19-year-old ‘Yahoo Boy’ allegedly sets 24-year-old girlfriend ablaze for cheating (Punch)
Operatives of Iba Police Station have arrested a 19-year-old man, Ifeanyichukwu, for allegedly setting his 24-year-old girlfriend, Tolani, ablaze because he suspected that she had another lover.
DSP Bala Elkana, Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, said this in a statement released to newsmen on Sunday.
Elkana said the incident took place in Ojo, Lagos, where they both lived in Ifeanyichukwu’s N600,000 per annum apartment.
“Ifeanyichukwu met the victim on February 28 through a hookup and she moved into his house in March. Read more
Sanwo-Olu urges retirees to acquire skills (Nation)
As Lagos State government graduates 4,000 students from 17 skill acquisition centres, civil servants who are about to be retired have been enjoined by Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to acquire skills in order to become employers of labour.
While congratulating the graduands, the governor urged them to make the best use of the opportunity given to them. “What you have in your hands is a golden opportunity that must not be wasted. Endeavour to continue to build on what you have been taught at the various centres; never get tired of learning,” said Sanwo-Olu who was represented by his wife, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu. Read more
Lagos Govt to launch App on annual cultural events (DailyTrust)
The Lagos State Government says it will launch an Application that would show all its arts and cultural events in a year. Solomon Bonu, the Special Adviser on Tourism, Arts and Culture to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, made this known at the maiden of Badagry Heritage Festival 2019.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the festival was organised by the state government in conjunction with the 10 local governments/Local Council Development Areas (LCDA) in Badagry Division. Read more
Why Sowore was re-arrested by DSS – presidency (Guardian)
Nigerian government on Sunday reacted to the re-arrest of Sahara Reporters publisher Omoyele Sowore by the Department of State Services.
The government in a statement said Sowore “is a person of interest to the DSS” because he called for “a revolution to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nigeria.”
“He did so on television, and from a privileged position as the owner of a widely-read digital newspaper run from the United States of America,” the government said in a statement shared on social media. Read more
Buhari, CAN, PFN mourn as Bonnke dies at 79 (Punch)
German television evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke, has died at the age of 79.
His wife, Annie, in a statement on Saturday announced the passing of the pentecostal minister.
“It is with sorrow that the Bonnke family would like to announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on December 7, 2019,” it stated.
Bonnke was born on April 19, 1940, and was known for his gospel missions throughout Africa since 1967. Read more
Robbers kill bureau de change operator, escape with money in Abuja (DailyTrust)
Some suspected armed robbers shot dead a bureau de change operator, Hamis Naira, and escaped with his undisclosed millions of naira in Abuja.
A witness, Yahuza Ibrahim, said the incident happened last Thursday around 8:37 am at Mangazhi near Sheraton Hotel, Wuse zone 4 Abuja. Read more
Stakeholders canvass connectivity of transportation systems (Nation)
Stakeholders in the transport sectors are seeking for a better connectivity in the transportation systems across the country.
A representative of the Executive Secretary, Nigeria Shippers’ Council, Mr. Nanle Nanbol in his paper titled “Inland container deport and the hinterland connectivity: Shippers council experience, called for all hands to be on deck in the quest for a better connectivity in the transportation systems across board.
Nanbol acknowledged that the functionality of all transportation modes in the country land, rail, sea, air was what the country needed under the present economic realities to boost the economy going forward. Read more
Polio returns to haunt Malaysia after almost 30 years (Guardian)
Malaysia has reported its first polio case in 27 years, health authorities said Sunday, announcing a three-month-old baby had been diagnosed on Borneo island.
The Malaysian health ministry’s director-general, Noor Hisham Abdullah, said the baby from Tuaran in eastern Sabah state had been admitted into intensive care after experiencing fever and muscle weakness.
“The patient is currently undergoing treatment in an isolation ward and is in a stable condition but needs respiratory support,” Noor Hisham said, adding that the infant was diagnosed on Friday. Read more
Power minister inspects 49MW Calabar plants, urges states on investments (DailyTrust)
The Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman, has inspected two power plant projects of 49 megawatts (MW) capacity in Calabar as he called on states to invest in power infrastructures.
The Cross River State Government project has the 26MW Ayade diesel-powered plant which is nearing completion. There is also the 23MW gas-powered project at Tinapa, at over sixty percent completion level. Read more
Cardi B wears Nigerian inspired outfit at Livespot X Festival (Vanguard)
Multiple award-winning American rapper, Cardi B performed for the first time in Africa at the Livespot X Festival held at the Eko Atlantic City, Lagos on Saturday, December 7, 2019.
During the electrifying performance which featured some of her hit tracks such as Bodak Yellow, Bartier Cardi, I Like It That, Girls Like You, Money, Press, Backing It Up, Be Careful among many others, the Grammy award winner was spotted adorning Nigeria’s national colors as her hair and outfit were two tonnes of green and white.
The Billboard Hot 100 artiste wore a custom made mono strap jumpsuit with fringe details and bejeweled finishing. Read more
Insecurity: NIS set to introduce new visa regime (DailyTrust)
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) will launch a new visa regime before the end of the year, Comptroller General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede has disclosed.
Babandede disclosed this while speaking at the 2019 NIS Award night/End of the year dinner at the service headquarters on Saturday. Read more
‘I put my booster on’: Son reveals secret to wonder-goal (Punch)
Son Heung-min admitted he considered passing before the Tottenham winger “put his booster on” to score his astonishing goal of the season contender against Burnley.
Son’s stroke of genius was hailed as one of the best goals in Tottenham’s glittering history as he virtually ran the entire length of the pitch before firing home in Saturday’s Premier League clash in north London.
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho dubbed the South Korea star “Son-Aldo” in reference in a brilliant strike scored by Brazilian legend Ronaldo for Barcelona against Compostela in 1996.
But Son said he was actually looking to pass to Dele Alli before instead setting off on the counter-attacking gem that earned comparisons with Lionel Messi and George Weah. Read more
Rohr plans to invite more new stars for Super Eagles (Vanguard)
Coach Gernot Rohr has planned to invite more new players for Super Eagles’ next international friendly game.
The 66-year-old German tactician has revealed that he won’t experiment with new players when the 2022 World Cup qualifiers begin next year March but would be open to give them the chance during the FIFA international windows of 2020.
Rohr said on Brila FM: “With the next FIFA window, we will already be in the qualifiers for the (2022) World Cup, so it will not be the moment to try new things with players we have never seen before,” Read more
Joshua’s triumph is a lesson for Nigerians to learn from – Buhari (Nation)
President Muhammadu Buhari has described Saturday night’s triumph by the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Anthony Joshua, as a lesson all Nigerians must learn about Keeping faith with hope.
President Buhari was reacting to Joshua’s come-back victory after an earlier defeat by Andy Ruiz Jnr., noting that to fall once does not mean all hope is lost, adding that the world champion’s victory had brought more glory to Nigeria.
The President, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, on Sunday morning, however rejoiced with Joshua, commending him for bringing joy to millions of Nigerians, home and abroad. Read more
Man arrested over ‘racist gesture’ at Manchester derby (Guardian)
British police on Sunday arrested a 41-year-old man after a video posted on social media showed a supporter apparently making racist gestures during Saturday’s Manchester derby.
“Police were called to a report of a supporter making alleged racist gestures and sounds towards players during the Manchester City and Manchester United derby,” said Greater Manchester Police in a statement.
“A 41-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order and remains in custody for questioning.”
City pledged to take a zero tolerance approach against supporters found to have subjected United players to racist abuse after the Premier League champions lost 2-1 to their local rivals on Saturday. Read more
Sudan’s first female football stars push for women’s rights (Punch)
Within months of Sudan’s first women’s football league kicking off, the championship’s emerging stars are being hailed as icons for equal rights in a country transitioning to civilian rule.
Orjuan Essam, 19, and Rayan Rajab, 22, of Khartoum-based Tahadi women’s club, have scored several goals already in a tournament that would have seemed unlikely when autocrat Omar al-Bashir was in power.
“I was thrilled to see that authoritarian rule was finally turning into civilian and that women’s rights could now be achieved,” said Essam, her long hair flowing freely as she trained at a stadium in the capital. Read more
Liverpool in cruise control as Salah seals another win (Nation)
There is an air of invincibility about Liverpool this season, as they continue to chase their first league title in 30 years.
Saturday’s victory at the Vitality was so routine – though the early loss of Ake to injury weakened an already struggling Bournemouth back four.
But the Reds played with a swagger and a dominance which would have surely pleased manager Jurgen Klopp greatly. Read more
Premier League: Guardiola concedes title to Liverpool after derby defeat (Vanguard)
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says it is “not realistic” to think about catching Liverpool as they are now 14 points behind the champions-elect.
Guardiola’s City lost 2-1 to Manchester United on Saturday night (read 16 Conclusions here) and lost all hope of catching the Reds, who are unbeaten in the Premier League this season.
“It is not time to think about that,” Guardiola said when asked if the title race is over. “We have to try to continue. There are many things to play for. Read more
Aston Villa ‘disgusted’ by racist chants aimed at players (Guardian)
Aston Villa said they were “disgusted and appalled” by social media footage that shows fans chanting a racist song during their Premier League win against Norwich.
A video following Saturday’s 5-1 victory shows a group of Villa fans singing about the club’s Zimbabwean midfielder Marvelous Nakamba and one other player, with references to several racial stereotypes.
Villa said in a statement: “Aston Villa is disgusted and appalled by footage circulating on social media of supporters chanting a racist song which makes reference to two of our first-team players. Read more
Arsenal face ‘full blown crisis’ after Ljungberg gets them ‘panicking’ (Vanguard)
Arsenal are worried that Freddie Ljungberg won’t buy them enough time to bring in the right managerial appointment, according to reports.
Neal Maupay’s header condemned interim head coach Ljungberg to a 2-1 defeat against Brighton in his first home game in charge on Thursday.
That came hot on the heels of a 2-2 draw on the road at Norwich City last weekend with the former Sweden midfielder failing to improve the Gunners’ fortunes. Read more
Russia doping: Athletes wait in fear of fresh world ban (BBC)
Russia has become the master of denial in recent years. From military incursions to hacking to assassinations, the Kremlin has sworn blind it’s not involved.
But now the country’s athletes are waiting nervously, facing sweeping sanctions for another doping-linked scandal, and senior officials are keeping their silence.
There is one, striking exception.
Yuri Ganus has been warning for months that Russian sport stands on a “cliff-edge” and needs to radically clean up its act. For that, the head of Russia’s anti-doping agency, Rusada, says he has received pressure and threats. Read more