UNILAG raises probe panel on sexual harassment cases (Punch)
The University of Lagos, Akoka, has set up a panel to investigate two of its lecturers accused of sexually harassing undercover reporters purportedly seeking admission and change the course of study in the institution.
Dr Boniface Igbeneghu of the Department of European Languages and Integrated Studies, Faculty of Arts, and Dr Samuel Oladipo of the Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, were caught on video in a British Broadcasting Corporation documentary sexually harassing undercover reporters, who sought favour from them.
The institution had announced the suspension of Igbeneghu on Monday, while Oladipo was suspended on Tuesday. Read more
Lagos CJ inspects Lekki courthouse (Punch)
The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba, has visited the courthouse being built by the state at Addo Road, Lekki, Eti-Osa Local Government Area.
The visit, according to a statement on Wednesday, was in fulfillment of the CJ’s promise to the Lekki Forum of the Nigerian Bar Association, comprising of lawyers living and practising within Ikoyi-Victoria Island-Lekki-Ajah-Ibeju Lekki areas of Lagos State. Read more
Reps to empower lottery commission, says Gbajabiamila (NewTelegraph)
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has said that the House was ready to empower the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) through enabling legislation to empower it to generate more revenue.
Gbajabiamila, who played host to the management team of the commission, led by the chairman of its board, Alhaji Ibikunle Fatai, said the House was willing to come up with relevant laws that would make Nigeria generate more revenue to fund her annual budgets. Read more
Fulanis in Oyo reject anti-grazing bill (DailyTrust)
*say it’s a plot to punish poor herders The Fulani herdsmen on Wednesday expressed their displeasure over the proposed anti-grazing bill by the Oyo State House of Assembly, saying the bill was a ploy to punish poor herders in the state.
Speaking during the public presentation of views, observation, and grazing regulations bill 2019, held at the House of Chiefs, Agodi, Ibadan, the National Chairman of Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Sale Bayari, in an 18-page position paper delivered at the session, kicked against the bill and its sponsors. Read more
Buhari: I’m Fully Committed to Nigeria’s Unity (ThisDay)
President Muhammadu Buhari declared, Wednesday that he was not only fully committed to the unity of Nigeria, but would also devote all his time and energy in promoting it for the benefit of Nigerians.
The president made the pledge while receiving a delegation of Benue State Council of Traditional Rulers led by the Tor Tiv, Prof. James Ayatse, at the State House. Read more
Tunisia presidential candidate Nabil Karoui: released from jail (BBC)
A Tunisian court has released a presidential candidate days before he is due to stand in Sunday’s second round of national elections.
A Tunis appeals court annulled the detention order for Nabil Karoui, who was arrested last month on charges of money laundering and tax fraud. Read more
Suspected gunman in deadly Germany synagogue shooting arrested (Metro)
Police in Germany say they have arrested the suspected gunman behind a shooting near a synagogue. At least two people were killed in shootings at multiple locations in Germany, including near a synagogue in the city of Halle. Officers had earlier said that at least one person was on the run and local residents were urged to seek safety, as the attack may have involved as many as three suspects, according to the Federal Criminal Office. However, authorities now believe there was only one gunman. Read more
US did not approve Turkey’s Syria offensive, says Mike Pompeo (BBC)
The US did not give Turkey a “green light” for its offensive in northern Syria, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said.
Mr Pompeo defended President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops from the border area, which has sparked an outcry at home and abroad. Read more
Instagram embraces the dark side – drops the ‘Following’ tab (Metro)
Instagram has finally joined the dark side by adding an alternate ‘dark mode’ to change the look of the app. It follows in the footsteps of Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp as well as operating systems like iOS and Android – all of which have added the mode recently.
As well as putting less of a strain on your eyes, it’s believed that dark mode will help conserve battery life. The change was announced by the head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri on Twitter this week. Read more
Michael B. Jordan’s ‘Just Mercy’ to Close Austin Film Festival (Variety)
In today’s film news roundup, “Just Mercy” is the closer for the Austin Film Festival, Tyler Christensen’s “Vulture” gets an award and Simon Helberg is cast opposite Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard in “Annette.”
The Austin Film Festival will close with legal drama “Just Mercy,” starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson, on Oct. 31 at the Paramount Theatre. Read more
Russia to stay out of Turkey, Syria conflict (Independent)
Russia will not get involved in the conflict between Turkey and Syria after Ankara launched an operation in Syria’s northeast, the RIA news agency cited a senior Russian lawmaker as saying on Wednesday.
Russia’s military is in Syria for different reasons, RIA quoted Vladimir Dzhabarov, the first deputy chair of the foreign affairs committee in the upper house of parliament, as saying, Reuters reports. Read more
Post-scandal Academy to award two Nobel Literature prizes Punch)
The Swedish Academy will crown two Nobel literature laureates on Thursday, after postponing last year’s prize over a sexual harassment scandal.
Experts say the academy will seek to avoid ruffling any feathers with this year’s choices as it bids to move on from the scandal that saw the husband of one of its members jailed for rape.
Ahead of the announcement at 1:00 pm (1100 GMT), when it will reveal one winner for 2018 and one for 2019, some names creating a buzz are poet Anne Carson and novelist Margaret Atwood, both of Canada, as well as Kenyan writer Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, Polish writer and activist Olga Tokarczuk, and French Guadeloupean Maryse Conde, according to betting site Unibet. Read more
Surprise reception excites Brume, coach (NewTelegraph)
IAAF World Athletics Championships long jump bronze medalist, Ese Brume, and her coach, Kayode Yaya, have expressed their happiness over the surprise reception giving to them after returning from Doha, Qatar, the venue of the tournament by Eastern Mediterranean University.
Brume, a student of Tourism and Hospitality management, at the Northern Cyprus school, was given a heroic welcome after winning bronze medal in Doha. Speaking with New Telegraph from her base, the Commonwealth and African Games champions said it was a big surprise to her seeing the students coming out in their numbers to welcome her. “It was a big surprise for me, I can’t really believe it,” she said. Read more
Manchester United planning four new signings as club retains support for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Metro)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still retains the support of Manchester United’s hierarchy and has reportedly held a series of meetings to discuss the club’s next batch of transfer targets.
The Norwegian is under mounting pressure after the club’s worst start to a Premier League season after eight games, winning just twice and sitting only two points above the relegation zone. Read more
Nigeria’s Nariwoh selected for global sports mentoring program (DailyTrust)
A sports administrator at the Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr Oluwaseun Nariwoh has been selected to attend the U.S. government’s flagship professional development exchange to empower women through sports.
Dr Nariwoh is one of the 16 participants from around the world who have been chosen for the U.S. Department of State’s Global Sports Mentoring Program based on their exemplary leadership skills, experience, and impact in the sports sector. Read more
D’Tigress to face Mozambique, DR Congo in Olympic qualifiers (NewTelegraph)
African Champions, D’ Tigress of Nigeria will face host Mozambique, DR Congo in Group A of the Africa Pre- Qualifying tournament for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in November.
D’Tigress won the AfroBasket Championship in Senegal this year and will battle Mozambique ranked and DR Congo for a semifinal spot.
The two top countries from both groups A and B at the end of the qualifiers will earn the tickets for next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Read more
Enyimba, Rangers pitched against TS Galaxy, ASC Kara in Confed Cup (DailyTrust)
Ahead of the second preliminary round of Total CAF Confederation Cup, Nigeria club sides, Enyimba FC and Enugu Rangers will be battling against TS Galaxy of South Africa and ASC Kara of Togo respectively.
In the draw conducted yesterday by CAF in Cairo, the first leg will take place on 27th of October 2019 while the second leg will take place on the 3rd of November 2019. Enyimba had earlier played in the Champions League before dropping to the second-tier club competition. Read more
Brazil coach picks out Iwobi as ‘dangerous’ Eagle (ThisDay)
Brazil’s Assistant Coach Cleber Xavier has picked out Alex Iwobi as the most dangerous player in the current Super Eagles expected to take on the South Americans in Singapore on Sunday.
Speaking ahead of the Brazil versus Nigeria international friendly scheduled to hold on Sunday in Singapore, Xavier said yesterday that the Everton man plays more of an inside role as a second striker.
“At Nigeria, Iwobi plays more of an inside role as a second striker than at Everton,” stressed Xavier. Read more
‘Happy’ Neymar prepares to reach Brazil 100th cap milestone (DailyTrust)
Brazilian striker, Neymar On the eve of his 100th international Brazilian appearance, striker Neymar spoke on Wednesday about his commitment to both his country and his club, Paris-Saint Germain.
Brazil face Senegal on Thursday in a friendly in Singapore and the Brazilian federation presented Neymar with a special shirt on Wednesday with the number 100 on the back instead of his customary 10. Read more
Zenith Bank partners A’Ibom govt to revive Principals’ Cup (ThisDay)
Succour has returned to football-craving students of secondary schools in Akwa Ibom State with the rebirth of the Principals’ Cup competition billed to start later in the month.
The football championship which is organised by Akwa Ibom State Sports Council in collaboration with one of Nigeria’s leading commercial banks, Zenith Bank Plc, and it is tagged ‘Zenith Bank Akwa Ibom State Principals’ Cup.’Read more
Ndidi leads Premier League tacklers (Independent)
The Guardian, in partnership with football statistics website Whoscored.com, has published 10 standout statistics from the 2019-2020 Premier League season so far with Leicester FC and Nigeria’s Wilfred Ndidi making more tackles than any other team and player respectively.
Leicester City have made 22.1 per game and they boast the two top tacklers in the division. Read more
Delay in 2019/2020 NPFL kick-off: Club owners to hold crucial meeting with LMC (DailyTrust)
Nigeria Professional Football League season Clubs in the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, are set for a crucial meeting League Management Company, LMC, on Monday said the chairman of Club Owners Association, Barrister Isaac Danladi.
He told Daily Trust yesterday that the club owners will meet with league organisers to fashion out ways to start the league. Read more