Internet fraudster burns girlfriend to death over infidelity (Punch)
A self-acclaimed Internet fraudster, Victor Orji, has been arrested by men of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly setting his girlfriend, Mariam Alabi, ablaze in the Ojo area of the state.
PUNCH Metro gathered that Orji, who accused his girlfriend of infidelity, poured petrol all over her body and allegedly set her ablaze on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at his place of residence on the Army Post Service Housing Estate, opposite the Lagos State University, Ojo.
After Orji had perpetrated the crime, residents of the area apprehended him and rushed Alabi to hospital for treatment.
According to the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, Alabi died on Sunday due to the severe burns she suffered when her lover set her ablaze. Read more
Building collapse: Two churches, 17 houses shut in Ikorodu (Nation)
For violating town planning laws, officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) at the weekend shut down 19 buildings in Igbogbo Baiyeku, Ikorodu.
General Manager, LASBCA, Mr. Abiola Kosegbe, led the enforcement team of the agency, escorted by officials of the State Taskforce, which also included the chairman, Igbogbo Baiyeku Local Council Development Area, Olusesan Daini.
Two churches were among the buildings sealed. One of them is the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, and a Cherubim and Seraphim church on Bamgbose Street in the area. Read more
Hoodlums attack Lagos community, destroy vehicles, loot shops (Punch)
There was pandemonium in the early hours of Sunday on Freedom Street in the Ebute Meta area of Lagos State as hoodlums stormed the area, burgled shops and vandalised several vehicles.
It was gathered that the hoodlums, numbering about 100, were returning from a party around 2am when they attacked the community.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the hoodlums vandalised about 10 vehicles parked on the street and looted five shops. Read more
Residents lament government neglect as bridge links Ejigbo, Okota (Guardian)
For residents of Bucknor, Jakande Gate, Isheri Osun, Ijegun, Ikotun, Igando, Ijegemo, Ijedodo and environs in Lagos State, a relief from the intractable traffic on the Jakande Gate/Isolo route came on stream with the commissioning of De Prinocc link bridge at Oke Ogbere from the Oke-Afa canal waterside in Ejigbo to Community Road in Ago Palace Way, Okota.
The commissioning coincided with the maiden weeklong celebration of Oke-Ogbere Community Day, which the Baale, High Chief Tajudeen Amoo Orilowo, said would reunite indigenes and mobilise residents to promote the link bridge.
Ogbere shares border with Isolo, Amuwo-Odofin, Ejigbo, Egbe and Isheri Olofin. Residents of Community Road are however appealing to the government to repair the wide unpaved road that stretched for several kilometres off Ago Palace Way with the anticipated influx of road users. The Community Road was constructed by residents about 12 years ago. Read more
Why Nigerians should avoid use of ‘tissue paper’ (Vanguard)
A medical expert has linked frequent use of tissue paper popularly known as toilet roll to one of the root cause of cervical cancer in women.
Disclosing this during the 2019 Beauty West Africa Exhibition in Lagos, an Indonesian traditional health specialist, at Tirta Ayu Spa, recalled that toilet tissue was a consumer product used at homes, offices, restaurants, hotel, either as facial tissue (paper handkerchiefs), napkins, bathroom tissue and household towels for hygiene purposes. According to one of the Managers for traditional V-Spa Tirta Ayu, Ibu Isti, Tissue paper is made from recycled paper and gives dioxin which is an artificial whitener so it is not good for use.” Read more
Pilgrims pray for Nigeria’s unity (Nation)
Pilgrims from Lagos State to this year’s holy journey in Israel yesterday offered special prayers for the unity and national development of Nigeria.
The service, held at the Ramada Centre in Jerusalem, was attended by dignitaries, including Commissioner for Home Affairs, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf; the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Mrs Adebunmi Adekanye and Chairman of the state Health Service Commission, Dr Bayo Aderiye.
The commissioner urged participants to continue to be good ambassadors of the state and reflect the spiritual aura acquired during the pilgrimage. Read more
PFN faults new law prescribing levy for Christian marriage certificate (Guardian)
The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has described the newly introduced marriage certificate law for Christians by the Federal Government as outrageous and unacceptable. National President of PFN, Rev. (Dr.) Felix Omobude, in a statement issued in Benin City at the weekend, cautioned against what he termed anti-Christian law on the Church in Nigeria by the Ministry of Interior.
The Federal Government through the Ministry of Interior recently announced a compulsory N30,000 licence charge for Christian worship centres to conduct marriages in Churches and N21,000 for each marriage certificate. Omobude, who added that the policy was not only exploitative but an attempt to commercialise Christian marriages in the country, said the PFN would use all legitimate means to make the Federal Government to rescind on the new marriage certificate law. Read more
Minister advocates innovation in education curriculum (DailyTrust)
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu. The Minister of science and technology Dr Ogbonayya Onu has called for the inclusion of positive ideas, creativity and innovation at all levels of educational institutions of the country.
Dr. Onu said this during a courtesy visit by the management team of Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology in his office on Friday in Abuja. Read more
Mum of black and white twins say people do not believe they are hers (Metro)
The mother of one black and one albino twin says strangers keep asking her if the children are hers because of the colour of their skin. Daniel and David Omirin were born just minutes apart, but they don’t look anything like each other. Despite parents Stacy, 30, and Babajide, 38, being black, baby David has pale white skin and golden hair, while his brother Daniel, has black skin and dark curly hair – just like his parents and four-year-old sister Demilade. Read more
Chalk Back: Kenyan women fight back against street harassment (BBC)
Young women and girls in Kibera, one of Africa’s largest informal settlements, are writing their street harassment experiences on roads and canvasses to highlight the damaging nature of sexual harassment.
Zubeida Yusuf has lived in Kibera, in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, all her life, and for as long as she can remember, street harassment has been a part of her life. Men will say things like: ‘You’re very fat. Is your mother a butcher? Did God use his last piece of clay on you because you have large breasts and a big behind.’ Read more
Jo Swinson claims policy to revoke Article 50 and stop Brexit is ‘popular’ (Metro)
Jo Swinson has insisted her policy to revoke Article 50 and stop Brexit if the Liberal Democrats win a majority ‘is popular’. The Lib Dem leader said her party was ‘in good health’ despite a suggested squeeze in the polls ahead of Thursday’s General Election. She added that she would not resign if her party ended up with fewer MPs, stating: ‘I’m absolutely here to stay and I’m excited about the future.’ Read more
Pensacola attack is presumed terrorism – FBI (BBC)
The FBI says it is treating Friday’s deadly attack on a Florida navy base as a presumed terrorist attack.
The Saudi gunman – who was training at the Pensacola site – killed three sailors before he was shot dead.
Special agent Rachel Rojas said the FBI was trying to determine if he had acted alone or had connections to a group.
She said other Saudi students had had been questioned but not arrested. They were reportedly confined to the base and co-operating with investigators. Read more
Betis hat-trick for 38-year-old Joaquin (BBC)
Real Betis’ legendary captain Joaquin is showing no signs of slowing down after netting his first career hat-trick at 38 years and 140 days old.
Winger Joaquin opened the scoring in the second minute against an Athletic Bilbao side with the best defensive record in La Liga.
Having curled in his second after 11 minutes, he fired in again to complete an 18-minute treble after 20 minutes.
That saw him become the oldest player to score a La Liga hat-trick. Read more
Iheanacho scores, assists in Leicester win (Punch)
Jamie Vardy scored twice as Leicester City thrashed Aston Villa to make it a club-record eight Premier League wins in a row and keep alive their hopes of catching leaders Liverpool.
Brendan Rodgers’ side reduced the deficit on top spot to eight points once more with a clinical display at Villa Park, in which former England striker Vardy netted for the eighth successive match.
Vardy linked up with Kelechi Iheanacho to open the scoring after 20 minutes, skipping round Villa keeper Tom Heaton and finishing at the second attempt. Read more
Ding Junhui claims UK Championship title after stunning win over Stephen Maguire (Metro)
Ding Junhui has won the UK Championship for a third time after a superb 10-6 win over Stephen Maguire in Sunday’s final. The Chinese star was in fine form over the match which he controlled throughout after racing into a 4-0 lead at the beginning of the afternoon session. Maguire battled hard and the standard from both men was fantastic, but the 32-year-old, who was the pre-match favourite, kept him at bay with an excellent display of potting. Read more
Anthony Joshua: World champion ‘had health issue’ before first Andy Ruiz fight (BBC)
Unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua said a health issue left him “tired” and “drained” in the build-up to his June defeat by Andy Ruiz Jr.
Joshua, 30, reclaimed his world titles in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, dominating the Mexican over 12 rounds.
Conspiracy theories had circulated after his initial defeat, one of the biggest shocks in heavyweight history. Read more
Enyimba record first win, Rangers lose again (Guardian)
Enyimba of Aba reignited their campaign for the semifinal spot of the on-going CAF Confederation Cup when they defeated Cote d’Ivoire’s FC San Pedro 1-0 in Aba. It was their second game of the competition, and the Peoples Elephant had sunstitute Martins Usuile to thank for their success.
Enyimba lost their opening game 0-2 to Hassania Agadir and needed a win to return to contention in the four-team Group D.With the game still goalless after the first half, Coach Usman Abd’Allah brought in Usule in place of Samson Obi and the change looked inspired when the new striker made hay to the relief of the Aba fans.
In Egypt, Nigeria’s other team in the Confederation Cup, Enugu Rangers were beaten 4-2 by Masry, although the Nigerians blotted the scoreline by scoring two late goals. Masry were leading 4-0 until the 86th minute when substitute midfielder Eziekwe Chinonso scored the visitors’ first goal before Chidera Ezeh added the second in injury time. Read more
Rashford and Martial land big win for Solskjaer (Nation)
MANCHESTER United continued their good week by beating fierce neighbours City 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
After helping defeat Tottenham on Wednesday, Marcus Rashford opened the scoring from the penalty spot after being fouled by Bernardo Silva – a foul spotted by VAR.
Anthony Martial added a second before half time as Nicolas Otamendi’s late strike gave Pep Guardiola’s men hope. Read more
Jesse Lingard hits out at Man City fan racism after Manchester United’s victory (Metro)
Jesse Lingard has hit back at a Manchester City fan who directed a monkey chant towards him during Manchester United’s 2-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. The incident occurred in the second half as both Lingard and Fred were pelted with objects in the corner of the pitch in front of City’s fans. Television footage also caught one City supporter making a monkey gesture towards Lingard. City have confirmed they are working with Greater Manchester Police in order to identify the supporter who directed a monkey chant towards Lingard. Read more
Get me Ejiara, not Eze – Rohr tells NFF (Punch)
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is reportedly desperate for the Nigeria Football Federation to prioritise a move for Reading’s Ovie Ejiara over a Eberechi Eze.
The Reading’s on-loan midfielder who is valued at £1m has shown versatility under Mark Bowen at the Madejski Stadium and Rohr is keen to add the Liverpool player to his squad.
“He’s (Ovie Ejiara) a good player no doubt and I will prefer him in the team now than the player (Eberechi Eze) the Federation are in talks with,” Rohr revealed. Read more
Aribo: Why I chose Nigeria over England (Nation)
Glasgow Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo has revealed why he decided to play for Nigeria’s Super Eagles.
The 23-year-old player was born in London, but he decided to pledge his international future to Nigeria over England.
”I think it is the love of playing for your home nation, there is just so much love there and you receive so much love so that’s one thing that drove me to wanting to play for Nigeria,” Aribo said. Read more
NCF tips Nigeria for glory as team depart for South Africa (Guardian)
The national U-19 cricket team departed Nigeria yesterday for South Africa ahead of the 2020 U-19 World Cup slated to hold from January 17 to February 9. Prior to leaving for South Africa, the team, made up of 18 players and two officials, were treated to a farewell reception by the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) at the TBS Lagos.
For being the first cricket national team to play at the World Cup in any level, the NCF assured Nigerians that they had been given adequate preparation to excel at the championship. The team, according to the NCF, are traveling early for the World Cup to acclimatise to the weather condition of host South Africa and also train in a high condition facility before the event begins next year. Speaking at the presentation and farewell ceremony organised for the cricket team, NCF Vice President, Uyi Akpata said the federation decided to organise the ceremony to appreciate the players as worthy ambassadors of the country. Read more