Reverend’s wife burns nine-year-old with iron over bedwetting (Punch)
The wife of a reverend in the Oko-Oba area of Lagos State, Mrs Olusola Adeleke, has been arrested by the police for allegedly burning the skin of her home help with a hot iron.
The woman was arrested along with the reverend, Adebanjo, as the couple were alleged to have subjected the nine-year-old girl to series of physical abuse since she started living with them two years ago.
Sunday PUNCH learnt that the girl’s travails came to the limelight recently when one of the Adelekes’ two dogs bit her in the chest while she was feeding them. Read more
Shocking: Man, 27, breaks into church, drinks holy communion wine at altar, lands in court (Vanguard)
An unemployed man, Ajibola, 27, who allegedly stole two bottles of Holy Communion wine, soaps, and a sachet of salt worth N46,000 from a Church in Mushin, Lagos, on Friday appeared in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.
Ajibola, who resides in Mushin, Lagos, is charged with theft and breach of peace, but he pleaded not guilty.
The Prosecution Counsel, Inspector Edet Akadu, told the court that Ajibola committed the offence on September 24, 2019.
“The defendant unlawfully entered a Catholic church at Mushin in Lagos and stole two bottles of holy communion, four sachets of soap and a sachet of salt valued N46,000,’’ Akadu said. Read more
Poor weather may disrupt flights, businesses nationwide, NiMET warns (Nation)
The inclement weather condition caused largely by the harmattan haze is expected to have rippled negative effects on flight operations and businesses across the country in the days ahead, The Nation has learnt.
Harmattan is a season in the West African sub region, which occurs between the end of November and the middle of March. It is characterised by the dry and dusty northeasterly trade wind, of the same name, which blows from the Sahara Desert over West Africa into the Gulf of Guinea.
Investigation by The Nation revealed that over the last couple of days, some local airlines and their foreign counterparts operating in the country have had to cancel and reschedule flights due to poor visibility. Read more
Corps member commits suicide in Enugu (Vanguard)
A serving corps member at the Girls Secondary School, Ibagwa-Aka, Igbo-Eze South Local Government Area of Enugu State, Miss Bolufemi Princess Motunrayo, on Saturday committed suicide over a yet-to-be-identified matter.
Motunrayo, who was a graduate of Banking and Finance from the Kogi State University, drank two bottles of snipper chemical and reportedly said “life is not worth living” before she died.
Eyewitnesses confirmed that she was rushed to the Faith Foundation Hospital at Nsukka local government area of the state where doctors confirmed her death. Read more
Electricity Tariff hike: Gbajabiamila to meet with AGF Malami (Nation)
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has spoken against any electricity tariff hike by the DISCOs as proposed.
According to him, any such increase should be done after the proposed amendment to the law criminalizing estimated billing has been passed into law.
On this issue, he has promised to meet with the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami to discuss the sequence with him. Read more
Reps condemn attack on Airforce troops (Vanguard)
The House of Representatives Committee on Airforce has condemned the recent attack on troops of the 271 Nigerian Airforce Detachment, Birnin Gwari by armed bandits at Ungwan Yako along Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road.
In a statement signed by the Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Shehu Koko (APC-Kebbi) said: “the barbaric attack was targeted at innocent citizens in the community but for the gallant effort of the Force men”.
The lawmaker representing Koko-Besse/Maiyama federal constituency of Kebbi State, on behalf of the Committee, commiserated with the force personnel who paid the supreme price in the process. Read more
Giant tortoise saves species from extinction after fathering 800 babies (Metro)
A 100-year-old giant tortoise has been credited with saving his species from extinction with his legendary libido. Diego is set to return to the wild on the Galápagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean after fathering around 800 children. He was one of 14 male tortoises selected in the 1960s to take part in a breeding programme on Santa Cruz Island, off the southwestern coast of California. The programme is coming to a close following great success, producing more than 2,000 giant tortoises since it began. Read more
Queen calls family meeting over Harry and Meghan’s decision to quit royal life (Metro)
The Queen is to host an emergency meeting on Monday in a bid to thrash out Meghan and Harry’s future roles in the family. The Duke of Sussex, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge have all been invited to attend the talks at the monarch’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk. It will be the first meeting of the four since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s shock announcement on Wednesday that they will be stepping down as senior royals. According to sources Charles will be travelling from Birkhall in Scotland, William from his Kensington Palace apartment while Harry from Frogmore Cottage near Windsor Castle. Read more
Protesters call for Supreme Leader to resign as Iran finally admits to downing airliner (Metro)
Angry citizens have taken to the streets of Tehran calling for Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei to quit after the Iranian regime finally admitted to mistakenly shooting down a passenger plane. The confession comes after days of repeatedly denying any involvement in Wednesday morning’s destruction of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752, killing all 176 people on board. What started off as candlelight vigils for the 82 Iranian passengers who lost their lives in the crash quickly escalated into a violent protest, with participants chanting ‘death to liars’ and ‘death to the Islamic Republic’. Armed paramilitary police were allegedly sneaked into the middle of the crowd in ambulances while officers fired tear gas into the hoards of people. Read more
Iran jet admission important first step – Johnson (Vanguard)
British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, on Saturday, called Iran’s admission that it accidentally shot down the Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 an “important first step.”
The plane which was heading to Kyiv, Ukraine, crashed minutes after takeoff from the Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran on Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board.
The crash happened hours after Iran launched missile attacks on United States forces in Iraq in retaliation for the US assassination of top Iranian military commander, Qassem Soleimani. Read more
Oshoala goes goal crazy, fires four past Tacon (Nation)
Four-time African women footballer of the year Asisat Oshoala was on fire Saturday in the Spanish women’s league as she scored four goals in 6-0 demolition of Tacon.
The Nigerian international, who was missing at the recent CAF Award in Egypt where she earned her fourth gong, took the war to Tacon from the first blast of the whistle netting the first goal as early as the 2nd minute after a timely assist from teammate Marta Torrejón.
The former Arsenal ladies ace was on target again in the 19th, 47th and 63rd minutes to round off her four goal harvest with the remaining two goals coming from Jenni Hermoso and Marta Torrejón. Read more
Ibrahimovic lifts Milan as Lazio extend winning streak (Punch)
Veteran Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic said he “felt alive” as he marked his first start back at AC Milan by scoring in a 2-0 win over Cagliari on Saturday, as Ciro Immobile struck for Lazio against Napoli to stretch his title-chasing team’s winning streak to ten games.
The 38-year-old Ibrahimovic had come on as a substitute in the goalless draw against Sampdoria last weekend, days after his return to Italy.
But he played the entire match in Sardinia scoring after 64 minutes for his first Milan goal since leaving the club for Paris Saint-Germain eight years ago. Read more
Inside the pre-season training camp with Coco Gauff and Mike Tyson that’s helped Serena Williams make fast start to 2020 (Metro)
After a disappointing 2019, by her incredibly lofty standards, Serena Williams has started the new season in strong fashion. The American great failed to complete any regular WTA Tour tournament outside of the Grand Slams, though she was a beaten finalist at both Wimbledon and the US Open. Her key goal remains to add to her Grand Slam haul, with Margaret Court’s record 24-majors haul still within striking distance, but she has been found wanting in the biggest moments in the past two years, losing four Slam finals on the bounce without winning a set. Read more
AC Milan want Begovic as Reina’s replacement (Punch)
AC Milan are hopeful of signing Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic as their replacement for Pepe Reina.
Reina has been acting as No 2 at the San Siro behind Gianluigi Donnarumma but is set to leave for Aston Villa early next week after a loan deal was agreed between the clubs.
Skysports reports that Begovic has just returned to the Vitality Stadium after spending the first half of the season on loan in Azerbaijan with Qarabag. Read more
Jose Mourinho takes dig at ‘lucky’ Liverpool after Spurs’ defeat (Metro)
Jose Mourinho took a sly dig at Liverpool (Picture: Getty) Share this article via facebookShare this article via twitter 291 SHARES Sean Kearns Saturday 11 Jan 2020 8:52 pm Jose Mourinho took a dig at Liverpool after his side’s 1-0 defeat to the Reds on Saturday by describing Jurgen Klopp’s men as ‘lucky’. Roberto Firmino’s first half goal gave the Reds a one-goal advantage that rarely looked under threat for the remainder of the match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Mourinho set his side up in an industrial 4-4-2 system without the likes of Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndombele at his disposal but it often became a back five as Liverpool dominated in the first half. Read more
Roger Federer issues statement amid pressure from climate activists (Metro)
‘Roger, wake up now!’ That was the message aimed at Roger Federer on social media by climate change activists, challenging the 20-time Grand Slam champion’s links with bank Credit Suisse. The climate change movement’s most famous face, Greta Thunberg, was among those who retweeted a challenge to Federer over his ties to the bank of which he is a global face – questioning whether he endorses Credit Suisse’s fossil fuel investments. A dozen Swiss climate activists were fined CHF21,600 (£17,000) for trespassing after playing tennis on the premises of Credit Suisse in branches in Geneva and Lausanne in November 2018 – making a direct call for Federer to drop his sponsorship deal in protest of the bank’s fossil fuel investments. Read more
Sports ministry rolls out 2020-2030 development agenda (DailyTrust)
The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has rolled out its 2020-2030 sports industry reform, repositioning and development agenda following a consultative meeting it held with Nigerian Economic Summit Group in 2019. The ministry through its minister, Sunday Dare sought to institutionalize Sports as a Private Sector led Industry in line with global best practices and to develop youth-based vibrant sectors to drive the Nigerian economy. Read more
Osimhen: I’m living my dream in Lille (Nation)
Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) African Youth Player of the Year award nominee and Lille top striker Victor Osimhen is not alien to tough times.
He has experienced it in Germany and Belgium, his first ports of professional career in Europe, but he is today standing tall, as one of the promising strikers of Europe.
In an exclusive interview granted Sport & Style prior to last Tuesday’s CAF award event, the former Golden Eaglets top scorer noted that he did not allow hardship and failure in Wolfsburg-Germany where he had a rough time define him and his career. Read more
Recycled cardboard used for beds at Olympics and Paralympics (DailyTrust)
The bed frames for athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be made from recyclable cardboard. The mattresses for the beds will be formed of polyethylene materials that will be reused for plastic products after the events.
There will be 18,000 beds needed for the Olympics, and 8,000 for the Paralympics. Read more
Hudson-Odoi gets first Premier League goal as Chelsea cruise (Vanguard)
Frank Lampard challenged Callum Hudson-Odoi to prove his sophomore slump is behind him after the Chelsea winger scored his first Premier League goal in Saturday’s 3-0 win against Burnley.
Jorginho’s penalty opened the scoring in the first half before Tammy Abraham’s 15th goal of his breakthrough season doubled the lead.
But it was Hudson-Odoi who warmed fans at a chilly Stamford Bridge as he produced an influential display and finally ended a long wait for his maiden top-flight goal. Read more