Man arrested for defiling neighbour’s 13-year-old in Lagos (Punch)
A man, Sunday Ukeme, has been arrested by men of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly defiling his neighbour’s 13-year-old daughter in the Akodo area of the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, said in a statement on Sunday that Ukeme took advantage of the victim when her mother kept her in the custody of his wife and travelled for three weeks.
He said when the victim’s mother returned from the journey, the victim reported to her that Ukeme allegedly defiled her.
Ukeme was arrested after the victim’s mother reported the case at the Akodo Police Station. Read more
Only God can take my life, says Tinubu (Guardian)
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on Sunday said only God that can take his life since He is the only that also gives life
Speaking at a welcome party organised by the Lagos State government for him, Tinubu, took time to identified and thanked all the political leaders and groups represented at the welcome back ceremony, said he was very happy to be back home.
He also thanked God for sparing his life till the moment and seeing him through the medical trip.
Tinubu said despite his medical trip he cannot praise God better than any of those present at the ceremony and all those who prayed that he should return home safe and sound.
Disclosing that it was a day of joy for him, he prayed for the organizers the welcome back ceremony and that God will grant them their heart desires. Read more
2022 Budget: Presidency To Spend N1.6b On New Vehicles (DailyTrust)
The presidency has set aside a whopping N1.6 billion for purchase of vehicles and spares.
This is contained in the budget proposal President Muhammadu Buhari presented to a joint session of the National Assembly on Thursday.
The N16.39 trillion budget has a deficit of N6.26 trillion.
The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, had said the government would source for more loans to fund the deficit.
According to the estimate, the ongoing phased replacement of vehicles and spares will cost N1.6bn compared to the N436m set aside for a similar purpose in the 2021 proposal. Read more
Jaywon hits Brymo as feud with 2Baba rages (Nation)
Singer Jaywon, has blasted his colleague, Brymo over his utterances tirade against 2Baba.
In response to a suit sent by 2Baba’s lawyers on Wednesday over some accusations levelled against him, Brymo tweeted: “Bros!!.. your reign is over, stay at home!!.. start a farm. Na music we dey do for here, no be godfather we dey form!”
Reacting to Brymo, Jaywon in a video shared via his Instagram page chided the “Ara” singer for saying 2Baba’s reign has ended.
The “Ability” singer noted although they love Brymo, the journey he’s embarking on will most certainly not end well for him if he continues disrespecting 2Baba.
Jaywon said: “So for the past few days now, I’ve been seeing posts about Brymo saying all sorts of things about 2face,” Jaywon started. Read more
UNIPORT lecturer wins global scientist of the year award (DailyTrust)
A former Director of Academic Planning, Research and Control, University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), Prof Peter James Kpolovie, has won the global Scientist of the Year 2021 award.
Kpolovie was among the eight winners of the global competition organised by the International Achievements Research Centre (IARC) located in Montreal, Canada.
The competition is open to scientists, engineers, researchers and innovators from all over the world and everyone who had notable scientific achievements is eligible to apply.
IARC designed the event to foster the professional growth of talented scientists, engineers, and researchers from various regions of the world through showcasing the latest results of their work, their notable discoveries and breakthroughs that advance the frontiers of science and technology. Read more
2023: Lawmakers rejecting e-voting for self-interest, says Jega (Punch)
A former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Attahiru Jega, on Saturday criticised the National Assembly for downplaying the importance of the electronic transmission of results in general elections, saying that federal lawmakers were ignoring the innovation for self-interest.
Jega said the constitutional provision that prohibits the use of technology is a hindrance to electronic voting in the country which he said was cost-effective and easy to deploy.
He, therefore, urged the National Assembly to remove the legal encumbrance for electronic voting to be possible in the 2023 elections.
Speaking at a lecture titled, ‘Politics, governance and leadership recruitment in 21st century democracy,’ organised by Kwara Visioners Network for Rural Development at the University of Ilorin, Jega said, “The National Assembly, after 2019 elections, promised to review the electoral legal framework which will improve the integrity of the electoral commission. Read more
Paramount ruler of Jukun race, Aku-Uka of Wukari is dead (Vanguard)
The paramount ruler of the Jukun race and Chairman Taraba state Council of Traditional Rulers, The Aku- Uka of Wukari, HRH. Dr Shekarau Angyu Masa-Ibi Kuvyon II is dead.
Chairman of Wukari LGA, Adigrace Daniel, in a statement sent to Vanguard and signed by the SA media to Aku-Uka, Jolly Agbu Masa-Ibi, said the first class monarch died at the age of 84.
According statement titled Official Release, “The Aku Uka joined his ancestors at the age of 84 after leading the Kwararafa Race for 45 Years.
“All traditional rites in accordance to the Jukun tradition has since commences. Read more
Coalition Protests Arrest of Veteran Actor, Chiwetalu Agu (ThisDay)
The Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL), an umbrella body of all the youth groups in the South East, yesterday condemned the arrest of veteran movie actor, Chiwetalu Agu.
The coalition described Agu’s apprehension as illegal and unlawful, claiming the actor did not breach any law of the federation.
In a statement by its President-General, Goodluck Ibem, the coalition condemned the manhandling and torture of the army and arrest by the Department of State Security (DSS).
Agu had been arrested and later released by the Nigerian Army, in Onitsha, while distributing loaves of bread, dressed in colours suspected to be that of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Read more
FG approves release for new maize variety (Tribune)
The government of Nigeria has granted environmental approval for evaluation and open cultivation of TELA maize, a new maize variety developed by researchers at the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria that resists fall armyworm, stem borers and tolerate moderate drought.
This is contained in a certificate issued to IAR by the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), the federal government agency mandated to regulate genetically modified products in the country.
The certificate is dated October 8, 2021, with permit code no. NBMA/CM/003 was issued to IAR for General\Commercial Release of TELA Maize Genetically Modified for Drought Tolerance, Resistance to Stem Borer and Fall Armyworm. It comes into effect from October 8, 2021, to October 5, 2024.
A decision document accompanying the certificate from NBMA said that in arriving at the decision to grant the permit, the agency took into consideration the advice of the National Biosafety Committee, National Biosafety Technical Sub-Committee and the risk management report provided by the applicant. Read more
Craig David ‘lined up to be a judge on Simon Cowell’s new ITV talent show Walk The Line’ (Metro)
Craig David is being tipped to be a judge on Simon Cowell’s new ITV talent show Walk The Line.
It’s thought that the Seven Days hitmaker will join the music mogul on the panel and will make his debut on the series when it launches later this year.
A source told Metro.co.uk: ‘Craig David is an icon of the British music industry – but also as relevant today as he was when he burst on the scene back at the beginning of the Noughties.
‘He’s appeared on Simon’s shows before – and he’s widely respected – so it would make perfect sense for him to be involved in Simon’s new show.’ Read more
Czech election: Milos Zeman in intensive care after vote (BBC)
Czech President Milos Zeman has been taken to hospital amid political upheaval after a surprise opposition win in parliamentary elections.
The 77-year-old is a heavy smoker and former heavy drinker who uses a wheelchair and suffers from diabetes.
He was due to lead talks on forming a new government after Saturday’s vote.
Prague’s Central Military Hospital director said Mr Zeman was in intensive care for complications from a known condition. Read more
Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen could face legal retaliation for revelations (CBC)
Facebook has recently taken a harsher tone toward whistleblower Frances Haugen, suggesting that the social network giant could be considering legal retaliation after Haugen went public with internal research that she copied before leaving her job earlier this year.
US law protects whistleblowers who disclose information about potential misconduct to the government. But that protection doesn’t necessarily cover taking corporate secrets to the media.
Facebook still has to walk a fine line. The company has to weigh whether suing Haugen, which could dissuade other employees who might otherwise speak out, is worth casting itself as a legal Godzilla willing to stomp on a woman who says she’s just doing the right thing.
Facebook did not respond to emailed questions. Read more
Abdul Qadeer Khan: ‘Father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb’ dies (BBC)
The man regarded as the “father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb”, Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, has died aged 85 after being hospitalised with Covid-19.
Dr Khan was hailed as a national hero for transforming his country into the world’s first Islamic nuclear power.
But he was also notorious for having smuggled nuclear secrets to states including North Korea and Iran.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said Pakistan had lost a “national icon”. Read more
Adele gives fans preview of first new song “Easy On Me” in six years and we’re already obsessed (Metro)
As the nation sat down to watch Strictly Come Dancing, Adele was back on socials blessing us with an Instagram live stream for the first time as she prepares to release new music.
Adele, 33, gave out more goss about her upcoming album, which is thought to be titled 30, on Saturday evening, playing a snippet of lyrics from her new single to fans.
The clip played contained the lyrics: ‘There is no gold in this river that I’ve been washing my hands in forever.
‘I know there is hope in these waters, but I can’t bring myself to swim when I am drowning in the silence, baby let me…’ Read more
Pope meets Colombian nun after Mali kidnap release (BBC)
Pope Francis has met a Colombian nun who was freed on Saturday by Islamists in Mali after more than four years as a hostage, a Vatican spokesman has said.
After travelling to Rome, Gloria Cecilia Narváez met the Pope on Sunday before the celebration of a Mass.
The nun was taken hostage in 2017 while working as a missionary in Koutiala, about 400km (248 miles) east of Mali’s capital Bamako.
It is not clear whether a ransom was paid to secure her release. Read more
Vengeful Super Eagles tame Wild Beasts to revive Qatar 2022 World Cup hopes (Guardian)
Nigeria’s forward Victor Osimhen is challenged during the 2022 Qatar World Cup African qualifiers group 3 football match between Nigeria and Central Africa Republic. He was on target on Sunday against the CAR in Douala.
A maiden international goal for Leon Balogun and a strike from Victor Osimhen were some of the highlights at Douala’s Japoma Stadium on Sunday as a revenge-seeking Super Eagles side defeated the Central Africa Republic 2-0 to avenge last Thursday’s loss to the Wild Beasts and revive their quest for a ticket to the 2022 FIFA World Cup taking place in Qatar.
Gernot Rohr made three changes from the starting-XI that suffered that shock 1-0 loss to the CAR in Lagos, removing the trio of Francis Uzoho, Chidera Ejuke, and Ola Aina, and bringing in regular number one goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, Chidozie Awaziem, and Ahmed Musa, who officially made his 100th appearance for Nigeria after having two of his earlier caps yanked off by FIFA.
And it was Awaziem, playing as apart of a back-three alongside William Troost-Ekong and Balogun, who turned provider for Balogun’s and Nigeria’s opening goal on 29 minutes.
After the CAR, playing in Cameroon as a result of the ongoing war in their country, had partially cleared a long throw-in from danger, Awaziem floated a cross into the penalty area for Balogun, who had remained upfront after the throw-in, to volley into the back of the net. Read more
Tyson Fury parties on stage at Las Vegas nightclub after Deontay Wilder knockout win (Metro)
Tyson Fury celebrated his stunning knockout victory over Deontay Wilder by dancing topless on a stage at a nightclub in Las Vegas.
Fury, 33, knocked out Wilder in the 11th round of their captivating heavyweight clash at the T-Mobile Arena.
The Gypsy King was sent to the canvas twice in the fourth round but regained control of the fight before stopping Wilder late on in brutal fashion.
Following the knockout, Fury insisted he was not interested in talking about future fights and intended to celebrate the Wilder victory with his team and family. Read more
Turkish Grand Prix: Valtteri Bottas wins as Max Verstappen retakes title lead (BBC)
Valtteri Bottas won the Turkish Grand Prix as second place for Max Verstappen returned the Red Bull driver to the championship lead.
Lewis Hamilton was fifth, disagreeing with his team over the radio over their decision to make a late pit stop for tyres that dropped him down from third.
Verstappen leads Hamilton by six points with six races remaining this season.
In a tense race on a slippery track, Red Bull’s Sergio Perez took third ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. Read more
Andreescu marches to victory behind strong final set at Indian Wells (CBC)
Bianca Andreescu dominated when needed to advance to the third round at Indian Wells.
The Mississauga, Ont., native defeated American Alison Riske 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-2 in second-round action at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday night in Indian Wells, Calif.
Riske, 31, made it difficult for the reigning champion, who made just five out of 17 break points on the match.
Despite that, Andreescu turned it up a notch in the deciding set, winning four straight games by the time Riske took her first one of the set. Read more
Derrick Rose leaves Knicks’ win with sore ankle: ‘nothing serious’ (NYPost)
Derrick Rose sat out the fourth quarter of the Knicks’ 117-99 preseason win over the Wizards on Saturday night with a sore ankle, but the backup point guard said it’s not serious and perhaps was due to the tough training camp head coach Tom Thibodeau has run.
Throughout the fourth quarter, Rose flexed his foot and talked to trainers, before leaving for the locker room with one minute remaining.
“It’s nothing serious at all, but if I kept playing I probably would’ve made it worse,’’ Rose said. “I think I probably did it myself. It’s the second game — all this is new, moving around, Thibs training camps are different. I just have to take my time. I’m getting older. I tweaked it but didn’t twist it all the way. Thibs understood [when I took myself out].’’ Read more
Andorra 0-5 England: Jadon Sancho and Tammy Abraham seize their chance (BBC)
England’s victory was the sort that should be achieved against an Andorra side nestling between New Caledonia and the Dominican Republic in the world rankings.
It was as routine and comfortable as it gets in international football, but there was still plenty riding on this for some England players.
In Andorra’s picturesque Estadi Nacional, the Three Lions’ smooth passage towards the World Cup in Qatar continued uninterrupted – and there are still places up for grabs in manager Gareth Southgate’s team and squad.
That is why, even though Andorra are down at 156th place in those international listings, it was an important night for the likes of Tammy Abraham and Jadon Sancho.
It was also a night when Manchester City’s Phil Foden played at such an elite level that it is impossible to see how Southgate can leave him out of any England starting XI. Read more