Death toll in Lagos building collapse hits six (Vanguard)
Death toll from the collapsed building at Oba-Oniru Street, near Sand Field area of Victoria Island, Lagos, is now six.
The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, disclosed this on Monday.
He said the sixth body was recovered at about 2.33p.m.
The seven-storey building collapsed at about 3 am, on Sunday and two bodies were recovered before noon. Read more
LASTMA impounds 19 vehicles for illegal parking (Punch)
The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority has impounded 19 vehicles for indiscriminate and illegal parking in the state.
The exercise, which focused on illegal parks and garages, was carried out around Apongbon, inward and outward the Lagos Island area of the state.
According to the General Manager, LASTMA, Bolaji Oreagba, the agency was making efforts to ease the flow of traffic across the state in the ember months.
He said the ongoing total enforcement exercise which was expected to cover major identified spots, was being coordinated by the Core Operations Commands from LASTMA headquarters in Oshodi. Read more
Bi-Courtney reveals identity of stowaway found inside aircraft at Lagos airport (DailyTrust)
Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), operators of the Murtala Muhammed domestic terminal two (MMA2) on Monday cleared the air on the stowaway found inside an aircraft at the airport on Sunday.
The stowaway was found inside a United Nigeria Airlines plane during a pre-flight check and was subsequently arrested by Aviation security personnel.
BASL in a statement identified the stowaway as Rasheed Mufutau, 14, an indigene of Kwara State who lives in Badagry, Lagos.
According to the statement, the suspect “is now safe in the custody of the airport authority where he is being held for further investigation.” Read more
Quality library essential for students’ critical thinking, says Ighodalo (Guardian)
Senior Pastor, Trinity House and Managing Partner, SIAO, a professional accounting firm, Ituah Ighodalo, has noted that the low level of literacy among students mostly in public primary schools is caused by the absence of quality libraries to cater for their academic uplift.
Speaking at the media briefing organised by Moralsgad and Triune Ltd; a company working for the actualisation of quality education in Lagos State public primary schools, Ighodalo, who also doubled as chairman of the company, lamented the negative impact lack of quality education has caused students.
He explained that the recurring insecurity tormenting the country is caused by lack of education on the part of some individuals.
“Some of the insecurity being experienced today is as a result of children we failed to educate properly. About 20 years ago, they had done a study on Nigeria, at that time, we had five million out-of-school children, and they said in another 10 to 20 years, if these children are not educated, we would have problem with banditry, kidnapping and all manners of hired assassins, and this is exactly what is happening,” Ighodalo said. Read more
Building collapse: Lagos commissioner, Salako resigns (Vanguard)
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, has accepted the resignation of the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, announced this in a statement on Monday.
The statement read in part, “This is a prelude to the restructuring of the Ministry and its agencies.
“Governor Sanwo-Olu thanks the Commissioner for his services to the State and wishes him success in his future endeavours. Read more
Insecurity: Nothing wrong with Nigeria seeking external help – LCCI President (Channels)
There’s nothing wrong with asking for external help to tackle Nigeria’s security challenges.
This is according to the President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, (L.C.C.I) Dr.Michael Olawale-Cole. He said this during Channels Television’s current affairs programme Newsnight anchored by Ladi Akeredolu-Ale.
“Having got to a point where it is becoming very obvious that we cannot handle this on our own, there is nothing wrong with asking for help,” he said during the pre-recorded show.
According to him, Nigeria should not because of “pride” avoid seeking external help in tackling the myriads of security challenges facing the country. Read more
FAAN ‘takes full responsibility’ for faulty escalators at Lagos airport (Channels)
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has apologised over its faulty escalators which injured travelers at the Lagos airport over the weekend.
FAAN Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Faithful Hope-Ivbaze, in a statement on Monday, said the airport authority has taken “full responsibility” for the incident.
“With respect to the above mentioned incident which occurred at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on Saturday, September 3, 2022, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria takes full responsibility for the unfortunate incident, and we hereby tender our apology to the family involved.
“Accordingly, we have also reached out to actively participate in the care for the injured.” Read more
Gunmen abduct 8 passengers in Rivers, kill driver (Nation)
Gunmen have attacked a commercial bus in Rivers State, killing the driver identified as Salvation Taylor Harry and kidnapping eight passengers.
It was gathered that the incident happened along Abonnema – Emohua- Kalabari road at the weekend.
The ill-fated bus was said to have taken off from Mile One Park in Port Harcourt and headed for Buguma when the gunmen ambushed it.
The Chairman of Asari-Toru Local Government Area, Onengiyeofori George, confirmed the attack in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr John Paul Braide. Read more
Tinubu supporters raise alarm over internal crisis in Oyo APC (Nation)
Supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in Oyo State have raised the alarm over an internal crisis rocking the party in the state.
They, therefore, called on the national leadership of the party to quickly wade into resolve the crisis, which may hurt the chances of the party in the 2023 general elections.
The group said, the soon amicable resolution of the crisis is critical for the success of the APC presidential candidate and other candidates in the next year elections.
The group under the umbrella of Disciples of Jagaban (DoJ), noted that the party has been enmeshed in the crisis following the governorship primary that produced Senator Teslim Folarin as the party’s candidate. Read more
John Legend says ‘values and character matter’ after ending Kanye West friendship (Mirror)
John Legend has opened up on the fall out between him and former pal Kanye West.
The singer, 43, lifted the lid on what ended their acquaintance in a candid interview with the New Yorker. He explained to Michael Schulman that their relationship ultimately came to an end due to his lack of support for the Gold Digger singer 46, during his run for president in 2020.
However, he also insisted that wasn’t the sole reason. He told the publication: “I don’t feel like politics should be everything in your relationships, and your relationships with people shouldn’t only be determined by who they voted for.
“But I do believe that certain things you believe in are indicators of your character, and obviously that will affect your friendships. I don’t want to live a life that’s so consumed by politics that it’s the sole determinant of who can be my friend and who can’t. Read more
The Weeknd cuts Los Angeles concert short after losing his voice onstage (People)
The Weeknd abruptly ended his concert early at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday night after losing his voice onstage. Despite the incident, the artist took on the microphone to address the situation and comfort the crowd himself.
“I don’t know what just happened…but I just lost my voice,” he explained, per reports and video from the show posted to social media. “This is killing me, I don’t want to stop the show but I can’t give you the concert I want to give you right now.”
“I’m gonna make sure everybody’s good — you’ll get your money back– I’ll do a show real soon for you guys,” he continued. “But I wanted to come out and personally apologize.”
“You know how much this kills me, I’m sorry. I love you, thank you so much,” The Weeknd added. Read more
Creative Arts Emmys: ‘Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers’ wins Best TV Movie (THR)
Disney+’s Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers has won the 2022 Emmy for outstanding television movie, which was handed out at the second Creative Arts Emmys presentation on Sunday night.
“This is not the place I thought we would be, but we don’t get here without many, many people,” said producer Todd Lieberman, who noted that the idea couldn’t have happened “without [the] bizarre and brilliant minds of our writers.” He also noted director Akiva Schaffer.
The hybrid live-action/computer-animated comedy took home the top prize in a category that was likely the biggest wild card of the season, which saw four feature spinoffs of television series — Chip ‘n’ Dale, Ray Donovan: The Movie, Reno 911! The Hunt for QAnon and Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas — face off against HBO’s somber Holocaust drama The Survivor, which the cabler acquired following its world premiere at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival. Read more
Florence Pugh will not attend Don’t Worry Darling press conference at the Venice Film Festival (DailyMail)
Florence Pugh will be skipping the highly-anticipated press conference for Olivia Wilde’s new film Don’t Worry Darling amid speculation there was friction between the actress and director on set.
The 26-year-old actress — who stars alongside Harry Styles in the film, who started dating the director during production — will be landing in Venice a few hours after the press conference, coming straight from the Budapest set of Dune Part 2, via Deadline.
She is expected to hit the red carpet with her co-stars, participate in the photo call and attend the premiere screening, before hopping back on a plane to Budapest to be back at work on the Dune sequel on Tuesday morning.
The press conference is scheduled to take place at 12:15 p.m. on Monday, though Pugh’s flight in from Budapest won’t get in until 1:30 or 2 p.m. Read more
Film legend Paul Schrader is seriously ill but on a roll (RFI)
Few thought Paul Schrader would ever match the success of his early scripts for “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull” — but suddenly, in his seventies, the writer-director is back at the top of his game.
His fear now, as he appeared at the Venice Film Festival with his latest movie “Master Gardener”, starring Sigourney Weaver and Joel Edgerton, is whether he will ever be able to make another.
“I can’t breathe,” the 76-year-old bluntly told AFP at the festival, visibly struggling. “I couldn’t direct a game of miniature golf right now.”
The mysterious illness — doctors are unsure whether it is his lungs or his heart — came on earlier this year just as he was finishing “Master Gardener”. Read more
10 killed, 15, wounded in stabbing spree across remote area of Canada (TimesOfIsrael)
A series of stabbings at an Indigenous community and at another town nearby in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan left 10 people dead and 15 wounded, Canadian police said Sunday as they searched for two suspects.
The stabbings took place in multiple locations on the James Smith Cree Nation and in the village of Weldon, northeast of Saskatoon, police said.
Rhonda Blackmore, the Assistant Commissioner of the RCMP Saskatchewan, said some of the victims appear to have been targeted by the suspects but others appear to have been attacked at random. She couldn’t provide a motive.
“It is horrific what has occurred in our province today,” Blackmore said. Read more
Nirvana win lawsuit over Nevermind baby album cover (Guardian)
Spencer Elden, who appeared on the cover of Nirvana’s 1991 album Nevermind as a baby, has lost his lawsuit claiming that the image constituted child sexual abuse.
In the suit Elden claimed that the album cover, which depicts him at four months old and was taken by a family friend, had caused him “permanent harm” and a “lifelong loss of income-earning capacity”.
The family were originally paid around $200 (£173) for use of the image. Elden’s suit claimed: “Defendants knowingly produced, possessed and advertised commercial child pornography depicting Spencer.”
Elden said that as a child, he had been unable to consent to the photo being used and sought £130,000 in damages. Read more
George Russell and Max Verstappen dismiss Lewis Hamilton’s claim (F1News)
Mercedes’ George Russell has affirmed that Max Verstappen would have emerged the winner of the Dutch Grand Prix even had the Silver Arrows left the 24-year-old out on track.
Russell started the race sixth behind fourth-placed Sir Lewis Hamilton after both Mercedes drivers were denied a real shot at pole position on Saturday due to a spin for Sergio Perez, who started fifth.
Verstappen took pole ahead of the Ferrari pair of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, and it was that trio that led the way in the opening stages.
Sainz was knocked back down the order though when he was called into the pits, and one of his mechanics was standing in the wrong part of the pit box, so had to make his way back round to fit the left rear. Read more
Shakeup imminent in Kano Pillars after relegation (DailyTrust)
The management of Kano Pillars are set to effect changes in the club following their relegation to the Nigeria National League (NNL).
The club has revealed that it was open to release players who intended to transfer before the start of the season.
Rilwan Malikawa, the club’s spokesman, issued a statement yesterday urging players who wanted to leave to contact the management for necessary measures.
He said the management had approved a two-week break for the players after rounding off the 2021/2022 season. Read more
Villarreal into LaLiga top 3 as Roma well beaten in Italy (RTE)
Villarreal moved into third place in LaLiga with a decisive 4-0 victory over Elche on Sunday.
Gerard Moreno opened the scoring in the 26th minute, tucking in his own rebound after an initial effort was blocked by Edgar Badia.
It took Giovani Lo Celso 10 more minutes to double the hosts’ advantage, who sent a left-footed strike into the top right from a tight angle.
Francis Coquelin trebled Villarreal’s tally after coming off the bench in the 79th minute and firing home from the centre of the area 10 minutes later. Read more
Brendan Rodgers responds to Leicester sack fears after humiliating Brighton defeat (Mirror)
Under-pressure Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has no interest in seeking the backing of Leicester ’s Thai owners.
The winless Foxes fell to a fifth straight defeat to stay rooted to the bottom of the Premier League after a dismal 5-2 defeat at Brighton. Five straight league defeats was enough to see Claudio Ranieri sacked – and he’d won a Premier League title nine months earlier.
Now Rodgers has matched that unenviable record to crank up the pressure. He has never lost five in a row during his managerial career and Leicester haven’t had a start this bad since 1989 in the Old Second Division.
When asked if he had the backing of his paymasters, the downbeat Northern Irishman said: “I’ve never asked for it in all my time here. I’ve never wanted it. Read more
Nick Kyrgios defeats Daniil Medvedev, secures first career berth in US Open quarterfinals (ABC)
Nick Kyrgios eliminated defending U.S. Open champion and No. 1-ranked Daniil Medvedev in the fourth round on Sunday night.
Kyrgios beat Medvedev 7-6 (11), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in Arthur Ashe Stadium to secure his first career berth in the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows.
It also extends the recent run of high-level play for the 23rd-seeded Kyrgios, a 27-year-old Australian player who reached his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon in July.
“I’m just glad I’m finally able to show New York my talent,” Kyrgios said in his post match, on-court interview. “I haven’t had many good trips here to be honest. I haven’t played great tennis, so I’m really glad I’m able to show you guys my work and dedication … finally.” Read more
Isaac Cruz knocks out Eduardo Ramirez in o2nd round of WBC Lightweight Title eliminator (BoxingScene)
Isaac Cruz once again lived up to his ‘Pitbull’ moniker.
The compact lightweight contender from Mexico City was relentless in a second-round knockout of countryman Eduardo Ramirez. Cruz scored two knockdowns, the latter prompting an immediate stoppage at 2:22 into the second round of their WBC lightweight title eliminator Sunday evening at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.
Cruz has rapidly developed a cult-like following in the sport, drawing raucous applause in the venue where he appeared just nine months ago. It came in a narrow defeat to unbeaten former two-time junior lightweight titlist Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis in their secondary WBA lightweight title fight, though ending Davis’ 16-fight knockout streak.
A similar reception was offered ahead of Cruz’s one-sided fifth round knockout of faded former titlist Yuriorkis Gamboa on the Errol Spence-Yordenis Ugas undercard on April 16 in Arlington, Texas. A far more competitive effort was expected from Ramirez, a streaking junior lightweight contender from Los Mochis, Mexico who moved up in weight for the occasion. Read more
Golf: Dustin Johnson wins LIV event in Boston, takes home US$4m 1st prize (StraitsTimes)
Dustin Johnson rattled in a monster eagle putt at the first playoff hole to win the LIV Golf Invitational Boston, upstaging the raft of newcomers to the breakaway circuit.
The American emerged triumphant from a three-way playoff that also featured Chile’s Joaquin Niemann and India’s Anirban Lahiri, both making their debuts in the Saudi-backed series.
All three finished 54 holes at International Golf Club on 15-under par.
World No. 2 Cameron Smith, the British Open champion, finished a shot back on 14-under in his LIV Golf debut, tied for fourth with England’s Lee Westwood, who charged into contention with an eight-under 62 but bogeyed his last hole to miss the playoff. Read more