REVEALED! How 469 Nigerian Lawmakers Employ 2,570 Aides; With Some Earning N950,000/Month

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A startling investigation by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) revealed that about 2,570 aides are engaged by the 469 members of the 8th National Assembly.

The report also revealed that out of the number, 700 aides work for lawmakers in the Senate, while the remaining 1, 870 are engaged by House of Representatives members.

This category of aides, it was learnt, have a monthly salary of a minimum of N950,000 but was reduced to N400, 000 by the current management of the assembly. All the aides are paid from the coffers of the assembly.

Premium Times quoted NAN as saying:

It was discovered that in the provision, President of the Senate is entitled to 45 aides, his deputy, 30, and 20 each for principal officers.

Similarly, Speaker of the House of Representatives has 35 assistants, Deputy Speaker, 15 and 10 each for the six principal officers.

The number of aides to each legislator, it was gathered, includes those in their Constituency offices.

The monthly emolument of the aides, which ranged from N150, 000 to N250, 000, sources close to the assembly said, has been reduced to between N75, 000 and N180, 000 by the current leadership of the assembly.

The investigation revealed that in addition to the regular aides, the principal officers of both chambers have Special Assistants, Senior Special Assistants and Special Advisers of varying numbers.

However, NAN gathered that some of the lawmakers, especially principal officers, have more than the statutorily approved number of aides in their employ, who also draw their salary from the assembly’s funds.

Some lawmakers, however, pay the aides from their own resources.

It was also revealed that many legislators draw the emolument of their aides from the assembly’s funds but pay them fractions. Some of the lawmakers employed only one or two aides but are collecting the full salary for the five they are entitled to.

This act was discovered to be perpetrated more by the members through their constituency offices, which they are mandatorily expected to have in their areas, but deliberately failed to do so.

They submit names of non-existent staff in the constituency office to the national assembly service commission and collect their entitlements directly.

An aide to a senator from the South-West, working with him in Abuja, told NAN that he had never heard of other aides or office his boss had in his constituency.

“All of us, his aides are here; it is only when he is travelling to the state that he goes with the senior legislative aide and his younger brother.

“The brother works with him; he is not documented but he is in charge whenever oga (the boss) is not around.

“But, all of us are always in the office in Abuja, I do not know of assistant or aide he has at the constituency level or in the state,” he said, adding that it was the same with some other lawmakers.

The source declined to disclose his salary, allowance and pay point, but said that the emolument depended on the grade of the aide.

He, however, disclosed that the least-paid aide earned N120, 000 from the assembly commission.

The lawmakers contacted on the issue declined to comment, with some of them saying that they were complying with the rules.

Reacting to the findings by NAN, some stakeholders called for reduction in the number of aides working for federal lawmakers and a slash in their pay.

They told NAN that the reduction is necessary in view of the current economic challenges facing the country.

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Claudio Ranieri : N’Golo Kante Deserves A Warm Welcome

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​Claudio Ranieri wants Leicester supporters to give N’Golo Kante a good reception when Chelsea visit on Tuesday.

Kante was the sole core member of Leicester’s Premier League title-winning side to depart in the summer when he joined Chelsea in a £32m deal.

Speaking ahead their EFL Cup clash, Ranieri said: “I will give to him a very warm welcome back and I am sure also our fans they must appreciate what he did last season and give him a warm welcome.

“I will be very happy if our fans clap him at the beginning and afterwards he is an enemy.

“They must understand that when a big team arrives, it is difficult to say no. 

“He was very important for us and I think he was even more important for us than at Chelsea because Chelsea have so many big players.”

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Lagos State Denounces Restriction Of Movement Over Oba’s Death

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The Lagos State Government has today denounced the purported restriction of movement announced in Itire on Sunday night as part of traditional rites after the demise of Onitire or Itire, Oba Lateef Abayomi Akanbi Dauda as an act of illegality.

According to a statement issued on Monday by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, the State Government condemned the action of declaring a curfew without due consultation before making the statement public. He added that no individual or group has the right to infringe on the citizens right to freedom of movement and association as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He noted that the State Government is alert to its core responsibility of protecting the citizens and is collaborating with security agencies to put measures in place that will guarantee safety of lives and property of its people in every part of the state.

The statement released read “While the state government commiserates with the royal family, Onitire Chieftaincy Family Council and the entire people of Itire over the demise of the monarch and highly revere our tradition and customs, it would not condone any act that tends to infringe on the right of its citizens which it has sworn to protect.”

“The Lagos State Government is saddened by the demise of our ever-supportive Oba, but wish to assure that government will not fold its arms and allow a few individuals or group of people to deny citizens of their right to movement or commune anywhere around the state.”

Mr Bello assured Lagos residents of their safety and advised them to go about their normal duties without fear of harassment and molestation.

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Todd McFarlane Confirms New ‘Spawn’ Movie In The Works

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In 1997, the movie “Spawn” based on the comic book character created by Todd McFarlane dropped and it was a modest box office success.

The movie, about a murdered special forces agent Al Simmons who is resurrected as Spawn, the leader of Hell’s army quickly became on of the most popular superheroes at the time.

With the return of Superhero movies in recent years, it was only a matter of time before Al Simmons was on our screens again.

READ: 4 More Movies To Expect This September

New Spawn movie coming

In an interview, McFarlane himself revealed that he is almost done writing the new film. “I’ve finished the script and I’m in the process of editing. It’s 183 pages and producers usually like 120. I still think it’s going to end up being about 140 because I’m putting in details for myself.”

He also confirmed it’ll be a “dark, R-rated, scary, badass sort of script.”

So what do you think? Who do you think should play Spawn? Are you also as excited as I am to see Spawn back on the big screen? or you feel this character’s time has passed? Let us know in the comments section.

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Ranieri: Conte Will Win Trophies For Chelsea

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Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri is sure Antonio Conte will deliver trophies for Chelsea as they prepare to play in the EFL cup.

Before Conte joined Chelsea, he won three Serie A titles with Juventus, while Ranieri recently won his first league title.

But Ranieri is adamant his compatriot will live up to expectations at his former club.

“I think he can bring trophies,” Ranieri told reporters ahead of the EFL Cup third-round tie at King Power Stadium on Tuesday. “He’s a winner. He needs time. I think he can [lift] some trophies.”

The visit of Chelsea will see Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante reunited with his former Leicester colleagues – the France international having swapped the King Power Stadium for Stamford Bridge in July.

“I’ll give him a very warm welcome,” Ranieri said of the 25-year-old. “I’m sure our fans must appreciate what he did last season and give a warm welcome back.

“N’Golo was very important for us. Maybe more important for us than Chelsea, as they have so many defensive midfielders.”

Ranieri flagged the likely inclusion of some fresh faces in his starting XI, with reserve goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler to continue deputising for the injured Kasper Schmeichel who is out nursing a concussion.

“I’m very excited as I believe in young players,” he said. “They need experience. It’ll be a great experience against Chelsea. Ron-Robert Zieler [played] a very good match [at the weekend against Burnley]. I [will] continue with him.

“I think Schmeichel will ready for the weekend,” Ranieri added, predicting the Dane’s likely return away against Manchester United.

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Lil Wayne Doesn’t Approve Of Tyga Signing To G.O.O.D Music

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With everything going on between Young Money boss Lil Wayne and Cash Money CEO Birdman, it was only a matter of time before the friction affected their ‘flock’.

As announced earlier this month, Tyga joined Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music record label after leaving Wayne’s Young Money. The news has reportedly angered the New Orleans MC as he feels he should have been consulted before Tyga was allowed to walk.

READ: Lil Wayne Will Never Work With Birdman Again

Lil Wayne unhappy with Tyga’s exit from Young Money

Tyga was one of the artistes Wayne had brought to Young Money and it is reported that Birdman released Tyga from his Young Money contract without consulting Lil Wayne which has left Wayne fuming, especially as he is a 49 percent owner in Young Money.

Tyga himself has expressed his dissatisfaction with Cash Money just like Wayne. He is also reportedly delighted to be done with the label. He is now signed to Ye and Pusha T at G.O.O.D Music.

This is just the latest issue in the feud between Birdman and Lil Wayne. Wayne is suing Cash Money for $51m and yesterday filed new documents to the court. He’s asking how Birdman blew $70m from their $100m distribution deal signed with Universal Music Group.

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8 Killed As Boko Haram Attacks Church In Borno

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Some heavily armed militants of Boko Haram sect have attacked a church in Borno state, killing at least 8 persons in the process, local residents said on Monday.

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The attack, it was gathered, took place on Sunday after morning service in Kwamjilari village, about 30 kilometres (19 miles) east of the town of Chibok, in Borno state.

“Some of the worshippers remained around the church and the gunmen opened fire and eight men died,” said Luka Damina, from nearby Kautikeri village, where locals fled.

“Unknown to the residents, the gunmen had stationed some of their comrades on the road leading out of the village and they shot anyone who tried to flee.

“Many people ran into the bush with gunshot wounds. But so far we can only confirm eight deaths.”

Speaking about the incident to pressmen, the chief said soldiers were later deployed to Kwamjilari from Chibok — the scene of a notorious kidnapping in 2014 when more than 200 schoolgirls were seized.

In August, a similar attack by the insurgents had left 10 people dead with 13 others kidnapped, while homes were looted and set on fire.

Both raids bear the hallmarks of Boko Haram Islamists, who have frequently attacked villages, churches and mosques across northeast Nigeria and beyond since 2009.

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IPOB Declares Sept. 23 A Day To ‘Sit At Home’

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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has declared on Friday, September 23, as the day all supporters of Biafra will sit at home without going anywhere or doing any work.

The aim of the holiday is to press home charge against the continued detention of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, by the Federal Government.

READ ALSO: Maiduguri Now More Secure Than Lagos And Abuja – Gov. Shettima

In a press statement from the group’s Spokesperson, Emma Powerful, on Monday, the IPOB urged all those who believe in the Biafra ideology all over the country to shut down their businesses and stay at home

The statement read: “The IPOB worldwide protest will take place in all the countries across the globe, except in Biafra land and Nigeria where church services will be held.”

“Every IPOB member and other Biafrans living in Nigeria and Biafra land will stay in their homes on that day.

“We also ask that all markets, schools, banks, transport companies and manufacturing companies to close on that day in solidarity with the overall objectives of the Biafran restoration process, irrespective of your persuasion or affiliation.

“We call on Okada riders, Keke drivers, bus drivers, owners of luxurious buses and drivers, the 911 drivers and owners, the National Union of Road Transport Workers and National Association of Transport Owners to withdraw their vehicles from roads on that day in solidarity with IPOB worldwide for the release of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and for the total liberation of the Biafra people.

“We also advise every Biafran to switch off their communication devices, especially mobile phones, on that day from 8am to 4pm in solidarity.

“This will let the world know including communication companies that Biafrans are serious towards the release of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and the restoration of the ancient and sacred sovereignty of God’s nation, Biafra.”

“Only IPOB members in Biafra land and Nigeria are exempted from street protests on this occasion”, noting that, “Any country where there are IPOB family units that doesn’t participate in this global event will be shut down.”

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The President’s Speech: Plagiarism, Shame And Lessons

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The President’s Speech: Plagiarism, Shame, Lessons, By Ken Tadaferua

During the 2015 inaugural speech of retired General Muhammadu Buhari as President of Nigeria, he made a statement that instantly became the defining soundbite of that speech and possibly the only quotable quote of his administration so far. He said: “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody.” It was an instant hit with the media and networks. It went viral on the net and Buharists framed it as the ultimate pointer to a mind unyielding to political godfathers or primordial interests.

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

A new era, they proclaimed, was born. I am sure that speech writer (usually anonymous to the public) must have gotten a few congratulatory pats on the back for a job well done. And he must have sworn to continue in his style of excellence. Today we seriously doubt that claim of originality and excellence.

Long ago on May 1958 or 57 years before the Buhari inaugural speech, another army General, Charles de Gaulle, first President of the fifth French Republic and its 18th President, made a most famous quip. He had said: “Je suis un homme qui n’appartient à personne et qui appartient à tout le monde.” The English translation is: “I am a man who belongs to no-one and who belongs to everyone.” Notice how this 1958 statement seemed to have resurrected in Buhari’s 2015 speech?

Was the new era of Buharism born with plagiarism? Did that speech writer who possibly got accolades knowingly plagiarise de Gaulle without due acknowledgement? That is for the reader to judge and come to his conclusion. One thing is clear though. The hint of plagiarism was lost to all who applauded the speech and sound bite. Why? Possibly because unlike the English and the Americans, the political literature of the French is not popular with Nigerians or perhaps it was the euphoria of the times.

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But when possibly the same presidential speech writer sought to employ the same strategy in President Buhari’s speech of September 2016 at the launch of the Change Begins With Me campaign project, all hell burst loose. The president’s speech was found out to have shamelessly plagiarised the 2008 inaugural speech of the American President, Barack Obama.

Just as in the Charles de Gaulle’s case, the Buhari speech repeated almost word for word, practically all of these Obama soundbites:

“So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other.

“Let us remember that, if this financial crisis taught us anything, it’s that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers.

“In this country, we rise or fall as one nation, as one people. Let’s resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long.”

This time the speechwriter did not get away. He miscalculated. He did not reckon with Nigerians affinity for British and American political speeches, particularly that of the popular first black American President Barack Hussein Obama II whose every word is hung upon by so many adoring folks and analysed ever so critically. This time the speechwriter is not getting pats on his back. Instead President Buhari has swiftly (quite uncharacteristic) announced that: “This serious oversight will be investigated thoroughly and appropriate sanction meted.” Poor speechwriter. The social media has thoroughly roasted his speech and embarrassed the president. Now the president promises to bake him too. Seriously? I don’t envy that dude right now.

But then plagiarism is a serious offence. It is not an oversight as Buhari puts it. It is a deliberate act to steal that of another person without acknowledgement and passing it on as your original creative idea for which you expect to be applauded or rewarded for brilliance and deep philosophical thinking with adoring praises and promotions. Just as President Buhari was wildly applauded for his outstandingly brilliant inaugural speech soundbite: “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody.” Charles de Gaulle probably turned in amused horror in his grave at the brazen theft of his original thoughts.

Plagiarism leaves a sour taste in the mouth when caught out. Ask Melania Trump who plagiarised Michelle Obama’s speech. It embarrasses everybody – the speechwriter, the office of the president, the president himself and his team, the country. It casts the pallor of intellectual dishonesty on persons and opens one’s views to doubts, more critical assessments and long side looks.

In a few days time, President Buhari will address the 71st regular session of the United Nation’s General Assembly in New York. He would also meet President Obama. Without doubt, he must worry about how his speech at the UN will be analysed. Will it be cockroached for plagiarism? Would world leaders, including Obama, snigger behind him over his plagiarism scandal which spread like wildfire through the Internet around the virtual global village?

It is a big lesson for all. Many folks copiously copy and paste the writings of others without acknowledgement and posing as the authors of such beads of inspirational lights. Lacking in deep original thoughts and incapable of crafting words and ideas, they resort to plagiarism. They love the appurtenances of great writing but are unwilling to sweat the blood that produces the works. It drives many creative minds crazy to see how the result of days of deep research, philosophising, constructions from stream of consciousness to creative writing is passed off by some lazy lout as theirs and to make matters worse, to profit from such arrant dishonesty. It is the same principle with pirating movies, music and books, where one creates and another copies to enjoy fruits where he did not sow.

One hopes, Nigerians are now awake to the criminality driving plagiarism and pirating. President Buhari’s speech writing team must be reorganised to professionally write, sub and edit the president’s speeches. It is not a job for the boys. It is serious business. Any speech the president makes goes around the world in nano seconds. His words define him and the nation in many ways. If he is rightly accused of plagiarism, which is a euphemism for stealing, the resultant foul stench not only puts a toga of shame on the president but the entire nation. I am proud that Nigerians rose up to the occasion to denounce without equivocation the decadence of the plagiarising speech. I am also glad that the President wasted scant time in addressing and denouncing the shame. We hope, as Buhari promised, it will never happen again.

Ken Tadaferua is a media and marketing communications consultant. Twitter: @ktadaferua

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

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Carvajal: Madrid Will Give Everything For Title

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Madrid lost the La Liga title by a single point last season, and Carvajal is sure they will not leave any stone unturned this season.

Madrid and Barcelona were potential winners of the title last season, but Barcelona secured a win that won them the title.

Carvajal is desperate for Madrid to drop as few points as possible, having missed out by such a small margin last term.

“It’s a nice record to equal the 16 victories, but we must keep thinking game by game,” said the right-back.

“Now we are thinking about three points on Wednesday against Villarreal, but what we are seeing is a reflection of the great work from Zidane and the team.

“La Liga has just started, we are going into matchday five and there are 38 [matchdays]. We think about adding three [points] because last year at the end we lost by one point.

“All are important and we are not going to give any away.”

Zidane took over at the Santiago Bernabeu in January and, under his stewardship, Madrid have dropped just seven points in the Spanish top division.

The 1998 World Cup winner’s man-management has been key to the club’s stellar run, according to Carvajal.

“He has found the key to making everyone feel important,” he added. “And keeping the egos apart – that is the basis for success today and I hope it remains so.”

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Behind The Scenes Pictures & Video: Dice Ailes – Miracle Ft. Lil Kesh

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Following the immense success of Dice Ailes’ most recently released singles Machinery and Fantasy Remix featuring Iyanya, the uber-talented artiste is all set to bring back the heat with his new entry ‘Miracle’ on which he features another leader of the new school movement, Lil Kesh on what seems to potentially be one of the biggest hits of the year.

Miracle was produced by the new Chocolate City signee, Ckay and the video was directed by the award-winning music video director, Mex on different locations in Lagos

Dice Ailes’ ‘Miracle’ featuring Lil Kesh will be available worldwide tomorrow, September 20 on digital sales platforms, YouTube, etc.  Pre-order here on iTunes:

acle was produced by the new Chocolate City signee, Ckay and the video was directed by the award-winning music video director, Mex on different locations in Lagos

Take a peek below of what went on behind the scene below and Stay glued!

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18 Dead As ‘Tourist’ Boat Capsizes In Thailand

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At least 18 people including one child have died on Sunday after a tourist boat carrying 150 persons collided with a bridge in central Thailand and capsized.

At least 18 people died when the boat capsized. Credit:

At least 18 people died when the boat capsized. Credit: Reuters

The tragedy, it was learnt, occurred on the Chao Phraya river in Ayutthaya city, about 50 miles north of capital city Bangkok.

CNN reported that there were at least six children who have died, with three male fatalities, and the rest being women.

40 people were believed to have been wounded with 11 others missing in the Chao Praya River, in the province of Ayutthaya.

It was learnt that those killed were Thai Muslims returning from a religious ceremony to honor a famous local cleric.

Footage from the scene shows rescue workers helping passengers from the double-decker boat.

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The boat was 50 passengers over its capacity at the time of the accident, police commander Surapong Thampitak said.

According to him, under their current license, the boat drivers were only allowed to carry no more than 50 passengers.

Following the incident, the boat’s driver will be charged with reckless driving, causing loss of life and overloading a boat beyond its safety limit.

If found guilty, the driver will likely face a 10-year maximum prison sentence.

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Brook Looking To Fight Canelo

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Kell Brook is excited about the possibility of a fight against Canelo when he returns from injury at super welterweight.

Brook Taken To Hospital With Broken Eye Socket

The British boxer still remains a champion at welterweight despite his loss to Golovkin, but will now box in the 154lbs class.

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Brook, who is recovering from a broken eye socket sustained in the clash with the Kazakh, told Sky Sports News HQ: “I think 154lbs would be more my weight class.

“I need to get back training and see if I could make 147lbs healthily – that’s also a possibility because I’m a world champion at 147lbs.

“I’d love that fight with Canelo. I just want to be in those big fights. I had a taste with the Golovkin fight and the attention around it is exciting for a fighter to be in.

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“I’ve got an operation this Friday. I went down to see the surgeons and they wanted to plan it right and look into everything.

“They’re looking to put a titanium plate in the eye but they’re looking at other materials. They’re not rushing it but it looks like this Friday. I’m more scared of getting put to sleep than I was of getting in with Golovkin!

“They said it’d be a good few months before I can start sparring again. It’s a break so you’re looking at six to eight weeks before sparring. I only start sparring when I’m four weeks away from a fight anyway.

“I’m going to make sure I listen to them, take things slowly and don’t go faster than I should.”

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James: Zidane Is My Idol, Madrid Is My Dream

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James Rodriguez has praised Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane and named him his idol following his goal against Espanyol.

Los Blancos notched 16 straight La Liga wins following goals from Benzema and James in the absence of Ronaldo and Bale.

James has struggled for a regular first-team berth under Zidane but he told reporters after the match that he holds his coach in the highest regard.

“Zidane is my idol. Real Madrid is my dream,” he said. “I hope it lasts much more time.

“My family and I are very happy in Madrid and in the team. I will fight to stay here forever.

“It’s not true that I’ve had a bad time. Me not speaking [to the public] doesn’t mean I have a bad relationship with anyone.

“We are united as a team and everyone has supported me here since the first day. We want more wins and more records.

“I understand the coach’s decisions. He knows I always want to help the team, not just with goals and assists.”

James’ wonderful solo strike settled Madrid during first-half stoppage time in a match they initially struggled to stamp their authority upon.

“We fell a little behind in the first half but gathered ourselves and the goal came soon enough,” he added.

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Gundogan: Klopp Is Emotional, But Guardiola Is A Genius

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Ilkay Gundogan has stated that Pep Guardiola is a better coach than Jurgen Klopp, suggesting the Spaniard is the best in the world.

The midfielder played under Jurgen Klopp at Dortmund and won the bundesliga in 2011-12, and also reached the final of the UCL the following season.

The midfielder joined City in June and is now witnessing first-hand the talent of Guardiola, who frequently thwarted Klopp and Dortmund’s Bundesliga ambitions during his time in charge of Bayern Munich.

“Both are world-class managers with their own qualities,” Gundogan was quoted as saying by the Express.

“It wouldn’t be fair to say Jurgen is more emotional but when you see him on the sidelines living every minute, it’s not hard to understand why Dortmund were so successful under him.

“Pep is equally passionate but in a different way. He is more like a genius who reads the game and covers every situation imaginable. He is always showing us how to create space and find solutions and there is no manager like him, which makes him probably the best in the world.”

City defeated Bournemouth 4-0 on Saturday as their impressive start to the 2016-17 season continued, and Gundogan hailed the focus and adaptability of his new team-mates.

“We’re really happy to have this quality in the squad,” he said.

“There is still potential to get better but every single game is a new one, starting from zero. From what I’ve seen so far we need to be very flexible because no one will stay for 30 minutes in the same role because we are changing all the time.

“The most important thing is that we have a good build-up and that every player knows what he has to do so it doesn’t matter which role the manager gives us.”

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Dele Alli Signs 6-Year Contract With Tottenham

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Tottenham Hotspurs have extended the contract of wonderkid Dele Alli.

The 20-year old midfielder signed a six-year contract, and will now be at the club till 2022. Alli is the third Spurs player in recent times to commit his future to the club. Midfielders Christian Eriksen and Eric Dier have also signed new contracts with the club.

“I’m happy to be here and playing at Tottenham,” Alli said after renewing. “Personally, I can’t think of anywhere better, with the fans, the manager we’ve got here and the young team – it’s a great place to be.

READ: Dele Alli Banned For Rest Of Season

Dele Alli signs six-year deal with Tottenham

“It’s happened so quickly, starting at Tottenham, playing for England… it’s been a crazy year for me and there are so many people I have to thank.

“I’m happy to be at this club and I can’t thank the manager and all the staff enough for everything they’ve done for me, and the fans, they’ve been right behind me since I signed. Hopefully there are a lot of good times to come.

“The hard work isn’t going to stop here. I have to keep working hard and keep fighting for my place in this team.”

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Kano Reaches Agreement With WAEC, NECO On Withheld Results

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The government of Kano State has reached an agreement with the leaderships of WAEC and NECO to release the withheld results of students of public schools in the state, this week.

READ ALSO: WAEC Releases May/June 2016 WASSCE Results

In a statement issued by the Deputy Director, Public Relations Department of the state Ministry of Education, Hajiya Hadiza Habib, the state government pleaded with both parents and students to remain calm and collected.

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The statement also stated that the government was not unaware of their anxiety to access the SSCE results of their respective wards.

It said, “The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Malam Danlami Garba, has appealed to affected parents and students to exercise patience as effort is being made to release the results.”

NAN reports that WAEC which released result of its examination recently, had up till now not released the results of all public schools in the state.

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The issue had also affected students who paid for themselves the examination fees through the state government.

Since then, agitations and tension had continued to rise in the state, particularly with the recent announcement of screening exercise by many Universities in the country.

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Kidnappers Demand N1.2bn For Release Of Lagos Landlords

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Kidnappers who abducted four landlords around Lekki Gardens Estate in the Isheri North area of Lagos State have demanded N300m each for their safe release.

The kidnappers called the family members of their victims on Sunday to make their demand and threatened to harm the four men if their demands were not met. It was reported that the men, all armed with guns and masked emerged from the waterways while the residents were jogging around 8am on Saturday morning. They were said to have released random gunshots in the air before whisking their victims away in a speedboat.

READ: Kidnapper Apprehended By Lagos Residents

Ransom set for kidnapped landlords

A community source described the demand as unrealistic. He said, “They have made contact and asked for N300m for each of them. They said they would communicate where they would drop the money, but we all know that the demand is unrealistic. Where do they expect the families to get N1.2bn from?”. He also said that landlords in all the estates had started a series of meetings to try and find a way to solve the incident, saying this was unprecedented in the community.

Meanwhile, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 2 Police Command, Lagos, Abdulmajid Ali, has raised a tactical rescue team to go after the hoodlums and rescue the victims unhurt.

A statement by the spokesperson for the command, Muyiwa Adejobi read “The AIG who gave the directive to the team which comprises trained and versatile police operatives and ICT experts from Lagos and Ogun commands and Force Headquarters Abuja, has described the incident as unfortunate and totally condemned.”

“AIG Abdulmajid Ali wishes to assure the relations of the victims and general public of timely and successful rescue operation as the police have clues to the incident. And that the hoodlums, who have no hiding place, will be apprehended. He also assures the residents of the area of adequate security.”

“The police boss therefore appeals to the relations of the victims and the general public to support the police with useful information on the rescue operation while he works assiduously with the two commissioners of Police in Lagos and Ogun and other stakeholders to rescue the victims and sustain the fight against kidnapping and other crimes within the zonal command.”

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If You Can’t Swim, You Will Not Be Promoted – Nigerian Navy Tells Personnel

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Proficiency in swimming is now a prerequisite for promotion in the Nigerian Navy

From now on, personnel of the Nigerian Navy, who do not acquire proficiency in swimming, may not be promoted to the next rank, the naval authorities have declared.

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This declaration was brought to light by the outgoing Commandant of the Nigerian Navy Ship, Quorra (NNS QUORRA) Commodore Francis Isaac.

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Speaking at the valedictory parade organized for him in Apapa, Lagos after his recent appointment as the Deputy Chief, Defence Space Agency in Abuja, Isaac said the directive was given by the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas, to check drowning during operations.

He said: “As way of reemphasising the importance of swimming, the CNS gave an order that all personnel must be able to swim and acquire a proficiency certificate.

“There are criteria that must be met; it is not just going to any swimming pool to be certified. There are certain criteria and that has become a requirement for promotion.”

There are shocking reports emanating from within the Force that majority of its personnel, including senior and junior cadre do not know how to swim.

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Maiduguri Now More Secure Than Lagos And Abuja – Gov. Shettima

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Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has lauded the Nigerian military for the role it played in the security situation in the state, adding that the state capital, Maiduguri, is now more secure than Lagos and Abuja.

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Speaking to NAN on Sunday, the governor also assured that with the return of peace, his administration would unfold a developmental agenda in the next few months.

His words: “Maiduguri is more secured than even Lagos or Abuja. There are 2 million people living in Maiduguri;  we celebrated Sallah without any incident.”

“By the grace of God, we are poised for a great change.

“Believe me, in the next couple of months, you will see changes in the fortunes of the people of the state.”

In an attempt to show his unalloyed confidence in the efforts of the military, Shettima stated that he had abandoned his bulletproof cars, and that only his guests who are afraid to move around without such vehicles, make use of them.

He continued: “We have to dare the terrorists; I have bullet proof cars, but I do not use them; I want to be exposed to the elements as the ordinary people do.”

“We have so many bullet proof cars but we only use them for our guests.

“Sometimes I drive myself round the town to see things for myself.”

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2016 Emmys Red Carpet: Check Out Our Best Dressed Celebrities

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The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on the 19th of September.

See our best looks from the red carpet below!

Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross
Michelle Dockery

Michelle Dockery
Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell
Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and Millie Bobby Brown

Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and Millie Bobby Brown
Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi
Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi
Emily Ratajkowski

Emily Ratajkowski
Aimee Teegarden

Aimee Teegarden
Trevor Jackson

Trevor Jackson
Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor
Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra
Regina King

Regina King
Gwendoline Christie

Gwendoline Christie
Trace Lysette

Trace Lysette
Reggie Watts

Reggie Watts
Alexandra Billings

Alexandra Billings
Joanne Froggatt

Joanne Froggatt
Hari Nef

Hari Nef
Felicity Huffman

Felicity Huffman
Sarah Hyland

Sarah Hyland
Ellie Kemper

Ellie Kemper
Kathryn Hann

Kathryn Hann
Melora Hardin

Melora Hardin
Tori Kelly

Tori Kelly
Emily Robinson

Emily Robinson
Niecy Nash

Niecy Nash
Rhea Seehorn

Rhea Seehorn
Shiri Appleby

Shiri Appleby
Ross Matthews

Ross Matthews

 

Claire Danes

Claire Danes
Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke
Abigail Spencer

Abigail Spencer
Mandy Moore

Mandy Moore
Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington

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All The Winners From The 2016 Emmy Awards

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The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards held on the 18th of September, 2016 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

It was a big night once again for HBO as two of it shows won big. Game Of Thrones won easily in the drama categories. Veep also won big in the comedy categories.

The biggest winner on the night was FX’s limited series The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, which took home 5 awards.

Outstanding Drama Series
Game Of Thrones • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; 360
Television and Startling Television

Outstanding Comedy Series
Veep • HBO • HBO Entertainment

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Orphan Black • BBC America • Temple Street Productions in association with BBC America and Bell
Media’s SPACE
Tatiana Maslany as Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Helena, Rachel, M.K., Krystal

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Mr. Robot • USA • USA Network in association with Universal Cable Productions and Anonymous
Content
Rami Malek as Elliot

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Bloodline • Netflix • Sony Pictures Television in association with KZK Productions for Netflix
Ben Mendelsohn as Danny Rayburn

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Game Of Thrones • Battle Of The Bastards • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with
Bighead, Littlehead; 360 Television and Startling Television
Miguel Sapochnik, Directed by

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Downton Abbey • PBS • A Carnival Films/MASTERPIECE co-production in association with
NBCUniversal
Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Game Of Thrones • Battle Of The Bastards • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with
Bighead, Littlehead; 360 Television and Startling Television
David Benioff, Written by
D.B. Weiss, Written by

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
Key & Peele • Comedy Central • Cindylou, Monkeypaw Productions, Martel & Roberts Productions,
Principato-Young Entertainment, Central Productions

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special
Grease: Live • FOX • Paramount Television
Thomas Kail, Directed by
Alex Rudzinski, Live Television Direction by

Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Sixteen String
Jack Productions and Avalon Television

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special
Patton Oswalt: Talking For Clapping • Netflix • Generate
Patton Oswalt, Written by

Outstanding Limited Series
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story • FX Networks • Fox 21 Television Studios, FX
Productions

Outstanding Television Movie
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (Masterpiece) • PBS • Hartswood Films for BBC One in
co-production with MASTERPIECE

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series Or Movie
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story • FX Networks • Fox 21 Television Studios, FX
Productions
Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series Or Movie
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story • FX Networks • Fox 21 Television Studios, FX
Productions
Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series Or Movie
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story • FX Networks • Fox 21 Television Studios, FX
Productions
Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special
The Night Manager • AMC • Ink Factory
Susanne Bier, Directed by

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series Or Movie
American Crime • ABC • ABC Studios
Regina King as Terri Lacroix

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story • Marcia, Marcia, Marcia • FX Networks • Fox 21
Television Studios, FX Productions
D.V. DeVincentis, Written by

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
The Voice • NBC • MGM Television, Talpa Media USA, Inc. and Warner Horizon Television
John De Mol, Executive Producer
Mark Burnett, Executive Producer
Audrey Morrissey, Executive Producer
Jay Bienstock, Executive Producer
Lee Metzger, Executive Producer
Chad Hines, Executive Producer
Kyra Thompson, Co-Executive Producer
Amanda Zucker, Co-Executive Producer
Mike Yurchuk, Co-Executive Producer
Anthea Bhargava, Supervising Producer
Keith Dinielli, Supervising Producer
May Johnson, Supervising Producer
Clyde Lieberman, Supervising Producer
Teddy Valenti, Supervising Producer
Ashley Baumann-Sylvester, Senior Producer
Kyley Tucker, Senior Producer
Carson Daly, Producer
Barton Kimball, Producer
Michelle McNulty, Producer
Brittany Martin Porter, Producer

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Transparent • Amazon • Amazon Studios
Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Veep • HBO • HBO Entertainment
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Transparent • Man On The Land • Amazon • Amazon Studios
Jill Soloway, Directed by

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Saturday Night Live • NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway
Video
Kate McKinnon as Various characters

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Master Of None • Parents • Netflix • Universal Television, Oh Brudder Productions, Alan Yang
Productions, Fremulon Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment
Aziz Ansari, Written by
Alan Yang, Written by

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Baskets • FX Networks • FX Productions
Louie Anderson as Christine Baskets

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Tim Sherwood Suprised By Tottenham’s Sale Of Nacer Chadli 

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​Tim Sherwood has revealed he was surprised was Tottenham sold Nacer Chadli, a player he feels could be the difference for West Brom.

Nacer Chadli’s man-of-the-match display in West Brom’s 4-2 win over West Ham certainly caught the eye of Sherwood, who was impressed with the Belgian during his time in charge at White Hart Lane.

“Nacer Chadli is a fantastic signing, Tony Pulis has done brilliantly to get him to the football club,” Sherwood told Goals on Sunday. “I think he’s a great signing for them, he gives them a little bit of guile.

“I had him at Tottenham, Nacer – he affects the football match, he can assist and he can score and I was very surprised that Tottenham let him go to be perfectly honest.”

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Jidenna Covers The Latest Issue Of ThisDay Style Magazine

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Hip Hop artiste Jidenna didn’t leave Nigeria before getting interviewed by ThisDay Style magazine.

He’s the cover star of the magzine’s latest issue. In the interview, the Classic Man singer talks about his style, his ideal woman and the characteristics he would like to see in her.

READ: VIDEO: Jidenna – Becoming (Vevo LIFT)

Jidenna covers ThisDay Style

“I don’t think I could be with any woman who did not know how to run a business and cook Jollof Rice” he said.

For the full interview however , get the latest issue of ThisDay Style magazine. He was interviewed by Konye Chelsea Nwabogor and also styled by Yummie Ogbebor.

Photography by TY Bello.

 

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Nigerian Troops Rescue 43 Boko Haram Hostages, Recover 500 Cows

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Troops of the Nigerian Army have rescued 43 abducted persons with over 500 cows recovered from the confinement of fleeing militants of Boko Haram sect in Mafa.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said the army secured the rescue of the victims after eight suspected Boko Haram terrorists abducted some cattle rearers and livestock at gunpoint at Dalakalari general area, Mafa Local Government Area.

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According to him, following ‘tip-off’ from well meaning citizens on Sunday morning, the military then swung into action and pursued the terrorists.

On sensing danger, the insurgents fled and abandoned the cattle before Panamru village. The troops were able to rescue 43 persons and 500 cows taken by the terrorists.

The victims and the recovered cows have been handed over to the local authorities.

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