We’re no longer safe following land-grabbers’ threat – Sexagenarian couple (Punch)
A sexagenarian couple, Matthew and Abiodun Adeoye, whose property was allegedly seized by land-grabbers, have abandoned their home following repeated threats and are now living in fear.
The couple became an Internet sensation as the video of their appeal for help over the activities of the land-grabbers went viral.
The Adeoyes had alleged that land-grabbers, led by some operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Abuja, forcefully occupied their property, which was being used as a car park for an event centre being run by them. Read more
Sanwo-Olu pledges to complete abandoned projects (Nation)
AGAINST the backdrop of Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s pledge to complete all abandoned housing projects, Housing Commissioner Moruf Akinderu-Fatai has said the ministry is ready to partner with core professionals to deliver on the promise.
He said Sanwo-Olu reposed confidence in professionals, especially estate surveyors &valuers, to deliver on his pledge.
He spoke when members of The Nigeria Institution of Estate Surveyors &Valuers (NIESV), Lagos State branch visited him.
The governor appointed three surveyors into the Housing ministry—Akinderu-Fatai, Special Adviser on Housing Toke Benson-Awoyinka and Senior Special Assistant on Housing Abdulhakeem Ayodeji Amodu. Read more
Lagos to auction 108 abandoned, forfeited vehicles (Punch)
The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit said it had obtained a court order to auction 108 vehicles that were either abandoned or forfeited to the government.
According to the agency, vehicles to be auctioned to interested members of the public are 86 forfeited through a court order and 22 impounded by the enforcement team of the agency for driving against the traffic.
The Chairman of the agency, Olayinka Egbeyemi, stated that the auction would take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 3 and 4, at the agency’s car park in the Ikorodu area of the state. Read more
Electric cables, poles catch fire under Ojota Lagos bridge (Punch)
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency says a detached Power Holding Company of Nigeria electrical cable on Sunday resulted in fire incident under the Odo-Iya Alaro Bridge, inward Ojota.
The Director-General of LASEMA, Dr. Oke-Osanyintolu, disclosed this in Lagos on Sunday.
According to him, an investigation revealed that a 32KVA electrical cable was detached from the pole. “The impact resulted in fire after it fell on combustible items such as plastics and papers. Read more
Jakande, Osoba, Amuka, Others to Celebrate 160 Years of Journalism in Nigeria (ThisDay)
A former governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande; former governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba; and the publisher of Vanguard Newspapers, Mr. Sam Amuka, are expected to join other members of the League of Veteran Journalists in Nigeria to celebrate 160 years of the pen profession in the country.
In a statement issued Sunday by the Chairman, League of Veteran Journalists in Oyo State and former editor, Nigerian Tribune, Mr. Banjo Ogundele, said the event will hold in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, Tuesday.
According to the elders of the profession, the effort of the media industry to national development in Nigeria cannot be overemphasized, adding that: “With all respect and humility, we write you to celebrate with us the 160th year advent of Iwe Iroyin fun awon ara egba ati Yoruba.”
54 cultists, traffic robber arrested in Lagos (Punch)
The Lagos State Police Command says it has arrested 53 suspected cultists and a traffic robber for their involvement in violent crimes in different parts of the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said in a statement on Sunday that the Special Strike Force on Social Miscreants, constituted by the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, arrested the suspects for engaging in traffic robberies, murder and sexual assaults.
He stated that the operation of the special force was to collate actionable information on the activities of miscreants, adding that members of the team were drawn from tactical units, the State Intelligence Bureau, Operations Department and the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department. Read more
Dangote gets world’s largest crude distillation equipment (Nation)
The world’s largest crude distillation column equipment designed for crude oil processing for Dangote Refinery was delivered in Lagos on Sunday.
The crude distillation column is the largest in distilling capacity, which is 650,000 barrels per stream day. This is currently the world’s largest single train refining column, the company said.
The equipment weighs 2,250 metric tonnes (MT), 112.5 metres in length, 14.036 metres in width and 13.752 metres in height, the company added. But the weight mentioned above does not include that of the internal trays, which is approximately 536 MT.
Head, Maritime and Ports Infrastructure at Dangote Group, Capt. Rajen Sachar, said the equipment is the biggest single train facility used for refining crude. Read more
Border closure: No pain, no gain, Babalola tells Nigerians (Nation)
The Founder of Afe Babalola University in Ado Ekiti (ABUAD), Aare Afe Babalola (SAN), has implored Nigerians to endure the economic hardship brought by the partial closure of land borders in the country’s interest.
Babalola said the Federal Government’s initiative was in the best security and economic interest to revamp the nation’s industries and give local entrepreneurs hopes of survival in the country.
He spoke on Sunday during the closing ceremony of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) project training for youths in Oyo and Ekiti states under the Youth Employment in Agri-business and Sustainable Agriculture (YEASA). Read more
Police rescue kidnapped Adamawa DPO (Nation)
The Adamawa State Police Command has rescued its Divisional Police Officer (DPO) for Mubi North, DSP Ahijo Muhammad, who was kidnapped last week.
The DPO was kidnapped in the northern Adamawa town of Mubi on Wednesday November 26 by gunmen who demanded N20 million for his release.
A video clip on the abductors demanding the ransom and threatening to kill him if it was not paid and a family negotiator begging for time, went virile, raising fears for the life of the DPO. Read more
Stigmatisation of people living with HIV fuelling spread of virus (Guardian)
As the world marks the 2019 World Aids Day today, stigmatisation and discrimination against Persons Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs) remain the twin factors frustrating a successful fight against the dreaded scourge.
Not only have they prevented people from coming forward to know their status and consequently commence early treatment where result turns out positive, these factors also pose a threat to meeting the 2030 global target to end AIDS.
For PLWHAs, the constant psychological trauma they contend with at treatment centres and in communities where they live further makes life difficult. In fact, the reality of living with a life-threatening ailment finds expression daily in the discriminating and stigmatising behaviours directed at them within their environment. Read more
Hate speech: IPI urges Nigerians to debate bill at public hearing (DailyTrust)
The International Press Institute (IPI, Nigerian Chapter) has urged Nigerians to use the opportunity of the impending public hearing to push for desired amendments or changes to the bill prior to its likely passage or rejection by the legislature. This is contained in a statement jointly signed by Kabiru Yusuf, Chairman, IPI Nigerian Chapter; Mallam Wada Maida, member, IPI Executive Board; and Raheem Adedoyin, Secretary, IPI Nigerian Chapter, and made available to journalist yesterday.Read more
Burkina Faso: Attack on church kills at least 14
At least 14 people have been killed after gunmen opened fire inside a church in Burkina Faso.
The victims were attending a service at a church in Hantoukoura, in the eastern part of the country on Sunday.
The identity of the gunmen is not known and the motive is unclear.
Hundreds of people have been killed in the country over the past few years, mostly by jihadist groups, sparking ethnic and religious tensions especially on the border with Mali. Read more
Climate change: Critical year for climate change starts in Madrid (BBC)
A critical 12 months in the battle against rising temperatures begins in Madrid this week, as UN delegates gather for key talks.
The 25th Conference of the Parties, or COP, will see negotiators from almost 200 countries in attendance.
Ahead of the meeting the UN secretary general has warned that the world is at the point of no return. Read more
CAF Confed: Pyramids stun Rangers at home, Enyimba lose away (DailyTrust)
Pyramids players celebrating a goal scored against Enugu Rangers during the CAF Confederation Group A clash yesterday Nigeria’s representatives, Enugu Rangers have begun their CAF Confederation Cup with a 3-1 loss to visiting Egyptian side, Pyramids during their Group A clash in Enugu yesterday. The ‘Flying Antelopes’ who have been performing underwhelming at the domestic stage have once again fallen to another North African club who are making their debut at the competition.
Rangers fired the first salvo with Olasunkanmi Ibrahim Olawoyin scoring a wonderful strike after 29 minutes but Pyramids made use of their numerical advantage as the Nigerian side were reduced to ten men just before the break. Read more
Ighalo eyes Premier League return (Punch)
Odion Ighalo is looking to return to the Premier League in January with a number of clubs, including his former team Watford, keen to strike a deal, TEAMtalk can reveal.
The 30-year-old left Vicarage Road in 2017 in a £20m move to Changchun Yatai, having disappointed the Hornets with his desire to move on to the riches of the Chinese Super League.
The Nigeria international is currently with Shanghai Shenhua who he joined in February this year – but we can reveal he is now keen to move back to the Premier League. Read more
Iheanacho’s late strike gives Leicester win over Everton (DailyTrust)
Leicester City reclaimed second spot in the Premier League in dramatic fashion as Kelechi Iheanacho’s stoppage-time goal earned them a 2-1 victory over luckless Everton on Sunday. Jamie Vardy had equalised for Leicester in the 68th minute after Richarlison had given Everton a deserved first-half lead.A sixth straight Premier League win sends Brendan Rodgers’s men three points clear of defending champions Manchester City in second. Read more
I want my respect back, not belt – Joshua (Punch)
Nigerian-born British heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua has endured all sorts of criticism since falling to a shock defeat in New York against Ruiz.
Ahead of his much anticipated rematch with Mexican, Andy Ruiz Jnr, in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, Anthony Joshua has said that he is more interested in earning back his respect than winning the belts he lost to Ruiz.
The Nigerian-born British heavyweight boxer had endured all sorts of criticism since falling to a shock defeat in New York against Ruiz. Read more
Bhandary emerges Total Charity Golf Tournament champion (Guardian)
Amateur golfer, Bhandary has emerged winner of the 24th Total Charity Golf Tournament, which holed out at the Golf Section of Ikoyi Club 1938 on Saturday.
Bhandary defeated over 150 other participants to win the event’s coveted trophy, leaving Richard Iweanogie in the second position.
The top prize in the Ladies category went to Fatoumata Valet, who grossed 30-stableford points to win on countback. Coming in the second position was Princess Oghene with 30-stableford points; she also won on countback, while Christine Vaughan with 30-stableford points came third.
Other winners in the keenly contested 18-hole competition were Seyi Siwoku, Ewi Akpata, who won in the gross category for men and Asue Ighodalo, who won in the veteran category. Read more
Lampard suffers shock West Ham defeat at Stamford Bridge (Nation)
Aaron Cresswell fired West Ham to their first Premier League win at Chelsea in 17 years to hand a big boost to under-fire boss Manuel Pellegrini.
Cresswell’s third league goal of the campaign sealed the 1-0 Stamford Bridge triumph, ending West Ham’s streak of eight matches without a win in all competitions.
The left-back turned Reece James inside out before whipping past Kepa Arrizabalaga to condemn Frank Lampard to defeat in his first match as Chelsea boss against old club West Ham. Read more
Watford sack Sanchez Flores after just three months in charge (Guardian)
Watford sacked their second manager of the season on Sunday with Quique Sanchez Flores leaving the club bottom of the Premier League table.
The Spaniard managed just one win in 10 league games in charge during his second spell at Vicarage Road after replacing Javi Gracia in September.
“Quique is a man of great integrity and it was clear how much he wanted to have a positive impact, but ultimately results have dictated our decision,” said Watford chairman and CEO Scott Duxbury.
“The appointment of a new head coach is imminent, and with nearly two-thirds of the season remaining, we will provide all the support necessary to make the coming months successful.” Read more
Group to strengthen Nigeria, SA bond through biking (Guardian)
To promote unity, improve relations and strengthen the bond between Nigeria and South Africa, bikers from both countries are set to embark on a biking initiative.
The exercise tagged “Africa Unite Bike Ride” will hold from December 4 to 16, in South Africa under the auspices MzansiNaija, and Inspire Marketing and Branding International.
Speaking on the event, Chief Executive Officer, Inspire Marketing and Branding International, Mr. Yinka Abioye, said the ride will involve a minimum of two Nigerian and four South African bikers. Read more
Ese Brume emerges Sports Woman of the Year (DailyTrust)
A three-time African senior champion in Long Jump, Ese Brume has won the 2019 Sports Woman of the Year. She was also voted the Athletics Star of the Year at the Nigerian Sports Awards which held at Jasmine Hall, Eko Hotels and Suites on Friday night.
Recently, Brume was given a huge welcome by her school in Cyprus after she won bronze for Nigeria at the 2019 IAAF World Championships which gave Nigeria’s its only medal at the championships in Doha. Brume jumped a distance of 6.91m, her second-longest career jump to take home the bronze medal. Read more
New manager, same old Arsenal held at Norwich (Guardian)
Caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg could not end Arsenal’s long wait for a win as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s double only salvaged a 2-2 draw at struggling Norwich on Sunday.
The Canaries twice led through Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell only for Aubameyang to level, first from the penalty spot and then with a clinical finish after the break.
But Arsenal also had goalkeeper Bernd Leno to thank for coming away with a point as the German saved brilliantly from Kenny McLean, Pukki and Emiliano Buendia. Read more
2023 Pre World Cup Qualifiers: Nigeria Rugby names squad, arrive Antananarivo (DailyTrust)
Coach Bronson Weir has announced the Nigeria Rugby Men’s Fifteens squad that will be on duty against Madagascar in Antananarivo on Sunday. This encounter is the last match of the elimination stage of the Rugby Africa Cup (RAC) 2020 and kicks off today at 15:00 local time (3pm) at the Mahamasima Stadium in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
“The boys have worked hard all through training in Kano and Lagos. Madagascar play a unique band of Xv’s Rugby. We will concentrate on our game and do what we have to do to get the result. We look forward to seeing what the team can produce on Sunday,” says Coach Bronson Weir. Read more
PSG game at Monaco called off because of storms (Vanguard)
Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 match at Monaco on Sunday evening has been called off due to forecast heavy storms.
The fixture “will be postponed to a later date” Monaco announced. Read more