Unveiled: The humanitarian worker gunned down by errant soldier (DailyTrust)
The identity of the humanitarian worker gunned down in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State has been unveiled.
Daily Trust had reported how a soldier opened fire on a humanitarian worker, a pilot attached to the United Nations and his colleague.
While three persons -two soldiers and a civilian – reportedly lost their lives, the pilot survived with injury.
Alem Muluseta, an official of Medicine de Monde (DM), has been identified as the aid worker who lost her life in the incident. Read more
I killed my stepmother over N1m – Suspect (Punch)
No fewer than 20 criminal suspects have been arrested and paraded by the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng Echeng, at the force headquarters in Awka, on Friday.
Some of the suspects confessed to various crimes and how they perpetrated their dastard acts before the police and journalists during interrogations.
One of the suspects, identified as Ekenedilichukwu Okeke, confessed that he killed his stepmother for refusing to give him N1million for school fees.
Ekenedilichukwu was among the 20 criminal suspects paraded by the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng Echeng, at the force headquarters in Awka, on Friday. Read more
Bandits now in full force in South West, turn the heat on Lagos – Ibadan Expressway (Vanguard)
Vanguard columnist, Dr Ugoji Egbujo, in his column last Saturday, November 12 2022 wrote: “The Lagos Ibadan corridor is infested with bandits. The menace is growing. In the last week, three or more brazen attacks have occurred. Gunmen jumped out of the bush, attacked and abducted hapless citizens. Mothers and children were among those seized in daylight. That was how the Abuja-Kaduna cancer started like a joke. And before the federal government rose from slumber, our travelling soldiers had started avoiding the route”.
The bandits are now in the forests of the South West in their large numbers, kidnapping for ransom, killing and destroying. They have turned the heat on the South West region.
Last week, sporadic gunshots from suspected kidnappers who were clad in military camouflage jostled motorists plying the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, leaving many passengers with gun shot wounds. Read more
Chinese national admits stabbing late girlfriend out of provocation (Guardian)
Startling revelations emerged, yesterday, of how Ummukulsum Sani, a Kano lady allegedly stabbed to death by her Chinese boyfriend, Geng Quangrong, as police unveiled the conventional statement of the alleged murder.
The Chinese national is slammed with one count charge of culpable homicide by Kano State government for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend to death at her Janbulo Quarters in Kabuga area of Kano metropolis.
At the resumption of hearing by witnesses before Justice Sanusi Ado Ma’aji, of the state High Court, Mr. Quangrong confessed to have inflicted deep cut on Ummukulsum’s shoulder after he was provoked.
Meanwhile, Justice Ma’aji had adjourned the matter to of December 19, 20 and 21, 2022 for the continuation of hearing and defense. Read more
Ministry requests $8.92m World Bank loan for stationery, others (Punch)
The Home Finance Department of the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning has requested about $8.93m from the World Bank to procure 21 items, which included office stationery, office furniture, office supplies, office equipment, and vehicles.
The requests were made under the State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability project, which was initiated in 2018.
The SFTAS project was designed to strengthen transparency and accountability at the sub-national level, and will end this year.
A total of $1.5bn was committed to the project in two batches of $750m (December 2018 and December 2020) by the World Bank. Read more
700,000 people die yearly from drug-resistant infections, says expert (Guardian)
The Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), on Friday, celebrated the Antimicrobial Awareness Week with a call for increased awareness on various antimicrobial agents used for the treatment of infections.
A Consultant Clinical Microbiologist and Infection Control Physician at the university, Dr. Igunma Jeremiah, made the call during an event to mark the week, in conjunction with the Departments of Pharmacy, Family Medicine/General practice clinic (GPC), Clinical Pharmacology unit as well as the Association of Resident Doctors, with sponsorship from the management of UBTH and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.
This year’s Awareness Week, with the theme: “Preventing antimicrobial resistance together” had in attendance, members of the Local Organising Committee including Dr. Osaigbovo Iriagbonse; Dr. Adebowale Afolabi Joseph; Dr. Yowin Edit and others.
Igunma said marking the week was a global event celebrated between November 18 and 24, yearly, adding that Read more
Restore my welfare package, Falodun, blind veteran journalist tasks Sanwo-Olu (Vanguard)
Veteran Journalist, Sir. Oluwole Falodun, who lost his sight following a botched eye surgery in 1996, is asking the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to fully reinstate the state government’s promises to him.
Falodun, who turns 80 on November 22, told Saturday Vanguard in an interview that he became blind after being diagnosed with glaucoma in his right eye. Still, the left eye was mistakenly operated on at the Lagos General Hospital, Marina.
According to the octogenarian, a former reporter with Daily Times and Radio Nigeria, the Lagos state government took responsibility for his predicament including the education of his children. He was later given a house in 2016 and placed on life pension by the Governor Akinwumi Ambode administration.
Renowned for his Lagos Weekend “Wakabout” column, Falodun said, “The monthly payment was stopped when Ambode left in 2019 and later restored two years later in July 2021 after a series of interventions during the tenure of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. However, when the payment resumed, it was reduced from N250,000 to N150,000 and was not as regular as before.” Read more
Atiku’s Mistakes Will Work For APC, Says Oshiomhole After Meeting Wike (DailyTrust)
A former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, on Friday said the alleged mistakes of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will work for the ruling party.
Oshiomhole said this after Governor Nyesom Wike hosted him in Rivers State, where he commissioned a flyover bridge.
Wike, who is the head of the G-5 governors calling for leadership change in the PDP, has been very critical of Atiku.
He and other aggrieved governors had pulled out of the PDP presidential campaign, demanding the resignation of Senator Iyioricha Ayu as condition for their return. Read more
Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes jailed for fraud (BBC)
Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has been sentenced to over 11 years in prison for defrauding investors in her blood testing start-up that was once valued at $9bn (£7.5bn).
The former Silicon Valley star falsely claimed the technology could diagnose disease with just a few drops of blood.
Holmes, 38, who is pregnant, tearfully told the court she felt “deep pain” for those misled by the scam.
She was found guilty in January after a three-month trial.
Holmes is expected to appeal against the sentence, which was handed down on Friday in a California court. Read more
Taylor Swift speaks out over Eras tour ticket chaos after Ticketmaster scraps general sale (Metro)
Taylor Swift has spoken out amid the chaos surrounding her Eras tour ticket sales – after Ticketmaster cancelled the general pass release.
Millions of fans attempted to nab pre-sale tickets to her upcoming string of US dates earlier this week, resulting in the Bad Blood singer making history.
Public tickets were due to be released today – but this was called off after ‘insufficient remaining ticket inventory’, and ‘extraordinarily high demands’.
After fans shared their heartbreak and confusion at the situation, the 32-year-old admitted that she was ‘p***ed off’ by what happened, and the lengths some had to go to in order to secure their seats. Read more
Kyiv faces ‘complete shutdown’ in freezing temperatures (VOA)
Ukrainian authorities in Kyiv are warning of a “complete shutdown,” as subzero temperatures are gripping the country.
In an interview with The Associated Press, the city’s mayor, Vitali Klitschko, said authorities are attempting to restore the city’s power grid.
Russian strikes have inflicted heavy damage on the energy grid of the Ukrainian capital while they continue to barrage Ukraine in multiple parts of the country — from the capital city, Kyiv, in the north to Odesa in the south — crushing almost half of Ukraine’s energy system, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said.
“Unfortunately, Russia continues missile strikes against the civilian critical infrastructure of Ukraine, fighting against the civilian population and depriving them of light, water supply, heat and communications during the winter.” His comments came during talks with European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis in Kyiv. Read more
Simon Cowell still rides electric bike without helmet after multiple accidents (PageSix)
Simon Cowell admits he’s “officially nuts” for still riding his electric bike without a helmet after multiple accidents.
When asked at the Broadway opening of “& Juliet” on Thursday whether he protects his head, the “American Idol” alum told Page Six, “Not yet, but I will.”
Cowell’s fiancée, Lauren Silverman piped in, confessing that she “wishe[s] he would wear a helmet.”
The “X Factor” creator went on to explain why he continues to ride the device that left him nearly paralyzed in August 2020. Read more
COP27: Without Greta, activists make waves at climate summit (BBC)
Young people are a more powerful force than ever in the UN climate summit, the UN’s youngest climate advisor tells BBC News in Egypt.
“Young people are definitely shaping outcomes here at COP27,” Sophia Kianni says.
Swedish campaigner Greta Thunberg has skipped the Sharm el-Sheikh meeting, calling it a forum for “greenwashing”.
But young people from countries at high risk from climate change say they are “calling it out” from inside. Read more
Owen Wilson unveils huge Bob Ross-like transformation for new film (Metro)
Theree are not many times that the term ‘unrecognizable’ is used for someone who has genuinely transformed – but Owen Wilson actually looks unrecognizable in the first picture from his new film, Paint.
The Marry Me actor has taken on the role of iconic artist Carl Nagle in the upcoming flick, who more than slightly resembles the late Bob Ross.
In the snap, the 53-year-old could be seen posing with a paintbrush and board in hand, beside a stunning snowscape.
His hair was styled in a perm, with a pipe resting in his mouth as he worked on his latest creation. Read more
Britney Spears recalls finding out about niece Maddie’s near-fatal ATV accident (PageSix)
Britney Spears “lost her mind” when she thought her niece Maddie died in her 2017 near-fatal ATV accident.
After Jamie Lynn Spears’ then-8-year-old daughter was submerged in a pond for two minutes while strapped into the vehicle, Britney heard the news from her mother, Lynne Spears.
“She said Jamie Lynn said something happened … SILENCE … SILENCE … SILENCE !!!’ the Princess of Pop, 40, wrote via Twitter on Thursday.
“She wouldn’t tell me,” the songwriter continued. “then she said it … she stopped breathing … we lost her!!!” Read more
Don’t use Eagles to advertise players, Adelabu tells Peseiro (Guardian)
As Nigerians continue to react to Super Eagles’ 0-4 defeat to Portugal in Lisbon on Thursday, former Green Eagles winger, Adegoke Adelabu, has told coach Jose Peseiro and his assistants to stop using the Super Eagles to advertise players.
“There is no point using the national team to advertise a player that is not regular in his team,” Adelabu told The Guardian yesterday. “We have to make it as a rule, that only regular players in their teams will be invited to play in the national team.”
According to the former IICC Shooting Stars of Ibadan winger, the match against Portugal on Thursday night showed that the Super Eagles still have a long way to go.
“The match revealed the tactical ignorance of the players and the handlers. Despite the fact that there was nothing like situational pressure; that is, nothing at stake, at least we expect some advance and organised pattern and system of play from the Eagles. Read more
Leao has more class than Osimhen – Capello (Punch)
Former Real Madrid coach, Fabio Capello, believes that AC Milan winger Rafael Leao has more class than Victor Osimhen but was quick to add that the Napoli striker is a prolific striker who can still improve, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
Osimhen has been in superb form this season for the Partenopei, scoring nine goals and two assists in 11 Serie A games this season.
The 23-year-old beat two players of Nigerian descent Bukayo Saka and Jamal Musiala, and sixteen other talented youngsters to the Globe Soccer Emerging Player Of The Year Award.
Capello also urged Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis to be more sensitive as regarding Osimhen as he is privid to some transfer rumours linking the Nigerian to top clubs. Read more
Gabriel Martinelli dreaming of Premier League title success but fires warning to Arsenal teammates (Metro)
Gabriel Martinelli is dreaming of Premier League and Champions League glory but insists he and his Arsenal teammates must keep their ‘feet on their ground’.
With the domestic season coming to a halt ahead of the World Cup, Arsenal will be top of the Premier League on Christmas Day having opened up a five-point lead on defending champions Manchester City.
Mikel Arteta’s side have enjoyed their best ever start to a season and will hope to maintain their title charge in 2023.
Martinelli has played a key role in Arsenal’s explosive start and admits he is dreaming of lifting the Premier League title with the Gunners before launching a Champions League bid in the future. Read more
Pioneer set to open doors for female referees (BBC)
Rwanda’s Salima Mukansanga hopes that being selected to referee at the men’s World Cup, the first time women are doing so in 92 years of the competition, will open doors for other aspiring female officials in Africa.
Earlier this year, she became the first woman to take charge of a match at the men’s Africa Cup of Nations, which was first played in 1958, while last year she officiated at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The 34-year-old hopes being one of six pioneering women – alongside fellow referees Stephanie Frappart and Yoshimi Yamashita and three assistant referees – in a men’s global tournament will create opportunities for more women.
“It’s an honour and a privilege because it’s never happened before,” Mukansanga told BBC Sport Africa. Read more
United eyes on PSG superstar Mbappe (DailyTrust)
Manchester United are hoping to save £560k a week when Ronaldo almost certainly leaves in January. That money will be spent on attempting to bring Paris Saint Germain’s French superstar Kylian Mbappe to Old Trafford. He is the shock target for United and the managerial and financial staff are already preparing a huge bid to get the striker to come to Manchester.
United were already looking to replace Ronaldo next summer when his contract expires but United’s directors have brought forward their plans and aim to prioritise qualification to the Champions League next season with Mbappe’s help. Napoli’s Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen is also being watched carefully by United and the Italian Serie A club expect several clubs to make offers for the £60million star striker.
Potter in firing line at Chelsea
Only two months into the job and already the knives are being sharpened at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge and coach Graham Potter faces an ordeal to survive. Many supporters have never accepted that he is good enough to be Chelsea’s No1 coach and the club’s rapid descent down the table, after a winless five Premier League matches, has given them plenty of ammunition with which to attack Potter. His previous club Brighton, Liverpool and Manchester United sit above Chelsea in the table and many fans have also criticised the new owner Todd Boehly for sacking Thomas Tuchel and bringing in a relatively inexperienced top-level coach. Read more
Belgium vs Egypt: Martinez’s men suffer defeat in World Cup warm-up (Vanguard)
Egypt stunned World Cup-bound Belgium 1-2 on Friday in a warm-up game ahead of the tournament that gets underway on Saturday.
Mostafa Mohamed and Trézéguet scored in each half to give the Europeans some loose ends to tie as they begin their campaign against Canada on Wednesday.
Eden Hazard who has not seen regular club football this season started the game before he was taken off in the 71st minute for Thomas Meunier. Romelu Lukaku was unavailable.
Lois Openda who replaced Michy Batshuayi halved the deficit in the final quarter, but Belgium could not get back on level terms, making it just four wins from eight matches in 2022. Read more