Landlady’s daughter beats tenant to death over electricity bill (Vanguard)
An argument over electricity bills which ensued between a landlady’s daughter, Ms Tina Essi, and her tenant, has allegedly led to the tenant’s death in Ikorodu area of Lagos.
Until the dastardly incident, both were residents of No 26 Orijamogun Street, Oreyo, Ikorodu, Lagos.
However, Tina is currently cooling her heels with the State Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Panti, Yaba, Lagos.
Giving details into Tina’s arrest, Spokesperson of the command, CSP Ademuyiwa Adejobi said Police preliminary investigation revealed that on January 31, 2021, an argument, over the payment of electricity bills, ensued between the duo which led to a fight. Read more
NDLEA arraigns 20-year-old man for allegedly dealing in Indian Hemp (Independent)
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), on Wednesday, arraigned a 20-year-old man, Olarewaju Oderinde, before a Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti, over alleged dealing in 500g of cannabis sativa (Indian hemp).
NDLEA’s Prosecutor, Mrs Beatrice Igberaese, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Jan.10, 2020 at the Ikare motor park, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti, within the court’s jurisdiction.
Igberaese said that the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 11 of the NDLEA Act, 2004.
The prosecutor, through her witness, Mr Olugbenga Ogunkoya, presented before the court certificate of test analysis, packing of substance form, bulk of the substance and the statement of the defendant, among others.
The Defence Counsel, Mr Olatunde Olayemi, had told the court that his client, who had earlier pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him, wanted to change his plea to ‘guilty’. Read more
Lagos seeks regulation of boat captains, vessels (Punch)
The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has sought improved certification for boat skippers and better regulation of the operations of non-convention vessels that operate in the inland waterways of the country.
Sanwo-Olu made the call while receiving the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr Bashir Jamoh, who was on a working visit to the governor.
He said an improved utilisation of Lagos waterways would go a long way in easing the traffic congestion on roads in the state, according to a statement titled ‘Maritime Safety: Governor Sanwo-Olu calls for strict certifcation regime’ issued by NIMASA on Wednesday. Read more
Oyo police nab pastor for allegedly defiling 13-year-old girl (Guardian)
Oyo State Police Command yesterday arrested a 72-year-old pastor, Jimi Odunayo, for allegedly defiling a 13-year-old girl in Ibadan, Oyo State.
The state police boss, CP Ngozi Onadeko, who disclosed this at the command headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan, also paraded 47 suspects for crimes ranging from kidnapping, murder, robbery, defilement, arson and theft.
According to CP Onadeko, the pastor had been having carnal knowledge of the minor since 2019. She added that the suspect and the parents of the victims lived within the same compound and the victim always went to the living room of the suspect to watch television programmes. Read more
Ehingbeti: Lagos plans youth hub ahead of economic submit (Punch)
Lagos State Government and Innovation Hub Partners are partnering on a youth hub event for participants in preparation for the 8th economic summit themed Ehingbeti 2021.
A statement titled ‘Ehingbeti 2021: Hub activation holds preparatory to event’ on Wednesday said the economic summit which would hold virtually was tagged ‘For a greater Lagos: Setting the tone for the next decade’.
It stated that the hub activation series would also be a platform where youths and young adults could address and collaboratively engage key arising matters in the society.
The statement said that part of the series for the event included, ‘Unlocking agricultural potential to ensure food security and sustainability’, and would be hosted virtually by different tech communities and hubs across the state, allowing interested persons to join from their respective locations. Read more
FG adamant as court unfreezes #EndSARS campaigners’ bank accounts (Punch)
A Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday ordered the Central Bank of Nigeria to immediately unfreeze 20 bank accounts linked to protesters and promoters of #EndSARS.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed gave the order following the sudden withdrawal of a suit instituted against them by the CBN through its counsel, Michael Aondoakaa (SAN).
The order which was for 180 days was to enable the CBN probe the alleged crime against the defendants.
Although the order was supposed to be renewed upon an application by the CBN, the apex bank, however, opted to withdraw its earlier application for an extension of time and the subsequent decision of the defendants through their lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), to also withdraw all processes filed against the suit. Read more
Urhobo orator condoles with Okowa over father’s death (Guardian)
Grand Orator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Godspower Nakpodia Efiawhare, has expressed deep condolences and sympathy over the demise of Sir Arthur Okorie Okowa, father of Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa.
Efiawhare described the transition to glory of Sir Arthur Okorie Okowa as a great loss. He further described the late father of the Governor as a blessing to his family and the state, adding that his kind-heartedness and generosity is second to none, as well as his love and fear for God which he has also impacted in his children. Read more
Police douse tension over alleged herdsman’s invasion of Soyinka’s compound (ThisDay)
Controversy yesterday trailed Tuesday’s alleged grazing of cattle by a herdsman at the Abeokuta home of Noble Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka.
While the Ogun State Police Command has said that missing cattle strayed into Soyinka’s compound, a close associate of the laureate and a former Minister of State for Defence, Dr. Olu Agunloye, said the herdsmen led their cattle to graze in the compound because they thought that Soyinka was not at home.
However, the South and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) has condemned the reported herders’ scare at Soyinka’s home.
A statement by the state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the intrusion on Soyinka’s home was just a case of a strayed missing cow. Read more
Police investigate mystery behind missing Rivers PDP councillorship aspirant (Guardian)
The Rivers State Police Command said it has commenced investigations into the sudden disappearance of Mr. Hanson Chuku, a graduate of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education in Rivers State.
Chuku, a councillorship aspirant under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Rundele ward 7 in Emuoha Local Council of the state was reportedly missing after he went to a nearby bush in Mgbuelia, Rundele to urinate on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.
Elder brother to Chuku, Friday Chuku alleged that his younger brother got missing few days after he had misunderstanding with members of the disbanded local Security outfit (ROSPAC) in the area. Read more
Women’s rights activist Loujain Alhathloul released after 1,001 days in Saudi prison (CBC)
Saudi activist Loujain Alhathloul has been released from detention in Saudi Arabia, where she had been held since May 2018.
Her family confirmed her release on Wednesday.
Alhathloul, 31, is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and an internationally recognized activist. In December she was sentenced to six years in prison in Saudi Arabia under a vague and broadly worded law aimed at combating terrorism. The judge in the case suspended part of her sentence and gave her credit for time already served. Read more
Rebecca Black drops ‘Friday’ remix with wild music video (NYPost)
Black to the future.
Internet sensation and sexually ambiguous singer Rebecca Black is celebrating the 11th anniversary of her song “Friday” in psychedelic style — with a hyper-pop remix of the smash-hit single featuring rapper Big Freedia and other giant stars. The viral music video topped 120,000 views after premiering Wednesday afternoon.
“I’d had the idea to do this remix of ‘Friday’ for years leading up to now, but honestly it was also mildly insane for me to think anyone else would want to be a part of it,” Black, 23, said in a statement.
In the somewhat melba toast party anthem from 10 years ago, the then-13-year-old Black espoused the virtues of partying it up on Friday night. The aggressively wholesome music video depicted her leaving class to go cruise with friends and dance at a club in plain clothes like your typical girl next door. Read more
Farmers across India have been protesting for months. Here’s why (CNN)
Angry Indian farmers have abandoned their fields to stage one of the country’s biggest ever protests.
Since November, tens of thousands of farmers have been living in tents at sprawling camps pitched on highways outside the capital New Delhi.
Large barricades erected by the police and topped with barbed wire stand a few hundred meters from the camp, preventing the farmers from encroaching any closer to the center of Delhi. At times, violence has broken out during demonstrations.
The farmers are fighting new farming laws passed last September, which they say will devastate their livelihoods. The government says the reforms are needed to modernize the country’s agricultural industry. Read more
Bruce Springsteen charged with drink-driving (BBC)
Bruce Springsteen was arrested in New Jersey three months ago and charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless driving, officials have said.
The rock veteran was also cited for consuming alcohol in a closed area of a national park on the same day, 14 November.
He is due to appear in court “in the next few weeks”, TMZ reported.
A National Park Service spokeswoman said Springsteen, 71, was “cooperative throughout the process”. Read more
Impeachment managers use video, Trump’s own words to argue he incited Capitol attack (CBC)
Prosecutors at Donald Trump’s impeachment trial said Wednesday they would prove that the former president was no “innocent bystander” but the “inciter in chief” of the deadly attack at the US Capitol aimed at overturning his election loss to Joe Biden.
The lead House prosecutor said they would lay out evidence that shows the president encouraged a rally crowd to head to the Capitol on Jan. 6, then did nothing to stem the violence and watched with “glee” as a mob stormed the iconic building. Five people died.
“To us it may have felt like chaos and madness, but there was method to the madness that day,” Rep. Jamie Raskin said. Read more
Tourists go missing while visiting area of mysterious Russian hiking incident (NYPost)
The head of Sverdlovsk Region’s directorate for the supervision over the execution of federal laws, Andrei Kuryakov, discusses the investigation of the deadly 1959 Dyatlov Pass incident in 2019.
The head of Sverdlovsk Region’s directorate for the supervision over the execution of federal laws, Andrei Kuryakov, discusses the investigation of the deadly 1959 Dyatlov Pass incident in 2019.Donat Sorokin\TASS via Getty Images
A group of tourists has vanished in the Russian mountains near the notorious site where nine students died under mysterious circumstances more than six decades ago.
The eight hikers from Moscow never returned Wednesday after heading up to Dyatlov Pass in the Ural region, Newsweek reported, citing Russian media.
“They were supposed to leave at 8:00 this morning. But they have not returned yet and there is no contact with them,” a local resident told the local E1 media outlet.
The tourists had traveled to the area to pay their respects to the victims who died there in February 1959, the resident told the outlet. Read more
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has been banned from Instagram (CNN)
Instagram on Wednesday took down the account of controversial anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
“We removed this account for repeatedly sharing debunked claims about the coronavirus or vaccines,” a spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, said in a statement.
Kennedy, the son of late former US Attorney General, US Senator and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, has repeatedly spoken out against vaccines. He has lobbied Congress to give parents exemptions from state requirements that mandate they vaccinate their children. The lifelong Democrat downplays his anti-vaccine views, though, by saying that he is actually in favor of safe vaccines and noting that all of his children have been vaccinated. Read more
FA Cup: Iheanacho’s late goal fires Leicester to quarter-finals (Punch)
Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho struck deep into stoppage time to send Leicester City into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 1-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion, on Wednesday.
Extra time loomed when Ihenacho was picked out at the far post from a corner and he headed home.
Both sides had goals ruled out within the space of a minute in the second half, Andi Zeqiri for Brighton and Cengiz Under for the hosts.
Leicester also suffered a blow when James Justin was carried off on a stretcher after jarring his knee. Read more
Bernard goal sees Everton edge nine-goal FA Cup classic with Spurs (BBC)
Everton reached the FA Cup quarter-finals after edging out Tottenham Hotspur in a nine-goal classic at Goodison Park.
A magnificent contest swung in both teams’ favour before Carlo Ancelotti’s hosts – showing huge reserves of resolve and fitness – finally struck the decisive blow when Bernard fired home in the seventh minute of extra time.
Spurs dominated the early exchanges and were rewarded when Davinson Sanchez headed in from a corner in the third minute before Everton sprang to life with a three-goal burst inside eight minutes before half-time.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who later went off with what looked like a groin injury, levelled nine minutes before the break with a shot Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris should have saved, before Richarlison’s fine low drive and Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty looked to have put Everton in command. Read more
Sheriff’s deputy drops lawsuit against Masai Ujiri from NBA Finals altercation (CBC)
A California law enforcement officer has dropped his lawsuit against Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri that stemmed from an altercation at the 2019 NBA Finals.
The Raptors president subsequently dropped his countersuit against Alameda County sheriff’s deputy Alan Strickland, which was confirmed in a statement from Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), the team owner.
The Raptors, MLSE and the NBA were also named in Strickland’s lawsuit.
“Masai has been completely vindicated, as we always knew he would be,” an MLSE spokesperson said in a statement. “We are disappointed that he and his family have had to endure the past 18 months of worry and uncertainty, but for their sake we are pleased the legal process has come to an end — and especially pleased that the claims made against Masai and MLSE were dismissed entirely, free of any financial settlement. Read more
Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney complete takeover of Wrexham (CNN)
It’s a blockbuster like no other — Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have completed their takeover of Wrexham AFC, a Welsh football club currently playing in England’s fifth tier.
McElhenney, the creator of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and Reynolds, star of “Deadpool,” have taken 100% control from the Wrexham Supporters Trust (WST) and have made an initial £2 million ($2.77M) investment into the club.
“It is a special day for the two of us to become the latest stewards in the long and storied history of Wrexham AFC,” the pair said in a joint statement. Read more
Mark Cuban now says Mavericks ‘didn’t cancel’ national anthem (NYPost)
Following blowback for not playing the national anthem before games, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he did not “cancel” the song that has become the subject of social protests in recent years after having been a staple at sporting events since World War I.
Cuban told ESPN’s “The Jump” that the team was having ongoing conversations about whether to play “The Star Spangled Banner,” but that “we probably would have ended up playing it at some point when fans came back.”
The national anthem, however, was not played at Dallas’ arena Monday night, when some fans were invited to watch the game in-person for the first time this season.
Up until that point, it hadn’t been documented that Cuban had told the team ahead of the season to stop playing the “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the American Airlines Center moving forward. Read more
Atalanta beat Napoli to set up Coppa Italia final with Juventus (BBC)
Atalanta will face Juventus in the Coppa Italia final after beating Napoli in the semi-final thanks to two goals from Matteo Pessina.
After a goalless first leg, Duvan Zapata fired Atalanta into the lead from 25 yards – and the striker was involved in all three goals.
He set up Matteo Pessina for their second goal after only 16 minutes.
Hirving Lozano gave Napoli hope but then Pessina poked home the clinching goal after a fine passing move.Atalanta – who lost the 2019 final to Lazio – have only won one major trophy in their history, the 1963 Coppa Italia. Read more