Woman stabs husband to death, cuts off penis (Punch)
A woman identified as Florencia Amado Cattaneo has allegedly cut off her husband’s penis and stabbed him to death.
Her late trumpet player husband, Pedro Federico Zarate, was found dead in the couple’s flat in the Altos de San Lorenzo area of Argentina.
The 41-year-old suspect has been arrested by police for the horrific alleged murder and sent for psychiatric assessment, according to Mail Online.
Aside from cutting off her husband’s penis, she also left a knife buried in the dead man’s eyeball. The deceased was found with the knife embedded in his eye and his genitals mutilated. Read more
Police rescue 3 teenagers from prostitution in Lagos (Guardian)
Lagos State Police Command on Friday said it rescued three teenagers from prostitution in the Itamaga area of Ikorodu.
The rescued teenagers, aged between 12 and 14, were rescued on Sunday, January 8 by the state operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) when a patrol team noticed the suspicious movements of the victims within the area.
The police in a statement disclosed the girls’ names are Saviour (14), Bright (13), and Deborah (12).
One of the teenagers told the police that they were fleeing the custody of their mistress who brought them from Akwa Ibom to Lagos under the guise of employment. Read more
“I was placed on medication for life”, Mercy Johnson reveals journey with cancer (Vanguard)
Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson, has shared for the first time how she overcame cancer and had a procedure that changed her life.
The actress made this known in a recent edition of her cooking show on YouTube when she was joined by Joke Silva as a special guest for a conversation.
Mercy Johnson questioned Joke Silva about the health of her husband ,Olu Jacobs during the program.
Joke’s remark was followed by Mercy’s account of how she was given lifelong medication after receiving a cancer diagnosis. Read more
I will break Tinubu’s ‘‘monopoly’’ in Lagos – Adediran (Leadership)
Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Olajide Adediran, popularly known as Jandor, has vowed to end what he described as the 24-year monopoly of a former governor of the state, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
He dumped the APC in December 2021 over what he described as the dominance of Tinubu
Adediran who stated this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme yesterday added that, “We will come in and do things differently. The problem of Lagos is that we have one head thinking for the state of Lagos for the past 24 years,”
He accused Tinubu, the 2023 Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of instigating removal of “performing governors” in the state. Read more
Adeleke pays ‘‘Thank You’’ visit to Buhari (ThisDay)
Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State Friday met with President Muhammadu Buhari in his office at the State House, Abuja.
Speaking with newsmen after the meeting at the Council Chambers, Adeleke, a member of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), hailed President Buhari for signing the Electoral Act in 2022 and entrenching democracy further in the country.
The governor, who described himself as a beneficiary of the president’s action, further noted that the president’s action has also earned Nigeria more respect with the international community, where the country is now considered as being ready for real democracy.
Asked the purpose of his visit to the State House, Adeleke said he was on a ‘thank you’ visit to the president, adding that “I am happy to tell you that I just saw our president, looking so well, looking so good and I’m happy about that.” Read more
Police rescue 30 kidnap victims in Nasarawa (Vanguard)
The police command in Nasarawa State has rescued 30 kidnap victims in an operation in Toto Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
DSP Ramhan Nansel, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, disclosed this in a statement, made available to newsmen on Friday in Lafia.
The PPRO said the victims were rescued after operatives responded to information that some people had been held hostage in a forest in the local government area .
“On Thursday Jan. 12, we received information that kidnappers were sighted at Sardauna Forest of Toto LGA ,where they held some people hostage. Read more
Kaduna Catholic Archdiocese blames Seminary fire on insecurity (Guardian)
The Catholic Archdiocese of Kaduna has blamed the fire incident that damaged its facilities in Katari, Kaduna, on insecurity and bad governance.
The rector, Saint. Peters Minor Seminary, Katari, Kaduna Rev. Fr. Sati Edward stated this during an inspection at the site yesterday. He said the school relocated her Students to Kafanchan and Zaria for over two years now because of the security challenges.
Edward explained that the incident would not have occurred if the students were in the hostel, adding that the school management deemed it necessary to relocate the students, same way residents are seeking refuge in towns, deserting their homes because of banditry attacks.
The Nigeria Catholic Network had reported the incident through a statement signed by its Archdiocesan Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Christian Emmanuel. He disclosed that two dormitories, a dining hall, a kitchen, and a laboratory were razed at the Seminary. Read more
Imo West: Supreme Court sacks PDP candidate Onyerere (Channels)
The Supreme Court of Nigeria has nullified the primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Imo West Senatorial District which produced Jones Onyerere as its candidate for the National Assembly Election.
The apex court nullified the primary election on the ground that it was conducted in Owerri, the Imo State Capital instead of Orlu which is the Senatorial Headquarters of Imo West.
In a judgement on the appeal filed by Nnamdi Ezeani, Justice Emmanuel Agim said the PDP violated section 87 (9) of the Electoral Act by conducting the primary election outside the venue clearly stipulated by law.
The apex court held that by the judgment, PDP will not participate in the next month’s senatorial election having failed to produce its candidate within the time allowed by law. Read more
Nightwish’s Floor Jansen releases uplifting new single “Invincible” (LouderSound)
Floor Jansen has returned with another solo single, the uplifting and theatrical “Invincible”, which is set to appear on her forthcoming new album, Paragon.
The track follows on from her previously-released singles, “Me Without You”, “Storm” and “Fire”.
“Invincible” sees the Nightwish frontwoman once again embarking down an empowering pop path well suited for the West End or Broadway, while centre-staging her powerhouse vocals via an uplifting song about the importance of healing from PTSD.
Its poignant lyrics read: ‘Out in the rain / Stronger now / Stronger than all of the pain / Broken but beautiful’ and ‘Master the pain / The cradle of your story / Changed by disdain / Starting life once more”‘, amplifying the importance and hopefulness of recovering after a traumatic experience. Read more
The Passion of the Christ sequel reportedly begins filming this spring (ScreenGeek)
It’s been reported that the sequel to The Passion of the Christ is currently scheduled to begin shooting this spring.
The Passion of the Christ was released way back in 2004. Now a sequel to the film, titled The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection, is currently in the works. Additionally, a new report suggests when we can expect the upcoming project to begin shooting.
As reported via World of Reel, it looks like the film could be shooting sooner rather than later. This year, in fact, as the report claims that the film will shoot this spring.
Here’s what was stated:
“It’s been a long time coming, but I’m hearing Mel Gibson will finally be shooting “The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection” in a few months. A late Spring production is currently being eyed with Jim Caviezel set to return in the role of Jesus.”
This is certainly quite the update. It looks like the highly-anticipated sequel The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection could very well begin shooting in the spring. And, furthermore, actor Jim Caviezel returning to play Jesus will certainly be a nice bit of connective tissue to the original film. Read more
BRIT Awards face backlash for all male Artist of the Year nominations (NME)
This year’s BRIT Awards have faced a backlash after the UK Artist Of The Year nomination category was filled with all male entrants.
Nominees for the upcoming awards in February were announced yesterday (January 12) and in the UK Artist Of The Year category, Central Cee, Fred Again.., George Ezra, Harry Styles and Stormzy were all nominated.
This is the second year that the awards have abandoned gender categories in favour of gender neutral ones, but when it was revealed that the UK Artist Of The Year category was all-male, the awards were criticised by fans and figures from across the entertainment industry.
“So the Brits introduced an Artist of the Year category as a gender-neutral replacement for Best Male and Best Female Artist category – but this year all five nominees are blokes,” musician Tim Burgess tweeted. “One step forward, three steps back.” Read more
Rihanna teases Super Bowl halftime show with new cryptic trailer (Deadline)
Rihanna teased her return with a new cryptic trailer for her headline Super Bowl halftime show Friday morning.
In the 30-second clip, the Grammy award winner first appears as a silhouette in a dark empty room before creeping forward into full view as a backing track featuring the voices of fans and commentators speculating about her long-awaited ninth album, R9.
“It’s been six years since the nine-time Grammy winner dropped her last album,” one voice says.
Another voice exclaims: “Riri, where have you been?” Read more
Miley Cyrus releases new single “Flowers” on Liam Hemsworth’s birthday (Standard)
Miley Cyrus released her new single, “Flowers”, today (January 13), on her ex-husband Liam Hemsworth’s birthday in a not-so-subtle nod to their relationship and subsequent break-up.
In the song, Cyrus sings about how she can buy herself flowers and go dancing, and sings: “I can love me better than you can.”
Cyrus, 30, and Hemsworth, 33, began an on-again-off-again relationship in 2009 and were engaged in 2012 before breaking up in 2013.
They reunited in 2016 and got married in December 2018, but the couple split up again in August 2019 and their divorce was finalised in January 2020. Read more
Kevin Spacey pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges (BBC)
Actor Kevin Spacey has pleaded not guilty to seven charges of sexual assault in a hearing at London’s Southwark Crown Court.
They include indecent assault, sexual assault and causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent.
The offences are alleged to have taken place between 2001 and 2005.
The Oscar-winning actor is now facing a total of 12 sexual offences against four men. Read more
Drop all charges against refugee aid workers, UN tells Greece (AlJazeera)
The United Nations has called on Greece to drop all charges against 24 migrant rescue workers accused of espionage, as hearings of a long-delayed trial resumed on Friday on the island of Lesbos.
Those on trial include prominent Syrian human rights worker Sarah Mardini, a refugee and competitive swimmer whose sister Yusra Mardini was part of the refugee swimming team at the Olympic Games in 2016 and 2021.
The Syrian siblings were celebrated for their efforts to save 18 fellow passengers when they helped drag their sinking refugee dinghy to safety on the journey from Turkey to Greece in 2015. Their story was later turned into the Netflix film – The Swimmers.
“Trials like these are deeply concerning because they criminalise life-saving work and set a dangerous precedent. Indeed, there has already been a chilling effect,” UN rights office spokeswoman Liz Throssell told reporters at a briefing in Geneva, calling for “all charges against all defendants” to be dropped. Read more
Enyimba, Abia Warriors, Rangers get 3pm kickoff for home matches (Sun)
Home matches involving the three clubs based in the Southeast States would be kicking off at 3pm on Sundays.
A statement from the Interim Management Committee (IMC) directed all the clubs to take note of the fixture adjustments and comply.
The IMC also announced the lifting of the ban on Shooting Stars playing with fans in attendance at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan.
Shooting Stars fans were banned from attending matches last season following repeated violent incidents occasioning attacks on Match Officials and club players and officials at the stadium. Read more
Benjamin Mendy: Manchester City player not guilty of 6 counts of rape and faces retrial on 2 more charges (Sky)
Footballer Benjamin Mendy has been found not guilty of six counts of rape and one charge of sexual assault against five women.
The jury has been discharged after it failed to reach a verdict on two further charges and he will be retried on these in the summer.
Co-accused Louis Saha Matturie, Mendy’s alleged “fixer”, was found not guilty of three counts of rape against two women.
Jurors were unable to reach verdicts on six more charges against him. Read more
Pioli explains Milan’s problems and transfer strategy (FootballItalia)
Milan boss Stefano Pioli is convinced the Rossoneri do not need new signings in January and believes injuries and lack of attention are the main problems for his team.
Milan faced Coppa Italia elimination in the Round of 16 following a 1-0 loss against Torino on Wednesday. They had been held to a 2-2 draw by Roma on Sunday, conceding two goals in the last five minutes.
Pioli was so upset on Wednesday night that he didn’t allow his players to return home and wanted them to sleep at Milanello.
“When something isn’t working, I struggle to wait until the day after,” the coach explained at a press conference. Read more
Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios both come out as winners from pre-Australian Open love-in (Express)
Both Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios were the winners in a charity match love-in staged before the Australian Open last night. The nine-time champion was given a hero’s welcome on his “emotional” return to the Rod Laver Arena after his deportation last January. And the Aussie No.1, who has also never been far from controversy Down Under, helped rehabilitate his reputation in a perfect PR evening full of smiles and laughs and tweeners.
Just like when Bobby Ewing emerged from the shower in Dallas a year after he had been killed off, it was as if the last 12 months had never happened. And no one – the event, the players and even the Australian public – seem to want to remember or re-live what really happened here.
The tournament director Craig Tiley who tried to get the unvaccinated Djokovic into the country on a medical exemption is still in place. This charity match sold out in only 58 minutes.
And as long as his left hamstring holds out, Djokvovic is set to win his 10th Australian Open title on January 29 and drew level with Rafa Nadal with 22 Grand Slam singles titles. It was business as usual at Melbourne Park. The Serbian superstar embraced the crowd at his most successful Grand Slam – and they embraced him. Read more
Arsenal, Man City face Premier League derby dates (Guardian)
Arsenal faces a searching test of their title credentials in the hurly-burly of a north London derby this weekend as in-form Manchester United host defending champions Manchester City.
There are also multiple clashes between teams at the wrong end of the table, with Frank Lampard’s nosediving Everton side travelling to basement club Southampton.
Liverpool know they cannot afford too many more stumbles while it is crunch time for Graham Potter’s Chelsea, who are well adrift of the Champions League qualifying places.
AFP Sport takes a look at some of the key talking points ahead of the action. Read more
Kevin Magnussen quashes rumours of a ‘‘beef’’ with Nico Hulkenberg (PlanetF1)
Kevin Magnussen insists he has no “beef” with Nico Hulkenberg but that’s not to say there’s a friendship either as the two barely know each other.
That will change this year as the two former rivals are team-mates at Haas, Hulkenberg called up to replace the under-fire Mick Schumacher.
Magnussen and Hulkenberg famously got into it at the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix when the German confronted Magnussen after the Dane forced him off the track during their late-race tussle.
Calling Magnussen the “most unsporting driver”, the Haas driver responded with a “suck my balls, honey” and continued on with his TV interview. Read more