Hamzat apprehends commercial drivers for driving against traffic (Guardian)
The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, on Saturday apprehended two commercial drivers and their buses for driving against traffic.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the commercial drivers were apprehended at Majidun area of Ikorodu, on the outskirts of Lagos.
The buses with registration numbers, FKJ 704 XK and FKJ 864 XV were driving inward Ikorodu using the outward Ikorodu Lane. Read more
MFM GO shows other side (Nation)
General Overseer Of Moutain Of Fire And Miracles Ministries, Dr. Daniel Olukoya, is highly known for his spirituality and brilliance having bagged a first-class degree. But at the premiere of a gospel movie, Stepping into Maggie’s Shoes (SIMS) at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, recently, he showed all and sundry that he also knows how to relax.
He was spotted at the event alongside his wife, Sade Olukoya. They didn’t only see the movie but were also thrilled by performances from gospel artistes like Tope Alabi, Beejay Sax Bidemi Olaoba, David G and Nosa.
Other personalities who came to see movie were Iya Adura Esther Ajayi, Tonye Cole, Babatunde Fowler, Leke Adeboye, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, Dr. Israel Kiristilere, Rev. Gbeminiyi Eboda. Read more
We will turn Lagos to technology hub as quickly as possible – LASRIC (Vanguard)
The Lagos State Science Research and Innovation Council (LASRIC), says it will deploy all means at its disposal to ensure that the desire of the state government in turning Lagos to a technology hub is realised as quickly as possible.
The leader of the 16-member council, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Lagos.
Ogundipe, also the Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, was speaking against the backdrop of the presentation of a seed fund of N250 million by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to the council to boost innovation in the state. Read more
CAN insists on violation of religious freedom in Nigeria (Guardian)
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), yesterday, said it is unwavering in its support of the recent placement of Nigeria on a watch list of countries that violate religious freedom by the United States government.
The body, therefore, urged President Buhari to be fair to all Nigerians, stressing that the country belongs to all, irrespective of their religious and tribal persuasions, as any policy that is discriminatory is nothing but persecution.
In a statement in Abuja, National Director, Legal and Public Affairs of CAN, Evangelist Kwamkur Samuel, observed that the group would only stop complaining when there’s a just society, where the rule of law, fairness, and social justice are allowed. It appealed to the Buhari-led government to let the Constitution be its guide in all its policies and operations. Read more
Saraki dares Kwara govt over revocation of father’s property (Nation)
Immediate past Senate President Bukola Saraki on Saturday accused Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State of going all out to erase the legacies of his (Saraki’s) late father, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki. Saraki was reacting to Friday’s revocation of the right of occupancy to Plots 1, 3 and 5 Ilofa Road, GRA, Ilorin, by the governor.
The State government said it plans to build offices for civil servants on the said plots. The former Senate President said that Abdulrazak,by his action,has “crossed the line of decency” with his efforts to erase the legacies of the Second Republic Senate Leader.
The younger Saraki, in a statement he personally signed alleged that the war of attrition waged against the legacy of his father and everything that belongs to the late politician simply portrayed the Governor as a man who lacks a sense of history and who is out only to fight the Saraki family. Read more
NIMC dismisses workers as extortion, bribery, poor funding rock enrolment (Punch)
The National Identity Management Commission has dismissed six of its workers for engaging in extortion in the course of the ongoing National Identity Number enrolment exercise, investigations by Sunday PUNCH have revealed.
Our correspondent also learnt that some of the dismissed workers were indicted for illegal and unauthorised printing of the NIN for external organisations. Read more
Cabinet: How Ishaku shocked Tiv in Taraba (Nation)
The appointment of a widow, Mrs. Bridget Twar, as commissioner in Taraba State, has excited the Tiv ethnic group in the northeastern state, writes Fanen Ihyongo, who is in Jalingo, the state capital.
When Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State announced his new cabinet and the name of Bridget Twar, a widow of Tiv extraction surfaced on the list of commissioners that will work with him, the Tiv ethnic group erupted in joy as they celebrated what they describe as yet another confirmation of the indigene-status of the Tiv in the state contrary to claims in some quarters. The celebration, our reporter learnt, was also compounded by the personality of the new commissioner.
Speaking on the development and the reaction of the Tiv across the state, a source explained that the significance of the appointment is in the fact that it is coming soon after the Tiv and Jukun people fought over claims by the Jukun that Tiv are “settlers,” not indigenes in Taraba State. “The appointment confirms the Tivs’ indigene-status in the state,” he said. Read more
3 Ways Zobo Drinks Help To Boost Your Fertility (Guardian)
Zobo is a popular beverage drink in Nigeria and popularly referred to as ‘Zoborodo’ in the Northern part of Nigeria.
Made from Roselle flowers (Hibiscus Sabdariffa), the delicious drink is not only refreshing but without any additional ingredients, those hibiscus flowers used in making zobo is highly nutritious and as such there are many health benefits.
For many people who know about the health benefits of Zobo, a fan favourite for many is the fertility benefit for both males and females.
Below are three ways zobo improves your fertility.
Improves sperm count and motility
In case you don’t know, men also have infertility issues as statics even show that for 30% of couples who struggle with conceiving, the man has infertility issues. Zobo drink comes in handy for improving sperm fertility and even more so when it is paired with ginger and consumed regularly. Read more
What we expect from Buhari in 2020 —Afenifere, ACF, MASSOB (Punch)
A cross-section of socio-cultural groups in Nigeria has given their expectations of the regime of the President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for 2020.
Afenifere, Arewa Consultative Forum and the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra, in separate interviews with our correspondent, said the performance of the Buhari regime over the last four and a half years had left a lot to be desired.
Among the areas enumerated for improvement by the Federal Government were the rule of law, Federal Character, education, agriculture and health. Read more
What to know about ovarian cancer (Guardian)
Dr. Kehinde S. Okunade, Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant, Oncology and Pathological Studies (OPS) Unit, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Lagos/Lagos University Teaching Hospital, in this interview with GERALDINE AKUTU, sheds light on Ovarian cancer and its management.
What should people know about ovarian cancer?
Ovarian cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the ovaries. There are two ovaries in the female reproductive system, with one on each side of the uterus. Each ovary is normally about the size of an almond and they are responsible for producing eggs (ova), as well as hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone. In general, cancer begins when a cell develops errors (mutations) in its DNA. The mutations tell the cell to grow and multiply quickly, creating a mass (tumour) of abnormal cells. The abnormal cells continue living when healthy cells would die. They can invade nearby tissues and break off from an initial tumour to spread to other parts of the body. Read more
Drowned RCCG pastor’s wife to sue Spanish hotel (Punch)
Strong indication has emerged that Mrs. Olubunmi Diya, the widow of the Redeemed Christian Church of God’s pastor who drowned alongside his two children while swimming in a Spanish hotel, may sue the company.
The deceased, Gabriel Diya, 52; daughter Comfort Diya, nine; and son Praise-Emmanuel Diya, 16; died on Christmas Eve at the Club La Costa World holiday resort in Fuengirola, Spain.
The woman alleged there was “something wrong” with the pool they died in, adding that she had hired a lawyer.
A Fuengirola-based lawyer called Javier Tor also confirmed he was now working for Mrs Diya, a British media outlet-metro.co.uk-reported on Saturday. Read more
Norwich hold Tottenham in four-goal thriller (Guardian)
Harry Kane’s penalty eight minutes from time salvaged a point for Tottenham in a 2-2 thriller at Norwich on Saturday that exposed both sides’ inability to defend.
The bottom-of-the-table Canaries twice led through Mario Vrancic and a Serge Aurier own goal as they aimed to breath new life into their hopes of Premier League survival.
Christian Eriksen’s brilliant free-kick and Kane’s spot-kick ensured Spurs did not slump to a third defeat in seven games, but they failed to take the chance to leapfrog Chelsea into the top four. Read more
Absence of first-team stars cost us Olympic ticket –Oshoala (Punch)
Super Falcons’ striker, Asisat Oshoala, has blamed the absence of first-team players for the country’s failure to qualify for Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Christopher Danjuma’s charges bowed out of the race for qualification to Ivory Coast at the Agege Stadium in October thus, ending their Olympic dream.
However, Oshoala has opened up on the botched Olympic campaign, stating lack of experience and too many youthful players in the squad cost the team. Read more
Roberto Moreno replaces sacked Jardim at Monaco (Vanguard)
Leonardo Jardim has been fired by Monaco just over a year since he was previously sent packing and replaced by former Spain coach Roberto Moreno, the club announced on Saturday.
To general surprise, the 45-year-old was reappointed in January, just three months after he was sacked and replaced by Thierry Henry, who oversaw a disastrous tenure.
Moreno, 42, guided his country to Euro 2020 on a temporary basis as Luiz Enrique took time away from the position to take care of his daughter, Xana, who died in August of cancer. Read more
West Ham sack coach Pellegrini (Nation)
West Ham have sacked Manuel Pellegrini following their defeat to Leicester.
The Hammers’ latest defeat on Saturday leaves them 17th, one point above the Premier League relegation zone.
Pellegrini departs after 18 months in charge, having been appointed in May 2018 on a three-year deal.
He led them to 10th last season but becomes the sixth Premier League manager to lose his job this campaign. Read more
Fury, Wilder rematch set for February 22 in Las Vegas (Guardian)
Tyson Fury’s rematch with WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will take place in Las Vegas on February 22, both fighters have confirmed.
Briton Fury, 31, drew with undefeated American Wilder, 34, in December 2018.
Wilder, whose WBC belt will be on the line when they meet at the MGM Grand, tweeted “there will be no more unanswered questions” and “I will finish what I started”.
Fury told fans on Instagram to “watch me knock out Deontay Wilder”. Read more
Why I turned down Barcelona, Arsenal offers – Osimhen (Punch)
Super Eagles and Lille forward, Victor Osimhen, has opened up on his failed move to Barcelona and Arsenal, citing fear for lack of game time as the reason why he refused to join both clubs.
Osimhen would go on to join Wolfsburg in Germany where he made only 14 appearances in two seasons before joining Charleroi in Belgium.
Since bursting onto the scene last season till now, the 20-year-old has been linked with top clubs in Europe who are all vying for his signature. Read more
Martial double fires Man United in Newcastle rout (Guardian)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer urged Manchester United to show some consistency after Anthony Martial’s double and a Mason Greenwood rocket sealed a 4-1 win against Newcastle.
Solskjaer’s side slumped to an embarrassing 2-0 defeat at lowly Watford last weekend to raise fresh questions about the United manager’s ability to inspire his players.
When Matty Longstaff put Newcastle ahead in the first half on Thursday, Solskjaer’s critics were sharpening their knives again. Read more
NFF: Gov Bagudu commends FG for reappointing Sanusi (Vanguard)
Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State on Friday commended the Federal Government for the reappointment of Dr Muhammad Sanusi as Secretary General of Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) for another five-year term.
Bagudu made the commendation at a final match between Dukku Warriors Football Club and Abubakar Malami Football Club during the 7th Edition of Dr Muhammad Sanusi State Super League Competition 2019 in Birnin Kebbi.
“We are grateful to the Federal Government for reappointing Dr Muhammad Sanusi, an indigene of our state, as Secretary-General Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for another five-year term,” he said. Read more
Everton feel Ancelotti bounce as Brighton, Watford secure much-needed wins (Guardian)
Everton’s renaissance under Carlo Ancelotti continued as Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s double earned a 2-1 win at Newcastle, whilst Brighton and Watford secured big wins in their battle to avoid relegation.
Ancelotti’s reign at Goodison Park got off to a flying start thanks Calvert-Lewin’s winner against Burnley on Boxing Day and the in-form England under-21 international was the Toffees’ hero once more on Tyneside.
Calvert-Lewin rewarded a bright start from the visitors and an adventurous line-up from Ancelotti as he swept home after the ball ricocheted around the Newcastle box. Read more
Arsenal keen to rebuild relationship with fans ahead of Chelsea derby – Arteta (Vanguard)
Mikel Arteta believes a London derby victory over Chelsea would give Arsenal the momentum to turn their fortunes around and help to rebuild their relationship with their fans.
Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth in Arteta’s first match at the helm on Boxing Day, meaning they have won just one of their past 14 matches in all competitions.
Chelsea will provide the opposition for the Spaniard’s Emirates Stadium bow and the Blues head into Sunday’s game following a disappointing 2-0 loss to Southampton on Thursday. Read more