NDLEA uncovers cannabis, tramadol in crayfish sack (Punch)
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has uncovered 15 parcels of cannabis and 600 grams of tramadol concealed in a sack of crayfish for export to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
This is contained in a statement by the Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi, on Sunday in Abuja.
Babafemi said the attempt which was equally thwarted by operatives who seized the consignment, subsequently arrested a freight agent, Osahor Ekwueme, who presented it for export.
In the same vein, Babafemi said that the agency had also arrested a drug trafficker, Ifeanyi Egbuwaohia, in the Igando area of Lagos State. Read more
Again, early morning fire destroys property worth millions of naira at Balogun Market (Sun)
Traders at the Balogun Market in Lagos experienced another terrible Sunday, as an early morning fire destroyed a building at the popular Market located on the Lagos Island area of the state.
Witnesses said that the fire started from one of the market buildings, on Martins Street, Lagos and spread to other parts.
The cause of the inferno could not be ascertained as of press time, but witnesses said that property worth millions of Naira were destroyed by the fire.
Operatives of the Lagos State Emergency Agency (LASEMA), Lagos State Fire and Rescue Services, as well as other responders, have swung into operation to put out the fire.
However, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyitolu, when contacted, said rescue operations are ongoing at the scene as of 1pm when firefighters and other first responders are battling to put out the raging fire. Read more
2023: Youths endorse Atiku,‘‘Jandor’’, ‘‘Banky W’’ others in Lagos (Vanguard)
The Youths in Politics (YIP), Nigeria on Saturday endorsed the PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the Lagos State PDP Governorship Candidate, Dr Olajide Adediran (Jandor) for the 2023 general elections.
The group, in partnership with the PDP New Generation group, also endorsed some candidates of the party running for House of Assembly and House of Representatives seats in Lagos state at a ceremony in Lagos.
Some PDP candidates also endorsed were: Mr Olubankole Wellington (popularly called Banky W), PDP House of Representatives’ Candidate for Eti-Osa Federal Constituency and Mr Olumuyiwa Owadara, House of Representatives Candidate for Oshodi-Isolo Federal Constituency.
Also endorsed were; Alhaja Fateema Mohammed, Ifako- Ijaiye House of Representatives Candidate; Mr Henrich Akomolafe, House of Representatives’ Candidate for Ekiti South and Mr Hakeem Jinadu, Lagos State House of Assembly candidate in Eti-Osa 1. Read more
NDLEA intercepts over 2.4m Tramadol pills from Pakistan at Lagos airport (Tribune)
Desperate attempts by the tramadol drug cartel to smuggle into Nigeria over Two Million Four Hundred and Sixty-Five Thousand (2, 465, 000) tablets of the pharmaceutical opioid in 225mg and 250mg, weighing Two Thousand, Three Hundred and Fifty-Six kilograms (2,356kgs) with an estimated street value of One Billion, Forty Million Naira (N1, 040, 000, 000) through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja Lagos have been foiled by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
The seizure of the drug on Friday 7th October came barely a week after about a 13.5million pills of the same opioid worth over N8.8billion were recovered by NDLEA operatives from one of the mansions of a billionaire drug baron in the highbrow residential estate, Victoria Garden City (VGC), Lekki Lagos.
Following credible intelligence, the Agency had shown interest in the consignment of 52 cartons that came into Nigeria from Karachi, Pakistan with six different airway bills via Ethiopian Airline flight, comprising seven cartons of 250mg of a brand called tamral and 45 cartons of 225mg, branded as tramaking.
According to the antinarcotic agency, soon after the arrival of the consignment at the Lagos airport, the NDLEA called for a joint examination of the consignment with other stakeholders and after its information was confirmed by all, the 52 cartons of the seized substance which are above the recommended threshold for medical use and banned in the country, were moved to the Agency’s facility. Read more
It’s time for women to spring forth, stand out, says Sanwo-Olu (Guardian)
Lagos State First Lady and Chairman of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, on Saturday, led an awareness walk on the forthcoming 22nd National Women’s Conference (NWC) of the Committee, saying it is time for women to spring forth and stand out.
The conference, with the theme: “Spring Forth, Stand Out,” will be held from 18th to 20th October 2022 at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
In a statement, she said that the theme was specifically aimed at encouraging women to understand the need to stand out and be exceptional in all their endeavours.
“In 2021, we had “Awake” as our theme and this year, our theme is “Spring Forth, Stand Out.” It is a continuation of what we started last year. We want our women to spring forth, wake up from their slumber and now stand out. Read more
Rituals: ‘Yahoo boys’ murder, mutilate 40-year-old man in Ogun (DailyTrust)
Police in Ogun State have arrested two suspected internet fraudsters popularly known as ‘Yahoo Boys’ who allegedly murdered and mutilated the body of a 40-years-old man, Abdullahi Azeez, for money rituals.
The suspects — Friday Abinya Odeh, 21; and Poso Idowu, 20, were arrested following a report lodged at Owode Egba Divisional Headquarters by the relatives of the victim.
The Police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi on Sunday said that the relatives of the victim told the police that Azeez left his home in Kobape area of Abeokuta on June 8, 2022, and did not return.
Oyeyemi said the Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole, immediately directed the anti-kidnapping unit of the state Criminal Investigation Departments to take over “the investigation and unravel the mystery behind the sudden disappearance of the man.”
According to him, the SP Taiwo Opadiran-led team subsequently embarked on a “technical and intelligence-based investigation”, which led them to the hideout of Friday Abinya Odeh in September. Read more
Fimogboye Islamic Quiz Competition ends in Abeokuta (Independent)
The second Fimogboye Islamic Quiz Competition was held in Abeokuta on Saturday, October 1, 2022, with no fewer than 26 Madaaris (schools) participating.
According to Engr. Dr Ahmed Apampa, the Fimogboye of Owu Muslims, this year’s competition could not have come at a better time than this as Nigeria marks her independence even as he prays for peace over the nation.
Apampa stressed that the knowledge of Islam which the Quiz hopes to spread among Muslim youths will translate to peaceful living and invariably peaceful coexistence in the nation.
In his own remark, the Chairman of the Planning Committee of the competition, Engr. Dr Kola Olonade pointed out that “this is the first in Ogun State and we hope and pray that it continues to get better and bigger each year.” Read more
Experts raise alarm over threat to marine, coastal environment (ThisDay)
Environmental experts and media practitioners have raised the alarm over the negative impact of the continuous pollution of the ocean and its surrounding environments in Nigeria.
They equally lamented that there were no strong and effective laws being implemented to protect the ecosystem and maritime and coastal activities.
They raised the alarm during a news conference held in Lagos recently by the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF). The media parley attracted knowledgeable participants from the relevant sectors.
During the conference, the stakeholders lamented the dangers ahead if not adequately tackled, just as they proffered solutions on the best approach to the looming disaster ahead. Read more
Customs intercept 2 containers of unregistered drugs worth billions (DailyTrust)
Officials of the Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service intercepted two containers laden with unregistered pharmaceutical products.
The consignments, which were allegedly imported into the country and falsely declared as electrical goods and household items, were intercepted in a bonded terminal in Lagos over the weekend.
Speaking on the seizure, the Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Malanta Yusuf, said the goods were discovered during a physical examination by representatives from the compliance team, CIU, resident officers and other relevant agencies at GMT Bonded Terminal Ojo, Lagos.
“These two by 40ft containers namely, HLBU1315286 with Seal Nos. Indian Customs Nhava Sheva 3201597 and HLG1150470 arrived from India. It was loaded with Letmotil (Loperamide Tablet) 20mg; Gegedol (Diclofenac Sodium 50mg & Paracetamol 325mg) tablet; EQUAGENT (Gentamycin Eye/Ear drops 0.3%w/v) all without NAFDAC registration numbers, as well as 36 pieces of Oriental ceiling fan used for concealment. Read more
Snoop Dogg and Master P help 7-year-old shooting victim publish children’s book (NME)
Snoop Dogg and Master P have joined forces to help Malakai Roberts – a seven-year-old Kentucky boy who was permanently blinded as a result of gun violence – write and publish a children’s book about overcoming adversity.
In December of 2020, Roberts’ family home in Lexington, Kentucky was targeted with aggressive gunfire. While sleeping near his mother and younger brother, five-year-old Malakai was shot in the head. The bullet missed his brain by two centimetres, leaving him permanently blind and destroying his senses of smell and taste.
Drawing from his personal experiences, Roberts’ book, Adventures With Malakai, will be about overcoming adversity. The book debuted at a YMCA in the child’s home state on Wednesday (October 5), where he was joined by Master P.
In an interview with WLKY News (via Billboard), the rapper said: “This book is going to be special because Malakai is special. I mean, this kid has never given up with all the adversity he went through so this book is gonna be special. And it’s all about kids, so we’re gonna be able to teach kids and help Malakai keep his adventures going. Read more
NYCC: Wednesday trailer unveils Fred Armisen and Christina Ricci roles in Netflix Series (THR)
A new trailer for Netflix’s upcoming Addams Family series Wednesday was revealed during the show’s Saturday panel at New York Comic Con, with first looks at Fred Armisen and Christina Ricci’s roles.
In the show’s official nearly three-minute first look, the ghoulish high school experience that awaits Wednesday is detailed, while Armisen’s Uncle Fester and Ricci’s Nevermore professor Miss Thornhill are both teased.
During the panel, Armisen appeared as a surprise guest and confirmed he did actually shave his head for the role. “I shaved my head because this was like a role. As soon as I heard about it I was like ‘Oh, I gotta be Fester.’ I really wanted to do it, and I wanted to do it right and not have a bald cap or anything. So, I just shaved my head and I was proud to do it.”
“And tonight I’m going to do it again,” Armisen joked. Read more
Kanye West’s Instagram account gets restricted for violating platform’s rules and guidelines (People)
Kanye West is facing action from Meta after sharing what some have deemed an anti-Semitic post.
Instagram restricted the Grammy Award winner’s account and deleted content from his page after he violated the social media platform’s rules and guidelines, according to NBC News and CNN, although a Meta spokesperson did not confirm to either outlet what content violated their rules.
In a now-deleted post from Friday, West shared a screenshot of a text exchange between himself and Diddy, in which allegedly appeared to show West claiming that Combs was controlled by Jewish people. “Jesus is Jew,” he wrote in the caption, reported NBC News.
The American Jewish Committee (AJC) on Friday called out West’s language for perpetuating “anti-Semitic tropes like greed and control,” writing in a statement: “Kanye West should figure out how to make a point without using antisemitism. Over the last week, the musician has fomented hatred of Jews.” Read more
Mothers demand justice over cough syrup scandal (BBC)
A red toy motorbike sits in the corner of Mariam Kuyateh’s home gathering dust.
It was meant for her 20-month-old son, Musa, but he passed away in September.
He is one of the 66 children in The Gambia who are thought to have died after being given a cough syrup that had been “potentially linked with acute kidney injuries”, according to the World Health Organization.
No-one in the family touches Musa’s toy – a reminder of what has been lost.
His 30-year-old mother, who has four other children, was in tears remembering what had happened to her son. Read more
Lindsay Lohan gives festive feels in Falling for Christmas trailer (Metro)
Lindsay Lohan is on her way to save Christmas and we couldn’t be more excited.
The Mean Girls actress confirmed her return to our screens in upcoming Netflix movie, Falling For Christmas.
Thankfully, we’ve all ended up on the streaming platform’s nice list as the 36-year-old, who plays Sierra Belmont, unveiled the new trailer today, giving us all the festive feels.
In the clip, she said in a voiceover: ‘When people look at me all they see is the spoiled daughter of the hotel magnate. Read more
Storm Julia turns into hurricane, heads for Nicaragua (DW)
Thousands of people in Nicaragua have evacuated from their homes as the hurricane advances toward the country’s Caribbean coast.
Tropical storm Julia strengthened into a hurricane late Saturday as it approached the eastern coast of Central America.
It passed the Colombian island San Andres and was moving toward the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kilometers per hour), the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
“Life-threatening flash floods and mudslides possible from heavy rains over Central America and Southern Mexico through early next week,” the NHC said. Read more
Palestinian gunman kills woman Israeli soldier in Jerusalem (Fox)
A Palestinian opened fire on an Israeli military checkpoint in east Jerusalem on Saturday night, killing a female Israeli soldier and wounding three other people, Israeli authorities said.
The attack came hours after a pair of Palestinian teenagers were killed during an Israeli military raid in the occupied West Bank.
It was the latest bloodshed in the deadliest round of fighting in the area in seven years. It also came less than 24 hours before Israel was to begin celebrating the weeklong Sukkot holiday, a time when tens of thousands of Jews visit the holy city.
Saturday night’s shooting occurred at a checkpoint near the Shuafat refugee camp in east Jerusalem. Police said the assailant got out of a car and opened fire, seriously wounding the female soldier and a security guard before running into the camp. The army announced early Sunday that the woman, who was 19, had died. Read more
Joshua rated no.1 in Ring Magazine’s rankings (Punch)
Former two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has been ranked No.1 by The Ring magazine in the latest rankings while rival Tyson Fury misses out after he gave up his belt when he announced he was retired in August.
Joshua suffered his second consecutive defeat to Oleksandr Usyk in September, which has put him out of the heavyweight world title picture for the first time in several years.
Meanwhile, Fury declared he had retired from the sport after his successful title defence against Dillian Whyte, but has now announced he will return on December in Cardiff.
Fury’s on-off retirement from the sport appears to be the reason he has been left out of the Ring Magazine rankings with the likes of Whyte and Luis Ortiz making the top 10 ahead of him in fifth and sixth respectively. Joshua tops the pile having recently fought for the title belt against Usyk, which was put on the line for their rematch after the ‘Gypsy King’ ditched the title. Read more
Erik ten Hag’s decision to let Harry Maguire go on holiday ‘sparks fury’ at Man Utd (Mirror)
Harry Maguire was allowed to jet off to Portugal last week in a bid to “clear his head” after being given permission by Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag.
The Red Devils captain has endured a miserable start to the current campaign and his recent injury may have actually come at a welcome time seeing as it takes Maguire out of the firing line. While his teammates were in Cyprus taking on Omonia in the Europa League, the defender was enjoying some downtime at Portuguese golf resort Quinta do Lagofor.
The mid-season getaway was granted by his superiors at United, who feel as if the England international could benefit from some downtime before getting back into the thick of things for both club and country.
Ten Hag is clearly trying anything and willing to do whatever it takes to try and get a tune out of Maguire, who has in truth looked way off the pace for quite some time – some would argue the whole of his Old Trafford stay. Read more
Chelsea boss Graham Potter explains seven changes for Wolves including Thiago Silva and Reece James decisions (Standard)
Chelsea boss Graham Potter has revealed that illness kept Thiago Silva out of his side to face Wolves on Saturday.
The veteran defender was a surprise omission from a routine 3-0 victory that saw Blues cult hero Diego Costa return to Stamford Bridge and Armando Broja net his first goal for the club, with Trevoh Chalobah partnering Kalidou Koulibaly at centre-back and captain Cesar Azpilicueta also playing his first Premier League match since August.
Chelsea’s defence ended up having a straightforward afternoon as lowly Wolves failed to score for the sixth time in nine matches having sacked manager Bruno Lage after last weekend’s dismal loss at West Ham, registering only two shots on target.
Speaking after his first home win since swapping Brighton for west London last month, Potter allayed any injury concerns over Silva, 38, after he played the full 90 minutes of the Champions League victory over AC Milan in midweek. Chelsea travel to the San Siro for the return fixture on Tuesday. Read more
F1 legend says it would be ‘game over’ for Aussie driver Daniel Ricciardo if he takes next season off from the grid (DailyMail)
Daniel Ricciardo has confirmed he doesn’t expect to be racing in Formula One next season, but former world champion Jensen Button has warned the Aussie about this move – saying it could end his career.
The Australian will leave the Woking-based team at the end of the season to be replaced by fellow Australian Oscar Piastri.
Ricciardo was under contract with McLaren until the end of the 2023 campaign but after two underwhelming seasons with results failing to meet expectations, the team opted to part ways ahead of schedule.
‘I think the reality is now I won’t be on the grid in 2023,’ he said after finishing 11th in qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka. Read more
Lakers GM Rob Pelinka gets extension through 2026 (ESPN)
As the Los Angeles Lakers attempt to integrate a new coach, rebound from one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history and maximize what’s left in LeBron James’ brilliant career, they have reaffirmed their faith in Rob Pelinka to lead the franchise through it.
Pelinka, the Lakers’ vice president of basketball operations and general manager, signed a contract extension in the offseason that will take him through the 2025-26 season, league sources confirmed to ESPN.
The contract was agreed upon around the time Darvin Ham was hired as the 28th coach in team history in June, sources said. It was intended to assure Ham that he would have alignment with the front office during his tenure in L.A., sources said.
The contract agreement was first reported by Yahoo Sports on Saturday, with the Lakers’ season opener against the Golden State Warriors looming on Oct. 18. Read more
Nigel Benn: My son Conor Benn is a clean athlete (Sky)
Nigel Benn has defended his son, Conor, after the postponement of his fight against Chris Eubank Jr due to a failed drugs test, insisting his son is a “clean athlete”.
On Wednesday, it was revealed an “adverse analytical finding for trace amounts of a fertility drug” had shown up in one of Conor Benn’s recent tests by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).
The British Boxing Board of Control announced the clash with Eubank Jr was “prohibited as it is not in the interests of boxing” after promoters Matchroom Boxing and Wasserman Boxing had released a joint-statement earlier in the day saying the fight would go ahead as scheduled.
The two fighters already knew about the drug test result and were keen to proceed with the bout, which follows the two clashes between their fathers in the 1990s, but Matchroom Boxing confirmed on Thursday the bout was off. Read more
Lewis Hamilton may not “accept” 2021 championship result if Red Bull broke rules (Mirror)
Lewis Hamilton will struggle to accept missing out on the 2021 drivers’ title to Max Verstappen if Red Bull are deemed to have broken cost cap rules, according to Johnny Herbert.
Speculation suggests Red Bull and Aston Martin may have overspent last season. Both teams have denied any wrongdoing and said they expect to have no issues when the FIA reveals its findings on the subject.
But the rumours only intensified when the governing body pushed back its announcement from Wednesday this week to next Monday. That delay is assumed to be an indicator that at least one team has been deemed to have fallen foul of budget regulations.
Hamilton has already made it clear that he would want to see any team that exceeded the cost cap punished accordingly. And if it emerges that Red Bull did overspend last season, former racer and Sky Sports pundit Herbert thinks it will be tough for the Mercedes star to accept losing the title to Verstappen. Read more