Sanwo-Olu signs anti-open grazing, sexual violence bills into law (Guardian)
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, signed the bill prohibiting open cattle grazing and trespass of cattle on land. He also signed domestic and sexual violence into laws.
The anti-open grazing law is coming more than two weeks after the September 1, 2021 deadline set by the southern governors’ forum for states to enact the law.
Sanwo-Olu, who assented to the bill during the state’s Executive Council meeting in Alausa, directed security agencies to swing immediately into action and enforce provisions of the law.
Meanwhile, the state government has said it is committed to tackling the menace of drug abuse frontally to reduce its ravaging effect among youths in the state. Read more
INEC suspends voters’ online pre-registration in Lagos (Punch)
The Independent National Electoral Commission has said it will suspend the pre-registration of voters in Lagos from Tuesday (today).
The Head of Department, Voter Education/Publicity, INEC, Lagos State, Mr Femi Akinbiyi, in a statement on Monday said the commission would display voter register for claims and objections from September 24.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission, Lagos State will as from September 21, 2021, suspend the online pre-registration of voters that started on June 28, 2021, and in-person registration that commenced on July 26, 2021, and thereafter embark on the display of voter register for claims and objections.
“The exercise based on the approved timelines and schedule will start on September 24 and end on September 30, 2021. The temporary CVR stoppage is to give room for all registrants to check for appropriateness or otherwise of their information supplied during the registration. Read more
Tincan port gets two new cargo scanners to fight against illicit imports (Guardian)
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Tincan Island Port, yesterday, took delivery of two Nuctech mobile scanners with accessories to boost examination and clearing of cargoes at the port.
The Customs Area Controller, Musa Abdullahi, who took delivery of the consignment, said the integration of scanning into the clearance procedure for imports was in line with global best practice for trade facilitation.
He said that the key objective of deploying scanners was to reduce very significantly the time needed for physical inspection of goods, which generates extensive cost and creates multiple burdens as well as inconveniences for both the importers and the Customs operations. Read more
Apapa gridlock persists, Lagos blames NPA, MAN laments losses (Punch)
The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Transportation, and Head of the Traffic Management and Enforcement Compliance Team Apapa, Toyin Fayinka, has blamed the Nigerian Ports Authority for the renewed congestion at the Lagos ports and the consequent upsurge in traffic gridlock along the Apapa area.
In February, the NPA introduced the electronic truck call-up system also known as ‘Eto’ designed to address gridlock on roads leading to the ports.
However, there has been an upsurge in traffic congestion raising concerns among various stakeholders.
Fayinka said, “The problem we are having today is a sudden closure of the gates by the NPA. It was not expected. Read more
Congress: Showdown imminent in Lagos APC over consensus (DailyTrust)
There is uneasy calm in the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the forthcoming state congress, Daily Trust can report.
Some aggrieved members are said to be warming up for a showdown over plans by the party leadership to elect new members of the State Working Committee (SWC) through a consensus.
It was learnt yesterday two chieftains of the party have indicated interest to contest for the party’s chairmanship. They are Fouad Oki and Mustapha Dabiri.
Sources within the party told Daily Trust yesterday that the decision of the two chieftains to contest is unsettling the party amidst moves to re-elect the incumbent caretaker committee chairman, Tunde Balogun. Read more
Imo mob lynches alleged ESN member trying to enforce sit-at-home order (Vanguard)
A section of the ever busy, but deserted, dual carriage Onitsha-Enugu Expressway, leading to New Motor Spare Parts, Nkpor, Anambra State, on Monday.
An angry mob lynched an alleged leader of the proscribed Eastern Security Network (ESN) on Monday while trying to enforce a sit-at-home order alongside his gang members.
Commissioner of Police in Imo, Mr Rabiu Hussaini, confirmed the incident in a press statement signed by the police spokesman, CSP Mike Abattam.
He stated that before police patrol team could arrive at the scene, the ESN member had been lynched, while his gang members fled.
He added that Hussaini had directed that the lynching suspects must be handed over to the police for proper investigation. Read more
VAT row: Fed Govt directs remittance by firms to FIRS (Nation)
As the deadline for the remittance of the Value Added Tax (VAT) for August expires today, the Federal Government has told companies to pay to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).
This, it said, would accord with the order by the Court of Appeal for a status quo antebellum.
Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN) clarified that the status quo referred to the state of affairs before parties went to court.
Besides, he emphasised that FIRS remained the statutory VAT collecting authority, not states. Read more
Nigeria records 20,000 cases of snake bites, 2,000 deaths annually (Vanguard)
The Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Health, (FMOH), Sen. Olorunnimbe Mamora, has disclosed that Nigeria records an average of 15,000 to 20,000 cases of snakebite every year.
He said out of the figure, about 2000 people are killed and between 1,700 and 2,000 people have one leg or arm amputated to save their lives following a snakebite.
Mamora made the disclosures on Monday, at a ministerial press briefing marking the 2021 International Snakebite Awareness Day (ISBAD), in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that since 2018, ISBAD had been commemorated on Sept. 19, representing an opportunity for Nigerians to raise awareness of one of the world’s biggest hidden health crises. Read more
BBNaija Shine Ya Eye: I don’t trust queen anymore – Whitemoney (Nation)
Head of House Whitemoney has expressed disappointment over Queen’s genuine thoughts.
Queen had warned Whitemoney not to misinterpret her actions towards him as she’s just playing her game.
She told her love interest not to feel special or think she loves him, saying her actions are part of her strategy for the game.
Queen also said she would readily have sex with Cross and Whitemoney if she had the opportunity.
Responding, Whitemoney said: “What you just said hurt me to my bones I thought your feelings were sincere and was even thinking of taking another with you. Right now just know I don’t trust you.” Read more
Trudeau’s Liberal Party projected to retain power in Canada, but might fall short of majority control (RT)
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party is projected to win most of the seats in the country’s legislature, putting him on course to stay in office. It’s unclear if his bid to seize full control of the parliament materializes.
Canada’s ruling Liberal Party is set to receive enough votes in Monday’s federal election for incumbent PM Trudeau to form a government, the CBC News projected shortly after polls closed across the country. While predicting that Trudeau would clinch enough seats to remain prime minister, the Canadian public broadcaster noted that it is too early to say if the result would allow him to secure a coveted parliamentary majority.
BREAKING: Justin Trudeau’s Liberals will form government, CBC News projects. It is still unclear whether it will be a minority or majority.
— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) September 21, 2021
Although the CBC already called the election in Trudeau’s favor, the vote counting is expected to drag on for several days due to the unprecedented number of mail-in ballots. Electoral officials noted previously that nearly one million of mail-in ballots would not be counted until Tuesday, and that the final tally is likely to be released only on Wednesday. Read more
NASA selects landing site for Moon rover mission (BBC)
Nasa is sending a robotic rover to look for water-ice near a crater at the Moon’s South Pole.
In 2023, the golf cart-sized vehicle will land near the western edge of Nobile Crater, a 73km-wide depression that is almost permanently in shadow.
The Viper mission will support plans for human exploration of the Moon, because the ice could be mined for use as drinking water and rocket fuel.
Nasa wants to return astronauts to the lunar surface this decade. Read more
Ashton Sanders to play Bobby Brown in Whitney Houston biopic (Deadline)
Ashton Sanders has joined the cast of the biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody, the upcoming feature about the late musical icon Whitney Houston. Sanders will play Bobby Brown, and sources also tell Deadline that Black Label Media is coming on board to co-finance the film with Compelling Pictures and Primary Wave Music.
Naomi Ackie is set to play Houston in the Kasi Lemmons-directed film. The screenplay is written by Academy Award nominee Anthony McCarten, and will take audiences on an emotional, energetic journey through Houston’s career and music.
Alongside McCarten’s Muse of Fire Productions, the film is being produced by Pat Houston on behalf of the Houston Estate, Grammy-winning music producer Clive Davis, Larry Mestel on behalf of Primary Wave Music, Denis O’Sullivan and Jeff Kalligheri of Compelling Pictures, and Matt Jackson of Jackson Pictures. Molly Smith, Trent and Thad Luckinbill will produce for Black Label Media, with Black Label’s Rachel Smith and Seth Spector executive producing. Primary Wave Music is a partner of the Houston estate. Stella Meghie will also exec produce. Read more
Russian university shooter published sick post detailing his planned crime before murdering six people in brutal Perm gun attack (RT)
The detained Russian university shooter Timur Bekmansurov published a long, detailed explanation of his preparation, in which he claimed it was his dream to commit mass murder by any means possible and said he was not a terrorist.
On Monday morning, Bekmansurov entered Perm State University, the leading educational institution in the city just over 1,000km east of Moscow. According to reports, the 18-year-old killed at least six people and injured 28 more.
Bekmansurov, a first-year student, had been at the university for ten days, studying forensic science.
Speaking to the TASS news agency, a representative from the regional medical service said the shooter is alive but wounded and is currently in intensive care. Read more
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber’s ‘Stay’ Returns to No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 (Billboard)
The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber’s “Stay” rebounds from No. 6 to No. 1 for a fifth week atop the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart.
The track dipped to No. 2 on the Hot 100 two weeks ago, as BTS’ “Butter” returned for a 10th week at the summit, and No. 6 a week ago as Drake blasted in at No. 1 with “Way 2 Sexy,” featuring Future and Young Thug, as he claimed a record nine songs in the top 10 simultaneously, including the entire top five, a feat previously achieved only by The Beatles for a week in 1964.
“Stay” also takes over as the most-heard song on U.S. radio, reaching No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart. Read more
Texas abortion: Doctor sued in first known challenges of new law (BBC)
A Texas doctor who admitted to breaking the state’s new abortion legislation has been sued, in what could be a test of how lawful the mandate is.
Writing for the Washington Post, Alan Braid said he had carried out a termination on a woman who was in the early stages of her pregnancy but “beyond the state’s new limit”.
Former lawyers in Arkansas and Illinois filed lawsuits against him on Monday.
The new legislation bans abortions from as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Read more
Osimhen scores as Napoli go top in Serie A (Punch)
Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen scored his first Serie A goal of the season for Napoli, who remained unbeaten following their 4-0 win over Udinese at the Dacia Arena on Monday, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
The forward, who was making his third league appearance for the Partenopei, tapped in Lorenzo Insigne’s looping ball for his side’s opener in the 24th minute.
The strike took his tally to 11 goals in 27 Serie A appearances for the club since he joined last summer from Lille.
Osimhen’s brace against Leicester City last Thursday earned Napoli a 2-2 draw against Leicester City in a Europa League tie at the King Power Stadium. Read more
Kida warns of another round of crisis in NBBF (DailyTrust)
The caretaker chairman, Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF), Engr. Musa Kida has described the activities of a group, Nigeria Basketball Vanguard, as a ploy to plunge basketball into another round of crisis.
He, however, said as elections into the sport federation draw closer, the 2019 constitution of the NBBF will be followed to the letter.
According to him, the elections will be done in line with the Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA) with supervision from the Federal Ministry of Sports and Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC).
It will be noted that members of the Nigeria Basketball Vanguard had said they were not going to participate in any election until a constitution is ratified by the Congress of the NBBF. Read more
Araujo rescues point for woeful Barca against Granada (BBC)
Ronald Koeman “won’t answer any more questions about the future” after Ronald Araujo’s injury-time header rescued a point for his poor Barcelona side against Granada.
It did little to paper over the cracks of another poor home display as the pressure continues to build on Koeman.
Centre-back Araujo – playing as a makeshift striker – found the net right at the end of a half Barca dominated.
Granada had led from the second minute through Domingos Duarte’s header.
But having been humbled by Bayern in the Champions League last week, it will do little to lift spirits, as questions continue to be asked about Koeman’s future as Barcelona boss. Read more
Pochettino plays down decision to take off Messi in PSG win (Guardian)
Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino defended his decision to take off Lionel Messi as the former Barcelona man made his home debut in Sunday’s Ligue 1 game against Lyon.
Messi was outstanding in the first half at the Parc des Princes but began to fade from the game after the break and was replaced by Achraf Hakimi for the final quarter of an hour with the score 1-1 at the time.
PSG won 2-1 with a stoppage-time headed goal by substitute Mauro Icardi.
“Everyone knows we have great players, a squad of 35. It is my decision. We can only have 11 players on the field at one time,” Pochettino said. Read more
Cristiano Ronaldo travel agent sentenced for scamming superstar out of near $340k after being given virtual credit card & code (RT)
A travel agent who conned Cristiano Ronaldo out of close to $340,000 and scammed his agent and ex-Manchester United teammate Mani has been handed a four-year suspended prison term.
Maria Silva, 53, was sentenced in a ruling in Porto following a scheme that also cheated super-agent Jorge Mendes out of more than $19,000 and embezzled more than $2,000 from Nani, according to a report.
Ronaldo was spared having to attend Silva’s trial after she made a full statement confessing to her crimes, although the five-time Ballon d’Or winner did provide his own statement with his lawyer Carlos Osorio de Castro after flying to the coastal city by private jet and visiting a police station by a back door, Portuguese newspaper JN has said. Read more
Juve’s Allegri relieved to hear final whistle in Milan draw (Vanguard)
Angry Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said it was lucky the final whistle blew in the 1-1 home draw with AC Milan on Sunday because his team could have lost.
Juve took an early 1-0 lead thanks to Alvaro Morata’s strike and looked in control going into the latter stages but they spurned a chance to earn their first Serie A win of the season.
Ante Rebic equalised late in the second half and Milan had chances to win as the Turin side failed to keep a Serie A clean sheet for the first time since early March. Read more