Lagos by-election: No voting in parts of Epe (Nation)
In what appears like a playback of the recent youth uprising, #EndSARS protest, residents of Ajaganabe Square and the adjoining Apena/Oloye Street, Epe, Lagos State did not allow INEC ad-hoc officials to set up their equipment and do their job.
Their reason is that they were not given some money by the various political parties like in the past.
A group of middle-aged women who spoke to our reporter summarised the situation this way: “We did not allow them to sit down and do their job because we have not been settled. It is not just the boys that drove them away; the entire community rose in unison and sent them away.” Read more
SHEENGINEERS Project: Lagos teachers sweep awards at APWEN STEM contest (Thisday)
As a demonstration of its improved manpower efficiency in the education sector, three teachers in Lagos State, have emerged winners of the Just-concluded Association of Professional Women in Engineering (APWEN) STEM Training/Practical competition under its SHEENGINEERS’ ‘Invent It, Build It’ project.
The project which is aimed at ensuring that teachers display creativity in using everyday material to teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), saw Mr. Kazeem Lawal Akinsola of Lagos State Junior Model College, Kankon, Badagry, Education District V clinching the first position, while Miss Chika Nnaji Adebola of Baptist Junior, Surulere, Education District IV and Miss Alexander Ibukun of Ajara Comprehensive Senior High School, Education District V emerged second and third positions respectively. They received prizes such as laptop computer and tablets for their efforts. Read more
COVID-19: Committee cancels 2020 Computer Village Fair (Vanguard)
The Executive Committee on Computer Village Fair on Saturday said that the annual fair would not hold this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Godfrey Nwosu, Head of the Committee, said this in an interview with the Newsmen in Lagos.
Nwosu explained that the fair, which drew people from all around the world, trading and socialising, might not be in tandem with the COVID-19 protocols.
He said that in spite of some respite brought about by a decreasing number of cases, particularly in Nigeria as well as rising hopes in production of clinically-approved anti-Coronavirus vaccines, there was need to be on the side of caution. Read more
Hazmat votes in Lagos East Senatorial bye-election (Thisday)
The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, has voted in the ongoing Lagos East Senatorial District Bye-Election.
Hazmat cast his vote at Ward A4, Oke Balogun, Epe, around 11:20am.
He expressed satisfaction over the conduct of the election, even as he commended the electorate for their peaceful conduct.
He also praised security agents for their vigilance and conducts in the Epe Division.
“This election is very smooth and peaceful. I commend our people for their determination. I also commend our security agents for how they conducted themselves. They demonstrated high level of professionalism,” said Dr. Hamzat. Read more
NPA expects 19 ships with petroleum products, others at Lagos port (Guardian)
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says it is expecting 19 ships laden with petroleum products, food items and other goods from Dec. 5 to 18.
The NPA made this known in its publication, `Shipping Position’, a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Saturday.
According to the NPA, the ships are expected to arrive at the Lagos Port Complex.
The publication indicates that the ships contain bulk sugar, bulk wheat, general cargo, petrol, frozen fish, butane gas and ethanol. Read more
Prominent businessman Harry Akande dies at 77 (Punch)
Prominent businessman and former presidential aspirant, Chief Harry Ayoade Akande, is dead.
Akande, who was the Agba Oye of Ibadanland, died after a brief illness in the early hours of Saturday. He was was aged 77.
Akande’s death was announced in a statement on Saturday by Olumide Akande, who described the death of the businessman as a huge shock to the family.
The statement read, “Chief Harry Ayoade Akande, Agba Oye of Ibadanland (March 3, 1943-December 5, 2020) Read more
Soldier beats, strips lady naked for indecent dressing in Ogun (Punch)
A soldier, whose identity could not be immediately ascertained, on Saturday, assaulted a young lady who was dressed in a manner he considered indecent.
The incident happened around 9:47 am at Oju-Ore in the Ota area of Ogun State.
The lady, who was clad in a pair of shorts and white knitted coverup, was trekking on the road when she was assaulted.
Eyewitnesses told The PUNCH that the soldier, who was riding in a commercial bus, alighted from the bus and pounced on the young lady, unprovoked. Read more
US removes visa reciprocity fee for Nigerians (Guardian)
The United States has removed the reciprocity fee imposed on visa applications for Nigerians.
Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Ferdinand Nwonye in a statement on Friday said the reciprocity fee removal took effect from December 3.
“The ministry of foreign affairs wishes to inform that the United States government has removed all visa reciprocity fees for Nigerian citizens seeking visas to the United States,” Nwonye said. Read more
Covid: Russia begins vaccinations in Moscow (BBC)
Russia is starting its Covid-19 vaccination programme, with clinics in the capital Moscow inoculating those most at risk from the virus.
Its own vaccine Sputnik V, which was registered in August, is being used.
Developers say it is 95% effective and causes no major side effects, but it is still undergoing mass testing.
Thousands of people have already registered to get the first of two jabs over the weekend, but it is unclear how much Russia can manufacture. Read more
China becomes second nation to plant flag on moon during mission to gather rocks (Metro)
China has become only the second country in the world to plant its flag on the moon, 50 years after the Americans did it first. The county’s spacecraft, named Chang’e 5, unfurled the flag as it lifted off from the moon on Thursday night, carrying lunar rocks which will be returned to Earth. It’s the third Chinese spacecraft to land on the moon and the first to take off from it again as the country carries out a series of increasingly ambitious space missions. Read more
Johnson and EU chief seek to break Brexit deadlock (BBC)
Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen are to speak later as they try to break the post-Brexit trade deal stalemate.
The leaders were called in after negotiators for the two sides said “significant divergences” remained following a week of intensive talks.
“If there is still a way, we will see,” EU negotiator Michel Barnier said. Read more
Zac Efron and Vanessa Valladares spark reunion rumours as they’re spotted at same gym (Metro)
Zac Efron made giddy fans’ dreams come true when he posed for pictures outside the Australian gym where he’s been buffing up considerably. The High School Musical star is Down Under filming indie survival thriller Gold, co-starring alongside Aussie Anthony Hayes, who is also directing. He showed off his supremely toned biceps in a black tank top and shorts, while he posed for selfies with bystanders on his way back to his hotel. Read more
Covid: Argentina passes tax on wealthy to pay for virus measures (BBC)
Assembly in November when the lower house debated the measure
Argentina has passed a new tax on its wealthiest people to pay for medical supplies and relief measures amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Senators passed the one-off levy – dubbed the “millionaire’s tax” – by 42 votes to 26 on Friday.
Those with assets worth more than 200 million pesos ($2.5m; £1.8m) – some 12,000 people – will have to pay.
Argentina has recorded close to 1.5 million infections and almost 40,000 deaths from the coronavirus. Read more
Zendaya responds to Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield Spider-Man 3 return rumors (Metro)
Zendaya was careful not to let any secrets slip about Spider-Man 3 in a new interview. Fans went wild at the rumor that actors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield would be reprising their role as the famous web-slinger in the new Marvel flick. However, Zendaya would neither confirm nor deny the exciting speculation when asked on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday. When asked about how filming was going in Atlanta, the Emmy award winner admitted: ‘Everything is very secretive.’ Read more
DACA: Judge orders Trump to restore undocumented immigrants scheme (BBC)
A US judge has ordered the Trump administration to fully reinstate a scheme that protects immigrants brought to the country illegally as children from being deported.
The administration had moved to close the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme to new applicants earlier this year.
But District Judge Nicholas Garaufis on Friday ruled against the restrictions. Read more
Burnley and Everton battle to draw (BBC)
Premier Leagie goal of the season
Burnley and Everton shared the points in an entertaining Premier League arm-wrestle at Turf Moor.
The hosts made a lightning start, Robbie Brady’s strike from outside the box giving them the lead in the third minute.
Everton were vulnerable, but improved after an injury to Fabian Delph forced them into a reshuffle midway through the first half.
They equalised just before the break through Dominic Calvert-Lewin, the Premier League’s leading scorer this season.
Both sides had chances to win it, only for goalkeepers Jordan Pickford and Nick Pope, the men vying for the England number one shirt, to shine in front of the watching Gareth Southgate. Read more
Manchester United midfielder Fred set to miss West Ham clash after PSG red card (Metro)
Manchester United are set to take on West Ham without midfielder Fred after he did not travel to London for Saturday evening’s game, while Marcus Rashford also remains a doubt. The Red Devils spurned the chance to seal qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League in midweek, losing 3-1 at home to Paris Saint-Germain and conceding two late goals after Fred was shown a second yellow card. And now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to have made the decision to leave the Brazilian out of his matchday squad for the trip to the London Stadium. Read more
Noh leads in Texas as England’s Hull drops back (BBC)
American rookie Yealimi Noh shot a five-under-par 66 to take a share of the lead after Friday’s second round of the Volunteers of America Championship.
Noh, 19, recovered from a first-round 72 to move alongside fellow American Jessica Korda and Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist at the halfway stage.
England’s Charley Hull, 24, had been the overnight leader but fell back after a three-over-par 74 on Friday.
The event is the final tune-up before next week’s US Women’s Open in Houston.
Noh, who won the 2018 US Girls’ Junior title, sank four birdies in a row around the turn to help her card the lowest round of the tournament so far. Read more
Cannavaro on brink of sack again at China’s Guangzhou (Guardian)
Fabio Cannavaro’s reign at Guangzhou Evergrande appears to be all but over after the eight-time Chinese Super League champions ended a disappointing season under the Italian without silverware.
The most successful team in recent Chinese football history were dumped out of the Asian Champions League in the group stage on Friday, compounding a poor campaign by their standards.
Soon after, Evergrande said that they were changing their structure so that a general manager will have “main responsibility” instead of the head coach. Read more
Jonny Evans says Leicester’s Wesley Fofana can become ‘one of best centre-backs in the world’ (BBC)
Leicester City’s Jonny Evans says 19-year-old team-mate Wesley Fofana has all the attributes to become a world-class defender.
The Foxes signed the French teenager from Saint-Etienne on a five-year-contract for an undisclosed fee.
“He can probably go on and become one of the best centre-backs in the world,” Evans told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“Sometimes you forget how young he is. He’s got a real athleticism and maturity about him.” Read more