86 CONFIRMED DEAD IN PLATEAU KILLINGS
Violence erupted in Plateau State over the weekend, with Police confirming 86 people have been killed so far.
Armed herdsmen are suspected for the killings which unverified accounts are stating has claimed more than 100 lives, with houses, vehicles, and other properties getting burned in the carnage.
As a result, the Plateau State government has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the state from 6pm till 6am with only essential services allowed movement during the curfew.
The violence in Plateau comes on the heels of killings in Zamfara State just a week ago and more killings in Adamawa in the last month, as well as clashes between protesters and police in Kaduna in the last week.
D’BANJ LOSES 1-YEAR-OLD SON
It was a black Sunday for Nigerian music star and investor, D’banj and his wife Lineo Didi Kilgrow who are feeling the worst at the moment after the death of their son, Daniel III on Sunday night at their Ikoyi, Lagos residence.
Daniel III, who only celebrated his first birthday in May, is said to have drowned in the family’s in-house swimming pool. D’banj meanwhile was away in the United States for a performance, though, expressed via an Instagram post his belief in God to pull the family through these trying times.
Heartfelt condolences go out to the family.
BUHARI, OSINBAJO AT APC NATIONAL CONVENTION AS OSHIOMOLE BECOMES PARTY’S NATIONAL CHAIRMAN
While the carnage brought Plateau State to its knees over the weekend, President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, were in Abuja with other top stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the national convention which saw former Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomole, emerge as the party’s new national chairman.
Also, the party’s motto was changed during the convention from “change” to “progress” ahead of the 2010 general elections.
However, the Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, who was among the attendees at the convention, left the convention venue in Abuja and returned to Plateau following the breakout of violence in the state.
SENEGAL AND NIGERIA MAINTAIN AFRICA’S WORLD CUP PARTICIPATION
Following the exit of Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia, it was up to Nigeria and Senegal to keep the African representation on 100 and both nations did enough to remain in contention for spots in the last 16 in Russia.
Nigeria had recovered from a 2-0 loss to Croatia to beat Iceland 2-0 on Friday thanks to a second-half double from Ahmed Musa, leaving the Super Eagles needing only to avoid defeat against Argentina to book a place in the round of 16.
Senegal on their part would be feeling a little upset, though, after relinquishing their lead twice to draw 2-2 with Japan in a Group H encounter, leaving both teams tied at the top of the group with four points apiece.
Sadio Mane and Moussa Wague, who became the youngest African scorer at a World Cup as a result, scored the Senegal goals while Takeshi Inui and substitute Keisuke Honda pulled Japan level each time.
Colombia meanwhile easily brushed aside Poland in a 3-0 win to lie in third place with three points and needing to beat Senegal in their final group game to reach the last 16. Poland on their part have been eliminated having lost two matches so far.
DAVIDO WINS BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT GONG AT BET AWARDS, NINIOLA LOSES OUT
Four years after winning Best African Act, Nigerian music star, Davido, picked up the Best International Act win at the 2018 BET Awards, beating the likes of Tiwa Savage, South Africa’s Cassper Nyovest, as well as Stormzy, J Hus, and Stefflon Don all from the UK among others to the award.
A second award for Nigeria failed to be, however, after singer, Niniola, lost out to South African act, Sjava, in the Viewers Choice: Best New International Act category.
Meanwhile, major winners at the awards show held in Los Angeles and hosted by Jamie Foxx include Kendrick Lamar with two awards, Cardi B, Drake, Chadwick Boseman, Tiffany Haddish, Beyoncé, Migos, and Bruno Mars.
Also, music legend Anita Baker was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
WOMEN CAN NOW DRIVE VEHICLES IN SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi Arabian women were in the best of moods after the lift of the driving ban in the Islamic kingdom finally took effect on Sunday, with many women taking to the roads to enjoy a drive.
The end of the ban comes just months after Saudi Arabia witnessed the return of cinemas to the country to coincide with the release of Marvel superhero movie, Black Panther, earlier this year.
They form part of reforms Saudi Arabia is enacting in order to attract more investment opportunities in the country which were previously made impossible to get due to the stringent social laws.