Ajasa raises concerns over dragging of suit challenging Lawal’s coronation as Oniru (Guardian)
There are growing concerns over the apparent snail pace of the case challenging the installation of Gbolahan Lawal as the Oniru of Iru land in June 2020 currently before Justice Safari J.
Recall that in December 2019, Prince Akeem Ajasa, a Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP, was chosen as the Oniru-elect to succeed the late Oba Abiodun Oniru, who died on September 23, 2019, at the age of 82.
Ajasa’s declaration as the Oniru-elect suffered a major setback when the entire Omowunmi Abisogun ruling family house rejected his announcement saying that his branch, the Ewunmi branch and other branches of Abisogun ruling house are strangers and not of royal lineage.
The Omowunmi branch of Abisogun ruling house proceeded to institute a suit by Afusatu Kabiawu and Suraju Durosimi and one other (as representatives of the Abisogun ruling house, Omowunmi Abisogun Oniru chieftaincy family. Read more
Family petitions police over missing undergraduate, mother hospitalised (Punch)
The family of a 22-year-old undergraduate of the University of Ibadan, Samson Ajayi, has petitioned the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi, accusing the police of delaying investigation into his disappearance and releasing suspects arrested over the matter.
PUNCH Metro had reported that Samson went missing after going to work at a construction site on an estate in the Ajah area Lagos State.
The first-class student had been doing manual labour at the construction site for three weeks due to the ongoing strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
A co-worker at the site informed his mother that he was not seen at work. Read more
LAA to mark 5 years with scholarships to 5 aspiring aviators (Tribune)
Lagos Aviation Academy, one of Nigeria’s leading aviation training institutions, is celebrating its fifth year anniversary by launching a contest to allow five aspiring aviation players to win scholarships at its training facility.
Founded in 2017, LAA’s vision is to improve the Nigerian aviation industry by making quality aviation training available and accessible to people who aspire to work within the industry.
According to the General Manager, Lagos Aviation Academy, Chinasa Mbene, offering the scholarships was a big step toward making that vision a reality.
“One of our goals at Lagos Aviation Academy has been to raise seasoned aviation professionals in the Nigerian aviation industry. For us, it is much more than giving out scholarships or training students, it is about being in a position to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people who aspire to be players in the aviation industry. Read more
Gunmen invade Cross Rivers varsity, abduct one, injure others (Guardian)
Gunmen on Wednesday abducted a student of Arthur Jarvis University in the Akpabuyo local government area of Cross River State.
The student was kidnapped on Tuesday night on the school premises while returning from her night reading.
Some students, who witnessed the kidnapped, confirmed that the female student and her friends were coming from their night reading class before the suspected kidnappers accosted and whisked her away to an undisclosed place.
Others who fled sustained various degrees of injuries.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Irene Ugbo, said the commissioner of police, Aminu Alhassan, has drafted the anti-kidnapping, anti-cultism, and dragon Units of the police to restore law and order and secure the kidnap victim. Read more
Cargos trapped as dockworkers shut Apapa Port Terminal (DailyTrust)
Goods worth billions of naira were trapped at the nation’s busiest and largest terminal, APM Terminals Apapa, on Wednesday, as members of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), shut the terminal over the alleged refusal of management to yield to their demands.
The union had issued a strike notice and had extended it by three-day elapsing on Tuesday as they sought resolution of unpaid salaries, welfare issues and anti-labour activities.
Daily Trust observed that the dockworkers took over control of the exit and entry points of the terminal as early as 7am, before the arrival of the key staff while shutting out a Deputy Comptroller of Customs (DC) in the terminals.
The Task Force Chairman of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Apapa chapter, Frank Aliakor said: “There is a palpable fear it may result in the withdrawal of service, though we heard it was a warning strike due to unpaid salaries of the workers by the terminals. They have chased out all APMT workers out of office” Read more
D’banj opens up on being a security guard in London (Nation)
Nigerian star, Dapo Oyebanjo aka D’banj has opened up on his humble beginnings before fame.
Bangalee, as he is fondly called, said it wasn’t all bed of roses while he lived in the United Kingdom.
He revealed that he had to take up a security job where he worked twelve hours overnight to make a living.
The Koko Master, during a chat with former label mate Ikechukwu also known as Killz, noted that he knew he would become a star so he decided to take the night shift.
“I know say I be star, na night shift I dey so in the morning, I still dey fresh but of course, I realise say you gat to work,” said D’banj. Read more
Christian community shouldn’t lose sleep over APC’s Muslim/Muslim ticket – Faleke (DailyTrust)
A member of the House of Representatives and Leader of the Tinubu Support Group (TSG), Hon. James Faleke, has appealed to Christians in the country not to lose sleep over the emergence of two Muslims as presidential candidate and running mate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2023 poll.
He spoke yesterday in Abuja, during a meeting organised by Tinubu Media Team to eulogise his role in Asiwaju’s victory at the party’s presidential primary election.
Faleke said the sentiments by the Christian community is understandable, but that Nigerians must learn to move away from religious politics.
He said, “What is important is that when we are seated here, we don’t bother as to Christians should sit here and Muslims should sit on the other side and when we board a plane we don’t bother to ask whether the pilot is a Muslim or Christian likewise when we go to markets; we don’t care from whom we are buying. Read more
NCAA suspends Dana Air operations indefinitely
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended Dana Airlines’ Air Transport Licence (ATL) and Air Operator Certificate (AOC), indefinitely.
NCAA Director-General, Captain Musa Nuhu, announced this in a statement on Wednesday.
He stated that the suspension of the operations of the airlines would take effect from midnight of July 20.
“The suspension was made pursuant to Section 35(2), 3(b) and (4) of the Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and Part 22.214.171.124(a)(1) of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs), 2015,” Nuhu said. Read more
Auchi indigenes seek development of Edo-North
President, Auchi Indigenes Club (AIC) Benin, Dauda Momodu, yesterday, called on Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, to fulfill his promise by siting a passport office at Auchi, the administrative headquarter of Estako-West Council of the state.
Momodu also urged Obaseki to sustain efforts in creating direct and indirect job opportunities for indigenes to ensure even development across the state.
Momodu in a statement, personally signed and made available to newsmen in Benin City, expressed gratitude to Obaseki on behalf of indigenes of Auchi Kingdom, over his efforts to deliver socio-economic development across the state.
Momodu noted the challenges citizens of the state have had to endure by travelling long distances from Edo North and environs due to the absence of a passport office. Read more
Ana de Armas believes there’s ‘no need’ for female James Bond (FilmNews)
Ana de Armas has insisted there is “no need” for a woman to play James Bond.
The actress, who portrayed CIA agent Paloma in recent Bond outing No Time to Die, told The Sun that the British superspy should remain male following the departure of Daniel Craig.
“There’s no need for a female Bond,” she stated. “There shouldn’t be any need to steal someone else’s character, you know, to take over… This is a novel, and it leads into this James Bond world and this fantasy of that universe where he’s at.”
However, the Knives Out star believes the female characters that appear in the Bond franchise should have more depth and substance.
However, the Knives Out star believes the female characters that appear in the Bond franchise should have more depth and substance.
10 soldiers struck by lighting at US Army base (Metro)
Ten soldiers were struck by lightning and injured at a US Army base in Georgia.
A lightning bolt struck the Fort Gordon base’s training area around 11.10am on Wednesday, said range control officials according to WJBF.
The extent of the soldiers’ injuries was not immediately known.
Fort Gordon’s Department of Emergency Services and Emergency Medical Services immediately responded to the scene.
The fort conducts base support operations to ‘enable mission readiness and provides an enhanced quality of life for the Service Members, Families and Civilians of Fort Gordon and the Gillem Enclave’, states its website. Read more
Dave Chappelle’s show moved to different venue in Minneapolis following backlash (People)
Dave Chappelle’s comedy show on Wednesday in Minneapolis has been switched to a different venue after the club faced criticism from the public for booking the comedian.
Chappelle’s performance was canceled and moved from First Avenue to a nehours before the show was scheduled to take place.
Chappelle’s representatives did not immediately return PEOPLE’s request for comment.
“To staff, artists, and our community, we hear you and we are sorry,” the venue wrote in a statement via Instagram. “We know we must hold ourselves to the highest standards, and wew location called Varsity Theater know we let you down. We are not just a black box with people in it, and we understand that First Ave is not just a room, but meaningful beyond our walls.” Read more
Hollywood stars mingle with the biggest sporting names at 2022 ESPY awards (BelfastTelegraph)
Hollywood stars mingled with the biggest names in US sport on the red carpet of the 2022 ESPY awards.
Hannah Waddingham and John Boyega were amongst the British talent to attend the event in Los Angeles alongside athletes including Stephen Curry and Megan Rapinoe.
The annual ESPY awards honour the best in sports performances, recognising both individual and team athletic achievement as well as other sports-related performances.
Ted Lasso star Waddingham wore a floor length navy dress with a plunging neckline. Read more
Ozzy Osbourne teases the release of new single ‘Degradation Rules’ featuring Tony Iommi (NME)
Ozzy Osbourne has teased the upcoming release of a new single, ‘Degradation Rules’, featuring his Black Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi.
On social media yesterday (July 20), Osbourne shared a brief animated clip that included an audio snippet from the heavy single. A kaleidoscope of skulls opens onto what looks to be a church window framed by thorns and roses. A foreboding guitar makes way for a wailing harmonica, delivered alongside the caption: “New Song on Friday!”
The release of ‘Degradation Rules’ this Friday (July 22) serves as the second taste of Osbourne’s forthcoming album, ‘Patient Number 9’.
Set to be released on September 3, Osbourne’s 13th solo studio album ‘Patient Number 9’ will include contributions from the likes Eric Clapton, Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) and Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction) who, along with late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, provided some session work for the album’s title track, which dropped last month. Read more
We don’t have a culture of paying for music – GHAMRO CEO (MyJoy)
The CEO of Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO), Abraham Adjatey, has said that one of the challenges hindering the effectiveness of the royalty collection system is the poor payment culture in the country.
According to him, people do not like to pay for using music, hence GHAMRO sometimes struggles to collect royalties from some institutions.
Speaking on Daybreak Hitz on Hiz FM he explained that on numerous occasions they have had to sue media houses, and telecommunication companies among others before they were able to retrieve the needed funds.
“Night clubs, when you go there to collect the money you see five macho people asking ‘what do you want?’ The last time two of our people were abused. Last Friday, Ghana Police Service locked up two GHAMRO officers.” Read more
US officials recovered possible Fabergé egg from Russian oligarch’s seized yacht (CNN)
US law enforcement officials recovered what appeared to be a Fabergé egg from a yacht seized from a Russian oligarch in Fiji, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said Wednesday.
The $300 million yacht, owned by sanctioned Russian oligarch Suleiman Kerimov, was sailed by US law enforcement officials from Fiji to the San Diego Bay late last month, where it remains docked.
Monaco told the Aspen Security Forum that the jeweled egg, which, if authentic, would make it one of the few remaining in the world and worth millions of dollars, was one of the more “interesting” discoveries federal law enforcement officials have made aboard the seized yachts. The eggs, now priceless collectibles, were created by the House of Fabergé in Saint Petersburg between the late 19th century and the early 20th century. Read more
Olumo United FC boss urges Falcons to win WAFCON bronze medal (Guardian)
Despite players’ protest over match allowances and bonuses allegedly owed by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Olumo United FC Chairman, Segun Solanke, has charged the Super Falcons to compensate themselves with the bronze medal at the ongoing Women African Cup of Nations in Morocco.
The Falcons, who fought bravely in a difficult semifinal game having been reduced to nine players against tournament host Morocco, are billed to challenge Zambia in the losers’ final tomorrow.
Having missed out on the title, Solanke urged the team to put the semifinal loss behind them and focus on making their 11th podium appearance, despite being there nine times as champions and once as third placed finisher.
“Even though news making the waves has it that the girls were owed match allowances and bonuses, I’m still proud of them. Read more
Debut goals for Mane, De Light as Bayern thump Rooney’s D.C. United (France24)
New signings Sadio Mane and Matthijs De Ligt scored debut goals as Bayern Munich thumped Major League Soccer’s D.C United 6-2 in a friendly on Wednesday.
Senegalese international Mane, who joined Bayern last month in a transfer worth a reported $42 million after a six-year stint with English giants Liverpool, opened his account for the Bundesliga champions from the penalty spot after five minutes.
Mane’s spot-kick was awarded after D.C. United centre-back Donovan Pines upended Lucas Copado as the teenage striker surged into the penalty area.
The early strike set the tone for a one-sided clash at Washington’s Audi Field that underscored the work facing former England and Manchester United star Wayne Rooney, recently installed as manager of the struggling MLS side. Read more
3rd Adewale Isa National Junior Tennis Championship ignites Lagos (Guardian)
After the first two editions in Kaduna, the yearly Adewale Isa Memorial National Junior Championship is coming to Lagos for the first time, with contestants from across the country billed to converge on the National Stadium, Surulere, from August 1 to 6.
While unveiling the third edition of the competition, yesterday, Yinka Isa-Adigun, said the competition is a continuation of his late father’s legacy of developing grassroots tennis players.
Isa-Adigun, who is the eldest daughter of the late national referee, said: “Our late father ate, drank and lived the sport. We want to train and develop tennis among the young ones, catch them young and hone their talents.” Read more
Paulo Dybala arrives at Roma with Jose Mourinho facing a pivotal season (National)
Paulo Dybala arrived late for Roma’s latest fixture of their pre-season tour of Portugal, taking his VIP seat at the Algarve stadium only at half time of the match against Sporting.
Dybala had been held up finalising details of his three-year contract with the Italian club. He soon gathered that no friendly in which Jose Mourinho is managing is entirely friendly.
Roma picked up the first of the game’s six yellow cards soon after Dybala had sat down, ahead of a series of tit-for-tat fouls. There had already been a confrontation around the perceived dive that earned Sporting a penalty, the opening goal in a see-saw 3-2 win for the Lisbon team. Read more
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry hosts ESPYS, takes home two awards (ABC)
The Golden State Warriors were front and center at Wednesday night’s ESPYS, with star Stephen Curry hosting and taking home multiple awards and the club winning the Best Team statue.
Curry won the ESPY for Best NBA Player and for Best Record-Breaking Performance, which was presented for passing Ray Allen for most 3-pointers made in NBA history this past season.
Curry joked after accepting the record-breaking performance statue from actor Simu Liu and athlete Lindsey Vonn: “The only reason I wanted to host is I thought I’d be able to present myself with the award.”
“Definitely a great honor,” Curry added. “In the same way I looked up to my dad, Reggie Miller, Ray Allen, the guys who came before me, all records are meant to be broken, so I know there’s a lot of young kids that are out there that are working hard. I can’t wait to be in the arena when you break this record.” Read more
Formula 1: Hamilton seeks a big result in milestone 300th race (StraitsTimes)
Lewis Hamilton’s dream result in France on Sunday (July 24) would be to celebrate his 300th Formula One race by ending the longest win drought of his record-breaking career, and it is not an impossible one.
The seven-time world champion was once dominant at Le Castellet’s Circuit Paul Ricard but new rules have left his Mercedes team struggling with a bouncing car behind pace-setters Red Bull and Ferrari.
It has now been 12 races since the Briton last won but he showed at Silverstone this month, when he finished third after leading, that the gap had narrowed.
“I truly believe we can get a race win this year,” said the 37-year-old after the latest race in Austria, where he also finished third. Read more
John McEnroe calls on officials to let Novak Djokovic play at the US Open (Tennis365)
John McEnroe has described Novak Djokovic’s probable ban from the US Open as ‘crazy’, as he suggested the Wimbledon champion should be allowed to enter America.
Speaking to Tennis365 at an event to promote his new movie McEnroe, the seven-time Grand Slam singles champion hit out at the US government for insisting all visitors to the country need to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
Djokovic has made it clear that he won’t bow to that demand, which will almost certainly rule him out of the final major championship of the year.
Yet McEnroe has renewed his calls for Djokovic to be allowed into the country to play at Flushing Meadows, as he backed up his comments from earlier this month with a fresh statement to Tennis365. Read more