A Common Sense Response To Peter Obi And Abdulmumin Jibrin’s Confessions

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A Common Sense Response To Peter Obi And Abdulmumin Jibrin’s Confessions, By Simbo Olorunfemi

It is almost impossible to catch our political elite in this game at which they are masters, unless by some miracle there is an implosion in their ranks. Unless and until there is a willingness on the part of some of them to commit political hara-kiri, the best we get are occasional glimpses into the intrigues, desperation and volume of waste that is put to play in the power-game in the circles of the elite. There is so much that the ordinary man suspects of happenings in government, but there is very little he knows of a certainty. But when there is drama in the camp, we get to know about the workings of the Okija shrines and the use to which public resources are put to.

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

When Donald Duke, years back, in a profound moment of epiphany, opened up on the intricacies that make it almost impossible to have free and fair elections in Nigeria, many were shocked. He explained how it was that the INEC State Commissioner could not but be susceptible to the tunes of the governor, as the system was designed to make him practically dependent on the governor for upkeep and the meeting of routine needs of the Commission in the state. That was before the introduction of the PVC and card-reader, but how much things have really changed is better left to the imagination. But if what we saw in many of the states in the 2015 elections, with Electoral Commissioners acting hand-in-glove with governors, not much might have changed.

In the House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin has been on a roll for a while now. He seems not only to be on a mission for immolation but to bring the ‘house’ down with him. Some say he is no hero and that he is only on this suicide mission for his own selfish interest, as he was a major part of the rot he is exposing. Perhaps, they have a point there. But who says he is one? That you blow the whistle does not necessarily make you one. But it does take plenty of guts and sacrifice to be a whistle-blower, especially in our clime. Edward Snowden and Julian Assange are seeing first-hand what it means to stand up to vested interests, in another part of the world.

In the case of Jibrin, it will be most foolish to throw this baby away with the bath-water. In fact, this baby deserves all the care and protection he can get to ensure the bath water is properly drained and processed accordingly. For who else but an insider, especially one of Jibrin’s standing, could have unearthed the level of rot that is now in the open?

Have you noticed that the National Assembly has functioned more like a cult where members take an oath to never disclose anything to do with their salaries and allowances, even with the gun to their heads? It is that troubling that once there is an outcry about happenings in the Assembly, it is usually the ex-members of the club who often show up in a stout defence of the National Assembly. Regardless of party lines, they are usually the most vociferous defenders of acts that not even hardened criminals will find justification for. But for a few we know who are not cut of this cloth, one might be tempted to conclude that the water in the National Assembly is laced with something else.

The levity with which the leadership of the two arms of the Assembly handle allegations of corruption and misconduct is such that one would think there is something in their Rule Book that assures them they are above the laws of the land. They leisurely stroll back and forth from courts, carrying on like they only visited the loo. Direct allegations of graft have been made against the Speaker of the House of Representatives and he has simply waved them off, as if they do not matter. Of course, they don’t.

He is not bothered, he says. He needs not be. He does not even need to humour us with an explanation. The question of resignation does not arise for him. He only needs to carry on exactly as he has been doing. The lead antagonist, Jibrin, has been banished from the hallowed chambers for 180 days. That will likely take more than a year, as the House hardly ever meets the constitutional requirement on the number of days it ought to sit in a year. If, with all that is in the open, members of the National Assembly will rather rally around the leadership and dig in to save themselves, what other evidence does anyone need of the depth of decay within their ranks?

It is within the context of that conspiracy of silence among the political elite that the speech by Governor Peter Obi at ‘The Platform’ on October 1 sits. You might need to have experienced government or be privy to its inner working for you to properly situate the exposé. It is a surprise that he was able to survive eight years in government without any other ‘incident’ beyond attempted impeachment, for he clearly stepped on too many entrenched and powerful toes in the civil service and political class, with the way he claimed to have run the affairs of the state.

The governor is like a god with such an elaborate temple built for him, where so many people feed, steal and waste, in pretence at pleasing him; while in reality, many more are benefiting from the institutionalisation of corruption.

Apart from the liaison offices in Abuja and Lagos maintained by many of the states, many of the State governors have the Presidential Lodge and a chain of guest houses in their State capitals, maintained at enormous expense to the government. These guest houses receive regular supply of diesel to power them, with cooks and maintenance crews catering to the needs of the residents. Most of the guests are friends of governors, friends of the friends of governors and friends of public officials. Many are resident there almost all-year round, fed and catered for, at enormous cost to the people. And that is simply how government works.

There is such an alarming culture of waste in government, with the same replicated by the different arms of government, parastatals and many of the MDAs at the federal level, that you might be forced to ask yourself if the country has not been cursed. What Governor Peter Obi did was to confirm public suspicion in graphic details. To see what use he claimed to have put savings made from his simple, common-sense measures in cutting the cost of governance and what difference it made in performance and quality of lives of the people is sobering.

Indeed, the immense power that goes with executive office in Nigeria, protected by a culture of waste and corruption is such that without political suicide in the ranks of the elite, it is almost impossible to penetrate it. That is why the insight by Peter Obi is important, if we can manage to keep our eyes on the ball.

Some are already querying his motives, questioning his politics and the morality of his engagement with President Jonathan. Fair enough. I am not a big fan of his politics either. I do not know what to make of his inability to grow APGA beyond how he met it. I will not pretend to understand the decision to commit political suicide by leave his party for the PDP. I cannot explain too how come he could not share his ‘araldite’ philosophy with President Jonathan, or at least influence the man he vigorously campaigned for, even employing some unfair tactics in the process.

However, I have known him, for a while too, as a man of means, who from what one had heard, which he has now confirmed, has chosen to live modestly and conduct himself in line with principles and values that were once cherished and celebrated in this land. It is also good to hear that he manages his family in accordance with the same principles, not indulging the children, as seems to be the fashion even for many less-endowed than the man.

Now, that old-school philosophy of frugality with a common-sense approach to the management of public funds is most needed at this time, with the downturn in revenue. A Peter Obi surgical knife to cut the cost of governance might be of use to President Buhari with him coming on-board to head a Due Process and Good Governance Commission. He should be able to strip government of all the frills, leave bare essentials and deliver on savings of trillions of naira that can be put to good use. If only the man can be cloned, would it not do wonders for another version of him to be sent to the National Assembly to shake the place up and save the nation billions expended on waste?

For now, Abdulmumin Jibrin is doing his bit, in hope that law enforcement agencies will finally step in to help the Speaker share with us how he can be so calm and confident in the face of such allegations flying all around. Abdulmumin Jibrin is no hero. He has not laid claim to being one. Not every whistle-blower is. No one says Peter Obi is a hero. But we need to do all we can to promote and encourage whistle-blowing within the ranks of the power elite. Without an implosion and many more committing to political suicide, it will be difficult to make an appreciable dent on the stranglehold of corruption.

Simbo Olorunfemi works for Hoofbeatdotcom, a Nigerian Communications Consultancy. Twitter: @simboolorunfemi

This piece was written by Simbo Olurunfemi. 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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Bayelsa Schools Remain Shut As Teachers Strike Over 7 Months’ Salary Arrears

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Public primary and secondary schools in Bayelsa have yet to resume for the 2016/2017 session because of the failure of the state government to settle their seven months salary arrears.

The teachers embarked on a strike at the end of the 2015/2016 long vacation which ended in the first week of September.

The Bayelsa chapter of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in a statement on Monday advised teachers to stay at home till their demands were met.

The union said the industrial action became inevitable after the expiration of its 21-day ultimatum to the government on Sept. 19.

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In a statement signed by the state Chairman of NUT, Mr. Kalaama Toinpre, and Secretary, Mr. Johnson Hector, the teachers condemned alleged efforts to factionalise the union.

The union said it remained the legally recognised body charged with the responsibility of agitating for the welfare of primary and secondary school teachers.

The union expressed regret that the government had reneged on an earlier agreement reached in May to pay half salaries to its workers pending improvements in the finances of the state.

It said that the state government had only paid teachers their January salary in full and half salary in February, thereby leaving arrears of seven months.

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The state Commissioner for Education, Mr. Markson Fefegha, said the government had been meeting with the teachers to resolve the issues raised by the teachers.

He said, “We have been meeting with the executive of the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools, I have been explaining to them our efforts so far in meeting our salary obligations.”

NAN

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31 Sentenced To Death In Tunisia For Attack On Minister

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At least 31 persons have been sentenced to death by a Tunisia court over an attack on the resident of the then interior minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou in 2014, a judiciary spokesman said on Monday.

The Associated Press gathered that the 31 accused persons – mainly Algerians and Tunisians – were sentenced in absentia with some reported to be already dead.

In 2014, militants of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb had claimed responsibility for the attack on the minister’s family home in the western border region of Kasserine, which left four police officers dead.

The minister was however not at home as at the time of the attack.

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Those convicted were found guilty of “wilful homicide and membership of a terrorist group” and were also sentenced to 36 years in prison.

A total of 46 people were prosecuted over the attack, said the spokesman for Tunis district court, Sofiene Sliti.

Among the 15 remaining defendants, eight were sentenced to between three and 10 years in jail for “membership of a terrorist group” and “involvement in terrorism-related matters”.

The court, which issued the rulings on Friday, dismissed cases against the remaining seven, Sliti told AFP.

Among the 31 sentenced to death were Seifallah Ben Hassine, an associate of late Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and founder of the jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia.

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Cavaliers Sign PG Toney Douglas

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GM David Griffin announced the signing of point guard Toney Douglas by the Cleveland Cavaliers to a contract today at the Clinic Courts.

Terms of the contract were not released per league and team policy. The cavs also waived forward Eric Moreland.

Douglas (6-2, 190) appeared in 61 games for the New Orleans Pelicans last season averaging 8.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 20.7 minutes per game.

He has played for six teams in his seven year career and has career averages of 7.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 19.2 minutes per game. He was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 29th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

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Juventus To Sign Axel Witsel In January Or June 

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Juventus are set to make a move for Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel when his contract expires this summer, according to director general Giuseppe Marotta.

Everton and Stoke are also said to want the services of the Belgium international, with Marotta telling Italian outlet Radio Anch’io Sport: “We have an obligation to monitor all players.

“Witsel is in an easier position, facilitated by the expiration of his contract. We will try to take him in January or June.”​

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West Brom Manager Tony Pulis Wants Another Chadli 

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Tony Pulis reckons West Brom need more players like Nacer Chadli’s after bemoaning his team’s lack of killer instinct, the Express and Star reports.

“I thought it was a good display right through the team,” Pulis said

“I don’t think they had too many opportunities and chances.

“I’m just desperately disappointed for the players.

“They worked so hard as a group.

“We could have maybe done with two or three Chadlis in that final third to give us that second or third goal because we dominated at times,” he said. “When we’ve got in there we’ve just lacked that little bit of quality.”

Chadli, who provided two assists in the 4-2 win over West Ham, cost West Brom a club-record £13 million.

Given the extortionate sums of money changing hands, the Belgian is beginning to look one of the bargains of the season.​

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Sevilla To Offer Steven N’Zonzi New Contract 

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Sevilla are preparing a new deal for midfielder Steven N’Zonzi as they look to ward of interest from the likes of Everton, according to Spanish newspaper Estadio Deportivo.

The Toffees director of football Steve Walsh is big fan of the Frenchman and wants him at Goodion Park, but the La Liga side’s sporting director Monchi has made a fresh contract for N’Zonzi his main priority.

Everton director of football Steve Walsh is a big fan of N’Zonzi, who made 195 Premier League appearances across his spells at Blackburn Rovers and then Stoke.

It was reported that Walsh attempted to land N’Zonzi while he was still at Leicester and now wants to sign him at Everton, where he became director of football in July.

However they may face a tough task in prising him away from Sevilla, who want to keep him at any cost.​

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James Milner : Jurgen Klopp One Of The Best 

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James Milner rates Jurgen Klopp among the best managers he has worked with in a 14-year professional career.

“I’ve probably had too many managers but every manager is different,” said Milner, quoted in Monday’s Daily Telegraph. “They all have their own strengths and weaknesses.

“He [Klopp] is a top manager and he’s definitely one of the best that I have worked with. His organisation sessions are different to anything else that I have ever experienced.

“His passion can only be a good thing. Sometimes, when he is bouncing on the touchline with enthusiasm, the only thing you could say is that he is maybe too emotional.”

That was not the case at the weekend when a forensic analysis of his side’s first-half failings sparked a revival which earned Liverpool maximum points in south Wales.

“He held it in just enough,” Milner said. “We knew he was angry, you could tell, but he still put his words across well.

“It’s easy to fly off the handle and not be very productive. We know how emotional he is but he did a great job. He said the right things and we came out and performed how we should.

“He deserves a lot of credit. He is top manager. He has proved that before and hopefully we can be very successful with him.”​

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Everton Target Rachid Ghezzal Set To Sign New Lyon Contract

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Reported Everon target Rachid Ghezzal is close to signing a new three-year deal with Lyon, according to French newspaper L’Equipe.

It was reported in the summer that the Toffees offered him a €400,000 per month (£348,700) salary but he turned it down to stay at his boyhood club, where he scored his first goal of the season over the weekend during a 2-0 win over Saint Etienne.

according to French sports daily L’Equipe, Ghezzal is close to signing a new three-year deal, to keep him at the club and end any speculation he may be leaving in the winter window, when Everton could have rekindled their interest.

Les Gones now sit in fifth spot in the French top flight, with 13 points from their opening eight games.

Next up for Lyon after the international break is a trip to play Nice.

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Joe Hart Linked With Move To Chelsea

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Chelsea have been linked with a move for Manchester City outcast Joe Hart, the Daily Star reports.

The newspaper reports that Antonio Conte was spotted watching the Torino goalkeeper in action against Fiorentina yesterday, with current number one Thibaut Courtois struggling between the sticks.

The report claims the 47-year-old may have been keeping a close eye on on-loan Manchester City goalkeeper Hart.

The England international, who was named in Gareth Southgate’s squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers, is impressing in Serie A after Pep Guardiola deemed him surplus to requirements at the Etihad.

And with Thibaut Courtois struggling to perform well consistently, Conte could be widening his search for another shot-stopper.

However, there were other players involved in the game that have been linked to Chelsea, including Torino’s Andrea Belotti and Fiorentina’s Nikola Kalinic.

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Bayern Munich Tracking 19-year-old Celtic Defender Kieran Tierney 

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​Bayern Munich are tracking Celtic and Scotland left-back Kieran Tierney, according to the Daily Express.

The Bundesliga champions reportedly sent a scout to watch the 19-year-old in the Hoops’ Champions League game against Man City last week, although neither the club nor the player is thought to want a move.

The 19-year-old’s performances in the past year have put him on the radar of clubs across Europe, with Bayern the latest to take aninterest.

The German giants sent a scout to watch Celtic’s 3-3 Champions League draw with Manchester City last week.

While two-goal Moussa Dembele caught the eye with a double, the chance to run the rule over Tierney in such a high pressure game was a key reason for the Bundesliga club being represented in Glasgow.

Bayern technical director Michael Reschke is determined to recruit the best young European talent after the club was accused of falling behind rivals with their international scouting programme.

Although faced with Raheem Sterling in full flight, the defender gave a good account of himself and proved he’d learned lessons from being swamped by Barcelona in the 7-0 Nou Camp drubbing two weeks previously.

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Mark Hughes Hails ‘Immense’  Joe Allen 

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​Mark Hughes labelled Joe Allen “immense” after his superb performance and goal helped Stoke to a draw at Manchester United.

He said: “Joe was immense again. He’s been excellent since he came to the club. “I knew I was getting a good player – clearly because I spent £13m on him – but sometimes you don’t understand how good a player you have in the building until you work with him day-in, day-out.

“He is an intelligent player. He’s got great energy levels, we all see that every day, but that’s not all. He’s got good awareness of situations and how to affect the game. His anticipation is first class in the box and in midfield.”

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Mark Hughes Hails ‘Immense’  Joe Allen 

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​Mark Hughes labelled Joe Allen “immense” after his superb performance and goal helped Stoke to a draw at Manchester United.

He said: “Joe was immense again. He’s been excellent since he came to the club. “I knew I was getting a good player – clearly because I spent £13m on him – but sometimes you don’t understand how good a player you have in the building until you work with him day-in, day-out.

“He is an intelligent player. He’s got great energy levels, we all see that every day, but that’s not all. He’s got good awareness of situations and how to affect the game. His anticipation is first class in the box and in midfield.”

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Swansea Release Statement After Sacking Manager Francesco Guidolin

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Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has revealed the club replaced Francesco Guidolin with Bob Bradley because change was needed as soon as possible”.

“We are obviously disappointed to part company with Francesco,” said Jenkins in a statement. “We felt he deserved his opportunity after the work he did last season.

“Unfortunately we have not been able to carry performances over from last season and we felt we needed to change things as soon as possible in order to move forward in a positive way.

“We would like to thank Francesco and his staff for their services to the club and wish them well for the future.’’

On Bradley’s appointment he added: “We are delighted Bob has agreed to join us. He is highly regarded as a coach and has a wealth of experience on the international and domestic front.

“He is well aware of the club’s footballing philosophy and will provide us with strong leadership qualities and a renewed belief to compete at this level.

“It is never easy changing managers, but we are looking at a long-term appointment and we are confident Bob can settle us down and stabilise matters on and off the pitch.”

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Swansea Release Statement After Sacking Manager Francesco Guidolin

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Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has revealed the club replaced Francesco Guidolin with Bob Bradley because change was needed as soon as possible”.

“We are obviously disappointed to part company with Francesco,” said Jenkins in a statement. “We felt he deserved his opportunity after the work he did last season.

“Unfortunately we have not been able to carry performances over from last season and we felt we needed to change things as soon as possible in order to move forward in a positive way.

“We would like to thank Francesco and his staff for their services to the club and wish them well for the future.’’

On Bradley’s appointment he added: “We are delighted Bob has agreed to join us. He is highly regarded as a coach and has a wealth of experience on the international and domestic front.

“He is well aware of the club’s footballing philosophy and will provide us with strong leadership qualities and a renewed belief to compete at this level.

“It is never easy changing managers, but we are looking at a long-term appointment and we are confident Bob can settle us down and stabilise matters on and off the pitch.”

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

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Sam Allardyce is hoping to resurrect his management career by scooping a top job in the US.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has played down the idea he is eyeing a switch to Spain in the near future.

Arsenal are set to offer Hector Bellerin a five-year contract to warn off interest from Barcelona and Manchester City.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is eyeing a long-term Anfield stay after celebrating a year in charge on Merseyside.

Mauricio Pochettino will speak to Erik Lamela and Son Heung-min following their Tottenham penalty dispute on Sunday.

Alex Grimaldo has been linked to rivals Manchester City but United scouts watched the former Barcelona left-back star and score in a 4-0 win over Feirense on Sunday.

Arsenal fans had their journey to Burnley delayed on Sunday when their Grand Central train collided with a herd of cows.

Slaven Bilic’s misfiring West Ham are set to train at the London Stadium in an effort to make the new ground feel like home.

Gareth Bale will receive extra security with Wales following arson attacks on his fiancee’s family.

Former Liverpool and West Ham defender Rigobert Song is in critical condition as he fights for his life after suffering a stroke

West Ham hero Dimitri Payet was trapped in the car park at the London Stadium following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough as fans clashed.

Bayern Munich are tracking Celtic and Scotland left-back Kieran Tierney.

Manchester United are considering a January move for Benfica defender Alex Grimaldo.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp may be best manager I’ve ever had, according to James Milner.

Swansea City are weighing up a move for Ryan Giggs as they prepare to dismiss beleaguered manager Francesco Guidolin this week.

Chelsea have been linked with a move for Manchester City outcast Joe Hart.

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

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Sam Allardyce is hoping to resurrect his management career by scooping a top job in the US.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has played down the idea he is eyeing a switch to Spain in the near future.

Arsenal are set to offer Hector Bellerin a five-year contract to warn off interest from Barcelona and Manchester City.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is eyeing a long-term Anfield stay after celebrating a year in charge on Merseyside.

Mauricio Pochettino will speak to Erik Lamela and Son Heung-min following their Tottenham penalty dispute on Sunday.

Alex Grimaldo has been linked to rivals Manchester City but United scouts watched the former Barcelona left-back star and score in a 4-0 win over Feirense on Sunday.

Arsenal fans had their journey to Burnley delayed on Sunday when their Grand Central train collided with a herd of cows.

Slaven Bilic’s misfiring West Ham are set to train at the London Stadium in an effort to make the new ground feel like home.

Gareth Bale will receive extra security with Wales following arson attacks on his fiancee’s family.

Former Liverpool and West Ham defender Rigobert Song is in critical condition as he fights for his life after suffering a stroke

West Ham hero Dimitri Payet was trapped in the car park at the London Stadium following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough as fans clashed.

Bayern Munich are tracking Celtic and Scotland left-back Kieran Tierney.

Manchester United are considering a January move for Benfica defender Alex Grimaldo.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp may be best manager I’ve ever had, according to James Milner.

Swansea City are weighing up a move for Ryan Giggs as they prepare to dismiss beleaguered manager Francesco Guidolin this week.

Chelsea have been linked with a move for Manchester City outcast Joe Hart.

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Swansea Replace Sacked Guidolin With Bradley

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Swansea City manager Francesco Guidolin has been relieved of his duties at the club on his 61st birthday to be replaced by former USA coach Bradley.

Guidolin has only been guiding the club since January and after picking up just four points from seven EPL games this season, he has been removed from his position.

The Italian’s last game in charge was Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat against Liverpool, where he saw Swansea lose a first-half lead.

“Swansea City can confirm that the club has parted company with manager Francesco Guidolin,” read Swansea’s statement.

“He will be replaced by former USA national team manager Bob Bradley with the club having agreed his release from French club Le Havre after their fixture with Sochaux tonight.”

Chairman Huw Jenkins said Guidolin had paid the price for recent results after helping to keep Swansea up in the second half of last season, despite missing some time through illness.

“We are obviously disappointed to part company with Francesco,” he said.

“We felt he deserved his opportunity after the work he did last season. Unfortunately we have not been able to carry performances over from last season and we felt we needed to change things as soon as possible in order to move forward in a positive way.

“We would like to thank Francesco and his staff for their services to the club and wish them well for the future.

“We are delighted Bob has agreed to join us. He is highly regarded as a coach and has a wealth of experience on the international and domestic front.

“He is well aware of the club’s footballing philosophy and will provide us with strong leadership qualities and a renewed belief to compete at this level.

“It is never easy changing managers, but we are looking at a long-term appointment and we are confident Bob can settle us down and stabilise matters on and off the pitch.”

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Swansea Replace Sacked Guidolin With Bradley

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Swansea City manager Francesco Guidolin has been relieved of his duties at the club on his 61st birthday to be replaced by former USA coach Bradley.

Guidolin has only been guiding the club since January and after picking up just four points from seven EPL games this season, he has been removed from his position.

The Italian’s last game in charge was Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat against Liverpool, where he saw Swansea lose a first-half lead.

“Swansea City can confirm that the club has parted company with manager Francesco Guidolin,” read Swansea’s statement.

“He will be replaced by former USA national team manager Bob Bradley with the club having agreed his release from French club Le Havre after their fixture with Sochaux tonight.”

Chairman Huw Jenkins said Guidolin had paid the price for recent results after helping to keep Swansea up in the second half of last season, despite missing some time through illness.

“We are obviously disappointed to part company with Francesco,” he said.

“We felt he deserved his opportunity after the work he did last season. Unfortunately we have not been able to carry performances over from last season and we felt we needed to change things as soon as possible in order to move forward in a positive way.

“We would like to thank Francesco and his staff for their services to the club and wish them well for the future.

“We are delighted Bob has agreed to join us. He is highly regarded as a coach and has a wealth of experience on the international and domestic front.

“He is well aware of the club’s footballing philosophy and will provide us with strong leadership qualities and a renewed belief to compete at this level.

“It is never easy changing managers, but we are looking at a long-term appointment and we are confident Bob can settle us down and stabilise matters on and off the pitch.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Photos From AbOriginal Threatre’s ‘Breathtaking’ Drama ‘Grip Am!’

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As Nigeria celebrates her 56th Independence Day anniversary on October 1, AbOriginal Productions – a Nigerian-based entertainment company with a focus on promoting creative arts – presented a ‘breathtaking’ theatre production called Grip Am! (a play by Ola Rotimi).

READ ALSO: AbOriginal Theatre Presents Grip Am! (1st & 2nd October 2016)

Viewers were positively thrilled by the theatrical work of comedy and the spectacular display of allegorical masterpiece delivered by the cast on the 1st and 2nd of October 2016, at the Muson Centre, Onikan in Lagos.

The play ‘Grip Am’ illustrates in metaphor the existing situation in Nigeria; it visualises the uncertainty, untold hardship and household drama faced by the average, hardworking Nigerian.

Grip Am! is a humorous reminder of the value and power of the individual and about conjugal strife, supernatural opportunity, and revenge.

It depicts the difficulties in a poor farming household being compounded by external factors, when an unexpected source provides opportunity, but vengeance and retribution are the order of the day.

A timely play, ‘Grip Am’ therefore, is a family-friendly, humorous reminder of the value and power of the individual.

Some Lines In The Play!!!!
Igoin : no be Oga Landlord dey for my orange tree? Grip am………

Landlord : the tree grip me kpakparakpa o

Dabo : …. Oga Landlord na wetin happen?

Landlord : na house rent I come collect o

Dabo : for ontop of orange tree?

Landlord : God see me o….. Igoin abeg na

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Ex-Cameroon Defender Rigobert Song Fighting For His Life

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The ex-captain of Cameroon’s national side, Rigobert Song is reportedly fighting for his life after being rushed to a hospital in Yaounde.

The former Liverpool and West Ham defender and the current head coach of Chad’s national team was rushed to a nearby hospital from his Yaounde home on Sunday after suffering a cerebral aneurysm and is in critical condition.

He represented his country 137 times, playing in four World Cup finals and a record eight African Nations Cups competitions as well as winning Olympic gold in 2000. He is the uncle of former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder Alex Song.

READ: 27 Boko Haram Militants Killed, 10 Others Arrested In Cameroon

Rigobert Song in critical condition

Fellow Cameroonian star Samuel Eto’o posted a picture of Song on Facebook with the caption: “I wish you a lot of courage and a speedy recovery big brother!

His former Liverpool teammates Jamie Carragher, Stan Collymore and Robbie Fowler also posted messages of sympathy in the wake of the news.

Song made his name in Europe at French side Metz, joining Liverpool in 1999 after a short spell in Italy. He moved to West Ham in 2000 before eventually returning to France in 2002 with Lens. He switched to Turkish giants Galatasaray in 2004, playing for the Istanbul outfit for four years. He ended his career in 2010 after a two-year spell at Trabzonspor.

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Alleged N19bn Fraud: EFCC Returns Timipre Sylva’s 48 Houses Seized Under Jonathan’s Gov’t

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Timipre Sylva, a former Governor of Bayelsa State, has retrieved 48 of his properties seized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), during the investigation of an alleged N19.4 billion fraud case against him.

The Punch gathered that the anti graft agency’s seal ‘EFCC, Keep Off’, has been wiped off from the gates and fences of quite a number of the properties, which are located mostly in highbrow areas of Abuja such as Wuse II and Maitama.

This is even as some of the houses had been rented out; with the rent for the properties ranging between N2.5m and N6m per annum.

In 2013, during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, the EFCC had seized 48 properties from Sylva, an act which the ex-governor described as a witch-hunt and political persecution.

The commission, after accusing the ex-governor of N19.2bn fraud, then slammed 50 charges against him before three federal high courts in Abuja.

READ ALSO: Buhari Allegedly Instructs Keyamo To Withdraw From Prosecuting Timipre Sylva

However, a correspondence of The Punch, who visited some of the houses, posing as a prospective tenant, observed that the inscription ‘EFCC, Keep Off’, on the gates or fences of the property, had been wiped off the buildings while some had been rented out.

Sixteen units of service apartments at Plot 1181 Thaba Tseka Crescent, off IBB Way in the Wuse II area of the federal capital territory (FCT), cost N6m per annum including a N1.5m service charge.

“When the EFCC sealed off this property, it was rotting away. However, it was re-opened a few months ago so we started to refurbish the property. We have repainted the property and we have started renting the apartments out,” a guard at the property was quoted to have said.

At a block of flats, which comprises nine units (six one-bedroom and three two-bedroom flats) located at 8, Sefadu Street, Wuse, Zone 2, it was gathered that the rent ranged from N1.5m to N3m.

“Immediately the EFCC inscriptions were erased, all the flats were taken. There is no vacant apartment now,” the security guard said.

At a property located at 8 Mistrata Street, Wuse II, Abuja, it was observed that the property was a hotel, which charged between N25,000 and N45,000 per room.

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Kim Kardashian Robbed Of ‘Millions’ At Gunpoint By Men Disguised As Police In Paris

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Kim Kardashian has been robbed at gunpoint at a luxury residence in Paris by assailants dressed as police officers – carting away with millions of pounds worth of jewellery.

BBC gathered that the robbery took place at about 03:00 local time (01:00 GMT).

Ina Treciokas, a spokeswoman for Kardashian, 35, said the star was “badly shaken but physically unharmed” after masked men dressed as police officers tied her up in the flat’s bathroom before fleeing the scene.

Also speaking, a Paris police official told the Associated Press that five armed men, who were still at large, stole a jewellery box containing valuables worth €6m (£5.2m) as well as a ring worth €4m.

The French Police said the robbers escaped on bikes.

Kardashian’s husband, Kanye West, was on stage at the Meadows Music and Arts Festival in New York at the time of the robbery. He abruptly ended his set, telling fans: “I’m sorry, family emergency. I have to stop the show.”

This was confirmed by the Meadows on Twitter.

It was gathered that the reality TV star had stayed at the luxury residence, behind Paris’s Madeleine church, at least once before, in 2014 before her marriage to West.

It is unclear if the couple’s two children – three-year-old daughter North and 10-month-old son Saint, were with Kardashian at home at the time.

But what remains clear is that Police are currently guarding the site as of today, October 3, 2016.

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Enjoy the Independence Holiday with BoxOffice by DSTV

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Islamic Year: Kano, Sokoto Declare Tuesday, Oct. 4 As Public Holiday

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The governments of Kano and Sokoto states have declared Tuesday, October 4, as a public holiday to commemorate the new Islamic Year.

One of the declarations was made in a statement issued on Sunday by Malam Imam Imam, Special Adviser on Media to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.

In the statement, Tambuwal called on the people of Sokoto to use the occasion of the public holiday to intensify prayers for the nation.

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He pointed out that Islamic virtues of unity, peace and honesty should be promoted by all persons.

The governor then prayed for a prosperous Islamic New Year for all citizens and assured that the Sokoto state government would continue to implement policies that would uplift the living standard of all citizens.

The new Islamic year started on Sunday, October 2, with Tuesday, October 4, equivalent to Muharram 3, 1438 AH.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III had earlier declared today, October 3, as the first day of Muharram, 1438 AH.

In the same vein, the Kano state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, declared Tuesday, October 4, as a public holiday to mark the beginning of the new Islamic calendar 1438 A.H.

The governor urged Muslims to use the period of the holiday, especially the blessed days of the 9th and 10th of the month of Muharram to ease the socio- economic challenges facing the country and to strengthen our leaders to steer it to greater heights.

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