LASTMA can’t impose fine on motorists without court order – Judge (Channels)
The Lagos State High Court sitting in the Ikeja area has declared as unconstitutional the powers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) to impose fines on motorists suspected to have committed traffic offenses without a valid order of the court.
Justice Olalekan Oresanya made the declaration while delivering judgment in a suit filed by a motorist, Lawal Aliyu, against LASTMA, the Lagos State Government, and the state’s Attorney General.
The judge held that the applicant ought to have been arraigned before a competent court before he can be penalised for any traffic offence.
Aliyu had filed the suit seeking a declaration that the obstruction, towage seizure, and impoundment of his car with registration NO AGL 93 DW on November 23, 2021, by the LASTMA officials is unlawful, illegal, unconstitutional, and the same amount to gross violation of his fundamental right to freedom of movement enshrined in section 41 of the 1999 constitution. Read more
Residents asked to walk as Lagos observes car-free day (DailyTrust)
The Lagos State Government is collaborating with the Lagos Urban Development Initiative (LUDI) to observe the first ever ‘Car Free Day’ in the state on Sunday.
The celebration was to encourage road users and motorists to set aside their cars for a day and take up active and inclusive means of transport such as cycling and walking known as Non-Motorized Transport (NMT).
Towards this end, the state has stated that traffic will be diverted around Alausa/Ikeja as cyclists will utilize Governor’s Office Road, through Mobolaji Johnson Ave, Billings Way, Obafemi Awolowo Way, Aromire, Adeniyi Jones, and Oba Akran Way for bicycle ride to mark the event while about 400 Meters of the Governor’s Avenue will be closed for the event.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde explained that the aim of the initiative was to create awareness about the benefits of NMT, which include reduced environmental pollution. Read more
Lagos presents tourism scorecard, unveils new plans (Punch)
Lagos State is known as the entertainment capital of Nigeria, and this is rightfully so because most of the big entertainment events and activities in the country are held in the state fondly referred to as the ‘land of aquatic splendour’.
The Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture in the state, Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, has also been passionately working hard and coming up with different innovations to make the state really stand out in that regard.
During the week, at a media parley in Ikoyi, Lagos, Akinbile-Yusuf reeled out the achievements of the ministry since she came on board. She expressed gratitude to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for giving her the opportunity to lead the ministry for the past three years.
She said, “The current state of entertainment, arts and tourism in Lagos State is not standing alone but part of the governor’s T.H.E.M.E.S agenda that follows the roadmap for the continued growth of the state. Read more
FG fixing broken links to seamless air transport — FAAN (Leadership)
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, (FAAN), on Friday, disclosed that all noticeable broken links in the seamless air transportation system in the country are being addressed.
Speaking at Airports, Airlines, Business Summit and Expo (AABSE), in Lagos, tagged, Fixing the Broken Link’, the managing director, FAAN, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, said broken links are being addressed with many ongoing projects some of which had been completed and 80 per cent delivered.
According to him, the items being addressed are installation of Airfield Ground Lighting System (AGLS) at Lagos Domestic runway, provision of carry-on Baggage Screening machines, hold-on Baggage Screening machines, Cargo screening machines and 3D Body Scanners.
The MD FAAN also mentioned the launch of Aviation Portal for the provision of real-time information to passengers and feedback from them, approval for the establishment of an aviation based centralized Contact Centre to be operated by FAAN as part of what had been done. Read more
Buhari Asked Us To Drop Osinbajo From Tinubu’s Campaign – APC Council (DailyTrust)
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has spoken on the exclusion of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo from the Campaign Council of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, its Presidential Candidate.
The absence of Osinbajo’s name on the 422-man list had attracted different comments.
Osinbajo, estranged ally of Tinubu, is among those who challenged him for the ruling party’s presidential ticket.
However, former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who came second in the primaries, made it to the list.
Explaining the reason in a statement on Saturday, Festus Keyamo, spokesman of the campaign, said President Muhammadu Buhari requested that Osinbajo and Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, should not be part of the campaign council so they could focus on governance. Read more
Court remands man, 68, for raping 10-year-old girl in Osun (Guardian)
An Osogbo Magistrate’s Court in Osun State has remanded a 68-year-old man, Ayodele Faremi, in prison for allegedly defiling and raping a 10-year-old girl in Osogbo.
The police in the state dragged Faremi to court and accused him of having unlawful carnal knowledge of the girl identified as Korope Rose (not real name) at about 9:00 am on September 13, 2022, at Dele Yes Sir Area of Osogbo.
Police prosecutor, John Idoko, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, said the sexagenarian took undue advantage of the victim and sexually exploited her.
The charge reads: “That you Ayodele Faremi on September 13, 2022, at about 9:00 am at Dele Yes Sir Area, Osogbo, in the Osogbo Magisterial District, did unlawfully had sexual intercourse with one Korope Rose, aged 10 years. Read more
Ooni’s new wife steps out at Olojo festival (Punch)
The new wife of Ooni of Ife, Mariam Ajibola, on Saturday stepped out with her husband, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, for the first since she got married to the royal father on Saturday as the annual Olojo Festival got underway in Ile-Ife, Osun State.
Mariam, who attended the event with her husband, and other dignitaries that included; Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola and Osun state Deputy governor, Benedict Alabi, among others, was dressed in all white attire, and was seen speaking with the royal father as different groups paid homage to the Ooni during the ceremony.
The new Yeyeluwa of Ife is attending Olojo, a major cultural celebration in Ile-Ife, during which Ooni will adorn ‘Are crown,’ for the first time as Ooni’s wife.
The new queen was ushered into Ile Oodua Palace in Ile-Ife at 8pm on Tuesday, September 6 by her mother and other members of her family from Kogi and Kwara states and since then, she had not attended any public outing. Read more
AAAN announces 17th edition of LAIF Awards
The 17th edition of the Lagos Advertising and Ideas Festival (LAIF) tagged ‘All ideas are welcome’ will be held on 26th November 2022. This was announced at a press conference held at the Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN) secretariat in Lagos.
In his opening remark, the President, AAAN, and CEO, X3M Ideas, Steve Babaeko, stated that the LAIF Awards is a major milestone, each year, for AAAN, aimed at recognizing creative talents and challenging others to do better.
“The frontier of creativity is in a state of constant evolution. This year, the LAIF awards will reflect the award’s commitment to advocating and rewarding creativity and its commitment to becoming a top-recognized awards platform in Africa.
“We are improving the skills and craftsmanship of creatives in the industry with this award. Those who do not emerge winners are challenged to try again next year,” he said. Read more
62nd Independence Anniversary: Vote wisely in 2023 polls, Sanwo-Olu charges Nigerians (Tribune)
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has charged Nigerians to vote wisely in next year’s general elections by choosing a good leader in order to have a better Nigeria.
Governor Sanwo-Olu gave the charge at a special Jumaat to commemorate the 62nd National Independence Day Celebration, urging Nigerians to be astute in their voting and avoid elevating issues that were not necessary.
The governor, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, at the occasion, which was held at the Lagos State Secretariat Community Central Mosque, Alausa, Ikeja, charged
the general public to consider what the different candidates had done in their various communities, among others in taking their decision on who to vote for. Read more
Chris Evans reveals his reaction to Ana De Armas as Marilyn Monroe in “Blonde” (Metro)
Chris Evans had the best reaction to seeing Ana De Armas as the iconic Marilyn Monroe for the first time in Blonde, hyping up her chances for an Oscar win.
The drama film takes a look at the life of American actress, singer, model, and world-renowned sex symbol Marilyn Monroe.
The psychological flick sees Ana take on the lead role, alongside a star-studded cast including Adrien Brody, Sara Paxton, and Bobby Canavale.
Ahead of the film’s release, Ana held her own screening for the film’s cast and crew as well as some of her close friends, including former Knives Out and The Gray Man co-star Chris. Read more
Elton John honoured by President Joe Biden at White House (MusicNews)
Sir Elton John, multiple-Grammy award winning artist and Founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and his husband, David Furnish, were hosted by President Joe Biden and the First Lady Dr. Jill Biden as part of the event, “A Night When Hope and History Rhyme” organized in collaboration with The History Channel and A+E Networks.
The President and First Lady honored Sir Elton’s remarkable musical and philanthropic legacy, and celebrated the healing power of music to an audience of everyday history makers including teachers and students, nurses, LGBTQ+ advocates, military families, mental health advocates, and more.
Sir Elton delighting the audience by playing several of his smash hits including “Tiny Dancer,” “Rocketman,” and “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on |Me,” on the White House South Lawn, before the President and First Lady surprised him by presenting him with the National Humanities Medal. Read more
Knighthood:Composer John Williams to be honoured after creating music for countless blockbuster films (DailyMail)
Star Wars composer John Williams has been awarded an honourary knighthood in one of the final awards approved by the Queen before she died this month.
The American created music for countless blockbuster films which also include Jaws, two Jurassic Park movies and three Harry Potter films.
His award for services to film music was included in a list of honourary awards for foreign nationals that was updated last night. It was approved by Her Late Majesty.
Former Disney chief executive Robert Iger, 71, has also been awarded an honourary KBE for services to UK-US relations. Read more
Symba says his early music wasn’t good enough for a ”gansta grillz,” tape (HipHopDX)
Symba and DJ Drama have opened up about their new project DJ Drama Presents: Results Take Time, admitting their chemistry wasn’t too good when they first linked up.
Speaking to Ebro Darden, Symba said he and Drama actually linked up for the first time last year, but when he first played the Generation Now co-founder his music he felt like “it wasn’t time yet.”
“We spoke last year about doing something, and I don’t even know if I ever told you this, but I was playing him music in the studio and for some reason, when I was playing the music, I just didn’t like it,” Symba said. “I ain’t like what I was playing.”
“It’s funny that you say that because when I think back on that time, I remember feeling that type of energy in the room, like it wasn’t time yet,” Drama chimed in. “This was a year and some change, we’d talked about doing the tape and going in, but hearing him say that and looking back on it, it made sense. It wasn’t time, yet.” Read more
James Earl Jones signs over rights to voice of Darth Vader, signalling retirement from legendary role (Deadline)
James Earl Jones – one of the most distinctive voices in the history of film – appears to have made steps to step back from voicing the Star Wars character, Darth Vader, after nearly 40 years in the role.
Vanity Fair reports that the actor, aged 91, has signed over the rights to his voice to filmmakers using new AI, technology, Matthew Wood of Lucasfilm told the magazine that the actor “wished to keep Vader alive”
“He had mentioned he was looking into winding down this particular character,” Wood told Vanity Fair. “So how do we move forward?”
Earl Jones made his debut as the legendary Star Wars villain in the 1977 film, and followed this up with voicing the same character throughout the franchise up to this point on both the big and small screen. He most recently starred as the character for the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+. Read more
Florence Pugh reflects on working on set of “Don’t Worry Darling” (People)
Florence Pugh is looking back with gratitude on her time filming Don’t Worry Darling.
On Friday, the movie was released in theaters and Pugh, 26, marked the moment with a sentimental post that featured photos from the set.
Her behind-the-scenes snaps included a photo of someone pushing a classic car in a deserted area, cinematographer Matthew Libatique riding on set in a trolley, costar Kate Berlant striking a pose as well as a fun photo of her sticking out her tongue while rocking hair rollers.
Pugh also included a snap of herself with director and costar Olivia Wilde dancing together in character. Read more
Hurricane Fiona knocks out power as it hits eastern Canada (Aljazeera)
Hurricane Fiona has knocked out power supply to more than 500,000 customers in eastern Canada, damaging homes with strong winds and rain as it transformed from a hurricane into a post-tropical storm.
More than 415,000 Nova Scotia Power customers – about 80 per cent of the province – were affected by outages on Saturday morning. More than 82,000 customers in the province of Prince Edward Island were also without power, while in New Brunswick 44,329 were without electricity.
“There is a lot of damage to belongings and structures but no injuries to people as of this point. Again we’re still in the midst of this,” Amanda McDougall, mayor of Cape Breton Regional Municipality, told The Associated Press news agency. “It’s still terrifying. I’m just sitting here in my living room and it feels like the patio doors are going to break in with those big gusts. It’s loud and it is shocking.”
The federal Public Safety ministry advised against all non-essential travel by car. Read more
Barca confirm injuries for defensive duo Araujo and Kounde (Guardian)
Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo suffered an adductor injury while on international duty, his club said Saturday, while also confirming Jules Kounde’s thigh issue.
Araujo was taken off inside the first minute of Uruguay’s 1-0 defeat by Iran in a friendly on Friday night, while Kounde lasted just 23 minutes of France’s 2-0 Nations League win over Austria on Thursday.
The central defenders will miss their countries next matches and are likely to be unavailable for Barcelona’s first games when club football resumes.
With the Clasico approaching on October 16, Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez may need to construct a new defence.
Since he was registered to play for the Catalan side, following his summer switch from Sevilla, Kounde has become a key part of Barcelona’s rearguard, often utilised at right-back. Read more
Ghana coach downplays ‘danger’ of World Cup reshuffle (Punch)
Ghana coach Otto Addo acknowledged the “danger” of integrating a number of new players into the squad ahead of the World Cup, but he does not believe it will have a destabilising effect.
Addo, who took charge in February after Ghana’s disastrous Africa Cup of Nations campaign, handed debuts to Inaki Williams, Tariq Lamptey and Mohammed Salisu in Friday’s 3-0 friendly loss to Brazil.
The 28-year-old Williams won one cap for Spain in 2016 and Lamptey, 21, played regularly for England’s youth teams before opting to switch allegiance.
German-born Addo, who played for Ghana at the 2006 World Cup, has also called up Ransford-Yeboah Konigsdorffer and Stephan Ambrosius, both capped by Germany at under-21 level. Read more
7 England players slammed as Danny Mills defends Gareth Southgate despite horrid run (Express)
England boss Gareth Southgate has been defended despite a horror run of form for his side. Former Three Lions international Danny Mills has instead singled out seven players for criticism following the defeat to Italy on Friday.
England went down 1-0 in Milan and have been relegated from the top tier of the Nations League. The Euro 2020 finalists are winless in their last five matches and haven’t scored a goal from open play for almost 500 minutes.
There is only one game remaining – against Germany on Tuesday – before the World Cup begins in November. Southgate has been widely criticised for both the result and the performance.
But Mills instead believes most of the blame is at the feet of the players. He name-checked seven who he felt were below par on Friday. Read more
Hungary stuns Germans to continue winning run
Hungary stunned hosts Germany with a 1-0 win in Leipzig courtesy of Adam Szalai’s sensational heel flick to stay on course for a Nations League final four spot with one game left to play.
The 34-year-old Hungary captain, who will end his international career after their last League A-Group 3 game against Italy on Monday, raced to the near post and flicked the ball into the net with his heel from a corner in the 17th minute to leave goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen frozen on the spot.
Hungary, who also beat England 4-0 away in June for the hosts worst home defeat for 94 years, are top on 10 points and will battle for the group spoils against Italy on Monday evening, who are second on eight after beating England 1-0 on Friday.
Germany, in third place on six points, suffered their first defeat under coach Hansi Flick in their penultimate game before the World Cup in November, and cannot qualify for the Nations League final four. England are bottom on two and relegated. Read more
Chelsea prepared to pay staggering £30million for Fulham teenager after hat-trick display (Mirror)
Chelsea are ready to pay a staggering £30 million for 17-year-old Fulham starlet Luke Harris.
The Jersey born forward who is in the Wales squad for Sunday’s Nations League game against Poland hasn’t yet made a first team appearance for the Cottagers. But Chelsea have been on his trail since he scored a hat-trick in an Under 21s game between the two clubs earlier this year.
He is the next star off the Fulham conveyor belt of young talent which has seen Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho leave for Liverpool. Spotted by Fulham’s chief academy scout Malcolm Elias, Harris is regarded as the youngster with the most potential at his age.
It’s why Chelsea have already been involved in advanced discussions with their West London neighbours as they look to make their move in the January transfer window. Read more
Lionel Messi admits emotional struggle last year affected performance (FootballEspana)
Last summer was the most traumatic in Lionel Messi’s career. Although there was no shortage of media speculation and broken relationships in 2020, when he formally requested to leave Barcelona, the manner in which he was left at the altar by Joan Laporta two years later was bound to have a major impact on him.
Changing homes and places becomes a natural part of the career of many footballers, yet it is easy to forget that Barcelona had been his home since the age of 13. Uprooting and coming to terms with that in the space of five days is a tricky mental task for anyone.
Following Argentina’s 3-0 victory over Honduras last night, Messi hinted that it might have impacted his performance. His comments were carried by Sport.
“Last year I had a hard time, I never ended up getting myself together. I knew it was going to be like that, but now I feel different. This year is different, I am more accustomed to the club, to the play, to the dressing room and my colleagues. Now I feel good, I am enjoying it.” Read more
Naomi Osaka pulls out of Pan Pacific Open with abdominal pain (ESPN)
Naomi Osaka’s title defence at her home Pan Pacific Open ended Thursday when the former world No. 1 withdrew ahead of her second-round match against Beatriz Haddad Maia due to abdominal pain.
“I am really sorry that I am not able to compete today,” Osaka said in a statement. “It’s an honor to be able to play at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in front of the amazing fans here in Japan. This has and always will be a special tournament for me and I wish I could have stepped on court, but my body won’t let me. I will see you next year.”
It is the latest setback for the 24-year-old, who sat out the entire grass-court season with an Achilles injury and retired from her first-round match in Toronto with a back problem in the lead-up to the US Open. The four-time Grand Slam winner had won the Pan Pacific Open when it was last held in 2019 in her hometown of Osaka. Read more