DNA revealed all my 4 children belong to another father – Osun man (DailyTrust)
Nearly 17 years after he got married, Kolawole Olanrewaju from Ikire in Osun State says he has found out that all the four children he thought he had with his wife, Toyin Olanrewaju, belong to another man.
He said a DNA test conducted on the four children aged 16, 12, 8 and 5 at DDC DNA Diagnostic Centre in Ibadan, Oyo State returned negative, indicating he is not their biological father.
Kolawole, who made the revelation during a programme aired in Yoruba on Saturday on Agidigbo FM in Ibadan, Oyo State, said he had been having a running battle with Toyin whom he accused of engaging in extramarital affairs. Read more
Tinubu takes investment push, diplomatic expansion to Saudi, Arab nations (Nation)
President Bola Tinubu is scheduled to take his administration’s aggressive push for attracting more foreign direct investments and infrastructure boost into Nigeria to Saudi Arabia, where he will attend two bilateral summits.
Briefing journalists at the State House on Sunday, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, said President Tinubu will be participating in two critical summits; the Saudi-African Summit and the Araba-African, both taking place in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia on November 10 and 11 respectively.
According to the President’s spokesman, the events are targeted at different areas of interests, but noted that the outings are going to be critical to how Nigeria takes advantage of the projected potentials of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), market. Read more
What police will do differently for Kogi, Imo, Bayelsa gov polls – IGP (Channels)
Ahead of the November 11 governorship elections in Imo, Kogi, and Bayelsa states, the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has revealed the plans of the Nigeria Police Force for the exercise.
Egbetokun, who spoke as a guest on Channels Television’s People’s Townhall on Election Security in Abuja on Sunday, said the Force is adequately prepared for the exercise, assuring voters that the elections will be hitch-free.
Noting that the polls will take place in only three states of the Federation, the police chief stated that the Force will draw personnel from across the remaining 33 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to support the already existing security architecture. Read more
NDLEA seizes 14.4m pills of opioids worth N13b in Lagos raids
No less than fourteen million, four hundred and eighty one thousand, five hundred and nineteen, (14, 481, 519), pills of Tramadol and bottles of codeine syrup worth over thirteen billion naira (N13,000,000,000) in street value have been recovered by operatives of the National Drug Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), in three major busts of drug cartels operating in Amuwo Odofin, Idumota and the Skyway Aviation Handling Company, (SAHCO), shed of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos.
According to the agency’s weekly report made public by the Director Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi the three intelligence-led operations began with the raid of House 8/10 Hon. Wahuha Avenue, Divine Estate, Ago Palace area of Amuwo Odofin on Sunday 29th October, where 490,000 pills of tramadol and 81,519 bottles of codeine syrup measuring 4, 510, 000mls were recovered. Read more
Labour adamant on strike over Ajaero (Sun)
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has commenced full swing mobilisation as its affiliates and state councils fine-tune plans to shutdown the nation on Wednesday.
The NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) had on Friday resolved to embark on a nationwide strike to protest attack on Mr. Joe Ajaero.
He was arrested by operatives of the Nigerian Police during a protest march organised by the Congress in Owerri, Imo State, in response to claims that the state government was abusing and violating rights of its workers. Read more
Lagos lady dies after drinking insecticide (Punch)
The Lagos State Police Command has confirmed the death of a 39-year-old woman, Lilian Nwarache, who drank an insecticide on Friday in the Iwaya area of Lagos State. She was said to have been frustrated with having an illness.
Nwarache was reported to have been suffering from a protracted illness and had been seeking a cure in a church in Iwaya, but became frustrated by the condition and drank a full bottle of insecticide on November 3, 2023.
She was alleged to have tried to jump into a canal after drinking the insecticide, but was prevented by passers-by and was rushed to a hospital where a doctor confirmed her dead. Read more
Lightning kills 3, injures 6 footballers in Anambra (Vanguard)
Lightning has killed three Senior Secondary School (SS3) students playing football during rainfall in Awka, the Anambra State capital.
Six others sustained injuries and were rushed to the hospital for treatment.
It was gathered that the lightning struck the nine students who were playing football with their peers barefooted on the school’s pitch. Read more
Cardoso restates CBN’s focus on price stability (Tribune)
The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Olayemi Cardoso, has reiterated that under his leadership, the Bank will focus mainly on the core mandate of price stability.
He disclosed this while playing host to the Impact Investing Community, led by the 14th Emir of Kano and Khalifa of the Tijaniyyah Sufi order of Nigeria and the neighboring countries, Muhammadu Sanusi II, who is also a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Addressing the team in his office, Mr. Cardoso said he and his team were determined to change the narrative about the Bank and make the Bank more impactful in the lives of Nigerians by curtailing inflation. Read more
Taylor Swift’s ‘‘1989 (Taylor’s Version)’’ bows at No. 1 with 1.65m units — her best album debut ever (Variety)
Taylor Swift‘s “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” has now gone down in the books as giving the singer her best first week tally for an album ever. The release tops the Billboard 200 with 1.653 million equivalent album units. That puts it ahead of her previous personal best, which was 1.578 million for “Midnights,” released just over a year ago.
Needless to say, among the Swift albums this one performed better than in its first week is the original “1989” — Big Machine’s version, circa 2014 — which bowed nine years ago with a then-astonishing 1.297 million units.
Billboard reports that this is officially the biggest first week for any album since 2015, when Adele’s “25” debuted with 3.482 million album units. It’s also the sixth largest week for an album since Luminate’s predecessor, SoundScan, began providing immediate weekly data in 1991. Read more
Ghana’s VP Bawumia gets ruling party nod for 2024 presidential run (AfricaNews)
Ghana’s ruling NPP party on Saturday elected the country’s Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia as their candidate for the 2024 presidential ballot, according to results from primaries released by the electoral commission.
Ghana is undergoing its worst economic crisis in years, which will be a major electoral issue next year when President Nana Akufo-Addo steps down after two terms and an agreement for a $3 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund.
According to the final results, Bawumia won 61.4 percent of the votes while this nearest rival Kennedy Ohene Agyapong won 37.4 percent. Read more
90s star Kenny Thomas felt “let down” when chart success ended after making “worst music video” (MusicNews)
Kenny Thomas felt “sad and let down” when chart shows refused to play his music.
The 55-year-old singer enjoyed major success with his debut album ‘Voices’ when it was released in 1991 but claimed that the video for the lead single from his follow-up record ‘Wait For Me’ was “one of the worst pop videos ever made” and hinted that it cost him his career.
He told Classic Pop magazine: “The problem was the vid for the lead single, ‘Trippin On Your Love’. It cost loads and in my opinion is one of the worst pop videos ever made. The shows that you need to nudge it up the charts like ‘The Chart Show’ as well all refused to play it because it was so shoddy.
“I felt sad and let down, but there was also a feeling of being liberated. I left my manager, my record company and was on my own. Going through that, I really did discover who I really was again.” Read more
Zayn Malik is writing music for animated movie “10 Lives’’ (NME)
Zayn Malik is reportedly writing new music for the upcoming animated movie 10 Lives.
According to Variety, Malik is serving as the film’s executive music producer, and will oversee the film’s musical direction. He will write music for 10 Lives alongside his next studio album with Mercury Records.
The film will centre around a spoilt cat who literally has nine lives – and takes them all for granted. When he loses his ninth, he begs for one more chance to show he’s learned from his mistakes. Once this wish is granted, however, there will be some hidden technicalities. Read more
Kevin Hart attempts to steal fortune from mid-flight plane in trailer for Netflix heist film ‘‘Lift’’ (THR)
Kevin Hart could be on cloud nine if he can pull off a high-flying heist operation in the first trailer for Netflix‘s upcoming comedy-thriller “Lift”.
Landing on the streaming service on Jan. 12, F. Gary Gray’s feature centers on Cyrus Whitaker (Hart), the leader of an international heist team who gets enlisted to steal $500 million in gold from a mid-air passenger plane before the fortune ends up in the wrong hands. “Lift” co-stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Vincent D’Onofrio, Úrsula Corberó, Billy Magnussen, Jacob Batalon, Jean Reno and Sam Worthington.
The trailer shows Hart explaining the near-impossible task to his cohorts and warning that they’ll land in prison if they don’t succeed. “Half a billion in gold is on its way to a terrorist cell,” he says. “We gotta steal it mid-flight, 40,000 feet in the air.” Read more
Hamburg airport hostage standoff ends with child freed, suspect arrested (AlJazeera)
Police in Germany’s Hamburg city have arrested a man and rescued a child at the centre of a hostage standoff at the airport, ending an 18-hour crisis that had forced authorities to close the busy air hub.
A man, who police on Sunday said was suspected of carrying a gun and possibly explosives, drove a vehicle through the gates of the airport on Saturday night, officers said.
Police said the 35-year-old man was with his four-year-old daughter and was thought to be involved in a custody dispute. Read more
Brooklyn bishop disciplines pastor who allowed pop star to film music video in church (CNA)
The Diocese of Brooklyn announced Saturday that a local pastor who allowed a pop star to shoot a lewd music video in the church no longer has administrative oversight over the parish.
Additionally, the diocese told CNA that Brooklyn Bishop Robert Brennan celebrated a Mass of reparation at the church on Saturday morning in response to the desecration.
“Through the offering of this Mass, Bishop Brennan has restored the sanctity of this church and repaired the harm,” the diocese said in a statement. Read more
Golf classic records biggest outing as players vie for N22m (Guardian)
Top players from Kenya, Ghana, Cameroun, Namibia and Rwanda are among the over 100 players that have gathered at the Python Golf Club, Port Harcourt, to vie for honours in Nigeria Professional Golf Tour’s biggest purse event.
The seven-day tournament offers a whopping N22 million total prize purse for the professionals, who will begin their quest for honours on Wednesday.
The event started yesterday with the juniors, while the caddies will have their turn today. It will end on November 12, 2023.According to the Chief Executive Officer of Keves Global Leasing Limited, Chief Ikenna Okafor, whose company is bankrolling the event, it is the company’s contribution to the development of golf, a sport he believes should be at the root of rebuilding the moral structure of the African child. Read more
World Cup qualifiers: Peseiro gets Awoniyi boost (Punch)
Nigeria international Ola Aina made the headlines on Sunday after scoring the first goal in Nottingham Forest’s 2-0 win over Aston Villa but of more concern to Super Eagles head coach will be the return of Taiwo Awoniyi following a spell on the sidelines, The PUNCH reports.
Nigeria face Lesotho and Zimbabwe in the upcoming 2026 World Cup qualifying matches later this month and the Portuguese tactician will be delighted to have Awoniyi for the game with uncertainty surrounding the availability of Napoli striker Victor Osimhen.
Awoniyi had last month withdrawn from the Nigeria squad for their international friendlies with Saudi Arabia and Mozambique after suffering a groin injury. Read more
Liverpool’s Diaz sends message to kidnapped father after goal (ABC)
Luis Díaz made an extraordinary return for Liverpool as he scored a 95th-minute equaliser as his team drew 1-1 with Luton Town in the Premier League on Sunday while awaiting the promised release of his kidnapped father by Colombia’s National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrillas.
After scoring his late goal, Díaz lifted his Liverpool shirt to reveal a message underneath that said: ” Libertad para papá” (Freedom for dad).
The Colombia international had missed Liverpool’s past two matches after his mother, Cilenis Marulanda, and father, Luis Manuel Díaz, were seized by armed men in northern Colombia. His mother was freed within hours and the ELN guerrillas said on Thursday that they would free his father. Read more
Arsenal launch scathing attack on refereeing standards after Newcastle defeat (IrishIndependent)
Arsenal have launched a scathing attack on “unacceptable” refereeing standards and demanded improvements “urgently” as the club rally behind a furious Mikel Arteta.
In a statement released after Arteta’s rant at Var “errors” which led to a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle on Saturday, Arsenal said Premier League players, coaches and supporters “deserve better”.
Arteta had branded the decision not to rule out Anthony Gordon’s goal “an absolute disgrace”. Telegraph Sport understands the PGMOL, the body that controls refereeing in England, have no immediate plans to respond in public to his points, which a source said “were subjective”.Read more
No.2 Swiatek beats No.1 Sabalenka in WTA Finals semis (France24)
Second-ranked Iga Swiatek defeated world number one Aryna Sabalenka 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday to reach the title match of the WTA Finals, where she will face fellow unbeaten Jessica Pegula.
By downing the reigning Australian Open champion, Swiatek denied Sabalenka a victory that would have clinched the year-end top ranking for the 25-year-old from Belarus.
Instead, reigning French Open champion Swiatek of Poland can claim the year-end world number one spot for the second consecutive season by defeating American Pegula in Monday’s championship match. Read more
Max Verstappen caught by surprise by ‘‘unexpected’’ Lando Norris attack (PlanetF1)
Max Verstappen admitted he was caught on the hop by Lando Norris as the McLaren driver launched an attack early on in Brazil.
Early in the Brazilian Grand Prix, following the restart after a red flag stoppage, Lando Norris lined up Max Verstappen for an overtake attempt into Turn 1 – forcing the reigning World Champion to go defensive all the way down into Turn 4 as the McLaren driver kept up a sustained attack.
It was the one solid overtaking attempt Norris had on the Red Bull, with Verstappen then settling into a solid lead as the race progressed – one that saw him come home almost nine second clear of Norris at the chequered flag. Read more