#EndSARS: Uber driver manhandled by policemen (Guardian)
An Uber driver, Adedotun was beaten, brutalized, pepper-sprayed and forcefully dragged into a black maria by operatives of the Nigeria Police Force during the #EndSARS memorial which took place at the Lekki tollgate today.
While addressing pressmen, Adedotun said he was in his car when he heard people shouting.
He decided to run for cover and left his vehicle. He further explained that on his way back, trying to locate his car, some police officers stopped him and started dragging and beating him.
Adedotun said while he was struggling to prevent the operatives from pushing him into their van, they pepper-sprayed his eyes.
Hundreds of young Nigerians hit the streets of Lagos to commemorate the first anniversary of the attack on #EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll plaza. Read more
#EndSARS panel compensation: Lagos pays N420m, NBA faults Akwa Ibom, Ogun, Oyo, Benue for shunning payments (Punch)
States, including Akwa Ibom, Oyo,Ogun, Enugu, Benue, Osun and Gombe, have yet to pay victims of police brutality a year after they set up panels on human rights violations.
Officials of Akwa Ibom, Benue and Oyo states, in separate interviews with The PUNCH on Wednesday said since the Federal Government directed the setting up of panels, which investigated complaints of human rights violations against the police, it should pay compensation for the victims.
The PUNCH gathered that states that had not paid compensation as ordered by the panels included Akwa Ibom, Benue, Osun, Oyo, Ogun and Gombe.
But it was learnt that Lagos State had paid N420m compensation to the victims. Read more
Pregnant, nursing mothers can serve in husbands’ state of residence, says NYSC (Guardian)
All married women who are pregnant and nursing mothers not deployed to their husbands’ places of domicile can now proceed to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camps within their spouses’ states of residence, the scheme has said.
NYSC, however, said the pregnant women or nursing mothers must present for registration, in addition to other documents, evidence of marriage, husbands’ identity and evidence of husbands’ place of domicile.
Director General (DG) of the NYSC, Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, said this during a briefing on the 2021 Batch C Stream One orientation exercise, which commenced, yesterday, in all the 37 camps nationwide.
The DG explained that the new policy was designed to ease the burden on women, saying the NYSC is “an organisation with a human face.” Read more
NASSI trade fair begins October 25 (Sun)
The National Association of Small Scale Industrialists (NASSI), in collaboration with the Lagos State Government is set to host the 5th Lagos MSMEs trade fair, which is billed to begin October 25 to 31.
Chairman, Lagos branch of the association, Gertrude Akhimien, who made the disclosure noted that the one week event which will hold at the Adeyemi Bero Hall, Alausa, Ikeja, is themed “Role of technology in the success of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the new normal.”
Emphasising on the theme, Akhimien said with the invasion of COVID -19 pandemic, which introduced restrictions in movement, fear of interaction and difficulty in accessing the market, businesses are now technology driven, which is the new normal that has grown beyond measure.
She disclosed that the fair is going to be physical and virtual as products will be displayed online for promotion, so that customers can place orders. Read more
Customs’ move to impound private jets (Tribune)
Last week, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) threatened to impound 29 private jets on which the owners had not paid statutory duties to the Federal Government. Speaking at a news conference in Abuja, the NCS Public Relations Officer (PRO), Joseph Attah, disclosed that the agency had, in June, commenced the verification of all privately owned aircraft due to rising insecurity in the country.
According to him, the 29 private jets in question would be impounded if the owners did not show up at the expiration of its 140-day ultimatum. Attah explained that within the stipulated period of verification, 86 private jets or airplane operators showed up for the exercise and presented relevant documents for verification and that 57 of them were verified as commercial charter operators and were duly cleared for operations.
The NCS spokesman added that the 29 private jets/airplane owners or their representatives were given demand notices on October 11 and were given 14 days in which to make payment to designated Federal Government accounts, following which they would be issued aircraft clearance certificates.
His words: “Owners of private aircraft for which no presentations were made for verification and whose status remains uncertain are requested to immediately furnish Customs Service with documents for verification. To this effect, all 57 commercial charter jets or aircraft operators who presented their documents for verification are requested to come to the Nigeria Customs Service Headquarters, Abuja, to collect their clearance certificates.”Read more
Reps pass bill for establishment of federal university in Plateau State (Tribune)
The ongoing effort towards the development of education in Nigeria has gained a boost as the bill which seeks to establish a University of Education in Pankshin, Plateau State, has passed the third reading on the floor of the House of Representatives.
The bill was passed at the Committee of the Whole, following the adoption of the report and recommendations of the House Committee on Tertiary Education chaired by Honourable Aminu Suleiman.
The objectives of the university, as stipulated in the bill, include: “to encourage the advancement of learning and to hold out to all persons without distinction of race, creed, sex or political conviction; develop and offer academic programmes leading to the award of certificates, first degrees, post-graduate, diploma and higher degrees with emphasis on planning, developmental and adaptive skills in education, technology and so forth.”
The university is also expected to: “act as agents and catalysts for effective educational system, through postgraduate training, research and innovation, for effective economic utilisation and conservation of the country’s human resources as well as bring quality change in education by focusing on teacher education through teaching and learning innovations. Read more
Kanu’s absence in court’ll escalate protest, tension, lawyer warns FG (Sun)
Lead counsel to leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, has warned that the Federal Government must produce him today before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
He said people in the South East don’t believe Kanu is alive, explaining it was the reason tension reigned and they were still observing the sit-at-home order despite its suspension by IPOB.
The lawyer, stated this in an addressed to journalists, yesterday, ahead of the embattled IPOB leader’s trial, today.
He expressed the fears that the non-appearance of Kanu in court today could escalate protest and tension calling for restrain on the part of security personnel deployed to the court. Read more
Alex Ekwueme Teaching Hospital raises alarm over fraudulent job offers (Vanguard)
The Management of Alex-Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, has cautioned the general public to beware of fraudsters offering employment in the name of the hospital.
The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, Dr Emeka Ogah, gave the warning on Wednesday, while interacting with journalists in Abakaliki.
“The public should be informed that the hospital is not doing any employment. We only advertised for internship”, Ogah said.
He added that the warning became necessary as the fraudsters also used his name on ‘Facebook ‘ to carryout the act. on unsuspecting members of the public.
“Why will I collect money to give jobs. I work with integrity. Read more
Jason Momoa opens up about getting injured while filming Aquaman 2 (Metro)
Jason Momoa has revealed just how much he suffers for his art as he opened up about the new injuries he’s sustained while filming Aquaman 2.
Appearing on Tuesday’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the 42-year-old actor confirmed he needed to get surgery after scratching his cornea while shooting Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
Jason stated: ‘I’m getting old, is what’s happening. I messed up my eyes. I just got something in it that kinda cut it up, and then I’ve gotta get surgery.
‘I have a hernia, I’ve got ribs out. I’m just getting beat up. But it’s going to be a great movie, you’re gonna love it.’ Read more
Swedish House Mafia confirms Coachella 2022 performance (Billboard)
Swedish House Mafia has confirmed that they’re playing Coachella 2022.
In a social media post on Wednesday (Oct. 20) the dance trio launched a video with the message “Swedish House Mafia Live Coachella 2022.” In its own post, Coachella shared an image of the trio in shadow superimposed over the desert festival site.
This set is the first Swedish House Mafia show announced for 2022 and the group’s first major festival play since the trio reconvened with new music this past July after a nearly 10-year hiatus.
On Dec. 5 they’re also slated to play the Audacy Beach Festival in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in a set that will be their first performance since a 14-date spring/summer tour in 2019. The Fort Lauderdale show will be the group’s first in the United States since they reunited at Ultra Music Festival 2018 after a five-year break. Read more
Jack Nicholson sits courtside at Lakers game for first time in over a year (PageSix)
Jack is back.
Los Angeles Lakers superfan Jack Nicholson made his grand return to the Staples Center on Tuesday for his favorite NBA team’s first game of the new season.
Nicholson — who had not been to a game in over a year — arrived in a black SUV wearing a brown Lacoste polo shirt, black slacks, a black jacket and loafers.
The actor, 84, was greeted outside the downtown Los Angeles arena by a slew of fans asking for his autograph.
Nicholson obliged, and was photographed signing a few poster boards. Read more
Gabby Petito: ‘Human remains’ found in Brian Laundrie search (BBC)
Investigators leading a search for the missing fiancé of a murdered US blogger have found apparent “human remains” in a Florida park, the FBI has said.
Agents said items belonging to Brian Laundrie, who is a person of interest in Gabby Petito’s death, were also found during the search.
Mr Laundrie has been missing for over a month after returning to Florida from a joint trip without his partner.
Her body was later found in Wyoming, where the couple had been travelling.Read more
WW2 ghost ships raised from the ocean by volcanic tremors (Metro)
A fleet of Japanese World War Two ships have risen from the bottom of the ocean following tremors from a nearby volcano.
The ships were sunk during the battle of Iwo Jima towards the end of the war in 1945.
Now satellite images have shown the ghostly remains of the 24 transport vessels washed up on the shore.
The pictures were obtained by All Nippon News following a rise in the seabed due to activity from Mount Suribachi in the west of Iwo Jima island. Read more
Covid boosters: FDA approves Moderna and J&J shots (BBC)
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to be used as booster jabs, and said Americans can now receive doses of vaccines that are different from the one they initially received.
The news that mixing-and-matching will soon be allowed comes one month after the FDA authorised Pfizer booster jabs for some Americans, including those over 65 or at higher risk of severe illness and who work in frontline jobs.
However, the FDA’s ruling still requires final approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) before jabs can begin being delivered.
Less than 5% of Americans have so far received a booster jab, according to US health officials. Read more
Kelly Dodd explains why she ‘regrets’ getting the COVID-19 vaccine (PageSix)
Kelly Dodd “regrets” getting the COVID-19 vaccine because she “already had the antibodies” and thinks that means she is “unlikely to get COVID again,” she exclusively explained to Page Six.
“The Real Housewives of Orange County” alum tweeted on Tuesday, “I got the vaccine … And regret it. I’m trying not to be a dick,” the last line an apparent reference to a cartoon about a character named “Dick” that “thinks the government cares about him.”
The “Rick & Kelly UNMASKED” podcast host expressed that “no one should be forced” to get the vaccine. She also referred to the COVID-19 vaccine as a “potentially deadly jab.”
Dodd’s statement to Page Six said, “I already had the virus so I already had antibodies. I was protected and unlikely to get Covid again but got the vaccine because of travel restrictions. It made life a lot easier since I could show the card and not have to keep getting tested, but if the government would’ve allowed an antibody card I never would’ve gotten the shot.” Read more
Ronaldo caps Man Utd fightback against Atalanta (BBC)
Cristiano Ronaldo headed the winner nine minutes from time as Manchester United came back from two goals down to record a memorable Champions League triumph against Atalanta at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had been booed off at the break, such was the lack of invention they showed in falling behind to goals from Mario Pasalic and Merih Demiral.
But the jeers turned to cheers as United, roared on by an increasingly frenzied crowd, rallied to complete one of their great European victories.
Marcus Rashford reduced the deficit with an excellent finish eight minutes after the restart before skipper Harry Maguire drove home after being left free at the far post to get on the end of Edinson Cavani’s flick.
But, inevitably, it was Ronaldo who won the game, just as he did three weeks previously against Villarreal. Read more
National Youth Games: Okowa felicitates with Team Delta on record-breaking 6-time win (Vanguard)
Delta State Governor Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, on Wednesday congratulated Team Delta on its great feat of winning the just-concluded 6th National Youth Games (NYG) for the sixth time.
Okowa commended the team for its commitment and determination, which culminated in its unprecedented dominance of the games, emerging champions consecutively at all the six editions since it debuted.
In a congratulatory message contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, the governor expressed delight that the team did not just emerge winners but surpassed its last year’s record in winning the competition.
He congratulated the athletes, their coaches and the management of Delta State Sports Commission on the great record, describing it as “stunning and unprecedented“. Read more
How I caged Thierry Henry –Taribo (Punch)
Former Super Eagles centre-back Taribo West has responded to France legend Thierry Henry’s comments that he was the defender he dreaded most during his playing career, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
The Arsenal legend, while speaking on CBS Sports on Tuesday, admitted he endured a torrid time against the Nigerian centre-back during his active days.
Despite being rated as one of the most potent strikers of all time, Henry, now the assistant coach of Belgium, admitted Taribo was the hardest opponent he played against.
“For direct opponent, I would go back in the days – Taribo West,” Henry said. “Because at Auxerre, they did man-marking. He followed you everywhere, even in the dressing room.”Read more
Pitch invader tackled to the ground after grabbing Manchester United hero Cristiano Ronaldo (Metro)
A group of fleet-footed stewards had to intervene as a pitch invader tried to grab a piece of Cristiano Ronaldo after his heroics in Manchester United’s 3-2 victory over Atalanta.
Just moments earlier, Ronaldo headed home a trademark last-gasp winner to complete an incredible turnaround for United in a Champions League thriller at a raucous Old Trafford.
Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire also netted to cancel out first-half goals from Mario Pasalic and Merih Demiral and the result saw the Red Devils take a two-point lead at the top of Group F.
Ronaldo’s decisive goal sent the Theatre of Dreams into raptures, as was the case three weeks earlier when the Portuguese found a last-gasp winner against Villarreal. Read more
Olympic flame arrives in Beijing for 2022 winter games (Independent)
The Olympic flame for the 2022 Beijing Winter Games arrived in the Chinese capital on Wednesday.
A flight with the flame on board landed in Beijing ahead of a welcome ceremony at the Beijing Olympic Tower near the National Stadium, Xinhua news agency reported.
Cai Qi, head of the Beijing Municipal Committee and Beijing Games organising committee, lit a cauldron at Olympic Tower.
The flame will initially remain there before going on display in other Chinese cities as well.
“It will be aiming to spread the Olympic spirit and engage more people to participate in ice and snow sports,” according to Xinhua. Read more
Cherif Souleymane: ‘I was the only black player in East Germany’ (BBC)
When Cherif Souleymane travelled from Guinea to East Germany to study architecture in 1962, the then 17-year-old had no idea that within a year he would be reshaping East German football.
Nor that he would become the first Guinean to play overseas, and one of the first Africans too.
Today considered one of his country’s greats, he had travelled behind the Iron Curtain through an exchange program with East Germany, then a communist country with close links to the Soviet Union.
“I went to study architecture on a government scholarship, not to join a club,” he told BBC Sport Africa.
Yet he soon found himself playing in the country’s second tier after his talents were spotted while playing for his university side in Neubrandenburg, some 130 kilometres north of Berlin.Read more