Police arrest man for allegedly killing poly student for ritual (Punch)
It’s sunset at dawn for 20-year-old Toluwalase Kembi, a polytechnic student awaiting industrial training.
A visit to her friend in the Ikorodu area sadly led to her death allegedly by boyfriend who claimed he was paid N2m to carry out the act.
The 33-year-old suspect, Owolabi Yusuf also known as alfa, is now cooling his heels in the custody of the Elere Police Division in the Agege area, where the matter was reported to.
Our correspondent gathered that the victim, who lived with her parents on Orile Road, TabonTabon, Agege, had gone to sleep over in Yusuf’s place in the Ladeja area of Ikorodu, on July 28, when she was allegedly clubbed to death and her body reportedly cut into pieces for ritual purposes. Read more
Provide morgage for Lagos residents, Sanwo-Olu tells LBIC (Guardian)
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has tasked the Lagos State Building Investment Company (LBIC), to unlock its assets and avail Lagosians mortgages at competitive rates.
Sanwo-Olu said this when Chairman of LBIC, Mr. Hakeem Ogunniran, board members and management of the company paid a courtesy visit to the governor.
He, therefore, called for stronger collaboration between the Lagos State Government and LBIC to open more opportunities for residents to acquire homes through mortgage schemes.
In a statement, Ogunniran said the board and management of the leading mortgage company are determined to collaborate with the current administration to reduce housing deficits in the state. Read more
Environmental advocates call for total ban of plastics (Vanguard)
Some environmental advocates have called on the Federal and State Governments to find alternative and innovative ways of ridding the environment of plastic wastes.
The advocates made the call during a clean up exercise at the Bonny Cantonment, Victoria Island on Saturday in Lagos.
The exercise was carried out to commemorate the International Coastal Clean up Day marked annually on every third Saturday in the month of September.
One of the advocates, Dr Leslie Adogame, Executive Director, Sustainable Research and Action for Environmental Development, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), called for the ban of single-use plastics in the country. Read more
Violence: Edo poll proves pundits wrong (Punch)
Against nationwide apprehension that Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State would be marred by large scale violence, the election held peacefully in most parts of the state, save for disruptions recorded in few Local Government Areas.
Our correspondents who monitored the poll in different parts of the state observed that voting was conducted in a peaceful manner as security agents kept guard at the different polling units.
The fear of violence during and after the election had prompted the Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, to summon the candidates of the All Progressives Congress, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and the Peoples Democratic Party, Godwin Obaseki to his palace, over their hot verbal exchanges, clashes among their supporters and pockets of violence that had characterised their campaigns. Read more
FG collaborating with investors to improve digital sector – Osinbajo (Guardian)
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has restated the Federal Government’s determination to boost the nation’s technology sector and digital economy.
Prof. Osinbajo stated this on Friday during a fireside chat with Facebook’s Vice President on Global Affairs and Communications, former UK Deputy Prime Minister, Sir Nick Clegg. The chat focused on the digital economic pillar of the Nigerian Economic Sustainability Plan, NESP.
This came as global Social Media and technology giant, Facebook informed the Federal Government about its decision to open a Nigerian office in Lagos. Read more
Police in Anambra arrest 3 suspects for alleged abduction, rape of job seeker (Vanguard)
The Police Command in Anambra has arrested three suspects, who allegedly abducted and raped a 24-year-old woman under the pretext of securing a job for her.
The command’s Spokesman, SP Haruna Mohammed, disclosed this in a statement in Awka on Saturday.
Mohammed said the suspects allegedly raped the victim repeatedly while in their custody, in spite of collecting N400,000 ransom from her relatives.
He identified the suspects as Ekwugha Chinazo, 25; Chidiebere Ogoegbunam, 24; and David Nnaemeka,19. Read more
Petrol supply fell by 23.88% in July, says NNPC (Punch)
The volume of petrol supplied in the country declined by 23.88 per cent in July to 1.02 billion litres, according to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
The NNPC said the 1.02 billion litres translated to 32.95 million litres per day, down from 44.62 million litres per day in June, when 1.34 billion litres were supplied.
Data obtained from the corporation showed that 0.95 billion litres (30.67 million litres/day) were supplied in May and 0.94 billion litres (31.37 million litres/day) in April. Read more
Edo election: Why collation is delayed – INEC (Guardian)
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says that delay in the receipt of collated results of the governorship election from local government areas in Edo has delayed the collation at the state level.
INEC National Commissioner May Agbamuche-Mbu announced this on Sunday in Benin.
Agbamuche-Mbu, INEC commissioner incharge of Edo, Bayelsa and Rivers, is the commissioner overseeing the Edo election.
Addressing newsmen and party agents at the state collation centre, INEC headquarters, Benin, she said that results were still being expected from the 18 local government areas of the state. Read more
Enugu welcomes Ibom Air, as airline says it has right aircraft to fly route (Vanguard)
Enugu State government, represented by the Deputy Governor, Madam Cecelia Ezelio has expressed appreciation to the management of Ibom Air for adding Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu to their routes.
This is just as the Chief Operating Officer of Ibom Air, Mr George Uriesi said the airline operates the right aircraft type that will make the newly introduced Enugu route profitable to operate.
Uriesi made the declaration while answering questions from newsmen during the inuagural flight of Ibom Air to the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu on Monday. Read more
Belarus police detain hundreds at women’s protest (Aljazeera)
Riot police detained hundreds of women as opposition protesters marched through the Belarusian capital Minsk demanding an end to President Alexander Lukashenko’s rule.
Approximately 2,000 women took part in the “Sparkly March” on Saturday, wearing shiny accessories and carrying red-and-white flags of the protest movement.
Police blocked the women and began dragging them into police vans as they stood with linked hands, swiftly detaining several hundred, an AFP journalist saw. Read more
John Turner: Former Canadian prime minister dies at 91 (BBC)
Former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner, who was in office for just 79 days and led his Liberal Party to a huge defeat in 1984, has died aged 91.
A lawyer by training, he served as justice and then finance minister from 1968-1975. He resigned after arguments with party leader Pierre Trudeau.
Turner resumed his legal work and nine years later won the party leadership. Read more
Trump’s bid to replace Ginsburg sparks fierce political fight (Aljazeera)
The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, coming just weeks before a contested presidential election in November, will lead to a fierce political fight in the US Senate and could make the election a referendum on the future of the US Supreme Court.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement on Friday the Senate would move forward with a confirmation process for whomever President Donald Trump nominates.
“The Senate and the nation mourn the sudden passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the conclusion of her extraordinary American life,” McConnell said. Read more
Ricin: Letter containing poison addressed to Trump at White House (BBC)
A package containing ricin poison that was addressed to US President Donald Trump has been intercepted before it reached the White House, officials told US media.
The letter was discovered at a screening facility for White House mail earlier this week, the officials said.
They said a substance found inside the envelope was identified as ricin, a poison found naturally in castor beans. Read more
“Scream 5” filming ‘to begin this month’ after Neve Campbell reprises role (Metro)
Scream 5 is to begin shooting next month, according to reports.
The latest installment in the hit horror franchise will reunite Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette as Sidney, Gale and Dewey. Although expected to drop in 2022, Variety reports that the film is to enter production any day now at a studio in North Carolina.
The publication also shared that rising star Sonia Ammar has joined the cast. Jack Quaid, Jenna Ortega and Dylan Minnette will also feature. Campbell – who plays the franchise’s long-suffering heroine – teased the movie earlier this month by sharing a cryptic video of the Ghostface mask on Instagram. Read more
Behind the scenes of Brad Pitt’s turbulent introduction to Scientology (PageSix)
File this under #WhoKnew?!
Before he was a mega-star, Brad Pitt dabbled in Scientology for three years where he was “twinned” with a 15-year-old girl for up to five hours a day in a hot sauna during “purification” rituals and screamed at by church superiors during “bull baiting” sessions.
Pitt was introduced to the religion in the early 1990s by his then-girlfriend, actress Juliette Lewis, and dabbled in it for three years before eventually breaking off with both Lewis and the church to seek superstardom on his own.
A Scientology source recalled that during Pitt’s time there he underwent a “purification rundown” at the Portland Celebrity Center, spending hours in a hot sauna where he was assigned the teenage girl as a “buddy.” Read more
Selena Gomez calls on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to remove groups spreading hate (Metro)
Selena Gomez has shared a letter she has written to Facebook bosses Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, calling for their help to stop hate, racism and misinformation on the platform, as well as Instagram.
The singer, known for hits like Lose You To Love Me and Come & Get It, shared the note with fans on her Instagram Story today. It makes for powerful reading.
‘Mark & Sheryl, Selena here,’ the star writes. ‘It’s been a while since we sat down. Read more
Eagles’ camp shouldn’t be a rehabilitation centre, says Sule (Guardian)
Former International, Abdul Sule, has advised the country’s football governing body, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to ensure that invitations to players are based on merit, following the reports of some players confirming their invitations for the October 9 and 13 friendlies against Cote d’Ivoire and Tunisia in Austria.
Both Sparta Rotterdam and TSV Hartberg goalkeepers, Maduka Okoye and Samson Tijani, were said to have received their invitation for next month’s friendly games despite their inactivity, especially Okoye, who has not kept for his new club since his move from a fourth division club, Fortuna Düsseldorf, in Germany. Read more
Ighalo eyes more EPL action (Punch)
Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo, says he hopes to get more playing time this season to help bolster his chances of staying at Old Trafford beyond January 31, 2021.
The former Nigeria international’s arrival from Chinese club, Shanghai Shenhua, in January raised eyebrows, but the 31-year-old responded with an impressive performance in the Europa League and FA Cup, scoring a total of five goals in eight matches.
Ighalo was offered another short-term contract in June owing to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more
Gov El Rufai to compete In Kaduna marathon (Guardian)
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el Rufai, has registered to compete in the maiden Kaduna Marathon holding on November 21, 2020. He also called on all indigenes of the state, both old and young, to be involved in the marathon.
El Rufai, who spoke in Kaduna, yesterday, said, “as 80 years old participate regularly in international marathons, Kaduna should not be different.”
The governor, who filled his registration form for the Kaduna marathon, also hinted that he would build stadium in different parts of the state to discover more talents. Read more
Tour de France: Tadej Pogacar poised to win after stunning time-trial ride (BBC)
Tadej Pogacar is set to win the Tour de France ahead of strong favourite Primoz Roglic in one of the most dramatic turnarounds in the race’s history.
Pogacar, 21, will be confirmed as the youngest winner for 111 years at the end of Sunday’s largely processional stage to Paris.
The UAE-Team Emirates rider overhauled a 57-second deficit to Roglic, who was thought to be a far stronger rider on stage 20’s time trial to La Planche des Belles Filles.
It will be a first Grand Tour victory for Slovenian Pogacar, who took the yellow jersey from compatriot Roglic after he had held it for 13 days. Read more
Zaha scores twice as Crystal Palace stun Manchester United (BBC)
Wilfried Zaha scored twice against his former club as Crystal Palace condemned Manchester United to a miserable start to their Premier League campaign with victory at Old Trafford.
After Andros Townsend squeezed a seventh-minute shot into the far corner from Jeffrey Schlupp’s cross, the hosts struggled badly but the game slipped away from them thanks to Zaha’s controversial 74th-minute penalty.
Referee Martin Atkinson used the VAR TV monitor to decide Victor Lindelof had handled inside his own box. But, after David de Gea saved Jordan Ayew’s spot-kick, Atkinson ordered a retake because the Spain international had moved off his line. Zaha took responsibility for the second attempt and made no mistake. Read more
US Open 2020: Matthew Wolff takes two-shot lead into final day at Winged Foot (BBC)
Matthew Wolff takes a two-shot lead into the final round at Winged Foot as he looks to become the first debutant in 107 years to win the US Open.
The American, 21, had six birdies in a scintillating five-under 65 to improve to five under par overall in New York.
Bryson DeChambeau is three under, with Louis Oosthuizen at one under par.
Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy is in contention at one over par after “a good round” of 68 – one of only seven players to shoot under par on Saturday.
The world number four, who finished a couple of hours before Wolff, said he felt he would have a chance on the final day if he could stay within six of the lead. Read more
Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal ‘have a lot of issues’ despite West Ham win (Metro)
Mikel Arteta admits his Arsenal team has ‘a lot of issues’ and must ‘improve on many things’ despite a late 2-1 win over West Ham on Saturday night.
The Gunners took an early lead thanks to an Alexandre Lacazette header but were pegged back by Michail Antonio before the break.
It took a winner from substitute Eddie Nketiah with just five minutes to play for Arsenal to grab the three points and keep up their 100% start to the season. Read more