Lagos-Ibadan Expressway: Robbers capitalise on Long Bridge gridlock, attack motorists (Punch)
Robbers have started cashing in on the unending gridlock between the Long Bridge and Berger bus stop on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to dispossess motorists and commuters of their valuables.
Our correspondent learnt that the hoodlums were attacking motorists and commuters as the gridlock intensified due to the narrowing of the road due to its reconstruction by Julius Berger Plc.
A motorist, Emmanuel Chukwu, was on Tuesday dispossessed of his mobile telephone at gunpoint at the Kara end of the bridge.
According to Chukwu, the robber took advantage of the gridlock and approached his vehicle, opened the door and asked for his valuables. Read more
Teenager in court for refusing to pay bill for 31 bottles of wine (DailyTrust)
A 19-year-old man, Stanley Paul, who allegedly consumed 31 bottles of ”Andre Wine” with friends in a Lagos Hotel and refused to pay, on Friday appeared in a Magistrate Court in Ojo, Lagos.
The police charged Paul with three counts of conspiracy, breach of the peace and theft, punishable under the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. ADVERTISEMENT The Prosecutor, Insp. Simon Uche, told the court that the defendant in company of his friends, now at large committed the offence on Oct. 13. Read more
Our monetary policy yielding good results – Emefiele (Nation)
Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emefiele has said that the unconventional monetary policies adopted by the apex bank in steering the country’s economy are yielding good results.
Emefiele said this during the 1st convocation lecture of the Edo University, Iyamho, entitled ‘Role of Monetary Policy: Towards Economic Growth in Nigeria’. delivered at the institution’s premises in Iyamho, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State.
Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki, who led other members of the State Executive Council to the event, is pursuing a reform agenda for the state’s tertiary institutions that would put them at the forefront of teaching and research, nationally and globally. Read more
Vandal hides in swamp with cables to evade arrest —NSCDC (Punch)
A suspected vandal, Ahmed Hassan has been arrested by men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ogun State command while he was hiding inside a swamp with vandalised cables valued at over N1 million.
The State commandant of NSCDC, Hammed Abodunrin disclosed this in a statement issued by the command’s public relations officer, Dyke Ogbonnaya on Friday.
The commandant said the suspect was arrested at Ijumo-Ologboni village in Ewekoro-North Local Council Development Area of the state. Read more
Magu refuses to comment on Tinubu’s petition (Guardian)
The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has failed to give an update on the actions of the commission regarding a petition it received against the National leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Magu who was queried by journalists yesterday in Abuja about the petition responded swiftly: “Do you want me to start discussing Tinubu’s petition here? No, I can’t. Next question!”
The convener of Concerned Nigerians, Deji Adeyanju, submitted a petition to the EFCC last Friday requesting the anti-corruption body to investigate the source of money conveyed in bullion vans to the home of Tinubu on the eve of the 2019 presidential election. Read more
EFCC targets doctors issuing fake medical reports (Nation)
The Economic and Finance Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it will extend its investigation to doctors that issue fake medical reports to those facing prosecution for alleged economic and financial crimes.
Acting Chairman of the commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, disclosed this at an interactive session with newsmen in Abuja on Friday.
“We will extend our investigation to doctors who connive with criminals and give them fake medical report. We have to go after them and fight them.
“Those facing corrupt allegations go as far of getting fake reports from abroad. So, the practice of giving fake medical report must stop,” Magu, who also said that most of the corruption cases were not properly reported during prosecution, urged journalists to help in fighting corruption in the country. Read more
Nigeria has been criminalised, says Obi (Punch)
The vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the February general elections, Mr. Peter Obi, says Nigeria has been criminalised.
Obi spoke on Friday as Guest Speaker at the maiden convocation of Chrisland University, Abeokuta.
The former Governor of Anambra State who spoke on “Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship: A critical Intersection for Economic Development in Africa, urged the coming generation not to toe the lines of the previous leaders in the country. Read more
Mokgweetsi Masisi sworn in as new Botswana president (Punch)
Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi was sworn in on Friday after the Botswana Democratic Party won the country’s parliamentary elections last week.
The mood was upbeat at the University of Botswana venue were about 3,000 guests attended the inauguration of the country’s fifth democratically elected president.
Masisi has vowed to prioritise job creation during his tenure, in order to curb the country’s increasing unemployment rate. Read more
Mother writes ‘lovemaking manual’ to teach her son how to have sex (Metro)
A mother was so keen to ensure her son had a healthy and respectful attitude to sex wrote a ‘lovemaking advice’ manual for him.
Natasha Ria El-Scari penned Mama Sutra: Love and Lovemaking Advice to My Son and says she hopes it will help dismantle patriarchal attitudes to sex.
El-Scari was inspired to write the ‘candid but not sexy’ tome to help son Nazr, who is now at college, and has long appreciated his mother’s straightforward advice on tricky topics.
Mama Sutra, which is available to buy, covers topics including body image, talking to your friends about sex, as well as personal hygiene. Read more
Bartender wins $50,000 after getting a lottery ticket for a tip (CNN)
A bartender in Missouri got a massive tip when a customer left her a winning lottery ticket worth $50,000.
It would sound like an unusual item to receive as a tip, but winner and Bleacher’s Bar staff member Taylor Russey told the Missouri Lottery that this was a normal occurrence for this particular customer.
“One of the regulars will buy the rest of the regulars in the bar lottery tickets every now and then, especially when it’s high,” Russey said. “And he did that on Saturday — he bought all of us lottery tickets.” Read more
Hong Kong protests: China’s leaders send message to protesters (BBC)
China’s leaders are signalling that they are preparing to change how they deal with Hong Kong, following months of pro-democracy protests.
Shen Chunyao, director of the Hong Kong, Macau and Basic Law Commission, told reporters they were looking at ways to “perfect” how Hong Kong’s chief executive is appointed and removed.
He did not elaborate on what exactly might change.
The statement could further inflame protests, which began in June. Read more
Rashford faces fitness test ahead of Bournemouth clash (Punch)
Manchester United’s hopes of a fourth successive away win may hinge on in-form forward Marcus Rashford passing a fitness test after manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed he had hurt his knee.
Rashford, who injured his knee celebrating his stunning second goal in Wednesday’s 2-1 League Cup win over Chelsea, is one of three key players who face late fitness tests on the eve of the match with Bournemouth on Saturday.
Rashford, who turned 22 on Thursday, is a doubt along with defenders Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof, who picked up knocks late on in the Chelsea clash. Read more
Former Arsenal star Nwakali in Nigeria squad despite not playing since March (BBC)
Former Arsenal midfielder Kelechi Nwakali, who has not played club football since March, has been named in Nigeria’s squad for this month’s Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
The 21-year-old’s loan spell at FC Porto’s B side last season was cut short due to visa problems, while struggles with work permit has left him inactive since quitting Arsenal for Spanish second division side SD Huesca in early September.
“I have had problems with my work permit for Spain but I will finally be able to play for Huesca after the tournament in Egypt,” Nwakali whose last club appearance was as a late substitute for Porto B against Cova Piedade on 17 March, said. Read more
Nathan Jones: Stoke City sack manager with Potters second bottom of the Championship (BBC)
Stoke City have sacked manager Nathan Jones after just nine months in charge of the Championship club.
Welshman Jones, 46, was brought in from then League One Luton Town in January to replace the sacked Gary Rowett.
But Stoke have won six times in 38 games under Jones and, despite back-to-back wins in mid-October, Saturday’s defeat by Rowett’s Millwall left the Potters four points adrift of safety. Read more
Jurgen Klopp hails Arsenal youngster Gabriel Martinelli as a ‘talent of the century’ (Metro)
Jurgen Klopp has described Arsenal youngster Gabriel Martinelli as a ‘talent of the century’ after his brace against Liverpool at Anfield in the Carabao Cup. Although the 18-year-old was viewed as a signing for the future when he arrived from Brazilian side Ituano over the summer, he has quickly established himself as a big part of Unai Emery’s plans. He came off the bench in the opening game of the season and has made eight Premier League matchday squads, though it is his performances in the cup competitions that have really caught the eye. Read more
Man City look for Bernardo to hit the heights (Guardian)
Manchester City host struggling Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday with Pep Guardiola hoping that Bernardo Silva maintains his recent return to something approaching the peak of his powers.
Portuguese playmaker Silva was among the most feared players in the Premier League last season as City won all three domestic trophies.
The 25-year-old helped City supporters forget a long-term injury to Kevin De Bruyne, scoring 13 goals and adding 14 assists as his side re-wrote the English football record books.
The opening months of the new season have painted a very different picture for Silva and City, however, not least after he found himself embroiled in a racism controversy. Read more
Rohr allays fears over Maseru pitch (Nation)
Coach Gernot Rohr is pained that national team players on international duty for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Match Day 2 tie against Lesotho in Maseru risk getting injured since the match will be on an artificial pitch.
The Eagles face the Crocodiles of Lesotho on November 17th three days after hosting Benin Republic at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo and Rohr is reportedly miffed with CAF based on the arrangement.
“I have spoken to @CAFOnline about these issues. But I am not getting any positive reply from them. It is not right. After the Benin game in Uyo, we travel to Lesotho and must be ready that Sunday. And we are playing on an artificial surface. This really does not help us,” Rohr was quoted as saying by London -based journalist Osasu Obayiuwana on his Twitter handle. Read more