EFCC receives petition to investigate Tinubu (Guardian)
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday received a petition to investigate the source of money conveyed in bullion vans to the home of the All Progressive Congress (APC) National Leader Bola Tinubu on the eve of the 2019 presidential election.
The convener of Concerned Nigerians Deji Adeyanju submitted a petition to the EFCC to investigate Tinubu on Friday.
EFCC is empowered by law to prevent, investigate, prosecute and penalise economic and financial crimes and is charged with the responsibility of enforcing the provisions of other laws and regulations relating to economic and financial crimes. Read more
Man allegedly assaults wife’s four-year-old relative (Punch)
An Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, on Friday, ordered that a 34-year-old man, Babatunde Olatunji, who allegedly beat up his wife’s four-year-old relative, be remanded in a correctional facility pending bail.
The Police charged Olatunji for assault.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Adeola Adedayo, remanded the defendant in a Correctional Centre in Ikoyi.
“The defendant should remain behind bars pending when a proper application for his bail is brought before the court,” she said. Read more
No casualty as two-storey building collapse in Lagos (Guardian)
Lagos State Friday said its emergency management agency rescued five persons from a building that collapsed at Ojuelegba area of the state.
The state government said the building collapsed in the early hours of Friday, October 25, 2019, at Rufai Street, off Makinde Street, Ojuelegba.
The government said LASEMA swiftly activated the Lagos Emergency Response Plan for all first responders to move to the site of the collapsed building. Read more
Google celebrates Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti’s 119th birthday with a doodle (Guardian)
Multinational technology giant, Google, is celebrating the 119th birthday of late Nigeria teacher, political campaigner, women’s rights activist and traditional aristocrat, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti with a Doodle.
The Doodle, illustrated by Nigerian-Italian guest artist, Diana Ejaita, celebrates a formidable leader who founded what many refer to as one of the most important social movements of the twentieth century. Diana Ejaita weaves together Ransome-Kuti’s likeness with women whose lives she changed. The Berlin-based artist’s style of combining dramatic blacks and soft colours to show “the strength of femininity” aligns well with Ransome-Kuti’s powerful story.
Born on this day in 1900 in Abeokuta, the current capital of Nigeria’s Ogun state, the former Frances Abigail Olufunmilayo Thomas grew up witnessing Great Britain consolidating control over Nigeria. As the grandchild of a slave, she became one of the first girls to enrol in Abeokuta Grammar School, before travelling to Cheshire in England to continue her education. By the time she returned home, she’d dropped her birth names and preferred to speak Yoruba. Read more
Fela deserves national recognition, says Osinbajo (Punch)
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday at a town hall meeting in Edo State said that Afrobeat creator, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti deserved national recognition.
Osinbajo said this while responding to a question from one of the people present at the town hall meeting, who asked that the National Theatre Lagos be named after the legendary musician.
The VP, however, said the decision to bestow national honour on Fela was not his to make. Read more
Buhari returns to Abuja after Russia – Africa Summit at Sochi (DailyTrust)
President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after an active participation in the three-day Russia – Africa Summit held in Sochi, Russia, with about 40 Heads of State and Governments in attendance. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the presidential aircraft conveying the president and some members of his entourage landed at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at about 5. 25 p.m. Read more
Be careful in dealing with foreign investors’ (Nation)
Nigerian businessmen seeking Chinese partnership have been told to avoid falling into wrong hands.
Managing Director of MD Perspective Nigeria Limited, Mrs Morenike Dele-Alimi, gave the advice on Thursday while highlighting activities involving her organization ahead of the Lagos International Trade Fair.
She spoke while on a visit to The Nation headquarters in Lagos. Her team which included Executive Director/Business Manager, Temiloluwa Dele-Alimi and Assistant Business Manager Miss Omolara Saidi, were received by The Editor, Adeniyi Adesina. Read more
Philippines loses bid to recover millions from estate of former dictator Marcos (Guardian)
The Philippine government has lost a decades-old legal effort to seize millions of dollars from the estate of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, a court said Friday, accusing state prosecutors of failing to produce admissible evidence.
Lawyers had submitted “defective” evidence consisting mostly of poor-quality photocopies, some of which were no longer readable, Justice Alex Quiroz of a special anti-graft court said in a release of the October 14 decision.
The ruling was another blow to efforts to recover the late dictator’s alleged ill-gotten wealth after the court also ruled in favour of Marcos’s estate on another multi-million-dollar case in September. Read more
World’s most expensive bottle of whisky sells for £1.5m (Punch)
The “Holy Grail” of whiskies smashed the record for the most expensive bottle ever sold, going for nearly £1.5 million at a London auction.
The Macallan 1926 60-year-old single malt from cask number 263 had been expected to sell for up to £450,000, but went under the hammer for £1.45 million ($1.9 million, 1.7 million euros) late Thursday, beating the £1.2 million fetched last year by another bottle from the same cask.
Distilled over 90 years ago and aged in European Oak for 60 years, the bottle was one of only 40 that Macallan, based in Moray, northern Scotland, has confirmed were bottled from Cask 263 in 1986. Read more
UK PM tells Corbyn to ‘man up’ and accept snap poll (Guardian)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday told opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn to “man up” and accept a snap December 12 election to help settle the Brexit crisis.
Johnson’s comments came with the Labour main opposition still fighting over how — or if — to take Britain out of the European Union more than three years after a referendum.
Labour leader Corbyn said in response to Johnson’s initial challenge Thursday that he would wait to see the length of the Brexit deadline extension granted by the European Union. Read more
Quadri lifts Sporting again (Nation)
Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri has again inspired his team Portuguese club, Sporting to an historic win 3-1 win over star-studded French champions, Hennebont TT in the European Table Tennis Union (ETTU) Champions League.
The French visiting team made up of Belgium’s Cedric Nuytinck, China’s Fan Sheng Peng and France’s Quentin Robinot were the favourites, but the homers were in inspiring form.
Against the Belgian, Quadri took the lead 2-0 (11-9, 11-5) but the Belgian star restored parity after winning the next two games at 5-11, 9-11. But in the decider, Quadri lifted his game to win the 11-6 and record a 3-2 win and earned Sporting 1-0 lead. Read more
Arsenal manager, Unai Emery praises Nicolas Pepe’s ‘perfect’ free-kick double (Nation)
Unai Emery has heaped praises on Nicolas Pepe after his match-winning free-kicks for Arsenal in the Europa League against Vitoria at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday. The Gunners trailed 2-1 when Emery brought Pepe off the bench at the Emirates stadium in the UEFA Europa League.
The Ivorian winger came on as a 74th-minute substitute for Alexandre Lacazette. He sparked a lackluster Arsenal into life with two sensational free-kicks in the 80th and 92nd minutes to snatch a 3-2 win. Read more
Air Warriors win 2019 Zenith Bank Women Basketball League title (DailyTrust)
Air Warriors yesterday emerged champions of the 2019 Zenith Women Basketball League. The Abuja based club defeated fellow debutants MFM Queens 57-53 at the Indoor Sports hall of the national Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
In the tightly contested final, Air Warriors led all through the game, ending the first quarter 14-7, the second 34-24 and the third 46-36. In a spirited effort to get back into the game, MFM pushed forward in the final quarter as they came within two points of Air Warriors before the Abuja team sealed the victory. Read more
Golf: Sponsors back LGAN Western zone regional tourney (Nation)
Ladies Golfers Association of Nigeria, (LGAN) Western Zone regional tournament got a boost with sponsors throwing their weight behind the tourney.
LGAN Vice President, Mary Okunola who disclosed this year, stated that Golfview Hotel and Suites, Yoke Solutions, Ufit Fly, Soft Alliance, AMNI, Worldilly’s Event planner, Xpress Payment Solutions, Ubosi Eleh&Co, AMNI and Megamound have thrown their weight behind the championship.
Speaking ahead of competition billed to tees off at the Ibadan Golf Club today, Okunola said arrangements have been put in place to ensure a hitch-free championship. Read more
Bayern Munich boss ‘not crying’ over injury woes or job fears (Punch)
Despite injury woes and speculation over his future, Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac insisted Friday he’s “not crying about” his predicament as his team eye regaining top spot in the Bundesliga.
The defending champions are third in the table before Saturday’s home game against Union Berlin, who has beaten top six clubs Borussia Dortmund and Freiburg in recent weeks.
The Bavarian giants are hunting a first win in three league games following a shock home defeat to Hoffenheim and a 2-2 draw at Augsburg, conceding two goals in each of their last five games in all competitions. Read more
Kano beat Katsina 2-1 to win 2019 World Polio Para-soccer tourney (DailyTrust)
Ortega of Team Kano (R) vies for the ball with his counterpart from Katsina during the semifinal match of the 3rd edition of the National Para-soccerin 2015 in Abuja. Kano State yesterday emerged winners of this year’s World Polio Para-soccer tournament in Abuja. Kano defeated neighbours Katsina 2-1 in a keenly contested battle to lift the giant trophy. In the third place match, former champions Kaduna were held to 2-2 draw by Nasarawa in regulation time before scoring the decisive penalty to win 3-2. Read more
FIFA U17 WORLD CUP: Fleet-footed Olusegun tipped to thrill in Brazil (Nation)
Golden Eaglets coach Manu Garba has picked gifted striker Olusegun Olakunle as one of the lads that could light up the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 even as he promised not to deviate from his attack-minded style.
The lithe Olakunle has overtime doubled as the Golden Eaglets’ top striker ahead of the trip to Brazil.
Last September, he scored four goals at the WAFU Zone B qualifying tournament to emerge as the top scorer. Read more
Injured Neymar misses Brazil friendlies (Punch)
Paris Saint-Germain injury-hit striker Neymar was left out of the Brazil squad announced Friday for friendlies next month against Argentina and South Korea.
Neymar was ruled out for four weeks in mid-October with a hamstring injury he suffered playing for his country in a 1-1 friendly draw against Nigeria. Read more
‘Etebo’s injury not serious’ (Nation)
Stoke City’s assistant manager, Paul Hart says the muscle injury that Oghenekaro Etebo sustained in last Tuesday’s Championship game against Sheffield Wednesday is not serious.
The Nigeria international was replaced in the 21st minute by Mark Duffy at Hillsborough as Stoke City suffered a 1-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday on matchday 13 in the EFL Championship on Tuesday.
Hart who said in his pre-match press conference that he’s hopeful that Etebo will recover from the muscle injury in few days time added that the Super Eagles’ midfielder is however doubtful for the club’s trip to Millwall on Saturday. Read more
‘Super’ Eaglets set to battle Hungary in World Cup opener (DailyTrust)
Five-time world champions in the FIFA U17 World Cup, the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria are set to battle Hungary in the opening game in Group B of this year’s championship taking place in Brazil. The team led by Coach Manu Garba has been putting finishing touches to their preparations in Goiania since Tuesday when they arrived the city from Sao Paulo.
Thenff.com has reported that Garba and his assistants are not leaving the stone unturned as they continued to impart tactical and technical knowledge to the players ahead of the game against Hungary. Read more