Man dies in motel after meeting online lover (Punch)
A 55-year-old man, Abdulwaheed Lamidi, has lost his life while lodging with his girlfriend at the City International Motel, Council Bus-Stop, in the Ikotun area of Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that Lamidi and his 32-year-old lover met online and after a series of conversation, they agreed to engage in a romantic relationship.
The relationship was said to have blossomed as the lovers decided to meet physically.
Our correspondent learnt that the lady, on Saturday, travelled from her house in another state to meet Lamidi at the motel.
The lovers were said to have spent the night together in a room. Read more
Lagos urges use of LED lights to reduce energy consumption (Guardian)
Lagos State Government has implored households, industries and commercial buildings to take up the retrofitting initiative of transiting their mercury-based fluorescent lamps and bulbs to Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs for economic and health benefits.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Olusegun Ogboye, who stated this, yesterday, at a briefing on the retrofitting of the Folarin Coker Staff Clinic of Lagos State government by SRADeV Nigeria, under the aegis of the Clean Lighting Support for Building Retrofit Pilot of Clean Lighting Coalition (CLiC), said that using LED lights would lead to saving electricity tariff by 50 per cent in lighting usage.
He said that it would also enhance illumination quality in all rooms, improve employee productivity and reduce maintenance costs due to longevity and durability of LEDs.
Ogboye, represented by the Director Medical Administration and Training, Dr. Olufunmilayo Sokunbi, said: ““This campaign to eliminate use of mercury based bulbs (CFLs) is important to our healthy living condition as it prevents chronic diseases and effects of exposure to mercury, such as neurological and behavioural disorders, kidney damage, reproduction defects and others.” Read more
Police kill 5 kidnappers, abducted Redeemer’s student escapes (Punch)
The Edo State Police Command on Monday said it killed five suspected kidnappers and rescued a victim in Ughoshi-Afe bush, Ibillo, in the Akoko Edo Local Government Area of the state.
The Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Jennifer Iwegbu, in a statement, said the suspects were killed during a gun duel.
The statement read, “The Edo State Police Command in its avowed commitment to rid the state of violent crimes, especially kidnapping, on Sunday, rescued a kidnapped victim, neutralised five kidnappers and recovered arms and ammunition.
“This feat was achieved following credible information given to the command that hoodlums, suspected to be kidnappers, were operating in Ughoshi-Afe bush, Ibillo, in the Akoko Edo LGA, Edo State. Read more
Prices rise as Nigeria’s inflation reaches 17-year high (Guardian)
The inflation rate in Nigeria climbed to a near 17-year high in July, fueled by bread, cereal, gas, and transport costs, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on Monday.
NBS release of the consumer price index (CPI), which measures the rate of change in prices of goods and services, showed a surge to 19.64 percent in July 2022, from 18.60 percent in the previous month. The rate is the highest recorded since September 2005.
The figure is also 2.27 percent points higher compared to the rate recorded in July 2021, which was 17.38 per cent.
The report indicated that headline inflation rate increased in July 2022 compared to the same month in the previous year (July 2022). Read more
Police, Customs officers, others buy Colorado, Tramadol from us, drug peddlers allege (Vanguard)
Drug peddlers in and around Lagos ports have said that police officers, clearing agents and officials of security agencies are among those who buy illicit drugs like Tramadol, Colorado and Loud from them regularly.
Vanguard investigation revealed that the Lagos ports of Apapa and Tin Can Island have also become a haven for cartels and peddlers of illicit drugs in Apapa, Lagos.
It was gathered that clearing agents, Customs personnel, Police officers and other port users are the most regular patrons of drug peddlers’ dens around the ports’ environment.
Despite the clearance of shacks and shanties around the port areas, there are still drug peddlers transacting their businesses around the shanties at the port gate and its environs. Read more
Lagos to enhance financial transactions with technology (Punch)
The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said block chain technology should be institutionalised across the state to enhance financial transactions and economic development.
The governor stated this on Monday during the 12th annual public lecture organised by the Lagos State Public Service Chapter of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria held in Ikeja.
Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary/ state Accountant-General, Dr Muritala Abiodun, charged accountants to embrace new skills.
He said, “In the office of the Accountant-General, during the COVID-19 period, we had to follow the procurement processes to pay salaries. Read more
Police rescue suspected terrorist from Lagos mob
A man suspected to be a terrorist was yesterday rescued from a mob attack by operatives of the Lagos Police Command.
Identified as Sanni Gafar, the 29-year-old man was accused of being a terrorist by the mob at Ijora Badia, on Lagos mainland.
It was alleged that he had dressed as a woman and carried a bag containing items suspected to be Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
Confirming the incident, police spokesman, Benjamin Hundeyin, a Superintendent of Police (SP) said the mob descended on the man around 11am. Read more
Police urged to investigate alleged killing of man for stealing noodles in Anambra (ThisDay)
Some members of Enugwu village in Nanka community of Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State, have called on the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) Enugu Annex to investigate the alleged killing of a youth of the village, Mr. Toochukwu Onyemelukwe.
Concerned members of the community, speaking under the aegis of Enugwu Nanka Village Development Union said the youth was killed last year on allegation of stealing noodles and tea, and may have been tortured to death by some persons who constituted themselves into village security.
Secretary General of Enugwu Nanka Village Development Union, Mr. Godson Ofokansi, who spoke to THISDAY in Awka said since the death of Onyemelukwe last year, the community has been working to get justice for him, and has also petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba.
“We have written several petitions to police, urging them to investigate the matter, to ascertain the truth behind the death of the youth, but no such petition has been allowed to move after approval. Read more
Group canvass support for Tinubu (Leadership)
A group, Igbo Kwenu 4 Asiwaju has canvassed support for the All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Tinubu.
The group made the call during a grand finale of the town hall meetings tour of the six geo-political zones of Nigeria, embarked upon by the Omaluegwuoku Progressive Initiative (OPI) tagged “Igbo Kwenu 4 Asiwaju,” which took place in Keffi, Nasarawa State.
The town hall meeting was preceded by a courtesy call on His Royal Majesty, Alhaji Dr. Shehu Chindo Yamusa III, the Emir of Keffi at his Palace.
The entourage was led by Hon. Imaan Suleiman, former director general of NAPTIP and presently federal commissioner, Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons and Patron, Igbo Kwenu 4 Asiwaju/Shettima for North Central Zone. Read more
Man remanded in Ogun prison over alleged murder (Sun)
Magistrate O. I. Oke of the Ogun State Magistrates’ Court, Ota, has ordered for the remand of Elijah Adeogun, popularly known as Killer, who was arrested in May by the operatives of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) over alleged murder.
The magistrate, while giving judgement on an application by the prosecution counsel, Tosin Jackson, for 60 days remand warrant against the accused person, ruled that Killer be remanded at the correctional centre till September 14, 2022.
Elijah was arrested by the DSS operatives for his alleged involvement in the killing of Monday Eredua and Moruf Babalola in 2021, at two different locations in Ogun State.
Jackson, while making the application, said that the 60 days remand warrant was to allow the prosecution to file the necessary documents before a court of higher jurisdiction, for proper arraignment. Read more
Sacheen Littlefeather: Oscars apologises to actress after 50 years (BBC)
The Oscars has apologised to Sacheen Littlefeather, a Native American woman booed off stage nearly 50 years ago.
The activist and actress appeared on live TV in 1973 to refuse an Oscar that Marlon Brando won for The Godfather.
Brando rejected the best actor award because of misrepresentation of Native Americans by the US film industry – and sent Littlefeather in his place.
The Academy said Littlefeather endured “unwarranted and unjustified” abuse following her brief speech. Read more
Hunger Games prequel adds The Suicide Squad star (DigitalSpy)
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes has pulled off one of the casting coups of the year, with Viola Davis joining as Dr Volumnia Gaul.
Winning an Oscar for her turn as Rose Maxson in Fences, the 57-year-old is also known for playing Amanda Waller in the Worlds of DC, who she’ll reprise in this October’s Black Adam.
Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, she’s onboard director Francis Lawrence’s prequel to The Hunger Games, which centres on the rise of Coriolanus Snow.
“The Hunger Games films have always been elevated by their exceptional casting, and we are thrilled to be continuing that tradition with Viola Davis as Volumnia Gaul,” said Lionsgate motion picture group president Nathan Kahane. Read more
Sir David Attenborough to present BBC series focusing on the British Isles (BelfastTelegraph)
Sir David Attenborough will present “extraordinary animal dramas and wildlife spectacles” across the British Isles in a new series for the BBC.
The five-part natural history series, titled Wild Isles, aims to emulate what the Planet series did for the wildlife of the world – inspiring people to “safeguard and restore nature for future generations.”
Filmed over three years, the BBC One series shot using 4K technology will explain the challenges nature faces and what can be done to make our wild isles wilder in the future
Sir David, 96, said: “In my long lifetime, I have travelled to almost every corner of our planet. Read more
8 fire trucks sent to Nintendo’s Japan HQ following fire (NME)
Emergency services were called to Nintendo‘s headquarters in Kyoto, Japan after a small fire broke out inside the building.
The original story from Japanese news publication NHK reports that the fire broke out on Monday (August 15) at 1PM local time at the publisher’s development building (translation via VGC).
Eight fire engines were dispatched to the headquarters, but the small blaze was quickly distinguished by employees before they arrived. It’s been confirmed that no one was harmed in the fire.
According to police cited in the original report, desks and chairs in a room on the third floor were caught in the fire. Read more
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in surprise return to UK next month for ‘charity events’ (DailyStar)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed they will be heading back to Britain in just a
few weeks to take part in worthy causes including a trip to Manchester
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will make a surprise return to the UK next month to take part
in a number of charity events, a spokesman for the Sussexs has confirmed.
The couple, who stepped back as senior royals in 2020, were last in the United Kingdom for the
Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June.
Only a few months on since their last official visit to the UK, Harry and Meghan are scheduled to
return for The One Young World 2022 Manchester Summit on September 5.
US congressional delegation arrives in Taiwan (France24)
A US congressional delegation arrived in Taiwan on Sunday, Washington’s de facto embassy in Taipei said, days after China held military drills around the island in retaliation for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit.
Sunday’s unannounced visit came after Pelosi infuriated Beijing by visiting Taiwan earlier this
month, sparking unprecedented air and sea drills that raised the prospect of conflict.
“Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), Representative John Garamendi (D-CA), Representative Alan
Lowenthal (D-CA), Representative Don Beyer (D-VA), and Representative Aumua Amata
Coleman Radewagen (R-AS) will visit Taiwan from August 14-15, 2022, as part of a larger visit to the Indo-Pacific region,” the American Institute in Taiwan said in a statement.
“The delegation will meet with senior Taiwan leaders to discuss US-Taiwan relations, regional
security, trade and investment, global supply chains, climate change, and other significant issues of mutual interest,” it added. Read more
1st COVID-19 variant-adapted vaccine approved in United Kingdom (GlobalNews)
Great Britain has become the first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine that targets both the original and Omicron variant of the virus.
The U.K. medicines regulator approved the so-called bivalent vaccine made by U.S. drug company Moderna as a booster for adults.
The agency’s decision was based on clinical trial data that showed the booster triggered “a strong immune response” against both Omicron (BA.1) and the original 2020 virus, it said.
The MHRA also cited an exploratory analysis in which the shot was found to generate a good immune response against the currently dominant Omicron offshoots BA.4 and BA.5.
No serious safety concerns were identified with this new formulation, the agency added. Read more
Ben Whittaker-Peter Nosic confirmed for Usyk-Joshua undercard (BoxingScene)
Ben Whittaker is already making for lost time.
An opponent was confirmed for Whittaker’s heavily speculated placement on the undercard of this weekend’s Oleksandr Usyk-Anthony Joshua rematch in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The charismatic 2020 Olympic Silver medalist from Birmingham, England will take on former amateur rival Peter Nosic in a six-round light heavyweight contest.
“It’s great to have Ben back out so quickly on such a big show,” Ben Shalom, Whittaker’s promoter and founder/CEO of BOXXER stated Monday.
The bout comes just three weeks after ‘B£NZO’—who is trained by SugarHill Steward—enjoyed a successful pro debut in a second-round knockout of Gregg O’Neill on a July 30 BOXXER show in Bournemouth, England. The quick turnaround atones for the delayed start to Whittaker’s pro career after recovering from shoulder surgery following his brilliant Olympic run last summer in Tokyo. Read more
American Coco Gauff jumps to No. 1 in doubles rankings (UPI)
American teen tennis star Cori “Coco” Gauff is now the No. 1 doubles player in the world, the WTA revealed Monday in its latest rankings release.
Gauff, 18, teamed up with fellow American Jessica Pegula to beat American Nicole Melichar-Martinez and Australian Ellen Perez in three sets in the National Bank Open women’s doubles final Sunday in Toronto.
“Being No. 1 is pretty cool,” Gauff told reporters Sunday, when she learned she would likely achieve the ranking Monday. “I have no words.
“I didn’t really know it was coming this week or what I had to do.” Read more
Egan Bernal: Ineos Grenadiers rider to return at Tour of Denmark, 7 months after crash (BBC)
Two-time Grand Tour winner Egan Bernal will return to racing at the Tour of Denmark on Tuesday, seven months after he suffered a life-threatening crash.
The Colombian hit a stationary bus at high speed while training in his homeland in January.
Bernal, 25, underwent two spinal surgeries and later said he “nearly died” from his injuries.
“This has been the moment I’ve been waiting for – to race with my team-mates again,” he said. Read more
Joshua reserves special praise for Usyk (Punch)
Anthony Joshua has reserved special praise for his heavyweight counterpart Oleksandr Usyk ahead of their upcoming world championship fight at the Jeddah SuperDome in Saudi Arabia on August 20.
Usyk dominated the Englishman during their previous Wembley bout that saw Joshua lose his
world title belts for the second time in his career.
Despite cutting a more brash attitude in the build-up to the rematch, Joshua demonstrated his respect for Usyk who stayed to fight in Ukraine when Russia began their invasion of his homeland.
The 35-year-old was part of the Ukraine Defense Battalion and was responsible for going out on
patrols as Usyk joined the frontline to protect his country from invaders. Read more
Gumel, Oladapo hail Team Nigeria’s great success at Commonwealth Games (Vanguard)
President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC, Engr Habu Gumel has praised the efforts of
Nigerian athletes at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games after they won 35 medals to become the number one African nation on the Commonwealth Games medal.
Gumel lauded the country’s athletes, coaches and support staff after the nation became the first African Nation on the medals log of the Commonwealth Games with 12 Gold, nine silver and 14
bronze medals, the highest in Nigeria’s 15th appearances at the Games(1994 in Victoria with 37 medals (11-13-13) and Glasgow 2014 (11-11-14).
”This is the most remarkable outing in terms of Gold medals which are 12. We’re very proud of the efforts of the Sports Minister, Sunday Dare who worked tirelessly with the NOC to ensure the best welfare packages for the athletes”, Gumel, a member of the International Olympic Committee said.
Team Nigeria reached the landmark with all 12 Gold medals won by Nigerian women athletes.
NOC Scribe, Banji Oladapo also hailed the women as ”Amazons”, saluting their courage,
strength and discipline in ensuring that Nigeria’s Green White Green flag fluttered in the sky.Read more
AFN blames distractions for male athletes’ poor performance at Commonwealth Games, other events (Guardian)
The Head Coach of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Seigha Porbeni, has blamed the
dwindling performance of the nation’s men in recent international competitions, including the World Athletics Championships at Oregon, U.S. and the just concluded Commonwealth Games
in Birmingham, England, on stakeholders’ refusal to deploy science in athletes’ identification, growth and development.
Team Nigeria made big headlines at Oregon through the efforts of world record breaker, hurdler Tobi Amusan, and long jumper, Ese Brume, who won gold and silver, respectively on the last day
of the competition after all the male athletes had fizzled out.
And at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, which ended on August 8, Nigeria recorded her best performance ever, winning 12 gold, nine silver and 14 bronze medals.
Women won all the gold medals.
In his article entitled ‘Dwindling Performance of Nigeria’s male track and field stars,’ sent to The
Guardian at the weekend, Porbeni said the country is blessed with the Africa Athletics
Development Center (AADC), established by the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA), at
the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), with Prof. Ken Anugweje as the Director, adding,
however, that Nigerians don’t make use of it. Read more
Guardiola confirms Man City transfer plan for Liam Delap, 3 teammates (ManchesterEN)
Liam Delap will be loaned out by Manchester City before the end of the transfer window, Pep
Guardiola has confirmed, as he is too good for academy football.
Delap, 19, has scored 45 goals and registered 16 assists for City at academy level in 54
appearances across three seasons, including 24 goals in the Premier League 2 title-winning
campaign in 2020/21. He has been around the first team for over a year, although his progress
last season was hampered with a number of injuries.
Now, Guardiola said he is in the process of securing a loan move out, with plenty of
Championship and Premier League clubs linked with his signing this summer.
With Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez arriving at City this summer, first team opportunities will
be limited for Delap, with Guardiola explaining that the club don’t see any value in him dropping
down to the under-21 squad anymore. Read more