23-yr-old chef jailed 28 years for killing lawyer inside Lagos hotel (Tribune)
An Ikeja Special Offences Court on Tuesday sentenced a 23-year-old chef, Joshua Usulor, to 28 years imprisonment for killing a 34-year-old lawyer, Mrs Feyisayo Obot.
The chef killed the lawyer on January 26, 2019, at the Citiheights Hotel, Opebi, Lagos State, where both of them lodged in different rooms.
Usulor murdered Obot, an Abuja-based mother of two, by slitting her throat while robbing her in her hotel room.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo sentenced Usulor after he approached the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) for a plea bargain agreement in which he would plead guilty to the crime. Read more
Lagos Assembly, APC mourn ex-lawmaker, Sunny Ade’s wife Adegeye (Punch)
The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday mourned a former member, Risikat Adegeye.
This was as the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, described her demise as the “fall of a shining star.”
Adegeye, the wife of a respected musician, King Sunny Ade, died in the early hours of Tuesday after battling a brief illness.
The speaker, in a statement by his media office, said her death was shocking, noting that the incident had thrown him and his colleagues into mourning. Read more
Dad Impregnates Daughter In Ogun (DailyTrust)
The police in Ogun State have arrested a 45-year-old man, Olaoluwa Jimoh, who allegedly raped and impregnated his 19-year-old daughter.
The randy father was arrested following a complaint lodged at the Ode Remo Police Division by the victim (name withheld).
She told the police that she lived with her father for the past two years, and that in June, 2021, he “forcefully had sex” with her.
“Thereafter, he raped me severally, always threatening to kill me if I inform anybody, but
I decided to report not minding the threats when I discovered that I was pregnant.” Read more
Nigerians to pay more for electricity as FG ends N30bn monthly subsidy (Sun)
More difficult times await Nigerians in the months ahead as the Federal Government yesterday announced it is ending the N30 billion monthly electricity subsidy by January 2022.
The decision is also to affect all forms of subsidies hitherto extended to operators in the power sector value chain.
The Special Adviser to the President on infrastructure, Ahmed Zakari, disclosed this at a stakeholders’ engagement meeting, organised by the Nigerian Electricity Commission (NERC) in Lagos.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, had last July said the government expected the electricity sector to generate its revenue from the power sector market. Read more
EFCC arrests three ‘spiritualists’ for N16m get-rich-quick scheme (Guardian)
Operatives of the Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested a self-acclaimed spiritualist, Mohammed Ibrahim and his accomplice, Ibrahim Abubakar for allegedly defrauding one Mohammed Gaji of the sum of N16, under the guise of conducting spiritual prayers to make him (Gaji) rich.
They were arrested at Sabon Bolori, behind Chad Basin, Borno State, in the course of investigation into a petition written against Mohammed Gaji, alleging that he misappropriated N22.2million given to him by the petitioner, Mohammed Alhaji Bukar to establish a cattle ranch business.
But rather than invest the money as planned, Gaji gave the spiritualist N16million of the N22.2million for prayers so he could get rich.
EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren in a statement on Tuesday said upon Gaji’s arrest, he admitted squandering the money given to him for business and confessed giving N16million to the spiritualists who promised to make him rich. Read more
Nini to leave Big Brother house for 24hrs (Vanguard)
Big Brother Naija Season ‘6’ housemate, Nini has been told by Biggie to leave the house for a day.
It was gathered Nini, was in tears during her diary session this afternoon.
She told Big Brother she is missing her family and loved ones, and she has been emotionally down since last week following the punishment given to her and Saga due to microphone infringement.
Big Brother, however, decided to prank other housemates by giving Nini a top-secret mission the latter must not disclose to the other housemates when she returns. Read more
Delta Assembly passes anti-open grazing bill (Punch)
The Delta State House of Assembly on Tuesday passed the state’s anti-open grazing bill otherwise known as the ‘Bill Prohibiting Open Grazing, Indiscriminate Breeding, Rearing and Marketing of Livestock’ across the state.
The bill was unanimously passed by the House following a motion to the effect by the Majority Leader, Ferguson Onwo and adopted during the day’s resumed plenary.
The Bill when eventually signed into law would address the arbitrary rearing and movements of livestock in the state just as it would also prohibit the carrying of firearms, either licensed or otherwise, by residence or individuals in the state. Read more
Court rejects bail application of masquerade ‘who killed Muslim worshipper’ (DailyTrust)
The Osun State Hight Court, Osogbo, on Tuesday refused to grant bail to Kayode Esuleke, the custodian of the masquerade that attacked Muslims in a mosque where Moshood Salawudeen, a worshipper, was killed.
Esuleke and his son, Ifasola Esuleke, were arraigned at the court along with two traditionalists, Kola Adeosun, Akeem Idowu, on September 14, 2021.
They were charged with 13 counts, including murder, attempted murder, malicious damage, assault, breach of public peace, engaging in a public fight, among others.
They had since been remanded at the National Correctional Centre in Ilesa, pending the hearing on the bail application. Read more
El-Rufai backs cattle ranching, silent on VAT saga (Guardian)
Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna state says ranching remains the recipe for the recurring problem of conflict between farmers and herders in the country.
The governor, who spoke to reporters at the national secretariat of the All progressive congress (APC) in Abuja, argued that the measure remains the most sustainable means to boost livestock production.
El-Rufai urged those pushing for the immediate ban on open grazing to exercise restraint as time and resources are required to put in place ranches across the country.
“We must move towards ranching. But moving towards ranching cannot be done overnight. We have to have a plan, we have to have resources and we have to implement it sensibly. It is not a matter of populist legislation or saying tomorrow this or that. It is not a solution,” El-Rufai said. Read more
Anti-vaxx celebrities are coming out of the woodwork (TheCut)
Nicki Minaj appears to have broken the dam on celebrity anti-vaccine sentiment. Following a series of tweets in which Minaj expressed skepticism of the vaccine rooted largely in misinformation concerning her cousin’s friend’s balls, supermodel Doutzen Kroes apparently felt empowered to share a post of her own announcing that she would not be getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Upon returning from a months-long social-media fast, the former Victoria’s Secret angel posted a photo of herself in sepia with a lengthy caption defending her right to forgo the shot.
“I can no longer turn a blind eye to the injustice that is happening in front of us,” Kroes wrote. “Although my hands are shaking while writing this, I feel it is time to choose courage over comfort and speak my truth.” She continued, “I will not be forced to take the shot. I will not be forced to prove my health to participate in society. I will not accept exclusion of people based on their medical status.”
Kroes’s post fails to mention that the FDA and the CDC have declared the vaccines safe and effective, with both entities strongly urging everyone over the age of 12 to get the shot. Nor does it acknowledge the fact that vaccines help curb the spread of COVID-19 through communities, keeping both the vaccinated and those who cannot yet be vaccinated safer. Read more
Afghan girls school ban would be un-Islamic, Pakistan PM says (BBC)
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has said preventing women from accessing education in neighbouring Afghanistan would be un-Islamic.
In an interview with the BBC, Mr Khan laid out the conditions that would need to be met for Pakistan to formally recognise the new Taliban government.
He called for the leadership to be inclusive and to respect human rights.
Mr Khan also said Afghanistan should not be used to house terrorists who could threaten Pakistan’s security. Read more
GOP operatives accused of funneling Russian cash to Trump (Axios)
A former senior aide to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul was indicted this month for allegedly funneling $25,000 from a wealthy, unnamed Russian to former President Trump’s reelection efforts.
The big picture: The Justice Department alleges that Jesse Benton, 43, the husband of Paul’s niece and a veteran Republican staffer, orchestrated a scheme to conceal the illegal foreign donation with another GOP operative, Doug Wead.
The details: The indictment, unsealed on Monday, outlines allegations of a convoluted money trail from the unnamed Russian national through a consulting firm run by Benton and to a Trump joint fundraising committee. Read more
World faces decisive decade – Biden (BBC)
In his first address to the United Nations, US President Joe Biden has pledged cooperation with allies through “a decisive decade for our world”.
His reassurances come amid tensions with allies over the US’ Afghanistan withdrawal and a major diplomatic row with France over a submarine deal.
The US also announced it was doubling its climate finance pledge by 2024.
Reaffirming his support for democracy and diplomacy, Mr Biden said: “We must work together like never before.” Read more
Everyone Needs to Hear These 10 Words from Jason Sudeikis’ Ted Lasso Emmy Acceptance Speech (Inc.)
On Sunday night, Hollywood gathered for the 73rd Emmy Awards presentation. Headed into the night, Ted Lasso had already set records for a freshman comedy series, with 20 nominations. That’s really quite remarkable when you consider almost no one had any idea what the show was about when it first arrived. The premise, itself, seemed pretty absurd. How do you make a show about a character from an eight-year-old commercial?
Actually, the idea that Apple was launching a streaming video service seemed, well, absurd. When Apple TV+ launched two years ago, almost no one took it seriously. It had a handful of good shows, but a handful of shows isn’t what makes a streaming service successful. It certainly isn’t what it takes to compete with Netflix or Disney+, the latter of which launched within a week of Apple’s version.
Then, late last year–in the middle of a pandemic–came a quirky show about an American football coach hired to manage an English football club, despite knowing nothing about the sport we call soccer. It was an almost instant hit. Read more
How to get your body to poop on a schedule, according to Gastros (Livestrong)
People, let’s talk about your poop schedule. Are you someone who goes like clockwork? Or are you more the type who has no idea if or when the urge to go will greet you?
First thing to know: Gastroenterologists consider normal bowel movement (BM) frequency to be anywhere in the realm of three times a week to several times a day, says Baldeep S. Pabla, MD, gastroenterologist and assistant professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
Secondly, your body is actually programmed to want to go in the morning, and if you take advantage of that opportunity, you can get yourself into a routine.
Why is the a.m. prime time? “During sleep, colon motility generally stops,” Dr. Pabla says. Read more
Hungary to play matches behind closed doors after racist behaviour of (BBC)
Hungary have been ordered to play two matches behind closed doors by FIFA following the racism English players experienced at the World Cup qualifier in Budapest on 2 September.
However, the second ground closure is suspended for two years.
The Hungarian Football Federation has also been fined £158,400 (200,000 Swiss Francs).
“Fifa takes a clear zero tolerance stance against such abhorrent behaviour in football,” read Fifa’s statement. Read more
Barcelona can’t play ‘tiki-taka’ -Koeman (Tribune)
Under-fire Barcelona boss, Ronald Koeman has questioned how he can be expected to play like the side that dominated football in the early 2010s with the squad he has at his disposal.
Koeman has been criticised by president Joan Laporta for his reluctance to conform to the team’s preferred style of tiki-taka, the short passing system set up by Pep Guardiola and deployed to perfection as the team won the Champions League in 2009 and 2011.
It’s a far cry from the 54 crosses Barcelona put in in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Granada, which saw centre-back Gerard Pique playing as an auxiliary attacker alongside Luuk de Jong. Ronald Araujo netted a late equaliser, but fans were still audibly unhappy with the way the team had played.
“We had to look for another way to draw or win with Pique and Araujo,” said Koeman after the game (via Goal). “We did everything to win the game. Read more
Double-vaxxed Australian Olympic champion swimmer Madison Wilson ‘scared’ after being hospitalized with Covid in Italy (RT)
Australian Olympic double gold medalist Madison Wilson has admitted she is ‘scared’ after being hospitalized in Italy with Covid-19. In a message to fans, Wilson confirmed she was double-vaccinated and promised to bounce back.
Wilson was part of the Australian 4x100m women’s freestyle relay team which won gold at the Tokyo Olympics during the summer.
The 27-year-old star is currently in Naples, Italy, where she was due to compete with the Los Angeles Current in the International Swim League (ISL).
But as Madison revealed from her hospital bed, those plans have been scuppered by her Covid infection. Read more
Robert Lewandowski wins Golden Shoe after prolific Bayern Munich season (DW)
Named the best male footballer in the world in 2020, Robert Lewandowski has now been officially crowned the most prolific goalscorer in Europe last season. The Bayern Munich man seems to improve with age.
After a season in which he outscored six Bundesliga clubs despite missing a month through injury, Robert Lewandowski has been awarded the European Golden Shoe for his record–breaking 41 goals in the 2020–21 Bundesliga campaign.
“I’m very proud, very pleased,” he said after receiving the award at a ceremony at the club museum in the Allianz Arena in Munich on Tuesday, adding that he still couldn’t believe he had actually surpassed Gerd Müller’s 40 goals from the 1971–72 season.
“I have to say thank you to my wife. She is a great support for me and a motivation when things get a bit worse,” said the 33-year-old, whose wife, Anna, was among the select guests. “He is a wonderful person, athlete, partner, friend and husband,” she said, “I am so proud of him.” Read more
PSG vs Metz: Injured Lionel Messi ruled out (Punch)
Lionel Messi will miss Paris Saint-Germain’s game away to Metz on Wednesday due to a knee injury which coach Mauricio Pochettino has said was the real reason behind his surprise decision to take the six-time Ballon d’Or winner off against Lyon at the weekend.
The Argentine star underwent an MRI on Tuesday after taking a knock to his left knee during Sunday’s 2-1 win. Results showed signs of bone bruising, the club said in a statement.
Messi was replaced by Achraf Hakimi, a full-back, after 76 minutes against Lyon, on his first home appearance as a PSG player since arriving from Barcelona.
The 34-year-old appeared to reject Pochettino’s hand as he walked past his coach towards the Paris bench but the former Tottenham Hotspur boss later defended his decision to take Messi off without mentioning the injury. Read more
Chelsea’s Alonso to stop taking the knee (Guardian)
Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso will no longer take the knee as a sign of protest against racism because the Spain left-back believes the gesture is “losing a bit of strength.”
Alonso will instead point to an anti-racism badge on his shirt before kick-off.
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the trend of taking the knee to protest against police brutality and racial inequality.
Premier League clubs first began to perform the gesture when the 2019/20 season recommenced after a three-month stoppage due to the coronavirus pandemic in the wake of protests over the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in the United States. Read more