Attack: Apostle Suleman slams police for killing suspect (Punch)
The President, Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleman, has slammed the police for killing the arrested prime suspect involved in the brutal attack on his convoy, a situation that led to the death of three policemen, two drivers and two others.
The PUNCH had reported that the cleric returned from a foreign trip and was heading for a destination in the state when the gunmen attacked his convoy along the Benin–Auchi Road, Edo State, around 5pm.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, who confirmed the attack, said six persons, including policemen and Suleman’s drivers, were killed, adding that efforts were ongoing to locate the whereabouts of the cleric’s domestic worker.
“The attack is confirmed. Three policemen were murdered; two of his (Suleman’s) drivers were killed; one domestic female worker was killed and they are still searching for another female domestic worker. Read more
Ada Eme crowned Most Beautiful Girl (Vanguard)
Nigerian model and event planner, Miss Ada Eme, has won the 2022 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria, MBGN.
The 24-year-old model beat 37 other contestants from around Nigeria to the coveted title and was crowned on Friday night in Lagos.
The 34th annual pageant was hosted by Deyemi Okanlawon and Munachi Abii.
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Contestants, who made it alongside side Ada are Miss Edo, Montana Onose Felix, who took second place and was crowned with the title of Miss Universe Nigeria, 2022.
Miss Anambra, Genevieve Ukatu; Miss Abuja, Ifeoma Uzogheli, and Miss Lagos, Lydia Balogun, made the top five and went home with the titles: Miss Supranational Nigeria, Miss Ecowas Nigeria, and Miss Tourism Nigeria, respectively. Read more
Lagos 2023: You won’t regret voting PDP – Jandor, Akindele (Sun)
The Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, Dr Abdul-Azeez Adediran (Jandor) has said that the residents of the state would not regret voting PDP in the 2023 election.
The PDP candidate, who kicked off his statewide camping tour alongside his running mate, Funke Akindele from Alimosho Local Government area of Lagos State, noted that residents would be thankful if he emerges winner of the 2023 general elections.
Addressing teeming supporters of the party after a rousing welcome at the PDP Secretariat in Alimosho, he said that his team is prepared to run a humane government with priority of the masses’ interests.
He said: “You will send us prayers and not curse when we get there. We are here to run a government of the masses. We are going to run a government everyone will be happy with and pray for. You will send us prayers if you allow us to serve you.” Read more
Lagos drivers lament extortion, threaten to boycott roads (Punch)
Lagos drivers, under the aegis of Joint Drivers Welfare Association of Nigeria, have threatened a boycott of roads from October 31, 2022, over alleged extortion by motor parks and garages management.
In a statement made available to The PUNCH on Friday, JDWAN called for seven days mass protest and total boycott, seeking an end to what it described as excessive extortion and harassment of drivers at various bus stops, garages and parks in Lagos, and asked the government to intervene.
They listed the points of alleged extortions to include: Badagry, Mile 2, Seme, Ogijo, Ikorodu, Ikeja, Agric Bus Stop and many parts of the state, saying they paid as high as N5000 and N7100 at some places.
The statement was signed by JDWAN’s National Leader, Chairman, Secretary and Assistant Secretary; Akintade Abiodun, Opeyemi Suleiman, Ajimatanarareje Feyisayo, and Taofeek Hassan respectively. Read more
2023: Lagos APC hails youths for rallying in support of Tinubu (Guardian)
The Lagos State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday commended the youth for their massive turnout at the rally in support of the party’s Presidential Candidate, Sen. Bola Tinubu and his running mate, Sen. Kashim Shetima.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Eko Youth Walk, organised by Tinubu support groups, commenced from Maryland at 7.00a.m. and saw youths walking through Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Joel Ogunaike Str., Oba Akinjobi Str. and terminated at Police College.
The walk was also to throw support for the reelection of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his running mate, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, in 2023 general elections.
The Lagos State APC Publicity Secretary, Mr Seye Oladejo, in a statement, said the party acknowledged and was motivated by the turnout of the youth to throw support for the APC candidates. Read more
Edo CP removes DPO over killing of suspect who attacked Apostle Suleman’s convoy (DailyTrust)
The Edo State Commissioner of Police, AIG Abutu Yaro, has removed the Divisional Police Officer, Auchi Division, CSP Ayodele Suleiman, with regard to the alleged killing of a suspect arrested for attacking the convoy of Apostle Johnson Suleiman, General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministry.
The DPO is to report at the state police command for debriefing.
A statement by the Command’s Deputy Public Relations Officer, Jennifer Iwegbu, said the DPO’s withdrawal was part of the measures to unravel the circumstances that led to the death of one of the surviving members of the gang that attacked the convoy.
“The outgoing CP now AIG Abutu Yaro has ordered the withdrawal of CSP Ayodele Suleiman, DPO Auchi for debriefing at the State Headquarters with immediate effect,” the statement read. Read more
Police arrest party chieftain with 367 PVCs in Kano (Independent)
A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Aminu Ali Shana has been arrested in Kano State with 367 suspected Permanent Voters Cards, PVC.
Kano State Police spokesman, Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, who confirmed the development to Daily Sun, revealed that the suspect had been taken into their custody, saying investigation had commenced.
Aminu, who is the APC Chairman of the Yautan Arewa ward in Gabasawa Local Government Area of the State, was according to the police, arrested on October 14, 2022.
It was gathered that the police had dispatched the suspected PVCs to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for confirmation. After that, all the persons whose faces appeared on the cards might be invited for questioning. Read more
Those calling for INEC’s boss removal have plans to scuttle 2023 elections – Group warns (Sun)
Group, Unified Nigerian Youth Forum (UNWF) on Friday warned that those calling for the removal of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu have plans to scuttle the 2023 elections in the country.
Addressing newsmen at the popular Arewa House Kaduna, President of the forum, Comrade Abdulsalam Mohammed Kazeem said with the passage of the electoral law which gives room for improvement in the country’s electioneering process, the INEC plans to use Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) was already a shocker for those who were used to rigging during election which will not possible in the next year’s election. Read more
I can leave my other kids with Chioma – Davido (Nation)
Afrobeats singer Davido has revealed the extent to which he trust his fiancée and baby mama, Chioma Rowland aka Chef Chi.
O.B.O described Chioma as a trustworthy individual, one he can leave his other kids with without any atom of fear that something ill may occur.
He stated this in a chat with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu on Bounce Radio, where he also noted they got used to each other in no time after his friend and aide, Lati introduced him to her.
He said: “I’ve known Chioma for like seven years. We’ve just been together. We’ve probably been dating proper for like five, six years. Read more
Angelina Jolie to portray Maria Callas in biopic (RTE)
Angelina Jolie is to portray opera icon Maria Callas in a new biopic about the last years of the American-born Greek soprano’s life.
US entertainment trade publication Deadline reports that Maria will see Oscar winner Jolie working with Chilean director Pablo Larraín, whose credits include the Diana, Princess of Wales biopic Spencer and the Jackie Kennedy biopic Jackie.
The film will tell “the tumultuous, beautiful, and tragic story of the life of the world’s greatest opera singer, relived and re-imagined during her final days in 1970s Paris”.
Callas died of a heart attack in Paris in September 1977. She was 53. Read more
Ex-EastEnders actor Josephine Melville dies backstage after play (Guardian)
Josephine Melville, the actor best known for her work on EastEnders, has died backstage at a theatre after a performance.
Melville had been appearing as Aunt Maggie in a production of Nine Night at Nottingham Playhouse.
The theatre said the actor was treated by paramedics and a medically qualified audience member, but died after performing on Thursday. No cause of death was given.
In a statement posted on Twitter, it said: “We are deeply saddened to announce that last night the actor Josephine Melville passed away backstage at Nottingham Playhouse following the performance of the play Nine Night, in which she was performing. Read more
Arctic Monkeys shocked to still be around after 20 years (Metro)
Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner is revved up for the band’s long-awaited album The Car.
But the singer admitted he thought their music career would have stalled already.
‘The records we’re making now are definitely different to the ones we probably thought we would be making when we started out – actually, we didn’t think we’d be even making records any more,’ he began.
‘Twenty years ago, I didn’t envision ourselves going beyond – well, the fact we gave ourselves the name Arctic Monkeys alludes to the extent of the ambitions we had. Clearly hardly any!’ Read more
Florence Pugh has another Marvel movie lined up after Thunderbolts (DigitalSpy)
Marvel has been setting up Thunderbolts for the last two years, and Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova has been one of the biggest stars, having appeared in Black Widow and Hawkeye.
But it looks like the team-up movie, which will feature an Avengers-esque group of antiheroes (think Suicide Squad), won’t be the end of Pugh’s MCU journey.
In a detailed look at how much actors, directors and character creators earn for comic-book movies, The Hollywood Reporter said: “Florence Pugh, already an Oscar nominee when she appeared in Black Widow as Yelena Belova, will receive eight figures for her next two Marvel films, including leading the ensemble cast of the villain-centric Thunderbolts.”
We have no idea what that other movie is set to be. It could be one of the future Avengers movies, or one of those untitled Marvel movies that has a constantly-moving release date. It may not even be anything specific yet and Pugh might have just signed on for a three-film contract (plus her MCU Disney+ shows). Read more
Lizzo announced intention to use profanity in music during family therapy session (MusicNews)
Lizzo took her family to a therapy session to reveal that she was going to start swearing in her songs.
The Juice star grew up in a religious household and did not swear during her early songs, so when she changed her mind, she sat her family down for a chat to announce her intentions.
“When she started out, she didn’t use profanity at all. She got the family together, took us to a therapy session, and explained to us that she would be using profanity in her songs. She prepared us for it,” her mother, Shari, recalled in an interview with Vanity Fair.
Shari noted that her daughter’s love for racy outfits did not come as a shock to her, adding, “She was always a free spirit and didn’t like clothes, so that was not a surprise at all. She is doing what she loves to do, making her own decisions, and really helping people along the way. I’m so proud of her.” Read more
Kanye West accuses Quentin Tarantino of stealing idea for ‘Django: Unchained’ from him (NME)
Kanye West has claimed that he spoke to Quentin Tarantino about his “Django” concept for his ‘Gold Digger’ music video, “and then Tarantino turned it into a film”.
The rapper and entrepreneur in a new interview accused the director, along with actor Jamie Foxx, of stealing his idea.
Speaking on Piers Morgan Uncensored, Ye claimed that he had pitched the “Django” idea to Tarantino and Foxx as the music video for his 2005 hit ‘Gold Digger’. In 2012, Tarantino released the revisionist Western Django: Unchained about a freed slave (played by Foxx) who works with a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to rescue his wife from a plantation.
“Tarantino can write a movie about slavery where – actually him and Jamie [Foxx], they got the idea from me because the idea for ‘Django’ I pitched to Jamie Foxx and Quentin Tarantino as the video for ‘Gold Digger’. And then Tarantino turned it into a film,” West claimed to Morgan. Read more
Former China President Hu led out of Communist Party Congress (Aljazeera)
Former Chinese President Hu Jintao was unexpectedly led out of Saturday’s closing ceremony of the Communist Party Congress in a dramatic moment that disrupted the highly choreographed event.
No official comment about Hu’s removal was given as the nation’s censors appeared to quickly scrub any recent references to him from the internet.
The frail-looking 79-year-old seemed reluctant to leave the front row of proceedings at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, where he was sitting next to President Xi Jinping.
A steward attempted to take a sitting Hu by the arm before being shaken off. The steward then attempted to lift Hu with both hands from under the armpits. Read more
CAF Champions League: Bayelsa Queens depart for Morrocco on Sunday (Sun)
Bayelsa Queens Football Club will depart the country on Sunday ahead of the CAF Women’s Champions League in Morrocco.
Preye Yabrifa, Media Officer of the team, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday that they would no longer go on a West African tour but would travel straight to Morrocco.
“Initially, we planned to go on a playing tour to countries like Togo and Republic of Benin but due to the flood situation in Bayelsa we couldn’t travel as planned.
“Now, we will go to Morocco and play friendlies with some clubs in the country. Read more
Klopp fumes at Liverpool after Van Dijk, Firmino miss ‘no-brainers’ in Forest defeat (Football365)
Jurgen Klopp could not explain how Liverpool lost at Nottingham Forest after seeing his wasteful side fail to score from ‘four or five no-brainers’.
Forest ended their 10-game winless streak in style as Taiwo Awoniyi scored against his former club to stop their Premier League revival.
Awoniyi was on the books at Anfield for six years without ever playing for them, but showed Klopp what he was all about, securing a famous 1-0 win that lifts Forest off the bottom of the table after his second-half goal.
Liverpool were off-colour all afternoon, particularly in front of goal, with Virgil van Dijk and Roberto Firmino among the players to waste big chances as Forest struggled to deal with set-pieces. Read more
Tottenham manager breaks silence on big injury concern amid Women’s Super League problem (FootballLondon)
Tottenham Hotspur Women’s boss Rehanne Skinner has provided as much as she can in regards to Ellie Brazil’s leg injury sustained during the Man City WSL loss whilst also bemoaning the defending on Khadija (Bunny) Shaw’s two goals.
The Lilywhites, who came into this one with two wins on the board and only one defeat against Arsenal in the North London Derby, had some belief that they could perhaps cause an upset against Gareth Taylor’s side, much like how Aston Villa did on match day one.
However, the improvement in Taylor’s side since the opening weekend meant this was not possible as Bunny Shaw and Lionesses star Lauren Hemp stole the show with the three goals scored between the pair, a similar situation to what unfolded against Leicester at the Academy Stadium a week ago in Manchester.
Spurs had their moments but were largely disjointed throughout the 90 minutes as Man City dominated and controlled possession. Part of this may have been down to the difference in quality between the two sides but also events that happened very early on in the game. Read more
F1 extends TV broadcast rights in US with ESPN (RN365)
Formula 1 has agreed a three-year contract extension with US TV network EPSN, to continue to broadcast races in the country through to the 2025 season.
As part of the deal at least 16 races will air on ABC and ESPN each season, more than in each of the previous five years since F1 returned to ESPN in 2018.
All race broadcasts on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 will continue the commercial-free, while ESPN Desportes will continue as the Spanish-langauge home of F1.
Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO at Formula 1, said: “We are delighted to announce that our partnership with ESPN will continue. Formula 1 has seen incredible growth in the United States with sold out events and record television audiences, and the addition of Las Vegas to the calendar next season, alongside Austin and Miami, will see us host three spectacular races there. Read more
NBA: Tatum, Brown too hot for Heat as Celtics roll on (StraitsTimes)
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown came up big once again, as the Boston Celtics maintained their perfect start to the National Basketball Association (NBA) season with a 111-104 victory over the Miami Heat on Friday.
Tatum, who scored 35 points in the season-opening 126-117 win over Philadelphia on Tuesday, produced a 29-point salvo as the Celtics outmuscled their Eastern Conference rivals on the road in Florida.
Brown, who also scored 35 points in Tuesday’s victory over the Sixers, backed Tatum with 28 points in another polished offensive performance.
Derrick White and Grand Williams were the only other players in double figures for Boston with 10 points apiece. Read more
Atthaya Thitikul enters final round of BMW Ladies with 1-shot lead (ESPN)
Atthaya Thitikul hit five birdies on the back nine Saturday and will take a one-stroke lead into the final day of the BMW Ladies Championship.
The 19-year-old Thai player’s 5-under 67 in the third round left her at 15-under 201 overall with Lydia Ko and Andrea Lee both trailing by a shot.
“You can be in contention every week, but you can’t win every week, so just do real solid, just do your best out there and enjoy the last 18 holes,” said Thitikul, who had a tournament record of 9-under 63 on the first day.
Thitikul surged into the lead after her terrific run of birdies that included three in a row from No. 13. Read more