ISWAP Leader, others feared killed as NAF bombards more terrorists’ stronghold in Sambisa forest (Sun)
A Nigerian Air Force (NAF), fighter jet engaged in the ongoing counter insurgency operations in the north east has bombarded a logistic base and stronghold belonging to members of the Islamic States of West African Province(ISWAP), terrorists and killed scores of terrorists.
The bombardment which took place at Sambisa Forest and the Tumbuns in Borno State, left several of the terrorists and injured.
ISWAP Leader Fiya Ba Yuram, is feared killed in the attack. Fiya Fiya Ba Yuram is the current ISWAP leader of Sambisa Forest who took over the leadership of the group after the death of Abubakar Shekau.
It was gathered that the operation took place following credible intelligence of the location in Sambisa Forest believed to be the enclave of notorious terrorist, Read more
FG begins work to reclaim road from Ladipo market (Guardian)
To prevent traders in Ladipo auto-spare parts market from returning to the road, the Federal Government, yesterday, started reclamation of right of way with landscape work along the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway.
This followed evacuation of encumberance on the area by Lagos State Environment and Special Offences Enforcement Unit (Task Force), led by Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Shola Jejeloye on Sunday.
Also, the task force, who were stationed at the market with trucks, arrested some recalcitrant commercial motorcyclists plying the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway.
Consultant to Hitech Construction Company Limited, Ayodele Bada, told The Guardian that work will start in the place to prevent traders returning to the road.
He said: “Consequent upon the rehabilitation of the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, this is another phase in the work. Lighting is coming up. So, this aspect we are embarking on is the landscape work. Read more
Borno moves to reconstruct former Boko Haram stronghold (DailyTrust)
The Borno State government has confirmed its readiness to reconstruct both public and residential structures in a former Boko Haram stronghold recently recaptured by the military.
The State Commissioner Ministry of Reconstruction Rehabilitation and Resettlement (MRRR), Engr. Mustapha Gubio, said this after a visit to Gudumbali town, headquarters of Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno.
During the inauguration of the resettlement committee last month, Governor Babagana Zulum had charged the military to recapture Gudumbali town to enable rebuilding and resettlement process.
In 2014, Gudumbali town witnessed its first attack by Boko Haram and the residents were forced to flee to Monguno and Maiduguri respectively. Read more
Police nab 8 suspects for Osun NURTW boss’ attack, disappearance (Guardian)
The Osun State Police Command has arrested eight suspects in connection with the attack and disappearance of the chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Apomu branch, Isokan Local Council of the state, Kazeem Alli.
The police said Ali, who is also a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, was attacked by some suspected hoodlums at his motor park.
It was gathered that Ali, popularly known as Kekere Kasuma, was whisked away by his assailants around 9:50p.m. on Saturday, after he was macheted.
The Command’s spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, who confirmed the arrest yesterday, said the chairman of the NURTW was whisked away by some unknown persons from his motor park at Apomu with a Toyota Corolla marked: APM 203 AA. Read more
Singer, Portable, conferred with chieftaincy title in Ogun (DailyTrust)
Born Habeeb Okikiola, “Zazu Zeh” singer fondly known as Portable has bagged a chieftaincy title in his hometown, Ogun state.
The singer shared snippets of the ceremony via his Instagram account on Monday, where he stated that he had been awarded the chieftaincy title of “Amuludun”, in Awori Tigbo Land in Ogun state.
Via his Instagram account, the singer wrote, “Thank God for making today a blessed one for me, may we all witness our happy day in good Health and Joy. World Tigbo day, join me in celebrating my coronation today Chief AMULUDUN OF AWORI TIGBO LAND NKI YIN OO”.(sic)
In other posts made by the singer, during his coronation, he was spotted with several other Chiefs in the town who blessed him for gaining his new title. Portable was also spotted with popular Fuji artiste, Obesere. Read more
With Afrobeat Evolving, Changing Dynamics, No Better Time To Shine – Plethora Sound (Independent)
Afrobeat is strategically taking over the global Music space, and as many would say what a good time to be alive, most importantly what a good time to be making music.
This seems to be the case with 23 years old Lagos based, Nigerian born singer and songwriter, Ikechukwu Wisdom Anunobi, a.k.a Plethora Sound.
In a chat, he said; “With Many afrobeat artists breaking boundaries I am more determined than ever to Keep making good music at my pace and breaking my own boundaries.”
“Many have raised the question as to why though born Ikechukwu wisdom Anunobi I choose the name Plethora Sound, this was geared from the diverse and unique Melodie’s in my sound, and is evident in my songs from Gbana , game & Ifeoma, these songs have deeply Rooted Meanings To explaining how diverse my sound is and how I have made music that is very relatable as anyone could see their story and experiences through my music.”Read more
BBNaija: ‘I really want to marry you’, Sheggz tells Bella (Vanguard)
Big Brother Naija housemate, Sheggz has revealed to his love interest, Bella, that she’s everything that he wants in a woman and would really want to marry her.
He said, “You’re everything I ever wanted. Even when you’re on your period. Even if someone vexes you. Even when you’re fighting with Chomzy. Even when you do something I don’t like. I’ll always be there and you know why? Because you’re my everything.
“I want you to see this from another perspective. Babe, I really want to marry you. I really think you’re everything that’s missing”, Sheggz said.
Reacting to Sheggz’s revelation, Bella immediately sat down while looking at him with a confused face. Read more
Vote out bad leaders, LP chieftain urges youths (Punch)
A chieftain of the Labour Party, Chief Rommy Okoli, has advised the youths not to take laws into their hands but rather use their voting power to sack incompetent leadership at all levels.Okoli stated these in a message on Monday to mark his 60th birthday.
He prayed God to forgive the misdeeds of Nigerians and make the country great again while urging the people to work towards a united and prosperous country.
He commended the youths for their renewed interest in the country’s leadership recruitment process, while calling on them to vote the LP candidates of Peter Obi-Yusuf Datti ticket.
According to him, the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress have been tested over the years, and have been found not competent to continue beyond 2023.Read more
Food prices rose in July 2022 – NBS (Vanguard)
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), says prices of selected food items increased in July.
It made the declaration in its Selected Food Prices Watch Report for July 2022 released in Abuja on Monday.
The NBS stated that the average price of 1kg of white beans rose by 23.22 per cent from N444.21 in July 2021 to N547.38 in July 2022.
“On a month-on-month basis, the price increased by 2.09 per cent from N536.17 in June 2022 to N547.38 in July 2022.’’ It added. Read more
NBA conference: Adiche gathers N3.2m for female footballers (Punch)
There was money rain on Monday at the opening ceremony of the Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Bar Association held in Lagos, as personalities donated over N3 million for the NBA female football competition to be held as part of the events during the eight-day conference.
During her speech on accountability, award-winning writer and speaker, Chimamanda Adichie, called on the citizens to hold themselves accountable before holding the leaders responsible.
She said, “A bold transition must embrace audacity and innovation. They have called me troublesome. Although it is never enjoyable to be called troublesome. I never set out to provoke for its sake. But I refuse to silence myself for the fear of what I might inadvertently provoke. It has always been important to me to say what I believe, to call out injustice.
“As long as we refuse to untangle the knot of injustice, peace cannot thrive. If we don’t talk about it, we fail to hold leaders accountable and we turn what should be transparent systems into ugly opaque cults.” Read more
Meghan Markle ‘hit hard’ by Netflix cancellation and wants to avoid ‘more ridicule’ (Daily Star)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry signed a huge deal with Netflix after leaving royal life, but one of the Duchess of Sussex’s big projects was recently canceled by the streaming giants
Meghan Markle was “hit hard” by the cancellation of her animated series by Netflix and has been taking steps to avoid future “ridicule”, a royal commentator has
“The Pearl thing really hit Meghan very hard because it was very embarrassing wasn’t it for them?”, Neil told viewers of his YouTube channel.
“Archewell productions proudly announced that they’re going to be making etc…And then for them to have to remove it even though it was in the public domain and everybody knew, now they’re basically stating that they don’t want to put anything on the website unless it’s 100% going forward so that they don’t experience any more ridicule.”
Fans have been waiting patiently for news about Meghan’s Spotify series, which she announced would be named Archetypes in a teaser trailer released in March. Read more
Gray Busey: Point Break star charged with sex offences at horror film fan convention (Skynews)
The actor is widely known for his role in Point Break, as well as his best actor Oscar nomination for his turn as the title role in the 1978 film The Buddy Holly Story.
Busey, 78, was charged with two counts of fourth degree criminal sexual assault, one count of attempted criminal sexual contact and one count of harassment, Cherry Hill Police said.
Fourth degree sexual assault carries a sentence of up to 18 months, should the defendant be found guilty.
The actor had been visiting the annual Monster Mania Convention at the Doubletree Hotel in Cherry Hill, Philadelphia, last weekend.
He had been a featured guest at the event, which is centred on horror films and merchandise.
Though police did not name the actor in its press release, the details were confirmed in US media.
Sky News has contacted Busey’s representatives for comment.
The actor is widely known for his role in Point Break, as well as his best actor Oscar nomination for his turn as the title role in the 1978 film The Buddy Holly Story. Read more
At least 32 killed in India as monsoonal rains lash northern states (CNN)
At least 32 people have died since Friday in flash flooding and landslides triggered by heavy monsoonal rains in two of India’s northern states.
The rainfall has overwhelmed villages, sweeping away houses and leaving residents stranded as rescue crews race to evacuate survivors.
Twenty-seven were killed in the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh and, as of Monday, six people were still missing, the state government said, adding that many of the deaths were caused by homes collapsing and other accidents.
It’s just the latest in a mounting death toll related to heavy rainfall in the state since the start of monsoon at the end of June. At least 244 people have died in Himachal Pradesh since the onset of the season, according to the state report. Read more
Nudity warnings and anti-bullying training to be given on TV sets in industry move, says union (SKYNews)
Actors are set to be given anti-bullying and harassment training, as well as advance nudity warnings, as part of a move by major TV organisations to “tackle inappropriate behaviour” in the industry.
Performing arts union Equity announced its new “statement of commitment” developed alongside broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, HBO, Disney, and Apple TV+ to help deliver “real and lasting change”.
In total, 21 organisations have backed the move “towards a culture in which everyone working in the TV industry feels able to call out unacceptable behaviour and that nobody is above being challenged: no one is untouchable”, the union said.
Representatives from the organisations have agreed to ensure safe casting and audition spaces, to appoint safeguarding contacts on set, and to put clear policies in place for making and addressing concerns and complaints of bullying and harassment. Read more
Officials: Landslide at Shiite shrine in Iraq kills 7 (ABC1¹)
A landslide collapsed the ceiling of a Shiite shrine in central Iraq over the weekend and killed at least seven people, including a child, officials said Monday as rescuers continued to search for survivors.
The landslide struck Qattarat al-Imam Ali shrine near the holy city of Karbala, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Baghdad, on Saturday.
According to Iraq’s civil defense, the landslide hit the ceiling of the shrine, which lies in a natural depression, causing it to cave in and dumping a torrent of rock and mud inside the structure. The entrance, walls and the minarets of the shrine, which was built on the place of a water source in the desert, remained standing.
Among the dead were four women, two men and a child, the civil defense said, adding that search teams had rescued six people. On Monday, rescuers were using a bulldozer to try to remove the rubble and search for survivors. Read more
Do they make you laugh? Top 10 Edinburgh Fringe festival jokes revealed (Skynews)
Comedian Masai Graham wins the Dave Joke of the Edinburgh Fringe 2022 award for the second time
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A pun about pasta has won the award for the funniest joke of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
Comic Masai Graham was voted the winner with the joke: “I tried to steal spaghetti from the shop, but the female guard saw me and I couldn’t get pasta.”
The Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, which was voted for by members of the public, returned for the first time since 2019.
Graham also won the accolade in 2016 with the joke: “My dad suggested I register for a donor card – he’s a man after my own heart.” Read more
Cineworld confirms it is considering bankruptcy (BBC)
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Cineworld has confirmed it is considering filing for bankruptcy in the US, as the cinema chain continues to struggle with $5bn worth of debt.
But the company, which also owns the Picturehouse chain in the UK, insisted it’s cinemas “remain open for business” and that there would be “no significant impact” on jobs.
Cineworld employs more than 28,000 people globally.
Like other cinema chains, Cineworld was hit hard by the pandemic.
Many theaters were forced to close for extended periods during the lockdowns, or had to operate at a reduced capacity due to social distancing rules. Read More
PrettyLittleThing announces Love Island star Gemma Owen as latest brand ambassador (Skynews)
Love Island star Gemma Owen has been named as the latest brand ambassador for online fashion retailer PrettyLittleThing in a six-figure deal.
The 19-year-old will launch her own collection and support the brand’s new resale marketplace platform, the company said.
Gemma, daughter of England football star Michael Owen, came second alongside boyfriend Luca Bish in the latest series of Love Island, which finished at the beginning of August.
Her deal with PrettyLittleThing (PLT) sees her following in the footsteps of former Love Island star Molly-Mae Hague, who is now creative director for the fashion outlet .Read more
Sports minister charges Joshua, Usman to bounce back from defeats (Leadership)
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has charged boxer, Anthony Joshua; UFC fighter, Kamaru Usman, and the women’s national U20 football team, the Falconets, should not allow their defeats over the weekend dampen their spirits.
Nigerian born Joshua and Usman lost World Title bouts in boxing and mixed martial arts, respectively while the Falconets crashed out of the FIFA U20 Women World Cup at the quarter final stage.
Dare in a statement by his media aide, Kola Daniel, said in spite of their losses, Joshua, Usman and Falconets can keep their heads up because they gave their best and performed gallantly.
“Nigeria is still proud of them and they remain national heroes and heroines, believing they will bounce back again, stronger and better,” the Minister said
NBBF mourns ex Olympian, Amaka Adibeli (Guardian)
The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has condoled the family and friends of former Nigerian international, Amaka Adibeli, who passed on last week.
In a statement by the NBBF President, Musa Kida, the federation described the demise of the member of the D’Tigress 2003 Afrobasket Championship as tragic, which has left the basketball team in deep shock and state of mourning.
“The former First Bank captain will forever remain in our hearts because we have lost an irreplaceable gem. Her career trajectory and achievements indicated that she was a true professional,” Kida said.
Kida described her as one of the best point guards that ever came out of Nigeria as she strode the domestic and international stage like a colossus. Read more
Ukraine set to restart soccer league as war rages on (Sun)
As soon as the air raid sirens had stopped, Shakhtar Donetsk’s players ran out onto the pitch for their final training session on Monday before Ukraine began an extraordinary new season of its national soccer league.
As Ukrainian soldiers battle Russian forces in the east and south, Shakhtar are due to play Metalist 1925 from the embattled eastern city of Kharkiv in the opening game of Ukraine’s Premier League at 1000 GMT on Tuesday.
The match in Kyiv kicks off a day before Ukraine marks six months since Russia invaded its smaller neighbor in a war that has killed thousands of people, displaced millions, destroyed whole cities and is still raging on.
“This will be a unique competition: It will happen during a war, during military aggression, during bombardments,” Andriy Pavelko, head of the Ukrainian Association of Football, told Reuters in an interview.
Matches will be played without fans in stands due to the risk of bombs and missiles. Two top-flight clubs – Desna Chernihiv and FC Mariupol – are being replaced in the 16-team league after their stadiums were destroyed in fighting. Read more
Manchester United: Casemiro says move from Real Madrid ‘not about money’ (BBC)
Casemiro bids emotional farewell to Real Madrid before moving to Manchester United
Casemiro said his impending move to Manchester United is not motivated by money as he bid an emotional farewell to Real Madrid on Monday.
The Brazil midfielder, 30, said he is joining “the biggest team in the world” after a nine-year spell with Real.
United have agreed to pay up to £70m to sign Casemiro on a four-year deal which would make him one of the top earners at the three-time European champions.
“If it was about money I would have left four or five years ago,” he said.
“Those people who think that are wrong, they don’t know me at all.
“The club has always treated me very well. It’s my decision, my path.”
After joining from Sao Paulo in 2013, Casemiro helped Real win the Champions League five times, plus La Liga three times and the Cope del Rey once.
Casemiro looked emotional during his final news conference as a Real Madrid player. Read more
Oshoala, DJ Cuppy, others back Joshua after defeat (Punch)
British-Nigerian heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua lost to Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk via split decision early on Sunday morning at the King Abdullah Sports Arena in Jeddah with Usyk retaining his IBF, IBO, WBA, and WBO titles.
Nigerians took to social media to react to the defeat after the former champion lost his chance to regain the titles from Usyk in Saudi Arabia.
African Women’s Footballer of the Year, Asisat Oshoala, sympathised with Joshua’s loss and voiced her continued support for him, writing, “I felt AJ had like 2 occasions where he could’ve gone in for a KO but he was too tired. Omo na we wey no too understand the sport Dey analyze pass….. Anyway, we are coming back, NAIJA FOR LIFE STILL.”
Florence Otedola, popularly known as DJ Cuppy, added, “So PROUD of Femi! WITH or WITHOUT belts, ALWAYS my CHAMP. Oh and before I forget, F*CK the HATERS!”
FG sets up 12-man committee to produce Sports Book of Record (Vanguard)
The Federal Government has set up a 12-man Committee to work towards the successful Production and Second Launch of the Sports Book of Record, with a view to documenting athletes’ achievements for posterity.
The Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare while inaugurating the Committee today in his office in Abuja, called on them to work assiduously towards ensuring the production and launch of a one stop shop document for the country’s sportsmen and women as well as their achievements, both past and present.
This he said, is to ensure that the sacrifices and patriotic zeal of the athletes are written in gold and documented accordingly.
Represented by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar, Dare charged the Committee to be proactive and approach the assignment with utmost responsibility and patriotism, also urging them to bring their wealth of experience to bear in ensuring a successful production and launching of the Record Book. Read more
Western and Southern Open: Caroline Garcia and Borna Coric claim historic wins (BBC)
Caroline Garcia has recovered from foot surgery earlier this year
France’s Caroline Garcia and Croatia’s Borna Coric both created history as they claimed victories in the finals at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.
Garcia, 28, became the first qualifier to win a WTA 1000 title with her 6-2 6-4 win against Petra Kvitova.
In the men’s final, Coric, the world number 152, became the lowest-ranked player to claim a Masters Trophy.
He beat Greek fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6 (7-0) 6-2.
The previous holder of the record was then-world number 143 Roberto Carretero of Spain, who won in Hamburg in 1996.
Coric has been as high as 12th in the ATP rankings but was absent for a year with a shoulder injury and only returned to the circuit in March.
He beat British number one Cameron Norrie in Saturday’s semi-final after earlier dispatching Rafael Nadal and Felix Auger-Aliassime. Read more