Police nab lady for planning own kidnap with boyfriend (Guardian)
Operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit, Lagos State Police Command have arrested one Ataghar Namdoo, 26, for allegedly faking her own kidnap.
It was gathered that on January 9, 2020 at about 5.30pm, the suspect conspired with her boyfriend Emmanuel Idu and another suspect Okpe David to produce a short video of her blindfolded and driven to a bush in a truck.
According to Lagos State police spokesman, Bala Elkana, in another video, the girl, a mother of one, was seen in a bush at Sangotedo area, Ajah, threatened by a man wearing a mask and holding a Jack knife. Police later identified the masked man as Emmanuel Idu who is the boyfriend of the girl. Read more
LAWMA to create `Wall of Shame’ for environmental offenders (Guardian)
The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), will soon begin a campaign tagged: `Hall of Fame’ and `Wall of Shame’, to recognise efforts of individuals whose activities promote and contravene environmental cleanliness respectively in the state.
Mrs Folasade Kadiri, Assistant Director, Public Affairs of LAWMA, made this known in a statement in Lagos on Sunday.
According to her, the naming and shaming of residents are those who indulge in reckless waste disposal.
“Days of condoning littering and indiscriminate waste disposal in the metropolis are over. Read more
Operation Amotekun: Yoruba World Congress holds Solidarity Walk Tuesday (DailyTrust)
The Yoruba people within and beyond the shores of Nigeria have been urged to come out enmasse on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 for a solidarity walk in support of Operation Amotekun, a security network recently launched by governors from Western Nigeria to curb the spate of insecurity ravaging the zone. The Yoruba World Congress (YWC) – an umbrella body of all Yoruba socio-cultural and self-determination groups within and outside Nigeria – gave the charge in a statement made available to newsmen by its Director of Contacts and Mobilization, Comrade Victor Taiwo, at the weekend. Read more
Man kills pregnant wife, throws corpse from five-storey building (Nation)
A pregnant woman was at the weekend allegedly killed by her husband in Fegge, Onitsha, Anambra state.
The incident was said to have taken place in their apartment located at the last floor of a five-storey building at No. 9, Obosi street at about 10pm.
The suspect was said to have been issued quit notice in his former apartment by his landlord following the loss of his first wife in mysterious circumstances. Read more
Bauchi elders urge citizens to accept S/Court judgement in good faith (DailyTrust)
Coalition of Elders for Peace and Good Governance in Bauchi state have appealed to citizens of the state to accept whatever the outcome of the Supreme Court’s verdict of the state’s March 9 governorship election in good faith. A statement signed by Sarkin Arewan Bauchi, Alhaji Hassan Sharif, and 20 others, and made available to newsmen in Bauchi on Sunday, said the appeal became imperative in view of the tensed atmosphere in the state as the judgement is about to be passed by the court. It noted that the state is known for peace and political tolerance since the Second Republic when losers went to court to seek redress, saying the courts’ decisions had never triggered violence or crisis in the state hence the need for the citizens to maintain the tempo. Read more
Burnout linked with irregular heartbeat – Research (DailyTrust)
Feeling excessively tired, devoid of energy, demoralised, and irritable? You may have burnout, a syndrome associated with a potentially deadly heart rhythm disturbance. That’s the conclusion of a large study published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). “Vital exhaustion, commonly referred to as burnout syndrome, is typically caused by prolonged and profound stress at work or home,” said study author Dr. Parveen K. Garg of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. “It differs from depression, which is characterised by low mood, guilt, and poor self-esteem. The results of our study further establish the harm that can be caused in people who suffer from exhaustion that goes unchecked.” Atrial fibrillation is the most common form of heart arrhythmia. It is estimated that 17 million people in Europe and 10 million people in the US will have this condition by next year, increasing their risk for heart attack, stroke, and death. Read more
Boyfriend kills 23-year-old Army recruit (Nation)
A fresh recruit into the Nigerian Army, Patience Amos Ya’u, has been found dead in the room of her boyfriend in Damilu, a community in Jimeta, Yola North local government area of Adamawa State.
The 23-year-old Amos is believed to have died following a scuffle between her and her boyfriend, Ali Muhammed Wakil, whose claim to being a military personnel is being doubted.
The Nation gathered on Sunday that although Patience might have died as far back as January 12, it was not known until several days later when smell from her decomposing body alerted neighbours.
Patience was newly recruited into the Nigerian Army with her peers already training at the Military Training Deport in Zaria two days after her death. Read more
Prince Harry follows in mother’s footsteps with new title after royal exit (Metro)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to drop their HRH styles and become known as Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Harry is following in the footsteps of his mother, who was stripped of her HRH title in 1996, becoming Diana, Princess of Wales following her divorce. But unlike Diana, although the Harry and Meghan will not use their HRHs, they will still retain them. The change will take effect in the spring when the couple will no longer be working royals. Read more
Libya civil war: Rivals to join major powers in Germany (BBC)
Libya’s warring rival factions are expected to join major powers in Germany in a renewed push to secure a ceasefire to halt the civil war.
The talks follow the collapse of an earlier truce amid recriminations.
The conflict pits powerful General Khalifa Haftar against the UN-backed government in the capital, Tripoli.
Sunday’s summit also aims to extract a pledge from foreign powers to honour a UN arms embargo and to halt any further interference in the conflict. Read more
Terrorists ‘living next-door to each other’ after early release from prison (Metro)
Two convicted terrorists have reportedly gone on to live next door to one another after being released from prison. Kazi Islam, 25, was jailed for plotting to kill soldiers in 2015, before being released from prison half way through his eight-year term. He then went on to become neighbours with his uncle Kazi Rahman, 43, who was sentenced to nine years behind bars in 2006, the Sun on Sunday reports. During his trial, it was said he had plotted to kill civilians and attempted to buy three Uzi submachine guns. Both men are among almost 500 terrorists released from prison during the last decade. Read more
SpaceX completes emergency crew capsule escape (BBC)
SpaceX has conducted a test of the abort manoeuvre it would use if one of its crew-carrying rockets ever developed a problem during flight.
The rehearsal at Kennedy Space Center saw a Falcon-9 vehicle’s ascent into the sky deliberately terminated just 80 seconds after lift-off.
The astronaut capsule on top fired its escape engines to carry the vessel clear of the “faulty” booster.
Parachutes brought the capsule to a safe splashdown some 30km off Florida. Read more
Police officer had sex with missing girl, 17, and told her to keep it secret (Metro)
A disgraced former police officer who slept with a missing 17-year-old girl has been found guilty of gross misconduct. PC Andrew Brooks met the teenager at his local town centre in March 2018 before inviting her to go back to his house and have sex, a police panel heard. Later that day the girl, who can only be named as Miss X, was revealed to be just 17. In the days after, PC Brooks and Miss X continued texting and Brooks then realised she was a missing person. Read more
Leicester City issue positive update on Ndidi knee injury (DailyTrust)
Leicester City have issued a progressive update on the status of injured Wilfred Ndidi. The midfielder has been out of action since picking up a knee injury in training ahead of the Foxes’ League Cup fixture versus Aston Villa. Having undergone successful surgery, the 23-year-old missed Leicester’s last two encounters against the Villans and Southampton. And with Sunday’s clash with Burnley on the horizon, the Nigeria international is expected to sit out again. Read more
Conor McGregor knocks out Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds on UFC return (Metro)
Conor McGregor ended a three-year win drought in the UFC with a stunning knockout of Donald Cerrone in Las Vegas. The Irishman took just 40 seconds to finish Cowboy in his first UFC win since he beat Eddie Alvarez to become a two-weight champion in November 2016. McGregor, fighting at welterweight, smothered Cerrone from the first second and hurt a shellshocked Cowboy with a shoulder and sublime headkick that sent Cerrone hurtling backwards. Read more
Nadal surprised to still be on top of the game (DailyTrust)
Australian Open top seed Rafael Nadal entered his third decade as a professional ranked No 1 in the world and the 33-year-old Spaniard says he is surprised to be at the summit of the men’s game given his long and varied history of injuries. Enjoying a rare period of full fitness, Nadal is bidding for his second title in his 15th appearance at Melbourne Park, as well as the added carrot of matching Roger Federer’s all-time record of 20 Grand Slam titles. In the 11 years since his 2009 triumph in Melbourne, Nadal has battled back from a litany of serious injuries, defying predictions that his taxing, all-action game might cut his career short. Read more
Abu Dhabi Championship: Lee Westwood wins by two shots (BBC)
England’s Lee Westwood claimed the Abu Dhabi Championship to win titles in four different decades on the European Tour.
Westwood finished on 19 under par, two shots ahead of Tommy Fleetwood, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Victor Perez.
The 46-year-old shot a five-under-par 67 at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club to win the event for the first time. Read more
Floyd Mayweather releases Conor McGregor rematch poster after rival’s UFC return (Metro)
Floyd Mayweather called for a rematch with Conor McGregor following his rival’s winning return to the UFC. McGregor destroyed Donald Cerrone inside 40 seconds on his UFC comeback on Saturday night and looked back to his best in Las Vegas. Mayweather convincingly beat McGregor in their boxing match in 2017, but appears ready to go toe-to-toe with the Irishman again. The undefeated boxer released a fight poster on his Instagram with ‘Mayweather McGregor 2 2020’ splashed on the image. Read more
Onigbinde Lauds RACBAR Academy initiative (Nation)
The Former Super Eagles Coach, High Chief Adegboye Onigbinde, has commended the magnanimous spirit of the initiator of the popular Ibadan based RACBAR Academy, Amb. Romoke Ayinde, over her initiative of establishing free sport’s outfit.
The retired FIFA advisor revealed this while addressing parents of the 150 kids that took part in screening into the football section of RACBAR Academy, in event held inside the main bowl of Obafemi Awolowo Stadium Ibadan on Saturday.
Chief Onigbinde described the gesture of the CEO of RACBAR Academy of offering everything free as ‘uncanny’, but a commendable act that required a special recognition from every sane minded society. Read more
Lagos golfer wins Gov Dickson invitational golf tourney (DailyTrust)
A Lagos State-based professional golfer from Ikoyi Golf Club, Francis Epe has emerged the winner of the inaugural invitational open championship organized in honour of the governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson. Epe, who played 7 under par over 18 holes to emerge the overall winner, urged young Nigerians to make career in the game of golf. The tournament had over 28 professional golfers drawn from five African countries of Zimbabwe, Gabon, Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria. Local professionals drawn from 13 states of the federation including; Rivers, Edo, Enugu, Delta, Cross River, Kogi, Niger, Abuja, Lagos, Osun, Abia, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa State also participated. Read more
Tyson Fury claims he will face Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte in final three fights before retiring (Metro)
Tyson Fury claims he will face Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte in his final three fights before retiring from boxing. Former heavyweight champion Fury, 31, will face American star Wilder in a much-anticipated rematch next month after their controversial draw in 2018. Fury is confident of beating Wilder in Las Vegas and says he will face British rivals Joshua and Whyte in his last two fights before retiring from the sport. ‘I’ve got three more fights left,’ Fury told iFL TV. ‘Wilder next, Joshua then Dillian Whyte, then I’m out. Read more
Formula E: Maximillian Guenther claims dramatic win in Santiago (BBC)
Maximillian Guenther claimed his first win in Formula E with a dramatic victory at the Santiago E-Prix on Saturday.
The BMW Andretti driver passed DS Techeetah’s Antonio Felix da Costa on the final lap to take first place in Chile’s capital city.
Felix da Costa was second while polesitter Mitch Evans finished third. Read more
Rebic star as Milan beat Udinese 3-2 (Nation)
Milan had Ante Rebic and Theo Hernandez to thank for a highly entertaining home win over Udinese.
Substitute Ante Rebic completed a match-turning second-half double in the 93rd minute to earn Milan a rollercoaster 3-2 victory over Udinese in Serie A on Sunday.
The Croatian winger struck moments after his half-time introduction to cancel out Jens Stryger Larsen’s early opener before Theo Hernandez volleyed in a brilliant second, only for Kevin Lasagna to head the visitors level in the 85th minute.
However, the Rossoneri were not to be denied a thrilling come-from-behind win and they had Rebic to thank for a second successive league victory, the 26-year-old keeping his cool to convert in a crowded box deep into added time. Read more