Fake Lagos driver robs passengers of N1.2m valuables (Punch)
A 39-year-old man, Charles Inibu, has been arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate Court sitting in Yaba, Lagos State, for allegedly disguising as a commercial driver to rob unsuspecting passengers of their valuables in the Victoria Island area of the state.
The defendant was charged before Chief Magistrate P.E Nwaka, on two counts bordering on conspiracy to commit robbery and robbery.
The prosecution, led by Sgt. Juliana, said Inibu pretended to be a commercial bus driver at the time of the incident within Victoria Island in Lagos, to lure passengers into his bus.
However, Inibu and others still at large, dispossessed the victims of their belongings.
The charges read in part, “That you, Charles Inibu, and others now at large, within July 31, 2022, to August 8, 2022, within Victoria Island, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did conspire amongst yourselves to commit felony to wit, robbery. Read more
Police arraign 5 men for alleged conspiracy, breach of peace (Guardian)
For alleged conspiracy, land grabbing, unlawful assault and conduct likely to cause a breach of the public peace, five men were yesterday arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate Court, sitting in Yaba.
The suspects: Temitope Alabi; Sulaimon Shomorin; Adedamola Joseph; Adewale Daudu and Nuru Alowonle were arraigned by the men of Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (Force CIID) Alagbon-Ikoyi, Lagos.
The prosecutor, Mr. Morufu Animashaun, in the suit marked A/80/2022, informed the court that the defendants conspired among themselves to commit the crimes on August 23 at 34, Ferguson Osagie Street, Ayobo, Lagos State.
He told the court that the defendants procured armed thugs, and hoodlums and invaded land belonging to the Soremekun family, being managed by one Hassan Alli on behalf of Soremekun’s family in Ayobo. Read more
Indefinite strike: FG summons varsity councils, vice-chancellors as parents grumble (Punch)
The Federal Government has invited pro-chancellors, vice-chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities to a meeting in Abuja on September 6 as part of efforts to resolve the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
The meeting was convened by the National Universities Commission, which stated that participants would review actions of the government on the strike.
The letter inviting the heads of the universities to the meeting was signed by the NUC’s Deputy Executive Secretary, Administration, Chris Maiyaki and obtained by one of our correspondents on Tuesday.
This came to the fore as the strike by ASUU entered the 198th day amid the decision of the university lecturers to declare a comprehensive industrial action. Read more
London Parleys: Diplomats, others lash at Wike, Tinubu, Atiku, others (DailyTrust)
The recent meetings of three presidential candidates with the Rivers State governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, in London have generated a lot of mixed reactions.
First to visit was Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), then Atiku Abubakar of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP).
The week-long separate meetings, which former President Olusegun Obasanjo also graced, was seen by many as an attempt to diminish Nigerian status in the global scene.
Diplomats also say it is an indication of a dangerous tendency to hand Nigeria over to foreign interests, with London, France, and Dubai being their latest preferences.
In another instance, such visits by these politicians to Saudi Arabia in April 2022 nearly caused Nigeria a stiff penalty for taking campaigns to the two holy sites in Makkah and Madina. Read more
Kogi police nab man for killing, burying friend in his house (Guardian)
The Kogi State Police Command has arrested a middle-aged man for killing and burying his friend in his house in Lokoja, Kogi State.
The middle-aged man, name withheld, killed his friend late Mr Kehinde Ajayi on Sunday, July 24, who just bought a Toyota Sienna ash colour marked: LSD 228 HJ.
The Guardian gathered that the incident happened in Felele, in Lokoja, where the late Kehinde resided with his family.
The source added that the suspect, who is into repairing air conditioners, tricked the late Kehinde at about 10 a.m to come along with him to celebrate the new car he just bought. Read more
Lagos replies Falana, says parking fees constitutional (Punch)
The Lagos State Government has said the Lagos State Parking Authority has been empowered by law in respect of the collection of parking fees by the state government.
LASPA had, in a letter addressed to a firm, stated that it had charged the company N290, 000 for the parking lot outside the business premises.
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, had, on Sunday, described the policy as illegal and urged the state government to withdraw it without delay.
“The Lagos State Government and all other authorities, as well as other persons, are bound by the valid and subsisting judgment of the Court of Appeal on the exclusive power of local governments to regulate and collect parking levy in Lagos State. Read more
Flood destroys bridge, farms in Yobe (DailyTrust)
Flood triggered by days of heavy rainfall has destroyed the Katarko bridge in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State.
Dr Mohammad Goje, Executive Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), noted this in a statement in Damaturu on Tuesday.
He said the incident which occurred in the early hours of Tuesday cut off Gujba and Gulani Local Government Areas from Damaturu, the state capital.
Goje said the flood also ravaged Mutai and Buni Yadi communities, destroying residential buildings and farmlands. Read more
Bauchi: Police arrest 2 vigilantes for allegedly raping married woman at gunpoint (Independent)
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, who made this known through a press statement on Tuesday said that the suspects committed the crime at Dogon-ruwa village of Ningi local government area of Bauchi state
He said that on the 25th of August 2022 at about 0200 hours, the two suspects conspired and stormed the house of one Alhaji Gare, armed with Dane-guns and broke into his wife’s room, one Hadiza Alhaji (not real name).
According to the PPRO, the suspects asked about her husband’s whereabouts but she told them that he was not at home, adding that thereafter, they threatened her with a gun and had canal knowledge of her which she succumbed to out of fear.
“Discreet investigation has commenced in earnest. The victim was evacuated to the general hospital Ningi for medical examination and confirmed the penetration.
“During the investigation, the suspects voluntary confessed to the crime. The exhibits recovered from the suspects include two Dane guns. The Commissioner of Police has directed that the suspects be charged to court,” the PPRO said. Read more
Ganduje suspends Commissioners’ swearing in over building collapse (Guardian)
Seven persons were last night rescued with many others still trapped in the three-storey building that collapsed on Beirut road in Kano metropolis.
The three-storey shopping complex under construction went down around 3:00 p.m. at the popular GSM market.
An eyewitness told The Guardian that before the collapse, the ground and first floor of the building were already completed and occupied by ICT and telecom product traders.
Meanwhile, the Kano State government has suspended the swearing-in of new Commissioners earlier scheduled for today. In a statement by the Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, the suspension was to honour victims of the building collapse. Read more
Shola Ama recalls ‘huge whirlwind’ of fame after debut aged 18 (Metro)
Shola Ama has reflected on her meteoric rise to fame as a teenager, and admits she was ‘absolutely not’ ready for the whirlwind that followed.
The British R&B singer, now 43, burst onto the scene in 1997 with her breakout hit You Might Need Somebody, which peaked at number four on the UK charts.
At the time, Shola was 18 years old and had been discovered by music producer Kwame Kwaten just two years prior.
She went on to enjoy success with hit single Imagine and Taboo featuring Glamma Kid, becoming one of the UK’s most successful R&B acts. Read more
Last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev dies at 91 (BBC)
Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader who brought the Cold War to a peaceful end, has died aged 91.
Mr Gorbachev, who took power in 1985, opened up the then-USSR to the world and introduced a set of reforms at home.
But he was unable to prevent the slow collapse of the Soviet Union, from which modern Russia emerged.
Tributes have been paid worldwide, with UN chief Antonio Guterres saying he “changed the course of history”.
“Mikhail Gorbachev was a one-of-a kind statesman,” UN Secretary General Mr Guterres wrote in a Twitter tribute. “The world has lost a towering global leader, committed multilateralist, and tireless advocate for peace.” Read more
Leonardo DiCaprio and Camila Morrone break up after 4 years: report (PageSix)
Their hearts will go on.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Camila Morrone have called it quits after four years together, according to People.
Sources confirmed the split to the outlet, but a reason for the reported breakup was not given.
Reps for the former couple did not immediately return Page Six’s request for comment.
The last time DiCaprio, 47, and Morrone, 25, were photographed together was over the Fourth of July weekend. Read more
Daniel Craig ‘forgot’ how to do his Kentucky accent upon returning to Knives Out (Metro)
Daniel Craig has admitted he ‘forgot’ his Knives Out accent upon returning for the second film.
The 54-year-old actor reprises his role as Detective Benoit Blanc in the sequel Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, following the international success of the first movie, which starred the likes of Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Ana De Armas.
But, the sleuth’s Kentucky drawl didn’t come back to him naturally, and he spent months working with a dialect coach to perfect it once more.
‘I went away to work with an accent coach for three or four months before we started shooting,’ he said. Read more
NASA to make second attempt at launching Artemis moon rocket on Saturday (France24)
NASA aims to make a second attempt to launch its giant next-generation moon rocket on Saturday, Sept. 3, five days after a pair of technical issues foiled an initial try at getting the spacecraft off the ground for the first time, agency officials said on Tuesday.
But prospects for success on Saturday appeared clouded by weather reports predicting just a 40% chance of favourable conditions that day, while the U.S. space agency acknowledged some outstanding technical issues remain to be solved.
At a media briefing a day after Monday’s first countdown ended with the flight scrubbed, NASA officials said Monday’s experience was useful in trouble-shooting some problems and that additional difficulties could be worked through in the midst of a second launch try. Read more
Trump’s Truth Social barred from Google Play (BBC)
Former US President Donald Trump’s social media platform has been barred from Google Play.
Google says the platform violates its policies on prohibiting content like physical threats and incitement to violence.
The move makes it difficult for users with Android phones to download the app.
Devin Nunes, the CEO of Truth Social, has previously called Google a “monopoly”.
Truth Social launched on Apple’s App Store in February, though the roll-out was beset by problems. Read more
Zelenskyy warns Russian forces amid southern Ukraine offensive (AlJazeera)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged Russian soldiers to flee for their lives after his forces launched an offensive to retake southern Ukraine, but Moscow said it had repulsed the attack and inflicted heavy losses on Kyiv’s troops.
Ukraine said on Monday its ground forces had gone on the offensive for the first time after a long period of aerial raids on Russian supply lines, especially ammunition dumps and bridges across the strategically important River Dnieper.
“If they want to survive, it’s time for the Russian military to run away. Go home,” Zelenskyy said in a late-night address.
“Ukraine is taking back its own [land],” he said, adding that he would not disclose Kyiv’s battle plans. Read more
Eagles will erase 0-2 deficit against Ghana on Saturday, says Yusuf (Guardian)
Super Eagles B Chief Coach, Salisu Yusuf, has assured Nigerians that the home-based national team will, on Saturday in Abuja, do everything possible to overturn the 0-2 deficit they incurred in the first leg of their Algeria 2023 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier in Cape Coast.
Nigeria lost the first leg of the CHAN qualifier to Ghana on Sunday and will meet the same team for the deciding tie in Abuja on Saturday.
The winner of the tie over two legs will qualify for next year’s championship billed for Algeria.
The Super Eagles B team returned to Abuja on Monday and began preparations for the return leg yesterday.
They had a recovery walkout in the morning and began major training at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in the evening. Read more
I wanted to finish Edwards before KO – Usman (Punch)
At UFC 278, Kamaru Usman lost his welterweight title to Leon Edwards by a last-minute knockout when he was up 3-1.
In the fifth round, Englishman Edwards knocked him out with a high kick and prevented him from defending the welterweight title for the sixth time.
However, Usman has now explained why such a knockout and defeat occurred, and according to him, it happened because he was chasing the finish. Kamaru told TMZ Sports; “No, that’s not who I am,” Usman told TMZ.
“When I fight, I got pedal to the metal and I don’t look at the clock. I’m a goer, when I hear the (horn) I still want to go, and when the ref says, ‘Break, go to your corners,’ I still want to go. Read more
Akinwunmi promises to restore Nigeria’s glory if elected NFF president (Guardian)
First Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Seyi Akinwunmi, has promised to restore the country’s glory in football if he becomes NFF president.
Akinwunmi, in Abuja yesterday, declared his intention to contest for the NFF presidency at the Federation’s general elections in Benin on September 30.
He said the time has come for Nigerian football to be great again, adding that his aim is to create an inclusive, vibrant and efficient football ecosystem system from the grassroots to develop a sustainable national culture and provide pathways to success.
“I want to be more present as president of NFF because I believe that the next football federation president must be somebody who understands and has actually invested his energy and vision into grassroots football. Read more
Bournemouth sack Scott Parker as head coach (Punch)
English Premier League side AFC Bournemouth have sacked their head coach Scott Parker after Matchday Four.
The club made the announcement on Tuesday morning on its official website stating that Parker will be replaced in the interim by former Bournemouth midfielder, Gary O’Neil.
The PUNCH reports that Parker becomes the first manager to get the boot in the 2022/2023 season after losing his last three games of the season at the helm.
The statement which quotes club owner, Maxim Demin, reads, “AFC Bournemouth can announce that the club has parted company with head coach Scott Parker.
“Maxim Demin said: ‘I would like to place on record my gratitude to Scott and his team for their efforts during their time with us. Our promotion back to the Premier League last season under his tenure will always be remembered as one of the most successful seasons in our history. Read more
Manchester United agree loan deal for Martin Dubravka (Vanguard)
Manchester United have reached an agreement in principle with Newcastle United to sign their goalkeeper Martin Dubravka on loan for £5 million and both teams are projected to finalise deals before the close of the transfer window.
Also, the Red Devils are expected to sign Ajax winger Antony for a fee worth £85million and slated to be unveiled on Tuesday after completing his medical.
The 22-year-old Brazilian flew to Manchester on Monday, with the medical successfully carried out in the evening. And reports revealed that his £85m contract would make him the third most expensive player in the club’s history after Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku.
According to Sky Sports, personal terms have already been agreed with the player, who will reunite with Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford. Read more
Thomas Tuchel slams ‘soft and sloppy’ Chelsea defending and snaps at reporters (Metro)
Thomas Tuchel has slammed his Chelsea side’s defending and lack of resilience in Tuesday night’s 2-1 defeat to Southampton, while he also hit back at criticism of his striker-less setup.
The west Londoners took the lead on the south coast after 23 minutes through Raheem Sterling but conceded an equaliser just five minutes later when Romeo Lavia was left unmarked on the edge of the box from a corner.
A slick move from the hosts saw Adam Armstrong fire into the back of the net on the stroke of half-time and, in truth, it was Southampton who looked more likely to add to their tally in the second half.
Tuchel’s side have now dropped eight points after just five games, also having suffered a humbling 3-0 defeat at Elland Road, and he has slammed his players’ latest display saying it lacked fight. Read more
African Championship 2022: Aruna Quadri to battle Assar in Algeria (Sun)
Nigeria’s Table Tennis star, Aruna Quadri will hope to be crowned African champion when the Africa Senior Table Tennis championship serves off in Algeria later this week, BSNsports.com.ng understands.
The African Table Tennis Federation a few days ago announced Algeria as the host of the 2022 edition of the championship.
Cameroon hosted the event in 2021 and it was Algeria that sent Team Nigeria out from the tournament.
African stars like Quadri, Omar Assar and Fanny Kokou will be on parade in the men’s category while Fadwa Garci and Sarah Affou will take the women’s category by storm.
La-Coupole Cite Olympique, Algeria will be the venue from the 3rd of September 3-9, 2022. Read more