Man bags death sentence for killing friend over N100 (Punch)
The Zamfara State High Court has sentenced one Anas Dahiru to death by hanging for killing his friend because of N100.
Dahiru was brought to the court in June 2017 for allegedly stabbing his friend, Shamu Ibrahim, to death .
Delivering the judgement, the presiding judge, Justice Mukhtar Yusha’u, said having listened to both sides, he convicted Dahiru for killing his friend. Read more
UNILAG VC, others extol Butali on endowed professorship appointment (Leadership)
Vice chancellor of University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof Folasade Ogunsola, dignitaries, friends and family have applauded the exemplary qualities of Prof. Azeez Butali who in September was appointed as an endowed professor at the University of Iowa where he presently works as Dental Scientist.
Ogunsola who spoke as mother of the day at the celebration party held in Lagos to honour Butali, lauded him as one with a large heart and a worthy professional UNILAG alumni that has made several feats in his medical profession and impacted lives within the institution and without.
She said the endowed professorship given to him in September is a testament that possibilities abound to anyone no matter the colour or circumstances, if only the person can dream and develop the right mindset towards achieving his or her goal. Read more
Dangote Refinery to commence fuel production as 1st crude shipment lands today (Guardian)
The Dangote Oil Refinery is finally set to commence fuel production as the first crude shipment arrives at the facility today, December 7, 2023.
This was confirmed in a report by S&P Global, which stated that the OTIS tanker, carrying a 950,000 barrels of Nigeria’s Agbami crude, set sail on December 6.
S&P Global added that the tanker is currently en route to Lekki, Lagos State, which is the nearest land port to Dangote’s offshore crude receiving terminal. Read more
Ogoni group moves to recall lawmakers over failed Fubara impeachment (Vanguard)
Ogoni Development Drive (ODD) says it has begun the process to recall four Ogoni lawmakers from Rivers House of Assembly over their alleged roles in the botched impeachment of Gov. Similanayi Fubara.
The lawmakers are Dumle Maol (PDP, Gokana constituency), Barile Nwakoh (PDP, Khana), Aforji Igwe (PDP, Eleme) and Bernard Ngba (PDP, Tai).
The advocacy group’s Convener, Comrade Solomon Lenu, made this known at a news conference in Port Harcourt on Thursday. Read more
Abia YPP distances herself from chairman over appointment (Sun)
The transition committee Chairman of Umuahia North Local Government Area, Victor Ikeji, recently appointed the YPP state chairman as a Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Council Chairman.
In a release signed by Bestman Eruba, YPP state Publicity Secretary, the party said its leader in the state would meet soon to take a decision on the matter.
The release read in part, “The Young Progressives Party (YPP) in Abia State received with missed feelings the unfortunate news of the recent appointment of our State Chairman as Senior Special Assistant to the Transition Committee Chairman of the Umuahia North LGA, a development that has been misconstrued as the extinction of the party in the state. Read more
‘Kaduna Massacre Intentional,’ Gumi hits military (DailyTrust)
Kaduna State renowned Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has said that the Sunday bombing of villagers in Tudun Biri in Igabi Local Government Area of the state is intentional.
The scholar said it was wrong to target women and children, including the elderly, during war, yet the military decided to otherwise, thinking they were families of terrorists.
The scholar, who spoke while delivering his weekly lecture at the Sultan Bello Mosque, Kaduna, questioned that if the first bomb dropped on the people was a mistake as claimed, what of the second bomb that targeted those evacuating the bodies 30 minutes after as claimed by the villagers. Read more
NJC okays elevation of 11 Justices to Supreme Court bench (Vanguard)
The National Judicial Council, NJC, has recommended the elevation of 11 Justices to the Supreme Court bench.
The legal body took the decision at its 104 meeting that was held in Abuja on Wednesday.
The Council, in a statement it made available to newsmen through its Director, Information, Mr. Soji Oye, said it considered the list of candidates that was presented by its Interview Committee and at the end of deliberations, recommended the 11 Justices for the apex court bench. Read more
Gunmen attack Kogi Election Tribunal scribe, cart away petition documents (DailyTrust)
The Kogi State Police Command yesterday confirmed that gunmen attacked the secretary of the state governorship election tribunal, David Umar Mike, and made away with sensitive petition documents on the just concluded gubernatorial election in the state.
The state police command’s spokesman, SP William Aya, who disclosed this in Lokoja on Wednesday, said the attackers carted away all the petition documents filed by four political parties at gunpoint.
The documents carted away by the attackers included petitions filed by the Action Alliance (AA), Action People’s Party (APP), Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) and Social Democratic Party (SDP) as well as two record books and a bag containing his personal item. Read more
Beyoncé details Renaissance Film as “one of the hardest projects” she’s done in lengthy Instagram post (AS)
While Beyoncé doesn’t have a trademark on the phrase “all time,” it does seem the singer and the word go hand in hand. Rolling Stone named her one of the greatest vocalists of all time. Her contribution to Destiny’s Child helped the group become one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. And that is just the start for the iconic singer as she holds the most Grammy Awards held by any artist at 32. And when it comes to her net worth, that number soars above $450 million. Although the singer spent decades perfecting her voice and image, it seems that her newest film was “one of the hardest” projects of her career.
Between March and October, Beyoncé shared her music with the world thanks to her Renaissance World Tour. Much like Taylor Swift, the singer didn’t want to forget about those fans who weren’t able to secure a ticket to one of her shows. So, during the tour, she spent countless hours filming and interviewing for Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé. Read more
Halle Berry says she and Angelina Jolie had ‘‘rocky start’’ but ‘‘bonded’’ over talking about ‘‘divorces and exes’’ (ET)
The actresses are co-starring and co-producing the upcoming film ‘‘Maude v Maude’’
Halle Berry is getting candid about her “rocky start” collaborating with Angelina Jolie and how they eventually “bonded.”
In a new interview with Variety, the 57-year-old Oscar winner talks about the upcoming film ‘‘Maude v Maude’’, which she is co-starring and co-producing with 48-year-old Jolie. Read more
Governments are spying on Apple and Google users through phone notifications, US senator says (NBC)
Sen. Ron Wyden warned that foreign governments are spying on smartphone users by compelling Apple and Google to turn over push notification records, according to a letter he sent to Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday.
Wyden, D-Ore., said his office investigated a tip from last year alleging that government agencies have been “demanding” these records from both companies. Since push notifications like news alerts, emails and social media alerts travel through Apple’s and Google’s servers, they can reveal unique insights about how individual people use particular apps, Wyden explained in the letter.
Governments can force Apple and Google to hand over these records, just like they can be compelled to share any other information they have regarding their users, according to the letter. In the U.S., however, Wyden said information about push notification records cannot be released to the public. Read more
Writer, poet and Peaky Blinders star Benjamin Zephaniah dies (Sky)
He was diagnosed with a brain tumour eight weeks ago, with a post on his Instagram page describing him as a “true pioneer and innovator” who “gave the world so much”.
“Benjamin’s wife was by his side throughout and was with him when he passed,” it added.
Fourteen collections of his poetry were published as well as five novels. Read more
UNLV shooting: Former college professor kills three on Las Vegas campus (BBC)
Three people were killed in a shooting at the Las Vegas campus of the University of Nevada (UNLV) on Wednesday morning.
The gunman, described as a white former college professor in his 60s, was killed in a shootout with police.
One other victim is in stable condition at a local hospital, police said. Read more
Madrid imam, Arabic teacher arrested for ‘radicalising minors’ (Guardian)
Spanish police said Thursday they had arrested a 44-year-old imam who worked as an Arabic teacher and used his position “to radicalise minors” and recruit possible Islamic State (IS) members.
The Guardia Civil police force said the suspect was arrested on November 29 following an investigation which began last year after police identified him as having links to jihadist ideology and trying to indoctrinate minors.
The suspect, who worked at a Madrid mosque, had been detained “for using his role as a teacher to radicalise the minors he taught and to recruit potential members for Daesh”, using the Arabic acronym for the IS group. Read more
Seychelles: State of emergency after explosion and floods (AfricaNews)
“Following an explosion at the CCCL explosives warehouse which caused major damage (…) and extensive destruction caused by heavy rains, the President declared a state of emergency for today “Today December 7”, indicated in this text the president of the Indian Ocean archipelago, Wavel Ramkalawan.
“All schools will be closed. Only workers employed in essential sectors will be allowed to travel, to allow emergency services to do their crucial work,” he added.
The explosion took place in the Providence industrial zone on Mahé and caused enormous damage on site and in the surrounding area, added the presidency without further details. Mahé is the largest island in the archipelago, where 87% of the population of 98,000 lives. Read more
Pogba faces 4-year ban as prosecutors conclude investigation into doping scandal (Leadership)
Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba faces the threat of a four-year ban from football, with the investigation into his failed drugs test now complete.
The Russia 2018 World Cup-winner initially posted a positive test following a Serie A meeting with Udinese back on August 20. Elevated levels of testosterone were found in his system at that stage, while a B sample also came back positive in October.
Goal reports that the Anti-Doping Prosecutor’s Office has been looking into the case since then, with said procedural process running its course. It is understood that a request has been made for Pogba to be hit with a four-year suspension. Read more
Guardiola to ‘find a solution’ to Man City woes after Villa loss (Channels)
Pep Guardiola admitted he has to “find a solution” to Manchester City’s woes after the Premier League champions crashed to a damaging 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa on Wednesday.
Guardiola’s side were rocked by Leon Bailey’s second-half winner at Villa Park.
Fourth-placed City are now languishing six points behind leaders Arsenal after a fourth successive league game without a victory.
Villa have climbed above them into third place, with the treble winners looking more vulnerable than any time in recent memory. Read more
Arsenal’s Toney alternative, Man Utd put trio up for sale, Liverpool latest (Mirror)
The January transfer window is fast approaching and Premier League clubs are preparing to splash the cash.
Manchester United could be among them, as Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s £1.3billion deal to purchase a 25 per cent stake in the club will give the INEOS chief control over their football department. Targets are already being identified, although it’ll be just as important to see who leaves Old Trafford next month, with Jadon Sancho’s future in doubt following his public spat with manager Erik ten Hag.
Meanwhile at Arsenal, Aaron Ramsdale’s future remains a hot topic, after he lost his spot in the side to David Raya. Brentford striker Ivan Toney is also in demand, with the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea all interested in his services. Read more
AGL becomes official logistics partner of AFCON 2023, WAFCON 2024 (CompleteSports)
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) and Africa Global Logistics (AGL), a major logistics player in Africa, have concluded a strategic partnership making AGL the official logistics partner of the African
Africa Global Logistics thus becomes an official partner of the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations – Côte d’Ivoire 2023 and the TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations 2024.
This partnership between CAF and AGL, two organisations at the heart of Africa’s transformations; is an opportunity to contribute significantly to the development of football, a sport that unites and inspires African youth. By becoming the official logistics partner of CAF, AGL will offer
adapted, secure, and innovative logistics solutions, and will leverage its international logistics network in 47 African countries to support
activities for the promotion and development of African sport. Read more
NPFL24: Heartland triumph over Insurance to claim 1st league win (DailyTrust)
The wait is finally over as Heartland FC have finally won their first game of the season after defeating Bendel Insurance by a lone goal in the match day 12 fixtures of the 2023/24 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL).
Austin Osayande’s second-half strike ended the winless run as the ‘Naze Millionaires’ picked up their first three points to move up to 19th position on the league table. Prior to this game, Heartland had lost four games and drew seven.
In another game, Moses Omodumueke’s second-half goal was enough for Sunshine Stars to record their second South-west derby win of the season against Shooting Stars. Read more
Manchester United’s Ten Hag denies crisis at club (ESPN)
Erik ten Hag said Manchester United have not been a crisis club this season — despite negative headlines and a string of bad results — after two Scott McTominay goals secured a 2-1 Old Trafford win against Chelsea.
United won convincingly despite Marcus Rashford’s demotion to the substitutes’ bench, and the victory moves Ten Hag’s team to within three points of reigning champions Manchester City, who are fourth after a 1-0 loss at Aston Villa.
But with Ten Hag dropping Rashford and Anthony Martial following their poor performances in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United, the United manager rejected suggestions that his club had been in crisis in recent weeks. Read more