67-year-old Lagos landlord allegedly defiles, impregnates minor (Punch)
Contrary to her wish, Glory (pseudonym) has assumed motherhood at 14 when her peers are schooling.
The primary five pupils were allegedly defiled by a 67-year-old landlord on Legacy Road, Ayobo, Lagos State, one Sanni Arowolo aka Matagbamole.
It was learnt that Glory’s aunt, identified simply as Bose, had rented a shop from Arowolo where she sold beans. Read more
Flood takes-over Lagos community school, pupils trapped for hours (Vanguard)
Following persistent heavy rainfall yesterday, a Nursery and Primary school in Agege Local Government Area, of Lagos State, was submerged in floodwater.
The heavy rainfall which started as early as 8 am, paralysed both human and vehicular activities as most parts of the state were taken over by flash floods. As a result of the downpour, motorists and commuters were trapped in traffic across the state. Read more
Security guard, friends nabbed for stealing generator (Punch)
A security guard in the Balogun area of Surulere, Lagos, and two of his friends have been arrested for stealing a generator.
It was gathered that the guard, who also sells sachet water, went to the home of his supplier on the pretext of buying bags of the product. Read more
At last, NNPC strikes crude oil up north (ThisDay)
Nigeria’s northern region could become an oil producing jurisdiction soon following disclosure yesterday by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that it had discovered hydrocarbon deposits in the Kolmani River II Well on the Upper Benue Trough/Gongola Basin.
Also yesterday, the corporation signed a $2.5 billion pre-payment agreement with the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) company for upstream gas development projects for the supply of gas to NLNG Train 1 to 6. Read more
Buhari’s marriage to Sadiya: A hoax (Guardian)
It all started like a rumour, and soon gained currency as it spread, without any of those involved bothering to deny it, officially, ostensibly believing it was a mischief.
Since Thursday, the social media has been abuzz with news, albeit unconfirmed or denied, that Nigeria’s 76-year-old President Muhammadu Buhari was getting married yesterday to his Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, who was in New York, United States (US) as at yesterday attending a United Nations (UN) Campaign Against Poverty. Read more
Nobel Peace Prize: Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed wins (BBC)
The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who made peace last year with bitter foe Eritrea.
He was awarded the prize for his efforts to “achieve peace and international cooperation”. Read more
Jane Fonda arrested in Washington DC amid climate change protest (Metro)
Jane Fonda has been arrested in Washington DC amid a climate change protest. The 81-year-old actress had promised action in an earlier interview and followed through with her threats, taking to the US Capitol building steps on Friday morning where police placed her in plastic ties. Read more
Turkey Syria offensive: US builds pressure to halt incursion against Kurds (BBC)
Pressure is building in the US to stop Turkey continuing its offensive against Kurdish-held areas in Syria.
Defence Secretary Mark Esper warned of “serious consequences” while Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin held out the prospect of fresh sanctions. Read more
Climate rebels stripping of their clothes ahead of nude march (PerthNow)
Extinction Rebellion protesters have marched through the city in the nude this morning.
They left Carlton Gardens and blocked traffic as they paraded down the centre of Exhibition and Bourke streets calling for the government to declare a “climate emergency”, before marching through Melbourne Central shopping centre at 12pm. Read more
Acting US homeland security chief McAleenan resigns (Guardian)
Acting US homeland security chief Kevin McAleenan has resigned, US President Donald Trump announced late Friday, becoming the latest in a long list of top officials to leave the administration.
“Kevin McAleenan has done an outstanding job as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security. We have worked well together with Border Crossings being way down,” Trump said in a tweet. Read more
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang named Premier League player of the month (BBC)
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been named September’s Premier League player of the month.
The 30-year-old scored five goals in four league appearances for the Gunners last month, including a late free-kick to win against Aston Villa. Read more
NFF: We Don’t Owe Rohr Three months’ salary (Punch)
The Nigeria Football Federation has denied claims that they owe Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, a three-month salary as reported on social media on Friday, saying the Franco-German is owed a month salary, which is in line to be paid.
The federation also used the opportunity to clear the air on the issue of ex-Super Falcons coach Thomas Dennerby, who resigned in September. Read more
England lose first tournament qualifier in 10 years as Czech Republic come from behind in Prague (Metro)
England were stunned by Czech Republic on Friday night in Prague as they suffered their first tournament qualifying defeat in 10 years on a hugely frustrating night for Gareth Southgate’s side.
The Three Lions had won their previous four matches in Group A – one of just four teams with a 100% record – and could have booked their place in Euro 2020 with a win. Read more
Brazil will vent anger on Eagles, says Garba Lawal (Guardian)
Former Super Eagles midfielder, Garba Lawal, says the team might find it difficult to contain Brazil in tomorrow’s international friendly match in Singapore.
The match billed for the National Stadium in Kallang is coming 16 years after Nigeria lost 0-3 to the Samba Boys in Abuja. That was in 2003. Read more
I want to coach Chelsea –Mikel (Punch)
Former Super Eagles captain and Chelsea midfielder, Mikel Obi, says he will love to return to the London as an assistant to current Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, once ends his playing career.
In an interview with Trabzonspor magazine, Mikel admitted that he would love a reunion with his former teammate adding that they have both discussed future plans when he retires. Read more
Brazil Vs Nigeria: More Than a Friendly Encounter (ThisDay)
Most of Nigeria’s major encounters with Brazil have all been at the Olympics Games and once at the U21 World Championship in 1989 in Chile, aside from the friendly game in Abuja.
However, it was not until the Atlanta ’96 Olympics when Nigeria came from 3-1 down to defeat a Ronaldo Delima inspired Brazil 4-3, that a football rivalry between the two countries was truly born. Read more
Scoring at San Siro was overwhelming – Olayinka (Punch)
Super Eagles invitee, Peter Olayinka, is still relishing scoring at the iconic San Siro stadium against European giants Inter Milan.
Slavia Prague were on the verge of beating hosts Inter at the San Siro after Olayinka deservedly put the underdogs in front in the 63rd minute of their UEFA Champions League opening match in September but a 92nd minute equaliser from Nicolo Barella ensured that the Italians shared the spoils. Read more
Rivers United recruit grassroots players for new NPFL season, Coach Eguma optimistic (Guardian)
Coach Stanley Eguma of Rivers United Football Club of Port Harcourt has stated that his team is preparing for the new Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) 2019/20 season with the recruitment of players, especially from the grassroots.
Though no date has been fixed for the league kickoff, Eguma said he would not take chances saying that he is engaging in pre-season tournaments so as to get his team ready for the task ahead. Read more
Top class sparring boosts Joshua’s bid to win rematch with Ruiz Jr (ThisDay)
Anthony Joshua has revamped his sparring with new and improved partners ahead of his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr, says promoter Eddie Hearn.
Joshua “struggled” to identify appropriate sparring partners before his defeat to Ruiz Jr, who replaced original opponent Jarrell Miller, according to Hearn. Read more
Again, Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp wins Premier League Manager of the Month award (Vanguard)
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has scooped the Premier League’s Manager of the Month award for September after another perfect set of results.
Liverpool beat Newcastle, Chelsea and Sheffield United, scoring six goals and conceding just two, to move to eight straight victories. The Reds are the only team with a 100 per cent win record in this season’s top flight, and Klopp has now won the top award for two months in a row, according to DailyMail report. Read more