15-year-old new mum stranded in LUTH over N53,000 (Punch)
A 15-year-old girl identified simply as Fatima is troubled at the moment being at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital Idi-Araba a month after giving birth.
She was said to have been taken to the hospital by a woman, popularly known as Iya Kamoru, whom she lived with as a maid in the Mushin area of Lagos.
The hospital reportedly cancelled Fatima’s N151,000 medical bills and asked her to pay N53,000 feeding expenses incurred as of November 10.
City Round gathered that the hospital was also hesitant to discharge her and the baby because she did not want to return to Iya Kamoru’s house. Read more
Red Rail Line: Lagos to build four vehicular overpasses (Nation)
Four vehicular overpasses will be constructed to ensure the Lagos Rail Mass Transit – Red Line rail project operates with less interaction with vehicular traffic.
The Managing Director, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Engr. Mrs. Abimbola Akinajo, disclosed this at a consultative meeting with Mushin community and youth leaders at Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area (LCDA) headquarters Ilupeju.
She said three new pedestrian bridges will also be built to hedge pedestrians against exposure to the danger of crossing the rail line.
The new red rail line would move from Oyingbo to Agbado, a border town with Ogun State. Read more
Lekki shootings: Four generals, others testify before panel today (Punch)
After a week’s break, the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing the alleged shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate by soldiers on the night of October 20 will resume sitting today (Saturday).
The retired Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel had adjourned on November 7 when its proceedings were frustrated over inability to form quorum due to the boycott of the sitting by the two youth panel members protesting against the freezing of the bank account of #EndSARS promoters by the Federal Government through the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The Nigerian Army, which had been scheduled to testify before the panel then, was unable to do so. Read more
Sanwo-Olu unveils Nigeria´s first electric car (Guardian)
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday unveiled Nigeria’s first locally-assembled full electric car, aimed at reducing pressure on use of petroleum.
The Hyundai Kona car, manufactured by Stallion Group is 100 percent electric and comes with zero emission, 482km driving range, and can be charged both at home and workplace.
Sanwo-Olu said at the unveiling in Lagos that the electric car was technology on display.
“The future that we see is the future of technology and this is the technology that we are talking about. Read more
NACCIMA, NECA, LCCI seek policies to cushion impact of petrol price hike (Thisday)
Anger and condemnation greeted the directives of the Pipeline and Product Marketing Company (PPMC) advising petroleum marketers to sell Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol, within the range of N168 per litre to N170 per litre with effect from yesterday.
The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), all expressed anger and disappointment with the rise in the price. Read more
70-year-old held for allegedly impregnating 15-yr-old granddaughter in Ogun (Nation)
Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested a 70-year-old man, Hunsu Sunday, for allegedly defiling and impregnating his 15-year-old granddaughter (name withheld).
Police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) said the septuagenarian was arrested on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.
A statement issued by Oyeyemi, said the septuagenarian was arrested following a report lodged by the teenager’s aunty at the Ado-Odo Police Division that the girl had been serially abused, sexually, by her grandfather. Read more
Insecurity: Ondo restricts motorcycles, tinted vehicles (Guardian)
In its bid to curtail the spate of insecurity in Ondo State, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has banned the use of unauthorised tinted vehicles within the state.
In a statement made available to journalists in Akure, yesterday, by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Donald Ojogo, the movements of motorcycles were restricted to some particular periods daily.
Akeredolu expressed concern over the spike in crime rate across the state, saying: “Security reports at the disposal of government are considered signs deserving of serious attention. Read more
HURIWA presses for LG autonomy, rural healthcare centres (Thisday)
A Human Rights Advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has pressed for the implementation of the autonomy to Local Councils as well as its rural healthcare, insisting that such grassroots meachanisation would come with quantum leaps in development.
According to a statement from the group resources expended at the council level had more direct impact on the people just like the operationalisation of the Rural Healthcare Centers would only take healthcare delivery closer to the people.
The statement signed by the Executive Director of the group, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko wondered why a sane government would work against a programme like the operationalisation of Rural Health Centres even when there had been court decision sanctioning the project. Read more
12 killed in Edo cult violence (Guardian)
At least seven suspected cult members were feared killed yesterday during renewed cult violence in parts of Benin City, the Edo State capital.
This brings the number of lives lost in cult-related clashed in the state capital that started on Wednesday to 12.
An Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in charge of the Area Command and two other senior police officers were also shot in the early hours of the day at the popular Murtala Muhammed Way, close to Third East Circular road junction, near Sakponba road in the capital city. Read more
Italy extends ‘red zones’ as coronavirus infections soar (BBC)
Italy has added more regions to its coronavirus high-risk “red zones” as cases across the country hit a new daily record.
Campania and Tuscany will join other regions placed under the strictest lockdown measures from Sunday.
Authorities in Campania, which includes Naples, have warned that the health system there is close to collapse.
Friday’s announcement came as Italy confirmed 40,902 new infections – its highest ever daily total.
It passed the one million mark earlier this week and there have been more than 44,000 deaths. Read more
Pharrell Williams says Rihanna is ‘from a different world’ as he gives much-needed R9 update (Metro)
Pharrell Williams has given us a rare glimpse into what’s happening behind-the-scenes of Rihanna’s next album – and it sounds pretty spectacular. The Happy hitmaker has been working with the star for her next release, currently known as R9. While the Unfaithful singer hasn’t been giving much away at all, Pharrell simply said: ‘Rih is in a different place right now. Like, wow. She’s from a different world.’ The 47-year-old added to Allure: ‘I’m willing to bet, because Venus is gaseous, that if they had a telescope that could zoom through all that s**t, you’d see Rih laying there naked.’ Read more
Ethiopia Tigray crisis: UN warns ‘war crimes’ may have happened (BBC)
Reports of the mass killing of civilians in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region “would amount to war crimes” if confirmed, the UN human rights chief has warned.
Michelle Bachelet called for an inquiry into reports that scores and maybe hundreds of people had been stabbed and hacked to death in one town.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has accused forces loyal to Tigray’s leaders of the massacre.
Its officials have denied involvement.
Tigray leader Debretsion Gebremichael told AFP news agency that the accusations were “baseless”. Read more
UK records another 27,301 cases as 376 people die with coronavirus (Metro)
A further 376 people have died with coronavirus in the UK, while 27,301 new cases have been recorded. New figures released by the Department of Health on Friday show 51,304 people have now died within 28 days of a positive test. A total of 61,648 death certificates now mention the virus, while 1,317,496 people have tested positive since the pandemic hit. It comes after 33,470 new cases were recorded on Thursday – the highest daily figure to date. Read more
US election 2020: Biden takes Georgia to solidify victory (BBC)
US President-elect Joe Biden has won the state of Georgia, the BBC projects, the first Democratic candidate to do so since 1992.
The win solidifies Mr Biden’s victory, giving him a total of 306 votes in the electoral college, the system the US uses to choose its president.
President Donald Trump is projected to win North Carolina, reaching 232 votes.
Mr Trump, who has refused to concede, has for the first time alluded to a possible new administration in January. Read more
South Korea COVID-19 cases above 200, as face mask fines imposed (AlJazeera)
South Korea has confirmed 205 new cases of coronavirus – the first time it has been above 200 since early September – the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said on Saturday, as a new law fining those not wearing masks in public started to be enforced.
Of the new cases, 166 were locally transmitted and 39 imported. More than 65 percent of the locally transmitted cases were from Seoul and Gyeonggi province, a densely populated region near the capital. Read more
Scientists discover way to quickly clear alcohol from blood by… breathing (RT)
A team of Canadian researchers have developed an incredible system to reduce blood-alcohol levels three times faster than normal, using a simple, briefcase-sized device which could save millions of lives worldwide each year.
The group of scientists, led by Dr. Joseph Fisher at the University Health Network, a medical research organization in Toronto, Canada, were exploring treatments for acute alcohol intoxication when they happened upon a novel solution that generated more than a few sighs of disbelief at how simple it was. Read more
Super Eagles supporters club praises Aiteo Group for lifting Nigerian Football (Guardian)
The Chairman of Super Eagles Supporters Club, Vincent Okumagba, has commended Aiteo Group for its support for Nigerian football.
Okumagba, who had been away in Canada with members of his family, arrived in Nigeria earlier this week to prepare Supporters Club for the 2021 AFCON qualifier between the Super Eagles and Leone Stars of Sierra Leone in Benin City only to be told that fans and journalists were banned from the venue in compliance with COVID-19 restriction.
He told The Guardian shortly before the match yesterday that the Super Eagles Supporters Club was fully mobilised by Aiteo Group for the match, adding that the company had laid a solid foundation for Nigerian football. Read more
Constant to lead CAF as Ahmad steps back ‘on medical advice’ (BBC)
Madagascar’s Ahmad has temporarily relinquished control of the Confederation of African Football (Caf) presidency citing health reasons, two days after leaving hospital with coronavirus.
Caf’s first vice-president Omari Constant will take charge until the end of November as the 60-year-old continues his recovery.
Earlier this week, doctors in the Egyptian capital Cairo prescribed at least 20 days’ rest for the Fifa vice-president.
“This unavailability temporarily makes it impossible to conduct the normal duties linked to a function which requires good health,” a Caf statement read. Read more
Tottenham fined and Jose Mourinho handed European ban by UEFA (Metro)
Tottenham Hotspur have been fined and manager Jose Mourinho has been given a suspended one-match ban from European fixtures by UEFA. The punishment has been dished out because Spurs were late to kick-off in their clash with Royal Antwerp on 29 October and it was deemed that Mourinho was responsible for the delay. The club has been fined 25,000 euros (£23,000) by UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary body (CEDB), and another 3,000 euros (£2,700) for breaching UEFA’s equipment regulations. Read more
Africa Cup of Nations: Nigeria see a 4-0 lead slip as Sierra Leone fight back to draw 4-4 (BBC)
Sierra Leone fought back from 4-0 down away to Nigeria to draw 4-4 in their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier after a spectacular comeback in Benin City.
It was one of six qualifying group fixtures on Friday for the finals which will now take place in Cameroon in 2022.
In other matches, Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech struck twice for Morocco as they secured a home victory along with Tunisia, Mali, Niger, and South Africa.
The Super Eagles were coasting towards a third win from three in Group L after racing to a 4-0 lead inside the first half hour of their match at home to Sierra Leone. Read more
Rafael Nadal ready to end long wait for indoors title in London (Metro)
It’s been more than seven years since Rafael Nadal won a title indoors and 15 since his last indoor-hard success, but he is hoping to wave goodbye to London with a first ATP Finals win this week. Of his 86 ATP titles only two have come indoors and Nadal, the world No. 2 from Spain, admitted that the surface is not ‘ideal’ for his tennis. Nadal has failed to win the title at the O2 in seven attempts and although he has twice reached the final, he has only once been past the round robin stage since 2013. Read more
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah tests positive for coronavirus (BBC)
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty with Egypt.
The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) said on Friday that Salah, 28, returned a positive test but is not displaying any symptoms.
It later added that Salah underwent a second test, which confirmed he has Covid-19.
“Salah is keeping a high spirit and is not showing any symptoms of the virus,” said the EFA in a statement. Read more