NLC threatens nationwide strike over further increase in fuel price (Nation)
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Monday said it would embark on strike if there is a further increase in the pump price of petroleum without the Federal Government addressing the consequences of the last two increases.
Labour said no notice would be given if its members wake up to a new pump price of petroleum.
President of NLC Joe Ajaero said this during the African alliance of trade unions executives meeting in Abuja on Monday. Read more
#BBNaijaAllStars: This season would have been better without level up housemates — Princess (Tribune)
BBNaija All-Stars contestant Princess has voiced her opinion that the All-Stars season would have been more enjoyable had it excluded the participants from the Season 7 “Level Up” instalment.
During one of her recent media interviews, Princess expressed her surprise at the inclusion of individuals from the 2022 Level Up season.
She believed their season was still quite fresh, and in her view, they should have been given additional time to fully develop their potential before being introduced into the All-Stars lineup. Read more
Oxlade reveals why he ran away from home, slept under bridge (Leadership)
Twenty-six-year-old singer, Ikuforiji Olaitan Abdulrahman, popularly known as Oxlade, has recounted some of his experiences when he was still a struggling artiste.
The singer disclosed that his lecturer dad was against his decision to do music, forcing him to abscond and do several menial jobs like selling BRT tickets.
Oxlade revealed he slept under the bridge located at Abulegba, Lagos State, after running away from home to chase his music career. Read more
Why I paid surprise visits to Lagos Island hospitals – Sanwo-Olu (Punch)
Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has explained why he paid unscheduled visits to Island Maternity Hospital and Lagos Island Hospital, catching the medical personnel unaware.
The governor made this known in a statement on Monday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile.
According to Sanwo-Olu, his visit to the hospitals was predicated on the need to see things for himself and ensure staff compliance with the health palliative scheme which covers the cost of normal pregnancy delivery, Caesarean section and antenatal care done in the state-owned hospitals. Read more
Bobrisky reportedly loses dad (Nation)
Controversial social media personality, Idris Okuneye aka Bobrisky has reportedly lost ‘her’ father, Kunle Okuneye.
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Bob’s sibling, Debola Okuneye who announced this on Monday, said: “My father died this morning and we are making preparations for his burial.”
Another source identified simply as Lastborn, a friend and colleague of the deceased, confirmed the development, adding he would be buried today according to Islamic rites by 4 pm. Read more
Your govt has crashed our expectations, APC chieftain writes Tinubu (DailyTrust)
A former National Vice Chairman (North West) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Salihu Mohammed Lukman, has written an open letter to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, listing what he described as disturbing signals in the early months of his administration.
In the letter titled, “Disturbing Signals: Open Letter to President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu” on Monday in Abuja, Lukman accused the President of imposing another Muslim-Muslim scenario on the party after winning the February 25 polls.
He listed other “disturbing signals” to include the current exchange rate (dollar to naira), fuel pump price and his choice of ministers among others. Read more
Army nabs 3 alleged railtrack vandals in Nasarawa (Vanguard)
Troops from 4 Special Forces of the Nigerian Army Doma, Nasarawa State, have arrested three suspects for railtrack vandalism at Kwarra community of Keana Local Government Area (LGA).
The Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 4 Special Forces Command, Doma, Maj. Joseph Afolasade, made the disclosure at a news briefing in Doma on Monday.
Afolasade said: “On Aug. 5, 2023 at about 11pm, troops of the command intercepted three suspected railtrack vandals during a routine patrol at Kwarra community of Keana LGA.
“The suspects were arrested with a large quantity of rail tracks loaded in one 18-tyre truck with Registration Number DED 364 YC.” Read more
Cleaner bags 6 months jail for stealing JAMB’s laptop (Independent)
A Magistrate Court 2 sitting in Kado- Life Camp, Abuja, has jailed a contract staff with the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for six months for stealing an HP laptop belonging to the Board.
According to the charge sheet read to the defendant, Emmanuel Odey, who was alleged to have committed the crime on Thursday, 13th July, 2023, at the Board’s FCT Zonal Office, Abuja, contrary to Section 287-289 of the Penal Code and punishable under the same section.
Odey, a cleaner employed for cleaning services at the Board’s FCT Zonal Office, broke down in tears and admitted before the court to stealing the HP laptop worth three hundred and fifty thousand naira (N350,000) to pay his house rent that has expired. Read more
Rapper Magoo sang praises of Timbaland in final interview before death (HITC)
Timbaland’s music collaborator and famous rapper Magoo has reportedly passed away at age 50. The duo produced some of the most successful hip hop music during their time together.
Fans swarmed on social media to pay tribute to Magoo after reports of the rapper’s death surfaced. Recording artist Smoke E. Digglera and Digital Black of the hip-hop group Playa was the first to report the Virginia native musician’s passing. Both musicians took to their respective Instagram accounts to mourn the star. Magoo led a very private life despite his early success with Timbaland. The musician took a step back from music after his initial success. In his last interview before his death, he talked about his collaborator Timbaland, recalling his earliest memory of The Way I Are singer. Read more
Trump tells Georgia witness not to testify (Axios)
Former President Donald Trump on Monday appeared to warn former Georgia lieutenant governor Geoff Duncan against testifying before the Fulton County grand jury in the state’s 2020 election probe.
Driving the news: “I am reading reports that failed former Lt. Governor of Georgia, Jeff Duncan, will be testifying before the Fulton County Grand Jury,” Trump wrote on his Truth Social account on Monday.
“He shouldn’t. I barely know him but he was, right from the beginning of this Witch Hunt, a nasty disaster for those looking into the Election Fraud that took place in Georgia.” Read more
Ed Sheeran to drop new album after The Mathematics Tour wraps in September (MusicNews)
Ed Sheeran is to release a new album next month.
The “Shape of You” hitmaker only put out “Subtract” – the final record in his mathematics series – in May, but he’s already lining up his next studio effort for September after he wraps his ‘Mathematics’ tour.
During his set at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Saturday (12.08.23), he teased after performing three new songs: “Autumn is coming, I will see you soon.” Read more
Hans Zimmer becomes new co-owner after buying BBC’s Maida Vale Studios (Sky)
Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer has bought the BBC’s iconic Maida Vale Studios in London in a partnership with three film producers.
The venue, which the BBC had owned since 1933, has played host to the likes of David Bowie, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Beyonce, as well as being the home of performing groups such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
The site, in northwest London, went on sale for around £10m but the corporation would not confirm if it sold for that. A spokesperson told Sky News they had secured a “good deal”. Read more
Tom Hanks was concerned for Austin Butler’s mental health following Elvis (NME)
Austin Butler has shared advice he received from his Elvis co-star Tom Hanks to save him from “emotional whiplash”.
The actor, who received an Oscar nomination for his performance as Elvis Presley in the biopic, said Hanks expressed concern after he was consumed “so deeply” by the role for two years.
Hanks’ concern led him to offer Butler a part in upcoming Apple TV+ series Masters Of The Air, which he’s co-producing with Steven Spielberg, to help him detach from Elvis. Read more
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang windmill goes on sale for first time in 35 years at £9m (DailyStar)
A windmill that was the location of Caractacus Pott’s home in the Hollywood hit 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has gone up for sale for the first time in 35 years.
Painted with a classic black base, cap and sails, the Cobstone Windmill in Ibstone, Buckinghamshire, overlooks the beautiful village of Turville.
The infamous property reached international heights when it hit the big screen as the home of an eccentric inventor who was played by Dick Van Dyke. Read more
Niger Coup: Ousted President Bazoum to be charged with high treason, junta says (BBC)
Niger’s military junta has announced plans to prosecute deposed President Mohamed Bazoum for high treason and undermining national security.
This is the latest sign that the junta intends to resist international pressure to return power to Mr Bazoum.
He has been held in the basement of his palace since the military staged a coup about three weeks ago. Read more
Fans celebrate “Jay-Jay” Okocha at 50 (Nation)
Some fans of former Super Eagles skipper, Augustine Okocha, popularly called, Jay-Jay, on Monday felicitated the midfield impressario as he clocked the quinquagenarian age of 50.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the dribbling wizard was born on Aug.14, 1973 in Enugu.
Okocha began his football career with Rangers International Club of Enugu and made his maiden appearance for the country at the U-20 AFCON in the island country of Mauritius, in January 1993. Read more
Super Falcons made Nigeria proud — Remi Tinubu (Punch)
The First Lady of Nigeria, Remi Tinubu, on Monday, hailed members of the Nigerian Female Football Team, Super Falcons following their performance at the ongoing female World Cup championship.
The PUNCH reports that the Super Falcons crashed out of the tournament following their loss through penalties to the English team, the Lionesses last week Monday.
Addressing the players at the State House, Abuja, Mrs. Tinubu who received the team alongside officials of the Nigeria Football Federation said, “You gave your all and we are proud of you. Although the final result did not go our way, I am here to remind you that victory is not solely determined by the score on the field. The unbreakable spirit and unity that you demonstrated are true markers of success”. Read more
Neymar set to join Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal after PSG agree deal (AlJazeera)
Brazil forward Neymar is headed for Saudi Arabia after Pro League side Al Hilal agreed a two-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), Saudi state media has reported.
There was no immediate comment from the Ligue 1 champions, owned by Qatar Sports Investments, but French newspaper L’Equipe said the deal could net 31-year-old Neymar 160 million euros ($175m).
The transfer fee was reported to be about 90 million euros ($98m) plus add-ons and subject to completing a medical. Read more
Celtic player Alexandro Bernabei fined for drink driving (BBC)
Celtic footballer Alexandro Bernabei has been fined after pleading guilty to drink driving.
Bernabei, 22, was fined £1,875 after he was found to be more than twice over the limit.
The Argentine defender was arrested and charged in August 2022 after police were called over an incident in Glasgow city centre.
Bernabei was an unused substitute as Celtic beat Aberdeen 3-1 at Pittodrie at the weekend. Read more
Andy Murray gets Davis Cup nod as Leon Smith confirms ‘‘great team’’ for Manchester matches (Tennis365)
Andy Murray has been restored to Great Britain’s Davis Cup team as they take on Australia, France and Switzerland in Manchester next month.
Murray, who was integral to Britain ending a 79-year wait for glory in the team competition as they triumphed in 2015, was left out of the squad for the rubber against Colombia in February, but the team still managed to grab a 3-1 qualifying win in South America.
British captain Leon Murray suggested the surface was not conducive for Murray, who had at the time played just three matches on clay since 2017, and the former world No 1 has returned to the fray. Read more
Disgruntled 76ers star James Harden slams “liar” Daryl Morey (ABC)
Two days after it was reported that the Philadelphia 76ers ended trade talks involving James Harden, the 10-time All-Star guard ripped 76ers president Daryl Morey.
“Daryl Morey is a liar and I will never be a part of an organization that he’s a part of,” Harden said during an Adidas media event in China. “Let me say that again: Daryl Morey is a liar and I will never be a part of an organization that he’s a part of.”
On Saturday, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the 76ers planned to bring Harden back to training camp and for the start of the season, setting up an uncomfortable situation with the unhappy star. Read more