I met boy who abducted, defiled me on Facebook – 15-year-old pupil (Punch)
The police in Lagos State have arrested a 17-year-old boy, identified simply as Ojo, for the alleged abduction and defilement of a 15-year-old girl.
Ojo reportedly picked the girl, Bola (not real name) from her parents’ home in the Ikeja area of the state and took her to his father’s residence, where they spent the night together.
City Round learnt that the next day, Ojo and Bola checked into a hotel and spent over a week before the girl was found and Ojo arrested by the police. Read more
Eight fruits that can boost your ‘sex drive’ (Nation)
Most people always find ways to improve their sexual experience hence scientists have linked a variety of foods that can boost sex drive.
Keeping the circulatory system in good working order is essential for healthy sex life. Better circulation can lead to an improved sexual response in men and women.
Foods that can help people improve their sex drive are commonly called ‘aphrodisiacs’, named after Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love.
Certain foods help in increasing the blood flow throughout the body. Your diet arguably has the biggest effect on how the body will function; here are foods that can boost your sex drive;
Strawberries and raspberries. Read more
Police arrest okada rider for allegedly raping woman, beheading a five-year-old (DailyTrust)
The Oyo State police command, on Friday paraded a 37-year-old commercial motorcyclist popularly called Okada man, Gbenga Oduola, for beheading a five-year-old boy, Opeyemi Fadeyi, and raping his mother, Bosede Jimoh. The state police commissioner, Shina Olukolu who disclosed this at a press conference at the command headquarters, Eleyele Ibadan said the incident occurred on December 9, 2019 at a house at Imeleke Road, Lawal Estate Area of Igboora, the headquarters of Ibarapa Central Local Government Area of Oyo State.
Commissioner further said Oduola was among 18 other suspects who were arrested for other offences including impersonation, armed robbery, kidnapping, and unlawful possession of ammunition. Read more
How varsities can assist our administration – Buhari (Guardian)
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said that his administration was depending on universities to assist it in the execution of its laudable projects through research and innovation.
Buhari, who was represented by Dr Suleiman Yusuf, the Deputy Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), stated this at the 31st convocation of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA).
“Naturally, we rely on our universities to play a more active part especially through their research and innovation endeavours. Read more
FG to distribute N10bn Trader Moni loan in 2020 (Vanguard)
The Federal Government plans to distribute N10 billion as Trader Moni loan to petty traders and artisans in the 2020 fiscal year.
Under the Trader Moni micro credit scheme, the Federal Government (FG), through the Bank of Industry (BOI) provides interest free and collateral free loan to petty traders and artisans. The loan ranges from N10, 000 to N100,000 per beneficiary.
The loan is part of the social intervention programmes under President Muhammadu Buhari led administration. Read more
Truck accident claims 3 on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway (Punch)
The Ogun Command of Federal Road Safety Corps on Friday said that three persons died while one person sustained injuries in an accident involving a truck and a Bajaj motorcycle around Toll-Gate on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.
Mr Clement Oladele, Sector Commander of FRSC, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota, Ogun State, that the accident happened about 12.59pm on Thursday.
Oladele explained that the truck with registration number, KRD 72 XY, had brakes failure and the driver rammed it into a Bajaj motorcycle, marked AKM039 UP, conveying two female passengers who were just disembarking from the bike. Read more
FG moves to rescue Nigerians trapped in Mali mining areas (Nation)
The Federal Government (FG) is making moves to rescue Nigerians trapped in various mining areas in Mali.
The government through the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has began profiling the victims and working out modalities for evacuating them back to Nigeria.
This is being done through advocacy and working tours of Mali with a view to addressing the exploitative conditions that these Nigerians who are victims of human trafficking are in. Read more
Mali conflict: Macron says 33 ‘terrorists’ killed by French troops (BBC)
Emmanuel Macron has been visiting French troops in Ivory Coast
French forces have killed 33 militants in an operation in Mali, according to President Emmanuel Macron.
Mr Macron made the announcement on a visit to Ivory Coast, where he reiterated France’s commitment to fighting jihadists in the region.
It comes weeks after 13 French troops died in a helicopter collision in Mali in the biggest single-day loss of life for its military since the 1980s. Read more
Hero who fought off London Bridge terrorist with Narwhal tusk unmasked (Metro)
The London Bridge hero who used a narwhal tusk to fight off a knife-wielding terrorist has been identified as a civil servant from South Africa. Darryn Frost, 38, has spoken for the first time about how he grabbed the artefact from the wall in Fishmongers’ Hall after Usman Khan went on a killing spree on November 29. Harrowing footage showed Mr Frost and other members of the public bravely fending off Khan on London Bridge – but until now his identity has remained a mystery. Read more
Australia fires: Death toll rises as fires sweep across three states (BBC)
One person has died and another is missing as wildfires continue to burn across three Australian states.
In New South Wales, sudden southerly winds fanned the flames of more than 100 blazes and fire officials said a man who had chosen to stay at his property could no longer be contacted.
Saturday had been an “awful day”, NSW fire chief Shane Fitzsimmons said.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has cut short a holiday in Hawaii after being criticised for leaving amid the crisis. Read more
Expect January arrivals, Solskjaer tells Manchester United fans (DailyTrust)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful of adding reinforcements to his Manchester United squad in January. The Red Devils boss denied reports that Erling Braut Haaland was flying to Manchester on Friday during his pre-match press conference.
However, Solskjaer admitted that there could be arrivals at Old Trafford in the New Year. Read more
Dare: NFF must clean up its corrupt image (Nation)
DEAR stakeholders, I welcome you to this all-important meeting, which I do with subdued excitement. My excitement is subdued today not because we have not had a few successes in our football development, but because these successes have been diminished by recent losses and happenings in the world of football.
We have gone from a football-loving nation to a nation that needlessly squabbles over football. We now showcase more of our disagreements and discordant tunes in football than the talents and skills that should be displayed in this game. Nigerians and the world have taken note and tough questions that require urgent answers are being asked. There is no better place to provide these answers than here in this assembly, this morning. Read more
Ex-Man United star Blind diagnosed with heart condition (Punch)
Ex-Manchester United star Daley Blind has been diagnosed with a heart condition after feeling dizzy against Valencia earlier this month.
The Ajax defender has missed the previous two matches as he undergoes his rehabilitation and recovery.
After a medical examination, Ajax revealed Blind was “diagnosed with heart muscle inflammation. Read more
‘Osimhen fit for Monaco game’ (Nation)
Nigeria striker, Victor Osimhen, has been certified fit and ready by medical doctors to play for Lille against Monaco today in the French Ligue 1 encounter.
Lille manager, Christophe Galtier, had also confirmed the Nigerian to be in top shape ahead of the match at the Stade Louis II.
Osimhen was rushed to the hospital after he complained of dizziness and pain during Tuesday’s Coupe de la Ligue 2-0 win against the same opponent. Read more
Bolt sprinkles stardust on Tokyo Olympic Stadium opening (Guardian)
Usain Bolt may not be competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics but he took a star turn Saturday in the inauguration of the new National Stadium, seven months before the Opening Ceremony.
The retired Jamaican sprint superstar jogged 200 metres around the track in an exhibition relay race alongside paralympic athletes, in the first public event at the 60,000-seater stadium.
The show opened with a performance of taiko drums that instantly brought to mind the Rugby World Cup, where the players were welcomed into the field to the haunting sound of the drums. Read more
Everton 0-0 Arsenal: Ancelotti and Arteta watch dire draw (Vanguard)
Carlo Ancelotti and Mikel Arteta watched new clubs Everton and Arsenal play out a low-quality 0-0 draw at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Ancelotti’s appointment was confirmed by Everton just over an hour prior to kick-off and the former Real Madrid and Chelsea head coach will likely have been happier than new Gunners boss Arteta by what he saw.
Interim Arsenal boss Freddie Ljungberg named a young starting line-up, leaving Mesut Ozil out of his squad entirely, but they failed to provide service to isolated captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Read more
Monterrey keeper scores winning penalty as they finish third at Club World Cup (BBC)
Mexican side Monterrey beat Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal 4-3 on penalties to equal their best performance at a Club World Cup with a third-place finish.
Captain Carlos Eduardo met Yasser Al-Shahrani’s cross to head Al Hilal in front after 35 minutes in Qatar.
Monterrey fought back with two goals in five second-half minutes through Arturo Gonzalez’ header and Maximiliano Meza. Read more
Sierra Leone pro football league gets first female coach (Punch)
One of Sierra Leone’s top football clubs has picked a woman to coach its main squad, in a first for the West African country’s professional league.
The East End Tigers named police officer Victoria Conteh, who formerly coached the country’s female football team, as its head coach.
“I’m so proud being a woman… to be appointed head coach of a male football team,” Conteh, 45, told AFP on Friday.
“It has never happened in Sierra Leone,” she added. Read more
Daniel Dubois out to get Deontay Wilder next (Metro)
Of the four major heavyweight world titles, the WBC belt is the one Daniel Dubois dreams of lifting above all others. The British heavyweight is back in action this Saturday and is considered a champion-in-the-making by many in the boxing world. His rival and former sparring partner Anthony Joshua holds the WBA (Super), IBF and WBO titles, but AJ is likely to be forced to give up one of those belts. Promoter Frank Warren wants Dubois to be in prime position to challenge for any title that becomes vacant, but the 22-year-old explained it was Deontay Wilder’s belt he coveted the most. Read more
Big Bash: Bushfires cause Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Thunder to be abandoned (BBC)
The Big Bash League game between Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Thunder has been abandoned because of poor air quality caused by smoke from bushfires.
Close to 100 fires were burning across Australia’s eastern state of New South Wales on Saturday, of which six were characterised as “emergency level”.
Thunder were 40-1 chasing 162 to win when the match was called off on Saturday and will split the points. Read more