Lagos market leaders visit Jandor, decry incessant market closure (Independent)
Market leaders from various major markets across Lagos State Saturday made a solidarity visit to the Lagos State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), governorship candidate, Dr. Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran also called Jandor, to express their commitment to his vision of offering a breath of fresh air to residents of the state.
According to a press statement signed by Gbenga Ogunleye, Head, Media and Communications for Jandor ’23 Campaign Organization, stated that the delegation commended Jandor for leading the crusade to rescue Lagos from the 23 years tyranny of the ruling party and the incessant closure of major markets across the state for flimsy and untenable reasons.
They appreciated the PDP gubernatorial candidate for his quest to return the state back to the people, this they said is exceptional and much anticipated.
In his remarks, Jandor appreciated the market leaders for taking such a bold step by publicly identifying with him without recourse to the likely reaction of the vindictive ruling party. Read more
Lagos commissioner warns land grabbers over illegal encroachment (Punch)
The Lagos State Government has reclaimed the encroached portion of Ikorodu GRA Scheme III, located in Odonla, Lucky Fibre axis of Ikorodu.
According to a statement, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, stated in Alausa on Thursday that the state government had to dislodge the illegal occupants and return the affected portion of land to the original allottees, who were with certificates of occupancy issued by the Lands Bureau.
He said that the move was “to restore confidence in Government schemes, give deserved restitution to the rights of the original allottees and also forestall the bastardisation of the scheme.”
Salako said that the action was prompted by the unlawful ejection of the rightful owners from their properties, the unconscionable development by usurpers and the deafening complaints of allottees, noting that it was a follow-up to the service of statutory notices, including the stop-work order of February 4th, 2022. Read more
Police arrest 4 fake soldiers in Lagos (Nation)
Operatives of the Lagos Police Command have arrested four persons for allegedly impersonating the Nigerian Army (NA).
The suspects, comprising three men and a woman, were apprehended around 1:30am on Sunday by operatives attached to Iju Police Division.
They are Samuel Abel, 28, Victor ljeemai, 35, Lukman Salabiu, 43, and Oyinyechi Macus, 30, the police said.
They were all dressed in military camouflage and inside a Mazda3 saloon car heading to a yet to be disclosed destination. Read more
Osinbajo breaks silence on surgery, appreciates well-wishers (Independent)
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday expressed gratitude to his well-wishers following his surgery.
Recall that the VP on Saturday was admitted to the Duchess International Hospital in Lagos for a surgical procedure to treat the pain in his leg.
Osinbajo appreciated the medical team of the hospital in a tweet via his official Twitter account, expressing that they provided excellent care.
He wrote, “My deep gratitude to everyone for your get-well wishes and prayers following my surgery. Read more
Isheri North Rotary Club promises to help underprivileged citizens (Guardian)
The Isheri North Rotary Club has reiterated its commitment to rendering help to the under-privileged citizens in the country through its several humanitarian projects and commitment.
The newly-inducted Second President of the club, Rotarian Olugbenga Babayemi, who stated this, at the weekend, during the fund-raising and investiture ceremony tagged: “The Role of Citizens in Leadership and Nation-building,” in Lagos, said that the club would continue to contribute its quota towards alleviating poverty and ensuring a good healthcare for the people.
He said: “Our commitment to polio eradication is intact and every Rotarian is committed to 100 per cent eradication of the disease globally.
“We want to solicit assistance in raising funds to undertake our projects for this year.
“Revamp and equip primary healthcare centre at Isheri to help the community of over 10,000 people have access to functional, low cost and free healthcare services.” He reiterated the club’s interest to partner with community leaders and the state government for its sustainability, saying that the projects require N5 million to be achieved. Read more
Take advantage of AfCFTA, NAFDAC urges pharmaceutical companies (Punch)
Nigerian pharmaceutical companies must be ready for trading their products across the continent with quality products that can be approved in the different countries through continental reliance among regulators, the Director General, National Agency for Food Administration and Control, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye has said.
Adeyeye said this is being underscored because of the African Free Trade Agreement that allows free trade among African countries.
The AfCFTA is a free trade area, which has 43 parties and another 11 signatories, making it the largest free-trade area by number of member states, after the World Trade Organisation, and the largest in population and geographic size.
Speaking on ‘From Green to Gold: Operational Realities in the 21st Century at the 50th Anniversary of Daily-Need Industries Limited’ in Lagos, the NAFDAC boss emphasised that Research and Development is an important creativity and innovation that several companies will need to incorporate into the manufacturing environment. Read more
2 ladies, 6 men arrested over cocaine, tramadol deal (Channels)
At least two ladies and six men have been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) over alleged links with cocaine and tramadol deals.
NDLEA in a statement on Sunday by its spokesman, Femi Babafemi, said certain suspects were nabbed for attempting to smuggle the hard drugs to Nigeria while the others were trying to sneak the contraband out of the country to Europe through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja; Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, and Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
“At least two ladies and six men have been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, over attempts to import hundreds of cocaine pellets into Nigeria and export thousands of Tramadol 255 mg tablets among other illicit drugs to Europe through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA, Abuja; Akanu Ibiam International Airport, AIIA, Enugu, and Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos,” the statement read.
According to the NDLEA, the streaks of arrests and seizures began on July 17th when a 52-year-old father of three, Okwo Paul Okechukwu, was arrested upon his arrival from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia via an Ethiopian airline flight at the Abuja airport for ingesting 76 pellets of cocaine. Read more
BBNaija S7: Okowa’s aide, Ossai frowns at composition of housemates (Vanguard)
The Special Assistant on Media to the Delta State Governor Mr. Ossai Ovie Success has expressed his disappointment with the organizers of season 7 of the Big Brother Naija reality TV show, tagged ‘Level Up’.
Ossai took to his verified Facebook page Yesterday to state that the current housemates in the house are already rich.
“I am disappointed at the organisers of the Big Brother Naija Season 7.
“The show is no longer interesting considering the kind of people being pushed into the house. Read more
Ex-Buhari’s aide offers scholarship to talented Kano out-of-school girl (DailyTrust)
Former Social Media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mallam Bashir Ahmad, has offered scholarship to a talented out-of-school girl, Saratu Dan-Azumi, from Primary school to university.
A viral video of the girl showing her talent in mathematics, by giving a rapid response to every question on calculation recently went viral.
Several people took to their social media handles to express their happiness over the wisdom of the young Saratu, who lives in Gwadayi village, Shagogo ward of Gaya Local Government Area of the state.
However, as soon as he received the video, the former aide, who contested for the House of Representative ticket in the last primary election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, commenced searching for the girl. Read more
Christina Aguilera to perform at Monte Carlo Summer Festival in the iconic Salle des Etoiles (Mirror)
American superstar Christina Aguilera is set to take to the stage at the Monte Carlo Summer Festival later this month.
The Beautiful singer will perform in the world’s most iconic destination on July 29th at Salle des Etoiles, performing her biggest hits under the stars.
This will be the 41 year old’s first time in the region as she joins some of the biggest names in music at the festival, including James Blunt, Rita Ora and Alicia Keys.
Christine first shot to fame when she was only 12 on The Mickey Mouse Club, alongside Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. Read more
Machine Gun Kelly groped by fan during concert (DailyMail)
Machine Gun Kelly was groped by a fan during a show at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon on Thursday.
The 32-year-old musical artist/actor, whose real name is Colson Baker, was performing in the crowd when a fan leaned in to try to take a selfie with him, in a video published on TMZ.
The fan continued to wrap his arms around the Houston native, who was moving in a different direction, when he placed his hands on the front of MGK’s pants, at which point the musical artist removed the fan’s hand and broke off in a different direction.
Machine Gun Kelly is currently on his Mainstream Sellout Tour in support of his album of the same name, kicking things off June 8 at the Moody Center in Austin, Texas. Read more
Red Hot Chili Peppers unveil details of surprise new album, ‘Return Of The Dream Canteen’ (NME)
The Red Hot Chilli Peppers have today (July 24) surprised fans by announcing details of a new studio album.
The album, which has once again been produced by Rick Rubin, is called ‘Return Of The Dream Canteen’ and will arrive on October 14 via Warner Records.
Earlier this year, the band told NME they had a “loose plan” to release another new album in the immediate future, just months after their last, ‘Unlimited Love‘. “We’re gonna put out music by the handful – literally,” singer Anthony Kiedis said. “Don’t be surprised if another wheelbarrow of songs comes your way in the near future. We have a lot of shit to turn people onto.”
Speaking about the new album, the band said in a statement: “We went in search of ourselves as the band that we have somehow always been. Just for the fun of it we jammed and learned some old songs. Before long we started the mysterious process of building new songs. A beautiful bit of chemistry meddling that had befriended us hundreds of times along the way. Read more
Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello accidentally tackled by security during Toronto concert (Fox)
Tom Morello, lead guitarist of Los Angeles rock band Rage Against the Machine, was accidentally tackled by a security guard who was chasing a fan that rushed the stage during a Toronto concert Saturday night.
Morello and the band were playing their final song, “Killing in the Name,” when a fan in a red shirt jumped onto the stage, according to a video posted online.
In the video, a security guard can be seen chasing after the fan, but accidentally tackles Morello — who falls off the stage — as the fan jumps down and tries to escape back into the crowd. Other security guards then grab hold of the fan before he can escape.
The band stops the song when lead singer Zach de la Rocha, who was sitting in a chair after injuring his leg during a previous show, notices the mishap and yells, “Hold up! Hold up!” Read more
Margot Robbie is set to return to Neighbours for a special appearance in the finale (DailyMail)
Margot Robbie is set to return to her old stomping ground of Neighbours.
The Australian actress will appear in the finale episode, in a cameo filmed over Zoom, news.com.au reported on Sunday.
The 32-year-old, who played Donna Freedman on the soap between 2008 and 2011, was reportedly unable to fly home to shoot the scenes.
Instead, she recorded an appearance over video link, and sent pricey Champagne to the cast as thanks. Read more
Dave Chappelle opens for Kevin Hart and Chris Rock at Madison Square Garden (TMZ)
Dave Chappelle hasn’t opened for anyone in years, but that changed Saturday night when he warmed up the crowd — yeah, more like supercharged the crowd — for Chris Rock and Kevin Hart.
It was a huge surprise to all over at Madison Square Garden in NYC … Dave just came out on stage, cig in hand with no intro. He walked out to Radiohead’s “Karma Police” and then talked extensively about cancel culture … and the crowd ate it up.
There was an oblique reference to the venue that canceled his performance in Minneapolis a few days ago after protests erupted. Dave said, “Had to sneak my way in here,” adding, “despite what you may have read about in the news, I’m okay, and I appreciate the support.”
He wasn’t just up on stage for a few minutes … it was really an opening set, which lasted more than 20 minutes. Dave talked about getting tackled at the Hollywood bowl, suggesting his bodyguards were slow on the uptake because they were wearing dress shoes … grousing they were “sliding all over the place like at a bowling alley.” Read more
Ukraine to restart grain exports after Russian missiles struck Odesa port (NBC)
Ukraine pressed ahead on Sunday with efforts to restart grain exports from its Black Sea ports under a deal aimed at easing global food shortages but warned deliveries would suffer if Russia’s strike on Odesa was a sign of more to come.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy denounced Saturday’s attack as “barbarism” that showed Moscow could not be trusted to implement a deal struck just one day earlier with Turkish and United Nations mediation.
Public broadcaster Suspilne quoted the Ukrainian military as saying after the strike that the missiles did not hit the port’s grain storage area or cause significant damage and Kyiv said preparations to resume grain shipments were ongoing.
“We continue technical preparations for the launch of exports of agricultural products from our ports,” Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said in a Facebook post on Saturday. Read more
Tobi Amusan smashes 100m hurdles world record at World Championships (Guardian)
Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan in the early hours of Monday broke the women’s 100m hurdles world record in the semi-finals at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Amusan, who was fourth at the Tokyo Olympics and the last worlds in 2019, clocked 12.12 seconds at Hayward Field, an hour and 50 minutes before she contested the final.
Amusan took eight hundredths off American Keni Harrison‘s world record from 2016. Amusan’s previous personal best was 12.40, set in the first round on Saturday in Oregon (Sunday morning in Nigeria).
“I wanted to get out and go,” Amusan said, according to World Athletics. “I did what I had to do. Now I’m looking forward to the finals.” Read more
Chukwueze on target as Villarreal defeat Dortmund (Nation)
Nigerian international Samuel Chukwueze came off the bench to score and help Villarreal defeat Borrusia Dortmund 2-0 in a pre-season friendly on Friday.
The 23-year-old has missed the opening two pre-season matches but was introduced in the 60th minute as the Yellow Submarine cruised to victory courtesy of his goal and that of Gerard Moreno at Cashpoint Arena in Austria.
Heading into the fixture, Chukwueze had missed the 1-1 draw against Sporting at Estadio Algarve and the 2-1 win against PSV Eindhoven at Philips Stadion.
Against Dortmund, manager Unai Emery once again did not start the Super Eagle, but they looked the bright side from the onset as they should have taken the lead in the 12th minute when Francis Coquelin’s glancing header hit the woodwork and bounced out for a goal-kick. Read more
Adrien Rabiot is forced to train with Juventus’ Under-23s after being left out of their USA pre-season tour (DailyMail)
French midfielder Adrien Rabiot is looking for a way out of Juventus after being included in their Under-23 pre-season squad.
The 26-year-old was the eye-catching name in the Juventus Under-23 pre-season retreat to the Rovetta sports center in Bergomi after he was left-out of Massimo Allegri’s squad who are currently touring America, due to personal reasons.
It remains unclear what those personal reasons were, but with Rabiot now training with the Under-23’s, he is now hoping to leave the club and return to Ligue 1.
According to reports in Tuttosport, Rabiot wants to return to PSG, despite leaving under a cloud upon moving to Juventus in 2019. Lyon could also be an option, who are said to be interested in the French international. Read more
Forgotten Liverpool youngster who wanted to be ‘better than Van Dijk’ set for Prem loan (DailyStar)
Sepp van den Berg arrived at Liverpool with hopes of emulating Virgil van Dijk and now he will get the chance to prove he is capable — albeit for a different Premier League club.
Reports suggest the 20-year-old is set to head to the South Coast to link up with newly-promoted Bournemouth on a season-long loan as he looks to get his first taste of top-flight experience.
Van den Berg, who joined the Reds in 2019 from Eredivisie side PEC Zwolle for £1.5million, had spent the last 18 months on loan at Championship side Preston North End. And he played an important role for Ryan Lowe’s side, making 66 appearances and scoring twice as they finished 13th last season.
But he now looks set to make the next step up in his promising Liverpool career with another temporary loan switch taking him closer to achieving his goal of becoming a Liverpool first-team squad member. The youngster arrived at Anfield with high hopes and bags of confidence, believing he could one day prove to be better than Liverpool icon Van Dijk. Read more
Canada’s Henderson wins second major title at Evian Championship (StraitsTimes)
Canada’s Brooke Henderson birdied the final hole to survive a pressure-packed final round and end her long wait for a second major title at the Evian Championship on Sunday (July 24).
The 2016 Women’s PGA champion shot a final-round 71 for a 17 under par total and claimed the title by a single shot from American world number 283 Sophia Schubert, who closed with a 68.
The 24-year-old Canadian had led by two overnight, but struggled to find form in the ideal final-day conditions and fell out of the lead after two bogeys and a double – she four putted the sixth – in the first 11 holes.
But, one behind Schubert, she hit back with birdies at the short 14th and long 15th and was tied for the lead at the closing par-five hole. Read more
Russell explains dramatic battle with Perez for podium spot (RN365)
George Russell has given his version events following a combative battle with Sergio Perez for the final podium position.
The Mercedes driver had been following Perez for much of the race, but his main passing opportunity came after the Virtual Safety Car period for Zhou Guanyu’s stricken Alfa Romeo.
With the race going back to green flag conditions, Russell caught Perez unawares and overtook by getting up to speed quicker than the Red Bull driver.
The two drivers were nose-to-tail for the remaining few laps, but Russell kept Perez behind to take the final podium place. Read more
Chris Eubank Jr offered alternative $1m fight if Conor Benn deal collapses (Mirror)
Chris Eubank Jr has been offered a fight by middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade, who believes it would be worth $1 million.
Eubank Jr has not fought since outpointing bitter rival Liam Williams earlier this year, and was previously eyeing a shot at a middleweight world title. Links intensified of a catchweight bout with Benn, with the pair’s fathers having fought each other in two battles during their careers.
Reports indicated that the fight is now nearing confirmation but has not yet been announced while the pair decide whether or not to included a rehydration clause. Andrade currently holds the WBO middleweight title and is willing to stake it in a bout he has claimed that he has offered to the Briton. “Chris Eubank, we offered you a lot of money to fight me,” Andrade said during a video on social media.
“Over one million dollars. For me, that’s over one million dollars bro. We’re talking, it’s not for the fans’ sake, bro. It’s for your pocket, for your dad, it’s for your mum, your dad, I don’t know if you got kids. I got kids. I got four kids, bro. You feel me? I do what I do. Read more