Ogun woman arrested for throwing five-month-old daughter into river (Punch)
The Ogun State Police Command on Monday said that its operatives on Sunday arrested 30-year-old Olubunmi Ajayi for attempting to drown her five-month-old baby, Imole Anifowose, in RSS River, Sagamu.
One Olusola Sonaya, who was around the river, was said to have assisted in rescuing the baby after her mother threw her into the water.
This was according to a statement from the spokesperson for the state police command, SP Omolola Odutola, sent to journalists on Monday. Read more
Portable beaten up for not performing at show (DailyTrust)
Controversial artiste, Habeeb Okikiola aka Portable, has taken to Instagram to share a video of him being attacked in his house on Monday morning.
The assailants accused him of neglecting to perform at a paid gig.
The artist posted videos of some men at his flat having a heated argument with him. Read more
UNILORIN expels postgraduate student over alleged sexual assault (Tribune)
Management of the University of Ilorin has expelled one Mr Mathew Adeboye Balogun (aka Plato) with Matriculation Number: 14/25OD062.
Mr Balogun, a Master’s student, Department of Councillor Education, Faculty of Education of the university, was expelled after being found guilty of allegation of sexual molestation committed against vulnerable students and admission seekers into the university.
This was contained in a letter of notification of expulsion from the University’s Student Affairs Unit with Reference number: UIL/SAU/SAO/2024/01, titled, “Re: Allegation of Misconduct against Balogun, Mathew Adeboye”, dated Wednesday, January 3, 2024 and signed by the Deputy Registrar, Student Affairs, Mr. Moses Opaleke, copy of which was made available to journalists. Read more
Rhodes-Vivour faults Lagos ban on single-use plastics, styrofoam (Punch)
The 2023 governorship candidate for the Labour Party, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, has faulted the Lagos State Government’s sudden ban on single-use plastics and styrofoam packs.
On Sunday, the Lagos State Government banned the use and distribution of single-use plastics and styrofoam packs in the state.
The Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab announced the ban in a statement released on Sunday by the ministry’s Director of Public Affairs, Kunle Adeshina. Read more
Some private schools extort UTME candidates, mismanage data — Oloyede (Channels)
The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, has lamented the extortion of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidates by some private secondary schools.
Oloyede, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Monday, said that these private schools mismanage the data of candidates as every candidate is meant to register individually with his or her own phone.
“What we are calling on the candidates to do is that they should go to the centre and register. But one very important thing that we are facing now with students either with disabilities or without disability is that UTME is not a school-based examination. Read more
Lagos begins probe into Revolution Plus Property’s alleged land scam (Guardian)
The Lagos State Government, through the Lagos State Real Estate Regulatory Authority(LASRERA), has launched an investigation into a report of an alleged land scam by RevolutionPlus Property Ltd.
Mrs Adeoti Sobowale, Deputy Director, Public Affairs, LASRERA, said this in a statement on Monday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) recalls that a viral video clip by one Mr Kayode Oladipo, alleging the supposedly bought 20 plots of lands in 2017 from RevolutionPlus without any physical allocation of the said plots, has been in circulation. Read more
16 die, 4 injured in Kano- Kaduna highway crash (Nation)
Sixteen people have been killed and four injured after a passenger bus from Kano crashed at Tashar Yari along the Zaria-Kano expressway in Kaduna, yesterday.
The bus was heading to Makurdi, Benue State when the accident occurred around 11:20 am.
Confirming the accident, Kaduna Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Kabir Nadabo, attributed it to excessive speed that led to the driver losing control of the vehicle and ramming into a ditch. Read more
Kaduna confirms 1 dead, several injured in Giwa explosion (Vanguard)
The Kaduna State Government has stated that it received reports from security agencies of an explosion in Kidandan area of Giwa Local Government Area where one child was killed and no fewer than 10 others injured.
Samuel Aruwan, Overseeing Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Kaduna State, in a statement, explained that “according to preliminary reports from the traditional institution and security agencies, one of the pupils learning under a local cleric picked up an object from the bush, which later exploded amidst his fellow pupils.”
“As of the time of this update, one pupil, Zaidu Usman, has been confirmed dead, while about ten injured victims are receiving medical attention at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shika.” Read more
Google engineer found ‘splattered with blood’ after ‘beating wife to death’ (Metro)
A Google software engineer was found ‘splattered with blood’ and ‘staring blankly’ into space after allegedly beating his wife to death.
Liren Chen, 27, was arrested on suspicion of murder at their home in Santa Clara, in the US state of California.
Police have not released her name but records show he was married to Xuanyi Yu, who according to her LinkedIn profile was also a Google software engineer. Read more
Common & Jennifer Hudson make their romance official in sweet talk show moment (hipHopDx)
Common and Jennifer Hudson have made their romance official in a sweet moment on Hudson’s daytime talk show.
In a clip release ahead of today’s (January 22) episode, the Chicago rapper arrives as a guest and presents Hudson with flowers.
The Dreamgirls star begins conducting the interview just like any other, before hitting the rap legend with the question: “Are you dating anybody?” Read more
Hospitals cut off as Israel batters southern Gaza (AlJazeera)
Israeli shells have battered Khan Younis, cutting off two hospitals as the city in southern Gaza saw the bloodiest fighting since the New Year.
Tanks closed in on Al-Amal Hospital and Al-Khair Hospital on Monday, part of an Israeli offensive that began last week to take control of Khan Younis, with Israel saying the city is now the main headquarters of the Palestinian group Hamas.
The bombardment marks a revitalised Israeli offensive in the war, which began on October 7 when Hamas attacked Israel, killing some 1,139 people. Israel’s retaliation has killed 25,295 Palestinians since. Read more
Fake Joe Biden robocall tells New Hampshire Democrats not to vote on Tuesday (NBC)
A prominent New Hampshire Democrat plans to file a complaint with the state attorney general over an apparent robocall that appears to encourage supporters of President Joe Biden not to vote in Tuesday’s presidential primary.
The voice in the message is familiar — even presidential — as it’s an apparent imitation or digital manipulation of Biden’s voice.
“What a bunch of malarkey,” the voice message begins, echoing a favourite term Biden has uttered before. Read more
A Louisiana teen travelled to the West Bank to learn about his roots. He was shot dead. (NBC)
Tawfic Hafeth Abdel Jabbar, 17, was born and raised in Louisiana, in a city called Gretna across the Mississippi River from New Orleans and surrounded by the delta’s swampland and bayous.
It’s a long way from the mountains of the occupied West Bank, but when Tawfic arrived in May, he was excited to properly explore the landscape of the village where his dad grew up, and to learn more about his roots as a Palestinian American.
“He loved the outdoors,” his father, Hafeth Abdel Jabbar, told NBC News — and Tawfic was eager to spend more time in Al-Mazra’a Al-Sharqiya, about 10 miles northeast of Ramallah, and to enjoy all the reasons Palestinians “love their homeland,” he said. Read more
Woman charged with murder after body of son, 42, Is discovered in wooden box behind ‘false wall’ (People)
A woman in Mississippi has been charged with murder after the body of her son was discovered behind a “false wall.”
According to a statement from the Gulfport Police Department on Facebook Sunday, Jerri Lynn Roby, 66, who also goes by the last name Isreal, was arrested on Saturday and charged with one count of first-degree murder.
Police said they found the body of John Allen Gaither, 42, in a “wooden box” hidden behind the “false wall” in her Gulfport home. According to CNN, Gulfport Police Department spokesman Jason DuCré told the outlet that Gaither was Roby’s son and multiple homemade wooden boxes were found in her home and inside her garage. Read more
18 killed when truck plunges into a ravine in southwestern Congo (AfricaNews)
A truck driving at high speed ran out of control and plunged into a ravine in southwestern Congo, killing 18 passengers on board and injuring more than a dozen others, police said.
The truck was “filled with goods and carrying many passengers” on a major highway in the remote Kasangulu territory in Kongo Central district on Sunday when it fell into the ravine, according to Kasangulu police commander Benjamin Banza.
“The bodies recovered from the ravine were transported to the morgue of the Kasangulu General Hospital, while the injured, including six serious and 15 minor ones, are being treated at the hospital,” Banza said late Sunday. Read more
Don’t underrate Guinea Bissau, Fans warn Super Eagles (Vanguard)
Some football enthusiasts in Enugu have expressed the hope that the Super Eagles will win their last group match against Guinea Bissau in the ongoing Total Energies African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cote d’Ivoire.
The fans expressed their optimism ahead of the Monday encounter in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu.
They, however, warned the senior national team not to underrate their Guinea Bissau as such could be dangerous. Read more
Nick Dunlap becomes first amateur to win PGA Tour event in 33 years (NYPost)
Nick Dunlap became the first amateur in 33 years to win on the PGA Tour, holding on for a one-shot victory over Christiaan Bezuidenhout at The American Express on Sunday.
Dunlap, the 20-year-old University of Alabama sophomore and reigning U.S. Amateur champion, is the first amateur winner since Phil Mickelson at the Tucson Open in 1991.
He’s only the seventh amateur since 1945 — and the third since 1957 — to win a tour event. Read more
Handball: Nigeria claim first victory in Nations Cup, beat Kenya 32-23 (Leadership)
The Nigerian men’s handball team, nicknamed the Golden Arrows, soared to victory in their third match at the ongoing African Men’s Handball Cup of Nations, defeating Kenya 32-23 in a decisive display.
The win marks their first victory of the tournament after falling short in their previous encounters against Angola and Tanzania.
Determined to bounce back from their earlier setbacks, the Golden Arrows charged onto the court with renewed resolve. Their relentless pursuit paid off in the first half, where they established a commanding 16-9 lead over Kenya. Read more
Players do not believe authorities do enough to tackle racism, says PFA chair (BBC)
Players do not think the football authorities are doing enough to effectively tackle racism in the game, says Professional Footballers’ Association chair Omar Beckles.
Beckles says members do not believe there are “real, consistent and significant consequences” for racism.
AC Milan’s Mike Maignan and Coventry’s Kasey Palmer both suffered alleged racist abuse during games on Saturday. Read more
Mohamed Salah facing huge backlash from Egypt over ‘shocking’ Liverpool decision (HitC)
Egyptian pundits have reacted to Mohamed Salah’s decision to leave the national team camp and during the Africa Cup of Nations.
The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is currently taking place in Ivory Coast as Egypt kicked off the tournament with an unlikely start.
Despite being drawn in group B with Ghana, Mozambique and Cape Verde, the Pharaohs are yet to earn their first win in the competition. Read more
Mikaela Mayer claims Natasha Jonas’ boxing legacy ‘depends on’ rematch against her after split decision result (Sky)
Mikaela Mayer has reiterated her calls for a rematch with Natasha Jonas and claimed the British boxer’s “legacy depends on it”.
IBF champion Jonas and former super-featherweight world champion Mayer delivered an instant classic in an action-packed bout in Liverpool on Saturday, with many at ringside believing the American had done enough to win.
One judge scored it 97-93 in Mayer’s favour, but the other two gave it to Jonas – by margins of 96-95 and 96-95 – to give her a split decision victory. Read more