Court remands three suspected human part dealers (Punch)
An Ilorin magistrates’ court has ordered the remand of two herbalists, Jamiu Agbomola and Abiodun Lekan, and a bricklayer, Wasiu Kareem, in the Federal Correctional Service Centre, Ilorin, Kwara State.
The three accused, who were brought before the court for alleged sale of human parts for ritual purposes, were charged with criminal conspiracy and possession of human parts, among others.
The offences were said to be contrary to sections 97 and 342 of the penal code. Read more
Ex-governors’ pension: Sanwo-Olu’s example should be replicated in S’West states -YCE (Sun)
Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) through its Senior Elders’ Forum has urged Governors Seyi Makinde of Oyo, Dapo Abiodun, Ogun, Gboyega Oyetola,Osun, Rotimi Akeredolu, Ondo and Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti to follow the example of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos on the cancellation of payment of pensions to former governors and their deputies.
Rising from a meeting at the Bodija residence of the first female professor of Library Science in Africa, Toun Ogunsheye, the elders noted that the stoppage of pensions to ex-governors and their deputies would not only reduce the cost of governance, but would also help government focus more on reduction of youth unemployment in the zone. Read more
Family declares octogenarian missing (Nation)
The family of Pa Amos Oludayo Adekoya, 82, has declared him missing.
Pa Adekoya, according his wife, Mrs Racheal Ajoke Adekoya, was residing at 16A, Samuel Marizu Street, Ogun Ojule, Igando, Lagos State, until he went missing.
His wife said: “My husband is a retired teacher. He speaks Yoruba and English languages fluently.
“He is dark in complexion, slim and 5.3 ft. He left home on Friday, November 13, around 10am. Read more
PDP accuses Buhari of plunging nigeria into recession (Thisday)
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday called on President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), to accept their failure and allow competent, transparent and honest hands to effectively manage the economy, as that is the only way to save Nigeria from an imminent economic collapse.
The main opposition party also yesterday dismissed as misleading the purported suspension of some key leaders in Ebonyi State, including former state Governor, Senator Sam Egwu, and 23 other party leaders.
The PDP in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) that the economy has plunged into another recession under the APC confirms the PDP stand that the Buhari presidency and the APC lack the competence and integrity to run a national economy. Read more
Labour stages a walkout as fuel talks collapse again (Punch)
The meeting between the Federal Government and the organised labour on the hikes in fuel pump price and the electricity tariff on Sunday ended in confusion as the labour leaders walked out of the parley in anger.
The dialogue which was meant to take updates on the implementation of resolutions reached during the three previous meetings ended abruptly barely 10 minutes after it commenced at the Presidential Villa banquet hall, Abuja.
The meeting had started at 8.18pm when the Trade Union Congress President, Quadri Olaleye, raised the issue of the latest hike in fuel pump price from N160 to N170.
He insisted on the reversal of the hike before the meeting can proceed. Read more
Recession: We need painful actions, adjustment to 2021 proposed budget – Atiku (Vanguard)
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Sunday said that Nigeria must act now, by taking necessary, and painful actions including adjustment to the proposed 2021 budget, to exit another recession the country has entered.
Abubakar in a statement he issued in Abuja, said that although the COVID-19 pandemic had exacerbated an already bad situation, Nigeria could have avoided the second recession, within five years, by disciplined and prudent management of the economy.
“Be that as it may, it serves no one’s purposes to quarrel after the fact. Read more
ASUU branches to decide fate of 8-month-old strike (Sun)
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has directed it various branches to hold congresses and decide the fate of the eight-month-old strike based on the new offer by the Federal Government.
Daily Sun learnt that over the weekend, ASUU asked each branch to hold congress between today and Wednesday, November 25 and that the outcome would be taken to the next meeting on Friday with representatives of government.
Last Friday, the Federal Government at the resumed negotiations with lecturers offered N65 billion to settle the Earned Academic Allowance. Government also agreed to pay additional N15 billion as revitalisation fund in an effort to end the ongoing strike. The amount was in addition to N20 billion that was being proposed. Read more
Wike imposes 24-hour curfew on Rumuokoro, Rumuodomaya (Guardian)
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the Okoro-Nu-Odu flyover in Rumuokoro area of the Port Harcourt metropolis in the next two weeks, following rising cult clashes and violence.
He cautioned that the government would leave no stone unturned in dealing with anyone who breaches the peace and security in the state with cult activities and associated violence and killings.
In a statewide broadcast, Wike explained that the decision to impose the curfew was taken after the State Security Council meeting in Port Harcourt yesterday.
He explained that the Rivers State Government was disturbed over the recent upsurge of cult activities and related violence and killings in the Okoro-Nu-Odu flyover in Obio/Akpor Council Area. Read more
COVID-19 pandemic: Merkel ‘worried’ about vaccines for poor countries (BBC)
Germany’s chancellor has raised concerns about the world’s poorest securing access to Covid-19 vaccines.
Angela Merkel was speaking at a G20 summit which saw leaders promise a fair distribution of jabs.
But Mrs Merkel warned progress was slow, saying she would raise the matter with global vaccine alliance GAVI.
“We will now speak with GAVI about when these negotiations will begin because I am somewhat worried that nothing has been done on that yet,” she said. Read more
“Run” director reveals actors faked being in wheelchair for role (Metro)
The director of hit new horror movie Run, starring Sarah Paulson, has revealed how some actors lied about their disability in hopes of landing the leading role.
Run follows overprotective mother Diane Sherman (Paulson) who uses the fact her teenage daughter Chloe (Kiera Allen) is in a wheelchair to prevent her from going outside. As the film unravels, it becomes clear that perhaps Diane doesn’t have her daughter’s best interests at heart. Director Aneesh Chaganty, his co-writer Sev Ohanian and producer Natalie Qasabian were determined to give the opportunity of playing Chloe to an actress who was actually in a wheelchair. Read more
Ethiopia PM issues 72-hour ultimatum to Tigray (BBC)
Ethiopia’s prime minister has given forces in the northern region of Tigray 72 hours to surrender as government troops advance on the capital, Mekelle.
Abiy Ahmed told Tigrayan leaders they were “at a point of no return”.
The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls the mountainous region, has vowed to keep fighting.
The conflict has reportedly killed hundreds and displaced thousands in recent weeks. The UN has warned it could trigger a humanitarian crisis.
Earlier the Ethiopian military warned Mekelle’s 500,000 residents that the army would “encircle” the city and attack it with artillery fire.
“There will be no mercy,” a spokesman said. Read more
Kim Kardashian’s birthday card from Kanye West inspired his track Lost In The World (Metro)
Kim Kardashian is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of husband Kanye West’s album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – and has shared a behind-the-scenes secret into how he wrote one of the songs from the record.
The rapper released his fifth studio album on this day in 2010, which received acclaim from critics and fans, with many citing it as some of his best work to date. To mark the occasion, Kim, 40, has revealed how Kanye, 43, got the inspiration to write Lost In The World – one of the tracks featured on the album.
Taking to Instagram, the reality star shared a snap of a birthday card she had received from her husband for her 30th birthday, which included a poem alongside a drawing of the two. Read more
China to test whole city bordering Russia after detecting two residents with coronavirus (RT)
A massive effort to contain a Covid-19 outbreak has kicked off in China’s city of Manzhouli after two locals contracted the disease. Apart from restrictive measures, the operation involves the testing of around 300,000 residents.
Strict quarantine rules were rolled out in the city on China’s border with Russia after two cases of coronavirus were detected on Saturday. Two residents, a sanitation worker and his wife, employed as a domestic aide, tested positive for the virus, yet it remains unclear where they managed to contract it from, local media reported.
Authorities launched a large-scale operation to contain the virus immediately after the diagnosis was confirmed. Read more
US election 2020: Trump ally urges him to accept defeat in US vote (BBC)
A prominent ally of Donald Trump has urged him to drop his efforts to overturn his loss to Joe Biden in the US presidential election.
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called the president’s legal team a “national embarrassment”.
President Trump has refused to concede the election, making unsubstantiated claims of widespread electoral fraud.
Many Republicans have supported his legal efforts but a small but growing number have broken ranks. Read more
Colin Firth sparks romance rumours with BBC’s Joanna Gosling (Metro)
Colin Firth has sparked romance rumours with BBC news presenter Joanna Gosling.
The 60-year-old was pictured walking in a west London park with Gosling, 49, last week. In pictures published by the Mail Online, Firth wore a jacket over a fleece, and donned a flat cap, while Gosling bundled up in a coat, gloves, a hat and wellies. The pair live nearby to each other, with both living in west London with their children.
The pictures come a year after Pride and Prejudice star Firth announced his separation from his wife of 22 years Livia Giuggioli. Read more
FIFA World Cup‘ll be a legacy long beyond 2022 – Infantino (Vanguard)
It’s exactly two years until the next and ground-breaking edition of the FIFA World CupTM. The compact nature, modern landscape and fascinating culture offered by the first edition of the event to be held in the Middle East and Arab world will guarantee a unique experience in 2022.
Among the many distinctive features, travelling fans will have the opportunity to potentially attend more than one match a day during the group stage, which will feature an exciting schedule with four daily fixtures, as announced earlier this year.
Infrastructure planned for the event has reached 90% completion, with the three stadiums that have already been finalised – Khalifa International, Al Janoub and Education City – safely hosting more than 100 matches in 2020 in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
Daniil Medvedev beats Dominic Thiem to take ATP Finals 2020 title (BBC)
Daniil Medvedev fought back to beat US Open champion Dominic Thiem and win the biggest title of his career at the ATP Finals in London.
The Russian dug deep to claim a 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 victory over world number three Thiem at the O2 Arena.
Thiem led the second-set tie-break but Medvedev reeled off seven points in a row to force a decider and came through a tight final set to ensure victory.
The 24-year-old will finish the year fourth in the world rankings.
Medvedev is the only player to beat the three highest-ranked players at the season-ending event, following his earlier victories over Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Read more
Mikel Arteta slams Nicolas Pepe after red card in Arsenal’s draw with Leeds (Metro)
Mikel Arteta has brandished Nicolas Pepe’s red card against Leeds United as ‘unacceptable’ and has criticised the winger for giving Arsenal a mammoth task at Elland Road. The Gunners were dominated in the first half of Sunday evening’s clash and their task was made even harder when Pepe was given his marching orders after an off-the-ball tussle. Although not picked up by the on-field referee, VAR spotted Pepe squaring up to Ezgjan Alioski before butting his head into the Leeds man. Read more
Liverpool go second with convincing win over Leicester (BBC)
Liverpool moved level on points with Premier League leaders Tottenham Hotspur and thwarted Leicester City’s hopes of going top with an outstanding performance and victory at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s side remain behind Spurs on goal difference but the manner of the win sounded an ominous warning to those hoping to wrest the title away from the champions.
Liverpool also established a new club record of 64 home league games unbeaten, breaking their previous best run, which was set between February 1978 and January 1981 and itself ended by Leicester.
And they achieved this latest win amid a squad crisis that has robbed them of Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara and Mohamed Salah. Read more
Shevchenko sisters make history with double joy at UFC 255 (RT)
Valentina Shevchenko was made to work much harder than expected to defend her flyweight title against Brazil’s Jennifer Maia, but the Kyrgyz phenom got the job done on a UFC 255 card that also featured a win for sister Antonina.
Shevchenko earned a fourth straight defense of her 125lbs crown but it was far from plain sailing for the 32-year-old.
Maia frustrated the champion as few others have done at featherweight inside the octagon – not least in a second frame which the Brazilian clearly won by taking Shevchenko to the mat and ending the round on top. Read more
Zlatan Ibrahimovicn stars as AC Milan beat Napoli (BBC)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s superb form continued as the veteran forward scored twice to help unbeaten Serie A leaders AC Milan to victory away at Napoli.
The 39-year-old now has 10 goals in six league games this season, but left the field with what looked like a hamstring injury in the second half.
He gave Milan the lead with a header from the edge of the box before turning in an Ante Rebic cross after the break.
Dries Mertens pulled one back for Napoli just after the hour mark.
But on-loan Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko was sent off for the hosts two minutes later. Read more