Many trapped, 2 rescued as another 3-storey building collapses in Lagos (Leadership)
Several persons were, on Friday, trapped after a three-storey building on Sonuga Street, Palm Avenue, Mushin in Lagos, collapsed.
According to the Lagos Territorial Office Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye, he said two persons have been rescued from the collapsed building so far.
According to him, search and rescue operations were ongoing at press time.
He said, “A 3-Storey building has collapsed at Oye Sonuga Street, opposite Oye Roundabout, Isolo Road, Mushin. An adult and a child have been rescued alive and search and rescue operations are ongoing.” Read more
Lagos PPRO disguises, policeman asks him ‘for something’ (Punch)
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, carried out a social experiment by disguising as a civilian and driving at about 11:50 pm through police checkpoints.
Hundeyin said he passed through the first and second checkpoints, adding that his “papers weren’t even asked for.”
Hundeyin attempted to stress how to relate with police officers on the road in a polite manner, saying “respect is reciprocal”, adding that people should not be unnecessarily aggressive, as he was passed at a checkpoint after he smiled.
Hundeyin shared his road experience with the police via his verified Twitter handle, late Thursday, where he revealed that police officers asked him to give them “something.” Read more
MI Abaga marries the love of his life Eniola Mafe (Guardian)
Popular rapper and music producer, Jude Lemfani Abaga, better known by his stage name M.I Abaga, recently married Eniola Mafe in a public ceremony.
On September 22, 2022, a traditional wedding ceremony was held for the pair in Lagos.
Following the celebration, a video of the occasion went viral online, showing the music singer and his wife looking stunning in their traditional attire.
The video clip that showed the lavish celebration organised in their honour also featured M.I Abaga and his wife dancing to the delight of their guests. Read more
Leadership crisis hits Lagos Arewa community, as members call for sack of commissioner (Sun)
The current leadership crisis rocking the Arewa community in Lagos State has polarized it into factions, while some members were already calling for the sack of the state Commissioner for Waterfront and Infrastructure Development, Kabiru Ahmed Abdullahi.
Abdullahi is the only Hausa in the state Executive Council led by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu but some members of the community in the state who were calling for his sack accused him of intolerance, selfishness, greediness, arrogance and failure to promote and protect interest of his kinsmen.
The agitation for the sack of Abdullahi became public discussion during the week, with two different protests being staged at the State House of Assembly, while a faction is calling for his sack, the other is pledging their support for the commissioner. Read more
Developers launch new project in Epe (Independent)
Evermark Homes and Properties Ltd, Lagos based real estate company has launched a resort and real estate ecosystem project tagged ‘‘Dukai Africa’’.
Located at the new Lagos-Epe estate ecosystem, the Dukai Africa project is said to offer an eco-friendly, recreational facility, zoo, basketball court, football pitch, helipad, water hydrants and CCTV cameras, among others which come together to help residents enjoy all aspects of living.
Speaking at the project launch, the managing director, Evermark Homes and Properties, Adekunle Ibraheem Israel, explained that the idea behind the establishment of the centre was due to the desire of people and would-be investors to have an ecosystem that mixes nature, technology and aesthetics with functional living spaces and homes.
Ibraheem also affirmed that the title of the estate had the governor’s consent and added that the governor’s consent was ideal. Read more
What Lagos must do to attain good governance, by stakeholders (Nation)
Stakeholders have praised Lagos State for its commitment to resilient initiatives, which help to mitigate the effects of climate change.
They, however, urged the government to strengthen its urban renewal, housing, transportation and sanitation policies to help it meet the 21st century requirements for good governance.
The stakeholders spoke at a resilience forum held in Ikeja to evaluate the state’s resilience initiatives towards meeting the 21st century governance demand.
The forum, the first of its kind, was also to review the implementation of the Lagos Resilience Strategy (LRS-2020), and identify new opportunities to be integrated in the resilience agenda. Read more
‘I’m now a born again Christian,’ Ruger confesses after deliverance service (Vanguard)
Nigerian singer, Ruger has announced via his Instagram story that he has given his life to Christ in preparation for the release of his debut album.
The “Bounce” crooner said he confessed a lot on the album after he underwent what he described as a deliverance service at Tabernacle Christian Centre.
This is, however, surprising because Ruger’s songs are not considered to be Christ-like.
The artist is known for sexually appealing hit songs such as Bounce, Snapchat and Girlfriend. Read more
My husband has never cheated on me – Lizzy Anjorin (Nation)
Actress Lizzy Anjorin has vouched her husband Lateef Lawal, has never cheated since they got married.
The light-skinned actress made this known in a video she shared, stressing she can swear with everything that Lawal has been more than faithful.
Anjorin and Lawal tied the knot on July 2020 at a private wedding ceremony and welcomed their first child in America.
The mother of one during a live session on her Instagram page denied having crisis over her husband’s alleged infidelity. Read more
Afriland Properties shareholders endorse N0.10 dividend payout (ThisDay)
The shareholders of Afriland Properties Plc have approved a N0.10 dividend payout by the management of the company, translating to N137.39 million return on investment for 2021 financial year. The company had paid N0.50 kobo per share dividend in the 2020 financial year.
At the 9th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the company in Lagos yesterday, the shareholders commended the company’s growth in revenue and profit before tax, urging the management to work with the federal government in bridging the housing deficit in the country..
The President of the pragmatic Shareholders Association, Mrs. Bisi Bakare, expressed satisfaction with the company’s strong operational performance in 2021 financial year despite macroeconomy challenges, adding that the expansion drive would enhance profitability and robust dividend to shareholders.
Reviewing its 2021 financials, the Chairman of the company, Emmanuel Nnorom, at the meeting said, “In spite of the challenging business environment, the company recorded strong operating performance in revenue and profit. Revenue grew by eight per cent to N1.99billion as opposed to N1.85billion recorded in the 2020 financial year. Read more
TGI Distri gives to charity on 5th anniversary (Sun)
As part of activities to mark its 5th year anniversary, leading food brand distributor, TGI Distri Limited recently paid visits to SOS Children’s Village and Bethesda Home for the Blind in Lagos. The business also visited The Green Pasture Children’s Home Kano to felicitate and spend time with the special people in these homes.
During the visit, it donated products to the homes as part of its corporate social responsibility. This was aimed at supporting the growth and development of the special people in these homes by providing nourishment for their wellbeing. Items donated include cartons of Golden Terra Soya Oil, Big Bull Rice and Terra Seasoning Cubes.
Arriving at the SOS Children’s Village Isolo, the team from TGI Distri Limited was welcomed by Justinah Ochejeni, Account Officer, Interim Store Coordinator of the orphanage. The team commended the administrators of the Orphanage for the remarkable work being done to restore hope and positively impact on the lives of children resident there.
The same gesture was extended to Bethesda Home for the Blind Mushin, where the team from TGI Distri were treated to a heart-warming musical performance. During interaction with the students, the team learnt of the aspirations of some of the students and encouraged them to go after their dreams against all odds. With smiles on their faces, they thanked TGI Distri Limited for spending time with them and making their day much brighter. Read more
Future issues cryptic response to criticism over sale of his music catalogue (HipHopDX)
Future has cryptically replied to criticism he’s received in the wake of selling off his publishing catalogue for an eight-figure payday.
Reports emerged on Tuesday (September 20) that King Pluto had sold a huge chunk of his publishing catalogue from 2004 to 2020, comprised of over 612 songs that included hits like “Life Is Good” and “Jumpman” with Drake, “King’s Dead” with Kendrick Lamar, “Selfish” with Rihanna, “Low Life” with The Weeknd and “Mask Off.”
The deal was made with Influence Media Partners, and Future said he was “proud” to be handing off some of his “most precious artwork” to Influence Media.
“I put everything into my music, and I wanted to make sure these were in good hands as I thought about the next chapter of these songs,” Future said in a statement. “I’m proud to partner up with Rene and the team at Influence Media and send a signal that this music has timeless value. My music is my art, and these songs represent some of the most precious artwork of my career.” Read more
Former Bond Pierce Brosnan wasn’t a fan of “No Time To Die” (NME)
Former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan has admitted he wasn’t a fan of No Time To Die.
Brosnan, who played the 007 agent from 1995 to 2002, was recently asked about the future of the Bond franchise in light of Daniel Craig retiring after recently playing the role in No Time To Die for the final time.
Discussing which films in the franchise he had recently seen, Brosnan told GQ: “I saw the last one and I saw Skyfall. I love Skyfall.
“I’m not too sure about the last one,” he added of “No Time To Die”, leaving the end of his sentence unfinished. “Daniel always gives of his heart. Very courageous, very strong. But…” Read more
Saoirse Ronan to star in World War II epic ‘Blitz’ for Apple TV+ (UPI)
Atonement, Brooklyn and Little Women star Saoirse Ronan has signed on to star in Steve McQueen’s World War II drama Blitz.
Production on the New Regency and Apple TV+ film is set to begin later this year.
It is based on an original idea from writer-director McQueen.
McQueen previously worked with production company New Regency on his celebrated films, 12 Years a Slave and Widows. Read more
Riverdale actor Ryan Grantham gets life in prison for killing his mother (BBC)
US actor Ryan Grantham has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to murdering his mother, Barbara Waite, in 2020.
The 24-year-old, who played Jeffery Augustine in teen drama Riverdale, was sentenced at British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver on Wednesday.
He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, after having initially been charged with first-degree murder.
Prosecutors said he had also plotted to kill Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.
Grantham admitted to shooting his mother in the back of the head as she played piano in their home, north of Vancouver, the court heard. Read more
Jessie Baylin says writing new album ”Jersey Girl” helped her through a ”major loss of identity” (People)
Singer-songwriter Jessie Baylin has had the same phone number since she was 14.
Though life has taken her from New York City to Los Angeles to Nashville, where she lives now with her husband, Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill, her three-digit area code is a constant reminder that her roots are elsewhere: New Jersey.
It was there that she was raised in a restaurant family in Gillette, busing tables as early as 12, and listening as her mom and dad played her artists like Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Barbra Streisand and Billie Holiday.
Baylin, 38, may have left home when she was younger, but her formative years in the Garden State have stuck with her and informed much of her strength, so much so that she’s named her new album Jersey Girl. Read more
Questlove to executive produce J Dilla documentary ‘Dilla Time’ (Vibe)
A feature documentary on the life of late rap legend J Dilla is currently in the works and will be executive produced by Questlove.
Titled Dilla Time, the project will be released under Questlove’s Two One Five Entertainment and has the full support of the late producer’s estate, which released a statement in conjunction with the news.
“The estate of James Dewitt Yancey, and its wholly-owned production entity, Pay Jay Productions, Inc., which benefits J Dilla’s two children, his younger brother, and his mother, is proud to give its blessing to an amazing project created by discerning and talented filmmakers who knew J Dilla. We trust the judgment of Ahmir, Joseph, Dan, and Scenario to elevate Dilla’s life, music, and legacy to their rightful place in the canon of music’s great innovators; and their film is the only documentary project we have endorsed.” Read more
Cameroon military acknowledges troops killed mothers (VOA)
Cameroon’s military says three members of its airborne battalion this week attacked civilians and killed two mothers in Nylbat, an English-speaking village in Andeck district.
A statement signed Wednesday by military spokesperson Serge Cyrille Atongfack says the troops were dispatched to fight separatists in the troubled Northwest region.
The troops violated orders from military hierarchy and started shooting indiscriminately on civilians, the military says, adding that one shooter killed two harmless mothers.
The government says family members of the killed mothers rushed to the scene and collected corpses when the government troops left. Read more
Adepoju, Mbachu kick against football racism (Punch)
Former Super Eagles midfielder Mutiu Adepoju and ex-Super Falcons forward, Stella Mbachu have joined other global stars of the game to condemn racist comments against Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jnr over his dancing celebration.
In an emotional statement, in response to the racist abuses, Vinicius vowed to continue with his dance.
“They say that happiness bothers. The happiness of a black Brazilian being successful in Europe bothers much more.
“But my will to win, my smile and the sparkle in my eyes are much bigger than that. Don’t even try to imagine how much.
“They are dances to celebrate the cultural diversity of the world. Accept it! Respect it! Or freak out. In any case, I will not stop!,” the Brazilian said on his Twitter handle. Read more
Ndidi joins Eagles’ injury list, out of Foxes clash (Nation)
Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi will miss Nigeria’s international friendly with Algeria on September 27 after picking an injury in training on Wednesday.
Ndidi arrived at the Super Eagles training in Constantine earlier this week alongside his international teammates ahead of the meeting with the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations winner but copped a knock during training and will no longer participate in the encounter, returning to England to evaluate the injury.
This is yet another setback for the hard-tackling midfielder who in his first three full seasons at Leicester, played an average of 34 league games but has featured in an average of 22 league matches in the last two seasons, excluding this season no thanks to incessant injuries. Read more
Mbappe and Giroud shine as France shrug off troubles to outclass Austria (France24)
Kylian Mbappe scored a stunning opening goal as France shook off injuries to a host of key players and a series of off-field issues to claim a welcome 2-0 win over Austria in the UEFA Nations League in Paris on Thursday.
Mbappe showcased his phenomenal pace and strength on the way before finishing emphatically to put the reigning world champions ahead in the 56th minute at the Stade de France.
The recalled Olivier Giroud doubled their lead nine minutes later as France ran out deserved winners to stave off the threat of relegation from the top tier of the Nations League, a competition they won just last year.
Didier Deschamps’ side still need to win their last Group A1 game away in Denmark on Sunday to be certain of avoiding relegation, while qualification for the four-team finals next June is already out of reach. Read more
Australia won’t have Guus Hiddink on board at World Cup – Graham Arnold (ESPN)
Australia coach Graham Arnold said Guus Hiddink’s stint as his assistant during the 1-0 win over New Zealand in Brisbane on Thursday was a one-off and the Dutchman will not be working alongside him at the World Cup finals in Qatar.
Hiddink, an icon in Australia after qualifying the nation for the World Cup in 2006 to break a 32-year finals absence, sat on the bench for the victory in the Socceroos’ final game in front of their own fans before November’s tournament.
The 75-year-old former Netherlands and Real Madrid coach filled in for regular assistant Rene Meulensteen as part of centenary celebrations for Australia’s first international and Arnold stressed that would be the limit of his involvement.
“It’s for the 100-year celebration, that’s all,” Arnold said. “He’s made a big sacrifice to come out. My assistant’s watching France and Denmark now and Guus has come out to help with the 100-year celebration. He wanted to be part of it and that’s it.” Read more
Manchester United suffer annual loss as wage bill rockets to €440m (IrishIndependent)
Manchester United have revealed a Premier League record wage bill of €440million (£384m) for last season, despite failing to qualify for the Champions League.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s return, plus the signings of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, contributed to the highest salary listed in a club’s accounts, more than the €440m by Manchester City from 2021.
Ronaldo wanted to leave in the summer and is on a 25pc reduction, along with other members of the squad, after they failed to finish in the top four.
United are counting the cost of last season’s failures, with €28m paid out following the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and then Ralf Rangnick’s short spell as interim. Rangnick’s two-year deal as a consultant for United was cut short when he became Austria national manager. Read more
Americans hold on for early lead after Internationals fight back in Thursday foursomes (USAToday)
The 2022 Presidents Cup began with an all-star matchup that had fans buzzing but got out of hand in a hurry.
Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele rolled in their opener, 6 and 5, against International veterans Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama, putting the first point on the board for the Americans to set the tone and foreshadow what was to come: a leaderboard full of red.
The Americans were in charge for most of the day before a brief International resurgence on the back nine that saw the American advantage fall to, at most, 1 up through 12 holes in each of the final four matches. The Red, White and Blue held on in all but one of the final matches and will take a commanding 4-1 lead into Friday afternoon’s four-ball session. Read more
Angry Medvedev mocks fans in Metz during loss to Wawrinka (StraitsTimes)
Daniil Medvedev angrily mocked a section of French fans who booed him for throwing his racket during a three-set defeat by Stan Wawrinka at the Moselle Open in Metz on Thursday.
Wawrinka secured a 6-4 6-7(7) 6-3 victory to reach the quarter-finals but not before he had attempted to pacify top seed Medvedev, who also made a gesture to suggest the crowd were crazy.
Russian Medvedev lost his composure after going down 2-0 in the deciding set and sent his racket bouncing off the court, leading to some fans expressing their displeasure by booing.
The 26-year-old world number four responded by giving the crowd two thumbs down and went on to mock their jeering, which only grew louder as more spectators joined in. Read more