Fellow inmates taught me how to steal cars – Suspect Confesses (Independent)
A car theft suspect, Ojo Azeez, currently detained by the police, over allegation of removing vehicles from park with the use of master keys, has sworn that if forgiven, he would not engage in stealing anymore.
Azeez was arrested by the operatives of the Inspector General of Police, IGP, MohammedAbubakar Adamu’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT), led by Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP).
Investigation revealed that the police, acting on an intelligence report about a syndicate that specialised in forging documents of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to dispose of stolen cars, which they often remove from park. Read more
Siblings use EFCC name to extort money from fraudsters (Punch)
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan zonal office, Oyo State, has arrested two brothers for extorting money from Internet fraudsters with a promise to shield them from being arrested by the commission.
The siblings – Olatunji Joe Beyioku (35) and Oluwayomi Beyioku (37) – were arrested in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, on Friday during a sting operation. Read more
Anambra Police burst kidnap syndicate, arrest two kingpins (Nation)
The Anambra State Police Command says it has smashed a kidnapping syndicate terrorising the state, and arrested two suspected top members.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Haruna Mohammed, a superintendent of police (SP) said Saturday that the arrest followed a fierce gun battle with the criminals.
Mohammed said that police also recovered one revolver pistol, four live ammunition, and a victim’s body. Read more
60-year-old Catholic priest dies in parish church fire (Punch)
A 60-year old Catholic priest, Rv Fr. Edmond Nwagbal, was on Saturday reportedly burnt beyond recognition in a fire outbreak at St. Peter Claver Catholic Parish Nnewichi in Nnewi North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
It was gathered that the inferno, which occurred at about 4:00 a.m., affected parts of the church’s residential building.
The deceased, it was learnt, was engulfed by the fire in his sleep. Read more
Bayelsa gov election: I’m really disappointed – Jonathan (Punch)
Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan casts his vote in the Saturday Governorship election in Bayelsa State. Photo: Femi Dawodu
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed disappointment at the handling of the voting process in his ward.
He expressed dissatisfaction over the lateness of the arrival of voting materials at the polling unit.
Jonathan spoke to journalists after he and his wife, Patience, had voted at Unit 39, Ward 13 at the Otazi Playground, Otuoke, in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. Read more
Bayelsa election: Dickson accuses security agencies of conniving with APC (Punch)
The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson has accused security agencies of conniving with the All Progressives Congress to rig the state governorship election.
The governor called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to cancel all the areas where electoral materials were hijacked by suspected political thugs.
Governor Dickson warned the security agencies not to push him to ask the people of Bayelsa to defend themselves with anything available to them. Read more
Kogi gov election: Journalists attacked in Ayetoro, car damaged (Punch)
Some journalists who are covering the governorship election in Ayetoro area of Kogi State were attacked by some youths after thugs ran off with ballot boxes at Ward 01, Unit 004, where Dino Melaye had earlier voted.
Thugs numbering about 10 invaded the polling unit in two Hilux vans and a Honda Civic car, shooting into the air and targeting the ballot boxes.
The ballot boxes were eventually taken away, while some boys in the community chased the vehicles with no success. Read more
Restructuring: Fashola fears `Brexit experience’ for Nigeria (Vanguard)
The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has expressed fears that Nigeria may experience the Brexit experience unless youths in the country are given political education to make them understand the issue of restructuring.
Reports have it that a cross-section of Nigerians has been clamouring consistently for Nigeria’s restructuring as the basis for national cohesion, progress and peaceful co-existence.
Fashola was speaking as a guest speaker at the 76th anniversary of the Island Club in Lagos at the weekend. Read more
Electricity: Abuja to experience total blackout Saturday (Vanguard)
The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, has disclosed that some part of Abuja will experience total power outage tomorrow.
The outage which will last for four hours, according to the company is targeted towards carrying out its annual system maintenance.
In a statement by the company, it stated that “There will be bulk outage tomorrow, 16 Nov. 10 am – 2 pm to enable our engineers to execute annual maintenance on the 60MVA, 132/33kV Transformer, Kukwaba Trx SS, Abuja. Read more
Man exhumes parents’ bodies to exchange bones for motorbike (Nation)
A man has been arrested for allegedly digging up his parents’ bodies so he can exchange their bones for a motorbike.
Police in Mozambique, Africa have detained a man in the northern Nampula province on suspicion of exhuming the bodies of his parents and an uncle.
The man is reported to have removed their bones in one night after a businessman promised him a motorcycle and more than $300 (£234) in cash. Read more
We’ll cage Super Eagles, Lesotho players Vow (Guardian)
After grabbing one point in their away fixture against Sierra Leone on Wednesday, players and officials of Crocodiles of Lesotho have vowed to cage the Super Eagles in tomorrow’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
The Crocodiles drew 1-1 with Sierra Leone in Wednesday’s Group L fixture in Freetown on a day the Super Eagles came from 0-1 down to beat the Squirrels of Benin Republic 2-1 in Uyo.
To captain Marepe Basia, tomorrow’s match against the Super Eagles is a must-win for the Crocodiles. Read more
Southgate to bring Sterling back from England exile (Punch)
Gareth Southgate is set to bring Raheem Sterling back from his brief England exile in Sunday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Kosovo as he seeks to end the controversy over the Manchester City star’s row with Joe Gomez.
Sterling was dropped for Thursday’s 7-0 rout of Montenegro after clashing with England team-mate Gomez in the Three Lions’ training base canteen.
It is believed Sterling was unhappy with Gomez following an altercation with the Liverpool defender during City’s Premier League defeat at Anfield last weekend. Read more
Mahrez miss Algeria games for personal reasons (Nation)
Algeria captain Riyad Mahrez has been excused from travelling to Botswana for their African Cup of Nations qualifier on Monday for personal reasons, his coach said.
Mahrez provided an assist on Thursday as Algeria romped to a 5-0 home win over Zambia in Blida at the start of the 2021 Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Yet he did not travel yesterday for their second game in Group H because of what coach Djamel Belmadi termed “a personal problem that requires us to let him go,” without offering any further explanation. Read more
Hamilton keen to gain early advantage ahead of 2020 (Guardian)
Lewis Hamilton believes his Mercedes team have an advantage over their rivals ahead of the 2020 world championship after wrapping up their unprecedented sixth consecutive title double with two races to go this year.
The six-time drivers’ champion, who retained his crown in Texas two weeks ago, said he was as keen as ever to win the final events in Brazil and Abu Dhabi, but added that Mercedes can take more risks.
“It’s almost a different approach now for me, because we can be a little bit more aggressive,” said Hamilton. “We can try some different strategies and we can try some different ways how we go about our weekend and the process. Read more
Liverpool star Gomez’s difficult week ends on low note (Punch)
Liverpool full-back Joe Gomez’s rollercoaster week, from the high of beating Manchester City last Sunday to being booed at Wembley on Thursday, ended with him missing England’s final Euro 2020 qualifier in Kosovo due to a sore knee.
The 22-year-old — whose Liverpool team-mate Jordan Henderson also misses the trip to Kosovo with a viral infection — featured in the headlines earlier in the week after City striker Raheem Sterling confronted him at England’s training centre on Monday, the day after Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over City. Read more
Bale: Playing for Wales more exciting than Real Madrid (Nation)
Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale says that he finds it more exciting to play for Wales than for the Spanish giants.
Having already courted controversy in Spain this season due to his attitude, the 30-year-old has risked upsetting fans of the club further by indicating that he prefers featuring for his country.
Indeed, Bale has not featured for Los Blancos since sustaining a calf injury on international duty in October but has found his fitness in time to travel with Ryan Giggs’ side for a Euro 2020 qualifier against Azerbaijan on Saturday. Read more
Inter Milan coach Conte under police protection after bullet sent in post (Punch)
Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte is receiving police protection after a threatening letter containing a bullet was sent to him through the post, Italian media reported on Saturday.
According to Corriere Della Sera, former Italy and Chelsea manager received the anonymous threatening letter containing a bullet in recent days.
Serie A club Inter Milan later said in a statement to Italian news agency Ansa that “the letter arrived at the club and not personally to the coach”. Read more
Rohr gets Dussuyer’s backing (Nation)
Benin Republic head coach, Michel Dussuyer has backed his Super Eagles counterpart, Gernot Rohr decision to pick mostly foreign-based professionals insisting that coaches must always select their team from the best available players no matter where they play.
Rohr has received attack from Nigerians for his reliance on foreign based players and Dussuyer in a chat in Uyo reckoned that the Eagles handler must be allowed to do his job to enable to the best of his ability. Read more
Eagles take search for points to Lesotho (Nation)
Nigeria will continue their quest to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations when it takes on Lesotho tomorrow evening at the Setsoto Stadium in Maseru, the Lesotho capital.
Nigeria came from behind to defeat Benin 2-1 on Wednesday in their opening qualifying match. Goals from Victor Osimhen and Samuel Kalu sealed the win for the Super Eagles after Stephane Sessegnon had given Benin a shock lead in the third minute of the game. Read more
Jordi Cruyff: Players are leaving LaLiga Santander because of Spain’s tax laws (Vanguard)
Jordi Cruyff believes that players are leaving Spain because there are more lenient tax laws elsewhere.
The Dutchman was speaking about the possibility of Neymar returning to Barcelona and hinted that tax laws in Spain are a disadvantage at attracting and keeping top players.
“Neymar makes the difference, for sure,” Cruyff told the press.”We’re seeing big players leave LaLiga. Tax-wise, it’s more of an advantage being outside of Spain and there are countries that are going to overtake Spanish football. Read more
Nigeria miss out on Olympics as Faleye wastes great chance (DailyTrust)
Nigeria missed out on a chance to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games football tournament when they were held 0-0 by South Africa in Cairo on Friday. Unmarked Sunday Faleye wasted a great chance to snatch victory for the Nigerians in the final minute by heading a cross wide when a goal seem inevitable. Ivory Coast edged Zambia 1-0 through a goal from centre-back Kouadio-Yves Dabila in the other Group B match of an eight-nation qualifying competition. Read more