Summon Fashola over Lekki tollgate camera, #EndSARS lawyer tells panel (Punch)
An #EndSARS protesters’ lawyer, Mr Adesina Ogunlana, has asked the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry to summon the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola.
The panel is probing the alleged killing of protesters by soldiers at the Lekki tollgate on October 20.
Ogunlana told the retired Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel that Fashola must be summoned to explain the circumstances in which he found a camera at the tollgate five days after the shooting incident.
According to Ogunlana, the visit to the tollgate on October 25 when Fashola found a camera “suggests an intrusion” into the evidence of the October 20 shootings. Read more
Man jailed 6 months for peddling Cannabis (Sun)
A Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday sentenced one 25-year-old Emmanuel Emeh to six months imprisonment for peddling 650g of Cannabis also known as Hemp.
Emeh, who is unemployed, was charged with drug trafficking by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
He pleaded guilty to the one-count charge before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke.
Following his guilty plea, the court reviewed the facts of the case, with the prosecutor, Mr Jeremiah Aernan, tendering some documents in evidence.
The documents include a written statement of the defendant, a drug analysis form, a request for scientific aid form and a remnant of the banned substance. Read more
LASWA commences removal of wrecks from Ikorodu channel (Guardian)
The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) says it has commenced the removal of wrecks from the Ikorodu channel to improve navigation on the waterways.
The General Manager of LASWA, Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday.
Emmanuel said the exercise was part of the authority’s to improve navigability on the inland waterways.
He said that the removal of the wrecks which began on Wednesday Nov. 25 would improve safety and reduce risk of accidents, following a survey conducted in 2019. Read more
The Experience concert goes virtual first time in 15 years (Punch)
The 2020 edition of The Experience, an all-night gospel concert, will hold strictly online, says the organisers of the programme which has become a favourite annual event for gospel music lovers.
Now in its 15th year, the annual event hosted by the Senior Pastor of House On The Rock, Paul Adefarasin, showcases multi-talented and dynamic gospel artistes from different parts of the world.
The past 14 editions were held at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos and each gathering averaged an attendance of over 500,000 people, making it arguably the largest gospel concert in the world. Read more
Nigerian Police join INTERPOL, Group-IB to arrest three suspected TMT fraudsters (Guardian)
Nigeria Police Force alongside INTERPOL and Group-IB have arrested three Nigerians suspected of being part of a cybercrime group that has scammed tens of thousands of victims around the world.
The suspects were arrested in Lagos State.
The operation dubbed ‘Operation Falcon, saw INTERPOL’s Cybercrime and Financial Crime units work closely with Group-IB to identify and locate threats, and ultimately, assist the Nigerian Police Force, via the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Abuja, in taking swift action. Read more
Black Friday Sales: Hisbah forbids calling Friday black, bars ShopRite, Grand square from conducting sales (Vanguard)
The Kano State Sharia police popularly known as Hisbah has forbidden the calling of Friday “Black”, and further barred ShopRite and Grand Square from conducting a planned event it tagged “Black Friday sales,” in the state.
It also warned a radio station, Cool FM to refrain from using the word, Black Friday in their commercial advertisement.
Hisbah gave the warning in a statement signed by its Principal Executive Officer II, Abubakar Muhammad Ali on behalf of the Commander General, Harun Ibn Sina. Read more
Court releases Ndume on bail (Guardian)
The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, released Sen. Ali Ndume on bail after spending five days in Kuje Correctional Centre.
Justice Okon Abang, who gave the ruling, said the court decided to exercise its discretionary powers based on Ndume’s good conduct in the course of the trial of Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman, defunct Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT), for whom he stood surety.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ndume (APC-Borno South) was remanded in prison custody after Maina was said to have jumped bail. Read more
New Niger Delta militant group throws up 5 demands (Vanguard)
A new coalition of 36 militant groups, Continuous Emancipation of Niger Delta (CEND), which carried out attacks on gas and crude oil pipelines in Bayelsa State, in the last two weeks, Friday, listed six demands the federal government should quickly handle, otherwise the group would continue “destructive attacks” on oil and gas facilities.
CEND’s demands correspond with all the seven-point demands of South-South governors and leaders, Tuesday, in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, except their call on the federal government to pay 13 per cent derivation directly to oil and gas producing communities.
Another coalition of nine militant groups in nine states of Niger Delta, Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, RNDA, headed by self-professed “Major General” Johnmark Ezonbi, had on Wednesday, night disowned the seven-point demands of South-South governors, saying they were politically motivated and federal government should reject them. Read more
Fuel price hike: NNPC asks for one week for reversal of new price (Vanguard)
The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), on Thursday night requested that the organized labour should give it one week to consult on the reversal of the increase in petrol.
This is as the National Administrative Council, NAC, of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, will meet on Friday to have a holistic look look at the ongoing negotiations with the government.
The organised labour at the meeting with the government team led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha at the Old Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, demanded an immediate reversal of the last increase of fuel price. Read more
Chinese doctors jailed for illegal organ harvesting (BBC)
Six people including several doctors have been jailed in China for illegally harvesting organs from accident victims, report local media.
The group had tricked the families of the deceased into thinking they were making official organ donations.
Between 2017 and 2018 they removed the livers and kidneys from 11 people at a hospital in Anhui province.
China is grappling with a huge shortage of organs and has struggled to meet demand through public donations.
According to local reports, the trafficking ring included four high-ranking doctors who worked in organ procurement in hospitals. Read more
France’s Macron ‘very shocked’ by police beating of Black man (AlJazeera)
French President Emmanuel Macron was “very shocked” by images purporting to show a Black music producer being beaten up and racially abused by Paris police, BFM TV reported, quoting comments given to it by the presidency.
French authorities are investigating allegations that the music producer was physically assaulted and racially abused during a police check after CCTV footage of the incident was released.
The beating inside the entrance of a building was captured on closed-circuit television and mobile phone footage which circulated online and was headline news on French TV channels. Read more
Here’s how much exercise you should get a week, even during a pandemic, says WHO (USAToday)
Even during a pandemic, everyone needs to be physically active, limit the amount of time they spend sitting and take every chance they can to get moving – even if it’s just a little, the World Health Organization said.
In guidelines for people of all ages released Wednesday, the WHO emphasized that “every type of movement counts” as people combat sedentary lifestyles, exacerbated by social distancing and the amount of time spent at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Adults should get 150 to 300 minutes a week of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity, and that includes older adults and those with chronic conditions or disabilities, the WHO said.
Children should spend an hour a day in moderate to vigorous activity. Read more
Thousands of farmers march to Indian capital defying tear gas (AlJazeera)
Thousands of farmers have entered the capital New Delhi for a planned protest against new farm laws hours after the police fired several rounds of tear gas and used water cannon to stop the Dilli Chalo (Go to Delhi) march.
Protesting Indian farmers scuffled with police earlier on Friday during the march to the capital, against new laws, which will make it easier for farmers to sell their produce directly to private buyers and enter into a contract with private companies.
But farmers demand the bills, passed by India’s parliament in September, be scrapped fearing the laws will leave them vulnerable to big corporates. Read more
Coronavirus: Calls in Denmark to dig up millions of dead mink (BBC)
Opposition MPs in Denmark have urged the government to dig up millions of mink that were buried in mass graves amid Covid-19 fears.
The two burial sites in Jutland are highly controversial – one is near a bathing lake and the other not far from a source of drinking water.
The discovery of a mutated form of the virus prompted a cull of nearly 17 million mink, devastating the Danish fur industry – the largest in the EU.
The burial decision was judged illegal.
The government has admitted that the cull was mishandled – but now politicians are arguing about how best to dispose of more than 10,000 tonnes of dead mink. Read more
South Korea says it foiled North Korea attempt to hack its COVID-19 vaccine makers (CBC)
South Korea’s intelligence agency foiled North Korean attempts to hack into South Korean companies developing coronavirus vaccines, lawmakers said on Friday.
Ha Tae-keung, a member of the parliamentary intelligence committee, said after being briefed by the National Intelligence Service (NIS) that the agency did not specify how many and which drug makers were targeted, but said there was no damage from the hacking attempts.
The revelation came after Microsoft said early this month that hackers working for the Russian and North Korean governments have tried to break into the networks of seven pharmaceutical companies and vaccine researchers in Canada, France, India, South Korea and the United States. Read more
Rihanna sends love to ‘mourning’ Native Americans on Thanksgiving (PageSix)
Rihanna is taking the Thanksgiving holiday to acknowledge Native Americans in “mourning” over the controversial celebration.
The singer, a native of Barbados, shared the sentiment Thanksgiving evening in an Instagram stories post.
“Some are celebrating today…many are in mourning,” wrote the 32-year-old star. “Sending love to all my Native American brothers and sisters.”
For many indigenous people, the holiday is a reminder of the death of their ancestors at the hands of European colonists, according to Kisha James of the United American Indians of New England. Read more
Ministry shifts National Sports Festival to January (Guardian)
The National Sports Festival (NSF) earlier slated for Benin from Dec. 3 to Dec.13, has been rescheduled to hold at the same venue from Jan.3 to Jan.17, 2021, an official has said.
The festival tagged Edo 2020, was initially slated for March, but had to be postponed to December due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr John Joshua-Akanji, Special Adviser on Media to Minister of Youth and Development, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja that the decision was taken after a stakeholders’ meeting.
“The decision was arrived at after a virtual meeting between the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare,” he said. Read more
Olayinka scores in Slavia win, Iheanacho, Chukwueze fire blanks (Vanguard)
Slavia Prague striker Peter Olayinka scored his second goal in the Europa League to inspire his team to a crucial 1-3 away win over Nice at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, France.
Slavia took the lead through a smashing long-range strike from Ondrej Lingr in the 15th minute but were pegged back by a 61st-minute equaliser from Amine Gouri.
Olayinka quickly restored Slavia’s lead with a looping header in the 64th minute from a Sevcik corner.
The 25-year-old striker who put in a man of the match performance was also involved in Slavia’s third, releasing a pass to Holes, from whose cross Abdallah Sima powered in a header to increase Slavia’s lead to 3-1 in the 75th minute. Read more
Equatorial Guinea, Burundi biggest movers on Fifa world rankings (BBC)
Equatorial Guinea and Burundi are the biggest movers on November’s Fifa world rankings as they both gained 10 places.
Burundi’s leap came thanks to a win and a draw with Mauritania in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.
Les Hirondelles are now 40th on the continent and 138th globally.
Equatorial Guinea’s 10-place rise comes on the back of two wins over Libya in the Nations Cup qualifiers.
One of those wins was thanks to two goals in injury time, including one by Sassuolo’s Pedro Obiang, as they came from 2-1 down to win 3-2. Read more
UK football fans to return to some stadiums when lockdown lifts (AlJazeera)
Fans of Premier League clubs in London and Liverpool can attend games when a monthlong national lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 is lifted on December 2, after the two cities were among those classified on Thursday as falling into high-alert regions.
Up to 4,000 spectators will be allowed to attend outdoor elite sport events in the lowest-risk, medium-alert areas of England, the British government said on Monday.
While none of the Premier League clubs is in Tier 1 zones, Liverpool City Region and all 32 boroughs of London plus the city of London will fall under the high-alert zone and clubs in those areas can welcome up to 2,000 supporters. Read more
England among top European seeds for 2022 World Cup qualifying (BBC)
England have secured one of the top 10 European seeds in the draw for World Cup 2022 qualifying after staying fourth in Fifa’s world rankings.
Gareth Southgate’s side will be in pot one for the draw on 7 December, with Belgium top-seeded after they held on to first place in the men’s rankings.
Wales have moved up two spots to 18th and will be in pot two.
The Republic of Ireland (42nd), Northern Ireland (45th) and Scotland (48th) will all be in pot three. Read more
Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks reveals his stunning 56-yard goal was a fluke (RT)
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks, who scored an incredible 56-yard goal against Ludogorets on Thursday, has admitted that his jaw-dropping long-range strike was a fluke.
Winks’ goal helped his side to demolish the Bulgarian squad 4-0 in their Europa League group stage clash.
The midfielder took the ball after spotting Ludogorets goalkeeper Plamen Iliev off his line. His killing shot ended up right in the net, ending Winks’ two-year goal drought. Read more