Chief Rotimi Williams’ son, Ladi, is dead (Vanguard)
Son of Chief Rotimi Williams, Ladi, has reportedly died of COVID-19 complication.
Chief Ladi Rotimi-Williams passed away at about 3 am at St Nicholas isolation hospital from Covid-19 complications. despite being vaccinated.
His death was confirmed by his younger brother, Chief Kayode Rotimi-Williams.
“I just lost my elder brother, Chief Ladi Rotimi-Williams (aged 74+) to Coronavirus. He passed on at 3am this morning,” he said. Read more
While 22 BBNaija housemates were away, these happened (Vanguard)
Big Brother Naija Season 6 tagged ”Shine ya eye” started on July 24th 2021, The show brought in about 22 new housemates and then four extra new housemates joined later.
The ‘Shine ya eye’ Season brought about various twists from the Wildcards to Surprise eviction to Kingsize evictions and a game battle on the final six.
As expected the housemates have been in the house for 71 days and we await the Grand Finale. Read more
Worshippers electrocuted as electric cable falls on Lagos church (DailyTrust)
There was tragedy at El-Adonai Evangelical Church in Abule-Egba, Lagos, when an electric cable fell on worshippers during service.
Two adults and two teenagers were said to have been electrocuted in the incident.
Witnesses who do not want their names mentioned told Daily Trust that the church members were trying to fix the church’s flag while making way for some officials when they got electrocuted.
The flag’s pole was said to have touched the electrical cable which triggered the shock.
The identities of the victims are yet to be verified. Read more
Lagosians applaud Sanwo-Olu over appointment of Indigene as LASU VC (Sun)
The Awori descendants and Olowogbowo indigenes of Lagos have applauded Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the choice of Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello as the 9th Vice Chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU).
They described the selection process as very thorough, transparent and honest as instructed by the Governor.
Addressing a press conference on Sunday at the hall of Oke-Arin Community Development Association (CDA), Lagos Island, the bodies said they were indeed elated that the truth prevailed after a painstaking exercise that lasted eight-month and commended the governor for yielding to the wish of the people.
” We indeed grateful to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu particularly for adhering to the core values of academic excellence accountability, humility, integrity, transparency and patience in appointing the Vice Chancellor.
This has further deepen our belief in the uprightness of the Governor and his ability to be firm and uncompromised”, they stressed. Read more
IPOB invaded my house in Nnewi, set it ablaze, Joe Igbokwe claims (Punch)
The spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress, Lagos State Chapter, Joe Igbokwe, has accused members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra of invading his house in Nnewi, Anambra State, and setting it ablaze.
Igbokwe took to his Facebook page to lament. He wrote, “IPOB invaded my house in Nnewi about now. I am sure they raised down my house, given the jerry cans of petrol I saw being offloaded from their Sienna car via CCTV. To God be the glory. I am still alive.”
Igbokwe had consistently criticised the IPOB sit-at-home order in the last two months. Read more
Ogun demolishes school building that collapsed on students (DailyTrust)
Ogun State Government has demolished a block of classrooms at Nazareth High School, Imeko in Imeko Afon Local Government Area of the state, barely one week after collapsing and killing a female student.
Daily Trust reports that the school had last week collapsed on female students of the secondary school, killing
Muinat Ilebiyi and injuring two others.
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But the Chief Press Secretary to the governor of the state, Kunle Somorin, on Sunday hinted that the building had been demolished over the weekend on the instruction of Governor Dapo Abiodun.
Somorin said the governor had directed for the immediate reconstruction of the demolished block of classrooms. Read more
I spent $88,521 on vulture, elephant intestine, lion’s skull to make sacrifice for petitioner’s success, convict tells Kwara court (Punch)
A man convicted of impersonation and fraud has detailed how he spent the $88,521 he obtained from his victim.
The convict, Jamiu Isiaka, who was sentenced to 28 years for impersonating Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Femi Adesina, was found guilty of swindling a South Korean, Keun Sig Kim, to the tune of $88,521 [N30m].
As reported by the News Agency of Nigeria, Isiaka, pleading his innocence, told the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin on Thursday that he used the money to conduct sacrifice for the petitioner.
“Part of the money was used to buy a vulture, elephant skin, elephant intestine, the skull of a lion and liver of a gorilla; all used as ingredients for the sacrifice,” NAN quoted him as saying. Read more
Ondo varsity lecturer kidnapped (Sun)
A lecturer at the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), Ondo State, Mayowa David Adinlewa has been kidnapped.
The don was reportedly kidnapped along Akure-Ikere road while going to visit his family at Ikere in Ekiti state.
It was gathered that the kidnappers have contacted his wife through an audio conversation.
In the audio, Adinlewa was heard telling the wife that he was in the bush and that he trekkyed for hours without eating and drinking. Read more
How Ryan Murphy inspired Billy Porter’s new movie (PageSix)
American audiences often hear primarily about the struggles that trans people face, in everything from 1999’s “Boys Don’t Cry” to “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” to the nightly news.
But Billy Porter tried to show a less familiar side of the trans experience in his upcoming directorial debut — joy.
“The working title of my movie is ‘What If.’ I went back home to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to film it,” he tells Page Six. “It’s a coming-of-age romantic comedy inspired by the old John Hughes films [but] populated with what the world looks like today. The lead protagonist character is a black transgender high school girl. So it’s about trans joy, not trans drama.” Read more
Harry Styles confirms saucy meaning behind Watermelon Sugar in cheeky tour confession (Metro)
Harry Styles on tour is the gift that keeps on giving as his latest show saw the pop star address the long-debated, X-rated meaning behind his hit single Watermelon Sugar.
The former One Direction star brought his Love On Tour jaunt to Nashville on Friday as he continues to promote his second album, Fine Line.
Before launching into Watermelon Sugar, Harry took a moment to chat to the audience and confessed the true meaning behind the appetising lyrics.
‘This song is about…it doesn’t really matter what it’s about,’ the 27-year-old teased before adding that it’s ‘about the sweetness of life’. Read more
Algeria recalls envoy to France after ‘inadmissible interference’ (AlJazeera)
Algeria accused its former colonial ruler France of “genocide” and recalled its ambassador from Paris in anger over what it said were “inadmissible” comments attributed to French President Emmanuel Macron.
The Algerian government also banned French military planes from its airspace on Sunday.
France’s jets regularly fly over Algerian territory to reach the Sahel region of western Africa, where its soldiers are helping to battle armed groups as part of its Barkhane operation. Read more
Kabul mosque targeted by bomb, ‘a number of civilians’ dead: Taliban (NYPost)
A bomb exploded Sunday at a mosque in Afghanistan’s capital, killing a “number of civilians,” according to a Taliban spokesman.
The bomb targeted the entrance of Eidgah Mosque in Kabul, the site of a memorial service for the mother of Taliban spokesman Zabihullah
Mujahid. He later tweeted that the attack had claimed civilian lives.
Emergency NGO, an Italian-funded hospital in Kabul, said on Twitter that it had taken in four people who were wounded by the bombing.
The area around the mosque was on Sunday cordoned off by the Taliban. Read more
Conservative conference: UK in period of adjustment after Brexit, says PM (BBC)
Boris Johnson says the UK is in a “period of adjustment” after Brexit and Covid as the country faces petrol shortages and supply chain issues.
A lack of HGV drivers and high demand plunged the UK into a fuel crisis last week, with lengthy queues and closures.
Worries persist about the cost of living, as food and energy prices rise, alongside cuts to universal credit.
But the PM insisted his plan for a higher wage, higher skilled economy would offer a long-term solution. Read more
Plane crashes into building in Milan killing all 8 onboard (Metro)
A small private plane has crashed into a two-storey office building in Milan, killing all eight people on board.
The plane, which took off from Milan’s Linate city airport, was headed for the island of Sardinia, officials said. The crash occurred just outside a suburban metro station in San Donato Milanese.
Police said eight people died in the crash. They are thought to include the pilot, co-pilot and six passengers. According to reports, a boy was among those killed.
Neighbours reported hearing the sound of the aircraft hitting the building, which was empty at the time and being renovated. Read more
Burning Man strapped for Cash, Launches Auction to Help Stay Afloat (Billboard)
The Man photographed at Burning Man in Black Rock Desert, Nev.
The beloved desert festival has partnered with Sotheby’s to sell art and experiences in effort to keep organizing nonprofit running until 2022 tickets go on sale in January.
While one of Burning Man’s guiding principles is “decommodification,” the famed desert gathering and global cultural network has taken a shift towards overt commercialism — and with it, organizers hope, a step towards financial solvency.
On Thursday, Burning Man launched an auction with renowned auction house Sotheby’s called Boundless Space: The Possibilities of Burning Man, which features more than 100 works by artists both in and outside of the Burning Man community, with a special focus on BIPOC artists. The items are open for bidding through Oct. 8 and include paintings, sculptures, NFTs, mutant vehicles and experiences like stilt walking lessons, with prices reaching into the tens of thousands of dollars. Read more
Koeman to carry on as Barcelona coach despite Atletico defeat (AlJazeera)
Ronald Koeman is grateful to have been given “clarity” over his future at Barcelona after President Joan Laporta confirmed the under-fire head coach will remain in charge of the beleaguered club.
Former Netherlands boss Koeman was widely reported to be on the verge of being sacked by Barca this week, with Saturday’s trip to Atletico Madrid set to be his final game.
Despite a 2-0 loss to the reigning league champions, Koeman insisted “everything is perfect” after receiving Laporta’s support. Read more
London Marathon 2021: Joyciline Jepkosgei and Sisay Lemma win titles in fast times (BBC)
Joyciline Jepkosgei took Kenyan compatriot and world-record holder Brigid Kosgei’s London Marathon title as the full-scale race returned.
Jepkosgei, who won the 2019 New York Marathon, made the decisive move at 22 miles and went on to win by 15 seconds.
The 27-year-old crossed the line in two hours 17 minutes and 43 seconds, while a tired Kosgei dropped back to fourth.
Ethiopia’s Sisay Lemma landed the biggest win of his career in the men’s race, coming home in 2:04.01. Read more
Nets joining Lakers in sitting stars for preseason opener (NYPost)
When the Nets play at the Lakers on Christmas Day, it’s going to feel like a tantalizing preview of an NBA Finals. But the vibe for Sunday’s preseason visit to Staples Center is going to be more skeleton crew than star-studded.
The Lakers announced they will sit LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and Trevor Ariza for the preseason opener. Nets head coach Steve Nash effectively replied, hold my beer, and confirmed his team will rest no fewer than seven players.
The Big 3 of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving will all sit for the Nets, as will incumbent starters Joe Harris and Blake Griffin and veterans Patty Mills and James Johnson. That will provide an opportunity for youngsters, such as rookie Cam Thomas, and newcomers, such as Jevon Carter. Read more
Bruno Fernandes criticises Manchester United teammates for repeated ‘mistakes’ after Everton draw (Metro)
Bruno Fernandes has urged his Manchester United teammates to change their approach (MUTV)
Bruno Fernandes has criticised his Manchester United teammates for making repeated ‘mistakes’ following their 1-1 draw with Everton on Saturday.
United started brightly at Old Trafford and were ahead by half time through Anthony Martial’s goal.
But Everton equalised in the second half following a quick counter-attacking move which Andros Townsend finished.
United struggled to create clear-cut opportunities in the second half and Fernandes believes he and his teammates are at fault for playing at a slow tempo. Read more
Messi suffers first PSG defeat as 100% start ended with shock defeat at Rennes (BBC)
Paris St-Germain’s 100% start in Ligue 1 was ended by Rennes as Lionel Messi suffered his first defeat since arriving at the club.
The hosts scored two quick goals either side of half-time through Gatetan Laborde and Flavien Tait.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side did not have a single shot on target, despite Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe all starting.
The defeat is PSG’s first in Ligue 1 since April, when they were beaten by last season’s eventual champions Lille.
Rennes opened the scoring on 44 minutes when Laborde converted from Kamaldeen Sulemana’s superb cross. Read more
Former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri favourite to replace Xisco Munoz as Watford manager (Metro)
Former Chelsea, Leicester City and Fulham manager could be about to return to the Premier League once again as he has held talks to replace Xisco Munoz as Watford boss.
Munoz was sacked at Vicarage Road on Sunday, just seven games into the Premier League season and with the newly-promoted side having won two matches and picked up seven points.
Talks with Ranieri to replace Munoz have already begun, report Sky Sports, and he has been installed as an extremely short-priced favourite to be the next permanent manager for the Hornets.
Next in line, according to the bookmakers, is former Osasuna and Granada manager Diego Martinez, who is out of work after leaving the latter at the end of last season. Read more