How I became pregnant for my husband’s 17-year-old son, by Nasarawa housewife (Nation)
It was a cool evening at the Lafia township stadium on Thursday, November 26 and Mrs Justina Agbumi sat with other fun seekers to watch the evening training of Nasarawa United football players.
But while everyone else seemed to be having fun as they watched the professional footballers juggle the ball, the same did not seem to be the case with Justina as she sat quietly, looking sober.
Her pensive mien was in contrast with the gay mood of the nine-month-old baby in her bosom as he sucked away playfully on a bottle of soft drink.
Justina has virtually turned into a recluse after the painful death of her husband and her abominable act with a young man her husband had with another woman outside wedlock. Read more
SS3 student beats teacher to death for flogging his sister (Tribune)
A student of Senior Secondary School 3, identified as Michael Ogbeise, has beaten his teacher, Ezeugo Joseph, to death in Delta State for flogging his younger sister.
The incident happened at a yet-to-be-disclosed private school in the university community of Abraka, Delta State.
Trouble started when the teacher reportedly flogged one of his students, Promise, said to be the younger sister of the the boy.
Unable to bear his sister being beaten by the teacher, Ogbeisei went after the teacher and gave him some beatings that eventually led to his death.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Bright Edafe, confirmed the incident.
According to him, Ogbeise attacked the teacher for flogging his younger sister, Promise. Read more
Student’s Death: Suspend Dowen School licence, IYC tells Lagos gov’t (DailyTrust)
The umbrella youth body for Ijaws across the country, Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), has called on the Lagos State Government to suspend the operating licence of the Dowen College over alleged bullying of one of its students, Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, to death.
Oromoni Jnr, a 12-year-old student of the school, from the Ogbeh-Ijoh area of Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State was allegedly bullied by some senior students to death, according to the parents.
The school’s management also claimed that the student complained of hip pains after playing football and died in the hospital later.
But the National spokesman for IYC, Comrade Ebilade Ekerefe, in a statement on Saturday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, also called on the Lagos State Government to launch a detailed and meticulous investigation into the death of the boy. Read more
Ikorodu Chamber of Commerce to boost businesses with maiden trade fair (Sun)
Ikorodu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) is organising its maiden trade fair, ”Ikorodu Division Expo (IKODIV Expo 2021), to explore business opportunities in the area.
The trade fair, holding between Dec. 2 and Dec. 12, Ikorodu, is organised in partnership with the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) and Lagos state Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives.
The ICCI President, Prof. Kunle Wahab, said that boosting trade and economic activities had always been the culture of ikorodu people and the trade fair would further promote it.
Wahab said that IKODIV Expo was emulating Ikorodu Trade Company (ITC) in promoting indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs. Read more
Magodo: Youths backed by Lagos traditional rulers mount illegal toll gates, extort dispatch riders, others (Punch)
Residents of Magodo and Isheri communities in the Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area of Lagos State have lamented the violent activities of a band of youths involved in extortion in the communities.
They said the youths, allegedly backed by the traditional ruler of Isheri village, Baale Alfred Bankole, and the native ruler of Magodo village, Baale Jimoh Shobowale, stationed themselves at the Magodo GRA gate as well as other access spots into the two communities, where they extort money from dispatch riders, haulage trucks, and other vehicles coming into the area.
Residents of the two communities recounted sordid tales of violence unleashed by the area boys on members of the public who refused to part with their money in the name of toll collection.
Our correspondent sighted N200, N500, and N1,000 tickets issued by the area boys to haulage trucks and commercial vehicles coming into the communities.Read more
Court fixes Jan 14 to hear Princess Kolade’s motion to quash charges (Tribune)
Justice Peter Lifu of the Federal High Court, Lagos Friday fixed January 14, 2022, for the hearing of the application seeking to quash criminal charge of alleged $32 million fraud, filed against a Lagos businesswoman and socialite, Princess Toyin Kolade and 10 others.
The office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) had dragged Princess Kolade and 10 other defendants before the court on charges bordering on Conspiracy, Obtaining by false pretence and fraud of $32 million USD.
Other defendants in the charge are; four Indian Nationals –Prem Garg, Devashish Garg, Bhagwan Simgh Rawat and Mukul Tyagi– and two Britons –Marcus Wade and Andrew Fairie– said to be at large.
Also, four companies –Metal Africa Steel Products Limited, Wilben Trade Limited, Fisolak Global Resources Limited and Kannu Aditya India Limited– were also charged before the court on the alleged offences. Read more
No student was turned to yams by ritualist in Ibadan ― Education Commissioner (Vanguard)
There is no iota of truth in the report that two students of Bashorun High School, Ibadan, were on Friday turned to tubers of yam by a suspected ritualist.
The Oyo State Commissioner for Education, Mr Abiodun Abdulramah, made this clarification, while addressing students, parents and guardians of the school when he visited the school.
The commissioner had visited the school on Friday afternoon, while on a fact-finding mission, following a report on the social media that such incident happened in the school.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the social media were awashed with the news of how a suspected ritualist (names withheld) turned two students of the school into tubers of yam with unused pampers. Read more
ISWAP attack injures 6-month-old baby in Maiduguri (Vanguard)
The Borno Police Command said a 6-month-old baby was injured when ISWAP terrotists fired five mortar bombs into Maiduguri on Saturday.
The Commissioner of Police (CP), Abdul Umar told journalists in Maiduguri that the terrorists fired the bombs from the outskirt of Ngomari Old Airport, behind Borno State University.
He said that the mortars landed in different locations within the city causing minor damages.
The CP said the first bomb landed inside a house belonging to one Ibrahim Abba-Fori, burning down a Honda Civic car while another destroyed a room in Alhaji Bukar Modu-Kullima house and injured the 6-month-old baby, Fatima Alhaji-Bukar.
Devil has taken over Bauchi roads, FRSC cries out (Tribune)
Bauchi State Sector Command of the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) has lamented that within the 30 days of the month of November, not less than 35 people were killed in various auto accidents across the state declaring that, “the devil has taken over Bauchi roads in recent times.”
Sector Commander of the FRSC, Yusuf Abdullahi who was addressing members of the Special Marshall of the Sector on Saturday at the Base during their end of the year meeting said, “I am very sorry to say, but the fact is that the devil has taken over our roads in Bauchi State. We really need to stand up and do something to reclaim these roads.”
He said that “the situation is so terrible, in the month of November, it was a case of one death per day because we had not less than 35 deaths from accidents across the state. This is worrisome and disturbing, something has to be done quickly.” Read more
Parag Agrawal: Why Indian-born CEOs dominate Silicon Valley (BBC)
Parag Agrawal, who was appointed this week as Twitter’s CEO, has joined at least a dozen other Indian-born techies in the corner offices of the world’s most influential Silicon Valley companies.
Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, Alphabet’s Sundar Pichai, and the top bosses of IBM, Adobe, Palo Alto Networks, VMWare and Vimeo are all of Indian descent.
Indian-origin people account for just about 1% of the US population and 6% of Silicon Valley’s workforce – and yet are disproportionately represented in the top brass. Why?
“No other nation in the world ‘trains’ so many citizens in such a gladiatorial manner as India does,” says R Gopalakrishnan, former executive director of Tata Sons and co-author of The Made in India Manager.
“From birth certificates to death certificates, from school admissions to getting jobs, from infrastructural inadequacies to insufficient capacities,” growing up in India equips Indians to be “natural managers,” he adds, quoting the famous Indian corporate strategist C K Prahalad. Read more
US sees signs Russia plans Ukraine invasion in early 2022 (Fox)
U.S. officials believe Russia is planning a multi-front military invasion of Ukraine, involving as many as 175,000 troops, as soon as early 2022, Fox News has confirmed.
A senior U.S. defense official told Fox News that details outlined in a report Friday night by The Washington Post are in line with the thinking of U.S. intelligence officials.
The U.S. is taking recent signaling from the Kremlin very seriously, and does not consider the matter a bluff, Fox News was told.
Russia already has about 100,000 troops stationed along its border with Ukraine, the defense official said. Read more
Africa requires $7.1Trn ‘New Deal’ to recover from pandemic – ECA (Sun)
With many African countries struggling from the shackles of debt servicing amid downward economic trend occasioned by COVID-19, a ‘New Deal’ worth 7.1 trillion dollars has been suggested as the only solution.
This was the position of Mr Antonio Pedro, Deputy Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) at the ongoing African Economic Conference (AEC) to chart a new path for Africa’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery.
He likened the proposed New Deal to a similar deal by the US between 1933 and 1939 during the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt.
He pointed out that the American deal then was worth 41.7 billion dollars, an amount which he said now equalled 653 billion dollars. Read more
Florida woman who laundered money for child exploitation websites gets 5 years (Newsweek)
A 53-year-old Tampa, Florida, woman named Patrice Eileen Wilowski-Mevorah has been sentenced to five years and three months in prison for laundering money for Newstar Enterprise, a “child modeling” website that trafficked in child sexual exploitation.
Wilowski-Mevorah pleaded guilty to laundering money for the international subscription-based website, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) wrote. She began working for the site in 2009 and used created payment-processing and bank accounts under a non-existent jewelry company to launder the website’s finances.
The website, whose servers were in the U.S. and Europe, recruited boys and girls under the age of 18 to take sexualized photos and videos. The site sold approximately 4.6 million such pictures and videos and made $9.4 million during its operation.
The Newstar website sold images of kids as young as age 6 posed in “sexual and provocative” ways, the DOJ wrote. Some of the kids wore “police and cheerleader costumes, thong underwear, transparent underwear, revealing swimsuits, pantyhose, and miniskirts,” the department added. Read more
Ana de Armas to reunite with “Knives Out” co-star Chris Evans as she replaces Scarlett Johansson in “Ghosted” (Metro)
Ana de Armas has taken on what was previously Scarlett Johansson’s role in the Chris Evans film Ghosted.
The Knives Out stars will reunite in the new flick, which Scarlett, who has often starred alongside Chris in the MCU, departed from due to a scheduling conflict.
Captain America star Chris and No Time To Die actress Ana will both serve as executive producers, with Rocketman’s Dexter Fletcher directing.
Details about the plot of Ghosted are currently thin on the ground, but it’s been described as a high concept romantic action adventure film – and consider us intrigued.
Ana and Chris previously worked together on the hit film Knives Out, alongside stars including Daniel Craig and Jamie Lee Curtis. Read more
Burkina Faso’s 1.3m displaced people increasingly fall victim to terrorists (VOA)
Worsening security in Burkina Faso is hitting the country’s 1.3 million internally displaced people (IDPs), with many being forced to flee their places of refuge for a second time. One refugee camp was closed after it was visited by Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie. And rights groups say they are investigating reports terrorists infiltrated another camp to commit acts of sexual abuse.
As security in Burkina Faso has deteriorated in recent months, state control outside of major cities has diminished and terrorist attacks by groups linked to Islamic State, al-Qaida and local bandits are going up. Increasingly, people displaced by the conflict are falling victim to terrorists in areas they had once fled to for safety.
In June, Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie visited the Goudoubo refugee camp in Burkina Faso’s war-torn Sahel province to mark World Refugee Day. During her speech at the camp, the special envoy for the U.N.’s refugee agency (UNHCR) said, “This is where the humanity and decency of the world is measured. Where human strength and resilience are most clearly and starkly seen. Not in the world’s gleaming capitals, but in places like this.”
Last month the Goudoubo refugee camp was closed. After incursions by terrorist groups at the camp, security forces were unable to guarantee safety. More than 11,000 refugees living there have since been relocated to the nearby town of Dori. Read more
France, Europeans working to open joint Afghan mission (Independent)
Several European countries are working on opening up a joint diplomatic mission in Afghanistan that would enable their ambassadors to return to the country, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday.
Western countries have been grappling with how to engage with the Taliban after they took over Afghanistan in a lightning advance in August as US-led forces were completing their pullout.
The United States and other Western countries shut their embassies and withdrew their diplomats as the Taliban seized Kabul, following which the militants declared an interim government whose top members are under US and UN sanctions.
“We are thinking of an organisation between several European countries… a common location for several Europeans, which would allow our ambassadors to be present,” Macron told reporters in Doha before heading to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. Read more
Dennis thrilled with Watford start (Punch)
Watford forward Emmanuel Dennis says he is enjoying being part of the team this season and feels he is contributing positively.
The Nigerian scored his sixth goal of the season to level the tie against Chelsea after Mason Mount had opened the scoring, only for the Blues to bag a winner in the second half.
“I’m really proud of the team because we played really well,” Dennis told the club website.
“The result is unfortunate, they were lucky to take the three points. The intensity was good and we’re slowly understanding the way the manager wants us to play. We can see the progress in how we play so I’m really proud of the team, we just need to keep working hard and the results will come.”
“I knew if I tried to shoot he was going to open his legs and I was lucky to score in the end,” he said of his strike. “I’m happy with the goal but in the end we didn’t get the three points. Read more
Para-soccer chief urges ministry to include para soccer in youth games (Sun)
The President of the Para-Soccer Federation of Nigeria (PFN), Misbahu Didi, on Friday urged the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to include para soccer in the National Youths Games (NYG).
Didi made the call at the closing ceremony of the maiden edition of the International Disabled Day Para-soccer Championship which held at the Old Parade Ground, Area 10, Abuja.
He said: “My appeal to the ministry is to help us return para soccer back to the National Sports Festival (NSF) and also include it in the NYG.
“We have football in the festival we also want to have para soccer to feature in the NSF and NYG. Read more
Manchester United handed Jules Kounde boost and more transfer rumours (MEN)
Manchester United are ‘well placed’ to make a swoop for highly-rated Sevilla and France defender Jules Kounde.
That is according to a report by SuperDeporte who claim that Sevilla are already on the hunt for a replacement for the centre-back.
Kounde, who turned 23 last month, is considered as one of the most promising, young defenders in the world and has attracted no shortage of interest in recent months.
During the summer transfer window, Kounde was very close to sealing a move to the Premier League to join Chelsea. The Blues had agreed almost everything with Sevilla to make the deal possible, only for the Spanish club to then increase their asking price. Read more
Gene Elliott claims Golf week senior tournament of champions in a US Senior Am rematch (Yahoo)
It may not have been the U.S. Senior Amateur, but it definitely had the star power.
Gene Elliott, 2021 U.S. Senior Amateur champion, and 2021 Senior Am runner up Jerry Gunthorpe duked it out once again at the Golfweek Senior Tournament of Champions at The Forest Country Club Bear Course in Ft. Myer, Florida, on Friday.
A part of the penultimate group, Gunthorpe carded his second 2-under 70 of the tournament. Beginning the day five shots back of Elliott, the Michigan native may have thought he had a chance at finally tracking down his U.S. Senior Am foe.
Unfortunately for Gunthorpe, Elliott had just enough juice to stave off his run. Read more
Kevin Durant leads Nets to grinding win over Timberwolves (NYPost)
The Nets grinded out a 110-105 win over shorthanded Minnesota before a sellout crowd of 17,732 on Friday night at Barclays Center. They won’t get any style points, but they scored enough of the ones that count.
Kevin Durant poured in a game-high 30 points, while Patty Mills added 23 points and James Harden had 20 points with nine assists and seven rebounds.
The Nets shot just 6-for-23 from behind the 3-point arc. But they attacked the rim with Karl-Anthony Towns missing for Minnesota, went 32-for-41 from the free-throw line and came from behind in the fourth quarter.
Trailing 95-91 with just over nine minutes left, the Nets used a 14-6 run to go ahead and never fell behind again. Read more
UCI Track Champions League: Katie Archibald wins in London to make it three in a row (Eurosport)
Eurosport commentator Carlton Kirby described it as “a spectacular performance from an amazing athlete. Katie Archibald is in charge.”
The athlete herself saw things slightly differently, more a matter of necessity than one reflecting domination.
“There was only one way to go,” she told Eurosport, after another elimination race win in the UCI Track Champions League, her third in a row. “When I saw Kirsten [Wild] on the black line during those last five eliminations, I was just thinking: ‘Imagine how much pain she’s in. You’ve got to go.'”
And off she went, roared on by the home fans, to close out the heads-up in a style not dissimilar to the way she beat Wild in Mallorca last month. Read more
Deontay Wilder gives update on his boxing future and explains how he has recovered from Tyson Fury defeat (Metro)
Deontay Wilder insists he is not finished with boxing and insists his career is only getting started.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ has taken time out of the spotlight following his battling defeat to Tyson Fury in October.
Fury rose from the mat twice in the fourth round to settle their trilogy that night, knocking out the American in the 11th to retain his WBC heavyweight title.
After initially snubbing Fury in the immediate aftermath of the fight, Wilder later congratulated ‘The Gypsy King’ on the win. Read more