Lagos to enforce regulation, licensing on packaged water products (Guardian)
The Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission said it will begin to enforce its mandate to regulate and license packaged water services to ensure improvement in water products for consumers in the state.
Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mrs Funke Adepoju, stated this at a meeting with the executive members of the Association for Table Water Producers, (ATWAP) in Alausa, Ikeja.
The meeting was organized by the Commission to reinforce the guidelines for packaged water services and the urgent need for compliance with the regulations governing its operations. Read more
Nigerian woman appointed Lord Mayor of Leeds (Punch)
A Nigerian woman, Abigail Marshall Katung, has been elected as the Lord Mayor of Leeds in the United Kingdom.
The councillor from the Labour and Co-operative Party grew up in Nigeria before moving to the UK to pursue her studies at Leeds University.
She wrote on social media, “It’s with great pride that my family and I look forward to undertaking the responsibility to serve.” Read more
Video footage of how 4 Nigerian caregivers abused 89-year-old grandma in UK (Vanguard)
A video footage has surfaced showing how four Nigerian caregivers mistreated an 89-year-old dementia patient after discovering bruises on her body. The family had concealed a covert camera in the patient’s bedroom.
According to a report published on Mail Online, sisters Danielle and Rebecca Hinsley captured footage that ‘broke our hearts’ after becoming concerned when their grandmother Beryl Wall’s behaviour changed and she was left with injuries to her body.
In February 2020, the couple complained to the staff of the Wolverhampton care home. However, they were not pleased with the response they received and chose to investigate the issues on their own. Read more
2 killed, 70 houses razed in Kogi communal clash (Channels)
Two persons have been killed, while over 70 houses were set ablaze in a communal clash between two communities in Kogi State.
The communities involved in the communal clash are Oturpo-Ojile and Ochi-Ibadan under the Ankpa Local Government Area of the state.
Trouble started when some villagers in Ochi-Ibadan allegedly killed a man from Oturpo-Ojile who was returning from Lagos to his village, Oturpo-Ojile. Read more
Supreme Court Affirms Gov Sani’s Election, Postpones Rivers Verdict (DailyTrust)
The Supreme Court has affirmed the election of Governor Umar Sani of Kaduna State.
A five-member panel of justices presided by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun on Friday held that the appellants failed to prove the allegations of corrupt practices and non-compliance with provisions of the Electoral Act 2022.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Mohammed Ashiru Isa, had challenged the election. Read more
Benue: 4 feared dead, many injured in fresh herdsmen attack (Sun)
About four persons, including two security personnel, have been reportedly killed in a fresh attack by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen militia in Okokolo ward, Agatu Local Government Area (LGA) of Benue State.
It was gathered that several people were also injured and are in critical condition while villagers have deserted the area after the herdsmen attacked the villagers on Thursday, January 18, 2024.
A source from the area who didn’t want to be named said two security personnel and two other persons were feared killed during the attack saying even as at this morning, (Friday), the militia group have continued to cross into their villages with sophisticated weapons. Read more
Ibadan explosion: Hotel manager dies of heart attack (Punch)
The Operations Manager of BON Hotel Nest Ibadan, Tunde Solomon, has passed away due to a heart attack linked to an explosion near the hotel in Bodija.
The PUNCH had reported the explosion, which rocked the Adeyi area at Old Bodija, Ibadan on Tuesday night.
According to reports, the explosion claimed 5 lives and inflicted serious injuries on 77 residents of the area. It also damaged about 58 houses. Read more
Customs generates N1.172 T from imports at Apapa Port In 2023 (Leadership)
The Apapa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) announced on Friday that it generated N1.172 trillion from imports into Lagos Port between January and December 2023.
In a press statement by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Usman Abubakar, he stated that the Customs Area Controller, Compt. Babajide Jaiyeoba, highlighted that the 2023 collection marked a 14.6% increase compared to the figures in 2022.
Contraband worth N22.84 billion was seized in the year under review, with a daily collection averaging N11.3 billion and a monthly collection reaching N145 billion. Read more
Butcher surgeon Ian Paterson cut chunk off my breast but I didn’t even have cancer’ (Mirror)
Ian Paterson was jailed for 20 years in 2017 for 17 counts of wounding with intent. He had thousands more victims including Sarah Jane Downing who had surgery after he lied that she had cancer
A woman who was told she had breast cancer and needed an urgent lumpectomy to save her life found out years later her surgeon was a liar and she wasn’t even sick.
Sarah Jane Downing was in her early 20s and at university when she was referred to Ian Paterson, who then told her she had “something sinister” growing inside her. He said they needed to act quickly to prevent the cancer and within 10 days she was under his knife and had a large chunk of her breast removed. Read more
Nicki Minaj refuses to work with Erica Banks over ‘diss,’ says 1501 executive (HipHopDx)
Nicki Minaj reportedly won’t be working with Erica Banks anytime soon after allegedly rejecting her collaboration request.
1501 Entertainment executive Kai “Verse” Tyler has claimed that Nicki shunned Erica due to the Texas rapper shading her over the skill level of the female rappers she chooses to work with.
“She wanted to get Nicki Minaj on her record ‘Ain’t Got Time.’ This why she calls me a liar. She calls me a liar because during the Zoom calls, I said I’d reach out to Nicki’s people. Which I did — me and her husband cool,” Tyler said. Read more
At least 10 civilians dead in suspected Jordanian air raids in Syria (AlJazeera)
An estimated 10 civilians have been killed in air strikes targeting the neighbouring towns of Arman and Malh in the southeast Syrian province of Sweida, according to local media.
Jordanian forces are believed to be behind Thursday’s attacks, though its government has yet to confirm any involvement.
Sweida 24, a news platform based in its namesake city, said warplanes carried out simultaneous strikes on residential neighbourhoods after midnight local time (21:00 GMT). Read more
Man charged with rape and manslaughter of woman found dead in London park (Metro)
A man has been charged with the rape and manslaughter of a woman who was found dead in a park after a night out with her friends.
Natalie Shotter’s body was discovered in Southall Park in west London on July 17, 2021.
The 37-year-old NHS worker’s death was initially treated as unexpected by police while they continued to investigate the case. Read more
Newborn found alive in shopping bag in freezing temperatures (NBC)
A newborn girl is in hospital after being found wrapped in a towel in a shopping bag on a London street, British police said on Friday as the capital was experiencing sub-zero temperatures.
The baby was found by a person walking their dog in Newham, east London, just after 2100 GMT on Tuesday, London’s Metropolitan Police said. According to the national weather service, it was minus 3 degrees Celsius (26.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in London at that time
“That person kept the baby girl warm until London Ambulance Service paramedics arrived and checked her over before taking her to hospital,” Chief Superintendent Simon Crick, who leads policing in Newham, said in a statement. Read more
Oregon teen relives moment she rescued baby after 3 people were killed by collapsed powerline (People)
An Oregon teen has been hailed a hero for rescuing a baby after 3 people were killed by a collapsed powerline that landed on a car during a winter storm in Portland on Wednesday.
Speaking during a news conference on Thursday, Majiah Washington, 18, relived the moment she rescued the 9-month-old baby boy after seeing the child’s mother, father and 15-year-old uncle all killed in the incident.
According to NBC News, the teen noticed a flash outside her home and upon opening her blinds saw a red SUV with a downed powerline on top of it and a couple who had been putting their baby into the vehicle. Read more
Netanyahu rules out Palestinian state as being ‘incompatible’ with Israeli security (UPI)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he has rejected U.S. calls for a Palestinian state after the war in Gaza ends.
Netanyahu told a news conference in Jerusalem on Thursday that he had made clear to Washington that his focus was on defeating Hamas and that he opposes any peace plan involving a pathway to a sovereign Palestinian like the one favored by the Biden administration.
“In any arrangement in the foreseeable future, Israel must have security control over all the territory west of the Jordan River. This clashes with the idea of [Palestinian] sovereignty. What can you do?” Netanyahu said. Read more
Fans call for inclusion of home-based players in Super Eagles (Leadership)
Nigerian soccer fans in Enugu State have called for the inclusion of home-based players in the Super Eagles’ squad. The fans made the call in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Enugu.
A sports writer, Ignatius Okpara, decried the lack of commitment on the part of players of the National team during their first match against equatorial Guinea.
He described their performance as “very annoying and an embarrassment.” Read more
AFCON 2023: Nigeria’s formation key to stopping Côte d’Ivoire’s attack – Rohr (Guardian)
Former Super Eagles of Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has said that the formation deployed by Jose Peseiro-led coaching crew was key in stopping Côte d’Ivoire’s attack.
The Eagles got their AFCON campaign back on track with a hard-fought 1-0 win against Côte d’Ivoire in Thursday’s Group A clash.
Nigeria’s captain on the day, William Troost-Ekong, converted a 55th-minute penalty following a foul on Victor Osimhen. Read more
Australia Open 2024: Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk says victory ‘does not matter’ amid war with Russia (BBC)
Marta Kostyuk said tennis “doesn’t really matter” amid the war in Ukraine as she equalled her best Grand Slam singles result at the Australian Open.
The Ukrainian, 21, beat Russian Elina Avanesyan 2-6 6-4 6-4 to reach the fourth round of a major for the second time.
“The war is still there. People are still dying every day,” said Kostyuk. Read more
Aston Villa and Wolves eye £22m striker and future ‘world star’ idolises Aguero (HitC)
Premier League trio Aston Villa, West Ham United and Wolves are reportedly keen on Semih Kilicsoy with the £22 million-rated Besiktas ace tipped to ‘become a world star’ and follow in the footsteps of Real Madrid’s Arda Guler.
Guler swapped Galatasaray for the Spanish giants last summer after exploding onto the scene in the Turkish Super Lig, and 18-year-old Semih Kilicsoy is certainly making a fist of emulating his impact down the road in Istanbul.
The teenage forward has five goals in just eight Super Lig games this season, his scintillating performances catching the eye of West Ham United (Turkish Football). Read more
AFCON 2023: Aina, Bassey, Onyeka were outstanding against Ivory Coast – Oliseh (CompleteSports)
Former Nigerian international, Sunday Oliseh has lauded Super Eagles trio of Ola Aina, Calvin Bassey and Frank Onyeka for their outstanding performance against Ivory Coast in Thursday’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.
Recall that Nigeria handed the host a 1-0 defeat in their Group A clash at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium with a second-half penalty settling the encounter.
Reacting to the victory, the former Ajax star via hos official X handle, formerly known as Twitter singled out the trio of Bassey, Onyeka and Aina as Eagles best players against Ivory Coast. Read more
Mohamed Salah goes off injured during Egypt’s game against Ghana at Africa Cup (AfricaNews)
Mohamed Salah had to go off injured toward the end of the first half of Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations game against Ghana on Thursday.
The Liverpool star pulled up shortly before halftime, sat on the field while play continued at the other end, then indicated he couldn’t continue when the team’s medical staff went to treat him. He appeared to hold the back of his left thigh.
Egypt coach Rui Vitória said after the teams’ 2-2 draw in Group B that the extent of the injury was unclear. Read more