Late Kolade Johnson suffered six gunshot injuries – pathologist (Nation)
A pathologist, Dr Oluwaseun Williams, on Thursday testified before an Ikeja High Court that Kolade Johnson, a 35-year-old football fan allegedly killed by a policeman at the Mangoro area of Lagos, suffered six gunshot injuries.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Williams testified while being cross-examined by defence counsel, Mr Abayomi Omotubora, at the trial of Ogunyemi Olalekan, a dismissed police inspector accused of murder.
Williams, the sixth prosecution witness, is a Consultant Pathologist at the Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital.
The witness who said that he had practised pathology for 10 years, interpreted an autopsy report (Exhibit D2) during the cross-examination. Read more
Coronavirus: Nigerian who returned from France in isolation – Lagos govt (Tribune)
A Nigerian who returned from France three days ago is now in isolation at the Infectious Disease Centre, Yaba, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, has revealed.
The state government is presently awaiting his result.
The commissioner who stated this at a briefing on Wednesday said the patient was referred to the Infectious Disease Hospital by a private hospital in Lagos.
He added that the result of the patient would be made public once he gets it. Read more
Why truck-related accidents recur – FRSC boss (Vanguard)
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Thursday said poor maintenance of articulated vehicles and inadequate drivers’ training were among reasons responsible for increase in truck-related accidents.
Mr Samuel Obayemi, Zonal Commanding Officer, RS2 Command, comprising Lagos and Ogun States, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, following the spate of truck accidents and fatalities.
Obayemi said that many of the trucks plying Nigeria’s roads are old and not properly managed by their owners and operators.
“We have noticed that some of these articulated vehicles are not properly maintained because more than 70 per cent of those accidents occur as a result of brake failure on the part of the trucks. Read more
12 girls, pregnant women rescued in Ogun baby factory (Nation)
The Police in Ogun State have uncovered baby making factory at Imedu Okori community in Mowe area of Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state where young girls in various phases of pregnancy were rescued.
The Police burst the factory on February 28 when one of the inmates, who escaped from the home, reported at Mowe police station she was lured into the facility and held captive there for sometime against her consent.
The escapee alleged the female Operator of the criminal home, Florence Ogbonna, who lured her into the home usually contract the service of some able bodied men to impregnate them.
Immediately any of them gave birth to a baby, she further alleged it would be taken away by Ogbonna to only God knows where. Read more
Man kills self in Anambra over quarrel with wife (DailyTrust)
A man in Anambra state has committed suicide over a disagreement with his wife. The man, simply identified as Samuel Nweke, hung himself over a disagreement with his wife, leaving behind a suicide note. A statement issued by Haruna Mohammed, spokesperson for Anambra State Police Command, which was made available to newsmen in Awka, said the disagreement led to the deceased’s wife abandoning him, which unfortunately led to his action. “On the 04/03/2020 at about 12:10 pm, there was a report at Awada Police Station that a decomposing body of one Samuel Nweke ‘m’ aged about 47 years was discovered in his apartment at No 5, Chief Nwankwo Street, Awada in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra state. Read more
Buhari approves appointment of Mensem as Acting Appeal Court President (Nation)
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Justice Dongban Mensem as Acting President of the Court of Appeal.
Justice Mensem would be stepping in to act in the capacity for three months, following the retirement of the outgoing President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa (CFR), on March 6, 2020 (Friday).
A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said the approval of the temporary appointment followed the recommendation of the Chief Justice of Nigeria.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Hon. Justice M.B. Dongban Mensem as the Acting President of the Court of Appeal for an initial period of three (3) months, with effect from March 6, 2020, when the incumbent President of the Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, CFR, would statutorily retire from service. Read more
Things to know about Acting President Court of Appeal, Hon Justice M.B. Dongban Mensem (DailyTrust)
Hon. Justice M.B. Dongban Mensem has been appointed the Acting President of the Court of Appeal. President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment on Thursday. Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, in statement on Thursday, said the appointment was for an initial period of three months, with effect from March 6, 2020, when the incumbent President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, would statutorily retire from service. Here are things to know about Dongban-Mensem. Read more
Boko Haram attacks Dapchi (Guardian)
Suspected Boko Haram terrorists in gun trucks have attacked Dapchi, Yobe State, forcing many residents to flee for safety into nearby bushes.
Our correspondent gathered that some of the residents had alerted the military before the insurgents targeted the Dapchi military post along Gashua road.
The town was attacked on February 19, 2018, by insurgents who abducted 110 schoolgirls at Government Girls Science and Technical College. Five of them died, Leah Sharibu is however in the captivity for refusing to convert from Christianity to Islam while others were released.
Confirming the attack Thursday in Damaturu, an anonymous soldier attached to Dapchi military post, said “the terrorists have
torched many houses here in this town. Read more
Oshiomhole visits Buhari, says Federal High Court has brought him back (DailyTrust)
The embattled National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, on Thursday visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja. Oshiomhole, who was ordered by an FCT High Court to stop parading himself as APC National Chairman, said he met President Buhari in order to brief him on the issue while speaking with State House Correspondents. He expressed happiness that a Federal High Court had vacated the order by a High Court which he said had no jurisdiction on the matter where federal institutions like the DSS was also joined. Read more
Oshiomhole to reporters: Are you looking at me with pity? (Nation)
Despite all the crisis in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the national chairman of the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole appeared unperturbed on Thursday.
In his first appearance since a FCT High Court in Abuja restrained him from acting as chairman, Oshiomhole was in his usual bubbling mood.
He told a team of journalists in his Aso Drive office, Abuja on Thursday that there was no need for him to be troubled over developments in the party.
The APC leader, who came out of a meeting in his office believed to be rushing out to catch an engagement in the Villa, asked newsmen at the foyer of his office if they were looking at him with pity. Read more
Oshiomhole vows to remain APC chair despite sacking order (Guardian)
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday declared he would hold on to his position despite the court order that upheld his suspension from the party.
A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Jabi District, had yesterday upheld the suspension of Oshiomhole, pending the determination of a substantive suit before it.
The judge, Danlami Senchi, gave the order following an application of interlocutory injunction seeking an order of the court to suspend Oshiomhole, having been suspended as a member of the APC from his Etsako ward 10 in Edo State. Read more
Pope Francis appoints Okpalaeke Bishop of new Anambra Diocese (Nation)
Pope Francis has established the Diocese of Ekwulobia, Anambra State and named Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke as its first Ordinary.
Bishop Okpaleke was the Bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Ahiara, Mbaise, Imo state.
Announcing the appointment Thursday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral, Awka, Catholic bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor described it as ‘pleasant surprises.’ Read more
Ivory Coast president says will not run for third term (Guardian)
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara said on Thursday he would not run in October’s election, ending months of speculation over whether he would seek a third term.
October’s election is a major challenge for the Ivory Coast after its 2010-2011 ballot ended in violence between political rivals that killed 3,000 people.
“I would like to solemnly announce that I will not be a candidate in the October 31, 2020, presidential election and I will transfer power to the younger generation,” Ouattara said in a speech to Congress. Read more
Sovereignty wars: Kenya, Somalia reignite hostilities (Vanguard)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned neighboring Somalia to desist from actions deemed as violations of its territorial integrity and sovereignty, multiple media outlets reported on Wednesday.
Kenyatta’s comments came after he chaired a special National Security Council session, the president is said to have alleged that actions of Somalia Army on 2nd March 2020 were in “flagrant breach” of Kenya’s sovereignty.
Reports earlier this week indicated that residents in Kenya’s Mandera County were forced to flee following clashes between the Somali National Army, SNA, and forces of its Jubaland region in the town of Bulla Hawa. Read more
China approves use of arthritis drug to treat coronavirus infections (Nation)
China is hoping to put a decade-old drug to use as it grapples with an outbreak of the deadly novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19.
According to Reuters, China has approved the use of the anti-inflammation drug Actemra, manufactured by Swiss drug maker Roche, to deal with complications among those infected with the novel coronavirus.
The disease has notably killed nearly 3,000 in China.
Actemra, also known as tocilizumab, was first approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for rheumatoid arthritis in 2010. Read more
Iran rejects US coronavirus aid offer (Vanguard)
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday dismissed a US offer to help the Islamic republic fight its coronavirus outbreak, charging that “vicious” American sanctions are depriving the country of medicine.
Iran has scrambled to halt the rapid spread of the virus that has claimed 92 lives out of 2,922 confirmed infections in the past two weeks.
Iranian Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi wipes the sweat off his face, during a press conference with the Islamic republic’s government spokesman Ali Rabiei in the capital Tehran on February 24, 2020.
READ ALSO:Iran seeks Germany, France, UK support on nuclear deal. Read more
South Africa reports first coronavirus case (Guardian)
South Africa on Thursday confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus, a 38-year-old male who travelled to Italy, health ministry announced.
“This morning,… the National Institute for Communicable Diseases confirmed that a suspected case of COVID-19 has tested positive,” Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement.
It is the first case in southern Africa, and the latest confirmed case in sub-Saharan Africa after Nigeria and Senegal. Read more
US election: Warren dropping out of presidential race (Punch)
Elizabeth Warren, once a frontrunner in the Democratic contest for the White House, is dropping out of the race, US media reported Thursday, following a poor showing in several statewide votes this week.
Warren, a 70-year-old progressive senator from Massachusetts, will hold a call with her campaign staff Thursday and announce that she is suspending her bid for the party’s presidential nomination, a source familiar with the plans told CNN. Read more
Former UN chief Javier Perez de Cuellar dead at 100 (Guardian)
Former UN chief Javier Perez de Cuellar, who was known for his peace-making efforts including brokering a ceasefire in the Iran-Iraq war, died Wednesday in his native Peru, aged 100, his son said.
Perez de Cuellar served as UN secretary-general from 1981 to 1991 when he was often described as a “pacifist by vocation and nature.”
Lauded by his countrymen as one of the most illustrious Peruvians of his era, Perez de Cuellar led the United Nations through a period marked by the fight against world hunger, the eight-year war between Iran and Iraq, as well as the civil war in US-supported El Salvador which led to UN-mediated peace talks. Read more
Arsenal star Torreira faces lengthy absence after fracturing ankle (Guardian)
Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira faces a spell on the sidelines after he suffered a fractured ankle in Monday’s 2-0 FA Cup victory over third-tier Portsmouth, the Premier League side announced on Thursday.
The 24-year-old Uruguayan international was stretchered off early on in the fifth round clash but Arsenal has not indicated when he might return only saying he faces further specialist reviews.
Other players must also wait for their return with defender Sead Kolasinac predicted to be out until the end of March with a shoulder injury. Read more
Ajunwa, nursing mother wow fans at Police Games (Nation)
THE 1996 Atlanta Olympics Games gold medallist, Chioma Ajunwa, was the cynosure of all eyes on in the football event of the on-going 12th Police Games taking place in Awka, Anambra state.
Ajunwa, who won an Olympic gold medal for Nigeria in the long Jump event in Atlanta and was also at the World Cup in the colours of Falcons in 1991, is representing Zone 2 in the football tournament at the Police Games.
Ajunwa scored a goal for her Zone 2 side in an earlier match but she took ill and was advised by the medics to rest on Tuesday .But she watched her Zone 2 side beat the Police Headquarters 1-0 in a keenly contested group encounter. Read more
No Liverpool, Real Madrid approach for Werner – RB Leipzig (DailyTrust)
Timo Werner RB Leipzig sporting director Markus Krosche has said the club have not received any approach for Timo Werner. And he has declared that he isn’t worried about speculation over a potential exit, stating that: “There aren’t many things that favour him leaving us.” Germany striker Werner has been in red-hot form for Julian Nagelsmann’s side this term. Werner, who turns 24 on Friday, is enjoying his best goalscoring campaign, having already bagged 28 times thus far. Read more
Police detain Ronaldinho, brother in Paraguay over fake passport (Guardian)
Ronaldinho and his brother, Roberto, on Wednesday, were detained by police in Paraguay after entering the country with a fake passport.
According to La Nacion, passports were found in the hotel bearing the names of Ronaldinho and Roberto with Paraguayan nationality.
Ronaldinho is currently without a Brazilian passport after having it seized because of an environmental issue in 2018. Read more
Beaumelle named Elephants new coach (Nation)
Frenchman Patrice Beaumelle has been appointed as the new coach of Cote d’Ivoire.
The 41-year-old replaces Ibrahim Kamara, who left the post by mutual consent in February.
It is a return to Cote d’Ivoire for Beaumelle, as he was assistant to his compatriot Herve Renard when the Elephants won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. Read more
Ghana’s ex-football chief charged with fraud (DailyTrust)
The former head of Ghanaian football Kwesi Nyantakyi was on Wednesday charged with fraud at a high court in Accra, after a landmark undercover investigation which exposed widespread graft in African football. An undercover documentary by journalist Anas Aremeyaw in 2018 sent shockwaves through the game in the West African nation, after showing Nyantkakyi allegedly soliciting kickbacks worth millions of dollars and accusing several footballing officials of corruption. The former head administrator was also shown allegedly receiving a $65,000 financial inducement. Appearing in court Nyantakyi plead not-guilty to the charges. Read more
Man City owners ‘seek French club purchase’ amid FFP violations (Vanguard)
Manchester City’s owners are reportedly in ‘advanced discussions’ to take over Ligue 2 side Nancy.
L’Equipe (via Sport Witness) claims a significant increase in TV rights in French football has increased interest in the country’s football clubs, with Nancy among a few sides approached by investors.
The report claims Manchester City’s owners would leave new Nancy president Jacques Rousselot in charge of the club for two years.
Those in charge of City’s club planning had been ‘studying’ the possibility of buying Nancy for months, according to the claims, but City’s recent problems associated with FFP are also said to be a factor. Read more