Randy man, 43, arrested for alleged rape of 80-year-old Nasarawa woman, blames devil (Punch)
The Nasarawa State Police Command has arrested a 43-year-old man, Mr Dan’asabe Eddo, for allegedly raping an 80-year-old woman in the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Ramhan Nansel, disclosed this in a statement in Lafia on Sunday.
According to the statement, the suspect went to the house of the octogenarian, who lived alone, and raped her.
The statement read, “One Dan’asabe Eddo, a 43-year-old man of Kubasha village, Kagarko LGA, Kaduna, but resident in Kundami village, Garaku, Kokona LGA of Nasarawa State, nocturnally went into the residence of an 80-year-old woman, who stays alone in the same village, and forcefully had carnal knowledge of her.
“Upon receipt of the complaint, police operatives attached to the Garaku division immediately swung into action and got the suspect arrested. Read more
NCC alerts Nigerians to new ransomware attacking organisational networks (Guardian)
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has alerted Nigerians to a plan by a cybercrime group to deliver ransomware to targeted organisational networks.
The scheme, uncovered by security experts, has been categorised by the Nigerian Computer Emergency Response Team’s (ngCERT) advisory released at the weekend, as high-risk and critical.
NCC, in a statement by its Director of Public Affairs, Dr. Ike Adinde, yesterday, quoted the advisory, as saying that the criminal group has been mailing out USB thumb drives to many organisations in anticipation that recipients will plug them into their personal computers (PCs) and install the ransomware on their networks. While businesses are being targeted, criminals could soon begin sending infected USB drives to individuals.
Relying on data from CheckPoint Software Technologies, The Guardian had reported last week, how organisations in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and other part of Africa recorded the highest volume of cyber attacks in 2021, with an average of 1,615 weekly breaches. Read more
Dayo Kujore for burial January 28 (Nation)
The family of late Juju maestro Dayo Kujore has announced his burial arrangements seven days after his demise.
The burial arrangement is contained in an obituary shared by one of the late musician’s daughters, Ayinke Dayo Kujore on Sunday, January 16, 2022.
According to the obituary, the late Kujore would be buried in his hometown in Igbore Robiyan, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
A wake session for the late Soco Xtra singer holds on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at the Kujore compound in Igbore Robiyan while a burial service has been scheduled to hold on Friday, January 28, 2022, at the Emmanuel African Church in Igbore Robiyan. Read more
4 Abducted Nasarawa Varsity students regain freedom (Leadership)
Four students of the Federal University of Lafia, Nasarawa State, who were abducted outside the institution on Thursday have regained their freedom.
The Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Professor Shehu Abdul Rahman, who spoke through the institution’s Head of Information and Public Relations Unit, Mr. Abubakar Ibrahim, confirmed the release of the students on Sunday.
He applauded the Nasarawa State government and security agencies for their timely contributions, and prayers over the incident.
“The Management of the Federal University of Lafia (FUL) is delighted to announce that the four students of the university who were abducted were freed by their abductors. Read more
2023: Don’t vote drug addicted politicians, Masari’s wife tells Nigerians (ThisDay)
Ahead of the 2023 general election, the wife of the Katsina State Governor, Dr. Hadiza Bello Masari, has admonished Nigerians, particularly youths, not to vote drug addicted politicians during the polls.
She said the menace of drug addiction has pervaded all segments of the society and only drug integrity tests on people in critical service sectors can sanitise the system.
Mrs Masari spoke while inaugurating the Drugs and Substance Abuse Advisory and Counselling Centre in Musawa, built by a community philanthropist, Abdullahi Aliyu, in collaboration with her pet project, ‘Centre for the Advancement of Mothers and Children in Katsina’.
According to her, “It is pertinent for us to check whoever is contesting for any political position or office to ascertain whether he or she is not a drug addict before we can vote for him. Read more
Buhari greets former Plateau deputy governor, Usman, at 80 (Punch)
President Muhammadu Buhari has sent birthday wishes to one-time Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Halilu Usman, who now serves as the Osu Ajiri, Edege Chiefdom in Nasarawa State, as he marks his 80th year.
Buhari’s goodwill message is contained in a statement signed on Sunday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, titled ‘President Buhari greets Halilu Usman, Ex-Deputy Governor as he marks 80 years.’
The statement read, “The President recalls the meritorious service rendered by Usman as an administrator in the local government system; serving the state at different levels including the Chairmanship of the Plateau State Local Government Service Board as well as the Pension Board, and at the centre, serving as Director, Training and Manpower Development at the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, and later as Chairman of the National Program of Immunization, NPI.”
He noted the past political roles of the former Deputy Governor in the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, where he led the Al-Makura campaign and served as a Member of the Presidential Campaign Council in 2021. Read more
PDP demands more attention to welfare of soldiers, families (Channels)
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday called on the Federal Government to pay more attention to the welfare of military officials and the families of fallen heroes.
In a statement signed by PDP spokesperson Debo Ologunagba commemorating the Armed Forces Remembrance Day, the opposition party also asked for the provision of adequate equipment for the military.
“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) salutes members of the Nigerian Armed forces for their courage, loyalty, sacrifice and resilience in defending our dear nation, particularly in the face of resurged insecurity in the last six years,” the statement said.
“The PDP acknowledges the bravery and patriotism of our gallant soldiers in the frontlines, who despite the daunting challenges, daily put their lives on the line, with many paying the supreme price for the unity and security of our country. Read more
‘Nigeria only OPEC member that imports 95% of refined petroleum for domestic use’ (Tribune)
Nigeria is the only member country of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) that imports 90 to 95 per cent of refined petroleum products to meet its domestic consumption, the People’s Alternative Political Movement (TPAP-M) has observed.
TPAP-M while addressing journalists during the weekend, said most other OPEC member countries depend on less than 20% imported refined petroleum products to meet domestic needs.
Comrade Jaye Gaskiya from the TPAP-M Secretariat, while addressing journalists, said subsidy exists because of the price differential between the landing cost of imported fuel and the pump price of fuel. He said the differential exists because Nigeria is totally dependent as a country on imported refined petroleum products.
He said the reason given by the government and previous administrations is the narrative around the price of fuel being much cheaper in Nigeria than in neighbouring countries, due to subsidy, and that this encourages fuel smuggling across the borders. Read more
Olubadan: Kingmakers settle differences, endorse Lekan Balogun (Channels)
The Olubadan-in-Council, comprising Ibadan High Chiefs and kingmaker, have cleared the air on the successor to the late Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogunguniso 1, who passed away on January 2.
They resolved their differences and collectively agreed that Senator Lekan Balogun would be the next Olubadan.
Senator Rashidi Ladoja, the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland and former governor of Oyo State, addressed journalists on Saturday on behalf of the council after a closed-door meeting with Governor Seyi Makinde at the Oyo State Government House, Agodi, Ibadan.
According to Ladoja, the perceived controversy surrounding ascension to the Olubadan stool has been amicably resolved. Read more
Wealth of world’s 10 richest men doubled in pandemic, Oxfam says (BBC)
The pandemic has made the world’s wealthiest far richer but has led to more people living in poverty, according to the charity Oxfam.
Lower incomes for the world’s poorest contributed to the death of 21,000 people each day, its report claims.
But the world’s 10 richest men have more than doubled their collective fortunes since March 2020, Oxfam said.
Oxfam typically releases a report on global inequality at the start of the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. Read more
Doctor has seven hour ‘eyebrow transplant’ as she’s sick of doing her makeup (DailyStar)
A doctor has revealed she underwent major surgery and had an eyebrow transplant because she was sick of doing her makeup each morning.
Dr Simone Maybin went to the same plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, California, as model Chrissy Teigan.
She claims that she used to spend 20 minutes doing her eyebrow makeup every morning before spotting an advert for surgery on Instagram.
Hairs were taken from the back of her head during the surgery and transplanted into her forehead. Read more
Former 16 and Pregnant star Jordan Cashmyer passes away at 26 (Ok!)
Former 16 and Pregnant star Jordan Cashmyer has passed away at the age of 26.
The tragic news of the young mother was revealed on Sunday when a medical examiner confirmed her passing to TMZ.
The publication reported that no cause or manner of death has been provided.
Jordan’s father, Dennis M. Cashmyer Jr., also took to Facebook on Sunday morning with a heartfelt tribute to his daughter. Read more
Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta: Ousted Mali president dies aged 76 (BBC)
The ousted President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, has died aged 76, family and former colleagues say.
Two years ago he suffered a minor stroke but the cause of his death on Sunday was not immediately clear.
He died at 09:00 GMT at his home in the capital Bamako, a member of his family told AFP news agency.
Mr Keïta led Mali for seven years until 2020, when he was ousted in a coup after huge anti-government protests over his handling of jihadist unrest. Read more
Ye (Kanye West) releases new single, “Easy,” with The Game (AmericanSongwriter)
Ye (formerly Kanye West) released his latest single, “Easy,” featuring The Game.
The news was trending on social media, as was a number of recent headlines from the famed rapper and producer.
To begin with, the new single is the newest collaboration between the acclaimed hip-hop artists. In the song, the artists highlight a number of issues in their lives. But what many on the internet are clinging to is Ye’s line about comedian Pete Davidson, who is famously dating Ye’s estranged wife, Kim Kardashian.
Ye raps, “God saved me from that crash just so I could beat Pete Davidson’s ass.” Read more
Elvis Costello says he doesn’t like modern rock music (NME)
Elvis Costello has admitted he doesn’t “like” much modern rock music because “the beat is so square”
Costello was asked by Rolling Stone what still attracted the rock veteran to writing guitar music, with the singer replying “I don’t like much rock music. I like rock & roll. I think if you lose the roll part, a lot of the fun goes out of it.”
The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame member then went on to say that “when people ask me, ‘What’s your favourite record?’, I usually don’t name any electric-guitar records made in the last 30 years because the beat is so square. I like things that float a bit or swing a bit, whether it’s rock & roll or actual jazz that swings.”
“You listen to these records out of Nashville, they couldn’t float if you filled them full of water. They just don’t; they’re square and they sound like bad rock records from the nineties. To my ear, they just do. But somebody likes them,” the 67-year-old continued. Read more
Moesha Boduong returns to social media after several months of silence (MyJoy)
Actress Moesha Boduong has bounced back to social media after a long break due to a battle with some health and personal issues.
The former socialite made a post on Instagram on Saturday, January 15, after almost seven months of silence from anything social media-related.
Throughout the period, she was spotted in many videos and photos.
The born-again model shared a photo with the inscription ‘God is king’, which appears to align with her new journey with God. Read more
Eagles pocket $10,000 each for Egypt, Sudan wins (Punch)
Super Eagles players will receive $10,000 each for the victories over Egypt and Sudan at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, our correspondent has learnt.
This comes after the Nigeria Football Federation and the Eagles reached an agreement over the mode of payment for wins and draws at the tournament.
The meeting between the players and the NFF officials was held before the start of the tournament in Garuoa, it was also learnt.
The Eagles are expected to receive the sum of $5000 for a win and $2,500 for a draw following the meeting.
“There is an agreement that the players will receive $5000 for a win and half of that for a draw, while they won’t get a dime for losing,” an Eagles official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said. Read more
Samdoria sack D’Aversa, recall Giampolo (FootballItalia)
There are reports Sampdoria have decided to sack coach Roberto D’Aversa and will bring back Marco Giampaolo, maybe in time for Tuesday’s Coppa Italia game against Juventus.
The Blucerchiati are seemingly ready to pull the plug after three consecutive Serie A defeats.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the decision was made after last night’s home defeat to Torino.
Curiously, Giampaolo is still under contract with Torino, so negotiations must first be held with his former club to get him released. Read more
Gusau predicts Nigeria will win Cameroun 2021 AFCON (Guardian)
In 2016, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) board member, Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau, was the leader of delegation when the Super Falcons captured the African Women’s Nations Cup title, beating host, Cameroun, in the final.
Again, Gusau, who is the Chairman of Chairmen on the board of NFF, has been saddled with the same responsibility; this time, as leader of Super Eagles delegation to the ongoing 33rd Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroun 2021.
Speaking with The Guardian yesterday during the team’s training session ahead of Wednesday’s last group match against Guinea Bissau, Gusau predicted that the Super Eagles will lift their fourth African title here, in the final on February 6.
Gusau said the sudden transformation of the Eagles by the Austin Eguavoen-led technical crew and the determination in the players not to disappoint Nigerians were pointers to his belief that they would win the trophy for Nigeria. Read more
Salah scores winner goal to give Pharaohs the first points of AFCON (Sky)
Mohamed Salah scored for Egypt to give them a 1-0 win over Guinea-Bissau to kick-start the Pharaohs’ Africa Cup of Nations campaign.
Salah’s 69th-minute winner in Garoua came despite a largely anonymous performance from the Liverpool forward as his team battled to beat the minnows from west Africa.
The win ended in controversy, however, as Guinea-Bissau had a late equaliser ruled out after a VAR check.
Mama Balde’s strike in the 82nd-minute was chalked off after the referee decided he had fouled defender Omar Kamal in the build-up to the goal, following consultation with the pitchside monitor. Read more
10 UNILAG students bag first class in physiotherapy (Guardian)
Ten students bagged first class degrees as the Department of Physiotherapy, College of Medicine, University of Lagos (CMUL) inducted 42 fresh graduates for the 2019/2020 sessions.
The event, which took place on Saturday, at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Idi Araba, was attended by guests, including Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, Dr. Omobolaji Gaji and Registrar, Medical Rehabilitation Board of Nigeria, Dr. Olufunke Akanle.
Delivering the convocation speech, the Provost, CMUL, Prof. David Adewale Oke, said: “Today, we are inducting 42 members into the physiotherapy profession from the foremost college of medicine of the university of first choice and nation’s pride, the University of Lagos. Your being inducted today is the first reward you get for your hard work, perseverance and resilience in the face of the challenges you experienced throughout your study in the college.
“We celebrate you all for your excellent performance and it is gratifying to note that in this set, 10 persons graduated with distinction.”
The 10 that graduated with distinction include, Okafor Praise Chineye, who emerged best overall graduating student and best student in research project; Onyesoro Glory Onyinye-Bukola, who was second best graduating student; and Akanlabi Oluwaseun Iyaruoluwa, who emerged the third best. Ekeh Margaret also received the award of the best student in physiotherapy clinical practice. The students were presented with various cash gifts. Miss Chineye took home N120,000. Read more
I’ll bring in fresh legs against Guinea-Bissau – Eguavoen (Punch)
Super Eagles interim coach, Austin Eguavoen, has admitted that his side has not been clinical enough at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
The coach also hinted that he would make changes to the starting line-up that claimed wins over Egypt and Sudan in their final Group D encounter against Guinea-Bissau on Wednesday.
The Eagles scored four goals and conceded one but former Eagles captain Eguavoen is not pleased with his side’s wastefulness in front of goal.
“Sometimes scoring goals is still a problem,” he told PUNCH Sports Extra.
“It’s in the goal area that we have missed a lot of chances. We are not clinical enough in front of goal; we missed a couple of sitters in the games we’ve played. We gave Sudan some chances to score.” Read more
NFL play-offs: San Francisco 49ers hold off late Dallas Cowboys fightback (BBC)
The San Francisco 49ers held off a late fightback by the Dallas Cowboys to earn the first upset of the NFL play-offs.
Dallas came into wildcard weekend as the third seed in the NFC Conference so hosted the sixth seed, fellow five-time Super Bowl winners San Francisco.
The 49ers never trailed and led 23-7 early in the fourth quarter, but had to hang on for a thrilling 23-17 win.
Earlier on Sunday, defending champions the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cruised to a 31-15 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Last week’s overtime win over the Los Angeles Rams saw the 49ers clinch a play-off spot on the final day of the regular season and set up a mouthwatering clash with their old rivals Dallas. Read more