Sanwo-Olu increases youth representation on judicial panel to two (Guardian)
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, increased the youth representative on the Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution set up to investigate cases of brutality and human rights violations committed by operatives of the dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the state from one to two.
Sanwo-Olu revealed this when Justice Doris Okuwobi (rtd), chairman of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution set up to investigate cases of brutality and human rights violations visited the governor.
Okuwobi’s visit to the governor came ahead of the swearing-in of the panel members in Alausa on Monday and their inaugural sitting at LASWA Building on Falomo Road in Ikoyi.
The meeting, held behind closed doors, was attended by the Attorney General of the State, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, and Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso. Read more
#ENDSARS protesters block road leading to Mile 2, Ago, Festac (Vanguard)
Irked by the unprofessional conduct of the operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, already dissolved by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, Nigerian youths have consistently protested for ten days, seeking for an end to Police brutality against Nigerians.
The protest has been brought down to Apo junction, a road linking Festac, Mile 2, and Ago together. Protesters were seen using tyres, broken sticks and their cars to block the road.
Singing and dancing as DJ plays different Nigerian songs, protesters took charge of the road, preventing motorists from accessing it and directing ‘Okada’ motorcyclists where to follow. Read more
Femi Otedola offers to save another life (Thisday)
Fortune favours whomever it favours and is kind to whomever it is kind to. Not long ago, news of a dying Nigerian academic was the buzz on papers and blogs. The reports revealed that the said academic, a former lecturer, was in urgent need of medical care—a predicament that was reportedly not unrelated to the injustice enacted by his superiors. But all things have an end, and thanks to the kindness and compassion of Femi Otedola, the shadow of death over Inih Ebong has been thrown off.
The hearts of several Nigerians were stirred when the case of Inih Ebong, an associate professor that was fired working as a lecturer at the University of Uyo, Department of Theatre Arts hit the newsstands. Because he had reportedly spoken up against the criminal practices of his university’s management, he was unjustly laid off. Even after different courts have instructed the university to reinstate and compensate him, Ebong has remained unemployed. Consequently, he fell gravely sick. Read more
Police kick as mob lynches three suspected kidnappers (Punch)
The Cross River State Commissioner of Police, Abdulkadir Jimoh, has condemned mob lynching of three suspected kidnappers in the Akpabuyo Local Government Area of the state.
The mob allegedly set ablaze the suspects on Saturday with a motorcycle conveying them.
It was learnt that their heads were decapitated before they were set ablaze by the roadside. The incident attracted a huge crowd who watched as the suspects were burnt to death
The Public Relations Officer, DSP Irene Ugbo, in a statement titled, ‘Jungle justice and its implications,’ condemned the incident.
It read in part, “The attention of the Commissioner of Police, Cross River State Command, Abdulkadir Jimoh, has been drawn to the incessant mob action meted out to criminal elements across the state. Read more
Catholic priest, pupils drown in Bayelsa flood (Guardian)
Following the flooding of the most part of the state, a Catholic priest, Fr. Francis Ighorurhie, aged 38, reportedly drowned on Thursday night at Kaiama Community in Kolokuma-Opokuma Council of Bayelsa State.
Two Primary school pupils also drowned along Goodnews street in Azikoro Town in Yenagoa Council of the state.
It was gathered on Friday that Fr. Francis Ighorurhie, a Missionary of St. Paul (MSP) from Delta State, was until his death the Parish Priest of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Kaiama.
A priest, who spoke anonymously, said, “this is a sad moment for us. Father was on his way back from Bomadi in Delta State when he met his untimely death. But for the flood, he could have driven his car straight to his residence instead of parking same by the road.” Read more
Senate President sponsors wedding of 100 couples in Yobe (Vanguard)
Senate President, Dr Ahmed Lawan on Saturday sponsored the wedding of 100 orphans and less-privileged couples of his constituents, in the Karasuwa and Nguru Local Government Areas of Yobe state.
Lawan, at the occasion in Nguru, said he would also support the beneficiaries with appropriate entrepreneurial skills to enable them to sustain their marriage.
“We are here to sponsor the wedding of 50 young couples from Nguru, and 50 others from Karasuwa local government areas,’’ He said.
Lawan who was represented by Ahmed Mirwa, the Speaker, Yobe State House of Assembly, also said the gesture was meant to assist underprivileged intending youths who were due for marriage; but could hardly afford it. Read more
How patients, employers harass us for sex – Female health workers (Punch)
Some female health workers in the country have described how their patients harass them for sex.
They also allege that apart from their patients, relations of the people they treat, as well as their superior male officers and employers also press them for sex.
The United Nations describes sexual harassment as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, attempted rape or sexual assault, deliberate touching, sexual looks, catcalls, turning work discussions to sexual innuendos and touching or rubbing oneself sexually around another person. Read more
Gang rape: Varsity suspends three male students (Guardian)
The Management of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rivers State has suspended three male students who gang-raped a female year-one student.
The affected students include Nnamdi Destiny of Department of Political Science; Ovunwo Henry of Sociology Department and Samuel Valentine, a 300 level student of Political Science.
The first two suspects were arrested and handed over to the Police, while the third accused is still at large.
Meanwhile, the university management has banned opposite sex visit by students of the institution. The female student was said to have visited her boyfriend in the hostel, where her male friend and two others gang-raped her. Read more
South-West PDP’s leadership tussle pits Fayose against Makinde, George (Punch)
South-West Nigeria witnessed what political pundits described as a political tsunami in the first quarter of 2003 when in what appeared to be an unprecedented realignment of political forces, the dominance of the then largely regional party, the Alliance for Democracy, was brought to an abrupt end with the sweeping victory of the Peoples Democratic Party, which was the then ruling party at the federal level.
A retired Nigerian Navy Commodore and former Ondo State Military Governor, Chief Olabode George, at some point was the National Vice Chairman (South-West) and later Deputy National Chairman (South) of the PDP. Working with the like of the late Chief Sunday Afolabi, who served as Minister of Internal Affairs under Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and the late Chief Lamidi Adedibu, with the alleged connivance of the then Inspector-General of Police, Tafa Balogun, executed the political coup which aligned the traditional stronghold of opposition politics with the centre for the first time since independence. Read more
US woman faces first federal execution since 1953 (BBC)
The US is to execute a female federal inmate for the first time in almost 70 years, the Justice Department said.
Lisa Montgomery strangled a pregnant woman in Missouri before cutting out and kidnapping the baby in 2004.
She is due to be given a lethal injection in Indiana on 8 December.
The last woman to be executed by the US government was Bonnie Heady, who died in a gas chamber in Missouri in 1953, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. Read more
WWE legend Hulk Hogan asks God for ‘one more day’ in emotional post (Metro)
Hulk Hogan returned to social media after almost three weeks away with an emotional post.
The WWE legend shared a beautiful sunset photo with his 2.2 million Twitter followers on Friday evening, and he asked God for ‘one more day’.
He wrote alongside the stunning snap: ‘Thank you God, could I please have one more day! One love thank you Jesus. HH (sic)’ The post was Hogan’s first since a pretty cryptic tweet on September 30, when he simply asked: ‘Sleep?’ The day before, he congratulated the Tampa Bay Lightning on winning this year’s Stanley Cup. Read more
Iran claims victory over US as UN arms embargo expires (RT)
Iran’s foreign ministry has declared the victory of “multilateralism, peace and security”, claiming the UN’s conventional arms embargo effectively expired on October 18, despite Washington’s pressure to reimpose sanctions.
“As of today, all restrictions on the transfer of arms, related activities and financial services to and from The Islamic Republic of Iran, and all prohibitions regarding the entry or transit through territories of the United Nations Member States previously imposed on a number of Iranian citizens and military officials, are all automatically terminated,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on midnight local time, October 18. Read more
Thousands protest Trump’s Supreme Court pick at Women’s Marches (Aljazeera)
Thousands of protesters have rallied in the US capital – Washington, DC – and other cities across the country to protest against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and to call for his defeat in the November 3 election.
Saturday’s rallies, which organisers said were taking place in all 50 states, were inspired by the first Women’s March in Washington, DC, a huge anti-Trump rally held a day after his 2017 inauguration.
Speaking to a crowd gathered at Freedom Plaza in the US capital, Rachel O’Leary Carmona, the Women’s March executive director, urged women to oppose Trump in the upcoming election. Read more
Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of violating new truce (BBC)
Armenia has accused Azerbaijan of violating a humanitarian ceasefire in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh within minutes of it coming into force.
A truce had been agreed to start at midnight local time (20:00 GMT Saturday).
But an Armenian defence ministry spokeswoman said Azerbaijan broke the ceasefire after just four minutes by firing artillery shells and rockets.
Azerbaijan is yet to respond to the allegations. Read more
Parents recall horror moments after teen terrorist beheaded teacher outside French school (RT)
Residents of the French suburb where history teacher Samuel Paty was brutally slain and beheaded on Friday have been shocked by the incident, with some even saying they are afraid to allow their children back to school.
“Our children are not safe, we don’t know what to do. We won’t allow them to school anymore,” a parent of a child attending the school where the murdered teacher worked says, in a video published by RT’s video agency Ruptly.
Another parent, whose child is studying in the same class where the teacher showed cartoons deemed offensive by some, gave his account of the school incident that is believed to have motivated the murderer. Read more
Headie One scores number one album with debut release named after his late mother (Metro)
Drill rapper Headie One has reached number one with his debut album Edna, named after his late mother.
The 26-year-old’s record has reached the top of the UK Albums Chart, achieving 25.5 million streams in total, according to the Official Charts Company.
Edna, which features guest appearances from fellow rappers Drake, Stormzy and Skepta, is also the first British rap debut to land at number one this year. The album is dedicated to and named after Headie One’s late mother, and references his time in prison after being sentenced to six months in January for carrying a knife. Read more
Troost-Ekong’s injury not serious – Watford manager (Punch)
Watford manager Vladimir Ivic has allayed fears over William Troost-Ekong’s injury on his debut for the Hornets, insisting that it’s not serious.
Troost-Ekong came off in the 71st minute for Craig Carthcart after he sustained a hamstring in their 1-0 win over Derby County at Pride Park Stadium on Friday.
“Troost-Ekong felt something with his hamstring, but we changed him at the right moment and it’s not something dangerous with him, we hope he is okay,” Ivic told the club’s website.
This will come as a relief to Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr who is expected to announce his squad for their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double- header against Sierra Leone on November 9, with the reverse fixture billed for Freetown a week later. Read more
Mane and Salah score as Liverpool draw at Everton (BBC)
Dominic Calvert-Lewin heads in to bring Everton level at 2-2 with Liverpool in the Merseyside derby
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has become just the fourth player in Premier League history to score in each of the opening five games of a season
Everton came from behind twice to maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League in a Merseyside derby thriller as Liverpool were denied a stoppage-time winner by the video assistant referee.
Sadio Mane put the visitors ahead in the third minute but they were furious soon afterwards when a wild challenge by Everton keeper Jordan Pickford on Virgil van Dijk, committed after an offside decision, saw the defender having to go off injured with VAR failing to review the tackle. Read more
Sergio Aguero grabs assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis during Man City vs Arsenal (Metro)
Sergio Aguero escaped punishment after grabbing assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis during Manchester City’s Premier League clash with Arsenal on Saturday evening. The incident occurred during the first half of the match at the Etihad Stadium after a throw-in was awarded to Arsenal deep inside their own half. Aguero believes the decision should have gone City’s way and briefly remonstrated with Massey-Ellis.
The City striker argued close to Massey-Ellis’ face and then grabbed the top of her shoulder before she brushed his hand away. Read more
Manchester United score three late goals to overcome Newcastle (BBC)
Manchester United scored three late goals at Newcastle to earn victory and help ease the misery inflicted by the heavy defeat against Tottenham.
It was an incredible final few minutes for a team who looked as if they had blown their chance of three points following Bruno Fernandes’ failure from the penalty spot in the 58th minute.
United needed a positive reaction following that 6-1 thumping by Spurs before the international break, but their hopes suffered a blow when Emil Krafth’s cross came off defender Luke Shaw and beat keeper David de Gea. Read more
Sterling hits winner as Manchester City beat Arsenal (BBC)
Stand-in skipper Raheem Sterling scored the only goal as Manchester City returned to winning ways in their Premier League clash with Arsenal.
Sterling, given the armband by manager Pep Guardiola with Fernandinho on the bench and Kevin de Bruyne injured, finished off the rebound after Phil Foden’s 23rd-minute shot had been saved.
Arsenal had chances to level but City keeper Ederson denied them with three excellent first-half saves and both David Luiz and Pepe were off target with free-kicks in good positions after the break. Read more
Timo Werner warns Chelsea’s defenders after Southampton draw (Metro)
Timo Werner has warned his Chelsea teammates that they will not win trophies this season if they continue to leak goals following the 3-3 draw with Southampton on Saturday.
Frank Lampard’s side were two goals in front in under 30 minutes at Stamford Bridge following Werner’s sublime double.
But Southampton pulled one back shortly before half time as Kai Havertz’s mistake in possession led to Danny Ings’ goal. Read more
Virgil van Dijk ‘set to miss the rest of the season’ after suffering serious knee injury (RT)
The worst fears of Liverpool fans appear to have been confirmed after it was reported that star defender Virgil van Dijk is set to miss the remainder of this season’s Premier League campaign after injuring his ACL on Saturday.
Van Dijk appeared to suffer a nasty hyperextension of his right knee after a thunderous challenge from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford early in the first half of Saturday afternoon’s Merseyside Derby.
The Dutchman, who is considered to be among the world’s best defenders, appeared in obvious discomfort and was quickly replaced by Joe Gomez. Read more