UNILAG releases cut-off marks, OAU post-UTME results out (Punch)
The management of the University of Lagos has released cut-off marks for 2020/2021 admission into the institution.
The admission cut-off marks were released on the university’s website on Tuesday.
Also, the management of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife has released the post-UTME results for 2020/2021 admission.
The Public Relations Officer of the university, Biodun Olarewaju, confirmed this to our correspondent.
The PUNCH gathered that candidates must score a minimum of 25 out of 50 in the post-UTME screening in order to be considered for admission at OAU.
A breakdown of UNILAG cut-off marks showed that History and Strategic Studies has the highest cut-off mark in the Faculty of Arts with 66.575 as merit score, followed by English, 65; Chinese – 64.85; and Creative Arts – 64.175. Linguistics Igbo/Yoruba has the lowest cut-off mark in the Faculty with 49.1.
In the Faculty of Management Sciences, Accounting, with a merit score of 69.825, has the highest cut-off mark while Actuarial Science and Finance have second and third-highest cut-off marks with 68.4 and 67.675 respectively. Read more
Man in Police net for defiling 4-year-old daughter of co-tenant (Vanguard)
Men of the Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Police have arrested a 25-year-old man, Elisha James for forcefully having carnal knowledge of a four-year-old daughter of his co-tenant (name-withheld).
The suspect, according to the command image maker, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who resides at Mokore road area of Warewa was arrested on the 29th of March 2021 following the report lodged by the mother of the victim, who reported at Warewa divisional headquarters.
She reported that while she went out to spread some clothes she washed at about 7pm, she heard her four years old daughter crying in the room of the suspect.
She added that when she entered the room, she met the suspect defiling her daughter. Read more
Lagos okays ex-aviation fuelling firm MD, others’ trial over alleged N1bn fraud (Punch)
The Directorate of Public Prosecutions in Lagos State has said sufficient facts exist to establish a prima facie case of conspiracy to commit felony, obtaining under false pretences, forgery and stealing against Dare Osamo and others indicted by the police to have laundered about N1bn from an aviation fuelling firm, Star Orient Nigeria Limited.
This was contained in the legal advice dated February 24, 2021, and signed by the Director of Public Prosecutions, A. O. Adeyemi, for the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Lagos State.
The legal advice was on Monday presented to the presiding magistrate A. A. Oshoniyi of the Lagos State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Yaba, where the police had arraigned Osamo and two others on four counts bordering on forgery and stealing. Read more
Police arrest carpenter for accusing Fani-Kayode of rights abuse (Punch)
The FCT police command has arrested Azubuike Osakwe, a carpenter who once worked with a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode.
Osakwe, it was learnt, was arrested on Sunday shortly after returning from church. He had in February accused Fani-Kayode of arresting him at different times in 2019 and refusing to pay for his labour.
The PUNCH learnt that he was whisked away by policemen and taken to the State Criminal Investigation Department and forced to make statements before being given a stringent bail condition.
The carpenter had, along with seven others, visited The PUNCH office in Abuja last month where they accused the former minister of assault, arbitrary arrest and sexual harassment. Read more
FG declares holidays for Easter celebration (Guardian)
The federal government has declared Friday, April 2, and Monday, April 5, as public holidays to mark the 2021 Easter celebrations.
The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on urging Christians to emulate the attributes of forbearance, forgiveness, kindness, humility, love, peace and patience, which were demonstrated by Jesus Christ.
He urged Christians to emulate the attributes of forbearance, forgiveness, kindness, humility, love, peace and patience, which were demonstrated by Jesus Christ
The minister appealed to them to use the occasion of this year’s Easter Celebration to pray for the Peace, Unity, and Progress of our country. Read more
Child abduction, torture: 80-year-old woman, daughter to spend Easter in police custody (Nation)
A High Court No. II sitting in Onitsha, Anambra state has ordered the remand of two women, Rejoice Raymond and her 80-year old mother, Felicia Nwafor in police custody at the State Criminal Investigations Department, CID, Awka, till Wednesday, April 28, 2021 when their motion for bail would be heard.
The accused were arraigned on a 7-count charge of conspiracy, felony, causing grievous bodily harm on three children, unlawful imprisonment, subjecting three children to inhuman treatment, starving them and other forms of inhuman treatments.
The court also fixed Tuesday, May 11 for proper hearing of the charges preferred against them by the police, while the motion for bail already filed by the defence counsel and the counter motion to be filed by the prosecution would be be heard on April 28. Read more
Police arrest two persons for allegedly killing 20 year old lady (Guardian)
The Enugu State Police Command has arrested two persons in connection with the death of a young lady in Enugu.
Twenty-year-old Orji Chiamaka Precious Gold was found dead inside a gutter along the presidential road, Independence Layout, Enugu on Monday morning.
She was half-naked, an indication that she was killed by someone and dumped there.
The Police evacuated her body to the hospital, following information received in the early hours to New Haven Police Division where it was confirmed dead and deposited the corpse in the mortuary for autopsy. Read more
Ubani writes Attorney-Gen, demands compliance with judgment on NIN extension (Vanguard)
Human rights lawyer, Monday Ubani, on Tuesday, asked the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami(SAN), to immediately comply with a Federal High Court judgment extending the time for National Identify Number, NIN, by two months.
Delivering judgment in a suit filed by Ubani, Justice M. A. Onyetenu last week held that the initial two weeks ultimatum (now extended to April 6) given to telecommunication operators to block SIM cards of Nigerians who have not registered their SIM Card with NIN, if allowed, constitutes an infringement on their constitutionally-guaranteed right to freedom of expression, right to own moveable property and right to life.
The judge subsequently extended the new deadline for another two months effective from March 23. Read more
Diri bans deforestation activities in Bayelsa (Guardian)
Gov. Duoye Diri of Bayelsa has banned logging and other deforestation activities as part of efforts to protect the state’s forest reserves and rare plant species.
The governor announced this in Yenagoa on Tuesday at a ceremony to mark this year’s International Day of Forests.
Diri directed that all commercial timber dealers must obtain a permit from the Ministry of Environment henceforth, before embarking on logging activities.
He called for a fresh bill to repeal obsolete environmental laws and directed the environment ministry and civil society groups to work with his office to prepare and send such bill to the House of Assembly.
Diri said that his administration was determined to protect all species within the state’s reserves through a legal framework. Read more
Aaron Rodgers, Shailene Woodley seen together for first time since engagement (PageSix)
Aaron Rodgers’ exciting offseason continues.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback, 37, and fiancée Shailene Woodley were spotted together for the first time since confirming their engagement, as they got on a private jet Monday at the end of a getaway to Mexico.
Dressed in gray sweatpants and a black hoodie, the maskless Rodgers had a blue bandanna dangling around his neck while walking along the tarmac in Costa Careyes.
The 29-year-old “Divergent” star, meanwhile, donned a face mask, along with an animal-print jacket and Converse sneakers. Read more
Cage fighter guilty of murdering ex and trying to kill boy she had sex with (Metro)
A jealous cage fighter has been found guilty of murdering his teacher ex and trying to kill a boy, 15, she was having sex with. Ex-convict Paul Robson, 50, had blackmailed Caroline Kayll, 47, about her relationship with the teenager. He snooped on both of them outside her home in Linton, Northumberland, last November, and then attacked both of them. A court heard how he kicked Mrs Kayll in the head while wearing heavy work boots, chopped off her hair in clumps and slashed her buttocks. Read more
Stampede at tribute to late president Magufuli killed 45, say Tanzanian police (France24)
Tanzanian police announced Tuesday that 45 people had died during a stampede in Dar es Salaam on March 21 as mourners paid their last respects to the late president John Magufuli.
The crush took place when thousands of grieving citizens tried to push their way into a stadium in the city to bid farewell to Magufuli, whose sudden death after a mysterious absence was announced on March 17.
“There were a lot of people who wanted to get in the stadium, and some were not patient. They tried to force their way in and that resulted in a stampede. Forty-five died in the accident,” Dar es Salaam regional police commander Lazaro Mambosasa told AFP.
Five of the deceased were from the same family, Mambosasa said. A woman and four children were earlier reported crushed in the accident at Uhuru Stadium, though the true toll of the stampede was not announced at the time. Read more
Donald Trump launches official post-presidency website (NYPost)
Former President Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump have launched their official website — vowing to “remain a tireless champion” for Americans as the ex-commander-in-chief plans his return to public life.
The site, 45office.com, “will allow individuals to submit correspondence, scheduling requests, and press inquiries,” the former first couple said in a statement Monday evening.
The pair added that they “are continually strengthened by the enduring spirit of the American people, and they look forward to staying in touch.”
In addition to providing a way to reach their office, the website also hails the former president’s achievements in office and says it will “strive to inform, educate, and inspire Americans from all walks of life as we seek to build a truly great American Future.” Read more
Child tweets gibberish from US nuclear-agency account (BBC)
A young child inadvertently sparked confusion over the weekend by posting an unintelligible tweet to the official account of US Strategic Command.
The agency is responsible for safeguarding America’s nuclear weapons.
Some social-media users feared the account may have been hacked.
But it has since been revealed a young member of the account’s social-media manager’s family was responsible for posting the tweet, “;l;;gmlxzssaw”, which was then deleted within minutes. Read more
Portugal to send troops to Mozambique after brazen Palma attack by Islamic insurgents (France24)
Portugal will dispatch soldiers in the first half of April to Mozambique where they will train local troops following an attack by Islamist insurgents on the town of Palma, Lusa news agency said on Tuesday, citing a defense ministry source.
The Portuguese news agency said a bilateral agreement calling for a total of 60 special forces troops to Mozambique was being finalised.
Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva also told the state TV channel RTP late Monday that a team of “around 60” soldiers were “getting ready” to be sent to Portugals’s former colony “in the coming weeks”.
The team would “support the Mozambican army in training special forces,” he said. Read more
George Floyd bystander who called 911: ‘I believe I witnessed a murder’ (NYPost)
An eyewitness to the police-custody death of George Floyd described how he felt his own safety was in danger — and called 911 on the scene “because I believe I witnessed a murder.”
“I was totally scared for my safety and people around me,” Donald Williams, who is also a competitive mixed martial arts fighter, testified during the second day in the murder trial of ex-Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin, where prosecutors played his 911 call.
“I felt the need to call the police on the police,” he said.
In the 911 call played to the court, Williams is heard insisting Floyd did not resist arrest. Read more
French prosecutors ask court to fine Ikea €2m for spying on its employees (France24)
Prosecutors on Tuesday asked for the French branch of Ikea to be fined two million euros ($2.35 million) for spying on hundreds of its employees, at a trial involving several former senior executives.
The prosecutors also called for a prison term for a former CEO for his role in an alleged elaborate system run by the Swedish flatpack furniture giant’s French subsidiary to illegally keep tabs on staff and job applicants using private detectives and police officers.
The requested fine is just over half the maximum sum allowed under French law and represents a fraction of the group’s annual profits, which totalled 1.5 billion euros (1.8 billion dollars) last year.
Ikea France is being prosecuted as a corporate entity along with several of its former executives in Versailles, southwest of Paris. Read more
England midfielder Mount a doubt for World Cup qualifier against Poland (BBC)
Mason Mount is a doubt for England’s World Cup qualifier against Poland after sitting out training on Tuesday.
Midfielder Mount, 22, has started seven straight matches for his country and scored in Sunday’s 2-0 win in Albania.
Poland’s Grzegorz Krychowiak and Kamil Piatkowski tested positive for Covid-19 in the latest round of testing before Wednesday’s match at Wembley.
Robert Lewandowski is injured, while Mateusz Klich and Lukasz Skorupski previously tested positive for Covid.
The Polish FA has asked Uefa whether midfielder Krychowiak can still link up with the squad. Read more
Juventus goalkeeper Buffon given one-match blasphemy ban (Guardian)
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was on Tuesday handed a one-match ban for blasphemy which would rule him out of next weekend’s Turin derby.
The 43-year-old Italian World Cup winner had been fined 5,000 euros ($6,000) last month by the Italian Football Federation but escaped a ban.
However, the FIGC’s Court of Appeal upheld the Federal Prosecutor’s appeal and imposed a ban, meaning Buffon will be ruled out of Saturday’s game at Torino.
Buffon was overheard using a “blasphemous expression” towards teammate Manolo Portanova during Juve’s 4-0 league win over Parma on December 19. Read more
Chelsea to play both legs of Porto Champions League tie in Seville (Metro)
Both legs of the Champions League quarter-final between Chelsea and Porto will be played at Sevilla’s Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium next month. Flights to and from the UK are banned in Portugal, meaning both legs of the tie have to be moved. Portugal was removed from the UK’s red list, but the ban still applies at the other end, so a solution has been reached, with the first leg on 7 April and the second on 13 April. The first leg is officially Chelsea’s away leg, with the second the home leg for the Blues. Read more
Champions League 2024: Decision on new format with 10-match first phase delayed (BBC)
A decision on a planned new Champions League format, with a 10-match first phase from 2024, has been delayed.
The proposal, which has been under discussion for almost two years, had been expected to be signed off by Uefa’s executive committee on Wednesday but has been pushed back to 19 April.
Under the new format, the current group phase would be scrapped.
In its place, the number of qualifiers will be expanded from 32 to 36, with space for two ‘wild card’ entries. Read more
Russell Westbrook makes historic triple-double for Washington Wizards (BBC)
Russell Westbrook made an historic triple-double to power the Washington Wizards to a 132-124 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday.
He made 35 points, 14 rebounds and 21 assists – the first NBA triple-double to top 35 points and 20 assists.
A triple-double is achieved when a player makes double-digit totals in three statistical categories.
Only Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson had previously achieved the feat with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 20 assists. Read more
5 Rangers players banned after attending party during lockdown (Metro) Five Rangers players have been banned for six games for breaching Covid-19 regulations last month. Nathan Patterson, Bongani Zungu and Calvin Bassey, plus academy players Brian Kinnear and Dapo Mebude, who is currently on loan at Queen of the South, were all caught attending a party which was broken up by police on February 14. All five players will serve an immediate four-game ban, while two matches have been suspended until the end of this season. In November, Jordan Jones and George Edmundson were banned by Rangers for two weeks for attending a house party despite lockdown restrictions being in place. Read more