Simeone Talks Possible Inter Managerial Role

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Diego Simeone may have been linked with a managerial position in the EPL, but the Atletico Madrid manager prefers a Serie A appointment.

Simeone has made Atletico a force to reckon with both domestically and continentally.

And was linked with a possible move to Chelsea, before Conte was appointed, with Arsenal reportedly tracking him.

However, according to Simeone, a switch to Inter, who he represented as a player, is a more likely option.

“I still speak to Javier Zanetti [Inter’s vice-president] on the phone and I am not afraid to say it,” he told Mediaset Premium.

“One day I will return to Inter, because I have good memories as a player there and it is my objective as a coach to return.”

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Alonso: Guardiola Will Leave A Great Legacy At Bayern

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Pep Guardiola has prepared Bayern Munich for the future and will leave a great legacy at the club, according to Alonso.

Guardiola will be ending his three-year relationship with Bayern Munich, joining Manchester City next season.

Bayern Munich are on the precipice of claiming a third straight BuLi, and also face Atletico in the UCL, the only trophy the former Barcelona manager has not won for the Bavarians.

Speaking to the Bundesliga official website, Alonso said of the 45-year-old: “Guardiola will leave a very big legacy behind, starting with the numerous minor things that we the players have learnt from him.

“When a team succeeds in playing different systems, then that’s a sign of quality. I have no doubt he’ll leave a great legacy behind.

“Pep’s ahead of his time. Control of the game and of the ball are decisive words. That’s the best way to win games. Guardiola has defined a philosophy and laid foundations that will help Bayern in the future.

“It’s also about having a squad which is armed for the present and the future, in order to be able to deliver consistently good performances. We’re in pretty good shape now and for the future.”

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Falcao To Bayern: Atletico Have No Weaknesses

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According to Radamel Falcao, Bayern Munich will be facing a team void of weaknesses, when they play Atletico.

Atletico Madrid made it into the last four of the UCL, conceding only five goals, with their attackers scoring three goals over two legs to knock Barcelona out of the prestigious competition.

Bayern, on the other hand beat Benfica 3-2 on aggregate to qualify for the last four.

However, Falcao – who scored 70 goals in two years at Vicente Calderon – has warned Bayern that doing the same against Diego Simeone’s side will not be so easy.

“Atletico has no weaknesses,” he told Sport Bild.

“Everyone knows exactly what he has to do and they work hard together on the pitch, especially defensively.”

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Tottenham Confirm Interest In Michy Batshuayi

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Tottenham Confirm Interest In Michy Batshuayi – Belgium international Michy Batshuayi is a transfer target for Tottenham Hostpurs.

Tottenham Confirm Interest In Michy Batshuayi - Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham Confirm Interest In Michy Batshuayi – Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino

This was confirmed by the club’s manager Mauricio Pochettino, who revealed that the club was in the market for a striker.

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“Batshuayi? We actually are looking for a striker this summer. Batshuayi is a young player with great talent,” Pochettino told RMC Sport. “He is followed by many clubs, and a lot of people have informed us about him, he has a big potential. After, we’ll see, we follow a lot of players, but it is true that he’s part of it. We will see how things develop.”

Batshuayi is said to prefer a move to White Hart Lane amidst reported interest from West Ham and Juventus, and it is left to see if Pochettino would be willing to match Marseille’s £25million valuation of the striker.

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Pochettino Dreams Of Managing PSG

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed a dream of his, and it is to manage a big club like PSG.

Pochettino stated this a day after Tottenham played out a 1-1 draw against West Brom, needing a miracle to win the league.

The Argentine claimed he would relish the opportunity to return to the Parc des Princes after spending two years in the French capital during his playing career.

He told RMC: “I have always said that one day it would be a pleasure to manage a big club like Paris, a dream.

“I try to watch all of their games, especially in the Champions League and sometimes I speak with [Paris Saint-Germain assistant coach] Jean-Louis Gasset.”

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Marvel Defends Tilda Swinton Casting In Doctor Strange

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Marvel Defends Tilda Swinton Casting – Marvel has responded to the criticism of casting Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One in Doctor Strange.

Marvel Defends Tilda Swinton Casting: Benedict Cumberbatch As Doctor Strange

Marvel Defends Tilda Swinton Casting: Benedict Cumberbatch As Doctor Strange

With the original fictional character a Tibetan, many have accused Marvel of “whitewashing,” claiming Marvel should have looked for a racially more suitable actress to play the part.

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Marvel have responded to the criticism in a new statement, saying Swinton was playing a new role and the known fictional character.

The statement read: “Marvel has a very strong record of diversity in its casting of films and regularly departs from stereotypes and source material to bring its MCU to life. The Ancient One is a title that is not exclusively held by any one character, but rather a moniker passed down through time, and in this particular film the embodiment is Celtic. We are very proud to have the enormously talented Tilda Swinton portray this unique and complex character alongside our richly diverse cast.”

 

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#MamaAfrica: Yemi Alade Unveiled As Brand Ambassador For Africa Fashion Week London & Nigeria 2016

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With over six years as the biggest African-inspired fashion event in Europe, one of the most anticipated fashion shows in Nigeria and the perfect platform for emerging designers, Africa Fashion Week Nigeria (AFWN) and Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL) announces the incredibly talented and beautiful Nigerian singer, self-proclaimed ‘Mama Africa’, Yemi Alade as its brand ambassador for 2016.

The organizers of Africa Fashion Week Nigeria & Africa Fashion Week, officially announced/unveiled today, 26th April 2016 at Samantha’s Bistro & Grill, Ikoyi, Lagos the Ferrari singer, Yemi Alade as its official brand ambassador. They had this to say;

Our distinct journey as a proudly Nigerian, proudly African and an international brand began about 6 years ago in London.

What we started then as a small brand to satisfy a niche, has now gone on to become an award winning and very well recognized brand which is the biggest platform of its kind in Europe showcasing African designers and African-inspired fashion. The popularity and success of the Africa Fashion Week London brand was what triggered us to bring the brand home to Nigeria.

Africa Fashion Week Nigeria, now in its 3rd year has been a memorable and very fulfilling journey. In just a few months, we will not only be celebrating our 3rd anniversary but it will yet be another Africa Fashion Week from 1st July – 3rd July 2016 with a fashion exhibition and showcase of upcoming and established designers.  

From the word go, our mantra was to discover young new exciting brands by providing a platform to build and promote them to an international standard.

Africa Fashion Week Nigeria promotes the beauty of Africa, from the creative side of fashion to the business of it. Ronke Ademiluyi founder of AFWN said ‘This year, we chose someone who embodies the true African woman. A strong, intellectual and musically inclined woman; her music reflects what’s good, what’s great and what’s best about the motherland. We couldn’t have chosen anyone more suitable to be our brand ambassador’.

Known to the world as Mama Africa, but known to us as Yemi Alade.

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Yemi Alade addressing the press (journalists & bloggers) of her ambassadorship with AFWN & AFWL . On the left is Ronke Ademiluyi (Founder, AFWN & AFWL).

Yemi Alade who is also a jewellery designer, launched her first collection of costume jewellery ‘Yemi Alade Collection’ with online jewellery retailer, Bland2Glam in 2015, spoke about her excitement as the 2016 AFWN & AFWL brand ambassador, also shared with the press her upcoming fashion project working with some of the emerging designers which be launched come July at AFWN2016.

The ‘Johnny’ crooner is a great addition to the Africa Fashion Week brand seeing as she’ll bring a lot of energy and drama to the upcoming AFWN from 1st July – 3rd July 2016 and AFWL 16th September – 17th September 2016 at the prestigious Eko Hotel & Suites and London Olympia, West Kensington respectively.

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More Lemonade Drama As The #BeyHive Swarm Rachel Roy The ‘Home Wrecker’

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Rachel Roy is one of the women JayZ allegedly cheated on Beyonce with; and the same woman it was said that Solange had a fight over in an elevator with JayZ.

Roy has been tagged a whore, slut, home wrecker, and every other vile name befitting the crime she is being accused of.

More Lemonade drama continues as the #BeyHive have dragged Rachel Roy from her fancy castle into their pot of shame.

Someone changed #RachelRoy's Wikipedia to "died" under a lemonade stand 😩😂 #WSHH

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After the premiere of Beyonce’s latest work, fans delved in social media to investigate who Queen Bey was referring to when she said, “he only want me when I’m not there. He better call Becky with the good hair”.

A classic case of do not comment if you do not know the full story. Becky is often used as a slang term for a white “Valley girl” type and “good hair’’ is a black colloquialism for straight hair.

Becky with the good hair ie Rachel Roy then put herself into trouble by posting on her Instagram with the caption, “good hair don’t care, but we will take good lighting, for selfies or self truths, always, live in the light. #nodramaqueens”.

If she had any chance of escaping the sting of Beyonce’s bees, her response sealed her fate as she was dragged and torn for her foolery as brave as she intended.

She was very foolish to even post a picture with a comment and the #lemonade hashtag.

  • pixinerdy – I cannot fucking believe this, HOW CAN JAY Z DO THIS??? YOU HAVE BEYONCE AND YOU DID THINGS WITH THIS THING??
MissMczille said “no one was checking for Rachel until she threw her shade with her Instagram caption, now the heats turned up she’s crying in defense. #pickyourbattles🙄.

William on Twitter: “We are dragging jay. But that whore also knew they were married”.

Read: Nigerian Singer Scores Songwriting Credits on Beyoncé’s Lemonade;

When the disses became unbearable, Rachel Roy decided to appeal through sentiments.

She tweeted: “I respect love, marriages, families and strength. What shouldn’t be tolerated by anyone, no matter what, is bullying, of any kind”.

If she thought that would abate the escalated drama, she was wrong, as #BeyHives jumped down her throat through her timeline.

  • basra_k from Instagram seems to have a different point of view though. He said: “Why is everyone blaming the other women when the common denominator is jay? I knew he was a cheater from the start and Beyonce’s fake perfect relationship was a obvious front. Truth straight up here is no one is giving jay any hate when he is the serial cheater”.

Lesson 101: Do not comment on issues until you have the full gist and know all your escape route.

Who are you vying for Beyonce, the cheated, JayZ, the cheater, or Rachel Roy the cheatee?

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Troops Capture 2 Boko Haram Fighters And Discover New Dressing Code Adopted By The Sect

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Troops of the Nigerian Army attached to the 22 Garrison Brigade have made a startling discovery of the new means of identification being used by the Boko Haram terrorists, following the apprehension of two of their fighters around Ngala Local Government Area of Borno state.

READ ALSO: Troops Ambush Boko Haram Fighters Trying To Link Up With Their Wives And Children’

The two arrested Boko Haram terrorists

The two arrested Boko Haram terrorists

According to a statement issued by the Army acting director of public relations Colonel Sani Usman, the terrorists now adopt new uniform and new method of identification among themselves.

READ ALSO: Scores Of Boko Haram Fighters Killed, Hostages Freed, Weapons Recovered In Borno State [Photos]

The statement reads below;

“Troops of 22 Brigade Garrison and elements of 3 Battalion that went out on long range fighting patrol yesterday, Monday 25th April 2016, to Gima village in Ngala Local Government Area made a startling discovery; Boko Haram terrorists now have new means of identification.

The patrol came in contact with some elements of the Boko Haram that started escaping in disarray on sighting the team.

However, they were able to apprehend 2 terrorists in their new styled uniform of green colour and use of ropes on their legs and necks. This is a new development in the ongoing clearance operations of the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists in the north east.

In addition, the patrol team recovered 1 Isuzu Canter lorry which found concealed with grasses, 5 motorcycles and 2 bags of guniea corn. Other items recovered include 3 Dane guns, a Solar panel, 3 bows and arrows.

The arrested terrorists are currently being interrogated to further assist in the clearance operations.

Thank you for your kind cooperation.
Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman
Acting Director Army Public Relations

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Protesters Besiege NASS, Demand Saraki’s Resignation And The Return Of 36 SUVs

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Scores of protesting youth under the aegis of Occupy National Assembly, today (Tuesday), besieged the premises of the federal parliament and demanded the immediate resignation of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

This is even as the youth, made up of various Civil Society Organisations and students, demanded that the 36 senators, who had so far collected the sports utility vehicles it bought for N35.1m each, return them immediately.

READ ALSO: Busted! Senate Accused Of Buying 108 SUVs At Twice Showroom Price

The Punch gathered that the youth also requested that the federal lawmakers should immediately revisit the grey areas identified in the 2016 budget by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Even though security men barred the protesters from entering the premises of the national assembly, the youth forced the main gate closed thereby preventing staff, lawmakers and visitors from either entering or leaving the premises.

Speaking to reporters, the coordinator of the protest, Retson Tedheke of Citizens United for Peace and Stability, said that one of the demands of the group “is that the senate return the sports utility vehicles it bought for N35.1m each.”

“We are demanding that the national assembly stop toying with the laws of the country in its own interest, We are asking that they stop playing politics with the budget, and scrap constituency projects because they are fraud. We demand that the national assembly make open its N150bn budget for all Nigerians to see.”

The protesters, armed with placards containing various inscriptions, vowed not to back down until their demands are met.

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The Nigerian Tragedy Of Getting Away With Mass Murder – Chris Ngwodo

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There are special categories of crimes that threaten to sunder the fabric of the society, and undermine the very essence of the state. Their persistence negates the possibilities of fraternal coexistence and civic mutuality. They are like depth charges at the foundations of public order which if not defused, will detonate, bringing down society as a whole. These crimes should commandeer the moral attention of government and the full weight of its coercive powers.

The views and opinions expressed here are those of Chris Ngwodo and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

In the 1960s, white supremacist terrorism and an incipient black militancy threatened to push the United States into a racial civil war. Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson recognised that racist violence and injustice against the African-American minority represented a crime against American order and they deployed federal power to enforce the civil rights of African-Americans, racial integration, the desegregation of schools and other principles to which racist local authorities were resistant. The same sociopolitical logic has led Western liberal democracies to develop a jurisprudential intolerance of hate crimes, hate speech and other infractions that are deemed capable of inciting group violence and undermining social order.

In Nigeria, successive governments have failed to recognise and act decisively against these crimes that polarise society and further devalue Nigerian life. The perverse principle that evidently overshadows both our politics and jurisprudence is that mass-murderers morph into political activists once they can define their crimes as motivated by ethnic, religious, or group considerations. While the killing of an individual by an individual is viewed as a prosecutable crime, the mass murder of groups by groups is seen as politics and therefore somehow justifiable.

Serial bloody violence in recent weeks involving herdsmen and farmers across Nigeria, notably in Agatu, Benue State, has brought this dynamic into sharp focus. The subsequent recrimination has keyed into the narrative of Nigeria as a nation fractured by deep sectarian cleavages. The federal government’s glacial reaction to the violence at a time when it is led by a Fulani president is enabling bigoted demagogues paint circumstantially-coherent conspiracy theories that dangerously fuel mutual distrust and paranoia.

To be clear, all diverse societies have their patterns of sectarian strife. The Nigerian state’s failure to act decisively against banditry is paving way for further violence. Her weak institutions enable violent communal self-help, whether in the form of armed herdsmen protecting cattle from rustlers or potentially the imminent formation of local paramilitaries to confront marauding herders. Hinterland communities increasingly resemble frontier societies like America’s Wild West; the reign of the outlaw has supplanted the rule of law and a vicious cycle of retaliatory violence and blood feuds could yet escalate into greater conflict. All this is happening while politicians that are so adept at using “federal might” to enforce their will during local elections are unwilling to deploy the same federal might to protect local communities from violence.

Groups resort to self-help for two reasons – either the arm of the state is too short to protect the citizenry from harm or where the state itself acts like a terrorist organisation and thereby erodes the legitimacy of its monopoly of violence. The disclosure that last December’s massacre of Shiites in Zaria by the Nigerian Army cost the lives of 347 men, women and children is an example of the latter. So too is the shooting in the same month of peaceful and unarmed pro-Biafra supporters in the South-East. The slaughter of over 300 civilians in an illicit military operation has yet to elicit any serious federal official response.

In a society with a higher valuation of human life, these atrocities would have triggered great public outcry, a high-level inquiry, the rolling of official heads, the termination of careers and criminal prosecutions of the culpable no matter their location in the chain of command. The government’s silence on these incidents tells us that mass murder is also permissible when carried out by agents of the state.

In Nigeria, such tragedies stir a few headlines in the news cycle which dissipate swiftly leaving behind lingering resentment within the injured groups and the sense that the only language the Nigerian state understands is violence. This has been the evolutionary trajectory of virtually every armed group – from victims of violence to purveyors of violence. The privatisation of violence stems both from the murderous overreach of state forces and the simultaneous inability or unwillingness of the state to secure the citizenry from malevolent non-state actors.

The state’s response to the privatisation of violence has been appalling. After the outlawed Yan Sakai vigilantes killed 26 Fulani herdsmen in Zamfara in late March, the state police command’s public relations officer was reported by the Blueprint newspaper to have claimed that “only 13 innocent Fulani herdsmen” had been killed in the attack. After the Agatu killings, the Inspector General of Police Solomon Arase insisted that the casualty figures were exaggerated although he failed to provide any figures of his own. This sort of dissembling is a long established tradition. In June 1986, after the police massacred protesting students of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, the Vice-Chancellor, Ango Abdullahi reportedly claimed that “only four” students had been killed to which an incensed Dele Giwa retorted, “One life taken in cold blood is as gruesome as the countless numbers that may go down in a pogrom.” The government’s habit of downplaying the number of casualties after incidents of violence raises the question of how many Nigerian dead bodies constitute a tragedy worthy of intelligent official reaction?

The federal negligence of its overarching duty of care towards all citizens has permitted the creation of a class of prey – “non-indigenes”, “infidels,” “settlers” and assorted categories of minorities – all of whom can be casually liquidated in any of those incidents often imprecisely described as “ethno-religious clashes” or “civil disturbances” but which are really bouts of terroristic impunity and mass mayhem by state forces and non-state actors.

President Buhari’s response (or lack thereof) to the atrocities committed on his watch has been grossly disappointing. From the perspective of national security considerations, it hardly makes sense to allow these clashes to snowball in the Middle Belt – a region with a heavy concentration of military veterans – and therefore huge potential for the escalated militarisation of the conflict. In political terms, the administration is guilty of self-subversive negligence. Buhari’s epochal victory last year rested on a grand coalition of which Benue was a part. Although historically a bastion of anti-Fulani populism in the Middle Belt, and long a theatre of strife between farmers and Fulani herders, the people of Benue defied the ethnic dog-whistling of rival politicians to vote for a Fulani as president. Self-aggrandising political considerations alone should have necessitated a more humane and intelligent response to the tragedy there if only to assuage the feelings of those that voted in this government. Instead, the presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, argued that the president did not have to visit Agatu, betraying a tone-deafness and emotional unintelligence flowing from the very top and which could yet prove to be Buhari’s political undoing.

The recurrent indictments of the army for these reckless lethal force incidents are particularly annoying. They come at a time when the dominant narrative about the military should be its valour and heroic sacrifices in liberating the North-East from terrorist rule. It is not so much a case of bad public relations as it is an example of how an institution’s most radiant feats can be eclipsed by its demons. At a time when we should be celebrating the courage of Nigerian troops, we are lamenting yet again the homicidal tendencies of some within their ranks.

And yet it is also true that during the spate of sectarian violence that plagued places like Kaduna in the early 2000s, many residents customarily sought refuge in the army base. When the Ezza and the Ezillo communities battled each other with feral fury in defiance of any mythical Biafran concord, it was the Nigerian army that was called in to restore order and prevent both groups from achieving mutual genocide. This is a manifestation of “federal might” with which most Nigerians can positively identify. The military can be a force for good when its leaders are not using it as a crude battering ram.

We should be applauding the security services for notable victories in the war against terrorism such as the recent capture of Khalid al-Barnawi, an internationally wanted terrorist and leader of Ansaru. Instead, we must grapple with the malign folly exhibited by the Department of State Services in accusing the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) of murdering five “Hausa-Fulani” residents discovered among fifty-five shallow graves of unidentified persons – an allegation made entirely without offering a scintilla of proof. The DSS statement offered no suspects arrested for prosecution, no interest in unraveling the far more urgent mystery of whose bodies occupy those fifty-five shallow graves and no evidence of the forensic methodology it used to identify “Hausa-Fulani” corpses from the scores of other unearthed bodies.

The agency seemed more interested in criminalising and demonising IPOB, even at the expense of an incendiary unsupported claim that could ignite retaliatory violence against Igbos in the North. Such irresponsibility requires questions to be asked at the highest levels of government regarding who sanctioned such a subversive statement capable of fuelling sectarian discord. This sort of ineptitude erodes public confidence in security agencies and the state at large.

To stem the tide of incipient anarchy, the Buhari administration must take certain decisive steps. First, President Buhari must discard his trademark stoic indifference to tragedies within his country and offer more emotionally intelligent responses to the sorrows of his compatriots. This calls for demonstrations of humanity rather than theatrical crocodile tears. A man who once wept publicly while campaigning unsuccessfully for the presidency is surely capable of more sensitivity and he must unearth this trait from wherever it is buried beneath layers of presidential aloofness and decorum. Demonstrating an impassive reserve for domestic catastrophes, while expressing profuse sympathies to foreign countries for their terror tragedies, is unacceptable. It was singularly obtuse when his predecessor did it and it still is. Empathy must begin at home.

A reform of the national security and law enforcement establishment is direly needed. The administration must demonstrate in word and deed that the era of justifiable and tolerable mass murder is over; that the untimely passage of even a single Nigerian life is not an acceptable abomination; and crucially, that murderers and terrorists will not be treated as religious, political or ethnic activists but simply as murderers and terrorists.

To this end, the administration should establish a serious crimes squad with state-of-the-art training and equipment to combat terrorism, militancy and ethno-religious clashes, facilitate local and communal policing initiatives that restore trust among local citizens, provide comprehensive compensation plan for victims of communal clashes, sectarian violence and terrorism; and initiate a national reconciliation and healing plan, while ensuring the teaching in our schools of religious tolerance and public demonstrations of religious and ethnic tolerance by public officials.

These measures are not beyond the government. They are, in fact, campaign promises which Buhari himself ran on and which can be found in the APC manifesto. The president and his party merely need to keep their word.

 

Chris Ngwodo is a writer, consultant and analyst.
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Police Recruitment: 796,152 Nigerians Apply For 10,000 Slots

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The Police Service Commission (PSC), has announced that it received 796, 152 applications for enlistment into the Nigeria Police Force.

Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, the Head, Press and Public Relations of the commission, Mr Ikechukwu Ani, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), that the recruitment portal had been running effectively after initial hitches experienced.

READ ALSO: Police Recruitment 2016: Huge Traffic From Unemployed Nigerians Crash Websites

According to him, the commission is unmindful of the crowd as successful applicants would be invited batch by batch after collation of the names. He said that they would be communicated through their e-mail addresses.

Ani also added that there would be no room for compromise as selection and collation would be done electronically.

The spokesperson said there was nothing to worry about the increasing number of applicants as the selection process would be strictly followed.

In summary, he said that 229, 817 applications were received for Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) cadre, while 188,315 and 378,315 applicants applied for the Inspector and Police Constable (PC) cadres respectively.

READ ALSO: Nigeria Police Recruitment 2016 – Apply Here

The commission recently said in a statement that it would recruit 500 Cadet ASPs, 500 Cadet Inspectors, 1,500 Specialist Officers and 7, 500 Constables in the recruitment of 10,000 policemen.

NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the recruitment of 10,000 policemen into the nation’s Police Force to reinforce the police for better service.

(NAN)

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Football Papers : All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Evening

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Diego Maradona has advised former club Napoli to sign Harry Kane if they sell Gonzalo Higuain this summer.

Chelsea’s hopes of signing Leonardo Bonucci have been handed a boost after the Juventus defender refused to rule out a move to Stamford Bridge.

Wojciech Szczesny’s days as an Arsenal player may be numbered after the Polish goalkeeper confirmed that Roma had begun talks about another deal for their loanee.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Edgar Davids believes Louis van Gaal is preparing Manchester United for years of success.

Former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has revealed he turned down the chance to move to Serie A before leaving Old Trafford for Bayer Leverkusen.

Former Manchester City and Real Madrid striker Jose Angel Pozo has backed the Blues to reach the Champions League final is they contain Madrid’s star-studded attack.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren says his last-minute winner against Borussia Dortmund was the best moment of his career.

Borussia Dortmund have confirmed their interest in signing Liverpool target Mario Gotze.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Former Newcastle forward Hatem Ben Arfa has described his revival with Nice as a “miracle” after he felt the “noose tightening” on his career during his failed loan spell at Hull City.

Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone says every game feels like a Champions League final as the Black Cats look to avoid relegation.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Former Newcastle manager Graeme Souness has backed Sunderland to overcome the Magpies and Norwich in the race for Premier League survival.

Jermain Defoe has revealed how the influence of ex-Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has continued to ensure he thrives at the top level.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Stiliyan Petrov has sensationally revealed how he wants to return to professional football with Aston Villa.

EXPRESS & STAR

Tony Pulis expressed his delight at West Brom’s draw at Spurs and hopes the result answers the question marks hanging over his team.

Kenny Jackett has taken full responsibility for Wolves’ recent poor form by declaring: ‘The buck stops with me.’

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THE SENTINEL

Stoke chairman Peter Coates says he sympathises with Mark Hughes after suffering several injuries and a desperate run of results.

THE DAILY ECHO

Jose Fonte has snubbed suggestions Manchester City’s Champions League ties with Real Madrid will aid the Saints ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Burnley midfielder Joey Barton insists the Clarets are targeting the Sky Bet Championship title this season.

LEICESTER MERCURY

5000/1 shots Leicester City have plummeted as low as 1/25 on to win the Premier League title after Spurs’ draw with West Brom.

NOTTINGHAM POST

Former Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman regrets selling Michail Antonio to West Ham.

THE PINK UN

Gary O’Neil’s contract talks at Norwich City are on hold until the end of the season.

THE ARGUS

Liam Rosenior has vowed to be fit for Brighton’s crunch promotion lash with Derby County.

IPSWICH STAR

Mick McCarthy believes the hype surrounding Andre Dozzell is justified following his dramatic goalscoring introduction against Sheffield Wednesday.

BOURNEMOUTH ECHO
Eddie Howe believes Joshua King’s desire to improve has been a key factor in the striker’s impressive debut season at Bournemouth.

EVENING TIMES

Mark Warburton hopes to complete the majority of his summer shopping by the time Rangers return to pre-season action this summer.

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D’banj Explains Why Tonto Dikeh Left DB Records

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D’banj Explains Why Tonto Dikeh Left DB Records – Singer D’banj has responded to the controversy surrounding the exit of singer Tonto Dikeh from his DB Records.

Rumors had claimed that D’banj had sent Tonto Dikeh out of the label because she wasn’t commercially viable, but the Emergency singer denied any such reports.

D'banj Explains Why Tonto Dikeh Left DB Records

D’banj Explains Why Tonto Dikeh Left DB Records
When asked why she left the label, D’banj stated that her recent marriage and childbirth had caused some issues. “She can stand alone because she is very talented, they are all big brands and from their looks, you know they have great talents,” he said in a recent interview.
“All I did was to tell them that we should look for ways to make things work better. Also, when a woman is married, it is a different ball game. I have not seen her since the marriage and of course, now she has a child. She has been out of the country and I would say to you that the last thing she said to me was that she wanted to work on her foundation. I believe when she comes back, she would take some decisions.”
The former Mo’Hits superstar also revealed that he was pushing his label to be better than they currently are. He said: “I had a meeting with my team last year and I told everyone of them, my producers, songwriters and artistes that this year, they have to work harder than they had done in the past years. I advised them to sit up and I even included myself even though I am their boss. That is why you would notice that I am not using my in-house producers, I am branching out to get producers from around the country.”

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Bayern Munich Confirm Interest In Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels

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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed Mats Hummels is considering a return to Bayern Munich next season.

The Borussia Dortmund defender, who left Bayern in 2008 having made just one first-team appearance, is currently mulling over his future amid reported interest from Bundesliga leaders.

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And Rummenigge has revealed there is a real possibility of the 27-year-old going back to Bavaria.

“I can basically confirm what [Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim] Watzke said, that Mats is considering Bayern,” Rummenigge is quoted by sport1.de, ahead of Bayern’s Champions League semi-final at Atletico Madrid.

“There are three sides to this affair, though, and I would ask for understanding that I do not want to go into further detail about this here and now.

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“We have got to bear in mind that he has a contract and I would not like to damage the very good relationship that we have built up with Dortmund over the past two years by making one imprudent remark.”

Bayern’s relationship with Dortmund was frayed by the transfers of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski to the Allianz Arena, but the two clubs who have dominated German football in the past six years appear to have made amends.

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Diego Maradona : “Napoli Should Sign Harry Kane”

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Diego Maradona has instructed former club Napoli to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane if they sell Gonzalo Higuain this summer.

Kane tops the Premier League goalscoring charts this season with 24 goals in another remarkable campaign at the pinnacle of Spurs’ attack.

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Gonzalo Higuain, meanwhile, has scored an impressive 30 goals in Serie A this season, but Napoli’s inability to loosen Juventus’ grip on the Scudetto have led to reports the Argentina international could leave Naples.

And, speaking to Italian TV station Piuenne, Maradona believes Napoli should do all they can to sign Kane.

“In place of Higuain, I would go all out for Kane,” he said.

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Marouane Fellaini Fuels Rumours Linking Him To Roma

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Marouane Fellaini has ignited speculation linking him with a move away from Manchester United by attending Roma’s Serie A clash with Napoli on Monday, report Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Belgium international was reportedly offered to the Giallorossi in January but a move to the Italian capital failed to materialise.

Fellaini form has since picked up for United, with the midfielder scoring the opening goal in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final victory over his former club Everton.

But that hasn’t stopped speculation linking the 28-year-old with a move to the Italian capital, and news of Fellaini in attendance at the Stadio Olimpico will only stoke such claims.

A move to Roma would see Fellaini team up with compatriot Radja Nainggolan who currently plies his trade at the club.

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Report : Cristiano Ronaldo ‘Agrees’ Real Madrid Exit

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Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to join a new club if Real Madrid decide to sell, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The Spanish sports daily claim the three-time Ballon d’Or winner will not be returning to Manchester United and has instead signed a first-refusal deal with Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.

The Portugal international will only head to the Parc des Princes if he cannot agree to a new deal the Bernabeu, with Madrid president Florentino Perez reported to want the 31-year-old to remain in the Spanish capital.

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However, Real’s reluctance to hand Ronaldo a lucrative long-term deal, coupled with the Portuguese’s earning power elsewhere, could see him part company with the club.

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Report : Diego Costa Spotted At Atletico Madrid

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa visited his old club Atletico Madrid’s Vicente Calderon stadium on Monday, according to Marca.

Atletico Madrid want to bring Diego Costa back to the Spanish capital and his visit to Madrid yesterday has only fuelled speculation he may leave Stamford Bridge in the summer.

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However, the report suggests his visit to the stadium concerned a personal issue – he reportedly needed to go to a bank which is located inside the Calderon.

The speculations and rumours is expected to continue all summer

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Neymar Happy At Barcelona

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Neymar is happy at Barcelona and has no intention of leaving the Camp Nou this summer, reports Sport.

The Brazil international has been a shadow of himself in recent weeks and that has amplified rumours regarding his future, with the likes of PSG, Manchester United and Real Madrid interesting in prising him away from the La Liga champions.

However, the player himself wants speculation over his future to end and he has already instructed his father to not listen to any offers that arrive in the coming months.

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The 24-year-old wants to play at Barca next season as he feels comfortable at the club. The club and the forward have spent the past few months discussing a new contract and are expected to finalise a new deal in the summer.

Neymar’s contract will be extended from 2018 to 2021 and his salary will be increased. Sport adds Barcelona are not at all concerned about the Brazilian’s recent slump.

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Everton Showing Interest In Besiktas Goalkeeper Denys Boyko

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Everton have been linked with out-of-favour Besiktas goalkeeper Denys Boyko, according to reports in Turkey.

Denys Boyko has made just two appearances since moving to Besiktas from Dnipro, and Fotospor claim the Merseysiders are reportedly willing to offer €4million (3.1m pounds) for the Ukrainian international.

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The report goes on to suggest Denys Boyko could replace long-term Toffees keeper Tim Howard, who is expected to leave Goodison Park this summer for the Major League Soccer.

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Bournemouth Keen On Signing Former Manchester United Midfielder, Oliver Norwood

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According to Sky Sports, Bournemouth are interested in signing Reading midfielder Oliver Norwood in the summer.

The 25-year-old has been outstanding for the Royals this season, making 49 appearances, and Bournemouth have been keen to strengthen in central midfield since last summer.

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Northern Ireland international Oliver Norwood, who is expected to start at this summer’s European Championships, has got three goals and eight assists for his club this season in the Sky Bet Championship.

Oliver Norwood, who came through Manchester United’s academy, joined Reading in 2014 from Huddersfield, who had signed him on a free transfer from Coventry.

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David Moyes Eyeing A Return To Everton

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David Moyes is keen on a return to former club Everton, according to The Sun.

David Moyes, who left Goodison Park in 2013 to take charge at Manchester United, is eyeing a move back to Merseyside if they dispose of Roberto Martinez.

Roberto Martinez’s position at Everton has come under intense scrutiny this season with the Toffees languishing in 11th position in the Premier League.

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The Spaniard’s cause has been hindered further by two consecutive high-profile defeats; a 4-0 Merseyside derby mauling to Liverpool before Saturday’s last-minute FA Cup semi-final defeat to United at Wembley.

Moyes, who has also been linked with the soon-to-be vacant manager’s position at Celtic, is available following his sacking at Real Sociedad in November.

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