Lagos car wash operator bolts away with customer’s car (Punch)
Men of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested a Lagos-based car wash operator, Idris Ayotunde, after he absconded with his customer’s car.
He was said to have fled with the car to Ogun State.
The OND holder from a polytechnic in one of the South-West states, reportedly started the car wash business at Jimoh bus stop, Shasha, Akowonjo, Lagos State, a few months ago. Read more
By-elections: Lagos speaker hails APC’s victory (Vanguard)
The Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, has hailed the All Progressive Congress (APC)’s victory in the Lagos East Senatorial and Kosofe Constituency II Bye-elections held on Saturday.
Obasa made this known in a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday.
The speaker declared that the party’s victory in the just-held Senatorial and House of Assembly by-elections was proof that the party had many more victories ahead.
According to him, the by-elections is a test of the party’s strength ahead of future elections. Read more
Unapproved street gates: Lagos issues seven days ultimatum to communities (Nation)
The Lagos State Government has issued a 7-day removal notice to communities with unapproved street gates, to either leave such gates open between 5am and 12:00 midnight or remove them.
The Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, who issued the notice, explained that gates and structures installed without prior approval from the Ministry of Transportation contravenes the provisions of the State Traffic Laws and Regulations, therefore must be removed within seven days of the given notice.
Oladeinde stressed that the Ministry has the regulatory authority in conjunction with Local Government and Community Affairs on the installed gates aimed at enhancing Traffic Management on the inner roads while protecting lives and property of the affected community. Read more
Prophet drags tenant to police station for regularly praying at nights (Vanguard)
A self-acclaimed prophet, Kolawole Adisa, of House 50, Anike Ibikunle Street, Mosan area of Lagos state, has reported his tenant to Area ‘P’ Police command, Gate Bus Stop, for allegedly praying at nights on a regular basis.
The landlord who claims to be presiding over one of the parishes of Cherubim and Seraphim (C&S) Church at Ikola area of the state, said his tenant disturbs him anytime the latter prays at night, adding that “his prayer is against the prescription of my doctor”.
Reacting, the tenant who simply identified himself as Engr Kenny John refuted the claims made by the landlord as “false and concocted report” while explaining his side of the story. Read more
Lagos Police threaten showdown as youths plan fresh #EndSARS protest (Punch)
The Lagos State Police Command has threatened that “security agencies will not fold their arms” as youths plan fresh protests against police brutality and extortion.
This was contained in a press statement on Sunday by the Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, titled ‘No room for violent protest, gathering in Lagos’.
The statement was issued after a poster titled “#EndSARS reloaded phase II” went viral on social media. Read more
Buhari to commission Lagos-Ibadan rail line next month —Amaechi (Vanguard)
President Muhammadu Buhari is set to commission the newly constructed Lagos-Ibadan rail line by January 2021. Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, disclosed this last week in Abuja during the inauguration of the recently elected members of the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA). Amaechi said Buhari was a committed reformer determined to change the face of transportation in the country.
CIoTA President, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, while welcoming the minister, disclosed that the transport sector was moving into a new era of professionalism that was set to usher in excellence across the various modes.
Amaechi said the rail project had been delivered, but its usage would commence before the official commissioning. He also disclosed that he had approved the fares for the route. Read more
No resumption until FG pays withheld salaries – ASUU (Punch)
The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Sunday said it would not end the strike it embarked on until government paid all the salaries of its members it withheld.
The President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, in a telephone interview with our correspondent in Lagos, said government should not expect the lecturers to resume without paying the withheld salaries.
Recall that there were reports on November 27 that the union had agreed to end its strike following the Federal Government’s promise to release N70bn to ASUU as earned allowance. Read more
Adamawa APC, ADC merger in best interest of citizens – Ribadu (Sun)
Malam Nuhu Ribadu, former Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says merger of All Progressives Congress (APC) and African Democratic Congress (ADC) is for the best interest of Adamawa people.
Ribadu, a stalwart of the APC, stated this during his visit to ADC secretariat on the need for the merger of both parties in Yola on Sunday.
Ribadu urged stakeholders of the ADC to forget whatever happened in the past and forge ahead for the best interests of people in the state. Read more
Ethnic youth leaders hail Emefiele’s new monetary policy on diaspora remittance (Vanguard)
Ethnic youth leaders in the country have lauded the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele’s new monetary policy on diaspora remittance.
The youth leaders of the ethnic nationalities comprising Ohaneeze,Arewa,Middle-Belt,Niger Delta,and Oodua,claimed that the new policy has boosted the economy of the country.
They insisted that there was a sharp rise in the value of the Naira after the CBN announced the diaspora remittances of foreign exchange to halt the declining value of the naira. Read more
Insecurity: Whistle-blowing method can expose terrorists (Nation)
A group, under the auspices of Police, NIPOST Security Initiative Advocacy Group has called for a whistle-blowing Initiative on crimes to address the growing insecurity in the country.
It said the initiative can expose the sponsors of terrorism and masterminds of kidnappings, armed robbery and other organized crimes.
It said the method would encourage every Nigerian to be a whistle-blower. Read more
Unexploded 1,100-pound World War II bomb found in Frankfurt (NYPost)
German authorities on Sunday had to disarm an unexploded 1,100-pound World War II bomb that turned up at a construction site in a trendy Frankfurt neighborhood.
Authorities said 13,000 residents were evacuated and mass transit was halted in the city’s chic Gallus district Sunday for the dismantling of the bomb, which was found by construction crews on Thursday.
Explosives experts were able to dismantle the massive device in about two hours.
Trains were running again by Sunday evening, German rail company Deutsche Bahn said. Read more
Venezuela holds National Assembly poll amid opposition boycott (BBC)
Venezuelans have been voting in legislative elections that are set to hand socialist President Nicolás Maduro control of the only official body still controlled by the opposition.
Most opposition parties are boycotting the polls for the National Assembly.
The boycott is being led by opposition leader Juan Guaidó who has been in a two-year power struggle with Mr Maduro.
The US and more than 50 other countries recognise Mr Guaidó as Venezuela’s legitimate leader. Read more
Giuliani says he is ‘feeling good’ after COVID-19 diagnosis (NYPost)
Rudy Giuliani on Sunday night tweeted that he is “feeling good” — hours after President Trump revealed he was hospitalized with the coronavirus.
“I’m getting great care and feeling good. Recovering quickly and keeping up with everything,” tweeted Giuliani, who is reportedly being treated for the illness at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington DC.
Team Trump’s legal arguments veering into paranoid kook-land
“Thank you to all my friends and followers for all the prayers and kind wishes,” he wrote. Read more
COVID-19 patients die due to oxygen shortage in Peshawar (BBC)
At least six people – including five coronavirus patients – have died in a hospital in Pakistan after oxygen supplies ran too low.
A reported delay in deliveries meant more than 200 patients were left for hours on reduced oxygen at the government-run hospital in the northern city of Peshawar on Saturday.
Hospital officials described the shortage as “criminal negligence”, blaming it on the supply company.
Pakistan is fighting a new virus wave.
It has so far reported more then 400,000 infections and over 8,000 deaths. Read more
German hospitals packed to the brim with 40% more Covid-19 patients in ICUs than during 1st wave – union chief (RT)
German hospitals are getting overwhelmed by the sharp rise of Covid-19 patients requiring intensive care as opposed to the early months of the pandemic, a hospital association head told local media.
“In states like Saxony, the number of patients in intensive care is five times higher than it was in April. Hospitals are either reaching their capacity limits or have already exceeded them,” Gerald Gass, the head of the German Hospital Federation (DKG), an umbrella group uniting regional hospital associations, told the newspaper Welt am Sonntag.
According to DKG, there are currently 40 percent more Covid-19 patients in ICUs than during the first wave of the pandemic in spring. Furthermore, around 16,000 patients are being treated for the coronavirus in normal wards. Read more
Japanese capsule with first asteroid samples successfully lands in Australia (France24)
A Japanese capsule carrying the first samples of asteroid subsurface shot across the night atmosphere early Sunday before successfully landing in the remote Australian Outback, completing a mission to provide clues to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth.
The spacecraft Hayabusa2 released the small capsule on Saturday and sent it toward Earth to deliver samples from a distant asteroid. At about 10 kilometers (6 miles) above ground, a parachute was opened to slow its fall and beacon signals were transmitted to indicate its location in the sparsely populated area of Woomera in southern Australia.
About two hours after the reentry, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said its helicopter search team found the capsule in the planned landing area. The retrieval of the pan-shaped capsule, about 40 centimeters (15 inches) in diameter, was completed after another two hours. Read more
Seoul tightens Covid-19 restrictions to second-highest level amid spike in infections (RT)
New restrictions have been announced in the greater Seoul area as South Korea struggles to deal with a spike in daily Covid-19 infections. Over 600 new cases were recorded in the worst peak since March.
“We’ve come upon a critical period in the fight against Covid-19,” Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said during a Sunday government meeting on the epidemic, according to Yonhap.
South Korea introduced a five-tier social distancing scheme in November. Level 2.5, which was declared on Sunday for its most populous capital metropolitan area, is reserved for times when the number of daily cases reaches over 400, but no more than 800. Read more
Barca’s Dembele injured, may miss Juventus clash (Punch)
The bad news continued for Barcelona on Sunday when the club reported that injury-prone French forward Ousmane Dembele tweaked his right hamstring in the loss to Cadiz the day before.
“It is minor and the progress will determine his availability,” said Barca in a statement.
Spanish media estimated he would be out for one to two weeks. Read more
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard provides Hakim Ziyech injury update after Leeds United victory (Metro)
Frank Lampard has confirmed Hakim Ziyech suffered a hamstring injury during Chelsea’s Premier League victory over Leeds United. Blues summer signing Ziyech pulled up in the first half of Chelsea’s 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening and was replaced by Christian Pulisic. Asked for an update on Ziyech after the victory, Lampard said: ‘It was his hamstring, he felt it go. ‘We will have to find out how serious it is over the next few days, but it’s obviously disappointing going into a busy period.’ Chelsea were forced to come from behind against Leeds after former Blues player Patrick Bamford rounded Edouard Mendy and slotted home. Read more
Floyd Mayweather announces exhibition fight vs. Logan Paul (NYPost)
Floyd Mayweather is returning to the ring — to fight a YouTube star.
Mayweather, the undefeated retired boxing superstar, announced on Instagram Sunday that he will step back into the squared circle to fight Logan Paul in a boxing exhibition match on Feb. 20. The event, which has reportedly been in the works for a while, will be exclusively available on Fanmio pay-per-view.
More than a week ago, Paul’s brother Jake Paul knocked out former Knicks guard Nate Robinson on the Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. undercard, and the internet personality garnered a heap of challengers as a result. Everyone from Conor McGregor to the San Jose Sharks’ Evander Kane has been lining up to get a crack at Paul. Read more
Klopp emotional as Liverpool fans return to Anfield (BBC)
There are few football experiences capable of stirring the emotions more than listening to ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ being sung by Anfield’s Kop.
Sunday evening at approximately 19:13 GMT provided one of those lump-in-the-throat moments.
This wasn’t the first match in England to welcome fans back to stadiums. It was only number 27 on a list that – pilots excepted – began at Carlisle United on Wednesday.
But as the first bars of the Gerry and the Pacemakers hit that is forever entwined with Liverpool Football Club were heard over the public address system, it felt symbolic. Read more
Giants stun Seahawks for signature Joe Judge win (NYPost)
Is this correct?
The Giants sunk to 1-7 at midseason and now sit at 5-7, in control of the NFC East, after the signature victory in the first year of the Joe Judge coaching regime. Jabrill Peppers explained the turnaround as no miracle, but rather, a course correction.
“We got a good group of guys,’’ the high-octane safety said, “and we got a damn good team here.’’
Can it be? Are the Giants actually damn good?
The Giants are no longer losing. Yes, their previous four victories were mostly close and taut, with no margin for error. That is the way it went Sunday in Seattle, but this was so very different, given the opponent. Read more
Sergio Perez determined to prolong his F1 career after Sakhir GP win (BBC)
Perez is being replaced at Racing Point – soon to be Aston Martin – by Sebastian Vettel
Racing Point’s Sergio Perez pledged to find a way to prolong his Formula 1 career after taking his maiden victory in the Sakhir Grand Prix.
The Mexican is out of contract for next season and his only possibility for a drive is if Red Bull pick him for their second seat.
“After today, I’m determined to be here,” said 30-year-old Perez.
“My best option is to keep going next year but if I have to stop it is not a disaster, I can come back in 2022.” Read more