing for over a month in the communities. Read more
Man charged for damaging customer’s N4.2m car (DailyTrust)
A 55-year-old man, Isaac Adeyemi, was yesterday charged before an Ikeja Chief Magistrate Court for allegedly damaging his customer’s car worth N4.2 million.
The defendant, a car painter, who resides at Eshadeu Bus Stop, Iyana Iyesi, Ota, Ogun State, was arraigned for damage and causing breach of peace.
The Prosecutor, ASP Clifford Ogu, told the court that the offences were committed on March 2 at Ladoje Mechanic Village, Oko Oba, Agege.
Ogu said that the complainant, Mr Akinola Akinwumi, gave his Toyota Sienna space bus valued N4.2 million to the defendant for painting.
He said the defendant took the car out of the workshop for his own personal use without telling the complainant. Read more
Club donates to Makoko community (Guardian)
A not-for-profit organisation, Timeless Impact Club, has donated educational materials to indigent pupils in Makoko community, Lagos.
The gesture, which is part of the group’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to the community, was part of activities to make Nigeria’s 61 independence anniversary.
Some of the items donated include a computer set, interactive whiteboard and markers, school bags and books, plastic chairs and tables as well as noodles among others.
The club members also had an interaction session with the pupils, where they urged them to be responsible and remain focused on their lives, encouraging them as leaders of tomorrow. Club donates to Makoko community. Read more
Abia is 6th in HIV prevalence ranking in Nigeria, says US envoy (Vanguard)
The US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires (CDA), Kathleen FitzGibbon, has said that Abia had the sixth highest HIV prevalence rate in the country with an estimated 58,341 cases.FitzGibbon said this in Umuahia on Tuesday, at a stakeholder meeting organised by CDA, in collaboration with Catholic Caritas Foundation (CCF) and the Abia government.
The CDA, who led a Mission Nigeria interagency team to Abia, said the meeting also marked “the re-engagement of U.S. assistance to the state, through its President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief” adding that the U.S. government will support renewed efforts towards HIV epidemic control in Abia.
“The U.S. will work with the state government and other stakeholders to close the HIV treatment gap.
“We shall identify and initiate treatment for additional 37,000 People Living with HIV (PLHIV) in Abia, within the next two years. Read more
Bandits invade Catholic seminary in Kaduna, abduct students (DailyTrust)
Some students of St. Albertine Seminary School, Fayit, Fadan Kagoma Chiefdom in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State, have been abducted.
A source from Fadan Kagoma told Daily Trust that the kidnappers stormed the college around 10pm on Monday, shooting sporadically.
“They abducted some seminarians whose whereabout is still unknown” he said. Read more
Court stops new Emir of Kontagora’s installation (Leadership)
A Minna High Court in Niger State has ordered that the newly appointed Emir of Kontagora Mohammed Barau Kontagora should stop parading himself as the 7th Sarkin Sudan Kontagora
The court order followed a suit challenging the selection process held on 19th September, 2021 and the subsequent hearing of the motion ex-parte moved by Mr W. Y. Mamman on behalf of 15 plaintiffs
The court headed by Justice Abdullahi Mikailu, restrained the defendants including the state attorney- general and commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs from installing or issuing staff of office to Mohammed Barau Kontagora as the 7th Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora.
In a five-paragraph affidavit of urgency, deposed to by Adam Muhammad Nasir, “immediately the announcement of the 1st defendant/respondent was made, some youths in Kontagora were mobilising for a showdown and mass protest over the said selection of the 7th Sarkin Sudan Kontagora.” Read more
Alaafin, Gani Adams to FG: Nigeria’s progress tied to regionalism (Sun)
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, and Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, have said the progress of Nigeria is tied to regionalism as handed over to the country by the colonial masters.
They warned that anything short of regionalism would make the country to be stagnant and progress a mirage. The duo spoke at the 50th anniversary of the Yoruba Studies Association of Nigeria (YOSAN) at Otunba Subomi Balogun Conference Centre, University of Ibadan.
According to Alaafin, the military incursion in Nigeria’s political space in January 1966 had since remained the country’s albatross, adding that the southwest had,before the coup, enjoyed great and tremendous progress in all sectors, including education, health economy, maintaining that social security was also evident at the time.
The Nigeria’s narratives, according to him, changed drastically with the intervention of the military, and the nation has never remained the same with various security, political, economic, health and social challenges. Read more
Police arrest 5 abductors, killers of Kaduna priest, Abuja chef (Leadership)
Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have arrested Abubakar Usman and Salisu Abdullahi for the abduction of a Catholic priest in Kagarko local government area of Kaduna State.
This is even as the police also arrested three suspects in Abuja in connection with the death of popular Nigerian Chef, Mr Vincent Eluagu Chukwuemeka popularly known as Chef Emeka.
The suspects are Kingsley Obinna, 24 years, Musa Tanimu, 25 years and Mohammed Sha’aba 26 years.
Force PRO, CP Frank Mba, who confirmed the arrests, said Usman, 21 and Abdullahi, 28 years old, were arrested by the Police team following intense intelligence-led operations to unravel, arrest and bring to book, the criminal gang responsible for a series of related high-profile kidnap operations in Kaduna State. Read more
Nigeria’s Abdulrasheed jailed for love scam (PMNews)
The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Tuesday secured the conviction and sentencing of Abdulquadri Abdulrasheed before Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna State High Court, Kaduna on charges of cheating by impersonation.
The defendant who allegedly defrauded his victims by professing love to them using the false name of Leo Jin Young, a United Kingdom citizen, on the Hangout App, earned a cumulative sum of $900 USD before he was arrested by the Kaduna Zonal Command of the EFCC, working through verified intelligence.
The one count charge reads: ” That you, Abdulquadri Abdulrasheed “m” between the months of April and September, 2021 in Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court pretended to be one Leo Jin Young, a British citizen residing in United Kingdom (UK) on Hangout App which you created and in such, assumed character, obtained the total sum of $900(Nine Hundred Untied States of America Dollars) from Kira Hendley and others unsuspecting persons and you thereby committed cheating by impersonation, an offence contrary to Section 308 of the Penal Code Law, 2017 of Kaduna State and punishable under Section 309 of the same Law”. Read more
Aisling Bea fans freaked out by her English accent in new Home Alone remake trailer (Metro)
Aisling Bea has shocked her fanbase as the trailer for her latest movie was released.
A reimagining of the iconic 1990 movie Home Alone, Home Sweet Home Alone sees Aisling Bea in the role of Carol, mother of 10-year-old Max, who is played by Archie Yates, who previously appeared in Jojo Rabbit.
While Aisling is taking over the role from the marvellous Catherine O’Hara, who played Kevin’s (Macaulay Culkin) mum in the original and in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, fans could not help but focus on one specific detail of the trailer: Aisling’s uncharacteristic English accent.
Many took to Twitter to voice their shock at seeing the Irish actress without her usual intonation. Read more
Squid becomes Netflix’s most popular series launch with 111m viewers in first month (Sky news)
Squid Game has become Netflix’s biggest series launch, with 111m viewers in the first 28 days, according to the streaming giant.
The dystopian show has now overtaken the raunchy period drama Bridgerton, which was watched by 82m households in its first month.
The series is set in South Korea and sees people who are heavily in debt invited to play a series of challenges which could see them scoop 45.6bn won (around £28m).
Contestants have to beat 455 other people to win the money while playing children’s games such as Red Light, Green Light – but the catch is if you lose, you die. Read more
Russia jails disabled man Skachidub for being Jehovah’s Witness (PM news)
Russia continues to crack down on members of the Jehovah’s Witness, the latest victim being a 59 year-old disabled man, Vladimir Skachidub.
A judge in southern Russia sentenced the 59-year-old to 50 months in prison for belonging to the Jehovah’s Witness faith, which the Kremlin considers as an extremist organisation.
Judge Olga Marchenko of the Pavlovskiy District Court of Krasnodar Territory in the North Caucasus region sentenced Skachidub.
“I am a Jehovah’s Witness and I am being prosecuted solely for my peaceful religious activities,” Skachidub told the court. Read more
Tyga arrested for felony domestic violence following altercation with ex-girlfriend Camaryn Swanson (Metro)
Rapper Tyga has been arrested on felony domestic violence charges after turning himself in to the Los Anegels Police Department.
The 31-year-old musician, whose real name is Micheal Ray Nguyen-Stevenson, surrendered himself to the police after he reportedly had an altercation with ex-girlfriend Camaryn Swanson at his $12.8M Bel-Air mansion during the early hours on Monday morning.
A tweet from the LAPD’s official account stated: ‘Hollywood Div booked Michael Stevenson for felony domestic violence (273.5 A PC). The incident occurred on 10/12/21 in Hollywood.’
The Rack City rapper’s bail was set at $50,000 (£36,782), according to online records. Read more
Apple shares drop on reports of iPhone 13 chip shortage (BBC)
Apple’s shares dropped on Tuesday following reports it could slash its iPhone 13 production targets due to the ongoing global computer chip shortage.
The electronic giant had expected to make 90 million iPhones in the last quarter of 2021, reported Bloomberg.
However, Apple was now having to tell its partners that the total will be lower by as many as 10 million units, sources told the business magazine.
Apple shares fell 1.2% in after-hours trading on the news. Read more
New David Bowie album coming in 2022 to mark late icon’s 75th birthday (Metro)
David Bowie’s estate is reportedly to release a posthumous album, alongside merchandise, to mark the late music legend’s 75th birthday next year.
The Life on Mars singer died two days after his 69th birthday in 2016, following a private battle with cancer, and would have been turning 75 on January 8, 2022.
According to papers filed by the estate of the Heroes star’s firm, Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company, there are various releases in the pipeline.
As well as music and videos, Bowie’s widow Iman and children Alexandria and Duncan, are looking at releasing merchandise and other items of memorabilia to mark the milestone. Read more
Ricarlo Flanagan, of ‘Shameless’ and ‘Last Comic Standing’ fame, dead at 40 (NYPost)
Ricarlo Flanagan, a finalist on Season 9 of “Last Comic Standing” and actor on “Shameless,” has died. He was 40.
Flanagan’s agent confirmed his passing to Deadline, but did not cite a cause of death.
“Ricarlo was one of the nicest people I have ever met in my life and a joy to work for. He will be missed dearly,” Stu Golfman of KMR Talent said.
Earlier this month, the comedian posted about contracting the coronavirus along with some of the brutal symptoms COVID-19 is known for.
“This covid is no joke. I don’t wish this on anybody,” he tweeted. Read more
AFN fears Okagbare may go to jail over alleged illegal drug use (Guardian)
The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has expressed concern over the latest dimension added to US-based Nigerian sprinter, Blessing Okagbare’s alleged illegal drugs use.
Okagbare, who has been charged with three offences by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), was suspended on the eve of her semifinal race at the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for a human growth hormone following an out-of-competition test on July 19.
The 32-year-old was said to have later tested positive for another banned substance, recombinant erythropoietin (EPO), which increases red blood cell count. She has also been charged for not cooperating with the AIU’s investigation.
An official of the AFN told The Guardian, yesterday, that Okagbare might walk into more trouble following what he described as ‘ego problem.’ Read more
Manchester United provide update on Raphael Varane injury ahead of Leicester clash (Metro)
Manchester United have confirmed Raphael Varane will be out of action for ‘a few weeks’ after the defender sustained a groin injury while on international duty with France.
Varane lasted just 43 minutes of Sunday’s Nations League final between France and Spain as Didier Deschamps’ men came from behind to win 2-1 at the San Siro.
Replays showed Varane wincing as he raced back towards goal and the 28-year-old immediately gestured towards France’s medical staff that he would have to be replaced.
The centre-back – who swapped Real Madrid for Old Trafford in the summer transfer window – was subsequently pictured with an ice pack around his thigh as he watched the second half from the substitutes bench. Read more
England v Hungary: Crowd trouble early on in Wembley qualifier (BBC)
Hungary fans fought with police in the opening minutes of Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley.
Some of their supporters, totalling almost 1,000, booed as England players took the knee before kick-off.
A Metropolitan Police statement said: “Officers entered the stand to arrest a spectator for a racially aggravated public order offence in relation to comments directed towards a steward.
“As officers made the arrest, minor disorder broke out.”
The game ended 1-1 with John Stones levelling for England after Roland Sallai’s penalty for Hungary. Read more
England just one win away from 2022 World Cup qualification despite drawing with Hungary (Metro)
England are now in all likelihood just one win away from securing qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar despite only drawing 1-1 at home to Hungary in a match that was overshadowed by fan violence.
Hungary went ahead on the night from the penalty spot but John Stones equalised just before half-time, though an out-of-sorts England were unable to find a winner on a largely frustrating evening at Wembley.
Elsewhere in the group, Poland beat Albania to move three points behind England, but the Three Lions’ superior goal difference means a victory against either Albania or minnows San Marino in November will almost certainly guarantee their qualification.
England just one win away from 2022 World Cup qualification despite drawing with Hungary
Hungary went ahead on the night and frustrated England (Picture: AP)
The match was expected to be a heated affair after Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were racially abused in the reverse fixture in Budapest last month and the visiting supporters once again booed England’s players when they took the knee during kick-off. Read more
Robinson’s hat-trick helps Irish Republic best Qatar 2022 host (BBC)
In-form Callum Robinson’s hat-trick earned the Republic of Ireland a dominant 4-0 friendly win over World Cup hosts Qatar in Dublin.
After a double in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier victory in Azerbaijan, the West Brom man put the Republic ahead on four minutes with a deflected shot.
Robinson extended the advantage nine minutes later from the penalty spot and hit his third on 53 minutes.
Shane Duffy rounded off the home win with a trademark 59th-minute header.
The Republic’s energetic first-half display put them in firm control against a Qatar side that appeared low on confidence following their poor recent run of results.
Robinson’s opener seemed to inject belief into Stephen Kenny’s side as the striker exchanged passes with both Jamie McGrath and Conor Hourihane before his shot from just outside the penalty area clipped defender Bassam Hisham Al-Rawi and looped over keeper Meshaal Barsham. Read more
Buccaneers remove Jon Gruden from Ring of Honour amid email controversy (NYPost)
Jon Gruden’s NFL downfall continues.
One day after Gruden resigned as head coach of the Raiders in wake of an unsettling email controversy, the Buccaneers said Tuesday that they will remove his name from the franchise’s Ring of Honour.
“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have advocated for purposeful change in the areas of race relations, gender equality, diversity and inclusion for many years,” the team said in a statement. “While we acknowledge Jon Gruden’s contributions on the field, his actions go against our core values as an organization. Therefore, he will no longer continue to be a member of the Buccaneers Ring of Honour.”
The 58-year-old coached Tampa Bay for seven seasons, leading the Bucs to the 2002 Super Bowl Championship.
The team’s decision came after emails spanning from 2011 through 2018, obtained by the New York Times, exposed Gruden’s use of racist, homophobic and misogynistic language. Read more