Slow poison: Harmful particles in ‘powerful’ sex-enhancing herbs unknown to users (Punch)
He jumped down from the bus ignoring enraged passengers demanding their change on getting to their destination at Pen Cinema, Agege, Lagos. He awkwardly gave a female passenger standing before him N200, ‘marrying’ her with another young man whose change was also N100.
The driver, Bayo Akande, well known as Action, dashed into a small stand displaying a collection of herbal mixtures some metres away. He collected a N100 note from Mrs Bolanle Adisa popularly called Iya Abbey – a short slim woman running the herbal stall – and handed it over to the last commuter yelling at him.
As Akande and his departing angry passenger traded insults, Adisa randomly picked from a line of 150cl plastic bottles housing varieties of soaked herbal concoctions. Without waiting for further directive from the restless driver, she poured some drops into a piece of small white nylon. Read more
Olabode George loses mother-in-law (Tribune)
Former Deputy National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, is bereaved following the death of his mother-in-law, Mama Daisy Madedor, who passed on at age 88.
Born in 1932, Daisy Madedor, the Octogenarian mother of Mrs Roli George, died on Sunday, August 23rd, 2020.
She was married to Dr Madedor, a distinguished engineer and the union blessed with five children.
Olabode George disclosed this on Sunday in a release issued by him, saying Mama Madedor, one of the well trained professional nurses who studied in England but chose to come back home as a pioneering member of the Lagos Health Care Services, died peacefully as a fulfilled, and an accomplished woman who was true to herself, her husband and also her family. Read more
Boko Haram gathering on 5 camps for attack on Abuja, Customs warns (DailyTrust)
At least five different terrorist camps believed to be Boko Haram are reported to be hiding in forests in Abuja, Nasarawa and Kogi states, and are planning attacks on selected targets, says the Nigeria Customs Service.
Customs has alerted its internal circular on the five camps to warn its security apparatus.
The circular from August 20 was signed on September 4 by a comptroller of enforcement at the Customs headquarters in Abuja.
According to information from the Comptroller-General of Customs (CGC), Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd), there is the existence of Boko Haram terrorists’ camps within and around the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Read more
3 die in Ondo forest after inhaling toxic waste (Nation)
Three persons have been killed by toxic.waste from an Chinese manufacturing company, Wewood Company, in Omotosho, Okitipupa local government area of Ondo State.
The toxic waste had overfilled the pit where the firm discharged it into and flowed into the forest where it killed the three men.
Those killed were Mr. Akinmusire Monday, 35; Mr. Samuel Louis 45 and Master Ododolewa Adebowale,19.
Adebowe was among the students writing the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examinations(WASSCE). Read more
Social media pushing more Nigerians into migration than insecurity, poverty – IOM (Guardian)
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Sunday that social media is a major tool influencing young Nigerians to want to migrate to foreign countries in search of greener pastures.
Speaking in a virtual interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on the impact of insecurity on migration, Mr Franz Celestin, IOM Chief of Mission, said that social media has influenced many more migrations than insecurity.
With specific reference to the number of Nigerian returnees from Libya, he said that the Southern states which accounted for the highest number were more secured and economically stable, thereby ruling out poverty and insecurity. Read more
If you are afraid of death at 70, check your salvation –Adeboye (Punch)
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has said that people who are above 70 years needed to check their salvation if they were still afraid of death.
Adeboye said this at the first Sunday Thanksgiving of the RCCG new year calendar, held at the headquarters in Lagos on Sunday.
“Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, old people were advised to stay at home and not come to church which is good advice. Read more
2 Nigerians arrested for allegedly defrauding German firm of €14.7m in COVID-19 scam (Tribune)
Two Nigerians have been arrested by men of the cyber crime unit of the Nigerian Police, Abuja, INTERPOL and National Central Bureau for involvement in a COVID-19 scam and defrauding a German firm of €14.7 million.
According to the Nigerian Police Force in a statement on Sunday, the two men, 50-year-old Babatunde Adesanya, also known as Teddy and 41-year-old Akinpelu Hassan Abass, were arrested following information that they were members of a sophisticated transnational criminal network which defrauded one Freiherr Fredrick Von Hahn, a representative of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
According to the statement, the two men specialided in identity theft, cyber-stalking, cloning of corporate websites amongs other cyber mischief to defraud unsuspecting members of the public across the world. Read more
Ogun landlords lament over estate invasion by suspected land grabbers (Punch)
Property owners at the Federal Housing Estate Extension in Ikoto, Ijebu-Ode area of Ogun State have decried alleged encroachment on already allocated land within the estate by some suspected land grabbers.
The Federal Government was said to have acquired the land from the state government during the Sheu Shagari-led administration and used it for a housing programme while the remaining part was allocated to individuals after payment.
The invasion reportedly started in August 2020 when a family claimed ownership of the land after obtaining a court judgment. Read more
Teacher arraigned for alleged molestation of pupil (Nation)
The Kwara State family court sitting in Ilorin, the state capital has docked a class teacher for alleged sexual molestation of his seven-year- old pupil.
The accused, Akorede Hammed, was a teacher in a private school in Ilorin.
He was dragged before the court on allegation of act of gross indecency contrary to section 285 of the penal code law.
Police First Information Report revealed that the innocent girl narrated how she was molested to his father at home. Read more
Tunisia: Policeman and three militants dead after ‘terrorist’ attack (BBC)
Security officials in Tunisia say a police officer has been killed and another wounded in a knife attack in the coastal resort of Sousse.
Three assailants were shot dead after the incident, which is being described as a terrorist attack.
In 2015 Sousse was the scene of one of Tunisia’s worst attacks, when 38 people, most of them British tourists, were killed by a gunman. Read more
Belarus protesters continue pressure on Lukashenko with new march (Aljazeera)
Thousands of Belarusians have staged a peaceful new march, keeping pressure on strongman Alexander Lukashenko who has refused to quit after his disputed re-election and turned to Russia for help to stay in power.
Holding red-and-white flags and placards, protesters including many students took to the streets of the capital Minsk on Sunday despite authorities mounting a massive show of force and detaining some demonstrators.
Troops, water cannon, armoured personnel carriers and armoured reconnaissance vehicles were deployed to the city centre ahead of the march and metro stations in Minsk’s centre were closed. Read more
Birmingham stabbings: Manhunt as one killed and seven hurt (BBC)
A knifeman who killed one man and wounded seven other people in a two-hour stabbing rampage across Birmingham city centre is being hunted by police.
The first stabbing was in Constitution Hill at 00:30 BST then the killer moved south, apparently attacking at random, officers said.
The stabbings did not appear terrorism related, gang related or connected to disorder, West Midlands Police said.
Murder inquiry detectives said they were hunting a single suspect. Read more
Former Mali President Keita leaves country amid transition talks (Aljazeera)
Mali’s overthrown President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has left the country seeking medical treatment in the United Arab Emirates, officials have said, as talks over a transition to civilian rule after last month’s military coup got off to a chaotic start.
Keita, 75, was hospitalised in the capital Bamako on Tuesday, six days after he was released from detention by the military rulers, who seized power on August 18.
His former chief of staff, Mamadou Camara, told the Reuters news agency Keita left Bamako on Saturday evening on a plane chartered by the UAE at the request of Mali’s military rulers.
“It is a medical visit of between 10 and 15 days,” Camara said. Read more
Hong Kong: Protesters clash with police over delayed elections (BBC)
Police in Hong Kong have fired pepper-sprayed balls at crowds protesting against a government decision to delay legislative elections in the territory.
Nearly 100 people were arrested at Sunday’s unauthorised demonstration.
The elections had been due on 6 September, but the government postponed them by a year saying it was necessary amid a rise in coronavirus infections.
The opposition is accusing the government of using the pandemic as a pretext to stop people from voting. Read more
Tom Cruise sports face mask as he films daring stunt for “Mission: Impossible 7” (Metro)
Tom Cruise sported a face mask as he was spotted filming yet another daring stunt while on the set of Mission: Impossible 7.
The actor was dressed in an all-black getup while rehearsing his latest scuffle with a stuntman on top of a train in Norway, after production for the film resumed last month following the easing of lockdown restrictions. Tom was also attached to a harness, so there’s no doubt that this scene is bound to have some danger involved. Read more
Creek Fire: Helicopters rescue dozens of trapped California campers (BBC)
Helicopters have rescued dozens of people trapped after a wildfire set 36,000 acres alight and cut off a popular reservoir in California.
More than 150 campers were rescued from the site, media say. At least a dozen were hurt, some with serious burns.
The Creek Fire began on Friday in the Sierra National Forest, cutting off the Mammoth Pool Reservoir, 40 miles (60km) north-east of Fresno.
The temperature has hit 47C (117F), part of a record heatwave in the state. Read more
Meghan and Harry are no longer ‘held back by tradition and hierarchy,’ author says (PageSix)
Following their Megxit move to California, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are breathing a sigh of relief, according to biographer Omid Scobie.
The Duke and Duchess are now “operating” in a way they have been “desperate to for some time,” believing they were previously “held back by tradition and hierarchy” in the royal family, the “Finding Freedom” author revealed as a guest on the “Heirpod” podcast.
Since transitioning out of their royal duties, Scobie says the couple has “taken their careers as philanthropists to a whole other level,” adding, “It shows how much they were held back by tradition, hierarchy and stubbornness within the institution.”
“This is the couple operating in a way they were desperate to for some time but couldn’t for a number of reasons, many of which tie into what is considered too politically sensitive or not,” he added. Read more
Huesca forward Omoruyi raring for bright La Liga start (Vanguard)
Spanish-born Nigerian forward, Kevin Omoruyi, who is going to be playing in the La Liga when the 2021-2022 football season starts, is buzzing to start his new adventure in the Spanish top flight with Huesca.
Huesca, who gained promotion to the top division in Spain last season, start their new life with the big boys, with an away fixture against Villarreal on September 13.
Speaking in an interview with Sports Vanguard, the 19-year old striker, said he was relishing the opportunity to mix with the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema. According to Omoruyi, ‘’It’s a great opportunity to play in La Liga. I am working very hard every day to improve and to have many playing minutes in La Liga this season”. Read more
Eberechi Eze: Crystal Palace is homecoming for me (Nation)
Born and bred in South East London, enterprising midfielder Eberechi Eze said signing for Crystal Palace, is homecoming for him.
Exciting Crystal Palace new signing Eberechi Eze showed what he is capable of last Friday when he played in the colours of the Premiership side for the first time last Friday.
The South East London born to Nigerian parents played for 45 minutes in a pre-season friendly at home to local rivals Oxford United. He couldn’t have had a better appearance as he played flawless football adding bite to the attack his team.
The England U20 and U21 attacking midfielder looks forward to a promising time under experienced coach Roy Hodgson. Read more
Babalade was a no nonsense defender – Adepoju (DailyTrust)
A former Nigeria international, Mutiu Adepoju, has described his former team mate, Ajibade Babalade as a no nonsense defender during his active days.
In a chat with the ‘headmaster’ as he fondly called, Adepoju expressed his shock at his death, saying further that he will miss him.
“It is a sad loss and very painful we lost him.
“We will miss him dear as a friend and colleague,” he said. Read more
Tour de France 2020: Adam Yates surrenders yellow jersey to Primoz Roglic (BBC)
Britain’s Adam Yates surrendered the leader’s yellow jersey as Tadej Pogacar won stage nine of the Tour de France.
Yates was dropped from the leading chase group towards the final climb of the 153km mountain stage from Pau.
Marc Hirschi led for 80km before being caught a kilometre from the line in Laruns, where Pogacar beat fellow Slovenian Primoz Roglic in a sprint finish.
Roglic claimed the overall lead as Yates dropped to eighth. Read more
Kai Havertz takes part in individual training at Chelsea for first time after completing £71m move (Metro)
Chelsea new boy Kai Havertz has been pictured in training for the first time after completing a big-money move from Bayer Leverkusen.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder became Frank Lampard’s sixth signing of the summer on Friday evening after Chelsea wrapped up a £71 million deal with Leverkusen for his signature.
He follows Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr through the doors at Stamford Bridge, with the Blues flexing their financial muscles in the wake of their two-window transfer ban. Read more
Liverpool teenager Williams hits late Wales winner (BBC)
Neco Williams spared Wales a frustrating draw at home to Bulgaria in the Nations League as the Liverpool teenager came off the bench to score the winning goal deep into injury time on just his second international appearance.
Ryan Giggs’ side could only muster one shot on goal in a flat first half, with Bulgaria content to sit back and contain their opponents.
Wales played with more urgency after the break and, after David Brooks hit the post, it looked like their late pressure would be in vain against a dogged Bulgarian side 36 places lower than them in the world rankings. Read more
NBA play-offs: Toronto Raptors and Denver Nuggets win to level series (BBC)
The Toronto Raptors beat the Boston Celtics to level their NBA play-off series at 2-2 in Orlando, Florida, while the Denver Nuggets defeated the Los Angeles Clippers to tie their series at 1-1.
Pascal Siakam scored a series-best 23 points as the Raptors won 100-93 to tie up their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final.
Guard Jamal Murray top-scored for the Nuggets with 27 points as they won 110-101 in the Western Conference semi-final.
“Game one, we were tired. I hate to admit it, but we were tired,” said Murray.
“We came out sloppy, came out exhausted, fatigued. We didn’t make any shots, we didn’t get back on defence. Read more