How woman, 30, was murdered by ritualists – Police (DailyTrust)
Detectives from the Inspector General of Police Team (IRT) have picked up 13 members of a cult gang over the gruesome murder of a 30-year old house wife, Abosede Adeyemi Iyanda. She was allegedly slaughtered by a gang of ritualists in Ogun State. Police said that the deceased was cornered by her ex-lover, while she was on her way home from work. Read more
Hotelier arraigned for ‘defrauding’ businessman of N30m (Nation)
An hotelier, Samson Ogunfadebo, was on Tuesday arraigned at an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly defrauding a businessman, Mr. Lalu Acher, of N30million.
Ogunfadebo, 50, was alleged to have obtained the money from the businessman on the pretext of leasing his hotel to him.
He is facing a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, obtaining, stealing, breach of the peace and fraud preferred against him by the police before Magistrate B. I. Bakare. Read more
Lagos metro rail will become operational 2021 –Sanwo-Olu (Punch)
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said the state blue line rail project will be completed in 2020 and become operational in 2021.
He spoke on Tuesday while inspecting the five-kilometre- long beam bridge constructed from Iganmu to Marina, as part of the fourth phase of the project.
The governor, who was with members of the State Executive Council, also inaugurated the final phase of the work. Read more
Firm to provide clean energy to Wuse market (DailyTrust)
Green Village Electricity GVE Projects Limited, an energy solutions provider focused on deploying clean, reliable, affordable and sustainable renewable energy has signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) and agreement with the Wuse Market Traders Association to provide 14-hour-a-day electricity to traders. Signing the agreement yesterday at the market, CEO of the firm, Mr. Ifeanyi Orajaka, said the firm will work in collaboration with the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) and the Rural Electrification Agency of Nigeria to implement the project. Read more
Three die, eight injured in Ogun crash (Punch)
Three persons were confirmed dead, while eight others sustained varying degrees of injury in a fatal crash at the proposed site of the Mile 12 Market on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway in Ogun State on Tuesday.
The accident involved a white Mazda bus, with number plate JJJ 140 XX, which was conveying passengers from Sagamu to Ijebu-Ode.
The Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps blamed the crash on reckless driving.
The TRACE spokesperson, Babatunde Akinbiyi, said the driver lost control and swerved into the sloppy bush near the proposed Mile 12 Market site. Read more
Nigeria committed to funding immunisation, says Buhari (Nation)
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the nation of his administration’s commitment to finding sustainable ways of financing immunisation and vaccination obligations.
The President gave the assurance on Tuesday when he hosted members of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), led by Dr Seth Berkley, at the State House in Abuja.’
A statement by his Special Adviser (SA) on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said President Buhari also pledged that the Federal Government would continue to provide counterpart funds as well as strategies to gradually improve fiscal sustainability by 2028. Read more
Climate Change: FG restates resolve to back global efforts (DailyTrust)
President Muhammadu Buhari has affirmed Nigeria’s resolve to continue playing significant role in supporting global efforts at addressing climate change. Minister of Environment Dr. Mahmood Muhammad Abubakar stated this while addressing the Ministerial High Level Segment of the 25th Session of the Conference of Parties (COP25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Related Meetings on behalf of Mr President and the Nigerian delegation in Madrid, Spain.
He said it was obvious that the challenges of climate change were enormous, adding that Nigeria was calling for sustainable, joint and collaborative efforts to tackle the problem. Read more
Buhari may seek amendments to 2020 budget (Punch)
THE President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), said on Tuesday that he might seek virement and amendments to the 2020 budget by forwarding proposals to the National Assembly.
The President had signed the N10.59tn budget at a ceremony witnessed by the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, at the State House, Abuja.
Buhari observed that the budget was N263.9bn higher than the N10.33tn proposal he laid before lawmakers on October 8. Read more
Senate raises security concerns over Fed Govt’s ‘visa on arrival’ policy (Nation)
The Senate on Tuesday alerted the Federal Government to the security implications in the implementation of its visa-on-arrival policy for Africans visiting Nigeria.
The policy was recently announced by President Muhammadu Buhari in Egypt.
The Senate summoned the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbosola, to appear before it with the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammed Babandede, to explain the policy. Read more
Nigeria, others pushed global debt to $188tn – IMF (Punch)
Total global debt rose by $3tn to $188tn at the end of 2018 as Nigeria, China and other countries increased their borrowings, the International Mo etary Fund said on Tuesday.
Nigeria’s total public debt, which stood at N21.73tn as of December 31, 2017, rose to N24.39tn at the end of 2018, according to data from the Debt Management Office. It increased to N25.7tn as of June 30, 2019.
The IMF said a new update of its Global Debt Database showed that the global average debt-to-GDP ratio (weighted by each country’s GDP) edged up to 226 per cent in 2018, 1.5 per cent above the previous year’s. Read more
Federer admits ‘breakdown’ after Bogota match cancelled (DailyTrust)
Roger Federer admits he suffered a “bit of a breakdown” during last month’s tour of Mexico and South America after rioting in Colombian capital Bogota forced him to cancel his exhibition match against German’s Alexander Zverev.
The 38-year-old’s five-country tour is covered in broadcaster ESPN’s candid documentary ‘Roger Federer: Everywhere is Home’ which will air on 17 December. Read more
Adebutu to renovate Lagos National Stadium (Punch)
Businessman Kessington Adebutu has agreed to renovate the National Stadium in Lagos.
This was contained in a statement by media office of the Minister of Youth and Sports, which was made available to our correspondent.
Adebutu who runs betting company Premier Lotto popularly called Baba Ijebu made this known at the launch of the Adoption Campaign at the Civic Centre, Lagos on Monday. Read more
Mourinho eyes Osimhen January move (Nation)
Super Eagles goal-scoring sensation Victor Osimhen has caught the eye of Jose Mourinho and the Tottenham Hotspur boss is reportedly keen on signing him from Lille.
Mourinho is looking for new options in attack in a bid to keep Harry Kane fresh and in Osimhen, who can play as a central striker or in the wider roles, the 20m Euros -rated man could prove an option, according to a report in Jeunes Footeux.
The 20-year-old has quickly established himself as one of the best strikers in France with 11 goals in 20 appearances for Lille so far this season and manager Christophe Galtier believes it is unlikely Osimhen would remain in Northern France in January with the likes of Barcelona and Tottenham on his heels to sell the pacy forward. Read more
Fury splits with trainer two months before Wilder bout (DailyTrust)
British boxer Tyson Fury has split with trainer Ben Davison and teamed up with Javan ‘Sugar’ Hill two months before his February rematch with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. Davison responded to media reports that the pair were parting ways on Twitter. “Obviously it’s not gonna stop until there’s an answer,” Davison said.
“Tyson and myself had to both make decisions for our careers, which resulted in our working relationship coming to an end. We remain friends and he will smash the dosser (Wilder).” Read more
Fury accepts Joshua sparring offer (Punch)
Tyson Fury says he would “love” to take up Anthony Joshua’s offer of sparring before he faces Deontay Wilder.
Fury, 31, drew with WBC world heavyweight champion Wilder in 2018 and is set for a rematch onFebruary 22.
Joshua, who holds the IBF, WBA and WBO belts, feels Fury would be more likely to agree to a fight for all four titles and offered to help his fellow Briton. Read more
Oluwa Ni Nshola Victory Cup: Oshitelu FC are champions (Nation)
Oshitelu FC of Ojota last Saturday beat United FC of Ikorodu 1-0 to emerge champions at this year’s Oluwa Ni Nshola victory Cup Competition.
The match played at Araromi Youth Development Centre, Gbagada in Kosofe LG, Lagos was a keenly contested one, with the lone goal, a long range shot by Idowu Aremu, coming in the first half.
In the third place match played earlier, Billionaires FC defeated Achievers’ FC 2-0.
The champions went home with a trophy and N700,000 prize money, while the runners-up received a trophy and N400,000. Winner of the third place match received consolation prize of N200,000. Read more
Kanu speaks on Arsenal woes, says team needs experienced coach (DailyTrust)
Nwankwo Kanu, an Arsenal FC legend, says the management of the English Premier League (EPL) clubside need to look for an experienced coach capable of handling players. Kanu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos that Arsenal’s recent poor performances can be improved.
“The recent poor performances of Arsenal FC can improve with experienced management. Read more
Volleyball: Nigeria know opponents in Olympic qualifier (Punch)
The drawing of lots for the men and women qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic was conducted during the African Volleyball Confederation board of administration meeting which took place in Cairo on Tuesday.
The women’s qualifiers will be held between January 4 to 9, 2020 in Cameroon, while the men’s qualifiers will be hosted in Egypt between January 6 to 12, 2020.
In the men’s qualifiers, the participating five teams will play a round robin tournament, where the winner would gain the Olympic ticket. Read more
Europa League: Man Utd draw excites Okereke (Nation)
Club Brugge attacker, David Okereke has said that he is filled with excitement after his Belgian club was drawn against Manchester United in the Round of 32 of the Europa League.
Club Brugge dropped from the Champions League to Europe’s second tier competition after they finished third in Group A with three points from six games behind Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid who picked the two slots to second round of the premiere club competition.
Okereke who played four matches during the group stage opined that he is looking forward to two exciting fixtures with the Red Devils and that Manchester United could receive the shock of their lives if they take them for granted. Read more
Villa beat Liverpool 5-0 in Carabao Cup quarter-final (Punch)
Liverpool’s youngest ever team suffered a harsh lesson on Tuesday as Aston Villa ran out 5-0 winners to reach the League Cup semi-finals, with Jonathan Kodjia scoring twice.
An unrecognisable Liverpool line-up contained five debutants and an average age of 19 years, six months and three days with the European champions’ first team and coaching staff, including manager Jurgen Klopp, in Qatar for their Club World Cup semi-final against Monterrey on Wednesday.
That inexperience showed defensively despite a much better performance from the visitors than the scoreline suggests. Read more