N100k bribe lands DSP in trouble (Vanguard)
One Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP Popoola Kayode, leader of Taskforce team operating around Lekki Ajah area of Lagos State and his team members have been arrested for collecting N100,000 bribe.
The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce), Head, Public Affairs Unit, Adebayo Taofiq said this in a statement on Sunday made available to newsmen in Lagos State.
Taofiq said that the bribe was paid by one Didi Ekanem, the owner of a Toyota Venza with registration number: APP 775 GJ who was caught driving against traffic (one-way) around Lekki Ajah Expressway.
According to him, the statement was necessitated in response to a story published on page 31 of the Sunday Punch Newspaper, dated Nov.22, 2020 with caption “Taskforce Commander Made Sexual Advances At Me – Didi Ekanem”. Read more
We’re not allowed to release bodies of #ENDSARS protesters – Mainland Hospital (Punch)
The management of Mainland Hospital, Lagos, says it received a directive from the state Ministry of Health not to release corpses of suspected #ENDSARS protesters.
Our correspondent visited the Mainland Hospital after the Chief Coroner of Lagos State, Mrs. Mojisola Dada, via a public announcement, directed relatives who had lost loved ones between October 19th and 27thto visit the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital to identify and claim bodies of their loved ones.
The #ENDSARS protests had lasted between October 7th and 20th in Lagos and several other states of the federation. Read more
LASUCOM inducts 49 doctors, dental surgeons (Nation)
The Lagos State University College of Medicine (LASUCOM) has been given the nod to conduct COVID-19 test by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The Acting Provost of the College, Prof. Abiodun Adewuya, said this weekend during the Induction of the 15th set of medical doctors/fifth set of dental surgeons in Ikeja.
He said the Molecular Laboratory of the College had been granted licence to operate and can conduct COVID-19 test and other tests.
Wth the latest induction of the 49 medical doctors and seven dental surgeons, LASUCOM has produced 858 medical personnel till date. Read more
Why Lagos disengaged isolation centre volunteer workers – Commissioner (Punch)
The Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, has given reasons for the disengagement of frontline volunteers who worked at some facilities where COVID-19 patients were being treated.
He said the workers’ disengagement was a routine practice.
Omotoso spoke in response to the disengaged workers’ allegation about non-payment of their two-month allowances.
The healthcare providers said they were frontline workers engaged by the Coalition Against COVID-19 to treat patients,in partnership with the Lagos State Government. Read more
NPA HQ attack: Minister says perpetrators should be punished (Guardian)
The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, on Sunday described the October 21 attack by hoodlums, masquerading as EndSARS protesters, on the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) headquarters as disastrous.
During a tour of the NPA headquarters, Amaechi also noted that the perpetrators of the act should be punished.
“The damage is disastrous. No matter how you want to vent your angers over police brutality, you don’t need to destroy people’s properties. Read more
I am not against 13% derivation for oil bearing communities – Okowa (Sun)
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State on Sunday said he is not in any way against the clamour by oil-bearing communities to be given funds directly from the 13 per cent derivation fund.
Okowa said his wish is that the agitation to benefit from the fund should be holistic and collective, and targeted at getting the Federal Government to give oil-producing states more percentage of funds from the remaining 87 per cent still being kept and shared across the country.
The governor who made this known in Asaba in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, noted that the clarification became necessary as a result of issues being canvassed by some groups and the slant adopted by a section of the media. Read more
Kidnapped Nasarawa APC Chairman murdered (Vanguard)
The Nasarawa APC chairman kidnapped last night has been killed and dumped few meters away from his residence in Lafia metropolis.
Meanwhile, Governor Abdullahi Sule, Senator Tanko Al-Makura, the speaker of the state House of Assembly, Abdullahi-Balarabe Ibrahim, the state commissioner of police, Bolak Longe, government official, party faithful and sympathisers are now in the house of the slain party chairman.
Vanguard reported earlier that the Police Commissioner, Longe, said the APC chairman was abducted from his residence in Bukan-Sidi, Lafia around 11p.m. on Saturday. Read more
Kidnapped ABU students regain freedom after N9m ransom (Nation)
Nine French language students of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria kidnapped last Sunday have been confirmed freed.
The nine students were on the way to Lagos for an immersion programme at the Nigerian French Language Village (NFLV) in Badagry when they came under attack by kidnappers along the Kaduna-Abuja highway.
Kaduna State Govermment confirmed two persons died during the incident and nine others rescued by security operatives. Read more
Student enrolment in basic classes hits 1.9 million in Kano (Guardian)
As Nigeria joined the rest of the universe to commemorate World Children’s Day celebration, Kano state has maintained lead in pupil’s enrolment with density of those in basic one to three alone now stood at 1.9 million.
The present enrolment figure of children in public primary schools steers concern amidst acute infrastructural deficit and growing number of out of school children in the state.
Kano state Commissioner for Education, Malam Mohammad Sanusi Kiru, disclosed the enrolment figure on Friday during a special kid’s takeover event organized by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to commemorate World Children’s Day celebration in Kano. Read more
Ethiopia rejects Tigray conflict mediation talks (BBC)
The Ethiopian government will not talk with leaders of the northern Tigray region to end the conflict there, an aide to PM Abiy Ahmed has told the BBC.
“We don’t negotiate with criminals… We bring them to justice, not to the negotiating table,” said Mamo Mihretu.
African leaders have urged the government to meet Tigrayan leaders.
The conflict has reportedly killed hundreds and displaced thousands in recent weeks. The UN has warned it could trigger a humanitarian crisis.
On Friday, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as the African Union Chairperson, announced the appointment of three former presidents to lead talks to end the conflict. Read more
Man sues doctor for allegedly having an affair with his wife (NYPost)
An Oregon man who was depressed over his failing marriage went to his family physician for help — only to learn the doc was having an affair with his wife, according to a new lawsuit.
The patient, 47-year-old Pierson Tone, is now seeking $2.9 million from longtime Bend, Ore., doctor Ronald Rosen in a lawsuit alleging professional negligence, The Bulletin of Bend reported.
“As a result of (Rosen’s) conduct, plaintiff sustained emotional distress including … the loss of his marriage and emotional and social destruction of his family,” states the suit, filed Monday in Deschutes County Circuit Court. Read more
Carleton University student hopes to include anti-bias training in all fields of study (CBC)
Some students and faculty at universities in Ottawa are calling for mandatory inclusion and diversity training as part of every curriculum. As Omar Dabaghi-Pacheco explains, it’s part of a grass-roots effort to eliminate discrimination in the workplaces of tomorrow. 2:24
Some students and faculty members at universities in Ottawa are calling on administrators to require inclusion and diversity training for all students to help eliminate discrimination, even beyond graduation.
“When we entered the workforce. We’re not prepared. We’re not well prepared to to face a diverse population,” said Carleton University student Khadija El-Halil, who wants to incorporate conversations about tackling bias and discrimination into all curriculums.
“My hope is to start with look at the root of the issue.” Read more
California’s Covid curfew to begin, as US cases hit 12-million mark (BBC)
California has begun a night-time curfew, in an attempt to curb a surge in coronavirus cases.
The western state’s latest figures are now worse than the previous peak in August, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Across the US, the daily death toll linked to Covid-19 has passed 2,000 for the first time since May.
The country has now more than 12 million confirmed infections, with more than 255,000 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
This is by far the highest death toll in the world. Read more
Miley Cyrus and Dua Lipa accused of stealing “Prisoner” video concept from Dream Wife (Metro)
Miley and Dua dropped their video this week Miley Cyrus and Dua Lipa have been accused of stealing a video concept from punk band Dream Wife. The video for Prisoners by Miley Cyrus and Dua Lipa has already garnered over 8 million views on YouTube in just a day. The raunchy video already has many talking, but it has also drawn comparisons to another video, which came out back in May. Dream Wife’s music video So When You Gonna… is shot from inside the mouth of a person on a night out at a gig. This same conceit also features in the video for Prisoners, which, in several small parts, feature the same ‘in mouth’ camera. Read more
China seeks to retrieve first Moon rocks since 1970s (BBC)
China is to make the first attempt to retrieve rocks from the Moon since the 1970s.
It is hoped the unmanned Chang’e-5 probe, to be launched on Tuesday, will bring back samples to help understand the Moon’s origin and formation.
The last mission of its kind, Luna 24, was by the Soviet Union in 1976.
If the latest probe is successful, China will become the third country to have retrieved lunar rock, after the US and the USSR. Read more
Singer Jeremih out of ICU, still suffering from COVID-19 (PageSix)
R&B singer Jeremih has been moved out of the ICU, though he is still hospitalized while suffering from COVID-19.
Last week, it was revealed that the “Late Nights” performer was on a ventilator and in a “bleak” condition.
It appears, however, the 33-year-old has turned a corner. His family told TMZ that “true healing” is set to begin now that he’s been moved out of the intensive care unit.
50 Cent revealed that the Chicago-based singer, whose real name is Jeremy Phillip Felton, was being treated in the Windy City. Read more
Aribo valued at £11m amid interest from European clubs (Nation)
Glasgow Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo is attracting huge interest from unnamed European clubs ahead of the reopening of the transfer window.
According to The Athletic citing football consulting and analysis firm 21st Club, the Nigeria international is valued at 11 million pounds, making him the fifth most expensive player in the Rangers squad.
The left-footer joined The Light Blues in the summer of 2019 and is contracted to the Scottish Premiership table-toppers until the end of the 2022-2023 season. Read more
Figueiredo defends title against Perez in biggest fight of UFC 255 (BBC)
Newly crowned UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo made his first title defence in impressive fashion in the main event of UFC 255.
The 32-year-old, who captured the vacant title with victory over long-time contender Joseph Benavidez in July, needed fewer than two minutes to submit American Alex Perez in the headline bout at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Figueiredo and Perez both started quickly as the pair traded powerful strikes early on before the American attempted to take the fight to the canvas. Read more
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hails Alex Telles after Manchester United’s win over West Brom (Metro)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer backed Alex Telles to be a ‘great addition’ for Manchester United after the left-back made his Premier League debut at long last in the side’s 1-0 victory over West Brom. The 27-year-old completed a £15million move from Porto to United in the summer but has had a frustrating start to his Old Trafford career and recently tested positive for Covid-19 while on international duty with Brazil. Telles’ only previous appearance came against PSG in the Champions League and the defender will no doubt have be desperate to give a good account of himself as Solskjaer handed him his first top-flight start versus the Baggies. Read more
Leeds United partner with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation agency (BBC)
Never before have Jay-Z and Leeds United been mentioned in the same breath but then along came 2020.
The Premier League newcomers have marked their long-awaited return to the top flight by signing a new partnership with the rapper’s entertainment agency.
In doing so, they join the likes of global music superstars Rihanna, Alicia Keys and DJ Khaled on its roster, as well as footballers Kevin de Bruyne and Marcus Rashford.
Esteemed company indeed. Read more
Barcelona’s Pique suffers Knee injury (Punch)
Barcelona’s Gerard Pique has sustained a serious knee injury, the club confirmed on Sunday, with the defender expected to be out for at least two months.
Pique cried as he hobbled off the pitch during Barca’s 1-0 defeat by Atletico Madrid in La Liga on Saturday following a collision with Angel Correa.
“Tests have shown that he has a grade 3 sprain in the internal lateral ligament and partial injury to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee,” said Barcelona in a statement. Read more
Amuneke should replace Rohr as Super Eagles’ coach, says Sule (Guardian)
Former international, Abdul Sule, wants Emmanuel Amuneke to take over from Gernot Rohr as Super Eagles coach, doubting the German-French capability to take the team further than he did in his first two years he was employed.
Nigerians were left startled when the Eagles gave away a 4-0 first half lead against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone and finally settled for a 4-4 score during the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) group L qualifier played in Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, Edo State. Read more