Landlord’s daughter stabs tenant in Lagos (Guardian)
The police have arraigned a 30-year-old woman, Kudirat Balogun, before Tinubu Magistrates’ Court, Lagos for allegedly stabbing a tenant living in her father’s property with a broken bottle. Balogun, who resides at Iduwo Eletu Street, Awoyaya area of Ibeju Lekki, was charged with two counts of conspiracy and attempted murder.
The prosecution counsel, ASP Ben Ekundayo, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on February 23, at about 7:00a.m. He said the defendant conspired with her brother, who is presently at large, and stabbed a tenant, Mr. Chukma Abuza, with a broken bottle in the stomach during an argument over fetching water from the well.
Ekundayo said that the defendant also used an iron rod to inflict life-threatening injuries on the complainant. The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 230 and 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015. Read more
LASG arraigns woman for breaking son’s head (Punch)
The Lagos State Government, on Tuesday, arraigned a woman, Balikisu Musa, before the Ogba Magistrates’ Court for allegedly inflicting injuries on her 12-year-old son in the course of beating him.
PUNCH Metro had reported that officials of the Directorate for Citizen’s Rights had on Monday rescued the boy and took him to a government facility, while Balikisu was arrested after a post about the alleged assault went viral on the social media.
Balikisu was arraigned on one count of assault before the court.
She pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The court admitted her to bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the matter till April 29, 2020.
An eyewitness, Ibrahim Abanikannda, who posted the alleged assault on Facebook, told our correspondent that Balikisu was in the habit of maltreating her son, Ayomide Adegbore. Read more
DPR shuts 6 gas plants, 3 retail outlets in Lagos (Vanguard)
The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, Tuesday, shutdown seven Liquefied Petroleum Gas, LPG, plants, popularly known as cooking gas in Lagos even as the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, arrested ten employees of the sealed plants.
Vanguard gathered that the plants were shut due to non-compliance with operating standard, illegal operating license, plants stationed under high tension electrical wire, proximity to residential building, amongst others.
The sealed plants include Banner gas, Lekki, Darison gas plant, Elegushi, Spade Energy Limited and Polax Gas, both in Gbagada, Pivot Cooking Gas Bariga, Auto Gas, amongst others. Read more
Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo assemblies pass Amotekun bill (Punch)
The Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun and Ondo Houses of Assembly on Tuesday passed the Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps bill into law. The bill seeks to unify the proposed law guiding the security outfit (Amotekun) jointly established by the six South-West governors.
The Lagos State House of Assembly unanimously passed the bill after the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, and his colleagues read it for the third time.
In Ogun, the bill titled ‘A Bill for a Law to Establish the Ogun State Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps to assist in Maintaining Law and Order in the State and Connected Purposes’ sent by Governor Dapo Abiodun was passed 19 days after. Read more
Man bags 12 years for attempting to defile 8-year-old girl (DailyTrust)
An Ikorodu Magistrates’ Court, in Lagos state, on Tuesday sentenced an unemployed man, Bashiru Osho, to 12 years imprisonment for attempting to defile an eight-year-old girl. The police charged Osho, aged 25, whose address was not provided with attempting to commit felony to wit defilement and was found guilty. Chief Magistrate F.A Azeez sentenced Osho to 12 years imprisonment based on the convict’s statement and evidence of medical report on the victim. The Prosecution Counsel, Insp. John Iberedem, told the court that the convict committed the offence on Feb.29, at No.44 Igbogbo road, Igbogbo-Baiyeku area in Ikorodu. Read more
One dies in Lagos cultists’ clash (Punch)
There was tension on Monday when suspected members of the Eiye Confraternity invaded Agiliti area of Mile 12, Lagos State, and allegedly stabbed a member of the Aiye Confraternity to death.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the clash was a reprisal following an attack reportedly carried out by members of the Aiye Confraternity, which led to the death of an Eiye member last week.
However, during Monday’s attack, which occurred around 1pm, it was learnt that residents and business owners in the area were caught off guard.
Some of the residents were said to have abandoned their homes and fled the area. Read more
See where fighting has landed me, says suspect who allegedly murdered 47-year-old woman (DailyTrust)
A 20-year-old woman, Opeyemi Abidemi, who the police in Lagos announced on Sunday that they arrested for allegedly killing a 47-year-old woman at Ibeju Lekki, Lagos, has claimed that she was not directly responsible for the woman’s death. Abidemi had allegedly beaten up the woman, Abosede Bello, to death during a quarrel between the two of them. The police said that the duo of Afeez Olonade and Femi Olasunde had reported the matter of the dead woman at the Elemoro police station on Friday February 28, 2020. Read more
Imo: Supreme Court verdict excites APC Chairman, Oshiomhole (Guardian)
National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, says Tuesday’s ruling by the Supreme Court on Imo governorship tussle has reaffirmed the fact that the Court remain Supreme.
Oshiomhole, who spoke to State House Correspondents in Abuja on Tuesday while reacting to the Imo judgement, said the Supreme Court did not made mistake in the first instance.
The Supreme Court had on Tuesday dismissed an application by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and its candidate, Mr Emeka Ihedioha, urging it to review its Imo judgment. Read more
Uneasy calm in Imo as Supreme Court affirms Uzodinma as governor (DailyTrust)
There was an uneasy calm in Imo state on Tuesday following the Supreme Court’s verdict that dismissed the application for the review of the decision sacking former governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha and declared Hope Uzodinma winner of the March 9, 2019 judgement.
Daily Trust reports that a seven-member panel of justices presided by Justice Tanko Muhammad today ruled that the court lacks the jurisdiction to sit on appeal over its judgement on the Imo governorship. In the main judgement read by Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, the apex court held that the application lacked merit and dismissed the application. “The judgement of the Supreme Court is a finality,” he said. Read more
Police rescue 23 children from suspected child trafficker (Guardian)
No fewer than 23 children were yesterday rescued by the Taraba State police command from a suspected child trafficker. The children who were between the ages of four and seven were rescued from a female trafficker whose name was given as Mary Yakubu.
Parading the trafficker before newsmen in Jalingo, the police said they were intercepted at a park in Bali local government area of the state while they were about to board a vehicle with the suspect.
The suspect, who was also a teacher at Adamu primary school in Bali, was said to have lured the children from their parents on the pretext of making life worthy for them in the city. Admitting to the crime, she claimed the children were given to her by their parents to help those in need of children to take care of.
According to her, “the parents of the children told me to come and get them for people who would help cater for their education because in their villages, there are no schools. Read more
Super Tuesday update: winners and losers across the country (NYPost)
Americans from coast-to-coast — and beyond — packed the polls for Super Tuesday, a crucial slate of primaries effectively transformed into a head-to-head duel between Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden.
A cumulative 1,357 delegates are up for grabs: 1,338 across 14 states, another six delegates in American Samoa and 13 in the Democrats Abroad voting, which runs through March 10.
Those 1,357 represent about a third of the total delegates in the Democratic primary race, and more than half of the 1,991 a candidate needs to clinch the nomination and avoid a brokered convention. Read more
Mexican YouTuber sentenced to 50 years over kidnap (Metro)
A YouTuber who kidnapped a woman in Mexico and demanded her ransom in Bitcoin has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.
Germán Loera, 25, who describes himself as an entrepreneur, was part of a gang of six who grabbed a 33-year-old lawyer off a street in Chihuahua City and bundled her into a car.
Thania Denisse was taken to a house rented by Loera, who demanded 2 million pesos (£80,500) in Bitcoins for her release.
Police rescued the lawyer two days later and managed to arrest four of the culprits. Read more
China reports rise in imported virus cases (Guardian)
China reported an increase Tuesday in cases of the new coronavirus coming from abroad, as the country where the disease first emerged now worries about importing infections.
In total there have been 13 confirmed cases of the virus being imported to the mainland — all in Chinese nationals returning from overseas.
More than 3,100 people have died and over 90,000 have been infected worldwide.
The vast majority of cases are in China, but South Korea, Italy and Iran have emerged as the countries with the most cases outside the epicentre. Read more
Syria war: Three-year-old girl who laughed at bombs escapes to Turkey (BBC)
A three-year-old Syrian girl whose father taught her to laugh at the sound of bombs in order not to be afraid has reached safety in Turkey, reports say.
Salwa made headlines in a video that went viral last month. It showed her playing a game as warplanes dropped bombs near her home in Idlib.
The Turkish government helped her and her parents cross the border a week later, it has emerged.
Idlib is the final major rebel-held stronghold in Syria. Read more
NYC lawyer with coronavirus in ‘severe’ condition: Health Department (NYPost)
The Manhattan lawyer hospitalized with coronavirus is in “severe condition,” the city Health Department said Tuesday evening.
The lawyer, identified by sources as Lawrence Garbuz, 50, runs a boutique law firm with his wife that also employs one of their four kids as a paralegal, according to information posted online.
The seven-lawyer practice, Lewis & Garbuz, is located across the street from Grand Central Terminal and specializes in matters including personal planning and wealth management, estate litigation, guardianships and elder law, its website says. Read more
Afghan conflict: Clashes shatter partial truce after US deal (BBC)
Fighting has resumed in Afghanistan after the Taliban ended a partial truce with government troops, casting doubt on peace talks scheduled for next week.
Dozens of incidents in more than 16 provinces left eight militants and six civilians dead, officials said. Eight security personnel were also killed.
Meanwhile Donald Trump says he had a “very good talk” with a Taliban leader.
Their phone call follows the peace deal signed between the US and the Taliban at the weekend. Read more
At least 22 killed after massive tornado rips through country music capital Nashville (Metro)
At least 22 people have been killed after a massive tornado ripped through country music capital Nashville.
The devastating twister ripped through the Tennessee city shortly after midnight on Tuesday morning, leaving at least 150 people injured and 50,000 homes and businesses without power.
Nashville’s fire department said it responded reports of 40 collapsed buildings throughout the city in the wake of the tornado, which stayed on the ground for ten miles into Hermitage, Tennessee. Read more
Facebook ‘rethinks’ plans for Libra cryptocurrency (BBC)
Facebook is reportedly rethinking its plans for its own digital currency after resistance from regulators.
It is now considering a system with digital versions of established currencies, including the dollar and the Euro, according to Bloomberg and tech site The Information.
The Libra Association, which Facebook founded to create the currency, will continue its work, the reports said.
The plan will include Libra, the company said in response. Read more
Migration: EU praises Greece as ‘shield’ after Turkey opens border (Guardian)
European Union leaders have given a show of support for Athens, describing Greece as Europe’s “shield” in deterring migrants, despite questions from the UN about breaches of international refugee law.
Four EU leaders met the Greek prime minister, Kyriákos Mitsotákis, at the border town of Orestiada on Tuesday, near where Greek police have been using teargas to deter hundreds of migrants from attempting to cross from Turkey.
The European commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, said: “This border is not only a Greek border, it is also a European border … I thank Greece for being our European aspida in these times,” which was translated as “shield”. Read more
Guardiola sets sights on next trophy after League Cup win (DailyTrust)
Manchester City have already turned their focus to defending their FA Cup title, manager Pep Guardiola said on Tuesday. City beat Aston Villa on Sunday to win their third consecutive League Cup title – Guardiola’s eighth trophy with the club since taking over in 2016. The Spaniard, who also won 21 trophies with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, said City must have a “big club” mentality of moving on to the next available trophy ahead of Wednesday’s FA Cup fifth round tie at Sheffield Wednesday. “I learned at big clubs that when they win a trophy, they go to take a shower and then they think about the next. Read more
NFF, Rohr lure Zirkzee for Eagles (Punch)
Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr is seeking to convince Bayern Munich youngster Joshua Zirkzee to play for the team.
Zirkzee, 18, has earned rave reviews for his impressive performance for Bayern Munich since making his debut in a UEFA Champions League clash against Tottenham Hotspur in December 2019.
According to a report in France Football, Rohr and the Nigeria Football Federation have started discussions with the striker and are trying to convince him to play for the Super Eagles. Read more
Lobi Stars players escape fire accident (DailyTrust)
Lobi Stars Football Club players’ bus was gutted down by fire on Monday night on their way back from Ilorin Kwara State after MatchDay 22 clash with Kwara United. 10-man Lobi Stars had beaten Kwara United 1-0 in Ilorin and were on their way back to Makurdi when the ugly incident happened before Adaka Village on Naka Road, few kilometers to the Benue State capital. According to a statement signed by a spokesperson of the club, Austin Tyowua, the incident occurred as a result of an auto electrical fault that sparked up the fire and the vehicle went up in flames just as all attempts to quell the uncontrollable fire proved abortive. Read more
Chelsea knock Liverpool out of FA Cup (BBC)
Ross Barkley said it was “a dream” to score against Liverpool as the midfielder helped Chelsea reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
The result meant Liverpool suffered their second successive defeat of this stellar season in a highly-competitive encounter at Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool made seven changes to the side that lost surprisingly at Watford on Saturday – the first reverse of their league campaign after 18 successive victories left them on the brink of a first title for 30 years. Read more
Fernandes explains why Man United should be ‘mad’ about draw (Vanguard)
Bruno Fernandes thinks Manchester United should be “mad” that they only managed to draw 1-1 against Everton over the weekend if they want to secure a Champions League place.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s 13th league goal of the season after just three minutes came courtesy of a rebounded David de Gea clearance while Fernandes’ superb start to life at Man Utd was given a helping hand by Jordan Pickford.
Neither goalkeeper covered themselves in glory, which was indicative of a match in which Read more
Osimhen focused on Lille’s UCL qualification (Punch)
Lille forward, Victor Osimhen, says his focus is to ensure Lille books a spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League.
Les Dogues, who are currently fourth on the French Ligue 1 table, increased their chances of picking one of the slots with a 1-0 win at Nantes on Sunday.
The win is their third consecutive victory away from home this season. Read more
Almiron scores twice as Newcastle beat West Brom to reach FA Cup quarters (BBC)
Steve Bruce accused his Newcastle players of “switching off” after West Brom threatened an unlikely comeback before the Magpies reached the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 2006.
Inspired by two-goal Miguel Almiron, the Magpies raced into a 3-0 lead at The Hawthorns but were left hanging on as the Championship leaders rallied to score two late goals.
“Unfortunately it’s in our DNA,” a relieved Bruce, whose side are battling to stay away from the Premier League relegation zone, told BBC Sport. Read more
Sheffield United beat Reading after extra time (BBC)
Sheffield United needed extra time to see off a stubborn Reading and reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Substitute Billy Sharp headed the winner from a Luke Freeman cross in added time at the end of the first period of extra time.
David McGoldrick had given the visitors the lead with a header from a Ben Osborn cross inside 90 seconds.
But Reading levelled with a George Puscas penalty on the stroke of half-time after Andy Rinomhota was fouled by George Baldock, and came close to causing an upset. Read more