Many trapped as oil tankers burst into flames in Lagos (DailyTrust)
Several people were trapped in multiple tanker accidents in Lagos on Thursday night.
Upon arrival at the incident scene at SIFAX inward Costain, a pile up of vehicles including two petrol tankers was found to be ablaze, according to emergency authorities.
Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, said, “Further investigations revealed that one of the tankers was ascending the bridge when it rolled back onto the other tanker and other vehicles. The collision impact resulted in the fire.” Read more
3 rescued, residents scoop fuel as tanker falls on Otedola Bridge (Channels)
Three passengers were rescued in Lagos from the scene of a falling tanker on Otedola Bridge, Berger area of the state on Thursday.
The fuel-laden tanker overturned and trapped a 14-seater bus belonging to a company that conveyed the passengers.
The situation forced residents of the area to scoop fuel, notwithstanding the huge risk associated with the act. Read more
Troops identify bandits’ haven, kill 50, arrest 114, rescue 49 hostages (Guardian)
The military high command has identified where violent extremists take shelter, as troops on the frontline decimated 50 terrorists and rescued 49 hostages within one week.
Director of Defence Media Operations (DMO), Maj-Gen. Edward Buba, who made the disclosure, yesterday, noted that the safe havens provided a support base for insurgent activities.
According to him, the military is constantly restrategising and modifying its operations to overcome the changes in tactics of extremists operating across the country. Read more
Petrol tanker loses control, traps bus in Lagos (Vanguard)
A tanker, loaded with 33,000 litres of Diesel fuel, lost control yesterday, at Berger, on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, trapping a 14-seater commercial bus.
However, the three occupants of the bus reportedly managed to escape unhurt.
This is coming barely 48 hours after a similar incident occurred in the Surulere area of Lagos, in which a pregnant woman and a motorcyclist were injured. Read more
Stay off rail tracks, LASG urges residents (Punch)
As the Lagos Blue Line rail prepares to begin operations on fully electric-powered tracks on Monday, the Lagos State Government has warned residents to steer clear of the tracks as the consequences could be fatal.
The Senior Special Assistant on New Media to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Jubril Gawat, gave the warning in a post via his verified X (formerly Twitter) handle on Thursday.
“Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority continues the testing and simulation of the fully electric tracks this afternoon for the #BlueLineRail. Once again, tell your friends to tell your friends that they should not even think about getting near the tracks or try to vandalise or steal the tracks, the result will be fatal,” Gawat wrote. Read more
Funmi Falana, Ajulo, 56 others get SAN rank (Nation)
The number of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) rose by 58 yesterday with the conferment of the rank on a new set of lawyers.
They include rights activist, Dr. Kayode Ajulo, and wife of activist lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), Funmi.
The Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court and Secretary of the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Commines (LPPC), Ms. Hajo Sarki Bello, announced this in a statement yesterday in Abuja. Read more
Reps probe alleged victimisation of Nigerians in Ethiopia (Tribune)
House of Representatives, on Thursday, unveiled plans to investigate alleged victimisation and maltreatment of Nigerians in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The resolution was passed sequel to the adoption of a motion sponsored by the Minority Leader, Hon. Kingsley Chinda and 10 other lawmakers.
In his lead debate, Hon. Chinda who frowned at the heinous crimes being perpetuated against Nigerians living in various countries, observed that the alleged incidence of victimization, maltreatment and forced imprisonment of Nigerians, including air travelers, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia should be investigated. Read more
Kalu tasks Nigerian students on reading culture (Independent)
The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Okezie Kalu has asked Nigerian students to rekindle the reading culture, stressing that it’s key to understanding the world and finding innovative solutions to societal challenges.
He emphasized that imbibing reading culture opens up a world of knowledge, broadens horizons, and empowers the students with wisdom.
Kalu gave the advise while delivering his speech as a special guest of honour at a Young Leadership Clinic event, for School Prefects from Senior Secondary Schools across FCT, held on Thursday at Social Science Lecture Theatre, University of Abuja. Read more
Joe Jonas posts cryptic message after reaching custody agreement with ex Sophie Turner (Mirror)
Joe Jonas shared a cryptic message with his fans after reaching a custody agreement with his estranged wife Sophie Turner.
The Jonas Brothers star took to his Instagram page to share a series of sultry snaps with his fans where he stood in front of an LED mirror with a telling phrase written on it in what appeared to be lipstick. Posing looking down for a candid in one snap, the second saw Joe looking directly into the reflective prop.
Emblazoned across the mirror were the words “I am at the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing.” The picture was tagged with the location of Bridgestone Arena in Nashville where he performed with the rest of the band on Monday night. Read more
The Eagles add 3rd L.A.-area concert to their 2024 Long Goodbye Tour (AS)
The Eagles have added a third Los Angeles-area date at the Kia Forum to their Long Goodbye Tour, which the band recently extended into 2024.
The new show is scheduled for January 12, joining the Eagles’ previously announced January 5 and 6 concerts at the Inglewood, California, venue.
Tickets to the newly announced show will go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 13, at 10 a.m. PT, while presale tickets are available now.
The Eagles are referring to the Kia Forum performances collectively as “The California Concerts.” Read more
Rudolph Isley, founding member of The Isley Brothers, dead at 84 (Fox)
Rudolph Isley of The Isley Brothers has died at the age of 84, Fox News Digital can confirm.
“There are no words to express my feelings and the love I have for my brother,” Rudolph’s brother Ronald told Fox News Digital in a statement. “Our family will miss him. But I know he’s in a better place.”
The musician’s cause of death was not disclosed.
Rudolph was a founding member of the R&B band in the 1950s alongside his brothers Ronald, Vernon and O’Kelly Isley. However, Vernon died at the age of 13 after being hit by a car while riding his bike, the band’s website reported. Read more
Rod Stewart turned down big money from Saudi Arabia concert offer over human rights abuses (NME)
Rod Stewart has revealed that he turned down a big offer to perform in Saudi Arabia because of the country’s human rights issues.
The rock legend was offered what may have been the biggest money sum of his career to bring his show to the Middle East but declined due to the kingdom’s discrimination against women, LGBTQ+ people and the press.
“I’m grateful that I have a choice whether or not to perform in Saudi Arabia. So many citizens there have extremely limited choices… women, the LGBTQ community, the press. I’d like my choice not to go… to shine a light on the injustices there and ignite positive change,” said Steward to the Daily Mirror. Read more
Yellowstone spin-off Bass Reeves drops 1st trailer (DigitalSpy)
Yellowstone spin-off series Lawmen: Bass Reeves has released its first trailer.
The limited series follows the titular character (David Oyelowo) as he “rises from enslavement to law enforcement as the first Black U.S. Marshal west of the Mississippi.
“Despite arresting over 3,000 outlaws during the course of his career, the weight of the badge was heavy, and he wrestled with its moral and spiritual cost to his beloved family,” reads the logline. Read more
Marika Hackman announces new album ‘‘Big Sigh’’ and UK/European tour (NME)
Marika Hackman has announced her new album ‘Big Sigh’, released its lead single ‘Hanging’ and has shared the dates for a UK and European tour.
‘Big Sigh’ marks Hackman’s fourth studio album and the singer has revealed in a press release that it was the “hardest record” she has made. The first track from the LP, ‘Hanging’, is a slow-sombre cut that is juxtaposed with loud guitars towards the end.
Speaking about the song, Hackman explained: “‘Hanging’ is reflecting on a difficult past relationship and how you can trap yourself in a situation where you’re unable to grow into the next stage of your life. Read more
Van Morrison announces intimate Belfast gigs ahead of new album launch (BelfastTelegraph)
Van Morrison is to perform at the Limelight in Belfast after unveiling his 45th studio album titled Accentuate the Positive.
It is available to pre-order ahead of its release on November 3.
Morrison will perform at the Limelight on November 4 and 5 in fully seated, intimate shows.
Tickets for the events go on sale this Friday at 10am. Read more
AFCON 2023: Nigeria draw hosts Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau (Vanguard)
The Super Eagles of Nigeria have been drawn in Group A with hosts Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea and Guinea Bissau for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.
The draw took place on Thursday night in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire — where the competition will be hosted from January 13 to February 11, 2024.
In the qualifiers, Nigeria finished top of its group with 15 points, scoring 22 goals, including a 16-0 win on aggregate against Sao Tome and Principe. Read more
Onome Ebi missing as NFF names Falcons’ squad for Olympics qualifiers (Guardian)
For the first time in about four decades, Super Falcons defender, Onome Ebi, will be missing in the team’s squad as Nigeria face Ethiopia in this month’s Paris 2024 Olympics qualifier.
Onome Ebi, 40 years, became the oldest female player in Africa to play at the 2023 Women’s World Cup, co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. She had featured in several other tournaments including playing in six African Women’s Nations Cup.
At a point, some Nigerian fans called on her to retire, but Ebi was adamant, insisting that she would continue to play for the national as long as her body allowed her. Read more
Ons Jabeur withdraws after reaching Zhengzhou last 8 (StraitsTimes)
World number seven Ons Jabeur withdrew from the Zhengzhou Open ahead of her quarter-final against Daria Kasatkina, blaming a knee injury that hampered her during a hard-fought victory over Lucia Bronzetti on Thursday.
Playing with her right knee taped, the Tunisian three-time Grand Slam finalist failed to serve out the victory on three occasions and needed five match points to move past the 63rd-ranked Italian Bronzetti 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) in just under two hours.
Shortly after her victory, the 29-year-old Jabeur announced she had to pull out of the tournament, handing Kasatkina a walkover into the semi-finals. Read more
NY attorney general investigates fatal police shooting of former elite fencer at his Long Island home (NBC)
A New York man killed after police said he came at them with swords in his hands was a former elite fencer who won a medal for the United States at the Pan American Games in 1995.
The state attorney general’s office said Thursday that it had opened a probe into the killing of Alan Weber, 54, who died Tuesday night after being shot at his home on Long Island by a Suffolk County police officer.
Suffolk County police said officers had gone to the home in response to a 911 call about a man acting violently inside, and heard Weber screaming and breaking things. Authorities said he refused to come outside. Read more
Wayne Rooney returns to English football as Birmingham City manager (National)
Wayne Rooney has been confirmed as Birmingham’s new boss on a three-and-a-half year deal.
The former England skipper replaces the sacked John Eustace after leaving DC United last week.
“I am absolutely delighted to be joining Birmingham City at such an exciting time. It is very clear that they have a plan and are committed to realising their ambition for the club,” said the ex-Manchester United striker. Read more
Lionel Messi: Inter Miami star will not go on loan – Guillem Balague (BBC)
Lionel Messi will not join another team on loan when the Major League Soccer season ends, says Guillem Balague.
The Inter Miami captain, 36, has been linked with a return to Barcelona and a switch to the Saudi Pro League.
Inter Miami are out of play-off contention after Saturday’s 1-0 loss to FC Cincinnati and their season ends on 21 October.
Argentine World Cup winner Messi has only played 72 minutes in the MLS since early September due to injury. Read more