4 dead in OPC-Fulani men clash — Kwara police (Punch)
The Kwara State Police Command has said that it recovered four corpses from the scene of the clash between members of the Oodua Peoples Congress and Fulani people in Ajase-Ipo, Irepodun Local Government Area of the state on Friday.
The police, in a statement issued late Friday, and signed by the Command’s Spokesperson, Ajayi Okasanmi, said the clash was as a result of misunderstanding between members of the OPC and the cattle dealers in Kaara market, Ajase-Ipo, Friday evening.
Scores of people from both the OPC and the Fulani cattle dealers as well as passersby were injured while some vehicles including commercial buses and cars had their windscreen shattered in the clash.
According to the police, the crisis erupted on the evening of Friday at 6.30pm when one of the cattle being led across the Ilorin/Omu-Aran highway by a Fulani herdsman broke the side mirror of one of the vehicles in the OPC convoy, who were returning from Osun-Osogbo festival in Osun State. Read more
Counter Insurgency: Boko Haram repentants engage in cleaning of Maiduguri (Guardian)
Some repentant Boko-Haram members were on Saturday engaged in sanitation of Maiduguri as part of measures preparing them for reintegration.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the exercise was organised by Centre for Democracy Development (CDD), in collaboration with the Borno Government.
Speaking on the exercise, Prof. Mala Mustafa, a Senior Research Fellow with CDD, said the development was to prepare them for community services as part of the reintegration process.
“The rational behind this exercise is for CDD to support the Borno State Government as part of preparatory work for the reintegration of the ex-combatants. Read more
Corporal checking commuter’s phone in viral video dismissed (Punch)
The Nigeria Police Force has dismissed a police officer, Corporal Opeyemi Kadiri with Force No. 509745, attached to Dolphin Divisional Headquarters, Lagos Police Command for gross misconduct, disobedience to lawful order, and assault on a member of the public captured in a viral video on August 3, 2022.
Kadiri, enlisted into the Force on December 6, 2016, was caught searching a commuter’s phone by the roadside contrary to the directives of the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba.
The dismissed officer assaulted the commuter who attempted to bring the order to his notice.
Announcing his dismissal in a statement by Force spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the police stated that his dismissal took effect from August 12, 2022. Read more
Rotary Club of Ojodu unveils 18th president (Independent)
Rotarian (Prince) Oliver Edwin Okon has been unveiled as the 18th Imaginative President of the Rotary Club of Ojodu, who will be saddled with the responsibility of piloting the affairs of the club for the next year.
Rotary Club of Ojodu District 9110 is a member of Rotary International. It started in 2002 and was chartered on the 8th Of March 2005 with only 26 Members.
Today the club has over 60 members in Nigeria and the diaspora. Rotary International is a humanitarian service organisation which brings business and professional leaders together to provide community service, promote integrity, and advance goodwill, peace, and understanding in the world.
It is a non-political and non-religious organization with over 1.4 million members worldwide. Read more
Lagos begins Igbogbo-Baiyeku road rehabilitation, demolishes structures (Punch)
The Lagos State government has begun the rehabilitation of the Obafemi Awolowo Way in the Igbogbo-Baiyeku Local Council Development Area of the state.
The rehabilitation, which kicked off with demolition of structures around the road, began on Thursday, August 11, 2022.
Our correspondent, who visited the site, observed that shops, makeshift structures and perimeter fences of some buildings on either side of the road were being demolished by men of the Lagos State Public Works Corporation.
Owners of some of the demolished structures as well as structures marked for demolition were seen watching the process while a few of them were busy removing their goods from the shops. Some of the traders who spoke to our correspondent hailed the Lagos State government and the LCDA government for “finally remembering” Igbogbo-Baiyeku. Read more
Massive flooding restricts traffic on Ikom-Calabar high way (Guardian)
The Ikom Calabar Federal Highway has been overtaken by flood, as motorists and road users were trapped in Okuni community after a heavy downpour in the early hours of Saturday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the flood was as a result of overflow of water from the Ikom River along the road linking from Calabar to the Mfum border of Cameroon.
Narrating his ordeal to journalists, a motorist, Mr Johnson Ada, said his vehicle broke down and his passengers were forced to walk through the water which is almost at knee level.
According to him, anytime the river is full during heavy rains, it overflows to the road.
“It has always been like this anytime we are in the raining season, my vehicle has broken down and the passengers have to join another vehicle to Ikom, it is a huge loss to me.
”Government should do something about this road, we can’t continue like this,” he said. Read more
Reappraise monetary, fiscal policies, NECA advises FG (Vanguard)
The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) has urged the Federal Government to reappraise its monetary and fiscal policies in view of the multifaceted challenges confronting the nation.
Its Director-General, Mr Wale Oyerinde, made the call in a statement in Lagos on Saturday.
Oyerinde said that the policies had little impact either because of inherent inconsistencies or strategic sabotage by external forces.
He said that the lack of adequate consultation during their crafting and implementation could also be a factor. Read more
Tinubu presidency will give youths opportunities to be “business, political leaders” – Moyosore (Nation)
A support group, Asiwaju-Shettima Connect, has said the All Progressives Congress(APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu would give young Nigerians the opportunity to take up the baton as leaders in politics and business in his administration.
In a statement by its National Convener, Adebanjo Moyosore, the group noted that there are huge public policy problems that are yet to be addressed to allow the youths express themselves.
According to the group, most of the challenges we face in the country would not be solved until someone like Tinubu who has the foresight and love for the youths of this country becomes president.
It lauded the presidential flag bearer for his remarks on Nigerian youths and their exploits in the world of music and sports in a video.
Ondo Police arrest man for allegedly killing grandmother (Channels)
The police have arrested a man for allegedly murdering his 66-year-old grandmother in Ondo town.
The deceased, Madam Florence Olaloye, was found in a pool of blood in her room.
The accused was said to be living with her.
Another grandchild of the deceased also staying with her, Pelumi disclosed that on the fateful day, his grandmother who was preparing food sent him to the market to buy snails while the accused was indoors ironing his clothes. Read more
Osun Governorship Poll: YPP denies dragging Adeleke to election tribunal (Tribune)
The Young Progressives Party (YPP) has denied filing any petition to nullify the Osun State governorship election which was held on July 16, 2022, over non-compliance with the Electoral Act.
The party, in a statement made available to Saturday Tribune and signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Egbeola Wale Martins, described the news as completely false, misleading and should be disregarded by members of the public.
“The attention of the Young Progressives Party has been drawn to unfortunate news making the rounds that it filed a petition at the Election Tribunal seeking to nullify the governorship election conducted on July 16 in Osun State over non-compliance with the Electoral Act; this news is completely false, misleading and should be disregarded by members of the public.
“The NWC/NEC of the Young Progressives Party never at any point in time whether impliedly or expressly discussed nor ratified the institution of a case at the tribunal with the malicious intent of nullifying an election that has been adjudged by both local and international observers to be relatively free, fair and credible. Moreover, if the party was interested in filing a petition, it would have been done through the office of the National Legal Adviser whose office is saddled with such responsibilities. Read more
‘Rule 34’ wins Locarno Film Festival (THR)
Rule 34, a Brazilian drama from director Julia Murat, has won the Golden Leopard for best film at the 2022 Locarno International Film Festival.
The feature is a disturbing look at a young law student who by day passionately defends the rights of women in domestic abuse cases and by night performs in front of a live sex cam. Her own sexual impulses lead her toward a world of violence and dangerous eroticism.
Tengo Suenos Electricos, a family drama from Costa Rican director Valentina Maurel was a triple winner at Locarno, winning best director for Maurel and both acting honors, with stars Daniela Marín Navarro and Reinaldo Amien Gutiérrez taking best actress and best acting awards, respectively.
Navarro plays Eva, a 16-year-old girl who, desperate to escape her stifling home life with her mother and younger sister, moves in with her estranged father (Gutiérrez). Read more
‘Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Dreams of Wakanda’ book sets release date for next month (Collider)
The upcoming Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Dreams of Wakanda book will be released on September 6. The book will explore the cultural impact of the Black Panther movie and will feature commentary on a variety of topics, from fashion to representation, from the creators, writers, and comic legends behind the story.
Along with beautiful original art illustrations, an example of the content in the book includes input from costume designer Ruth E. Carter, who takes readers through her Afrofuturistic designs. Writer Tre Johnson talks about the writing process and metaphoric qualities of vibranium. Author Yona Harvey’s commentary deals with the film’s reception and impact on audiences across the African diaspora. Last but not least, journalist Hannah Giorgis discusses Black Panther’s soundtrack and how it fits into the sonic portraits of Blackness overall.
Marvel’s Black Panther was the first of its kind to feature a superhero protagonist of African descent. The film, based on the comics of the same name, follows T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), or Black Panther, who takes on the duty of King of Wakanda after his father dies. However, things take a turn as his cousin N’Jadaka (Micheal B. Jordan), or Killmonger, challenges T’Challa for the crown with the intention to change the isolationist principles that Wakanda has held for generations and with the country’s technological advances, begin a global revolution. Read more
Joan of Arc to be portrayed as nonbinary in new production at London’s Globe Theatre (NBC)
Legendary French heroine Joan of Arc will be portrayed as nonbinary in a radical departure from the historic figure’s usual depiction at London’s Globe Theatre.
A patron saint of France, who is beloved for her role in the Siege of Orleans between 1428 and 1429 — a major French military victory over the English during the Hundred Years War — the new interpretation of her life will be performed at the theatre that was home to famed British playwright William Shakespeare.
Nonbinary actor Isobel Thom will play the role in “I, Joan,” scripted with “they” and “them” pronouns by Charlie Joseph, who is also nonbinary, the Globe said in a news release. It will be directed by Ilinca Radulian, who identifies as a woman.
“Our story of Joan is full of joy and love and hope and magic and revolution,” Thom told NBC News by email Saturday. Read more
Taylor Swift’s directorial debut “All Too Well” is eligible for Oscar consideration (DailyMail)
Taylor Swift’s heart-wrenching short film inspired by the extended version of her hit breakup ballad All Too Well. has officially qualified for Oscar consideration.
The 32-year-old pop star’s directorial debut, starring Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien, is eligible under the best live action short film category, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
According to the outlet, the romantic drama, which runs for 15 minutes, is about ‘an effervescent, curious young woman who ends up completely out of her depth.’
Over the past two months, the Grammy winner has shed light on her filmmaking process as a first-time director with appearances at Tribeca Film Festival in June and on Late Night With Seth Meyers. Read more
50 Cent’s son to make acting debut in upcoming “Skill House” movie (Vibe)
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is growing his multi-media empire, and he wants his son to be a part of it. The rapper took to social media on Monday (August 8) to reveal that his son Sire will star alongside him in the upcoming horror film, Skill House.
Jackson’s Instagram posts show his nine-year-old son listening to Josh Stolberg, the film’s director, as they sit on a couch on set. Sire’s role in the film is currently unspecified, but his performance was good enough to make his father happy.
“Josh had Sire working. Skill House is going to be crazy. GLG?GreenLightGang,” the Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ artist wrote in the photo’s caption.
Sire Jackson joins the ensemble cast as he’s set to appear alongside his father, TikTok star Bryce Hall, UFC veteran Paige VanZant, Leah Pipes (Sorority Row), McCarrie McCausland (Army Wives), Ivan Leung (The Tender Bar), and Neal McDonough (Yellowstone). Read more
LAPD will no longer investigate Anne Heche’s car crash: Cops (People)
The ongoing investigation around Anne Heche’s car crash has come to an end, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
On Friday, the same day that PEOPLE confirmed the 53-year-old actress died from injuries sustained in the crash, the LAPD confirmed that authorities would no longer be pursuing an investigation related to the fiery crash.
“As of today, there will be no further investigative efforts made in this case,” the LAPD said in a statement to PEOPLE. “Any information or records that have been requested prior to this turn of events will still be collected as they arrive as a matter of formalities and included in the overall case. When a person suspected of a crime expires, we do not present for filing consideration.”
Heche was driving in a blue Mini Cooper on Aug. 5 when it crashed into a Los Angeles home owned by Jennifer Durand and occupied by tenant Lynne Mishele. The residence caught fire, resulting in Heche being hospitalized and intubated after suffering burns. The Emmy Award-winning actress never regained consciousness. Read more
Russia, Ukraine trade accusations of firing at nuclear plant (VOA)
The United Nations is calling for immediate access to a nuclear power plant as Russia and Ukraine again Friday accused the other of firing weapons near the plant.
Ukrainian officials said Russian forces fired more than 40 rockets at the city of Marhanets, which is across the Dnieper River from the power plant.
The region’s governor, Valentyn Reznichenko, said three civilians, including a 12-year-old boy, were wounded in the attack.
Russia accuses Ukraine of firing at the plant. Read more
Nigerian female athletes break new grounds (Punch)
Nigerian sports have been in the news in recent weeks, and fortunately, this time, for the right reasons.
Last month, hurdler, Tobi Amusan, stunned the world when she shattered the women’s 100m hurdles world record in 12.12secs at the World Championships in Oregon USA, sending the erstwhile record held by American Kendra Harrison (12.20secs) to the cleaners, on her way to becoming the first ever Nigerian world champion, after almost four decades of trying.
Ever consistent long jumper Ese Brume also snatched a silver medal in her event, as Team Nigeria put up their best ever performance at the event, since they first competed at the global sports showpiece in 1983.
Again at the just-ended Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Team Nigeria put up their best outing ever, snatching a record 12 gold, nine silver and 14 bronze medals to erase their previous best performance at the Games — 11 gold, 13 silver and 13 bronze medals — in 1994 in Victoria, Canada. Read more
Gerrard wins duel with Lampard to get Villa off the mark (Guardian)
Steven Gerrard won his first managerial clash with former England teammate Frank Lampard as Aston Villa beat Everton 2-1 to get off the mark in the Premier League.
Goals from Danny Ings and Emi Buendia eased the pressure on Gerrard after a run of two wins in their previous 12 games dating back to last season.
However, Villa had to survive a nervy finish as Lucas Digne’s own goal gave Everton hope before Emi Martinez denied Anthony Gordon an equaliser in stoppage time.
“I always expected when we conceded that sloppy goal that there would be a bit of nervousness towards the end. That was a big test of our character and resilience and we managed to stay firm,” said Gerrard. Read more
Erik ten Hag frustrated as United struggle to sign players (IrishIndependent)
Erik ten Hag has revealed his frustration at Manchester United’s failure to move quickly in the transfer market and demanded the club make signings before deadline day.
The Dutchman was appointed four months ago but the club have been unable to secure a striker or deep-lying midfielder, with the only senior additions being Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen and Tyrell Malacia.
Ten Hag wanted business done quickly when his arrival was announced in April and said the reason why United have been so slow in the market “is a difficult answer”.
United have been unable to secure a deal for Frenkie de Jong, Ten Hag’s primary target, and the Barcelona midfielder is now likely to move to Chelsea if he does leave Spain. The club have also missed out on strikers Darwin Nunez, who moved from Benfica to Liverpool, and Benjamin Sesko, who joined RB Leipzig from Red Bull Salzburg. Read more
Ancelotti ‘surprised’ by Kroos absence from Ballon d’Or nominees (Guardian)
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti on Saturday said he was surprised that German midfielder Toni Kroos did not feature on the list of 30 finalists for the Ballon d’Or.
Five members of the Champions League winning side were nominated on Friday in the shape of Thibault Cortois, Casemiro, Luka Modric, Vinicius Junior and favourite Karim Benzema.
New signing Antonio Rudiger is also on the list but there was no room for the German midfielder Kroos.
“It surprises me a bit, because Kroos had a fantastic season… But it’s true that it could be a problem if we named all the Real Madrid players, I can understand that,” quipped Ancelotti in a press conference ahead of Madrid’s Liga opener at Almeria on Sunday.
“But (Federico) Valverde, (Eder) Militao, (David) Alaba… all deserve to be there. Read more
Ballon d’Or organisers explain Lionel Messi’s omission from 30-man shortlist (DailyMail)
France Football have given their reasons for not including defending champion Lionel Messi on this year’s Ballon d’Or shortlist, which was revealed on Friday.
Messi and team-mate Neymar were the big names to miss out on the 30-man list of nominees with the Argentine’s omission easily the biggest talking point from the ceremony.
Messi scored just 11 goals in what was an extremely underwhelming debut campaign in Paris, his worst return since he last missed out on the Ballon d’Or shortlist in 2005.
Many fans were curious about Messi’s omission and France Football, who’ve organised the award since 1956, were keen to clarify the decision via a Q&A on L’Equipe’s website. Emmanuel Bojan, a journalist for the magazine, was responsible for answering the queries. Read more
Felix Auger-Aliassime opens up on his roots after making first Montreal quarterfinal (TennisWorld)
Canadian tennis star Felix Auger-Aliassime couldn’t hide his happiness after reaching his first home quarterfinal in Montreal. The National Bank Open is one year held in Montreal and the other in Toronto. Three years ago, Auger-Aliassime made his first appearance in his home town Montreal.
Back then, Auger-Aliassime reached the last-16 before losing to Karen Khachanov. This year, Auger-Aliassime made his second Montreal appearance and went a step further. On Thursday, Auger-Aliassime saw off Cameron Norrie 6-3 6-4 to reach the Montreal quarterfinal.
After the match, Auger-Aliassime was all thrilled as he noted that the people from the Quebec province appreciate good results from one of their own.
“I have gone one step further than I did here three years ago. Read more
Los Angeles deputy says he doesn’t regret taking pictures of remains in Kobe Bryant crash (NYPost)
The deputy who snapped dozens of close-up photos of human remains from the helicopter wreck that killed Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna testified Friday that he didn’t regret doing so — and said he was unaware the NBA legend was one of the victims.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Doug Johnson took the stand in the third day of Vanessa Bryant’s federal lawsuit against the county and said he took 25 pictures at the California crash site and texted them to two firefighters that he believed were high up in command.
Johnson said about a third of his pictures were close-up shots of body parts and told the court they were taken at the behest of Dept. Raul Versales, who was at the command post at the bottom of the Calabasas hill the chopper slammed into.
Lawyers for Bryant, who allege that workers took “pictures as souvenirs,” countered Johnson’s claim by playing a recording of Versales saying, “All of us at the command post, including myself, we did not request photographs.” Read more