Torres: Atletico Are Ready For Barcelona

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Fernando Torres believes Atletico Madrid are ready to face Barcelona after they thrashed Sporting Gijon 5-0.

The Spanish striker contributed to the hammering of their opponents, scoring two after Griezmann was substituted.

Atletico face champions Barcelona at Camp Nou in their next league game on Wednesday and Torres believes it is the best possible time to play them, with Simeone’s side on a high.

“It’s good that all the players can help and also the substitutes,” he told beIN Sport.

“We have a positive dynamic and it is a good moment to play against Barcelona, which is the most complicated rival that we have played in last few years.

“It’s never a good time to play at Camp Nou but it is better to do so when you have confidence.

“We have found a good streak after those two draws [against Alaves and Leganes] and we started well in the Champions League [a 1-0 win over PSV]. Our confidence is high.”

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VIDEO: Wah’Zup Zone Ep06 – Top 5 Club Ethics

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Have you ever found yourself in that awkward situation where a club bouncer denies you entry into the club especially when you’re with some friends and you can’t seem to understand why? To make it worse you just stand there and watch every other person go in without stress. * Lol, i’m sure we’ve all had our experiences *.

On this episode of the Wah’zup Zone, Vheektor Okpala shares some very important TIPS that will save you from getting embarrassed when next you decide to Turn Up.

Host: Vheektor Okpala – @iamvheektor

Watch, enjoy and share your thoughts below.


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PHOTO: Real Madrid Honor Cristiano Ronaldo With Special Jersey

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Real Madrid have honored legendary winger Cristiano Ronaldo with a special jersey.

The award came subsequently after Ronaldo played his 350th game in all competitions for Los Blancos.

With Real Madrid’s vast array of Champions League trophies behind them, the former Man Utd star was handed the jersey by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.

READ: Cristiano Ronaldo Wants 10-Year Contract At Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated after 350th Real Madrid appearance

The jersey had “Ronaldo 350 Partidos” written on it, celebrating his impressive achievement since he joined the club in 2009.

Real Madrid’s record holder for the most appearances however is the hometown club legend Raul, who made a staggering 741 appearances in his time at the club.

Cristiano Ronaldo and preisdent Florentino Perez

Ronaldo and preisdent Florentino Perez


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PHOTO: Real Madrid Honor Cristiano Ronaldo With Special Jersey

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Real Madrid have honored legendary winger Cristiano Ronaldo with a special jersey.

The award came subsequently after Ronaldo played his 350th game in all competitions for Los Blancos.

With Real Madrid’s vast array of Champions League trophies behind them, the former Man Utd star was handed the jersey by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.

READ: Cristiano Ronaldo Wants 10-Year Contract At Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated after 350th Real Madrid appearance

The jersey had “Ronaldo 350 Partidos” written on it, celebrating his impressive achievement since he joined the club in 2009.

Real Madrid’s record holder for the most appearances however is the hometown club legend Raul, who made a staggering 741 appearances in his time at the club.

Cristiano Ronaldo and preisdent Florentino Perez

Ronaldo and preisdent Florentino Perez


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18 Nigerians Died In Saudi Arabia During 2016 Hajj

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According to The National Hajj Commission Of Nigeria (NAHCON), eighteen Nigerian Muslims died in Saudi Arabia during this year’s Hajj.

The victims were from Kwara, Kogi, Bauchi, Taraba, Niger, Kaduna and the FCT Abuja. There were also foreign-based Nigerian pilgrims among the deceased.

READ: Hajj 2016: All Female Pilgrims In Kano ‘Must’ Undergo Pregnancy Test

18 Nigerians die during 2016 Hajj

The head of NAHCON’s medical team, Ibrahim Kana, said two pilgrims including a 40-year old woman died in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. Three died in Muna, while the last 13 died in Makkah with a mentally-ill woman amongst the victims.

He also added that the 2016 death toll was however the lowest in five years. He also attributed this low figure to enhanced sanitation, increased medical awareness and compressed national medical team. The medical team attended to over 21,000 patients since the commencement of the pilgrimage, Kana said.

The 2016 pilgrimage is almost complete as pilgrims have started returning home on Saturday.

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JAMB Lists 8 Conditions Nigerian Institutions Must Stick To During Admission [Must Read]

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has issued a list that carries eight conditions that tertiary institutions must follow when admitting students.

READ ALSO: NECO Releases June/July 2016 Results | Check Yours Here

Speaking on Friday at Baze University, Jabi, Abuja, the registrar of the Board, Ishaq Oloyede, maintained that the agency will ensure candidates are not treated unfairly by their preferred universities.

The registrar, who made the disclosure known during the first Extraordinary Technical Committee meeting on 2016 Admissions to First Choice Institutions, said the only difference in this year’s admission process is the policy that there should be no written post-UTME test.

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Mr. Oloyede insisted that as a referee, his agency would not allow arbitrariness by institutions in the admission process.

His words: “JAMB will resist such arbitrariness and illegal introduction of extraneous factors which were not contained in the published advertisement made available to the candidates.

“We should be able to explain to every Nigerian child who had applied for admission, why s/he was not admitted into his/her institution of choice.”

According to him, the right of Senate or Academic Board of each institution on admissions of candidates is subject to the following conditions:

  1. Guidelines stipulated by proprietors of the institutions
  2. 60:40 (Science/Art) ratio for conventional universities
  3. 80:20 (Science/Art) ratio for non-conventional universities
  4. 70:30 (Technology/Non-technology) ratio for National Diploma Awarding Institutions
  5. Use of 2016 JAMB, UTME results’ print-out for all candidates
  6. Adherence to published subject combinations of various courses as specified by the Senate/Academic Board and included in the 2016 JAMB brochure
  7. Adherence to the 2016 Admissions quota as prescribed by the Regulatory Bodies (NUC, NBTE, NCCE)
  8. (For Federal universities) The quota stipulated by the Federal Executive Council concerning Merit, Catchment and Educationally less developed states, should be complied with.

Mr. Oloyede stated that the deadline for approved institutions’ admission panels was still November 30, 2016.

READ ALSO: JAMB Unveils Portal For Admission Status | Check Yours Here

The registrar also said the second Technical Committee Meeting would take place at Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri, Imo state on November 14, 2016.

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Quentin Miller’s Foot Amputated Following Car Accident

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Quentin Miller, the rapper and songwriter who was revealed to the world as Drake’s alleged ghostwriter has recently revealed that his foot has been amputated.

The Atlanta based MC took to instagram to visually announce his situation. The photo posted showed the rapper’s legs from the calf down with one leg having been replaced by a metal prosthetic.

Thanks for being patient. Falco when it’s ❄️❄️❄️❄️…

A photo posted by Q.M. (@quentinmiller__) on Sep 16, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT


READ: Meek Mill Beat Quentin Miller For Denying He Was Drake’s Ghostwriter

Quentin Miller loses foot

“Thanks for being patient, Falco when it’s [cold]” was the caption, apparently likening himself to Falco Lombardi , a video game character with mechanical legs from the video game ‘Star Fox’.

The reason for the amputation has however not been revealed. It has however been rumored that the Atlanta MC was in a very bad car accident a couple weeks ago. He is also said to have lost his lower leg as a result of his injuries.

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South African DJ Black Coffee Dispels Rumor Of A Collaboration With Beyonce

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South African DJ Black Coffee, has dispelled ongoing-rumor he is collaborating with Beyonce on a new song. 

On Friday, September 2, urban music station, Trace, tweeted that the stars were “working on music together”. The tweet read, “#TRACEUrban hears @RealBlackCoffee and @Beyonce are working on music together 🙆 How LIT would that project be?!.”

It would be ‘LIT’ if both stars were really working on a feature, but they aren’t, because the South African multiple-award winning record-producer responded with a tweet, Monday, September 12, which read, “@TRACE_Inter @Beyonce we are😳? that would be a dream.”

Black Coffee won the Best International Act Award (Africa) at this year’s BET Awards held on June 26, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Black Coffee Scored A Major International Collaboration

In July, the popular DJ scored a major collaboration with Alicia Keys on a remix of her song ‘In Common’ produced by Swizz Beats.

According to, lately, there have been speculations Beyonce will be coming to South Africa in November, and that’d be an avenue to release their ‘new song’.

While Queen Bey’s visit to South Africa is still unconfirmed, what is ‘confirmed’ is there will be no musical project between herself and Black Coffee.

Read: Jay Z Talks About Beyoncs Lemonade In New Track Drug Dealers Anonymous


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50Cent Counts Down To His Last Days Of Paying Child Support

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50cent posted a photograph of a clock counting down to October 13 2017, which is his son’s 18th birthday. It is also the day he’ll legally stop paying child support for the now 17-year-old Marquis Jackson.

50Cent, real name Curtis James Jackson III, on Tuesday, September 13, shared a since-deleted Instagram snapshot of a count down calendar which he captioned, “Man real life is gonna start sooner than you think. Sad part is I wish you well, good #Shanquagetsajob”

The Shaniqua reference was for Marquis’ mother whose name is Shaniqua Tompkins. reported that Shaniqua had once accused 50cent of being a bully to women and children.

50Cent Advises His Son To Get A Job

Marquis later commented on his father’s post saying, “Don’t worry, I’ll make u proud! Just don’t forget to tell me happy birthday that day cause u missed a few.”

Like that wasn’t enough, the 41-year-old returned with another post on Wednesday, September 14, which read, “Life is full of choices, some you can’t take back. If you hate me why you don’t change your son’s name to Tompkins. I’m not your enemy you are. #startJOBhuntingNOw.

Marquis, Shaniqua and the Effen Vodka boss have had a controversially fiery relationship in times past.

#50Cent started a countdown until the end of his child support payments and his oldest son #MarquiseJackson responded

A photo posted by The Shade Room (@theshaderoom) on Sep 12, 2016 at 6:28am PDT

Read: Baller Alert: Man Wants Ex-Wife To Pay 800 Grand Child Support Monthly

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Edo Poll: Complicating A Simple Matter

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Edo Poll: Complicating A Simple Matter By Louis Odion

When someone first alerted me that Wednesday afternoon (September 7) that the much-awaited Edo 2016 governorship poll would be shifted, I thought it was the most insensate idea to propose. Yet to be fully dismantled at the iconic Sam Ogbemudia Stadium was the giant canopy under which President Buhari stood barely 24 hours earlier in what was thought to be the final mega rally to rouse the Edo electorate to vote APC in the scheduled September 10 election.

This piece was written by Louis Odion. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

Elsewhere in Benin 24 hours earlier, the Markafi-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had also staged a “grand rally” in a hall.

Barely an hour after Buhari’s jet took off that Tuesday evening, the chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, landed at the Benin airport aboard Arik Air’s Boeing 737 aircraft from Abuja into the waiting arms of his henchmen right at the tarmac.

Besides, for days, columns of troops in battle gear had been mounting the customary “show of force” round key urban centres across Edo State to scare away prospective troublemakers. Even as the police headquarters in Abuja announced the deployment of a whopping 25,000-man contingent for the exercise.

Against this backcloth, one would think INEC had passed the point of no return as far as the September 10 date was concerned. Alas, what eventually prevailed were the words of the police and the DSS that the election be deferred to September 28.

Typically, the blame game followed next between the security agencies and INEC.

Given the hazy circumstances, some commentators were inclined to smell conspiracy over the postponement. On the contrary, I see tardiness on the part of the relevant state institutions. The controversy could have been avoided if each one was alive to its duty.

My first take-away is that the biggest casualty is perhaps no other than President Buhari himself. That the commander-in-chief could grace a rally and twenty hours later the security services would suddenly wake up and say the election could not hold leaves the dark impression that he was denied the benefit of proper pre-briefing on the security situation. Which is a monumental scandal indeed.

From what is now known, it is clear the security agencies had become aware of the security concern much earlier. Contending interests had raised the alarm on the infiltration of the state by undesirable elements. Last week, the security agencies only hinted on possible Boko Haram strike on soft targets in some locations across the country including Edo. But before then, their attention had been drawn to the clear and present threat posed by political desperadoes in Edo.

For instance, apart from the rampart reports of some identified party leaders being caught conducting voters’ registration illegally in their private residences, the Edo State Government had accused the five PDP states in the South-South sub-region of planning to bringing militants to storm the state and unleash mayhem on the D-Day, particularly in Edo North and Edo South, considered the strongholds of the sitting APC.

The cold calculation behind such ploy should be understood. By Edo’s electoral map, whereas the Bini-speaking Edo South accounts for 56 percent of the close to two million registered voters, Edo North boasts of 29 percent as against the Esan-speaking Edo Central with 15 percent and is perceived as the only comfort zone for PDP.

While addressing the rally for the factional candidate of PDP in Benin penultimate Tuesday, visiting Governor Nyesom Wike, who has built a fearsome reputation as a jungle expert since his rise on the political scene in Rivers State, was quoted as urging the faithful to “follow them bumper-to-bumper” on the D-Day. (I am told that is a coded statement.)

The puzzle then: wasn’t Buhari brought into the loop on the sit-rep before his trip to Benin that Tuesday?

Two, given that the security agencies were alerted to the threat weeks ahead, how come nothing seemed to have been done by way of preemption? Or, are the militants mightier than the combined strength of our security services?

To begin with, it should not be the remit of the Inspector General and the DSS boss to directly address the nation on the security threat to the election. Their observations ought to be directed to the National Security Adviser who should have briefed the president even days ahead of the pre-scheduled rally in Benin. Therefore, if a world press conference would be held to break such weighty news to the nation at all, the host should be the INEC chairman, possibly flanked by the IG and the DSS boss.

Instead, what the nation was confronted with penultimate Wednesday was a fait accompli of sorts. Ironically, whereas the security chiefs, through their respective spokesmen, were busy raising the red flag at a packed news conference in Abuja, the INEC chairman was holding court simultaneously with the parties and other stakeholders in Benin and it was decided that the elections should proceed.

If further evidence of official dereliction is still required on this matter, the level of complicity can be measured with the harvest of arrests made in the belated raids carried out in the past few days. By the account of the police themselves, no fewer than 54 suspected militants from the Niger Delta were rounded up within three days from various locations in Edo South. Dangerous items including AK-47 rifles and N9 million cash were allegedly found on them.

Tellingly, some of the arrests were made at a two-star hotel located near the Benin airport belonging to the Igbinedion family. Following their arrest, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, one of PDP’s surviving godfathers, reportedly made a spirited attempt to secure their release from police detention, pleading that they were guests invited to his 82th birthday celebration. What a loyal host the Esama chose to be. But the puzzle is: when did AK-47 become an ornament to be brought to an Owambe (Obitos in Bini) ceremony? Was it for a 82-gun salute or what?

Clearly, the financial burden the postponement invariably inflicts on everyone is better imagined. Not only INEC will have to incur costs; the parties themselves have to shop for additional cash to fund the extended campaigns. Hundreds of election observers, some of whom came from abroad and had already arrived Benin, had to alter their itinerary.

Part of the initial argument raised against the September 10 date was that it coincided with the day Maths was to be written in the ongoing General Certificate of Education (GCE) exams. Now, fresh protest has been made that subjects like Physics are to be written by some students on September 28! Added to that is a significant fixture on the cultural calendar of the Bini Kingdom. September 26 had been pre-scheduled for the coronation of a new Oba.

The Benin palace had earlier deferred to the political authority by fixing the epochal event more than two weeks after the date INEC originally announced for the poll. Given the hurly burly that usually defines the polling process, holding election barely forty-eight hours after the crowning of a new Oba would be considered culturally anomalous, if not abominable, by the Bini traditionalists. Now, the palace has to endure the inconveniences of making new arrangement for another date.

Again, tardiness was on display when INEC unilaterally fixed September 28, a working day, as the new election date. I am reliably told that the authorities at the Dennis Osadebey Avenue in Benin City were not consulted before the announcement. Yet, the concurrence of the state government is required to declare not only that Wednesday a holiday but also the preceding Tuesday, to allow workers who registered in their villages ample time to relocate from the urban centres.

Not surprising, apparently unable to think up new lines to woo voters, the two main parties in the race have since resorted to trading pure insults and bile for the remaining days. Never in history has Edo witnessed an election which language was this vile. Surely, uncommon season breeds rare creatures. Suddenly, some strange masquerades are beginning to slither out of the raven. Emerging from his political hiding, Lucky Igbinedion, widely acclaimed as a failed governor in the past, finally summoned courage few days ago to publicly endorse his erstwhile sidekick and factional PDP candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu. He was quoted as boasting that, come September 28, there shall be rejoicing in the household of the Igbinedions.
Well, it is left for Edo voters to decide who will gnash their teeth in electoral sorrow on that day!

The Transformation of an Ice-cream Vendor

If additional exhibit was needed to prove that ex-President Jonathan’s so-called “transformation agenda” was more about filling the pockets of a select few than fixing the country, the ongoing unraveling of his wife’s closet should suffice.

At the last count, bank accounts bearing more than $22m cash have been traced to Mrs. Patience Jonathan, the mercurial First Lady whose biggest contributions to nation-building (?) would undoubtedly include the corruption of English language itself.

Her signature tune: “This blood that you people are sharing (shedding), diaris God o!”

While the nation would seem busy all the while laughing itself to stupor at Mrs. Jonathan’s grammatical infelicities, emerging reports however suggest she was quietly smiling to the bank with sacks and sacks of dollars.

In what should open a new chapter in larceny, the immediate past First Lady and self-proclaimed “Mama Peace” had allegedly opened two accounts with Skye Bank with $15m in the names of her houseboy and driver even though she remained the sole signatory to both and sole beneficiary of the wealth therein. To say nothing of another wondrous N10b hotel resort in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, which was inaugurated in April 2015, barely five weeks to her husband’s ignominious exit from office.

Dazed by the sheer grandeur of the hospitality paradise named Aridolf Resort Wellness and Spa, not even the upscale London Financial Times could conceal its own adulation after the commissioning. Its most flattering description: “The (hotel) is an unlikely monument to kitsch… In the lobby, Louis XIV furniture is accompanied by bowls of plastic fruit, faux Dutch landscapes and a grotesquely gaudy chandelier.

“The Aridolf… is symptomatic of how superficial progress has been in addressing the festering sense of marginalisation in the region, which remains desperately impoverished despite benefiting from a tide of petrodollars in recent years.”

But in truth, the Aridolf could not have been captured in the asset declaration form filled by Mrs. Jonathan either in 2007 or 2011. Regardless of the effrontery of hack writers to rehabilitate history while the Jonathans were in power, no one could deny that Patience started life in the humblest of circumstances in Port Harcourt. For a woman who started married life as a ice-cream vendor in the garden city of Port Harcourt, hers must now go down as one of the most dramatic flights from abject penury to staggering opulence in recent memory.

Before her husband’s foray in public life, her last known official address was the Bayelsa civil service. (In an unprecedented act of sycophancy, Governor Seriake Dickson would at some point breach all known rules by promoting her Perm Secretary in the Bayelsa civil service in absentia while she was First Lady).

Even if she did not touch her pay cheques all her working life, there is no way all her savings could have paid for even the sand-filling of the swamp where Aridolf is erected. So, the puzzle: how much gold or barrels of crude oil did she sell to come by the hotel? As First Lady, one malfeasance she was often accused of was merchandising access to her husband. Could Aridolf possibly be part of the proceeds of that racket?

Ever so forthright, Mama Peace did not deny ownership of the fat Skye bank accounts. On the contrary, she, without shame or fear of God or man, has slammed a N200m suit on her bankers for, according to her, divulging the details of what she assumed was a confidential banking relationship.

Audacious still, she blamed the “mix-up” of her name with those of her aforementioned domestic aides on the bank. But she conveniently chose to be silent on how she continued to service and draw on the accounts without her BVN in consonance with the rule imposed when her husband was president.

If nothing at all, the unraveling of Mrs. Jonathan also clearly speaks to the complicity of the regulatory authority. Holders of small accounts could be excused. But it is quite indefensible that Skye Bank incubated Patience’s multi-billionaire travesty for so long until the bubble burst. To the public, banks often make a song and dance of “know your customer” engagements. How come a driver and a houseboy fronted for the First Lady in her accounts for so long without any alarm bell ringing anywhere? Whose thumbprint was taken or passport photograph entered? Each time a demand was made on the accounts, were the picture, signature and thumbprint cross-matched? And now the most cynical emotional blackmail – Patience’s publicists are saying that the bulk of close to $1m she raked up on her VISA Platinum Credit Card was on medicare abroad. But, pray, whatever happened to the endless list of hospitals often touted on NTA those days as “transformed” to glittering centers of medical excellence under Jonathan? Are we now to believe it was all lies to also swindle the nation?

In the early days of the Yar’Adua administration, the story is often told of how Jonathan was thoroughly “marginalised” as vice president, practically left with little or nothing to “eat”. Then, the usually caustic Patience was said to have famously lamented: “All they leave my husband to do in office is reading newspapers.”

By going on a binge after Jonathan providentially ascended the throne as president in May 2010, perhaps Mama Peace was only trying to make up for the deprivation of those early days.

Wherever she campaigned for PDP last year, she never tired to say her husband must retain the presidential seat because “I don’t want to be carrying food to my husband in prison o”. (An poignant innuendo at Buhari’s penchant for slamming long jail terms on politicians perceived to be corrupt in his first incarnation as military law-giver).

Now, with the torrents of filth cascading from her closet, we can only join Mama Peace in prayers that her worst fear doesn’t become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Louis Odion is a Fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (FNGE).

This piece was written by Louis Odion. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

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Lionel Messi’s Brother Matias Messi Caught With Gun In His Car In Argentina 

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​The older brother  superstar Lionel Messi has been ordered to teach football classes in his native city after being caught with a gun in his car.

Matias Messi was accused of illegal possession of a weapon after police discovered an unlicensed .22 pistol in his Audi A5 during a stop in the Argentine city of Rosario last October.

Judge Gonzalo Lopez Quintana instructed him to impart four hours of soccer classes each week for a year at a football club in Rosario as part of a probation order 

The 34-year-old will have to lead technical and physical sessions. He was also told to stay off drugs and drink and pay a fine of about €400
Local reports at the time of his arrest said Matias refused to identify himself to officers when he was stopped on October 3 last year.

Two officers were reportedly left slightly injured and Barcelona star Messi’s sibling suffered a cut to an eyebrow during a struggle.

He was held at a police station for several hours before being allowed to return home. 

It was not the first time he had a run-in with the police. In October 2008 he was arrested for allegedly having a loaded gun in his belt.

In April 2011 he survived an assassination attempt, diving for cover as a gunman on a motorbike sprayed bullets at his house.

Matias Messi Pictured with His Brother Lionel Messi

Police found four 9mm handgun rounds lodged in the building.

Lionel, 29, and his father Jorge were handed a 21-month jail sentence for tax evasion at the start of July.

A Spanish court found the Messis had evaded £3.19million on the footballer’s image rights from 2007 to 2009.

Lawyers for the star announced after the sentence they would appeal and neither of them is expected to serve any prison time because in Spain jail sentences of less than two years for first-time offenders are normally suspended.


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Snoop Dogg To Be Honoured With Iconic Award At The 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards

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West-Coast rap-god and Dr Dre prodigy, Snoop Dogg, is the recipient of the iconic “I Am Hip Hop” award at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2016 .

Snoop Dogg’s selection is encompassed in his over twenty-five years musical career since his debut album, Doggystyle, released under Death Row Records in 1993. The album placed at Number 1 on the Billboard 200, sold over 800,000 copies in its first week and became certified 4-times platinum in 1994.

BET announced on Tuesday, September 13, “Snoop has transcended time and rap trends as a lasting influencer in the hip-hop community. His accomplishments are vast and he is beyond deserving of this year’s I Am Hip Hop Icon Award.”

The 45-year-old entertainment icon and legendary rapper will be joining the likes of Grandmaster Flash, Ice Cube and LL Cool J who received the awards in 2006, 2009 and 2011 respectively.

DJ Khaled Will Host The BET Hip Hop Awards For The First Time

The BET “Hip Hop Awards” 2016 will be hosted by DJ Khaled – who is a first time host – and will tape on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at its new venue, The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia.

It will premiere on BET on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 8.00 PM ET.

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The “King of the South” T.I. is confirmed to perform; Atlanta’s own Gucci Mane marks his long awaited return to the stage; Travis Scott will bring another hot performance; as well as performances by Young Thug and Desiigner. Presenters for the BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” 2016 include the star of Empire and BET’s The New Edition Story, Bryshere Y. Gray and rapper and actor Shameik Moore.

Read: Yemi Alade’s N2.5 Million Dress Makes ELLE Magazine’s BET Awards Best Dressed List

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AC Milan Preparing Bid To Swap Carlos Bacca For Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas 

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​The Daily Express claims AC Milan are planning a swap deal involving striker Carlos Bacca and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

Bacca was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League over the summer, with West Ham reportedly interested.

And Milan are preparing for his departure, with Fabregas thought to be their top target should the Colombian depart.

The Blues have had a fairly strong start to the 2016/17 season under new manager Antonio Conte, though their unbeaten run ended with a 2-1 home defeat to Liverpool on Friday night.

Diego Costa scored again to make it five goals in five games under Conte, but the Italian is understood to be keen on signing another top class striker.

Chelsea have little in the way of backup to the in-form Spaniard, with Michy Batshuayi yet to work his way into Conte’s plans, and with the likes of Loic Remy, Radamel Falcao and Alexandre Pato all leaving in the summer.

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Swansea Manager Francesco Guidolin Not Concerned About Fernando Llorente’s Lack Of Goals 

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​Francesco Guidolin says he is not worried about Fernando Llorente’s lack of goals this season and insists his Swansea team must improve if his strikers are to start scoring.

“I’m not frustrated about Fernando because this is his first time in the Premier League and at the moment he plays strong for the team,” Guidolin said.

“I am sure when we improve our way of playing it’s not a problem for Fernando to score because he’s a good player. The team has to improve – and the team can improve.

“If we play better, there will be more opportunities to score for a striker like Fernando.”

Swansea head to Southampton on Sunday with former Spain U19 striker Borja, the £15.5m arrival from Atletico Madrid, possibly set to be involved for the first time.

Guidolin is hoping to name the 24-year-old on the bench, but the wait for Borja’s debut may yet extend to Wednesday’s EFL Cup tie against Manchester City.

“I want to see him train free with intensity and confidence,” said Guidolin. “I hope to see him in this condition as soon as possible because we need him.

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Barcelona Planning To Make £50 Millon Bid For Paris Saint-Germain Defender Marquinhos 

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​Man Utd face competition from Barcelona for PSG defender Marquinhos, according to French newspaper L’Equipe.

United have been linked with moves for the Brazilian centre-back in the past but recent reports suggest that Barcelona are considering swooping.

Jose Mourinho could look to further bolster his defensive ranks in January and Marquinhos is set to once again be linked.

But Barca are reportedly planning to spend as much as £50million to land the 22-year-old.

The 22-year-old has made 119 appearances for the French titans since joining from AS Roma in the summer of 2013, but finding his place in the starting XI has been a chore at times.

Thiago Silva has been a near-constant in the starting setup, while Luiz was a previous obstacle blocking his path, as was fellow Brazilian PSG alumnus Alex, who left for AC Milan in 2014.

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James Rodriguez Rejected €85 Millon Bid From Inter Milan 

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​Inter Milan had an 85m euros bid for James Rodriguez rejected by Real Madrid over the summer, according to Sports Illustrated.

James, who was also reportedly a target for Chelsea, wants first-team football having fallen down the pecking order at the Bernabeu.

Inter were busy over the summer window, with big-money moves for Gabriel Barbosa and Joao Mario.

The Colombian playmaker and Zinedine Zidane had reached an agreement earlier this summer that the player would fight for his spot rather than seek opportunities elsewhere.
Sources close to Rodriguez had mentioned that he had been offered 85m close to deadline day, but hadn’t revealed what team it was until now.

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Ballon D’Or To Return To Original Format

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The Ballon D’Or award, given every year to the greatest football player in the world for the previous 12 months is set to return to its original format.

The Ballon D’Or was France Football’s award, voted for by journalists exclusively and not by players. In 2010 former FIFA president Sepp Blatter paid for the rights to the trophy and fused it with FIFA’s  World Player of the Year award, an award voted for by coaches and team captains to form the FIFA Ballon D’Or.

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France Football regains Ballon D’Or

Control of the award will now return to French publication, France Football. This is after the contract signed by both organizations expired with no agreement in place for an extension. Voting for the Ballon D’Or will now be restricted to just journalists in Europe.

Now FIFA must decide if they want to revive the now defunct FIFA World Player Award. The award was given between 1991 and 2009 through votes from national team coaches and captains from all of the members of the association.

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Jose Mourinho Urges Paul Pogba To Forget Price Tag 

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​Jose Mourinho has urged Paul Pogba to ignore his world-record price tag and show Manchester United his true quality.

“The world record player is always a question that will be open until somebody breaks the record,” Mourinho said.

“Euro final, no pre-season, holidays, come back – it’s normal that in the first week he had the very good impact in the first game. It’s normal that after the first game he has a little decrease, but I am full of trust with him because I know the player he is.

“I know that he is a very good guy with a lot of ambition, so the form will come naturally and will come with the team. The team improves, Paul improves. No problem.”

Pogba’s form tallies with United’s own drop-off after their winning start to life under Mourinho came to a shuddering halt.

They head to Watford on Sunday looking to avoid a third straight defeat, which could see them fall behind six points behind Pep Guardiola’s City after just five matches in the Premier League.

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Football Headlines  : All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips Today 

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​Manager Jose Mourinho has told his Manchester United stars they must prove to him they can motivate themselves. 

Pep Guardiola has warned Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany he will not walk straight back into the starting line-up when he is fit. 

Tony Pulis insists he will not quit as West Brom manager, despite the club’s recent takeover and fan unrest at his football style.

Rafa Benitez reckons it’s time England manager Sam Allardyce took a good look at the cream of the Championship. 

Tottenham are discussing a £150m six-year deal with Qatar Investment Authority for the naming of their new stadium.

Pep Guardiola has recruited Lionel Messi’s nutritionist to help get his Manchester City squad in shape.

Leonardo Bonucci has revealed he was tempted by a summer move to Manchester City.

Diego Simeone insists he remains committed to Atletico Madrid despite reducing his contract by two years.

Ruud Gullit claims Louis van Gaal will have cracked open the champagne following Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to Feyenoord on Thursday. 

Ivory Coast ace Franck Kessie admits he dreams of playing for Manchester United.

Manchester United great Nemanja Vidic has revealed he nearly joined Liverpool.

Christophe Dugarry claims he pretended to cry during a meeting with Louis van Gaal when the two were together at Barcelona.

Lyon manager Bruno Genesio has confirmed that Emmanuel Adebayor is close to joining Les Gones on a free transfer.

Arsene Wenger insists Granit Xhaka will soon show why he is his star signing of the summer and the missing piece in Arsenal’s puzzle.

FIFA have launched an investigation after Slovakia defender Jan Durica claims England tie was fixed by the referee.

Chelsea received a bizarre good luck message from the band KISS on Friday just hours before their Premier League clash with Liverpool.

Manchester City have caused a stink by spraying their pitch with garlic to protect it from parasites

West Ham starlet Reece Oxford has signed a lucrative sponsorship deal with Nike.

Arsene Wenger is confident Granit Xhaka will make a significant impact at Arsenal but the manager has called for patience because the £30m summer signing needs time to get used to the pace of the Premier League.

A leading agent is under investigation by the FA after appearing to admit that he is involved in offering financial inducements to the parents of young footballers.

Mike Phelan has criticised Hull City’s owners for the wages they have offered him to become the club’s permanent manager and could quit if they are not willing to negotiate after this weekend’s game against Arsenal.

Brendan Rodgers has hit back at Roy Keane, telling him his Celtic players celebrated reaching the Champions League only as joyously as Ireland did when they qualified for the Euros.

Joey Barton could be in more hot water at Rangers after going on air to spill the beans on his Ibrox bust-up in an unsanctioned radio interview.

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Canelo And Smith Make Weight

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Canelo Alvarez and Liam Smith both weighed 154lbs ahead of their light-middleweight title fight in Dallas on Saturday.

Smith’s WBO junior middleweight title belt is on the line and he is considered the underdog in the fight.

Smith: Fear Will Drive Me In Fight Against Alvarez

The 26-year-old knocked out Amir Khan in his last fight but Smith is confident that he can cause an upset.

“I always thought he would make the weight but you shouldn’t be applauded for doing that,” said Smith. “It’s what he’s supposed to do.

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“If he was struggling to make the weight, I will bring it out of him.

“The last time he was under 154 lbs he was dead on his feet, even if it was against one of the best ever in Floyd Mayweather.

“If I win this fight I will be the best light-middleweight in the world and that’s where I want to be.”

Alvarez added: “He’s a strong fighter, throws combinations and likes to engage.

“I like opponents like that and guarantee the crowd a great night.”

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38 Boko Haram Militants Slaughtered in Niger

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No less than thirty-eight militants of the Islamic death cult ‘Boko Haram’ have been killed during military search operations carried out by Niger and Chad troops in the Diffa region of southeast Niger this week, an official said Friday.

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p style=”text-align: justify”>A statement issued by Niger defence ministry spokesman Moustapha Ledru revealed that although two soldiers were lightly wounded in the action but “on the enemy side; 38 terrorists were killed.”

The spokesman also stated that substantial quantities of weapons and munitions were also seized.

The joint army operations took place between Monday and Wednesday around the villages of Gueskerou and Toumour in southeastern Niger, he added.

According to villagers and NGO workers in Gueskerou, 30 kilometres from Diffa, Boko Haram elements attacked the town on Wednesday night, without killing anyone.

“The attack nonetheless caused a psychosis in the population and the assailants torched houses and stole food and medicines after pillaging shops and a pharmacy,” an NGO official told AFP.

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Matuidi: Cavani Will Keep Scoring For PSG

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PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi believes Edison Cavani’s four-goal haul against Caen indicates he has his mojo back.

The Uruguayan striker has come under fire for struggling to replace Ibrahimovic in the centre forward role, a position he yearned for.

However, he scored against Arsenal and also scored four goals in the first half against Caen.

And his displays in front of goal have provided Matuidi with evidence that his team-mate is starting to emerge from the Swede’s shadow.

“He already scored against Arsenal and [against Caen] he got four goals so we are really pleased for him. I hope he will keep moving forward,” the midfielder told reporters.

“We know that Edi is a guy who needs confidence. We know that. But he’s a very talented player. He scores a lot of goals every season.

“We trust him completely. I know that he will score a lot of goals this year.”

Close-season recruit Grzegorz Krychowiak believes Caen walked into a PSG backlash following their frustrating draw against the Gunners at the Parc des Princes.

The Poland midfielder said: “I think we’ve been a little disappointed because I think we could have won against Arsenal. We had several chances to. Unfortunately we lacked a bit of efficiency.

“The win against Caen is good for what lies ahead. We will keep going.”

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Police Ban Public Celebration, Demonstration As Supreme Court Prepares Verdict On Kogi Election Petition Appeal

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A strong worded warning has been dished out from the Kogi State Police Command banning public jubilation and/or demonstration after the Supreme Court delivers its judgment on the state governorship election petition appeals.

The ban was announced on Friday by the Commissioner of Police, Malam Abdullahi Chafe, at a news conference in Lokoja.

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According to the CP, there are intelligence reports reaching the command, which revealed that some miscreants were planning to foment trouble if the Supreme Court judgment should go contrary to their expectations.

Chafe warned that individuals or group of persons who cause break down of law and order would face the full wrath of the law.

The police commissioner urged various political parties to call their members and supporters to order so that peace would reign after the delivery of judgment.

He said: “Kogi State is greater than anybody. Police will not waste anytime in dealing with law breakers within the constitutional requirement.”

The Supreme Court will deliver its judgement on the Kogi state election petition appeal on Tuesday next week.

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Plagiarism Scandal: Buhari To Punish Those Who Inserted Obama’s Speech Into His ‘Change’ Speech

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Plagiarism scandal: Buhari threatens to ‘wield the punitive rod’ on those who inserted Obama’s ‘victory’ speech into his ‘change’ speech.

The Presidency has admitted that the speech read by President Muhammadu Buhari on September 8, the day he launched the ‘Change Begins With Me’ campaign, contained insertions plagiarism, as it has a sentence lifted from a speech made by the United States’ President, Barack Obama, in 2008.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, revealed that an investigation had been launched into the matter and that officials so far identified to have committed the blunder would be punished.

Plagiarism Scandal: Buhari Threatens To Wield The Punitive Rod On Those Who Inserted Obama’s Speech Into His ‘Change’ Speech

Plagiarism scandal: Buhari threatens to wield the punitive rod on those who inserted Obama’s speech into his ‘change’ speech

According to him, it was observed that the similarities between a paragraph in President Obama’s 2008 Victory Speech and what President Buhari read in paragraph nine of the sixteen-paragraph address while inaugurating the Campaign on Thursday, September 8, 2016 are too close to be passed as coincidence.

Read statement below.

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered that prompt and appropriate disciplinary action be taken against those responsible for a wrongful insertion in his speech delivered on September 8, 2016 at the launch of the “Change Begins with Me’’ campaign.

It was observed that the similarities between a paragraph in President Obama’s 2008 Victory Speech and what President Buhari read in paragraph nine of the sixteen-paragraph address while inaugurating the Campaign on Thursday, September 8, 2016 are too close to be passed as coincidence.

There was a mistake by an overzealous staff and we regret that this has happened.

Already, a Deputy Director in the Presidency has accepted responsibility for the insertion of the contentious paragraph.

This serious oversight will be investigated thoroughly and appropriate sanction meted.

The Presidency wishes to state in the clearest possible terms that it regrets this unfortunate incident and will ensure that this does not happen again.

President Buhari urges Nigerians to look beyond this incident and focus on the message of change which the country needs in order to restore our cherished value systems.

Garba Shehu
SSA to the President
(Media & Publicity)
September 16, 2016

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D’Banj Announces Biggest Uk Headline Tour

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The KOKO Master himself DBanj is back, as he returns to the UK for what will be his biggest UK nationwide headline tour, and the most explosive and star-studded Afrobeats concert tour the country has seen this year, with support from rising Nigerian Pop star Tekno, and many surprise special guests to be announced shortly, proudly brought to you be Afrobeat Artistry.
Hailed for over a decade as one of the most talented and biggest artists to come out of Africa, DBanj’s unique style of musicianship and entertainment sets him apart from his counterparts. The Nigerian native has been leading the export of Afrobeats to the UK and America, and has succeeded in introducing the lush sounds of African Pop music, to mainstream audiences across the world.
The multiple MTV European Music Award, BET Award, World Music Award, and MOBO Awardwinner will be marking his return to the UK, after a four year hiatus, with a hugely anticipated nationwide tour, which will see D’Banj performing at the Manchester Academy on November 11, Birmingham’s Tower Ballroom on November 12, and the Indigo at The 02 in London on November 13.
With a career that has spanned 12 years and over 20 million records sold, D’banj made his debut on the African music scene in 2004 with his breakthrough single ‘Tongolo’, which was released via his own record label Mo’Hits, founded alongside super producer Don Jazzy. His seminal debut album No Long Ting followed in 2005, and changed the landscape of Nigerian music forever.
D’banj’s sophomore album Rundown Funk U Up, lead by massive hit single ‘Why Me?’ came soon after, in 2006, with the Kokomaster and Don Jazzy releasing the Mo’Hits compilation album Curriculum Vitae in 2007, the first of its kind in Afrobeats. The album birthed hits like ‘Booty Call’ and ‘Ololufe’, and introduced us to future stars such as Wande Coal, Dr Sid, Kay Switch and D’Prince.
Having solidified his position as the biggest African artist in the world, and with three iconic albums – including 2008’s The Entertainer – already under his belt, D’Banj set his sights on pushing Afrobeats to the world, and signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music record label in 2011, and subsequently floated his own record imprint DB Records, in partnership with Sony Music and RCA Records in 2012.
2012 also saw DBanj make his debut on the UK Top 10 singles chart, with his summer smash hit ‘Oliver Twist’ reaching #9 in the UK singles charts, and #2 in the UK R&B chart – making D’Banj the first ever Afrobeats artist to chart in the UK top ten! ‘Oliver Twist’ also topped the charts in Romania, and garnered chart success in Scotland, Germany, Belgium and Ireland, to mention a few.
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Alongside his numerous music accomplishments and accolades, DBanj has also dedicated his life to philanthropy and humanitarianism. He was Nigeria’s first United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace, and in 2015, his ‘Extraordinary’ single was released to raise awareness for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, and was endorsed by the World Bank.
Widely regarded as one of the best and most revered live performers, D’Banj always gives his fans and audiences an unforgettable, energetic and fun-packed live experience. Whether it’s an arena, or a stadium, or an intimate venue, D’Banj always leaves everything on stage, and with this forthcoming UK tour, he promises to deliver a live performance experience that will go down as his best ever.
The 2016 DBanj UK tour is powered by Afrobeat Artistry, and will be hosted by Capital Xtra’sveteran broadcaster Abrantee, with support from Afrobeats man of the moment Tekno, who will be performing a slew of his recent hits including ‘Duro’ and ‘Pana’.
Advanced tickets for D’Banj’s UK tour are available right now
Please direct all marketing and sponsorship inquiries to Fatimah Morafah:

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