LASG tranquilises, removes lion from Victoria Island house (Punch)
The Lagos State Government has tranquilised the lion found in a house at the Victoria Island area of the state.
The Head of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit, Mr. Yinka Egbeyemi, confirmed the development to our Correspondent on Monday.
He noted that the lion was removed around 1.30pm.
The task force boss told The PUNCH that the Indian owner had yet to honour the invitation of the government. Read more
I will keep my officers on their toes, says new Lagos police boss (Guardian)
The new Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu has vowed to keep men and officers of the Command on their toes to checkmate crimes.
CP Odumosu, who officially took over from the former, now an Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Zubairu Muazu, said his mission was to fight crime to a standstill and protect lives and property.
Odumosu, who spoke during the official taking and handing over ceremony, said, “Today is not a speech-making day, but I want to assure members of the public of my commitment in the fight against crime in Lagos. Read more
Lagos automobile dealers protest sealing of their businesses by Customs (Guardian)
Automobile dealers under the aegis of Automobile Dealers Friends Association on Monday protested the sealing of their businesses by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) as a result of a crackdown on cars suspected to have been smuggled through the land borders.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that over 100 protesting members of the Association had from 10am walked from Awolowo Road Ikeja to the State House of Assembly.
They stopped at the office of the Federal Operations Unit of the NCS at Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja protesting the crackdown which began on Sep. 30. The protest ended at 2.56pm. Read more
Denmark to create 25,000 jobs for Nigerians (DailyTrust)
The Danish Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. Jesper Kamp, says his home government is now committed to creating job opportunities for Nigerians than giving them financial aids. Jesper disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the launch of a partnership between FOSS Analytical Business and Prime Atlantic Global Instruments Ltd. in Lagos on Monday Read more
Perm Sec, pregnant wife, two kids burnt to death in Benue —Police (Punch)
The Acting Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology, Mr Seker Akaa, his pregnant wife and two kids were burnt to death in a fire incident in Makurdi early hours of Monday.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Benue State, Deputy Superintendent of Police Sewuese Anene confirmed the inferno to the News Agency of Nigeria in Makurdi.
Anene said the fire started at 2.40 a.m at Kwarafa Quarters, Makurdi. Read more
Border Closure: Nigeria suffers highest inflation rate since May 2018 (Guardian)
The closure of some of the Nigerian borders has led to the increase in food prices and subsequently pushed up annual inflation in the country.
The National Bureau of Statistics monthly report released on Monday showed that annual inflation was 11.61% in October, up from 11.24% in September, indicating the highest rate since May 2018.
Consumer inflation also dropped to it lowest in almost four years in August. Read more
Senate disowns hate speech bill, says it’s Abdullahi’s idea (Punch)
Worried by the spate of criticisms that have greeted the Hate Speech Bill which passed first reading last week, the Senate has distanced itself from the proposed .legislation.
The acting spokesperson for the red chamber, Senator Godiya Akwashiki, told journalists in Abuja on Monday that contrary to widespread impression, the bill was not the idea of the ninth Senate
He said it was solely being sponsored by the Deputy Chief Whip, Sabi Abdullahi, based on his conviction. Read more
Chile protests: President Piñera condemns police ‘abuses’ (BBC)
Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera has acknowledged that the police committed “abuses” when dealing with protests which have been rocking the country for the past month.
He said “there was excessive use of force” in the police response to mass protests against inequality.
There would be “no impunity” for those who committed excesses and abuses, he added.
Twenty-two people have been killed and more than 2,300 injured. Read more
France returns Omar Tall’s sword to Senegal (BBC)
France has restored to Senegal a sabre that belonged to a 19th Century Islamic scholar and ruler.
It is part of a commitment to return to its former West African colonies key items of their cultural heritage.
The artefact originally belonged to the revered west African leader Omar Saidou Tall, who led an anti-colonial struggle against the French. Read more
Makeup is men’s darkest secret – here’s what they’re using (NYPost)
When John Sawyer noticed a huge red pimple on his nose, he was appalled.
“I couldn’t go to work like that,” the 45-year-old Jersey City resident tells The Post. “I called my girlfriend [over] and said, ‘We have to do something about this.’ ”
Reading between the lines, Elizabeth D’Aleo grabbed her makeup bag and bound into the bathroom. Read more
Joker becomes first R-rated film to make $1bn at global box office (BBC)
Comic book film Joker passed the $1bn (£772m) mark in global ticket sales this weekend, becoming the first R-rated movie to do so.
A US R rating requires everyone under the age of 17 watching the film in a cinema to be accompanied by an adult.
Joker is currently number seven on this weekend’s US box office chart, with Le Mans film Ford v Ferrari topping the chart with takings of $31m (£24m).
The latest Charlie’s Angels movie could only manage to open in third spot. Read more
Nadal ends year as number one for fifth time (Guardian)
Rafael Nadal was confirmed as the year-end world number one for the fifth time after the ATP released its season-closing rankings on Monday.
The Spaniard did not make it beyond the group stage of last week’s ATP Finals in London but Novak Djokovic’s failure to reach the semi-finals meant Nadal closed the year with 9,985 points, 840 clear of the Serb.
Nadal draws level with rivals Djokovic and Roger Federer, who have also finished the year in top spot five times, and moves one behind six-time end-of-year number one Pete Sampras.
Nadal and Djokovic have been this year’s two dominant players after winning two Majors each. Read more
UEFA chief Platini slams VAR as ‘load of crap’ (Guardian)
Former UEFA president Michel Platini has slammed the use of VAR technology, the introduction of which he has always opposed, as a total nightmare, in an interview on Italian television.
“It would take half an hour to explain why it doesn’t solve problems,” the former France international told the “Che tempo che fa” late-night talk show on Rai on Sunday.
“It shifts them. I’m against VAR. I think it’s a load of crap and unfortunately, we will not go back.”
The 64-year-old has always been against the use of VAR which he refused to consider after he became UEFA chief in 2007. Read more
Euro 2020: van Dijk to miss Holland’s final qualifier (NewTelegraph)
Virgil van Dijk will not play in the Netherlands’ final Euro 2020 qualifier against Estonia in Amsterdam for personal reasons.
He played the whole game as the Dutch drew 0-0 in Northern Ireland on Saturday to qualify for the finals.
But the captain left their training camp and will not feature on Tuesday, reports the BBC. Read more
Lack of Champions League begins to hit Man Utd finances (Punch)
Manchester United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League is beginning to erode the club’s finances, but increased commercial income helped the English giants post revenues of £135.4 million ($174 million) for the first quarter of the 2019-2020 season on Monday.
That represents a £400,000 increase on the same period for the previous year thanks to more sponsorship income and two extra home games compared to the same stage of last season.
Broadcasting revenue fell by nearly £10 million due to a lack of Champions League football, which will make an even bigger impact in figures for the second quarter of the year when five of the six group games are played. Read more
Plateau United beat Wikki 2-1 to maintain lead (DailyTrust)
Warri Wolves experinced striker, Efe Yahere shoots at goal during yesterday’s NPFL match between Wolves Wolves and Adamawa United at Warri Township stadium. Wolves defeated Adamawa United 2-0 …as Lobi, MFM record away victories in Kano, Enugu
2019 NPFL table toppers Plateau United yesterday defeated neighbours Wikki Tourists of Bauchi 2-1 in Jos to maintain their lead in the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, season.
There were also important victories for Lobi Stars and MFM of Lagos who recorded away victories against Kano Pillars and Enugu Rangers. Read more
Mikel: Hazard’s a lazy player, Lampard hardest working (NewTelegraph)
Eden Hazard has been brandished the “laziest player I have played with” by former Chelsea team-mate John Obi Mikel, while also insisting Hazard remained an “incredible talent”.
Obi Mikel, now playing in Turkey, spent 11 seasons at Chelsea, five of them alongside Hazard, but was far from complimentary of the Real Madrid forward’s work ethic, while insisting Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was the hardest working, reports Sky Sports.
Hazard’s start to life in Spain has not gone to plan, with injuries hampering his progress. Read more