CCD partners Lagos to promote disability law (Punch)
The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities has collaborated with the Lagos State Office of Disability Affairs to sensitise members of the public, especially people with special needs, to the disability law in the state. At the presentation of a new report by the non-profit organisation in Lagos last Thursday, CCD called for the full implementation of the law in all local government areas of the state, saying that the move would improve the lives of people with disabilities in every sense. Read more
Falana wants soldiers to stop wearing uniform outside barracks (Punch)
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, has proposed that soldiers should be stopped from wearing the army uniform outside the barracks in order to check some of the criminal activities being perpetrated in the society. According to him, some soldiers, while wearing uniform outside the barracks, provide cover for criminals and help them to beat security checks. Read more
Minimum wage: FG gets 14-day ultimatum (Vanguard)
Organised Labour in Nigeria, yesterday, handed down a 14-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to ensure completion of works on the new national minimum wage or risk unprecedented industrial unrest in the country. At a joint briefing in Lagos, leaders of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, and United Labour Congress, ULC, warned that at the expiration of the ultimatum, they could no longer guarantee industrial peace in the country. Read more
Poor investigations cause of low conviction in corruption cases – Bello, ex-NHRC boss (Vanguard)
Mr. Bukhari Bello was former Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC. He was a former Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP, during the annulment of June 12, 1993 elections. He was also instrumental to drafting the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, ICC. In this interview, he spoke on why high profile corruption cases drag endlessly in court and the low conviction rate recorded in prosecuting such cases. He also spoke on the state of legal education in the country, Child Rights Act and other national issues. Read more
Stunted economy: APC berates The Economist, HSBC for predicting Buhari’s defeat (Punch)
The All Progressives Congress has rejected what it described as doomsday prophecies by two British-based institutions about Nigeria’s economy and the 2019 presidential election. The APC position was contained in a statement by its acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, in Abuja on Wednesday. Read more
SUV crashes into crowd at square in central China killing 3 (Daily Independent)
An official Chinese newspaper says an SUV crashed into a crowd at a public square in central China, killing at least three people and injuring more than 40 others. The Beijing Youth Daily said on its official microblog account that police have arrested the suspected driver of a red SUV that plowed into a large group of people at the square in the town of Mishui in Hunan province on Wednesday evening. Read more
Naira depreciates to N359.3/$ in parallel market (Vanguard)
According to naijabdcs.com, the live exchange rate platform of the Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), the parallel market exchange rose to N359.3 per dollar from N359 per dollar on Tuesday, indicating 30 kobo depreciation of the naira. Read more
FIRS to reject tax return without CITN stamp (Vanguard)
The Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, will no longer accept all tax returns without the stamp and seal of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, CITN from the second of January 2019. CITN is the only Institute statutorily empowered to regulate tax practice and Administration in Nigeria and in tandem with the Act establishing the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria Act, CAP C10, Vol. 2, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. Read more
2019 AFCON qualifiers: Pinnick backs Eagles to beat Libya home and away (Vanguard)
Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick said the Super Eagles will be given all the support and motivation for them beat Libya in the upcoming double header Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches. The Eagles last Saturday beat lowly Seychelles away to revive their qualification chances, after a bad start to their campaign against South Africa in Uyo, Akwa Ibom. The team will have the opportunity to overhaul Libya on October 10 tentatively in Kaduna and then three days after they move to Algeria to play the second leg with the Libyans who are leading the group E qualifiers pairing. Read more
My mum bagged PhD at 74 – Shepherdhill cleric (Vanguard)
Reverend (Dr.) Israel Kristilere is the Senior Pastor, Shepherdhill Baptist Church. His parents, Reverend and Mrs. Sunday and Deborah Awolere, hail from Oyo State. Aside his pastoral profession, he has a foundation called Oasis of Faith Ministry, a platform for taking people to the Holy land. In this interview, he speaks with WO on how his mother bagged a PhD at 74 years. Read more
Man allegedly hacks another to death over N200 (Independent)
A 34-year-old man, Mayowa Olabiyi, was on Wednesday brought before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly hacking a man to death over N200. Olabiyi had appeared before the Chief Magistrate, Mr O.O. Olatunji, on a two-count charge of conspiracy and murder. Read more
Rescued suicidal youth disappears with Good Samaritan’s goods, money (Punch)
A school dropout, Owolabi Ogunwande, who reportedly attempted to kill himself twice, has been declared wanted after allegedly absconding with a tricycle and money belonging to a trader in the Surulere area of Lagos State. The Oyan, Osun State indigene, who came to Lagos on March 5, 2018, had reportedly tried hanging himself with a rope he found on a bridge at CMS, Lagos Island, on June 28. Read more
iPhone Xs: Apple unveils brand new handset (Independent)
Apple has revealed the new iPhone Xs, which it says is the most advanced smartphone ever developed.
The brand new phone comes in a shiny new gold colour and boasts an improved screen.
On the outside, the primary change is the colour: the stainless steel finish is now available in gold as well as the white and black of the existing iPhone X.
But on the inside just about everything has changed, including a fast new processor and radical improvements to the Face ID unlocking system.
And there is also a larger version of the iPhone Xs, known as Xs Max. That phone has the biggest ever display on an iPhone – while it is roughly the same size phone as the Plus-sized phones, it has a much bigger display. Read more
E.coli killed British couple found dead in Egypt hotel, officials say (FoxNews)
A British couple found dead at an Egyptian resort hotel in late March died after contracting the bacteria E. coli, officials said Wednesday.
John Cooper, 69, and his wife Susan, 63, were found dead while on vacation at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada. Cooper suffered acute intestinal dysentery caused by the E. coli, an Egyptian prosecutor announced Wednesday.
Susan Cooper had haemolytic uremic syndrome most likely caused by E. coli. Read more
Man walks into police station with wife’s severed head (TheWeek)
A man has been arrested after walking into a police station carrying a plastic bag containing his wife’s severed head.
The suspect, identified only as Satish, was also holding a machete, and had travelled 12.5 miles (20km) by bike to hand himself in, reports The Times Of India.
In footage taken by someone at the station, in Ajjampura, southern India, Satish is heard telling the officers: “This is my wife, sir, I gave her all the love I could.” Read more
Hurricane Florence closes in on US east coast (AFP)
Hurricane Florence was on course Wednesday to deliver a powerful blow to the east coast of the United States, with forecasters warning of life-threatening rainfall and flooding even as it weakened to a Category 2 storm.
Georgia joined four other coastal states issuing an emergency declaration as forecasts showed Florence dumping historic amounts of torrential rain on the southern state.
As Florence closed in, President Donald Trump and state and local officials urged residents in the path of the storm to evacuate before it was too late. Read more
Jose Mourinho is a big fan of Marcus Rashford, says Gareth Southgate (Sport360)
Gareth Southgate is not fretting about Marcus Rashford‘s lack of game time at Manchester United because he knows Jose Mourinho “thinks the world” of the striker.
Rashford has managed just one start and a total of 122 minutes in the Premier League this season, a situation that will not improve in the short term due to a three-game ban for butting Burnley’s Phil Bardsley. Read more
Benitez reveals what’s been holding Kenedy back at Newcastle (ShieldsGazette)
Rafa Benitez has revealed what’s been holding Kenedy back at Newcastle United. The winger, re-signed on loan from Chelsea in the summer, is yet to get into his stride.
Newcastle midfielder Kenedy is to face no further action over an off-the-ball challenge on Cardiff’s Victor Camarasa, Press Association Sport understands.
And Benitez is hoping he can rediscover the form that helped the club secure a 10th-placed finish last season. Kenedy revealed earlier this month that his “dream” is to impress again at Newcastle – and to win a trophy with Chelsea next term. Read more
Latest twist in John Terry transfer saga (BirminghamMail)
John Terry has ended speculation surrounding a move to Spartak Moscow by declaring the deal to take him to Russia is OFF.
Former Aston Villa captain Terry flew to Rome on Saturday and underwent a medical after reportedly agreeing personal terms with Spartak.
But Terry returned to England and has now decided against uprooting his family.
In a statement released on Instagram, Terry said: “After considerable thought, I have decided to decline a contract offer from Spartak Moscow. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Spartak and wish them and their supporters well for the rest of the season. Read more
Osaka not saddened by Serena row in U.S. Open final (Reuters)
Naomi Osaka said Serena Williams’s row with the umpire during the U.S. Open final had not altered her feelings about winning a Grand Slam largely because she had no idea how she was supposed to react, the Japanese said on Thursday.
U.S. Open tennis champion Naomi Osaka attends a contract signing ceremony at Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Osaka’s breakthrough triumph in New York was overshadowed by an explosive row between her opponent Williams and umpire Carlos Ramos which resulted in the 23-times Grand Slam champion being docked a game and fined $17,000. Read more