Lagos trader bathes apprentice in acid, victim detained for three months (Punch)
An apprentice, identified simply as Ifeanyi, is in pain after his boss, identified simply as Anaayo, allegedly bathed him in acid and detained him for over three months without treatment at their place of residence in the Lekki area of Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that Anaayo, who owns Ayocity Surgicals, was taking stock of his goods at his shop in the Idumota area of the state sometime in November 2020 when he discovered that some items were missing.
Angered by the discovery, Anaayo allegedly summoned his apprentices, including Ifeanyi, and demanded an explanation for the missing goods.
It was learnt that when Ifeanyi and his co-apprentices, including the managers, could not give a satisfactory explanation for the missing goods, Anaayo was said to have told them that they would continue the discussion when they got home. Read more
Non-physical post UTME: Comply with guidelines or be disqualified – UNILAG warns (Vanguard)
The University of Lagos (UNILAG) on Sunday released a virtual guide ahead of its maiden non-physical post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) test, urging candidates to avoid acts that could disqualify them.
The Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, who released the guide, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the 2020/2021 post UTME test would start on Monday.
He reiterated that the aptitude test would run for nine days and would end on Feb. 23, adding that candidates would be able to write the test wherever they would be.
According to him, candidates’ activities during the period of the aptitude test will be monitored and recorded. Read more
Mr Macaroni: Police stripped us naked, told us we’d have been killed if we protested at night (DailyTrust)
A Nigerian comedian, Debo Adebayo popularly known as Mr Macaroni, has revealed how policemen told him and other arrested protesters that they would have killed them if Saturday’s demonstration took place at night.
Mr Macaroni was arrested alongside 39 other #OccupyLekkiTollGate protesters in the early hours of Saturday over their involvement in the protest.
They were however, later granted bail on the sum of N100,000 each.
In a video shared on his Twitter page, he narrated how he and other arrested protesters were harassed by security operatives. Read more
Lagos employs 25 additional vet doctors (Vanguard)
Lagos State Government has employed additional 25 veterinary doctors to boost agricultural reforms in the red meat value chain.
The State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who announced this at the commissioning of a new semi-mechanized Abattoir in Bariga, Lagos, explained that the gesture would boost the required personnel to drive the reforms of the red meat value chain in the state.
According to Sanwo-Olu, “We have also just given the Ministry of Agriculture the necessary approval to employ additional 25 additional veterinary doctors in the state so that we can have all of the complete skills that is required for this industry. Not only are we doing it for ourselves, but we are also doing it for the future; for the generation that is coming behind us,” he stated. Read more
FUOYE directs strict COVID-19 compliance as Ekiti shuts varsity (Punch)
Following shutdown of its physical classes and laboratories by the Ekiti State COVID-19 Response Task Force following violation of guidelines, the management of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, on Sunday appealed to the university community and the public to remain calm and shun distractions that could hamper their academic target.
FUOYE Deputy Director, Corporate Information Services, Adeyinka Ademuyiwa, said the university had taken steps on the observations of few infractions against COVID-19 protocol during a lecture in a classroom/ laboratory.
Ademuyiwa, in a statement, titled, ‘FUOYE management’s response to Ekiti NCDC visit’, assured the university community of their safety.
The Coordinator, Ekiti State COVID-19 Response Task Force, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko, had, following widespread violation of COVID-19 guidelines observed during a surprise visit to FUOYE on Friday, directed the university authorities to shut down all physical classes and laboratories until further notice. Read more
Traders lament low patronage on Valentines Day (Guardian)
Traders in gifts and other wares have lamented low patronage in this years’ Valentines Day celebration.
Some of them who spoke with The Guardian at the weekend in Arena and Oshodi market blamed low sales on the poor state of the economy, while others noted that advent of online stores was largely responsible.
In the past, the two markets were usually a beehive of activities, especially on the eve of Valentine’s day with a large crowd of persons shopping for different kinds of goods to make their loved ones happy.
One Iyaloode, a dealer in clothes said: “ Aside the fact that this year’s Valentine falls on a Sunday, people have not been patronising us for valentine dresses, the sales have been very low compared to last year’s patronage. Many of our customers kept saying ‘we will wear what we have’’. Read more
Valentine’s In Jos: Women choose airtime alert over flowers, cards, chocolates (DailyTrust)
As the world celebrates St. Valentines Day, some women in Jos say they would prefer ”meaningful gifts” than receiving flowers, cards and chocolates, usually accepted as standard lovers’ day gifts.
A survey of both married and unmarried women also indicated their preference for spending quality time at home, than going out to fancy restaurants, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Valentine’s Day is a holiday when lovers express their affection for one another with greetings and gifts, and lately this had expanded to expression of affection between relatives and friends.
Other activities identified with the holiday, believed to have its origins in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, held in mid-February, is in simply spending time with loved ones and reading romantic Valentine’s Day quotes; or posting a Valentine’s Day caption on a cute couples social media photo. Read more
NACA warns as report says Nigerians use 578m condoms annually (Punch)
THE National Agency for the Control of AIDS has called on youths to show restraint during Valentine’s Day, even as a new report revealed that Nigerians were consuming 587m condoms annually.
NACA gave the advice in a statement by its Director-General, Dr. Gambo Aliyu.
The agency said young women between the ages of 20 to 24 have an HIV prevalence rate that is three times that of men within the same age bracket. Read more
Valentine’s Day celebration: FCT revellers troop Abuja cinemas (Vanguard)
Some revellers in Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on Sunday, trooped into Genesis and Silverbird cinemas in Abuja, to celebrate Valentine’s Day, in spite of the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic.
Reports have it that St. Valentine’s Day is observed on Feb.14 every year globally and it is assumed to be lovers day.
The residents, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said they felt bored staying at home especially on this special day after months of lockdown, adding that they had numerous reasons to celebrate, in spite of the challenges.
According to them, it is fun to celebrate with your lovers, suitors, friends, children, others, in spite of the global challenge of COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed lives. Read more
British hunter boasts about killing animals in Africa during pandemic (Metro)
The British owner of a trophy hunting business in South Africa has reportedly boasted there are plenty of animals to kill because of the coronavirus pandemic. Carl Knight, 47, who lives in Johannesburg, allegedly made the claim in an email sales pitch, the Sunday Mirror newspaper reported.
The Take Aim Safaris boss is said to have offered a lion trophy for £14,500 and elephant trophy for £10,000 in a message sent to 3,000 potential customers. Knight, originally from Epsom, Surrey, said those animals and others including rhinos and crocodiles could be hunted in South Africa or Zimbabwe, the newspaper added. Read more
Guinea declares Ebola outbreak after 3 deaths (CBC)
Guinea declared a new Ebola outbreak on Sunday, as tests came back positive for the virus after at least three people died and four fell ill in the country’s southeast — the first resurgence of the disease there since the world’s worst outbreak from 2013 to 2016.
The seven patients fell ill with diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding after attending a burial in Gouéké sub-prefecture. Those still alive have been isolated in treatment centres, the Health Ministry said.
It was not clear if a person buried on Feb. 1 had also died of Ebola. She was a nurse at a local health centre who died from an unspecified illness after being transferred for treatment to Nzérékoré, a city near the border with Liberia and Ivory Coast. Read more
James Corden, host of The Late Late Show, doubles wealth to $90m (news.com.au)
James Corden’s move to Hollywood has left him sitting on a $89 million pot, accounts show.
The Late Late Show host’s wealth has more than doubled since it was last estimated at $39 million.
His personal fortune has soared after he became a partner at an Anglo-American TV and film production company called Fulwell 73.
Latest available accounts show the company has assets worth $250 million.
James, 42, is one of five full partners — meaning his share is worth $50 million. Read more
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle expecting a second baby (Metro)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting a second baby. The Valentine’s Day announcement came with a black and white picture of the smiling couple and the Duchess showing off a slight bump. A spokesperson for the pair said on Sunday evening: ‘We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child.’ The couple have not yet revealed if they are expecting a boy or a girl. But the announcement included an image of them sat under a tree, with Harry resting his hand on Meghan’s head as she lay in his lap cradling her stomach. Read more
Couples in Thailand tie the knot on elephantson Valentine’s Day (VOA)
Fifty-nine couples in Thailand got married while riding elephants on Sunday, in an annual Valentine’s Day mass wedding ceremony at a botanical garden in a province east of Bangkok.
Dancers and a band led the procession of elephants and couples and a local official, also on an elephant, oversaw the signing of the marriage license.
“For me, I’ve been planning for a long time that if I were to sign a marriage license one day, it must be an extraordinary event,” said groom Patiphat Panthanon, 26, sitting beside his 23-year-old bride. Read more
Wife gives husband pictures of girls he’s liked on Instagram for Valentine’s (Metro)
Many people look to add that personal touch to their Valentine’s Day gifts. For Gloria, that special extra touch also provided her with a great laugh, as she gave her husband a gag gift – images of pictures he’s liked of other women on Instagram. The wife carefully added the picture on little wooden sticks, displaying each one before wrapping them all up in a red box. She shared a video of the whole thing on TikTok, captioning it with: ‘What did you gets get your man for Valentine’s Day?’ Gloria added: ‘I got my husband this cute little box and filled it with pictures of all the girls that he’s been liking on Instagram. Hope he likes it!’ Read more
Experts warn of North Korea’s new international security threat in 2021 (news.com.au)
After years of relative harmony on the Korean peninsula, experts have warned that an alarming new North Korean crisis could be looming in 2021.
According to the Council on Foreign Relations’ annual Preventive Priorities Survey of foreign policy experts on potential geopolitical risks in the coming year, a fresh emergency in the region was the chief concern.
While North Korea has dropped off the radar recently following three years of tentative peace, Scott A Snyder, a senior fellow for Korea studies and director of the program on US-Korea policy at CFR, insisted the danger never actually went away.
“President Obama warned president-elect Trump in November 2016 that the most vexing international security threat he would face would emanate from North Korea,” he wrote following the release of the survey. Read more
5km road world record: Beatrice Chepkoech sets new women’s mark in Monaco (BBC)
Beatrice Chepkoech has broken the women’s 5km road world record, finishing the Monaco Run in 14 minutes 43 seconds.
The Kenyan, who also holds the 3,000m steeplechase world record, battled windy conditions with assistance from male pacemaker Luuk Maas.
The 29-year-old took a second off the previous mark set by Sifan Hassan at the same event in 2019.
“I’m so happy because I didn’t expect it,” said Chepkoech. Read more
Confed Cup: Olisema scores as 10-man Enyimba beat Rivers (Punch)
A second half strike from Cyril Olisema handed Enyimba a vital 1-0 first leg win in their CAF Confederation Cup first leg playoff tie against Rivers United on Sunday at the Enyimba International Stadium, Aba, The PUNCH reports.
The game was held up for several minutes after a downpour following nine minutes of action.
Olisema’s strike a minute before the hour mark ensured Fatai Osho’s side take a slender lead to the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium for the second leg on Sunday, with winners of the tie on aggregate advancing to the group stage of the competition. Read more
Man Utd held to draw at West Brom (BBC)
Bruno Fernandes’ stunning volley salvaged a point for Manchester United at struggling West Brom, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lost further ground in the Premier League title race.
United moved back above Leicester in second place, but are now seven points behind leaders Manchester City, who also have a game in hand.
The Baggies took a shock lead after just 83 seconds as on-loan striker Mbaye Diagne outmuscled Victor Lindelof to head in from Conor Gallagher’s cross.
United were finding it difficult to make inroads in a lacklustre opening period until Fernandes hooked Luke Shaw’s cross into the top corner with his weaker left foot. Read more
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ‘really happy’ after scoring first Premier League hat-trick in Arsenal’s victory over Leeds United (Metro)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang admitted he was ‘really happy’ after scoring his first Premier League hat-trick in Arsenal’s entertaining victory over Leeds United. The 31-year-old, making his first start in almost a month due to a personal issue regarding his mother’s health, scored three goals as Arsenal beat Leeds 4-2 at the Emirates on Sunday. Aubameyang drilled home Arsenal’s opener on 13 minutes, before doubling his team’s lead with a penalty just before half-time. Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin added a third shortly after, while Aubameyang completed his first Premier League hat-trick after the break with a simple header. Read more
Kaillie Humphries claims 1st monobob world title (CBC)
Kaillie Humphries wasn’t sure if she would get a chance to race this season.
She ended up on top of the world — twice.
Humphries ended her international racing season Sunday by rallying to win the inaugural women’s monobob world championship in Altenberg, Germany, adding that gold medal to the one she and Lolo Jones combined to claim on the same track last weekend. Read more
Mohamed Salah says Liverpool will fight like champions to the end (Express)
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah says they will “fight like champions until the very end” after dropping 13 points behind leaders Manchester City.
The defending Premier League champions lost 3-1 to Leicester on Saturday, their third league defeat in a row.
“It’s been a tough period for many reasons,” Salah tweeted.
“We will not allow this season to be defined by the recent results we’ve had. That is my promise to all of you.”Salah is Liverpool’s top scorer with 23 goals this season, with Sadio Mane next on 10. Read more