Police charge Iyanya with car theft (Nation)
The Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU) Ikoyi, Lagos, has charged Nigerian singer Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk, popularly called Iyanya, with alleged car theft.
Iyanya was arraigned for the offence on February 4, 2020 before Justice Mobolanle Okikiolu-Ighile of an Igbosere High Court, Lagos.
The Nation learnt that the police filed the one-count charge marked LD/9024c/2019, against the singer on March 15, 2019.
Iyanya failed to appear in court for arraignment, despite allegedly being served with the charge and hearing notice, following which the arraignment was adjourned six times. Read more
Thief defiles 10-year-old girl after stealing mother’s phone, money (Punch)
The culprit in a case of defilement and stealing at a residence in the Alagbado area of Lagos State is still shrouded in mystery.
The police, however, arrested a bus conductor, Afeez Saka, fingered in the crime by the complainants, one Mrs Omokhwa and her 10-year-old daughter, who was reportedly molested.
City Round learnt that the girl noticed someone was lying behind her on a mat around 1.30am on October 1, 2019 in her parents’ apartment.
She was said to have screamed when the man reportedly tore her pants and hurriedly ejaculated on her body.
It was gathered that her grandmother, who lives with the family, was alerted and she switched on the light. Read more
Our deadly exploits – notorious robbery suspects (Nation)
Several months after they terrorised residents of Ajangbadi, Iyana Isashi and Okokomaiko in Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State, the long arm of the law has finally caught up with three dare-devil robbers who recently killed a policeman and men of Odua People’s Congress (OPC).
The allegedly notorious robbers were arrested by men of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT).
No fewer than four pistols and two live catridges were recovered from the suspects, identified as Solomon Boniface aka Baba Fela; Odinaka Igwe and Olutosin Omoshuyi. Read more
Lagos records four fire incidents in two hours (Punch)
Four fire incidents were recorded in different locations in Lagos State within two hours on Friday.
The state fire service said it attended to the emergencies between 1.2apm and 3.18pm at a furniture showroom in Badore, Ajah; a burning truck on Third Mainland Bridge and bush fires on Shagamu Road, Odogunyan and International Trade Fair complex, Ojo.
The acting Head of the fire service, Mrs Margaret Adeseye, in a statement on Friday said firefighters from various fire stations responded to the incidents respectively.
It was gathered that the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, also joined in the emergency operation on Third Mainland Bridge. Read more
LASG appeals for cooperation over expansion of Ikotun roundabout (Nation)
The Lagos State Government through the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development (MPP&UD), has called for the understanding and support of stakeholders for the junction improvement works at Ikotun roundabout in lgando-lkotun Local Council Development Area of the State.
The State Commissioner, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. ldris Salako, made this plea at the stakeholders meeting held inside the conference room of the ministry in Alausa. He said the initiative was to ease the perennial traffic gridlock being experienced in that corridor.
Speaking through the Director, Development Matters, Oladimeji Animashaun, Salako explained that the junction improvement initiative of the Lagos State Government was in line with the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration’s urban regeneration drive and part of efforts to ease traffic gridlock across the State. Read more
Isheri Estate residents want Lagos, Ogun governments to construct drainages (Guardian)
To prevent reoccurrence of the flood that ravaged the community in 2019, Isheri Estate residents in Lagos and Ogun States have called on the state governments to do a proper channelisation of the community and provide basic infrastructure in the area, warning that, “as it stands today, neither Lagos nor Ogun State could ever muster the resources needed to resettle the people who have built houses in this area, it is cheaper to solve the flooding issue than to contemplate the other options.’’
In a statement signed by the Representative of Isheri Estate Residents in Lagos and Ogun states, who is also the Chairman of Riverview Estate Residents and Stakeholders Association, Mr Abayomi Akinde, the residents said that the two state governments erred in allocating the land without first making provision for how water could be channelled in the community and without providing durable infrastructure.
The community, however, said that it was not too late for the governments to do the right thing. Read more
Why I chained my wives for 10 months – Samaila Musa (DailyTrust)
There was uproar in Yan-Nabayye Village in Rimi Local Government Area of Katsina State following the recent arrest of one Samaila Musa by the police for allegedly locking up his two wives, Fatima Salisu and Hadiza Musa, in a room within their home. Samaila’s two wives were rescued with chains on both hands and feet with marks on their bodies supposedly from beatings. They were said to have defecated in the same room where they were chained, and their hairs were removed. Samaila was said to be cleaning his semen with their clothes and thereafter washing it to force them to drink after sleeping with anyone he desired, right before the other. Read more:
Adadevoh shunned: How Nigeria risks Coronavirus! (Guardian)
The story is well known: Ameyo Stella Adadevoh threw herself between Nigeria and painful death; to save millions of lives of her fellow citizens, she gave her own. She grabbed, forcefully, Patrick Sawyerr, the Liberian traveller, who, on arrival at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos, had been transferred to First Consultant Hospital in Lagos and prevented him from going to town with a virus of death he would have spread to millions in minutes.
Sawyerr took ill at the Airport, but at the hospital, Dr. Adadevoh suspected him to be Ebola virus patient and physically battled him to a stop, preventing him from leaving the hospital for a conference that brought him to Lagos. That brawl resulted in Adadevoh contacting the virus and she eventually died on August 19, 2014, thereby saving millions of Nigerians from the dreaded disease. Her selfless service having been largely forgotten by the Nigeria people and spurned by the Nigerian state which has hardly paid her due honours for her sacrifice till date, the worry now is: who, among the nation’s medical practitioners would be willing to follow her heroic example now that Coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria seems imminent? Read more
Man O’War official kills colleague over N1,000 debt (Punch)
Police have arrested a Man O’war volunteer, Toyeeb Daodu, for allegedly beating his colleague, Ibrahim Aliu, to death in Ope-Ilu, Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State.
City Round learnt that the incident happened around 7pm on Thursday following an altercation between the duo over N1,000.
Daodu, 19, had reportedly borrowed the sum from Aliu some days ago but failed to repay it promised, prompting Daodu to mount pressure on him.
Aliu was said to have asked for the money when he met Daodu at a bus stop in the area and he (Daodu) angrily settled the debt. Read more
‘Fake doctor’ in trouble over death of 3-year-old (DailyTrust)
A fake medical doctor who has been practicing for two years in Lafia, Nasarawa State, Mudassir Mohammed Idris, has been arrested by the Nasarawa State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC). Mudassir had recommended blood transfusion for three-year-old Hauwa Aliyu Gambo who was brought to him for treatment. During the blood transfusion, the girl developed complications and was rushed to Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH) Lafia were she died. Father of the deceased, Alhaji Aliyu Gambo, said “Hauwa was feeling feverish so I gave her mother N9000 to take her to the hospital, but because of how high her temperature was, her mother took her to a nearby patent medicine store operated by Mudassir Muhammad Idris. Read more
Coronavirus: Hong Kong imposes quarantine rules on mainland Chinese (BBC)
Hong Kong has begun a mandatory two-week quarantine for anyone arriving from mainland China, in a fresh effort to contain the deadly new coronavirus.
Visitors must isolate themselves in hotel rooms or go to government-run centres, while returning Hong Kong residents must stay inside their homes.
Anyone caught flouting the new rules faces a fine and a prison sentence.
Tens of thousands of travellers queued at the Chinese border city of Shenzhen to beat the Friday midnight deadline. Read more
Prince Harry reveals he’s having therapy ‘to cope with mother’s death’ (Metro)
Prince Harry has reportedly been having therapy to overcome the death of his mother, Princess Diana. The Duke of Sussex made comments about his mental health during a speech at a JP Morgan-sponsored event in Miami, according to the New York Post. It was his first public appearance since he and wife Meghan decided to quit the royal family and uproot to Canada. A source said: ‘Harry spoke about mental health and how he has been in therapy for the past few years to try to overcome the trauma of losing his mother. ‘He talked about how the events of his childhood affected him and that he has been talking to a mental health professional.’ Read more
Trump fires two impeachment witnesses (BBC)
US President Donald Trump has dismissed two senior officials who testified against him at his impeachment trial.
The US envoy to the EU, Gordon Sondland, said he “was advised today that the president intends to recall me effective immediately”.
Just hours earlier, Lt Col Alexander Vindman, a top expert on Ukraine, was escorted from the White House.
Mr Trump is said to desire a staff shake-up after senators cleared him in the impeachment case on Wednesday. Read more
Lagos City Marathon: Plateau’s athletics club hopeful of winning $50,000 grand prize (DailyTrust)
The High-Altitude Athletics Club of Jos, Plateau State has expressed hope that one of its runners will win the highly coveted grand prize of $50,000 for the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon billed to hold in Lagos on Saturday. High-Altitude coach, Steve Nuhu, who disclosed this in a statement made available in Lagos on Friday, said he’s optimistic that one of his runners will break the Nigerian national record of 2:15 and possibly challenge for top honours at the event. He said: “[The] Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is our premium event and there is no better place to set a new national record than our best races as the attention of the world media will be on us.” With elite runners like Emmanuel Gyan and Deborah Pam under his tutelage, Nuhu did not reveal which of the athletes is primed to break the national record. Read more
Arsenal plot Arsene Wenger’s return (Punch)
Arsenal are keen for Arsene Wenger to attend a match at the Emirates in a bid to boost Mikel Arteta’s overhaul of the club.
Wenger ended a 22-year reign at Arsenal in 2018, but his successor Unai Emery has already been sacked by the Gunners.
The Frenchman, aged 70, has said that he will always be an Arsenal fan but is reluctant to return following his acrimonious departure.
He left a year before his final contract was due to expire after he was hounded out by angry supporters. Read more
Lionel Messi will end career at Barcelona – Guardiola (BBC)
Pep Guardiola has played down suggestions that Lionel Messi could join him at Manchester City and believes the forward will end his playing days at Barcelona.
Messi, 32, has spent his career with Barca but has a clause allowing him to leave for free this summer.
Guardiola coached Messi at the Nou Camp between 2008 and 2012, winning three La Ligas and two Champions Leagues.
“He will stay there [at Barca], that’s my wish,” said the City boss. Read more
Football and fear of dying from dementia (Nation)
Children will face limits on the number of times they can head footballs in training in a move by the FA to address growing health fears over repeated blows to the skull
The Football Association will limit how often young players can head balls in training, to address growing health fears.
An outright ban is not expected, rather a reduction in how many times players under 18 can head the ball, according to reports.
It comes after mounting pressure on the English football’s governing body to acknowledge research linking moderate traumatic brain injury – such as that caused by heading the ball – and a higher risk of developing dementia. Read more
Warburton tells Eze, Osayi-Samuel to score more goals (Punch)
Queen Park Rangers manager, Mark Warburton, has called on Super Eagles targets, Eberechi Eze and Bright Osayi-Samuel, to take the initiative and score more goals for the team.
Rangers are billed to face Huddersfield Town on Saturday (today) in a championship fixture. The R’s who drew 1-1 with the Terrier earlier in the season – will head to Yorkshire, looking to bounce back from defeats in each of their last two games in the league and a 2-1 loss to Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup fourth round.
Eze is QPR’s third-highest goal scorer in the league with 10 goals from 30 appearances behind Nahki Wells (15), and Jordan Hugill (11), but the midfielder last scored for the team in their 6-1 thrashing of Cardiff on New Year Day. Read more
‘I thought I would be a fisherman in Madeira’ (Nation)
Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that he envisaged becoming a fisherman on the shores of Madeira as a boy — not one of the greatest players to have ever graced the game of football.
The Portuguese superstar turned 35 on Wednesday and took a moment to look back on his incredible career, which has seen him win nearly all there is to win in the sport.
But today’s reality wasn’t even a pipe dream when he was a child, admits Ronaldo, who believed he would instead spend his day-to-day life on the coast of the small island where he grew up. Read more
Pulev vows to destroy Joshua in London (Punch)
Kubrat Pulev has warned Anthony Joshua he is ready to bust him up in his own backyard and strip him of his world titles ahead of their proposed heavyweight clash.
Negotiations for Joshua’s mandatory defence against Pulev are still ongoing with the location and venue proving to be a stumbling block.
And Pulev insisted he would be willing to make the trip over to fight Britain’s unified champion if there was no leeway to take the fight abroad. Read more
Golf: Oyinlola hailed for support (Nation)
Evangelist Ajibola Ogunkeyede has described the former executive Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola as a frontrunner in promoting the game of golf.
The team leader of Ufitfly brand said as much after the retired military officer celebrated his 69th birthday over the weekend with an invitational golf kitty at the Ibadan Golf Club (IGC).
“Prince Oyinlola has been a good example for us and that is why we’re following his footsteps and that is why we’re supporting his initiatives and I can promise you that Ufitfly would be more involve in the next edition of this tournament will hit 10th edition”, Ogungeyede noted. Read more
Rangers, Pillars, Wikki stake unbeaten runs in NPFL matches (Guardian)
It is Matchday 19, the midway point of the 2019/20 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, and all indices point to another high competitiveness at all sections of the log.
The pendulum of leadership have been swinging between three clubs, Plateau United, Lobi Stars and Rivers United, but they all know that others like Akwa United, Kano Pillars and surprise team of the season, Dakkada are fast on their heels.
The fight is no different at the midsection of the log, which has seen Abia Warriors, Katsina United, Heartland and perhaps defending champions, Enyimba doing all they can to stay away from the drop zone. Read more
Tobi Amusan set for IAAF World Indoor Tour in Poland (Nation)
Nigerian Women’s 60m sprinter, Tobi Amusan. Nigerian Women’s 60m sprinter, Tobi Amusan, is set to participate in the IAAF World Indoor Tour, ORLEN Copernicus Cup holding at Arena Torun in Poland tomorrow (Saturday).
Amusan would be competing with some of the top athletics stars in the world, including Megan Tapper, Elvira Herman and Pamela Dutkiewicz. In the men’s 800m, all eyes will be on locals Marcin Lewandowski and Adam Kszczot, as they look to give the Polish crowd a rousing finish in what will be the closing event of the Copernicus Cup. Read more
All set for Restoration Cup final (Guardian)
All is now set for the final of the Restoration Cup tournament. Sports Minister Mr. Sunday Dare is expected to led other football legends to grace the youth football competition tomorrow.
Sponsored by the state governor, Seriake Dickson, the final was earlier scheduled to hold on Wednesday but was postponed to enable the Sport Minister attend the grand finale.
The final game of the Restoration Cup will see Okolobiri FC lock horns with its Ekeremor counterpart at the renovated Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa. Read more