Lagos CP brokers peace between warring factions (Punch)
The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, has brokered peace between the warring factions in Igbo Olomu, Ikorodu West Local Council Development Area of the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement on Saturday, said the Chairman of Ikorodu West LCDA, Jumoke Ademehin, and the leaders of the Yoruba and Hausa communities in the area attended the meeting.
“The commissioner of police appealed to the groups to tolerate each other and embrace peace in order to promote mutual coexistence in the area.
“The two groups condemned the ugly incident and agreed to reconcile and embrace peace after the meeting. Read more
Lagos to commence sale of finished products (Nation)
Plans are underway by the Lagos State government through the Skill Acquisition Development Unit of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation to commence sale of locally made finished products in line with the international standard.
Speaking at the 2020 Creativity and Innovation Day held at the Isheri Skill Acquisition Centre, Lagos, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Cecilia Bolaji Dada said the Skill Centres created by the State govt. are veritable tools to reduce poverty to its barest minimum.
Dada who spoke on this year’s theme “Using Innovation and Creativity to achieve global goals” said creativity is the most important human resource for all, adding that without creativity, there would be no progress. Read more
Lagos-East: I’ll seek CAMA amendment if elected, says Abiru (Punch)
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the Lagos East senatorial by-election, Mr Tokunbo Abiru, on Saturday, said he would seek amendments to the Companies and Allied Matters Act 2020 if elected on October 31.
Abiru, who is a former Commissioner for Finance in Lagos State, lamented the rising cases of domestic and sexual violence in the country, promising that he would promote legislation that would end the social menace in the country.
He made these remarks at separate meetings with Christian and Muslim leaders in Ikorodu, saying he shared their concern on Section 839 (1) of CAMA, which empowered the Corporate Affairs Commission to suspend trustees of an association and appoint interim managers. Read more
Ondo 2020: Akeredolu in early lead, Jegede, Agboola dominate strongholds (Punch)
Some early results of the Ondo State governorship poll analysed by Sunday PUNCH have revealed that the incumbent governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, is in early lead in the race.
TheCable reported that Akeredolu is leading his opponents with over 84,011 votes in 12 local government areas.
The local governments are: Ile Oluji, Akoko North-East, Akoko South-West, Akoko South-East, Akoko North-West, Irele, Ose, Ifedore, Owo, Okitipupa, Akure North-West, and Idanre.
According to the results that the Independent National Electoral Commission has declared at the collation centres of the 12 LGAs, Akeredolu polled 189,489 votes as of the time of filing this report. Read more
Seyi Makinde confirms death of #EndSARS protester in Ogbomosho after police denial (Guardian)
Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde on Saturday confirmed the death of Jimoh Isiaka, one of the EndSARS protesters in Ogbomosho, a town in Oyo State.
“I have received with deep sadness the news of the passing of one of our children, Jimoh Isiaka, who was shot during the ENDSARS protest in Ogbomoso. He later died at Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, earlier today,” Makinde tweeted.
“Also, at this same protest, Abdulrasaq Olawale, Oluwadamilare Gbolohunmi, and five other persons sustained injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment.”
This is coming after the Nigerian Police Force denied shooting at the EndSARS protesters in Ogbomosho. Read more
Police disperse #EndSARS protesters from Force Hqts (Nation)
Policemen on Saturday night dispersed with teargas hundreds of #ENDSARS protesters who had gathered at the Force Headquarters in Abuja all day demanding to see Police Inspector General Mohammed Adamu.
The protesters had rebuffed attempts by other officers to speak to them.
Protesters in Osun, Oyo, Ogun and Lagos states also continued their agitation.
Zahra, daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari, and Kiki, daughter of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, took to the social media to express support for the campaign as were British-Nigerian actor, John Boyega, and British television personality, Piers Morgan. Read more
CBN directs banks to comply with SWIFT universal payment confirmations (Guardian)
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has directed all banks operating in the country to always observe strict compliance with SWIFT Universal Confirmation Requirements.
The directive was outlined in a circular issued by Mr Sam Okojere, CBN’s Director, Banking Services Department.
Okojere directed all SWIFT customers to provide information on the outcome of all their Single Customer Payments (MT103) messages to SWIFT, via tracker (Universal Confirmation). Read more
Why we increased fare – Uber (Punch)
Uber Nigeria has explained that its new fare regime will provide better earnings for driver partners and remain affordable for commuters.
The Ride-hailing platform had on Tuesday increased fares on UberX.
UberX is the most popular private car service that Uber has to offer. It’s commonly referred to as the “low-cost option” for riders.
In an email forwarded to our correspondent by the firm in charge of Uber’s Communications, JNPR, it said the new fare structure was to enable the firm to invest in a technology system that would keep riders and drivers safe on the road. Read more
Expert urges Abia to address multiple taxation, insecurity (Guardian)
Executive Director, Partnership Initiative In The Niger Delta (PIND), Dr Dara Akala, has urged Abia State government to address the issues of multiple taxation, insecurity and difficulty in acquiring land for economic development.
He also recommended the adoption of a demand-driven approach in implementing the plan, which he submitted to the state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, in Umuahia.
Speaking to The Guardian, yesterday, Akala said PIND was collaborating with stakeholders to implement the long-term economic plan for the state. Read more
Brazil’s coronavirus death toll passes 150,000 (BBC)
The number of people to have died from COVID-19 in Brazil has passed 150,000, the country’s health ministry says.
Brazil has the second-highest coronavirus death toll in the world, after the US, and the third-highest number of cases after the US and India.
The country also passed five million total infections earlier this week.
President Jair Bolsonaro has been accused of downplaying the risks of the virus throughout the pandemic, ignoring expert advice on restrictive measures.
Brazil has by far the highest number of deaths in South America, and the state of São Paulo has been the worst hit. Read more
True story behind Steve McQueen’s Mangrove as Letitia Wright movie premieres (Metro)
Steve McQueen’s new movie Mangrove, starring Letitia Wright, is bound to be a poignant watch, even more so after the Black Lives Matter protests earlier this year. Inspired by the Mangrove Nine, the BBC film, which is part of anthology directed by McQueen, opened the London Film Festival this year, and follows the protests and the momentous trial that happened afterwards. Letitia stars alongside the likes of Shaun Parker, Malachi Kirby, Rochenda Sandall, and Gershwyn Eustache Jnr as the activists who have gone down in history. Who were the Mangrove Nine. Read more
France plane crash: Five killed after mid-air collision near Tours (BBC)
Two small planes have collided in mid-air before crashing in western-central France, killing five people, local officials say.
The collision between two light aircraft happened south-east of the city of Tours at about 16:30 local time (15:30 BST) on Saturday.
Emergency crew, including about 50 firefighters, were called to the scene. They cordoned off the crash sites.
No-one else was harmed when the planes came down. Read more
Bryce Dallas Howard shows off ‘crazy sick bruises’ from filming stunts for Jurassic World: Dominion (Metro)
Bryce Dallas Howard has shown a series of painful-looking bruises she incurred while shooting stunts for Jurassic World: Dominion. The actress is set to reprise her role as Claire Dearing for the third film in the Jurassic World series, which has resumed filming in London following the easing of lockdown restrictions. Unfortunately, she happened to get a tad injured while on set. Taking to Twitter, she tweeted: ‘These past couple of weeks my abs have been sore from laughing so much – it’s good to be back at worth with this funny guy.’ Read more
Spain’s Canary Islands see new influx of African migrants (BBC)
More than 1,000 migrants from Africa have arrived in the Spanish Canary Islands over the last 48 hours, the Red Cross says.
These are figures that have not been seen for more than a decade.
On a visit to the islands, Spain’s Migration Minister José Luis Escrivá promised a “comprehensive response”.
This route from West Africa has grown in popularity since 2018. A previous peak, in 2006, saw 35,000 migrants arrive in the archipelago, the UN says. Read more
UK MPs to get £3,300 pay rise as coronavirus puts millions of jobs at risk (Metro)
MPs are set to get a pay rise of £3,300 next year, despite coronavirus wreaking havoc on the UK economy. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) proposed their wages should continue to be linked to the public sector three-month annual growth figure of 4.1%, which is likely to exceed inflation. This means MPs, some of whom are working from home, will get an additional £3,360 on top of their salary of £81,932.Read more
My dream is to win African Player of the Year – Osimhen (Punch)
Nigeria and Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen, says his ambition is to one day win the African Footballer of The Year Award.
The last Nigerian, who claimed the individual continental gong, was Nwankwo Kanu in 1999 (21 years ago) beating Ghana’s Samuel Kuffour and Ivory Coast’s Ibrahima Bakayoko.
Osimhen, who recently joined Italian giants Napoli on an African record fee of €81m, has set his sights on bringing back the award to Nigeria.
He disclosed this in a video posted by the club on Twitter. Read more
Sifan Hassan sets new European women’s 10,000m record beating Paula Radcliffe time (BBC)
Sifan Hassan has set a new European record for the women’s 10,000m, beating Paula Radcliffe’s 2002 mark by more than 24 seconds in the Netherlands.
The Dutchwoman, 27, who won 1500m and 10,000m gold at the World Championships in Doha last year, clocked 29 minutes 36.67 seconds in rainy conditions.
Briton Radcliffe timed 30:01.09 at the 2002 European Championships in Munich.
Only seven other women have been below the 30-minute mark, and Hassan becomes the first European to do so.
Despite the pacing assistance of the new Wavelight technology built into the track in Hengelo, conditions proved too difficult for the Ethiopian-born athlete to challenge the world record. Read more
Hakim Ziyech returns to Chelsea after withdrawing from Morocco squad (Metro)
Hakim Ziyech has withdrawn from Morocco’s squad as part of an agreement between Chelsea and the national team.
The midfielder has not yet made his debut for Chelsea after he suffered a knee injury during a pre-season friendly against Brighton at the end of August.
Ziyech, who was signed in a £33.3 million deal from Ajax in February, had been training with Chelsea’s first-team squad before the international break but Frank Lampard claimed that the midfielder was still short of fitness. Read more
Iga Swiatek: French Open’s surprise champion says she ‘was not expecting’ Grand Slam win (BBC)
Just a week ago Iga Swiatek was unsure whether she would commit to tennis long term or go to university.
Now the 19-year-old is a Grand Slam champion – the lowest-ranked woman to ever win the French Open.
“I wasn’t expecting to win this trophy,” the Pole said after her dominant 6-4 6-1 win over American fourth seed Sofia Kenin in Saturday’s final.
“It’s obviously amazing for me. It’s a life-changing experience.
“I just feel like I kind of made history.”
Swiatek, who did not drop a set in the tournament, is the first player from Poland to win a Grand Slam singles title and the youngest French Open women’s champion since Monica Seles in 1992. Read more
Spanish rally co-driver Laura Salvo dies in crash aged 21 (Metro)
Spanish rally car co-driver Laura Salvo has died in a crash at the Rally Vidreiro Centro de Portugal.
The 21-year-old was navigating for Miguel Socias when their car veered off the road and hit a pine tree. Medics arrived at the scene within two minutes and Salvo was taken to an area where an emergency helicopter could land and transport her to hospital.
However, while initial attempts to resuscitate her were successful she suffered a cardiac arrest and died before she arrived at a medical facility. Read more
Messi can be convinced to stay at Barca, Suarez says (Vanguard)
Lionel Messi can be convinced to stay at FC Barcelona beyond this season, in spite of interest from Manchester City, his former teammate Luis Suarez says.
The Barca captain tried to force his way out of the club in the close season, but he later agreed to stay until his contract ends in June 2021. The 33-year-old Argentina forward revealed his frustrations with the club’s board and a lack of planning, but said he would give his all this season. Messi, FC Barcelona’s all-time top goalscorer, is free to negotiate with other clubs from January, including Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, who are interested in luring him to Manchester. Read more