Residents scoop fuel as petrol tanker falls in Lagos (Punch)
A tanker laden with 33,000 litres of petrol overturned around the Festac Link Bridge while conveying the content to a destination in Lagos State on Sunday.
After the accident, petrol spilt rapidly on the road and residents were seen using buckets and kegs to scoop the content.
The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said the trans-loading of the remaining petrol was ongoing, adding that emergency responders were on the ground to prevent a secondary incident.
He said, “The Agency responded to distress calls around 6 am and arrived to find an overturned tanker with its contents, 33,000 litres of petrol rapidly spilling due to the effect of gravity on the overturned tanker. Read more
Lagos govt orders release of 253 #EndSARS protesters (Guardian)
Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), Lagos State Attorney-General (A-G), has ordered the release of 253 persons arrested by police over their alleged roles in the unrest following the #EndSARS protests.
The A-G said the in a statement that his office had determined that there was a nondisclosure of a prima-facie case against the 253 persons by the police.
The statement, signed by Mr Kayode Oyekanmi, Director of Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Justice and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, said 92 persons would, however, be prosecuted. Read more
Lagos serves removal order on 2,500 shanties in Fagba (Punch)
The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit, popularly referred to as Taskforce, has asked owners and occupiers of illegal structures and shanties around Fagba along Abbatior new Oko-Oba area of the state to “remove them with their belongings immediately”.
This was contained in a statement titled, ‘#FAGBA: LASG Serves 7 Days Removal Order To Owners of Illegal Structures/Shanties Around Fagba, Abbatoir, New Oko Oba’.
In the statement obtained on Sunday, the task force gave the owners a seven-day ultimatum to vacate the affected areas.
It quoted the Chairman of the Agency, Olayinka Egbeyemi, as giving the directive when he led the enforcement team of the Agency to the area. Read more
Lagos court declines setting BBA certificate of registration, constitution aside (Vanguard)
The Federal High Court in a case presided over by Honorable Justice Aneke, yesterday, in Lagos refused to set aside the Certificate of Registration of Trustees of Balogun Business Association in a suit brought by a former President of the Association, Chief Okey Ezeibe.
The court also refused to set aside the Constitution of the Association.
By the constitution of the association, the incumbent President, General Secretary and Treasurer of the association, Chief Tony Obih, Chief Jonathan Okpala, and Chief John Ezeako respectively are automatically trustees of the Association.
The incumbent President and General Secretary are also respectively Chairman and Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Association. Read more
Lagos HoS tasks long-service employees on loyalty (Punch)
The Lagos State Head of Service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola, has called on long-service employees of the state government to continue to show loyalty to authorities and commitment to their duties.
Muri-Okunola made the call at an event organised in honour of long-serving civil servants in the state, including the Executive Secretary, Lagos State House of Assembly Service Commission, Ms. Abosede Lambo, and other permanent secretaries at Alausa, Ikeja.
The Hos explained that the long-service merit award was aimed at celebrating diligence, commitment, hard work and loyalty, among public servants in the state as a way of expressing government’s appreciation and gratitude to select members of its workforce. Read more
#EndSARS: Fresh crisis looms as youths threaten to commence fresh protests in Lagos, Abuja tomorrow (Thisday)
Nigerian youths appear to be bracing up for a showdown with the Federal Government as they have vowed to return to the streets for what they described as the second wave of the #EndSARS protest, warning that no amount of intimidation from the government or security agencies would stop their demonstration.
Sunday Tribune, on Saturday, learnt that the planned protest is coming against the backdrop of the perceived clampdown by government on prominent members of the #EndSARS campaign as their bank accounts were frozen by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Friday while some were said to have been stopped from travelling out of the country. Read more
Nigeria needs e-voting to move forward – Jonathan (Vanguard)
Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday advocated the use of electronic voting in Nigeria to reduce the use of thugs by some “politicians who are hell-bent on grabbing political power”.
Jonathan along with Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri Bayelsa spoke weekend during the Third Synod of the Diocese of Ogbia at St Mark’s Anglican Church, Otakeme, where they both berated politicians who promote thuggery and cultism as a means of winning elections in the country.
“That is why I have always advocated that for us to move forward as a country, we must use electronic voting where nobody will use thugs to win elections. Read more
Over 400 herdsmen arrested for violating Benue grazing law – Ortom (Vanguard)
No fewer than 400 herdsmen were reportedly arrested while over 7,629 cows, 210 sheep and other livestock were impounded for violating the Benue State Open Grazing and Ranches Establishment Law of 2017.
The arrests were made in the last three years from November 1, 2017, the date of the commencement of enforcement of the law and October 31, 2020.
Governor Samuel Ortom made the disclosure in Makurdi at the third year anniversary celebration of the grazing law organized by the State Standing Committee on Monitoring and Implementation of Government Litigations and Matters Connected Thereto, with the theme, Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law, 2017: A Recipe for Security and Peaceful Co-Existence. Read more
Couple welcomes a baby girl after having 14 boys (Metro)
Little Maggie Jayne is sure to be spoiled by her family. The newborn’s parents, Kateri and Jay Schwandt, welcomed her into the world – after having 14 boys.
Kateri, 45, and Jay, 45, were delighted to have a daughter and they kept her sex a surprise until she was born.
But after 14 boys, they were sure they’d have another and hadn’t even chosen a name for a girl.
But after Kateri gave birth to the gorgeous little girl who weighed 7 lbs., 8 oz. and was 20 inches long, they decided on Maggie Jayne. The Michigan couple met as teenagers at Gaylord High School and Gaylord St. Mary’s. Read more
Jared Kushner has approached Trump about conceding the election: report (NYPost)
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has tried to talk him into conceding the election, CNN reported late Saturday.
The network, citing two sources, said that Kushner, a top White House advisor, broached the subject with the president following Joe Biden’s victory earlier in the day.
The move came after Trump refused to concede in the minutes after the election was called by the major networks — insisting that “this election is far from over” and claiming that Biden was “rushing to falsely pose as the winner” after Pennsylvania was called for the Democrat.
“I will not rest until the American People have the honest vote count they deserve and that Democracy demands,” Trump said in a statement just before noon, promising the campaign’s legal battle against supposed “fraud” would begin in earnest Monday. Read more
Marcus Rashford forces another government U-turn on free school meals (Metro)
Disadvantaged children will be given free school meals over the Christmas holidays, in a major Government U-turned that has delighted campaigning England footballer Marcus Rashford. The Prime Minister finally caved to pressure on the issue after facing a barrage of criticism for blocking an extension of the scheme over October half term. Boris Johnson personally phoned Manchester United star Mr Rashford after he played against Everton on Saturday to alert him to the decision to lay on £170 million of extra funding for the plan, which has delighted child poverty campaigners. The money will pay for the Covid Winter Grant Scheme to support families over the festive season, while the Holiday Activities and Food programme will be extended to cover next year’s Easter, summer and Christmas breaks, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said. Read more
Ethiopia’s Abiy replaces army chief as Tigray casualties mount (Guardian)
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed replaced his army chief on Sunday, as reports of wounded soldiers continued to rise in a five-day-old conflict in the country’s northern Tigray region.
Deputy army chief Berhanu Jula will take over the Ethiopian National Defence Force, a statement from Abiy’s office said, without giving a reason or specifying the fate of Berhanu’s predecessor, General Adem Mohammed.
The announcement came as a medical official told AFP that nearly 100 government soldiers had been treated for gunshot wounds at a hospital in the northern Amhara region, the latest indication that fighting has been intense. Read more
US election 2020: How the world reacted to a Biden win (BBC)
The results are finally in and the world is reacting to the victory of Joe Biden over Donald Trump in the US presidential election.
For days, people around the world have been glued to the White House race.
It is not just the US that the election of a new president affects – a new leader in the White House can transform the country’s foreign policy and its approach to its friends and foes alike. Here is how some of the world’s leaders have reacted, and where they stand with the US. Read more
Jennifer Lawrence runs through the street in her pyjamas as Joe Biden wins US election (Metro)
Jennifer Lawrence had a ‘party for one’ after Joe Biden was announced the winner of the US election. Biden was named President-elect over Donald Trump on Saturday with Kamala Harris becoming Vice President-elect. With many celebrities taking to social media to mark the occasion, the Hunger Games star added her voice by running down the street in her pyjamas. The actress is in Boston filming Don’t Look Up but took some time out to celebrate Biden’s win. Read more
Japan prince Fumihito declared heir to throne (BBC)
Prince Fumihito, the brother of Japan’s Emperor Naruhito, has been officially declared heir to the throne during a ceremony in Tokyo.
Fumihito is six years younger than his brother Naruhito, who became monarch last year after their father abdicated.
Emperor Naruhito has no sons and his daughter is barred from inheriting the throne, despite calls for reform.
The “Rikkoshi no rei” ceremony had been delayed by seven months because of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more
Ivorian Anouma to run for CAF president (BBC)
Ivory Coast’s Jacques Anouma is to run for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) presidency next March – seven years after his first attempt – after receiving the nomination of his federation for the role.
Anouma, 68, is the second person to be publicly announced for the role ahead of Thursday’s deadline, with reigning CAF President Ahmad having done so late last month.
Ivory Coast’s Football Federation (FIF) announced its support for Anouma, a former member of FIFA’s executive board, on Saturday evening.
“FIF has decided to give its backing to Mr Jacques Anouma for the Caf presidential election of March 2021,” the body said in a statement. Read more
Tyson Fury responds to Deontay Wilder’s conspiracy theories (Metro)
Tyson Fury believes Deontay Wilder has ‘lost his marbles’ following the Bronze Bomber’s string of conspiracy theories surrounding his defeat in February.
Fury beat Wilder in seven rounds to win the WBC heavyweight title in Las Vegas. But after months of silence, Wilder accused Fury of cheating in a lengthy rant against the Gypsy King last week.
Wilder claimed that Fury had an object resembling an ‘egg weight’ hidden inside his gloves and also bizarrely accused his former trainer, Mark Breland, of spiking his water before the fight. Read more
Nick Kyrgios says he was in ‘lonely place’ after suffering with depression (BBC)
Australia’s Nick Kyrgios says he was in a “lonely, dark place” after suffering with depression while on tour.
The 25-year-old has not played since February after limiting his travel because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Kyrgios, who began to see a psychologist in 2018, said people were not aware how lonely tennis could be.
“I felt like no-one wanted to know me as a person, they just wanted to get a hold of me as a tennis player and use me,” he told Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph. Read more
Graeme Souness says Chelsea have ‘won the lottery’ with Reece James and Ben Chilwell (Metro)
Graeme Souness says Chelsea have ‘won the lottery’ with Ben Chilwell and Reece James following their 4-1 victory over Sheffield United on Saturday. Frank Lampard’s side went behind at Stamford Bridge but ended up sealing the win by a comfortable margin with goals from Tammy Abraham, Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Timo Werner. After the match, Souness hailed the performance of James but believes the 20-year-old’s impact at Chelsea has gone under the radar following Chilwell’s £50 million move from Leicester City in the summer. And Souness believes James already looks ‘the finished article’ despite his young age. Read more
Late Kane winner sends Spurs top of table (BBC)
A game of few chances seemed destined to end goalless after Hugo Lloris had kept out Karlan Grant’s second-half header and a flurry of Tottenham chances had come and gone without reward.
But, as has been the case so often in the past, Kane punished a minor lack of concentration to head home an 88th-minute winner.
West Brom’s defence failed to track the England skipper’s run into the box, allowing him to leap unchecked to meet Matt Doherty’s cross and guide the ball over goalkeeper Sam Johnstone. Read more
Man Utd critics are jealous says Maguire (Guardian)
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire claims criticism of his club is often provoked by jealousy.
United eased the pressure on boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a much-needed 3-1 win at Everton on Sunday.
Solskjaer had been under fire after United’s spluttering start to the season hit a new low with a shock Champions League defeat at Istanbul Basaksehir in midweek.
Three wins in seven league matches still leaves United in the bottom half of the Premier League, but England defender Maguire does not believe Solskjaer and his team deserve so much abuse. Read more
Late Lazio strike denies Juventus victory (BBC)
Ecuadorian striker Felipe Caicedo scored a 95th-minute equaliser as Lazio denied Juventus victory in Serie A at the Stadio Olimpico.
Caicedo turned and fired past Wojciech Szczesny in the 95th minute after great wing-play from Joaquin Correa.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his sixth goal in four league games when he converted Juan Cuadrado’s cross to give Juve the lead in the 15th minute.
They remain third, three points behind AC Milan who play Verona at 19:45 GMT.
The result will be a bitter blow for coach Andrea Pirlo and his men, who were rarely troubled by Lazio. Simone Inzaghi’s team had plenty of possession but had failed to test former Arsenal keeper Szczesny up until the goal. Read more