Diddy Donates $1Million To Alma Mater, Howard University

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The rapper said that the money was to be used to start The Sean Combs Scholarship Fund, a scheme that would help students pay off their financial aid.  The Bad Boy CEO presented the giant check to Howard University president Dr. Wayne Frederick on stage at the Verizon Center.

 

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One of the biggest blessings is getting the chance to one day be able to give back, and to support the people that supported you… If I didn’t get some help, I wouldn’t be where I’m at today.” Diddy Said.

The rapper and business mogul dropped out of the University after just two years in the 1990s, but was awarded an honorary doctorate from the school in 2014.”I didn’t graduate from Howard. I was blessed to get my honorary degree but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Because the only reason why I was able to chase my dreams was the empowerment that Howard gave me, the support that they gave me, the first two years.” Combs repeatedly referred to the University as “home” during the presentation, saying that the first day he stepped on campus it was “like heaven. You know heaven… I mean, that’s the best way, it’s so much love. It’s an indescribable place, you have to see it.

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Dr Frederick said the university will start awarding the scholarships in the fall of 2017 to undergraduates pursuing a business degree who maintain a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate a financial need. The recipients of the Sean Combs Scholarship will also be assigned a mentor from Combs Enterprises and spend a summer interning with Bad Boy Entertainment or Combs’ Revolt Media & TV network.

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Watch! A’rese Talks ‘A Night At The Kazbah’ And Why She Loves Lagos

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A few months ago The Voice Nigeria came to TV screens in Nigeria and other parts of Africa, and after an exciting live finale, A’rese emerged the first ever winner!

Shortly after this Smooth 98.1FM announced to us that A’rese would be performing at its upcoming music concert “A Night at the Kazbah”.

Yesterday she went on Instagram to talk about how excited she is to be performing at “A Night at The Kazbah”, her first live music concert.

A’rese will be opening for soulful house trio Mi Casa and headline performer South African singer songwriter and guitarist Jonathan Butler.

WATCH VIDEO HERE

For those who don’t know a lot about her and are asking themselves, “who is A’rese?” Here are 3 quick facts about this beautiful soulful vocal powerhouse:

  1. A’rese developed her passion for performing from an early age. She is classically trained in piano, flute, and dance (ballet, modern jazz and aerial)
  2. In the course of her career, A’rese has been cast in several musical theatre productions in the US and Nigeria. She most recently starred in BAP Productions’ ‘Wakaa the Musical’.
  3. Her rendition of Adele’s ‘Skyfall’ on The Voice Nigeria was her first big step towards herself discovery as an individual music artist.

Catch her live at the 2nd edition of ‘A Night at the Kazbah’ on the 22nd of October, 2016. See details below:

Date: Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
Time: 6PM
Venue: Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island. Lagos.

Tickets are now on sale and come in three tiers; Prestige VIP Package for N500,000 (each pack comes with 10 invitations and access to the VIP Prestige Lounge) Premium Tickets (N20,000) and Standard Tickets (N10,000). Get your tickets online at Afritickets.com, Ariiyatickets.com and Naijaticketshop.com or call our Ticket Hotlines +2349053847168 and +2349053847169.

Our Official Ticket Outlets include Terakulture, Jazzhole and Smooth FM Studios.

To follow the conversation #ANightAtTheKazbah on Social Media or on our social media pages @Smooth981 for Instagram @smooth981fm for Twitter and Facebook.

Love Music Love Life by visiting us on www.smooth981.fm/anightatthekazbah and tuning in everyday to Smooth 98.1 FM.

DON’T MISS IT!

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360Downloads: Nasty_C – Bad Hair

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South African rapper – Nsikayesizwe David Ngcobo, better known by his stage name Nasty C releases the “Bad Hair” album.

After much anticipation, Nasty C has finally released his album dubbed “Bad Hair”, and he puts it out for free. The album houses sixteen [16] tracks, including an interlude.

With guest features inclusive of Boss Zonke aka Rick Rick, Erick Rush, Tshego, Omari, Tellaman and Rowlene …The body of work which appears to be; the most awaited album in South Africa turns out to be the definition of “worth the wait”.

With his current standard in the South African music scene, Nasty C uses this one to appreciate the love he’s receiving from the fans.

Stream and Download mp3 of Bad Hair by Nasty C below

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Finally! Flavour Reveals Love Of His Life

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The Enugu born highlife singer was in Nairobi, Kenya recently for the recording of Coke Studio Africa, which is set to begin airing soon.

During his session on the studio, the “Ada Ada” crooner took to Coca-Cola Nigeria’s facebook page @cocacolanigeria to share his musical experience and guess what he dropped the line about the love of his life.

Asked who is favourite partner is, Flavour revealed “Music”.

There you have it… Flavour is in love with Music…Now, what were you expecting? Lol.

It’s no surprise, though, Flavour has always made it known that he doesn’t have time for women right now.

Last year, the singer in an interview with The Punch Newspaper stated that he has no plans for marriage at the moment because his career is very demanding.

Apparently, he is still holding his ground on the matter.

Flavour will be pairing with Angolan Yuri da Cunha and up-and-coming Congolese musician Sosey on Coke studio 4.

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PHOTOS: Aramide Thrills at Calgary

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The award winning Afro-Soul Diva, Aramide who was hosted in Calgary last week performed in Canada for the first time, and they who were nothing but excited to hear her play.

The musician performed some of her fans favorites from “Iwo Nikan” to “Love me” and her latest single “Funmilowo”

“All through my career, I’ve had people tell me my brand of music won’t do well in Nigeria. ‘Tweak your sound’, ‘Make it danceable’ they said. But I am glad I’ve stuck to doing what i know how to do. I am glad about the acceptance of all my singles, everything i have put out has been widely accepted even when we thought Nigerians won’t accept it. Right now, Alternative Music is the new cool and i am glad to be one of the very few who hold the key to the new era of Nigerian music and i am glad that we are finally being recognised. #dearNaijaalternativeartiste your music will be heard. Don’t follow the crowd, BE DIFFERENT!” She says on IG

Here are some interesting pictures from the show.

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Conte: Terry Won’t Play Against Arsenal

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Antonio Conte has reported that John Terry will not be playing in Chelsea’s match against Arsenal, as he continues recovery from an ankle injury.

The Chelsea captain suffered an injury in the 2-2 draw against Swansea and subsequently missed the 2-1 loss against Liverpool.

Terry was expected to return to action within 10 days, but is still not fit enough to make the return.

Speaking at Friday’s press conference, manager Antonio Conte said: “Terry didn’t recover for this game. I don’t know when he will be back.

“We have three centre backs and it’s normal to have to make a choice when you are at a club like Chelsea. It’s not a problem.”

Conte added: “This is a big game between two big rivals and it’s important to play a good game, especially after our game against Liverpool.

“We face a good team and I’m sure Arsenal will fight until the end to win the title. They are a good team with young players who are a good technical, footballing team.

“I’m sure that we are working to try and improve, and reach a high level in every game. It’s normal when you start work with a new team that you need time, but I’m confident about this and we can improve.”

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Conte: Terry Won’t Play Against Arsenal

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Antonio Conte has reported that John Terry will not be playing in Chelsea’s match against Arsenal, as he continues recovery from an ankle injury.

The Chelsea captain suffered an injury in the 2-2 draw against Swansea and subsequently missed the 2-1 loss against Liverpool.

Terry was expected to return to action within 10 days, but is still not fit enough to make the return.

Speaking at Friday’s press conference, manager Antonio Conte said: “Terry didn’t recover for this game. I don’t know when he will be back.

“We have three centre backs and it’s normal to have to make a choice when you are at a club like Chelsea. It’s not a problem.”

Conte added: “This is a big game between two big rivals and it’s important to play a good game, especially after our game against Liverpool.

“We face a good team and I’m sure Arsenal will fight until the end to win the title. They are a good team with young players who are a good technical, footballing team.

“I’m sure that we are working to try and improve, and reach a high level in every game. It’s normal when you start work with a new team that you need time, but I’m confident about this and we can improve.”

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Zidane: Casemiro Is Unique In His Position

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Zinedine Zidane has admitted there’s no player at the club that can play in Casemiro’s position, as he recovers from injury.

The Brazilian midfielder suffered a broken fibula in the 2-0 win over Espanyol and could be out for three weeks.

Casemiro’s compatriot Marcelo will also miss Saturday’s La Liga trip to Las Palmas, having limped out of Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against Villarreal with a calf problem.

“I’ve always worried when players get injured,” said Zidane, who saw hopes of a record La Liga winning run scuppered by the midweek draw.

“Especially when they are players who are in the starting line-up, like Marcelo and Casemiro,”

“At the end of the day, we can’t do anything about it. I hope the injuries are not as important as they seem and they are back quicker than we think. We have got a big squad to make changes and that is what we are going to do.

“You [reporters] don’t see clear substitutes for those players, but I do. I know who is going to play, let’s see tomorrow.

“In the end you have to plan from game to game. You can try to plan long-term, but things happen – like the injuries to Marcelo and Casemiro – and it changes everything.

“It’s clear that perhaps in the position of Casemiro there is no one exactly like him, but we will just make some changes and be a little bit different.”

Despite Madrid lacking Casemiro’s enforcing qualities for the immediate future, Zidane insists their overall plan will not alter.

“It’s not going to be different without Casemiro, our idea is always the same depending on the possession we have,” he explained.

“Our idea is to get the ball, play in the opposition half – do these kind of things. So we will see if we do any differently, but the idea is always the same. It doesn’t matter which player plays.”

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Zidane: Casemiro Is Unique In His Position

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Zinedine Zidane has admitted there’s no player at the club that can play in Casemiro’s position, as he recovers from injury.

The Brazilian midfielder suffered a broken fibula in the 2-0 win over Espanyol and could be out for three weeks.

Casemiro’s compatriot Marcelo will also miss Saturday’s La Liga trip to Las Palmas, having limped out of Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against Villarreal with a calf problem.

“I’ve always worried when players get injured,” said Zidane, who saw hopes of a record La Liga winning run scuppered by the midweek draw.

“Especially when they are players who are in the starting line-up, like Marcelo and Casemiro,”

“At the end of the day, we can’t do anything about it. I hope the injuries are not as important as they seem and they are back quicker than we think. We have got a big squad to make changes and that is what we are going to do.

“You [reporters] don’t see clear substitutes for those players, but I do. I know who is going to play, let’s see tomorrow.

“In the end you have to plan from game to game. You can try to plan long-term, but things happen – like the injuries to Marcelo and Casemiro – and it changes everything.

“It’s clear that perhaps in the position of Casemiro there is no one exactly like him, but we will just make some changes and be a little bit different.”

Despite Madrid lacking Casemiro’s enforcing qualities for the immediate future, Zidane insists their overall plan will not alter.

“It’s not going to be different without Casemiro, our idea is always the same depending on the possession we have,” he explained.

“Our idea is to get the ball, play in the opposition half – do these kind of things. So we will see if we do any differently, but the idea is always the same. It doesn’t matter which player plays.”

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Lagos Police Kill Student While Chasing Internet Fraudster

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Policemen of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Lagos State mistakenly shot and killed a young man at the Ogoja Market, LASU-Igando Road, Lagos State.

The young man, named Eldanojie Joseph, was later discovered to be an undergraduate of a Polytechnic in Edo State. The 20-year-old student of Business Administration was in Lagos to visit his cousin, Friday Ojah, who lived on Alape Street, Iba Ojo, when he was hit by a stray bullet from a police gun.

It has been discovered that the police operatives were chasing a suspected Internet fraudster, only identified as Badoo, who had parked his car and fled immediately he saw the officers. The policemen were said to have started shooting sporadically. Unfortunately, Joseph, an Edo State indigene, who had gone out to buy a drink with his cousin, was hit by a stray bullet.

To make matters worse, eyewitnesses reported that the officers took Joseph’s corpse, dumped it in the boot of the suspected fraudster’s car and drove off. Joseph’s cousin, Ojah, said that the police, in a bid to cover up their gruesome mistake, said Joseph was a cult member.

He said, We grew up and attended the same primary and secondary schools together. He gained admission into a polytechnic in Edo State, while I am still processing my admission into the same school.” He explained that Joseph had only arrived in Lagos about three weeks ago.

“Around 9.30am on Monday, we strolled out to buy a can of soft drink. We were returning home when we learnt that some policemen were chasing somebody. We decided to go through the back of the market. As we turned back, my brother was hit by a bullet in the head and he fell down immediately. As I tried to call for help, I saw that the policeman that shot him had aimed his gun at me. I fled the place immediately.”

He said the officers put the lifeless body of Joseph into the boot of the fraudster’s car and drove away. It was gathered that the SARS team that conducted the operation alleged that the victim was a cult member and he had attempted to shoot at them when they fired back. But Ojah quickly shot down this narrative “But it was all lies. He only had the canned drink we bought, a phone charger and a handset on him when the incident happened. The police lied to cover up their misdeed,” He added.

The policemen on the team that killed the victim were identified as Lucky and Oganla.

A family friend of the victim, Mr Saheed Sanni, who is also a legal practitioner has said the policemen must be arrested and brought to book.

He said, “Cases like this, involving SARS officers, have become rampant in the state. They kill with impunity and believe they can always get away with it. Whereas Section 33 of the 1999 Constitution protects the sanctity of human lives and prescribes punishment for violation of that sanctity. You cannot just take anybody’s life without a court order or judgment. We are taking up the case and justice must be done.”

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Tribute To Patience And Nigeria’s Other First Ladies

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Tribute To Patience And Nigeria’s Other First Ladies…., By Azu Ishiekwene

It’s not nice to speak badly of first ladies. Not nice at all. Not because they will send you to jail or castrate you as a few of them could some time ago, but I guess there’s a quiet social taboo that just restrains us from throwing the kitchen sink at the mothers of the nation.

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

Once in a while though, the gloves come off. It did for Turai Yar’Adua, widow of Nigeria’s former President, Umaru.

Turai was not Hillary Clinton who annoyed US voters during Bill’s campaign by telling them that by voting her husband they will get two for the price of one.

Turai stayed in her place. Things began to get complicated when Yar’Adua took ill months into his presidency. Out of the “maternal” instinct to save her husband from those she thought were taking advantage of his illness, Turai grabbed power one lever at a time until she transformed into the single most formidable powerhouse in and outside government.

Famously called and revered as the head of The Cabal, she chased many men out of town, among whom some mischievous persons even named Nasir El-Rufai a former minister and now governor of Kaduna State Governor, considered by many as a terror in his own right.

Well, if you could not mess with Turai, Maryam Abacha was another matter. Perhaps because she had a husband who was more than enough trouble for one country, she did not need to wield her power to use it. But it was unmistakably there. It was said in some circles that “trespassers” of her conjugal space did not get a second chance. Those who knew her as first lady told me that not only was she the steely matriarch of the home front, you prayed not to cross her path or for her to even suspect you could.

That was where Maryam Babangida was different. Nigeria’s first lady between 1985 and 1993 courted power, embraced it and used it like a goddess. In a report, one journalist said, “she was like a Roman empress on a throne, regal and resplendent in a stone-studded flowing outfit that defied description.” That was at one outing alone. For eight years when she reigned, she redefined trend and fashion before haute couture discovered the real meaning of the words.

The glam she brought to the office of first lady, which sometimes gave the impression that she was on a mission to rescue Nigerian women from bondage at any cost, would later become her nemesis.

She was liked as much as she was despised for her charm offensive. Human rights lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi, challenged Maryam Babangida’s massive spending on a slew of pet projects and the glamorisation of the office of first lady. But whatever Gani and public opinion did to rein in the first lady, she had already set a bar in wasteful public spending, which her successors only tried to overcome by copying.

In 1999, former President Olusegun Obasanjo entered office vowing there would be no place for the office of first lady. His late wife, Stella, did not waste her time arguing. What’s the point? Every smart woman knows that the man may have his say, but she will have her way. And every smart first lady also knows, to paraphrase Jackie Kennedy, that you deal first with the chase, and later, the conquest.

Stella kept her peace. One fight at a time, she would later secure a place in the presidency for her pet projects beyond Obasanjo’s wildest dream. With that accomplishment also came a huge share of public controversy, over her role in the N38 billion 8th All African Games (COJA); the $21 million contracts for broadcast equipment, and not a few other less visible but no less troubling matters.

It would seem that as controversies go, however, no first lady in recent times could compete with the immediate past first lady, Patience Fakabelema Jonathan. She appears to combine the best and worst of all former first ladies put together and still brings to the table a touch of her own.

As we say in my neck of the woods, di woman pass me!

After observing her years in the presidential villa from a safe distance, I could have sworn that her greatest gifts were her language repertoire, her overdone fashion sense, and of course, her incredible talent for drama.

But from what is coming out of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission today, it would seem that I had missed the best part of the former first lady’s gifts – she is possessed of suicidal courage.

If any former Nigerian first lady had been remotely mentioned in a $15 million (N6.3 billion) money laundering case – an amount that could clear the salary arrears of a few distressed states – I imagine that they would buy acres of newspaper pages to distance themselves from it.

When it was reported, for example, that Maryam Abacha filled 38 suitcases with $66 million cash, which she allegedly planned to move out of the country after her husband’s fall, she issued a furious denial. And when TELL magazine published an expose on Stella’s alleged multimillion dollar COJA contracts in 2003, the Villa used the SSS to mop up every copy in town.

Not even Imelda Marcos, the matriarch of wayward first ladies wanted to be publicly named for her shenanigans.

Why did Patience do it? Why is she taking on the EFCC, even threatening to sue the agency over a matter that she was not a party to in court? I can only think of suicidal courage as her motivation, a gift, which appears to be at odds with her husband’s meekness.

Di woman pass me.

If her Special Adviser for Domestic Affairs, Waripamowei Dudafa, fraudulently opened five accounts, which he filled with dollars all the time and she was not a signatory to the accounts being investigated and the companies in whose names the accounts were opened have admitted the crime, why is she making a fuss about it?

OK, she says part of the money caught up in the mess is for her medical treatment. If that is the case, she will have to explain to the authorities how many years salary, allowance, pension, bonus, gratuity and padding of first ladyship adds up to $15 million.

And since it is obviously a time to settle accounts, a good place to start would be the N104 million, which the EFCC seized from her in 2006, when she was the “first lady” of Bayelsa State.

As Patience would have said to any first lady who finds herself in her untidy predicament, trouble dey sleep

Azu Ishiekwene is the MD/Editor-In-Chief The Interview and a board member of the Global Editors Network.

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

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The Chef Dish Food Festival | 9 Days To Go!

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The Chef Dish Food Festival is now 9 days to go and all our vendors are geared up and ready to tantalise your taste buds with great food, drinks and Made in Nigeria goods.

READ MORE HERE: Chef Dish Food Festival | The Independence Edition To Hold On 2nd Oct. 2016

From Oh so Nutrition to Indigo Restaurant, Earth Blend Africa to Ette BBq by Chef Ette; there is something for everyone. American food favourites like burgers to spicy curries, milkshakes to smoothies. Candy floss and popcorn for the kids. The list goes on.

Discover a tantalising array of cuisines from the best restaurants and chefs in Lagos

Discover a tantalising array of cuisines from the best restaurants and chefs in Lagos

Sample signature dishes, drinks and desserts from the best chefs, caterers, restaurants and bars Lagos has to offer.

Live cooking demos by Chef Nylah, Chef Niyi and Chef Dish.

With over 15 food and drink vendors chosen from our local community of restaurants and artisan producers including a kids entertainment corner with bouncy castles, culinary playroom and lots more (jingle attached)

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Flood Kills Three People In Kano

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The Kano State Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation Agency (SERARA) on Friday said that three persons have been killed due to flooding in the state in 2016.

The Executive Secretary of the Agency, Alhaji Aliyu Bashir, said that the figure opposes the figure given by the Northwest zone of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) earlier this year which put the number of deaths at 18.

He added that out of the three people, two died in Bebeji Local Government Area of the state, while the remaining one died in Kiru Local Government Area.

Alhaji Bashir said no fewer than 3, 500 houses were destroyed by flood between July and August, while food and cash crops worth millions of Naira were washed away by the flood during the period.

Also, he added that nine local government areas were affected by flood this year. These local government areas are Bebeji, Dawakin Kudu, Kiru, Shanono, Bagwai, Garun-Malam, Kano Municipal, Bichi and Takai.

He said the agency had since sent officials to all the affected areas to try to assess the damage caused by the disaster. He explained that they would compile a comprehensive report on the disaster for submission to the state government and the National Emergency Management Agency for necessary assistance to the victims.

The executive secretary disclosed that the state government had recently released N2.9 million for all victims of flooding in Warawa local government area of the state and that the government had to immediately assist the flood victims in Warawa because of the magnitude of the disaster.

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Antalyaspor: Samuel Eto’o Dropped By His Club Over Racism Post

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Turkish top-flight football club, Antalyaspor, on Wednesday, announced the dropping of Samuel Eto’o from their squad until further notice, in a bitter row over his post on social media.

The former captain of Cameroon had written on his Instagram account:

“Reminder –perhaps some people do not feel respect for me because I am black.”

But I am not going to come down from the level I have reached. I have been in this game for 18 years,”

In another post, the 35-year-old former Barcelona star denied that the criticism was aimed at Antalyaspor chairman Ali Safak Ozturk, BBC News reports.

READ ALSO: Samuel Eto’o Gets Wedded To His Beau In Italy

Eto’o called Ozturk his “brother” in his second Instagram post, adding that the Turkish people had supported him “wholeheartedly”.

“My message was to a person who criticises me unjustly for years and while he continues his criticisms, I kept winning trophies,” Eto’o wrote.

But that did not stop Ozturk from wielding the stick of criticism on him, as the Antalyaspor chairman lambasted Eto’o for his performances earlier in the season.

He said: “No player is above the interests of Antalyaspor. Everyone must know their place.”

The Turkish club also issued a statement stating that Eto’o would have a separate training programme until his case was heard by their executive board.

The tensions have been compounded by a dreadful start to the new season which has seen Antalyaspor taken just one point from four matches.

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Niger-Delta Militant Groups Warn EFCC: “Don’t Prosecute Dame Patience Jonathan”

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Militant groups in the Niger Delta have warned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, against prosecuting the former first lady, Patience Jonathan.

The Ijaw Youth Congress (IYC) President, Mr. Udengs Eradiri, has urged the agency to stop its media trial of Mrs Jonathan and instead follow due process in its war against corruption. Mr Eradiri, speaking with reporters said that just like other First Ladies in the country, Mrs Jonathan should not have to answer any questions from the EFCC as she got her wealth through gratification and ‘thank you’ gifts from those who seek her help.

“Now, if you say Patience Jonathan should go and tell us how she made $1 million, then you must first of all start with other First Ladies, otherwise, it’s a witch-hunt. Patience Jonathan got her wealth from thank you and there is nowhere in the law that says we should not receive thank you gifts. So, EFCC should stop this nonsense.”

READ: 23 Niger Delta Militants Killed In Fierce Gun Battle With Troops Of ‘Crocodile Smile’

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Mr Eradiri also questioned the EFCC about the whereabouts of funds allegedly recovered from ex-Governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, saying that such funds should be paid into Bayelsa’s account, as it could help the state’s economy.

He said: “Bayelsa State money is in their coffers; we want our money back. Those are the issues they should be focusing on, returning stolen funds back to states so that those states can use the money to boost their economy and not using the instruments of the state to witch-hunt the former first family, especially former President Goodluck Jonathan.”

Also, a militant group, with the backing of the Niger Delta Peoples Professional Volunteer Force (NDPPVF),  has threatened to attack  if for any reason the ex- first lady is arrested.

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Mikel: I Told Moses To Stay Put

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Mikel has revealed that he asked compatriot, Victor Moses not to leave Chelsea on loan to Liverpool, Stoke and West Ham. But concedes he has learnt a lot in his time away.

The Nigeria international never listened to Mikel and went in search of regular play time. However, Antonio Conte has made use of him regularly this season.

The 25-year-old winger has appeared in all of the Blues’ first seven matches this term, but Mikel believes that he could have forced his way into the team much sooner.

“I always told him: ‘Where are you going?’ every time he goes away,” Mikel told Goal. “‘Where are you going? I mean, you always go out on loan, but why? Stay here and fight, you are a very good player, a young player. You are quick, you are strong, you are fast, you can dribble, where are you going? Why are you always running away from this football club?’

“Every time I talk to him, he says he wants to play football and I think he has found a manager who will give him time, who believes he has got a lot to offer the team. I think he is ready to take up that challenge as well. I think it is the right time for Vic to be here.

“I think, if he was here another time, I don’t think he would have made it, but I think that this is the right time for him.”

Mikel believes that Conte has drawn a previously unseen work ethic out of his fellow Nigerian and expects Moses to get even better over the campaign.

“He looks to me a changed player, a player who wants to be here,” the midfielder added. “He wants to work hard in training because before that has been the big problem with Victor – he doesn’t train well and then the managers don’t want to play him.

“I think Vic is a totally changed player. He trains well and you can see that. In the games, when he plays, he plays really well. Vic is going to have a very, very good season this season. So I wish him well.”

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2 Soldiers Die As Troops Kill I5 Boko Haram Militants In Abadam

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Troops of the Nigerian Army have killed 15 Boko Haram members who launched an attack on them in Abadam village, Borno State – with  2 soldiers paying the supreme price.

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A statement issued by the Army spokesperson, Colonel Sani Usman, said the insurgents launched the attack at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday.

The statement read:

Troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE Task Force Battle Group and Multinational Joint Task Force presently harbouring in Abadam village dealt decisively with elements of Boko Haram that attempted to attack on their location.

The attack which was launched by the terrorist group at about 6:30 am today, Thursday 22nd September 2016 and it lasted for about 2 hours.

During the fierce battle, the troops killed 15 of the insurgents, with many escaping with gunshot wounds.

Sadly however 2 soldiers paid the supreme price in action while 4 others were wounded in action.

The bodies of our late colleagues and the wounded have since been evacuated.

The gallant troops recovered weapons and ammunitions from the insurgents. These includes, 1 Gun truck, one 60mm Mortar tube, seven 60mm Mortar bomb, a General Purpose Machine (GPMG), 3 damaged AK 47 Rifle, 4 Bandoliers of Anti-Aircraft rounds of ammunition.

The troops have continued mop up and clearance operations of the remnants of the terrorists.

They have also intensified vigilance and high level of alertness.

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Environmental Sanitation Exercise Holds Tomorrow In Lagos

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The Lagos State Government has declared that the monthly environmental sanitation exercise for the month of September will hold tomorrow, September 24, from 7a.m. to 10a.m..

Speaking on behalf of the state government, the State Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, urged Lagosians to come out en-mass tomorrow to get rid of the drains in their neighbourhood so as to ensure free flow of rain water.

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p class=”story-body-text”>According to him, in line with the state’s zero tolerance policy on violation of its environmental laws, and the on-going “Operation Clean Lagos” campaign, this month’s exercise will also involve advocacy visits to flood plain areas.

“Lagos being a coastal State with high water levels and flat terrain is susceptible to flooding. We must therefore imbibe habits which will reduce to the barest minimum the incidence of flooding, which has so far been contained in the state,” he said.

The commissioner also explained that flash flooding maybe experienced in some parts of the state, but would disappear within a short period of time after rainfall.

Adejare further cautioned inter-state and luxurious bus operators, commercial transport and all other vehicle owners to comply with the restriction order on human and vehicular movement between 7a.m. to 10a.m..

The commissioner warned that anyone caught violating this order would be apprehended and prosecuted according to the state environmental sanitation laws.

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Naira Crashes To N436/$ As Dollar Scarcity Worsens

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The naira on Thursday fell to an all-time low of N436 against the United States dollar at parallel market, as against N428 it traded on Wednesday – as the scarcity of the greenback continues to persist.

Also at the interbank FX market, the local currency depreciated to N313.07 to the dollar on Thursday, from N310.08 to a dollar the previous day.

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This is even as the country’s external reserves fell further to $24.759 billion as of September 21, 2016.

The situation on the parallel market was attributed to the refusal by banks to sell dollars to Bureau de Change (BDC) operators.

The President, Association of Bureau de Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), Mr. Aminu Gwadabe, said none of his members were able to access dollars from banks as directed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

“As I speak to you, no BDC has been able to access FX since Monday. It is very unfortunate that the liquidity in the market has dried up. That is too bad for the market.”

According to economic and currency analysts, there had been no significant policy response to the fall in the reserves, further fuelling the concerns.

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In Lagos: 6 Persons Die Of Cholera After Consuming ‘Abacha’

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Six persons have been killed by cholera in Isolo Local Government Area of Lagos State after eating contaminated Abacha, a local salad, in Nigeria.

The African Salad is a mixture of cassava, palm oil, garden egg and pepper, among others.

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Speaking on the development on Thursday, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, noted that 39 other persons  were under observation and receiving treatment  at public and private health facilities in Isolo.

He said: “Six deaths were recorded among the 45 cases. Majority of the patients did not present with the classical rice-water stool, rather they presented with atypical diarrhoea and vomiting.

“After a thorough analysis of the  ano-rectal swabs that were collected from 15 cases,  vibrio cholerae was confirmed  and found to be the Ogawa strain of the virus.

“Twenty-two of the 26 that  were  being managed at the Isolo General Hospital and the Lagos Mainland Hospital have been discharged, one  died, while three are still on admission at the Lagos Mainland Hospital. The three patients are still on admission but they are in stable condition.”

The commissioner also revealed that the water and food analysis done at the Lagos State Drug Quality Control Laboratory showed that Abacha, which was consumed by many of the victims, was the source of the infection.

He continued: “The main suspected source of infection is the salad called Abacha, a staple food  that is consumed regularly in the area. Samples of the local salad and the well water they consume in the area revealed the presence of vibrio cholerae, Salmonella species and E.coli in Abacha and the water sample taken from one of the two wells in the area.”

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WBA: Golovkin-Jacobs Fight In The Works

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The World Boxing Association (WBA) has confirmed the ongoing negotiations for a fight between Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs.

The Kazakh is the current holder of the WBA ‘Super’ middleweight belt, Jacobs on the other hands holds the ‘regular’ version of the belt.

The organisation’s president Gilberto Mendoza Jr is committed to unifying its middleweight title and has revealed that talks are underway for a December 10 meeting at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

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Mendoza Jr exclusively told Sky Sports: “They are negotiating. Already, Jacobs’ handlers have sent an offer – the numbers – to [Golovkin’s promoter] Tom Loeffler. That’s what I’ve heard.

“I’m waiting. There will be a time, if nothing happens, that we will call for purse bids.

“I’m looking forward to having one champion in the division. I hope that by this time next year, we will have one champion in each division.”

Unbeaten Golovkin, fresh off a fifth-round stoppage of Kell Brook, has signalled his desire to unify the 160lbs division and Jacobs’ lesser version of the WBA belt is his first port of call.

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The WBO title, held by Billy Joe Saunders, is the only other middleweight title outside of Golovkin’s grasp but the Kazakh’s manager has suggested the Brit “isn’t serious” about a unification fight.

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Joey Barton : I’m Not Quitting Rangers

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Joey Barton insists he has unfinished business with Rangers and claims he cannot wait to rejoin Mark Warburton’s squad.

The midfielder is currently serving a three-week club suspension following a blazing row with the manager – as well as team-mate Andy Halliday – in the wake of Rangers’ humiliating 5-1 defeat to Old Firm rivals Celtic.

It appeared this would spell the end of his time in Glasgow, after just eight games for the Light Blues, but he has informed his 3.25m Twitter followers that he is determined to return to Ibrox and make his mark on the pitch.

The 34-year-old Englishman said in a series of posts: “People far too quick to write (the team) off. Celtic game was first competitive loss since 28th December. Thirty-plus games.

I’m not going anywhere, happy to be judged after the season. Can’t wait to get back and show what I’m about. Came to be successful. Nothing’s changed. Never ran from a challenge in my life. Not about to start now.”

Barton has been spending his time away from the Gers promoting his new autobiography, No Nonsense, but the former Manchester City, Newcastle, QPR and Burnley player has been irked by some of the comments directed at him online.

He said in another tweet: “If you want to buy, buy it. If you don’t, don’t. But don’t come on here moaning at me today. Have a day off.​

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Kid Cudi Ordered To Stay Away From Baby Mama

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A Judge has ruled that rapper Kid Cudi needs to stay away from his baby mama and their 6-year old daughter after she filed a restraining order.

It’s been reported that Cudi’s baby mama, Jacqueline Munyasya filed the order over fear of her life. The former G.O.O.D. Music artist allegedly sent 168 text messages to the her over a period of four days, harassing her and threatening to call child services on her which has caused her emotional distress. She claims the constant harassment has left her in fear.

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Another time, while she was attending her father’s funeral, she says he blasted her for allowing their daughter to play Pokemon Go, saying he didn’t want his child, named Vada, “hanging around a bunch of white people” and that “Vada don’t look like anyone in your family.”

The judge has granted Munyasya an order of protection against Cudi which stays in effect until August 18 2017. According to the document, Cudi is to stay way from Munyasya. He is also not allowed to communicate with her through texts, emails, phone calls or through third parties.

The drama has lasted for years after Munyasya first took Cudi to court back in a custody battle in 2010. After a back and forth battle she won primary physical custody after the musician threw in the towel. Vada was to stay with her mother while Cudi paid child support.

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West Ham Striker Andre Ayew Recovering At Former Club Marseille

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West Ham have confirmed their injured forward Andre Ayew has been receiving specialist treatment at former club Marseille.

Ayew, who joined West Ham from Swansea for a club record fee of £20.5m last month, was withdrawn 35 minutes into his Hammers’ debut against Chelsea after pulling up with a thigh problem while attempting to track back.

West Ham say it’s too early to put a time frame on his return to first team action, but he won’t need an operation and a ball will soon be introduced to his rehabilitation sessions.

The decision to let Ayew travel to France for treatment was made so that he could be closer to home while Marseille, where he has been spending 25 per cent of his time, also have equipment to benefit his recovery.​

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