Why my husband tried to killl me at midnight — Mother of 4 (Vanguard)
A mother of four, identified as lya Nifemi, has narrated why her husband, Awelewa, attempted to slaughter her at Powerline, Ijoka in Akure South Council area of Ondo State, while she was asleep.
Awelewa, according to sources, attempted to slaughter his wife by inflicting a deep cut on her neck while asleep. But the wife was rescued by his neighbours.
Awelewa was said to have fled the house for days after the incident only to surface when family members intervened.
The victim narrated her ordeal after friends and the father-in-law intervened in the crisis in their marriage. Read more
Bamise: Police conduct forensics on BRT vehicle, await result (Punch)
A Superintendent of Police, Goddy Ihende, on Monday, told a Lagos State High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos Island, that the police conducted a forensic examination on the Bus Rapid Transit vehicle driven by a murder suspect, Andrew Ominikoron.
Ominikoron is standing trial for the murder of a 22-year-old fashion designer, Oluwabamise Ayanwole, whom he carried on his bus on February 26, 2022.
Ihende told Justice Sherifat Sonaike that it would take time to get the result of the forensic analysis.
He disclosed this while being cross-examined by the defence counsel, Mr Abayomi Omotubora. Read more
I’ve collected my original certificate from Chicago University — Tinubu (Vanguard)
Presidential Candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has replied critics of his educational qualifications, mocking them for wasting their resources on a wild goose chase.
Speaking on Monday at the Chatham House, Tinubu said he was born on March 29, 1952 and that he has never disowned his biological father.
He said one of his fellow contestants who has been sponsoring sundry allegations against him is now rumoured to be a non-Nigerian but that he (Tinubu) has never made it a campaign issue.
On his sojourn at Chicago State University, Tinubu said he is now in possession of his original certificate.
He said; “I was dated March 29, 1952. My record is consistent. The records are there. The transcript is there. I am not claiming another father. I am Tinubu proper. If they want a DNA, they could ask for one. One of them has been accused of not even being a Nigerian citizen. I didn’t touch that area. Deloitte has confirmed me. Chicago State University can confirm it. Now, I can announce that I have received my original replacement degree certificate. Read more
Lagos residents advise govt on highway kidnappings (Punch)
Some residents of Lagos State under the aegis of The People’s Forum have advised the federal and state governments and suggested solutions to crimes, especially kidnappings, on Nigeria’s expressways, following recent kidnappings on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
In recent times, kidnappings have reportedly returned to the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and this has become a cause for concern to commuters and residents of Lagos State.
On September 26, 2022, The PUNCH reported that officers of the Ogun State Police Command foiled a kidnap attempt on the Kara Bridge end of the expressway after a gun duel with the kidnappers, and a victim was rescued.
PUNCH Editorial in its November 7 publication noted that at the Ibadan, Oyo State end of the expressway, suspected Fulani bandits attacked travellers on October 27, abducting five persons and killing several others. Read more
Delta: Outcry as three die in cult clash (Guardian)
There was tension, yesterday, in Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha South Local Council of Delta State, following the reported killing of three suspected cultists by rival cult groups.
The Guardian learnt that the alleged murder of one Ekene, a member of a rival cult group in Ogwashi-Uku by a five-man cult group over land issue triggered killings among rival cult groups.
Sources said the deceased was missing for about two days without anyone knowing his whereabouts.
“But on the third day, some youths saw one of the suspects who allegedly participated in the murder of Ekene riding on his motorcycle.
“The youths gave the young man a hot chase and succeeded in apprehending him. On interrogation, he confessed to the murder of Ekene and also named others who participated in the crime.
“The killers are a rival cult gang who murdered Ekene over land issue. The Suspects even took them to the shallow grave where they buried Ekene after killing him. Read more
Alleged N4b debt: Medview Airline kicks against sealing of property (Vanguard)
Medview Airline has condemned the Monday morning invasion and sealing of its properties located at Olowu, Ikeja, and Lekki Lagos State by a team of policemen under the guise of executing a court order to take possession of the properties.
When contacted the Managing Director of the airline stated that his company is currently engaged in a dispute with one of the commercial banks, over an alleged N4 billion debt and that his lawyer had served the bank with a pre-action protocol notice.
He noted that the notice was served on the Bank when it refused to release its documents after the sale of its Aircraft to offset the loan and that it is unaware of any suit filed by the Bank not to talk of any court order giving the bank the right to seal its properties.
Counsel to the airline, Mr. Lawal Pedro, SAN, condemned the invasion and said that he had read a copy of the ex-parte order made by Hon Justice Lawal Akapo in Suit No. ID/6251/GCMW/22 delivered on 22/11/22 and that does not include possession or sealing of the properties. Read more
Man steals employer’s N.5m, laptops (DailyTrust)
A man, Ademolu Abiodun, has allegedly stolen his employers N500,000 and laptops from a Bet9ja shop at the Kurudu area of Abuja.
The victim, Chigozie Jerry, told City & Crime that he met Abiodun through Facebook in April this year after his wife made a post on his behalf about being in need of workers.
He said, “When I employed him, he was staying in Lugbe. Lugbe is far from Kurudu. I told him to relocate to Kurudu and I paid his rent.
“I am surprised he did this to me. He ran away with my 500k, my two laptops, Wifi, printer and shop key. Read more
Borno flood victims seek refuge in Niger Republic (Nation)
Hundreds of the residents of Malam-Fatori, headquarters of Abadam Local Government Area of Borno state have relocated to the neighbouring Niger Republic due to flooding.
Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum, who visited Bosso on Sunday to commiserate with the refugees, said: “We are here to sympathise with you over the flood disaster that has affected you. Many of you lost personal belongings. Borno State Government will support you and we will return you to your community as soon as the water recedes.”
Zulum thanked officials of the Niger Republic for always welcoming Nigerians from Borno State in times of distress.
Zulum since becoming governor in 2019 travelled to different parts of the Niger Republic on about 10 occasions, all for humanitarian assessments and interventions. Read more
The White Lotus fans thirst over newcomer Niccolo after racy Jennifer Coolidge sex scene (Metro)
White Lotus viewers have been left flustered by yet another sex scene as the drama stepped up several notches.
Tanya McQuoid, played expertly by Jennifer Coolidge, hasn’t had the most relaxing time at the famed hotel resort in Sicily, after rowing with husband Greg (Jon Gries).
She was also rocked after walking in on new pal Quentin (Tom Hollander) having sex with his ‘nephew’, Jack (Leo Woodall), in shocking scenes that aired last week.
The racy antics continued throughout the latest episode when Quentin introduced her to Niccolo (Stefano Gianino) at a party, who he described as ‘notoriously hung’. Read more
John Travolta remembers Kirstie Alley after her death (People)
John Travolta is reflecting on his friendship with Kirstie Alley following her death Monday.
Alley died after a short battle with cancer, her children True and Lillie Parker announced on her Instagram page.
Reacting to the loss, Travolta shared a stunning throwback photo of Alley and added another of them smiling at one another.
“Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had,” he said of the late actress. Read more
Next Ghostbusters movie enlists Gil Kenan to direct (THR)
The sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife is revving up, with filmmaker Gil Kenan stepping up to direct.
The cast of Afterlife, which included Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace, are expected to return for the sequel, which will be set in New York City. The code name for the film is Fire House, a nod to the setting of the 1980s films that will be included in the new installment.
Kenan will also produce with Jason Reitman, the filmmaker who helmed Afterlife. Kenan steps into the director’s chair after executive producing Afterlife and co-writing the script with Reitman. The duo co-wrote the sequel to the new installment.
“It’s an absolute honor to pick up the proton pack and step behind the camera for the next chapter of the Spengler family saga. I just wish I could go back to 1984 and tell the kid in the sixth row of the Mann Valley West that one day he was going to get to direct a Ghostbusters film,” said Kenan in a statement. Read more
Andrew Semans was floored by Rebecca Hall’s ”extraordinary” performance in Resurrection
Director Andrew Semans was “continuously” floored by Rebecca Hall’s “extraordinary” performance in Resurrection.
In the psychological thriller, the British actress plays a successful business woman whose life unravels when a mysterious man from her past – David, played by Tim Roth – shows up out of the blue.
During an interview with Cover Media, Semans revealed he was blown away by Hall’s depiction of a traumatised woman all day every day on set.
“Rebecca is extraordinary in the film, is extraordinary to work with, she was just an absolute dream,” he said. “We had very little time to shoot this movie, we had no rehearsal, it was a really scrappy independent production and she came in on the first day and on the first take, (she) absolutely nailed it. She was completely committed, and was completely prepared.” Read more
Nick Carter reflects on performing ”very emotional” concert after Aaron Carter’s death (MusicNews)
Nick Carter has opened up about performing with the Backstreet Boys after Aaron Carter’s sudden death.
In a recent interview with Extra, the singer reflected on what it was like to take to the stage with the boy band shortly after his younger brother passed away at the age of 34.
I Want Candy singer Aaron was found dead on 5 November at his California home, and just a day later, Nick played with the Backstreet Boys at a scheduled gig in London.
“It was very emotional for me, having my guys with me. That night, it was tough to get up on stage,” he said of the performance. “There’s the old saying the show must go on, that’s been with us for years, but that night, I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t know what was going to come from it, getting on that stage. Read more
Man who shot Lady Gaga’s dog walker sentenced to 21 years in jail after taking plea deal (Mirror)
A man who shot and wounded Lady Gaga’s dog walker last year after stealing her French bulldogs has been sentenced to 21 years in prison.
The sentence was announced on Monday after officials said the man took a plea deal.
It’s believed the thieves did not realise the dogs belonged to the Poker Face singer, but the motive was purely regarding the value of the French bulldogs – a breed that can cost thousands of dollars.
One of the three men who participated in the robbery, James Howard Jackson, pleaded no contest to one count of attempted murder, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Two of his accomplices were said to have made the same plea. Read more
Russia launches ‘‘massive strike’’ across Ukraine (AlJazeera)
Ukraine accused Russia of destroying homes in the southeast and knocking out power in many areas with a new volley of missiles on Monday, while Moscow said Ukrainian drones had attacked two air bases deep inside Russia hundreds of kilometres from the front lines.
A new missile barrage had been anticipated in Ukraine for days, and it took place just as emergency blackouts were due to end, with previous damage repaired. The strikes plunged parts of Ukraine back into freezing darkness with temperatures now firmly below zero Celsius (32 Fahrenheit).
At least four people were killed in the Russian attacks, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said, adding that most of some 70 missiles were shot down. Energy workers had already begun work on restoring power supplies, he said. Read more
Brazil turn on the style to beat South Korea and reach World Cup quarter-finals (IrishIndependent)
Brazil turned on the style with a first-half blitz to sink shambolic South Korea 4-1 and cruise into the World Cup quarter-finals in Qatar.
Vinicius Junior, Neymar, Richarlison and Lucas Paqueta all found the net as the five-time champions exploited yawning gaps in their opponents’ defence to run riot.
As the favourites eased down after the break South Korea showed plenty of intent in attack and grabbed a deserved consolation goal in the 76th minute when Seung-ho Paik let fly from the edge of the box.
A scintillating first-half performance that will live long in the memory was kicked off in the seventh minute by the brilliant Vinicius who threaded a delicious effort through a swarm of South Korean defenders to grab the opener. Read more
Lagos Assembly aspirant sponsors Ajegunle football tourney (Punch)
A Lagos State House of Assembly aspirant, representing Ajeromi-Ifelodun Constituency 11, under the ruling All Progressives Congress, Sabur Akanbi Oluwa, has sponsored a street football competition for his constituency, a statement from his office said.
According to the statement, Oluwa, while speaking recently at the final of the maiden edition of the tournament tagged, ‘SAO Community Football Competition’, promised to bring more youths and sports programmes to his constituency, if elected.
The statement also said the tournament, which lasted for a month, saw Ayinde Street defeat Akere Street by a lone goal to clinch the star prize, while Agbe Street thrashed Uzor Street 7-0 to claim third-place.
Oluwa, while presenting the prizes, enjoined the youths to embrace sports instead of crime, and promised continued support for the competition.
Heartbreak for Japan as Croatia win penalty shootout to reach World Cup quarterfinals (ESPN)
Four years after their stunning World Cup run in Russia, Croatia are looking to do it all again. They knocked out Japan 3-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Al Janoub Stadium to move into the quarterfinals. They’ll face either Brazil or South Korea in a quarterfinal on Friday.
The Croatians did it by at least partially turning Japan’s favored script on its head, falling behind against the tournament’s upset artists just before half-time then levelling with a resounding header from Ivan Perisic early in the second half. Neither side could make a convincing claim for deserving the win in extra time, and Dominik Livakovic saved the first two Japanese penalties to give Croatia a hammerlock on the shootout. After another Livakovic save, Mario Pasalic blasted the final penalty past Shuichi Gonda, and the Croatians poured onto the field.
Japan, the tournament’s consensus Cinderella after beating Germany and Spain in the group stage, went ahead just before the break with a close-range blast from Daizen Maeda, and it felt like another upset could be in their hands. But after a first half in which they were often too casual in possession, Croatia was more precise after the interval and had the better chances as the game went on. Read more
Pat Perez’s wife takes shot at Tiger Woods’ lingering car crash injury (NYPost)
Pat Perez’s wife Ashley took a heavy shot at Tiger Woods on Instagram.
Woods broke his leg in multiple places in a debilitating single-car accident in early 2021. While he returned to play The Masters, the PGA Championship and The Open Championship this past year, he was noticeably hobbled. Citing plantar fasciitis, Woods withdrew from the Hero World Challenge last week.
The Instagram account Golf Balling shared a video of Woods describing his limitations, and Ashley Perez weighed in without much sympathy.
“I can hit golf balls. It’s the walking that just hurts,” Woods said. “The goal is to play just the major championships and maybe one or two more. I mean, that’s physically all I can do … I don’t have much left in this leg, so gear up for the biggest ones and hopefully lightning catches in a bottle, and hopefully I’m up there with a chance to win, and hopefully I remember how to do that.” Read more
Nike ends relationship with Kyrie Irving (HuffPost)
Nike officially ended its relationship with Kyrie Irving on Monday, a month after the NBA star shared a link to an antisemitic film on social media.
“Kyrie Irving is no longer a Nike athlete,” the company said in a brief statement.
Irving had a longstanding and lucrative deal with the brand beginning in 2014. Nike suspended that relationship in November and said it wouldn’t release its latest Irving-branded shoe after he sparked a firestorm on social media for tweeting a link to the movie. The film contains hateful tropes about Jewish people as well as false claims that the Holocaust didn’t happen.
Irving initially declined to disavow antisemitism, saying he meant no harm sharing the link, and he was suspended by the Nets for at least five games beginning last month. The team said at the time he was “unfit to be associated” with the franchise. He later issued an apology on Instagram, saying: “To All Jewish families and Communities that are hurt and affected by my post, I am deeply sorry to have caused you pain, and I apologize.” Read more
Pioneering tennis coach Nick Bollettieri dies at 91 (DailyMail)
Tennis is mourning Nick Bollettieri, one of its best known coaches and pioneer of an academy concept which influenced the development of talent beyond his own sport.
The 91-year-old American was a force of nature, believed to have been married at least seven times, and helped produce multiple champions from the production line he established in Bradenton, Florida.
Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Monica Seles and Maria Sharapova were among the many who passed through his coaching system and went on to win a host of Grand Slam titles.
Bollettieri, a law school dropout who had served in the US army, was known for his turbocharged enthusiasm and his permatanned figure became a familiar sight around the great courts of the world. Read more