Arsenal Announce Takuma Asano Signing

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Arsenal Announce Takuma Asano Signing – Arsenal have announced the signing of young Japanese forward Takuma Asano from Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

21-year old Asano’s move is yet to be completed with a medical yet to be conducted, and will most likely spend a couple of seasons on loan because of work permit issues.

READ: N’Golo Kante Could Be Arsenal Bound

“Takuma is a talented young striker and very much one for the future,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. He has had an impressive start to his career in Japan and we look forward to him developing over the next couple of years.”

Asano is the third Japanese player to sign for Arsenal, following in the footsteps on Junichi Inamoto and Ryo Miyachi.

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Aisha Buhari Supports Chibok Girls’ Parents With N30m Cash

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In a bid to lighten their sufferings, the First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari, has on Sunday showed her support with the sum of about N30 million cash to parents of the abducted Government Secondary School (GSS) Chibok students in Borno state.

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The wife of the President was well represented by Hajiya Nana Shettima, the wife of the Borno governor, during the presentation of the cash to the parents at a ceremony in Maiduguri, the state capital.

Mrs Buhari stated that the gesture was aimed at fulfilling her promise to assist the parents with some financial support and victims of insurgency in the North East.

 “Today’s presentation was in fulfillment of the promise I made earlier in the year during my book launch in Abuja.

“I made a promise that the proceeds will be use to better the lives of women and victims of insurgency in the North East,” she said.

She urged the beneficiaries to invest the money in productive ventures, so it can better their living conditions.

“This money is not a sort of compensation, but a kind of support for those in need.

“Our immediate prayer is for God to help trace and rescue the abducted girls so that they can be safely re-united with their families,” Buhari said.

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ICYMI: Batshuayi Completes Chelsea Move

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Michy Batshuayi has completed the move from Marseille to Chelsea. With the Belgium international signing a five-year deal.

The Belgium striker is Conte’s first signing, with Chelsea paying €40 million for his signature. He will report for preseason, after a short break due to international duties with Belgium in France.

Batshuayi snubbed clubs like Juventus, Tottenham, West Ham and Crystal Palace. He scored 17 goals in 36 appearances for Marseille in the Ligue 1 last season.

“I am delighted to sign for one of the biggest clubs in Europe and embark on the next chapter in my career,” he said upon his arrival.

“I hope I can help Chelsea win many trophies during my time at Stamford Bridge.
“Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois have told me many good things about the club, and with Antonio Conte coming in it’s an exciting time to become a Chelsea player.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for myself and my family, I am looking forward to playing in the Premier League next season.”

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Herdsmen Sign ‘Peace Pact’ To Leave Delta Communities

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The headship of Fulani herdsmen in Delta state has sign a mutual agreement with Olomu Traditional Council to leave Olomu communities in Ughelli South Council Area of the state for a period of two weeks.

The decision to embrace the peace pact was agreed at a meeting between the leadership of the herdsmen and the Owhorode (traditional ruler) of Olomu Kingdom, HRM. Ovie Richard Layeguen Ogbon-Ogoni Oghoro I JP.

READ ALSO: 59 Persons Feared Dead As Suspected Fulani Herdsmen Attack Benue Communities

At the meeting, which was attended by several notable chiefs of the kingdom, the 99-year-old monarch said the herdsmen were free to return to his communities after negotiation with the Council of Chiefs and host communities.

He explained that such negotiation must be led by the leadership of Cattle Owners in the state while warning that no herdsmen should flout the peace accord.

“Fulani Herdsmen must vacate the Kingdom for failing to properly negotiate with the Olomu Traditional Council before embarking on their grazing businesses in our domain. The Fulani Herdsmen should vacate Olomu Kingdom within two weeks from 25/06/2016-09/07/2016”, a copy of the peace agreement said.

The Public Relations Officer of Fulani Cattle Owners in Delta State, Alhaji Jibrin Haruna led the delegation which included Alhaji Immam Mohammed Young-Okotie, Alhaji Garba Aliyu, Alhaji Usman Suleiman and Alhaji Mohammed Aliyu.

The Punch was quoted as saying that the two-week vacation peace pact had commenced since June 25 and will expire on July 9.

READ ALSO: Scores Dead As Fulani Herdsmen Invade Enugu Communities

The peace pact was needed following a string of clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the area over invasion of farmlands by herdsmen which had led to destruction of farm crops, molestation of women and intimidation of farm owners within the communities in Delta state.

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Avengers Stages Fresh Attacks On Chevron, NNPC Facilities In Niger Delta

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After weeks of inactivity following a proposed peace talks with the Federal Government, the rampaging Niger Delta militants, Avengers, on Sunday morning returned with fresh attacks on major oil and gas installations in Nigeria.

The oil facilities bombed by the militants belonged to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) and Chevron within the Niger Delta region.

READ ALSO: Niger Delta Avengers Now Ready For Dialogue, Lists Conditions

The renewed hostility affected two major oil wells, well head 7 and 8 situated near Abiteye flow station in Warri South West Council Area of Delta state.

The militant group also stated that it attacked two major crude oil trunkline operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company close to Batan flow station.

READ ALSO: Nigeria Loses N1.3bn Daily To Attacks On Oil Facilities By Avengers

Meanwhile, the oil firms are yet to confirm the claims made by the militants.

Garbadeen Mohammed, the spokesman for NNPC, said the state-run oil corporation was not aware of any damage to its facilities in the region.

Also, a front desk officer at Chevron Nigeria Limited could not speak on the attacks as she said that the company’s media department only works on weekdays.

It is not clear the reason for the new attacks after two weeks of what appeared to be cessation of hostilities by the militants.

READ ALSO: Niger Delta Avengers Launches New Website 24 Hours After Shutdown

NDA confirmed the attacks in a series of tweets in their twitter handle.

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ICYMI: Krychowiak Swaps Sevilla For PSG

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Grzegorz Krychowiak has joined Paris Saint-Germain from Sevilla, after both teams reached an agreement.

Sevilla announced on Sunday, that a deal has been agreed. As the Poland international moved to Paris, after two seasons with tbr Spanish side.

Krychowiak confirmed the move himself, after posting a picture on his twitter of him holding a PSG jersey.

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“A new phase – PSG 2021,” the 26-year-old posted, becoming PSG’s latest signing just two days after they landed Hatem Ben Arfa from Nice, who Sevilla also wanted to sign.

“I’m very proud to return to France and to wear the jersey of such an ambitious club in Paris Saint-Germain,” the former Reims midfielder told the PSG official site.

“To continue to work with Unai Emery was obviously part of the reason I’m here.

“I came to Paris to win as many trophies as possible. This new challenge in my career is very exciting.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi was similarly excited about the completion of the deal, saying: “I am very pleased to see Grzegorz Krychowiak join us.

“The last two seasons he has been very efficient with Sevilla FC, in particular on the European scene, and he has been one of the most prominent of Euro players who are currently playing in France.

“Grzegorz embodies the values of discipline and combativeness that are dear to the club, our fans and our new coach, with whom he wanted to continue working.

“There will be no doubt of his importance of our workforce.”

Krychowiak played 90 times for Sevilla over his two-year spell in La Liga, winning two Europa League titles along the way.

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Ryan Giggs Issues Statement On Leaving Man Utd: “The Time Feels Right”

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Ryan Giggs Issues Statement On Leaving Man Utd – One of the world’s most decorated footballers ever, Ryan Giggs, yesterday revealed his decision to leave Manchester United.

Giggs played of his career at United and under Sir Alex Ferguson, winning a barrage of trophies including an amazing 13 league medals. Having retired 3 years ago, Giggs took up a coaching role in the Man Utd back room, but now will be leaving the club permanently.

READ: Ryan Giggs Agrees To Leave Manchester United After 29 Years At The Club

“After 29 seasons at Manchester United as a player and assistant manager, I know winning is in the DNA of this club – giving youth a chance, and playing attacking and exciting football. It’s healthy to have high expectations, it’s right to expect to win. Manchester United expects, deserves, nothing less,” his statement began.

“This is why it is a huge decision for me to step away from the club that has been my life since the age of 14. It has not been a decision that I have made lightly. I’ll take away so many special memories as well as a lifetime of experiences that will, I hope, serve me well in the future.

“However, the time feels right and, although I have no immediate plans to step into management, it is where I want to be.

“I’ve been extremely fortunate in having two great managerial mentors; first in Sir Alex, who I’ve spent the majority of my life working with and learning from and who I believe will remain as football’s greatest-ever manager and in more recent times, Louis van Gaal, whose CV speaks for itself. The knowledge I have gleaned from them has been invaluable.

“I want to reiterate my thanks to the backroom staff and support teams at Manchester United I’ve worked with over the years. The results on the pitch are a reflection of the hard work off it. I would not have achieved the success I have without the dedication, sacrifice and commitment of these people in creating the best environment for the team to succeed.

“I want to congratulate José Mourinho on his appointment as manager of the world’s biggest club. There are only a handful of proven winners at the very highest level and José is unquestionably one of them. I know the fans will welcome him.

READ: Man Utd What? Bayern Munich Announce Renato Sanches Signing

“My final thank you is to the fans. I cannot begin to tell you how much I will miss walking out at Old Trafford in front of you. It’s extremely difficult to say goodbye after 29 years. I have loved every minute both as a player and assistant manager. The support you have always shown me has been phenomenal; thank you.

“It’s time for a new chapter and a new challenge. I’m excited about the future – I’ve had the best apprenticeship into management anyone could ever ask for.”

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Exposition Of The Law On Abia Governorship Controversy – Inibehe Effiong

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On Monday June 27, 2016 the Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Justice Okon Abang delivered judgment in a pre-election case brought by a gubernatorial aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State in the 2015 election, Uche Sampson Ogah, against Mr. Okezie Ikpeazu, the governor of Abia State.

This piece was written by Inibehe Effiong. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

The learned judge, in his judgment, declared that Ikpeazu was not qualified to present himself for the primary election conducted by his party, the PDP, and that he was equally not eligible to contest for the 2015 governorship election due to his failure to meet the mandatory legal requirement on the payment of taxes for the three years preceding the election. His Lordship found that Ikpeazu perjured by lying in his election papers about his eligibility.

Sequel to the above findings, Justice Abang inter alia, declared Ogah as the duly elected governor of Abia State being the person who scored the second highest number of votes at the December 2014 primary election of the PDP; ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately issue Ogah a Certificate of Return; and also ordered the Chief Judge of Abia State to immediately swear in Ogah as the governor of Abia State. On Thursday June 30, 2016, while purporting to act in compliance with the said order(s), the INEC National Commissioner in charge of the South-East, Ambassador Lawrence Nwuruku issued Ogah with a Certificate of Return.

READ ALSO: The Judicial Terrorism Of Removing Ikpeazu As Abia Governor – Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa

Abia State is currently enmeshed in an avoidable constitutional crisis following the conflicting claims to the governorship seat by the two contenders. While Ogah in whose favour the judgment of the Federal High Court was given is seeking to be sworn-in in conformity with the orders of Justice O. Abang, the incumbent, Ikpeazu is holding tight to the office on the basis that he has appealed the said judgment and is therefore entitled to remain in office pending the determination of his appeal.

Divergent views have been expressed on the propriety of the issuance of a Certificate of Return to Ogah and the solution to the imbroglio.

What precisely is the position of the law on the subject?

I do not intend to examine the correctness of the judgment delivered by Justice Okon Abang. That may be done subsequently. This essay is intended to extensively dissect the law on the controversy over the governorship seat of Abia State sequel to the issuance of a Certificate of Return to Ogah.

As a prelude, two points are worthy of note.

First, by virtue of Section 287 (3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), all authorities and persons (INEC inconclusive) have a duty to observe and enforce the decisions of the Federal High Court. It is settled law that the judgment of a court, no matter how perverse, is valid and binding until same is set aside on appeal by a superior court. For reference, see the decision of the Supreme Court in Agbogunleri v. Depo (2008) 3 NWLR (Pt. 1074) 217.

Second, a successful litigant is entitled to enjoy the benefits and reap the fruits of judgment in his favour and nothing ordinarily should be done to obstruct this right. In the words of Niki Tobi, JCA (as he then was) in Lijadu v. Lijadu (1991) 1 NWLR (Pt. 169) 627 at 644, nothing should be done to make the victorious party leave the court in “victory” without victory.

Notwithstanding the above postulations on the validity and enforceability of subsisting judgments of superior courts, there is a legally recognisable circumstance by which adherence to, and enforcement of a judgement may be put in abeyance (suspended momentarily). A judgement or decision of a court will not be enforceable where a stay of execution of the judgment is ordered either by the trial court that delivered same or by an appellate court.

Section 18 of the Court of Appeal Act Cap. C37 L.F.N. 2004 expressly states that “An appeal under this Part of this Act shall not operate as a stay of execution, but the Court of Appeal may order a stay of execution either unconditionally or upon the performance of such conditions as may be imposed in accordance with rules of court.”

Essentially, this implies that the mere filing of a Notice of Appeal by a party will not, as a matter of course, stay the execution of a judgment. This is beyond dispute. For emphasis, the decision of the court in TSA Ind. Ltd. v. Kama Inv. Ltd. (2006) 2 NWRL (Pt. 964) 300 at 316 is apt on the point.

However, a party seeking to stay the enforcement of a judgement must in addition to his Notice of Appeal, file a motion (an application) for stay of execution and serve same on the other party. A stay of execution ensures that a fait accompli is not foisted on an appellate court by rendering its judgment in the substantive appeal nugatory.

In the present case of Abia State, did INEC act within the bounds of the law in issuing Ogah with a Certificate of Return? The answer will depend on whether INEC was given notice of the pendency of an appeal together with a motion for stay of execution.

The Abia State Government in a statement issued by the State Attorney-General, Mr. Umeh Kalu, said thus:
“It’s unfortunate that INEC said that it was not served. But the truth is that they were served. I have a proof to that. Saleh N. Ibrahim, Senior Clerical Officer at the Legal Services Department of the Commission’s Headquarters, Abuja, who (sic) stamped the Notice of Appeal and Injunction with the Commission’s official stamp by 12.50pm on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.”

In an explanation to a newspaper, Premium Times, on Friday July 1, 2016, Nick Dazang, spokesman for INEC, said Mr. Ikpeazu’s failure to provide a stay-of-execution order left the Commission with no choice than to issue the Certificate of Return to Mr. Ogah. He said since Mr. Ikpeazu’s notice was not deemed sufficient, it had to, as a matter of policy, execute the judgment of the high court.

“I discovered that INEC received Mr. Ikpeazu’s notice. However, it did not contain a motion or order of stay of execution. In the circumstance, and in deference to the previous court order, INEC as a responsible regulatory body has no recourse than to issue Mr. Ogah the Certificate of Return,” Mr. Dazang said.

It is apparent that one of the parties, between the Abia State Government and INEC, is either outrightly mendacious or economical with the truth. So who is right?

I have carefully examined the proof of service (affidavit of service) published by Ikpeazu on his Facebook page and circulated to the media by the Abia State Government, and there is no mention of a motion for stay of execution in the said affidavit. Only a Notice of Appeal is mentioned. Putting it differently, there is nothing evidencing that INEC was served with an application by Ikpeazu seeking a stay of execution of the judgment delivered by Justice Okon Abang on Monday the June 27, 2016. In my quest to unravel the truth and facts of this case, I made spirited efforts to reach the Chief Press Secretary to Ikpeazu (through phone calls and sms) on the afternoon of Friday July 1, 2016, for him to furnish me with evidence that there is indeed a motion for stay of execution. He did not reply.

The only sensible and logical inference to be drawn from the non-production of evidence of the existence and service of motion for stay of execution is that none is available. He who alleges must prove. The maxim is ‘ei incumbit probatio qui dicit’. See Section 131 of the Evidence Act 2011. The burden is on Ikpeazu to prove beyond unsubstantiated press statements, that INEC had notice of not only his appeal but very importantly, his motion for stay of execution prior to the issuance of a Certificate of Return to Ogah.

I have seen a copy of the interim order (ex parte injunction) obtained by Ikpeazu dated Thursday June 30, 2016 from the High Court of Abia State, Osisioma Ngwa presided by Justice Chibuzor Ahuchaogu, restraining INEC from issuing a Certificate of Return to Ogah and his swearing-in by the Chief Judge of Abia State or by any judicial officer in Abia State.

The injunction, to say the least, is a gross abuse of judicial cum court process and not binding for two principal reasons. First, the High Court of Abia State cannot give an order which purports to vary or render nugatory the order(s) of the Federal High Court. The simple reason is that both courts have concurrent jurisdiction. Only a superior court (the Court of Appeal or the Supreme Court) can interfere with the orders given by Justice Okon Abang. The Supreme Court in a recent decision in the case of Orji Uzor Kalu v. Federal Republic of Nigeria (Unreported Appeal No. SC/215/2012) delivered on March 18, 2016 emphatically sounded a warning to the effect that courts of concurrent jurisdiction cannot police each other and that they are not bound by each other’s decisions.

In the case cited supra, a former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, had obtained an ex parte order from the High Court of Abia State restraining the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from arresting, detaining or prosecuting him. The Supreme Court held that the Federal High Court where Mr. Kalu was arraigned, is not bound by the injunction given by the High Court of Abia State. Thus, the case was remitted back to the Federal High Court for commencement of Kalu’s trial. Other authorities on this position includes: Olutola v. University of Ilorin (2004) 18 NWLR (Pt. 905) 452 and Uwazuruike v. Attorney General of the Federation (2008) 10 NWLR (Pt. 1096) 444 at 459-59.

The second reason why the injunction granted on Thursday June 30, 2016 by Justice Ahuchaogu of the Abia State High Court is defective is that it sought in part, to restrain a completed act. It is an established fact that Ikpeazu only obtained the said injunction after INEC had already issued Ogah with a Certificate of Return. It was totally wrong for the court to issue an order to stop what had already been done. The order is offensive to the spirit and letters of the law as stated by the Supreme Court in the case of Okafor v. Attorney General of Anambra State (1992) 2 SCNJ 219 to the effect that injunction cannot lie against a completed act.

Before I conclude, let me respond to an erroneous argument that has been canvassed on this issue. It has been vigorously contended by some lawyers that based on the provisions of Section 143 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), Ikpeazu being the incumbent governor of Abia State, is entitled to remain in office pending the determination of his appeal.

Agreed that by virtue of Section 143 of the Electoral Act, where the Election Tribunal or Court, as the case may be, determines that a candidate returned was not validly elected, the invalidly elected candidate shall continue to remain in office pending his appeal and is also entitled to remain in office for a duration of 21 days within which he is to appeal.

This provision does not apply to pre-election cases like the instant case of Abia State. Why? The “Election Tribunal” or “Court” referred to in the preceding paragraph is defined in Section 133 (2) of the Electoral Act to be the Court of Appeal where it sits over Presidential or Governorship election petitions and the election tribunal established by the Constitution or the Electoral Act. This interpretation also applies to Section 141 of the Electoral Act which forbids an Election Tribunal or Court from declaring any person who did not fully participate in all stages of the election as the winner of the election.

Mention should be made that the Federal High Court in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS1/2011 between Labour Party and Attorney General of the Federation, delivered on July 21, 2011 had annulled Section 141 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

Interestingly, the injunctive orders granted by the Abia State High Court in favour of Ikpeazu were made pursuant to Section 143 of the Electoral Act. With due respect to the judge, the orders are not only legally indefensible but amounts to an affront on the position taken by the Supreme Court on the non-applicability of those provisions to pre-election cases. This is another reason why the said injunction cannot command respect.

Both Sections 141 and 143 of the Electoral Act are not applicable to the Federal High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court in pre-election cases. Any doubt on this submission can easily be resolved by reference to the recent landmark decision of the Supreme Court in Jev & Anor v. Iyortom & Ors (2015) LPELR-24420 (SC) where the Apex Court pronounced on the issue in vivid terms.

The legal significance of the (mere) filing of a motion for stay of execution (pending appeal) has been highlighted in plethora of locus classicus. In Vaswani Trading Co. v. Savalakh (1972) 12 S.C. 77, the Supreme Court held inter alia at page 87 line 30:

“any action or conduct of one or the other of the parties to the action taken whilst an application for a stay of execution is pending in this court, for the obvious or subtle purpose of stultifying the exercise by this court of its jurisdiction, and indeed its duty to consider the application on the merit, must not be countenanced by this court”.

In conclusion, it is submitted that since there is at present no evidence that Ikpeazu had filed a motion for stay of execution of the judgment along with his Notice of Appeal on or before Wednesday June 29, 2016 and serve same on INEC, the issuance of a Certificate of Return to Ogah on Thursday June 30, 2016 cannot be legally faulted. Strictly, INEC acted within the law. Neither the Notice of Appeal (without a corresponding motion for stay) nor the injunction by the High Court of Abia State can be invoked to puncture INEC’s action.

Without prejudice to the above submission, I need to observe that INEC may have acted mala fides (in bad faith) by waiting for three days to elapse before complying with the order of the court. While it is true that Section 75 of the Electoral Act gives the Commission seven days to issue a Certificate of Return, that leverage cannot avail it in the instant case because the tenor of the judgment demanded immediacy. The order was made on the June 27, the issuance of the certificate of return on the 30th of June was belated; not immediately as ordered.

Instead of dissipating resources on trivialities such as media propaganda; sponsorship of protests and unjustifiable declaration of public hollidays, Ikpeazu is advised to immediately file a motion for stay of execution of the judgment and serve same on INEC and Ogah. If that was or has been done, let it be published publicly for the world to see.

Where this is done, INEC should cancel and withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Ogah pending the determination of Ikpeazu’s appeal. In the absence of an application for stay of execution, there is absolutely nothing in law preventing the issuance of the Certificate of Return and the swearing-in of Ogah as the governor of Abia State pending the outcome of appeal(s) in the case.

Though Ogah has been declared the duly elected governor of Abia State, Section 185 (1) of the Constitution is explicit that a person duly elected as governor shall not begin to perform the functions of that office until he has declared his assets and has subscribed to the Oath of Office and Oath of Allegiance prescribed in the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution. The decisions by the Chief Judge and the President of the Customary Court of Appeal of Abia State to abdicate their responsibilities in this regard amounts to an unconstitutional dereliction of duty in the absence of an application for stay of execution.

Inibehe Effiong is a Legal Practitioner and Convener of the Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (COHRD) and can be reached at: inibehe.effiong@gmail.com

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Why You Need To Watch 93 Days: The First Movie On Ebola In Nigeria (TRAILER)

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93 Days The Movie – stars Danny Glover, Bimbo Akintola, Tim Reid, Somkele Iyamah Idhalama, Alastair Mackenzie, Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey, Bimbo Manuel, Charles Okafor, Gideon Okeke and many more. The first film on the virus that rocked West Africa and had the world watching from glass screens.

The Ebola virus was a major cause for concern in 2014 as the virus swept through the whole of west Africa and which particularly had most Nigerians avoiding close contact with people in public spaces while adopting the routine use of hand sanitizers.

The Ebola virus or Ebola viral disease (EVD) cause a severe and often fatal hemorrhagic fever in humans and other mammals. The natural reservoir of Ebola virus is believed to be fruit bats and it is primarily transmitted between humans and from animals to humans through body fluids.

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The official poster of 93 Days The Movie

The first case in Nigeria was observed in a Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, who flew from Liberia to Nigeria’s most populous city of Lagos on the 20th of July 2014 en-route calabar, cross rivers state for a conference. Sawyer however became violently ill on his arrival at the Murtala Muhammed international Airport, Lagos and sought treatment at First Consultant Hospital, Lagos where he was admitted with fever like symptoms.

The consultant who paid the supreme price, Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh deduced that Mr Sawyer’s symptoms were similar to those of Ebola and she alongside other medical workers at the hospital made contact with the government and quarantined all who had contact with Mr. Sawyer. In response to Dr Ameyo Adadevoh’s discovery, the Nigerian government observed all persons that had  contact with Sawyer for signs of infection and increased surveillance at all entry points to the country.

This and more is what the movie 93 Days seeks to capture. The movie tells the real life story of men and women who valiantly put their lives on the line to save citizens of Nigeria from consequences of the outbreak of the highly dreaded Virus.

The movie which is directed by Steve Gukas, Pemon Rami, Bolanle Austen-peters and Dotun Olakunri, stars international Hollywood and Nollywood actors including, Danny Glover, Bimbo Akintola, Tim Reid, Somkele Iyamah Idhalama, Alastair Mackenzie, Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey, Bimbo Manuel, Charles Okafor, Gideon Okeke, and a host of others.

The movie recounts the exploits of a number of heroes including Dr Adadevoh and the Nigerian government in 2014 from the period the news broke about the virus to immediate measures put in place to stop the spread. These actions saved the country from a major epidemic which was eradicated 93 days after the disease was imported into the country.

93 Days which is directed by Steve Gukas, is a must-watch as the movie tells the story of a major landmark in the history of Nigeria. The trailer gives snippets of what to expect from the movie, need we say more?

Watch The Official Trailer of 93Days – A film by Steve Gukas starring one of Black Hollywood’s finest actors, Danny Glover

 

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VIDEO: Mo Abudu And Denrele Sing ‘We Are The World’

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Mo Abudu And Denrele Sing ‘We Are The World’ – TV and media mogul Mosunmola Abudu showed off her singing skills recently, and she’s quite good at it!

The EbonyLife CEO took the mic during EbonyLife TV’s third year anniversary party, and performed Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie’s classic, We Are The World, alongside Denrele Edun.

READ: Mo Abudu, The Only African Woman To Make Business Insider’s Top 100 Creators List

Watch the performance below!

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Did D’Banj Secretly Get Married? We Have The Answer

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News broke yesterday that D’Banj got married in a low-key wedding where only about 20 close friends and family members were in attendance.

It was said that the court wedding took place in Onigbongbo, Lagos with a reception at the family house in Maryland, Lagos. The marriage was allegedly to an unnamed half-caste lady, as reported by Instagram account, instablog9ja.

However, the news is a hoax and D’banj is still the much eligible bachelor we have always known. A friend of the singer also confirmed that there was no wedding and the news was a total fabrication.

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ICYMI: Arteta Confirms Coaching Role At Manchester City

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Former Arsenal captain, Mikel Arteta has confirmed he’ll be retiring from football for a coaching role under Guardiola at Manchester City.

The former Spain international was confident he had played his final game for Arsenal, after he played just two minutes in Arsenal’s last game of the 2015-16 season. It was his ninth appearance of the season.

Arteta has confirmed that his playing career has ended and he will be working with Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium next term.

“I can confirm that I will be leaving Arsenal and retiring from playing to take up a coaching position at Manchester City,” he said in a statement released on Twitter.

“I’ve enjoyed an amazing five years at Arsenal and it’s been an honour and a privilege to captain such a great club.

“The opportunity to join Pep Guardiola and his team was an amazing opportunity for me and I am incredibly excited for the future.

“Throughout my career I have always been interested in more than just the playing side and have had a passion for helping progress and develop the team outside of just my own role as a player.

“I have been lucky to play under some amazing coaches and managers during my playing career and I hope to use elements of everything I’ve learnt from them as well as experience from my own playing career to help City achieve success.”

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#TransferLatest: Wenger Confirms Asano Deal

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Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Japan striker, Takuma Asano from Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

They confirmed a deal has been agreed in principle. The deal is however, subject to completion of a medical and regulatory processes.

Arsenal did not reveal the length of the contract agreed with the striker. But Wenger is happy to have landed the 21-year-old.

Wenger said: “Takuma is a talented young striker and very much one for the future.

“He has had an impressive start to his career in Japan and we look forward to him developing over the next couple of years.”

Asano has five senior caps for Japan after making his debut against North Korea in August 2015 and scored his first goal against Bulgaria last month.

He has also been named in the country’s Under-23 squad to play in the Rio Olympic Games next month.

The attacker was named as the J-League’s Rookie of the Year in 2015 when he scored nine goals.

“I was stunned, but I have the confidence to succeed wherever I go,” Asano told reporters when he initially heard of Arsenal’s interest.

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Leicester City Announce Nampalys Mendy Signing

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Leicester City Announce Nampalys Mendy Signing – Leicester City have announced that French midfielder Nampalys Mendy has joined the club from Nice.

Mendy told LCFC.com: “I am very happy to come to Leicester City. The team have just enjoyed a great season and it’s excellent to be here.

READ: ICYMI: Vardy Commits Future To Leicester, And Snubs Arsenal

“For me I want to play at this level. I like the Premier League and I follow every match. It’s fast and physical and I want to impose myself on the league.

“I know the coach (Claudio Ranieri), I know his mentality and I know his philosophy. When he speaks it’s direct and clear and for me I like this.”

Mendy, who previously played under Foxes coach Claudio Ranieri while at AS Monaco, is Leicester City’s third signing of the summer following Ron-Robert Zieler and Luis Hernandez.

 

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Bonucci: Italy Go Out With Pride

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Leonardo Bonucci believes Italy exits the Euro 2016 with their heads held high. Italy were knocked out on penalties by Germany.

Italy lost 6-5 on penalties to Germany, with Bonucci one of four players to miss from the spot. The Juventus man earlier scored from the spot to restore parity, after Ozil’s opener.

He was emotional after the match, but insists there’s no shame for Conte’s men. As he believes they’ve shown they can hold their own against any European side.

Proud Conte: We Made Everyone Fear Italy

“Penalties are a lottery and they made one fewer mistake than us,” Bonucci said to Rai .

“Manuel Neuer did well to read me but I could have done better. We had said at the start of this adventure that if we went out, we had to do it with heads held high.

“Over 120 minutes I think we went toe-to-toe with the World Cup winners. We are leaving with our heads held high and I’m proud to have been part of this group.

“Going out always hurts, but these men, from the coach and president to every player, were great men. We put our heart on to the pitch in every game and every training session.

“In these competitions you have to be a group and we knew it was the only way to have our say. We beat Belgium, Spain and Sweden, then drew with the world champions.

“We will take the good from this tournament into the next two years. We have played as equals against everybody.

“We all feel down, we are disappointed but also proud of how close we are to the Italian people. They have us so much enthusiasm and we hope to have made them proud.

“Conte was sad about the defeat, but thanked the men he worked with.”

Germany – who have now made it to the last four of six consecutive major tournaments – will go on to face France or Iceland in Thursday’s semi-final.

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#EURO2016: Joachim Loew Praises Young Stars After Italy Victory

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Germany coach Joachim Loew was full of praises for his young players for keeping their cool during a penalty shootout victory over Italy in the quarter finals of the UEFA European Championships.

Team veterans Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller had all blown away their penalties, but young players Hector and Joshua Kimmich stepped up big to help secure the world champions a place in the semi-finals.

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“The experienced players missed and the younger guys came through, so that’s quite positive,” Loew said. “If you want to criticise anything, sometimes we lost the ball too easily. We had a chance for a second goal, but Buffon produced a save and then an Italian player stopped Mueller.”

Germany will face the winner of the match between France and Iceland, and is worried about the prospects of playing the match without Mario Gomez and Sami Khedira, both of whom left the match due to injuries.

READ: Wales Upset Belgium To Reach Euro 2016 Semi Finals

“It wasn’t great to see Sami come off after just 15 minutes,” admitted Loew. “He had problems with his hamstring, I don’t know if it is serious. Gomez had muscle problems, but I can’t say too much about it. We have to recover and look after some players because a game like this affects the body.”

Loew however tipped France to find a way past Iceland, though he admitted it would not be easy.  “We’ll have to see, France is going to be the favourite, they’re a great side with individual quality,” said Loew. “Iceland are a battling team, who are organised in defence. It’s not going to be easy for France.

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B-Red Unveils “All The Way Up” EP Artwork & Tracklist

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B-Red after debuting his biggest collaboration “Cucumber” with Akon, decided to unveiled the official Artwork and track lists for  “ALL THE WAY UP EP” which set to drop on the 11th Of July.

TRACKLIST BELOW

  1. Te Slow
  2. Dele
  3. As E Dey Go
  4. Kolo
  5. Romantic Call
  6. Give Dem
  7. Worry
  8. All The Way Up

Bonus Track

  1. Twerk ft. Davido
  2. Cucumber ft. Akon
  3. Blessings
  4. Iwotago ft. Phyno
  5. Overdo ft.Lil Kesh
  6. Iwaju

BRed

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Proud Conte: We Made Everyone Fear Italy

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Antonio Conte insists there is no shame in losing a penalty shootout. With Germany making it to the semifinals at the expense of Italy.

Bonucci cancelled out Ozil’s opener with a spotkick. The match headed for penalty shootout after ending 1-1 at the end of 120 minutes.

Germany has not lost a penalty shootout since 1976, and that fact still stands, as they edged Italy, with seven players failing to score.

Matteo Darmian’s miss proved the most costly, with 26-year-old Jonas Hector then slotting the winning penalty to send Germany into the semi-finals.

“The lads gave everything they had against a very strong side,” Conte – who is leaving his post to join Chelsea in the Premier League – told Rai Sport.

“Being beaten by Germany on penalties is no shame, as we could’ve gone forward too. I am proud of what these players did.
“The world champions changed their system for us and that’s a reason to be proud.”

He added: “Regrets? Only for the penalties, not for the effort and love they showed for the jersey. These players really proved everything and gave all they had.

“I don’t like to make evaluations, I prefer to leave that to others. What interests me is that I had an incredible experience with these players, making Italy respected and feared by everyone.
“We tried and were able to make the fans proud of us. We made the players truly aware that it’s a privilege to wear the shirt.”

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