Lagos trader sells fake Total engine oil in Oyo, Anambra (Punch)
Nnamdi Eze, a trader in the Iyana Ishashi area of Lagos, allegedly into adulterated oil, has run out of luck following his arrest by the police.
Eze, 32, reportedly siphoned adulterated oil into empty Total Oil Company jerry cans and branded them with the company’s label – Total Quartz.
Sunday PUNCH learnt that Eze sold the fake product wholesale to his accomplice customers in Oyo and Anambra states at prices below the market rate.
It was gathered that his illegal business reached a dead head when a police team from Area D, Command, Mushin, intercepted a printer with about 700 empty jerry cans bearing the Total labels.
The printer, one Joshua, reportedly told the operatives that Eze engaged him to print the labels. Read more
NRC to start hourly train services on Lagos-Ibadan route (Nation)
The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) is planning to roll out hourly train services on the Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge rail line.
The Lagos Railway District Manager of the NPC, Mr Jerry Oche, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos yesterday that more activities would soon be seen on the Lagos axis of the corridor.
The construction company handling the project China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, according to Oche, is working assiduously to meet the set target.
“I can tell you, in no distant time, the hourly train service between Lagos and Ibadan that we have been talking about will come to reality,” he said. Read more
Third Mainland Bridge: Nigeria’s longest bridge where suicide is cheap (Punch)
Quiet and unassuming, he went about life so easily that nothing suggested he had worries tucked in his heart. At age 21, a first degree in Quantity Survey was already done and dusted.
Everything appeared smooth sailing for Toju Daibo until last Saturday when the fresh graduate of the University of Lagos reportedly plunged into the lagoon from the Third Mainland Bridge. The sudden turn of events has raised lots of questions, many of which still beg for answers.
He had hurriedly disembarked from an Uber car that morning on the pretext that he had stomach upset and was nauseous. The car had picked him up in front of a hospital close to Sosanya Street, Gbagada-Soluyi en route to Ikeja airport where he would board a flight to Abuja – his parents’ place of residence. Read more
Tolu Onalaja brings succour to widows, less-privileged in Lagos (Guardian)
To mark her 40th birthday, Tolu Onalaja has reached out to widows and other less-privileged in the society. She said she considered giving as the best way to celebrate her birthday, instead of throwing a party.
The medical outreach tagged T Baby At 40 was targeted at 250 people in the community, including health talks on personal hygiene, regular hand washing, improved oral hygiene and need for regular visits to health centres. There was also q comprehensive medical and dental check up. Onalaja, popularly referred to as the Queen of Real Estate, gave N50,000 each to 40 widows, and also feted children at orphanage homes at Agbede community, Ikorodu, Lagos.
The celebrant said. “I feel fulfilled impacting lives. My passion is to ensure health becomes accessible to everyone, irrespective of their socio-economic status. ”One of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Motunrayo Okunola, commended the celebrant for the initiative, which brought relief to people, who could not afford to pay hospital bills. Read more
Mother, daughter, vulcaniser burnt as tanker explodes in Ogun (Nation)
A woman, her daughter and a vulcaniser on Saturday suffered varying degrees of burns after a petrol-laden tanker fell and exploded at Atatun, Ijaiye-Tutun, in Abeokuta on Friday evening.
According to an eyewitness, the victims were immediately rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta.
No fewer than five houses and several shops were burnt in the incident.
An eye witness, who simply identified herself as Mrs Olufote, told newsmen that the incident happened when a fuel tanker suffered a flat tyre. Read more
Outrage as police vehicle hits, kills woman, injures others in Jigawa (Guardian)
The Jigawa Police Command has confirmed that its patrol vehicle hit and killed a pedestrian, Hauwa Danladi-Turis, and injured four others in Malammadori Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
Spokesman of the Command, SP Abdu Jinjiri, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Malammadori, that the incident occurred on Friday.
Jijiri said the incident occurred when the vehicle carrying two policemen chased and rammed into a suspected car. Read more
Patient who recovered from coronavirus tests positive again (Metro)
A patient in China who recovered from the coronavirus has been readmitted to hospital after testing positive while in quarantine at home. The patient in Chengdu City, in the country’s south western Sichuan province, contracted the virus during a check-up 10 days after being discharged according to officials at the city’s public health clinical centre. Similar cases have been reported elsewhere in China. Health officials are putting the positive result down to a discrepancy in samples. Patients are required to test negative for the virus twice with a least a day in between tests before they can be discharged. Read more
South Sudan rivals Salva Kiir and Riek Machar strike unity deal (BBC)
Former South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar has been sworn in as first vice-president, sealing a peace deal aimed at ending six years of civil war.
President Salva Kiir witnessed the moment at a ceremony at the State House in the capital, Juba.
It is hoped that the new unity government will bring an end to the conflict that has killed about 400,000 people and displaced millions.
However, previous deals were widely heralded only to fall apart.
Saturday’s ceremony took place just before the deadline for an agreement expired. Read more
New Brexit blue British passports are actually made in Poland (Metro)
Britain’s new post-Brexit passports are actually being made in a factory in Poland, it has emerged. The new colours have been championed by Brexiteers as a symbol of ‘regaining our national identity.’ However, the contract for the newly-issued documents was awarded to a French company and they are reportedly being manufactured in the Polish town of Tczew. Home Secretary Priti Patel and Prime Minister Boris Johnson have posed with the new design, which will be rolled out next month. Read more
L’Arche founder Jean Vanier sexually abused women – internal report (BBC)
A religious leader who founded a celebrated organisation for people with learning difficulties sexually abused six women in France, an internal report found.
Canadian Jean Vanier founded the global network L’Arche in France in 1964 and died last year aged 90.
None of the women he abused were themselves disabled, the report says.
An investigation into Vanier was commissioned by L’Arche International last year after suspicions were raised. Read more
William and Kate to miss Invictus Games with Harry and Meghan ‘front and centre’ (Metro)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are reportedly expected to miss the Invictus Games, while Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be ‘front and centre’. The Duchess of Sussex is said to know how important the multi-sport event for wounded, injured and sick former armed services personnel and veterans is to her husband and will ‘be at his side’ in the Hague May 9-16. However, it is unlikely his brother and sister-in-law Prince William and Kate Middleton will attend, according to reports. Read more
Crash Landing on You: The defector who brought North-South Korean romance to life (BBC)
An implausible love story in which a (literally) high-flying South Korean heiress accidentally paraglides into North Korea, lands on a soldier and falls in love with him has become the latest Korean drama smash hit.
Crash Landing on You is in many ways a typical K-drama romance, but has been widely praised for its well-researched and nuanced portrayal of North Korea, something it achieved by having a real-life North Korean defector on its writing team, as BBC Korean’s Subin Kim explains.
With his broad shoulders and thick torso, Kwak Moon-wan has all the appearance of a bodyguard.
That’s probably because until 2004, he served with the Supreme Guard Command, the elite security force which protects North Korea’s ruling Kim family. Read more
Message in a bottle found washed up 82 years later (Metro)
A message in a bottle dropped in the water 82 years ago has been found washed up on a jersey beach. Nigel Hill, 55, came across the bottle last week while walking his pet dog, Reggie, and was pleasantly surprised to find a note scrawled on a piece of cardboard inside. The message, dated 5 September 1938, was signed by a John Stapleford. Nigel said: ‘I was just walking along and saw it and thought it looked interesting. Then I saw the note inside. Unfortunately, I had to break it to get the note out.’ Read more
Ronaldo scores for Juve in 1,000th game – and equals Serie A record (BBC)
Want to mark your 1,000th senior game in style? How about a record-equalling 11th consecutive Serie A goal?
That’s what Cristiano Ronaldo did – the Juventus forward responding in style to news of Lionel Messi’s four-goal haul for Barcelona earlier in the day.
Ronaldo, 35, met Juan Cuadrado’s cross to equal the Italian top-flight record, shared with Gabriel Batistuta and Fabio Quagliarella.
Aaron Ramsey added a second for the Serie A leaders in a 2-1 win over SPAL. Read more
Oshoala scores hat-trick in Barca win (Punch)
Super Falcons and Barcelona player, Asisat Oshoala, scores a hat-trick in Barcelona women 6-0 win against Logrono at the in the Spanish Primera Iberdrola on Saturday, as she continues her impressive goal-scoring form.
Oshoala’s treble against Logrono made it her second hat-trick of the season for Barcelona.
The African Women’s Footballer of the Year award winner has been in fine form for the Calatans, scoring 15 goals in her last 10 outings for the Spanish side. Read more
Juan Mata gives verdict on Man Utd’s new signings Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo (Metro)
Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has backed January recruits Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo to hit the ground running at Old Trafford. The Red Devils signed Fernandes from Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon for £67.6million, with the midfielder already providing his first assist in the 2-0 Premier League win over Chelsea. Nigerian Ighalo is on a season-long loan from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua, and revealed he had to take a pay cut to join United. Mata, 31, is convinced there are big things to come from both players, and told the United Review: ‘We welcomed them both. Bruno is a very good player, we all know that, and a very nice guy also. Read more
VAR: Frank Lampard questions the technology after more controversy in the Premier League (BBC)
One football legend said it could “ruin football forever”, while a second said it made an “unbelievable” decision. It’s fair to say Saturday was another controversial day for VAR in the Premier League.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was first to speak out – saying there was “another huge question mark” about the technology after Tottenham midfielder Giovani lo Celso was not punished for a “leg-breaker” tackle in Saturday’s opening match.
And there were further incidents involving the video assistant referee in Bournemouth’s defeat at Burnley and Manchester City’s win at Leicester.
“I want it to work and help them and make the game better,” said Lampard. “It was so wrong today. Read more
Arsene Wenger reacts to Jose Mourinho’s decision to drop Dele Alli for Tottenham’s clash with Chelsea (Metro)
Arsene Wenger believes there could be some tension between Jose Mourinho and Dele Alli after the latter was dropped for Tottenham’s clash with Chelsea. Alli struggled to make an impact against Leipzig on Wednesday night and was replaced by Erik Lamela shortly after Timo Werner’s goal in the Champions League last-16 first leg. The England star reacted by throwing a tantrum in the Spurs dugout, throwing his water bottle and one of his boots down in fury before putting his head in his hands. Read more
Jesus helps Man City pass ‘incredible test’ with win at Leicester (BBC)
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola praised his players for passing “an incredible test” as Gabriel Jesus came off the bench to score a late winner at Leicester and cement themselves in second spot.
Jamie Vardy had hit the post for Leicester in the first half, but both sides wasted numerous chances before Jesus slotted home with a cool finish after a surging run from Riyad Mahrez had opened up the home defence.
The best of those opportunities saw Foxes keeper Kasper Schmeichel deny Sergio Aguero from the spot on the hour mark as the Blues’ penalty problems continued. Read more
I’m not under pressure to score at United, says Ighalo (Punch)
Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo, says he is not under pressure to score goals for the team.
He made this known in a video posted by @Ojbsports on Twitter.
The ex-Super Eagles frontman was a deadline day signing for the Red Devis and has featured twice in all competitions for the Red Devils against Chelsea in the English Premier League and a UEFA Europa League appearance against Club Brugge on Thursday. Read more
Jose Mourinho hits back at question about Dele Alli being dropped vs Chelsea (Metro)
Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho was less than impressed when asked to explain Dele Alli’s absence from his starting lineup ahead of his side’s clash with Chelsea. Alli lost his temper after being substituted in the second half of Spurs’ Champions League defeat to Leipzig in midweek, throwing his water bottle and one of his boots in anger in the home dugout. Mourinho insisted after the game that Alli was furious with his own performance rather than his manager’s decision to bring him off and tried to pour cold water on any talk of possible tension between them. Read more
Giroud on target as Chelsea beat Spurs (BBC)
Chelsea struck a significant blow in the fight for the top four places in the Premier League with a fully deserved victory over Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.
In a confrontation billed as a battle between Frank Lampard and his old mentor Jose Mourinho, Spurs could have leapfrogged Chelsea with victory but were outplayed and are now adrift by four points.
Lampard made four changes from the team that lost 2-0 at home to Manchester United on Monday and they paid rich dividends as they all made a contribution to only their second win in seven league games.
Olivier Giroud, in for Michy Batshuayi with Tammy Abraham on the bench after injury, fired low past Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris for Chelsea’s opener in the 15th minute after the recalled Ross Barkley hit the post. Read more
Ian Wright and Cesc Fabregas slam VAR decision not to send off Giovani Lo Celso in Chelsea vs Spurs (Metro)
Frank Lampard was left bemused after Giovani Lo Celso escaped a red card having appeared to stamp on Cesar Azpilicueta during Saturday’s west vs north London derby. Chelsea had only just doubled their advantage through Marcos Alonso’s crisp strike when the Blues skipper was left writhing in agony following a clash with the Tottenham midfielder. Having retrieved the ball from Reece James, Lo Celso lost control of the ball and in an attempt to win back possession he made contact with the inside of Azpilicueta’s right shin, just in front of Jose Mourinho in the visitors’ dugout. Read more