FG withdraws adulterated PMS from market (Tribune)
In view of public outcry on the proliferation of adulterated Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) in circulation, the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) said the flawed product has been withdrawn from the market.
It said the product call back included trucks in transit.
The Authority in a statement obtained by Tribune Online on Tuesday confirmed that the methanol content in the withdrawn products was above Nigeria’s specification.
It explained that Methanol is a regular additive in Petrol and is usually blended in an acceptable quantity.
The statement partly read: “The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (The Authority) wishes to inform the general public that – limited quantity of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), commonly known as Petrol, with methanol quantities above Nigeria’s specification, was discovered in the supply chain.” Read more
I was hypnotised, raped, impregnated by Prophet —Teenager reveals (Vanguard)
A teenage girl, Bukola who is presently nursing a baby has revealed that she was hypnotised, raped and impregnated by Isaac Anibaba, a Prophet in the church she attends with her mother in the Surulere area of Lagos State.
According to Bukola, “I can’t recollect most of the incident that happened on the night I lost my virginity. But I remember vividly the threat from Isaac Anibaba, a Prophet at the Church of the Lord, Aladura.”
“He said that I shouldn’t tell anyone or I would die. But after I missed my menses, I went to tell him. He started giving me herbs for abortion, but the herbs didn’t work.”
Recounting how it all started, Bukola alleged that Anibaba called and told her that God revealed to him in a vision that she would fail in her educational pursuits. She immediately told him that since that was the case, there was no sense in wasting her time trying to get an education. She told him that she would look for where to apply as an apprentice hairstylist. Read more
FAAN appeals for patience over baggage processing system at Lagos airport (Punch)
The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria has appealed for patience in the course of maintenance work on the conveyor belts at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.
This is as the Agency dismissed reports(Not by The Punch) suggesting a breakdown of the baggage processing system at the airport.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu, on Wednesday.
The statement read, “Contrary to misinformation presently making the rounds online as depicted by some pictures posted suggesting a breakdown in the baggage processing system at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria wishes to inform passengers and the general public that what is going on is routine maintenance of the conveyor belts. Read more
Oromoni: Pathologist clarifies autopsy result of Septicaemia as cause of death (ThisDay)
At the inquest into the death of 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni, a student of Dowen College, the Chief Pathologist, Dr. S.S Soyemi, has clarified his autopsy report that cause of death was Septicaemia.
The pathologist said although the cause of death was septicaemia because Lobar Pneumonia caused the Septicaemia.
In the written deposition sworn under oath at the Lagos State Magistrate Court Registry, Ogba Lagos, on January 31, 2022, Dr. Soyemi, who is a Consultant Pathologist of the Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine, The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) Ikeja, Lagos, listed out the processes he undertook for the autopsy.
The deposition read thus:”That on the 14th of December 2021, I performed a second post mortem examination on the body of one Oromoni Sylvester at the LASUTH Morgue in the presence of the listed persons on the Post Mortem Report. Read more
Declare state of emergency on ritual killings —Reps to FG (Punch)
The House of Representatives on Wednesday said a state of emergency on ritual killings in the country should be declared by the Federal Government.
The lawmakers also called for a campaign against the menace, saying the effort of parents, schools, religious leaders and the media is needed.
This is following a motion sponsored by Deputy Minority Leader of the House, Toby Okechukwu, who lamented that ritual killings have taken a new dimension in recent times.
He said, “There’s an upsurge of reported ritual killings with increasing cases of abductions and missing persons in different parts of the country, which in most cases, the culprits also rape, maim, kill and obtain sensitive body parts of unsuspecting victims for rituals. Read more
Scarcity: NNPC intensifies efforts to improve fuel supply (Leadership)
The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited has assured Nigerians that it has intensified efforts at increasing the supply of petrol into the market in order to bridge any unforeseen supply gap. This is as the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) said yesterday that the source of the premium motor spirit PMS), commonly known as Petrol, containing methanol quantities above Nigeria’s specification has been identified and the circulation contained.
Methanol is a regular additive in Petrol and usually blended in an acceptable quantity. However, when added in quantities higher than specification, the petrol becomes harmful to engines.
The NMDPRA, in a statement yesterday, said “The “Authority wishes to inform the general public that a limited quantity of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), commonly known as Petrol, with methanol quantities above Nigeria’s specification was discovered in the supply chain.
“To ensure vehicular and equipment safety, the limited quantity of the impacted product has been isolated and withdrawn from the market, including the loaded trucks in transit. Read more
Tambuwal: I’ll use modern technology to re-secure Nigeria (DailyTrust)
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant has promised to use modern technology to re-secure Nigeria if elected.
He stated this after a consultative meeting with Kebbi State PDP executives, delegates and other key stakeholders of the party held at the state secretariat in Birnin Kebbi, the state capital.
The Nigerian security forces are struggling to contain the security challenges bedevilling the country which include terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, farmers/herders crisis and communal crisis.
The incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari, had promised to end insecurity in the country but after almost seven years in charge, no solution was in sight. Read more
Kogi health agency denies cash-for-Covid-19-vaccination allegation (Guardian)
The Kogi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (KSPHCDA) has denied reports of alleged demand for money from clients by COVID-19 administrators for vaccines.
An NGO, the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) at a news conference in Bauchi State, alleged that vaccine administrators in Kogi were allegedly demanding money from clients before vaccinating them.
A statement by the Executive Director of the agency, Dr Abubakar Yakubu, on Tuesday in Lokoja, said the report was misleading and far from the reality of COVID-19 vaccination in the state.
He stressed that the report was most likely not true as the NGO failed to back up its purported findings with actual facts, and without using appropriate channels. Read more
7 killed in Imo rival cult war (DailyTrust)
Seven people have been killed in Mmaahu Community in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State in a war involving two rival cult gangs.
Daily Trust gathered that the war is between De-Gbam and De-Well cult groups.
Police said that 20 armed men led by one Ossy with their faces masked had on 08/02/2022 at about 10 pm, invaded the community and went to the house of the victims and shot them dead.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, CSP Mike Abattam, identified the victims as Charles Mgbarahor, Funky Anane, Charity Nwachukwu, Edeme Okoro, Isaac Ojenya , Ndubuisi Nwabusi, and Junior Ifeyinwoke. Read more
Nollywood debuts 1st film on a train in Transit (Guardian)
Nollywood has debuted the first shot of a film done on a train. Filming for the project, “Conversation in Transit” commenced on Saturday 5th February at the Mobolaji Johnson Rail Station at Yaba, Lagos state.
The producer, Rogers Ofime, in an interview described the project as the first of its kind with over 95% of the film set on the train and an intention to premiere the film on a moving train. This will include scenes from the Lagos route to Ibadan that begins from arrival, transit and departure.
While the director Robert Peters described this choice of film location as a novel experience. “This is a new process for me. I am excited, I am happy, and I can’t wait to share it with you guys out there.”
The film narrates a love story around 3 couples Hajara, an event planner; Ini, a career woman; and Adeola as they set out on a train ride with an abusive fiance, a cheating and an alcoholic repentant husband. The star-studded film has Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD), Rahama Sadau, Uzee Usman. Read more
Uncharted star Antonio Banderas weighs in on the video game movie curse (Yahoo)
Antonio Banderas says the move from consoles to the big screen will add “scope” to Uncharted, and he hopes the movie will crack the video game movie curse.
The Spanish actor portrays a ruthless treasure hunter in the film, trying to track down a treasure which has also captured the attention of Sully (Mark Wahlberg) and his new buddy Nathan Drake (Tom Holland).
Venom director Ruben Fleischer helms the movie, based on the popular PlayStation franchise, which has sold more than 40 million units in its history.
But video game movies are notorious for not living up to their source material and disappointing fans — a trend Uncharted hopes to reverse. Read more
Lady Gaga congratulates Oscar nominees after House Of Gucci snub (NME)
Lady Gaga has congratulated the 2022 Oscar nominees after House Of Gucci received only one nomination.
The singer and actor, who played Patrizia Reggiani in House Of Gucci, was left out of the Best Actress race at the Oscars despite earning nominations at other major award shows, like the BAFTAs, Golden Globes, SAG Awards and Critics Choice Awards.
In a post on Instagram, Gaga praised House Of Gucci’s makeup artist Frederic Aspiras – who earned the film’s only Oscar nomination in the Best Hair & Makeup category.
“I could not be happier for a man I call my brother, who I’ve worked with for the last 15 years, @fredericaspiras, for his nomination in Makeup & Hairstyling for House Of Gucci,” Gaga wrote. Read more
Amazon backs Britain with first UK film and TV production hub at Pinewood (EveningStandard)
Amazon has signed a deal to establish its first dedicated film and TV production site in the UK.
Prime Video, Amazon’s streaming arm, is taking 450,000 sq ft of space at Pinewood’s Shepperton Studios just outside London as it ramps up production in the UK.
The “multi million-pound” deal is believed to span 10 years, though exact figures weren’t given. It is the company’s first long-term lease in Britain.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the deal “will drive growth and create jobs with thousands of opportunities for the producers, actors and directors of tomorrow.” Read more
“I will offer him anything”: Aitch begs Liam Gallagher to feature on his track (MusicNews)
Aitch is desperate for Liam Gallagher to feature on his album.
The ‘Rain’ rapper had already offered fellow Mancunian Liam £7 million to record a spoken-word piece for him.
He tweeted in December: “I will pay £7 Million for you to be on my album @liamgallagher.”
And he was hoping to bump into the former Oasis frontman at Tuesday night’s BRIT Awards 2022 with Mastercard (08.02.22) in London, where he admitted he would offer him “anything” he wants as he pleaded for Liam to work with him. Read more
AGC launches Chris Pine’s directorial debut ‘Poolman’ with Patty Jenkins & Stacey Sher producing (Deadline)
Stuart Ford’s AGC Studios is launching sales on Chris Pine’s directorial debut Poolman, which the Star Trek actor will star in alongside Oscar nominees Annette Being and Danny DeVito.
In the movie, Pine will play Darren Barrenman, a hapless dreamer and would-be philosopher who spends his days looking after the pool of the Tahitian Tiki apartment block in sunny Los Angeles and crashing city council meetings with his neighbors Jack and Diane (DeVito, Bening). When Barrenman uncovers the greatest water heist in LA history since Chinatown he makes uneasy alliances with a beautiful and connected femme fatale while following every lead he can with corrupt city officials, burned out Hollywood types, and mysterious benefactors – all in the name of protecting his precious Los Angeles. Expect some fun cameos and supporting cast to be added.
The mystery-comedy will be produced by Pine, Stacey Sher (Django Unchained) for Shiny Penny Productions, Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman) for Wicious Pictures, and Ian Gotler. Pine has co-scripted with Gotler who is a partner at the Hell Or High Water actor’s production banner Barry Linen Motion Pictures.
The project, which is being pitched as “Big Lebowski meets LA film noir with a healthy splash of La La Land”, becomes one of the hottest projects at the virtual EFM.
Pine, Jenkins, Sher and AGC’s Ford are due to give a presentation to buyers this week. CAA Media Finance is co-repping domestically with AGC, which is financing. Read more
Nipsey Hussle’s family fulfilling late Rapper’s ‘Dream’ of having 2 marathon clothing stores (Hiphopdx)
Nipsey Hussle was tragically killed outside of the Marathon Clothing store in March 2019, bringing his brief 33 years on earth to a cruel end. The murder took place at the intersection of Slauson and Crenshaw in South Central Los Angeles, the same neighborhood he called home. The defunct Marathon Clothing location now stands as a makeshift memorial for the slain rapper/community activist, with a giant mural of Neighborhood Nip’s face watching over the area.
But according to The Guardian, a second location will be opening soon. Samiel Asghedom, Nip’s older brother, announced his family has purchased commercial property in the Melrose arts district of Los Angeles where they plan to open store No. 2.
“This second location is a dream that Nipsey always had,” Asghedom said. “And it’s important that his kids are able to see his plans fulfilled.” Read more
Motown Records and Google launch programme to elevate women of colour in music industry (Variety)
Motown Records and Google have announced a partnership in pursuit of elevating women of color within the music industry.
The Motown Records Creator Program Supported by Google will find and fund the next outstanding woman content creator, videographer, or creative producer/director and offer an opportunity to collaborate with Motown Records’ executives and its roster of artists, including TianaMajor9. According to the announcement, the initiative is aligned with Motown’s commitment to shattering barriers for talented creatives and is a continuation of Google’s ongoing mission to amplify underrepresented voices in entertainment and ensure diverse, equitable representation in our media landscape.
“Motown has always been a destination where creators come to bring their dreams to life,” said Motown Records Chairwoman & CEO Ethiopia Habtemariam. “This creative program, in partnership with Google, will provide opportunities for women creatives to elevate and even further develop their craft. I’m looking forward to all of the diverse content from the selectees and partnering with a dynamic woman to create culturally driven innovations that connect globally.”
“Google firmly believes that everyone deserves to see themselves equally in every room and throughout the media we consume,” said Google Entertainment Partnerships Lead Elle Roth
Brunet. “Through this partnership with Motown Records we’re excited to help provide well-deserved resources to an aspiring woman music industry innovator to work alongside Motown’s vibrant roster of artists and influential label leaders, bringing their creative visions to life.” Read more
Nelly apologises for sex tape leak on Instagram: ‘It was never meant to go public’ (Independent)
Nelly has apologised after an explicit video was uploaded to his Instagram Stories.
A clip of the “Hot In Herre” rapper receiving oral sex was shared on the social media app on Tuesday (8 February).
The video was deleted shortly after. However, the footage has since made its way to other social media sites.
Nelly has now claimed that the video wasn’t intended to be shared in a public message. Read more
Eguavoen pleased to work with Amuneke (Nation)
Super Eagles’ Interim Technical Adviser, Augustine Eguavoen, says the appointment of former teammate Emmanuel Amuneke to assist him at the senior national team is “a very good development”.
Eguavoen told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin on Wednesday that the coming of Amuneke would be a great addition to the quality of the team’s coaching.
NAN reports that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had on Monday announced slight changes to the composition of the Eagles’ technical crew.
Amuneke is to work as the Chief Coach and Eguavoen’s First Assistant, with Salisu Yusuf as Second Assistant/Chief Coach of the CHAN Super Eagles. Read more
Conte open to idea of reuniting with Eriksen at Tottenham (RTE)
Antonio Conte has opened the door to a possible Tottenham return for Christian Eriksen after saying it would be “good opportunity” to work together again.
Eriksen completed a remarkable recovery from his cardiac arrest in the summer when he joined Brentford on a six-month deal, although he is unlikely to be involved against Manchester City in tonight’s Premier League encounter.
The Dane left Spurs in 2020 after being signed by Conte at Inter Milan and the pair won the Serie A title together last season before Eriksen’s health scare at Euro 2020 ended his time in Italy prematurely.
Spurs head coach Conte, who revealed he met Eriksen by coincidence at a hotel they were both staying in last weekend, said there were no talks to bring the 29-year-old back to the north London club last month but things could be different in the summer. Read more
Mohamed Salah: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says AFCON disappointment is weighing heavily on forward’s mind (Sky)
Jurgen Klopp says Egypt’s AFCON final loss is weighing heavily on Mohamed Salah’s mind as he prepares to make his Liverpool return.
Salah’s side lost to Reds team-mate Sadio Mane’s Senegal on penalties in Sunday’s final, with the current Premier League top-scorer not even getting the chance to take a spot-kick.
He was back in England the following day and trained with the Liverpool squad on Tuesday as he looks to get straight back into action against Leicester on Thursday.
“He’s very disappointed, it was a massive thing,” said Klopp. Read more
Kurt Zouma dropped by West Ham and fined £250k as cats are rescued by RSPCA (DailyStar)
Kurt Zouma has been slapped with a £250,000 fine over the vile abuse of his pet cat with West Ham donating two weeks worth of his wages to animal charities.
The France international defender, who started their Premier League victory over Watford on Tuesday, is also set to be dropped for their next fixture against Leicester on Sunday according to The Sun.
In addition, it has been reported by the Telegraph that both of Zouma’s cats have been seized by the RSPCA.
The former Chelsea defender had issued a grovelling apology over his actions after the video was shared on social media. Read more
‘He must love everything about the game’ – Former British number one hails Andy Murray motivation (Tennishead)
Andrew Castle has praised Andy Murray for his continued charge to return to the top ranks of the ATP tour.
While some might question why the three-time Slam champion would push through so many tough injury battles in the past few years, former British number one Castle appreciates Murray’s drive.
This week, Murray broke back into the ATP top 100 for the first time since June 2018 and is currently ranked 95th in the world.
“He doesn’t want to give up and I completely understand that,” Castle said in a recent interview. Read more
Formula 1: FIA aware of new Michael Masi title-decider radio messages (BBC)
The FIA says it knows about radio messages from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that have raised fresh questions about last year’s title-decider.
The messages seem to be further evidence of race director Michael Masi reacting to Red Bull’s suggestions as to how to end a safety-car period.
And Masi echoes Red Bull’s language in a response he gives to Mercedes.
A spokesman for Formula 1’s governing body said: “We are aware of this and it is part of the investigation.” Read more
World No.1 Ash Barty’s return to court confirmed after Australian Open triumph (TheWestAustralian)
Reigning Australian Open women’s singles champion Ash Barty is set to return to the court at the Indian Wells Masters in March.
Barty is sitting out the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy, the first WTA event since the Australian Open, and is highly unlikely to feature at any of the handful of tournaments that remain in February.
According to a statement from the tournament, the world No.1 will at the latest return to the court in California at the Indian Wells Masters, a WTA1000 event that begins on March 9.
Barty missed last year’s Indian Wells Masters in October, and all tournaments after the US Open, in order to prepare for the Australian Open, which she won last month. Read more
Floyd Mayweather hands out $100 bills to kids at Lakers game (TMZ)
Christmas wrapped up nearly two months ago, but Floyd Mayweather still did his best Santa impression outside of the Lakers game on Tuesday night … doling out $100 bills to kids!
The legendary boxer filmed the super generous act … saying “I’m all about giving back to the kids” as he forked over cash to youngsters who were trying to sell candy bars at Crypto.com Arena.
In total, Floyd handed over $400 or $500 to the kids … and he didn’t blink an eye parting ways with the money — adding, “The kids out here selling candy, they ain’t doing nothing wrong.”
Floyd then promised to repeat the gesture “every time” he sees them at the games going forward. Read more