Dariye, Nyame finally released from prison (DailyTrust)
Former Governors of Plateau and Taraba states, Senator Joshua Dariye, and Jolly Nyame, have been released from Kuje correctional facility in Abuja.
This is coming three months after their pardon by the Council of State led by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, on April 14, 2022.
A source from the correctional facility told our correspondent that the former governors were set free around 2:15pm on Monday.
Also released were three other inmates from Suleja Custodial Centre in Niger State.
“They were granted pardon base on ill health, age and good conduct and industry while in the custodial centre,” he said. Read more
Joint forces comb Ogbomoso forests after killing of hotelier, LAUTECH student (Guardian)
Joint Security Task Force in Oyo State, Operation Burst, in collaboration with members of the newly formed Southwest security outfit, Amotekun, yesterday, ransacked the entire forest area in Surulere council of Ogbomoso in search of hideouts of kidnappers and other criminals elements.
There were reports that the security personnel succeeded in making some critical arrests but yet to disclose the identity of the suspects while some of the criminals were killed in the process. Arms and ammunition were also recovered during the operation.
A hotel, which was said to be owned by a retired security agent, was angrily destroyed by the security agent. The hotel was said to be used as a meeting point by some criminals.
There are also reports that a makeshift shop by a tea vendor, popularly known as ‘Mai tea’, which criminals used as an armoury, was uncovered by the security agents. Read more
120 Isolo, Ejigbo youths empowered on fishery, animal husbandry (Guardian)
Lawmaker representing Oshodi/Isolo Federal constituency 2, Lagos State, Ganiyu Abiodun Johnson, on Sunday facilitated the training and empowerment of youths in Isolo and Ejigbo area of the constituency on fishery and animal husbandry in partnership with the Federal College of Horticulture, Dadin-Kowa, and Manban Global Concepts Nigeria Limited.
120 constituents were trained on modern fishery and animal husbandry with start-up capital of N50,000 given to each of the beneficiaries.
Speaking during the programme, Johnson reiterated his commitment to gradually but relentlessly pursue economic empowerment programmes aimed at alleviating the hardship of his constituents.
The former Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure in Lagos said residents need to be supported and empowered in a way that they will be self-reliant to overcome the strains of hardship. Read more
Six-month strike: PTA demands FG, ASUU, parents’ confab (Punch)
The National Association of Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria has advised the Federal Government to convey a tripartite meeting of parents, Academic Staff Union of Universities, and government so as to resolve the ongoing strike by the university teachers.
This was against the backdrop of the request from the Federal Government that parents’ associations should appeal to ASUU to call off its strike, while the government insisted that it did not have funds to meet the union’s demands.
Speaking in an interview with The PUNCH on Sunday, NAPTAN President, Mr Haruna Danjuma, explained that it was improper to ask the association to beg ASUU, adding that the government should meet ASUU’s demands.
He said, “If the government is saying parents should meet with ASUU, over what? ASUU didn’t direct their requests to PTA; they directed their demands to the government, their employer. FG has been meeting with ASUU they know what ASUU wants; we also know what ASUU wants through what we read. Read more
How to cushion Nigeria’s rising debt portfolio — LCCI (Vanguard)
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has called on the Federal Government to adopt measures to increase the country’s revenue and borrow from cheaper sources to cushion Nigeria’s debt portfolio.
Dr Michael Olawale-Cole, President, LCCI, gave the advice in a statement on Monday in Lagos.
Olawale-Cole said the advice had become necessary because the country’s rising debt stock was becoming increasingly problematic in the face of dwindling revenue and the unsustainable burden of subsidy payments.
He said that most recent statistics on government revenues showed poor performance and mounting government costs, making it evident that Nigeria was going through a debt crisis.
Lagos APC chairmen familiarise with former deputy governor, Adebule (Independent)
The Executives of the APC Conference of 57 LGAs / LCDA, have paid a courtesy and familiarisation visit to the former Deputy Governor of Lagos State and the All Progressive Congress Candidate for Lagos West Senatorial district, Dr. Idiat Adebule.
The 16-man executive led by its chairman, Alhaji L. Dally-Adedokun, visited the former deputy governor at her residence in Iba, Lagos on Sunday, August 7.
In a statement issued by the group’s Publicity Secretary, Fuad Kayode Laguda, it was revealed that the purpose of the visit was to present the new executives before the candidate and also to register their willingness to ensure the victory of the party at the 2023 general election.
In his words, he said: “Your excellency, we here are the executives of the 57 LGA / LCDA Chairmen of our party across the State. The visit today becomes imperative as a way of presenting ourselves to you. Over the years, you have distinguished yourself as a dedicated Progressives and as a symbol of emulation to many. Read more
Insecurity may worsen if Makinde is re-elected – APC (Punch)
The All Progressives Congress in Oyo State has said security in the state will be in a total mess if Governor Seyi Makinde is re-elected for a second term in office in 2023.
The party said this in a statement issued by the State Secretary, Alhaji Tajudeen Olanite, and made available to journalists in Ibadan on Monday.
The opposition party accused the governor of using the instrumentalities of the state to empower thugs that have been fingered in the killing of some people in the state.
The APC spoke against a threat to kill the party’s 2023 governorship candidate in the state, Senator Teslim Kolawole Folarin, also the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Content. Read more
Late actress Ada Ameh’s burial plans announced (Sun)
The remains of late veteran Nollywood actress Ada Ameh who died two years after losing her only child, Aladi Godsgift is set to be laid to final rest.
According to her Obituary poster, on August 19, there will be a novelty match in her honour at Nathaniel Idowu Pitch, Oregie, Lagos, as well as a candlelight procession at Teslim Balogun Stadium on the same day.
On Thursday August 25, there will be yet another candlelight service at Saint Mary’s Primary School, Ogobia, Benue State.
This would be followed by funeral service and interment at her father’s compound in Otukpo Local Government of Benue State. Read more
Recruitment: ECOWAS probes alleged marginalisation against Nigerians (Leadership)
The Speaker of the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Sidie Mohammed Tunis, has set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate allegations of marginalisation against Nigerian candidates in the ongoing recruitment process at the regional parliament.
A statement issued on Sunday by the Communications Division of the ECOWAS Parliament, Abuja, said the Speaker constituted the ad-hoc committee following written complaints from the 1st Deputy Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament and Deputy Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Ahmed Idris Wase, and the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the ECOWAS Commission, Ambassador Musa Sani Nuhu.
“The action of the Honourable Speaker is in conformity to Rule Thirty-three (33) and Thirty-four (34) of the Rules of Procedures of the Parliament which provides that a Special Committee may be set up to address specific matters. The Speaker, in response to pressing emergencies, can set up an Ad Hoc Committee, in consultation with the Bureau, and inform Parliament at its next Session.
“The Adhoc Committee would be headed by Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, Chairman of the Committee on Administration, Finance, and Budget,” the ECOWAS Parliament said. Read more
WAEC set to release 2022 WASSCE results of 1.6m candidates (Independent)
The West African Examination Council (WAEC), will on Monday, release the results of the 2022 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
This is contained in a statement made available to Daily Independent by Moyosola Adesina, the Acting Head, Public Affairs at the WAEC Nigeria National Office, Yaba, Lagos.
True to the resolve of the regional examination body to release results of the examination, now reversed to its traditional May/June schedule, the result is coming barely 45 days after the completion of the last subject.
The examination was held in The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Read more
Viola Davis to close Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival with spotlight on ‘The Woman King’ (THR)
Oscar winner Viola Davis will showcase her upcoming film The Woman King at the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival.
The actress is to take part in a conversation about the Sony Pictures/TriStar movie on closing night, Aug. 13, as part of the festival’s signature event, Colour of Conversation. During the conversation, Davis and moderator Jazmine Hughes of The New York Times will discuss the film and share clips from the movie.
The festival, co-founded by the husband-and-wife team of Floyd and Stephanie Rance in 2002, features content and conversations celebrating Black excellence over the course of nine days.
“Stephanie and I are extremely proud of the platform we have created to celebrate projects from people of colour in film,” said Floyd Rance. “To have this festival conclude with Viola Davis helping us celebrate 20 years of Black excellence, it doesn’t get better than this.” Read more
‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ sets China release date, despite political chill (Variety)
“Minions: The Rise of Gru” has been given a mainland China theatrical release date of Aug. 19, 2022. The move is a surprise given the strained current state of political and diplomatic relations between China and the U.S.
The film is produced by Universal and Illumination Entertainment. And the information was carried on Monday by Universal Pictures on its Weibo social media site in China.
“Long time no see, troublemakers! Get on the scooter, we’re back!” the posting said.
The advanced notice of less than two weeks gives the studio little time to support the promotional activities of the film’s official Chinese distributor, a phenomenon that has been a long-standing thorn in Hollywood’s cinematic relations with Chinese authorities. Read more
Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst ties the knot for the 4th time to much younger woman (DailyMail)
Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst secretly tied the knot for the fourth time on a confidential date with a much younger woman named Arles in Los Angeles County, according to TMZ.
The blushing bride flaunted her diamond wedding ring in her Instagram profile picture and changed her bio to Mrs. D aka Arles Durst.
The Dad Vibes rap-rocker — who turns 52 on August 20 — was first pictured with Arles on May 7 when he brought her onstage during a concert at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
Arles sported an orange hoodie and blue jeans as she slowly danced with Fred to George Michael’s 1984 hit Careless Whisper before Limp Bizkit performed their 1999 banger Nookie. Read more
‘Scoob!: Holiday Haunt’ producer reveals score being recorded after film’s axing (Variety)
Although Warner Bros. Discovery has officially pulled the plug on release plans for “Scoob!: Holiday Haunt,” a followup to the 2020 animated film “Scoob!,” the film isn’t quite done with work yet. Producer Tony Cervone, who directed the first “Scoob!,” has revealed that the production is still recording the film’s score, despite the official cancellation.
On Saturday, Cervone shared a photo of his team working in a recording studio on Instagram.
“So what do you do when the movie is canceled, but you’ve already paid for the stage and the musicians?” Cervone wrote in the caption. “You record the damn score!”
Although recording a score for a film that will not be released isn’t exactly an ordinary practice, axing a film after the bulk of its production has already been completed — which was the case around “Scoob!: Holiday Haunt,” according to reports — isn’t ordinary either. Read more
Roger E. Mosley, TV and Film actor known for his role on ‘Magnum P.I.’, dead at 83 (People)
Roger E. Mosley, a television and film star best known for his role as helicopter pilot Theodore “T.C.” Calvin on Magnum P.I., has died. He was 83.
Mosley’s daughter, Ch-a Mosley, confirmed the news of his death in a statement shared on Facebook Sunday.
“Roger E. Mosley, my father, your friend, your ‘coach Mosley’ your “TC” from Magnum P.I., passed away at 1:17am,” she wrote on social media. “He was surrounded by family as he transcended peacefully.”
Noting that she and her family “could never mourn such an amazing man,” Ch-a said her father “would hate any crying done in his name.” Read more
France vows to crack down on motorbike ‘rodeos’ after children injured (France24)
The French government pledged a new crackdown Monday against illicit motorbike cruising by youths in suburbs across the country, after two children were seriously injured by a rider near Paris.
The rowdy late-night races and stunts known as “rodeos” have become increasingly popular in low-income neighbourhoods, leading to traffic and noise disruption denounced by local officials and many residents.
On Friday evening, a 10-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy were hit by a rider while playing tag outside their home in Pontoise, northwest of the capital.
French daily Le Figaro reported Monday that the girl suffered a traumatic blow to the head and remained in serious condition at hospital, while the boy had a broken leg. Read more
Albuquerque police in search of vehicle suspected in killings of 4 Muslim men (Global)
Authorities investigating whether the killings of four Muslim men are connected said Sunday that they need help finding a vehicle believed to be connected to the deaths in New Mexico’s largest the city.
Albuquerque police said they released photos of the vehicle suspected of being used in the four homicides, hoping people could help identify the car. Police said the vehicle sought is a dark gray or silver four-door Volkswagen with dark tinted windows, and appears to be a Jetta.
Police did not say where the images were taken or what led them to suspect the car was involved in any of the crimes.
“We have a very, very strong link,” Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said Sunday. “We have a vehicle of interest. We have got to find this vehicle.” Read more
2022 Commonwealth Games: Sports Minister commends Team Nigeria’s ‘historic outing’ (Sun)
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has congratulated Team Nigeria athletes at the 2022 Commonwealth Games for posting its best performance ever in Birmingham.
Team Nigeria amassed 12 Gold, 9 silver and 14 bronze, a total of 35 medals. The gold medal haul is the highest at a single Commonwealth Games for Team Nigeria, representing its best performance ever.
This impressive outing ensured Team Nigeria also finished as the best-ranked African country on the medals table, placing 7th.
Dare described the performance as excellent, inspirational, phenomenal, commendable and commanding. Read more
Assembly to investigate relegation of Kano Pillars FC from NPFL (Guardian)
The Kano State House of Assembly has mandated its standing committee on sports to investigate the relegation of Kano Pillars FC from the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL).
This followed the adoption of a motion of public importance by Alhaji Nurudeen Alhassan (APC-Rano) during Monday’s plenary in Kano.
Presenting the motion, Alhassan, also Chairman of the House Standing Committee, described sports as the bedrock for youths’ development.
According to him, the relegation of Kano Pillars from NPFL is a sad development which must be properly investigated to prevent future occurrences. Read more
Former Real Madrid midfielder Isco joins Sevilla on a free transfer (ESPN)
Former Real Madrid midfielder Isco has joined Sevilla as a free agent, the LaLiga club announced on Monday.
Isco, whose contract with Real expired in June, has put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal with Sevilla.
He becomes their third summer signing following the arrival of Brazilian defender Marcao from Galatasaray and Brazil left-back Alex Telles on loan from Manchester United.
Isco, 30, will be reunited with former Spain and Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui at Sevilla. Read more
David Moyes moans that West Ham have ‘gone stale’ and are in desperate need of new signings (DailyMail)
David Moyes says West Ham ‘still have a lot of work to do’ after losing their opening game of the 2022-2023 Premier League season 2-0 to Manchester City on Sunday.
Moyes says he is eager to freshen up his ‘stale’ squad after being ‘completely outdone’ by the reigning champions.
The West Ham manager also blamed injuries for their performance at the London stadium – claiming he ‘couldn’t do anything about that’.
Speaking after the game on Sunday afternoon, Moyes said: ‘We need it and we need to freshen up a bit, we are a bit stale at the moment. Read more
Police investigate German soccer player Nico Schulz for domestic violence (DW)
Police said they are conducting a criminal investigation against Nico Schulz after “a complaint filed by an ex-girlfriend.”
Soccer player Nico Schulz is under criminal investigation for domestic violence after his ex-partner filed a police complaint, the Dortmund state prosecutor said Sunday.
The German international’s club, Borussia Dortmund, also confirmed the news after media reports emerged earlier in the day.
The Dortmund State Prosecutor said that police had raided Schulz’s house after “a criminal complaint filed by an ex-girlfriend. There was a search of a house and data was secured.” Read more
Nick Kyrgios ends 3-year title drought, tops Yoshihito Nishioka at Citi Open (ABC)
As Nick Kyrgios rambled through a lengthy list of people he wanted to thank Sunday after ending a three-year title drought by claiming the trophy at the site of his last triumph, the Citi Open, he made a mention of the match officials.
Then, catching himself, the Wimbledon runner-up added with a knowing smile: “The relationship’s still rocky with the umpires.”
Kyrgios extended the best stretch of his career and gave another performance that will make him someone to take seriously at the U.S. Open, saving the only break point he faced in the final along the way to a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Yoshihito Nishioka at the Citi Open.
“I feel like my motivation is a lot higher than it used to be. … There is a small window; I should capitalize on it,” said Kyrgios, who dropped to his back on the blue court when the match ended, then headed back out into that stadium in the evening to team with Jack Sock for a doubles trophy, too, defeating French Open finalists Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek 7-5, 6-4. Read more
Formula 1 want Las Vegas race facility to be a year-round attraction (PlanetF1)
Formula 1 reportedly wants to ensure the new structure it is building for the Las Vegas Grand Prix gets used all year round.
The owners of F1, Liberty Media, announced in March that a deal had been completed to add a race in Nevada to the 2023 schedule, making it the third to feature in the US alongside Austin and Miami.
Work is underway to get the track ready in time for the race next year and as part of the project, Formula 1 purchased a $240 million (£198 million) plot of land to build facilities such as the pit and paddock.
Having something that expensive sitting idle for 99% of the year is not a wise investment so Liberty Media president and CEO Greg Maffei has said they want to ensure the facility is used all year round. Read more