US Professor accidentally shot dead by security guard in Osun (Leadership)
A United States Professor and politician, Richard Adeoriokin, has been accidentally shot dead by a local security guard in Ejigbo, Osun State.
The incident occurred around 8:30 pm on Saturday, following a public function on Inisha Road of Ejigbo, which was attended by Professor Adeoriokin, his political associates, and Oyeyode Oyesosin, the son of the Ogiyan of Ejigbo.
After the event at the king’s residence, Oyeyode Oyesosin invited his friends to his house for a brief meeting. Read more
Police arrest suspect linked to Nabeeha’s death (DailyTrust)
The Nigerian Police Force has arrested a suspected kidnapper reportedly linked to the abduction and murder of Nabeeha, one of the victims abducted in Abuja.
According to a statement by Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Force Public Relations Officer, Bello Mohammed, 28, of Zamfara state was apprehended on January 20, 2024 in Kaduna with N2.25 million in suspected ransom money.
“The Divisional Police Officer, Tafa Division, acting on intelligence, raided one hotel in Tafa Area, Kaduna, where he arrested Bello, with the sum of #2.25m (Two Million, two hundred and fifty million naira) only, suspected to be proceeds of ransoms collected from kidnapped victims within the area.” Read more
Police identify officers seeking tinted glass permit (Punch)
The Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, on Sunday, addressed a viral video showing plainclothes individuals requesting a motorist’s tinted glass permit.
Adejobi said the policemen have been traced and identified and are undergoing investigation.
In the video, the men alighting from a white vehicle are heard asking the motorist for his car’s tinted permit.
The driver states, “It’s a factory tinted glass and I can’t remember the last time police asked me for a tinted permit because that was canceled two years ago.” Read more
Plateau: Adopt aggressive posture, stamp out terrorists – Lagbaja orders troops (Channels)
The Chief of Amy Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, addresses troops of 3 Division Nigerian Army and the Joint Task Force Operation Safe Haven in Plateau State on January 27, 2024.
The Chief of Amy Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, has ordered troops to adopt a more aggressive posture and stamp out terrorists wreaking havoc in Plateau State and other states.
Gen Lagbaja stated this during an operational tour to Plateau, following a fresh wave of violence in the Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State that left over 30 persons killed.
“Go hard on those disturbing the peace of the Plateau and neutralize any terrorist annihilating people and burning or destroying property and other economic valuables,” the COAS was quoted in a statement by the army spokesman, Onyema Nwachukwu. Read more
Abia community crowns PWD as traditional ruler (Vanguard)
A hearing and speech-impaired person, HRH Eze Anthony Anyiam Ohaeri, 64, was Saturday crowned the traditional ruler of Umuawa Alaocha Autonomous Community in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State.
The coronation, which attracted dignitaries from across the state, marked the first time a Person With Disability, PWD, would be crowned monarch in the state.
He is the eldest son from a polygamous royal family with 14 male siblings and sisters. Read more
Umahi orders arrest of traders on Enugu-PH expressway (Punch)
Traders on the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, which is still undergoing rehabilitation risk jail terms as the Minister of Works, Mr David Umahi on Saturday, ordered the arrest of persons trading on the completed section of the Aba axis of the road.
Expressing his disappointment over the activities of the traders, the minister who was inspecting the project, ordered his security details to arrest the erring traders with a strong assurance that the offenders would be charged to court according to the extant laws of the land.
He said, “While Mr President is passing through sleepless nights on how to solve the problems of a very bad inherited economy, Nigerians should support him and also support themselves. We wouldn’t like a situation where after the Federal Government had spent so much here, we see people building and trading on the road. Read more
Firm launches estate for low-income earners (Tribune)
A real estate company, AS Wonder Homes and Properties has launched a low-cost housing estate named “Iyanu Lagos” for the benefit of low-income earners in Lagos.
The estate which is located at Ketu-Epe, in Lagos is aimed at addressing housing deficits in Lagos .
Speaking with news men during the launch of the estate on Saturday, the Managing Director of the firm, Dr Agbi Stephen explained that the estate is meant to give low income earners an opportunity to own a house of their own. Read more
Gov Bago advocates return to agriculture to stop insecurity in northern region (Guardian)
The Niger State Governor, Mr Umar Bago, has advocated a return to Agriculture to address insecurity and ensure sustainable development in northern Nigeria.
Bago said this in a statement via Mr Bologi Ibrahim, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, on Sunday which was made available to newsmen in Abuja.
He said, prior to the discovery of oil in Nigeria, the northern region was globally recognised as a giant in agriculture, saying there was the need to change the narrative by reverting to the old days. Read more
Michelle Yeoh “sorry” that Barbie was snubbed by the Oscars (FarOut)
Michelle Yeoh has weighed in on the Barbie Oscars snubs and said she is “sorry it happened to them”.
The Everything Everywhere All at Once star won ‘‘Best Actress’’ at the 2023 Oscars and was asked to comment on the Barbie controversy on the Today show.
Despite the box-office smash earning eight Oscar nods, including for ‘‘Best Picture’’, the 2024 Academy Award nominations excluded Barbie filmmaker Greta Gerwig and its star, Margot Robbie, from the ‘‘Best Director’’ and ‘‘Best Actress’’ races. Read more
Ciara shares video documenting her growing family (People)
Ciara is thankful for her growing family.
The singer, 38, posted a heartwarming video on Saturday of her “9-year photo project” as she posed with baby daughter Amora and children Future Zahir, 9, Sienna, 6, and Win Harrison, 3, and husband Russell Wilson for a group shot, as well as sharing photos of the children at various stages as the family has expanded over the years.
“How it started…How’s it’s going!” Ciara wrote in the caption. “Mommy’s 9-year photo project! I’m so grateful.” Read more
Masked gunmen storm church during Sunday service (Metro)
Two masked gunmen have stormed a church in Istanbul during the Sunday service.
At least one person has been killed during the attack on the Santa Maria Church in the Sariyer district of the major Turkish city.
Eyewitnesses cited by local media said people in the church threw themselves to the ground to hide from the gunshots. Read more
Justin Timberlake wants fans to ‘Forget Tomorrow’ on new world tour (HipHopDx)
Justin Timberlake is all set to hit the road for the first time in five years as he prepares to drop his next album this spring.
On Friday (January 26), the 42-year-old singer and dancer unveiled the itinerary for his Forget Tomorrow World Tour across North America. The 22-date trek commences on April 29 with a show in Vancouver, Canada and concludes on July 9 in Lexington, Kentucky.
Before the concert series kicks off, the NSYNC heartthrob will release his sixth studio album. Everything I Thought It Was is currently scheduled to drop on March 15, with its first single premiering earlier this week. Read more
Climate activists throw soup at the Mona Lisa in Paris amid farm protests (AlJazeera)
Two climate activists have thrown soup at the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum in Paris and shouted slogans advocating for a sustainable food system amid farmers’ protests demanding the government address low wages and other problems.
The 16th-century painting by the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci was not damaged.
In a video posted on social media, two women with the words ‘Riposte Alimentaire’ (food response) written on their T-shirts can be seen throwing soup at the glass protecting one of the world’s most famous paintings and passing under a security barrier to get closer to the painting. Read more
Expats’ Sarayu Blue admits ‘it does get to me’ when people butcher her name: ‘I am a sensitive soul’ (People)
The mispronunciation of Sarayu Blue’s name is something she has dealt with for years, but it doesn’t mean she can brush the pain from that aside.
“Of course, it does get to me. I’m very human, all of us,” the actress, 48, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “I think I would love to pretend it doesn’t, but I am a sensitive soul.”
This repeat occurrence has allowed Blue, whose first name is pronounced Sar-rye-u, to better relate to her character Hillary Starr on Prime Video’s new limited series, Expats, due to a similar feeling they’ve both endured. Read more
Ivory Coast: A government-led agricultural initiative to empower women and nourish communities (AfricaNews)
In this 13-hectare field in Fapaha, 20 km from Korhogo in northern Côte d’Ivoire, dozens of women work on their vegetable plantations. Here, onions, lettuce, cabbage and carrots are grown. It’s a similar story in Nakaha, 28 km away, where a hundred or so women from the village are also tending to their plots.
While this government-sponsored project aims to supply school canteens, it also helps to improve villagers’ lives by empowering women.
Such is the case of Nabi, whose weekly sales of 40,000f at the local market have enabled her to build her own business and send her children to school. Read more
I still feel pains — Super Eagles goalie Stanley Nwabali opens up on injury status (Vanguard)
Super Eagles goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali has opened up on the status of the injury he suffered in Nigeria’s 2-0 win over Cameroon.
Two goals from Ademola Lookman saw the Super Eagles defeated their arch-rivals to set up a quarter-final clash with Angola.
The Atalanta forward opened the scoring in the 36th minute after Victor Osimhen found him inside the box. Read more
LA Clippers blow out Celtics in ‘‘measuring stick’’ game (ABC)
From the playoff-like, detail-oriented team walkthrough on Saturday to Paul George insisting he play through a sore groin injury on the second night of a back-to-back, Ty Lue saw a very motivated LA Clippers squad hours before facing the Boston Celtics.
In what Lue described as a “measuring stick” game, the Clippers led by as much as 36 points and trounced the Celtics, 115-96, at a disappointed TD Garden on Saturday night.
The Clippers (30-14) are the hottest team in basketball, improving to a league-best 22-4 since Dec. 1. One of those losses was an embarrassing 145-108 loss at home to the Celtics on Dec. 23. While that defeat came without an injured Kawhi Leonard, the Clippers were looking for payback. Read more
Super Eagles’ resilience, determination paid off against Cameroon – Sports Minister (Leadership)
Sports Development Minister, Senator John Owan Enoh, has applauded the exceptional performance of the Super Eagles in their 2-0 victory over Cameroon in the Round of 16 clash at the ongoing 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast.
Enoh, in a press statement signed by his SA Media, Diana-Mary Tiku Nsan, said the victory showcased the team’s undiluted resilience, determination and fighting spirit to excel.
“The resilience, determination, and fighting spirit of Nigeria’s Super Eagles paid off in a spectacular fashion on Saturday evening. The team’s commitment to excellence and unity was evident, and I commend each player for their exceptional performance,” said Senator Enoh. Read more
Gov Mbah sends congratulations as Eagles soar over Indomitable Lions (Sun)
Governor of Enugu State, Dr. Peter Mbah, has congratulated the Super Eagles of Nigeria on their victory against five-time winners, Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, in the Round of 16 of the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cote d’Ivoire.
Mbah, who took to his “X”, Facebook , and Instagram handles to celebrate the Super Eagles, described the team’s performance against their Cameroonian counterparts, Saturday night, as superlative.
He urged support and prayer for the Super Eagles as they forge ahead into quarter-finals of the competition. Read more
Australian Open men’s final 2024: Jannik Sinner beats Daniil Medvedev in Melbourne final (BBC)
annik Sinner landed the Grand Slam title he has long promised with an extraordinary fightback to beat Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final.
Italy’s Sinner, 22, trailed by two sets before recovering to win 3-6 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-3 in his first major final.
Fourth seed Sinner initially could not cope with the Russian’s pace but imposed himself as the contest wore on. Read more
Paul Merson issues a 14-word response to the suggestion that Jurgen Klopp isn’t a Liverpool legend (HitC)
Social media has the habit of giving breathing space to pure stupidity, and with Jurgen Klopp announcing that he is leaving Liverpool at the end of the season, that door has opened again.
When the news broke on Friday, it took many by surprise because the German’s contract wasn’t going to expire until 2026 and nobody expected him to leave early.
As you can imagine, when the confirmation came through, Jurgen Klopp, understandably so, got plaudits left, right and centre for the job he has done at Liverpool…and it could yet get better! Read more