NDLEA arrests artiste manager, businessman who sells drugs at Lagos clubs (DailyTrust)
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested a Lekki-based artiste manager and his Ikoyi businessman accomplice who specialise in distributing illicit drugs to fun seekers at VIP nightclubs and lounges in Lekki and Island axis of Lagos State.
Their arrest followed an intelligence about a shipment of Colorado, a synthetic strong strain of cannabis coming for them from Los Angeles, United States.
Spokesman of the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said on Sunday in a statement in Abuja that Oseni Abdulraheem Ayodeji Babatunde (aka Papalampa) was the first to be arrested in his house at No. 3 Ope Daniel Taiwo Street, off Chisco Bus-Stop, Lekki area of Lagos when the consignment arrived on Sunday 23rd July. Read more
Anthrax: Lagos destroys infected animals (Vanguard)
Lagos State Government has confiscated, burnt and buried six animals infected with Anthrax disease to prevent its spread.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs. Olatokunbo Emokpae, announced this on Sunday.
Emokpae, explained that the cases were discovered during surveillance of animals on Lagos Island and Agege area of the state. Read more
MURIC faults Sanwo-Olu’s alleged lopsided cabinet list (Independent)
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has faulted the new cabinet list of governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State for failing both inclusive and integrity tests.
The Islamic human rights organization also denounced the 39- member cabinet list for containing only eight verifiable muslims names,urging the governor to review it in order to ensure religion balancing.
The Executive Director of MURIC ,Professor Ishaq Akintola, in a statement made available to journalists described governor Sanwo-Olu’s action on the matter as a BETRAYAL OF TRUST on muslims who voted for him massively in Lagos. Read more
Activist Hamzat Lawal commends Gov Sani Uba for appointing 33-year-old as Accountant General (Channels)
Prominent activist Hamzat Lawal has commended Kaduna Governor, Senator Uba Sani, for appointing Bashir Suleiman Zuntu as the state’s Accountant General.
Muhammad Shehu Molash, the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, announced the appointment in a statement on Thursday, July 27.
He said the appointment takes immediate effect.
Reacting to the appointment, Lawal said the selection of Zuntu is a testament to the Governor’s commitment to bringing in capable and experienced individuals to serve the people of Kaduna. Read more
National Assembly reconsiders Peace Corps, EFCC, 42 other bills (ThisDay)
The National Assembly has commenced the recommittal process of bills passed by the ninth Assembly, which were neither assented to nor rejected by former President Muhammadu Buhari before the expiration of the last Assembly.
Records from the office of the Clerk to the National Assembly revealed that bills that fall into this category were 44.
The Nigerian Peace Corps Establishment Bill is among the 44 bills to be reconsidered by the 10th Assembly. Read more
Abraham Lincoln Academy opens in Lagos (Guardian)
In its bid to continue to provide qualitative education for children, a foremost educational school, Abraham Lincoln American Academy (ALAA), will begin the 2023/2024 academic session on September 11 for pupils ranging from ages one to 10.
Situated in Ologun Agbaje Street, Victoria lsland, Lagos, the upper class school, which offers an American Curriculum is run by an American board, who has employed the hands of seasoned American educational consultants and Nigerian educators of repute to ensure its success in the Nigerian contest and in its environs.
The school’s sister arm, which opened its doors to Nigerian pupils years back in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria, decided to spread the wonderful teaching and learning experience across the globe and chose Lagos. Read more
US Vice President Harris, UN Guterres call Tinubu over Niger coup (Tribune)
United States Vice President Kamala Harris and the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, have spoken to President Bola Tinubu about the country that ousted President Mohamed Bazoum of Niger Republic.
In separate telephone conversations, they expressed strong support for Nigeria’s efforts toward the restoration of constitutional order in its northern neighbour.
According to a statement issued on Friday by Dele Alake, Special Adviser, Special Duties, Communication & Strategy, the two leaders also commended the Nigerian President, who is also the Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, for spearheading the peace moves. Read more
Nigerians using Police emergency numbers to obtain loans – FCT CP (Leadership)
The commissioner of police in FCT, Haruna Garba, has revealed that Nigerians are using the command’s emergency numbers to obtain loans from companies.
In a statement by the spokesperson of the FCT command, SP Josephine Adeh yesterday, the commissioner disclosed that non-state actors had also been engaging the emergency lines and warns against abusing the emergency numbers.
Part of the statement said; “The CP enjoins non-state actors who have been engaging the police emergency lines in their mischievous posts aimed at misleading members of the public and those submitting same to obtain loans to desist from such and only use the emergency lines for its intended purpose as deliberate steps will be taken to arrest and prosecute the purveyors of these illegal acts.” Read more
Cardi B throws microphone at concert goer who tossed drink at her onstage (NYPost)
She did not Like It.
Cardi B hurled her microphone at an unruly concertgoer who launched a drink at the rapper during a performance in Las Vegas on Saturday, becoming the latest artist to have an object thrown at them while onstage.
The New York native had been performing “Bodak Yellow” at Drai’s Beachclub in Las Vegas when a fan raised a white, decorated cup and tossed liquid in the 30-year-old rapper’s direction. Read more
Kanye West’s Twitter account reinstated after almost 8-month suspension (BelfastTelegraph)
Kanye West’s Twitter account has been reinstated after an almost eight-month suspension for violating the platform’s policy against inciting violence.
The US rapper, who has legally changed his name to Ye, posted a series of erratic tweets at the end of last year, one of which appeared to show a symbol combining a swastika and a Jewish star.
He stoked further controversy online with remarks made during an interview with US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones where he praised Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. Read more
Sinéad O’Connor had “wonderful plans” for new album and 2024 Tour before sudden death at 56: Managers (People)
Before Sinéad O’Connor’s sudden death at age 56 earlier this week, she was planning her first new album in nearly a decade, according to her managers.
In a note shared to 67 Management’s website, the Grammy-winning musician’s team sent love to her family, thanked fans for their support and revealed O’Connor’s plans for various professional projects that were set to take place in the near future.
“We would like to take this opportunity to send our love, our thoughts, our prayers to Sinéad O’Connor’s Family at this time,” wrote managers Kenneth Papenfus and Carl Papenfus on behalf of the company. “We would like to thank the incredible love and support for Sinéad from her fans first and foremost who have prevailed in their support and kindness throughout.” Read more
Michelle Yeoh marries longtime fiancé Jean Todt after 6992-day engagement (People)
Michelle Yeoh has tied the knot after a 6992-day engagement!
The Oscar-winning actress, 60, and her long-time beau, ex-Ferrari CEO Jean Todt married in an intimate ceremony in Geneva on Thursday, 19 years after the groom first proposed.
“We met in Shanghai on 4th June 2004,” a message in the wedding program — shared on Instagram by ex-Ferrari Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa — began. Read more
Barbie film soundtrack breaks UK singles chart record (Sky)
The soundtrack for the new Barbie movie has taken over the UK singles charts by breaking previous records, the Official Charts Company has said.
“Barbie: The Album”, which accompanies the Greta Gerwig-directed comedy, has become the first film soundtrack to land three top five songs at the same time.
American singer Billie Eilish contemplative “What Was I Made For?” has reached number three this week, while Dua Lipa’s Dance The Night is now at number four and in fifth position is the reworking of Aqua’s Barbie World by rappers Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice. Read more
Nasa to launch a free streaming service later this year (National)
Nasa is getting in on the streaming wars. Well, sort of.
The US space agency announced it is planning to launch a free streaming service later in the year called Nasa+. It will be ad-free and include coverage of future launches, documentaries and a new original series that will be exclusive to the platform.
“We’re putting space on demand and at your fingertips with Nasa’s new streaming platform,” said Marc Etkind, Nasa’s associate administrator of communications. Read more
Seth Rogen confesses what holds him back from working with Marvel or DC (Deadline)
There’s a conspicuous hole in Seth Rogen’s miles-long resume as an actor, producer and writer.
He’s never done a Marvel or DC film. This despite dabbling in superheroes with work on The Green Hornet, The Boys, and Invincible.
Speaking with Polygon about the upcoming “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem” film, Rogen answered why he’s never tackled a Marvel or DC project. Read more
FIBA Women’s AfroBasket: D’Tigress begin title defence with victory (VON)
Nigeria’s women’s basketball team, D’Tigress, got its FIBA Women’s AfroBasket title defence tournament off to a winning start after a 69-35 victory against the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday, at the BK Arena in Kigali, Rwanda.
D’Tigress were ahead by 16-8 in the first quarter and the lead was extended to 29-18 at halftime. In the third quarter, Nigeria were leading by 46-32 and blew their Congolese opponents away in the fourth, securing a 34-point victory.
Despite struggling to get their chemistry together, the Nigerian ladies won all four quarters in a thrilling encounter. Elizabeth Balogun and Ifunaya Okoro led with 11 points each, while Tomi Taiwo and Sarah Ogoke contributed 10 points each in the contest. Read more
Super Eagles star Bassey completes Fulham move (Punch)
English Premiership side, Fulham FC, have signed Super Eagles defender Calvin Bassey from Dutch giants, Ajax of Amsterdam, for a yet-to-be-ascertained fee.
The London club announced the signing on Friday in a statement on their website
Bassey who signed a four-year contract with the said he is pleased to complete the move. Read more
Five-star Sweden crush Italy to reach Women’s World Cup last 16 (StraitsTimes)
Set pieces were key for Sweden as towering defender Amanda Ilestedt scored twice with her head to help her team to a 5-0 thrashing of Italy on Saturday and a berth in the Women’s World Cup last 16.
A tight Group G contest was blown open in a seven-minute spell late in the first half when the third-ranked Swedes found the net three times, through Ilestedt, Fridolina Rolfo and Stina Blackstenius.
Arsenal centre-back Ilestedt bagged her second soon after the interval to give her three goals for the tournament – all headers from corners – including a late match-winner in their opening 2-1 defeat of South Africa. Read more
Arsenal unveil Arsene Wenger bronze statue at Emirates Stadium (BBC)
Arsenal have unveiled a bronze statue of legendary former manager Arsene Wenger outside Emirates Stadium.
He helped the Gunners to three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups during his reign from 1996 to 2018.
The Frenchman is lifting the Premier League trophy in the 3.5-metre statue outside the North Bank Stand.
The 73-year-old will be a guest of honour for Arsenal’s home friendly against Monaco, another of his former clubs, on Wednesday. Read more
Chelsea fined £8.6m for FFP breach as Juventus banned from Europe for 2023/24 in separate financial case (Sky)
Chelsea have agreed a settlement with UEFA and will hand over €10m (£8.6m) for “submitting incomplete financial information” during the Roman Abramovich era.
A new ownership group led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital completed their takeover of the club in May last year from Abramovich, who was sanctioned over his links to Russia president Vladimir Putin.
UEFA, which has also banned Juventus from competing in the Europa Conference League this season due to financial irregularities, confirmed it was approached “proactively” by the Boehly-led consortium. Read more
Red Bull boss Christian Horner insists Sergio Perez is safe amid Daniel Ricciardo threat (Fox)
Christian Horner has sent a clear message on Sergio Perez’s future at Red Bull amid the looming threat of Daniel Ricciardo.
Ricciardo has recently returned to the sport as a replacement for struggling Dutchman Nyck de Vries, having begun the year in a reserve capacity for Constructors’ Championship leaders Red Bull, mostly serving as a simulator driver and for marketing purposes.
Red Bull driver Sergio Perez has struggled this season, and despite being contracted until the end of next season, has his place in the top team under heavy scrutiny at the moment, with the likes of Ricciardo openly gunning for his spot. Read more