Captain Cahill: There Are No Friendlies For England

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Stand in captain Gary Cahill has urged his men not to take their upcoming friendlies with levity.

The Chelsea centre back was named captain, with Wayne Rooney out with a knee injury.

England will fave Germany tomorrow and Netherlands on Tuesday, with Cahill citing the importance of both matches.

“It is a chance [to lay down a marker],” he said at his pre-match media conference. “We know ourselves it’s a friendly, but at the same time there are no friendly games for England.

“We want to play the right way, but we know we are going to be judged, especially against tough opposition. We just want to keep going the same way and play how we have been playing

“It’s another great test against a great opposition and one we are all looking forward to. We have got two more games and at the end of them it gives us a chance to see where we are playing against top players.”

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Alex Iwobi Makes Super Eagles Debut

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Alex Iwobi Makes Super Eagles Debut – Arsenal youngster Alex Iwobi has officially chosen the Super Eagles of Nigeria over the Three Lions of England.

Alex Iwobi Makes Super Eagles Debut

Alex Iwobi Makes Super Eagles Debut

Iwobi made his competitive debut for the Super Eagles in the 1-1 African Nations Cup qualifier draw with Egypt, coming in as a substitute in the 80th minute.

Mikel Obi: Iwobi And Iheanacho Are The Future Of Nigeria

It had been reported before the tie that the youngster would be unavailable for the match after coming down with a bout of flu.

It’s been an eventful month for the Iwobi, who is the nephew of Nigerian legend Austin Jay Jay Okocha, as he made his first ever Premier League start for Arsenal days back, marking it with a goal.

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Ter Stegen Wants More Action At Barcelona

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Marc-Andre Ter Stegen has hinted at a possible exit from Barcelona, should he not be given the first team football he so desires.

The German shotstopper is used predominantly in the Copa del Rey and Champions League, with Navas used in the La Liga.

The 23-year-old is not satisfied with that and has now given a strong indication that he could consider leaving Camp Nou should the current rotation policy continue.

“I want to take the next step and to play more. So the situation is clear: if nothing changes, we have to talk,” he told TZ.

“In football, sometimes things go very quickly.

“At the end of the season I’ll have played about 25 games. This is not a little, but when I return from the national team, I’ll probably be back on the bench in La Liga, for the Clasico against Real Madrid [on April 2].

“In the long run, these 25 games per season are not enough for me.

“The decision is made by the coach. I hope that the quality I’ve shown recently is rewarded.”

Ter Stegen, currently on international duty with Germany, joined Barca from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2014.

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Kiss Daniel’s Real Age Revealed

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Kiss Daniel’s Real Age Revealed – A recent interview had created controversy over the age of singer Kiss Daniel, but his Wikipedia page has cleared it all up.

In the interview, Kiss Daniel, whose real name is Anidugbe Oluwatobiloba Daniel, had been referred to as “the 21-year old singer.”

Kiss Daniel Unveils Debut Album Art – New Era

This had struck up controversy on social media, with fans saying it was impossible for the Laye singer to be 21 years old. This was because Kiss Daniel graduated from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta three years ago, after studying a 5-year course.

That would make him 13 years old at the time of admission, which seemed almost improbable. However, the singer’s Wikipedia page now shows his correct age, 28.

Kiss Daniel's Real Age Revealed

Kiss Daniel’s Real Age Revealed

In other less controversial news, Daniel will be releasing his debut album, New Era, soon. Are you excited about it?

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Hummels: England Among Favourites To Win The Euro 2016

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Germany defender Mats Hummels believes England are among the favourites to win the euro 2016 in the summer.

In preparation for the summer competition, England will play Germany at the Olympiastadion on Saturday.

And with the three lions qualifying for the competition on a perfect record, Hummels sees them as potential winners.

“In my opinion they are one of the top teams, and among the five or six teams that will challenge for the trophy next summer,” Hummels told the German FA’s official website.

“They have a lot of good, young players and have managed to build a very strong squad – both defensively and offensively.

“They have proved that both in World Cup and Euro qualification – it will be a good test for us.

“It is important, especially in terms of building confidence. Although you have to say, the Euros are not won in early spring.

“We want to put in a good performance, and give the fans something to enjoy.”

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MUSIC: Bemshima – XXIII

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Bemshima is a hip hop artiste and producer who’s based in Abuja. Having produced a score of widely received songs like Ola Dips’ Ijoba 2015, Blaqbonez Coke Boys, AQ’s I Don’t Need Love and Foes Will Fall e.t.c, he makes a musical return with this song he calls “XXIII”.

On XXIII, Bemshima seeks to make amends with those he’s hurt while showing gratitude to those who’ve supported him.


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Cahill To Captain England Against Germany

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It has been confirmed that Chelsea defender, Gary Cahill will captain England against Germany in the friendly tomorrow.

The defender is standing in for Manchester United man, Wayne Rooney who has been sidelined for a month due to injury.

Cahill has featured in 32 matches, in what qualifies as a disastrous season for Chelsea.

The former Bolton Wanderers centre-back, who joined the Blues in 2012, has won 40 caps for the Three Lions, scoring three goals.

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Messi: I Would Love To Meet Obama

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Argentina star Lionel Messi insists he’ll love to spend time with US president Barack Obama’s family.

Obama was in Buenos Aires, but couldn’t arrange for Messi to meet his daughters.

The Argentina international was surprised at the President’s declaration and would love to remedy that.

“Obviously, I was surprised that he said that, but on the contrary, for me it would be completely the opposite,” Messi told TyC Sports.

“For me it would be a source of great pride to be able to meet him and his daughters, but obviously I know it would be complicated.

“I don’t know whether it is possible. Maybe he made the comment because he was in Argentina but I can say I was as surprised as everyone else.”

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Hummels: Germany Will Feel Schweinsteiger Absence

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Germany defender Mats Hummels admits Bastian Schweinsteiger’s knee injury is a cause for concern for the team.

The Germany captain suffered a partial ligament tear in his left knee in training and will not be available for the friendlies against England and Italy.

Reports also suggest the Manchester United man could be absent for the Euro 2016, but Hummels hopes he is fit enough to play in the tournament.

“Of course, we all feel for Bastian after what happened,” Hummels told the official German Football Association (DFB) website.

“Everybody who has recurring injury problems knows how frustrating this can be.

“It is very annoying for Bastian, but also for the team. He is our captain. I obviously hope his injury will not keep him out of the Euros.

“We know that Bastian, like any other player, will be focused on getting back as soon as possible. The first day is all about frustration when you get injured, but from there on, you are entirely focused on making your comeback as soon as possible.”

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Muller Eager To Face The Three Lions Of England

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Thomas Muller cannot wait to play England, in the friendly slated for Saturday.

Muller believes it’ll be productive for Germany to face high calibre opponents ahead of the Euro’s, as Germany look to back up their World Cup triumph with European Championship glory.

“The opponents are good, that’s the way we want it,” the Bayern Munich star told reporters.

“If it goes well or if it doesn’t – in the end that has nothing to do with the tournament. But of course it’s a test for the team, it will definitely help us.”

Muller added that he had no concerns by the size of the squad with Germany also facing Italy next Tuesday.

“We have a big squad at the moment, that’s what the coach already said,” he said.

“The players won’t play two times for 90 minutes. The time on the field will be divided for sure.

“But we are definitely looking forward to that, the opponents are good and we definitely want to show something.”

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Amsterdam Arena Could Be Renamed In Honour Of Johan Cruyff

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The Amsterdam Arena, which is him to Ajax could be renamed the Johan Cruyff Arena according to the mayor of the Dutch capital.

Cruyff died at 68 after losing the battle to lung cancer, with social media suggesting the Ajax legend be honoured.

The club cannot make such decision themselves, but have the support of the local authority, who co-owns the stadium.

“I have discussed this with mayor Eberhard van der Laan and we came to the conclusion that it is something we should try to make happen,” Van den Burg told RTL.

“I think we have the support of 837,000 people from Amsterdam.

“We have some great arguments to convince the other shareholders.”

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Join the #GrillCrew This Easter at the Lagos Grill & Bbq Festival Flavoured by Jack Daniel’s

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The Lagos Grill and BBQ festival flavoured by Jack Daniel’s returns for a second year this Easter – March 27 with a bigger recipe. Following up from past editions held in locations at Lagos and Abuja (2015), 2016 looks even hotter and spicier for all friends of Jack.

Lagos Grill & Bbq Festival

Falz – Entertainment Host

The Muri Okunola Park will be the only place to be this Easter Sunday as it will be transformed into a summer style party location with gazebos, comfortable seating areas, cocktail tables and a big stage for the performances including Falz the bahd guy, DJ OBI, Yung L, Simi, Jesse Jagz, Kach, Tonye and many more. Grill Master, Francis ‘Grind’ Ebie (GMG) will be also dishing out quick recipes and tips via the Jack Daniel’s grilling Master class.

According to GRIND Concepts, the chief coordinators of the event, “This second edition will make the first edition look like a test run – We are pulling all stops for the 2016 Lagos Grill and Barbecue Festival which is a fusion of Western style food festivals and authentic Naija grill and BBQ”.

As expected, vendors of all things smokey, delicious, grilled, barbecued from Chicken to Boli to Suya to Steak will be on ground to accompany Jack. Other side attractions include the wings eating competition, games and merchandise from Jack. It’s about cooking meat with fire and smoke, chowing down together on a big table with family and friends while listening to great music.

DATE: 27th March, 2016


VENUE: MURI OKUNOLA PARK, Adeyemo Alakija Street, Victoria Island

Jack Daniel’s association with grilling has spanned over 25 years with The Jack BBQ Competition.  

Follow Jack Daniels on social media (JackDaniels_NG) with hashtags #LagosGrillFest16

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#TURNUP in Festac This Easter at the Wet-Wave Pool Party by Grasshopper and Glenffiddich Whisky

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This Easter weekend, Grasshoppers Place and Glenffiddich whisky brings the party to Festac with pool party fun!

the Wet-Wave Pool Party

Grasshopper & Glenffiddich Whisky Presents the Wet-Wave Pool Party in Festac This Easter

Set to hold at Golden Tulip Festac on Saturday 26th March; it will feature performances by Vector, Jesse Jagz, SolidStar, Ycee, DJ Snoop Da Damager, Karma, DJ Yo-Sir amongst others. The special guests for the day are 2 Baba aka 2Face and SoundSultan.

In case you’re wondering how to attend this party; go get your invites from these places:

  • The Grasshopper Place Festac Town Lagos,
  • Golden Tulip Festac
  • Festival Mall

Or call : 014543550, 08034406119.

Date :   Saturday 27th March 2016


Time:  1 pm – 8pm

Entrance : Strictly by Invitation

Dress Code: Wet ‘N’ Wild

Glenffiddich Whisky is skillfully crafted. Enjoy responsibly. 18+

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Heineken brings THE TAKEOVER to Gidi Culture Festival 2016

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Heineken® Nigeria is set to thrill music lovers with THE TAKEOVER, a unique and interactive music experience at the Gidi Culture Festival on Saturday, 26 March, 2016 at Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Heineken brings THE TAKEOVER to Gidi Culture Festival 2016

Heineken brings THE TAKEOVER to Gidi Culture Festival 2016

THE TAKEOVER is an element of Heineken’s ‘Live Your Music’ campaign, a celebration of music experiences that make people feel more alive – experiences tailored at giving passionate music lovers and ‘live-rs’ the opportunity to live the power of their music in more accessible and affordable ways.

The session allows festival goers to ‘takeover’ from the music DJ and control playlists through customized wristbands available at the Heineken® stand. THE TAKEOVER also allows music lovers to enjoy a variety of unique music genres such as Pop, Jazz, Afro pop, R & B and more.

Create your customized ‘takeover’ playlist HERE

Heineken® leads in music and technology innovation, this is evident in the launch of the Heineken® Ignite Bottle – a smart bottle that interacts over music beats to create a more ‘connected’ party experience. The introduction of‎ THE TAKEOVER‎ validates Heineken’s commitment to provide unique and exclusive experiences for their music-loving consumers.

Heineken brings THE TAKEOVER to Gidi Culture Festival 2016

There is no DJ, you control the music

Want VIP tickets to the Gidi Culture Festival?

Showcase your music knowledge by creating your customized ‘takeover’ playlist HERE

Using the hashtags: #HeinekenGidiFest and #LiveYourMusic, you can also contribute to the songs on THE TAKEOVER playlist.

The top 3 most retweeted/liked playlist with the hashtags wins VIP tickets to the festival.



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Guinness Africa Special Encourages People to #MoveWithSpecial With New Street Dance Ad

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Guinness Africa Special, the most acclaimed new beer launch in recent time, is at it again with the launch of this high-energy street dance film, with music track remixed by Nigerian super producer; Spellz and Kenyan producer; Jaaz Odongo. The original music is by Buraja Som Sistema.

This film emphasizes the incredibly talented, self-expressive and creative nature of our African and Nigerian youth through epic, high energy and playful street dance moves inspired by the Krumping and Korudo dance styles.

Guinness Africa Special was made by young Africans for young Africans. It is alive inside with our African herbs and the vibrant spirit of our young African generation, and this spirit is evident throughout this enthralling film.

Can you street dance? Can you move with Special? Follow @guinnessngr on Twitter and Instagram and Guinness Nigeria on Facebook to get involved and #MoveWithSpecial.

Guinness Africa Special is the distinct quality of Guinness with African herbs, at 5% alcohol, for a more vibrant and refreshing taste. Try it now for only N200.

N.B: It is not for sale for persons under the age of 18. Please drink responsibly.


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Did Israel Houghton Cheat On His Wife Of 20 Years With Adrienne Bailon?

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The name Israel Houghton may seem strange to you if you are not in the gospel circle.

However, he is a huge deal and has won five Grammy Awards, 13 Dove Awards, two Stellar Awards and a Soul Train Music Award. He released hits like He Knows My Name, You Are Alpha And Omega, You Hold My Life In Your Hands.

Still don’t know him?

Here’s a photo below:

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So, not long ago, Israel took to his Facebook page to announce that he and his wife, Meleasa who have been married for twenty years had just divorced.

He posted the breaking news on Facebook (it’s been since deleted), “Several years ago I failed and sinned in my marriage. … Although we tried, the challenges in our relationship have proven too much to overcome. We have always handled our family and ministry with grace and generosity toward others, discretion, and privacy.

Israel is the senior worship leader at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church. He and Meleasa, parents of three children, founded New Breed Ministries in 1995. New Breed comprises of musicians and singers who lead within their respective churches and, together, minister at other churches and massive concerts.

“I am in the process of restoration and I have repented for my actions. Although I am sincerely sorry, and forgiven, I soberly realize that I will live with the consequences of my failings for the rest of my life,” Houghton posted on Facebook.

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Israel and Meleasa

“As this has become a public matter I want to apologize to the many who have supported my ministry through the years. I’m sorry for the many who will be hurt to learn of my personal failure. I regret any pain or disappointment that this news may cause you. We thank you for your prayers and for allowing us to handle this privately with those who are set over us in this process,” Houghton concluded.

Many were sad to learn on this shocking news but roughly a month later, more shocking news was revealed when Israel was spotted with his new woman Adrienne Bailon.

Now, you know her, right? Please tell me you do. Remember 3LW (3 Little Women), the girls that sang No More and Playas Gon’ Play?

Well, here’s Adrienne below with her ex, Rob Kardashian

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Television personality Rob Kardashian, left, and singer Adrienne Bailon

Yep they so dated. But that was a while ago.

The 32-year-old started off something new with Lenny Santiago, Roc Nation music executive, and got engaged but they broke it off just last year.

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Adrienne and Lenny

We were not told the real reason for their breakup but speculations have now arisen that Israel might be part of it. The same way, Adrienne is being accused of having a hand in his divorce, although there’s no proof to any of this.

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israel houghton
israel houghton

Israel Houghton went on Facebook in a long epistle to clear any speculations that stem around him having had an affair with Bailon while being married to his ex, Maleasa.

“I met Adrienne Bailon a bit over 2 years ago, we worked together & became friends… Our circles connected & we remained good friends. From a friendship, as two single adults we have very recently begun to explore a dating relationship,” he shared. “As I previously wrote in a statement I released a while back, My marriage had been over for quite some time before going public with my divorce announcement.”

Adrienne also went on Instagram to write, “You can body shame me… that’s fine. But please don’t insult my character & my integrity.”

The couple first met on the 2013 film I’m in Love With a Church Girl. Adrienne starred in the movie which Houghton produced.

There were also rumors indicating Israel was put on indefinite leave because of this mess with Adrienne Bailon  but his rep has spoken out, debunking the allegations.

“Israel has been on staff at Lakewood for 15 years since 2001 (not 2011) and actually remains officially on staff,” the rep states. “He was never suspended, nor was he put on an indefinite leave but is on a personal sabbatical of his choosing.”

Both Israel and Adrienne have denied any form of dirty business. They are both adults enjoying a healthy dating relationship.

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Army Urges Nigerians To Disregard Boko Haram Kingpin, Shekau’s Video

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Despite the purported remorse demonstrated by Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, in an online video making the rounds, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has vowed that the Nigerian Armed Forces will not relent in its operations against insurgency in North-East Nigeria.

READ ALSO: Report Says Boko Haram Kingpin, Shekau Urged Members To Surrender To Nigeria

This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by the Director of Defence Information, Rabe Abubakar.

While assuring that it will not lower its guard on terrorism, the Army urged Nigerians to remain vigilant despite the seeming conciliatory approach of Shekau in the video message.

READ ALSO: 76 Starving Boko Haram Fighters Surrender To Nigerian Military

Read excerpt of the press statement titled: ‘No Save Haven For Terrorists’ below.

“It has come to the notice of the Defence Headquarters about the online video clips purportedly released by the Boko Haram Terrorists Leader, Abubakar Shekau or his replica in Arabic and Hausa Languages showing remorse and asking for forgiveness.

The DHQ wishes to state emphatically that not minding the contents of the video clips, the Armed Forces of Nigeria would continue to fight in order to consolidate the successes recorded so far and assuring Nigerians that no inch of the Nigerian territory would be allowed to be bastardized by any force of darkness again.

The DHQ is also reassuring the good citizens of our great country that all captives under the coffer of the Boko Haram Terrorists, would regain their freedom with the ongoing military’s final offensive against the terrorists.

While the Nigerian Military would not rest until all the remnants of the terrorist group are completely wiped out of our blessed land, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, wishes to commend all officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces for their sacrifices, determination and courage to degrade the terrorists and task them to complete the good job they have started soonest in line with our rules of engagement.

The said video clips should therefore be discountenanced as it could be another ploy or antics of the terrorists to keep our innocent citizen off their current security alertness to maximize casualties if attacked. The Nigerian Armed Forces are now determined more than ever before to end this ugly trend.

Members of the public are also advised not to be carried away by the video clips, but to be extra vigilant and be security conscious at all times during Easter celebration and beyond. Public is also reminded to report any suspicious strange faces, movement and object to the nearest security agency so as to counter any unholy plans of the Godless terrorist group

Defence Headquarters Nigeria

Shekau, the leader of the nefarious death society had on Thursday staged a return more than one year after his last appearance on video, hinting that his “end” as the sect’s leader “has come.

READ ALSO: Boko Haram Pledges Allegiance To ISIS?

“For me, the end has come”, he said in a video message without his usual defiance, taunts and denunciation of the country’s leaders.

Speaking on his rumoured death, Shekau said: “This is a message of greeting and joy for you to see my face. This is my desire: that whoever sees this will hear nothing but greetings between me and you. Only Allah knows the rest, as you believed [and] as you submitted. For me the end has come.

“This is only the message I want to send to you to understand that this is certainly I. This is why I did this.”

Reacting swiftly to the eight minutes footage, the military said it was studying the video to determine its authenticity.

It will be recalled, Shekau had been reportedly killed several times since the start of the insurgency only for him to reappear in video messages.

The military believes several lookalikes have since stood in for him.

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Lassa Fever Kills 14 In Taraba

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The Chairperson, Lassa Fever Committee in the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Jalingo, Taraba state, Aisha Sani has said that 14 persons have thus far died from the the disease, since January 2016.

READ ALSO: Lassa Fever And Why You Need To Take It Seriously (Must Read)

Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Jalingo, Dr Aisha confirmed that of the 49 suspected cases of the disease reported in the hospital, 21 persons were treated and discharged.

READ ALSO: Zika Virus: New Viral Disease Rivals Lassa Fever | Expected To Spread Across America – WHO

Sani said “Seven persons had absconded. We are making frantic efforts to arrest and bring them back to the hospital before they infect others with the disease.

“We have our internal securities here, but the truth is that we need more to secure the Lassa fever unit.”

According to her, laboratory test had so far confirmed four cases of the disease, while four suspected cases were referred to the Institute of Lassa Fever Research and Control, Irrua, Edo.

READ ALSO: Lassa Fever Kills 40 In 10 Nigerian States – Health Minister

“The four patients had already developed kidney failure and you know we don’t have dialysis section here.

“Let me use this medium to appeal to the Federal Government to provide a dialysis unit in this hospital so that we can save lives,” she said.

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Boko Haram: Troops Kill Scores During Mop Up Operations In Borno

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In a bid to make the Northern part of Nigeria habitable and free from the clutch of Boko Haram terrorists, troops of 3 Battalion, 22 Brigade, in conjunction with Army Headquarters Strike Group (AHQ SG) and the Armed Forces Special Forces (AFSF), have carried out a spectacular clearance operation on Tuesday.

READ ALSO: Troops Raid Boko Haram Hideout In Borno, Kill 58 Terrorists

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Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman

The spokesperson of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman said:

“The gallant troops cleared the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists hibernating in Kala Balge general area.”

“The triumphant troops apart from killing 22 terrorists cleared pockets of the terrorists in Wumbi, Tunish, Tilem and Malawaji. Others are Makaudari, Daima, Buduli, Sadigumo, Jiwe, Sidigeri and Kala villages. The troops also rescued 309 persons held captives by the terrorists.

“They also discovered and destroyed the terrorists training camp, factory, locally made weapons and warehouse at Tilem and then secured Rann, the headquarters of Kala Balge Local Government Area.

“In a related development, troops of 3 Battalion with the support of Civilian JTF also conducted a fighting patrol at Kusumma village in which they killed 3 Boko Haram terrorists and captured one alive.

“They also rescued 520 persons held hostage by the terrorists and recovered 1 motorcycle, weapons and axes.

“The troops, basking in the unprecedented achievement, are also making efforts to clear remnants of the terrorists in the surrounding areas.”

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Lekki Gardens MD, Robert Nyong, Granted Bail On Self-Recognition

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The Chief Magistrate of the Ebute Meta Magistrate Court, Afolashade Botoku has on Thursday granted the Managing Director of Lekki Gardens Homes, Robert Nyong bail on self-recognition.

She also granted a bail of N10 million with two sureties to Taiwo Odofin, the contractor of the collapsed building.

Mrs. Botoku held that the duo report at the State Criminal Investigations and intelligence Department, SCIID, Panti-Yaba, between the hours of 10.00 a.m., and 5.00 p.m., everyday until the police investigations were concluded.

She also asked them to submit their International passports to the court, adding that they were not allowed to travel out of the country till all investigations have been concluded.

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, a five storey building collapsed in the highbrow Lekki Gardens estate, and 35 people reportedly died.

READ ALSO: Ambode Sacks Occupants, Orders Integrity Test On All Lekki Gardens Buildings

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Botoku had on March 11 ordered the remand of Robert Nyong, MD of Lekki Garden Homes and Taiwo Odofin, one of the contractors handling the project at their first arraignment following a remand application brought before it by the police.

The police had urged the court to remand the two defendants pending when they would conclude investigations.

READ ALSO: Police Arrest Lekki Gardens MD Over Building Collapse

When the case came up on March 23 to hear their bail application, the police had failed to produce the accused and Botoku frowned at the attitude of police.

At the hearing, Botoku, who stood down the case for an hour, ordered the policemen to produce the accused before their bail applications could be heard.

Botoku, in her ruling, disagreed with the police submission, saying that the court will not submit to a threat, which is the duty of police to ensure that adequate security was provided.

READ ALSO: Another Building Collapses In Lagos; Kills One

She adjourned the case to March 24, and ordered police to ensure the the two accused were present in court.

NAN reports that the court had on March 11 granted an ex-parte application brought before it by the police, seeking to remand the two accused in its custody pending conclusion of investigation. (NAN)

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Buhari Dubs Rivers Nigeria’s Most Deadly State

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President Muhammadu Buhari has on Thursday likened Rivers State as Nigeria’s most deadly state, even as he tendered an unreserved apology for the ill-tempered elections conducted under his watch in Kogi, Bayelsa and Rivers states.

This is just as he said his administration had so far raked N3 trillion into the Treasury Single Account, TSA.

Speaking at the first National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Abuja this year, the president, who appealed for understanding from party members, nevertheless charged Nigerians to rise to the situation as he particularly charged militants in the Niger Delta that continuous sabotage of oil facilities was doing the people more harm than good.

He said: “I am afraid I did not succeed in the election in Kogi, Bayelsa, Rivers. I think that more Nigerians are killed or killed themselves in Rivers than in any particular state. At this stage of our political development, to remain brutal is shameful and as a government, I promise we will do something by the next general election.

Reacting to conflicting signals from Niger Delta militants, the president said:

“Some have said they are ready to drop their arms and join the rest of the nation to build it. But part of them are still sabotaging installations which is making investments in that lucrative area of Nigeria difficult because nobody will submit his riches to financial institutions, get money only to suffer huge loss.

“So, the environment for investment is being sabotaged by ourselves, Nigerians. We are doing our best with the military by trying to persuade them to join the rest of the country because in unity lies our strength.

Speaking on the huge benefit reaped from the decision to fully implement the TSA, he said:

“The Central Bank Governor, will tell you that in the TSA, we have more than N3 trillion. Where would this money have been if TSA was not in vogue? I was made to understand that vouchers would have quickly been raised towards the end of the financial year and cheques made.

Whether they are going into projects or private pockets, nobody can prove it to you. But that money is there, it is identified, it is quantified and when the budget comes back eventually, the Ministry of Finance will see how to allocate it to the rest of the country.”

“We have to get credible evidence to carry out successful prosecution and get judgement from the Judiciary. But effort is being made to give a list of recoveries in whatever currencies so far so that Nigerians will know that it is not all about long stories.”

“So, please, try to bear with us as we reflect on where we found ourselves,” Buhari pleaded.

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We Lick Our Vomit On Sack Of 13 Vice Chancellors Under Jonathan’s Govt – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has on Thursday expressed remorse over February’s dismissal of the Boards of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) and the 12 Federal universities that were established by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The president made this disclosure known at the opening of the meeting of the National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja.

President Buhari said he had to rescind the blanket order for the suspension or dissolving of the Universities Boards, after discovering that according to extant laws of the universities, Vice Chancellors can’t be chosen unless the Boards sit down, interview prospective candidates who want to be VCs.

He said: “When we came in after 16 years of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, each government had 42 ministries. We reduced them to 24, removed 21 Permanent Secretaries. We sat down and reflected seriously. We were all in the process of taking over at a time of national budget. So, imagine the volume of work and with what happened in the National Assembly, the padding, it would appear that below the Permanent Secretaries, there are still a lot of bureaucracies that are still with them. So, you have to appreciate the position we are in. Having cut 42 to 24, correspondingly, the parastatals will be cut down to some size and realigned and the boards reconstituted.

“We gave a blanket order which we had to rescind when we said all boards are suspended or dissolved. We had to go back and lick our vomit in terms of university boards because we found out that according to their laws, they cannot choose Vice Chancellors unless the Boards sit down, interview prospective candidates who wants to be VCs. So, there is nothing wrong in saying sorry and going back on your decision. So, we said sorry and allow all the universities to continue with their boards. But for the rest, eventually, we will make it. So, please, try to bear with us as we reflect on where we found ourselves.”

On February 13, 2016, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, in a terse statement declared that the president had wielded the dismissal stick on 13 vice chancellors of the Federal universities under the administration of Dr. Jonathan.

He also approved the appointment of new vice chancellors for the 12 Federal Universities and the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) with effect from Friday, February 12, 2016.

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