40-foot container falls on 2 women in Lagos (Vanguard)
Tragedy struck, Friday night, at Odo-Olowu Bus Stop, Ijesha, along Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, when a container fell off a truck and crushed two young women to death. Both are yet to be identified.
The incident, it was gathered, happened around 10.45 pm. Emergency responders have recovered the bodies and taken them to a morgue.
The Director-General of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the incident.
It was gathered that the truck, loaded with an empty 40-foot container, suddenly suffered brake failure and rammed into a stationary truck, and the container fell off. Read more
Land buyers accuse Lagos of non-allocation 10 years after payment (Punch)
Some citizens resident in Lagos have expressed displeasure over the failure of the state government to allocate lands to them 10 years after making payments.
They lamented that the government refused to refund them or reply to letters on the issue.
City Round learnt that the Land Bureau, Governor’s Office, in 2009 advertised allocation of land at Orisan Water Front Residential Scheme, Lekki, and Millennium Residential Scheme I, Igbogbo, GRA, Ikorodu.
It was gathered that successful applicants were issued allocation letters which they used to make payments.
While a plot of land in Igbogbo was sold for N455,412, that of Orisan Water Front cost N3,308,640. Read more
Reactions trail FG’s suspension of Babalakin, Ogundipe (Tribune)
The various staff unions in the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, as well as the Parent Forum of the university, have reacted to the federal government’s suspension of both the chairman of the governing council, Dr Wale Babalakin and the embattled Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.
Tribune Online reports that the FG also constituted an independent panel to investigate the matter that led to the crisis rocking the university.
The unions include the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU). The National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) did not respond. Read more
Gunmen attack police station in Ibadan, kill police corporal (Guardian)
Tragedy struck on Friday evening as some unknown gunmen attacked the Ikolaba Police Station in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, leaving a police corporal on duty dead.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the gunmen shot sporadically into the station as they came into the premises.
The reason for the attack could, however, not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo State, Olugbenga Fadeyi, confirmed the incident. Read more
Ondo 2020: Akeredolu, Jegede, Ajayi make INEC’s final list of candidates (Nation)
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday released the final list of candidates for the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State.
The incumbent, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, who is seeking a second term on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), makes the list.
Also on the list are Akeredolu’s main challengers, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Mr. Agboola Ajayi of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP). Read more
Vacate your houses, NEMA tells residents in flood prone communities in Kogi (Tribune)
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has advised people living in flood-prone areas in Kogi to get ready to vacate their houses anytime from now.
The agency’s Head of Abuja Area Operation Office, Mr Bitrus Samuel, gave the advice in Lokoja during a sensitisation campaign for people living in flood-prone communities in the state.
He asked the people to start packing their personal effects as the country would soon start experiencing heavy rainfall as predicted by the relevant government agencies. Read more
Nasarawa to disengage 1,251 unqualified teachers (Vanguard)
No Fewer than 1,251 teachers without teaching qualifications are to be sacked in Nasarawa state just as a seven-man disengagement committee has been inaugurated to carry out the exercise.
Executive Chairman, Nasarawa State Universal Basic Education Board (NSUBEB) Muhammad Musa Dan’azimi stated this at the weekend in Lafia while inaugurating a seven-man implementation committee to disengage all teachers without requisite teaching qualifications.
According to the Board Chairman, the disengagement is in line with the Federal Ministry of Education directive admonishing the committee to carry out the assignments with due diligence, devoid of sentiments or favour.
Represented by the board Secretary, Hajiya Hashiya Ahmed, Dan’azimis said “there were about 1,251 teachers without requisite teaching qualifications still teaching in primary schools across the 13 local government of the state. Read more
Baba Suwe debunks death rumour (Guardian)
Veteran actor and comedian, Babatunde Omidina, popularly known as Baba Suwe has debunked the rumour of his death, describing the development as sad and uncalled for.
The rumour death news filtered into social media space in the early hours of Friday with friends and fans of the Baba Londoner, Obe L’omo, Elebolo star-making efforts to reach out to him.
Debunking the death rumour, the Omolasan and Iru Esin actor in a chat, said he was informed about the death rumour, adding that he was surprised that people could go to any extent to wish death on their fellow human beings. Read more
Coup: Jonathan, other West African leaders arrive in Mali (Punch)
West African leaders arrived in Mali on Saturday to try to push for a speedy return to civilian rule after a military coup in the troubled nation.
The delegation, headed by former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, planning to meet members of the new junta as well as ousted president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
Rebel soldiers seized Keita and other leaders after a mutiny on Tuesday, dealing another deep blow to a country already struggling with a brutal Islamist insurgency and widespread public discontent over its government. Read more
Ivorian ruling party approves Ouattara’s re-election bid, Gbagbo’s candidacy rejected (France24)
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara was formally chosen by his party Saturday to run for a third term in an October election, despite opposition charges it is unconstitutional. The decision came hours before election authorities rejected the candidacies of the former president, Laurent Gbagbo, and ex-rebel leader Guillaume Soro.
Ouattara, who has been in power since 2010, said in March that he would not stand again but changed his position after the death of prime minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly — seen as his anointed successor — in July.
The announcement came hours after the country’s election authorities rejected appeals by Ivory Coast’s former president Laurent Gbagbo and former rebel leader Guillaume Soro to be allowed to run in the country’s October election.
Outtara’s decision to contest a third term in October has already triggered outrage among opposition and civil society groups, who labelled it a “coup” that risked triggering chaos. Read more
Two of Larry King’s children have died in the past three weeks (PageSix)
Larry King has suffered a terrible tragedy, Page Six has learned.
We’re told that two of the legendary broadcaster’s children have died in the last three weeks.
Sources say that his son Andy passed suddenly a couple of weeks ago, and his daughter, Chaia, died Thursday after battling a chronic illness.
Chaia was 51 and Andy was 65. Read more
Alexei Navalny: Putin critic arrives in Germany for medical treatment (BBC)
The acutely ill Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has arrived in Germany from Siberia for treatment.
He is in a coma after drinking what his supporters suspect was poisoned tea; they accuse the authorities of trying to conceal a crime.
Doctors treating him in Omsk had insisted on Friday that he was too ill to be moved.
But they later said his condition was stable enough for the flight. His wife Yulia is travelling with him. Read more
Survivor in deadly NYC shooting may never walk again, family says (NYPost)
An innocent bystander has survived a deadly, broad-daylight drive-by shooting in Brooklyn — but may never walk again.
Sam Metcalfe, 33, is feared permanently paralyzed after a bullet struck his spine Wednesday as he walked with his new wife near their apartment, just south of Prospect Park, according to a GoFundMe set up for his medical expenses.
Metcalfe’s wife had wanted to go the store for toothpaste — and he’d insisted on joining her because it was raining, and he wanted to hold their one broken umbrella to help keep her dry, his sister-in-law, Krysta Zagorski, explained in the fundraiser.
“She told him he didn’t need to come,” Zagorski wrote. Read more
Coronavirus will be with us forever, Sage scientist warns (BBC)
Coronavirus will be present “forever in some form or another”, a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) has said.
Sir Mark Walport said people would need to be vaccinated at regular intervals.
His comments come after the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said he hoped the pandemic would be over within two years, as the Spanish flu had taken two years to overcome.
Sir Mark said denser populations and travel meant the virus spread easily. Read more
NASA working to isolate space station air leak (NYPost)
NASA is working to isolate a small air leak in the US segment of the International Space Station.
Astronaut Chris Cassidy will join cosmonauts Ivan Vagner and Anatoly Ivanishin in the Russian Zvezda service module from Friday night into Monday morning, the space agency said, in a statement on its website.
“Since September of 2019, specialists have been tracking a very slow decrease in the International Space Station stack pressure, and are trying to identify the source,” a NASA spokesman told Fox News, via email. “The leak rate has increased slightly from measurements taken in September, 2019, but still is within overall specifications and presents no immediate danger to the crew or space station.” Read more
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Guitarist Jack Sherman dies aged 64 (BBC)
Jack Sherman, the guitarist who appeared on the debut album of American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, has died at the age of 64.
“He was a unique dude and we thank him for all times good, bad and in between. Peace on the boogie platform,” a tweet on the group’s official account reads.
Sherman, who joined the band on their first US tour in 1984, also co-wrote songs for their second album.
The cause of his death has not yet been disclosed. Read more
Ebuehi happy to join Twente (Punch)
Super Eagles defender Tyronne Ebuehi is delighted to join Dutch Eredivisie side Twente on a season-long loan from Portuguese club Benfica, Saturday PUNCH reports.
Twente announced the signing of Ebuehi on Friday, with an option of signing him permanently and the former ADO Den Haag defender is looking forward to making his contribution to the club.
“It feels great to be here at FC Twente. The conversations I had with the club were very positive and I am looking forward to playing here,” Ebuehi told the club’s website.
“In the past, I played against FC Twente with ADO. Twente are a big club and I want to prove myself here, but of course, also help the club.” Read more
Nwanu opens up on gang-up against Westerhof at USA 94 (Vanguard)
Former Super Eagles and Anderlecht defender Chidi Nwanu has spoken on the gang-up against former Nigeria coach, Clemens Westerhof at the USA 94 world cup, and how it hindered the team’s progression at the tournament,
In an interview with Vanguard Sports, Nwanu was asked about the belief that if not for the gang-up against Westerhof, the USA ’94 team could have got to the final, he replied saying:
“I am telling you that we had all that was needed to win that World Cup because another thing was that we had officials that were only after their estacode which they had already gotten because it was too much for them.
They robbed us, the players. Maybe they were more interested in going home because if you look at that match, you would feel bad we lost the way we did.” Read more
Man Utd’s Maguire pleads not guilty in Mykonos court (BBC)
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has pleaded not guilty and been released from police custody following his arrest on the island of Mykonos.
A court date for the 27-year-old has been set for Tuesday but Maguire can be represented by his lawyer and will now return home.
It is not clear what specific charges the England defender faces.
Maguire did not comment after leaving court on Saturday and his lawyer told Sky he was a free man “right now”. Read more
Ex-Knick Gerald Wilkins accused of punching woman in latest arrest (NYPost)
Former Knick Gerald Wilkins was arrested Tuesday, marking his latest run-in with the law, for allegedly punching a woman and man at an Atlanta gas station, according to TMZ.
Wilkins faces three charges, including battery, after an apparent rideshare dispute gone wrong. The 56-year-old allegedly tried to get in a car, but the female driver told him he had to order it through a rideshare app first.
Their argument escalated into Wilkins allegedly punching the driver in the shoulder before two male witnesses intervened, with Wilkins allegedly punching one of them in the face, TMZ reported. Read more
Barcelona interested in Man City’s Angelino (BBC)
Barcelona are interested in Manchester City defender Angelino.
The 23-year-old Spanish full-back has just returned from a six-month loan spell at RB Leipzig, who reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.
He joined City in 2014, left for PSV Eindhoven in 2018 and returned to City last summer after they triggered a £5.3m buy-back clause.
Angelino made 12 first-team appearances for City last season before moving to Germany. Read more
Antonio Conte drops huge exit hint after Inter Milan’s Europa League defeat to Sevilla (Metro)
Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte has suggested he could walk away from the club after just one season following the side’s Europa League final defeat to Sevilla on Friday night.
The Italian giants had a promising campaign but ultimately came up just short both domestically and in Europe, finishing a point behind champions Juventus in Serie A and losing 3-2 to Sevilla in a thrilling showpiece in Cologne.
Conte has had an often fractious relationship with Inter’s hierarchy since taking over last summer, wanting more backing in the transfer market, and has now hinted those disagreements – and other off-field issues – could lead to his departure. Read more