Godwin Emefiele: Kidnappers Capture CBN Governor’s Wife, Demand N1.5Bn

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Mrs. Margaret Emefiele, the Wife of the Central Bank Governor (CBN), Godwin Emefiele has been reportedly kidnapped earlier today, September 30, 2016.

Sahara Reporters said she was kidnapped by unknown gunmen along the Benin-Agbor Road.

It also gathered that the kidnappers are demanding a huge sum in ransom.

It was learnt that the abductors, who had already made contact with the Emefiele family for the ransom, are demanding N1.5b for her release.

More details to be added as the story develops…

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Burnley Manager Sean Dyche says Chelsea Target, Micheal Keane Is  Not For Sale 

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Burnley are not interested in selling £25m-rated centre-back Michael Keane.

The talented former Manchester United youngster is reportedly a target for Antonio Conte at Chelsea, with the Blues looking to overhaul their back-line.

But the Clarets’ boss Sean Dyche says that Keane is not for sale:

“It’s just life at Burnley. It’s that balance of respect that people recognise some of our players but also were we’re not activity selling players. ‘Keano’ has been really clear-minded through the summer. He is not for sale.”

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Aleix Vidal To Leave Barcelona In January

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Barcelona’s Aleix Vidal is open to a move away from the Nou Camp in January, according to reports. The full-back hasn’t got the game-time he wanted after making his big move in 2015, and is said to be considering his future options

However, the club are keen to keep Vidal, with manager Luis Enrique saying that Vidal is “training well and trying to rectify the situation”.

The Spaniard moved to Camp Nou from Sevilla in the summer of 2015, but was not cleared to make his official debut until the start of 2016 due to Barcelona’s transfer ban

The 27-year-old did make 14 appearances in the second half of last season, but he has been left out of Luis Enrique’s last five squads and is reportedly not in the plans of the Barcelona boss.

According to reports in Spain, Barcelona are not actively looking to sell the right-sided player, although Vidal could push for a move at the start of 2017 if he remains out of favour under Enrique.

Last weekend, Enrique insisted that Vidal’s situation ‘could change’ despite his lack of appearances this term.

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Josh Vela Extends His Bolton Contract 

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​Josh Vela has committed his immediate future to Bolton by signing a new deal which will see him remain at Macron Stadium until 2019.

The midfielder has been with Wanderers since joining the club’s academy as a nine year-old and made his first team debut in April 2012.

He has featured in all 12 games so far this season and has scored twice in the league.
“I’m delighted to have signed the contract and I can carry on playing for this great football club,” Vela said

“I’m glad to get everything sorted and can now concentrate on getting this club back to where it belongs.”

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David Moyes Wants Football Agents Fees Published

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David Moyes wants agent fees to be published to show the truth behind player transfers.

Former Sunderland boss, Sam Allardyce, lost his job as England manager after just one game in charge, following the Daily Telegraph’s investigation into alleged corruption in English football. 

Moyes, who distanced himself from third-party ownership deals, replaced Allardyce at the Stadium of Light and he believes there should be more transparency throughout the game, starting with agents brokering transfer deals. .

“In my time, I’ve not seen much or any of it, probably,” Moyes said. “I think it would be great if everything was more transparent in general. If you’re a fan and your club signs a player you don’t get to know what the agent’s fee is on the deal.

“If we published those then we might get a few shocks. Then maybe people could see that signing the player isn’t the only cost. The football clubs would have to show how much they’re giving individuals. 

“No (it wouldn’t be a very good thing for the agents) but it doesn’t look like a very good thing for the managers or the coaches at the moment by some accounts. It’s only my opinion. I think if we did that there would be a few more gasps.”  

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Santi Cazorla Eager To Extend His Arsenal Contract

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Santi Cazorla has revealed Arsenal are yet to offer him a new contract despite entering the final year of his current deal at the Emirates.

“I hope I can stay here and continue to play,” the Spaniard told Cadena Ser. “I am happy here.

“What a player wants is to play and to feel important. Fortunately, since I arrived at Arsenal, I’ve had the confidence of the coach and of my teammates. 

“I’ve played a lot of minutes. In the end, that is what every player wants.”

Cazorla moved to Arsenal in the summer of 2012 after one season at Malaga and has made a total of 177 appearances since then, scoring 29 goals.

He has scored two goals and set up two more in five Premier League starts for the club this season.​

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Burna Boy Releases Retro Themed Pictures Ahead of 1st of October Independence Day Concert

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London is about to experience the very best of Afro-fusion music star, as the singer eagerly prepares to hold his first ever United Kingdom concert . The concert is set to hold on the 1st of October, 2016.

As part of his plans to deliver a record breaking concert, the music star has released some pictures.

Creatively captured by Legendary Shots, the songster bares both his body and soul in several retro themed shots. The pictures captured in black and white effect depict a bare-chested Burna boy which leaves its viewer with an uncanny sense of rebirth that refuses to shake itself off. Burna boy looks on searchingly as though he can see the future, something hidden from the eyes of the viewer. In different poses, one element is constant- Burna boy is on the verge of rebirth and there is no telling what the future holds.

Along with the heavily symbolic pictures, Burna also releases some pictures from his London rehearsal sessions ahead of his history making day. Ever wondered why Burna chose to hold his first ever United Kingdom concert on the same day Nigeria celebrates its 56th Independence anniversary? it is simple, Burna boy plans to make history!

Watch clips from his rehearsal below

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360Downloads: Jake – SmokeScreen EP

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The First Studio project from 19year Old Lyricist/Vocalist; JAKE Hits the internet today, the ‘SMOKESCREEN EP’ boasts quality production from both foreign and Local heavyweights like Grammy Award Winning; Cardiak, Texas-Based producer;Bryan Allen, Nigeria’s own BeatsbyJayy,@Fragonthebeat and Precept. Mixing/Mastering by renowned sound Engineers;Samibond Sunechi and @YLdidit.

Whilst slightly introspective, the project features 4 artistes. Track 4 & 6 features Fast-Rising Conscious Hip-hop artiste; Gedes And Popular Industry hit-maker L.A respectively, the latter making hit songs with Superstars like May-d,Orezi,General Pype to mention a few. Track 7 features up and coming rappers and regular collaborators; Nasalexxo and Teezy.

Smokescreen – is a military plot/strategy aimed at concealing military operations using clouds of smoke. Also serving as a means of Laying an ambush for the opposition, taking them by surprise, a foreshadow(or in this case no shadow at all) of what is to come. In the same vein;this project, according to the rapper, is aimed at concealing/or taking away attention for the meantime, from the amount of progress he has made as an artiste in recent times, while serving as the right template for the next set of Works that will be released soon. But in a weird twist of artistry he calls this ‘Plexiglas’ as pointed out on the Artwork by talented graphics designer e@PrezDezigns.

This is art! Nigerian Hip-hop has a new face and Bright Spot. Stream&Download Smokescreen below and share.

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Arsenal, Juventus And PSG Interested In Signing Monaco Teenage Striker Kylian Mbappe

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Arsenal are set to go head to head with Juventus and PSG for the signature of Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe, according to reports on Calciomercato.it.

The France U19 international, 17, is currently contracted to the Ligue 1 side until the summer of 2019.

Italian news outlet Calcio Mercato claim the Premier League heavyweights have been closely tracking the winger’s progress.

But Arsenal chief Arsene Wenger looks set to battle Juventus and Paris St-Germain for his services.

Any potential suitors will need to splash the cash if they want to sign the 17-year-old.

Mbappe penned a three-year contract with Monaco that will keep him at the club until June 2019 earlier this year.

And Calcio Mercato claim the Ligue 1 giants are keen to keep their prized asset.

Mbappe broke Thierry Henry’s record to become Monaco’s youngest ever goal-scorer when he netted in a 3-1 win over Troyes back in March.

He’s also had a strong start to this campaign and has made 16 appearances for the first-team.

After Mbappe agreed his new deal, Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev said: “We have great belief in him.

“Kylian is a precocious, highly promising player, and we are convinced he will reach his full potential at Monaco.

“With Kylian attracting interest from some very big clubs, this agreement is further proof of the appeal of our project, where young talents can find their place.”​

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VIDEO: Dipp – Yokozuna

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Multiple award-winning Nigerian entertainer, Dipp returns after a long hiatus with highly infectious music video, “Yokozuna.”

Having left a mark in the industry, the singer, songwriter and dancer is back to set new record as he unravels brand new enviable visual of “Yokozuna” which can be said to be the best afro-contemporary music video 2016 will experience.

Dipp introduces us to “Yokozuna” visual using kanji ideograms to give admiration to the highest rank of professional sumo wrestling in Japan. In “Yokozuna, Dipp adopted inestimable visual effects, energetic dance steps and armored the flick with exotic costumes which shows his deep knowledge about the African culture.

Tracing the concept of Dipp’s “Yokozuna” music video down to Yoruba history, Dipp takes us on enjoyable ride back to the narration of Sango –a royal ancestor of the Yorubas. He was the third Alafin (king) of the Oyo Kingdom prior to his posthumous deification.

As Sango is profoundly known to be the god of thunder who spits fire from his tongue, ignition of fire, he is also associated with red and white colours and special drums, Dipp showcased“Yokozuna” in a relatable heroic manner.

“Yokozuna” vehicles Dipp’s resourcefulness in bringing the unexpected into reality, the uniqueness of his new offering, “Yokozuna” is worth applauding.

No wonder MTV Base tagged the video as must watch on social media. “#MustWatch | We’ve got the first look at half man half @AmazingDIPP’s new #Yokozuna video!!! And yass its fresh & clean,” the 24-hour music and general entertainment channel acknowledged Dipp’s“Yokozuna” on twitter.

 
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Jurgen Klopp : I’ll End My Career At Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp says he wants to see out his managerial career with Liverpool, but will retire in the next 10 years.

Klopp told Germany’s RedaktionsNetwerk: “I certainly will (return to Germany) to live, but I don’t know if I will be back there as a coach yet. The day will come when I say, ‘thanks, it was a pleasure’.

“It’s very, very unlikely that I will still be sitting on the bench when I am 60. And, if at the end of my career I only got to coach Mainz, Dortmund and Liverpool, then it will certainly have been three fantastic clubs.”

Liverpool will bid for a fifth consecutive win when they visit the Liberty Stadium. Klopp’s side have scored 14 goals in their past four games while Swansea have managed just a single Premier League victory this season.

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Calum Chambers Enjoying His Time At Middlesbrough

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Calum Chambers has been speaking about life at Middlesbrough since his loan move from Arsenal, and has been enjoying his time at the North East club.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute here,” he told the club’s official website. “But every player wants to play. I was excited to be in the team and get my first game.

“I came here because of the manger, the team and the club. I felt like it was the best place to come and develop myself as a player.

“I knew Gibbo from England and Gaston Ramirez from Southampton. But all the boys have been really helpful, showing me the ropes and around Boro.

“The intensity of the training and the detail we go into on the opposition is amazing. To go into games with that information is very good.”​

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Report : Manchester Clubs Having Bidding War For Toni Kroos

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Manchester United and Manchester City are to ‘go to war over Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos’, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Both clubs have been linked to the Germany international in previous windows and could be set to go head-to-head over the midfielder in the coming transfer market.

Speaking on television show El Chiringuito, journalist Pipe Estrada claimed that Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho are set for a head-to-head contest to try and land the Germany international.

“A war of two great coaches of international prestige, Guardiola and Mourinho, for a player, a player of Real Madrid: Toni Kroos.

“The two managers believe that he may be key to their future because of his tactical position on the field and because he is vital for the continuity of their projects.”
Paul Scholes also believes that United should be looking to sign Kroos or Luka Modric.

Speaking on BT Sport, the former United midfielder said:

“I think Mourinho should go into the market for a controlling midfielder, who can control where Paul Pogba goes and control the game.

“I think they still need that type of player. A Luke Modric or a Toni Kroos, and I think these players are available.”​

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Hull City Caretaker Manager Mike Phelan Reveals Why He Hasn’t Signed A Permanent Deal 

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Hull caretaker manager Mike Phelan says he has not signed a deal to become permanent boss because the club keep changing the terms of the deal.

“I am always confident that my future will be resolved. There’s a lot of speculation out there,” he said at his pre-match press conference.

“My own press officer comes to me with the off detailed report of what I’m supposed to be thinking or doing. My side of things is that we are still talking and we will continue to talk until it is resolved.

“What needs to be resolved is the terms of the deal. It keeps changing. One minute I think I’ve got something and the club are happy with and then the next minute it changes, so it’s a case of thinking about all these new changes on the table and coming to a decision.”​

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

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MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Manchester United and Man City to ‘go to war over Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos’.

John Stones is expected to be recalled to Manchester City’s starting line up against Tottenham on Sunday after Pep Guardiola watched his defence run ragged by Celtic.

Marlos Moreno had to give his mother a detailed explanation as to who Manchester City are after signing for the club this summer.

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Vincent Janssen is inspired to succeed at Tottenham by family’s Olympic pedigree.

Slaven Bilic has requested that West Ham have their training sessions at London Stadium in a bid to overcome their slump.

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard says brother his Thorgan is in ‘hot form’ at Borussia Monchengladbach.

Watford are weighing up a move for former Manchester United forward Federico Macheda after taking him on trial.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Georginio Wijnaldum says the Liverpool players have an unswerving belief in Jurgen Klopp’s tactical plan.

Ragnar Klanan has revealed how he ‘got goosebumps’ as he sat on the bench during his first game at Anfield.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Jamaal Lascelles has revealed how Newcastle United’s players told Dwight Gayle at half-time he would be their match-winner against Norwich City.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

David Moyes has ‘taken no prisoners’ this week as he sets about rebuilding Sunderland, according to Victor Anichebe.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Tony Pulis says West Brom could be his last job in football management, if his new bosses move to extend his stay.

Former Aston Villa midfielder Idrissa Gueye has admitted his family prayed for him during his ‘difficult’ time at Villa Park. 

Gary Rowett has responded to speculation linking him with the potential vacancy at Derby County by insisting he ‘loves his job’ at Birmingham City.

EXPRESS & STAR

Salomon Rondon has got the full respect of the West Brom dressing room, according to impressed team-mate James Morrison.

Aston Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo believes he still has the full support of owner Tony Xia ahead of a potentially pivotal trip to Preston. 

STOKE SENTINEL

Stoke are reportedly vying with Manchester United for the possible signature of Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.

HULL DAILY MAIL

Curtis Davies has backed former Hull manager Steve Bruce to be the ideal candidate to replace Sam Allardyce in the England hot-seat.

LEICESTER MERCURY

Claudio Ranieri has spoken to his Leicester players in a bid to find out why they have been so inconsistent this season.

BOURNEMOUTH ECHO

Eddie Howe insists his preparations for Bournemouth’s trip to Watford have not been knocked off track by the renewed furore around the England manager’s job.

The manager also says he prevents players not picked in Cherries’ first-team from becoming disillusioned by formulating a plan for each individual.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Nemanja Matic has reminded his team-mates that they are representing a ‘big club’ after they were humiliated 3-0 by Arsenal at the weekend as Chelsea prepare for a trip to Hull.

EVENING GAZETTE

Carlos De Pena turned down chance to leave Middlesbrough in the summer, Aitor Karanka has revealed. 

Aitor Karanka has welcomed the appointment of Gareth Southgate as England manager – and hopes the former Boro boss gets the job on a permanent basis.

DERBY TELEGRAPH

Derby County will not be following up their interest in free agent and former Leeds captain Sol Bamba.

Nigel Pearson is a good guy and a good manager, according to former player and current Reading defender Liam Moore.

IPSWICH STAR

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes veteran midfielder Jonathan Douglas could be the answer to his team’s goal drought.

THE STAR

Sheffield United are holding talks with Ethan Ebanks-Landell about the possibility of a permanent move to Bramall Lane.

Carlos Carvalhal says Atdhe Nuhiu remains an integral member of his Sheffield Wednesday squad despite the striker’s limited playing time this season.

THE BOLTON NEWS

Mark Beevers has faith that Bolton’s goal-scoring problems will soon come to an end.

WIGAN EVENING POST

Gary Caldwell has challenged his Wigan Athletic side to show the Sky Bet Championship what they’re made of.

BLACKPOOL GAZETTE

Playing with an intensity will be key if Blackpool are going to be successful this season according to Gary Bowyer.

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Independence: Obama Congratulates Nigeria On Its 56th Anniversary

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President Barack Obama of the United States of America on Friday congratulated Nigeria as it celebrates its 56th Independence Anniversary – on Saturday.

READ ALSO: Nigeria At 56: FG Declares Monday, Oct. 3 As Public Holiday

On behalf of the citizens of the US and its president, the US Secretary of State, John Kerry congratulated Nigeria, in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina.

The statement read: “On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the citizens of Nigeria as you celebrate your Independence Day on October 1.

“I recently returned from my third trip to Nigeria as Secretary, and I came away with a strong sense of the nation’s resolve to build a better future. During my trip, I was reminded that many Nigerians are engaged in bringing people together across the divides of culture, religious practices, and ethnicity.

“There is still much work to be done to provide economic opportunities for all, end corruption, win the fight against Boko Haram, ensure broad respect for human rights and provide humanitarian relief for millions of displaced people.

“But we know that Nigerians are hard at work to address these challenges.

“The United States looks forward to deepening our partnership and friendship with Nigerians from all walks of life, so that we may work together for the betterment of Nigeria and all of Africa.

“Best wishes to all of you on this the 56th anniversary of your independence.”

 

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Dino And The Cows Of Abuja

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Dino And The Cows Of Abuja, By Azu Ishiekwene

I’m looking for a knife, a very long and sharp one. I’m not possessed with murderous rage over the recession. The Central Bank governor, Godwin Emefiele, has said the worst is over and I believe him.

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

I’m just a law-abiding citizen in the Federal Capital Territory and all I wish to do is to carry out, to the letter, a recent order by the chairman of the Senate committee on the FCT, Dino Melaye.

At a meeting with the FCT minister on Monday, Melaye offered the final solution to the menace of cattle grazing in the city. He said that if herdsmen would not keep their cows off the main streets and the city centre, then all lawful residents must take up their knives and teach the cows and the herdsmen that Abuja is not George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

When I told a close friend that I needed to arm myself to comply with Dino’s instruction, he said I needed, first of all, to ascertain the distinguished senator’s state of mind at the time he gave that instruction. I’m not a shrink, I replied, I’m just a law-abiding citizen eager to obey the law.

Obviously determined neither to help me nor to let me be, the fellow added that I needed to be sure which Dino was giving the instruction before getting my knife. Dino Melaye, he insisted, is one of the most profoundly transformed and transforming political species in Nigeria’s recent political history. You have to know which Dino you’re mapping, to be sure.

There was Dino the Rep. Nine years ago, this Dino was one of the ring leaders in the House of Representatives ranged against Speaker Dimeji Bankole over allegations of improper contract awards. He fought Bankole to the bitter end and even though both of them failed re-election, the former Speaker will not forget Dino in a hurry.

There was also Dino the activist and founder of the Anti-Corruption Network. When the Jonathan administration was still trying to figure out the difference between corruption and stealing, this Dino founded an NGO that claimed zero-tolerance for corruption.

During the fuel price hike riots of January 2012, Dino staged endless days of sit-ins at the Eagle Square in Abuja without worrying about cows or herdsmen. He was too weary and hopeless to notice. In fact, at the time, a casual onlooker might not have spotted any difference between him and herdsmen. Dino endured heat, harmattan and rough handling by anti-riot policemen, as a bona fide activist. That was then.

He even teamed up with the Bring Back Our Girls campaigners to draw the country’s and global attention to the disgraceful negligence of the girls and their families by the government at that time. That once upon a Dino gave former aviation minister, Stella Oduah, hell for buying two bulletproof cars for over a quarter of a billion naira.

In 2015, however, after Dino the activist transformed into Dino the senator on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, his mutation defied mapping. His gross sense of humour about serious national issues, his shabby treatment of facts on the floor of the Senate, his tasteless joke about Governor Adams Oshiomhole not marrying a “made-in-Nigeria” wife and his spat with Senator Oluremi Tinubu were mild manifestations of wayward cells.

His friends on social media have a difficult time keeping up with his collection of exotic cars and his outrageous sense of fashion. You wonder why a senator from one of Nigeria’s poorest constituencies has to go to such extraordinary lengths to seek personal attention.

But that’s the Dino of today. He flaunts his political power and gets just as much high from it as he does from the wine branded in his name.

When he asks Abuja residents to sharpen their knives for stray cows, he thinks it’s a joke. Or perhaps he thinks he’s doing us a favour since the stray cows will never get near any of his new Mercedes Benz vintage collections anyway.

Whatever it is, Dino cannot pretend that he does not know that violent clashes between herdsmen and communities have claimed over 700 lives. Why should knife wielding even come up at all? I’m aghast that the contribution of a senator of the Federal Republic to solving an already serious problem is a call for more violence.

The herdsmen grazing cows on the streets of Abuja are rarely the owners. It doesn’t absolve them of liability for any damage or justify trespass. But neither will fining these hirelings end the problem. Often, the herd owners are wealthy and influential figures, mostly politicians like Dino. Just as he doesn’t care about feeding us with the smoke from his garage and the trash from his closet, the herd owners don’t care if their cows trample over the city.

Yet, the distinguished senator might just be surprised to find that if Abuja residents were to choose between the menace of the straying cows and the nuisance that he has become in recent years, they would have no hesitation choosing the former.

Instead of asking citizens to get knives and go after the cows, the sensible thing would be to locate the largest herd owners in and around the city through formal and informal networks and collectively find a way to remove the menace. It won’t be easy, because Abuja’s main concrete jungle was greedily excised by displacing the original owners of the land who were mostly farmers and pastoralists.

But the built up part of the city is still a small fraction of the total land area, with plenty of potential grazing sites on the fringes. With a bit of brainwork, Abuja can truly be a model for how the rest of the country could tackle the menace of violent herdsmen.

To call for unilateral slaying of cows or for fines of up to N50,000 to be imposed on the herdsmen does not require thinking. Anyone with Dino’s current testosterone level can do that. The harder part is to find a solution that does not grab the headlines but goes to the heart of the problem.

Can Dino raise his game?

Azu Ishiekwene is the MD/Editor-In-Chief of The Interview and member of the Board of the Paris-based Global Editors Network.

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It’s Not An Illusion : Lady Gaga To Headline Super Bowl 51 Half-time Show 

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It’s now officially confirmed, Super Bowl 51 Half time show will be headlined by Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga confirmed late Thursday that she will indeed headline the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 5. The big game will air on Fox.

“It’s not an illusion,” the Grammy-winning singer-actress tweeted, a nod to her new single “Perfect Illusion. “The rumors are true. This year the Super Bowl goes Gaga.”

Gaga’s fourth studio album, Joanne, drops Oct. 21. It’s named after her late aunt who died from lupus at age 19.

Lady Gaga sang the National Anthem at last year’s Super Bowl.

Over the summer, Adele revealed that she was offered the plum gig, but turned it down. “I mean, come on, that show is not about music,” the singer told her audience at a Los Angeles concert in August. “And I don’t really — I don’t dance or anything like that. They were very kind, they did ask me, but I did say no.”

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Troops Kill 7 Militants In Bakassi

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Troops of the Nigerian Army attached to the 13 Brigade on Friday, repelled an attack on its soldiers, killing seven armed militants at Efut Esighi in Bakassi local government area of Cross River State.

Speaking on the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Capt. Kayode Owolabi, Army Public Relations Officer said the militants attacked the Army post in Efut Esighi.

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Owolabi linked the militants to be `boys’ of the most wanted militant leader, Benjamin Ene a.k.a `G1’, who have been on the wanted list of security agencies in the state.

He said: “The very determined troops from the 13 Brigade and Operation Delta Safe, repelled an attack from armed militants at Efut Esighi in Bakassi local government area this morning.

“The militants tried to attack the Army post in Efut Esighi. Some of them were wearing Nigerian military camouflage.

“We recovered 250 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, rocket propelled gun luncher, GPMG belt links and various charms on their bodies. Other militants escaped with very serious gun shots injuries.

“There was no casualty on the side of the military. Our men were in full combatant during the attack.

“We have also destroyed their camps and shrines in the creeks.’’

The APRO said the 13 Brigade Commander, Brig. Gen. Bulama Biu, had warned that no militant group or criminal under any guise would be spared.

Owolabi further said the military and other security agencies would continue to hunt down any militant group or criminal that did not surrender.

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Mino Raiola Explains How An Agreement With Juventus Stopped Paul Pogba From Joining Chelsea

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​Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was targeted by Jose Mourinho for Chelsea last year but was blocked by an agreement between his agent Mino Raiola and Juventus, according to Raiola himself.

Pogba, who left United for free to join Juventus in 2012 at the age of 18, returned to Old Trafford in a world-record £89m deal earlier this summer.

But the 23-year-old’s agent revealed on Thursday that a potential deal with Chelsea was delayed by an agreement with Raiola and the Italian club that he could leave if they won the Serie A title and Champions League.

But Raiola told Rai Sport: “Paul could have left [Juventus] last year because Mourinho – then at Chelsea – really wanted him.

“But Juventus and I had agreement: win the league title and the Champions League, then he can go.”

Raiola, meanwhile, said Pogba can expect a present from Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis because his transfer to United prepared the way for Juve to buy striker Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli for 90m euros.

He added: “De Laurentiis should be giving Paul a present, because without his departure Juventus would never have bought Higuain, and he would never have been able to bank all that money.”

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QPR Manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Denies Taking Bribe 

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​Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has vehemently denied requesting a fee of £55,000 to work for a fake Far Eastern firm seeking to sell players to Queens Park Rangers, but does admit he was naive.

Hasselbaink was caught up in the Daily Telegraph’s “Football for Sale” scandal, which has rocked English football this week.

The Dutchman is alleged to have negotiated the fee to fly to the Far East and speak to investors in what proved to be a fictitious firm, which the newspaper says made clear it was interested in getting involved in player transfers.

In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports News HQ, Hasselbaink denies he would ever seek to profit from a player transfer: “No, never. I have never been offered any money and I would never entertain that.”

When asked whether he had regrets, Hasselbaink said: “Big time. Big time. You know you reflect, you think back and you criticise yourself and you must say, that I have been naive. I have been naive.

“But then with everything with it, I have never asked for money for myself to take a player or to bring a player to the club. I would never do that.

“That is the painful thing about it. The painful thing about it is that I take my job very serious. Very, very, very serious and I want to succeed in this business.

“I can’t speak for others, I can only speak for me and this, taking money, is not what I stand for. It is not what I stand for, I have never done it and I would never do it just to get a player to the club so I can benefit from that. No.”

Hasselbaink insists he was only discussing being paid to speak in the Far East on a day off from QPR – something that is sanctioned by a clause in his contract with the club – and that he has no control over transfers, which are handled by Les Ferdinand and the QPR board.

He also rejected the idea that the proposed fee of £55,000 was disproportionately high for a mere speaking engagement, explaining that type of figure is not uncommon in football.

Hasselbaink said: “I understand for the English public, or whatever public, that £55,000 is a lot of money. And it is a lot of money. But in the industry that I am in I am fortunate that I can make those kinds of figures.

“I was negotiating to go Singapore for a speech. That’s it. That’s it. No favouritism, no strings attached. What I would never ever do. Never ever do. I would not put myself in that position.”

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Jumia Launches ‘Jumia Local’ To Sell Made In Nigeria Products Only

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Jumia Nigeria is marking Nigeria’s 56th independence day anniversary this year by introducing an online store dedicated to made in Nigeria products.

The new store will be called Jumia Local and will be officially launched on Independence day, Saturday October 1, 2016 .

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Jumia Local is the Nigerian shopping giant’s way of supporting local entrepreneurs and brands that manufacture or assemble their products in Nigeria. Merchants on the site will be able to sell their products at 0% commission, and have their products promoted through Jumia’s marketing channels (social media accounts, mobile apps, billboards, and radio).

It’s been called a social responsibility initiative that’s aimed at growing the Nigerian economy. According to Bili Sule , Head of Business Development, Jumia Nigeria, “To build a sustainable and healthy ecosystem for Nigeria, we need to focus on products made in Nigeria. The change starts with each and everyone of us and Jumia will lead the way by taking the responsibility to promote our own Nation’s products.”

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Vendors that want to sell on the new online shop must have their products made or assembled in Nigeria. Another condition is that they have to sell online exclusively through Jumia for the first six months.

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Former Manchester United Striker Federico Macheda On Trail At Watford

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Watford are weighing up a move for former Manchester United forward Federico Macheda after taking him on trial, the London Evening Standard report.

The 25-year-old has been without a club since leaving Cardiff last summer and scored a penalty for for the Hornets U23 side in Tuesday’s 4-2 loss at Hull.

Macheda had previously looked set to return to his native Italy with Pescara, but now wants to remain in England after his proposed move fell through.

Having broken through for United at a young age, Macheda failed to live up to his potential and has had a host of clubs

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Sean Dyche Express Admiration For Arsene Wenger

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​Arsene Wenger will celebrate his 20th anniversary as Arsenal boss this weekend, and Burnley Manager Sean Dyche has expressed his admiration for the Frenchman.

He said: “Arsene is one of the top managers, certainly through the Premier League years, his team, their style and manner.

“As a manager, it’s a strange one why he’s questioned at times. There is a balance to that and fans want actual success, not deemed success by me as style of play, but trophies.

“It’s a big challenge for us but it’s one we want, the players want, I want and the fans want.

“As ever, Arsenal get people questioning them but they look pretty good to me. They’ve got pace and clever movement.”

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Burnley Manager Sean Dyche Hails Steven Defour’s Impact

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Burnley boss Sean Dyche has hailed Steven Defour’s impact since joining the Clarets this summer and is relishing the player’s part in a new system at Turf Moor.

Defour, who joined the newly-promoted side for £8m from Anderlecht, scored his first goal for the club in the draw against Hull earlier this month but is yet to complete 90 minutes this season.

Speaking ahead of Burnley’s match against Arsenal at Turf Moor, Dyche said: “Steven has done well.

“The biggest thing I talked to him about was the physicality of the Premier League. I don’t just mean the tackles, but the pace of the league and the physical demands.

“We’ve had to protect his body a bit when he’s come off but he’s adjusting to what we are as a group nicely and he’s getting stronger.”

“I’ve always made it clear that I like 4-4-2 because I think the best line of defence is to attack, and if you’ve got two centre-forwards – productive ones – it’s a good way of playing. I don’t think 4-4-2 is old fashioned.

“But you’ve got to be flexible with the group, and I think with Jeff Hendrick and Defour particularly, they’ve played a lot in a three and have a good understanding of how that works; when to press, when to sit in, when to get forward. We have to make sure we are competitive at least.”

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