Ijegun Ijedodo community appeals against demolition of houses (Guardian)
Members of Ijegun Ijeododo community in the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State have appealed to government against demolishing their houses.
The community Chairman, Pastor Clement Nokwam, said the appeal became necessary because the landlords neither encroached on government land nor built on the master plan.
He urged the state government to stick to the original master plan, 2010-2020 and don`t yield to pressure to avoid chaos and distortion of the plan.
The landlords recalled that Lagos State acquired the Right Of Way for the proposed road in 1972, traversing Ijegun Roundabout through Leye Street to Ijedodo down to Abule–Ado. Read more
COVID-19 vaccine: Lagos considers other sources to achieve herd immunity (Punch)
The Lagos State government says it is considering other ways to source COVID-19 vaccines in order to achieve herd immunity against the pandemic for its population.
The state’s Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja.
Abayomi said, “While the first national target of vaccination is 60 per cent, we in Lagos are looking for vaccines to create full coverage that will be safe.
“And even for children, as well as other immuno compromised individuals that do not fall into the normal criteria, as the pace at which we are going is extremely slow. Read more
Lagos commences online training of professional drivers (Guardian)
To reduce spread of the new wave of COVID-19 and meet up the quest for knowledge among professional drivers, the Lagos State Drivers Institute has concluded plans to commence its on-line training for professional drivers across the state.
General Manager of the Institute, Mrs Afusat Tiamiyu, disclosed this, while featuring on “Ire Ni Ti Wa”, a magazine radio programme on Bond FM 92.9, where she focused on “Importance of LASDRI Card to private and commercial vehicle operators.
She stressed that professional drivers that needed to renew their LASDRI recertification card can conduct their training on-line and print a temporary recertification certificate at www.new.lasdri.org.
“Professional Drivers can now access and conduct their mandatory training in the comfort of their home through our on-line platform. Read more
Military officer plants drug in brother’s house, reports to NDLEA (Punch)
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have arrested a military officer, Anayo Nwamban, for allegedly plotting to implicate his brother.
A spokesperson for the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Sunday, said Nwamban, after planting a drug in his brother’s house, reported him to the agency.
However, the truth came to light after the drug supplier was arrested.
Babafemi said, “In Ebonyi State, a military officer, Anayo Nwamban, who bought 1.1 kilogrammes of cannabis from Mami market, planted same in his elder brother’s house and then made a report to the NDLEA office with a view to implicating his brother, was arrested on Friday, September 3. After the arrest of his supplier, he admitted to purchasing and planting same in his brother’s house.” Read more
Fans react as Tega, Boma, 2 others evicted from #BBNAIJA Show (DailyTrust)
The Kingsize eviction night in the BBNAIJA reality Tv show has seen four housemates leave the house in one night.
The four housemates evicted are Tega, Michael, Peace and Boma.
They left after Yerins, Beatrice, Niyi, JMK, Sammie, Maria, Kayvee, Arin, and Princess.
The highpoint of the Sunday’s show was the reactions that greeted the evictions of two love interest, Boma and Tega.
Tega, had in an interview with the show host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, said the intimate affairs she had were scripted, noting that she missed her husband and her son. Read more
ARG faults MACBAN’s claim of indigenous Fulani in Yorubaland (Guardian)
A Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), has expressed displeasure at the deliberate misrepresentation of the indigenous demography of Yorubaland in South-West by Secretary General of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Usman Baba-Ngelzerma.
The group, in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kunle Famoriyo, yesterday, said there was no Fulani settlement in any part of the South-West that fits the dictionary definition of indigenous as Baba-Ngelzerma tried to portray.
Baba-Ngelzerma was quoted to have, during a live TV interview, said: “In Ondo and most of the southern states, we have indigenous pastoralists whose fathers were brought up in those states and those who are there today were also brought up there. So, if you ask them to go, they won’t know where to go because they know these states as their own.
“There is no Fulani man or woman living in any part of South-West that can claim the ancestral history of the community as his or her family’s history. Conversely, there is none among the Fulani families that first settled in Yorubaland whose history of migration cannot be told by the indigenous Yoruba people.” Read more
2023: Why APC Bigwigs Have Eyes On Jonathan (DailyTrust)
Pundits have given reasons why the All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders are keeping an eye on former President Goodluck Jonathan to dump the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and pitch tent with the ruling party.
Since the visit of APC governors led by Yobe State governor and chairman of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Mai Mala Buni, on the occasion of Jonathan’s birthday in his Abuja residence in November the polity has been twitching with speculations of his possible defection to the ruling party.
This is especially as the APC has resolved to whittle down the structure of the PDP.
The ruling party has continue to harvest PDP governors, senators, members of the House of Representatives and many other bigwigs into its fold ahead of the 2023 general elections. Read more
Nigeria rejects Guinea coup, soldiers plan transitional govt (Punch)
Soldiers who staged an uprising in Guinea’s capital on Sunday said on state television that they had dissolved the West African nation’s government and constitution and closed all land and air borders.
However, the defence ministry said an attack on the presidential palace in Conakry had been repelled.
This is just as the government of Nigeria rejects the coup, describing it as a violation of the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance. Read more
Christina Aguilera, 40, fires up Instagram with topless photos (Yahoo)
Christina Aguilera is ready to take the stage.
The iconic singer, 40, took to Instagram on Saturday to post a series of topless photos to promote her Sept. 11 appearance at the Lady Land festival, which is described as an “outdoor queer music festival” in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Sporting nothing but a pair of jeans and long platinum hair covering her chest and cascading down to her waist, the singer revealed a tattoo on her arm in the first photo. In the second shot, she posed with her arms behind her head as she sat at a dressing table with a single candle burning in front of her.
In response to her post, Aguilera’s fiancé of seven years, Matthew Rutler, posted “Ummmmmm I am going to be there. Especially after seeing this.”
The post, which was reminiscent of the cover of her 2002 album, Stripped, garnered over 600,000 likes from fans and friends alike. Aguilera noted the similarities in her Instagram stories, where she posted a comparison between the two shots. Read more
Sarah Harding death: Nadine Coyle and Nicola Roberts ‘absolutely devastated’ as they pay tribute to Girls Aloud bandmate (Metro)
Nadine Coyle and Nicola Roberts have paid tribute to their Girls Aloud bandmate Sarah Harding following the news of her death at the age of 39, saying they feel ‘absolutely devastated’.
In a statement shared by Sarah’s mum on Sunday, she confirmed that the singer died this morning after suffering from breast cancer.
In her statement, Sarah’s mother, Marie, wrote: ‘I know she won’t want to be remembered for her fight against this terrible disease – she was a bright shining star and I hope that’s how she can be remembered instead.’
Tributes have come pouring in for Sarah from fans and fellow stars, with Nadine, who competed on Popstars: The Rivals with Sarah when Girls Aloud was formed, sharing a statement on Instagram. Read more
Kate Quigley doing ‘ok’ after taking fentanyl-laced coke that killed Fuquan Johnson (NYPost)
Comedian Kate Quigley told a friend she is doing “ok” after she was hospitalized after reportedly taking a tainted batch of cocaine that resulted in three deaths.
“I’m alive. I’m not great. But I’m ok,” Quigley texted her comedian pal, Brian Redban, after he asked how she was following the tragedy at a Venice home on Friday night.
Redban shared a screenshot of the Saturday night text exchange on Instagram, captioning the story: “I have had a bad month.. And this just ruined me.. Hug everyone you love.”
Sources told TMZ that a batch of fentanyl-laced cocaine was to blame for the death of Fuquan Johnson, writer for “Comedy Parlour Live,” and two other unidentified victims. Read more
Guinea coup attempt: Soldiers claim to seize power from Alpha Condé (BBC)
The fate of Guinea’s President Alpha Condé is unclear after an unverified video showed him surrounded by soldiers, who said they had seized power.
They appeared on national TV claiming to have dissolved the government.
However, the defence ministry said the attempted takeover had been thwarted by the presidential guard.
This follows hours of heavy gunfire near the presidential palace in the capital, Conakry. Read more
Chrissy Teigen celebrates 50 days of sobriety in ‘longest streak yet’ without alcohol after giving up drinking for good (Metro)
Chrissy Teigen announced she’s been sober for 50 days after deciding to give up drinking on her birthday last year.
Taking to Instagram, the TV personality, 35, shared the news that this is her ‘longest streak yet’ without alcohol, but admitted to ‘a few hiccups’ along the way.
She wrote: ‘Today is my 50 day sobriety streak! It should be nearly a year but I had a few (wine) hiccups in the road. this is my longest streak yet!’
The model admitted that she doesn’t know if she’ll ‘never drink again,’ but confessed that drinking ‘no longer serves me in ANY way’. Read more
Climate change: Massive Attack gig data to cut live music impact (BBC)
Artists and bands must swap private jets for trains, festivals and venues need to generate more of their own renewable energy and gig tickets should include free public transport.
These are just some of the recommendations being made by scientists at the University of Manchester to help the music industry reduce its carbon emissions to stop climate change.
The roadmap for live music was based on tour data supplied by the band Massive Attack.
The findings are being shared across the industry and, it’s hoped, will inspire millions of fans to live more sustainably, too. Read more
US Open: Teenager Leylah Fernandez stuns Angelique Kerber to reach quarter-finals (BBC)
Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez continued her remarkable US Open run as she beat 2016 champion Angelique Kerber to advance to the quarter-finals.
On the eve of her 19th birthday, Fernandez backed up her win over Naomi Osaka with a 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 victory over Germany’s Kerber.
She battled back from a 4-2 deficit in the second set to force a tie-break and barely let up from then on.
Fernandez will face fifth seed Elina Svitolina for a semi-final spot.
Fernandez doubled over as her victory was confirmed, before she was given a standing ovation by a full crowd on Louis Armstrong Stadium. Read more
8 stars missing as Eagles train on Cape Verde’s artificial pitch (Guardian)
Two-goal hero against Liberia Kelechi Iheanacho (left) and Alex Iwobi will miss tomorrow’s game against Cape Verde
The Super Eagles will train on the artificial pitch of the Estadio Municipal Aderito Sena, Mindelo this evening ahead of tomorrow’s Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifier against hosts, Cape Verde.
The Eagles, who left Lagos by 2.00 a.m. this morning aboard a chartered Air Peace flight, will meet the Blue Sharks today on an artificial pitch, which is alien to most of the players.
To acquaint the players to the hard surface presented by artificial pitches, the Eagles’ technical crew took the team to the Legacy pitch of the Lagos National Stadium on Saturday. They will train again this evening on the Estadio Municipal Aderito Sena, Mindelo surface.
The team left Lagos without eight of the players that featured in the 2-0 defeat of Liberia on Friday. The players are Alex Iwobi, William Troost-Ekong, Peter Etebo, Joe Eribo, Wilfred Ndidi, Ola Aina, Leon Balogun and Kelechi Iheanacho, who are all based in Britain. Read more
Lingard explains why he copied Ronaldo’s celebration in England’s win over Andorra (Metro)
Jesse Lingard says his Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired celebration in England’s 4-0 win over Andorra was meant as a ‘little welcoming gift’ for the forward following his return to Manchester United.
Gareth Southgate named Lingard in a much-changed starting XI for Sunday’s one-sided World Cup qualifier and the United attacking midfielder did not disappoint, scoring twice as the Three Lions maintained their 100 per cent record in Group I.
Captain Harry Kane found the net from the penalty spot after replacing debutant Patrick Bamford midway through the second half and Bukayo Saka – celebrating his 20th birthday – added a fourth late on to round off a comfortable victory at Wembley.
World Cup qualifier: Namibia down Togo in Lome (Punch)
Namibia clinched a precious 1-0 victory on Sunday, beating Togo at their backyard in Lome in their quest for a first ever qualification to the FIFA World Cup, with the Road to Qatar 2022 gathering pace.
Having started their campaign with a draw against Congo, Namibia were in good motivation heading away to Togo who started their journey in the qualification matches with a loss against Senegal.
At the Kegue Stadium in Lome, the first few minutes were fairly balanced, although Namibia created the best chances. The Southern Africans had a brilliant opportunity to break the deadlock after 31 minutes when Peter Shalulile broke through on goal, but couldn’t beat Togolese keeper Malcom Barcola one on one.
The home side struggled to create many chances infront of goal but came close a minutes to the break but Kodjo Laba’s well angled header couldn’t go past keeper Lloyd Kazapua.
After a goalless opening half, the second stanza was always going to be tensely competitive. It was the Namibians who would go for goal first, breaking the deadlock after 54 minutes through Elmo Kambindu’s brilliant effort. Read more
Brazil v Argentina abandoned 5 minutes after kick-off after visiting players accused of Covid violation (BBC)
Brazil and Argentina’s World Cup qualifier was abandoned just minutes after kick-off on Sunday after Brazilian health officials objected to the participation of three Argentine players they believe broke quarantine rules.
The visitors walked off the pitch at the Corinthians Arena after the officials came out to stop the game.
The dramatic intervention came hours after Brazil’s health authorities had said four England-based players for Argentina had to quarantine.
Although it did not name the four, the players with English Premier League clubs are Emiliano Buendia and Emiliano Martinez of Aston Villa, and Giovani lo Celso and Cristian Romero of Tottenham Hotspur. Read more
Romelu Lukaku reveals the moment he changed his mind over Chelsea return (Metro)
Romelu Lukaku has revealed it wasn’t until Chelsea made their third offer to Inter that he changed his mind over making a sensational return to his former club.
The Belgium international endured a difficult period at Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who deemed Lukaku incompatible with the style of football he was attempting to implement at Old Trafford.
Lukaku subsequently joined Inter and, under the tutelage of Antonio Conte, the manager who once attempted to bring him to Chelsea, his confidence was restored and rebuilt his reputation as one of Europe’s most prolific strikers. Read more