Lagos to prosecute man who assaulted LASTMA official (Guardian)
Lagos State Government said it will prosecute a man named Emmanuel Ben who led an assault on an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) Ismaila Lukman.
LASTMA general manager Olajide Oduyoye in a statement said Lagos State attorney-general Moyosore Onigbanjo has directed Ben’s prosecution for assaulting Lukman “at the Jakande Junction in Lekki while on his lawful duty around 2:20 pm on Sunday 8th November 2020.”
He said Ben will “be made to face the full wrath of the law for the assault to serve as deterrent to others with similar motives.” Read more
Domestic servants docked over alleged theft of employer’s N1.5m property (Vanguard)
Two domestic servants, Abolade Bolarinwa, 37 and Fadeke Jejelowo, 49, on Monday, appeared before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos over alleged theft of property valued N1.5 million and causing damages.
The duo allegedly conspired against their employer, Mrs Bukola Bolarinwa, to steal her property worth N1.5 million and causing damages.
Bolarinwa and Jejelowo, whose residential addresses were not given, are standing trial on a-three count charge of conspiracy, stealing and causing damage.
They both, however, pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge. Read more
LAKE Rice goes under as border policy flops production MoU (Guardian)
LAKE Rice, a brand of locally cultivated and processed rice by Lagos and Kebbi states, has gone under, The Guardian has reliably gathered. Though Lagos residents have got used to the subsidised brand since 2013, they will probably not have access to the rice ad infinitum. If and when it comes back through the Lagos rice mills, it won’t be LAKE rice, and residents might have to pay unsubsidised prices.
The contract appears to have come to a close and its production dead based on two factors adduced for the stoppage. One has been affirmed by officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture, while the other factor revolves around the compelling forces of demand and supply following the Central Bank of Nigeria’s rice import policy and the Federal Government’s decision on land borders, which have been closed since August 2019. Read more
Buhari orders NYSC to enroll corps in NHIS (Thisday)
The President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to ensure that all corps members are enrolled into the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
This was disclosed by the NYSC Director-General, Shuaibu Ibrahim, in Abuja on Monday.
“NYSC has intensified liaison with security agencies to ensure the security of corps members wherever they are serving in the country,” Ibrahim added.
According to him, with the annual mobilisation of over 300,000 corps members, NYSC remains the most critical platform for mentoring Nigerian youths as drivers of national unity and development. Read more
OPC raises the alarm as herdsmen ‘invade’ Ibadan community (Punch)
Residents of the Maje, Soka area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital are in panic following the alleged invasion of the area by about 300 suspected herdsmen.
The Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress in Oyo State, Mr Rotimi Olumo, who told our correspondent that residents of the area alerted him, said he went to the area and saw the three luxury buses that brought the suspected herdsmen to the area.
Olumo said the people, who suspected that the herdsmen had a suspicious mission in the area, prevented them from disembarking from the vehicles.
He said he alerted the police and some policemen from Sanyo Police Station were deployed. Read more
Senate to FG: Create employment for youths to avoid another protest (Vanguard)
The Senate Monday called on the Federal Government to dedicate substantial part of the 2021 budget to create employment opportunities, reduce poverty and ensure food security for Nigerians in order to prevent another youth uprising similar to what was witnessed following the recent #EndSARS protests.
This is even as the upper chamber decried what it described as “abysmally low” budgetary allocation to the agricultural sector over the years.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and the Chairman Senate Committee on Agriculture, Senator Abudullahi Adamu (Nasarawa West), made these assertions during the 2021 budget defence session by the Minister of Agriculture, Sabo Nanono, in Abuja. Read more
Nigerian Navy resumes 2020 recruitment exercise (Guardian)
The Nigerian Navy has announced the resumption of online registration for its 2020 recruitment exercise
The registration slated for two weeks will commence on 5th to 18th November 2020.
“It is to be noted that this is a continuation of the online registration which had commenced in March 2020 but was later suspended in April 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Navy spokesman Suleman Dahun said in a statement.
“Applicants with qualifications higher than those specified in the Guidelines should not apply.” Read more
Petrol scarcity looms as oil workers down tools (Punch)
Nigeria may face the scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol, in coming days as oil workers have been ordered to down tools nationwide.
Oil workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria were ordered by the association to vacate their duty posts.
The order was issued in a letter, dated November 8, 2020, and signed by the General Secretary, PENGASSAN, Lumumba Okugbawa, which was also copied to the Central Working Committee members of the association. Read more
BON announces Tana Adelana, Debo Macaroni as hosts for 2020 (Vanguard)
It’s official, the duo of Tana Adelana and Debo Macaroni will be the hosts for the 2020 edition of the Best of Nollywood (BON) awards scheduled to hold on December 5 in the Ekiti.
This was revealed by Seun Oloketuyi founder of the travelling, pan-Nigeria Nollywood industry awards.
Speaking on the choice of the duo, Oloketuyi revealed that following careful deliberations by the BON Awards team, Tana Adelana, an exceptional actress who embodies the core attributes many in the industry look out for was unanimously selected. Read more
Putin will not congratulate Biden until results are official & legal, Kremlin announces (RT)
Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t congratulate Joe Biden on winning the US presidential election until the results are official, the Kremlin said on Monday, citing the possibility of court challenges.
Unlike many other world leaders, Putin has remained silent since the US media called the election in the Democratic candidate’s favor and said Biden had achieved the necessary 270 Electoral College votes to clinch victory over the incumbent president, Donald Trump.
“Anticipating your possible question about Putin’s congratulations to the US president-elect, I want to say the following: we consider it proper to wait for the official results,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. Read more
Stock markets see ‘explosive gains’ Monday on promising COVID-19 vaccine data from Pfizer (CBC)
Stock markets rocketed higher Monday after Pfizer said early data shows its coronavirus vaccine is effective and investors breathed a sigh of relief after days of U.S. presidential limbo ended with Democrat Joe Biden declared the president-elect.
Markets were already sharply higher on the U.S. election result when Pfizer said that data shows vaccine shots may be 90 per cent effective at preventing COVID-19, indicating the company is on track this month to file an emergency use application with U.S. regulators.
Pfizer’s shares gained 15 per cent in pre-market trading. It’s vaccine partner BioNTech did even better, up 25 per cent. Read more
3 Russian soldiers killed in shooting on base near Voronezh (BBC)
A Russian soldier is on the run after he hacked an officer to death with an axe then shot and killed two more soldiers at a base near the southern city of Voronezh, investigators say.
The military is searching for the fugitive – named as Private Anton Makarov – at the Baltimor airbase, the Investigative Committee (SK) says.
The soldier reportedly seized the officer’s pistol, which he used to kill the other two, in the attack on Monday.
A fourth soldier was shot and wounded. Read more
Virgin Hyperloop completes first test with human passengers on board (RT)
Richard Branson’s Virgin Hyperloop has successfully completed its first manned test of the ultra-high-speed pod transportation system in the Nevada Desert, in a major milestone for the so-called fifth mode of transport.
On Sunday, Virgin Hyperloop executives Josh Giegel, its chief technology officer, and Sara Luchian, its director of passenger experience, were blasted at up to 107mph (172kph) through the DevLoop – a test track in Las Vegas that’s 500 meters long and 3.3 meters in diameter – in a journey that lasted just 15 seconds. Read more
Apple puts iPhone supplier on probation for labour violations (BBC)
Apple has put one of its key suppliers on probation for breaking its supply chain rules.
Taiwanese firm Pegatron had asked students to work night shifts and overtime at one of is plants in mainland China, the US company said.
Apple added the contractor had falsified paperwork and misclassified some of the workers, to disguise the violations.
Pegatron said that once it had become aware of the issue, it was fixed.
But Apple says it will not award the firm any new business until further “corrective actions” are completed. Read more
Spice Girl Geri Halliwell unrecognisable in new role for Rainbow Woman (news.com.au)
Spice Girls star Geri Halliwell looks unrecognisable for her new YouTube series Rainbow Woman.
The 48-year-old popstar, best known as Ginger Spice, has released the first episode of her new show, in which she plays Queen Elizabeth I.
She is seen wearing a red gown and wig to play the monarch.
Rainbow Woman launched on YouTube on Sunday after the Spice Girls singer set her sights on launching her own channel.
The first episode, called ‘Queen Speaks’, is a tribute to Queen Mary Tudor and sees Halliwell in full costume at English country estate Ashridge House. Read more
MTV EMAs: BTS, Lady Gaga and Little Mix dominate distanced awards (BBC)
BTS were the big winners at the 2020 MTV EMAs, taking home four prizes, including best song and best group.
The Korean boyband also won the “biggest fans” category for the third time, overtaking One Direction and Justin Bieber, who have each won twice.
Lady Gaga was named artist of the year, just as she did at the US equivalent of the MTV-branded show in September.
The virtual ceremony was hosted by Little Mix, minus Jesy Nelson, who had to pull out after falling ill. Read more
AFCON qualifier: CAF bars journalists from Nigeria, Sierra Leone clash (Punch)
Journalists have been barred from the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone.
The Nigeria Football Federation’s spokesperson, Ademola Olajire, made this known in a press statement on Monday.
The statement was titled, ‘AFCON Qualifier: CAF bars media, journalists from Nigeria, Sierra Leone match’.
He explained that spectators would not also be allowed into the match venue. Read more
Quadri begins CBN Tennis title defence (Nation)
Defending Women’s singles champions Oyinlomo Quadri will begin the defence of her title Monday as the main draws of the 42nd edition of the Central Bank Of Nigeria Senior Tennis Open championship serves-off at the package ‘B’ of the MKO National Stadium Abuja.
However, the upcoming Junior player who shocked the entire Nigeria tennis scene last year when she defeated all the senior players to clinch the CBN crown may not find it that easy this year following the array stars that are standing on her way.
With not less than 250 players registered for this year’s event which started with the qualifiers on Thursday, the men’s singles event will be played in the round of 64-draw chart while the women’s singles competitors will execute their event in the round of 32 draws. Read more
Juventus to consider offloading Cristiano Ronaldo next summer over gargantuan wage bill – reports (RT)
Italian champions Juventus could be preparing for life without Cristiano Ronaldo amid reports that the Serie A side are to consider the Portuguese star’s future with the club as concerns grow about their hefty wage bill.
Thirty-five-year-old five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo, who joined “The Old Lady” of Italian football in the summer of 2018 after an extended spell in the white of Real Madrid, currently earns around FIVE TIMES the salary of Juve’s next highest earner, Paulo Dybala, with a reported annual salary of $36.8 million.
This price could prove too hefty for the reigning Serie A holders, and according to a report by Spanish publication “Sport,” Juventus are discussing the idea of offloading their star in the summer rather than offering him an extension to his deal with expires in the summer of 2022. Read more
South African billionaire Motsepe to contest CAF presidency (Guardian)
South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe will contest the Confederation of African Football presidency election next March, the South African Football Association (SAFA) announced Monday.
He owns Pretoria-based Mamelodi Sundowns, who have been among the top 10 clubs in Africa for some years and completed a South African treble last season.
His decision raises to three the number of candidates for the top job in African football with incumbent Ahmad Ahmad from Madagascar and Jacques Anouma from the Ivory Coast also in the race. Read more
Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he may step down from spot-kick duties after another penalty miss (RT)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic said that he may step back from penalty kick duties for AC Milan after missing his third spot-kick of the season.
Ibrahimovic scored the crucial equalizer in stoppage time to spare his, and Milan’s, blushes in a 2-2 draw with Verona on Sunday, but it could have been much better for the Swedish hitman, who spurned a golden opportunity from the penalty spot.
The 39-year-old striker blazed his 66th-minute spot-kick over the crossbar, but made amends with a stoppage-time header after Milan had seen a goal wiped out by VAR. Read more
Golden Eaglets beg Ayade for pledged house gifts (Nation)
The FIFA U-17 World Cup-winning Golden Eaglets’ squad of 2013 has yet make a clarion call to Governor Professor Ben Ayade to redeem the Cross River State’s pledge of a house gifts to players and officials of the team.
Yesterday was the seventh anniversary when the coach Manu Garba-led side extended the country’s grip on the cadet trophy with her fourth title.
A feat that made Governor Ayade’s predecessor, Senator Liyel Imoke, during the state’s banquet for the team at Government House in Calabar on Saturday 15th November 2013… Read more