52-year-old woman sets parents, aged 85 and 80, ablaze (Tribune)
The police in Lagos State have begun investigations into the circumstances surrounding the drugging and setting ablaze of an 85 -year-old man and his 80-year-old wife, by their 52-year-old biological daughter.
The old man was pronounced dead at the hospital where they were rushed to, while the wife has remained unconscious.
The imagemaker in charge of the state police command, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident to Tribune Online.
The incident reportedly happened on Wednesday at City Gate Estate in the Lusada area of Okokomaiko, along the Lagos – Badagry Expressway. Read more
Lagos Taskforce vows to restore sanity to Oshodi, impounds 100 vehicles (Vanguard)
In its bid to ease vehicular and human movements in Oshodi and its environs especially in the ember period, the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce), has impounded over 100 vehicles at unauthorised locations and bus-stops in the areas.
Taskforce equally apprehended a 37 years old man, Adeshola Abiodun, for allegedly swindling a real estate developer the sum of N5m.
Chairman of the agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye who disclosed this on Sunday,
at the Agency’s headquarters in Bolade-Oshodi warned members of the public to be wary of criminals who have devised new tactics.
He said the vehicles were confiscated in the early hours of Sunday during simultaneous enforcement exercises at Oshodi Bus Terminals, Akinpelu, Ishola street and Makinde axis.
Grandma, pregnant woman, others in NDLEA’s net over 5,527.15kg meth, skunk (Channels)
A 60-year-old grandmother and a pregnant woman were among those arrested during interdiction operations in which 5,527.15 kilograms of methamphetamine and cannabis sativa, as well as 132,090 tablets of tramadol and 2,000 bottles of codeine were recovered by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA across five states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja in the past week.
The grandma, Mrs. Ibinosun Sandra Esther was arrested in Ibadan, Oyo state in a follow up operation following the seizure of 5.5kg Loud variant of cannabis imported into the country from South Africa.
The consignment, which she claimed was sent to her by her daughter, was concealed in two giant Speakers as part of a consolidated cargo that arrived at the NAHCO import shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos on board an Air Peace Airline flight.
In a related development, NDLEA operatives also on Saturday 26th November intercepted 1.4 kilograms of methamphetamine concealed inside custard tins packed among cosmetics and foodstuffs going to Brazil via Doha on a Qatar Airways flight. Read more
Disha unveils #PowerYourCraft Rap competition (Leadership)
Following their creators brunch held in Lagos in October, digital creators platform Disha has created another platform through which they plan to even foster their relationship with everyday creators in Nigeria.
Regardless of the harsh economic and safety conditions of the region, Nigeria happens to house millions of talented young people and some of the world’s brightest hands. It is in this light that Disha aims to power the craft of these creative people using their platforms and frequent initiatives.
On December 7, the Flutterwave-acquired Disha aims to hold their first Rap Battle event in Lagos with prizes up to $1000 to be won by creative rappers in the city. The scheme, set to happen in two phases, is to begin with an online rap challenge from which the best 20 will be selected to participate at the live rap battle.
Just like their primary aim postulates, the campaign is tagged “#PowerYourCraft” and some important names in the Nigerian rap scene including Ikechukwu, Illbliss, Ugoccie, Osagie Alonge and Ayodeji Badmus will be judges at the live battle. Read more
Sanwo-Olu unveils Owo Anglican Diocese logo, urges Nigerians to support God’s work (Independent)
Diocese of Owo, Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion on Sunday began its 40th anniversary as Governor of Lagos of State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu unveiled the church’s new logo at the Cathedral Church of St. Andrew, Imila Street, Owo, Ondo State on Sunday.
Sanwo-Olu, who’s an Anglican, was invited by his Ondo State counterpart, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, who is the Chancellor of the church, and chairman of the anniversary planning committee.
He described his invitation to be the chief launcher of the church anniversary logo as a rare privilege, which he could not turn down.
Announcing his N50 million ‘modest’ donation to the church, the governor of Lagos State admonished Nigerians to give to the work of God. Read more
Imbibe good qualities, Lagos gov’s wife advises citizens (Punch)
The wife of the Lagos State Governor, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, has advised citizens to imbibe good qualities as one of the significant themes of the Christmas season.
The governor’s wife gave this advice, according to a statement on Sunday, during the annual Christmas outreach and thanksgiving service organised by the Lagos State Public Service Christian Fellowship, held at the Chapel of Christ the Light, Alausa, Ikeja.
Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by a member of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials, Mrs Oyindamola Ogunsanwo, urged residents to also pray for the peaceful conduct of the general elections in 2023.
She said, “As we prepare for the major elections next year, I urge the people and the church to continue to hand over the affairs of this country to God. It is my fervent prayer that the peace of God that surpasses human comprehension will reign in Lagos State and Nigeria. Read more
Tinubu will get enough votes in South East, APC replies Babachir Lawal (Sun)
The APC-PCC has said Asiwaju Bola Tinubu would garner enough votes in the South East.
A member of the Media and Publicity Directorate of the Council, Dr. George Agbakahi, in a statement, yesterday, countered former secretary to the government of the federation, Babachir Lawal, who had claimed that it would be difficult for Tinubu to make inroads in the region.
Agbakachi, described Tinubu as a detribalised Nigerian who had accommodated people from different regions especially the South East.
According to him, if Tinubu is elected, the interests of Igbo would be respected and protected. He claimed that he is the first and only candidate so far to openly and publicly show some level of concern for the plights of Igbo. Read more
You are Delta next governor, Uduaghan tells Oborevwori (DailyTrust)
Emmanuel Uduaghan, immediate past Governor of Delta State, says Sheriff Oborevbori, governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will be the next governor of the state.
He said this on Saturday when he paid a courtesy visit to Oborevbori, speaker of Delta State House of Assembly.
Uduaghan, who went in the company of Delta South Senatorial District PDP officials and candidates in the 2023 general election, said the visit was to further show his support for Oborevwori’s candidacy and squash whatever rumour making the rounds that he and his leader, former Governor Chief James Ibori, are quarreling over his latest show of solidarity for Oborevwori.
He said, “I was not under any form of compulsion to support you. I am at a stage in my life where I do things based on my conviction. The Supreme Court has ratified your candidacy and gave you the go-ahead to campaign. So we are all out to support you. You are the candidate who has been subjected to court processes the most in Delta. I was the sitting Governor who had been taken to court the most. So we share something in common. I declare today again to stand behind you and all PDP candidates in the forthcoming elections. Read more
The Weeknd teases new music for Avatar sequel in cryptic new social media post (NME)
The Weeknd has teased some new music for the upcoming new Avatar film in a cryptic new social media post.
The mysterious, 12-second teaser clip was shared to his Twitter account and featured a blue ‘A’ with a bird in the centre and was scored by a new, never before heard melody.
The Weeknd captioned the post with “12.16.22” – the same date that also appears in the later moments of the clip.
Soon after sharing, the musician retweeted a post from the new Avatar movie account, which read “#AvatarTheWayOfWater x @theWeeknd”, seemingly confirming his involvement with the upcoming film. Read more
Bob McGrath, Original Sesame Street star, dies at 90 (Wrap)
Bob McGrath, a member of the original cast of “Sesame Street” and who was on the beloved children’s show for 47 seasons, has died at the age of 90, according to a Facebook post from his family.
McGrath appeared as himself on the show’s pilot in 1969 and remained on the show until his retirement in 2017. During his run on the show, McGrath performed many of its most famous songs, including “People In Your Neighborhood” and “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”
The Sesame Workshop mourned McGrath’s passing as a beloved member of the Sesame Street family. “A founding cast member, Bob embodied the melodies of Sesame Street like no one else, and his performances brought joy and wonder to generations of children around the world, whether teaching them the ABCs, the people in their neighborhood, or the simple joy of feeling music in their hearts. A revered performer worldwide, Bob’s rich tenor filled airwaves and concert halls from Las Vegas to Saskatchewan to Tokyo many times over. We will be forever grateful for his many years of passionate creative contributions to Sesame Street and honored that he shared so much of his life with us.” Read more
Spike Lee discusses Malcolm X, Mecca, Colin Kaepernick at Red Sea Film Festival (Variety)
Spike Lee attended the first-ever public screening in Saudi Arabia of “Malcolm X” on Saturday during the Red Sea Film Festival. The film shot key scenes in Mecca, over 30 years ago, but has never been screened in the kingdom, due to the 35-year ban on cinemas that only ended in 2018.
On Sunday, at a press conference, Lee gave his take on filmmaking, while often referencing the Soccer World Cup, currently underway in neighboring Qatar. “Everything for me is about sports,” he quipped.
He added that in addition to rooting for the recently-eliminated U.S. team in the World Cup, he “desperately wanted Cameroon to win,” because of his family roots, since his father’s family side is from Cameroon, and his mother’s side from Sierra Leone – “My ancestors were stolen from Africa. They weren’t slaves. They were enslaved.”
He explained why it was so important to film Malcolm X’s participation in the Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, in Saudi Arabia. “We made the first film that was ever allowed to bring a camera into the holy city of Mecca during Hajj. Of course, I hired a full Muslim camera crew. The highest Islamic court didn’t agree to this because of me, but because they realized how important Malcolm X was for Islam. We were blessed. Yesterday we came full circle.” Read more
Tattoo removal studio will laser off Kanye tattoo for free (CBS)
A London tattoo studio removal studio is offering free removal of Kanye West tattoos as the artist continues to openly promote antisemitism and praise Adolf Hitler.
NAAMA, a London-based tattoo removal studio, announced it would be offering the free removal in an Instagram post on November 15. In October, West went on an antisemitic tirade on social media and donned a “White Lives Matter” T-shirt, which triggered businesses like Adidas and Balenciaga to end their partnerships with the rapper and designer. The comments followed West’s yearslong public lurch toward the far right, including praise for Donald Trump, a longtime obsession with Hitler, and calling slavery a “choice” in interviews.
The Kanye West tattoo removal initiative has received “global interest and a great response,” said Briony Garbett, NAAMA’s CEO, in an email to CNN.
“It seems there are a few former fans with tattoo regret,” he added. Read more
Korea Box Office: Night Owl holds top spot ahead of Men of Plastic (Variety)
Period thriller “The Night Owl” held on to top spot at the South Korean box office for a second weekend. It delivered a strong week-to-week performance that saw off competition from a volley of new release titles and lifted the overall market.
The locally-made “Owl” earned $4.35 million between Friday and Sunday, only an 11% reduction compared with its opening weekend, according to data from Kobis, the data service operated by the Korean Film Council (Kofic). Its market share stayed strong at 46%. After 12 days on release the film has accumulated $13.4 million.
Korean-American action star Don Lee (aka Ma Dong Seok) was unable to give his latest film the same level of box office beef as his “Roundup” action titles. The new Lee-starring comedy drama “Men of Plastic” scored $1.69 million over three days, or an 18% market share. Over the five days since its Wednesday opening the film accumulated $2.67 million.
Japanese animation hit “One Piece Film Red” was another new release. It opened on Wednesday, taking $566,000 over the weekend and $991,000 over five days. Read more
Chris Brown gifts fans ‘‘leaked’’ Michael Jackson-sampled song as early Christmas present (HipHopDX)
Chris Brown has informally shared an unreleased song featuring a Michael Jackson sample, just weeks after his cancelled Thriller tribute — listen below.
On Friday (December 2), the singer posted a nearly 2-minute long snippet of the Hitmaker-produced song, titled “Transparency,” on Instagram.
In the caption, Chris Brown revealed he hasn’t been able to release the song due to a sample of Michael Jackson’s “The Lady In My Life,” which appears throughout the track.
“I know y’all been on me bout dis one ….,” he wrote. “(We couldn’t clear the sample and we felt it took away from the song if that music wasn’t there ) everybody and they momma ask me bout this damn song.” Read more
US intelligence chief thinking ”optimistically” for Ukraine forces (ITV)
The head of US intelligence says the fighting in Ukraine is running at a “reduced tempo” and suggests Ukrainian forces could have brighter prospects in coming months.
Avril Haines alluded to past allegations by some that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s advisers could be shielding him from bad news – for Russia – about war developments, and said he “is becoming more informed of the challenges that the military faces in Russia.”
“But it’s still not clear to us that he has a full picture at this stage of just how challenged they are,” said the US director of national intelligence.
Looking ahead, Haines said, “honestly we’re seeing a kind of a reduced tempo already of the conflict” and her team expects that both sides will look to refit, resupply, and reconstitute for a possible Ukrainian counter-offensive in the spring. Read more
Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum help Celtics end Nets’ 4-game winning streak (CBS)
Jaylen Brown had 34 points and 10 rebounds, Jayson Tatum added 29 points and 11 boards and the Boston Celtics’ snapped the Brooklyn Nets’ four-game winning streak with a 103-92 victory Sunday night.
Brown got Boston started with a 20-point first quarter and the Celtics turned to their defense to lock it up in the fourth quarter of the first meeting since they swept the Nets in the first round of the playoffs.
Kevin Durant scored 31 points for the Nets, but committed eight turnovers. Kyrie Irving added 18 points and eight assists but shot just 7 for 21 from the field.
The Celtics played without Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart because of a bruised left hip but had plenty of defenders left to clamp down on the Nets and bounce back from an overtime loss to Miami on Friday that snapped their five-game winning streak. Read more
Watching World Cup from home hurts, Eagles stars lament (Punch)
The failure of the Super Eagles to qualify for the 2022 World Cup has marked the beginning of a long, torturous and painful wait for another four years for Nigeria to appear at football’s showpiece event, according to some Nigerian footballers, The PUNCH reports.
By not qualifying alone for the tournament, the Eagles lost about N4bn.
One of the players who featured in both legs of the final playoffs against Ghana, Oghenekaro Etebo, said the Eagles’ failure to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar remains the lowest point of his career.
“I have had good memories, was at the last edition in Russia and I had hopes of playing in Qatar, but it was not meant to be,” Etebo said. Read more
Arsene Wenger suggests that ”political demonstration” cost Germany and others (RTE)
Arsene Wenger has intimated that Germany’s “political demonstration” prior to their opening World Cup match against Japan was a factor in the four-time winners’ elimination in the group stage in Qatar.
Germany’s players covered their mouths in their team photo prior to the game in protest at a FIFA directive that warned players who wore OneLove armbands in support of the LGBT+ community would be penalised.
Germany lost the match 2-1 and despite going on to draw with Spain and beat Costa Rica, they were knocked out of the tournament after finishing third in Group E.
Wenger, who is FIFA’s chief of global football development, said teams that did not proceed with planned protests fared notably better in their opening matches. Read more
Raheem Sterling leaves England World Cup squad after armed break-in at family home (Football 365)
England forward Raheem Sterling has headed home from the World Cup in Qatar after armed intruders broke into his house while his family were there, the PA news agency understands.
The 27-year-old was not part of Gareth Southgate’s squad as they beat Senegal 3-0 in Sunday’s last-16 encounter and set-up a quarter-final clash with France.
Sterling’s absence is understood to have followed a break-in at his house on Saturday evening, leaving him understandably shaken and concerned about the well-being of his children.
The 27-year-old did not take the decision lightly given the pivotal stage of the tournament in Qatar and could yet return if the circumstances are right. Read more
Former F1 driver and multiple Grand Prix winner Patrick Tambay dies aged 73 (PlanetF1)
Two-time Formula 1 race winner and former Ferrari driver Patrick Tambay has passed away aged 73, following a lengthy illness.
Tambay’s family confirmed the sad news to AFP on Sunday, with the Frenchman having suffered from Parkinson’s disease in later life.
Tambay had 114 race starts to his name in Formula 1 when he raced in the 1970s and ’80s, taking two victories for Ferrari at Hockenheim in 1982 and Imola the following season respectively, as well as five career pole positions.
The Paris-born racer made his Formula 1 debut in 1977 after winning the Can-Am sports car title with Haas Racing, initially taking part in a practice session with Surtees before spending the remainder of the year with Theodore. Read more
Derek Chisora refuses to make retirement decision after brutal Tyson Fury loss (Mirror)
Derek Chisora has claimed he will continue to fight on despite picking up his thirteenth career defeat in a one-sided beatdown by Tyson Fury.
‘WAR’ Chisora was given a unique opportunity to fight for the WBC heavyweight title against former two-time rival Fury at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. However events unfolded exactly as expected in the ring, with Fury dominant from the opening bell and coasting to a tenth round stoppage victory.
The challenger sustained significant damage in the ring with the referee taking a look at Chisora for several rounds before the stoppage, with the Briton refusing to give in. And it appears he will continue with the same attitude despite facing calls to retire from several people inside the sport.
He told Seconds Out after the fight: “No not yet, not yet. F*** that s***. I’m gonna take time out, chill, relax and see how I feel I’m not going out like this. I want to go on the road now for more fights. We will see I don’t know yet. I enjoyed it.” Read more