Husband beats wife to death over disagreement (Punch)
Men of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested 28-year-old Kazeem Yusuf for allegedly beating his wife, Raimot, to death at Ita-Aka in the Abeokuta area of the state.
After perpetrating the crime, Kazeem reported at the Enugada Police Division that his wife collapsed and died on her way to fetch water.
In a bid to verify the claim, the Divisional Police Officer, Enugada Police Division, SP Baba Hamzat, detailed detectives to the scene of the incident to investigate the cause of death. Read more
Lagos govt, firms partner to build low-cost innovation centres (ThisDay)
Two agencies of Lagos State Government and four firms Thursday announced a partnership towards the construction of five innovation centres across the state, saying the initiatives were designed to ensure capacity building, competitiveness and ecosystem among start-ups and budding entrepreneurs.
Addressing a joint press conference in Ikeja Thursday, representatives of Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK), Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), Versecom Limited, IHS Nigeria, Leadspace by Passion Incubator and Cisco Nigeria listed the five innovation centres to include: Energy and Environment Hub; Financial Inclusion Centre; Smart City and Health Initiative; Agricultural Hub; and Logistics and Mobility Innovation Centre. Read more
LASG vows to remove 100 Magodo buildings (Punch)
The Lagos State Government has said it will compel residents to vacate over 100 buildings already marked for demolition in the Magodo area of the state.
This followed the death of a woman and her three children on Saturday after a house collapsed at Otun Araromi in the Magodo-Isheri area.
A statement said officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency during a visit to the area on Thursday discovered that over 100 illegal buildings had already been marked for removal in the waterlogged area.
Residents were reportedly seen paddling canoes to get to their destinations as flood had taken over the road and hundreds of buildings. Read more
Budget: FG appropriates N536bn for retirement benefits in 2020 (DailyTrust)
The Federal Government intends to spend N536.76 billion to pay pension, gratuities and retirement benefits in 2020.
This is contained in the 2020 budget currently undergoing consideration at the National Assembly.
How educating vulnerable communities will improve healthcare indicators, IROHES (Guardian)
The project Director, Iroko Healthcare Support Initiative (IROHES), Lookman Oshodi, has said equipping people in vulnerable communities with education will enable them to solve the challenges facing healthcare in their various communities.
Oshodi stated this during the foundation’s donation of writing materials to pupils and schools at Makoko/Iwaya Waterfront community in Lagos.
He said if the country is able to address the challenges confronting the education sector headlong, definitely it has a way of impacting the healthcare system, as both are interlinked. Read more
We’ve reached agreement on minimum wage –Keyamo, Labour (Punch)
The Federal Government and organised labour on Thursday finally agreed on the percentage increase on the consequential adjustment in workers’ salaries as a result of the new minimum wage of N30,000.
As the meeting reached an advanced stage, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, tweeted from the venue that both parties had reached an agreement, but he did not give details.
The tweet read, “After some delicate negotiations (with both ministers as conciliators), the government and labour have finally reached an agreement on the consequential adjustment of other wages following the implementation of the enhanced minimum wage of N30,000. We are working on the communiqué.” Read more
Buhari, govs, S’East leaders parley on infrastructure (NewTelegraph)
Governors and leaders of the South-East yesterday met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja where they requested for a state of emergency on roads in the area.
The demand by the governors came as President Buhari approved a total of N10 billion as intervention fund for the upgrade of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu State. Read more
NASS will adjust defence budget to meet security challenges ― Sen. Ndume (Vanguard)
ON OCTOBER 18, 20192:15 AMIN NEWS, POLITICSBY RASHEED SOBOWALE
The Chairman Senate Committee, Army, Senator Ali Ndume on Thursday said the National Assembly will adjust the defence budget to meet current security challenges in the country.
Ndume said in an interview with newsmen in Kaduna that the allocation for the Armed Forces contained in the 2020 budget proposal before the National Assembly was grossly inadequate in view of the current security challenges. Read more
We aren’t obligated to disclose assets of public office holders, CCB tells court (Guardian)
The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has told a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos that it cannot be compelled to make public asset forms submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the state governors and other political office holders in the country.
Making the declaration in a fresh notice of appearance and written submission filed before the court, CCB argued that it was not obligated by any laws to make public the assets of public office holders. Read more
CBN: Banks lost N14.31bn to fraud in 2018 (NewTelegraph)
Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) in the country lost a total of N14.31 billion to fraud and forgeries last year, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said.
The apex bank disclosed this in its “Financial Stability Report (FSR) December 2018” posted on its website yesterday. Read more
Coconut industry attracts over N50bn transaction annually in Lagos (Vanguard)
Ms Abisola Olusanya, Special Adviser to the Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Agriculture, says coconut industry attracts about N50 billion transactions annually in the state.
Olusanya made this known on Thursday at a news conference on the forthcoming maiden International Coconut Summit in Nigeria at Alausa, Ikeja.
She said theme of the summit slated to hold on Oct. 22 and Oct. 23 in Lagos, is: “Unlocking the Industrial and Socioeconomic Potential of Coconut. Read more
Chukwueze has potential to be great – Elaho(NewTelegraph)
A former Super Eagles left winger, Friday Elaho, has paid glowing tribute to Samuel Chukwueze, a player whose style reminds fans of the retired winger’s dazzling runs down the left channel in his heyday in the national team. Elaho stated that the young winger has the potential to be great if he continues to play the way he does at the moment.
Chukwueze, who has been a revelation since breaking into the national team at July’s African Cup of Nations in Egypt where the Super Eagles picked a bronze medal, also dazzled in the international friendly match against Brazil on Sunday, and Elaho noted that this is just a sign of things to come. Read more
Gascoigne weeps as court clears sexual assault charge (Vanguard)
Former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne wept in court on Thursday after being found not guilty of sexually assaulting a female passenger he kissed on a train without her consent.
The 52-year-old, a former Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and Lazio player, was also cleared at Teesside Crown Court of an alternative charge of assault by beating and told he was free to go. Read more
Osimhen valued at 48m (NewTelegraph)
Victor Osimhen is “the sensation of the moment” in the French Ligue 1 and this could well see his club Lille sell him for a staggering 48 million Euros or more, according to a top commentator.
Osimhen reportedly cost Lille 12 million Euros when he switched in the summer from Belgian club Sporting Charleroi.
A total of eight goals in all competitions including the UEFA Champions League could now see the striker make a big money move soon. Read more
Zidane ends Pogba interest (Punch)
Real Madrid have reportedly ended their interest in Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.
The French international was linked with a move to the Spanish capital throughout the summer but terms could not be agreed and the former Juventus man ended up staying at Old Trafford, where he has had a number of injury issues this season. Read more
Murray sweeps into quarter-finals at Antwerp (Punch)
Former world number one Andy Murray cruised into the quarter-finals at Antwerp on Thursday with a 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas.
Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, is attempting to work his way back to form almost 10 months after career-saving hip surgery.
The Scot, currently ranked 243rd in the world, held serve throughout against eighth seed Cuevas before sealing victory in 84 minutes. Read more
Amapakabo picks Ezenwa, Ibrahim, Shimaga, 17 others for Togo (DailyTrust)
Head Coach Imama Amapakabo has unveiled a list of 20 senior home -based professionals to take on Togo’s Sparrow Hawks in Saturday’s 2020 African Nations Championship qualifying final leg in Lagos
NFF crisis shouldn’t affect players performance, says Dikko (Punch)
The 2nd Vice President, Nigeria Football Federation, Shehu Dikko, says crisis in the football body should not affect players’ performance on the pitch.
Dikko, who is also the Chairman, League Management Company, on Thursday, called for unity among the nation’s football family. Read more
CHAN 2020: Eagles can’t afford to fail again – Amapakabo (DailyTrust)
Head coach, Super Eagles B, Imama Amapakabo has said there is no room for failure ahead of the make or mar 2020 African Nations Championship qualifying battle with the Sparrow Hawks of Togo on Saturday in Lagos.
After their dismal performance in the just concluded 2nd WAFU Cup of Nations in Thies, Senegal, the Home-based Eagles have been training at the FIFA Goal Project inside the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja. Read more
Zenith Bank Women Basketball League Final Eight Play-Off begins today (Guardian)
The Final 8 of the 2019 Zenith Bank Women Basketball League starts today at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
This is the fourth stage of the women’s basketball league, but this year, it comes with a new format introduced by the Musa Kida–led board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF)