Fire disaster averted at MMIA as tanker spills petrol on motorway (ThisDay)
Vehicular traffic came to standstill yesterday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos when a 42 feet truck, laden with 33, 000 litres of petrol fell and spilled content on the link road connecting the domestic terminals to the international wing of the airport.
The road was blocked for hours, creating fear that the highly flammable product could ignite fire and gut some part of the airport, located few meters to the headquarters of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Forte Oil Filling Station, the Head officer of Arik Air and about 20 meters to the General Aviation Terminal (GAT), known as MMIA Terminal 1.
However, no life was lost and no injury was reported. Read more
Barber jailed 20 years for defiling 12-year-old neighbour (Punch)
An Ikeja Special Offences Court on Friday sentenced a 38-year-old barber, Jobi Kayode, to 20 years in prison for defiling his 12-year-old neighbour.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo sentenced Kayode after finding him guilty of a charge of defilement on the strength of the complainant’s testimony and the medical evidence.
“The prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and I hereby convict him on the offence of defilement, as charged.
“The instances of rape have become prevalent in our society and it is almost becoming an epidemic. The defilement of a 12-year-old neighbour, who trusted him as her neighbour, is heinous. Read more
Lagos C&S leader bemoans insecurity (Punch)
The Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the Cherubim and Seraphim Unification Church of Nigeria, Dr Joseph Adagba, has decried the security challenges facing the country.
Adagba, who praised the government for making efforts to address the situation, urged Nigerians to be cautious and vigilant when travelling.
He spoke during the sixth annual general conference and thanksgiving of the church at the Praying Band of the C & S Church in Mushin, Lagos. Read more
Five houses, several shanties burnt in Lagos fire (Punch)
No fewer than five houses and several shanties were burnt in a fire incident at Ebute Meta area of Lagos on Friday.
Our correspondents gathered that the fire started around 12noon from an electric pole at Okobaba by Jebba Street and spread to adjoining Kano, Coates and Tapa streets.
Eyewitnesses said gas cylinders stored in some of the houses escalated the fire. Read more
Kajola rail wagon, benefit of Executive Order 5 – FG (Vanguard)
The federal government has said the imminent commencement of building rolling stock locally to service railway needs across the country is a testament to the economic mileage of Executive Order number 5 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari in his first term in office.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo stated this at the official groundbreaking ceremony of rail wagon assembly plant in Kajola, Ogun state.
Accompanied by the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, Professor Osinbajo reiterated the commitment of the government to link every part of the country with the rail system. Read more
Governors reply Miyetti Allah: You cant’s force us to donate land to herdsmen (Punch)
Governors from the South-West, South-South, South-East and the Middle Belt have vowed they will not donate lands in their regions for herdsmen settlements despite the latest threat by herdsmen under the aegis of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore.
The National President of the herdsmen group, Alhaji Abdullahi Bodejo, in a statement last weekend said governors who wanted peace in their states must establish herdsmen settlements.
“You are a governor and you want to enjoy peace in your state, you don’t need any long meeting, just create a particular area for the Fulani and equip them with modern facilities,” Bodejo said. Read more
OPay gets CBN approval for international money transfer (Vanguard)
OPay, a provider of payment, ride-hailing, food delivery and loan services, has been given approval by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to commence international money transfer.
With the approval, OPay will start facilitating remittance B2B, B2P and P2P remittance services into Nigeria. This is coming on the heels of the earlier announced $50 million fundraised from major venture capitalist some months ago.
“The plan is to distort the remittance space and ensure that international money transfer into Nigeria is safer, faster and more affordable” according to Kunle Olamuyiwa, Director, Remittances Services at OPay. Read more
I’m afraid for our children’s future – Wife of policeman killed in Balogun Market fire (Punch)
Rose Dominic, the wife of the late policeman who died in the Balogun Market fire, says she is at a crossroads following the death of the family’s breadwinner.
The mother of four was awaiting the arrival of her husband, Sergeant Michael Dominic, from work on Wednesday when she was jolted by a phone call announcing the death of the 44-year-old cop
Michael, attached to the Ebute-Ero Police Station, was on duty at the scene of the fire which gutted Brasas Fabrics in Balogun Market, Lagos Island. Read more
Price of rice may crash in December (NewTelegrsph)
As Nigerians scramble for buy every grain of rice in the market (local or foreign), and the prices rising to N24, 000 and N28, 000 per 50kg bag; indications are that the price would nosedive before the Christmas.
Coming months after the price of the commodity skyrocketed as a result of the closure of Nigeria’s land borders by the Federal Government farmers and millers of rice across the country say they will soon flood the markets with rice and drastically cut the price following a bumper harvest.
In an interview with Sunday Telegraph, the President of Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RFAN), Aminu Goronyo, said that the type of bumper harvest recorded this year is the first in history. Read more
Abraham nets goal No 10 in Chelsea’s sixth straight win (Nation)
Chelsea recorded a sixth consecutive Premier League win for the first time since their title-winning season of 2016-17 as they moved up to second in the table.
The Blues’ victory over Crystal Palace means they are now five points behind leaders Liverpool.
Frank Lampard’s side moved above Manchester City, who play leaders Liverpool on Today. Read more
Musa scores brace in Al Nassr’s cup win (Punch)
Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, scored a brace as Al Nassr thrashed Afif Club 5-1 in their Saudi King Cup clash at the Al Majma’ah Sports City Stadium on Saturday.
Musa, who has been out of action for three months due to knee injury, started his first game having just returned last week where he featured for just seven minutes as they defeated Al Failsaly 2-0 last Saturday.
He opened scoring for Al Nassr in the 23rd minute before scoring his second and the team’s fourth 12 minutes from time. Read more
U-23AFCON: Cote d’Ivoire beat 10-man Nigeria (Guardian)
Nigeria’s U-23 Eagles, yesterday, lost 0-1 to Cote d’ Ivoire in their first Group B match of the 2019 CAF U-23 Total Africa Cup of Nations. The match was played at the Al-Salaam Stadium in Cairo, Egypt.
The match, which serves as qualifiers to the football event of the 2020 Olympic Games, saw the Eagles finish the West African derby with 10 men following a red card given to defender Olisa Ndah, in the 71st minute
Nigeria’s goalkeeper, Adamu Abubakar, made a fantastic save in the 16th minute to deny the Ivoiriens an early opener. Read more
Liverpool, Man City in potential title decider (Nation)
PREMIER League Gameweek 12 looks sets to be a cracker with the pick of the fixtures taking place at Anfield as Liverpool host Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp’s side could go nine points clear at the top of the table if they are victorious, so it’s no wonder the encounter is being billed as a potential title decider.
Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, has played down the significance of the trip to Merseyside but must know deep down that anything other than a win will represent a significant psychological blow to his players. Read more
Klopp rules out move for France superstar Mbappe (Guardian)
French star Kylian Mbappe is out of Liverpool’s price range, the Premier League leaders manager and long-time admirer Jurgen Klopp say.
The 20-year-old Paris Saint Germain striker — who was instrumental in France’s lifting of the 2018 World Cup — has been linked with Real Madrid.
This gathered momentum earlier in the week when Real’s coach Zinedine Zidane remarked that Mbappe had always said it was his dream to play for the Spanish side. Read more
Golf: FirstBank Lagos Open goes international (Nation)
Whenthe 58th edition of FirstBank Amateur Open Golf Championship gets underway at the golf section of Ikoyi Club on November 15, it will be a field of over 200 golfers drawn from around the world, the events organsiers, Concierge Sports has revealed.
Speaking at a press briefing to herald this year’s edition, Kayode Oguntayo, representative of Concierge Sports said, Lagos amateur open has now gone international having been listed by World Amateur Golf Ranking, thus opening it to golfers from across the world. Read more
Struggling Cologne sack coach and sports director (Guardian)
Bundesliga strugglers Cologne have sacked both sports director Armin Veh and head coach Achim Beierlorzer following their eighth league defeat in 11 games.
Sports director Veh was dismissed immediately after the final whistle of Friday’s 2-1 defeat, thanks to a late penalty at home to Hoffenheim, which left Cologne second from bottom.
Then coach Beierlorzer, who had only been in charge for 132 days, was shown the door on Saturday. Read more
2019 AFCON U-23: Ghana scores late to hold Cameroon (Punch)
Ghana Black Meteors scored three minutes from full time to hold Cameroon to a 1-1 draw at the Cairo International Stadium as both sides shared spoils in the Group A Match Day 1 of the ongoing Total U-23 Africa Cup of Nations Egypt 2019.
While things seemed settled in favour of Les Lions Olympiques who took the lead through Frank Evina at the hour mark, Mohamed Habib made use of a scramble inside Cameroon’s goal area to give his side what looked as a fair point.
The first half was a story of scarce chances as both sides rarely threatened each other to go to the break with a barren stalemate. Read more
2021 AFCON qualifiers face TV blackout (Nation)
Confederation of African Football (CAF) and Lagardere Sports are in a tough battle after the federation scrapped a $1 billion television and marketing rights deal with the organisation in the wake of separate judgments that it breached competition rules.
According to reports, Lagardere Sports officials have been saying that they would fight to enforce the contract.
The French-based company called CAF’S move “unlawful, unreasonable and unjustified” and said it would defend its agreement with the Africa Football ruling body that runs from 2017 to 2028.
It suggested that it may accept changes to the terms of the deal, but that if all else fails it would seek compensation in cash. Read more
Bayern didn’t turn me down, we decided to talk next week – Wenger (Punch)
Arsene Wenger has contradicted a claim by Bayern Munich that they turned him down for the vacant head coach’s job and accused the defending German champions of a lack of discretion.
Bayern need a new coach after Niko Kovac was sacked last Sunday with former Germany assistant Hansi Flick appointed interim boss for Wednesday’s win over Olympiakos and Saturday’s home league game against Dortmund.
On Thursday, Bayern put out a statement claiming Wenger had called club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to express interest in replacing Kovac, but said the former Arsenal boss had been turned down. Read more