Worries over gated streets in Lagos (Guardian)
Lagos residents have expressed fresh worries over the trend of closing street gates during emergencies. They said locked gates have become a norm such that victims, who could be rescued during accident, die because responders could not have access on time.
According to them, locked gates in several streets are causing inconveniences to residents. The observed that some gates are deliberately locked just to prevent others from using the roads, thereby worsening traffic situations especially in areas where such roads are meant to serve as alternative link routes.
To ensure free movements in and around Lagos, the State, had in 2016 and last year (2020), ordered immediate re-opening of all street gates and barricades between 5a.m. and 12 mid-night. It also warned that gates in defaulting streets would be pulled down. Read more
Lagos power company technician electrocuted while working on transformer (Punch)
A technician with the Ikeja Electric, Adebowale Ogunbanwo, has been electrocuted in the Dopemu area of Agege, Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the technician was working on a high-tension transformer on Oke Street when power was suddenly restored in the area, as he was electrocuted.
The 40-year-old was said to have fallen from the transformer and landed on a container, smashing his skull in the process.
In a bid to rescue Ogunbanwo, it was learnt that residents rushed him to the Orile-Agege General Hospital, where a doctor on duty confirmed him dead on September 7, 2021. Read more
Lagos community begins construction of police station (Guardian)
Agiliti Community Development Association (CDA) in Mile 12, Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Lagos State, has commenced construction of a N15-million Police station in the community.
Chairman of the seven joint CDAs in Agiliti, Mr. Haruna Omolajomo, at the foundation laying of the station, emphasised the need for community policing at the grassroots.
He said the issue of security is a collective responsibility of the people and security operatives, adding that the project was initiated through the communal efforts of the seven Agiliti CDAs, namely, Agiliti Central, Agiliti Estate, Oko-Guava, Agility II, Ola-Oluwa, Oshorun and Fountain view. Read more
Sanwo-Olu, Obasa hail deputy gov at 57 (Punch)
The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has hailed his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, who clocked 57 on Sunday.
Sanwo-Olu in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, described Hamzat as a reliable and committed friend and partner in the “Greater Lagos agenda.”
He said, “On behalf of my darling wife, Ibijoke and the good people of Lagos State, I heartily congratulate my reliable, hardworking, dependable and committed brother, friend and partner in the Greater Lagos agenda, Dr Obafemi Hamzat on his 57th birthday.”
Sanwo-Olu also commended Hamzat’s contributions to the development of the state as a former commissioner and within the All Progressives Congress. Read more
Yousef, Saskay evicted from Big Brother House (DailyTrust)
Two housemates have been evicted from the sixth edition of the Big Brother Naija House.
They are Yusuf Adam, better known as Yousef, and Tsakute Jonah, known as Saskay.
Although five housemates were nominated for possible eviction last week, the duo did not survive another week in the house.
Those who escaped being evicted are Angel, Emmanuel and Cross.
Although Nini was nominated last week, she exercised her Veto by replacing herself with Cross. Read more
El Rufai commends NIMASA over CSR initiative (Independent)
Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el Rufai, has commended the management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) for initiating a Corporate Social Responsibility project targeted at empowering Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) across the country.
El Rufai stated this while receiving the agency’s management team led by the Director General, Dr Bashir Jamoh, who were in the state to present some relief and empowerment materials from NIMASA to assist internally displaced persons ease their resettlement process into society.
He noted that investment by NIMASA in the educational sector through its CSR initiative was an investment in the future of Kaduna State. Read more
Arsonists set INEC facilities ablaze in Enugu (Tribune)
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has again suffered fresh attacks on its office in Enugu State.
A statement by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said the commission building in Awgu Local Government Area of the state was set ablaze on Sunday.
While it revealed that there were no casualties, the statement further disclosed that the attack resulted “in extensive damage to mainly the store section where election materials are kept.”
Okoye commended “the prompt response of the security agencies comprising the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Army, the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) as well the Enugu State Fire Service and the Awgu Local Government Neighbourhood Watch.”
The statement read in part: “Our Resident Electoral Commissioner for Enugu State, Mr Emeka Ononamadu, reported an attack on the INEC office in Awgu Local Government Area of the State. The building was set ablaze this morning, Sunday 19th September 2021, resulting in extensive damage to mainly the store section where election materials are kept. Read more
Edochie, Jacobs, Efe, others for Nollywood award in Anambra (Nation)
Notable Nollywood actors living and dead have been pencilled for awards by the Inside Nollywood Film Festival and Awards (INFFAA), for their contributions to the growth and development of the entertainment industry.
The Founder of the outfit, Muoma Obinna, who disclosed this at a news briefing in Awka, Anambra State, at the weekend, listed some of the awardees to include Olu Jacobs, Peter Edochie, the late Sam Loko Efe, Justus Esiri, among other veteran movie stars.
He said no fewer than 1,500 talents were targeted to be harnessed at the carnival slated for November 25 and 27 in Anambra State, with the theme: ‘Reawakening our cultural values through motion picture.’ Read more
Emmy Awards 2021: “The Crown” and “Ted Lasso” among early winners (BBC)
Netflix’s royal drama The Crown and Apple comedy Ted Lasso are among the early winners at the 73rd Emmy Awards, which are taking place in Los Angeles.
The Crown’s wins included acting nods for Gillian Anderson (who played Margaret Thatcher) and Tobias Menzies (The Duke of Edinburgh).
The show also won prizes for directing and writing.
Jason Sudeikis was named best lead comedy actor for his performance in Ted Lasso. Read more
Adele goes Instagram official with boyfriend Rich Paul in cosy photo (Metro)
Adele appears to have confirmed her romance with sports agent Rich Paul after sharing their first photo together on social media.
The Someone Like You singer was among the A-list guests attending NBA player Anthony Davis’ wedding on Saturday night as he tied the knot with partner Marlen P.
On Sunday, Adele, 33, shared stunning photos from the nuptials while posing in her custom off-the-shoulder gown with a black bodice and large white puffball sleeves from designer Schiaparelli.
She saved the best until last, posting a black and white photo of her cosying up to Rich, 39, in the photo booth. Love was obviously in the air given the romantic settings as the singer simply captioned the post with a red heart emoji. Read more
1 in 3 COVID patients report long-term symptoms, study finds (VOA)
A new study published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that roughly 1 in 3 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 reported symptoms two months later.
The study, done in Long Beach, California, found that one-third of those who tested positive for COVID-19 reported at least one symptom of the disease caused by the coronavirus four or more weeks after testing positive.
The CDC reported that rates were even higher in women, Black people, those older than 40, and those with pre-existing conditions. The CDC describes “long COVID” as experiencing symptoms four or more weeks since testing positive for the disease. Read more
Burundi floods: Lake Tanganyika’s water levels rise (BBC)
Natural disasters have forced more than 100,000 people to flee their homes in Burundi in recent years, the Save the Children charity says.
Most of them had lived on the shores of Lake Tanganyika where water levels had risen because of heavy storms, causing floods and landslides.
People described waking up at night to find their homes and farms swallowed by the lake, the world’s second-deepest.
Save the Children said it was the “forgotten crisis”. Read more
Gabby Petito: US authorities find body believed to be of missing woman (DW)
The FBI says the remains found in Wyoming are “consistent” with missing 22-year-old — but said they have not yet made a formal ID. The case has gripped the US, with her boyfriend named as a “person of interest.”
US law enforcement officers searching for a missing 22-year-old woman in a national park in Wyoming said on Sunday they have found human remains that match the woman’s description.
Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito set off for a months-long road trip with her boyfriend this summer. He returned without her on September 1, sparking a missing persons’ case that has gripped the US.
What is the latest?
FBI spokesman Charles Jones said that human remains were discovered in a remote camping area near the Grand Teton National Park that were “consistent” with the description of the missing woman. Read more
Haitians Decry Deportation From Texas-Mexico Border (VOA)
Haitian migrants who were deported Sunday to Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, aboard three US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) flights criticised the way they were deported and their treatment during detention.
“They didn’t let us take any of our belongings. It was like being in jail, no food, nothing,” Dieudonne Cassagne told VOA. He is from Gonaives in northern Haiti and had been living in Chile before heading to the Texas border, he told VOA. “This morning they woke us up early and told us, ‘Let’s go,’ and then we realized they were taking us to the airport.”
A woman who declined to give her name said she had been living well in Chile but did not have legal residency, prompting her to leave. She said Haitians were treated differently than other migrants during detention. She told VOA that detainees from Venezuela, Colombia and Nicaragua were allowed to change clothes when they requested to do so. Her request was denied, she said, adding that she was wearing the outfit she had on when she was picked up by the border patrol four days ago. Read more
NFF to honour Omagbemi, Akide, other Falcons class of 1999 (Punch)
The Super Falcons’ class of 1999 that reached the quarter-finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup staged in the United States of America will be the star attraction of the third NFF-Aiteo Football Awards holding in Lagos State on Monday evening.
Ably led by Captain Florence Omagbemi, the Falcons defeated North Korea 2-1 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena with goals from Mercy Akide and Rita Nwadike, before losing 1-7 to the USA despite taking a second-minute lead through Nkiru Okosieme.
Defeat to the Americans in Chicago stirred something in Africa’s lone flag-bearer at the first FIFA Women’s World Cup to feature 16 teams.
In their next match, the Super Falcons flew past Denmark 2-0 at the Jack Kent Cooke Stadium near Washington DC, the goals coming from Mercy Akide and Nkiru Okosieme. In the quarter-finals, at the same venue, the Nigerian girls stormed back from three goals down to Brazil in the first half to tie the game 3-3, with Prisca Emeafu, Nkiru Okosieme and Nkechi Egbe the scorers. Read more
10 bobsled, skeleton athletes set for European tour (Guardian)
The Nigerian Bobsled and Skeleton Federation at the weekend started its preparation for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, with trials for fresh talents in Lagos.
For the first time, Nigerian fans saw the bobsled team in action at the National Stadium, Lagos, on Saturday, where a one-day trial was held for the athletes.
In 2018, the team surprised the world when it became the first set of Africans to participate in the Winter Olympics held in Korea.
The trial to select athletes for the 2022 Games was witnessed by top Nigerian sports officials, including the Secretary General of the Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC), Banji Oladapo, Chairman of Delta State Sports Commission, Tonobok Okowa, and former Director General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Gbenga Elegbeleye. Read more
Messi replaced on home debut but PSG grab injury-time winner (BBC)
Lionel Messi made his home debut for Paris St-Germain but was replaced in the second half as they went on to beat Lyon to make it six wins from six.
Summer signing Messi hit the angle of post and bar with a free-kick in the first half and forced a save from Anthony Lopes but was below his best.
With the score at 1-1, he was replaced by right-back Achraf Hakimi and did not look happy at coming off.
Messi was given a round of applause, but not a standing ovation by his fans. Read more
UFC’s Devin Clark has teeth destroyed by Ion Cutelaba (NYPost)
A dentist is going to have to clear his or her schedule to work on Devin Clark.
The UFC light heavyweight had his teeth smashed in by Ion Cutelaba on Saturday night during UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas.
The brutal damage, most of which appeared to be done to Clark’s bottom front teeth being knocked out of place, was captured by Zuffa LLC photographer Jeff Bottari.
Clark, 31, said on his Instagram story from a medical facility afterward that his teeth were able to be pulled back into place and he was fitted with “temporary braces.” Read more
Stuttgart’s poor start continues after Thomas Hitzlsperger announces departure (DW)
After finishing an impressive ninth in their first season back in the Bundesliga last year, VfB Stuttgart will have been hoping to kick on this season.
They looked to be on the right track with a merciless 5-1 thrashing of newly-promoted Greuther Fürth on the opening day, but three defeats and a draw from their last four games have brought Pellegrino Matarazzo’s side back down to earth, culminating with Sunday’s 3-1 home defeat to ten-man Bayer Leverkusen.
The visitors went ahead after just one minute when Robert Andrich headed home unmarked, before Patrick Schick doubled the lead after neat build-up play from Florian Wirtz. Andrich was then sent off for a horror challenge on Tanguy Coulibaly, and Stuttgart got back into the game courtesy of Orel Mangala. But Wirtz restored Leverkusen’s two-goal cushion in the second half to wrap up the three points. Read more
Tributes pour in for Jimmy Greaves as Tottenham and England legend passes away aged 81 (Metro)
The football world is paying its respects to Jimmy Greaves after the Tottenham, Chelsea and England legend sadly passed away aged 81 on Sunday.
An incredible goal-scorer throughout his career, Greaves netted 266 times for Spurs in all competitions, winning the FA Cup twice and the European Cup Winners Cup with the club.
This was after scoring 132 goals for Chelsea from 1957-61 and spending a short spell at AC Milan, where he won the Serie A title.
He was also prolific for his country, scoring 44 times for England in just 57 appearances. Read more