Alleged Murder: Court dismisses Osinachi’s husband’s no-case submission (Guardian)
A Federal Capital Territory High Court in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja, has dismissed the no-case submission filed by Peter Nwachukwu, the husband of the late gospel singer, Osinachi Nwachukwu.
The ruling, delivered by Justice Njideka Nwosu-Iheme, held that the prosecution had established a case against the defendant, Peter Nwachukwu.
The Federal Government had filed a 23-count charge against Nwachukwu over the death of Osinachi, including culpable homicide punishable by death, assault occasioning harm and intentional infliction of grievous bodily harm. Read more
LAWMA launches manhunt for motorist who threw waste from car (Punch)
The Lagos State Waste Management Authority has launched a manhunt for a motorist with number plate FST 670 YF, who allegedly threw waste from the window of her car to the road.
According to the agency in a statement via X, formerly Twitter, on Tuesday, the incident occurred at Adeniyi Jones junction inwards Aromire, in the Ikeja axis of Lagos State.
The statement noted that efforts to make the woman pick up the waste proved abortive because she drove off. Read more
Tinubu launches Conditional Cash Transfer for 15m households (Channels)
President Bola Tinubu on Tuesday launched the Renewed Hope Conditional Cash Transfer for 15 million households.
The event, which coincided with the World Poverty Eradication Day, was held at the Press Gallery of the State House in Abuja.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume represented the president at the event. Read more
Many feared killed as security operatives, herdsmen clash in Oyo (Leadership)
An unspecified number of people were feared killed in a clash between Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Amotekun, Operation Burst, Soludero and a group of herdsmen in Iwerele, Iwajowa Local Government Area of Oyo State, on Tuesday.
The actual cause of the conflict was still unknown, but the clash was confirmed by a traditional title-holder in the community.
The source said a group of herdsmen had invaded a farm in the community with their cattle and grazing on it, a situation which led to the death of the owner of the farm during an altercation. Read more
Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta Road: Ogun ready to take over project, lauds FG (Vanguard)
The Ogun State government on Tuesday declared its readiness to take over the construction of the Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta express road from the federal government and transform it into a world-class carriageway.
The road which runs through Lagos and Ogun States, has been in a deplorable condition for years, resulting in untold hardship for motorists, especially citizens of Ogun State.
The Dapo Abiodun-led administration has been providing palliatives on the road since its assumption of office in 2019. Read more
Era of exporting raw minerals is gone, Tinubu declares (Nation)
President Bola Tinubu has said the era of exportation of raw minerals like gold, lithium, and similar resources from the country is gone.
He said it is gratifying to note that many companies in Nigeria have already adjusted their business plans to this new normal and his administration hopes others are encouraged to do the same.
The president said his administration observed the huge losses recorded by the nation through the exports of crude mineral commodities and therefore created a policy of value addition to the country’s mineral resources before exportation. Read more
Zulum orders demolition of brothels in Maiduguri within 72 hours (Guardian)
Borno State governor Babagana Zulum on Tuesday ordered the demolition of brothels and other black spots in Maiduguri, the state capital.
Zulum gave the directive during a visit to ‘Bayan Quarters’, a settlement around Railway staff quarters believed to be habouring criminals, prostitutes and illicit drug traders.
The governor expressed concern over the rise in criminal activities associated with brothels and directed government agencies to dismantle them within 72 hours. Read more
Rivers Police re-arrest fleeing suspect for defiling 11-year-old girl, denies compromise (Independent)
The Police in Rivers State have re-arrested a fleeing suspect, who allegedly defiled an 11-year-old girl, whose name was withheld in the Ogbogu community in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The suspect, a 22-year-old man, identified as Raymond Isiodu, was said to have committed the crime when the parents and guardians of the little girl were not at home, sometime in August 2023.
The suspect who was immediately arrested and detained at Obite Police Division in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA, following the incident was however surreptitiously released by the Police, a development the relatives of the victim condemned, alleging compromise. Read more
Britney Spears recalls feeling like a ‘‘child-robot’’ under conservatorship (CNN)
Britney Spears is owning her narrative.
In an exclusive interview with People magazine to promote her forthcoming memoir “The Woman in Me,” Spears talked about feeling ready to open up about her life story.
“Over the past 15 years or even at the start of my career, I sat back while people spoke about me and told my story for me,” she told the publication. “After getting out of my conservatorship, I was finally free to tell my story without consequences from the people in charge of my life.” Read more
Grief in Zimbabwe over missing miners as government halts rescue mission (AlJazeera)
For 12 days, Jane Mucheni and dozens of other women slept on the floor under a blue tent just outside Bay Horse Mine, a disused gold mine in Chegutu, about 110km (70 miles) west of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare.
The women were waiting for their sons and husbands – declared missing after the mine collapsed on September 30 – to resurface either dead or alive. Nine people had died while 22 others were rescued until the government called off the search to retrieve the trapped miners, angering grieving relatives of those still missing.
“We still have up to 30 people that are underground at the moment,” Daniel Garwe, the acting minister of local government said on Wednesday. Read more
Jada Pinkett Smith says Chris Rock’s comedy special was “full of lies and unwarranted insults” (People)
In Jada Pinkett Smith’s new book Worthy, the actress appears to share her thoughts on Chris Rock: Selective Outrage, which aired live on Netflix in March, though she does not mention the project by name.
“… What do you do, say, if someone decides to make a comedy special full of lies and unwarranted insults? You love them as God does, and you say to yourself when people hurt that it could be they believe they will feel better if they lash out,” writes Jada. “Can I honestly say I’ve never been there? The answer is no. And that’s where compassion and well-wishing come in.” Read more
Somali TV journalist killed in Mogadishu suicide bombing (AfricaNews)
A Somali television journalist was killed in a suicide bombing in Mogadishu on Monday evening, police said.
Abdifatah Moalim Nur Qeys, 33, who was director of Somali Cable TV, was fatally injured by the explosion at a restaurant in the capital, with police confirming the attack’s perpetrators were members of militant group al-Shabaab.
“At around 21:00 a Khawarij [al-Shabaab] suicide bomber detonated explosives on people who were having tea outside the Blue Sky restaurant in Bondhere district,” police said in a statement. Read more
Sammy Hagar and Eddie Van Halen planned to release new music before the guitarist’s death (FarOut)
Sammy Hagar recently disclosed in an interview that he and the late Eddie Van Halen had intentions to collaborate on new music prior to the guitarist’s passing in 2020.
During a discussion with Fox News Digital, Hagar shared insights into some of his last exchanges with his former bandmate, following their reconciliation that occurred in the months leading up to Van Halen’s battle with cancer coming to an unfortunate end.
The pair had drifted apart following Van Halen’s 2004 tour, but they managed to mend their relationship shortly before the guitar legend’s passing in October 2020. Read more
Hocus Pocus 2 sparks concern from mum who pleads with parents to not let kids watch it (Mirror)
With Halloween just around the corner and countless spooky films on the box to get us in the mood, Hocus Pocus 2 is a great place to start for both children and adults alike.
Or so you’d think. For one mum has warned fellow parents to stop them watching the Sanderson sisters sequel, first released last year. The flick, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy is the highly anticipated follow-up to the 1993 original and is available to stream on Disney+ now.
Jamie Gooch believes the movie could even be capable of somehow casting spells through TV screens. “Do not watch this film,” she wrote in a now-deleted Facebook post. “Everybody thinks it’s fake and innocent, but they could be casting any type of spell that they want to, anything could be coming through that TV screen into your home.” Read more
A pay-as-you-go electric truck is making deliveries on Rwanda’s dirt roads (CNN)
The rolling hills of Rwanda produce great endurance cyclists. They might not all be attempting the Tour de France, but perhaps even more impressively, some are able to traverse mountainous terrain with 100 kilograms of fruit on their heads and shoulders.
In this region, where bigger vehicles struggle on the dirt roads, bicycles and motorcycles are a common way for farmers to get their produce to market. But British-Rwandan delivery startup OX Delivers is looking to change that through its electric OX Trucks, which are designed to negotiate dirt roads while carrying up to two tons of goods – roughly 20 times a cyclist’s capacity.
The truck was designed by former Formula One engineer Gordon Murray in 2016, commissioned by a non-profit called the Global Vehicle Trust, which wanted a vehicle that could help provide essential deliveries in developing countries. Read more
Edo prepares for BOWFT 2023 pre-season tourney (Punch)
The Organising Committee of the Betsy Obaseki Women’s Football Tournament says all is set for the hosting of the FIFA-accredited pre-season women’s tournament in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
The tournament is scheduled to commence on October 23, with 13 teams.
Conducting journalists around designated centres in Benin City on Monday, the Head of Facility Sub-Committee for the tournament, Victor Edokpaiyi, said the 2023 edition of the tournament would surpass the previous editions. Read more
Messi ‘beats Haaland, Mbappe to win 8th Ballon d’Or’ (Vanguard)
Lionel Messi is expected to lift his eighth Ballon d’Or later this month after the winners for both the male and female awards for 2023 were leaked.
This comes after the 36-year-old achieved glory with Argentina after leading them to World Cup triumph in Qatar last year.
The former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain star then joined Inter Miami in July and immediately set MLS abuzz with a string of spectacular performances. Read more
Flag football one of 5 sports added to 2028 Los Angeles Summer Olympics, alongside cricket and squash (CNN)
Flag football is officially one of five new sports added to the Olympic program for the 2028 Summer Games in Los Angeles.
On Monday in Mumbai at the 141st International Olympic Committee (IOC) session, it was announced that flag football, baseball/softball, cricket, lacrosse and squash would be included at the Games.
It will be the first time that flag football and squash will be in an Olympic Games.
Cricket was included in the Paris Olympics in 1900, while lacrosse was included at St. Louis 1904 and London 1908. Baseball and softball have been in several Olympics, most recently in 2021 for the Tokyo 2020 Games. Read more
Brooks Koepka response to being handed extra £3.3m on top of prize speaks volumes of LIV (Express)
Brooks Koepka quickly got over the disappointment of seeing his brother relegated from the LIV golf league by winning an extra £3m for himself that he didn’t know about. The US PGA Championship winner was victorious in Jeddah on Sunday, beating Talor Gooch in a sudden-death playoff after both players finished on 14 under par for the tournament at the Royal Greens club.
Koepka was already assured of the £3.3m prize money for winning the title when he was informed by an interviewer that he had also moved up to third in the LIV golf league final standings as a result, landing the American another £3.3m taking his weekend earnings to around £6.6m. Read more
Belgium-Sweden soccer match suspended after gunman kills 2 Swedes in Brussels (CBC)
Thousands of soccer fans were kept inside Belgium’s national stadium for about 2-½ hours Monday after a game between host Belgium and Sweden was suspended at halftime following a gunman fatally shooting two Swedes in Brussels before kickoff.
The European Championship qualifier was being played some 5 kilometres from the shooting in the centre of the Belgian capital city, with over 35,000 fans attending the match. With the suspect still at large, Belgian authorities kept fans inside the venue for security reasons before they started the evacuation around midnight local time.
Fans chanted “All together, All together” inside the King Baudouin Stadium after the match was halted, with thousands of supporters from both sides also shouting “Sweden, Sweden!” Read more
Gibraltar 0-4 Republic of Ireland: Evan Ferguson scores in much-needed victory for Stephen Kenny’s side (Sky)
Under-fire manager Stephen Kenny was spared further punishment as the Republic of Ireland eased to a 4-0 Euro 2024 qualifying victory over Gibraltar.
Brighton teenager Evan Ferguson fired the visitors into an eighth-minute lead at the Estadio Algarve with his third senior international goal before Celtic winger Mikey Johnston, Wolves defender Matt Doherty and substitute Callum Robinson struck to wrap up just a second win of the Group B campaign.
Kenny had gone into the game insisting he would remain in charge until a review of his reign has been carried out following their final qualifying match against the Netherlands and a friendly with New Zealand in November. Read more