Lagos CP condemns burning of Ikotun, Ojodu police stations (Vanguard)
The Commissioner of Police (CP), Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, on Thursday warned that the command will neutralise any move that will jeopardise security architecture and the maintenance of law and order in Lagos state.
Odumosu, in a statement signed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, condemned the continuous attacks on police stations, just as Ikotun Police Station and part of Ojodu station were burnt.
He appreciated the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Research and Planning, Leye Oyebade, for his sterling leadership qualities and efforts in making sure that normalcy is restored to Lagos. Read more
Lagos kicks as hoodlums loot CACOVID palliatives (Punch)
Suspected hoodlums on Thursday broke into a warehousing used for the storage of COVID-19 palliatives in Mazamaza community, in the Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State.
The group was said to have looted foodstuffs in the warehouse, located on Benster Crescent, aka Monkey Village.
Clips of the attack posted on Twitter revealed thousands of residents trooping into the warehouse to carry bags of rice, garri, beans, noodles, among others.
A military truck was also seen being loaded with the palliatives. Read more
#EndSARS: Police clear barricades in Lagos (Nation)
The police have commenced removal of road barricades across Lagos State as Deputy Inspector General (DIG) in charge of Research and Planning Leye Oyebade inspected extent of damages from violent attacks.
Oyebade, who is in Lagos at the instance of the Inspector General of Police (IG) Mohammed Adamu, said obstructions on major roads were being removed to create access for motorists especially those on essential duties.
The DIG, who was led on the operational tour by the Lagos Police Commissioner (CP) Hakeem Odumosu, said the police were taking complete charge of security of lives and property in Lagos to prevent recurrence of violent attacks on the police, government and private individuals as seen in the last few days which left many lives lost and properties damaged. Read more
#ENDSARS Protest: I’m pained that innocent lives have been lost – Buhari (Vanguard)
President Muhammadu Buhari has warned those who hijacked and misdirected the genuine and well-intended protest against the excesses of some members of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).noting that he is pained that innocent lives have been lost.
Buhari made this known during his Natoinwide broadcast on Thursday noting that “I acknowledged the genuine concerns and agitations of members of the public regarding the excessive use of force by some members of SARS.
“The choice to demonstrate peacefully is a fundamental right of citizens as enshrined in Section 40 of our Constitution and other enactments; … but this right to protest also imposes on the demonstrators the responsibility to respect the rights of other citizens, and the necessity to operate within the law. Read more
Lawlessness continues as hoodlums kill cops, burn more police stations, inmates attempt jailbreak (Punch)
The reign of terror by hoodlums across the country continued unabated on Thursday with reports of attacks on the police personnel, which resulted in some deaths, and burning of many police stations across the nation.
In some states, inmates of custodial centres were set free by the hoodlums, while in others, the inmates attempted to flee from custody, but their efforts were thwarted by security agents.
Many public buildings were also sent on fire by hoodlums across the country. Read more
I did not order Lekki shootings – Sanwo-Olu (Nation)
Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has maintained he didn’t order the shooting of #ENDSARS protesters on Tuesday evening by suspected security agents.
Sanwo-Olu, who spoke in an interview on Arise TV, said the State was already investigating whether the deceased was a protester.
Sanwo-Olu asked members of the public with credible information on anyone or group of persons killed in the incident to come forward with the claim.
He said the social media over blew the proportion of the incident with what he described as “false information” being shared by those who were not at the scene of the incident. Read more
My heart goes out to all victims of Lekki shootings – Osinbajo (Vanguard)
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has condoled with victims of shootings which occurred in Lekki, Lagos.
The Vice President also expressed grief over loss lives in Lagos and other parts of the country as a result of the #ENDSARS protests.
#EndSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate were attacked with guns on Oct. 20.
Osinbajo, in a series of tweets, said he had reached out to those in hospital and prayed that such would not happen again. Read more
INEC postpones Lagos, Imo, Bayelsa, other bye-elections (Punch)
Following the ongoing #EndSARS nationwide protests, the Independent National Electoral has announced the indefinite postponement of the bye-elections in the six senatorial districts and nine state constituencies.
The commission said it would continue to monitor the situation and meet again in two weeks to decide on a feasible date for the elections.
The by-elections are to take place in Bayelsa Central Senatorial District, Bayelsa West Senatorial District, Nganzai and Bayo constituencies in Borno State, Cross River North Senatorial District and Obudu Constituency in Cross River. Read more
#EndSARS: Okowa imposes 48-hour curfew in Delta (Nation)
Delta Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has imposed a 48-hour curfew in the state following Wednesday night’s arson and destruction of government property in Asaba by some youths disguising as protesters.
He also announced the closure of public and private primary and secondary schools in the state until Nov. 2, 2020.
Okowa made these known in a statewide broadcast in Asaba on Thursday, and said that the curfew would commence at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
He said that the peaceful protests by #ENDSARS protesters had been hijacked by suspected criminals, and stated that the state government would not watch the elements to have a field day. Read more
Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor speed through London in pandemic-themed movie “Lockdown” (Metro)
Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor turned jewellery thieves as they shot action-packed scenes for their new film Lockdown on Tuesday night.
The film will speak to the times we live in, as the actors play lovers who stage a heist at iconic department store Harrods while everyone stays indoors due to the coronavirus crisis. Anne and Chiwetel were spotted speeding through the empty streets of Knightsbridge in London, which had been blocked off to allow filming to take place. Read more
Covid: US gives full approval for antiviral remdesivir drug (BBC)
US regulators have given full approval for the antiviral drug remdesivir to treat Covid-19 patients in hospitals.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Veklury, the drug’s brand name, cut the recovery time on average by five days during clinical trials.
“Veklury is the first treatment for COVID-19 to receive FDA approval,” the FDA said in a statement. Read more
Nicole Kidman suffered nights of ‘debilitating’ stage fright in London’s West End (Mirror)
Nicole Kidman says she suffered nights and nights of “debilitating” stage fright the last time she performed in London’s West End that almost stopped her from going on to perform.
The 53-year-old actor is world famous for her confident award-winning performances on screen in hits like Big Little Lies and The Hours.
But her last theatre work in Photograph 51 playing DNA scientist Rosalind Franklin made her “uncomfortable”. Read more
Recovered COVID-19 patients’ plasma of little use in treatment (AlJazeera)
Plasma taken from the blood of recovered COVID-19 patients that is given to people sick with the disease does not reduce their chances of getting seriously ill or dying, according to new research from a study in India.
The research, which involved more than 400 people who were in hospital with COVID-19, investigated convalescent plasma as a treatment for people with moderate disease. The results, published in the medical journal BMJ on Friday, concluded that “convalescent plasma showed limited effectiveness”. Read more
The apps promising to improve your sex life (BBC)
When Sachin Raoul, 27, encountered a sexual issue following a break-up three years ago, it led to him feeling “distressed”.
“It was frustrating not to have control over my body. I really wanted it to behave in a certain way but it was difficult,” he adds.
While Mr Raoul sought help through therapy, he admits that at around £100 per session it was tough on the wallet. Read more
19-yo man with van full of guns & explosives arrested, was plotting to assassinate Joe Biden (RT)
Newly-released court documents show a man was arrested in Kannapolis, North Carolina in possession of firearms and explosives. He had reportedly researched how to kill presidential candidate Joe Biden.
A van belonging to Alexander Hillel Treisman, 19, was found at a Kannapolis bank filled with guns, books on making bombs, explosive materials, multiple driver’s licenses, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash. Read more
WhatsApp could usurp Zoom with a killer new feature (Metro)
WhatsApp is apparently taking the fight to Zoom with a rumoured new feature that could make it the go-to for video conferencing.
The world’s most popular messaging app already offers voice calling functionality on a smartphone, but what about desktop? According to a report by WaBetaInfo, WhatsApp is getting set to bring voice and video calling to desktop as an extension of the desktop messaging service it already offers. And, in a bid to upend Zoom and Microsoft Teams, this new feature will reportedly allow group chats as well. WaBetaInfo has often been spot on when it comes to exposing WhatsApp’s plans ahead of times. Read more
AFN crisis: Athletes ask warring factions to end rift (Punch)
Nigerian athletes have lamented the crisis rocking the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, and tasked the federation to put its house in order and give them quality leadership.
The athletes took to social media to vent their anger, complaining about lack of welfare and events for them.
The AFN and the supervisory sports ministry had been at loggerheads after a faction led by Olamide George, the federation’s vice president, suspended the president, Ibrahim Gusau, which forced the Gusau-led board to declare autonomy from the ministry at a congress in Awka, Anambra State last December. Read more
AC Milan hold off Celtic despite rally (BBC)
Neil Lennon was “encouraged” despite his Celtic side being overcome by Serie A leaders AC Milan in their Europa League group stage opener in Glasgow.
The hosts started brightly after Saturday’s abject Old Firm defeat, but were chastened by easy scores for Rade Krunic and Brahim Diaz.
Lennon’s men rallied after two half-time changes, with substitute Mohamed Elyounoussi’s header giving the Scottish champions hope before Jens Petter Hauge nipped in late on to secure the win for the Rossoneri.
“It was markedly better than the weekend. It was encouraging,” said the Celtic manager. “I don’t like losing but there were a lot of good signs for me. Read more
Mikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s full Arsenal debut after Rapid Vienna win (Metro)
Mikel Arteta has praised Thomas Partey after the midfielder impressed during his full debut in Arsenal’s 2-1 win against Rapid Vienna on Thursday evening.
The Gunners kicked off their Europa League campaign with a victory in Austria but they were forced to come from behind to secure three points.
A mistake from Bernd Leno led to Taxiarchis Fountas scoring the opener for Rapid Vienna, but goals from David Luiz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was brought on as a substitute in the second half, completed Arsenal’s comeback. Read more
Barnes shines as Leicester start with win (BBC)
England internationals James Maddison and Harvey Barnes scored their first European goals as Leicester marked their return to continental action with a comfortable home win.
The Foxes had looked set to secure Champions League football for the majority of last season but set about their task in the second-tier competition with zest after a sticky start.
Ukrainian visitors Zorya had their moments in the opening stages and Kasper Schmeichel was called into serious action with the score at 0-0.
But even without the injured Jamie Vardy, Brendan Rodgers’ side ultimately had too much.
Barnes, the standout performer on the night, curled a shot against the post and when Kelechi Iheanacho flicked the loose ball out, Maddison had a simple finish. Read more
Rangers star Kemar Roofe sends social media wild with outrageous goal from inside his own half (RT)
Rangers star Kemar Roofe sent social media into meltdown as he scored a guaranteed Puskas contender with an incredible strike from inside his own half during the Europa League game against Standard Liege.
With the match into injury time and the Scottish visitors 1-0 to the good thanks to James Tavernier’s first-half penalty, Roofe showed no ambition to play things safe when he won up the ball deep in his own half. Read more
#EndSARS protests: Growing list of celebrities pledge support for demonstrators (BBC)
Manchester United star Odion Ighalo has become one of the latest celebrities to voice their support for protests against police brutality in Nigeria.
In a video on Twitter, the Nigerian striker called his country’s government “a shame to the world”.
It comes amid reports that several people have been shot dead or wounded during demonstrations in Nigeria’s biggest city, Lagos.
Officials initially denied anyone died and have promised an investigation. Read more
Cristiano Ronaldo set to miss Barcelona clash after second positive coronavirus test (Metro)
Cristiano Ronaldo is set to miss Juventus’ Champions League clash against Barcelona next week after testing positive for coronavirus for a second time.
The 35-year-old initially tested positive for Covid-19 on October 13 and was forced to withdraw from Portugal’s squad during the international break.
Ronaldo subsequently returned to Italy for his quarantine period and has been forced to miss Juventus’ last two matches against Crotone in Serie A and Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League. Read more