I only defiled my neighbour’s 10 year old daughter twice – Suspect (DailyTrust)
A 34-year- old married man, Godwin Iroro, arrested for allegedly defiling his neighbour’s 10 year old daughter in Ajegunle, Lagos State, has admitted that he only defiled the little girl two times.
The suspect, in his argument, at the station, urged the investigating police Officer (IPO) to dismiss claims by the victim’s father who alleged that he had canal knowledge of the little girl severally.
“I only had sex with the girl twice and not severally as claimed” he told the police at Ajegunle Police station, Lagos.
Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said the suspect was arrested by police detectives attached to the Ajegunle Division for defiling his friend’s 10-year-old daughter (name withheld). Read more
LASWA begins clearing of water hyacinth on Lagos waterways (Guardian)
The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) has started the annual clearing and removal of water hyacinth across Jetties and terminals in the State.
The General Manager of LASWA, Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, said this in a statement on Friday in Lagos.
Emmanuel said that pegging and clearing of the water hyacinth had started in areas with very high infestation and impact on navigation.
LASWA, alongside other State MDA’s and Federal Agencies were collaborating in the exercise and had mobilised adequate labour force and machinery to commence clearing of the stubborn weed.
The General Manager said that the first phase of the project was pegging down the water hyacinth to curtail its movement and infestation across ferry channels. Read more
Gunmen demand N35m ransom to free Ondo principal, VP, teachers (Punch)
Gunmen have reportedly demanded N35m ransom for the release of school officials abducted along Auga-Ise Road in the Akoko East Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The victims are the principal of the Auga Community Grammar School, Mr Joshua Adeyemi, the Vice Principal, Mr Ifedayo Yesufu, a teacher of the school, Mrs Oloyede Bukola as well as two NPower teachers in the school, Mrs Adagunodo Funmilayo and Mrs Blessing Okeke.
According to a source, the five victims were in a Toyota Corolla car with the number plate LSD 297AH when the hoodlums accosted them on the road and whisked them into the forest.
However, it was gathered that one of the victims, Blessing Okeke, who was pregnant was released following her condition but others were still in the kidnappers’ den. Read more
Amnesty partners NNPC to improve pipeline security challenges in Niger Delta (Independent)
Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) have agreed to work together to tackle pipeline insecurity, unemployment and other challenges in the Niger Delta region.
The agreement was reached when PAP’s Interim Administrator, Colonel Milland Dixon Dikio (retired), led a delegation to visit the Group Managing Director, NNPC, Mr Mele Kyari
Dikio, according to a statement signed at the weekend by his Special Adviser Media, Neotaobase Egbe, said the meeting was strategic and in line with the objective of PAP to partner with all relevant stakeholders for the full implementation of the amnesty programme.
He said PAP was courting willing partners to have a robust synergy to drive the Niger Delta Recovery Plan (NDRP) to fruition. Read more
Labour fumes over harassment of women in workplace (Nation)
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Saturday bemoaned the harassment of women in the workplace, saying it was suicidal for Nigeria’s development.
It argued that such economic violence makes women and girls remain economically dependent on men by preventing them from gainful employment.
NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, stated these at Labour House, Abuja during the public presentation of a Gender-Based Violence and Harassment (GBVH) participatory research report.
Wabba maintained that the ratification of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 190 by the Federal Government, was the only solution to eradicate such inhumane treatment. Read more
APC Reconciliation Committee assures members of fair hearing (Guardian)
The National Reconciliation Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has assured aggrieved party members of equal opportunity and fair hearing as it begins sitting.
Chairman of the committee, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu (APC-Nasarawa), gave the assurance while speaking with newsmen on Saturday in Abuja.
Adamu said the committee would begin its assignment in the stronghold of the party in Kano State, on Monday.
Gov. Mai Mala Buni, Chairman, APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) had set up the committee to reconcile members who were aggrieved by the outcome of the party’s congresses. Read more
Fulfil your promises, pay our outstanding salaries — Labour begs Oyetola (Vanguard)
Labour union leaders in Osun state have pleaded with Governor Adegboyega Oyetola to fulfil his promises of paying outstanding half salary areas owed workers by the immediate past administration.
The labour leaders in a statement issued to celebrate Gov. Oyetola’s third year administration anniversary, signed by Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Babatunde Adekomi, Chairman, Trade Union Congress, TUC, Comrade Adebowale Adekola and Chairman, Joint Negotiations Council, Comrade Bayo Adejumo, urged the Governor to increase fund allocated to the payment of pension to passive workers in the state.
The union leaders commended the Governor for his dedication to regular and prompt payment of salaries despite the myriad economic challenges facing the country.
As labour leaders, we are aware as bureaucrats in the system that he has not borrowed a dime either in loans or bonds, yet to receive any bailout or financial grant from the federal government and infrastructure projects are still springing up unprecedented in all localities, we commend him for his prudence, ingenuity and sacrificial leadership of limited resources as a seasoned administrator. Read more
Why I made a film on #EndSARS protest –Obiakor (Sun)
It’s more than a year since the #EndSARS protest ended in what turned out to be an anticlimax, with the alleged massacre of peaceful protesters at Lekki gate, Lagos. But its echoes have continued to reverberate from time to time. To capture the watershed moment in our nation’s history, Ebuka Obiakor, a young filmmaker, has produced a film with an intriguing title “The Brim,” which he said his mum helped him to come up with.
The film, shot in locations in Lagos with a seven-actor cast, none of who is a known face in the Nigerian film industry, tells the story of one George, a British returnee who did not believe a word of the stories making the rounds, on blogs and traditional media, about the bestial brutalities of officers and men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). He felt they were fake news or that the stories were mostly exaggerated.
That was until he too, in the company of his friend, Ernest, a software developer, fell a victim, and nearly lost his life. For carrying on him a British-issued Visa, and, Ernest, a laptop with which he was doing some work for some clients, they was promptly dubbed Internet fraudsters or “Yahoo Boys.” For doing the work on “Python,” the general-purpose programming language, developed in 1991 by Python Software Foundation, Ernest was, in addition, accused, of belonging to a campus cult. Their lives were only saved when they agreed to part with certain sums, demanded by their accusers, the police operatives. No one was surprised, therefore, when George, the Defender of SARS, changed his mind after the incident, and joined the protest. His decision to use unknown faces was intentional, Obiakor explained. Read more
Don Jazzy is 39 and the stars are celebrating (Vanguard)
Mega star producer, singer and honcho at Marvin Records, Don Jazzy (Michael Collins Ajereh) is 39 years old today.
However, the celebration is not just for the unassuming but larger-than-life baritoned serial hitmaker and entrepreneur.
Everyone is dropping messages and vibes that celebrates their association with Don Baba J, who brings another dimension to the meaning of philanthropy.
While Innocent 2Baba Idibia paid homage to Don Jazzy’s philanthropic side: “As you dey bless, na so your own go continue. You too much,” Davido said “Happy birthday Don Baba; blessings to us all.”
Tiwa Savage: “The Supreme Boss, happy birthday @donjazzy. You will forever be the best boss in the world. Read more
2 cases of ‘worst ever’ Omicron variant detected in UK (Metro)
Omicron has been classed as a Variant of Concern by the World Health Organisation (Picture: Getty)
Two cases of the highly infectious Omicron coronavirus variant have been detected in the UK.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said there would be targeted testing in the areas where the cases were found – in Chelmsford and in Nottingham.
The infected individuals are now self-isolating, along with their households.
The two cases are both believed to be connected and linked to travel to southern Africa.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will ‘set out further measures’ during a Downing Street press conference later on Saturday.
‘This is a real reminder that this pandemic is far from over,’ Mr Javid said. Read more
SAS Australia winner Sam Burgess is set to fight professional boxer Paul Gallen (DailyMail)
Sam Burgess is dipping his fists into the world of boxing.
The SAS Australia champion, 32, is reportedly set to face off with professional boxer Paul Gallen, 40, in a match held by No Limit boxing promoters.
The Daily Telegraph reported on Saturday that Sam, ‘has been approached to fight Paul Gallen in a blockbuster heavyweight showdown in February.’
Retired footballer Sam appears to have several projects in the works after winning SAS Australia earlier this year. Read more
‘DC Universe Online’ developer is working on a Marvel MMO (NME)
The developer of DC Universe Online is making a Marvel MMO, according to a recent investor presentation.
The presentation published online by Enad Global 7, DC Universe Online and EverQuest’s parent company, confirmed that an unannounced AAA Marvel MMO that first appeared in the GeForce Now leak is accurate.
Spotted initially by Twitter and Twitch streamer Miller, the game has been referred to as a “Marvel IP based massively multiplayer online game.” It will be developed by Dimensional Ink Studios, the latest name for the Texas branch of Daybreak Game Company.
EG7 (DCUO/Everquest devs’ parent company) released their Q3 ’21 financials, and confirmed the unannounced AAA Marvel MMO that appeared in the GeForce Now leak and which had previously been cancelled in 2018 as the studio faced financial hardships has officially been REVIVED!! https://t.co/ho2gZcipa5 pic.twitter.com/jjVlMLHn1u
— Miller (@mmmmmmmmiller) November 26, 2021 Read more
North Macedonia’s PM resigns as head of Social Democrats (RadioFreeEurope)
North Macedonia’s Prime Minister, Zoran Zaev, has stepped down as head of the Social Democratic Party (SDSM) in the wake of the party’s defeat in local elections in October.
The party’s ruling committee on November 27 accepted Zaev’s resignation and scheduled a vote on a successor for December 12. The new party leader would also be submitted to parliament to replace Zaev as prime minister.
Local media reported that Finance Minister Dimitar Kovacevski is currently the favorite to win.
Zaev announced his intention to step down after the party suffered a sound defeat in local elections on October 31. Read more
Censored version of Margot Robbie’s “Birds of Prey” ‘mistakenly added’ to HBO Max (Metro)
HBO Max subscribers in the US were left confused after sitting down to watch Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, if we’re being formal) and being met with an edited message at the beginning.
A disclaimer at the beginning of the 2020 DC movie, starring Margot Robbie, read: ‘This film has been modified as follows from its original version: it has been edited for content.’
As reported by CBR, the censorship of the R-rated movie was most obvious in a scene featuring Rosie Perez as tough-talking Detective Montoya, where a phrase on her NSFW T-shirt ‘had been clearly edited’, with a screenshot revealing parts of the slogan had been pixelated.
The film was also listed with a TV-14 rating, seemingly confirming that it was the television edit of the movie, rather than the full-throttle version seen in cinemas and expected on streaming platforms. Read more
French government ‘ready’ to discuss autonomy for aggrieved Guadeloupe (RFI)
France is willing to discuss autonomy for the French Caribbean territory of Guadeloupe if it is in the interests of the people who live there, government minister Sebastien Lecornu has said, following days of sometimes violent protests.
Guadeloupe and the nearby French island of Martinique have seen several days of protests against Covid-19 measures that have spilled over into violence.
Lecornu, the minister for France’s overseas territories, said in a YouTube video issued late on Friday that certain elected officials in Guadeloupe had raised the question of autonomy, changing its status as an overseas region.
“The government is ready to talk about this. There are no bad debates, as long as those debates serve to resolve the real everyday problems of people in Guadeloupe,” he said while also condemning the violence. Read more
SDF to release 700 prisoners with links to IS in Syria: report (TheNewArab)
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are preparing to release hundreds of detainees accused of belonging to the Islamic State extremist group (IS), The New Arab’s Arabic language sister publication Al-Araby Al-Jadeed reported on Friday.
The detainees who will reportedly be released have not been proven to be involved in criminal activity against civilians, according to sources close to the SDF.
The sources published lists of names of around 700 prisoners- who had been detained by the SDF between 2014 and 2021 – who will be released following mediation by tribal leaders in northeastern Syria.
The sources said that prisoners proven to have committed crimes would not be released without being put on trial. Read more
Anthony Joshua drops to fifth in WBA rankings (Punch)
Former WBA heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, has dropped to fifth in the latest World Boxing Association rankings.
Joshua lost his belts to Ukrainian heavyweight newcomer, Oleksandr Usyk in September. However, they have both agreed to a rematch billed for 2022.
Reports indicate that Usyk’s dominance in the fight and how the former champion performed, may have contributed to the governing body’s decision to drop his ranking among the top 10 heavyweight fighters.
In preparation for his rematch, Joshua has been on a tour of gyms in California and Texas, with hopes to improve his fighting. Read more
Arsenal brush aside Newcastle as Howe suffers first defeat (Guardian)
Mikel Arteta’s side saw their 10-match unbeaten run in all competitions come to a painful end in last weekend’s 4-0 thrashing at Liverpool.
But second half goals from Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli at the Emirates Stadium made it four wins from their last five league games.
Written off after their poor start to the season, Arsenal are fifth, level on points with fourth placed West Ham, as they chase a berth in next season’s Champions League.
Rejoining the race for European places represents significant progress for Arteta, but few opponents will be quite as obliging as woeful Newcastle.
Howe was in charge in person for the first time after missing last weekend’s 3-3 draw against Brentford due to a positive coronavirus test. Read more
Enyimba stranded in Casablanca, may miss Al Ittihad clash (Punch)
NIGERIA’S representative at the CAF Confederation Cup, Enyimba FC, may miss Sunday’s CAF Confederations Cup clash against Al Ittihad of Libya after been left stranded at the Muhammed V International Airport in Casablanca, Morocco since Thursday, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
The Moroccan immigration officers refused to allow the team fly to Tunisia venue of the game demanding the eight-time Nigerian champions produce their COVID-19 vaccination cards before they are granted entry into Tunisia for their play-off match on Sunday.
The media officer of the team, Zazi Bariza said the team had already secured Libyan visas before later scooping that the game would be played in Tunisia few days before the match.
“Upon arrival in Casablanca at around 9:30 am Thursday morning, the team was informed that access to Tunisia would only be granted if every member of the delegation could provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Read more
Margaret Kenyatta praises Peperuka Marathon initiative (Nation)
The inaugural Peperuka Marathon, organised by Kianda School to raise funds for the education of underprivileged students at the institution, took place Saturday in Tigoni, Kiambu County.
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, who is an alumnus of the girls’ only school, led hundreds of participants in braving the morning rain for the event.
The fund drive, which started in 2001, has been dubbed Peperuka Scholarship Scheme.
The participants who included the school’s alumni, parents, staff and children competed in five, 15, 21 and 60 kilometre races. Read more
Miguel Berchelt moving up to 135-Lb Division, expects to be champion again (BoxingNews)
Former WBC super featherweight champion Miguel ‘El Alacran’ Berchelt has revealed that he’s moving up to the lightweight division , and he expects to be a world champion once again.
Berchelt, 30, is coming off a disappointing tenth round knockout loss to Oscar Valdez last February in a fight that he looked badly weight drained from the start.
In moving up to lightweight, Berchelt (38-2, 34 KOs) believes he’ll be able to rejuvenate his career and become champion soon. He says he has a new trainer, and he feels that’ll be essential to him turning things around following his loss to Valdez.
Berchelt wants to get a couple of tune-ups under his belt before going after the world champions at 135. With lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez expected to vacate his IBF, WBA, WBC Franchise & WBO 135-lb titles soon, Berchelt will be in the position to go after one of them. Read more
Chelsea’s Chilwell could return in six weeks after knee injury: Tuchel (Guardian)
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel says Ben Chilwell could return to action in just six weeks after the England defender suffered a worrying knee injury that prompted fears he could miss the rest of the season.
The left-back limped out of Tuesday’s 4-0 Champions League win against Juventus following a challenge from France international Adrien Rabiot.
But Tuchel said on Friday that the 24-year-old may be able to avoid surgery, allowing him to play again sooner than expected, which would be a huge boost for the Premier League leaders.
“Ben has a partial injury of his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and the decision is to treat it conservatively,” Tuchel said.
“And the next six weeks will tell the story actually if he makes it and if he will be fully available after the six weeks, or if he needs surgery after that. Read more
Zidane set to takeover from Pochettino (Nation)
Paris Saint-Germain are understood to have met with Zinedine Zidane in a bid to make the 49-year-old their new coach.
The two parties are said to have met at the Royal Monceau hotel – one of Paris’ most luxurious – to discuss the prospect.
As Le Parisien report, at that meeting from PSG’s side were sporting director Leonardo and Jean-Claude Blanc, the club’s general manager and a good friend of Zidane’s.
The idea that’s been mooted is that Zidane – unwilling to break his sabbatical – would take the reins at the Parc des Princes next summer. Pochettino to Manchester United?
All of which leaves the future of current PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino up in the air. Read more