Court orders newly installed Oba in Lagos to cease power usage (Vanguard)
The recent official presentation of certificate of Obaship to His Royal Majesty HRM Oba Muyideen Babatunde Balogun, the Onisolu of Solu-Alade Kingdom in Ibeju-Lekki Area of Lagos State has continued to raise questions amongst the ruling houses.
A Lagos High Court, sitting at the TBS Annex, ordered the newly installed Oba Babatunde Balogun and his agents, to halt all activities of governance, over the town.
Justice Oyindamola Ogala, who made the order as a vacation judge, in an interlocutory injunction application, held that the order will subsist until the determination of the legal tussle, over the Obaship of the town. Read more
Tipper crushes man to death in Lagos (Punch)
One person was killed on Thursday when a tipper rammed into a Toyota Camry along Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos State.
The PUNCH gathered that the incident, which occurred at Alasia Bus Stop, inwards Abraham Adesanya, along Lekki-Epe Expressway left another male with leg injuries.
The Head of Public Affairs, Lagos State Emergency Agency, Nosa Okunbor, said the accident was a result of brake failure.
He said, “On getting to the incident scene, a Toyota Camry salon car with registration number KSF-920FF was found in a bad shape.
“Further investigations revealed that the car was run into by a granite laden tipper truck with registration number ENU-576ZZ (Enugu) as a result of brake failure. Read more
LASU Senate says only final year students are to resume academic activities (Guardian)
The Senate of Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, said that only final year students at the undergraduate level such as 400, 500 and 600 levels were permitted to resume academic activities on Sept. 14.
Mr Ademola Adekoya, the institution’s Head of Centre for Information, Press and Public Relations, made the disclosure in a statement on Friday in Lagos.
Adekoya said that their lecture hours would be from 9 a.m to 3 p.m daily (Monday to Friday).
“Postgraduate students such as Masters and PhD are also to resume on Sept. 14 but their lectures will strictly hold on weekends only. Read more
Lagos protesters did not take permission, say police (Punch)
The Lagos State Police Command said it arrested protesters at the Ojuelegba area of the state for conduct likely to cause breach of public peace.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Muyiwa Adejobi, said the four journalists, who were picked from the protest ground had been released.
He said the others, who were charged to court, were warned and discharged.
Adejobi said, “The protesters were picked by police personnel in the Surulere area command. The four journalists were released, but others were taken to the task force base at Oshodi, and they were charged to court under Section 168 (1D) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015. They were warned by the court and discharged. As we speak, we don’t have anyone in our custody. Read more
Expect 50 % increase in prices of bread – Association (Guardian)
Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria (AMBCN) says a 50 per cent increase in retail prices of bread and other finished baked items is inevitable.
The leadership of the association disclosed in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos.
Mr Raji Omotunde, Lagos State chapter Chairman of AMBCN attributed the proposed increase in price to the inflated prices experienced in the purchase of baking ingredients.
Omotunde said that several engagements with flour millers revealed constraints with access to foreign exchange to procure materials for the milling process. Read more
Flood kills 16, destroys 3,042 houses in Bauchi – SEMA (Guardian)
The Bauchi State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said the flood had killed 16 persons, destroyed 3,042 houses and several farmlands in the state.
Alhaji Shehu Ningi, the Permanent Secretary (PS) of SEMA told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Bauchi that 11 out of the 20 local government areas of the state were affected by the flood.
“The affected local government areas include Shira, Dambam, Katagum, Jammare, Warji, Itas, Alkaleri, Bauchi, Zaki Kirfi and Gamawa,” he said. Read more
Kaduna State passes law to castrate child rapists (BBC)
Lawmakers in Nigeria’s Kaduna State have approved surgical castration as punishment for those convicted of raping children under the age of 14.
State governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai needs to sign the bill for it to become law in the north-western state.
He has previously supported castration to prevent rapists from re-offending.
Nigeria’s federal law provides between 14 years and life imprisonment as punishment, but state legislators can set different sentencing rules.
Stigma often prevents victims from reporting incidents of rape in Nigeria and the number of successful prosecutions is low. Read more
Florence Obi emerges UNICAL’s first female VC (Punch)
Professor Florence Obi of the Faculty of Education has broken a 45-year jinx by emerging the first female Vice-Chancellor-elect of the University of Calabar, Cross River State.
She emerged top after a rigorous screening exercise involving 12 other candidates.
Obi will take over from Prof. Zana Akpagu, whose tenure ends on November 30, 2020.
The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council, UNICAL, Senator Nkechi Nwaogu, who announced the emergence of Obi on Friday, congratulated her for emerging the first female Vice-Chancellor of the 45-year-old institution. Read more
Joe Biden and Mike Pence greet each other at 9/11 ceremony (NYPost)
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Vice President Mike Pence shared an elbow bump Friday at the annual 9/11 memorial ceremony in New York City.
The 2020 presidential ticket foes, each wearing face masks, greeted one another according to coronavirus pandemic protocol and briefly chatted at Ground Zero just before the 19th annual commemoration kicked off.
They were among a number of elected officials and dignitaries to attend the event, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, George Pataki, who was governor of New York during 9/11, New York Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy. Read more
Italian police arrest four men over alleged rape of two British girls (BBC)
Four men aged 19 to 23 have been arrested in southern Italy in connection with the rape of two British girls, police say.
Police said the girls called officers at 03:30 on Tuesday, 8 September and said they were attacked by a group of men just after midnight.
The alleged incident happened in Marconia di Pisticci during a party in a villa. The girls went to hospital.
There was “extreme brutality and cruelty” in the attack, officers said. Read more
Trump says US ‘will always fight back’ during 9/11 ceremony in Shanksville, Pa. (NYPost)
President Trump on Friday commemorated 9/11 at the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., saying the 40 passengers and crew show the US will always “fight back” against the “depraved forces of violence.”
Trump recalled how the passengers struggled against four terrorist hijackers, preventing them from reaching Washington, DC.
“The heroes of Flight 93 are an everlasting reminder that no matter the danger, no matter the threat, no matter the odds, America will always rise up, stand tall and fight back,” Trump said. Read more
First reactions to Bella Thorne’s gory Netflix horror The Babysitter: Killer Queen (Metro)
Bella Thorne’s latest film, Netflix horror The Babysitter: Killer Queen, appeared to be dividing fans as the first reactions streamed through on social media today. The flick, which also stars Samara Weaving and Jenna Ortega, dropped on the streaming giant on Thursday to massive fanfare. And a whole load of fake blood. However the gore-fest, which some have described as the ‘scariest movie’ on the platform has divided many others, with critics dubbing it ‘embarrassing’. Eh, you can’t please ‘em all, right? Read more
Moria migrants: European countries agree to take minors after fire (BBC)
Germany says 10 European countries have agreed to take 400 unaccompanied minors who fled Greece’s largest migrant camp when it was gutted by fire.
Most will go to Germany and France, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told reporters on Friday.
Close to 13,000 people had been living in squalor in the Moria camp on Lesbos.
Families have been sleeping in fields and on roads after fleeing the blaze on Wednesday, as authorities struggle to find accommodation for them. Read more
Lucid Air electric car unveiled as a rival to Elon Musk’s Tesla Model S (Metro)
Tesla may be the all-conquering electric car company but it’s got a new rival pulling up alongside at the traffic lights and revving its electric engine.
Lucid Motors, a company based in California, has just unveiled the Lucid Air electric sedan that cruises silently into Tesla Model S territory.
The car has been in the works for a while and was originally going to be shown off at the New York International Auto Show.
Then the coronavirus pandemic showed up and wrecked everyone’s plans. The Lucid Air has a battery capacity. Read more
How America is honoring lives lost on the 19th anniversary of 9/11 (People)
Family members, loved ones and politicians alike gathered in Lower Manhattan on Friday morning to pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.
The annual anniversary ceremony held at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum looked different than it has in years past, as mourners wore masks to adhere to coronavirus protocols, and the usual stage in which loved ones read aloud the names of victims was absent.
Instead, starting at 8:40 a.m., a pre-recorded list of family members reading the names was broadcast at the eight-acre plaza and streamed live online, as cameras captured masked attendees consoling each other, and holding items like roses, flags and photos of their loved ones. Read more
West Brom and Nigeria’s Semi Ajayi: No dream is too big (BBC)
Despite missing out on playing in the Premier League with Arsenal, Semi Ajayi was always confident he would make it one day.
The 26-year-old Nigeria defender’s journey to the Premier League instead saw him dropping to the lower leagues to play regular football.
Now though he is preparing for life in the English top flight with newly promoted West Bromwich Albion.
“Always believe in your own ability,” he told BBC Sport.
“Never let anyone tell you that you can’t make it or that your dreams are too big.
“Look at me I was in League One just 18 months ago and now I am getting ready to play in the Premier League.” Read more
Neymar “super happy’’ to return to training with PSG (Vanguard)
Brazilian forward Neymar said on Friday he was “super happy” to return to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) training.
His comments have come a day after the French Ligue 1 champions lost their delayed season-opener 1-0 to Lens.
Neymar announced his return on Twitter having recently missed both training and Thursday’s game where PSG were also missing 2018 FIFA World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe. Read more
Koeman begins Messi reconciliation at Barca (Guardian)
Ronald Koeman has extended his hand to Lionel Messi by calling him “the best” as Barcelona get ready to play their first game since Messi’s failed attempt to leave this summer.
Barca faces Gimnastic Tarragona in a friendly on Saturday and Messi could feature after Koeman said he will field two separate line-ups in each half.
Messi only returned to pre-season training on Monday and has worked on the squad’s days off as he tries to make up for lost time following a chaotic few weeks. Read more
Tottenham Hotspur: Jose Mourinho ‘honestly believes’ he will sign a striker (BBC)
Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho “honestly believes” the club will sign a striker in the transfer window.
A new arrival would join Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn in Spurs’ squad.
Spurs were left short up front last season when Kane and Son were injured in January and February respectively.
“I want, I need a striker,” Mourinho said. “But I want to make it very, very clear that the club knows that I need a striker and they also want a striker.”
He added: “Are we going to get one? I believe so, I honestly believe so. The team needs it for the balance of the squad.” Read more
Joshua risks IBF legal battle over quest to fight Fury, warns Pulev’s camp (Guardian)
World heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua risks being stripped of his IBF title and a legal war if he skips his mandatory title defence against Kubrat Pulev to fight WBC titleholder, Tyson Fury, reports worldboxingnews.net.
Responding to whether there is a chance that Anthony Joshua and Matchroom might skip their scheduled battle for the hotly anticipated all-British undisputed bout with Tyson Fury, Pulev’s co-promoter and right-hand man, Ivaylo Gotzev, said that would result in the IBF stripping Joshua of his belt. Read more
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives Paul Pogba update after Manchester United star tested positive for coronavirus (Metro)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful that Paul Pogba will be involved in Manchester United’s Premier League opener against Crystal Palace next week though he remains a doubt for the game.
The Frenchman has only just returned to training after testing positive for coronavirus, forcing him to withdraw from France’s UEFA Nations League matches earlier this month.
With United having returned to training later than many sides due to their participation in the latter stages of the Europa League, and with Pogba quarantining for two weeks, he has had precious little time to get back up to full match fitness. Read more