Man in court for allegedly stealing brother-in-law’s car worth 12m (DailyTrust)
A 26- year-old man, Babajide Bohan, who allegedly stole his brother-in-law ‘s jeep worth N12 million, on Friday appeared in a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ikeja, Lagos. Bohan, who resides in Jakande Estate, Lagos is charged with conspiracy and theft. The prosecution counsel, Insp. Innocent Odugbo, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Dec. 10,2019 at Victoria Park Estate, Lekki, Lagos . Odugbo alleged that the defendant broke into his brother-in-law’s bedroom, Mr Ayodeji Aderibigbe, and took the keys to his Lexus GX 460 SUV Jeep key and drove it away. Read more
Lagos to close Jonathan Coker road, demolish Costain Bridge (Nation)
The Lagos Government on Thursday announced that it would be closing down Jonathan Coker axis, Ifako-Ijaiye, on Saturday for installation of Level Crossing Rubber Panels by the contractor handling the Lagos-Ibadan rail project.
It added that the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) would also commence demolition of parts of the existing Costain Bridge and hoist the beams of the new bridge.
The state Ministry of Transportation said in a statement that the road closure and the bridge demolition were to facilitate completion of the construction of the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line.
“In line with the Nigerian Railway Modernisation Project (Lagos-Ibadan section) with extension to Lagos port at Apapa, the Lagos State Government will be closing down Jonathan Coker axis on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. the next day. Read more
I impounded my officers okadas – Lagos CP, Hakeem Odumosu (Punch)
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, on Thursday, said the uniformed men were not exempted from the recent restriction slammed on motorcycle and tricycle riders in the state.
He said his command was not discriminating in the enforcement of the Okada ban on announced routes in the state.
Odumosu said this during the 4th annual public lecture organised by United Action for Change with the theme “Security of Citizens as a Social Contract’’ in Lagos. Read more
Lagos not paid derivation fund as oil producing state since 2018 – Commissioner (Guardian)
Mr Olalere Odusote, Lagos State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, on Friday said the state had not received any derivation fund since it became an oil-producing state in 2018.
Odusote said this during the question and answer segment at the 2020 Badagry Youth Oil and Gas Conference, organised by the ministry.
The theme of the conference is “Youths Engagement in Oil and Gas Producing Area As a Panacea to Community Development”.
According to him, Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum Co. started oil exploration in Badagry communities two years ago (2018) before the present administration. Read more
Coronavirus: Nigerian pharmacies hike price of masks by 271% (Punch)
Community pharmacies in Nigeria have reported massive boom in sales following an alleged increased demand for face masks by Chinese firms and agents.
They suspected that “the unusual deluge of demand for face masks” might not be unconnected with the Coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, which had made the World Health Organisation to declare the virus a global emergency.
Speaking with PUNCH HealthWise, the Managing Director, NHC Pharmaceuticals Limited, Laide Soetan, said a Chinese firm had asked if she could ship about 100 cartons of the protective masks to China.
Soetan, who expressed surprise at the idea, said the client was also willing to pay for the shipment in dollars. Read more
Minimum wage: NLC commends Gov Makinde (Vanguard)
The Oyo State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), on Friday applauded Gov. Seyi Makinde, over the signing of agreement on the implementation of N30, 000 minimum wage for the state’s workers.
The state’s NLC chairman, Bayo Titilayo-Sodo, who made this known in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said that it was a welcome development and pleasing to hear.
“It was a joint agreement and I must tell you it was a good development that we are able to agree to the implementation of the national minimum wage for our workers. Read more
It’s premature for INEC to deregister parties – Falana (Punch)
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, on Friday, said the Nigerian constitution empowers the Independent National Electoral Commission to deregister political parties under certain conditions.
He, however, said the deregistration of 74 out of the existing 102 political parties by INEC on Thursday was premature.
Ninety-one political parties participated in the 2019 general elections, with 73 of them fielding presidential candidates.
Many held the view that having over a hundred political parties makes the conduct of elections unwieldy. Read more
NRC resumes Lagos-Kano train services five months after (Nation)
The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) on Friday resumed weekly Lagos-Kano passenger train service, five months after its suspension to facilitate the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line.
The long distance train, which departed for Kano at exactly 12:23pm, is billed to leave Kano on Monday and arrive Lagos on Wednesday for another trip on Friday.
Mr Jerry Oche, NRC, District Manager, Lagos State, told NAN after the train departure at Iddo Terminus, that no fewer than 200 commuters boarded the train with eight coaches comprising two air condition and six standard coaches.
Oche expressed satisfaction over the turnout of passengers for the Lagos-Kano train service, having been suspended before the total shutdown of all train operations on Sept. 30, 2019. Read more
Gokada branches into delivery, boat services after okada ban (Guardian)
Gokada has announced plans to go into delivery and scale boat services. Announcing the company’s plans, the CEO, Fahim Saleh, said: “We are pivoting to deliveries while transport gets figured out. We were always going to do deliveries and had started to develop the tech for it, but this ban accelerated the process.”
Saleh told Tech Cabal that Gokada boat service will launch anytime in February, or “real soon. One 24-passenger boat just came in, and another is sitting at the port waiting to be cleared from customs.” This news comes after reports that the firm had laid off over 50 per cent of its staff just days after the ban.
The president of National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), Activist Sunday Asuku, has condemned the sudden ban of okada and Keke Marwa in Lagos. Read more
Lassa fever: NOA commences sensitization of Benue rural populace (Vanguard)
The National Orientation Agency, NOA, has commenced the training of information managers and sensitization of the Benue rural populace on the danger of the dreaded Lassa fever.
Flagging off the training and sensitization exercise yesterday in Makurdi, State Director of NOA, Richard Abimiku said the programme would help create awareness about the dangers of the ailment and also prepare the agency’s Information Managers for enlightenment campaigns across the state.
He explained that the agency would not relent to ensure proper dissemination of information about the ailment in the rural communities to check its spread. Read more
Pope pronounces decision on married priests Feb. 12 (DailyTrust)
The Vatican on Friday said Pope Francis will on Feb. 12 release a document in response to a proposal to allow married men into the priesthood. The proposal is strictly limited to the Amazon region. It was made in October by a summit of bishops, known as a synod, in order to deal with a serious shortage of clergy in the sparsely-populated South American rainforest region. The idea outrages traditionalists, who fear it could open the way to the complete abolition of the celibacy rule for priests, which is not part of church dogma but has been in place since the Middle Ages. Read more
Quadre hits final in singles, doubles (Nation)
Nigeria’s Oyinlomo Quadre is yet to drop a set in her quest for glory at the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior Grade Three tournament holding in Pretoria, South Africa, as the national junior champion hit the final of the singles and doubles event of the tournament.
The 16-year-old continued her good form with another convincing win over Tunisia’s Feryel Ben Hassen in one of the semifinal matches played on Thursday.
Bent on clinching the title, Quadre demolished her Tunisian opponent 6-0, 6-2 to remain one of the players yet to drop a set in the competition. Read more
Lagos City Marathon: LASTMA deploys 350 officers for hitch-free exercise (Vanguard)
The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) says no fewer than 350 officers have been deployed and mobilised for the Access Bank-Lagos City Marathon billed for Saturday.
“We have about 350 officers minimum to control traffic for a hitch-free exercise; we are starting work from this night.
“Motorists should endure this; the marathon is a good thing for Lagos. Let motorists be careful on the road,” General Manager of LASTMA, Mr Olajide Oduyoye, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos.
He said that anyone that could postpone whatever he or she needed to do on Saturday to another day could consider doing so. Read more
D’Tigress beat Mozambique 85-51, close to Tokyo 2020 (Guardian)
Nigeria’s senior women basketball national team, D’Tigress took a bold step towards securing a 2020 Olympic Games ticket after recording a blowout victory against Mozambique, 85-51 points yesterday.
On the night that all the 12 players on the roaster scored at least two points, Promise Amukamara was the one who led the team with 14 points, five rebounds, five steals and three assists.
Rebound Queen, Evelyn Akhator picked up seven and scored nine points.Team captain, Adaora Elonu had 10 points, four assists and three steals with 100 per cent records from her two points attempts, while Ezinne Kalu recorded 11 points and five assists. Read more
I wanted to be a fisherman – Ronaldo (Punch)
Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that he envisaged becoming a fisherman on the shores of Madeira as a boy — not one of the greatest players to have ever graced the game of football.
The Portuguese superstar turned 35 on Wednesday and took a moment to look back on his incredible career, which has seen him win nearly all there is to win in the sport.
But today’s reality wasn’t even a pipe dream when he was a child, admits Ronaldo, who believed he would instead spend his day-to-day life on the coast of the small island where he grew up.
When asked where he thought he would be the age of 35 as a kid, Ronaldo told Canal 11, “I thought I was going to be a fisherman in Madeira. Read more
Sanusi urges Flamingoes coaches to consider good character in players’ selection (DailyTrust)
As they settle down to the business of screening players for the female national U-17 squad, the General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi yesterday charged the coaches of the Flamingos to place as much premium on good conduct, excellent character and level-headedness as on-field ability, in their final selection of players for the team. Sanusi spoke as he received the crew of assistant coaches Bankole Olowookere (assistant coach 1), Queendoleen Akpan (assistant coach 2) and Mohammed Ndanusa (goalkeepers’ trainer) at the NFF Secretariat in Abuja, as the crew intensified work ahead of selection of the squad that will confront Guinea in a 2020 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup qualifying fixture early next month. Read more
Flick prepared to be patient with Coutinho (Vanguard)
Bayern Munich head coach Hansi Flick said he is willing to grant Philippe Coutinho time to rediscover his best form after finding himself relegated to the bench behind Thomas Mueller in recent weeks.
The Brazilian playmaker hasn’t scored since bagging a hat-trick against Werder Bremen in mid-December, and was restricted to substitute appearances in Bayern’s past two Bundesliga matches.
Flick believes Coutinho, who has scored seven goals in 26 appearances while on loan at Bayern following a difficult spell at Barcelona, is feeling frustrated.
“I don’t think that he is happy with his current performances,” Flick said of Coutinho. Read more
Kobe Bryant memorial set for Feb 24 (Guardian)
Los Angeles will host a public memorial on February 24 at Staples Center for NBA icon Kobe Bryant and eight others killed last month in a helicopter crash, US media reported Thursday.
The Los Angeles Times, citing two unnamed sources, and CNN, citing a source close to the Bryant family, were among the outlets reporting the event, which had not been officially announced.
The Los Angeles Lakers — the club where Bryant starred for 20 seasons — Staples Center, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office did not immediately confirm the event was planned. Read more
Tokyo Olympics: Usoro gets sponsor through ‘Adopt-an-Athlete’ initiative (Nation)
As Nigeria’s preparations towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympics gathers steam, another athlete has been ‘adopted’ by a businessman under the ‘Adopt-an-Athelete’ initiative being promoted by Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare.
On Tuesday, the Chairman of Dakinda Football for Every Home Limited, Emmanuel Akpakwu, signed an agreement to pay Twenty Thousand Dollars (about 7.2 Million Naira) towards the podium performance of Ruth Usoro at the upcoming Olympics.
Usoro is a foreign-based track and field athlete that has won medals in 100m, 200m, long jump and triple jump events across the globe. The money being donated is to ensure she is in top shape for the Olympics. Read more
Enyimba in good shape for Horoya FC, says Afelokahi (DailyTrust)
Although they face an uphill task against Horoya FC in the quarter-final of this year’s CAF Confederation Cup, Enyimba International FC goalkeeper, Theophilus Afelokahi is optimistic that his team will get the job done against the Guineans. On Wednesday in Cairo, the Confederation of African Football, CAF, paired the two West African giants in the quarter-finals of the Confederation Cup. Even as they won the prestigious CAF Champions League back to back in 2003 and 2004, Enyimba are yet to win the CAF Confederation Cup title. Speaking to Daily Trust, the former captain of Kano Pillars said the draw is not an easy one but said he was not expecting anything less than what Enyimba got eventually. Read more
Fans divided over new Eagles kits (Punch)
The new Super Eagles kits unveiled by designers Nike and the Nigeria Football Federation on Wednesday, has elicited reactions from Nigerians on Twitter.
NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, in a chat with our correspondent, had described the jerseys as an improvement on the ones worn by the Eagles in 2018 and 2019.
But while some fans praised the kits, saying they were beautiful, others labelled them as below quality.
Among those who praised the design was Seun Obalola, who said, “Lovely jersey, some Nigerians that don’t really know what they want will still come and criticise it.”
“Amazing design, our new sponsor makes us good looking on the pitch,” Abdulrahman Barnawi added. Read more