Lekki estate residents build new office for police

The Lekki Estates Residents and Stakeholders Association says it has almost completed building an office space for police in Ajiwe station in the area.

The President of LERSA, Mr Olorogun Emadoye, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, adding that the former structure was destroyed during the #EndSARS protests of 2020.

He said, “The executive of LERSA approved and released N8.5m for the project, which was raised from the members through donation of cash and materials. As of today, we thank God that this project is 95 per cent completed, just waiting for the painting and the completion of the toilet and bathroom, for the building to be fully delivered to the Inspector-General of Police through the Lagos State Commissioner of Police.

 “The association took the step to build the office space to provide accommodation for the police station, which was destroyed during last year’s #EndSARS protests. LERSA has, between the 20th of October 2020, and today, also donated two vehicles to the Nigeria Police Force to assist them in the discharge of their duties.”

Emadoye added that the association had intervened in various since the protests, notably through donation of canopies as temporary accommodation to enable Ajiwe Police Station to commence work after the destruction.

“We also donated a generator,” he said. Dailypost


Benin Republic vote to legalise abortion

Parliamentarians in Benin have voted to legalise abortion in the West African country, where it was already authorised under restricted conditions.

Under the new law passed late on Wednesday women can terminate a pregnancy within the first three months if it is likely to “aggravate or cause material, educational, professional or moral distress, incompatible with the woman or the unborn child’s interest”.

Previously, abortion was authorised if pursing the pregnancy “threatened the life of the mother”, was “the result of a rape or incest” or, when “the unborn child has a particularly severe affection”.

After a heated debate in parliament, with some lawmakers strongly opposed to legalising abortion further, the amendment finally passed.

“In Benin, nearly 200 women die each year as the result of abortion complications,” said the health minister, Benjamin Hounkpatin, in a statement Thursday.

“This measure will be a relief for many women who face undesired pregnancies, and are forced to put their lives in danger with botched abortions,” he added.

The influential Episcopal Conference of Benin said in a statement that it was “highly preoccupied by the proposed law to legalise abortions”


End SARS: Gov Sanwo-Olu orders release of protesters arrested in Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday ordered the police to release all End SARS protesters arrested in the state.

The commemoration of the October 20 Lekki toll gate shooting by the military took place on Wednesday.

Sanwo-Olu directed that all innocent and peaceful citizens picked up be freed immediately.

Only the man caught at the toll gate with dangerous weapons, including a machete, will be prosecuted.

“Everyone arrested in connection with the protest have all been released, except an individual that was caught with dangerous weapons.

“He who confessed to the police that he joined the protest to cause mayhem,” the governor disclosed.

Sanwo-Olu commended the police for being alive with its responsibility to identify and isolate troublemakers from among law-abiding people.

The Lagos helmsman appealed to youths to be stakeholders in the development of the state and reiterated his commitment to reconciliation.

Sanwo-Olu urged them to join the rebuilding effort to restore the operating capacity of institutions affected in the destruction recorded in 2020. Dailypost


Jose Mourinho’s Roma suffer 6-1 defeat to Bodo/Glimt

Jose Mourinho suffered one of the most embarrassing defeats in his managerial career, as Roma were demolished 6-1 by minnows Bodo/Glimt in the Europa Conference League on Thursday.

The Serie A came into the game looking to extend their 100% start in Group C.

However, Mourinho’s much-changed side were embarrassed on the artificial surface at Aspmyra Stadion in Norway.

Erik Botheim and Patrick Berg put the hosts two goals up inside 20 minutes.

Carles Perez pulled one back, but Roma imploded after the break.

Botheim’s second restored Bodo/Glimt’s two-goal advantage and before Ola Solbakken netted a brace, either side of Amahl Pellegrino’s strike.

This is the first time a Mourinho side has conceded six times for the first time in the Portuguese’s illustrious 1,008-game managerial career. Dailypost

Former NSITF chairman, Olejeme arraigned, remanded in EFCC custody

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Jabi, Abuja, has ordered that former Chairman of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) board, Ngozi Olejeme, be remanded in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Justice Maryam Aliyu issued the order, yesterday after Olejeme was arraigned on nine counts bordering on abuse of office, bribery, among others.

She pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to her, following which the prosecuting lawyer, Steve Odiase, sought a date for the commencement of trial.

The defence lawyer, Paul Erokoro (SAN) informed the court about his client’s bail application, which he moved, and urged the court to grant her bail either on self-recognition or on liberal terms.

Erokoro said the defendant returned to the country in 2017, on her own volition, on hearing that she was being wanted for questioning by the EFCC.

He added that she reported to the EFCC, was questioned and was granted bail.

The counsel assured that since the defendant had remained faithful to the bail granted her by the EFCC, she would be available for trial.

Justice Aliyu adjourned till today for ruling on the bail application and ordered that the defendant be kept in EFCC custody. Theguardianng


Kebbi govt receives 30 freed FGC students

Kebbi State Government has confirmed the release of 30 abducted students of Federal Government College (FGC), Birnin Yauri, after four months in captivity.

While addressing the students at Government House, Birnin Kebbi, Governor Abubakar Bagudu, thanked God for their release and urged the students to take their abduction as a trial from God.

Bagudu said efforts were still ongoing to secure the release of the remaining students.

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Recall that ka3na was criticized and dragged online after she had sex with Praise while at the Big Brother house.

She also claimed that Praise didn’t even last for 5 seconds after things turned sour between them. Dailypost

Gov Sanwo-Olu promises to make #EndSARS judicial panel report public

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, said the state government would make the Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses report public.

This is coming a day after a member of the panel said though it is the duty of the government to make the report public, if the state government fails to do so, some of the members know what to do with their copy of the report.

The governor, who stated that the state government would not make any attempt to cover up the recommendations of the panel, whether it is in the government’s favour or not, said the report would be helpful in strengthening true reconciliation and preventing re-occurrence of violence in the state.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed that he had ordered an unconditional release of those detained by the police during the drive-through #EndSARS memorial protest at the Lekki Toll-gate on Wednesday except one person who was caught with dangerous weapons at the scene.

He, therefore, extended a hand of fellowship to the youth to be stakeholders in the development of the state, while reiterating his commitment to reconciliation.

He urged them to join the rebuilding effort to restore the operating capacity of institutions affected in the violence. Theguardianng

Shehu Sani, others escape death as bandits bomb Abuja-bound train

Bandits, Wednesday night, ambushed an Abuja–Kaduna train, detonating explosives on the rail track and causing unprecedented panic in the Kaduna metropolis.

Former senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, who was among the passengers travelling to Abuja, yesterday, narrowly escaped death when the train ran into a rail track damaged by the explosion.

Sani stated: “Yesterday (Wednesday), bandits attacked Kaduna–Abuja train. They planted an explosive that damaged the rail track and shattered the windshield of the train. They also opened fire, targeting the driver and the tank.”

According to him, the unfortunate incident happened between Dutse and Rijana stations, but the driver struggled to move to Rigasa station. Theguardianng

NRC MD, Okhiria reveals those behind Abuja-Kaduna train attack

The managing director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Fidet Okhiria, has claimed vandals, not bandits, are responsible for the attack on a train service along the Abuja-Kaduna track.

Okhiria stated this while speaking with Daily Trust on Thursday.

He confirmed that parts of the train track were destroyed in the attack.

According to him, an investigation has begun to determine what really happened on the Abuja-Kaduna rail line between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

An explosion led to the shutdown of the engine of the train. A backup train had to convey the passengers at about 12:15am to Rigasa train station in Kaduna.

The NRC suspended service on the rail line as a precaution, but Okhiria says they are working to ensure it is restored by Thursday evening (today).

“So we have issues with the track and we are fixing it. We are working to resume train services and by today’s (Thursday) evening, we should run if possible,” he said.

“We operated a train from Kaduna to Abuja this morning (Thursday) but we had to suspend operations due to the damaged track until we fix it.” Dailypost

Why I failed at my nightclub business - AY Comedian reveals

While some celebrities find it difficult to share stories about their failures, others see it as a way to inspire their fans.

In light of this, ace comedian and actor, Ayo Makun, popularly known as AY Comedian, has opened up about his failed nightclub, MVP Lagos.

Speaking during an Instagram live interview monitored by SUNDAY SCOOP, the comedian stated, “I once entered a business that I did not understand. I am very open, there is nothing to hide. There was a time I opened a nightclub. I opened a nightclub with the thought that ‘My name is AY’, I do shows at Eko Hotel, six thousand people attend. If I do my show in Abuja, thousands of people will also come.
 So I asked myself if I open a beer parlour, will I not be able to gather two hundred people in a weekend? I did not understand that it’s a different calling. That I can gather six thousand people at Eko Hotel does not mean I have the capacity to gather two hundred people on a Friday night.”

Speaking further, the filmmaker also noted that the lesson he learnt from his experience was that every individual should know their strength.

He added, “Because I did not understand how the Friday night business works, it was a fundamental failure; money was lost. What is the message here? I also have two of my friends who were solid in the nightlife business. They decided to have a show at Eko Hotel. It was a disaster. The message here is for everyone to know their strength. Know where you can function, know what you can handle.”

AY also urged young people not to always focus on what they could get when they meet someone who could help them.

He added, “You give someone your number, two days later the person has a house rent problem. You lose people like that when the relationship is all about how to milk them. You just want to go there with a bucket and begin to fetch from that well.” Punchng

Your fighter jets will be used to collapse Nigeria – Rev Mbaka warns Buhari

The Spiritual Director, Adoration Ministry Enugu, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari that the fighter jets he is purchasing will be used to destroy the country.

The cleric stated this during a sermon at his church on Sunday.

According to Mbaka, Buhari should rather focus on building more industries
“The jets you are buying are going to be used to collapse Nigeria.

“Please, the first person to meet President Buhari after this message, should tell him that all these jets he is buying will be used to destroy Nigeria.
“God told me to tell him that,” he said.

“Let him stop buying more jets and begin to build more industries.”

Buhari, speaking last week, confirmed that “we have received new equipment in our fight against any form of insecurity from our friendly countries.”
“These assets will be deployed to accelerate the fight against insecurity in all parts of the country,” he added. Dailypost


‘It was a good reaction’ – Rohr relieved after Nigeria win

Coach Gernot Rohr hailed Nigeria’s 2-0 victory over the Central African Republic in Sunday’s 2022 World Cup qualification match, stating that it was “a good reaction” from his men.

The Super Eagles fell to a 1-0 loss at home to the Wild Beasts in the reverse fixture on Thursday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, a first defeat in World Cup qualifiers since June 19, 2004, against Angola.

But on Sunday, they avenged that setback against Raoul Savoy’s men, with Leon Balogun and Victor Osimhen finding the net at the Japoma Stadium, Cameroon.

Balogun put the 2013 African kings ahead in the 29th minute before the Napoli star doubled the advantage on the stroke of half-time, having been teed up by William Troost-Ekong.

After the final whistle, Rohr was full of praise for his team, while expressing relief that his men were able to come away with a victory.

“It was a good reaction from my team, we lost the other day – very unlucky at the very last minute,” the German tactician told NFF media.

“Everybody wanted to take revenge and they did it very well although we could not score a third or fourth goal.

“We changed the system and played three [defenders] at the back which helped us as well as the leadership of [Ahmed] Musa to win this game.
“It is not easy to play the Central African Republic. They committed a lot of fouls but fortunately, we didn’t have any big injuries.

“Now we can prepare for the next game in November and hope that everything would be fine at the end of the day.”

Thanks to this win, Nigeria remain at the summit of Group C with nine points from four matches.

They are guests of Liberia on November 11 and victory over the Lone Star will hand Nigeria a place in the third round – where Africa’s five representatives to Qatar will be decided.

The Super Eagles’ last participation at the global football showpiece was in 2018 (Russia). There, they crashed out in the first round after failing to qualify from Group D that also included Argentina, Croatia and Iceland. Thenationonlineng

I have nothing against Tinubu’s presidential ambition — Shina Peller

The lawmaker representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/ Kajola/Iwajowa federal constituency of Oyo State, Mr Shina Peller, says he has nothing against the presidential ambition of the All Progressives Congress leader, Bola Tinubu, contrary reports in some quarters.

He made the clarification in a statement on Sunday while reacting to news reports quoting him as saying that Tinubu should not be anointed president ahead of the 2023 election.

“My attention has been drawn to the news on blogs quoting me to have said that the APC Leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu should not be anointed as next president. Sadly, it is a misrepresentation of what I said. To set the record straight, I have nothing against our leader or his presidential ambition. I have enjoyed a father and son relationship with him for years, and it remains so,” Peller stated.

Explaining further, the Club Quillox boss said he only insisted on a fair and transparent process of picking leaders.

He said, “I commented on the age-long political style of forcing candidates down the throats of the citizens, without thinking of the principles of equity, equality and fairness.

“I stated that the rest of the world is leaving Nigeria behind in terms of rapid growth and development and only through strong institutions, can we collectively make just decisions for visible progress in the country, especially in our electioneering process.

“The next general election is a reset period for our dear country. We must get it right! Our collective decision must be based on promoting peace and unity.” Punchng

BBNaija: Many women currently asking me out – Whitemoney

Winner of theBig Brother Naija ‘shine your eye’ edition, Hazel Onou, popularly known as Whitemoney has said that many women are currently pressuring him for a relationship.

Whitemoney who said this during his media rounds lamented his current situation, adding that at this point he is willing to love if it’s available at the market.

“My singleness is now worse because many women are now telling me “oh Whitemoney you know I was there for you when you had nothing.”
“With the way things are currently, am ready to buy love if I see anyone in the market.

“I have been single since 2015 and I haven’t had any serious relationship or girlfriend since then.

“My stay at the Big Brother house helped to learn how to know and talk to women better,” he said. Dailypost

Man arrested for defiling neighbour’s 13-year-old daughter in Lagos

The Police Command in Lagos has arrested a 32-year-old man in Lagos for allegedly defiling his neighbour’s 13-year-old daughter.

The states Police spokesman, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu who made this known in a statement on Sunday said the suspect was arrested after allegedly committing the offence on Sept. 20.

Ajisebutu said the incident occurred after the suspect’s wife went to a vigil in one of the churches in the neighborhood.

“The victim’s mother had kept her in the custody of the suspect’s wife when she travelled out of town for three weeks.

“According to the victim’s mother when she returned from the journey, the victim reported to her that she was defiled by the suspect.

“However, during interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime while pleading for mercy,’’ CSP Ajisebutu said.

He said the victim had since been taken to the hospital for medical care.

“The case has also been transferred to the Gender Unit of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, for investigation and prosecution on the directive of the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu,” he added. Dailypost

WHO, UNICEF alert to worsening mental ill-health in Africa

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), yesterday, on the occasion of the World Mental Health Day (WMHD) alerted to aggravating risks for mental ill-health in Africa.

They said at least one in seven children in Sub-Saharan Africa experiences significant psychological hardship, stressing the need for increased investment and access prevention and response services on the continent.

WHO and UNICEF said kids and adolescents were predisposed to mental health problems, especially vulnerable children facing poverty, discrimination and violence.

They observed that lack of basic social, health and education services, combined with wide-reaching structural inequalities, was worsening the situation.

Both global agencies said the effects of climate change, compounded by high rates of HIV infection, adolescent pregnancies and humanitarian emergencies, were ongoing threats to mental wellbeing of children and adolescents in Africa.

Research showed that 50 per cent of mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75 per cent by mid-20s. UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Mohamed M. Fall, said: “Addressing child and adolescent mental health in Africa is urgent. Over the years, millions of young people have been exposed to challenges most adults would find very difficult to cope with, often having to deal with the psychological impacts on their own. Our systems are still failing them.”

To respond to the growing crisis, UNICEF and the WHO committed to a 10-year Joint Programme on Mental Health and Psychosocial Well-being and Development of Children and Adolescents in Africa. Signed in 2020, the decade-long collaborative effort is working with local governments to strengthen mental health and psychosocial support systems for children, adolescents and their caregivers. This would also help bring mental health into national preparedness efforts and take away any stigma that might come with mental health issues.

WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, submitted: “Investment in mental health remains extremely low in Africa, with government expenditure at less than one U.S. dollar per capita. We simply cannot afford to let millions of children, needing care, go without help.

“It is time to make a difference and ensure that children grow into adulthood free of the potentially lifelong and devastating impacts of unaddressed mental health challenges.” Theguardianng

Nine killed, 15 injured in Oyo accident, child rescued unhurt

Nine persons have been killed in an road accident on the Moniya-Ibadan Road, Oyo State.

No fewer than 15 persons were also injured in the accident, while a male child was reportedly rescued from the wreckage without any injury.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the accident, which happened on Saturday, involved two passenger buses, which collided at a sharp bend around the Muslim Burial Ground on the outskirts of Iseyin town.

Residents of Iseyin said some of the injured victims suffered broken limbs and there were reports that some of the victims were members of the same church who were returning from a ceremony in the Saki area.

Some residents were said to have trooped to the morgue and the hospital where the victims were admitted to identify their relatives.
The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Oyo State, Uche Chukwurah, said nine persons died in the crash.

She said, “Nine persons were killed in the crash and 15 persons were injured. Two buses were involved and the cause could be speeding or a burst tyre. But a male child was rescued without any injury. That can only be God.”

The FRSC boss warned motorists against speeding and urged them to always make sure that their vehicles were in good conditions before putting them on the road.

The Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba Abduganiy Salawudeen, appealed to motorists and commercial drivers to always exercise patience while driving.

The National President, Iseyin Development Union, Alhaji Bayo Raji, in a statement on Sunday, said many lives had been lost in accidents on the newly reconstructed Moniya-Iseyin Road.

He urged the state governor to call the road contractor to put speed humps at “critical points along the road.”

A member of the Oyo State House of Assembly representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju State Constituency, Dele Adeola, also called for the immediate construction of road signals and humps to guide users of the road. Punchng

‘ACJ law empowers judges to compensate victims of crime injuries’

The Lagos State Administration of Criminal Justice (Amendment) Law (ACJL) 2021 has empowered trial judges to award compensation to victims of crimes who suffer injuries as a result of an action of a guilty defendant.

The state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, disclosed this while addressing newsmen on some unique features of the ACJL, signed into law recently by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

According to Onigbanjo, Section 372 of the law gave power to judges to award commensurate compensation in criminal cases, where victims have suffered losses or injuries unlike in the past where this only applies to people who have suffered financial losses.

He said: “Section 372 gave power to the judges to award compensation in criminal cases where victims have suffered losses or injuries. The judge also has the power to forfeit the property of the guilty defendants or any other person or state and order them to be sold to compensate the victims of crimes.
“So, it no longer applies to people who suffered financial damages but also to people who suffer injuries by the action relating to that crime.

“In doing so, the court in considering the award of compensation to the victim may call for additional evidence to enable it determine the quantum of compensation to award.”

Onigbanjo also revealed that Section 370 of the ACJL mandated the state to establish a crime data register. He said the data register would be an electronic repository of information on suspects and offenders either convicted or awaiting trial who pass through the criminal justice system from the point of arrest through prosecution and until the judgment is delivered.

Onigbanjo further stated that the register would also serve as a criminal records database and organisations in the state may apply to obtain criminal records, particularly for sex offenders.

“It will also assist the police in the investigation of crime as sufficient information on all convicted persons would be available, which should make it easy to identify convicts in subsequent proceedings,” he added.

The attorney-general also cited Section 298, which empowers the court to make an order of interim forfeiture of property before the commencement or conclusion of a trial where there is reasonable ground to believe such property has been used or provided for the commission of the offence charged.

He noted that the section also empowers the court to make an interim order to freeze monies in such account where there is reason to believe that monies in an account are reasonably suspected to be proceeds of illegal or unlawful transaction and will not be available during and after the trial. Theguardianng

Students’ merciless beating: Kwara orders Arabic school head’s suspension, raises panel

The Kwara State Government on Sunday said it had directed that an investigative committee be set up to probe the management of Misbaudeen al islamiy Arabic School, Ganmo, in the Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State.

Some students of the school were seen in a video footage being punished for alleged conducts conceived to be contrary to the rules of the school.

The government also asked the head of the Arabic school, who admitted to directing the punishment, to step aside pending the conclusion of the investigation.

Some male and female students of the school were seen in the trending video being beaten for  going to a “Club House” to celebrate the birthday of one of their mates, as well as engaging in the drinking of alcohol, contrary to Islamic injunction.

 But the state government in a statement by the Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo-Kawu, said a delegation had visited the school, while

the affected students had also been taken to a public hospital for treatment.
The statement reads partly, “The team comprised the Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu; Special Assistant to the Governor on Religion (Islam) Alhaji Danmaigoro; Dr Saudat AbduBaqi of the University of Ilorin; Mallam Lawal Olohungbebe of Kwara State University; and Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye.

“The team was joined by the Divisional Police Officer Ganmo, SP Oko Nkama; and a representative of the NSCDC DSC Parati AbdulHameed.

“The government’s team listened to the authorities of the Arabic school, the father of the sole girl in the video, and four other students involved in the unsavoury development.

“Regardless of the explanations of the authorities on the development, the self-confessed consent of the parents and regret of the affected students, the government seriously frowns at the harsh beating seen in the footage.

“Consequently, the government has directed the setting up of an investigative committee, comprising Muslim scholars, leaders and government officials, to look into the issue while the head of the Arabic school, who admitted to directing the punishment, has been asked to step aside pending the conclusion of the investigation.

“The government has also taken the affected students to a public hospital for proper medical examination and treatment. This is to ensure that none of them suffers any physical or psychological damage.” Punchng


Cristiano Ronaldo breaks Champions League record against Villarreal

Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, has surpassed Iker Casillas’ appearance record in the Champions League.

The 36-year-old was selected from the start by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the visit of Villarreal on Wednesday night.

In doing so, Ronaldo made his 178th appearance in the competition, moving ahead of former Real Madrid goalkeeper, Casillas.

Ronaldo had equalled Casillas’ record when he started in United’s 2-1 defeat at Young Boys.

Paco Alcacer opened the scoring for Villarreal at Old Trafford, before Alex Telles drilled in from distance to make it 1-1.

With seconds left in the game, Ronaldo popped up at the far post to snatch the winner. Dailypost

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