Panic as NNPC pipeline leaks in Ikotun, Lagos (Punch)
There was panic in the Ikotun area of Lagos State on Friday following the leakage of a pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
Residents said they noticed the leakage around 06 am on Friday.
According to them, the situation led to confusion and fear in the area.
It was learnt that occupants of nearby buildings rushed out of their houses while some immediately offloaded their belongings.Read more
Fuel spillage: NEMA restricts movement around Ikotun, Igando Lagos (Guardian)
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has restricted movement around the Ikotun and Igando areas of Lagos State, following a spillage of petrol from a ruptured pipeline in the area.
The pipeline leakage was purportedly from activities of vandals.
Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, Acting Zonal Coordinator, South-West Zonal Office, NEMA, confirmed the development in a statement on Friday in Lagos.
Farinloye appealed to the Ikotun Market population not to open for businesses, due to the incident. Read more
Veteran actor Victor Olaotan is dead (Punch)
Veteran actor and former Tinsel’ star, Victor Olaotan, popularly known as Big Daddy, has died.
His wife, Julia Olatan, confirmed the death to The PUNCH on Friday.
In an exclusive interview with The PUNCH, Olatan, who had been relentlessly seeking support for the actor, said her husband died on Thursday night in Lagos State.
Julia appreciated The PUNCH and donors for helping her husband while battling for his life in a Turkish hospital. Read more
Mohammed Fawehinmi interred besides father (Nation)
Mohammed, son of the renowned human rights activist, Gani Fawehinmi, was on Friday buried in Ondo town, Ondo West local government area.
The remains of Mohammed were interred beside his father and grandmother at the family’s country home.
Among those in attendance were former Governor Olusegun Mimiko; National Chairman of the National Conscience Party, Tanko Yinusa, friends and members of the civil society groups.
Officiating minister, Prophet Stephen Robert, who described death as a necessary end for every human, said late Mohammed stood against injustice.
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Mimiko said the deceased stood against injustice and never allowed his disability to weigh him down.
He said: “Mohammed resembled Gani Fawehinmi in everything. He stood against justice and helped the masses. Read more
Widow Takes Police To Court Over Torture Of Husband To Death (DailyTrust)
A widow has taken the Nigeria Police Force to the Federal High Court demanding the sum of N500 million as general damages for violating the fundamental human right of her late husband.
The widow, Altine Danladi, in suit number FHC/BAU/CS/27/2028, wants justice for her late husband, Dauda Danladi, who was arrested and allegedly tortured to death by the police.
Also, in a motion number FHC/BAU/M/60/2021 and sworn to by her legal team led by Barrister Shipi Rabo, the widow seeks the order for the enforcement of her husband’s fundamental right to life as guaranteed by Section 33 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the African charter on human and people rights and fundamental rights (enforcement procedure) rules 2009, CAP 10, laws of Nigeria 1990.
Nigeria Police Force is the first respondent. Also joined in the suit are the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Baba (second respondent), the Commissioner of Police, Bauchi State, Sylvester Alabi (third respondent) and the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Yelwa Division, Philip Akolo (fourth respondent). Read more
“How I use online application to defraud POS operators“ – suspect (Guardian)
A 29-year-old commercial motorcyclist, Victor Ukachuckwu, has confessed to using an online application he downloaded from the Internet to defraud Point of Sales (POS) operators in Ondo State.
Ukachuckwu made the confession while speaking with newsmen after he was paraded by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Thursday in Akure.
The suspect, who claimed to be a commercial motorcyclist, said that he started engaging in the fraud about a month ago.
“I saw the application online and I learned how to use it which I tried and it worked, though I used it only five times in this month.
“I made N55,000 from the fraud business before I was arrested by NSCDC operatives in Akure,” he said. Read more
Hoodlums abduct, kill Lagos guard over market space tussle (Punch)
A security guard, Hamza Adams, has been killed by suspected hoodlums in the Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that Adams and his colleague, identified simply as Haruna, were eating in a room in the Agboju Market when no fewer than 20 hoodlums stormed the market and abducted them.
The hoodlums were said to have taken the men to a hideout in the Alakija area of Amuwo Odofin, where they reportedly used cutlasses to cut Adams in the head, chest, legs and other parts of his body.
Speaking with PUNCH Metro on Thursday, Haruna said the hoodlums were sponsored by certain persons who wanted to take over a section of the market. Read more
BBNaija Shine Ya Eye: Maria admits being attracted to Cross (Nation)
Maria has admitted being attracted to fellow housemate Cross.
Maria made this known during her conversation with Nini and Peace in the executive lounge.
Maria said: “I would date Cross if he can man up especially with his facial expressions and don’t talk too much.”
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The former HOH said she cannot date him because of how he talks and makes facial expressions and unsure of how to express this to him. Read more
Lilly Wachowski explains why she didn’t return for “The Matrix Resurrections” (Flickeringmyth)
With the fourth instalment in The Matrix franchise, titled The Matrix Resurrections, arriving on December 22nd, franchise creator and co-director Lilly Wachowski has provided an answer as to why she didn’t return for the upcoming sequel.
During a TCA panel for Showtime’s Work in Progress (via Collider), Wachowski revealed that after completing her transition, overworking herself on other projects, and losing both of her parents, she didn’t want to “go back to something that I’ve done before.”
“I needed to, like, reconnect to myself as an artist. And I did that by going back to school and painting and stuff. And I made that decision — I started painting that summer with my mom, and then Lana got the call from Netflix that they wanted to order up another season [of Sense8], and I said, “I can’t do it. I don’t want to do it.” And, you know, my mom and dad died like three years ago, and that was, like, a particularly brutal stretch of time in my life.”
Lilly continued: “I didn’t want to have gone through my transition and gone through this massive upheaval in my life, the sense of loss from my mom and dad, to want to go back to something that I’ve done before and sort of walk over old paths that I had walked in… like I was going to go back and live in these old shoes, in a way, and I didn’t want to do that.” Read more
Thandiwe Newton ‘disappointed’ her Star Wars character was killed off as franchise’s first Black female leadbridgem (Metro)
Thandiwe Newton has hit out at the creators of Star Wars for killing off her character in the movie.
The actress, 48, was the first ever Black woman to have a major role in a Star Wars film, appearing as Val in Solo: A Star Wars Story in 2018.
Her character died in the film after she detonated a bomb that destroyed a bridge.
Speaking to Inverse, she said of her exit: ‘I felt disappointed by Star Wars that my character was killed. And, actually, in the script, she wasn’t killed. It happened during filming. Read more
Yes, you can actually slow down aging, according to new science (Prevention)
Ask the oldest people you know, “What’s the secret to longevity?” and you’ll get some interesting answers. A daily dish of chocolate ice cream or shot of whiskey? A job one loves or plenty of friends? Scientists ask the question too, studying the habits of centenarians across the world for the keys to living as long as possible.
But as they say, aging isn’t for cowards: It often comes with an aching, fragile body and mental decline. So along with figuring out how we can live longer, researchers have been peering deep into our cells to figure out how to keep us living better. They’re envisioning a not-too-distant future in which humans will thrive well into their 90s and beyond, free of chronic diseases and age-related decline such as fading eyesight and dementia.
While we may still be a ways off from a world of miraculously youthful 100-year-olds, this booming field of research is providing us with solid info we can use right now on how to slow down the clock and live our best lives in our 60s, 70s, 80s, and beyond. “We’re at a point where we know there are genes that control the aging process,” says David A. Sinclair, Ph.D., codirector of the Paul F. Glenn Center for Biology of Aging Research at Harvard Medical School and author of Lifespan: Why We Age and Why We Don’t Have To. “We know we can intervene and slow the process down—even in humans.” Read more
China removes actress Zhao Wei from streaming sites and social media (HollywoodReporter)
Leading actresses Zhao Wei and Zheng Shuang are the latest victims of the Chinese government’s ongoing crackdown on the entertainment industry and the excesses of celebrity fan culture.
On Thursday, all entries related to Zhao on Chinese social media platforms such as Weibo were removed, her name was scrubbed from the credits of films and TV shows, and all content featuring her — including film, TV, chat show appearances and more — was removed from major streaming sites like Tencent Video and iQiyi.
All discussion of Zhao on social media was also censored.
Zhao, who is also known as Vicky or Vicki Zhao and notably starred in My Fair Princess, Shaolin Soccer and Lost in Hong Kong, is a popular star turned billionaire investor and is the face of Italian fashion house Fendi in China. Read more
Kabul airport attack death toll rises to 170 including three children (Metro)
Islamic State affiliate Isis-K has claimed responsibility for yesterday’s attack (Picture: Reuters)
The number of people killed by the terror attack outside Kabul airport has risen to 170.
Among the dead are 32 men, three women and three children, according to reports, while 132 others are unidentifiable.
Isis-K, the Afghan affiliate of the Islamic State (Isis), has claimed responsibility for yesterday’s suicide bombings, which left nearly 200 people wounded.
Previous reports said at least 13 US service members had been killed by the attack. Read more
Zurich festival to screen new James Bond film same day as world premiere (HollywoodReporter)
The Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) will premiere the new James Bond film, No Time to Die, on Sept. 28, the same day as its world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in London. This will be the first time a Bond movie has ever played in the official selection of a major film festival.
Christian Jungen, the Zurich Festival’s artistic director, said he “fought for months” to get the Bond premiere, negotiating “every last detail” with distributor Universal. “I am further pleased that the ZFF has succeeded in this coup as it sends out a powerful signal that highlights the importance of cinema. The industry has waited more eagerly for this movie than any other.”
Universal Pictures International Switzerland will release No Time to Die in Switzerland on Sept. 30. The film goes out in North America on Oct. 8. Zurich will also screen a retrospective of Daniel Craig’s Bond movies this year to accompany the No Time to Die release. The film marks Craig’s last outing as 007. Jeffrey Wright, Rami Malek, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris co-star. Phoebe Waller-Bridge co-wrote the No Time to Die screenplay. Read more
Latifat dedicates Tokyo Paralympics Gold Medal To Coach (DailyTrust)
The winner of Nigeria’s first gold medal at the ongoing Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Latifat Tijani has dedicated her ‘humble and hard-working’ coach.
Speaking to the press shortly after her victory, the Ogun State-born athlete said “I’m so happy and glad for what I just achieved. I promised to bring home the gold and I thank God for helping me to achieve my gold medal target.
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“I am dedicating this gold medal to my humble and hardworking coach who is always pushing and motivating me. He keeps me on my toes and makes me stay focused.”
Although her first lift of 105kg was disallowed, she came back strong with burning enthusiasm to write her name in style with a lift of 117kg in her fourth attempt to go close to the world record of 118kg. Read more
Rohr hands first call-ups to Michael, Bonke for World Cup qualifiers (Punch)
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has named a 30-man squad for the team’s opening 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Liberia and Cape Verde with debut call-ups for Bologna midfielder Kingsley Michael and Innocent Bonke, who plays for Malmo FF in Sweden.
Rohr announced the list in a statement by the Communications Department of the Nigeria Football Federation, which was made available to our correspondent on Thursday.
The Eagles play Liberia at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on Sept 3, before traveling to Mindelo to play Cape Verde four days later.
Captain Ahmed Musa leads the team, which also has six English Premier League players William Troost-Ekong, Oghenekaro Etebo, Wilfred Ndidi, Frank Onyeka, Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho. Read more
Cristiano Ronaldo: Man Utd in talks to sign Juventus forward (BBC)
Manchester United are in talks to sign Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus.
BBC Sport understands a move to Manchester City will not happen for the 36-year-old.
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri confirmed Ronaldo had said he “no longer has any intention” of playing for the Italian giants.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Ronaldo “knows that we are here” during a press conference on Friday.
Ronaldo signed for Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon for £12.2m in 2003 and scored 118 goals in 292 appearances for the club. Read more
Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy denied bail after being charged with rape (Metro)
Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with rape and sexual assault.
The 27-year-old, who was wearing a red hoodie and black jogging bottoms, spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth during the brief hearing at Cheshire Magistrates.
Proceedings were related back to the French international via an interpreter.
No pleas were given, and an application for bail made by the defendant’s lawyer was denied. Read more
Guardiola dismisses talk of 2023 departure from Man City (Guardian)
Pep Guardiola denied on Friday that he will definitely leave Manchester City when his current contract expires in 2023.
The City manager was quoted after speaking at a Brazilian business forum held over Zoom that he would leave the club after seven years at the helm.
However, Guardiola clarified that his intention is to take a break from the game when he eventually does leave City, whether that be in two years’ time or further in the future.
“I am not thinking to leave after two years. I can leave in two months if the results aren’t good or the organisation isn’t happy with me. I can leave in three months or five years,” Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s clash with Arsenal. Read more
Belgian Grand Prix: Sergio Perez to stay at Red Bull for 2022 (BBC)
Sergio Perez is to stay at Red Bull for a second season in 2022.
The Mexican’s new contract to partner Max Verstappen was announced at the Belgian Grand Prix on Friday.
Team principal Christian Horner said Red Bull had been impressed since he joined this year and his “experience and race-craft are invaluable”.Perez said: “I’m really happy to be continuing with a great team like Red Bull into the new era of Formula 1 – it’s a great opportunity for me.” Read more