Confusion as naked woman appears on Lagos road (Punch)
The identity and circumstances surrounding the sudden appearance of an emaciated woman in the Ajah area of Lagos State remained a mystery on Thursday.
A video of the naked woman had circulated on the social media with her standing in the middle of the road and mumbling incoherently and fiddling with her hair.
Our correspondent gathered from eyewitnesses in the area that the woman alighted from an unidentified car on Wednesday around 5.27pm. Read more
Troops capture cache of arms/equipment of terrorists, arrest Logistics Supplier (Vanguard)
As troops of Operation Lafiya Dole and multinational joint task force continue offensives on Boko Haram/ISWAP hideouts in North East, a large cache of arms have been abandoned by fleeing terrorists in the fringes of Lake Chad and Sambisa forest.
Among the recovered arms are 4 AK 47 Riffles, one Rocket Propelled Gun (RPG) Tube, one 60mm Commando Mortar, one abandoned Gun Truck and one Motorcycle. Read more
Gas fire guts Lagos waterworks (Punch)
Fire from suspected gas leakage on Thursday gutted some parts of the Lagos State Water Corporation, Onikan, Lagos Island.
Officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority were said to have diverted traffic from the area.
The Lagos State Fire Service stated that the fire started from a gas pipeline in the corporation.
The agency added that efforts were on to curtail its spread and shut the source of the gas. Read more
NDIC pays off over 500,000 depositors of closed banks (Punch)
The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation has said that it has paid off no fewer than 526,414 depositors of closed Deposit Money Banks and Micro Finance Banks since its inception 30 years ago.
The Managing Director of the corporation, Alhaji Umaru Ibrahim said this at a news conference to commemorate its 30th anniversary in Abuja on Friday. Read more
Anambra State sets up panel to probe Onitsha inferno (Guardian)
Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr. John Abang (second left); Governor Willie Obiano (second right) and Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Primus Odili (right) at the scene of Wednesday’s fire incident around Upper Iweka in Onitsha…yesterday. PHOTO: NAN
Okowa, Ortom sympathise with Obiano, victims Anambra State government yesterday said a panel has been set up to determine the cause of the fire accident that swept through some residential areas in Onitsha roasting a woman and her baby, while destroying property worth millions of naira.
A tanker laden with petroleum products lost control at Upper Iweka area along Enugu-Onisha expressway in Onitsha on Wednesday, crashed into a ditch and burst into flames. Read more
Less than 48 hours, another petrol tanker fire hits Onitsha (DailyTrust)
About 48 hours after petrol tanker accident resulted to fire disaster at Upper Iweka and Ochanja areas of Onitsha, another petrol tanker caused yet more damage early on Friday morning in Onitsha. The fire incident occurred at Omaba Phase two around Chukwudi Bus Stop Onitsha after another tanker laden with petrol fell at the middle of Onitsha/Enugu Expressway about 3.30am Friday. Read more
Abuja Police disperse Shi’ite procession with tear gas, gunshots (Punch)
The police on Friday dispersed a procession of Islamic Movement of Nigeria members around Wuse Market in Abuja.
The policemen reportedly fired tear gas canisters and gunshots in the air, forcing the Shi’ites and passers-by to scamper for safety.
The IMN procession which started on Sultan Abubakar Road abruptly ended after the police action. Read more
FG Not Contemplating Subsidy Removal, Says Sylva (ThisDay)
The Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, has said the federal government is not in any way contemplating to remove subsidy, even as he revealed that crude oil has been discovered in commercial quantity in Bauchi State.
Sylva disclosed this yesterday while briefing the Joint National Assembly Committees on Petroleum Resources (upstream) on 2019 budget performance and the proposed 2020 budget. Read more
FG committed to lifting 100 million Nigerians from poverty-Minister (DailyTrust)
The minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development (MHADMSD), Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq, has restated governments’ commitment to lifting 100 million Nigerians from poverty in 10 years.
The minister who led a delegation of government officials to Barwa village, Airport Road, Abuja in commemoration of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on Thursday said under her watch, the ministry will attempt to empower every child and adult living in poverty by putting in place strategic programmes and interventions that will aid economic growth, address social needs like health, social protection and education; in line with the Sustainable Development Goal to end poverty in all its forms by 2030. Read more
EFCC to rehabilitate Yahoo-Yahoo boys (Punch)
The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu, says the agency is planning to rehabilitate young people who are engaged in Internet fraud, popularly known as Yahoo Yahoo boys.
Magu stated this in Lagos on Thursday while delivering a paper titled, ‘Strategic change administration and innovation to curb corruption in Nigeria,’ at the third All Administrators National Conference of the Chartered Institute of Administration
According to him, Internet fraudsters could be useful to the agency in future. Read more
Jonathan-led AU Observers Declare Mozambique Elections Peaceful, Transparent (ThisDay)
The African Union has described Mozambique’s October 15, 2019 general elections as peaceful and conducted in a transparent manner.
AU, which deployed a team of election experts and short-term observers to the southern African nation’s Presidential, legislative and provincial elections, noted that voting stations opened on time, while polling was largely conducted in a calm and peaceful environment throughout the day. Read more
Floods kill more than 20 in Ghana (Vanguard)
At least 28 people have been killed and several others injured following eight days of torrential rains in north-eastern Ghana.
More than 1,000 houses have been destroyed and more than 100 people have been displaced.Authorities fear the casualty figures could rise. Read more
Joel Matip: Liverpool defender signs new deal until summer 2024 (BBC)
Liverpool defender Joel Matip has signed a new long-term deal which will keep him at the club until summer 2024.
The 28-year-old Cameroon international has scored two goals in nine appearances in all competitions for the Reds this season.
Matip joined Liverpool from Schalke in 2016 and helped Jurgen Klopp’s side to the 2018-19 Champions League title.
“It’s a great feeling to be a longer part of the club. It’s really just a great feeling,” he said. Read more
Klopp keen to make Man Utd wait for turnaround (Punch)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Manchester United will turn their floundering fortunes around but wants to make sure they have to wait at least another week to do so.
Klopp’s men travel to Old Trafford on Sunday already 15 points ahead of their rivals just eight games into the campaign.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called on his side to rise to the challenge of facing the European champions, citing it as the “perfect game” to motivate his struggling side. Read more
Evans out of Stockholm Open in second round (DailyTrust)
Dan Evans, the new British No 1, was knocked out of the Stockholm Open by Filip Krajinovic in the second round.
Evans, who had celebrated surpassing Kyle Edmund in the rankings with a first-round win over Bernard Tomic, fell 7-5 2-6 6-3 to the Serbian.
Modric, Bale to miss Real Madrid trip to Mallorca (Punch)
Real Madrid will be without both Gareth Bale and Luka Modric for this weekend’s Liga match against Real Mallorca, Zinedine Zidane confirmed on Friday.
Modric and Bale both picked up injuries during the Euro 2020 qualifier between Croatia and Wales on Sunday, which finished 1-1. Read more
2013 AFCON hero Mba targets return to football (DailyTrust)
Nigeria international Sunday Mba has revealed his desire to return to football after two years of inactivity. The midfielder shone at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, where he scored two goals, including his match-winner against Burkina Faso, which helped the Super Eagles clinch the trophy for the third time in their history.
The 30-year-old last played for Yeni Malatyaspor in 2017 and has been without a club since he was released by the Turkish club. Read more
Lampard unhappy with France over Kante injury (Punch)
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has taken a swipe at France boss Didier Deschamps after N’Golo Kante was injured on international duty.
Kante will miss Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Newcastle on Saturday after the midfielder suffered a groin injury last week.
The 28-year-old sustained the problem while warming up for France’s Euro 2020 qualifier with Iceland on Friday. Read more
Barcelona, Real Madrid eye Dec 18 date for postponed Clasico (Guardian)
Barcelona and Real Madrid appear set to agree December 18 as the date for a rearranged Clasico after Spain’s biggest football match was postponed on Friday due to protests in Catalonia.The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) announced that Barca and Madrid have until 10:00 am (0800 GMT) on Monday to find a new date, which will be decided by the RFEF if they cannot reach an agreement. Read more
Title race: Liverpool have nothing to lose – Van Dijk (Vanguard)
Liverpool and Dutch talisman, Virgil Van Dijk, has said Liverpool has nothing to lose in the 2019/2020 Premier League title race.
In an exclusive interview with SkySports, Van Dijk said: “I don’t think Liverpool has anything to lose. Man City are the champions, they’re defending their title and we want to get it. In my point of view, we just have to go for it. Read more
Teenage cyclist may not walk again after collision with car (Guardian)
Teenager Edo Maas may never walk again after he was involved in a collision with a car during the Piccolo Lombardia earlier this month, his team said yesterday.
The Dutch Sunweb rider, 19, broke his back in the collision with the car, which had entered the closed course on a descent.He underwent surgery, but Sunweb said “it remains unlikely that functionality in his legs will ever return”. Read more
Five more Bulgaria football fans arrested over racist chants (DailyMail)
Five more Bulgarian football fans have been detained for racist abuse at Monday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against England, the country’s interior ministry announced today.
Monkey chants and Nazi salutes during the match in Sofia overshadowed England’s 6-0 win, sparking indignation in the football world and leading to the resignation of Bulgaria’s football chief.
Police have now identified 16 people suspected of being involved in the racist abuse, the ministry said. Read more