Oyan Dam to release ‘highest’ water volume October, Lagos warns (Punch)
The Lagos State Government has warned residents, especially those close to the banks of the Ogun River, that more water will be released from Oyan Dam this month (October).
This was contained in a press statement by the Director of Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, Mr Kunle Adeshina, on Sunday.
The statement was titled, “As rainfalls peak, Oyan Dam to release highest volume of water this month”.
The statement quoted the Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, as saying that “23 million cubic meters of water will be released during the month, which is the peak”.
He explained that “the release from the Oyan Dam is the highest is as a result of the intensive rainfalls which will also climax in the current month”. Read more
Lagos police arrests 2 FSARS operatives over extortion, intimidation of citizens (Vanguard)
Two operatives of the FSARS and their civilian accomplice operating in Lagos State, Inspector Sale James, Inspector Monday Uchiola and Okechukwu Ogbonna, have been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command, for acts of professional misconduct including extortion and intimidation of innocent citizens.
The operational vehicle of the men has also been impounded and disciplinary procedure has already commenced against the defaulters, according to police source.
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu has banned the personnel of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and other Tactical Squads of the Force including the Special Tactical Squad (STS), Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Anti-Cultism Squad and other Tactical Squads operating at the Federal, Zonal and Command levels from carrying out routine patrols. Read more
Sanwo-Olu speaks on ‘unlawful exploitation’ by SARS (Guardian)
Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu-Olu Sunday said the state will “speedily” take “appropriate actions” to address increasing police brutality in the state.
A viral video on social media on Saturday showed members of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian police forcing a young man into a car.
The car drove off after the man was forced to sit at the back of the car by the policemen who wore mufti.
A Twitter user, @yourmydad, who claimed to be the victim of the harassment, said the incident happened on 25th September when he and his friend were going to Yaba to pick up some items.
“When our Uber got stopped by men without uniforms who claimed to be sars officer, I refused to open the doors because they had no ID,” he said in a Twitter thread on Saturday. Read more
Atiku, Saraki condemn SARS atrocities (Thisday)
Abubakar and a former President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki yesterday condemned the actions of members of the Special Anti Robbery Square (SARS).
They expressed concern about the atrocities of SARS officers in separate statements yesterday, calling for a reform of the unit of the police to get rid of corrupt officials.
In his statement, Abubakar lamented that the arm of the Nigeria Police “has turned out to become an instrument of oppression to the people meant to protect.”
Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 general election, explained that the SARS was set up to confront violent crimes such as armed robbery, kidnapping and other related crimes. Read more
Chelsea’s Bakayoko undergoes Napoli medical before loan move (Guardian)
Bakayoko, the midfielder is gearing up for his third temporary move in as many seasons, this time to the Stadio San Paolo Photo: GOAL<br />
Chelsea’s French international midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko arrived in Rome on Sunday for a medical ahead of a loan move to Napoli, according to multiple media reports in Italy.
The 26-year-old spent last season on loan at Ligue 1 side Monaco, having played for AC Milan during the 2018-2019 season, then coached by Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso.
Bakayoko, who joined Chelsea in 2017 after three seasons with Monaco, will undergo medical tests in the Italian capital before a one-season loan move. Read more
Police give reasons robbers raided ekiti bank unchallenged (Thisday)
The Ekiti Police Command yesterday explained that the robbers that invaded a branch of Wema Bank in Iyin Ekiti on Friday were able to break into the bank because they outnumbered the police officers on guard.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr Babatunde Mobayo made the disclosure in a statement saying the robbers numbering 10 overpowered his police officers stationed at the branch during the operation.
The robber besieged the bank around 3.50 p.m., raided the bank for over half an hour and carted away an undisclosed amount of money during the operation. Read more
Wizkid, Davido, Olamide, Don Jazzy, urge government to end police brutality (Punch)
A protest calling for an end to police brutality holding in Lagos. Photo: Olukayode Jaiyeola
Top Nigerian celebrities like Wizkid, Davido, Olamide, Don Jazzy, have urged the Nigerian government to put an end to police brutality.
These entertainers who have millions of followers on their social media accounts took to their respective pages on Twitter and Instagram to lend their voices on the #EndSars campaign.
While responding to a message the President, Major Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), sent to the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, over his ill health, Wizkid said, “Donald Trump is not your business! Old man! Police/Sarz still killing Nigerian youth on a daily! Do something! Nothing concern u for America! Face your country !!” Read more
FoI: Kebbi deputy governor declares asset worth N353,136,378 (Vanguard)
The Deputy Governor of Kebbi State, Mr Yombe Samaila, has declared his assets landed property and cash in banks, valued at N353,136,378.56 among others.
Consequent upon the declaration, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo to follow the good example of Samaila, by immediately publishing their asset declaration forms.
Samaila while responding to SERAP’s suit had last week forwarded his asset declaration form to the organization. The form dated May 28, 2019, and sworn to before the High Court of Justice, Bikebbi, Kebbi State, shows that the deputy governor declared assets, including landed property and cash in banks, valued at N353,136,378.56, from which he stated that he receives N61,500,000.00 yearly as income. Read more
Lawyer named first black woman to lead national party in Canada (Punch)
Toronto lawyer Annamie Paul was Saturday named head of the Green Party, becoming the first Black woman to lead a national political party in Canada.
The 47-year-old mother of two, the daughter of immigrants from the Caribbean, described herself as a “descendant of slaves.”
Paul hailed her victory as a “historic moment” during her speech after the announcement of the results of the internal ballot in Ottawa.
“We have done something that has never been done before in Canadian politics,” said the Jewish lawyer, who has reported being the victim of anti-Semitic attacks on social media.
“Colonialism has robbed me of my original identity,” Paul added in her speech, saying she was ready to support indigenous peoples in particular in their fight against systemic racism within the police. Read more
Gucci releases tartan dress for men to ‘disrupt toxic stereotypes’ of gender (Metro)
Gucci is fighting gender norms with a tartan dress for men. The luxury retailer has unveiled the orange dress which costs £1,700 and features satin bow detail.
The label hopes that the tartan smock shirt will fight the ‘toxic stereotypes that mould masculine gender identity’.
The dress is inspired by the 90s grunge looks and comes with mother of pearl buttons and a Contrast Peter Pan collar. It is also 100% cotton and includes smock embroidery.
The gender-bending outfit can be styled with a pair of denim jeans to complete the look.
Though the item comes with a hefty price tag, there is an alternative for a slightly cheaper price. You can get a floral print version if you’re not a big fan of the orange, for £1,150. Read more
Cineworld to shut down UK screens after Bond film delay (BBC)
Global cinema giant Cineworld is set to temporarily close its UK sites in the coming weeks, it has been reported.
The Sunday Times says the firm is writing to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden to say the industry is now “unviable”.
The firm says it has been hit by delays in the release of big-budget films, putting 5,500 jobs at risk.
The premiere of the 007 film No Time To Die has been postponed twice and is now due for release in April 2021. Read more
These are the extreme measures Vladimir Putin takes to avoid COVID-19 (NYPost)
President Donald Trump may admire Russian president Vladimir Putin – but the two took radically different approaches to the coronavirus.
While Trump mostly shunned masks and flew around the country to rallies, Putin has lived and worked since the pandemic broke out in March as if he were the “Bubble Boy” from “Seinfeld.”
With few exceptions, Putin has been holed up at his home outside Moscow — with extreme measures put into place to make sure he doesn’t catch the virus.
Staffers coming to work with him have to do more than wear masks and keep six feet away. Read more
Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: Major cities hit as heavy fighting continues. (BBC)
Azerbaijan’s second-largest city, Ganja, has been shelled by Armenian forces, as heavy clashes continue over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
The enclave is officially part of Azerbaijan but run by ethnic Armenians.
The self-proclaimed authorities there say they hit Ganja’s military airport after Azerbaijani forces shelled the region’s capital, Stepanakert.
Azerbaijan says no Ganja military sites were hit. More than 220 people have died since clashes began a week ago. Read more
Trump faces ‘real test’ in next few days, offers rosier assessment in video message (France24)
President Donald Trump went through a “very concerning” period Friday and faces a “critical” next two days in his fight against COVID-19 at a military hospital, his chief of staff said Saturday — in contrast to a rosier assessment moments earlier by Trump doctors, who took pains not to reveal the president had received supplemental oxygen at the White House before his hospital admission.
Trump offered his own assessment Saturday evening in a video from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, saying he was beginning to feel better and hoped to “be back soon.”
Hours earlier, chief of staff Mark Meadows told reporters outside the hospital, “We’re still not on a clear path yet to a full recovery.” In an update on the president Saturday night, his chief doctor expressed cautious optimism but added that the president was “not yet out of the woods.” Read more
Katie Price shares update on her ‘deformed’ boobs (Metro)
Katie Price says she’s thrilled with the way her new boobs look after previous surgical procedures left them looking ‘deformed’. The My Crazy Life star shared an update with fans about her cleavage after flying to Belgium for corrective surgery last year. It seems the latest procedure did the job as Katie praised her doctor for working his magic. ‘I just thought I’d give you some info, some secret info, what will be coming out on my YouTube soon,’ Katie told her Instagram followers. Read more
Uzodimma scores first professional goal in Turkey (Vanguard)
Nigerian midfielder, Anthony Uzodimma weekend won the man of the match award after scoring the winning goal for Giresunspor in a 2-1 injury time win over Boluspur in a Turkish 1st Lig game.
The highly talented 21 years old midfielder, who was playing his first match for his team, scored a spectacular header goal on 95 minutes, that earned his team all three points.
Uzodimma, who is on loan to Giresunspor from Kayserispor,. surprisingly came from the bench to net a goal that turned out to be the match winner.
The goal sent his teammates into wild jubilation as they had resigned themselves to settling for a share of the points with their opponents until the magical strike by Uzodimma turned things around to the delight of the entire team. Read more
Osimhen out of Tunisia, Algeria games, Onuachu invited (Punch)
Napoli striker Victor Osimhen has been ruled out of the Super Eagles’ friendly games against Algeria and Tunisia on October 9 and 13 respectively, in Austria following COVID-19 restrictions put in place by his Italian club.
The Nigeria Football Federation announced this on Sunday via its Twitter handle.
In replacement of the 21-year-old Osimhen, NFF said Paul Onuachu has been invited.
“@victorosimhen9 has been excused from @NGSuperEagles’ games against Algeria and Tunisia. His replacement is Paul Onuachu. #Team9jaStrong #SoarSuperEagles,” it tweeted. Read more
French Open 2020: Simona Halep stunned by Iga Swiatek in fourth round (BBC)
Top seed Simona Halep is out of the French Open after losing to Iga Swiatek in the fourth round in just 68 minutes.
The Romanian, a heavy favourite to claim a second Roland Garros title, was stunned 6-1 6-2 by the Polish teenager.
World number 58 Swiatek outhit and outmanoeuvred the 2018 champion to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final for the first time.
She will play Italian qualifier Martina Trevisan who knocked out Dutch fifth seed Kiki Bertens 6-4 6-4. Read more
EPL: West Ham ruin Leicester’s unbeaten start (Punch)
West Ham shattered Leicester’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season with a surprise 3-0 win, while Oriol Romeu’s superb strike inspired Southampton’s 2-0 victory against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
After thrashing Manchester City 5-2 last weekend, second-placed Leicester were brought back down to earth as their three-game winning run came to an end at the King Power Stadium.
Goals from Michail Antonio, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen ruined Leicester’s bid to win their opening four league games for the first time in their history. Read more
London Marathon 2020: Eliud Kipchoge beaten as Shura Kitata takes title (BBC)
World record holder Eliud Kipchoge was beaten in the London Marathon as Shura Kitata won a thrilling sprint finish to claim an unexpected victory.
Four-time winner Kipchoge was the favourite, but fell behind with two laps to go and finished eighth.
Kitata pushed ahead of Kenya’s Vincent Kipchumba on the home straight to finish in two hours five minutes and 41 seconds.
Brigid Kosgei, who holds the women’s world record, defended her title.
Kosgei, 26, went clear of world champion Ruth Chepngetich after mile 18 and finished in 2:18.58, three minutes and three seconds ahead of American Sara Hall. Read more
EPL: Saka, Pepe score as Arsenal beat Sheffield 2-1 (Punch)
Arsenal teenager Bukayo Saka celebrated his first England call-up by putting the Gunners on course for a 2-1 win against Sheffield United on Sunday.
Saka was included in Gareth Southgate’s squad this week for England’s forthcoming internationals against Wales, Belgium and Denmark.
The promising 19-year-old marked his maiden England involvement by giving Arsenal the lead with his first ever goal at the Emirates Stadium. Read more
Juventus players in isolation after 2 staff test positive for COVID-19 (Vanguard)
Italian champions Juventus announced on Saturday that their entire squad have gone into isolation after two staff members tested positive for COVID-19.
Juventus, who are scheduled to host Napoli on Sunday, confirmed those returning positive tests were “neither players nor members of the technical or medical staff”.
“This procedure will allow all members who tested negative to the controls to carry out regular training and match activities, but will not be allowed contact with outside the group,” the club said in a statement. Read more