Sanwo-Olu inaugurates committee on rehabilitation of public schools (Nation)
A major emergency in the educational set up that will bring about an overhaul of the entire educational system in Lagos state has been declared by the state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The governor said it is being done at different levels. “We are fixing the infrastructure, we are also fixing the curriculum, we are fixing training, we are fixing development of the teachers, we are also fixing recruitment of teachers.
“So the entire value and eco-change educational sector we are actually doing because we realise based on experience that all of the things we need to do in very quickly fixing those schools, Sanwo-Olu said. Read more
SCIID takes over Lagos torture centre case (Punch)
The Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Police Command, Bala Elkana, has said that the case of the 15 victims rescued from the Blessings of Goodness Healing Church has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba.
The church was allegedly being used as a detention centre for mentally ill persons and those suffering from various ailments and social vices.
PUNCH Metro had reported that no fewer than 15 persons, who were chained inside a building on the church premises, were rescued by men of the command, led by the Divisional Police Officer, Isheri-Osun Division, CSP Chike Ibe, when the police stormed the church on Wednesday following a tip-off by the National President of the Eagle Crime Awareness and Prevention Initiative, a non-governmental organisation, Samuel Adam. Read more
Adeboye to Hold Holy Ghost Service in Abuja (ThisDay)
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, will hold holy ghost service next week in Abuja, the church has announced.
Adeboye, a respected Christian leader in Nigeria, will hold the programme on November 7 and 8.
Assistant Regional Pastor Region 10, Abuja, David Adewuyi, who spoke on behalf of the church during a briefing on the forthcoming 18th edition of the Holy Ghost Congress with the theme “Peace, Be Still”, declared that peace will be restored in every facet of the Nigerian society. Read more
‘Delta, Rivers, three others at risk of severe flooding’ (Punch)
The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency has advised five states to be on red alert against flooding.
Mr Clement Onyeaso, the Director-General of NIHSA gave the advice while briefing the newsmen on Monday in Abuja.
Onyeaso said the affected States to be on red alert are Edo, Delta, Anambra, Rivers and Bayelsa,
He said the river flooding that occurred in Adamawa, Taraba, Benue and Kogi would still find its way through these states before emptying into the ocean. Read more
Police discover detention camp in Ibadan (Nation)
Oyo State police command has discovered a torture centre in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital on Monday.
The Commissioner of Police Shina Olukolu is currently supervising the release of the detainees at Oloore Mosque around Ojoo axis of the state with the owner currently in police custody alongside his accomplices.
Although the numbers of detainees are yet to be ascertained as at the time of sending this report, headcount of the inmates at the detention facility is currently been done by men of the state police Command, with speculation put at hundreds. Read more
Buhari Signs Deep Offshore Law in London (ThisDay)
President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in London signed the amended Deep Offshore bill into law.
A statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said the president after signing the bill, described today “as an important day for all Nigerians – but particularly the young generation.”
Also in a series of tweets on his verified Twitter handle at 4:23pm local time, the president who is currently in London on a private visit, said he had assented to the Bill amending the Deep Offshore (and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract) Act.
“This afternoon I assented to the Bill amending the Deep Offshore (and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract) Act. This is a landmark moment for Nigeria; let me use this opportunity to thank the National Assembly for the cooperation that produced this long-overdue amendment. Read more
Seven killed in Nasarawa boat accident (Nation)
About seven persons were said to have lost their lives in a boat accident on Friday evening in Gwayaka river in the Lafia East Development Area of Lafia Local government in Nasarawa State.
PUNCH reports that the incident is coming barely a year after four died in a boat mishap in the Ashangwa area of Lafia East Development Area of the state.
An eyewitness, who was at the scene of the incident informed our correspondent that the victims, who are mostly irrigation farmers from Kano, were returning from their farms that evening when the unfortunate took place. Read more
Over 40 migrants found alive in refrigerated truck – Greek police (Punch)
Forty-one migrants were found alive in a refrigerated truck in northern Greece on Monday, said police, who arrested the driver.
The migrants, of apparent Afghan origin, were mostly in good condition. Seven of them were given first aid in hospital, the police said.
“The truck contained men and boys. Identifying their nationality will require a couple of days,” a police source told AFP. Read more
Woman found dead in landslide after storm batters France (Guardian)
A 71-year-old woman was found dead Monday after being engulfed by a landslide in the French city of Nice, as the south of the country counted the cost from a brutal storm.
Storm Amelie brought freak winds, downpours and monster waves to southern France over the weekend. The woman, 71, who died in her own back yard, was the only reported fatality.
The storm dropped trees on roads and railway tracks and ripped loose live electrical wires, leaving tens of thousands of people without power for hours on end, authorities said. Read more
Apple offers $2.5 bn to address California housing crisis (Punch)
Apple said Monday it would commit $2.5 billion over the next two years to help address the shortage of affordable housing in California and reduce homelessness.
The move by Apple follows similar initiatives from Silicon Valley peers Google and Facebook, which each have pledged $1 billion for housing programs.
“Before the world knew the name Silicon Valley, and long before we carried technology in our pockets, Apple called this region home, and we feel a profound civic responsibility to ensure it remains a vibrant place where people can live, have a family and contribute to the community,” said Apple chief executive Tim Cook in a statement. Read more
Barty tops end-of-season women’s ranking (Guardian)
Ashleigh Barty of Australia tops the end of season women’s tennis rankings released Monday, a day after her triumph in the WTA Finals in Shenzhen, China.
With 7,851 points, Barty, who has topped the rankings since early September, eclipsed second-placed Karolína Plíšková (5,940 points) by almost 2,000 points.
Naomi Osaka (5,497) held on to third place from Simona Halep, who moved up one spot to fourth on 5.462 points. Read more
Hunt on for new Bayern Munich coach after Kovac sacking (Guardian)
Bayern Munich is looking for a new head coach after Niko Kovac was sacked in the wake of their 5-1 drubbing at Eintracht Frankfurt — their worst Bundesliga defeat in 10 years.
Despite his team routing Tottenham 7-2 in the Champions League in early October, Bayern severed ties with Kovac on Sunday night after winning just three of their last six games.
AFP Sport looks at what prompted the dismissal of Kovac after 16 months in charge: Read more
U17 World Cup: Nigeria face the Netherlands in Round of 16 (Vanguard)
Nigeria and the Netherlands will face off in a mouthwatering 2019 U17 World Cup Round of 16 clash on Tuesday.
Despite losing 2-1 to Australia, the Golden Eaglets finished as Group B winners and will now face the Europeans who qualified from Group D as one of the four best third-placed teams.
This encounter billed for Estadio Olimpico, Goiania will see both teams meet for the first time in this competition, with the winner taking on either Paraguay or Argentina in the quarter-finals. Read more
2019/2020 NPFL: MFM record first away win (Nation)
ACTIONS finally resumed in the 2019/2020 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) across the country on Sunday after series of delay with eight matches played on the match day one.
The two remaining matches involving Rangers International FC of Enugu and Enyimba International of Aba were postponed due to their continental engagement in the CAF Confederation Cup. The two teams have qualified for the group stages of the competition after winning their matches yesterday.
One away win with four homes wins and three home draws were recorded.
Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries (MFM) FC of Lagos got their 2019/2020 season on sound note as they shocked Heartland FC 1-0 at the Dan Anyam Stadium, Owerri. Clement Ogwu’s 39th minute goal was all the Lagos-based outfit needed to humiliate Nazi millionaires in front of the home fans and their former handler Fidelis Ilechukwu. Read more
Nigeria rules 2019 ITTF West Africa Challenge (Nation)
DESPITE failing to make the men’s singles final, Nigeria dominated the maiden 2019 ITTF West Africa Challenge, which ended in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday.
The Nigerian team claimed gold and silver in the women’s single to emerge the overall winner. Fatimo Bello came from behind to beat compatriot – Tosin Esther Oribamise 4-2 in the final of the women’s single.
Bello set a record at the tournament as the only player that did not drop a game on her way to the final.
The final game between Bello and Oribamise gave the spectators something to cheer with both players dazzling with their strokes and looping to the admiration of the fan inside the Multipurpose Hall in Trenchville, Abidjan. Read more
Everton’s Gomes to have surgery on broken ankle (Nation)
Everton midfielder Andre Gomes will have surgery on Monday after suffering a fracture-dislocation to his right ankle in their Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur, his club have said.
The Portugal international sustained the injury in the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park on Sunday after landing off balance at speed following a tackle from Spurs forward Son Heung-min.
Everton released a statement confirming Gomes would need surgery but did not set out a timeline for his return.
Manager Marco Silva has backed the 26-year-old to make a full recovery. Read more
Dortmund to sustain ‘feel-good’ factor against Inter Milan (Punch)
Borussia Dortmund and their under-fire coach Lucien Favre hope to maintain the ‘feel-good’ factor from back-to-back wins as they chase Champions League revenge at home to Inter Milan on Tuesday.
A below-par performance saw Dortmund crash to a 2-0 defeat in Milan nearly a fortnight ago, sparking reports Jose Mourinho was waiting in the wings to replace Favre unless results improved, which the club subsequently denied.
The German media piled into Favre after forward Lautaro Martinez give Inter a first-half lead, then had a late penalty saved, before winger Antonio Candreva raced clear to seal Dortmund’s defeat at the San Siro. Read more
Amuneke wants clinical Eaglets for knockout stages (Nation)
GOLDEN Eaglets’ 2015-winning coach Emmanuel Amuneke has commended the present squad at the on-going FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil, even as he charged the Coach Manu Garba-led side to be clinical in front of the goal as the competition enters the decisive knockout stages.
After securing a heart thumping 4-2 and 3-2 wins against Hungary and Ecuador to secure their place in the Round of 16, the Nigerian youngsters’ prolificacy in front of thegoal cost them dear in their 2-1 loss to Australia on Friday. Read more
Rivers Angels Beat Confluence Queens 1-0 to Win 2019 NWPL Super 4 Title (ThisDay)
Cecilia Nku’s second minute penalty was all Rivers Angels needed to win the 2019 Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) title against a very determined Confluence Queens side.
In a well attended final which had the Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, and Women Affairs Minister, Mrs. Pauline Tallen, in attendance, the final lived up to its expectation as the fans were thrilled with entertaining football from both sides.
Precious Christopher briefly gave Confluence Queens hope in the 14th minute when her penalty hit the woodwork after Amaechi Ojini handled the ball inside the 18yard box. Read more
Lampard calls for ‘open conversation’ on VAR (Punch)
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has called for an “open conversation” on VAR after another weekend of controversy in the Premier League as he prepares his team to face Ajax in the Champions League.
Chelsea, who are fourth in the Premier League, endured a nervy end to their match against Watford on Saturday after their 2-0 lead was halved by a VAR-awarded penalty converted by Gerard Deulofeu.
VAR also confirmed an offside decision against Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino during their 2-1 win at Aston Villa. The forward was flagged because his armpit “was marginally ahead of the last Villa defender”. Read more
Eunisell Extends Rivers Utd Sponsorship Deal (ThisDay)
West Africa’s largest independent chemicals, oil and gas engineering solutions company, Eunisell, has extended its sponsorship deal with Nigeria Professional Football League side, Rivers United.
Eunisell has been sponsor of the club since 2016.
Representatives of both organisations sealed the extension at Eunisell’s headquarters in Lagos, on Friday, November 1.
The extension of Eunisell’s sponsorship deal came on the eve of the 2019/20 NPFL season. Read more