Lagos tragedy: ‘My daughter was to resume JSS I when school fence killed her’ (Vanguard)
The mother of one of the children killed by a school’s fence in Amukoko area of Lagos on Saturday, told Vanguard that her 10-year-old daughter, Judith Ndujie, was supposed to resume JSS 1 on Monday.
She also said on Saturday morning, before she left for work, was the last time she saw Judith.
The fence of a school bearing two names – Covenant Point Academy and Waves of Impact Academy – collapsed on Saturday at 3p.m., killing two children.
The two children, Judith and three-year-old Samat Saheed, were inadvertently killed when the badly-built fence suddenly gave way at Ajose Street. Read more
5 injured, shops, houses destroyed in Jigawa gas explosion (DailyTrust)
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Jigawa said on Tuesday that five people were injured from a suspected smuggled gas that exploded in the Babura Local Government Area of the state.
The spokesman of the NSCDC, CSC Adamu Shehu, who confirmed the incident in Dutse added that the explosion also damaged shops and houses.
Also, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Lawan Shiisu, confirmed the incident.
He said that 17 shops and five houses were damaged by the inferno caused by the explosion. Read more
Abacha’s ex-CSO Al-Mustapha, Wike meet in Rivers (Nation)
Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike and presidential candidate of the Action Alliance (AA), Hamza Al-Mustapha have held a closed-door meeting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Al-Mustapha, a former Chief Security Officer to the late former maximum ruler, General Sani Abacha, met Wike at his private residence on Monday night.
The latest visit came one week after 17 governorship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 general elections met Wike in Port Harcourt over the ongoing crisis in their party.
Like many of the recent visits by presidential candidates to the Governor, there was no disclosure of the motive behind Al- Mustapha’s visit. Read more
Pregnant woman, 2 minors arrested for oil bunkering in Ondo (Vanguard)
A pregnant woman, two minors, and eight others suspects, have been arrested by the operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), in Ondo state, for their alleged involvement in illegal oil bunkering.
The state Commandant of the Corps, Hammed Abodunrin, parading the suspects in Akure, the State capital, said they were arrested at Waterway in Iju-Osun, Irele council area of the state with products suspected to be adulterated diesel.
According to him “the product was packed in drums, polythene bags and jerry cans loaded in four wooden boats.
“The suspects were caught in the act moving the petroleum products to an unknown destination. Read more
Strike: Protesting students to block Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Tuesday (Punch)
The National Association of Nigerian Students, South-West zone, on Monday, said it would commence protests on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway (Sagamu Interchange) over the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
Meanwhile, the National Industrial Court may assign the case between the Federal Government and the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities to another judge, The PUNCH reports.
A source, who spoke to The PUNCH on Monday, noted that the judge who presided over the case on Monday, Polycap Hamman, is a vacation judge.
“Justice Polycap Hamman is a vacation judge, the case will be reassigned to another judge for adjudication,” the source who was present at the court told our correspondent in Abuja. Read more
Mali, Chad, Niger indicate interest to transit cargoes through Lekki deep seaport (Sun)
Landlocked countries of Chad, Mali and Niger Republic have indicated interest in routing their cargoes through Nigeria, as the Lekki Deep Seaport gets set for operations Friday, September 16, 2022.
The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko, who disclosed this while addressing journalists, said the commencement of port operations would make Nigeria wrest lost transit cargoes from neighboring countries.
“By the 15th of this month, Lekki deep seaport will have completed installation of its equipment, so we can say the port is ready by 15th of September, however, this is the first time in a long time that a new port will be set up in Nigeria.
“A port with a different system, different IT deployment that we don’t have currently in Nigeria will be at Lekki. No port currently in Nigeria has a Ship To Shore Crane. The IT system they have has minimal human interaction that you will do your clearance, other clearance processes from your office and finish everything, containers will be identified using a digital information system. Read more
Man remanded for using pieces of carton as money to buy clothes (DailyTrust)
A magistrates’ court in Maikunkele, headquarters of Bosso LGA of Niger State, has remanded a 26-year-old man, Hassan Sule, of Kuta, Shiroro LGA, for using a wrap of cartons he cut into naira denominations to buy clothes worth N44,000.
The prosecutor, Inspector Bature Sidi, told the court that a boutique owner at Emir Junction, Bosso area of Minna, Samuel Okoro, on September 8, arrested and brought the suspect to the Bosso Police Station for selecting clothes worth N44,000 and deceitfully giving him a wrap of cartons in a nylon bag as money.
City & Crime learnt that the suspect was said to have cut cartons to the size of N1,000 notes and arranged them as a bunch with both sides covered with one N1,000 wrapped in a black nylon which he claimed was a bunch of N1,000,000 and asked the boutique’s owner to keep for him.
The prosecutor said the boutique’s owner, who became suspicious, collected the clothes and handed him the nylon to open and thereafter found that it was not a bunch of N1,000 notes as claimed by the suspect. Read more
Airport workers protest, give FG 14-day ultimatum over aviation bills (Channels)
Aviation unions have given the Federal Government a 14-day ultimatum to the Federal Government over what they say are anti-labour clauses in recently amended aviation bills.
The unions say clauses inserted in the bills give the Minister of Aviation overriding powers to direct affairs on issues affecting trade unions in the industry.
Stressing that the clauses were an attempt to gag and control the unions, they asked the Federal Government to remove them.
One of the clauses reads, “All services which facilitate and maintain the smooth, orderly and safe take-off, flight and landing of aircraft, embarkation and disembarkation and evacuation of passengers and cargo respectively in all aerodromes in Nigeria are hereby designated as essential services pursuant to the provisions of Section 11(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as altered). Read more
AA chief decries abusive campaigns, flooding in Rivers (Guardian)
The governorship candidate of Action Alliance (AA) in Rivers State, Dr. Dawari George, has decried “toxic communications” and perennial flooding in the state, warning that they destroy the fabrics of the state.
George, an ally of former Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, recently dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for AA. He expressed worries that youths were watching politicians indulge in baleful words, which, he noted, would affect their thoughts and actions in future.
Dawari, who stated this in Port Harcourt, yesterday, during a chat with newsmen, urged politicians to desist from abusing people, who criticise them, describing the act as unfortunate and evil.
He said: “Something has gone wrong in the state. The communications are too toxic, too bitter and evil and unfortunately, the younger generation is beginning to take this as the norm. This is a major concern. We are destroying the fabric of society.” Read more
UK cinemas to close on Monday for Queen’s funeral (DigitalSpy)
Cinemas in the UK are set to close next Monday out of respect for Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her state funeral.
A number of chains – including Cineworld, ODEON and Showcase – have confirmed that viewings will no longer go ahead on September 19, as the Queen’s state funeral is set to take place that day following her death last week (September 8) aged 96.
In a statement to Digital Spy, Cineworld said: “Out of respect to HM Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family, all of our UK cinemas will be closed on Monday September 19, the day of the state funeral. Those who have made bookings for this day will be contacted shortly.”
ODEON will be closing too, the cinema saying: “As a mark of respect for Queen Elizabeth II all ODEON cinemas in the UK & Northern Ireland will be closed on Monday 19th September. We will re-open again on Tuesday 20th September.” Read more
Lizzo gives emotional speech on representation following Emmy win (BelfastTelegraph)
Lizzo delivered an emotional speech on representation at the Emmys in which she said that all she had ever wanted as a child was to “see me in the media”.
The About Damn Time singer said she had wanted to see “someone who was fat like me, black like me, beautiful like me” as she accepted the award for best competition series at the annual awards.
She won the accolade for her Amazon series Watch Out For The Big Grrrls.
The eight-part dance show competition sees 13 plus-sized women compete to become part of Lizzo’s backing dancer line-up. Read more
Emmy Winner Michael Keaton thanks family for never diminishing his dreams, addresses doubters (THR)
Michael Keaton won the award for best actor in a limited series, movie or anthology for his performance in Dopesick at the 2022 Emmys on Monday and thanked his family for never diminishing his dreams to become an actor. He even acknowledged his doubters during his acceptance speech.
“I watched all of the cowboy shows, especially the comedies, and all the gangster shows, and I fell in love with it,” Keaton said about his childhood watching television. “And I would go and I would re-enact the scenes or create my own scenes, and my parents and my brothers and sisters would watch me out the window. And to this day, they were never demeaning. They were never dismissive. They never looked down upon it. They never made fun of me. And in fact, they would ask me to re-enact scenes for them.”
He continued: “I want to thank them. I just want to thank all those people in my family for never making me feel foolish because I went on to do that several times myself. And that’s the thing about feeling foolish and making a fool of yourself and making mistakes. There’s huge power and merit in that. And I’m glad I made a fool of myself over and over and over again. And one more thing I want to say: Over the years, we’ve all been through tough times. There have been some doubters. I’ve had some doubters. You know what? We’re cool.” Read more
Production begins on Shudder horror film ‘Birth/Rebirth’ by writer-director Laura Moss (Deadline)
Shudder, AMC Networks’ streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural announced the start of production on the latest Shudder original film, Birth/Rebirth.
The first feature from writer-director Laura Moss, Birth/Rebirth stars Marin Ireland (The Umbrella Academy, Y: The Last Man) and Judy Reyes (Claws, The Horror of Dolores Roach), with AJ Lister (Challengers), Breeda Wool (National Treasure: Edge of History, Mr. Mercedes) and Monique Gabriela Curnen (Power Book II: Ghost, Away). Birth/Rebirth is produced by Mali Elfman and David Grove Churchill Viste from original script written by Moss and Brendan J. O’Brien. Shudder will release the film in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand in 2023.
Said Shudder general manager, Craig Engler, “We’re thrilled to be working with Laura and their amazing cast on this unique, wrenching take on a classic tale. Birth/Rebirth is a fantastic blend of psychological and body horror, sure to electrify our members.” Read more
Magic of cinema in focus as Mendes celebrates Toronto festival comeback (RFI)
As crowds finally flocked back to the Toronto film festival after two years thwarted by Covid-19, Hollywood’s top directors from Sam Mendes to Steven Spielberg put the escapism and collective experience of cinema in the spotlight with their latest films debuting at the event.
“American Beauty” and “1917” director Mendes on Monday premiered “Empire of Light,” his new drama set at a 1980s cinema on the south coast of England, in which its employees battling mental health issues, extra-marital affairs and racism seek comfort in the silver screen.
It comes on the heels of the Toronto debut at the weekend of Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans,” a semi-autobiographical take on the great director’s childhood, and the cathartic role filmmaking and art played at difficult moments in his early years.
“It was a way of telling a story about how movies and music and popular culture and art generally… can help heal you when you’re broken,” said Mendes on the Toronto red carpet for his film. Read more
Ramsey Lewis, jazz pianist known for hits ‘Wade in the Water’ and ‘The In Crowd,’ dead at 87 (USAToday)
Renowned jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis, whose music entertained fans over a more than 60-year career that began with the Ramsey Lewis Trio and made him one of the country’s most successful jazz musicians, has died. He was 87.
Lewis is revered in jazz circles for 1960s hits like “The In Crowd,” “Hang on Sloopy” and “Wade in the Water.” He earned three Grammy awards and seven gold records. The trio’s first record in 1956 was “Ramsey Lewis and the Gentlemen of Swing.”
Lewis died Monday in his sleep at his Chicago home, according to his son, Bobby Lewis.
“He was just at peace,” Bobby Lewis told The Associated Press on Monday night. “Most people say when they met dad that he was a class act. He was that way even through his last breath.” Read more
Billionaire Jeff Bezos’s New Shepard rocket crashes in desert, but not before ejecting cargo capsule to safety (ABC)
A rocket from Jeff Bezos’s space company Blue Origin has failed mid-flight, shortly after lift off, aborting its cargo capsule to safety before crashing in the Texas desert.
Without any people on board, the rocket lifted off from Blue Origin’s West Texas launch site on Monday morning as the company’s 23rd New Shepard mission.
The mission aimed to send NASA-funded experiments and other cargo to the edge of space to float for a few minutes in microgravity.
But just over a minute after lift-off, and about 8 kilometres above ground, the New Shepard booster’s engines flared unexpectedly during ascent. Read more
Umar Sadiq diagnosed with season-ending cruciate ligament injury (Guardian)
Super Eagles striker, Umar Sadiq, may miss the rest of the season after copping a cruciate ligament injury in Real Sociedad’s La Liga game against Getafe at the weekend.
Real Sociedad lost the game 1-2. According to reports, Sadiq, who limped out of the game in the 38th minute, faces a long spell on the sidelines and may not play again this season.
Sunday’s game against Getafe was Sadiq’s third match for Sociedad, a club he joined from Almeria in the summer transfer window for €20 million.
Real Sociedad brought him in as replacement for Alexander Isak, who left for Newcastle United. Following test results that confirmed Sadiq tore his right ACL, Real Sociedad said the Nigerian would go under the knife soon. Read more
Rampant Haaland set to show Dortmund what they are missing (France24)
Borussia Dortmund know only too well of Erling Haaland’s ability to destroy defences in the Champions League, but the German giants may die by the sword they previously lived by when they visit Manchester City on Wednesday.
Haaland blossomed into one of the world’s most feared strikers during two-and-a-half years in Germany, scoring 86 goals in 89 games for Dortmund.
Eight games into his City career, the giant Norway striker with a devastating turn of speed has already scored 12 times for the English champions.
“His numbers in all his career, not just here but when he was in previous teams, is quite similar,” said City boss Pep Guardiola after Haaland struck twice in a 4-0 win at Sevilla to kick off City’s latest quest to break their Champions League duck. Read more
NFF elections: Akinwunmi, Dikko, 9 others cleared (Punch)
The Nigerian Football Federation Electoral Committee 2022 has cleared a total of 11 persons to contest for the position of federation President at the elections scheduled for September 30 in Benin City, The PUNCH reports.
Top on the list is current Vice Presidents of the NFF, Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko, Ibrahim Gusau; current Member of Board, Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande; immediate past General Secretary, Musa Amadu and Head of Safety and Security of the Confederation of African Football, Christian Emeruwa.
Others cleared for the exalted post, to be vacated by Amaju Pinnick, are Amanze Uchegbulam, Mouktar Mohammed, former Nigeria international, Peterside Idah, Abba Yola and UK-based David-Buhari Doherty.
Paul Yusuf from Plateau State and Marcellinus Anyanwu were disqualified as a result of invalid nomination. Read more
‘Horror show’ in Napoli was worst display of my time at Liverpool, insists Jurgen Klopp (IrishIndependent)
Jurgen Klopp is demanding a reaction to the “horror show” that was the “worst performance” of his Liverpool reign against Ajax.
There have been so many clear-the-air meetings at Liverpool’s training ground this season it must be one of the healthiest places in England.
The first sobering post-match debrief between Klopp and his players was after defeat by Manchester United last month. The second, following last Wednesday’s hammering in Naples, felt more serious given his side’s under-performance this season.
“I watched the game back plenty of times and it was a real horror show,” Klopp said of the 4-1 loss in Italy. “We showed the boys the situations as well. They knew, but seeing it again makes it really obvious. It was the worst game we played since I was here. Read more
Valtteri Bottas explains why he dropped to last place on opening lap at Monza (PlanetF1)
Valtteri Bottas has explained his troubled start to the Italian Grand Prix in which he dropped to the back of the field.
The Finn was among the nine drivers who were given power unit-related grid penalties and he lined up 15th at Monza.
However, once the action began, he soon found himself right at the back after his Alfa Romeo made contact with two rivals, one at either end of the car.
As the field bunched up for entry to the Rettifilo chicane, Bottas was towards the outside going into Turn 1. He was clipped from behind by a car believed to be Mick Schumacher’s, which in turn sent him into the other Haas driven by Kevin Magnussen. Read more
Sergio Garcia could face punishment for BMW withdrawal (RTE)
Sergio Garcia faces a fine by the DP World Tour if he doesn’t provide proof of an emergency or medical issue for withdrawing from the BMW PGA Championship on Saturday before the tournament’s second round.
He shot a first-round 76 in the event, which was shortened to 54 holes following the death of Queen Elizabeth II last Thursday.
On Saturday morning in the United States, television cameras caught him in Austin, Texas, where he was attending the football game between Texas and Alabama. His wife, Angela Akins Garcia, played college golf at Texas.
The Telegraph reported that, as of Monday, Garcia had yet to provide a reason for the withdrawal to officials at the Wentworth Club in Surrey, England, where the event was held. Read more
Why Kerr thinks Warriors’ trip to Japan is ‘incredible’ (NBC)
Fresh off winning his fourth NBA title as a coach, Steve Kerr is already preparing for the Warriors’ title defence in the 2022-23 NBA season.
That said, the Warriors are slated to play two preseason games against Rui Hachimura and the Washington Wizards on Sept. 30 and Oct. 2 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, which elicited some mixed feelings from Kerr.
“It’s not the ideal way to go through training camp,” Kerr said on 95.7 The Game’s “Damon and Ratto” show last Thursday. “It’s not how you draw it up, but it’s an incredible opportunity to go to Tokyo, which is such a great city.”
Although Kerr isn’t a fan of the circumstances surrounding the Warriors’ visit to Japan, he hopes to see more of the country this time around. Read more