Man seeks justice for girlfriend killed by police (Nation)
A 33-year-old man, Emmanuel Ajomafuwe, on Saturday pleaded with the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry investigating rights abuses by the disbanded police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to help him get justice for his girlfriend, Ada Ifeanyi, shot dead by a policeman.
Ajomafuwe told the panel chaired by Justice Doris Okuwobi he was driving with his 20-year-old girlfriend, Ada, around 7 am on Saturday, April 13, 2019, in the Apapa area of Lagos when they were accosted by a team of policemen who claimed that they flagged him down but he refused to stop.
Ajomafuwe said he told them he did not see them stopping him as it was raining.
He said the development led to an argument between them and the police. Read more
How SARS stray bullet shattered my left leg – Woman (Punch)
A 35-year-old hairdresser, Mrs Hannah Olugbodi, on Saturday, narrated how she ended up on a crutch after her left leg was shattered by a stray bullet fired by some men of the disbanded police Special Anti-Robbery Squad who were attempting to arrest a young man with tattoos in June 2018 at the Ijeshatedo area of Lagos.
Olugbodi said the SARS operatives were at one Ogun City Hotel, to demand money to fuel their vehicle when they saw the young man with tattoos among a group of persons watching a football match at the hotel.
According to the petitioner, the owner of the hotel, one Abu, who usually gave the SARS operatives money, was not around to attend to them. Read more
Accident claims 6 lives on Lagos-Ibadan expressway (Guardian)
No fewer than six people were confirmed dead in an accident which involved a truck and a Honda Pilot Jeep in the Ogere area on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
One other person was badly injured in the accident.
Mr Ahmed Umar, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abeokuta.
According to Umar, the incident happened around 7 a.m. and was caused by excessive speeding on the part of the jeep driver. Read more
Hunters secure release of Akeredolu’s CoS wife (Nation)
Local hunters working with members of the Amotekun Corps have secured the release of the abducted wife of the Chief of Staff to Ondo Governor, Chief Olugbenga Ale.
Chief Ale’s wife was abducted on Thursday night while returning from Lagos along the Ondo-Akure highway.
She was released after about two days in the kidnappers’ den.
A source said the woman was released on Saturday morning after the hunters and other security agencies got to the location where the kidnappers kept their victims. Read more
FG electrifies Ogun community after 200 years (Punch)
The Federal Government through its Rural Electrification Agency on Saturday announced the provision of electricity to the Olooji community, Ijebu East, Ogun State, for the first time since the community came into existence 200 years ago.
It said residents of the community experienced power supply for the first time on Friday with the official inauguration of a 100KWP solar-powered off-grid electricity system by the REA.
The REA in a statement issued in Abuja by its spokesman, Mouktar Ebraheem, said the remote community had about 4,500 residents. Read more
Insurgency: 1.17m women, over 500,000 girls displaced in Nigeria – LEDAP (Vanguard)
Centre for Reproductive Rights and Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) has said that out of the 2.2 million Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs in Nigeria, 1.17 million are women while 510,555 are girls of reproductive age.
LEDAP, a non Governmental Organization, NGO made the disclosure in a report titled “The Conflict in Northeast Nigeria’s Impact on the Sexual and Reproductive Rights of Women and Girls” which it made available to Sunday Vanguard in Abuja over the weekend, attributing the situation to the lingering insurgency and insecurity in the north east part of the country.
It stated that sexual exploitation, HIV transmissions, inadequate access to sexual and reproductive health services, maternal deaths, and injuries were among the impacts of the conflict on women and girls. Read more
Wike woos investors over booming business climate in Rivers (Guardian)
Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers said on Saturday that his administration has created a safe environment for businesses to flourish in the state.
The governor made the assertion at the 60th anniversary and fourth quarter council meeting of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) in Port Harcourt.
Represented by his deputy, Dr Ipalibo Banigo, Wike said the state government was working hard to sustain the safe environment in order to attract more local and international investors to the state. Read more
Tiwa Savage’s “CELIA” makes Time Magazine’s top 10 album for 2020 (Nation)
Nigerian Female music icon, Tiwa Savage’s “CELIA” has been selected among the top ten 2020 album by Time Magazine.
Describing the album, Time Magazine says “the latest album from Savage, a Nigerian singer-songwriter who many call the “Queen of Afrobeats,” is characterised by an infectious buoyancy”.
“A veteran of the American, British and Nigerian music industries, Savage has an innate understanding of how various strains of music from the Black diaspora fit together, so R&B, rap, Afrobeats, and global pop coalesce seamlessly on the record”
“Savage’s featherweight and precise voice, flip fluidly between English and Yoruba, while bright horn sections drift in and out. Read more
Buhari to roll out autogas scheme Dec. 1 — NGEP Chairman (Guardian)
President Muhammadu Buhari will on Dec. 1 roll out the autogas scheme in Abuja as the Federal Government moves to create alternative fuel for automobiles and other prime movers in Nigeria.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Dr Mohammed Ibrahim, Chairman, National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP), made the announcement at a meeting with media stakeholders on Saturday in Lagos.
Ibrahim said the autogas scheme and deepening domestic utilisation of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) would create about 12.5 million direct and indirect jobs for Nigerians. Read more
Instagram model helps women catch cheating men by sliding into their DMs (NYPost)
A model from California is helping women catch cheating cads on Instagram.
Paige Woolen, 28, who has over 200,000 followers on her main account, has a side account, @dudesinthedm, from which she slides into the DMs of men who are suspected of cheating to see if she can catch them in the act.
“I had been noticing a lot of guys that DM me on my personal account had profile photos with their girlfriends,” Woolen told the Star. “It got me wondering if their girlfriends know or care that they DM random girls with photos in their bikinis.”
She posts images of the direct message exchanges she has with the men on Instagram, thus exposing the would-be cheaters. Read more
Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: Regional capital Mekelle ‘under heavy fire’ (BBC)
The capital of Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region has come under heavy shelling from government forces, aid workers and regional officials say.
The centre of Mekelle is being hit “with heavy weaponry and artillery,” the ruling regional party said.
The Ethiopian army has been locked in conflict with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) for weeks.
It says it hopes to seize the city from the TPLF within days, but will avoid harming its 500,000 civilians. Read more
France braced for more security law protests amid police violence (AlJazeera)
Dozens of rallies are planned on Saturday against a new French law that would restrict sharing images of police, only days after the country was shaken by footage showing officers beating and racially abusing a Black man.
The case shocked France with celebrities and politicians alike condemning the officers’ actions, and has brought the debate over President Emmanuel Macron’s law to boiling point.
Macron on Friday called the incident an “unacceptable attack” and asked the government to come up with proposals to “fight against discrimination”. Read more
Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam says she has to keep piles of cash at home (BBC)
Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has said in a TV interview that she has to keep “piles of cash” at home as she has no bank account.
This is because of sanctions imposed on her by the US Treasury, she said.
The sanctions on Ms Lam and other officials were in response to China’s new security law for Hong Kong.
Her revelation has prompted social media speculation about how the government manages to transport the leader’s generous salary to her home. Read more
Milwaukee County recount nets Biden 132 more votes after Trump campaign pours $3mn into audit (RT)
A ballot recount requested by President Donald Trump in Wisconsin’s largest county has given a slight bump to Democratic challenger Joe Biden, as local officials work through a second audit in another major district.
The new tally from Milwaukee County gave Biden a net increase of 132 votes after it concluded on Friday, out of some 460,000 ballots cast in total. While Trump himself gained 125 votes, the Democratic candidate accrued more than twice that number overall.
After losing out to Biden by more than 20,000 votes in the state, the Trump team called for recounts in two of Wisconsin’s largest and most Democratic-leaning counties — Milwaukee and Dane — hoping to flip the state red in what would have been a dramatic reversal. Read more
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh: Iran blames Israel for killing top scientist (BBC)
Iran’s president has blamed Israel for the killing of a top nuclear scientist on Friday, and said it would not slow down the country’s nuclear programme.
Hassan Rouhani also said Iran would retaliate over Mohsen Fakhrizadeh’s killing at a time of its choosing.
Fakhrizadeh was killed in an ambush on his car by gunmen in the town of Absard, east of the capital Tehran.
Israel has not commented, but it has previously accused him of being behind a covert nuclear weapons programme. Read more
Sharon Stone ‘astounded and grateful’ she’s still modelling at 62 (Metro)
Sharon Stone has shared a stunning new photo, explaining how she’s ‘grateful’ to still be modelling at 62. The star shared an Instagram photo of herself rocking a bodysuit and shirt, with co-ordinating yellow heels, striking a pose for the camera like the pro she is. ‘My friend and brilliant stylist @paris_libby sent me this today,’ she wrote. ‘I am not only astounded but grateful that I am still modeling at 62, La Dolce Vita, Thx to everyone who hired me this year. Ss.’ Read more
“Iwobi needs confidence to play in wingback position for Everton” (Nation)
The Toffees boss has signaled the Nigeria international could continue playing as a fullback in the absence of some of his defenders due to injury.
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti believes Alex Iwobi needs more confidence to play in the wingback position for Everton.
The 24-year-old delivered an impressive performance for the Toffees in the right-back position against Fulham last weekend. Read more
Bosso announces 20-Man list for WAFU U-20 Cup of Nations (Guardian)
The Flying Eagles of Nigeria will kick-starts their WAFU B U-20 Cup of Nations campaign on December 6th at the Stade de Galles in Porto Novo, Benin Republic. The competition, begins on December 5th, will serve as qualifier for the 2021 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Mauritania.
The 20-man list named by Head coach, Isa Ladan Bosso, for the tournament, included players from the former national youth team, the newly discovered players from the grassroots and foreign-based youngsters. Read more
UFC Vegas main event scrapped as heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes tests positive for coronavirus (RT)
The main event of UFC Vegas 15, set to take place on Saturday night at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, has been scrapped, with heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes testing positive for COVID-19 ahead of his bout with Derrick Lewis.
Blaydes was hoping to score a decisive victory over hard-hitting Lewis under the main event spotlight in Las Vegas to push his claims for a shot at the UFC heavyweight title in 2021, but thost hopes have been dashed following his reported positive test. Read more
Redemption time for Inter Milan against Sassuolo (Vanguard)
The action continues this weekend as the 2020-21 Serie A season enters Round 9.
The ultimate destination for lovers of ‘The Beautiful Game’is Supersport as all the matches will be broadcast live. Inter Milan succumbed to Real Madrid 0-2 last Thursday in the Champions League. Today’s fixture against Sassuolo in Seria A, could just offer Inter an opportunity to redeem their battered image.
The match is, no doubt, Italy’s top game of the weekend is the Round 9 opener this afternoon, as Sassuolo welcome Internazionale to the MAPEI Stadium. Read more
Jurgen Klopp explains decision to bench Sadio Mane for Liverpool’s clash against Brighton (Metro)
Jurgen Klopp has explained why Sadio Mane did not start for Premier League champions Liverpool against Brighton. Klopp made six changes for the trip to Brighton on Saturday, with Takumi Minamino starting alongside the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota. Nathaniel Phillips, Fabinho and Andy Robertson also started for the Reds in defence, with club captain Jordan Henderson returning on the bench following an injury lay-off. Mane, 28, has scored four goals and made one assist in eight Premier League appearances this season. Read more
Beat Spurs for Abramovich, Lampard tells Chelsea players (Nation)
Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard, wants to beat Tottenham for club owner Roman Abramovich.
Lampard paid tribute to Abramovich as the Russian billionaire prepares for his 1,000th game as owner of Chelsea.
“As a manager and a player who was involved in a lot of those games I can give him nothing but a huge thank you,” said Lampard, who returned last year as head coach. Read more