Inside Lagos water economy: A dangerous and poorly regulated corridor (DailyTrust)
A road trip makes it a very long journey, so the waterways remain the only option. But how safe is it? Lagos State occupies 3,577 square kilometers with water bodies accounting for 23% of its geographical position. For obvious reasons, it has great potential to develop its water economy to a highly competitive level, to allow for fishery, tourism, water transportation and the likes to immensely benefit.
The commercial nature of the state has contributed greatly to the saturation of the roads; many people migrate from other states to explore the opportunities and carry out transactions in various sectors of the economy. Read more
Lagos teacher breaks pupil’s arm while flogging him over test (Punch)
A teacher at CMS Grammar School, Bariga, Lagos, Mr Ikena Ekwenam, has been arrested by the police for inflicting injuries on his 10-year-old pupil, David Uwakwe.
Ekwenam, who teaches Agricultural Science at the school, beat up the Junior Secondary School 2 pupil for allegedly failing to come early for a make-up test.
Sunday PUNCH learnt that the teacher on Friday, November 22, went to Uwakwe’s class and told him he could not find his script on the continuous assessment earlier conducted, asking him to come for a make-up. Read more
Dermatologists offer free skin care to Lagos community (Nation)
Over 300 residents in Makoko area of Lagos have benefited from the free skin care test and consultation organised by Vaseline Healing Project and Direct Relief and Unilever held at the Aiyetoro Health Care Service, Makoko.
The event tagged Dermatology Clinic Outreach to Makoko Community started in the early hours of last Saturday as women and children thronged the health centre after a two-day training organised for 270 public healthcare workers in Lagos State on dermatology treatment at Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos.
Speaking at the event, the convener of the event, Dr. Akinkugbe Ayesha, said that the outreach was part of our wiliness as dermatologists to educate and support people, especially in rural communities, on how to take care of their skin and avoid the use of steroid as it complicates issues on the skins. Read more
Local hunters arrest two kidnappers in Osun (DailyTrust)
The local hunters in Odo-Ijesa community in Osun State on Saturday arrested two suspected kidnappers after a hot chase to rescue two people abducted in the community. The hunter said nine kidnappers invaded the community and abducted three persons but one of the victims escaped from them while they took away two persons. The commander of the Hunters Group of Nigeria (HGN), Osun Command, Chief Nureni Ahmed confirmed the arrest of the kidnappers. Read more
Man chains, drags daughter for being absent from school (Punch)
The Nasarawa State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has apprehended a 56-year-old man, Dahiru Inusa, for allegedly chaining and dragging his 15- years-old daughter on the street in Lafia, the state capital.
Parading the suspect at the headquarters of the NSCDC on Friday, the corps commandant, Mr Muhammad Mahmoud-Fari, said the suspect was arrested on Wednesday at Bukan-Sidi area of Lafia.
The NSCDC boss explained that the suspect claimed the daughter had become wayward and refused to go to school, adding that his action was to tame her. Read more
There will be consequences, U.S. senator threatens over Sowore’s re-arrest: (Vanguard)
A United States Senator representing New Jersey, Bob Menendez has denounced the actions of the Nigerian Department of State Services (DSS) for rearresting the RevolutionNow protest leader, Omoyele Sowore.
Menendez in a video addressing the world press conference with Sowore’s wife said; “He [Sowore] was released by court order. He should be released.” Read more
Hajj 2020: Nigeria gets 95,000 slots, signs MoU with Saudi Arabia (DailyTrust)
Nigeria has retains its 95,000 slot allocation for 2020 Hajj pilgrimage. The spokesman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Fatima Sanda Usara, said on Saturday in a statement that this formed part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada on behalf of Nigeria and the Saudi Arabian Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Dr. Saleh Bn Taher Benten who signed on behalf of the Kingdom. Read more
Commuters groan over keke ban, accuse gov’t of indifference (DailyTrust)
Commuters struggle to board a taxi at a bus stop in Jabi Abuja recently. The restriction of the operation of commercial tricycles by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) within the Federal Capital City (FCC) has generated concern among residents as commuters lament inadequate palliative measures by the government. Some commuters said they now pay twice what they normally pay as transport fare to their offices before the enforcement of the restriction order. Commuters, mostly low-income earners, on the Galadimawa-Jabi Airport road bypass; Gwagwa-Jabi-Arab bus stop; Garki-Apo road; Gwarinpa-Life Camp, Kado, Jahi axis are largely affected by the restriction order. Read more
Standard gauge: We are impressed with pace of work, says NASS (Nation)
The National Assembly on Saturday threw its weight behind the ongoing construction of the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge tracks.
The joint committee on Land Transport of the Senate and House of Representatives, expressed delight at the pace of work, saying they were impressed that the project is nearing completion.
The Joint Committee had embarked on the routine inspection as part of its oversight functions. Read more
Court jails bank manager over unauthorised loans (Punch)
A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Friday sentenced a 56-year-old man, Adekunle Oyeobu, to two and a half years in prison for issuing loans to three customers without obtaining appropriate authorisation.
The convict, who was a bank manager at the Aba branch of the now defunct Cooperative Development Bank, was said to have issued N34.6m to three customers. Read more
Stem cell therapy helps broken hearts heal in unexpected way – Research (DailyTrust)
In this microscopic histology image, macrophage immune cells (shown in red and green) flock to the injured region of a damaged mouse heart three days after researchers injected adult heart stem cells within the yellow dotted area. Researchers report Nov. 27 in Nature that stem cell therapy helps hearts recover from heart attack by triggering an innate immune response that alters cell activity around the injured area so that it heals with a more optimized scar and improved contractile properties. Photo: Cincinnati Children’s Stem cell therapy helps hearts recover from a heart attack, although not for the biological reasons originally proposed two decades ago that today are the basis of ongoing clinical trials. This is the conclusion of a Nov. 27 study in Nature that shows an entirely different way that heart stem cells help the injured heart — not by replacing damaged or dead heart cells as initially proposed. The study reports that injecting living or even dead heart stem cells into the injured hearts of mice triggers an acute inflammatory process, which in turn generates a wound healing-like response to enhance the mechanical properties of the injured area. Read more
Joshua beats Ruiz to reclaim heavyweight world titles (DailyTrust)
Anthony Joshua became a two-time world heavyweight champion by exacting revenge over Andy Ruiz Jr in dominant fashion with a unanimous points victory in a tense rematch in Saudi Arabia. Six months on from the night where Ruiz stunned boxing, Joshua risked his career being left in tatters with a second defeat but served up 36 minutes of movement and well-timed punching to take the IBF, WBA and WBO titles back to Britain. Read more
Tottenham crush Burnley in five-goal showdown (ChannelsTV)
Son Heung-min scored a sublime contender for the Premier League’s goal of the season as the South Korean’s moment of genius inspired Tottenham’s 5-0 rout of Burnley on Saturday.
On the day he was presented with the AFC Asian International Player of the Year award by compatriot Park Ji-sung, Son underlined his place among the game’s elite with arguably the greatest effort of his glittering career.
With Spurs already rampant after early goals from Harry Kane and Lucas Moura, Son stole the show before half-time when he ran from deep inside his own half past a host of Burnley defenders and capped the astonishing burst with an ice-cool finish.
Since christening the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with its first senior goal last season, Son has now been directly involved in 15 goals in 15 appearances at the plush north London arena. Read more
Roy Keane takes swipe at Jose Mourinho, Tottenham after Man Utd beat Man City (Express)
Roy Keane believes that Manchester United’s win over Tottenham wasn’t a big deal because of Spurs’ mentality. United sit in fifth spot after beating Manchester City.
United beat Manchester City 2-1 at the Etihad on Saturday to make it two wins from two against the ‘box six’ this week.
On Tuesday night, they beat Tottenham by the same scoreline at Old Trafford.
They now sit in fifth place, five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
The win over City came as a shock to many, with the champions needing to win almost every game from now on to catch league leaders Liverpool.
The table-topping Reds are now 14 points ahead of City after Saturday’s result, while City are in danger of being overtaken by Chelsea. Read more
Ferguson’s Everton bounce back from derby pain to beat Chelsea (Guardian)
Chelsea slipped to their third Premier League defeat in four matches on Saturday as Everton bounced back from their Merseyside derby humiliation to win 3-1 and escape from the relegation zone.
Goals early in each half from Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin put the home side 2-0 up and although Mateo Kovacic pulled one back, Calvert-Lewin struck again late to seal the win.
The three points for Everton, under the temporary charge of Duncan Ferguson following the sacking of Marco Silva, lifts them to the relative comfort of 14th spot in the table.
Frank Lampard’s men remain in fourth place but Wolves could close the gap to just three points if they beat Brighton on Sunday. Read more
Angry Chelsea fans rip into goalie (Vanguard)
Kepa Arrizabalaga’s blunder ensured Everton got a 3-1 win in the first matchweek 16 game at Goodison Park and fans of Chelsea football club are absolutely livid.
25 years old Kepa joined the London side last year and has made some horrible blunders in that time that left fans and critics questioning the price he was brought in for.
With Chelsea looking to come back into the game after Kovacic made it 2-1, Kepa’s misplaced pass in the 84th minute made way for Calvert-Lewin to slot the ball in between the legs of the goalkeeper and put the game beyond Chelsea. Read more
Tiger Woods in contention as Gary Woodland leads at Hero World Challenge (BBC)
Tiger Woods moved into contention for a sixth Hero World Challenge title as he trails US Open champion Gary Woodland by two shots after the third round.
Tournament host Woods shot a five-under 67 to lie joint third with American Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm of Spain.
Woodland shot 68 to sit one ahead of Sweden’s Henrik Stenson and three in front of overnight leader Patrick Reed. Read more
Former world No. 1 Wozniacki to retire after Australian Open (Punch)
Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki announced on Friday that she will retire after next month’s Australian Open, insisting she “has accomplished everything” she wanted on a tennis court.
The 29-year-old Dane won her only Grand Slam singles title in Melbourne last year in her third major final.
“I’ve accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court,” she said in an Instagram post. Read more
Osimhen nets goal number 9 for Lille (Nation)
Lille forward, Victor Osimhen scored his ninth Ligue 1 goal yesterday when the he scored against Brest in the 16th minute of their encounter.
The Super Eagles forward who scored the only goal of the encounter collected a pass from Jonathan Ikone to bury the visitors and continue his rich vein of form this season. He also has two assist to his credit.
The Nigerian striker troubled the visitor throughout and had other chances to increase his tally. He has proved to be a good buy and is setting the French league alight. Read more
Real Madrid 2-0 Espanyol: Zidane’s men march on despite Mendy dismissal (Vanguard)
Real Madrid extended their unbeaten run to nine games in all competitions with a straightforward 2-0 win over struggling Espanyol on Saturday.
Raphael Varane opened his season account and sent Los Blancos on their way to a fourth consecutive LaLiga victory with a left-footed finish in the 37th minute.
Karim Benzema made the points safe when he swept home Federico Valverde’s pass 11 minutes from full-time, making Ferland Mendy’s late sending off for a needless second booking the only blight on an otherwise unfussy showing. Read more
Everton appoint Ferguson as manager (Punch)
Duncan Ferguson said it will be an “incredibly proud moment” for him when he takes charge of Everton for their Premier League clash with Chelsea on Saturday.
The 47-year-old Scot has been appointed caretaker manager after Marco Silva was sacked on Thursday following eight defeats in their last 11 games, including Wednesday’s humiliating 5-2 thrashing by Liverpool in the Merseyside derby.
Ferguson, who has been on the club’s first-team coaching staff for five years, takes Everton to Stamford Bridge with them languishing in the relegation zone and seeking their fifth full-time manager since 2016. Read more