Rio 2016: Germany Beat Nigeria 2-0 In Men’s Football Semi-Final

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Germany Beat Nigeria 2-0 – Nigeria’s biggest hope for a gold medal was lost today as Germany eliminated the Dream Team IV in the men’s football semi-final.

2 goals from Lukas Klostermann and Nils Petersen gave the Europeans a 2-0 win, and a ticket to face hosts Brazil for the gold medal. Nigeria will now look to win a bronze medal when they face Honduras in the 3rd place.

It has been a rollercoaster tournament for the Dream Team IV, who narrowly arrived in Brazil for their first match against Japan, and almost boycotted the quarter final against Denmark due to unhappiness over unpaid allowances.

READ: #Rio2016: Neymar Sets New World Record At Olympics

Germany were the dominant side for most of the first half, but the Eagles managed to break out and create chances, and wasting most of them.

The scoreline might have been much more embarrassing for the Eagles, who were constantly saved by the top keeping of goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel.

As Nigeria continued to find the all-important equalizer, substitute Petersen put the nail in the coffin after scoring into an empty net in the 90th minute.

 

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Web Designer Dupes Blogger Of N1.7M On Nairaland

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Ikechukwu Iwezor has been arraigned for duping a blogger, Ola Akinlayo, of N1.7M on popular Nigerian social-forum, Nairaland.

According to a police officer, Iwezor, 28, met Akinlayo on Nairaland in September 2015, and began discussing on web designing.

Upon a business agreement, Akinlayo paid the sum of one-point-seven million after which Iwezor ran away to Abuja.

Efforts to get the website proved futile and when Akinlayo felt it was beginning to look like fraud, he asked for his money back which was ignored, prompting Akinlayo to report the matter to the police.

Iwezor was later arrested in Abuja.

Read: Dear Seun Osewa, Your Attention Is Drawn To Fraudulent Activities Of An Imposter On Nairaland

The arresting officer, Sergeant Innocent Odugbo, charged Iwezor with three counts of conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretense and stealing which were punishable under sections 409, 312 (2) and 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

Charges leveled against Iwezor read, “That you, Ikechukwu Iwezor, between September 2015 and April 8, 2016 in Lagos, within the Lagos Magisterial District, did commit felony to wit: stealing and obtaining money under false pretenses.

“That you, with an intent to defraud, did obtain the sum of N1.7m from one Ola Akinlayo, on the pretext of helping him to design a website, a representation you knew to be false.”

Iwezor pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Danielle Abbe, counsel for Iwezor urged the court to grant his client bail on liberal terms, as he was innocent until proved guilty.

Presiding magistrate, Mrs. F.F. Georg granted the defendant bail in the sum of N300,000, with two sureties in like sum.

According to Punch, she added that the sureties must provide proof of tax clearance for the last three years as well as an active residential address should also be submitted for verification to the prosecutor.

Note: Fraudsters are everywhere  – you have to be careful of faceless busines

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Tonto Dikeh Gets Unfairly Trolled For Posting Picture Without Her Baby’s Face

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Nollywood actress/singer Tonto Dikeh is gets unfairly trolled after she posted a photograph of her baby without his face. The new mother was ridiculed as some opined she was trying to act like Kim Kardashian.

She posted the photograph which she lovingly captioned, “Lord I’m so grateful for a beautiful past 6 months filled with Joy,Laughter and Pure Love. Lord thank you for doing this (Parenting) with me. Thank you for this Unending joy in my heart(King). #Happy6monthsKING-ANDRE, MOMMY LOVES YOU SO MUCH.

Rather than celebrate with her, the trolls were more concerned about why she hid her child’s face as they spitefully wrote:

  • coolbabe914 – Just the way Tiwa did with her baby before she got tired.
  • spenkuff – Why not show the baby face, abi (sic) the baby is ugly.
  • birdyhen – Unfortunately we are not here for the surprise. It’s better she doesn’t post any photo at all. Kim and Kanye did that and that’s real surprise.
  • xtifiano – What’s d need of posting the legs?
  • edible_catering – Hope we don’t get disappointed after all d suspense. If you don’t want your kid to be public just refrain from posting body parts.
  • kurianamich – I love you Mrs X but this is not fair, it’s been six months, why do you keep hiding the face of King? It’s obvious he is a beautiful baby, at least his parents are. So why hide him like you ashamed of him?
  • birdyhen – So why is she hiding the face. Does she think the baby is ugly or Wat.??
  • aishatomolola17 – Show d pikin face make we hear word abeg. You just de put the innocent pikin for people palava.. see as dem de call am headless…kon follow de call am baba OBJ…Tiwa sef no do am as u de do your own…sister Tonto please if u will not show us Koman carry his body off your post.. oshe.

The hate, sheesh, makes our skin crawl. 

It’s her baby, her decision. Trolling for what she decides to put on her own page is just ridiculous. 

Share your thoughts on the subject in the comment section. 

Read: Tonto Dikeh Signs Deal With NUMATVILLE

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Folk Singer, “Johnny Drille” Talks Music With BBC Africa

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Contemporary folk singer Johnny Drille, since the release of his breakout single “Wait For Me” in 2015, has been one of the most sought-after upcoming musician in Nigeria.

The singer, who is chiefly recognized and loved for his unique music skills which include; music production & writing, had a brief but compelling conversation with the British Broadcasting Company (Africa). And, he elaborated his kind of music.

According to Johnny, his music is mostly about Love, and he can’t also separate it from God. “I sing about the country… I sing about Nigeria. because, the truth is, right now the economic situation is so messed up“. he continued, “PEOPLE just need to FEEL GOOD. They just need something to help them forget that things are difficult right now“.

Speaking on what it feels like being an artist based outside the heart of the Nigerian music industry “Lagos State” and still be able to make an impact, he said “me coming all the way from Benin City into Lagos …making this much impact, means you can be anywhere and still be able to do great things“.

Watch the clip below:

Not forgetting that his style of music is also admired by the legendary Cohbams Asuquo, the Wait For Me crooner is on the verge of success.

PS: Have a taste of his music HERE

Also Listen to Mr John (A Duet With Johnny Drille) by Sister Wisdom below

 

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#Rio2016: Neymar Sets New World Record At Olympics

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Brazil forward, Neymar has set a new world record at the Rio Olympic Games, Fifa has confirmed.

The Brazil captain found the net with just 15 seconds into the match against Honduras, breaking Janine Becker’s record against Australia. She scored with just 19 seconds on the clock.

Neymar collided with Luis Lopez in the build up to his opening goal, and was stretchered off the pitch.

The Barcelona star was soon back on his feet and assisted both goals as new Manchester City signing Gabriel Jesus put Brazil three goals to the good at half-time to all but secure a place in the Gold Medal match at the Rio Games.

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Mahrez Signs New Four-Year Contract At Leicester

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Leicester City midfielder, Riyad Mahrez has committed his future to the club, signing a four-year extension.

The Algeria international was expected to join Arsenal, but that deal never saw the light of day. And now he will be at the club till 2020.

And the club could not hide their delight at tying down their “magician” for four more seasons.

“Leicester City Football Club is delighted to announce that Riyad Mahrez has signed a new contract, committing his future to the Foxes until June, 2020,” the club’s statement reads.

“The reigning PFA Players’ Player of the Year signs new terms after playing a starring role in City’s unforgettable Premier League title triumph last season – the latest stage of a remarkable journey for the 25-year-old Algerian in Leicester City colours.

“Signed from Le Havre of the French second tier in January 2014, Riyad’s two-and-a-half-year spell with Leicester has seen him establish himself as an Algeria international, a Premier League champion and one of the most feared attacking players in Europe. He scored 17 goals and contributed 11 assists last season in the most remarkable title triumph in Premier League history.”

“He joins the likes of Wes Morgan, Jamie Vardy, Kasper Schmeichel and Andy King in signing new deals with the Club this summer, bolstering Claudio Ranieri’s squad for the Club’s first ever Premier League title defence.”

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Buffon: Hart Will Bounce Back

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Juventus veteran goalie, Gigi Buffon has backed Joe Hart to come back stronger, after he was relegated to the bench by Guardiola.

Caballero has been Guardiola’s first choice in his first two competitive matches at the club. And the rumoured arrival of Claudio Bravo is putting Hart’s position at the club, at a greater risk.

But Buffon believes the England international has the resilience to reclaim his place, as he did when dropped by Manuel Pellegrini during the 2013-14 season.

“[Hart] has been in this position before, he was dropped two or three seasons back, and then when he returned he played some of the best football of his career,” the veteran told Goal.

“The ability is there, we know he has that, but just as importantly he has character – and that is one of the most important qualities you can have as a goalkeeper.”

Buffon, who is currently the most expensive goalkeeper in history, believes one of the best stoppers on the planet will be on the market if Hart is allowed to leave the Etihad Stadium.

“He has consistently over the last 5 or 6 seasons shown he is among the best goalkeepers in the world,” he said.

“De Gea and Neuer are the two outstanding goalkeepers right now, after that there is not anybody who is on an obvious higher level than Hart.

“He has many years of being a great goalkeeper ahead of him – no matter if they are at Manchester City or anywhere else.”

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Aston Villa Complete Signing Of Mile Jedinak From Crystal Palace 

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​Mile Jedinak has completed his move to Aston Villa, the club have confirmed.

The 32-year-old received the relevant clearance this afternoon and has signed from Premier League club Crystal Palace.

Jedinak passed his medical at Villa yesterday and watched on from the Villa Park stands as the claret and blues drew 1-1 with Huddersfield.

He will bring some much-needed experience to the midfield and help increase the competition for places.

He may not make his debut at Derby County on Saturday.

According to Villa’s website: “The player will not be available for selection until EFL and FA registration is complete, which is subject to the issuance of the relevant UK Visa and Immigration documents.”

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AC Milan Complete Signing Of Jose Sosa 

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​AC Milan have signed Jose Sosa from Besiktas, the club announced today and has signed a two-year contract. 

He made a total of 181 appearances in all competitions for the Turkish club – scoring 17 goals – and has earned 19 caps for Argentina at international level. 

The 31-year-old Argentine reportedly cost Milan 7.5 million Euros. 

The official statement from the Rossoneri:

“For its midfield, AC Milan was looking for an experienced, professional player with the will to do well. The club has found in you these three components and has decided to sign a contract with you until 30th June 2018. Best of luck with us, José!”

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Raphael Varane : I Made The Right Decision By Staying At Real Madrid 

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​Raphael Varane believes his decision to stay at Real Madrid is the right choice.

The French defender ended last season as Real Madrid’s third-choice centre-back behind Sergio Ramos and Pepe. As such, he was then linked with a reunion with his old Bernabeu boss Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.

However, he looks set to continue at Real Madrid, citing the importance of his relationship with coach Zinedine Zidane.


“I trust the club and I trust the coach (Zinedine Zidane). I have spoken with him a lot and he trusts me, so that is one of the reasons for me to stay. I feel good here,” he is quoted as saying in AS. “I think that I have taken a decision which is to stay, it’s the right decision. I am going to continue improving, and I want this season to be a good one for me, and one at my best level.”

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Jeff Schlupp Unhappy At Leicester City As The Club Continues To Block His Transfer To West Brom 

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Leicester winger Jeff Schlupp is “deeply unhappy” at his club’s refusal to allow him to talk to West Brom, who have seen two bids for the player – the latest worth £12million – rejected by the Premier League champions.

The 23-year-old was told recently by manager Claudio Ranieri that he could not guarantee him first team football, and that he would be better off looking for a new club if he wanted to play regularly.

Leicester seemed ready to negotiate with West Brom when they made their latest bid last Friday. Schlupp was even removed from the matchday squad for Saturday’s Premier League opener at Hull with expectation that the deal would go through on Monday.

It appears now that Leicester have taken a different view by turning down West Brom’s offer and insisting that Schlupp sees out the remaining three years of his contract.

The Ghana international has been at Leicester since signing youth forms in 2005. He featured in 23 games for the club last season.

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

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​LONDON EVENING STANDARD

  • Cesc Fabregas will ignore interest from Juventus to stay and fight for his place at Chelsea this season.
  • Meanwhile, Juve are convinced they can secure another loan deal for winger Juan Cuadrado.
  • Loic Remy is wanted by a host of clubs as he struggles to force his way into Antonio Conte’s plans at Chelsea.
  • Agent Jorge Mendes has told Arsenal and Chelsea that Real Madrid are prepared to sell James Rodriguez for £65m.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

  • Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is poised to land Claudio Bravo by the end of the week.
  • Manchester United are hoping to persuade Andreas Pereira to follow Adnan Januzaj in agreeing a loan move to a Premier League club.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

  • Rafael Benitez has warned Everton to stump up the cash if they want to sign Moussa Sissoko.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

  • Rafa Benitez has admitted that Newcastle United would be willing to listen to offers for Tim Krul this summer.
  • Sunderland’s Younes Kaboul is close to joining Watford, according to reports in France.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

  • Sunderland winger Jeremain Lens is wanted by former Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat, who has agreed a ‘deal in principle’ to join Fenerbahce.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

  • Aston Villa have recently placed a £14.7m bid for Bologna ace Amadou Diawara, according to reports in Italy.

EXPRESS AND STAR

  • Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has told West Brom target Jeffrey Schlupp he won’t be leaving the club this window.

STOKE SENTINEL

  • Stoke City have reportedly enquired about Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic.
  • Mark Hughes’ side are also closing in on a move for Dundee United defender Harry Souttar, with a move set to be completed before the end of the week.

HULL DAILY MAIL

  • Nemanja Nikolic has been linked with a £2.5m move to Hull.

LEICESTER MERCURY

  • Jeff Schlupp has been told he will not be leaving Leicester City this transfer window after the club rejected a £12m bid from West Brom.

NOTTINGHAM POST

  • Louis Laing is open to the possibility of making his switch to Notts County a permanent one after joining the club on loan for a second time.

WALES ONLINE

  • Swansea City will offer Jefferson Montero a new contract to stave off interest from Ronald Koeman’s Everton and David Moyes’ Sunderland.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

  • Swansea City say they hope to resolve the futures of fringe players Franck Tabanou and Marvin Emnes before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

THE BOLTON NEWS

  • Josh Vela is “committed” to staying with Wanderers amid Wigan interest, claims Phil Parkinson.

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360Hawt: Wizkid – Pick Up The Phone (Refix)

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Wizkid releases a double dose of  Remixes as he refixes of Young Thug, Travis Scott and Quavo’s hit single “Pick Up The Phone“for you to download mp3 and listen to.

 



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MUSIC: Dammy Krane x Davido – Ladies

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Dammy Krane and Davido are out with a brand new single titled ‘Ladies’ for you to download mp3 and listen to.

This entry serves as a follow up to their 2015 hit single, Izzue which owned airwaves on its release

Ladies” is a new song they both recorded sometime last week at Davido‘s base in Atlanta prior to their joint-performance at Akon’s International festival #PXPfest over the weekend. The joint – produced by Scarface, mixed & mastered by Giggz

Download and listen to Dammy Krane and Davido’s new single ‘Ladies’ below


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Danny Glover, Bimbo Akintola & Rising Star, Somkele Idhalama Feature In ‘93 Days’ | Movie To Premiere At The Toronto International Film Festival 2016

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The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which has an outstanding reputation for showing the best films from around the world, announced yesterday its selection of the captivating movie 93 Days for this year’s screening.

Danny Glover Stars In 93 Days. Movie To Premiere At The Toronto International Film Festival 2016

Danny Glover Stars In 93 Days. Movie To Premiere At The Toronto International Film Festival 2016

The highly anticipated premiere of 93 Days will take place at the TIFF on Friday, September 9th, 2016 at 9.30PM at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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

’93 Days’ has been labelled as one of the most important movies to come out of Nigeria. The true-life movie details the Ebola epidemic in Nigeria, which had the entire nation at a standstill.

The movie gives a true account of how Nigeria was faced with the first case of the Ebola Virus and the victory the country achieved when the disease was eradicated after 93 Days.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE TRAILER

Ebola found its way to Nigeria when American-Liberian, Patrick Sawyer (Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey) collapsed at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos and was rushed to First Consultant Hospital for exhibiting symptoms of fever. After careful observation, the team at First Consultant Hospital led by Dr Ameyo Adadevoh (Bimbo Akintola) believed Mr Sawyer’s illness was more severe than fever and not long enough; he was diagnosed with the Ebola Virus Disease. Then, the journey began on how to control the spread of the life-threatening virus that could result into a national outbreak.

93 Days is a masterfully crafted incredible story of bravery and sacrifice and is definitely a must see. It showcases the best of Nigeria, it’s powerful, gripping and an emotive piece. I am proud. “ – Bolanle Austen Peters, Producer, 93 Days The Movie

The suspense filled thriller directed by award-winning movie director, Steve Gukas features the best of international and African movie acts such as TIFF rising star, Somkele Iyamah Idhalama, Danny Glover, Tim Reid, Alastair Mackenzie, Bimbo Akintola, Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey, Bimbo Manuel, Charles Okafor, Tina Mba, Gideon Okeke, Paul Adams, Francis Onwochei amongst others.

READ ALSO: ‘The Wedding Party’ To PREMIERE On The Opening Night Of The 2016 Toronto International Film Festival | Watch The Trailer Here

93 Days is a powerful movie that details defeat, triumph, heroism and a country’s determination to protect its people. With the expertise of talented producers, cast and crew, Nigeria tells its own story through film.

READ ALSO: Mo Abudu Makes US Business Insider Magazine’s Top 100 Visionaries Alongside Bill Gate, Mark Zuckerberg And Starbucks’ Howard Schultz

The film was produced by Steve Gukas, Pemon Rami, Bolanle Austen-Peters and Dotun Olakunri.Danny Glover, Bimbo Akintola & Rising Star, Somkele Idhalama Stand Out In 93 Days | Movie To Premiere At The Toronto International Film Festival 2016 Danny Glover, Bimbo Akintola & Rising Star, Somkele Idhalama Stand Out In 93 Days | Movie To Premiere At The Toronto International Film Festival 2016 Danny Glover, Bimbo Akintola & Rising Star, Somkele Idhalama Stand Out In 93 Days | Movie To Premiere At The Toronto International Film Festival 2016 Danny Glover, Bimbo Akintola & Rising Star, Somkele Idhalama Stand Out In 93 Days | Movie To Premiere At The Toronto International Film Festival 2016

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De Rossi Not Tempted By Chelsea’s Money

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Roma star, Daniele De Rossi says he has never been tempted to leave the capital club, by the prospect of more money at Chelsea.

The Italy midfielder has rejected chances to join Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid in the past seasons. Instead, he has maintained his position at Roma, where he has been since 2001.

The 33-year-old stressed he has no immediate plans to retire, with another club icon, Francesco Totti, set to embark on his final playing campaign, and feels his decision to remain with Roma over the years does not represent a lack of ambition.

De Rossi told SI.com: “It wouldn’t be right toward the fans for me to leave as well, in the same year.

“It’s all about ambitions. Money is not something that can move me from Rome to Chelsea because I will get money in Chelsea.

“I get money in Rome, so that’s not a difference – at another team I can get more money but this [extra] amount doesn’t matter.

“What’s more ambitious, a player who wants to go to win the Champions League in Real Madrid, or one who wants to win the league in Rome?

“Roma never won a lot of titles. In 90 years, we won three. It’s been hard. I think a great ambition could be also to try to win something nobody ever won. It’s more difficult.”

Asked if he ever thinks about the trophies he could have won elsewhere, De Rossi added: “That passes through my mind, but it’s something I chose long ago.

“It’s all about the matter of being a Roman. Sometimes on my couch I think: ‘If I were not born in Rome, I would never be a Roma fan. I would never feel this sort of debt, this duty, to my fans, to my people, to my city.’

“For me, a good player, it could be easier for sure. But the other side of the coin is that I love to stay here. I love to make my people happy.

“You can find crowds also in Chelsea, Madrid, Manchester United. But here I have my friends: my friends in the stands and people that I never knew. But they are just like my friends because they have the same passion, the same faith.

“We have the same story. We cried for the same matches. We’ve been sad for the same reason. We share our feelings even if we never knew each other. They recognise themselves in us, me and Francesco.

“The one feeling bigger than the pride you feel when you play for Rome is the sadness you feel without Rome.”

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Daddy Freeze Is #TeamNobleIgwe As He Joins The Wife Not Cook Gang

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Daddy Freeze has joined the likes of Noble Igwe, Sean Tizzle and Banky W as teammates of the Wife Not Cook gang. 

The media personality shared a snap with his girlfriend where they were both eating out and he captioned it, “Today, we eat out! #WifeNotCook remember! Cc @noble_igwe”

His caption was met with praise as his fans opined, “Hahaha!!! Very true!!!wish all naija men could take dinning out with a partner seriously!”, and “Husbands should take note.. #helpmatenotslave.

Nigerian artist, Sean Tizzle said, “I’m a good cook… so no girl can threaten me with that because I can take care of myself in that area.”

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Daddy Freeze eats out with his girklfriend

Meanwhile, Daddy Freeze has shared some words in the ongoing Jhene Aiko and Dot Da Genius divorce saga.

A snip of his words read: 

I respect Jhene for deciding to end a ‘fungating’ relationship. There are a few reasons why a woman would cheat, the worst being that her heart is no longer in the relationship. Should she have stayed and continued cheating on Mr Dot, or moved on?

Some suggested that she should have stayed and fixed her marriage, despite allegations of violence.

Hmmm like that gentleman in Ibadan who went home to try to fix his marriage after he was stabbed once? The poor guy is in the grave yard, with the story more or less buried with him.

Same thing with that pretty Lagos banker, who died with her children right there in the house, trying to fix her marriage. This year alone I have come across 4 or 5 of such stories, and wonder when, if at all, people are going to learn.

In the western world, they are not burdened with the responsibility we have, of pretending all is well on the home front, while we slide in and out of DMs and hotel rooms, yet ‘forming’ self righteous.

Are you #TeamNobleIgwe for the wife not cook gang or nah? Hit the comment section with your thoughts.

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Kaka Backs AC Milan To Return To Top Of World Football

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AC Milan are currently enduring a difficult period in their history, but club icon, Kaka believes they’ll return to the summit of world football.

The Brazil icon won the Ballon d’Or in his first stint at the club. And helped them to the UCL, Serie A, Club World Cup and uefa super cup, between 2003 and 2009.

However, Milan have declined badly since winning the Scudetto in 2011, having gone from runners-up in 2012, to third, eighth, 10th and seventh last season.

It is a situation that hurts Kaka but the 34-year-old – now captain of MLS outfit Orlando City – has backed Milan to work their way back into contention under Vincenzo Montella.

“I had very good moments there, I saw Milan at the top of the world, and to see the team like this now, it’s sad,” Kaka told Omnisport.

“They’re still a big club with a great history. Of course the history doesn’t go on the field but when you have history like this, it is just a period, so they can come back and be the best in the world.

“I think in a few years we will see Milan fighting for the Champions League again and winning Serie A. I’m sure Milan can do this again.”

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We No Fight Again! 8,000 Boko Haram Militants Surrender | Fulani Kingpin Lays Down Arms In Zamfara

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The Nigerian Army has disclosed that about 8,000 members of the Islamic terror group, Boko Haram, voluntarily surrendered to its “Operation Safe Corridor” in the Northeast.

Speaking on Tuesday at a lecture organised by state Correspondent’s Chapel in Abuja, the Director of Defence Information Brig.-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, said the surrendered insurgents were in a camp in Gombe waiting to be “de-radicalised” by the military.

READ ALSO: 700 Repentant Boko Haram Fighters Surrender To Nigerian Military

The Defence spokesman also said over 10,000 Boko Haram hostages were rescued by the military, adding that some of them have been reunited with their families, while others were taken to Internally Displaced Person’s (IDP) camps.

Abubakar maintained that the insurgents had been decimated by the military, and that the Federal Government would rehabilitate victims and rebuilt affected areas.

In a related development, a Fulani leader in Zamfara State, Alhaji Ruwa, has voluntarily surrendered his ammunition to troops of the 223 Battalion, 1 Brigade Division of Nigerian Army.

READ ALSO: Boko Haram: The Insidious Annihilation Of A Radical Islamic Death Cult

A statement issued by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said the Fulani kingpin also promised to persuade all other known armed bandits to come out and renounce their illegal vocation.

Ruwa handed over two locally fabricated pistols and three Dane guns to the army.

 “This is in continuation of ongoing efforts to rid Zamfara State of the menace of livestock rustling and armed banditry,” the army spokesman said.

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Marriage Sermon Backlash: Pastor Adeboye Reacts On Twitter

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The founder and General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor E. A. Adeboye has reacted on social media to the string of backlashes that ensued after his recent sermon about marriage.

READ ALSO: Pastor Adeboye On Marriage: “Don’t Marry A Woman Who Can’t Cook!”

In one of his sermons at the yearly convention of the RCCG, Pastor Adeboye had told men not to marry a woman who could not cook or pray for a minimum of an hour.

He also cautioned women not marry a man who had no job or who could not show concrete evidence of his means of livelihood.

READ ALSO: My Wife Can’t Cook! Nigerian Writes ‘Touching’ Letter To Pastor Adeboye

The admonishment was greeted with cheers from a section of social media netizens, while other hurled offensive words of utter resentment at him.

However, in response to the backlash, the cleric, on his Twitter account, on Tuesday night, said:

 “My message are not for everybody. So, I plead with you, ask God to speak to you specifically.”

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Annular Solar Eclipse To Occur In Nigeria On Sept 1 – Space Agency

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Nigeria is set to experience an annular solar eclipse that will be visible all over the country with different degrees of totality on September 1, 2016, the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) on Tuesday predicted.

A statement issued by the Head of media and corporate communications of NASRDA, Mr. Felix Ale, said arrangement had been concluded to provide special solar filters to the public to watch the rare natural occurrence in appreciation of science and nature.

His words: “This natural occurence will be in the southern part of the country particularly in Lagos where it is expected to have eighty percent obscurity while the lowest degree of obscurity will be about forty five per cent and this will be observed in the northern part of the country, particularly in Sokoto.

“The annular eclipse will be observed as a partial or near-total eclipse across the nation with Abuja the Federal Capital Territory expected to be about sixty percent.

“The annular eclipse is expected to occur between 7:15am and 10:03am with slight variations in actual timing across the country.

“In Lagos, the first contact will occur at about 7:15am while the maximum eclipse will occur around 8:30am and will end by 10:03am.

“The eclipse is expected to commence in Abuja around 7:17am, with maximum eclipse to be recorded at about 8:32am and the eclipse will end around 10:00am.”

“The Space Agency has also put in place a viewing centre at her headquarters in Abuja with provision of proper eclipse viewing apparatus for school children to observe the annular eclipse as part of its continuous programmes to expose Nigerians and students to matters concerning astronomical environment.

“While appealing to the general public not to panic or adduce any mystical interpretations to this event, it is also necessary to advise that nobody should observe eclipse with naked eyes.”

An annular solar eclipse occurs when the sun and moon are exactly in line, but the apparent size of the moon is smaller than that of the sun, hence, the sun appears as a very bright ring or annulus surrounding the dark disk of the moon.

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For Naming His Dog ‘Buhari’, Police Detains Trader In Ogun State

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A trader in Ogun state has not only landed in trouble but in the police penitentiary for naming his pet dog ‘Buhari.’

The 30-year-old Joe Fortemose Chinakwe, who resides at No 10, Omikunle Street, Sango-Ota, Ogun State, was arrested last weekend, after one of his neighbours – a Northerner – griped bitterly that he named his dog after his father, Alhaji Buhari.

The complainant reported the case at Sango Police Station, last Saturday, after which the trader was arrested and detained, Vanguard reports.

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It was gathered that attempts by the police to arrest the dog, which they intended on using as evidence proved abortive following a clever move by the suspect, as he directed his friends to secretly kill the dog and possibly eat the meat in order to avoid being implicated.

The move may have angered the complainant and his kinsmen as they have threatened to kill the trader – who deals in female wears at a popular market in Sango – if he is released on bail.

This is just after his friends and relations consistent plea to the police for bail fell on deaf ears.

The gravity of his offence was evident in the dimension it took two days later when Chinakwe’s relatives went to Sango police station to further plead for his bail only to be told that the case file and the suspect have been transferred to Ogun State Police Command headquarters at Eleweran.

Speaking bitterly that his brother was being treated unfairly, a relation to the suspect, Chiedozie, said:

“Chinakwe is a lover of dogs and he names them after things that tickle him. He bought this dog a year ago and named it Buhari.

“Unfortunately, some Northerners, who dominate the vicinity where he resides misconstrued his intention and connived to take him up. The complainant then claimed it was derogatory because his father answers Buhari.”

Confirming his arrest, the Acting Police spokesman in Ogun State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, ASP, said:

“The man bought a dog and inscribed Buhari on both sides of its body. One Mallam lodged a complaint and when our men got there, we found out that it was true.

“You know such thing can cause serious breach of the peace and ethnic or religious unrest. We are charging him to court for conduct likely to cause a breach of peace.

“He was arrested last Saturday and we are taking him to court later today (Tuesday) or tomorrow morning (today). You know an average Northerner will feel bad over such a thing. It can cause serious ethnic crisis or religious confrontation because when you are relegating such a name to a certain person, you are indirectly insulting him.”

On the whereabouts of the dog, the police spokesman said: “The dog cannot follow anybody except the owner. We will use him as our evidence because he did not deny it.”

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Fernando Torres Reveals Liverpool Betrayed Him 

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​Fernando Torres believes he was unfairly portrayed as a “traitor” by Liverpool following his departure to Chelsea.

In a new book by Simon Hughes entitled ‘Ring of Fire: Liverpool FC into the 21st Century – the players’ stories’, Torres explains the sequence of events that led to that move.

“It was presented as if I was a traitor,” says Torres. “It was not like this in the discussion(s).

“Liverpool could not admit they were doing something wrong with the whole team. They had to find a guilty one.”

“Comolli told me that the new owners (FSG), they had an idea of how to spend their investment,” says Torres.

“They wanted to bring in young players, to build something new. I was thinking to myself, this takes time to work. It takes two, three, four, maybe even 10 years.

“I didn’t have that time. I was 27 years old. I did not have time to wait. I wanted to win. Here we are five years later and they are still trying to build – around the same position in the league as when I left.”

Torres admits he did speak to then-Liverpool boss Kenny Daglish about the possibility of leaving – but insists that was only after the club had begun discussions with Chelsea.

A source from within the club subsequently leaked that Torres had “verbally requested” a transfer and the striker felt this was a betrayal of his trust.

Once the player’s willingness to move to Chelsea became public, Torres admits it “changed the view of everybody, including myself”.

“It was presented as if I was a traitor,” says Torres. “It was not like this in the discussion(s).

“Liverpool could not admit they were doing something wrong with the whole team. They had to find a guilty one.”

Source :‘Ring of Fire: Liverpool FC into the 21st Century – the players’ stories’,

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