There may be second lockdown, PTF warns
The Presidential Task Force (PFT) on COVID-19 has warned Nigerians against a second lockdown in Nigeria.
The Chairman of PTF, Boss Mustapha, made the call at a briefing in Abuja.
Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said this can be done by complying with the protocols released by the government.
According to him: “Let me remind you that the pandemic is raging and all tiers of Government and citizens must keep their hands-on-deck.
“We are in a difficult situation in which a balance must continue to be struck between lives and livelihood.
“We are considering all options while hoping that broad cooperation will be received.
“We must do everything possible to avoid a second lockdown in Nigeria.”
Source: The Nation
Assistant Commissioner Of Police Bags Life Imprisonment For Buying Vehicle From Kidnappers
An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, has sentenced an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Okubo Aboye, to life imprisonment for buying stolen vehicle from kidnappers in the state.
The court on Monday also sentenced seven other persons, Solomon Ayodele Obamoyegun (39), Femi Omiawe (40), Damilola Obamoyegun (20), Bose Sade Ajayi (30), George Lucky (35), Chukwuma Nnamani (22) and Sunday Ogunleye (45) to five years imprisonment each without an option of fine for kidnapping.
In their testimony, the investigating police officers said the car was tracked down to the compound of ACP Okubo who on interrogation confessed that he bought the vehicle from his mechanic who received it from the kidnappers.
The prosecutor, Felix Awoniyi, revealed that “the offence runs contrary to sections 346(2), 1(2)a, and Section 5 of the Criminal Code Cap C16 laws of Ekiti State, 2012 and Robbery and Firearms Special Provisions Act, Cap R11, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.”
In his judgement, Justice John Adeyeye found the ACP guilty and sentenced him to life imprisonment accordingly.
“I found you guilty of receiving stolen vehicle. All evidence pointed to the fact that you were aware that the car was stolen. You are hereby sentenced to life imprisonment for the offence,” he said.
To prove the kidnapping case, the prosecutor called seven witnesses while exhibits tendered included statements of the accused persons and bond to release the vehicle to the owner.
Gunmen kill Inspector in Port Harcourt, Police confirm
POLICE in Rivers State have confirmed one Inspector dead and other nursing gunshot wounds after gunmen attacked a police team at Amangala Bustop, Borikiri, Port Harcourt, Sunday night. An eye witness in the neighbourhood, however, claimed two policemen and a civilian hit by the assailant’s stray bullets died in the ordeal. Rivers Police Spokesman, SP Nnamdi Omoni confirmed,
“The unfortunate and mindless attack last night on our Personnel from Borikiri Division, posted on a Pin-Down Point at Capt Amangala Junction, Borikiri Port Harcourt. “While on duty unknown gunmen numbering about Seventeen (17) launched a surprise attack on them, leading to the death of an Inspector of Police, while others sustained gunshot wounds.
“The Police Patrol Vehicle belonging to the Team was riddled with bullets. The Corpse of the late Inspector has been evacuated and deposited in Mortuary for Autopsy. “Meantime, the Commissioner of Police (CP Joseph Mukan) has ordered a serious manhunt for the perpetrators with marching orders to all Tactical Units to identify and apprehend them without delay. The Area is under close monitoring.”
The eye witness who spoke on anonymity narrated, “The gunmen stormed the place and shot sporadically at the officers on duty leading to the death of two of them while another civilian was hit by a stray bullet from the assassins’ guns. “We don’t know where exactly they came from but all we heard was gunshots and we all ran inside. By the time it subsided, we came out to see two officers and one civilian dead. Right now, we are even afraid because we don’t know if police will come for arrest in the night”
Buhari, Osinbajo To Spend N3.4bn on Feeding, Traveling In 2021
President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will spend N3.4 billion on feeding and travel expenses in 2021.
Naija News gathered that President Buhari approved about N2.6 billion of the amount for his office, and about N873 million was earmarked for Osinbajo’s office.
This newspaper understands that in the last five years, travel expenses have taken the largest chunk of these expenses.
The same amount was approved for the offices of the first two citizens of the country in 2020. Both offices received less but still significantly high allocations in the four preceding years.
Travels and feeding gulped N1.5 billion in 2019; N1.52 billion in 2018; in 2017, N1.45 billion; and N1.43 billion in 2016. Presidential travels will gulp N2.4 billion: N775.6 million for local trips and N1.7 billion for international journeys.
On the other hand, Osinbajo will spend N801 million on his travels for the year – N284 million locally and N517.1 million outside the shores of the country.
Meanwhile, the meal bill for the offices of President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo has been pegged at N195.5 million. The first family will spend N124 million.
Source: Naija News
New photos of Omawumi sparks pregnancy rumours – She reacts
New photos of Nigerian singer Omawumi Megbele, known by her stage name Omawumi, sparked pregnancy rumours among her fans.
Fans were quick to point out her protruding belly.
The new photos shared by Omawumi on her social media page made many believe she is expecting baby number 3 anytime from now.
She had taken to her social media page to share adorable photos of herself clad in one-piece swimwear as she spends quality time with her kids at the swimming pool.
Omawumi’s belly looked fat appearing like a small baby bump, but she would go on to reveal that the reason for her big belly is a result of locally prepared food she ate.
”It’s a beautiful day and the sun shine is just right…
Dear womb watchers, nothing dey happen, na just Eba and Starch dey show themselves” she wrote
Source: Lailas News
Transfer rumours: Alli, Lukaku, Lingard, Laborde, Garcia, Depay
Tottenham Hotspur and England midfielder Dele Alli, 24, is “pushing” for a move to French champions Paris St-Germain but negotiations are proving difficult. (Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, on Twitter)
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will have £200m to spend in the summer, with Inter Milan’s Belgium and former Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku, 27, on a list of potential signings. (Telegraph – subscription required)
Sheffield United remain confident they can sign England midfielder Jesse Lingard, 28, from Manchester United, despite their position at the bottom of the Premier League. (Sheffield Star)
West Ham United are weighing up a move for Montpellier’s 26-year-old French striker Gaetan Laborde.(Telegraph – subscription required)
Barcelona acting president Carles Tusquets suggested signing Manchester City and Spain defender Eric Garcia, 20, for 8m euros (£7.1m) to the club’s three presidential candidates, but any move could not go ahead as not all of them were in agreement. (Marca)
Everton have cooled their interest in Bournemouth striker Joshua King, 29, with the Norway international said to be looking for a £120,000-a-week deal. (Sun)
Netherlands forward Memphis Depay, 26, says he and Lyon team-mate Houssem Aouar, 22, want to move to “one of the top three clubs in the world”. Depay has been linked with Barcelona, while French midfielder Aouar was reported to be a target for Arsenal. (Canal+)
Marseille manager Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed that French midfielder Morgan Sanson is a target for English teams, with Arsenal, Aston Villa, Tottenham and West Ham linked with the 26-year-old. (Mail)
Inter Milan director Beppe Marotta says the Serie A side are financially stable but will not be making “any investments” during the January transfer window. (Sky Sport Italia – in Italian)
Norwich City are set to sign Greece left-back Dimitris Giannoulis, 25, from PAOK for a fee which could rise to 7m euros (£6.2m). (Pink Un)
Hull City manager Grant McCann says English striker Keane Lewis-Potter is not for sale, despite talks over a new deal for the 19-year-old reaching an impasse. (Yorkshire Post)
Source: BBC Sports