Lagos residents accuse police of illegal raid (Punch)
Residents of Ilaje in the Ajegunle area of Lagos State have accused men of the state police command of arresting innocent persons during a raid to restore normalcy in the area after pandemonium broke out between two groups of hoodlums on Monday.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the hoodlums were having a party in the area when a disagreement arose among them, which led to a clash.
The clash was said to have caused tension in the area, leading to traders and residents running helter-skelter, but in a bid to secure lives and property, the police reportedly intervened.
During the intervention, the residents alleged that the police raided their homes under the pretext of looking for criminals, adding that innocent residents were arrested and injured. Read more
Lagos prosecutes alleged environmental offenders, fake LAGESC officer (Guardian)
The Lagos State Environment Sanitation Corp (LAGESC) at the weekend arraigned nine persons arrested for violating the environmental laws before the special offences court in Ogba. The violators were arrested during the joint operation exercise of LAGESC and the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) in different locations including Ikeja, Agege, Oregun, Jakande and Lekki/Epe express way for indiscriminate dumping of refuse in Lagos metropolis.
The offenders are; Gabriel Joel, 25, Segun Adekunle, 30, Joel Godwin, 20, Kabiru Aliu, 44, Aminu Lawal, 44, Christy Nwamkama. Others are Ochanya Ejembi 20, Mercy Amu, 20 and Garuba Abdul Kadiri, 20. When their charge was read, they pleaded guilty, started weeping and begging the magistrate to temper justice with mercy. The Magistrate ruled that the offenders be imprisoned for one week or pay a fine of ₦5,000. Seven of the offenders fulfilled bail conditions while Kabiru Aliyu and Aminu Lawal were remanded pending the fulfillment of their bail conditions or acceptance of option of imprisonment. Read more
Sanwo-Olu vows to prosecute killers of LASTMA officer (Punch)
The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has vowed that harsh punishment awaits anyone who attacks men of the state’s law enforcement agencies in the line of duty.
He expressed displeasure with the killing of an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Ganiyu Oyeshina, who was attacked by two trailer drivers in the Sifax-Iganmu area of Apapa.
The 34-year-old Osun State indigene died on Saturday from injuries he sustained during the attack.
The governor, while describing the attack as “mindless and callous,” said it was a wake-up call to all Lagosians. Read more
NUC uncovers 100 fake professors in varsities (Punch)
The National Universities Commission has said it has uncovered about 100 fake professors across Nigerian universities.
The NUC Executive Secretary, Prof Abubakar Rasheed, stated this in the November edition of the commission’s bulletin, obtained by our correspondent.
The ES noted that the commission published the details of the fake professors on its website and also sent the names to the various universities for verification. Read more
Oyo begins enforcement of law against overloading (Guardian)
Commercial motor drivers with more than one passenger on the front seat as well as cyclists with more than one passenger would henceforth be arrested and prosecuted for violation of Oyo State Road Traffic Law. This was disclosed yesterday by the Chairman, Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA), Mogaji Akin Fagbemi, at Ibadan while addressing journalists.
Fagbemi said the number of accidents attributed to overloading in the recent has risen, calling on all motorists to comply with the State Road Traffic Law (2019) that compelled motorists not to take more than a passenger at the front while commercial motorcyclists were also to take a passenger with compulsory use of crash helmet. Read more
Yoruba leaders hold colloquium on security Dec 6 (Guardian)
Prominent Yoruba leaders, including Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye and the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, will join other stakeholders on Friday, December 6, at a colloquium on national security with particular focus on the South West.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the colloquium, which will hold at Western Sun Hotel, Ede, Osun State, is organised by a group of professionals and business leaders under the aegis of Ede Unique Club of Nigeria.
A statement jointly signed by the conveners, Dr. Dhikrullah Yagboyaju and Dr. Kajogbola Alimi, gave the theme of the colloquium as ‘Imperative of National Security for Development: South West Nigeria in Focus’.
According to the organisers, the colloquium will galvanise different perspectives of stakeholders from the academia, civil society and non-state actors on the way out of the security challenges facing the nation.“This theme could not have been more apt, considering the serious security challenges facing the nation, with particular focus on South West Nigeria,” the organisers said. Read more
Lagos begins mass vaccination against schistosomiasis (Guardian)
Lagos State Government will today begin mass administration of medicines for the control of schistosomiasis ravaging seven councils of the state.
The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who disclosed this at the weekend, listed Ikeja, Ifako-Ijaiye, Amuwo-Odofin, Oshodi-Isolo, Agege, Lagos Mainland and Alimosho as the affected councils.
Health workers will go round schools, homes and other important places to administer treatment on children between ages five and 14 from today till Sunday, December 8, he noted. Read more
Navy Captain Labinjo docked after 15 months in detention without trial (DailyTrust)
A Naval captain in the Nigerian Navy – Dada Labinjo, was this morning docked before the Federal High court, Lagos by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), a year and three months after he was detained. Captain Labinjo had been in detention in the custody of the Nigerian Navy without trial since September, 2018. Read more
Pisa rankings: Why Estonian pupils shine in global tests (BBC)
Estonia is Europe’s newest education powerhouse.
It outperforms the major European economies, including the UK, in influential global education tests.
These Pisa tests measure the ability of 15-year-olds to apply their skills and knowledge to real-life problem-solving in reading, maths and science.
The OECD has run the tests since 2000, and most middle and higher income countries take part. The latest results are published on Tuesday. Read more
Why the floods in East Africa are so bad (BBC)
Rain-triggered disasters, including flash floods and landslides, have killed at least 250 people and affected some three million people across East Africa in recent weeks, with about half of the deaths occurring in Kenya.
Homes have been demolished, crops destroyed and roads swept away, hampering relief efforts in far-flung areas.
BBC Weather’s Darren Bett explains the reasons behind the flooding. Read more
US mulls retaliation to French tech tax (BBC)
The US is preparing tariffs on $2.4bn (£1.85bn) worth of French exports as retaliation against the country’s new digital services tax.
The top US trade official said the new tax, which France approved in July, unfairly targets American tech giants.
He said the potential tariffs were intended to deter other countries from taking similar stmore Read more
Australian man found after two weeks stranded in outback (BBC)
A second person has been found alive after becoming stranded two weeks ago in Australia’s remote outback.
Phu Tran, 40, was discovered on Tuesday in the Northern Territory, police said.
Mr Tran was with two other people who became stranded when their car got stuck in a riverbed on 19 November. They later split up to find help.
One woman, Tamra McBeath-Riley, was found on Monday, but her partner, Claire Hockridge, remains missing. Read more
Lionel Messi: Barcelona forward wins Ballon d’Or for record sixth time (BBC)
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best player for a record sixth time.
It is the 32-year-old Argentine’s first Ballon d’Or since 2015 and comes after he scored 54 times for club and country in 2018-19, in which Barca won La Liga.
Virgil van Dijk was second – one of four Liverpool players in the top seven, including Sadio Mane in fourth. Read more
Megan Rapinoe wins Women’s Ballon d’Or, Lucy Bronze second (BBC)
Megan Rapinoe of the United States has won Women’s Ballon d’Or for 2019, with England’s Lucy Bronze the runner-up.
Winger Rapinoe, 34, co-captained the US to victory at this summer’s World Cup, where she was named player of the tournament and finished joint-top scorer with six goals.
Bronze, 28, the Uefa Women’s Player of the Year, played a key part in England’s run to the semi-finals. Read more
Joshua v Ruiz II: Inside the 24 hours that shook boxing (BBC)
Andy Ruiz Jr’s mum blows a kiss to her son. He has just become a world champion and declared their struggles over.
Ruiz’s trainer Manny Robles is sobbing, pointing to the heavens and praising the guidance of a dad he lost 12 years ago.
This is the dream.
A short walk away, in his Madison Square Garden dressing room, Anthony Joshua is told by his father that he must “go back to the drawing board”. Read more
Customs, NSCDC are National Volleyball Premier League champions (Guardian)
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) men’s team and the NSCDC women’s team have won the 2019 National Volleyball Premier League, which ended at the weekend at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja. Civil Defence, who defeated Customs’ male team 3-2 (21-25, 25-18, 22-25, 25-22, 15-9) at the final round of games, could not gather enough points to win the championship.
Customs Volleyball team retained their title, having won their four previous games with 30 points. NSCDC narrowly finished second after their performance against Nigeria Customs Service with 24 points, while Kano Pillars placed third position with 23 points after beating Nigeria Police Force, who finished fourth place with 22 points. Nigeria Immigration Service came fifth with 19 points, while UCEM of Enugu placed sixth with two points.
In the female category, NSCDC defeated the hard fighting Customs ladies 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-18) to dethrone them as champions.The NSCDC ladies won with 32 points followed by Customs (28 points), Army (20 points), Immigration (10 points), Kada Emeralds (nine points) and Benue Queens (three points). Read more
FA Cup third round: Liverpool draw Everton in third round (BBC)
Liverpool will host Everton in the third round of the FA Cup, while Championship promotion hopefuls Leeds United will travel to Arsenal.
Holders Manchester City will welcome League Two side Port Vale and Manchester United go to Wolves in a repeat of last season’s quarter-final.
National League side AFC Fylde, the lowest ranked team definitely through to the third round, will travel to Premier League Sheffield United. Read more
Traders’ Cup debuts on Thursday at NIS’s pitch (Guardian)
The first edition of the Lagos Traders’ Cup sponsored by the Globacom Limited will commenced on Thursday at the National Institute for Sports (NIS) pitch, National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
The tournament, according to the organisers, will be a round league format involving 12 teams. In group A will see Agric Coker Market compete with Togo Tailors Association, Rada Lawanson Market 2, Rada Lawanson Market 1, Tejuosho Textile Market 1, and Yaba Bureau De Change to book a place in the next stage of the competition.
In group B are Tejuosho Textile Market 2 will compete with Cooling Parts, Adekunle, Honda Place, Oyingbo, Shoe Man Dealers Association, Balogun, Idi-Araba Bureau De Change and Mapata Cole Street. The will go home with a trophy and a cash prize of N1 million, while the first and second runners up will receive N500,000 and N300,000 respectively. Read more
African traditional championship holds December 14 (Guardian)
A new traditional combat competition, known as African Warriors Fighting Championship, will debut in Lagos on December 14 at the Lekki Leisure Beach.
The event, tagged ‘the Coronation of Kings’ is being organised by African Warriors, Africa’s leading promoter of traditional combat sports.
According to the organisers of the event, the Coronation of Kings Championship, which was previously held in Enugu and Lagos, was put together to create more awareness of the sport ahead of the December championship. Read more
Chukwueze ranks Eagles’ attack best in Africa (Nation)
NIGERIA, under Coach Gernot Rohr, boast of the finest attacking options on the continent at the moment, according to Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze.
The Super Eagles are currently ranked 31st in the world and third in Africa behind Senegal and Tunisia with Algeria, who defeated Nigeria at the semi-finals of the 2019 AFCON a further spot behind in fourth.
Despite Liverpool’s Sadio Mane spearheading the Teranga Lions’ attack and Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez being the most celebrated of the Desert Warriors forwards, Samuel Chukwueze is convinced that Africa’s finest attack is Nigeria’s. Read more
Maguire frustrated over Manchester Utd defensive lapses (Punch)
Harry Maguire is frustrated that defensive lapses are costing Manchester United crucial points after they let slip a winning position for the second consecutive match against Aston Villa.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side was leading 2-1 midway through the second half at Old Trafford on Sunday before a Tyrone Mings equaliser forced them to share the points.
The 2-2 draw left United in ninth place in the Premier League with 18 points from 14 matches, their worst return at a similar stage since 1988/89. Read more
Another $150,000 scandal surfaces in the AFN (Guardian)
The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) is enmeshed in another 150,000 dollars scandal as grant received from the World Athletics, formerly International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) was unaccounted for.
The grant, according to a reliable source, was meant to assist the federation in the hosting of the 21st African Championships in Athletics held in Asaba in August 2018, but was unaccounted for.
The athletics body, AFN, had been embroiled in a grant over-payment scandal which was recently repaid to the World Athletics body by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development. Read more