I did not ask any policeman to search bags, phones on highways – Lagos CP (DailyTrust)
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has warned policemen serving in the state to desist from searching bags, phones and laptops of anyone by the roadside, saying that any policeman indicted for such act would be dealt with.
Giving the warning yesterday at the Command Headquarters, Ikeja, during the parade of some suspects, Odumosu said, “I did not ask any policeman serving in Lagos to stop passers-by and search their phones and laptops, all in the name of looking for Yahoo boys.
Let me warn those policemen who are in the habit of doing so to desist from it or they will be made to face the music squarely when arrested.” Read more
NCS Seme seizes tramadol, others valued at N20m (Nation)
IN its continued fight against smuggling, and to curb illegal activities associated with it, the anti-smuggling unit of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Seme Area Command, has in the last three weeks recorded huge seizures.
The Command in this period seized 782 packets and 630 cards of tramadol all of 50grammes, equivalent to 409, 000 grammes of tramadol, and also 9, 400ml of Amphytamine syrup with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N4,740, 132.00. They were intercepted along Elejah – Mowo axis of the Command.
The drug seizure forms part of the various other items with a total DPV of N 19, 418, 806. 00 intercepted within the period under review. Read more
Sanwo-Olu calls for collaboration, synergy from LGs (DailyTrust)
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu The Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday charged local government administrators to collaborate more with the state government to deliver democratic dividends to the residents, adding that there must be a synergy between the two arms of government for his administration to achieve its vision of a Greater Lagos. Sanwo-Olu stated this during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Chairman of Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area, Princess Sammy Abolanle Bada, at the Lagos House, Ikeja. The governor said all the infrastructural projects being executed by the current administration fell within the jurisdiction of one local government or the other. Read more
Makinde: Amotekun has come to stay (Nation)
Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has restated the motive behind his visit to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adams, in Abuja on Thursday.
Makinde, who said he had gone to the police chief to brief him on the security situation in the state, occasioned by the power tussle for the local governments, added that he also had a down to earth discussion with the IGP on the operation of the Southwest regional security outfit, Amotekun and the actual state of things on the local government issues. Read more
Woman sues husband for not granting her menstrual leave (DailyTrust)
A housewife has sued her husband at an Upper Area Court sitting in Jiwa, Abuja, for allegedly not granting her menstrual leave.
The woman (name withheld) who lives in Gwagwa had approached the court to dissolve her three-year-old marriage with her husband. She accused her husband of not granting her menstrual leave as enshrined in the Muslim marriage law, which commands the couple to abstain from sexual intercourse, in addition to excusing the woman from participating in other devotions, such as five daily prayers and fasting. Read more
Obaseki, Oshiomhole clash over assassination plot (Nation)
There is a plot to eliminate All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole, 14 Edo State House of Assembly members-elect alleged on Thursday.
The lawmakers-elect, who were not sworn-in along with their colleagues as part of a fall-out of the crisis in the state APC, accused Governor Godwin Obaseki of establishing a special militia group to eliminate Oshiomhole.
They, however, did not provide details of when the militia was set up, who are its members, how they were armed, or any evidence to substantiate the allegation. Read more
Coronavirus declared global emergency by World Health Organisation (Metro)
Coronavirus has officially been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organisation. Health experts made the announcement on Thursday evening following a meeting of the WHO emergency committee in Geneva, Switzerland. They confirmed there are now 98 cases in 18 countries outside China, while there have been eight involving human-to-human transmission in Germany, Japan, Vietnam and the US. Following the announcement, British medical officers increased the risk level in the UK from low to moderate. Read more
Woman with 31 fingers and toes cruelly branded ‘witch’ by neighbours (Metro)
A woman born with 31 fingers and toes has spent her entire life hiding at home after being branded a witch by cruel neighbours. Kumari Nayak, 63, has polydactylism – a common abnormality at birth where the person has extra fingers and toes. With 19 toes and 12 fingers, Kumari enters the Guinness World Records for having the most digits in the world. But she said her condition has plagued her for the entirety of her life and means she often feels forced to stay inside. TOP ARTICLES 1/5 Bristol student rushed to hospital with ‘flu-like symptoms’ amid coronavirus crisis. Read more
Brexit: Boris Johnson to hail ‘dawn of a new era’ on departure day (BBC)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will hail the “dawn of a new era” on Friday, as the UK prepares to leave the European Union after 47 years.
In a speech to be shown at 22:00 GMT – an hour before the official departure time – he will say Brexit is “not an end but a beginning”.
He will describe severing ties with the other 27 EU nations as “a moment of real national renewal and change”.
Little will change immediately, as the UK begins a “transition period”. Read more
Man starved to death after DWP cut his benefits (Metro)
When his body was found by bailiffs, at his flat for falling into rent arrears, Errol Graham weighed just four and a half stone. Suffering with severe social anxiety, he had not spoken to his family for some time and had no money for food. All Errol, 57, had in the cupboards of his home in Radford, Nottingham, were a couple of out-of-date tins of fish. Errol’s cause of death was found to be starvation after his benefits were cut in October 2017 when he failed to attend a fit-for-work test. Read more
Trump impeachment: All eyes on moderate Republicans in witnesses battle (BBC)
All eyes were on four Republican senators ahead of Friday to see if they would vote to call witnesses to Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.
If four moderate Republicans decide to vote with Democrats, it is likely the trial will hear from the former National Security Adviser, John Bolton.
Senior Republicans had pushed for a speedy trial with no witnesses or new evidence presented to senators.
But reports that Mr Bolton may have damning testimony shifted the calculus. Read more
Anthony Joshua slams Deontay Wilder after axed promoter exposes WBC champion (Metro)
Anthony Joshua slammed Deontay Wilder on social media after the WBC champion’s former promoter claimed talks over a unification fight were always doomed. Lou DiBella, who co-promoted Wilder until 2018, worked alongside Al Haymon and the Bronze Bomber’s current manager Shelly Finkel. But after Wilder’s draw with Tyson Fury in 2018, DiBella made moves to try and come to terms with three-belt champion, Joshua. DiBella set up meeting with DAZN, Haymon, Finkel and Wilder and claims that decision cost him his position on the American’s team. Read more
Amuneke takes over El-Makkasa on Monday (Nation)
Former Nigeria international Emmanuel Amuneke will return to Egypt today from his base in Spain to take over Egyptian Premier League side Misr El-Makkasa, Nation Sports can exclusively report.
The former Barcelona winger and immediate past coach of Tanzanian national had in the last few days held talk with management of the Faiyum-based side with the possibility of filling the vacant managerial position after the club sacked former Egyptian international Ahmed Mido.
“I think we are in the final leg of the deal and Amuneke is expected to return to Egypt from Spain today,” the reliable source told NationSport. “The management of the club has agreed to appoint him as the coach and he would most likely sign the contract and be unveiled once he return to Egypt. Read more
Ravaged by injuries, Arsenal set to sign injured fullback (DailyTrust)
Arsenal have clinched a deal for Southampton fullback Cedric Soares. The Sun says the incoming Portuguese defender, costing £5million from Southampton, should have been billed as some instant relief for the coach’s teamsheet. However, Cedric is carrying a foot injury and is not due to play for another three weeks – having come off early versus Crystal Palace just over a week ago. Read more
LeBron James gets new tattoo to honour Kobe Bryant (Metro)
LeBron James has got a new tattoo in memory of LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. James visited tattoo artist Vanessa Aurelia on Wednesday evening and was inked on his left quad with a tribute to the NBA icon, who was killed in a helicopter crash alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna on Sunday. The design is centered around Bryant’s ‘Black Mamba’ nickname as he has an image of the snake with what appears to be a floral design underneath. The words underneath are currently unclear but it appears to say either ‘Mamba 4 Life’ or ‘Kobe 4 Life’ below the graphic. Read more
Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale set for sensational return to Premier League (DailyTrust)
Real Madrid star striker, Gareth Bale Tottenham have held talks over a shock swoop for Gareth Bale but the club are pessimistic over their chances of clinching the Real Madrid star’s return. Sportsmail says Spurs have explored the possibility of trying to lure their former player back to north London but the finances attached to the deal mean it is unlikely Bale will return to the Premier League before Friday’s deadline. Read more
Iwobi to return against Watford (Nation)
Alex Iwobi will be returning to action tomorrow against Watford in Everton’s Premier League.
According to Everton manager, Carlo Ancelotti will be able to call on the attacking trio of Richarlison, Iwobi and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
The Blues’ visit to Vicarage Road will halt an 11-day gap between fixtures – Everton drew 2-2 with Newcastle United last week – and manager Ancelotti has used the fallow period to focus on the urgency of his side’s offensive play. Read more
Kobe Bryant: NBA to honour basketball great in All-Star Game (BBC)
The NBA will honour Kobe Bryant in next month’s All-Star Game in Chicago.
Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday.
The NBA has announced a new format for the game that will “increase the level of competition, provide additional excitement and make the outcome of every quarter count for charity”. Read more
Bruno Fernandes to wear No.18 for Manchester United (Metro)
BrunoBruno Fernandes will wear the No.18 shirt for Manchester United after completing his move to Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side finally landed the Portugal international in an €80 million (£67.6m) deal from Sporting on Thursday. But United opted to not reveal the shirt number that has been assigned to Fernandes for the remainder of the season. The Portugal international wore No.8 for Sporting but that number is currently occupied by Juan Mata at Old Trafford. Read more
Who is Pablo Mari, Arsenal’s new signing from Brazil? (DailyTrust)
Arsenal unveil new signing Pablo Mari Arsenal, last Wednesday, completed the signing of Pablo Mari from Flamengo on loan until the end of the season. Mari joined for the remainder of the campaign, for a loan fee in the region of £4million. Arsenal have the option to make the deal a permanent one if he impresses in north London. Coming all the way from Brazil, not much is known of him by fans. With this in mind, Daily Trust has now highlighted 12 main things that will give you an understanding of who Mari is.
1. Pablo Marí Villar, born 31 August 1993, is a Spanish professional footballer. Read more
Lewis Hamilton yet to talk to Mercedes over contract (BBC)
Lewis Hamilton says he is yet to start talks with Mercedes over a new contract with the team beyond 2020.
The six-time world champion’s deal with Mercedes runs out at the end of this season and Ferrari have admitted they have held talks with the Briton.
Hamilton said on Instagram that he and Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff “have not even spoken about contract yet. Nothing is being negotiated currently.” Read more