Why I killed my mother on instruction of my pastor – Woman confesses (Vanguard)
A mother of four, Blessing Jimoh has explained why she macheted her aged mother ljeomo, Odo, to death with cutlass on the instruction of her pastor in ile- Oluji area of Ondo state.
Blessing, 30-year old told vanguard, when paraded alongside other criminals by the Ondo state police command in Akure that she killed her mother when her pastor said, is a witch.
According to her, ” lt was my pastor that told me that my mother was behind my insanity and that I should find solution to my problem.
Police commissioner, Bolaji Salami said that the suspect committed the crime when she and her deceased mother were working at the farm Ile-Iluji area of the state. Read more
COVID-19: Lagos government vaccinates 127,885 persons, says commissioner (Guardian)
The Lagos State Government says 127,885 persons have so far received their first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.
The State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, made this known in a statement on Sunday.
Abayomi said that the State Primary Health Care Board (SPHCB) in its day 10 report, revealed that 39,959 health workers, 54,200 essential workers and 33,726 strategic leaders had taken the jab.
”We have also identified some areas of concern on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) overcrowding at some vaccination sites and the E-registration portal. Read more
Man jailed for issuing dud cheques (Nation)
A 49-year-old man, Gabriel Akinsanmi, has been sentenced to four years imprisonment for issuance of dud cheques, contrary to Section 1(1)(b) of the Dishonoured Cheques (Offences) Act, Cap D11, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and punishable under Section 1(1)(b)(i) of the same Act.
He was convicted on Friday by Justice O. A. Adegbehingbe of the Ondo State High Court, sitting in Akure on two counts of a four-count charge of stealing and issuance of dud cheque brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan zonal office.
His journey to prison started when the Commission received a petition dated June 8, 2017, from one Adebayo Alabi alleging that he (the complainant) paid the sum of N105 million to Gabriel Akinsanmi for the supply of 6 trucks of cashew nuts. Read more
How truck avoiding animals crushed students to death in Ibadan (DailyTrust)
Four students of Ejioku Secondary School in Lagelu Local Government Area of Oyo state were killed in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, on Monday.
Daily Trust learnt that the students were going to school on motorcycle, when a truck, which was avoiding some sheep, crushed them along Iwo-road in Ibadan.
The state police public relations officer, Olugbenga Fadeyi, who confirmed the incident to Daily Trust in Ibadan on Monday, said the DPO in the area had sent the signal to the state command.
“It is true. The DPO told me that the incident happened when the driver of the truck was trying to avoid killing some sheep and rammed into the students on the Okada.
Police have moved to the area to ensure life and prosperity were not vandalised by the angry students. Read more
Kogi poly bans end-of-examination celebration on campus (Punch)
The Management of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, has banned End-of-Examination celebration on its campuses with immediate effect, to forestall breakdown of law and order in the institution.
Dr Salisu Ogbo Usman, Rector of the polytechnic, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Lokoja, said the management’s decision was prompted by information about planned violent cult activities under the guise of celebration.
Usman said that the ban was not an attempt to cut short the joy of law-abiding students of the institution who had every reason to mark an important milestone in their lives. Read more
Health stakeholders accuse FG of deviating from COVID-19 vaccination plan (Guardian)
Doctors and medical practitioners have raised concerns over the current deviation from what they describe as the original COVID-19 vaccination plan designed after the arrival of about 4 million Astrazeneca vaccine into Nigeria.
They expressed their dissatisfaction during a webinar, organized by Yiaga Africa to look at emerging issues and challenges in the cause of vaccine distribution, and to proffer solutions.
The chairman of Nigeria Medical Association’s National Committee on Infectious Diseases, Dr Sanusi Muhammed, said the initial plan of vaccinating health workers, frontline workers, those with higher morbidity and mortality rate is not being followed at the ongoing vaccination of citizens across the country. Read more
Easter: FRSC deploys 1,635 personnel in Ogun (Guardian)
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun command, says it will deploy 1,635 personnel for Special Patrol during the Easter period.
Mr Ahmed Umar, the FRSC Ogun Sector Commander, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Ota, Ogun.
The sector commander said the patrol would be flagged off on Wednesday, March 31 to end on April 7 to monitor and control gridlocks during the Easter celebration.
Umar said the 1,635 personnel comprising 815 regular marshals and 820 special marshals would de deployed throughout the state to ensure accident free easter celebration. Read more
Policeman shoots truck driver dead in Plateau (Punch)
Friends and family members of a truck driver, Saddam Adam, are demanding justice after personnel of the Plateau State Police Command allegedly shot him dead at the Kuru checkpoint in Jos.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the news of Adam’s death became public knowledge via a social media post by a Twitter user, @Hie_zinberg, who indicated that the truck driver’s death last Thursday was unprovoked.
The post read, “This is Saddam Adam, a truck driver for BHN Logistics, Port Harcourt. He was shot dead, unprovoked, by a policeman of the @PoliceNg yesterday at Kuru Checkpoint in Jos, Plateau state according to several eyewitnesses. We demand justice for Saddam. @AmnestyNigeria @NhrcNigeria.”
Pictures attached to the post showed Adamu lying motionless on the seat of the truck, with blood stains on the floor. Read more
Marwa, NDLEA officials undergo drug test (DailyTrust)
The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig-Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) along with Directors, men and officers at the national headquarters of the agency in Abuja on Monday submitted themselves for a drug integrity test.
Spokesman of the agency, Mr Femi Babafemi, said that officials were taken unawares when upon resumption, the gates to the headquarters office were ordered shut and everyone asked to gather in batches at the conference hall.
According to him, at the hall were a team of medical doctors led by the Medical Director of Synapse Services, Dr Vincent Udenze, a consultant in addiction psychiatry, was already assembled with their equipment for urine drug test.
In a brief remark shortly before he took his own test, Marwa said the impromptu test was necessary to ensure that charity begins at home. Read more
Visa settles 1st payment transaction with crypto in ‘milestone’ move for industry (RT)
International payment system Visa has announced that it’s testing the ability to settle payments in USD Coin (USDC), becoming the first major payment platform to accept transactions directly in the stablecoin.
The first such settlement in USDC – a stablecoin pegged to the US dollar at a 1:1 ratio and transacted over the Ethereum blockchain – was conducted earlier this month, Visa and its partner Crypto.com announced on Monday. The crypto platform sent USDC to Visa’s Ethereum address at digital asset bank Anchorage.
The move marks “a huge milestone for the industry as crypto and fiat networks begin to converge,” Visa’s partner Crypto.com said on Twitter. Read more
If you use an iPhone you need to update it right now, says Apple (Metro)
iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch owners are being urged to update their devices after a critical security vulnerability was discovered by Apple. The tech giant has rolled out iOS 14.4.2 and watch OS 7.3.3 to address the issue, which allows malicious websites to potentially engage in cross-site scripting. Essentially, gaining access to other apps and sensitive data. In a security support document, Apple mentioned that the vulnerability has been ‘actively exploited’ – meaning it’s not just a theoretical flaw. ‘Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to universal cross site scripting,’ Apple wrote. ‘Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.’ Read more
Lady Gaga gushes over boyfriend Michael Polansky’s lavish birthday gift (PageSix)
Lady Gaga was feeling all of the love Sunday on her 35th birthday.
Taking to Instagram, the singer shared a photo of a gorgeous floral arrangement she received from her boyfriend, investor and entrepreneur Michael Polansky.
“When your bf sends you all the flowers in Rome for your birthday,” Gaga captioned the post. “I love you honey 💕 I can’t wait to be home with you and our dogs, that’s all I need.”
Gaga, who is currently filming “House of Gucci” in Italy, made her romance with Polansky Instagram-official in February 2020.
In addition to Polansky’s present, Gaga received sweet birthday messages from her famous friends, including Donatella Versace, Elton John, and Tony Bennett. Read more
Suez Canal traffic resumes after stranded container ship freed (France24)
Shipping traffic through Egypt’s Suez Canal resumed on Monday after a giant container ship that had been blocking the busy waterway for almost a week was refloated, the canal authority said.
The 400-metre-long Ever Given became jammed diagonally across a southern section of the canal in high winds early last Tuesday, halting traffic on the shortest shipping route between Europe and Asia.
Live footage on a local television station showed the ship surrounded by tug boats moving slowly in the centre of the canal. The station, ExtraNews, said the ship was moving at a speed of 1.5 knots.
“Admiral Osama Rabie, the Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), announces the resumption of maritime traffic in the Suez Canal after the Authority successfully rescues and floats the giant Panamanian container ship EVER GIVEN,” a statement from the SCA said. Read more
Joint report from China, WHO says animals were likely source of COVID-19 (NYPost)
A joint WHO-China study on the origins of COVID-19 says that transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario and that a lab leak is “extremely unlikely,” according to a draft copy obtained by The Associated Press.
The findings were largely as expected and left many questions unanswered. The team proposed further research in every area except the lab leak hypothesis.
The report’s release has been repeatedly delayed, raising questions about whether the Chinese side was trying to skew the conclusions to prevent blame for the pandemic falling on China. A World Health Organization official said late last week that he expected it would be ready for release “in the next few days.” Read more
London sees no new Covid deaths for first time in half a year (RT)
No new coronavirus-related fatalities were recorded in London on Sunday, marking the first time in six months that the UK capital has not registered daily deaths attributed to the disease.
According to Public Health England, on March 28 there were no patients in London who succumbed to the virus. Anyone who dies within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 is counted as a fatality.
It marks the first time that the city has gone without a Covid-related death since September 14. Read more
Man charged with murdering 76-year-old ‘community matriarch’ (Metro)
A man has been arrested for the murder of a 76-year-old grandmother who has been described as the ‘matriarch’ of a London community. Phyllis Nelson was found dead in her Newham home just before 10.30pm on Thursday night. Donovan Miller, 30, was arrested at the scene and charged with the Jamaican churchgoer’s murder. Read more
Liverpool finalising deal to sign £36m RB Leipzig star Ibrahima Konate (Metro)
Liverpool are on the brink of completing a deal to sign Red Bull Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate. The Reds’ move for the centre-back is said to be at an ‘advanced stage, according to the Athletic, with Liverpool ready to pay the £34million release clause in the Frenchman’s contract. That means Liverpool would not need to initiate in talks with the Bundesliga club, though they may need to fight off interest from other parties to secure the defender’s signature. Manchester United have been linked with Konate and at £34m, he’s seen as a viable option for Europe’s elite. Read more
Kyrie Irving’s return to Nets comes with soft landing (NYPost)
Kyrie Irving is returning to a soft landing.
The Nets will get back their All-Star guard Monday, just in time for the final two legs of a three-game stretch against the three worst teams in the NBA. After narrowly squeezing by the Pistons in Irving’s third straight game missed due to personal reasons, the Nets are home Monday against the Timberwolves and Wednesday against the Rockets.
“Kyrie is available,” coach Steve Nash said in his status report after Sunday’s practice, “So excited to have him back, and everyone else still to be monitored. We’ll see how it goes, but for [Monday] it’s just Kyrie.”
Irving’s return should take some of the load off of MVP candidate James Harden, who is battling neck soreness and a “banged-up knee.” Harden missed one game last week, too, but was forced to take 30 shots, score 44 points and play 42 minutes in his return against the Pistons. Read more
Bale clarifies Real Madrid return after being accused of trolling Spurs with recent comments (RT)
Welsh football star Gareth Bale has been accused of using Tottenham Hotspur as a “gym”, but has confirmed he will return to Real Madrid at the end of his loan.
Speaking ahead of Wales’ World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic tomorrow, the four-time Champions League winner addressed speculation surrounding his return to Real.
Previous comments from the 31-year-old were seen as disrespectful by Spurs fans, so Bale wanted to set the record straight. Read more
Robert Lewandowski ruled out of England clash and could miss PSG Champions League tie (Metro)
Poland will be without their most valuable asset for Wednesday’s World Cup qualifer against England after Robert Lewandowski suffered a knee injury. Lewandowski limped off in his country’s 3-0 win over Andorra last week after damaging ligaments in his right knee. The Bayern Munich striker had scored twice in Sunday’s victory before being withdrawn. He also found the back of the net in a 3-3 draw with Hungary last week. However, he will not be involved against England in a massive blow to Poland’s hopes of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup. Read more
Mitchell Robinson dejected over latest Knicks injury (NYPost)
Mitchell Robinson understandably was dejected after suffering his second consecutive significant injury this season Saturday night in Milwaukee.
The third-year center expressed his disappointment after he was diagnosed with a fractured right foot following an awkward landing in the first quarter of Saturday’s 102-96 win over the Bucks.
“Soon as I start to get back to myself this happens. I watched the video a few times that was some bs,” Robinson tweeted early Sunday morning. “Been taking a beating all year long smfh,” which stands for shaking my f—king head. Read more
Germany continue human rights support before win over Romania (DW)
Joachim Löw’s side looked less ruthless than against Iceland but still got the job done against their supposed toughest group opponents. In Bucharest, Germany’s players also continued their support for human rights.
Another Germany qualifier, another show of support for human rights. Joachim Löw’s side appear to have not only discovered their playing mojo but also activated their activism.
Against Iceland, Leon Goretzka and co. spelled out letters on their T-shirts. Against Romania, they and staff members (30 in total) turned their shirts around to reveal their names, seemingly to show support for the 30 basic human rights.
“The idea came from the team,” said captain Manuel Neuer after the match. “We want fair play on and off the field. We stand for those 30 basic human rights and diversity.” Read more
Belgian hero Gilbert misses Tour of Flanders with exhaustion (France24)
Belgian classics powerhouse Philippe Gilbert will rest up instead of racing the Tour of Flanders this weekend in the hope of hitting fresh form at the up-coming Ardennes classics.
No other rider currently competing has had as much success in the big one-day races as the 38-year-old, who pulled out mid-race from the two classics he competed in last week.
“I’m lacking both mental and physical freshness,” said Gilbert, a three-time Belgian ‘Sportsman of the Year’.”I just need a rest because I’m not feeling right,” said the former world champion and winner of 22 classics races. Read more