Naira Depreciates Further As CBN Prepares To Resume Sales Of Dollar To BDCs

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The Naira on Friday depreciated further at the parallel market as dollar scarcity worsened, the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports.

NAN reports that the Naira may be seeing its worst times as the CBN will be resuming dollar sales to Bureau De Change, BDC, operators next week.

The Nigerian currency exchanged at N497 to a dollar at the parallel market, losing two points from Thursday’s posting; while the Pound Sterling and the Euro traded at N597 and 515 respectively.

At the BDC window, the Naira was sold at N399 to a dollar, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N600 and N515, respectively.

Trading at the interbank market window saw the Naira close at N305.00 to a dollar.

Aminu Gwadabe, President, Association of Bureau De Change Operators of Nigeria, expressed hope that the Naira would bounce back next week.

Mr. Gwadabe said that the CBN would be selling about $25 million to BDCs next week and this would definitely help in reducing liquidity challenge in the Market.

He urged Nigerians not to panic as the CBN was working closely with the BDCs to ensure that the Naira recovers quickly.

NAN

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Cuper: Egypt Targeting Russia 2018, Not AFCON

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Egypt head coach Hector Cuper says they’re not targeting glory at the African cup of nations, but looking to the world cup in 2018.

The pharaohs who have won the tournament the most, with seven titles are making a return after missing out for seven years.

Egypt are in group D, drawn alongside four-time champions Ghana, Mali and Uganda.

“The expectations here in Cairo [for the Afcon] are very high,” Cuper told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“[This is] mainly due to the traditions that accompany us [for being] the nation with most African titles and the hunger of the fans after missing the last three editions.

“I repeat that our main goal is Russia 2018. I am saying this because if things were to go wrong in Gabon, all the good effort that has been done in recent period will be undermined.

“Secondly, we have what it takes to win; we are not inferior to anybody but we will see what happens.

“I would be fine if we arrive in the final to continue my own tradition.

“I have played many finals and I lost a lot, but I am sure Egyptians will forgive if we [fail] in Gabon.”

Cuper’s side have gotten off to the best possible start in the African Zone last round qualifying for the 2018 World Cup with two wins in two games so far.

The Pharaohs, who last appeared at the World Cup in 1990, picked a 2-1 away win over Congo on matchday one, before handing Ghana a 2-0 defeat in Cairo.

Cuper was appointed Egypt coach in March 2015.

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ICYMI: Schlupp Joins Crystal Palace From Leicester

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Leicester City’s Jeffrey Schlupp has left the Foxes in favour of a move to Crystal Palace for a fee of £ 12.5 million.

The 24-year-old winger signed a four-and-a-half year deal with Crystal Palace, after completing his medical.

Schlupp , who came through the youth system at Leicester, made 24 league appearances last season as the Foxes won the epl.

Manager Sam Allardyce told Palace’s official website: “I am delighted we have been able to secure Jeffrey’s services, he is a player I have admired for some time and is a talented and athletic player.

“He will bring strength and experience to the defence and will be a major asset for the club, having just turned 24 years old.”

Leicester paid tribute to the versatile left sided player’s 13 years with the club, saying via their official website: “Schlupp’s part in what has been unquestionably the greatest period in Leicester City’s long history will not be forgotten.

“We wish him every success and look forward to welcoming him back to King Power Stadium as both an opposition player and friend of the club.”

He could make his debut for Palace, who are one point above the relegation zone in 17th, in Saturday’s Premier League trip to West Ham.

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Football Headlines : All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Evening

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

  • Benfica winger Goncalo Guedes scored twice in front of Arsenal scouts this week. There have been rumours that Paris Saint-Germain have done a deal for the 20-year-old, but Arsenal have been assured that is not the case.
  • Corinthians have made a bid to sign former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, it has been reported in Brazil.
  • Watford are looking to hijack Marseille’s move for Montpellier midfielder Morgan Sanson.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

  • Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho has admitted he used to idolise Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney growing up as a child in Nigeria.
  • Manchester United are confident they will recoup the full £24m outlay from Everton they paid for Morgan Schneiderlin 19 months ago.
  • United are ready to hold out for a bid of £18m for Memphis Depay before letting him leave Old Trafford this month.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

  • Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho and Joel Matip remain in contention for Liverpool’s trip to Old Trafford on Sunday – with all three training with the squad on Thursday.
  • Ronald Koeman insists there must be more arrivals – and outgoings – during the January transfer window and declared: “Some players now in the squad don’t have a future for Everton.”

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

  • Sunderland outcast Sebastian Coates has reiterated his desire to make a permanent switch to Sporting Lisbon.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

  • Adnan Januzaj’s agent has admitted that Lyon are interested in signing the winger – but says he’s enjoying life at Sunderland.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

  • Aston Villa goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini is returning to Italy after agreeing a long-term loan deal with Atalanta.

EXPRESS & STAR

  • Aston Villa are set to launch a bid for Barnsley’s Conor Hourihane as they prepare to rival Sheffield Wednesday for the midfielder.

THE SENTINEL

  • Mark Hughes shuddered at the thought of Peter Crouch playing against Stoke in the near future and punishing a decision to let him go.

HULL DAILY MAIL

  • West Bromwich Albion have joined the chase for Hull City midfielder Robert Snodgrass.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

  • Owen Coyle has three potential signings lined up for Blackburn Rovers and revealed he has scoured the international market for new players.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

  • Luciano Narsingh insists he signed for Swansea City because he believes the Welsh club will be in the Premier League next season.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

  • Dean Smith has remained calm about the way West Ham have publicly courted Brentford striker Scott Hogan.
  • QPR manager Ian Holloway will be using January to decide whether Brandon Comley will stay in the first team setup at Loftus Road or be loaned out once again to Grimsby.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

  • Garry Monk insisted he was “not fixated” on winning promotion this season with Leeds.

DERBY TELEGRAPH

  • Any move involving midfielder Henri Lansbury looks unlikely to take place until after the takeover of Nottingham Forest is complete.

EVENING GAZETTE

  • Aitor Karanka says Stewart Downing hasn’t told him he wants to leave Middlesbrough.

WALES ONLINE

  • Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock has defended his decision to terminate the contract of Lex Immers rather than try and get a transfer fee.

IPSWICH STAR

  • Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says his attempts to bring in fresh faces continue to be knocked back and that his squad is “down to bare bones”.

THE STAR

  • Sheffield Wednesday are considering entering the race to sign Barnsley captain Conor Hourihane.

BOURNEMOUTH ECHO

  • Manager Eddie Howe has admitted Bournemouth will “assess the situation as the window develops” regarding winger Max Gradel.

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Report: Diego Costa Involved In Bust-up With Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa has reportedly been involved in a blazing row with manager Antonio Conte due to disagreements over his fitness, according to Daily Mail

Diego Costa has been one of Chelsea’s most important players this season, helping them to the top of the Premier League after a 13-game winning run.

Costa believes he is suffering from a lower back problem, which could be linked to his history of hamstring injuries.

But members of the Blues medical team are not convinced by Costa’s complaints and Conte has subsequently backed his staff.

The disagreement has led to a falling out between Costa, Conte and club physios with the striker not backing their methods

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Schneiderlin Holds No Grudges Against Mourinho

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Former Manchester United player Morgan Schneiderlin says he is not angry with Jose Mourinho, but only wants to rediscover his love for football at Everton.

The France international joined the Merseyside club for £20 million, which could rise to £24 million after getting few first team opportunities at Old Trafford.

Schneiderlin says he has no problems with Mourinho and is glad that a deal could be completed with no hassles.

“No anger at all, Jose has been good to me,” said Schneiderlin. “We had some explanation and I can accept the decision he made.

“I have to move forward and I am glad he accepted my decision when I went to see him and said I couldn’t see myself spending a year on the bench.

“I’m a footballer and I don’t like to spend one year on the bench.”

The 27-year-old confessed that things had not worked in his favour at Old Trafford, admitting that he expected a different style of football and a greater level of opportunity.

“I went there with big ambition and I wanted to do the best for the football club, but I don’t think I arrived at the best time in Manchester United’s history,” he said.

“It is true that last year we didn’t always play very good football, it wasn’t very attractive and there was a lot of criticism around the team.

“From my point of view I didn’t have the run of games that I was expecting, I didn’t enjoy it as I wanted to. I didn’t fall out of love with football, but of course when you don’t play it is a different game.

“Happiness is the most important thing in life and hopefully I will find that here and now.”

Schneiderlin could make his Everton debut in Sunday’s Premier League meeting with Manchester City at Goodison Park.

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Mourinho Won’t Sell Depay Until A ‘Reasonable’ Bid Is Made

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Jose Mourinho says he is only willing to sell Memphis Depay if an appropriate bid is made for the midfielder.

Schneiderlin already left the club for Everton for £24 million, but Depay is yet to be sold, with Lyon’s £13 million bid for him rejected by the MqnManchester outfit.

Everton and Nice are looking to loan the Netherlands international, but Mourinho does not want a temporary move.

And he wants to see a better offer before he allows Memphis to leave as he seeks more regular first-team football.

“The latest is that the offer that we have had is far from being reasonable for us,” Mourinho said ahead of Sunday’s home Premier League match against Liverpool.

“At the moment, he is our player and if in the end [of the window] nothing happens, he is one more option for us.”

Memphis joined United for a reported £25m from PSV in 2015, but is yet to start a Premier League match this season having been heavily involved in his debut campaign under Louis van Gaal.

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Froch Wants DeGale To Excite The Crowd

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Carl Froch will like British boxer James DeGale to put up an exciting performance against Badou Jack, to setup more huge bouts in Britain.

The IBF super-middleweight champion will unify his title against Jack’s WBC belt, with future fights looming against Callum Smith and George Groves.

“Jack won’t be able to nail him early on, he won’t land a punch because DeGale is such a skilful, talented kid,” Froch told Sky Sports.

“Late on, I want to see that continue with high work-rate. DeGale can land more precise shots because he’s skilful.

“Force the pace, put him on his back foot, hit him to the body and head, land a couple of combinations then go back for a second attack rather than thinking ‘I’ve nicked the round so I’ll coast’.

“I want to see him force the issue and excite the crowd. They want to see some action, and believe that DeGale can come back here and give Callum Smith a good fight, then take on George Groves in a rematch and beat him.

“By coasting a decision in the last six rounds, you don’t [excite the fans] or sell me your story.”

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Musonda Could Be Useful For Chelsea, Says Conte

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Antonio Conte does not intend to let Charly Musonda leave, as he looks to give the youngster first team opportunities in the second half of the season.

The Belgium attacker was on loan at Real Betis, but the arrival of Gus Poyet gave him little time to showcase his abilities at the spanish club.

Musonda is yet to make a debut for Chelsea and Conte has revealed how impressed he is with the 20-year-old since he started training with the team.

“Charly is a good prospect,” Conte said at a press conference at Cobham Training Centre. “Musonda has the quality to become a great player. And for this reason, I think can be a good opportunity for him, but also for me, for the club.

“To work for five months with him. If he shows me this month he deserves to play, he’ll go into the team. I see in this player good prospects. I want to work with this player. I see that this player is the present, but above all the future of this club.”

Conte has also recently recalled Nathan Ake from his Bournemouth loan move.

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Conte Insists Terry Is Staying At Chelsea

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Rumours keep linking Chelsea captain John Terry with a loan move away from the club , but Antonio Conte does not intend on letting him leave.

The long serving Chelsea defender has been on the sidelines for most of the 2016-17 campaign, with Azpilicueta, Luiz and Cahill occupying the back three.

The 36-year-old only has five premier league appearances in the EPL and despite reports linking him with a move to Bournemouth, which Howe has also denied.

Conte is keen to keep hold of his club captain for the remainder of the campaign.

“John is an important player for this team, for this squad, for me,” Conte told a media conference ahead of their weekend trip to Leicester City.

“His work on the pitch, his work in the changing room outside is fantastic. This shows he’s a great player, but also a great man, and for me it’s fantastic to have a person like him to help me in my first season in Chelsea.

“For this reason, I repeat, John stays with us, is our player, is in my squad. And when I see the situation I want and he deserves to play, he’ll play. He remains a really important player for me.”

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Jim Obazee And Accounting For God’s Money On Earth

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Jim Obazee And Accounting For God’s Money On Earth, By Jibrin Ibrahim

Jim Obazee

Jim Obazee

Jim Obazee, the recently sacked Executive Secretary of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria is a man with unlimited capacity to provoke agency. He got an alarmed President Buhari only a few hours to leap into action and sack him over an impending war he was provoking between the Administration and Nigeria’s Christian Community when people woke up to realise that the revered general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God was not retiring from office due to divine revelation but due to injunctions from Mr. Obazee.

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

It would be recalled that when the Emir of Kano was governor of the Central Bank and made major revelations of mega corruption against the then Jonathan Administration, in the comfort of law which guarantees the tenure of central bank governors, it was the same Mr. Obazee who emerged out of no where to create conditions for the sack of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Obazee had no qualms or fear in accusing him of financial recklessness and seeking to interrogate him.

In October 2015, the FRC under Obazee also suspended Atedo Peterside as the chairman of Stanbic IBTC, citing infractions in the 2013-14 financial statements of the bank as the reason for its decision. He directed the bank to restate and to re-issue its 2013-14 financial statements and imposed a fine of N1 billion on the bank. He also suspended Sola David Borha, the group managing director and other staff. He is a man with no fear of action, even if often the actions he takes are misguided or not clearly thought out.

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One of Obazee’s most dramatic actions was in relation to civil society and religious organisations. Late last year, he directed not-for-profit organisations, including churches and mosques, to comply with a corporate governance code stipulating a maximum term of 20 years for heads of such entities. It was a decision that normally should have been considered and taken by the Corporate Affairs Commission, which regulates charities in Nigeria, but as they were not willing to act, Obazee acted. On the basis of his action, Enoch Adeboye, who had spent over 20 years as the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), decided to hand over the baton to Joshua Obayemi to head the Nigerian church. When people realised that the change of guard was an Obazee, and not a spiritual, revelation, there was deep anger, which President Buhari understood immediately, and for once acted fast by removing Obazee and approving the reconstitution of the board of FRC. The government also immediately suspended the Corporate Governance Code issued by the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria pending a detailed review and extensive consultations with stakeholders.

His rashness aside, Mr. Jim Obazee has raised issues of accountability that should not be disregarded in the review process that is to follow. He argued that: “In keeping other peoples’ money, you have to prepare accounts. That is why churches fought me so badly, took me to court as a person and then my office too. Mosques and orthodox churches freely complied, but those Pentecostal churches called me to ask questions. They said: ‘This church is church of God and we are accountable to God.’ And I told them: ‘Very good, so you must take this church to heaven, you can’t operate it here’. When public funds are involved, government needs to ensure proper accountability.” We should think about this.

In this regard, it’s worthwhile recalling the story of Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, general overseer of a pentecostal church then based in a disused cinema in north-east London. He was running one of the United Kingdom’s richest religious institutions, the Kingsway International Christian Centre, in Walthamstow. It emerged in 2009 that he had filed company accounts, which revealed a £4.9 million profit over the previous 18 months. It also had asset of £22.9 million – more than three times the amount held by the foundation, which maintains St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. As the boss, Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo had placed himself on a salary of £100,000 in conformity with his preaching that God wants his people to be rich. The British asked some questions. The Church was registered as a charity and its wealth was derived mainly from its 8,000 congregation that gave £9.5 million in tithes and offerings in the 18 months to April 2008, dwarfing the £33,000 that the average Church of England congregation gave over the same period. Maybe the British were jealous. While British Churches were dying, this Nigerian Church was flourishing with active members who were paying money to the Church.

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The British Charity Commission objected to how the Church leadership was using the money of the Church, which they believed belonged to members and not the leadership. They ordered Ashimolowo to repay £200,000 after it emerged he used church asset to buy a £13,000 Florida timeshare and £120,000 on his birthday celebrations, including £80,000 on a car. The Charity Commission ordered the Church to appoint new trustees and removed Ashimolowo as chief executive of the Church. The Charities Commission also queried Ashimolowo for earning royalties from sermons published in books and on DVDs through his own company – Matthew Ashimolowo Media Ministries, which was making a lot of profit. They insisted that as Churches were charities, it was public money for the benefit of members and people in need not Church bosses. Obazee’s script was therefore not totally crazy. Nigeria however is not the UK and Ashimolowo moved back to Nigeria and God blessed his Nigerian Church with even more wealth than the one he left in the United Kingdom.

Nigeria, according to Forbes, is the world leader in terms of the wealth of pastors. They claimed three years ago that our richest pastor is Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith World Outreach Ministry, aka Winners Chapel with an estimated net worth of $150 million. He is followed by Chris Oyakhilome of Believers’ Loveworld Ministries, a.k.a Christ Embassy with an estimated net worth of $30 million to $50 million. Then comes Temitope Joshua of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) who is worth $10 million to $15 million. They are followed by Mathew Ashimolowo and Chris Okotie. There is a debate to be held in Nigeria about the accountability of public resources collected by religious organisations. Can such resources just be disbursed as the boss decides?

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A professor of Political Science and development consultant/expert, Jibrin Ibrahim is a Senior Fellow of the Centre for Democracy and Development, and Chair of the Editorial Board of PREMIUM TIMES.

This piece was written by Jibrin Ibrahim. 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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Boko Haram: Missing Lt-Col, 15 Other Soldiers Found Dead In Borno

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The Nigerian Army on Wednesday confirmed that it had recovered corpses of “one officer and 15 soldiers” earlier declared “missing in action” during an operation to dislodge the Boko Haram insurgents from Gashigar Area in Borno State, on October 16, 2016.

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Speaking at a press conference at the Military Command and Control Centre in Maiduguri, Borno State, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major-General Lucky Irabor, said the remains of the 16 soldiers, who were part of the 46 officially declared missing more than six weeks ago, were recovered on January 5, 2017, at about 7:45pm, by soldiers in conjunction with the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF).

He said: “On January 5, 2017, at about 0745hrs, our troops in conjunction with CJTF conducted clearance operation along Damasak–Gashigar Road. The troops successfully cleared Duoma, Asaga, Gashigar and other surrounding villages. At Asaga village, our troops encountered and dislodged some Boko Haram terrorist elements.

“Subsequently, the troops recovered corpses of one officer and 15 soldiers earlier declared missing in action, during their dislodgment from Gashigar on October 16, 2016. The corpses were recovered along Kamadugou River line. Among the recovered corpses was that of Lt-Col. K. Yusuf, the former Commanding Officer of 223 Tank Battalion. They have since been buried in Maimalari Cantonment Cemetery, with full military honours,” he said.

“About 83 soldiers manning a Forward Operation Base in Gashigar, Borno State, went missing in a major Boko Haram attack in the evening of October 16, 2016. After initial resistance, the troops abandoned their base and scampered for safety.

“As they retreated, some soldiers jumped into River Yobe to escape the advancing insurgents. The terrorists opened fire, nonetheless, killing some of the troops and wounding others.”

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Boko Haram: Missing Lt-Col, 15 Other Soldiers Found Dead In Borno

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The Nigerian Army on Wednesday confirmed that it had recovered corpses of “one officer and 15 soldiers” earlier declared “missing in action” during an operation to dislodge the Boko Haram insurgents from Gashigar Area in Borno State, on October 16, 2016.

Nigeria Raises Army Battalion For Gambia, Ready To ‘Forcefully’ Remove Yahya Jammeh

Speaking at a press conference at the Military Command and Control Centre in Maiduguri, Borno State, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major-General Lucky Irabor, said the remains of the 16 soldiers, who were part of the 46 officially declared missing more than six weeks ago, were recovered on January 5, 2017, at about 7:45pm, by soldiers in conjunction with the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF).

He said: “On January 5, 2017, at about 0745hrs, our troops in conjunction with CJTF conducted clearance operation along Damasak–Gashigar Road. The troops successfully cleared Duoma, Asaga, Gashigar and other surrounding villages. At Asaga village, our troops encountered and dislodged some Boko Haram terrorist elements.

“Subsequently, the troops recovered corpses of one officer and 15 soldiers earlier declared missing in action, during their dislodgment from Gashigar on October 16, 2016. The corpses were recovered along Kamadugou River line. Among the recovered corpses was that of Lt-Col. K. Yusuf, the former Commanding Officer of 223 Tank Battalion. They have since been buried in Maimalari Cantonment Cemetery, with full military honours,” he said.

“About 83 soldiers manning a Forward Operation Base in Gashigar, Borno State, went missing in a major Boko Haram attack in the evening of October 16, 2016. After initial resistance, the troops abandoned their base and scampered for safety.

“As they retreated, some soldiers jumped into River Yobe to escape the advancing insurgents. The terrorists opened fire, nonetheless, killing some of the troops and wounding others.”

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How Tonto Dikeh, Mercy Johnson Settled 4-Year-Old Feud

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It was a showdown of peace between two top Nollywood actresses on Friday with Tonto Dikeh burying the hatchet with colleague, Mercy Johnson – a feud that had tarried for 4 years.

The feud had started four years ago after Tonto stated that Mercy had become a baby making factory because she said she was ready to go back to the labour room just a year after she had her first baby, Purity.

However, Tonto, in the early hours of today, took to Instagram to express her profound apology.

She wrote, “Good morning world, since I have your undivided attention I better make good use of it and not miss the blessing in this lesson!!!

“@mercyjohnsonokojie Ever since I had my baby I have been reminded constantly about an ill statement I made about one of your kids a very long time ago. I want to use this media to say I am so sorry. I sincerely apologize from the bottom of my heart. I had no right to say what I did; I totally disgraced myself with that.

“As a mom I do realize a lot of things I take in because of the love of my son and I know you only took my insult because of that same love..

“I am sorry MJ, I am sorry to your lil’ girl or boy..

“We don’t have to love each other to realize when we are/went wrong.

“I have/had no excuse for my behaviour and I also apologize to the fans I hurt/Let down with my words that day many years ago ..To Err is human but to forgive is divine!!!

“Am not trying to be the better person, you deserve this apology for your Child for the Love I have for God.. I found God and everything in my life changed, Let me tell you about him sometime..

“God bless you and yours!!! Happy New Year…

“Take your time with the process of forgiving my ill-mannered words to your infant but pls eventually do!!”

Apparently in a reconcilable mood, Mercy replied her immediately, saying she forgave her.

“@tontolet am shaking and in tears as I read your post.I have learnt the more this morning that the holy spirit is true, because by him you were in my prayers last night and this morning. Am in shock.

“I always heard of what an Angel you are. Please, I forgave you immediately King came because I knew that u would have understood how it hurt me.

“I Love you and I am short of words now but thank you and trust me I wish so much happiness and peace.am already hugging you so tightly. it is well and Purity is Blowing you a kiss too.

“My God Will Bless You and Keep you Ahead always. MAMAPURITY.”

Following the reconciliation, Mercy is following Tonto on Instagram.

The grudge dates back to 2013 when Tonto called Mercy’s first child Purity, a “witch” after the latter resumed acting four months after giving birth to her first child, Purity, in the U.S.

Then, Tonto attacked Mercy on Twitter and claimed that Mercy’s husband pushed her immediately into acting because they were broke.

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How Tonto Dikeh, Mercy Johnson Settled 4-Year-Old Feud

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It was a showdown of peace between two top Nollywood actresses on Friday with Tonto Dikeh burying the hatchet with colleague, Mercy Johnson – a feud that had tarried for 4 years.

The feud had started four years ago after Tonto stated that Mercy had become a baby making factory because she said she was ready to go back to the labour room just a year after she had her first baby, Purity.

However, Tonto, in the early hours of today, took to Instagram to express her profound apology.

She wrote, “Good morning world, since I have your undivided attention I better make good use of it and not miss the blessing in this lesson!!!

“@mercyjohnsonokojie Ever since I had my baby I have been reminded constantly about an ill statement I made about one of your kids a very long time ago. I want to use this media to say I am so sorry. I sincerely apologize from the bottom of my heart. I had no right to say what I did; I totally disgraced myself with that.

“As a mom I do realize a lot of things I take in because of the love of my son and I know you only took my insult because of that same love..

“I am sorry MJ, I am sorry to your lil’ girl or boy..

“We don’t have to love each other to realize when we are/went wrong.

“I have/had no excuse for my behaviour and I also apologize to the fans I hurt/Let down with my words that day many years ago ..To Err is human but to forgive is divine!!!

“Am not trying to be the better person, you deserve this apology for your Child for the Love I have for God.. I found God and everything in my life changed, Let me tell you about him sometime..

“God bless you and yours!!! Happy New Year…

“Take your time with the process of forgiving my ill-mannered words to your infant but pls eventually do!!”

Apparently in a reconcilable mood, Mercy replied her immediately, saying she forgave her.

“@tontolet am shaking and in tears as I read your post.I have learnt the more this morning that the holy spirit is true, because by him you were in my prayers last night and this morning. Am in shock.

“I always heard of what an Angel you are. Please, I forgave you immediately King came because I knew that u would have understood how it hurt me.

“I Love you and I am short of words now but thank you and trust me I wish so much happiness and peace.am already hugging you so tightly. it is well and Purity is Blowing you a kiss too.

“My God Will Bless You and Keep you Ahead always. MAMAPURITY.”

Following the reconciliation, Mercy is following Tonto on Instagram.

The grudge dates back to 2013 when Tonto called Mercy’s first child Purity, a “witch” after the latter resumed acting four months after giving birth to her first child, Purity, in the U.S.

Then, Tonto attacked Mercy on Twitter and claimed that Mercy’s husband pushed her immediately into acting because they were broke.

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Ibrahimovic Says United Still Have A Shot At The Title And Can Catch Chelsea

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not giving up hope of winning the title, believing United can still catch Chelsea , starting with a win over Liverpool.

The Red Devils had a poor start to the season, but seems to have gotten things together, embarking on a nine-game winning streak in all competitions.

Their sublime form has seen them reduce the gap to Chelsea to 10 points and Ibrahimovic is confident of catching up with them.

“The league is unpredictable. You do not have a team you can say will stay there and win it,” Ibrahimovic told Sky Sports.

“Chelsea have been doing fantastic, they play once a week, they have a lot of condition, and a lot of power each time they play, but they were having trouble in the beginning and it clicked.

“If we can come up there and disturb them, every team has their moment of dip in the competition. We had ours – winning, losing, winning, losing – and now we are winning. Hopefully we can continue like that, and we are waiting for others to make a mistake.

“Sunday is an opportunity to steal points from the top four. If we can we can start to battle with the top four, after losing many points where we should not have lost… The gap is smaller now, and if we can get that win from the top four, we are there.”

United are sixth in the table heading into Sunday’s home game against Liverpool.

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Ibrahimovic Says United Still Have A Shot At The Title And Can Catch Chelsea

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not giving up hope of winning the title, believing United can still catch Chelsea , starting with a win over Liverpool.

The Red Devils had a poor start to the season, but seems to have gotten things together, embarking on a nine-game winning streak in all competitions.

Their sublime form has seen them reduce the gap to Chelsea to 10 points and Ibrahimovic is confident of catching up with them.

“The league is unpredictable. You do not have a team you can say will stay there and win it,” Ibrahimovic told Sky Sports.

“Chelsea have been doing fantastic, they play once a week, they have a lot of condition, and a lot of power each time they play, but they were having trouble in the beginning and it clicked.

“If we can come up there and disturb them, every team has their moment of dip in the competition. We had ours – winning, losing, winning, losing – and now we are winning. Hopefully we can continue like that, and we are waiting for others to make a mistake.

“Sunday is an opportunity to steal points from the top four. If we can we can start to battle with the top four, after losing many points where we should not have lost… The gap is smaller now, and if we can get that win from the top four, we are there.”

United are sixth in the table heading into Sunday’s home game against Liverpool.

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204 Persons Killed In Southern Kaduna Crisis – NEMA

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday disclosed that 204 people were killed in the Southern Kaduna crisis.

Although, the figure was in contradiction to what was earlier announced by a Catholic Church, this is the first time a government agency will be providing a figure of the attacks since they began last year.

Buhari Breaks Silence On Southern Kaduna Killings, Orders IGP To Take ‘Strong Actions’

The Catholic Church had earlier said 808 people were killed as of December 2016, a figure disputed by the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris.

The Religious body also said 1,422 houses, 16 Churches, 19 shops, and one primary school were destroyed.

However, the Zonal Coordinator NEMA North West, Musa Ilella, told told PREMIUM TIMES on Friday that the figure was for two Local Government Areas affected by the crisis, namely Kafanchan and Chikun LGAs.

Mr. Ilella added that the figure was for October, November and December, 2016 and early January, 2017.

“Four districts in Kafanchan LGA namely: Linte,Goska,Dangoma and Kafanchan town recorded 194 deaths.

“Chikun LGA on the other hand recorded about 10 deaths, making a total of 204 so far,” he said.

Reacting to the killings, Governor Nasir El Rufai had said the attackers were foreign Fulani herdsmen, who were avenging past attacks on them and their livestock.

Southern Kaduna Killings: A Word For Governor El-Rufai (1)

The clashes between Fulani herdsmen and locals in southern Kaduna have lasted months with the state and federal governments accused of not doing enough to end the carnage.

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DeGale: I Can’t Afford To Switch Off Against Jack

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James DeGale said he’ll be making a huge mistake if he switches off during the fight against Badou Jack .

The unification bout between the IBF super-middleweight champion and the WBC champion will happen Sunday now at the Barclays Center in New York.

DeGale believes it is his destiny to unify the middleweight, but the Londoner knows he must switch off in the ring.

Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ after Thursday’s press conference, he said: “This is the big one now, the fight I’ve been craving for a while. Jack is a very good and improved fighter, but this is one I’m expecting to win.

“I’ve taken it to another level in camp and am feeling great, you’re going to see that on fight night.

“I’m not thinking that I’m too good for Jack, but the way I’ve been in sparring and training, it’s all gone right for me.

“I need to be fully focused and concentrate for 12 rounds and then I will be the unified champ. I can’t switch off. If I think for any moment that I can lay on the ropes or take rounds off then I will lose.

“I’m boxing at the Barclays Center, New York, a fantastic boxing city – this is one of my dreams. I am a buzz fighter and I feel something different inside for this fight, like I felt against [Andre] Dirrell. This is my time, I’m destined to be big and be the unified world champ.”

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Conte Sets Record With Third Manager Of The Month In A Row

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Chelsea’s Antonio Conte has set a Premier League record as the first manager to win Manager of the Month for the third time in a row.

Chelsea won all their five matches in December , the Italian also won the award in October and November , as Chelsea went on a 13-game winning run.

Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino were the other nominated managers beaten to the accolade by Conte.

“This award shows we are working very well,” Conte said to the Premier League’s website.

“December was a great month for us. It was important for the table and for our confidence.”

Conte will need a strong finish to January to stand any chance of maintaining his run, though, as Chelsea lost their first match of this month to Tottenham.

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Mayweather Calls DeGale Special

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Floyd Mayweather has praised James DeGale as a special boxer ahead of his unification bout against Badou Jack.

The undefeated Mayweather, who is 49-0 promotes Jack , who will unify his WBC super-middleweight belt with DeGale’s IBF belt on Saturday.

“He’s not a pushover,” Mayweather told Sky Sports.

“When a guy can go out there and win a [Olympic] gold medal and then get in the professional ranks and win a world title, he’s something special.

“It is a great-match up between the two fighters. Badou Jack has had a tremendous career and he still has a lot more left.

“This guy used to walk to the boxing gym, take the bus to the boxing gym, and left his country to come to another country to accomplish his goals and his dreams. I am happy that I am helping him accomplish everything he wants to accomplish.”

Jack added: “I am very, very confident. I am going to this win IBF belt. At the Barclays Center it can’t get no bigger than this. This is the place to be.

“Even though I am 34 this year, I feel like I am in my prime. I am getting better every day.

“I am going to be the smarter fighter, I have a smart corner, smart trainer and they know that they’ve got a perfect game-plan. I am going to show you who is the best super-middleweight on Saturday night.

“I believe I am the better fighter, better fundamentally. All that flashy stuff, we’ve got something for that. In the sport’s circle anything is possible, but if I get him hurt I am going to get him out of there.”

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Lagos Court Convicts Fuel Subsidy Suspects

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Lagos Court Convicts Fuel Subsidy Suspects

Fuel Subsidy: Walter Wagbatsoma arrives Lagos Court for trial

Fuel Subsidy: Walter Wagbatsoma arrives Lagos Court for trial

A High Court sitting in Lagos State has convicted Walter Wagbatsoma, Adaoha Ugo-Nnadi, and their company Ontario Oil and Gas on an eight count amended charge of fuel subsidy fraud.

The defendants were found guilty on each of the eight-count charges filed against them on Friday, January 13, 2016.

The third defendant, Babafemi Fakuade, was, however, discharged and acquitted.

Details later….

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Ibrahimovic Wins Player Of The Month And Mkhitaryan Wins Goal Of The Month

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Manchester United scooped double awards for the month of December, as Zlatan Ibrahimovic won Player of The Month and Henrikh Mkhitaryan won goal of the month.

The former Sweden international scored five goals and three assists in his six league appearances in December.

He is the first United player to win the award.

“I am playing in a great team with great team-mates, a great coach and at a great club,” Ibrahimovic told the Premier League’s website.

“I feel comfortable and I feel confident. Everybody has made it easier for me so I just have to come, do the things I can do good and work hard. When you work hard it pays off.”

Mkhitaryan, on the other hand won the goal of the month for his scorpion kick against Sunderland.

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MMM Nigeria Returns With A Bang, And A Couple Conditions

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According to a statement by their official twitter account, money doubling scheme, MMM Nigeria is back from its brief hiatus.

Even thought the Ponzi scheme was meant to return on January 14th, it seems they decided coming back a day earlier will add to the shock value. “This is to officially inform you that MMM Nigeria is open for business a day earlier than promised! Let’s go there Nigerians,” the Twitter post said.

However, this time around the money doublers are back with new conditions, which includes encouraging its members to use bitcoin for transactions.

Upon resumption, MMM says its members will now be able to pay and receive money in bitcoins, the worldwide accepted digital currency. MMM cites bitcoin’s steady growth in value as a reason for participants to adopt the currency.

“In a month, not only 30 percent will be added to your initial amount, but, it can increase itself due to Bitcoin price growth,” MMM’s letter to its participants partly reads.

MMM Nigeria suspended its operations on December 14, it had over 3 million participants in the country since making inroads into the Nigerian investment market in 2015. The suspension threw millions of Nigerians into utter panic especially as the media and government agencies were greatly against the scheme.

Here’s a copy of the statement posted on Twitter

MMM Nigeria

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WATCH: Bishop Oyedepo Invokes Curses On Sponsors Of Southern Kaduna Killings

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Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder and presiding Bishop of the megachurch, Living Faith Church Worldwide International, AKA Winners Chapel, has invoked God’s curses on those sponsoring the Southern Kaduna killings.

Speaking at a ministration on Sunday in Otta, headquarters of his ministry, the Bishop also declared that God should break up Nigeria now if it is His will.

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The apparently peeved Oyedepo, in the message, said that God sent him to this continent as His apostle of liberation to stop it from decadence.

He said:  “God sent me as His apostle of liberation to this continent to stop it from decadence.

“I heard from God and He has proved it beyond measure. Therefore, every occultic root, every political root of this uprising is cursed today!

“All the northern forces that are sponsoring this uprising and killings, I decree the curse of God upon them.

“Lord, if it is your will to break up Nigeria, break it now!”

“Come on, pray in the spirit everybody. Pray in the spirit; open fire, call down the Holy Ghost fire to descend on the camp of the enemy. Enough is Enough!

“If Nigeria wakes up, wait for the church to rise, there will be no more nation, what nonsense.”

“What demonic devils. What Islamic demons. If Nigeria waits for the church to rise, Nigeria will disappear as a nation.

“You mean God cannot protect people? What a mess!

“Every agent of destruction in Government today, call fire down on their head, call fire down on their head.

“Everyone sponsoring evil against the nation, let your fire fall on him!

“A Boko Haram agent was captured and they said he escaped. Everyone connected to his escape, fire consume them, consume them, consume them!

“Fire of the Lord consume them!

“I was even told from report that they were targeting this church. I said what? Even if I was asleep, if you see anybody here kill him! Kill him and spill his blood on the ground. I am saying that to you, what nonsense, what devil. You think our God is an idol?

“If I put fire on your tail to overrun the city, you will do it in one minute. What is that? What devil?

“I stand today with every authority on me, and I declare the Boko Haram camp cursed!

“I declare their collaborators cursed! I decree their sponsors cursed!

“I declare their collaborators cursed. I decree their sponsors cursed!

“Must the north continue to rule?

“What devils!

“God has anointed me to lead a revolution against the Islamic jihadist and as the Lord liveth and as the anointing of Jeru-Baal that’s on me, we declare them extinct in the name of Jesus! Amen!

“You catch anyone that looks like them, kill him!

“There is no reporting to anybody. Kill him! Pull off his neck! And we spill his blood on the ground. What nonsense.

“They said why should Christians say they could defend themselves, hold it! What stupid statement, why should Christians say they could defend themselves? So, they should watch for you to put a knife to their necks?

“You think we are dummies? What! What?

“All those zeros census they are fake. Where are the human beings?

“Where are they? We go around the place. Where are they?

“We’ve never had a successful census in this country. Where are they?

“Don’t mistake only those in politics as in power. The anointed in the Lord are the ones in power. By divine ordination, don’t mistake that.

“There was a king in the land but Elijah was determining the events of the nation.

“If i say it will not rain here for three years, it will not drop. What nonsense!

“Who born their mother, who born their father? They are too small.

“Come! Get excited and walk in confidence. Any devil that misbehaves around you will be slain by the fire!”

The congregation reportedly chorused ‘amen’.

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