Man ties debtor to stake in Lagos – Police (DailyTrust)
The police in Lagos said they have arrested a creditor, simply identified as Oluchi (a.k.a PACA), for tying his alleged debtor, Alozie Reuben, to a stake over a N4.6 million debt.
The spokesman for the police command, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, confirmed the arrest on Saturday in a statement.
He said that the suspect allegedly tied the victim to a stick with ropes at No. 29, Abeokuta Street, Ebute Metta, Lagos, between 22nd and 23 September 2021 before he was rescued by police officers attached to the Denton Police Station.
Ajisebutu said the arrest was made possible following a complaint lodged at the station by the victim’s wife, Mrs Angela Reuben. Read more
Lagos COVID-19 infections surpass 76,000 (Guardian)
Prof. Akin Abayomi, Lagos State Commissioner for Health, says the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in the state stands at 76,201.
Abayomi made the disclosure through his Facebook account, @ProfAkinolaAbayomi, on Saturday while giving an update on the state’s COVID-19 status, for Sept. 20 and 21.
He said that 4,644 tests were conducted in the state on the reported dates, from which 218 infections were confirmed for both days.
According to him, the new infections increased the state’s total COVID-19 infections to 76,201. Read more
2 Die, 7 injured in Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway crash (DailyTrust)
Two persons have died while seven others sustained varying degree of injuries on Saturday when a Toyota Sienna car rammed into some commuters at Kudigbe, around Arigbajo, on the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.
Our correspondent gathered that the sienna marked KRD 900 GV, also hit a brown Ford car, marked AAB 439 XB and a yellow tricycle, with registration number AKM 791 VP.
Eyewitness said driver of the speeding Sienna had lost control of the wheels and rammed into the commuters, killing two on the spot, including a minor.
The Spokesperson, Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed this in a terse statement made available to our correspondent in Abeokuta. Read more
I’m proud of Gov Emmanuel’s 6 years achievements in infrastructure — Osinbajo (Vanguard)
The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has said he is very proud of Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State for his great achievements in the area of infrastructure and industrialisation in six years of his stewardship as the governor of the state.
Osinbajo who spoke while commissioning the 21-Storey Dakkada Towers on Friday in Uyo, recalled that in 2015 the governor had shared the vision of his administration to construct the tallest building in the South-South and Southeast regions.
He noted that the 21-storey smart building is not just the tallest in the region, but certainly among the tallest in Nigeria and in West Africa, congratulated the state governor for his visionary leadership.
He also congratulated members of his team who have worked so hard to ensure the realisation of the vision as well as the project developers for delivering the edifice in good time. Read more
IPOB bans Nigerian flag in South-East, declares sit-at-home protest Oct 1 (Punch)
The Indigenous People of Biafra has banned the Nigerian flag in the South-East zone of the country.
The secessionist group said the ban begins today, and also declared October 1 a sit-at-home day.
Media and Publicity Secretary of the group, Emma Powerful, stated this in a statement made available to our correspondent in Awka, Anambra State on Saturday.
He said, “IPOB has declared 1st of October 2021 total shutdown in Biafra land as a sign of our rejection of the evil construct called Nigeria and there shall be no movement in Biafra land on this day. Read more
I’m not dating Mompha, says Bobrisky (Punch)
Nigerian crossdresser, Idris Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky, has denied being in a relationship with Instagram sensation, Ismaila Mustapha, alias Mompha.
Born a male, the crossdresser, however, identifies as female, and has been rumoured to have a relationship with Mompha.
The rumour that both were dating went viral on Friday when, Bobrisky’s ex-aide, Kyme Oye, while answering a follower’s question on Bobrisky’s relationship status via her Instagram stories, claimed the two were dating.
In response, Mompha threatened to sue her for defamation if she refused to take down the post. Read more
UK donates 1.2m COVID-19 vaccines to Nigeria – Envoy (Vanguard)
Ms. Catriona Laing, United Kingdom High Commissioner to Nigeria, says the UK Government has donated 1.2 million COVID-19 vaccines, through COVAX to Nigeria.
The Envoy said in a statement in Lagos on Saturday that the vaccines administered in the country were recognised by the UK Government.
“The UK Government is committed to global access to vaccines and is among the largest funders to COVAX.
” UK has donated 1.2 million vaccines specially to Nigeria through COVAX and will continue to provide support. Read more
COVID-19: 4, 680,000 Nigerians vaccinated – NPHCDA (Guardian)
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) says 4,680,000 Nigerians have so far been vaccinated against COVID-19 .
The Executive Director /Chief Executive Officer of the agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib, disclosed this during the South South zonal town hall meeting on COVID-19 vaccination on Saturday in Benin.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the town hall meeting was organised by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, in collaboration with NPHCDA and the Edo government. Read more
Diana Ross announces 2022 gig at Cardiff Castle (Southwalesargus)
Global superstar Diana Ross has added a date at the historic Cardiff Castle to her Thank You Summer 2022 tour.
One of the most successful recording artists and entertainers of all time, Diana Ross has shaped the sound of popular music.
In the 1960s she reigned as the Queen of Motown, leading The Supremes to chart dominance with hits such as Baby Love, Stop! In the Name of Love, and You Keep Me Hangin’ On – and wil now be released a newly anticipated album on November 5.
The title track from her upcoming album, Thank You, was released this summer as a voice of gratitude and personal dedication to her audiences over the years. She co-wrote and curated every song on the album with a message about gratefulness. Read more
Lorry driver shortage: Temporary visa scheme to end on Christmas Eve (BBC)
A temporary visa scheme to make it easier for foreign lorry drivers to work in the UK is set to run for three months, ending on Christmas eve.
It is understood that about 5,000 temporary visas could be issued, with more details expected on Sunday.
A shortage of drivers has disrupted fuel deliveries, with some petrol stations closing, and queues forming.
The government has said there is no fuel shortage at refineries, and urged people not to panic buy. Read more
Alicia Keys & Swae Lee throw a swanky party for ‘LALA (Unlocked)’
A couple weeks ago, Alicia Keys got us open with her silky smooth single “LALA (Unlocked),” which found her duetting with Swae Lee over a velvety swatch of ’70s soul. She’s taken the single to the MTV Video Music Awards since then for a ritzy performance that also incorporated her ode to NYC, “Empire State Of Mind.” But we just knew she wouldn’t leave us hanging without a stellar visual for the cut. The singer has delivered just that with the song’s new video.We’re automatically taken to one of the swankiest affairs we’ve witnessed at the video’s beginning. The two stars are dressed to the nines and draped in the finest fabrics and jewels. But they aren’t the only glitterati on display. They’ve also brought a few of their famous friends to delight in the old-school vibe. Read more
Questlove to receive Sundance Institute’s Vanguard Award (BNC)
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson will be honored with the 2021 Sundance Institute Vanguard Award for his documentary, Summer of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised).
Summer of Soul is the directorial debut for the legendary musician and founding member of the hip-hop group The Roots. The documentary won the Grand Jury prize and the Audience prize at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival before arriving on Hulu and in theaters this past July.
It explores the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival through nearly 40 hours of never-before-seen performances and footage from Black iconic acts including B.B. King, Nina Simone, Gladys Knight & the Pip and Stevie Wonder. Read more
Selfish drivers load cars with jerry cans of petrol as stations ration fuel
Panic buying is continuing across Britain as the government gets set to draft in 5,000 foreign drivers to ease the crisis.
More long queues at filling stations have been reported at various locations and images of people filling cans with petrol have emerged on social media.
Boris Johnson’s government is set to U-turn on its earlier insistence it would rely on training domestic workers to fix the HGV driver crisis, which is causing disruption across the economy.
A group representing British retail warned Christmas would be affected unless ministers got to grips with the problem in the next 10 days. Read more
South Side pastor has been a gospel and soul musician for decades — now his music gets sampled by Kanye (ChicagoTribune)
The music many of you love is made by a man you may not know.
His name? Pastor T.L. Barrett. Yes, you read that right.
Barrett, who has served in the church for more than 50 years and leads the Life Center COGIC Church, was also a prolific musician. Beginning in the 1960s, Barrett wrote, recorded and performed a signature brand of funk and soul-inspired gospel music. Although Barrett collaborated with the likes of the beloved Earth, Wind & Fire, his music was largely confined to a small group of gospel music listeners in the Chicago area. However, in the last decade, Barrett’s music has found a second life through sampling, mixing and covers by notable contemporary artists such as Kanye West, DJ Khaled, The Knocks and Leon Bridges.
Now, much of Barrett’s work has been collected for “I Shall Wear a Crown,” an all-encompassing and comprehensive box set featuring 49 songs spread across five LPs. “I Shall Wear a Crown” is out now on Numero Group of Chicago. Read more
Atletico Madrid suffer shock loss to struggling Alaves (Guardian)
La Liga’s reigning champions lost to the bottom club on Saturday as Atletico Madrid’s rocky start to the season continued with a shock 1-0 defeat at Alaves.
Victor Laguardia’s header in the fourth minute was enough for an unexpected victory for Alaves, who sat 20th at kick-off, after losing all their first five games and failing to score in any of their previous four.
For Atletico, a first loss of the season laid bare their problems in attack and gave Real Madrid the chance to move five points clear when they play Villarreal later on Saturday. Read more
Bayelsa stadium not banned by CAF — Sports Commissioner (Vanguard)
The Bayelsa State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Hon. Daniel Igali, yesterday, denied the reported ban of the football pitch of the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) ahead of the next home game of Bayelsa United against CS Sfaxien of Tunisia.
He described the report as not only false and misleading but an attempt to blackmail the Bayelsa State government into awarding maintenance contract of the pitch to a certain contractor.
Igali, in a statement issued in Yenagoa, said “It is wicked and disappointing that people who have benefited so much from the state government would put up such a show of shame just to discredit and sabotage their own State.
“It is good to put on record that a team from CAF is currently in Yenagoa to inspect the facilities and so far, they have been impressed by what is on the ground including the recent upgrade before the Confederation Cup game between Bayelsa United and AS Ashanti of Guinea. Read more
Man Utd beaten by Aston Villa as Fernandes misses 93rd-minute penalty (BBC)
Bruno Fernandes missed a 93rd-minute penalty as Aston Villa won at Old Trafford for the first time in 12 years in a pulsating match.
Kortney Hause had put Villa ahead with a powerful header two minutes from the end of normal time before the defender handled inside the box to present Manchester United with a lifeline.
However, Fernandes blazed high over the bar in front of the Stretford End as United’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season came to an end.
Having suffered an early Carabao Cup exit at the hands of West Ham, United have lost their past two home games without scoring. Read more
‘This guy’s got a lot of demons’ – Dana White on Jon Jones after UFC fighter is arrested (Metro)
Dana White says Jon Jones has ‘a lot of demons’ after the UFC fighter was arrested in Las Vegas on Friday over charges of alleged misdemeanour battery domestic violence.
Las Vegas Metro Police Department confirmed Jones was arrested at 5:45am local time on Friday morning and is scheduled to appear at Las Vegas Justice Court on Saturday.
The two-time UFC light heavyweight champion was stripped of his title in 2015 after he plead guilty in a hit-and-run incident.
The 34-year-old has also failed two drug tests and was arrested last year for alleged aggravated-DWI and negligent use of a firearm. Read more
Dominant Man City end Chelsea’s unbeaten start (BBC)
Manchester City produced an impressive display to end Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season with a deserved victory at Stamford Bridge.
In the meeting between two sides fully expected to fight it out for this season’s Premier League title, the reigning champions dominated against a strangely passive and conservative Chelsea.
Gabriel Jesus settled a tight affair when his 53rd-minute effort took a touch off Jorginho to beat Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy – but few could question City’s right to the win against the team who beat them in last May’s Champions League final, and the victory margin should have been far more emphatic.
Jesus almost added a second when Thiago Silva cleared his effort off the line while Aymeric Laporte should have scored but somehow slid a shot wide from inside the six-yard box. Read more
Thieves accused of stealing Olympic champ’s medals ‘return them with apology, chocolates’ (RT)
A gang of thieves who allegedly stole a Russian Olympic champion’s medals in a calculated raid on her home have reportedly returned them less than two weeks later alongside an apology and a box of chocolates.
Burglars are said to have attacked tennis hero Elena Vesnina’s home last month, making off with her gold doubles medal from the Rio 2016 Games and the mixed doubles silver she won in Tokyo this summer among their haul.
The intruders allegedly scaled a fence in broad daylight and swiped the precious honors while the former world doubles number one and husband Pavel Tabunstov had gone out for dinner.
Now the heartbreaking incident appears to have had a happier ending. According to kp.ru, a police source has revealed that the medals have been returned to a checkpoint in the Moscow region where Vesnina lives. Read more