Lady poisons self, kids after fight with husband (Leadership)
A Zimbabwean woman, identified as Amina, has killed herself and her two children after a fight with her husband.
Amina, 31, reportedly fed her two kids, a son aged 10 and a daughter aged 5, yoghurt laced with rat poison, and also took the poisoned yoghurt.
Their bodies were found in their rented room.
Amina wrote two notes, one to her husband, in which she told him that he was responsible for her death and the children’s. Read more
Lagos CP blames #EndSARS rioters for delay in investigating MohBad’s death (DailyTrust)
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Adegoke Fayoade, on Wednesday, said the command was yet to receive the much awaited toxicology report that was conducted on popular singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba also known as MohBad, three months after the singer’s death.
MohBad, 27, died on September 12, 2023, under a controversial circumstance and was buried the next day.
The nurse who administered a vaccine on him was arrested after she was found to be unlicensed.
Following public outcry, the police set up a panel to probe his death. His corpse was exhumed and some tests were carried out. Read more
Man remanded for alleged defilement of 15-year-old girl (Punch)
The Lagos State Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court in Ikeja, on Tuesday, remanded a man Onyeka Mbaka in the Nigerian Correctional Centre for the alleged defilement of a 15-year-old girl.
Justice Rahman Oshodi made the remand order of the defendant after he was arraigned on a count of defilement preferred against him by the state government.
The prosecution counsel, Ms Bukola Okeowo, told the court that the defendant defiled the victim sometime in March 2023. Read more
Tinubu swears in PDP chairman in Rivers Akawor as RMAFC commissioner (Guardian)
President Bola Tinubu has sworn in Ambassador Desmond Akawor as a Commissioner of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).
Recently screened for office by the Senate, alongside others, Ambassador Akawor was, until his appointment, the Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State.
The brief swearing-in ceremony was held minutes before the commencement of the first Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in the year, in the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more
Fire guts Shopping Mall, 2 others in FCT (Leadership)
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Fire Service, has confirmed three separate fire incidents that occurred in the Territory, between 7:30 pm on Tuesday night and 4am on Wednesday morning.
The Head of Operations of the FCT Fire Service, Amiola Adebayo, while speaking to our correspondent via telephone on Wednesday, stated that men of the Fire Service had first responded to a distress call at a residential building behind the First Forty Hotel in Wuse 2 district of Abuja, before they were alerted to a fire outbreak at the Karmo Market at about midnight, and then the I.C World Emporium at 4am in the Gwarinpa Estate.
“It is true. The exact time, I will get it across to you. They happened at midnight. There was one that happened around 7:30pm yesterday, that was behind First Forty Hotel, in Wuse 2. Read more
Appeal Court nullifies Rep Ukpong-Udo’s election, orders re-run (Channels)
Justice Abba Mohammed of the Court of Appeal Abuja has nullified the election of Honourable Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo, a member representing Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency of Akwa Ibom State in the House of Representatives.
The Appellate Court declared that the declaration and return of Ukpong-Udo by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was done in violation of clear provisions of the Electoral Act 2022, Regulations and Guidelines for the conduct of Election 2022 and Manual for Election Officials 2023.
The Tribunal had also ordered a supplementary election in the polling units where the election was not held in Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency. Election is to be conducted in 33 polling units in Ikono/ Ini Federal Constituency to determine the winner of the election in the Federal Constituency. Read more
Nigeria to receive $8.9m looted to acquire US property in 2014 (Guardian)
United States (US) authorities will return $8.9million looted by state officials to acquire property in 2014 to the Nigerian government.
Royal Court in the US last Friday granted forfeiture of a “tainted property deposited into a Jersey bank account by Nigerian companies in 2014”, according to court documents.
“The Attorney General successfully demonstrated that the tainted property belonged to the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the court documents disclosed that the property was acquired with “stolen” funds from Nigeria by “high-ranking officials within certain departments of the Nigerian Government in 2014.” Read more
Those calling Buhari a nepotist, bigot don’t know him – Femi Adesina (DailyTrust)
Femi Adesina, former special adviser to Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, has said that many people don’t know who Muhamamdu Buhari truly is.
Adesina stated this when shedding light on the book on the former President: “Working with Buhari: Reflections of A Special Adviser, Media, and Publicity (2015-2023)” during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today.
The book was launched on Tuesday in Abuja. Read more
Halle Bailey goes Little Mermaid with underwater maternity shoot (HipHopDX)
Halle Bailey has been basking in the glow of new motherhood, and recently shared some behind-the-scenes footage from her underwater maternity shoot that was reminiscent of her mainstream breakthrough role in The Little Mermaid.
The actress and singer took to her Instagram on Monday (January 15) to post the video of her floating underwater in a series of flowing dresses ranging from white to purple. “missing my belly already [purple heart emoji] but i obviously had to do underwater pics [wink face emoji],” she wrote in the caption, appearing to be in on the callback.
The photographer, Brandon Almengo, also took to his Instagram on Tuesday (January 16) to post the photographic results. “Let’s Go Underwater With @hallebailey & baby Halo Photographed by BrandonAlmengo,” he wrote in the caption. Read more
Boy Meets World star Will Friedle used to re-sell porn to his friends at age 11 (NYPost)
These boys met a whole new world.
Will Friedle, who starred as Eric Matthews in the early 1990s sitcom Boy Meets World, revealed Monday that he used to re-sell porn to his buddies as a side business at age 11.
During an appearance on the podcast “Hey Dude … The 90s Called,” the former child actor explained that he would often buy the X-rated magazines whenever he would go to New York to audition for roles.
“I’d get off at Port Authority, and my manager would pick me up — most of the time — and I would walk the streets at 11 years old,” Friedle, 47, said. “I started smoking at a very young age, so I would go and I would buy cigarettes.” Read more
Ukraine’s Zelenskyy urges Western allies to step up pressure on Russia (AlJazeera)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has urged the West to tighten sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin and step up its support for Kyiv to ensure that Moscow does not succeed in its war.
Western hesitation in supporting Ukraine and fears of an escalation in the war with Russia are costing time and lives and could prolong the fighting by years, Zelenskyy said on Tuesday in an emotional speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
With the West’s once-staunch wartime support for Kyiv now wavering amid political wrangling in Washington and Brussels, Zelenskyy said Europeans need to understand that Putin’s plans go beyond the war in Ukraine. Read more
Searchlight drop Jonathan Majors movie ‘‘Magazine Dreams’’ following guilty verdict (FarOut)
After Creed III star Jonathan Majors was found guilty by a jury of committing assault and harassment, Searchlight has dropped his new movie, ‘‘Magazine Dreams’’.
The film, written and directed by Elijah Bynum, was set to be distributed by Searchlight Pictures, a subsidiary of Disney. However, in December, ‘‘Magazine Dreams’’ was removed from Disney’s release schedule.
Now, The Hollywood Reporter have revealed Searchlight have returned the rights of the movie to the producers, meaning they’ll have to find another film distribution company to get it back out there. Read more
R.E.M., Steely Dan inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame (Consequence)
Members of R.E.M. and Steely Dan are among this year’s inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Other members of its 2024 class include Timbaland, Dean Pitchford, and Hillary Lindsey.
A ceremony honoring the 2024 class will be held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on Thursday, June 13th. Artists become eligible for induction 20 years after the first commercial release of their music. Read more
Mississippi slaughterhouse is directly responsible for death of migrant teen who was sucked into machinery, OSHA says (NBC)
A Mississippi slaughterhouse that supplies chicken to Chick-fil-A is directly to blame for the death of a 16-year-old worker who was sucked into equipment in July and killed within minutes, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Tuesday.
OSHA, an agency within the U.S. Labor Department, said that it had cited Georgia-based Mar-Jac Poultry for 14 serious violations and proposed more than $200,000 in fines.
“Mar-Jac Poultry is aware of how dangerous the machinery they use can be when safety standards are not in place to prevent serious injury and death. The company’s inaction has directly led to this terrible tragedy, which has left so many to mourn this child’s preventable death,” OSHA Regional Administrator Kurt Petermeyer said. Read more
Pakistan recalls ambassador to Iran and bars Tehran envoy after air strikes (National)
Pakistan recalled its ambassador to Tehran and barred the Iranian ambassador to the country on Wednesday after Iran launched air strikes at targets on Pakistani territory.
Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, the spokeswoman for Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry, announced that Islamabad was recalling its ambassador to Iran over the strikes.
“Last night’s unprovoked and blatant breach of Pakistan’s sovereignty by Iran is a violation of international law and the purposes and principles of the charter of the United Nations,” she said in a televised address. Read more
NBA star Giannis buys own jersey at Balogun Market (Vanguard)
Greek-Nigerian professional basketball player, Giannis Antetokounmpo, was seen in a trending video buying a counterfeit of his jersey at Balogun Market in Lagos during his 2023 visit to Nigeria.
The Milwaukee Bucks star’s experience was shared in a WhatsApp short documentary, released on Tuesday, titled “Ugo: A Homecoming Story,” which went viral on Wednesday.
The video documents the moment Giannis and his entourage, while travelling, visited Balogun Market and bargained for his fake jersey, which was on sale.
Stepping out of his vehicle, the basketball star negotiated for the jersey with the vendor, who was unaware of his identity. Read more
Joey Barton tells Eni Aluko she should have fled to a desert island in fresh attack (Metro)
Eni Aluko revealed she was scared to leave the house after receiving a barrage of abuse from Joey Barton
Eni Aluko revealed she was scared to leave the house after receiving a barrage of abuse from Joey Barton(Picture: Instagram)
Joey Barton has launched a fresh attack on Eni Aluko after the former England international revealed the barrage of abuse she has received in recent weeks had left her too scared to leave the house.
The ITV pundit confirmed she had fled the UK after Barton compared her and TV colleague Lucy Ward to two of Britian’s most notorious serial killers Fred and Rose West earlier this month.
Barton, whose recent targets on social media have also included the likes of Jeremy Vine, Alex Scott and Sports minister Stuart Andrew, could be the subject of legal action from Aluko, but that threat has done little to dissuade him from continuing his diatribe. Read more
Don’t lose hope, Nwabali tells NPFL stars (Punch)
Super Eagles goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali has urged players in the Nigeria Premier Football League not to give up on playing for the national team, after the former NPFL goalkeeper broke into the national team at the 2023 AFCON in Ivory Coast, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
The Chippa United keeper made his competitive debut for Nigeria in the 1-1 draw against Equatorial Guinea on Sunday ahead of the embattled top choice Cyprus-based Francis Uzoho and Enyimba’s Olorunleke Ojo.
He joined South African club Chippa in October 2022 from Katsina United. Read more
Xavi denies Barcelona dressing room split, defends position (ESPN)
Barcelona coach Xavi Hernández came out fighting on Wednesday, claiming that he would step down as head coach if he thought the players were no longer with him.
ESPN reported on Tuesday that Xavi is fighting to keep the players onside with a section of the first-team squad losing faith in him even before Sunday’s 4-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Spanish Supercopa final.
“The day the players aren’t with me, I will pack my bags and go home,” Xavi told a news conference ahead of Thursday’s Copa del Rey round-of-16 tie against third-tier side Unionistas de Salamanca. Read more
Brentford striker Ivan Toney declares himself ‘free’ after eight-month suspension comes to an end (IrishIndependent)
Brentford striker Ivan Toney has celebrated the end of his eight-month ban from football with a social media post declaring he is “free”.
Toney’s suspension for breaching Football Association gambling rules ends on Wednesday and he could return to action on Saturday in Brentford’s home Premier League game against Nottingham Forest.
Bees head coach Thomas Frank said before his side’s FA Cup replay defeat at Wolves on Tuesday night that Toney “will be absolutely on it and ready for Saturday”. Read more
Australian Open 2024 results: Novak Djokovic battles past Alexei Popyrin to reach 3rd round (BBC)
Defending Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic held off Alexei Popyrin to avoid a shock second-round exit.
Djokovic, chasing a record-extending 11th men’s title in Melbourne, looked far from his best as he won 6-3 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena.
Australian Popyrin entertained the partisan home crowd and clung on for three hours and 11 minutes before the world number one secured victory.
“I don’t think I played at the highest level,” Djokovic said. Read more