‘Struggling’ Naira Strengthens Against Dollar At Parallel Market

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The Nigerian currency, Naira, on Monday made a leap by 4.4 per cent against the United States dollar at the parallel market, gaining N16 from its Friday rate.

The local currency, which has experienced umpteen struggles stood at N345 to a dollar from N361 it traded on Friday.

READ ALSO: Naira Plunges To 360 As Dollar Demand Soars High At Parallel Market

This is just as the local currency exchanged at N385 and N380 for Pounds Sterling and the Euro, respectively, at the Monday’s trading.

While the official Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) rate remained at N197 to the dollar.

Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), some traders said that the money market had started recovering from the shock of Wednesday’s increase in the pump price of petrol from N86.50 to N145 per litre, which saw a “free fall’’ of the naira at the market.

Meanwhile, reports had emerged that the parallel market exchange rate rose to N360 per dollar on the average on Friday following rumours that the CBN had officially devalued the Naira to N290 per dollar.

The apex bank, however debunked this rumour, leading to appreciation of the Naira on Saturday to N350 per dollar.

According to President, Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, the volatility was driven by speculation.

“When people hear about any government policy they make interpretations and take position. The report by Sahara Reporters triggered the depreciation on Friday but the denial by CBN calmed the market. Today there is a report that the CBN will on May 24 make a pronouncement on its foreign exchange policy and this caused a sudden lull in trading hence the appreciation in the later part of today.”

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VIDEO: Sean Tizzle ft. Blaq jerzee – Like To Party

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After the 10 city tour and writing a world wide hit song for Dj Asap’s (BET 106 & Park/K104FM Dallas) upcoming project featuring fast rising star Tory Lanez (Say It), Known for always getting you off your seat and on the dance floor, Sean Tizzle strikes back with this amazing video.The video was directed by Africalabash films (New York City). As major plans for his sophomore album is building up, check out this tune “Like to party.”

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Chelsea And Tottenham Handed Fine For Failing To Control Players

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The FA has handed fines to both Chelsea and Tottenham for failing to control their players, in the 2-2 draw.

Chelsea got a £375, 000 fine, while Tottenham got a £225, 000 fine, in a match that saw nine Tottenham players booked and three Chelsea players get the yellow.

The FA confirmed the punishments on Monday when they released the following statement:

“Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have been fined £375,000 and £225,000 respectively after both clubs admitted three breaches of FA Rule E20 for failing to control their players and/or officials.

“It follows incidents which occurred in the 45th and 87th minutes and also at the end of their fixture at Stamford Bridge on Monday 2 May 2016. Prior to this fixture, Chelsea had breached FA Rule E20 on four separate occasions and Tottenham Hotspur twice since November 2014.

”Following the Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, both clubs were also warned as to their future conduct.”

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Antoine Griezmann Commits To Atletico Madrid

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Antoine Griezmann has revealed his legendary compatriot Zinedine Zidane could not persuade to join Real Madrid as he entered fresh contract talks with Atletico.

The France international has emerged as one of Europe’s most-coveted strikers, hitting 32 goals in a scintillating campaign for Los Colchoneros.

Griezmann has been linked with a move away from the Vicente Calderon, with cross-city rivals Real Madrid – managed by France 1998 World Cup hero Zidane – reported suitors.

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But Griezmann’s admiration for the Madrid coach would not lead to him swapping loyalties and he has revealed he hopes to extend his stay with Atleti.

“If Zidane calls me [and asks me to join Real] I will say that I’m at Atletico,” he told Canal Plus. “Zidane is a great person, but I’m here.

“I’m even talking to renew my contract. I hope [the talks] will succeed.”

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Petrol Subsidy Reform: Doing the Right Thing So Wrongly! – Victoria Ohaeri

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At last, Nigeria has bade farewell to subsidy on petrol, also known as premium motor spirit, ending years of extortionately-high subsidy bills. Nigeria spent N2.19 trillion ($13.6 billion) on fuel subsidy in 2011. This sum was 900 percent more than the N245 billion budgeted for subsidy the same year, and nearly ten times the annual budget for education in 2011, which was then N120 billion. In 2013 and 2014, subsidy costs stayed high at N1.43 trillion. As of May 2016, petrol subsidy claims resumed, snailing into billions of naira after declining oil prices at the international market ushered in a brief period of over-recovery. With this heavy burden of subsidy payments finally lifted off its shoulders, officials heaved a sigh of relief. Doubts, however, linger whether the Nigerian government has done the right thing.

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

Without mincing words, the Buhari-led Federal Government (FG) could have handled the May 11, 2016 fuel subsidy removal (FSR) quite differently. The same faulty steps of 2012 were repeated, but this time, with greater proportions of insensitivity and dishonesty. The 2012 subsidy removal policy was, by far, better managed: it was preceded by consultations and meaningful engagement with a broad spectrum of stakeholders. In addition, there was a social protection plan in place in the form of wage increases. This was later supported with the institution of a safety net programme (Subsidy Reinvestment Empowerment-Programme (SURE-P) which specifically targeted women and the youth. Despite all of these laudable steps, a wave of resistance against the reforms swept across the country. Sexily branded as OCCUPY NIGERIA, Nigerians screamed, wailed and protested for several days. There were casualties and needless deaths!

The trademark of suddenness heralding the reform of energy subsidies appears to have been elevated to state policy. What probably differentiates the 2012 and the 2016 all-of-a-sudden announcement of subsidy cut is the pattern of public indignation and responses to them. In 2012, public opprobrium was widespread, intense, freely expressed, without inhibitions or fear of repression. In 2016, public outrage was for the most part, repressed, and two main reasons account for this. First, citizens now live in fright of the state, fearing indiscriminate arrests and selective prosecution by security agencies, which have now become the norm in the country. Vocal critics of the government have been hounded by state security operatives, and detained for long periods, pending indeterminately floating investigations, while court orders for their release have been repeatedly flouted.

Second, thanks to the growing shifts in public opinion, the middle class, including the civil society, are seemingly unflustered by the dramatic changes in fuel price. As I wrote elsewhere, the shifts in public opinion could be attributed to increasing information about the colossal levels of corruption riddling the subsidy administration process. Knowledge has also increased about how energy subsidies benefit low-income households a lot less; impose deep cuts on national budgets; discourage investments in renewable energy development; increase atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations while increasing countries’ vulnerability to the volatility of energy prices in the international market.

There are strong arguments for and against the removal of fuel subsidy. The arguments on both sides are strong and valid. What has been lacking is the political will to take an economically-sensible position, and firmly stand by it, from design through implementation. I have in the past, argued that petrol-fuel subsidies are notoriously inefficient and withdrawing them has many advantages. It has never been appropriately budgeted for, and is structured in a way that allows corruption to flourish. Not only that, the Nigerian government has consistently demonstrated brazen incapacity to manage petrol subsidies efficiently and transparently. That alone attracts a justification for the internment of the petrol subsidy scheme. While removing subsidy may seem tilted in the right direction, the quality of public communication and the manner of execution can mar what should have been an ideal move.

It is, therefore, not surprising to see many Nigerians shudder at the approach adopted for removing petrol subsidy in 2016. The presidency had on several occasions denied the existence of subsidy on petroleum products. This stance later changed to outright support for fuel subsidy, with numerous executive assurances to preserve the policy in the interest of millions of poor Nigerians. On May 11, without an announcement, without warning, without any prior meaningful engagement, and without safety nets for the rising number of people living in poverty, the government brusquely removed fuel subsidy on May 11, 2016, pushing up fuel prices from N86.50 to N145. Automatically, transportation and food costs skyrocketed, pushing many deeper into poverty and want. In consequence, labour strikes and organised protest actions are imminent.

As prices soar, and poverty deepens, removing petrol subsidies without a proper social protection plan in place to mitigate adverse impacts of energy subsidy reform, is politically and morally, inappropriate. Empirical evidence shows that subsidy reform triggers inflation, stirring increases in energy prices as we have already seen. When life gets so expensive due to higher energy prices, it significantly reduces households’ effective incomes as a greater portion of expenditure will be spent on buying petroleum products or paying for other goods like food whose costs have risen because of inflation. Women are already worse off than men in many areas such as education and income and security. Without adequate preparation and compensation, reform can entrench existing inequalities.

Notwithstanding the gaps in the latest subsidy reform arrangements, the good news is that opportunities for correcting the missteps still abound. Reforming and strengthening recently-disbanded safety net programmes like SURE-P, or establishing a similarly-crafted social programme would allow the government to ensure subsidy reforms provide more meaningful benefits to the poor. As appalling as the gaps in SURE-P may seem, it remains the best energy subsidy savings-funded social protection initiative in Nigeria’s history. SURE-P’s health-based incentives, particularly the conditional cash transfer scheme for pregnant women in rural areas, are still globally celebrated as one of the finest examples of how to use energy subsidy savings to promote gender equality, improve incomes and healthcare for rural women.

According to an independent evaluation in Jigawa State that has the highest record of teenage childbirths, improvements made between 2009 and 2014 as a result of the Partnership for Transforming Health Systems Phase II and other community empowerment efforts like the SURE-P’s Maternal and Child Health Programme showed that the percentage of pregnant women making at least four antenatal care (ANC) visits rose from 7.5 percent at 2009 baseline to 49.2 percent in 2014. The proportion of births attended by skilled birth attendants in the state also moved up to 17.9 percent in 2014 compared to 5.1 percent in 2009. The proportion of births that take place in a public health facility, which was at 4.5 percent at baseline increased to 18.3 percent in 2014. The transformative impact and the superlative outcomes SURE-P yielded for pregnant women in Northern Nigeria remains second to none, till date.

Therefore, revamping existing social protection programmes into a better targeted and more efficient one can help address vulnerabilities, avoid duplications, while delivering greater benefits to poorer and marginalised citizens. It is not enough to pay N5,000 monthly to extremely poor Nigerians, without first of all developing a database of the poor and vulnerable. Absent a transparently-developed database that either builds on, or is combined with data from other existing databases, any social welfare programme implemented hastily just to douse opposition to the reforms, will lend itself to the same leakages that marred previous welfare schemes. In-kind transfers, e.g. free or low cost food, water, transport services, education, healthcare, assets etc; or cash transfers: conditional or unconditional; or massive investments in other clean fuels, e.g. distribution of cleaner cookstoves, solar power panels, are some of the notable social protection schemes that have been used in other parts of the world to provide an effective mitigation mechanism against any adverse social impact of any fuel subsidy reform.

Importantly, honesty, consistency and transparency are also key to ensuring that the corrective steps gain traction, and inspire public confidence. For instance, the 2016 budget allocated N500B for soon-to-be-rolled-out social welfare initiatives. The minister of state for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu’s riposte advancing that this budget provision was set aside for post-subsidy palliatives, can be faulted on several grounds. As (All Progressives Congress) APC manifesto makes clear, the proposed social welfare programmes are in fulfilment of a separate election promise that is not conditioned upon the removal of subsidy. It is not difficult to detect that Kachikwu’s linkage of the budget provision to subsidy reform is a poorly-constructed afterthought. In the same vein, Vice President Osinbajo’s explanation that the latest reform is merely a hike in fuel price, and not subsidy removal, is also far from being true. Dishonest and contradictory statements by officials such as these, have strong potentials to derail the reform process, and arouse both policy inconsistencies and investment uncertainty.

Having said that, industry watchdogs like Spaces for Change remain cautiously optimistic, and hope that the removal of subsidy will eventually lead to total deregulation of the downstream sector. The red caution flags stem from the government’s poor communication strategy, official price fixing, the petroleum products equalisation fund and other institutional barriers to effective deregulation that are still firmly in place, casting doubts on the sustainability of the recent reforms. And finally, may we also begin to see honest and credible mechanisms for deepening consultation, participation, and dissemination of information with the civil societies and the public at large. With a sense of urgency, Nigerians are anticipating the concrete steps that will be taken to mitigate social impact of subsidy reforms.

Victoria Ohaeri is the executive director of Spaces for Change. She can be reached on victoria@spacesforchange.com.

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Report : James Rodriguez Offered To Manchester United

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Manchester United have been offered Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez, according to the Daily Star.

The 24-year-old has played a bit-part role at the Bernabeu since Zinedine Zidane’s appointment as head coach in January.

In fairness, the Colombia international struggled for a place in Rafa Benitez’s side prior to his sacking, as his influence following a stunning debut season slowly diminished.

As such, Real are willing to cash in on Rodriguez, who they signed following his eye-catching performances at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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James Rodriguez

The Star claims Los Blancos value the midfielder at £60m, meaning United would have to break the £59.7m British transfer record they paid for Angel di Maria.

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Everton To Replace Romelu Lukaku With Sadio Berahino

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Everton are preparing for life without Romelu Lukaku by lining up a summer move for West Brom striker Saido Berahino, according to The Sun.

Both players’ long term futures have been the subject of discussion in recent seasons, with Lukaku admitting his aspirations of playing in the Champions League – something Everton are yet to achieve during his time at the club – and Berahino continually linked with a move away from The Hawthorns.

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A number of Europe’s biggest club, most notably Paris Saint-Germain, are keen on signing the Belgium international Lukaku, who has scored 25 goals for the Toffees this season.

With the future of their key striker up in the air, The Sun claim Everton have targeted Berahino as a replacement and hope to land him in a £12m deal this summer.

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Report : No Everton Approach For Jose Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho has not been approached by Everton about the vacant managerial position at Goodson Park, according to Sky Sports

The Toffees sacked Roberto Martinez on Thursday, bringing an end to his three-year reign at the club, following a disappointing campaign in which they finished 11th in the Barclays Premier League.

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Reports this weekend claimed Everton had made contact with former Chelsea manager Mourinho to discover if he would be interested in taking over at Goodison Park, although Sky Sports also reported that wasn’t true

Mourinho is keeping his options open and it is understood he would prefer a move to Manchester United if they decide to make a managerial change, replacing Louis Van Gaal this summer.

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Juventus Keen On Roma’s Playmaker Miralem Pjanic

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Juventus are keen on signing Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Bosnia-Herzegovina playmaker, who has also been linked with a move to Chelsea, has a €38m (£29.9m) release clause in his deal at the Stadio Olimpico, which the Bianconeri are reportedly willing to trigger.

Having scored 10 goals in 33 Serie A appearances this term, Pjanic is thought to want his wages increase to €5m (£3.9m) a year as well as receiving assurances over a central role in the Giallorossi side.

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However, Roma are keen to reduce their wage bill and are not willing to match the midfielder’s demands – opening the door for a move to Turin.

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“I hope he stays,” coach Luciano Spalletti said. “But, he needs a contract that shows he is a key player as well as certainty when it comes to our objectives.”

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Liverpool Preparing Bid For Mainz Goalkeeper Loris Karius

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Liverpool are preparing a summer bid for Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius, according to Bild.

The German publication claims Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is looking to strengthen his goalkeepeing options after a number of high-profiles error from current No 1 Simon Mignolet.

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Karius is reported to have a €10m (£7.9m) release clause in his contract at Mainz, substantially less than the £9m they forked out to bring Mignolet in from Sunderland in 2013.

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The speculation casts doubt over the Belgium international’s capability of retaining his first-choice status at Anfield, despite signing a new five-year deal in January.

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NANS Urges Buhari To Probe 2.9bn Olympic Fund

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Nigeria’s athletes keep complaining about poor preparation for the forthcoming Rio Olympics, despite the huge amount President Buhari issued for its preparation.

Prompting the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to urge President Buhari to probe the N2.9bn he issued for the preparations for the games to the defunct National Sports Commission (NSC).

The fund was released by the government, for the country’s preparation for the All Africa Games, the Youth Olympics and the Rio Olympics.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung has repeatedly claimed that the former DG of NSC, Mallam Alhassan Yakmut never discussed the fund with him. An allegation Yakmut strongly denies.

However, the body pleaded with the government to try and release another for the training of the athletes while it probes into what really happened to the N2.9 billion earlier released.

According to the student body, it will be meaningless if Nigeria will send athletes to the games without adequately preparing them to give optimum performance.

The statement further urged the government to put measure in place to ensure that the fund will not be misappropriated if eventually it decides to release the money which it added is for the good of Nigerian athletes preparing to defend the name of Nigeria in Brazil.

“Lack of fund should not continue to be the excuse of sports men and women in our great country Nigeria which is also the giant of Africa. Nevertheless we urge the government to track every amount they want to approve for the training of our athletes to ensure that they get what is their due” the statement concluded.

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

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

An Italian judge has acquitted incoming Chelsea coach Antonio Conte for allegedly doing nothing to halt a 2011 match-fixing scandal while he was in charge of the Siena first-team.

Harry Kane has urged Tottenham to toughen up for next season after they finished behind Arsenal yet again.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

The Manchester United ‘bomb’ alert will cost the club around £3million in lost matchday revenue and ticket refunds.

Mikel Arteta has opened the door for a move to Manchester City after bidding an emotional farewell to Arsenal.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Liverpool have agreed a £9million deal with Udinese for the 21-year-old Piotr Zielinski, according to reports.

Everton wonderkid Kieran Dowell wants to “hit the ground running” next season – and is determined to impress the new Blues boss.

Liverpool’s Mayor says Everton will have a new stadium “within three years”.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Georginio Wijnaldum was non-committal when asked about his future at St James’ Park following Newcastle’s relegation.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has missed out on a place in England’s Euro 16 squad – but Newcastle United attacker Andros Townsend has received a late call-up.

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BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Birmingham City are reported to be keeping tabs on Sunderland striker Danny Graham – but League One champions Wigan look favourites for the 30-year-old’s signature.

Tony Pulis has asked his West Brom side to “dust themselves down, get a few players in during the summer and start again” after an “absolutely fantastic” season.

Former Middlesbrough academy starlet James Morrison would be very interested in returning to the Riverside this summer.

EXPRESS & STAR

West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster warned Roy Hodgson about his dodgy knee before the England manager named his Euro 2016 squad.

Victor Anichebe has confirmed he will leave West Brom this summer.

THE SENTINEL

Mark Hughes has proclaimed his latest ninth-placed finish as the best of his three as Stoke manager – despite falling three points short of last season’s total.

THE DAILY ECHO

Southampton are prepared they could lose players again during the summer, but they are ready to come back stronger once more.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Tommy Spurr has no idea whether he will be handed a new contract at Blackburn once his current deal expires in the summer.

LEICESTER MERCURY

Roy Hodgson said his England squad can draw inspiration from Leicester City’s incredible Premier League title success when they head to France for the Euro 2016 finals.

BOURNEMOUTH ECHO

Bournemouth are offering fans free travel to the rescheduled Premier League fixture with Manchester United.

EVENING TIMES

Former Rangers manager Alex McLeish wants to see Joey Barton in Rangers colours go up against a Celtic side with Roy Keane in the dug-out.

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Victor Anichebe Quits West Brom

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Victor Anichebe has announced he will be leaving West Brom when his contract expires next month.

Anichebe, who moved to The Hawthorns from Everton in the summer of 2013, has struggled to make an impression in the first team this season, despite a troubled campaign for fellow striker Saido Berahino.

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The 28-year-old Nigerian did not start a Barclays Premier League match for West Brom until the 1-0 home win over Newcastle on December 28 and Baggies boss Tony Pulis named him in his starting line up on just two further occasions.

Anichebe wrote on Twitter: “Thank you to all the @WBAFCofficial fans for the support during my time at the club! I wish you all the best for the future. God bless.”

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Anichebe’s contract is set to run out and he will leave the club after scoring nine goals in 63 appearances for Albion.

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Andre Ayew Happy At Swansea

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Swansea striker Andre Ayew  and  Ghana international has revealed he is very happy at the Liberty Stadium.

Despite this, the 26-year-old has revealed his future will depend on a summer talks with club chairman Huw Jenkins.

“I don’t have much to say about that – I think you should ask the chairman,” he said when quizzed about his future. “What is important for me is that I keep doing my work and the truth of today is not the truth of tomorrow.

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“I’m happy here. If I have to stay, fine. If I have to leave, I have to leave. I want to stay. We have a fantastic group. We’ll have a discussion and see the way forward.”

Ayew, a free signing from Marseille, has scored 12 goals in 35 appearances for the Swans this season and is under contract at the club for Antone three seasons.

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Mikel Arteta : “Time Was Right To Quit Arsenal”

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Mikel Arteta brought the curtain down on his Arsenal playing career after admitting he felt he was no longer good enough.

The 34-year-old moved to the Emirates Stadium in 2011 but is now ’99 per cent’ retired from the game – with a coaching role likely to be his next step.

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“It is very hard to stop but I wanted to leave it… I wanted to decide and I thought for the last few months I wasn’t good enough to represent this club on the pitch,” the Spaniard said.

“You have to accept it. It’s been a long time to be playing football and I didn’t want to cheat them or anyone. It is time.”

“For me, the standards you need to play for this club, it cannot be eight out of 10, it has to be 10 out of 10. When you cannot deliver that, it is not good enough.”

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MTN Pulse Makes A Comeback

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MTN’s trendy youth package, MTN Pulse is back. The new package offers online services at an amazing rate.

With Pulse, you can enjoy unlimited streaming of all the latest and exclusive hit jamz on Music+ for just N10 daily, you can browse & download movies all night for just N25 and also get 1GB data for just N500 weekly on MTN Pulse.

Check out the hilarious new trailer starring Falz, Skales, and Tekno, and showing other networks panicking over the comeback of Pulse.

Pulse is beyond a package, it’s a movement. Join the movement by dialling *406# and online with #ItsWhoWeAre.

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18 Year-Old Nanny In Calabar Kidnaps Her Boss’s One Year-Old Son

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An 18 year-old nanny named, Covenant Bassey, has kidnapped her boss’s 17 month-old son, David, after working with the family for less than six months.

The child’s absence was noticed by his father, Ekpedeme, who said he had left his son in Bassey’s care and had gone out to pick his other children, a set of twins, from school.

When he returned, he couldn’t find his third son or the nanny.

Ekpedeme stated while reporting the matter to police officials, “When I got home on Friday around 2pm, I realized that the nanny had absconded with my one and five-month-old baby, David. The girl is just around 18 years”. 

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David and Bassey

The police arrested Bassey’s mother and some other people related to the nanny but they have all claimed not to know her whereabouts.

Read:Who Poisons Children? Sixty Students In An All Girls School Poisoned In Afghanistan

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Ekpedeme said Bassey used to have a phone which they gave her few weeks after she was employed in January, but the phone became damaged a week after she resumed work.

The father-of-three said, “She is not an illiterate. She finished secondary school. We believe that the police are working to rescue our boy. We have reported to the police, and they are on her trail.”

The child’s mother also informed authorities she became aware that certain properties had gone missing.

She said they had employed Bassey as a nanny on January 2, 2016 and up until abducting their son, the 18 year-old had been nice and good to David who was in her care.

Read: Indian Woman Gives Birth To First Child At 72

She told police officials,“It was when my husband returned from our twins’ school that he noticed the nanny had fled. Nobody saw her when she left.

But we observed that she left with some property in the house. She left with clothes and shoes. But she did not go with most of her things. The matter is with the police.”

The Cross River State Police Public Relations Officer, John Eluu, said, “The case was reported by the father of the boy and the police are still investigating. We cannot give many details for now. The police are on their trail.”

 

Source, YNaija

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Petrol Price Hike: Reps In Rowdy Session As Lawmakers Prevent Kachikwu Entry Into The Chamber

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There are indications of a rowdy session as opinions were bitterly divided at the House of Representatives on Monday, following the scheduled appearance of Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, as lawmakers dispute over whether the minister should be allowed to enter into the chamber or not.

Upon Kachikwu’s arrival at the lower chamber’s special plenary on fuel price hike and removal of fuel subsidy, the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara read the proceedings of the previous and moved for the admittance of the NNPC Boss into the chamber but No! No!! No!!! rented the air.

READ ALSO: Nigerians Bask In The Anxiety Of ‘Food Stockpile’ Ahead Of NLC Nationwide Strike

It was gathered that while the Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, was trying to move a motion to let Mr. Kachikwu in, several lawmakers – mostly of the PDP fold – were spotted to have made a resounding ‘nay’ in utter cacophonies.

Dogara was then prompted to put the matter up for voice vote.

When the Speaker of the House asked if the lawmakers should allow the minister to come him, majority of them thundered: “No! No!”

READ ALSO: Fuel Subsidy Removal: NLC Vows To Shut Down Economy Over Petrol Price Increment

However, Dogara said the “ayes” have it, nonetheless.

Even with the Speaker’s final decision, the lawmakers refused to be intimidated, as they continued with their chants.

READ ALSO: Revert To N86.50 Now Or We Will Shut Down Nigeria – NLC Gives FG 96-Hour Ultimatum

All of a sudden, frayed tempers disappeared and the House then demanded that pressmen vacate the premises, leaving only members in the plenary to continue with what they described as “executive session.”

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Onyeka Onwenu Headlines Space Legend Series Concert

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Space Legend Series”  concert will see King Sunny Ade, Onyeka Onwenu and Ebenezer Obey perform live on one stage, with Timi Dakolo as the  opening act.

One of Space Legend series’ headlining acts, Onyeka Onwenu was born on the 17th of May, 1961 to the family of one Nigeria’s foremost educationist and politician, D. K. Onwenu. Fondly referred to as the “Elegant Stallion”, Onyeka had her graduate and post-graduate degrees from American universities.

Arguably, the greatest surviving Nigeria’s songstress, Onyeka returned to Nigeria in 1980 for her National Youth Service, after working in the United States with the UN (United Nations).

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Onyeka Onwenu in her younger years

She had her youth corps service at the then Nigeria’s broadcast behemoth, NTA (Nigeria Television Authority) where she honed her skill as a broadcaster and left an indelible mark by writing and presenting the documentary, “Nigeria: A Squandering of Riches”. The documentary won international acclaim and remains a reference work. This tireless singer, songwriter, actress and journalist would later serve as director on the board of the NTA.

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Onyeka’s influence and footprint transcend music and extend to politics, women emancipation, acting and broadcasting.

She has enriched the Nigerian music landscape with songs like “One Love”, “Ekwue”, “Iyogogo”, “Gbemileke”, “Dancing in the Sun”, to mention just a few.

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Come May 21st, this Legendary and celebrated songstress would roll back the years and serenade at Space Legend Series taking place Oriental hotel alongside veteran musicians – King Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey with opening of the show by the one called The Voice, Timi Dakolo.

Here’s Our Favorite Songs By Onyeka Onwenu:

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Onyeka Onwenu – Iyogogo
Onyeka Onwenu – Gbemileke
Onyeka Onwenu-You_and_I
Onyeaka Onwenu- One Love

 

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Nicki Minaj’s Ex, Safaree Samuels, Sues Her For Emotional And Physical Abuse

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Safaree Samuels, Nicki Minaj’s ex-boyfriend is the latest addition to the cast of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Hollywood and will be starring with Nikki Mudarris, his girlfriend.

Yet, Safaree seems to be carrying a torch, no, make that a volcano of feelings for his ex, Nicki Minaj and has decided to sue her for causing him both emotional and physical abuse.

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Nicki wasn’t having any of her ex’s hypocrisy so she went all out for Safaree in a series of tweets best served for an enemy.

She mocked him wit: “U were abused my nigga? Look @ what you’ve become. Gods wrath is no joke. You will regret every lie u said about me. 

I could never sue a person who gave me all they had to give. Accept that u messed up & move on. After I worked so hard for what I have, & shared so much, the greedy are never satisfied”.

Nicki said, “Two years later this poor excuse of a man is suing me & claiming to have been physically & emotionally abused. Lol. He’s so miserable. 

Whatever isn’t rightfully yours will become a curse once u have it. The money u leaches win in lawsuits will never bless u. It will curse u.”

Read: Social Media Trolls Force Nicki Minaj To Be Secretive About Her Relationship

Using Safaree as a joke she quipped, “Look @ what “men” have become so that they don’t have to work. Fathers pls stay in your sons’ lives. 

You can’t even celebrate your happiness anymore w/o being victimized. Miserable ppl refuse to move on w/their lives”.

The rapper replied her ex’s law suit with, “U really want me showing these emails? I know u need a story line to be on reality Tv. God punishing u & u bout to get more!”

Read: Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, Ludacris And More Hang With POTUS At The White House

 

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John Terry Wants To Remain At Chelsea

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John Terry Wants To Remain At Chelsea – Chelsea captain John Terry has once again reiterated his desire to continue playing for the club.

John Terry Wants To Remain At Chelsea

John Terry Wants To Remain At Chelsea

Speaking after the Blues’ last match of the season against Leicester, Terry apologized to the fans for the poor season so far, and promised a reinvigorated campaign next season.

“This season for us Chelsea fans, it has not been a good one,” 35-year old Terry said.  “We have not been at our best and we are where we deserve to be in the league. From the supporters point of view, you have stuck with us, through the thick and the thin. We have had some great times in recent years and thank you for the support. At times we accept we have not been good enough, but I can assure you we will be back next year and we will be fighting for this title.”

READ: Ranieri Hopes Terry Remains At Chelsea

“On a personal note, I would like to thank everyone as well because this season has been tough for me, very emotional. Chelsea is a big part of my life, like it is yours, and I have had the best moments of my life inside this stadium. From myself and the players, I’d like to say a big thank you.

“We all want the same thing. I want to be here. I’ve said for a very long time that I want to be here for the rest of my career, I want to finish my career here so we have a few days and we’ll be speaking to the club and In want to stay, no doubt. The fans know that.”

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#ZeroLove: Yvonne Nelson Has No Special Bond With Her Father

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Yvonne Nelson has no love for her biological father as she declared in a recent interview, “My dad was not a part of my life because he wasn’t there for me. So, I almost do not say anything about him because there is no relationship or love between us.”

In the interview, the Ghollywood actress and producer talked about growing up with her mother who was the sole breadwinner and not having a father to do anything for her.

She said her mother who means the world to her raised her alone.

My mother raised me single-handedly and she means the world to me. I am the last child and I have three siblings.

She saw me through school and till date, she calls and checks up on me on a regular basis because she is concerned about my welfare.

She is like my friend and I even call her Charlie.

Read: What’s The Deal With John Dumelo And Yvonne Nelson?

Her father-daughter relationship with her biological father is close to cold as the star compared talking to him like talking to a random person.

My dad is like any other person out there because I didn’t have a chance to develop a relationship with him.

We have each other’s phone numbers and he calls me when he feels like talking to me.

It always feels like talking to a random person because there are absolutely no feelings whatsoever.

Yvonne Nelson declared that forgiveness might not be in her book for her father when asked if she could ever forgive him for leaving.

She said:

Sometimes our society makes it hard for us to talk about things like this. But, it’s my story and I don’t have any other way to say it and I don’t want to sugar-coat it. I don’t know, I may never. He was never a part of my life and it is quiet unfortunate.

We actually have an ‘okay’ relationship and it’s not like I won’t talk to him if I see him today; but it ends there because we do not have a relationship.

Talking to him is akin to talking to someone you don’t know.

Read: Is This Hurt? Yvonne Nelson Says Nigerian Men Can Lie For Africa

 

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A Nigerian Kicks Off 17-Day Marathon To Raise Awareness On Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

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A dogged Nigerian, Fadeshola Adedayo, on Friday flagged off a 17-day marathon from Abuja to Lagos to draw attention to the health condition known as Stevens–Johnson syndrome (SJS).

The 17-day marathon, which was organised by the Federal Ministries of Health and Information and Culture in partnership with Adedayo, whose brother, Dr Adeyosola Adedayo, died in 2012 due to an adverse drug reaction to medications he took after sustaining a needlestick injury while managing a patient living with HIV, had commenced on 13th of May 2016.

Stevens–Johnson syndrome, a form of toxic epidermal necrolysis, is a life-threatening skin condition, in which cell death causes the epidermis to separate from the dermis. The syndrome is thought to be a hypersensitivity complex that affects the skin and the mucous membranes. The most well-known causes are certain medications (such as lamotrigine), but it can also be due to infections, or more rarely, cancers. (WIKIPEDIA)

Following the demise of his older brother to the condition, Mr. Adebayo will make stopovers as he races along, sensitising as many people as possible about the syndrome and the need to avoid self medication.

Speaking after the ceremonial commencement of the marathon the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, said:

“We have to find a means to communicate with Nigerians,so they should all be aware of this dangerous disease and it is the sole business of government to enlighten the society by trying to increase their awareness, knowledge and to improve their quality way of life.”

In a statement entitled: “Stevens–Johnson syndrome in Nigeria: Setting the record straight”, the Minister encouraged Nigerians to always report every case of adverse drug reactions through the Pharmacovigilance unit of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

Meanwhile, Mr, Falodun, a Consultant at the National Hospital, Abuja, delivered a lecture on SJS, stressing that it is a rare disease that could occur following drug use.

Falodun also gave some ways by which Stevens–Johnson syndrome (SJS) could be managed by hospitals:

  • Cessation of suspected drugs
  • Hospital Admission: Preferably in burns unit/intensive care
  • Nutritional and Fluid replacement
  • Temperature maintenance

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Dejan Lovren Dropped From Croatia’s Provisional Euro Squad

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Croatia manager, Ante Cacic has named a provisional squad for the Euro 2016, with Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren getting dropped.

The defender was left out after making demands for his inclusion in the team for the continental competition, with Cacic stating a return is possible for the World Cup qualifying campaign.

Real Madrid duo Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic are included in the 27-man party, alongside Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic and Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic.

“The players on the squad list for Euro 2016 preparations are all ready and we also have a few young Croatian players here,” Cacic said after the announcement.

“The friendly matches [against Moldova and San Marino] will serve as a preparation for the first match at the Euros. We have a tough group.”

Croatia begin their campaign against Turkey on June 12.

Squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Hajduk Split), Ivan Vargic (Rijeka), Dominik Livakovic (NK Zagreb)

Defenders: Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk), Sime Vrsaljko (Sassuolo), Gordon Schildenfeld (Dinamo Zagreb), Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Dynamo Kiev), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg), Ivan Strinic (Napoli)

Midfielders: Marko Rog (Dinamo Zagreb), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Domagoj Antolic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ante Coric (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivan Perisic (Inter), Alen Halilovic (Sporting Gijon, on loan from Barcelona)

Forwards: Marko Pjaca (Dinamo Zagreb), Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Nikola Kalinic (Fiorentina), Duje Cop (Malaga, on loan from Dinamo Zagreb), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim, on loan from Leicester City)

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Nigerian Troops Capture Militants Suspected To Have Masterminded Chevron Attacks

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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has announced the apprehension of suspected members of the resurgent militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) who were allegedly responsible for the recent attacks at the Chevron oil facilities.

READ ALSO: Battling Niger Delta Militants With Soldiers Could End In Disaster – UK Warns Buhari

The Director of Defence Information (DDI), Brig-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, made the disclosure known on Sunday, following his umpteen vows to apprehend the perpetrators.

He said: “This is to confirm the arrest of some suspected members of Niger Delta Avengers.   Investigation is currently on going.”

Abubakar also assured that the “military will continue to do its best to guard strategic facilities and provide security to lives and property”.

The Brigadier General mentioned that the arrested suspects were behind the recent attacks at the Chevron oil facilities.

READ ALSO: Militants Give Oil Firms 2-Week Ultimatum To Vacate Niger Delta

The latest arrest, which is the first since the new group emerged, followed recent attacks on oil facilities that have hit production, in the country.

Also speaking on Monday in corroboration, a military source told AFP that “we made some arrests over the weekend. They were picked up around scenes of recent attacks in the Niger delta,”

 “It will be pre-emptive at this stage to conclude that the suspects are the militants that bombed the oil pipelines and installations until after investigation,” the source added.

The group, Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), have claimed responsibility for recent attacks on an offshore facility operated by US energy group Chevron and the Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell.

READ ALSO: Nigerian Army Threatens To Crush Niger Delta Militants

The NDA has expressed its clamour for a sovereign state of Niger Delta.

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