Lagos-Ibadan Expressway: FG opens Kara Bridge to traffic (DailyTrust)
FRSC supervising opening of the Kara Bridge on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to traffic on Sunday in Lagos. PHOTO CREDIT: NAN. The Federal Government on Sunday opened the Kara Bridge section of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to traffic, after completing repair works on a 600-metre stretch, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. NAN reports that the section between Kara Bridge and Isheri Junction inbound Lagos was partially closed on Sept. 2, for reconstruction, resulting in traffic diversion.
When a NAN correspondent visited the site, traffic regulatory agencies, law enforcement agencies and official of Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing officials were supervising removal of barricades by construction workers. Read more
Five killed, nine injured in accident on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway (Punch)
The Federal Road Safety Corps, Ogun State Command, on Sunday confirmed the accident along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, which claimed the lives of five persons and injured nine others.
Mr Clement Oladele, the FRSC Sector Commander in the state, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota, Ogun, that the accident occurred at 9.10 p.m. around Danco Petrol Station, near Sagamu, on Saturday. Read more,
Lagos govt to demolish buildings on Right of Way in Lekki (Vanguard)
The Lagos State Government says it will demolish buildings obstructing government’s Right of Way (RoW) at Lekki in Eti-Osa Local Government Area.
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu disclosed this during a road assessment on Saturday in Lekki, saying that people had built structures without planning approval, thereby obstructing the government’s RoW.
Sanwo-Olu said that houses built on the RoW and obstructions on the alignment of the Lekki Regional Road were the major causes of flooding around Lekki axis. Read more
Jakande, Osoba, Amuka, others to celebrate 160 years of journalism in Nigeria (ThisDay)
A former governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande; former governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba; and the publisher of Vanguard Newspapers, Mr. Sam Amuka, are expected to join other members of the League of Veteran Journalists in Nigeria to celebrate 160 years of the pen profession in the country.
In a statement issued Sunday by the Chairman, League of Veteran Journalists in Oyo State and former editor, Nigerian Tribune, Mr. Banjo Ogundele, said the event will hold in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, Tuesday.
According to the elders of the profession, the effort of the media industry to national development in Nigeria cannot be overemphasized, adding that: “With all respect and humility, we write you to celebrate with us the 160th year advent of Iwe Iroyin fun awon ara egba ati Yoruba.”Read more
Zenith Bank supports start-ups, sponsors innovative ideas at 2019 Tech Fair (Nation)
Zenith Bank has supported and sponsored various technology start-ups and innovative ideas at its recent Tech fair.
Zenith Tech Fair, which held at the Land Mark Event Centre, Victoria Island Lagos, was themed ‘Future forward’, which showcased leading technology innovations across every aspect of life.
Speaking at the event, Jim Ovia, Chairman, Zenith Bank Plc, said Zenith Bank has always had some form of technology summit over the years, but the tech fair is a little bit different from the prior years because at this point in time, the world has gone so digital and Nigerian economy is being digitised. Read more
Our daughters risk genital mutilation, Nigerian couple facing deportation tell Canadian govt (Punch)
Afeez Bakare (centre); his son Faaiq (L) and eldest daughter, Faiqah. Photo: CBC News
A Nigerian family facing deportation has asked the Canadian government to save them from returning home, saying that their two young daughters — with another on the way — will be subjected to female genital mutilation.
Rasheedat Bakare, her husband Afeez, son Faaiq and daughter Faiqah arrived in Canada in 2017; and they had another daughter, Farhana, in Canada in 2018.
The family of five was denied refugee status on Thursday and were told to leave the country by 3 p.m. on Friday, CBC News, a division of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, has reported. Read more
EFCC arrests 23 ‘yahoo academy’ students, operators (Guardian)
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested 23 suspected internet fraudsters who are operators and students of ‘yahoo academy’ in Akwa Ibom State.
EFCC in a statement said the arrests was made by its Uyo zonal office in a joint operation with some of the Commission’s operatives from Abuja, in the early hours of Thursday, November 28, 2019.
The anti-graft agency said the operatives stormed a building described as ‘YAHOO ACADEMY’ allegedly used solely for the training of youngsters in various aspects of cyber criminality.
During the raid on Essien Essien Street, Ikot Ibiok village in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, 23 suspects including operators and trainees were arrested. Read more
Police rescue kidnapped Adamawa DPO (Nation)
The Adamawa State Police Command has rescued its Divisional Police Officer (DPO) for Mubi North, DSP Ahijo Muhammad, who was kidnapped last week.
The DPO was kidnapped in the northern Adamawa town of Mubi on Wednesday November 26 by gunmen who demanded N20 million for his release.
A video clip on the abductors demanding the ransom and threatening to kill him if it was not paid and a family negotiator begging for time, went virile, raising fears for the life of the DPO. Read more
Stigmatisation of people living with HIV fuelling spread of virus (Guardian)
As the world marks the 2019 World Aids Day today, stigmatisation and discrimination against Persons Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs) remain the twin factors frustrating a successful fight against the dreaded scourge.
Not only have they prevented people from coming forward to know their status and consequently commence early treatment where result turns out positive, these factors also pose a threat to meeting the 2030 global target to end AIDS.
For PLWHAs, the constant psychological trauma they contend with at treatment centres and in communities where they live further makes life difficult. In fact, the reality of living with a life-threatening ailment finds expression daily in the discriminating and stigmatising behaviours directed at them within their environment. Read more
Lagos NIPR to host industry award (Nation)
The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Lagos chapter has concluded arrangement to host the 2019 edition of the Lagos PR Industry Gala and Awards, as well as the Grand Ballroom in Lagos on Thursday, December 19, 2019.
The event, popularly known as the LaPRIGA, is the high-profile red bow-tie event aimed at recognising excellence and celebrating communications practitioners and stakeholders via awards dinner to boost professionalism and more investment in the practice. The LaPRIGA has evolved to become communications industry Oscars. Honorees are carefully chosen by a selection panel made up of individuals with impeccable character, requite academic qualification, professional accomplishments and long-time leadership roles. Read more
Customs, NSCDC emerge champions of Volleyball Premier League (Sun)
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), male team and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) female team, have emerged champions of the 2019 National Volleyball Premier League.
They both emerged champions in the male and female categories of the league on Saturday, after 10 days of scintillating performance at the indoor sports hall, package B of the Moshood Abiola National Staduim. Abuja.
Though the Civil Defence (male) narrowly defeated the all conquering Customs in a titanic battle 3-2 (21-25, 25-18, 22-25, 25-22, 15-9) on the last day, it was too little, too late as the well drilled Customs men retained their title, having won all their four previous games. Read more
Ronaldo rescues a point for Juve against Sassuolo (Punch)
Cristiano Ronaldo scored from the spot to rescue a 2-2 draw for Juventus at home against Sassuolo to leave the way open for Inter Milan to claim top spot in Serie A later on Sunday.
Leonardo Bonucci had scored early for the eight-time reigning Serie A champions but Jeremie Boga and Francesco Caputo hit back for Sassuolo before Ronaldo’s point-saving intervention.
Juventus have a two-point lead on top of Serie A but now can be overtaken by Inter Milan, who host struggling SPAL.
Sassuolo claimed their first ever point at Juventus and handed Maurizio Sarri’s unbeaten champions their third draw of the season. Read more
Messi and Rapinoe expected to take Ballon d’Or honours (Guardian)
The biggest names in world football will descend on Paris on Monday for the 2019 Ballon d’Or ceremony, with Lionel Messi and USA women’s World Cup superstar Megan Rapinoe tipped to leave with the honours.
It would be an enormous shock if Rapinoe did not depart the Chatelet Theatre with the women’s prize as she returns to the country where she was the driving force on and off the field for the United States as they retained their title.
The suspense surrounds the identity of the men’s winner, 12 months after Croatia’s Luka Modric claimed the crown thanks to his exploits in dragging his country to the World Cup final and winning the Champions League with Real Madrid. Read more
Lampard suffers shock West Ham defeat at Stamford Bridge (Nation)
Aaron Cresswell fired West Ham to their first Premier League win at Chelsea in 17 years to hand a big boost to under-fire boss Manuel Pellegrini.
Cresswell’s third league goal of the campaign sealed the 1-0 Stamford Bridge triumph, ending West Ham’s streak of eight matches without a win in all competitions.
The left-back turned Reece James inside out before whipping past Kepa Arrizabalaga to condemn Frank Lampard to defeat in his first match as Chelsea boss against old club West Ham. Read more
Watford sack Sanchez Flores after just three months in charge (Guardian)
Watford sacked their second manager of the season on Sunday with Quique Sanchez Flores leaving the club bottom of the Premier League table.
The Spaniard managed just one win in 10 league games in charge during his second spell at Vicarage Road after replacing Javi Gracia in September.
“Quique is a man of great integrity and it was clear how much he wanted to have a positive impact, but ultimately results have dictated our decision,” said Watford chairman and CEO Scott Duxbury.
“The appointment of a new head coach is imminent, and with nearly two-thirds of the season remaining, we will provide all the support necessary to make the coming months successful.”
Ese Brume emerges Sports Woman of the Year (DailyTrust)
A three-time African senior champion in Long Jump, Ese Brume has won the 2019 Sports Woman of the Year. She was also voted the Athletics Star of the Year at the Nigerian Sports Awards which held at Jasmine Hall, Eko Hotels and Suites on Friday night.
Recently, Brume was given a huge welcome by her school in Cyprus after she won bronze for Nigeria at the 2019 IAAF World Championships which gave Nigeria’s its only medal at the championships in Doha. Brume jumped a distance of 6.91m, her second-longest career jump to take home the bronze medal. Read more
New manager, same old Arsenal held at Norwich (Guardian)
Caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg could not end Arsenal’s long wait for a win as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s double only salvaged a 2-2 draw at struggling Norwich on Sunday.
The Canaries twice led through Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell only for Aubameyang to level, first from the penalty spot and then with a clinical finish after the break.
But Arsenal also had goalkeeper Bernd Leno to thank for coming away with a point as the German saved brilliantly from Kenny McLean, Pukki and Emiliano Buendia. Read more
2023 Pre World Cup Qualifiers: Nigeria Rugby names squad, arrive Antananarivo (DailyTrust)
Coach Bronson Weir has announced the Nigeria Rugby Men’s Fifteens squad that will be on duty against Madagascar in Antananarivo on Sunday. This encounter is the last match of the elimination stage of the Rugby Africa Cup (RAC) 2020 and kicks off today at 15:00 local time (3pm) at the Mahamasima Stadium in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
“The boys have worked hard all through training in Kano and Lagos. Madagascar play a unique band of Xv’s Rugby. We will concentrate on our game and do what we have to do to get the result. We look forward to seeing what the team can produce on Sunday,” says Coach Bronson Weir. Read more
PSG game at Monaco called off because of storms (Vanguard)
Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 match at Monaco on Sunday evening has been called off due to forecast heavy storms.
The fixture “will be postponed to a later date” Monaco announced. Read more
Griezmann Takes Centre Stage as Barcelona Visit Atletico Madrid Kick off: 9pm (ThisDay)
Barcelona visit Atletico Madrid today knowing only victory will return them to the top of the table above Real Madrid.
Despite sitting top of LaLiga on goal difference ahead of Real Madrid before going into the weekend, Barca’s defence has been unconvincing, having shipped 16 goals in 13 games and it will be tested today by an accomplished Atletico side.
Today’s encounter will see Antoine Griezmann return to Atletico for the first time since his controversial summer move to Barca – and he heads there with a point to prove. Griezmann has endured a disappointing start to life at the Nou Camp, which has seen him score just five goals in 17 games this term. Read more