Lagos motorists, yesterday, denounced Lagos State Government’s one-way signage on Lagos roads, especially the one linking Ladipo International Spare parts Market from Charity Bus Stop.
The State Ministry of Transportation had in September, mounted barricades on the road, following the construction of Ladipo service lane, impeding motorists connecting Ladipo, Mushin, and environs from Lagos airport link-bridge.
The one-way signage was erected on August 23 without prior information, with Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Task Force) officers reportedly extorting motorists and impounding vehicles in the area.
The signage was mounted for easy construction of the service lane, with the view that it would be reversed after completion. Read more
‘Stop linking Osinbajo’s name with building collapse tragedy’ (Sun)
Yoruba Leaders’ Forum (YLF) has warned people linking Vice President Yemi Osinbajo with the collapsed high rise building under construction in Ikoyi, Lagos to stop tarnishing his image as he has no link with the incident.
In a release signed by YLF coordinator, George Olufemi Ogunjimi, the group said it is sad that a good name is being dragged into the mud following the tragic and sad incident at the Ikoyi building site in lieu of 2023 politics.
“The vice president has categorically denied being the owner of the land or an investor in the collapsed building and searches have proven his assertion on the issue to be true,” the group said.
YLF explained though the late Femi Osibona shared the same ancestral heritage with Osinbajo, they were never business partners. Read more
Virologist, NMA back Lagos N6,000 vaccination administrative charges (Punch)
The Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association has backed the state government in its bid to allow private hospitals to administer COVID-19 vaccine on residents.
The PUNCH reported that the state governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the unveiling of a campaign, tagged, ‘Count me in: Four million Lagosians vaccinated against COVID-19,’ said vaccination remained free in government facilities but those who wished to get vaccinated in private hospitals would pay an administrative charge of N6,000.
The governor noted that the move would allow more Lagosians to get vaccinated, thereby preventing the state from sliding into the fourth wave.
A Professor of Virology, Oyewale Tomori, in an interview with our correspondent on Tuesday, said some Nigerians may not mind paying the N6,000 administrative charges. Read more
ASF France rescues two victims of torture in Lagos (Guardian)
Avocats Sans Frontières France (ASF France), also known as Lawyers Without Borders, has successfully enforced the human rights of two victims of torture and arbitrary detention in Lagos State, by securing their unconditional release.
The action was in line with the group’s mandate of giving a voice to the defenceless through its Promoting the United Nations Convention Against Torture (ProCAT) project, which is aimed at ending torture in Nigeria.
Country Director of ASF France, Mrs. Angela Uwandu Uzoma-Iwuchukwu, who confirmed the development, in a statement yesterday, said prior to ASF France’s intervention, one of the victims, Mr. A. Abiodun had spent over seven years in arbitrary detention with torture in Lagos State, while Mr. A. James had spent over one year in arbitrary detention after being tortured.
She stressed that although Nigeria ratified the United Nations Convention against Torture (UNCAT) in 2001 and enacted a law prohibiting torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatments at the end of 2017 (Anti-Torture Act 2017), there are many obstacles to its effective implementation. Read more
LCCI reduces trade fair gate fee to boost patronage (Sun)
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has reduced the increased single entry ticket for the Lagos international Trade Fair from N500 to N350.
Justifying the initial increase, Chairman Trade Promotion Board, Gabriel Idahosa, explained that it was necessitated by the impacts of the general rising cost of goods and services in the country.
“We have maintained the old price of N200 for many years despite rising cost because our priority remains the interest of exhibitors.
“The increase this year was due to prevailing economic realities, which was obvious, from the price of fuel to that of diesel and a host of others. Read more
#AnambraDesides2021: Soludo wins Anambra governorship election (Tribune)
Independent National Electoral Commission INEC on Wednesday morning declared the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance APGA Prof.Charles Soludo as the winner of the Anambra state governorship as the winner.
Declaring the winner of the election , the returning officer in the election , Prof.Mrs. Florence Obi said that Prof Soludo having scored the highest number of cast and certified all the requirement is hereby declared winner and returned elected.
She said that , she certified that election was held in all the 21 local government area of the state.
” I Prof Florence Obi hereby certified that I am the returning officer of the Anambra state governorship election conducted on 6th and 9th of November 2021,that the election was held and Prof Charles Soludo having certified the requirement is hereby declared the winner and returned elected ” she said. Read more
Lilian Nnamani emerges Miss Curvy Africa Fitness (Vanguard)
The best international beauty pageant set to embrace plus size women in Africa (Miss Curvy Africa Reality Tv show 2021)held at Terra kulture Victoria Island Lagos. It was no doubt a pride to Nigeria to be the first country to host the Tv show and the event was graced with topnotch celebrities in the entertainment industry and fashion.
The competition was tough on stage as ladies from different countries battled for the grand prize and the most talented gorgeous lady scaled through and was crowned Miss Curvy Africa Fitness (3rd runner up).
Queen Lilian Nnamani started her journey in the entertainment industry since 2005 as a model, video vixen and was brand ambassador for Airtel, MTN, Etisalat, OLX and Ariel.
She proceeded into Nollywood movies and she has featured in couples of movies like Shanty Town, Blood Sisters and Teenagers Diary. Read more
KWASU lecturer arrested arranging ‘resit’ for female student in bedroom (Punch)
A lecturer at the Kwara State University, Malete, Pelumi Adewole, has been arraigned before a Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ilorin, Kwara State, for allegedly sexually harassing a student.
Adewole was arrested by the State Intelligence Bureau over offences bordering on criminal intimidation, sexual harassment and examination malpractices, among others.
The offences, according to the prosecution, contravene sections 397 and 95 of the Penal Code Law and Section 3(320) of the Examination Malpractices Act Cap. E15 Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and punishable under the same law.
The Kwara State Federation of International Women Lawyers (FIDA) was also a party to the case. Read more
It’s time to work, join me — Soludo extends hand of fellowship to opponents (Vanguard)
Anambra State Governor-elect, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, has extended a hand of fellowship to the other opponents who contested the election with him to join efforts with him to develop the state.
In an acceptance speech shortly after Professor Florence Banku Obi, the chief returning officer for the Anambra 2021 Governorship Election, returned him as winner of the poll, Professor Soludo vowed to ”work hard everyday and never disappoint Anambra people.”
Thanking the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for a successful election, even though many people could not vote, he said the outcome reflects the will of Anambra people.
”There is joy in the land. Kudos to INEC,” Soludo said. Read more
Prince Harry claims he warned Twitter founder of ‘coup’ before Capitol riot (NYPost)
Prince Harry claimed in a panel discussion that he warned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey about a “coup” being planned on the social media platform ahead of the Jan. 6 siege on the US Capitol.
“Jack and I were emailing each other prior to January the 6th,” Harry said Tuesday during a virtual panel called “The Internet Lie Machine,” part of the RE:WIRED conference.
“I warned him that his problem was allowing a coup to be staged,” he added. “That email was sent the day before. And then it happened and I haven’t heard from him since.”
A Twitter spokesperson didn’t respond to an email seeking comment. Read more
Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman push for federal legalisation of weed (USAToday)
Big cannabis companies are backing a new, celebrity-infused campaign to enlist marijuana users to pressure members of Congress to legalize pot nationwide.
Federal legalisation has advanced somewhat but still faces strong headwinds on Capitol Hill. The “Cannabis in Common” initiative launched Tuesday aims to change that – and it has nabbed actor Seth Rogen and comedian Sarah Silverman to push its message.
“Legalizing cannabis is long past due, and if we make enough noise, we can make it happen,” Rogen, co-founder of a cannabis company and enthusiastic user of the drug, says in a kickoff video.
Silverman voices another, animated promo. “Americans can’t agree on anything can we?” she asks. “Fortunately there is at least one thing most Americans have in common: more than two-thirds of us agree cannabis should be legalized and we have a real shot at getting federal legalization done now if we speak up.” Read more
Matthew McConaughey says he couldn’t mandate covid vaccine for Kids ‘Just Yet’ (TheWrap)
While appearing at the New York Times’ virtual conference, “DealBook Online Summit,” Matthew McConaughey once again teased his interest in running for governor of Texas. And perhaps coincidentally, the actor also went to great lengths to carve out some kind of perceived middle ground in the COVID-19 culture war.
Specifically, while McConaughey made clear more than once that he is vaccinated, he repeatedly emphasized that this was a choice he made, and also said that he wouldn’t mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for children “just yet.”
McConaughey, wearing sunglasses throughout the video chat, was there to discuss his upcoming book, “Greenlights: Your Journal, Your Journey,” with NY Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin. But the wide ranging discussion naturally gave him ample opportunity to at least suggest his ideological bona fides.
“People don’t want to be told what to do, don’t want to be legislated on what to do,” McConaughey said early on. “I think what some people get from my book is say hey, it’s a choice. We got choices. It’s not an obligation.” Read more
Northern Irish civil rights leader Austin Currie dies aged 82 (Independent)
Tributes have been paid following the death of Austin Currie, one of the key figures in the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland.
The 82-year-old died in his sleep at his home in Derrymullen, Co Kildare, on Tuesday.
Mr Currie, who also helped to found the nationalist SDLP party and was elected to parliament on both sides of the Irish border, was described by Tanaiste Leo Varadkar as “one of the outstanding politicians of his generation”.
He was born in Co Tyrone, the eldest of 11 children. Read more
Capitol riot: Trump’s closest aides summoned to testify (BBC)
The committee investigating the 6 January US Capitol riot has summoned more of former President Donald Trump’s closest aides to give evidence.
Among the latest batch is a former White House press secretary, a senior policy adviser and personal assistants.
The inquiry is trying to find out if Mr Trump had foreknowledge of the attack.
A mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol building and disrupted the official certification of President Joe Biden’s election victory. Read more
Heart disease can be prevented if you go to sleep at this exact time (Fox)
Going to sleep at a certain time is associated with a lower risk of developing heart disease, according to researchers.
In a study published Tuesday in the European Society of Cardiology’s European Heart Journal, a team led by the U.K.-based University of Exeter found that going to sleep between 10:00 and 11:00 p.m. was beneficial compared to earlier or later bedtimes.
The research included 88,026 participants in the UK Biobank who were recruited between 2006 and 2010.
The average age of the group – ranging from 43 to 79 years old – was 61 and 58% were women. Read more
Teacher filmed punching horse suspended from job as she ‘goes into hiding’ (Metro)
A primary school teacher has been suspended amid public outrage of a video showing her kicking and slapping a horse in the face.
Huntswoman Sarah Moulds, 37, is said to have gone into hiding after receiving death threats.
She teaches at Somerby Primary School and is also a director of Knossington & Somerby Pre-School in Leicestershire.
Mowbray Education Trust said in a statement: ‘We can confirm that a member of staff has been suspended pending a formal investigation into an incident that occurred at the weekend. Read more
Matildas captain Sam Kerr helps Chelsea thrash Servette 7-0 in Champions League group stage (ABC)
Sam Kerr is in red-hot form ahead of the Matildas’ friendly series against the USA this month, scoring twice and assisting two more as her Chelsea side demolished Swiss club Servette in the Champions League overnight.
Kerr’s first major involvement came in the 15th minute through a cheeky back-heel assist for strike partner Fran Kirby to put the Blues 2-0 ahead following Melanie Leupolz’s opener.
She then netted twice herself in the space of three minutes to make it 4-0. Two more goals to Kirby and Tokyo Olympic gold medallist Jessie Fleming saw Chelsea go into half-time 6-0 in the lead. Kerr’s final assist came just after the break as Norway’s Guro Reiten made it seven.
It was a baptism of fire for the Swiss champions, now home to Australian full-back Tessa Tamplin, formerly of the Newcastle Jets. Read more
Juventus ‘list Anthony Martial on five-man back-up list for priority target Dusan Vlahovic (DailyMail)
Juventus have added Manchester United outcast Anthony Martial to their five-man shortlist of strikers seen as back-ups for priority target Dusan Vlahovic, according to reports.
The Old Lady view the Serbia international as their number one target but could face a challenge to lure him to the Allianz Stadium with a number of Premier League clubs said to be circling.
A number of Europe’s elite have declared an interest in the 21-year-old, including Atletico Madrid and Tottenham, with Arsenal prepared to offer Fiorentina £68million.
Max Allegri has drawn up a back-up plan in case his side don’t bag the striker, which features Martial, according to Calciomercato via The Mirror. Read more
Joe Marler: England prop to miss Australia Test after positive Covid test (BBC)
England prop Joe Marler will miss Saturday’s Test against Australia in the Autumn Nations Series at Twickenham after testing positive for Covid-19.
Marler returned a positive lateral flow test on Monday with a subsequent PCR test also coming back positive.
The 32-year-old Harlequins forward will now isolate for 10 days in line with government regulations.
All other players and staff are waiting for PCR test results after additional lateral flow tests came back negative. Read more
James Pattinson suspended for throwing ball at Daniel Hughes in Victoria vs NSW Sheffield Shield match (ABC)
Victoria bowler James Pattinson has been fined 100 per cent of his match fee after being found guilty of throwing the ball at Daniel Hughes on the fourth day of his side’s Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales.
Pattinson, 31, threw the ball at NSW batter Hughes late on day four, striking him on the foot as Victoria hunted wickets to secure the win.
Hughes, batting in obdurate fashion in an attempt to salvage a draw for the Blues, played a defensive shot back to Pattinson with the score on 6-193.
The 21-time Test player then picked up the ball on his follow through and, out of frustration, hurled it back at Hughes — who had not left his crease — striking him flush on the foot. Read more
Sevilla are ‘fearful that Man United will trigger £69m release clause for Jules Kounde in January’ (DailyMail)
Sevilla fear that Manchester United could be planning a swoop for defender Jules Kounde in January, according to reports in Spain.
The LaLiga club knocked back a £42.5million offer from Chelsea for the Frenchman in the summer, demanding the Blues met their £69m asking price.
But Thomas Tuchel reportedly still holds an interest in the centre-back and Chelsea have shortlisted Kounde alongside Matthijs De Ligt as potential new centre-back options for next year.
Sevilla are now worried they could lose Kounde in the upcoming transfer window but it is Chelsea’s Premier League rivals United who are causing the concern. Read more
NFL Pro-Bowler Frank Gore to fight NBA All-Star Deron Williams on Fury-Paul undercard (BBC)
Retired NFL running back Frank Gore and ex-NBA point guard Deron Williams will meet in a heavyweight boxing match on the undercard of Tommy Fury’s fight with YouTuber Jake Paul.
Both had successful sporting careers, but have never boxed professionally.
“Expect fireworks,” Gore, 38, told fans as he prepares to face Williams, 37, who has declared a lifelong interest in combat sports.
The four-round fight takes place in Tampa, Florida, on 18 December. Read more
Arsene Wenger names the Arsenal player he regretted selling the most (Metro)
Arsene Wenger is credited with having sold over 500 footballers during his time as Arsenal manager, but the legendary former Gunners boss has revealed that one particular departure stands out as being particularly painful.
The 72-year-old left the north London club in the summer of 2018 following 22 years at the helm, during which he helped turn Arsenal into a modern footballing superpower.
While the second half of his tenure, and the latter part of his reign in particular, was characterised by supporter unrest as Arsenal struggled to keep pace with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City, the previous decade represented the most successful period the club had enjoyed since the 1930s.
Indeed, Wenger’s first full season in charge yielded a Premier League and FA Cup double as a side built around the famous back five, comprising stalwarts like Tony Adams and David Seaman, was complimented by exciting and often unheralded foreign imports. Read more