Lagos Police parade 14-year-old girl for killing toddler (Guardian)
Lagos State Police Command, Monday, paraded a 14-year-old girl, who strangled her mistress’ six-month-old son, Jayden Osokolo to death on February 6, 2022.
The suspect, Chiamaka Odo, confessed to being a member of the Ogoloma cult group in Enugu, Enugu State.
Odo, who was paraded alongside other suspects at the Command’s Headquarters, Ikeja, said members of the cult group requested her to bring the blood of the deceased to the spiritual world.
Also, the police arrested 27-year-old Desmond Igana who is the leader of the armed robbery gang in Ikeja on February 22, 2022, while he and other members of the gang were going for another robbery operation.
The command further paraded two female cultists nabbed with arms, hard drugs tucked under bra. Read more
Oromoni: No proof of chemical intoxication – Pathologist (Nation)
A consultant pathologist at the Central Hospital, Warri, Delta, Dr Clement Vhriterhire, who carried out the first autopsy on Dowen College Student, Sylvester Oromoni Jnr., said there was no proof of chemical intoxication in his body.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Vhriterhire conducted the first autopsy on the deceased 12-year-old student on Dec. 2, 2021, in Warri.
Testifying on Monday before an Ikeja Coroner’s Court, the pathologist, while responding to questions from the Coroner, Mr Mikhail Kadiri, said contrary to social media reports, there were no signs of chemical intoxication found in the deceased.
The pathologist said his findings revealed that Oromoni died from acute inflammatory pneumonia due to severe sepsis. Read more
Give priority to justice, Lagos APC urges new excos (Punch)
The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has called on its newly-inducted executive members to give priority to justice and equity in their service to the people.
The Chairman of Lagos APC, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi, made this call on Monday during the swearing-in held at the state’s party secretariat in Ikeja.
Ojelabi advised the executives to try to reconcile all interests in the party and work towards harmony.
He said, “Today’s event marks a new era in our great party. As you take the oath of office today, I want to urge us all to put our collective interests over and above personal interests and give every member of the party his/her dues. Read more
Trade Fair dispute: Lagos CP urges BBA members to respect court orders (Sun)
The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, Abiodun Alabi, recently averted what would have led to a crisis at the Balogun Business Association, (BBA) International Center for Commerce (ICC) at the Lagos International Trade Fair Complex, Lagos, after he insisted that the police under his watch, will respect court orders and not interfere in the leadership dispute of the association.
In 2021, there was a dispute between a former President, Okechukwu Ezeibe and the current Caretaker Committee Chairman, Anselm Dunu, over the authentic leadership of the association. The ICC is run by the BBA, which was incorporated in 1990 under the leadership of its first President, Leonard Ogbonnia and subsequently registered with the Corporate Affairs with a Board of Trustees currently led by Tony Orbih.
The Ezeibe group was alleged to have conducted an election and insisted that those who emerged from its election were the authentic leaders of the association but the Dunu camp resisted, insisting that Dunu remains the caretaker committee chairman. The matter was taken to court and Dunu’s camp secured judgments against Ezeibe both at the Lagos High Court and the Federal High Court, Abuja.
In court documents seen by Daily Sun with suit no FHC/ABJ/CS/579/2021, Justice I.E. Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, ordered the warring parties to maintain the status quo and refrain from any act of self-help capable of undermining the pending case which is a contest over the leadership of the market. Justice Ekwo also ordered that the police must not be deployed by both parties and that until a decision is taken by the court, the police should stay in the market and maintain law and order and not go after any of the contending parties. Read more
KAP academy opens application for Film and Television production, e-learning training
KAP Film and Television Academy, in partnership with Mastercard Foundation’s Young Africa Works, has announced the opening of applications for its training in film and television production.
The Application, which is now open to young men and women between the ages of 20 and 35 across Nigeria, is targeted at people passionate about film and television production. Over the next three years, a total of 300,000 young Nigerians will be trained under this initiative.
Interested individuals can apply to register by visiting the KAP Academy website beginning from Tuesday, March 15, 2022.
The registration and application opening follows last October’s official announcement of the landmark partnership between KAP Academy and Mastercard Foundation’s Young Africa Works. Read more
PDP will crumble if I leave – Kwankwaso (Channels)
Former Kano State Governor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, is confident that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will crumble if he leaves the party.
Although Kwankwaso says he is not happy with the main opposition party at the present, he affirmed that he has yet to defect from the party.
He made the remarks during an interview on a Channels Television programme, Political Paradigm where he spoke about his political ambitions.
“There is no question about it,” said the former governor in response to what the PDP’s fate would be if he leaves. “Where are the leaders? Who are the leaders? They will crumble.”
2023: I’ll eliminate corruption, provide reliable security as President — Anakwenze (Independent)
President of the Diaspora Igbo group, the Igbo World Assembly, IWA, Dr Nwachukwu Anakwenze has disclosed that eliminating corruption and the development of reliable security guarantees lives and property of all Nigerians will remain his top challenges if elected President in 2023.
The past leader of different Igbo and Nigerian organisations in the diaspora who will be in Nigeria this week as part of his consultative meetings in a virtual world press conference at the weekend disclosed that he will also be in a closed-door meeting with leaders of Abagana Town Union, in Njikoka Local Government Area, Nigeria, his home town.
During the consultative meetings, Anakwenze who has been in the vanguard for a better Nigeria said that he would look into the viabilities of declaring his candidacy for president in 2023.
Anakwenze who is also the traditional Prime Minister of Abagana Town Union, while fielding questions from the press amidst his nationwide tour this month said that he would focus on youth and women capacity development and hands-on empowerment to harness the natural resources for the benefit of all Nigerians if elected President. Read more
Delta NUJ honours doctor who sacrificed his life for COVID patients (DailyTrust)
The Warri Correspondents chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has nominated late Dr. Toju Eresanara, former Zonal Medical Director, Central Hospital, Warri for a posthumous award.
The Chairman of the Warri Correspondents chapel, Mr Okiemute Okpomor said this on Thursday.
Okpomor said the award was part of the programmes lined up for the chapel’s forthcoming “2022 Annual Press Week Lecture/Award Night”.
According to him, the grand finale of the weeklong event is scheduled for March 23, 2022 at the Casa de Pedro Hotel, Effurun in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta. Read more
Ondo South Senatorial Aspirant Promises Women’s Welfare, Advancement (Tribune)
An Ondo South All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial aspirant, Mr. Boye Oyewumi, has reiterated his commitment to ensuring that women in the senatorial district are given the much needed incentives and atmosphere to thrive and attain a new level of social status if he is voted to represent them in the Senate.
Oyewumi, who is the current Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Ondo State Development and Investment Promotional Agency, stated this during an APC stakeholder’s meeting in Ilaje and Ese-Odo local government areas respectively on Friday.
According to Oyewumi, “women are not just home-builders but also community builders, they possess fantastic managerial and leadership qualities which if well harnessed, will be vital tools for nation-building.”
While welcoming over 100 women into his campaign platform, Agbajowo Movement, Oyewumi assured them that if given the opportunity to represent the people in the Senate, he will ensure a holistic transformation of women welfare and advancement in the senatorial district. Read more
Presidency unveils plan to end fuel scarcity (Leadership)
A plan endorsed by President Muhammadu Buhari to conclusively end the recent fuel scarcity around the country is in progress and is expected to ensure that no such scarcity repeats itself again in the country.
A presidency official who disclosed this over the weekend added that in a matter of days virtually every state in the country would have returned to a very low queue situation in the filling stations or a completely restored situation with no long queues anymore.
The plan which was presented to the Federal Executive Council (FEC ) last week, had been signed off previously by President Buhari before he left the country last week Sunday with clear goals that included a conclusive determination on the initial cause of the scarcity with attendant consequences imposed.
According to the source, “The plan is designed to do everything necessary to end the scarcity quickly and hold those responsible for it in the first instance responsible so as to avoid a repeat.” Read more
Dolly Parton to Rock Hall of Fame: Thanks but no thanks (CST)
Dolly Parton has announced she is pulling out of this year’s nominations for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, saying she hasn’t “earned that right.”
The music icon who has been elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame explained her decision in a statement posted on her official social media pages Monday, noting she did not want to take votes away from the remaining nominees.
“Even though I am extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I don’t feel that I have earned that right. I really do not want votes to be split because of me, so I must respectfully bow out,” she wrote.
Other artists who have made both the Rock Hall and Country Hall of Fame include Brenda Lee, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Hank Williams and the Everly Brothers. Read more
Halle Berry Pays Tribute to Women in Hollywood ‘Telling Our Own Stories’ at Critics Choice Awards (People)
Halle Berry wants more women telling women’s stories.
The 55-year-old actress, who made her directorial debut this year with her sports drama Bruised, received the SeeHer Award at the 2022 Critics Choice Awards on Sunday, aired on TBS and The CW. The recognition is for women who embody values set by the SeeHer movement, which advocates for accurate portrayals of women and girls in advertising and media.
Insecure Issa Rae presented the award to Berry, who, in her speech, expressed the value and importance of women telling their own stories.
Berry began her speech by explaining that her role in Bruised wasn’t originally written for someone “who looked like me” and she wound up tailoring the role to herself and taking on the project as director. Read more
Selena’s Father Says a new album Is Coming 27 Years After Her Death (RollingStone)
A new Selena album featuring previously unreleased, digitally modified songs will drop in April via Warner Music, the late singer’s father Abraham Quintanilla said in a recent interview.
Speaking during a Facebook Live session with Latin Groove News’ Jose Rosario, Abraham shared that the album will contain 13 songs. Three of them are already-released tracks updated with new arrangements. Others are never-before-heard productions that include digitally modified voice work done by the album’s producer, Selena’s brother A.B. Quintanilla.
“What’s unique about it is that not only is the music completely new arrangements, but my son worked on Selena’s voice with the computers and if you listen to her, she sounds on this recording like she did right before she passed away,” Abraham said. Read more
Katy Perry has words for Christian rapper after winning copyright lawsuit (AllHipHop)
Katy Perry recently called out the rapper who sued her for allegedly stealing her hit song “Dark Horse” featuring Three 6 Mafia’s Juicy J.
On Thursday, the pop singer won an appeal in her long-running copyright case over the song.
According to Variety, Perry was defending the claim that the 2013 song “Dark Horse” infringed on the copyright of rapper Marcus Gray, also known by his stage name Flame.
Gray claimed that Perry’s song infringed on his copyright as it was substantially similar to his song “Joyful Noise.” Read more
Glenn Close reminisces on filming The Big Chill with ‘beautiful’ William Hurt (People)
Glenn Close is remembering the good times with her old pal William Hurt.
The Golden Globe winner, 74, reminisced about her decades-long friendship with the late actor Monday on Instagram after he died Sunday, beginning with their work together on the 1983 classic The Big Chill, which was only her second movie.
“Bill had grown his very scraggy, dirty-looking long blond hair and scruffy beard, because he played this character of a guy who dabbled in selling drugs,” she recalled. “And he had these big arguments with [co-writer/director] Larry Kasdan as to whether he should shave and clean up or not. Bill did not want to, Larry wanted him to.
“I have to say that Bill Hurt was one of the most beautiful human beings that I’d ever seen, but I think his face, he felt was kind of an albatross around his neck because he felt people would be attracted to his work because of how he looked, rather than what was in his head and the art of an actor, what he was very, very serious about. Larry won, so we thankfully get to see the beautiful Bill during the movie,” Close explained. Read more
Jane Campion apologizes for comments made about Venus and Serena Williams (NPR)
Director Jane Campion has apologized to tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams for her “thoughtless” remarks about the pair during a Sunday evening acceptance speech at the Critics’ Choice Awards.
Campion, a white woman from New Zealand, was accepting the award for Best Director for her film “The Power of the Dog” when she made the comments.
In her speech, Campion — the only woman nominated in the category — praised the Williams sisters as “marvels” in their craft, but implied that the two Black women did not face the same battles in gender equality as women in film.
“Serena and Venus, you are such marvels. However, you don’t play against the guys, like I have to,” Campion said with a laugh. Read more
Dianne Wiest Joins Julia Garner in ‘Apartment 7A’
Two-time Oscar winner Dianne Wiest has joined Julia Garner in Apartment 7A, a supernatural thriller set up at Paramount via its label, Paramount Players.
The project has some heavy hitters who are well versed in scares behind it. John Krasinski and Allyson Seeger are producing via Sunday Night. Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller are producing via Platinum Dunes. The team produced Paramount’s A Quiet Place franchise.
Plot details are being kept in a New York walk-up although Wiest’s part is described as instrumental and meaty.
Natalie Erika James, who made the well-regarded horror film, Relic, is due to direct and co-wrote the latest script with Christian White based off a draft by Skylar James. Read more
Babayo wins Lifemate March 2022 monthly golf mug tourney At IBB Club (Leadership).
Ibrahim Babayo, played on handicap 19, carded 68 nett and 87 gross score to emerge the overall winner of the March 2022 monthly golf mug tourney sponsored by Lifemate Furniture at IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja.
Babayo toppled the rest of the other 224 golfers that participated in the one-day MUG tournament held over the weekend to win the star prize.
P.K. Lassa. who also played on handicap 19, grossed 89 points with 70 nett to win the best nett prize on count-back, while S.L. Makama and E Owoicho finished as first and second runners with the gross score of 87 and 81 and the nett of 70 and 71 respectively.
Meanwhile, the former of Kogi State, Captain Idris Wada and his wife, Farida Wada, shone like million stars to claim top prizes for the veteran and lady categories. Read more
Coach Agagbe braces up for new role as Lobi Stars interim coach (DailyTrust)
The newly appointed interim Head coach of Lobi Stars, Coach Eugene Agagbe, has expressed readiness to salvage what is left of the club’s faltering campaign in the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.
The former player of Lobi Stars was announced as the interim Head Coach following the sack of the erstwhile technical adviser, Eddy Dombraye, after the 2-1 home loss to Abia Warriors last Sunday.
Until his appointment, the former BCC Lions, Kano Pillars, Julius Berger and Bendel Insurance player was the Head Coach of Lobi Stars Feeder team.
Speaking to Daily Trust yesterday, Agagbe said his first assignment as coach of the team was to have a closed door meeting with the players in order to psyche them up. Read more
Celtic vs Rangers and Hearts vs Hibs in Scottish Cup semi-finals (GlasgowLive)
Celtic will take on Rangers in one half of this season’s Scottish Cup semi-finals.
Hearts vs Hibs will make up the second of the two powderkeg clashes.
The Glasgow giants were drawn against each other earlier this evening following the last quarter-final of the round featuring Dundee United and the Hoops at Tannadice.
The Hoops breezed past Dundee United 3-0 thanks to a Giorgos Giakoumakis double and a strike from Callum McGregor. Read more
Liverpool news: Mohamed Salah’s title message as he responds to Barcelona links (Mirror)
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has sent a defiant message to Manchester City as the Premier League title race gathers pace.
The Reds kept the pressure up on their title rivals at the weekend as they claimed a 2-0 win over Brighton, with Salah netting a penalty to get himself on the scoresheet.
And the Liverpool ace sent a defiant title message to City following the win.
It comes as Salah continues to be linked with a move away from Anfield, with his contract set to expire at the end of next season as the Reds forward appears to have already responded to Barcelona’s interest in signing him. Read more
Lewis Hamilton announces he wants to add his mother’s maiden name, Larbalestier, to his name (ABC)
Seven-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton says he plans to add his mother’s maiden name, Larbalestier, to his.
Speaking at Expo 2020 in Dubai — ahead of this week’s season-opening race in Bahrain — the 37-year-old Briton said he was working on the change and hoped to make it soon.
“I’m really proud of my family’s name, ‘Hamilton’,” he explained.
“Actually, none of you might know that my mum’s name is Larbalestier, and I’m just about to put that in my name because I don’t really fully understand the whole idea when people get married [and] then the woman loses her name. Read more
Ricky Medina stays busy with stoppage win in San Antonio, Texas (BoxingScene)
This past Saturday, Prince Ranch Boxing’s undefeated featherweight prospect, Ricky “El Castigo” Medina (13-0, 7 KOs), took one step closer to contender status as he started off 2022 with a bang, stopping Armando Frausto (9-3-1, 5 KOs), ten seconds into round number eight of a scheduled eight-round main event. The fight, promoted by TMB Promotions, took place in San Antonio, Texas at The Scottish Rite Theatre. (photos by Robert Elizondo)
In front of a large hometown crowd, Medina was spectacular, as he dazzled fans with a dominating performance. In the early rounds, Medina set the pace by throwing hard punches from all angles. As the fight continued, Frausto was starting to break down from the punishment he was taking as Medina’s body attack was in full effect. Going into the final round, the bell rang, and the referee stopped the fight ten seconds later as he saw that Frausto could not continue.
“This is exactly how I wanted to start my year with a knockout against a well-regarded opponent, now I just have to continue from here,” said Medina. “Getting the stoppage in the final round was a big thing for me since it showed that I have a killer instinct and can carry my power throughout a fight. This year I am planning on taking the biggest fights of my career and emerging as one of the new faces of boxing, especially here in Texas.”
For those unable to watch the action-packed fight, the doctor was called ten seconds into the eighth round and advised the referee to stop the bout due to damage that had taken place to Frausto. Read more
Rublev, Swiatek power on at Indian Wells (France 24)
Seventh-seeded Andrey Rublev pushed his ATP winning streak to 10 matches on Sunday, shaking off a slow start to beat Dominik Koepfer 7-5, 6-4 in his second-round opener at the Indian Wells WTA and ATP Masters.
Rublev fell 4-2 down before breaking 51st-ranked Koepfer twice to pocket the first set.
He finished with 32 winners against the German and won 11 of 15 points at the net to put the match away.
But the second set was also close. After breaking for a 4-3 lead, Rublev promptly surrendered his serve, but he broke Koepfer to lead 5-4 and then survived three break points to close it out with a service winner. Read more