NSCDC official shoots Lagos tricycle rider for overtaking van (Punch)
There was commotion along Oregun Road, Ikeja, Lagos, on Saturday as an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in the state shot a commercial tricycle rider.
Our correspondent learnt that the trigger-happy official was in an operational van together with his colleagues.
They were said to have accused the rider, whose identity has yet to be identified, of overtaking their vehicle. They reportedly disembarked from the vehicle, accosted the rider while one of them shot him. Read more
Two arrested for stealing celebrity’s Jewelry (Nation)
Two domestic workers, who allegedly stole a Cuban Diamond neck chain, a Frank Muller and Rolex wristwatches worth N243 million belonging to their employer, have been arrested.
Alex Obinyan, 39, cleaner and Ayuba Samson, 29, car washer, were nabbed on Wednesday in Borno after fleeing the Lekki, Lagos residence.
They were arrested after selling the Cuban Diamond neck chain and Frank Muller wrist watch for N6 million and N4 million in Lagos and Abuja. Read more
Sanwo-Olu draws curtain on 2019 Lagos International Trade Fair (Guardian)
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday declared the 2019 Lagos International Trade Fair closed, assuring investors that the government would continue to create the enabling environment for businesses to thrive.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 33rd Edition of the fair, which began on Nov. 1 at Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, had the theme: “Connecting Businesses, Creating Value.”
Over two thousand exhibitors from Nigeria, China, Japan, Ghana, India, European Union, Indonesia, Taiwan, Bangladesh, India, Cameroun, Benin Republic and Ethiopia participated in the fair. Read more
Lagos first lady denies partnership with NGO to remove mentally challenged from streets (Nation)
Office of the First Lady of Lagos State has urged the general public to disregard the claim purportedly linking the office to the programme of a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), ‘South-Westhire Health Trust’ to remove mentally challenged people from the street.
In a statement signed by Nwonah Olubukonla, Asst Director, Public Affairs, Office of Lagos State First Lady, the claim is false in its entirety as there was no such arrangement with the NGO.
In the statement titled, ‘Re: Vagrant Free Society’, the office said, “The attention of the Office of First Lady of Lagos State has been drawn to a Brochure of events by a Non – Governmental Organisation (NGO) that goes by the name; “South-Westhire Health Trust” planning to remove mentally challenged people from the streets of Lagos between 12th and 20th November, 2019. Read more
Minimum wage circular ready –Labour (Punch)
President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, on Saturday said there was confirmation from the Ministry of Labour and Employment and the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission that the circular for the new minimum wage of N30,000 would be ready soon.
On Friday, the President of the Trade Union Congress, Quadri Olaleye, told our correspondent that a letter, which would be jointly signed by the TUC and NLC, would be sent to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, to ensure the quick release of the circular.
He added that the circular was a confirmation that the Federal Government had begun full implementation of the new minimum wage. Read more
Outrage as Ganduje’s aide asks Emir Sanusi to shut up (Punch)
The Director-General, Media and Communications, Kano State Government, Salihu Yakasai, is under fire for insulting the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II on Twitter.
Yakasai, who tweeted through his handle, @Dawisu, on Sunday, asked the emir to “stop opening his filthy mouth” for making a comment over the abduction of some children from Kano State.
There had been a heated debate in recent time regarding the abduction of some children from northern Nigeria to the South-East where they were given Igbo names and converted to Christianity. Read more
Nigerian Army promotes 34 brigadier generals, 47 colonels (Nation)
The Nigerian Army Council has approved the promotion of 34 Brigadiers-General to the rank of Majors-General and 47 Colonels to the rank of Brigadiers- General respectively.
The new promotion was announced in a statement by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, on Sunday in Abuja.
Those promoted to the rank of Major General, according to Musa are: Brigadiers-General. S Idris, Defence Headquarters, D.C Onyemulu, Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre Oshodi, and B.O Sawyer, Army Headquarters Department of Policy and Plans. Read more
45m at risk of food, water shortages in southern Africa (Punch)
About 45 million people in Southern Africa are at risk of food and water shortages due to “the effects of changing weather conditions,” Evangelical Christian Aid Organisation World Vision on Friday said.
The World Vision Emergency Coordinator for Southern Africa, Maxwell Sibhensana, said this in a statement in Cape Town.
“This crisis is almost invisible to the public outside Africa, but on the ground, we are witnessing the devastating effects of changing weather conditions,” Sibhensana said. Read more
General election 2019: Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn to face off in live BBC debate (BBC)
The BBC will host a head-to-head debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn in the run-up to the general election.
The Conservative and Labour leaders will face off live in Southampton on 6 December – six days before the poll.
A seven-way podium debate will also take place between senior figures from the UK’s major political parties on 29 November, live from Cardiff.
And the BBC will broadcast several Question Time specials, including a show focused on younger audiences. Read more
Trump receives warm welcome at Alabama football game (punch)
President Donald Trump travelled to the deep South on Saturday to watch a hotly anticipated college football match and bask in the adulation of fans in the staunchly conservative region.
Trump, the target of an impeachment investigation that has consumed Washington, was greeted with loud cheers from the crowd of more than 100,000 when he entered his luxury box at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Some chants of “USA” also rang out as Trump waved from near midfield. Read more
Russia professor admits murder after woman’s arms found in bag (BBC)
A well-known Russian historian has confessed to murdering his lover – a former student – his lawyer says, after he was found in a river with a backpack containing a woman’s arms.
Oleg Sokolov, 63, was drunk and fell into the river as he tried to dispose of body parts, local media said.
Police then found the decapitated body of Anastasia Yeshchenko, 24, at his home.
Prof Sokolov is a Napoleon expert who has received France’s Légion d’Honneur. Read more
The black princess who ‘took on a white world’ (BBC)
The young woman arrived at Southend railway station by third class carriage with her heart set on winning the town’s beauty contest. But her entry would cause a scandal that made headlines around the world. Why? Because the year was 1908 – and she was black.
The manager of Southend’s Kursaal amusement park was sitting in his office when the telegram arrived from Great Yarmouth.
“Was not allowed to compete beauty show here on account of colour,” it read. “Have you any rule barring me? Reply Post Office, Princess Dinubolu, of Senegal.” Read more
Djokovic romps to victory in ATP Finals opener (Punch)
Novak Djokovic eased to a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Matteo Berrettini in his ATP Finals opener on Sunday as he targets a record-equalling sixth year-end number one ranking.
The Serbian, a five-time champion at the end-of-season event, was last week nudged off the top spot in the rankings by Rafael Nadal, who is also in the eight-man field in London.
Djokovic, who won the Australian Open and Wimbledon this season, must reach the final to stand any chance of dislodging Nadal but there are major questions over the Spaniard’s fitness. Read more
Kenyan wins Lagos Women Run as Njoku emerges veteran champion (Guardian)
Kenya’s Cheptoeck Careen and officer of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Bayelsa State Command, Genevieve Njoku, yesterday emerged winners in the Open and Veteran categories of this year’s fourth edition 10 kilometres race of the Lagos Women Run held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos State.
The race, which was flagged off by the wife of Lagos State Governor, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, began at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Onikan, eventually saw Careen winning the Women’s Open in a time of 28:55 to clinch first place, while Nigeria’s Deborah Pam came second in 31:05, as Elizabeth Nuhu Power finished third in 31: 52. Read more
Liverpool, Man City in potential title decider (Nation)
PREMIER League Gameweek 12 looks sets to be a cracker with the pick of the fixtures taking place at Anfield as Liverpool host Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp’s side could go nine points clear at the top of the table if they are victorious, so it’s no wonder the encounter is being billed as a potential title decider.
Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, has played down the significance of the trip to Merseyside but must know deep down that anything other than a win will represent a significant psychological blow to his players. Read more
Arsenal hierarchy make decision over Unai Emery’s future after Leicester defeat (Metro)
Arsenal’s hierarchy will not sack Unai Emery despite their woes continuing with a 2-0 defeat away at Leicester City on Saturday which leaves them eight points adrift of the top four places. The Gunners are enduring their worst ever start to a Premier League campaign, with Emery’s record now statistically worse than that of predecessor Arsene Wenger. There are growing calls among the Arsenal fanbase for Emery to be sacked, while reports emerged after the defeat to Leicester suggesting the club are in contact with former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique. Read more
Man Utd build momentum with win over Brighton (Guardian)
Manchester United’s upturn in form continued as Andreas Pereira and Marcus Rashford struck in a 3-1 victory over Brighton at Old Trafford that was even more comfortable than the scoreline suggested.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side also benefitted from a first half own goal from Davy Propper to recover from an unproductive spell that had seen them score just four times in their last four home league games.
United moved to within a point of the top five after scoring twice in two first half minutes and, although both came after significant deflections off Brighton defenders, it was no more than Solskjaer’s side deserved. Read more
EPL: Vardy fires Leicester to second, Chelsea extends run (NewTelegraph)
Even if another shock Premier League title isn’t on the cards, the outsider which won in 2016 is firmly a part of English soccer’s top four this season.
Beating Arsenal 2-0 on Saturday leaves Leicester second, five points off leader Liverpool, and with a nine-point cushion to the fifth spot, reports The Associated Press.
It also deepens the gloom at Arsenal, where Unai Emery is dealing with a five-game winless run as well as the now former captain Granit Xhaka’s rift with fans. Read more
CAF Confederation Cup draw postponed to Tuesday (Punch)
The CAF Confederation Cup group draw scheduled for Sunday has been postponed to Tuesday at the Cairo offices of the Confederation of African Football.
A CAF statement confirmed that the draw for the second-tier competition would take place at 1200 local time (1000 GMT), but did not explain the 48-hour delay.
The seeded draw will divide the 16 survivors from three qualifying rounds into four groups with the winners and runners-up progressing to the quarter-finals. Read more
Mesut Ozil carjacker begs for mercy in leaked video of prison attack (Metro)
One of the armed muggers who attempted to rob two Arsenal stars of their £200,000 watches has been filmed being violently attacked in prison.
Ashley Smith, 30, ambushed footballers Sead Kolasinac and Mesut Ozil with the help of accomplice Jordan Northover, 26, in Hampstead, northwest London on 25 July.
Smith was jailed for 10 years for the attempted carjacking this week, but before he was sentenced he was attacked in custody by another inmate armed with a knife. Read more