Robbers attack POS shop, kill couple in Imo (Channels)
The Imo State Police Command, on Monday, confirmed the killing of a couple by armed robbers, while attempting to rob a point-of-sale (POS) shop along Egbu Road in Owerri, the state capital.
The police spokesman in the state, Henry Okoye, who spoke to Channels Television, said the command received a distress call last Sunday night that robbers had attacked the shop owned by “a young man”.
The assailants reportedly dispossessed the owner of the POS shop of his belongings and cash, in the process shooting the parents of the shop owner who came out to intervene before making away with the loot. Read more
Newly sworn-in tourism minister kneels before Tinubu after signing oath of service (Punch)
Newly sworn-in Minister of Tourism, Lola Ade-John, on Monday knelt before President Bola Tinubu after signing the oath of service.
The inauguration of the new ministers was held at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja.
During the event, Ade-John signed her oath of service register, before walking to where the President sat and knelt before him, then shook hands with him. Read more
Wike threatens demolition of houses on day one in office (DailyTrust)
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, has threatened to embark on demolition of houses built illegally.
The minister said this in his inaugural address at the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) office on Monday.
He was among the 45 ministers whom President Bola Tinubu swore into office at the presidential villa in Abuja. Read more
My aide was robbed, killed by ‘‘soldiers’’, Senator Adeola finally reveals (Nation)
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Solomon Adeola, on Monday, said soldiers operating checkpoints around the Ikeja axis of Lagos state allegedly robbed and killed his aide, Adeniyi Oluwatosin Sanni, on Saturday, August 5, 2023.
Senator Adeola made this revelation in a statement he personally signed and made available to reporters in Abuja through his media aide, Kayode Odunaro.
Shortly after the incident, Adeola said he had information that Sanni was stopped at a checkpoint around the Ojodu-Berger area of Lagos on his way to his home at Isheri by “security agents.” Read more
Tinubu tasks new ministers on meeting Nigerians’ expectations (Vanguard)
President Bola Tinubu has tasked the new 45 ministers to meet the expectations of Nigerians for renewed socio-economic development.
The president stated this after the inauguration of the ministers at the State House Banquet Hall on Monday in Abuja.
He said that the administration came at a time when the country needed renewal and reforms in all ramifications. Read more
Lagos demolishes building for contravening construction laws (Guardian)
The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) has begun removal of a five-floor structure located at 7, BreadFruit Street on Lagos Island, for contravening construction laws.
The LASBCA General Manager, Mr Gbolahan Oki, made the disclosure in a statement in Lagos on Monday.
The statement was issued by Assistant Director, Public Affairs of LASBCA, Mrs Adetayo Akitoye-Asagba. Read more
Fuel Subsidy Palliatives: HEDA calls for transparent implementation, strict monitoring (Sun)
In response to the recent announcement by the Federal Government to provide N5bn as financial support to the 36 states, aimed at mitigating the impact of the removal of petrol subsidy, HEDA Resource Centre, a leading civil society organization, stresses the importance of transparent implementation frameworks and robust strategies to ensure accountability and effective utilization of these funds.
The decision to remove petrol subsidy has brought attention to the need for comprehensive and well-defined plans to channel resources for the betterment of the citizenry. HEDA firmly believes that a clear road-map outlining how these funds will be disbursed and monitored is essential to prevent any misuse or mismanagement, diversion or corruption as experienced with previous similar measures like SURE-P etc.
In light of this, HEDA’s Chairman, Olanrewaju Suraju urged all State governments to put forth detailed implementation strategies that demonstrate their commitment to the responsible allocation of resources. Read more
Ondo Reps member, Tunji-Ojo, resigns from 10th NASS (Tribune)
The Federal lawmaker representing Akoko North East/North West Federal Constituency of Ondo State, Rt. Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo has resigned his membership in the 10th House of Representatives after accepting his nomination by President Bola Tinubu to serve as a minister in his cabinet.
Tunji-Ojo’s resignation was contained in a letter addressed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Tajudeen Abbas.
In his resignation letter, Hon Tunji-Ojo explained that his resignation from the National Assembly was necessitated by his appointment to serve Nigerians as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in President Bola Tinubu’s administration. Read more
Cardi B shares throwback photo from her stripper days (HipHopDX)
Cardi B has made a name for herself as one of the most sex-positive female rappers in the game today, and that’s because she’s unashamed of her stripper past.
The “Bodak Yellow” rapper took to Twitter on Saturday (August 19) to post a throwback photo of her days in the strip club in the Bronx.
“If you met me in the strip club…would you still cuff me?” she asked fans, though she subsequently deleted the post. Read more
‘Cruel’ Lucy Letby to spend rest of life in prison (BBC)
Neonatal nurse Lucy Letby, who is the UK’s most prolific child serial killer in modern British history, has been given a whole-life sentence.
The 33-year-old was convicted of murdering seven babies and attempting to kill six other infants at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
Letby deliberately injected babies with air, force fed others milk and poisoned two of the infants with insulin. She refused to appear in the dock for her sentencing hearing. Read more
Britney Spears is “living her best life” in bizarre video amid split from Sam Asghari (Mirror)
Britney Spears may have split from her husband Sam Asghari, but it seems the Princess of Pop is trying her best to show that she is “unbothered and living her best life”.
The pair tied the knot last June, but have now announced that they’re going their separate ways after just 14 months of marriage. Since announcing the split, Britney has taken to Instagram to share a video of a mystery man licking up her leg.
She also shared a clip of her four “fave boys” shirtless carrying her during a party. Relationship expert Louella Alderson believes she is trying to send a message to Sam with the provocative clips. Read more
Gabrielle leads line-up for Battersea Park In Concert (NME)
Gabrielle will lead the line-up for this year’s Battersea Park In Concert series.
The singer will close the three day event which kicks off this Saturday (August 26) and wraps up on Monday (August 26) at the London park.
Following the concert, Gabrielle will also hit the road for her 18 date ’30 Years Of Dreaming’ UK and Ireland tour later this year, which will see her celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of her Number One hit single ‘Dreams’. Read more
David Ayer admits Jared Leto’s “damaged” tattoo in Suicide Squad was 100% his idea (EW)
David Ayer has some regrets about his Suicide Squad — especially when it comes to Jared Leto’s Joker.
When Leto’s take on the Clown Prince of Crime was first unveiled, with slicked back neon green hair and a canvas’ worth of ostentatious tattoos, fans and critics pounced. The cursive “damaged” tattoo plastered on his forehead was a notable sticking point. Seven years later, Ayer is owning up to the fact that the most controversial element of the look was entirely his idea.
After one social media user tagged him in a post asking when the ‘damaged’ tattoo came into play, another responded that Ayer would never admit it if it was his idea. So the director made sure to prove them wrong. “I own the tattoo idea 100%,” he wrote. “It was my choice.” Read more
Charles Martinet retires from voicing Mario (Variety)
Charles Martinet, the iconic voice of Mario for more than three decades, is “stepping back from recording character voices” for Nintendo as he transitions into a new role.
Now a “Mario Ambassador,” Martinet will travel the world and interact with fans on behalf of the gaming company.
Martinet started at Nintendo in 1991, and his first major performance as the mustachioed plumber was in 1996’s Super Mario 64, the landmark 3D platformer that introduced much of the world to Mario’s enthusiastic Italian intonation. Read more
Ecuadorians vote for president, overseas voting system sees cyberattacks (VOA)
Ecuadorians put aside fears of leaving their homes amid unprecedented violence and voted for a new president Sunday in a special election that was heavily guarded by police and soldiers in part due to the assassination of a presidential candidate this month.
The country’s top electoral authority, Diana Atamaint, reported no violent incidents affected voting centres and characterized the election as “peaceful and safe” after polls closed.
However, Atamaint, president of the National Electoral Council, said the electronic voting system used by Ecuadorians living abroad was targeted by several cyberattacks, including from China, India and Bangladesh. She said the incidents did not jeopardize vote counts. Read more
NWFL: Naija Ratels unveil new management team (Leadership)
Nigerian Women Football League (NWFL) side, Naija Ratels FC of Abuja, have unveiled the new management team ahead of the forthcoming league season.
The proprietor of the club, Barrister, Paul Edeh, while introducing the members of the four-man management team to the players and technical officials during the weekend in Abuja, expressed confident the club would soar higher with its new leadership.
He said, “From now, there is going to be recalibration in Naija Ratels. This is because a crop of experienced administrators who understand the business of women football will be administering the club moving forward. I am happy that the Club is transiting beyond me and transiting to a new phase because like its often said, success without successor is failure in disguise. Read more
Mason Greenwood: Manchester United striker will leave club after internal investigation (BBC)
Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood will leave the club by mutual agreement after a six-month internal investigation into his conduct.
Greenwood was arrested in January 2022 following allegations surrounding material which was published online.
Charges against the 21-year-old England international, including attempted rape and assault, were dropped on 2 February 2023. Read more
Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales apologises for kissing Jennifer Hermoso on World Cup final trophy podium (Sky)
Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales has apologised for embracing and kissing Jennifer Hermoso on the lips during the World Cup final trophy celebrations.
The footage showed Rubiales embracing the footballer when Hermoso went to collect her medal on the trophy podium after Sunday’s 1-0 win over England.
On Monday, Rubalies said: “I was completely wrong, I have to admit it. It was without bad intention at a time with a lot of excitement. In the moment, we saw it as natural, but outside a commotion has formed.
“I have to apologise, learn from this, and understand that when you are president you have to be more careful.” Read more
Lewis Hamilton future left in the air as Mercedes chief makes honest admission (Express)
Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of fighting Max Verstappen for victories this season have taken a major hit after technical chief James Allison admitted that the cost cap is having a major impact on the team’s ability to bring consistent upgrades to the car. This news could have unforeseen consequences towards Mercedes’ hopes of tying him down to a new deal.
Hamilton’s future with Mercedes has been a contentious topic this year with the seven-time world champion still yet to commit to a long-term renewal of his current deal.
Team principal Toto Wolff had previously suggested that only a few minor details were holding up the signing of the deal, but as weeks continue to pass by with no announcement, speculation suggesting that there could be something holding back the agreement is building. The development of the W14 could be one of those factors. Read more
Tom Brady jokes he may reverse NFL retirement again in cryptic Instagram post (Mirror)
NFL legend Tom Brady has teased a second NFL comeback after posting a photo showing off his physique to Instagram.
The 46-year-old has only been retired six months, after walking away from American football for a second time earlier this year. And despite reaffirming his desire to stay retired to focus on his family following his divorce from his long-term partner and mother to two of his children, Gisele Bundchen, as well as looking for new business opportunities, rumours of unretirement have refused to go away.
Brady has now added further fuel to the fire, teasing that he’s thinking about what NFL team’s training camp to turn up to, with the 2023 season just a few weeks away. The seven-time Super Bowl champion posted a photo to his Instagram story while being shirtless and promoting his Brady Brand. Read more
Viktor Hovland shoots career-low round to win 2023 BMW Championship (USAToday)
Viktor Hovland put on such a phenomenal ball-striking display on Sunday that he left with a trophy.
The 25-year-old from Norway raced up the leaderboard on the back nine and stole the 2023 BMW Championship at 17 under after a dazzling 9-under 61 in the final round at Olympia Fields Golf Club in Illinois. Hovland made seven birdies over his final nine holes to shoot his career-low round and set a course record. Scottie Scheffler (66) and Fitzpatrick (66) finished T-2 at 15 under.
Scheffler was dripping sweat and confidence on the front nine after early birdies at Nos. 2 and 3 and another at the par-3 6th. He stayed hot on the back nine with an opening birdie at the tenth but cooled off with his first bogey of the day on No. 11, which left him tied with Fitzpatrick at 14 under. Read more