Magodo tussle: Lagos govt seeks clarification from S’Court over CoOs’ issuance (Vanguard)
The Lagos State Government has approached the Supreme Court for further directives and clarifications on ownership of the controversial Magodo Phase II Estate, Shangisha, between two factions of the judgment creditors.
The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, disclosed this through a statement on Friday while giving an update on the settlement of Supreme Court Judgement on Shangisha/Magodo Estate crisis.
Recall that armed policemen, who were acting on the instruction of the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, had laid siege on Magodo last December 2021, on the pretext of executing court order following a Supreme Court judgment ceding the ownership to Adebayo Adeyiga’s family, the Judgement creditor.
In the ensuing melee, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, intervened, resolving the Magodo Phase 2 Estate land dispute among warring parties with the allocation of 549 plots of land to judgment creditors within Shangisha area.
Sanwo-Olu, during a stakeholders meeting with Magodo residents, judgment creditors, members of Nigeria Police from the office of the Inspector General of Police, and members of the state executive council. set up a committee chaired by the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, and saddled with the responsibility of meeting with the Judgment Creditors (Shangisha Landlords’ Association) for possible resolution. Read more
12 new schools to take off In Lagos on Monday – Commissioner (Independent)
The Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, has said 12 newly-introduced, fit-for-purpose comprehensive schools will take off across the six education districts in the state on Monday.
According to her, two comprehensive schools had been established in each of the six education districts in the state.
She explained that the comprehensive school system provides suitable career-ready skills set to students with different profiles of intelligence or intellectual competence.
She also explained that the comprehensive school is not a new phenomenon, as many countries have adapted to the changing skills requirement of the 21-century technology age by designing a fit-for-purpose secondary school model. Read more
Missing Yabatech lecturer: ASUP collaborating with security agencies – Chairman (Vanguard)
The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, Yaba College of Technology, Yabatech, chapter, Mr Monday Ojo, has said the union is doing everything it can to find one of their members, Mr Adeyinka Ahmed Olamilekan, who has been missing for two weeks.
Ojo, in a chat with Sunday Vanguard, said the union had reported the matter at police stations in and around Epe, as well as the office of Department of State Service.
“He is a lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Technology in the Epe Campus of our institution. He was last seen on February 5 this year under the Ajah Bridge. According to his neighbour, he did not sleep at home that day.
“The matter was reported to his mother and when he was not seen the following Monday, the mother reported to his Head of Department. However, it was said that somebody also said he saw him that Monday. In any case, he has not been seen for about two weeks now. We are calling on anybody with useful information about him to please report to the nearest police station or Yabatech Campus in Epe or the main campus in Yaba,” he said. Read more
Ikeja Golden Lions Club applauded for touching lives of underprivileged (Independent)
Members of the Ikeja Golden Lions Club have again been commended for their unrelenting efforts of touching the lives of the needy and underprivileged in society.
The applause came last Tuesday at the club’s house in Opebi, Lagos, where they gathered with other members of the society, from different walks of life to celebrate this year’s Valentine’s Day.
Ahead of Valentine’s Day, earlier in February, the club had organised a programme that fed over 150 poor people. The feeding event served the poor people, catered for the blind, and also included administration of different tests on diabetic and hypertensive patients.
It was in the light of these good gestures that Lion Are Lekan Owolabi, first Vice District Governor, District 404B2 Nigeria of Lions Clubs International, who came to felicitate the club, applauded all the members of the club and urged them to keep the legacy of serving the humanity. Read more
APC Primary: Gov Oyetola wins own ward (Guardian)
Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun, on Saturday emerged winner in his ward, Iragbiji, Boripe Local Government Area of the state, during the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary.
Announcing the result of the direct primary at St. Peters Primary School, ward 001, Iragbiji, Mr Samson Oyebade, the electoral officer, said Oyetola scored 1,612 votes, to beat two other aspirants, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, and Lasun Yusuf, who scored no vote.
He said 2,053 party members were accredited for the exercise, adding that only 1,612 party members cast their votes for the governor.
In his remarks, the governor said he was not surprised that he won in his ward.
Oyetola, who described the exercise as a family affairs, said the primary was not expected to be a battle field.
He also urged party members to brace up for the challenges ahead. Read more
US-trained medical expert Durojaiye joins presidential race (Sun)
A Nigerian trained in the US in nursing and clinical science, Dr Abdulfattah Durojaiye, has declared his intention to contest for the 2023 presidential election on the platform of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP).
The 53-year-old Ogun State-born presidential aspirant made his intention known at the PRP’s national convention held in Abuja at the weekend.
He said Buhari has no reason to decline the signing of the Electoral Amendment bill to ensure that people like him could contest under a healthy electoral process.
Durojaiye, who spoke to the media on the sidelines of the accession, said his decision to contest was informed by the fact that successive governments have failed the country and the country has become more divided in recent times than what was experienced during the Civil War era.
“We can see the situation of our country and we can see today that Nigeria is more divided than even the time of the Civil War. Our country is going down the drain. This time calls for men of conscience to salvage Nigeria,” he stated.Read more
Ebonyi deputy speaker raises the alarm over impeachment plot (Nation)
Ebonyi Deputy Speaker Odefa Odefa has raised the alarm over plots to impeach him.
He raised the alarm in a statement on Saturday in Abakaliki, the State capital.
He also alleged some persons in the State were plotting to harass, intimidate and incarcerate him, members of his family and political associates.
He however did not name those plotting such moves against him. Read more
How FRSC reduced road traffic crashes by 54 % – Oyeyemi (Guardian)
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) says it significantly scaled down the number of Road Traffic Crashes (RTCs) from 28,215 in 1987 to 13,027 in 2021, representing a 54% reduction.
The Corps Marshal of FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, said this during the agency’s 34th anniversary award and dinner in Abuja.
Oyeyemi said that there was an alarming rate of road traffic crashes due to increased vehicular density on the roads prior to the establishment of the commission in 1988.
He said that the government had to take adequate measures as Nigeria was considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world to drive a vehicle. Read more
Again, 5 killed in Benue attack (DailyTrust)
Five people have been reportedly killed in a fresh attack on Tse Udeghe village of Mbapa Council ward in Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue State.
Witnesses said several people were injured when the gunmen in large numbers allegedly stormed the village about 4:30 pm on Thursday and opened fire on the inhabitants, killing four on the spot.
The witnesses also said the gunmen, about 7 pm on the same Thursday, blocked the Naka-Makurdi road around Ahume village and opened fire on a vehicle in motion, during which one of the occupants was killed, bringing the number of deaths to five.
A former information officer of Gwer Local Government Area, Francis Ugbede, said the victims of the first attack included a father and his son, alongside two others. Read more
How my facial scar almost made me ‘end it all’ – Actress Sonia Ogiri (Punch)
Nollywood actress, Sonia Ogiri, has spoken out about her battle with a facial scar that troubled her psychologically for years.
The US-based actress who recently underwent a cosmetic surgery to cover the scar, said the mark on her face made her lose confidence and led to nights of endless tears.
On Saturday, via an Instagram post titled, “My Scar, My Pain”, the actress detailed her experience looking for jobs and relating with people while dealing with the traumatising effects of the scar.
She wrote, “It all started in 2014. I lived with this total stranger called scar since 2014, and ever since then, I lost all confidence even with the smallest things. I remember when I decided to settle in the USA, looking for a job was traumatising because I would relate every rejection to the scar on my face. Read more
Tom Welling, “Smallville” and “Lucifer” star, lands next lead movie role (DigitalSpy)
Smallville star Tom Welling has landed himself his next movie role.
C Deadline, the Clark Kent actor, who also appeared in Lucifer more recently, will lead an action-thriller called Deep Six, from Death in Texas writer and director Scott Windhauser.
Welling will play a prisoner named Terry who is released early in order to go on an undercover mission in Italy. Unfortunately, things go terribly wrong and all of his teammates are killed on the first day.
He then has to team up with a psychopathic killer in order to fulfil his mission, while keeping his cover a secret.
Twilight, Easy A and The OC star Cam Gigandet will star opposite him, while The Irishman’s Al Linea, Death in Texas’ Cher Cosenza and Best Fake Friends Sidhartha Mallya have also been cast. Read more
Berlinale: ‘Baqyt’ and ‘Aşk, Mark ve Ölüm’ win panorama audience prizes (Deadline)
The Panorama prizes have been handed out at the Berlin International Film Festival, with top honours going to Baqyt (Happiness) and Aşk, Mark ve Ölüm (Love, Deutschmarks and Death).
Askar Uzabayev picked up the 24th Panorama Audience Award for best feature film for Baqyt, while Cem Kaya collected the Panorama Dokumente award for Aşk, Mark ve Ölüm.
The prizes were awarded by the Berlinale section Panorama, in partnership with radioeins and rbb television (Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg). In all, 8000 cinema-goers’ votes were cast over the course of the Panorama section of the festival.
In the film Baqyt, the main character is an orange-clothed influencer, whose brand is ‘Happiness’, contrasting with her dark and brutal home life. Judges said, “This film shows us what it costs to escape the trap of misogyny.” Read more
Apple reportedly pulls $2million sponsorship deal with Kanye West (NME)
Apple have reportedly pulled their sponsorship deal with Kanye West.
It comes after West, who is now known officially as ‘Ye’, revealed earlier this week that the only way to listen to his forthcoming album ‘Donda 2’ will be via his own Stem Player.
The player is a device that was first released in conjunction with ‘Donda’ last year and allows users to remix the album’s songs using stems of vocals, drums, bass, samples and more.
Now, according to DJ Akademiks on Twitter, Apple have reportedly pulled their sponsorship deal with West over the move.
The deal, which is said to be worth $2million (£1.5milllion) was pulled according to Akademiks because they were going to stream his DONDA listening party event on February 22.
Akademiks wrote: “Apple pulls $2 million + sponsorship deal from Kanye West after he announced he won’t be putting Donda 2 on Apple Music. They were going to stream the 2/22/22 event.”
In an Instagram post shared on February 18, West shared footage of an unreleased song playing on his Stem Player device. In the caption, the rapper said that ‘Donda 2’ would be available exclusively through the platform, saying it would not appear on Apple, Amazon, Spotify or YouTube. Read more
Tom Morello, Nandi Bushell and more team up with Afghan charity on new single ‘God Help Us All’ (NME)
Tom Morello, Nandi Bushell, Julien Baker and more have teamed up with an Afghan charity on a new single, ‘God Help Us All.’ Listen to it below.
The musicians have teamed up with The Miraculous Love Kids, a non-profit organisation that teaches music to young Afghan girls, to cover Morello’s Night Watchmen song.
The organisation was recently forced to stop its programme after the Taliban took over government control in Afghanistan six months ago. The song aims to raise awareness of the plight of girls in the country since the Taliban’s re-emergence.
The founder and director of Miraculous Love Kids, Lanny Cordola said: “It has been a hellish past six months trying to evacuate and relocate the girls and their families. Read more
Helen Mirren had an ‘Epiphany’ after 9/11 that led her to become a U.S. citizen (People)
Helen Mirren is a dame — but she’s also a proud American.
The 76-year-old British Oscar winner, who was appointed a dame by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003, became an American citizen in 2017, something she takes enormous pride in.
“My husband [Taylor Hackford] is American. My stepchildren are obviously American. My nephew lived in America, worked in America,” she tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “So I had certainly been an American resident for a very long time.”
The actress adds, “When I understood, which I hadn’t quite grasped before, that I could be a British citizen and an American citizen — because I would not like to give up my British citizenship — then I thought, ‘Well, that’s great. That’s the perfect world.’ ” Read more
Strictly’s Joanne Clifton shares health update on knee condition after BBC show exit (DailyStar)
Strictly Come Dancing champion Joanne Clifton has opened up about her health diagnosis which left her in tears.
The professional dancer, 38, was crowned the winner of the BBC dancing competition back in 2016 alongside Ore Oduba.
However, fans of the show were unaware that Joanne was battling osteoarthritis in her knees at the age of just 31.
She has been raising awareness about the condition, which can impact her daily life, but has vowed to never give up her career. Read more
General Hospital star Lindsey Pearlman dies age 43 after going missing (OK!)
Star of popular show General Hospital, Lindsey Pearlman has died as her body has been discovered five days after she went missing.
The actress who starred in General Hospital, Chicago Justice, The Ms Pat Show and Vicious, 43, was found dead in Los Angeles after she was reported missing.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) confirmed officers were called out at 8.30am on Friday to a radio call at Franklin Avenue and North Sierra Bonita Avenue regarding a death investigation.
The LAPD released a statement that read: “The LA County Coroner’s Office has since confirmed the individual to be Lindsey Erin Pearlman. The cause of death will be determined by the coroner.” Read more
My lawyers are studying it, Blessing Okagbare reacts to her 10-year AIU ban (Vanguard)
Blessing Okagbare who was on Friday handed a 10 years ban by the Athletics Integrity Unit for doping violations will not go down without a fight, according to a statement by the athlete.
Okagbare was banned for ‘five years for the presence and use of multiple prohibited substances and five years for her refusal to co-operate with the AIU’s investigation into her case.’
The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) pressed charges against Okagbare in relation to separate disciplinary matters in October 2021. First, for the presence and use of multiple (two) prohibited substances Human Growth Hormone (hGH) and recombinant erythropoietin (EPO) for which she had been provisionally suspended on 31 July 2021, the day on which she had been scheduled to participate in the semi-finals of the Tokyo 2020 women’s 100m.
Taking to Twitter, the 2008 Beijing Olympics long jump silver medalist acknowleged that she has seen the statement by AIU and her lwayers are working on it. Read more
Why Trent Alexander-Arnold is not in Liverpool’s squad against Norwich (Metro)
Why Trent Alexander-Arnold is not in Liverpool’s squad against Norwich
The right-back was one of several notable absentees for the Reds (Picture: Getty Images)
Trent Alexander-Arnold is not in Liverpool’s squad against Norwich after Jurgen Klopp opted to rest the right-back amid a host of changes from the side that beat Inter Milan in midweek.
The Merseysiders won 2-0 at the San Siro on Wednesday night and Klopp has opted to ring the changes for the visit of Norwich on Saturday, with seven new faces coming into the team at Anfield.
Alexander-Arnold is replaced by Joe Gomez in the starting XI and does not even make the bench, having been given the weekend off, while fellow full-back Andy Robertson is also rotated with Konstantinos Tsimikas coming in.
Liverpool new boy Luis Diaz
Luis Diaz starts alongside Sadio Mane and Mo Salah (Picture: Getty)
The Liverpool Echo report that Alexander-Arnold does not have any injury issues but, having played 90 minutes in Liverpool’s last 16 straight Premier League matches, Klopp felt he was in need of a full rest.Read more
Salernitana win appeal, game with Venezia will be played (FootballItalia)
It has been announced that Salernitana’s Serie A match with Venezia will have to be played after it was called off on January 6 due to a COVID outbreak.
The Disciplinary Commission has now set a precedent and continued along that path, agreeing that the rules at the time allowed for the ASL (local health authority) to over-rule the existing Lega Serie A protocol and order squads into quarantine conditions.
That means the teams will not be penalised with an automatic 3-0 defeat and be docked one point for failing to attend.
This is the second verdict to go in Salernitana’s favour, so they have two games in hand this season that need to be rescheduled against Udinese and Venezia. Read more
Zouma taunted by Newcastle fans as West Ham held to damaging draw (France24)
Kurt Zouma was taunted by Newcastle fans who jeered the West Ham defender and waved inflatable cats at him during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at the London Stadium.
Zouma was back in the spotlight after the France international pulled out of last weekend’s draw at Leicester, having fallen ill just minutes before kick-off.
Newcastle supporters showed no mercy to the 27-year-old, who was making his second Premier League appearance since a video emerged that showed him kicking and slapping his pet cat.
Zouma was fined two weeks’ wages by West Ham and dropped by his personal kit supplier Adidas. Read more
Ian Wright in car accident on way to MOTD as Arsenal hero shares pic of aftermath (DailyStar)
Ian Wright has been involved in what appears to be a car crash on the M56 en route to the MOTD studio in Manchester.
Fortunately it looks like the Arsenal and England legend came out of the accident unscathed and he appeared in good spirits.
He tweeted a selfie of himself on the side of the motorway, with his car in the background, reassuring his followers that everything is ok.
In the tweet to his two million followers he said: “Not a straightforward trip up for @BBCMOTD! Read more
World no. 1 Novak Djokovic set to return to court in Dubai for 1st time since Australian Open debacle (Forbes)
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is set to return to the court in Dubai this week for the first time since the Australian Open debacle in which he was deported ahead of the year’s first Grand Slam event.
Djokovic, 34, is set to face Italian Lorenzo Musetti in his first-round match on Sunday and has a tricky path to his sixth Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title.
He could face Roberto Baustista Agut or former Grand Slam winner Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals, rising Canadian stars Felix Auger-Aliassime or Denis Shapovalov in the semis and potentially No. 2 seed Andrey Rublev in the final.
Djokovic recently told the BBC he’s willing to skip future Grand Slam tournaments in defense of his vaccination status. Read more
US wins women’s bobsled bronze, giving Elana Meyers Taylor historic 5th Winter Olympics medal (ABC)
Team USA’s Elana Meyers Taylor won a historic bronze medal at the two-woman bobsled event, becoming the most decorated Black athlete in Winter Olympics history, with five medals.
Meyers Taylor, teaming up with bobsledder Sylvia Hoffman, finished at 4:05:48. She punched her fist in the air as she reached the finish line.
Last week, Meyers Taylor, 37, tied speedskater Shani Davis’ record for the most medals — four — when she won silver in the women’s monobob event, which debuted in Beijing.
The USA’s Kaillie Humphries, who won the first-ever gold medal in the women’s monobob event, finished seventh. Germany went 1-2, with Laura Nolte and Deborah Levi taking gold and Mariama Jamanka and Alexandra Burghardt getting silver. Read more