Man arrested over attempt to steal from students’ hostel (DailyTrust)
A middle aged man, Binuye Femi, has been arrested over an attempt to rob students of the University of Lagos. The suspect was reportedly sighted by a police patrol team trying to scale the fence of the school along community road, Akoka.
It was learnt that the suspect had climbed the wall, but was ordered by the police to come down, or risk gun shot. Read more
Probe: Ambode’s lawyer denied entry to committee room (Nation)
Lawyer to immediate past governor of Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday appeared for the sitting of the joint committee of the state House of Assembly probing expenditures of the past governor but was not allowed into the committee room.
The joint committee has however adjoined its probe indefinitely in deference to a state high court ruling Wednesday morning that status-quo should be maintained.
The lawyer, Mr. Olaniran Obele from the chambers of Mr. Tayo Oyetibo (SAN), Counsel to former governor Akinwunmi Ambode, protested that they were not allowed into the committee meeting. Read more
Atiku loses at Supreme Court (DailyTrust)
The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeals filed by the by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the February 23 poll. The seven-man panel of the apex court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Mohammed said there is no merit in the appeal. The Appeal was hereby dismissed.
The CJN added that the panel has been reviewing the case for the past two weeks. Read more
Presidential Election Tribunal: Supreme Court’s verdict apt – APC (Nation)
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the Supreme Court’s verdict on the petition brought before it by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as apt.
The APC, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, commended the apex court for dismissing the PDP and Abubakar’s petition and for refusing to be blackmailed against its conscience.
According to the party, the victory won at the Supreme Court would enable the APC-led federal administration to go ahead and face its task of delivering the Next Level programme to the people of Nigeria, congratulating President Buhari, his deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), other party leaders and members of the party. Read more
Supreme Court ruling: Only God can bail out Nigeria – Secondus (Punch)
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, on Wednesday said though the Supreme Court had dismissed the appeal of the party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, against the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari, the final judgement comes from God almighty.
He stated that Nigeria is in such an untidy state that only God can
bail her out.
He spoke in a statement by his media aide, Ike Abonyi, while responding to the judgement of the Supreme Court dismissing their. Read more
Supreme Court judgment: Accept loss in good faith, Gbajabiamila urges Atiku, PDP (Punch)
The Speaker of the House of the Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has described the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the Supreme Court as a victory for democracy.
Gbajabiamila, who said though the victory of the President at the February presidential poll was never in doubt, however, expressed his appreciation of the final victory, “whereby Nigerian democracy was tested by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.”
The Speaker urged the PDP and Abubakar to accept the loss in good faith. Read more
South Africa police evict protesting asylum-seekers, arrest 100 (Guardian)
South African police on Wednesday arrested around 100 foreign nationals occupying an office building in Cape Town as part of a sit-in protest against xenophobia.
Hundreds of asylum-seekers have been camping at UN refugee agency offices in South Africa’s capital Pretoria and the coastal city of Cape Town since October 8.
The sit-in overflowed into the building housing the UN’s Cape Town office, prompting the landlord to successfully apply for their eviction. Read more
Let’s import rice into Nigeria – Vietnam (DailyTrust)
Deputy Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Vuong Dinh Hue The Socialist Republic of Vietnam yesterday begged the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to appeal to the Federal Government to allow its country import rice to Nigeria at discounted rates. The Deputy Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Vuong Dinh Hue, made the appeal in Abuja when he led a five-man delegation to meet the Adams Oshiomshole-led National Working Committee. Read more
Gas cylinder blast kills five children (Nation)
At least five children were killed after a gas cylinder being used to inflate toy balloons exploded in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Wednesday, police and firefighting officials said.
Speaking with newsmen, Mohammad Rasel, an official at the Fire Service and Civil Defence department, said that the cylinder went off as a vendor inflated the balloons to sell them among children gathered on the wayside in the Mirpur neighbourhood of Dhaka, leaving four of them dead at the scene,
According to the official, the children are between the ages of 7 years and 14 years. Read more
Saudi to stage first women’s wrestling match (Punch)
The first ever women’s wrestling match in Saudi Arabia will be held on Thursday, organisers said, the latest unlikely event staged in the kingdom as it attempts to shrug off an ultra-conservative image.
World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (WWE) said that its “superstars” Natalya and Lacey Evans will face off in the pay-per-view event which will also feature former boxing champion Tyson Fury as he takes on Braun Strowman.
The organisers said the two women had done battle in some tough bouts recently, including one that Evans, a former US Marine, “won by powerbombing her foe off the side of the stage and through a table”. Read more
Mercurial Sai’d hits hat-trick as Eaglets stun Ecuador 3-2 (DailyTrust)
Golden Eaglets defender Ferdinard Ikenna (L) fights for the ball with Adrian Mejia of Ecuador during their second group match played yesterday in Gionia in Brazil Five-time world champions, the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria yesterday recorded another dramatic victory in the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup as they came from behind to stun Ecuador 3-2 to book an early ticket to the Round of 16. Mercurial Ibrahim Sai’d was the hero of the night as he scored three brilliant goals to ensure the Golden Eaglets cruise to the Round of 16 with a game to spare.
The immensely talented youngster set the ball rolling for the Golden Eaglets as early as the fifth minute of the match with a calm finish after Ecuador goalie Jona Lopez’s blunder.Read more
Golden Eaglets’ victory, a lesson in resilience, says Buhari (Guardian)
President Muhammadu Buhari has applauded the performance of the Golden Eaglets in their second game at the ongoing Under 17 FIFA World Cup competition in Brazil, on Tuesday.
The Golden Eaglets won the match by 3-2 after they had trailed Ecuador by 1-2, 15 minutes to the end of the match.
President Buhari, in a statement by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina in Abuja, said: “The fact that the youngsters never gave up, and turned the table against their opponents, is a lesson in persistence and resilience.” Read more
Ekpenyong wants more private sector participation in South South sport (Guardian)
Peter Ekpenyong, whose wards, David and Rebecca, played in the final matches of the U-16 boys and girls’ categories of the just-concluded Chevron Junior Tennis Masters Championship, has called on corporate bodies within the South South region and the entire country to invest in sports development in the zone. Ekpenyong said there were abundant talents in the region, adding that helping them to build their talents would take the youths away from crime and other vices.
David Ekpenyong won the silver medal in the boys’ U-16 category after losing to Daniel Adeleye from the South-West in the final, while his older sister, Rebecca, won the girls’ version. Read more
Federer drops out of inaugural ATP Cup for family reasons (Punch)
Roger Federer has withdrawn from the ATP Cup, a new team competition to be held in Australia in January, citing “family reasons”.
“It is with great regret that I am withdrawing from the inaugural ATP Cup event,” Federer said in a statement.
“When I entered the event last month, it was a really difficult decision because it meant less time at home with the family and a fully intense start to the season. Read more
Man City stroll into League Cup quarters, Everton ease pressure on Silva (Guardian)
Manchester City cruised into the League Cup quarter-finals as Sergio Aguero’s double added to struggling Southampton’s misery in a 3-1 win on Tuesday.
Pep Guardiola’s League Cup holders were two up by half-time at the Etihad Stadium thanks to goals from Nicolas Otamendi and Aguero.
Guardiola had made nine changes to the team that beat Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday, giving a debut to 18-year-old midfielder Tommy Doyle. Read more
Frank Lampard warns Man Utd: ‘I won’t take game lightly’ (Vanguard)
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has warned Manchester United ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup meeting: “I won’t take this game lightly.”
United handed Lampard a cruel lesson on his competitive debut as Chelsea manager – thrashing the Blues 4-0 on the Premier League opening day – but the sides have endured contrasting fortunes in the top-flight since.
Chelsea are seven points and three spots above United after 10 games in fourth and have now won seven games in a row across all competitions. Read more
Puma confirms kits contract with AFN (Nation)
THE NationSport has exclusively confirmed from Germany-based sports apparel manufacturer Puma that it has entered into sponsorship deal with the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN).
Speaking through its Senior Manager Corporate Communications, Robert-Jan
Bartunek, Puma said that the deal came into being during the just concluded IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
Responding to enquiry by NationSport on Monday, Robert-Jan Bartunek said: “Thank you for reaching out to PUMA. Yes, as you could see at the World Championships in Doha, PUMA has a deal with the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN).” Read more
Svitolina hits form to storm into semis of WTA finals (Punch)
Defending champion Elina Svitolina stormed into the penultimate stage of the season-ending WTA Finals Wednesday after a commanding straight-sets victory over Simona Halep on Wednesday.
The world number eight took advantage of an error-strewn Halep and prevailed 7-5, 6-3 in one hour and 39 minutes at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre.
Svitolina is the first player through to the semi-finals, having also beaten world No.2 Karolina Pliskova in straight sets on Monday. Halep still has a chance of qualifying having overcome US Open champion Bianca Andreescu in a three-set thriller in her opener. Read more
Europe: Messi shines for Barcelona, Lukaku sends Inter Milan top (Vanguard)
Lionel Messi scored two goals and set up two more as Barcelona thrashed Real Valladolid 5-1 to move top of La Liga.
Ernesto Valverde’s side ran out comfortable winners at the Camp Nou, where Saturday’s Clasico against Real Madrid was due to be played before it was postponed until December because of political tension.
The unstoppable Messi teed up Arturo Vidal with a magical pass for the Chilean to put the hosts 2-1 ahead after Kiko Olivas canceled out Clement Lenglet’s early deflected opener. Read more