1 killed, 3 injured in cult war in Lagos (Sun)
One person was killed while three others were injured yesterday during cult war at Ijanikin area of Ojo, Lagos.
The deceased butchered beyond recognition while the injured persons sustined serious bullet wounds during the attack.
It was gathered that members of Eiye Cult stormed Alasia and Amidu Igboro area where they shot five persons.
The cultists death the deceased with matchet and used stoned to shattered his head while his friends who he was having drinks with scampered for safety.
A witness,said :The deceased friends tried to run away, the assailants followed them up until they caught up with them at a drinking joint where they opened fire on them. Read more
LFZ: Sanwo-Olu, Dangote partner on road infrastructure devt, others in Lekki (Vanguard)
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has disclosed that construction of the ancillary road infrastructure leading to the Free Zones in Ibeju Lekki will kick off in May 2021.
Earlier, the governor had said commercial operations at the Lekki Deep Seaport in Lagos Free Zone, LFZ, will begin in the first quarter of 2023 as assured by Du Ruogang, Managing Director of Lekki Port and representative of China Harbour Engineering Company, who is the major investor of the Lekki port project.
Sanwo-Olu disclosed the proposed construction of the road when he led members of the state’s Executive Council on a visit to the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemical facilities at the weekend, the second day of the Governor’s working tour of the Free Trade Zone of the state. Read more
Nobody can erase Jakande’s foundation in Lagos, says Sanwo-Olu (Punch)
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday said the legacy left behind by the first civilian governor of the state, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, would remain with Lagosians for a long time.
He said Jakande, a former Minister of Works, laid a foundation that nobody can erase in Lagos.
Describing him as a detribalised Nigerian who was outstanding in all his achievements, Sanwo-Olu said the deceased will continue to live in the hearts of Lagosians and Nigerians at large till eternity.
He said this while speaking at the 40th-day memorial service of the late Alhaji Lateef Jakande at the Chapel of Christ The Light, Alausa in Ikeja. Read more
Traditional ruler hails Akeredolu over payment of N360m WAEC fees (Vanguard)
The Olowa and Paramount Ruler of Igbara-Oke, Oba Francis Agbede, has applauded Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo over the payment of N360 million WAEC fees for candidates in public schools in the state.
The traditional ruler gave the commendation in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Ayodeji Owolabi and made available to newsmen on Sunday in Akure.
He particularly expressed happiness that the governor was showing commitment towards addressing the financial challenges being faced by the masses, owing to the effect of COVID-19 pandemic.
The Oba said that he was not surprised at the gesture, as the governor was known for his philosophy of keeping to his words. Read more
6 suspected yahoo boys perish in Delta crash (Sun)
Six persons suspected to be internet fraudsters popularly known as Yahoo Boys on Friday night reportedly perished in a lone accident in Ughelli area of Delta State.
They rammed the newly-bought Lexus GX 460 car into a stationary truck along the Agbarho-Ughelli section of the East-West Road near Ekiugbo Junction in Ughelli, North Local Government Area of Delta State.
The incident, although yet to be confirmed by the Delta State Police Command, occurred 8 pm on Friday and left the car damaged beyond repairs.
The victims, who were allegedly under the influence of substances, reportedly died on the spot after their vehicle rammed into the stationary truck.
Sources said one of the friends of the victims had just bought the Lexus GX 460 which necessitated the celebration. Read more
Fish out sponsors of attack on Ortom, Northern govs tell security agencies (Punch)
The Northern Governors Forum on Sunday condemned Saturday’s attack on Benue’s Governor Samuel Ortom’ motorcade by bandits as disturbing.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that bandits attacked Gov Ortom’s motorcade on Saturday at Tyo-Mu community near Makurdi.
Chairman of the forum and governor of Plateau, Simon Lalong, said the incident must be investigated thoroughly. Read more
INEC will not succumb to electoral banditry, says Okoye (Vanguard)
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has vowed not to surrender to what it called ‘electoral banditry’ aimed at discrediting the electoral process and retuning pre-determined outcomes.
Mr Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, made the vow in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Sunday, in Abuja.
Okoye was speaking on the decision to indefinitely suspend the Saturday Ekiti East State Constituency 1 election held in Ekiti State. Read more
New loan recovery fraud to scam Nigerians uncovered (Sun)
A criminologist at the University of Ibadan, Dr Oludayo Tade, has uncovered a new loan recovery fraud designed to scam Nigerians.
He made the disclosure in a press release, entitled: ‘Loan Recovery Scam: A New Strategy of Fraud,’ he made available to journalists in Ibadan on Sunday.
According to him, people have started receiving text messages from a fictitious bank where a supposed loan was taken and the text recipient is said to have been used as guarantor.
The story will then be that the guarantor must ensure that the loan procurer pays back or a legal case will be instituted against him/her.
Tade said the message is crafted in such a way that the message recipient is put under pressure to call a number where they will eventually be duped. Read more
Halt $1.5bn refinery revamp, subject to national debate– Peterside (Punch)
The Founder, Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, Mr Atedo Peterside, has asked the federal government to halt plans of renovating the Port Harcourt refinery in Rivers State for $1.5bn.
The Federal Executive Council had earlier on Wednesday approved the plan by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to rehabilitate the Port Harcourt Refinery with $1.5bn.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, who announced this, stated that the rehabilitation would happen in three phases.
Peterside has however joined others to criticise the plan, calling it a “brazen adventure.” Read more
Ex-Mexican cartel leader’s body found wrapped in plastic on park bench (NYPost)
A former lieutenant in a powerful Mexican drug cartel who broke away from the gang has turned up — wrapped in plastic on a park bench.
Mexican authorities said they believe the tightly wrapped corpse found in a Jalisco park last week is that of Carlos “El Cholo” Enrique Sanchez, an ex-member of the Jalisco New General Cartel before splitting off to form his own gang in 2017, Mexico News Daily said.
Police said the body was found Thursday in Jardin Hidalgo with two signs pinned to his body with knives, including one which read in Spanish, “the traitor El Cholo,” the paper said.
The corpse has not been officially identified but comes after a video posted online showed the handcuffed narco being held in front of armed members of the Jalisco cartel — claiming he cooperated with police. Read more
Israeli PM Netanyahu courts Arab voters ahead of tight election (France24)
As Israelis prepare to vote on Tuesday for the fourth time in two years, polls predict that once again, the result will be close. This time it is because competition on the right is fierce – so fierce that right wing Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu is changing tack and courting Israel’s Arab voters.
Despite Netanyahu’s harsh words in previous elections against the Arab population, which represents 20 percent of the country’s population, this time his Likud party is trying to attract Arab voters – and some appear to be receptive.
“What I tell people is to stop complaining from afar, to stop saying ‘They don’t give us anything, we have nothing.’ I tell people to come, to influence things by getting closer to the decision-making center, where decisions that concern everyone are made,” Majdi Qasem, an Arab Likud party activist in the city of Lod told FRANCE 24. “The percentage of Arabs in government is zero. Joining a large party serves the interests of our society,” he said.
The Likud sees this new approach as a result of Israel‘s recent normalisation of ties with several Arab states. Read more
Intruder takes shower, drinks booze in Johnny Depp’s Hollywood mansion: report (PageSix)
An intruder was allegedly found making himself comfortable in Johnny Depp’s Hollywood home — downing his booze and even taking a shower, according to a report.
Police were called to the scandal-scarred 57-year-old actor’s Hollywood Hills home on Thursday after his security team was alerted to someone being inside, sources told TMZ.
The alleged intruder, who was not identified, was taking a shower when cops arrived — with officers kicking down the door when he refused to come out, the outlet said.
He had also made himself a drink from the hard-partying “Pirates of the Caribbean” star’s stash, the paper said. Read more
Orlando Bloom admits he’s ‘not having enough sex’ since Katy Perry gave birth (Metro)
Orlando Bloom has revealed how having a new baby has impacted his intimacy with fiancee Katy Perry, admitting they’re ‘not having enough sex’ at the moment. The Pirates of the Caribbean actor welcomed his first child with Katy, daughter Daisy, in August. No doubt like many new parents, the couple are apparently facing challenges with scheduling alone time with a newborn to look after. When asked how often he’s having sex, Orlando told The Guardian: ‘Not enough – we just had a baby, though.’ Read more
NASA turns to college students to design new suit technology (VOA)
Bradley University student Zach Bachmann didn’t grow up thinking he’d be an astronaut.
“I’m short, blind and asthmatic, so I can’t really be an astronaut if I wished to,” he said.
But a lifelong interest in video games and computers is putting him at the center of a nationwide effort to boost new space helmet technology for the next generation of astronauts going to the moon and, someday NASA hopes, to Mars.
“I’ve always been into sci-fi and tech, so it sounded like this was kind of a cool project,” Bachmann told VOA. Read more
Diversity review under way at Buckingham Palace (BBC)
Buckingham Palace is reviewing diversity policies across all royal households.
The work is looking at improving diversity at Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace.
Royal sources have stressed that the Palace already has policies, procedures and programmes in place but has not seen the progress it would like.
The work began before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made allegations of racism within the Royal Family. Read more
Leicester outclass Man Utd to reach FA Cup semis (BBC)
Leicester City reached their first FA Cup semi-final for 39 years with a fully deserved win over Manchester United at the King Power Stadium.
Brendan Rodgers’ side will face Southampton at Wembley with Chelsea and Manchester City meeting in the other semi-final.
Leicester, who lost to eventual winners Tottenham in the 1982 semi-final, were the more vibrant and positive team against off-colour United as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer once again tasted defeat in the latter stages of a cup competition, his ploy of resting the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw failing to produce the desired result.
The Foxes’ hero was in-form striker Kelechi Iheanacho, who struck twice and now has nine goals in nine games. Read more
Minister assures on speedy completion of Moshood Abiola, Lagos stadia (Guardian)
The federal government has assured Nigerians of the speedy completion of the rehabilitation of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja and National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, gave the assurance in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media), John Joshua-Akanji on Sunday in Abuja.
“The on-going rehabilitation work at the Moshood Abiola national stadium in Abuja, undertaken by Alhaji Aliko Dangote and the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos courtesy of Chief Adebutu Kensington, will soon be completed.
“The Surulere Stadium was abandoned for so many years. Read more
LeBron James ‘hurt inside and out’ after nasty injury (NYPost)
LeBron James is out indefinitely with a high ankle sprain, but nothing is worse to the Lakers star than not being there for his teammates.
“Nothing angers and saddens me more than not being available to and for my teammates! I’m hurt inside and out right now,” James wrote on Twitter with a face-palm emoji. “The road back from recovery begins now. Back soon like I never left. #ThekidfromAKRON.”
The Lakers are already without Anthony Davis, who is still nursing a calf strain and Achilles tendinosis, but will now lose the 36-year-old James after his ankle was rolled over by Atlanta’s Solomon Hill in the second quarter of the team’s 99-94 loss to the Hawks on Saturday. Read more
Georginio Wijnaldum set for Liverpool exit as he agrees summer Barcelona move (Metro)
The Georginio Wijnaldum contract saga appears to be at an end with the Dutchman reportedly agreeing a pre-contract deal with Barcelona, meaning he will leave Liverpool in the summer. The 30-year-old has been an integral part of the Reds midfield since arriving from Newcastle in 2016, making over 200 appearances for the club. However, his contract expires at the end of the season and, although the club were keen to keep hold of him, he has decided his future lies elsewhere. Read more
Arsenal come from 3-0 down to rescue point in thriller with West Ham (BBC)
Arsenal came from three goals down to rescue a point in a stunning game against London rivals West Ham in the Premier League.
The Hammers raced into a three-goal lead at London Stadium through Jesse Lingard, Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek, who touched in a Michail Antonio header.
The visitors gave themselves hope when an Alexandre Lacazette effort went in off Soucek for an own goal just before half-time.
West Ham defender Craig Dawson turned in Arsenal full-back Calum Chambers’ low cross for another own goal in the 61st minute. Read more
Marcus Rashford given permission to join up with England squad despite foot injury (Metro) Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Marcus Rashford will be released for England duty this week, despite carrying a foot injury. The winger was not named in United’s squad for Sunday’s FA Cup clash against Leicester City. Rashford was substituted at half-time in Thursday’s Europa League win against AC Milan and subsequent scans have shown the 23-year-old has sustained a foot injury. Read more