Cultists clash in Lagos community, rob residents, loot property (Punch)
A supremacy clash between rival cults on Sunday created tension on Mumuni Adio Badmos Road, Ijegun Egba, in the Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the cultists engaged one another in a free-for-all using different weapons, including guns.
During the clash, residents and business owners reportedly scampered for safety, as the hoodlums took advantage of the unrest to dispossess people of their valuables.
A source said one person, who was injured, was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment, adding that the gang members fled after the police arrived in the area. Read more
Night markets, roadside traders worry residents, motorists (Guardian)
There are growing concerns over spread of night markets and roadside traders in parts of Lagos metropolis. The scale of commercial activities in the nation’s commercial centre is such that all manner of business outlets spring up in every nook and cranny.
In most cases, trading activities commence from 7:00p.m. ending at midnight, depending on locations and the goods involved.
At Mushin, Iyana-Ipaja, Cele-Expressway, Ikotun, and Agbado-Ijaye, commuters and motorists experience tough times in the night as traders take over the roads.
When business is in full bloom, traders will be seen and heard shouting on top of their voices or ringing bells to attract attention to their wares. Not even the blaring horns by motorists is enough to keep them off the roads. Read more
Sanwo-Olu urges women to embrace family planning (Punch)
Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, has urged women to embrace family planning, saying its socio-economic benefits lead to female empowerment and economic enhancement.
The wife of the governor said this during the commemorate the 2021 World Contraception Day, said there was no better time than now to put family planning on the front burner, adding that it ensured a woman had adequate time to achieve her career goals.
According to her, family planning is an informed decision by an individual or a couple on how many children to have and when to have them.
She added that the practice involved the use of modern contraceptive methods to adequately space pregnancies. Read more
“ACJ law empowers judges to compensate victims of crime injuries” (Guardian)
The Lagos State Administration of Criminal Justice (Amendment) Law (ACJL) 2021 has empowered trial judges to award compensation to victims of crimes who suffer injuries as a result of an action of a guilty defendant.
The state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, disclosed this while addressing newsmen on some unique features of the ACJL, signed into law recently by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
According to Onigbanjo, Section 372 of the law gave power to judges to award commensurate compensation in criminal cases, where victims have suffered losses or injuries unlike in the past where this only applies to people who have suffered financial losses.
He said: “Section 372 gave power to the judges to award compensation in criminal cases where victims have suffered losses or injuries. The judge also has the power to forfeit the property of the guilty defendants or any other person or state and order them to be sold to compensate the victims of crimes. Read more
Dokpesi: Polygamy is one of my greatest errors in life (DailyTrust)
High Chief Raymond Dokpesi has said polygamy is one of the greatest errors of his life.
Dokpesi stated this in an interview with journalists in Abuja ahead of his 70th birthday.
He revealed that he went into polygamy, due to internal family challenges and not because of his wealth.
“I am a Catholic and I definitely will tell you that one of the greatest errors of my life is polygamy.”
“But it is not something that I desired or something that I wanted. It was a situation that developed, I just had no alternative. Read more
NUPENG shelves proposed nationwide strike over bad roads (Guardian)
The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has suspended withdrawal of services of Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) billed to commence yesterday night.
A statement by its president, Williams Akporeha, explained that the decision followed an understanding reached between the union and management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) at a meeting in Ibadan, Oyo State yesterday.
NUPENG had directed members to immediately embark on work to rule action in preparation for total withdrawal of services from October 8, 2021, if the Federal Government fails to address its demands.
According to Akporeha, “the suspension of our planned action is predicated on our belief that the understanding reached with the government today (yesterday) as well as at meeting of Tuesday, October 12, 2021 will be fulfilled to the letters.” Read more
2 held for supplying foodstuff to bandits in FCT (DailyTrust)
Police in the FCT have arrested two people conveying foodstuff towards Kuje in a vehicle accusing them of supplying bandits as they refused to disclose their destination.
Daily Trust had reported that some fleeing bandits were setting up camps in some communities in some FCT area councils.
Some residents of the area told our reporter that bandits often forced people to buy food items for them and not to report their location to security operatives.
In a statement, the FCT police spokesperson, DSP Adeh Josephine, said a vehicle conveying foodstuff and other items to an unknown area in Kuje Area Council was impounded. Read more
Obiano seeks NCAA approval to open Anambra Airport (Vanguard)
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra says he is seeking approval of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to open the state’s cargo and passengers Airport for operations on October 21.
Obiano disclosed this at a news conference after a tour of the airport and the International Conference Centre in Umueri and Awka respectively on Sunday.
He said that the airport was completed in 15 months and that if the regulating authority approved the request, the project would be inaugurated on Oct. 21.
According to him, the ICC and Awka township stadium will be completed and hopefully, to swear-in his successor in March 17, 2022. Read more
Britney Spears’ family has a long, dark history of locking women up (PageSix)
The local museum that houses a virtual shrine to the town’s most famous resident, mega popstar Britney Spears, used to be a funeral home. It’s one of the few places still open among the abandoned and ruined buildings in the tiny town center.
The vibe is still funereal despite the best efforts of Fay Gehringer, curator of the Kentwood Historic and Cultural Museum, a friend of both Britney’s parents. She said she used to make the hair bows Britney wore “when she performed in everything she could when she was a little girl.”
Gehringer, who looks younger than her 80 years, gamely shows off artifacts like the angel wings Britney wore during the Femme Fatale tour of 2011 and the glassed-in replica of Britney’s entire teenage bedroom, made famous when the then 17-year-old posed seductively next to her dolls and teddy bears in a famous 1999 Rolling Stone cover story.Read more
Pope Francis launches consultation on Church reform (BBC)
Pope Francis has launched what some describe as the most ambitious attempt at Catholic reform for 60 years.
A two-year process to consult every Catholic parish around the world on the future direction of the Church began at the Vatican this weekend.
Some Catholics hope it will lead to change on issues such as women’s ordination, married priests and same-sex relationships.
Others fear it will undermine the principles of the Church. Read more
Olivia Rodrigo opens up about ‘life-changing’ therapy (Billboard)
Olivia Rodrigo is making her therapist proud.
Back in January, when the hit singer-songwriter had just released her breakthrough smash “Drivers License,” she humbly tweeted, “can’t wait to tell my therapist that ppl like the song.”
In an interview just a few months later, Rodrigo reflected, “When it first came out, my therapist called me and she was like, ‘Girl, I’ve been married for 10 years, I’m 40, but this song makes me cry.’” Read more
Timothee Chalamet shares first look of his transformation into Willy Wonka ahead of prequel (Metro)
Timothee Chalamet has shared the first look of himself as the iconic Willy Wonka from the upcoming prequel and it looks like he was born for the role.
The Call Me By Your Name actor casually blessed our timelines with an official photo of himself donning Wonka’s classic purple velvet coat and a brown top hat with snowflakes falling around him as he stares intently into the distance.
‘The suspense is terrible, I hope it will last …,’ he cheekily captioned the snap, quoting Wonka’s classic line from the 1971 instalment Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.
Timothee, 25, has big shoes to fill with the late Gene Wilder first playing the iconic character in the 1971 movie, while Johnny Depp took on the role in 2005. Read more
Covid Australia: Sydney celebrates end of 107-day lockdown (BBC)
The Australian city of Sydney has emerged from lockdown after almost four months, with locals celebrating a range of new freedoms.
People queued for pubs and bars that opened at midnight on Monday specifically for the occasion.
Many others have been enjoying anticipated reunions and visits to the homes of relatives and friends.
Covid rules had banned household visits and travel beyond a 5km (3.1 miles) zone, separating many families. Read more
Granville Adams, ‘Oz’ star, dies at 58 (Variety)
Granville Adams, the actor best known for his performance as Zahir Arif on HBO’s “Oz,” has died following a long struggle with cancer. He was 58 years old.
The news was shared in a tribute posted by “Oz” showrunner and executive producer Tom Fontana on his Instagram on Sunday.
“Goodnight, sweet prince/and flights of angels sing thee to they rest,” Fontana wrote.
Fontana and “Oz” star Dean Winters launched a GoFundMe campaign earlier this year to help Adams and his family pay for the actor’s medical care. The campaign had gone on to raise $99,800, exceeding its $69,500 goal, though it remained active as Adams continued to require treatment. Read more
Paul McCartney claims John Lennon to blame for The Beatles’ split (NYPost)
He’s not going to let it be.
Paul McCartney is insisting it was bandmate and songwriting partner John Lennon who decided The Beatles couldn’t “work it out” in 1970 — and not him, as has been widely reported for five decades.
“I didn’t instigate the split. That was our Johnny,” McCartney reportedly told BBC Radio 4 in an interview set to air Oct. 24, when asked about his April 1970 comments pronouncing the end of the band’s long and winding road.
“I am not the person who instigated the split. Oh no, no, no,” he said, according to a preview of the interview published in The Guardian. “John walked into a room one day and said ‘I am leaving the Beatles.’ Is that instigating the split, or not?” Read more
Musa surpasses Yobo, Enyeama as Eagles most-capped player (Punch)
Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa has become Nigeria’s most-capped players after getting his 101st international cap in the team’s 2-0 victory over Central African Republic on Sunday.
The feat see him surpass former captains Joseph Yobo and Vincent Enyeama who are both on 100 caps for Nigeria.
FIFA confirmed Musa’s new status as Nigeria’s most-capped player in a post on Instagram on Sunday.
FIFA shared Musa’s picture with the caption, “Ahmed Musa, most capped Nigerian player, 101 appearances”. Read more
UNIMAID Desert Warriors win 2021 Higher Institutions Football League (Guardian)
The University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) Desert Warriors at the weekend proved pundits right by winning the 2021 Higher Institutions Football League.
At the thrilling final played at the Yaba College of Technology Sports Complex, UNIMAID Desert Warriors defeated Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, (AAUA) Luminaries 1-0 to win the competition.
The game set out on a furious note with AAUA Luminaries pushing hard to score the first goal, but they met stiff opposition from UNIMAID defenders, led by Abdulrahaman Musa and Ochei David Michael. The first half ended goalless.
On resumption for the second half, the Desert Warriors took the initiative and got their winning goal in the 62nd minute through a powerful header by team captain and StanbicIBTC Man-of-the-Match, Ochei Elijah Francis, which beat AAUA’s goalkeeper, Isaac Phillip. Read more
Mbappe gives France comeback win in Nations League final against Spain (BBC)
Kylian Mbappe fired a contentious winner as France came from behind to beat Spain and become the second team to win the Nations League.
Mbappe was adjudged to be onside when he slid the ball under Unai Simon after Karim Benzema’s stunning equaliser at Milan’s San Siro.
Spain had taken the lead through Mikel Oyarzabal, who shrugged off defender Dayot Upamecano to beat Hugo Lloris.
Lloris produced two late saves to ensure victory for the world champions. Read more
Neymar hints at int’l retirement, says Qatar World Cup could be his last (Vanguard)
Brazil and PSG forward has said that he does not feel like he has the mental capacity to carry on playing international football and that next year’s World Cup in Qatar could be the last of his career.
“Man, I think it will be my last World Cup. I am facing it like the last World Cup because I don’t know whether I will be able to, mentally, to endure more soccer”, Neymar told DAZN in an interview.
“I will do everything possible to get there very well. I will do all I can to win it with my country and realise my dream, the biggest since my boyhood. I hope I can achieve it.” He added
Neymar, 29, who has played at two World Cups (2014 and 2018) since his international debut in 2010 is currently with his international teammates for a World Cup qualifying match against Colombia on Sunday. Read more
Nets’ Steve Nash admits anti-vaxxer Kyrie Irving will miss home games (NYPost)
The Nets are finally coming to terms with the very real likelihood Kyrie Irving is going to miss a number of regular-season home games as a vaccine holdout. And as the Oct. 24 home opener draws closer by the day, they admit they have no clue how many.
“I think we recognize he’s not playing home games,” said Steve Nash, adding Irving did not even travel with the team for Monday’s preseason tilt at Philadelphia. “We’re going to have to for sure play without him this year; so it just depends on when, where and how much.”
Sunday’s comments from the Nets were the most clear and transparent since the Irving drama began.
New York City mandates had barred Irving from playing or practicing at home due to his refusal to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Last week’s ruling that HSS Training Center was a private office gave him a loophole, with Sunday his first home practice this preseason, and first at all since Oct. 2 in San Diego. Read more
Indian Wells: Andy Murray beats Carlos Alcaraz in three sets to reach third round (BBC)
Andy Murray faced Alcaraz after a first-round win over Adrian Mannarino
Andy Murray beat highly-rated Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz 5-7 6-3 6-2 to reach the third round at Indian Wells.
Murray raced into a 3-0 lead but was pegged back to 4-4 and, after failing to take a set point on the Alcaraz serve at 5-4, lost the opening set.
But he levelled at one-set all – even serving underarm at one point.
Murray, 34, broke twice in the decider on the way to taking a captivating match against the 18-year-old in three hours and three minutes. Read more