Off-Cycle Elections: Results will be uploaded on IReV – INEC (DailyTrust)
The Independent National Electoral Election says a total of 1.83 million persons who collected their permanent voters cards (PVCs) are expected to vote in Saturday’s off-cycle governorship election in Kogi state.
Resident Electoral Commission ( REC), Dr Gabriel Longpet, disclosed this in Lokoja, the state capital, while briefing newsmen on the level of preparation of the commission, on Friday.
He said the commission had observed the necessary formalities expected for a free, fair and credible election. Read more
Marathon: Sanwo-Olu shuts Lagos Island routes for 8 hrs, releases travel advisory (Vanguard)
Lagos State Government has announced traffic diversion plans on some routes in Lagos Island on Saturday, November 11, 2023, between the hours of 6.00 am and 2.00 pm for the Annual Women’s Mini Marathon in the state.
The Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Oluwaseun Osiyemi, who announced this on Friday, said the routes have been dedicated for the race to ensure the safety and security of the participants. Read more
2 die, 10 injured as vehicles crash at Kara, Lagos-Ibadan expressway (Tribune)
Two die, 10 injured as vehicles crash at Kara, Lagos-Ibadan expressway
Two persons died on Friday morning in a crash that occurred at the Kara turning of the inward section of the Lagos – Ibadan expressway.
Saturday, Tribune learnt that ten others were seriously injured in the accident that involved a white colour Mazda bus marked XV 945 EPE and an unregistered white and blue colour Howo Sino Truck.
The suspected causes of the crash were route violation and dangerous driving. Read more
Policemen, not hoodlums brutalised me in Imo, says NLC President Ajaero (Leadership)
The national president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Joe Ajaero, on Friday, narrated his ordeal in the hands of the operatives of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and thugs when he was assaulted during a planned workers’ protest in Imo State last week.
Ajaero, who gave the account of the incident while briefing journalists at the Pascal Bafyau Labour House in Abuja, stated that he was arrested by Police personnel from the State Police Command, who beat, blind-folded and dragged him on the floor like a criminal.
The Labour leader also dispelled rumour that the protest in Imo State was political and insisted that he was there to protest against the unfair labour treatment meted on Imo workers and violation of their rights. Read more
Jonathan preaches peace ahead governorship elections in Imo, Kogi, Bayelsa (Guardian)
Former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan called for a peaceful governorship elections on Saturday.
On Saturday, November 11, 2023, electorates will head to the polls in Kogi, Imo and Bayelsa to vote for their choice of candidates.
Ahead of the polls, Jonathan reiterated that a politician’s ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian. Read more
Ex-student stabs teacher to death in Taraba (Punch)
A secondary school teacher at the Government Model School, Jalingo, Taraba state capital has been stabbed to death by his former student now at large.
Police Public Relations Officer, SP. Abdullahi Usman, confirmed the incident on Thursday saying the teacher was attacked while in a tricycle following an earlier altercation with the student.
Usman said, “A former student conspired with his cohorts to stab his teacher, who was inside Keke NAPEP. Read more
NUJ Lagos elects Philip Nwosu as vice chairman (Sun)
The Nigerian Union of Journalists, Lagos Council on Thursday elected Mr. Philip Nwosu of the Sun Newspapers and the immediate past Assistant Secretary of the union as its new vice chairman.
Philip Nwosu defeated his only opponent in the election, the immediate past Treasurer, Iyabo Ogunjuyigbe with a margin of over 90 votes in the election which drew many journalists from various part of the state to the secretariat of the NUJ in Alausa.
The new Vice Chairman of the Lagos NUJ, Mr Philip Nwosu polled 277 as against 183 scored by Mrs Ogunjuyigbe. Read more
Tinubu mourns 1st Nigerian female Army General, Kale (Nation)
President Bola Tinubu has sympathised with the Kale family, the Nigerian Army, and the society of medical practitioners in Nigeria on the passing of Major-General Aderonke Kale (rtd).
The late Kale, who passed away at 84, was widely acknowledged to be the first female Major-General in the Nigerian Army and the first female Commander of the Nigerian Army Medical Corps. She retired from the Nigerian Army in 1997.
The president described Major-General Kale as a pace-setter and her death as a painful loss to the country. Read more
Nicola Coughlan to star in Doctor Who Christmas special 2024 (RTE)
Derry Girls star Nicola Coughlan is to swap period drama for science fiction after the Doctor Who boss confirms that the Bridgerton star will be in the 2024 Christmas special.
According to Variety, Doctor Who boss Russell T Davies revealed the news during a Q&A following a press screening of The Star Beast, the first of the BBC series’ annual specials. Celebrating the show’s 60th anniversary, this year’s specials bring back David Tennant as the Doctor and Catherine Tate as Donna Noble before Ncuti Gatwa takes over the reins as the fifteenth Doctor on Christmas Day.
Davies was asked if audiences can expect any special guests in the coming season. He said: “Nicola Coughlan at Christmas — not this Christmas, next Christmas. We’re shooting Christmas 2024 now.” Read more
KISS set to livestream final concert of 2023 Farewell tour (NME)
KISS have invited fans across the globe to join them for the final night of their farewell tour by sharing details of a livestream.
It comes as the glam rock veterans are currently on the final leg of their extensive farewell tour, and set to play what is marked as their final-ever live show in New York next month.
Taking place at the iconic Madison Square Garden on December 2, Gene Simmons and co. have now announced that they will be holding a livestream of the closing date – meaning that fans across the world will have the chance to watch them live at the event. Read more
Hunter Schafer interested in ‘‘Legend of Zelda’’ movie role (FarOut)
Euphoria star Hunter Schafer has revealed that she would be interested in portraying Princess Zelda in Nintendo’s forthcoming live-action movie adaptation, “The Legend of Zelda”.
On November 8th, the gaming giant Nintendo revealed that it had begun developing a live-action adaptation of the beloved video game franchise, The Legend of Zelda. The movie will be developed in association with Sony Pictures and directed by Wes Ball of Maze Runner fame.
The details surrounding the movie’s cast and release date are yet to be confirmed, leading to fan conjecture across social media platforms. Read more
“Deadpool 3”, “Captain America: Brave New World” and more Marvel movies get delayed release dates (FilmNews)
Marvel have overhauled their release schedule for 2024/25.
In the wake of the Hollywood strikes coming to an end, a number of box office moves have been made, with “Deadpool 3” being pushed back from 3 May 2024 to 26 July, which had originally been pencilled in for “Captain America: Brave New World”.
While it had been predicted the two films would simply swap release dates as ‘Captain America: Brave New World” had made more progress than “Deadpool 3”, with director Shawn Levy only completing 50% of the work on the latter, that is not the case and instead Julius Onah’s Anthony Mackie-starring film won’t hit screens until 14 February, 2025. Read more
US says Israel agrees to daily pauses in Gaza attacks, but fighting rages on (StraitsTimes)
The White House said on Thursday that Israel agreed to pause military operations in parts of north Gaza for four hours a day, but there was no sign of a let-up in the fighting that has killed thousands and laid waste to the seaside enclave.
The pauses, which would allow people to flee along two humanitarian corridors and could be used for the release of hostages, were significant first steps, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said.
But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested any pauses would be scattered, and there was no official confirmation of a plan for recurring breaks. Read more
Canadian Actors Union “relieved” at tentative SAG-AFTRA deal to end strike (THR)
The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists is “relieved” over the tentative deal reached by its sister SAG-AFTRA union with the AMPTP, representing major Hollywood studios and streamers.
“We’ve been following SAG-AFTRA’s negotiations closely. Their issues are the same as our issues. Their fight is our fight,” Eleanor Noble, ACTRA national president, said in a statement. The Hollywood actors strike officially ended at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. On Friday, the deal will go to the union’s national board for approval, ahead of a union ratification vote.
“We look forward to learning the details of the tentative agreement with the AMPTP,” Noble added as the U.S. deal, reached after a 118-day strike, could set the pattern for future Canadian writer-producer contract renewal talks. Read more
Freddie Flintoff’s Top Gear co-star shares health update after horror crash (OK!)
Freddie Flintoff’s Top Gear co-star Chris Harris has given an update on the former cricketer’s health after his scary car crash last December.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Chris said: ‘I think he’s healing. It was a serious incident. I’m not going to say any more than that. As I’ve said in the book and in the few interviews I’ve given, I’m so proud of the fact that team Top Gear kept everything quiet and we were dignified.”
Chris, who joined the BBC motoring show in 2016, continued: “There is nothing out there about what happened and there won’t be. There’s no mole in the organisation. I’m really, really proud of that. As long as he’s healing, it’s great to see him out and about being passionate about cricket. Read more
Orban nominated for Europa Conference League Player of the Week award (Guardian)
Super Eagles and Gent striker Gift Orban is in the running for the Europa Conference League Player of the Week award.
Orban and three other nominees were announced on Europa Conference League X handle.
The three other nominees are Daniel Peretz of Maccabi Tel Aviv, Jason Svanthorsson of Breidalik and Bodo/Glimt Cameroon player Faris Moumbagna. Read more
Gusau implores Falconets to grab Colombia 2024 opportunity (Sun)
President of Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau, on Thursday charged the country’s U20 girls, Falconets to go all out and win their FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup second round, first leg tie against Tanzania on Sunday in order to start paving their way to greatness in their chosen career.
Speaking when he visited the girls at the FIFA Goal Project inside the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, in what was their last training session before their trip to Dar es Salaam, Gusau said the players must comport themselves appropriately on and off the pitch as they are ambassadors of Nigeria.
“Your first port of call is Tanzania, but your destination is Colombia, where the World Cup will take place next year. You must have it in mind that this is only the beginning of the journey. I have no doubt that you will conquer Tanzania and go ahead to qualify for the World Cup finals. Read more
Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury updates on Stones, Akanji and De Bruyne (MEN)
John Stones’ injury is not as bad as first feared, but he will miss Manchester City’s Premier League trip to Chelsea this weekend.
Stones was replaced at half-time of City’s win over Young Boys this week, picking up a recurrence of the muscle injury that kept him out of the first ten games of the season. On Tuesday, Guardiola said City were ‘in trouble’ and he would be out for ‘a while’.
The centre-back was left out of the England squad this week for the upcoming internationals, but after consulting doctors, Guardiola confirmed on Friday that the initial diagnosis is not as bad as he first thought. Read more
Injured Tottenham pair James Maddison and Micky van de Ven ruled out for remainder of 2023 (Standard)
Tottenham pair James Maddison and Micky van de Ven have been ruled out for at least the remainder of the year.
Maddison dropped out of the England squad on Friday due to the ankle injury picked up in Monday’s 4-1 home defeat to Chelsea — a match in which Van de Ven was also substituted with a severe hamstring injury.
Neither player will require surgery on their respective injuries, but Postecoglou will be without two key players for a busy schedule into 2024. Read more
Naomi Osaka set to return to tennis at Brisbane International less than six months after giving birth (CNN)
Four-time grand slam champion Naomi Osaka is set to return to tennis at the Brisbane International less than six months after giving birth.
Osaka, a former world No. 1, hasn’t played on the WTA Tour since September 2022 and in July of this year announced the birth of her first child with American rapper Cordae.
“I am really excited about getting back out on court and competing,” the 26-year-old Osaka said. Read more
Sophie Ecclestone: England spinner returns for India series in December (BBC)
Sophie Ecclestone has been included in England’s squads for the tour of India in December after recovering from a shoulder injury.
Left-arm spinner Ecclestone, 24, dislocated her shoulder during The Hundred and required surgery.
The India series consists of three T20s, starting on 6 December, and a four-day Test from 14-17 December. Read more