Lekki shootings: We treated gunshot victims, others for days, says Reddington surgeon (Punch)
A trauma and orthopaedic surgeon with Reddington Hospital in Lekki, Lagos, Dr Babajide Lawson, on Saturday narrated how the hospital received and treated “a large number” of injured persons, including those with bullet wounds, on the night of October 20, 2020.
Lawson said the Lekki facility of the hospital was “literally overwhelmed” by the crowd of wounded persons, who were presented at the hospital at the same time, adding that he had to transfer some of the wounded persons to the Victoria Island branch of the hospital.
He said because all patients who come to Reddington Hospital with traumatic injuries had to pass through him, as the hospital’s surgeon in charge of trauma, he had a hectic evening, shuttling between the Lekki and Ikoyi branches of the hospital, attending to injured patients.
Lawson said some of the injured persons presented “entry and exit” bullet wounds. Read more
Tuition fee hike: LASU students reject Sanwo-Olu’s gesture (Vanguard)
The students of the Lagos State University, LASU, have rejected the reduction approved by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on their tuition fee, saying all they want is a reversal to the old rate.
The governor had earlier on Saturday approved the reduction of the fee from N67, 000 to N57, 000 per session payable by new intakes from 2020/21 session.
However, the students, in a statement on Saturday night by the Public Relations Officer of the Student Union Government, Adams Zaenab Olawumi, said what the students wanted was a reversal to the old rate of N25,000.
The statement read, “The leadership of the Lagos State University Students’ Union Government (LASU-SUG) extends Aluta Greetings to all students, comrades and stakeholders. Read more
I slept with my daughter just once – father (Vanguard)
A 19-year-old lady, Fatima Usman has revealed that her 52-year-old father Usman Momoh took her virginity at age 12 on the floor in their kitchen in Owo area of Ondo state. Fatima had in a viral video said that her father had been sleeping with her ever since while her mother refused to do anything whenever she reported to her.
According to her “My father would always threaten to kill me while holding a knife if I ever tried to expose him.
Akeredolu’ s wife intervene
Meanwhile, the wife of the governor, Mrs Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu has waded into the matter and sent a delegation to the family of the victim. The delegation was led by the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Gender Research and Documentation, Mrs Temitope Daniyan who was accompanied by officials of the Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA.
Mrs Akeredolu’s intervention reportedly led to the re-arrest of the suspect who is a Gardner in a tertiary institution in the state.
Police in the state had released the suspect after family members said they would settle the matter and that some rituals would have to be performed. Read more
Police debunk reports of hoodlums burning down 200 houses in Ibadan (Independent)
Contrary to some reports that over 200 houses and 29 vehicles were burnt in a hoodlums attack in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, on Friday, the State Police Command has on early hours of Saturday reacted to the development by debunking the rumour.
The Police Command through a signed press release made available to journalists over the development affirmed that such incident did not happened.
According to a copy of the press release issued and signed by the State Police Public Relation Officer, CSP Olugbenga Fadeyi, made available to SATURDAY INDEPENDENT in Ibadan stated as thus: No such incident happened and magnitude of houses or cars were burnt at Odo-Osun/Ita bale/Aderogba areas. Read more
Buhari revalidates his APC membership (DailyTrust)
President Muhammadu Buhari has revalidated his APC membership status earlier today at his Sarkin Yara polling unit in Daura, Katsina State.
The President was accompanied by some APC governors, the Senate President and the party national leaders.
Recall the president on Friday arrived Daura, his hometown, at the start of a four-day official visit.
According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Friday, during his stay there, the president was expected to participate in the All Progressives congress, APC, membership registration and validation exercise, among other engagements. Read more
Buhari appoints NDA Adjutant as new ADC (Guardian)
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed an Academy Adjutant of the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA), Lt-Col Yusuf Muktar Dodo, as his new Aide-De-Camp (ADC).
Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, yesterday confirmed the development.
Dodo will take over from Col. Lawal Abubakar proceeding on a promotion course. On completion, Abubakar is to be promoted to a new rank of Brig-Gen alongside his course mates.
Findings revealed Abubakar has been nominated to attend a five-month Strategic and Defence Course at Santiago, Chile between March 8 and July 30, 2021, a prerequisite for his promotion to the rank of Brigadier-General. Read more
Oyo crisis: Farmers flee as herdsmen allegedly attack Igangan again (Punch)
There is renewed tension in the Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State following the alleged takeover of two villages by some herdsmen.
The two villages, Kajola and Gbagba Idere, are located in the Ayete Local Government Area of the state.
Residents of Ayete told our correspondent that a Fulani herdsman, Iskilu Wakil, was asked to leave the villages because he did not buy the land he was occupying. Read more
Uncertainty as IGP Adamu retires tomorrow (DailyTrust)
There is uncertainty over what happens at the Louis Edet House, headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) as the Inspector General of Police Mohammed A. Adamu is due to retire Monday.
Sources told Daily Trust on Sunday yesterday that there is frenzy and heightened intrigues within the police high commands and corridors of power in Abuja in the foggy race for the police top job.
Adamu, a member of the Police’s ASP Cadet Course 14, is due to retire on account of service years. The IGP clocks 35 years in service on Monday, having enlisted in the Police Force on February 1, 1986.
Typically, retiring IGPs have “pull out” ceremonies on their last day in office. But sources at the Police headquarters say there are no such plans yet for the outgoing police boss. Read more
Central African Republic’s capital in ‘apocalyptic situation’ as rebels close in (BBC)
The situation in the Central African Republic’s (CAR) capital of Bangui is “apocalyptic” as rebels encircle the city, a former prime minister says.
Martin Ziguélé said there was daily fighting across the country and that he couldn’t leave Bangui without an armed escort.
The UN says more than 200,000 people have fled their homes since the conflict erupted last month.
Rebel forces now control two-thirds of the country. Read more
Sophie, Grammy-nominated Scottish musician, dies at age 34 (CBC)
Sophie, a Grammy-nominated Scottish disc jockey, producer and recording artist who had worked with the likes of Madonna and Charli XCX, has died following an accident in the Greek capital of Athens. She was 34.
In a statement, U.K. label Transgressive said the musician, whose full name was Sophie Xeon, died in the early hours of Saturday morning.
“Tragically, our beautiful Sophie passed away this morning after a terrible accident,” the statement said. “True to her spirituality, she had climbed up to watch the full moon and accidentally slipped and fell.” Read more
Angela Merkel urges patience with lockdown rules (DW)
Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday recognised families have had to carry an increased burden during the pandemic as Germany closed its schools, as well as asking parents to work from home.
However, she indicated it’s still too early to reopen Germany’s places of childcare and education.
“We are not yet ready to reopen daycare centers and schools,” she said in her weekly video podcast released on Saturday. “But the more consistent we are now, refraining from contact and keeping our distance, following hygiene rules and wearing masks, the sooner it will be possible again.” Read more
Kelly Rowland gives birth to baby boy, Noah Jon Weatherspoon (PageSix)
Singer Kelly Rowland is now a mother of two!
The Destiny’s Child alum welcomed her second son with husband Tim Weatherspoon last week, announcing the birth of little Noah Jon Weatherspoon Saturday via Instagram.
“On the 21st day, of the 21st year, of the 21st Century, Noah Jon Weatherspoon
Greeted us!,” the “Coffee” singer announced. “We are truly grateful❤️❤️❤️❤️ 1•21•21, 8:13pm, 7lbs. 8oz, 19in.”
The attached photo shows big brother Titan, 6, gazing into the newborn’s eyes.
Rowland announced her pregnancy last fall in her Women’s Health cover story. Read more
Zach Braff and Gabrielle Union to star in “Cheaper By The Dozen” reboot (Metro)
Scrubs star Zach Braff has signed on to star alongside Gabrielle Union in a Cheaper By The Dozen remake for Disney+. The 2003 flick featured Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt as the parents of 12 children and the pair teamed up again two years later for the sequel. For the uninitiated, the film followed Tom Baker (Martin) as he handles his absolute army of children while his wife is busy on a book tour. Now the Disney Plus remake will see Braff, 45, and the Bring It On actress, 48, star as the parents in a multiracial family. Read more
Fearing Beijing crackdown, thousands flee Hong Kong for the UK (CBC)
Cindy had a comfortable lifestyle in Hong Kong: she owned several properties with her husband, they had a good business going. But last year she made up her mind to leave it all behind and move her family to Britain, and not even a global pandemic was going to sway her decision.
“To uproot ourselves like this is definitely not easy. But things got uglier last year, the government was really driving us away,” said the businesswoman and mother of two young children who didn’t give her family name because she feared repercussions for speaking out against the Chinese government.
“Everything we value — freedom of speech, fair elections, liberties — has been eroded. It’s no longer the Hong Kong we knew, it’s no longer somewhere we can call home.” Cindy, who landed in London last week, is one of thousands of Hong Kongers fleeing their hometown since Beijing imposed a draconian national security law on the territory last summer. Read more
Russia braces for fresh pro-Navalny protests (DW)
Last week, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators protested in support of Navalny.
Authorities have ordered seven metro stations shut, while police asked Moscow cafes to turn off their wifi connections. Meanwhile, the editor of independent outlet Mediazona was arrested and later released on Saturday.
Russian police are bracing for more protests in support of detained opposition leader Alexei Navalny, after thousands were arrested during demonstrations a week ago.
Authorities have ordered seven metro stations in the center of Moscow to be shut on Sunday, while several streets around the seat of the government in the Kremlin will be blocked off.
Additionally, police asked Moscow cafes to turn off their internet connections on Sunday, and businesses, restaurants and cafes in the areas around the protest zones will be shut. Read more
Man Utd’s Marcus Rashford racially abused on social media (BBC)
Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford says he was subjected to “humanity and social media at its worst” after receiving racist abuse on Saturday night.
The 22-year-old, who was awarded the MBE for his work fighting child food poverty, received multiple racist messages on Instagram on Saturday.
They were sent to the England striker after his club’s 0-0 draw with Arsenal.
“I’m a black man and I live every day proud that I am,” he said on Twitter.
“No-one, or no one comment, is going to make me feel any different. So sorry if you were looking for a strong reaction, you’re just simply not going to get it here. Read more
Knicks’ Dennis Smith Jr asks to play in G-League bubble (NYPost)
Little-used Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. has requested to play in the upcoming G-League bubble in Orlando, Fla., to see some game action, a source confirmed Saturday.
Smith has been available but hasn’t played in the Knicks’ past six games and in 9 of 10 overall. He has totaled just 10 minutes in two appearances earlier this month since returning from a quad injury.
With rookie point guard Immanuel Quickley’s continued emergence, plus the returns from injuries by veteran guards Alec Burks and Austin Rivers, neither Smith nor fellow former lottery pick Frank Ntilikina (knee) have worked their way back into Tom Thibodeau’s playing rotation.
The Westchester Knicks are scheduled to open their 15-game Disney bubble slate on Feb. 10. Read more
US holds Jozy Altidore out of game citing transfer interest in TFC star (CBC)
US Soccer has opted to hold veteran striker Jozy Altidore out of Sunday’s friendly with Trinidad and Tobago, citing transfer interest in the Toronto FC star.
U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter told reporters Altidore had recovered from a “very very minor strain” and was in full training Saturday. But he said with the transfer deadline looming and the game so close, “it’s a chance we didn’t want to take with Jozy, so he will not be participating.”
“Throughout the last three weeks you wouldn’t believe the amount of calls I’ve been getting from clubs about different players,” Berhalter said Saturday. “You guys are part of that speculation. But you see it as well and you hear it. Read more
Former cheerleader sues Northwestern over alleged sexual harassment (NYPost)
Members of Northwestern University’s cheerleading team were forced to associate with drunk and belligerent fans without security, according to a lawsuit filed by a female former cheerleader against the university on Friday.
The 58-page complaint filed by Hayden Richardson in federal court and obtained by the Chicago Tribune alleged that members of the team were “presented as sex objects to titillate the men that funded the majority of Northwestern’s athletics programs.”
The suit says the team’s head coach, Pam Bonnevier, required them to “mingle” with the wealthy donors, who, Richardson said, touched her breasts and buttocks over her uniform and made “sexually charged comments.” Read more
Jesus earns Man City victory over Sheff Utd (BBC)
Pep Guardiola said his Manchester City players were “fighting like animals” after the Premier League leaders beat bottom club Sheffield United to record a club-record 12th successive victory.
Aside from Gabriel Jesus’ close-range strike from a Ferran Torres cross, an instinctive header from Bernardo Silva – created by a stray Oliver Norwood header – was City’s only effort on target until Aaron Ramsdale denied Oleksandr Zinchenko and then Aymeric Laporte from the corner that followed.
But the Blues’ defensive strength was again on show. Guardiola’s side have now kept five clean sheets in a row in the Premier League, and an impressive 11 out of 13.
The last team in England’s top flight to register 12 consecutive wins in all competitions were Arsenal, who did so between August and October 2007.
“In December and January to show this consistency is amazing,” Guardiola told BBC Sport. “In this league every game is so difficult. Read more
Borussia Dortmund end winless run against Augsburg (DW)
Desperate for points, Dortmund were able to break down a pesky Augsburg team for their first win three weeks. But early mistakes showed they are still not cemented as a top-four side.
Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Augsburg
(Delaney 26′, Sancho 63′, Uduokhai o.g. 75′ — Hahn 10′)
After earning one point in their previous three games, Borussia Dortmund’s task on Saturday was clear.
“We urgently need points,” sporting director Michael Zorc said ahead of Dortmund’s game against Augsburg.Losses to Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach last week saw Dortmund in seventh place entering the weekend. A win against the Bavarian club was a must if last season’s runners up wanted to maintain a legitimate challenge for a Champions League spot. Read more