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02:49

Sports news: Obafemi Martins joins Wuhan FC



Former Super Eagles striker, Obafemi Martins, has joined Chinese Super League side Wuhan FC on a one-year deal.


The 35-year-old joined Wuhan on a free after his contract with Shanghai Shenhua was terminated last week.

Martins had previously played for Inter Milan, Newcastle, Wolfsburg, Rubin Kazan, Birmingham, Levante and Seattle Sounders in the Major League Soccer.


In Ibadan: Another leader of One Million Boys nabbed 

In Ekiti: Thunder strikes kill 15 cows 

Katsina govt orders schools to remain shut  

In Zamfara: Bandits, on reprisal, kidnap 42 persons


Wuhan are currently fourth in the CSL Group B table with 16 points from 11 games.


Martins could make his debut when they face Chongqing Dangdai Lifan in their next game away. Punch

02:49

In Ogun: Fire razes multi-million naira store



Goods estimated at millions of naira were destroyed on Sunday after fire gutted a three-storey electronic store in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Our correspondent gathered that the store, located in the Totoro area of Abeokuta metropolis, went up in flames around 6am.

The fire reportedly emanated from a painting shop on the ground floor of the building.


In Ibadan: Another leader of One Million Boys nabbed 

In Ekiti: Thunder strikes kill 15 cows 

Katsina govt orders schools to remain shut  

In Zamfara: Bandits, on reprisal, kidnap 42 persons


An eyewitness told our correspondent that the building, which was razed by the fire, housed electronics and electrical appliances and other household items.


Further findings showed that the store was owned by a popular dealer, who had different electronic stores in different parts of the state capital.

When our correspondent got to the scene, he observed wreckage of electronic appliances like fridges, air conditioners, television sets destroyed by the fire.


Operatives of the state fire service reportedly arrived the scene at 7.15am, but it  took them about one hour to finally put out the fire.

The Director of the state fire service, Fatai Adefala, attributed the incident to power surge. Punch

02:49

Katsina govt orders schools to remain shut



Kastina State government has ordered primary and secondary schools across the state to remain under lock and key until further notice.

The Commissioner for Education, Prof. Badamasi Lawal, said at the weekend that education authorities in the country were still evaluating the situation regarding the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) when schools eventually resume.

Prof. Lawal said the exit examinations were designed to test the possibility of the students contracting the virus.

In Ibadan: Another leader of One Million Boys nabbed 

In Ekiti: Thunder strikes kill 15 cows

In Zamfara: Bandits, on reprisal, kidnap 42 persons

The latest development dashed hopes of parents and students for schools re-opening after some 6,000 secondary school students were allowed to sit for their final-year examinations.

The students, while writing their examinations, were however made to sit under strict conditions to check the spread of COVID-19.

Some parents and students had called on the state government to look into the possibility of re-opening of schools like other states of the federation.

They said since students could write their final-year examinations and not contract the virus, schools could commence academic activities with measures put in place to check the spread of the disease.

But the state government insisted on not re-opening schools till the Federal Government gave a new directive on the matter.

Lawal added that some schools, which had been damaged due to rainstorm and dilapidation, had been renovated in preparation for possible re-opening. Theguardianng

02:38

In Ibadan: Another leader of One Million Boys nabbed



T
he Director-General of the Oyo State Joint Security Task Force, otherwise called Operation Burst, Col. Oladipo Ajibola (retd.), on Sunday disclosed that another leader of the notorious One Million Boys in Ibadan has been arrested and is already facing trial.


The suspect, simply identified as Eji, is said to be the second in command to the late Abiola Ebila, the leader of the deadly group that is known for causing violence in the city.

 

In Ekiti: Thunder strikes kill 15 cows 

Katsina govt orders schools to remain shut  

In Zamfara: Bandits, on reprisal, kidnap 42 persons


Ebila, who was reported to have been involved in kidnapping for ransom, was recently killed by the men of Operation Burst in his hideout.

Prior to his arrest, Eji was said to have assumed the leadership position of the group.
After his arrest, it was learnt that the other members of the gang have run out of the state for fear of being similarly nabbed. Punch

01:44

In Ekiti: Thunder strikes kill 15 cows



On Saturday evening, Thunder reportedly struck dead 15 cows at the outskirt of Ikogosi Ekiti community, Ekiti West Local Government area of Ekiti State.


The incident, according to Asaoye of Ikogosi, Chief Ayo Ademilua, was a natural occurrence, which he said was strange in the town.

Speaking with journalists via telephone on Sunday, Ademilua revealed that the incident happened at the Ikogosi Warm Spring site along Ipole -Ekiti road.


Ikogosi warm spring has been a notable recreational and tourist centre, where warm and cold spring converge.

The chief said the thunder was said to have struck during a torrential downpour that started around 4:00pm and ended at 6:02pm.


In Ibadan: Another leader of One Million Boys nabbed 

Katsina govt orders schools to remain shut  

In Zamfara: Bandits, on reprisal, kidnap 42 persons


Also speaking on the novel incident, the Onikogosi of Ikogosi Ekiti, Oba Abiodun Olorunnisola , alleged that the herders have been making spirited efforts to sell the cows to residents, describing this as dangerous to the health of his people.

The monarch said he has reached out to his colleague at Ipole Ekiti, Oba Oladele Babatola, on the need to warn their subjects against consuming such desecrated meat.

The monarch, however, called on the government to evacuate the carcasses of the cows to prevent the spread of communicable diseases in the two towns. Dailypost

01:32

In Zamfara: Bandits, on reprisal, kidnap 42 persons



In Zamfara: Bandits have kidnapped over 42 persons, including women, in Gobirawar Cali village, in the Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.


An indigene of the village, who gave his name as Malam Abdullahi, said the incident happened on Saturday after one AK-47 rifle was seized from a bandit who went to the village for a kidnap operation.


In Ibadan: Another leader of One Million Boys nabbed 

In Ekiti: Thunder strikes kill 15 cows 

Katsina govt orders schools to remain shut  


He explained that the villagers had on several occasions been attacked by bandits, who he said had a hideout close to village.”

He, however, maintained that the police had sent personnel to rescue the kidnapped persons. Punch

11:53

Niger State Govt Says No Going Back On Roads Closure To Articulated Vehicles

In Nigeria: Niger State Government says it will not go back on the restriction order of heavy trucks plying the state-owned roads which took effect on the 15th September, 2020.

This is coming after the State government had assured that it's  position will be reviewed as event concerning the closure unfolds.




The state government maintained that it's decision to close down all state government roads was done within the confines of law stressing that adequate consultations and sensitization with relevant stakeholders were made and two weeks notice was also served to general public as well as relevant road transport organizations before the roads were barricaded.

As such, the state government will not relent on it oars to ensure that the State owned roads are not access by articulated vehicles, the heavy trucks are however free to use all the Federal roads that transverse the State. 

The State government said beyond the current closure to fast track the reconstruction of the Minna-Bida Road, measures would be evolved such as weigh-bridges to ensure that the movements of articulated vehicles on the State owned roads are regulated to avoid heavy flow of traffic beyond the capacity of the roads. 

He enjoined the Federal government to raise up to the occasion and do the needful on if not all, some of the Federal Roads in the State.

Chairman of the Infrastructure, Project Monitoring and Implementation Committee who is also the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Ibrahim Balarabe brief Journalists on behalf of the State government, reaffirming it's position.

"There is no going back on Niger state government's decision on the ban on articulated trucks from plying the state-owned roads. We still stand on our position and will not relent on that. Our roads still remain closed to articulated trucks". He stated.

02:21

In Katsina: Kidnappers kill DSS operative after collecting N5m ransom



In Katsina - Suspected kidnappers have killed a 33-year-old operative of the Department of State Services (DSS), Sadiq Bindawa, in Katsina State, after collecting N5 million ransom from his friends and relatives.
 
It was gathered that the late Bindawa was abducted on Saturday, few hours after he arrived Katsina from Abuja, where he was serving.
 
According to an eyewitness, the kidnappers were said to have trailed him to his house located behind the Federal Secretariat Complex, Dandagoro area, Katsina, at about 10:30p.m.

The kidnappers first attacked the private security guards at the entrance of the building before whisking Bindawa off to an unknown place.
 
It was further learnt that the kidnappers later contacted his family and friends through his phone and demanded N13 million ransom. It was later reduced to N5 million but Bindawa’s body was discovered at Kurfi town on Sunday morning after the payment was made.
 
The spokesman for the Katsina State Police Command, Gambo Isah, referred enquiry on the incident to the DSS. He said: “Please, go to the DSS office for any clarification you want to make. They are security agents like the police and they have their public relations unit.”
 
Efforts to speak with the DSS in Katsina were unsuccessful. The spokesperson of the DSS headquarters, Peter Afunanya, did not return calls or reply a message sent to him.
 
Bindawa’s body was buried in Katsina on Monday. Theguardianng
02:16

Babcock University confirms N25,000 COVID-19 test fee



In Nigeria, BABCOCK University Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, has confirmed that it asked each student resuming for the first semester of the 2020/2021 academic session to pay N25,000 for a COVID-19 test.

BABCOCK University explained that it could not afford to toy with lives of its staff and students on the school premises.

The Director of Marketing and Communication, Dr. Joshua Suleiman, disclosed this while responding to questions from our correspondents on Tuesday.

Dr. Suleiman said the school would have asked the returning students to do the test elsewhere and present the certificate, but was mindful of fake certificates.

While speaking on the internal arrangement made for further safety of the students, Suleiman said “the institution will resume in two batches – first to resume are the final year students in 400 Level, 500 and 600 Levels) next Monday and others on October 25.

On the allegation of hike in the school fees, the spokesman of the university denied the allegation. Punch
02:11

Apprentice mechanic repairing truck killed few weeks to freedom in Lagos – Eyewitness



A yet-to-be-identified apprentice auto mechanic lost his life on Monday, a few weeks to securing his freedom, while working under a containerised truck beside the Chivita Teashop at the Ajao Estate area of Lagos State.

Punch learnt that the deceased was working under a loaded twin 20-foot containerised truck around 8pm when the jack that raised the truck up slipped and the chassis frame crushed him to death.

During a visit to the scene incident on Tuesday, our correspondent observed the bloodied scene under the truck, while the whole area was deserted.

An eyewitness, Bashiru Simeon, told Punch correspondent that the deceased had been working on the truck for the past five days before his death.

He added that he learnt that the deceased was supposed to earn his freedom from his boss next month.

Punch learnt that emergency responders at the scene included the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, the agency’s fire unit and the Nigeria Police Force.

Confirming the incident, the Head, Public Affairs, LASEMA, Nosa Okunbor, said, “On arrival, the body of a male adult mechanic was found on the floor in a pool of his own blood.

“Further investigation revealed that the mechanic was working under a jacked up twin 20-foot loaded containerised truck and the jack suddenly slipped and the chassis frame member by the turntable hit him and he fell and died almost immediately.”

Nosa Okunbor added that the corpse was handed over to policemen from the Ajao Estate Police Division. Punch
02:06

We would have been in trouble by now – President Buhari



Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, said Nigeria would have been in trouble by now if not for his government’s decision to embrace agriculture.

President Buhari spoke at a virtual meeting with members of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC) at the State House, in Abuja on Tuesday.

Buhari stressed the position of agriculture in the government’s scheme to reduce joblessness and poverty.

The President also broached the issue of COVID-19 pandemic and how it necessitated the recent government policies as they relate to energy (electricity) and fuel.

He said the Federal government took such decisions because it places the country above politics.

“COVID has reduced us to the same level as developed countries.

‘‘We are lucky we went back to the land. We eat what we produce. We are doing our best to secure the country and provide infrastructure for investment to be viable in the country,” he said. Dailypost
02:02

INEC To Arraign 2 Varsity Dons For Electoral Offences



INEC - The Independent National Electoral Commission in Akwa Ibom State is set to arraign 2 university lecturers for their alleged involvement in electoral offences during the 2019 elections in the state.

The lecturers who were engaged as Collation and Returning Officers during the 2019 General elections were reported to have manipulated and falsified election results to produce outcomes contrary to the will of the people as expressed through the ballot.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Akwa Ibom State, Mr Igini disclosed this to journalists in the state, on Tuesday.

Mr Mike Igini said, following a formal request by the commission, the authorities of the affected institutions where the lecturers are employed released them to appear before an Investigative Panel set up by INEC Headquarters on the 12th and 26th Of August, 2020.

The panel subsequently established a prima facie documentary evidence of deliberate criminal manipulation of election results against the Collation and Returning Officers.

The REC also disclosed that three staff of the ICT Unit of the commission in the state who were found to have compromised the commission’s standard had been sacked. This, he explained was in line with the commission’s statutory powers to appoint, dismiss and exercise disciplinary control over its staff.

The affected staff had earlier also appeared before the Appointment, Promotion and Disciplinary Committee (APDC) of the commission and we’re found culpable of acts of gross misconduct.

The REC expressed concern over the involvement of lecturers noting that the development is a reflection of the degeneration of the age-long values associated with the academic community.

It is not clear when the lecturers will be arraigned but the REC promised to keep the media informed. ChannelsTv
01:46

In Nigerian: Law School calls 1, 785 candidates to Bar



In Nigeria a total of 1, 785 candidates were yesterday called to the Nigerian Bar, having passed the January final examinations conducted by the Nigerian Law School under the supervision of the Council of Legal Education.

At the ceremony held at Eagle Square, Abuja, the Director General, Nigerian Law School, Prof. Isa Hayatu (SAN), stated that 1, 779 candidates passed the January Bar final examinations, while six candidates were from previous final examinations.

According to Prof. Isa Hayatu, 2, 515 students sat for the examinations but only 1, 779 were successful. Out of this figure, five candidates made First Class, 76 made Second Class Upper, 633 graduated with Second Class Lower Division while 1, 065 came out with a pass.

The D.G said the candidates successfully completed the vocational training at the law school as prescribed by the Legal Education Act, and had also taken the prescribed examinations and met all other required conditions set by the Council of Legal Education.

Prof. Isa Hayatu, who congratulated the “new wigs” for their hard work, dedication and steadfastness, said he closely monitored the aspirants during their training and vouched for each and every one of them as men and women of learning and character as demanded by the council.

In his remarks, Chairman, Body of Benchers, Onueze Okocha (SAN) noted that since inception in 1962, the Council of Legal Education, through the Nigerian Law School, has continued to ensure that all candidates for admission into the legal profession in Nigeria are equipped with requisite knowledge and skill to enable them practice as legal practitioners.

He charged the new lawyers to be of good character and uphold honesty and integrity, which are the hallmarks of the legal profession.

Onueze Okocha, who is a life bencher, warned the new lawyers that any breach of the rules and regulations would be met with severe censors and sanctions. Theguardianng
00:28

BBNaija: I expected Kiddwaya to stay till final day


BBNaija housemate, Nengi has expressed shock that Kiddwaya did not make the top final five housemates.

Nengi, reacting to Kiddwaya’s eviction said the billionaire’s son sold himself in the show, and she felt he had a guaranteed spot in final.

Nengi said this during a conversation with other housemates on Sunday night after Kiddwaya’s eviction.

She said: “I was shocked by Kiddwaya’s eviction. He didn’t see it coming.
“I also didn’t see it because I thought he would stay till the final.

“ He sold himself while in the show and I felt that was a guaranteed stay for him.”

She, however, added that Kiddwaya would do well outside because of his talents. Dailypost
00:11

Beer palour ban not because of Sharia –Kaduna LG


Mohammed Usman, The Chairman of the Sabon Gari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, said on Sunday that the ban on sale of beer and its  consumption in the area had nothing to do with Sharia law.

The chairman in Zaria on Sunday alleged that  the by-law enacted was deliberately misinterpreted by some Nigerians and organisations in order to create confusions.

He added that the recent court action by some operators and the state chapter of the  Christian Association  of Nigeria, would not force  the council to reverse its decision.

“We consulted all religious groups, including CAN, and they appeared at the public hearing  before enacting the law. We have also asked them to register with us they refused.

“It appears that all liquor sellers in sabon Gari did not have licence to sell or store beers as provided by law,”  he said.

On the demolition of some liquor joints, the chairman said the demolition was carried out by the Kaduna state Urban Development Authority with the mandate to do so and  not  the  council. Punch
00:07

Man records ‘sex movie’ inside Osun grove and shares on social media

Man identified as Tobiloba Jolaosho has been arrested by the Osun State Police Command for allegedly recording a ‘sex movie’ inside the Osun Osogbo grove.

Tobiloba, who allegedly dressed like an Osun adherent with a completely naked woman, shot a ‘sex movie’ at Osun grove in July this year and shared the clip on social media.

When contacted by Punch on Sunday, the Police Public Relations Officer for Osun Command, Yemisi Opalola, confirmed Jolaosho’s arrest.

She explained that he was arrested based on a complaint by a member of Traditional Religion Worshippers Association in Osun State, Amoo Awosunwon, that Jolaosho’s conduct was likely to cause a breach of public peace.

The PPRO said, “ Awosunwon of Idinleke Temple, Osogbo, reported to the police that he sighted Tobiloba Isaac Jolaosho dressed in Osun traditional attire in a sex movie with a completely naked young lady shared on the social media.”

She added that the scene of the crime had been visited by policemen and gave assurance that if the suspect was found wanting after investigation, he would be arraigned in court. Punch
00:03

Only JSS3, SS2 will resume on Sept 21 – Lagos Govt


The Lagos State Government has announced the plans for both public and private schools’ resumption in the state after the lockdown of schools as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Kayode Abayomi, The Head, Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Education,  in a statement on Sunday, quoted the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, as saying the state would adopt a phased approach in reopening the public schools.

“This phased approach to opening will enable public schools to meet COVID-19 social distance rules and safety protocols and will help us watch the behaviour of the pandemic as we gradually open up our schools.

“The present Junior Secondary 3 and Senior Secondary 2 students in public schools in the state are to resume classes from Monday, 21st of September, 2020.

“The resumption will permit the present JSS 3 students, who are already in an exit class, to revise and get adequately prepared for their forthcoming Basic Education Certificate Examination organised by the Lagos State Examination Board and scheduled for between Tuesday, 6th and Monday, 12th of October, 2020.

“The resumption will also afford the present SSS 2 students an opportunity to prepare effectively for their transition to SSS 3. The scheduled dates and venues for entrance examination into Lagos State Model Colleges will soon be announced by the state examination board,” the statement read in part. Punch
23:51

FRSC begins ‘operation show driver’s license, vehicle papers’


In Lagos - The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) will on Monday commence ‘Operation Show Your Driver’s Licence and Vehicle Papers’.

Olusegun Ogungbemide, Lagos State Sector Commander, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

He said the operation was to checkmate the spate of accidents, especially truck-related crashes and fatalities.

The official noted that most crashes could have been prevented if drivers were careful and patient on the roads.

“With the recent increase in the accidents involving articulated vehicles, there is the need for all drivers to be handy with their driver’s licence and valid vehicle papers as the command begins Operation Show Your Driver’s Licence and Vehicle Licence.

“The recent upsurge in crashes involving trucks calls for concern on the level of professionalism of such drivers hence the need to check documents. The operations start immediately. All vehicles impounded will not be released until owners provide genuine documents.”

He cautioned all road users to ensure they obtain all necessary documents that qualify them to drive.

The commander warned that anyone caught without valid documents would be sanctioned according to the law. Dailypost
23:46

Apologise to my parents - Adeboye’s son tells Daddy Freeze


Leke Adeboye, a son of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has called on broadcaster, Daddy Freeze, to apologise to his parents.

Leke Adeboye made the comment on Instagram in response to Daddy Freeze’s apology to the founder of Living Faith Church, aka Winners Chapel, David Oyedepo.

Daddy Freeze offered the apology after a video showing him insulting Oyedepo two years ago went viral recently.

The broadcaster, who is known for propagating controversial Christian messages, had also discredited some of Adeboye’s sermons in the past, including a recent one on marriage.

However, Adeboye’s son said he expected Daddy Freeze to also apologise to his parents and threatened to also post old videos showing the broadcaster attacking his parents.

He wrote, “I am still waiting for my apologies o (sic). I am still waiting for Pastor Adeboye and Pastor Folu Adeboye or you want me to go and find the videos?”

Daddy Freeze, who is the Convener of the Free the Sheeple Movement and Leader of the Free Nation in Christ, had recently come under attacks from several clerics. Punch
02:30

In Africa: Mali military agrees to 18-month transition government


The head of Mali’s military junta, Colonel Assimi Goita, vowed to establish an 18-month transition government on Saturday, at the close of talks on returning the country to civilian rule following last month’s coup.

An expert group appointed by the junta adopted a charter for an 18-month transition government, the president of which would either be a military officer or a civilian.

“We make a commitment before you to spare no effort in the implementation of all these resolutions in the exclusive interest of the Malian people,” He said.

(AFP)
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