Lagos club owner ordered to provide COVID-19 result in seven days (Punch)
A club owner, Bruno Owede, who was arrested by men of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly opening his facility to fun seekers in violation of safety protocols, has been ordered by an Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court to undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test.
Bruno was given a week to provide the result of the test.
Policemen led by the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, had arrested 143 clubbers and alleged strippers at Club Victoria’s on Ajose Adeogun Street, Victoria Island area of the state on Saturday.
Bruno, the club patrons and strippers were said to have violated COVID-19 protocols in the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said in a statement on Wednesday that 34 cars were impounded at the club, adding that Bruno was charged in accordance with the provisions of the Criminal Law of Lagos State. Read more
How policeman shot me, petitioner tells Lagos judicial panel (DailyTrust)
A petitioner, Suleiman Rahim, on Wednesday, narrated how he was allegedly shot on the neck by one Corporal Sunday David of Elere police station Agege, while returning home on a motorcycle (Okada) from Agege stadium after watching a football match in 2016.
The petitioner, Rahim, told the retired Justice Doris Okuwobi-led Lagos Judicial panel that Corporal David shot him without any interrogation after he stopped his motorcycle rider.
The petitioner, who said he has been walking with the help of a walking frame after surgery at the Faith Specialist Hospital, Ogun State, pulled off his shirt and showed the panel how the cartridge from the gun penetrated his neck and pierced through his back.
He said, “after my family reported the case to the Elere police station, they have been taking me from one hospital to the other. Read more
UNILAG fixes February for suspended 51st Convocation as varsity reopens Jan 25 (Independent)
The management of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) on Wednesday, announced fresh date for the suspended 2019 51st convocation.
Besides, the varsity authority has also announced January 25, 2021, as resumption date for online classes.
Recall that the enthusiasm of 13,489 fresh graduates of the University to receive their certificates was on March 4, 2020 dashed as the management of the institution called off its 2020 convocation ceremonies.
The ceremonies scheduled to hold from March 9 to 12 was suspended over a supremacy battle between the university management and the erstwhile chairman of the institution’s governing council, Dr. Wale Babalakin. Read more
Rotary Club of Isolo installs 40th president (Guardian)
President of the Rotary Club of Isolo, David Olaniyi Taiwo, has pledged to construct a vocational training centre in Isolo to equip the youth on skill acquisition.
Taiwo made the declaration at his investiture ceremony as the 40th president of the club, which held recently. He said with the expected support from donors, the centre, which will be his star project, would commence soon, and to be completed within this Rotary year.
He enumerated other projects that had been carried out prior to the investiture, such as the seminar on career counselling with students of Ansar-ud-Deen College, Isolo, where writing materials were distributed; a project on family health and the campaign to keep polio at zero level. Read more
Buhari, Tinubu, Gbajabiamila, Sanwo-Olu, others mourn Kanu (ThisDay)
President Muhammadu Buhari; former Lagos State governor, Senator Bola Tinubu; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; his Imo State counterpart, Senator Hope Uzodinma; and a former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, were among dignitaries who yesterday paid tribute to a former Military Governor of the Lagos State, Rear Admiral Godwin Ndubuisi Kanu (rtd), whose death was announced earlier in the day.
Kanu, a former chieftain of National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), the pro-democracy coalition that served as the launchpad for the campaigns that led to the rebirth of democracy in 1999, died yesterday in an undisclosed hospital at 77.
The Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere; elder statesman, Chief Ayo Adebanjo; and the Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Kalu, also mourned Kanu, who once governed Imo State. Read more
#EndSARS: Court stops suit against Sam Adeyemi, Davido, others (Punch)
A High Court in the Federal Capital Territory has ordered a Magistrate, Omolola Akindele, to immediately halt proceedings and stay action in a criminal complaint filed by one Kenechukwu Okeke, against 50 persons who supported the #EndSARS protests.
Justice Bello Kawu also restrained the Nigeria Police Force from arresting or taking any action against the #EndSARS activists.
The magistrate had ordered the Commissioner of Police in the FCT to launch an investigation into the 50 notable persons who promoted the #EndSARS movement.
Some of the notable persons include the Senior Pastor, Daystar Christian Centre, Sam Adeyemi; Musician Damini Ogulu aka Burna Boy, David Adeleke otherwise known as Davido, Folarin Falana popularly known as Falz; and activist Deji Adeyanju. Read more
Artisan In court for allegedly cheating businesswoman (Independent)
A 43-year-old artisan, Ayobami Aderemi, who allegedly cheated a businessman of N420,000, on Wednesday appeared in a Magistrates’ Court in Gwagwalada, FCT.
The police charged Aderemi, who resides in old NEPA road Kuje, Abuja with two counts of criminal breach of trust and cheating.
The Prosecution Counsel, Dabo Yakubu, told the court that the matter was reported at the Kuje Police station by the complainant, Princess Abimbola of off Holy family Kuje, Abuja on Jan. 7. Read more
Military retirees protest exclusion from minimum wage, other benefits (Guardian)
There was tension in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), yesterday, as aggrieved military pensioners protested exclusion from the new minimum wage and sundry benefits after their retirement.
The protesters, under the aegis of Ex-Servicemen and Family Welfare Association, temporarily disrupted activities at the Ministry of Finance Headquarters, where they held the protest.
In a protest letter signed by its National President, Anthony Agbas, the group appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to pay the 20 months minimum wage arrears to the veterans, which they said was approved since April 2019. Read more
NIN deadline stands, as NCC awaits govt’s advice (Punch)
The Nigerian Communications Commission on Wednesday said it was awaiting the advice of the federal government as regards the deadline for the integration of Subscriber Identification Modules with valid National Identity Numbers.
It also stated that the earlier announced deadlines were still in force despite the clamour for extension or outright suspension of the registration process.
Calls for deadline extension were mainly due to the large crowds that gather daily at the various offices of the National Identity Management Commission.
The Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Ikechukwu Adinde, told our correspondent in Abuja that no deadline extension had been approved. Read more
Uganda elections 2021: Yoweri Museveni faces Bobi Wine in presidential contest (BBC)
A 38-year-old pop star is challenging one of Africa’s longest serving leaders in Uganda’s hotly contested election.
Robert Kyagulanyi, known by his stage name Bobi Wine, says he represents the country’s younger generation, while Yoweri Museveni, 76, says he is standing for stability.
The campaign has been marred by serious violence, which has seen dozens of people killed.
The government has ordered a block on all social media. Read more
Olympic gold medalist Klete Keller charged for role in Capitol riot (NYPost)
Former Olympic swimming gold medalist Klete Keller was hit with federal charges Wednesday for his role in last week’s US Capitol riot — after he was caught on footage wearing his Team USA jacket at the siege, according to new court papers.
A criminal complaint filed Washington D.C. federal court charges Keller, 38, with obstructing law enforcement during civil disorder, knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
The two-time gold medal winner was allegedly spotted in a video from inside the Capitol Rotunda posted last Wednesday by a reporter for the conservative news outlet Townhall. Read more
‘Group of 10 teens stripped woman, 36, naked and beat her to death in park’ (Metro)
A group of up to 10 young boys stripped a 36 year-old woman naked, then beat her to death in a park, police believe A newly-released search warrant says the youngsters may have begun attacking Ee Lee close to a tree in Washington Park, Milwaukee on the afternoon of her death in September 20. The papers, seen by Fox6, say Lee tried to flee to a nearby pond to safety, only for her attackers to follow her and continue the beating. Afterwards, 11 people described as ‘juveniles’ were filmed fleeing the park on foot and by bike. Lee is said to have been dragged by her assailants, and was later found naked and unconscious. She died several days later, with police treating her death as a murder.
A subsequent hospital examination found evidence that Lee had been sexually assaulted. She was captured on surveillance walking into a supermarket shortly before the fatal beating. No motive for Lee’s killing has been given, and police have yet to say whether they have made any arrests. Read more
Trump impeached for ‘inciting’ US Capitol riot (BBC)
The US House of Representatives has impeached President Donald Trump for “incitement of insurrection” at last week’s Capitol riot.
Ten Republicans sided with Democrats to impeach the president by 232-197.
He is the first president in US history to be impeached twice, or charged with crimes by Congress.
Mr Trump, a Republican, will now face a trial in the Senate, where if convicted he could face being barred from ever holding office again. Read more
Apple invests millions to back entrepreneurs of colour as part of racial justice push (NYPost)
Apple Inc on Wednesday said it was putting $60 million into a fresh round of projects aimed at challenging systemic racism, including its first foray into venture capital funding to back entrepreneurs of colour.
Apple said it would invest $10 million in a fund with Harlem Capital, a New York-based early-stage venture firm, with the goal of helping fund 1,000 companies over 20 years. Apple will invest $25 million in Siebert Williams Shank’s Clear Vision Impact Fund, which provides financing to small- and mid-sized businesses, with an emphasis on minority-owned firms.
Apple will become a limited partner in funds at both.
“There’s a lack of diversity among venture capital and banking funders,” Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, told Reuters. “We looked for where we thought there was opportunity for our resources to do good things.” Read more
Little Nightmares 2 demo available now on all formats – original free on PC (Metro)
PC owners can download a copy of Little Nightmares for free and everyone can play a demo of the sequel – or just what the nifty new trailer. January and February are always slow times for new video games releases but, despite the pandemic, this year is actually slightly better than average. Hitman 3 next week is the first big release of the year and then the week after that we’ve got The Medium, and then after that Little Nightmares 2. Although technically an indie title, the original Little Nightmares was championed by publisher Bandai Namco and went on to great success with its unusual mix of 2D platforming, puzzle-solving, and light survival horror. Read more
Shakira is the latest star to sell the rights to her songs (BBC)
Shakira has become the latest artist to sell the rights to her music for a multi-million dollar sum.
All 145 of her songs, including Hips Don’t Lie, Whenever, Wherever and She Wolf, are included in the deal.
The songs have made her the best-selling female Latin artist of all time, with 80 million records sold worldwide.
The deal was struck with the Hipgnosis Song Fund, which also recently acquired Blondie and Neil Young’s music. Read more
Spanish Super Cup: Barcelona beat Real Sociedad on penalties to reach final (BBC)
Barcelona are through to the Spanish Super Cup final after beating Real Sociedad in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw after extra time.
Riqui Puig scored the decisive spot kick for the Spanish giants, after Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong both missed the target.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the Barcelona goal denied Sociedad twice from the spot.
Holders Real Madrid face Athletic Bilbao in the second semi-final. Read more
Jurgen Klopp branded a ‘hypocrite’ by Mark Clattenburg ahead of Manchester United clash (Metro)
Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has called Jurgen Klopp a ‘hypocrite’ for suggesting that Manchester United have been on the receiving end of favourable penalty decisions this season. Following Liverpool’s defeat to Southampton earlier this month, Klopp was frustrated at two penalty calls that did not his side’s way and highlighted the disparity between the decisions given to his team and United during his reign at Anfield. ‘I hear now that Manchester United had more penalties in two years than I had in five-and-a-half-years,’ said the Liverpool manager. Read more
Manchester City 1-0 Brighton: Pep Guardiola’s side back in the Premier League title race (BBC)
It was after their impressive victory at Chelsea on 3 January that Pep Guardiola declared his Manchester City were back.
The 10 days since have reinforced that view, with impressive young England midfielder Phil Foden guiding the Blues back along the right path.
It might not have been very impressive but the Foden-inspired 1-0 victory over Brighton at Etihad Stadium moved City into the Premier League’s top three for the first time this season.
“It definitely feels like we’re back to our best. We’ve taken confidence from the last few results,” the 20-year-old said afterwards, with City now just four points from the summit – having been 11th in November. Read more
Thomas Muller gets angry with interviewer after Bayern Munich’s shock cup exit to second-division side Holstein Kiel (Metro)
Thomas Muller lost his cool with a reporter who laughed during an interview after Bayern Munich’s shock exit in the DFB Pokal to Holstein Kiel on Wednesday evening. The Champions League holders were dumped out of their domestic cup by the second-division side, which is the earliest they’ve exited the competition since the 2000-01 campaign. Despite Bayern taking the lead twice through Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane, the game ended 2-2 after 90 minutes and Holstein Kiel beat the Bundesliga champions 6-5 on penalties with Marc Roca missing the crucial spot-kick. Read more
Cavaleiro earns Fulham draw at Spurs (BBC)
Ivan Cavaleiro scored a late header to earn Premier League strugglers Fulham a hard-fought draw against Tottenham in their hastily rearranged London derby.
The Portuguese forward’s finish cancelled out Harry Kane’s first-half diving header and came just minutes after Son Heung-min hit the post in search of Spurs’ second.
Cavaleiro sealed a remarkable turnaround for a side whose manager Scott Parker said it was “scandalous” to be given just two days’ notice to face Jose Mourinho’s men after Spurs’ game at Aston Villa was postponed because of a Covid-19 outbreak in the Villa camp.
Tottenham boss Mourinho had little sympathy for the visitors as the derby itself was a rearranged fixture, having been called off three hours before kick-off when originally scheduled on 30 December. Read more
James Harden-Kyrie Irving dynamic could go ‘up in flames’ for Nets (NYPost)
Unable to comment specifically about the Nets’ new Big 3 because their trade for James Harden is not official, Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said three superstar scorers on the court together will always have “to sacrifice.’’
But one Eastern Conference NBA scout told The Post that’s easier said than done with the Nets’ freshly bearded beastly trio of Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving having formed Wednesday, turning the NBA on its ear.
The scout is most concerned with chemistry between Harden and Irving.
“It’ll be a work in progress,’’ the NBA scout said. “You have literally and statistically two of the five most ball-dominant guys in the league. I watched Houston with John Wall and Harden, and maybe it’s because of the issues, but that didn’t look like a comfortable environment for Harden with Wall dominating the ball. Then you have Durant who I wouldn’t say is ball dominant but certainly needs a lot of touches.’’ Read more