Secret cameras revamped at Lagos airport to curb sharp practices – FAAN (Sun)
The Federal Government has revamped all secret cameras at Lagos Airport to curb the sharp practices of airport officials.
All agencies at the airports have been urged to step up checks and monitor their staff to ensure that no official gets away with any allegation of sharp practices, and for passengers to report poor conduct by any officials through all available channels for appropriate actions.
This was disclosed by the Regional General Manager, South West of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mrs Victoria Shinaba, while welcoming the Acting Comptroller General of Immigration (Ag.CGI), Isah Jere Idris, who paid a working visit to the Airport to meet with critical stakeholders and discuss possible strategies to improve the quality of service delivery at the nation’s major entry points.
Mrs Shinaba expressed delight at the Ag. CGI visit, and called on all agencies at the airports to join forces in order to clean up the very unacceptable practices going on at Nigerian airports. Read more
Woman, 37, docked for alleged N1.5m theft (Vanguard)
A 37-year-old woman, Tosin Fadoju, on Tuesday appeared before a Magistrates’ Court in Ikorodu, Lagos State, for allegedly stealing N1,501,500.
Fadoju, whose address was not provided, was charged with stealing.
She, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Okonofua Christian, told the court that the defendant committed the offence between Oct. 22 and Oct. 30 in Awotunde Lane, Igbogboarea, Ikorodu.
Adegboruwa threatens to release full Lagos #EndSARS report if government fails to fulfil promises (Guardian)
A member of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa said he will publish the full content of the report submitted to the Lagos State Government if the government fails to fulfil its promises.
Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said on Monday that he will set up a committee to come up with a white panel on the recommendations of the panel.
“We will ensure that the recommendations that are coming out that will be turned into a white paper and would be made available to the public,” Sanwo-Olu while receiving copies of the report on Monday.
“We will do it appropriately so that history will judge us well and we will have a document that will stand the test of time.” Read more
Lagos #EndSARS Panel Report: Sanwo Olu deserves commendation – Youth Alliance (Vanguard)
The Integrity Youth Alliance has commended the Lagos State Governor, Sanwo-Olu for not interfering in the Lagos State EndSARS Panel.
According to a press release on Tuesday, 16th November, 2021 jointly signed by its National Coordinator, Kelvin Adegbenga and National Publicity Secretary, Danjuma Lamido, they pointed out that the panel had operated independently while commending members of the Justice Okuwobi-led panel for a job well done.
It will be recalled that in October 2020, young people across Nigeria took to the streets calling for disbanding an abusive police unit known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and for ending brutality in movement tagged #EndSARS, the statement said.
The statement read further, “As a result of the violence which led to several police stations being burnt, policemen killed, suspects in police custody released and weapons carted away; the Lagos State Government had to invite the Nigerian Army to intervene in the fallout of the #EndSARS protest. Read more
#EndSARS: Truth always prevails, Mr Macaroni reacts to Lagos panel report (Punch)
Nigerian Comedian, Debo Adebayo, popularly known as Mr. Macaroni, has reacted to the report by the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and other matters.
According to the report submitted by the panel, at least nine persons were confirmed dead at the Lekki toll plaza on the night soldiers stormed there to disperse #EndSARS protesters on October 20, 2020.
The Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel made this known in its report submitted to the Lagos State Government on Monday.
Titled, ‘Report of Lekki Incident Investigation Of 20th October 2020’, a copy of which was made available to The PUNCH, the panel said at least 48 protesters were either shot dead, injured with bullet wounds, or assaulted by soldiers. Read more
Anambra: Soludo will create 520,000 jobs in 4 years – Soludo Media Group (Sun)
The Soludo Media Group has revealed that Anambra Governor-elect Prof Charles Chukwuma Soludo will create 520,000 jobs and 4,000 youth millionaires in four years.
This was the contention of Soludo’s close ally and convener of the group, Pauly Onyeka, while addressing the media in Abuja.
According to him, Anambra under Soludo’s watch would patronise only products made in Anambra State.
While sounding a clear warning to all those that would find themselves in his cabinet to ’embrace the new democratic order and always act by the rule or be trapped by it,’ he expressed optimism that Soludo would never succumb to the antics of political godfathers. Read more
Alleged money laundering: Ex-AGF Adoke asks court to extend his medical trip to Dubai (Tribune)
Former Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, has sought for an order of a Federal High Court, Abuja, extending his stay in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on medical ground.
Adoke, through his lawyer, Edidiong Usungurua, made the application, on Tuesday, while moving a motion on notice marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/39/2017 dated and filed on November 10 before Justice Inyang Ekwo.
Usungurua urged the court to extend the ex-minister’s stay by two weeks to enable him complete the medical procedures.
Justice Ekwo had, on October 8, granted Adoke’s plea to travel to UAE for medicare between October 11 and November 15. Read more
Immigration boss vows to stop sharp practices at ports (Sun)
Acting Comptroller General of Immigration (Ag.CGI), Isah Jere Idris, has vowed to stop sharp practices by stakeholders in the ports across the country.
The acting CGI, who paid a visit to the Abuja and Lagos Airports, to meet with critical stakeholders at the Ports to discuss on possible strategies to improve the quality of service delivery at the nation’s major entry Ports, condemned the sharp practices by unscrupulous stakeholders in the ports.
In a Statement by Service Public Relations Officer (PRO), ACI Amos Okpu:” The acting CGI, arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, at about 10:15am and met with a cross section of the Service’s Personnel as well as officials of other agencies at the Port.
“He stated that his visit has become necessary following some disturbing reports of unprofessional practices by some officials of agencies at the Ports. He stressed that he considered it very important to engage all the critical stakeholders at the Ports for frank discussions on how they would jointly emplace measures to eradicate some sharp and inglorious practices of few Officials at the Ports that have continued to diminish the country’s image and discourage potential visitors from coming into the country. Read more
NIMC advocates alternative channels for passport-NIN verification (VON)
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has urged the Nigerian Immigration Services (NIS) to verify National Identity Numbers of passport applicants using other alternative channels.
This was stated while giving assurance of the commitment of NIMC towards ensuring that all Nigerians get the National Identification Number (NIN),
The NIS had said that its inability to meet up with the six weeks target for issuance of fresh passports and the three weeks target for re-issuance was due to the challenges created by the NIMC in providing NINs.
In response to this, the head, Corporate Communications, NIMC, Mr.Kayode Adegoke, in a statement, said in the past one year, the Commission has launched improved NIN slip with QR Code and Mobile ID app to ensure that alternative channels for identity verification were provided. Read more
Nomination, expression of interest forms for Ekiti, Osun polls cost N22.5m – APC (Channels)
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced a total cost of N22.5 million for its nomination and expression of interest forms for members aspiring to contest for the party’s ticket ahead of the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun States.
This was contained in the timetable and schedule of activities for the elections released by the National Secretary of APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), John Akpanudode.
“The party fixed the sale of the forms at N22.5 million,” the document obtained by Channels Television on Tuesday said. “While the nomination form costs N20 million, the expression of interest form costs N2.5 million.
“However, female aspirants and physically challenged aspirants are to pay 50% of the prescribed fees.” Read more
Diplo, Tyler the Creator and Mickey Guyton set to perform at 2021 American Music Awards (People)
The 2021 American Music Awards has announced more performers!
Diplo, Måneskin, Mickey Guyton, Tyler,the Creator, Walker Hayes and Zoe Wees will also be taking the stage this weekend, it was announced Tuesday.
Hayes will be performing his hit single “Fancy Like,” while Guyton will sing her song “All American.” Meanwhile, Italian band Måneskin will make their U.S. awards show debut with their viral hit “Beggin.'”
The group joins a list of previously announced performers including BTS with Megan Thee Stallion for the world premiere television performance of “Butter;” Olivia Rodrigo; Carrie Underwood with Jason Aldean; Kane Brown; New Edition and New Kids on the Block. Read more
Audiobooks are coming to Spotify in 2022 (BetaNews)
For many people, Spotify is the go-to service for streaming music, but the platform is about more than just accessing a massive collection of tracks spanning endless
genres. In addition to music, there are also podcasts, and next year there are plans to further extend the audio offerings.
With the acquisition of audiobook platform Findaway, Spotify is continuing on its journey to become “the world’s leading audio platform”. Just as with its music and podcast offerings, the company plans to provide opportunities for both creators and consumers alike.
Speaking about the deal, Gustav Söderström, Spotify’s chief R&D officer, says: “It’s Spotify’s ambition to be the destination for all things audio both for listeners and creators. The acquisition of Findaway will accelerate Spotify’s presence in the audiobook space and will help us more quickly meet that ambition”. Read more
Banksy art carved off wall in Lowestoft so it can be sold in US for millions (Sky)
A building owner in Lowestoft has removed a portion of wall containing an original Banksy mural.
Workmen arrived over the weekend to carve away the artwork, which is expected to sell for millions in the US.
The piece, depicting a child building a sandcastle with a crowbar, was one of 10 created in the area over the summer, during his Great British Spraycation.
Following its removal, the slab of wall was loaded onto a truck and taken to a hidden location, ready to be shipped to the US. Read more
Clashes erupt at Belarus-Poland border as refugee crisis unfolds (AlJazeera)
Clashes have erupted between stranded refugees and Polish border guards at the Polish-Belarusian border.
The chaos unfolded late morning on Tuesday, with refugees stranded at the Kuznica border crossing reportedly throwing stones at Polish guards.
The guards responded by using water cannon and tear gas against those who have been trying to cross the border, according to Poland’s Ministry of National Defence (MOD).
“The use of force [by Poland] is completely unjustifiable because there are legal procedures which should be used from the very beginning,” said Marta Szymanderska from Grupa Granica, a coalition of NGOs which are responding to the humanitarian crisis at the border. “The actions of the Polish forces are not only illegal but also inhuman,” she told Al Jazeera. Read more
Top EU court tells Hungary its ‘Stop Soros’ anti-migrant law is illegal (TimesofIsrael)
The European Union’s top court ruled Tuesday that Hungary broke EU law by making it a criminal offense for people or organizations to help migrants and refugees apply for asylum, in a new legal blow to Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s right-wing government.
Hungary erected a razor-wire barrier on its border with Serbia and Croatia in 2015 as well over 1 million people, most fleeing conflict in Syria, entered the EU, often from Turkey via Greece. Tens of thousands moved north, deeper into the EU, in search of sanctuary and better lives.
As more people arrived, Orban began to accuse Hungarian-born US billionaire George Soros and groups linked to him of encouraging the migrants. In 2018, Hungary’s government introduced legislation known as the “Stop Soros” laws that would make it an offense to help people apply for asylum.
The Hungarian government also started a billboard campaign against the Jewish billionaire and philanthropist, which was deemed antisemitic. Read more
JPMorgan is suing Tesla over Elon Musk’s tweets (CNN)
JPMorgan Chase on Monday sued Tesla for $162.2 million, accusing Elon Musk’s electric car company of “flagrantly” breaching a contract related to stock warrants after its share price soared.
According to the complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, Tesla in 2014 sold warrants to JPMorgan that would pay off if their “strike price” were below Tesla’s share price upon the warrants’ expiration in June and July 2021.
JPMorgan (JPM), which said it had authority to adjust the strike price, said it substantially reduced the strike price after Musk’s August 7, 2018 tweet that he might take Tesla private at $420 per share and had “funding secured,” and reversed some of the reduction when Musk abandoned the idea 17 days later.
But Tesla’s share price rose approximately 10-fold by the time the warrants expired, and JPMorgan said this required Tesla under its contract to deliver shares of its stock or cash. The bank said Tesla’s failure to do that amounted to a default. Read more
French police evacuate migrants from camp near Dunkirk (Independent)
French police have evacuated migrants from a makeshift camp near Dunkirk where at least 1,500 people gathered in hopes of making it across the English Channel to Britain.
Migrants, including some families with young children, could be seen packing their few belongings early on Tuesday morning as police encircled the camp, located at the site of a former industrial complex in Grande-Synthe, while several buses lined up nearby.
Government spokesman Gabriel Attal said: “When we are dismantling a migrant camp, that’s above all to put people into shelters, especially as winter comes.”
French interior minister Gerald Darmanin and UK home secretary Priti Patel said they had a phone call on Monday evening about the issue of small boats used by migrants to try to cross the Channel. Read more
Get your boosters to save your holidays and Xmas, Boris warns the over-40s (DailyMail)
Boris Johnson has issued a stark warning to the over-40s and said that booster coronavirus jabs will likely be needed to allow adults to travel without quarantine or restriction – but refuses to rule out a Christmas lockdown.
The Prime Minister today revealed that eight million adults over the age of 40 will be offered the third jab in a bid to reduce the risk of Covid restrictions this winter and allow passengers to travel without needing to quarantine.
Mr Johnson warned of a Covid ‘blizzard from the East’ as ministers refused to rule out re-imposing tough travel restrictions on Europe amid fears over surging cases.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said all adults over the age of 40 should be offered a booster, six months after their second dose as new data shows the booster cuts the risk of infection by more than 80 per cent. Read more
‘Racism cost me my career’ – Azeem Rafiq reveals full extent of horrific abuse at Yorkshire (Independent)
Azeem Rafiq fought back tears as he told MPs the word ‘P**i’ was “used constantly” across his two spells at Yorkshire and no one in leadership challenged it.
Rafiq first alleged racial harassment and bullying against the county and accused them of institutional racism in September last year, with the club launching an investigation soon afterwards.
However, their handling of it has been heavily criticised. They finally published summary findings of the investigation in September this year and, while the investigation found there was “no question” Rafiq had been subjected to racial harassment and bullying, no individuals faced disciplinary action.
Rafiq told the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee on Tuesday: “Pretty early on at the club, I joined a dressing room full of my heroes, Michael Vaughan, Matthew Hoggard, part of the 2005 Ashes team. And it was just the most surreal moment for me. Read more
Man City defender Benjamin Mendy charged with 2 more counts of rape (Examiner)
Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has been charged with two more counts of rape.
Mendy, 27, now faces six allegations of rape in all after initially being charged in August with four counts of rape.
The France international has been in custody since his arrest in August after a number of bail applications were made but refused by judges.
Mendy is also charged with a single count of sexual assault, Cheshire Police said in a statement. Read more
Arsenal dealt major Aubameyang injury worry ahead of Liverpool clash (Independent)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been ruled out of Gabon’s clash against Egypt, the national team have confirmed.
Aubameyang, 32, played in his home nation’s crucial 1-0 World Cup qualifier home win over Libya, a game in which he netted the only goal of the encounter with a 54th-minute penalty that kept Gabon’s hopes alive of making it to Qatar 2022.
However, Arsenal fans were worried after the game following the decision to carry Aubameyang off on a stretcher.
He appeared to have recovered later in the day when he appeared on Instagram Live to seemingly quash any suspicions that he may have suffered from a bad injury that would make him a doubt for Arsenal’s clash with Liverpool at the weekend, as he celebrated in the dressing room. Read more
Emile Smith Rowe speaks out on Bukayo Saka partnership after first England start (Metro)
Emile Smith Rowe has spoken out about his special bond with Arsenal teammate Bukayo Saka after scoring in his first England start during the 10-0 win over San Marino.
After coming off the bench against Albania on Friday night, Smith Rowe was given the chance to impress from the start against the lowest ranked team in international football, with England needing just one point to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Qatar.
The 21-year-old’s fine cross set up Harry Kane for his second goal of the night, before the Arsenal academy graduate got in on the act himself midway through the second half following deft interplay with Roma striker Tammy Abraham to increase England’s lead to 7-0.
Speaking after the match, Smith Rowe reflected on his first senior international goal, before explaining just how special it was to play alongside Saka. Read more
2022 WCQ: Super Eagles, Cape Verde set for Group C final showdown (Leadership)
Nigeria’s Super Eagles will today clash with the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Group C final showdown at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.
The three-time African champions, Eagles, retained their spot as the Group C leaders with a 2-0 away victory over the Lone Star of Liberia in Tangier, Morocco courtesy of Victor Osimhen and Captain Ahmed Musa penalties on Saturday.
On the other hand, Blue Sharks of Cape Verde outlasted Central Africa Republic 2-1 to mount more pressure on Gernot Rohr led team ahead of the final game.
The Super Eagles defeated the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde 2-1 when they met in the first leg of the World Cup qualifiers in Mindelo in September. Read more
Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu faces toughest test against Liverpool after flying start to Arsenal career (EveningStandard)
Takehiro Tomiyasu has made a flying start to life in the Premier League, but he faces his toughest test this weekend when Arsenal travel to Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s side look back to their best this season, certainly when it comes to going forward, and in Mohamed Salah they have arguably the best player in the world right now.
It promises to be stern examination for Tomiyasu, but the Japan international can go into the game at Anfield full of confidence after his strong start at Arsenal.
Plenty of clubs where scouting Tomiyasu last season, including Everton and Tottenham, and even before the summer transfer window opened Bologna feared they would lose him. Read more
Frank Lampard ready to swoop if Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers heads to Manchester United (Eurosport)
Frank Lampard remains determined to land a Premier League job by the end of the season – despite walking away from three opportunities this year.
Lampard has been under consideration at Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Norwich City, yet remains out of work as he remains cautious about picking the right club as he gets his management career back underway.
He left Chelsea 10 months ago and is hoping that an ideal opportunity crops up before the end of this term.
Sources indicate that he has half an eye on the Leicester City situation in case Brendan Rodgers leaves. Rodgers is currently favourite for the Manchester United job and would likely have a big decision to make if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer loses his job. Read more
Sergio Ramos passes significant milestone ahead of PSG debut (Independent)
Sergio Ramos is closing on his first PSG appearance having returning from injury.
Ramos has had a nightmare start to his career in Paris following his free move from Real Madrid during the summer.
The veteran defender missed more than 30 games through injury last season and he hasn’t had much luck so far this term.
Ramos is yet to play a single game for PSG having picked up an injury during the summer. Read more