Prophet drags tenant to police station for regularly praying at nights (Vanguard)
A self-acclaimed prophet, Kolawole Adisa, of House 50, Anike Ibikunle Street, Mosan area of Lagos state, has reported his tenant to Area ‘P’ Police command, Gate Bus Stop, for allegedly praying at nights on a regular basis.
The landlord who claims to be presiding over one of the parishes of Cherubim and Seraphim (C&S) Church at Ikola area of the state, said his tenant disturbs him anytime the latter prays at night, adding that “his prayer is against the prescription of my doctor”.
Reacting, the tenant who simply identified himself as Engr Kenny John refuted the claims made by the landlord as “false and concocted report” while explaining his side of the story. Read more
Unapproved street gates: Lagos issues seven days ultimatum to communities (Nation)
The Lagos State Government has issued a 7-day removal notice to communities with unapproved street gates, to either leave such gates open between 5am and 12:00 midnight or remove them.
The Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, who issued the notice, explained that gates and structures installed without prior approval from the Ministry of Transportation contravenes the provisions of the State Traffic Laws and Regulations, therefore must be removed within seven days of the given notice.
Oladeinde stressed that the Ministry has the regulatory authority in conjunction with Local Government and Community Affairs on the installed gates aimed at enhancing Traffic Management on the inner roads while protecting lives and property of the affected community. Read more
Lagos Police threaten showdown as youths plan fresh #EndSARS protest (Punch)
The Lagos State Police Command has threatened that “security agencies will not fold their arms” as youths plan fresh protests against police brutality and extortion.
This was contained in a press statement on Sunday by the Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, titled ‘No room for violent protest, gathering in Lagos’.
The statement was issued after a poster titled “#EndSARS reloaded phase II” went viral on social media. Read more
Sanwo-Olu sues for peaceful co-existence amongst ethnic groups (Nation)
Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has called for support of Lagosians in the determination of his administration to make life more meaningful and worthwhile for people of the state.
He said this has become necessary in order to ensure continued development of the state.
Sanwo-Olu made the plea in his address on Saturday at the end of the year Christmas Outreach 2020 organised by the Lagos State Public Service Christian Fellowship in conjunction with the Chapel of Christ the Light, Alausa, Ikeja. Read more
Lagos bye-election results: See your victory as a call to advance Lagos, Sanwo-Olu, Obasa task Abiru, Saheed (Vanguard)
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa have urged the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidates, Mr. Tokunbo Abiru, and Obafemi Saheed on their emergence as the Senator-elect for Lagos East Senatorial District and member of the state House of Assembly, respectively, to see their victory as a call to serve and advance the cause of Lagos State and the people.
In the bye elections which took place on Saturday, December 5, 2020, the results as announced by Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Sunday, showed Abiru defeating his opponent by wide margin in all the five local government areas in the senatorial district, polling a total of 89,204 votes against his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rival, Mr. Babatunde Gbadamosi, who polled 11,257 votes. Read more
Adamawa APC, ADC merger in best interest of citizens – Ribadu (Sun)
Malam Nuhu Ribadu, former Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says merger of All Progressives Congress (APC) and African Democratic Congress (ADC) is for the best interest of Adamawa people.
Ribadu, a stalwart of the APC, stated this during his visit to ADC secretariat on the need for the merger of both parties in Yola on Sunday.
Ribadu urged stakeholders of the ADC to forget whatever happened in the past and forge ahead for the best interests of people in the state. Read more
Ethnic youth leaders hail Emefiele’s new monetary policy on diaspora remittance (Vanguard)
Ethnic youth leaders in the country have lauded the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele’s new monetary policy on diaspora remittance.
The youth leaders of the ethnic nationalities comprising Ohaneeze,Arewa,Middle-Belt,Niger Delta,and Oodua,claimed that the new policy has boosted the economy of the country.
They insisted that there was a sharp rise in the value of the Naira after the CBN announced the diaspora remittances of foreign exchange to halt the declining value of the naira. Read more
Insecurity: Whistle-blowing method can expose terrorists (Nation)
A group, under the auspices of Police, NIPOST Security Initiative Advocacy Group has called for a whistle-blowing Initiative on crimes to address the growing insecurity in the country.
It said the initiative can expose the sponsors of terrorism and masterminds of kidnappings, armed robbery and other organized crimes.
It said the method would encourage every Nigerian to be a whistle-blower. Read more
Liberia referendum could pave way for contentious third term for President Weah (France24)
Liberians vote Tuesday in a referendum on shortening presidential terms, a change some members of the opposition fear President George Weah will exploit to extend his stay in office.
Ballot papers will also ask voters whether to lift a ban on holding dual nationality, a divisive issue in the poor West African nation founded as a haven for freed American slaves in the 19th century.
Weah, a former footballing icon, wants to cut the length of terms for presidents and lower-house lawmakers from six to five years; and from nine to seven for senators. Read more
German hospitals packed to the brim with 40% more Covid-19 patients in ICUs than during 1st wave – union chief (RT)
German hospitals are getting overwhelmed by the sharp rise of Covid-19 patients requiring intensive care as opposed to the early months of the pandemic, a hospital association head told local media.
“In states like Saxony, the number of patients in intensive care is five times higher than it was in April. Hospitals are either reaching their capacity limits or have already exceeded them,” Gerald Gass, the head of the German Hospital Federation (DKG), an umbrella group uniting regional hospital associations, told the newspaper Welt am Sonntag.
According to DKG, there are currently 40 percent more Covid-19 patients in ICUs than during the first wave of the pandemic in spring. Furthermore, around 16,000 patients are being treated for the coronavirus in normal wards. Read more
Japanese capsule with first asteroid samples successfully lands in Australia (France24)
A Japanese capsule carrying the first samples of asteroid subsurface shot across the night atmosphere early Sunday before successfully landing in the remote Australian Outback, completing a mission to provide clues to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth.
The spacecraft Hayabusa2 released the small capsule on Saturday and sent it toward Earth to deliver samples from a distant asteroid. At about 10 kilometers (6 miles) above ground, a parachute was opened to slow its fall and beacon signals were transmitted to indicate its location in the sparsely populated area of Woomera in southern Australia.
About two hours after the reentry, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said its helicopter search team found the capsule in the planned landing area. The retrieval of the pan-shaped capsule, about 40 centimeters (15 inches) in diameter, was completed after another two hours. Read more
Seoul tightens Covid-19 restrictions to second-highest level amid spike in infections (RT)
New restrictions have been announced in the greater Seoul area as South Korea struggles to deal with a spike in daily Covid-19 infections. Over 600 new cases were recorded in the worst peak since March.
“We’ve come upon a critical period in the fight against Covid-19,” Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said during a Sunday government meeting on the epidemic, according to Yonhap.
South Korea introduced a five-tier social distancing scheme in November. Level 2.5, which was declared on Sunday for its most populous capital metropolitan area, is reserved for times when the number of daily cases reaches over 400, but no more than 800. Read more
More than half of FDNY say they’ll refuse COVID-19 vaccine (NYPost)
More than half of New York City firefighters say they won’t be vaccinated for COVID-19 when the potentially life-saving shot becomes available to first responders in a matter of weeks, according to a new internal survey.
About 55 per cent of 2,053 smoke-eaters polled in the last three days by their union, the Uniformed Firefighters Association, answered “No” when asked, “Will you get the COVID-19 Vaccine from Pfizer when the Department makes it available?” UFA President Andy Ansbro told The Post. The responses account for about 25 percent of the UFA’s 8,200 active members.
The stunning anti-vax response follows an August survey of MTA workers that showed only 30 percent of 645 respondents were definitely willing to be vaccinated. Thirty-eight percent were unsure and 32 percent said they would not take the vaccine, according to the poll of Transport Workers Union members conducted by the NYU School of Global Public Health. Read more
Russian teen motorist dies in his car after a week spent stranded at minus 50 degrees (RT)
A young Russian has frozen to death in his car in the notoriously cold Yakutia region, after getting lost while driving in extreme temperatures.
Following a week-long search, the 18-year-old was found dead. Incredibly, his friend and companion survived. According to the region’s investigative committee, the temperature in this area at night is around -50°C, and the car’s radiator was broken. The two teenagers started driving from Yakutsk to Magadan on November 28 and were not found until December 5. The only road between these cities is the Kolyma Highway, most commonly known as the Road of Bones. The route was built using forced Gulag labor, and construction caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of prisoners, according to different sources. Read more
Miley Cyrus details her sex life during the pandemic (Metro)
Miley Cyrus has shared how she has been practicing safe sex during the coronavirus pandemic. The star, who is newly single after splitting from boyfriend Cody Simpson, has turned to the internet to get hers. The Nothing Breaks Like A Heart singer told The Howard Stern Show radio show that FaceTime is ‘the safest way to have sex’ while we all practice social distancing. ‘I do a lot of FaceTime sex – it’s the safest sex. I’m not getting Covid,’ said the 28-year-old. Read more
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp declares Chelsea ‘favourites’ to win Premier League title (Metro)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has declared Chelsea ‘favourites’ to win the Premier League title this season. Frank Lampard’s side have enjoyed an impressive start to the 2020-21 campaign and beat Leeds United 3-1 on Saturday to climb to the top of the table. Defending champions Liverpool will move back above Chelsea if they beat Wolves on Sunday, while Tottenham could also occupy top spot following their north London derby clash against Arsenal. Klopp insists his Liverpool team are not ‘chasing anybody’ in the Premier League but says he sees Chelsea as ‘favourites’ to clinch the title. Read more
Legendary golf commentator Peter Alliss dies aged 89 (Metro)
Veteran golf commentator, and former player, Peter Alliss has died at the age of 89. Known as ‘The Voice of Golf’ thanks to his work with the BBC, Alliss has worked in golf coverage since the 1960s when he was still a professional player. He took on the role of lead golf commentator for the BBC in 1978 and was expected to retire after next year’s Ryder Cup, which would have seen him complete 60 years in boradcasting. As a player, he managed five top 10 finishes at the Open and played on eight Ryder Cup teams, winning once. Read more
Underrate Arsenal at your peril – Mourinho warns Spurs players (Vanguard)
Jose Mourinho does not expect Tottenham to be complacent in Sunday’s north London derby despite the mixed recent form of rivals Arsenal.
The Portuguese manager criticised members of his squad following the 3-3 draw with LASK on Thursday.
He believes some have lacked motivation during the Europa League group stages, but there will be no shortage of incentive this weekend when Mikel Arteta’s team travel to N17. While the Gunners are 14th in the Premier League, eight points behind leaders Spurs, it was only back in August when they triumphed twice at Wembley to clinch silverware under their new manager. Read more
Arsenal receive huge injury boost on eve of north London derby vs Spurs as Thomas Partey is spotted in training (Metro)
Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey looks set to play some part in Sunday’s north London derby against Tottenham after taking part in the Gunners’ final pre-match training session. The summer signing from Atletico Madrid has not featured for the north Londoners since he picked up a thigh injury in the 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa last month. There were fears he could be sidelined for several more weeks, but Mikel Arteta intimated this week that he was cautiously optimistic Partey might return sooner than expected. Read more
Barca’s Dembele injured, may miss Juventus clash (Punch)
The bad news continued for Barcelona on Sunday when the club reported that injury-prone French forward Ousmane Dembele tweaked his right hamstring in the loss to Cadiz the day before.
“It is minor and the progress will determine his availability,” said Barca in a statement.
Spanish media estimated he would be out for one to two weeks. Read more
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard provides Hakim Ziyech injury update after Leeds United victory (Metro)
Frank Lampard has confirmed Hakim Ziyech suffered a hamstring injury during Chelsea’s Premier League victory over Leeds United. Blues summer signing Ziyech pulled up in the first half of Chelsea’s 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening and was replaced by Christian Pulisic. Asked for an update on Ziyech after the victory, Lampard said: ‘It was his hamstring, he felt it go. ‘We will have to find out how serious it is over the next few days, but it’s obviously disappointing going into a busy period.’ Chelsea were forced to come from behind against Leeds after former Blues player Patrick Bamford rounded Edouard Mendy and slotted home. Read more