Flood sweeps 11-year-old boy, rescuer to death, destroys property in Lagos (Guardian)
Tragedy struck residents of Aboru and Iyana-Ipaja in the Alimosho area of Lagos on Saturday as the flood swept away an 11-year-old boy and his rescuer, one Wasiu into a canal linking Aburo and Iyana-Ipaja on Ige Road.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent, who visited the scene of the accident observed a huge crowd wearing long faces due to the unfortunate incident that occurred following the overflow of the canal.
It was gathered that two young boys sent by their parents to buy cooking gas at a gas station unknowingly fell into the drain through which water passed into the canal. Read more
Sanwo-Olu launches endowment fund for pediatrics at LASUTH (Sun)
The wife of Lagos State Governor, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, on Saturday, launched the Pediatrics Endowment Fund at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).
Sanwo-Olu, who was accompanied by members of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO), said that the fund was to compliment the free healthcare services for children in the state.
The governor’s wife, who is the Chairperson of COWLSO, said that the endowment fund would bridge the gaps and reduce challenges in the health sector, especially as it affected children. Read more
Sex-for-marks: Victims open can of worms in varsities (Nation)
The recent alleged sexual harassment of female students by lecturers at the University of Lagos may only be a tip of the iceberg as more female students from tertiary institutions across the country have narrated their ugly experiences.
Young girls who spoke with our correspondents in different parts of the country explained how predatory old men working as a syndicate blackmailed and intimidated them into exchanging sex for grades.
A graduate of the Faculty of Management Sciences, University of Benin, who identified herself simply as Aisha, recalled how her project supervisor insisted that she must sit on his laps whenever she was in his office. Read more
Keyamo vows to fight piracy in entertainment industry (Vanguard)
The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Dr Festus Keyamo, has said the Federal Government would intensify efforts to fight piracy in the entertainment industry.
Keyamo said this when the members of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Abuja Chapter, led by its Chairman, Mr Alvin Ahmed, paid him a courtesy visit on Friday. He expressed concern for the rate at which intellectual properties of artistes were lost through piracy, noting that if left unchecked, the scourge would affect the growth of Nollywood, Nigeria’s film industry. Read more
Nigerian Army captures 10 senior Boko Haram commanders, others in Borno (Vanguard)
Maiduguri As Nigerian Army continues to heighten the tempo of her operational activities against bandits, insurgents and other criminal elements nationwide, the gallant troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE have stepped up artillery bombardment of identified Boko Haram criminals’ enclaves and hideouts which led to the capture of 10 suspected Boko Haram Commanders in Borno. Nigerian Army This was disclosed in a press statement issued to Journalists on Saturday signed by the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu. Read more
Buhari Bemoans Sexual Harassment in Schools, Calls for Tougher Sanction (Guardian)
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja called for stricter laws against sexual harassment in Nigerian schools.
Reacting to recent revelations of sexual harassment in institutions of higher learning in the country, Buhari said he was glad that the undercover news reporting at the University of Lagos had spurred an amendment to extant laws in the National Assembly. Read more
Akinwunmi Adeshina eyes second term (Independent)
If a song is good enough, you play it twice. Also, if a wine tastes good, you drink it again.
This is one analogy which Akinwunmi Adeshina, the President of the African Development Bank (ADB), is hanging unto presently.
Adeshina’s developmental strides since becoming the president of the ADB has been laudable. Read more
Woman has sex with her husband just ONCE a year (Sun)
A woman who suffers from severe pelvic pain every time she is turned on, only has sex with her husband once every year.
35-year-old Natalie Bricker, from Delaware in the US, was diagnosed with Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder in 2018, which causes agonising pain and spasms in her vaginal wall and rectum. Read more
Typhoon Hagibis: Biggest Japan storm in decades makes landfall (BBC)
Torrential rain and tornado-like winds are lashing large parts of Japan, as the country endures what could be its worst storm for 60 years.
The eye of Typhoon Hagibis made landfall on Japan’s main island shortly before 19:00 local time (10:00 GMT), in Izu Peninsula, south-west of Tokyo.
It is now moving up the eastern coast, with wind speeds of 225km/h (140mph).
One man was killed in Chiba, east of Tokyo, when his car overturned, and at least 60 people have been injured. Read more
Paedophile travels 100 miles to sexually assault 12-year-old girl (Sun)
A Paedo who travelled 100 miles to sexually assault a girl he groomed on her 12th birthday has been jailed for two years and eight months.
Daniel Savin contacted the schoolgirl and persuaded her to send him explicit pictures of herself.
On her 12th birthday he sent her more obscene messages before arranging to meet her in a park near her home.
The 21-year-old travelled 100 miles from his house in Putney, London, to meet the girl in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, where he filmed himself sexually assaulting her. Read more
Bloodied clothes and body bags: Kurds mourn dead in Syria (Guardian)
In a wooden hut at the back of a hospital, a woman cradled the head of a dead man and dabbed away grime and blood with a sponge. A blanket covered the man’s mutilated lower half. His blood-soaked military fatigues were still wrapped around his chest.
On a table behind, another body lay zipped into a large blue bag – a young woman this time, also dressed in green and wearing the patches of Kurdish forces. The medical worker straightened her head and gently swept the dead woman’s hair from her face. “We have five martyrs now,” she said, pointing across the makeshift morgue. “Three military and two civilians. The fighters were trying to rescue the others.” Read more
Eliud Kipchoge makes history as first runner to clock sub-two hour marathon (StritsTimes)
Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge made athletics history on Saturday (Oct 12) when he became the first person to run a marathon in under two hours, stretching the limits of human endeavour and passing a milestone few thought could be reached for decades if at all.
Guided by green laser beams shone onto the road and helped by 41 world class athletes choreographed into rotating teams of pacemakers, the Olympic champion and world record holder smashed the barrier by 20 seconds, finishing in 1hr 59 min 40sec.
It was regarded as the biggest achievement in athletics since Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile in 1954 but was not recognised as a world record by the sport’s governing body as it was not in open competition and used rotating pacemakers. Read more
Next generation smells fear after Federer, Djokovic exit Shanghai (Guardian)
Defeats for Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic mean that the winner of the Shanghai Masters will be aged 23 or under — more proof that the next generation of men’s tennis stars is closing in.
With Rafael Nadal absent from the tournament with a wrist injury, none of the vaunted “Big Three” will win the title on Sunday.
Nobody should be writing the triumvirate off: the 32-year-old Djokovic is number one and the player poised to take the top spot off him in the coming weeks is the 33-year-old Nadal. Read more
Blessing Emmanuel: I’m working hard to play for D’Tigress (DailyTrust)
The captain of Air Warriors basketball club, Blessing Emmanuel has said her ultimate desire is to play for Nigeria’s senior women’s basketball team, D’Tigress. In this exclusive chat with Trust Sports, the Shooting guard said even as she is a talented player, it is still hard for her to make it to the national team because she has no ‘connections’. The Kaduna State-born player also spoke on her team’s victory in the just concluded Savannah Conference of the Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League at the MKO Abiola national stadium in Abuja. Read more
Super Eagles respect but don’t fear Brazil, Ekong says (Guardian)
Super Eagles’ stand-in captain William Troos-Ekong says while they respect five-times world champions Brazil they, however, have no fear as both teams step out in a friendly in Singapore.
Ekong made the remarks on Saturday at a pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s clash with Brazil at the Singapore National Stadium in Kallang. Read more
Teenager Coco Gauff reaches first WTA final in Linz (BBC)
At 15, Coco Gauff has got through to her first WTA Tour final in only her sixth tournament
Coco Gauff is through to her maiden WTA final as the teenager defeated Andrea Petkovic of Germany 6-4 6-4 in the semi-final of the Linz Open.
The 15-year-old becomes the youngest female to reach a final since Czech player Nicole Vaidisova in 2004.
But she only got into the event as a lucky loser after an injury to former Wimbledon winner Angelique Kerber.
“This is crazy, I thought I was out of the tournament in qualifying,” said the American. Read more
30 international athletes register for Coal City International Marathon (Sun)
No fewer than 30 international athletes have registered and received invitations to participate in the Coal City International Half Marathon, “Coal City 2019’’ in Enugu.
Nzube Ndiokwelu, Race Director of Coal City International Marathon, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Saturday.
Ndiokwelu said that the foreign athletes had registered online and been issued invitational letters to facilitate their travelling documentation and visas to Nigeria. Read more
United to sign eight players, target world record sponsorship deal (Independent)
Manchester United are ‘ready to back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with four signings in each of the next two transfer windows’ – if he is still their manager at the time.
The Norwegian is under huge pressure at Old Trafford with the team in awful form and languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League table.
But, according to a report in the Telegraph, the club are committing to their ‘three-year vision’ and are ready to pile more money in to address their shortfalls. Read more
Rohr says he’s already preparing Eagles for 2021 AFCON qualifiers (Guardian)
Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr on Saturday said his immediate goal was to prepare three–times African champions Nigeria for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying matches.
Rohr spoke at a pre-match press conference in Singapore, ahead of Sunday’s clash with five-times world champions Brazil at the Singapore National Stadium in Kallang.
He explained that the high-profile friendly was an opportunity to test his team’s capacity and make adjustments where necessary before playing against the Benin Republic and Lesotho. Read more
Bosnia, Finland in crunchy tie (Independent)
Bosnia and Herzegovina have only won one of their last five qualifiers but remain undefeated at home in Group J, while their guests have impressed so far and occupy second place in the group with twelve points.
Bosnia-Herzegovina lost 4-2 away at Armenia in their most recent qualifier and are in need of a win this weekend to drag themselves back into contention for qualification from Group J. Visiting Finland also lost last time out at home to Italy 2-1 but remain in second place ahead of Armenia. Read more