Residents flee as flood sacks Bariga, Akoka communities (Punch)
Residents of Odukoya, Ogunleye, Ifeanyi, Igbaja, Lateef Fagbemi and adjoining streets in the Bariga area of Lagos are in confusion as flood has swept through the communities and destroyed properties worth millions of naira.
A similar situation is being witnessed in the Akoka area of the state. Our correspondent, who visited the flooded areas on Wednesday, observed that business activities in the affected areas had been suspended as many homes and business premises were severely flooded. Read more
SDGs: FG, Lagos strengthen partnership to combat maternal mortality rate (Vanguard)
The federal government has expressed readiness to always support the Lagos State Government in its efforts at combating the challenge of maternal mortality rate in the state.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire stated this yesterday, at the official launch of 149 Bed Mother and Child Centre, MCC, named as; Dr Aisha Buhari Mother and Child Centre, in her honour at Igando General Hospital, Alimosho, Lagos. Read more
HoS seeks human capacity devt in LGAs (Punch)
The Lagos State Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, on Thursday charged the heads of departments and heads of units of the state Local Government Establishments, Training and Pensions Office and the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees executive to build human capacity in councils.
Muri-Okunola, who was represented by Dr Taiwo Salam, stated this at a three-day leadership retreat for the heads of departments, heads of units and the state NULGE executive, with the theme, ‘Leadership skills and effective service delivery.’ Read more
Alagba, 344-year-old tortoise dies in Ogbomoso (Vanguard)
A 344-year-old tortoise, said to be the oldest in Africa, has died in the palace of the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi.
The tortoise died Wednesday, after a brief illness.
According to the Private Secretary to Oba Oyewumi, Toyin Ajamu, who broke the news, the tortoise which had turned Ogbomoso to a tourism centre would be missed greatly. Read more
Operators protest against tax on GSM, Cable TV subscriptions (Guardian)
Telecommunications operators have kicked against plans by the National Assembly to impose taxes on global system for mobile (GSM) and cable television subscriptions and services in the country.
Under the aegis of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), the body said imposing such tax now would amount to double taxation, and subsequently impact the economy negatively. Read more
Misuse of Firearms: Police review Force Order 237 (ThisDay)
In a bid to contain the misuse of firearms by policemen, the Police High Command Thursday launched a revised Force Order 237 that regulates the police rules of engagement.
In the revised document, the Nigerian Police would adopt the use of taser and stun guns in place of conventional live bullets for low-risk operations. Read more
Faith Academy teacher beats pupil to a pulp (Punch)
A Computer Science teacher at the Faith Academy, Ota, Ogun State, Voke Voma, has allegedly beaten a Senior Secondary School 2 pupil of the school, David Emekeme, to a pulp.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the teacher, who is also the school chaplain, allegedly beat David for walking slowly in the chapel. Read more
Confusion over customs’ clampdown on auto dealers (Guardian)
The nation’s automobile industry is currently in the grip of confusion as the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) begins a major clampdown on car dealers in search of smuggled vehicles. The NCS has begun the clampdown on car marts across the country, particularly in Lagos, Katsina, Kaduna and Sokoto states.
Some of the dealers, who spoke with The Guardian were worried that their businesses had been halted for some days, without any hope in sight, claiming that the customs was not ready to listen to them as they were only advised to wait for further directive from the headquarters. Read more
Arsenal thrash Liege, Spanish trio get good evening (Vanguard)
Arsenal’s young guns continued to shine as they dismantled Standard Liege 4-0 on a hectic night of Europa League action that produced a full house of Spanish victories on Thursday.
Sevilla beat APOEL Nicosia 1-0, Espanyol were 2-0 winners away to CSKA Moscow and Getafe won 2-1 in Krasnodar. There was a notable 2-0 win for Feyenoord over Porto in a clash of former European champions while English Premier League Wolverhampton Wanderers won 1-0 at Besiktas. Read more
$100,000 up for grabs at 2019 Lagos Open (DailyTrust)
Nigeria’s leading women’s tennis player, Sarah Adegoke The Local Organizing committee (LOC) of the Lagos Open tournament yesterday revealed that tennis players from 57 countries are expected to jostle for the $100,000 prize money at the 19th edition of the competition. The Chairman of the LOC, Chief Pius Akinyelure said the first leg of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) approved tournament serves off on Monday, October 7 to Sunday, October 13 at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan. Read more
Former Nigerian Olympic captain, Isaac Promise, dies at 31 (Vanguard)
Isaac Promise, who captained Nigeria to the 2008 Olympic silver medal and scored 79 goals in 11 professional seasons in Turkey, died late Wednesday after collapsing at his apartment gym in Austin, Texas, authorities said. He was 31.
Isaac Promise Bold was playing for the Austin Bold of the USL and the team said Thursday that he died Wednesday night. Police said authorities were called after a report of a deceased person at Isaac’s apartment building but no further details were immediately available. Austin Bold owner Bobby Epstein said Isaac collapsed at the apartment gym and no foul play was suspected. Read more
African U-23 Championship: Nigeria in ‘group of death’ (Sun)
Nigeria’s U-23 team, known as the Dream Team, has been placed in a group of death that consists of Ivory Coast, South Africa and Zambia for the 2019 African Under-23 Championships to be staged in Egypt from November 8-22.
Nigeria qualified for the group stage of the competition after mauling Sudan 5-1 on aggregate. The team lost the first leg 1-0 in Sudan before winning the second leg 5-0 at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta State capital. Read more
Adesanya sure of beating Whittaker in front of his home fans (Guardian)
The UFC 243 undisputed middleweight title clash between Nigerian-born Israel Adesanya and New Zealand-born Australian, Robert Whittaker is living up to its tag of biggest event in Australasian combat sports history, as tickets for the bout are almost sold out.
The fight will hold on Sunday at the 60,000 capacity Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, and is generating interest from sports lovers across the globe. Read more
Kanu unfazed Abraham, Tomori dumped Nigeria (ThisDay)
Former Super Eagles Captain, Nwankwo Kanu is unfazed that Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori snubbed Nigeria to accept Three Lions call up.
The former Arsenal star insisted that Nigeria have array of stars to count on if the duo dumps refused to accept call up by their father land. Read more
Fans to Abraham, Tomori: You’ll regret dumping Nigeria (Punch)
Nigerian fans have reacted to the invitation of Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori to the England national team.
England coach, Gareth Southgate, listed both players in his squad for the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria on October 11 and 14 respectively. Read more
Tokyo 2020: Ivorians Hold Super Falcons to Barren Draw (ThisDay)
Hosts, Les Femelles Elephantes of Cote d’Ivoire yesterday battled African champions, Super Falcons of Nigeria to a 0-0 draw in their Tokyo 2020 women’s football tournament African second round, first leg qualifying match in Abidjan.
The encounter at the Parc des Sports de Treichville saw both teams creating several opportunities but failing to put the ball in the net, with Nigeria captain Asisat Oshoala spurning two excellent chances to win the game for the Falcons. Read more
Osimhen too fast for Chelsea – Lampard (Punch)
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has praised Victor Osimhen following his all-round performance against the Blues in Wednesday’s Champions League clash at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, Sports Extra reports.
Osimhen scored his first UCL goal for Lille in the 33rd minute, cancelling out Tammy Abraham’s opener 10 minutes earlier.
The strike took Osimhen’s tally to seven in 10 games for Lille in all competitions for Christophe Galtier’s side. Read more
Nigeria Amputee team calls for Buhari’s intervention (ThisDay)
The Nigeria amputee football team, Special Eagles, currently in Angola for the Africa Amputee Football Cup of Nations, have called for urgent fatherly intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari towards alleviating their poor condition at the tournament.
The Special Eagles landed in Benguela, venue of the competition, on Wednesday night to return to the competition after nine years of absence due to lack of funds. Read more