Tinubu not Lagos indigene — Bode George (Punch)
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Bode George, has said that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, is not an indigene of Lagos State.
George spoke on Tuesday morning on Arise TV’s Morning Show, where he discussed the candidacy of Tinubu as well as the internal crisis within the PDP.
According to him, the APC candidate has yet to prove his Lagos roots beyond a reasonable doubt, having failed to produce any evidence to support his claim.
He said, “Tinubu is not from Lagos State. You can quote me. If he says he grew up in Isale-Eko, which school did you attend? I grew up on Evans Street in Lagos. 35 Evans Street was my grandfather’s house. I went to the community school. I played football at the local stadium at Isale-Eko. That’s how people knew me.” Read more
Sina Rambo reacts to wife’s domestic violence allegation (Vanguard)
Nigerian singer, Adesina Adeleke, popularly known as Sina Rambo, has refuted accusations of domestic abuse brought against him by his estranged wife, Korth.
Korth accused her estranged husband of violence on Monday, the same day she announced the end of their marriage.
Sina has, however, responded to the claims, saying they are “baseless and lies that have no shred of truth in them.”
This was contained in a statement signed by Sina’s lawyer, Barrister Akinwumi, titled, ‘RE: False Allegations Of Sundry Domestic Violence By Ms. Heidi Korth Adeleke Against The Person Of Adesina Adeleke (Sina Rambo)’. Read more
Lagos Fire Service curbs Idumagbo fire outbreak (Guardian)
The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service has put out the fire outbreak at 34, Idumagbo Avenue, Obun Eko, Lagos.
The Fire which was alerted at 12:31 hours Monday saw Ebute Elefun and Oniru Fire Stations mobilized to stop the raging Fire at a three-storey-penthouse building.
The outbreak happened at a warehouse on the 3rd floor of the building and stocks of towels, bedspread, and tape rules among others with a commercial bank on the ground floor.
According to Director, of Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Lagos Firefighters being complemented by sister agencies were able to subdue the fire to the 3rd floor and the penthouse it had spread to while saving the bank and other floors as well as adjoining structures. Read more
Twincustom unveils CX7, CX6, CX5 redesigned vehicles in Lagos (Independent)
Twincustom Nigeria Limited, a household name in vehicle redesign over the weekend in Lagos unveiled three brands of redesigned cars to the excitement of automobile personalities.
The redesigned vehicles were CX5, CX6 and CX7, which were handmade with various quality materials, including Italian leather and redesigned interior and exterior with lots of additions.
The redesigned cars further boost the quality of the vehicles on display. One of the vehicles, the CX7 has an inbuilt refrigerator with a quality sound system.
Because of the quality of works put into the redesigned cars and the fact that they are handmade and not mass production, it takes between six to eight months to completely redesign a vehicle for a customer, but at the end of the completion of the job, the wait really worth it as the redesigned vehicle takes an entirely new shape in exterior and interior. Read more
PDP crisis: Atiku sends warm felicitations to Wike (Guardian)
Amid the crisis in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has sent a warm message of felicitation to Governor Nyesom Wike on his 55th birthday anniversary, even going as far as telling the Rivers State helmsman to enjoy his “special day.”.
For the past few months, the PDP has been caught up in a crisis following the outcome of the presidential primaries that produced Atiku as the candidate.
The genesis of the problem started with the G-5, the five PDP governors who have vowed not to support Atiku’s presidential bid until the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, resigns.
The G-5 includes governors Wike of Rivers State, Okezie Ikeazu of Abia State, Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Ifeanyi Ugwanyi of Enugu State, and Samuel Ortom of Benue State. Read more
Large turnout as EFCC auctions 35 cars in Abuja (Channels)
There was a large turnout of people on Tuesday at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) office in Abuja with the commencement of the auctioning of 35 cars.
The exercise followed the order of the final forfeitures secured by the anti-graft agency from courts.
Channels Television observed that prospective buyers trooped into the EFCC office in the Federal Capital Territory, where the cars are displayed pictorially for prospective buyers to choose from.
EFCC Deputy Director, Department of Proceeds of Crime Management, Umma Sulaiman said there are 35 cars up for grabs in this auction, and the proceeds from the exercise will be deposited in a special account of the Federal Government at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Read more
Afroganiks calls for more clinical trials on herbal-based drugs, partners LASUTH (Guardian)
A manufacturing company in the production of herbal drugs, Afroganiks, has called for more research on drugs produced from herbs, while noting that, “Herbal products most of the time cause kidney problems and organ failure in the body because they are not well dosed.”
Worried by the situation, the herbal medicine manufacturer, explained that it will be partnering with the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) to help carry out clinical trials of its products.
Co-founder of Afroganiks, Jeff Akaehie, who stated this at the company’s end-of-the-year partners and distributors retreat award held recently, disclosed the launching of its six new herbal products, named Afroganiks wellness tea, Prostagen, Afroganiks cleanser bitters, Greenolax capsules, Cynoyvit and Free-flow, adding that they are already available in the market for purchase.
He explained that all the products are certified by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), adding that, the “products are affordable with good quality due to the processes we undergo in researching our products.” Read more
Man in police net for alleged robbery, murder in Ogun (Vanguard)
A 28 years old man, Moses Ayomide, was on Sunday 11th of December 2022, arrested by men of Ogun State Police Command for alleged armed robbery and killing of one Qudus Popoola.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ogun State command, Abimbola Oyeyemi made the disclosure in a statement issued and made available to newsmen in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
According to Oyeyemi, the suspect was arrested following a distress call received by policemen at Agbado divisional headquarters, that armed robbers were operating at Fadahunsi Ijoko area of Agbado, in Ifo local government area of Ogun state. Read more
Breakthrough in nuclear fusion energy announced (BBC)
A major breakthrough has been announced by US scientists in the race to recreate nuclear fusion.
Physicists have pursued the technology for decades as it promises a potential source of near-limitless clean energy.
On Tuesday researchers confirmed they have overcome a major barrier – producing more energy from a fusion experiment than was put in.
But experts say there is still some way to go before fusion powers homes.
The experiment took place at the National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California. Read more
World-record nonuplets return home to Mali from Morocco (BBC)
The world’s only nonuplets – nine babies born at the same time – have safely returned home to Mali after spending the first 19 months of their lives in Morocco.
The babies broke the Guinness World Record for the most children delivered in a single birth to survive.
Ahead of the birth in May 2021, the mother Halima Cissé, now 27, was flown to Morocco for specialist care.
Before returning they had been living with medical support in Casablanca.
The babies – five girls and four boys – were born by Caesarean section at 30 weeks, according to the Malian authorities last year. Read more
Christopher Nolan recreated nuclear explosion without CGI (FilmNews)
Christopher Nolan recreated a nuclear weapon detonation without CGI effects.
The 52-year-old filmmaker is helming ‘Oppenheimer’, which stars Cillian Murphy as the “father of the atomic bomb” J. Robert Oppenheimer, and explained how he took the practical route when it came to filming the explosion of a nuclear weapon.
Christopher told Total Film magazine: “I think recreating the Trinity test (the first nuclear weapon detonation, in New Mexico) without the use of computer graphics was a huge challenge to take on.
“Andrew Jackson – my visual effects supervisor, I got him on board early on – was looking at how we could do a lot of the visual elements of the film practically, from representing quantum dynamics and quantum physics to the Trinity test itself, to recreating, with my team, Los Alamos up on a mesa in New Mexico in extraordinary weather, a lot of which was needed for the film, in terms of the very harsh conditions out there – there were huge practical challenges.” Read more
Avatar 2’s Sigourney Weaver reveals preparation for her unique new character (DigitalSpy)
Sigourney Weaver has opened up about the unique way she prepared for her new role in Avatar: The Way of Water.
The Alien star has joined the cast of the highly-anticipated sequel that is set almost a decade after the first Avatar movie. She’s playing Kiri, a teenage Na’vi who is Jake (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri’s (Zoe Saldaña) adopted daughter.
Weaver revealed that she underwent a lot of preparation for the role to try and find the voice for Kiri, including spending time in schools with students.
Weaver told Digital Spy and other media about her new role: “I loved that I had the opportunity to play someone I consider a real adolescent in most ways, and then she has these other bright spots that she’s learning about.” Read more
Young Thug hit with new charges while awaiting trial in YSL Rico case (HipHopDX)
Young Thug has been hit with several new charges while awaiting trial in his RICO case.
According to WSB-TV, the Atlanta rapper (real name Jeffery Williams) is facing misdemeanor charges for street racing, reckless driving and speeding. Thug is alleged to have driven a vehicle at 120 mph on Interstate 85 in May.
In May, Young Thug was arrested along with 27 others (including Gunna) on racketeering charges related to Young Slime Life, which prosecutors allege is a criminal street gang that claims affiliation with the Bloods.
The Punk rapper was charged with conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and participation in a criminal street gang. He has been incarcerated since his arrest having repeatedly been denied bond. Read more
Janet Jackson announces Together Again tour with guest Ludacris, promises ”new music” soon (ET)
Janet Jackson is hitting the road! On Monday, the five-time GRAMMY Award winner announced her ninth concert tour, “Together Again,” with special guest Ludacris.
The singer announced the news in a brief Instagram Live posted to her page on Monday morning. “You guys, I miss you so much. I am so excited to see you,” she says in the video. “You guys have no idea. I’ve missed you so much, so much, and I can’t wait to be with you. I’m so excited.”
While Jackson doesn’t give much information in the video, she promised her fans that “there will be new music.”
The tour will launch on April 14 in Florida and will hit 22 states before concluding in Seattle on June 21. Pre-sale for the tickets will begin on December 13th on Ticketmaster, and general admission will start on December 16. Read more
UK Weather: Drivers warned as snow and ice alerts continue (BBC)
Motorists are being urged to plan and prepare before setting off in icy weather, after the UK saw its coldest night since February 2021.
Temperatures fell to a low of -17.3C (0.8F) overnight in Braemar in the Scottish Highlands.
Yellow warnings have been issued for the south-west and north-east coast of England as well as northern Scotland and parts of Northern Ireland.
The cold snap comes amid rail strikes, meaning more people may use cars. Read more
Eagles can do better than Morocco – NFF (Punch)
General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, says he is confident that the Super Eagles can equal or even surpass the feat achieved by Morocco at the ongoing World Cup in Qatar.
The Atlas Lions have been one of the surprise teams of the tournament, having beaten some top European teams to reach the semi-finals, the first time an African team will get to that stage.
The North Africans defeated Belgium, Canada and played a draw with Croatia to top Group F with seven points.
They went on to beat Spain and Portugal in the round of 16 and quarter-finals respectively to become the first African country to reach the semi-finals of football’s showpiece event in the world. Read more
Neymar acquitted of fraud, corruption charges over transfer to Barcelona (ESPN)
Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil forward Neymar has been acquitted of fraud and corruption charges over his 2013 transfer from Santos to Barcelona, a Spanish court ruled on Tuesday.
Neymar’s father, the two clubs, former Barca presidents Josep Maria Bartomeu and Sandro Rosell and ex-Santos president Odilio Rodrigues have also been found not guilty following a trial in October.
The case, brought by Spanish prosecutors, stemmed from a complaint made by DIS, a Brazilian company that owned 40% of Neymar when he was at Santos.
DIS argued they lost out on their rightful cut from the transfer because the true value of the deal was understated by the parties involved. Read more
Firm left with 18k England ”World Cup winners” T-shirts after gamble backfires (Sky)
A businessman has been left with 18,000 useless T-shirts which wrongly herald England as World Cup champions.
Football fan Karl Baxter was so convinced the Three Lions were going to return home from Qatar as winners that he had the tops printed ahead of the quarter-finals.
Sprawled across the back of the shirts are the slogans ”England, Cup Winners 2022, It’s Finally Home” and ”The Day It Came Home”.
But the gamble didn’t pay off, with Gareth Southgate’s side losing 2-1 to France in their quarter-final match on Saturday after Harry Kane missed the chance to score an equalising penalty.
Tchouameni emerges as new leader of France midfield at World Cup (Guardian)
Aurelien Tchouameni might do most of his work in the shadows, but the France midfielder lit up the World Cup with his brilliant opening goal in Saturday’s quarter-final win over England.
The 22-year-old later gave away the first penalty of the game at Al Bayt Stadium which Harry Kane scored to equalise for England, yet France eventually ran out 2-1 winners and Tchouameni’s role for the holders has been vital given the problems they faced coming into the tournament.
The outlook for coach Didier Deschamps and his side appeared grim when they were struck by an avalanche of injuries, not least with their starting midfield duo of Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante both being ruled out.
Deschamps had to completely reconfigure his team, including abandoning his experiment with a back three, but his decision to build a three-man midfield around Tchouameni with Adrien Rabiot and Antoine Griezmann either side of the Real Madrid man has paid off.
Now when his teammates push forward to join the attack, “he is there to cover us, fill in, plug gaps and win the ball back,” said Rabiot, who has also impressed on France’s run to the semi-finals in Qatar, where they will face Morocco on Wednesday. Read more
Tyson Fury makes new Anthony Joshua fight ”guarantee” and Oleksandr Usyk money claim (Express)
Tyson Fury has guaranteed boxing fans that they will never see him fight Anthony Joshua. The Gypsy King says that he is fed up with trying to make the fight and has lost all interest after their December 3 date fell through.
Despite being one of the most sought-after fights in boxing, Fury believes that his proposed undisputed unification contest with Oleksandr Usyk is much bigger and claims he will earn double the money fighting the Ukrainian than he will against AJ.
“I don’t think it will happen,” Fury told iFL TV. “If it was going to happen it would have happened in December when Chisora manned up and stepped up to the plate. I can guarantee you will not see it, one hundred percent not happening, like you didn’t see Calzaghe and Froch. But I’m going to take on the man that has beaten him twice so it’s irrelevant. I’m going to knock out the guy that beat him twice.”
When asked whether the AJ fight is the biggest fight in boxing, Fury responded: “Nowhere near, it’s the biggest fight in this country. Not in boxing. Read more
Nick Kyrgios reiterates 2023 Roland Garros plan (Tennis365)
Nick Kyrgios has reaffirmed his plan to play at Roland Garros next year as his girlfriend has her heart set on seeing Paris while it will also give him an opportunity to grow his bank balance.
The Australian has never made a secret of the fact that clay is not his favourite surface and he hasn’t played at the French Open since 2017. In fact, he has played only five editions of the red dirt Grand Slam with his best showings being a couple of third-round exits.
However, earlier in 2022 he revealed that he will return to Paris all in the name of love as his girlfriend Costeen Hatzi – whom he says has been credited for helping him turn his life around both on and off the court – is keen to visit the French capital.
And he has now again confirmed that Roland Garros 2023 will be on his calendar and there will be the added bonus of being able to earn more money for his adventures on clay. Read more