Father of mutilated boy in Ikorodu cries for justice (Guardian)
Father of 14-year-old Qudus Anifowoshe, who was murdered and dismembered at Igbogbo Agunfoye Ire, Ikorodu area of Lagos State, Taofeek Anifowose, has called on the state government and the Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, to bring the killers of his son to book.
While speaking with our correspondent yesterday, Taofeek stated that Qudus was last seen with a 17-year-old Daniel Amme, a student of Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) who lives with his grandmother and his son’s mutilated body was found in an uncompleted building behind Amme’s compound three days later. He explained that Qudus was declared missing on the evening of October 14, at about 7:00p.m. The boy had left home two hours prior to the time he was declared missing. Read more
Lagos residents lament hardship over bad road (Punch)
Residents of Kirikiri town have lamented hardship caused by the bad condition of Karimu Road, in the Oriade Local Council Development Area of Lagos State.
The residents claimed that the companies in the community neglected the road and failed in their corporate social responsibility.
They identified the companies trading in the community as Techno Oil and Gas Limited, Fatgbems Oil, Sam Star Nigeria Limited, Bovas Oil, Chisco Energy, Best Staff Construction Company, Kam Wire Nigeria Limited, Bolingo Nigeria Limited, Ratel Engineering Limited, Bao Yao Nigeria Limited, Reynold Nigeria Limited, among others. Read more
Stolen UK, US banks’ credit card info found on Naira Marley’s laptop, says EFCC witness (Guardian)
A Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday heard that stolen credit card information issued by European, American and Latin American banks were retrieved from a laptop allegedly belonging to the musician, Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley.
An Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) forensics expert, Nuru Buhari, told Justice Nicholas Oweibo that some of the credit card information belonged to four persons in the United Kingdom (UK) including one Nicole Louise. Buhari testified as EFCC’s first prosecution witness in Marley’s alleged card fraud trial, which began on Tuesday.
The witness, who was led in evidence by EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, alleged that apart from the stolen information, the website visit history recovered from the device showed that the top five most visited sites dealt with buying and selling of stolen credit card information. Read more
Father nabbed for allegedly raping his two daughters (Guardian)
One Joseph Sunday of Obot Idim Ibesikpo, in Ibesikpo/Asutan local government area of Akwa Ibom State, has been nabbed by the police for allegedly raping his two daughters, aged nine and 13 years. It was gathered that the suspect had been having canal knowledge of his daughters for over three years after he divorced the mother of the girls who had relocated to Rivers State.
Investigations revealed that Sunday, in his late 40s, always had sex with his two daughters at same time in his home in Ibesikpo. It was also revealed that the suspect always threatens them with traditional injunction (Mbiam) if they make attempts to report the case to anyone. Read more
Nigerian murder victim ‘was lured into honeytrap by girl, 17 (NewTelegraph)
A teenage girl lured a man into a deadly sex trap so her accomplices could steal his BMW, a court heard.
Ayodeji Habeeb Azeez, 22, thought he was meeting a 17-year-old girl he had chatted to over Snapchat and social media when he drove to a car park in Anerley, south-east London, on November 4 last year, reports metro.news.
Instead he was set upon by a gang of five, including the girl, and suffered 16 stab wounds to his torso, back and shoulders. He managed to stagger out of the car park and collapsed, the Old Bailey was told. Read more
EFCC recovers charms, fake currencies from brothers, eight others (Newtelegraph)
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested two brothers and eight others in Ilorin, Kwara State for alleged internet fraud.
The EFCC also recovered charms, smart phones, laptops and fake currencies from the suspects.
The siblings are Tolu Ogundowole and Tosin Ogundowole.
Others are Paul Chibuzor, David Daniels, Agwu Goodness, Olayiwola Azeez, Olamide Ijisesan, Chilaka Dickson, Abdullahi Abubakar and Temitope Bambo. Read more
Nigeria to import doctors from Europe, United States (Guardian)
Health Minister Osagie Ehanire said yesterday that Nigeria would employ the services of medical experts from Europe and America.
The disclosure came at a time that some stakeholders are expressing concern about the migration of health workers from the country.
Ehanire said officials of the ministry were in touch with foreign embassies for specialists who would work in hospitals across the country for specified periods. Read more
Court remands man for allegedly kidnapping, raping 2 teenagers (DailyTrust)
A Kaduna Chief Magistrates’ Court on Thursday ordered that a 27-year-old man Yusuf Yahaya, who allegedly kidnapped and raped two teenagers, be remanded in a correctional facility pending legal advice. Magistrate Lukman Sidi, did not take the plea of Yahaya, on grounds that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the matter. Sidi, ordered the police to forward the case file to the Department of Public Prosecution(DPP) for advice. Read more
Oyo Assembly passes anti-open grazing law (Nation)
Oyo House of Assembly has passed the anti-open grazing bill into law, says it will foster peace and promote agricultural business in the state.
The bill, which was passed at its Thursday plenary, is to avoid continuous damages and end lost of lives and unquantifiable investment to constant clashes between herders and crop farmers.
Speaker Adebo Ogundoyin appealed to residents to ignore falsehoods and misconceptions of the prohibition of Open Rearing and Grazing of Livestock bill that are capable of triggering hostility between the herders and local farmers’ communities. Read more
‘INEC saves N300m for combining guber, senatorial elections in Kogi’ (DailyTrust)
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu. The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu said the commission will save N300 million for scheduling to hold governorship and senatorial elections in Kogi consecutively. The Chairman stated this on Thursday during the 2020 Budget defence before a Joint senate and House of Assembly committee on INEC.
Yakubu said the idea came when INEC was served a court order which nullified the senatorial election of in Kogi West. Read more
How border closure changed Nigeria’s economic indices (Guardian)
Federal Government’s latest border policy, which altered the flow of commodities- legally and illegally, particularly through the Benin Republic, has in the immediate, changed some economic fundamentals.
The government had in August, ordered partial closure of land borders to curtail smuggling of rice and other products into the country, citing non-compliance of neighbouring countries with ECOWAS protocols on the transit of goods.
The move would create an opportunity for local producers of commodities such as rice, vegetable oil, palm oil and other agricultural produce to increase production and meet local demand. Read more
Brexit: Boris Johnson to try for 12 December election (BBC)
Boris Johnson has said he will give MPs more time to debate his Brexit deal, but only if they agree to a 12 December general election.
The prime minister told the BBC he expected the EU to grant an extension to his 31 October deadline, even though he “really” did not want one.
He urged Labour to back an election in a vote he plans to hold next week.
EU leaders are expected to give their verdict on delaying Brexit for up to three months, on Friday. Read more
California: Power cuts expected as Kincade wildfires rage (BBC)
More than half a million people are facing power cuts in California as wildfires rage through the state.
The Kincade fire has engulfed 10,000 acres of land and has not been contained, says the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
It is being driven by strong north winds and is moving south, a California Fire spokeswoman said.
The worst of the winds are expected to arrive on Thursday afternoon. Read more
FIFA U-17 World Cup: Garba wary of Hungary(NewTelegraph)
Golden Eaglets coach, Manu Garba has said his side will not underrate Hungary when the two sides clash tomorrow (Saturday) in their opening group match of the 2019 edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil.
The Estadio Olympico, Goiania will come alive on Saturday when five – time world champions in the FIFA U-17 World Cup tackle Hungary in the opening game in Group B of this year’s championship.
Garba said they were determined to hit the ground running as victory in their opening game would boost the confidence of the team. Read more
Europa League: Man United beat Partizan 1-0 in Belgrade (Punch)
Manchester United made an emotional return to Belgrade on Thursday and, after a ceremony to remember the ‘Busby Babes’, eked out a first away win since March, 1-0, over Partizan.
Anthony Martial scored the only goal of the Europa League Group L game with a penalty kick after 43 minutes, but the hosts had eight strikes on target to just three by United.
The game marked the return to the ground where Matt Busby’s famous team of talented youngsters played their last game, a European Cup quarter-final against Red Star in February 1958. Read more
Amapakabo confident Olympic Eagles’ll deliver in Egypt (NewTelegraph)
Dream Team coach Imama Amapakabo, has exuded confidence that his boys will pick one of the three tickets available for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games when action commences in the 2019 U-23 Africa Nations Cup billed for Egypt next month.
Amapakabo who has put behind the pains of the Super Eagles B failure to secure the 2020 CHAN ticket said his focus is on retaining the Olympic Eagles’ title defence.
Amapakabo, a former Nigeria junior international and defunct NEPA of Lagos goalkeeper, is in camp in Abuja with the home based Eagles and now awaits the arrival of the foreign-based professionals next week Monday. Read more
Rangers leave for Togo (Guardian)
Nigeria’s second representative in the on-going CAF Confederation Cup, Enugu Rangers are expected in Lagos today en route Lome, where they will take on Togo’s Association Sportive des Conducteurs de Kara (ASCK) in the last qualifying round for the group stage of the competition.
Nigeria’s other team in the competition, Enyimba of Aba, will host South Africa’s TS Galaxy on Sunday.
Enugu Rangers will travel to Togo this evening aboard an Askya flight from Lagos.
According to the Flying Antelopes, the 26-man delegation are expected to depart Enugu this morning to connect a flight from Lagos to the Togolese capital for the match slated for Sunday. Read more
AFCON U-23: Nwakali, first foreign-based to arrive camp (NewTelegraph)
Huesca of Spain striker, Kelechi Nwakali, was the first overseas-based professional to arrive Dream Team training camp ahead of next month’s U-23 African Cup of Nations finals in Egypt.
But Nwakali, who has not enjoyed regular playing time at Spanish second club Huesca, will undergo special training to ensure he is match fit for the tournament,camp sources said.
“A special drill has been designed for him that will ensure he is match-fit,” a team official told New Telegraph. Read more
Woods shoots 6-under-par 64 to share first-round lead in Japan (DailyTrust)
Tiger Woods returned to competition in style, shooting his best score in more than a year to take the lead with a spectacular six-under-par 64 in the opening round at the Zozo Championship on Thursday. Two months after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, the 15-time major champion made an “ugly start”, hitting his opening tee shot with a five wood into a pond at Narashino Country Club.
Three straight bogeys augured for a long day but for the next 15 holes he could do nothing wrong, running up nine birdies in his first career appearance in the Tokyo area. Read more
AFCON 2021 qualifiers: Delta, Akwa Ibom battle to host Eagles (NewTelegraph)
Asaba and Uyo Stadiums are being considered by the Nigeria Football Federation as the venue for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between the Super Eagles and the Squirrels of Benin, slated for November 11. A top source of the NFF made this known on Thursday in an interview with Soccernet.ng, where it was revealed that the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba State and the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo had been tipped to host the qualifier. Although a final decision has not been made, however, it was confirmed to Soccernet.ng that plans were underway to announce the venue before the end of next week
. “The NFF will make a pronouncement on the venue that will host the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Benin very soon. They are working on it and looking at it from their cooperate angle. Initially, it was supposed to be Edo State but of late we have been hearing Asaba, Uyo and definitely, Abuja is out of it because the pitch is not ready,” The NFF Source told Soccernet.ng “Uyo and Asaba are good grounds for the Super Eagles because that’s where we have played and won games with ease. Read more
Inter Milan interested in Bayern star Muller (Guardian)
Inter Milan are interested in signing former Germany star Thomas Mueller, who has lost his starting place at Bayern Munich, magazine Kicker reported on Thursday.
The 30-year-old has often found himself on the bench this season behind Philippe Coutinho, who Bayern coach Niko Kovac prefers in the attacking midfield role.
According to Kicker, Inter’s “interest is intensifying” and the Italian giants could bring Muller to Milan in the January transfer window. Read more
FIFA Ranking: Nigeria drops by one spot, now world 35th (DailyTrust)
Nigeria’s Super Eagles have dropped by one spot in the FIFA World ranking for the month of October to now place as world 35th country. In the ranking table from the world football governing body, FIFA on Thursday, Nigeria garnered 1,481 points as against 1482 recorded in September.
However, in spite of the drop, Nigeria still occupy the third spot in Africa behind Senegal and Tunisia who are placed 20th and 29th with 1,546 and 1,495 points, respectively. Read more
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain steals the show as Liverpool show their flair in comfortable win over Genk (Metro)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain stole the show as Liverpool picked up an ultimately comfortable 4-1 victory away to Genk in the Champions League. The 26-year-old scored twice, both worthy of note, but the second was a thing of beauty as he bent an effort into the top corner from outside of the box. This came in the 57th minute after he had opened the scoring after just two minutes to set his side on course for the impressive victory away from home. Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah got in on the act in the last 15 minutes, both with classy finishes as the European champions stepped on the accelerator pedal. Read more