My leg was amputated after I was shot at Lekki Toll Gate – 23-year-old cobbler (Punch)
A 23-year-old man who claims to be a victim of Lekki Toll Gate shooting says that the subsequent amputation of his right leg is a nightmare he has been unable to wake up from
Twenty-three-year-old Olalekan Faleye, a survivor of the shooting that attended the peaceful #ENDSARS protest at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos, says he has become an amputee after the gunshot injuries he sustained to the leg on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.
He had undergone surgical amputation of his bullet-ridden right leg.
The shooting incident had attracted national and international outcry, with the Lagos State and Federal governments being urged to unravel the identity of the shooters and who deployed them. Read more
Aspirant preaches synergy between government, electorate to deepen democracy (Guardian)
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Candidate for Lagos State House of Assembly, Kosofe Constituency II, Olufemi Saheed has canvassed for synergy between the government and the electorate as the only way to make the citizens enjoy the dividend of democracy.
In a chat with The Guardian, Saheed, who asserted that the government’s focus on youth empowerment would go a long way to addressing youth restiveness, commended the Federal Government’s release of a social investment scheme in the sum of N75b for youth empowerment who are within the age range of 18 and 30, describing the move as a step in the right direction. Read more
Company worker arrested for threatening to kill promoted colleague, children (Punch)
The police have arrested one Peter Okoro, an official of a motorbike assemblage company in Lagos, for allegedly sending a threat message to the Financial Controller of the firm, Mrs Grace Ejeh.
Okoro, who is the union chairman in the company, reportedly asked Ejeh to resign within three weeks or risk being killed together with her two children.
Sunday PUNCH learnt that Okoro sent the threat message on November 7, 2020 – three days after Ejeh was promoted to her new position from Assistant Financial Controller.
In the message, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent, Okoro boasted that he only needed three bullets to ‘finish’ Eje and her “two kids,” but said he didn’t want to spill blood provided she vacated the office within three weeks. Read more
#EndSARS: Police killed my girlfriend, shot me in head, man tells panel (Nation)
A thirty-year-old man, Emmanuel Ajomafuwe, on Friday pleaded with the Lagos State Panel on Restitution for Victims of SARS and Related Abuses to help him get justice for his girlfriend, Ada Ifeanyi, who, according to him, was shot dead by a policeman.
Another witness, Mrs. Hannah Olugbodi, narrated how her left leg was shattered by a stray bullet fired by officers of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) two years ago, while the widow of a Lagos State Traffic Management (LASTMA) officer, Rotimi Adeyemo, killed by a policemen at Iyana Ipaja two years ago asked for scholarships for her three children up to the university level.
Ajomafuwe told the panel, chaired by Justice Doris Okuwobi, that he was driving with his 20-year-old girlfriend, Ada, around 7am on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Apapa, Lagos when he
was accosted by a team of policemen who claimed that they flagged him down but he refused to stop. Read more
Drunken truck driver falls from Lagos bridge, drowns in river (Punch)
A truck driver identified simply as Taiwo has met his tragic end after he fell from a bridge in the Kirikiri area of Lagos State and drowned.
Taiwo had reportedly parked a truck on the bridge on Wednesday to have fun, but he got drunk in the process.
Sunday PUNCH learnt that while he was sauntering on the bridge, he slipped and fell into the river below and drowned.
Some people who were at the spot at the time reportedly tried in vain to rescue the 32-year-old man, who lived in the Ifo area of Ogun State. Read more
Lagos hospital refurbished, supplied with equipment (Nation)
There was jubilation in Poka in Badagry Local Government Area of Lagos State as a non-profit organisation, the Sesi Whingan Foundation, refurbished and donated some medical and non-medical equipment worth millions of naira to a primary healthcare centre in the area.
Speaking at the event, which took place at the PHC Pota, Badagry, the foundation’s initiator, Prince Sesi Oluwaseun Whingan, expressed delight that he was able to put smiles on the faces of the residents by refurbishing and re-equipping the health centre.
He said: “The provision of basic amenities to the people ought to be sacrosanct and the responsibility of the government to facilitate quality of lives, but this cannot be abandoned to the government alone, hence the intervention of private individuals and institutions like his foundation. Read more
Hike in onion prices unexplainable — FCT residents lament (Vanguard)
Some residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have lamented the recent hike in the price of onions in the market, saying that most homes are doing with little or no onions in their meals
The residents, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja, said that the prices of onions had gone beyond the reach of average Nigerian.
Adullahi Ahmed, an onion seller in the popular Karu market, said that the prices of onions in the market was unexplainable and difficult to access, therefore necessitating hike in prices.
“The amount I bought a bag of onions is now N55,000 and it was lesser than that before, a bowl of onions which used to be N200 is now N400 and it contains nine onions. Read more
CBN injects N25b to fund cassava value chain in 2020 (Guardian)
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), yesterday, said it is injecting N25b into the cassava value chain this year.
The move, according to the Apex bank is to curb $600m spent on the importation of cassava derivatives into the country.
This is just as the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in the collaboration with the Federal Government has launched a revolutionary Development of the Cassava Value Chain.
The National Programme Coordinator, Value Chain Development Program (VCDP) Garba Bala, who spoke during the maiden National Dialogue on Cassava stated that about two years ago, a national dialogue on rice was held, which culminated in the massive production of rice, saying the aim is to see the same revolution in the cassava value chain. Read more
Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: PM claims capture of regional capital Mekelle (BBC)
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed says government forces are now “fully in control” of the regional capital of the northern Tigray region.
The army earlier entered Mekelle as it stepped up its offensive against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front.
The leader of the TPLF told Reuters it would continue to “defend our right to self-determination” and “fight these invaders to the last”.
Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in the conflict.
It began earlier this month after Mr Abiy announced an operation against the TPLF, the regional party, accusing it of attacking the Ethiopian army’s northern command HQ in Mekelle. Read more
Violence on streets of Paris as police brutality protests descend into chaos (Metro)
Violent clashes have broken out in Paris during protests against new security legislation.
Hundreds of black-clad demonstrators fought with riot police at the end of a rally against a new law which would restrict the publication of officers’ faces.
Masked protesters launched fireworks at police lines, put up barricades and threw stones before smashing shop windows and setting cars and a cafe on fire.
Police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the crowds and used a water cannon in the early evening on remaining groups of protesters on Place de la Bastille. Read more
Pope appoints Wilton Gregory first African American cardinal (BBC)
Pope Francis has appointed 13 new cardinals, including the first African American man to hold the role.
Wilton Gregory was installed at a ceremony in the Vatican, with participants donning face masks and some appearing via video link.
The 72-year-old Archbishop of Washington DC was announced as one of the new cardinals last month.
The red-robed cardinals are the most senior clergymen in the Roman Catholic Church after the Pope himself.. Read more
Coin removed from man’s nose after being stuck for more than 50 years (Metro)
A man has finally had a coin removed from his nose after it was stuck for more than half a century. The 59-year-old unnamed Russian man was aged just six when he wedged the money into his right nostril.
He was ‘too scared’ to tell his ‘strict’ mother about it and then later ‘forgot,’ local media reported.
The man apparently managed to live for the next fifty years unimpeded by the blockage until recently stared complaining he could not breath at all in his right nostril. Read more
Zappos ex-boss and Las Vegas entrepreneur Tony Hsieh, 46, dies after house fire (BBC)
Tony Hsieh, the former CEO of online shoe and clothing retailer Zappos.com, has died after a house fire in the US state of Connecticut.
Mr Hsieh, 46, who had been on a family visit at the time, only recently retired after 20 years leading Zappos, acquired by Amazon for more than $1bn.
He also played a key part in the restoration of central Las Vegas.
Tributes poured in on social media. Zappos said that the world had “lost a tremendous visionary”.
Tony Hsieh also wrote the book Delivering Happiness, which set out his philosophy of focusing on both customer and employee care. Read more
Selena Gomez fans left furious as Saved By The Bell reboot ‘mocks her kidney transplant’ (Metro)
Selena Gomez fans have been left fuming over a scene in the Saved By The Bell reboot, which appeared to mock her kidney transplant. The Ice Cream singer underwent life-changing surgery in 2017 over her battle with lupus – with pal Francia Raisa donating a kidney. The 28-year-old has spoken publicly about her health issues, and previously showed off her scar on social media. Her loyal fans were left reeling when the latest episode of the Peacock series referenced the illness. Read more
Bruno Mars creates Angela Davis-inspired art for charity (PageSix)
Bruno Mars is showing off his arty side for charity.
The Grammy winner has created a protest sign featuring Angela Davis as part of the Show Me the Signs benefit auction on Artfizz.
Mars has promised to match the winning bid.
Pieces have also been donated by David Hockney, Marilyn Minter, Cardi B and Billie Eilish. Read more
I’ll repay Rohr’s faith in me – Okoye (Punch)
Sparta Rotterdam goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye says he will repay the faith Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has in him by turning in a good performance for the Eagles.
Rohr has given Okoye four straight starts for the Eagles in all their games in 2020.
The Franco-German retained the 21-year-old in goal for the second leg of the Africa Cup of Nation’s qualifier against Sierra after conceeding four goals as the Eagles squandered a four-goal lead to draw 4-4 in the first leg four days earlier.
Speaking on his club’s YouTube page, Okoye said he wants to retain the Eagles No. 1 shirt even with the competition in the team. Read more
American football: Sarah Fuller makes history as first woman in a Power 5 game (BBC)
Sarah Fuller has become the first woman to play in a Power 5 match – the elite level of collegiate American football.
Fuller, 21, took to the field for the Vanderbilt Commodores as a placekicker in a road game against the Missouri Tigers in the city of Columbia.
“I just want to tell all the girls out there that you can do anything you set your mind to,” she said afterwards.
Fuller was called in because many players were self-isolating due to the coronavirus outbreak in the US. Read more
Daniel Dubois complained about eye nerve damage after shock Joe Joyce KO loss (Metro)
Frank Warren has revealed that Daniel Dubois complained about nerve damage to his eye after his loss to Joe Joyce. Dubois’ left eye had completely closed by the 10th round when he was caught by a left jab from Joyce. After a few seconds, Dubois winced and touched his eye before taking a knee for the full 10 count. The defeat is the first of Dubois’ short career, with the 23-year-old winning all but one of his previous 15 fights by knockout. ‘The eye was obviously a massive problem, you’ve just seen it, he couldn’t see out of it, it was what it was,’ Warren, who had spoken to Dubois after the fight, told BT Sport. Read more
Mahrez hat-trick as Man City thrash Burnley (BBC)
Riyad Mahrez scored his first Manchester City hat-trick as Pep Guardiola’s side beat Burnley 5-0 at Etihad Stadium for the fourth time in a row.
The Algerian curled two first-half efforts into the corner to ease any concerns about a perceived City scoring drought.
Benjamin Mendy drove home Kevin de Bruyne’s cross for his first City goal before half-time and Ferran Torres turned home his first Premier League goal after the break following a brief period of Burnley pressure. Read more
Tyson Fury sends message to Joe Joyce after he beats Daniel Dubois (Metro)
Tyson Fury has sent a message of congratulations to Joe Joyce following his KO victory over Daniel Dubois on Saturday evening. In an event contest at London’s Church House, Joyce registered the 12th win of his professional career in surprising circumstances as Dubois felt he could not continue in the 10th round due to an injury to his left eye. Joyce’s jab had been a problem for Dubois throughout the fight and another left to the 23-year-old’s eye led to him taking a knee for the full 10 count. Read more
Hazard injured again as Real Madrid lose at home to Alaves (BBC)
Eden Hazard suffered another injury setback as Real Madrid were beaten 2-1 at home by Alaves in La Liga.
Hazard, making only his third league start of the season and fourth in all competitions, was substituted after just 28 minutes with a leg injury.
Lucas Perez’s fifth-minute penalty put Alaves in front after Victor Laguardia’s header struck Nacho’s arm.
Joselu then slotted into an open goal after keeper Thibaut Courtois’ bad pass before Casemiro’s late consolation. Read more
Inside the wild life and mysterious death of boxer Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho (NYPost)
When boxer Hector “Macho” Camacho declared it was “Macho Time,” anything could happen.
Rudy Gonzalez recalled once driving his friend Macho from Los Angeles to Florida. Early into the trip, while Gonzalez was napping in the passenger seat, things went awry. Macho spotted a billboard for a Tijuana, Mexico, strip club, not realizing he’d have to cross the border to get there — an ill-advised move considering the kilo of cocaine in the trunk.
Gonzalez awoke just in time. Read more