Pieters Takes Responsibility For Stoke’s Loss

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Erik Pieters has taken the blame for the 2-1 loss to Chelsea, a loss, Mark Hughes believes has handed Chelsea the title.

A bad pass from Pieters gave Chelsea a free kick , and the resulting corner kick wasn’t properly cleared by Pieters, with Cahill scoring in the box.

The dutchman owned up to his mistakes and is unhappy about the point he cost Stoke at home.

“I think I have to put my hand up because I made a mistake with that pass to Lee,” said Pieters in a post-match interview.

“To be honest I was in a bit in doubt because I thought he [goalkeeper Lee Grant] came out, but it was a poor pass from me.

“It’s hard to take because we played well, we created some chances as well and I think we should have got a point.”

“It is Chelsea’s title now and you could see from their celebrations we ran them close,” Hughes said in quotes reported by the BBC.

“We kept on going, kept on moving the ball but there was a suggestion for a red card for our penalty. It was a little bit feisty, we gave everything and I cannot criticise our players.

“We have given a good account against the champions elect.”

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Conte Lauds Blues Will To Win

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Chelsea won 2-1 at Stoke City to go 13 points clear at the top of the table and Antonio Conte has lauded the Blues will to win.

The blues conceded a penalty as Stoke drew level in the first half, but a late strike from Cahill in the 87th minute sparked wild celebrations from the Chelsea bench and faithfuls.

Jonathan Walters penalty cancelled out Willian’s earlier free kick, but the blues emerged winners and Conte is happy about this.

“For sure it was an important win,” Conte said.

“It’s not easy at this point of the season to come here, to play in Stoke against a strong team also with good qualities and tactical organisation.

“I think we showed a great will to win from the start until the end. I’m very pleased because my players showed me a great will to win but also they were prepared to fight to win this game. It wasn’t easy.

“We have played two games away and to win both games is very important in this part of the season. Now there are 10 games to go, I’d like to think that now we need to take 21 points to be sure to win the league but for sure it’s an important win.”

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Koeman: Everton Must Hold On To Lukaku

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Everton manager, Ronald Koeman feels Everton must do everything possible to hold on to forward, Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgium international has stated his decision to not sign a contract extension at Goodison Park.

Lukaku scored a brace late on in the 4-0 win over Hull City and Everton has now moved to sixth on the table, equal on points with Arsenal and was showed much love by the fans.

“They love Rom,” Koeman told Sky Sports. “Everybody loves Rom because he’s really that key player, the top scorer in the team and he showed that today.

“Maybe you can stop him for 85 minutes but when it is 11 against 10, even when it was 11 against 11, if he gets space and if they make the kind of mistake for the fourth goal then he will punish that. That’s one of his big qualities.

“Of course, we would like to keep the best players because we think we are in a good direction in this project and you don’t sell your best players.

“We know we have played more games and it can be different. But we spoke about the six points in the two home games against West Brom and Hull.

“Now we get another opportunity in two weeks to play Liverpool and then Manchester United – the two teams above us.

“If we would like to do something more special this season then we need to beat them.”

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Jones: United Can Cope Without Ibrahimovic, Pogba And Herrera

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Phil Jones believes Manchester United have enough to overcome a managerless Middlesbrough, despite the absence of Ibrahimovic, Pogba and Ander Herrera.

United visit the Riverside Stadium, needing a much needed win after drawing eight times in their 17-match unbeaten run in the league.

Jones doesn’t think United have any problem even if they’ll be without injured Pogba and suspended pair, Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera.

Jones said: “Maybe it wasn’t a sparkling performance the other night, but it was one that was pleasing and positive and we’re through to the next round.

“Middlesbrough have just sacked the manager as well, so it will probably be even tougher than what it would have been.

“But we’ve got more than enough to cope with that. We have strength in depth in this squad and that’s why we need everyone.

“There is always an added incentive for everyone playing Manchester United as it is, but when you sack the manager it’s even more of a boost for them.

“Especially for the ones who have not been playing in the squad who can force their way into the team and impress. It will be a tough game, but we need to be ready for it.”

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McGregor Intends To Shock The World

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If the crossover fight between Mayweather and McGregor should happen, the irishman has vowed to shock the whole world.

A proposed fight between the UFC star and the unbeaten boxer, who is retired and intends to come out of retirement to face the mixed-martial arts star is expected to happen in the summer.

UFC president Dana White says there’s too much money in the fight to reject the possibility of it happening.

McGregor came to support fellow countryman, Conlon in his boxing professional debut at the Madison Square Garden.

“I’m the boxing guy. Watch me take over boxing,” bellowed McGregor to the assembled media ringside.

“Trust me on that. No one in this boxing game knows what’s coming. Trust me on that. When I step in there, I’m going to shock the whole goddamn world. Trust me on that.

“Look me in the eyes. Twenty-eight years of age, confident, long, rangy, dangerous with every hand. Trust me, I’m going to stop Floyd and you’re all going to eat your words.

“The whole world is going to eat their words.”

When pushed as to when the fight is likely happen, he added: “‘We’re getting close. You’ll hear about it.”

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Wenger On Alexis’ Ankle: It Is In An Absolutely Terrible State

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Arsene Wenger says Alexis Sanchez’ ankle is in an absolutely terrible state and he shouldn’t have played the second half, if he hadn’t insisted.

The chilean forward suffered a heavy knock on his ankle in the first half and shouldn’t have played a minute of the second half.

Sanchez scored the only goal in the 3-1 loss, as Arsenal slipped to fifth and the forward was subbed off in the 78th minute.

“He was injured from the tackle in the first half. His ankle is in an absolutely terrible state,” the Gunners boss said.

“He should not have played in the second half but he insisted. In the first half he created many dangerous situations but in the second half he couldn’t anymore, so we had to take him off.

“I think Chile goes to Argentina for a massive game and they play next week. If it’s only a kick then he will play. But his ankle is swollen. If the ligament is damaged, he will not play.”

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One Venue, One Night, One App and A League of Comedians; Welcome To The World Of Comedy+

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In what will go down as a watershed moment in the history of Nigerian comedy, Nigeria’s robust community of comic acts gathered at Club Rumours last night to welcome the first-of-its-kind comedy aggregator, Comedy+

Comedy+ which is powered by MTN in conjunction with Huawei, gives subscribers seamless access to comedy videos in 6 different categories; Skits, Stand-up, Episodes (cut-out from movies and TV Shows), Animation, Pranks and Freefall

To get Comedy+ is easy; simply send COMEDY to 2100 from your MTN line or visit the iOS app and App Store on your phone to download. You can also download the app by visiting comedy.mtnonline.com and click the download button at the bottom of the page.

The launch event had some of Nigeria’s top comedians in attendance. From the veteran Opa Williams who is credited with stoking the flames of what is now Nigeria’s burgeoning comedy sector with Night Of A Thousand Laughs, Nigeria’s first comedy show, to Ali Baba, the arguably the father of stand-up comedy in Nigeria, the roll call was countless. Both were specially recognized for their legendary contributions to the comedy industry by MTN.

Other comedians present included, Koffi, Ushbebe, Senator, Emmaohmygod, Wofaifada, Monica Friday, Mark Angel comedy, Deeone, Ebiye, Nedu, Josh2funny, Etinosa, Longmancomedian, MCShakara, Stillringing, Bellokreb, Romeo. Music acts, Iyanya and Praiz also registered their presence alongside Big Brother Naija’s ex-housemate, Gifty.

As it was a comedy gathering, there was no shortage of rib cracking jokes from some of the comedians present. Pidgin-praying comic act, Monica Friday evoked laughter from the guest with her signature Warri-inspired prayers. Nedu aka, Nkechi, aka Thunder who was the host of the show also let off some steam with his act.

Guests were also treated to a video reel of some popular old and new comedy skits, chronicling the evolution of comedy in Nigeria.

See photos from the memorable night of Comedy+ launchcomedy+ Comedy+ comedy+ Comedy+

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How Many Advisers And Assistants Does Yahaya Bello Really Need?

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How Many Advisers And Assistants Does Yahaya Bello Really Need?, By Ahmed Oluwasanjo

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How many advisers and special assistants does a governor really need to effectively and efficiently manage a state? This is one question I have been asking since it was reported that Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, appointed 54 senior special assistants and nine special assistants, a few days ago.

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

I could recall that when he first appointed 25 advisers, I did a piece titled, “Yahaya Bello: A Rookie Governor And His Needless Retinue of Advisers”, calling his attention to why he should not waste Kogi State’s resource on doling out political IOUs that he intends to cash on subsequently.

What Mercy Johnson Said After Her Appointment As SSA To Kogi State Governor

The reason for my early criticism was to preempt him from further pandering to the giving out of unnecessary political IOUs that would cost the state resource that it does not have.

But, I was wrong.

Since Bello has now appointed about a hundred persons to serve in his government as special advisers or special assistants, maybe he would still carry out more appointments, no one can tell for now.

I understand that Bello has to share the spoils of office with his loyalists and cultivate newer ones, like every other politician does, but in a time of recession as we are in, simply creating jobs for the boys make no economic sense.

The prevailing economic recession demands prudence and cost-cutting measures on the part of governments, at all levels. As such, if need be, appointments should be strictly targeted at the few competent hands necessary to adding value, without further distorting the state’s fiscal imbalance.

It is fair to admit that, for now, Bello’s appointments have not equalled those of his predecessors. However, the fact that those earlier governors appointed hordes of aides and still failed, leaving the state in shambles is pointer to the fact that effective and efficient leadership is not about the number of advisers a governor has.

So, how many advisers and special assistants does Bello really need to be effective, while maintaining political relevance?

Maybe we should consider a few analogies: Kaduna State is larger both in size and population than Kogi. Its Internally Generated Revenue is also almost twice that of Kogi State, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, yet Governor Nasir El-rufai is working with only 12 aides without losing political relevance in his State.

Equally, like Bello, Lagos State’s Akinwumi Ambode also has his eyes on reelection. Yet, he is running the affairs of the richest state in Nigeria with just 14 advisers, apart from the compliment of his cabinet, commanding public acceptance in the politics of Lagos, in consonance with his performance.

Hence, one then wonders: One, if state governors with more resources at their disposal are appointing fewer advisers and still remaining politically relevant, what is the justification for Bello’s appointment of about a hundred persons just to spread his political tentacles?

Two, is it that Bello has no confidence that his performance would sell him to the electorate? Or does he think that appointing more people into his government is a better strategy for reelection?

For me, Bello should be the last person to be desperately strategising for reelection, knowing how God brought him this far. That his predecessor, Capt Idris Wada, made more appointments and still couldn’t secure a second term in office should remind him that his performance in office has a lot to do with his reelection than the number of those in his government.

So, I think Bello’s best strategy for reelection, apart from focusing on infrastructural development, should include: how to create jobs to win the hearts of the unemployed youth; how to get schools that are on strike open to pacify students; how to ensure the prompt payment of salaries and pensions to appease genuine civil servants and pensioners who were starved for several months before getting their pay as a result of the prolonged screening exercise.

Of course, those who are surviving on the remnants from Bello’s table would call me names for my stance, pointing out other governors who had more appointees than Bello to support why he needs an additional hundred advisers and thousands of special ghost assistants to deliver the moon on a stick to Kogites.

Well, that’s fine. I cannot stop them from doing their job. However, if Bello’s advisers fail to tell him that his reelection will be determined by the positive impact of his administration on Kogites and not by the number of his appointments, then it is proper to say that Bello does not need them as advisers.

May Governor Bello not blow his chance to make a strong point that things can work, for good, in Kogi State!

Ahmed Oluwasanjo writes from Abuja.

This piece was written by Ahmed Oluwasanjo. 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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Wenger To Reveal Decision On Future Soon

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Under fire Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has announced he has reached a decision about his future and will announce it soon.

Wenger said his side are in unique peril after losing their fourth game in their last five league games.

Arsenal are currently six points behind the top four after their 3-1 loss to West Brom , sitting in fifth place.

“Don’t worry, I know what I will do in my future so you will soon know, very soon,” Wenger said after a 3-1 loss at The Hawthorns.

“You will see. Today I don’t necessarily worry about that. We are in a unique bad patch that we haven’t had in 20 years. We lose game after game at the moment, and that is more important for me than my future.

“We have a big fight and it will be very difficult now, but there is no other way than fighting and we must do it until the last game of the season. If it’s not good enough we take the consequences.

“And maybe, one day, if we don’t do it, people will enjoy it more to be in there.”

Wenger’s future was the subject of conflicting aeroplane banners over the Hawthorns during Saturday’s game, one that called for his exit and another backing the beleaguered Frenchman.

The first read “No Contract #WengerOut” and the second that read “In Arsene We Trust #RespectAW”, but Wenger insisted he was concentrating on the game.

“I watched the game. I do not watch the stands. I believe we have to live with that. You focus on your job no matter what people think,” he said.

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Kaduna Governor El-Rufai Under Probe Over ‘Damning’ Memo To Buhari

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) is probing a damning memo addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari by the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai.

The memo, which is dated September 22, 2017, was published yesterday by some prominent newspapers.

In the memo, it is understood that the Kaduna State governor raised the alarm that the country was drifting under the leadership of President Buhari.

Following the publication, the leadership of the ruling party has commenced a discreet inquiry into the memo – how it got to the media and the motives for its release six months after it was submitted to the president, Tribune reports

It was also gathered some government agencies are seeking to know how the memo was leaked to the press and the motives behind it.

Speaking with Saturday Tribune on phone, APC spokesman, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi said the APC leadership was studying the memo and would give an appropriate response next week.

He said: “I am still trying to read it. It is about 30 pages. So, we don’t have a position on it yet.

“We are still studying it; after studying it, we will possibly have a position to release to the media by next week.’’

In the memo, Governor Nasir el-Rufai suggested that the president was not in control of his party and government.

“Mr. President, there is an emerging view in the media that you are neither leading the party nor the administration and those neither elected nor accountable appear to be in charge, and therefore the country is adrift,” el-Rufai wrote.

He also expressed concerns over what he called  the disconnect between the governors elected on the platform of the party and President Buhari, pointing fingers of scorn at aides of  the latter.

He equally indicted the national working committee of the party of cluelessness.

He said: “This situation is compounded by the fact that some officials around you seem to believe and may have persuaded you that current APC state governors must have no say and must also be totally excluded from political consultations, key appointments and decision-making at the federal level.

“These politically-naive ‘advisers’ fail to realise that it is the current and former state governors that may, as members of NEC of the APC, serve as an alternative locus of power to check the excesses of the currently lopsided and perhaps ambivalent NWC.

“Overall, the feeling even among our supporters today is that the APC government is not doing well. I am distressed that our government is seen not to be succeeding mostly due to the failures, lack of focus and selfishness of some you have entrusted to carry on and implement your vision. I am troubled that our own missteps have made the PDP and its apparatchiks so audacious and confident.”

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Nigerian Army Denies Assaulting Women In Rivers

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The Nigerian Army on Saturday described as falsehood a report that some of its recently deployed soldiers molested some women during the ongoing operations in Gokana, Khana and Tai Local Government Areas of Rivers.

The denial was made in a statement issued by Col. Aminu Iliyasu, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 6 Division, Port Harcourt, who said that the allegation was totally mischievous and false.

The denial followed an online report which accused troops from the Division of battering women in the council areas.

He said: “The attention of 6 Division of Nigerian Army has been drawn to a malicious publication in some online media on the purported molestation of some women in Ogoniland by some recently deployed soldiers.

“This publication is totally false, mischievous and a failed and unsubstantiated attempt by some cultists and other criminal elements in Ogoniland to cry wolf where there is actually none.

“This baseless story is a calculated and failed attempt to distract and force the withdrawal of troops from carrying out their duties which involved patrols and other operational activities.

“Our constant patrols in the areas have effectively checkmated and denied criminals freedom to carry out their nefarious activities while assisting in restoring peace and security to the troubled areas.”

Iliyasu recalled that, due to the incessant cult killings in Ogoniland, a stakeholders’ meeting was convened on 6 March 2017 with all the stakeholders including paramount rulers and security agencies.

“Part of the solution by the community leaders was the restriction of movement of everyone between 7:00pm to 6:00am, which is the period when these criminal cult groups perpetrate their nefarious activities and unleash terror on innocent citizens.”

“This decision has definitely not gone down well with enemies of the Ogoni people, hence their resort to blackmailing the troops with a false story line, which they shamelessly tried to buttress with old pictures of women with placards.”

“This is their not minding the fact that the messages on the placards are not related to the claim of molestation of women as portrayed in their false story,” he added.

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Allegri: Sampdoria Match Tougher Than Barcelona

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Massimiliano Allegri insists the match against Sampdoria on Sunday is tougher than the UCL quarterfinal clash against Barcelona next month.

Juventus are eight points clear of Roma and Allegri feels they’re in danger of getting caught out by an in form Sampdoria squad.

The Italian insists winning the Scudetto is what is important to the Bianconeri and doesn’t want his men to focus too much on Barcelona.

“It will be a fascinating match [against Barca], but Sunday is the most difficult of them all because you don’t need to find motivation against Barcelona,” he said.

“Samp have beaten Roma, Milan and won the derby with Genoa. They have won five and drawn two of their last seven matches, so we need to be on top of our game.

“Barcelona will be a big clash, but there is no point talking about it now. I want a game of that magnitude to feel very normal, not a special event – we have been in this position regularly recently and last year we were unlucky to draw Bayern Munich.

“There are 10 games left in Serie A, Roma and Napoli have the potential to pick up 30 points, so we don’t have first or even second place under lock and key.

“If we don’t play Samp with a serious, responsible attitude, we could find Roma five points away.”

Allegri added: “Our primary objective is to win the Serie A title because six consecutive Scudetti is something historic that has never been done, it would be extraordinary.

“We need to be careful of ourselves. Sampdoria have enthusiasm, Marco Giampaolo has given a real tactical identity to the team and they have nothing to lose.

“After winning the derby, they will try to make a dream come true by beating Juventus. If we don’t have the same motivation as then, we are in real trouble.”

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FG Warns Nigerians: ‘Don’t Use Fanta, Sprite To Take Drugs’

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The Federal Government has cautioned Nigerians against using Fanta and Sprite to take any medicine, although the beverages are safe for consumption.

Should We Now Be Worried About Drinking Fanta And Sprite?

Speaking on Friday, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, said the two beverages, manufactured by the Nigeria Bottling Company (NBC), are safe for human consumption but cannot be taken with any drug.

He made this known after a meeting with the Department of Food and Drug Services, Federal Ministry of Health; National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC; and Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON; to address the concerns raised over the drinks by a judgement of a Lagos High Court.

The High Court in Lagos had informed NAFDAC to order the NBC to include a warning on the bottles of the products that the contents cannot be taken with Vitamin C.

The directive followed a suit filed by a Lagos-based businessman, Emmanuel Adebo, and his company, Fijabi Adebo Holdings Limited, against NBC Plc and NAFDAC.

CPC To Investigate NBC Over Fanta, Sprite Mixture Danger With Vitamin C

In his suit, Mr Adebo urged the court to declare that NBC was negligent to its consumers by bottling Fanta and Sprite with excessive levels of benzoic acid and sunset additives.

He had tried to export Nigeria-produced Fanta and Sprite to the UK, where they were described as poisonous by authorities there and destroyed.

Benzoic acid is a white, crystalline powder with a faint, non-offensive odour. Though it serves as preservative, if used excessively causes cancer and has been linked to asthma problems and increased levels of hyperactivity in children.

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Federal Civil Service Commission Recruitment: FCSC Releases List Of Successful Candidates For Interview 2017

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The Federal Civil Service Commission has released lists of shortlisted candidates according to states, for applications into Federal Ministries, according to the statement signed by Hon. Chairman, Federal Civil Service Commission MustaphA L. Sulaiman.

Here is the breakdown of affected ministries that require applicants.

  • Federal Ministry of Education.
  • Federal Ministry of Labour & Productivity.
  • Federal Ministry of Finance iv Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.
  • Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.
  • Federal Ministry of Science and Technology.
  • Federal Ministry of Transport.
  • Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation.
  • Office of the Surveyor-General of the Federation.
  • Bureau of Public Procurement.
The lists apply to applications received by Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) submitted during the 2016 Recruitment Exercise.

See instructions below:

  1. All shortlisted Applicants are expected to check for their names under their State of Origin, below.
  2. Thereafter, check the Timetable to see when your Ministry/cadre has been scheduled for Interview.
  3. Candidates are expected to adhere strictly to the date/time as scheduled for their Ministries/Cadres.
  4. Shortlisted Candidates should come along with their means of Identification (e.g. Driver’s License, National ID card, International Passport, etc) and two (2) passport size photographs.
  5. Candidates are also expected to come along with Originals of their Credentials and two (2) photocopies of each duly endorsed by them.

See the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC) List of Shortlisted Candidates for Interview 2017

  1. Abia State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  2. Adamawa State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  3. Akwa Ibom State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  4. Anambra State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  5. Bauchi State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  6. Bayelsa State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  7. Benue State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  8. Borno State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  9. Cross River State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  10. Delta State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  11. Ebonyi State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  12. Edo State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  13. Ekiti State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  14. Enugu State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  15. FCT Abuja FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  16. Gombe State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  17. Imo State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  18. Jigawa State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  19. Kaduna State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates I
  20. Kaduna State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates II
  21. Kano State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  22. Katsina State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates I
  23. Katsina State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates II
  24. Kebbi State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates I
  25. Kebbi State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates II
  26. Kogi State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  27. Kwara State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  28. Lagos State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  29. Nasarawa State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  30. Niger State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  31. Ogun State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  32. Ondo State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  33. Osun State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  34. Oyo State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  35. Plateau State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  36. Rivers State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  37. Sokoto State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  38. Taraba State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  39. Yobe State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates
  40. Zamfara State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates I
  41. Zamfara State FCSC List of Shortlisted Candidates II

FEDERAL CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION TIMETABLE FOR INTERVIEW AT PSIN, KUBWA (Monday, 27TH March to Monday, 3rd April, 2017)

1. MONDAY, 27TH MARCH – 9 AM – FEDERAL MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
2. TUESDAY, 28TH MARCH – 9 AM – FEDERAL MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
FEDERAL MINISTRY OF TRADE & INVESTMENT
3. WEDNESDAY, 29TH MARCH, 9 AM – FEDERAL MINISTRY OF INFORMATION,
FEDERAL MINISTRY OF FINANCE, BUREAU OF PUBLIC PROCUREMENT
4. THURSDAY, 30TH MARCH, 9 AM – FEDERAL MINISTRY OF POWER, WORKS & HOUSING, FEDERAL MINISTRY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, FEDERAL MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT
5. FRIDAY, 31ST MARCH, 9 AM – OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR GENERAL FOR THE
FEDERATION, OFFICE OF THE SURVEYOR GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION
6. MONDAY, 3RD APRIL, 9 AM – FEDERAL MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

BATCH “B” WILL BE DISPLAYED LATER.
For more information, visit http://vacancy.fedcivilservice.gov.ng/

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Klopp: Coutinho Looks To Be In Good Form

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Philippe Coutinho’s form since his return from injury is not a concern for Jurgen Klopp, who is trying to be patient with him.

The Brazilian was a sensation for Liverpool in the beginning of the season, but was out for close to seven weeks with an ankle injury in November.

He has only scored one goal since his return after 12 games, in the 3-1 loss to Leicester and played only one hour in the match against Burnley.

“The influence of him on the game is really big. If he is not at 100 per cent you miss something, that’s how it is.

“But two weeks ago we played Arsenal and he did really well. Yes, Burnley again was not the best game, but he misses in this moment – which is pretty normal after a long injury – this kind of consistency.

“But the training week so far was perfect, he presented himself really well; it was fluent, confident and looked really well.”

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Nigeria To ‘Officially’ Launch New Immigration Regulation On Monday

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The Federal Government will on Monday officially launch the Nigeria’s new Immigration Regulations, 2017 to ensure better security and Immigration in the country.

This disclosure was made by the spokesperson for the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Sunday James, on behalf of the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja.

He said the Immigration Regulations, 2017 is a vital document that seeks to operationalise the Immigration Act, 2015.

‎“The honourable Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, (retired) will officially present the Immigration Regulations 2017 to the public on Monday, March, 20, 2017.

“The Immigration Regulations 2017 is a vital document that operationalises the Immigration Act 2015 and provides the legal framework for the effective implementation of the Act,” he said.

He further said the new immigration regulation is a product of robust discourse that involved legal and migratory experts, including serving and retired immigration officers.

Mr. James expressed optimism that the document, if properly implemented, would go a long way in transforming the operations of NIS in line with international best practices.

‎NAN reports that the Immigration Act, 2015 contains updated structure and functions of NIS in relation to immigration, passports, deportation, visas, resident permits and general immigration offences.

The Act also gives effect in the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the provisions of the protocol against the smuggling of migrants by land, sea, air which supplements the UN Convention Against Transitional Organised Crime.

The Act was enacted by the National Assembly in May, 2015 to the Immigration Act, 2004.

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‘My Husband Flogs Me Constantly With Cane Like A Pupil’ – Wife Tells Court

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A 39-year-old petty trader, Yemisi Akinwunmi, on Friday pleaded with an Agege Customary Court in Lagos to end her 20-year-old “loveless” marriage to free herself from daily corporal punishment meted out to her by her husband.

“My husband constantly beats me and whenever he wants to do so, he tells me to kneel down and stretch my hands like a pupil before caning me.

“He often threatened to kill me,” she told the court.

Testifying before Phillips Williams, the court’s president, she said there was no love between them again.

Mrs. Akinwunmi described her husband of 20 years as an irresponsible man, who has refused to take proper care of her and the children.

She said she had been solely responsible for the feeding and upkeep of the children since her husband lost his job.

“I made effort to secure a loan for my husband from a cooperative bank to start a small business with a promise by him to pay back in installments.

“But after a few months, he refused to pay and attempt to get him to refund the money was unsuccessful.

“My husband started threatening to kill me and dispose of my corpse without anybody knowing.

“I am fed up with the marriage; there is no love between us again. I can no longer bear the pains and humiliations,” she said.

She, therefore, urged the court to dissolve the marriage and to compel the respondent to be responsible for the welfare and education of the children.

The respondent, Wasiu, 49, however, denied the allegations and pleaded with the court not to dissolve the marriage.

According to him, his wife started misbehaving and became promiscuous the moment he lost his job.

Wasiu, who claimed to have caught her in the act of adultery, said: “My wife later told me that she was fed up with the union and she moved out of the house with the children sometime in 2015.

“However, after much pleading, she returned home later in 2016 only to start engaging in adultery; I have caught her on several occasions.

“My wife stopped cooking for me since July 2016 and finally moved out of the house.”

The respondent said he made efforts and begged his wife to return, especially for the sake of the children, but she remained adamant.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the president of the court invited the estranged couple to his chambers for a possible resolution of the crisis.

He adjourned the case to April 11 for further hearing.

(NAN)

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Antonio Conte Interested In Signing AC Milan’s Suso

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is keen on bringing AC Milan midfielder Suso to Chelsea this summer, according to reports in Italy.

Calciomercato claim that the Premier League leaders are among the teams interested in the former Liverpool player, but Juventus are also in the race as they are in the market for an attacking midfielder.
Suso has contributed six goals and seven assists, so far, playing a big role in the Milan team.

However, Milan will be undeniably keen to keep hold of Suso, and manager Vincenzo Montella had to spend last summer blocking a move for the midfielder. With the former Liverpool midfielder’s contract ending in 2019, the team have been trying to tie him down to a longer deal but the current ownership situation has stalled talks.

The Spaniard signed his first contract with Liverpool at the age of 17 but spent only one full season with the first team before being sent out on loan to Almeria.

His spell in La Liga was not enough to convince Liverpool to extend his contract and Suso left Anfield to join AC Milan once his deal expired in July 2015.

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Harry Redknapp Wants Vacant Middlesbrough Job

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Harry Redknapp is keen on filling the vacant manager’s position at Middlesbrough, according to the Daily Mail.

The 70–year-old veteran, who has enjoyed a successful managerial career with the likes of West Ham, Portsmouth, Southampton, Tottenham and QPR, is confident he can keep the Teessiders in the Premier League.

A 10-game winless streak in the league has seen Boro drop into the relegation zone, a run which also led to Aitor Karanka’s departure earlier this week.

Owner Steve Gibson wans Steve Agnew, Aitor Karanka’s assistant, to continue until the end of the season and has appointed Joe Jordan as No 2

Redknapp is also in the running to become the next Ghana manager after Avram Grant stepped down following the Africa Cup of Nations.

 Harry Redknapp had a short stint in charge of the Jordan national team last year and was also made Derby’s football advisor for Darren Wassell’s spell as interim manager. 

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Tottenham’s Heung-min Son on Inter Milan and Sevilla’s Radar

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Inter Milan have set their sights on Tottenham forward Heung-Min Son, according to Tuttomercatoweb.com

The Serie A club are interested in signing the South Korea international, who is under contract at White Hart Lane until 2020.

La Liga club Sevilla are also thought to be interested in Son too.

Heung-Min Son is likely to lead the attack for at least the next month, as Kane tries to recover from ankle ligament damage. 

However,  we understand Son’s struggle to nail down a regular place during the last two seasons has persuaded Sevilla and Inter Milan to check on his availability. 

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Manchester United Ready To Make Move For Kasper Schmeichel

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is eyeing Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, according to Don Balon.

With Real Madrid assessing their goalkeeping options – which could have implications for David de Gea’s future at Old Trafford – the Foxes stopper is reportedly on United’s radar.

The 30-year-old starred in Leicester’s title-winning campaign last term and was crucial to the club’s unprecedented progression into the Champions League quarter-finals, saving a penalty in each leg against Sevilla.

A move would see Kasper Schmeichel follow in his father Peter’s footsteps, who enjoyed nine trophy-laden years at United until 1999.

It’s claimed Real’s top target is still David de Gea – and Bernabeu bigwigs are ready to be tactical about landing the Spaniard.

If Mourinho secured Schmeichel’s services, the club might be tempted to let De Gea return to Madrid.

Schmeichel has played 212 games for Leicester since joining the club from Leeds in 2011.

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Manchester City Preparing £30m Bid For Roma Defender Antonio Rudiger

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Manchester City are weighing up a £30m move to sign Roma defender Antonio Rudiger, reports the Daily Mirror.

The Germany international has been identified by Pep Guardiola, who has the task of rebuilding City’s leaky defence this summer.

The Mirror claim City scouts have been watching Rudiger continuously for the several weeks and could meet the 24-year-old’s representatives as soon as next week.

Chelsea have been linked with the centre-back in the past City are determined to partner him with John Stones at the heart of their defence.

Rudiger’s versatility in being able to play right-back as well as centre-back gives him even more value to Guardiola, who is looking for defenders who can adapt to a variety of roles.

City boss Guardiola knows Rudiger well from his time at Bayern Munich, when the defender was playing for Stuttgart, before making the switch to Roma in a deal worth around £8m.

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Andres Iniesta Reportedly Turns Down €35 Million A Season Offer From Two Chinese Clubs

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Andres Iniesta has rejected two lucrative offers to play in China, reports AS.

The Barcelona midfielder, whose contract at the Camp Nou expires next year, is the subject of strong interest from the Chinese Super League.

According to AS, Iniesta has already turned down two proposals to move to the Far East, one of which offered the World Cup winner an eye-watering €35m-a-season deal (£30.4m).

Barca want Andres Iniesta to sign a new deal though, and have reportedly proposed a two-year contract extension.

Iniesta is represented by former teammate Carles Puyol and he and business partner Ramón Sostres were not convinced by the club’s first offer. Josep Maria Bartomeu has suggested a deal of two more years for Iniesta, who will be 33 in May.

The financial aspect was not overly enticing – Barça are desperately trying to tighten their belts to hand Leo Messi a new deal – but for Iniesta there is a greater concern.

So far this season the captain has played just 1,390 minutes, 39.6 percent of the available total and while he has been out with injury for some of that time he is concerned about his waning influence in the squad.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to say, be it one thing or another, Iniesta and Barcelona will never have any kind of problem,” he said on Thursday, adding cryptically that “this has been a different year.”

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Antonio Valencia: “Jose Mourinho Wanted Me At Real Madrid”

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Antonio Valencia has revealed Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho tried to sign him during his tenure at Real Madrid.

The Ecuador international has taken his game to a new level under the Portuguese’s tutelage, claiming the right-back spot in an ever-changing backline.

And the 31-year-old has revealed a pre-season chat with Mourinho has been the driving force behind his exceptional campaign.

“I feel the manager really believes in me,” he told ESPN FC. “I’ve played in many games and I have been free of serious injuries.

“I spoke with the manager soon after he arrived. He told me when he was at Real Madrid he wanted to sign me but United had said no.

“That conversation gave me a lot of confidence and I have been happy to play right-back rather than further forward, where I’ve played for most of my career.

“I feel very comfortable, but in a team like United you have to attack anyway from right-back.

 “When you play in this position you have an opportunity to find space and make the best of that space.

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Parker: Bellew Will Regret His Words

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Tony Bellew has named Joseph Parker among the weaker heavyweights and the New Zealand boxer wants to make his time in the ring, a painful one for the British.

Bellew is considering heavyweights to face after beating David Haye and he seems to think the WBO champion will be easy pickings.

Bellew called the unbeaten Parker one of the weaker heavyweights, and this has served to fire up the boxer ahead of his May 6 fight against Hughie Fury.

“I back myself with any fighter you put me in the ring with,” Parker exclusively told Sky Sports.

“When people think that I’m the lesser champ, or maybe one of the less skilled, less talented, it’s good that they think that of me, because when I get in the ring, I’ll surprise them.

“I’ll give them the best that I have and they will see that actually I’m a champion for a reason.”

“I’m excited to be part of a heavyweight division which is bringing a lot more excitement back,” he said.

“It’s great to be part of it, great to have these fighters calling me out. Just more opportunities, more fights. I’m excited, because I want to be in big fights, I want to fight the best in the world.

“I want to be hunted, I want to be in those fights, but first things first and then we can sit down and make a plan. I’m down to fight everyone and anyone.”

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