Woman inflicts injury on minor for stealing meat (Guardian)
A middle-Aged woman, (name withheld), who inflicted ‘Grade-A’ injuries on her houseboy for stealing, has been arrested by the Ondo State Police Command.
The Guardian learnt that the incident occurred at Adebowale area of Akure on Sunday, after his boss caught him stealing meat from her pot.
According to sources in the area, the woman inflicted deep cuts on the minor’s body with sharp object suspected to be razor blade to punish him.
There were over 10 different slashes on the victim’s body, causing him to lose pints of blood. The act was exposed after the gory video went viral on Twitter and other social media platforms, getting the attention of the Wife of the state Governor, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, who sent representatives to follow up the situation.
A popular social media influencer in the state, Yemi Fash, also kept a tab on the development, following the case to the police clinic, where the minor was admitted for treatment, and vowed to get justice for the victim. Read more
Lagos filling stations shut, queues persist in Abuja, others (Punch)
Many filling stations were shut on Monday and this led to queues by motorists in the few outlets that dispensed Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol, in Abuja, neighbouring states, as well as in parts of Lagos.
It was learnt that marketers of PMS were still unsure about moves to halt petrol subsidy, considering the fact that the government had projected in 2021 that it would stop the subsidy regime in February this year.
Also, our correspondent gathered that some members of the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners had discontinued operations in protest against the low freight rate for petrol which they receive from government.
The National President, NARTO, Yusuf Othman, told journalists in Abuja on Monday that “our people have parked their trucks and more people are going to park (theirs).”
The National President, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Chief Ukadike Chinedu, also stated that the fear over subsidy withdrawal had been in the minds of both private depot owners and some retailers, leading to product shortage at filling stations. Read more
US Consulate promotes STEM Education in Lagos (Nation)
The United States (US) government has indicated its commitment to supporting programmes that promote STEM education and provide students with opportunities to contribute to creating sustainable and inclusive economic prosperity in Nigeria.
US Consulate Public Affairs Officer Stephen Ibelli stated the government’s position on Saturday, while delivering remarks at the grand finale of the first drone soccer competition organised by the consulate general in collaboration with the Global Air Drone Academy and the Lagos State Ministry of Education in Lagos.
A statement by the consulate stated that eight girl-led teams selected from 71 student teams from public high schools across Agege, Alimosho and Ifako Ijaiye communities of Lagos Education District 1 participated in the keenly contested competition.
The Pace Setters Team from Ijaiye Housing Estate Senior Grammar School emerged as the winner of the tournament. Read more
I was called names because of head size –Omawumi (Punch)
Nigerian singer, Omawumi Megbele, has revealed that she was body shamed as a child because of her facial features.
She made this known on her Instagram page on Monday, stating that she was called several nicknames because of her protruding forehead.
The Bottom Belle crooner said, “I was one of those kids they used to call ‘Hammer Headed’, ‘OGORstina’ and ‘Ekpengbe forehead’.
“Infact, one of my aunts used to call me ‘Beauty’. She said she was using it to prophesy into my life that I will be pretty someday.” Read more
Catholic suspends Lagos priest who banned Igbo songs in parish (Punch)
The Parish Priest of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Ewu-Owa Gberigbe in Ikorodu, Lagos, Rev. Fr. James Anelu, has been “suspended” for banning Igbo songs and choruses in his parish.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Alfred Martins, in a “disclaimer”, directed the priest to proceed on “an indefinite leave of absence”.
Anelu was reported to have banned Igbo songs and choruses in his parish, arguing that the excesses of Ndigbo must be contained.
It was learnt that he had angrily stopped a soul-lifting chorus during the second collection, noting that Igbos cannot keep dominating other people in his Catholic parish.
He reportedly cited the case of his Benin Diocese where Igbos dominate to the point of becoming the Bishop, allegedly claiming that the spirit of God recognises only geographical languages of the parish. Read more
Ikeja Electric unveils new facility to enhance service delivery (ThisDay)
To further optimise its services and enhance customer experience, Ikeja Electric Plc has unveiled its Shomolu business unit in Lagos state.
Speaking at the inauguration of the new facility, the Board Chairman, Ikeja Electric, Mr. Kola Adesina, expressed the company’s readiness to provide adequate supply to customers while improving customer experience.
He said: “In addition to providing the required infrastructure that will strengthen our network and bolster services, our technical team is committed to further improve electricity supply to our customers, and this is our obligation to them.
“The unveiling of the new Shomolu Business Unit office signifies that Ikeja Electric prioritises both its members of staff and customers. This building provides a conducive environment for our staff, enabling them to work better, think intelligently and strategically, while ensuring quality service delivery,” he said. Read more
Kwara NSCDC arrests suspected human trafficker, recovers 3 children (Leadership)
Operatives of the Kwara State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have arrested a 58-year-old woman, Mrs Modupe Bello over her alleged involvement in human trafficking and child labour.
The NSCDC’s operatives recovered three children in the woman’s custody during a raid on her residence at B5, Cappa street, Bacita, Edu local government area of the state.
The spokesman of the NSCDC in the state, Babawale Afolabi who confirmed the development said Mrs Bello’s arrest followed a complaint by a resident on the missing of his 18- year- old daughter.
Afolabi added:” One Agbaje Oluwafemi came to the Bacita Divisional Office of the NSCDC to report that his 18 years old daughter, Damilola Agbaje was missing. Her whereabouts has been unknown since January 18, 2022 and Damilola’s parents suspected Madam Modupe Bello because she was the one that came to meet them a few days earlier begging the parents to release Damilola to her. Read more
PDP rejects Kebbi LGs polls announced by KSIEC (Vanguard)
The opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday rejected the outcome of the results announced by Kebbi state independent electoral commission which said the ruling APC in Kebbi State has won the 21 local councils and 225 councillors in the election that was held on February the 6th 2022.
Speaking to Vanguard via telephone the state chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Usman Bello Suru stated that, the opposition party totally rejected the results announced “while we reject the outcome we will sit to come up with our next line of action based on the outcome.
Kebbi state independent electoral body on Monday via press release announced that, the February 6th local councils were conducted peacefully in the state and that, the ruling APC won in all the 21 local governments and 225 ward councillors.
Vanguard reported on Saturday how polls were marked by votes buying late arrivals or incomplete voting materials during the conduct of the disputed local councils’ polls. Read more
Hushpuppi: Nigeria collaborating with US, extradition of Abba Kyari considered – AGF (Channels)
The Nigerian government on Monday revealed some of the actions it is taking under the radar regarding the allegations against a police officer, Abba Kyari, and suspected fraudster, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi.
Top of these actions, according to the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Abubakar Malami, is the collaboration with the United States government to ensure justice is served.
“The position now is that there are prima facie grounds – reasonable grounds for suspicion that have been considered from the perspective of prosecution, from the perspective of likely extradition, if the need for so doing arises,” said the Minister who was a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
“It is an issue that has both national and international dimensions and in respect of the two, actions are being taken; it is a work in progress locally and internationally and we are doing whatever it takes to ensure justice is done within the context of the law, regardless of the personalities involved.” Read more
Lassa fever killed 40 Nigerians in January – NCDC (DailyTrust)
The Lassa fever outbreak claimed 40 lives January, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said.
In a situation report on Sunday, the centre said the 40 deaths represented a case fatality rate (CFR) of 19.0 percent lower than the CFR for the same period in 2021 which was 22.2 percent.
The report also showed that 211 confirmed cases of the disease were recorded out of a total of 981 suspected cases. The NCDC said in total, 14 states had recorded at least one confirmed case across 43 local government areas.
“Of all confirmed cases, 82 percent are from Ondo, Edo and Bauchi States.
The centre said that no new healthcare worker was affected in the fourth week of January. Read more
Blood pressure warning over long-term paracetamol use (BBC)
People with high blood pressure who take paracetamol on prescription could be increasing their risk of heart attacks and strokes, a study suggests.
Doctors should think about the risks and benefits to patients taking it over many months, the University of Edinburgh researchers say.
Taking the painkiller for headaches and fevers is safe, they stress.
Other experts say research in more people over a longer timeframe is needed to confirm the findings.
Paracetamol is widely used around the world as a short-term remedy for aches and pains but also prescribed to manage chronic pain, despite little evidence of its benefit for long-term use.
Half a million people – one out of every 10 – in Scotland were prescribed the painkiller in 2018.
High blood pressure affects one out of every three people in the UK. Read more
Lil Wayne shreds Pi’erre Bourne Production for Young Money rapper Allan Cubas ‘Cameras’ video (HipHopDX)
Coming on the heels of Sorry 4 The Wait’s arrival to streaming services, Lil Wayne gifted fans with a flashy new music video for “Cameras” on Monday (February 7), which is one of the tape’s four new additions and features Young Money signee Allan Cubas.
The video for the Pi’erre Bourne-produced track is simple and clean as Weezy and Allan relax near Lil Wayne’s infinity pool while bikini-clad women snap pictures and play with pool toys. “Cameras” is one of four new tracks to appear on Sorry 4 The Wait since its debut to streaming. The three other new songs included are called “Lil Romeo,” “Bleu Snappin’” and “Anti-Hero” featuring Lil Tecca.
The mixtape’s long overdue transfer to streaming comes more than a decade since Lil Wayne released the project to quench fans’ thirsts as they waited for news on Tha Carter IV in 2011. On the tape, Lil Tunechi tackles classic instrumentals of the early 2010s, including Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and Drake’s “Marvin’s Room.”
In an interview with Fake Shore Drive in 2020, Wayne’s manager Cortez Bryant said the team was working hard to transfer all of his client’s mixtapes to streaming in the next few years. Read more
Abba stars react to Boris Johnson Downing Street ‘party’ playing pop group’s music (Metro)
Nobody was more shocked at Boris Johnson’s alleged Downing Street parties playing Abba’s music than Abba themselves.
It was recently claimed that Mr Johnson’s wife Carrie Johnson hosted a Winner Takes It All party at their Downing Street flat after Dominic Cummings resigned on November 13, 2020.
Sources claimed Abba’s iconic hits were heard blasting from the gathering by aides.
Benny Andersson has now addressed the reports and told PA: ‘You can’t call it an Abba party. It is a Johnson party where they happened to play some Abba music. It is not an Abba party.’ Read more
Irving Azoff’s music rights firm ends legal battle with radio stations (Variety)
Irving Azoff’s music rights firm has settled its five-year legal battle with the group that represents more than 10,000 radio stations, ending a fight that threatened to undermine the 80-year-old arrangement under which artists are paid for commercial airplay.
Azoff’s Global Music Rights and the Radio Music License Committee filed a joint stipulation on Monday to dismiss the antitrust lawsuits that they had filed against each other in 2016. The two sides also announced in a press release that a majority of commercial radio stations have agreed to a long-term license with GMR, which allows the settlement to take effect.
GMR launched in 2013 as a direct challenge to ASCAP and BMI, the performance rights organizations that control more than 90% of music copyrights. Azoff was able to obtain rights from a relative handful of songwriters whose songs had been performed by John Lennon, U2, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and others. Those songs were deemed must-haves for radio catalogs, and GMR then sought significantly higher rates than its artists were receiving under ASCAP and BMI.
The RMLC is a non-profit group that handles rate negotiations for commercial stations. Talks between GMR and RMLC broke down in 2016, prompting each side to sue the other for alleged antitrust violations, and leading to years of costly and inconclusive litigation. Read more
Chris Hemsworth pulls off the ‘greatest and most difficult stunts ever captured on film’ on the set of his new film Extraction 2 (DailyMail)
He has been in Europe for the past few months filming his new Netflix film, Extraction 2.
And on Monday, Chris Hemsworth shared some behind-the-scenes footage from the set of the upcoming movie.
The 38-year-old Australian actor showed how he can pull off the ‘greatest and most difficult stunt ever captured on film’.
In the video, Chris is seen warming up with a few jumps, shaking his hands and loosening up his shoulders. Read more
British director Joanna Hogg on the joys of filming memory in motion (RFI)
The Souvenir Part II is not just a stroll down memory lane for British director Joanna Hogg. It is a powerful portrait of the filmmaking process itself. Although designed to be a sequel, the film stands alone in its exploration of love, life and cinema. Shown as part of the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes in 2021, it was released in France on 2 February.
Joanna Hogg kept her diaries from the 1980s, and even certain items of clothing and objects, like talismans for a time capsule. Did she suspect that forty years later she would hand these items over to her team of actors to make two semi-biographical feature films, The Souvenir Part I and Part II?
“The idea came from thinking about the beginning of my filmmaking career,” Joanna Hogg says. “It’s the story of a woman who is just starting to be recognised for her true value as an artist.”
The Souvenir Part II picks up where Part I left off, telling the story of Julie, roughly based on Hogg’s own experiences as a student at film school in the UK. It should be noted that it is not necessary to see the first film to understand the second. Read more
Uncharted star Tom Holland has another video game adaptation in mind, and it sounds wild (CinemaBlend)
Tom Holland is about to finally bring the popular video game character Nathan Drake to the big screen in Uncharted. Movies based on video games have been a hot property for years, with several projects based on games on the way. Despite that many have fallen short of mainstream box office success, but Tom Holland is ready to star in his next game adaptation movie, though the choice is likely one you’d never expect, Naughty Dog’s Jak and Daxter. And that’s not even the strangest part.
Speaking with Gamespot Tom Holland was asked what other video game character he’d love to tackle if he had complete creative freedom. Not only did he pick the somewhat strange Jak and Daxter, he wants to make it at A24, the independent studio that’s becoming known for arthouse horror movies and serious dramas. Holland explained…
“I would like to make a Jak and Daxter movie, and I would play Jak,” Holland said. “But I would make it at A24, so it was really weird and dark. I would do like a really weird, live-action version of Jak and Daxter” Read more
Eguavoen now Eagles technical adviser, as Amuneke becomes assistant coach (Guardian)
The Nigeria Football Federation have announced the reorganisation of the Super Eagles’ technical staff, with Augustine Eguavoen remaining as Interim Technical Adviser and Emmanuel Amuneke, a former Nigeria World Cup star and former U20 national team Head Coach, drafted in as an immediate assistant to Eguavoen.
Amuneke was one of Nigeria’s most decorated footballers, scoring both goals in the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations final against Zambia in Tunis, and also scoring the goal that won Nigeria and Africa’s first Olympic football gold medal in 1996.
He also played at the 1994 FIFA World Cup finals, scoring two goals in USA ’94.
A member of both the FIFA and CAF Technical Study Groups, the former Nigeria winger qualified Tanzania for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt and led the Taifa Stars in the finals. Read more
Jurgen Klopp faces Mohamed Salah decision as Liverpool consider major AFCON concern (LiverpoolEcho)
Liverpool will look to keep pace with Manchester City as they resume their Premier League title challenge this week.
The Reds returned to action after the mid-winter break with a solid 3-1 success over Championship side Cardiff City in their FA Cup fourth round tie at Anfield on Sunday.
Liverpool now turn their attention to the top flight when they entertain Leicester City on Thursday.
With so many games to come between now and the March international break, Klopp will rely heavily on rotation. Read more
Chelsea news: Thomas Tuchel’s impact at club seen as Blues suffer transfer blow (Mirror)
Chelsea have become true cup specialists under Thomas Tuchel as the German’s impact at Stamford Bridge is revealed.
The Blues secured their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup by beating Plymouth Argyle 2-1 on Saturday thanks to Marcos Alonso’s extra-time winner.
It means Tuchel’s side are in the Carabao Cup final, into the fifth round of the FA Cup and still in the Champions League this season, after winning last season’s competition with a 1-0 win over Manchester City in the final.
They could add another trophy to their collection when the Club World Cup gets underway this week, with Tuchel still hoping to join up with his squad despite testing positive for coronavirus.
Latifi excited to race with long-anticipated new regs (PlanetF1)
Williams’ Nicholas Latifi looks forward to finally getting out onto the track with the new Formula 1 regulations in place.
Latifi has spent the past two seasons mostly competing in the lower reaches of the grid with Williams, though the new rules for 2022 represent a golden opportunity for the Canadian racer and his team to change their fortunes.
The challengers will look far different for 2022 as Formula 1 tries to generate closer racing and more overtaking, while it is also hoped that the more restrictive rules will reduce the gap between the front and the back of the grid.
The budget cap has also reduced from $145m to $140m for the upcoming season. Read more
LeBron James convinced Los Angeles Lakers ‘in this together’ as Russell Westbrook struggles (ABC)
While much of the discourse about this season’s Los Angeles Lakers has centered around the acquisition of Russell Westbrook and how the point guard has not been an ideal fit, LeBron James insists there is no one player responsible for the team still scuffling along below .500 as the trade deadline approaches.
“At the end of the day, as his brother, we’re all in this together,” James said after practice Monday. “We’re all in the foxhole together. There is not one guy who is doing it by themselves. There’s not one guy you can blame over another guy. There’s not one guy who gets the praise over another guy. When we lose, we all lose. When we win, we all win. It’s really that simple.”
Westbrook was benched for the entire overtime session in L.A.’s 122-115 come-from-behind win over the New York Knicks on Saturday.
He shot just 1-for-10 from the field, marking the fifth time this season in which Westbrook attempted 10 field goals or more and only made three field goals or fewer. His points, rebounds, assists, steals, field goal percentage and 3-point percentages are all down from the numbers he posted last season with the Washington Wizards. Read more
Aussie Golf book in full swing as newcomers tee off (GolfAustralia)
Golf Australia today announced record growth in club participation and total participation, with a 6.4 percent increase in club members and a 21 percent (210,000) year-on-year rise in round players, according to AusPlay data.
The 2020-21 Golf Club Participation Report, which was prepared by Golf Business Advisory Services, showcases a combination of Golf Australia’s club member participation data and Sport Australia’s AusPlay data, with both data sets providing the golf industry a year-on-year view of the game’s participation trends.
More than 24,000 new players joined golf clubs in 2020-21, with the 6.4 percent increase the largest jump in percentage terms recorded since data collection began in 1970, taking the total number to 409,970.
Junior members also experienced a major increase, with 16 percent more kids under-18 joining their local club. Read more
Nicolai Hojgaard wins in Ras Al Khaimah Championship, Padraig Harrington tied for 27th
Nicolai Hojgaard recovered from a mid-round stumble to fight off the challenge of Jordan Smith and claim a four-shot victory at the Ras Al Khaimah Championship, while Padraig Harrington finished in a tie for 27th.
Harrington carded a final round 67 – his lowest score across the four days in the United Arab Emirates and which included an eagle on the 14th along with six birdies – to finish on 10 under, 14 shots adrift of Hojgaard.
The 20-year-old Dane began the day with a three-shot lead and extended his advantage to five with an early eagle. But a double-bogey six on the ninth allowed charging Englishman Smith to close the gap to just one stroke as Hojgaard reached the turn.
And with Hojgaard dropping another shot at the 12th and Smith completing a hat-trick of birdies from the 12th to 14th, the lead changed hands as Smith led by two. Read more