Luis Suarez Praises Steven Gerrard Following Retirement

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Former Liverpool captain and club legend Steven Gerrard called time on his career today, and the plaudits have been flowing in ever since.

Gerrard played for the Reds for the vast majority of his 18-year career, lifting the Champions League for the club in 2005. One of those who took to social media to praise him was former teammate Luis Suarez, who now plays for Barcelona.

Gerrard and Suarez were a key part of Liverpool’s 2013/14 title chase, where the Reds were almost successful in winning the league.

“To a captain, to a team-mate, to a friend,” it began.

“I got to Liverpool, a historic club, coming from another historic club. And amongst my team-mates, Steven Gerrard. A model of the club, in the Premier League and outside the championship as well. He shrunk the field on defence, was a great shoot and a great goalscorer and was a very skilled passer. A unique player indeed.

“As weeks went by Steven showed himself as a true leader. He was a natural and an ambitious player on the field and a good and consistent team-mate off the field. He was always of great support and that me lots of valuable things while pulling the best from me.

“Thank you very much Steven. For being by my side during my career’s tougher times. For supporting me no matter what and gifting me advice so many times. Our relationship goes beyond the football field. You were always with me even when some others were not. So many chats, so many times you helped me reconsider situations, and always in order to teach me – like an older brother teaches his younger one.

“We went through so much together and fought for big things to come for our club. This will be imprinted forever in my memories.

“My friend. YNWA.”

A number of Premier League stars have all paid respect to Gerrard, including Xabi Alonso, Rio Ferdinand and Fernano Torres.

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Report : Isco A January Transfer Target For Chelsea

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Isco is reportedly a January transfer target for Antonio Conte’s Premier League leaders

The Spanish play-maker has struggled for game time under Zinedine Zidane and despite his contract running until June 2018, he would be keen to kick-start his career.

The 24-year-old has made 12 appearances for Zinedine Zidane’s side in all competitions this season but many of them have come from the bench.

Spanish outlet Don Balon claim that Isco is set to be sold when the transfer window reopens and is attracting plenty of interest.

He has since made over 160 appearances for Los Blancos, claiming six major honours with the club.

Isco also has 17 international cap for Spain and scored a dramatic late equaliser in the 2-2 draw against England at Wembley earlier this month.

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iPhone Theft Allegation: Court Remands Seun Egbegbe In Kirikiri Prisons Pending Bail Perfection

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The Lagos State Magistrate’s Court sitting on Thursday remanded popular Nollywood producer, Seun Egbegbe, in the Kirikiri prisons, pending when he perfects his bail conditions.

Egbegbe, an estranged lover of popular actress, Toyin Aimakhu, was arraigned before the court on a one court of stealing brought against him by the Lagos State Police Command, Leadership reports.

READ ALSO: iPhone Theft Allegation: Seun Egbegbe Issues Statement Of Rebuttal

It was gathered that Egbegbe was beaten by a mob for trying to steal several expensive phones from Keelcech Innovation, a store in Computer Village.

However, the embattled filmmaker pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The trial Magistrate, Aje Afunwa granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in like sum.

The court, however, held that he should be kept at the Kirikiri Prisons pending the perfection of the terms of his bail conditions.

READ MORE HERE: Seun Egbegbe Spends Second Day In Police Custody Despite IPhone Theft Denial

There was a mild drama after court proceedings today as the supporters of the accused person threatened to beat up journalists if they dared take his pictures.

It took the intervention of the police and court orderlies who sent the rowdy mob out of the court premises.

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AEK Terminate Joleon Lescott’s Contract After Just Three Months

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​AEK FC and Joleon Lescott have mutually agreed the termination of his contract, the Greek club announced today.

The former Aston Villa, Man City and Everton defender moved to Greece just three months ago. 

Lescott has played four times since joining up with the Greek giants, but the last of those came at the beginning of October.

Athens released the following statement earlier today: “AEK FC announces the completion of its cooperation with Joleon Lescott and wishes him every success in the continuation of his career.”

Lescott had the chance to join Mark Warbutton’s Rangers in the summer transfer window, but instead opted to head across the continent.

It is likely the former Manchester City, Everton and West Brom man will head back to the UK in his search for new employers, although he has friends playing in MLS and has been linked with LA galaxy in the past.

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LA Galaxy Hoping To Replace Steven Gerrard With Juventus Midfielder Sami Khedira 

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LA Galaxy have targeted Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira to replace Steven Gerrard who announced his retirement from football, say talkSPORT.

The former Real Madrid star is under contract until June 2019, but the MLS side believe he could be tempted by a lucrative offer.

The midfielder, 29, has played 15 times for the Italian champions this season and is a key part of Massimiliano Allegri’s plans.

As well as interest from Gerrard’s former side, New York City FC and New York Red Bulls are keen on signing the Germany international.

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Thiago Silva Close To Juventus Move

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Thiago Silva  is close to sealing a move to Juventus in the summer, reports the Daily Mail and it would represent his second spell in Italy having previously played their with AC Milan.

Thiago Silva has played all but one of the French champions matches this season and Juve believe they can get the defender on the cheap meaning his £100,000 a week wages would take a significant hit. 

PSG could offer a potential roadblock, by triggering a one-year extension for Silva, but Tuttosport understand there is optimism that a compromise can be agreed.

The veteran defender, who has also played for Dynamo Moscow and Fluminense, continues to be a mainstay in Unai Emery’s PSG side having started all but one of their last 14 matches.

Silva has returned to the Brazil squad under manager Tite but remains a back-up to club team-mate Marquinhos and Inter Milan’s loanee centre back Miranda.

He played the full 90 minutes in Wednesday night’s Champions League draw away at Arsenal which put top spot in group A firmly in PSG’s grasp.

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Reps Brands Obasanjo Most Corrupt Nigerian In History

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The House of Representatives has taken a ‘heavy’ swipe on former President Olusegun Obasanjo, describing him as the most corrupt Nigerian in history.

Leadership reports that the lower legislative chamber was clearly reacting to allegations of corruption levelled against it by the former president while delivering a keynote in Lagos on Wednesday.

READ ALSO: Obasanjo Slams Buhari: ‘Stop Complaining, Clean Our Mess’

Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Publicity Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas, while briefing media yesterday, stated that Obasanjo who has accused several Nigerian leaders of corruption should not exonerate himself of any wrong doing.

Namdas further said that the former President who orchestrated corruption in the National Assembly from the inception of 4th Republic is yet to recover from the shock of his aborted third term ambition which was foisted by the legislators.

‎He said: ”Undoubtedly, the former President Obasanjo is understandably angry with the National Assembly as an institution having foiled his ambition for a third-term in office even after trying to corrupt the members with a bribe of at least N50m each. Lest we forget, the person who introduced corruption to the National Assembly is Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. He birthed the 4th Republic National Assembly with corrupt practices from day one; indeed the first day of the Republic. He bribed both PDP, ANPP and AD legislators on their inauguration in 1999 to vote against the majority candidate of PDP, Dr. Chuba Okadigbo. That was how Senator Evan Enwerem became Senate President.”

“Have we forgotten the sacks of money displayed on the floor of the House of Representatives being bribe money paid by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to some Honourable members to impeach Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ghali N’abba, ‎have we forgotten that Chief Olusegun Obasanjo used his position as President to extort money from businessmen and contractors with his government to build his presidential library.”

“The list of his corrupt acts while in office is endless. Unquestionably, he is the greatest corrupt person ever to hold office in Nigeria. He remains the grandfather of corruption in Nigeria and lacks the moral authority to discuss corruption or indeed abuse of office in Nigeria as he remains the most corrupt Nigerian on record.”

He added, “We have repeatedly maintained that there was no “padding” of the 2016 Appropriation Act, which is a legitimate document passed by the National Assembly, authenticated by the Clerk to the National Assembly as provided in the Acts Authentication Act and assented to by Mr. President. It is most unfortunate that a former President of Chief Obasanjo’s stature would allow himself to be hoodwinked and procured by a renegade member of the House, who embarked on massive propaganda and lies just because he was removed from office. For the avoidance of doubt, there is no crime that was committed by the National Assembly by exercising its constitutional function of appropriation. If Chief Obasanjo has an issue with the execution of the 2016 Budget or indeed other Appropriation Acts, he should direct his anger elsewhere.”

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Reading Goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi Keen To Remain At The Club 

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Ali Al-Habsi says he “very happy” at Reading and wants to extend his stay beyond the end of the season.

The goalkeeper signed a two-year deal when he joined the Royals in the summer of 2015, and is quoted by the Reading Post as saying: “Of course I want to stay. I really like this club. It’s like a family for me.

“Everyone respects me and I would love to give them more and more. I’m very happy, I’m very pleased – but I don’t want to confuse myself by thinking too much about it.

“I just want to be focused on helping the team get what we need.”

Al-Habsi added: “Many people have been asking me about being in my last few months with the club.

“But for me the most important thing is to concentrate and do my job.

“As a player the most important thing is to focus on football. The club and my agent deal with the other things.

“I just want to do my job right up to the last day of the season.”

Al-Habsi turns 35 in December but believes he is currently playing the best football of his career under Jaap Stam.

“I feel like I’m at my best level,” he said. “I’m feeling very good, very sharp so I have to keep on performing well for the rest of the season.”

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Arsenal Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez Signs New Long-term Contract 

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Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has committed his future to Arsenal by signing a new long-term contract.

The 24-year-old, who joined Arsenal’s academy in 2010, has made 10 senior appearances for the club.

He is currently behind Petr Cech and David Ospina in the pecking order but has now extended his stay.

Martinez honed his talents with loan spells at Oxford, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham and Wolves and is likely to feature in the EFL Cup quarter-final tie with Southampton next week.

Arsene Wenger praised the former Argentina Under-20 international, who follows on from Hector Bellerin in signing a fresh contract with the club.

“If you look at him, I personally see all the top qualities that a goalkeeper needs,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.

“He has the stature, he has the passion, he has the technical quality, he has the decision-making, he has huge power and he’s not frightened of anything.”

He is likely to feature for Arsenal in their EFL Cup quarter-final home tie against Southampton on Wednesday.

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Paul Trollope Appointed Assistant Manager Of Brighton 

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Brighton have confirmed the appointment of Paul Trollope as their assistant manager.

Trollope was most recently manager at Cardiff and a member of Chris Coleman’s Wales coaching staff.

He has previously worked with Seagulls boss Chris Hughton at Birmingham and Norwich.

Trollope, 44, served as Hughton’s assistant at both Brimingham and Norwich before joining Cardiff under Slade.

And he was given the chance to step-up at the end of last season, but managed only two wins before being shown the door with the club in the relegation zone.
He replaces Colin Calderwood, who left the Seagulls to join Championship rivals Aston Villa earlier this week.
“I’m delighted to be working with Paul again,” Hughton said.

“He’s an excellent coach, and since his time with me he’s gone on to gain great experience at international level with Wales and in club management with Cardiff.”

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Jurgen Klopp Believes Steven Gerrard Will Return Back To Liverpool

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says the “door is always open” for Steven Gerrard to return to the club in a coaching role.

The former Reds captain announced his retirement from professional football earlier today, ending an illustrious 18-year playing career which started at Anfield back in 1998.

“The door is always open for him,” says Klopp. “From our side, if he wants to make whichever career change from his former career, then we want to help him.

“In life you need space to jump into the next thing that is new.

“He was a young player and now he will be a young whatever. I’m the wrong person to talk about it.”

Klopp was then asked where Gerrard rated among the top players in the world, prompting a cutting response. “How many do you have?” he replied. “Is Pele involved? Is Franz Beckenbauer involved? Is Johan Cruyff involved? Where should I start and end?

“He is a top player but it is not important what I think, it is important what the people think. I like him as a person. I saw him once playing live in a stadium when we lost with Dortmund here 5-0. It was not my best experience and that is all. But stop using me for stories about Steven Gerrard. You don’t need me.

“If you want to write a story about him write it because he deserved it. I will give him all the help I can if he wants, that is 100% sure but stop talking here because it will not help Steven and it will not help me.”

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Manchester City’s Jason Denayer To Delay Decision On His Future 

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Jason Denayer will wait until the end of the season to make a decision about his future.

The 21-year-old is on a season-long loan at Sunderland from Manchester City and it has been reported that he is keen to make the move permanent.

He is quoted by the Newcastle Chronicle as saying: “Right now I would prefer just to stay focused on this season and see what will happen at the end.

“For me, it’s more easy when you play. But like I say, now I just focus on this season, and whatever happens next season, I’ll just wait until the season is finished.”

A Manchester City insider previously said Jason Denayer enjoying his football in the North-East and he does not want another loan move away from Man City.

“Jason is being kept in the dark over his future at Sunderland, but he likes it up there.

“He is keen to down his permanent roots somewhere. He doesn’t know if they will go in for him just yet though.


“The issue with the whole thing surrounds the future of David Moyes, but results have picked up for him recently.”

Denayer has had loan spells away at Celtic and Turkish giants Galatasaray in the past couple of seasons.

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Manchester City Scout Confirms The Club Are Interested In Ajax Striker Kasper Dolberg 

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Manchester City scout Sebastian Arnesen has confirmed the club are keeping tabs on Ajax forward Kasper Dolberg.

Kasper Dolberg, 19, has been impressing in the Eredivisie this season and is top of the scoring charts after a hat-trick at the weekend.

Sebastian Arnsen, son of former Tottenham director of football Frank, told Danish outlet BT the player is on City’s radar, and that he will be in Amsterdam to watch Ajax take on Panathinaikos in the Europa League this evening.

Arnesen has told Danish publication BT: “We are keeping a very close eye on him, and when the time is right we’ll make a decision on whether we should act. He has a huge potential. He is tall, strong, brave and quick.

“He has an excellent touch, can play with his back to the goal and take the right decisions. And he can finish anywhere in the field. He is so special, and therefore he is of course also on the radar.”

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Joey Barton Training With Former Club Burnley 

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Sean Dyche has confirmed that Joey Barton is training with Burnley.

Barton left Burnley to join Rangers in the summer, but is now without a club after having his contract terminated.

Clarets boss Dyche says Barton is training with the club to “get himself fit, not with the first team”.

“Beyond that, anything else is for the future, he’s just getting himself fit,” he added.

Barton would not be eligible to sign for a new club until the January window, meaning there is no rush for either party to commit to a reunion.

Whether he feels up to the pace of the Premier League, having turned down the chance to stay with Burnley in the summer, is an open question and he is sure to have suitors in the Championship.

After enjoying one of the more serene campaigns of his colourful career at Turf Moor, Barton endured a brief but turbulent time in Glasgow.

He arrived with the stated ambition of being the best player in Scotland, but managed just eight appearances, mostly underwhelming, and was suspended after a training ground row that followed a 5-1 defeat by the Old Firm rivals Celtic.

Barton was later handed a one-match suspension for breaching Scottish Football Association rules on gambling, having placed 44 bets on games between 1 July, when his Ibrox deal started, and 15 September. That suspension will carry over whenever he signs for a new club.

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Diego Costa And Thibaut Courtois Keen On Signing New Chelsea Contracts

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Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois are reportedly keen to sign new Chelsea deals.

There was speculation in the summer that both players could leave Stamford Bridge in the future, but, according to the Daily Telegraph, head coach Antonio Conte held “private talks with the duo, reiterating his desire to keep them and outlining his vision to make Chelsea competitive again”.

And although they are both under contract until 2019, it is reported talks over new deals will start in the new year.

Costa, 28, arrived in 2014 on a £150,000-a-week deal and will be expecting to push closer to the 200,000 mark.

Belgium star Courtois, meanwhile, currently pockets £100,000 and is in line for a similar £50,000 rise.

After last season’s nightmare for Jose Mourinho’s defending champions, Conte has returned harmony to the dressing room.

Eden Hazard is back to his old self, with Courtois and Costa also finding their best form.

The Spain striker leads the Premier League scoring charts with 10 to earn his international spot back.

And Courtois, 24, has cut out the errors that saw some question if he could handle English football after taking stalwart Petr Cech’s No1 jersey.

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MUSIC: Soulah – Say Yes (prod. E-Kelly)

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Soulah is an upcoming Neo – Soul singer/songwriter with a jazzy tone to her voice. She is currently based in the United Kingdom where she has lived most of her life. Her first single Sentimental released in 2015 is a soft, feel good and relaxing tune with relatable lyrics.

she’s out with a new single titled Say Yes which is a sincere love song for everyone. It asks important questions every lover would want answered. The lyrical content and melody of her voice puts you in a mood of reflection. Listen to the lyrics and feel the devotion in her voice.


 
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Samuel Eto’o Facing Possible 10 Year Jail Term, $19m Fine Over Tax Evasion

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Cameroon football legend, Samuel Eto’o could be in trouble as Spanish prosecutors have recommended that the former Barcelona striker be handed a 10 year jail sentence and a $19m fine over tax fraud.

It’s alleged that Eto’o set up a series of front companies to avoid paying taxes during his time in Spain’s La Liga, getting round paying his tax through a complicated and illegal image rights structure.

He ran two companies, one in Hungary and another in Spain and this allowed him to transfer his image rights between the two and avoid having to pay tax. According to reports in Spain,  he owes almost £3million in tax from 2006 to 2009, while he was a footballer for Spanish giants, Barcelona. “The footballer pretended he had ceded his rights to two other companies in Hungary and Spain so as to fraudulently avoid paying taxes,” the prosecutor said.

Lionel Messi and Neymar, two current Barcelona players, have also recently been investigated and prosecuted for tax evasion.

The recommendations of the prosecutor are made public in Spain before a trial actually begins and no trial date has yet been set in this case.

Samuel Eto’o spent five successful seasons at Barca between 2004 and 2009, during which time he scored 129 goals for the club in 201 appearances. He was a key figure for Frank Rijkaard’s men as they won the UEFA Champions League in 2006, scoring the equaliser in a 2-1 victory over Arsenal, and won African Footballer of the Year twice while at the Camp Nou.

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BREAKING: Senate Passes Nigerian Peace Corps Bill

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The Senate on Thursday passed the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill into law, thus giving a vote of confidence for the establishment of the Nigerian Peace Corps as an agency under the Ministry of Interior.

The committee chairman, Senator Bayero Nafada, (APC Gombe), while presenting the report of the Committee on Interior on the floor of the Senate, called on the Senate to support the passage of the Bill, saying “the organisation will be of great benefit to the Nigerian youths”

He said: “The organisation will be of great benefit to the Nigerian youths (because) in response to increasing complexity of the factors responsible for insecurity and the method by which peace and security is being undermined in Nigeria, there is need to develop comprehensive, multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholders and inclusive approaches in order to stem these threats.”

He also called on the senate to merge the Nigerian Peace Corps and the National Unity and Peace Corps as one, since both formations appear the same.

Speaking further, Senator Nafada said the committee received 237 written memoranda and numerous oral submissions from government ministries, traditional institutions, religious bodies, academia, NGOs, other various interest groups and individuals.

“Two Hundred and Nineteen (219) of the written memoranda received and most of the oral presentations at the hearing supported the establishment of the Nigerian Peace Corps while Fourteen (14) supported the establishment of National Unity and Peace Corps,” he added.

The Senate had at during sitting on Thursday, March 10, 2016 debated on the general principles of the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill, 2016  (SB.173) sponsored by Senator Ali Ndume and the National Unity and Peace Corps Bill, 2016 (SB.183) sponsored by Senator Binta Garba Masi and referred it to the committee for further legislative action.

The Nigerian Peace Corps Bill, among others, seeks to empower, develop and provide gainful employment for the youths, to facilitate Peace, Volunteerism, Community Services, Neighbourhood Watch and Nation-building.

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Producer F6ixbeatz Unveils Promo Photos

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Ubiunoh Onoyerinure Francis, otherwise known as F6ixbeatz is an upwardly creative entertainer with a strong passion for music production. Born in the early 90s in a musically rooted region. He is the last child of his parents who was heavily influenced by the numerous afro sounds he grew up listening to right from his tender age.

F6ix is a graduate of Mass Communication from the prestigious Delta State Polytechnic Ogwashi-Uku. After graduation and due to his penchant for success, he left his home town at Ughelli North in Delta State in pursued of his musical eldorado.
He has a close working affiliation with some of the industry’s toppers like Kukbeat who has produced for award winning Nigerian artists; Chidinma, Bracket to mention but few.

The young talented beat maker who is eagerly warming up to send out his musical-manifesto has been busy working and sampling different sounds ranging from Afro hip hop, afro trap, afro jazz, dark house, alternative, fuji and will soon uncage his series of (free beats) aptly titled ‘6ix-Beats Season’ for public consumption.

Along with confidence/ self-realisation, F6ixbeatz is soak with the ability to deliver up-tempo and catchy beats that will appeal as instand radio hits. His sounds are expected to trigger artists in and out side Nigeria to display their musical dexterity.
Interestingly, he has an inbuild love for working with younger artists and bigger aspirations to produce for top Nigerian artists which he says he is not afraid to experiment with his sounds anytime-anyday.

Connect with this New Beat King on social media platforms below to get updates about his next moves! IG: officialf6ix. Twitter: officialf6ix. FB: f6ixbeatz.

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Ondo PDP Crisis: Jimoh Ibrahim Loses At Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court on Thursday held that all the interlocutory appeals filed by the Ali Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), as regards to the leadership dispute with the Ahmed Makarfi faction, are being referred back to the Court of Appeal in Abuja.

The Apex court ruling has to do with questions bordering on which of the factions of the party ‎has the authority to instruct lawyers to represent the party in a pending case before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Mr. Sheriff had maintained that he is the authentic chairman of the PDP. However, a Court of Appeal in Abuja on Wednesday declared Ahmed Makarfi the authentic PDP leader.

On Thursday, a five-man panel of the ape‎x court led by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onoghen, also, in a separate unanimous ruling, struck out all pending appeals relating to the candidacy of the PDP for the Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State.

Justice Onnoghen, who read the lead ruling, held that the pending appeals before the apex court had become academic in view of the judgment of the Justice Ibrahim Saulawa-led panel of the Court of Appeal, Abuja.

The Saulawa-led panel had on Wednesday reinstated Eyitayo Jegede as the PDP governorship candidate in the Ondo State election.

Meanwhile, Jimoh Ibrahim, a gubernatorial aspirant of the Ali Sheriff faction in Ondo state, had placed his trust on the Supreme Court to grant the appeals which would have returned him as the candidate of the party for Saturday’s governorship election.

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Seun Egbegbe Spends Second Day In Police Custody Despite iPhone Theft Denial

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Despite a statement of rebuttal issued by Nollywood filmmaker, Seun Egbegbe, that he was neither arrested nor beaten by any mob, strong indications have emerged that the filmmaker may have lied as he was still in Police custody – as of Wednesday.

On Tuesday, reports overwhelmed the internet that Egbegbe, an estranged lover of popular actress, Toyin Aimakhu, was mobbed for allegedly stealing nine iPhones, after which he was taken to the Area F Command in Ikeja.

READ ALSO: iPhone Theft Allegation: Seun Egbegbe Issues Statement Of Rebuttal

Multiple sources squealed that Egbegbe was beaten by a mob for seeking to steal several expensive phones from Keelcech Innovation, a store in Computer Village.

It was learnt that Egbegbe had gone to the shop around 10am with the intention of buying some iPhones.

After buying the phones, he was said to have left the shop with the phones, telling the sales boy that he wanted to pick money from his jeep outside.

However, according to reports, he attempted to leave in his vehicle without paying for the phones when the sales boy raised the alarm, drawing the attention of other traders in the area who stopped the vehicle and dragged Egbegbe out.

However, in reaction to the news, Egbegbe on Wednesday denied the reports, stating that the stories were “pretty laughable and better left in the court of public opinion”.

His denial came on the back of evidences from witnesses and pictures showing blood gushing out of his mouth.

“I want to state here categorically and emphatically that though I was at Computer Village to address some issues, but I was never arrested for stealing 10 Iphone 7s, as stated by the writer of the story, the matter has since been resolved by the Nigeria Police; and the issue of me stealing phone is devilish from the said writer,” he wrote.

However, The Punch Newspaper quoted a source in the Lagos State Police Command as saying that at about 3pm on Wednesday the embattled film-maker was still being held for interrogation.

The source said, “He (Egbegbe) is still in our custody. His associates have been debunking the allegation. He is still in detention. The CP even came to interrogate him this afternoon (Wednesday).”

In corroboration, SP Dolapo Badmos, the State Police Public Relations Officer, said the film maker was still under investigation, adding that the public would be informed on the outcome of the investigation on Thursday (today)

She said, “The case is still under investigation. We will properly brief the press on the stand of the command on the case by tomorrow (today).”

“You are aware that he was arrested. If an online publication is saying he was not arrested, and the police said he was arrested, which one do you want to believe?”

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Nigeria’s Super Eagles Go Up 10 Places In FIFA Rankings

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria have continued their rise in the latest FIFA Ranking which saw the team jump 10 places from 60th to 50th in the world and 6th in Africa.

The Super Eagles top their 2018 World Cup qualifying group and have won their last two games against former African champions Zambia and north African powerhouse, Algeria, the rise in the rankings is perceived to be connected to this recent run of form.

There was a lot of movement at the top of the rankings as four of the top five teams switched positions.

Argentina remain the number 1 team in the world with bitter rivals Brazil climbing up one spot to second place. Germany drop one place from second to third with fprmer number one side Belgium dropping from fourth to fifth despite an 8-1 trashing of Estonia during the last set of qualifiers. Chile complete the top five as they moved up two spots from sixth to fourth.

Here’s the new top 10 from FIFA.com

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The December FIFA ranking will be the final ranking for the year and will be published on 22 December 2016. It’ll also reveal the winners for the Team of the Year (awarded to the team in first place by year’s end) and Mover of the Year (awarded to the team that has won the most points over the course of the year).

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Ankle Surgery To Keep Bale Sidelined Long-Term

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Injury blow for Real Madrid, as the La Liga club confirmed Gareth Bale will have surgery done on his ankle, with a lengthy recuperation period to follow.

The Wales international suffered the injury in the 2-1 UCL victory over Sporting CP on Tuesday, with the forward limping off before the hour mark.

Madrid revealed on Wednesday that Bale had suffered “a traumatic dislocation of the peroneal tendons in his right ankle”, and would be monitored.

And there was a further blow on Thursday as the European champions announced the problem would require surgery.

“The Real Madrid Sanitas Medical Services have decided that Gareth Bale will undergo an operation following the traumatic dislocation of the peroneal tendons of his right ankle,” a statement read.

“The operation will take place at King Edward VII Hospital in London on Tuesday 29th November by doctor James Calder, under the supervision of the club doctors Jesus Olmo and Mikel Aramberri.”

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UK-Based Author, Ibitola Ojoye-Adebayo Set To Empower The Girl-Child With New Book, ‘My Name Is Lizzy Adams’

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UK-based International multiple award-winning author, Ibitola Ojoye-Adebayo is finalising preparations to launch her new book titled, ‘My Name is Lizzy Adams’.

My Name is Lizzy Adams, which is the introductory part of the Lizzy Adams boarding school mysteries contains experiences, travails and lessons which develops the African girl-child into a strong, determined and brave woman, despite the limitations, restrictions and unbearable circumstances she grapples with.

Ibitola  Ojoye-Adebayo is  a UK-based  International  multi-award  winning  author,  podcaster, host  and  creator  of  The  Insight  of  an  Author  Show and the creator of the ‘Lizzy Adams Brand’.  Ibitola is a graduate of the University of Portsmouth with a BSc in Pharmacology.  Her  genre  of  writing  is  Contemporary  Romance with a  twist,  which is a  portal  into  her  mind  and  soul.  Sparked  with a  passion  for  gothic horror,  mystery  and romance novels;  her  top  writing  influences  include Virginia Andrews  and Stephen King.

Ibitola  Ojoye-Adebayo who founded and hosts the Insight of an Author Show is committed  to inspiring people because she started her  journey  alone and  she came  across  many  rejections as  well.  She is  committed  to ensuring  authors  and lovers  of  books  interact,  benefit  and  get thoroughly  inspired  by  the stories  they  all  share and  the  passion  they  all  have.

This epoch-making launch which is strictly by invitation is scheduled to hold on Friday, 16th December, 2016 in Ikeja, Lagos with the Red Carpet which starts at 2:30 pm.

The Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and former First Lady of Lagos State and Founder of LEARN NGO/Ella Cares, Dame Emmanuella Abimbola Fashola are among prominent Nigerians and international dignitaries expected at the launch.

Ibitola wants to change mind-sets that have long-prevented girls from pursuing their dreams.  Her aim is for the girl-child to reach their full potential and live their best life story. Her ‘Lizzy Adams’ platform aims to empower the girl-child by directing them through the path that would empower and inspire them to becoming the very best at their chosen career paths.

Through this platform, the girl-child will be able to speak out and address the issues facing her generation, and act as a role model to younger peers.

As part of her mission to inspire, mentor and nurture the girl-child, Ibitola Ojoye-Adebayo created the ‘Face of Lizzy Adams Competition.’

lizzy-adams-compitetion-jpg-360nobsThe Face of Lizzy Adams competition will be one of the ways for us to establish our ethos above. The Face of Lizzy Adams competition would be an annual project where we would discover a young girl of Nigerian origin who would emerge the Brand Ambassador and the Face of Lizzy Adams to the general public. The age range will increase each competition year, and to start off this competition year we will be looking at girls between the age of 12 and 14.

The winner of the Face of Lizzy Adams competition shall be announced and unveiled to the public, among ten finalists on the day of the launch.

The winner shall get a One-Year endorsement as Ambassador and gets her profile and pictures in ALL copies of ‘My Name is Lizzy Adams’. Other benefits include: educational support and sponsorship, travel opportunities all around the world, among others.

The Lizzy Adams Fan Club shall also be launched on the day and all finalists of the Face of Lizzy Adams’ shall be registered into the Fan Club automatically at the launch.

Ibitola Ojoye-Adebayo is a proud recipient of numerous local and international awards, some of them are: ‘The  Author  of  the  Year  Award’  at  the  Divas of  Colour  Awards  UK  2015. ‘Author of the Year’ at the C-HUB Creativity Awards 2015, ‘Author of the Year’ at the African Women Rock Awards UK 2015, ‘Diaspora  Writer  of  the  Year’ at  the  Nigerian  Writers  Awards  2016,‘Most Outstanding Author of the year’ Award at The Highflyer Entrepreneurs Online Award 2016 and ‘Best Author’ at the  just-concluded BEFFTA AWARDS UK 2016.

She has been nominated to many awards which are set to hold within the 2016 and 2017 all around the world.

The official hash tag for the launch of ‘My Name is Lizzy Adams’ is #IamLizzyAdams

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Steven Gerrard Announces Retirement From Professional Football

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Former England and Liverpool captain, Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from professional football, pulling the curtains on a 19-year playing career.

This comes just a week after the 36-year-old Gerrard announced he was leaving MLS side, LA Galaxy. Gerrard joined the MLS side in 2015, before that he played for his hometown team Liverpool. He played 710 times for the merseyside team, winning eight major trophies including the UEFA Champions League in 2005.

He is England’s fourth most-capped player with 114 appearances and captained the side at three of the six major tournaments he played at.

“I feel lucky to have experienced so many wonderful highlights over the course of my career,” said Gerrard.

“I have had an incredible career and am thankful for each and every moment of my time at Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy”.

“As a teenager I fulfilled my childhood dream by pulling on the famous red shirt of Liverpool, and when I made my debut against Blackburn Rovers in November 1998 I could never have imagined what would then follow over the next 18 years.”

Steven Gerrard was made Liverpool captain by Gerard Houllier in 2003 and he led the side to the Champions League title in 2005, scoring the first goal as Liverpool came back from being 3-0 down at half-time to beat AC Milan on penalties in the final at Istanbul.

“I am proud to have played over 700 games for Liverpool, many of which as captain, and to have played my part in helping the club to bring major honours back to Anfield, none more so than that famous night in Istanbul,” he added.

“At an international level, I feel privileged to have won 114 England caps and to have had the honour of captaining my country. I will always look back with great pride at every time I pulled on the England shirt.”

“I was lucky to play alongside some great players and under some fantastic managers during my time at Anfield and would like to thank each and every one of them, as well as all of the backroom staff at the club throughout my time there for the fantastic support they showed me,” he added.

 

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