Disciplinarian invited by father stabs teenager to death (Punch)
A supposed disciplinarian, Felix Ezike, has allegedly stabbed on Deji Animashaun, 19, to death in the Egbe area of Ikotun, Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that Deji’s father, Dada, invited Felix to help him discipline his son, who was reportedly caught stealing and had failed to take to correction.
While Felix was disciplining Deji, it was learnt that the teenager resisted and the disciplinarian brought out a jack knife and allegedly stabbed the victim in the head and body.
Deji reportedly collapsed and was rushed to hospital for treatment.
He, however, died while receiving treatment in hospital.
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said the father and the disciplinarian had been arrested, adding that the deceased’s corpse had been deposited in the mortuary. Read more
Lagos gives tank farm operators one week to regularise permits (ThisDay)
The Lagos State Government has given tank farm operators one week to commence the process of regularising their facilities by filling the application for Planning Permit.
This directive was given wednesday by the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako at a meeting with tank farm operators at Alausa, Ikeja.
The commissioner observed that only eight out of the 41 tank farms existing in the state had Planning Permits authorising their establishments.
According to him, most of the tank farms in the state had been operating illegally and at variance with Section 27 of the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) and Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) regulations 2019… Read more
Police arrest suspects over invasion of Abiola’s residence, theft (Punch)
The police have made some arrests following Wednesday’s invasion of the Lagos house of the late winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief Moshood Abiola, where property worth millions of naira were stolen.
It was learnt that the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, had visited the family.
Odumosu told our correspondent that some arrests had been made, adding that investigation had commenced into the incident.
The CP stated, “Three people were involved in the operation and from what I gathered when I visited the house today (Wednesday), only one of the suspects was armed. The suspects gained entry through the canal, because the building backed a canal, and I was told that some jewellery and money were stolen. I have beefed up security in the area and also contacted the Idiroko and Seme borders to be on high alert.
“None of the residents, including Chie MKO Abiola’s wife, Bisi, and two girls in the house, was attacked or injured during the operation. We have made some arrests and commenced investigation into the incident.” Read more
Lagos East senatorial aspirants withdraw from race, endorse Abiru (ThisDay)
All aspirants seeking senatorial nomination in Lagos East on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) have withdrawn from the race to back the former Group Managing Director, Polaris Bank Limited, Mr. Tokunbo Abiru.
The aspirants that withdrew from the senatorial contest included the Vice Chairman, Lagos APC, Chief Kaoli Olusanya; a former Lagos State Head of Service, Mr. Segun Ogunlewe; a former Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Rotimi Ogunleye; a former General Manager/Permanent Secretary, Lagos Television, Mr. Lekan Ogunbanwo; a former member of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Olanrewaju Odesanya; and the Chairman, Ikorodu-Oga Development Association, Chief Olusegun Abiru. Read more
Safety commission trains transporters on enforcement of COVID-19 protocols (Guardian)
In continuation of its mandate to sensitise Lagosians on safety, the Lagos State Safety Commission has commenced the training of workers and stakeholders in the transport sector. The training was entitled ‘Hygiene management after the ease of COVID-19 lockdown.’
Speaking during the sessions, Director-General of the Safety Commission, Lanre Mojola, explained that transporters were being trained on personal and work-place safety in relation to the pandemic, hazard identification, and avoidance of drug and substance abuse among other safety measures being initiated by the state government.
He, therefore, enjoined all members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to utilise the training and join hands with the government to defeat the pandemic. Read more
Kill me instead of destroying my Indian hemp farm, suspect begs NDLEA (Punch)
A suspected Indian hemp farmer, Clement Akor, has begged the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency to take his life instead of destroying his 10-hectare cannabis plantation.
Akor, a 42-year-old father of six from Enabo village in the Ankpa Local Government Area of Kogi State, and his accomplice, David Ameh, were arrested by the Kogi State Command of the NDLEA.
Akor, who claimed to have invested so much in the business and could not afford to lose everything, said he learnt dealing in Indian hemp from Owo, Ondo State. Read more
How father locked challenged son in cage for two years in Katsina (Guardian)
A middle-aged man, Salisu Umar, has locked up his physically challenged son, Sadiku, aged 16, for the past two years in a cage at his house in Daura Local Government Area of Katsina State.
Umar locked up Sadiku in 2018 and was being fed like a dog during the entire period of his incarceration.
It was learnt that the man was embarrassed about his son’s condition and decided to keep him away from public glare. According to a source, Umar has a large family and was living in a house that could not accommodate Sadiku with his condition.
Sadiku was, however, rescued from the inhumane situation when a non-governmental organisation, Save the Children International (SCI), facilitated his release last week. Read more
House Minority Caucus rejects petrol price hike (ThisDay)
The Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives yesterday rejected the increase in pump price of petrol from N148 to N151.56 as announced by the Petroleum Product Marketing Company (PPMC).
The lawmakers in a statement by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, described the increase as unacceptable as it will result in increase in the already high cost of consumer goods and services in the country, and worsen the current economic hardship being suffered by Nigerians.
According to Elumelu, “The minority caucus in the House of Representatives rejects the announced increase in the pump price of fuel. Read more
FCT kick-starts weekly demolition of illegal structures (Guardian)
Hard times await developers and property owners that contravene the Abuja Masterplan as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) administration, yesterday, moved its demolition of illegal structures’ campaign a notch higher by kick-starting a weekly site inspection and enforcement exercise that would culminate in the demolition of many illegal structures across the FCT.
The latest move becomes necessary as the FCT Department of Development Control expressed worry over the high rate of contraventions of its building codes, stating that many developers took the advantage of the lockdown period to construct structures without approvals or build an above-approved number of units, as well as the arbitrary change of land use.
The demolition exercise commenced with some structures in development sites at Guzape, Asokoro, and Katampe Extension districts, as well as the National Assembly Quarters, Apo, marked for immediate demolition. Read more
International Criminal Court condemns US sanctions on officials (Aljazerra)
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has condemned “unprecedented” sanctions imposed by the United States on prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and one of her top aides in retaliation for a probe into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan.
The Hague-based tribunal said the sanctions announced by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo against Bensouda and another senior official, Phakiso Mochochoko, were “serious attacks” against the rule of law.
Pompeo announced the moves on Wednesday, saying that “the ICC continues to target Americans”.
The ICC said in a statement the new measures “are another attempt to interfere with the Court’s judicial and prosecutorial independence and crucial work to address grave crimes of concern to the international community”. Read more
Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson: Actor and family had Covid-19 (BBC)
Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson says that he and his family had all contracted Covid-19.
The former wrestler, who is now the world’s highest-paid actor, said he, his wife and two daughters caught the virus despite being “disciplined” about health protection.
He said the positive tests were “a kick in the gut”.
Now, he added, “we’re on the other end of it and no longer contagious. Thank God, we’re healthy.”
Johnson, 48, said he. his wife Lauren, 35, and their daughters Jasmine and Tiana, aged four and two, contracted the virus about two-and-a-half weeks ago. Read more
Paedophile who faked his own death to avoid trial caught getting Tesco breakfast (Metro)
A child abuser who faked his suicide to avoid court was jailed for six years today after he was spotted ‘in good spirits’ enjoying breakfast at Tesco. Paul Bairstow, 56, was branded a ‘coward’ by the judge who locked him up for six years for sexually abusing a seven-year-old girl. On the day before his trial at Exeter Crown Court, he left a series of handwritten suicide notes to various people including his lawyers. Read more
Rolls-Royce launches £250,000 car as demand rebounds (BBC)
The boss of carmaker Rolls-Royce has said global demand for luxury vehicles is rebounding despite the pandemic.
Boss Torsten Müller-Ötvös told the BBC that markets in Asia, Europe and the US were now “more or less back to normal”.
Mr Müller-Ötvös was speaking at the launch of the new Rolls-Royce Ghost, the company’s latest model, which is expected to retail at around £250,000.
He said sales for the first half of 2020 were down 30%, but now “times are starting to become better and better”. Read more
Chadwick Boseman only told a ‘few people’ about his cancer battle because he ‘hoped to beat it’ (Metro)
Chadwick Boseman’s death last week came as a complete shock to the world and, according to new reports, the announcement was also a shock to his co-workers and bosses. The Black Panther star died on Friday aged 43, after a four-year battle with colon cancer which he allegedly kept so private that no-one involved in the Marvel film was aware. According to The Hollywood Reporter, only Chadwick’s family and a small group of insiders knew about his brave battle as he continued working during chemotherapy and multiple surgeries. Sources told the publication that only the likes of his producing partner Logan Coles, trainer Addison Henderson, his agent Michael Greene and 42 director Brian Helgeland had ‘varying degrees of knowledge about the severity of the actor’s conditionof his condition’. Read more
Biden calls for police to be charged over shootings (BBC)
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has urged charges against police who shot two black Americans, Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor.
Speaking in Delaware, Mr Biden did not specify what counts should be brought in the cases, which have fuelled racial justice protests nationwide.
The Democrat spoke after notching up a record fundraising haul in August.
He has a lead over President Donald Trump, a Republican, in opinion polls ahead of November’s election. Read more
Prince Harry and Meghan sign production deal with Netflix (CBC)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a new home: Netflix.
Six months after detangling their work lives from the Royal Family, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, have signed a multi-year deal to produce nature series, documentaries and children’s programming for the streamer, according to a statement Wednesday.
The two, who recently relocated to Santa Barbara, Calif., plan to focus on stories and issues that elevate diverse voices and other issues close to their hearts. Several projects are already in development, including a nature docuseries, and a series focused on inspiring women. Read more
Phillips Consulting to recruit coaches for Falcons, others (Punch)
The Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick, says Phillips Consulting has been given the contract to recruit coaches for the Super Falcons and the youth teams (U-23, U-20 and the U-17), The PUNCH reports.
The Falcons have been without a coach since Thomas Dennerby resigned over a year ago over alleged unfulfilled contractual obligations despite having a year left on his contract.
“With regards to a coach for the Super Falcons, Africa’s biggest female football team, Phillips Consulting, in charge of the recruitment process, are putting finishing touches to it and a coach will be announced soon,” Pinnick wrote on Twitter. Read more
Autopsy ordered for former Nigeria U20 goalkeeper (BBC)
An autopsy has been ordered following the death of former Nigeria goalkeeper John Felagha in Senegal at the age of 26.
Felagha, a goalkeeper-coach at the Doha-owned football academy, died on 31 August. But there is currently no explanation for his sudden death.
Aspire Academy have now told BBC Sport Africa that he was found on the floor of his room. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation efforts administered on him failed and he was pronounced dead on the spot.
“His teammates found him on the floor of his room,” said Sam Ahmedu, director of the academy in Nigeria. Read more
Kai Havertz completes Chelsea medical ahead of £90m transfer (Metro)
Kai Havertz has completed a medical with Chelsea ahead of his £90 million move from Bayer Leverkusen, according to reports in Germany.
Chelsea have agreed a club-record fee to sign the 21-year-old this summer as they will pay Leverkusen €80m (£72m) up front plus a further €20m (£18m) in add-ons.
According to Bild, Havertz had a medical with Chelsea in London on Sunday before he met up with Germany’s national team the following day. Read more
US Open 2020: Karolina Pliskova loses but Naomi Osaka advances (BBC)
Top seed Karolina Pliskova was knocked out of the US Open in the second round with a heavy defeat by France’s Caroline Garcia.
Pliskova, runner-up in 2016, lost 6-1 7-6 (7-2) to the world number 50.
Czech world number three Pliskova was the highest ranked player here in the absence of Australian Ashleigh Barty and Romania’s Simona Halep.
Meanwhile, other seeds to tumble were Elena Rybakina (11), Marketa Vondrousova (12) and Alison Riske (13). Read more
Eagles to meet Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia in friendlies next month (Guardian)
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has arranged two friendly matches for the Super Eagles next month in Austria.
NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, said in a tweet yesterday that the matches, against Cote d’Ivoire and Tunisia, would hold on October 9 and 13 respectively.
Pinnick said the games would serve as tune-up matches for the Eagles, who are expected to resume their African Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifying matches later this year.
Pinnick revealed that Austria was picked as an ideal venue to host the two friendlies due to the COVID-19 protocols currently in place and the proximity of the bulk of the Super Eagles team as well. Read more
US Open 2020: Kyle Edmund loses to Novak Djokovic, Cameron Norrie through to third round (BBC)
Briton’s Kyle Edmund lost to US Open top seed Novak Djokovic, while compatriot Cameron Norrie advanced to the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time.
Edmund, 25, unexpectedly won the first set but ultimately struggled to keep up with the world number one’s intensity.
The 33-year-old maintained the level that has helped him stay unbeaten in 2020 and won 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-4 6-2.
Norrie, 25, beat Argentine Federico Coria 6-3 6-4 6-4.
The world number 76 upset ninth seed Diego Schwartzman in the first round and will face Spanish world number 99 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina next. Read more