2 killed, many injured in Lagos multiple accidents (Nation)
Two persons have been killed and others injured in multiple accidents in Lagos.
The accidents, witnesses said, occurred at Al-Moruf Bus Stop in Iyana-Ipaja along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway Sunday evening.
It was gathered a truck laden with beer bottles collided with a bus full of worshippers of a Pentecostal church before tumbling on a car.
Most of the bottles were said to have fallen off the truck, shattering on the road and spilling the drinks.
According to witnesses, those who died included a man and a baby.
Pictures and videos of the accident shared on social media showed passengers trapped underneath vehicles as most of the injured were seen being rescued from the vehicles by other road users. Read more
Lagos pays N1.3bn to another set of retirees (Guardian)
Director-General of the LASPEC Mr Babalola Obilana
The Lagos State Government has paid, more than N1 billion into the Retirement Savings Account (RSA’s) of 246 retirees in the state’s public service for October.
Mr Babalola Obilana, Director General, Lagos State Pension Commission (LASPEC), made the diaclosure in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.
“A total of one billion, three million, three hundred and seventy-four thousand, three hundred and seventy-two Naira, sixty-eight kobo was paid,” Obilana said.
He explained that the beneficiaries, included employees from the mainstream service, Local Government Service, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) and other parastatals of the state government. Read more
#EndSARS: We’re still quantifying our losses – BRT Operators (Nation)
Operators of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Lagos are still quantifying the losses incurred by the two-week suspension of operations occasioned by the violence that trailed the recent #EndSARS protests across the country.
The Head of Corporate Communications of the organisation, Mr Mutiu Yekeen, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos.
“Like every other company that has been affected by these crises, we are still trying to quantify our losses as an organisation.
“We have not been able to operate for 14 days, and this has affected our business negatively. As an organisation, we are currently quantifying our losses,” he said. Read more
EndSARS Protest: Lagos must be granted a Special Status, Senator Adeola insists (Vanguard)
Having carried out a postportem analysis of the protests and subsequent looting and wanton destruction of property following the protests by youths against the disbarded Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and bad governance, Chairman, Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, All Progressives Congress, APC, Lagos West has reiterated calls on Nigerians to grant Lagos State a Special Status and Special Grant.
According to a statement yesterday by his Media Adviser, Kayode Odunaro, the Senator who was among the South West Senators briefed by Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on the destruction of public and private property across Lagos State assessed at over a trillion naira following, among the EndSARS protest, said that over the years many attempts have been made in the agitation for a special status for Lagos State on the basis of its being the nation’s economic nerve centre and its status as the former Federal Capital of Nigeria with many federal infrastructures and huge population of all tribes of Nigeria. Read more
Edo Jail Break: Additional 24 inmates surrender (Thisday)
Following the October 30, 2020 expiration date handed down to inmates, who escaped from the Oko and Sapele Road Correctional Centres to return by Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, 24 of the escapees have reportedly showed up at the weekend.
They were said to have been escorted to the Correctional Centres by their parents, relations and lawyers.
Youths armed with rifles and other dangerous weapons had attacked the two correctional facilities in Benin and freed 1,900 inmates during the recent #EndSARS protest that rocked the country.
Shortly after the jailbreak, Governor Obaseki accompanied by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Johnson Kokumo; Deputy Inspector General of Police (AIG), Zone 5, Mr. Celestine Okoye; and the Controller of Correction Centre in Edo, Babayo Maisanda, paid an assessment visit to the prisons, when the governor gave the two-week ultimatum. Read more
Deplorable State of Federal Roads: Senate, Fashola in war of words (Vanguard)
The Senate has taken a swipe at the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, SAN on his position on dilapidated federal government Roads, saying that the
minister should not set the National Assembly on collision course with the people who elected them.
According to the Senate, it took an exception to the statement credited to the Minister of works that the National Assembly should be held responsible for the dilapidated state of Federal roads in Benue State.
The Senate has however lampooned Fashola, describing such a statement as a “fallacy of the highest order”. Read more
Olapade Agoro, former presidential candidate, is dead (Thisday)
Former Presidential Candidate of the National Action Council, Olapade Agoro, is dead. He was aged 77.
The late politician, who was also spiritual head of Aladura Churches and Christ Merciful Church, died in the early hours of Sunday at 77 after a brief illness.
His daughter, Adeola Agoro, announced his death in a post on Facebook.
Born on October 9, 1943 at Ajibabi village of Ibadan to a Prince of Atapami Dynasty of Itapa Ijesha, the late Agoro attended California Western University, University of Ibadan and California Coast University (CCU). He held a Doctorate Degree in Interdisciplinary Engineering. Read more
Top 3 iconic locations shut down by Nigerian artistes (Guardian)
The global acceptance of the Afrobeat genre has made music one of Nigeria’s biggest exports as artistes from the country consistently garner praises, accolades and features on top music charts across the world.
Nigerian artistes have also successfully performed and conquered some of the biggest music locations in the world.
Listed below are the three most iconic:
The O2 Arena, London
The O2 Arena is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the centre of The O2 entertainment complex on the Greenwich Peninsula in southeast London. Read more
Queen Elizabeth will pass throne to Charles next year: Royal biographer (PageSix)
Prince Charles, king at last?
The eldest son of Queen Elizabeth would ascend the throne in just six months if his mother steps down on her next birthday as the royal biographer predicts.
“I still firmly believe when the Queen becomes 95, that she will step down,” Robert Jobson told True Royalty TV, the Daily Mail reported.
Elizabeth marks another year on April 21. She was all of 27 when she was crowned Feb. 6, 1952, on the death of her father, King George VI. Charles turns 72 in two weeks, on Nov. 14. Read more
UK Lockdown: Couples living apart banned from having sex (Metro)
Single people and couples who do not live together will be banned again from having sex during England’s second national lockdown – unless they have formed a support bubble. Under the latest strict measures coming into effect from Thursday, people are not allowed to visit friends and family living in other households indoors or in a private garden. This means overnight stays are strictly off the cards until December 2 when the lockdown period is due to end, unless transmission rates have not successfully dropped. However, Government guidelines state there are exemptions to the rule if a person is providing childcare and other support, or if a support bubble has been formed. Read more
At least two killed in Ivory Coast election clashes: security source (Guardian)
At least two people were killed in clashes during Ivory Coast’s election which was marked by an opposition boycott over President Alassane Ouattara’s bid for a third term, a security source said Sunday.
One person was killed in central Tiebissou and another in Oume, northwest of Abidjan, during Saturday’s vote, the security source said.
Tiebissou Mayor Germain N’Dri Koffi had said violence there killed four and wounded 27 more, but police did not immediately confirm that figure. Read more
Iconic Berlin political pub blacklists Merkel and cronies for ordering new lockdown (RT)
The German officials behind the country’s month-long partial lockdown, during which all restaurants will be closed, are no longer welcome at the ‘Standige Vertretung,’ an iconic Berlin pub catering to the political class.
The owners of the pub voiced their anger over the decision to partially shut down the German economy to slow down the spread of Covid-19.
In a video statement on Facebook they said the government has failed to prepare the country for the second wave of the disease, unlike many restaurants, including their own, which have done a lot since April to protect their patrons.
The official numbers say only a small fraction of new infections occurs in restaurants, yet the entire industry, which provides 2.5 million jobs, has been shut down for November, they pleaded. Read more
How to protect yourself when someone in your home has COVID-19 (NYPost)
A COVID-19 infection can spread quickly and easily in a household, but there are some measures that will help stop the transmission of the bug, a new study says.
“Persons who suspect that they might have COVID-19 should isolate, stay at home, and use a separate bedroom and bathroom if feasible,” according to the study which was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The isolation should take place immediately even before getting tests results, the study says.
“Delaying isolation until confirmation of infection could miss an opportunity to reduce transmission to others,” the authors wrote. Read more
US breaks world record for Covid-19 cases in 24 hours just days before election (Metro)
There has been a record surge in Covid-19 cases in the United States just days before the presidential election. Health authorities on Friday confirmed 100,233 more people had tested positive for coronavirus over the past 24 hours. The tally set a new single-day record in US cases for the fifth time in the past 10 days, surpassing the previous peak of 91,248 new infections posted a day earlier. It also represented the world’s highest national daily toll during the pandemic, exceeding India’s 24-hour record of 97,894 set in September. The US also documented a total of nine million cases on Friday, representing nearly 3% of the population, with almost 229,000 dead since the outbreak of the pandemic early this year, according to a Reuters tally of publicly reported data. Read more
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry reportedly won’t return to UK for Christmas (PageSix)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not be heading back to the UK for Christmas with their son Archie — now that they no longer have a court battle on the immediate horizon.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had planned to return in December with Archie, 17 months, ahead of Meghan’s privacy trial set for January, the Sunday Times reported.
But the couple changed their plans after a judge granted Meghan’s request to postpone the trial until next fall for a “confidential” reason.
“It is unlikely the Duke and Duchess will be traveling before the end of the year because the focus had been the trial in January,” a spokesman for the couple told the outlet. Read more
Lewis Hamilton wins Emilia Romagna GP (BBC)
Lewis Hamilton moved to the brink of a seventh world title with victory in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
A one-two for Mercedes with Valtteri Bottas second sealed a record seventh consecutive constructors’ championship.
In the drivers’ title chase, Hamilton is 85 points clear of Bottas, who was promoted to second when Red Bull’s Max Verstappen suffered a puncture.
Hamilton will win the title at the next race as long as Bottas does not out-score him by more than seven points.
Williams driver George Russell was on target to score his first F1 points but the Briton crashed while trying to warm his tyres behind the safety car. Read more
LeBron James reacts as Barack Obama sinks three-pointer on Joe Biden campaign trail (RT)
It takes something special to impress basketball great LeBron James but the Los Angeles Lakers star couldn’t contain his admiration for former President Barack Obama’s “nothing but net” three-pointer on the campaign trail.
Obama, who is campaigning on behalf of his former Vice President Joe Biden ahead of Tuesday’s presidential election, was speaking to a crowd in Flint, Michigan on Saturday and after delivering comments in support of the Democratic nominee, was passed a basketball as he made his way to the exit.
Without missing a step, the masked former United States president took a wide three-point shot – and sank the ball into the net to the shocked applause of those present.
“That’s what I do!” Obama said as he left. Read more
Sir Bobby Charlton diagnosed with dementia (BBC)
England World Cup winner and Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton has been diagnosed with dementia.
The news follows the deaths of his older brother Jack in July and fellow World Cup-winner Nobby Stiles on Friday, both of whom had also been diagnosed with dementia.
Sir Bobby, 83, won three league titles, a European Cup and an FA Cup with United during 17 years at Old Trafford.
He finished his career with spells at Preston and Irish side Waterford.
His wife, Lady Norma Charlton, expressed the hope that the knowledge of his diagnosis – first reported by the Telegraph – could help others. Read more
Deontay Wilder calls on Tyson Fury to ‘honour agreement’ and sign up for trilogy fight (RT)
Former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder says that Tyson Fury should “be a man” and honor the terms of their agreement by committing to the proposed trilogy bout with the American power-puncher.
Fury revealed last month that his interest in a third fight with Wilder has lessened and that he may seek a different opponent for a bout in the United Kingdom in December after talks between the two parties became deadlocked.
“The Gypsy King” has also agreed to a two-fight deal to face Anthony Joshua with the first fight tentatively planned for next year, but Wilder has warned Fury that a contract between the two guarantees Wilder a third fight against the Englishman. Read more
Ward-Prowse scores two free-kicks as Southampton survive Villa fightback (BBC)
Club stalwart James Ward-Prowse marked his 26th birthday with two goals from fantastic free-kicks as Southampton survived a late Aston Villa rally to move up to third in the Premier League.
The England midfielder also provided the assist for the opener for Jannik Vestergaard before Danny Ings made it 4-0. Two stoppage-time goals from the home side took some of the gloss off the victory for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men.
As for Villa’s Dean Smith, his side have now lost their past two games and conceded seven goals in the process having won their first four fixtures.
After having been denied a goal by the finest of margins following a VAR check in the third minute, Saints took the lead when defender Vestergaard thumped home a header from Ward-Prowse’s delivery from the right. It was the Dane’s second goal in the past two away games. Read more
Ibrahimovic overhead kick seals AC Milan win at Udinese (Punch)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored an acrobatic late winner as AC Milan consolidated top spot in Serie A with a 2-1 win over Udinese on Sunday.
The 39-year-old has scored seven goals in four league games played having missed the other two after contracting coronavirus.
Stefano Pioli’s side are top of the table with 16 points from six games, four points ahead of Atalanta.
Champions Juventus are sixth — seven points behind AC Milan — before Sunday’s game against promoted Spezia where Cristiano Ronaldo starts on the bench after testing negative for Covid-19. Read more