Taskforce impounds 134 motorcycles in Lagos (Tribune)
Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Agency (Task Force) said its operatives have impounded 134 motorcycles otherwise known as Okada plying restricted routes along the CMS, Marina, Apongbon and Yaba areas of the state.
The agency said the operation that led to the seizure was in a bid to restore sanity to Lagos roads and rid the state of defiant motorcyclists, adding that an O’Ride motorcyclist who was among those arrested was found driving against traffic.
Chairman of the agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, disclosed this on Tuesday in a statement issued by the Task Force spokesperson, Mr Adebayo Taofiq. Read more
Lagos Assembly constitutes 36 standing committees (Guardian)
Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, yesterday reeled out the standing committees of the House.
The Ninth Assembly had been operating with ad-hoc committees since its inauguration on June 7, 2019.
The Speaker is chairman of the Selection Committee while the Chief Whip, Lateef Abiru, heads the Ethics/Protocol Privileges committee. Read more
Sanwo-Olu writes Assembly, seeks approval for N250bn loan (PMNews)
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has sought the endorsement of the House of Assembly for a loan of N250 billion.
The governor’s letter was read on the floor of the House during plenary on Tuesday by the Clerk of the Assembly Mr. Sani Azeez.
According to the governor’s letter, the loan was broken down as: a fixed rate bond of N100 billion from the capital market and an internal loan of N150 billion. Read more
Open Defecation: Ekiti drops to sixth position (Vanguard)
Ekiti State has dropped from third to the sixth position among the states practising open defecation across the country.
The Commissioner of Infrastructure and Public Utilities, Hon. Bamidele Faparusi, made the disclosure on Tuesday, during a program organised by Ekiti State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (EKRUWASSA) in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) to mark this year’s global handwashing day in Ado Ekiti. Read more
Niger govt shuts over 2,000 private schools in Suleja (PMNews)
Niger state government has closed down over 2,000 privates schools in Suleja Local Government Area and other parts of the state for operating below government-approved standards.
Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu, Permanent Secretary of Niger Ministry of Education, disclosed this when he received the state Chapter of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) in Minna on Monday. Read more
847 soldiers killed by Boko Haram, buried in Borno cemetery – Ndume (Punch)
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, said on Tuesday that 840 Nigerian soldiers killed by the Boko Haram terrorists from 2013 till date were buried in the Military cemetery located in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
He said the figure did not include other soldiers killed by the insurgents and buried in other military cemeteries located in other parts of the North-East geopolitical zone. Read more
Minimum wage: ‘FG, NLC will resolve issues amicably to avert strike’ (Nation)
National President of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) Engr. Sanusi Abdul-Fari, has expressed the confidence that the Federal Government(FG) and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) would harmonise their differences to ensure that it does not result to NLC embarking on indefinite strike action over the N30,000 minimum wage.
The FG and NLC are meeting on Tuesday in response to NLC’s threat of indefinite strike if government refused to accept its demands regarding the consequential increase in the salaries of workers following the increased new minimum wage of N30,000. Read more
NAF wings first female fighter, helicopter pilots (Guardian)
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Tuesday decorated its first female fighter pilot, Flying Officer Kafayat Sanni, and the first female helicopter pilot, Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile.
The Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar and the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dame Pauline Tallen decorated them alongside another officer Grace Garba, the first female Air Warrant Officer, and 10 0ther officers at the NAF headquarters in Abuja. Read more
Air Canada drops ‘ladies and gentlemen’ greeting for gender-inclusive ‘everybody’ (NYPost)
Air Canada has announced the flight crew will no longer greet passengers as “ladies and gentlemen,” instead opting to use the gender-neutral term “everybody.”
The companywide language change will soon be adopted by gate agents, flight attendants and pilots.
In a statement from Air Canada to CTV News, the airline noted the update was made in an attempt to “modernize.” Read more
UK to deport academic to Democratic Republic of Congo – which she has never visited (Guardian)
Furaha Asani, a young academic at Leicester University, was shocked when her visa application was rejected in August. But real fear set in when she realised Britain plans to deport her in three weeks’ time to the Democratic Republic of Congo – a war-torn country she has never visited and where the Home Office agrees sexual violence is pervasive.
Dr Asani came to the UK on a full scholarship to do a PhD on infection and immunity at Sheffield University, and has since been undertaking cardiovascular research at Leicester University. Her father was from the DRC, but fled in 1968 because as a student activist, his life was at risk. Asani grew up in Nigeria. Although she has a Congolese passport, she has never been to the DRC, which has one of the worst human rights records in the world. She does not speak the main language and knows no one there. Read more
Japan typhoon death toll climbs as hopes for missing fade (Aljazeera)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warns of prolonged economic impact from typhoon, which swept across country at the weekend.
The death toll in the worst typhoon to hit Japan in decades has climbed to 74 as rescuers slogged through mud and debris in an increasingly grim search for the missing.
Thousands of homes remained without power or water on Tuesday, as some children returned to schools following a public holiday. Read more
Pedophile who abused up to 200 children stabbed to death in prison (NYPost)
A notorious British pedophile who was serving 22 concurrent life sentences for abusing 22 children in Malaysia — and up to 200 during an eight-year spree — was stabbed to death in a prison in England, according to reports.
Richard Huckle, 33, was found dead Sunday inside his cell at the high-security Full Sutton Prison in North Yorkshire after being attacked with a makeshift knife. Read more
Turkey advances troops into Syria despite US sanctions (NYPost)
Turkey shrugged off sanctions imposed by the Trump administration and pressed deeper into northern Syria on Tuesday setting up a possible clash with Russian-backed Syrian troops in the flashpoint region of Manbij.
The Syrian forces moved into the city west of the Euphrates on Tuesday, filling a void left by US troops who had patrolled the city with Turkey’s military under a longstanding agreement. Read more
Impeachment: Donald Trump’s approval rating drops among North Carolina voters (Newsweek)
President Donald Trump is losing support among GOP voters in North Carolina, a stronghold for Republican presidential candidates in nine of the last 10 elections, as he faces a House impeachment inquiry sparked by his conduct towards Ukraine.
According to the latest Meredith Poll, Trump’s approval rating among all North Carolina voters has sunk to 39.9 percent, down from 44 percent in March.
“The most significant factor affecting President Trump’s decline in job approval ratings among North Carolinians is his loss of Repub lican support,” said David McLennan, Meredith Poll Director, in the new report. Read more
YouTube says video of fake Trump shooting media doesn’t violate rules (NYPost)
A fake video that shows a likeness of President Trump murdering journalists, which was condemned Monday by the White House, does not violate YouTube’s rules.
According to the Google-owned video platform, some content that does not violate the company’s rules may still be inappropriate for some audiences. In those cases, age restrictions can be applied.
“For content containing violence that is clearly fictional, we age-restrict and display a warning interstitial. We applied these protections to this video,” the YouTube spokesperson told Fox News on Monday. Read more
Long lost ancient city uncovered deep in Cambodian jungle (Newsweek)
Archaeologists have shed new light on an ancient city hidden in the Cambodian jungle that was once the capital of the powerful Khmer Empire. The empire ruled over vast swathes of Southeast Asia between around 800 and 1400 A.D.
The researchers say that the city, known as Mahendraparvata, represents an “enormous and remarkably early experiment in formal urban planning,” being the first large-scale “grid-city” that the Khmer built. That’s according to a study published in the journal Antiquities Read more
Federer says will compete at Tokyo Olympics (DailyTrust)
Roger Federer announced on Monday he will compete at next year’s Tokyo Olympics in a bid to claim the men’s singles gold medal, the only major prize he has yet to win.
“I’ve been debating with my team for a few weeks now, months actually, what I should do in the summer time (of 2020) after Wimbledon and before the US Open,” he said at a promotional event. Read more
Ukraine qualify for Euro 2020 despite Ronaldo’s 700th goal (Guardian)
Ukraine beat Portugal 2-1 on Monday to clinch a place at Euro 2020 despite Cristiano Ronaldo scoring his 700th career goal.
Roman Yaremchuk and Andriy Yarmolenko put Ukraine two goals up after 27 minutes.
Although Ronaldo scored his landmark goal from the penalty spot in the 72nd minute and Taras Stepanenko was sent off, Ukraine held on to secure first place in Group B.
Ukraine joins already qualified Poland, Russia, Italy and Belgium at next summer’s finals, while second-placed Portugal, who are eight points behind Ukraine, have Serbia just a point behind them with two matches remaining after they beat Lithuania 2-1. Read more
NBBF shifts dunk off date for Men’s Premier League (DalyTrust)
The Nigeria Basketball Federation has shifted the dunk-off date for the 2019 Men’s Basketball League to Saturday, October 19. The federation had announced October 13 as the commencement date for the 2019 season.
However, a statement released by the NBBF Secretary General Afolabi-Oluwayemi Olabisi said the change in date is necessitated by the request from the participating clubs for an extension to enable them complete their administrative processes. “The Nigeria Basketball Federation has approved a 7-day shift of the 2019 Men’s Premier League to allow clubs complete their administrative processes. Read more
Junior Golfers Begin Chase for World Ranking Points at Awa Ibraheem Tourney (ThisDay)
The 6th edition of the Awa Ibraheem Junior Golf Championship expected to tee-off this weekend at Ikeja Golf Club has become the first junior golf event in the country that has secured the endorsement of the global body, R & A, to issue participant world ranking points.
The event is scheduled to hold from October 17th to 19th at the Ikeja Golf Club in Lagos. Read more
Making of Champions a model for others to emulate, says Dare (Guardian)
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has hailed the effort of the Making of Champions (MOC) Limited in maximising the potential of athletes, describing it as a model for the ministry and others to emulate if sports development was to be achieved in the country.
The outfit founded by the Bambo Akani is a sports media and management company set up to elevate the profile and performance of sports in Nigeria and the rest of Africa. Read more
Shimaga excited by first Home-based Eagles call-up (DailyTrust)
Enugu Rangers combative midfielder, Tony Msonter Shimaga Enugu Rangers midfielder, Tony Msonter Shimaga has expressed happiness over his invitation to the Home-Based Super Eagles. Despite sterling performances in the colours of Rangers, this is the first time the combative midfielder is receiving invitation to the national team. Read more
Diego Maradona discovers another daughter, Magali (Nation)
Argentina legend Diego Maradona is about to discover he has another daughter on the sidelines. This follows the naming of 23- year brunette called Magali on Tuesday as the latest to join the ever growing Maradona family.
The 58-year-old has already recognised two sons and three daughters by four different women including his ex-wife Claudia Villafane and former long-term partner Veronica Ojeda as his own. Read more
UEFA charge Bulgaria with racism and England with two offences after disrupted Euro 2020 qualifier (Metro)
UEFA have charged Bulgaria with four offences and England with two following the match in Sofia on Monday night, marred by racist scenes. The game was delayed twice in the first half after England players complained of racist abuse from Bulgaria fans, with stadium announcements warning supporters that the match would be called off unless the abuse stopped. Monkey noises were directed at black England players, while Nazi salutes were also seen in the crowd at the Stadion Vasil Levski. Bulgaria have been hit with four charges from UEFA after the match, the most significant one being racist behaviour. Read more
Barcelona ready to dole out €8m for Nigeria born Karim Adeyemi (Nation)
La Liga giants Barcelona are reportedly ready to dole out €8m (about N3.1billion) for Nigeria born Germany junior international Karim Adeyemi.
Adeyemi who currently has a 3-year running contract with FC Red Bull Salzburg of Austria has been on the radar of former indomitable Lions of Cameroon Assistant Coach and Barca Youth Chief Patrick Kluivert. Read more
Senegal beat Ghana in shoot out to win WAFU Cup (ThisDay)
Hosts Senegal finally tasted success in an international final as they won the WAFU Cup of Nations for the first time, beating Ghana on penalties.
The game finished goalless after 90 minutes and 1-1 after extra time.
Goalkeeper Pape Saidou Ndiaye was the hero for the Teranga Lions, saving two spot kicks from Ghana’s Justice Blay and Augustine Okrah. Read more