Police hold Kano man who locked 30-year-old son in car garage for 7 years (Nation)
Ahmed Aminu, was 23 years old when his father and stepmother decided to cage him in an unused garage like an animal. For seven years, lived in the small space and in solitary confinement.
Gone was his freedom. Freedom to eat, play and work as he might desire.
He had no idea of what went around him even though what served as his shelter was located right there in his father’s home, located at Farawa Baban Layi Mariri quarters, Kumbotso local government area – a suburb of Kano metropolis.
Most times Aminu would be forgotten, and without food and water for days. Read more
Lagos compensates victims of Badagry rainstorm with cash (Guardian)
Lagos State government has put smile on the faces of victims of the rainstorm that occurred in Badagry, when it gave cash support to those who suffered losses.
Those compensated were grouped into three, with those whose buildings were severely damaged getting N500,000, while those who suffered moderate and mild damages got N400,000 and N200,000 respectively. The four communities affected by the rainstorm are Iragon-thogli, Iragbo, Iragan-Igboiji and Kemu.
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, represented by the Special Adviser, Culture, Mr. Solomon Bona, presented cash support to those whose buildings were damaged by the rainstorm. Read more
Lagos organises ‘Women Forum’ to foster peace in homes, society (Nation)
AB women, you must be responsible to your husband, children, community, religious body and the society at large”
This was said by the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. (Mrs) Cecilia Bolaji Dada at the maiden edition of Women Assembly held at two major points namely Surulere and Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye areas for 10 local government areas and local council development areas in the state. Read more
Lagos-Ibadan Rail to begin operations with 16 trips daily – NRC (Vanguard)
The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) says it will commence skeletal operations on the Lagos-Ibadan Standard Guage Rail line from the middle of September with 16 trips daily. The Managing Director of NRC, Mr Fidet Okhiria disclosed this on Saturday in Ibadan during an inspection tour of the project by the Ministers of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, and Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
Okhiria said that since the track laying had been completed between Ebute-Metta Junction (EBJ) in Lagos and Ibadan with stations under construction, the operation would start between Yaba in Lagos and Ibadan. Read more
UNILAG crisis: Tension as Babalakin, ASUU draw battle line (Nation)
Tension remained high in the air at the University of Lagos yesterday after the institution’s chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) vowed that there was no going back in its rejection of the removal of the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.
The chairman of the UNILAG Governing Council, Dr.Wale Babalakin, also stuck to his gun that Ogundipe was gone for good and that due process was followed in his removal.
The Academic Staff Union has strong backers in the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Universities (CVC) and the institution’s senate representatives on the Governing Council, Prof. Afolabi Lesi, both of whom faulted the process that led to Ogundipe’s sack. Read more
Pastor, five others nabbed for alleged child trafficking in Akwa Ibom (Punch)
The police in Akwa Ibom State have arrested a 39-year-old female pastor, Mrs Mnayen Odiuotip, and five others for alleged child theft and trafficking in the state.
Odiuotip, a pastor of a church on Marina Road, Oron Local Government Area of the state, was apprehended along with her accomplices while the baby was rescued from them.
A statement on Saturday, by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Nnudam Fredrick, said the suspects were arrested based on intelligence reports. Read more
DSS summons ex-Speaker, Na’abba (Vanguard)
The Department of State Services, DSS, on Saturday, invited former Speaker, House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na’abba, for a Monday appointment.
The DSS invitation was the subject of a statement by National Consultative Front, NCFront, Na’abba’s new political group; signed by its Head, Public Affairs Bureau, Dr. Tanko Yunusa.
The statement said the DSS invitation is because of the interview Na’abba granted Channels Television on Thursday. Read more
Enugu lady raped to death buried 18 months after (Punch)
A 20-year-old lady, Ngozi Eze, who was allegedly raped to death by unidentified persons at Imufu community, Enugu Ezike in Enugu State, has been buried 18 months after her death.
She was buried on Friday in her father’s compound at Orukpa Imufu after a Requiem Mass was offered for the repose of her soul at the St. Joseph Catholic Church.
The body of the late Ngozi, which was brought in a motorcade to the church, was accompanied by hundreds of youths in the community clad in black attire and singing sorrowful songs to mourn her demise. Read more
Nollywood actress Omotola tests positive for COVID-19 (Vanguard)
Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The superstar actress also known as Omosexy, disclosed this on Saturday via her verified Instagram page where she told her fans that though she is getting better, she is still in isolation.
She wrote: “Hello all, I know most of you have been wondering where I’ve been.
“Well, I contracted COVID. I have been ill, in Isolation and now getting better.”
Omotola who said will give details of her COVID-19 experience soon also revealed that while in isolation, she has been reading devastating news of how Nigerian youths are needlessly dying in the country. Read more
Ship leaking tonnes of oil off Mauritius splits apart (Aljazeera)
A grounded Japanese-owned ship that leaked tonnes of oil near protected areas off the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius has split apart, with remaining fuel spreading into the turquoise waters.
The bulk carrier struck a coral reef off Mauritius on July 25 and its hull began to crack after days of pounding waves. Some 1,000 tonnes of fuel began to leak on August 6, threatening a protected marine park boasting mangrove forests and endangered species.
On Sunday, photos posted on social media by the official clean-up showed the MV Wakashio in two pieces. Oil barriers were in place and a skimmer ship was nearby. Read more
Robert Trump: President’s younger brother dies in hospital (BBC)
Robert Trump, the younger brother of the US president, has died aged 72, the White House has confirmed.
“He was not just my brother, he was my best friend,” Donald Trump said in a statement on Saturday.
The president had visited his brother in hospital in New York on Friday afternoon, telling reporters: “He’s having a hard time.”
US media reports had said Robert Trump was seriously ill, but it is unclear what illness he was suffering from. Read more
Jurassic World: Dominion bosses spend $9million on coronavirus precautions for filming (Metro)
Jurassic Park: Dominion was among the many films which had to stop production amid the coronavirus pandemic, but bosses are taking meticulous precautions to get it up and running again.
The New York Times reports that bosses have spent $9million (£6.9million) on precautions including a 107-page safety manual, 18,000 coronavirus tests for the cast and crew and 150 hand sanitiser stations. Part of the cost includes hiring out an entire hotel for 20 weeks for the cast and crew, which the director Colin Trevorrow thought was a ‘bananas idea’, but told the paper: ‘For Laura Dern, Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and all our actors, they were very cautious. Read more
Newsweek apologises for op-ed on Kamala Harris’ citizenship (Aljazeera)
The United States-based news magazine, Newsweek, has apologised for an op-ed that questioned Senator Kamala Harris’ citizenship and her eligibility to be Joe Biden’s running mate, a false and racist conspiracy theory which President Donald Trump has not dismissed.
“This op-ed is being used by some as a tool to perpetuate racism and xenophobia. We apologize,” read Newsweek editor’s note on Friday, which replaced the magazine’s earlier detailed defence of the op-ed.
“We entirely failed to anticipate the ways in which the essay would be interpreted, distorted and weaponized,” read the apology, signed by Josh Hammer, opinion editor, and Nancy Cooper, global editor in chief.
But they ended the note by saying that the op-ed would remain on the site, with their note attached. Read more
Angola orders Brazil evangelical churches to close (BBC)
Prosecutors in Angola have ordered the closure of places of worship belonging to one of Brazil’s biggest churches, accusing it of corruption.
At least seven buildings belonging to the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) have been seized in the capital, Luanda.
Prosecutors said the evangelical church had been involved in tax fraud and other fiscal crimes.
UCKG officials have previously strongly denied any wrongdoing. Read more
Seth Rogen tells BC’s young people to ‘smoke weed and watch movies’ instead of partying (CBC)
Canadian-born actor and comedian Seth Rogen tweeted Saturday that the people of British Columbia should “hang out alone and smoke weed and watch movies and TV shows,” rather than going out to parties and barbecues, in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Last week, Premier John Horgan put out the call to Rogen and actor Ryan Reynolds, and on Friday, Reynolds answered, pleading with young people in B.C. to stop partying and protect “some of the coolest older people on Earth” — including his mom and David Suzuki — from COVID-19.
“People of British Columbia! Please do not go out to parties and BBQs and other large gatherings! The COVID is still out there!” Rogen tweeted. Read more
Adele has ‘no idea’ where fourth album is (Metro)
Adele has said she has ‘no idea’ where her upcoming fourth album is. The Hello singer implied the album’s release date is up in the air while engaging with a fan on Instagram today. Commenting on the star’s latest post, the follower said: ‘Adele, where’s the album?’ To which Adele simply replied: ‘I honestly have no idea.’ Direct. A bit of context: the star had initially posted a picture of the book she was reading – Untamed by Glennon Doyle – along with an unusually long caption. Read more
Ighalo nominated for FA Cup XI (Punch)
Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo, has been nominated alongside other strikers for the award of the best forward in the FA Cup 2019/20 season.
The Nigerian made three appearances in the oldest national football competition in the world and scored three goals from 221 minutes on the pitch.
His impressive performance has earned him a nomination for the best striker award, with votes expected to close on Sunday (today).
As at the time of filing this report, Ighal led the race for the award with 44 per cent of the votes, with Jason Cummings of Shrewsbury Town in second position with 21.9 per cent. Norwich’s Adam Idah and Port Vale’s Tom Pope are third and fourth with 21.6 per cent and 12.6 per cent votes respectively. Read more
Belinda Bencic withdraws from US Open amid coronavirus pandemic (CBC)
World No. 8 Belinda Bencic withdrew from the U.S. Open on Saturday, becoming the fifth of the top eight WTA players to pull out of the Grand Slam event in New York amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Bencic, 23, was a Grand Slam semifinalist for the first time in her career in last year’s event. She lost to eventual champion Bianca Andreescu of Canada.
“I have made the difficult decision to skip the US swing in New York and will return to the tour starting next month in Rome,” Bencic of Switzerland wrote on multiple social media accounts. .”.. I am looking forward to returning to New York next year and wish everyone competing there in the coming weeks the best of luck.” Read more
Dembele’s late double knocks Man City out of Champions League (BBC)
Manchester City’s Champions League ambitions are in ruins once more after Lyon shocked Pep Guardiola’s side in the quarter-final in Lisbon.
City started as firm favourites but came out second best against a fiercely determined Lyon in a game that swung on controversy and uncharacteristic errors in the closing stages.
Lyon went ahead in the 24th minute with Maxwel Cornet’s smart finish but City, lifeless as Guardiola chose to play a three-man central defence, looked to have been revived by Kevin de Bruyne’s precise strike from Raheem Sterling’s pass after 69 minutes.
Former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele, on as a substitute, restored Lyon’s lead in contentious circumstances 11 minutes from time, the video assistant referee ignoring what appeared to be an obvious foul by the goalscorer before he ran on to beat Ederson. Read more
Thiago ‘does not fit the Liverpool mould’, says Steve Nichol (Vanguard)
Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara “does not fit the mould” of what Liverpool require in their midfield, according to Reds great Steve Nicol.
Liverpool have been tipped to move for Thiago after Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge last month confirmed the Spain international is seeking a move away.
The German club’s head coach Hansi Flick has encouraged the 29-year-old to join a Premier League club and the reigning champions are believed to be interested. Read more
Coco Gauff loses to Jennifer Brady in Top Seed Open last four in Kentucky (BBC)
American Coco Gauff missed out on a place in the final of the Top Seed Open in Kentucky after a straight-set defeat by compatriot Jennifer Brady.
Brady, ranked four places higher than her 16-year-old rival at 49, used her big serve and power to good effect to win 6-2 6-4.
The 25-year-old will play Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann in Sunday’s final.
Teichmann, ranked 63 in the world, got the better of Serena Williams’s conqueror Shelby Rogers 6-3 6-2. Read more
Leading cyclist ‘alive and conscious’ despite horror plunge into ravine during Giro di Lombardia (RT)
Favorite Remco Evenepoel has reportedly survived a horrendous crash during a section renowned for its speed at the prestigious Giro di Lombardia on Saturday, leaving fans who watched his plunge shocked and fearful for the star.
Television commentators were horrified to see the 20-year-old lose control of his bike on a vertiginous bridge before hurtling off the side and down the ravine as he entered the final 31 miles of the high-profile Italian race.
The hugely popular prospect was quickly attended to by an ambulance as shaken viewers anxiously waited for news of his wellbeing after he hurtled over the bridge barrier in the commune of Sormano. Read more