NIPOST staff protest appointment of Odeyemi as CEO (Nation)
Workers of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) have shut down the head office of the service in Abuja to protest the appointment of Tola Odeyemi as Chief Executive Officer/Postmaster General.
The Nation reports that President Bola Tinubu appointed new leaderships of communication agencies, including NIPOST.last week.
However, moments after the news of Odeyemi’s appointment, there were reports that Adeyemi Adepoju, the sacked Postmaster-General had been reinstated. Read more
EFCC convicts forex trader, two others for fraud in Kwara (Guardian)
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured the conviction of a 26-year-old forex trader, Kolawole Temidayo Joshua, and two others for offences bordering on internet fraud.
The convicts, Kolawole Temidayo Joshua, Abdullahi Isiak and Daniel Roland Orji, were arraigned on separate charges of one count each before Justice Mahmoud Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin.
Joshua was accused of impersonating one Mia Phillips via his Google Voice account and inducing one Daniel Murphy, a.k.a. Wagba Wealth and Danny to part with the sum of $400 through gift cards. Read more
Tinubu appoints pioneer Mandate Secretary for Women Affairs, FCT (Vanguard)
President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of Mrs. Adedayo Benjamins-Laniyi as the Mandate Secretary for the newly created Women Affairs Secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA.
Director, Press, in the Office of the FCT minister, Anthony Ogunleye who disclosed this in a statement on Monday said the new appointee would play a pivotal role in the FCTA’s commitment to promoting the well-being and empowerment of women and children in the territory.
“Mrs. Adedayo Benjamins-Laniyi born in 1965 and hails from Ogun State, was appointed for her exemplary qualifications and dedication to public service. With over 35 years of experience as a communications consultant, social entrepreneur, international mentor, and environmentalist, Mrs. Benjamins-Laniyi brings a wealth of knowledge to her new role. Read more
Lagos reopens Mile 12 International Market (Nation)
The Lagos State Government on Monday ordered the reopening of Mile 12 International Market after it was sealed on Friday.
The Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tokunbo Wahab, said the market was reopened after a thorough assessment, covering various aspects of environmental compliance, waste management practices, and general cleanliness within the market.
He noted that issues critical to the environment, public health and safety, were not negotiable, as the government would not watch helplessly as those values were compromised and eroded by the conduct of few people. Read more
Residents shocked as python is killed in Lagos estate (Punch)
Some residents of Dolphin Estate, Lagos State, have been left in shock after a python was found and killed in the area.
An X user, #Realolaudah, shared the story on Monday and stated that residents have been left confused and afraid following the discovery.
The post read, “Since last night, when a python was killed in Dolphin Estate, there are so many questions begging for answers, anxieties, uneasiness, and fear amongst some residents. A snake this big! Read more
Tinubu swears in Ibrahim-Bio, Lawal, Olawande as ministers (Guardian)
President Bola Tinubu on Monday, swore in three newly appointed ministers inside the Council Chambers of the State House, Abuja.
Those sworn in are Dr Jamila Ibrahim-Bio Jummai; Balarabe Abbas Lawal; and Ayodele Olawande, who were recently screened and approved by the Senate.
The brief swearing-in ceremony came ahead of the resumed Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, which is the second edition held in the President Tinubu administration. Read more
NIPOST Staff protest against new CEO, shut down head office (Leadership)
The head office of the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) in Abuja has been shut down by staff protesting against the appointment of Tola Odeyemi as Chief Executive Officer/Post Master General.
Presidential spokesman, Chief Ajuri Ngelale, had announced last week that President Bola Tinubu made some changes in the leadership of communication agencies, including NIPOST.
However, moments after the news of Tola Odeyemi’s appointment broke, there were reports that Adepoju, the sacked PostMaster-General, had been reinstated. Read more
DSS, Police storm PDP secretariat as youths protest Akeredolu’s absence (Channels)
Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and some policemen stormed the secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State as youths protested the absence of the state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
The placard-carrying youths converged on the PDP secretariat in Akure, the state capital, on Monday morning to express their displeasure on Akeredolu’s health status and his absence from the state.
Channels Television gathered that, though the secretariat was not sealed off, security operatives prevented the youths from moving out of the secretariat to stage the protest. Read more
Rachel Zegler to release “The Hanging Tree” song Friday (UPI)
Rachel Zegler will release the song “The Hanging Tree” on Friday.
The 22-year-old singer and actress recorded the song for the upcoming film “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes”.
Zegler plays Lucy Gray Baird, a tribute from the impoverished District 12, in the new movie.
In “The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes”, audiences will witness the origin of “The Hanging Tree” when Lucy sings it for the first time. Read more
“I clung to the boat as it sank” – DR Congo survivor (BBC)
Some of the 189 people rescued after a boat capsized in the Democratic Republic of Congo have told the BBC how they managed to survive.
“All my body was under the water, except my head. I clung to a wooden part of the boat until some people arrived with a canoe to save me,” said Korami Mopole.
More than 40 bodies have been recovered so far, while rescue workers are searching for 167 people still missing.
The boat was reportedly overloaded. Read more
Disney brings back Robin Williams’s Genie in new short movie (DigitalSpy)
Disney has brought back Robin Williams’ Genie from 1992’s Aladdin for a brand new short film to celebrate the studio’s 100th anniversary.
Premiering today (October 16) on Disney+, Once Upon a Studio sees characters come together from 85 Disney feature-length and short films to celebrate “10 decades of storytelling, artistry and technological achievements”.
Williams’ contribution has been put together using outtakes from his sessions recording for Aladdin, with the involvement of the late actor’s estate. Read more
4 children die in Burundi church collapse (AfricaNews)
Four children lost their lives when a church structure in Burundi collapsed during a fierce storm. State media reports that this incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday, resulting in injuries to 15 other individuals.
The catastrophic event unfolded in the southern region of the country, where the ill-fated church was situated.
The area had been grappling with severe weather conditions characterized by strong winds and torrential rain. Read more
Death Grips cut short US concert after getting hit by glowsticks (NME)
Death Grips cut short their concert in Arkansas on Friday (October 13) after a number of fans threw glowsticks at the band.
The incident happened at JJ’s Live in Fayetteville and saw the band eventually abandon the show with four songs to spare.
They had earlier managed to play 25 songs despite frontman MC Ride walking off the stage twice after getting hit by objects thrown by fans before the whole band eventually exited the stage Read more
Biden considering visit to Israel (IrishExaminer)
President Joe Biden is considering a trip to Israel in the coming days but nothing has been finalised, according to a senior US administration official.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has been traveling around the Middle East for talks aimed at preventing the war with Hamas from igniting a broader regional conflict.
Mr Biden has proclaimed his support for Israel and a trip there would be a firm sign of US support during the conflict with Hamas. Read more
Poles vote in huge numbers for centrist opposition after 8 years of nationalist rule (NBC)
The majority of voters in Poland’s general election supported opposition parties who promised to repair the nation’s constitutional order and its relationship with allies, including the European Union and Ukraine, according to projections Monday.
After a bitter and emotional campaign, voters turned out in droves on Sunday to make their voice known. Turnout was at the highest level in the country’s 34 years of democracy, surpassing the 63% who turned out in the historic 1989 vote that toppled communism.
The final result was not expected for many hours. But a so-called late exit poll by Ipsos suggested that voters had finally grown tired of the ruling nationalist party, Law and Justice, after eight years of divisive policies that led to frequent street protests, bitter divisions even within families and billions of euros in funding held up by the EU over rule of law violations. Read more
Lagos Street Soccer Championship begins (Nation)
It was a festival of football at the Obele Oniwala mini stadium as the 2023 Lagos State Street Soccer Championship officially kicked off with series of ceremonial games featuring men, women and u-15 boys teams selected across Lagos State.
Lagos Mainland based Wazbak defeated their opponent Middlewell from Lagos Island 2-1 in the women game. Dolphin High School defeated Kings College by two unreplied goals Kings College. 2-0 in the u-15 match. In the men’s game, Ayo Davis Street, Surulere lost to BogunBolu FC Street FC also by the same margin.
The event witnessed by Chairmen of some Local Government Areas across Lagos also had in attendance the Honourable Commissioner of Youth and Social Development, Mobolaji Ogunleke and Chairman, Lagos State Football Association, Fuad Oki. Read more
Doma, Kwara record away draws as Remo stun Bayelsa United (DailyTrust)
The duo of Doma United and Kwara United put up spirited fight to record barren draws at Sporting Lagos and Rivers United respectively in yesterday’s Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) week three matches.
However, it rained goals in Aba where title holders Enyimba kept their nerves to top Akwa United in a five-goal thriller.
Two quick-fire goals from Gabriel Innocent (13th minute) and Mbaoma Chijioke (15th minute) put the ‘Peoples Elephants’ on the path of victory before Kufere Ebong pulled one back for the visitors in first half added time. Read more
NNL set up committees ahead of Oct 28 kick-off (Nation)
The board of the Nigeria National League (NNL) has approved the constitution of various standing Committees to ensure the effective running of the league which will kick off on 28 October.
The Committees constituted are Disciplinary, Finance, Media and Technical.
The Disciplinary Committee will be headed by Yakubu Sarma while its members include Prince Momoh Muhammed, Emeka Iwuagwu, Barrister Abdul Ibrahim and Ayo Abdulraham who will serve as the Secretary. Read more
Scotland qualify for Euro 2024 as Spain win to seal back-to-back Euros (Standard)
Scotland have qualified for Euro 2024 after Norway were beaten 1-0 by Spain in Oslo.
The result meant Steve Clarke’s men were guaranteed a top-two finish in Group A with two games to spare.
A Norway victory would have meant Scotland needed a point from their remaining matches, in Georgia and at home to Norway, next month. But a second-half goal from Spain’s Gavi ensured the Scots were mathematically certain to be at next year’s championships in Germany. Read more
Tommy Fury’s win over KSI corrected as confusion over judge’s scorecard emerges (Express)
Tommy Fury’s victory over KSI has been tweaked from a majority decision to a unanimous decision after one of the judge’s scorecards was added up incorrectly. KSI claimed the result was a ‘robbery’ after enjoying success in the early rounds, and the alteration is only set to leave the YouTube sensation even more perplexed.
The commonly held verdict from Saturday’s hotly-anticipated bout was that it was not a spectacle for the ages. Fury and KSI spent much of the six-round contest clinching one another as fans began to voice their anger in the later rounds.
Many felt that KSI had done enough to snatch a surprise victory over Fury – the younger brother of world heavyweight champion Tyson. But the judge’s scorecards told a different story. Read more
Afghanistan stuns England in one of the biggest ever sporting upsets (CNN)
The pantheon of great sporting upsets gained another monument on Sunday as Afghanistan roundly defeated England by 69 runs at the ICC Cricket World Cup in Delhi, India.
It was an upset of immense proportions – Afghanistan had only ever won one World Cup match in its entire history while England is the defending world champion, still basking in the glow of a golden era that has bestowed mythical status on much of its team.
But England sputtered from the very start as some loose bowling allowed Afghanistan to build an impressive platform, putting on more than 100 runs without losing a wicket. Read more